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Volume 21|  6 August 2021| Roll Number 692|  Week 2 Term 3


Hi there everyone

The teachers and I have spent many hours this week dealing with the poor behaviour of some students. I have addressed all year 7 and 8 students, as our senior role models, to show Care, Respect and Integrity, our QPS Values, towards each other. This poor behaviour is demonstrated by a few students at all levels in our school. We are dealing with online bullying, physical aggression and high anxiety. I am very concerned about how other students are being exposed to violent situations in and out of the classroom. I would appreciate you all speaking with your child about informing a teacher if they see any of these behaviours as this situation cannot continue. We have zero tolerance to these poor behaviours and consequences will be put in place. If your child is feeling anxious, stressed or unsafe, they must inform an adult at the school that they trust. “It takes a village to raise a child” and at this point we need you to work with us. QPS values caring and kind students and teachers. If we all work together, I believe we can make a difference. 

At the beginning of the week, I attended the New Zealand Principals’ Federation conference in Rotorua. Over 700 principals from all over the country came together to learn about the government’s development in refreshing our national curriculum. Next year the Aotearoa Histories curriculum will be taught in all schools following a “Know, Do, Understand” process. At QPS we are really excited about this opportunity as our students will learn more about how NZ came to be and where they originated from. I listened to keynote speakers who challenged my thinking around why some students are failing in our current education system. I believe we, as educators, are failing them and my focus for the remainder of the year will be time spent investigating how we can improve. 

There are a number of events and activities coming up so please keep yourselves informed via our website and App. 

Enjoy the weekend! (Kia pai to ra whakata)

Fi Cavanagh


Tuesday 17 August

International Day

Wednesday 25 August
Year 5 - 8 Cross Country

Thursday 2 September
Battle of the Basin Ski Champs

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

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
NZSKI 2021 local schools season passes

Please click on the link below to obtain your child's snowsports season pass.

All Year 3 - 8 students will participate in the QPS Snowsports Programme in Term 3 and will require a pass.
Around the School


Congratulations to Penny Aggerholm, Leah Johnston and Bella Dempsey! Their amazing illustrations were included in the Toi Toi Publication - a journal for young writers and artists!
A HUGE BIG THANK YOU to all the parents, teachers and students who supported the Scholastic Book Fair raising $4000! 
Scholastic donated $1400 to spend on new books for the library! 
Students at QPS were entertained on Tuesday by the NZ Navy band.
We got the chance to clap, dance, and holler!
Room 1 students have been watching the Olympics with pride.
Here is what we think.....
Super Sports

Central Otago Swimming Champs 2021
Following on from qualifying in the Y5-8 School Swimming Championships, a large team of QPS swimmers qualified to compete in the Wakatipu Schools’ Swimming Champs before then qualifying to represent the Wakatipu Zone at the Central Otago Swimming Champs in the last week of Term 2. All students swam hard and were excellent ambassadors for our school.

Top placings are listed as follows:
Year 8:
Dima Kuzmenkov: 50m Free- 3rd

                             50m Fly - 3rd

                             100m IM - 3rd

Finn Almog: 25m Breaststroke - 2nd

Noah Miller: 25m Back-3rd

Liam Rasmussen: 25m Breaststroke-1st

Alaska Speedy: 25m Back-3rd

                          25m Fly-2nd

Year 7:

Sydney Alva: 25m Free-2nd

                      25m Back-2nd

                      25m Fly-1st


Bailey McKay: 25m Free-1st

                        25m Back-1st

                        25m Breaststroke-1st

                        25m Fly-2nd

Keira Redden: 25m Breaststroke-2nd

Year 5/6:

Raphael Guyot de la Pommeraye: 25m Free-1st

                                                       25m Fly-3rd

Towa Miyoshi: 25m Breaststroke-2nd

Relays: Top Placings
Boys 100 Freestyle Relay Year 5- 2nd (Dominic Ashton, Flynn Nicholson, Raphael Guyot de la Pommeraye, Towa Miyoshi)

Boys 100 Freestyle Relay Year 6-3rd (Harry Pilkington, Jonty Holmes, Henri Monnier, Justin-Li Moroney)

Girls 100 Freestyle Relay Year 7-1st (Bailey McKay, Sydney Alva, Keira Redden, Chloe Guyot de la Pommeraye)

Boys 100 Freestyle Relay Year 8- 2nd (Dima Kuzmenkov, Noah Miller, Ben Bradley, Oliver Bradley)

Mixed 100 Medley Relay: 2nd (Alaska Speedy, Penny Aggerholm, Caitlyn Uhrle, Avril Song)

Congratulations to all students who competed at these championships!

Student Success
SBS Wayne Evans Memorial Meet Invercargill 31 July 2021
Sydney Alva and Avril Song had a successful meet on Saturday 31 July 2021.  Both girls competed in 6 events each.  

Sydney Alva got Personal Bests in all six events.  Sydney also got podium finishes in 4 of the 6 events:
1st in 200m fly
2nd in 100m fly
3rd in 50m fly
3rd in 100m freestyle
4th in Individual Medley
5th in 50m backstroke

Avril Song got two Personal Best.  Avril got poduim finishes in 4 of the 6 events:
1st in 100m fly
1st in 200m Individual Medley
2nd in 100m freestyle PB
3rd in 100m Individual Medley
4th in 50m fly
4th in 50m freestyle PB
Health Message

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<>.

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


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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.
Situations Vacant
Please email if you have a position available that you would like to advertise.


Hey ladies,

We are looking for childminders to cover Thursday's and Friday's shifts from 9am-10:15am starting next week. In exchange to look after the kids you will get a free membership! How awesome??!! 

If you are interested in taking any of the shifts above, please be in touch and we can explain exactly what the role entails.

Remarkable Women's Health and Fitness
Level 2, Rees House - Remarkable's Park
Queenstown, Otago 9300


You will have received an email today from Musac Edge welcoming you to access our Edge Caregiver Portal which will give you access to viewing your child/children’s Attendance and Reporting, and allow you to make online payments to their accounts.

You have two options, accessing the Caregiver Portal only and/or downloading the Edge app for Caregivers on your device.

For full instructions on how to set up/use the Portal and set up the Edge App, please click on the link below:


Please note that the end of Term 2 Reports will be available on Friday 9 July 2021 for viewing through the portal/app.

For your information when viewing your child's attendance, the Ministry of Education Attendance Codes are as follows:

P -  Present

M - Unwell/Medical reason

L -  Student is late for class

E - Student is absent with an explained reason

J -  Justified Absence

G -  Holiday during term time (a holiday form has been submitted prior to absence)

? -  No response from parents for absence

Q - School activity

Adverse Weather Plan

We are now approaching the time of year when adverse weather, including snow and ice, can affect roads and buses and the operation of the school. Below are the two main adverse weather scenarios and the methods of communication that we will use for adverse weather. 

Adverse Weather Overnight and early Morning 

We will liaise with QLDC’s roading contractor and the bus coordinator and make a decision re any changes to the school day. 

If changes are made they are likely to be: 

  1. School is open as normal, however some buses may be delayed or cancelled.

  2. School has a delayed start (usually 10am), with a compacted timetable. Buses may be delayed or cancelled. 

  3. School is closed. 

Please note that we liaise with all the schools in the Wakatipu Basin, and the decision to close or have a late start is coordinated by the designated representative for the school. (Conditions can vary across the basin and be different for schools). 


Adverse Weather During the School Day 

Please note that closing the school early is problematic for a number of reasons (notably trying to run all buses early), and we will try and run school until the normal end of day if at all possible. Accordingly, we do not want parents coming to school to collect their children unless specifically notified to do so. The likely scenarios for adverse weather events during the school day are: 

a) School runs until normal time, and buses run as normal. 

b) School runs until normal time, but some buses run early and/or runs are altered. 

c) School closes early, with buses also running early. In some cases bus routes may be altered. 

d) In an extreme adverse weather event students may be kept at school until travel is safe or even stay overnight.



We will use the following channels for communicating with parents and students about adverse weather impacts:  

  • QPS App alert - please download the free QPS App and sign up for alerts.  

  • Email.

  • Facebook- please follow us on facebook.

  • Radio - announcements will also be made on local radio stations.  

Our primary concern is the safety of our students and this will always be paramount in our decision making. If parents are on the roads please ensure that vehicles are equipped for winter driving conditions. 


Fi Cavanagh


Matt Leach 

Health and Safety Coordinator

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:

iPhone App Store:

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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.


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)

A reminder when online ordering via the SCHOOL SHOP - if you DO NOT receive a confirmation email once you've placed your order, then your order did not go through and is probably still waiting in your cart to be 'checked out'. 

Please check your email confirmations and we can all avoid future sad faces!
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  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.


       Young Writers  


         Please read the following information about an exciting

                       workshop you may like to take part in.

Event: 11 – 13 years creative writing workshop with Heather McQuillian

Date: Saturday 21st August 2021

Time: 10am – 1pm 

Location: Arrowtown Primary School, 9 Chalmers Place, Arrowtown, 9320

Title: Creative writing workshop for young writers (Years 7 & 8) 

Are you a young writer with a big imagination? Are you ready to turn your ideas into stories and learn more about being a writer? 

Join author Heather McQuillian at this special workshop on writing stories. You’ll get started with a few writing exercises, then spend time working on your story and learning about the craft of writing. 

Heather McQuillian writes short stories, poetry and novels for young people. She’s also a creative writing teacher and Director of Write On School for Young Writers. Heather’s first novel, Mind Over Matter (Scholastic NZ), won the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2005, and was a 2007 Storylines Notable Book. Her other books include Nest of Lies and Avis and the Promise of Dragons. 

This workshop is suitable for enthusiastic writers in school years 7 and 8 (aged 11 – 13). 

Funding may be available. Email for more information. 

We also have an upcoming workshop for slightly younger writers on Sunday 22nd August. 

Event: 9 – 11 years creative writing workshop with Heather McQuillian

Date: Sunday 22nd August 2021

Time: 10am – 1pm 

Location: Arrowtown Primary School, 9 Chalmers Place, Arrowtown, 9320

Title: Creative writing workshop for young writers (Years 5 & 6) 

Are you a young writer with a big imagination? Are you ready to turn your ideas into stories and learn more about being a writer? 

Join author Heather McQuillian at this special workshop on writing stories. You’ll get started with a few writing exercises, then spend time working on your story and learning about the craft of writing. 

Heather McQuillian writes short stories, poetry and novels for young people. She’s also a creative writing teacher and Director of Write On School for Young Writers. Heather’s first novel, Mind Over Matter (Scholastic NZ), won the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2005, and was a 2007 Storylines Notable Book. Her other books include Nest of Lies and Avis and the Promise of Dragons. 

This workshop is suitable for enthusiastic writers in school years 5 and 6 (aged 9 – 11). 

Funding may be available. Email for more information. 

We also have an upcoming workshop for slightly older writers on Saturday 21st August. 


Branches Trust will be hosting a wonderful early evening Art Auction on Friday 13th August at the Memorial Centre, 5.30 – 9pm.  Always a great night there are art pieces for all pockets!  Tickets at just $20 include lovely nibbles throughout the night and can be purchased from WHS Front Office, Brandlands and also there will be door sales on the night.   Mark the date in your diary and start your weekend with a bit of arts and culture!
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.


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: "

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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