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Week 4 Term 2 Newsletter

Coming up this Week:

Week 4 21/05/18 Must Knows

Monday – Mobile Library Bus

Thursday – 2pm Weekly prayer meeting

Friday – School Cross Country

Coming up:

Week 5 28/05/18

Tuesday – Drop in hour with Liz

Thursday – 2pm Weekly prayer meeting

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Message from Staff

Kia ora koutou,

I pray this newsletter finds you well.  It is so nice to see the sun out again today, particularly as it makes such a difference to the children’s learning in class when they are also able to get outside and enjoy physical activity while exploring their world.

I was so blessed to see the positive affirmation given to Kendra last week for her newsletter contribution.  When I originally decided that I wanted different staff members to write the newsletter message my intention was for our school community to have an insight into who each staff member is, as I believe that the basis of a strong partnership is trust and very rarely can we trust someone we don’t know.  I love reading what the staff decide to write, as it gives insight into the things they are passionate about, thinking about or care deeply about. In the busyness of the school day it is sometimes difficult for you to have an opportunity to connect with the different staff members, so I’m really glad you have the chance to build an understanding of who each person is through reading the newsletters.

Last Wednesday we celebrated Support Staff Day.  This is a national day to recognise the support staff who work in schools.  Support Staff are often the people in a school whose work is very demanding and their work can often feel to be undervalued.  As a teaching team we put on a morning tea to say thank you to our very dedicated and hardworking team of support staff – administrators, learning assistants and our caretaker. We are so thankful for this team, as they help to make a very demanding profession a manageable one.  If you see one of our team of support staff I encourage you to affirm them in the great work they do.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our school cross country on Friday.



This Week’s Memory Verse


Happy Birthday!Margaret Prima
Dallis Salisbury

General Notices

School Cross Country – 25th May
All children are required to compete (unless written permission is given to their teacher as to reasons why they are unable). Children are to come to school in either their school p.e. uniform or whanau coloured sport clothing, and are to report to their Whanau Group teacher when the bell rings.

Children must have a sunhat, sunblock, warm jersey, rain jacket, packed lunch and drink bottle.

We invite parents and caregivers to come and support students in the following events. However, please note that the following time-table is only an indication of running times. While we will do our best to follow the schedule, please allow for time either side of the event race time to ensure you do not miss your child’s race.

Year 6-8 students will still be attending Winter Sports at Foster Park that afternoon. Winners of the year 6-8 races will be awarded certificates at the following whole school assembly.

Cancellation and postponement of the Cross Country will be emailed out by 8.15am that morning, and also posted on the school facebook page.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to

Activity Time
Meet in whanau groups 8.55am
Race briefing in Te Kakano Space 9.05am
Whanau Groups seated in designated spaces 9.15am
Year 7 & 8
3 laps
Year 6
3 laps
Year 5
3 laps
Morning Tea 10.00am
Year 1 Girls


Year 1 Boys 10.20am
Year 2 Girls 10.30am
Year 2 Boys 10.40am
Second Break 10.50am
Year 3 Boys
2 laps
Year 3 Girls
2 laps

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.

Community Dental Van
The mobile dental van will be visiting Rolleston Christian in the coming weeks. Only the children who currently require a check-up will be seen at this visit.  Please do not be concerned if your child is not called for a check-up this time as we will be back later in the year to see all enrolled children.
Your child may receive the following at their check-up; X-rays, Fissure sealants, Fluoride treatment, Scaling.
If you have any queries regarding the above, please call our Call Centre on 0800 846983.

For your convenience we have Lunchonline – an online ordering service for lunch orders. To register and order visit their website.
Monday – No Service, Tuesday – No Service, Wednesday – PitaPit, Thursday – Sushi Factory, Friday – Subway

Uniform Shop Hours: Monday & Thursday 9-2pm or via email, for new or second hand uniforms. Ask about our layby option.

Health & Safety Notices 

Parking – Just a reminder, please do not park on the yellow lines and on the pedestrian lanes. Also be aware that there is parking in Foster Park and you can access school through a mowed footpath through the forest areas.

Gates – Please make sure that you do not let any other children out when leaving the school grounds with your own children.

Speed Changes – Please note that the speed limit has changed outside our school to 50k/h and surrounding areas.

Late/Sickness – If your child is late (bell rings at 8.55am) or sick, please advise the office, as soon as possible. If you are removing a child from class during the school day, please call in and advise the office.

From the Board 

The BOT met last Wednesday and would like to feedback a couple of important things that were discussed at Board level.

Firstly, we are excited to say that the plans for a new learning block for Te Kakano are well underway.  You should see the removal of the house between the playground and car park in the next month or two, and then the ground works for the new building will begin shortly after.  The Christian Schools Trust is taking the lead on this project, taking input from us in regards to the direction the school is headed.

Secondly, we were able to take another step in our partnership with the Christchurch Education Network Community of Learners. We have approved that the school will support the decisions made by a Stewardship Group for the network in regards to the direction and strategy of the CoL (Community of Learners) and have appointed Mark Larson to represent us on this.

Thirdly, we are looking forward to having our Strategic Direction displayed on our school website soon, so you are able to know what we are expecting of the school leadership team.

Finally, we would like to say thank you to our administrative team and BOT Finance Committee for their diligence as we have received positive feedback from our auditors about the way our school is being administered.

2018 Important Dates 

2018 School Term Dates

Term 2 starts: Monday 30 April

Friday 25th May – Cross Country 9-11.30am

Queens Birthday: Monday 4 June – No School

Friday 8th June – School Disco!

Wednesday 20th June – Paid Union Meeting 1pm

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

PCG Notices

Weekly Prayer Meetings

We invite you to join us in praying for our school community and each other.
Thursdays 2pm at RCS Staff Room.

RCS Disco Night 

Rolleston Community Hall
Friday June 8th 2018
6-7:30pmCome along, get your groove on and show your moves!- Parents to please stay onsite (there will be tea and coffee available and great conversations). The health and safety of your children continues to be your responsibility at the disco.

– Volunteers needed for security, drinks duty etc

Please contact Cristene at school office if your keen to help

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