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Why join our team?

We invest in the personal growth of our people. Our programme of professional learning is influenced by Sir Ken Robinson, Simon Sinek and Julia Aitken.

Collaboration at Shotover is more than a way of working; it’s a mindset. You’ll step into a purpose-built school that’s had four years of embedding effective collaborative practice.

Our culture values others. We empower our people to make decisions, draw on everyone’s expertise to achieve our goals, and support each other to learn and grow.

We’re committed to getting that bit better every day. You’ll be joining a learning-focused organisation that lives and breathes its vision (Creating a Climate of Possibility) and values (joy, growth mindset, curiosity, thinking and collaboration).

And we take full advantage of being situated in Queenstown’s amazing outdoor classroom!

Teaching at Shotover

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
— John F. Kennedy

Our Innovative Learning Environments have been designed to create structured yet flexible spaces that cater for children working independently through to larger groups. Each habitat includes a makerspace and kitchen, tiered seating, quiet spaces, and rooms that can be enclosed for privacy.

Our mentors collaborate in teams of four, giving them scope to personalise learning and group and teach the children according to their needs.  

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Getting your family settled

We enjoy a stunning lifestyle all year round: biking, tramping, skiing, camping and fishing are immediately accessible. Travel to Dunedin or Wanaka for the perfect weekend getaway.

Our school is surrounded by sunny, insulated, spacious family homes. The school has a rental property that may be available while you find a permanent home.

Our single secondary school opened in 2018 in a brand new building. And there are plenty of job openings, especially in the trades and teaching, as well as in new retail and tourism businesses and related services.

To apply for teaching vacancies at Shotover Primary School in Queenstown, click here.

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To be considered for relieving work, please register on the Staff Sync website. Click on the logo to access the website. This is a free process. If you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Aurik -

When you do work that matters, the crowd will call you a fool. If you do something remarkable, something new and something important, not everyone will understand it (at first). Your work is for someone, not everyone. Unless you’re surrounded only by someones, you will almost certainly encounter everyone. And when you do, they will jeer. That’s how you’ll know you might be onto something.
— Seth Godin