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RCS Newsletter  – Love and Peace – Week 6


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Kia Ora,

I hope you are all refreshed after a slightly longer weekend than usual!

We are now half way through the term, and in ‘Living Christianly’ the Junior Hub has been taking a walk through Genesis as we explore our values of “Love and Peace”.

We began by looking at how perfectly God created the world, and how the relationships between nature, humanity and animals was harmonious and at peace. The children understood that this is how God intended the earth and everything in it to be, but unfortunately it didn’t last. Along came that “sneaky snake” as one child called it – and I will leave it there as to whom deceived whom and whom led whom astray so as not to cause a theological debate! What we do know is that since that moment God’s creation has not been the same. Again, we looked at how relationships were affected – God and us, us and nature, us and others. The children are well aware of the deteriorating physical state of the earth with pollution, overuse of natural resources and people not showing good Kaitaiki towards the earth. We also read a very sad story about Cain and Able that showed how our relationship with others was affected, and one child lamented that Cain “did not have God’s love and peace in his heart”.

However, this week we begin to look forward with Hope to God’s big plan of restoration of the earth and the relationships in it.  We talk about forgiveness, following on from the Circle Time focus of healing and inside/outside hurts. Then we look to how God began to restore our relationship with Him with the coming of Jesus, the Prince of Peace and the Christmas Story.

I have shared our learning with you so that as we continue to discover God’s love, forgiveness and peace in our hearts at school, you as significant adults in your children’s lives can also model this to them. In the “silly season” that is about to take hold of us, I am challenging myself to remain calm, show love and peace to everyone driving a car when I am, and learn to take refuge in Jesus to balance the business of life. I am also going to try to ensure that my students at school see a teacher who is showing God’s love and peace to others and is not just talking about it. As a parent, I will try to do the same at home.  May I ask you also to do the same!

Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


Mandy Cleave.

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 what we need when we have hurt others. 

Due to assembly not occurring this morning we have not looked at it as a school yet, so this is a good opportunity for you to have the big discussions at home.


  • As a family discuss what it feels like to hurt someone else, either accidentally or intentionally.
  • As adults share what you think it is you need when you have hurt someone else.
  • Discuss what it feels like to be forgiven. Why is this important?
  • If you have been hurt. What do you need to do to help the person that has hurt you?

Family challenge of the week:
Get into the garden and enjoy some quality time as a family.

What’s Happening 

Junior Hub – Christmas Grotto and Margaret Mahy Playground visit
Tuesday 6th December we are hoping to take the Junior Hub on a trip to the South West Baptist Christmas Grotto and the Margaret Mahy playground in Christchurch. The time frame is approximately 10.15am till 2.00pm. Please consider being a parent help for this trip. (It is not suitable for pre-schoolers to accompany a parent help). More details to follow….please put this in your diary now.  Junior Hub Team.

Sculpture Competition
Part of Amber’s Home Learning, is a Sculpture Competition – here are the details: Judging is Thursday 17th November, so start building your sculpture now. You can build your sculpture out of anything (you need to be able to transport it to school). Amber is raising money for the SPCA, so there will be baking for sale. Please bring money to buy baking on that day. It is also a mufti day – please bring a gold coin for mufti, and there will be a “guess how many lollies in the jar” competition also. If you have any questions, please ask Amber.

Health Consultation Evening – Tomorrow 7pm
We are wanting to consult with you about our health curriculum, in particular education around physical development, sexuality and relationships.  Please read last week’s newsletter for an understanding of what we are hoping to understand from you.

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.

Health and Safety Check

Our safety notice this week with the children is around staying in the designated spaces for playing. Please reinforce to your children that it is important for them to play round the front of the school so they are in sight of the teachers.

What’s Coming Up

Dates to put in the calendar:

  • Scholastics Book Fair – 28 November – 2 December – A great chance to purchase Christmas Presents!
  • 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

Court Markings – they’re coming!

This year we have been fundraising for court markings at the school. The PCG has been working hard, with your assistance, all year and have raised enough money for the court markings.  We are just currently waiting for a consistent spell of fine weather in order for them to be done.

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.
Thank you in advance for your valuable contribution, Liz.

School Photos (and siblings)
Check the School Facebook page, for 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.


Community Notices


Hi RCS Family, have you noticed that I look a bit different lately? I’m growing my moustache for 30 days and it’s not just a bold statement. I’m doing it to raise funds for the Movember Foundation, and I need your support.
I’m supporting the Movember Foundation because they’re tackling some of the most significant health issues faced by men. Your donations will help them stop dying too young.
There are two ways you can contribute to my Mo growing effort:
Donation online at  or write a cheque to “Movember” referencing my registration ID (13515911) and mail it to: Movember, P O Box 4141, Mount Maunganui, 3149.
Learn about the important work Movember is funding and the impact your donation will have: There’s a lot riding on this moustache, so thank you. I appreciate your support. Mo Bro, Amos Pilgrim.


Hi, I’m Jenny Brosnan, Michaela, Marcus, Amanda and Jacqui’s Mum. I am a distributor for Rawleighs in the Rolleston area. For a short time I will be donating $5.00 from each tin of Medicated ointment or Antiseptic salve, purchased by RCS families, back to the school.  The tins are $22.00 each, 140gm. If you would like to place an order or have any questions, please phone me on 347 9999 or text 027 742 3785, or School Facebook page. Thank you.

Encraftment’s 6th Annual Christmas Market   

Sunday 27th November: 11.00am to 4.00pm. Lincoln Event Centre, 15 Meijer Drive, Lincoln.

Selwyn Travel – Community Support Programme   

“Turn other people’s holidays into rewards for your school. RCS will benefit from staff, friends, neighbours and families of the school when they book their holidays through Elaine and Fiona at Selwyn Travel, a proud member of the Air New Zealand Travel Brokers Group. Once targets are achieved, Travel Vouchers will be provided and can be used in a variety of ways for RCS. Those booking the holidays will receive our personalised service, our full attention at all times, fast and friendly service – if they live local we will even personally deliver their travel documents to them. No need to leave home!”  Elaine Casey and Fiona Rowan – 347 4697, 021 757 486 or 

Selwyn Parenting Network   

If you are interested in upcoming events i.e.: Under Fives Market, Christmas Grotto, Science Alive, Christmas Bazaar, Anxiety and Depression in Youth Workshop, The Maddie Concert, and other information and events, check out their website: or email:

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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