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Volume 32| 21 October 2022| Roll Number 659|  Week 1 Term 4


Kia ora nga tangata ataahua

Welcome back everyone to a super busy and short term This term is 9 weeks as we fulfill the number of days we are expected to be open for teaching and learning. There will be a number of events and activities that you will need to be aware of. Therefore, if you have friends who do not read our newsletters please encourage them to do so to keep informed. 

This week I met with Whakatipu Transport Programme Alliance (WTPA) representatives to discuss the impact the closing of Gorge Road will have on us at QPS. This will occur from Tuesday 26 October. There are a number of ways that we can ensure our students' safety is a priority.  Please note the following;

  • You can continue to access the Boundary Road carpark.

  • Right hand turns into and out of PUDO will be eliminated. The attached map will give you an idea of how to access and leave our PUDO. 

  • Lake Hayes, Frankton and Fernhill buses will leave from the other side of our crossing  and to the right of QPS. We have been practicing that this week. 

  • Gorge Road will be closed between Weaver and Turner Streets. 

  • You can use the Hamilton Road entrance to park on our bottom field from 8.15 - 9am and 2.50pm till 3.30pm. 

  • The Deputy Principals and myself will patrol the QPS crossing between 8.15-9am daily and the afternoon routine will continue. 

  • Try to use the school buses as much as possible.

  • Walk to school if you live close by to QPS.

Our mission is to cause the least disruption to arrival and departures. WTPA have suggested that it would be a good idea for parents who are driving their children to school to leave earlier. 

Congratulations to our amazing kapa haka who performed at  Polyfest yesterday. They looked and sounded AMAZING. Thank you Moana Thorne and Toni McIntyre for organising for QPS to participate to such a high standard!

Next Friday we farewell our caretaker, Karl te Borg to pursue new ventures in the Wakatipu. We will acknowledge him at our school assembly. Jamie Turner, a parent of students at QPS, is our new caretaker. We are looking forward to him joining our team.


Hari wiki

Fi Cavanagh


Monday 24 October
Labour Day - School closed

Tuesday 25 October
Year 5-8 Triathalon

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
Mon 7th/Tues 8th - Rooms 30 & 31
Tues 8th/Wed 9th - Rooms 32 & 33
Wed 9th/Thurs 10th - Rooms 34 & 35

Friday 11 November
Year 8 WHS Orientation Day

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

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. 
Magical Maths
Tips to help your children with their Maths
Around the School
We had a wonderful day at the Events Centre on Thursday. Our wonderful Kapa Haka group performed beautifully and impressed us all with their waiata and passionate haka! Thank you to our tutors, Atareria Maiava and Te Kopa Kopa who have led this group beautifully throughout Term 3. We are so very proud of our tamariki. Also, thank you to the parents who have supported our rōpū throughout the term, driving them to different hotels and practices. In 4 weeks time our rōpū will perform again at the first ever Central Otago Schools Kapa Haka Competition - Haka tū, Haka ora. Further details to come!
Ngā mihi mahana,
Moana Thorn
Josefa, Ei, Willem and Azad are doing a number search activity for maths warm up. Each child is in charge of a quarter of the grid with various numbers inside. Start by circling the number 1 and children go around the grid, circling the numbers. They have 2 minutes to get to the biggest number they can! 
Room 2 students have been busy this week.
We have some budding artists!
Room 28 are learning to write persuasively. We are applying to Air New Zealand to be the Lolly-runner on their flights.

Here are a few of the letters.........
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
Congratulations to Emily Messingham, Rina Nakazawa & Annette Maydl-Strika who competed in the New Zealand Artistic Swimming National Championships in Invercargill.

The "Dolphin Combo" team from the Wakatipu Artistic Swimming club placed second overall earning them a very well deserved Silver medal!


Wakatipu Victim Support is raising funds for victims of crimes, accidents and emergencies. Money raised will be used within the Wakatipu area.
Please support us by purchasing a beautiful bunch of coral sunset peonies.
To order click this link:
Orders close on 2 November unless sold out prior to this date.

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

Our amazing Toy Librarian, Megan, is moving on to her next exciting opportunity.

So the Wakatipu Toy Library is now looking to hire a new librarian. This paid position is approximately 12 hours per week (including admin time):
Tuesday 3:30pm-5:30pm
Thursday 10am-1pm and
Sunday 12:30pm-2:30pm plus admin time. (Hours could be flexible for the right applicant)

It’s a great wee job where you can bring your kids if needed and be part of a wonderful community. Full training will be given to the successful applicant. Copies of the job description can be obtained by private messaging us on Facebook or emailing us at
Applications close Wednesday 26th October.

Please get in touch if you or anyone you know is interested!
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


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.
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.

Places available for horse riding lessons at AM Equestrian Academy - now affiliated with the New Zealand Pony Club Association to provide the Pony Club curriculum to students without their own ponies.
For more information see our website
Tennis holiday camps and term 4 after school lessons.
20+ years experience, kids will love it.
Adult and private lessons also.
Phone/Txt Louie on 02108646997

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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