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RCS Newsletter  – Love and Excellence


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Message from Staff

Kia ora te whanau

Sitting in the sun as I write this week’s newsletter makes me feel very grateful that spring is here and excited about what we have to look forward to.

Our RCS staff and cluster had an opportunity last week to view the documentary Most Likely to Succeed, which followed the progress of a group of school children working on some ambitious and extremely challenging projects which they had come up with themselves as a way of showcasing their learning or extension of their learning. There were many exciting and interesting projects being undertaken. The emphasis was on the thinking, the problem solving, their self management, the resilience, and the collaboration as much as it was on the demonstration of any particular learning.

One of the things that stood out for me was that we cannot predict what kind of employment our children will have when they leave school as many jobs that are done now by people will be done in the future by robots or automation, or through other digital means. This means some new skills are needed if we are to to prepare our children to lead satisfying and fulfilling lives. They need the ability to work collaboratively, to persevere, to have a solution-focussed approach to problems and to be resilient. These are a few of the skills and attributes which stood out to me as being important for us to develop in our children.

You will see that these skills are as much about attitude and character as they are about knowledge per se.  I feel blessed to work in a school that has already started this kind of learning for our children through our Christ-like critical thinking and project based learning. The bible is all about people being the best they can be not just to secure great jobs but to honour our Father in heaven by loving one another through excellent character.

We are now coming to the end of our term and our in-depth look at the value of love and excellence. In living Christianly and circle time this week we look at the importance of honesty. “But this is what you must do: Tell the truth to each other….” Zechariah 8:16 

There are many reasons for why we or our children don’t always tell the truth. Children and adults lie for similar reasons: to get out of trouble, for personal gain, to impress or protect someone, or to be polite. At a young age, kids will experiment with the truth and they continue to do so through all the developmental stages, with varying degrees of sophistication and elaboration. Therefore it is important to examine our own beliefs and values about honesty as we adults are the role models for our children. Teaching children about the importance of honesty early and teaching them how to resolve situations so they don’t need to rely on lying will ensure they will be honest – most of the time. Noticing when a child is being honest and providing praise and positive feedback when this happens is as important as correcting a child if they have been found to be dishonest.


Lynda Siave

Junior Hub Team Leader/SENCO

Exploring the Values at Home

It is the time of term to start applying for those Excellence awards. Please see the questions below to prompt your child’s thinking around Excellence and why they deserve an excellence award.

The application should be in the form of a letter to the Leadership Team, and cover the points below.  Photos and other evidence that support the child’s application are really helpful.  This should be a process of reflection for your child – help them to celebrate the progress they have made!

What does Love and Excellence look like? How have you shown this at home, in class and in the playground at school?
What have you learnt this term about how God wants us to treat others? How have you done these things?
What have you worked really hard at this term? What were your results?
What Home Learning have you done? How has this developed excellence?
In circle time we have been learning about having excellent thoughts. What ‘Rules’ have you remembered? How have these helped you to be growing in excellence?

Family challenge of the week:
Apply for your Excellence award based on the questions above.

What’s Happening

Kapa Haka Performance this Thursday 15th September
Dear Parents, thank you for supporting our Kapa Haka performance this Thursday 15th September, at Ellesmere College, Leeston. We have 25 children that will be performing.

The arrangements for the afternoon are that the 25 children remain at school for the afternoon and will practise their performance with Matua Anton at the normal Kapa Haka time. We will be departing straight from school to Ellesmere College (11a Leeston Dunsandel Road, Leeston) at 3.15pm. Can all parents please check in with Mr Marshall before taking their children. If you wish to provide your child with a small snack (it is a long afternoon for them), this will give the children time to have their snack on arrival and any toilet stops needed. The performance starts at 4pm and will finish at 6.30pm. We are performing at 5.45pm, (If your child is finding the length difficult you may leave after our performance).

Thank you to all those parents who offered a ride for other children. Papa Jacks have again kindly offered the use of a van and we are able to transport those children who need lifts in this – so we do not require additional seats in cars. We do appreciate the offers. If any of the children who require a ride in the van need a car seat, can you please ensure that this is left at school on Thursday morning.

We should be back at RCS by about 6.55pm so those children coming in the van will need to be collected from school at this time.

Paid Union Meetings – Thursday 15th September
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 – This Wednesday 14th September
We will be having a full school planting day.  Children will need to come to school in clothes appropriate for gardening and need to bring a drink bottle as we will be over in Foster Park.

Food Forest Working Bee 
Please keep an eye on the Facebook Group for the next opportunity for this to happen.

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. 

Informative morning teas – Understanding National Standards
 Come along for a cup of tea and some information on National Standards.

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

Sporting Opportunities
This summer we will have a Year 5/6 Touch team organised by Emma and Graeme Chappell. The team name is RCS Rocks. If you are interested in playing please let Amos Pilgrim know. Fees need to be paid in a couple of weeks and I need to arrange tops etc. The competition starts on the 11th October. Please also see the netball, golf and athletics notices – I hope you make the most of these sporting opportunities available.  Amos.

Health and Safety Check

This week we talked to the children about safety on the playground.  There are a number of rules regarding using the playground equipment that they need to be following, but we are also trying to teach them to be aware of their surroundings and the people in it.  

If you could encourage your children to think about what is going on around them so they begin to build an understanding of how to play in a way that doesn’t hurt others and also how to stay out of the way of other people who are on a piece of play equipment.

What’s Coming Up

End of Term Assembly – Next Monday Morning
Our final assembly for the term will be next Monday morning.  This will be where we hand out the overall Values Awards for the term.

Lip Sync Competition
Our first ever Lip Sync Competition will be held next Thursday afternoon at 1.45pm.  If you would like to come along then please feel free.  


From the PCG

Meeting tonight – 12th September

The next PCG meeting is coming up.  Please contact Alan Whitmore or Michelle Kidson for an agenda.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

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

Lego Event – This Saturday – 17 September
Bake Sale: we require baking for our bake sale. If you are able to bring along fresh baking that we can sell on Saturday at this event, please bring to school on Friday.
Tickets: if you haven’t returned tickets or money, please do so. We also have about 40 tickets unsold. If you are able to sell a couple of extras that would be appreciated.
Parent help on the day: see Nina.

Mystery Bottle
We will be having a Mufti Day on Friday 23rd September for our usual ‘bring a bottle’ for the Mystery Bottle cause. This needs to:

  • have an expiry date 2017 or later
  • not be glass
  • not be alcohol

Some examples are: shampoo, tomato sauce, fizzy drink, pancake shake and make, moisturiser etc.


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
Run Jump Throw Give it a Go!

Thanks to Selwyn Athletics Club, your child can have the opportunity to give Run Jump Throw a Go.  This is an Athletics programme that teaches fundamental movement skills and develops physical literacy. Using track and field inspired games, activities and skill challenges.
Lincoln High School Fields:  Wednesdays 4pm to 4.45pm:  Term 4:  Cost $25pp.
Register at: by 29th September 2016.  20 spaces available so be in quick! See here for flyer.

Sporting Opportunities – Clearview Primary After school Snag Golf
Staring New At Golf: Learn Golf in a fun 4 weeks!  Year 1-3:  20 October, 3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov.  Year 4-8:  24 Nov, 1 Dec, 8 Dec, 15 Dec. $20 per child, limited to 15 children. Held at Clearview Primary.  Email: or phone 359 4000. See here for flyer.

Summer Netball skills sessions – Year 1-4
Register now.  Mainland Netballs Junior Development Officer will be coming to Clearview Primary to work with up to 25 children, delivering fun and stage appropriate netball games. The sessions will run for 4 weeks and it is completely free.  Tuesday 11th October – Tuesday 1st November.  3.30pm at Clearview Primary.  Register: with your child’s name and age. Parents must be present at all sessions. See here for flyer.

Selwyn Parenting Network Inc, Family Fun Day
Thursday 29th September, Lincoln Events Centre 11.00am to 2.00pm. Entry by Gold Coin Donation. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy. Josh Grimaldi the Magician presents a show at 12.30pm, House of Bricks Lego, Face Painting, Pony Rides, Special Fairy, Farmyard Friends, Sports Activities, Bouncy Castle, Mega Slide, Balloon Twisting, Music and much more

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
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

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.

Salvation Army Family Store
We are looking for reliable, trustworthy volunteers to help and greet customers, work on the front counter, clean, sort and price donated goods. Ideally a minimum of 3 hours would be ideal, however we are flexible to work with all schedules. Hours available: 8.30am – 4pm weekdays, 10.00am – 2.30 Saturdays. For more information contact the Family Store on: 347 0117 or call and talk more with the Manager, 807 Jones Road.

Clearview (Primary School) Fete
Sunday 16th October, 10.00am – 3pm. 20 Broadlands Drive. Entry: $5 per person, under 12’s free (accompanied by an adult)


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