Shotover Primary School

Work's begun on the third and final stage of Queenstown's Shotover Primary School. Brosnan Construction has started on the earthworks for a 1428 square metre building, running along the school's northern boundary, which will expand the school's capacity from 650...

Shotover gets Ministry pass

Shotover Primary School is doing its job when it comes to the curriculum, the government says. Last week Mountain Scene revealed a dozen senior pupils had been pulled from the school by parents concerned about open-plan classrooms and their readiness...
An exemplar highlighting a teaching and learning initiative at Shotover Primary School has received global recognition. The school follows an initiative called New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, created by Professor Michael Fallen. In layman's terms, principal Ben Witheford says it focuses...
A dozen senior Shotover Primary pupils have been pulled from the Queenstown school over concerns about their learning. Five parents contacted Mountain Scene this week with concerns about how well their children had been prepared for high school while at...
A new school is being planned for Ladies Mile in Queenstown, as a housing development boom puts pressure on school rolls. In its submission on the controversial Laurel Hills special housing area proposal, the Ministry of Education confirmed it would...

Primary reaching its peak

A major new building project will make Queenstown's Shotover Primary School one of the biggest in New Zealand – and principal Ben Witheford's hoping that's its final growth spurt. A large section of land has been cleared in preparation for...
Queenstown's savage housing crunch has forced a suburban primary school to rely on charity to house new teachers. Shotover Primary principal Ben Witheford says a lack of affordable accommodation is stopping teachers taking jobs at the rapidly-growing school. Fortunately, local home-builder...
A Queenstown teacher told by doctors he would never run again is now training for the resort's marathon. Three years ago, the Shotover Primary School team leader Joe Bailey ran the inaugural Queenstown International Marathon. He hoped to break the four-hour...
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...
A retirement village developer has apologised for failing to tell the Queenstown Trails Trust it was temporarily closing two public tracks in Lake Hayes Estate. Queenstown Country Club also neglected to inform Queenstown's council and the suburb's residents before fencing...

Hammer down for school

Talk about supporting your kid's school. Queenstown accountant Peter Wilson, whose son Calder goes to Shotover Primary, bought a four-bedroom house at auction last Saturday, putting the final seal on a school fundraiser. Wilson bid $810,000 for the brand-new Shotover Country...
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