Week 7 Term 2 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - Wednesday 15 June 2022


Kia tau te rangimārie ki a koutou


A special thank you to all of the families of our Year 7&8 ākonga - your generosity in supporting our Mission fair through kind donations of goods for the stalls is humbling. The year 7&8 students have worked well together to plan and carry out a number of fun activities for the tamariki.

Thank you also to all families for supporting this Caritas fundraiser today. We had a wonderful afternoon together - and all for a very good cause. Feel free to visit the Caritas website to find out more about their aid work.

Through your generosity, the children raised $2680.00 - a fabulous effort!

I hope you all have a warm home to keep you safe in these cold winter days we have been experiencing. Looking out toward the south island it is clear to see why things have chilled somewhat, with the beautiful snow on Tapuae-o-Uenuku in the Kaikoura ranges.

Mānawatia a Matariki: Celebrating Matariki

Matariki te tipua - Matariki the sacred

Matariki te tawhito - Matariki the old

Tau mai te wairua - Welcome the spirit

welcome the life force

Mai ngā ira atua - from the essence of atua

Ki te ira tangata - to us of the human kind

Tihei mauriora !!! Let there be life....!!

(Thank you to: Ngahihi for sharing this karakia)

This year, we will celebrate the first Matariki public holiday on Friday 24 June (This means that school will be closed that day). Matariki has been known across the world for thousands of years as Pleiades or Messier 45. In Samoa, Pleiades is known as Li’i or Mataali, and in Tonga it is ‘Matali’i. There are actually several hundred stars in Pleiades but only a handful are visible with the naked eye.

For early Māori and across the Pacific, astronomy was interwoven into all facets of life. Careful observation of the movement of the stars and the planets, the changing position of the sun, the phases of the moon and the appearance of comets and meteors were recorded and handed down from generation to generation.

The Māori lunar calendar divides time into seasons - determined by the phases of the moon, position of our sun, the rising and setting of other stars and ecological changes in the environment. We celebrate Matariki as the Māori New Year - and the actual date changes each year - making it a ‘moving feast’ because of these changing factors.

The different names of the visible stars in the Matariki group are significant for Māori, and unique roles can be seen in each name. For example:

One of the stars - called Pōhutukawa, connects Matariki to the deceased, so we commemorate and pray for those who have passed throughout the year at this time of Matariki.

Ko Matariki te kaitō i te hunga pakeke ki te pō - Matriki draws the frail into the endless night.

Another star, Tupuānuku, is connected to food grown in the ground - cultivated foods such as kumara, which is harvested around this time.

Hauhake tū, ka tū Matariki - The harvest ends when Matariki sets.

(Thank you to Dr Rangi Matamua for sharing this knowledge)

There are many different ways your family can acknowledge the Māori New Year and observe the rising of Matariki. Here are a list of suggestions:

  • Take time to remember loved ones who are no longer with us

  • Give thanks for the year that has passed

  • Cook a meal and say a karakia mo te Kai / Grace - giving thanks

  • Plan for the next year

  • Spend time with family and friends

  • Have a matariki feast

  • Plan to grow a garden

  • Write down your wishes for the year

  • Celebrate

You and your whānau may want to do something special to celebrate Matariki
like calling out the names of those who have passed, or even sitting around a fire sharing memories of the people who are no longer here. For you it might be a time of solitude and a chance to contemplate the world. It might be an opportunity to offer an acknowledgement to Matariki and the environment.

(Thank you to: Te Wananga o Aotearoa for sharing this knowledge)

This Matariki is a really significant one for our country. I really encourage you all to take part in the Matariki events taking place in our capital city - there will be a live broadcast from 6.00am - just before breakfast time - maybe make that breakfast a special one for your family.

Āhea | When? 6-10am Friday 24 June

Ki hea | Where? Live broadcast available on matariki.net.nz, TVNZ 1 and OnDemand,

Whakaata Māori, RNZ, THREE, Prime, Stuff and Iwi Radio via Whare


Te utu | Cost? Free

Take care and God bless

Ngā mihi nui

Mary-Angela Tombs


Kāore he mutunga o te Aroha.

The measure of love is love without measure.

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Elections for St Francis de Sales School Board PARENT REPRESENTATIVES will be held in Term 3.

This is an opportunity for parents and caregivers who have a genuine interest in the governance of St Francis de Sales School to make a commitment to help shape the education provided at our school.

We require a balance of skills and experiences and would like interested parties to be representative of our school community.

If you would like to find out more about the role of the board contact either Peter Chew (Board Chair) bot.chair@sfds.school.nz or Mary-Angela Tombs (Principal) principal@sfds.school.nz

For successful candidates there is training on offer from both NZSTA (New Zealand School Trustees Association) and Catholic Schools Education Services.

St Francis de Sales School currently has 5 parent representatives, 3 proprietors representatives (these are appointed by the Archdiocese of Wellington), the Principal and a Staff Representative.

You are welcome to come along to observe our next Board meeting on Monday 20 June at 6.30pm in the Principal’s Office.

Please email bot.chair@sfds.school.nz if you will be attending this meeting.

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*Slight correction from last week's newsletter notice* On Wednesday 22 June our kura will be raising money and awareness for those with Autism. Students are able to wear a hoodie of their choice over their school uniform on this day and make donations on Kindo.

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The students who do such an amazing job keeping everyone safe at our road crossings have a refresher training session coming up on Wednesday 22 June starting at 9.15am.

We would love to have some parents/caregivers on board to do some of the supervising sessions with the kids when they are on road patrol duty. This would give valuable time back to the teachers who do these duties.

Parents/caregivers can attend the training session on the 22nd to build confidence and feel comfortable carrying out this supervision.

So if you are keen to volunteer and help out at school but don't have lots of time to give, then this is a great way to get involved.

If you are interested, please email me on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz


This will be held for all year 4 - 8 students on Wednesday 6 July (week 10 of this term) at Kilbirnie Pool. This event relies on parent/caregiver helpers. If you are able to help between 9.30am and 12pm, then please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz


Congratulations to the following students who ran and gained a placing at the Southern Zone Cross Country last Wednesday. These runners are participating in the Inter Zone Cross Country tomorrow - good luck to all runners, we're sure you will make yourselves and us proud.

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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 amazing Lola D who is this week's recipient of our ‘Principal ‘s Cup’!

Lola has been spotted by various staff members this past week absolutely living the school spirit! Taking care of our students and being so helpful with staff, fulfilling all her extra duties with kindness care and efficiency.



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.


We currently are needing some meals for some of our whanau, if you are able to offer your assistance in the next few days or next week, please get in touch with Fran in the office for more information. office@sfds.school.nz.


One of the great areas of support here at St Francis de Sales School is our Pastoral care

team. This is an amazing group of volunteers who make meals for our families that are going

through a tough time in their lives – sickness, deaths, births, etc. Whenever we have a

family that could use a wee bit of extra love and support we send out a call for meals from

the list of wonderful families that have put their name down and are happy to whip up a

meal or some baking. Meals are dropped off to the office and sent to our families going

through crises.

This isn’t a regular occurrence, and you are not obliged to make meals every time the call

goes out, however we do need a few more volunteers to add to our email list.

If you would be interested in offering your support please send an email to Fran on the PSL email psl.sfds@gmail.com


The latest Scholastic Book club flyer is out and has another great selection of books for readers from 5-13 years.

SFDS receives a bonus of 10% from each online order. Last year we were able to purchase $500 books for the school library from Book Club bonus dollars.

Note: We only do online orders, please do not send orders to school. Place your order anytime by visiting https://scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club/

Last day for orders is 23 June. If you have any questions please see Chris in Room 7.

Please enjoy the follow photos from todays mission fair!

Pumpkin season is well underway at Garden to table! Room 10 with pumpkin pie and apple cake.

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St Patrick’s College Open Day Tours – June 2022

Tēnā koutou katoa.

It is with pleasure that I invite you to register to attend one of our Open Day Tours which are to be held on Tuesday 14 June between 10.00am to 11.30am and from 12.30pm to 2.00pm, and again on Thursday 16 June at the same times.

To make a booking please either email admin@stpats.school.nz with your request or to make a booking yourself visit the St Patrick's College website:


On the front page of our website you will see a drop down menu labelled 'Enrol' and if you click on that and scroll down you will see a tab for Open Day.

Open this section and click on the Blue button – book here.

Enter your details and make your selection regarding day/time.

A reminder email will be sent closer to your booked day.

Open Day is a chance for parents to visit our College and learn about the opportunities and experiences that we offer across Years 9 to 13.

Mike Savali


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 2 Policies and Procedures due for review

In term two, the focus is on the Healthcare and Behaviour Management sections.


Behaviour Management Board review

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

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



Island Bay After School Care has spaces available for both before and after school care. For enquries please call 0274-575-359 or just drop by and see what we do.


Learn How to Prune in June

Saturday 25th June 2022

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Island Bay and Berhampore Community Orchard invite you to come along to our pruning workshop and give it a go with guidance from Jon Muller of Wellington Gardens Ltd and the team at Gnome Grown Gardens Ltd

Workshop content:

  • Discuss why, how, where and when we prune trees especially fruit trees

  • Demonstrate how to prune the trees with each person pruning one or two trees each under guidance

  • Discuss natural methods of pest and disease control

  • Discuss how to maintain soil fertility with composting & mulching

Bring sturdy shoes with good grip, secateurs and pruning saw if you have them otherwise some spare ones are available.

Koha appreciated but don't let it be a barrier to attending

Register here: https://forms.gle/1n6KuVT1sTt5H8Zh7

Contact: communityfruit@gmail.com for more information

Hope to see you there,

Chloe and the Orchard Trustees


Does your child love to sing? Wellington Cathedral of St Paul is currently recruiting for more singers aged 8-15 to join the Cathedral Choristers. This is a terrific way to gain a musical education and learn vocal technique from one of the foremost conductors in the country free of charge. Please see this link for more information, and this link to hear the Choristers talk about their own experience. For further information or to organise an audition, please contact Michael Stewart at dom@wellingtoncathedral.org.nz

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