What do I need to bring along to enrol my child?
Does the school have a uniform and where can this be purchased?
Are you able to support us with obtaining a school uniform?
We do have some secondhand uniform items that can be purchased from the school office for $10 per item. We usually have plenty of sweatshirts but limited stock of other uniform items.
What shoes should my child wear to school?
Preferably black school shoes that are suitable for running around in. If you require assistance with sourcing shoes we can assist you with this.
What are the school's hours?
School hours are 8.50am to 3pm each day. The school grounds are open 8am-3.15pm. Classrooms are open for students from 8.30am onwards. Children are not allowed at school before 8am due to health and safety. Our school will always finish at 3pm unless you receive a notice of any change. It is required that all students leave school grounds by 3.15pm each day.
Does Papatoetoe South School have before and after school care?
We have an outside provider, Safe Kids in Daily Supervision (sKiDs) that operates a before an after school programme at our school. For queries and to obtain more information about this programme go the sKiDswebsite.
Will my child be in Year 0 or Year 1 when they start school?
I need to take my children home early, can I do this?
What are the arrangements if my child becomes sick at school?
The school will ring one of the parents/caregivers, or emergency contacts if the parents/caregivers are uncontactable. The child is to be picked up from the school office and signed out.
What should I do if my child is going to be absent from school?
Can we take our child on holiday during the term?
Can I come into the school to help and how is this organised?
Is my child allowed to bring their own toys to school?
Generally the answer is no but there are exceptions. The reasons why are their toy may get lost or stolen and this can be extremely upsetting for the child. If children do bring toys to school they are to be handed into the teacher. The only instance where toys are to be at school is when they are specially requested for fun days/events and a notice will go home to parents in these instances.
How am I able to find out about my child's progress at school?
How many children attend Papatoetoe South School?
At the start of each year we have approximately 520 students. By the end of the year year we have approximately 560-600 students.
Who can I talk to about my concerns and worries?
You are welcome to make an appointment to see your child’s teacher to discuss any concerns or worries you may have. Depending on the issue you can also contact the school office and they will be able to advise you on your next steps.
How does the school deal with suspected bullying?
We take all incidents seriously and we can only follow up if we know about it. Please encourage your child to talk to their teacher if something happens. Parents are also welcome to contact their child’s teacher to discuss any incidents. Not all cases are bullying as this is targeted repeated behaviour. However all reported incidences of children feeling unsafe are recorded and investigated.
What systems are in place to help children with learning difficulties?
Make an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss your concerns. The teacher will then follow this up with the appropriate personnel. The teacher will keep in touch with you to let you know what will be put in place, if additional support is necessary.
How do I make an appointment to speak with the Principal?
Contact the school office to arrange an appointment, phone 09 278 5231 or 0800 786 3784
Does the school have a policy for homework?
There is an expectation that all students read with/or be read to every day. Speak to your child’s teacher around their homework expectations.
Will my child participate in swimming lessons?
We have a school pool and students will have lessons in Terms 1 and 4. Lessons will be supervised by the class teacher. If you’d like to know more about the lessons please contact your child’s teacher. This is also a great opportunity for children to build independence by being able to get themselves changed.
Will my child be able to play sport at school?
Sports teams start for students in Year 4 but all students participate in physical education lessons as part of the New Zealand Curriculum.
Will my child be able to learn an instrument at school?
Tironui runs a programme with our students in Years 4-6 where they can learn a string instrument. All other students are given the opportunity to participate in music lessons within the class as part of the New Zealand Curriculum.
Will my child be able to take books out of the library?
When are school assemblies?
These are on the school calendar of events. Any special assemblies where whānau are welcome to attend will also be on this calendar. Please be seated at least five minutes before the start time.