Week 7 Term 2 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - 15 June 2021


Kia Ora Ano

What a wonderful school community and parish mass we had on Sunday. As usual our learners were amazing…our altar servers, greeters, readers, singers, and offertory helpers all did their very best. It took real courage for all of our learners who had roles at our Mass, it certainly isn’t easy standing up and reading in front of large crowds - so well done!

The community were very complimentary and truly enjoyed having so many young ones at church. Our learners really enjoyed mass and are looking forward to our next school community/parish mass – thank you to our DRS Vanessa – a great job.

This school/parish mass was also a very special celebration for our Mr W. Chris received the sacrament of communion…CONGRATULATIONS Chris! – he even received a certificate!

Mid-year learner reports will be going home in week 9 on Friday 2 July. These reports are the basis of our mid-year whanau, ākonga (learner) and kaiako (teacher) hui. These will be held in the last week of term - Wednesday 7 July and Thursday 8 July between 3-6pm. Please book a time by going to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and entering the code zmwsp. Please note that on these days school finishes at 2:30pm.

Tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 5:30pm come along to our Te Korowai Ātawhai whanau roopu. The purpose of these hui is to see how we can better support our Māori tamariki - maybe you are able to contribute and support this partnership.

Also tomorrow night (Wednesday) is our PSL (Parent School Link) AGM. This is an amazing opportunity to join a motivated bunch of whanau who organise social events to bring our community together and raise money for all those extras. At the AGM you can see what this year's wish list looks like.

This Saturday is Suzanne Aubert's birthday. Come and join in the celebrations at The Home of Compassion starting at 11am (see the flyer attached)

Have a great rest of the week.

Nga Mihi Nui

Tracy Gundesen


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WEDNESDAY 16 JUNE PSL AGM 7pm school staff room

THURSDAY 17 JUNE St Patrick's College open day

MONDAY 21 JUNE Talent show SFDS Church from 12.30pm

WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE School Swimming Sports Yrs 4-8

THURSDAY 24 JUNE PSL Disco - tickets on Kindo

MONDAY 28 JUNE Sausage Sizzle $2 purchase through Kindo

MONDAY 28 JUNE BOT Meeting 7pm

WEDNESDAY 7 JULY Parent Teacher Confrences - School finishes at 2.30pm

THURSDAY 8 JULY Parent Teacher Confrences - School finishes at 2.30pm

FRIDAY 9 JULY Teachers Only Day - School is Closed


This week we are collecting the donations for Vinnies Wellington food bank in Newtown. Please bring a donation of either non-perishable food items, toiletries, cleaning products or reusable shopping bags for the deliveries.

Please drop your donations to the school office by this Friday 9am

Thank you to all ākonga (learners) and whānau who supported us with mass on Sunday. It was wonderful to have such a strong representation of our kura to celebrate together.

As part of the Religious Education Church strand, some classes have been taking up-close and behind the scenes visits to our church this week. Have a look at the reverent genuflections from some of our youngest learners. Beautiful Tarawera!

WEEK OF 14-18 JUNE Donation to Vinnies Wellington food bank in Newtown.

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



The school swimming sports are coming up on Wednesday 23 June. 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)
  • 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.



Closes Friday 9 July. Please make sure to get your orders in online before then. Click here for the link.


We would like to cordially invite you to come along to the final of our Talent Show next Monday 21 June in the church from 12.30pm onwards. A list of the finalists will be available in the Friday updates. You can view these in the newspaper button on the app.


Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 July - Conferences start at 3pm and finish at 6pm. 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 and must 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).

Bookings can be made at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and the event code is zmwsp. If you have any questions or difficulty booking your conferences, please contact Suzanne or Francesca at the school office.


We have received an email last week from the member of the community regarding an incident involving their child running into a car door - this is a great time to remember the road rules below:

When picking up and dropping off your children to school always park legally. For the safety of everyone, drivers are requested to carefully follow these road rules when driving in the streets near school. This includes: no U turns, no backing round corners or turning in and out of driveways (including the school driveway), no double parking, no stopping or parking on yellow lines.

Obeying the road patrollers when they are on duty, children get in and out of the car on the foot path side of the car, no cars in the school driveway – the driveway does not have room for dropping off, turning or parking.

Please remind your children that they should always use pedestrian crossings and parents and children must follow the instructions of road patrollers when they are on duty at a crossing. As well as our two crossings on Mersey and Clyde St we have been asked to remind families that use the crossing patrolled by Island Bay School to also follow the directions of their road patrollers.


To brighten up these Winter days... we're excited to be running the Lunch Shout giveaway.

Win $50 to spend on lunches
Plus $10 to shout your teacher.

Order lunch to be delivered between Tuesday 8 June and Friday 18 June and go in the draw to win.

  • Every order gets you another entry.
  • Three winners will be drawn. Each winner will receive a $50 ezlunch credit and a $10 ezlunch voucher for their teacher.

T&C's - Winners will be selected randomly and notified by phone or email. Open to NZ residents only. Competition ends and will be drawn on Friday 18 June 2021 at 10am.

Check out the new Update to our school app- click to view the video


We have exciting news to share! The FREE upgrade from a Single City Membership to a Multi City Membership has been extended until Monday, June 14 11.59pm

Yes, that’s right! Anybody who purchases a $69.99 Single City Membership will be upgraded to a Multi City Membership valued at $119.99 for FREE! That’s a $50 saving and access to thousands more offers!!!
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We would love as many families as possible to attend the PSL AGM. Whether you’re new to SFdS or been at the school for a while - come along to see what goes on and join us for the 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 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.

PSL DISCO Thursday 24 June!! Tickets now available on Kindo!

Our next sausage sizzle will be on Monday 28 June (week 9 of this term). Rooms 10 and 6 will be responsible for this one - if you are able to donate goods or help on the day, please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz

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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!

Durable and cost-effective sticky labels that make your life simple. Whether you need to label your kids clothes, school, daycare stuff or sports gear, Precious Labels has all of your needs covered. Our self-adhesive name labels are perfect for your everyday needs.

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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.

Book Giveaway - Enter by 25 June via email

For something a bit different - we have a cool non-fiction book to giveaway cto one school this month!

How Food Is Made - an illustrated Guide to How Everyday Food is Produced, by Ayla Marika - is a fun and interesting illustrated non-fiction book, published in Australia by Forrsa Light Publishing. It's all about how food is made - from the funny and weird to the fan faves such as biscuits made in factories and maple syrup that drips straight out of the tree. More online here.

We are offering one copy of this book to our Kindo Schools email list - enter by following these instructions...


  • Tell us your top top tip for going plastic-free - this could be at your school or in your community or at home
  • Email your tip to Alex at marketing@munchcupboard.com to enter the draw - and remember to tell us what school you are from
  • ENTER BY 5pm Friday 25 June

The winner will be announced on Monday 28 June and notified via email that day.

Entertainment Membership!

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




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

This programme are packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned: Trips to: "Laserforce, Te Papa, Avalon Park and we are to the movies to see “Tom & Jerry, Plus: The Oscars Day, Creepy Crawlies Day, Go for Gold Day, Glitter VS Goo Day and Zappo the Magician is coming to Kelly Club and lots more!!

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

PLAY LIKE A SPORTS HERO! – TERM 3 (Yrs. 0-4) – Thursday’s 3:05-4:05pm

Kelly Sports will be back in Term 3 with their fun and exciting classes. Come and try Football, Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball! It’s a great way to try new sports, learn new skills and improve ability.

We use games & drills to teach game sense and team play. Learn the fundamental skills for all sports – throwing, running, jumping, striking, balance and many more – all while having a great time!

For full details and to enrol into our programmes visit www.kellysports.co.nz email adminwgtn@kellysports.co.nz or call 04 972 7201


Artrageous July Holiday Adventure: 12 – 23 July 2021 » Programme BOOK ARTRAGEOUS JULY

Aimed at children aged 5-10 years. Our classes provide a space for all children to explore at their own pace; chaotic or careful, gingerly or with gusto, tiptoeing or tromping. Our aim is to draw out their creativity, not stuff things in! Bookings essential. BOOK NOW!
Poneke Dojo, Prince of Wales Park, Salisbury Tce, Mt Cook, Wellington
8.30am–3:00pm $79 and after care 3:00pm-5.30pm $15

Olderageous July Creative Exploration: 12 – 23 July 2021 » Programme BOOK OLDERAGEOUS JULY

Our BIG KIDS programme is aimed at children aged 10-14 years. Providing them with a space, focused adult attention and loads of resources. This programme is tailored to draw out older children’s interest in creating and using their imagination and creativity in a hilariously fun atmosphere. Bookings essential.

Venue: Art rooms, Block D, Wellington High School, Taranaki St, Mt Cook, Wellington
8.30am–3:00pm $79 and after care 3:00pm-5.30pm $15


A musical evening with Fr Chris Skinner, supported by St Catherine’s College students, at 7pm on Sunday 27 June at St Joseph’s Church, Ellice St, Mt Victoria. $20 cash at door or go on line to TryBooking www.trybooking.co.nz/HKO Booking fee is 30 cents. Fr Chris’s cds will be available to purchase www.chrisskinner.org.nz


Fergs Adventure Club: Holiday Programme 2021

Here at Fergs’ Kayaks our Term 2 Holiday Programme offers a number of different experiences in one fun package, from Rock Climbing, to Bouldering, and Adventure Challenges designed to challenge the body and mind! The Adventure Club Holiday Programme is from ages 8-17 and runs as a week-long programme from Monday- Friday both weeks of the July School Holidays. For more information or to register interest, please email Hope at Saleswn@fergskayaks.co.nz.


Do you know what prolonged sitting is doing to you and your family?

Invest 50-minutes on yourself as we get you to reflect on where your wellbeing in at in all the different aspects of your life. Followed up with practical actions you can take to make lasting change where needed. Plus it's fun and uplifting as we head into winter!

Invest in yourself and your wellbeing! Come to our FREE 50-Minute Wellbeing Workshop on Thursday 17 June at 7.40pm. Limited to 25, book your spot via email: patricia@fitnessmove.co.nz


Get amazing deals on the brands you love storewide

The Noel Leeming Friends and Family offer from 14-27 June 2021 is available to staff, students, families and friends associated with Catholic Schools.

Print and present this flyer or show it on your device in store.

Also included is a .JPEG version (page 1, page 2) of the event flyer to make it even easier for you to share on your various social media pages.

*Noel Leeming Friends & Family offer is available in store only and for the dates detailed on the flyer or while stocks last. Terms & conditions apply and the flyer must be presented at the time of purchase.