NEWSLETTER No. 3 – March 2021

by | Mar 3, 2021

What’s on this term ……..

Tuesday 9th March
Girls Softball team out today – To be confirmed

Friday 12th March
9.00 a.m. Whole school Assembly on line -Room 5 hosting

Tuesday 16th March
Boys Softball Team out at Interzone – To be confirmed
Photolife in to do Class photos
2.30-6pm Reporting to parents – Getting to know the Learner ConferencesYear 7 / 8  (Those not on IEP meeting list) (Tues / Wed  / Thurs 2.30-6pm school finishes at 2pm)

Wednesday 17th March
Girls Softball Team out at Interzone
2.30-6pm Reporting to parents – Getting to know the Learner ConferencesYear 7 / 8  (Those not on IEP meeting list) (Tues / Wed  / Thurs 2.30-6pm school finishes at 2pm)

Thursday 18th March
2.30-6pm Reporting to parents – Getting to know the Learner ConferencesYear 7 / 8  (Those not on IEP meeting list) (Tues / Wed  / Thurs 2.30-6pm school finishes at 2pm)

Friday 19th  March
9.00 am. Whole School Assembly in the Gym – Room 16 hosting

Friday 26th March
9.00 a.m. Whole school Assembly on line – Room 6 hosting

Monday 29th March to Thursday 1st April

Monday 29th March
6.00 p.m BoT Meeting in the Principal’s Office. All welcome [please let Barbara Ferregel, BoT Secretary – know if you intend attending. This is to make sure extra seating is available]

Thursday 1st April to Tuesday 6th April
Easter break – school is closed Friday, Monday and Tuesday

Thursday 8th April
Interzone boys and girls Tag – To be confirmed

Friday 9th April
9.00 am. Whole School Assembly in the Gym – Room 2 hosting

Friday 16th  April
9.00 a.m. Whole school Assembly on line – Room 12 hosting
Final day of Term 1 – school closes at 3.00 p.m.

School Holidays
Monday 19th April to Friday 30th  April

Monday 3rd May
Term 2


To all our students and whanau: Thank you for the outstandingly positive response you have had to what has been a very challenging and ‘muddled’ start to this school year.
We are proud to tell you that we have had around 80% of students engaged in some meaningful learning activities every single day during each of the lockdown periods. We have distributed around 280 devices and additional hard packs to homes, and had many many students using their own home-based devices logging into google classrooms and working with teachers and teacher aides. On Monday 1 March, the first day of the second lockdown, our school-based team, led by Lynn Corderoy, AP, distributed over 180 chromebooks to very organised and patient families, often running out to cars in driving rain.
Currently we are preparing to access more support funding through Pacific Futures to support families who have not yet been able to get internet access in their homes, and to provide creativity packs for families who may not be able to afford to provide these resources for their tamariki in lockdown; please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you need this support – we will do our best to access it for you.
Our Kapa Haka group is providing students and whanau with zoom support and frequent updates through their Facebook page. School leaders are in regular contact with all the students from their teams and later in Term 1, when we are back at school we will start the ‘Free Lunches in School’ programme –  with every child being offered food every day. We are also looking forward to EOTC Week during which our students will have a chance to experience a range of challenging and exciting physically educational activities. We hope whanau will also join in and help out at these.
Every child deserves to have equitable social and learning opportunities. At Papatoetoe Intermediate School we are determined to create opportunities and support every child to enjoy them.
Kia kaha, stay safe, be kind
We can all be part of a winning team.
Pauline Cornwell

Families picking up Chromebooks  this week – [contactless pick ups]



Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th March
School closes at 2.00 p.m. on these 3 days.
Families will have received a Newsletter to book your day and time. Please let your class teacher know if you have not.

Thank you to Room 2  for this article in our Newsletter

My first week as a Year 8 in intermediate felt very new. I had to be a leader and a role model to the Year 7’s. I am lucky to have nice Year 7’s, which made my job as a leader a whole lot easier. We welcomed the Year 7’s to our school by singing our school song.

The Year 7’s adjusted to the routines and jobs pretty nicely. My new job as the environment monitor meant taking care of the paper, landfill and compost. Being an environment monitor is fun and tedious at the same time.

Unfortunately, lockdown happened but it didn’t stop our learning. All of my classmates caught on with online learning very quickly. Once our first lockdown was over, it felt like nothing happened.

Break times were very chaotic and fun. I have made some new friends and always hangout with them during break times.  We really like being  together.

I am really excited for the rest of the year and cannot wait to enjoy more activities. I also hope that the Year 7’s do a good job next year.

Room 2


Below is the link to the Sandwich Menu which is expected to start on Monday 22 March. We are still awaiting MOE confirmation.

Food for Schools Programme SANDWICHES

DEEJAYS are currently hiring for the following positions:

  • FISP Operators for Food in School Programme.
  • Monday – Friday
  • Starting ASAP
  • Working during the school terms with school holidays off!

Our mission is to see healthy, nutritionally balanced lunches in the bellies of every young person in New Zealand.  Starting in late March, we are looking for experienced candidates to produce healthy lunches promptly an efficiently to deliver lunches to designated schools throughout the week.

Day to day duties will include:
–   Delivering food as instructed
–   Uplifting leftover food and packaging as required for collection.
–   Maintaining a clean and hygienic kitchen
–   Complying with the code of conduct and health and safety rules 

Job skills and qualifications:
–   Previous food handling experience
–   Have the capability to work in a standing position for an extended period.
–   Excellent Customer experience.

We are looking for candidates who possess a strong work ethic, are reliable, honest and consider themselves naturally a team player. The role requires you to work during the school terms.

For more information on this role, please phone the team on 0226906302 or Email a copy of your CV to
You must be eligible to work in New Zealand, have NZ Residency, or hold a valid NZ work permit to apply Children’s Check. You must also provide two forms of identification.