Ministry of Education

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...
Local teachers are taking a futuristic approach to education. The Wakatipu Kahui Ako, community of learning, has been set up for schools to share ideas. Arrowtown School principal Chris Bryant says it's a new way of thinking. Instead of acting independently, schools...

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...
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