Reignier Catholic School Newsletter

5th May 2022 - Issue # 2


We warmly welcome the following students and their families to Reignier:

From Term 1: Finn Christison (Room 5), Charlie Gardiner (Room 5), Mia Niemann (Room 5), Ryan Jithin (Room 2), Rinta Jithin (Room 5), Conrad Gibbs (Room 4) and Maddie Gibbs (Room 7).

Term 2: Justin Lim (Room 8), Bella Swing (Room 8), Alice Perry (Room 5), Adrian McGhie (Room 10), Ian McGhie (Room 8) and Jorge Wyatt (Room 5).


Welcome back to Term 2 and what a great start to the term it has been. It has been a pleasure to hear the stories of what our students got up to over the break. I myself had the pleasure of spending time with whānau and enjoying the sunshine.

The holiday break is always a great time to reflect on the term that has been and what we have achieved. I would like to thank everyone for all your contributions in helping keep our community safe and doing the right things to keep Covid from consuming us as a school. I cannot thank the staff enough. They are an amazing group of people who give their all to the school and your child/ren. Their dedication and commitment to the students is beyond words. We are truly blessed to have them and please do take the time to let them know how wonderful they are.

As we enter Term 2, we are in the liturgical season of Easter. This is the time to reflect on the Resurrection of Jesus and the promise that he gave to those who follow him. This reminds us that nothing can separate us from God’ love. Even in times of trouble the love that God has for us is always present even though we may not feel it, understand it, or want it. When you look at what is happening overseas and even here in New Zealand, this is a time when we need to help our young people understand the actions of others, does not mean God is not with us and that Te Wairua Tapu is always within us, and this is why it is important that we continue to do his work and carry out is Misson.

Each day we encourage our young people to live by Gospel values especially Respect (Love), Community and Service. We ask them to uphold the Catholic Social teaching principles and to be a voice for social justice. We ask them to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, St. Peter Chanel, Bishop Pompallier, Suzanne Aubert, Euphrasie Barbier and the Mission Sisters through our Charism. We are blessed to be part of a Catholic Special Character school and providing lifelong lessons that help shape our young people as people of the future. Here is to new life unfolding around us as a result of the Resurrection of Jesus and bringing us joy and love into our hearts and community.

God Bless.

Mrs Shanks


At the end of last term we farewelled Mrs Chantel Niemann and Mrs Andrea Dawson.

Mrs Nienmann has been a member of our staff since 2018, as our Caretaker. We would like to acknowledge all the work that she has done in keeping our grounds looking lovely. You will still see her around school but wearing her parent hat. We wish her all the best with her new role at Mr. Apple.

Mrs Dawson has been a member of our community as a parent and as a member of staff as a Teacher Aide. Her contribution to the school has been incredible and we thank you. She will be missed by many as Mrs Dawson has worked one on one with many students over her time in the kura. We wish her all the best for her next endeavours.


We welcome Mr Phillip Blunsdon to the team. Mr Blunsdon has taken up the position of Property Maintenance Manager. He comes with a lot of experience in this role and we are excited to have him as part of our team. If you see him around, please welcome him.

We also welcome back Mrs Hayley Johnson to the team. Mrs Johnson has taken up the position of Teacher Aide. Nau mai hōki mai, Mrs Johnson.


Bookings online are OPEN! Once again we are using a web based booking system for our Parent/Teacher Interviews.

  • Interviews will be held during Week 2 of Term 2 on Wednesday 11th May from 1.00pm to 7.00pm.
  • Interviews are 10 minutes in duration.
  • The whole school will CLOSED for instruction from 12.30pm on Wednesday 11th May.
  • These interviews are for all Year 0-6 students.
  • Please click here to be taken to the Interview Booking Website.
  • You will need the school code to enter the website. The school code is zt8ws.



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As we are back in orange settings, you are once again welcome to attend whole school prayers in the hall from next Monday 9th May. We ask that if you are attending, you wear a mask (this is a requirement) and we ask that you are seated (socially distanced) in the back of the Hall by 8.55am. Whole school prayer is every Monday morning unless otherwise notified. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.


Scholastic Book Club Flyer, Issue 3, was sent home with your child(ren) on Tuesday. If you are wanting to order a book(s) we ask that you do this online by visiting or downloading the LOOP app. We will NO longer be accepting orders and cash payments at school. Scholastic book orders will close next Friday 13th May. Thank you for your support.


Lost property will be on display each day by the ramp of Room 5. Please take the time to look through this. Anything not claimed by the end of week 2 will be donated to our second hand uniform shop and to charity. Thank you.


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


Parent/Teacher Interviews - Wednesday 11th May

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