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RCS Newsletter  – Love and Excellence


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Message from Staff

It’s August!
After only one week I am already enjoying our focus on “Love and Excellence” this term. It builds on what we have already learnt about showing love through our actions, to looking at ourselves and developing our Christ-like character. This allows us to love others “excellently”.

In Living Christianly we are learning the Moses story, and this week we reach the Ten Commandments, six of which become the focus for the remainder of the term.  The younger children were fascinated that God’s plan for rescuing the Israelites from Egypt began with a baby. “A  baby? Babies can’t do anything!” They then saw that this baby had a call on his life that began to unfold as he grew. His privileged upbringing in Pharaoh’s court did not last, and he was thrust into a world and a people group he did not know. He then experienced the call and the supernatural power of a God he barely knew. Then his character and resilience was tested as he faced Pharaoh again and again.

Moses had a hard time as the leader of the Israelites, once rescued it wasn’t long before they started complaining, forgetting who they were and whom they should worship. I am sure Moses’ love for them was stretched at times and his patience and servant heart tested to the limit. I think he excelled in Christ-like character by showing perseverance, humbleness, and great faith in God. He saw God’s love, and became a leader that loved a stubborn people the best he could, and loved them right to the end –  I think that counts as excellence!  The commandments were given to help the Israelites do the same – to live and love in a way pleasing to God, a way that is excellent.

Ephesians 5:1 sums it up, and The Message puts it like this
 “Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.”


Mandy Cleave.

Exploring the Values at Home

This week we continue looking at the story of Moses taking the people out of Egypt, as we move from the story of Joseph and into our exploration of the Ten Commandments.  We will be discussing the similarities between God taking the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and how Jesus can free us from unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.

In Circle Time we will be looking at our second Life Rule “I can get used to the place I am in and still grow.” In school devotions we looked at the story of Esther, and how she had to know that she ‘could get used to the place she was in and still grow’ there.

What was difficult for Esther and how did she choose to respond?
What are some of the things that are difficult for you and how do you choose to respond?
What are all the blessings in your life that you are thankful for?
As adults, share a time that you have found where you were hard and how you were able to grow there?

Family challenge of the week:
Make a ‘Home Sweet Home’ decorated plate each.  Discuss with your children that we can get used to and appreciate the good things in whatever place we are in – and still grow.  Paste the saying around the bottom of the plate.

What’s Happening

School Lunches Online
School lunches online are coming to RCS.  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 
Come along to enjoy a cup of tea and cookie, and learn about the New Zealand Curriculum and how we deliver this at RCS.

Assemblies this term – CHANGE OF TIME
We have made the decision to change our assembly time.  There will now just be the one Devotional Assembly on a Monday morning at 9am. School certificates will be given out at this time too now.  There will be a full school Learning Celebration at the end of the term for each hub to share their learning. We invite all parents to join us each week to share in this special time.

Eating Times @ RCS
This term the children will have three opportunities to eat during the day. It would be helpful if you could pack your child’s lunch box so they are aware of the types of food they should eat at each point in the day. The first snack should be either fruit, vegetables or nuts. This snack is eaten during ‘Feed’n’Read’.  The second snack should be something reasonably substantial like a healthy sandwich or more fruit or vegetables.  This snack is eaten straight after the children have their second break.  The last point in the day to eat is the lunch break. If your child takes a long time to eat please try to pack food that they are able to eat reasonably quickly, as it is important that the children get enough time to run around and enjoy playing.

We ask that you consider carefully the types of food you send your children to school with, as some types of food are more conducive to good learning than others.

Explore Time – reduced time
Explore time will now finish at 9am.  The music will begin to play at 9am, and as you help your child to pack up please guide them towards their maths spaces as they will now begin the formal part of their day in their maths groups.  

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.  

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.

Health and Safety Check

Our Health and Safety Check with the students is about the safe use of the car park.  Please make sure you are modelling safe carpark behaviour.

We have reminded the children that we need to wait until they have an adult with them before they leave the school grounds. We have also reminded them that they need to use the pedestrian crossings to move around the carpark.

Please encourage your child to make sensible choices when using the school carpark!

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.

Learning Conferences
Learning Conferences are coming up in Weeks 3 and 4. 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.
Code: pne6g

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.

Meeting – Tonight, 7pm


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.

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

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.
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, or
Margaret: 021 0243 or visit housing

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. 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:


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