Newsletter Wk6 7th June 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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Happy Pentecost everyone! Let’s celebrate the birthday of the Church!

'As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.'

After saying this he breathed on them and said:

'Receive the Holy Spirit....'

Remember that we are beloved sons and daughters of God. Come now and let’s rejoice in God’s unconditional love. Christ commissions each one of us as we hear in Sunday’s Gospel from John 20:19-23

In the Spirit may we work for a deeper understanding and acceptance of one another. May we be active in healing divisions. May all we do and say be influenced by the Spirit. Blessings on your week.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

I trust you have all enjoyed the long weekend with an extra day to rest and revitalise yourselves ready for the second half of the term. We are very aware of the viruses and bugs that are circulating and we have seen many in our school and community struggling with ongoing sickness. For this reason we are still encouraging both staff and students to wear masks as we head into the cold and flu season.

Please report all absences to the school office or on the School App as we always follow up if a child is absent and this is very time consuming when we have a large number of students absent.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


What's On This Week

  • Tuesday 7th June Intermediate Rugby South West Zone

  • Wednesday 8th June Year 5 & 6 Rugby League Tournament Intermediate Rugby South West Zone

  • Thursday 9th June Year 5 & 6 Sports Exchange at Papatoetoe East School.
    Games at Papatoetoe East: Netball A&B, Rugby Open, Girls Soccer
    Games at Holy Cross: Netball C&D, Boys Soccer A & B
    Junior Chess Tournament at Everglade
    Te Matauranga Stardome Trip 10.00am - 2pm

  • Friday 10th June School ONLY Event to Farewell for Mr Young

A Farewell to Mr Young

This Friday, the school will farewell Mr Young with a Mass and some cultural items.

We were not able to hold this event earlier due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are delighted that some of the Senior Cultural groups will be able to perform for him.

Unfortunately, this is a SCHOOL ONLY event due to a number of restrictions and we apologise that parents and caregivers will NOT be able to attend.

The cultural groups will perform later in the year for our school community.

School Lunches

Please note there will be NO school lunch orders for Friday 10 June).

Parent Whanau Maths Workshops

It was great to see you at our workshops last week. Feedback has been very positive.

Our next workshops are on Wednesday 16 June. While there will NO LONGER be any 9am sessions, however we will continue with 1.30pm and 5.30pm sessions.

Have a great week. See you next week!

Enrolments for 2023

If you have a child turning 5 in 2023 or know of families or friends wishing to enrol their child in our school for 2023 they need to get their completed applications in by the end of this term, Friday 8 July.

We will be reviewing our waiting list 2023 rolls during the holidays and confirming places by the end of August. Enrolment forms are available in the school office or on the website.

Samoan Language Week Thank You

Sincere thanks to our Samoan teachers and students in our school who wholeheartedly shared their culture with our school community last week. We were able to learn some phrases, songs and prayers in Samoan and during breaks there were opportunities to do Siapo Patterns, make Ula, Pale fuiono, seis, create Tatau lima designs as well as House teams practising milimili’s. It was a wonderful week and as always I think the highlight was the Samoan Assembly. This was followed by the beautiful sapasui and rice after which everyone enjoyed a panikeke.

Special thanks to the team of parents who organised and prepared the lunch for our students. It is a mammoth task and is always carried out willingly, without any problems and we truly appreciate all the work you do to give our children these valuable experiences,

I believe we are truly blessed to be able to share in the cultures of our families. It deepens our understanding as well as encouraging our students to be proud of their heritage and ensures their culture is kept alive.

Hall Spring Clean

Sincere thanks to members of the Samoan Community, the hospitality group and the school community who gave up their time on Saturday to give our hall facilities a good deep clean before it reopens this week. We know everyone will enjoy the use of this facility and we ask that all groups ensure it is left clean and tidy.

KidsCan Jackets

We have also noticed a number of our students without suitable coats or jackets to keep them warm and dry and so this week we will be distributing jackets which have been donated by KidsCan Charitable Trust.

Students are to keep these jackets so please make sure you name them clearly so they do not get lost. The jackets that have been given to our school are quite large so we will give them to our Years 3 - 7 students who require them first.

School Jackets - $30.00 each

We also have some smaller size school jackets sizes 5 - 6, 7 - 8 and 9 - 10 for sale in the uniform shop. These have been reduced to $30.00 each if anyone wishes to purchase one of these.

Winter Uniform

Every child should be in the correct winter school uniform which should be worn with pride. All parents and guardians agreed to their child wearing the correct uniform and we are asking that you ensure your child is dressed correctly.

We do not allow jewellery or nail polish and expect all children to obey these rules.

A major area of concern is the incorrect Physical Education uniform. All students from Years 3 - 8 are expected to have a school PE shirt and plain black shorts. These can be purchased from K-Mart, The Warehouse or Postie Plus.

PE Uniforms are not to be worn to or from school as all students are expected to change into their school uniform before they leave at 2.50pm. The only exceptions are the netball or rugby teams that train after school. Thank you for supporting us in this matter and if you have any concerns please contact me.

Auckland Netball for Year 7 and Year 8 Tuesday 7 June 2022

Below is the draw for the Years 7 & 8 teams for Tuesday 31st May 2022

HCS Y8 Blue vs Diocesan School for Girls 8A at 4.00pm on Court 4

HCS Y8 Red vs Glendowie Y8 Mini Mystics 8B at 4.00pm on Court 1

HCS Y7 Blue vs Livewires Y7 at 6.00pm on Court 5

HCS Y7 Red vs Somerville Int Flash at 6.00pm on Court 3

Free Friday Water Polo Have A go Sessions!!

Cross students down at Manurewa Pools on Friday evenings making the most of this free opportunity to learn basic waterpolo skills! Great to see our parents poolside too.

Who: Any year 5-8 Students

Where: Manurewa Aquatic Centre, Sykes Rd, Manurewa

Where: Fridays 5.45 - 6.45pm, every week during Term 2

What: Have a go at Waterpolo - Club coaches will involve athletes in a skills training session with the aim to build to playing games.

The cost is FREE!

Bring togs and towel and a drink bottle.

Please Note: Waterpolo is played in 2m deep water. It is important that athletes are confident in not being able to touch the bottom. Some swimming ability is helpful.

For further information or with any questions, please contact Margaret or Shimera

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.