Newsletter Wk 2 7 February 2023
Holy Cross Catholic School Papatoetoe
Our Vision: Learning and Growing in Christ
Dear Parents and Caregivers
As we all know Auckland city, as well as other parts of the country, has suffered unprecedented amounts of rain and many people have had their lives turned upside down by the flooding. That on top of the cost-of-living crisis many are already facing, has put some people in dire straits.
We’ve seen and perhaps know of many generous people, often affected themselves, helping to bring relief to people who are suffering and displaced. They shine their light and they inspire us.
Jesus asks us to shine our light in the sight of others not for our own sake or that others will sing our praises but that seeing our good works they may give the praise to the Father in Heaven.
Never underestimate the influence we can have - We are the salt of the earth, we are the light of the World.
Blessings on your week ahead.
Message from the Principal
What a lovely buzz around our school this morning as everyone returning to school appeared happy and excited to see their friends and continue on their learning pathway.
We warmly welcome all our new students who will be beginning their learning journey here at Holy Cross Catholic School. Today we welcomed 35 new families to our school.
We have had some families who have moved to other schools, migrated overseas or transferred to other regions because of their work situations and the recent flooding. This has impacted on our original class numbers and so we have made the necessary adjustments to ensure all class numbers are evenly balanced. Thank you to you all for your understanding in this matter.
At present our roll is almost at its maximum with only a few spaces across the school. We will review our waiting lists after week 3 (17 February) and will contact anyone on the waiting list if we are able to offer them a place.
We wish to remind all families who wish for their children to attend Holy Cross Catholic School to complete an enrolment form and submit it to ensure their child’s information is on our waiting list database.
Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Opening Term Mass
On Friday 10 February at 9.00am we will celebrate the opening of the school year with Mass at 9.00am. At the end of Mass we will announce our School Leaders and House Captains for the first half of 2023 and Father will bless these students.
All of our whanau and local community are welcome to join us at this Eucharistic Celebration.
We look forward to celebrating this Mass with Father Andrew and our new assistant priest, Padre James.
Harinui - Year 0 and 1
Room 1 Year 1 Ms Pat Helsham
Room 4 Year 1 Ms Anna Bucheler
Aroha Year 1
Room 9 Mrs Nola Lucre
Room 10 Mrs Seneuefa Henry
Room 4a Mrs Donna Leuapepe, Mrs Jan de Koning
Arohanui Year 2
Room 1a Mrs Judith Fromont / Mrs Sarda Pancha
Room 2 Ms Kelly Skipper
Room 3 Ms Tiomai Brown
Te Matauranga Year 3 and 4
Room 11 Mrs Goretti Meredith
Room 12 Mrs Leighton Tuala
Room 13 Mrs Ann O’Grady
Tumanako Year 3 and 4
Room 14 Mrs Esther Anitelea
Room 15 Mrs Maureen Gass
Room 16 Mrs Win Poe
Atawhai Year 5 and 6
Room 19 Ms Ahriel Siluuga
Room 20 Ms Araliina Sawa
Room 22 Ms Hayley Gordon
Manaakitanga Year 5 and 6
Room 17 Mr Sherwin Stowers
Room 18 Ms Deahna Salter
Room 21 Mr James Kaleti
Rangimarie Year 7 & 8
Room 6 Mrs Betty Ryan
Room 7 Mrs Carmelita Kyd
Room 8 Mr Shaun Ginders
Ms Susan Bell
Ms Helen Peri
Mr Rob Allen
Mrs Annelies Jansen
Mrs Sarda Pancha,
Mrs Jen Jefferson
Mrs Patricia Gribble
Mrs Kay Pillay
Mrs Trish Deli
Ms Micaela Ginders
Mrs Anne Kelly
Mrs Carlie Kingham
Ms Ana Nuafe
Ms Gemma Potangaroa
Ms Hera Potangaroa
Mr Taani Samani
Mrs Diana Zivkovich
Mark Your Calendars
Ash Wednesday - Wednesday 22 March.Meet the Teacher’s Evening - Monday 27 February at 6pm.
Whilst we fully understand that at times absentees cannot be avoided if a child is unwell or there is a family crisis, we are asking for everyone to make a conscientious effort to ensure their child is at school every day.
Please make ensure that your children are not having unnecessary days off school, always arriving late or being picked up early.
Communication Platforms for School News and Information
Year 5 & 6 Swimming
Trials for the school swimming team will be this week for the following age groups (age on 1st Jan 2023). Only for children who can swim confidently 25m Free and have received a swimming notice in Years 3 - 6.
Wednesday 8th February – 10 year old girls and boys
Thursday 9th February – 9 year old girls and boys
Friday 10th February – 8 year old girls and boys
Children trialling will need to bring their swimming togs, a towel and a plastic bag to school. Also their swim goggles if they have any (the school has some spare goggles).
Interschool Swimming Competition is on Tuesday 28th February at the Papatoetoe Pools.
We DO NOT stock the plain black PE shorts but these are readily available at both K-Mart and the Warehouse. Please remember they are to be plain black with no logos or coloured stripes etc
sKids After School Care
Parents will collect their children from the hall. The after-school care is run independently of the school, so all bookings and payments are done directly through their organisation.
Hauora - Health and Wellbeing
We want to work with all our families to support their child’s health and wellbeing.
We ask parents, whanau and caregivers to ensure:
Your child / children are getting adequate sleep every night, so they are ready to learn.
Your child / children have a healthy lunch - no sweets and a good balanced lunch.
Your child / children have a water bottle as we are a water only school.
Your child / children have a hat as we are a SunSmart school. No hat means no play.
Your child / children arrive at school ready to start class at 8.45am
Your child / children are collected promptly at the end of the school day.
All students will receive a stationery account next week. The cost of stationery is as follows:
Years 1 - 5 stationery is $25.00
Year 6 stationery is $25.00 Year 6 Camp is: $100.00
Years 7 & 8 stationery and technology will be: $120.00
Year 7 Camp will be $200.00
Year 8 Camp will be $200.00
We ask that all stationery bills are paid promptly by 31st March. Please note that we pass on all savings to our families for stationery and we do not charge for any of the software licences that our children have access to or for the use of school devices.
Camp fees may be paid in installments but must be paid by:
Year 8 by the end of Term 2
Year 6 and 7 by the end of Term 3.
All stationery, uniforms and camp fees are to be paid into the following account:
ASB Account 12 3028 0484186 00.
Please use your child’s initial and surname for reference and for code put stationery, camp, uniform etc.
IMPORTANT Automatic Payments / Banking
Please ensure that you pay Attendances into the BNZ account and stationery, trips and camp in the ASB account.
We are unable to access money that is put into the BNZ account as this money goes directly to the diocese for Attendance Dues and the Catholic Special Character.
Support and Pastoral Care
We are concerned that some of our school community may have been affected by the torrential rain and subsequent flooding and damage to their homes and would like to assist and help them if we can. Please contact:
Social Worker in School (SWiS)
Holy Cross Catholic School Papatoetoe
Mobile: 027 702 0864 ( telephone or text )