I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. I was in Hanmer supporting friends and family who ran the Hanmer Half Marathon. I had the joy of seeing one of our students, George, coming in strongly at the end of the 5k race too. It is lovely to see that Miss Whitla’s running group is having a positive effect on the students outside of school too! Well done to George and his mum Emily for a solid effort in the run!
I had the privilege of reading an email exchange between a parent and a teacher over the school holidays that left me feeling blessed to work in a school where we openly honour and acknowledge God and His ways in the way we work through situations, challenges and successes.
One of the things that I loved in the email exchange was that the parent had made a decision to commit to praying for the teachers and the school. This is a challenge that I feel God has strongly impressed upon me lately too.
The next day I went to church and one of the points in the sermon was about the need to uphold our leaders. The speaker pushed the point that we need to pray for our leaders because it is God working through them that really makes an impact. Our teachers are your children’s leaders. Everyday they speak into your children’s lives; they guide them through challenges, celebrate their successes with them, mediate their relationship issues, shape their perceptions, all while teaching them the basic knowledge and skills they need for success later in life. We need to pray for our teachers. Pray for wisdom, insight, the fruits of the spirit and the strength of the Holy Spirit as they go about their influential work with your children.
I encourage you to also pray for your children’s classmates. At my previous school a good friend of mine started her child at the school. There was a certain child that she felt spent his day making her son’s life a misery, needless to say she wasn’t a fan of this other child. One term she came and ran a special art group for one hour a week and said child signed up to join. Week by week she grew to love this child and it helped to shape the way she coached her own child through the issues he brought home. It is hard to hate people close up, and I also find it is hard to hate people we are committing to God in prayer. Your child’s classmates can have an impact on your child, and they are all fallen image bearers of God with different challenges that they face. They each need God’s Holy Spirit to work in them. So pray.
As a staff we also pray for you and your children. So if there are things you would like us to pray for specifically then please let us know.
We are looking to organise an evening prayer meeting later this term to pray for our school community, so keep an eye out for this.
Happy Birthday!Amelia Lamborn
Paid Union Meeting
There is another Paid Union Meeting for the staff on June 20 in the afternoon. This meeting is a follow up to the previous Union Meeting regarding teacher and principal contracts. It would be greatly appreciated if you could show your support for the teaching profession by picking your children up at lunchtime (1pm). If this is not possible the school is still open, so please let us know by emailing the office that your child will be remaining at school so we can arrange for the appropriate number of staff to stay behind.
School Cross Country
Our annual school cross country will be held on Friday 25 May from 9-11.30am. Everyone is welcome to come along and support the children. As this is predominately a Whanau Group event could the children please wear Whanau Group colours. ( Pukeko – red, Kiwi – green, Toroa – yellow, Piwakawaka – blue)
For your convenience we have Lunchonline – an online ordering service for lunch orders. To register and order visit their website.
Monday – No Service, Tuesday – Hooked Fish and Chips, Wednesday – PitaPit, Thursday – Sushi Factory, Friday – Subway
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 Terms 2 & 3. Thank you to Callie & Aiden Reynolds for modelling to 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
Wednesday 20th June – Paid Union Meeting 1pm
Friday 25th May – Cross Country 9-11.30am
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
Parent Community Group will be meeting on Monday 14th May 7pm-9pm at RCS Staff Room. You are welcome to attend. The PCG welcomes all your ideas, input and support!
2018/19 Entertainment books will be coming home on Tuesday with your child. Please be sure to collect from their bag and take a look through, you will see plenty of great offers. There will be information included explaining what you do if you wish to purchase or return.
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Give Mum an Entertainment Membership this Motherâ€™s Day and she can enjoy more than 12 months of valuable dining, shopping and travel offers! Buy from us today and youâ€™ll also be supporting New Playground. Hurry! It’s your last chance to get the bonus Early Bird Offers before they’re goneâ€¦
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