Newsletter Wk4 23 May 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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Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you is taken from Sunday's Gospel John 14:23-29.

Jesus is saying, ‘This is my gift to you.’ It is His parting gift. There is something so personal, meaningful and essential here. Isn't it true when we experience inner peace that we can face all kinds of challenges? Jesus was encouraging his disciples for when he would no longer be with them and for what was to lie ahead and he does the same for us. We are all essential workers called to witness to the Easter peace that Jesus has gifted us. Peace be with you, your loved ones, our country and our people. Peace be to our world and to all whose lives are ravaged by war and conflict of any kind personal and communal. May the coming week be filled with the peace and joy of the Easter season.

Parish Mass - Sunday 29th May 2022

Sunday 29th May is the 5th Sunday of the month and the Feast of Ascension. Holy Cross School will be leading the 10.00am Mass. We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to seeing all our families there.

Catholic Character Award

Congratulations to Ivan Maharaj-Bennett R19 who received the Catholic Character Award this week.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

The weather always seems to accommodate our change of uniform. Last week we saw a drop in temperature and some cold wet days and I think the students were pleased to be in winter uniform. Please remember everyone from Years 0 to 6 is to wear the long navy school socks and the Senior Girls may wear plain white ankle socks.

A reminder to ensure all uniforms are clearly named especially sweatshirts which are continually turning up unnamed in the lost property.

The Key Competencies - Capabilities for Living and Lifelong Learning.

The New Zealand curriculum focuses on the following Key Competencies:

  • Thinking

  • Using Language symbols and texts

  • Managing Self

  • Relating to Others

  • Participating and Contributing

These competencies enable people to live, learn, work and contribute as active members in their communities. The development of these competencies continue over time and are shaped by interactions with people, places, ideas and things.

Since returning from lockdowns and isolations some students have become reliant on adults and need to look at Managing Self. They need to focus on becoming resilient, resourceful and reliable. Part of Managing Self is acting independently and for some of our students this means organising themselves by having what they need at school each day, following homework instructions, returning resources and being accountable for their actions.

With your support we are hoping to see an improvement in this area especially with our older students so please encourage them to act independently, be self motivated and have a can-do attitude.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Anti-bullying Friday

Thank you to all the students and families who dressed up on Friday to support this event.

We all value the Anti Bullying Campaign and want to continually remind our students and whānau that no bullying is accepted and by speaking up we can create positive change.

He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai. If kindness is sown then kindness you shall receive.

Scholastic Book Orders

Thank you to all the families who support the Scholastic Book Club. When you purchase books we get a percentage of the money returned to the school which allows us to purchase books for classrooms and the library.

Please continue to place your orders using the guidelines for the online system outlined below.

  • Simply grab your Book Club Catalogue

  • Register your details

  • Select your school and your child's class

  • Add your child's first name & last initial (so the school knows who the book is for)

  • Enter the item number from the Book Club catalogue

  • All orders are sent directly to the school for submission to Scholastic. Books will still be delivered to your child's classroom if you order by the closing date (30 May 2022).

  • Afterwards, there's no need to return paper order forms or payment receipt details back to your school!

What's On This Week

  • Year 8 at Camp Adair Tuesday 24/5/22 to Friday 27/5/22.

  • DMIC Parent Workshops for Mathematics Tuesday 24 May at 9.00am, 1.30pm and 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome even if you haven’t enrolled.

  • Year 7 South West Zone Soccer Tournament on Tuesday 24/5/22

  • Netball Year 7 only on Tuesday27/5/22 evening

  • Atawhai Stem Workshop on Wednesday 25/5/22

  • Mass for Manaakitanga (Rooms 18, 19 and 20) on Wednesday 25/5/22 at 9.00am

  • Year 2 Dancing with Mythology at school

  • On Thursday 26/5/22 a visit to Fo Guang Shan Temple - Year 2 students

  • Harinui - Road Safety Trip on Thursday 26/5/22

  • Year 5 /6 Public Library visits Tuesday 24/5/22 and Friday 27/5/22

  • Sports Exchange at North for Year 5 /6 on Thursday 26/5/22

  • Year 4 -6 Netball Games on Thursday 26/5/22 night.

  • Water Polo Friday 27/5/22 night 5.45pm -6.45pm

  • Parish Mass 10.00am Sunday 29/5/22

Whanau Maths Workshops

Are you interested in what your child is doing in Maths and would you like to support them?

Come along to informal, fun sessions with us and a mentor from Massey University.

Attend all five sessions for maximum benefit - and for the chance to go in the draw to win two terms worth of free attendance dues for your child. Alternatively come along when you can.

Register by clicking on this link

PTFA AGM Meeting

The PTFA will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) today Monday 23 May 2022 in the staffroom at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing some new faces join our current group of dedicated parents. The PTFA consists of a group of parents and/or caregivers or friends of the school who volunteer their time to run events and activities throughout the school year.

Secondhand Uniforms

If you have any second hand uniforms that you wish to donate to the school we would be grateful. We are looking for girls’ winter tunics or girls’ summer dresses in good condition. The uniforms would be for families in need and any donations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Whole School Assemblies

There will be no full school assemblies until Monday 13 June.

Syndicate Teams and teachers will present their weekly Principal Awards to ensure students are acknowledged for their hard work and achievements.

Bikes and Scooters

If your child is in Year 5 or above and wish to ride bikes or scooters to school please ensure they have a bike helmet. This is a requirement as we want to ensure the safety of all our children

Library Books

Last week several children received overdue library book letters. Please try and find these books and return them to Mrs Deli in the library. If you have lost or damaged the book please pay the fine.

If the fine continues to be outstanding it increases each term until it is signed off. If your child has an overdue library book they are unable to issue another book as we only allow one book per child to be issued. This is detrimental to your child’s learning as we are focusing on developing recreational readers who read for pleasure and use both the school and public libraries.

Year 8 Education Outside the Classroom

This week our Year 8 students will be heading off to Camp Adair at Hunua for their Outdoor Education Camp that was postponed last year due to COVID.

This is a challenging and most worthwhile experience and we are pleased that we have been able to reschedule this camp for these girls.

Winter Sports Exchange

On Thursday 26th May we will play netball, soccer and rugby against Papatoetoe North School with games starting at 1.15pm. Games will be played at the following locations:

Holy Cross School - A, B, C & D Netball, Boys’ Soccer A & B
Papatoetoe North School - E & F Netball, Girls’ Soccer
De La Salle - U40kg & U50kg Rugby

Auckland Netball for Year 7 ONLY

Year 8 teams will not be playing in the competition this week due to the Year 8 Camp.

HCS Y7 Blue vs Saint Kentigern's Malesala at 5.00pm on Court 1

HCS Y7 Red vs Baradene Year 7 Bluebells at 5.00pm on Court 4

Enrolments for 2023

Please ensure all children who are turning five in 2023 are enrolled as we will be reviewing our waiting list in July. We already have a large number of children on the waiting list for next year so the sooner you enrol your child, the better.

Our roll is almost at capacity (600 students) for 2022 with no available spaces and therefore enrolments received now will be placed on the waiting list.

School Lunches

This new procedure worked well and will now be implemented each week. All lunch orders need to be given to the classroom teacher NO LATER THAN on Thursday 26/5/22 so that our PTFA volunteers can be ready for Friday.

If your child is absent on Friday, after placing a lunch order we will try our best to return their money. Afa Ale and Abe Cowan have been rostered on for Friday 27/5/22.

Scholastic Book Club

This week your child will receive the latest book club offer and we encourage families to follow the procedure and order online. It is quick and convenient and your books will still be delivered to school.

See below the guidelines for online ordering.

  • Simply grab your Book Club Catalogue

  • Register your details

  • Select your school and your child's class

  • Add your child's first name & last initial (so the school knows who the book is for)

  • Enter the item number from the Book Club catalogue

  • All orders are sent directly to the school for submission to Scholastic. Books will still be delivered to your child's classroom if you order by the close date (30 May 2022)

  • Afterwards, there's no need to return paper order forms or payment receipt details back to your school!

Principal Awards


R1 Nadyah Sau-Tipelu, Bradley Coward Ramsay

R4 Elisapeta Sole, Lucas Ioane

R5 James Morehu, Agnes-Mali Emani-Johnson


R4A Leighton Miriau, Sterling Wolfgramm

R9 Layla Ikenasio, Josef Manu

R10 India-Rose Benioni, Adelina Tauga


R1A Akuila Tuha-Falemaka, Jaxon Sepuloni

R2 Chelsea Brbich, Sophie Brown

R3 Mary Baba, Victoria Johansson

Te Matauranga

R11 Nikolai Evdokimov-Reti, Faith Taupo

R12 Emily Matu, Abel Patea

R13 Kyra-Lee Collins, Sipola Falemaka


R14 Claire Frost, Evan Vili

R15 Tessa Shybi, Samuel Andrew

R16 Patience Eseloma, Lauryn Brbich


R18 Jahzaria Ah Chee, Reuben Fa’afiu

R19 TJ Carson, Mikayla Lindsay

R20 Ephesians Tamapolu, Arlina Hirmiz


R17 Caleb Tuaimalo, Koloti Tangi

R21 Gideon Kenese, Elden Sijo

R22 Keefe Resma, Faamanu Tapelu


R6 Tamara Saunderson, Keilani Ngan-Woo Matoha

R7 Honey Leolahi, Arianna Fonoimoana

R8 Leilani Rudolph-Kalolo, Tylah Fa’alili

School App

Download our school app (which is free) so that you receive announcements and newsletters from school to keep you up to date.

This is what the app looks like on either the PlayStore (for Android phones) or the App Store (for iPhones). Please download it if you haven’t done so already.