Week 4 Term 3 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - 17 August 2021


Kia Ora Ano

That was some wild weather last night and unfortunately it looks set to stay all week!

At our hui on Friday, we celebrated our learners who display our school values, the amazing principal cup winner Otto A. We were also treated to some very brave learners from Kāunga who shared their amazing writing about pīwakawaka and other fascinating native birds.

Congratulations to the following students who received a Values Certificate at School Hui on Friday:

Harriet M, Emmett C, Raffaele DG, Chiara Z, Eleni S, Mayzin T, Elijah S, Isabel P, Toby G, Max K, Emily W and Anwyn P.

Congratulations to Aubert who won the house cup for points earned from the Olympic Quiz and values cards.

Check out our wonderful learners and the pride in those smiles in the following photos.

As mentioned earlier in the term our staff and BOT would like to further work together with our learner and our whānau community to ensure that reporting from our Kaiako is timely, informative, and valued. We will be running our first community consultation on reporting to whānau – Thursday 26 August 6-7pm – you can bring along your completed whānau survey form that went home with mid-year reports. We ask that you please register your interest by emailing office@sfds.school.nz by Monday 23 August.

A huge thank you for supporting the Olympic quiz…your tamariki had lots of fun learning facts and engaging with whānau …so far it looks like we raised $5,000. Thanks to our PSL, Sarah, our teachers and staff for getting this sorted and keeping it alive for our learners.

Huge congratulations to our learners who completed the Sacrament of Communion on Sunday. We are very proud of you and the commitment you have made to the sacraments.

Stay warm and safe this week.

Nga Mihi Nui

Tracy Gundesen


Congratulations Otto A for winning the Principal's Cup

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We are having our School/Parish Sunday Mass on Sunday 29 August. Last year we were thrilled to have 5 children baptised through a school programme and would like to do this again this term. Baptism is the first holy sacrament on a person's faith journey and is seen as the sacrament of admission to the faith, bringing sanctifying grace to the person being baptised.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the sacrament of baptism this year, please email vanessa.mccormack@sfds.school.nz for more information.


SFDS is taking part in Wig day on Wednesday 8 September which supports Kiwi Kids with cancer. Look Sharp discount code: We are thrilled to have Look Sharp’s support for Wig Wednesday again this year – they are offering an epic 20% off selected products online and in-store! From wacky wigs and animal headbands to the snazziest glasses you will ever find, Look Sharp will have you looking the part for Wig Wednesday! Use the promo code LOOKWIGGY20 online now.


We will be celebrating Grandparents and other special members of our whānau at an in school mass - Wednesday 29 September.

Vanessa McCormack —DRS

What’s coming up this term?

Sunday 29 August - Parish/School Sunday Mass

Friday 3 September - Mission Fair

Wednesday 8 September - Wig Wednesday Day

Thursday 12 - Wednesday 18 September - Caritas’ Social Justice Week

Wednesday 29 September - Catholic Schools Day + Grandparents Mass



We need to send these in at the end of this term so feel free to drop any completed stickers collection sheets or cut outs from bags of apples to the school office. We also have spare collection sheets if toy are able to keep collecting - there are lots of apples in the supermarket with Yummy stickers. The more stickers we collect, the more free sports gear we receive.



A huge thank you to all those who returned their Olympic Quiz sponsorship. We are blown away with the generosity, thank you to those who supported this fundraiser! We raised just over $5300 which is an amazing amount of money, we are extremely grateful for the support. Well done to Matty H whose name was drawn for the Empire Cinema voucher.


Thank you also to all the families who donated goods for this yesterday and to Nick W, Nathan S, Fran P and Maria N for running it. This was another successful event raising $442 so thank you to everyone for the support. There will be another sausage sizzle later in the term, date TBC.


Friday, Aug. 27th, 9am-3pm

11 Mersey Street

Wellington, Wellington

PSL Are holding a Mufti Madness event- in exchange for goodies and treats that can be combined into extraordinary raffle baskets for our up and coming quiz night!- watch out for the flyer coming soon!


It’s time for the great annual SFDS PSL Quiz Night - Friday, 17 September.

Save the date, get your team together and don’t forget to book your babysitter!!

It’s always a fun night so come along and be a part of it while helping to raise funds for the new Middle school turf!

$20 per person (includes a light supper) and you can have tables of 6, 8 or 10 people. Or come along with a friend and we’ll team you up!

It’s being held at the Island Bay United Football Clubrooms at Wakefield Park. Doors will open at 7pm, with the quiz kicking off at 7:30pm.

Get your teams together now so you don’t miss out! Tickets are available on Kindo or email


If you would like to help, donate spot prizes or raffle items please contact: psl.sfds@gmail.com



We’re looking for friends, families and businesses who are keen to sponsor our tables on

the Quiz night - an extra opportunity to help the awesome project to turf the middle court.

Get your business noticed or even get a couple of families together to get in on the


All sponsors will be featured in the build up to the Quiz Night if they want to and will get

a plug on the night too. You provide the logos, business cards and/or decorations of

your choice (not compulsory) and we can do the rest!

Note - tickets to attend the evening are additional. If you can't make it to the Quiz night,

this is a great opportunity to support our school.

If you are interested in sponsoring a table, email Pip Wenman at admin@zealinteriors.co.nz and she’ll give you all the details you need to know.


MONDAY 26 JULY- MONDAY 16 AUGUST Bee Healthy Dental Van will be at school


Sunday 29 August - Parish/School Sunday Mass

Friday 3 September - Mission Fair

Wednesday 8 September - Wig Wednesday Day

Thursday 12 - Wednesday 18 September - Caritas’ Social Justice Week

Wednesday 29 September - Catholic Schools Day + Grandparents Mass

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Last week, room 9 held a masterchef challenge as part of Garden To Table. They were given a list of what was growing in the garden and the rest was up to their imagination. We were so impressed with their creativity and culinary skills!
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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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Island Bay United Junior Football October Holiday Programme

Held in conjunction with Wellington United and Brooklyn Junior Football

Do your kids love football? Held at nearby Wakefield Park, join Island Bay United's qualified and experienced junior football coaches Leo Villa and Guille Shiltenwolf for our popular, super fun and highly engaging holiday programmes.Kids will experience a range of football skills and drills and mini tournaments.Our holiday programmes are great for kids with football skills of any level.

Monday 4th October - Friday 8th October

Monday 11th October - Friday 15th October

9am - 3pm Wakefield Park

Ages 5 - 13 years

$40 per day (or $180 per 5 days booked, incl 10% discount)

Please book through islandbayunited.org. Contact Inge - clubadministrator@islandbayunited.org for enquiries

Island Bay United also have a range of weekly skills sessions for kids aged 5 - 17 years in term 3

5-8 year old football development skills, Wednesdays from 4pm - 5pm, indoors at the Chinese Sports Centre

9-12 year old football development skills, Wednesdays from 5pm -6pm, indoors at the Chinese Sports Centre

13 - 17 year old youth development skills, Mondays from 6pm - 7pm, Wakefield Park

Please see islandbayunited.org for more info


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