Newsletter 18th October 2021

Holy Cross Catholic School Papatoetoe

Our Vision: Learning and Growing in Christ

Dear Parents & Caregivers

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa, Talofa Lava, Malo e Lelei, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Kia Orana, Hola como Estas, Marhaba, Greetings to you all.

Welcome to Term 4 2021 as we continue to navigate the unknown of Covid 19. We cannot make any decisions about the opening of school as we have to wait for announcements from the Government.

I trust you are all keeping safe and well in your bubbles. We have started Distance Learning for all of our students.

All students from Year 3 to 8 are expected to be on their class Google Meet at 9.00am for their instructions each day. At this time the class roll will be taken and those students who are not present will be marked absent.

All our Years 0 - 2 students have should have collected their new hard packs this week.

if you haven’t collected one yet they are still unavailable until 3.00pm tomorrow (Thursday 20th October).

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A Calling Card for Heaven

Would you like to begin it as a family tradition but it’s just too hard to manage?

Toddlers with their short attention spans, older children and spouses all with their own schedules can certainly test a commitment to any kind of family prayer time apart from Mass on Sunday (and even that can be a stretch at times).

Maybe you’ve thought about it a few times and then rejected the idea for some reason or another? Might it be the Holy Spirit giving you a gentle nudge into giving it a try? October is traditionally the month of the Rosary. The Church celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th and invites the faithful to rediscover the beauty of this ancient prayer.

The Rosary is a ‘one-size-fits-all’ Prayer.

It’s hard to image a more versatile prayer than the Rosary and maybe that is part of its enduring popularity over so many centuries. It is often the go-to prayer for groups and families and even young children can take turns at leading the Hail Mary and the Our Father Prayers.

The Rosary unites us to God and with each other.

Children of Essential Workers

If you require your child to attend school because you have to return to work and have no alternative child care please email Julie Paul, to confirm a place in one of our school bubbles.

Uniform Shop

The uniform shop remains closed until further notice. When we are out of Lockdown Restrictions we will inform you of the uniform shop hours which we will extend as we understand that may parents, wish to purchase new summer uniforms. Just a reminder that we do not stock sandals and that our school policy states that students must wear plain black sandals with a back in them and Year 6 boys and Year 7 & 8 girls may wear regulation black shoes with navy school socks for the boys and white ankle socks for the girls.

Enrolments for 2022

We are completing our enrolments for 2022 and if you have a child turning five years old next year. Please submit your enrolment as soon as possible. The enrolment form is available on our website / school info / Enrolments. Please ensure you have all the documentation as stated on our website as we are unable to accept and process partially completed enrolments.

De La Salle College Accepting Enrolments for 2022 Now!!

De La Salle College provides a Catholic education to 1000 boys from Years 7 to Year 13, founded on the values and teachings of our Founder, St John Baptiste De La Salle. At De La Salle College we create men of Faith, Service, Community and Excellence.

Please go to the College website to download and print an enrolment pack or come into our College Office to pick one up in Level 2.

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Any further queries please email: or call our Enrolment Officer on 276 4319 ext 816 during term time 8am-4pm