Newsletter Wk3 8 August 2022
Holy Cross Catholic School Papatoetoe
Our Vision: Learning and Growing in Christ
Dear Parents and Caregivers
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
Message from the Principal
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
School Closed for TEACHER ONLY ACCORD DAYS
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 email@example.com
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
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
Location: Holy Cross Catholic School Papatoetoe 21 Carruth Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 278 8224