There will be a Meet the Teacher Evening on Tuesday 20th February in the Hall from 7pm – 8.30pm. Come along and listen to our guest speaker Mr Mike King and meet your child’s teacher.
School will be closed on Monday 5th February due to Waitangi Day weekend.
Kia ora, Talofa, Malo e le lei, Kia Orana, Namaste, Kamusta, مرحبا
As the Advent season draws closer, we prepare for the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas through our Catholic faith, and we farewell another successful academic and sporting year at our school. We are tremendously proud of students and teachers who continue to achieve outstanding results in National Standard, and we thank all our parents who support their children’s educational development at home while continuing to support our school community.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we would like to wish everyone a blessed and safe Christmas. Read the full newsletter under BOT area of this website.
The St Anne’s Shield which was scheduled to be played tomorrow (14th September) has been cancelled due to the wet grounds at Bruce Pulman Park.
Our Vision: Learning and Growing in Christ
Scripture reminds us that all of us in our lives have made the wrong choices and decisions and that through this God is always ready to forgive. God calls on us to leave our wayward ways and walk along the path mapped out for us by our loving Father. Like the father in the Gospel, God waits and watches for our return. Like the shepherd searching for lost sheep, like the housewife searching for the lost coin, God patiently waits for us to come to our senses and return home. The Scripture challenges us to seek and find that which gives us time and lasting peace. We are called to remember God’s faithfulness and compassion towards us and to put it into practice in our own lives. It is then that we will find true peace and know we rest in Him. The journey isn’t easy but what awaits us at the end makes it all worthwhile.
Congratulations to Tiare Ryan (R11) who received the Catholic Character Award for this week.
Assembly – Monday 4th September – Harinui Mass 1st September – Aroha Syndicate
School Lunches Friday 1st September – Theresa Turua, Jani Tupou and Margaret Muliaga
On Sunday 3rd September our Years 5 & 6 water polo team will compete at the Manurewa pools. Parents are welcome to attend.
Junior Singles Indoor Bowls
On Sunday 13th August our indoor bowls team competed in the Manukau Junior Singles Indoor Competition against other South Auckland clubs. There were 17 entries overall with 7 entries from Holy Cross. I would like to acknowledge all of our team who played well and congratulate Ella Kay and Shweta Mann who came 3rd equal.
PhotoLife Studios – Class Photos
Today PhotoLife Studios was at school from 9am to take class photos. You will need to drop your envelope with the correct money enclosed into PhotoLife Studios, 12 Jack Conway Ave, Manukau after today as they have collected all orders.
Fathers’ Day Raffle
We are selling a Fathers’ Day Raffle in the School Office. The tickets are $1.00 each and the raffle will be drawn on Friday 1st September.
On Thursday 31st August the Tumanako Syndicate will visit the Tip Top factory as part of their topic study.
Papatoetoe Principals’ Music Festival
The Papatoetoe Principals’ Music Festival will be held at the Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau on Wednesday 6th September. The evening will run from 6.30pm – 8.30pm with the doors opening at 6pm. If you wish to purchase tickets to this event, the tickets are priced at $10.00 each and can be purchased from the School Office.
APPA Primary Schools’ Music Festival
The Auckland Primary Principal Association Music Festival will be held on Tuesday 14th November. Tickets MUST BE ordered no later than Friday 15th September. The tickets will cost $10.00 each for adults and children. Please pay your money at the School Office.
St Anne’s Shield
The St Anne’s Shield will be held on Tuesday 12th September at Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura. Games will start at approximately 9am and parents are welcome to attend.
Congratulations to the following children who received Principal Awards this week.
|R2||Jayde De Guzman
Nevin John Roy
|Harinui (Y0&1)||Nevaeh Uini-Faiva, Kenzo Na’a, Ceejay Lolo, Rhylee-Jay Masoe|
|Rangimarie (Year 7 & 8)||Gardeniah Fa’afiti, Hien Tran, Shweta Mann, Lexie Hutchby, Mikayla Mulipola, Manea Ryan|
The woman had a terrible headache
An old lady sat alone in the cold on the side of the street at night. Her wrinkly smile started to fade as the wind blew upon her cheek. Her fingers clutched against her face as she ached in pain. The sound of screeching rubber tyres of cars passing by her caused a terrible, terrifying headache which petrified her in agony.
By Charlotte Fuimaono R20
The woman had a terrible headache…
The partially blind old woman was in the middle of a meeting with the president of the United States. She clutched her head as a ferocious pain from the sound of a high pitched screech from the bell sounded. Her head ache was unimaginable.
By Tanekaha Kingi R20
The girl who witnessed an accident
As the beautiful young woman was skipping across the busy intersection a speeding fancy modern car going as fast as lighting, swerved around her and caused a terrifying, terrible, tremendous car crash. Booom! Crraash! skreetch! She was shocked like a stunned mullet. Sarah had just witnessed a horrific car crash between a car and a truck. Her eyes were drawn to the accident that happened in an instant. It was like watching a movie in slow motion.
By Zebohn UIni-Faiva R20
The boy pulled a large fish out of the river.
Tugging and heaving, a young university fellow was struggling to pull a slimy, slippery shiny salmon with all his might and stealthy strength out of the glimmering rough water.
By Noah Collins R20
Congratulations to Malili Pitovao R20 who received the Catholic Character Award this week.
Jesus talked in the Gospel about nations rising up against nations. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, plagues and awesome and mighty sights that will come from the sky. These are pretty terrifying thoughts if you think about them, but these readings are full of hope not doom or fear. Jesus himself says, “Do not be terrified because among all the frightening things, good things will also happen.” This theme of celebration is picked up in the psalm which was composed for the coronation of the King. Look upon the final judgement as a manifestation of the reign of God over all creation.
“The Lord comes to rule the Earth with justice.”
The followers of Jesus Christ look forward with hope to the end of time, a time of resurrection of the dead and life everlasting.
Enrolments for 2015
Due to some parents leaving enrolments at Holy Cross until the last minute, a number of children will miss out on attending here in 2015. We accept enrolments when children turn three years old and it is imperative that you enrol your child when this date arrives. We only have a limited number of spaces due to the Government putting a maximum roll on our school. Once we reach this number we cannot take any more children whether they are siblings or new families wishing to attend Holy Cross. If you are leaving Holy Cross at the end of this year, would you please let us know as soon as possible as we have a waiting list of children who want to take these places. Please do not leave it until the last minute to inform us as this is unfair on the families who are waiting.
Intermediate Water Polo
Our Intermediate Water Polo Team came first in the recent water polo tournament. Congratulations to the team!
Year 7 Camp
Last week our Year 7 girls attended the annual camp at Camp Adair. I would like to congratulate all the girls on the effort they made to participate and complete the challenges they faced. This was a fantastic group of girls who worked well together, not only supporting each other but also in their attitude with to the tasks at hand. I was impressed with many children who overcame their fears and achieved their own personal goals. A special thank you to the parents who came along, Joseph Tafau and Jane Peyroux-Bob. and to Ms Kyd and Ms Hann who also participated in this very successful activity.
Every week I seem to be writing about Attendance Dues. The Catholic Administration Board have contacted me and expressed concern about the number of families who have not paid Attendance Dues this year. Once again I would like to remind families who have not paid that when you enrolled your child at Holy Cross School you agreed to pay this money each term as a condition of entry into the school. As you have seen in many previous newsletters, if you are having trouble paying this money, I am willing to meet with you to find a way to meet this commitment to the school and the Auckland Diocese. It is only approximately $8 per week per child and I feel that all families can make an effort to pay this amount. We would appreciate an effort being made to pay Attendance Dues by 5 December 2014.
PACT Chess Tournament
The Holy Cross Chess Teams competed in the Papatoetoe Inter School Chess Tournament at PACT. They were placed second. I would like to congratulate Katherine Brzozowski who won all of her 6 games.
Head Lice (Nits)
Head lice is an ongoing problem at Holy Cross School as in many other schools at present. We urge all parents/caregivers to treat their children for head lice. Unless we all work together it is impossible to make Holy Cross School free of this concern. We would appreciate your support in this matter. Thank you.
Scholastic Book Orders
Scholastic book order forms were sent home last week. The last day for book orders will be Friday 21st November.
On Tuesday 18th November the Years 0 & 1 syndicate will visit the Auckland Zoo from 9am – 2.30pm as part of their topic study.
I would like to congratulate Armacia Ngan Woo and Kahleigh Matagi for being selected in the U13 Auckland Reps for Softball.
Cricket Auckland Champion of Champions Tournament
On Wednesday 19th November our cricket team will compete in the Auckland Champion of Champions Tournament at Eden Park, outer oval.
Year 6 Outdoor Education Experience
On Wednesday 26th November our Year 6 children will participate on an outdoor education experience at the school which will include orienteering, archery, climbing, cooking, problem solving and water activities. Mr ‘Ofamo’oni is organising this activity.
PhotoLife Studios – Team Photos
PhotoLife Studios will be taking photos of our sports teams on Monday 24th November at 11.10am.
Tuesday 18th November – Papatoetoe Zone Athletics
On Tuesday 18th November our Year 5 & 6 will have their annual athletics competition held at the Papatoetoe Athletic Club, Omana Road Papatoetoe. This will start at approximately 10.30am and all parents are welcome to attend.
Congratulations to the following children who received Principal Awards this week:
|R5||Lin Da Do
|R12||Carter Turner Ioapo
|R16||Auauna Faitamai Saolotoga
Lord, You know that I am growing older.
Keep me from becoming talkative and possessed
with the idea that I must express myself
on every subject.
Release me from the craving to straighten out
Keep me from the recital of endless detail.
Give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my
aches and pains. They are increasing with
the years and my love to speak of them
grows sweeter as time goes by.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally
I may be wrong.
Make me thoughtful but not nosey;
helpful but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom and experience it
does seem a pity not to use it all. But You know,
Lord, I want a few friends at the end.