View this email in your browser
Volume 26|  26 August 2022| Roll Number 659|  Week 5 Term 3


Kia ora koutou


Fifty years ago, Professor Richie Poulton began a longitudinal study in Dunedin, tracking 1007 children up to this day. This study is considered as one of the most important in the world. He highlighted a key finding from the study, which is that self control is the most significant predictor of success in life. From as early as two years old, children’s levels of self-control were evident. Taking into account socio-economic factors and context, tracking the participants over 50 years has shown that participants’ EQ (emotional quotient) has mattered more than the IQ (intelligence quotient). Over time, participants who had stronger self management from an early age were more focused, found it easier to make friends, achieved better at school, had positive relationships as adults and they generally made choices that helped them lead positive and successful lives. 

When we consider this finding in the context of a pandemic and a general increase in societal anxiety, stress and trauma, mental health is another learning area we need to understand and know more about. 

At QPS, we have initiated ways of helping our students feel happy and safe at school by creating warm and welcoming environments, providing counselling via our school social worker, having safe spaces to withdraw to and a buddy system. Our restorative process used in our behaviour management system offers children an opportunity to explain and share their actions and work towards positive outcomes moving forward. Our ‘zero tolerance’ to violence philosophy means any type of bullying is unacceptable and will be followed up. Throughout this process we are constantly reinforcing self management strategies to use in the future. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Mine will be spent weeding the gardens and including a trail ride as the weather outlook seems great!

Nga mihi nui

Fi Cavanagh


Tuesday 30 August
Maths Open Day

Thursday 1 September
Wakatipu Cross Country Champs

Friday 2 September 

Thursday 8 September
Wakatipu Snowsports
Battle of the Basin

Monday 12 - Wednesday14 September
Optional Year 3-4 Snowsports Programme

Monday 19 - Wednesday 21
Optional Year 5-6 Snowsports Programme

Monday 26 - Wednesday 28 September
Optional Year 7-8 snowsports Programme

Thursday 22 September
Central Otago Cross Country Champs

Friday 30 September
Last Day Term 3

Monday 17 October
First Day Term 4

Monday 31 October - Friday 4 November
Stewart Island Camp - Room 27

Monday 7 - Friday 11 November
Stewart Island Camp - Room 29
Year 7/8 Cecil Peak Camp

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

Magical Maths
Tips to help your children with their Maths
Around the School
As part of Room 3's Space PBl we are learning about Earth, day and night, weather forecasting and seasons. Today we made wind vanes to show how to measure wind direction. 
This week Room 24 used their fraction knowledge to create Picnic Baskets.  
Here are a couple of examples of the quality work that was produced by these amazing Year 4s.  
A Hot Chocolate at Bespoke this week for our International Ambassadors as a thank you for their hard work on International Day!
Student Success
QPS students Mollie, Freda and Seb were all selected for the Wakatipu Hockey Club Kwik Sticks Gold team. It was a competitive league against other teams from Central Otago. Their team was undefeated for the whole season! A first for Wakatipu. Freda won an award for most improved and Seb MVP! 
Homestay Opportunity
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 - starts between Monday 30 January and Tuesday 7 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 - ends no later than Wednesday 20 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
General Information


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.
Clipart - <strong>Traffic</strong> <strong>Light</strong>

 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.

QAFC has been given this fantastic fundraising opportunity!  World Cup Lottery is here! Be in to win 2 return flights to Doha plus 13 nights accommodation and match tickets to attend three pool play matches and all for just $20 a ticket. For each ticket sold, QAFC receives $10. So get buying for this spectacular prize and help us raise much needed funds for the club. Thanks so much everyone and good luck! Full details are on our website and this link.

Or buy direct here! Full information sheet is here.

Select Football South as the region and then Queenstown AFC.

Game on!

Many thanks

QAFC Committee

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.

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.


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.

Copyright © 2022 Queenstown Primary School, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp