holy cross school

By the 1950s were many Catholic families living in Papatoetoe. However, their children had to attend the local state schools, as there was no Catholic school in the Parish.

The Parish worked hard to raise enough money to build a new Catholic primary school. The Parish Priest invited the Sisters of Mercy to teach at the new school. Holy Cross School was opened in 1953 with three classrooms. The first teachers were Sr Mary Annette, Sr Pauline and Sr Mary Andrea.