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RCS Newsletter  – Leading others through a God given idea brings hope


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Message from Staff

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
1 Peter 3:15 NIV

This week we are looking at Leading others through a good idea that God gives us, brings hope. The important part about this is that it is a good idea that God gives us. This begs the question then – how do we hear what God wants for others? I was reading a Study the other day that gave 8 different ways of hearing from God.

1. Through His Word in general
2. Through His Son, Jesus Christ
3. Through Nature and God’s Creation
4. Through Other Believers
5. Through Music
6. Through Circumstances
7. Through His Spirit
8.  Through Prayer

When I think about how God has spoken to me over the years I think all of the above have been true. Some times it has been in the weirdest way –  like when I was trying to chose which car to buy and God directed me to a single verse in the Bible that stated a model that was offered by one of my two choices!

I think the important thing for me was how I ‘knew’ that it was God speaking to me. Generally this was either due to an incredible peace or the exact opposite of a real excitement. The study mentioned this particularly in regard to 6; Through Circumstances. On this point it emphasised the need to confirm this in another way: “God is a Holy God, and often uses circumstances to get our attention. But He will usually confirm it in other ways.”

It is really exciting to lead others in something you know is from God as we also know that God walks before us and has everything under control. This gives confidence to push through.

I pray that you too may lead others in God’s path and regularly hear what God wants for you and for others.

May God bless you and your family this week.

Dennis Marshall
PS: If anyone wants a copy of the whole study come and see me :0)

Exploring the Values at Home

This week we continue our exploration of Love and Hope by continuing to explore the Joseph story. We will look at how Joseph was able to bring hope and love to Egypt and his own family through carefully executing a plan that God had given him. In circle time this week we are learning what it means to pro-actively solve problems.

1. How does your family solve problems that come up?
2. How many different ways can your family think of to solve a problem?
3. What criteria does your family have for how to decide if a solution is a good one.

Bible verse to read and discuss at home;

Romans 12:6-8

Family challenge of the week:
Solve a problem together using your criteria.

What’s Happening

Important Information – CHEESE ROLLS

Thank you to all those people that have collected orders for cheese rolls – we have a massive 15,000 cheese rolls ordered!  Any remaining orders must be in by 3pm today.

We now NEED YOUR HELP!  Come along this Saturday to help with the making of the cheese rolls.  Bring along your own apron and a drink bottle.  The PCG will provide lunch.  Rolling will be happening from 8am till at least 3pm. The task is not difficult so please bring along all willing volunteers. This is a wonderful day to meet others in the school community and serve the school at the same time.

Reminder that you are responsible for distributing the cheese rolls to the people that ordered from you. Please come along promptly at 3pm to collect your orders.

School Cross Country – THIS FRIDAY, 12.30pm
The RCS Annual School Cross Country is this Friday. Come along and support your children in their efforts!

Pumpkin Soup Fundraiser: Friday 17th June
All natural and mostly organic ingredients, vegetarian and Gluten Free – soup ready to go at lunchtime!
$1.00 a cup.  All proceeds go to “Pain relief for children in a Vietnamese Orphanage”. The name of this organisation is “Little Feather Foundation” – take a look on the web at: or Contact Mary Harema for more information.

Informative morning teas
Come along to enjoy a cup of tea and cookie, and hear about Christian Education and the vision we have for this at RCS.  Understand the ways that Christian Education is different from regular state schools and the ways that it is the same.

Carpark Safety:
Please remember to drive at a safe speed when entering and exiting the school carpark, especially now as it is getting busier. It is safer if you follow the arrows up to the gate then turn right, instead of turning hard right when you enter. Thank you.

What’s Coming Up

40 hour famine
Permission slips need to be returned in order for your children to do the 40 hour famine. Please see Liz if you have any questions.

From the PCG

Second Hand Uniform Shop:
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

 Please keep promoting these among friends and family.

School Mum’s Bible Study:

Please talk to Cristene Trenuela-Chan (, Jacqueline Pieterse or Amy Steven (0212254653, if you are keen to be a part of this.

Come along next Monday evening to get involved with the PCG. Please see Cristene for a copy of the agenda.


  • 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

Learn to Skate Programme:
Held each Sunday (weather permitting) at Clearview School. Email: for more information.

Encraftment Market: Sunday 3rd July, 10am-3pm:
A Winter Market with local designers and handmade products, over 90 stalls. Jewellery, toys, clothing, food, art and much more.
Website: for more information.

“Finding Dory”:
Rolleston Playcentre is thrilled to invite you to “Finding Dory” at Riccarton Hoyts at 10am on Sunday 19th June.
Tickets available at: or email:

“Give your Dog a Job” Training: School Holidays
What jobs can your child teach their dog? Find out during the July School Holidays.
Come either the first or second week. Limited spots.
More information on: or email:

University of Otago’s Sleep, Education and Learning in Our Neighbourhood (SEALION) Study:
We are looking at children’s sleep and how it may affect learning during the school day, in the NZ school community. We are looking for all parents of 6 to 10 year old children to fill out a 20 minute questionnaire online ( and enter into the draw to win one of five $150 supermarket vouchers. For more information:


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