Week 9 Term 2 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - Wednesday 29 June 2022



I’m sure many of you have heard in the media about the difficulties that schools around New Zealand have been facing when appointing new staff. The limited pool of qualified, skilled teachers is very small and many schools, like SFDS, have needed to advertise off shore to recruit new teachers. This is especially challenging for catholic schools as we need to follow the requirement to ensure that 60% of our teaching staff are practising catholics.

I am really pleased to let you know that we have been successful in recruiting an experienced teacher to St Francis de Sales School from overseas.

Denise Phillips has been appointed to a permanent, tagged (catholic) teaching position. Denise will begin her teaching in our Tangaroa team - in Tāmure, Room 5, with children in Year 0/1. A small number of children currently in Michael’s room will move into Denise’s class next term, along with all children who start school during the remainder of this year. This allows us to ensure smaller class sizes at this level.

Here is Denise’s self-introduction. I trust that you will make time to welcome Denise, and support her in settling into our school community.

Denise and her husband are searching for a two bedroom rental property nearby. This is challenging when overseas! If you can help with this, please do get in touch: principal@sfds.school.nz Thank you for your help.

We are currently finalising two more teacher appointments but not yet ready to announce these - hopefully I will be able to in next Wednesday’s newsletter.


The new light of Matariki has risen!

May it be to you a sign of resurrection and new life.

May it be to you a sign of hope in times of darkness.

May it be to you a sign of the wondrous mystery of Atua who loves you.

May it be to you a sign that the eyes of the Eternal One are ever upon you and that the presence of the Holy

One is ever with you. And may this be the cause of your rejoicing.

Go in peace.

Through Christ and in the perfect unity of the Holy Spirit,

we pray.


(thank you to the National Liturgy Office)

Take care and God bless

Ngā mihi nui

Mary-Angela Tombs


Kāore he mutunga o te Aroha.

The measure of love is love without measure.

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We have a small number of the old track pants in stock at the uniform shop at the discounted price of $17.50. (The old track pants have elastic at the bottom but are otherwise the same as the new ones.)

If you are interested in purchasing these, please email the school office at office@sfds.school.nz – first in first served.


The new school uniform is ready to order via Kindo!

We will be able to fit uniforms for most children during the school day. If you would like to be present for your child/ren’s fitting, you may book a time during the learning conferences to do this – just select the time when booking the conferences.

Bookings for learning conferences and uniform fittings can be made

at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and the event code is rddfg

If you have any questions or difficulty booking your conferences, please contact Suzanne or Francesca at the school office.

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Term Two’s learning conferences are booked for:

Tuesday 5 July 2.30pm – 7.00pm

Wednesday 6 July 2.30pm – 6.00pm

On each of these days, school will finish at 2:00pm so the conferences can start at 2.30pm.

Please collect your child/ren at 2.00pm if you are able. If not able to collect your child/ren early, 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 2.00pm if approved by parents (please let their teacher/s know).

The new school uniform is now live on Kindo. We will be able to fit uniforms for most children during the school day. If you would like to be present for your child/ren’s fitting, you may book a time during the learning conferences to do this – just select the time when booking the conferences.

Bookings for learning conferences and uniform fittings can be made

at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and the event code is rddfg

If you have any questions or difficulty booking your conferences, please contact Suzanne or Francesca at the school office.


Garden to Table children showed the ukelele Nannies Group round the gardens & then had a concert & enjoyed pumpkin soup & pumpkin scones.

Garden to Table need 2 lengths of wood 1.1 metre long and around 10 cm or so wide to finish repairs to the Pallet Garden, pse just drop off next to garden on the left of driveway entrance.

Regards Annette

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The school swimming sports are coming up on Wednesday 6 July. This year, ALL year 4 - 8 students will be attending. We will be at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Students will have the option to either:

· Enter qualification races to qualify for the Southern Zone Swimming Sports (2m deep pool)

· Participate in other races (1.2m pool) and can use flutter boards and pool noodles

· Participate in both options

Entries will be completed at school.

This event relies on parent/caregiver helpers. If you are able to help out on the day, please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz

If you are volunteering, please make sure you are available for the duration of this event.


The information for the term 3 basketball league is now on Kindo.

Players who played this term need to register again if they want to play again in term 3.

New players are welcome. Registrations close at 3pm on Wednesday 6 July.


To the following runners who will be participating in the Regional Cross County next Tuesday.

Darcey, Lola, Heidi and Logan!

Run fast! Run Safe! And have fun!!!!


After a 2-year hiatus, we are excited that Artsplash is back for 2022!

Supported by the Wellington City Council, primary schools from all over the Wellington Region come together for an extravaganza of singing, dancing and wearable art at the Michael Fowler Centre in September.

SFDS is extremely lucky to have one of our parents who is keen to have a group of year 4 - 8 students participate in a choir and perform in the singing section of Art Splash. This is a fantastic opportunity for students, especially those who enjoy singing.

If students would like to take part in the choir for this event, they will need to commit to attending the rehearsals and the performance in September.

Artsplash Performance: Tuesday 13th September in the evening

Rehearsals: Fridays, 4.30 - 5.45pm at school, starting 29th July (week 1, term 3).

Each rehearsal session will include learning singing games and vocal warm-ups, movement, fun ways to discover your singing voice and how to care for it, as well as learning the repertoire for the Artsplash performance.

Who: Open to students from Years 4 - 8

Please register your child by THIS THURSDAY 30th JUNE so that we can secure tickets to the evening concert. Please register your child/ren by emailing me on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz

On concert day, students will bus to the Michael Fowler Centre for a daytime rehearsal. There will be a cost for the bus trip.

Tickets for the evening performance will be available through the school office closer to the time for whanau to attend the evening concert.

Congratulations Stellar Dance Crew!!

Over the weekend Nadal (Rm 10) and her dance crew Stellar from The Company Nz, took part in the Hip Hop Unite NZ competition and they won Gold in the Cadet Mega Crew division. They were also selected to represent NZ in the world Champs In Portugal later this year.

We are all very proud of their achievements and hoping the girls can make the trip to Portugal!!!


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 Tauamiti Johann who is this week's recipient of our ‘Principal ‘s Cup’!

Tauamiti Johann is always such a polite young man. He is a wonderful "buddy" to our younger children, is involved in lots of extra curricular activities and always gives his all to anything he tries.

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


Are you looking for some basketball fun for your child during the school holidays?

Our Hoop Kids Winter Camp offers girls and boys the opportunity to try basketball for the first time or continue to develop their game.

Each day includes 6 hours of fundamental development focusing on:

  • Making new friends
  • Building confidence
  • Improving skills
  • Having fun

Children can move through the camp at their own pace and ability without pressure.

The camp is open to girls and boys from Years 3 - 8.

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Date: Mon 11 to Wed 13 July
Time: 9am - 3pm
Venue: ASB Sports Centre
Cost: $155


If your child loves doing cartwheels, handstands, trampolining, flips, or parkour moves, then they will thrive at Bigair Gym!

Bigair Gym classes are excellent for fun, focus and fitness! Children learn new skills and develop personal confidence and self-achievement! Strong focus is given to safety and technique, ranging from fundamentals to advanced skills. The structured classes follow a Bigair Badge Programme, which creates focused learning, and allows children to achieve and feel personal progression!

Bigair classes include GYMNASTICS, TRAMPOLINING, TUMBLING, FREE RUNNING (that’s parkour with flips) & CHEERLEADING! Inquire about Bigair BIRTHDAY PARTIES too!

GET IN QUICK FOR TERM 3 GYM CLASSES & BIGAIRS POPULAR HOLIDAY PROGRAMME! Bookings open Mon 27th June. Booking in is easy online at www.bigairgym.co.nz or contact your local Bigair Gym office today.


A fun Wellington holiday activity is dressing up in Lord of the Rings-inspired costumes and playing with replica props at The One Room Fan Museum. This is a fan's hobby museum in her own home. She just loves to open up for families for koha. The Fan Museum was recently a popular event at Featherston Booktown and is open on request in the school holidays. Arrange a visit by emailing theoneroomfanmuseum@gmail.com or by text on 021-0720-463. For more info, see www\theoneroomfanmuseum.nz


Village at the park - Jobs available!

Village at the Park is an aged care community. We welcome you to be part of our special community to provide the best care for those who need our help.

We support our staff with dignity, respect and celebrate our different cultures.

We open our arms to welcome you. We provide all the training so you can do your job.

Please come and see us on open days Monday 4 the, Tuesday 5th and

Wednesday 6 th July between 8-9:30am and 2;30-3;30pm,

at 130 Rintoul Street.

If you can’t make it call us on 04 380 1361. We would love to meet you.

We will be here with refreshments and talk to you about the jobs you may be interested in.

We can show you around. Full training is provided.

We require people to be team members for

 Wellness partners (caregivers) Education provided

 Kitchen assistants

 Housekeeper assistants

 Registered Nurses- casual, part time or full time.

We look forward to talking with you

The Team at Village at the Park

For further information

Call Abraham on 027 484 8157 or Rebecca 027 555 8626

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