Reignier Catholic School Newsletter

10th August 2022 - Issue # 7


We warmly welcome the following students and their families to Reignier: Noah Allen (Room 5), Aria Park (Room 5) and Alena Bobadilla Canas (Room 2).


Kia ora whānau,

What a great start to the term. It has been great to see our tamariki back and ready to learn, despite all the winter illnesses that are around. Colds and flu are seeing us have low numbers on and off at the moment with this week seeing some of the highest absences we've recorded in a while. Thank you to all our parents who are being so vigilant and working with us to try and keep us all healthy.

This term is turning out to be quite busy for our students. Further into the newsletter you will see our upcoming events. At the moment our Year 6 students are leading their house tamariki in preparation for the Music Festival at the end of the term. Please mark this date on your calendar now as it will be a great family night out.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Fletcher-Jenssen and all the members of the Board. I have enjoyed working with each and every one of them over the last 12 months. Their commitment to the faith and success for all tamariki has been evident in the hours that have been put in over their tenure as Board Members. We are also very excited to welcome the new members to the Board and I am looking forward to working alongside them over the next three years. Over the coming newsletters we will introduce them to you in more detail.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge our young people who are undertaking their 1st Holy Communion lessons with the support of their whānau. As a school, we are honoured and blessed to be able to walk alongside you. We look forward to celebrating with you on the 4th September and then again at our whānau mass on the 11th September.

God Bless.

Mrs Shanks


As you know we recently called for nominations for parent and staff representatives for the Board. Nominations closed on Wednesday, 3 August, and, as the number of valid nominations equalled the number vacancies we were seeking to fill, all four parent nominees and the staff nominee were duly elected.

Elliot Brunton, Foo Cheong Chan, Dave Lim and Andrea Yee were elected as the parent representatives and Debra Gibson is returning as the staff representative. In a non-voting election, the new board takes office seven days after the nominations close, this being the 10th August and will meet for the first time later this month.

Also leaving the board at this time are two of our Proprietors representatives, Monique Jeffares and Fr Barry Scannell. In terms of our Proprietors representatives, Christina Perry will be continuing on the board and the other Proprietors representatives will be confirmed shortly.

Parent representatives standing down are myself and Rory O’Neill. I want to thank and acknowledge the contribution of our outgoing members. Monique has been a valued, caring and hardworking member of the board since she joined us in November 2020. Always at the front of her mind has been the wellbeing of the students, staff and community. With her undoubted communication skills she has made significant contributions to our strategic direction, in both the academic and special character areas.

Rory has been with us since June 2019. He has been able to use his considerable financial acumen for the benefit of the school. Rory’s calm, considered and thoughtful approach to governance has been of real benefit to the school and more personally to me in my role of Presiding Member. I know other board members always appreciated his input.

I wish Rory and Monique and their families every success in the future.

The new board will introduce themselves to you in the coming weeks and I wish them every success.

Thank you all for support over the years.

Warm Regards

Chris Fletcher-Jenssen

Outgoing Presiding Member


August 8th, 2022

The Principal

Reignier Catholic School

Reignier Catholic School

Board Parent Election 2022 - 4 Parent Representatives

At the close of nominations at 12 noon Wednesday, August 3rd, the following nominations were received for the number parent vacancies on the School Board.

* Elliot Brunton

* Foo Cheong Chan

* Dave Lim

* Andrea Yee

I hereby declare the following duly elected Dave Lim, Foo Cheong Chan, Elliot Brunton and Andrea Yee.

Wayne Jamieson

Returning Officer

Canterbury Education Services



Today we welcomed Whaea Tania Robin to our kura for our first kapahaka roopu practise. This group of students (Years 3-6) will represent us at the Ōtatara Kapahaka Festival in Term 4. For some students, this was their first ever experience of kapahaka. The students have 3 weeks before they must decide to commit to our roopu. If you have a student in Year 1 or 2, whom you would like to be part of this performance roopu, please contact Mrs Shanks to discuss.

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The IXL subscription expires tomorrow (Thursday 11th August). IXL will no longer be accessible. However, over the coming weeks, the teachers will introduce a new online Maths platform to support the children with their learning, both at home and at school. Further information to come.


Welcome to the Reignier Library Scholastic Book Fair for 2022!

Opening Times:

Friday 12th August - 8.30am to 8.55am and 2.55pm to 3.25pm

We will also be open after hours from 5:30pm.

Monday 15th August - 8.30am to 8.55am and 2.55pm to 3.25pm

Tuesday 16th August (before school only) - 8.30am to 8.55am

Book Character Dress Up Day is Friday 12th August.

Note: 30% of all sales comes directly back to our school to purchase new books!


We have extended our key amnesty. If you have any school keys, in particular any outstanding pool keys, please return them to the office by the end of week four, Term Three. No questions asked. Thank you in advance for your support in this request.


If you enter the school grounds during the day, please enter via the school office, sign in and speak to Mrs Gouder who will direct you. Please ensure on exiting the grounds, you sign out. This is a Health and Safety requirement. Thank you for your support.


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. We ask that you DO NOT Seesaw message your child's teacher as they are busy prepping for the school day and often don't see their messages till much later in the 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.


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


Book Fair - Friday 12th August, Monday 15th August & Tuesday 16th August (see times above)

Book Character Day - Friday 12th August

School Assembly - Friday 12th August

Year 6's Visiting St Patrick's - Tuesday 23rd August - 9.00am -12.30pm

Teacher Only Day - School Closed - Friday 26th August

Junior House Quiz - Tuesday 16th August

Middle & Senior House Quiz - Wednesday 24th August

Junior Endurance Run Cross Country - Tuesday 30th August

Spooner Shield - Friday 2nd September

First Holy Communion Celebration - Sunday 4th September

Gym Festival - Monday 5th September & Tuesday 6th September

School Assembly - Friday 9th September

Sunday Whānau Mass - Sunday 11th September

Social Justice Week - 12th - 16th September

Inter-school Cross Country - Tuesday 20th September - TBC

School Assembly - Friday 23rd September

Music Festival - Thursday 29th September - 6pm at St Mary's Church

Performance Kapahaka - Every Wednesday at 11.15am

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 26th August (Term 3) for staff to attend special character retreat.



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!


If you are interested in purchasing an office desk please see Mrs Gouder or Mrs Shanks for further information. We have four desks in total for sale. Note: Photo doesn't depict what is for sale.