Week 7 Term 1 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - Wednesday 23 March 2022



At St Francis de Sales we have a number of children with food allergies. We have recently talked to all our tamariki about how allergies can affect people differently and the importance eating in designated spaces, not sharing food and washing our hands after kai.

One of our new-entrant tamaiti specifically has a severe allergy to eggs and can have a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction even with minimal contact to egg. To support this tamaiti with their health at school we wanted to share this with you for when you are making lunches.

If your tamariki eat egg or egg products at school, we would appreciate your support to encourage particularly strong hand washing after eating. If you have tamariki in the junior syndicate, we would appreciate your consideration of snack choices when making lunchboxes to reduce the risk to this tamaiti and reduce the amount of reactive medication they require each day.


What an amazing day! Together we raised $343.00 to go towards the World Down Syndrome day fundraiser! Check out the video below and see if you can spot any familiar socks!

Thank you for supporting this day!

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou

Mary-Angela Tombs


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

21 March - Rock Your Socks Day!

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Many students and classes have been working their way through the Caritas 2022 Lent Action Plan.

Our values focus at the moment is Atawhai/Kindness. Enjoy this video of How to change the world with kindness.
How to Change the World With Kindness

Tuakana Teina classes celebrated a mass in our church last week.



We will be closing the registrations this Friday 25 March at 3pm. Please see the information on Kindo and register your child/ren if they are going to play.


The registrations are open on Kindo for these sports. They close on Wednesday 6 April.


We have had some lovely parents offer to help with supervising our road patrollers. Having parents/caregivers will help to ease the load on teachers. If there are any other parents/caregivers who would be keen and available to help with this (either before school between 8.30 and 9am, or after school between 2.45 and 3.20pm) then please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz We will provide training for anyone who is keen.


Please see the separate attachments for details.



Children who are late to school in the mornings need to report to the office 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. Please make sure they enter down the school driveway and into the school foyer to sign in.

School hours are as follows:

  • Start: 8.55 am (first bell) 9 am school starts.
  • Morning interval: 10.45-11.05 am
  • Lunch: 12.30-1.25 pm (the bell rings at 1.25 pm)
  • Finish: 3.00 pm


The latest Scholastic Book club is out and it has a great selection of books for readers from 5-13 years. Our school receives a bonus of 10% from each online order.

Last year we purchased $500 books for the school library from Book Club bonus dollars.

Note: At SFDS 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/ - you can still order from either issue 1 or 2.

Last day for orders is 1st April. If you have any questions please see Chris in Room 7.


Please see the PDF below detailing some road works going on around Island Bay on Thursday 24 March.

List of our Class names, Year groups and PE days

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Te Reo word/phrase of the fortnight : Ko ngā maunga o te aroha e wāwāhi ana i te puke o te kino - May the mountains of love break down the hills of hate

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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.


The inaugural Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Charity Art Auction to raise funds for the restoration and seismic strengthening of the cathedral is coming together well as we gear up for the launch on Saturday 19 March 2022. The uncertainty around Covid-19 has created the opportunity to move our charity art auction online, so we can reach more people than the original event we had planned. We are new to this but so excited to bring this to you and look forward to your support.

Among the artists exhibiting their wonderful works are Del Te Rito, Charlotte Hird, Jim Gorman, Olympia Osborne, Sonia Treacy, Ellen Donnelly and many more. We are so blessed to have them come on board.

Registering for the auction is easy. All you need is your mobile phone or access to internet on your computer.

The auction will run 24 x 7 from 19 March to 27 March 2022.

If you have any questions, feel free to email mcsh.march22art@gmail.com

The website for the auction can be found: www.galabid.com/art4icon

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South Wellington Art Show
Online from Friday, 11 to Saturday 26 March!

This year the South Wellington Art Show school fundraiser is hosted online for two weeks from 7pm Friday 11 March - 6pm Saturday 26 March. Funds raised will be put towards a mural on the side of the school hall.

There will be something for everyone, in every price bracket - from well-known Kiwi artists Sheyne Tuffery, Karl Fritsch, Matt Gauldie and Shivaun Hogan, to local favourites Andy Spain, Carrie Carrey, Hannah Farwig, Tara McGibbon and Nina Russell, to work done by our own SWIS students.

Scan the QR code below, copy this link and send it to all your friends, family and neighbours, or check out the South Wellington Art Show on Facebook and Instagram.

Have a look online at the amazing art we have on offer!

SWIS Art Team


Kelly Club Holiday Programmes focus on giving children aged between 5 and 13 the opportunity to do things they enjoy in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment. The programme is packed with some fantastic activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned: "Eggstravaganza Day", "Kelly Club Top Chef Day", "Anzac Day", "Giant Ball Day", "Kelly Club Survivor" Plus trips to: Ice Skating, The Marine Centre, Zealandia (check your centre for the trip days as they differ).

Kelly Club runs at the following: Amesbury School (Churton Park), Churton Park School, Island Bay School, Kelburn Normal School, West Park School (Johnsonville)

To enrol www.kellyclub.co.nz email adminwgtn@kellysports.co.nz or call 04 972 7201



Football - Wests Rugby Clubrooms, Ian Galloway park, Wilton


Perfect for beginners and those just wanting to have fun!
Come along and improve technique, knowledge and learn more about the basic skills of "The Beautiful Game" (Football). We will focus on the core skills of control, dribbling, passing, tackling, shooting but most importantly having as much fun as possible!

Week 1 - Tues 19 Apr, Weds 20 Apr, Thurs 21 Apr

Week 2 - Tues 26 Apr, Weds 27 Apr, Thurs 28 Apr

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