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Volume 29| 16 September 2022| Roll Number 659|  Week 8 Term 3


Kia ora koutou,

Regular Student Attendance is a key strategy for ensuring success at school. The Ministry of Education considers regular attendance to be 90% or higher; however, their analysis shows that every day has a cumulative impact on a child’s learning, and there is no ‘safe’ level of non-attendance. Only a small number of absences (about 1.5 days per term) is related to no change in expected achievement, and every additional absence is associated with lower achievement. The MOE regularly analyzes student attendance data across the region; their recent analysis shows that the percentage of Queenstown Primary School students attending school regularly was lower than in comparison schools (region, decile and type). We know that it has been difficult as families have been required to isolate, and it is best to stay home if unwell. However, we are concerned that our students' attendance rates do not drop further. It is important to pay careful attention to your child’s attendance and ensure that their weekends and holidays are used for rest and recuperation, so they are ready for learning Monday - Friday. 

Across the school, classrooms have been a buzz with engaged students as teachers provide instruction. The Snowsports programme is well underway, with many Year 3 and 4’s participating; our Yr 5 and 6 students are excited for their turn next week. Yr 7 and 8  follow them. Dr Kathryn Smith spoke to a number of the girls, parents and caregivers delivering Puberty Talks earlier this week, and many teams engaged with their current PBLs.

This week has marked a significant period in history with the passing of Queen Elizabeth II as the longest-serving monarch and the reign of King Charles III.

Queen Elizabeth II's tenure as Head of State spanned post-war austerity, the transition from Empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War and the UK's entry into - and withdrawal from - the European Union. Her reign spanned 15 Prime Ministers starting with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, and including Ms Truss, born 101 years later in 1975. 

Her commitment to the Commonwealth was a constant; she was a remarkable woman that devoted her life to service. She served throughout an incredible period of history. Queen Elizabeth's funeral is to be held on Monday, September 19. New Zealand will have a one-off public holiday and state memorial service to mark the death of the Queen, this will be held on Monday 26 September.

With the refreshing of the New Zealand schools' curriculum, we have much to reflect upon, especially in relation to Aotearoa New Zealand's Histories and Te Takanga o Te Wā. From 2023, Te Takanga o Te Wā and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories will be part of all Kura and schools’ marau ā-kura and local curriculum.  

e Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week was a significant event this year. From schools to workplaces to whānau and friends. Thousands of New Zealanders stopped to share in a moment of unity for our people and the language. With Waiata heard around our school, te reo echoed across learning environments, tamariki engaged in the learning of language, culture and historical events. This year marked the 50th anniversary of Petihana Reo Māori. The Māori Language Petition presentation to Parliament on 14 September 1972, with over 30,000 signatures, kick started significant shifts in the revival of te reo Māori as a living language in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Since this moment 50 years ago, Te Petihana has and continues to inspire the Maōri language movement.  With New Zealand's three official languages, I challenge you to integrate te reo Māori within your day. It could be as easy as greeting everyone you see with 'Kia ora'. You may be interested in this resource to help you learn beside your tamariki or mokopuna.

A Māori word a day 

“History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.” 

"A generation which ignores history has no past and no future." 

Have a fabulous weekend. 

Kia pai tō mutunga wiki

Nāku noa, nā  Justine Lock Deputy Principal



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

Monday 26 September - SCHOOL CLOSED
Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day
National Public Holiday

Tuesday 27 - Thursday 29 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

Monday 7 - Thursday 10 November
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

Positive Puberty Evening

Monday 19 September 

Year 7/8 Girls: Intermediate Block

Year 7/8 Boys: Hall

Two local GP’S Dr Kathryn Smith and Dr Simon Davies will be speaking to students in two groups (Boys and Girls) on pubertal change. Students must be accompanied by Whānau to these talks, including the question and answer sessions.

Deputy Principal's Award this week goes to Ethan B, Ind W, Carter D. Quinn C and for outstanding leadership in Kapa Haka.  Louis and Eliah.
Fantastic Effort!
Magical Maths
Tips to help your children with their Maths
Around the School

Wanted Manikins for a PBL Display at QPS, for the last 2 weeks of this term.

This is required by some awesome students of Room 27. 

Please email our teacher if you can help.


Last weekend was the annual Multisport Race, Peak to Peak. The race set off from the top off from The Remarkables in a mass start and finished at the top of Coronet Peak. The event was made up of 5 disciplines, Ski/board: 2km, Bike: 17km, Kayak: 7km, Run: 9km and Bike: 9km.

Well done to Caitlyn and Carter Purdue who competed in the event as a family and our very own Bailey Saville a member of staff who competed as an individual. What an achievement!
Week 8 House Points update. Well done Rata!!

The winning house will be announced next Friday, 23 September. Keep showing our school values to earn House Tokens for your house.
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
Central Otago Swim Champs 2022

What a fantastic day in Wanaka and great results for QPS!

Central Otago Swim Champs 2022
What a fantastic day in Wanaka and great results for QPS!

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

Kitchen Hand 

Term time only
9-2pm (hours negotiable)
Great rates!
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.
Holiday Programmes/After School care
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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.

The Queenstown Tennis Club annual Junior Open Day and BBQ will be held on Sunday 25th September at 1pm-4pm in the Queenstown Gardens. Everyone is welcome to join us for a hit and to find out about club membership and coaching. No need to sign up in advance but feel free to email for more information.
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.



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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