Week 5 Term 2 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - Wednesday 1 June 2022


Kia ora koutou

We hope you are keeping warm in this more wintery weather that we are having in Wellington.

Some great news to start with, Xanthe and her husband Shane have announced that they are having their first baby and as Xanthe has announced this to her class today, it’s lovely to now be able to share the news with you. Congratulations Xanthe and Shane.

Now that we are moving into less restrictive covid environments we expect that at times you may want to come in and meet with your child/ren’s teacher and we would like to make this as positive as possible for both you and the teacher.

I have had a few discussions with the teaching staff over the last couple of weeks and we would like to share with you what makes for positive communication from our side, in the hope that you can fit in with that as well.

One of the key times of the day, for a teacher who is getting ready for their class and preparing for the learning each day, is just before school starts (between 8.30 and 9.00am). At this time the teachers are totally focused on what they need to be doing with their children for that day, and we want to make sure that this important time is kept available for them.

We know that you may also find this a useful time to catch up with your child's teacher and it may seem a good time to give a brief message. While we want to encourage good communication, it is much better for the class if you make a time to meet with the teacher. It also ensures that the teacher is prepared for your meeting, however brief, and they can give their full attention to what you would like to discuss.

So, I’d like to request that you try and avoid just popping in to have a quick chat with the teacher -beyond a friendly hello. If you want to talk about anything, please do make a time to meet them - you can do this by phoning or emailing the school office or emailing the teacher directly. Please be aware that teachers may not have an opportunity to respond straight away - but be assured they will respond as soon as they can.

Urgent situations, messages around absences, early pickups or late arrivals, changes to caregivers picking up and appointments can be phoned or emailed to the office and the office staff can pass those messages on at a more appropriate time. Thank you for your support on this.

To finish with, we all hope you enjoy a lovely long weekend, and we will see you back at school on Tuesday 7 June.

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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Our annual Mission Fair is coming around fast. This will be held Wednesday 15 June, let’s pray for good weather! The money we raise this year will be going to the Caritas Fund He Oranga Taurikura - A Thriving Life

He Oranga Taurikura - A Thriving Life is a five year programme working with local communities in the Pacific and South East Asia where we will continue to reduce the impact of poverty with a focus on girls and women, refugees and migrants, and indigenous peoples. Donations to this fund will be matched with $3 for every $1 you donate by the New Zealand Aide Program.

Te Rā Whānau o Suzanne Aubert Meri Hōhepa

It is a month until Suzanne Aubert Meri Hōhepa’s 187th birthday on 19th June.

“Let us have a heart like an artichoke, and such a big one that everybody can have a leaf of it” This year’s quote sets the theme for the heart full of love that is needed in our world today.

Suzanne Aubert’s path to sainthood delayed

The path to New Zealand sainthood of missionary Mother Meri Hōhepa Suzanne Aubert has been delayed with a Vatican medical council deciding a potential miracle attributed to her can be explained by medical science. Thank you for your continued support. Please continue to join us in prayer as we wait in hope that the church will one day formally recognise Meri Hōhepa Suzanne Aubert as a Saint. Read more here.


On Wednesday 22 June our kura will be having a non-uniform day to raise money and awareness for Autism. Please make your donations on Kindo.

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Rooms 10 and 11 had a fabulous time at ASB and the Rec Centre yesterday giving dodgeball, pickleball and skating a go! They all enjoyed trying new sports and challenging their balance on the skates!

They are attending again tomorrow to try ki-o-rahi and parkour. Rooms 8 and 9 will be participating in the same programme next Tuesday and Thursday. This is a fully funded programme through the Wellington City Council and we are really grateful to be able to take part.


This is on next Wednesday 8 June. All those with children attending should have received an email from me yesterday.

Photos from the latest Kapa Haka session

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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 amazing Liv R who is this week's recipient of our ‘Principal ‘s Cup’!

Liv has been spotted being a supportive classmate. She has been patient and gentle as she helps others with their work without being asked.



To the following student who has started school this week:

Eli E (Rm 2)

We hope that you have a successful and happy time at St Francis de Sales.


We will be having a Teacher only day at the end of term 2 on Friday 8 July. School will be closed so you will need to make other arrangements for this day.


The latest Scholastic Book club flyer is out and has another great selection of books for readers from 5-13 years.

SFDS receives a bonus of 10% from each online order. Last year we were able to purchase $500 books for the school library from Book Club bonus dollars.

Note: 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/

Last day for orders is 23 June. If you have any questions please see Chris in Room 7.

St Patrick’s College Open Day Tours – June 2022

Tēnā koutou katoa.

It is with pleasure that I invite you to register to attend one of our Open Day Tours which are to be held on Tuesday 14 June between 10.00am to 11.30am and from 12.30pm to 2.00pm, and again on Thursday 16 June at the same times.

To make a booking please either email admin@stpats.school.nz with your request or to make a booking yourself visit the St Patrick's College website:


On the front page of our website you will see a drop down menu labelled 'Enrol' and if you click on that and scroll down you will see a tab for Open Day.

Open this section and click on the Blue button – book here.

Enter your details and make your selection regarding day/time.

A reminder email will be sent closer to your booked day.

Open Day is a chance for parents to visit our College and learn about the opportunities and experiences that we offer across Years 9 to 13.

Mike Savali



St Catherine's College has scheduled our Open Day/Night for the 8th of June. We are doing it a bit differently this year and we will have two times for families to choose from and they will need to book online for either session.

We have 2 sessions:-

2.00pm and 6.00pm

Where to book:- https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/code/293ps

We look forward to meeting your Year 8 girls and hope that they will join us for 2023.

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



Island Bay After School Care has spaces available for both before and after school care. For enquries please call 0274-575-359 or just drop by and see what we do.

List of our Class names, Year groups and PE days

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