Tuesday, 8 May 2018


We welcome FoodStorm to our school in Term Two.

FoodStorm is an exciting new cooking programme created by LittleCooks in partnership with sKids (Safe Kids in Daily Supervision).
This programme is for all our Year 7 students on Thursdays for 1 ½ hours and will be fully funded by our school, at no cost to families.

The FoodStorm programme is linked to the New Zealand Curriculum and will integrate Science which is our Term Two focus, with Mathematics, Food Technology and Literacy. The five Key Competencies of Thinking, Participating & Contributing, Managing Self, Relating to Others and Using Language, Symbols and Texts will also all be fully developed throughout this exciting programme.

FoodStorm has been carefully designed to develop our young people’s nutritional knowledge and cooking skills, allowing them to become active participants in their own health and wellbeing.
Throughout Term Two, students will learn to cook a new dish each week, as they work in small groups, often exposing their palettes to new and different flavours. They will learn cutlery and table setting and the importance of teamwork, tolerance and sharing.  At the end of each workshop, the girls will get to enjoy what they have prepared and cooked.

There will also be the opportunity to participate in a national Cooking Competition against other schools.

The FoodStorm programme supports, emphasises and empowers students to learn the stages of the cooking process within a safe environment and to be able to transfer their knowledge at home.

FoodStorm is facilitated by two professional tutors, supervised by myself.  We will be using the hall kitchen facilities.  Any food allergies have been acknowledged and accounted for.

We know that as adults, our young people will work and interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and food and healthy lifestyles will certainly be the conduit for global connections and communications, no matter where their futures will take them.

At the end of the Term, the girls will prepare a three course meal set for Fine Dining.  

Sunday, 29 April 2018


Look forward to seeing you all on Monday. I hope you have read many many books, had a good rest and have all completed your Statistics Assignment.  

Don't forget your PE Gear on Monday please.  We have Syndicate Sports in the afternoon to prepare for our Fun Run in Week 3.  Don't forget to nab those sponsors. The more you collect, the greater the selection of prizes you will be able to choose from. Only three weeks until 'Run Day'.  

Science will be our focus for Term Two in preparation for our Science Fair in Term Three.  We will also be able to achieve Science Badges for a variety of Scientific Investigations. Watch this space!

Our ANZAC Liturgy will be held on Friday at 10.00 am in the hall - we extend a warm invitation to all family and extended family to attend, as we remember our returned service men and women. 

Our Catholic Special Character External Review will be carried out in Week 2 on the 9th & 10th May. We look forward to hosting the RE Review team from the Auckland Catholic Diocese. 

Foodstorm - Our Year 7 students are blessed to be able to experience this special cooking programme. They will learn life skills, healthy eating, integrated with Mathematics, Science and Food Technology. How lucky are they! 

Here's to another great Term of learning packed with fun and excitement!!

May God continue to watch over all our families.
Mrs Stepanicic

Sunday, 15 April 2018


Blessings for a safe and happy holiday. 
Remember: Reading gives you knowledge and Knowledge gives you the power to become whatever you want to be!! 

See you all in Term Two, ready to be transformed into SCIENTISTS! 

Please don't forget to book an appointment for our Parent/Teacher Interviews in Week 3 of Term 2. Let's discuss our learning together and set some positive and achievable goals. 

I love to read poetry and one of my favourite Theologian Poets is Helen Steiner Rice. I love her faith manifested through her inspirational verses; uncomplicated and yet so full of strength and might! 

Show me the way,
not to fortune and fame,
Not how to win laurels
or praise for my name --
But Show Me The Way
to spread "The Great Story"
That "Thine is the Kingdom
and the Power and the Glory."
Helen Steiner Rice 

Fakafeta'i lahi atu
Mrs Stepanicic

Thursday, 5 April 2018


We warmly invite all our family and friends to Part II of our Easter Liturgy, to remember 'the most important story ever told' and to celebrate our Risen Lord, Alleluia, Alleluia! 
Where: our hall When: Friday 6th April at 12 noon.
See you all there. 
Arohanui Room 11  

Wednesday, 28 March 2018


Easter is our greatest Christian feast. As Saint Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:14, "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain." Without Easter—without the Resurrection of Christ—there would be no Christian Faith. Christ's Resurrection is the proof of His Divinity”.   Amen!

Today, at our Easter Liturgy, we had an "Encounter with Christ". These are our thoughts and reflections about Holy Week and the meaning of Easter. 

Elizabeth - Easter to me means God and Forgiveness.
Paige - Easter to me means a time to celebrate Jesus' life and to show our four Core Values.
Jayda - Easter to me is a time to forgive and show love, just like Jesus did when he died for us.
Tirzah - Easter to me is about our salvation and the firm foundation of Catholicism. 
Hailee-Renee - Easter to me is a time to focus on Jesus and the sacrifice He made for us.
Asela - Easter to me means that on the third day, Jesus rose up from the dead and  we can ask Jesus for forgiveness.
Jahzeel - Easter to me means Jesus sacrificed His life for us.
Lasi-Praise - Easter to me is a time to reflect upon Jesus' death on the cross.
Annabelle - Easter to me means that God loved us so much that he sacrificed his only son to save us.
Epi - Easter to me means forgiving and loving each other just like Jesus.
Blessing - Easter to me is like a sacrifice because Jesus sacrificed his life for us.
Teuila - Easter to me means sacrifice because Jesus sacrificed himself to save us from sin.
Dominique - Easter to me means forgiveness. Jesus forgave us and gave up his life for us so that we can be saved from our sins.
Connie-Vaai - Easter to me means following in Jesus' footsteps and loving each other as he has loved us.
Princess - Easter to me means that Jesus died for our sins and he gave up his life for us.
Malia - Easter to me means forgiveness and to love others and yourself.
Trinity - Easter to me means the death of Jesus and how he sacrificed his own life for us. 
Chrisllaine - Easter to me means my saviour and redeemer dying on the cross for my sins and when he rose again, my soul rejoices and my heart is filled with love, faith, hope and joy.
Danny-Elle - Easter to me means that Jesus died to save us from our sins and it is wonderful to know that GOD loves us all so much. 
Katherine - Easter to me means that Jesus died for us on the cross to save us from our sins and we can rejoice "He has risen" on Easter Sunday.
Jenaya - Easter to me means 'praise the Lord for what he has done for us!" We should always act like Jesus towards others.
Jacinta - Easter to me means God died for us so that we can have salvation and receive the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. 

As their teacher and Faith leader at our school, I praise God for the beauty of all the girls in Room 11.

We share our Easter Sunday Prayer with you. Please pray this together with your family.

Lord we lift our hearts to you. As the dawn breaks, may we carry the unity we share into every moment knowing that we are one with the risen Christ.

Lord, we lift our eyes to you. As the sunrises, may this moment stay with us, reminding us to look for the beautiful colours of promise in your word.

Lord, we lift our prayers to you. As the dew air falls, may we breathe in and know that like the earth, you sustain us, keep us and work within us always.

And so, we lift our voices to you. We celebrate the greatest day in history, when Jesus rose from death, defeated darkness and bathed the world in stunning resurrection light. May we ever live to praise you! 


Friday, 23 March 2018



It is said that “Chinese is the language of the future” and that learning Mandarin is fast becoming an important skill for students in our schools today. Holy Cross is blessed to be a Confucius School and all our students have the opportunity to learn Mandarin every week
taught by Mrs Booth, our Specialist Language Linguist.  We also welcome our MLA, Ting to our school. 

On Saturday 18th November 2017, three students from our Intermediate School, Yoana Llenaresas – Yr 8, Jaden Llenaresas – Yr 7 and Tirzah Alfante – Yr 7, attended the Youth Chinese Test Level 1 and Level 2 examinations held at Auckland University, together with students from many Auckland schools. 

The girls have had the opportunity to learn Mandarin (as have all our students) since Year 1 at Holy Cross and the girls have all had the full support of their families, who know the value of education, as well as learning other languages, especially Mandarin. 

These students are committed to being fluent speakers and writers of Mandarin. 

In 2016, Yoana achieved the highest score in the Youth Chinese Test Level 1, a credit to her hard work, and she did it again in 2017. Yoana is now studying in Year 9 at Avondale College; we know that she will continue to be successful. 

Jaden and Tirzah have moved into Year 8 at our School.

We commend these students for their high work ethic, tenacity and passion for learning Languages. It is truly a gift from God that will benefit them immensely in the future. 

The challenge is now out to more students to take up this wonderful opportunity available to them in Room 11. Let's make 2018, our 'Year of more in Languages'.

Congratulations Jaden and Tirzah - our  Year 8 'Mandarin Language' Stars! 

Lucky world, here you come!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018


Congratulations to Tirzah Alfante and Katherine Lesatele, our new Social Justice Ambassadors for 2018. We are proud of you both. Tirzah and Katherine show Christ every day in their words and deeds. May God bless you both in your mission. 


We welcome  FoodStorm to our school in Term Two. FoodStorm is an exciting new cooking programme created by LittleCooks in partnership...