Kiaora, kia orana, talofa lava, malo e leiei, ni hao, bula vinaka, namaste, hello and welcome to all of our families for whom English is not the first language spoken at home.

At Papatoetoe South School, support for English Language Learners takes place in a variety of ways. Two specialist teachers work with students in the school, providing programmes aimed to develop and strengthen students’ English skills. Trained teacher aides provide individual and small group tuition to students who do not have English as their first language. These lessons take place in school time. Our classroom teachers also have access to specialist resources that allows them to support student learning within mainstream classes.

We encourage you to continue to speak to your child at home in their first language because this is the language that they are most confident in. First languages are important and can help families share their values, traditions and cultural identity. Children who are confident in their first language often find it easier to learn English at school because they are able to see when words are similar or have similar meanings. You can help your child’s learning everyday by supporting and encouraging them and being excited about what they are learning.

Hi, my name is Heather Robertson and I am the ESoL teacher for the middle and senior school. Children that attend my programme are supported, as English Language Learners, to develop and strengthen their English skills. Along with developing vocabulary and conversational skills, the goal of this programme is to help students to learn to listen, speak, read and write in English, as this will assist them to be successful in the mainstream. In order to adequately address the diverse needs of the children I work with students outside of their classrooms for a set period of time each week.


Link to support your child at home (all year levels) in English Ideas to help with Reading, Writing and Math

ELL children at school are assessed against the English Language Learning Progressions as well as the National Standard. Resources attached to this link can help you support your child at home as they work towards the National Standard (in 14 languages) National Standards - how you can support your child from home