It is hard to believe that it is the last week of our foundation year. In many ways it feels like only yesterday that we sat in the Scout Den together for the first time, or walked into the school building together. But over the year, through ups and downs, we have established a school community, and it is sometimes hard to believe that this time just last year we were all individuals or separate families who didn’t have any particular connection with each other.
I was listening to a sermon the other day that briefly touched on ‘God’s Calling’, but what was said really struck a chord with me. They spoke about how ‘God’s Calling’ is similar to a marriage – you can marry a great person, but without dedication, commitment and conscious effort the marriage will not be a great one, and those things are not always easy, particularly during rough patches. Similarly, I think God can call us to things or we can get involved with a community, and as humans we thrive when we live in strong communities and walk with a sense of purpose and calling, but these things are not always easy. Our school community is no different – it takes dedication, commitment and conscious effort on our part, along with the Grace given by God, to continue growing a strong community. I am truly thankful for the many pioneering parents that have shown this dedication, commitment and conscious effort along with a good dose of Grace throughout the year. I have seen this extended between parents and have also experienced this. As we enter another year I pray we will be able to continue growing in this way.
I am looking forward to next year with excitement. As a staff we will be working to further develop our curriculum and to strengthen our culture through the development of our systems, and teaching and learning programmes, for student behaviour, both social and learning. These will be our priority areas for improvement as we continue to work towards the establishment of a highly effective school.
With our students, we will have a year focussed on Aroha/Love. All our Living Christianly Programmes will be focussed on the love we receive from God and the love we can share with others. Our social skills programmes will be focussed on the practical ways we can show manaakitanga (kindness, generosity and hospitality) with others. Our Rich Learning Programmes will be focussed on how we can love God’s creation and others through the creation of a food forest, helping World Vision to help Syrian Refugees, and the creation of loving, peaceful spaces in our school.
As I look back over the year I smile as I can see God’s grace and work in our school, and feel thankful for the work done by the staff, students, and the parent/grandparent community. Then as I look forward to next year I feel excited that we are on a journey together, and we can build on the foundations laid this year to create an even better school in which our children can thrive and God can be glorified.
I pray you will know and experience God’s great love for you over this Christmas period.
Last Day of School – Friday 18th December
As published on the School Calendar at the start of the term school will be closing at 2pm on Friday. This will be also be a mufti day – please bring a gold coin donation.
Community Picnic Day – This Wednesday
Our school community picnic day is here!
We will be enjoying a fun filled day between 10am and 2.30pm.
Important information – students can wear MUFTI. Please bring food for a SHARED LUNCH.
Cycle Safety Course:
Just a reminder that it is the Cycle Safety Course this week on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th in the Middle Hub. All children need their bikes and helmets for the Tuesday and just the Year 6’s for Wednesday.There is also an invitation from the Cycle Safety Team for the Year 6 parents to ride with their children on the Wednesday. So, please bring your bikes and helmets to go out with the children at some point during the Wednesday and enjoy this time with them.
Truck Safety: On the Wednesday morning, during the School Picnic Day, there will be a truck parked in the carpark. This is a safety initiative organised by the Selwyn District Council. The objective is for people to be able to sit in the drivers seat and identify the blind spots that a truck drive has. Also to note the hazards around moving trucks. Initially the Year 6’s will go through as part of the Cycle Safety Training, but following this the Council would like all of the children and families to jump into the truck and find out about truck safety on the road.
Please note the carpark area will be blocked off for the truck to be set up.
End of Year Learning Celebration – Thursday 17th, 5pm
This will be an important event for all children to attend and enjoy, and it would be wonderful to see as many parents there as possible. As a school we will purchase pizza for everyone to enjoy together after the event.
Part-time Caretaker Position Available at RCS
Looking for someone hard-working, honest and reliable to join our team in 2016. Five hours per week to do general grounds work and minor maintenance jobs around the school. Please apply at: email@example.com.
Are you able to have a sign on your fence?
We have some new advertising signs that we would like to put around Rolleston. If you have a prominent fence, or know someone else who does, and would be happy to put a sign up, please let the office know. Thanks!Please RETURN all READING BOOKS As this is our last week of school we need all the reading books returned by Wednesday 16th December. Please do a big hunt around for books and bring them back to school. Thanks!
Final Clean Up of the School Do you have some time this week that you could spare? There is a list on the door (by the space where the children are picked up) of some jobs that need to be done by the end of the Term. Sign up and then see Miss Liggett, who will point you in the right direction. Any time you can spare (including during the day) will bless the school greatly.
Scholastic Book Club – Final Order The final order has been put through with the Scholastic Book Club. We are eagerly awaiting it’s arrival before Christmas. If you ordered something, please check in with Miss Liggett when you can, to see if it has arrived. We don’t want you missing out on getting you order before the Term ends! Thank you to all who have supported Scholastic Book Club this year. About $300 was raised for the school.
Lost Property Please claim all lost property by Thursday 17th December. Items not claimed will be kept as ‘spares’ for the school or discarded. The lost property box currently has shoes, drink bottles, t-shirts, socks (heaps), swimming googles, towels, and singlets. Please have a thorough check before the term ends.
What’s Coming Up
Getting Ready for 2016
School will start up again on Tuesday 2nd February 2016. The office will be open for uniform purchasing or any other enquiries between 9am and 3pm on Monday 1st February.Stationery Lists will be out by the end of the week.
Resource Preparation for 2016
We have purchased a large number of reading books that need to be covered over the school holidays. We were blown away by the number of people that helped with this at the beginning of the year and would love to see the same level of support this time around. If you become quite competent and efficient in the last round, or would like to try your hand at book covering on this round please come and see us at the office.We hope to have the books back by Monday 1st February so we are able to organise them, ready for learning in the first week back. If you would like to help with the organising on that day too, you would be very welcome.
Resource Volunteer for 2016
We are looking for someone to volunteer on a regular basis (1 hour per week) to manage the library resources in the school. If you would like to help the school in this specific way please be in touch with Liz.
From the PCG
Purchase items and raise money for the school
1)Chalk and Parent Direct Toy catalogues: Your children were given these catalogues recently. By ordering from these catalogues 20 cents of every dollar you spend is donated back to our school to spend on educational resources. If there are items you are interested in purchasing, please fill in the order form in the middle of the catalogue and return to us with your payment. We will send it off and your order is sent back to school for you to collect. If you can kindly return orders back by 11th December 2015 (the same day that your scholastic orders are due back). You can also order online or have your items delivered to your address for a little more postage cost. If you would like additional order forms or booklets (to give to grandparents etc) please see Heather in the office.
2)Remember to check out the abacus.co.nz/rollestonchristian website. There are some great things from this website, and again there are benefits if you nominate our school when purchasing.
The bell rings at 8.55am. If your child arrives after 9am they are late. To ensure our roll taking procedures work we ask that you stop in at the office to let us know you are late, should you arrive after 9am.
Dental Care over the School Holidays
At any time phone our 0800 number (0800 846 983) for information on how to access dental care, including emergency care.
In addition, the Community Dental Service will operate an emergency service in January 2016. 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 Community Clinic, Sylvan Street, Christchurch for the following times:
Monday, 18th January to Friday, 29th January 2016 (excluding weekends)
This service will operate by appointment only and if we are unable to see your child, alternative options will be given.
You can phone and make an appointment for the emergency clinic by ringing the number above.
Rolleston Netball Golden Oldies SUMMER LEAGUE NETBALL
COMMENCING FRIDAY 13th February – FRIDAY 20th March
FIVE GRADES – Y5/6, Y7/8, 15 & Under, 17 & Under, Open
Registrations Close 6th February 2016
NOTE: Reduced subs for returning teams!!
Registration – new teams:
The team fee is $240
Early Bird special – $200if payment is made on or before Friday 13TH FEBRUARY
Registration – returning teams:
The team fee is $200
Early Bird Special – only $160if payment is made on or before Friday 13TH FEBRUARY
House available for rent, next door to Rolleston Christian School Three bedrooms, large living area. $350.00 per week. Please contact Keith Spragg on 027 420 2420.
Swimming lessonsavailable every day for a week, Monday 25th-Friday 29th January 2016. Few spaces. Maddisons Road, Weedons, 15 minutes private lesson for 1 or 2 children. $112.50 – Outdoor private pool at 28 degrees. Phone 347 8339 Bridget.
With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start making plans for your childcare. Papa Jacksis open right up to 6pm on Christmas Eve, and will be returning to full service on 5th January 2016. We have an exciting range of activities planned to suit all ages. Secure your booking now by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces are limited and each day is filling fast, so get in quick before you miss out.
Papa Jacks are able to provide Before School Care starting from 7:30am, and After School Care from 3-6pm. Permanent and Casual bookings are available at any stage. For all enquiries contact us any time via email or 027 383 5079 .
The team at Papa Jacks would like to take this opportunity to Thank each and every one of our supportive families, and RCS staff who have helped us along the way. It’s been a great year, getting to know all the wonderful children and families. Watch this space for more exciting happenings in 2016.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
Your Papa Jacks Team
Alan Whitmore Director
Ph: 027 5588 226
ACTIVE KIDS – Holiday Programme
December 2015 and January 2016 Holiday Programme fun!
The Christmas school holidays are approaching fast!. Sport Canterbury have action packed programmes with exciting activities and awesome excursions!
Pre-Christmas programme bookings are open now and January programme bookings open Monday, 30 November.
Active Kids is an exciting structured programme of sport, physical activity and play for primary school aged children. The programmes are safe and affordable; there are a number of programme/venue options to suit you and your children’s needs.