On behalf of the Te Pihinga teachers, thank you so much for the support you showed for our cultural lunch. For me, seeing students proudly share their thoughts about their native culture, share food and show off their national dress was one of the highlights of the week. The cooks in the families surpassed themselves, there was enough food for the juniors and all the teachers to have a taste as well. I love the growing cultural diversity in our school, it adds brightness and life and shows off Godâ€™s creativity.
Another highlight of the week came with our visitors from ERO (the Education Review Office). They asked us what we were proud of, and I was proud to say that we as teachers care about our students – it is not just lipservice, we actually care. We care about our students as unique individuals and we care about their learning. I kept thinking, (as I often do) and realised this is a reflection of the growing culture of care and love in our school. It is not just the teachers that care about the children, there are children caring for children, children caring for teachers. There are teachers supporting each other, and there are parents and families supporting teachers, and parents and families supporting other families. Our school value of â€œLove-Arohaâ€ is becoming part of us, an integral part of our school culture.
A culture doesnâ€™t suddenly appear, it takes time to grow. The seeds that were planted in our first year are now beginning to blossom in our third. Love can be seen by some as weak, but actually Godâ€™s love is powerful and pretty hardcore. What a foundation for our culture at RCS! And this year our culture will continue to grow. Our focus is on Peace – thus our journey into forgiveness, cultures and relationships. We add another layer as peace becomes woven into the culture of our hearts as well. If Love and Peace could be seen, they might look like thisâ€¦
“â€¦ and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.'” Revelation 7:9-10
RCS Community Consultation 2017
For the past three years the Board and Staff at Rolleston Christian School have been focussed on the establishment phase of the school. The Board is satisfied it is now time to move into the next phase of the school’s life, so will be having a retreat in June to set the vision and strategic goals for the next five years. The Board is keen to hear your views about this next phase and where the priorities should lay. We appreciate you taking the time to prayerfully answer the following questions. Please uphold the Board in prayer as they work together to bring glory to God in this school.
RCS Winter School Uniform: (Term 2 & 3)
Polar Fleece, Polo Shirt, Shorts/Skort or Pants, Black Socks, Black Shoes.
Children can wear black thermal tops under their polo shirts, black stockings/black winter woollen socks and black rain jackets.
Winter Sport Year 7 & 8
This year our Year 7 & 8 will begin winter sports from Week 3 this term, to be held at Clearview Primary School commencing by 1.30pm. Weekly sport is non competitive with 4 weeks of skill development followed by 4 weeks of competition. Cancellation: Selwyn Sports Trust Activators will make a decision regarding cancellation before 11am. The decision will be made in conjunction with the Selwyn District Council. Schools will be emailed by 11.30am and it will be posted on the Selwyn Sports Trust Facebook page.
We do require some parent help supervision during the time they are away. If you can help with this, please email or see Mr Marshall.
Do you have any pre-schoolers turning 5 in 2018? Please let us know as we need to include these in our 2018 roll projection to avoid disappointments.
Welcome to RCS, Mrs Lowe, who will be joining us for 7 weeks as a Student Teacher.
School Attendance Roll
Please advise the office if your child will be absent for the day, or if you are taking them out early, or if they arrive late to school; so that they are marked correctly in our school roll.Facebook Page
Reminder to follow our Rolleston Christian School Facebook page and join the Rolleston Christian School – Parent & Staff group for parent communication.
* Thursday – Kapa Haka
* Friday – 9am Devotional Assembly -11.45am Whanau Group Time -1.30pm Senior Sports-starts Week 3
What’s Coming Up
Welcome/Information Evening 18th May 7pm
A welcome and informative evening for new families will be held on 18 May, 7pm at RCS. Those who could not attend Term 1’s session, this is your opportunity to hear this. We highly encourage attendance for all families, kindly RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.Information Session – New Zealand Education System 8th June 6pm
This is a session for families new to the NZ education system. Please mark it in your diary!
Parent Literacy Session 8 June 7pm
Learn to teach your children how to appreciate books and develop general literacy skills.
From the PCG
The PCG will be selling The Entertainment Book again this year. The link below allows you to buy the book all around the country, so please share it with friends and family. The school receives $13 for each book sold. http://www.entbook.co.nz/9b26634. There is a example book in the office foyer.PCG Box
There is a wooden box in the office foyer for anyone to place any anonymous prayer request, messages, suggestions, questions or information on people in need of meals. Please take advantage of this.
Informative Afternoon Teas
Information sessions have begun again! We have moved to an afternoon slot to enable Liz Horn to be present and it will happen three times a term rather than every week. Our first one is happening on Tuesday 16th May, 2-3pm. The topic is how to understand school reports.
These days school reports look a whole lot different from when we were at school. There are different words used, and graphs too! It is really helpful to have them explained a bit. Some children have just had their first report at the end of last term, and others will have them sent out at the end of this term. Please bring any questions you have, and pre-schoolers are welcome.
Active After School Programme
An initiative that provides primary school children with access to sport and other structured physical activity programs in the after-school time slot.
Term 2 information: Tuesdays 2 May – 20 June; 3.30pm-4pm: 5-7yrs old; 4pm-4.30pm: 8-10yrs old; Cost: $20pp (8 sessions); Venue: Lemonwood Grove Primary Gym Parents or Caregivers must be present. More info click here
Gymnastics with Flips and Tumbles for 5-7 years old. For more information click hereASB School Banking
Encouraging children to save is still really important to ASB and myself. Whilst we move more into a digital world it is still very important children understand positive savings behaviours and how money gets to their account.
RCS provides our school children this opportunity. Enquire in the office for more information. Click here for Term 2 Savings tips
Calling all young singers aged 10 years and over: The Selwyn Youth Choir is starting up in Rolleston on Monday 15 May. Rehearsals will run from 6-7 pm weekly on Monday nights. Cost is $50 per term, with a discount if you enrol with a friend! Please email email@example.com for details.