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Volume 27|  2 September 2022| Roll Number 659|  Week 5 Term 4


Kia ora koutou

During my sabbatical I researched how our Maori akonga could achieve as Maori. I have always been interested in biculturalism in New Zealand schools and how we maintain a focus on meeting our obligations to te tiriti o Waitangi whilst also acknowledging our multicultural akonga. Our vision is to ensure we meet the expectations and aspirations of whanau, hapu and iwi for their children. Our desire at QPS is for Maori to know who they are as Maori, where they come from and that they lead positive, successful lives that contribute to a global and Maori world. National statistics and data collected over many years in New Zealand proves our education system has consistently failed whanau and akonga Maori, so this statement became my starting point. 

I visited schools in Auckland, spoke to staff at QPS and other local schools and attended the launch of Dr Melanie Riwai-Couch’s book named, “Niho Taniwha, Improving Teaching and Learning for Akonga Maori”.The findings shared in her book will drive change in our teaching and learning practices at QPS. I also reflected on what we are doing at QPS to ensure that akonga are learning about the significance of Maori as tangata whenua. 

Interestingly, last week a group of teachers and I visited another local school and learned about the implementation of the “Aotearoa NZ Histories” curriculum. We discussed the impact of colonisation explored in a way that is not about guilt or blame but based on facts and recognition of a range of perspectives in relation to events that have shaped our country to what it is today. Currently we are planning for what and when the implementation occurs, working towards a 2024 curriculum where our akonga will learn about their local and national history. 

I am off to participate in our QPS Quiz night raising money to support the Year 8 end of year experiences. This is a always a highlight in my calendar!

Have a happy and safe weekend.

Nga mihi nui

Fi Cavanagh


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

Mahi Pai Awards
Paige Meikle
Mollie Burgess
Austin Oliver
Henry Holmes
Erika Davies

Principals Award
Paige Meikle
Tahua Taunaki Akonga Learner Support Fund
Tahua Taunaki Akonga/Learner Support Fund is a programme which offers tuition sessions to Ngāi Tahu children. It provides additional support for Ngāi Tahu children in all education settings. Please Click on the link to access further information and application forms.
Whānau Opportunities
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu exists to grow and develop Ngāi Tahu whānau members so they are culturally able, well-connected to their Ngāi Tahu community and outstanding performers in their chosen field.
We’ve got opportunities, scholarships, and programmes for all ages to realise our tribal vision:
mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – for us and our children after us. Please Click on the link to access further information and application forms.
Magical Maths
Tips to help your children with their Maths
Around the School
Thank you to the parents and families who joined us last Tuesday for our 'Maths Evening'. We hope you enjoyed it and took away many ideas to help with your child's Maths learning at home, through 'Real Life Problems'. Congratulations to Skye from Room 22 who won the big prize of the evening. See you next year!
Remember to try and pack a 'Zero Plastic' Lunch.
This message has been brought to you by the QPS Enviro Leaders.

Garden to Table Food

Food Critic - Georgia Walters (Rm 27)

As I sat patiently waiting for the chefs to walk in to the Room 27 ‘Restaurant’, with the food, I was imagining the pasta entering my mouth.

It sounded like the room went silent, with excitement as the dishes entered the room, and the biggest one carried by Geneva was set down on our table.

When I received my portion, I immediately took a bite of the sweet, creamy, tangy, soft pasta with crunchy hard bread crumbs sprinkled in with each bite. The flavours were delicious then I ate some bokchoi ‘blahhhhhh’, I swallowed hard then had some more scrumptious pasta.

For me the food was the best part after working all moring in the garden then sitting down for some pasta.

Wakatipu Schools Cross Country

Well done to everyone who competed in the Wakatipu Schools Cross Country yesterday. We had some fantastic results and are very proud of everyone who ran. Students who placed in the top 10 will qualify for the Central Schools Cross Country in Cromwell at the end of this month.

Year 5 Girls, 2nd place Eva Duffy, 3rd place Aya Duffy.

Year 6 Girls, 1st place Geneva Moran.

Year 7 Girls, 1st place Kora Frisby.

Year 8 Girls, 2nd place Keira Redden, 3rd place Mollie Burgess.

Year 8 Boys, 1st place Arlo Moran.

Year 6 Girls team - 1st

Year 8 Girls team - 1st
Student Success
Theo placed first in the NZ Junior Freeride Tour stop, held recently at The Remarkables in U14 Boys. Congratulations Theo!
Homestay Opportunity
Situations Vacant
Please email if you have a position available that you would like to advertise.
Are you an experienced, professional, organised individual who has a confident friendly approach?  Do you enjoy a varied and rewarding role and have an interest in Real Estate?
If so, then this could be the perfect Part Time (30 hours) opportunity for you.
New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty (NZSIR) is New Zealand's premier real estate company with 21 offices nationwide. This position specifically focuses on supporting one of Queenstown's high performing Licensees.  
Typical tasks will involve:
  • Assisting with the creation of Appraisal/Proposal Documents / Agency Agreements etc
  • Uploading and maintaining property listings on
  • Assistance with booking Photography & staging etc.
To succeed in this role you will need to:
  • Be confident in balancing the high priority needs of the Licensee whilst always displaying a calm and professional manner
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills & meticulous attention to detail
  • Be proactive and professionally presented
  • An interest in social media - as there is involvement with posting on Instagram and Facebook
If you are confident in your administration abilities and believe you will thrive in this exciting position, please email your CV & covering letter to: / 021 058 8306
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.
Who do you think should be our mayor for the next three years?
Wakatipu High School students are working with long-time local journo and editor David Williams, now Newsroom South Island correspondent, to probe behind the political sound bites at Catalyst Trust's Mayoral Candidate Forum.
Masks to be worn to ensure only information is spread. Registration required at Free, but all koha collected goes straight to WHS's Awhi Fund.
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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.

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.

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