Reignier Catholic School Newsletter

18th May 2022 - Issue # 3


We warmly welcome the following students and their families to Reignier: Thresna Pinnoi (Room 5) and Fleur Westaway (Room 5).


Tena koe whānau,

There is a lot of information in this week’s newsletter, so please do take the time to sit and read it all. When I was looking over what's included, reading about Pink Shirt day, being aware of our neighbours, helping Lovelink and then the invitation for tamariki to take part in the Sacramental programme - we are witnessing that God is present and providing opportunities for us to be active in our faith and show others who we are as a Catholic Character school.

This week the Gospel reading our students listened to on Monday spoke about Jesus telling us to love one another. Imagine if we did that. Imagine if we always displayed love, compassion, empathy, respect and other Gospel values intentionally and in everything we do, what our world would look like. Small actions can make a significant impact on the lives of others. God knows what we need and sometimes his actions will challenge and even surprise us.

God Bless.

Mrs Shanks


Teachers would like to extend their thanks to all our parents/caregivers who supported and attended parent/teacher interviews, last Wednesday. It was great to see so many of you, thank you.


Enrolment forms for the first sacraments programme (Reconciliation and First Holy Communion) are available in the foyers of our Churches (St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s) and also by clicking this link Sacramental Programme Enrolment Form 2022

The first sacraments programme is open to children in Year 4 and above who are baptised Catholics. The enrolment form needs to be completed by parents/guardians and together with a copy of the child’s baptism certificate returned to the Parish Office by Monday 23 May.

The first sacraments programme will be taught in our three Parish churches immediately following Sunday Mass. The children and parent/s will attend mass and then participate in the Sacramental programme lessons immediately after mass.


This year our Kura will be supporting Pink Shirt Day by encouraging students to wear something pink over their school uniform. Students are still required to wear their uniform underneath. We are acknowledging this day because as a kura we do not condone bullying in any form, as it does not align with who we are as a special character school. Let’s show people who we are and wear PINK!


Over the last few weeks, our neighbours on Moeller Street have brought to our attention, their driveways are being blocked by members of our community, either dropping off or picking up their children from school. This is not being considerate of our neighbours and is disappointing to hear. Please DO NOT park in front of their driveways. Please keep our tamariki safe by parking properly.


Part of our Catholic Special Character, charism, school values and living out the Catholic Social teaching principles, we are called to help those in need. Christian Lovelink is a local organisation who needs your support. They urgently need blankets and duvets inners for families. Please phone 027 532 2611 or 0800 333 346 to find locations where these items can be dropped or to arrange collection.


We hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate what our students have been learning.

Assemblies this term are on Friday 20th May, Friday 10th June and Friday 1st July starting at 2.30pm in the Hall. Please be seated by 2.25pm. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Masks are required to be worn.


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.


Research supports that more exposure children have to read the greater the positive impact it has on their learning. Not only does it help develop a child’s reading fluency and comprehension, but it also exposes them to a world of vocabulary, strengthens their imagination, introduces them to new concepts, cultures and possibilities beyond their own life experiences. It has also been said that supporting your child develop an enjoyment of reading can be beneficial for a child’s overall development and health.

Junior School: Students will bring a book home to read four days a week. A key part to the Better Start Literacy Approach is revisiting the same text often. The same book will possibly be used for successive days so it needs to be back at school each day for the new lesson. We, also, encourage students to read to self or parents to read to them.

Middle School: Students are to read independently for 10-15 minutes. This could be the book that is sent home from their classroom teacher, a library book or a book from home.

Senior School: Students should be reading independently for 15-20 minutes daily. Please encourage your child to read a variety of genres.


There has been a change to the policy on the wearing of shoes at school. Children can now wear either sandals or shoes anytime of the year. Please check out the below link to see what shoes are suitable for wearing. Note: NO other footwear is acceptable.

Due to the increase of cost in the school holding uniform items, we are in the process of transferring the final four items we hold to The Warehouse. This is scheduled to take place around the start of Term 3. In the meantime, you are still able to purchase the Hat, Sweatshirt, PE Shirt and PE Shorts from school.


As part of upholding and living out the special character of our school, you are all invited to attend our whānau mass, hosted by our students on Sunday 19th June at 9.15am. PUT THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW! We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this mass.


You will notice on your term account (once they are emailed home) there is a $60 charge for a School Contribution, previously known as the Activity Fee. This charge is a donation, completely voluntary, however, it is does help contribute to our photocopying costs etc. Please note, should you pay this charge it is tax deductible.


If your child has signed up to play sport this term, please check your information notice and ensure payment is made by the requested date as we are adopting a 'NO PAY, NO PLAY' policy this year due to the number of outstanding fees.

If you are experiencing hardship/difficulties please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs Gouder in the office or Mrs Shanks.

Thank you in advance for your support.



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.


Our school day concludes at 2.55pm.


Morning Road Patrol is from 8.30am to 8.50am.

Afternoon Road Patrol is from 2.50pm to 3.10pm.


We continue to ask families requiring uniform to send an email ( 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



Congratulations to Jack Coombe who entered the Hawke's Bay Marathon children's race last weekend. Jack ran in the 6-12 year old's, 2.2km run. He came 6th out of 90 entrants and came 1st for his age group 7-9 yrs. He is running at about 4.20sec per km which is very fast (way too quick for Jack's Dad, Andy to keep up!) Ka pai, Jack!


Congratulations to Ula Chan for being acknowledged at the recent Napier Sailing Club awards. Ula's drive and determination as a sailor has seen her compete in the open fleet in regattas, competing against ages up to 16 years. She is ranked 76th in New Zealand. Ula was commended for striving in all training, events and regattas.

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Queen's Birthday - School Closed - Monday 6th June

Whānau Mass - Sunday 19th June

Matariki Holiday - School Closed - Friday 24th June

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