Newsletter Wk1 2 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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This Sunday's Gospel was taken from John 21:1-19. It includes the moving encounter of St Peter with the Risen Lord on the shore of the lake. Jesus asks him 3 times, 'Simon son of John, do you love me?' Peter, humbled by his 3-fold denial of Christ, confirms his love for Jesus and he is renewed and commissioned to take up his leadership role as shepherd.

Our tradition teaches us what Peter and the other disciples were prepared to do for Christ and the spread of the Gospel out of love. Their love was truly tested and ultimately they gave their lives. As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day this coming Sunday let us reflect on the unconditional love that mothers have for their children and families.

Pope Francis is urging all families to pray the Rosary daily during the Month of May. We can pray with others or alone. Pope Francis says in praying the Rosary, we are contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary, who will unite us as a spiritual family and help us during this difficult time.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Welcome back to school for Term 2, which we are hoping will be an exciting and normal term where we can engage in numerous activities that will help us in our learning and teaching. Education Outside the Classroom has been planned, numerous field trips, regular library visits and Health Education with the Life Education team. Our cultural groups will begin regular practices and our winter sports programme starts which includes the Auckland Netball competition on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

As we begin this term, let us remember to be Easter People who radiate the joy of the Resurrection and let it permeate our lives - this is what we are called to do and be, Alleluia.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Welcome to Our Place

We welcome the following students to our school community and we hope they will enjoy their time here as they journey with us Learning and Growing in Christ:

Nadyah Sa'u-Tipelu, Hevani Moeakiola, Mistique Leolahi, Lucas Ioane, Anthony Tuimauga, Serah Binphin, Eva Naufahu, Edward Sakopo, 'Elisapeta Sole, Constance Turner Ioapo, Valenisia Matu, Emily Matu & Saili Matu.

Guidelines at Orange Traffic Light Stage

All parents, whanau and caregivers are welcome into our school grounds at the Orange Traffic Light phase but we ask you not to enter the classrooms. If you wish to speak with your child’s teacher, we can easily make arrangements for this when other children are not in the room or we can arrange an alternative space.

At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However, public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 by 53% in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors or on school grounds.

We also ask that your child (if they are Year 3+) continues to wear a mask to school every day. There will be times when they will be asked to wear a mask; for example, when we are having an assembly in the hall or going to Mass. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks be worn in classrooms for a time.

At Orange, students aged 12 and above are still required to wear a face mask on school or public transport.

We are aiming for 100% attendance and we will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know help to slow the spread of COVID-19. The measures include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick. We are looking forward to a few less restrictions and returning to school life that is a bit closer to normal.

Face masks at Orange

  • They must be worn by ākonga aged 12 and above on school and public transport. The mask must be attached to the head by loops around the ears or head and cover the nose and mouth properly. This can be a well-fitting reusable fabric mask (three layers are recommended) or a medical-grade disposable mask (the blue surgical mask).

  • It's strongly encouraged that face masks continue to be worn by ākonga and staff in Years 4-13 when indoors. Face masks are one of the key health measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings.

  • It's also strongly recommended to wear face masks in large indoor gatherings such as assemblies.

School Hours

School Opens for children to enter at 8.15am and Closes 3.20pm

I would like to remind parents/caregivers about school opening and closing times. The school opens half an hour before instruction starts, at 8.15am and closes 15 minutes after instruction. We have agreed on closing half an hour after instruction finishes, at 3.20pm. Your children are your responsibility outside of these hours and with the winter term approaching we are very aware that children waiting outside the gates are not always safe. Teachers may be on site but they are preparing for the day or attending meetings and are not always available to supervise the students who arrive very early.

SKIDS after school care is available for families who are unable to pick up their children due to work commitments at the end of the day. We encourage parents to consider this service and to seek out local before school care if they need to drop their children off before 8.15am. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support as we only want to ensure the safety of all our students at all times.

After school, please remember that children are only allowed to wait in front of the Church until 3.05pm when the road patrols come off duty. After this time the duty teacher will then take them back to the front of the school outside the School Office.

School Lunches

School lunches will start on Friday 6/5/22. Beginning this term, all lunch orders need to be given to the classroom teacher NO LATER THAN on Thursday 5/5/22 so that our PTFA volunteers can be ready for Friday. Oriana Iefata and Sau Ah Chee have been rostered on for Friday 6/5/22.

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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Winter Uniforms

Please phone the School Office on 09 278-8224 to make an appointment to purchase winter uniforms.

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.


Year 5-8 students interested in playing waterpolo for school and club. Come along to the FREE training sessions on Fridays! New players welcomed.

When: Fridays 5.45 - 6.45pm (except Friday 3 June, Queens Birthday Weekend).

Where: Manurewa Aquatic Centre Sykes Rd, Manurewa Bring Togs, 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 at or Shimera

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: Peyton Mahani, Kaifoto Tuli, William Knight, Nevaan Gounder

Aroha: Meleane Pailate, Kharson Tupou

Arohanui: Alvin Hermez, Anitelu Tuli, Gabriel Maxwell Wijohn, Roman Matai, AJ Raass

Axel Manarangi-Trott

Te Matauranga: Mikhail Binoy, Ariana Tupe, Peyton Nomotu-Bruce, Jorahdise Lai Alama, Daniel Odeesho, Summer de Jong, ,

Tumanako: Daniel King, Harishnan Sajanthan, Lusia Enosi, Poerani Karena

Manaakitanga: Lucyanne Ah Ching, Francesco Foronda, Ivan Maharaj-Bennett, Chloe Palasan

Atawhai: Emmanuel Prasad, Hevani Moeakiola, Eclaire Foronda, Brice Eseloma, Alonzo Paulo, Savanah Ngaluafe

Rangimarie: Judith Moors, Zoe Karena, Emily-Alice Feao, June-Maria Penei, Angelina Mulipola, Leandra Natoealofa