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
Happy Birthday to:
RCS Scholastic Book Fair
Massive thank you for supporting our book fair. It was a very successful fair and we exceeded our $2000 sales target by $300!Special thank you to all volunteers who helped set up, man our shop and pack down the fair!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com use the PCG Box in the office foyer.
A Unique Christmas Experience â€“ Christmas Time Tunnel
Open Daily, December 16th â€“ 23rd, 9.00pm-10.00pm.293 Waterholes Road, Rolleston. Experience the wonder of the First Christmas. Featuring an illuminated 250m bush tunnel and many surprises along the way. Gold Coin donation.
Access to emergency dental services during December 2017 – January 2018
Ann Dunleavy Canterbury District Health Board Hillmorton Hospital, Sylvan Street entrance, Christchurch
PO Box 731 | Tel: 335 4222 |Fax: 335 4231