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Volume 28|  1 October 2021| Roll Number 699|  Week 10 Term 3

Kia ora koutou

Another busy and productive term has come to an end. What a lot has happened; lockdown at Levels 3 and 4, snowsports, online learning, many zoom meetings and then business as usual for the past few weeks. Our staff are AMAZING at QPS and I am very fortunate to work with such a vital team of people. They have certainly exceeded expectations in  relation to coping with the unexpected and so have your children! Our students settled back  into routines and enjoyed meeting up with their mates at Alert Level 2. Those students and staff who attended during “bubble” times were supported by the rest of our staff as they worked from home. I wish them all a relaxing and enjoyable break over the next 2 weeks. 

Attached to our newsletter today is information regarding a review of the school bus system in Queenstown. Please ensure you read this if your child attends QPS by bus. The school bus system, as it stands currently, should continue for Term 1, 2022. Further information will be provided as I receive it. 

As you are aware, QPS has been working with the Ministry of Education in developing an enrolment scheme for our school. The consultation process has been completed on the proposed scheme and has now been finalised. As agreed with the Ministry, our scheme will come into effect at the end of Term 4, 2021. We have adopted an enrolment scheme to manage our school’s capacity, as currently we have 700 students attending. Our 30 teaching spaces can manage this number currently, with room to accommodate approximately 750 students. This figure is not a maximum roll as we cannot refuse enrolment to in-zone students at any time. Further details can be found on page 26 of the “Secretary’s Guidelines” for the development and operation of school enrolment schemes. I will also provide you with information as I receive it from the Ministry. 

Today we farewell Mr Joe Wearne who has been teaching at QPS for 5 years. Joe has been an extremely popular and competent teacher at our school and will be greatly missed by us all. I wish Joe every success as he takes up a new appointment at Te Kura Whakatipu o Kawarau. Our loss and their gain. Mr Luke Whitley will take this class through until the end of the year. Luke is really excited about working with this age group as they prepare for High School. 

Have a wonderful time with your children throughout the next 2 weeks. I have been locked out of Auckland and will miss catching up with my daughters and grandies as I  normally do.  However, what better place to spend my break than beautiful Queenstown!!! Hope to see you out and about during this time. 

Fi Cavanagh

Board of Trustees Message

It’s hard to believe that we are now in the final week of Term 3 and that school holidays are here!
During Term 3 you will have all seen the great work that has been done on the new entrance to our school.   We are eagerly awaiting the completion of the signage, so we can hold an official opening early in Term 4.  Watch this space!

A very last-minute Lockdown caused yet another disruption for us all during Term 3.    I know many teachers who offered extra support and went above and beyond for their students, to ensure their learning continued.    We would like to take this opportunity to THANK all the teachers and staff at QPS for their commitment and support to ensure our children and students were supported during the recent lockdown.  Thank you - it is greatly appreciated by all. 

Term 4 is the time of year when the BOT and Senior teachers get together and plan our school goals for 2022 to ensure they align with our Strategic Plan.  This year we would like to also include our parent community in the planning, by inviting you to an open evening at QPS followed by a BBQ.   Date to be confirmed.

Our Goals:

Goal 1 - Celebrate our diversity. Whakanuia ra tatou kanorau.

Goal 2 - Engage and inspire students, staff and families to become future-focused learners. Kia hiwa nga whanau kotahi kia akona te arotahi.

Goal 3 - Be the heart of the community. Te manawa o te hapori whanau.

Wishing you all a healthy and happy school holiday and look forward to seeing you in Term 4.

Best wishes

Kim Arnold on behalf of the BOT


Monday 18 October
Term 1 commences

Monday 25 October

Friday 29 October
Quiz Night

Friday 5 November
House-athon Challenge Fundraiser

Junior School - Dance and sing-athon

Middle School - Walk-athon 

Senior School - Skip-athon

Intermediate School - Aoraki-Athon

Friday 12 November
Teacher only day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 November
Year 3/4 Bannockburn Camp

Saturday 20 November
Queenstown Marathon Carparking - Fundraiser

Monday 29 November - Thursday 2 December
Year 8 Dunedin Camp

Wednesday 15 December
Last day of Term 4

Thursday 16 December
Teacher only day - SCHOOL CLOSED

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 - TBC
It is imperative that you now set up the Musac Edge Mobile App as we will be using this as our main source of communication midway through Term 4.  This will also enable you to access important information about your child/ren e.g. SCHOOL REPORTS, attendance and payment of invoices.  No paper copies of school reports will be sent home.
School Bus Route Review Underway
Wanted  - Food bag Wool Packaging
Our Trees For Survival Programme uses wool packaging as plant protection.
Please send to Room 27 if you have any available in preparation for our next Spring Planting at the Kiwi Birdlife Park.
Around the School
Trees For Survival Spring Planting Moke Lake

Snow capped mountains and frost greeted 34 keen Year 5 Students for the start of our Spring Planting day at Moke Lake.
Luckily the sun was shining and the hard mahi quickly warmed us up. 120 small shrubland trees were planted within the rabbit proof fences at the camping ground.
We are very excited to be helping the biodiversity of our Year 5 camping site.
Grateful thanks to Dawn Palmer for her planting expertise, our sponsors Accor Hotels, Nicky Gray from EnviroSchools and our kind parent volunteers.
Two new additions to the School Libray this week due to a voucher won by students who competed in a wearable arts competition with Fran Bailey earlier in the year. 
Super writing by Nate of Room 4 (above) and Toby and Briar Room 3 (below) - AWESOME!!
This little piggy ....
The Middle School has been exploring sculpting techniques and artists for PBL. Here is the work of Room 13's Papier Mache Piglets.
Lost Property

Our lost property bin is overflowing!

If you've lost any items of clothing please come and have a look. 
Sports News
Junior Cross Country Results

Reception Boys:
1st - Quinn Clements
2nd - Senna Mathias
3rd - Theo Hillidge

Reception Girls:
1st - Annabella Dowd
2nd - Mabel du Mez
3rd - Sailor McGruer

Year 1 Boys
1st - Austin Oliver
2nd - Koby Scannell
3rd - Nathan Hale

Year 1 Girls
1st - Daisy Sheehan
2nd - Scarlett Halstead
3rd - Eve Day

Year 2 Boys
1st - Freddie Heye
2nd - Henry Clouston
3rd - Cayden Jordan

Year 2 Girls
1st - Daniella Lauka
2nd - Isla Clements
3rd - Maddi Fitzgerald

Congratulations to EVERYONE who participated!

The Junior school competed in the cross country on Tuesday morning.  There was a buzz of excitement. Everyone participated enthusiastically and there were some great examples of compassion as runners helped and cheered for one another. We were all winners.
Here is what some Room 1 children wrote.......

Yay. Yay. Today is cross country and I was in 31st place. But in 31st place you get nothing. But don't give up. You must be strong and I am not giving up.     Azad Ciikan    Room 1

Today was cross country. It was sunny. The grass was muddy. My heart was beating. I was nervous that I wasn't going to win. I kept trying. Year 2s were running twice. I ran as fast as I can. My legs were sore. Me and Erika ran together. Then Erika got behind me and I got faster. My back was sore. My heart beat harder as I got closer to the finish line. My shoes were on too tight. I went on my tiptoes to go up the hill. Then I got faster. Then I got to the finish line and I was very happy. I was second.    Isla Clements.   Room 1

Today was cross country. I was nervous. Everybody was getting ready. I was in my house colour shirt. The teacher called the Year 2 girls. That was me. My plan was to try my hardest and do my best. I hoped I could win. I had to run around twice. I was huffing and puffing. Finally, it was the end. I came in 14th. Everybody was clapping and saying, "Good job." I was happy that I tried my best. My heart was beating a lot.  Austin Isla and Scarlett won. After that Mrs. Markby told us to go find our teacher and we had lunch.     Zara Black.      Room 1
The Annual QPS Quiz Night will go on!!

The new date is set for Friday 29 October - we still have tables available so book a babysitter, grab a group of friends and we'll see you there!! 

Tickets are available through the SCHOOL SHOP or
by emailing
Situations Vacant
Please email if you have a position available that you would like to advertise.
Health Message


As you will no doubt be aware - Chickenpox is doing the rounds again.

Of particular concern is that some parents are bringing their children to the Emergency Department (ED) at Lakes District Hospital (LDH).  Unfortunately ED in Queenstown is not equipped to deal with this contagious disease and it is not an appropriate place to present for diagnosis - unless the child is experiencing worrying symptoms.  LDH staff have requested that we discourage parents with essentially well children from presenting them at ED.  There have been a few in the last week that have done this - this put others - particularly immune suppressed or pregnant at risk.  

If you have concerns or need someone to talk to either call their Public Health Nurse, Karina Anderson 027 447 1462, Maria Frewen 0274648990,  call Health line 0800 611 116  or call their GP in the first instance - unless experiencing serious symptoms.

Chickenpox (mate koroputa hei) is a common childhood illness that usually occurs between the ages of 2 and 10. The main symptom is an itchy, blistering rash. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which children can be vaccinated against as part of the New Zealand immunisation schedule.

Key points about chickenpox:

1.   Chickenpox is easily spread by an infected person sneezing and coughing, or by contact with weeping blisters when the sores are present.

2.   Even though chickenpox is mainly a childhood illness, adults who are exposed to the virus can still get chickenpox if they have not had chickenpox or have not been vaccinated against it. It is often more severe in adults.

3.   Most cases of childhood chickenpox are mild, but it can sometimes cause serious illness. Chickenpox is usually more severe in adults, pregnant women and their unborn babies and people with a weakened immune system.

4.   Children with chickenpox need to stay home from school and early childhood centres. Chickenpox is infectious 2 days before the rash appears until all the blisters have dried up. This usually takes 5 to 7 days.

5.   Vaccination for chickenpox is free for children at 15 months of age and children turning 11 years of age who have never been infected with or not previously vaccinated for chickenpox. Read more about the chickenpox vaccine<>.

Access To Free Period Products

Being able to go to school everyday is important for overall wellbeing. It provides a safe environment where children and young people can grow and learn, build social connections and a sense of belonging, and develop their potential. It has long-term impacts for health, employment opportunities and life choices.

Access to period products is just one way to remove barriers that prevent children and young people regularly attending school. Providing free period products is one way our government can directly address poverty and positively impact children’s wellbeing.

The initiative aims to provide free period products to children and young people in all state and state-integrated schools and kura across New Zealand during 2021, not only for use within the school setting but also at home. Queenstown Primary School is part of this initiative.

Access to period products is a necessity, not a luxury. Our product has arrived!

To access product please see Mrs Lock, Mrs Bailey, Mrs Nichols, Mrs Little, the office staff or talk to your teacher to collect two packets of the perfered product to take and use at home. Product will be available and housed within school bathrooms for use throughout the day.

If you have any queries please contact Justine Lock

Salvation Army Support

Need a helping hand?
  Foodbanks and other essential social services remain open at Alert Level 4 but are operating under strict protocols. The Salvation Army in Queenstown and Community Networks Wānaka continue to provide basic welfare needs for our community and stranded visitors.

For more information about the social services available, visit

Welfare Assistance - Queenstown-Lakes District
Health concerns. If there is a health emergency call 111 immediately. If you can’t speak to your doctor, or you do not currently have a doctor, call Healthline for free advice and information – 0800 611 116.. The Healthline team are specialists in assessing and advising over the phone. They can arrange to talk with you in your language.

To contact an individual agency, please check their website or Facebook page for the best means of getting in touch.


And if you, or someone you know, needs help accessing goods and groceries, particularly if they’re vulnerable or having to self-isolate, other options include asking family, friends or a neighbour to deliver goods; click and collect; supermarket delivery or subscription food boxes.


We’re all in this together so let’s look after each other.  Don’t go without, please reach out – we’re only a phone call away. 


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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.
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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)
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.




Seasons is one of the National Theatre for Children's most beloved theatre shows, and is coming soon! 


Queenstown Memorial Centre – Monday 15th November

Mia, Dom and Flora transport tamariki through the four seasons - raumati, ngahuru, hōtoke, and kōanga, using song, music, and puppetry. This clever show makes use of the three official languages of New Zealand, Te Reo Māori, NZSL, and English, as well as some surprising instruments, including the banjo, piano accordian, glockenspiel, and even some flower pots!

We would love for you and your tamariki to journey with us into nature’s world of living creatures, colours and sounds! 


Cost – $9 per ticket, 1 adult free with every 10 paying children (under 2s are free)

Best suits ages 2-8

Duration – 45 minutes.

Terms and Conditions can be found here.

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.


Tennis coaching holiday program and Term 4 at the Event Center and Jack's Point. For more information please contact: 02108646997
The Queenstown Tennis Club annual Junior Open Day and BBQ will be held on Sunday 3rd Oct 1pm-4pm in the Queenstown Gardens. Everyone is welcome to join us for a hit and to find out about club membership and coaching. 
Cheerleading classes in Frankton!
If your child enjoys dance and gymnastics why not try cheer? Queenstown Cheerleading classes are held every Monday at St Margarets Church Hall in Frankton. 5-8 year olds: 4pm-5pm and 9-13 year olds: 5pm-6.15pm. To register please email: "

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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