Rolleston Christian School

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RCS Newsletter  – Hope trusts in God and His word


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Message from Staff

Kia ora,

Welcome to Term 2 of 2016. I trust you have had a good break with your children over the school holidays, and that both you and your children are ready for another term of learning and growing. A special welcome to those families that are joining our school community this week!

As a teacher I always appreciate the rhythm of the school terms and holidays, as they provide a good time to stop, reflect and re-energise for the next steps forward. When reflecting these holidays I felt blessed by the wonderful support we have from our parent community. As educators it is wonderful to work with people that communicate openly with us and also offer up their time to support not just the learning of their own children, but the learning and growth of all the children in the school.  We are blessed to work with you and I ask that you continue to lift each of our staff members up in prayer this term that we might be a blessing to you and your children.

I have also been reflecting on the excitement and challenges that growth brings. This term we will begin the process of hiring a new full-time staff member to assist with the growth in numbers. Please pray that God puts it on the right people’s hearts to apply for this position, so that we can find a top quality educator that has a passion for God, children and education.

It is going to be an exciting term with lots of learning to be done. In Living Christianly and Circle Time this term we will be exploring Love and Hope. As a staff we have begun to reflect on what a Loving Hope looks like, and I am looking forward to seeing our understanding of these values grow as we explore them as a school community. In our Theme Based Learning we will be continuing to work on our Food Forest, but this term the focus will be on learning about plants. In PE the students will be preparing for our annual cross country which will be held on Friday 17 June.

As a staff we believe that it is vital that we uphold the HELPer values (Hope, Excellence, Love and Peace). The combination of Love and Hope seems quite special as a teacher, as it really speaks of the love we have for both your children and learning, as we approach each student with a positive attitude, knowing that, with God’s help, we can see each and every child grow in their academic achievement and their character. Please continue to lift our school in prayer this term that we might see these things come to pass.

Many blessings,

Liz Horn


Exploring the Values at Home

This week we begin our exploration of Love and Hope by starting to read the story of Joseph in the Bible. We will explore how Joseph trusted in God, knowing He loved him, and that he was able to continue to live in hope. We will explore how God can be trusted when things are challenging.

Family challenge of the week:
Find 5 verses about what the bible says about trusting in God? E.g. Proverbs 3:5-6

Talk about a challenging time in your family’s life. Ask:

What was the challenge?

How did trusting in God help us overcome the challenge?

What’s Happening

Enviro-Day – THIS WEDNESDAY – Mufti

On Wednesday 4th May, we are having our annual Planting Day. We are blessed to have our Enviroschools Co-ordinator Matt Stanford facilitate this for us. The children will do a variety of activities including planting natives, weaving, mulching and plant ‘bingo’.  To ensure productive mulching sessions it would be wonderful to have as many wheelbarrows and spades/shovels as possible. If you are able to lend us your wheelbarrow or spade for the day, please send them (named) with your child on Wednesday morning.  We also ask that all children wear mufti and bring gumboots on Wednesday!
Thank you in advance for your help.

Informative morning teas – Start Tomorrow

Please come along at 9am tomorrow to learn about ways you can enhance your child’s learning through our Home Learning Programme. This will be a good opportunity to build your understanding of our approach here at RCS and also to connect with other parents in our school community. Cookies are provided and pre-schoolers are welcome.

Devotions and Assemblies

Remember you are welcome to join us for school devotions on a Monday morning, 9am, and school assembly on a Friday at 2.15pm.  


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.

From the PCG

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.

PCG Meeting – 9 May, 7pm.

The next PCG will be held at 7pm on Monday 9th of May. We look forward to seeing you there.

School Mum’s Bible Study:
This term there will be two groups meeting weekly to study the Bible together. We thought doing something that fits in with what our children are learning at school would be appropriate, so we will work through the book of 1 John, using a study guide. There will be both a morning and evening group.  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. Please indicate if either mornings or evenings could work for you.

Purchasing to support RCS

By purchasing at the following businesses you will be supporting RCS with our fundraising efforts.


  • 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 Learn to Skate:
Starts Sunday May 8th, 1.30pm-3.00pm at Clearview School.
All ages, all skill levels.  Cost: $2.50 per skater, $2.50 Hire skates.
Bring a helmet and water bottle.
Email Barbara Colville: for more information.

Bellyful Selwyn:
Bellyful is a nationwide not for profit registered charity, founded in Auckland in 2009, born out of the desire to see families being supported by their fellow community members. Bellyful Selwyn was established as the 18th branch of Bellyful NZ in July 2015.
Our volunteers cook together about once a month at a ‘cookathon’ and deliver these meals to families with newborns or families with young children struggling with serious illness. There is no catch, or payment involved. We do what we do because we know that these periods in life are hard enough as it is, without having to try and worry about getting dinner on the table.
Bellyful’s main criteria is simply that the families we support don’t have others available to do what we do – cook and deliver free meals. The family must fall into one of these categories: have a new baby, have a young family with someone in the family unit with illness or terminal illness.
Please see or, for more information.

Natural, heart-warming childcare Rolleston:
Kia ora, my name is Mary Harema – I believe your child is taonga, beyond precious and deserves respect, nurture and wholehearted connection.
I am a mum to 2 girls, 2 and 5 years, and have also worked for many years in social work. I love creating rhythms that nourish children. I will be a steady loving presence allowing your child to unfold naturally at their own pace.
I look forward to welcoming you and your children into my home.
Phone: 021 247 7801 (leave a message if no one home) or email:

The Parenting Place – upcoming Hot Tips Parenting Roadshow:
Raising happy, confident and resilient children – with Petra Bagust and John Cowan.
Monday 9th May, 7.30pm at Grace Vineyard Beach Campus, $5.

  • Customised parenting techniques
  • Giving your kids ‘grit’
  • How to enjoy your kids!

Growing great relationships – with John Cowan.
Friday 12th May, 7.30pm-9pm, $10 per person, $15 per couple. Riccarton High School.
For more information, phone: 379 6053, Kirsten Wyllie and Lynley Garratt.

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


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