Newsletter Wk8 21 March 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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Our Gospel passage on Sunday is taken from Luke 13:1-9 and has a man who owned a vineyard talking things over with the man who looked after the vineyard. The owner wanted the barren fig tree on the property to be pulled out of the ground but the gardener convinced him to persevere with the tree for one more year. Thank goodness that conversation happened. This parable is reassuring for us as we continue our Lenten journey. Jesus will not give up on us. The invitation is not to give up on ourselves or on other people.

Talking things over may seem futile and painful sometimes but it is worth persevering to achieve a fruitful and constructive outcome rather than a destructive one.

Blessings on your week ahead.

Friday 25 March is the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord

On Friday, the Pope has asked that we the people of Aotearoa New Zealand unite in prayer for the conversion of hearts for peace in our world and an end to the war in Ukraine. Bishop Stephen Lowe, the Bishop of Auckland said visiting a church next Friday would be a show of solidarity. “All over Ukraine, people are having to flee their homes because of the war. Leaving our homes here in Aotearoa New Zealand to go to our local church to pray on this special day would very much be showing solidarity to the people having to leave their homes in Ukraine. We will be praying for those who have been wounded or killed. We will be praying for those who care for the wounded. We will be praying for those who have suddenly become refugees and for those that care for them. And we will pray that the Russian leadership and soldiers may have a change of heart."

“This is the season of Lent, which is about the change, the conversion of the heart. Christ calls us to love our enemies and to embrace each other as brothers and sisters. And as we pray for Ukraine we also remember those caught in other conflicts, including Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere.”

Extracts from Bishop Steve Lowe

On Friday for the Feast of the Annunciation, individual classes and syndicates will have a time of prayer to pray for world peace and remember that the season of Lent is about change and a conversion of heart.

Welcome to Our Place

This week we welcome the following students into our school. We know they will grow to reach their full potential in all areas and be students that are a true reflection of our school: Rurick Gonsalves, Bradley Coward-Ramsay.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

I trust everyone was glad that they didn’t have to deal with the extremely wet weather yesterday to get their children to school. Unfortunately it wasn’t the same for the staff who all attended the Teacher Only Day on Maori Spirituality which was led by Manuel Beazley who works as a Vicar for Maori at Catholic Diocese of Auckland.

This day was our second professional development day on Maori Spirituality and was both beneficial and valuable for all our staff and this will be beneficial to your children as we will develop some resources from this day and include them in our Local curriculum.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Our Condolence and Sympathy

Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Our prayers and sympathy are extended to Miss Pat Helsham and her family at the passing of their beloved Mother, Mary Helsham. Mary has been a loyal and devoted member of both our School and the Parish Community for well over 50 years. She has worked tirelessly supporting many people in numerous ways and will be greatly missed by the Holy Cross Community.

May she rest in peace.

Our sympathy and prayers are also extended to Mrs Donna Leaupepe and her family at the passing of her beloved mother-in-law over the weekend. May she rest in peace.

Catholic Church Aotearoa Feedback Form

Haere mai, Talofa lava, Maligayang pagdating, Malo e lelei, Hwan yeong, Bienvenido, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Bienvenue, and Welcome!

Pope Francis has asked the question of ‘how we journey together’. The purpose is to ‘listen to the questions, concerns and hopes of every church, people and nation'.

We'd like to hear from you! People of all backgrounds are invited to contribute.

Completing this feedback form takes about five minutes and your input will feed into a diocesan/regional paper on how we as a Church and as Catholics 'journey together', which then informs a paper to the Vatican.

Covid 19 Pandemic

We are really encouraged by the increasing number of students we now have returning to school, but we are still being cautious and ensuring we maintain our safe practices

  • Hand Sanisting

  • Mask Wearing Year 3 - 8

  • Social Distancing

  • Keeping in our Bubbles

  • Isolating when there are household contacts

  • Staying home if we feel unwell or have symptoms

Thank you for your ongoing support in this area and for continuing to report any contacts or positive cases.

Yellow Contact Forms

Please ensure these are returned by Friday 25 March 2022 as we still have some contact details missing from our database.

We would also remind families to ensure that details are updated if any changes occur. It is also vitally important that the school is informed if you wish to allow your child to be collected by any person who is not listed on your form as a contact.

McAuley High School 2023 Enrolments

Enrolments for 2023 for Year 9 are now open. The closing date for non-preference applications will close at the end of Term 1 (14/4/22)

Enrolments for preference students will close at the end of Term 2 (8/7/22).

To obtain an enrolment pack, please collect one from Holy Cross School Office. You can also download the forms from McAuley’s website McAuley High School - Enrolment (scroll to the bottom). For more information please contact McAuley High School on 09 276-8715.

Enrolments for De La Salle College for 2023

De La Salle College is now accepting enrolments for 2023. Please go to their website to download the enrolment form or alternatively call into their School Office to collect an enrolment pack.

You may also phone the enrolment officer on 09 276-4319 Ext 816 to make further enquiries.

School Attendance Dues and Special Catholic Character Contribution

Every family should have received their Attendance Dues account. The invoices were emailed to parents last week. Please note that this account reflects the total amount due for the year.

Attendance Dues can be paid each term or through regular automatic payments each week into our school BNZ account 02-0232-0158405-97.

The Special Catholic Character Contribution is a one off payment of $50.00 per child per year.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact Helen Peri by telephoning the school office on 09 2788224 or email

School Stationery Payment Due

Thank you to all the families who have paid their stationery account. The cost of stationery this year is $15.00 per child across all year levels it is due by 31 March 2022.

You may pay at the School Office by cash or EFTPOS or by Internet banking into our School ASB account. Please use your child’s name and ‘Stationery’ as the reference .

The account is: ASB 12-3028-0484186-00

If you wish, you can send the stationery money to school with your child. Please ensure the money is in an envelope with your child's name on it. It should be given to their classroom teacher.

Scholastic Book Club Orders

The children have received the latest catalogue and we are encouraging all parents to use the online ordering system and then the books will be delivered to the school.

The last day for all orders is Tuesday 5 April so you will get your books before the holidays.

  • Simply grab your Book Club Catalogue

  • Register your details

  • Select your school and your child's class

  • Add your child's first name & last initial (so the school knows who the book is for)

  • Enter the item number from the Book Club catalogue

  • All orders are sent directly to the school for submission to Scholastic. Books will still be delivered to your child's classroom if you order by the close date

  • Afterwards, there's no need to return paper order forms or payment receipt details back to your school!

Calling all scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians – we need your help!

Some of our students will be taking part in the Wonder Project Rocket Challenge next term. It’s an amazing programme designed to get young Kiwis excited about STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The programme pairs STEM professionals with teachers to deliver the challenge and we need more volunteers to help our kids design, build and launch water rockets! See how much fun it is here

Keen to help? It only requires 1 hour a week for 6–8 weeks during Term 2, either online or in their classroom if possible. The Wonder Project team provides everything we need so you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to guide our students on the Rocket Challenge. We are looking for passionate and committed professionals working in STEM fields who want to make a real difference – and inspire wonder in the minds of young people in their community.

Register online at

sKids Holiday Programme for the Holidays

The sKids holiday programme will run from 19th - 29th April 2022 and will be held at Papatoetoe South School, 58A Milan Road, Papatoetoe.

You will find information about the programme in the image below. For information about booking please phone

09 576 6602 / 0800 274 172 or email
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School Roll and Waiting Lists

We are constantly monitoring and reviewing these lists and so I encourage you to make sure you have enrolled your children for 2023 and 2024.

If you have any family or friends who wish to join our school please remind them to get their enrolments completed as soon as possible for all levels within the school.

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: James Fifita

Arohanui: Telesia Mulipola, Ezekiel Ah-Lung, Marvel Paese, Otiana Anitele’a

Te Matauranga: Eliyana Hunt, Sioeli Samiu, Immanuel Faitua, Hila’atu Tuli

Tumanako: Michael Sautia, Shiloh Cowan, Callix Resma, Isabelle Maharaj-Bennett,

Elisabeth Latu, Dominick Ah-Chong

Manaakitanga: Taye Kyd, Genevia Singh

Atawhai: Kristal Pelenato, Fisaiah-Xanthus Fa’afiti, Lucius Mataia, Katya Jajika, Israel Kelly, Jessiah Vaaga

Rangimarie: Kadian Polamalu-Toalima, Tiane Coward-Maloni, Lyric Matapo, Kaiarahi Kingi, Delylah Alisi Aiono Maliko, Jaesynn-Ree Fatialofa