Newsletter Wk2 24 Oct 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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The tax collector from Sunday’s Gospel parable (Luke 18:9-14) was humble, real, remorseful. There was power in his prayer when he prayed 'God be merciful to me, a sinner.'

It is precisely as a sinner that a person most needs the love of God, most needs God’s help. The tax collector knew this. The Pharisee in the parable on the other hand was focused on himself and his achievements. Jesus criticizes him for not being aware that all these good things he claims to do have God as their source. Without God, he could do nothing, he would be nothing.

May each of us today experience the reality of being loved sinners and be assured of God’s healing mercy and from that place be merciful ourselves to those we encounter who need support and understanding rather than our judgment. As reconciling people, we fulfill one aspect of our mission in the world on this Mission Sunday so let’s be generous in our support of those who give their lives to help those in need.

Blessings on your week.

Sacramental Programme

There is a meeting on Thursday, 27th October at 6pm in the church for the families of the Year 4 children who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion.

A representative of each family is requested to attend with the candidate. A reminder please that a Baptism Certificate is required for any child not baptised at Holy Cross Parish.

Please keep in your prayers Mrs Diane Siluuga who had a fall last week and has had to have surgery on her upper arm. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her returning to school when she is feeling much better.

School Parish Mass Sunday 30th October 2022 at 10am

This Sunday we will join with the Parish to celebrate the Eucharist as a School Parish Community. It is the last opportunity this year for us to celebrate the Mass as one united community and we would like to see a large number of our families there. Father Andrew has asked that all our school children wear their uniforms, so they are identified as Holy Cross students. We have agreed to this as now the children are in summer uniform, they are easier to wash and dry in one day. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

What glorious weather we had for the last long weekend of 2022, I trust everyone enjoyed the extra day off. When we reflect on the reason we had Monday off we probably question the hours many people are working. Labour Day was first held on 28 October,1890 to commemorate what people had fought for - the 8 hour working day. They wanted people to have 8 hours for work, 8 hours for family and recreational activities and 8 hours for rest.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


School Enrolments

We have almost finalised our roll for 2023. If you have a child turning 5 years old in 2023, please ensure you have enrolled them. If you have relatives wishing to enrol a child at our school please enrol them by Friday, 11th November as we will be confirming our roll numbers then.

Raffle Results

The raffle has been drawn under Police supervision:

1st No. 2776

2nd No. 1979

3rd No. 5479

Many thanks to everyone who bought or sold and returned their raffle tickets. We had all the tickets returned and accounted for with only five books unsold and not returned by families who moved overseas.Thank you to the Police who came in and drew the raffle on Friday. This money will be used to cover some of the initial expenses we have prior to the Fair.

Pre Fair Garage Sale

On Thursday, 27th October, from 2.30pm till 5.30pm we will have a garage sale to sell all the large furniture and auction items that have been donated for the Fair. All reasonable offers will be accepted so invite all your whanau and friends to come and buy some new furniture and treasures - Sausage sizzles and drinks will be available to buy for $2.00 so you won't be hungry while you look around for a bargain. Bank transfer and cash please.


The School Fair Saturday 16/11/12

The countdown to this big day has begun.

If you can help in any way please contact our Fair Coordinator, Mrs Carlie Kingham, in the school office.

People are needed to help on the stalls, setting up on Friday, 11 November, collecting items and doing preparations all of that week leading up to the fair.

Any and all help is appreciated, whether it be a couple of hours, half a day, a day - everyone and anytime is gratefully appreciated.

Outstanding Stationery

Thank you to all those families who have paid their child's stationery account.

We are concerned at the number of families who have not paid their child’s $15.00 stationery accouny for this year.

From past experience, we have found our current method of purchasing the stationery in bulk and giving it to all our students at cost price. We have found it the most practical way so that all children have books so can start their learning at the beginning of the year.

Unfortunately, if families do not pay their minimal stationery accounts, we will have to review this process.

We ask that your children's stationery account of $15.00 be paid by the Friday 18th November please. Thank you.

Attendance Dues

Thank you to the families who have paid their Attendance Dues or have made arrangements with Ms Helen Peri to ensure they can make payments to avoid getting themselves in debt.

If payments or arrangements are not made, action is taken by debt collectors which is beyond the school’s control. If you are having difficulties meeting your obligations, please contact Helen Peri or myself.

If you wish to set up an automatic payment, please use the BNZ Account 02-0232-0158405-97 and use your child’s name as a reference.

How to Purchase Class Photos

To view and purchase the 2022 school class photographs for your child please do the following:

1. Click on this link:

2. Enter the unique Access Key Code that was emailed to you.

3. Scroll down the page to view the options available to purchase the photo.

4. Please note FREE DELIVERY BACK TO SCHOOL ends at midnight on Sunday 6th November 2022

Rather place your order over the phone?
Call Us on: 09 262 1040 or 0800 50 10 404
Any queries, please contact us on:

Scholastic Book Orders

All book club orders are now done online but if you are having any difficulty, please bring your order into school and we can show you how to place an order. The following instructions should help you to do an online order.

Book Club orders for Order 7 close on Thursday, 10 November. There will be one more Book Club offer before the end of the year.

Ordering Online

Go to website: LOGIN ( If you don't already have an account you will need to click the REGISTER button. If you have an account click on the RED SIGN IN button and enter your username and password. Search for the issue at the top or click browse for the catalogue. Choose your items and follow the prompts for online payment.

Summer Reading Offer

You have received the Summer Reading Offer which contains a selection of books that are all only $5.00 each. These books are excellent value and make great Christmas presents. These orders have to be returned to school with the money in cash. The orders need to be placed through the office only. These orders close on Friday,19th November and no late orders are accepted.

Digital Literacy workshop in Samoan for our Samoan elders at Holy Cross School

CORE Education in collaboration with Auckland Council are offering a free 8-hour introduction Digital Literacy workshop in Samoan for our Samoan elders held in Rooms 6 7 & 8 the Year 7 & 8 Rangimarie Hub.

The workshops will run over the following nights, from 6 pm - 8 pm.

Thursday 3 November

Monday 7 November

Tuesday 8 November

Wednesday 9 November

Devices will be available to use on the nights of the workshops.

Please register by emailing, texting or telephoning this mobile or telephone or text Tutuila on 0210637178

Summer Uniform

All students should now be in the correct summer uniform.

If you wish to purchase uniforms, please phone the school office on 09 278 8224 to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

Year 5 and 6 Athletics Day on Wednesday, 26 October at Omana Park Papatoetoe from 9.30 - 2.40pm

The Year 5 and 6 students and some Year 4 students who were 9 on the 1st October are eligible and can wear a school PE shirt or a t-shirt in their house colours. All children must have their school hat, or they will not be able to participate.

All children come to school in their school uniform and get changed at school. They will be transported to and from Omana Park by bus.

Parents and Whanau are most welcome to come and watch these athletic events.

Please make sure your children have a water bottle and healthy lunch to participate. Please ensure your children have returned their permission slip and have their PE uniform.

Rugby Tournament

Congratulations to the under 11 girls who played in a National Rugby Tournament at Western Springs on Saturday and Monday. The girls’ improved greatly with this experience and played well against teams from Invercargill, Christchurch, Wellington, Gisborne and Taranaki.

The girls also had the opportunity to attend the New Zealand Women’s Rugy Cup games at Waitakere on Sunday.

Sincere thanks to Mr Bryan ‘Ofamo’oni and Mr Sherwin Stowers who coached the team and to Mrs Louise Hale who managed the team.

Year 5 & 6 Waterpolo League begins this Saturday at Manurewa Pools.

22/10/22 Draw:

1.40pm HCS Blue vs Conifer Grove

2.05pm HCS Red vs Sharks

Saturday 29th October Draw: HC Blue vs Central 2:05pm, HC Red vs Orcas 1:15pm.

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.