Week 1 Term 1 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - Wednesday 9 February 2022

MARY-ANGELA'S MESSAGE

Tēnā koutou katoa. We may only be two days into the new school year, but SFDS is a hive of activity and new learning. More congratulations are in order, with Xanthe and her new husband Shane celebrating their wedding last week - fabulous news!


Jesus reminds us that it is the heart of a person that really matters, and in Te Ao Māori perspective the importance of people is also honoured:


“He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!”.


The SFDS staff team have all been working hard to get to know each of the people/children in our care, and to model Gospel values.


Anaphylaxis training

Yesterday, all the staff took part in Anaphylaxis training, so that we can support those children who have severe allergies in our school. A number of our tamariki have ongoing health conditions, so we are also reviewing our systems for responding to medical events and emergencies that may occur throughout the school day.


Covid Updates

The Year 4-8 students have adjusted remarkably well to the discomfort of wearing a mask when inside. Thank you to our community for supporting us with this national directive. We have also begun monitoring the air quality of our indoor learning spaces, using a CO2 monitor. This will provide an intriguing science-based inquiry for the children, so that they learn to control the ventilation of their classrooms.


From a leadership perspective, we are currently finalising our COVID Business Continuity Plan which sounds very corporate, but basically involves planning ahead for any of our staff and students who may become unwell or be required to self-isolate. We will be well prepared and keep you well informed should our school community be impacted by a community case of Covid.


Thank you also for your support with following our Covid Protection Framework to keep everyone safe. Please remember to get in touch if you have any concerns or would just like to have a chat.


Ngā mihi nui kia koutou

Mary-Angela Tombs


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

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WELCOME

To the following students who have started at St Francis de Sales school in 2022


Zoe MJ, Connor SS, Lucan S (Yr 7), Tom K, James D (Yr 6) Giovanna B (Yr 5) Ayanna H (Yr 2) Angelin J, Aisha M, Thomas H, Annabelle Mc D, Dayton S, Mia S (Yr 1)


And to new staff members:-


Mary-Angela Tombs


We hope that you have a successful and happy time at St Francis de Sales.

DRS MESSAGE

A Student's Prayer for a New School Year


Lord Jesus, I ask for Your help as I begin this new school year.

Allow me to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before me.


Open my eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open my heart and mind to new friends and new teachers.


Give me a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with my studies and courage to accept new opportunities.


Help me to be attentive to my teachers and let me experience Your presence in my new friends. Jesus, inspire me to do my best this year!

Amen

SARAH'S MESSAGE

PAPATUANUKU PE DAYS

These will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays this term so please support your child/ren to wear their PE gear on those two days each week.


TERM 1 SPORT UPDATE

Please register your child/ren for the following sports if they are going to play:

Floorball - space in year 1/2, year 5/6 and year 7/8 - please register on Kindo ASAP

Touch Rugby (years 3 - 8) - closing on Kindo tomorrow (Thursday) 3pm

Future Ferns Netball (years 1 - 4) - closing on Kindo tomorrow (Thursday) 3pm

Futsal (years 1 - 6) - closing on Kindo this Friday 9am


All players are required to wear their school PE gear any sport they are registered for.


UNIFORM REMINDER

Please support your child to wear the correct school uniform. This includes their hair accessories which should be navy, maroon, black, white or brown. Hair that is touching the shoulders should be tied up.

SCHOOL NOTICES

UNIFORM SHOP

Remains closed during Red level. Please continue to send in your uniform orders via email on office@sfds.school.nz.


If you require a special fitting or are new to the school please contact the school office and we can organize a booking.


PE DAYS

Please send your child/ren in PE Gear on the following days.


Tangaroa (Years 1-3) Tuesday and Friday.

Papatuanuku (Years 4-6) Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ranginui (Year 7 & 8) Tuesday and Friday.


ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL

If your child is sick or unable to attend school for all or part of the day, please phone the school office by 9.00am or send a message through our school app so that their absence can be accounted for. This is most important to alleviate any concerns about their whereabouts. If no communication has been received from parents then the school will contact you by text.


Children who are late (arriving after the 9am bell) need to report to the office foyer and sign in on our Vistab system, in case they have been marked absent by the teacher who takes the roll first thing in the morning.


If an absence is planned for a special reason, a note or telephone call to the school in advance is appreciated. In cases of prolonged absence, e.g. a family trip, an email to the school office is required.


HEAD INJURIES

Our policy around any head injuries is that we notify parents if a child receives any type of bump/knock to the head. We have been calling parents and leaving messages, however we know that many people are unable to answer their phones or check their voice messages so we have decided to start texting notifications.


In the case of a minor head injury we will text; anything more serious we will call. If you receive a text and are concerned please feel free to call us back for further details.


MUSIC LESSONS ONSITE AT SFDS:

Our music teacher Vorn has a few openings after last year's Year 8s have graduated.


New enrolments now available:

Group Lessons Available: Lunchtimes. Individual Lessons After School: Drums, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Singing, Violin, Recorder/Flute and more!


Bookings and inquiries to: megs.mcc.rose@gmail.com

List of our Class names and year groups.

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SCHOOL LUNCHES

EZLUNCH

Kindo and ezlunch welcomes you to term 1 - We hope you enjoyed time with family & friends over the holiday break!


We’re excited to be providing healthy lunches at your school again this term, and welcome all of our new schools and families on board.


We offer three lunch options each week that can be ordered online. Place your orders via the Kindo Shop on the school website www.sfds.school.nz or www.mykindo.co.nz by 8.30/9am on the day. Named orders will be dropped off by 12.30pm on the day and can be collected from the school office. Please ensure you receive a confirmation of your order – it can be quite upsetting if a child thinks they are getting a lunch and it doesn’t arrive.


Subway – every Wednesday orders in by 9.am

A selection of mini or 6-inch subs (ham, salami, beef, turkey and vegetarian). Add a water or a cookie.


Sushi Lunches - every Thursday orders in by 9.am

Sushi Lunches provide a sushi delivery service every Thursday.


Pita Pit – every Friday orders in by 8.30am

A selection of Pitas (beef, ham, chicken, and veggie), are available plus cookies and water.

Please note you can CANCEL your lunch order before 8.30am if your child changes their mind or is away that day. You can do this though your kindo app as long as it is before the daily cut off time.


Click here to view all available menus.

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.

COMMUNITY NOTICES

BACK TO SCHOOL SPORTS! – TERM 1 (Yrs. 0-4) – Thursday’s 3.05pm-4.05pm

Kelly Sports is back in Term 1 with their Fun and Exciting Classes. Starting Thursday 17 Feb 2022 for 8 weeks.

This term we will focus on the following sports: Rippa Rugby, Handball, Dodgeball and T-Ball!

We aim to develop and enhance skills; Catching, Kicking, Throwing, Improve strength, Flexibility, Hand/Eye Coordination and Spatial awareness.

This weekly programme encourages children’s 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


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DRAMA: Wonderplay has places available for kids drama on Thursdays at Island Bay Community Centre. Also ask about our famous Wellington Young Actors class for teens. First lesson is free to try. Please contact Debs debs@wonderplay.co.nz 021-172-2836, www.wonderplay.co.nz


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TOTS to TEENS Follw this link to see the latest issue.

https://issue2202.totstoteens.co.nz


What’s in this issue for parents?

» Handling school drop-off

» Filling the lunchbox

» Making maths fun for kids is the trick

» How to manage attention-seeking behaviour

» Parent guide: Teaching kids to ride a bike

» Fears and phobias?

» The dyslexia checklist


and (as always) EPIC GIVEAWAYS


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WELLINGTON SOUTHERN BAYS HISTORICAL SOCIETY INCORPORATED


(Houghton Bay, Island Bay, Owhiro Bay)

Secretary: Chris Rabey 384 9293 Treasurer: Sharon Macintyre 388 8088.

Web: www.southernbayshistory.wellington.net.nz

NEXT PUBLIC MEETING IS FEBRUARY 14, 2022

OUR NEXT MEETING WE WILL SEE NICOLE MILLER TALK TO US ALL ABOUT THE MARINE RESERVE. AS THE ATTACHED FLYER WILL SHOW, SHE IS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ON THIS AREA.

However whether this public meeting will go ahead is UNCERTAIN due to the Covid restrictions and further Omricon outbreaks.

AS THE FESTIVAL ITSELF HAS ALREADY BEEN CANCELLED, A DECISION WILL BE MADE SOON AS TO WHETHER THIS PUBLIC MEETING WILL GO AHEAD. YOU WILL ALL BE ADVISED BY EMAIL AND FACEBOOK IF IT IS CALLED OFF.

Please contact Committee member Sharon 0276344455 or 388 8088 if you have not heard by Monday 14th.

If the meeting is cancelled, your magazine will be delivered to youn if you have a current subscription.

All welcome, Baptist Church, 284 The Parade, 7.30pm.

Koha welcome


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Contact your closest Bigair Gym because GYM CLASSES & CHEERLEADING are starting NOW! Bigair Gym Owhiro Bay ph. 383 8779 e. wgtn@bigairgym.co.nz


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"Gymnastics is a great and fun activity for developing confidence, coordination, strength and agility. Harbour City Gymnastics, Hataitai Park, are currently taking enrolments for Term 1 classes - from preschool to adults. Email our office office@hcg.org.nz for further information or to register"

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