Papatoetoe West School

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Together we strive for growth through learning

Term 3 Dates 2022

Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September

Maths Open Morning

School Board Election Information

Election preview notice 1.pdf

Breakfast Club

Wonderful resource produced by Maori Television

He Kākano

Aims to make organic gardening easy and relevant to today, weaving together traditional growing methods with Māori ingenuity, to produce fresh tasty dishes.

Useful links to support families at home

Papatoetoe West School has a new Bus

Last year we bought a school bus. Tired of having opportunities limited for our students due to the costs of transport, the School Board approved the purchase of a bus to allow our tamariki to be able to experience more Education Outside of the Classroom (E.O.T.C).

We have had impressive signage added to the bus and it has been in regular use ever since its arrival at the school.

The bus wouldn't have happened without the help and support of the team at Keith Andrews Fuso. They have an article about our school bus mirrored here. Just click on the photo to be taken there. Please read and enjoy!

Term 2, 2021 Highlights

Kaitiaki of Kohuora Park Wetland

Papatoetoe West is lucky to have an incredible natural environment surrounding us. We are set upon the top of a natural tuff ring volcanic crater that has abundant minerals and rich soil for plant growth.

In the bowl of the crater we find a natural wetland environment which is home to many species of insects, plants, small fish and birds. We enjoy using the fields and the walkways around our wetland.

This term we are learning about how we can continue to look after our amazing natural environment and to ensure it will be looked after well into the future.

We are learning about the local history of our park, and with the help of many experts in this area, we are becoming empowered kaitiaki. Join us on our journey as we learn about Kohuora Park and what is a wetland.

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A special message from our Green Squad.





Make a difference...

Did you know 10 million tonnes of plastic waste is dumped into our oceans and waterways each year? That's 1 rubbish truck per minute!

Over time plastic breaks down into small pellets. These pellets look exactly like fish eggs, the favourite food of turtles and fish. Plastics permanently fill the stomachs of aquatic life, leaving no room for real food. This eventually causes the creature to die of starvation.

We can all play our part to reduce our consumption of plastic, remove it from our waterways and protect our unique aquatic life.

More than just a clean-up...

We want to celebrate our amazing volunteer army who help us and our communities to learn, grow and look after our environment.

After the clean up, stay at the Botanic Gardens for a free BBQ, get involved in the interactive games and relax while you enjoy live performances.

There'll also be opportunities to meet environmental experts who will show you how to take small steps to become more sustainable in everyday life.

Devices at school

Dear Papatoetoe West School whanau,

We have learned that some students have been bringing devices to school.

It is our policy that students do not bring devices to school. This includes:

  • Phones

  • iPads

  • Android Tablets

  • Laptops

  • Chromebooks

  • iPods

  • Smart Watches

  • plus others…

If students do bring these to school, they will be confiscated and only able to be collected by the students’ parents/caregivers. Papatoetoe West School already provides access to digital devices for our students, and they have everything they need for their learning available to them at the school.

This is a serious concern. It is a concern that students could be videoing, taking photos or voice recordings of other students which can then be used for cyber-bullying. We take the safety of our students VERY SERIOUSLY and hope that you can agree with our policies regarding these devices.

NOTE: If you have a reason that you believe your child should have a phone, you are asked to contact your child’s teacher to let them know about this. The phone is to be handed to the teacher for safekeeping in a locked space and will be returned to your child at the end of the school day.

We appreciate your support in keeping our tamariki safe.