Reignier Catholic School Newsletter
7th July 2022 - Issue # 6
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
As another term concludes, we reflect on the business that has been Term 2. I would like to thank everyone who took the opportunity to come to our open day yesterday and view the kura in action. It was great to have so many of you take time out of your busy schedules.
This term has continued to throw us curve balls, but the effort to ensure that learning opportunities continue for our students has been incredible. Thank you to the staff for all their hard work, and I hope that you have a well-deserved rest over the next couple of weeks.
It is with a heavy heart I must announce that Ms Davis will be leaving us at the end of week three, next term. It has been a pleasure to work alongside her in my previous roles and schools, and now here at Reignier Catholic School. Her passion for Catholic Education, our tamariki and the kura are some of her many attributes that make her the kind and generous person she is. We wish her all the best for her new role with the Ministry of Health. Mrs Alexander will take over in Room Two from week four.
Finally, thank you to our students, parents and wider community for another term of your on-going support. We send you all our blessings for the school holidays. May you stay healthy, be safe if you are travelling and we look forward to seeing you back next term.
A NOTE FROM MS DAVIS
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of my resignation from Reignier Catholic School. My last day will be Friday 12th August which is the end of the third week of Term Three.
I have valued our chats, friendships, laughs, hugs and working together to create some magic at RCS. I will miss the connections with your tamariki and your whanau. I hope our paths cross again at some point in the future - at Mass, on the side of a football pitch or in the supermarket - somewhere in our community.
I leave the school in the capable hands of the SLT - Mrs Shanks, Mrs Jackson and Mrs Gouder and the staff who will continue to guide RCS into the future.
I have accepted a position in the Schools Programme, Health Promotion with the HBDHB, working alongside the Ministry of Education and Sport Hawke's Bay. I will be putting into practice the Catholic Social Teaching of Protection of the Poor and Vulnerable.
We welcome the return of Mrs Katrina Alexander to the position of classroom teacher in Room Two. This is a great appointment with her being known to the class and whānau.
BLESSING & PLANTING OF OUR PŌHUTUKAWA TREE
Congratulations to the following students who made their First Reconciliation last night: Ciara Butler, Josh Coffin, Jack Coombe, Emily Deitch, Kaiden Graham-Brittin, Sebastian Grau, Riley Jackson, Alex John, Tom Koenigsberger, Axel MacFarlane, Quinn MacFarlane, Amy McDowell, Aroha Mitchell, Isabelle O'Neill, Zoe O'Sullivan, Patrick Riddell, Olivia Sebileau and Rafaela Valdez.
SCHOOL BOARD PARENT ELECTIONS
SchooI Board Parent Election 2022
Our school will be undertaking a parent election for 4 School Board vacancies. This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community by Friday 15th July 2022.
We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with legislative change, our nomination form and full instruction on how to place your nomination into our own School’s Election website will be emailed to you if we have your email address in our database or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in our database.
Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.
Nominations close on Wednesday 3rd August at 12 noon. Election day is Wednesday 7th September.
We look forward to your participation in this process.
89 Nazareth Avenue | Middleton | Christchurch | PO Box 414 | Christchurch 8140
P (03) 338 4444 | Cell 021 399 744 Web www.cessl.org.nz
GOVERNANCE UPDATE: THE WORK OF THE BOARD
The work of the board is to ensure that every student achieves their highest possible educational outcomes supported by the Catholic faith and Catholic culture of the school. All Board members have responsibility for the protection of the Catholic special character of the school as set out in the school’s integration agreement and charter. The board has key responsibilities in relation to integration and in particular must safeguard:
- Religious Education
The board ensures the charter, policies and plans reflect the philosophy of Catholic schooling. For an overview of the key partnerships, processes, policies and systems required to support students to achieve their potential supported by the Catholic culture of the school, visit the BOT handbook site and review the interactive Work of the Board diagram.
If you are interested in the work of the Board, we look forward to seeing you at tonight's information evening at 6.30pm in our school staffroom. This will be hosted by NZSTA.
ENROLMENTS FOR 2023, 2024 & BEYOND
If you have a child who will be turning 5 in 2023 or in 2024 and beyond, it is not too early to get them enrolled or indicate that you are intending to enrol your child at Reignier Catholic School.
Please call into the school office to get a preference form, make an appointment with Fr Barry to have this signed and drop back to school. Without this form, we cannot accept your child's enrolment.
This also enables the school management team to forecast staffing for next year and the year after.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Teresa Shanks on 844 2144.
You will be aware that this has been in the news a lot recently. As a kura, our number one priority is for your child to be at school. It is known that when a child is present at school and participating in their learning that this leads to progress. If your child is absent, you need to inform the school as to why by either phoning the office or using the app.
START OF DAY
Our school day begins at 8.55am. We encourage all our students to please be at school before then, so they are able to prepare for the day ahead. If you know that for some reason you are going to be late, please give the office a call.
SCHOOL FINISH TIME
Our school day concludes at 2.55pm.
ROAD PATROL TIMES
Morning Road Patrol is from 8.30am to 8.50am.
Afternoon Road Patrol is from 2.50pm to 3.10pm.
UNIFORM SHOP ORDERING
We continue to ask families requiring uniform to send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) stating what items you wish to purchase and to deposit the money into the school account, referencing your surname and uniform. Once the money has been deposited into the account we can release the uniform items you have ordered. This is done by way of the student in the classroom. Thank you for your continued support of this request.
School Account Details:
Account Name: Reignier School Board of Trustees
Account Number: 02-0766-0106693-00
Uniform Items Available for Purchase:
Sweatshirts - $50
PE Shirt - $33
PE Shorts - $27
Sunhats - $13
TERM 3 - UPCOMING EVENTS - SAVE THESE DATES NOW!
School Photos - Wednesday 3rd August - Photo envelopes have been sent home
Book Fair - Friday 12th August & Monday 15th August - More information to come
School Assemblies - Friday 12th August, Friday 2nd September & Friday 23rd September
Teacher Only Day - School Closed - Friday 26th August
Reports Go Home - Friday 9th September
Music Festival - Thursday 29th September - More information to come
OUT OF SCHOOL SUCCESS
SEBASTIAN GRAU - NATIONAL ART EXHIBITION
Sebastian entered and was selected as one of the Top 10 for the National Art Exhibition (Children's Category). His art, together with many others, has been on display at the Napier Conference Centre. Last Sunday, Sebastian found out that he actually won the Children's Category for his age group. He is super chuffed. Ka Pai, Sebastian.
FRIENDS OF REIGNIER
GALA - SATURDAY 29TH OCTOBER
Reignier Catholic School Gala will be held at school on Saturday 29th October. The Gala committee are needing as many helpers, sponsors and donations as possible to make our 2022 Gala a success. Please contact Kristi 027 427 5007 if you can help with any of the planning. Our Gala has been successful for many years and a fun family event with huge funds raised for our school and children. We look forward to hearing from you with how you can be involved!