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COVID 19 Update

As of Monday 31st August, Papatoetoe South School will be opening our school grounds for all of our students. At Alert Level 2 it is safe for most students to be back at school and in their classrooms. If your child is vulnerable to illness you may choose to keep your child at home. If this is the case, please contact the school on to  inform us of your situation. If anyone who is self-isolating, or who has been advised by health authorities to remain at home while they wait for their Covid-19 test or family results they must stay home also.

We need your help to keep our students, community and staff as safe as possible. 

We encourage a drop off and pick up only approach to restrict the number of ‘adults on-site’. Whilst our greatest wish is to welcome everyone, as we always have, this is necessary under Alert Level 2,  as a large number of adults in the same space is the ‘most likely’ chance of Covid-19 entering the school grounds. Where it is necessary for an adult to come on site for pick up or drop off, there should be one person only designated to do so for your family. You must remain outside the buildings and must practice physical distancing at all times. (Note: this is the same for taxi drivers and parents of Le Va students). The gates will be open at 8.15am by an SLT member.

Only staff members and our tamariki are allowed to enter the school buildings. Unfortunately whānau cannot enter our buildings without an appointment. We look forward to being able to welcome you all back as the Alert Levels change, but for now this rule is in place to keep everyone safe. 

If whānau does need to come on site, or need to see the classroom teacher, please email or phone the school office so we can organise for this to happen safely. For a list of staff emails please refer to .If this cannot be done due to unforeseen circumstances please come to the school office to register and register as a visitor. This is necessary for Health and Safety reasons, including contact tracing if this is needed. Please do not be offended that you will need to knock for attention. We have to follow clear Health and Safety processes at this time. We are still working together to minimise risk of COVID 19 spreading. Physical distancing of 2 metres is required for parents and caregivers, as they approach school for pick up and drop off (to align with public health measures outside the school grounds).

Safety Measures at School:

  • Drinking fountains will remain turned off at Alert Level 2. Our tamariki will need to bring a named water bottle to school, with enough water to last the day. 
  • Hand sanitiser at entry to classrooms and in shared spaces where available. Soap, water and the ability to dry hands must be provided in bathrooms. Although sanitiser is available,  washing and drying hands with soap is still the most effective hygiene measure.
  • Please talk with your child/children about a good drop off and pick up place that is not directly outside the gate, if possible. This will reduce the number of adults and students in a small area and allow for the 2 metre distancing between adults to be adhered to.. 

Contact tracing remains a  priority therefore family members that come on site must ‘check in’ on the NZ COVID Tracer App. The  QR code will be posted at the gate. This is to ensure if we did have any chances that we can easily support our community and the Ministry with tracing. Please ensure that the NZ COVID Tracer App is already downloaded to your phone before coming to the school gate. Note this app is different from the last time as we will be using the tracer app used everywhere.

For more information about the NZ COVID App: s-resources-and-tools/nz-covid-tracer-app

For the first few days there will be members of our school team to support you and answer questions at the school gate. Please do not ask the adults on road patrols, as they need to concentrate on road safety.

 Please talk with your child about the importance of effective hygiene practice and if your child is showing any symptoms of Covid-19 can include new onset or worsening of one or more of the following – Cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing and / or temporary loss of smell then please consult with your doctor. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Community Update


Kia Ora Whānau, We have plenty of people in our Community that need a bit of extra help right now due to the impact of COVID 19 on families and finances. Here are the details of some of the food assistance that is currently available in Counties Manukau. Some services cross multiple suburbs. They are open from the 17 August onwards. Please share this information widely so that anyone in our Community that needs support can get it. We need to look after each other through these times. Kia noho haumaru.



The Otara Kai Village Otara/Papatoetoe – require proof of ID In front of Jetts Gym Otara Town Centre
Otara Food Bank – re-opens 19 Aug Otara/Papatoetoe

As above – register on Otara Health Charitable Trust on

Above link activated from 19 Aug

Flatbush Salvation Army Otara/Manukau 09 – 3797615 or email
St Vincent de Paul Society Otahuhu

47 Station Rd contact first 09 2704088 or 0800680090 or email

Otahuhu Salvation Army Otahuhu

09 2765793 or 09 3797615 or 0800530000 or email


South Auckland Christian Foodbank Otara/Manukau/Papatoetoe Contact Ian on 0508 242643 or 0274771092 or
MUMA Mangere/Otara/Otahuhu/Papatoetoe/Manukau/Manurewa Call 0800 686232 between 9am and 2pm Mon – Fri. Located at Nga Whare Waatea Marae – must have photo ID
Budgeting & Family Support Services Mangere/Otara/Tuakau Call 09 2752266 or 0221875510 – leave a message on lines. Open 9am – 4pm Mon – Fri. Unable to call back mobile numbers.
Manukau Salvation Army Manukau and surrounding suburbs Call 09 262 2332 or 09 3797615 or 0800 530000
Rawiri Community House Prefer food be picked up from address 1 Rata Vine Drive Wiri  – first in first served Call 09 2638202 or
Manurewa Marae No walk ins Call first 09 6400821 or access Manurewa Marae facebook page
United We Stand – Rewa waka of caring 2 McCannelly St – Old Auto one shop next to Dominos Open 8.30am to late – drop ins ok.
The Fono – Pasifika only Across Auckland region Call 021956633 or 0800366648 or email
Papakura Salvation Army Papakura/Pukekohe

Call 09 2996791 or 09 3797615


Papakura Marae Papakura Call 09 2972036 – leave msg and you will be called back for a screening
Pukekohe Salvation Army Pukekohe Call 09 2385641 or 09 3797615
Franklin Support Services Franklin/Tuakau/Onewhero/Port Waikato/Mercer Call 09 2386233 or email
Waiuku Family Support Network Waiuku Call 09 2359099 or email
Whare Oranga Ooraeroa Marae Port Waikato Text 022 5279800

Principal's message

Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Croagh Patrick tōku māunga
Ko Shannon tōku awa
Ko Aer Lingus tōku waka
Ko Luimneach (Limerick) tōku iwi
Ko Mumhan (Munster) tōku hapu
Ko Paddy Mac an tSaibag (Chawke) tōku tīpuna
Ko William Mac an tSabaig (Chawke) tōku papa
Ko Mary Ni Griffin tōku māmā
Ko Caroline Ni an tSabaig (Chawke) tōku ingoa

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.


Caroline Chawke

Papatoetoe South School

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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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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

What's on at Papatoetoe South School

2020 Term Dates

Term 1: Monday 3 February – Thursday 9 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April – Friday 3 July
Term 3: Monday 20 July – Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October – Tuesday 15 December

School Hours

8:50am – 3:00pm (Mon – Fri)

Office Hours

8:15am – 3:45pm (Mon – Fri)

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