Queenstown Primary School has over 30 nationalities represented in the student and staff community. We like to celebrate our cultural diversity and promote global awareness.
A highlight on the Queenstown Primary School calendar is our International Day when students come dressed in their national costumes and our school community provides food from their countries and entertains the school at assembly.
We also celebrate Cultural Festivals throughout the year including; Japanese Girls Day, Diwali, Ramadan and Holi.
Each year senior students are selected as our International Ambassadors. These student leaders are integral to ensuring all students feel safe and welcome at Queenstown Primary School. They help with translations and organise both the annual International Day and ESOL Luncheon.
Kapa Haka at Queenstown Primary School
At Te Kura Tuatahi o Tāhuna our students can experience and participate in Kapa Haka. Our pēpē group, Year 0-2, are tutored by Tania Neho a parent from our school whānau and whose contribution and awhi are greatly appreciated. The purpose of the pēpē group is for our tamariki to begin to learn our school waiata and karakia whilst enjoying all that Te Reo Māori and the learning of Tiikanga Māori offer.
Our Year 5-8 Tamariki are currently a stronghold of 100 students. They are a popular rõpū being asked to support Mihi Whakatau and Pōwhiri across the Wakatipu Basin. Te Kopa Kopa and Ata Maiava tutor this rōpū and their knowledge and skill are taonga. Currently, this rōpū is working hard towards annual events held within the Wakatipu and the wider Central Lakes Community.