Newsletter Wk10 4 April 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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As human beings we communicate through our body; through our words, gestures, facial expressions and actions. Communication is so foundational to human relationships that they wither when we don’t regularly make the effort to communicate.

God also communicates with us through words and gestures and this is especially so in the Sacraments. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the healing Sacraments and is one of the most important avenues of grace for you and your children to grow in relationship with God and each other.

Your role as a parent is vital in helping your child discover the beauty of this Sacrament and the key to establishing a life-long love for it. But… we cannot teach what we do not know so read on to get some insights that will help you deepen your own appreciation for the Sacrament and pass it on to your children, especially during this season of Lent.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation goes by many names:

  • Sacrament of Penance, it consecrates the sinner’s steps to make amends.

  • Sacrament of Conversion, it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father.

  • Sacrament of Confession, confessing your sins to a priest is an essential element and confesses our belief in a merciful God.

  • Sacrament of Forgiveness, through the priest’s sacramental absolution, the grace of God’s forgiveness is poured out.

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation, it reconnects us to God and to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

School Masses

We are most grateful to Father Andrew and Father Albert who have both altered their busy schedules to accommodate all our classes so they can celebrate Mass this week. We have timetabled school Masses to ensure we keep within the indoor numbers of 200 and our students will be socially distanced and wear masks.

  • Wednesday 6 April 9.00am Atawhai,Te Matauranga and Aroha.

  • Wednesday 6 April 1.30pm Manaakitanga, Tumanako and Harinui

  • Friday 8 April 10.30pm Rangimarie and Arohanui.

Unfortunately we will not be able to invite parents to these Masses, due to number restrictions.

God’s Blessings on your week.

Welcome to Our Place

Today we welcome Medwin Gijo who started in Year 6 last week and Anthony Tuimauga who started today. We hope they both will enjoy their time here at our school.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

April arrived quietly on Friday with no April Fool’s Day antics, but a very important reminder that Holy Week is only a week away and a time for us to stop and reflect. Have we kept our Lenten Promises that we so carefully prepared and promised to implement on Ash Wednesday? In our ever changing world we can always stop and refocus, remembering it is never too late to make a change. There is still time and always will be time for Prayer, Almsgiving and Fasting as we journey towards Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


End of Term 1 & Beginning of Term 2

School Closes next Thursday 14 April at 2.50pm for Easter and the School Holidays.

Term 2 starts on Monday 2 May 2022.

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.

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 Trials

Netball Trials will continue this week and all girls will

have received a notice regarding these.

The trials will be held during the day over the

Breaks, so your Year 5 and 6 girls may come to school in their School PE uniform on Tuesday and Thursday with their sport shoes. We are making this allowance as we do not want to have unnecessary overcrowding in the bathrooms while still in the red light phase. The Year 7 & 8 girls may change at school and use the hall.

Please remember that if your child is selected for netball it is a commitment for Term 2 and part of Term 3.

There will be games on Tuesday or Thursday nights and parents, guardians or whanau have to collect their daughter from The AMI Netball Centre in Morrin Road, Panmure anytime between 5pm and 7pm depending on the time of their game.

All girls need to attend an after school practice one night a week for an hour or an hour and a half depending on the coach.

There will also be a cost for the enrolment of the team and a bond for the netball uniform, which needs to be paid before the season begins in May.

Netball is also played in all weather, cancellations only occur if there is thunder and lightning.

Free Water Polo Training - Have a Go!!

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

WHEN: Saturday 9 April, 5.45 - 6.45pm

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

WHO: Anyone who is in Years 5 - 8

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BRING: your togs, towel a 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.

Buddy Bench

We are very fortunate to have a buddy bench seat in our playground and to have two groups of students who have been trained as Buddy Bench Guardians.

This bench seat has been sponsored by Michael Putt from Mainstream Plumbers and we are very grateful for their sponsorship and for selecting our school to receive this seat.

The bench seat is a place for students to go to when they might need some support and someone to talk to.

Lost Property

Special thanks to Mrs Gass who has managed to keep the Lost Property under control for most of the term.

Now we are nearing the end of term we have several unnamed items. Please encourage your children to collect any items that belong to them before the end of term. It will be on display outside Room 15 this week.

If you wish to have a look, this is the classroom at the front of the two storey block closest to the courts and St George Street.

Winter Uniforms

Please phone our School Office on 09 278-8224 to make an appointment 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 will be reviewing our waiting lists in July/August for the 2023 intake. I encourage you to ensure you have enrolled your children for 2023 and 2024. Children may be enrolled from the age of 3 years.

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

Thank you to all the parents who have used the online platform to order books from the Number 2 catalogue. These orders close on Wednesday 6 April, so please complete your orders.

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!

Easter Raffle

Our Senior Girls have organised an Easter Raffle and tickets will be $1.00 each.

If you wish to buy a ticket please see the Rangimarie Girls outside their classroom before school every morning.

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