Week 11 Term 2 Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - 4 May 2021


Welcome to our new Newsletter platform!

The newsletter will no longer be emailed out (today will be the final emailed version)

The school newsletter will now be attached to the school app so please make sure to download the school app - once published you will receive an alert to let you know it is available to view.

There are a few great new features with this change – you are able to change the size of the text, along with the language you can view it in and it is easier to view on mobile devices.

A PDF version will still be available on our school website.

Please bear with us for the next few weeks while we get this off the ground.


Kia Ora Ano

A very warm welcome to term 2 2021. I hope you all got to spend some precious time together over the break - there is lots on this term starting this week with our tangaroa and papatunuku learners embarking on exciting learning adventures.

Our Tangaroa learners are having a special focus on 'Our Place in Space’. They will be learning about the Moon and Sun and their effects on life on Earth. They will also be learning about Earth's place in our Solar System.

Papatuanuku will be undertaking an inquiry driven by the Digital Technologies Curriculum. They will work through a design process and learn to use trial and error, they will create things both hands on and digitally, and they will learn the role of empathy as part of the design process to understand that what others see, feel and experience can help us to design effectively.

Our Ranginui team are learning about Novel Study/Literature Circles, Creative narrative writing, Algebra (patterns and relationships) and multiplicative thinking, Tūrangawaewae art study (understanding where I stand).

If you are around this Friday between 9-10am pop in and have a chat and a cup of tea with me.

Wishing all mums, a blessed Mother’s Day on Sunday. Hoping you all get to spend precious time with your tamariki. Don’t you just love Mother’s Day breakfast in bed and wonderful homemade cards!

Nga Mihi Nui

Tracy Gundesen – Principal

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


This term in classes we are learning about

Te Wairua Tapu / The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity and came to earth to unite us with Jesus in our daily lives.

Pentecost Sunday is on Sunday 23 May. We call this the birthday of the Church because this was when the Holy Spirit was sent to reassure and encourage Jesus' people to not be afraid to carry on and share His good news (even though he had gone to heaven).


  • Walking in the wind and remembering how it is like the Holy Spirit.
(You cannot see it but you can feel it and see the effects of it.)
  • Talking about our school values which are the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how you can use them at home and school. (Galatians 4:22-25)
  • Encourage them to let the Holy Spirit work through them to make good choices and reach out to others.
  • Be sure to tell then when you notice the Holy Spirit working in them when they show love, patience, kindness etc.

What’s coming up this term? - May is the Month of Mary

SUNDAY 9 MAY - Mother’s Day

THURSDAY 13 MAY - Ascension of Jesus

SUNDAY 23 MAY - Pentecost Sunday

SATURDAY 19 JUNE - Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

SATURDAY 19 JUNE - Venerable Suzanne Aubert’s 185th birthday

Later this term we will be having a parish/school combined Sunday Mass 10.30 (date TBC). If you child or whanau are interested in having an active role in this through a ministry such as reading, singing, procession of the gifts etc please get in touch with vanessa.mccormack@sfds.school.nz



  • If you are able to help with the trip to Te Papa this Friday (Rooms 8 and 9) or next Monday (Rooms 10 and 11), then please email your child's classroom teacher asap.
  • We would love to hear from anyone who works in design, with a design process, conducts trial and error in their job, makes and creates as part of their job - again, please email your child's classroom teacher if you or anyone you know could share knowledge and experiences with our kids.
  • We will be making and creating so would appreciate any cardboard or other bits of recycling you won't be using at home.


This event is coming up next Wednesday 12 May at Houghton Valley School. All students will be attending for the morning, we will be travelling by bus and will be back at school for lunch time. They will need to wear/bring:

  • School PE uniform
  • Shoes appropriate for running
  • Water bottle
  • Morning tea
  • Money for the sausage sizzle if they would like a sausage - $2 per sausage with gluten free and vegetarian available

If you are able to help at this event - either the sausage sizzle or the cross country, then please email me on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz


Our miniball, basketball and netball teams all have their first games this week, we hope all the players enjoy their season! A huge thanks to all the coaches, managers and umpires who are supporting these teams.

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These have arrived and are available to collect from the school office. There has been a slight delay with the kids XL size, but these are expected shortly.


The latest Scholastic Book club brochures were sent home this week. Please follow the payment instructions on the back of the brochure. Orders must be submitted online before Friday 28 May. We are unable to accept CASH or CHEQUE payments as these cannot be sent through the mail. You can order online by visiting https://scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club/ , when ordering online. Please DO NOT return any forms or payment to the school. If you have any questions please see Chris in room 7.

Just a wee note - the school gets a great financial bonus for the books that our students purchase. Last year Hennie and Chris chose $3,000 worth of new books for the school library, which came free through the school rewards program which is calculated off purchases made by students of the school.


The uniform shop is open during term time on Tuesday mornings 8.45-9.15am and Thursday afternoons 2.45-3.15pm. Order forms are available from the office or from the school website. Orders received will be made up and left in the office for collection and payment. Please note payment is expected before you take any uniform items. We are finding it hard to chase up payment from people.


Kindo and ezlunch welcomes you to term 2 - 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.

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Mother's Day giveaway - nil products...

nil products is celebrating joining Kindo's fundraising family with a special Mother's Day giveaway!

One stylish nil 'on the go' pack is up for grabs on the ezlunch Facebook page.

· Like Us on Facebook for one entry

· Every ezlunch order delivered 3 - 7 May gets you another entry!

The pack includes 1x nil coffee cup, 1x nil lunchbox, 1x nil travel cutlery wallet - all made with sustainable bamboo and high quality stainless steel.

T&C's - Winner will be selected randomly. Open to NZ residents only. Competition ends and will be drawn on Friday 7th May 2021 at 10am. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook or Instagram.

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PSL Meeting Next Tuesday 11 May!


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.


THURSDAY 6 MAY Tangaroa Place space visits rooms 9.30—3pm.

Parareka (Rm 8) & Harakeke (Rm 9) Visit to Te Papa
Gardasil – 1st dose- Year 8 Boys and Girls

SUNDAY 9 MAY Mother’s Day

MONDAY 10 MAY Pohutukawa (Rm 10) & Ti Kouka (Rm 11) Visit to Te Papa
WEDNESDAY 12 MAY School Cross Country

FRIDAY 14 MAY School Cross Country Postponement day

MONDAY 24 MAY Southern zone Cross Country Houghton Valley School
MONDAY 31 MAY Southern zone Cross Country Postponement 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.

Precious Labels – Customised Quality Sticky Labels 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!

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MUNCH - Ethical + eco + essentials Munch is about empowering families to change the world. Every day, every way you can make a difference with Munch.

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.


Kia ora parents/guardians,

Wellington City Active Travel Research Project

You may be receiving this information for the second time. This is because we have received low overall engagement in the active school travel survey from eligible families and whānau. If you have already filled this survey out, Thank you! We do not require you to fill it out for a second time. If you have not filled out this survey, please read on.

My name is Zara Molijn and I am a Masters student in Public Policy at the Victoria University of Wellington. The Wellington City Council want to better understand what is holding years 0 through 8 children back from walking, biking, scootering and/or skating to and from school.

To be able to gain this type of insight, we need your help!

We are asking that just one parent/guardian per household fills out an anonymous 5 - 10 minute survey. The survey will be open for 3 weeks. Thus, from midnight on Wednesday the 19th of May we will no longer be accepting responses.

Follow this link to the Survey: http://vuw.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9N1SndqcjyIMNiC

Your response will provide us with valuable insights that will help inform how we can make active school travel safe and easy.

Your response is anonymous therefore we will not be able to identify you. Additionally, all results will be presented at an aggregate level meaning schools will not be individually identifiable.

As a thank you for your participation, completed surveys that state a child's school will be entered into a prize draw where the school can win 1 of the 3 sports equipment prize packs. The more parents from the school that complete the survey, the more chances the school will have to win. The equipment in these prize packs has been kindly donated by the Wellington Community Sports Bank. The winners for these prize packs will be drawn by a random number generator at the end of May, 2021.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at molijnzara@myvuw.ac.nz

We appreciate your time and thank you in advance.

Ngā mihi nui,

Zara Molijn


Come away with me and rest for a while... (Mk 6:31) - retreat opportunity.

Kia ora koutou!

Who might like to join a Mother’s Day day-retreat (the day before Mother’s Day?

The day will take place at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay and will be gently led by Lucienne Hensel. A chance for rest and reflection in the presence of our God.

Please click on the following address for the details:


The retreat is between 10:00am–3:30pm – includes lunch and there is no charge for the day.

Register by emailing Lucienne at l.hensel@wn.catholic.org.nz


KELLY SPORTS WINTER WARM UP SPORTS! – TERM (Yrs. 0-4) – Thursday’s 3:05-4:05pm

Kelly Sports will be back in Term 2 with their fun and exciting classes. Come and try Football, Basketball, Netball and Rippa Rugby! 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!

Sessions start Thursday 13 May 2021, Cost is $96 for 8 weeks For full details and to enrol into our programmes visit www.kellysports.co.nz email adminwgtn@kellysports.co.nz or call 04 972 7201


Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Café

Mums Go Free...

As a special Mother’s Day treat we are offering all our Stag rag mums free entry into The Reserve on Mother’s Day weekend!

To receive this gift, click on THIS LINK, print the voucher and bring it to Staglands on either 8th or 9th May.


Save paper and tell our ticket office staff the secret password: AKA: ‘GREEN MUM’