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RCS Newsletter  – Love and Excellence


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Message from Staff

Kia ora,

It is hard to believe that it is almost half way through the term! Time seems to be flying by, with September (and spring) just around the corner.

The Life Rule this week is about how our choices matter, and they have consequences.  The insights that were shared during the Bible lesson this morning helped children to see that even when they are in situations they feel someone else has put them in, that they still have choices within that and those choices will have consequences.

One reason that I appreciate the value of Excellence, particularly when we think of it as continual growth and improvement, is that excellence involves a choice.  If someone is going to improve in something, they need to make a choice to do what it takes to get there.  Excellence, including excellence in character, doesn’t generally happen by accident. It is important though that we realise that we are all on our own journey, and we encourage ourselves, and the children, to make the choices that will take us/them to the next level in our/their own journey.

I had a moment with this while running in the weekend.  I have recently decided that I need to get back to making my fitness levels a higher priority, so have signed up for a 10km run at the end of October.  In the weekend I went running with a group of friends who are all significantly faster than I am.  As I watched them run off into the distance I was left with my own journey and choices.  I had to choose whether to push myself to capacity or take it easy. I had to choose whether to have a positive attitude or get discouraged. I had to choose to make it to the end of the track or give up part way through, and ultimately I will have to choose to go out again next week and get even better.

As long as we live we have choices, and the children in our lives are looking at how we make those choices – they are learning from us. Are they learning that we can keep a positive attitude when things are difficult? Are they learning that if we work hard we can make positive changes? Are they learning that we can make good choices out of the mistakes we make?

I encourage you to discuss choices with your child/ren this week.  Encourage them to think about the consequences of the choices they make.  Encourage them to make some choices towards growth and improvement.

Many blessings,


Exploring the Values at Home

This week we will be continuing to look at the 10 Commandments, this week looking at how God tells us to be faithful and loyal to those we love.  We will be looking at the friendship between David and Jonathan and how they demonstrated loyalty and faithfulness in their friendship. Remember too to check out our Public Facebook Page to see the memory verse for the week.

In Circle Time we will be looking at our fifth Life Rule “My choices all matter. They have consequences.” At devotions this morning we looked at the choices Daniel and his friends made in Babylon and the consequences for those choices.

What choices have you had to make throughout the week?
What were the consequences of those choices? Where they positive or negative consequences?
How have the choices you have made affected others?
How can you be a loyal and faithful friend through the choices you make? 

Family challenge of the week:
Invite another family around to enjoy each other’s friendship.

What’s Happening

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 – Facilitating your child’s learning at home
Come along to understand ways that you can enhance your child’s education through the way you facilitate their learning at home.

ASB Banking in School
The ASB Children’s Banking Programme is set up to encourage good savings behaviours in schools. Each week students can bank money into their own bank account. If you are interested in having this at RCS, please see the office for more information.

Health and Safety Check

Our Health and Safety Check with the students is about using the bathrooms in an appropriate way.

We are emphasising this for the following reasons:

  • Not slipping on things that have been dropped on the floor.
  • Health reasons for washing hands.
  • Health reasons for using the toilet in a good way.


What’s Coming Up

Food Forest Working Bee – 3 September
The children have been working hard and dreaming big and now it is time for a woking bee to see their dreams take shape.  We are wanting those parents that have offered to use diggers and provide diggers to sign up to help on 3rd September for a great day of community effort!  We also need people who are willing to bring a wheel barrow and a shovel to come along too. Please let the office know if you are available – remember that many hands make light work!

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.

RCS Pet Day – Wednesday 7th September
Pet Day is a day when you can bring your pet to school and have fun and win cool prizes. You will be judged on the best handler, cutest pet and other different awards.You will enter a category such as, dogs, cats, fish, horses, birds, bunnies, guinea pigs and if you don’t have an animal you can bring a stuffed toy.
Pet Day will start after lunch, so get your parents to bring them just before lunch so you can go home with your pets.
Please bring a gold coin donation for the SPCA.

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.  Something will be coming home in the next couple of days to encourage you to sell 3 tickets per family.  Please make the effort to sell these tickets as the success for the PCG is dependent on your support.


A reminder that there is closed Facebook Group for school families and staff.  Please search Rolleston Christian School – Parent & Staff and request acceptance to the group.


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


Community Notices

Fundamental Movement
Learn how YOU can help your child be active and healthy throughout life!
Clearview Primary would like to offer parents and caregivers the opportunity to come and learn about Fundamental Movement and Physical Literacy. Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in ensuring that their child is provided with ample opportunities to develop physical literacy. This workshop provides participants with guidance, hands on experience, and information about the tools and resources that are available to help them create a positive learning environment for their children through physical activity.
When:  Wednesday 31st August  6pm
Where: Clearview Primary School, Rolleston
Bring:  Active clothes for practical sessions, pen and paper
Facilitator: Amy McClintock (Sports Co-ordinator)
Registrations form click here: Please return forms to Amos Pilgrim, or ask him for one.

Montessori Home Based Childcare
Practical life skills, sensorial development, mathematics, language, science, botany. Qualified ECE Teacher, WINZ subsidies, 20 hours ECE for 3-6, low fees.
Bex :381 4314 or 021 024 83978

Ball Gown and Bridal Showcase – Rolleston Netball Golden Oldies
August 27th, 7.30pm at Rolleston School Hall.
Contact us if you know any bride or young person who would love to show their ball or bridal gown to the local community.
Entry is $10 per gown.
Tickets are: $20 per adult, $10 per student.  Supper provided.
Contact Jacqui on : 021 154 3141

Women’s Christian Convention
At times the Christian life can seem like a marathon, at any time we can begin to lose sight of the end goal and the reason for our faith. There are so many things that distract or seem to get in the way of joining with our church family on Sunday, getting to Bible study group or even taking time to read the bible and pray.
You are invited to join us on 16th & 17th September for WCC216, when we will be reading from the bible to discover how and why we must keep persevering. Lesley Ramsay from Sydney will be speaking and leading us through a few chapters of the book of Hebrews.


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