Term 2 2018

Presentation of SPCA Fundraising Cheque

At the school Assembly on Monday the 25th of June, the student councillors presented a cheque for the money raised at our PJ Mufti Day to Inspector Cody and Sarah from the SPCA.  Inspector Cody shared some awesome information about what happens at SPCA and he also talked about how we can be responsible citizens and help the animals in our community.

Here are some photos from the presentation.


Winter Sports Zones

On Tuesday the 19th of June, our Rugby and Netball teams competed in the Winter Sports Zones with the other local schools.  The Rugby team played at Bruce Pulman Park, while the Netball teams played at the Manurewa Netball Courts.  All our teams showed great sportsmanship and determination and we were very proud of their progress. They played some excellent games and represented Papatoetoe Central School with pride.

Here are some photos of the Rugby team in action and with their coach.

Rugby Zones 1 Rugby Zones 2 Rugby Zones 3 Rugby Zones 4

Here is a photo of our A & B Netball teams.

Netball A & B

Here are photos of our C and D Netball teams with their coaches.

C Team D Team

Kapa Haka Performance

On Wednesday the 13th of June, our Kapa Haka Group walked to St George’s Preschool in Papatoetoe to perform for the children for Matariki.  The Kapa Haka Group performed several waiata for the children and then the children joined in with one of the songs.

See below for some photos of the Kapa Haka’s performance.

Kapa Haka performance 3 Kapa Haka performance 1 Kapa Haka performance 2 Kapa Haka performance 4

Line Dancing in Pyjamas

On our PJ Mufti Day on Friday the 8th of June, the Year 4 team decided to have some fun and do some line dancing in their pyjamas!  See below for a photo of the awesome Year 4′s line dancing.

line dancing

Rugby Training

On Friday the 8th of June, our rugby team was very lucky to have a training session at the Recreation Ground with a coach from Papatoetoe High School.  They learned many new skills which they will hopefully put into practice at the upcoming Winter Sport Zones.  A huge thank you to their coach for taking the time to come and help with their training.

Below are some photos of the boys in training.

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PJ Mufti Day at PCS

In Week 6, on the 8th of June, the PCS student councillors organised a PJ Mufti Day to raise money for the SPCA. It was a successful event and everyone had fun wearing their PJ to school. Here are some photos of the students in their PJ’s.

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Even some of the teachers dressed in their pyjamas for PJ Multi Day.  Below is a photo of Room 4′s students and teachers dressed in their PJ’s.

Rm 4 PJ Day

Samoan Language Week

The theme for this Year’s Samoan Language Week was “Alofa atu nei, alofa mai taeao” which is “Kindness given, kindness gained”.

During Week 4 and 5, the student councillors performed two action songs at the assembly. The songs were ‘O le Pepe’ and ‘Le Aute’. We invited the whole school to sing with us!!!

Here are the photos of the student councillors performing:

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PCS Fun Run

On a lovely sunny day on Thursday the 31st of May, PCS held it’s annual Fun Run.  All year groups participated in the Fun Run, with the year 1 & 2 students running for 20 minutes, the year 3 & 4 students running for 25 minutes and the year 5 & 6 students running for 30 minutes.  The students began at Te Piringa Totara and ran past the adventure playground and around the field, back to the start point. As they passed the starting line, they had a mark for each lap placed on their hands.  At the end, their marks were tallied and they collected sponsorship money from their friends and family.  The students will decide at a later date what the funds raised will be used for at our school.

All of our students did a fantastic job at the Fun Run. and there were some amazing numbers of laps clocked up.
Here are the highest laps for each year group;
Year 0/1   - 13 Laps – Zhi Ye (room 1), Ekamjeet (room 4)
Year 2       - 17 Laps – Timmy (room 10), Rihan (room 13), Gurkirat (room 13)
Year 3       - 20 Laps – Malachi (room 17), Joshua (room 23)
Year 4       - 25 Laps - Virath (room 24)
Year 5       - 28 Laps – Luca (room 12)
Year 6       - 28 Laps – Chanae (room 32)

The total number of laps from all year levels was 9,431 laps and the total distance covered was 2,049,300 m (2,049 km). This is the same as traveling from Cape Reianga to Invercargill!

Thank you to James Richards for co-ordinating the Fun Run and running an impressive number of laps himself!

Below are some pictures of our students in action.

Year 1 Fun Run 2 Year 1 Fun Run 1 Year 6 Fun Run 4 Year 6 Fun Run 3 Year 6 Fun Run 2 Year 6 Fun Run 1

Kapa Haka Group

Our Kapa Haka Group meets every Wednesday afternoon under Te Piringa Totara, under the expert direction of Glen Cowan and Kalani Moses.  On Wednesday the 23rd of May, after their practice, they were visited by the Year 1 & 2 groups.  The Kapa Haka Group put on a performance for the Year 1 and 2′s and then they all performed a dance together.  

See below for some photos of the Kapa Haka Group and the Year 1 & 2′s in action.

Kapa Haka 1 Kapa Haka 2 Kapa Haka 3 Kapa Haka 4

National Simultaneous Story Time

On Wednesday the 23rd of May, we celebrated National Simultaneous Story Time.  All classes read the book “Hickory Dickory Dash at the same time as many other schools in New Zealand.

Room 4 decided to make masks to wear while reading the book.  See the photo of their wonderful masks below.

Read Aloud Day

Duffy Books

We were fortunate at Papatoetoe Central School for each student to be able to choose another book from Duffy Books this term.  Below is a photo of Room 25 with their Duffy Books.  Thank you Duffy Books!

Duffy books

Room 25 & Room 11 Paper Planes

Many of our senior classes frequently join together with junior classes to form ‘Buddy Classes’.

At the beginning of this term, the Room 25 and Room 11 Buddy Class decided to get together to make paper planes.  The older students helped the younger ones to fold the paper to make the paper planes and, because Rom 25 is upstairs in the new building, they decided to test them out.

The paper planes were thrown from the Year 4 balcony, with some flying very well out across the playground.  The students all had great fun making and testing out their paper planes.  See below for a photo of the paper planes being made.

Buddy Class Paper Plane Isolated on White

Term 1 2018

Duffy Books Assembly

On Thursday, the 12th of April, Papatoetoe Central School had their first Duffy Role Model assembly. This was hosted by the awesome student councillors. 

The two Duffy Role models were Matt and Taylah. Matt currently plays for the Southland Stags and is a member of the 2018 BLUES Super Rugby squad.  Taylah is an accountant and is currently completing a Law degree. She also works for Sky Sport NZ broadcasting LIVE Sport.

Both of them gave an inspiring speech and talked about the importance of reading. They said reading never stops no matter where we are and it is important that we read everyday.

They also presented the children with Duffy books and now we are proud  Duffy kids!!!  Here are some photos from the Duffy Role model assembly.

Tayla & Matt          Tayla, Matt & SC

Duffy Books

Book Presentation          Duffy Books 2

Cricket Zones

On Tuesday the 13th of April, our girls and boys cricket teams participated in the Papatoetoe Schools Cricket Zones Tournaments at the Papatoetoe Recreation Grounds.

Our girls team improved in every game and finished in a very creditable 4th place. Well done to the team and their coach Miss Beedie.

The boys team, coached by Mr Robinson, played well and finished in 5th place after 3 wins, a draw and a loss.  A very good effort boys.

Girls Cricket          Boys Cricket

The Girls Cricket Team with their coach Miss Beedie          The Boys Cricket Team with their coach Mr Robinson

Siona Fernandes Visits PCS


Siona Fernandes with our Kaiawhina Rangatahi after her visit to our school on 14 March. Siona represented New Zealand at the 2012 Olympics in the sport of boxing. She spoke to the students about setting goals, planning, being prepared and learning from failure, and achieving your goal. Siona, who has two Master’s degrees and is starting her PhD, spoke about their importance of ongoing learning

Environment and Sustainability Group

We have been very busy preparing the school gardens and planting some new vegetables. Autumn is a great time to plant vegetables such as: broccoli, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower and silverbeet. Why not try and grow some at home that you and your family can enjoy in yummy soups and salads. Here are some photos of us hard at work:

Gardening Group 1          Gardening Group 3

Gardening Group 8          Gardening Group 7

Playground Role Models 2018

What do PRM’s do?

  • We help you to solve problems
  • We play games with you
  • We help you be sensible in the playground

PRM 2018

Student Council 2018


The student council will consist of one student from each class from years three to six.  It has been established to give an opportunity for the development of leadership in these students.  Each class will elect one student to represent their class at council meetings.  The council will meet weekly (Mondays/ Wednesdays) in the ELL Room and will be led by the designated staff member.


  • To develop leadership skills in students.
  • To provide all students with a voice about matters within school.
  • To allow council members an opportunity to select a project and develop it through to completion.
  • To provide council members with the responsibility of collecting concerns, ideas and suggestions from their class and bringing them to the meeting.

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Our New Building is Almost Complete

The builders have been working hard on our new building this term and it is almost complete.  There are still some finishing touches to be completed and the landscaping will be done over the holidays.  At the start of next term, all our year 4 classes will move into the new building.

Below are some photos of our new building.

New Building 1      New Building 2 New Building 3       New Building 4

An Aerial View of our New Building

On Thursday the 2nd of March, Mr Richards took this stunning aerial view showing the progress on our new building.

aerial view

The Framework Goes Up

Over the summer holidays, the framework for our new building began to go up.  The building is starting to take shape as the steel frame for the walls and ceilings is put into place.


A Massive Crane Arrives

On Wednesday the 23rd of November, a 100 tonne crane arrived at PCS.  It was here to move the reinforcing steel into the building site.  The children were fascinated with the heavy steel being swung overhead into the building site.  Great fun!


Groundwork has Begun

The groundwork for our new building has begun with the area being marked out, dirt removed and string lines put in.  The students have watched the diggers and dump trucks arrive with great excitement.

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Classrooms Moved During the Break

Two rooms have been moved over the break to make way for our new building – our school looks very different.  Below are some pictures showing some of the classrooms being moved from their old position to their temporary position beside the field.

separating        on jacks        truck under        truck removing class

Classes being separated                    Up on jacks                       Being loaded onto truck          Being moved into position

Classes moved    Classroom re-sited

New Building Project @ PCS: (May 2016 – May 2017)

We are very excited as our new building project is about to begin.  The first stage is to clear the building site.  Therefore, over the April holidays, rooms 17 and 19 will be moved off site and rooms 16 and 18 will be re-located alongside the fitness trail.

Our new building will have four classrooms upstairs and four downstairs.  The Ministry of Education has included two additional rooms for roll growth.

We plan to keep you informed of progress, so please check out our Showcase regularly for updates.

Kind regards,

Marilyn Gwilliam (Principal)

Artist impression


Above is the artists impression of our new building.

Term 3 2017

Camp Stalls

On Tuesday the 31st of October, the Year 6′s held their Camp Stalls to fundraise for the Year 6 camp, held this term in week 5.  There was face painting, games, toys and food to purchase and we were lucky to have lovely, fine weather for the Camp Stalls. See below for some photos of the students enjoying the Camp Stalls.

Camp Stalls 2     Camp Stalls 3  Camp Stalls 1     Camp Stalls 4          Camp Stalls 5     Camp Stalls 6

Gymnastics Zones

On Tuesday the 26th of September PCS sent 6 teams to the Gymnastics Zones  Our teams competed against teams from other local schools and they did very well.  They all competed well and we gained some very good placings.

Placings were:

Year 3/4

Girls team = 3rd equal overall

Qyahna = 1st Vault

Boys team = 3rd overall

Calvin = 1st Vault

Year 5

Girls team= 2nd overall

Chanae = 3rd vault

Boys team = 2nd overall

Kace = 2nd Vault

Year 6

Girls team = 2nd overall

Boys team = 2nd overall

Thank you to teachers Miss Fok and Miss Rands-Trevor for their excellent coaching and supervision for the Zones.

See below for some photos of our teams at the Zones.

Gym 3&4 Girls     Gym 3&4 Boys

Year 3 & 4 Girls Team                                                       Year 3 & 4 Boys Team

Gym year 5     Gym year 6

Year 5 Girls & Boys Teams                                                Year 6 Girls & Boys Teams

Cross Country Zones

On Tuesday the 19th of September PCS competed in the annual Cross Country Zones with several other local schools.  Although the recent rain had made the course extremely muddy, our students ran very well with a few gaining top 5 placings and a couple more in the top 10.  Our teams also did well with the 9 year old boys team coming in third and the 11 year old boys team also placing in the top 3.

A big thank you to Mr Cowan and Mr Richards for training our runners and accompanying them to the Zones.

See below for some photos of our students before, during and after the Cross Country Zones.

Before the Zones      Running in the Zones

Running in the Zones 2     After the Zones

Papatoetoe Junior Sports Awards

Here is a photo of Kimora and Ford (both Room 27) – our 2 PCS nominees for the 2017 Papatoetoe Junior Sports Awards which were held at Kolmar on Friday the 15th of September.  Although they didn’t win their respective categories (there is some AMAZING young talent in Papatoetoe), they represented our school wonderfully and each received a medal, certificate and New World goodie bag.  Their parents looked as proud as punch, which was priceless.

An excellent evening overall and a very positive sporting future lies ahead for Papatoetoe.  Well done Kimora and Ford – PCS is very proud of you.


Book Week

This week (September 18 – 22) is book week and PCS has many book related activities planned this week.

We have ‘Guess who is Hiding Behind the Book?’ (where students have to guess which staff member is hiding behind a book), a Poetry Slam on Tuesday, a Puppet Show on Wednesday, a Book Swap on Thursday and ‘Dress up as Your Favourite Character’ on Friday.

Below are some pictures of the activities students have enjoyed this week.

Guess Reader 2   Guess Reader 1   Guess Reader 3  Who is Hiding Behind the Book?

Poetry 1   Poetry 2  Poetry Slam

puppet show  Puppet Show

Book swap 1  Book Swap 2  Book Swap

Dress Up 1  Dress Up 2  Snr Dress Up Winners  Dress Up as a Book Character

Visit to the Breakers

On Wednesday the 13th of September, 30 basketball-mad PCS students were taken by Mr Curry and Mr Robinson to the Sky City Breakers’ training base in Mairangi Bay for a Breakers experience.

We were greeted by Tony (The Breaker’s Community Manager) and taken into their gymnasium to watch the Breakers train. After training each student was given a Breakers basketball to keep, then we split into 3 groups. Each group had three Breakers players teaching them cool basketball skills and drills. Then we all got autographs and a group photo.

Thank you Sky City Breakers for an awesome day. GO THE BREAKERS!

Breakers 4    Breakers 2    Breakers 1    Breakers 5

                                              Breakers 3

Rippa Rugby

On 22nd of August our two PCS Rippa Rugby teams competed against other Papatoetoe Schools in the 2017 Zones Tournament at Aorere Park. This tournament was of a very high standard.

Although our teams weren’t successful in gaining top 3 placings, they did play well at times and improved as the day went on. Both teams were expertly coached by Mr Curry and demonstrated great sportsmanship and effort.

Well done to both our teams – we are proud of your efforts.  See below for pictures of our teams in action.

Rippa Rugby 1          Rippa Rugby 2

In action 1          in action 2


As in previous years, Papatoetoe Central School hosted the local cluster Mathex on Thursday 31st August, where the other Papatoetoe primary schools come together for a major morning of Maths action in our school hall.  Children work in teams of four and solve maths problems in their teams.  They have to be fast, smart and accurate and our kids are definitely all of these.  Once again PCS won in each year group – Year 4, 5 and 6.  Well done to our Maths Enhancement Teacher Gurmeet Baidwan for all her expert coaching, class teachers and the students themselves – just wonderful.  Special thanks to Ross McGowan for his great organisation and hosting of the competition.

Year 4     Year 5     Year 6     In action

Year 4                                    Year 5                                     Year 6                                   Students In Action at Mathex

Year 4,5,6 & Gurmeet

Our winning Year 6, 5 and 4 Mathex teams with Maths Enhancement Teacher Mrs Baidwan

School Cross Country

On Thursday the 10th of August, our senior students ran the annual cross country.  After days of rain, we thankfully had a break in the weather which allowed us to go ahead with the cross country.  The students all ran well and below we have some images of our runners and the winners in each category.

Cross country 2          Cross country 1


8 yr old girls    9 yr old girls    10 yr old girls    11 yr old girls


8 yr old boys    9 yr old boys    10 yr old boys    11 yr old boys

Student Council’s Visit to St Christopher’s Open Day

On Thursday, the 3rd of August, the Student Councillors went to St Christopher’s Open Day. It was a very exciting experience for all of us. When we walked inside, we were greeted by the delightful caregivers and the nurses. Next we met Tuini, the activities coordinator who was really nice, kind and funny. She took us upstairs where we had to put our rain jackets.

After that we came to the lounge where the lovely residents were waiting for us. Tuini played some lovely fitness music and we danced together with the residents. After sit dancing, Ms Nand divided us into three groups. The first group made slime, the second group made pom poms and the third group helped the caregivers to serve morning tea to the residents. This group also played bowling. All these activities were done with the residents and they enjoyed having us. Finally it was time to pack up. After packing up, we were treated with an amazing morning tea.  We had sausage rolls, sandwich, scones, fruit juice and even chocolates. The manager of St Christopher’s gave us balloons and took our lovely group photo. We had an awesome time at St Christopher’s and we would love to visit the residents again. We were very pleased to contribute to the outer community outside of school. 

By PCS Student Council

IMG_0285     Making slime

IMG_0299     PCS Student Councillors

IMG_0273     Making pom poms

Term 2 2017

Netball A Team

At the netball zones the ‘A’ netball team had great team spirit throughout the day even with the unpredictable weather.

All members of the team tried hard to practise what they had learned at trainings.  For some of the team this season was their first time playing netball. 

It was good to see that after playing many games they were still smiling and enjoying their day!  Tino Pai girls!

Netball A Team

Netball E Team

The E netball team had a great season this term. A lot of players were learning the game for the first time but soon knew their position inside out. We scored some excellent goals and everyone improved in their passing, catching, pivoting and defending. Most importantly though, the E team had so much fun! 

Netball E

Hula Hoops

On Thursday 15 June we had a visit from Mandy at in2hulahoops. She took three lessons for students from Year 1 to 6 classes about the great sport of hula hooping. Teachers and Learning assistants all joined in for a great time. We are very grateful to Mandy for teaching us some very cool hula hoop moves.

Hula hoops 5     Hula hoops 4     Hula hoops 2

 Hula hoops 1     Hula hoops 7

Hula hoops 6     Hula hoops 3

Term 1 2017

Environment and Sustainability Group 2017

Our Environment Group has been busy looking after the worm farms while our gardens are being set up.  Check out the photos below of our Environment Group with enthusiastic Mr. White collecting worm tea to bottle and sell.

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Student Council President

Kia Ora, my name is Jasleen Kaur and I am the President of the Student Council. I would like to send my hearty message to all my fellow student here at PCS. I would like you all to encourage others to reach their goals to the fullest. I would like to see each and everyone of you helping others and being their good friends. In this school we are like a big family. We should help others, solve their problems, think about others feelings and treat others the way we want to be treated.

I look forward to a new and exciting year, filled with fun activities. Without a doubt, this year will be one to remember!!

Thank you,

Jasleen Kaur.

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Student Council Vice President

Hello, my name is Navid Panah-Fischer and I am this year’s Vice President of the Student Council. I am very pleased to be in this role and I would ensure you all that I will do my duties as a Vice President diligently. 

I will make sure that you all develop in your abilities both academically and socially. My message to you all is to try your best and never give up. Always aim for the best! You all should abide by the PCS values which are: Being PCS, Honesty, Determination and Responsibility.

I wish you all the best during this school year. Don’t forget to see me if you have any issues or are unhappy about anything. Remember I will always be there to help you all.

Thank you,

Navid Panah-Fischer.

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Student Council


The student council will consist of one student from each class from years three to six.  It has been established to give an opportunity for the development of leadership in these students.  Each class will elect one student to represent their class at council meetings.  The council will meet weekly (Mondays/ Wednesdays) in the ELL Room and will be led by the designated staff member.


  • To develop leadership skills in students.
  • To provide all students with a voice about matters within school.
  • To allow council members an opportunity to select a project and develop it through to completion.
  • To provide council members with the responsibility of collecting concerns, ideas and suggestions from their class and bringing them to the meeting.

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Playground Role Models

What do PRM’s do?

  • We help you to solve problems
  • We play games with you
  • We help you be sensible in the playground