Week 2 Term 3 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - 3 August 2021


Kia Ora Ano

What an amazing matariki celebration breakfast we had last Thursday. It was truly wonderful to see so many learners and whanau connecting and having fun.

A new initiative we introduced last term is our school values cards. The learners earn these by living our school values. Each time a learner earns a values card, they earn a point for their house. These cards are collected and counted before each school hui which is every second Friday. The points go towards the house cup which is award to the winning house at every hui. One card is then drawn from the winning house and the winner receives a pass to the Empire Cinema – thank you to The Empire for their generosity! Last week’s winner was Frederick H and our very first winner last term was Isaac L.

House Cup winner: Siena (points earned from School Swimming Sports and values cards)

Congratulations to the following students who received a values certificate:

Isabelle M, Noah W, Jasmine M, Darcey S, Joshua H, Fia D, Liam W, Willow SE, Adam F, Luca G and Jakob R.

Principal's Cup winner: Frederick H

On a personal note - I have been overwhelmed with beautiful messages since Friday’s announcement that I will be leaving SFDS. Thank you for your kind words and aroha. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many hugs!

Take care and enjoy the rest of your week.

Nga mihi nui

Tracy Gundesen


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Thank you, thank you, thank you! We were blown away at how many amazing cupcakes were donated for the sale. We have raised $531.70 for the SPCA so far with our second round planned for today after school! Keep an eye out for our complete total in next weeks newsletter!

Check out some photos of the cupcakes below. Winners have earnt house points!


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.


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

Vanessa McCormack —DRS

What’s coming up this term?

Sunday 15 August - Feast of the Assumption

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

Sunday 29 September - Catholic Schools Day + Grandparents Mass

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Papatuanuku are visiting Space Place this Thursday to gather information for their inquiry into Space. Rooms 8 and 9 will be leaving school soon after 9am so please ensure your child/ren are on time to school. They will be back around 1pm. Rooms 10 and 11 will be leaving school at 11am and will be back at school as close to 3pm as possible. All 4 classes will be out of school for lunch. This means they must have a packed lunch with them. If you have already ordered sushi, you are able to cancel the order before 9am on Thursday otherwise the kids will be able to pick this up from the school office when they get back to school.


We are still collecting these stickers and the cut out from bags of apples. We will send our collection in at the end of this term and will then receive free sports gear. If you have completed a sticker sheet, feel free to drop this to the school office and pick up another to keep collecting.



Put your dancing shoes on! The school disco is on THURSDAY 5 AUGUST - Tickets already purchased are still valid for this new date. Disco tickets have been re-opened on Kindo - if you haven't already purchased a ticket get in quick.

If you can volunteer to help, please email Lee Taylor-Hall on the following email.

lee.taylor-hall@anz.com. Any help is much appreciated.


Thank you to those who have already returned their sponsorship form and money to the school office. We would love all of these back by Monday 9 August (next week). All those who return their form will earn house points for their house and go in the draw to win a pass to the Empire Cinema.


Our next sausage sizzle will be Monday 16 August. Orders can be placed through Kindo. Sausages will be $2 each with gluten free and vegetarian available.


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

Thursday, 5 August

  • Papatuanuku at Space place 9am -2.45pm
  • PSL Disco


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

Sunday 29 September - Catholic Schools Day + Grandparents Mass


Thank you to all our regular payers and to those who have made full payment on your Attendance Dues account. We would like to remind you that the Attendance Dues are a compulsory charge for enrolment at a Catholic school.

Please note the Term 3 invoice will be posted to all families shortly. Please check that your invoice looks how you expect it to - are all your children listed, are your payments showing correctly? We value your feedback.

To avoid receiving overdue reminders, please ensure your regular payments are continuing. If it is affordable, please also consider increasing the amount of each payment if the balance is not yet tracking to full repayment by the end of the year.

Payment options are:

1. Full amount or automatic payment via Internet banking to Archdiocese of Wellington Attendance Dues, Westpac bank account 03 0518 0000400 00, payment references should be your dues account number and your name.

2. Pay online using your Visa Debit or Credit card at www.wn.catholic.org.nz/attendance-dues with your dues account number and your name as references.

Financial assistance is available to families experiencing financial hardship (loss of income/redundancy, family reasons, etc.). It is a condition of the assistance application that the family has an affordable regular payment in place. If you have any questions, please contact us: Phone: 0800 462 725 Email: dues@wn.catholic.org.nzText: 021 08907902


Welcome to the following students who have started school in the last few weeks.

Beau P, Blen D, Evalina C, Jaxon G and Arkin A

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


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 Friday 6 August. 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 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.

Gala Auction: local art & experiences - Friday 6 August St Catherine's College

Are you looking for some great local artworks for your own home or for a gift? Or perhaps hoping to score an awesome package, hamper or concert tickets from local businesses, restaurants and hotels?

You can do all this and more at the St Catherine's College Gala Auction at 7 pm on Friday 6 August - a wonderful night of fun, friendship and fundraising.

See the full auction catalogue https://www.stcatherinescollege.school.nz/single-post/scc-pta-gala-catalogue-2021.

Some of the 32 lots that will be auctioned on the night include:

  • Beautiful artworks by local artists Alfred Memelink, Juliet Best, Sheyne Tuffery, Michael McCormack, Sue Malthus, Julia White, Stephanie Woodman, Triz Pavon, Jane Blackmore, Geoffrey Heath, Ann Shelly.
  • Tickets to the NZSO, RNZB, and Orchestra Wellington.
  • A bottle of Champagne signed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (and another one signed by Grant Robertson).
  • A hearing aid package worth $10,000 (demo hearing aids plus fitting).
  • Packages and hampers for foodies, families, golfers, and relaxation.
  • Plus, an additional 45 silent auction items up for grabs!

You can purchase your ticket via https://www.trybooking.co.nz/hyy to attend the Gala Auction at 7 pm on Friday 6 August in the college hall. Tickets are $30 and include nibbles and a complimentary drink, and a cash bar is also available.

If you cannot attend the event but are interested in bidding on certain items, please email (stcatherinescollegepta@gmail.com).

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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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Entertainment Membership!

Support your favourite cause. Buy your Membership & your fundraiser St Francis De Sales School receives 20% of the purchase.


Children LOVE learning how to Cartwheel, Handstand, Round-off, Handspring and Flip at BIGAIR GYM! BIGAIR’s GYMNASTICS, TRAMPOLINE, CHEERLEADING, TUMBLING & FREE RUNNING classes are excellent for fun and fitness! We focus on safety, technique, fundamental skills, right through to more advanced skills, such as summersaults and twisting. Bigair Gym is a pristine, exciting, kid friendly gym! Our experienced coaches run structured and organized fun gym classes, which follow a badge programme which creates goals and allows children to plan for success! BOOK NOW for Term 3 Classes. Spots are limited so book now on www.bigairgym.co.nz

Bigair Gym Owhiro Bay ph. 383 8779 e. wgtn@bigairgym.co.nz @.14 Landfill Road, Owhiro Bay.


PLAY LIKE A SPORTS HERO! – TERM 3 (Yrs. 0-4) – Thursday’s 3.05pm-4.05pm (STARTS THURSDAY 5 August 2021!)

Kelly Sports will be back in Term 3 Week 2 with their fun and exciting classes.

This term we will focus on the following sports: Football, Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball!

This weekly programme gives children the skills and confidence in a fun and enjoyable environment. It also encourages their enthusiasm for sport and the life skills that such involvement brings – giving them confidence to join sports clubs and teams in the future. It’s a great way to try new sports, learn new skills and improve ability.!

For full details and to enrol into our programmes visit www.kellysports.co.nz email adminwgtn@kellysports.co.nz or call 04 972 7201


A musical evening with Fr Chris Skinner, supported by St Catherine’s College students, at 7pm on Sunday 22 August at St Joseph’s Church, Ellice St, Mt Victoria. $20 cash at door or go on line to www.trybooking.co.nz/HZW . Booking fee is 30 cents. Fr Chris’s cds will be available to purchase www.chrisskinner.org.nz


On the Saturday the 21st of August, Wellington City Libraries is partnering with the National Library of New Zealand to put on ComicFest 2021, the country’s largest celebration of home-grown comics and their creators. We have the biggest names in NZ’s comic and graphic industry, including Kay O’Neill (The Tea Dragon Chronicles), Jonathan King (The Inkberg Enigma) and Selina Tusitala Marsh (Mophead) joining us for workshops, talks, presentations, meet-and-greets, book signings, panel discussions, live drawing, and more. As well as all of these exciting events, there is a drawing competition, a cosplay competition, both with heaps of awesome prizes up for grabs, and literally thousands of FREE comics to give away, courtesy of Graphic on Cuba St. If you have even a passing interest in comic books or graphic novels of all shapes and sizes, you won’t want to miss this celebration of creativity and passion – check out the full details at www.wcl.govt.nz/comicfest.

Where? National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon

When? Saturday 21 August, 9.00am – 5.00pm

What? ComicFest 2021, the country’s largest celebration of New Zealand comics and their creators

Cost? All ComicFest events are totally free, but some require registration. Check out the programme for the full details: www.wcl.govt.nz/comicfest

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