Newsletter Wk 4 20 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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For all those witnessing on our screens the devastation caused by Cyclone Gabrielle, I am sure your hearts are going out to all the people affected. Our readings on Sunday remind us to love our neighbour as ourselves. Haven't we witnessed that in so many acts of heroism and human kindness over these days? People going beyond the call of duty to ensure people are safe, sheltered and fed to the extent of putting their own lives at risk and in some cases sacrificing their lives in the line of duty. As we look ahead this week to the beginning of Lent let us think, ‘How can I serve my neighbour? How can I be a light in the darkness?’

Blessings on your week 😊

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Welcome to Week 4 2023 and at last, God willing, we will complete a full week at school, our first for the year. After a beautiful summer weekend we hope that this is an indication of the weather we may expect for the next few weeks as we approach Autumn.

We are delighted with the attendance of the majority of our students who are pushing for the goal of 95 -100 % attendance for this term and hopefully the whole of the school year. We are all very aware that high attendance and high achievement go hand in hand and we are asking parents, caregivers and whanau to make this a goal and to encourage their children to value attendance. This year we will be working very closely with our Engagement Worker in Schools who will support families with low attendance and regular lateness.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Ash Wednesday 22 Feb 2023

This week the Year 5 - 8 students will celebrate Ash Wednesday with the parish community at the 9.00am Mass. The year 1 - 4 students will have a liturgy and receive the ashes in the Church at 2pm

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

Please mark this date on your calendars. We look forward to meeting you all and sharing our expectations with you. Parents will have an opportunity to meet the whole staff and then visit their child’s classroom and meet the teacher and other parents who belong to the class.


Unfortunately, there seems to be some cases of COVID in our community and there is no way this can be avoided. If your children have any covid symptoms please test them and if they are positive, they must isolate for 7 days.

If any of your other children have symptoms, they must stay at home and test. If your child has no symptoms and is negative, they may come to school.

Please keep us informed as we need to keep a register of cases.

Daily Reminders

Last week Room 22 presented a very informative assembly reminding students of behaviour expectations and daily requirements for students at our school.

Below are some reminders for all whanau to be aware of:

  • School starts at 8.45 am so children need to be at school by 8.40am to enable them to prepare themselves for the start of the day.

  • All children must wear the correct uniform with pride and this includes a hat.

  • Years 3 and above should have the correct PE uniform (plain black shorts and a school P.E shirt ) at school every day.

  • A book bag needs to come to school everyday.

  • All children need a healthy lunch, no sweets or junk food.

  • We are a water only school and do not allow juice or milk drinks.

  • We all try to live by our School Values of Human Dignity, Compassion, Reconciliation and Service.

Stationery Accounts

Stationery invoices have now been issued to families. The cost of stationery is as follows:

  • Years 1 - 5 stationery is $25.00

  • Year 6 stationery is $25.00 Year 6 Camp is: $100.00

  • Years 7 & 8 stationery and technology will be: $120.00

  • Year 7 Camp will be $200.00

  • Year 8 Camp will be $200.00

We ask that all stationery bills are paid promptly by 31st March. Please note that we pass on all savings to our families for stationery and we do not charge for any of the software licences that our children have access to or for the use of school devices.

Camp fees may be paid in installments but must be paid by:

Year 8 by the end of Term 2

Year 6 and 7 by the end of Term 3.

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.

Attendance Dues

Please ensure you have set up automatic payments or made arrangements to ensure your first term fees are paid by the beginning of April for each child attending our school. This is an obligation you agreed to when you enrolled your child at our school and it is your responsibility to ensure you pay this account by the end of each term. Attendance Dues is $122.00 per child per term for 2023. If you have any issues with this please email myself or Helen Peri at

Please ensure that you pay Attendances into the BNZ account and stationery, trips and camp in the ASB account.

We are unable to access money that is put into the BNZ account as this money goes directly to the diocese for Attendance Dues and the Catholic Special Character.

Mobile Phones

We would like parents, caregivers and whanau to evaluate their child’s current need to bring a mobile phone to school. We fully understand that in some situations it is a necessity but for others it appears to be a distraction. All mobile phones need to be handed in to their teacher when children enter the classroom and must be collected after school.

Before and after school the mobile should remain in the owner's school bag and not be used to take photographs or for playing games.

Book Bags

Thank you to those who have purchased a book bag for their child. All children from Year 0 - 6 must have a book bag at school every day so they are able to take home our school readers, spelling books and library books. This is compulsory as it ensures that resources are protected and it encourages children to look after and return items if they are kept in their book bags. Book bags are available from the office for $4.00 each.

Year 5 & 6 Museum Trip

On Tuesday all of our Year 5 & 6 classes are going to the Auckland War Memorial Museum to further enhance and challenge their learning on their current social science topic, Korero Tukuiho - How Maori remember the past.

Please ensure you have returned their permission slips and read the notices about the trip. Sincere thanks to all our parent helpers who are essential and gratefully appreciated. Sincere thanks for volunteering and for your time.

Year 5 & 6 Swimming Team

Training is every day this week! Children in the squad need to bring their swimming gear to school. Girls and boys train during the school break times.

The Papatoetoe Schools’ Swimming Competition will be held next week on Tuesday 28th February at the Papatoetoe Centennial Pools. Races start at 10am and finish at 12pm. Parents and families are all welcome to attend.

Holy Cross Water Polo

Tuesday training for our Year 7&8 team begins this Tuesday at 1.15pm - 2.15pm at the Manurewa Pools. Mrs Ryan will transport the team in the school van. Girls will need to bring their togs and towel to school every Tuesday this term.

Water Polo games for our Year 7&8 team and Year 5&6 teams start this weekend at Manurewa Pools, Sykes Road on Saturday 25th February, March 11, 18, 25. We wish all our teams well. Any questions contact Mrs Anitelea

Principal Awards


Room 1 Mareko de Jong, Taimanea-Atarangi Potangaroa, Rico Meredith, Acacia Schmidt

Room 4 To'oa Krone, Marvel Tojin

Room 5


Room 1A Kahu-Pounamu Esekielu, Luke Auva'a, Dion Odisho, Katina Ioane

Room 2 Eva Leaupepetele, Josiah Uia, Mafua Lolohea, Roman Collins

Room 3 Avery Pakipaki, Zion Sofele, Joshua Kumitau, Adelina Tauga


Room 4A Apolonia Tikoipau, Evanthia Tufi, Logyn-Reign Masoe, Mason Heketoa-King

Room 9 Alba Jefferson, Telina Misa

Room 10 Eva Naufahu, Anely'Fina Lui, Elisapeta Sole, Anthony Tuimauga

Te Matauranga

Room 11 Nava Misa, Saili Matu,

Room 12 Harrison Te'o, Mary Baba

Room 13 Honor Stowers, Danielson Avei, Pariz Kelly, Ayven Meredith


Room 14 Lazarus Mataia, Savineah Matai, Anitelu Tuli, Madhelyn Solomon-Vaotuua

Room 15 Jerrel Tamali'i, Joseph Brown, Grace Misilei, Roman Matai

Room 16 Daniel Moredo, Elisabeth Latu, TJ Henry, Alani Tuala


Room 18 Dylan Rai, Ariana Tupe, Iyhla Tuala, Nevaeh Uini-Faeva

Room 19 Annbel Boby, Yachvili Falemoe, Marius Georges, Joelle Alex

Room 20 Lionel Yusif, Isabell Maharaj-Bennett


Room 17 Hebron-Johnson Kaleti, Jory Javier, Sophia Fonoimoana, Latai Tikoipau

Room 21 Eclaire Foronda, Eliyana Hunt, Tateama Vainikolo, Lindon Coe

Room 22 Ceejay Lolo, Faamanu Tapelu, Conchita Jennings-Sio, Code-Robinson Avei


Room 6 Neriah Sa'u Tipelu, Ava Vaka, Starla Krone, Ailey Ale

Room 7 Joselle Filipo, McKenzie Phillips-Fawdray, Veronica Maynard, Mili Mary Tojin

Room 8 Amelia Brzozowski, Jernee Mika, Satilofia Maree Segi, Merdith Macdonald

School App

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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.