Week 2 Term 4 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - 26 October 2021


Kia Ora Ano

Wasn’t it just amazing to have an extra day to spend with whānau and friends? Just great to be able to get into the garden and have that extra sleep in!

Tomorrow and Thursday we have school photos…please support your tamariki to be in the correct summer uniform, including the right school shoes, brushed hair…just looking spick and span! Your whānau will be emailed out a code so that you can check out how gorgeous your tamariki look in their photo before you purchase!

A reminder that this week all learners are required to have their school sunhats…if you need to purchase one, please order these via the school office – office@sfds.school.nz

This short week is just crazy busy with athletics training, swimming, football skills and photos. Please keep an eye out on our school app for uniform information etc.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you on Friday night at our annual PSL Quiz fundraiser. Again, thank you so much for supporting this event by donating goods, buying a quiz table and purchasing raffle tickets…you are all incredibly generous and our learners are very grateful!

Have a lovely short week.

Nga Mihi Nui

Tracy Gundesen


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These are being taken tomorrow and Thursday. Please read the following information carefully so that your child/ren have the correct uniform for the photos.

If you are interested in having an 'Outside of school Family photo' - Meaning if you would like a photo with siblings that are yet to start school this is being done between 8.30 - 9am in the school hall.


ALL students come to school in the correct summer school uniform, including correct school shoes.

ALL juniors and middles (years 1 - 6) - bring school PE gear to change into for PE after their photos.

Seniors do NOT need PE gear on Wednesday.


ALL students must come to school in correct school PE gear, even if they are not in any school sports teams, including sports shoes.

Year 5 - 8 netball players must bring their netball uniform for the netball photos. These uniforms will be collected in at the end of their team photo.


A form will be coming home tomorrow with your child/rens unique code so you can view your child/rens picture and order any products though the following website www.kidsartworks.com

You can purchase Calendars, Cards, Diaries, Mouse mats and Sketch Pads.

If you do not receive your childs code please email the office and they can help you out.

Orders must be in by Wednesday 10 November to receive them by the end of the term.

Sorry we are unable to accept any order after this date.


The latest Scholastic Book club brochures were sent home last week. Please follow the payment instructions on the back of the brochure. Orders must be submitted online before WEDNESDAY 3 NOVEMBER. 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.


The school uniform sunhat is required to be worn during break times in Term 4. Students who can’t find their hats will be required to play under the veranda by Rooms 3 and 4. If you need to order a new hat, or any other uniform item you can find the summer uniform order form on the school website - please complete this and email the school office.


Please remember that if your child needs to be collected before the end of the day or during the day for any appointments, the process is that you MUST come to the office – and a staff member will collect your child/ren for you.


Our 2022 Ranginui Syndicate learners are selling juicy ice blocks to fundraise for their camp next year

- $10 for a box of 10 ice blocks - (tropical, wildberry and lemonade)

If you are interested in supporting them, please go onto KINDO and place an order. Otherwise look out for any current year 6 or 7 Student, they will be able to take orders/money from tomorrow, until Monday 8 November.

If you have any family or friends from outside our school community please use the order form attached below which you can then return to the office along with the money.

Te Reo word/phrase of the week : patience = manawanui

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Each year since 1992 Pack The Bus has helped tens of thousands of Wellington families by collecting non-perishable food items, games, toys, toiletries, retail vouchers and so much more through our community.

This year the bus will be coming to St Francis de Sales on Tuesday 30 November. Donations can be dropped into the office any time from now until 9am Tuesday 30 November.

Any donation is amazing and always greatly appreciated. We’ve also included some examples below of the types of items The Wellington City Mission need extra help with this year:

Essential Items:

Spreads and Muesli bars

Weetbix, Oats & Muesli

Sugar and Milk Powder

Pasta Sauce

Tinned Soup/fish/meat

Biscuits and Crackers

Body Wash and Deodorant

Baby Food, Wipes and Nappies

Laundry Powder and Dishwashing Liquid

Christmas Items:

Small Christmas Cakes

Fancy biscuits/crackers

Fancy relishes/sauces

Salts/roasted nuts


Toiletries for the whole family

Retail vouchers

Toys: (new toys only please - and unwrapped)

Construction Toys - Lego/Meccano

Art equipment

Educational toys and books


Baby toys for 0-2yr olds


Board games

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UP COMING EVENTS -see full calendar for PE Days

Wednesday, 27 October

-School Photos 2021

Thursday, 28 October

-School Photos 2021

-Tangaroa Swimming

Friday, 29 October

-Papatuanuku Swimming


Monday, 1 November

-All Saints Day

-Year 4 - 8 School Athletics Day

Tuesday, 2 November

-All Souls Day

-Pedal Ready Year 6



This starts tomorrow - Wednesday 27 October - all families with children registered will have received an email with all information. Please make sure you read this so that you and your child/ren are clear on the rules/expectations for games at COVID alert level 2.


This is happening this coming Monday 1 November at Newtown Park. We are still very short on helpers, so if you can help for all or part of the day then please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz



The next sausage sizzle will be on Monday 8 November. If anyone from Room 7 or Room 9 is able to come in and help run the sizzle between 11.45am and 1.15pm, then please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz. We have already received the donations of goods, so we're just after people to help run it on the day.

We are now taking orders through Kindo and we encourage you to order through Kindo to help us know in advance how many sausages we will need to cook. As usual, sausages will be $2 each with gluten free and vegetarian available. Please contact Fran or Suzanne in the office if you need help with ordering on Kindo.


A huge thank you to all those who have already returned their raffle butts and money to the school office - these are due by this Friday 29 October at 9am. If you are unable to sell your raffle tickets, then please return them to the school office ASAP so we can pass them onto someone else who is keen and willing to sell extra tickets.


A FANTASTIC ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUR BUSINESS (or family, or group of friends) Sponsor a table at the upcoming SFDS quiz night on Friday 29 October!
The cost of the sponsorship this year is $100-$150 for a table (small and large tables). You can decorate that table with whatever advertising paraphernalia you like or if you provide some business cards, logos, etc the PSL can set it up on a quiz table for you. This could be a business, or a family, or a group of friends who provide the sponsorship.

Your business name will be promoted on the night and your logo will appear on the promo
poster. So this is another great opportunity to get your name out in the community!
Note that the cost of tickets to participate in the quiz are additional ($20 per person). We haven't allocated the tables out to teams as yet, so if you prefer to actually sit at the table you are sponsoring, let me know and we'll see what we can do.

If your company is interested in sponsoring a table, then just get in contact with Pip ASAP this week at admin@zealinteriors.co.nz and we’ll get it underway.


There are still some individual tickets left on Kindo so if you (and any friends etc) would like to come along, then please purchase a ticket/s on Kindo and we'll add you to a table.

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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.

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Capital Trout Centre Open Day Sunday 7th November 2021

Children must have a licence to fish for trout and free licences/tickets are available from Tuesday 26th November 2021 at the following stores.:

Capital Fishing , 49 Ghuznee Street (off Cuba Mall)

Hutt Valley Hunting & Fishing, 8 Te Puni Street, Petone

The Centre is located behind the WCC Administration buildings on the way to the Wellington City Council Southern Landfill, on Landfill Road, Happy Valley, Wellington and is open to the public on specific days.

Children do not have to bring any gear as Club members will assist children to catch a trout on fly fishing tackle.

As the Centre is manned and maintained by volunteers we rely on donations to cover our expenses of purchasing the fish from the hatcheries, fish food and general maintenance.

We are also available for private family bookings.

Contact: Strato 387 7878 (wk) 386 3740 (hm)

email: strato.cotsilinis@gmail.com