Newsletter Wk 2 7 February 2023

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 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

Dear Parents

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
Julie Paul


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.

2023 Staff

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

Office Administration

Ms Susan Bell

(Principal's PA)

Ms Helen Peri

(Executive Officer)

Part-time Staff

Mr Rob Allen

Mrs Annelies Jansen

Mrs Sarda Pancha,

Mrs Jen Jefferson

Mrs Patricia Gribble

Mrs Kay Pillay

Teacher Aides

Mrs Trish Deli

Ms Micaela Ginders

Mrs Anne Kelly

Mrs Carlie Kingham

Ms Ana Nuafe

Ms Gemma Potangaroa

Ms Hera Potangaroa

Mr Taani Samani

Sister Tulua

Mrs Diana Zivkovich

Mark Your Calendars

Ash Wednesday - Wednesday 22 March.

Meet the Teacher’s Evening - Monday 27 February at 6pm.


Our focus this year is on engagement and attendance as we know attendance and achievement go together.

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

Parents, please take advantage of all our communication platforms. Remember to sign up to our School App for all up to date notices and alerts, check out our Facebook page, our school website and ensure that you sign up to Seesaw. Below in this letter you will find information regarding the School App.

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.

Book Bags

All children from Year 0 - 6 must have a book bag at school every day so they are able to take home our school readers, spelling books and library books. This is compulsory as it ensures that resources are protected and it encourages children to look after and return items if they are kept in their book bags. Book bags are available from the office for $4.00.

School Uniform

If you wish to purchase more than one item of the school uniform please telephone or email the office to make an appointment.

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

The after-school care programme will be run out of the hall this year by the SKIDS Team. All children are to line up outside Room 4a and will be met by the SKIDS Team who will take them into the hall.

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.

Stationery Accounts

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.

Attendance Dues and Special Catholic Character

Please give your payment of your child’s attendance dues your immediate attention and set up an automatic payment or make the necessary arrangements to ensure the $122.00 is paid in full for each child by the end of this term, Thursday 6 April.

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:

Siueli Vatikani

Social Worker in School (SWiS)

Holy Cross Catholic School Papatoetoe


Mobile: 027 702 0864 ( telephone or text )

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.