Week 6 Term 2 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - Wednesday 8 June 2022


Kia ora koutou

So far this year, much of our Religious Education and prayer times have been about preparing (Lent), experiencing (Holy Week), celebrating (Easter Season) and receiving (Pentecost).

With the power of the Holy Spirit behind us, the challenge of Jesus is always with us – to live the Christian life fully and to share that new life with others.

Now the Season of ‘Ordinary Time’ has begun, and classes have begun using green prayer cloths to represent this season in our Liturgical calendar.

Being a tumuaki/principal of a Catholic school is such a great vocation, and I really love being at St Francis de Sales with your tamariki. I especially love it when our littlies bring their writing to share with me, draw me pictures and say “hi” in the playground.


I thought you may appreciate a link to this NZ podcast series - support us to reflect on the scriptures. This week we have a discussion about The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, June 12: https://foodforfaith.org.nz/podcast/homily-studio-sunday-12-june-2022/


Thank you to the many families who shared their thoughts about what is important to you in your child’s report. We have a working group of teachers who are taking a look through your feedback. They will also be exploring various other ways that schools report to families, including ‘real time’ reporting. This review will take much of the year - to ensure we do a thorough job of exploring all options to provide what you have told us is the most important for you to read / hear about your child:

  • Their attitude to learning and willingness to participate (100% of responses)

  • The progress they are making in their learning (100% of responses)

  • Their social and emotional wellbeing (96% of responses)


The teachers are in the midst of preparing each child’s Term Two progress snapshot report. Written reports generally take teachers approximately 6-8 weeks to prepare.

Given that we are in the middle of our reporting review, we have not made any changes to this report format just yet. You will be given another opportunity to share your specific feedback about the term 2 report format and content, once the reports are sent out near the end of this term.

We sought feedback from teachers about a suggestion to delay learning conferences until term 3, partly to ease teacher workload. Feedback was mixed. We also asked you about your preference - 86% of responses to the survey indicated that it is important to you as parents/caregivers to discuss your child’s written report with their teacher after you have received it. Therefore the learning conferences will remain in Term 2.

Earlier in the year, many of you shared feedback that you needed more time for your discussion. Therefore we will hold (slightly longer) learning conferences on the last week of this term immediately following the reports being sent out - to give you all this opportunity. School will finish at 2.00pm on these days (days to be confirmed). Provision will be made for families who are unable to collect their child/ren early at that time.

Bookings for learning conferences will be opened and shared this week in the Friday Reminders.


We are now beginning to experience some of the normal ‘flu season’ sicknesses. Attached in the following PDF is a table to help you assess whether your child is well enough to be at school. I wonder how many of these illnesses you experienced as a child (I can certainly spot a few that I remember having!)

Take care and God bless

Ngā mihi nui

Mary-Angela Tombs


Kāore he mutunga o te Aroha.

The measure of love is love without measure.

Congratulations to the following students who received a certificate at school hui on Friday for showing the value of rangimarie (peace): Harriet M, Ella L, Matthew S, Lunafreya A, Ciro P, Layla-Rose S, Tom K, Shreya CB, George T, Isla S, Harry D, Emma B and Wheke class.

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Congratulations also to Aubert who won the house cup for the most point earned at our school cross country.

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Our annual Mission Fair is next Wednesday 15 June. Ranginui students have been busy organising exciting stalls for the younger ākonga in our kura. The money we raise this year will be going to the Caritas Fund He Oranga Taurikura - A Thriving Life. This programme works with local communities in the Pacific and South East Asia where we will continue to reduce the impact of poverty with a focus on girls and women, refugees and migrants, and indigenous peoples.

As we have moved to a cashless system- you are now able to purchase ticket cards via KINDO. There are $5, $10, $15 and $20 amounts available for you to buy.

On the day of the Mission fair your child will be given a clip card with the amount pre-loaded on them so they will be able to purchase games and goods and the stall holders will clip the dollar amounts at the point of sale.

Ticket sales will close Tuesday 14 June so make sure to get on kindo quick!

Te Rā Whānau o Suzanne Aubert Meri Hōhepa - It would have been her 187th birthday on 19th June

“Let us have a heart like an artichoke, and such a big one that everybody can have a leaf of it”

This year’s quote sets the theme for the heart full of love that is needed in our world today.

Suzanne Aubert’s path to sainthood delayed

The path to New Zealand sainthood of missionary Mother Meri Hōhepa Suzanne Aubert has been delayed with a Vatican medical council deciding a potential miracle attributed to her can be explained by medical science. Thank you for your continued support. Please continue to join us in prayer as we wait in hope that the church will one day formally recognise Meri Hōhepa Suzanne Aubert as a Saint. Read more here.

*Slight correction from last week's newsletter notice* On Wednesday 22 June our kura will be raising money and awareness for those with Autism. Students are able to wear a hoodie of their choice over their school uniform on this day and make donations on Kindo.

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The students who do such an amazing job keeping everyone safe at our road crossings have a refresher training session coming up on Wednesday 22 June starting at 9.15am.

We would love to have some parents/caregivers on board to do some of the supervising sessions with the kids when they are on road patrol duty. This would give valuable time back to the teachers who do these duties.

Parents/caregivers can attend the training session on the 22nd to build confidence and feel comfortable carrying out this supervision.

So if you are keen to volunteer and help out at school but don't have lots of time to give, then this is a great way to get involved.

If you are interested, please email me on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz


We have decided to reintroduce this lunchtime activity. The kids will be able to use their wheels (scooters, skates, bikes, skateboards) at lunchtime on the following days. They must have a helmet to participate:

Tuesdays - Years 4, 5, 6

Wednesdays - Years 7, 8

Thursdays - Years 1, 2, 3


This cup is awarded weekly to a St Francis de Sales student who demonstrates exemplary service to our kura and our community.

A huge congratulations to the amazing Ella W who is this week's recipient of our ‘Principal ‘s Cup’!

Ella is someone who is always using her initiative and always loves to help others!



We will be having a Teacher only day at the end of term 2 on Friday 8 July. School will be closed so you will need to make other arrangements for this day.


The latest Scholastic Book club flyer is out and has another great selection of books for readers from 5-13 years.

SFDS receives a bonus of 10% from each online order. Last year we were able to purchase $500 books for the school library from Book Club bonus dollars.

Note: We only do online orders, please do not send orders to school. Place your order anytime by visiting https://scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club/

Last day for orders is 23 June. If you have any questions please see Chris in Room 7.

St Patrick’s College Open Day Tours – June 2022

Tēnā koutou katoa.

It is with pleasure that I invite you to register to attend one of our Open Day Tours which are to be held on Tuesday 14 June between 10.00am to 11.30am and from 12.30pm to 2.00pm, and again on Thursday 16 June at the same times.

To make a booking please either email admin@stpats.school.nz with your request or to make a booking yourself visit the St Patrick's College website:


On the front page of our website you will see a drop down menu labelled 'Enrol' and if you click on that and scroll down you will see a tab for Open Day.

Open this section and click on the Blue button – book here.

Enter your details and make your selection regarding day/time.

A reminder email will be sent closer to your booked day.

Open Day is a chance for parents to visit our College and learn about the opportunities and experiences that we offer across Years 9 to 13.

Mike Savali



St Catherine's College has scheduled our Open Day/Night for the 8th of June. We are doing it a bit differently this year and we will have two times for families to choose from and they will need to book online for either session.

We have 2 sessions:-

2.00pm and 6.00pm

Where to book:- https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/code/293ps

We look forward to meeting your Year 8 girls and hope that they will join us for 2023.

The following products are available though your school KINDO account

For information on how to get to KINDO Click here to view. From there you are able to pay your school donations, (there is an option to make part payments) uniform and any other school charges or sign ups for sports and extra actvities.

Supporting other children through Kindo
Kindo is adding a new feature to your myKindo portal enabling you to gift to others... starting with KidsCan. You will be able to buy lunch, shop and pay for our school items as normal, and you will now see some KidsCan donation offers on the checkout page.
Kindo will provide the donation receipts so you can claim back the 33% tax rebate – or sign up to TaxGift or Supergenerous to gift the rebate too.
If you have any questions or feedback, please email hello@mykindo.co.nz

Term 2 Policies and Procedures due for review

In term two, the focus is on the Healthcare and Behaviour Management sections.


Behaviour Management Board review

Please feel free to have a look at this on the Schooldocs site and give us your feedback.

Click below to download our school app or please use the following QR code which will take you to the right place



Island Bay After School Care has spaces available for both before and after school care. For enquries please call 0274-575-359 or just drop by and see what we do.


Plant a tree at Paekawakawa Reserve!

Paekawakawa Reserve is a little native bush reserve between Derwent St and Ribble St which is run by local volunteers (and enjoyed by the whole community!).

We would love your helping getting some new trees in the ground over winter.

Please join us for our first planting bee on Saturday, June 18, 2pm to 4pm, 46 Derwent St. Children are welcome, sturdy footwear advised and BYO spades a great help. For more info and updates go to the Paekawakawa Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1182153545690316/



9.30 - 12 Tuesday - All Children under 5 years old welome, especially toddlers and young ones!

Toys, Story-time, Songs, Snacks.

Indoor and secure outdoor play areas.

Coffee and Tea for Caregivers.

$5 per session per family to cover consumables, refreshments, cleaning materials and equipment replacement.

311 The Parade Island Bay (Opposite Patricias Pie Shop)

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List of our Class names, Year groups and PE days

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