Week 2 SFDS Newsletter 2023

Wednesday 08 February 2023

Welcome to 2023 & Hero


Kia ora e te Whānau

Firstly, we keep the people in Turkey in our prayers after the devastating earthquake that has caused so much heartache. In New Zealand we know all too well the impact that this has on a community.

We also keep our Ethiopian families in our prayers, along with families whose country of birth is enduring conflict and injustices.


Being back at school with your tamariki is such a joy for all of our staff. Our whānau day was really well received with more than 150 children and their families taking part! This was a new initiative so it was great to know the concept suited many families.

Welcome to all of our new families. Our children have welcomed them generously. Welcome also to the new members of our staff team, Lauren King (Year 7&8 teacher) and Aleksandra Zajac (Ors specialist teacher).

Island Bay Festival

This Sunday the annual Island Bay Festival will be held in our community. SFDS is taking part in the festival. Here is the Website for the Festival. Any children who would like to participate in the festival parade, can meet us on Avon Street - we will have our SFDS flags and banners with us.

Thank you Robbie, our caretaker, for giving each of our school flags a flag pole! The children have met in their house groups this afternoon to drum up support and practise their chants.

The children taking part in the parade are asked to wear their house colours - and walk with their house group in the parade - we will all be together so it shouldn’t be hard to spot us.

Parents and caregivers are welcome to walk along the side to keep up with us in the parade. Please make arrangements to collect your child from the staff at the end of the parade, which will finish at about 10.30 -10.40am at Shoreland Park. The staff will wait with the children at the disability swing, which is the area we have been told to use by the festival organisers.

Kapahaka members (from 2022) will also be asked to help Island Bay School Kapahaka with the waiata at the end of the speeches at Shoreland park.

See you there!

Staff Professional Learning

Over the holidays we worked together to plan the learning. We also participated in professional learning: ‘Understanding behaviour and Responding Safely’. A helpful video was shared that I thought you might appreciate, to learn a little about the experiences of people who live with sensory processing challenges (Mind over manner - sensory processing https://youtu.be/cuyfob8SyCM).

Welcome to Hero

We are delighted to introduce our new communication and reporting system, called Linc-Ed Hero. Hero enables teachers, students, and families to view and share content anytime, anywhere on any device. The software is secure, easy to use and will bring all school-related information together in one place.

We are excited about the features that Hero has to offer families, such as:

  • view information on your child’s progress and goals

  • read school notices sent to the class or groups your child is part of

  • respond to school notices such as surveys and trip permission requests

  • view school term dates

  • view a school calendar of events

  • notify the school if your child is absent or late

  • navigate to other school-related webpages

  • customise your account by adding a profile image

  • select how you wish to receive notification

You may have noticed a few emails from us using Hero - however you may not have been able to see the whole message without first logging in. First up - we need all of our parents and caregivers to sign up to Hero.

Over the upcoming year, staff will learn to make full use of all of the features available on Hero. As we master each aspect, we will make it available to you. We are looking forward to sharing this with you to include you in your child’s learning journey.

We plan to share curriculum progress information with you in real time by July 2023. Once our community is set up on Hero - we will remove the school app, as it will no longer be needed.

Instructions: How to set yourself up on Hero

Take care everyone and enjoy your week.

Ngā mihi nui

Mary-Angela Tombs, Tumuaki / Principal

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Kia ora koutou and welcome back to school for 2023! See below some notices regarding upcoming Catholic Character events.


Every week at 9:10am on Fridays two classes from the school join the parish in their weekday mass. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend so check out the roster to see the dates of your child's class mass.

Combined Parish Mass 5 March at 10am

Help us celebrate Children's Day at St Francis de Sales Church on Sunday the 5th of March.

Mass will start at 10am at St Francis de Sales Church.

Please stay for a cuppa and a chat afterwards. There will be a lolly scramble for the children.


Enrolments are now open for the next Sacramental programme. The programme is open to children who are baptised into the Catholic faith and have reached Year 4 or above. For an enrolment form please contact the office office@wellingtonsouthcatholic.org

Forms were sent home last year with your child or email the parish office on the above email.



Please send your Tamariki in their PE Gear on the following days:

Tangaroa: Tuesday and Friday

Papatūānuku: Monday and Wednesday

Ranginui: Tuesday and Thursday


The Inspire Photography Team are excited to be back at St Francis de Sales this year!

We will be photographing your children and their classes on Tuesday 21 February. As usual we will be photographing ‘Out of School’ siblings starting at 8.30am and will photograph the ‘In School’ siblings later in the day.

Sports and Cultural Group photos will be happening later in the year in September. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ring us or email info@inspirephotography.co.nz.

See you all soon!

The Inspire Team


Please remember to update your child's new classroom number on Kindo.



The information for the following sports including how to register is on Kindo:

· Year 1 - 8 Touch Rugby

· Year 1 - 8 Futsal

· Year 1 - 8 Floorball

· Year 1 - 4 Future Ferns Netball

We will need to close the registrations for touch rugby, futsal and future ferns tomorrow at 3pm to ensure we have our registrations with the organisers on time.

For year 7/8 waterpolo, please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz directly.


If your child is in year 7 or 8 and is keen to be a ref for touch rugby this term, then please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz. The organisers are looking for more junior refs this term. Refs get paid for each game they ref.


We would LOVE to have more parent/caregiver volunteers to take on road patrol duties so that the teachers can be in their classes before school when the kids arrive and also after school to prepare for meetings and for the next school day.

If you are keen and able to help either between 8.25 and 8.55am or between 2.55 and 3.15pm any day of the week, then please email Sarah on sarah.fountain@sfds.school.nz

We have a refresher session for the kids this Friday at school at 9.15am. Parents/caregivers are welcome to come along to this to learn what's expected.


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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We also run a before school care programme based at St Francis de Sales School Library. Forms for both programmes are available from the school office.

Island Bay Youth Group starting up Friday10 February!

For kids Year7+, 7-9pm Fridays fortnightly from 10 Feb. First session will be a BBQ & Bonfire Night @ Princess Bay!

Hosted by Island Bay Presbyterian Church & St Francis de Sales Catholic Parish, and run by Youth Worker Harry Troughton, this youth group is a chance for the young people of Island Bay to hang out, catch up with friends who are at different schools, and have loads of fun and games, in a safe and welcoming space. For more info contact youth@ibpc.org.nz. Check out our FB page for more info.

Based at St Francis de Sales church in Terms 1 & 4, and at Island Bay Presbyterian Church in Terms 2 & 3.

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Take your child on an illustrated journey through the names of Jesus. This A-Z coloring book is suitable for parent-child devotions or use in faith-based learning environments. A book for all ages!



If your child loves doing Cartwheels, Handstands, Jumping, Swinging, Climbing or doing Flips, then they will thrive at Bigair Gym! TERM 1 CLASSES ARE STARTING NOW, SO DON’T MISS OUT, BOOK IN TODAY! 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 progress! Classes include GYMNASTICS, TRAMPOLINING, TUMBLING, FREE RUNNING (thats parkour with flips) & CHEERLEADING! Inquire about Bigair BIRTHDAY PARTIES too!

Its easy to book online at www.bigairgym.co.nz or contact our Bigair Gym office. We would love to hear from you. Bigair Gym Owhiro Bay ph. 383 8779 e. wgtn@bigairgym.co.nz


Registrations are now open for the NZ Chess Academy 2023.

We have eleven chess academy squads scheduled for 2023. The first classes will start this Saturday on 4 February 2023. Classes do have limited spaces and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.

We have a great range of new coaches this year including a Junior Master, a National Master and an International Master!

If you are interested, you will need to register. No attendees will be accepted without registration. It is still not too late but you need to be in quick!

Register today!

You can find out more about the programs available here https://www.nzchessacademy.nz/page/squad-info.html.


After School and Saturday Computer Classes

Our term time classes are smaller just 3 to 6 children. Classes are focused on what you want to learn. Class runs from 3:30 to 5:30 pm class fee $45 (doors open from 3:15). Saturday 1:30 - 4:30 pm. class fee $65.

Learn to Code Scratch, Python, Java, JavaScript, or Learn to Code & Create 3D Games, Minecraft, Roblox, Web Design, HTML and CSS and A Discovery Course in Computing (suitable for younger children), Build Your Own Computer.

For information & bookings 499-2211 or grandtraining.co.nz



Rāroa Music Centre offers Saturday morning group music lessons for primary and intermediate school children at low cost ($70 per year + $40 koha or parent volunteering). We have spaces available for beginners in the following instruments; Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Recorder, Saxophone and Ukulele. We also offer a fantastic Music Basics programme for 5-7 year olds to ready them for learning an instrument.

To register for 2023 or find out more information visit our website. Registrations close 18th February 2023.




(Houghton Bay, Island Bay, Owhiro Bay)

Secretary: Chris Rabey 384 9293 Treasurer: Sharon Macintyre 388 8088.

Web: www.southernbayshistory.wellington.net.nz





All welcome, Baptist Church, 284 The Parade, 7.30pm.

Koha welcome

Junior Girls’ Brigade – loads of fun for girls in Years 1-5, 4.30-6pm Wednesdays at Island Bay Presbyterian Church Hall, 88 The Parade. Crafts, games, stories, and friendship. Check out our FB page for more details! This year we’re teaming up with Afterschool Care (who run in the church hall next to us) who will operate a walking bus and afternoon tea option until 4.30pm for any kids who need it for $10 a week. They pick up from both schools. If you’d be interested in this, please let Mel know.

We’ve got lots of super fun stuff lined up over this summer term, bring on treasure hunts, the beach, build-it challenges, valentines pop-it chocolate and more! Here’s the google enrolment form – any questions, contact Mel Heaphy on 021702907 or melanie.heaphy@farwest.co.nz.

Senior Girls’ Brigade – fun, friendship, crafts, life skills and more for girls in Years 6-13, 6.30-8.30pm Mondays at Island Bay Presbyterian Church Hall, 88 The Parade. For more info contact Brenda Watkin on 0211378062 or brendajwatkin@gmail.com. Check out our FB page for more details!

ICONZ - Junior Boys’ Brigade for boys Year 1-4

Meets 3.30-5pm on Thursdays at St Hilda’s Church, 311 The Parade. Loads of fun activities, games, stories, crafts, and sports. Afternoon tea and a walking bus from school provided. Contact Brenda Watkin for more information on 0211378062 or brendajwatkin@gmail.com

Boys’ Brigade for boys Year 5+

Meets 6:30 – 8.30pm Thursdays at the Island Bay Presbyterian Church, 88 The Parade. Sports, friendship, life skills and loads of fun. Contact Mel Heaphy for more info on 021 702907.

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Summer Smash and Yeah! Girls are back for 2023!

Summer Smash (years 3–6) and Yeah! Girls (years 7–10) are fun and inclusive 6-week after school

cricket programmes for girls. Each week girls will participate in exciting activities and modified

cricket games that encourage sports participation, skill development, teamwork and friendly

competition. All equipment is provided, no experience is necessary, and sessions are free!

The Berhampore Hubs will start on Monday, 13 February at Wakefield Park (Grass), and will run

every Monday until 20 March.

Register for Summer Smash (year 3-6) here!

Register for Yeah! Girls (years 7-10) here!

For more information, please visit the Yeah! Girls website or email Y!G Wellington.


SS Register: https://www.playhq.com/new-zealand-cricket/register/3a848f

Y!G Register: https://www.playhq.com/new-zealand-cricket/register/ae5844

Website: https://play.nzc.nz/playyeah-girls

Y!G contact email: wellington@yeahgirls.nz

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