It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is here! Our third year of operation is coming to a close and a period of rest, joy and season’s celebrations is ahead of us.
I was absolutely delighted with the performances of the children at last week’s End of Year Prize Giving. Their hard work (and that of their teachers!) and diligent practising paid off and was an absolute joy to witness. I have attached my speech here in case you missed it. As a staff we are kept accountable to the goals of the BOT each year, and through my speech this year I have outlined our achievements as a school. We are very excited about 2018 and our strategic direction forward, and look forward to sharing this with you early in Term 1.
I’ve also had the pleasure of reading all the reports over the last few days. It is wonderful to see so many children making excellent progress, both in their character and their academics.
I have been reflecting with teaching friends recently about the important part parents play in a child’s education, and how our education system really does rely of parents playing this part. The holidays are a wonderful time to make the most of the role you play. Don’t worry though – your part is not the formal and structured learning children do at school. Your part is to build curiosity, celebrate the joy found in new discoveries, coach through the emotional ups and downs, develop a love of books and reading, model constructive problem solving, engage in interesting conversation with your children and encourage creativity and courage. Each of these things can be done at the beach, or camping, or under the Christmas tree or in the garden or at the park, and even in the quiet moments you have together at home. So although I would discourage you from doing ‘formal’ school work over the holidays, your children will definitely come to school in a better place for learning at the beginning of 2018 if you have all curled up with a good book each night, played in some rock pools or searched for eels in the river, learnt a new skill on a skateboard or a bike, done a crossword or a word find together, learnt to knit on a rainy day etc. Play, discover and explore. Your children’s education will benefit greatly from it.
For those of you who finish with us tomorrow – we wish you every blessing as you take this next step in your journey. You will be missed and we are thankful for the part you have played in our school community – whether it has been big or small.
I pray you will all have a blessed and merry Christmas, and that you know the Hope and Peace that Jesus’ birth brings during this season.
We look forward to partnering with you in your child’s education in 2018!
Please note that the office is closed from Tuesday 20 December through to Monday January 29. The Christmas break is an important break for teaching staff to rest and recuperate from the year, as there are professional expectations of them in all other breaks. All teaching staff are therefore out of action for the month between Wednesday 21 December and Monday 22 January. If you have any urgent requests or questions please email these to Liz.Books
Please ensure you have returned all Reading and library books. Replacement costs for these books are very high, so we appreciate you taking the time to look carefully for any books that belong to the school and returning them.
All reports have now been sent out via email. If you have not received your child’s report and were expecting one then please email Liz to see that the report was sent to the correct email address. A reminder that all Year 4-8 students should receive a report, but in Years 1-3 only students who did not receive a report at the end of last term receive on at the end of this term. If your child has not yet completed 6 months at school then no formal report is written at this time either.
Thank you to the parents that have come in to help with the Lego Day today. This support provides the children with a wonderful day to learn in a creative and fun way, as well as providing teachers with valuable space to tidy up spaces and go into the holidays with a clear head, able to rest.
Stationery lists will come home with your child tomorrow and will be available via our website. We are partnering with Warehouse Stationery Rolleston. Please mention RCS when purchasing your stationery as the school gets 5% back on sales. If your child has brought home stationery that is still in good condition please feel free to use it in 2018. All stationery must be clearly named and be brought to school on 31st January.
If you would like to purchase labels, we recommend labelling your all items from Stuck On You (they even have shoe labels!). Please use this link https://www.stuckonyou.nz/affiliate/fundraiser/RCS so we can avail some points. Our fundraiser code is RCS. Thanks for your support.
Uniform shop open – Monday 29 January – 9am-12noon
First Day of School – Wednesday 31 January – 8.55am
Waitangi Day – Tuesday 6th February – NO School
Teacher Only Day – 12 March. The teachers have an amazing opportunity to join with the staff of all the Christian Schools in Christchurch attending PD with a speaker from the States.
Access to emergency dental services during December 2017 – January 2018
Ann Dunleavy Canterbury District Health Board Hillmorton Hospital, Sylvan Street entrance, Christchurch
PO Box 731 | Tel: 335 4222 |Fax: 335 4231
A Unique Christmas Experience â€“ Christmas Time Tunnel
Open Daily, December 16th â€“ 23rd, 9.00pm-10.00pm.293 Waterholes Road, Rolleston. Experience the wonder of the First Christmas. Featuring an illuminated 250m bush tunnel and many surprises along the way. Gold Coin donation.