Newsletter Wk11 11 April 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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This is a wonderful season packed to the brim with meaningful ceremonies that bring us to reflect on the mystery of God’s love. Easter is the time after 40 days (hopefully) of a new spiritual discipline, to evaluate and meditate on our own imperfections and stand in awe of the radical love of God who died to set us free. It’s an awe-inspiring mystery. Our children will be embracing Holy Week with liturgies and the Stations of the Cross at school. Please engage with your children and as a family pray together during this special week. Check out what the parish has to offer.

May we enter into this week, renewing our own hope and trust in the one who continues to save us and our World.

Christ Crucified, have mercy on us.

Blessings during this Holy Week.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Yes, we have made it to the end of a challenging, unpredictable but very exciting and rewarding term. We continue to be proud of all our students and their achievements throughout this term. Every child will have something they can be proud of whether it be Taha Whanau (social and relational well being), Taha Wairua (spiritual well being),Taha Hinengaro (mental and emotional well being) or Taha Tinana (physical well being). We need to continue to nurture our whole selves to ensure everyone’s well being is intact.

For many of our students who were faced with isolation their biggest need when returning to school was Taha Whanau. They had missed the connection with their peers and the relationship they develop at school through social connections.

Over the holidays, please take time to reset and refresh as we are hoping that Term 2 will be a term where we can fully experience all the activities that make our school a place where we all Learn and Grow in Christ.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


End of Term 1 & Beginning of Term 2

School Closes next Thursday 14 April at 2.50pm for Easter and the School Holidays.

Term 2 starts on Monday 2 May 2022.

Mana Kidz - School Nurse Forms

Last week every child received a form regarding visits to the school nurse. These only had to be returned if you did not want your child to see the nurse. We have had a large number returned and they are on file so if you accidentally returned this, please contact the office so we can remove it. The service provided by the school nurse is excellent and she will always follow up with the parents if she sees any child.

Mahi Tahi - Transition to School

It has been encouraging to see so many of our future Year 0’s attending our pre-school sessions and visiting their classrooms prior to starting next term. Our last session will be on Wednesday 13 April 9.00am - 10.00 and we look forward to seeing all of our Term 2 intake there. School visits will continue next term for those children starting in Term 3.

Hopefully, when we move to Orange Traffic Lights, we will be able to resume our pre-school sessions for those children who are 4 years old and will be coming to our school next year.

Duffy Books

Children will receive 2 Duffy books on Thursday 14th April so that they will have something exciting to read over the holidays.

Calling all Scientists

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 maths. The programme pairs scientists and engineers with teachers to deliver the challenge and we need more volunteers to help our kids design, build and launch water rockets!

Keen to help? It only requires 1 hour a week for 6–8 weeks during Term 2. 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 STEM professionals who are working in, or have worked in science and engineering, who want to make a real difference – and inspire wonder in the minds of young people in their community.

Ambassadors in action

Register online at


Our netball trials have been completed and we will be naming the teams before the end of term.

This year, due to a shortage of coaches, we will only be having two teams at each level. If there is anyone else who is willing to coach or manage a team, please email our netball co-ordinator Mrs Janice Pili at

Year 8 A Ahriel Siluuga Year 8 B Nola Lucre

Year 7 A Janice Pili Year 7 B Julie Paul

Year 6 A Janice Pili Year 6 B Shaun Ginders

Year 5 A Leota - Tuia Year 5 B Micaela Ginders

Year 4 George Latu


Thank you to all the families who have paid their stationery account for 2022. This was due last Friday and if you still have not paid the $15.00, please do so by Thursday 14 April at the office or by AP to our ASB account using your child’s name and ‘Stationery’ as the reference. The account is: ASB 12-3028-0484186-00

If there is any problem with this please email

Attendance Dues

Attendance Dues are expected to be paid in full by the end of each term unless you are using automatic payments, which we strongly encourage families to set up. Thank you to all of our families who have made the necessary arrangements for these payments.

School Gates Open 8.15am and Close at 3.15pm

We are concerned over the arrival and departure times of some of our students. The gates open at 8.15am and prior to that your children are your responsibility. Teachers may be on site but they are preparing for the day or attending meetings and are not supervising the students who arrive very early. These numbers have increased considerably over the last few weeks and some students are now being dropped off early and are then wandering off down the road to the local dairy.

Unfortunately the same is occurring in the afternoon when children are picked up after 3.15pm and there is no one supervising them. The afternoon problem is more easily solved as we do have SKIDS after school care available for families who are unable to pick up their children due to work commitments. We encourage parents to consider this service especially with the winter terms coming on.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support as we only want to ensure the safety of all our students at all times.

Winter Uniforms

Please phone the school office to a booking if you wish to purchase winter uniforms.

You may make an appointment for Thursday 28th and Friday 29th April from 8.30am - 2pm to purchase a winter uniform.

All children will need to be in the correct winter uniform by Monday 16 May. Plain black leather shoes are the compulsory regulation footwear at our school. We do not allow sandshoes, sport shoes or boots.

Years 7 & 8 Food Technology

Congratulations to the Year 7 & 8 girls who are now our Food Kit Experts.

Last Thursday, as the final assignment of their Food Technology unit, they had to take home their designed, tried, planned and packed “Our Food Kit ” and prepare a meal for their families.

The photographs and comments shared by many families confirmed its success and affirmed that their daughters were capable chefs.

Sincere thanks to Mrs Betty Ryan and her assistant Mr Taani Samani and the teachers in Rangimarie who encouraged and supported the girls as they undertook this creative and most worthwhile learning task.

ANZAC Poppies

This year Anzac Day will be celebrated in the holidays so we will be supporting the Returned Servicemen's Association by having poppies available for a gold coin donation this week. We will have these at the school gates in the mornings and afternoons until Thursday.

Food Parcels

Sincere thanks to our Rangimarie Team for their Lenten Food Bank Appeal. From their efforts and the support of our families, BOT and the PTFA, we have been able to prepare 45 food boxes to distribute in our community. This has been the benefit of our fasting and almsgiving as part of our Lenten preparations.

Auckland Transport - Cancellation of School Bus Services

Changes to school buses will be implemented from Term 2 (2nd May 2022).

The following services will be cancelled from 2nd May 2022 and will no longer serve the school.

  • 002(Morning )- Mangere Bridge Shops To Seventh Day Adventist Primary.

  • 003(Morning )- Mangere Bridge Shops To Holy Cross School (Papatoetoe).

  • 004(Afternoon)- Seventh Day Adventist Primary To Mangere Bridge Shops

Thank you for all your ongoing support and cooperation throughout this term. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at school refreshed and ready to embrace the new term and all that it will hold. I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Wishing you all a Blessed and Holy Easter and may the Risen Christ strengthen and glorify us all.

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: Peyton Mahani, Theodora Polath, Laulu, Alexis, Mathew, Dion

Aroha: Katina Ioane, Elijah-Brooklyn Cocker, Jax Matai, Lachlan Mataia, Mayson Ofakineiafu, Adelina Tauga

Arohanui: Yalayna Falemoe, Ayven Meredith, ‘Amelia Fifita, Juneva Guilas, Jermaine Sanele

Alexis Akaroa

Te Matauranga: Israel Fruean, Ani Moala, Julius Faifili,Tateama Vainikolo

Tumanako: Olivia Younis, Dante Nantei, Jewel Aby, Elizabeth Latu

Manaakitanga: Christina Tauga, Riley Maxwell, Kally Leota-Tuia, Yachvili Falemoe

Atawhai: Andreus Oraha, Piho Ahovelo, Masi Esekielu, Tallyn Isaia, Felise Falepuvava, Elizabeth Tupou

Rangimarie: Judith Moors, Zoe Karena, Emily-Alice Feao, June-Maria Penei, Angelina Mulipola, Leandra Natoealofa