Newsletter Wk6 29 August 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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In Sunday’s Gospel, Luke: 14:1, 7-14, Jesus invites us to guard against seeking honour and notoriety. We can convince ourselves that this is not a concern for us but after examination we’d have to admit that sometimes we are seeking some kind of recognition and importance. If something we have done well goes unnoticed we can feel hurt and unappreciated too. The Gospel speaks and has relevance to what is going on inside of us. A lesson for us is that it is important to be aware of the contribution and generosity of people around us and to acknowledge that contribution. However, it is important too not to seek out that recognition if our own contribution goes unnoticed and unsung.

'For everyone who exalts themselves will be humbled, and the ones who humble themselves will be exalted'.

Christ goes on to say that it is important for us to be friends of the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind, all those who have been humbled by their particular circumstances and are powerless regarding some aspects of their lives. Our friendship is based on mutuality rather than what we can get out of other people or how we can use them for our own benefit. Being aware and accepting of our own limitations and disabilities will help us grow in humility and nurture an affirming compassionate heart for others. God’s Blessings on your week.

Father Andrew Overseas

Father Andrew will be overseas from the end of this week until the beginning of next term so we will not be having weekly Masses or liturgies for individual syndicate teams. We will have our usual whole school Masses for our Feast Day and the end of term and we will also have a school liturgy to celebrate our founders, the Mercy Sisters.

We wish Father Andrew an enjoyable and safe trip and a well deserved break.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

This term is halfway behind us as we enter Week 6, September is almost here and we celebrate the coming of Spring.

Facts about Spring

Spring. Kōanga is the Māori word for Spring

  • It includes the word 'kō', a digging implement: spring is the time to dig the soil. Spring begins on the Vernal Equinox.

  • The word Vernal means Spring in Latin while Equinox is the Latin word for equal days. On the first day of Spring the hours of daylight and night are almost equal, with daylight being slightly longer. In Spring the days are getting longer and warmer

  • During Spring the Earth’s axis is tilted toward the sun which causes the length of daylight to increase and the temperature increases too.

In Spring flowers grow faster and bloom.

  • Plants respond to temperature and light. Increased temperatures as well as day length have a major influence on the growth and flowering of many plant species.

In Spring animals have babies.

  • Spring is the time when their newborns have the best chance of survival due to mild weather and food abundance.

In Spring baby birds learn to sing.

  • Songbirds learn to sing by hearing their species’ song when they are young and during the first stage of learning they babble more or less like human infants do.

Spring in Aotearoa

  • In the southern hemisphere Spring begins on 1 September and ends 30 November

Spring at Holy Cross Catholic School sees everyone working hard and striving to achieve their targets in Reading, Writing and Mathematics as well as the many other events we will undertake before the end of term.

This week we will have the following extra curricular activities taking place

  • Years 3 - 6 continuing with their weekly swimming lessons.

  • Rooms 4 and 5 are visiting the Papatoetoe Community Gardens on Wednesday.

  • The school band will participate in the band competition on Thursday night, 1 September at Auckland Girls Grammar School

  • Our Year 7 & 8 Netball team is almost ready to embark on the AIMS Tournament in Tauranga from Sunday 4 September to 9 September

  • A group of 20 Year 7 & 8 girls will attend the Hunua Sports Camp from Monday 5 September - 9 September

  • Teachers will undertake two days of Professional Development

DMiC Mathematics within our school on Thursday and Hauora - Well being with our Kahui Ako on Friday.


Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Welcome to our Place

We welcome the following student to our school community during the past month and we hope they will enjoy their time here as they journey with us Learning and Growing in Christ: Matilda Smith.

Hall Carpark

Thank you to those people who are making an effort to ensure the safety of all our children when you are dropping off and collecting your own children. The car park by the hall is being repaired and repainted over the holiday break and the entry and exit will be made more visible. There will also be four car parks allocated for the Parish to ensure there are car parks for Parish visitors and Priests who come to officiate at Masses, funerals and weddings.

Attendance Dues

Please ensure that you are up to date with your Attendance Dues and that all automatic payments are at a level to meet the required amount that is due each term. If you have any queries please see Helen Peri 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.

Stationery Accounts

Thank you to the parents who have paid this account. The stationery accounts should be paid by the end of Term 3. The account for this year was $15.00 per child, excluding overnight camps.

Food Bank

If there are any families in need of some additional food we have a small number of Food Parcels available. Please contact Siueli our SWIS worker or the School Office to arrange for collection.

Upcoming Events

Class Photographs

On Wednesday 31 August we are having our class photographs taken. They will begin at 8.45 with the staff photo and they will be arranged to ensure the classes going swimming will be photographed prior to their swimming lessons.

Please make sure your child is in the correct uniform for their photographs.

Rock Shop Bandquest

Our school band will be performing on Thursday 1 September at Auckland Girls Grammar in the Dorothy Winstone Theatre. If you would like to attend this performance tickets are available at the door, Adults $15.00, Students $10.00 and children under 6 are free. (EFTPOS is available.)

The performances start at 6.30pm and should be finished about 9.00pm.

NO Netball for Years 4 - 6 Teams

There will be NO netball games on Thursday 1st September for Years 4 - 6 netball teams as we have two Teacher Only Days this week on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September.

Reminder Teacher ONLY Days

School is closed on Thursday 1st September and Friday 2nd September for TEACHER ONLY DAYS.


During the whole month of September, our Vicar for Māori, Manuel Beazley has set us all a challenge to say the Sign of the Cross in Te Reo Māori every time we sign ourselves.

“Ki te ingoa o te Matua, o te Tamaiti, o te Wairua Tapu. Āmene.”

Will you take up the challenge? Scanning the QR will take you to a pronunciation guide. Visit to get the social media graphics to upload to your feeds to show that you are taking up the challenge.

Correct School Uniform

Thank you to all the parents, caregivers and whanau who have given this their urgent attention. We are still concerned that a number of children are not wearing their ties and have incorrect footwear and socks.

All children from Year 0-6 are to wear knee length navy socks and black leather / waterproof shoes, not basketball boots. Year 7 & 8 girls are allowed to wear white ankle socks that need to be visible, not the low riding sports socks.

We have plenty of socks and ties available in the uniform shop.

The Tri Annual Board of Trustees Elections

Please ensure you return your voting papers by Wednesday 7 September by 4pm as this is the closing time. Postal Votes will be accepted up until the 12 September.

Daffodil Day - Pjama Day

Thank you to the School Council for initiating this day. The children all participated enthusiastically and enjoyed coming to school in their pyjamas instead of receiving a daffodil when they made their donation. We raised almost $700.00 which we will donate to the Cancer Society. Thank you to you all.

Bingo Evening - Thank you!!

Special thanks to our PTFA who organised the Bingo night last Friday and to all our school community who supported the event. It was a great night and all those who attended had a fun filled enjoyable evening. Special thanks to our Senior Girls and past pupils who acted as the runners as well as helping with the clean up. The money raised will benefit the school and our students, as does all the fundraising the PTFA undertakes.

School Lunches Cancelled

There will be no more school lunch orders on a regular weekly basis. The decisions to stop school lunches had to be made as we are struggling to get volunteers to organise the orders and distribution of lunches and our suppliers are wanting to increase their prices.

The PTFA are looking at alternative ideas and are open to any suggestions.

Please email Donna Leaupepe if you have any ideas and thoughts about school lunches

Auckland Netball Championships

Congratulations to the Year 7 netball team who came second in the Auckland Championships last week. They played well and were just beaten in the final by Henderson Intermediate.

Principal Awards

Congratulations to the following children who received Principal Awards this week.


Room 1 Maverick Wongtung-Komiti, William Knight

Room 4 Edward Sakopo, Poufa Anitelea

Room 5 Eva Naufahu, Telina-Nia Misa


Room 4A Hannah Rammo, Mafua Lolohea

Room 9 Amaris Tala’imanu, Godwin Karimpil Renso

Room 10


Room 1A Alvin Hermez, Ezekiel Ah-Lung

Room 2 Roman Scanlan, Rogan Fotu

Room 3 Devyn-Paige Masoe, Sophie Sole

Te Matauranga

Room 11 Manu Tukula, Irene Wendt-Latu

Room 12 Rebecca Leumaga-Chan, Cullum O’Grady

Room 13 Ahnaslyst Leavaise’eta, Aiden Aiono


Room 14 Tyrone Tafili, Bass Tuala

Room 15 Mercy Uia, Charlie Robertson

Room 16 Harmony Fa’aui, Alani Tuala


Room 17 Liam Niko -Tuifao, Koloti Tangi

Room 21 Fa’afetai Tapelu, Sioeli Bloomfield

Room 22 Keefe Resma, Nathaniel Vili


Room 18 Madison Collins, Henry Peterson

Room 19 Charles Miriau, Mikayla Lindsay

Room 20 Kaiden Eeson, Pafuti Crichton


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Room 8

Catholic Character - McKenzie Phillips-Fawdray R7

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