Reignier Catholic School Newsletter

16th February 2022 - Issue # 1


We warmly welcome the following students and their families to Reignier: Jaden Antony (Room 2), Griffin Yardley (Room 5), Olivia Temel (Room 5) and Fergus Johnson (Room 5).

We welcome Sarah Lee to the staff. Sarah has taken up the Reading Recovery position. I am sure you will join us in making Sarah very welcome. We also welcome back Helena Chan and Lara Hollier who have taken up classroom release positions for the year.


Tēnā koe,

Welcome to the first official newsletter for the year. Hard to believe that we are already in Week 3 and what a start to the year it has been. It has been so great to see everyone back from their summer holidays and I must admit I have been loving the glorious Hawke’s Bay weather that everyone talks about. I am, also, looking forward to my first ever Art Deco School Parade tomorrow. Keep an eye out for video and photos on seesaw.

When I sit to write my blurb for the newsletter, I am often unsure where to start and what to say, often finding inspiration in random places. Today it has come from a screen shot of a quote from Saint Teresa of Calcutta. “Not all of us can do great things, BUT we can do small things with great love.”

As I sat, reflecting on this, it made me think about the real ‘why’ behind our actions and what we do. As the body and hands of Christ, are we truly fulfilling the mission that we have been called to do? It is hard to find the time out of a busy day to reflect on this, but it is becoming essential. It is now the very first thing I do every morning when I get to work; take that five minute to reflect on the day ahead and thank God for being with me, our students, staff and whanau and to be with those who are in need.

May you find that five minutes in your day to be with God and hear the call to do those small things with great love.

God bless.

Mrs Shanks


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. 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.


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.


A reminder that in Term 1 sandals are to be worn and not socks and shoes. Please refer to the school website to see examples of suitable summer sandals. Long hair should also be tied up and hair ties should be in school colours only.


Under 'Red Light' settings we are continuing 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


YES Camp is still going ahead. The cost of going to camp this year has been set at $180.00. If you wish to start paying this off you are most welcome. Please reference your surname and camp. Thank you to those families who have already made a start. Equally, if you are experiencing difficulties please see Mrs Gouder in the office or Mrs Shanks.


Art Deco Day - Thursday 17th February (TOMORROW)

Ash Wednesday - Wednesday 2nd March

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