education

Teaching crisis hits home

The teaching crisis is hitting the Wakatipu, with more than a dozen roles up for grabs and concerns there won't be enough applicants to fill them. Shotover Primary School principal Ben Witheford's scathing about the situation, calling recent government moves...

A new adventure

An electrician-turned-fireman-turned teacher is now taking on a new challenge as principal of Queenstown's smallest school. Monday marked Mike Stanley's first day in the top job at KingsView School in Frankton. "It's a bit confusing," he laughs, pointing out that half...

Primary pay protests

About 100 teachers and supporters joined marches in Queenstown today to demand better pay and work conditions in primary schools. Dozens of protesters made their way through the CBD, chanting and prompting motorists to beep their horns, while others marched...

School stoush

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has fired back at Queenstown's MP, after he implied Wakatipu High School's planned expansion may not go ahead. Clutha-Southland National MP Hamish Walker has challenged Labour's Hipkins to explain why there was no money in this...

Revamp for primary

The Ministry of Education is forking out up to $700,000 to give a Queenstown school classroom block a mega makeover. Plans are underway to upgrade a block at Queenstown Primary School, off Robins Road, with work expected to take place...
A LIMITED statutory manager (LSM) appointed to Remarkables Primary School to help resolve "employment and relationship issues" remains in the role almost seven months on. Madeleine Hawkesby was drafted in last November after the school board said it needed "specialised...
Queenstown's two newest schools are drawing up expansion plans to cope with exponential roll growth. Shotover Primary’s roll has grown nearly five-fold since it opened in 2015, while the number of pupils at Remarkables Primary School has increased 10-fold since...
Wakatipu High's come a long way in six years. In 2011, a damning Education Review Office report led then-principal Lyn Cooper to resign. This year, Queenstown's only high school has received an ERO report to rave about. "We're extremely pleased", says principal...

Costly clamping lesson

Queenstown high school students face a $200 charge for parking in staff spaces. Wakatipu High School has chosen the nuclear option to deal with its parking problem – it's started clamping. Anyone who parks in staff parking areas at the Fryer...

Ministry in school site hunt

A new primary school is on the cards for Queenstown. The Ministry of Education's Katrina Casey confirms it's on the hunt for a suitable location in the Wakatipu – but won't reveal where. The news isn't surprising given a hike in Queenstown...

Education hub rubbed out

A huge education and technology campus planned near Queenstown's Jack's Point is dead in the water. Just as council experts were lining up to rail against the plan, its main supporter, the Jacks Point group of companies associated with developer...

New teachers chalked up

Queenstown's had an influx of out-of-town teachers for the new school year. Most schools are also reporting a hike in rolls – with the exception of St Joseph's and Queenstown Primary Schools. More bums on seats spells out the reason for...
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