Reignier Catholic School Newsletter

27th September 2021 - Issue # 14


We warmly welcome the following students Reignier: Xander Mitchell (Room 5) and Heidi Turner (Room 5).


Kia ora koutou katoa,

It is hard to believe that this is the final week of the term. I could almost guarantee that on the 26th July, none of us would have predicted the type of term we have been through and the challenges that we have faced as a community. On behalf of the staff, thank you for your support and understanding. We know that being in Alert Level 2 for as long as we have has not been ideal, but a small sacrifice now, hopefully will make a big difference in the long run.

Our young people face challenges every day helping to build their resilience, confidence, self-esteem and increase their independence as well as their curriculum knowledge. Over the term, it has been amazing to watch and see their smiles as they navigate through this journey each day. I acknowledge as a parent, sometimes it can be tough to watch our tamariki work through these experiences as so often we want to solve things for them. This can be hard and a challenge for us, but congratulations on the work that you have all done at home. As a staff we can see the conversations that have been taking place at home to help, support and guide our young people, and this is a reflection on the fantastic job that you are doing at home. We thank you for all that you are doing as you are your child/ren’s first teachers.

Term 3 has brought many highlights for myself, with the most recent being our Wheels Day last Friday. This day was an initiative from two of our students who approached me earlier in the term. It was incredibly rewarding to work alongside these two young gentlemen, who wanted to do something for the students at school. I thank them as it was a fantastic day, with lots of laughter and heaps of smiles. I look forward to seeing what new initiatives our students come up with next.

I wish you a blessed holiday period with your family. May you be safe and hopefully we will be able to see you all in person next term.

Ngā manaakitanga

Teresa Shanks



Congratulations to Harriet Johnson (Year 3/4 Hockey team), Riley Harvey-Fitzgerald (Year 5/6 Netball team) and Mia Deihl (Year 5/6 Hockey team) for being awarded the Unison Medal for their teams. The Unison Medal is awarded in recognition of discipline, work ethic and fair play.


Last Tuesday, both the Endurance Run and Cross Country were held in perfect conditions. We pray that our whanau will be part of this experience in 2022.

Congratulations to the following students:

Year 3 Girls

Isabelle O’Neill, Olivia Sebileau, Franki Yardley

Year 3 Boys

Jack Coombe, Axel MacFarlane, Riley Jackson

Year 4 Girls

Harriet Johnson, Makenzie Rowland, Stella King

Year 4 Boys

Hunter Reilly, Talon Lawton, Kees Lepelaars

Year 5 Girls

Rhiannon Jones, Ula Chan, Gabrysia Van Asch

Year 5 Boys

Lucas Collings, Austin Marwick, Liam O’Neill

Year 6 Girls

Alexis Bloomfield, Olivia Johnson, Stella Grams

Year 6 Boys

Ben Reilly, Aaron Lo, Harry Nicol

1st Pompallier (Green) - 48 points

2nd Aubert (Blue) - 30 points

3rd Chanel (Red) - 29 points

4th Barbier (Yellow) - 26 points


Earlier in the term a group of students took part in the Kiwi Exams. Over 1600 students from 400 schools took part this year.

Congratulations to the following students:


Achieved (Top 50% nationally) - Max Sebileau, Stella Grams, Riley Harvey-Fitzgerald, Liam O’Neill

Merit (Top 25% nationally) - Aaron Lo


Achieved (Top 50% nationally) - Saoirse Quinn, Bella Combe, Emma Haworth, Stella Grams, Penny King

Excellence (Top 10% nationally) - Aaron Lo


Achieved (Top 50% nationally) - Liam O’Neill, Rhiannon Jones, Gabrysia Van Asch, Riley Harvey-Fitzgerald, Stella Grams, Lucas Collings

Merit (Top 25% nationally) - Isabella Durston, Daniella Doyle, Melissa Furhoff

Excellence (Top 10% nationally) - Ada Kirton, Mia Vorster, Aaron Lo

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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.



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.


Art Open Afternoon - Thursday 21st October

Hawke's Bay Anniversary - School Closed - Friday 22nd October

Labour Day - School Closed - Monday 25th October

Junior School Athletics - Friday 5th November

Cans for Christmas - Friday 5th November

Senior School Athletics - Friday 12th November

Senior Poetry - Thursday 2nd December

Taradale & District Athletics Competition - Tuesday 7th December

Year 6 Graduation Dinner - Thursday 9th December

Prizegiving - Monday 13th December

End of Year Mass - Thursday 16th December