Ko te tamaiti te pūtake o te kaupapa

The child, the heart of the matter

Our Strategic Objectives










Our Values





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

Principal's message

Ko Croagh Patrick te māunga
Ko Shannon te awa
Ko Aer Lingus te waka
Ko Paddy Chawke tōku tīpuna
Nō Contae Luimnigh ahau
Ko Mary Ni Griffin rāua, ko William Chawke ōku mātua
Ko Caroline Marie 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 vision “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 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

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 office@papatoetoe-south.school.nz