Week 2 Term 1 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - Wednesday 16 February 2022


Covid Risk Management Update

Given that the Covid numbers are rising steadily across the country, it is important that we have a plan as a school as to how we will manage a case reported at SFDS.

Over the past week, we have been planning ahead to possible scenarios, such as a child or staff member being identified as being Covid-positive. Different scenarios may result in different kinds of management of the school, approaches to learning and ways to keep our people safe. It is important that you are aware of our plans.

A few schools across Wellington now have the experience in managing cases in their school. We are learning from these schools, and using support provided by the Ministry of Education. We are now finalising a COVID Business Continuity Plan specifically for SFDS. In this plan you will see a variety of typical contexts that schools with cases have experienced. Please be aware that this plan is dynamic - and may still be changed, in response to new knowledge.

Term 1 Learning Conferences

Many of our parents and caregivers have asked about an opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher. In response to this, we have decided to bring forward the normal Term 1 Learning Conferences to a little earlier in the term than originally planned - in just over a week.


Tuesday 22 February 3-6pm

Wednesday 23 February 3-6pm

This is your opportunity to sit down for 10 minutes with your child and their teacher - share your thoughts about their strengths and needs at school, and aspirations you have about their time at SFDS this year. This will help us all be ‘on the same page’.

Today, your child will be bringing home a Getting to know your child form that allows you to make some notes prior to the meeting. Please bring this form with you to your child’s meeting.

Please book a time to meet the teacher(s) online:

Go to https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/ and enter g427q to make a booking

On each of these days, school will finish at 2:30pm so the conferences can start at 3pm.

Please collect your child/ren at 2.30pm if you are able. If not, they will be supervised in the school library until 3pm where they will be then walked down to the bottom court to be collected from there.

If children normally walk home from school they may leave at 2.30pm if approved by parents (please let their teacher/s know).

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

We look forward to seeing you then!

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou

Mary-Angela Tombs

Kāore he mutunga o te Aroha. The measure of love is love without measure.

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To the following students who have started at St Francis de Sales school this past week:

Alba T (Rm 2)

And to new staff members:-

Lukas H (TA)

We hope that you have a successful and happy time at St Francis de Sales.


A little note from the team at Caritas regarding our support with the He Oranga Taurikura - A Thriving Life five year programme. The money we raised as part of our Mission Fair last year help support local communities in the Pacific and South East Asia to reduce the impact of poverty with a focus on girls and women, refugees and migrants, and indigenous peoples. Thanks again to everyone who supported this cause!

It’s week 2 and we are back into the swing of things here. The Rosary Statue is making its way around some of the classes this week. We will be beginning our class masses with Fr Doug. Unfortunately in the red setting we are not gathering as a whole school and some of our celebrations and reflections will look a little different this term.

Vanessa McCormack




Thank you to all those who have registered for Term 1 sport. Our year 7/8 water polo started their season on Monday, our Future Ferns netballers start this Saturday and our floorball, touch rugby and futsal teams start next week. Please keep an eye on your emails for information and game times.

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Reminder- school will be closing early at 2.30pm next TUESDAY 22 and WEDNESDAY 23 FEBRUARY.

Please collect your child/ren at 2.30pm if you are able. If not, they will be supervised in the school library until 3pm when they will be then walked down to the bottom court to be collected from there.


Remains closed during Red level. Please continue to send in your uniform orders via email on office@sfds.school.nz.

If you require a special fitting or are new to the school please contact the school office and we can organize a booking.

Harold is back!! The Life Education bus is here all week! Check out our Ranginui members enjoying their time with Harold!

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List of our Class names and year groups.

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Kindo and ezlunch welcomes you to term 1 - We hope you enjoyed time with family & friends over the holiday break!

We’re excited to be providing healthy lunches at your school again this term, and welcome all of our new schools and families on board.

We offer three lunch options each week that can be ordered online. Place your orders via the Kindo Shop on the school website www.sfds.school.nz or www.mykindo.co.nz by 8.30/9am on the day. Named orders will be dropped off by 12.30pm on the day and can be collected from the school office. Please ensure you receive a confirmation of your order – it can be quite upsetting if a child thinks they are getting a lunch and it doesn’t arrive.

Subway – every Wednesday orders in by 9.am

A selection of mini or 6-inch subs (ham, salami, beef, turkey and vegetarian). Add a water or a cookie.

Sushi Lunches - every Thursday orders in by 9.am

Sushi Lunches provide a sushi delivery service every Thursday.

Pita Pit – every Friday orders in by 8.30am

A selection of Pitas (beef, ham, chicken, and veggie), are available plus cookies and water.

Please note you can CANCEL your lunch order before 8.30am if your child changes their mind or is away that day. You can do this though your kindo app as long as it is before the daily cut off time.

Click here to view all available menus.

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.



DRAMA: Wonderplay has places available for kids drama on Thursdays at Island Bay Community Centre. Also ask about our famous Wellington Young Actors class for teens. First lesson is free to try. Please contact Debs debs@wonderplay.co.nz 021-172-2836, www.wonderplay.co.nz


TOTS to TEENS Follw this link to see the latest issue.


What’s in this issue for parents?

» Handling school drop-off

» Filling the lunchbox

» Making maths fun for kids is the trick

» How to manage attention-seeking behaviour

» Parent guide: Teaching kids to ride a bike

» Fears and phobias?

» The dyslexia checklist

and (as always) EPIC GIVEAWAYS


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