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RCS Newsletter – Week 7, Term 4


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Quick Notes:

Message from Staff – Amos Pilgrim

Kia ora and welcome to Week 7!
You read that correctly, we are now in Week 7 of a ten week Term 4 – where has the time gone?!
As a leadership team we have been unpacking many aspects of our school philosophy and vision, as well as other systems that will continue to see our school succeed in 2016 and beyond. One discussion we’ve had, and I’ve spent some personal time reflecting on is our vision. The statement reads; “Christ-like, creative, critical thinkers…” 
After contemplation I realise what a huge goal that statement is!  We as parents, educators and supporters of our children would like them to learn, develop and graduate from RCS being Christ-like, creative and critical thinkers. No pressure then! 
A quick online search showed that there are 49 references in the Bible to being Christ-like according to I’d like to focus on three readings that reinforced the importance to me of living a Christ-like life. Below is the direct Bible quote and a brief summary of what the verse means to me. 
A) 1 John 2:6
“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”
Know what Jesus did here on earth AND try to replicate that in your daily life.
B) 1 Corinthians 11:1
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”
Like Paul followed Jesus’ example we must also imitate Christ and be excellent role models so our children can copy us. 
C) 1 Peter 2:22 
“For to this you have been called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”
Use the Word of God, the Bible, as a blue print on how to live your life… then do it! 
Extra reading on being Christ-like can be found at Ephesians 5:1-2 and John 13:13-17. 
I like our ambitious vision. My hope and prayer is that as adults and as Christians we are replicating Christ-like thoughts, words and actions in our lives. And through us our tamariki (children) pick up and imitate our reflections of Christ. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. 
Lastly but equally as important, I’d like to emphasize the significance of being Christ-like for the right reason. The reason we should be Christ-like is to be closer to God, to become like Him to glorify God. 
This is my last newsletter contribution for the year, so I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you very much for your continued support of RCS in whatever you have done this year. I have really appreciated the chance to communicate to you through the newsletter and look forward to 2016! 
Amos Pilgrim

 What’s Happening

Corrections to the Calendar

It has been brought to our attention that there are a couple of mistakes on the Term Calendar. Please note that there is no more swimming. Please also note that the Athletics Day that was written down as ‘To Be Confirmed’ is not happening at this time. Athletic type events will be a part of the fun Picnic Day we have at the end of term.

Morning Drop Offs

We would like to remind parents that the RCS staff are ready to supervise your children from 8.30am. Prior to this time Papa Jacks staff are providing a service to families that need kids to be dropped off before this. Papa Jacks provides an excellent service to our School Community and the wider community too. If you are needing to drop your children off before 8.30am please contact Papa Jacks to arrange official Before School Care.

Attendance Dues

Parents are advised that attendance dues for 2016 will remain at $1,300 per pupil. Attendance dues are payable to the Proprietor of the school, The Christian Schools Trust, and are used to fund the significant investment in property that the Trust has made in establishing Rolleston Christian School. We would also ask each family to prayerfully consider making an additional donation to the Trust which will assist in covering the ongoing property costs of the school.

Missing Spade

We have a missing spade after our planting day a week ago. It is a long handled spade, similar to one that is still here at school. If anyone has taken the wrong one by mistake it would be great if they could bring it back.


If you are planning to move in 2016 and your children will not attend RCS please let us know. If you have any questions regarding the programme next year please pop in for a chat.


I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the part you’ve played in making our first ever swimming lessons at RCS a positive one. The children have developed so much over the 10 lessons and I hope they have the chance over the coming weeks and months to further practice what they’ve learnt. 
Selwyn Aquatic Centre are currently collating the results and will send me the swimming levels which I’ll give out in due course. 
If you haven’t paid for the 10 lessons yet please see Heather in the office to arrange payment at your soonest convenience. 
Amos Pilgrim
Sports Coordinator


What’s Coming Up

Community Picnic Day

We will be having a Community Picnic Day on 16 December. The Parent Community Group are working with the school staff to organise a day of fellowship and fun, and we would love it if you could attend. More details to come.

End of Year Learning Celebration

We will be having an End of Year Learning Celebration on Thursday 17 December from 5 – 6 pm with a shared meal afterwards. 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. 

Scholastics Book Fair – Week 8

The Scholastic Book Fair is in week 8 (30th November-4th December). This is a great opportunity to buy books for Christmas gifts, and books or activities to keep children occupied over the summer break. We will also create a list of books the School would like, if you should want to purchase books for donation. Please advertise this event in your community spaces. If you need a poster to display, please see Miss Liggett.

Scholastics Book Fair – Volunteers Needed

Thank you to the volunteers who have offered to help so far. There is a sign up list on the Junior Hub window where you can sign up to service the Book Fair. Tasks will include setting up for the day, operating the till/eftpos machine, and closing the cases at the end of the day. See the sheet for sign up times or Miss Liggett for details.

Second Hand Uniforms

If you are interested in purchasing a second hand uniform we have three full sets of uniform available at the office for the beginning of next year. Boys size 4 and 6, and a girls size 8.  Please see Heather in the office for details.

 From the PCG


Bible Study for RCS Mums – Tonight

There will be a Bible study running this term on Monday evenings at 7.30pm here at school. All mums are welcome, so come along and enjoy the opportunity to fellowship with one another and discuss God’s Word.

Parent Community Group Meeting – NEXT Monday, 30th November, 7pm

The PCG will be having a planning meeting for the up-coming year in Week 8. If you would like to be a part of this meeting it would be great to have you along. The Parent Community Group is an excellent way to get involved with school life and help the school work towards becoming the best we can be for the children we serve.

Purchase items and raise money for the school

1)      Chalk and Parent Direct Toy catalogues:  Your children were given these catalogues last week.  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 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.
  • We are getting to that time of year when it is important for the children to wear their hats. Please make sure your children have the school hat. If children do not have a hat they will have to play in the shade only.
  • School lunches should be nutritious and healthy in order to maximise children’s opportunity to learn well. Please do not send lollies to school.
  • Informative Morning Teas are held every Tuesday. If you have a topic you would like to discuss let Liz know.
  • Home Learning continues to be the same – please make sure you are providing this opportunity for quality learning at home.
  • The Parent Community Group do a lot of great work around the school – if you would like to get involved please see Mana Harema.

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