Wow, we are nearing the end of our second term here at Rolleston Christian School. On personal reflection, it has been a season of navigation. Just like a captain of a ship, I have had to navigate myself through some turbulent weather. I believe that these are times to learn and grow. As Christians, God instructs us to ‘consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds.’ (James 1:2)
An interesting analogy can be found in the substance coal. When coal is exposed to intense pressure and heat, it becomes a diamond. I feel that this gives the illustration that something beautiful will be formed of us as we endure the trial.
Sometimes one of the most challenging parts of the Christian life is the fact that becoming a disciple of Christ does not make us immune to life’s trials and tribulations. The Bible clearly teaches that God loves those who are His children, and He ‘works all things together for good’ for us (Romans 8:28). So that must mean that the trials and tribulations He allows in our lives are part of the working together of all things for good. Therefore, for the believer, all trials and tribulations must have a divine purpose.
We serve a loving God, who comforts our hearts as we ride through life’s trials. It is of great encouragement to me that God also gives us wonderful people to support us. This is a wonderful thing for children to learn too – that they can lean on their heavenly father when they feel life is a bit hard and also on the people God has placed in their lives. We have been teaching them to do this through their prayer life.
An encouraging scripture I always return to is Proverbs 3:5-6 which says ‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.’
Information Evenings for RCS Over the coming months we will be holding a series of information evenings for parents that are interested in sending their children to RCS. There has been a lot of interest from the community lately, so we are providing these Information evenings in order to engage with multiple people at the same time. Your child has been given a couple of pamphlets advertising these evenings. If you could please pass these on to anyone you know that may be interested in hearing more about the school. Thanks.
End of Term Community Event
The Rolleston Christian School Community Group are organising an end of term event on the last Friday of the term. This is a wonderful opportunity to come along and connect with other members of the school community.
Date – Last day of term – Friday July 3.
Place – Rolleston Christian School
Time – 5.30pm for dinner and 6.00pm for a movie.
What – Bring your own dinner and enjoy good company, then watch a movie together as a family.Please note – the school staff will not be attending this event as they will be at the conference dinner for the New Zealand Christian Schools Conference.
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What’s Coming Up
Reports and Learning Conferences
Staff are currently writing student reports. These will be emailed to you in the last week of this term. Learning Conferences will be held early next term.
Informative Morning or Afternoon Teas
Next term we are looking to start morning or afternoon teas to provide you with the opportunity to build your understanding of the learning that is going on, and ways that you are able to help your child/ren at home. We are keen to cater these to the specific areas that interest people and at a time that suits the majority, so if you could please fill out a form by following this link that would be great.
Last Day of Term The end of term is coming up quickly, and there a couple of things that it is important for you to be aware of. Firstly, all the teaching staff will be attending the New Zealand Christian Schools Conference at Middleton Grange that Friday. There will be known relievers in with the children that day and Liz Horn will be on-sight also. The conference is a fantastic opportunity for the staff to develop themselves as Christian educators. Please pray for them as they attend, that they will be both affirmed and challenged by what they hear. Secondly, because the teaching staff will be away on the Friday we will have our end of term Learning Celebration on the Thursday at 12pm. Thirdly, the final day of term is a MUFTI DAY. Please bring a gold coin donation.
Learning at Home projects need to be brought into school over the next couple of weeks.
If it is necessary to close the school for snow or any other reason you will be alerted by text message.
Please use the zebra crossings when moving around the carpark with children.
Papa Jacks Holiday Programme
6th – 17th July – With this Term flying by it is now time to start thinking about your School Holiday needs. Papa Jacks is Rollestons newest Holiday Programme and provides an exciting, fun-filled experience for all school aged children. Conveniently based at RCS. Open 8:30am-6:00pm. Please email email@example.com for more information or find us on Facebook – search Papa Jacks.
Selwyn Equestrian Centre in Burnham are having a school holiday, 13-17 July, camp for horse mad kids aged 5-15. We run these every holidays and you can come with, or without a pony. Monday to Friday and everything is included, meals, accommodation. lessons etc. For more info, please contact Rochelle Buist, 0211338288. firstname.lastname@example.org, or look up Selwyn Equestrian Centre in facebook.