I hope this newsletter finds everyone rested and hopeful after a stunning Easter weekend. Easter break was a bit of a bonus this year being separate from the first term holidays that it usually falls in.
Easter is a wonderful time to reflect on God’s love for us. I personally always think of John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
This verse is hand written on the inside cover of a Bible I received when I was 8 years old from my best friend at the time. I wasn’t raised in a Christian household and I believe the connection I had with this faithful family and their prayers for me is what led me to Christ’s love as a young adult.
Easter is a reminder for us all that Jesus is at the centre, and through Him we can have life. Not only eternal life but life now, right here, today. I find it’s easy to get busy and caught up in expectations of work, family and friends. Jesus died for us so that we might have life, but, sometimes it feels as if we don’t have the life He wanted us to have.
‘After all, Jesus’ death and resurrection were not about providing us with an escape from this world. They were about transforming us into the kind of people who will enjoy eternity with God – just as we were meant to do in the first place. This is why Paul writes, “Jesus died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who died and was raised for their sake”. (2 Corinthians 5:15).’ http://www.remnantresource.org/jesus-died-now-we-live/.
To me, Easter is that timely reminder to appreciate what we have because of the One who loved us so much He was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice so that we can have Life.
Love and blessings,
Junior Hub team leader
Exploring the Values at Home
Confidence is a popular subject today. We are told to think confidently, to be self-assured. In many ways, the theme of modern society is to be self-confident.
The message the Bible gives us is that our confidence should come from God. Those who trust in government, finances, other people, or themselves will be disappointed in the end. On the other hand, those who put their confidence in God will never be ashamed. (Romans 10:11).
How do you as a family approach the tricky balance of ensuring your children have confidence in their abilities and skills, yet still retain the qualities of humility and respect, and maintain a desire to learn and improve.
Discuss what does God mean when he tells Jeremiah he “knew him before he was even born” (Jeremiah 1:5)
Psalm 139:16 also talks about knowing us before we were born and what every day of our life will be. What does this mean?
In Matthew 6:26 we are told how God looks after the birds and how much more important we are to Him. So, how does God look after us?
Psalm 32:8 also tells us how God will instruct us. How do we hear these instructions from God?
God wants the best for us. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
God wants us to succeed and He will help us get there – we just need to listen and obey.
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.
Sausage Sizzle – Thank you
Thanks to all those who bought a sausage on Friday at the fundraiser for Fiji. For a small school of 80 plus kids we raised over $160! A huge thank you to Rolleston New World who provided the bread, sauce and serviettes for free, and when they found out it was for the people of Fiji, also gave us the sausages for free too! Really amazingly generous of them! Great effort by the Sausage Sizzle Handy Helpers!
Message from Savannah and Izzy M
For our learning next week we need everyone in the Middle Hub to bring spades, gumboots and rain-jackets everyday.
Piwakawaka Whanau Group 2016:
This Term we have researched, designed and built two bird feeders. We did this to get both native and introduced birds at RCS because they look and sound beautiful. We would like any spare fruit you have at home to encourage native birds to come to our school.
To make sugar-water we need:
1 cup raw brown sugar (Mr Pilgrim will bring it)
4 cups of hot water (from school)
2 old bowls from your house please
When you bring the fruit and bowls to school, please give them to Mr Pilgrim so he can share them. We are looking forward to seeing and hearing more native birds around our school.
Thank you very much, from the Piwakawaka Whanau Group.
What’s Coming Up
Informative morning teas – consultation next week
Please come along to join in the discussion about what you would like to see the school offer, so that you are able to support your child’s education as much as possible. 9.15am, in the staff room next Tuesday.
We will be having a Mufti Day on the final day of term. Friday April 15. Please bring a ‘bottle’ as your payment. The bottles will be saved up for the Mystery Bottle stand at the Rolleston Fireworks. Bottles need to be plastic, non- alcoholic, and should not expire before early next year.
End of Term Assembly
As many of the leadership team are away at a conference on the Thursday and Friday of the last day of term we will be having our End of Term Celebration on the Wednesday (13 April) of the last week of term. We will begin at 9.10am, in order to make it easy for people to attend. We look forward to seeing you then.
From the PCG
The PCG will be selling The Entertainment Book again this year. Please start promoting this with friends and family. The link below allows people to buy the book all around the country, so please share it with friends and family. The school receives $12 for each book sold, so this goes a long way towards our fundraising. https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/9b26634
SCHOOL DISCO – This Friday!
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, along with disco toys.
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 – Tonight!
The next PCG will be held at 7pm on Monday 4th of April. We look forward to seeing you there.
KAPA HAKA UNIFORMS
We would like to work towards having a Kapa Haka uniform for the school. If anyone is interested in helping with this please contact Nina Green.
Purchasing to support RCS
By purchasing at the following businesses you will be supporting RCS with our fundraising efforts.
Swimming is on Monday and Wednesday this week.
Home Learning Projects should be coming to completion. Please ensure your Year 4 – 7 children have completed the appropriate number of points.
Please remember to label all school uniform items.
Wheels Day is on a Wednesday – children may bring any type of ‘wheels’ they choose.
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,
Natural, heart-warming childcare Rolleston: Kia ora, my name is Mary Harema – I believe your child is taonga, beyond precious and deserves respect, nurture and wholehearted connection. I am a mum to 2 girls, 2 and 5 years, and have also worked for many years in social work. I love creating rhythms that nourish children. I will be a steady loving presence allowing your child to unfold naturally at their own pace.
I look forward to welcoming you and your children into my home.
Phone: 021 247 7801 (leave a message if no one home) or email: email@example.com
Art Classes for Children: Taking enrolments now.
For children aged 4-12 years.
Located in Rolleston and Christchurch, small classes.
Run by trained teacher and established artist – Katrina McGettigan.
$190.00 per term, 9 week term.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 0255 6317.
Halswell Community Market: Join us on Sunday 24th April for a great afternoon out at your local market with 50 stalls of awesomeness with fresh veggies, flowers, plants, arts, crafts, clothing, stuff for your home and garden – even apparel for your dog!!
Live music, fresh food and coffee – 12-3pm in the grounds of St John of God, Aidanfield.
There will be a KIDS Corner for any children who might like to have a stall – $5 towards running costs.
For more information phone Kate Cleverly on 027 3700 344 or email@example.com
Hagley College – Junior College Open Evening Tuesday 10th May, 4.00-6.00pm Held at the Hagley College Student Centre Cafe, corner Hagley Ave and St Asaph Street.
For more information: 379 3090 ext 884, or firstname.lastname@example.org