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Volume 39| 9 December 2022| Roll Number 664|  Week 8 Term 4

Kia ora koutou


Pai tū              Good at standing

Pai hingu        Good at falling

Nā wai            The work is 

Nā oti              eventually finished 


We’re almost there! The final school event is looming, the last tasks are almost off the desk and the final bell is closing in. What a year it has been and what a lot has been achieved.

Day one, term one, we knew we were in for stormy times. Already we were planning for a ‘Red Light Setting’ pandemic response.  Still reeling from the residue of vaccination mandates, we now faced relentless ‘change-management’ as COVID continued to evolve through the Omicron stage.  

As Omicron peaked then receded, we faced the challenge of reengaging students in their learning, assessing where they were at and planning a way forward to compensate for the lost learning time. It was a time of constant review, and reprioritizing learning goals.  Individually and collectively schools grappled with the questions - ‘What is most important to teach?’ and ‘What is the right next step for each ākonga’?

Then came the next set of questions – ‘Which teachers are here today?’, ‘Which students are here today?’ and ‘What else do we need to manage today?’

This time seems so long ago. Thank you to the staff and students at QPS for turning up to school every day with smiles on your faces and energy to learn. Ka pai māhi!

Included with the newsletter today is a staff list for 2023. Next week your child will visit the class they will be going to next year. We are continuing with the two year system with the same teachers.


Have a happy weekend!

Fi Cavanagh

Touch Rugby Shirts

For Y1-4 students, your playing shirt is due back to Mrs Nicholls’ office by Monday 12 December at the latest. Please ensure they are washed and popped into a bag with your child’s name on it. These t-shirts are reissued to our new teams for Term 1 next year.

After much discussion with MoE, the PUDO area will be cleared for parking until 19 December. This is a great outcome for us all. I completely understand the frustration around parking and collecting children. Thanks so much for your understanding. It is great that the MoE has met our needs in this instance.
Teacher Allocation for 2023

Monday 12 December
Year 8 Graduation

Friday 16 December
Last day of Term 4 
School closes at midday

Thursday 2 February 2023 first day of Term 1

Monday 6 February

Waitangi Day - School Closed

Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 February
Year 5 Moke Lake Camp

Monday 27 February - Wednesday 8 March
Year 7 & 8 Glendhu Bay Camp (2 classes at a time)

Wednesday 15 - Thursday 16 March
Year 3 Kelvin Heights Camp

Monday 20 March
Otago Anniversary - School Closed

Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 March
School Photos

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

Thursday 6 April
Last Day Term 1

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 next year!

ICAS 2022 Mathematics

Students from Queenstown Primary School have achieved this year in Mathematics. Those students whose achievements were outstanding were rewarded with Certificates of Merit, Credit, Distinction and High Distinction.

AWARD OF CERTIFICATES are made as follows. High Distinction: top 1% of students in each year level in each region. Distinction: the next 10% of students in each year level in each region. Credit: the next 25% of students in each year level in each region. Merit: the next 10% of students in each year level in each region.


Keira Redden, Year 8

Ruby Thornburgh, Year 7 


Oliver Turner, Year 8

Ayuna Miyoshi, Yera 8

Haruya Higuchi, Year 8

Emily Messingham, Year 7

Towa Miyoshi, Year 6

Dominic Ashton, Year 6

Hunter Oliver, Year 5

Taiga Fujimoto, Year 4


Kieran Morphett, Year 6

Lucas Collins, Year 3

Back to school stationery – order now!
We’ve teamed up with OfficeMax to make your back to school shop super easy. And if you order in December, you’ll go in the draw to WIN 1 of 5 $1000 cash prizes — plus, you’ll get a FREE A4 Magnetic Whiteboard Family Organiser*.
Your child’s class list is already loaded. Just go to Simply add your details, check that you want everything on the list, then click and confirm — and OfficeMax will get your delivery underway with free delivery on orders over $60*.
You can pay by internet banking, credit card or debit card. Laybuy* is also available, so you can pay in 6 weekly, interest-free payments and still get your order right away. Plus you’ll be helping our school earn school rewards* that we use to purchase much needed extra resources for our school.
We encourage you to order early to ensure your child has all their stationery requirements ready to go in plenty of time for the start of Term 1.
So go ahead and beat the back to school rush, order today and give them the best start possible.
* Terms & Conditions apply, see for details.
Education Outside the Classroom
Junior School - EOTC
Tubing the Arrow River, Water Day at QPS and Queenstown Gardens.
As part of the Junior EOTC experience, Room 7 enjoyed a day
in the Queenstown Gardens
Middle School Bike Day

Our Year 3 and 4 students biked to Frankton Beach and back!
They also enjoyed exploring Kelvin Heights.
Fantastic effort!
Magical Maths
Tips to help your children with their Maths
Changes to Buses 2023

Kia ora
Changes to school bus services – effective from Term One, 2023

From the beginning of Term One 2023, Queenstown Primary School (QPS) students will no longer be able to transfer from their school bus D130434 (Former 9189 - QPS to Quail Rise) to the following Wakatipu High School (WHS) school bus services:

• D130412 (Former 9075 - WHS to Jack’s Point / Kingston)
• D130411 (Former 9074 - WHS to Arrowtown / Millbrook)
• D130417 (Former 9082 - WHS to Arrowtown / Speargrass Flat)
• D130422 (Former 9191 - WHS to Gibbston / Arrowtown)

The timing of the school bus D130434 has been causing significant delays to the above WHS services. The departure times for the WHS school bus services will no longer be delayed and these services will depart as scheduled. This means that the WHS buses could depart from WHS up to 40 minutes before the QPS bus D130434 would stop at WHS on its way to Quail Rise.

WHS school bus services are designed to meet the needs of WHS students. Delaying these services impacts around 200 WHS students every day and can no longer be justified for the very small number of QPS students who have been transferring on to these services.

It is important to note that the students from QPS who have been travelling on the WHS services are ineligible for Ministry-funded school transport assistance as they don’t meet the eligibility criteria. To qualify for school transport assistance, students must be attending their closest school, live at least 3.2km away from the school for years 1-8, and 4.8km for years 9-13, and have no suitable public transportation options available. Our website has a video that helps explain the eligibility criteria (

Notify caregivers
Please ensure that this information is passed on to your affected students’ caregivers as they will need to make their own arrangements to pick up their children from WHS if they choose to continue to use this service.

The upcoming review of Queenstown school bus services. As previously communicated, we are planning to review all school transport services in the Queenstown area over the next few years. We will be looking at whether the current school bus routes are meeting the needs of eligible students.
Until the review is complete, all other current school bus services in the Queenstown area, including
D130434 (QPS to Quail Rise), will continue as normal.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

Ngā mihi
Niall Duncan
Service Design & Planning Lead
School Transport
03 539 1534
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.
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
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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