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Volume 35| 11 November 2022| Roll Number 665|  Week 4 Term 4

Kia ora nga tangata ataahua

Thank you to all of you who have assisted on school camps over the past couple of weeks. This is no easy task as it means you are sharing the responsibility, with teachers, of the health and safety of all students while they are away from home. The upside, of course, is that you form great relationships with each other, the staff and our students in amazing environments and have so much fun! I appreciate our teachers who spend many long hours at night and during weekends preparing for these camps so that they meet all the health and safety requirements and organise learning activities that mean everyone is highly engaged. You are all AMAZING!. I am sure there will be many of you sleeping in this weekend; resting and recovering. 

I have been reading a recent Education Review Office (ERO) report regarding student attendance in NZ. The report is based on evidence collected from 33 schools. It concludes that attendance issues are complex. They occur in all socio-economic bands; there are multiple barriers to attendance from families taking children on lengthy overseas trips during term time to families who cannot afford lunches or school uniforms. They also conclude that it will take a combined effort of multiple agencies, families and school staff to address this problem. 

The ERO report was clear that solutions will work only when the cause of absenteeism is understood. They found that for some students the problem lies with relationships with their friends,  teachers or boredom and disengagement. At QPS we try to create engaging programmes within authentic settings and we consistently review and reflect on successes and failures and use student achievement data formatively to plan for next steps. We aim to ensure our programmes are motivating, fun and relevant so that our students want to come to school. Our positive and caring relationships with your children have a  significant impact on their wanting to come to school as well. 

Key messages included:

  • If students have one week off during term time, every term, over 10 years they will miss a year of school. 

  • Being at school every day matters because of the sequential nature of learning, especially in literacy and numeracy.

  • By law, students must attend school.

  • One of the highest predictors of education success is attendance levels at school. 

Enjoy your weekend in paradise!

Fi Cavanagh





Monday 14 - Friday 18 November

Stewart Island Camp - Room 28

Middle School Cardona Camp
Mon 14th/Tues 15th Nov - Rm 13 & 24
Tues 15th/Wed 16th Nov - Rm 14 & 23
Wed 16th/Thur 17th Nov - Rm 12 & 15

Tuesday 29 November - Thursday 1 December
Year 5 Moke Lake Camp

Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 December
Year 8 Camp

Friday 16 November
Last day of Term 4 
12pm finish

Thursday 2 February 2023 first day of Term 1

ICAS Medal Winner

Lucas Collins, Year 3, Gold Medal Winner and High Distinction Certificate receiver for Digital Technologies 2022

We would like to congratulate Lucas, who is a medal winner; he was awarded a medal for ICAS Digital Technologies and a medal winners certificate. This means Lucas is the student with the top score in this subject of his year group. Congratulations on your success Lucas!

Mahi Pai Awards

Congratulations to the following amazing students for receiving their Mahi Pai Awards this week.

Fantastic effort!

Rudrakshi Sharma, Room 28
Naomi Mori-Haslett  Room 21 
Isaac Copsey  Room 12
Ellie Dorsey  Room 8 
Magical Maths
Tips to help your children with their Maths
Around the School
Year 5 and 6 Garden to Table students have sown and raised vegetable seedlings to sell as a fundraiser for extra kitchen equipment for our popular GTT Programme.
You can buy tomato, beans, lettuce and corn seedlings, sunflower and hollyhock seeds and Gladioli corms. Prices range from $ 1, $2 and $3.00.
Come and stock up for your gardens.
Thanks to Tui for providing seeds and seed-raising mix.
Plants will be available from the Year 5/6 area.
The children in Room 2 have been learning about France.
We tried "snail" paste and real snails from France .
We looked at French fashion designers and made our own clothing designs.
Spark Donation
Many thanks to Ankit Panchal (Base Lead Spark Queenstown) for donating the following phones to QPS.

1 x Samsung Z Flip 5G
1 x Nokia 2.1
2 x Nokia 5.1
2 x Nokia 6.1

These phones will be utilised throughout the school - thank you so much!

The Queenstown Primary School Choir singing at the Citizens Ceremony in the Memorial Hall this week. Their singing was wonderful and appreciated by all who attended. A big thank you to all the students who gave a moving performance.
Science Roadshow

QPS was extremely fortunate to experience the Science Roadshow this week. Students (and staff!) enjoyed the opportunity for some very interactive Science.
Remember to try and pack a 'Zero Plastic' Lunch.
This message has been brought to you by the QPS Enviro Leaders.
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.
Student Success

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a group of fun, motivated parents who work together to fundraise for QPS, as unfortunately the government doesn’t cover the schools wish list of facilities and education options for our amazing kids. 

The PTA is unfortunately losing many of its members this year as their kids move on to High School. 

There are many reasons why parents join the PTA. For some it’s to help the school offer better facilities and for others it’s simply to connect with more parents socially. Whatever your reason might be, you are welcome on the PTA!

We really would like to have a PTA that represents our diverse school community.  You don’t need to have any special skills but just be happy to get together once a month in the school staff room and work as a team on projects initiated by the PTA. 


This is a great time to come on board. Covid is behind us and with new ideas the PTA has the ability to contribute significantly to our school, particularly with the proposed classroom and playground improvements.  

In the coming weeks look out for more communication from us in our drive for more members.  In the meantime if you’d like to learn a bit more about what the PTA does, or are ready to join up now,  please email or contact the school office who will put you in touch with us. 
Situations Vacant
Please email if you have a position available that you would like to advertise.
Term Dates 2022

Term 1 - Wednesday 2 February - Thursday 14 April
Term 2 - Monday 2 May - Friday 8 July
Term 3 - Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September
Term 4 - Monday 17 October - Friday 16 December

Term Dates 2023

Term 1 - Thursday 2 February - Thursday 6 April
Term 2 - Monday 24 April - Friday 30 June
Term 3 - Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September
Term 4 - Monday 9 October - Tuesday 19 December
Salvation Army Support
School parents and increase rent and mortgage rates
Many of you will be experiencing increased food and transport costs. Also, with mortgage interest rates on the rise, many people will have less money in their pockets. Although a lot of people do not own their own homes, the flow-on effect of mortgage interest rate rises will result in increased rents. If you are concerned about how you will afford these increased costs, you may be interested in speaking to our financial mentor. This is a free service run by The Salvation Army. Our service provides support to those struggling with their finances. We can provide skills that will improve your future financial well-being. This service is for people who wish to learn how to manage their money, keep debt under control and plan for future financial success.
If you have any parents who may need our help, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0211955534.
Sandra McClennan
Financial Mentor


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.
General Information
Friendly reminder to please inform the school office of any changes to address, postal address, emails and cellphone numbers.
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 QPS School Checklist






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.






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



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



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 and choose Queenstown Primary School





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   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



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





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.


Uniform Reminder - Uniform Shop

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  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.

Next month…we are heading off on our FIRST Real Steel Southern Roadie 🚙 and we can’t wait 🙌

We’re off to the Golden Homes Real Steel Netball Festival in Queenstown, Wanaka and Cromwell from 2-3 December! 🏐 Register all your budding netballers in for these fun Skills & Drills sessions with the REAL STEEL! 💙💖

For more information, or to register click here 👉
Don’t delay - spaces are limited #GottaBeThere

Special thanks to Ethan Smith and Golden Homes in the Southern Lakes for making this happen!  We are thrilled to welcome you to our Steel family of partners 💫

#REALSTEEL #GottaBeThere
Places available for horse riding lessons at AM Equestrian Academy - now affiliated with the New Zealand Pony Club Association to provide the Pony Club curriculum to students without their own ponies.
For more information see our website
The Cancer Society of Otago and Southland invites you to participate in Marathon In A Month this November.
We are very excited to be offering Marathon in a Month for the first time in Otago and Southland this year.
You can walk, swim, run, bike or row your way to 42 km between 1st to 30th November - all while raising funds for the Cancer Society's research, prevention, and support services and getting fit and healthy.
Break it down - that's only 1.4 km daily! Participating in a marathon can be physically demanding in one day but achievable over a month – this could be a great training incentive for your summer sport teams. 
If 42 km is not a big enough challenge for you, you can set the bar higher – two marathons, even three! Marathon in a month is a great way to get active this spring by committing to a goal that suits you, or your team.   
The funds raised will ensure that the 71 New Zealanders a day who are diagnosed with cancer will not go through it alone.
Tennis holiday camps and term 4 after school lessons.
20+ years experience, kids will love it.
Adult and private lessons also.
Phone/Txt Louie on 02108646997

Phil Hartshorn's Dunedin School of Music

Guitar, Drums and Bass Tuition

Full Time Professional Music Teaching.

Phil Hartshorn BA (HONS) PGDip Tching


Phone: 021 075 0927

I want to make you an awesome player, fast.



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: 

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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