New Queenstown Primary School Principal Fiona Cavanagh in
her office, which faces the Remarkables. Photo by Christina
Queenstown Primary School's new principal is glad to
leading a school where ''kids are kids''.
Fiona Cavanagh started in the role about a month ago and is
pleased to report she is enjoying the ''small-school values''
of the school, which has nearly 700 pupils on its roll.
''They behave like children and they are unsophisticated,''
Ms Cavanagh said of the pupils.
''That's very refreshing to lead a school where kids are
More than 30 different nationalities are represented within
the school, making Queenstown Primary School feel like the
world in miniature, but Ms Cavanagh is well versed in
''I have come from Mangere, in South Auckland, ... and prior
to that I led a school where the main ethnic group were
''I'm very familiar with working in very ethnically rich
Inheriting what she termed a successful school full of
respectful and friendly children meant any changes would only
be concerning systems and organisation.
The Remarkables are framed like a painting by her office
window and she was quick to say she felt ''very relaxed in
this environment'' and lucky.
She likened the school culture to her time growing up in the
central North Island, which offered a similar school
programme rich with outdoor pursuits.
Now, she was looking forward to putting on skis with the
children as part of the school's snow programme.
''We live in such a beautiful location and the people reflect
the energy of our location.''