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RCS Newsletter  – Love and Excellence


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Message from Staff

Our theme in Living Christianly this week is not to harm others – to be kind. There are times in life that we think that life is unfair, we’re being dealt a raw hand. On many occasions the hurt can come as a result of actions of others towards you. It is very easy to respond in a negative way and making the situation even worse. A lot of the time the hurt has come from a communication breakdown. Someone has done or said something that was meant one way and you’ve taken it another way. Or maybe someone has done something that is out of character for their normal behaviour, but it has upset you. They didn’t intend to hurt you, but they have done something that you didn’t like. We see this happen all the time at school.

God tells us all through the bible about not responding to hurts in a negative way. In Romans 12 he tells us:

17 If someone does you wrong, don’t try to pay them back by hurting them. Try to do what everyone thinks is right. 18 Do the best you can to live in peace with everyone. (17-19)

1 Peter 3 says:

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

A positive response to something hurtful is to try and consider what was going on for the other person that hurt or offended you. I saw a very interesting clip on the net the other day that I shared with the class. A man had taken his young son into the hospital with critical injuries. It seemed to be taking forever for the surgeon to arrive to operate on his son. When the surgeon finally arrived it seemed to the father that he was taking forever to prepare himself for the surgery. Finally, the father couldn’t take it anymore and he berated the surgeon for taking so long to get there and not rushing in to perform the surgery, telling him if it was his son he wouldn’t be mucking around like that. The surgeon smiled and tried to reassure the father that the preparations were necessary and that his son would be OK. When the operation was over the surgeon came out and told the father the operation had been a success and that he had to leave but one of the nurses would be able to explain things to him more fully. This angered the father even more and when the nurse arrived he bitterly complained about the arrogance of the surgeon. The nurse listened and then quietly informed the father that the surgeon was late, as he’d been called away from his own son’s funeral to come in and perform the surgery and he had to leave quickly to be with his family and the gathering afterwards. If only the father had known…

James 1 tells us we must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. Taking the extra bit of time to think about something that has happened rather than reacting to it at the time, is generally a wise course of action. At school we always try to hear both sides of a story from the children involved, before taking a course of action and we like both parties involved to also hear the other person’s perspective. You can see the children suddenly react like the father of the injured boy, when they realise they’ve got the situation wrong or have reacted inappropriately. They have the opportunity then to put things right. If we can teach them to take that extra bit of time, and maybe repay a hurt with an act of kindness, I’m sure they will learn a lesson that will greatly benefit them in life.


Exploring the Values at Home

This week we will be continuing to look at the 10 Commandments, looking at how God commands us not to hurt others but to be kind.  We will be looking at the relationship between Saul and David, and the choices David made to not cause Saul any harm. 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 sixth Life Rule “God does care about me even when it seems like he doesn’t.” At devotions this morning we looked at the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, and what that showed us about the amount God cares for us and also how his timing is not always our timing.

The ideas shared by Mr Marshall in his message above.
Are there people in your life that have hurt you? How did you respond? Did it help or make the situation worse?
Who could we be choosing to be kind to at the moment?
As parents – share some stories from your life when you realised that God cared about you.
Discuss the verse – “Leave all your worries with Him, because he cares for you.”

Family challenge of the week:
Create a space in your house where you can show that you are giving your worries to God.

What’s Happening

Food Forest Working Bee – THIS SATURDAY
We have our working bee this Saturday, starting at 8.30am.  We need an indication of who to expect on the day for planning purposes, so if you could please get in touch with the office and let us know that would be fantastic! 

Literacy Listeners
Junior Hub are needing a number of adults who are available during school mornings, to listen one on one to children reading. They could be grandparents, parents, neighbours, friends from church. Please ask around. Once a character reference has been provided to the school office and a Police Check form filled out, these people will be given some training by a teacher and included into a regular roster – that could be a day a week or fortnight or several days, depending on the listener’s availability. Please see Amy Steven (021 225 4653) for more info or Heather at the school office. 

School Donations 
Thank you to those people that have paid the school donation.  Your contribution makes a difference, allowing us greater freedom in the budget to provide things that enhance the education of your child and other children in the school.

Informative morning teas – Our Values and how these look in the school
Come along to understand how our values statement is woven through our school.

ASB Banking in School
ASB is delighted to announce that we are bringing weekly school banking to Rolleston Christian School.  At ASB, we recognise a growing need to educate NZ children on the importance of financial literacy and to encourage good savings habits from a young age.
Information will be coming home about the ASB School Banking Programme. Should you wish to register your child(re) please complete the application form and return to the school office.
Once an ASB account is established your child will receive an exciting ASB banking pack.
Any questions please phone: Kylie Rochford – School Account Manager :  03 364 9174

Toys at School
Please do not bring toys to school as they are being lost and broken, and can be distracting during learning time.
For “news†or “sharing time† please take a photo to share with the class instead of the actual toy. Teachers are able to print the photo out if you email it to them.
Thank you in advance for your co-operation.
Junior Hub Teachers

Health and Safety Check

Our Health and Safety Check with the students is about the types of food we eat, when and where.

We are emphasising this for the following reasons:

  • Eating healthy food helps the learning process.
  • Sitting down to eat helps to prevent choking.
  • Eating a good amount of food gives us the energy we need to live and learn happily.

Speed limit – driving safely
We have been approached by the Rolleston Police in regards to cars speeding down Springston Rolleston Road and into our school car park.  Please make sure you drive at a safe speed, 40km is recommended when driving along this road (by the school) and into the school car park. Thank you.

What’s Coming Up

Paid Union Meetings
Please make sure you have read the email from last week regarding the paid union meetings. We appreciate your support with this matter.  Any children that are performing at the Kapa Haka Festival that afternoon are asked to remain at school in preparation for this.

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.

Cluster Professional Development Meetings
Next week the Rolleston Cluster are having a series of professional development meetings in the afternoons.  The teachers may need to leave the school fairly promptly after school to get to the location on time. Please be aware of this.

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.  Last week you would have received tickets in your child’s bag.  Please either return the tickets or money to the office by the end of the week if possible.


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.

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

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

F.A.B. Club School Holiday Programme
Monday 26th August to Thursday 29th August. 9.30am to 12.00pm, at the Rolleston Community Centre. Children aged 5 to 13. Free Programme.  No registrations required. Courtney Forrest: 022 126 4182 or

Kids Camp, Sept 28 – Oct 2nd, at Woodend Christian Camp (Intermediate age)
CDN Trust Kids Camp is a 5 day Holiday Camp for Intermediate Students. See here for flyer or contact the office for more information.

School Holiday Workshop – Nail Care and Nail Art
28th September, 10am-2.30pm at the Lincoln Event Centre.
A highly creative, fun and interactive school holiday workshop designed for young ladies ages 11-15 years old, focusing on natural nail care and nail art.  Sean Alexandra 03 329 0077  or

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.

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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