Papatoetoe High School

Papatoetoe High School (PHS) is a secondary school (years 9–13) in Papatoetoe suburb of Auckland, New Zealand.

Papatoetoe High School
Papatoetoe High School Logo 2018.png
19 Nicholson Avenue
Auckland 2025
New Zealand
Coordinates36°58′30″S 174°52′21″E / 36.97500°S 174.87250°E / -36.97500; 174.87250Coordinates: 36°58′30″S 174°52′21″E / 36.97500°S 174.87250°E / -36.97500; 174.87250
TypeState co-ed secondary (Year 9–13)
MottoDigne Lampada Tradas
("worthy to hand on the torch")
Ministry of Education Institution no.95
PrincipalVaughan Couillault
School roll1364[1] (March 2022)
Socio-economic decile3


Papatoetoe High School was established in 1956.

February 2021 COVID-19 outbreakEdit

On 14 February, a Year 9 student at Papatoetoe High School was identified as one of three community cases of COVID-19 in Papatoetoe, South Auckland. In response, Principal Vaughan Couillaut announced that the school will close on Monday and Tuesday. Five teachers and 28 students at the school were identified as close contacts of the infected student while all other students and staff at the school were considered "casual" contacts.[2] That same day, anyone attending or working at the high school was advised to seek a COVID-19 test.[3] In addition the New Zealand Government imposed an Alert Level 3 lockdown on the Auckland region with restrictions on public gatherings, travel, and economic activities in order to gather more information about the Papatoetoe community outbreak.[4]

On 17 February, two more students tested positive for COVID-19. The new cases were siblings, with the younger sibling being a close contact of the index case.[5]


At the September 2018 Education Review Office (ERO) review of the school, Papatoetoe High School had 1396 students enrolled. 52% of students were male and 48% were female. The prioritised ethnic composition was 37% Indian, 16% Māori, 13% Samoan, 7% Tongan, 9% South East Asian, 5% Chinese, 4% Cook Islands Maori, 3% other Pacific peoples, 3% New Zealand European, and 3% other ethnic groups.[6]


  • Colin McGill 1956–1966
  • Bruce Hunter 1966–1978
  • Hugh Richards 1978–1996
  • Peter Gall 1996–2016
  • Vaughan Couillault 2016–present

Notable alumniEdit


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  3. ^ "Covid 19 coronavirus: Everyone at Papatoetoe High School last week told to get tested". The New Zealand Herald. 14 February 2021. Archived from the original on 14 February 2021. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  4. ^ Walls, Jason (14 February 2021). "Covid 19 coronavirus: Auckland to level 3 tonight; rest of country at level 2". The New Zealand Herald. Archived from the original on 14 February 2021. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  5. ^ Walls, Jason. "Covid-19 coronavirus: Two Papatoetoe High School students test positive in community". The New Zealand Herald. Archived from the original on 17 February 2021. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Papatoetoe High School – 27/09/2018". Education Review Office. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Georgina Beyer Member of Parliament for Wairarapa New Zealand". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 8 December 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
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