Shotover Primary School

By GUY WILLIAMS A Whangarei-based counsellor and parenting instructor is running a series of workshops for parents, carers and teachers in Queenstown from Thursday. The workshops, presented by The Peaceful Parent Institute co-founder Genevieve Simperingham, are being managed by Queenstown natural health...
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...

Doors thrown open

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Exclusive access is being granted to some of the Whakatipu’s most impressive and interesting homes this coming Sunday, fundraising for Shotover Primary School. Organiser Jane Hamilton says the Shotover Primary Friends of the School’s house tour is no ‘‘cookie-cutter’’...

Privacy fears

By MATTHEW MCKEW Concerned Lake Hayes Estate residents fear disruption and an end to privacy if a proposed new road into the Queenstown suburb goes ahead. The route’s appeared in all three City Hall draft masterplans for developing Ladies Mile, north...

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...

Exploring floral fantasies

By PHILIP CHANDLER Owners of some of the most beautiful and award-winning local gardens are throwing open their gates for this month’s popular Wakatipu Plunket Garden Tour. The November 29 self-drive tour allows ticket-holders to leisurely check out eight local gardens, including old...
By MATTHEW MCKEW A suburban talent show’s raised more than $2500 for a Lake Hayes Estate community defibrillator. The Hayes’ talent show featured everything from rappers to dancers, and a 14-year-old who sang an Adele song and ‘‘gave us all goose...
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...
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