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Volume 1| 3 February 2023| Roll Number 610|  Week 1 Term 1

Tena Koutou Katoa,


E mihi ana au ki a koutou, e hoa mā, o te tau hou!

Welcome to the new school year - a start like no other!

This term I am learning to speak te reo and wanted to practise via my newsletter to you. 

Ko Fiona Cavanagh toku ingoa

Ko Tahuna ahau

Ko kura Tuatahi o Tāhuna

No reira

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa. 

Thank you for preparing your child to return to school with a positive attitude, correct uniform and ready to learn. The staff are very well prepared to welcome back students for a second year or begin the year with new students who will remain with them for 2 years. It is really pleasing to welcome back a stable staff. This provides security for students and for the school. I feel very privileged to be leading such a wonderful team!

You will have noticed that construction work is happening in Rooms 25 and 26 which will accommodate the Playcentre towards the end of this term. We are expecting Rooms 28 and 29 to be removed from our site at the end of this term and replacement classrooms arriving from the High School. Eventually we will have 9 new classrooms from the High School replacing sub standard rooms on our site. We will keep you informed as further information is received from the Ministry of Education.

Thank you for taking advantage of our whanau time this afternoon. It was lovely to see so many of you having fun with your children and taking this opportunity to meet your child’s teacher. Please look out for communication in relation to parent interviews and 3 way conferences. We like to know how we can better meet the needs of your child by having these early conversations. 

As we progress through the term and the year, you will be asked to complete short surveys. Please look out for these as your constructive feedback assists us in improving our school. Students and staff will also provide feedback. Next week, our Presiding Member (Board Chair) will present a video of the goals the Board and school are working towards this year. Jeannie Galavazi is our PM and leads the Board of QPS. She works closely with the other members, including myself to ensure we are a successful school. 

Have a wonderful weekend out on the trails or in the lake!

Nga mihi

Fi Cavanagh



Monday 6 February
Waitangi Day - School Closed

Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 February
Meet the Teacher Interviews for Parents and Teachers (no students to attend)
For parents of Year 1, 3, 5 and 7 students ONLY

Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 February
Year 5 Moke Lake Camp

Monday 20 February
Touch Rugby Starts

Tuesday 21 February
Year 5- 8 School Athletics at the Events Centre

Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February
Goal Setting Interviews for Years 2, 4, 6  and 8

Monday 27 February - Wednesday 8 March
Year 7 & 8 Glendhu Bay Camp
Rooms 30 and 31; 27 Feb - 1 March
Rooms 32 and 33; 1 - 3 March
Rooms 34 and 35; 6 - 8 March

Wednesday 15 - Thursday 16 March
Year 3 Kelvin Heights Camp

Monday 20 March
Otago Anniversary - School Closed

Tuesday 21 March
Year 5 - 8 Wakatipu Zone Athletics Champs

Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 March
School Photos

Wednesday 29 March
COPSSA Athletic Champs

Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 March
Goal Setting Interviews for Years 1, 3, 5 and 7

Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 April
Education Outside the Classroom - House Days

Thursday 6 April
Last Day Term 1

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


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.

Meet the Teacher Interviews

ONLY for parents of Year 0, 1, 3, 5 and 7 Students 





Wednesday 8 February  

Thursday 9 February

3.20pm - 7.00pm

2.00pm - 7.00pm


These interviews are designed for parents (NB these interviews do not include students) to share information about your child and their learning needs. Please speak freely about your child so that our teachers can provide the best possible environment for your child. Interviews are conducted at QPS or via Video-Conference - please select the best option when you make your booking.

If you are a new family to QPS and your child/ren are in Year 2, 4, 6 or 8 please email your child’s teacher to make a time to meet.

This is also a great time to check that we have your correct email address on our system and that you are receiving regular emails from the school. This is a crucial way we communicate with parents.

We use an online booking system to make time for interviews. This lets you choose the times that suit you.

1. Go to

2. Enter our school code:  mazg6

3. Press go and follow the on-screen prompts.

4. Confirmed bookings will be emailed to you.

Remember that if you have more than one child, you will need to book early to get times close together. 

Bookings close at 9 am on Wednesday 8 February.

Please note: Conferences start at 2.00 pm on Thursday 9 February - all students will be supervised at school until 3pm and buses will run as normal.

If you have any issues making a booking please contact the office team.

Touch Rugby - Term 1

We are now taking registrations for Term 1's Touch Rugby Competition on our School Shop. You will need to register your child on the School Shop if you wish your child to play.
Details are as follows:
Queenstown Primary Module - Information 
Welcome to Touch Southland for a great season of summer Touch - the biggest participation team sport in New Zealand! 
Touch Southland is Queenstown's biggest Touch competition provider. 
Venue: Queenstown Events Centre, Frankton 
Games will be played between 4pm and 6pm on Mondays 
**Times may change subject to team entries. Times may vary each week.
Grades: Boys & Girls only in Year 1/2,3/4, 5/6, Year 7/8 
Girls Year 1/2,3/4 4-aside teams only 

Fees :$25 per player -This is paid when you register your child on our School Shop.
Format: Six weeks of competition - No games Monday March 20th due to Otago Anniversary day 
First Games:  Monday 20th February 2023
Last Games:  Monday 3rd April 2023 
Entries Close:   Thursday 13th February 2023
As we are required to have all teams and players entered with Touch Southland, you will need to register your child on the School Shop by Thursday 9 February at the latest so we can sort teams and coaches/managers.

Please note that in order for your child's team to be entered, all teams are required to have an adult with them. If I do not have enough Managers, there will be a weekly parent roster for teams where I have no Managers.

Further details regarding the competition can be found when you go online at our School Shop link on our website. For information about the competition format, please go to

Paula Nicholls
PE Specialist and Sport Coordinator
Queenstown Primary School


ICAS 2023

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are delighted to inform you that Queenstown Primary School will be participating in the world-renowned ICAS AssessmentsTM this year.

ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling Bee and Digital Technologies. 

Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals and are invited to attend special award ceremonies to have their academic excellence publicly recognised. 

We encourage you to consider entering your child into ICAS this year. The assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and take up the personal challenge of competing in an international assessment that has been running for over 40 years. Your child will be presented with high-quality, expert-developed questions, allowing them to apply their learning without the need for prior study or revision.

ICAS Assessments are online, a move that reflects a sector-wide transition to online assessments. This allows greater accessibility for students and faster delivery of results. 

Learn more about ICAS here:


2023 Participation

Our school has signed up for the ICAS Assessments parent payment system (PPS) for English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling Bee and Digital Technologies. Through this system, parents can pay for ICAS directly online while tests will still be held at our school. Please use the following details to register your child no later than July 15 2023. 


Access details for parents

Your school access code is:


Your parent page link is:


These assessments will take place during the day starting at 9:00 am.


Queenstown Primary School has partnered with ICAS Assessments on delivering our 2023 assessment strategy and has scheduled the following assessments:


ICAS Digital Technologies - 8 August 2023

ICAS Writing - 7 August 2023

ICAS English - 14 August 2023

ICAS Science - 21 August 2023

ICAS Spelling Bee - 22 August 2023

ICAS Maths - 28 August 2023


For these tests, each student’s device must have the required locked-down browser. The school will provide devices. However, if your child has their own device please download the required browser onto your child’s device by 1 August to ensure the device is ready for test day. They are welcome to use school devices which may be easier.

The instructions on how to download the browser onto your child’s device are available here:

 This secure locked-down browser is designed to do the following during the test(s):

  • Prevent students from accessing other applications, web pages, software or hardware features and only provides access to the test player.

  • Prevents the use of operating system commands such as functions accessed by Ctrl-Alt-Delete.

  • Disables features such as the camera, spell check, screenshot, home, keyboard shortcuts, and back and power buttons.


For more information about these assessments visit,

Thank you for your cooperation with this. 

Privacy Collection Statement

To analyse your child’s progress effectively, our school conducts an ongoing assessment program. The assessment we are using is a product of Janison Solutions Pty Ltd (Janison). In order to deliver the assessment, Queenstown Primary and Janison (through our school) collect your child’s personal information, such as their name, date of birth, year level and school results when you register your child to sit an assessment in the program. You must ensure that this information is accurate and current.

Janison does not:

·   Collect any personal information or data of children other than as required for the purposes of completion of the exam;

·   Transfer any personal information or data obtained during the delivery of the ICAS exam out of Australia;

·   Share any personal information or data relating to children or students with any third parties;

·   Retain any personal information or data acquired during the delivery of the ICAS exam, and all such information or data is deleted from all Janison systems immediately upon completion of Janison’s contractual reporting to the school.

As the parent or guardian of a student who intends to sit an assessment, by registering your child into the assessment, you consent to our school and Janison collecting and using your child’s personal information for the purposes outlined above. 

If you do not provide your child’s personal information to us or Janison, we may not be able to deliver the assessment to your child. If you wish to access or correct your child’s personal information or to make a complaint about how we have handled your child’s personal information, please contact Janison’s Privacy Officer at or by writing to the Legal and Compliance Team, Janison Solutions Pty Ltd, 80 Bay Street, Ultimo, Sydney NSW 2007. 

We are proud to offer the ICAS Assessments and look forward to some fantastic results later in the year.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you have any questions.


Kind regards,        

Justine Lock,

Deputy Principal


Super Swimming!

Room 2 and3 are very happy we have a pool at school! They are getting great at floating and kicking and being starfish. 
2023 Student Leaders 

Congratulations to the following students who have been elected as our
QPS Student Leaders for 2023:

Head Girl
Emily Messingham

Head Boy
Reuben Davis

Deputy Head Girl
Livia Spijkerbosch

Deputy Head Boy
Xavier Horand-Barnett

House Leaders
Issei Muta
Luka Jasz-Miller
Paige Bohaboy
Zac McAuliffe

Jacob O'Neill
Kyla Yorke
Taylah Miller
Leyla Edwards

Scout Cameron
Iris Deaker
Paolyn Juri Gallardo
Gwen Gibbons

Bianca Nagal
Kai Mewburn
Mishka Singh
Jed Dalton

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

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. 
Watch this Space!

A new and improved School APP is on the way ...
more information to follow soon!
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.
Situations Vacant
Please email if you have a position available that you would like to advertise.
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
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.


Kia ora koutou,

We hope all our families have had a great Christmas and New Year. As you would have seen in the news over the holidays Water Safety is a big area of concern and we would like to look at ways we can help our community to become wiser around all bodies of water.
Professor Chris Button from Otago University has approached Swim Schools through Otago to offer the opportunity to be part of Water Safety education programme, which would focus on the transition from swimming pools to open water environments. To run the programme Chris will be applying for funding, to help with the application we need to gather evidence of demand around Otago. 

So, we are asking all our families who would be interested in taking part in the programme to please complete the survey through the below link. If successful we would have 50 spaces across Queenstown and Wanaka.

So please help us get the programme of the ground and complete the survey now.

Clair Muirhead  |  Swim School Team Leader
Queenstown Lakes District Council
DD: +64 3 450 9114 | Mob: 021 257 0313


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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