Newsletter Wk10 27 Sept 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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Sunday's parable is the only parable of Jesus in which the central figure is named. It is not the rich man but Lazarus, the poor man, who is named and therefore given an identity and significance. Christ's eyes gaze upon the neglected and abandoned. It stands to reason that our eyes enlightened by Christ are focused here as well.

The meaning of the name Lazarus is 'God helps'. It is to people such as Lazarus who are welcomed and invited into the kingdom of God. In what ways do we need God's help?

Although Lazarus is described as being covered with sores, the rich man has the greater disease, blindness to this poor man at his gate. He fails to acknowledge Lazarus and cannot see beyond his world of comfort, fine clothes and fine dining. May our eyes be outward looking and our hearts moved and open to the needs of those who are vulnerable around us.

God’s blessings on us all as we come to the end of the term.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Week 10 and we have completed a full term of 10 weeks with so much to celebrate.

Our staff and students have all been working hard to ensure everyone has made positive gains in all areas of their learning. We have been working to encourage students to take ownership of their own hauora - wellbeing. Students are developing an understanding of their own needs physically, spiritually, socially and emotionally.

There has also been an emphasis on engagement and attendance and we are pleased to say that across the school we have had 87% attendance school wide. While this is good we will still be contacting individual students whose attendance is causing concerns as they are having spasmodic unexplained absences. While we are very aware of sickness, students should be attending 90% - 95% each term. A 10% absence is 5 days which equates to a whole week off school and daily lateness and early finishes are also recorded on our electronic rolls which are calculated as absences as well. This is why it is important to instill in your children the importance of punctuality and timekeeping as this reflects one's ability to self manage as future adults.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


End of Term 3

School closes on Friday, 30 September at 2.50pm and reopens on Monday, 17 October at 8.45am.

The school offices will be open in the second week on Wednesday12th to Friday 14th between 9.30am and 2pm. Uniforms will be available by appointment only.

May you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday, taking time to recharge and relax.

Congratulations to you all on your achievements throughout Term 3 and we look forward to further celebrations and successes in the final term of 2022.

St Anne’s Shield and the Gymnastic Competition on Tuesday, 27 September

At last we will be able to compete for the Saint Anne’s Shield with all our neighbouring Catholic Schools. We are all looking forward to this as it has been cancelled for the last three years because of the measle outbreak and then Covid 19. The games will all take place at Bruce Pullman Park starting at 9.30am and finishing about 2pm. We wish all competitors well and hope they will enjoy the games.

We also wish our gymnasts well as they participate in the Papatoetoe Gymnastic Competition that will be held at Gym City, Great South Rd, Papatoetoe.

Sympathy for the Fromont Family

Our prayers and thoughts are extended to the Fromont family at the passing of their wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Trish Fromont was an active member of the PTFA and was one of our first Fair Co-ordinators. Over the years she has worked tirelessly for the school and has always been a great supporter of our school and parish community. The funeral is to be held at Holy Cross Church on Tuesday at 10.30am.

Year 8 Ski Camp - Education Outside the Classroom (ETOC)

On Tuesday, after the St Anne’s Tournament, the Year 8 girls will depart for their final school camp. They will travel to Tongariro Holiday Park and the next day they will head for Mt Ruapehu for their ski experience. After ski lessons they will have the opportunity to practise their skiing for the afternoon. The following morning they’ll be going White Water Rafting and on Friday morning they will visit the Waitomo Caves before travelling back to Auckland.

This is a once in a lifetime experience for some of our students and I hope they will really enjoy and learn from this experience. Special thanks to Mr Ginders, Mrs Ryan, Mrs Kelly and the parents, Mr Brbich, Mr Cowan and Mrs Dinesh who will be accompanying the students on this trip.

School Resources, Netball Uniforms and Lost Property

As the school term draws to a close, please ensure any school books, resources and netball uniforms are returned to the school by next Friday, 30 September.

If your child has lost any clothing please make sure they check the lost property in Room 15 as it is discarded at the end of each term and given to other families.

How to Order Class Photos

PhotoLife visited our school recently and photographed each class. By the end of this term PhotoLife will email parents a Key Code. Parents will be able to go to the PhotoLife website and enter the Key Code. The photo of the class will be available for parents to view. If you wish to order a photo, this is done online and paid electronically.

If parents do not have an email address, they may phone PhotoLife on 09 262 1040 and arrange to view and/or order their child’s class photograph. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the School Office on 09 2788224 Extn 206.

Purchasing Summer Uniform

We will be selling summer uniforms on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October (during the second week of the school holidays) from 9am - 2pm each day.

Please phone the school office on 09 278 8224 to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

Cross Country Results

Our Years 4 - 6 children competed in Cross Country at Puhinui Reserve on Tuesday, 13th September. I would like to to acknowledge Mr Bryan ‘Ofamo’oni, Mr Sherwin Stowers and Mrs Anne Kelly for supporting the children on the day. The results were as follows:

Holy Cross was 2nd overall

Individual results:

10 year old boys: 1st Bowen Manarangi-Trott, 2nd Ruben Rudolph-Kalolo
9 year old boys: 3rd Ezra Ahovelo

Team results:

9 year old boys – 1st
10 year old boys – 2nd
11 year old boys – 4th
9 year old girls – 3rd
10 year old girls – 4th
11 year old girls – 8th

Raffle Tickets

Sincere thanks to all the families who have sold and returned their raffle tickets. If you still have tickets please return them by Thursday 29 September sold or unsold.

Farewell and Blessings

This week we farewell Miss Kate Lang and Miss Fiana Tuli and wish them well on their future career paths. We thank them sincerely for all they have contributed to our staff, students and community while they have worked in our school. We truly appreciate the many gifts and talents they have shared and we ask God’s blessings on them in the future. Arohanui

Attendance Dues

Please ensure that you are up to date with your Attendance Dues and that your automatic payments continue so that you can pay the current year's Attendance Dues by the end of the school year.

If you are having trouble paying your Attendance Dues, the Auckland Common Fund have funds that you can apply for to help pay them. If you need anymore information about this process or have any questions about Attendance Dues please phone Helen Peri to make an appointment or email her at

We have been asked to follow up with any families who are in arrears by the Auckland Common Fund Limited who collect the attendance dues.

Principal Awards


Room 1

Room 4 Rico-Alexander Uini-Mealamu, Ezra Brbich

Room 5 ‘Elisapeta Sole, Malakhy Fepulea’i


Room 1A Kayden-Drew Masoe , Slade Critchon

Room 2 Edwina Michael, Roman Matai

Room 3 Mary Baba, Lucas Taito


Room 4A

Room 9

Room 10 Adelina Tauga, Unique Va’afusu

Te Matauranga

Room 11 Sioeli Samiu, Saili Matu

Room 12 Abel Patea, Tara Sanday

Room 13 Pariz Kelly, Khloe Iefata-Ngapoko


Room 14 Reign Pakipaki, Meron Qoja

Room 15 Finau Kautai, Landen Luamanuvae

Room 16 Breeyah Tupe-Faleali’i, Andrew Hirmiz


Room 18 Saniyah Buksh, Lochlan Te’o

Room 19 Koko Fiaola, Roma Ofamo’oni

Room 20 Ruben Rudolph-Kalolo, Valenisia Matu


Room 17 Cooper Puru, Hevani Moeakiola

Room 21 Tessa Kay, Bowen Manarangi-Trott

Room 22 Award given by R4 for being the best buddy class!


Room 6 Tiane Coward-Maloni

Room 7 Aysha Feata, Brianna Akaroa

Room 8 Giovanna Lemalu, Luisa Moa

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