Welcome to Week 7 of Term 4. I can’t believe that December will be upon us at the end of the week!
With the end of the year comes much busyness and tiredness. I find myself with an awful lot to do, but with very little energy to do so. Sometimes when I watch a tired child have a little melt down I can identify with them entirely and in some ways find myself wishing this was still ok as an adult.
This last week I have been reminded why I love to work in a Christian organisation.
Firstly, we had Rod Thompson, the Head of Primary at Middleton Grange, come to spend some time in the classes, as I had invited him along to provide another perspective on behaviours in the school. There is something about working as part of a bigger picture rather than just our individual schools, that brings many professionals together in partnership, because we are all wanting to see the best outcome in order to bring glory to God. Before he left he prayed for us and I was reminded again of the strength that is found in prayer.
Secondly, I was having a moment of feeling overwhelmed during the week and was able to walk into the reception area and have two kind and caring colleagues jump up and offer to pray with/for me. I was reminded of the peace that can be found through prayer.
Thirdly, I have spent time praying for our staff, students and families. I was reminded of the hope that is found in prayer.
I love working in a Christian organisation because in our organisation we can openly invite God. As Christians we are by no means perfect, we don’t avoid challenges, we go through trials, we still get confused or frustrated. But as a Christian organisation we don’t go through these things alone – we go through these as a community and with God, and it is through our Faith that we can find Hope, Excellence (growth), Love and Peace.
So as you and your family are coming to the end of the year, and busyness, tiredness and emotions seem to be at their peak, remember you do not go through these times alone. I encourage you to stop, and encourage your children that there is a God who is always with them who can HELP them to make the right choice or bring Light to others.
Nga mihi nui,
Happy Birthday to:
Welcome to RCS
The RCS choir started last 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
On All Week!
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.
Free Christmas gift wrapping available!
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
Term 4 Home Learning
Please ensure Home Learning will be completed by the end of Week 9.
Save the Date
Food Forest Working Bee – 2nd December 9.30-2pm
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) – 2pm Finish
29th January 2018 – School Uniform Shop Open 9am -12noon
31st January 2018 – First day of School for 2018
Health & Safety
Duty Teachers at Break Times
We always have two people assigned to Duty during break times. These staff wear high vis vests and carry first aid equipment. Please remind your children that if something happens during break time they need to find the duty teacher. If they can’t find the duty teacher there are always more teachers close by in the staffroom if they need help urgently.
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 Michelle from the PCG
What do you enjoy most about being a member of the PCG?
I like being able to influence certain aspects at school and being involved with the growth of our school & children in furthering their education. I most of all love being able to see the reactions of the kids when something great happens. I am very proud of our school (teachers, students & parents) with what’s being accomplished on a daily basis and feel humbled for our family to be a part of it.
Tell us a little bit about your family and what a fun day in your house looks like?
It’s me, my loving hubby Robin and my two busy boys Eli (y2) and Jonty (4 y old). We enjoy spending time in the garden, especially now that the weather is improving. A great day in our house would be spend with some time on the trampoline, at least a couple of story books, a bike ride to the park and enough time at the end of the day to do our family bible reading together.
Please tell us more about your role as Secretary in the PCG?
I make sure to get everything organised for our meetings to run smoothly twice a term by sending out agendas and minutes of the meetings. I receive all feedback in respect to agenda items for discussion and compile it to add to the agenda. I run the meetings in the absence of our chairperson. I really enjoy how we are a part of a team and that we all acknowledge that we are busy parents and being flexible in taking things as they come your way. Our parent members are very engaging â€“ no meeting is ever boring.
What is your favourite dessert?
It has to be the good old self saucing chocolate pudding, piping hot with ice cold vanilla ice cream. I occasionally like to add a strawberry or two – that covers off my ‘5 a day’ requirement.
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.