Term 4 Home Learning Matrix – please note Term 1-3 options are still fine to do too.
Message from Staff
Welcome to the final term of 2017! I hope you have all had a lovely holiday with your children and have found some time to rest and enjoy each other’s company.
I always love the opportunity that school holidays bring to stop and reflect. This is such an important aspect I think of moving through life with a rested spirit, calm mind and a clear sense of purpose. Each holidays I take some time to reflect on the highs and the lows of the term just been and think through the lessons that I can take away from these and what this will mean for the term ahead.
My reflections during this break were no different. Both highs and lows to learn and grow from. What I was really excited about though was thinking through the engagement and excitement our students demonstrated when learning about bees. I was excited about the number of connections the students were observing for themselves between what they were learning in the different subject areas and how all of these were weaving together to build a rich learning experience. I was also excited about the way a number of our students are seeing the links between the values they are developing through their Christian faith and applying this when reflecting on what they are learning about the environment, economics, health and science. I was also reflecting on how impressed I was with the students ability to analyse a problem and look for the problem behind the problem. I’m now looking forward to seeing them complete the projects they have decided to embark on to help the bees and in turn the health and well-being of people. One of our goals this year as a school is to develop the LIGHTS programme, so it is great to see this model of learning really coming to life!
This term in Living Christianly we are looking at the story of Christmas. This will be an in-depth look at the Christmas story to see how the coming of Jesus brought Hope and Peace to different people in different ways, and how different people responded to this.
In Circle Time we will be looking again at ‘My Life Rulz’. ‘My Life Rulz’ is a programme where children (and adults) are taught truths that help us to approach life with a healthy, resilient mindset. For more information check out their website. We have decided to focus on three of the ‘rules’ this term and will spend three weeks on each rule. If you were not here last year, or didn’t manage to purchase the family pack then I would highly recommend that you do. I have heard a few parents say they have gotten as much out of learning the rules as their children have! I will be ordering a few copies of the family pack for the school to loan out, so please come and talk to me if you would like to borrow one of these.
The children will also be preparing for the end of year prize giving and the Whanau Group Performing Arts Extravaganza, so it will be a busy term filled with lots of action learning!
We look forward to working with you to see another positive term of learning for your children.
We farewell to the following families:
We are heading to hot sunny days therefore please ensure your child is wearing RCS Sunhat when outside. No sunhat = no outside play. Please make sure that these are labelled. If you are needing to purchase school uniform, please get in touch with Cristene via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCS Sun Hat
RCS Polar Fleece – on cold days
We have purchased our school sports shirt. This will become compulsory as of Term 1 2018, these will be worn during PE times and any sporting activities the kids may be doing ie. Kelly Sports
These will be available for purchase now in the office $27.50 per shirt or $25 if paid upon collection.
Dates to Mark on your Diary
20th November 2017 – Teacher Only Day (No School, Papa Jacks available)
16th November 2017 – RCS A&P Show – School outing
12th December 2017 – End of Year Assembly 5.30pm-7.30pm at Rolleston College
19th December 2017 – Last day of School (Papa Jacks available from 20th December)
31st January 2018 – First day of School for 2018
These have arrived and will be coming home today with your children. Please look out for these in their bags.
The start of the term is a fantastic time to remind yourself of the information found in our Parent Handbook. Having a full understanding of this handbook helps us to have an effective partnership when educating your child/ren. Please ensure you are familiar with the content and feel free to ask us any questions that come to mind from this.
We have a concerns procedure in our Parent Handbook that follows the principles of Matthew 18. We believe that following this procedure, when you have an issue that is concerning you, creates a safe place where issues are able to be explored and resolved in a way that protects and empowers all the parties involved. We ask please that you follow this procedure and approach staff with a ‘curious not furious’ attitude.
Gates in Food Forest
There are two temporary gates in the back paddock where there are neighbouring sheep grazing. If you come through these gates, please make sure you close them, as we do not want the sheep to eat our plants and trees in the Food Forest.
7.15am – 8.30am Papa Jacks
8.30am School Grounds Open
8.55am Formal Learning Starts
3pm School Finishes
3.15pm School Grounds Close
3pm – 6pm Papa Jacks available
– If children arrive before 8.30am and are not picked by 3.15pm there will be no teachers available to actively supervise your children.
– If children arrive after 8.55am, they are considered Late therefore must head to the Office for staff to mark them on the roll.
– Please also advise the office if your child will be absent for the day and/or if you are taking them out early, so that they are marked correctly on our school roll.
A reminder if your child has been vomiting or had diarrhoea they are to stay at home until 48 hours have passed since their last episode.
Reminder to like & follow our Rolleston Christian School Facebook page and join the Rolleston Christian School – Parent & Staff group for parent communication.
* Monday – Library Bus (fortnightly)