There is something special about the fourth term of the school year. Warmer weather, longer days, outdoor activities, the promise of summer holidays.
It is also one of the busiest times for families and for schools. As a teacher, I really enjoy the build-up to the end of the year, even though it can be stressful and often a rush to fit everything in. Iâ€™m a great list maker in the fourth term! I always start my lists with something I have already completed, so I can tick it off straight away – it helps it seem less daunting!
For teachers, the fourth term can also be a time to reflect on the year so far and to plan for the coming year. A large part of our time is taken up with writing end of year progress reports. I particularly enjoy these, even though they are a lot of work. I enjoy the chance to stop and think about each of my students individually. I think about what they were like when I first met them at the beginning of the year and how they have grown since then. Itâ€™s exciting and encouraging to see how far each and every one of your children have come.
It’s also a good time to reflect on our focus for Term Four:
Peace and Hope – growing on the inside
Coming to a new school this year has meant almost everything about my teaching has been a new learning experience. New school, new students, new colleagues and a new environment have all meant that I have probably grown and developed as much as the RCS students this year. It has been a year of learning, both professionally and spiritually – a year of growing on the inside. God has been patiently working with me and encouraging me along the way. He has given peace through the times when the learning curve has been steep and He has filled me with hope for each day and for next year.
So, this term, as I work on reports and head into the count down to Christmas and the end of year, I am thankful for the lessons God has been teaching me and that I have grown as much as my students. I am proud of what we have accomplished this year, how far we have come, and how we have grown on the inside. Thank you for being a part of my learning journey over the past three terms – Iâ€™m excited for whatâ€™s to come!
CelebrationsWelcome to RCS
Nathaniel Tu & Family
Newsletter – Printed Form
We will be doing a trial for 3 weeks, to see whether there is an up take on printed form of our newsletters. These will be pinned on the community noticeboard (located by main learning building by main door), everyone welcome to take one.
Meeting for Year 4-6 Parents
14 November, 7pm @ RCS
The Christian Schools Trust, in partnership with the school, will be holding a meeting for the parents of students in Years 4-6. The purpose of this meeting is to build a collaborative vision for developing our Years 7-8 programme, and potentially beyond, as we grow bigger. We will also be looking at the pathways through the Christian Education Network and how these can work for your family. If you have a child in Years 4-6 we would appreciate you making the effort to attend this meeting.
Please RSVP to the office by emailing (click here) before 10th November 2017.
RCS Arts Celebration
On Wednesday 15th November (week 5) RCS is going to be having a Whanau group Arts Celebration and all family and friends are invited to attend. It will be from 12:30 until 2:30, with the children’s lunch break in the middle from 1:15-1:45. Over the past one and a half terms each Whanau group has been working on putting together an item that involves acting, dancing, singing and music. The children have all been practising very hard and are excited to share the finished product with you. It will be held in the main assembly space and we look forward to seeing you there.
The times are as follows (estimated time for performances):
12:40- Piwakawaka’s performance
1:00- Toroa’s performance
1:15- 1:45- Children’s lunch time
1:55- Pukeko’s performance
2:15- Kiwi’s performance
Year 6-8 Overnight School Camp
On the 9th and 10th of November the year 6-8s will be attending an overnight camp at McLeans Island. They will be participating in some fun learning activities including; Paintball, Biking, Orana Park Visit, Field games.
An email has been sent and a letter also sent home explaining the camp in more detail. The registration forms will be coming home Friday 27th October. Mr Marshall is still looking for one more parent to help with the kitchen/meals etc. If you are free please get in touch with him asap via email.
A & P Show Volunteers
During the weekend A&P volunteers got a confirmation email which had some information about the day and an equipment list. Please email Kendra Liggett if you didn’t receive this.
There will be a compulsory briefing for all A&P Show volunteers on Thursday 16th November at 8:30am in Te KÄkano Kahurangi (Miss Langridge’s room).
November is nearly here â€¦â€¦or should we say NO-WRAP-VEMBER !!!
RCS is joining with other Selwyn Schools & Pre-Schools to reduce lunchbox rubbish. This is an inter-school competition as well as a WhÄnau Group Competition. As an Enviroschool it is our duty to improve our sustainable practices. From Wednesday 1st November the Nature Group will be counting the amount of rubbish in the childrenâ€™s lunch boxes everyday. At the end of the month, the whÄnau group with the least amount of rubbish, and the whÄnau group that had the biggest improvement in reduction of rubbish will win a prize. A pamphlet is coming home today for each family with ideas on how to reduce lunchbox rubbish. Letâ€™s reduce rubbish and support NO-WRAP-VEMBER !!
Brought to you by the RCS Nature and Rubbish Group.
Term 4 Home Learning
This term we are making our Home Learning options a little more simple, but as with every term you are still welcome to choose from the previous terms’ Matrix.
Pick a local or national organisation that brings Hope and/or Peace to the world. Find a way that you can support this organisation to help bring this Hope and Peace. Keep a record of why you chose this organisation and how you supported them. The amount of time you spend helping the organisation contributes to the number of points you earn. 1 hour = 1 point.
Some ideas for organisations to support (but not limited to):
Sunshine Boxes for Christmas
DOC – Conservation Week
The Salvation Army
Your local church
We are heading to hot sunny days therefore please ensure your child is wearing RCS Sunhat when outside. No sunhat = no outside play. Please make sure that these are labelled. If you are needing to purchase school uniform, please get in touch with Cristene via email.
RCS Sun Hat
RCS Polar Fleece – on cold days
We have purchased our school sports shirt. This will become compulsory as of Term 1 2018, these will be worn during PE times and any sporting activities the kids may be doing ie. Kelly Sports
These will be available for purchase now in the office $27.50 per shirt or $25 if paid upon collection.
Sports Uniform will be:
– RCS Sports Shirt
– Plain Black Shorts
– Black Sports shoes and socks.
Dates to Mark on your Diary
20th November 2017 – Teacher Only Day (No School, Papa Jacks available)
16th November 2017 – RCS A&P Show – School outing
12th December 2017 – End of Year Assembly 5.30pm-7.30pm at Rolleston College
19th December 2017 – Last day of School (Papa Jacks available from 20th December)
31st January 2018 – First day of School for 2018
We have a concerns procedure in our Parent Handbook that follows the principles of Matthew 18. We believe that following this procedure, when you have an issue that is concerning you, creates a safe place where issues are able to be explored and resolved in a way that protects and empowers all the parties involved. We ask please that you follow this procedure and approach staff with a ‘curious not furious’ attitude.
Papa Jacks Before & After School Care
Dates to Note:
Term 4 on the 19th we will start at 2.00pm
Pre Xmas â€“ Wednesday 20th to Fri 22nd Dec
Jan Holidays Mon 8th Jan to Tuesday 30th Jan 2018
Year 8s Planning to Enrol at Rolleston College
Just a reminder to have your enrolments forms in as we are trying to get the last of our interviews done in Week 6.
Ali – Rolleston College
From the PCG
What is the PCG all about?
The Parent Community Groupâ€™s Role
The Parent Community Group are an entity of the school, and therefore under the authority of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the school, setting the strategic direction of the school and keeping the leadership of the school accountable for the day-to-day management of the school as it heads towards the strategic goals.
The PCG is intended as a group in which parents and other school community group members, eg. grandparents, can be actively involved in supporting the Board and School Leadership to meet the strategic goals, thereby enhancing the educational experience for all members of the school community, but primarily the children attending RCS.Mission Statement
As a group we are here to bring glory to God as together we grow a school community that equips, encourages and supports each other to be a blessing to the community. We meet twice a term on a Monday evening in the school office, not everybody can make every meeting and thatâ€™s ok.
We need you!
PCG Pastoral Care
Please if you know about anyone in need of meals or any kind of pastoral care matter, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org use the PCG Box in the office foyer.
Please come and support our Mystery Bottle stall at the upcoming Rolleston Fireworks Night, 4 November, at Foster Park.
There is a volunteer list on the notice board if you are available to come and help us.
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 actively supervise your children.
– If children arrive after 8.55am, they are considered Late therefore must head to the Office for staff to mark them on the roll.
– Please also advise the office if your child will be absent for the day and/or if you are taking them out early, so that they are marked correctly on 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)
I am wanting to give kids with good ideas a chance to deliver on an idea by seeding $10 into a project. They get to keep the profit they make and I will match the profit up to $100 and donate it to a local charity.
If you have students who would like to enter for the $10 they can write their proposal of up to 100 words to email@example.com. I will be choosing the winning ten 10 year olds on 10th November. They will receive the $10 the following week and have until 8th December to make what they can in profit.
We are wanting to generate discussion about how things grow in Canterbury and the water and nutrients required to make things grow. We are offering $500 to the school who grows the largest pumpkin, and $500 to the schools whose student presents the best A3 poster about water and nutrient management for growing the pumpkin.
We have propagated 3 pumpkins for each school which will be delivered to you if you wish to enter. The posters will need to be completed in Term 1 next year and sent to us by the end of the term for judging. To enter the pumpkin growing competition please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the pumpkin drop off.
Iâ€™m hoping one or two of these ideas might find favour with yourself, staff and pupils. I have included posters for each event to help you with promotion around the school.
I am also sending hard copies of posters and a letter to you next week.
Rolleston College – 2018 AttendeesKey dates and events for new families
We are very excited about welcoming your child to Rolleston College in 2018. Below are some key dates that would be good to pencil into your diaries.
BYOD Evening: Thursday 30th November 6.30pm – 7.30pm
This is an evening for new parents to have a tour of the school, hear from Steve Saville the school Principal who will speak about learning at Rolleston College including NCEA, explore BYOD options, purchase Rolleston College Pens, hear about the Parent Action Group, uniform, selected courses and stationery information provided.
6.30pm – Steveâ€™s address in Auditorium
6.45pm – School tours (optional with learner ambassadors as guides)
6.45pm-7.30pm – Browse the BYOD and other displays and talk to the providers.
Welcome Day: Friday 8th December 9am-12pm
This is an opportunity for your son/daughter to come and spend half the day in the school with us. Learners will meet their Ako coach and will meet some of the other learners in their whanau. There will be fun activities and a sausage sizzle. More specific information related to this event will be emailed out to those involved closer to the time.
Exhibition Night: Monday 11th December 5.30 – 7pm
This is an evening where existing learners exhibit and celebrate their work from the term. Weather permitting we hope to hold this event in the plaza. 2018 Learners and their families are welcome to come along and look at some of the work displayed if they wish.