Queenstown Primary School

By PHILIP CHANDLER Young Queenstown sisters led the Southern Steel and Mainland Tactix netball teams onto court for the teams’ recent clash in Invercargill. Kyla, 10, and Ayla Yorke, 8, are pictured be fore the game with respective captains Shannon Saunders (left)...
By GUY WILLIAMS A volunteer army from Queenstown Primary School is giving KAPOW some extra punch. The school approached the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust last year asking if it needed students to help with one of its native planting projects. The trust suggested...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The team behind tomorrow's Queenstown Primary School fair’s determined to raise the bar to make up for last year’s Covid-induced cancellation. Old favourites returning include The Great Crockery Smash, chocolate hunt and police car rides. There’ll also be a bouncy...
By GUY WILLIAMS Education ministry staff were in Queenstown this week getting public feedback on its plans to bring in enrolment zones for Queenstown Primary School and the under-construction Te Kura Whakatipu o Kawarau school in Hanley’s Farm. The ministry’s also...

Peak relief at last

By MATTHEW MCKEW There's been movement, finally. Department of Conservation’s (DoC) dropped the news it’ll install a toilet on Queenstown’s Ben Lomond to stop caught-short hikers causing a mess. It comes a year after the mountain was dubbed ‘‘faecal peak’’ for the...

Walkers put feet up

By PHILIP CHANDLER After almost four months walking the length-of-New Zealand Te Araroa Trail, a Queenstown teaching couple temporarily pulled stumps, or rather sticks, at Tekapo last Saturday. Ken McIntyre, 60, and his wife Susan, 57, aborted their walk to return to...

Walkers back on Mainland

By PHILIP CHANDLER After taking just over two months to traipse the North Island, intrepid Queenstown teachers Susan and Ken McIntyre on Wednesday started trekking the Mainland. Susan, 57, and Ken, 60, who’ve taught at Queenstown Primary and Wakatipu High, respectively,...

Q’town youngster stranded

By MATTHEW MCKEW Tearful selfies sent via text in the middle of the night reveal the heavy strain on an 11-year-old girl stranded in Aussie and missing her mum. It’s been almost a full year since Peggy Hieronymus held her daughter...

Teaching the gift of kindness

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It took peer support and turned it on its head. In the wake of Covid-19, Queenstown Primary School team leader Julie Walker thought it might be beneficial to teach almost 150 of her Year 3 and 4 charges...

A big choral concert

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown has hardly seen a choral concert like it. School choirs from four of the Wakatipu’s primary schools — Queenstown Primary, Shotover Primary, St Joseph’s and Arrowtown — combine vocal cords this Thursday to present ‘Wakatipu Sings! 2020’. Altogether...
Farmer, family man, gold fossicker, hunter, historian, shearer, bugler and, above all, a character. On the eve of his 90th birthday, lifelong Queenstowner Alan ‘Hammy’ Hamilton talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his life and times One of Queenstown’s longest-lived locals and...
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 —...
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