Week 1 Term 3 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - Wednesday 27 July 2022



Elections for St Francis de Sales School Board PARENT REPRESENTATIVES will be held this term.

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.

Nomination forms were emailed to all eligible voters last week. Please contact the school office if you did not receive an email.

Nominations close at noon Wednesday 3 August 2022.

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.

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Kia Ora Whanau. My name is Madeline Smith and I am delighted to be taking on the role of the school's DRS! I’m really looking forward to taking you on this journey with me as I learn in this new position. Feel free to reach out and get in contact – I am excited to meet more of you in the wider SFDS community.

Piripono - Faithfulness

We are kick starting this term with the weekly value of Piripono - Faithfulness. Piripono at SFDS is having self-belief: doing what you say you will do, loyalty, sticking by your friends, accepting others, acknowledging God, doing the right thing whether people are there to see it or not.

“To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.” Luke 1:37

Madeline Smith



Now that we are sending all invoices/statements by email to families, please contact us if you have changed your email address so that we can update your account. Invoices will still be posted to families without an email address.

The Term 3 invoice will be emailed to all families shortly. Please check that the invoice has not gone to your Spam/Junk Inbox and that all your children are listed on the statement. If you have not received any invoices this year, please contact us.

Financial assistance is available to families experiencing financial hardship (loss of income/redundancy, family reasons, etc.). It is a condition of the assistance application that the family has an affordable regular payment in place.

If you have any questions, please contact us: Phone: 0800 462 725 Email: dues@wn.catholic.org.nzText: 021 08907902



We had a great time at this event at the end of last term. We were really impressed with the way our older students supported and encouraged our younger students and also the display of sportsmanship and school values. A huge thank you to the parents who came along to help - it really was very much appreciated. All those who participated earned house points for their house and this will be announced at our next school hui.

The results of the Southern Zone qualifying races are below. Those who placed in the top two of each event will participate in the Southern Zone Swimming Sports on Tuesday 16 August at Kilbirnie Pool. The top four swimmers in the 25m freestyle will make up the relay team for their year group. The swimmers who will be attending will receive more information closer to the time.


These are optional assessments for students in years 5 - 8. The information has been emailed to families. The registrations are due through the ICAS Parent Portal by this Sunday 31 July.


Rooms 10 and 11 will be going to the City and Sea Museum and Te Papa on Wednesday 10 August.

Rooms 8 and 9 will be going to the City and Sea Museum and Te Papa on Thursday 11 August.

For these trips to go ahead, we require parent helpers. Please email your child's classroom teacher if you are able to come.



Our lovely uniform volunteer will be in the uniform shop next Tuesday morning 8.45-9.15am and next Wednesday afternoon 2.45- 3.15pm. Please feel free to pop in if you would like to be fitted.

Ranginui soft shell jackets will be available to purchase from Thursday (tomorrow) on Kindo. Limited stock. Please note these available for year 7 & 8 students only.

We are looking for helpers in the uniform shop. This is a great way to get to know other parents and the school environment. If you are able to help out please contact Fran or Suzanne for more information.


Inspire Photography will be coming to photograph the children at St Francis de Sale School from 9am on:

Monday 22 August 2022

Wednesday 24 August 2022

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.


On the final Thursday of Term 2, Ranginui hosted our biannual SFDS Science Fair. Our akonga got a huge kick out of sharing their hard work with their junior buddies and whanau in the evening. It was fantastic to see this event so well supported by our whanau. Thank you to everyone who supported this mahi!

It is my pleasure to announce the top 12 entries that will go through to the NIWA Science Fair (Wellington Region) this term.

- Lola Doyle, What's my dog's favourite colour? (1st place)
- Antonio Cooper, Where's the cleanest water on the south coast? (2nd place)
- Isla Hubmann, What cause of a tsunami will make the highest wave? (3rd place)
- James Bank (qualified for NIWA)
- Jacob Lerum (qualified for NIWA)
- Cielo Quito (qualified for NIWA)
- Jonathon George (qualified for NIWA)
- Daniel Nguyen (qualified for NIWA)
- Jimmy McCabe (qualified for NIWA)
- Isabelle Montague (qualified for NIWA)
- Maeva Withers (qualified for NIWA)
- Edison Robinson (qualified for NIWA)


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 kind and wonderful Thalia who is this week's recipient of our ‘Principal ‘s Cup’!

Thalia is kind, gentle and patient. She is considerate of others and their feelings and she makes sure she includes everyone in games outside and in classroom activities. She models the school values everyday and she is a fantastic role model.

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


DRAMA: Wonderplay has places available for kids drama in Island Bay on Thursdays. Join us now for our production of Peter Pan! Thursdays at Island Bay Community Centre: 3.45-4.30pm: New Wonders (Intro to drama, 5yrs+), 4.30-5.30pm: Star Players (8yrs+), 5.30-6.30pm: Advanced Drama (experienced 10yrs+). Also ask about our award-winning Wellington Young Actors class for teens (Wednesdays, CBD). First lesson is free to try. Please contact Debs debs@wonderplay.co.nz 021-172-2836, www.wonderplay.co.nz


Gymnastics is a great and fun activity for developing confidence, coordination, strength and agility. Harbour City Gymnastics, Hataitai Park, are currently taking in enrollments for term 3 and have spaces available in our Monday Ribbon Award 5-6 y/o class and our Monday and Wednesday Badge Award 7-9 y/o classes! Email our office office@hcg.org.nz for further information or to register"


After School Computer Classes

Our term time classes are smaller just 3 to 6 children. Classes are focused on what you want to learn. Pickup from school can be arranged. Class runs from 3:30 to 5:30 pm class fee $45 (doors open from 3:15).

Learn to Code Scratch, Python, Java, JavaScript, or Learn to Code & Create 3D Games, Minecraft, Web Design, HTML and CSS and A Discovery Course in Computing (suitable for younger children), Build Your Own Computer.

For information & bookings 499-2211 or grandtraining.co.nz
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