Ministry of Education

Needs fund tops $1m

By TRACEY ROXBURGH In just over six months more than $1 million has been raised for the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund. Established by Queenstown’s fundraising queen Kaye Parker during Alert Level 4 lockdown to provide financial support to front-line charities in...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu High principal Steve Hall’s requested a meeting with the owner of  vaping store opening a stone’s throw from the school’s entrance. Shosha, a national vaping products retailer, is opening the store in the Wyndham Garden hotel building...

Whakatipu time

By PHILIP CHANDLER Highly-respected Ngai Tahu elder Sir Tipene O’Regan says it’s time Queenstowners put an ‘h’ in ‘Wakatipu’. ‘Whakatipu’ is the undisputed traditional Maori spelling, however ‘Wakatipu’ has been employed since early European days and pops up in everything from...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH In a first for the Wakatipu, a fully-funded social worker’s been put into all Queenstown primary schools. Central Lakes Family Services social worker in schools — or SWIS — Fiona Stephenson started in the full-time, permanent position —...
By HUGH COLLINS A local mountaineer has documented what he believes may be the first climb of its kind in the Wakatipu Basin. Guillaume Charton's 15-minute film, titled (re)Discovering Remarkables, will be shown during this weekend's NZ Mountain Film Festival in...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Ten years to the day of welcoming their first charges, the Arrowtown Preschool team's looking to expand. The Cotter Avenue site marked its milestone birthday on Tuesday, having been built to try to take some of the pressure...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Plans are afoot for an almost total rebuild of Queenstown Primary School. The Robins Road school's working on a 10-year masterplan in which the only buildings to survive would be the hall and the intermediate and junior blocks...
Most Wakatipu High students could be studying in temporary classrooms next year, just three years after the school moved into new premises. This less-than-ideal situation arises as the school prepares for a building programme that'll extend its capacity from 1200 to...

Teachers cast ballots

A LACK of young blood entering the teaching profession has Queenstown educators worried. More than 100 Queenstown Lakes teachers gathered at the Events Centre for a union meeting last week. The subject? A vote on whether to accept a new pay...
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...
Parents have labelled the decision to scrap Queenstown school buses as shambolic, disastrous, unsafe and upsetting. Ministry of Education bods have announced it's pulling the service – from term one next year for high school pupils and term two for...
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...
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