Newsletter Wk7 14 March 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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2nd Sunday of Lent (Fr Chris Skinner)

In the Gospel of the Transfiguration according to Luke 9:28-36 'the disciples kept silence and at that time, told no one what they had seen'.

Reflecting on this Scripture calls to mind how difficult it is to put into words those moments when we encounter mystery. Have you ever tried to explain and share something that has touched you deeply? Words fail us and never really capture what we want to say. It is said of St Peter today, 'that he did not know what he was saying' when he saw Jesus in his glory with Moses and Elijah. And when they encounter God in the cloud and hear his voice, how could you put into words that kind of experience? Silence is the appropriate response.

Maybe today as we reflect on this Gospel and the blessings we receive, we can take some time in silence to hold the mystery of God's presence in our lives and simply be grateful.

We continue to pray for the people of Ukraine and all innocent victims of war.

Welcome to Our Place

This week we welcome the following students into our school. We know they will grow to reach their full potential in all areas and be students that are a true reflection of our school: Joseph Uia, Kelvin Karati, Kaifoto Tuli and John Matoha.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Time still manages to fly by despite whatever situation we are in. We may feel as though we are being absorbed by the current Covid Pandemic but life moves on and we are already in Week 7 of this school term and the second week of Lent. It is a very unique, interesting and challenging time for many people but as a school community we have been able to gain strength from our school values that reflect the Gospel Values.

We are people of Faith - Our faith and beliefs will help us in times of trouble.

We are people of Hope - We place our hope in God who knows what is best for us.

We are people of Love - Love surpasses everything, love of God, Love of Self

and Love for others.

We are people of Joy - In times of darkness we will experience a ray of lightness and joy.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Students Returning to School

We have seen a positive increase in the number of students returning to school last week and the number of families having to isolate has reduced considerably.

Our thanks to all the families who are keeping us informed of any COVID cases as this enables us to accurately track the absences of our students. This is vitally important as unexplained absenteeism needs to be reported and can be noted as truancy by the Ministry of Education..

Changes to Isolation Rules for Covid-19

There has been a change made for the period of isolation required by positive cases and household contacts. From Saturday the 12th March, the isolation period is only 7 days. This has been reduced from 10 days.

St Patrick's Day - Thursday 17th March 2022

We will celebrate St Patrick’s Day this Thursday (17th) as we have always done but in a modified way.

Each team will have a liturgy in their bubbles followed by some sporting activities.

It will not be a whole school event but there will be activities scheduled throughout the day.

We always acknowledge this day as part of our heritage being a school that was founded by the Mercy Sisters. The Mercy Sisters’ first convent was situated in Dublin, Ireland where Mother Catherine McAuley began her work caring for the marginalised people of the community.

We will celebrate this day by having a Green Dress Up Day on Thursday 17 March. Children can choose to wear green clothing or something green on their clothing.

To participate in Green Dress Up Day, the Rangimarie Syndicate have suggested that every child bring a can of food. The cans of food will contribute to our Food Bank Appeal to remind us of the work the Mercy Sisters do to help the poor and vulnerable people in our communities.


Please mark your calendars:

School will be closed on Monday 21 March as it is aTeacher only Day - an Accord day.

On this day teachers will be undertaking their second day of Professional Development on Maori Spirituality.

Parent Teachers Friends Association (PTFA)

Our PTFA are a very enthusiastic, hard working, core group of our school community who contribute in many ways to the life of our school. They have been waiting patiently for the opportunity to welcome any new parents or existing parents to join this vibrant group but due to the current COVID restrictions this has not been possible. They want to be able to meet with you all face to face and share with you their exciting plans for 2022.

The PTFA have postponed their Annual General meeting (AGM) until Term 2, date to be confirmed.

School Attendance Dues and Special Catholic Character Contribution

Every family should have received their Attendance Dues account, which was emailed to parents last week. Please note that this account reflects the total amount due for the year. Attendance Dues can be paid each term or through regular automatic payments each week into our school BNZ account 02-0232-0158405-97.

The Special Catholic Character Contribution is a one off payment of $50.00 per child per year.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact Helen Peri by telephoning the school office on 09 2788224 or email

School Stationery Payment Due

Your children have already been supplied with the stationery they will require for the year. Stationery invoices of $15.00 per child have been sent out already. This amount is due before the end of March.

Please pay at the School Office by cash or EFTPOS or into our School ASB account using your child’s name and ‘Stationery’ as the reference . The account is:

ASB 12-3028-0484186-00

You can also send this money to school in a named envelope with your child to give to their classroom teacher.

Assessment Week

Last week Year 3 - 8 students did some formal assessment tasks. We will continue to administer these test to students who were absent and make sure they have the opportunity to complete these tests before the end of March.

School Resources

Thank you to all the families who returned the schools resources and we are looking forward to receiving any other resources you may find in your homes over the next couple of weeks.

sKids Holiday Programme for the Holidays

The sKids holiday programme will run from 19th - 29th April 2022 and will be held at Papatoetoe South School, 58A Milan Road, Papatoetoe.

You will find information about the programme in the image below. For information about booking please phone

09 576 6602 / 0800 274 172 or email
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De La Salle Enrolments for 2023

De La Salle College is now accepting enrolments for 2023.

Please go to their website to download the enrolment form or alternatively call into their School Office to collect an enrolment pack. You may also phone the enrolment officer on 09 276-4319 Ext 816 to make further enquiries.

School Roll and Waiting Lists

We are constantly monitoring and reviewing these lists and so I encourage you to make sure you have enrolled your children for 2023 and 2024.

If you have any family or friends who wish to join our school please remind them to get their enrolments completed as soon as possible for all levels within the school.

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.

Principal Awards

Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal Award this week:

Harinui: Maverick Wongtung Komiti, Theodora Polath, Amaris Tala’imanu, Shirley Tafili

Aroha: Hannah Rammo, Mafua Lolohea, Crossifiso Williams, Eva Leaupepetele, Eva Ann-Biju, Zion Sofele

Arohanui: Evangeline Aneesh, Angelo Lopez, Aydan Mudaliar, Diana Lynn Toiaivao, Lorenzo Sautia, Arianne Balchin

Te Matauranga: Ivan-James Fe’ao, Kayne Leota-Tuia, Juan Dawn, Tara Sanday, Danielson Avei, Teisen Vaetoru

Tumanako: Cena Ale, Josephine Toilalo, Ariana Hall, Lindon Coe, Lusia Enosi

Amelia Jobit

Manaakitanga: Sandiana Puleanga, Kenzo Na’a

Atawhai: Lemisio Lakai, Sina Raass, Abigail Te Rangi, Ta’utapu Tonga, Slayter Fatialofa

Savio Gijo

Rangimarie: India-May Mann, Lauryn Wagner, Nyga Sanu, Angelina Tran, Amelia Brzozowski, Jernee Mika