Newsletter Wk2 9 May 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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We can focus on a number of things this week. We celebrate 'Good Shepherd Sunday' and 'Vocations Sunday’. We also celebrate 'Mother's Day'. To acknowledge our Mothers and other caregivers in our lives is fitting and links these titles because we hold the vocation of 'Mothering' in such high esteem. How often did we experience the voice of Christ coming through our Mothers?

Sunday's Gospel says, 'the sheep that belong to me listen to my voice'.

Even Jesus himself initiated his public ministry by listening to his mother when she said to the stewards at Cana, 'Do whatever he tells you'.

May all who share qualities of motherhood continue to be blessed and be the blessing they are.

We give thanks for Christ, our Good Shepherd, and we renew our commitment to our own particular vocation. We pray for those discerning God's call in their lives and we remember and acknowledge our mothers today, both living and dead, with much love and deep gratitude.

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

We wish all our Mothers, Grandmothers, Step Mothers and all the many women who provide motherly love, guidance and support to so many children, young and old, special blessings not only on Mother’s Day, but always.

We offer this prayer for them all;

Dear Lord,

We give thanks to all mothers who so generously and freely give love, comfort, and guidance to their children every day. We ask you, Lord, to give them the strength to carry on doing their work. Give them patience and let them see that they are loved, appreciated and respected. We thank you for the sacrifice each mother makes every day and pray that you bless them and touch them with your Grace.


Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Welcome to Week 2 and it has been a joy to be back in our school environment which is alive and well populated as the majority of our students have returned to school. We have already begun training in earnest to make up for lost time as we undertake the challenges of our Winter Sports Programme. Last week the Year 5 and 6 students were enthusiastic and keen to play their first round of inter school sports against Puhinui. I really don’t think the final scores were of great importance when you saw the sheer delight on everyone’s faces. They all really enjoyed participating and the wins or losses were just the outcomes of games. I really do believe we often underestimate the importance of catering for all aspects of our children’s Hauora, (Health and Wellbeing). They do need spiritual, physical, social and emotional nourishment to grow into well rounded adults who can contribute positively to society..

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


School Mass

We are celebrating our first full School Mass of the year on Wednesday 11th May at 9.00am.

Father Andrew has suggested we have our school Mass at this time so we are not mixing with the parishioners. Children are encouraged to wear a mask to church as we continue to keep ourselves safe in these COVID times.

After school, please remember that children are only allowed to wait in front of the Church until 3.05pm when the road patrols come off duty. After this time the duty teacher will then take them back to the front of the school outside the School Office.

The New Religious Education Curriculum

On Friday teachers from the Religious Education team will attend the launch of the new Curriculum at Sancta Maria College. To Tataou Whakapono, Our Faith, the new Religious Education Document has been approved by the NZ bishops and will now be rolled out in the schools, over a period of time, to ensure there is support and time for familiarisation of the new document before its expected implementation in 2024.

Winter Uniforms

Please phone the School Office on 09 278-8224 to make an appointment to purchase winter uniforms.

All children will need to be in the correct winter uniform by Monday 16 May.

Plain black leather shoes are the compulsory regulation footwear at our school.

We do not allow sandshoes, sport shoes or boots.

Secondhand Uniforms

If you have any second hand uniforms that you wish to donate to the school we would be grateful. We are looking for girls’ winter tunics or girls’ summer dresses in good condition. The uniforms would be for families in need and any donations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Enrolments for 2023

Please ensure all children who are turning five in 2023 are enrolled as we will be reviewing our waiting list in July. We already have a large number of children on the waiting list for next year so the sooner you enrol your child, the better.

Our roll is almost at capacity (600 students) for 2022 with no available spaces and therefore enrolments received now will be placed on the waiting list.

School Lunches

Lunch orders need to be given to the classroom teacher NO LATER THAN on Thursday 12/5/22 so that our PTFA volunteers can be ready for Friday. Donna Leaupepe Nd Moe Toiaivao are rostered on for Friday 13/5/22.

Please ensure that your child’s lunch order is written on the front of an envelope and has the correct money inside. Below is the lunch order menu. Please note that we have discontinued the quiche option.

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Scholastic Book Club

This week your child will receive the latest book club offer and we encourage families to follow the procedure and order online. It is quick and convenient and your books will still be delivered to school.

See below the guidelines for online ordering.

  • 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!

Auckland Netball Competition Begins this Week

The Years 7 & 8 netball competition will begin tomorrow (Tuesday 10th May) at the Auckland Netball Centre, 7 Allison Ferguson Drive, St. Johns. The teams will be transported by bus straight after school. Parents need to collect their children from the netball courts immediately after their child’s game as we DO NOT provide buses after netball. Thank you. Details of the games for tomorrow night are as follows:

HCS Y8 Red vs Glen Innes School GIS Xtreme Supreme 5.00pm Court 22

HCS Y8 Blue vs Revelation Panthers Y8 6.00pm Court 1

HCS Y7 Blue vs Livewires Y7 6.00pm Court 24

HCS Y7 Red vs St Cuthbert’s Y7/3 6.00pm Court 27

Sports Exchange Between Schools

Winter Sports exchange begins this week and teams will be playing Papatoetoe Central. The details are as follows:

Games start at 1.20pm
Games at Papatoetoe Recreation Ground: Boys’ soccer A and B
Games at Papatoetoe Central: Netball C and D, Rugby Under 50kg

Term 2 Entry Level WATERPOLO HAVE A GO sessions (FREE)

Who: Any year 5-8 Students

Where: Manurewa Aquatic Centre, Sykes Rd, Manurewa

Where: Fridays 5.45 - 6.45pm, every week during Term 2 (except 3 June)

What: Have a go at Waterpolo - Club coaches will involve athletes in a skills training session with the aim to build to playing games

Cost is FREE

Bring togs and towel and a drink bottle

Please Note: Waterpolo is played in 2m deep water. It is important that athletes are confident in not being able to touch the bottom. Some swimming ability is helpful.

For further information or with any questions, please contact Margaret or Shimera

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


R1 Madelyn Tulua Taito, Athena Cuyos

R4 Anthony (AJ) Tuimauga, Eva Naufahu

R5 Shirley Tafili, Eva Shinto


R4A Hannah Rammo, Avery Pakipaki

R9 Nasyrah Patuua-Perry, Lennox Malele

R10 Emanuelle Fidow Brewster Adelina Tauga


R1A Kaylynn Lufe, Omani Tonga

R2 Riley Saena, Harper Lavea,

R3 Angelo Arquiza, Sophie Sole

Te Matauranga

R11 Saili Matu, Moriah Kelly-Munro

R12 Easton Ofakineiafu, Brooklyn Teofilo

R13 Blake McKenna-Lilo, Lucius Laulu


R14 Maaimoa Latu, Reign Pakipaki

R15 Joseph Brown, Mikayla-Rose Fuka

R16 Patience Eseloma, Marius Georges


R18 Madison Collins, Tamehana Esekielu

R19 Koko Fiaola, Charles Miriau

R20 Tiare Sialaoa,Joshua Collins


R17 Jerry Ielenimo, Hebron-Johnson Kaleti

R21 Bowen Manarangi-Trott, Aja-Rayn Hopoi

R22 Ethan King, Ruby Neil-Nili


R6 Jin leaunoa, Presais Uasike

R7 Raylah Neil-Nili, Jessica Petelo

R8 Junelle Leo-Nansen, Anatasia Sole