Newsletter Wk3 31 Oct 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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‘He ran ahead to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way.’

Maybe sometimes we have difficulty like Zacchaeus in seeing Jesus due to some issue or shortcoming? Zacchaeus climbed a tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus. What do we need to do to recognise him in the encounters of our everyday life? How do we respond when we do see him? Jesus looked up and spoke to Zacchaeus, ‘Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I must stay at your house today.’ Zacchaeus was not used to such warmth and friendship and he welcomes Jesus with joy into his home.

Christ extends that warmth, friendship and acceptance towards us in all our confusion, doubts, worries and regrets. Are we ready to welcome Jesus into the home of our hearts despite those things that turn us in on ourselves? Zacchaeus was changed by the encounter he had with Jesus. We are invited by the life and example of Jesus to show compassion towards ourselves and other people. To believe with conviction that ‘Today salvation has come to this house.’ Our house.

Blessings on the week ahead and please pray for our children who are going to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next Sunday.

Blessings on your week.

School/Parish Mass

Yesterday the School led the Parish 10.00am Mass. Thank you to all the students and their families who joined us for this Eucharistic Celebration. Father Andrew’s homily was about Confirmation which was an excellent lead into and reminder for those children who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, 6th November at 10.00am Mass.

We truly appreciate our families who attended this Mass as we know many of you leave your own parishes to join the school at this Mass and we acknowledge you for making this extra commitment. There are only two, sometimes three, of these Masses a year and we like to see as many of our students at these Masses to support the parish in the same way that the parish community supports our school.

All Saints and All Souls Days

On Tuesday, 1 November there will be a whole School Mass at 11.30am led by the Atawhai Syndicate to celebrate All Saints Day. Each class will present their Memorial Book during the Offertory for Father’s blessing in preparation for Wednesday, 2 November, All Souls Day. During the month of November we are praying especially for any family members / loved ones who have passed away.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Another month is drawing to a close as the end of the year fast approaches. In the commercial world we are being bombarded with Halloween and Trick or Treating. But as you will read below, we turn our attention to the Feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. These are the days when we especially reflect on the lives of the saints and the lives of many others who have gone before us. We pray for the many inspiring people who have influenced our lives. During the month of November our students will be reflecting on these two specific groups of people, remembering and being encouraged to recall their special memories of their departed loved ones and people who inspire them.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Welcome to Our Place Where Everyone is Learning and Growing in Christ

Agnes Fedrin and Tomu Mocelutu join us in Harinui as Year 0 students. We hope they will enjoy their time here at Holy Cross Catholic School.

Non-Uniform Day Thursday 3/11/22

This Thursday is our non-uniform day to collect grocery items for the hampers for the Big Wheel on Fair Day. Children will receive a notice indicating what items they need to bring. Thank you.

Attendance Dues and School Stationery

Thank you to all the Whanau who have given their attention to these unpaid accounts. All stationery needs to be paid in full by the 20 November and all attendance dues should be settled by the last week of Term 4.

School Nurse

We welcome Rebecca Nalder who is our new school nurse from the Mana Kidz Programme at Te Hononga. Rebecca will be in our school on Tuesdays and if you want your child to see the nurse, please telephone the office and we can arrange this. Children are still able to self-refer if they are feeling unwell. The nurse will always contact the Whanau if she sees your child.

Junior Sports Awards

Congratulations to Laila ‘Ofamo’oni who was nominated for Papatoetoe Junior Sportsperson of the year. It was an honour to be nominated. We are also proud of our past students who were nominated: Kayliss Fatialofa - U18, Teresa Mayerhofler - U15, Jezreel Ah Chee - U13, Ivona Utueli U15 sports woman.

Congratulations to Natalia Rankin -Chitar who won the U18 Sports Woman category.

School Fair Helpers

Thank you to those people who have volunteered to help prior to the fair with setting up collection of items and to those who are helping on the day. If you are able to help in any way please contact the school office 278-8224.

Big Thank You for Supporting the Pre fair Garage Sale

Last Thursday we held our pre fair garage sale to help us sell some of the larger auction items. This was most successful and we thank everyone who supported it. We raised just under $1000.00 and are very grateful to everyone who gave their time and to those who purchased items. We still have some furniture available and this will be on display at the fair. If anyone is still interested we have 18 covered chairs, a baby stroller, a baby’s cot etc

School Athletics Day

Last week was our Year 5-6 Athletics Day which was held at Omana Park This was a most successful day thanks to Mr ‘Ofamo’oni and all the Year 5/6 teachers, Ms Janine Waith and Ms Gemma Potangaroa. The students were able to participate in the whole range of track and field events as well as staff versus student relay.

Quickhit Cricket Tournament

Seven teams participated in a Cricket Competition last week. These students were given an opportunity to further develop their cricket skills in a tournament situation. Special thanks to Mr ‘Ofamo’oni, Mrs Leighton Tuala and Mrs Win Poe for coaching and supporting these teams.

Road Safety

Please note our school is not exempt from this Road Rule and it is not only illegal, but it puts our Road Patrol girls in a dangerous position as well as other children.

Where not to park | Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

On 'no stopping' lines (broken yellow lines) marked within 1 metre off the edge of the road, which you may see near pedestrian crossings, intersections, driveways or narrow roads. You must not stop or park.

Scholastic Book Orders

All book club orders are now done online but if you are having any difficulty, please bring your order into school and we can show you how to place an order. The following instructions should help you to do an online order.

Book Club orders for Order 7 close on Thursday, 10 November. There will be one more Book Club offer before the end of the year.

Ordering Online

Go to website: LOGIN ( If you don't already have an account you will need to click the REGISTER button. If you have an account click on the RED SIGN IN button and enter your username and password. Search for the issue at the top or click browse for the catalogue. Choose your items and follow the prompts for online payment.

Summer Reading Offer

You have received the Summer Reading Offer which contains a selection of books that are all only $5.00 each. These books are excellent value and make great Christmas presents. These orders have to be returned to school with the money in cash. The orders need to be placed through the office only. These orders close on Friday,19th November and no late orders are accepted.

Year 5 & 6 Waterpolo

Well done to four of our Holy Cross students who played in the U12 Olympic Hopefuls Waterpolo tournament on the weekend. Jessica McGechie, Buchanan Tuiogo, Charles Miriau, Elena Sio-Lokam.

Saturday 5th November Draw: HC Blue vs Alfriston 1:40pm, HC Red vs HS Dolphins 2:55pm.

Digital Literacy workshop in Samoan for our Samoan elders at Holy Cross School in Rooms 6, 7 & 8 - the Year 7 & 8 Rangimarie Hub.

CORE Education in collaboration with Auckland Council are offering a free 8-hour introduction Digital Literacy workshop in Samoan for our Samoan elders

The workshops will run over the following nights, from 6 pm - 8 pm.

Thursday 3 November

Monday 7 November

Tuesday 8 November

Wednesday 9 November

Devices will be available to use on the nights of the workshops.

Please register by emailing, texting or telephoning this mobile or telephone or text Tutuila on 02106371

Principal Awards


R4 Emmanuel Ah Lung, Mareko de Jong

R5 Alba Jefferson, James Dilworth


R4a Dion Mathew, Matilda Faalili

R9 Lachlan Mataia, Lennox Malele

R10 Philip Lemisio, Mayson Ofakineiafu

R1 Agnes-Mali Emani-Johnson, William Knight


R1a Kitana Laupola, Jade Harris

R2 Chelsea Brbich, Ioane Putairi

R3 Steven Bijo, Danielle King

Te Matauranga

R12 Jesreth Manio, Archie Stowers

R13 Jiltrice Lealaitafea, Matthew Arguna


R14 Viliami Matupo, Cena Ale

R15 Zeno Bergonia, Lindon Coe

R16 Poerani Karena, Alani Tuala


R18 Faimanifo Collins, Leo To’oto’o Parker

R19 Sione Sakalia, Annbel Boby

R20 Meranda Tuafafo, Kaiden Eeson


R17 Cardiff Lene, Koloti Tangi

R21 Elden Sijo, Mary Lovo

R22 Codie-Robinson Avei, Jennifer Tran


R6 Ailey Ale Evelyn Jisho

R7 Raylah Neil-Nili Angelique Singh

R8 Vanya-Dene Brown Seini Stanley

Catholic Character

Ariana Hall R15

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