Week 5 Term 2 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - 01 June 2021


Mālo le Soifua ma le lagi e māmā

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa Aso Sa 30 Me – Aso To’ona’i 5 Iuni

Samoan Language Week is Sunday 30 May – Saturday 5 June 2021

“Poupou le lotoifale, ola manuia le anofale”

Strengthen the posts of your house, for all to thrive

This is a beautiful Samoan proverb (Alagaupu) to kick start this wet and wild Wellington day and to acknowledge and celebrate le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa (Samoan Language Week).

Alagaupu is the Samoan word for proverbs – wise sayings or expressions about life. This week our learners will be engaging in some activities to celebrate this.

We have noticed that our learners have mid-term-itis! They seem very tired and we have a lot of learners arriving to school late…this can mean that they miss important information to set them up for their day of learning. Approximately 80% of our learners who arrive at school record their reason as ‘slept in’. We all know how as adults we feel if we don’t have enough sleep and we are fully grown!

Tamariki 5-11 years old need 9-11 hours of sleep each night. These are some of the things that sleep enhances in our tamariki when they get lots of good sleep:

Promotes growth, Helps beat germs, Helps heart health, Increases tamariki attention span

Boosts learning, Reduces the risk of injury

Safe Online? Moving from ‘Fingers Crossed’, to Confidence.

A reminder to put Monday 28 June into your calendars. At 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 kura library.

This event was cancelled last term…so please register your attendance by emailing

office@sfds.school.nz. If we don’t get a reasonable amount of attendees we will again have to cancel this event. So pop this date into your calendars and email as above. Let’s work together as a community to stay informed and connected.

Feel free to pop in for a coffee before school on Friday between 8am-9am in my office.

Have a wonderful week and stay warm.

Manuia le aso (Blessed day)

Tracy Gundesen Tumuaki/Principal

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



You may have noticed that we had been advertising a teacher only day coming up on Friday 4 June. THIS IS INCORRECT. School WILL be open on that day. The teacher only day is on the last day of this term - Friday 9 July - and school will be closed that day. Apologies for any confusion.

MONDAY 7 JUNE Queen's Birthday Public Holiday - School is Closed

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


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 Sunday 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



We had nearly 60 enthusiastic runners at this event last week who all ran their hardest and did themselves and us proud.

The top 10 runners in years 4, 5, 6 and the top 6 runners in years 7 and 8 go on to participate in the Inter Zone Cross Country which is being held on Tuesday 15 June (postponement Thursday 17 June) at Grenada North Park. Those attending will receive further information.

Congratulations to the following runners who gained a placing:

Year 4 girls: 2nd - Willow SE, 8th - Lilly M , 9th - Pippa R 10th - Sophia L

Year 4 boys:7th - Johnny W

Year 5 girls: 5th - Ella L

Year 5 boys:3rd - Enzo H, 6th - Jacob F

Year 6 girls: 1st - Charlie K

Year 6 boys: 5th - Benji P, 8th - Jamie K

Year 7 girls: 1st - Lola D, 2nd - Darcey S, 3rd - Maia K, 4th - Emily W

Year 7 boys: 1st - Harry D, 4th - Otto A, 6th - Isaac L

Year 8 girls:1st - Mollie CD, 2nd - Indya OL, 3rd - Molly R, 4th - Lilly-Anne M, 5th - Nina D, 6th - Anwyn P

Year 8 boys: 2nd - Theo M, 4th - Jakob R, 5th - Marcine I, 6th - Cooper W


Total Touch, who run the Touch league in terms 1 and 4, have sent the following message through about players becoming referees:

If you have any students who would like to join Total Touch as a referee at our junior modules, please ask them to send me an email - admin@totaltouch.org.nz. We are always in need of referees at all parks and offer training and a pathway to ensure they enjoy their experience and have the opportunities to take their refereeing further if they want to. Refereeing touch is a great way to improve self-confidence and communication skills - plus it is pretty fun and they get $5 a game. Our training will start in September.



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 18th June 2021 at 10am.

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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!! More information to follow.

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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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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Holiday Programmes ROCK ACADEMY

The Rock Academy will again be running our usual school holiday programmes these coming July 2021 holidays, therefore would appreciate muchly if you could put a notice in your newsletter and on your Facebook page regarding this.

If so, please see attached notice/image to this email. I have also included further information below with regard to the programme, that you may wish to include.

Free Guitar Lesson Voucher

As a way of showing our appreciation in including the Rock Academy in your newsletters and your Facebook page, we would like to offer your school three (3) free music lesson vouchers for up and coming fund raising events or silent auctions.

nb. Vouchers are valid for one lesson per person, therefore if it is a raffle, please ensure that the vouchers are offered separately and not in the same raffle.

Again, we thank you for your continued support and please let me know if you would like to receive the vouchers offered so I can arrange accordingly.

Music School Holiday Programmes

Lots of fun, modern 'cool' songs and activities with personable inspiring teachers. Perfect for building confidence in creative children who would like to explore music or take their playing to a new level. Ideal for budding singers, guitarists, pianists and bassists. Contact us today to book or for more information.

July 2021 Dates

From Monday the 19th until Thursday 22nd July, 2021. 8:45 am until 3:30 pm.


Gold Coin Community Day at Nga Manu

On Monday 7th June we are having a GOLD COIN ENTRY Community Day at Ngā Manu to say a massive thank you to all our supporters! Pack a picnic and come and enjoy a fun family day out in nature.

You will experience both forest and wetland habitats and our walk-through aviaries and nocturnal house offer close-up encounters with our rare NZ wildlife. Our ‘Bird’s Eye Trail’ gives you the opportunity to view Nga Manu plants through the eyes of birds as you explore our network of all-weather, buggy friendly trails. Or discover our dunes and swamps on the 'Humps and Hollows Trail'.

At 2 pm (rain or shine) watch the Nga Manu eels being fed – purchase an eel feeding token for $2 to have a go at feeding an eel yourself.

Join our free guided forest walk at 2:15pm - meet at our eel pond after the eel feeding.

Your gold coin donation goes to the non-profit Nga Manu Trust, which contributes to national and local conservation through its involvement in many species breeding programmes such as for kiwi, tuatara, whio/blue duck, as well as endangered lizard species and plant conservation. Thank you!


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