Week 8 Term 2 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - 22 June 2021


Kia Ora Ano

What wild weather we are having!

We had an amazing week last week which ended with our whole school hui…we introduced our new values card system and presented values certificates and the Principal's Cup.

At our hui we also had a representative from St Vincent de Paul’s who spoke to all of our learners about their work in our community. They accepted from our SOUL group the very generous donations from our school community. Thank you so much for all of the very kind donations. Love and kindness are never wasted. Love and kindness blesses the one who receives as well as the giver.

Wandering around our classes on Friday afternoon it was exciting to see the exceptional learning programmes happening across our school. Ranginui were engaged in STEM learning – using design thinking through coding M-bots and creating mini design projects (non-digital) and in Tangaroa they were vigorously engaged in gross and fine motor development rotations.

A reminder that mid-year learner reports will be going home in week 9 on Friday 2 July – this is next week. These reports are the basis of our mid-year whanau, ākonga (learner) and kaiako (teacher) hui.

These will be held in the last week of term - Wednesday 7 July and Thursday 8 July between 3-6pm. If you have not yet booked a time you can do this by going to the following website

www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and entering the code zmwsp

Please note that on these days school finishes at 2:30pm.

Next Monday 28 June from 6:00-6:45pm all whanau are invited to come and listen to a presentation about 'Life online' and how you as whanau can support your tamariki to navigate this online space. This will be held in our whare pukupuku (library).

This event was cancelled last term…only those registered will have a seat so if you are intending to come please register by emailing office@sfds.school.nz. These registrations are open until Friday 25 July.

Have a wonderful week and stay warm.

Nga Mihi Nui

Tracy Gundesen


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A massive thanks to everyone who donated to Vinnies Wellington food bank as our way of acknowledging the Sacred Heart Feast day. Vinnies is named after St Vincent de Paul, a French Catholic priest who dedicated himself to serving the poor. We were lucky enough to have Emma Coelho from St Vincent de Paul join us at our school hui on Friday to talk to us.

It’s been wonderful celebrating the students who have been displaying our school values (The Fruits of the Holy Spirit) at our new fortnightly school hui. Have a read of these posters students from Tui made about The Fruits -

“Kindness is a gift anyone can afford”.

Coming up:

THURSDAY 8 JULY - Mufti Mania - Caritas Mufti Day


The Mid-Winter Disco is on this Thursday 24 June in the church hall! Tickets are available on Kindo for $10 and include the cost of the ticket, two slices of Pizza, a bag of lollies, and endless entry to our new magic mirror photo booth! NO DOOR SALES

• Junior School (Years 0-3) 5.15 – 6.15pm

• Middle School (Years 4-6) 6.30-7.45pm

• Senior School (Years 7-8) 8.00-9.00pm

Adults at drop off and pick up only, unless you have volunteered to help out at the disco. We still need more volunteers, so if you want to stay at the disco and help out, please email Lee Taylor-Hall at lee.taylor-hall@anz.com.

Ticket sales extended until 3pm Wednesday 23 June so get in quick!!!!

Sausage Sizzle

Our next sausage sizzle is Rooms 6 and 10's responsibility next Monday 28 June. If you would like to donate, we are still after 5 loaves of bread, two bottles of sauce and 175 meat sausages. Please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz if you would like to donate. Likewise, if you are able to come in and help run the sausage sizzle on the day, please also email.


The PSL AGM was held last Wednesday. At the end of Term 4 2020 Sarina Pratley, Chairperson and Clare Sweetapple, Secretary both stood down from their officerships and were thanked for their service and commitment to SFDS. A special thanks to Richard Peters and Fran Peters for stepping into these roles in the interim. Treasurer Veena Wasoori also stood down at the AGM and was thanked for the service to the school and a new leadership team was elected (see below).

PSL Update

The PSL would like to introduce the new committee members who were elected at the AGM last week:

· Chairperson - Emma Nelson

· Vice Chairperson - Richard Peters

· Treasurer - Maria Nguyen and Victoria Mahony

· Secretary - Dee Sloane

· Grants Co-ordinator - Jen Lofthouse

· Marketing - Fran Peters and Rachael Setter

· Pastoral Care - Jayne Mason and Deborah Jones


We are currently in the process of planning a few events for Terms 3 & 4 (dates TBC)

· The PSL Annual Quiz Night

· Leading up to this we will also be holding an Olympic quiz day for the children at school!

· A craft market for the end of the year!

If you would like to be involved in the planning process and/or running of any of these events please come along to our next meeting or email us. Putting on these types of events requires quite a bit of work so if we have a good number of people helping, you will only have to manage one aspect of the event. We are always keen to have new people come along to our meetings with new ideas and who are wanting to help.

We understand that every family has a busy schedule so if you can’t commit to coming to each month’s meeting that’s okay. Helping out on one or two events each year will make a huge difference, plus your children will like seeing you getting involved! If you can help, email us at psl.sfds@gmail.com, or come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 10 August at 7.30pm in the school staff room.


WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE School Swimming Sports Yrs 4-8

THURSDAY 24 JUNE PSL Disco - tickets on Kindo

MONDAY 28 JUNE Sausage Sizzle $2 purchase through Kindo

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



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

Jasmine M, Jacob F, Mabel C, Maeve HC, Caiden S, Bella H, Hazel S, Matty H, Daniel N, Sam C, Liberato MW, Isabel P, Sophia L, Logan P, Thalia C.


This is being held tomorrow for ALL year 4 - 8 students. We will be at Kilbirnie Pool all morning. Please ensure your child brings their swimming gear to school tomorrow. If you are able to help, please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz


We had 28 keen runners participating in this event last Tuesday. Everyone ran their hardest on a muddy, sticky course and had a great time! A huge congratulations to Logan P in year 5 and Lola D in year 7 who came 2nd and 8th respectively and will go on and compete in the Regional Cross Country. A huge achievement for them both. A special mention also to Darcey S (year 7) and Charlie K (year 6) who came 12th and 14th respectively.


We will be offering these optional assessments for students in years 5 - 8. If you would like to enrol your child/ren for any of these, please go to


You will need to enter our school code which is ZLD132, then register your child and pay for the assessments you would like them to do. We will NOT be accepting payment through the school.

Please be aware, the students do not receive any specific teaching for these assessments, and they are done online at school. Please ensure you register and pay by Friday 23 July (last Friday of the upcoming school holidays) so you don't miss out.


These will be on offer again next term. Students who are playing this term will need to re-register and pay through Kindo. You will receive an email and app alert when this is ready. New players are welcome.



Closes Friday 25 June. Please make sure to get your orders in online before then. Click here for the link.


Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 July - Conferences start at 3pm and finish at 6pm. On each of these days, school will finish at 2:30pm so the conferences can start at 3pm.

Please collect your child/ren at 2.30pm if you are able. If not, they will be supervised in the school library until 3pm and must be collected from there. If children normally walk home from school they may leave at 2.30pm if approved by parents (please let their teacher/s know).

Bookings can be made at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and the event code is zmwsp. If you have any questions or difficulty booking your conferences, please contact Suzanne or Francesca at the school office.

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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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Buy a Munch product and feel good about using it. We are making it easier for you to be more sustainable. All our products are eco friendly in some way from being reusable, organic to biodegradable. Everyday products making a difference. Useful, beautiful and green. All our ingredients and products are sourced from ethical communities.

Book Giveaway - Enter by 25 June via email

For something a bit different - we have a cool non-fiction book to giveaway cto one school this month!

How Food Is Made - an illustrated Guide to How Everyday Food is Produced, by Ayla Marika - is a fun and interesting illustrated non-fiction book, published in Australia by Forrsa Light Publishing. It's all about how food is made - from the funny and weird to the fan faves such as biscuits made in factories and maple syrup that drips straight out of the tree. More online here.

We are offering one copy of this book to our Kindo Schools email list - enter by following these instructions...


  • Tell us your top top tip for going plastic-free - this could be at your school or in your community or at home
  • Email your tip to Alex at marketing@munchcupboard.com to enter the draw - and remember to tell us what school you are from
  • ENTER BY 5pm Friday 25 June

The winner will be announced on Monday 28 June and notified via email that day.

Entertainment Membership!

Support your favourite cause. Buy your Membership & your fundraiser St Francis De Sales School receives 20% of the purchase.




Kelly Club Island Bay Holiday Programme focus’s on giving children aged between 5 and 13 the opportunity to do things they enjoy in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment.

This programme are packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned: Trips to: "Laserforce, Te Papa, Avalon Park and we are to the movies to see “Tom & Jerry, Plus: The Oscars Day, Creepy Crawlies Day, Go for Gold Day, Glitter VS Goo Day and Zappo the Magician is coming to Kelly Club and lots more!!

For full details and to enrol into our programmes visit www.kellyclub.co.nz/Islandbay email islandbay@kellyclub.co.nz or call 022 198 6316

PLAY LIKE A SPORTS HERO! – TERM 3 (Yrs. 0-4) – Thursday’s 3:05-4:05pm

Kelly Sports will be back in Term 3 with their fun and exciting classes. Come and try Football, Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball! It’s a great way to try new sports, learn new skills and improve ability.

We use games & drills to teach game sense and team play. Learn the fundamental skills for all sports – throwing, running, jumping, striking, balance and many more – all while having a great time!

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


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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