Newsletter Wk1 1 February 2023

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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As we look forward to beginning a new school year, let’s think a little bit about Gratitude. Consciously cultivating gratitude in your life can alter the way you see the world for the better! Seeing the goodness in everything and everyone, and making an effort to acknowledge it, dramatically shifts the way we see our own life, the people in it, and the many wonderful gifts we are given. Encouraging our children to cultivate gratitude is setting them up for a healthy, resilient adulthood. Why not have a family discussion this week and talk about all the things we can be grateful for?

Blessings on your week ahead 😊

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

How unfortunate that this week, we are welcoming you all through our newsletter instead of acknowledging you all in person as you enter into our school for the 2023 year. The major weather event that has engulfed Auckland over our Anniversary Weekend has caused some major damage across our city and has disrupted the start of our school year.

Our school and surrounding area has escaped any major damage and for this we are truly grateful. We were anxious as we thought the torrential rain may have caused damage to our B block that is in the middle of having windows removed and replaced, but luckily the site was well protected with the overhead canopy and the fencing.

We are delighted that you will all be able to return to school on Tuesday 7 February after Waitangi Weekend when we hope you will all be able to venture outside and enjoy some true New Zealand summer weather before returning to school, revitalised and ready to Live and Learn in Christ.

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa
Julie Paul


Staffing for 2023

There have been some minor changes to our Staffing for the 2023 year.

Farewell to Mr Bryan ‘Ofamo’oni

Bryan resigned in January and moved to Brisbane with his family. He plans to continue his teaching career and we wish him all the best. We are very grateful to him for all he contributed to Holy Cross Catholic School during the 23 years he worked here. He will be fondly remembered by all the students who have been in his classes, for all the sports teams he has coached, and for all the championships the school has won under his leadership.

We have made the following adjustments to our staffing;

Ms Deahna Salter Room 18 Year 5 & 6

Ms Ann O’Grady Room 13 Year 3 & 4

Mrs Anna Bucheler Rooms 4/5 Year 1

New Staff

We welcome our new staff member Ms Araliina Sawa. We are delighted she has joined our staff and we know she will be made to feel very welcome in our school community. We also welcome Ms Deahna Salter who is now in a full-time position on our staff. We are pleased to have also employed another Teacher Aide / Learning Assistant Ms Hera Potangaroa.

2023 Staff

Harinui - Year 0 and 1

Room 1 Year 1 Ms Pat Helsham

Room 4 Year 1 Ms Anna Bucheler

Aroha Year 1

Room 9 Mrs Nola Lucre

Room 10 Mrs Seneuefa Henry

Room 4a Mrs Donna Leuapepe, Mrs Jan de Koning

Arohanui Year 2

Room 1a Mrs Judith Fromont / Mrs Sarda Pancha

Room 2 Ms Kelly Skipper

Room 3 Ms Tiomai Brown

Te Matauranga Year 3 and 4

Room 11 Mrs Goretti Meredith

Room 12 Mrs Leighton Tuala

Room 13 Mrs Ann O’Grady

Tumanako Year 3 and 4

Room 14 Mrs Esther Anitelea

Room 15 Mrs Maureen Gass

Room 16 Mrs Win Poe

Atawhai Year 5 and 6

Room 19 Ms Ahriel Siluuga

Room 20 Ms Araliina Sawa

Room 22 Ms Hayley Gordon

Manaakitanga Year 5 and 6

Room 17 Mr Sherwin Stowers

Room 18 Ms Deahna Salter

Room 21 Mr James Kaleti

Rangimarie Year 7 & 8

Room 6 Mrs Betty Ryan

Room 7 Mrs Carmelita Kyd

Room 8 Mr Shaun Ginders

Office Administration

Ms Susan Bell

(Principal's PA)

Ms Helen Peri

(Executive Officer)

Part-time Staff

Mr Rob Allen

Mrs Annelies Jansen

Mrs Sarda Pancha,

Mrs Jen Jefferson

Mrs Patricia Gribble

Mrs Kay Pillay

Teacher Aides

Mrs Trish Deli

Ms Micaela Ginders

Mrs Anne Kelly

Mrs Carlie Kingham

Ms Ana Nuafe

Ms Gemma Potangaroa

Ms Hera Potangaroa

Mr Taani Samani

Sister Tulua

Mrs Diana Zivkovich

Uniform Appointments

The uniform appointments will continue from tomorrow, Wednesday 1 February, as long as the weather permits. You must have a booking and you will be able to make appointments for uniform fittings and purchasing by emailing

Please ensure your child has the correct school uniform including a hat and that all clothing is clearly named including drink bottles and lunch boxes.

Welcome Assembly

When we return to school next week, we will have an assembly to welcome our new students and teachers on Wednesday 8th February at 9.00am in the hall. Any parents, guardians and whanau are welcome to join us.

Support & Pastoral Care

We are concerned that some of our school community may have been affected by the torrential rain and subsequent flooding and damage to their homes and would like to assist and help them if we can. Please contact:

Siueli Vatikani

Social Worker in School (SWiS)

Holy Cross Catholic School Papatoetoe


Mobile: 027 702 0864 ( telephone or text )

Stationery Accounts

All students will receive a stationery account next week. The cost of stationery is as follows:

  • Years 1 - 5 stationery is $25.00

  • Year 6 stationery is $25.00 Year 6 Camp is: $100.00

  • Years 7 & 8 stationery and technology will be: $120.00

  • Year 7 Camp will be $200.00

  • Year 8 Camp will be $200.00

We ask that all stationery bills are paid promptly by 31st March. Please note that we pass on all savings to our families for stationery and we do not charge for any of the software licences that our children have access to or for the use of school devices.

Camp fees may be paid in installments but must be paid by:

Year 8 by the end of Term 2

Year 6 and 7 by the end of Term 3.

All stationery, uniforms and camp fees are to be paid into the following account:

ASB Account 12 3028 0484186 00.

Please use your child’s initial and surname for reference and for code put stationery, camp, uniform etc.

Attendance Dues

When accepting a place at any Catholic integrated school you agree to pay the attendance dues. This year the attendance dues are $488.00 per annum or $122.00 per child per term. Please make arrangements for this payment by automatic payment to the following bank account: BNZ 02 0232 0158405 97 with the reference Att Dues and your child’s Initials and Surname.

You may also pay Attendance Dues at the school office. All fees for each term must be paid in full by the end of each term.

If you are having difficulties meeting your attendance dues obligations, please contact by email or telephone Helen Peri or myself to arrange an appointment.

We encourage families to pay the Catholic Special Character Contribution of $50.00 per child, which is a donation. This money supports the further development of resources, materials and professional development for teachers in Catholic Schools.

IMPORTANT Automatic Payments / Banking

Please ensure that you pay Attendances into the BNZ account and stationery, trips and camp in the ASB account.

We are unable to access money that is put into the BNZ account as this money goes directly to the diocese for Attendance Dues and the Catholic Special Character.

Support and Pastoral Care

We are concerned that some of our school community may have been affected by the torrential rain and subsequent flooding and damage to their homes and would like to assist and help them if we can. Please contact:

Siueli Vatikani

Social Worker in School (SWiS)

Holy Cross Catholic School Papatoetoe


Mobile: 027 702 0864 ( telephone or text )

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.