Newsletter Wk3 8 August 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 Sunday’s Gospel reading, taken from Luke 12:32-48, Jesus encourages us to build up treasure that will not fail in heaven where no thief can reach it. Jesus compares the coming of the 'Son of Man' at an hour you do not expect to a burglar breaking into a household. Jesus knew that these words would have an impact on his listeners. No one wants to be burgled. Keep alert, stay awake, be vigilant, be prepared, put things in place, the list goes on.

We need these reminders. Jesus also says, 'There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.' Let's hold onto that with gratitude. We have been given so much. Yes, it is important to be watchful and vigilant when it comes to the way we live and the choices we make but to always remember that we have someone looking out for us, always keeping watch over us, who has us in view when we go astray, seeking and searching us out. I think that is what we need to be constantly awake to and vigilant about.

Catholic Character Award

Congratulations to Rhylee-Jay Masoe who received the Catholic Character Award this week.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

The weeks continue to fly by and already we’re being told how many weeks until Christmas and we wonder, why? Why are we always living for the future instead of living for today, the present and focusing on the opportunities of today and how much we can achieve today here and now.

This week we have so much to celebrate. We have new five year olds entering our school today and hope they will grow into lifelong learners who will Learn and Grow in Christ as they journey here with us for the next six or eight years.

Our Year 7 & 8 netball teams will be challenged to prove they are the best teams in the South West Zone on Tuesday and let’s hope they are.

All our students will be challenged to achieve and continue to Learn and Grow in Christ each and everyday they attend school here, at Holy Cross Catholic School.

This week we will also miss the presence of both Father Andrew and Father Albert who will be meeting with Bishop Steve and all the clergy of the Auckland Diocese up at Waitangi.


Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Welcome to our Place

We welcome the following students 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: Ainalani Ah Yek, Poufa Anitelea, Ezra Brbich, Mareko de Jong, Rosario Lufe, Taimānea-Atarangi Potangaroa, Rico-Alexander Uini-Mealamu, Luisa Moa, Elizabeth Moa, Alani Tuala, Ivanka Hirmiz, Francis Vasquez.

Attendance and Lateness

Whilst we fully understand sickness and COVID is unavoidable and prevents children from attending school but we are concerned about the children with spasmodic attendance.

We now have an Engagement in Schools Worker who has been employed to assist with those students who have unexplained erratic attendance. Our aim and the aim of the Government is to strive for 95% attendance across our schools.

Attendance is also affected if you are regularly late to school or leave early. Please set your children up with very good self-management skills starting with getting to school on time and learning to be punctual, remind them that school starts at 8.45am.

Attendance Dues

Sincere thanks to those people who have made inquiries with Helen Peri regarding Attendance Dues and have increased their automatic payments or made payments as needed.

Parent Interviews

If you were unable to attend Parent Interviews at the end of last term, teachers are available this Wednesday 10 August between 3pm and 5pm.

Please email the class teacher or telephone the office and a time can be arranged. Hopefully all the parents who missed their interview can now attend this week.

Bingo Night

Our PTFA Bingo night will be held on Friday, 26 August. All the details remain the same, so please see our flyers around the school. Tickets are available for $20.00 each at the school office. Please get your tickets as they are selling fast and numbers are limited.

Scholastic Book Club

The children have received the latest catalogue and we are encouraging all parents to use the online ordering system and then the books will be delivered to the school.

The last day for all orders is so you will get your books before the holidays.

  • Simply grab your Book Club Catalogue

  • Register your details

  • Select your school and your child's class

  • Add your child's first name & last initial (so the school knows who the book is for)

  • Enter the item number from the Book Club catalogue

  • All orders are sent directly to the school for submission to Scholastic. Books will still be delivered to your child's classroom if you order by the close date

  • Afterwards, there's no need to return paper order forms or payment receipt details back to your school!

Book Week Competition 2023

Our two competitions closed on Friday and there were several correct entries in the naming of the Goldfish Competition. Our two goldfish - one has been named Holy and the other silver one has been named Cross.

Milan Leaupepe successfully matched 14 pets with the correct teacher and only three were unmatched. These two competitions brought many students to the library during the breaks and we are hoping that the library visits will continue. It was great to see some of the younger children being read to by the older students during the breaks.

The Tri Annual Board of Trustees Elections

We have received eight nominations for our School Board of Trustees and five Parent Representatives need to be appointed.

All of our nominees have provided a brief statement about themselves so you can learn a little about them to assist you when you are completing your votes.

All voting papers were posted on Sunday 7 August and you have until 7 September to vote and return the papers to school. Any postal votes will be accepted if received within five days after the election.

Completed voting papers can be placed in a sealed box in the school office if you are worried about posting your votes.

Raffle Tickets

There has been a huge demand for our raffle tickets so if you are unable to sell them all please return them as soon as possible as other families are requesting extra tickets to sell. We would be really delighted if all tickets were sold and returned before the end of Term 3.

NMSSA National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA)

This week we have two teachers in or school who will be looking at the achievement of our Year 4 students in Mathematics and Health and PE. They will be working with a randomly selected group of students whose parents have already given permission for them to participate in this study.This data is all collated and a National Report on their findings will be made available in 2023. There are no individual reports and no schools are identified in the report.

School Lunches

Rostered on for school lunches this week Friday 12/8/22 are: Lesina Fonoimoana and Magdalene Smith.

Please ensure your child's lunch order is handed to the class teacher on Thursday ready for lunches on Friday 12th August.

To place a lunch order please ensure that you place the correct money in an envelope with your child's name, room number and order written on the front of the envelope.


Please note that school will be closed for Teacher Only Days on Thursday 1 September and Friday 2 September School.

Auckland Netball Competition

The draw for the Year 7 & 8 Netball games tomorrow 2/8/22 are as follows:

HCS Y7 Red vs Baradene College Y7A 5.00pm Court 1

HCS Y7 Blue vs St Kentigern College SKC Malesala 4.00pm Court 4

HCS Y8 Blue vs Baradene College Y8A 6.00pm Court 2

HCS Y8 Red vs Baradene College Y8B 5.00pm Court 23

BBNZ Boys’ Brigade

BBNZ (an initiative of The Boys’ Brigade) has a passion for impacting the lives of boys and young men around New Zealand, providing them with life skills and character building that equips them to become leaders in their families, churches and communities.

BB programmes are hands-on activities such as cooking, construction projects, learning to ride bikes, change car tyres and loads more. We also participate in service projects in the community.

BB programme is devoted to Christian based values and resources.

Information and Registration night: Thursday 11th August 4pm

Where: St George’s Parish, 5 Landscape Rd, Papatoetoe.

Contact: Rev’d Onosai Auva’a 021-1112474

Principal Awards for Friday 5th August


R1 Nadyah Sa’u-Tipelu, Shirley Tapili

R4 James Dilworth, Ezra Brbich


R9 Dion Odisho, Meleane Pailate

R10 Mayson Ofakineafu, Kahu-Pounamu Esekielu


R1a Riley Hunt, Jake Jinomon

R2 Zephaniah Palelei, Schulyer Tapelu

R3 Austin Laijo, Lorenzo Sautia

Te Matauranga

R11 Israel Fruean, Frances Lene

R13 Jiltrice lealaitafea, April Sio


R14 Emily Deepak, Abel Joseph

R15 Joseph Brown, Olivia Younis

R16 Elisabeth Latu, Poerani Karena


R18 Joselle Filipo, Devonte McCormick-Fonoimoana

R19 Bianca Uasike, Sebastian Gago


R17 Hebron - Johnson Kaleti, Elena Sio-Lokam

R21 Lucius Mataia, Junale Te’o

R22 Jessiah Vaaga, Ruby Neil-Nili


R6 Teuila Lovo, Sarah Cowan

R7 McKenzie Phillips-Fawdry, Briana Hau Kautai

R8 Anatasia Sole, Meredith Macdonald

School App

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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.