Kia ora te whanau,
Welcome to week 7. Thereâ€™s another busy week ahead of us with swimming on Wednesday and Friday this week. Hopefully weâ€™ve had the rain for the week over the weekend so that we can continue to walk to the pool. However, please ensure your child is prepared for wet weather with a waterproof coat and sturdy shoes. Thanks to those who were able to help get us to and from the pool successfully last week.
Last week the staff had the privilege of going to Clarkeville school in North Canterbury to see how they run their school. It was a joy to see other little people so similar to our own doing school much like we do and even though they have had to adapt old buildings into modern learning buildings they have certainly created a lovely environment to work from. It reminded me how blessed we are to have our purpose built space and modern features that make learning so comfortable. As Clarkeville have been on their innovative learning journey for 9 years there were also lots of great ideas for us to observe and we certainly saw innovations that we could put into place at RCS. One of the nicest things about teaching is being able to share our ideas with each other, not only with our own teachers but teachers from other schools.
Te Pihinga thoroughly enjoyed their sports morning with the Kelly Sports coaches on Tuesday morning. I was so proud of the way they all adapted to playing the games indoors and showed respect and responsibility for one another as they enjoyed the very physical morning. The juniors get an opportunity to have a sports extravaganza on the the 23rd of March (more below). I get the feeling with all this extra exercise weâ€™re going to go into Easter feeling fit and deserving some chocolate!
We continue to explore ‘The Beatitudes’ in Living Christianly with the memory verse: Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” or the childrenâ€™s interpretation: â€˜Blessed are those who rely on Godâ€™s help. Heaven is theirsâ€™. The children will be learning that a pure heart is one that is focused on God, and not filled up with the thoughts and desires of the world. People tend to judge others on how they look, what they do, how they act, and what they say. But God doesnâ€™t judge us based on what we do or what we look like on the outside. God goes much deeper in his relationship than that. He goes right into our hearts. God knows us better than we know ourselves. The Bible says in 1 Chronicles 28:9, â€œthe Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought.â€
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