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Week 6 Newsletter


Coming up This Week:

Week 6 Must Knows:

Tuesday – Kelly Sports – Te Pihinga kids (all day) please bring appropriate mufti & sports shoes. Te Pihinga teachers will be offsite, Mrs Siave will oversee The Hub.

Wednesday – Swimming Lesson 1
– Wheels Days – only competent bike riders and scooters please
– All of the Te Kakano teachers are all offsite. Relief teachers will be taking The Hub.

Friday – Whanau group time
NO SWIMMING – please note – Friday swimming starts in Week 7

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Message from Staff

Kia ora RCS Community,It has been a big week for us here at RCS with Learning Conferences and then taking part in the Children’s Day celebrations with the Bake Sale.  Thank you to all those who baked and ran the stall, it looked delicious!  Thank you also for making the effort to come along to the Learning Conferences.  I would like to thank the teachers too for giving up their evenings last week to stay late, so those of you who were working had the option of speaking to the teachers after your own working hours.I hope you were able to build a good understanding of your child’s goals from the Learning Conferences.  Helping your child with these goals at home is really valuable for your child’s growth and development.  If you have been left with questions about ways you can help effectively then please feel free to pop in for a chat with the staff about this.

Home Learning should be in full swing by now for all year 3 – 8 students.  If you are unsure of how to guide your child/ren through the learning process at home then again, please pop in and see us so we can help you with this.  The matrix is designed to look at practical applications of our value of Peace.  These are projects that are authentic and should allow you to help your child find their own gifts and talents.

I have been enjoying listening to the ladies helping out with book covering on a Thursday morning.  It is amazing how relationships develop as we do ‘chores’/serve together.  Thank you for all the effort you are putting into this.

When I look at all these things I feel truly grateful for all the people who actively involve themselves in the educational partnerships that make a difference to the educational outcome we see for your children.

This week the teachers will be out of the school one hub at a time visiting Clarkville Primary School.  This is a chance for them to be inspired by the practice of other teachers. We look forward to hearing back from them about the things they have done.

Have a blessed week,


Exploring the Values at Home

This week we will are re-looking at the emotion of Sadness!

When someone close to you passes away, or you suffer a big disappointment it is OK to feel sad for a time. It’s OK for sadness to not be rushed. But God doesn’t want you to feel sad forever, after a time of sadness he wants to lift you into joy.

1. What types of things make you feel sad?
2. Mum and Dad can share an experience of a time they felt sad and how they came back to a place of feeling happy.
3. Why is it ok to feel sad?
4. What types of things can make us feel happy again when we are feeling sad?


From the Christian Schools Trust
Last week parents received the account for attendance dues for the year from the Christian Schools Trust, the proprietor of the school. Rolleston Christian School is an integrated state school, but unlike other state schools in the area, as an integrated school the land and buildings are not provided by the government. The Christian Schools Trust has provided the school facilities that your children enjoy every day. Attendance Dues are used by the Trust to service and repay loans that have been taken out to pay for the land and buildings and to cover ongoing rates and insurance. The cost to the Trust is around $1,800 per pupil each year however the Trust has set Attendance Dues at a more affordable $1,300 per pupil.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.Facebook Page 
Reminder to follow our Rolleston Christian School Facebook page and join the Rolleston Christian School – Parent & Staff group for parent communication.

Carpark and Pedestrian Lane
As we get busier, vehicles & pedestrians alike, please note:
* Use pedestrian lanes when navigating our carparks
* Our carpark is a ONE-WAY system so please follow the arrows around when entering our carpark.
If we can all follow this then we will avoid potential accidents. We appreciate your compliance on this. 

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.

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.

Thank you to those who have dropped off donation toward this, here’s an example of what people have dropped off.

LunchOnline – Wednesday & Fridays
Sydenham Bakery can not deliver early so do not order until swimming has completed.
Pita Pit and Subway are ok, so these will be delivered early at 11.30am

Wheels Day – Wednesday 
It is exciting to have the start of the bike track completed, so children are able to ride their bikes on Wheels Wednesdays. Please note that the bike track is on mulch and dirt, so it is reasonably difficult to navigate for unconfident cyclists.  If your child is not confident on their bike then please send them with a scooter instead.

* Uniform Sale Hours – Thursday 8.30am – 3.30pm – pls make an appointment
* Devotional Assembly – Friday 9am
* Whanau Groups – Friday Afternoons

What’s Coming Up

Swimming – Wednesday 7th March Wk6
Swimming lessons is on Wednesday this week and Friday afternoons starts Week 7There will be 10 lessons in total. Cost for swimming lesson is $30 per child, please make payment in the office. Have you completed the RCS Swimming Survey as this helps with placement of students into groups.
Please Note: 
* If your child has been unwell with diarrhoea & vomitting they are not allowed to swim for 48 hours from the last episode.
* The only reason your child will be exempted from swimming is for medical reasons.
* The times are 12:30 – 1:30pm for Te Kakano and 1:30 – 2:30pm for Te Pihinga.
* If your child is NOT going to be having lessons when the school goes to the Selwyn Aquatic Centre, can you please email: Mrs Gabby Nuthall with his/her name and Kohanga group, or see her before or after school.Te KÄkano Swimming
A swimming timetable came home inside your child’s reading notebook on Thursday. There are big changes happening to our Wednesday and Friday timetables so please talk these through with your child/ren (as we will be).Tips for Junior swimming:
•Pack a bigger than normal lunch – the kids use a lot of energy walking to/from swimming plus a 30 min session.
•Pack togs into a sturdy back pack with 2 straps. From past experience plastic bags, reusable bags and bags with stringy ties are too hard for juniors to work with. Even putting a plastic bag inside their school bag and they take their school is better.
•NAME EVERYTHING! Every sock, pair of undies, singlet, togs, googles, shoes – name it all!!!
•Ensure their black school shoes are sturdy enough to walk through grass/over some gravel and down a path in. Sneakers rather than open toed sandals.

Also we need parents to walk down and help with the changing. There are 2 slots:
Miss Liggett’s readers from 12-2:00pm and Miss Langridge/Mrs Siave’s readers from 12:30-2:30pm. Please let us know asap if you can help!

Any questions please see your kÅhanga teacher.

Yr 1/2 Fundamental Movement Spectacular – Thursday 23rd March 
The Selwyn Sports Trust has teamed up with Lincoln University to implement a Yr 1/2 Fundamental Movement Spectacular. Similar to last years (and this year’s) sports spectacular, only catering for a different year group. The objective of this day, is to give children 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 year 1-2 students, this is due to the fact that year 1-2 students do not often get a chance to attend a sporting opportunities outside of school.

From the PCG

School Disco – Community Event
Please mark your calendar 24th March 6pm-7.30pm at RCS. Come and join us for a fun night of dancing with your child/ren. This is a community event so we encourage your child/ren invite friends from outside the school.Food Forest Working Bee Sat 11th March 9-12noon
The middle mound in our Food Forest is ready to be weed whacked to about ankle height. Please bring wheelbarrow, gloves, fork, spade (if you have them) Thanks heaps! Amy Steven

SPN Children’s Day Bake Sale

Thanks to all the parents that did some baking and to all the volunteers that was there yesterday, we were so blessed and grateful. The Children’s Day was such a huge success. We approximately made $330 and any left over baking was donated to the Rolleston Fire Department. Please collect containers from the school office.

Community Notices

Edendale Gala Community Event
West Melton Sunday 19th March – 10am till 5pmRolleston Warriors Rugby League

Friday Morning Basketball see here for more informationCello Lessons – see here for information

Rolleston Netball Club – see here for more information

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