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RCS Newsletter  – Love and Peace – Week 3


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Message from Staff

Kia ora families,

I hope you were able to find some time over the long weekend to rest and enjoy the blessing of an extra day.

As we look at Love and Peace this term I find myself pondering the types of things that create a lack of Peace in our lives.  The list of Graduate Attributes we have developed for our students related to Peace strikes me as a list of skills and attitudes a person can have to maintain a sense of Peace in their lives, essentially avoiding the things that create a lack of Peace in and around us.

In our ‘busy’ world it is sometimes hard to find Peace.  I recently went shopping on a Sunday afternoon and was asked by three different shop assistants if I was “having a busy day”. It seems that this is our norm – to expect people to be busy.  It struck me as a little strange, given that I was wandering through shops, not an activity that I would associate with ‘being busy’.

At a conference I went to earlier in the year the speaker said something that really struck me. He said “We must give up the pride of being busy.”  Are we finding our self-worth in being busy or are we finding it in God?  A few years ago I was really challenged by someone as we discussed the skill of putting boundaries in place (one of our graduate attributes) – she challenged me that God doesn’t expect us to take on everything, and that He guides us to the areas that He wants us to focus on.  Feeling torn in too many directions, never quite getting through everything and constantly feeling that you have let people down are not Peace making situations.

I love that the Bible says ‘let your yes be yes and your no be no’. Sometimes we need to say ‘no’ to things.  This allows us to follow through on the things we say ‘yes’ to, and let go of the things that are not ours to carry.  I think following God’s ways brings peace – a little lesson like let your yes be yes and your no be no, can bring ourselves and those around us peace. When we say yes to something that we actually can’t really manage we bring stress to ourselves and dissapointment and often stress to those around us that are expecting us to do something.

In our ‘busy’ world I encourage you to reflect on the things God is calling you to do, or the things that you are truly passionate about, and also the things in your life that you’ve over committed to.  Take some time to work out what to say yes to and what to say no to.  I think as we model to our children that it is ok not to do everything they will see what it means to live in Peace.

God says that we are to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.  I wonder if part of loving ourselves is to put those boundaries in place and that as we live in a sense of Peace our ability to show Love to others increases, bringing the relational Peace that we are focussing on this term.

May you find peace this week, with enough time to enjoy the beauty of spring.

Many blessings,

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 week we are looking at helping others when they are hurt.


  • Why is it good to help others when they are hurt?
  • What types of ways could you help someone else when they are hurt?
  • Is there a difference in how you would help someone with an outside hurt rather than an inside hurt?
  • Do you think different people like different things when they are hurt? How will you know?

Family challenge of the week:
Make sure that your Home Learning Project has been chosen and you are all set to go with your learning.

What’s Happening 

Middle and Senior Camp Information meeting
Parents are invited to a camp briefing at RCS on Wednesday 2nd November at 4.30pm.

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.

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

A reminder please that if someone is picking up your child that is not a ‘regular’ for the pick up, please let the office or one of the teaching staff know.

What’s Coming Up

Dates to put in the calendar:

  • John Parsons Parent Information Session (Digital safety) – 8 & 9 November, 7.30pm, held at Clearview Primary for all local schools. Please make sure you have signed up!
  • 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 Fun Day – Wednesday 14th December
  • End of Year Prizegiving – Thursday 15th December, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • 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


Guy Fawkes Night – help needed

We are running a stall at the FireWorks Display and will be using the school carpark and land next door for parking. We will need lots of helpers for this night. If you are able to help, please see Nina Green or put your name down at the office.

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 mroe! We are proud to support Rolleston School and are offering a 10% rebate back to the school on any bookings made.


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


School Photos (and siblings)
The photos that were taken last week will be up on the School Facebook page shortly, with information about how to view, order and purchase them. If you are unable to access this Facebook page, you can email Donna directly:

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.

School Uniform

We are now in summer uniform – please ensure your child has a hat 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

“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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