Newsletter Wk 3 17 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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Jesus offers us the Beatitudes and shows us how to turn negatives (poverty, hunger, hatred) into opportunities to show the special love that God has for those who suffer and feel left behind. This message of love is for all people, and is a call for action to help others. But we need to understand that there are many different kinds of poverty, hunger and hatred.

What can I do today to share God’s love with those who really need it? Can I identify a hunger that someone is suffering from, and may this be a hunger due to isolation or loneliness? Can I help someone who may be suffering from spiritual hunger, by using the gifts that God has given me?


'Blessed' means the condition of being righteous before God, of living as one should before God. The poor are not only those who are economically poor, but include those who have been marginalised in any way in society. They are blessed because God is on their side as opposed to the 'rich' who often hold them in contempt and oppress them. Jesus is appealing for love and respect for all those who are outside one's social environment.

For parents and educators - that their role in educating towards understanding and acceptance be promoted and valued.


Concluding Prayer:


God who draws people together in unity and understanding, may we follow you with eager hearts, building reconciliation where there is hurt, understanding where there is intolerance and peace where there is division. We make this prayer through Christ who lights our way. Amen.


Congratulations to Helen Pius who received the Catholic Character Award this week.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents


Welcome to Week 3 in our ever changing landscape. We, like 164 other schools, have had to cope with COVID cases in our school and I would like to thank parents and whanau for

dealing with this in such a positive manner.

When a child has been identified as a classmate of the positive case, the class all become close contacts.

If your child is a close contact they will be given a letter when they leave school or they will receive an email that day, detailing what action needs to be taken.


In Phase 2 the close contacts will be required to isolate for seven days from the last date they were exposed to the case. They must get tested on day five and if their test is negative and they have no symptoms they can return to school after seven days.


A CLOSE CONTACT letter will be emailed to parents if your child is a close contact. Please ensure that you keep your EMAIL & PHONE details up to date with the School Office.


Other family members should try to isolate themselves from the close contact but they do not need to be tested unless they have symptoms. They may continue coming to school and do not have to isolate unless they have symptoms, then they too should be tested.



COVID-positive cases will be expected to isolate for 10 days.


If and when possible we will send the Year 3 and above children home with their devices and the Year 1 and 2 home with hard packs so they can continue with distance learning.

Again, thank you for all being so cooperative and supportive in this difficult time. Remember we are following all the guidelines to ensure everyone in our school community is safe and where possible we want our students to be happy to keep coming to school for face to face learning.


Remember the following practices:


  • Good hygiene, hand washing or sanitising

  • Wear a mask

  • Good Ventilation - make the most of outdoor spaces

  • Vaccinations

  • Social Distancing


Mrs Julie Paul

Principal

Attendance Dues

We are expecting all children back at school now. Please note that Attendance Dues are compulsory and payable for the term even if your child is absent for any reason. Attendance Dues for 2022 are $117.00 per child per term.

NO SCHOOL LUNCHES IN TERM 1

Due to Covid-19, there will not be any school lunches on Fridays for this term. We are in need of volunteers for the lunch roster when we resume school lunches. If you would be available to help, please phone the School Office on 09 2788224 and leave your name and phone number.

Children Waiting After School
School finishes each day at 2.50pm. Please ensure that you collect your child promptly after school. We have an increasing number of children waiting until well after 4pm some days. Your attention to this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Stationery

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. This needs to be paid by the end of March at the school office or by automatic 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. An invoice will be sent out with your child next week.


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.


Confidential Forms

We have delayed sending these forms home as we have had four classes isolating at home this week and so on Monday 21 February each family will receive a yellow form to complete with all the necessary contact details, medical information and emergency details. Please ensure this is updated and returned to school by Friday 25 February. It is very important that we have your correct contact details especially during the COVID pandemic in case we need to send children home.

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 next 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.

School and House Leaders

Congratulations to the following students who were named today as our School Council for Terms 1 and 2 2022.


School Leaders

Brianna Akaroa and Laila Ofamo’oni


House Leaders

Pompallier Shelby Hall and Venessa Georges


McAuley Taiyon Wright Paulo and Nevaeh Paleaaesina


McKean Beldon Wolfgramm and Presais Uasike


Liston Cooper Puru and Ayva Collins


A beautiful ceremony was held in the Church with only the Year 6 boys and Year 8 girls for this announcement. We were delighted to have our new priests, Father Andrew and Father Albert join us for this ceremony and bless both the students and their badges.


Unfortunately the rest their parents and the rest of our school community couldnt join us but we have sare photographs and a video on our website and our facebook page.


A beautiful ceremony was held in the Church with only the Year 6 boys and Year 8 girls for this announcement. We were delighted to have our new priests, Father Andrew and Father Albert join us for this ceremony and bless both the students and their badges.

Unfortunately their parents and the rest of our school community couldn't join us but we have shared photographs and a video on our website and our facebook page.


This week we have presented our first Principal’s Awards for 2022 and it is encouraging to see the students applying themselves and working hard to achieve excellent results at the beginning of the term.


Congratulations to you all!

This was shared with us via a parent this morning and

I thought it was worth sharing with you

Listen and be kind to each other

Put the ‘we’ before ‘me’

Do what we can to follow public health guidance and minimise the spread

Do our Best to get on with life

Find the little things each day to be grateful for.

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: Alexis Laulu, Dion Mathew, Theodora Polath, Maverick Wongtung-Komiti

Aroha: Elijah-Brooklyn Cocker, Katina Ioane

Arohanui: Kayden-Drew Masoe, Fuatau Akaroa, Angela Baba, Marseille Kolio-Kalolo

Te Matauranga: Nikolai Evdokimov-Reti, Ezra Ahovelo, Cullum O’Grady, Khloe Donaldson-Karati, Elkana Sijo, Dylan Rai,

Tumanako: Eden Mati, Asher Neil, Jerrell Tamalii, Finau Kautai, Buchanan Tuiogo, Rhylee-Jay Masoe, Leo To’oto’o Parker, Breeyah Tupe-Fa'ali'i


Manaakitanga: Rhylee-Jay Masoe, Leo To’oto’o Parker, Abigail Jobit, Ivan Maharaj-Bennett

Atawhai: Matalena Fetuli-Faavaoga, Cooper Puru,Kshaunish Bhandari, Tessa Kay, Jennifer Tran

Andrew Aleas

Rangimarie: Brianna Akaroa; Laila Ofamo’oni; Venessa Georges, Presaias Uasike; Neveah Paleaaesina; Ayva Collins