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Volume 24|  3 September 2021| Roll Number 696|  Week 6 Term 3


Kia ora koutou

I hope you are able to get out and about to enjoy the sunshine. A wonderful Vitamin A hit. I have included a collage of students working and playing in their bubbles this week at QPS. We have operated 4 bubbles with no more than 8 students in a bubble. Our numbers of students on any one day have varied between 21-31. These students have followed the same programmes as students working from home, including zoom meetings with their teachers and peers. 

You will receive information in relation to next week’s home learning over the weekend. Teachers have planned for the week and this will be dependent on whether the PM decides to shift our Alert Level. I will maintain communication with you as we learn more. 

Have an amazing weekend in paradise!!!

Fi Cavanagh

IMPORTANT DATES

ALL ACTIVITIES DEPENDENT
ON ALERT LEVELS

Tuesday 7 September

Year 0 - 4 Cross Country

Thursday 9 September
Wakatipu Cross Country

Monday 13 - Wednesday 15 September
Year 5/6 Snowsport Programme

Friday 17 September
QPS QUIZ NIGHT

Monday 20 - Wednesday 22 September
Year 3/4 Snowsports Programme

Monday 27 - Wednesday 29 September
Year 7/8 Snowsports Programme

Thursday 30 September
Last Day of Term 3

Friday 1 October
Teacher Only Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
 
Around the School
Wanted - Ice Cream Containers
Room 11 would like to collect a set of used ice cream containers (no lids needed).    They will be recycled into goals and barriers for use with our new Sphero Minis.

When we return to school (level 2) they can be dropped off at room 11.

Salvation Army Support

Need a helping hand?
  Foodbanks and other essential social services remain open at Alert Level 4 but are operating under strict protocols. The Salvation Army in Queenstown and Community Networks Wānaka continue to provide basic welfare needs for our community and stranded visitors.

For more information about the social services available, visit https://www.qldc.govt.nz/community/emergency-management/covid-19/welfare-assistance

Welfare Assistance - Queenstown-Lakes District
Health concerns. If there is a health emergency call 111 immediately. If you can’t speak to your doctor, or you do not currently have a doctor, call Healthline for free advice and information – 0800 611 116.. The Healthline team are specialists in assessing and advising over the phone. They can arrange to talk with you in your language.
www.qldc.govt.nz

To contact an individual agency, please check their website or Facebook page for the best means of getting in touch.

 

And if you, or someone you know, needs help accessing goods and groceries, particularly if they’re vulnerable or having to self-isolate, other options include asking family, friends or a neighbour to deliver goods; click and collect; supermarket delivery or subscription food boxes.

 

We’re all in this together so let’s look after each other.  Don’t go without, please reach out – we’re only a phone call away. 

Situations Vacant
Please email newsletter@queenstown.school.nz if you have a position available that you would like to advertise.
Assistant Accountant for the Queenstown Airport Corporation. 
Part-time role, 20 hours per week 

CLICK HERE for details
Health Message
Chickenpox


As you will no doubt be aware - Chickenpox is doing the rounds again.

Of particular concern is that some parents are bringing their children to the Emergency Department (ED) at Lakes District Hospital (LDH).  Unfortunately ED in Queenstown is not equipped to deal with this contagious disease and it is not an appropriate place to present for diagnosis - unless the child is experiencing worrying symptoms.  LDH staff have requested that we discourage parents with essentially well children from presenting them at ED.  There have been a few in the last week that have done this - this put others - particularly immune suppressed or pregnant at risk.  

If you have concerns or need someone to talk to either call their Public Health Nurse, Karina Anderson 027 447 1462, Maria Frewen 0274648990,  call Health line 0800 611 116  or call their GP in the first instance - unless experiencing serious symptoms.

Chickenpox (mate koroputa hei) is a common childhood illness that usually occurs between the ages of 2 and 10. The main symptom is an itchy, blistering rash. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which children can be vaccinated against as part of the New Zealand immunisation schedule.

Key points about chickenpox:

1.   Chickenpox is easily spread by an infected person sneezing and coughing, or by contact with weeping blisters when the sores are present.

2.   Even though chickenpox is mainly a childhood illness, adults who are exposed to the virus can still get chickenpox if they have not had chickenpox or have not been vaccinated against it. It is often more severe in adults.

3.   Most cases of childhood chickenpox are mild, but it can sometimes cause serious illness. Chickenpox is usually more severe in adults, pregnant women and their unborn babies and people with a weakened immune system.

4.   Children with chickenpox need to stay home from school and early childhood centres. Chickenpox is infectious 2 days before the rash appears until all the blisters have dried up. This usually takes 5 to 7 days.

5.   Vaccination for chickenpox is free for children at 15 months of age and children turning 11 years of age who have never been infected with or not previously vaccinated for chickenpox. Read more about the chickenpox vaccine<https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/medicines/c/chickenpox-vaccine/>.


For more information Click here to find out about Chickenpox

Access To Free Period Products

Being able to go to school everyday is important for overall wellbeing. It provides a safe environment where children and young people can grow and learn, build social connections and a sense of belonging, and develop their potential. It has long-term impacts for health, employment opportunities and life choices.

Access to period products is just one way to remove barriers that prevent children and young people regularly attending school. Providing free period products is one way our government can directly address poverty and positively impact children’s wellbeing.

The initiative aims to provide free period products to children and young people in all state and state-integrated schools and kura across New Zealand during 2021, not only for use within the school setting but also at home. Queenstown Primary School is part of this initiative.

Access to period products is a necessity, not a luxury. Our product has arrived!

To access product please see Mrs Lock, Mrs Bailey, Mrs Nichols, Mrs Little, the office staff or talk to your teacher to collect two packets of the perfered product to take and use at home. Product will be available and housed within school bathrooms for use throughout the day.

If you have any queries please contact Justine Lock justinel@queenstown.school.nz

QPS SCHOOL PHOTOS

Check out my "Queenstown Primary 21" images using the following link:

CLICK HERE

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SCHOOL HOURS

School commences at 8.55am and ends at 3.00pm.

Brain Break 10am to 10.10 am
Morning tea break 11.00 am to 11.30 am
Lunch break 12.40 pm to 1.30 pm. 

It is recommended that your child arrives at school no later than 8.45 am.

Android & iPhone App now available

myKindo app is now available for iPhone and Android phones. If you like the flexibility of ordering anywhere, anytime then go ahead and download the app!

Access via the app store, searching "mykindo" or by using the links below Android Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nz.co.tgcl.mykindo

iPhone App Store:  https://apps.apple.com/nz/app/mykindo/id1445622107

 
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 QPS School Checklist

 

 GOT TO DO!

 

LINKS

 

SchoolAppsNZ APP: Download the SchoolAppsNZ from your App Store or Google Play for FREE or click on the links opposite.  

Please download now to keep up to date with all school information.

APP - ANDROID  

 

APP -APPLE

 

 

BUS:  If riding the bus, determine route and register via the QPS Website - You can also update any changes to your student's bus route and days throughout the year via this link.  Use the link opposite or go to http://www.queenstown.school.nz/index.php/bus-information

BUS REGO

 

UNIFORM:  Order your school uniform via the QPS Website - a uniform shop is open Tuesdays 8:30-9:00am in the School Hall with sample sizes to try on and some second hand uniforms to purchase.  Use the link opposite or go to http://www.queenstown.school.nz/index.php/uniforms

UNIFORM ORDERS

 

SCHOOL SHOP: Create a School Shop Account - this is essential - it allows you to order school lunches, sign up for sports events, fundraising events etc.  No more having to find cash for your child to take part in school activities. Use the link opposite or go to https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop and choose Queenstown Primary School

SCHOOL SHOP

GOT TO KNOW!

 

 

ABSENCES:  If your child is going to be absent from school you must advise the SCHOOL OFFICE prior to 9am by phone - 442 9120 (press 1 to leave message 24/7), via the School App or via email absences@queenstown.school.nz   For planned absences during term time complete the Absence form on the QPS website and submit.

 

 

MESSAGES: Any urgent messages for students need to be phoned through to the SCHOOL OFFICE 442 9120 not later than 2pm. 

 

 

SCHOOL HOURS:  School commences at 8.55am and ends at 3.00pm. There is a Brain Break 10am - 10.10 am, morning tea break is 11.00 am to 11.30 am and lunch break is 12.40 pm to 1.30 pm.  It is recommended that your child arrives at school no later than 8.45 am.

 

 

PLAN YOUR DAY:  Please ensure that your child knows what they are doing after school each day

 

 

LATE TO SCHOOL:  If your child arrives after the 8:55am bell has rung then they MUST go to the SCHOOL Office to sign in on the tablet.

 

 

BUSES:  Please advise the SCHOOL OFFICE 442 9120 if your child is NOT travelling home on the bus on a day you have registered them to be on the bus.  Please respect this request as it can delay bus departures. To register your child for the bus, please see the information and link above in the “Got to Do” section.

 

 

TAKING STUDENT OUT FROM CLASS:  Should you need to take your child out of school for ANY reason please sign them out on the tablet at the School Office and sign them back in on your return.  

 

 

CARPARKING: Weather dependent, Terms 1 and 4 will have the lower field open for parents to park when dropping off and collecting students after school.  If you park in the School carpark AT ANY TIME you must collect a visitor pass from the School Office - failure to do so will incur towing costs.

 

 

EMAIL: Please ensure you are receiving our school newsletter via email and emails from your child's classroom teacher.  Check your Spam or Junk folder initially

 

 

LOST PROPERTY: Lost property bins are located outside the caretaker’s office in the upper courtyard.  Please ensure you label all items of clothing.

 

 

CHANGE OF DETAILS: It is imperative that we have up-to-date contact information for all parent/caregivers so as to be able to contact you in an emergency or illness situation concerning your child.  Please keep the School Office informed of any changes.

 

 

SCHOOL LUNCHES:  Tired of making sandwiches!  Take a break and order your child Sushi on a Wednesday (order cut-off 8pm Tuesdays) and Pie & Juicy (order on a Friday.  School lunch orders are ONLY accepted through our SCHOOL SHOP. Set up your account if you haven't already, pop funds on your School Shop account ready to order

SCHOOL SHOP

 

ACCOUNTS: Please direct any finance queries to Carly in accounts at accounts@queenstown.school.nz.  You will receive student statements throughout the year.

 

GOOD TO GO!

 

 

WELCOME ABOARD!  We hope you and your child are excited about all that QPS has to offer.  Please pop in to the office to see our friendly admin team if you have any queries - happy to assist.

 

Term Dates for 2021

Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October
Monday 18 October to Thursday 16 December

Teacher Only Days
 
  • Term 1.    Friday 16 April
  • Term 2.    Friday 9 July
  • Term 3.    Friday 1 October
  • Term 4.    Friday 12 November and Thursday 16 December (students finish for the year on 15 December)
General Information


Uniform Reminder

You will find all your uniform requirements on the front page of our website with a full sizing guide.  The Uniform Shop is open every Tuesday of a school term in the school hall 8.30-9.00am sharp if you are unsure of size.  At the uniform shop, we have a small amount of secondhand uniform for sale.  If you would like to donate any uniform, please drop in to the school office.  NOTE:  School Hoodie can have your child's name on the back, cost $10, no nicknames allowed.

Student Accounts

If you would like to set up a payment plan for your child's account, please get in touch with Carly at 
accounts@queenstown.school.nz.  If you already have an automatic payment in place but are unsure if it will be enough to cover the items on your statement by the end of the year, do get in touch.  Likewise, if you think you may be paying too much, let her know and she can recalculate the amount for you!

Carly is here to help with any payment or statement queries you may have.

Student Absences

CLICK HERE to submit an absence.

COMMUNITY NOTICES
Slow Down Near School Buses

A reminder to parents/caregivers to take extra care around school bus stops. Please park on the same side as the bus stop wherever possible. But if you do need to park on the opposite side, cross to your children first instead of having them cross to you. Please never call to your child from the other side of the road – yes it does happen - and it can put children in great danger! 

Parents please remember that the maximum speed when passing a stationary school bus stopped to pick up or drop off children is 20km/h regardless of which side the bus is on.  Please take extra care around school bus stops and provide supervision for children needing to cross.

 

 
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Cheerleading classes in Frankton!
If your child enjoys dance and gymnastics why not try cheer? Queenstown Cheerleading classes are held every Monday at St Margarets Church Hall in Frankton. 5-8 year olds: 4pm-5pm and 9-13 year olds: 5pm-6.15pm. To register please email: queenstowncheer@gmail.com "

Phil Hartshorn's Dunedin School of Music

Guitar, Drums and Bass Tuition

Full Time Professional Music Teaching.

Phil Hartshorn BA (HONS) PGDip Tching

Web: dunedinschoolofmusic.nz

Phone: 021 075 0927

I want to make you an awesome player, fast.

ADVERTISING

FREE DENTAL CARE 

Children in New Zealand are entitled to free basic oral health care services until 17 years of age. If you would like your child to receive this free service please click on the following link to complete the online enrolment form: 

https://www.southernhealth.nz/getting-help-you-need/oral-and-dental-health/free-oral-health-service-children/southern-district 

Or telephone the clinic – 034509370 or Freephone 0800 570 300 – we are located at 19A Douglas Street, Frankton, Queenstown

If you are not a New Zealand resident there is a criteria to be met in order to receive free care, please ask the dental staff before enrolling.

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