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Week 1 Term 2 Newsletter


Coming up this Week:

Week 1 – 30/04/18 Must Knows:

Tuesday – 9-10am Drop in Hour with Liz

Coming up:

Week 2 7/05/18 Must Knows

Monday – Mobile Library Bus at RCS

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Message from Staff

Kia Ora everyone,

Do you ever notice how God often sends the same message in different ways, just to make sure you get it? This has been happening to me over the last few weeks.

We were in Auckland over Easter and went to a service at Life Church’s Central campus, where their senior pastor was preaching. The thought I took away from his message was how I need to rely on God, not only when things are tough, but in the everyday little hassles also. Relying on God should be like relying on oxygen. We need oxygen everyday, but we can’t just live in it, we have to take it inside of us, so that it becomes part of us.

This reminded me of a verse from the Bethel Music worship song “Starlight† (one of my favourites at the moment):

There’s no heart unseen

There’s no space between

You and I, You and I

You are closer than

The very oxygen

I’m breathing in

Oh, I breathe You in

It’s so good to know that Jesus can be even closer to us than the very oxygen we breathe in.

Then the message came through again, this time through a book I’m reading called “Sensible Shoesâ€. One of the characters explained to another about a prayer she prays a lot:

“…that’s one of my favourite prayers. I’ll inhale saying the words “I can’t†and exhale saying the words “You can, Lord†over and over throughout the day. Those simple words help keep me going in hope and faith when the way gets hard.â€

Praying and talking to God should be like breathing. It can be as simple and as constant in our day as breathing is. God wants to be part of all our lives, in the everyday little things as well as  the big, tough things. God designed us to live this life with Him, rather than running around trying to do it all in our strength. And the more I run around nowadays, the more out of breath I get! So I am going to take time each day to draw deep breaths and to pray to my God, who is closer than I can imagine but wants to be closer still. I would like to encourage you to stop, breathe and pray today also. Give the little things to God as well as the big hurdles.

1 John 4:16 “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.â€


Gabby Nuthall


WELCOME TO RCS! Frankie Morrison
James Faber
Mitchell Maclachlan
Yuju You

And each of the families represented by these students!

Change in Reporting 


As you will be aware National Standards have been removed from legislation, so we no longer need to report against these or assess the children against them.

Sitting alongside the National Standards we have always had the New Zealand Curriculum Achievement Objectives, Literacy Progressions and Numeracy Progressions.  National Standards were originally implemented very quickly and with little research to support the standards.

However, some valuable lessons have come from the era of National Standards. The greatest one being how we robustly analyse the progress made by students and ensure we are well aware of the rate that students are progressing at, and make adjustments for individual children so they are able to make the rate of progress that will ultimately lead them to academic success.

As a school we will continue to analyse this progress, but we will use the New Zealand Curriculum, Literacy Progressions and Numeracy Progressions as our guide for the way children are progressing.  These sources are a solid foundation from which to make our judgements.

The biggest difference for you as parents is to know that all children will now receive their two written reports in the middle of the year and at the end of the year, so no children will receive a report at the end of Term One or Three.

The reports will continue to inform you of the progress your child has made, their next learning steps and ways you can help at home.

If you have any questions about this please feel free to drop in and see Liz on a Tuesday morning at 9am, during Drop in Hour.

General Notices

Please remember that if your child is sick, particularly with a tummy bug, you give them a reasonable amount of time to recover before sending them back to school.  This helps to avoid the spread of sickness in the school.

Winter uniform is worn during Term 2 & 3.  Thank you to Callie & Aiden Reynolds for modelling us the appropriate winter gear for your reference.Boys: RCS Polo Shirt, RCS Shorts or RCS Winter Pants, RCS Polar Fleece, Black Thermal Top, Black Winter socks, Black Shoes
Girls: RCS Polo Shirt, RCS Skort or RCS Winter Pants, RCS Polar Fleece, Black Thermal Top, Black stockings/socks, Black Shoes


Uniform Shop Hours: Monday & Thursday 9-2pm or via email, for new or second hand uniforms. Ask about our layby option.

2018 Important Dates 

2018 School Term Dates

Term 2 starts: Monday 30 April

Queens Birthday: Monday 4 June – No School

Term 2 finishes: Friday 6 July

Term 3 starts: Monday 23 July

Term 3 finishes: Friday 28 September

Term 4 starts: Monday 15 October

Labour Day:  Monday 22 October- No School

Show Day: Friday 16 November – No School

Teacher Only Day: Monday 19 November – No School

Term 4 ends: Wednesday 19 December, 2pm

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