Reignier Catholic School Newsletter

29th November 2021 - Issue # 17


Tēnā koe,

We are almost at the end of the year. This will be our last official newsletter for the year, with a smaller flyer going out in week nine with the last of the nuts and bolts in preparation for 2022.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the students, staff, whānau and community of Reignier Catholic School. You have welcomed me into your community and I am extremely grateful. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of watching the first group of our students receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time. It was a privilege to be part of this alongside their whānau. Congratulations to them and to the rest of our students who will be receiving theirs over the next two Sundays.

These last couple of terms have not been what I had envisioned, but I know that there is always meaning in the challenges that we face and this makes us stronger, together. Covid has made life hard on so many fronts, but we must remember to be gentle on ourselves. The world is struggling, and we are not in this alone. God is always with us. At times we may find this hard to accept, especially when those challenges we face are overwhelming, but it is true, nevertheless.

Finally, I would like to thank all our Year 6 students and the families who are leaving us at the end of the year. Thank you for everything that you have contributed to the life of our kura. You will be missed but leave us knowing that you will always be part of our Reignier Catholic School whānau. May the next part of your educational journey continue to be filled with success, happiness, and faith.

God bless.

Teresa Shanks


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Absent: Liam O'Neill and Caleb Westaway


Congratulations to Miss Kirsten Baddeley who has recently been appointed as a permanent staff member from 2022.

Last Friday, we farewelled Mrs Margo Harvey, who many of you know has been our sports coordinator for the last four years. It was with a lot of sadness we have had to say goodbye. We wish her all the best as she undertakes her new role as the sports coordinator at Sacred Heart College next year.

It is also with sadness that at the end of this year we will be farewelling Mrs Erin Smith, who has been with Reignier School for 20+ years. Mrs Smith is taking some time to spend with her family. We would like to acknowledge all the work, time and commitment she has given the school over her time with us. I know that she will be missed by everyone. We wish her all the best for her next chapter. Mrs Smith will be formally farewelled over the coming weeks.

Staffing for 2022: This will be confirmed in the week nine flyer as we are working through the final details.


Congratulations to the following students:

7 Year Olds

Boys: 1st Riley Jackson, 2nd Alex Hellyer, 3rd Kaiden Graham-Britten

Girls: 1st Zoe O’Sullivan, 2nd Emmerson Birch, 3rd Aroha Mitchell

8 Year Olds

Boys: 1st Kees Lepelaars, 2nd Alex John, 3rd= Jack Coombe and Tadhg Rossiter

Girls: 1st Isabelle O’Neill, 2nd Quinn MacFarlane, 3rd Ciara Butler

9 Year Olds

Boys: 1st Hunter Reilly, 2nd Liam O’Neill, 3rd Maehe Hill

Girls: 1st Harriet Johnson, 2nd Danielle Doyle, 3rd Taytum Potgieter

10 Year Olds

Boys: 1st Lucas Collings, 2nd Austin Marwick, 3rd Malakai Fletcher-Jenssen

Girls: 1st Emma Nairn, 2nd Mia Vorster, 3rd= Nicole Gregory and Rhiannon Jones

11 Year Olds

Boys: 1st Ben Reilly, 2nd= Harry Nicol and Max Sebileau

Girls: 1st Alexis Bloomfield, 2nd Stella Grams, 3rd Olivia Johnson


This event is taking place this afternoon with limited numbers to adhere to Covid-19 restrictions.

Good luck to the following students who will be representing Reignier Catholic School:

Liam O'Neill, Lucas Collings, Emma Nairn, Rhiannon Jones, Taytum Potgieter, Nicole Gregory, Ben Reilly, Harry Nicol, Max Sebileau, Alexis Bloomfield, Stella Grams, Olivia Johnson and Mia Vorster.


Last week, Anjie Webster from Generation Online worked alongside our Year 6s with a focus on safety, citizenship and wellbeing from an online perspective. Anjie also works for Netsafe New Zealand and is hosting a conversation alongside her colleague Andrew Cowie and Chief Censor, David Shanks from the Classification Office. The focus of the webinar is helping young people to develop strategies that encourage them to think critically and review the media they may consume, and the platforms and spaces they engage with. Registrations for the webinar can be made here. It will also be recorded and shared on the Netsafe YouTube channel.



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.


The last day the school uniform shop will be open for 2021 will be this Wednesday 1st December. Please purchase any items needed now. The shop will reopen on Wednesday 2nd February 2022.

You will find the school uniform policy on the school website and flyers showing what footwear is suitable under the 'Parent Information' tab.

Thank you for your support.


Students will need to bring:

  • Togs
  • Towels
  • Sunscreen
  • A change of clothes
  • Some food snacks - Lunch is being provided on the day

YEAR 5 & 6 CAMP 2022

All current Year 4 and 5 students have received a notice about school camp for 2022. A reminder to any parents interested in being a volunteer to email Mrs Jackson to register their interest. Relevant paperwork will then be sent home. Please ensure paperwork is returned to school by THIS Friday 3rd December.


Senior Poetry - Thursday 2nd December

Optimist Yachting - Monday 6th December

School Wide Fun Day - Wednesday 8th December

Year 6 Graduation Dinner - Thursday 9th December

Reports home - Friday 10th 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


Christmas Monster Raffle: Can all raffle books sold or unsold be returned to the office no later than this Friday. If you are wanting extra raffle books you can get these on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Moeller street gate 2.45pm.

Thank You: A big thank you to our families for the baking bought in for last weeks bake sale. We, and the customers, were blown away by your efforts and creativity. We raised $1100!