Learning Conferences – Week 3
Food Forest Planting Day – Monday of Week 4
Cheese Roll Production Day – Saturday 19 August
Early Finishes (2pm) – Monday of Week 2 and Week 6
Kelly Sports Days – Week 5 and Week 9 (look out for specific days)
Informative Afternoon Teas – Tuesday Weeks 3, 6, and 9
Whanau Group Performing Arts Extravaganza – Wednesday pm, Week 10
Coming up This Week:
Week 1 Must Knows
Next Week Must Knows
– Library Bus – Te Kakano
– PCG Meeting 7pm
Welcome to Term 3! I hope and pray you have all had a wonderful time with your children over the holidays.
I really love the start of term. I find the holidays a wonderful time to regain perspective, think clearly about the next steps for the school, and trouble shoot problems that are persisting. This means I start a new term with fresh thinking, energy and focus, which I really love.
I love to see children and families coming back to school with renewed energy too, ready for another big term of learning. Rest and quality time with family are such important aspects of a child’s education.
I love to see staff back too. We are so blessed at RCS to have such a caring and dedicated staff that truly love what they do. The holidays are so important for our staff, because the emotional and mental drain of teaching is unsustainable without space for recharging the batteries. I love to see the smiling faces of our staff as they see your precious children again.
I’m excited about this term particularly because we have lots of exciting, forward thinking work to do. We will be fleshing out the bones for the three areas for strategic development that the Board decided upon last term, after consulting with you and looking at where we have come to so far as a school. We are also planning for the development of a new block that will be opened part way through next year, including the provision of a library space. Finally, we are going to be working through our first official curriculum review, this year focussing on literacy. This will become an annual inquiry that will lead us towards making our curriculum delivery more and more effective. A reminder that if you are interested in taking part in a focus group type time about the curriculum please let me know. I love development and improvement, so I’m feeling energised by this type of work.
Over the holidays the Education Review Office published the findings of our recent ERO review (click here to see the report). It was affirming to have the reviewers confirm that our own self-review was leading towards us making the right priorities in terms of areas for improvement.
We look forward to working with you all again this term and seeing continued growth and improvement in your children. Please remember we are always here to work with you, so feel free to stop in for a chat or send us an email if you have any questions or concerns.
Welcome to RCS
Elizabeth Muntt, Mrs Muntt will be supporting students in a teacher aiding role.
Learning Conferences will be held in Week 3 this term. We have an expectation that all parents will attend the Learning Conferences as it is an important aspect in understanding your child’s learning progression. To book your Conference please go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the code 2dhds. Please book in with your child’s Kohanga Teacher.
Junior hub parents, the school is missing LOTS of the reading books that your kids come home with every week. Can you please search under beds, behind the couch, bookshelves, school bags, the car boot (the hiding spots are endless) and return them to your teachers. Each book is worth around $11 and in order for the children’s learning to progress around 240 books are sent home every week in Te Kakano, so we really need parents and children to take personal responsibility for getting these back to school.
Week 2 Monday 31st July & Week 6 Monday 28th August – 2pm
We will be finishing at 2pm on the dates above. These early finishes are to allow the staff to have extra long staff meetings on these days in order to do collaborative work on the enhancement of the teaching and learning programmes.
This work is based around a process called The Spirals of Inquiry. As part of this we will also be interviewing parents to understand from you how you see your child’s learning and development. If you are interested in being part of this process please get in touch with Liz.
Papa Jacks will be available on these dates, should you need their service. Contact them directly on 03-347 7384.
A & P Show
RCS will be attending the Canterbury A&P Show on Thursday 16th November. I am giving you this date now because we need 26 dedicated parent helpers to help make this day possible!
So apply for your annual leave now, lock in your babysitters, or book your preschoolers in for that day so you can come and enjoy a wonderful day out with our gorgeous RCS kids!
Requirements for parent helps:
-Can carry a back pack filled with supplies
-Are free (i.e. do not have preschoolers/babies that are dependent on them – no preschoolers to be attending with RCS due to safety)
-Don’t mind travelling by bus
-Can arrive early on the 16th for a morning briefing
-Are able to have their email address passed on to me so I can contact them
-Happy to have a Police Vet Check done (this is now a legal requirement)
Open to RCS mums, dads, aunties, uncles, grandparents. I will be communicating through the newsletter further about this but police vet checks take up to 6 weeks so the sooner you jump on board, the better!
Please be considerate of others when navigating our carpark. Note that the driveway where our pedestrian crossing is, isnot a drop off zone, therefore you must find a park before letting your children out of the car.
Please note that Foster Park has plenty of parking space. This is located at the back of the school and is an easy walk through the food forest area.
Te Kakano Notice
Does anyone have old ear muffs laying around that they don’t need anymore? Looking about 6 pairs for Te KÄkano. Please let Kendra Liggett know if you can donate some.
SicknessA 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.
A reminder please that school donations are an important aspect of operations. Although school donations aren’t compulsory they do allow for more flexibility in the budget, allowing us to provide more for your children. School donations go to the BOT, while your Attendance Dues go directly to the Christian Schools Trust to cover the cost of the land and buildings. If you haven’t paid your donation yet we appreciate you carefully considering if you are able to.
There are a number of outstanding Swimming Costs. Swimming lessons are subsidised through grants but these do not cover the cost entirely. Swimming is part of the curriculum and we would never want a child to miss out on this due to money, but it is greatly appreciated when those that can afford to pay the $30 do pay. If you have not yet paid for your child’s swimming and you are in a position to do so we would appreciate your prompt action with this. Please note: you will be sent a personal reminder if this has not been paid.
Getting to school on time
Please remember to arrive at school prior to 8.55am. The children start their ‘formal learning time’ at this point, so are missing out on learning if they are not at school on time. Both hubs have learning activities for the children to do from 8.30am so it is advised you make the most of this time too. Please also advise the office if your child will be absent for the day, if you are taking them out early, or if they arrive late to school; so that they are marked correctly in our school roll.
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)
* Thursday – Kapa Haka
* Friday – 9am Devotional Assembly -11.45am, Whanau Group Time, LunchOnline
From the PCG
Cheese Rolls Fundraiser
Yes it is that time of year, everyone is excited about our special cheese rolls. Your child will be bringing home cheese roll order forms this week. Great time to get orders during during the school holidays to neighbours, grand parents, work colleagues. Lets double our orders from last year! Get those orders in!From the PCG we wish you a wonderful holday ahead.
PCG Meeting PCG Meeting Monday 7th August, 7pm at RCS Staff Room, all welcome.
Alpha Marriage Course @ RCS (6 weeks)
WHERE: Rolleston Christian School, RD 8, 571 Springston Rolleston Rd, Rolleston 7678
COST: $60 per couple (Subsidies available)
WHEN: Mondayâ€™s 7 Aug â€“ 18 Sep // $60 per couple (Subsidies available)
RUN By: Hope Rolleston
For more information or for registration email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Toolbox Parenting Course – Middle Years @ Rolleston
In six sessions over eight weeks, the Middle Years Toolbox is designed to help you stay connected, teach skills and build memories. Make the most of these years while your children still want to be a part of your team.
Session 1 â€“ Parent types
Session 2 â€“ Building character and self-esteem
Session 3 â€“ Emotional resilience
Session 4 â€“ Discipline â€“ boundaries and consequences
Session 5 â€“ Creating traditions and memories
Session 6 â€“ Capitalising on the â€˜tween-age yearsâ€™
Cost and payment – $75 per person or $110 per couple. Please note that subsidies are available. Speak to the course contact person about this. Are you a caregiver? Thanks to our recent government contract we can offer Toolbox to all grandparents raising grandchildren, foster carers, whanau caregivers, home for life parents and adopters FREE. Please ring or email the contact below to make a booking. For more information, please phone Kirsten Wyllie 03 379 6053 or email email@example.com. Please note that there will be no sessions during Christchurch Parenting week, so the session dates will be 3 August, 10 August, 17 August, 7 September, 14 September and 21 September. Toolbox courses require a minimum of seven participants to proceed.