Kiaora te whanau, welcome to week 8!
This is one of the busiest times of the year in NZ. A week or so ago I did a workshop lead by a man from Canada. He joked about how crazy we â€˜kiwisâ€™ are rushing around and getting frantically busy at this time of the year when in his homeland everyone begins to slow down and begin to hibernate for winter. It did make me think how stressful this time of the year is for many of us and how it is easy to forget the real meaning of this season for us as believers.
Watch the calendar carefully for the next couple of weeks, there are lots of extra events to be aware of.
One of the ways we are preparing the children for next year is by having two mornings a week where the children spend time getting to know their 2018 teachers (and vice versa). Transitioning children before any big change helps alleviate anxiety before the actual event happens. Keep talking through and reassuring your children about these changes throughout the holidays so that there are few unexpected surprises for them.
During that transition time I have been hosting the new entrants who are starting with us on day one or early next term. Weâ€™ve had a lot of fun getting to know each other and getting a taste of school life. They all seem so little compared to the already at school five year olds! Although little in stature, they have all been very brave with this next big step in their lives. I wonder how many of us remember our first day at school? I do. Possibly because I was petrified and I spent the day sitting on my teachers knee! I hope our new entrants have happy memories of their first days at school.
The thing I love about teaching in our school at this time of the year is being able to share the love of God in this season. New Zealand schoolâ€™s are becoming more and more secular and it is such a blessing to be able to share the real meaning of Christmas with our children.
This term the children have been looking at the Christmas story though the eyes of the different biblical characters involved. This weekâ€™s verse is from Romans 8:31b â€œIf God is for us, who can be against us?” We will be looking at the character Herod and how God brings hope through overcoming the enemy.
This is my last newsletter entry for 2017, so Iâ€™d like to say a big thank you all our lovely parent and grandparent helpers, reading helpers, prayer group, PCG and BOT members that have helped us out in numerous ways this term. Every little bit has helped to enrich our teachers and students lives at RCS.
May God richly bless you this Christmas and beyond,
Nga mihi atu