Rolleston Christian School

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Week 4 Newsletter

Coming up this Week:

This Week’s Must Know

School Planting Day – wear appropriate gardening clothes

Cheeserolls Making Day – Come along and be part of the fun!

Next Week Must Knows

Te Pihinga – Kelly Sports Day (Please wear whanau coloured sports clothes)

Te Kakano – Kelly Sports Day (Please wear whanau coloured sports clothes)

Active Kids Session with Rolleston College

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Message from Staff

Hello everyone, well here we are in Week 4! Spring has made a brief appearance and there has been some excitement as we watch the lambs start to appear in the paddock next door. Spring always reminds me of new beginnings and in some ways, I see it as the start of a new year. As things emerge from hibernation everything springs into new life.

At our church today the sermon was on Romans 10. This is also about new beginnings, stating several times throughout the chapter that if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead you will be saved.  It is wonderful to have Jesus as our foundation to life and to know that he has everything under control no matter what our circumstances.  At times this may be hard to see or understand, but we know that God has promised this in his word. One of the songs we used to sing at church in my youth was called Turn your eyes upon Jesus by Amy Grant (bring back memories for some of you!). This simple chorus was also a great reminder to leave things in his hands:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

Another event happened this week that I always enjoy the Learning Conferences. It is great to hear your children talk to you about their learning and we often get genuinely surprised with what they come out with. They explain in depth something they have learnt that we hadn’t realised had meant so much to them. I find this inspiring as a teacher and it helps me in appreciating the value of my role as a teacher. I know this is a feeling that is shared by the whole staff as we share some of what has been said in the interviews.

Thank-you for the privilege of teaching your children.

As you read this we will have had a great day learning about Bees and also planting trees that will support hives in our area. We have spent some time planning this and we think it will be a great day (typing this on Sunday). We hope your children are inspired and their curiosity is raised as we continue to learn about bees and their part in our Society today.

As a school, we hope that we also cause a buzz in our community and that our influence in the community has as big an effect as bees do in nature. We pray that as our little hive continues to grow and extend that our school community would sweeten the Rolleston community and beyond with what we do. Have a great week!

God Bless


Welcome to RCS
Elise Partridge

Happy Birthday
Abigail Prins
Danielle Scheepers

Korbin Campbell successfully completed his first grading at Strike Force Boxing Gym on Thursday evening, where he trains three times a week. He now holds a ‘red band’ which moves him into a senior position within his class and enables him to competitively fight in the future (If mum allows!). To successfully complete a grading you need to undergo a series of tests. Korbin’s included: Correct foot work when in defence and attack, selected punch combinations with additional numbered combination strikes, numerous sit-ups/press-ups and skipping requests (without failure) and overall technical ability. He completed it with an amazing 94% mark. After only starting four weeks ago, this is a real achievement! Well done Korbin!

Learning Conferences

A big thank you to all families who attended their Learning Conference with their child/ren.

Head Lice

It is going around in our school. Please be vigilant in checking your child’s head.

Head lice facts

Head lice are a common problem throughout the World. They are highly contagious and are easily picked up on contact with others that are infested or their personal belongings.
Head Lice…

  • Are small, flat insects about 2-3mm long (the size of a sesame seed)
  • Live on the human scalp
  • Breed all year round
  • Are normally grey/brown in colour
  • Cannot jump, fly or swim
  • Do not carry disease
  • Remain on the head after swimming or showering

What to look for

For school age children check for head lice once a week. You will not need to do this if you are using Nit-Enz Organic Shampoo twice a week, as recommended.
Check the whole scalp for insects and their eggs, especially:

  • Around the hair line and at the back of the neck
  • Behind the ears
  • On the crown of the head

Scratch marks or a rash can be a sign that head lice are present. Head lice may cause itching, but do not usually cause disease. Not all children complain of an itchy head. Occasionally scalp infections requiring treatment may develop.

Life cycle

Female lice lay about 7 – 10 eggs each night, close to the scalp. Eggs are glued firmly onto the hair shaft, no more than 1cm from the scalp. They are normally a grey/brown colour and are difficult to see (prior to shampooing with Nit-Enz). Eggs hatch every 7-10 days and a louse can live for 40 days.

For Treatment –  click this link,   it is an all natural product that you can buy at both of the Rolleston Pharmacies.

Early Finish 

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.

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.


RCS Timetable
7.15am – 8.30am   Papa Jacks
8.30am                  School Grounds Open
8.55am                  Formal Learning Starts
1pm                       Lunch
3pm                       School Finishes
3.15pm                  School Grounds Close
3pm – 6pm             Papa Jacks available

Please Note:
– 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.

Facebook Page 
Reminder to like & follow our Rolleston Christian School Facebook page and join the Rolleston Christian School – Parent & Staff group for parent communication.

Weekly Schedule
* Monday – Library Bus (fortnightly)

* Wednesday – Wheels Day; LunchOnline

* Thursday – Kapa Haka
* Friday – 9am Devotional Assembly -11.45am,  Whanau Group Time,  LunchOnline

From the PCG

The PCG looks forward to connecting to our RCS family and friends on Saturday while we make thousands of rolls.
Thank you for your support, we are blessed to have many talents that serve our school.

“When the peoples are gathered together, And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.”

Psalm 102:22

Community Notices

An evening with Nathan WallisSeptember 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!

Inspirational and charismatic, Nathan’s ability to translate neuroscience into everyday life engages all audiences.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear him speak!

Please see the office for your free Tickets – Limited numbers – Only 5 left

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

Selwyn Athletic Club – Registration and Open Day – Come and Have a Go

Sunday 3rd  September 2017,
Brookside Park, Rolleston

Everyone welcome
Juniors (Age 4yrs -14),Seniors and Masters.

Athletes and those keen to assist and coach.

If you would like to know more and/or are unable to make it to registration day and would like to receive an electronic registration form
please email
Registrations after 3rd September will be accepted.

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