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RCS Newsletter  – Love and Peace – Week 4


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Kia ora te whanau

Week four, term four. Change is really upon us:  Blossoms; Gardens are blooming; The sun rises earlier and sets later; and  temperatures are warming up.  We can be grateful for the seasons which each bring special changes to our environment.

Traditionally this can be a very busy and sometimes stressful time of the year for us all in the lead up to Christmas. It seems a bit crazy that one of the two most important dates on the calendar for the followers of Jesus can be so potentially stressful.  With Peace and Love as our focus this term we will certainly be reminded, that is not how God intended us to be during the advent season. I know it is always a good reminder for myself to keep the reason for the season at the forefront of my mind.

Our Peace and Love focus this week is  ‘peaceful relationships’. We will focus on this during our  ‘Living Christianly’ sessions.    During our circle time we’ll be discussing ‘dealing with arguments’.

At RCS we use a restorative approach to helping children sort through issues they have with one another.  Restorative practices – as used at RCS – provide a framework for building community and for responding to challenging behaviour through authentic dialogue, understanding different perspectives, and making things right.

One of the things the children will be learning this week is that not everyone sees a situation in exactly the same way. Through these next sessions they have the opportunity to learn to see things from other peoples point of view. In turn this can help them realise how their behaviour can affect those around them and what action needs to be taken to put it right. Of course arguments and disagreements are healthy and natural parts of any good relationship and indeed learning. But our approach to  disagreements can make all the difference in achieving positive outcomes – particularly with our focus being on Peace and Love. I also love the way it ties in with our vision: Christ-like, creative, critical thinkers, enjoying academic success, and developing personal gifts to bring hope and joy to their world. 

1 Thessalonians 5:15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

I’m sure there will be some interesting discussions to come out of this week’s learning.

Have a blessed week,


Lynda Siave

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 how different people have different perspectives when a situation occurs.


What is a perspective?
Adults, share a time when you saw something differently to someone else.
As a family think of some ways that you can show another person that you are listening to their perspective.
As a family think of some ways that you can share your own point of view so the other person knows what your perspective is, without making them feel you haven’t heard their perspective.

Family challenge of the week:
When a disagreement occurs this week take some time to really see the situation from the other person’s perspective. 

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!


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

Free Inspirational Author talk for Parents/Caregivers of reluctant readers
Selwyn District Libraries are pleased to present a free talk for parents and caregivers by author David Riley, at 7.30pm, 14th November at Lincoln Event Centre. Due to limited places, bookings are required, see:  for details.
On his website, David says that he writes books and teaches: to help young people with their literacy, learn more about their cultures and inspire them with stories of positive role models and achievers.

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.

School dates – 2017
Term 1: Tuesday 31 January –  Thursday 13 April (Good Friday 14th April, Easter Monday 17th April)
Term 2: Monday 1 May – Friday 7 June
Term 3: Monday 24 July – Friday 29 September
Term 3: Monday 16 October – Tuesday 19 December

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 or put your name down at the office.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

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

Planning meeting for 2017!

We will be holding a planning meeting for the PCG on November 21. Come along to be a part of the work of the PCG for next year.


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.


Your Feedback Survey Reminder
We would greatly appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out a survey related to the strategies we use to build and maintain an effective partnership with you as parents. Educational Research in New Zealand has revealed that effective partnerships are an essential aspect of providing a strong education for children, so it is something we consider to be very important. The information you provide will be used to continue strengthening the strategies for developing these partnerships.

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

Selwyn Running Festival   

Sunday 6th November. 21.1km, 10km, 5km, Kids Dash.

Weedons School Christmas Twilight Fair  

Celebrating 145 Years. 5pm to 9pm, Friday December 2nd.  Weedons Primary School, 135 Weedons Ross Road. Free Entry. Stalls, food, craft, entertainment, kids play zone. 

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