Newsletter Wk 5 27 February 2023

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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Lent is a wonderful season in the Church calendar – time set aside to renew and prepare ourselves to receive the fullness of life in the resurrection. It’s a time for a bit of a spiritual ‘spring-clean’. Just as a ‘spring-clean’ in our homes gives us a renewed sense of order and purpose, a spiritual spring-clean lifts our spirits, sweeps out the bad habits and creates space in our lives for God.

Giving up chocolate or other sweet indulgences is a traditional favourite for Lenten promises. However, for our Lenten commitments to really serve the purposes of Lent, it is better to approach what we ‘give up’ from the point of view of how giving it up frees us to more fully embrace life in Christ. It’s not deprivation for the sake of deprivation… it’s for the sake of greater love, more abundant life, deeper peace, more life-affirming joy. Think in terms of what you are embracing rather than what you are forgoing. For example, instead of ‘giving up’ sugar, I’m embracing a daily ritual of honouring God – every time I drink my sugarless tea, I am reminded to thank God for his love.

Lent is a great time to sweep our lives clean of any habit, attitude or practice that serves ourselves rather than God and those God sends us to love. Used well, Lent becomes something so rich in blessings that you will look forward to it year after year.

Blessings on your week 😊

The Catholic Character Award for this week: Kadian Polamalu Toalima (Rangimarie)

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Welcome to Week 5, the beginning of Autumn and the second week of Lent. Last Wednesday we celebrated Ash Wednesday with a beautiful school Mass in the morning for the senior students and a thoughtfully prepared liturgy for the Junior classes in the afternoon. All the students had prepared Lenten Promises which they presented during both of these celebrations.

During Lent we are encouraged to give of ourselves and do something extra. It is not only a time to give something up and fast but to reach out and do more for others, remembering it is a time of prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

Maybe we could reflect on the quote below and make this week a time of more kindness, compassion, charity, truth and love.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


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Sacramental Programme

There will be a whanau meeting in the Church for all the students in Year 4 who are participating in the Sacramental Programme this year. This is our first meeting and we are mindful that this is the second meeting for parents this week but it is important that we meet with at least one parent of all children who will be receiving the Sacraments.

Important - there are NO PAY WAVE or CREDIT CARD Facilities at the School Office

Parents please note that the School Office DOES NOT have Paywave or Credit Card for payment. Payments for uniforms/stationery/Attendance Dues can be made by Eftpos or cash only. Thank you.

Meet the Teachers - Monday 27 February at 6pm in the McKean Centre (Hall)

Tonight, we look forward to meeting most of our school Whanau. We will begin our evening in the McKean Centre (hall) and then there will be an opportunity for you to go to your child/ren’s classrooms and meet their teacher and some other parents who will be in your child’s class this year.

This is an opportunity for you to have an informal chat with the teacher and learn about their expectations and the routines of their class. It is not an opportunity for an interview or academic progress report but a chance for introductions. We believe that the education of your child is a partnership between home and school and it is important for your children to see we are working together to provide them with the best possible outcomes that will lead to their future success.

Everyday Matters - Attendance

Our school roll has settled now that we have finally had a full week at school. We are aiming for 95% attendance across the school and will be making regular contact with those students whose attendance is causing concern.

Our Engagement in Schools Worker will be contacting and, if necessary, visiting families with poor attendance.

Attendance to date should be 11 /11 days or as it is recorded in half days it should be 22/22 half days. Please monitor your child’s attendance.


On Monday our teachers will be attending these meetings., School will remain open as usual. We have arranged a roster for the teachers to attend the meeting to ensure we have enough staff at school throughout the day. Thank you to all our community who are supporting the teachers’ claims.

Years 5 & 6 Swimming Competition - 28 February 2023

On Tuesday 28 February, the Papatoetoe Schools’ Swimming Competition will be held at Papatoetoe Centennial Pool starting at 10.00am and finishing at 12.00pm.

Our swimming team will all leave from school at 9.15am and travel to the pools as a team. Special thanks to Mrs Anitelea, Mrs Tuala and Ms Hera Potangaroa who have given up their morning tea and lunch times to train our swimming team. We wish them well and know they will be great representatives of our school. Details of swimmers below:

HCSP Y5/6 Swimming Teams - Tuesday 28th February 2023

Boys Teams 8 Yrs , 9 Yrs & 10 Yrs

Charles Miriau Rm 19

Ezra Ahovelo Rm 17

Harrison Te’o Rm 12

Atonio Lelaulu Rm 21

Elijah Auva’a Rm 22

Kayne Leota-Tuia Rm 11

Bowen Manarangi-Trott Rm 21

Buchanan Tuiogo Rm 18

Abel Patea Rm 12

Dominic Tuala Rm 21

Edward Pritchard Rm 18

Gabriel Maxwell-Wijohn Rm 14

Milan Leaupepetele Rm 19

Marius Georges Rm 19

Nikolai Evdokimov-Reti Rm 11

Ceejay Lolo Rm 22

Lindon Coe Rm 21

Joseph Brown Rm 15

Girls Teams 8 Yrs , 9 Yrs & 10 Yrs

Nevaeh Uini-Faiva Rm 18

Sophia Fonoimoana Rm 17

Kyra-Lee Collins Rm 13

Madison Collins Rm 18

Breeyah Tupe-Faleali’i Rm 17

Khloe Iefata-Ngapoko Rm 13

Kahurangi Kingi Rm 19

Lui Henry Rm 20

Peyton Nomotu-Bruce Rm 12

Koloti Tangi Rm 17

Kristal Pelenato Rm 17

April Sio Rm 13

Jahzaria Ah Chee Rm 18

Irene Latu Rm 21

Madhelyn Solomon-Vaotu’ua Rm 14

Lamona Soakai Rm 17

Poerangi Karena Rm 20

Kamryn Polamu-Toalima Rm 11

Hooked on Cricket - Years 5 & 6 Tournament Thursday 2 March

Our Year 5 and 6 Teams will participate in the Hooked on Cricket Tournament at the Kolmar Papatoetoe Sports Centre. Mr Kaleti and Ms Salter have been training these teams and will be attending the tournament with our students. We wish them all the best.

Intermediate Tag - Friday 3 March

Our Intermediate Tag Team will be playing on Friday at 1.45pm against Seventh Day Adventist School at their school in Puhinui Road. Mr Stowers has been training this team and will be going with them.

Years 5 - 8 Water Polo

Congratulations to our two Year 5&6 water polo teams and our Y7&8 team who kicked off the Mountfort Park Saturday League with wins. A reminder there are NO games this Saturday. Tuesday training for our Y7&8 team every Tuesday from 1.15pm-2.15pm.

Attendance Dues

Thank you to all the families who have paid or have arranged automatic payments to cover each term's accounts. These are set by the Diocese and we are just the collection agency for these Attendance Dues. If you need assistance or advice of any kind please contact Helen Peri or myself to make an appointment

Stationery Accounts

Thank you to all the whanau who have paid their stationery accounts. Please ensure these are paid as soon as possible as we have already given your child these books to use to enable them to record their learning.

All stationery, uniforms and camp fees are to be paid into the following account:

ASB Account 12 3028 0484186 00.

Please use your child’s initial and surname for reference and for code put stationery, camp, uniform etc.

If it is more convenient for families, camp fees can be paid in installments but must be paid before camp starts.

Technology Fees

The Year 7 & 8 Technology fees are compulsory as we have further developed our programmes to include more enriched activities that extend and increase our students' knowledge and skills in home economics - food technology, soft materials - sewing and hard materials - woodwork.

South Auckland Catholic Schools’ Kahui Ako Leadership Day - Wednesday 1 March

We are hosting a student leadership day for school leaders from our school as we as from our contributing CoL Schools. The students will undertake many challenges and tasks which will help them to grow and develop skills in Leadership. The day has been organised and will be delivered by our Across the CoL teachers and Mr Glen Ryan, who is the lead Principal. This will be a most worthwhile day for the students to develop skills and build networks with peers from the other schools.

Mobile Phones & Social Media Platforms

Parents, we are asking you to please monitor your child’s use of their mobile phones. Specifically, the social media platforms they have access to and are using eg TikTok, Facebook etc.

The school can only monitor the use of devices between school hours and we are receiving emails from the public who are seeing our students in their school uniforms on various social media sites in videos or making unpleasant comments.

We are asking that children do not upload photos or videos to these platforms when wearing our school uniform. We do not consider some of these platforms safe or appropriate and we do not want the school’s reputation compromised by these uploads which the public think are happening during school time.

Thank you for your ongoing support in this area as we all know social media sites can have a detrimental effect on our children’s Hauora - health and wellbeing.

Non-Uniform Day

On Monday 6 March we will be having a non uniform - Crazy Hair Day to raise funds to support the Flood and Gabrielle Cyclone Support Fund. Children can wear non uniform and do their hair in any wind blown style they can create.

A gold coin or any donation will be greatly appreciated as we support those affected by these natural disasters.

Principal Awards


Room 1 Josiah ‘Ofanoa, Sian Jones-Fonokalafi

Room 4 Keeva Akaroa, Rico-Alexander Uini-Mealamu

Room 5


Room 1A Adon Shijo, Alexandra Tupouniua

Room 2

Room 3


Room 4A Nyah Tuimauga, Michael Williams

Room 9 Amelia Lata-Lavulo, Christiana Uiese

Room 10 Evelyn Lee, Sione Pepa

Te Matauranga

Room 11 Braxton Afeaki, Kamryn Toalima

Room 12 Jorahdise Lai Alama, Chelsea Brbich

Room 13 Daniel Odeesho, April Sio


Room 14 Shiloh Cowan, Fuatau Akaroa

Room 15 Mercy Uia, Lorenzo Sautia

Room 16 Riley Hunt, Evania Shijo


Room 18 Francesco Foronda , Kezia Jinu

Room 19 Finau Kautai, Bass Tuala

Room 20


Room 17

Room 21 Brice Eseloma, Joseph Mata’afa

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Room 6 Keilani Ngan Woo Matoha, Hadassah Fruean

Room 7 Aaliyah Lemalu, Angelina Mulipola

Room 8 Delylah Alisi Aiono, Anatasia Sole

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