Reignier Catholic School Newsletter

14th November 2022 - Issue # 12


Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

This is our last official newsletter for 2022. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the students, staff, whānau and community of Reignier Catholic School.

As you will read below our staffing remains predominantly the same in 2023, with a couple of slight changes. Mrs Alexander, who has been with us in a fixed term role teaching in Room 2, will move into the role of our Reading Recovery Teacher. This is to allow Mrs Sarah Lee the opportunity to undertake further study next year at EIT. We are lucky to still have her throughout next year in a teacher release role.

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow night at our End of Year Mass and Prizegiving. This is a special occasion where we are able to join as Community, to celebrate and acknowledge the Special Character of our kura and our students. The coming together to end our year in this way and to participate in Eucharist reminds us why Reignier Catholic School exists and fulfilling the vision of Fr Reignier, the Marist Brothers and the Sisters who have all gone before us. It is through events like tomorrow evening, where we are able to keep their vision alive.

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.

Meri Kirihimete

Teresa Shanks


Listed below is the confirmed staffing for 2023. There will be some classroom movement for next year due to the refurbishment of the senior block that is due to happen later in the year. We have chosen to begin the year in the new rooms to reduce disruption later in the year. Your child will have received a letter from their 2023 teacher last week. Please contact the office if you didn't receive this.

Senior Management Team

Mrs Teresa Shanks

Mrs Renee Jackson

Mrs Karyn Gouder

Mrs Debra Gibson (DRS)

Piwakawaka Learning Team

Miss Stephanie Ellison - Room 8

Mrs Kara-Leigh Jones & Mrs Lara Hollier - Room 7

Kererū Learning Team

Mrs Deb Gibson - Room 2

Ms Pip Brooker - Room 4

Miss Kirstin Baddeley - Room 3

Kakapō Learning Team

Mrs Renee Jackson & Mrs Helena Chan - Room 5

Mr Gary Nairn - Room 6

Reading Recovery

Mrs Katrina Alexander

Teacher Release Staff

Mrs Sarah Lee

Mrs Sarah Mellon

Support Staff

Mrs Kevina Ward

Mrs Jolene Lawton

Mrs Hayley Johnson

Mr Phil Blunsdon


7 Year Old Boys

1st Jackson Turner

7 Year Old Girls

1st = Holly Temel and Evelyn Perry, 3rd Mika Amataiti

8 Year Old Boys

1st Riley Jackson, 2nd Alex Hellyer, 3rd Archie Jeffares

8 Year Old Girls

1st Olive Schicker, 2nd Emmerson Birch, 3rd Emily Callaghan

9 Year Old Boys

1st Kees Lepelaars, 2nd Alex John, 3rd Axel MacFarlane

9 Year Old Girls

1st Isabelle O'Neill, 2nd Olivia Sebileau, 3rd Ciara Butler

10 Year Old Boys

1st Hunter Reilly, 2nd Adrian McGhie, 3rd Talon Lawton

10 Year Old Girls

1st Daniella Doyle, 2nd Sophie Rowe, 3rd Quinn MacFarlane

11 Year Old Boys

1st Liam O'Neill, 2nd Lucas Collings, 3rd Connor Simcox

11 Year Old Girls

1st Rhiannon Jones, 2nd Nicole Gregory, 3rd= Gabrysia van Asch and Taytum Potgieter


1st Chanel, 2nd Pompallier, 3rd Aubert, 4th Barbier


Congratulations to our top 32 athletes whom competed in the Taradale & Districts Athletics day earlier this week. Special mention to Daniella Doyle (10 year old girls) and Isabelle O'Neill (9 year old girls) for placing 3rd and to Reignier Catholic School for placing 5th overall.


Team Kakapo (Year 5/6) will be attending the Junior Gatsby Picnic as part of the Napier Art Deco festivities next year. This will take place on Thursday 16th February 10am - 12.30pm. We will require some parent volunteers. Please note this is the same day the Year 3 students will be taking part in their Beach Education programme. If you are able to commit already please email Mrs Jackson We will send out another request very early in Term 1.


Students in Year 5/6 will be attending camp at Guthrie Smith Outdoor Education Centre in Week 5. Thank you for the overwhelming response to assist. Parent volunteers have been confirmed. Room 6 (Mr Nairn) will be attending camp Monday 27th February - Wednesday 1st March and Room 5 (Mrs Jackson and Mrs Chan) will be attending camp Wednesday 1st March - Friday 3rd March. As mentioned previously, the fees at Guthrie Smith have increased and as a result the cost of camp will now be $200. Payments are welcome to be made in instalments. Please reference your child’s name and camp when making payments online.

FUTSAL - TERM 1, 2023

We have been notified by Central Football that ALL Futsal in Term 1 will be played on a FRIDAY. The cost per team has increased. If we have the minimum number of players in the team (5) it will be approx $83 per student. This cost will be reduced if we have 7 or 8 players per team. Parents of Year 3 and 4 children in 2023, cricket is also played on a Friday afternoon. Registrations are now open for teams for Term 1. Please email Mrs Jackson - to indicate if you would like your child to play Futsal in Term 1. There are competitions for Year 1 and 2; Year 3 and 4; and Year 5 and 6. Games will be played on Friday afternoons at the PGA.


The Board is excited to announce that pool will begin to be fixed and start the upgrade process over the month of January in time for the start of the 2023 school year. There has been a lot of work happening behind the scenes to ensure the longevity of this resource for our students and the years to come.


The Warehouse Napier is now stocking all uniform items including items previously sold at school - Sweatshirt, Sunhat, PE Shirt and PE Shorts. Due to a change in supplier, the sweatshirt is a slightly different blue to what we currently have, however, there will be a phase out period of two years before the expectation is everyone is wearing the new sweatshirt. With that in mind, we currently have a small amount of stock in limited sizes left at school and we will be reducing the price of these items by 30%. The following items will be sold for: Sunhat - $9.10, PE Shirt - $23.10, PE Shorts - $18.90 and Sweatshirt - $35.00


End of Year Mass/Prizegiving - Thursday 15th December - 6pm

Last Day of 2022 - Friday 16th December - 12.45pm

2023 DATES

Term 1 - Wednesday 1st February - Thursday 6th April

Term 2 - Wednesday 26th April - Friday 30th June

Term 3 - Monday 17th July - Friday 22nd September

Term 4 - Monday 9th October - Friday 15th December

Teacher Only Days: TBC

Please check out the calendar on the website and app for 2023 dates.


A massive shout out to Andrea Yee and Janet Potts for putting together the Magical Christmas Wonderland. It truly was a magical display and certainly brought the community together. Thank you also to RSVP Bridal Couture, Gas Guzzler Garage, the many sponsors and helpers who contributed to the Magical Christmas Wonderland. $1,838 will be gifted to Ronald McDonald Charities.

Raffle Winners

Toy Raffle - Kate Clapworthy

Food Raffle - Archer Orme