I hope you had a lovely weekend. At my church we are currently doing a series on Sabbath. It is a blessing to take some time to reflect on what Sabbath means in our busy culture and how often our own mindset can determine whether we are in a state of Sabbath or not. I pray you were able to appreciate the gift of Sabbath at some point in your weekend.
Last Monday we had a fantastic meeting as a staff exploring the first phase of The Spirals of Inquiry process. I went away from the meeting very thankful for the teaching staff at our school because there is a real culture developing of ‘courageous vulnerability’.
I love the work of Brene Brown. She has done a couple of Ted Talks that became very popular and has written a number of excellent books. Brene Brown teaches about the importance of courageous vulnerability. The ability to come from a place of knowing we are enough and we are special just the way we are, and then stepping ‘courageously’ forward into new things, challenging things, things we have not done yet, things we might need help with, or in other words things that make us vulnerable.
Our teaching staff are willing to open themselves and their practice up to rigorous review, knowing, through feedback given by ERO and the results we are seeing in our students, that they come from a place where they do many things well AND are excited about looking at the areas they can improve. I put ‘and’ there and not ‘but’ because I think it is important to know that we are building on good practice and the word ‘but’ often makes everything said before it non-applicable.
The first phase of The Spirals of Inquiry is called ‘Scanning’. This is where we complete a big ‘scan’ to ask ourselves the questions ‘What is going on for our learners?’ and ‘How do we know?’. We will be asking these two questions in relation to the 7 Principles of Learning published by the OECD. We will be doing a series of things that allow us to gather this information such as interviewing students, teachers observing other groups of learners, and data analysis.
Another important aspect of understanding what is going on for our learners is to hear from you. We will be doing this in three ways at this stage. Firstly there will be a series of questions that will be on Facebook and also on big sheets of paper in the kitchen area in the classroom block. These questions are to help us build an understanding of what is going on for your child/ren at home and it should also be interesting for you to hear what others do in their homes. Secondly a paper survey will be coming home at the start of next week. We would like these to be named and one completed for each child. The reason we would like these to be named is to assist us in the third aspect, which is to hold a couple of focus groups to gain some deeper information. We would like to be able to approach specific people that have brought things up that require a deeper level of understanding on our part. You understand your child/ren in different ways to us, so it helps us to build a complete picture when you provide honest feedback – both positive and constructive.
We are excited about this process and look forward to building on our practices to continuing enhancing your child’s educational experience.
Welcome to RCS
Informative Afternoon Tea
Want to get the most out of your Learning Conference this week? Come along to an information session with Liz at 2pm on Tuesday that can help you to understand what to expect and the types of questions it would be good to come along with so you can make the most of this opportunity to partner with your child and their teacher in their learning.
Learning Conferences are THIS WEEK. 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.
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.
Papa Jacks will be available on the above dates, should you need their service. Contact them directly on 03-347 7384.
School Car Park
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.
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
Forms should have been back by now if you have not send it back please do so as soon as possible.Volunteers list is now up in our School Noticeboard. We need as many hands to help make our orders on 19 August 2017, it’ll be a fun day making cheese rolls and meeting our school community.
PCG Meeting TONIGHT 7th August, 7pm at RCS Staff Room, all welcome.
An evening with Nathan Wallis – September 4th, 7pm, Rolleston College
Positive parenting – Practical strategies for parents to encourage a positive mindsetThe 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