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RCS Newsletter – Week 6


In this Newsletter:

Quick Notes:

Message from Staff – Lynda Siave 

Kia ora te whanau,

Spring is just around the corner! It’s a fabulous time of the year to put a hard winter of ills and chills behind us and look forward to what awaits us in the season of growth.

By now I’m thinking you will have heard the Maori word Kaitiaki being used at school.  Perhaps it is a word used in your home.  A kaitiaki is a guardian.  An extension of Kaitiaki is Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and protection. Kaitiakitanga is consistent with the Creation story in which we are given dominion over the earth:   “And God blessed them. And God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28 – ESV)

Dominion includes stewardship.  What a huge responsibility!

At school the junior hub has been immersed in activities that promote this value of Kaitiakitanga during our Theme-based learning and Living Christianly time. Have you spotted the amazing creation quilt the children made to depict Genesis 1:26-30? Each day the children illustrated a square that represented the days of creation.  You can see this above the glass doors in the assembly room.

Last week we participated in a ‘waste audit’ with Toni Watts – a facilitator from Enviroschools Canterbury.  All the rubbish in the school was collected for one day of the school week. With Toni’s help the juniors sorted the rubbish (re-usuable, re-cyclable or just waste), and weighed it to compare the amounts collected.  Unfortunately (but perhaps not surprisingly) the biggest collected amount was the ‘waste’ category.   It was quite an eye opener to see what has been put in the rubbish bins.

We are now thinking about ways that we can keep waste to a minimum. Have a chat to your children about their thoughts and whether there is something you at home could do to help us reduce waste at school. Thanks to Mrs Cleave for all her hard work organising this learning.

It has been such a blessing to welcome new families to school and new children of families already at school! In a couple of weeks time Trinity McLenaghan will be the latest edition to our whanau. Trinity is Chloe-Rose’s little sister. This term we have had the Millington, Hunt, and Trenuela-Chan families join us with Jack, Ethan and their sister Holly Millington (in the middle hub), Ethan Hunt, and Ayden Trenuela-Chan. It’s wonderful to have these families in our school community, thanks for choosing RCS.

We extend a special thanks to Vickie who has been a frequent helper at RCS in these opening terms.  We wish Vickie, Izzy and Owen all the best in their new adventure.

Wishing you all a very blessed week,

Nga mihi atu

Lynda Siave
Junior Hub Leader


 What’s Happening

Informative Morning Tea – Literacy in Upper Primary (Middle Hub).

This week our focus for the Informative Morning Tea will be ‘Literacy in Upper Primary’. Come along to discover more about ways we can work together to provide the best learning experiences for your children. Tuesday morning 9.15am in the staff room. See you there! 

Sausage Sizzler Fundraiser – THIS Friday

Please support us to raise money for toys for the new sandpit.

Order forms will be coming home with your child/children tonight.

Please return your order with correct amount of money in an envelope and place in Sausage Sizzle Box at RCS Office by Thursday 27th. 

What’s Coming Up

Parent Consultation – Reporting

Now that we have completed our first round of official reporting we are interested to discuss with you what you liked, didn’t like, found useful or didn’t find useful. If you are keen to take part in a small focus group to share your ideas please let the office know, and we will be in touch to make a suitable time. 

School Cross Country

Save the date – the first RCS school cross country will be held on Friday 18 September in the afternoon. Come along to support your children and enjoy a time of fun and challenge with the school community.

RCS Parent Community Group

Meeting coming up on Monday September 7, 7.00pm. Agenda will be out soon. If you are interested in being a part of this group please see Amy Stevens or Mana Harema.



  • The links to  LEARNING BLOGS are above. These are there to help you have a good understanding of the learning programmes your children are involved in. Please read them.
  • All uniform items that are not bought from the school should be plain black.
  • You are always welcome to join us for School Devotions first thing on a Monday morning and our School Assembly on Fridays at 12pm.

Community Notices

Enrol now for spring at Ako Rolleston!
Ako Rolleston is a boutique, family owned and operated Early Childhood Education and Care centre for children aged 0-6 years. We have a homelike nursery, toddler group and tamariki nui (big kids preschool) with an art studio. Hours to suit your family, discounts for siblings & 3-5 year olds. Come and see our hens! For more information visit us now at 4 John Street, ph 347 4480, or view


Arion Farm Education Park: Spring Festival Day

Sunday 6th September

10.00am-3.00pm    890 McLeans Island Road

Adults $7, Children $5, under 2-free

Feed bags $1, Pony Riders $2

Baby animals, music and entertainment for all

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