by | Jun 30, 2021

What’s on in Term 2 ……..

REMINDER – SCHOOL CLOSES AT 2.00 p.m. Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th July
Reporting to Parents – 3 Way Conferences

Reports will be given to Whanau when they attend their child’s 3 Way Conference

Friday 9th July
9.00 a.m. Whole School Assembly in the Gym [Live Talent Quest]

Last day of Term 2 – school closes at 3.00 p.m.

Term 3 starts on Monday 26th July

What’s on in Term 3 ……..

Monday 26th July
2022 Enrolments – in zone and out of zone open [current Year 7 students are not required to re enrol for their Year 8 year in 2022]. [Out of zone applications close on Wednesday 1st September 2021 at 3.00 p.m.]
6.00 p.m. BoT Meeting in the Principal’s Office [please advise the BoT Secretary – Barbara Ferregel – if you would like to attend]

Wednesday 28th July
Girls Hockey Team out today

Thursday 29th July
Boys Hockey Team out today

Tuesday 10th August
Girls Netball Team out today

Tuesday 17th August
Boys Netball Team out today

Monday 23rd August to Friday27th August
Sports Camp in Matamata all week for Sports Academy Students

Monday 30th August
Teacher Only Day for Union Members – School closed.
6.00 p.m. BoT Meeting in the Principal’s Office – please advise Barbara Ferregel – BoT Secretary – if you would like to attend

Wednesday 1st September
Out of zone applications for 2022 close at 3.00 p.m.

Monday 6th September to Thursday 9th September
First Aid Courses for ALL students [Classes will be timetabled to attend]

Tuesday 7th September
6.00 p.m. Parent Information Evening for 2022 new enrolments

Wednesday 8th September
Out of zone Ballot Day for 2022 out of zone applications
10.00 a.m. Speech Finals in the School Library

Monday 20th September to Thursday 23rd September
First Aid Course for ALL students [Classes will be timetabled to attend]

Tuesday 21st September
Boys League team out today
3.00 – 6.00 p.m. STEAM projects – venue to be confirmed

Wednesday 22nd September
Girls League team out today
3.00 – 6.00 p.m. STEAM projects – venue to be confirmed

Monday 27th September to Thursday 30th September
First Aid Course for ALL students [Classes will be timetabled to attend]

Monday 27th September
6.00 p.m. BoT Meeting – please advise the BoT Secretary – Barbara Ferregel [] if you would like to attend

Wednesday 29th September
9.45 a.m. – 1.45 p-.m. Papatoetoe Kapa Haka Festival at Papatoetoe North Primary School

Thursday 30th September
Boys Basketball team out today – to be confirmed

Friday 1st October
Last day of Term 3 – school closes at 3.00 p.m.

Monday 18th October
First day of Term 4


The local police have contacted our school with an urgent warning about children being approached by a large (over 6ft) male in a white van, with a hoodie and other people in the van, trying to get students into the van.  When questioned they drove away at speed.
–   Make sure your children walk with others to and from school
–   Wear uniform jackets and sweaters to they are easily identified
–   Understand how to avoid danger and support one another to make good choices
–   Are not left unsupervised waiting for a lift home…
We all want all of our tamariki to be safe.
Avoid danger – report concerns


Papatoetoe Intermediate have begun using a well-being survey for students that provides them regular check ins so that staff can monitor well -being and identify any challenges. Students are sent regular check-in email invites. They click on a link and answer some check in questions. Skodel allows teachers to check on students individually, as a class and across the school. As our school becomes more adapt at using Skodel we will be able to respond to students concerns and address them more effectively. We encourage you to talk to your children about making sure their feedback is honest and considered. We can only improve what we do with this type of critical feedback.

BULLYING – teachers want the same as whanau for students –  to be safe and happy at school. Please let us know immediately if your child is unhappy, is worried or feeling unsafe.

Thank you to Room 10 for this Newsletter article

Room 10 took part in the ‘Get Into Gaming’ online course during Week 7. Each day between 10 and 11 in the morning, we logged in to watch the daily ‘Get Into Gaming’ live stream on Youtube. We learnt about the world of gaming and Esports, what it takes to become a pro gamer, content creation and also looked at pathways into digital and creative technology careers. 

It was fascinating to see just how big the world of Esports is and how far it has come over the years. It was also really interesting to learn about the wide variety of careers in the gaming industry. We look forward to taking part again in 2022! 

Below are a couple of the follow up activities we did during the week:



On the evening of the 24th of June tamariki and rangatahi from our school had the opportunity to show off their works of art, to a live audience at Vodafone Events Centre and impress the judges with their eco-friendly wearable art pieces.

Our most promising, young, environmentally-conscious fashion designers and master up-cyclers from 4 different classrooms,  worked hard for several weeks giving up their morning tea/lunches to work on their designs.

Papatoetoe Intermediate had four strong entries….
Room 1 – Vai Koe Mo’ui anga (Water is Life) modelled by Oli Kefu
Room 8 – Waka Korowai – Images of Water and our Earth modelled by Himalaya Faualo
Room 20 – Queen of the Mountains to the Sea modelled by Bella Singh
Fabric Technology – Scene of Life modelled by Sameeha Ahmad

Each garment was designed to represent an environmental message or concern which our  tamariki and rangatahi have channeled through wearable art to relate to the ‘Eye on Nature’ 2021 theme:

Mai nga maunga ki te moana, ko te wai te oranga
From the mountains to the sea, water is life

The competition was fierce with a total prize pool of $3,500 cash for schools.

We won first place!!! $1000 Grand prize, the winning garment was
Room 1- Vai Koe Mo’ui anga (Water is Life) modelled by Oli Kefu

Tina Hormann
Visual Art Specialist Teacher


Applications for in zone and out of zone open on Monday 26th July 2021. We encourage all IN ZONE enrolments to be completed and returned to Papatoetoe Intermediate  by Friday 13th August 2021. Out of Zone Applications close on Wednesday 1st September 2021 at 3.00 p.m. A ballot will take place on Wednesday 8th September – for any balloted places Papatoetoe Intermediate has available.
Application Packs are available on our School Website  or from the Papatoetoe Intermediate School Office from Monday 26th July 2021

Current Year 7 students ARE NOT required to re-enrol for their Year 8 year in 2022.


Year 8 families should now be enrolling their son/daughter in the Secondary/College of their choice, for Year 9 2022.
We will update families with out of zone closing dates for the Secondary Schools as the Schools advise us of these dates.
If you need help with enrolling please do not hesitate to contact our School Office. We are happy to help.


Our days are getting wetter and colder. Students can now add the winter component to their school uniform.

  • Students must be in ‘closed’ black shoes and black socks. – socks can be ankle or knee high.
  • Students may wear a plain black scarf to and from school only. Scarves are not to be worn around school.
  • Students may wear plain long black pants [not jeans or just leggings].

Please refer to the School Prospectus for more details.
The school uniform is available from  – NZ UniformsThe Uniform Shoppe,  The Warehouse and  Angels Fashion.

National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA)

NEiTA is a wonderful opportunity to showcase quality teaching and learning – a way of recognising quality leadership. NZSTA has supported NEiTA for a number of years as part of being on the judging panel/s. We encourage you to take up this amazing opportunity.

Australasia’s longest running teaching awards are encouraging parents, and all school community members to nominate extraordinary educators who have displayed outstanding dedication, passion and creativity in the past year. This year, NEiTA is recognising the critical role early childhood, primary and secondary teachers and principals have played in children’s lives throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Nominations can be made until 18 August 2021 via

Read the NEiTA media release

Reminder to students – safety when walking home

Please remind your children about the following points when walking to and from school:
–   Keep safe crossing the road
– Use pedestrian crossings or cross at traffic lights
–    Walk home with a friend
–    Try not to walk by yourself
–    Walk home how you normally do unless home has stated/given permission for you to walk a different direction home
–    Keep safe around people you do not know
–    Do not get into conversations with strangers or go to strangers.

Checking your child’s on line history.
We have had a number of incidents starting with poor on line behaviour which includes bullying, threats, inciting violence and self harm. Please check your child’s online accounts. Keep a concerned and watchful eye on what they are doing and help them stay safe.

Any concerns, please call your child’s teacher or Associate Principal.
The safety of your child is our main priority