School Hours - 8.50 - 3.00pm (Mon - Fri)

Office Hours - 8.15 - 3.45pm (Mon - Fri)

Term 1 - Wednesday 31st January - Friday 12th April




Kia ora e te whānau,

We hope the year has started well for you and your tamariki, and that you are ready and rearing to get back on the waka with us!

With careful consideration of the busy term ahead, and the need for all our whānau to be fully informed, we have booked an information evening on Wednesday 21 February with two important but separate agendas:

5.00pm School Camp 

6.00pm Puberty Talk

We are aware of the talanoa evening being held the following night, however we did not want to overshadow an important talanoa with these two equally important events. We hope you can make both evenings but we understand the complexities that may come with this arrangement. FYI, we will be sending out flyers and additional information on all our communication platforms about School Camp and Puberty Talk programs also.

We hope to see you under the canopy on Wednesday 21st February at 5.00pm! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your classroom teacher or Miss Rose Naisby (Camp Coordinator). Mrs Gautusa (Deputy Principal) can assist if you have any concerns.

ngā mihi nui

Senior School Team

Talanoa ako evening

Tenā koutou, Mālō e lelei, Talofa lava, Taloha ni, Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Namaste, Ni sa bula and warm Pacific greetings Parents/Guardians,

We are excited to extend an invitation to you for our upcoming Talanoa Ako Evening, scheduled to take place on the 22nd of February 2024 at Papatoetoe South School. We will hold two Talanoa sessions in each class;

Talanoa Ako 1: 3.30pm

Talanoa Ako 2: 4.45pm

Talanoa: A word from the Pacific Islands - represents a form of dialogue where people share stories, ideas, and perspectives in a respectful and inclusive manner. It's an opportunity for an open and meaningful conversation, fostering understanding and connections within our community.

Ako: A kupu Māori for teaching and learning - refers to reciprocal learning where all participants teach and learn from each other. 

Talanoa Ako therefore, is an open discussion about student learning and aims to bring together parents, guardians, teachers, and staff members to engage in discussions about your child’s learning. It's a chance for us to learn from each other, share experiences, and strengthen our bonds.

The evening will include:

We encourage you to mark your calendars and join us for an enriching and enjoyable evening of Talanoa. Together, let's create a vibrant and inclusive community where every voice is heard and valued.

If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Vicki Tipama’a at [email protected]

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you at the Talanoa Evening.

Warm regards,

Leadership Team

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Nau mai, Haere mai ki tō tātou kura! 

Welcome to our school

meet our junior school team!

Kia ora, Salaam and Bula to you all.

I am Rukshana Khan, originally from Fiji and have lived in New Zealand for 16 years. I have 20 years of teaching experience, am married with three wonderful children (all grown up), a cat lover and enjoy sports. I am passionate about teaching and care for the well being and success of tamariki. I am eager and excited to work with you and your child. Please feel free to contact me via email; [email protected] or seesaw. 

Ngā mihi nui, wasalaam and vinaka

Rukshana Khan , Rūma 4, Year 2 (Team Leader)

My name is Kelli Scott and I will be teachingh Year 2 in Room 5 this year. I am from Christchurch, New Zealand and have taught not only in New Zealand but overseas. I am passionate about teaching and learning and find it both enjoyable and satisfying supporting our tamariki through their learning journey. As well as education my interestes evolve in travel, sport and music. Please feel free to contact me via email: [email protected] or seesaw for Rūma 5

My name is Simran Rai and I have been in this beautiful teaching profession for the last 20 years. I moved to New Zealand in 2019 with my husband and son from India. I have taught in India for many years as well as in Dubai. My aim as a teacher is to have high expectations from the students and inspire them to work towards achieving that. My passion is to create a classroom environment in which students can reach their full potential with confidence. I love to travel, be the MC for special events/occasions, eat out with friends and family, and of course, dance. You will see me smiling in Room 2 with my beautiful students. My email is [email protected]

Kia ora, I am Hana Patchigalla, an experienced Year 2 teacher in Room 7.m I am from India and have taught in New Zealand schools for over 20 years. As an educator, my passion lies in empowering students to reach their full potential and exceed their expectations. I strive to create a holistic learning environment that fosters student achievment and inspires students to be their best selves. I am a firm believer in instilling a lifelong love of learning in my students by making learning fun and engaging. Beyond the classroom, I enjoy gardening, painting and long walks. I am excited to be your child's teacher and welcome you to visit us in room 7 anytime

Ni Sa Bula!

I hope you're excited as I am to embark on this incredible learning journey together. My name is Dayawanti Reddy and I am absolutely thrilled to be a teacher in Room 3 this year. I hail from the beautiful island of Fiji. With passion for education and a commitment to success, I am here to guide, support, and inspire children every step of the way. Get ready for engaging lessons, thought-provoking discussiona, and a whole lot of fun as we explore the fascinating world of teaching and learning. Together, we will unlock your child’s potential, discover new horizons, and make this a year to remember. Buckle up, because the adventure starts now! Feel free to be in contact with me on professional matters at [email protected]

Bula and namaste, I am Sonam Chand, Year 2 teacher in Room 8. 

I am from the beautiful Island of Fiji. I moved to New Zealand last year in August. I have taught in Primary Schools in Fiji for 14 years. This is my first year of teaching in New Zealand. I am thrilled to be part of Papatoetoe South School. As an educator, I believe that all tamariki have the potential to succeed and I believe in empowering them to achieve their potential. I am married and have 2 kids. I enjoy travelling, reading and relaxing at the beach. Please feel free to contact me via email: [email protected]

Kia ora, Talofa lava, Greetings to you! 

I am Tinei Leniu. I was born and raised in South Auckland. My parents are originally from Samoa. My late Father, was an ali’i matai (high Samoan chief) who was filled with so much knowledge about the Samoan aganu’u (Samoan customs and traditions). He taught me how to speak, read and write in Samoan. You could say that he was my very first teacher.  He always encouraged me to strive for excellence. As a teacher, I believe that every student has the potential to succeed. My aim is to create a passion for learning in my students and support and guide them towards success and achieving at their highest. Working with children has always been my passion and I am excited to be working with your tamariki in Ruma 1 this year. My email is [email protected] and Seesaw for Room 1.

Meet the Middle School

Welcome to 2023 Middle School Team (1).mp4

Meet the Senior School

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Meet our Te Puna Ākona whānau

Te puna take 2.mp4

Meet the Le Va Team

Le Va Welcome Video.mp4

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Our Initiatives

Check out our initiatives:

Kahui Ako

Whānau Groups

Te Ara Tika

Our Partners

SWiS (Social Worker in School) – Ko ngā tamariki te iho o a mātou mahi kato  |  Children – the heart of all we do

sKiDs (Safe Kids in Daily Supervision) – before and after school care


Papatoetoe South School has an official enrolment scheme. Go to our enrolment page for details.

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If you have any queries, comments, messages or questions – we would love to hear from you!

Phone 09 278 5231 or 0800 786 3784

Mobile 027 585 5441

Email [email protected]

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