Newsletter Wk3 16 May 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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Christ's commandment of love John 13:31-33, 34-35 is not new to us. We've heard it before many times and yet it still continues to challenge us anew to live out in our daily lives.

Christ says, 'I will not be with you much longer.' He is preparing his disciples for his going away. In giving his new commandment to love one another just as He has loved us, he is saying that his presence will always be with us because where there is love there is God. In seeing love lived out in us as his disciples of this generation others will see Christ living and active in us and know who we are and who it is we follow.

The essence of God is love and God cannot but transmit love. This farewell address by Jesus instructs us to love one another. We are asked to transmit this love to others because we have been gifted with a relationship with him. By showing love we are revealing God to the world.

This love is not a sentimental feeling. We witness to this love by who we are, what we do with our lives and how we treat others. We are invited to reflect and to open our hearts to see: How are we relating to those around us, with ourselves and with God?

Sacramental Meeting/Liturgy for families of Year 4 children will be at 6pm Tuesday, 17th May in the church.

On Wednesday 10 May we all enjoyed celebrating our first whole school Mass at 9.00am and this week we look forward to the Harinui Team celebrating a Liturgy with Father Andrew on Wednesday 17 May at 2.00pm This is a new initiative that we are undertaking with our Junior Classes as we help them to grow and deepen their understanding of the teachings of the Church.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Welcome to Anti Bullying Week where we will be discussing the different types of behaviour and forms of bullying. Everyone needs to understand that bullying can take many different forms: verbal, physical, mental, emotional, cultural, racial and internet abuse.

Our children need to grow up in a society knowing that no bullying is acceptable and it should not be tolerated. We need to become people who celebrate the uniqueness of all individuals and acknowledge that everyone is made in the image and likeness of God and should be treated accordingly.

Remember, He Kōtuinga mahi iti, he hua pai-ā-rau. - small ripples create big waves.

If everybody says something, we can change everything. When the whole school community, students, staff and whanau work together to address bullying, positive ongoing change happens.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Welcome to Our Place

Haeremai ki te Kura o te Katorika o te Ripeka Tapu

This week we welcome Alba Jefferson into our school. We know she will grow to reach her full potential in all areas and be a student that is a true reflection of our school

No Uniform Day - Friday 20th May

On Friday 20 May we will have a Pink Dress Up / Down Day ( No Uniform Day) to show we all support Bullying Free New Zealand. Children may wear clothing to school in the colour pink to acknowledge they support anti - bullying.

We will all continue to keep our school Bullying Free by speaking up to make positive ongoing change to behaviour we do not like.

Student Teachers

This week we also welcome two students from Auckland University, Miss Awatea Mackie who will be in Room 18 with Mr Bryan ‘Ofamo’oni and Miss Florance Sene who will be in Room 1a with Mrs Judith Fromont.

We hope they will enjoy their time here with us and will learn and grow from this experience in our school.

Duffy Book for Mother's Day

We are pleased to present this book to Mrs Louise Hale who has been very supportive and helpful with our Saturday Rugby Teams that are playing under the Papatoetoe Rugby Club. We truly appreciate all your assistance.

Scholastic Book Orders

Thank you to all the families who support the Scholastic Book Club. When you purchase books we get a percentage of the money returned to the school which allows us to purchase books for classrooms and the library.

Please continue to place your orders using the guidelines for the online system outlined below.

  • 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 closing date (30 May 2022).

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

Winter Uniforms

It is compulsory to wear the correct winter uniform from today Monday 16th May. This is a requirement of the school and all parents/ guardians agreed to the uniform policy when you enrolled your child / children at our school.

We ask for your continued support in this and ask that you ensure your children wear our school uniform correctly and with pride.

PE Uniform

All children from Years 3 - 8 must have the correct PE uniform at school everyday as they are expected to change for their PE lessons and sports training. This is essential this term as we are doing gymnastics and winter sports.

The PE uniform is a pair of plain black shorts that are available from Kmart, The Warehouse and Postie Plus with the school PE shirt available in the School Uniform shop for $34.00 each. Please label these items of clothing as children often misplace their belongings when they are getting changed.

Please remember to phone the School Office on 09 2788224 to make an appointment to purchase uniform.

Secondhand Uniforms

If you have any second hand uniforms that you wish to donate to the school we would be grateful. We are looking for girls’ winter tunics or girls’ summer dresses in good condition. The uniforms would be for families in need and any donations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Whole School Assemblies

There will be no full school assemblies until Monday 13 June.

Syndicate Teams and teachers will present their weekly Principal Awards to ensure students are acknowledged for their hard work and achievements.

Education Outside the Classroom

This week both the Year 5 and 6 teams will be visiting the Stardome Observatory in connection with their current Science topic.

Winter Sports Exchange

There are NO sports exchange games this week.

Auckland Netball Competition Begins this Week

The netball teams will be transported by bus straight after school. Parents must collect their children from the netball courts immediately after their child’s game as we DO NOT provide buses after netball. Thank you. Details of the games for tomorrow night are as follows:

HCS Y8 Blue vs Clendon Park Y8 Panthers at 4:00 pm on Court 3

HCS Y8 Red vs St Cuthbert’s Y8 2M at 6:00 pm on Court 20

HCS Y7 Blue vs Bucklands Beach Y7 Gold at 5:00 pm on Court 1

HCS Y7 Red vs Diocesan Y7C at 5:00 pm on Court 5

Barbarian's Fun Day

Congratulations to the 23 boys and girls who attended this day yesterday. We were delighted that our assigned Barbarian Player, Daryl Williams who played for the Hurricanes and Manu Samoa was also an old boy of our school. Special thanks to Mr Bryan 'Ofamo’oni and Mr Sherwin Stowers for giving up their Sunday to accompany our teams.

Term 2 Entry Level WATERPOLO HAVE A GO sessions (FREE)

Who: Any year 5-8 Students

Where: Manurewa Aquatic Centre, Sykes Rd, Manurewa

Where: Fridays 5.45 - 6.45pm, every week during Term 2 (except 3 June)

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

It is FREE - NO Cost

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

Enrolments for 2023

Please ensure all children who are turning five in 2023 are enrolled as we will be reviewing our waiting list in July. We already have a large number of children on the waiting list for next year so the sooner you enrol your child, the better.

Our roll is almost at capacity (600 students) for 2022 with no available spaces and therefore enrolments received now will be placed on the waiting list.

School Lunches

Lunch orders need to be given to the classroom teacher NO LATER THAN on Thursday 19/5/22 so that our PTFA volunteers can be ready for Friday.Lesina Fonoimoana and Magdalene Smith are rostered on for Friday 20/5/22.

Please ensure that your child’s lunch order is written on the front of an envelope and has the correct money inside. Below is the lunch order menu. Please note that we have discontinued the quiche option.

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Scholastic Book Club

This week your child will receive the latest book club offer and we encourage families to follow the procedure and order online. It is quick and convenient and your books will still be delivered to school.

See below the guidelines for online ordering.

  • 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 (30 May 2022)

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


R1 Josiah Uia, Keon Sa’u

R4 Serah Binphin, Edward Sakopo

R5 Amaris Tala’imanu, Godwin Karimpil-Renso


R4A Adon Shijo, Faith Fetalaiga

R9 John Matoha, Emmanuel Aiono-Ioane

R10 Mayson Ofakineiafu, Leo Leatuavao


R1A Jake Jinomon, Kitana Laupola

R2 Kamryn Etuale, Nora Sanday

R3 Devyn-Paige Masoe, Jessa Sajan

Te Matauranga

R11 Kyro Kolio-Kalolo, Manu Tukula

R12 Isla Fa’aui, Ford Te’o

R13 Khloe Iefata-Ngapoko, Lagi Enesi


R14 Edward Pritchard, Savineah Matai

R15 Finau Kautai, McCayla King

R16 Tupou Hausia, Daniel Moredo


R18 Faimanifo Collins, Devonte McCormick - Fonoimoana

R19 April Davis, Milan Leaupepetele

R20 Tiare Sialaoa, Joshua Collins


R17 Lamona Soakai, Osteen Fruean

R21 Tamsyn Jenkins, Joseph Mata’afa

R22 Kobey Jones-Ofisa, Joseva Huni


R6 Kimora Togiamana, Caralene Mafi

R7 Aijah Tupou, Nirvana Yusif

R8 Daisy Mateo Halafihi, Seini Stanley