Welcome to Papatoetoe South School

The Child - The Heart of the Matter

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Term Two 2022 - Monday 2nd May - Friday 8th July

09 278 5231 📩 [email protected]

Triadic Learning Conversations - Monday 4th July and Tuesday 5th July

Please remember that the Triadics Conversation evening is for Year 3-6 students only.

If your Year 3 child has received a Toetoe Report this year, they will not need an appointment.

Please see your child’s teacher if you are not sure.

SKIDS will be open on Monday 4th July from

1:10pm. If you wish to enrol your child,

please contact SKIDS or enrol them on the

following website:



School will finish early on Monday 4th July @ 1:10pm

SLW 2022 poster.pdf

Tālofa PSS aiga,

As we head into the 60th anniversary of Sāmoa Independence Day, we remember and honour the legends and figures before us who made this day possible.. We cannot be prouder to be the living legacy to continue the preservation and sustaining of our culture. How lucky are we! This years theme is "Fa'aāuāu le folauga i le va'a o tautai - Continue the voyage with competent wayfinders of the ocean". In honour of Samoan Language Week, we have some very exciting things happening in school all week, from a taste of Sāmoa every morning at Breakfast Club to tosogāmaea (tug of war) between teachers and students and even ula lole making (lolly necklace) which we hope your kids are gifting especially for you! We can't wait, ia manuia le vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa!

SLW breakfast menu.pdf

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.

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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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Sports @ Papatoetoe South School

Mahitahi Sport.mov

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.

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

Our Strategic Objectives







Our Values