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RCS Newsletter  – Love and Excellence

 

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Message from Staff

I hope this email finds you warm on this chilly morning!

It was wonderful this morning to celebrate with the students that applied for, and were awarded, their Hope or Love awards for Term 2.  There were many fantastic applications made, and it was good to celebrate the great things our students have been demonstrating.  Be sure to keep an eye out later in the term to apply for the Excellence award.

Over the past few weeks I have been doing a lot of reading on bullying and culture development, as we are focussing on showing excellence in the way we treat others this term.  It has been good to stop, read and reflect on the way we teach children the importance of the way they treat others.

At our parent meeting next Tuesday we will be discussing a number of aspects that contribute to having a school that is free from bullying. I thought it would be good for you to start pondering these in preparation for our discussions.

A strong, positive culture is the basis from which to prevent bullying from occurring.  That culture needs to be valued based and relational.  Our four school values of Hope, Excellence, Love and Peace are a fantastic foundation from which we can build a great school culture.  We have begun some initiatives around intentionally building our children’s understanding and demonstration of these.  It would be great to hear any other ideas around this.

Building empathy was recognised in almost every article I read as significant in reducing bullying.  Empathy and relationship are two of the reasons why we use a restorative approach when dealing with issues between students.  A number of the articles I read also recommended using this approach as a way to build empathy in children.  The ability to understand a different person’s opinion and imagine walking in their shoes is an important quality if we are wanting children to be kind to everyone, even if they are a little different. I am interested to know what you, as parents, do to actively build empathy in your children and what else we can be doing at school.

All the articles I have read also stress the importance of adults as role models, both at home and school.  There were adds on TV a while ago encouraging parents to stop smoking by showing how their children are watching them and will copy their actions.  It is a great privilege and responsibility we have as adults to demonstrate what it means to have empathy, to work through conflict in positive ways, to demonstrate humility and to show kindness to others. Our children are always watching us and learn from us the right way to treat others.

Research also shows that some children are less likely to be bullied than others.  Children with more self-confidence and resilience, who have stronger friendships, are less likely to be bullied. We therefore need to be pro-actively building these things in our children, to help them both now and in the future.  We have a few ways we are doing this at school and I will be interested to hear other ideas from you as well.

We are all on the same page I believe, knowing that we want a safe and loving environment for our students.  I look forward to working together to keep making our school a place that reflects God’s love more and more each term.

Many blessings,
Liz

Exploring the Values at Home

This week we will start looking at the story of King David as we start to explore the 10 Commandments.  We are looking at the commandment of honouring your mother and father.

In Circle Time we will be looking at our third Life Rule “I deserve to feel safe and loved – always.” I recommend purchasing the family resources so you are able to follow up with these rules effectively at home.

Discuss:
What does it mean to honour someone?
Who are the people in your life that God would want you to honour?
Why do you think God tells us to honour our mother and father?
What could you do this week to honour your mother and father?

Family challenge of the week:
Make cards for each other in your family.  Honouring them for the things they are good at and the reasons you love them.

What’s Happening

School Promotion
Your children will be bringing home two promotional pamphlets. Please pass these on to anyone you think may be interested in attending our school next year. 

School Mum’s bible study
We are about to start a new study book, this one focuses on Parenting.  It’s called “Gospel Centred Family” and includes chapters like: Children as a Gift, Grace for a Parents heart, A Serving Family, The Word and other voices. Below is a link to an independent review. It looks pretty good.
https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/gospel-centred_family
If you would like to join us, we meet Thursday evening 7-9pm, and Friday afternoon until school pick up. Please contact Amy 021 225 4653 or see Sharon, Jacqueline or Cristene at school.

School Lunches Online
Please go to Lunch Online to set up an account and place an order.

School and Whanau Partnership Handbook
A reminder that the School and Whanau Partnership Handbook can be found on the website by clicking here.  This book gives important information about school life and also outlines the procedure for raising concerns.

Informative morning teas – repeat of last week
Come along to enjoy a cup of tea and cookie, and learn about the New Zealand Curriculum and how we deliver this at RCS.

Start Time 
A reminder that school starts at 8.55am.  If you are arriving at school after 9am please ensure you stop in at the office so we know you have arrived.  

Learning Conferences – this week and next
Learning Conferences are happening this week and next. Please go to the website below and enter the code to book a time with your child’s teacher.  The teachers will be able to inform you as to the best person for you to meet with.
Website: www.schoolinterviews.co.nz
Code: pne6g

Health and Safety Check

Our Health and Safety Check with the students is about being in the right place at the right time.

We have reminded the children that they always need to be in the right place and the right time as those are the places that are safe.  Encourage your children with the choices they make to be in the right places.

What’s Coming Up

Whanau Groups This Term
This term the whanau groups will be taking part in a lip sync competition.  If you have any skills in this area (costume design, dancing etc) then please see your child’s whanau group teacher to offer your help.

Foster Park Planting Day
We have been asked to work with the Selwyn District Council to plant a native bush at Foster Park.  Please look at the video by clicking here to find out more.

School Community Meeting – Bullying
As mentioned in the newsletter at the end of last term we are having a school community meeting to explore bullying and our response to it as a community.  It would be great if as many people as possible were available to attend.  The meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 16 August.

Student Run Chess Group
A group of senior students are planning to start a Chess Club in the school. If you have a Chess board and pieces that you are currently not using and would like to donate to the school please contact the group via Mr Marshall.

 

From the PCG

Second Hand Uniform Shop:

The Uniform Shop is available by appointment only, please see the office.

Lego Event – 17 September
The PCG is running a LEGO building event on 17th September.  We have 200 tickets to sell at $5 each.  These tickets are available to anyone in the community so bring your family and friends along for 2 hours of lego fun.  Tickets are available from the office and if you would like to take some to sell around your neighbour this would be appreciated. 

Reminders

SCHOOL UNIFORMS should we worn as prescribed in the Partnership Handbook – please send a note to school if this can not be achieved on a particular day.

  • If your child brings anything home that is not theirs please return it to school.
  • Please check your child’s head for lice regularly, and please make sure that long hair is tied up at school.

Library Bus
The Library Bus will now be coming to school every fortnight.  This will be on all the even weeks of the term. Please make sure your child has their card and library bag with them.

House Buying or Selling through our RCS community

I will contribute $500 to the school when any family or friends of RCS looking at buying or selling their homes use my services, resulting in a list and sell through me.
Contact me anytime to discuss your real estate needs.

Details as below,

Kind Regards
Rachael

 

Community Notices

Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
Join the world’s leading drama school and you’ll be part of the ACTion! Weekly classes.
Phone: 0800 161 131   or helenogrady.co.nz

Affordable Housing:NZ Housing Foundation:
Helping families buy their first home in two different ways:
1.  Affordable Equity (Shared Home Ownership)
2.  Home Saver (with the right to buy later)

Housing Foundation is a charitable trust supported by funding from Government, Councils and charitable organisations. We help people on a low working income onto the pathway to owning their own home.
Eligibility:
1.  Your household income is between $55,000-$95,000
2.  One member of your household is full time employed
3.  You have a permanent NZ residency
4.  You cannot be a current home owner

Our houses are built to a high standard and include floor coverings and curtains, lawns are seeded and sections fenced.
Contact: Bill 021 203 4196,   bill.k@housingfoundation.co.nz or
Margaret: 021 0243 2182margaret.w@housingfoundation.co.nz or visit housing foundation.co.nz

ParaFed Sports – Have a Go day in Selwyn:
Sunday 14th August is ‘Selwyn Have a Go Day’. This is a great chance for anyone who is interested in finding out what we offer, or to get involved. ParaFed Canterbury is looking into the possibility of running more regular activities in the Selwyn District,  depending on numbers and the level of interest. Our membership includes, but is not limited to those with cerebral palsy, amputees, visual impairments, muscular dystrophy and wheelchair users. www.parafedcanterbury.co.nz for more information, or Charlotte O’Keefe – Junior Sports Manager 021 226 9080.

Lincoln High Social Studies Students: Donation Box:
Abbey and Samantha, are Year 12 students and they have a task of producing their own social action, which is collecting any forms of clothing, books, toys for NZ foster children. If you have any unused items and would like to donate them, please put them in the box in the office foyer. Thank you.

Lincoln Primary School Fair: 150th anniversary celebration:
Sunday 18th September – fun family day out featuring rides, stalls, entertainment, white elephant, games, food, baking, raffles, art display, auctions, demonstrations plus much, much more! Entry is free. More information can be found on our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/lincolnprimaryschoolspringfair

 

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