Week 13 Term 2 Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - 18 May 2021


Kia Ora Ano

We had the most wonderful kura cross country day on Friday. Our learners and staff had such fun and it was wonderful to not only see their drive to succeed but also the way they encourage and support each other.

Our house leaders and Ranginui learners really stepped up and showed great school spirit helping our Tangaroa learners.

Thanks to our PSL and those whanau who supported with the sausage sizzle and coffee – fantastic. In our kura office we have some wonderful photos from the day…pop in and have a look!

Just to let you know that the NZEI (teacher union) have called for paid union meetings for teachers will take place between Monday 21 June – Wednesday 7 July and principal paid union meetings will take place between Tuesday 15 June – Tuesday 1 July.

The purpose of these meetings is to confirm the focus and direction for their renegotiation. As such, the meetings are a critical component of the negotiation process and it is extremely important that all members have the opportunity to attend a meeting and have their say. Our kura will remain open while these meeting take place and we will keep you updated.

We are excited that Megan Gill in Harakeke will be staying on for the remainder of our school year. Sandra Buless is currently back from maternity leave working 3 days per week covering release and she will be opening the new entrant class in term 3. We feel very blessed to have such wonderful dedicated teachers here at St Francis.

On Sunday 13 June at 10:30am we are having our Kura/Parish Mass. Learners from our school will be given roles to engage in for this Mass. We ask that you support our kura and our Parish at this Mass.

Nga Mihi Nui

Tracy Gundesen – Principal

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Poipoia te Kakano Kia Puawai - Nurture the seed and it will blossom


FRIDAY 21 MAY Pink shirt day!

MONDAY 24 MAY Southern Zone Cross Country Houghton Valley School

MONDAY 24 May - THURSDAY 27 MAY - St Johns First aid training course all week with all classes

MONDAY 31 MAY Southern Zone Cross Country Postponement day
TUESDAY 15 JUNE St Patricks open day

WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE School Swimming Sports

FRIDAY 9 JULY Teachers Only Day - School is Closed


Last week was the Primary DRS conference in Masterton. A highlight was listening to the beautiful words from author Joy Cowley. It was an honour to read some of her poetry in front of her!

As part of this conference, we were led in Mass by Cardinal John Dew as well as listening to speakers from NZCEO, NZCR, Caritas and more, and being introduced to the brand new Religious Education Curriculum which is due to begin being rolled out in schools from next year.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made Psalm 139:14

Parish/school combined Sunday Mass 10.30 13th June. We need your support with this! If your child or whanau are interested in having an active role in this through a ministry such as reading, singing, procession of the gifts etc please get in touch with vanessa.mccormack@sfds.school.nz

What’s coming up this term? - May is the Month of Mary

SUNDAY 23 MAY - Pentecost Sunday

SUNDAY 13 JUNE - Parish/School Combined Sunday Mass 10.30am SFDS Church

SATURDAY 19 JUNE - Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

SATURDAY 19 JUNE - Venerable Suzanne Aubert’s 185th birthday

THURSDAY 8 JULY - Mufti Mania Caritas Mufti Day



We had such a great time at this event on Friday! We were really impressed with all the kids giving it their best and living our school values by supporting and encouraging each other.

A huge thank you to the parents who came along and helped as course marshalls - we couldn't have run the event without you.

Thank you also to the parents who ran the coffee stand and sausage sizzle - thank you to everyone who supported this fundraising (we made $617).

The top 6 runners for boys and girls in years 4 - 8 qualify to participate in the Southern Zone Cross Country which is being held back at Houghton Valley School next Monday 24 May. Those runners will receive more information separately.

Boys Year 1 1st Mason P, 2nd, Raffaele D, 3rd, Carter T, 4th, Frank W, 5th, Liam W, 6th, Kit SG

Girls Year 1 1st Liv R, 2nd - Rosie M, 3rd - Sofia B, 4th - Irene J, 5th - Madison F, 6th - Ilaria D

Boys Year 2 1Michael P, 2 Roscoe J, 3 Declan W, 4 Cameron S, 5 Brooklyn T, 6 Jasper L

Girls Year 2 1st Indy AT, 2nd Ekam S, 3rd Saoirse HK, 4th Amanda P, 5th Millie M, 6 Harriet M

Boys Year 3 1st Noah W, 2nd Fletcher K, 3rd Jack C, 4th Nunzio U, 5th Lucas L, 6th Israan G

Girls Year 3 1st Harper M, 2nd Miriam P, 3rd Helen M, 4th Olivia M, 5th Victoria M, 6th Sofia P

Boys Year 4 1st Johnny W, 2nd Cian H, 3rd Harlan AT, 4th Harvey L, 5th Jackson B, 6 Liam N

Girls Year 4 1st Willow A, 2nd Pippa R, 3rd Lilly M, 4th Sophia L, 5th Sylvie-Mae SG, 6th Eva S

Boys Year 5 1st Enzo H, 2nd Charlie W, 3rd Jacob F, 4th Zane H, 5th Jacob P, 6th Cody DT

Girls Year 5 1st Ella L, 2nd Hazel L, 3rd Isla K, 4th Cora D, 5th Ella W, 6th Mali J

Boys Year 6 1st Luca H, 2nd Benjamin P, 3rd Daniel N, 4th Jamie K, 5th Sam C, 6 Liberato MW

Girls Year 6 1st Charlie K, 2nd Cielo Q, 3rd Mahlee HB, 4th Isabel P, 5, Isabelle M, 6 Gabriella D

Boys Year 7 1st Harry D, 2nd Isaac L, 3rd Otto A, 4th Adam F, 5th Dawit T, 6th - Sam R

Girls Year 7 1st Lola D, 2nd Darcey S, 3rd Maia K, 4th Emily W, 5th Maeva W

Boys Year 8 1st Theo M, 2nd, Cooper W, 3rd Jakob R, 4th Marcine I, 5th Archie J, 6 Joshua R

Girls Year 8 1st Mollie CD, 2nd Indya OL, 3rd Lilly-Anne M, 4th Nina D, 5th, Anwyn P, 6 Molly R


We are still collecting Yummy Stickers - the more stickers we collect, the more free sports gear we receive.There are lots of yummy new season apples in the supermarkets at the moment so make sure you make the most of those and collect the stickers off Yummy apples and the cut outs from the bags of apples. We will collect the stickers towards the end of term 3.


These are optional assessments for students in years 5 - 8 that parents/caregivers pay for and the students complete during school time online using a device. They weren't offered last year due to COVID but we have offered these in past years. We would like to gauge interest to see how many students might take up this opportunity. There is an assessment for English, Mathematics, Science, Digital Technologies, Writing and Spelling. The students do not receive any specific teaching at school for these assessments. You can find more information here:


Please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz by this Friday 21 May if you would pay for your child/ren to complete any of these assessments if they were offered.

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Are you passionate about supporting learners to reach their potential? And do you want to join a supportive school team? Then apply to office@sfds.school.nz by 3pm Thursday 3 June 2021.

If you would like to talk about what this position looks like, call or pop into the office and make an appointment for a chat.


Last call for lucky book orders! Please follow the payment instructions on the back of the brochure. Orders must be submitted online before Friday 28 May. We are unable to accept CASH or CHEQUE payments as these cannot be sent through the mail. You can order online by visiting https://scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club/ , when ordering online. Please DO NOT return any forms or payment to the school. If you have any questions please see Chris in room 7.


The uniform shop is open during term time on Tuesday mornings 8.45-9.15am and Thursday afternoons 2.45-3.15pm. Order forms are available from the office or from the school website. Orders received will be made up and left in the office for collection and payment. Please note payment is expected before you take any uniform items. We are finding it hard to chase up payment from people.


This Friday 21 May we will be holding a Mufti day for Pink shirt day (to find out more please click the link below)

Please send your child to school in something pink/mufti to show their support. This is a gold coin donation mufti day – to make life easier (as we are no longer able to accept cash at school) we have added this to KINDO.

Once you have logged in you will see PINK SHIRT MUFTI DAY - click on that and follow the instructions for payment. There are even options to donate if you would like to donate more.

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We would love as many families as possible to attend the PSL AGM. If you’re new to SFDS please come along to see what goes on. If you’ve been at the school for a while we would really appreciate you coming along to be part of our AGM.

The AGM is a great time to join our fantastic Committee. We welcome nominations to all positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Grants Coordinator.

Please let us know if there are any items that you would like included in the AGM agenda, and any notices of motion.

If you have any questions about the AGM, or what the being on the Committee involves, take a look on the SFDS website or contact Fran Peters, PSL Secretary on psl.sfds@gmail.com

The AGM will be followed immediately by the PSL June meeting.


These were hugely successful last year - we raised close to $6000! Our sausage sizzle last week at cross country raised nearly $600. Thank you to everyone who supports these fundraisers. We have decided to continue with these this year. We are going to have two classes responsible for a sausage sizzle at a time, which will be 6 sausage sizzles. Next Tuesday 25 May will be Room 14 and Room 3's sausage sizzle. As usual, sausages will be $2 each with gluten free and vegetarian available.


If you are at school pick up early on Friday 21 May from 2.15pm - pop into the school staff room, keep out of the cold and warm up with a cup of coffee/tea on us! Great way to pass the time while waiting for the bell to ring! There may even be a free bikkie!!!


The Open Day tours for those interested in enrolling their son at St Patrick’s College for 2022 will be held on Tuesday 15 June between 9.30 to 11.00am and from 12.00pm to 1.30pm and again on Thursday 17 June between 9.30 to 11.00am and from 12.00pm to 1.30pm.

To make a booking please visit the St Patrick's College website: https://www.stpats.school.nz

On the front page of our website you will see 'Open Day'. Open this section and select "Open Day Booking Form" (an online booking form). Enter your details and make your selection regarding day/time.

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

The following products are availble 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.

Precious Labels – Customised Quality Sticky Labels 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!

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MUNCH - Ethical + eco + essentials Munch is about empowering families to change the world. Every day, every way you can make a difference with Munch.

Buy a Munch product and feel good about using it. We are making it easier for you to be more sustainable. All our products are eco friendly in some way from being reusable, organic to biodegradable. Everyday products making a difference. Useful, beautiful and green. All our ingredients and products are sourced from ethical communities.

Entertainment Membership!

Support your favourite cause. Buy your Membership & your fundraiser St Francis De Sales School receives 20% of the purchase.


Fortnite, Fades and Kicks: Come socialise with other gamers and meet one of the top gamers in New Zealand – Jahlyn Evernden. Get a free haircut from the team at Who’s Next Barbershop and learn about the world of a sneakerhead with Sean Aickin and see some of his impressive collection.

Fortnite Fades and Kicks

When: Saturday, 19 June from 10am to 2pm

Where: Lower Ground floor, National Library (entrance from Aitken Street)

Cost: FREE!

This is a joint event between the National Library and AREPA Gamers Club. More information about this and other events for tamariki and rangatahi can be found on our website: https://natlib.govt.nz/events/fortnite-fades-and-kicks-june-19-2021



Children LOVE learning how to Cartwheel, Round-off, Handspring and Flip at BIGAIR GYMS Classes! Children develop strength, flexibility, balance, proprioception, plus determination and self-confidence as they achieve new skills! BIGAIR’s GYMNASTICS, TRAMPOLINE, RECREATIONAL CHEERLEADING, TUMBLING & FREE RUNNING (parkour) classes are excellent for fun and fitness! We focus on safety, technique, fundamental skills, right through to more advanced skills, such as summersaults and twisting. Bigair Gym is a pristine, exciting, kid friendly, state of the art gym facility! Our experienced coaches run structured & fun gym classes, which follow a gym programme. We also do BIGAIR BIRTHDAY PARTIES too! Please contact: Bigair Gym Owhiro Bay: phone 383 8779 or email wgtn@bigairgym.co.nz


Kia ora parents/guardians,

Wellington City Active Travel Research Project

You may be receiving this information for the second time. This is because we have received low overall engagement in the active school travel survey from eligible families and whānau. If you have already filled this survey out, Thank you! We do not require you to fill it out for a second time. If you have not filled out this survey, please read on.

My name is Zara Molijn and I am a Masters student in Public Policy at the Victoria University of Wellington. The Wellington City Council want to better understand what is holding years 0 through 8 children back from walking, biking, scootering and/or skating to and from school.

To be able to gain this type of insight, we need your help!

We are asking that just one parent/guardian per household fills out an anonymous 5 - 10 minute survey. The survey will be open for 3 weeks. Thus, from midnight on Wednesday the 19th of May we will no longer be accepting responses.

Follow this link to the Survey: http://vuw.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9N1SndqcjyIMNiC

Your response will provide us with valuable insights that will help inform how we can make active school travel safe and easy.

Your response is anonymous therefore we will not be able to identify you. Additionally, all results will be presented at an aggregate level meaning schools will not be individually identifiable.

As a thank you for your participation, completed surveys that state a child's school will be entered into a prize draw where the school can win 1 of the 3 sports equipment prize packs. The more parents from the school that complete the survey, the more chances the school will have to win. The equipment in these prize packs has been kindly donated by the Wellington Community Sports Bank. The winners for these prize packs will be drawn by a random number generator at the end of May, 2021.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at molijnzara@myvuw.ac.nz

We appreciate your time and thank you in advance.

Ngā mihi nui,

Zara Molijn


Wellington Harriers - Children's Cross Country

Our club days are Saturdays, we meet at Wellington Harrier Clubrooms on Alexandra Road Mount Victoria, at 2 pm.

New members are welcome, we have social and competitive memberships.

We have Saturday club runs, mid-week training, club races and there's an interclub competition.

We also assist with training for primary/intermediate age children competing in the school's cross country competition.

Our coaches are qualified and Athletics NZ accredited

For more information please contact:




12th – 23rd JULY 2021 from 7.00am-6pm daily. Interactive Activities and NO TV or Video Games, Kai Cubs Cooking, Keep Fit Karapu Fitness, and Life Skills Programme creating healthy Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Teas. One-on-one care and shuttle services available. Daily $81.04/cub per session or $137.77 for two siblings per session; Weekly: $324.16 per cub/week or $551.07 for two siblings/week . MSD Approved & WINZ subsidies are available for eligible families.

Please contact us: 0800 PRIDE 4 U Or Register online: www.PRIDELANDS.co.nz or Visit our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/PrideLandsChildcare


Capital Trout Centre Open Day Sunday 30 May 2021

Children must have a licence to fish for trout and free licences/tickets are available from Saturday 15 May 2021 at the following stores.:

Capital Fishing , 49 Ghuznee Street (off Cuba Mall)

Hutt Valley Hunting & Fishing, 8 Te Puni Street, Petone

The Centre is located behind the WCC Administration buildings on the way to the Wellington City Council Southern Landfill, on Landfill Road, Happy Valley, Wellington and is open to the public on specific days.

Children do not have to bring any gear as Club members will assist children to catch a trout on fly fishing tackle.

As the Centre is manned and maintained by volunteers we rely on donations to cover our expenses of purchasing the fish from the hatcheries, fish food and general maintenance.

Your donations will be appreciated

Contact: Strato 387 7878 (wk) 386 3740 (hm)

email: strato.cotsilinis@gmail.com