Newsletter Wk4 7 Nov 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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November is that special time of year in which we particularly remember and pray for those who have died. For some of us that can be a recent reality and the pain of loss is very close to us. May you receive comfort and peace as you continue to deal with this new reality.

There is something reassuring in remembering our dead because they once walked with us, played significant roles in our lives, we loved them. We still love them despite the fact they have gone. Our Christian faith reminds us that our loved ones are in the hands of God.

Although death and the pain of parting is a reality for us, we hear in Sunday’s Gospel from Luke 20:27-38 that God is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for to God all are in fact alive. God knowing and loving us is like a never-ending flowing river. From the side of Jesus, when he was pierced by the soldiers, flowed blood and water. This is the source enabling us to share in that divine life, that eternal life. Many blessings on your week ahead.

Blessings on the week ahead and please pray for our children who are going to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next Sunday.

Blessings on your week.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

What a beautiful start to the week, celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with some of our Year 4 tamariki, their whanau, our school and members of our parish. We were delighted that Bishop Steve Lowe, the 12th Bishop of the Auckland Diocese, could celebrate the Mass with our Parish Priest, Father Andrew, and our assistant priest, Father Albert. The Bishop really gave the children a very clear message when he made the analogy to the game of Rugby. He held their attention as he biasedly predicted the outcome of the up and coming rugby game between Tonga and Samoa. His message was very clear that we are all in Team Jesus and we need to go out and share the Holy Spirit with everyone..

We ask you to continue to pray for these young people as they now have been filled with the Holy Spirit and carry on their spiritual journey as they prepare to receive their next Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday, 20 November.

Sincere thanks to Ms O’Grady, Ms Helsham, Mrs Meredith, Mrs Gass, Mrs Poe, Mr Kaleti and Mrs Anitelea who prepared the children for this celebration as well as preparing the Mass and the music. We all appreciate the extra workload this entails and how you all work tirelessly together to ensure the day is a truly special celebration for our children and their families.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Welcome to Our Place Where Everyone is Learning and Growing in Christ

Ogin Younis joined us in Harinui as a Year 0 student and we hope he will enjoy his time here at Holy Cross Catholic School.

PTFA Fair Meeting Monday 7/11/22 at 7pm

This is our last fair meeting before the big day so we are hoping all stall holders and anyone who is able to help in any way can attend this meeting. The more helpers we can get enables us to lighten the load for everyone.

The School Fair for 2022 is five sleeps away!

The excitement is rising for those who know what a great day this is and for those who are waiting in anticipation for all our school fair will bring, having not experienced one for the past 2 years due to Covid-19.

Many thanks to all of our volunteers who have come forward and remember it’s not too late to offer to help. Everyday this week we have jobs that need completing before Saturday and for those who are only available on the day please let us know, telephone the office, email the school or just turn up.

We are looking for volunteers on Friday to help set up tables and gazebos as we create our fairgrounds. We will also need help sorting items and getting them out to the different stalls ready for the fair opening at 9.00am on Saturday.

Remember this week that cake plates will be sent home on Wednesday, and we would like them returned to school with a homemade cake, slices, muffins, biscuits or any delicious baking you desire.

If you are unable to provide some baking, you may wish to send in a monetary donation instead of baking.

Attendance Dues and School Stationery

Thank you to all the Whanau who have given their attention to these unpaid accounts. All stationery needs to be paid in full by 20 November and all attendance dues should be settled by the last week of Term 4.

We have been asked to compile a spreadsheet of all unpaid attendance dues and submit it to Auckland Common Funds Limited by the end of the term - Friday 16 December. If you have any concerns regarding Attendance Dues please contact Helen Peri or me.

Assessment Week

This week is our assessment week and the students will be completing PAT Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Assessments as well as a STAR test. The data gathered from these tests, class work and independent tasks will be triangulated to support the child’s overall level of attainment and progress this year. This information will be used to ensure teachers can inform each child and their whanau of their progress in their final report.

Reminders regarding School Rules and Summer Uniform

All children should now be in the correct summer uniform including a school hat and correct footwear.

All children are to wear plain black sandals or if they are Year 6 boys they may wear plain black shoes and full length navy school socks.

Intermediate girls only may wear black shoes and plain white ankle socks.

The only jewellery to be worn is a wrist watch and small stud earrings.

No bracelets or bangles are to be worn, and nothing is to be worn around their necks, including rosary beads. All necklaces are a danger if they get caught on playground equipment or by another child when they are playing. A reminder that hats are compulsory for Term 4 and Term 1.

Purchasing School Uniform

If you require a full uniform or a single item e.g. a hat for your child, please make an appointment to purchase these as they require a fitting.

If you wish to purchase an item of clothing and you are sure of the size (e.g. sweatshirt, PE top) you may call into the school office on Wednesdays from 8am - 9am or 3pm to 4pm. Thank you.

Balls, Tokens and Pokemon Cards

Only tennis balls may be brought to school, no other balls are allowed. Please remind your children not to bring any toys or sports equipment or pokemon cards to school.

Mobile Phones

Mobile telephones in general are discouraged and if it is absolutely essential that if a mobile is brought to school it must be handed in to the class teacher and then it is the child’s responsibility to collect their phone at the end of the day.

The school is not responsible if a phone goes missing from a child’s bag or gets damaged in any way. They should not be used during the school day at all.

Scholastic Book Orders

All book club orders are now done online but if you are having any difficulty, please bring your order into school and we can show you how to place an order. The following instructions should help you to do an online order.

Book Club orders for Order 7 close on Thursday, 10 November. There will be one more Book Club offer before the end of the year.

Ordering Online

Go to website: LOGIN ( If you don't already have an account you will need to click the REGISTER button. If you have an account click on the RED SIGN IN button and enter your username and password. Search for the issue at the top or click browse for the catalogue. Choose your items and follow the prompts for online payment.

Summer Reading Offer

You have received the Summer Reading Offer which contains a selection of books that are all only $5.00 each. These books are excellent value and make great Christmas presents. These orders have to be returned to school with the money in cash. The orders need to be placed through the office only. These orders close on Friday,19th November and no late orders are accepted.


Congratulations to past Holy Cross pupils, Tiaare Ahovelo (Y13) and Bronson Chungson (Y12,) for their New Zealand Waterpolo selection in the Under 20 NZ squad. Tiaare was also named in the Under 19 NZ women’s team to play Australia in Melbourne on the 9 -12 December 2022. We wish them both well!

Y5&6 Draw for Saturday 12th November: HC Blue vs Sharks 2:30pm, HC Red vs HS Gardens 2:55pm.

2022/23 Intermediate Waterpolo girls squad train every Tuesday at 1:15pm - 2:15pm at Manurewa Pools. Thank you Mrs Betty Ryan for transporting the team.

Intermediate Touch Rugby

On Tuesday the Intermediate Touch Rugby Team will compete in the Southwest Zone Competition. We wish the girls well in this competition.

Give Waka Ama a Go Day!

Pakuranga Outrigger Canoe Club is holding a ‘’give it a go’’ day on Sunday 13th November at the Ramp Ian Shaw Park, off Panama Road, Mt Wellington from 10am -1pm. All are welcome.

Digital Literacy workshop in Samoan for our Samoan elders at Holy Cross School in Rooms 6, 7 & 8 - the Year 7 & 8 Rangimarie Hub.

CORE Education in collaboration with Auckland Council are offering a free 8-hour introduction Digital Literacy workshop in Samoan for our Samoan elders

The workshops will run over the following nights, from 6 pm - 8 pm.

Thursday 3 November

Monday 7 November

Tuesday 8 November

Wednesday 9 November

Devices will be available to use on the nights of the workshops.

Please register by emailing, texting or telephoning this mobile or telephone or text Tutuila on 02106371

Principal Awards


R4 Rico Meredith, Giana Singh

R5 To’oa Krone, Malakhy Fepulea’i



R9 Dion Odisho, Lachlan Mataia

R10 Adelina Tauga, Ronin Sang Yum

R1 Kelvin Karati, Shirley Tafili


R1a Angelo Lopez, Yalayna Falemoe

R2 Roman Scanlan, CJ Fiu

R3 Paula Lolohea, Diana Tolovae

Te Matauranga

R11 Ezra Ahovelo, Eliyana Hunt

R12 Panuve Bloomfield, Jorahdise

R13 Teisen Vaetoru, Liko Tuitea


R14 Eden Mati, Shiloh Cowan

R15 Tessa Shybi, Ariana Hall

R16 Breeyah Tupe-Faleali’i, Sophia Fonoimoana


R18 Natasha Uta’atu, Francesco Foronda

R19 Chloe Palasan, Milan Leaupepetele




R21 Fili Setima Autagavaia, Alesana Emani-Johnson



R6 Vanzin McManus, Caralene Mafi

R7 Laila ‘Ofamo’oni, Maryla Lam

R8 Chloe Skelton, Eshana Parappilly Bijo

Catholic Character

Tessa Shybi R15

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