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RCS Newsletter – Week Seven


In this Newsletter:

Quick Notes:

Message from Staff – Lynda Siave

Talofa lava outou, Kiaora koutou katoa, greetings to you all,It’s a week since we planted our school forest and it was an amazing occasion for us all. Many  thanks to the enviro school team and parents/grandparents who supported us physically on this  day.  It was also one the of the coldest days I have experienced, despite having a few layers of wool on. The chilling wind was a harsh reminder that winter is here.

I was impressed by the tenacity of our children and their willingness to work hard physically to get the job done.  Some little students found the experience daunting and a bit over whelming to start with. However, the whanaungatanga (sense of belonging) that we have been practising at school really shone through that day. Little children were supported by their older whanau group members to persevere in the cold conditions. At the end of the planting one of our 5 years olds who had struggled with the cold and had become quite overwhelmed, said to me the tree planting session had been “the best day of her life!”.  She had managed to plant a tree pretty much by herself. The 180 degree turn around in attitude was thanks to all the support she received from others to stick with it and gain the very satisfying feeling of planting your own tree.

At RCS we believe God has asked us to be stewards of the earth (Kaitiaki) and it is an amazing privilege for us all to be involved in developing the school grounds as a school family. I shared this story with  a woman in her seventies in the weekend who told me whenever she drives down Blenheim road with her family she very proudly announces that she planted one of the big trees there. It had also been a school project  and she loved relaying to me her fond memories. What neat memories we are making together for our children at RCS!

Speaking of growth, this term we have five new entrants beginning school. Welcome to AJ, Leon, Micah, Noah and Zaria’s whanau. Like those little seedlings we planted last week it will be a joy to watch these little ones grow and develop at RCS.

Blessings to you all,


 What’s Happening

A Message From Piwakawaka Whanau

Hello Parents and Caregivers,
For Whanau groups our Piwakawaka (fantail) group have been researching about making our school a better place. The Piwakawaka group came up with having a quiet space inside so that we can read and chill out in. So if possible may you please donate a tent, some soft toys and some pillows for our quiet space.

From Delcia (Middle Hub) and the Piwakawaka Whanau Group

School Community Need
We have a need in our school community of a family who have their youngest child hospitalised at present with a chronic health condition, this is an ongoing hospital stay of 2  – 3 weeks or more duration.  The Mum in the same family is also due to go in for surgery herself mid June.  If anyone is able to help by making a meal or two within a budget of $20 (which you will be reimbursed for) please contact Vickie on 027 296 2714 or email  Many thanks, RCS Pastoral Care Group

Food Storage Containers Needed

Donations of Containers for Food Storage please –  Ice Cream containers or other similar containers suitable for food storage gratefully accepted by the RCS Pastoral Care Group.  Please give directly to Vickie or leave them at the Office.

What’s Coming Up

Rollerskating Disco
The RCS Parent Community Group is holding a fundraising event to raise money for musical instruments in the school and would like to invite all RCS families and friends to a Rollerskating Disco.

When – Saturday 13 June, 4 – 6 pm
Where – Rolleston Community Centre

Tickets on sale soon!

We still require a few more helpers on the day, please let Keri or Mana know if you are able to help out in any way.  Ticket prices are $7/each or $25 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) – Skates are provided.  Look for the Flyer with ticket ordering information coming home in your child’s book folder at the end of the week.



  • Staff have meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays after school that start at 3.20pm. Whenever possible please try to arrange more thorough discussions with teachers on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.

Community Notices

Help needed for ‘Times 4 Mums’  (Rolleston). 1-2 times per month on a Wednesday from 10-12 noon.  Play with and supervise some lovely pre-schoolers with other Christian mums. Call Leigh on 347 4489 for more information.

Lincoln University Bookshop

During the university exams and semester break (June 2015) we’d like to offer a $5 voucher when you spend over $50 and a $15 voucher when you spend over $10. Details on our opening hours and where to find us can be found at


Busy Bumbles
Rolleston, Lincoln and Templeton Busy Bumbles. 
6th – 17th July, School Holiday Programme. For a programme of Week 1 and or Week 2 – please contact school office, for an email flyer to be sent to you.

What is Giftedness? How do I know if my child is gifted? How can my child’s school help?  Jenny Smith will provide an introduction to giftedness on Wednesday 24th June at The Medbury Centre, Medbury School, Creyke Road, Ilam between 7pm and 9pm.  This event is free but you must register on the Canterbury Explorers website, , by Monday 22nd June.  Parents, caregivers and teachers are all welcome.  After Jenny’s presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and chat with parents of gifted children.  Should you have any queries please e-mail

Lincoln Community Toy Library is looking for new Committee members to help us run and maintain this wonderful community organisation. You don’t have to be a member of the Toy Library to join the Committee! What’s involved? Attend Committee meetings every 4-6 weeks and, depending on your role help with: fundraising; liaising with local businesses about toy sponsorships; advertising and flyer drops; communicating with members; writing newsletters; or choosing and purchasing toys. Please contact Carole or 021 1190162 for further details.

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