From the Principal

I am delighted to be able to welcome you as you view the pages of our website. Please make sure that you do take a look at our newsletters, which are posted here on the website during the term.

As the Principal of Papakura High School may I say what a pleasure it is to be able to provide these words of welcome and introduction. While Papakura High School is a relatively small school in the greater Auckland area, it is a school that is packed with history and has a great heritage. We mean to build on these to create a school with a 21st century learning philosophy, where young people have an insatiable appetite to learn and to mature as responsible, self-managing individuals. There are many opportunities for our students to gain skills and confidence which will equip them for their life beyond school. These opportunities include sport, music, drama and dance, hospitality and catering, technology and in the sciences and many other fields. 

As a school with a family environment we are able to care for our students and to get to know them well. This is one of the great strengths of our school. This wh?nau atmosphere enables students to flourish.

Thank you for taking the time to view our website. We value your feedback and comments.

John Rohs

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Papakura High School Motto and Crest

The Motto 'Summa Pete' translated is 'Seek thou the highest'.

The inspiration for the choice of motto and crest design came from the fact that Mt Everest had been conquered in May 1953, (the year before the school opened) by a New Zealander, Edmund Hillary (now Sir Edmund Hillary).  

The crest depicts Mt Everest, with an open book of knowledge above it.  A banner with the motto Summa Pete' features underneath.  The colours shown on the crest are a gold mountain with a red sky behind.  Above on a black strip is a white open book.  The motto is written on a gold banner.