Newsletter Wk9 19 Sept 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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In the light of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral tomorrow and the days of mourning we have been witnessing, St Paul’s first letter to Timothy 2:1-8 on Sunday has timely relevance. He encourages us to offer prayer for everyone, especially for kings and others in authority. Of course, we have been praying for a deceased Queen and God wants us all to be saved and to reach the full knowledge of the truth. May that salvation and fullness of the truth be given to Queen Elizabeth and to us all when our time comes.

God’s Word is utterly clear when it comes to the way we treat people in need. The Prophet Amos 8:4-7 doesn’t mince any words with those who trample on the needs of the poor to benefit themselves. However, as the body of Christ we are called to be interdependent and to make room for each other rather than simply looking after ourselves. We have a responsibility to share our resources with those who are less fortunate. God’s blessings on your week ahead.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

The Triumph of the Cross and Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori were such special occasions to celebrate. We gathered together on Monday morning with a beautiful liturgy followed on Wednesday with a whole School Mass.

The week concluded on Friday with all the classes sharing their abundant talents when they presented a variety of items. These reflected the wonderful work they had undertaken during the week unpacking the Caritas Unit WHAKAKĀHORETIA TE KAIKIRI. KOTAHI ANŌ TĀTOU I ROTO I TE KARAITI ‘SAY NO TO RACISM’ WE ARE ONE IN CHRIST, integrating this with Te Reo Maori and our Feast Day. We were entertained with plays reflecting the Dawn Raids, songs acknowledging different people, Liturgical dances, hip hop dances, sharing of a poem ‘Cross in my Pocket’, other songs, dances and the retelling of stories. All of which reflected the endless possibilities of their inquiry and integrated learning that had happened this week.

Congratulations to you all. The way we celebrated reflected the importance of these events in our lives and why we must not lose sight of them.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Welcome to our Place

We welcome the following student to our school community during the past month and we hope they will enjoy their time here as they journey with us Learning and Growing in Christ: Amos Lolo, Roseanna Tamapolu and Acacia Schmidt.

End of Term 3 & Beginning of Term 4

Term 3 finishes on Friday 30th September at 2.50pm. Term 4 begins on Monday 17th October 2022 at 8.45am.

School Closed Monday 26th September 2022

Next week school will be closed on Monday, 26 September as we remember Queen Elizabeth II and the wonderful contributions she has made during her 70 years as our Queen.

Staffing Changes for Term 4

At the end of this term we will say farewell to Miss Kate Lang from Room 1 who is moving to another Catholic School which is closer to her home and Miss Fiana Tuli who will also be leaving to take up a position with the Ministry of Education.

We are grateful for their amazing contributions to Holy Cross Catholic School that both of these teachers have made during their time here and we wish them well in their new career pathways.

Mrs Pili will also be taking Maternity Leave for Term 4 2022 and Term 1 2023. We wish her all the very best as she awaits the arrival of her baby and begins her new journey as a mother. We all look forward to meeting her baby in the near future.

Miss Lang will be replaced by Ms Seneuefa Henry who is an experienced teacher and joins us from another Catholic School. Room 11’s teacher will be Mrs Goretti Meredith who will be acting Senior Teacher for the Te Matauranga Team this term.

We are delighted that Mrs Betty Ryan will work full time in Rangimarie and Ms Deahna Salter will also join this team for three days per week. Ms Salter will continue working in Room 1a on two days per week to release our SENCO teacher.

Holy Cross School Board of Trustees - Results

Thank you to all the parents who voted in our BOT Election. We are delighted to announce our new Board of Trustees:

Proprietor's Representatives

Stephen Grey

Don Siluuga

Louis Solia

Ane Vaotuua

Parent Representatives

Grant Pritchard

Claire Mafi

Katrina Ikenasio

George Latu

Francis Mealamu

Staff Representative

Shaun Ginders

St Anne's Shield Tournament

On Tuesday, 27 September we will see a large number of students from Years 5 - 8 students participating in the St Anne’s Shield which will be held at the Bruce Pulman sporting complex in Walters Road, Takanini.

Games will start around 9.30am and should be finished by 2pm. Everyone is welcome to come and support our teams.

Papatoetoe Gym Competition

On Tuesday, 27 September we also have students from Years 4 - 6 participating in the Papatoetoe Schools Gymnastic Competition at Gym City which is now located at Hunter’s Corner behind the old Post Office at 245 Great South Road, Papatoetoe.

Special thanks to Nola Lucre and Kate Lang who have been busy working with these students and preparing them for this competition.

Year 8 Ski Camp - Education Outside the Classroom (ETOC)

On Tuesday, after the St Anne’s Tournament, the Year 8 girls will depart for their final school camp. They will travel to Tongariro Holiday Park and the next day they will head for Mt Ruapehu for their ski experience. After ski lessons they will have the opportunity to practise their skiing for the afternoon. The following morning they’ll be going White Water Rafting and on Friday morning they will visit the Waitomo Caves before travelling back to Auckland.

This is a once in a lifetime experience for some of our students and I hope they will really enjoy and learn from this experience. Special thanks to Mr Ginders, Mrs Ryan, Mrs Kelly and the parents, Mr Brbich, Mr Cowan and Mrs Dinesh who will be accompanying the students on this trip.

School Resources, Netball Uniforms and Lost Property

As the school term draws to a close, please ensure any school books, resources and netball uniforms are returned to the school by next Friday, 30 September.

If your child has lost any clothing please make sure they check the lost property in Room 15 as it is discarded at the end of each term and given to other families.

How to Order Class Photos

PhotoLife visited our school recently and photographed each class. By the end of this term PhotoLife will email parents a Key Code. Parents will be able to go to the PhotoLife website and enter the Key Code. The photo of the class will be available for parents to view. If you wish to order a photo, this is done online and paid electronically.

If parents do not have an email address, they may phone PhotoLife on 09 262 1040 and arrange to view and/or order their child’s class photograph. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the School Office on 09 2788224 Extn 206.

Purchasing Summer Uniform

We will be selling summer uniforms on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October (during the second week of the school holidays) from 9am - 2pm each day.

Please phone the school office on 09 278 8224 to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

Summer Uniforms - Term 4

Students can wear summer uniforms from the beginning of Term 4 and everyone must be in summer uniform after Labour Weekend (Monday 24th October). All children must have a school hat as hats are compulsory as we are a sun smart school. All children must wear black sandals with a back in them.

Year 7 & 8 girls may wear black shoes and white ankle socks and Year 6 boys may wear black shoes and navy knee length socks. Roman sandals are not compulsory for these year groups.

Sporting Fixtures for this Week

  • Year 5 & 6 are doing the Pedal Power Programme

  • Year 7 & 8 WaterPolo Training On Tuesday afternoon at Mountford Park.

  • Our School Kapa Haka Roopu will perform on Thursday, 22 September at the Kapa Haka Festival at Papatoetoe North School.

  • Year 2 Arohanui are having a Pirate Day on Friday, 23 September.

Scholastic Book Orders

Issue 6 has been distributed and if you wish to place an order please use the online facility. Orders will close Wednesday, 21st September. Orders will be delivered before the close of Term 3.


Duffy Role Model Assembly

On Thursday we had our Duffy Role Model assembly. Our Role Model this term was Dahlia Malaeulu who is an award winning author. She referred to her many books that she has written to support tamaiti, fanau and faia’oga in the development of Samoan language. She was an extremely interesting and vibrant speaker who engaged well with our students who will receive their Duffy Books before the holidays.

Our thanks to the Braid Family who support our school in this Duffy Books Programme.

Raffle Tickets

Please return any unsold raffle tickets by Friday 23rd September as we wish to have all unsold raffle books returned by the end of this term. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Stationery - Overdue Accounts

Please pay at the School Office by cash or EFTPOS or into our School ASB account using your child’s name and ‘Stationery’ as the reference. The account is: ASB 12-3028-0484186-00

You can also send this money to school in a named envelope with your child to give to their classroom teacher.

Attendance Dues

Please ensure that you are up to date with your Attendance Dues and that your automatic payments continue so that you can pay the current year's Attendance Dues by the end of the school year.

If you are having trouble paying your Attendance Dues, the Auckland Common Fund have funds that you can apply for to help pay them. If you need anymore information about this process or have any questions about Attendance Dues please phone Helen Peri to make an appointment or email her at

We have been asked to follow up with any families who are in arrears by the Auckland Common Fund Limited who collect the attendance dues.

Principal Awards


Room 1

Room 4 Tana Senara, Rosario Lufe

Room 5 Christine Faavalaau, Manea Rixon-Lalovao


Room 1A

Room 2 Aydan Mudaliar, Matilda Naidu

Room 3 Marlon-Jet Emani-Johnson, Madhelyn Solomon-Vaotuua


Room 4A Alexandra Tuponiua, Eli So’e

Room 9 Roman Collins, Amy Sio

Room 10

Te Matauranga

Room 11 Eliyana Hunt, Steven Foronda

Room 12 Khloe Karati-Donaldson, Emilio Jefferson

Room 13 Lagi Enesi, Lucius Laulu


Room 14 Edward Pritchard, Evan Vili

Room 15 Harishnan Sajanthan, McCayla King

Room 16 Daniel Moredo, Lusia Enosi


Room 18 Jahzaria Ah Chee, Heimana Turua

Room 19 Taye Kyd, Milan Leaupepetele

Room 20 Valenisia Matu, Ruben Rudolph-Kalolo


Room 17 Hevani Moeakiola, Cooper Puru

Room 21 Masi Esekielu, Asofiafia Tala’imanu

Room 22


Room 6 Teuila Lovo, Judith Moors

Room 7 Brianna Akaroa, Lyric Matapo

Room 8 Amelia Brozowski, Jernee Mika

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