Newsletter Wk9 12 Dec 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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Yesterday was Gaudete Sunday which can be translated as ‘Rejoice’ or ‘delight’. The entrance antiphon of Sunday’s liturgy introduces the theme, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.’ We light the rose-coloured candle on our advent wreath in joyous anticipation of the Lord’s coming. Jesus in our Gospel taken from Matthew 11:2-11, tells the disciples of John the Baptist to go back and tell him, 'happy is the one who does not lose faith in me.' The word 'happy' introduces for us the gift of joy. A joy connected with contentment, blessing and being at peace with one’s life and the world around us. It is so easy to be weighed down by what is happening in our world and in our own lives. Our unreal expectations can get in the way. Why can’t the world see things the way I see them? Why can’t other people see things the way I see them? Why do I struggle to live the way I really want to? One of the greatest signs of our faith is the joy that we can have in living for the Lord. Instead of being anxious and preoccupied with all the evil in our world and with the terrible things that happen, we can radiate the joy of knowing the presence of God. Let us rejoice and be glad! Blessings on your week.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

The school year for 2022 is almost over with only four more days to go. Let us all remain strong and healthy and race across the finish line as a united team celebrating with gratitude all that we have received and been able to give this year.

Throughout the year we have had amazing opportunities to participate and excel in a range of activities academically, spiritually, culturally and across numerous sporting events as well as some very rewarding experiences outside the classroom with field trips and camps.

We may have had some minor interruptions to our plans due to Covid but in general we should be able to reflect on the year with grateful hearts for all we have experienced.

Everyone has had the opportunity to grow and their hauora has been nourished. As the school year ends, everyone should be proud of who they are and how far they have come in the last 12 months.

Congratulations and blessings to you all as we prepare to celebrate the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. May you all have a blessed and happy Christmas and may the New Year 2023 fill you all with Love, Hope, Peace and Joy.

Blessings to you and all your families. Enjoy a restful, happy holiday and may God keep us all safe in His care during this time.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Important Dates for this Final Week

Graduation Ceremony Tuesday, 13 December, 6pm

The Graduation Ceremony for our Year 6 Boys and Year 8 Girls will be held in the hall.

Leaver's Assembly

On Thursday, 15 December at 9.00am we will have the Year 6 and Year 8 Leavers’ Assembly. At this Assembly we will also acknowledge the Year 0 - 4 Mercy Award and Scripture Cup Winners.

New Classes for 2023

We will let the children know their classes for 2023 and they will have time to meet with their new teachers and visit their new classes on Thursday afternoon.

Last Day Friday, 16 December 2022

Final School Mass will be at 11.15am and school will close at 12.15 pm straight after Mass.

Please read all the correspondence that is being sent out to remind you of these many events and be sure to note the date and times, so you don't miss out.


Janine Posesione.

The end of this term sees us farewelling Mrs Janine Posesione (Waith) who has worked at Holy Cross School for 16 years. Janine has been very supportive in her role as a Teacher Aide Learning Assistant and she has provided dedicated support and care for a number of students. She has always been willing to assist with our sports teams and our camps. We wish her well as she embarks on a new career, and we are extremely grateful for her dedication and service to our school.

Mr Ayzak Bennett

We farewell Ayzak who is leaving us after completing the first year of his teaching career here at Holy Cross. He is returning back to his home area and family, and he will continue his teaching career there. We wish him all the best and thank him for all he has contributed to our school.

With the above staff leaving there will be some minor changes, but we are delighted that we have a full staff for 2023. Mr James Kaleti will join the Year 5 & 6 teams along with Miss Aralina Sawa who is a newly appointed teacher. Mrs Esther Anitelea and Ms Deahna Salter will be joining the Year 3 and 4 teams and we have appointed Hera Potangaroa as a new Teacher Aide Learning Assistant to support our accelerated learning programmes.


Term 1 2023

Please note: school always starts at 8.45am and closes at 2.50pm except for the last day of the year when we close at 12.30pm

Monday, 23 January - The school office will be open from 9.00am - 1.00pm for parents to book an appointment to purchase school uniforms

Tuesday, 31 January - School Office Closed for Whole Staff Retreat Day

Wednesday, 1 February - Teacher Only Day at School

Thursday, 2 February - School Opens for all Students.

Term 1 finishes on Holy Thursday, 6 April

Term 2 2023

TOD (Teacher Only Day) Monday, 24 April

ANZAC DAY Tuesday, 25 April

School Opens Wednesday, 26 April for all students

Friday, 5 May Accord Day for New Zealand Curriculum Refresh, School Closed.

School Roll

Our school roll is completed for 2023 and we are delighted to be welcoming 55 new students into our school on the first day of Term 1, 2023.

28 of these students are Year 1’s and 27 of them will be in Year 2 - 8 classes.

Of this intake we are welcoming 34 new families into our school community and we know they will enjoy being part of our vibrant Holy Cross School Family.

During the rest of Term 1 we will complete our Year 1 intake with 11 more students starting.

If you have a child or member of your whanau who is turning five during 2023 please ensure you have enrolled them as our Year 0 cohort is almost at its maximum and we are prohibited to exceed our maximum roll of 600 students.

School Closes Friday 16th December

Students will be dismissed from their classrooms immediately after Mass at 12.30pm. Please ensure they do not leave any of their belongings behind.

Please note:

All children must be collected promptly as there will be NO STAFF on site after 1pm.

End of Year Reports

Everyone should have received their child’s report on Friday. These were emailed out to your email address that you supplied to the school. If you have not received your child’s report please contact the school office to have one emailed to your current email address.

Attendance Dues, Special Character Donation & Stationery

School Attendance Dues, Special Character Donation and Stationery.

Please ensure all of your accounts for 2022 are paid.

If you have any queries please contact Ms Helen Peri - accounts

If no attempt is made to pay Attendance Dues a debt collection agency could become involved. To avoid this situation, please contact Ms Peri to arrange an automatic payment.

School Library Books & Resources

We are doing our annual stocktake of Library Books, Readers and School Resources and we would appreciate you checking at home to see if you have any items that need returning to school.

All our library books are issued to individual students, so it is important that these are returned. If you have received a letter regarding an overdue library book or lost library book, please pay the fine to avoid additional costs.

Lost Property

All unnamed clothing will be displayed this week outside Rooms 9 and 10 and people are welcome to take things as we will be giving all unclaimed items to a charity on Friday

Students Who Are Leaving

If your child/ children are leaving Holy Cross at the end of the year please inform the school office - office@ or telephone Mrs Susan Bell on 278-8224 Ext 206. This is other than the Year 8 girls and Year 6 boys.

If you have any school uniforms that you do not require and wish to donate to the school, please drop them into the office.

Research Project

We are a team of mums, psychologists and researchers from AUT. We are keen to understand the wellbeing and psychological needs of tamariki in Aotearoa New Zealand. We are conducting a survey of parents of primary-aged children (aged 5-11), to learn more about their feelings, behaviours, challenges and access to psychological assessment and treatment. Even if your child has never needed psychological treatment, we would love to hear from you! We need to understand the experiences of many children in NZ, both those experiencing challenges and those who are not. Your answers will help us to design better support for children in the future. The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete. For more information or to complete survey, please click the following link

Ngā mihi, Amy Kercher, Liesje Donkin, Seona Beattie,

Sonja Goedeke & Charmaine Bright at AUT

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.