Principal's message

Tena koutou, Talofa lava, Malo lelei, Namaste, Kia orana, Fakaalofa atu, as-salām 'alaykum, Greetings

Dear Parents and Students

It is with regret that I write to inform you that Sue and I will be leaving Papatoetoe South School at the end of week 2 of this term. We have been lucky enough to have been invited to run a school in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and we will be taking up these roles in mid August. It is a large school with 1100 students in the primary school as well as a large number in the pre-school.

Sue has been involved with Papatoetoe South School for more than 20 years and I have been at our school for 10 years, so it is with heavy hearts we say goodbye. The people we have met over our time at PSS have been fabulous and have been the reason why we have stayed so long. Special thanks must go the staff who have consistently put the children at the centre of decision-making and of course the Board who have been amazing. The school is lucky to have such great Trustees ably led by Debbie Keung. We would also like to thank the students and parents who have been wonderfully supportive.

We wish the school all the best going forward as we swelter in 45 degree heat.

I would like to reassure the community that the Board has well-developed plans to manage the interim period until a Principal is appointed.

Ko te Tamaiti te Putake o te Kaupapa, the child at the heart of the matter.

Mark Barratt MBA (Southern Cross University) MEd (Australian Catholic University) MEd (University of Auckland)