Newsletter Wk5 30 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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The Feast of the Ascension

Last Sunday Jesus said, 'If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father.' After his earthly mission this was always his destiny. As it is ours. The disciples, having spent their time with Christ and experiencing his presence again during that first Easter, needed the courage now to let him go and to take up the mission he was giving them. With the return of Jesus to the Father we know the Easter Season is drawing to a close.

Having to let go of someone we love in death is never easy but there is comfort in knowing that God awaits them and calls them home. It is our common destiny.

In our situation and context, we are all he has to live his life and to share his spirit. What a privilege and what a responsibility.

Pope Francis said, “Jesus’ ascension into heaven does not mean he is absent. Instead, it tells us that he is alive among us – we are never alone.”

Catholic Character Award

Congratulations to Dylia Walter - Laulu (R7) who received the Catholic Character Award this week.

Sacramental Programme

Now that we are in the Orange Covid-19 settings we are able to resume the Sacramental Programme for our Year 4 children.

We had a welcome liturgy/meeting on the evening of 17th May and would like to thank those families who were able to attend. Father Andrew has scheduled a further meeting this term which focuses solely on Reconciliation, its meaning and relevance. He expects a representative of each family to attend with the candidate.

The meeting will take place in the church on Thursday, 2nd June at 3pm so hopefully this will suit parents who come to pick up their child from school. Father will provide all attendees with a booklet to use at home.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

What a beautiful start to the week celebrating the Ascension Sunday Mass together as a Holy Cross Community, both parish and school as one.

Thank you to all the families and staff members who came to Mass in our parish yesterday. It is so important for us to be seen as a united congregation supporting one another as we worship together.

There are only a few fifth Sundays when we have a School Parish Mass and we encourage all families to join us at our next celebrations on Sunday 31 July and Sunday 30 October. Please mark these dates in your calendars as we would like to see all our families at these celebrations.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


What's On This Week

This week is Samoan Language Week and there will be a variety of activities happening in school this week

Monday 30th May:

  • Tumanko Team are off to visit the Stardome

Wednesday 1st June:

  • Aroha Team have at Liturgy at 2pm
  • Year 6 Boys have a retreat Day at De La Salle

Thursday 2nd June:

  • Sports Exchange vs KIngsford
  • Year 4 Sacramental Meeting 3pm in the Church

Samoan Language Week

This week we will be celebrating Samoan Language Week with a variety of different activities, concluding on Friday with an assembly led by our Samoan group.

Children may wear their cultural attire on Friday and they will all receive a panikeke as a treat. Those children who pre-ordered chop suey and rice will receive these at lunchtime on Friday 3rd June 2022.

Parent Workshops for DMIC Mathematics

We look forward to seeing all the parents who signed up for these workshops. If you forgot to sign up, please come along, as we believe the workshops will help you and give you ideas so you can support your child’s learning at home. The meeting will be held on:

Wednesday 1 June 9.00am at 1.30pm and 5.30pm


We would like to congratulate Arlene Kelly, a past student of Holy Cross who has been selected to represent Ireland in cricket. Her team will play against South Africa in June.

Parent Teachers Friend Assocation (PTFA)

Last week we held our PTFA AGM meeting for 2022. At this Annual General Meeting the following people were elected to the various roles:

Chairperson: Jenn Jefferson

Deputy Chair: Theresa Turua

Secretary: Donna Leaupepe

Treasurer: Carlie Kingham

Deputy Treasurer Francis Mealamu

Lunch Co-ordinator: Lesina Fonoimoana

We are very appreciative of all the work Theresa has done over the last few years as our Chairperson and thank her for supporting Jenn this year as she begins her role as the new chairperson.

Sincere and grateful thanks to all the people who volunteer their time to support our school with various tasks and fundraising events. It was really encouraging to see many new parents attending the PTFA meeting and we warmly welcome all new parents who would like to be involved and support this amazing group of people.

The PTFA Meetings are held in Weeks 4 and 8 of each term on Wednesday nights at 7pm in the school staffroom.

Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings and make connections with other parents and friends of the school.

School Lunches

Please note there will be NO school lunch orders for the next two Fridays, (Friday 3 June and Friday 10 June).

School Jackets - $30.00 each

We have school jackets priced at $30.00 each available in the following sizes ONLY:

Size 5 - 6

Size 7 - 8

Size 9 - 10

Year 8 Camp

Last week the Year 8 girls finally had their Outdoor Education Camp at Camp Adair in Hunua. This was delayed from November 2021 because of Covid. The girls participated fully and stepped outside their comfort zone and engaged in some very challenging activities.

Special thanks to the teachers and learning assistants - Janice Pili, Shaun Ginders, Anne Kelly and Janine Posesione as well as the parents who all participated in the camp to ensure it was a great success.

Our Year 7 students will be attending Camp Adair in the traditional November time period and the children will be able to complete the water tasks.

Intermediate Girls Soccer

Congratulations to the Year 7 girls who were unbeaten at the South West Zone Tournament last week.

We wish them well as they will be competing in the Auckland Tournament in a few weeks time. Special thanks to SImon Kay who coaches this team.

Winter Sports Exchange

On Thursday 2nd June we will play netball, soccer and rugby against Kingsford School with games starting at 1.15pm. Games will be played at the following locations:

At Holy Cross: Netball A&B, Soccer A&B

At Kingsford: Girls soccer, Rugby open and Under 50kg

Auckland Netball for Year 7 and Year 8 Tuesday 31 May 2022

Below is the draw for the Years 7 & 8 teams for Tuesday 31st May 2022

HCS Y8 Blue vs St Mary's College Ponsonby 8A at 5.00pm on Court 2

HCS Y8 Red vs St Mary's College Ponsonby 8B at 5.00pm on Court 9

HCS Y7 Blue vs St Kentigern College SkC Malesala at 5.00pm on Court 7

HCS Y7 Red vs St Mary's College Ponsonby 7B at 5.00pm on Court 1

Water Polo Training

There will be NO Friday Waterpolo this week due to Queens Birthday Weekend.

Enrolments for 2023

Please ensure all children who are turning five in 2023 are enrolled.

We will be reviewing our waiting list in July 2022 for the 2023 intake. If you wish your child to attend our school next year, please enrol them as soon as possible. If your child is accepted to start in 2023, you will receive a letter by email in July/August 2022.

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.

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 Alba Jefferson, Constance (Connie) Turner Ioapo


R4A Mason Leung-Yid, Eleanora Crichton

R9 Lauchlan Mataia, Jax Matai

R10 Mikayla Joby, India-Rose Benioni


R1A Paina Mahina, Ondreius Scanlan-Vatuvei

R2 Honor Stowers, Mathews Michael

R3 Lucas Taito, Danielle King

Te Matauranga

R11 Ezra Ahovelo, Kamryn Polamalu-Toalima

R13 Korbyn Tusa, Pariz Kelly


R14 Lazarus Mataia, Viliami Malupo

R15 Jerrell Tamalii, Jason Latu

R16 Solomon Myocevich, Aloisio Sole


R18 Saniyah Buksh, Dominic Mealamu

R19 Abigail Jobit, Ethan Rasch-Lemafa


R17 Liam Niko-Tuifao, Jona Tai’i Sa’u

R21 Abigail TeRangi, Mikha’el Tala’imanu

R22 Codie-Robinson Avei, Caydence Tuifua


R6 Summer Taii, Venessa Georges

R7 Angelique Singh, Lyric Matapo

R8 Liana-Quinn Smith, Eshana Parapilly-Bijo

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.