Rolleston Christian School

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RCS Newsletter  – Love and Excellence


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Message from Staff

Kia ora,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and looking forward to some quality time with your children over the holiday period.

Last week the staff had a ‘Secret Angel’ week.  During the second to last week of term, which is often a difficult week in the life of a school as people, children and adults alike, are getting tired, it was really lovely to have someone else to consciously bless.  It reminded me of the research that is coming out about happiness, which is proving that happiness is found in showing kindness to others.  There is also a lot of comfort in knowing that someone is also looking out for you.  I encourage you to find little ways to bless others this week – it is incredible in the way you can start to look at the world a little differently.

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of reading the reports of the children in the Junior Hub that have reached the middle or end of a 40 week cycle.  I was really struck by the evident love and enthusiasm the teachers had for each child and their learning.  It was also great to see some wonderful improvements and excellent achievement.  We are blessed to have a teaching staff that are passionate about what they do and dedicated to the individual needs of each child.  Please uphold our teachers in prayer over the holidays, that they would find rest and relaxation before they begin to prepare for a busy Term 4!

A very big thank you to the PCG for their organisation of the Lego Day.  It was a really lovely event and it was great to see so many people pitching in to help.  Events like that don’t happen without the passion and enthusiasm of individuals working together, so thank you for blessing our community in this way.

Next term we will be focussing on Love and Peace.  We will be having a focus on cultures and how we can bring peace to our world through celebrating the different cultures of the world.  We hope you will be willing to share aspects of your culture with our school community.

Have a blessed holiday and we look forward to working with you again next term!

Many blessings,



Exploring the Values at Home

Excellence award applications need to be in by the end of this week. 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

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

Hope Youth will also be providing a BBQ before hand.  You can therefore send less lunch than normal.

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.

Food Forest Working Bee 
Please keep an eye on the Facebook Group for the next opportunity for this to happen.  We hope to have this completed by the end of the school holidays, so will need many people to pitch in.

Informative morning teas – Your Questions
 Come along for a cup of tea and a chance to ask those burning questions you’ve had!

ASB Banking in School
Please see the office for more information.
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.

Sport – Year 0-2 Touch Team
We have also registered a team called RCS Touch for Year 0-2 children. We can have 12 players per team. We have 2 referees namely, Herman Pieterse and Blair Stevens for this team.

There may be time to register another team but we need to have 2 referees with that team. Tomorrow night is the final referee course which is compulsory for all referees this season. It starts at 6.00pm till 7.30pm at the Rolleston Rugby Football Clubrooms – if you are interested in being involved with this then please see the contact details below.

The season will run from Tuesday 11th October – 6th December 2016 then will recommence on 4th February – 10th March 2017. There will be no games on Cup Day (8th November). The fees are $200.00 per team.

We need the following information from the players: Name, Surname, Gender, DOB, email and contact person to contact in case of cancellation.

For more information contact me at my email or on my mobile. 02040631002.

Touch Tops
If you still have a touch top from last season could you please return it to the school so we are able to re-distribute to players this season.

Health and Safety Check

Please think about carpark safety.  There are arrows directing traffic through our car park and we ask that you please follow these.

What’s Coming Up

School Holidays
We wish you a lovely holiday period with your families and look forward to seeing you at 9am on Monday 10 October.

Rolleston 150th Celebration
On October 14 – 16 the Rolleston Community is celebrating its 150th anniversary. The PCG have a couple of ways that we can be involved with this celebration.

One of these is a parade on the Sunday.  Events held on a Sunday have been discussed at Board level and it was decided that although the school will not create any events to be held on a Sunday and will not take part in any on-going events held on Sundays, the school, at the Principal’s discretion, can be involved in one-off events.  We felt that being part of the Rolleston Celebrations is an excellent way to be involved in our local community, HELPing and sharing some light.

Please consider being involved in the following ways:

  1. Helping the PCG with a stall at the celebrations – this will be Saturday and Sunday.
  2. Helping the PCG with marshalling at the event – this is most likely on the Saturday but please watch for more info on the Parent Facebook Group.
  3. Bringing your children along to walk in the parade – this is on the Sunday.

Please let the office know ASAP if you are able to be involved at all. Particularly if you are happy for your children to walk in the parade.

Please keep an eye on the Parent Facebook Group as Alan and the PCG will be coming with more information about ways to get involved.


From the PCG

Second Hand Uniform Shop

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


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.


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
Community Bonfire Event
Friday 23rd September, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.  Lincoln Baptist Church, 530 Birchs Road, Lincoln.  Free entry and entertainment. Food and drinks for sale.  Alcohol free event.  Selwyn Wairewa Youth Trust.

Weedons Rolleston Junior Cricket Club
Registrations for 2016-2017
On line:

CrossFit Kids and CrossFit Teens Rolleston

This is a programme that gets kids and teens moving in ways that are useful, challenging and fun. We want kids to grow up healthy and strong while developing a life-long love of sport. We work to get kids running, jumping, pushing, pulling, throwing, climbing and lifting in ways that are effective and safe in a supportive and inclusive environment. Contact Sam to secure your sport for our holiday programme starting September 26th to 7th October, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.  021 123 36239 or


Dental Care over the School Holidays
The Community Dental Service will operate an emergency service over the school holidays. This service is to provide relief of pain only and will not undertake ‘routine’ treatment. The service will be available each working day from 8.30am until 12.30pm from the Hillmorton Hospital site. This is an appointment only service. 0800 846 983

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
Starting 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


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