Monday – Queens Birthday Public Holiday
Tuesday – Drop-in hour with Liz
Wednesday – Te Kakano & Year 6 Selwyn Sports Day (Come in sports gear)
Thursday – 9 am Weekly prayer meeting
Friday – School Disco
Friday to Sunday – 40hr Famine
Week 7 11/06/18
Monday – Te Pihinga Selwyn Sports Day (Come in Sports Gear)
Tuesday – Drop-in hour with Liz
Thursday – 9 am the weekly prayer meeting
I pray you will have found time to rest in God over this long weekend. I went to a day retreat recently about finding rest in God. I found aspects of the message shared challenging, particularly when looking at the challenges of accepting God’s gift of the Sabbath. I find it can become all too easy to get caught up in the ‘important and good stuff’ that I feel God has placed on my heart, without remembering to take the time to rest in God, play and be restored. Hopefully, with an extra day in the weekend, you and your family were able to enjoy some time together with God, playing and being restored!
As a staff, we have recently completed a training course with the psychologists from the Ministry of Education called Understanding Behaviour and Responding Safely. The course really highlighted to me the impact that early trauma can have on children as they grow up. We also received a report from a psychologist recently that described the trauma the child had experienced as an invisible disability that the child now carries. In our school, we have a large number of families who have fostered or adopted children with experiences of trauma in their early lives. I have so much respect for these parents who through strong, loving relationships are bringing healing to past hurts. I hope you will all join me in prayer for these families, that God gives each parent an abundance of love, wisdom and patience as they walk through a healing journey with their children, and also for the children themselves, that God will bring healing to the damage caused by early trauma.
In Christchurch, people are currently studying the effects that the early trauma of the earthquakes has had on children. Heightened levels of cortisol in children’s systems from an underlying stress can mean they are always slightly on-edge, rather than the carefree joy you often see in children who have had a relaxed start to life. Actively teaching our children strategies to remain in the ‘thinking part’ of their brain is important for their own well-being. At the retreat I went to in the weekend they encouraged breath prayer. Deep breathing has been proven to lower levels of stress and anxiety, helping us to stay in the thinking part of our brains. How much more powerful that with each breath we focus on the truth found in God’s word!
On a completely separate note. The front page of our website has been updated to include information about our strategic direction forward. I shared this at our Parent Information Sessions at the start of the year, but we have been working on having it in an easily accessible way for people to see. Please check it out here. If you have any questions or comments on this please feel free to pop in and see me.
This Week’s Memory Verse
Happy Birthday!Hannah Muchena
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 (1 pm). 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.
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
Please be advised our uniform suppliers have given us notice of price increases on some of our uniform stocks. At this stage, we have decided to absorb the price increases until the end of the school year. We will be revising our uniform pricing at the end of the year.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.
2018 Important Dates
2018 School Term Dates
Queens Birthday: Monday 4 June – No School
Fri 8th June – School Disco
Wed 20th June – Paid Union Meeting 1 pm
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
Weekly Prayer Meetings
We invite you to join us in praying for our school community and each other.
Thursdays 9 am at RCS Staff Room. (Please note change of time)
RCS Disco Night
Rolleston Community Hall Friday, 8th June 2018
6-7: 30 pm
Come 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 continue 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