Newsletter Wk6 21 November 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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On Sunday we celebrated the feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of our liturgical year. We look upon the cross and see Jesus, our own flesh and blood making the ultimate sacrifice for us, the ultimate sacrifice for all broken humanity.

We are familiar with the two thieves crucified with Christ reacting in very different ways in seeing Jesus. Focusing on the good thief, he sees an innocent man who makes him think and reflect on his own life, his own behaviour and the need to make up for what he has done.

His encounter with Christ is a conversion experience. Christ, innocent, condemned and dying enables him to see hope beyond what seems hopeless. He experiences the mercy and presence of God in this broken figure before him and makes an incredible act of faith in addressing Jesus by name and saying ‘Remember me when you come into your kingdom.’

What a wonderful feast day for our Year 4 children who made their 1st Communion. May it be a day they remember always, being welcomed as full members of the Catholic Church. God bless us all this coming week.

Congratulations to Alonzo Pauli who received the Catholic Character Award this week.

First Holy Communion

Yesterday we celebrated First Holy Communion with a group of our Year 4 students. This Mass and celebration was beautiful and a most fitting experience for these young people who have now received four Sacraments - Baptism, Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Communion/ Eucharist. We pray for these young people and their families as they continue to grow and develop on their spiritual journey.

Father Andrew explained that the Eucharist is a gift that keeps giving so if we believe this surely we would want to receive this gift and therefore we would be celebrating the Eucharist as often as possible. It would be lovely to see all the children at Mass each Sunday.

Special thanks to Ms O’Grady, Ms Helsham, Mrs Meredith, Mrs Gass, Mrs Poe, Mr Kaleti and Mrs Tuala who have prepared and supported these students as they have undertaken the Sacramental Programme. Special thanks to Mrs Anitelea and our Year 8 girls who have been the musicians for our celebrations.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

I trust everyone has recovered from a very exciting weekend with the Samoan Rugby League Team playing in the finals against Australia. Unfortunately they did not win but we should still be celebrating this wonderful achievement. To have secured a place in the finals was a great reason to celebrate and it was heartwarming to see so many Samoan flags being raised to support this team.

It is important to remember the journey and the growth everyone undertakes as they seek to be winners. The learning undertaken as people move to the final event is vital for future success and this learning gives them the stamina and determination to face future challenges in life. Whilst winning is rewarding, your increased skill level and attitude builds character for lifelong success whether in an academic, sporting or even a social situation.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Welcome to our Place

We welcome the last of our students Noah Taupo to our school community this week. We hope he will enjoy his time here as he journeys with us Learning and Growing in Christ.

School Roll for 2023 & Catholic Schools Office Survey

Our roll for 2023 is almost complete. We would appreciate it if you could inform the school if your child is not returning next year. Thank you for giving this your urgent attention. We have students on our waiting list who are wanting places at various levels in our school.

Catholic Schools Office Survey for Parents of Year 6 Boys and Year 8 Girls

The Catholic Schools Office has asked us to email a survey to the parents of our Year 6 boys and Year 8 girls. If you received an email on Friday 18th November regarding the survey, please complete it as soon as possible. Here is the survey link.

Dates to Note

The end of the school year is fast approaching so please mark these dates in your calendar:

Wednesday 30 November - Friday 2 December Year 6 Camp

Friday 2 December Thanksgiving Mass at 9am followed by morning tea and a few items performed by the school children. This will be in the hall for the elderly in our Parish.

Thursday 8 December Senior Prizegiving 1pm Years 5 -8.

Tuesday 13 December Graduation For Year 6 Boys and Year 8 Girls 6pm in the Hall

Thursday 15 December Leavers’ Assembly - time to be confirmed

Friday 16 December Final School Mass 11.15am

School Closes on Friday 16 December at 12.30pm straight after Mass.

Students will be dismissed from their classrooms.

Please note:

All children must be collected promptly as there will be no staff on site after 1pm.

Year 7 Camp

Last week our Year 7 students attended camp at Camp Adair in Hunua.

This was a very rewarding experience for both the students, teachers and parents who attended. Special thanks to Mrs Kyd, Mr Ginders, Mrs Kelly and the four parents who went to this camp.

There have been some amazing photographs shared on our facebook page highlighting the various activities the students participated in during the week.

Intermediate Athletics

On Monday the Intermediate girls competed in their School Athletics Day and this week we will be sending a team of girls to the Intermediate Athletics Southwest Zone Tournament. This will be held on Wednesday 23rd November at Papakura. We wish the girls well for this competition.

Papatoetoe Athletics Field Day

The Papatoetoe Athletics Field Day will be held at Omana Park on Tuesday 22nd November. A team of athletes from Year 2 -6 will be attending this day. All children must come to school in their uniform, and they will change into their plain black shorts and will be given a school sports top to wear.

Harinui Team Athletics Day

On Wednesday, 23rd November, the Harinui Syndicate will be having their Athletics at the Papatoetoe Rugby Grounds from 11.30am.

Intermediate Touch Tournament

On Wednesday 9th November, our Intermediate Touch Team competed in the Auckland Championship. The girls played magnificently and I would like to congratulate them for being crowned Auckland Champions! A big thank you to Mr Stowers for coaching the team to such a high standard. The results were as follows:

HCS vs Waiau Pa School 7-0 Won
HCS vs Kelston Int 4-2 Won
HCS vs NorthCross Int 4-1 Won
HCS vs St Kentigerns 9-0 Won

Semi Final
HCS vs Manurewa Int 3-1 Won

HCS vs NorthCross 2-1 Won

1st Holy Cross
2nd NorthCross
3rd Royal Oak Intermediate

Water Polo

There are NO games this Saturday 26th November. Final games will be played on Saturday 3rd December. Draw for Saturday 3rd December: HC Blue vs Orcas 2:55pm, HC Red vs Alfriston 1:15pm at Manurewa Pools, Sykes Road.

Education Outside the Classroom

This week ‘Learning Beyond the Classroom’ has been planned for the Atawhai Team. Room 17 and Room 21 Year 6 students are going to the Refuse and Recycling Centre in Waitakere on Friday 25th November as part of their Science topic on Plastics.

They will learn how we all need to take action to reduce, reuse and recycle the items going into our landfill.

Uniform Reminder

By now all children should be in the correct summer uniform and have a school hat. Only the Year 7 & 8 girls are allowed to wear black shoes and white ankle socks and the Year 6 boys may wear black shoes and the regulation knee length navy socks.

Scholastic Book Orders

The last book club offer, Offer No. 8 is out and orders can be placed online up until the 30 November and then it will be closed. No late orders can be accepted as the books may not be delivered before the end of the term.

Holy Cross Parish Spirit of Christmas Concert

  • When: 17th December at 7pm in Hall
  • Children: Find in the YouTube any of Christmas Song, you would love to sing.
  • Practise at home until you know it very well
  • You may Sing alone {Solo} or in duet {2} or trio {3} or quartet {4}
  • You could play your song with your own instrument, Super Great!
  • Download the music of your song into a Flash Drive and you practise with it at home.

Parents: When the children finished choosing their songs then, contact us as soon as possible.

If you want any clarification or more information, you could contact to the Team OR

Sr. Nau Apikotoa smsm.

Mob: 021 026 16 323 Home Phone: (09) 278 0198

Thank you so much for your support.

Principal Awards


Room 1 Nadyah Sau-Tipelu, Keon Sa’u

Room 4 Francis Vasque, Matilda Smith

Room 5 Manea Rixon-Lalovao, Ezra Brbich


Room 1A Telesia Mulipola, Ayven Meredith

Room 2 Riley Saena, Kamryn Etuale

Room 3 AJ Raass, Victoria Johansson


Room 4A Katina Ioane, Mason Leung-Yid

Room 9 Meleane Pailate, Amaris Tala’imanu

Room 10 Harlegata Afioga, Pio Isidore, Kahu Ponamu Eselielu, Tupou Talaofa,

Te Matauranga

Room 11

Room 12 Tateama Vainikolo

Room 13


Room 14 Tyrone Tafili, Lavinia Taiala

Room 15 Taumai Autagavaia, Joseph Brown

Room 16 Harmony Fa’aui, Eden Soo Choon


Room 18 Lucyanne Ah Ching, Elijah Fa’avae

Room 19 Joelle Alex, Ivan Maharaj-Bennett

Room 20 Pafuti Crichton, Ephesians Tamapolu


Room 17 Piho Ahovelo, Neriah Sa’u-Tipelu

Room 21 Asofiafia Tala’imanu, Dominic Tuala

Room 22


Room 6 Jin Leauno, Lauryn Wagner

Room 7 Aijah Tupou

Room 8 Amelia Brzozowski, Delylah Alisi Aiono, Tylah Fa’alili

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