Reignier Catholic School Newsletter

1st November 2021 - Issue # 15


We warmly welcome the following students to Reignier: Beauden Taitoko (Room5), Harry Birch (Room 5), Joseph Straka (Room 5) and Ruby-Mae Crook (Room 5).


Kia tau te Rangimarie ki a kautou. Peace be with you and welcome back to Term 4. It is hard to believe that we are in week 3 already. This term sees us continuing to face the ongoing challenges of Covid-19. We ask for your continued patience, support and prayers as it is now more than ever that we must continue to live out our faith and unite in support of one another and work to ensure the safety and well being of every member of our school community.

As the term progress, you will receive a lot of communication about the happenings of the school. We will endeavor to give you as much notice as possible if we have to change or move events. Please know that we are doing the best we can to ensure that all our calendar events planned for the term are able to go ahead in some capacity.

I would like to take this opportunity to talk about the journey that Pope Francis has called us all to embark on Synod 2021-2023. This is an exciting time for us and the Catholic Church as we are all invited to come together in dialogue to reflect, think and evaluate and what the future holds. I encourage you to take part and become involved. A really good place to start our local diocese’s website and newsletter.

Ehara taku toa, I te toa takitahi, ēngari e toa takitini. My success is not mine alone, it is ours. The greatest success we will have is from working together.

Ngā manaakitanga

Teresa Shanks


We were very excited to find a write up of our Catholic Schools Day event in the most recent of NZCEO newsletter that is distributed around New Zealand. Thank you to all those who were involved. Read below what Ada wrote on our behalf.

“Ada Kirton from Reignier Catholic School in Napier shared with us how they spent Catholic Schools Day:

"We celebrated by starting the morning off with a liturgy, with our buddy classes. We sang waiata and prayed. Each class prepared something for a School Time Capsule and our eldest and youngest students buried it in the garden, so the future students of Reignier can see what it was like on Catholic Schools Day 2021. As a Catholic school, we strive to live by the Gospel and our values."


In Week 1, Term 3 Reignier School immersed themselves in a week of art. Each class joined in to produce some AMAZING pieces. Our inspiration was a favourite Andrew Chinn song, In the Beginning, which is based on the Creation story, found in the book of Genesis. Each class took a portion of the song as their subject matter.

Our children learnt a lot through this experience. Art helps us understand our world. It allows us to have a deeper understanding of our emotions; it increases our self-awareness, and also allows us to be open to new ideas and experiences. It helps develop concentration and perseverance while allowing us to express our learning in creative ways.

Sadly, due to Covid, we were unable to hold our usual Art Exhibition in the hall for whānau, so instead, we displayed our art in our classrooms. Thank you to Mrs Jackson for videoing our work and sharing it with our community!

Andrew Chinn was extremely impressed with our art and has shared it with educators across New Zealand, Australia and North America. He has received many comments including:

“This is beautiful, thank you for sharing.”

“Great idea. WOW!! impressive art too.”

“Wow Andrew!! What an amazing tribute to your song!! Absolutely gorgeous pictorial display of your song - I just LOVE it.”

“Our staff were certainly inspired by the wonderful artwork from Reignier Catholic School.”

"In The Beginning" An Art Showcase by the students of Reignier School, Taradale, New Zealand, 2021


At the end of last term the senior school students created cards that were sent to the Catholic Schools in Auckland, letting them know we were thinking of them during Lockdown. Last week, we started to receive emails from some of these schools expressing thanks and gratitude for reaching out.

"I shared with our L3 Bubble children this morning and they were so happy and grateful to know that children in other parts of New Zealand are thinking of us".

Principal St Ignatius Catholic School, St Heliers

"We received two gorgeous cards of encouragement from children at your school today, boosting our team"

Principal Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Howick

ENROLMENTS - 2022 & 2023

If you have a child(ren) you wish to enrol in either 2022 or 2023, could you please let the school office know URGENTLY as we are in the process of planning for 2022 and beyond. Thank you.



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. We have noticed over the last couple of weeks, a lot of students arriving late. If you know that for some reason you are going to be late, please give the office a call.


A reminder that when you are picking up or dropping off, we encourage mask wearing. We are aware that the lack of mask wearing is causing concern and we ask that where possible we all play our role in being responsible citizens and wear a mask and socially distance during Alert Level 2. During afternoon pick up, parents may enter the Moeller St gate and wait by the concrete edge of the junior playground. This is to help with social distancing due to limited space on the footpath. Please do not come up any further as we have noticed parents starting to do so and this has begun to cause a few issues. These safety measures are in place to not only help protect you and your child/ren but also our staff. We need to continue to work together for the wellbeing of everyone.


Under Alert Level 2 if you require any uniform items, please contact the school office on 06 844 2144 or email for further information. Thank you for your support.


We are on the hunt for the following books. If you have a copy that is still in good condition and you are no longer using and would be willing to donate it to the school, we would love to take it off your hands.

  • Marmaduke Duck on the Wide Blue Sea by Juliette MacIver
  • Dozer the Fire Cat by Robyn Prokop
  • I am Jellyfish by Ruth Paul
  • The Smelly Giant by Kurahau
  • The Day the Plants Fought Back by Belinda O'Keefe
  • Grrrr! by Rob Biddulph
  • Song of the River by Joy Cowley
  • That's Not a Hippopotamus by Juliette MacIver
  • You Must Bring a Hat by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley


We are after a handy man or woman, who may be able to help us create a large cross for a display in our office area. We are looking to source some board and someone who would be able to cut out the cross and then mount it on our wall space. If you think that you may be able to help in some way please contact Mrs Shanks as we would love to have this display made by the end of the year.


The school pool is now open for class swimming sessions.

Swimming is part of the curriculum and all students are expected to take part. Teachers will communicate with their families as to when swimming will start for their class. Swimming will occur at the discretion of the teacher. Please know that we will not take children swimming if the temperature is not suitable. If your child is unable to take part in swimming, please communicate with your class teacher.


Junior School Athletics - Friday 5th November

Senior School Athletics - Friday 12th November

Senior Poetry - Thursday 2nd December

Year 6 Graduation Dinner - Thursday 9th December

Prizegiving - Monday 13th December

End of Year Mass - Thursday 16th December

2022 DATES

Term 1 - 2nd February – 14th April

Term 2 - 2nd May – 8th July

Term 3 - 25th July – 30th September

Term 4 - 17th October – 16th December

Teacher Only Days: 14th April and one in Term 3 for staff to attend special character retreat



Over Labour Weekend, the Napier Operatic Society performed The Lion King Jnr. They had eight sold out shows following 6 months of rehearsals. Congratulations to our current students Annabel Smith, Zoe O’Sullivan, Ula Chan, Emma Jones, Bella Hey and Scarlett Jones who were all involved. We also acknowledge and congratulate our past students who were involved.

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Welcome to Term 4! As you know, our Gala was unable to go ahead but we have a busy and exciting term ahead with fundraising.

Juicy Days: The children have their upcoming Junior and Senior Athletics Days on 5th and 12th November. The PTA will be selling $2 Juicies in front of the hall after the children have eaten their lunch. If your child would like a juicy, on one or both of these days, please bring a $2 coin to school ON THE DAY. The coin can go directly to your child's teacher.

Bake Sale: We are currently organising a bake sale on Friday 26th November. We will be asking for home baking (cakes, loaves, biscuits etc) to be brought to school with your child on Thursday 25th. We will be selling in Taradale shopping centre and in Napier town. More information to come!

Christmas Monster Raffle: Last year we ran a very exciting and successful raffle and we are busy planning for one again. Each family will be given a book of 20 tickets to purchase or sell. We will have some great prizes again this year so watch this space!

We are planning a SURPRISE for the children at the end of term to celebrate another busy year!

Thank you to you all for supporting our fundraising events. If you have any questions on the events coming up please feel free to contact Kristi -