Week 6 Term 2 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - 08 June 2021


Kia Ora Ano

This week we celebrate our support staff…. Suzanne, Fran, Hennie, Robbie, Ida, Maria, Annette, Sam and Tamanda these wonderful team members are true angels.

They support our learners and our Kaiako daily and go above and beyond what their role is to ensure the best for our learners. #Blessed to have everyone of you here at SFDS. Extra smiles for them this week if you see them!

On Friday we had our whole school hui – this is the first in a very long while and our learners were pumped! We will be celebrating these hui fortnightly; it is a fantastic opportunity to come together to pray as a whole school and celebrate our learners.

Congratulations to follow students who received a certificate for showing the value of Gentleness:

Arija J, Isla H, Antonio C, Charlie K, Isaac L, Lilly-Anne M, Jakob R, Rose M, Eva S, Jonathan G, Irene J, Lily RR, Gelila E.

Each Kaiako presents a learner from their class with a certificate for displaying our school weekly value. We also presented our Principal’s Cup to some very innovative ranginui learners Emily R and Izzy S.

We also presented the house cup to Aubert on Friday for being the winning house from our school cross country. The houses collected points for participation and sportsmanship. Well done Aubert! Check out all our amazing learners in the photos following my segment!

We got to practice our singing for our school-parish mass on Sunday, everyone of our learners and staff are so excited for this! So make sure to pop it into your calendar - SFDS Parish Mass this Sunday 13 June at 10:30am. Our expectation is that our learners do come along and be part of this very important Mass. This is a wonderful opportunity to build our community especially with our parish – you will get to make connections and meet new whanau. Chris W is also receiving the Sacrament of Communion - this is very special.

Matariki refers to a cluster of stars also known as Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters. These stars can be seen most of the year, except for a small window at the beginning of the cold months, when they disappear from view. When they reappear in our sky in the middle of winter – we celebrate the beginning of a new year.

Wellingtonians are going to celebrate Matariki in 2021 at the Ahi Kā event on the waterfront on July 2 and 3, featuring ahi (fire), kai (food), storytelling, waiata (song) and entertainment across these two evenings. The Matariki fireworks display on Wellington Harbour will take place at 6.30pm on Saturday 10 July. Make sure that you go and have a look and be part of this wonderful celebration.

I read this saying over the weekend and it resonated with me – sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have until we don’t! Enjoy those small moments with your tamariki and whanau.

‘Life is so ironic. It takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence’

Have a wonderful week.

Nga Mihi Nui

Tracy Gundesen


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Poipoia te Kakano Kia Puawai - Nurture the seed and it will blossom

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TUESDAY 15 JUNE St Patrick's College open day

WEDNESDAY 16 JUNE PSL AGM 7pm school staff room

THURSDAY 17 JUNE St Patrick's College open day

WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE School Swimming Sports


MONDAY 28 JUNE Sausage Sizzle $2

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


Sacred Heart Feast Day is coming up on Saturday 19 June. We will celebrate this by donating to the Vinnies Wellington food bank in Newtown.

The foodbank provides support alongside our other support services that include:

  • Full-time social worker
  • Supported employment for people with intellectual disabilities
  • Access to free furniture, clothing and homeware
  • Clothing and bedding packs for new mums and their babies
  • Companionship to those in rest home, hospitals and isolated residencies
  • An inclusive sustainable sewing studio, repurposing our op shop textile waste while providing meaningful activity for people facing barriers in their life.

What we need from you!! Food parcel donations are made up of a variety of non-perishable food items, toiletries, cleaning products. They also need reusable shopping bags for the deliveries. Please drop your donations to the school office the week of Monday 14 -Friday 18 June!

Parish/school combined Mass 10.30 Sunday 13 June. We are also thrilled to be supporting and celebrating Chris Wratt’s first communion at this Mass. Look forward to seeing you there.

What’s coming up this term?

SUNDAY 13 JUNE - Parish/School Combined Sunday Mass 10.30am SFDS Church

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


Congratulations to the following students who received a certificate at Papatuanuku assembly on Friday:

Pippa R, Thalia C, Liam N, Mali J, Cielo Q, Ella L, Enzo H, Caiden S, Claudia S, Daniel N, Lilou R, Dallas T, Cody DT, Jimmy M, Joshua H.

Inter Zone Cross Country

An email was sent over the weekend to the families with a child/ren who has/have qualified for this event next Tuesday 15 June (postponement Thursday 17 June) at Grenada North Park. A programme of races was attached to the email. There are course maps for the races on this website:


It would be a good idea for your runner/s to have a look at their course prior to race day. We will have a bus to transport the kids to and from school. However, if you are going to transport your child/ren yourself (either one way or both), then please let me know by Friday 11 June what your plans are so that we can plan accordingly.

Netball superfan meets her Pulse heroes

Netball superfan 10-year-old Maeve HC got a taste of the action when she met the superstars of netball on centre court at TSB Arena before the Pulse vs Magic ANZ Premiership game.

Maeve, who is in Year 6 lives for the netball season and was over the moon to have won the chance to meet captains Claire Kersten (Pulse) and Sam Winders (Magic) and lead the teams onto the court as a part of the ANZ Future Captains programme.

When Mum, Emma, broke the news to Maeve, she couldn’t believe her ears. “I was like ‘what? How? I can’t wait, oh my gosh!’ I love the Pulse, I've been watching and supporting them for a really long time,” said Maeve.

The rush of standing next to the captains and meeting the teams was a highlight for Maeve. She said, “I was really nervous to stand centre court but so happy at the same time. It was amazing getting a photo and high fiving the whole team. I was like ‘dang it, now it's all over.’ But then we got really good seats right next to the Pulse players and we got to watch a great game.”

ANZ Head of Sponsorship Sue McGregor says ANZ is committed to its support of netballers in Aotearoa from local Wellington players right up to the elite athletes in the ANZ Premiership and the Silver Ferns.

“That’s why we’re giving 94 young people from all over Aotearoa the chance to be part of the ANZ Premiership and to meet their netball heroes as an ANZ Future Captain. After such a tough year for the netball community in 2020, it’s great we can offer this once in a lifetime opportunity to our country's youngest netball fans and players. We hope this experience inspires them to remain passionate about their training and to try their very best on the court.”

Applications for the ANZ Future Captains programme are now open at anzcourtside.co.nz

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Thank you to all the families that have paid or are making payments towards their school donations and charges for activities.

Requests for payment to those with outstanding amounts were sent out recently and we would appreciate your payment of these as soon as possible.

While we acknowledge payment of the donations are voluntary; we rely on these donations to provide facilities for the children.

Already this year, out of the trips and visits donations, our learners have visited Government House and snorkelled at the Marine Reserve (Ranginui) Discovered ‘Blue Sky Thinking’ while exploring Te Papa (Papatuanuku ) and travelled the universe at Space place and the Carter Observatory (Tangaroa). Also, this week our learners are all attending a First Aid session run by an educator from St Johns.

We have a number of other exciting activities planned for the remainder of the year, however we do rely on your donations to enable us to offer these experiences.

If you have any queries, or if payment at this time causes difficulty, please speak to Suzanne in the office to arrange payment options


The uniform shop is open during term time on Tuesday mornings 8.45-9.15am and Thursday afternoons 2.45-3.15pm. If you are unable to make it to the uniform shop on those days, order forms are available from the office or from the school website and can be handed in to the office. These orders will be made up by our uniform volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays and left in the office for collection and payment. Please note payment is expected before you take any uniform items. If you would like to have this added to your school account please contact Suzanne or Fran to arrange this and once paid they can be collected from the office or sent home with your child.

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.


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 SAVE THE DATE - Thursday 24 June!! Email coming this week! Keep an eye out!!

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


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.

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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.

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