Student Support

Healthy Lunches in Schools

Papatoetoe Intermediate School has been selected to receive healthy lunches in schools and Good Vibes has been selected by the Board to be our supplier.  Good Vibes has an extensive menu, certified kitchens and provides for a large range of dietary options.  Information can be found online at

Lunches are delivered to classes right after morning tea (11.45 a.m.) and as all packaging is biodegradable and recyclable the rubbish is all collected by students and managed by Good Vibes.  Every meal is individually wrapped and clearly labeled with the choice option.  A lunch is delivered for every child, we do expect children to try their meals, we will not make them eat it.  If a meal is not eaten it will be re-distributed to whanau who request to be added to our support list, and through a range of community groups.

Students will only need to bring a drink of water each day to school.  Students are also offered a health ‘brain’ snack at 9.30am and fruit each day in addition to these free lunches.
In Term 1 the students are supplied with a ‘sandwich cycle menu’.  In term 2 there is a mixture of meal and sandwich options.  Lunches on Monday and Friday are from the Meal Menu Cycle, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays they are from the Sandwich Menu Cycle and some meals will be ‘hot”meals.  In term 3, all meals are from the Meal Menu Cycle and many meals will be ‘hot’.  In Term 4, students are provided lunches from the Sandwich Menu Cycle.  Menus are updated regularly and provide an extensive range of options, attached is our Sandwich Menu Cycle for you to refer to.
If you would like to specify which meal option your child will be delivered please complete the attached form, once completed this can be delivered to our school office or emailed to

Breakfast Club
Our school runs a ‘Breakfast Club’ every morning, in our Foods Room, from 8.00 a.m. to 8.25 a.m. Students who would like breakfast are welcome to visit the Club. There is no charge for these breakfasts. We encourage students to take advantage of this as we all know that breakfast sets our students up for the day.

If you would like to help with these breakfasts please email Nawinta Prasad (AP) – Alternatively you can contact Linda Nicholls –
From time to time we gold a special breakfast event and help is alwasy appreciated on those days.

Kids Can/Fruit in Schools
We are very lucky to be supported by KidsCan and Fruit in Schools.  Our students have available to them all year round a black jacket, shoes and socks, fresh fruit daily and brain snacks.
Sanitary Products
We are very fortunate to be able to provide sanitary products to all students who require them.  These are available from the school office free of charge.
Uniform Support
At the end of each year we ask our leaving year 8 student to donate a piece of their school uniform.  We have variety of second hand uniform available at the start of each year and we have some still available throughout the year.  If you are needing uniform support please contact our school office or email and we can see what we have available.
Public Health Nurse
The Public Health Nurses are registered nurses who collectively bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their work.  They work to ensure the wellbeing of children, young people and their families/whanau.  They also:
– Advocate for children, young people and thier families by working alongside thier families/whanau, school staff, allied health professionals and social agencies to ensure positive health outcomes
– Organise and deliver immunisation programmes in schools
– Follow up children and young people with identified hearing/vision needs
– Provide specialist nursing services to school children as required
– Resource schools in planning health education and health promotion
– Work closely with schools interested in developing as Health-Promoting Schools
Our Public Health Nurse will be at Papatoetoe Intermediate School from 8.30am-11.30am on Tuesdays, hours may change if she cannot be in the school.
Please call their FREE 0800 MK TEAM (0800 658 326) if you have any questions outside these hours.
If your child has a sore throat, sore skin, hearing or vision concerns then fill in a referral form in the school office or feel free to visit the clinic.  They provide sore throat checks and treatments for rheumatic fever prevention, treat skin infections, refer to ear clinics for ear wax suctioning and hearing technicians for hearing problems.
If you DO NOT want your child to have any health checks in school then please fill in an opt-out-form in the office.  Note that they will not provide treatments without parent/caregivers consent.
Dental Clinic
A mobile dental clinic visits our school each year to provide dental services to our students, parental permission will be gained before any student is seen by this service.  If your child is needing dental care when the dental van is not on site you can contact the Puhinui Child and Adolescent Community Dental Clinic on 09 278 1975.
SWIS – Social Worker in Schools
SWiS is a qualified and registered Social Worker who work alongside students and whanau to support finding solutions to challenges that may impact on children’s education and well-being.  It is a confidential service that requires whanau consent. The social worker is employed by ATWC  and anyone can refer.
SWiS focus on ensuring children have the best opportunity to engage in education.  Their aim is to build on students’ self-esteem, social skills, confidence and inter-personal relationships to enhance their overall well-being.
Social Worker in Schools can:
– Work with individuals and also thier families
– Work with teachers, public health nurses and other school staff
– Assist with access to community support and networks
– Offer parenting support
– Discuss legal advice
– Support referrals to community-based services such as counsellors
– Provide group programmes to support students at school
– Offer advocacy and support to young people and families
Social worker can help with issues including bullying, peer pressure and relationships, family relationships, domestic violence and mental health issues such as depression, grief and self-harm.
The best way to contact this service is through school reception, email or phone:

School Counsellor

Our school counsellor is Sian Strachan. Sian is a qualified teacher who is completing her Masters of Counselling. We are fortunate to have Sian available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sian’s counselling style is person-centred and she aims to accompany and support students as they navigate whatever issues they may be facing. She uses a wide range of approaches, including Narrative Therapy and Sand Tray.

Students are able to access counselling through referrals via their teacher or by emailing Sian at

The school counsellor’s notes and sessions with students are strictly confidential. The purpose of the school counsellor’s notes are to assist the counsellor with counselling effectively. They are not a record of everything discussed in counselling sessions. The notes are kept in accordance with the NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors) Code of Ethics.

If there is an issue of safety or a wellbeing concern, caregivers will be contacted and the appropriate supports will be provided.

Counselling can only be effective when the person wants to engage in it, so please talk with your child and get their permission before referring them.

Students are now able to enjoy our recently refurbished counselling space thanks to donations from the Warehouse Manukau.  The Warehouse donated to our school counselling space a new sofa, some beanbags, a rug, a side table, a throw, some cushions, a diffuser and a globe.  The space is now a confortable and relaxing place for students to use and we are very grateful to The Warehouse for their generosity. 


Transportation and Bus Information

Bus Travel
Bus services are currently organised through GoBus – website A bus route schedule and contract will be issued at the beginning of the year. This can be subject to change several times during the year. School buses leave from Great South Road by 3.10 p.m. each day (except for specially notified occasions).


Students are encouraged to cycle to school.  Safety checks are provided for every bike.  We have a secure compound to store these.  It is however the responsibility of students to chain their bike, scooter or skateboard to the stands provided.  Parents are expected to ensure their children have and wear helmets that meet the required safety standards.

Each morning students who ride their bike or scooter to school will drop off their bike or scooter to the bike shed. A monitor will sign them in and ensure that students have correct gear e.g. helmet and lock. Bike Shed Monitors will sign each bike and scooter in a book that identifies the students bringing their bike or scooter to school each day and ensure that there is no damage to the bikes or scooters.  The monitors will make sure that bikes and scooters are safe until the shed is locked up. In the afternoon students will collect their bike or scooter from the shed and sign out with the monitor.  These monitors work from 8:00am – 8:30am, 8:30am – 9:00am and 2:55pm – 3:10pm.

Bike Track
Our school is very fortunate to have a bike track and bikes for students to use.  The bike track is used as part of the PE curriculum and used at lunch break. Students are able to get a bike and helmet from the monitors to take on the track and have some fun.  We have our sponsors NZCT, Lotteries Board, Tu Manawa and Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board to thank for this.

Road Patrol
Road Patrollers monitor students crossing Motatau Road and do this in the mornings and afternoons each day.  These students wear hi vis gear provided and take the necessary equipment needed (eg. Lollipop signs and flags).  These students are here to ensure their peers get to and from school safely.

BYOD Information

Bring your own Device (BYOD)
Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops and tablets to school to use for schoolwork.  Our school’s internet usage is monitored by the Ministry of Education ‘Network for Learning’ and ‘Linewize’. Students who register their own devices can access unlimited ultrafast broadband in school. Devices must be at least iPad size but preferably a little larger – 13.3″. For further information ask for a ‘bring your own device’ registration form. Connection to our school wireless is  free for students and specific to the individual device.  Use of all devices are subject to the Papatoetoe Intermediate User Agreement.  In the event of online we encourage you to contact our school and linewize.

BYOD Documents

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Online Safety Tips

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The school has a uniform which students are expected to wear correctly and with pride. This includes a dress code that students are expected to support. Adherence to the dress code is a requirement of attendance. Students should wear their correct uniform with pride to and from school.
Our uniform is a year-round uniform. Most items are uni-sex and so may be worn by boys or girls.  We encourage a change from summer uniform into winter at Queen’s Birthday weekend (June) and then back into summer uniform at Labour Weekend (October).  There is no gender specific requirements for our school uniform.

Uniform Suppliers

  1. Angels Fashion – 98 St George Street, Papatoetoe – Phone 09 277 7735
  2. The Warehouse – 54 Cavendish Drive, Manukau – Phone 09 277 0470 
  3. The Uniform Shoppe – 1 Ronwood Avenue, Manukau – Phone 09 267 6063 
  4. NZ Uniforms – 28E Lambie Drive, Manukau – Phone 09 950 6747 
Sweatshirt Unisex – monogrammed polo fleece jacket (maroon)
T Shirt Unisex –  monogrammed (gold, charcoal and maroon)
Girls Skirt Plain black A-line
Shorts Unisex – black
Sandals Black sandals (straps or buckles must be no higher than the ankle line. No jandals)
Shoes Unisex – Plain black shoes (No colours or stripes on shoes) – NO boots or shoes higher than the ankle.
Socks Plain Black ankle length or knee high socks for both Boys and Girls.  No socks to have stripes or logos. (Girls can wear black tights in the winter)
Winter comfort Free choice of plain black raincoat. Students may wear a plain black scarf to and from school   only.
Sun hats Only black – plain hat or cap
Jackets Unisex – Optional. Shower-proof jackets in black or the school track suit jacket.
Head covers Students may wear head covers (must be plain black or maroon)

Stationery List

Year 7 and new Year 8 students

5x – 1B 8 exercise books
2x – 1J8 exercise books
1x – A4 20 pocket clearfile
1x – Red ballpoint pen
2x – Blue ballpoint pens
1x – Black ballpoint pen
2x – HB pencils
1x – Eraser [no twink]
1x – Set coloured pencils
1x – Lined refill pad
1x – Highlighter [of any colour]
1x – Ear phones

Stationery Packs are available from the School Office for $25.00


Students may be at school by 8.00 am. and in their classrooms by 8.30 a.m. [first bell] and must be in their rooms by 8.45 a.m. [second bell] for the karakia.

Bell Times

8.00 – 8.30 a.m. Breakfast Club in the Food Technology room from 8.00 a.m.
8.30 a.m. Students in class by 8.30 am
8.45 a.m. Start of school day – karakia
8.45 – 9.30 a.m. Period 1
9.30 – 9.35 a.m. Healthy Brain Snack
9.35 – 10.20 a.m. Period 2
10.20 – 11.05 a.m. Period 3
11.05 – 11.40 a.m. Morning Tea
11.40 – 11.50 a.m. Morning Tea eating
11.50 a.m. – 12.35 p.m. Period 4
12.35 – 1.20 p.m. Period 5
1.20 – 1.55 p.m. Lunch break
1.55 – 2.05 p.m. Lunch eating
2.05 – 2.55 p.m. Period 6
2.55 – 3.00 p.m. Pack up/Reflection/Notices
3.00 p.m. End of school day
3.00 – 4.30 p.m. Study Centre – Monday – Thursday


Term Dates


Term 3

Monday 17th July – Term 3 Starts

Friday 25th August – Teacher Only Day – School Closed

Friday 22nd September – End of Term 3

Term 4

Monday 9th October – Term 4 Starts

Monday 23rd October – Labour Day

Monday 13th November – Teacher Only Day – School Closed

Friday 15th December – End of Term 4



Term 1

Monday 29th January – Auckland Anniversary Day

Tuesday 30th January – Year 8 students return

Wednesday 31st January – Year 7 and new Year 8 students start

Monday 5th February – Teacher Only Day – School Closed

Tuesday 6th February – Waitangi Day – School Closed

Friday 29th March – Good Friday – School Closed

Monday 1st April – Easter Monday – School Closed

Tuesday 2nd April – Easter Tuesday – School Closed

Friday 12th April – End of Term 1

Term 2

Monday 29th April – Term 2 Starts

Monday 3rd June – King’s Birthday – School Closed

Friday 28th June – Matariki observed

Friday 5th July – End of Term 2

Term 3

Monday 22nd July – Term 3 Starts

Friday 27th September – End of Term 3

Term 4

Monday 14th October – Term 4 Starts

Monday 28th October – Labour Day – School Closed

Final day of Term 4 – TBC


Parents/whanau by law, must ensure their children attend school.  Schools are required, by law, to check all absences from school.  Therefore we must have a note or medical certificate to explain a child’s absence.  A phone call, text or an email to your child’s class teacher or to advising us of an absence is appreciated because it helps us account for the whereabouts of students each day and increases the safety of your child.  Our school automatically sends texts (by around 10.30 a.m. each day), to whanau if a child is not at school and the family has not informed school of the reason for their absence.  This is to ensure student safety and we ask parents to be diligent in responding.

Sickness and Accidents

Minor accidents are attended to by staff members who hold a current First Aid Certificate. In the cases of accident or illness of a more serious nature, parents are notified as soon as possible. In cases of extreme emergency, and on occasions when parents or nominated caregivers cannot be contacted, the staff will determine what should best be done to care for your child. Staff members receive regular first aid training to support their work with our students.

We ask that you ensure emergency contact details are always kept up-to-date.

School Payment Information

For any payment to the school through internet banking please use the below details.

School Bank Account : 12-3028-0656566-00 (ASB)

Please use your child’s full name and description of what you are paying for in the reference field when making payment. 

Papatoetoe Intermediate School does not ask for any school fees.  Our school uniform is designed to be as cheap as it can be for our families and we aim to keep trip costs to a minimum.