Newsletter Wk5 14 Nov 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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‘Stand firm and you will win life’ (Luke 21:19) was the theme for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

It was, however, the opening verse of the Psalm in Sunday’s liturgy that I’d like you to reflect on: Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp, with the sound of music. With trumpets and the sound of the horn acclaim the King, the Lord.

Whether one is musical or not, we are all called to sing the praises of God simply because God is God and for the many blessings we have received and continue to receive. We lift up our hearts to the one who has created us in love and we can do so at this very moment.

You may like to listen to 'Acclaim the Lord Our God' track 6 from 'Making Music to Your Name.' by Chris Skinner. The main instrument you will note in the song is not the harp but a ukulele. It is a beautiful song and as St. Augustine says, “The one who sings prays twice” Blessings on your week.

First Holy Communion

We are delighted that our Year 4 students who have been on their Sacramental Journey of Initiation this year will be receiving their third Sacrament on Sunday, their First Holy Communion. This will be part of the 10.00am Parish Mass. Please be sure to check See Saw and look for specific notices that will be sent home with your child this week.

There will be no parking on the grass in front of the church but the far carpark and the courts will be unlocked for parking. It is uncertain if the front field will be available as it may be too muddy depending on the weather this week.

World Youth Mass

This is also being launched in our Parish on Sunday from 4pm onwards and Bishop Steve will be here to say the 5.30pm Mass. Following this he will join in with the activities that have been planned for this event. There will be additional equipment in the church as they will be live streaming the Mass and trying to connect with the Pope and other groups around the world. There will be tents and gazebos on the front lawn so parking will be limited.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

An enormous thank you to each and every person in our school community and beyond for contributing to the success of our school fair on Saturday. There were so many people working tirelessly in so many different ways to ensure that the day ran smoothly. To everyone who helped on the day, on stalls or behind the scenes, we are truly grateful.

An extra special thanks to Mrs Carlie Kingham who was the fair coordinator this year and has been for many years. Carlie oversees all the finer details, ordering and preparing a range of different items. Thanks also to Mrs Theresa Turua who coordinates all the food stalls and ensures everyone has exactly what they need ready for the day. Thank you to Ms Gemma Potangaroa who coordinates all the stall holders and volunteers, ensuring they know where they are working on the day and have their lanyard and directions. The day would not be possible without these key people who are fully supported by our wonderful PTFA, our BOT, our Staff, the students, the parents, the parish and our community.

This year for the first time our senior girls had their own stall selling the following items: pencil cases, loom bands, play dough, balloon animals and cookie jars. They learned to make these items during technology and in their own time they created these items to sell at the fair. They made a profit of over $800.00.

We are still waiting to confirm our grand total but we believe that when expenses have been taken out we stand to make a profit of approximately $40,000. This was boosted by the excellent support of our major school raffle. Unlike other years we had almost all our tickets sold, returned and accounted for with only 5 books unsold. We believe the prizes in our raffle were a real drawcard this year as everyone appears to like monetary vouchers to spend on items of their own choice. The food and petrol vouchers were also very popular. We will always seek out our community opinion on the raffle so please share your opinions with one of the PTFA or staff as we want to make sure our major raffle tickets are easy to sell.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Welcome to Our Place Where Everyone is Learning and Growing in Christ

Sian Jones-Fonolakafi joined us in Harinui as a Year 0 student and we hope he will enjoy his time here at Holy Cross Catholic School.

Year 7 Outdoor Education Camp

This week our Year 7 girls will be going to Camp Adair in Hunua for their Outdoor Education Camp. Mrs Carmelita Kyd and Mr Shaun Ginders will lead this camp and we are very grateful to the four parents who have volunteered to assist on this camp. The girls will be challenged with some high rope activities and they will have the opportunity to give so many new activities a go. It’s by extending themselves that they will reach their full potential and grow in confidence.

Ukulele Festival

On Tuesday a group of 48 children will go to Dilworth School with Mrs Esther Anitelea and Mrs Annelies Jansen to participate in the Ukulele Festival. This is not a competitive day but the children will gain much from this experience as well as the opportunity to play with such a large group of ukulele players from schools around Auckland. Sincere thanks to the teachers and children who have trained during their lunch breaks.

Scholastic $5.00 Summer Reading Order

This promotion closes on Wednesday 16th November and all orders with cash must be returned to school by this day as no late orders can be processed.

Visiting Senior Members of our Community

The Year 0 Harinui team have been out in our local community visiting and entertaining the elderly people. Last week they spent time with them at St Martin’s church performing a combination of religious, cultural and old time favourite songs which were very well received.

This week they will visit St Christopher’s Rest Home and entertain the residents with their repertoire of songs. This is a most worthwhile activity for both the students and the elderly and we hope to continue this to reinforce our value of service for the Harinui Team.

Education Outside the Classroom

This week ‘Learning Beyond the Classroom’ has been planned for three areas of the school.

The Atawhai Team, Room 22 and Room 21 Year 5 students, are going to the Refuse and Recycling Centre in Waitakere as part of their Science topic on Plastics to learn how we all need to take action to reduce, reuse and recycle the items going into our landfill.

The Aroha / Harinui Teams, Rooms 9, 10, 4a,1, and Rooms 4 and 5 are going to the zoo to observe big animals and their habitats. Please ensure you have read all your notices regarding the timing and organisation for the day.

Intermediate Touch Rugby

Congratulations to this team of young women who excelled themselves last week at the South West Zone competition and now are participating in the Auckland Zone Championship on Wednesday. Special thanks to Mr Sherwin Stowers who has worked tirelessly coaching these girls and we wish them well.


Y5&6 Draw for Saturday 19th November:

HCS Blue vs Clevedon 1:15pm

HCS Red vs Conifer Grove 2:30pm

Games held at Manurewa Pools, Sykes Road.

Message from Mrs Janice Pili

Mrs Pili apologises for not being at our School Fair on Saturday, but she was busy welcoming her baby daughter Hannah Grace.

Both Mother and baby are very well and Mrs Pili looks forward to introducing Hannah to the Holy Cross School Family.

Thank you once again for all your contributions to our fair and may you all enjoy this blessing for November:

Be present

Let the day flow with grace.

Expect joy, be positive.

Serve with compassion.

Speak only kindness.

Impart only love.

Never forget you’re not alone.

Give thanks for everything.

See goodness in others.

Principal Awards


R4 Ainalani Ah Yek, Michael Williams

R5 ‘Elisapeta Sole, Tana Senara


R4a Mafua Lolohea, Siosiua Wendt-Latu

R9 Nasyrah Patuua-Perry, Kharson Tupou


R1 Hezekiah Sepuloni, Athena Cuyos


R1a Tehilla Lene, Paina Mahina

R2 Harper Lavea, Honor Stowers

R3 Grace Mealamu, Angelo Arquiza

Te Matauranga


R12 Kezia Jinu, Harrison Te’o

R13 April Sio, Jiltrice Lealaitafea


R14 Maaimoa Latu, Eden Paleaaesina

R15 Samuel Andrew, Daniel King

R16 Khloe Soakai, Andrew Hirmiz


R18 Rochelle Manu-Joseph, Rick Fe’ao

R19 Genevia Singh, TJ Carson

R20 Arlina Hirmiz, Joshua Collins


R17 Cardiff Lene, Lemisio Lakai

R21 Charlotte Hales, Lucius Mataafa

R22 Semisi Kaufusi, Ethan King





Catholic Character

Juneva Guilas R2

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