Newsletter Wk5 22 August 2022

Holy Cross Catholic School Papatoetoe

Our Vision: Learning and Growing in Christ

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa, Talofa Lava, Malo e Lelei, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Kia Orana, Hola como Estas, Marhaba, Greetings to you all.
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On Sunday we heard about those who think they deserve entry into the kingdom of heaven. We can imagine them saying, 'Look at me, look at all I did and achieved. I was important, famous and influential. Open the door to me.’ In the light of the Gospel they are turned away.

Christ was able to make his way to Jerusalem where rejection, betrayal and death awaited him because he was secure in his relationship with his Father. He knew he was the beloved Son and so chose to go down the road less travelled to enter that narrow door. He chose love, reconciliation, sacrifice and total self-giving, putting others first rather than his own interests and self-preservation. He who was rejected and crucified became the one raised up. His life, death and resurrection are a constant reminder for us and we admire it in people when we witness it but it is not that easy to put into practice. It is always a challenge for any human being - that’s why it’s the narrow door. God willing, we will be among those who enter to enjoy the kingdom of heaven. Let’s continue to pray this week for all those struggling with life right now and give thanks for God’s blessings, have a great week

Catholic Character Award

Congratulations to Jerry Ielenimo R17 who received the Catholic Character Award this week.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

We are delighted to be holding our first PTFA Social Event this Friday night after what seems a very long time in our current COVID World. We are sure everyone will have a great night of laughter and fun and there will be numerous opportunities to win some great prizes.

Hope everyone has ordered their delicious chop suey or chicken and curry for dinner before they try their luck at our BINGO Night. Tickets are still available at the school for $20.00 each ( cash only) and these can be exchanged for Bingo Cards at the door. Doors open at 6pm and the first game is at 7pm. There will be chop suey , chicken curry and American Hot Dogs available for sale as well as tea, coffee, sweet delights and cans of drink.

Remember an indoor event requires people to wear masks unless eating or drinking.


Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Welcome to our Place

We welcome the following students to our school community during the past month and we hope they will enjoy their time here as they journey with us Learning and Growing in Christ: Emmanuel Ah Lung and Sofia Gopal.

Scholastic Book Orders Closing

Friday 26 August is the last day for Book Offer 5. Please complete your order online as this enables orders to be processed more easily and there are no additional banking requirements.

Happenings This Week

Rippa Tournament

On Tuesday 6 x Year 5 / 6 teams will be attending the Rippa Tournament at Aorere

Park with Mr Ofamo’oni, Mr Stowers and Mr Bennett.

Auckland Netball Championship

On Tuesday our Year 7 Blue Team will be playing in the Auckland Championship Tournament. Mrs Pili will be taking this team.


The Harinui Syndicate will be having a liturgy about Holiness with Fr Andrew in the church at 2pm on Wednesday. This fits well with the current RE Strand, Sacrament.

Student Leadership Day

On Friday we will be hosting a student leadership day for our South Auckland Catholic Schools Kahui Ako. Year 5 & 7 students from our seven schools will be attending this day which has been organised by our Across the School Lead Teachers. We know this will be a most worthwhile day for growing and developing future leaders.

Daffodil Day, Friday 26 August

On Friday, as part of Daffodil Day, our student council voted that we have a Pyjama Day to support the Cancer Foundation.

Friday, 26th August, will be Pajama Day and students may wear their Pyjamas to school and bring a gold coin donation for the Cancer Society. Thank you for supporting this event.

Raffle Tickets

Sincere thanks to all the families who have returned their books. We only have 80 outstanding books and we would be extremely grateful if these could be returned, sold or unsold as soon as possible as we have people wanting more tickets.. Our aim is to have all the books sold and returned as early as possible so we can finalise the raffle profit by the end of this term.

The Earlybird winners:

Warriors Tickets - Eleanora Crichton

Warriors Jacket India May Mann

Warriors Ball Easton Ofakineiafiu

Reminder Teacher ONLY Days

School is closed on Thursday 1st September and Friday 2nd September for TEACHER ONLY DAYS.

School Pedestrian Crossings

Both of the school crossings are now operational and we encourage students to use these crossings allowing for parents to park in the adjacent side streets to help reduce the congestion at the school gate. We will not be putting school patrols on the new crossing in St George Street as we do not believe our students need to use this crossing.


We are concerned that a number of children are wearing incorrect school uniforms.

All children are expected to be in full correct school uniform and this includes the school P.E. uniform. I have outlined the correct uniform list below that all parents, guardians and whanau agreed to when accepting a place at our school and we ask you to ensure your child is in the correct uniform and wears it with pride.


Navy blue shorts

Long sleeve blue school shirt

Blue Tie


White Blouse

School Tunic

Red Tie

Hair ties red, navy, black- or white

Girls & Boys

Navy Blue Sweatshirt

Navy Blue Long socks

Black Leather Shoes

PE Uniform Year 3 - 8

Plain Black shorts

School PE top

There are a variety of jackets being worn by children at the present time. We are accepting this at the moment as we only have small school jackets available.

The Warriors Jackets and navy jackets, which were donated by KidsCan, have been given to any children who needed a jacket. We hope they have been named and are being worn on both cold and wet days to keep your children warm and dry. If your child needs a jacket we do still have some available in the office in sizes 10, 12 and medium.


Please note that school will be closed for Teacher Only Days on Thursday 1 September and Friday 2 September School.

The Tri Annual Board of Trustees Elections

Sincere thanks to all those eligible voters who have returned their voting papers to the box in the school office. We are delighted that we have eight candidates this year and we are hoping that all the eligible voters will ensure they have voted and returned their papers by 7th September 2022 the closing date.

Bingo Evening

Our PTFA Bingo night will be held on Friday, 26 August. All the details remain the same, so please see our flyers around the school. Tickets are available for $20.00 each at the school office. Please get your tickets as they are selling fast and numbers are limited.

School Lunches Discontinued

Thee will be NO school lunches this week.

Unfortunately due to a lack of parent helpers and a drop in lunch orders, it does not make it viable to continue with school lunches.

Mathex Competition

Congratulations to our three teams who competed in the Mathex Competition at Papatoetoe Central last week. Year 4 came third, Year 5 came third and Year 6 came first in their divisions. Special thanks to Mrs Siluuga who has been training these teams and to all the students who trained so hard for this event.

Business Day

Our senior girls excelled themselves last week producing some excellent products for their Business Day. Using skills they have developed and mastered during their technology lessons we saw a wide range of well crafted products. The girls made bath bombs, candles, bracelets, key rings, play dough, pencil cases, goody bags and stencils for face painting. All the groups were able to report a profit after deducting expenses and this money will be put towards the Outdoor Education Camps.

We are extremely proud of their efforts and hope the girls will continue to develop their creative skills further. Special thanks to Mrs Betty Ryan who facilitated the Technology lessons and to Mrs Kyd, Mrs Pili and Mr Ginders who worked tirelessly to ensure the girls were well prepared for their business day stalls. Congratulations on all your outstanding mahi.

Auckland Netball Competition

The draw for the Year 7 & 8 Netball games tomorrow 23/8/22 are as follows:

HCS Y7 Red vs St Mary's College 7B 6.00pm Court 1

HCS Y7 Blue vs Livewires Y7 6.00pm Court 5

HCS Y8 Blue vs Diocesan 8A 4.00pm Court 6

HCS Y8 Red vs Sylvia Park Super Ferns 6.00pm Court 8

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

This stage show is on at various locations across Auckland between the 24 September - 12 November. It is created for children 5 -10 years and the show is fifty minutes long.

This beautifully rich story of whānau and tikanga is masterfully translated into a live performance that will absorb the viewer from start to end. A poignant tale of forging paths and self-belief, this is the show all children need to see.

Destined to become a leader of her tribe, no matter how hard she tries to show her worth, Kahu’s koro (grandfather) won’t accept that a kōtiro (girl) can take over his role of chief. But a rescue of the ancient whale beached in the Whāngārā Harbour, changes things.

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Principal Awards

Congratulations to the following children who received Principal Awards this week.


Room 1

Room 4 Ainalani Ah Yek, Francis Vasquez

Room 5 Tuimauga, Anthony Ioane, Lucas


Room 4A Katina Ioane, Mason Leung-Yid

Room 9 Crossifiso Williams, Lennox Malele

Room 10 Eva Ann Biju, Leo Leatuavau


Room 1A Alvin Hermez, Ezekiel Ah-Lung

Room 2 Marseille Kolio Kalolo, Diana Lynn Toiaivao

Room 3 Diana Tolovae, Riley Barrett - Niko

Te Matauranga

Room 11 Kayne Leota-Tuia, Mercedes Kaloni Akaroa

Room 12 Brooklyn Teofilo, Julius Faifili

Room 13 Elkana Sijo, Kesimia Ioane


Room 14 Josephine Toilalo, Eden Paleaaesina

Room 15 Taumai Autagavaia, Callix Resma

Room 16 Andrew Hirmiz, Elisabeth Latu


Room 17 Caleb Tuaimalo, Taiyon Wright-Paulo

Room 21 Tyler Tafili, Dominic Tuala

Room 22 Cael Oriel, Kobey Jones-Ofisa


Room 18 Nevaeh Uini-Faiva, Tamehana Esekielu

Room 19 Shelby Hall, Rosary Harriman

Room 20 Kevin Muliaga, Gianna ‘Ofamo’oni


Room 6 Jin Leaunoa, Starla Krone

Room 7 Salvation Kerisiano, Jessica Petelo

Room 8 Mili-Mary Tojin, Jernee Mika

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