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.