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Volume 12|  21 May 2021| Roll Number 676|  Week 3 Term 2

Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday 26 May
Maths Parent Evening

Monday 7 June
Queen's Birthday - SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday 8 June

Year 5 - 8 Swim Sports - Events Centre

Wednesday 9 June  
Structured Literacy Information Evening for parents

Wednesday 16 June
Non-Uniform Day - Year 5 & 8 Camp fundraiser

Friday 25 June
QPS Ice Disco
Queenstown Ice Arena - Year 5 Fundraising

Tuesday 29 June
Cup Cake Day - Year 8, Dunedin Camp Fundraiser

Wednesday 30 June
Staff vs Students Netball Match

Thursday 8 July
Central Otago Swim Sports
Last Day of Term 2

Friday 9 July
Teacher Only Day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Maths Open Day and Parent Evening

Wednesday 26 May

Maths Open Day 

Come and visit QPS classrooms to see our Maths Programmes in action.  

Junior     1:45pm - 2:30pm               Middle    10:10am - 11:00am

Senior 11:40am - 12:40pm                Intermediate   11:40am - 12:40pm 


Parent Evening 

(QPS Students Welcome)

6:30pm - 7:30pm 

QPS Hall 

Learn some tricks and tips to help your child (of all ages) with their

Number Knowledge and Basic Facts at home. 

There will be interactive stations, take home games,

information and for some lucky attendees, fabulous Maths prizes! 

The installation of the stormwater line along Man Street has progressed really well.  The final section of the line is through the intersection of Man Street and Brecon Street.  We want to be completely out of Man Street before July so have made the decision to close the intersection for five days to get that section completed as quickly as possible – from Monday 24 May – Friday 28 May.
Please see the attached notification and detour map for next week – the people most affected are those who usually travel from one end of Man Street to the other.
Thank you very much for your patience – and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like any further information.
All the best
Catherine Edmeades
Communication and Engagement Manager
Whakatipu Transport Programme Alliance
Adverse Weather Plan

We are now approaching the time of year when adverse weather, including snow and ice, can affect roads and buses and the operation of the school. Below are the two main adverse weather scenarios and the methods of communication that we will use for adverse weather. 

Adverse Weather Overnight and early Morning 

We will liaise with QLDC’s roading contractor and the bus coordinator and make a decision re any changes to the school day. 

If changes are made they are likely to be: 

  1. School is open as normal, however some buses may be delayed or cancelled.

  2. School has a delayed start (usually 10am), with a compacted timetable. Buses may be delayed or cancelled. 

  3. School is closed. 

Please note that we liaise with all the schools in the Wakatipu Basin, and the decision to close or have a late start is coordinated by the designated representative for the school. (Conditions can vary across the basin and be different for schools). 


Adverse Weather During the School Day 

Please note that closing the school early is problematic for a number of reasons (notably trying to run all buses early), and we will try and run school until the normal end of day if at all possible. Accordingly, we do not want parents coming to school to collect their children unless specifically notified to do so. The likely scenarios for adverse weather events during the school day are: 

a) School runs until normal time, and buses run as normal. 

b) School runs until normal time, but some buses run early and/or runs are altered. 

c) School closes early, with buses also running early. In some cases bus routes may be altered. 

d) In an extreme adverse weather event students may be kept at school until travel is safe or even stay overnight.



We will use the following channels for communicating with parents and students about adverse weather impacts:  

  • QPS App alert - please download the free QPS App and sign up for alerts.  

  • Email.

  • Facebook- please follow us on facebook.

  • Radio - announcements will also be made on local radio stations.  

Our primary concern is the safety of our students and this will always be paramount in our decision making. If parents are on the roads please ensure that vehicles are equipped for winter driving conditions. 


Fi Cavanagh


Matt Leach 

Health and Safety Coordinator

Student Successes
Please email if you have a success you would love to share.
More Super Swimming Results

Congratulations to Bailey MacKay, Sydney Alva and Avril Song who competed in the Wanaka Inter-club Swim Meet on Sunday 2nd May with the following super results!

200 Breast Stroke Bronze
100 Breast Stroke Gold
50 Breast Stroke Gold
6 PB Ribbons

200 Butterfly Gold
1 PB Ribbon

100 Butterfly Silver
1 PB Ribbon

Queenstown Swim Club taking 2nd
Place out of 18 swim clubs

 Queenstown Swimming Club Results

Avril won first place from the 11 Years Club championships and came in 3rd place winner from the Female 12&Under SC 400M Freestyle.
Around the School


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.

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.

For further information CLICK HERE

 Structured Literacy Information Evening

 Wednesday 9 June from 7-8pm 

We are hosting an Information Evening on Wednesday 9 June between 7-8pm to share with you the professional learning that teachers are participating in this year with LEARNING MATTERS consultant Carla McNeil.

Carla will share insights about how your children learn to read and how our teaching supports this.

Carla is a fun and engaging presenter and we are sure you will find this evening helpful and inspiring. She will also share with you a few tips on how you can help at home. 

Save the date and we hope to see you there. 

Literacy Home Learnng Video
NZSKI 2021 local schools season passes

Please click on the link below to obtain your child's snowsports season pass.

All Year 3 - 8 students will participate in the QPS Snowsports Programme in Term 3 and will require a pass.

Abstract Designs - flat pack cleverness from Wellington


Absolutely everything in they sell is made by them. Not only the laser cut designs but the prints, display units and everything in between. 

They are 100% made in New Zealand, including the raw materials they use, which are sourced from sustainable local suppliers.

​Their products make great gifts and there really is something in their collection for everyone. Because they fold flat, they are also excellent options for sending overseas - have a look

Use the coupon code ABSTRACT15 at the checkout to claim you discount.

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

Raeward Fresh - Queenstown

Our Café/Deli need a support person appx 5hours a day 5 days a week  say between 9am and 2pm

Duties include but not limited to- Dishes, Clearing tables ,packing and labeling product ,prep work in kitchen and butchery and deli

If you would like to join our team in a  part time position

send your details to Angela on


Android & iPhone App now available

myKindo app is now available for iPhone and Android phones. If you like the flexibility of ordering anywhere, anytime then go ahead and download the app!

Access via the app store, searching "mykindo" or by using the links below Android Google Play:

iPhone App Store:

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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)

A reminder when online ordering via the SCHOOL SHOP - if you DO NOT receive a confirmation email once you've placed your order, then your order did not go through and is probably still waiting in your cart to be 'checked out'. 

Please check your email confirmations and we can all avoid future sad faces!
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.


We’ve been contracted by Wastebusters to assist them with their research into the barriers local people face when it comes to cutting down on waste. 

Everyone who completes the survey can go into the draw to win one of three $150 dinner vouchers.

The survey closes at the end of May 2021.

Survey link ➡️

Kids Go Free!

The Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Competition third round match between the Highlanders and Melbourne Rebels will be played at Queenstown’s Sir John Davies Oval on Sunday May 30, 2.35pm.

Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are supporting the regional community with a ticketing initiative that allows all primary and intermediate school children to attend the Highlanders vs Rebels match for FREE! Print out this email or download the voucher and show the below to get kids into the game for free.

The Sunday afternoon time slot was chosen to make it easier for families and locals to attend the match. Below is a ticket link if you’re wanting to buy additional tickets for family and friends,


Autism Support Group
Come out and get to know other parents, caregivers and professionals in a non-threatening enviroment
  • Share Experiences
  • Discuss Ideas
  • Learn what resources are available
Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm
St John’s Room, Douglas St, Frankton
Wednesday 19th May
Wednesday 18th August
Wednesday 17th November
For more information or if you would like
specific resources please contact
Wendy Jenkins – Autism Outreach Coordinator
03 2182420      022 0200 106


Local Primary School Pass - Year 1 – 8: $129 – unlimited both mountains – purchase at Cardrona Corner any time prior to first visit, or email form to

Local Secondary School Pass - Year 9 – 13: $179 – unlimited both mountains – purchase at Cardrona Corner any time prior to first visit, or email form to

Parents – season pass Earlybird available until March 31st  - $799 (saver – Cardrona only with blackouts)     $1099 (unlimited – both mountains no blackouts)

Forms available from QPS Office.

Queenstown Ice Arena - CLICK HERE
CHEERLEADING CLASSES. Does your child have an interest in dance or gymnastics? Cheer could be a great fit for them. They will learn aspects of: dance, gymnastics, team building and stunts/lifts. No previous experience needed. Classes are held every Monday at the St Margaret's Church in Frankton. First class is free and after that it is just $10 per child per class. Times are as follows: 
5 & 6 year olds: 3.45pm-4.45pm
7 & 8 year olds: 4.45pm -5.45pm
9-13 year olds: 5.45pm-6.45pm
Do you have a budding dancer? Contact Danceworks for jazz and ballet options
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.



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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