Rolleston Christian School

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RCS Newsletter – Week 9, Term 4


In this Newsletter:

Quick Notes:

Message from Staff – Dennis Marshall 

Well, two weeks until the end of our inaugural year! What a year it’s been. There have been ups and downs and lots of learning along the way –  not just for the children!

As we approach the end of the year I, along with the rest of the staff, have found ourselves reflecting on how it’s gone. We feel blessed!

We had our helpers morning tea the other day. On looking around the room I was initially surprised by how many there were and then as I thought about it, realised there should have been a lot more. My thanks to that group was for their wonderful contribution to the success of the school this year. Without the help of so many, we couldn’t have come as far as we have. It reminds me of 1 Cor 12:12 “There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body…  The verse goes on to describe how the hand can’t do without the foot etc. for the body to work as one unit. That’s exactly how it has been this year. We, as a Staff, owe our thanks to so many: the Board of Trustees, the Parent Community Group, the Volunteer Parent Helpers, the Neighbours, the Selwyn District Council, Pastors of the Selwyn Churches, those who have donated money and time, and I’m sure I’ll have missed some. We even owe our thanks to the road workers at the front of the school, who came in after work and spent 3 hours putting the bark into the playground for us!

So many ‘parts’ to our school body – the members of Rolleston Christian School. What a marvellous contribution it has been!  Of course our final thanks needs to go to our Heavenly Father, who had this school planned from the beginning and has been watching over us throughout the year. I hope that you have felt a ‘part’ of our school family this year.

As Christmas approaches, I hope you all enjoy a time of memories and celebration of all that has happened this year and the joy that Jesus brings to our lives. I wish God’s blessing on you all over the holidays and look forward to increasing our ever extending family next year.

Thank you for all you’ve done.

Merry Christmas to you all!


 What’s Happening

Scholastics Book Fair – Thank You!

Thank you to all who supported the Scholastic Book Fair last week. Over $1,350 of books/stationary was purchased which has lead to the school earning an amazing $415.52! This will be put towards purchasing more books for the school library. Thank you to those who volunteered their time to serve at the Book Fair. What a successful event!

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. 

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.

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

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!

Hi All, we’re hopefully all settled in at Orton Bradley Park by now. Just a quick reminder that if you need to talk to your child they can be contacted through our school emergency cell phone. The number is the same as the school’s landline (except you drop the 3 at the end). Ph: 0204 550265.


What’s Coming Up

Getting Ready for 2016

School will start up again on Tuesday 2 February 2016. The office will be open for uniform purchasing or any other inquiries between 9am and 3pm on Monday 1 February.Stationery Lists will be coming out soon.

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 1 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.  

 From the PCG

Mum’s Bible Study – Tonight 

Don’t forget to come along for Bible study tonight. A great time for fellowship with other mums while exploring God’s word.

Lincoln Christmas Parade 12 December – Help Needed

We will be having a sausage sizzle fundraiser at the Lincoln Christmas Parade – if you are able to help out with this please see Rebekah Wain.

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 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.
  • 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.

Community Notices

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 lessons available 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 Jacks is 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
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. Is 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

Ph: 027 5588 226
Papa Jacks LOGO and After School Care FINAL

Saturday December 12th, 7.00pm, Ashburton Domain Oval: “A Christmas Family Event”.
Ashburton Mitre 10 Mega Christmas in the Park is happening again this year! The night has changed from a Sunday to Saturday night, which makes it easier for parents to have their children up late.


This year we have special guest Stevie Tonks from X-Factor and the evening will finish off once again with our famous Mega fireworks display. Hot and cold food and drinks are available throughout the concert, and you are welcome to bring your own picnic tea to eat in our lovely Ashburton Domain Oval setting.

This is an event organised by a few people through the Christian Ministers Association who had a vision to bring a true Christmas celebration to the district, which is totally free for all families to attend. Santa will make an appearance too, and all the music is Christmas so it’s great for all ages.


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.

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