Welcome to the second week of Term 3. Itâ€™s hard to believe that it is August already, only one month to go until Spring!
RCS is looking at the body of Christ in our Living Christianly programme. God has made each of us unique, with a different but vital role in his church. 1 Corinthians 12:14 says that the body is not made up of one part but many. I look at this in terms of the children I teach. They each have a role in my classroom. I have cleaners, helpers, correctors, rememberers, runners, leaders, talkers, followers, jokers, listeners, thinkers, artists, and the techies. Through these roles I see glimpses of who God has created them to be and this is one of the greatest privileges of working with children in a Christian environment. Iâ€™m sure for some of you it is the reason you chose to come to RCS – for your child to be nurtured by other christians who have a passion to see God work in your childâ€™s life.
Reading further down the passage, verses 15 & 16 say â€œIf the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?â€ Iâ€™m sure at some point in each of our lives, we have fallen into the trap of this kind of thinking. â€œIf only I wasâ€¦.â€ â€œIf only I could speak like so and so.â€
Theodore Roosevelt once said â€œComparison is the thief of joyâ€ and I wholeheartedly agree with him. Very easily we take our eyes off God and look at life through a negative lense. Itâ€™s no wonder that â€˜Do not covetâ€™ was one of Godâ€™s first commandments. Yet in a school environment it can be so easy to do. However, your children have been uniquely made in the image of God. Their gifts, strengths and abilities are different to the others in the class. They might be progressing slower than others in writing but hey they might be amazing at dance. So as Christians we look beyond the temporal. Beyond the things of this world.
No, this does not mean we relax all of our expectations of success. Learning to read/write/calculate is important but the most important is that your children become who God has called them to be. We need to start putting more emphasis on the things they are already successful at.. So I encourage you this week, take a really good look at the children that God has blessed you with. What are their special talents? What are their interests? What have they learned to do over the past month that they couldnâ€™t do before? Are they maturing? Then celebrate those things because each of them has a special role in His church.
Welcome to RCS
Learning Conferences will be held NEXT WEEK 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 6 Monday 28th August – 2pm
We will be finishing at 2pm on the date above. This early finish allows the staff to have extra long staff meeting on this day 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 the above 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! Thank you to all who have volunteered so far. We only have 11 spots left so get in quick!
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 for about 6 pairs for Te KÄkano. Please let Kendra Liggett know if you can donate some.
Safe Travel Plan
As the school continues to grow bigger we need to develop a Safe Travel Plan for our students to get to and from school. In order to develop this plan it is important that we have the perspective of our school community. Please fill in this short survey to help us build an understanding of your perspective.
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.
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 supervise your children.
– If children arrive after 8.55am, they are considered Late therefore must head to the Office for staff to mark them in the roll.
– Please also advise the office if your child will be absent for the day, if you are taking them out early, so that they are marked correctly in 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)
* 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. Please remember to return the forms and money in by Friday. Volunteers list is now up in our School Noticeboard.
PCG Meeting Monday 7th August, 7pm at RCS Staff Room, all welcome.
Thursday is the last day to get a hard copy book from the school and if you wish to purchase a book it will have to be paid for delivery and be delivered to your home.
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: email@example.com
An evening with Nathan Wallis – September 4th, 7pm, Rolleston College
Positive parenting – Practical strategies for parents to encourage a positive mindset
The Developing Brain
How your brain grows and learns is obviously central to success and well-being, yet it is only in recent years that we have even begun to understand how it works. There are ways we can help our children to develop by simply having an understanding of the brain. Nathan makes this topic easy to understand and uses everyday language to explain the huge power of the early years, the changes happening in the teenage years – and the ways to get it functioning at its best as much as is possible the rest of the time!
Nathan is a father of three, stepfather to two and foster father to many more. His professional background includes early childhood teacher, child therapist, social service manager, university lecturer and neuroscience trainer. Internationally acclaimed, Nathan is in hot demand throughout New Zealand, Australia and internationally. Nathan appears on National Radio and TV as a guest expert on parenting, teaching and understanding the brain development of young people. He is currently filming a Neuroscience documentary to be screened in late 2017.
Inspirational and charismatic, Nathanâ€™s ability to translate neuroscience into everyday life engages all audiences. Donâ€™t miss out on this opportunity to hear him speak!
Selwyn Sports Trust Presents – Girls On Court
For girls 11-14 years all skill levels welcome.
For more information click here
Looking to Sell?
List with Cheryl in August ready for Spring and I will donate $500 to the school or charity of your choice, click here for more information