Message from Staff
Kia ora RCS community,
As we arrive at the end of the term the teaching staff stop and assess ‘where to next’ for student learning. Next term we are exploring Love and Excellence, with the over arching statement “God calls us to excel in Christ-like character through the way we love each other.”
As a staff we felt this was an excellent opportunity to explore ‘bullying’ with the students. as bullying does not have a place in the school culture we want to develop. Bullying is a sensitive topic for many people, particularly if you were bullied as a child yourself. We have planned to explore bullying at three different levels, all of which the participation of families is essential.
Firstly, in Living Christianly we will be exploring the six of the ten commandments that relate to God’s expectations for how we treat others. We will be exploring these in relation to the life of King David in the Bible. This gives us the biblical foundation from which we understand God’s principles for positive relationships – honour your mother and father (and teachers!), be honest, don’t steal instead be generous, be a faithful friend, don’t be jealous of others and don’t harm others. We will inform you of which commandment we are covering each week so you can discuss these at home too.
Secondly, we will be exploring bullying through a health unit developed by the NZ Police called ‘Kia Kaha’. I encourage you to go onto the NZ Police website and explore the programme. You can go to the website by clicking here. This unit helps children to understand what bullying is, why bullying needs to be stopped, and what to do if bullying is happening. It also gives students the tools to set boundaries for positive relationships.
Thirdly, through our Circle Time Programme we will be working through the My Life Rulz programme. This programme is designed to build emotional resilience in children, and give them the positive thinking patterns that help them to navigate life’s events. We strongly suggest that you purchase the family resource from the My Life Rulz Website and work through this as a family throughout the term with us – we will be doing one rule per week. If you wish to purchase one of these but are not in the financial position to do so please contact me directly so I can assist with this.
Lastly, we will be holding a parent evening early next term to discuss, as a community, the ways in which we all partner together to create a bully free, positive school environment. This will be an excellent opportunity to discuss how the partnership between home and school can work effectively to achieve this as well. Keep an eye out for the date.
I am personally always thankful for the opportunity in the school holidays to stop and reflect, and then gather new momentum for the new term. Please pray for our staff as they take time to re-energise over the holidays.
I pray that you will all have the opportunity to make some lovely memories with your children over the school break, and I look forward to seeing you all next term.