Welcome to Papatoetoe South School

The Child - The Heart of the Matter

Ko te tamaiti te pūtake o te kaupapa

Term Three 2022 - Monday 25th July - Friday 30th October

09 278 5231 📩 [email protected]

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Returning to School for Term 3 - Mask Wearing Requirements

Kia ora Papatoetoe South School whānau,

We hope that you have all had a nice break from school over the last couple of weeks and that you are all ready for the return to learning on Monday.

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education have advised us that with the current COVID rise in cases “we strongly recommend that all schools and kura amend their mask policy for the first four weeks of term to require mask wearing in all indoor settings (where it will not have a significant impact on teaching and learning)”.

  • All staff and visitors on site will be required to wear masks when in indoor settings.

  • All students in Years 3 - 6 will be required to wear masks in indoor settings.

  • When it is not practical to wear a mask - particularly during lunch eating time, students will not need to wear them but will be distanced appropriately within the indoor space.

  • We continue to welcome parents, visitors, facilitators and other education service providers to the school, but also require them to wear a mask when indoors.

  • Parents who are dropping off their children in the morning or waiting to collect their children after school will not need to wear a mask on the grounds while they are outdoors. If they need to come inside to help settle their child or speak with the teacher, they will need to wear a mask.


  • Students in Year 0 (New entrants), Year 1 and Year 2 will not be required to wear masks but are welcome to do so.

  • Our students in Le Va will not be required to wear masks but are also welcome to do so.

  • If you or your child have an exemption from wearing a mask, please let us know. This is to make sure that we are considerate towards you or your child and can be supportive.

We will have masks available for people who do not have one on them, but we have a limited supply so we ask and encourage you to bring these from home, please.

These requirements will remain in place until we are advised otherwise. We meet regularly to discuss, consider and plan our school settings with the view of keeping our community healthy and ensuring that we can continue to deliver a rich, valuable learning experience for our tamariki.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We are happy to help and do whatever we can to support you all.

You can email us at: [email protected] or call us on (09) 278 5231

Kia hari, kia ora, kia kite wawe koutou

Our learning concept for Term Three continues our 2022 focus on Our Taonga by sharing and celebrating our stories.

Our stories are our taonga

They enable us to see, connect and understand through the window of our unique worlds.

Our stories may be stories from our families, our cultures, our places or any that have special meaning to us.

Please remember to get in touch with our school office if your child needs to be away, and keep reporting any home COVID cases to us.

Ko te tamaiti te pūtake o te kaupapa

Principal's Greeting

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Croagh Patrick tōku maunga

Ko Shannon tōku awa

Ko Aer Lingus tōku waka

Ko Luimneach (Limerick) tōku iwi

Ko Mumhan (Munster) tōku hapū

Ko Paddy Mac an tSaibag (Chawke) tōku tīpuna

Ko William Mac an tSabaig (Chawke) tōku pāpā

Ko Mary Ni Griffin tōku māmā

Ko Caroline Ni an tSabaig (Chawke) tōku ingoa

Caroline Chawke

Tumuaki / Principal

It is an absolute pleasure and privilege to serve our Papatoetoe community as Tumuaki of Papatoetoe South School. We pride ourselves on being a caring and inclusive school that focuses on encouraging students to achieve their potential academically, physically, socially and emotionally, whilst standing strong as who they are.

Our school whakatauki “Ko te Tamaiti te Pūtake o te Kaupapa / The Child the Heart of the Matter” highlights our intention to have our students at the centre of every decision we make. We have a strong commitment to nurturing and supporting our students to be the best learners, leaders and citizens they can be. We are a diverse school and work hard to offer a curriculum that celebrates our diversity, and honours whānau as the first teachers of our tamariki. We know we cannot do our job successfully without working together in partnership, and warmly welcome you to our school website and through our school doors.



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Whānau Groups

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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


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Contact us

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]

What's on at Papatoetoe South School

2022 Term Dates

Term 1: Tuesday 1st February – Thursday 14 April

Term 2: Monday 2 May – Friday 8 July

Term 3: Monday 25 July – Friday 30 September

Term 4: Monday 17 October – Friday 16 December

School Hours

8:50am – 3:00pm (Mon – Fri)

Office Hours

8:15am – 3:45pm (Mon – Fri)

Empower learners to reach their highest potential whilst standing strong as who they are

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