Papatoetoe West School

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Together we strive for growth through learning

Term 4 Dates 2021

Monday 18 October - Thursday 16 December

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

Kia ora koutou Parents/Caregivers

For those of you that were not able to pick up the hard packs last week we have been told by the ministry that we are allowed into school to give out more packs. These will be the same ones as we gave out on Tuesday.

Packs will be outside the front office on Monday 23rd August, set up in year levels and available from from 1.30 pm to 4 pm.

Please wear your masks, keep a 2 metre distance and follow the arrows.

Well done for taking the lockdown seriously and doing what we have been asked – we’ve seen before that staying at home will break the chain of transmission and save lives. It is even more important that we all follow the health advice because the Delta variant is very contagious.

Here are some more links to learning resources including:

A reminder for those able to go online that teachers have work on Seesaw and Google.

Stay well

Best wishes

Diana Tregoweth

Greetings to all parents/caregivers

We hope you are all keeping well.

With regards to your children’s learning, encourage your child to read and write daily, even if they are just writing a diary. In Maths, have your children practice their basic facts and tables.

As well as the packs you collected, teachers have work online for those who are able to access the internet. You can also go online to Curriculum teaching and learning resources (with guidance for parents) here for English-medium

It is really important we do everything we can to keep our community safe. Alert Level 4 means we need to stay home in our bubbles and avoid any travelling as much as possible. Supermarkets, pharmacies, food banks and other essential services will be open – but remember to wear a face covering if you are out and about (even a scarf wrapped around your mouth and nose will help). Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go and please also keep a distance from people you don’t know and wash your hands well and often, especially before and after using any public facilities.

Please go to the Ministry of Health website where there is a list of locations If you were at one of those locations and at the same time as specified on the website, then please follow the relevant instructions to isolate and potentially to get tested. Please keep checking that webpage as new locations may be identified over time.

Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety and wellbeing of our rangatahi and tamariki and we continue to be here to support you as well.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako or me, if there is something you need assistance with.

Stay well

Ngā mihi

Diana Tregoweth

Principal (

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 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.


Download our Skool Loop app for updates, alerts and newsletters directly sent to your phone. Found in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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.


Monday 12th April will always be known as POPPY DAY

for these hardworking student leaders. They supported

the RSA in placing new red poppies on all servicemen

and service women’s plaques at the Manukau Memorial

Gardens. There were hundred’s of plaques!

The student leaders were outstanding and did a great job.

Do you see the V that they are making with their fingers?

That is V for Victory, that is what the ladies from the RSA

told them to do. ANZAC day is celebrated in the school

holidays this year - Monday 25th April.

Photos by Debs Eastham

2021 Stationery Lists

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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

  • 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.

his 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.

These wonderful people have donated to the Health and Wellbeing of the staff at Papatoetoe West School. We are very grateful for their generosity.