Newsletter Wk 5 28 February 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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Lend a hand

Eat a little less

New efforts

Talk to God

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, a day on which Catholics traditionally resist eating between meals (fasting) and avoid eating meat (abstaining). Many Catholics also attend Mass or have special prayer liturgies.

Lent is a forty day period of preparation for Easter. It reminds us of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness before he took up his ministry. During this time he fasted and prayed. Lent is a time of self-denial and prayer for us as well. During this period, we are called to focus on becoming closer to Jesus by praying a little more, doing good deeds for others, going without something we like and giving generously to others in need. Ash Wednesday is a good time for us to think about what we can do to grow closer to Jesus over the lenten period.

Do You Want to Fast This Lent?

In the words of Pope Francis

Fast from hurting words and say kind words.

Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

Fast from anger and be filled with patience.

Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

Fast from worries and have trust in God.

Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

Fast from pressures and be prayerful.

Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.

Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.

Fast from grudges and be reconciled.

Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

Daily Reflections during Lent Sign up for daily reflections for Lent at Food For Faith - an Aotearoa New Zealand based online mission.New Zealand based online mission.

Congratulations to Fili Sitema Autagavaia R21 who received the Catholic Character Award this week.

Welcome to Our Place

Today we would like to welcome the following students and their families who have joined our school community. We trust they will enjoy Learning and Growing in Christ with us all as they start here at our school.

Welcome to: Harlegata Afioga, Alexandra Tupouniua, Nivaan Gounder, Waleena Tuiloma, Daisy Michael, Veronica Michael, Edwina Michael, Jewel Aby, Toni Fiaola, Roman Leatigaga.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

This week we begin the liturgical season of Lent, a period of penitential preparation for Easter. Pope Francis, along with many others, has asked us to use this Ash Wednesday as a day of prayer and fasting for the people of Ukraine.

Blessings to you All
Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Covid Red Traffic Light System - Phase 3

Positive household cases and any household contacts need to isolate for 10 days and follow the testing schedule at Day 3 and Day 10.

If anyone from your household has symptoms please stay home. Do not come to school, do not socialise, but isolate and get a Rapid Antigen Test.

If any child who attends Holy Cross Catholic School is a positive case, please telephone the office and inform us.

Attendance At School

If your child is well and is not a household contact we would like to see them attending school for face to face learning.

We will continue to ensure we have all procedures in place to ensure their safety and well being:

  • Keeping classes in their team bubbles

  • Having two separate breaks to allow for social distancing

  • Sanitising hands when entering and leaving the classrooms

  • Ensuring classrooms are well ventilated at all times

  • All students from Years 4 - 8 wearing masks and the optional wearing of masks for Year 3.

Please follow these guidelines to ensure we all help to keep everyone safe.

Please contact the school if your child tests positive or is a household contact of another family member. Thank you.

Home Learning

If your child is in Year 3 - 8 and requires a device for home learning while they are isolating, please email the class teacher and arrange for a contactless pick up.

If your child is in Year 1 or 2 a hardpack is available to be picked up from the office. Please know your child’s room number and classroom teacher.

Harinui Room 1 and 5 Ms Lang and Ms O’Grady

Aroha Room 9 Mrs Lucre. Room 10 Mrs Pancha, Room 4a Mrs Leaupepe and Mrs de Koning

Arohanui Room 1a Mrs Fromont, Room 2 Ms Skipper, Room 3 Ms Brown

Reminder about School Rules

All school rules at our school are to ensure our children are safe and any dangerous situations can be prevented. We ask all parents, caregivers and whānau to support us in reinforcing these.

Jewellery / Nail Polish / Hair

  • All students are allowed to wear small stud earrings only.

  • No bracelets or bangles, rings or necklaces are to be worn.

  • No nail polish on fingernails or toenails

  • All long hair should be tied up in school colours; red, white, blue,

or black / brown hair ties.

Vaccination Opportunities for Families - Pop up Vaccination Event at Puhinui School

Next Wednesday 2nd March, Puhinui School is hosting a Pop Up Covid vaccination event at Puhinui School in the auditorium from 2:30 – 4:30pm. We invite all children aged 5+ and their whānau who are due for their Covid vaccination to go along.

There will be registered nurses there to give Covid vaccines, including boosters, to those who are due. They can even look up to see if you are due, in case you’re not sure!

Vaccination Event Saturday 5 March, 9.00am - 3.00pm at Ormiston Junior and Senior College, 275 Ormiston Road

This Whanau Fun Day has been arranged for Tamariki (5- 11 year olds) as part of the COVID 19 vaccine rollout. Other vaccines, dose 1, 2 and 3 boosters for adults will also be available.. This will be a fun event for all the whole whanau,including kai trucks, entertainment , prizes and giveaways.

You do not need to book, just turn up on the day and make sure you and your family have face coverings.

See the posters around our school.

Below are Community Connection Service Providers: For families in mandated isolation

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Counties Manukau Health Pop Up Vaccination Centre

Counties Manukau Health have approached us with regard to a Pop Up Vaccination Centre on site. Please click on the link below to complete the form so we can arrange for a pop up centre in our hall.

Scholastic Book Club

The book club orders close on Friday 4 March for this catalogue. Thank you to all the parents who are using the online ordering system. This is very user friendly and eliminates the handling of money for both families and the school. If unsure of your child’s class you can order under the office.

Student Contact Forms

Thank you to all the families who have returned these yellow data forms. We would like all these forms back as soon as possible so we can update our school database.

This is most important as we need to be able to email or telephone parents immediately when there is an emergency or important information to share with them.


The stationery your child will need for the school year has been purchased and delivered to their classrooms. The cost for this is $15.00 per child. This needs to be paid by the end of March at the school office or by automatic payment to ASB 12 3028 0484186 00 Reference child’s name and stationery. You will receive a separate account for Camp when we are able to finalise these events.

Before and After School Drop Offs

We are noticing a growing number of children who are arriving at school before 7am each day. Please DO NOT drop your children off this early as there is VERY FEW STAFF ON SITE at this hour and they cannot be supervised. Children may be dropped off from 8.00am.

Thank you to all the parents who are picking up their children immediately after school. Please remember school finishes at 2.50pm and we are aiming to have all children off site by 3.15pm.

Please do not stop on the yellow lines by the main school gate as this is not only illegal but it is interfering with the vision of those on the Road Patrols. Parking Wardens periodically police this area outside the school and if you park on the yellow lines you risk being sent a parking ticket. We have put cones outside the school gates. We would truly appreciate the cooperation of all drivers.

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: Madelyn Tulua Taito, Keon Sa’u, Godwin Karimpil-Renso, Sebastion King

Aroha: Adon Shijo, Avery Pakipaki, Amy Sio, Josef Manu, India-Rose Benione

Tupou Tala’ofa

Arohanui: Leviticus Tuimauga, Grace Kama, Reigan Gantalao, Zephaniah Palelei,

Darius Younis, Lucius Luamanuvae

Te Matauranga: Reuben Rai, Irene Wendt-Latu, Peyton Nomotu-Bruce, Archie Stowers, Matthew Arguna, Nerysa Collins

Tumanako: Tyrone Tafili, Emily Deepak, Grace Misilei, Jason Latu, Solomon Myocevich

Sophia Fonoimoana

Manaakitanga: Lionel Yusif, Saayisha Sajanthan, Joselle Filipo\, Peter Lemisio, Ethan Rasch-Lemafa, Rosary Harriman

Atawhai: Elena Sio-Lokam, Jory Javier, Elden Sijo, Mary Lovo, Semisi Kaufusi

Caydence Tuifua

Rangimarie: Terisa Lemisio, Vyga Sanu, Veronica Maynard, Anisha Dinesh, Tiare Ryan, Starla Krone