Week 8 Term 2 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - Wednesday 22 June 2022


Tēnā koutou whānau

This week we have recognised the birthdate of Venerable Meri Hōhepa - Suzanne Aubert, who was a woman of great faith and an important and much loved person in Wellington and across the country. Suzanne founded the Sisters of Compassion - and she was a strong advocate for the poor, the marginalised, children and mothers who were not able to make ends meet.

Here is a compilation of photos from Suzanne Aubert’s working life. The photos of her funeral procession through the centre of Wellington is testament to how loved she was by all.

Suzanne Aubert - New Zealand's Saint in the making

Here is another video that shares Venerable Suzanne Aubert’s work - with some familiar faces that you may recognise!

Remembering those who have died

During this time of Matariki, we take time to remember people who have passed away during the past year, we celebrate the present and we look to our future. Our prayers are with any of our school community who have lost loved ones over the past 12 months.

Angel of Wisdom, guide us

Angel of Comfort, enfold us

Angel of Light, enlighten our vision

Angel of Presence, fill up the gap of absence

Angel of Memories, scatter the ‘seeds of possibilities’

Angel of Hope, encircle, enfold, embrace us

Angel of Homecoming, remember us

(from ‘A Prayer Companion for Catholic Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand)

Take care and God bless over this upcoming long weekend - especially in your family celebrations of Matariki.

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.

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The sun shone down upon us as we enjoyed our annual Mission Fair. Massive congratulations to our Ranginui ākonga who put the mahi in to organising and running the stalls. We managed to raise $2680 For Caritas’ He Oranga Taurikura programme. Thank you so much to Tom, Suzanne and Fran for all of the hours of work you put in behind the scenes to make it run so smoothly.


Pentecost was celebrated this year on 5th June and commemorates when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles. Some Ranginui ākonga created bible art incorporating symbols important to Pentecost. Tangaroa students created fire and wind.


The new school uniform is ready to order via Kindo!

We have sent home a uniform list for your convenience. This is not an order form. Please place your orders via Kindo.

We will be able to fit uniforms for most children during the school day. If you would like to be present for your child/ren’s fitting, you may book a time during the learning conferences to do this – just select the time when booking the conferences.

Bookings for learning conferences and uniform fittings can be made

at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and the event code is rddfg

If you have any questions or difficulty booking your conferences, please contact Suzanne or Francesca at the school office.

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We have launched our SFDS library website at https://tinyurl.com/SFDS-Library

This week all students have been issued with their own personal library card.

Students will enter their unique ID number from the card into the borrower ID box at the top right hand corner of the home page (no password).

Once logged in they have online access to the school library database from any device, anywhere.

This allows them to:

  • Use the integrated search engine to find books in the library that they might be interested in, and either reserve it for issuing on their next visit or place it on a personal watch list for later.

  • Check on their current loans and renew books without needing to bring them back to the library.

  • Write a review of a book that they have issued and read previously- for other SFDS students to read.

Most children will leave their library cards at home to allow for easy access during out of school hours.

Many thanks to the Board of Trustees for updating our library package and helping to foster and extend reading opportunities for our students.

Chris Wratt



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.


Thank you so much to those families that supplied meals this week!! Its great to belong to such a loving and giving community who are so ready to help!

Pastoral care explained...

One of the great areas of support here at St Francis de Sales School is our Pastoral care

team. This is an amazing group of volunteers who make meals for our families that are going

through a tough time in their lives. Whenever we have a family that could use a wee bit of extra love and support we send out a call for meals from the list of wonderful families that have put their name down and are happy to whip up a meal or some baking. Meals are dropped off to the office and sent to our families going through crises.

This isn’t a regular occurrence, and you are not obliged to make meals every time the call

goes out, however we do need a few more volunteers to add to our email list.

If you would be interested in offering your support and signing up to be called upon when needed please send an email to Fran on the PSL email psl.sfds@gmail.com


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.


Term Two’s learning conferences are booked for:

Tuesday 5 July 2.30pm – 7.00pm

Wednesday 6 July 2.30pm – 6.00pm

On each of these days, school will finish at 2:00pm so the conferences can start at 2.30pm.

Please collect your child/ren at 2.00pm if you are able. If not able to collect your child/ren early, they will be supervised in the school library until 3pm and must be collected from there.

If children normally walk home from school, they may leave at 2.00pm if approved by parents (please let their teacher/s know).

Our new uniform will also be arriving shortly. We will be able to fit uniforms for most children during the school day. If you would like to be present for your child/ren’s fitting, you may book a time during the learning conferences to do this – just select the time when booking the conferences.

Bookings for learning conferences and uniform fittings can be made

at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and the event code is rddfg

If you have any questions or difficulty booking your conferences, please contact Suzanne or Francesca at the school office.

Thanks to the Parry Family who donated a Sphero for our robotics kit!!

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to the following students who received a certificate at Papatuanuku assembly on Friday:

Noah W, Lilou R, Lily Mc, Mali J, James D, Preshil ZP, Israel G, Heidi J, Elijah S, Willow SE, Josel S, Jack C, Ella L, Logan P, Liam N, Tom K and Mabel C.


Congratulations to all of our runners who participated at this event last week - you all made us very proud running in the cold, muddy conditions, it was a real winter cross country experience!

Special congratulations to these students who have qualified for the Regional Cross Country:

Year 8 girls: Darcey S (4th), Lola D (8th)

Year 6 boys: Logan P (9th)

Year 5 girls: Heidi J (2nd)

Special mention to Isaac L in year 8 who came 12th and Charlie K in year 7 who came 15th.


The school swimming sports are coming up on Wednesday 6 July. This year, ALL year 4 - 8 students will be attending. We will be at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Students will have the option to either:

· Enter qualification races to qualify for the Southern Zone Swimming Sports (2m deep pool)

· Participate in other races (1.2m pool) and can use flutter boards and pool noodles

· Participate in both options

Entries will be completed at school.

This event relies on parent/caregiver helpers. If you are able to help out on the day, please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz

If you are volunteering, please make sure you are available for the duration of this event.


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 Willow SE who is this week's recipient of our ‘Principal ‘s Cup’!

Willow is someone who has a great "get up and go" attitude and gets challenges done!

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


Disability Swim Clinics

Swimming New Zealand is working with all the swimming regions across the country to deliver one-day (approx. 2 hours) Disability Swim Clinics. The aim of the clinics is to allow ages 8 to 24 with a disability to feel part of something.

Wellington Swim Clinic 6th August 12-2pm Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre

Good for those new to swimming to see if swimming is a sport they would like to get more involved with. Individuals who are already part of a club or swim school are also very welcome to attend.

We would like to help connect individuals, who are new to swimming, with a disability to be able to connect to a club or swim school if they would like. It is free for participants to attend but an RSVP is needed. There is no expectation for individuals attending to have any skills or experience swimming. We are expecting a range of abilities.

The website lists ‘Disability types : Intellectual, invisible, hearing, brain injury, vision, short stature and various physical impairments’ ‘Age 8+. All levels of water experience are welcome!’

The Wellington Swim Clinic starts at 12pm and will finish around 2pm on Saturday 6th August at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, 63 Kilbirnie Crescent.

If you are interested in attending please contact Hannah on 022 456 9793



Kelly Club Holiday Programmes focus on giving children aged between 5 and 13 the opportunity to do things they enjoy in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment.

The July programme is packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned:

"Manic Monday", Kelly Club Speed Races Day", "Pyjama Party Day", "Bricktastic Day", "A Magical Madness day with Zappo the Magician who is coming to Kelly Club with his brand new Magical Workshop"
Plus trips to: The movie "Lightyear", Laserforce, Ten Pin Bowling!

To see the activity plan go to: Island Bay Activity Planner

For full details and to enrol into our programmes visit www.kellyclub.co.nz email islandbay@kellyclub.co.nz or call 022 198 6316

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