Week 6 Term 3 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - Wednesday 31 August 2022


Kia Ora e te whānau

Niwa Science Fair

This week I enjoyed spending time with a group of Year 7&8 ākonga while their science fair investigations were judged by several local scientists. They had all invested a great deal of their time into their science fair tests and background research. It was great to see them all feel so proud of themselves.

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Parent-School-Link (PSL)

Last Thursday evening our PSL committee met to share ideas for future activities that raise funds to support our school, promote social interaction in our community, and support community members through pastoral care.

Schools rely heavily on support groups like our PSL - they help to bring the school alive and build a sense of community. Thank you to Fran for taking the time to get PSL up and running again this year. We still need several new members for this group, and volunteers to hold key positions in the committee. Please look out for ways to get involved in our school.

Covid Vulnerability Survey

A reminder to Please complete this survey - to let us know if you or your household members have increased vulnerability to contracting Covid-19, so that we can make a decision about mask-wearing, going forward. The survey closes tomorrow. Thank you.

We are all looking forward to two big family events: next week’s Whānau evening - an evening of performances by all of our students and an introduction to our wellbeing programme - and our Grandparents’ Mass on Monday 26 September. Madeline and the teachers have started their preparations for this Mass.

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Take care, kind regards and God bless

Mary-Angela Tombs

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Save the date for Monday 26 September for this year's grandparents day! The tamariki will be sending out invitations to their grandparents - all are welcome.


If you are interested in getting your child baptized through the school please contact me via email (madeline.smith@sfds.scool.nz).


Wig Wednesday is next week (Wednesday 7 September). Please send your child to school with a wig on or any kind of wacky hair do! You can donate through KINDO or the link (https://wigwednesday.org.nz/stfrancisdesalesschoolislandbay).

Madeline Smith




We are after one more BBQ and some more helpers to cook sausages at the sausage sizzle next Thursday evening between 4.30 and 5.15pm. If you are able to help, please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz


The annual Wellington and Kapi Mana Primary and Intermediate Tennis Tournament

This information has already been emailed to you but here is a reminder about this an optional tournament.

The girls' tournament is on Tuesday 20 September (back up date Friday 23 September), starting at 8.30am.

The boys' tournament is on Wednesday 21 September (back up date Thursday 22 September), starting at 8.30am.

Both tournaments are being held at the Renouf Tennis Centre, 60 Brooklyn Road, Brooklyn.

There is an open grade for year 7/8 students and a year 6 and under grade for all other year groups. The draw will be posted at the venue on the morning of the tournament.

Players entered must have played tennis before and have knowledge of the rules of tennis and how to score. Players must also bring their own tennis racquet for the event and wear our school PE uniform.

Finalists and semi finalists of each grade will qualify for the Tennis Central Regional Finals to be held in Palmerston North on 16 November.

The school won't be sending any staff to these tournaments. This means you will need to transport your child to and from the venue (or you could share transport with others) and also help supervise the SFDS players during the day - we probably only need one adult there at a time. Please do not enter your child in the tournament if you are unable to help. I will send a list of those attending once I have the confirmed list so you can organise to share transport if you'd like.

If you would like me to register your child, please let me know via return email on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz by Friday 2 September at 3pm. Suzanne will then add the $20 entry fee to your Kindo account. Payment will be required by Tuesday 6 September at 3pm. If we don't receive payment in time, then I won't be able to enter your child.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


We have to send these in at the end of the term, so please send any Yummy sticker collection sheets or cut outs from the bags of apples to the school office. Many thanks for your support with this initiative. The more stickers we collect, the more free sports gear we receive.

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WANTED!! Does anyone have any costumes related to the Wizard of OZ that could be borrowed for our Dancesplash performance, i.e. Dorothy (blue tartan dress and red shoes), Lion or Dog costumes. Items for a Scarecrow and a Tinman! Sized to fit 7-10 year olds. If you have anything that might be suitable, please email Jemma @ jemma.brown@sfds.school.nz.



The latest Scholastic Book club brochures are being sent home this week. Please follow the payment instructions on the back of the brochure. Orders must be submitted online before Friday 16 September 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.


When each student enters St Francis de Sales school they are placed in a House group. Houses provide the opportunity for senior students to take on leadership roles and give all students a sense of belonging as they support their house.


Named after Adèle Euphrasie Barbier was a New Zealand Roman Catholic nun, teacher and religious founder. She was born in Caen, France, on 4 January 1829. Adèle Euphrasie Barbier was the founder of Congregation of Our Lady of the Missions


Named after Catherine of Siena, a lay member of the Dominican Order, was a mystic, activist, and author who had a great influence on Italian literature and on the Catholic Church. Canonized in 1461, she is also a Doctor of the Church.


Named after Suzanne Aubert, better known to many by her cleric name Sister Mary Joseph or Mother Aubert, was a Catholic sister who started a home for orphans and the under-privileged in Jerusalem, New Zealand on the Whanganui River in 1885.


Named after Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, was a Spanish noblewoman who was called to convent life in the Catholic Church House leaders are elected in term 1 of each year.


Huge Congratulations to Jonathan G who received the Institute for Environmental Science award at the 2022 NIWA Science Fair for his science project "What is the best Weed Killer". Well done Jonathan!!

You can find more information here:


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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 wonderful Evalina C who is this week's recipient of our ‘Principal ‘s Cup’!

Evalina is a kind friend to everyone. She is patient, understanding and forgiving.

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 3 Policies and Procedures due for review

In term three, the focus is on the Student Wellbeing and Safety sections.

Student Wellbeing and Safety

Staff Wellbeing and Safety

Please feel free to have a look at this on the Schooldocs site and give us your feedback.


Pink Shoes to the Vatican – What’s it all about?

On 19 September 1893, 129 years ago, women in Aotearoa New Zealand won the right to vote, endorsing their human and God-given right to participate fully in society. Yet, Catholic women still do not have the right to participate fully in the life of the church. Therefore, we are protesting at being excluded from authorised leadership and decision-making within the Church.

So, on Sunday 18 September from 12-2pm, we will create an installation from the steps of Parliament made up of the shoes of hundreds of Catholic women who have gone before us, walking and working invisibly, heading towards Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hill Street.

Please join us at Parliament to offer your support and appreciation of all that Catholic women have contributed to the church in Aotearoa over the decades. Thank you.

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It's time we teach the next generation of CrossFit the benefits of constantly varied, functional movement and also have so fun! - Kids CrossFit is now at Loúka!

For ages 5 to 11 years old. (please let us know if you have kids outside this age and we can assess)

Starts 30th August - Every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm.

$20 per week covers both classes per week.

Registration link below:

https://forms.gle/mW3SkaXNpB87ek7H7 Or Please email : admin@crossfitfrf.com

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3rd – 14th OCT 2022 from 7.00am-6pm daily from 7.00am-6pm daily . Interactive Activities and NO TV or Video Games, Cooking, Fitness, and Life Skills Programme creating healthy Breakfast, Morning Tea, 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

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Have a spring clean this week! There is an EWaste collection next Saturday 3 September at St Catherine’s College, Kilbirnie, 9am - 2 pm. $2 - $10 charged per item. No whiteware or CRT TVs. Further information on attached price list.

Tell your friends and colleagues.

See you there!


027 245 8859


Ages: 7-10 Recommended for Block-based coders & designers.

Students choose block-based coding and learn beginning and advanced CS concepts. 3D Design in Meta21/Spoke

Build multi-level platform games.

Ages: 11+ Recommended for Advanced Block-based coders & designers.

Students can choose advanced block-based coding or start learning text based coding concepts. HTML/CSS, Python & Javascript, Blender

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