Rolleston Christian School

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RCS Newsletter  – Love and Peace


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Message from Staff

For the first half of this term we are addressing the area of ‘hurts’. This week we are looking at Accidental and Intentional hurts. The topic of ‘hurts’ is huge. At RCS our focus will be on how the children may become hurt through comments or accidental actions and how forgiveness is a part of the healing process that overcomes the hurt and will bring about Peace. However, this is also the area that is often brought up when telling someone about God. How can God allow this to happen…? This is not an easy question to answer and I’m sure all of us have asked the same question at some stage in our lives. From a Christian point of view, we can only rely on God’s promises that He has a plan for each of us and He goes before us and there is a purpose in everything… “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).

We know that part of this plan is to ‘stretch’ us to grow our faith. My favourite verse gives me a great deal of comfort at these times:

“13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Cor 10:13

Of course one of the reasons we go through trials is that we learn lessons that help us to assist others when they go through a similar trial…

“3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  2 Cor 1: 3-4

We pray that we can teach the children to be able to comfort each other when they get ‘hurt’, and that the manner in which they can apply this in dealing with the ‘smaller’ hurts of life can be applied when they need to deal with the ‘bigger’ issues in life they will face as they grow.

As a staff we have been really appreciative of the assistance, comfort and support that we have seen shown amongst the parents at our school. When a need has arisen it has often been met by another parent at the school. It’s great to see our school community be built up in this way.

God bless you in all you do.


Exploring the Values at Home

This term we are exploring Love and Peace.  We are looking at the skills and attitudes needed to restore relationships when they are broken through intentional and unintentional hurts. This morning we looked at Accidental and Intentional Hurts, this will be explored more thoroughly during Circle Time.


  • What did you learn from Miss Horn about accidental and intentional hurts?
  • What are our choices when someone has hurt us?
  • Discuss a time when someone accidentally hurt you. What happened? How did you feel? What did you do to make peace?
  • Discuss a time when you accidentally hurt someone. What happened? How did you feel? What did you do to make peace?

Family challenge of the week:
Make an agreed process to follow in your family for when someone hurts someone else.

What’s Happening 

Informative morning teas – Home Learning
Come along for a cup of tea and build your understanding of ways to help your child with their learning at home.

Whanau Group Learning – Fridays
During Whanau Group Learning times the children will be doing the practical aspects of the Food Forest.  The groups will take turns being in the forest area, so will only go in every second week.  If you would prefer your children to have gardening clothes on for this activity please send a spare change of clothes in their bags.

Calendars – fundraiser
Rolleston Christian School will be selling artwork calendars/diaries/notebooks/cards as a fundraiser. The children’s artwork will be displayed in the windows outside the main entrance.
Orders to be paid either through Internet banking (Account: 12 1266 0035926 01 Ref: Child’s Name) or by cheque (made out to the school). No cash. Orders to be in by 11th November. These make excellent Christmas presents!

Christmas Food Box – Daniel Drury
Hello, my name is Daniel and I’m in Year 2.  There are some families in Christchurch who don’t have much food so I am trying to help get some food and Christmas items for them.  Can you help please? By putting food in the box in the school office, like tinned food or Christmas items, we can help those people in need, which will make them happy.

Rolleston 150th Celebration
Thank you to the parents that were able to help out on Friday night with the kid’s movie at the opening celebration. Thank you also to the families that were able to come and perform at the the Culturalfest section of the celebration on the Saturday. It is wonderful to be part of this great little community.

School Photos Wednesday 19th October (Sibling photos also)
We will be having school photos taken from 9.00am on Wednesday 19th October.  If you would also like to have some family/sibling photos, please let the office know, so we can book these in.

Sporting Opportunities
There are many sporting opportunities available in the local area for your children to make the most of. Please see the link below to the local sport providers.


Health and Safety Check

Please make sure your child has a hat, as they will be expected to wear their hats during break times to protect them from the sun.

What’s Coming Up

Dates to put in the calendar:

  • Summer Sports Spectacular for Year 3 & 4 students – Friday 21st of October
  • John Parsons Parent Information Session (Digital safety) – 8 & 9 November, 7.30pm, held at Clearview Primary for all local schools. Bookings coming out of Wednesday.
  • Show Day – No school – 11 November.
  • Consultation meeting for the Health Curriculum – 15 November, 7pm.
  • Whanau Group Sports Afternoon – 30 November, 11.30am – 3pm.
  • Middle and Senior Hub Camp – 6-8 December
  • Reports out – Week of 12 December
  • End of Year Prizegiving – TBC
  • End of Term and Mufti Day – 16 December, 2pm finish

Beginning and end of 2017
Term 1, 2017 will start on 31 January.  Term 4, 2017 will end on Tuesday 19 December. There will be two Teacher Only Days throughout the year – the Friday before Queens Birthday Weekend and the Monday after Show Weekend.

From the PCG

Second Hand Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop is available by appointment only, please see the office.

Thank you to Happyhire for the bouncy castle!

Happyhire provide a complete hire service, and stock marquees, tables and chairs, bouncy castles, sound gear, lighting effects, glassware, heating and much more! We are proud to support Rolleston School and are offering a 10% rebate back to the school on any bookings made*


A reminder that there is closed Facebook Group for school families and staff.  Please search Rolleston Christian School – Parent & Staff and request acceptance to the group.


Library Bus
The Library Bus will now be coming to school every fortnight.  This Term it will be on all the ODD weeks of the term. Please make sure your child has their card and library bag with them. You can return these books to the Rolleston Library if you are not able to bring them in time for the Mobile Library Bus.

School Lunches Online
Please go to Lunch Online to set up an account and place an order.

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

“Restore Me” – Nature’s remedies from my family to yours  

Natural products : lip balm, first aid balm, moisturiser, bath soak, and magnesium balm available, plus other products. Check out the website on: for full details on products and prices. Or talk to Sharon Clare-Broughton 027 469 2337.

Burnham Swimming Club

Want to improve your stroke and fitness levels?  Burnham Swim Club is looking for members to join their relaxed and friendly, volunteer run, non-profit club.  We cater for different levels of ability and swimmers are assessed individually so they can participate at the level that best suits them.  Grading and Assessment will be held on Saturday 29th October, at 10.00am, at the Burnham Army Camp Swimming Pool (just inside the main gates next to the gym). Any further queries please contact Sue on 03 318 7427.

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