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RCS Newsletter  – Approach things with a positive, curious attitude 


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Message from Staff

Kia ora RCS whanau,

This week we are exploring what it means to approach things with a positive, curious attitude. Which in some ways is ironic because children have a lot to teach adults in this area, so hopefully as adults we will be able to help the children see that continuing to approach the world with curiosity is a positive thing to do, but I imagine that as we discuss this topic in circle time this week the staff will learn as much, if not more than the children!

I love spending time with small children and seeing the wonder they approach the world with. Bugs need to be stopped and looked at, rainbows need to be appreciated, flowers need to be smelled and questions need to be asked. One of the reasons I love tramping is that for the time you spend out in the bush you do life at a pace that allows for wonder and beauty. I love being able to stop and take in the breathtaking beauty of the stars when there is no light pollution, and sit with a sense of wonder at how big the universe is and how small I am. I think these positive and curious moments give us hope.

Unfortunately things in life or in the world often go pear shaped, and sometimes this can create a sense of hopelessness. The message we want to give our students though is that we can approach these situations positively and explore them with genuine curiosity, and when we do this we can find solutions, especially through the grace of God, and these solutions bring hope.

I encourage you all to approach your own lives with curiosity and positivity. We have an incredible God that is always there to walk with us, so we need not fear.

Many blessings,

Exploring the Values at Home

This week we continue our exploration of Love and Hope by exploring the next chapter of the Joseph story. We will look at how living with integrity in our relationships brings hope. This week we are also learning what it means to approach things with a positive and curious attitude.

Family challenge of the week:
Watch this video:


What does adoption mean?

Why do people adopt pets?

How do you think the animals feel when they are adopted?

How is adopting a pet positive?

What’s Happening

Informative morning teas – Tomorrow 9am

Please come along at 9am tomorrow to learn about Innovative Learning Environments/Modern Learning Environments.  We will be looking at how spaces, furniture and teachers collaborating can all have an impact on your child’s learning.

Dental Van – at school Wednesday and Thursday

The Dental Van will be at school this week. The dental nurses will be checking children’s teeth. Expect to find details in your child’s bag of the results and any referrals needed.

Bake Sale

As part of our home learning we (George And Ollie), are holding a bake sale on Wednesday the 18th of May after school.We are trying to raise as much money as we can so we can buy swimming goggles for the Children of Malolo Island School in Fiji. Many of them cannot afford goggles and therefore cannot see the wonders of the underwater world in their own back yard.

Please help us let these Children see underwater.

What we are Selling will be …                

  • Anzac bickies

  • Chocolate Brownies

  • Hummingbird Cake

  • Lollie Cake

  • Shortbread

  • Gingerbread stars

  • Popcorn

  • Fruit and Nut Balls

Drinks on offer will be …

  • Hot or Cold Chocolate Milk

  • Strawberry Milk

  • Banana Milk

Also we will be selling handmade Bookmarks

Please bring your pennies so we can buy lots of goggles for the children of Fiji

Practical Support – request from the Middle Hub
To all RCS parents and caregivers,

The Middle Hub on behalf of RCS are looking for a digger and driver to help us shape our food forest. The location is in the field near the mulch pile. We have all made maps and will give these to the driver so they know what we want the terrain to look like.
The job will be to spread soil and mulch over the food forest area and shape it following our instructions. After that our project will be to plan what to plant where.
If you can help us with this project please contact Mrs Agnew by either email or phone 03 550 2653.
May God bless you,
From the Middle Hub and Mr Pilgrim


What’s Coming Up

Board of Trustees Elections:
We have the Triennial BOT elections coming up soon. Our current Board is doing a wonderful job, but there is an election every three years, country wide, to elect the Board. Three of our parent elected members will be standing for election again, while one trustee is standing down.

If you are interested in being a Trustee please click here for more information .

For more information about Board elections in general click here for more information.

School Cross Country – 17 June, 12.30pm

The RCS Annual School Cross Country is coming up soon. Encourage your children to practise their running and then come along to support them on the day. Don’t forget to start planning your whanau group coloured outfits!

Cookies and Jellies for sale!
Proceeds go to – Riding for the disabled horses.
Thursday 26th May at 2nd break.
Cookie Time cookies $1.00
Bag of 20 cookies $20.00
Jellies with ice cream on top $1.50
Thanks for helping,

Mufti Day Friday 10th June: supporting 40 hour famine:
Wear the colours of the Syrian Flag: red, white, black and green.
Cold coin donation.
By Sabrina and Daniel, for their Home Learning.


From the PCG

‘Second Hand Uniform Shop’:

The PCG is pleased to announce that we now have a Second Hand Uniform Shop.
Thank you Natalie Patterson for offering to run this.
How it works:
Seller: Parents to label each item with the Name, phone number and price. PCG will take 20% off the for administering the service. Funds will go towards PCG Fundraising Initiatives.
Shop Hours: By appointment only. Contact Natalie Patterson via RCS Parent Facebook page or leave a message at the office.

Entertainment Books

The PCG will be selling The Entertainment Book again this year. Please start promoting this with friends and family. The link below allows people to buy the book all around the country, so please share it with friends and family. The school receives $12 for each book sold, so this goes a long way towards our fundraising.

Cheese Rolls – Update

Forms were sent home last Tuesday so you can start collecting orders for cheese rolls. These are due back 10 June. There are prizes for children that collect the most orders.  Please also put the 18th June in your diaries to come along and help with the production of cheese rolls. Last year this was a wonderful day of connecting with others in the school community while raising considerable funds for the school.

School Mum’s Bible Study:

Mums Bible study groups are going to be held this term twice a week. Wednesday afternoon: 2-3pm in the school staffroom and Thursday evening: 7-8.30pm, venue yet to be decided. Please talk to Cristene Trenuela-Chan (, Jacqueline Pieterse or Amy Steven (0212254653, if you are keen to be a part of this, and we will make sure we have a study book for you. We are a multi denominational group, with mums who are at different stages of their walk with Christ. 

School Fair

At some stage in the future RCS would like to work towards a school fair.  The PCG is requesting someone who would take leadership with organising this event.  Please contact Nina Green or Alan Whitmore if you would like to get involved.
The PCG are running a number of fundraisers this year to obtain funds for assisting the school to purchase various items that have been selected as a priority.  At present the school is raising funds or seeking donations for court markings, kapa haka uniforms, a gazebo, ipads and chrome books, a water harvesting system, a junior playground, and a PA system.  As you can imagine the cost to do all this is large! 

If anyone is able to assist the school with offering their time at fundraising events (such as the cheese roll making on the 18th June), donation of full bottles of unexpired contents in a plastic bottle that it still sealed & new, sourcing ipads/ chrome books/ or other items mentioned  (perhaps you work somewhere that these could be bought at a discounted rate?) please see Nina Green (Leon’s mum Year 1).

We are also seeking prizes for children whose fundraising efforts are great.  Free passes, toys, food treats etc would all be gratefully received.  Please take these to the office if you can help.

Get Involved with the PCG
The PCG is small in numbers and we would be grateful for more parents to come on board and serve the school.  We meet once a month and there is a place for anyone who can give their time and energy!  Please see Alan Whitmore or speak to Kendra Liggett if you would like to get involved.  It’s a fun group who are dedicated and enthusiastic and we’d love to see some new faces!

Upcoming Fundraisers
We are running a number of fundraising events this year.  Cheese rolls, school mug fundraiser, scholastic book fair, mystery bottle and mystery stick event at the fireworks, lego building fun day (save the date for 17th September!), and sausage sizzles to name a few.  If you can assist at any of these events or donate goods that would assist these fundraising endeavours please contact Nina Green.



  • Wheels Day is on a Wednesday – children may bring any type of ‘wheels’ they choose.
  • Now that it is getting cold, students may like to wear black thermal tops under their polo shirts. Girls may like to wear black woollen stockings. Please name all items of clothing.
  • If your child brings anything home that is not theirs please return it to school.
  • Please check your child’s head for lice regularly, and please make sure that long hair is tied up at school.

House Buying or Selling through our RCS community

I will contribute $500 to the school when any family or friends of RCS looking at buying or selling their homes use my services, resulting in a list and sell through me.
Contact me anytime to discuss your real estate needs.

Details as below,

Kind Regards


Community Notices

Rolleston College Information Evening:
Sunday 22nd May 5-6pm, Clearview Primary School Hall.
Come and meet the Principal, EBOT and Senior Leaders and learn what your exciting new school will look like, sound like and feel like in 2017.
You will be able to find out about: Vision and Values, Learning Centred Education, Learning in Flexible Spaces, Digital Learning – BYOD, Uniform and Enrolling

Circus Aotearoa:
Fabulous Animal Free Entertainment.
Rolleston Reserve: Friday 20th May 7.00pm, Saturday 21st May 2.00pm and 7.00pm, Sunday 22nd May 8.00pm.
$15 child, under 3 free, $20 adult to book online

Southern Region Inaugural Sport Stacking Tournament:
The Southern Region Inaugural Sport Stacking Tournament is being held at Maori Hill School, DUNEDIN on Saturday 28 May 2016. This is the first sport stacking tournament to be held in the South Island and is for all ages from 3 – 60+. Registrations can be done online. All details are on the Speed Stacks (NZ) website Tournaments page: 

Early registration ends 13 May. Entries close 23 May.

Fathering Adventures
Please find attached an exciting opportunity for fathers and their children. Click here for more information.


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