Newsletter Wk 4 21 February 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 response to Sunday’s Psalm - 'The Lord is kind and merciful'. We can personalise that refrain by repeating, 'Lord, you are kind and merciful to me' despite my sinfulness, my weakness, my constant failings. Where would we be without that realisation?

Standing in that reassuring and comforting light, the challenge of Jesus to love our enemies in Luke 6:27-38 has a way of becoming a reality because we have experienced love beyond measure poured into our laps. Anger, bitterness, hurt can fester within us and block our ears from truly listening to the Lord's command.

Jesus, come into those relationships and areas of our lives that we find difficult to accept and reconcile. Forgive us for the times we have judged others and made excuses for our own actions.

Your Word speaks to the situation within our own country with the tensions surrounding Vaccine Mandates and on the World stage with the heightened tensions on the border of Ukraine and Russia. May your Word find a home in us.

Welcome to Our Place

This week we welcome the following children into our school community and we ask God to bless them and their families as they begin their journey here with us.

Welcome to Harlegata Afioga and William Knight who started at Holy Cross today.

Welcome and Blessings to our new Bishop of Auckland

On Saturday celebrations were held to install Bishop Stephen Lowe as the 12th Bishop of Auckland. Please keep Bishop Steve in your prayers as he officially begins his time as Bishop of Auckland.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Many thanks for all the positivity and support as we continue to navigate our way through these uncertain times caused by the Covid Pandemic.

Attendance at school is high and we are encouraged by this as our aim is to get children to school, keep them at school in a safe environment and to continue with face to face learning.

Blessings to you All
Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Covid Procedures

If we have a connection to a positive case in the school the children who are considered close contacts will be sent home with a letter outlining what has to be followed.

Any child who is absent from school and is considered a close contact will have the letter emailed to them.

The rest of the school will receive an alert informing them of the case but they do not have to do anything.

Brothers, sisters and other family members of a close contact do not have to be isolated or be tested unless they have symptoms.

If the close contact returns a positive test then all household members must be tested and isolated.

If anyone from your household has symptoms please stay home. Do not come to school, do not socialise but isolate and get tested.

Symptoms can be

  • A new or worsening cough

  • Sneezing and a runny nose

  • A fever

  • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste

  • Sore throat

  • Shortness of breath

Please contact us if you are uncertain of the procedures or have any questions.

Counties Manukau Pop Up Vaccination Centre

Counties Manukau Health have approached us with regard to a Pop Up Vaccination Centre on site. We are asking all parents/caregivers to complete a short survey regarding a Pop up Vaccination clicking on the following link.

Student Contact Forms

Today every child will receive a yellow student data form which needs to be completed immediately and returned to school. We would like all these forms back by Friday 25 February so we can update our school database.

This is most important as we need to be able to email or telephone parents immediately when there is an emergency or important information to share with them.

Stationery and Book Bags

The stationery your child will need for the school year has been purchased and delivered to their classrooms. The cost for this is $15.00 per child. An invoice will be sent home with your child this week. This needs to be paid by the end of March at the school office or by Internet payment to ASB 12 3028 0484186 00 Reference child’s name and stationery. You will receive a separate account for Camp when we are able to finalise these events.

All children must have a book bag which they bring to school everyday ( this is compulsory.)

Many children already have a book bag so this was not added to the basic stationery list but if your child does not have one they are available in the office for $4.00. Book bags can also be used to put chromebooks in if your child needs to take one home for distance learning.

Before and After School Drop Offs

We are noticing a growing number of children who are arriving at school before 7am each day. Please DO NOT drop your children off this early as there is VERY FEW STAFF ON SITE at this hour and they cannot be supervised. Children may be dropped off from 8.00am.

Thank you to all the parents who are picking up their children immediately after school. Please remember school finishes at 2.50pm and we are aiming to have all children off site by 3.15pm.

Please do not stop on the yellow lines by the main school gate as this is not only illegal but it is interfering with the vision of those on the Road Patrols. Parking Wardens periodically police this area outside the school and if you park on the yellow lines you risk being sent a parking ticket. We have put cones outside the school gates. We would truly appreciate the cooperation of all drivers.

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: Athena Cuyos, Hezekiah Sepuloni, Harlegata Afioga, William Knight

Aroha: Kahu-Pounamu Esekielu, Pio Isidore

Arohanui: Sioeli Kautai, Tehilla Lene, ‘Amelia Fifita, Juneva Guilas, Alexander Ah Ching, Arianne Balchin

Te Matauranga: Frances Lene, Alicia de Jong, Kezia Jinu, Harrison Te'o, JIltrice Lealaitafea, Liko Tuitea

Tumanako: Azaria Andrew, Abel Joseph, Margaret –Leigh Fala, Tessa Shybi, Buchanan Tuiogo, Breeyah Tupe-Faleali’i

Manaakitanga: Gianna ‘Ofamo’oni, Kevin Muliaga, Rochelle Manu-Joseph, Henry Peterson, Roma Ofamo’oni, Shelby Hall

Atawhai: Mary Qoja, Taiyon Wright-Paulo, Brice Eseloma, Celine Nantei, Nathaniel Vili, Mary Bahoo

Rangimarie: Dylia Walter-Laulu, Brianna Akaroa, Meredith Macdonald, Mili-Mary Tojin, Ailey Ale, Teuila Lovo