Queenstown Primary School

Skipping school to go trekking

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown teaching couple are wagging school next term to walk the length of New Zealand. Susan and Ken McIntyre flew north on Saturday, and started the 3000km Te Araroa Trail, at NZ’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga, yesterday. Susan,...
By GUY WILLIAMS Jon Mitchell is that rare thing in Queenstown these days — a bona fide local. The Labour Party candidate for Southland was born in the former maternity hospital in Sydney Street, and spent his early childhood in an...
A likeable, quick-witted, occasionally out-landish long-time local, spiky-haired Grant Stewart's best known for his former broad-casting career. He's also an experienced pilot who's returning to the air now his job's been disestablished. PHILIP CHANDLER looks at the 58-year-old's varied career  If anyone typifies...

Charity worker dies

By GUY WILLIAMS A former Queenstown woman who was found dead in her apartment in Cambodia on Monday after a suspected heart attack was dedicated to helping underprivileged children, friends say. Cambodian media reported the body of Anne Copplestone, 48, was discovered...
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...

Four decades of unique camp

Queenstown Primary youngsters are flat out fundraising to attend what's become a school institution. Next March will mark the school's 40th Stewart Island camp. Teacher Fran Bailey says the camp is "quite unique". "It's a rite of passage," she says. "And...
In the year Mark Douglas joined Queenstown Primary School's teaching staff, Rob Muldoon was New Zealand Prime Minister, Jimmy Carter was US President and John Lennon was shot and killed. Thirty-eight years later, he discusses his pending retirement with...
Green-fingered pupils from Queenstown Primary School got their hands dirty this week to support their science studies. More than 50 native trees and grasses were planted to form mini ecosystems on school grounds with the help of Ziptrek Ecotours staff....
A celebrity chef's on his way to Queenstown to cook up a fundraising feast. TV chef Michael Van de Elzen, known as host of popular show Truckfundraisers late next week where he'll show kids how to cook healthy food. The events...

First class reunion

There were memories and mischief in spades last weekend as past and present Queenstowners came together to remember their primary school days, four decades on. They came from around New Zealand and Australia to reminisce, 45 years after starting at...
Organisers of Queenstown's first ever Polyfest are blown away by the number of entries. Thirty groups are set to perform in the Central Lakes Murihiku Polyfest over two days this week. An Invercargill-based event's been held for the past nine years. Murihiku...

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...
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