Newsletter 1st November 2021

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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Jesus asked the blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?” Isn't that such a simple question? Wouldn't we better serve others if we asked them questions, listened to their answers, honoured their requests, and then affirmed their commitment and faith? Unfortunately, we often think we know best how to help people even without their input, so we do what we think best rather than asking them what they need. Asking them for input gives them the opportunity to share what's on their hearts and to express their needs. At the same time, seeking their input affirms their dignity.

Let us pray:

O Father, help me to wait patiently and look for ways to help and serve others in your name. Give me the patience to listen to them as they express their need, the tenderness to invite them to let me share their burden, and the wisdom to do what they need. In Jesus' name, I ask for this help. Amen.

Prayers and Condolences

Prayers and Condolences
Our prayers and condolences go out to Pat Helsham and her family on the passing of Pat’s sister last weekend. Please keep the Helsham family in your thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

Covid 19 Government Announcement

I am writing to you following the Government’s announcement that plans are underway to support the return to onsite learning for our schools who are in Alert Level 3 areas and to do this in a way that is as safe as possible.

The restrictions of Alert Level 3 and 4 have been a real challenge to the wellbeing of our tamariki and whānau and we have heard from many of you that your tamariki are keen to see their friends and teachers face to face.

You can be reassured that any decisions about bringing more children and staff on-site will be done in accordance with strict public health guidance – so what on –site learning will look like will be different than Alert Level 2 or Alert Level 1 settings. For example, this might mean attending school two days a week and learning from home for the other three days.

The earliest a return to school will happen is 15 November, and we will provide more information about this closer to the time.

In the meantime, vaccination and testing remains the best thing we can do to keep whānau and our community as safe as possible. Covid 19 is finding those who are unvaccinated in this outbreak.

For this current outbreak (as at 25 October), 224 people have been hospitalised with only 6 (<3%) of those people fully vaccinated. Of the 2,681 cases in the outbreak, 1,984 (74%) had not received one dose of the vaccine (541 were not eligible for vaccination as they were under 12 years old).

We need to look after our most vulnerable people, and it is great to see our community vaccination rates continue to go up. There are also now three million New Zealanders fully vaccinated – which is fantastic news!

Please do encourage your friends and whānau who might be worried about the vaccine to seek good information from health practitioners so they can make a well-informed decision.

As always, I will keep you informed

Stay well, stay safe and take care.

Ng Manaakitanga katoa a te atua

All God’s Blessings.

Invitation to Zoom Meeting re Covid-19 for Parents and Families

This is a warm invitation to all our families and communities to talanoa with some of our Pasifika experts about Covid-19 and the wellbeing of our children.

As many of our children are now heading back to school, we want to hold an information fono to make sure that our parents, caregivers and families are provided with the right information and the opportunity to raise any questions and concerns that they might have.

The fono will be particularly focusing on our pre-schoolers and primary school children.

Join us to hear from our line-up of speakers including:

Dr Teuila Percival – Paediatrician, KidzFirst Children’s Hospital

Dr Siautu Alefaio-Tugia – Associate Professor, School of Psychology, Massey University

Karl Vasau – Principal of Rowandale Primary School

Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu – Registered Nurse

Chris Puli’uvea – Immunologist

Dr Natalie Netzler – Virologist

ALL are welcome, so share with your friends and family.

WHEN: Tuesday 2 November 2021, 7pm – 8 pm


Registration link:

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Online Learning

Parents/Caregivers of Years 0 – 2 children may collect hardcopy booklets for their children to work on at home. You may collect the booklets today, Monday 1st Nov, Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd November from 9am – 2pm.

ALL children from Years 3 – 8 are expected to be online at 9am each day for their online meeting where their teacher will mark the roll for the class. Any children not online will be marked as absent.

Scholastic Book Club

Below is the link to the Book Club catalogue number 7. Families can order using the book club link and pay then the books will be delivered to your homes.

De La Salle College Accepting Enrolments for 2022 Now!!

De La Salle College provides a Catholic education to 1000 boys from Years 7 to Year 13, founded on the values and teachings of our Founder, St John Baptiste De La Salle.

At De La Salle College we create men of Faith, Service, Community and Excellence.

Please go to our College website to download and print an enrolment pack or come into our College Office to pick one up in Level 2. Website Link: The closing date is 26th November 2021.

Any further queries please email: or call our Enrolment Officer on 276 4319 ext 816 during term time 8am-4pm