Principal's Message

Kia ora - Namaste - Talofa lava - Talofa ni - Malo e lelei - Kia orana - Fakaalofa lahi atu - Ni Hao and warm pacific greetings to you all

Welcome to our school!

We are a vibrant, thriving community in the heart of South Auckland.

At Papatoetoe West we believe that every child can experience success in their schooling and what this looks like will be different for every child. Our approach is to provide a broad curriculum with rich and meaningful learning experiences. We show commitment to our vision of E tu Kahikitea - Together we strive for growth through learning, by working with whānau and all key stakeholders to support our ākonga as best we can.

Our West Way school values of Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for the Environment underpin how we operate as a school community.

I am incredibly proud to be stepping into the Leader of Learning role of this wonderful school.  I have had the privilege of working as the Deputy Principal here for the past five years and am looking forward to working with our new leadership team, Deputy Principals, Mrs Vanessa Bentley and Miss Emma McKeown, both experienced senior leaders who are excited to be joining our team.

We are thrilled to be starting the year without the COVID restrictions that we have dealt with over the past three years. We welcome you to come in and meet with us and visit your child’s class. We would love to see you at as many of our school events over the year as possible.

Wishing you all the very best for the school year ahead.

I look forward to seeing you.

Ngā mihi mahana

Sandy Tritt


Papatoetoe West School

Leader of Learning (Principal)

Your Senior Leadership team: 

Emma McKeown, Sandy Tritt & Vanessa Bentley

PapWest are extremely grateful to organisations who help make our school a better place: 

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