Week 1 Term 4 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - 19 October 2021


Kia Ora Ano

Welcome back to our kura for what will most likely be a crazy, very busy term 4 and end of our 2021 learning year! It is always a blessing to see the smiling faces of our learners walking through our gates each morning – excitedly talking to their friends and making plans for the day to connect.

This time every year our fantastic teaching team start to collate assessment information and start to write reports as well as thinking about the year ahead – 2021. There is so much to think about and to do. As you all know we take learner placement extremely seriously and these on average can take 60+ hours of discussion, analysing and negotiation! As always we follow a very rigorous and comprehensive process to ensure that your taonga will be

supported and catered for in both their learning and wellbeing.

You will know that we consider many factors through this process and we ask that you, as whanau, support our professional judgement and decisions around class placements. And we thought that 2021 was going to be calm but again it has been a little left field! Madness – it has really encouraged us all to continue to build resilience and to continue to adapt to change. We ask that you positively support our teaching team and remember that these placements are designed to meet the needs of all our learners.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you and farewell to Rebecca Duncan and Therese Gravett. Both of these wonderful kaiako have resigned from their permanent teaching positions here at SFDS. Becky and Therese have both enjoyed their time on maternity leave with their tamariki and are excited about their new challenges. Thank you both for all the gifts and talents that you have contributed to our learners, staff and community…we have been very blessed.

Congratulations to the following students who received a values certificate at our school hui on the last day of Term 3:

Jasper L, Thea S, Portia SC, Nevaan P, Cameron S, Matthew S, Johnny W, Daniel H, Gabriella D, Andrey W, Molly B, Sam R, James B, Harry D.

Congratulations to Avila house who won the house cup for the most values cards earned and to Daksha A who won the draw for the Empire voucher.

Congratulations to Alice M who won the Principal's Cup.

In the last week of term 3 the top court turf was installed…it is just an amazing space for our learners to shoot hoops and play. Yesterday during breaks it was absolutely packed with our learners having an absolute ball! Check out the pictures!!

Our PSL really do an amazing job organising school and community fundraising events so that our learners can have the extras that are not funded by the Ministry.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you do for our learners and community.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our annual quiz night next Friday.

Please support our learners by selling/purchasing raffle tickets…our PSL have put together amazing prizes from the goods donated by our school and wider community. Thank you.

Have a wonderful week and take care.

Nga Mihi Nui

Tracy Gundesen


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Catholic Schools Day was on Wednesday 29 September. Due to Covid alert levels we were unable to go ahead with our planned celebrations so instead, classes met with their tuakana/teina (buddies) and had fun doing a variety of activities for the afternoon. To top it off we got to enjoy an ice block to finish the afternoon! Please make sure to look at the following photos of the day!

What’s coming up this term?

Monday 1 November - All Saints Day

Tuesday 2 November - All Souls Day

Sunday 28 November - 1st Sunday of Advent

Thursday 9 December - Home of Compassion Retreat Day (Yr 8s)

Thursday 9 December - Challenge 2000 Leadership Day (Yr 6/7s)

Monday 13 December - End of Year Leavers’ Mass

UP COMING EVENTS - Please take a look at the full calendar for PE Days


- Rooms 8 and 9 Swimming 9.30am

- Ranginui Swimming 10.30am

- Rooms 10 and 11 Swimming 12.30pm

- Netball end of season prizegiving 3.15pm


- Labour day - SCHOOL CLOSED


- School Photos - summer uniform

Te Reo word/phrase of the week : Pokapū Hapori = Community Centre

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following students who received a certificate at Papatuanuku assembly on the last day of Term 3:

Harlan AT, Rose M, Zane H, Mali J, Heidi J, Cody DT, Jacob F, Ashlyn W, Sophia L, Jayden S, Blues M, Michael C, Calvin P, Louis C, Stefan S, Mabel C, Isla K, Mayzin T, Tauamiti-Johann SS, Angus J, Eva S, Sana CB, Adiya W, Lilou R, Cora D, Joshua H, Gabriele C, Charlie W and Jimmy M.


We are holding this on Monday of week 3 - 1st November - at Newtown Park. This event relies on parent/caregiver help because of the number of athletics events we need to run during the day. Please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz if you are able to help for all or part of the day. Please note, due to COVID19 level 2 restrictions, we are not allowed to have spectators at this event.


We have registered a school group for this event so when registering your child, please feel free to link to our school group. This is a fun event for the kids and they feel a real sense of achievement.


Please keep an eye on your emails if you have registered your child/ren for any term 4 sport. We are receiving updates regularly due to COVID and we are required to pass the rules etc onto parents and caregivers.



School swimming is starting this week for the Papatuanuku and Ranginui Syndicats and next week for the Tangaroa syndicate, please check out which day your child/ren are swimming on via our events calander which is available via the school website, the school app or though this newsletter.

Swimming has now been added to your account where you are now able to pay via kindo – you can go to the school fees and donations tab on your kindo account. If you have any issues with logging into or using kindo please come and see Fran or Suzanne in the school office.


The school uniform sunhat is required to be worn during break times in Term 4. Students who can’t find their hats will be required to play under the veranda by Rooms 3 and 4. If you need to order a new hat, or any other uniform item you can find the summer uniform order form on the school website - please complete this and email the school office.


Please check the lunch details in KINDO to make sure you have placed an order for this Friday. The store we usually order from was planning to be closed for this date so orders may have been missed especially if you order for the term. Please take the time to check.


Please make sure if you are returning summer uniform that the items are freshly washed, have no marks rips or tears and have had all names removed.

We are also only accepting summer uniform and PE uniform at the moment.


Please remember that if your child needs to be collected before the end of the day or during the day for any appointments the process is that you MUST come to the office – and a staff member will collect your child/ren for you.


Inspire Photography will be coming to photograph the children at St Francis de Sale School from 9am on: Wednesday 27 October and Thursday 28 October.

As part of St Francis de Sale School’s fundraising for the year Inspire Photography will donate 10% of all sales directly to St Francis de Sale School. Inspire Photography is an award-winning, Wellington-based professional photography studio who specialise in School and ECE photography. We are popular throughout a number of Wellington Schools for the photographs we take, the manner in which we take them and our generous fundraising offers. We are unique in our style and approach.

What we offer on the day

• A totally relaxed and unique style of photography

• A friendly and easy-going photographer

• Fun, games and general silliness to get even the shyest children smiling

• Group photos of each class

• Individual portraits, friend portraits and siblings photos.

To view the pictures, we offer an online ordering system. The School Office will be advised of the password for the online gallery when the proofs are ready. Proofs are available to view online approximately two weeks after the date of the photo shoot, you will then have two weeks to place an order and two weeks after orders will be delivered back to the School. If you would prefer not to order online, please contact us in the studio for assistance. Please check out the flyer below for more infromation regarding pricing etc.



All eldest and only children received a book of raffle tickets and a flier about the Quiz Night Raffle yesterday. The flier, which has all the information, is below FYI.


Thank you for supporting this event and all the amazing items that were donated. We have made 15 incredible gift baskets for the Quiz Night raffle. Thank you so much!


A huge thank you to Jake C and Dalpat N who came in on the last day of Term 3 to run this event, and to the Room 2 and 8 families who donated the goods. This was another successful sizzle raising $530. Thank you to all those who supported the event.

The next sausage sizzle will be on Monday 8 November. If anyone from Room 7 or Room 9 is able to come in and help run the sizzle between 11.45am and 1.15pm, then please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz. We have already received the donations of goods, so we're just after people to help run it on the day.

We are now taking orders through Kindo and we encourage you to order through Kindo to help us know in advance how many sausages we will need to cook. As usual, sausages will be $2 each with gluten free and vegetarian available. Please contact Fran or Suzanne in the office if you need help with ordering on Kindo.


Sponsor a table at the upcoming SFDS quiz night on Friday 29 October!

The cost of the sponsorship this year is $100-$150 for a table (small and large tables). You can decorate that table with whatever advertising paraphernalia you like or if you provide some business cards, logos, etc the PSL can set it up on a quiz table for you.

Your business name will be promoted on the night and your logo will appear on the promo

poster. So this is another great opportunity to get your name out in the community!

Note that cost of tickets to participate in the quiz are additional ($20 per person). We havent

allocated the tables out to teams as yet, so if you prefer to actually sit at the table you are

sponsoring, let me know and we'll see what we can do.

If your company is interested in sponsoring a table, then just let me know ASAP this week at

admin@zealinteriors.co.nz and we’ll get it underway.


Pip Wenman and the PSL team

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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.

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SUPER SUMMER SPORTS! – TERM 4 (Yrs. 0-4) – Thursday’s 3.05pm-4.05pm

Kelly Sports will be back in Term 4 for 8 weeks. Starting Thursday 21 October with their fun and exciting classes.

This term we will focus on the following sports: Football, Turbo Touch, Athletics and Cricket!

This weekly programme gives children the skills and confidence in a fun and enjoyable environment.

It encourages their enthusiasm for sport and the life skills that such involvement brings – giving them confidence to join sports clubs and teams in the future.

It’s a great way to try new sports, learn new skills and improve ability.!

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


Island Bay United Junior Football

If your child is looking to develop their football skills over the summer then Island Bay United has the programmes for you!

Friday Fun Football

It's all in the name....Fun Football on Fridays! This is a fun, mixed ages, skills programme where players will do a warm up, fun drills and mini games. Players are encouraged to participate with lots of touches of the ball, growing their football skills and confidence.

Friday 22nd October - Friday 17th December

3.30 - 4.30pm

Wakefield Park

Lead Coach - Alejandro

Ages 5 - 12 years

Cost - $80/term

Girls Only Friday Skills

Island Bay United continues our popular GO Friday Skills with Coach Maika where girls develop skills with drills and mini tournaments in a supportive and fun environment.

Friday 22nd October - Friday 17th December

3.30 - 4.30pm

Wakefield Park

Lead Coach - Maika (joined by Leo Villa)

Ages 5 - 14 years

Cost - $80/term

Our OFC/NZF qualified coaches have a wealth of coaching experience and are looking forward to working with your players.

Please register via your Friendly Manager login, or set up a login if you are a new player https://islandbayunited.friendlymanager.com/login

Please see islandbayunited.org for the more info or feel free to contact Inge if you have any questions clubadministrator@islandbayunited.org


Children LOVE learning how to Cartwheel, Handstand, Round-off, Handspring and Flip at BIGAIR GYM!

BIGAIR’s GYMNASTICS, TRAMPOLINING, CHEERLEADING, TUMBLING & FREE RUNNING (this is PARKOUR with Flips). 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 flips. Bigair Gym is a pristine, exciting, kid friendly gym! Our skilled and experienced coaches run structured and organized stimulating gym classes, that follows a badge programme which creates goals and allows children to plan for success!

BOOK NOW for Term 4 Classes. Spots are limited. Book online on www.bigairgym.co.nz

Bigair Gymsports Kapiti ph. 04 297 0400 e. kapiti@bigairgym.co.nz @. 4 Manchester Street, Kapiti.

Bigair Gym Owhiro Bay ph. 04 383 8779 e. wgtn@bigairgym.co.nz @.14 Landfill Road, Owhiro Bay.

Bigair Gym Tawa ph. 04 232 3508 e. office@bigairgym.co.nz @. 10 Surrey Street, Tawa.


Elements Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics is a graceful mixture of dance and sport. It teaches body skills such

as leaps, jumps, balances and pivots, and also increases hand-eye coordination through

the use of five apparatus: rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon.

Keen to give it a go?

Email info@rhythmicgym.nz to arrange a free trial class!

More info at www.Rhythmicgym.nz

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