I hope you were all able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather on Saturday.
I am currently reading a book called ‘Mindsets’ by Carol Dweck (Please see the link to the summaryhere). Every now and then I strike a book that resonates with and challenges me strongly, and this is one of them. I am finding the concepts in this book extremely thought provoking. They challenge how I think of my own development as a person and a professional, the development of the school and also the way in which we educate and celebrate our students and their development – both academic and social.
I listened to the certificates that were handed out on Friday, and reflected carefully on whether these certificates promoted a fixed or a growth mindset. I felt that the majority did encourage a growth mindset. Academic progress not straight achievement was celebrated, and it was recognised that this progress was made through hard work, perseverance, good learning choices and determination. Carol Dweck’s work provides evidence that the most successful people over a period of time are not those that think they are ‘smart’ or ‘athletic’ or ‘musical’, but rather those people that are passionate about what they do and put in the long term effort, including the perseverance required when things get tough or mistakes and failures need to be overcome.
I’ve recently signed up to do an athletic event that will be an immense challenge for me. As I begin my training for this event it is an interesting time to assess my own mindset. At times in my life I have been extremely fit, strong and agile but now is not one of those times. As I train I can sense aspects of the ‘fixed mindset’ creeping in “You are so unfit – what are you thinking?” “Other people think you are unfit – they are far fitter than you are.” “You could save some embarrassment by just not doing this.” But I am consciously having to train my thinking to have a growth mindset. “You need to put in the time and effort, then you will gain fitness.” “It doesn’t matter how fit other people are, it is about knowing where I am now and working towards something better.” “You have limited skills in this? Then find someone who can teach you and then practise.” etc etc.
As adults we are teaching our children about mindsets whether we are conscious of it or not. Through the way we talk about ourselves and others, the way we praise them and also in the way we tackle challenges ourselves.
I encourage you to take on a challenge over the next couple of weeks and listen to what you are saying to yourself while you are doing it, to reflect on what type of mindset you have. The research done by Carol Dweck and her colleagues would suggest that giving your child the gift of a growth mindset is one of the best things you can do for them.
I love the book “You are Special” by Max Lucado as I think it teaches a beautiful lesson that we are special not because of what other people may or may not think of us, but because God is our maker and he loves us. Coming from a place of unconditional love is the best place from which to grow. What a blessing that we are able to educate our children in the knowledge that they grow from a place where God loves them unconditionally.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts as you watch the book summary!
Welcome to RCS
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2018 Student Roll Planning
As plans are underway for 2018, would you please be able to let the office know if your child/ren will NOT be attending Rolleston Christian School in 2018. Thank you for your help.
Still a few left to be collected, if you have ordered one please collect them from the office.
A reminder please that school donations are an important aspect of operations. Although school donations aren’t compulsory they do allow for more flexibility in the budget, allowing us to provide more for your children. School donations go to the BOT, while your Attendance Dues go directly to the Christian Schools Trust to cover the cost of the land and buildings. If you haven’t paid your donation yet we appreciate you carefully considering if you are able to.
There are a number of outstanding Swimming Costs. Swimming lessons are subsidised through grants but these do not cover the cost entirely. Swimming is part of the curriculum and we would never want a child to miss out on this due to money, but it is greatly appreciated when those that can afford to pay the $30 do pay. If you have not yet paid for your child’s swimming and you are in a position to do so we would appreciate your prompt action with this.
Getting to school on time
Please remember to arrive at school prior to 8.55am. The children start their ‘formal learning time’ at this point, so are missing out on learning if they are not at school on time. Both hubs have learning activities for the children to do from 8.30am so it is advised you make the most of this time too. Please also advise the office if your child will be absent for the day, if you are taking them out early, or if they arrive late to school; so that they are marked correctly in our school roll.
Reminder to like & follow our Rolleston Christian School Facebook page and join the Rolleston Christian School – Parent & Staff group for parent communication.
* Monday – Library Bus (fortnightly)
* Thursday – Kapa Haka
* Friday – 9am Devotional Assembly -11.45am, Whanau Group Time, -1.30pm Senior Sports, LunchOnline
From the PCG
The PCG will be selling The Entertainment Book again this year. The link below allows you to buy the book all around the country, so please share it with friends and family. The school receives $13 for each book sold. http://www.entbook.co.nz/9b26634. There is a example book in the office foyer.PCG Box
There is a wooden box in the office foyer for anyone to place any anonymous prayer request, messages, suggestions, questions or information on people in need of meals. Please take advantage of this.
Food Forest Community Event
Please keep 1st July open for a fun day with our RCS family. This day will be filled with fun games, activities and great prizes. More information closer to the time.
Come with your loved ones, friends, neighbours and cultural communities to share your heritage through photos, dances, crafts, food, song and stories etc. in an informal spontaneous, family friendly environment over a shared pot luck meal. Please invite those from countries recently going through traumas so we can encourage them to keep strong. Bring to share, a drink, savoury and desert finger food, non-inclusive of pork, beef, shellfish or alcohol. A donation box is available for the NZ Voice of the Martyrs organisation – an advocacy and charitable provider for persecuted Christians throughout the world.
CONTACT Tina Ngataierua. TXT 0272388860 or email@example.com with CULTURAL FIESTA in the subject header line to register your interest today.