Newsletter Wk1 17 Oct 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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I would like to draw your attention to the image of 'arms raised' in Sunday’s Gospel.

When we are concerned about something important how often do we raise our hands and arms to emphasise our concern. One can imagine the widow in the Gospel taken from Luke18:1-8 pleading with the unjust judge doing the same. She kept at him and never gave in because she knew she was being treated unjustly. She believed that eventually she would win through and she did. She held the moral high ground.

Jesus uses the story to encourage us not to lose heart and to keep the faith despite the energy and time it takes to achieve our goals. How many cases in this country have there been where a miscarriage of justice has taken place? How many times has that wrongful decision been overturned because enough people have spoken out and refused to give up, sometimes over many years. The Peter Ellis case is a recent example.

I think of Jesus’ own fight against injustice, even to his death and resurrection. He lives out and gives witness to the parable that he tells his disciples. We look to him to keep the faith and never lose heart. He extends his arms upon the cross for our sake and never grows weary. We can be assured that the long haul to ensure justice is done is worth it and that he is on our side.

Condolence and sympathy to Mrs Judith Fromont and the Fromont family at the recent passing of her father in law Barrie Fromont. Barrie was an active member of both the school and parish community of Holy Cross Papatoetoe and he contributed so much in so many different ways. May he Rest in Peace.

Sacramental Programme for Year 4 Students

Please mark your calendars for these important dates and please note all children will be receiving these Sacraments together on the following dates.

  • Confirmation, Sunday 6 November at 10.00am

  • First Holy Communion, Sunday 20 November at 10.00am

Scripture Cup

We also congratulate the following students who were well prepared and delivered the Word of God at an exceptionally high standard. These students are competent Ministers of the Word. Our Senior Students are very capable and should be offering to read in their Parishes at Sunday Masses. The results are as follows:

Y 0

Kelvin Karati - 1st

Joachim Puatolo Penei - 2nd

Alba Jefferson, William Knight - 3rd

Y 1

Leo Leatuavao - 1st

Roman Collins - 2nd

Unique Vaafusu - 3rd

Y 2

Gabriel Maxwell Wijohn - 1st

Devyn Paige Masoe - 2nd

Roman Scanlan - 3rd

Y 3 & 4

Tateama Vainikolo - 1st

Ahnaslyst Perry Leavaise’eta - 2nd

Ariana Hall, Eden Mati - 3rd

Y 5 & 6

Joshua Collins - 1st

Elena Sio Lokam - 2nd

Kshaunish Bhandari - 3rd

Y 7 & 8

Leilani Rudolph Kalolo - 1st

Kadian Polamalu-Toalima - 2nd

Laila ‘Ofamo’oni - 3rd

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Week 10 and we have completed a full term of 10 weeks with so much to celebrate.

Our staff and students have all been working hard to ensure everyone has made positive gains in all areas of their learning. We have been working to encourage students to take ownership of their own hauora - wellbeing. Students are developing an understanding of their own needs physically, spiritually, socially and emotionally.

There has also been an emphasis on engagement and attendance and we are pleased to say that across the school we have had 87% attendance school wide. While this is good we will still be contacting individual students whose attendance is causing concerns as they are having spasmodic unexplained absences. While we are very aware of sickness, students should be attending 90% - 95% each term. A 10% absence is 5 days which equates to a whole week off school and daily lateness and early finishes are also recorded on our electronic rolls which are calculated as absences as well. This is why it is important to instill in your children the importance of punctuality and timekeeping as this reflects one's ability to self manage as future adults.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Welcome to Term 4

Welcome to Term 4, the busy, exciting and final term of the year.

I hope the holidays provided everyone with some down time to recharge and reflect on what we have done and what we still want to achieve this year. Hopefully, you are not already feeling pressured by the daunting thought that Christmas is only 11 weeks away. Let us pause and live in the present and celebrate what we plan to achieve this term and not be overwhelmed by the future and commercialism of the Christmas Season.

Welcome to Our Place where you will be “Living and Learning in Christ.”

New Staff Member

We are delighted to welcome Mrs Seneuefa Henry to our staff this term. She will be teaching in Year 1, Room 1 and will be part of the Aroha Team.

New Appointment

We also congratulate Mrs Goretti Meredith who will be in Room 11, Year 3 and 4, and she will be the Team Leader for Te Matauranga.

New Students

Jaezlani Tuafafo, Miranda Tuafafo, Josiah ‘Ofanoa, Agnes Fedrin and Michael Williams.

Labour Day - School Closed

School will be closed next Monday as it is a Public Holiday.

Raffle Tickets

If you have still not returned your raffle tickets please do so immediately. If you have lost your tickets and return the $20.00 we can submit your tickets as we have a record of all books that were issued. We need to be able to account for all books sold or unsold so please return all tickets by Wednesday 19 October.

School Assemblies, Masses and Liturgies

This term our weekly school assemblies will be held on Monday afternoons after lunch as we have finished our swimming programme..

Our School Masses and Liturgies will remain on Wednesdays at 9.00am or if it is a Junior School lIturgy it will be at 2.00pm

Library Books

At the end of last term we had 68 books overdue from our school library. If you receive a letter please try and locate the book as the fine does not cover the cost of replacing the book. We would actually prefer the book to be returned. If it is lost please clear the fine immediately as it increases the longer it is unpaid.

Digital Literacy workshop in Samoan for our Samoan elders at Holy Cross School

CORE Education in collaboration with Auckland Council are offering a free 8-hour introduction Digital Literacy workshop in Samoan for our Samoan elders held in Rooms 6 7 & 8 the Year 7 & 8 Rangimarie Hub.

The workshops will run over the following nights, from 6 pm - 8 pm.

Thursday 3 November

Monday 7 November

Tuesday 8 November

Wednesday 9 November

Devices will be available to use on the nights of the workshops.

Please register by emailing, texting or telephoning this mobile or telephone or text Tutuila on 0210637178

Congratulations to our Gymnasts

The following are the impressive results for our gymnasts from the Papatoetoe Gymnastic Competition which they participated in at the end of last term.

Team Results

Year 4 Girls Team 1st

Year 5 Girls Team 1st

Year 5 Boys Team 2nd

Individual Results

Year 4 Girls: Overall: 1st Tara Sanday, 3rd Khloe Donaldson-Karati

Floor: 2nd Khloe Donaldson-Karati, 3rd Breeya Tupe-Faleali’I

Vault: 2nd Tara Sanday

Year 5 Girls: Overall: 1st Gianna ‘Ofamo’oni, 2nd Genevia Singh

Floor: 1st Gianna ‘Ofamo’oni, 2nd Koloti Tangi 3rd= Genevia Singh, Kahurangi Kingi

Vault: 2nd Gianna ‘Ofamo’oni 3rd Koloti Tangi

Beam: 2nd Genevia Singh 3rd Gianna ‘Ofamo’oni

Year 5 Boys: Overall: 2nd= Taye Kyd, 3rd Osteen Fruean

Bar: 2nd Osteen Fruean, 3rd Dominic Tuala

Vault: 1st=Taye Kyd

Year 6 Girls: Overall: 1st Saayisha Sajanthan

Floor: 1st Saayisha Sajanthan

Vault: 1st= Saayisha Sajanthan

Beam: 2nd Saayisha Sajanthan

Sincere thanks to Mrs Nola Lucre and Ms Kate Lang who have worked tirelessly with these students developing their skills and ensuring they could master the expected routines.

St Anne's Shield

Congratulations to all of our teams that competed in the St Anne’s Shield. After three years of cancellations it was really exciting to see all our Catholic Schools participating with so much enthusiasm. Everyone played well and showed good sportsmanship which resulted in us being first overall and retaining the shield for another year. Sincere thanks to all our players, coaches and supporters who have worked hard developing the skill levels in our students and encouraging them to participate and develop their qualities as good sports people.

Under 14 Hockey Tournament

Tiare Ryan represented Auckland in the Under 14 Hockey Tournament that took place in the first weekend of the holidays. It was a tournament involving more than 20 teams from Northland, North Harbour, Waikato, Tauranga and Auckland. As a result of being part of the U14 Auckland team, she has the opportunity to travel to Australia in 2023 to participate in tournaments in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Year 8 Outdoor Education Trip - Ski Camp

We also congratulate our Year 8 students who were excellent ambassadors for our school while they were away on their Outdoor Education Camp. The girls mastered the art of skiing without poles for two days at Mount Ruapehu, then they tackled the Tongariro River where they completed the rafting course and their final destination before heading home was the Waitomo Caves. Sincere thanks to Mr Ginders who coordinated and planned this trip with Mrs Betz Ryan as well as Mr Brbich, Mr Cowan and Mrs Dinesh who were parent helpers. For many of these students this may be a once in a lifetime experience and we are very thankful to our BOT who provide financial support to ensure all of our students are able to participate in this excursion.

Year 5 & 6 Waterpolo League begins this Saturday at Manurewa Pools.

22/10/22 Draw:

1.40pm HCS Blue vs Conifer Grove

2.05pm HCS Red vs Sharks

Water Polo

Congratulations to the following students, Buchanan Tuioga, Charles Miriau, Elena Sio-Lokam and Jessica Mc Gechie. who played in the Mountfort Park Water Polo Team. They competed in the U12 Tauranga Water Polo Tournament at the weekend and they all played very well.

How to Purchase Class Photos

To view and purchase the 2022 school class photographs for your child please do the following:

1. Click on this link:

2. Enter the unique Access Key Code that was emailed to you.

3. Scroll down the page to view the options available to purchase the photo.

4. Please note FREE DELIVERY BACK TO SCHOOL ends at midnight on Sunday 6th November 2022

Rather place your order over the phone?
Call Us on: 09 262 1040 or 0800 50 10 404
Any queries, please contact us on:

Summer Uniform

Despite the fluctuating temperatures and uncertain weather conditions students are able to wear their summer uniform. This is optional until Tuesday, 25 October when everyone will be expected to be in the correct summer uniform.

We wish to remind whanau that they agreed to our uniform policy when they enrolled at our school and that it is their responsibility to ensure this is upheld and their child/children wear the correct uniform neatly and with pride.

A sunhat is compulsory and must be worn in Terms 1 and Terms 4. We encourage our students to be sunsmart and to be responsible for their own wellbeing and we enforce this rule with a ‘no hat, no play’ rule. Please ensure all hats are clearly named as well as the rest of their uniforms.

Please phone the school office on 09 278 8224 to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

Years 5 & 6 Speech Competition

The Year 5 and 6 Teams also had their Speech Competition and the finalists were very competent public speakers who provided Mr Joseph Fa’afiu with an extremely difficult task as the judge. Congratulations to the following students

First Place - Sina Raass

Second Place - Fili Setima Autagavaia

Third Place - Jennifer Tran

Year 8 Ski Camp - Education Outside the Classroom (ETOC)

On Tuesday, after the St Anne’s Tournament, the Year 8 girls will depart for their final school camp. They will travel to Tongariro Holiday Park and the next day they will head for Mt Ruapehu for their ski experience. After ski lessons they will have the opportunity to practise their skiing for the afternoon. The following morning they’ll be going White Water Rafting and on Friday morning they will visit the Waitomo Caves before travelling back to Auckland.

This is a once in a lifetime experience for some of our students and I hope they will really enjoy and learn from this experience. Special thanks to Mr Ginders, Mrs Ryan, Mrs Kelly and the parents, Mr Brbich, Mr Cowan and Mrs Dinesh who will be accompanying the students on this trip.

Attendance Dues

Over the holidays our attendance dues accounts were reviewed and it was noted that several families need to increase their automatic payments to ensure their accounts are cleared by the end of the school year. There are also some families who may prefer to opt for automatic

payments as their accounts are in arrears. If you wish to set up an automatic payment please use the BNZ Account 02-0232-0158405-97 and use your child’s name as a reference.

If you have any questions or if you are having trouble meeting this obligation, please contact Helen Peri or myself.

Going to Tauranga by Mikayla Joby - Room 10

During school holidays, I went to Tauranga with my Dad and Mum. First I wen to Te Puna Quarry Park. There were beautiful gardens, plants and sculptures. Then I went to Marshell's Animal Park. I had lots of fun feeding the animals. Next I went to Papamoa Beach where I collected some shells with my Dad and played in a park nearby. After I played in the park, I ate lunch. Guess what? It was delicious!! Later I went to Hairy Maclary Park and sat on the Hairy Maclary sculptures. Finally I went to a motel to stay overnight. The next morning, I went to a few more places and then went home. I enjoyed the big trip very very much!!

Principal Awards


Room 1 Sebastion King, Joachim Puatolo Penei

Room 4 Atonio Faitua, Acacia Schmidt

Room 5


Room 1A Kayden-Drew Masoe , Slade Critchon

Room 2 Gabriel Maxwell Wijohn, ‘Amelia Fifita

Room 3 Jessa Sajan, Jo’selle Palamo-David


Room 4A Faith Fetalaiga, Avery Pakipaki

Room 9 Kyla-Blake Edmonds, James Fifita

Room 10 Zion Sofele, Angela Lai Alama

Te Matauranga

Room 11 Alicia de Jong, John Paul Huni

Room 12 Julius Faifili, Isla Fa’aui

Room 13 Isaiah Eliki-Jones, Nerysa Payne


Room 14 Claire Frost, Atu’ila Sevele

Room 15 Jerrell Tamalii, Jason Latu

Room 16 Sophia Fonoimoana, Mason Mulipola


Room 18 Christina Tauga, Reuben Fa’afiu

Room 19 Kally Leota-Tuia, Abigail Jobit

Room 20 Rodel Wongtung-Komiti, Abraham Wulf


Room 17 Sina Raass, Neriah Sa’u - Tipelu

Room 21 Junale Te’o, Tallyn Isaia

Room 22 Joseva Huni, Slayter Fatialofa


Room 6 Nevaeh Paleaaesina, Halo Toiaivao

Room 7 Anisha Dinesh, Jacinta Kalolo

Room 8 Ayva Collins Terisa Lemisio

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