Rolleston Christian School

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Week 4 Newsletter


Coming up This Week:

  • Wednesday – Christianity Explored in Staff room 7pm, all welcome – Wheels Day (reminder – scooters only – no bikes)
    Thursday – Library Books Working Bee 8.30-1pm
    Friday – Devotional Assembly 9am, Whanau Groups – please bring gloves & gumboots

    Don’t forget to book in for Learning Conference times, see below for link/instructions.

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Message from Staff

Hi Everyone,

Greetings to the new school year from me. We are now well into Term 1, and finding routines and class relationships have become established and the children are settled. We’re especially blessed this year with the senior student group in the school. They have displayed many of the characteristics and attributes that we hope all of our Year 8’s will demonstrate by the end of the year. They have proved to be excellent role models to the younger pupils and this has had a big impact on the behaviour throughout the school. We have also noticed how much the older students are helping the younger pupils in the playground and the classroom.  We very much appreciate each person in Kohanga Kakariki and the contribution they are making to our school.

These children are certainly displaying the beatitude we are looking at this week “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earthâ€, or in the children’s version “Blessed are those who don’t show off but think of others first. They shall be given the earthâ€. These children are definitely putting others before themselves and we are very proud of them.

One problem with the English word meek is that it rhymes with weak, and people have linked the two words together for years. A popular dictionary offers a secondary definition of meek as “too submissive; easily imposed on; spineless; spiritless.†This causes some people to question why Jesus would say, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth†(Matt. 5:5).

Greek scholar W. E. Vine says that meekness in the Bible is an attitude toward God “in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting.†We see this in Jesus who found His delight in doing the will of His Father. Jesus was certainly not weak! It takes strength of character and selflessness to maintain an attitude of meekness. Please encourage your children in what they are doing at school. For the younger ones help them to recognises and acknowledge the great help and support the older children are. For the older children, let them know how much we value and appreciate what they are doing this year. We are off to a great start and I pray that God continues to bless and reward us all, in His work this year.

God Bless,


Exploring the Values at Home


God gives us our emotions, and anger can be a very strong emotion – this week is all about what we do with that emotion. Jesus gave us some good advice – be slow to become angry and when we are angry do not sin.  God wants us to have some strategies we can use that can help us to deal with our anger calmly. We are going to make some anger catchers, 8 different strategies that can help us in times of anger to calm down.


  • What kinds of things make different people in your family feel angry?
  • Where in your body to you feel anger?
  • How can you notice quickly that you are getting angry?
  • What kinds of strategies do the adults in our lives use to catch their anger? Do they find this helpful?
  • It is ok to feel angry, but what is it not ok to do while you are angry? Be specific.

Family Challenge:
Practise some Anger Catching strategies together as a family so they are ready to be used if someone feels this way.

What’s Happening

Learning Conferences – Week 5
Your first formal opportunity to discuss your child’s learning will be in Week 5.  Please book your time slots here: Password:
tk69u. You are booking a meeting with your Kohanga teacher.

Home Learning
The Home Learning Matrix can be found at this link.  If your child is in Years 3 – 8 please look through the matrix and plan out their Home Learning for the term.


School Donations:
Thank you to those people that have responded quickly to the Donations Invoices that were sent last week. A reminder that paying these before March 31 allows you to claim back 33% of the payment in April.

Late Procedure
If your child arrives later than 9am, please come into the office and see Heather, so we can mark you on the roll.

Wheels Day
We encourage children to bring their wheels (scooters) on Wednesday to school, however the bike tracks are not quite ready so only scooters please until further notice.

Koha Box
We have a Koha Box available for those children that don’t have enough lunch or may have forgotten their lunch boxes. We welcome donation of non-perishable goods, please drop this off to the office.

Uniform Sale
New and second hand uniform sales are available in the office during Thursday 8.30am-3.30pm, we encourage you to call and make an appointment first.

We have Lunch Online available on Wednesday from Pita Pit & Fridays from Sydenham Bakery & Subway. Visit their website to create a loggin and order from there. They will deliver your order to your child’s Whanau Group.
NOTE from Pita Pit- We have amended our menu to include a mandatory size option. This is to accommodate the children who find the kids size pita a little small. The two choices are Regular Size or Kids Size. The Kids Size is the pita that is currently being supplied. The Regular Size are larger and the size you would order in store. So, next time you order your Pita Pit, you will be prompted to select a size if you forget.

Devotional Assembly – Friday 9am
We welcome all families to join us at our weekly Devotional Assembly held in the Te Kakono (Junior Hub) Hui space at 9am.

Whanau Groups – Friday Afternoons
There are four Whanau Groups (Family Groups) across the school; Kiwi (green), Pukeko (red), Toroa (yellow) & Piwakawaka (blue).  Children are distributed evenly across these groups and would generally remain in the same group for the duration of your stay at RCS. On Friday afternoons, children do their learning activities in this group. This term their learning will be focussed on the further development of the food forest. Please send appropriate footwear and gardening gloves every Friday this term.

What’s Coming Up

This will be on Wednesday and Friday afternoons starting Friday 10 March. Cost for swimming lesson is $30 per child for 10 sessions. We walk down to Selwyn Aquatic Centre, 71 Broadlands Drive for this.

Zone Swimming Competition
The Zone Swimming Sports is coming up soon. If your child is in Year 5 – 8 and is a competent swimmer please talk to Mrs Nuthall about entering the competition.

Kapa Haka Performance:
We will be performing our Kapa Haka at the SPN Children’s Day Event, Sunday 5th March 2017. Please let us know if you child won’t be able to attend. We are required at site from 11am for a performance at 12noon. Children to wear school uniform for the performance part only.

Christianity Explored – What’s the Best News You’ve Ever Heard?
Was it surprising? Did it change the way you think? Or was it something you wanted to be true but didn’t dare hope? Christianity Explored is a way of sharing the best news ever heard, and will give you the space and time to think about the big questions of life. It takes place over seven sessions for people who would like to investigate Christianity, or just brush up on the basics. Looking at Mark’s Gospel, it explores the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ. Who He is, why he came, and what it means to follow him. The next course will start on Wednesday the 22nd February, 7.30 – 9pm in our school staffroom. Please see me at school or contact me on 0212254653 to register your interest.  I look forward to hearing from you, Amy Stevens

From the PCG

Parent Community Group

Your 2017 Leaders:
Chair – Jacqueline Pieterse
Secretary – Michelle Kidson
Treasurer – Tana Reynolds
Curriculum Support – Amy Stevens
Pastoral Care – POSITION OPEN
Community Building – Chantelle Van der Merwe
Fundraising – Nina Green & Julia van Dyk

SPN Children’s Day 5th Marcy 2017- Free Event / Fundraising
RCS will be having a bake sale at the SPN’s Children’s Day Event next Sunday the 5th of March 2017. If you can assist with donating baking to the school, you can deliver this to the office at any time during school hours on Friday 3rd March 2017.
We ask that all baking is named (product type – e.g Chocolate Cake) and packed in portions of 6 or 8 please specify special ingredients such as Gluten Free / Contains Nuts etc. on the labels.
We appreciate our RCS Families support on this, for any queries please contact Julia van Dyk at

Community Notices

ROAD CLOSURE – Springston Rolleston Road – Dynes to Selwyn
Works involve milling out the existing road surface and laying new asphalt mix. Works are schedule between 7pm-7am daily from 20th Feb, weather permitting. Please talk to your children about safety near roadworks and consider keeping pets indoors.

Rolleston Rugby Club
Registrations open now! – click the links below
Junior (U6-U18)Senior (U21, Div2, Div1)
Come and join the fastest growing club in NZ!

Friday Morning Basketball see here for more information

Cello Lessons – see here for information

SPN Children’s Day – Sunday 5th March 2017 – see poster here

Rolleston Netball Club – see here for more information

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