Week 9 Term 1 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - Wednesday 6 April 2022


Ahiahi mārie koutou

It was lovely to hold our first assembly of the year last Friday, albeit an online version - because of the weather! The crew from Year 7&8 did a fabulous job bringing together all of our children via Google meet. We enjoyed seeing some beautiful artwork and some sock puppets that tamariki created as part of their learning.

Congratulations to the following students who received a values certificate:

Alba T, Evalina C, Ekam S, Indy AT, Aldis J, Dallas Tu, Mateo L, Isla K, Olivia K, Maeva W, Azlynn G, Stefan L and Adam F.

Congratulations to Aubert for winning the house cup for the most values cards earnt this term.

We continue to focus on the value Tikanga Whakahaere: Self-control in the learning. We have also noticed an improvement in self-control particularly in the playground this week as a result. ka mau te wehi - well done kids!

Staff Update

I’m sad to let you know that one of our intermediate teachers, Vanessa McCormack, will be leaving us at the end of Term 2. Vanessa is taking up an exciting opportunity to move to Canada to work there for a time. Vanessa is also our DRS (Director of Religious Studies) at SFDS. Her leadership in this area has been wonderful, and we are very grateful for her time with us. We will all miss Vanessa but we wish her all the best in planning for her adventure offshore.

Uniform Consultation

We had a fabulous response to the Board’s uniform consultation. I am pleased to share with you this report on the responses to our survey, so that you can get a sense of where our community sits.

Your feedback, through the zoom hui and the survey have initiated a need for some further investigation by our uniform team, including availability and price point of the various alternative items that parents have suggested.

Once availability has been confirmed, a final proposal will be put to the Board about the uniform going forward. After this, new items will be made available for sale, and other items discontinued over time.

Wellington South Parish - and Palm Sunday

Fr Doug is very supportive of our children and staff, often popping over to visit with classes and leading class masses in the church on a regular basis. Catholic schools are very fortunate to be able to talk about God as part of our everyday programme, and to learn about the messages of Jesus in the Gospels - this adds meaning to our learning.

We very much look forward to being together as a community in our church. In the meantime, you are all encouraged to keep in touch with your parish community, and to take your family along to the weekend Masses. This Sunday’s Palm Sunday is the ideal opportunity!

Take care and God bless everyone

E te Atua kia kora

Mary-Angela Tombs

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

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We’re wearing blue and yellow to school this Friday to raise money for Ukraine.

Please pay your gold coin donation via kindo. There are different value options available.

Lent/Palm Sunday

This Lent we find ourselves in another strange time. We pray that you are all feeling safe and loved. Here are some reflective songs you could listen or meditate to:

Adeaze, the Lord is my Light, The Deer Song, Peace be still.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday - Here is a video explaining Palm Sunday.

If you are unable to be at church due to isolating at home you could make palms and write prayers on them.


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The registrations for year 3 - 6 miniball and year 7 - 8 basketball will close on Kindo this Friday 8 April at 3pm. At this stage, we don't have enough registrations for a year 3/4 team or a year 5/6 team. There is still space in year 7/8 for more registrations. Please register your child/ren asap if they are going to play.


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 Dawit T who is this week's recipient of our ‘Principal ‘s Cup’!

Dawit is someone who displays exemplary leadership skills, he always does his best to make the school a better place and has such a loving and positive attitude towards his classmates and staff alike. He demonstrates leadership skills with honesty and represents the school with dignity and respect for others. Always happy, Dawit will help with anything you ask and is such a great buddy to our younger students.



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.


Subway Kilbirnie menu changes for Term 2

New item:

  • Salami 6-inch, footlong and wraps

Additionally, there will be a price increase, most products are seeing an increase due to increasing costs in labour, food, utilities and all other operating expenses increasing with CPI.

The increase may be seen as significant as Subway Kilbirnie haven’t increased their school lunch prices in line with the national pricing for some time now.

List of our Class names, Year groups and PE days

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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.

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



will be open during the school holidays for private bookings.

To make a booking please contact

Strato Cotsilinis


ph +64 4 3877878

email: strato.cotsilinis@gmail.com



With the athletics season now behind us, the winter season of cross country running now looms ahead, with school cross country’s and zone and interzone events to follow.

I would like to invite any of your pupils who might be interested in trying cross country running, to come along to our clubrooms (Wellington Scottish Athletics Club), at the south end of the lower field at Prince of Wales Park, Newtown, at 2pm on Saturday 9th April and Saturday 16th April and give it a go. Parents are welcome, and there are running and walking groups for all abilities, they can even accompany their child, if the child is prepared to let them. After those 2 days, they can either decide to join up for the season, or to continue with whatever other sport appeals to them. This offer should be of use to those pupils who consider that they want to do well at their school event, or the zone event, or just for those who enjoy getting out and running.

Any questions, just contact me

Don Dalgliesh

7 Jellicoe Towers, 189 The Terrace

Phone: 04 473 9414 Cell: 027 4070 988



The summer athletics season is over and Track & Field has ended.

We are now starting cross country and the schools and inter-school events will be

held next term.

Wellington Harrier Athletic Club are offering an introductory programme over the

coming holidays to help children get a “feel” for the sport and see how they like it. (If

they do, they are welcome to join the club and train and race with us)

There will be no charge for the introductory sessions, which will be held from 1.45 on

Saturday 9 April, Saturday 16 April, Wednesday 20 April, Saturday 23 April and

Wednesday 27 April.

The sessions are recommended for years 5, 6, 7 & 8, so come along and try our


G. T. (Geoff ) Henry MNZM


Phone 04.3883536

Mobile 027 442543

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