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Volume 27|  24 September 2021| Roll Number 699|  Week 9 Term 3

Kia ora koutou

This week has been a week of learning for me as I have grappled with building my knowledge of the local history of Central Otago and specifically Queenstown, as told by local kaumatua, Darren Rewi at The Rees Hotel last evening. I heard some amazing stories of Maori characters who created our environment over time. I use the term grappled because there was so much information that Darren shared, I felt I would need to listen to him present again and again so that ultimately I could retell his stories to QPS staff, students and parents. His presentation was interesting, inspiring and thought provoking. At QPS we need to know about “our place”. How did this area ‘come to be?’ Why do we need to learn about local iwi history?  Why is this important? This is ‘our place’, let’s all take some responsibility in improving our local knowledge. If any of you are keen to share your local knowledge I am organising “Principal Priority” discussions (Friday mornings, 9-9.30 am) next term and would love for you to join me over a cuppa whilst recounting your story.


Today, a group of teachers and I attended a professional development day focusing on improving our knowledge and skills in assessing our students. Why is this important? At QPS our challenge has been to create a common and consistent understanding of how to measure students’  progress and achievement over time. We cannot make disparate judgements between teachers and year levels.This would mean our students would receive variable grades. At QPS we share samples of students’ work, discuss how we make and reach judgements and assess nationally normed tests to report to you twice a year. This is a MoE expectation and forms what we call an ‘overall teacher judgement’. Dr Lester Flockton, a world renowned academic and  New Zealander, shared his wealth of knowledge regarding assessment with us today and challenged our thinking about the use of data in terms of validity and reliability. His presentation was, once again, inspiring, interesting and thought provoking. So where to from here? The teachers and I will share our ‘takeaways’ from this professional development with the rest of our staff in an effort to strengthen the reliability and validity of assessing your children. 

My brain is fairly full as I sit to write to you today. It is a good feeling as I move into a weekend of reflection.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Ka kite ano


Fi Cavanagh



Monday 27 - Wednesday 29 September
Year 7/8 Snowsports Programme

Tuesday 28 September
Junior Cross Country - QPS Field

Thursday 30 September
Last Day of Term 3

Friday 1 October
Teacher Only Day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Monday 18 October
Term 1 commences

Monday 25 October

Friday 29 October
Quiz Night

Friday 12 November
Teacher only day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 November
Year 3/4 Bannockburn Camp

Wednesday 15 December
Last day of Term 4

Thursday 16 December
Teacher only day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

MĀ TE KŌRERO, KA ORA: Through conversation, comes wellbeing

ITI TE KUPU, NUI TE KŌRERO: A little chat can go a long way
Whakataukī / Whakatauākī
Whakataukī are proverbs and poetic forms of te reo Māori, which are used in a range of contexts in te ao Māori such as whaikōrero/formal speeches to support the speaker in making a point and in aligning the present with the wisdom of tīpuna/tūpuna/ancestors. A whakatauākī is a proverb where the original speaker is known.

The guiding whakataukī for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 is:
Mā te whakarongo, ka mōhio
through listening, comes knowledge

Mā te mōhio, ka mārama,
through knowledge, comes understanding

Mā te mārama, ka matau,
through understanding, comes wisdom

Mā te matau, ka ora
through wisdom, comes wellbeing

Mental Health Awareness Week | Mental Health Awareness Week. 27 SEPTEMBER - 3 OCTOBER 2021 (
Around the School
A kiwifruit is brown and soft. It has seeds and they are black. The seeds are in a circle. Inside the kiwifruit it is green. It is hairy on the outside. It tastes sweet and smells sweet. Golden kiwifruit are not sour. Green kiwifruit are sour. Kiwifruit is juicy when you bite into it. You can't eat the skin on the kiwifruit. Today we made kiwifruit crumble. We had ice cream and cream. The crumble was very hot. Thank you very much for the kiwifruit, Kiwi Harvest.   Written by Scarlett Halstead, Room 1.

Kiwifruit are brown and squishy. Inside there are black seeds. The kiwifruit smells sweet and it tastes like honey. Kiwifruit is healthy. Today we made kiwifruit crumble. The crumble was hot and delicious. Thank you Kiwi Harvest for your hard work.     Written by Rinat Satiyev, Room 1.
Wonderful Writing!

Scarlett and Kaelan from Room 1 wrote amazing stories this week - awesome effort!

The Hungry Games Challenge.

A cooking challenge based on the Hunger Games Trilogy.  

The Finalists were chosen after two semi-final rounds.  The initial round was a video round.  The second round was a face-off between year groups.  Three finalists were chosen after this.  The Hungry Games started off as a cooking contest and we were going to invite some special guests.  However, from inception to the finals there was a lockdown.  Multiple date changes and emails were sent as it was important, we bring this event to fruition to reflect the tenacity of Queenstown Primary School and the enthusiasm of the contestants.  The contestants were nervous, but the atmosphere was filled with excitement, and we couldn’t wait to taste the adventurous cooking.


Our Special Guest Mayoress Karen Boult was accompanied by her daughter ex-QPS student Victoria Boult.  The Mayoress donated cookbooks to the top two winners.  There were messages from previous and present head students encouraging the teams.  Thank you to Boliwood for gifting vouchers to the three teams and to Spice King for presenting exquisite gift hampers to the three teams.  


First Prize:

Amelie Marriott and Riley Robinson

Second Prize:

Iris Deaker and Keira Almog

Third Prize:

Paige Bohaboy and Kyla Yorke

Congratulations teams and thank you Special Guests-Mayoress Karen Boult, Tsehai Tiffin and Philip Chandler and the Senior Leadership Team for being involved in this event.

Sydney Alva 

Event Co-ordinator

Lost Property

Our lost property bin is overflowing!

If you've lost any items of clothing please come and have a look. 

Scholastic New Zealand’s Auckland warehouse is currently closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
We have received a number of queries from schools and parents enquiring as to the status of their orders. Due to the lockdown, we have a number of unfulfilled orders stuck in our warehouse. As books are deemed non-essential items, we are not able to operate and ship any of these orders to school or homes.
I’m sure that you will understand that this situation is beyond our control, as it is for many New Zealand organisations and we thank you for your patience and understanding.  
Rest assured, we will be prioritising these orders as soon as Auckland reaches level 3 and our fantastic team gets back to our warehouse. Auckland orders will be dispatched to schools as soon as Auckland reaches level 2 and students return to in-person learning.
In the meantime, if you have any questions related to your order please email Our Customer Services Team are working from home and will reply to your email with an update as soon as they are able to.
Please stay safe during the lockdown.
The Scholastic Team
Sports News

Touch Rugby

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. 

We look forward to bringing you a fun, enjoyable and professional summer at the Frankton Events Centre competition. 


Venue: Queenstown Events Centre, Frankton 

Games will be played between 4pm and 6pm on Mondays. Games are 30 mins.

**Times may change subject to team entries** 

Grades: Boys & Girls only in Year 1/2 ,Year 3/4, Year 5/6, Year 7/8 


Format: Six weeks of competition 

First Games:  Monday 1st November

Last Games: Monday 6th December


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 Monday 27 September at the latest so we can sort teams and coaches/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

The Annual QPS Quiz Night will go on!!

The new date is set for Friday 29 October - we still have tables available so book a babysitter, grab a group of friends and we'll see you there!! 

Tickets are available through the SCHOOL SHOP or
by emailing
Situations Vacant
Please email if you have a position available that you would like to advertise.
Health Message


As you will no doubt be aware - Chickenpox is doing the rounds again.

Of particular concern is that some parents are bringing their children to the Emergency Department (ED) at Lakes District Hospital (LDH).  Unfortunately ED in Queenstown is not equipped to deal with this contagious disease and it is not an appropriate place to present for diagnosis - unless the child is experiencing worrying symptoms.  LDH staff have requested that we discourage parents with essentially well children from presenting them at ED.  There have been a few in the last week that have done this - this put others - particularly immune suppressed or pregnant at risk.  

If you have concerns or need someone to talk to either call their Public Health Nurse, Karina Anderson 027 447 1462, Maria Frewen 0274648990,  call Health line 0800 611 116  or call their GP in the first instance - unless experiencing serious symptoms.

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<>.

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

Student Success
Congratulations to Bailey - Gold at the NZ Junior Freeride Tour at Remarks!

Another great effort!

Salvation Army Support

Need a helping hand?
  Foodbanks and other essential social services remain open at Alert Level 4 but are operating under strict protocols. The Salvation Army in Queenstown and Community Networks Wānaka continue to provide basic welfare needs for our community and stranded visitors.

For more information about the social services available, visit

Welfare Assistance - Queenstown-Lakes District
Health concerns. If there is a health emergency call 111 immediately. If you can’t speak to your doctor, or you do not currently have a doctor, call Healthline for free advice and information – 0800 611 116.. The Healthline team are specialists in assessing and advising over the phone. They can arrange to talk with you in your language.

To contact an individual agency, please check their website or Facebook page for the best means of getting in touch.


And if you, or someone you know, needs help accessing goods and groceries, particularly if they’re vulnerable or having to self-isolate, other options include asking family, friends or a neighbour to deliver goods; click and collect; supermarket delivery or subscription food boxes.


We’re all in this together so let’s look after each other.  Don’t go without, please reach out – we’re only a phone call away. 


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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.
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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)
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.


Upcoming International Flights and Support for Repatriation
We are writing to advise that we have confirmed another of our flights on a LaTam cargo flight to travel to South America from Auckland on the 13th October travelling to Santiago.
We would be most appreciative if you could please share this information with your teams in your respective departments.
This will be our 8th such flight from NZ to South America since the beginning of Covid-19.
As this is a private cargo flight existing LaTam tickets cannot be used, though LaTam are offering refunds for cancelled flights.
The flight will include 2 x pieces of baggage weighing up to 23kgs per adult/child plus 7kgs of carry on. Additional pieces of baggage can be purchased for $200USD per piece but we must be advised beforehand.
The schedule will be:
13 October-        Depart Auckland at 16:50pm       Arrive Santiago at 13:10pm
Pricing for this flight is $2590NZD from Auckland to Santiago.
Business class pricing is available.
Connections are available to all destinations beyond Santiago. Argentina still needs to be confirmed but we are hopeful we have connections with either LaTam or Aerolineas Argentinas.
There are only 50 seats available on this flight.
Our contact details remain:
Ph: (+64) 3 442 9815
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.


The Queenstown Tennis Club annual Junior Open Day and BBQ will be held on Sunday 3rd Oct 1pm-4pm in the Queenstown Gardens. Everyone is welcome to join us for a hit and to find out about club membership and coaching. 
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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