Our Partnership Handbook is the first point of call for parents and caregivers to understand how things work at RCS. Your concerns or complaints are very important to us, so we can ensure we are working with you as positively as possible. The process for raising a concern or complaint is found in this handbook.
As a state-integrated school, we charge a compulsory attendance due in order to cover the costs of the property and buildings. There are scholarships available if you choose to apply. You are also welcome to make a voluntary donation, if you choose, as this will allow us greater flexibility when purchasing curriculum resources to provide a strong education for your children.
Mana Ake provides support to children in Canterbury, in years 1-8 at school, promoting wellbeing and positive mental health.
They can support children at school and at home and provide advice, guidance and workshops for parents, whānau and teachers.
Mana Ake kaimahi (workers) are employed by one of 12 NGO providers and support schools, families and whānau when children are experiencing issues that impact their wellbeing such as managing emotions, friendships and bullying, parental separation and grief and loss.
Kaimahi have a diverse range of skills and include psychologists, social workers, counsellors, teachers and youth workers.
Contact our school Deputy Principal (Lynda Siave or Polu Luatua) if you think your child would benefit from support from the Mana Ake team.
Check out their website for more details: https://manaake.health.nz/
2022 Term Dates
Term 1 (11 weeks)
Waitangi Day: Monday 7th February – No School
Teachers Only Day: April 4th – No School
Term 1 ends Thursday April 14
Good Friday: Friday April 15
Term 2 (10 weeks)
Starts Monday 2 May
Teacher Only Day: May 12 – No School
Zone Cross Country: June 1st
Queen’s Birthday: June 6 – No School
Matariki Day: June 24 – No School
Teacher Only Day: June 27 Monday – No School
Term Ends Friday 8th of July
Term 3 (10 weeks)
Term begins Monday July 25th
Learning Conferences August 3 and 4
RCS Swimming Programme Week August 29 – September 2
Term 3 Ends Friday 30th September
Term 4 (9 weeks)
Term begins Monday 17 October
Labour Day Monday 24 October – No School
Canterbury Anniversary Day / Show Day Friday 11 November – No School
The school year finishes on Friday the 16th of December
2023 Term Dates
Term 1 (10 weeks)
Starts Tuesday 31st January 2023
Waitangi Day: Monday 6th February – No School
Term 1 Ends Thursday April 6
Good Friday: Friday April 7
Term 2 (10 weeks)
Starts Wednesday 26th April 2023
Queen’s Birthday: June 5 – No School
Matariki Day: July 14 – No School
Term 2 Ends Friday 30th June
Term 3 (10 weeks)
Starts Monday July 17th 2023
Term 3 Ends Friday 22nd September
Term 4 (11 weeks)
Starts Monday 9th October 2023
Labour Day Monday 23 October – No School
Canterbury Anniversary Day / Show Day Friday 17 November – No School
The school year finishes on Tuesday the 19th of December
Our school has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community.
The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies, which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.
SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our board of trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in the review.
We invite you to visit the site at https://rollestonchristian.
We have our Staff Handbook online because we believe it is important for parents to have an understanding of the expectations we, as a school, have of staff. This will help parents to develop a healthy educational partnership with school staff.
Our Health and Safety Programme outlines the way we reduce the Health and Safety risks for both students and staff.
We have our Governance Handbook online so that our full school community can see the expectations of our school Trustees, and also the Annual Plan for each year. We hold ourselves accountable to the goals, success indicators and actions outlined in our Annual Plan, as we continue to work hard to build the best school we can. (2018 coming soon)
Please note that our complaints procedure is found in the Partnership Handbook.
We have a Parent Community Group that supports the school community in a number of ways. If you are keen to be involved with this group please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. They would love to hear from you.
PCG 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.
During 2016 the students developed the idea of having a food forest at our school, and then the parent community worked together with the children to see this become a reality. This year we need volunteers to see this space continue to develop. The children will work on the space during their whanau group learning times on a Friday afternoon and it would be fantastic if those of you with ‘green fingers’, and some time on your hands, could come along and help out. There are other jobs that can be done outside of school time, so please come and see us if this interests you. The children also have dreams of having a gazebo and a little bridge, so if you have building skills these would also be great!
Reading Mileage is a wonderful way to contribute to the school if you have 30 minutes a week or so you can donate to helping out our students. Reading Mileage is simply listening to students read one-to-one. For many of our children, this extra session of reading with an adult can really help to boost their reading achievement. Please come and see us at the Office if this interests you.
We always love to have parents come along and help out in classes as this enhances the education of all our students. Please see your child’s teacher if you would like to volunteer.
Helping to put books away or organising teaching resources helps to relieve teachers of certain pressures, allowing them to spend more time focussing on the planning and preparation of teaching and learning. If you are happy to spend some time during the week helping out in this way then please see Marianne in the office.