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RCS Newsletter  – Love and Peace – Week 8

 

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Message from Staff

This week we are looking at how ‘we see things differently; in our Circle Time sessions.  This made me think about an experience a friend of mine has recently had. She found that within 2 weeks her eyesight deteriorated to the point she could only see blurry images. She had only had an eye check 3 months before and her eyesight was fine. On seeing an Ophthalmologist, she was told the retina had detached in her left eye and she had a major bleed in her right eye. She was faced with the possibility of going blind. This certainly changed her perspective on life and was a real test of her faith and she certainly had questions of God as to what was going on.

I’m sure we’ve all asked the question ‘what now God’.  We sometimes think we are ‘blind to what God wants for us’. Life can get so busy or complicated that we don’t know which way to turn! Corinthians tells us – “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” 1 Cor 13:12
It goes on to say –  “Three things will last forever, faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love.” (v 13).

God has a plan for us all (Jeremiah 29:11), we must trust in God for our futures and direction with hope, and in the meantime, do everything in love. We don’t have all the answers, but God does, and it’s in the times of uncertainty that our faith is tested and grows. My friends outlook on life was certainly tested with her diagnosis. Fortunately, a few weeks down the track and lots of prayer, she had regained her sight in her right eye and despite having a ‘detached’ retina she can still make out shapes with her left eye. It was great to see that throughout her experience she was able to display her faith in God and was still totally reliant on him. I hope others around her have also ‘seen’  this and have had their faith increased as a result of this.

I hope we can ‘see’ what God’s view/plan is for our life, trust in Him and have faith and hope that He has it under control.

God bless you all this week.

Dennis

Exploring the Values at Home

This term we are exploring Love and Peace.  We are looking at the skills and attitudes needed to restore relationships when they are broken through intentional and unintentional hurts. This week we are looking at how different people will see the same situation with a different perspective. 

Discuss:

  • Why is it important to see the other person’s perspective?
  • How can you find out how the other person sees a situation?
  • What does the saying “Walk in someone else’s shoes” mean to your family?
  • How can we share our own perspective with someone else?

Family challenge of the week:
Create a role play of what you can do if you think you might be seeing a situation differently.

What’s Happening 

Junior Hub – Christmas Grotto and Margaret Mahy Playground visit
On the 6th of Dec the junior hub are having a trip out to the SWBC grotto and the Margaret Mahy playground in Chch (out from 10:15am-2pm). A permission form and $10 for the trip is required to cover transport and costs. Please give the money in to the office.

Middle and Senior Hub Camp
It is just over a week until camp. Can you please ensure all forms are in ASAP, as we need to inform the instructors of diet/medical conditions. Also a reminder, payment is due this Friday 2nd December, to the office please. If anyone has lost their Clothing List please get another one from Mr Marshall.
Getting closer! 

Scholastics Book Fair – THIS WEEK
The Scholastics Book Fair will be this week.  This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase Christmas presents etc.  You will be able to purchase items between 8.30am and 9.30am and then again between 2.30pm and 4.00pm.

Whanau Group Sports Afternoon – CHANGED TO THURSDAY MORNING
Due to the contractor being able to come on Wednesday to do the court markings the sports day will be changed to Thursday morning.  COME DRESSED IN WHANAU GROUP COLOURS ready for a fun morning of sporting activities.

Uniform – Donating second hand uniform 
The BOT and PCG would like to find ways to support families that need assistance with school related costs.  If you have any uniform items that you would like to donate to the school the PCG will sell these and all the money will go back towards supporting these families.

End of Year Clean up 
The end of year is coming up quickly and there are lots of jobs needing to be done.  If you have some spare time and would like to help with some organising and tidying then please see one of the staff.

Health and Safety Check

Our safety notice this week with the children is about using the playground equipment correctly.  We are wanting the children to manage their own risks on the playground but in order to do this the children need to know what their limits are and what different equipment is safe to do. Please discuss things like this as you go to playgrounds yourself. 

Hayfever season

This Hayfever season is particularly bad due to lots of rain. If your child suffers from Hayfever, please make sure they have their medication in the mornings, and if they need to, please bring their medication to the office so they can take this when required.  Thank you.

What’s Coming Up

Dates to put in the calendar:

  • Middle and Senior Hub Camp – 6-8 December
  • Reports out – Week of 12 December
  • End of Year Fun Day – Wednesday 14th December
  • End of Year Prizegiving – Thursday 15th December, 6.30pm to 8.30pm – PCG providing dinner – 6pm
  • End of Term and Mufti Day – 16 December, 2pm finish

Beginning and end of 2017
Term 1, 2017 will start on 31 January.  Term 4, 2017 will end on Tuesday 19 December. There will be two Teacher Only Days throughout the year – the Friday before Queens Birthday Weekend and the Monday after Show Weekend.

School dates – 2017
Term 1: Tuesday 31 January –  Thursday 13 April (Good Friday 14th April, Easter Monday 17th April)
Term 2: Monday 1 May – Friday 7 June
Term 3: Monday 24 July – Friday 29 September
Term 4: Monday 16 October – Tuesday 19 December

From the PCG

Court Markings – they’re coming on Wednesday!

This year we have been fundraising for court markings at the school. The PCG has been working hard, with your assistance, all year and have raised enough money for the court markings.  These will be done on Wednesday.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

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

Baby Baskets

We are wanting to bless people in the school community with a Baby Basket.  The PCG has purchased some items for this but we would also like to have additional items to put in.  If you have items that you have surplus from your own baby, such as wraps or nappies, and would like to donate these please see Kara Hunt or Nina Green.

Reminders

Library Bus
The Library Bus will now be coming to school every fortnight.  This Term it will be on all the ODD weeks of the term. Please make sure your child has their card and library bag with them. You can return these books to the Rolleston Library if you are not able to bring them in time for the Mobile Library Bus.

School Lunches Online

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

Community Notices

Summer Holiday Online Music composition   

This year we are running our first ever Online Holiday Programme. Students of all levels will be working to create their own composition using free music making software and can participate in the four-week programme in their own time. Please see here for more information.

Lets Break Out Fun-Run-Walk   

To celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, the Cube Youth have created a poster campaign called ‘jailbreak’, the campaign will be running from 28th Nov to 3rd Dec, finishing with a Let’s Breakout Fun-Run-Walk. This is an easy accessible walk that starts at Rehua Marae, Springfield Road, St Albans at 10pm and finishes at the Foundation of the Blind, Bristol Street, Merivale. There will be a sausage sizzle, video competition screening, face painting and more. See here for more information. Karen Shepard  0800 825 243.

Physical Activity Activators (Job Vacancy) for the Selwyn District    

Four Activator positions need to be filled, each will have responsibility for a ‘cluster’ of schools in the Selwyn District, but will work collaboratively with each other. Successful applicants will be able to successfully coordinate school-based play and sports opportunities within schools and across communities to ensure aligned, appropriate and organised opportunities that meet the needs of children. Please see here for more information and here for Job description.

MoVember   

Hi RCS Family, have you noticed that I look a bit different lately? I’m growing my moustache for 30 days and it’s not just a bold statement. I’m doing it to raise funds for the Movember Foundation, and I need your support. http://mobro.co/13515911.
I’m supporting the Movember Foundation because they’re tackling some of the most significant health issues faced by men. Your donations will help them stop dying too young.
There are two ways you can contribute to my Mo growing effort:
Donation online at  
http://mobro.co/13515911  or write a cheque to “Movember” referencing my registration ID (13515911) and mail it to: Movember, P O Box 4141, Mount Maunganui, 3149.
Learn about the important work Movember is funding and the impact your donation will have:
http://nz.movember.com/programs/cause. There’s a lot riding on this moustache, so thank you. I appreciate your support. Mo Bro, Amos Pilgrim.

Christmas Day Community Lunch   

Sunday 25th December: 12pm – 3pm. At Lincoln Baptist Church, 530 Birchs Road, Lincoln. All welcome, no cost. RSVP essential by Thursday 15th December.  Karen: 325 3396. This will be an alcohol free event.

Selwyn Travel – Community Support Programme   

“Turn other people’s holidays into rewards for your school. RCS will benefit from staff, friends, neighbours and families of the school when they book their holidays through Elaine and Fiona at Selwyn Travel, a proud member of the Air New Zealand Travel Brokers Group. Once targets are achieved, Travel Vouchers will be provided and can be used in a variety of ways for RCS. Those booking the holidays will receive our personalised service, our full attention at all times, fast and friendly service – if they live local we will even personally deliver their travel documents to them. No need to leave home!”  Elaine Casey and Fiona Rowan – 347 4697, 021 757 486 or info@selwyntravel.co.nz 

Weedons School Christmas Twilight Fair  

Celebrating 145 Years. 5pm to 9pm, Friday December 2nd.  Weedons Primary School, 135 Weedons Ross Road. Free Entry. Stalls, food, craft, entertainment, kids play zone. 

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