Week 3 Term 3 SFDS Newsletter

St Francis de Sales - 10 August 2021


Kia Ora Ano

Wow what a wild 24-hours weather wise we have had…you wouldn’t know it this morning though!

Please click here to read our emergency procedures – it is important that all whānau know what we do in an emergency. Any questions please feel free to email or pop in and ask. This is a great opportunity to update your emergency pick up list. A GoogleDoc was shared at the beginning of the year – here is the link if you need it.

I have previously shared with you, our whānau, the professional learning and development our staff have undertaken to successfully implement the KiVa programme into our School.

St Francis de Sales School defines bullying as harmful or degrading behaviour or treatment which is deliberate, repeated and targeted. Bullying is not a conflict, an argument or a fight.

We’re proud to be a KiVa school. KiVa, meaning kind or nice, is an approach to bullying prevention that has been developed by the University of Turku in Finland. KiVa has had a significant impact on reducing incidents of bullying internationally and in schools across New Zealand. It also shows increased feelings of learner well-being at school.

Your tamariki will continue to be part of regular KiVa learning sessions throughout this year where the focus is on bullying prevention. The aim is for our learners to gain the knowledge to identify bullying and confidence to know what to do if they experience or witness bullying, to support their peers.

KiVa will be visible in many ways in the daily life at our school. The KiVa lessons include discussion, group work, short videos and role play. Many lessons concentrate on the role a group (bystanders) can have in helping to stop bullying. The learners think about and practice different ways to stand up to bullying. The lessons are supplemented by on-line activities which your child can share with you at home through the KiVa games.

Our kura has a KiVa team, this consists of myself, Sarah, Bev and Chris. Together with the class teacher we manage reported bullying cases by having short discussions with the learners involved, using the research-based approach.

If you suspect your child is either being bullied or bullying others, please contact us here at school so that the matter can be responded to as soon as possible. If you want to find out more the KiVa Parents’ Guide is available on the KiVa website at www.kivaprogram.net/parents.

On Friday at the Ranginui hui kaikaio celebrated learners’ achievement with certificates and values cards. I have to say that they are a calm and delightful bunch of humans and a real credit to their whanau. Petra was awarded the Principal’s cup for always contributing selflessly to our kura community.

Have a wonderful rest of the week and take care.

Nga manaakitanga maha

Tracy Gundesen


Principal's Cup Winner: Petra McG

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Poipoia te Kakano Kia Puawai - Nurture the seed and it will blossom


Last Friday you should have received an email from our BOT with the following communication. Please make sure to take the time to read this and complete the survey linked below:

Further to our correspondence last week you are all aware that our principal, Tracy Gundesen, is resigning as principal this year. Whilst we are sad to see Tracy leave our school the Board of Trustees needs to begin the process of appointing a new principal as soon as possible.

It is important that we ensure our new principal has all the skills, abilities and knowledge needed to lead our school into the future. With this in mind we are asking all members of our school community to share their thoughts about the sort of person they would like as the new principal of St Francis de Sales School.

If you would like to have some input into this, please respond to the survey link below by Wednesday 11 August. https://forms.gle/KWVL7yBiMsqQLaJL7

Thank you.

Dan McGuinness

BOT Chair

Email: board@sfds.school.nz

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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 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

Wednesday 29 September - Catholic Schools Day + Grandparents Mass

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to the following students who received a certificate at Papatuanuku assembly on Friday:

Jonathan G, Johnny W, Bella H, Elijah S, Stefan S, Calvin P, Daniel H, Adiya W, George T, Paris C, Eva S, Jamie K and Ella L.


Papatuanuku had a great time at Space Place last week learning all about the Solar System and how it works. They have taken this new learning back to school to help them with their inquiry into Space. Enjoy the photos below.


Last week Calvin in year 6 launched a Cup Stacking Club at school. He had a great turn out of kids wanting to give it a go and everyone had heaps of fun! Thank you to Calvin for organising this new initiative and to Jo from Cup Stacking New Zealand who came along to support everyone.


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.


PSL MEETING - Tonight 7.30pm in the school staff room!! All Welcome!!!


Huge thank you to all the amazing Parent and Student volunteers who helped at the school disco last Thursday! Was such a great night! Special thanks to Lee for all the amazing work she did to organize everything and to Jess for offering up her amazing photo magic mirror! The children absolutely loved it!

Without these amazing people nights like this don’t happen so please if you are free pop along to the next PSL meeting- one is on tonight! – and see what you could do to help at our next event!


A huge thank you to those who have returned their sponsorship form and money to the school office. We are blown away by the number of sponsors some kids have found and the generosity of the sponsors/donors. We are doing the draw for the Empire Cinema Voucher this Friday at our school hui so we will accept forms and money up until Friday morning. Anyone who returns their form to the school office will go in the draw. All those who return their form also earn house points for their house and the house cup is also being presented at the school hui this week. Many thanks for your support! Special thanks to Sarah Fountain and the amazing group of learners who have organised and run this event!


Our next sausage sizzle is this coming Monday 16 August. If anyone is able to come and help run the sausage sizzle, please email psl.sfds@gmail.com. You will need to be available between 11.45am and 1.15pm. 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.


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



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.


Just a reminder we are no longer able to accept cash at the school office. We still have Eftpos available, and we also have KINDO. If you have not started a Kindo account, please click this link for instructions on how to create one. If you are having trouble with your existing KINDO account (or are having issues starting one), please feel free to pop into the school office and see Fran or Suzanne for assistance.


Our policy around any head injuries is that we notify parents if a child receives any type of bump/knock to the head.

In the case of a minor head injury, you will receive a text message. Anything more serious we will call. If you receive a text and are concerned please feel free to call us back for further details.


The process for absences is if your child is sick or unable to attend school for all or part of the day, we ask that you let the school office know each day by 9.00am so that their absence can be accounted for.

You can do this by sending in a notification via our school app, calling the school and leaving a message on the absence line or emailing the school office.

This is most important to alleviate any concerns about their whereabouts. If no communication has been received from parents, then the school will contact you by text message. If you receive a text message please reply to the message or call the school office as soon as possible advising the reason for absence. Any planned absences longer than 2 days need to be advised by an email or note to the school office—office@sfds.school.nz

GARDEN TO TABLE! - Check out some photos of some of Papatuanukui enjoying GTT

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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


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


Experience fun karate fitness in Term 3 with our NEW BEGINNERS' KARATE class. Come along to a free trial class with your children. Go to.familyfitkarate.co.nz to book your free class.

CARDIO&CORE 30-minute fitness classes at your doorstep in Brooklyn or online at your place from just $4.75 per week for 3-classes. Join us for a free trial class. Go to familyfitkarate.co.nz

WELLBEING 50-minute WORKSHOP on Thursday 19 August. Are you too tired after work to exercise? Do you feel lethargic or stiff in your neck, shoulders, back or hips? Invest 50-minutes on yourself, book your free spot (22 left) at familyfitkarate.co.nz


Winter Wednesdays @ Wellington Zoo

Wrap up warm to enjoy a mid-winter treat with Winter Wednesdays at Wellington Zoo! Visit the Zoo any Wednesday in August and get 1/2 price standard adult and child entry.

This special offer is available at the Zoo entrance, but if you choose to pre-book your ticket/s, you'll go into the draw to WIN a Zoo Crew membership of your choice*. Pre-book your ticket/s below!

Come along to our regular animal talks and learn about how animals change and cope over winter, and what we do to help keep them warm. So put on your winter woollies, grab a hot chocolate or soup from Mojo Café, and explore what’s new at the Zoo!


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