Papatoetoe High School

Papatoetoe High School

Digne Lampada Tradas – Worthy to Carry the Torch.



Papatoetoe High School opened in 1957.  In the sixty years the school has now been open, it has gained a reputation for delivering quality students in all areas, including academic, great sporting prowess, fine art, music and drama performers.

The stable staff the school has enjoyed over the years has certainly contributed to the school’s success. This stability is reflected in the leadership, with only four principals in the school’s history. 

Papatoetoe High enjoys a diverse culture and warmth of its people whether it is staff, students, family or the wider community. Sincerity, trust and loyalty are the rule, not the exception at this school.

Our aim is for all members of our school to eventually leave us as fully contributing members of the community through ‘living the values of our school’. Their learning journey will empower them with access to suitable qualifications, a desire to continue their learning and the ability and willingness to ‘hand on the torch’ to those who follow.

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Papatoetoe High School offers a wide range of sports for students to enjoy. These include everything from Athletics to Weightlifting. Summer sports occur in Terms 1 and 4. Winter sports occur in Terms 2 and 3. Students are encouraged to take advantage of all available opportunities to represent Papatoetoe High School in sports.


The school is situated close to major shopping centres at Manukau and Papatoetoe in New Zealand’s largest city – Auckland.
With over 11 hectares of grounds, including mature trees and superb playing fields, the campus provides an ideal environment for students to learn in.

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