Newsletter Wk9 28 March 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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The opening line of Sunday’s Gospel says 'The tax collectors and sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say...’ There was a sense of longing and openness within them to receive his words because they were not condemning or beyond their reach. He reassured them that his place was their place.

As the Gospel unfolds Jesus tells the story of the Prodigal Son who found himself in a place among the pigs, hungry and alone. He comes to his senses and returns to his Father and because the father of the story is so gracious towards him he finds himself in the most comforting and reassuring of places, his loving embrace next to his heart.

That is the gift being offered to us this 4th week of Lent, often called Laetare Sunday, a day to rejoice. Sharing such intimacy with the Father is certainly something to 'rejoice' in. We are invited to come to our senses, humbly acknowledge our sinfulness and return to our Father. His heart is always available to us. (adapted with thanks from Fr Chris Skinner’s blog)

Let us continue to remember and pray for those caught up in the horror of war. May they be strengthened by the knowledge that the world stands in solidarity with them.

God’s Blessings on your week.

Welcome to Our Place

Today we welcome the last group of children who will be joining our school this term. Leo Reddy, Peyton Mahani, Steven Parappilly Bijo, Eshana Parappilly Bijo, Joachim Puatolo-Penei.

Congratulations to Zion Sofele who received the Catholic Character Award this week.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

The term continues to fly by rapidly and hopefully the weather will continue to be dry and warm until the end of term. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at school for Holy Week.

There are some minor changes to the red traffic light system but nothing that will have a major impact on our school procedures. At this stage we plan to continue with our safety plan until the end of term to ensure our school community continues to be a safe environment for everyone.

We will try to arrange Syndicate Masses before the end of term and if the weather continues to be warm and fine we will have some whole school liturgies outside under the canopy to celebrate Holy Week.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Mana Kidz - School Nurse

We are delighted that our Nurse is back with us at school on a weekly basis and will be able o see any if our students who are unwell in any way. All children will receive a consent form this week.

If you DO NOT want your child to have any Health Checks and to see the School Nurse please return the form so we can put it on your child’s records. Thank you.


Please continue to inform us if your child tests positive or if any of our students are household contacts.

We believe that the cases in our school are declining but we still need to record this information.

Thank you all for your ongoing support and remember if your child is unwell, please keep them at home.

Yellow Contact Forms

Please ensure these are returned by Friday 25 March 2022 as we still have some contact details missing from our database.

We would also remind families to ensure that details are updated if any changes occur. It is also vitally important that the school is informed if you wish to allow your child to be collected by any person who is not listed on your form as a contact.

School Attendance Dues and Special Catholic Character Contribution

Every family should have received their Attendance Dues account, which was emailed to parents last week. Please note that this account reflects the total amount due for the year. Attendance Dues can be paid each term or through regular automatic payments each week into our school BNZ account 02-0232-0158405-97.

The Special Catholic Character Contribution is a one off payment of $50.00 per child per year.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact Helen Peri by telephoning the school office on 09 2788224 or email

School Stationery Payment Due

Thank you to all the families who have paid their stationery account. The cost of stationery this year is $15.00 per child across all year levels it is due by 31 March 2022.

You may pay at the School Office by cash or EFTPOS or by Internet banking into our School ASB account. Please use your child’s name and ‘Stationery’ as the reference .

The account is: ASB 12-3028-0484186-00

If you wish, you can send the stationery money to school with your child. Please ensure the money is in an envelope with your child's name on it. It should be given to their classroom teacher.

Netball Season and After School Competition

Planning for the netball season is underway and netball trials will be held from now until the end of term. Girls will be informed when the trials are later this week.

This year we hope to have the following eight teams for whom we have secured coaches for:

Year 8 A, Year 8 B, Year 7 A and Year 7 B who play on Tuesday night.

Year 6 A , Year 6 B, Year 5 A and Year 5 B who play on Thursday night.

We are hoping to have two Year 4 teams but we still need to get coaches for these teams before we enter them in the competition.

There are fees associated with playing in these teams which will need to be paid prior to the start of the competition in Term 2. All players will be transported to the courts after school on either Tuesday or Thursday and it is the whanau's responsibility to pick them up from the courts straight after their games at the Auckland Netball Centre in Morrin Road Panmure.

Free Water Polo Training - Have a Go!!

Year 5-8 students are invited to come to Mountfort Park Waterpolo club trainings for free to check it out.

WHEN: Saturday 2 April and 9 April, 5.45 - 6.45pm

WHERE: Manurewa Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Sykes Rd, Manurewa

WHO: Anyone who is in Year 5-8

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BRING: your togs, towel and drink AND a friend if you like.

Do NOT worry if you've never done it before. That's exactly why we'd love you to come and try it. Just have a go! Bring some friends to try it with you. The more the merrier!!

Please note: Waterpolo is played in a 2m deep pool. You must be confident in deep water, while not holding on to the sides of the pool.

Winter Uniforms

Please phone our School Office on 09 278-8224 to make a booking if you wish to purchase winter uniforms.

They will be available from 4 April 2022 by appointment. 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.

School Roll and Waiting Lists

We are constantly monitoring and reviewing these lists and so I encourage you to make sure you have enrolled your children for 2023 and 2024.

If you have any family or friends who wish to join our school please remind them to get their enrolments completed as soon as possible for all levels within the school.

Scholastic Book Club Orders

The children have received the latest catalogue and we are encouraging all parents to use the online ordering system and then the books will be delivered to the school.

The last day for all orders is Tuesday 5 April so you will get your books before the holidays.

  • 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

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

sKids Holiday Programme for the Holidays

The sKids holiday programme will run from 19th - 29th April 2022 and will be held at Papatoetoe South School, 58A Milan Road, Papatoetoe.

You will find information about the programme in the image below. For information about booking please phone

09 576 6602 / 0800 274 172 or email
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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: James Fifita

Arohanui: Telesia Mulipola, Ezekiel Ah-Lung, Marvel Paese, Otiana Anitele’a

Te Matauranga: Eliyana Hunt, Sioeli Samiu, Immanuel Faitua, Hila’atu Tuli

Tumanako: Michael Sautia, Shiloh Cowan, Callix Resma, Isabelle Maharaj-Bennett,

Elisabeth Latu, Dominick Ah-Chong

Manaakitanga: Taye Kyd, Genevia Singh

Atawhai: Kristal Pelenato, Fisaiah-Xanthus Fa’afiti, Lucius Mataia, Katya Jajika, Israel Kelly, Jessiah Vaaga

Rangimarie: Kadian Polamalu-Toalima, Tiane Coward-Maloni, Lyric Matapo, Kaiarahi Kingi, Delylah Alisi Aiono Maliko, Jaesynn-Ree Fatialofa