I trust you are enjoying a nice long weekend and have had a chance to enjoy some extra quality time with your children.
This week is a week of information sessions at school. On Tuesday afternoon we have an Informative Afternoon Tea, focussing on our LIGHTS programme. I will be sharing information about what the LIGHTS process involves and what the children are learning as they work through it. I look forward to sharing this with you as it is a crucial part of our academic programme and having a good understanding of this will help you to know what to look out for and how to talk to your children about what they are learning.
On Thursday we have information sessions for families that are new to the New Zealand education system and a later session on literacy learning and what the parent’s role is in this.
I encourage you to make the effort to attend one of these sessions. It is a good time to build your own knowledge and understanding of what we do here at school, as well as connect with staff and ask those burning ‘why’ questions you might have.
In Te Pihinga at the moment the children are moving from the ‘L’ phase of LIGHTS to the ‘I’ phase. ‘I’ is about investigating the alternatives that could make the most of an opportunity or help to fix a problem that has been revealed through the ‘L’ – Look at the current situation. I was quite excited to hear from the teachers that some of the children were able to pull knowledge from what they have been learning in LIGHTS, Living Christianly, Literacy, the Enviro-school Immersion Day and Circle Time together and make generalisations and comparisons in order to see what their opportunity or problem could be. This type of thinking skill is reasonably difficult and I love that we are starting to see these things come together and develop for our children. I’m personally very excited to see the types of projects they decide to pursue! We look forward to sharing these with you later in the term.
Again – I hope to see many of you at one of our information sessions this week.
Until then, many blessings,
Welcome to RCS
Ruben PieterseBirthdays this Week
Winter School Uniform
RCS Winter School Uniform: (Term 2 & 3)
Polar Fleece, Polo Shirt, Shorts/Skort or Pants, Black Socks, Black Shoes.
Children can wear black thermal tops under their polo shirts, black stockings/black winter woollen socks and black rain jackets.
UPDATE: there has been a delay in production of our Winter Pants, our uniform provider can not provide a delivery time as yet. We will keep you posted when we hear anything. In the meantime, if you think you may want to order some, please email Cristene your order.
FREE Dental Care for Children
Your child was given a Colgate toothbrush pack last week to encourage discussion about the Community Dental Service preventive mobiles, who will be visiting us this week.
A reminder please that school donations are an important aspect of operations. Although school donations aren’t compulsory they do allow for more flexibility in the budget, allowing us to provide more for your children. School donations go to the BOT, while your Attendance Dues go directly to the Christian Schools Trust to cover the cost of the land and buildings. If you haven’t paid your donation yet we appreciate you carefully considering if you are able to.
There are a number of outstanding Swimming Costs. Swimming lessons are subsidised through grants but these do not cover the cost entirely. Swimming is part of the curriculum and we would never want a child to miss out on this due to money, but it is greatly appreciated when those that can afford to pay the $30 do pay. If you have not yet paid for your child’s swimming and you are in a position to do so we would appreciate your prompt action with this.
Getting to school on time
Please remember to arrive at school prior to 8.55am. The children start their ‘formal learning time’ at this point, so are missing out on learning if they are not at school on time. Both hubs have learning activities for the children to do from 8.30am so it is advised you make the most of this time too. Please also advise the office if your child will be absent for the day, if you are taking them out early, or if they arrive late to school; so that they are marked correctly in our school roll.
40 Hour Famine
If your child is keen to participate in the 40 Hour Famine please return the permission slips as soon as possible. We will be holding a mufti day on the Friday that the Famine starts – 9 June. Please bring a donation for the children of Syria on this day.
Reminder to follow our Rolleston Christian School Facebook page and join the Rolleston Christian School – Parent & Staff group for parent communication.
* Thursday – Kapa Haka
* Friday – 9am Devotional Assembly -11.45am Whanau Group Time -1.30pm Senior Sports
VisTab is an easy to use sign-in, sign-out tablet system used by many NZ and Australian organisations and we would like to have this service available at our office for Health and Safety reasons. There is a substantial set up cost and ongoing fee to have this system. We are wondering if you may know of a business who may like to sponsor this system, in return there will be an advertising opportunity for them. For more information of this product see vista.co.nz.
What’s Coming Up
Thursday Book Covering Session
We would love some help again in covering more library books. If you are free this Thursday from 8.30am please come to the staff room. Thanking you all in advance.Information Session – New Zealand Education System 8th June 6pm
This is a session for families new to the NZ education system. Please RSVP to the Office if you wish to attend.
Parent Literacy Session 8 June 7pm
Learn to teach your children how to appreciate books and develop general literacy skills. Please RSVP to the Office if you wish to attend.
Discipleship Explored – starts 16th May 9.30-10.30am
DE is an 8 week Bible study of Philippians focussing on the great love God has for us. I am running it with a small group focus, beginning on Tuesday 16th May starting at 9.30-10.30amand meeting at the same time each week for 8 weeks. During each session we will watch a 10-15min DVD clip then have discussion around a few questions. It fits nicely within an hour. Please talk to me if you would like more details or would like to join in â€“ Amy 0212254653 Discipleship Explored is part of Christianity Explored Ministries www.ceministries.org
Alison Mooney – Pressing the Right Buttons – 16th June 7-8pm – FREE EVENT – Limited Tickets
Are you being driven nuts by someone who can’t make up their mind? Or exasperated by someone’s need to get it perfect, every time! Perhaps you have a “Show Pony” in your life, that keeps horsing around, even before they talk! Or are you feeling short changed when the most “outspoken” person gets what they want every time. But in reality, those “weird’ people that you want to sort out, are the very same people who want to sort you out. Perhaps they’re not ‘weird’, but just ‘wired’ in a certain way.
Alison will share with you:
The 4 personality types of people that you know.
The importance of understanding and respecting each others differences.
Alison’s talk â€œPressing The Right Buttonsâ€ will make you laugh as you learn more about yourself, your friends, your family and your work mates.
Tickets available in RCS school office.
From the PCG
The PCG will be selling The Entertainment Book again this year. The link below allows you to buy the book all around the country, so please share it with friends and family. The school receives $13 for each book sold. http://www.entbook.co.nz/9b26634. There is a example book in the office foyer.PCG Box
There is a wooden box in the office foyer for anyone to place any anonymous prayer request, messages, suggestions, questions or information on people in need of meals. Please take advantage of this.
RCS Tree Raiser
Over the past year work has been done to begin a Food Forest at our school. The idea behind a food forest is that every plant has a purpose – some to feed the soil, some the wildlife, and others to feed us. We desire that as a Christian School, we will be able to use this space and its produce to show God’s love to others.
This is an opportunity to be a part of something that will leave a legacy â€“ impacting many generations of students at RCS and the wider community. Our children will learn to grow their own food, to use it, and to give it away! This resource will be a great support for the curriculum and the gospel â€“ very tangible learning experience in both areas â€“ Jesus often used agrarian parables to bring to life his teaching.
We are currently looking for sponsors to help us by either providing money for a plant, or by donating a plant you have grown or purchased yourself.
A web page has been set up at https://form.jotform.co/71132282474856 where you can choose from a list of items what you might like to contribute.
Examples of values are fruit trees (apples, apricots, plums etc) $30, fruit bushes/vines (feijoa, grape, gooseberry etc) $20, compost, nz cranberries and stakes $5, seed mix $13, tree guards $2.
Please contact me if you would like more information or a hard copy of the list â€“ Amy 0212254653
Hello Rolleston Christian School,
Support a great cause, have a laugh, challenge other teams and have some fun. We invite you to get your friends, family and co-workers together to form and unstoppable quiz winning team! Youthline Central South Island it holding their â€œBattle for Top Schoolâ€ Quiz night. Represent your school or form a team of rebels to face our challenge. With great prizes and a fun night out planned come join us:
On Tuesday 20 June
At Sixty6 on Peterborough
Cost $10 Per person
Teams of 6 â€“ 8 people
Quiz starts at 7pm
Food and drink are available on site
Youthline supports and empowers young people through the challenges they may face helping them to seek their own solutions and make positive choices. We provide at 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, helpline that is free, confidential and anonymous. Our counsellors are all specially trained young volunteers. We work locally and collaboratively to provide a quality service for young people, their whanau/families, carers, friends and people supporting young people. Help us to help young people to achieve!