I hope everyone has had a relaxing and enjoyable long weekend which I feel came at the perfect time after a very busy week five, but what a great week it was!
Firstly, thank you to everyone who came along to our RCS Arts Celebration last Wednesday and thank you to everyone who helped me to put it together. It was a great afternoon and the children were very excited to share their performances with you. I hope that those who couldnâ€™t make it have been able to see the videos on our Facebook page. It was awesome to see the effort all children put into it and everyone working together as a Whanau group and supporting each other, right from new entrant through to year eight. Now that it is finished, our next focus for Whanau group time will be to get back into the Food Forest and make the most of that amazing space that we have been blessed with.
Our Arts Celebration was followed by another amazing day with the whole school at the A&P show. Thank you again to all the parent helpers who made that possible. It was great to see how excited the children were to experience something like that. A highlight for me, and Iâ€™m sure for the children as well, was seeing the bee stall and talking to the beekeepers. The children I was with for the day were only six and seven years old but they were able to engage the bee keepers in a very interesting and detailed conversation about the bees and what they were seeing. It just reminded me again of how awesome our LIGHTS topic is this term and how much the children are loving learning about bees. They are very passionate about helping the bees and the different bee projects they are doing so I am excited to see where the next few weeks of LIGHTS takes us.
A & P Show – Thank you
From the bottom of my heart thank you to every single person who contributed to such a successful A&P Show trip! The kids were leaving with smiles on their faces and I know they had an awesome time!Love, Kendra
A special thank you to Milestone Homes for donating the sunscreen.
The RCS choir is starting this week. Practises will be held on Fridays at lunchtime (1:15-1:45pm). At this stage, the choir will just be for Te Pihinga students. If your Year 3-8 child would like to come along, they need to let Mrs Nuthall know before Friday.
Jacqui Soper and Gabby Nuthall
RCS Scholastic Book Fair
1 Week to go
With Christmas around the corner, why not gift books for Christmas. Please come along to our Scholastic Book Fair on 27th Nov -1st Dec.
Shop hours: 8.30am -9am & 2.30pm-3.30pm.
With every purchase made, our school gets a percentage back so we can buy more resources for our library.
RCS Athletics Fun Day
12th December, 9am-2pm, Foster Park
Our students will enjoy learning the fundamental skills of run, jump and throw using modified equipment and introducing age appropriate team-based competition with the focus on fun and keeping kids moving.Please come to school in whanau group colours and/or PE uniform.
5th December, 9.00am-11.30am and 12.30pm-2.30pm, Foster Park and Lincoln Domain – Yr3-4
The whole objective of this day, is to provide local clubs and sports with the opportunity to get in front of potential members and really promote their sport/club. This event is targeted purely at year 3-4 students, this is due to the fact that year 3-4 students do not often get a chance to attend a sporting event outside of school. In the past we have had huge success with the Sports Spectacular and we would like to continue to make this event a success. By helping to encourage young people to have a go at a wide range of sports it will help them develop a wide range of skills, which will increase their confidence to participate in physical activity.
For the Summer Sports Spectacular we are wishing to localise it by having the morning slot at Foster Park to help cater for the Rolleston Central zone schools and the afternoon slot will be held at the Lincoln Domain for the Lincoln zone schools.
Fundamental PE Skills
Tuesday 28th November, 9.00am-12pm, Foster Park – Years 0-2
After the success of Term 1 Yr0-2 Fundamental Movement Spectacular we have decided to do it all again in Term 4 with new activities! The whole objective of this day, is to give children involved the opportunity to develop their fundamental movement skills essential to competently and confidently participate in a wide variety of physical activities, sports, and recreational pursuits. Research has shown that children who develop FMS are more likely to engage in sport and physical activity throughout adolescence and adulthood, leading to a healthier lifestyle.
Fundamental movement skills are the basic building blocks for more complex and specialised movement skills and patterns.
This event is targeted purely at Yr 0-2 students, this is due to the fact that Yr0-2 students do not often get a chance to attend a sporting opportunities outside of school.
Christmas Fun Day – Invitation
When: Friday 15th December 2017
Where: 575 Springston Rolleston Road
Activities: Melting snowflake, Christmas outfit competition, Give to the poor, Bake Sale
Organised by Dannii, Savannah & Amber
NO-WRAP-VEMBER – Update
We have had another couple of great weeks with the rubbish reducing again! A special â€œwell doneâ€ to Piwakawaka who have reduced their rubbish by over half some days. Well done.
Interestingly, when only 30 senior students were on camp – overall the school lunchbox rubbish reduced by half! Does that mean the seniors need to reflect on the different wrap choices they could make for their lunches? Go for it this week Seniors!!
RCS Nature Group
Term 4 Home Learning
See previous newsletters for this term’s Home Learning
Save the Date
Food Food Working Bee – 2nd December 9.30-2pm
More details to come.
Please mark in your calendars – Monday 29th January 2018 – 9am-12noon our Uniform Shop will be open for 2018 uniform purchases. However if you are wanting to purchase between now and then, please get in touch with Cristene via email.
Dates to Mark on your Diary
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)
29th January 2018 – School Uniform Shop Open 9am -12noon
31st January 2018 – First day of School for 2018
Health & Safety
Car Park Safety
Our Year 6-8 Students head out to Lincoln for technology on Wednesdays. You would notice that there is a bus parked outside the office, waiting for our learners. We ask you please to be courteous & patient of the driver as he parks the bus and collects our children.
Papa Jacks Before & After School Care
Dates to Note: Term 4 on the 19th we will start at 2.00pm | Pre Christmas â€“ Wednesday 20th to Fri 22nd Dec | Jan Holidays Mon 8th Jan to Tuesday 30th Jan 2018
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.
PGC Meeting 27th November 2017 7pm-9pm
This is a planning meeting for 2018 then followed by election for 2018 members. So if you are interested in influencing the happenings for next year this is a meeting you do not want to miss. All welcome.
5 Minutes with Jacqueline from the PCG
What do you enjoy most about being a member of the PCG?
One of the things I enjoy about being part of the PCG is doing Gods work in making a difference for the school whether it is to make a meal for a sick family, having awesome events for the school community like the disco, or doing very important work for the Food Forest so we can benefit from it in the future and last but not least being part of growing with the school and seeing the kids in RCS benefit from it.
Please tell us more about your role as Chair in the PCG?
The Chair upholds the special character of the school and ensures that the Parent Community Group (PCG) functions properly in line with our Parent Operation Manual and that there is full participation during meetings, that all relevant matters are discussed and that effective decisions are made and carried out. Working in a collaborative manner with the Secretary during meetings and set the agenda; work with the Treasurer in making decisions in regards to finances, and liaising with the Principal Liz where necessary. Responsible in making sure that each sub coordinator from the TEAM which consist of Pastoral Care, Fundraising, Practical Support and Community Building, writes a report to be included in your report that goes to the BOT (Board of Trustees) via Liz as we are involved in supporting the Board and the 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.
What is your favourite dessert?
Almost ANY dessert – If I have to choose just one, it would be carrot cake. Yum.
Here is an opportunity for some of your Triathlon students to have a test run before participating in the Canterbury Primary School Triathlon:
The Pakâ€™nSave Triathlon is being held on the Sunday before the Primary & Intermediate Schools Triathlon. The course is more or less the same as the schools race with just the run being the opposite direction. It is the ideal opportunity for the children to have a test run over the course and get another race under the belts. More information and entry is available at http://www.triathlonfestival.co.nz.
Christmas Encraftment Market – Saturday 25th November 2017 10am-3pm
Lincoln Events Centre, 15 Meijer Drive.
This market will feature over 120 craft and design stalls, handpicked from all over NZ.
Great variety of food trucks and coffee .
Free entry, ATMs onsite.