I trust you have all had a relaxing and reviving Easter break.
I had an interesting question from a child last week. She asked “What would the world be like if Jesus hadn’t of come?”. The question really made me reflect on what the world would be like. To me I think the two components that Jesus brought were hope and love. Through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection He demonstrated a love that was truly humble and put others before himself. Jesus also brought a hope to the world that we can all live by on a day to day basis.
In the weekend I read an article called “Holy week in an unholy world”. It was a reflection on the week leading up to and including Easter. The author was challenging us to look at Jesus’ example of love and humility, and the way that these brought hope to the people he interacted with. It always strikes me that Jesus changed the world not through power or domination but through love and humility.
I spent Good Friday reflecting on the ways that I need to demonstrate love and humility. Jesus changed the world through humble and loving actions, such as healing the man that captured him and forgiving the people that nailed him to the cross. I wonder what changes we could bring to the world if we follow His example and sacrificially love the people around us and humbly serve the communities we live in.
I am looking forward to next term as we explore Hope and Love as a school.
Many blessings to you all,
Exploring the Values at Home
In devotions this week we looked at putting other people before ourselves. This is another way of showing people love. As a family you could discuss or do the following ideas:
What does putting someone before yourself look like in your family?
Each family member choose something they can do this week to put others before themselves.
Talk about Easter. Who put themselves before others in the Easter story? Who didnâ€™t?
Why did Jesus put others before himself? What does this mean to us?
Junior Hub Learning
This is the link to the Junior Hub Weebly that shows what we have been doing in Theme Based Learning. ‘The Blog’ tab shows what the Upper Junior children have been learning as they investigate dirt, and what kind of dirt or product plants grow best in. We think this site may eventually grow into something more than just our Food Forest Journey – it already has a link to online maths games. Regarding cyber-safety, this website cannot be found by search engines, you need to know the link, so in that sense it is not public. We hope the children enjoy explaining their learning to you.
Swimming this week
Due to Easter we are having swimming on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Fiji Sausage Sizzle
After the devastation of the recent cyclone in Fiji, RCS is holding a sausage sizzle this Friday 1st April to help the people affected. Any final orders need to be in by 3pm today. Thank you for helping the people of Fiji.
What’s Coming Up
Informative morning teas
Informative morning teas will start up again next term. These will be held every Tuesday morning at 9am and are intended to provide you, as parents, with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the teaching and learning that occurs and ways you can help at home. If you would be interested in discussing the types of subjects that you would find helpful to know more about please come along to our planning meeting on Tuesday of Week 11 (12th April -last week of term) at 9am.
From the PCG
The PCG will be selling The Entertainment Book again this year. Please start promoting this with friends and family, and watch out for more information coming very soon!
The PCG are hosting a school disco! Bring the whole family along, and invite friends to join us for a fun filled time of dancing and mingling. 8th April, 5.30 – 7pm, at RCS. $1 entry for children, and parents are free. Light snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.
If you are interested in helping out with the organisation of the event please see Mana.
The PCG would like to hear from individuals who have a talent for filling out Grant Applications and would be interested in assisting the school in this way.
Koha Food Box
Last year we had a Koha Food Box operating at the school. The idea behind the box is to provide lunch for students that don’t have lunch that day, for various reasons. We have run out of food in the box and would like to request that families, who are able, bring some non-perishable items along to replenish the supplies. eg. muesli bars, creamed rice.
PCG Meeting – Next Monday
The next PCG will be held at 7pm on Monday 4th of April. We look forward to seeing you there.
Purchasing to support RCS
By purchasing at the following businesses you will be supporting RCS with our fundraising efforts.
Swimming is on Wednesday and Thursday this week. It will be back to Monday and Wednesday next week.
Please regularly check your child for head lice. Click here to find some helpful information on head lice and how to treat it.
The orange links at the top take you to relevant parts of the website – we’ve recently uploaded our governance handbook to the website.
Please remember to label all school uniform items.
Wheels Day is on a Wednesday – children may bring any type of ‘wheels’ they choose.
For those Year 7s going to Technology on Fridays – please be at school no later than 8.30am.
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,
Holiday Camp with Selwyn Equestrian: Selwyn Equestrian in Burnham have had two great years of running holiday camps each school holidays. Monday to Friday, fun with or without your own pony. Everything is included – accommodation, riding, grazing, meals etc, for $350.00. ($50 family discount offered for subsequent children). Children get to have great fun with like minded horse crazy kids. Any ages up to 17.
Please email email@example.com, or phone Rochelle on 021 1338 288 or 347 6007.
Check out Selwyn Equestrian Centre on Facebook.