Newsletter Wk8 5 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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The figure of St John the Baptist looms large in Sunday’s Gospel from Matthew 3:1-12. John knew that acknowledging one’s sinfulness and reforming one’s life was the way to prepare for the coming of the kingdom of heaven. He was not afraid to challenge those who were more interested in appearances than true conversion.

The Season of Advent is an opportunity for us to prepare and to welcome a deeper encounter with Christ.

In light of the reading from Isaiah 11:1-10, Christ is the one who fulfills the prophecy enabling the wolf to live with the lamb - a tension we can often experience within ourselves. Christ enables us to befriend those sides of ourselves we would rather choose to deny. We are invited to trust that He wants us to be whole and integrated and that He wants that same integration within our families, relationships and environment. He challenges us to strive for a peace that is not a pipe dream, one that He alone can give. Blessings on your week.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

The school year is rapidly coming to an end but like everyone everywhere the pace picks up before it winds down. We have many events to celebrate, people to acknowledge, students to welcome and students to farewell over the next ten days.

The tradition of the Christmas Wreath is now a common sight in many homes.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Happenings this Week

Today, Tuesday, 6 December, our senior students who have carried out a range of different duties within the school will be acknowledged with a day at Rainbow’s End, subsidised by the BOT.

On Tuesday, 6 December, at 3.30pm the Year 2 - Year 8 families who will be joining our School Community in 2023 will visit our school with their children so their transition will be a smooth and happy occasion.

On Wednesday, 7 December, our IXL Champions will be treated to a KFC lunch with Mrs Paul and the Maths Team, congratulating them for their perseverance and hard work.

On Thursday, 8 December, the Year 5 - 8 prizegiving will be held at 1pm in the McKean Centre.

Tuesday, 13 December Graduation for Year 6 Boys and Year 8 Girls 6pm in the Hall

Thursday, 15 December Leavers’ Assembly - time to be confirmed

Friday 16, December Final School Mass 11.15am

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.

End of Year Reports

End of Year Reports will be emailed to parents/caregivers on Friday, 9 December afternoon. If you do not receive your child/children’s reports by Monday 12th December, please contact the school office.

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.

Papatoetoe Zone Athletics

Congratulations to all our students who competed at the Papatoetoe Zone Athletics. Across all events our athletes did very well. They received 18 first places, 9 second places and 7 third places giving our school team a total of 124 points which placed them first.

Puhinui was second with 65 points and North was third with 42 points.

Congratulations to all our competitors and a special thanks to Mr ‘Ofamo’oni, Mr Bennett, Ms Brown and Mrs Kelly who coached and supported our athletes.

Year 6 Outdoor Education

What a successful and enjoyable week despite our few last-minute adaptations because of the weather and the resurgence of COVID 19. The students had a most worthwhile day at Bethell’s Beach with the Lifesavers Education Day followed by an action-packed day at school on Thursday with Basketball, Joust, Dinosaur Challenge, Cooking and Archery. Later that afternoon they went Ten Pin Bowling and enjoyed having dinner at the venue before walking back to school and going home to sleep. On Friday they participated in Orienteering at school and then went to Wero Water Park for the Kayak Challenge.

It was a challenging and most worthwhile experience for all our students who undertook new activities which pushed some of them out of their comfort zone. Once again it was great to see their perseverance and their ‘Can Do’ attitude pushing them to achieve the best they could. There are some great photos on our facebook page so you can all see the action packed days they had. Special thanks to all the parents who were able to join us over this time, we greatly appreciate your support as we know without your help events like this would not be able to happen.

Thank you to all the teachers who spend a great amount of time preparing for Education Outside the Classroom and giving up the extra time required to make events like this so successful.

Scholastic Book Order

Today, Tuesday 6th December is the final day to order from the last catalogue. There will be no late orders online or through the office this time as they will not be delivered by the end of term.

The $5.00 Summer Reading Books should be delivered by the end of this week.

Concert for Parishioners

Last Friday, after our beautiful Mass of gratitude and thanksgiving, we invited the elderly members of our parish community to join us for morning tea and some items and carols prepared by our students. This was only attended by a small number, but we appreciated their presence and look forward to seeing more parishioners next year. This event replaced our annual rest home visits as many rest homes are still cautious about allowing too many visitors.

Attendance & Uniforms

As the end of the year approaches please remember attendance is still important and we hope all of our students will be at school every day until the last day, unless they are sick. I also remind you that they should be wearing the correct school uniform with pride, including a school hat.

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.

School Attendance Dues, Special Character Donation and Stationery.

Please ensure all of your accounts are paid as we need to pay our school accounts before the end of this term. If you have any queries, please contact Ms Helen Peri by email

Manukau Taniwha BMX Club

Manukau Taniwha BMX Club is located in South Auckland. It is suitable for all ages, it builds fitness and skills in a safe and fun environment. Taniwha BMX are running two promotions: Have-a-go only $35. Three Thursday lessons and includes the usage of a bike, helmet and gloves. All ages welcome.

Scholarships offered to year 4 and 5 students. Details as per attached flyer.

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.


Unfortunately, the weather has interfered with our Athletics Days. We have another saving day for the Year 5 & 6 athletics and hopefully this event will be held this Tuesday weather permitting.

Scholastic Book Orders

The last book club offer, Offer No. 8 is out and orders can be placed online up until the 30 November and then it will be closed. No late orders can be accepted as the books may not be delivered before the end of the term.

Stationery, Attendance Dues and Catholic Character Donation

Please ensure you have met your obligations and paid the above monies. If you have any queries please contact Helen Peri or email as we would like to ensure all our accounts are settled before the close of the school year.

Holy Cross Parish Spirit of Christmas Concert

  • When: 17th December at 7pm in Hall
  • Children: Find in the YouTube any of Christmas Song, you would love to sing.
  • Practise at home until you know it very well
  • You may Sing alone {Solo} or in duet {2} or trio {3} or quartet {4}
  • You could play your song with your own instrument, Super Great!
  • Download the music of your song into a Flash Drive and you practise with it at home.

Parents: When the children finished choosing their songs then, contact us as soon as possible.

If you want any clarification or more information, you could contact to the Team OR

Sr. Nau Apikotoa smsm.

Mob: 021 026 16 323 Home Phone: (09) 278 0198

Thank you so much for your support.

Principal Awards


Room 1 Madelyn Tulua Taito, Rurick Gonsalves

Room 4 T.J Mocelutu, Ogin Younis

Room 5 Edward Sakopo, Poufa Anitele’a


Room 1A Ondreius Scanlan-Vatuvei, Omani Tonga

Room 2 Roman Matai, Zephaniah Palelei

Room 3 Marlon-Jet Emani-Johnson, Alexis Akaroa


Room 4A Leighton Miriau, Eli So’e

Room 9

Room 10 Alexis Laulu, Tupou Tala’ofa

Te Matauranga

Room 11 Irene Wendt-Latu, Reuben Rai

Room 12 Immanuel Faitua, Khloe Donaldson Karati

Room 13 Ahnastlyst Perry-Leavaise’eta, Kyra-Lee Collins


Room 14 Josephine Toilala, Madison ‘Ofanoa

Room 15 Angelin Karimpil Renso, Olivia Younis

Room 16 Patience Eseloma, Breeyah Tupe-Faleali’i


Room 18 Rhylee-Jay Masoe, Riley Maxwell

Room 19 Tumanako Fa’aui, Koko Fiaola

Room 20


Room 17 Jona Tai’i Sa’u, Sina Raass

Room 21 Katya Jajika, Lucius Mataia

Room 22 Jessiah Vaaga, Elizabeth Tupou


Room 6 Jiselle Tuiafitu, Adrienne Walter-Laulu

Room 7 Lyric Matapo, Briana Hau Kautai

Room 8 Kava Feao, Dylia Walter-Laulu

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