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Volume 34| 4 November 2022| Roll Number 664|  Week 3 Term 4

Kia ora koutou

Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) is a very unique part of our school curriculum at QPS. Stewart Island campers return home today. They have enjoyed a wonderful week tramping, fishing, exploring and being frightened, as always, by creepy antics on the  Burma trail. This is a rite of passage for our QPS Year 6 students to experience before transitioning to the intermediate school. This camp has seen more than 40 years of QPS year 6 students! I believe the sailing across Foveaux Strait was fairly rigorous today. Next week, our intermediate students, Years 7/8 will be camping at Lochie Longburn Junction at Cecil Peak. Students will tramp in from the wharf at Halfmoon Bay and tramp out the following day to Cecil Peak Station Wharf. These students have been preparing to cook outdoors, build bivouacs to sleep under and manage themselves safely in unpredictable conditions. 

I will be attending the Year 6 Stewart Island Camp the week after next. This is a highlight for me during the year as I can leave my role as principal for someone else to ‘have a turn’. Building leadership capacity is one of my main responsibilities. Between Matt and Justine, deputy principals, they have the opportunity to experience managing the day to day operations of our school. I have the opportunity to form relationships with the students, parents and staff off-site and in one of the most amazing environments. This will be my eighth visit….how lucky am I!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Fi Cavanagh




Monday 7 - Friday 11 November

Stewart Island Camp - Room 29

Monday 7 - Thursday 10 November
Year 7/8 Cecil Peak Camp
Mon 7th/Tues 8th - Rooms 30 & 31
Tues 8th/Wed 9th - Rooms 32 & 33
Wed 9th/Thurs 10th - Rooms 34 & 35

Friday 11 November
Year 8 WHS Orientation Day

Monday 14 - Friday 18 November
Stewart Island Camp - Room 28

Middle School Cardona Camp
Mon 14th/Tues 15th Nov - Rm 13 & 24
Tues 15th/Wed 16th Nov - Rm 14 & 23
Wed 16th/Thur 17th Nov - Rm 12 & 15

Tuesday 29 November - Thursday 1 December
Year 5 Moke Lake Camp

Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 December
Year 8 Camp

Friday 16 November
Last day of Term 4 
12pm finish

Thursday 2 February 2023 first day of Term 1

Magical Maths
Tips to help your children with their Maths
Stewart Island - Camp 1
Room 27

The QPS tradition of Stewart Island Camp has been a hit with Room 27 this week.
Each day was action-packed with new experiences and fun.
Highlights were the fishing and Ulva Island bird sanctuary, enjoying bunkroom life with friends, braving the famous QPS 'Burma' Trail and of course, the spectacular beaches and bush walks.

We will miss the friendly camp Kaka and the camaraderie of camp but we have so many awesome memories.
Grateful thanks to everyone who made this top camp possible.
Washing our dishes camp style.
Leon with the rat trap he made with the Stewart Island predator trappers.
Around the School
Students in Room 2 have been learning about France.
We made replicas of the Eiffel Tower.
Room 28 having ice cream treats!

Bluff Nationals Downhill Track

My dad and I went to Bluff for the Nationals MTB Biking Competition. I competed in the Enduro and the Downhill categories. Enduro is a race where you’re timed for your downhill runs only but you can take however long you need to pedal to the top. In the Downhill category, you are timed for your Downhill runs but can take a shuttle to the top. This made the Enduro hard for me because it was really tiring. I was the youngest to race in the Under 13s age group.I came 5th in the Enduro and 3rd in the Downhill out of all the riders in New Zealand. It was an awesome day. My next competition is the Summer Series in Christchurch.

Angelo Decadi - Year 7

QPS Triathlon Results

On Tuesday 25 October, QPS ran their annual Y5-8 School Triathlon Championships at the Event Centre. This year we decided to have a Competitive and  Non-Competitive/Participation categories to cater for all abilities and preferences with every student earning House points for their House. Congratulations to Kahu who were the winning House!

Despite our course having to be changed due to numerous building works happening at the Events Centre, our students ran, biked and swam so well. We now look to the Wakatipu Triathlon Champs on Tuesday 15 November!

Thank you to all parents who helped as marshalls on the day and those who came along to encourage and cheer on the students.

Here are our Competitive Results:

Year 5 Boys
Individuals name Rm Placing
Carter Purdue 22 1
Lachlan Gibson 22 2
Marcel Monnier 21 3
Max Trembath 21 4
Yuto Takeda 20 5
Frankie Wong 22 6
Jackson Westera 21 7
Tom Perry 22 8
Kai Takeda 20 9
Jackson Julian 22 10
Ethan Massey 20 11
Hunter Oliver 22 12
Brody Sheehan 20 13
Braden Wells 22 14
Leo Deveraux 21 15
Ash Wells 22 16
Alex Rold 22 17
Fynn Patty 21 18
Timothy Moore 21 19

Year 5 Girls
Individuals name Rm Placing
Aya Duffy 21 1
Eva Duffy 22 2
Rina Nakazawa 22 3
Jasmin Obermoser 21 4
Frieda Day 22 5
Alix Horand Barnett 22 6
Anju Okajima 21 7
Frankie Proffit 21 8
Taylor Scott 20 9
Amelia Wilson 22 10
Naomi Mori-Haslett 21 11
Erika Clay 22 12

Year 6 Boys
Individuals name Rm Placing
Oscar Roborgh 29 1
Dominic Ashton 27 2
Lucas Roborgh 29 3
Isaac Maglaras 27 4
Kieran Morphett 28 5
Eliott Kuhm 29 6
Tommy Carlson 29 7
Flynn Nicholson 27 8
Keagan Clayton 27 9

Year 6 Girls
Individuals name Room Placing
Indi Warren 28 1
Geneva Moran 27 2
Gwyn Baldwin 29 3
Scarlett 28 4
Amy Franklin 28 5
Isla Murray 29 6
Sophie Clouston 27 7
Verity O'Donnell 27 8
Georgia Walters 27 9
Trixie Kong-Pearce 27 10
Grace Reid 27 11
Siena Dorn 27 12
Iri Hollebon 29 13
Charlie Butler 29 14

Year 7 Boys
Individuals name Rm Placing
Kai Mewburn 30 1
Zach McAuliffe 31 2
Henri Monnier 34 3
Harry Pilkington 32 4
Jacob O'Neil 32 5
Gustavo Marques 35 6
Jonty Holmes 33 7
Enso Makuta-Brownlie 32 8

Year 7 Girls
Individuals name Rm Placing
Rilee Young 31 1
Emily Messingham 32 2
Isla Doheney 30 3
Taylah Miller 33 4

Year 8 Boys
Individuals name Rm Placing
Logan Harrison 31 1
Ethan Morphett 34 2
Isaac McCartney 34 3
Louis Dela Cruz 33 4
Lorenzo Carrizales 30 5
Luke Januszkiewicz 32 6
Aran Quinn 35 7

Year 8 Girls
Individuals name Rm Placing
Bailey McKay 33 1
Keira Redden 35 2
Sydney Alva 31 3
Molly Burgess 32 4
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.
Student Success

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

Our amazing Toy Librarian, Megan, is moving on to her next exciting opportunity.

So the Wakatipu Toy Library is now looking to hire a new librarian. This paid position is approximately 12 hours per week (including admin time):
Tuesday 3:30pm-5:30pm
Thursday 10am-1pm and
Sunday 12:30pm-2:30pm plus admin time. (Hours could be flexible for the right applicant)

It’s a great wee job where you can bring your kids if needed and be part of a wonderful community. Full training will be given to the successful applicant. Copies of the job description can be obtained by private messaging us on Facebook or emailing us at
Applications close Wednesday 26th October.

Please get in touch if you or anyone you know is interested!
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 - Friday 16 December

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.

Next month…we are heading off on our FIRST Real Steel Southern Roadie 🚙 and we can’t wait 🙌

We’re off to the Golden Homes Real Steel Netball Festival in Queenstown, Wanaka and Cromwell from 2-3 December! 🏐 Register all your budding netballers in for these fun Skills & Drills sessions with the REAL STEEL! 💙💖

For more information, or to register click here 👉
Don’t delay - spaces are limited #GottaBeThere

Special thanks to Ethan Smith and Golden Homes in the Southern Lakes for making this happen!  We are thrilled to welcome you to our Steel family of partners 💫

#REALSTEEL #GottaBeThere
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
The Cancer Society of Otago and Southland invites you to participate in Marathon In A Month this November.
We are very excited to be offering Marathon in a Month for the first time in Otago and Southland this year.
You can walk, swim, run, bike or row your way to 42 km between 1st to 30th November - all while raising funds for the Cancer Society's research, prevention, and support services and getting fit and healthy.
Break it down - that's only 1.4 km daily! Participating in a marathon can be physically demanding in one day but achievable over a month – this could be a great training incentive for your summer sport teams. 
If 42 km is not a big enough challenge for you, you can set the bar higher – two marathons, even three! Marathon in a month is a great way to get active this spring by committing to a goal that suits you, or your team.   
The funds raised will ensure that the 71 New Zealanders a day who are diagnosed with cancer will not go through it alone.
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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