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Volume 2| 10 February 2023| Roll Number 606|  Week 2 Term 1

 Tena Koutou Katoa,

Thank you to those parents who attended interviews this week. You know your children so much better than we do, so this was a time to share your child’s likes, dislikes and achievements. Feedback from teachers was extremely positive. Our partnership with whanau will continue to strengthen throughout the year. There will be numerous opportunities for you to participate in activities and engage with our staff and students. 

School uniform expectations can be contentious. At QPS we expect our students to arrive at school clean, tidy, with the tools to learn and wearing the correct uniform. You can locate these expectations on our website. We are currently updating the website as your feedback has provided us with areas for improvement. We hope to have the new website available to you by the end of Term 1. 

Previously, I have invited parents to meet with me for a coffee and a catch up. I am continuing this in 2023. Each Friday morning between 9 and 9.30am you are very welcome to pop in and meet with me to answer any questions you may have, offer suggestions or just get to know each other better. This will begin next Friday 10 February. Come along with a friend or two. I look forward to seeing you!

This year we are focusing on tikanga Måori and te reo. The Deputy Principals and I are taking an online course this term to improve our te reo. All staff will participate in professional development relating to the Aotearoa Histories curriculum and our cultural capability. All teachers are required to demonstrate their willingness and ability to incorporate tikanga Måori and te reo in their day to day teaching before I can sign off their registration to teach. We are really excited about this development and welcome Måori whanau to pop into school anytime to offer ideas and support our journey. 

We have all school policies and procedures available to you on our website. The complaints and behaviour management policies are included. As the leader of our school, I encourage you to contact DPs,Team Leaders or teachers directly if you have any concerns about your child. We are here to ensure your child is safe, happy and engaged at our school. All decisions we make place our students at the centre. QPS is a wonderful place to be!


Enjoy your weekend!

Nga mihi nui

Fi Cavanagh


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.
A message from our
Board of Trustees Presiding Member
Introducing our 2023 Student Leaders

Head Girl: Emily Messingham

Kia ora Koutou, my name is Emily and I’ve been at QPS since I was 5. I have had some experience in leadership as I am a part of Kapa Haka, Choir, Enviro Leader and Bus Monitor. I really hope that I can improve this school in the best way I can. Some of my passions include Synchronized Swimming, Swimming, Rock Climbing, Maths, and much more. I look forward to working with all of you this year. 

Ngā mihi namana,


Head Boy: Reuben Davis

Kia ora, my name is Reuben and I’ve been at QPS since I was 5. I hope that I can really make a positive impact during my time as Head Boy. Some of my passions include scootering, ice hockey and whānau time. I look forward to working hard in my role this year.

Ngā mihi


Deputy Head Girl: Livia Spijkerbosch

Kia ora, I’m Livia and I have the honour of being the Deputy Head Girl of 2023. This year I plan on creating a much more safe and enjoyable environment, where everyone can feel valid and heard. I have had plenty of experience in leadership, because I am a; Peer Mediator, PAL, School Librarian, Road Patroller and plenty more. I am always eager to help out around the school and assist others.

I am exceedingly grateful that I have been given the opportunity of having this role this year.

Ngā mihi,


Deputy Head Boy: Xavier Horand Barnett

Kia ora, my name is Xavier and i’ve been at this school for 8 years. I really enjoy sports such as Football and running. I hope I can carry on making the school a better place for all. I’m looking excited to work in this role this year.

Ngā mihi


Around the School
Principal and Deputy Principal Awards

Congratulations to the above students who were presented with awards at the assembly today! Fantastic effort Emily, Timothy, Eve and Emma!
In Room 2 this week we have been learning our Pepeha. Come into our class and see our awesome self-portraits with our Pepeha. A pepeha is a form of introduction that establishes identity and heritage. 
The Senior School  Garden to Table Programme will start up again with Year 6 classes this term. We rely on Parent help to support this programme.

We would love to have some keen volunteers that can help with the Kitchen and Garden Specialist roles. GTT is run 6 mornings a term and we can offer training for the specialist roles.

Please email Susan McIntyre if you could be available or want to hear more about this programme.

Prize Winning Strawberries
The QPS Tunnel House produced these prize winning strawberries for The Lake Hayes Show.
We have a bumper apple crop on our school trees this season and are looking forward to tasting them when they are fully ripe.

Structured Literacy at QPS 

Structured Literacy is an evidence-based approach which is grounded in the Science of Reading. We continue to partner with Learning Matters to deliver Structured Literacy to all students at Queenstown Primary School. We are now in the fourth year of teaching Structured Literacy and classroom teachers explicitly and confidently teach Structured Literacy as directed by the Literacy Curriculum.

The findings from the Science of Reading have taught us some very important lessons that we cannot ignore. This body of research findings has been a welcomed addition to the education sector.

Key takeaways from the Science of Reading include: 

  • Reading is not a natural process. We previously believed learning to read is like learning to speak

  • We now know the skills that good readers implement and the associated parts of the brain that are involved in the reading process

  • Likewise we know what aspects we should assess and teach to students who are not progressing in reading and spelling

  • We now know that all brains learn to read in the same way and that these areas of the brain can be taught and developed

  • A structured literacy approach to learning to read and spell is necessary for all and crucial for some

  • A structured Literacy approach is the most efficient teaching and learning approach for dyslexic children and those with reading difficulties

  • The teaching of spelling in a systematic and explicit way will enable students to be both capable readers and writers

  • In time we will be using decodable texts (as we are resourced) in junior classrooms and with older catch-up readers. 


We have gained a greater understanding of Dyslexia. 

Dyslexia and the Brain

At QPS we encourage reading at home. Teachers do not set Home Learning tasks however occasionally you may see some of these resources outlined in the video come home.

Spelling and Reading

Junior students will bring home 2 decodable readers each week and these are books explicitly written to allow the students to practice concepts being taught in the classroom.

We strongly encourage parents to read to their children every night. Your child will bring home 2 books from our school Library each week. Please take time to share these with them along with visits to our community Libraries..

Mrs Julia Morum is now a Librarian at the Frankton Library and I know she would love to see QPS students and their families visiting there.

Recent research has shown that reading to and with your child until they actually tell you not to, is not only a special time but vital for their emotional and academic intelligence.

Supporting new learning with the correct articulation of the consonant and vowel sounds is vital and parents may help their children with this.

The video below is Carla McNeil demonstrating correct sound articulation  

Sound Articulation

This is a prompt card that parents may find useful when reading with beginning readers. 

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At Queenstown Primary School students from Year 3 upwards, who are needing additional support, are given intervention. This is time with a Specialist Teacher and in small groups.

This year teachers will also be focusing on the transference of the taught Spelling concepts being used correctly and confidently in Writing.

Research tells us that if handwriting and spelling are not fluent and require considerable effort, students can not focus on higher-level composing skills in their writing tasks. 

Any parents seeking more information please contact

Julie Walker nz

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


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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