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RCS Newsletter  – Love and Peace – Week 7


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Message from Staff

Greetings everyone,

I hope this newsletter finds you refreshed and revived after such a beautiful weekend!

In Circle Time this week we are looking at being strong and truthful when we have done something wrong. In the resource we are using to run our Circle time programme this term, the introduction to the section places a lot of emphasis on what we, as adults, model in relation to this.  Do we admit to our own mistakes? Do we say sorry to our children when we have wronged them in anyway?

A number of you were able to attend the John Parsons information evening a couple of weeks ago.  For those of you unable to attend I would highly recommend him as a speaker if the opportunity is offered to you again.  What stood out to me in what he was saying was the vital role that adults play in the lives of children to shape and guide them through the things we model and the ways we help them to learn through experiences.  I came away with a real sense of the need for strong and courageous love when dealing with children.

He spoke at length about the importance of instilling family values into children, I think the same applies with the school values.  His view, as an expert in Cyber Safety, was that the best way to keep your child safe in the space we call the Cyber World is to instil values in our children so they start to make wise choices without us.  He spoke about the importance of modelling the things we want to see in our children. For us at school this means the teachers living out the values of Hope, Excellence, Love and Peace. I wonder what the values you hold most dear in your homes? How are you modelling these?

The other aspect that really stood out to me was the importance of how we, as adults, respond to children when they make a mistake.  I came away with the thought that the strongest type of love we can demonstrate to our children at this time is not to remove the problem from them or make them suffer through it, but instead to love them in a way that empowers them to face the mistakes they have made, work through them, and then learn from them so they are again able to demonstrate the values we hold dear.

I really feel like this message sits so closely with what we are teaching this week about being strong and truthful when we have made a mistake.  We want children to feel strong enough, through knowing they are loved, that they can face the truth when they have done something wrong.  When our children come to us with the truth they need to know that we will empower them to put things right and grow from the mistake.  It is very hard for someone to change their behaviour if they don’t first own it.

So, I encourage you this week, think about how you are creating a space in your home where children learn to be strong and truthful when they have made a mistake, so they can learn to make increasingly kind and wise choices in their behaviour.  We will be focussing on the same thing here!

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 being strong and truthful when we have hurt someone. 


  • A time when Mum or Dad were children and they had to be strong and tell the truth about something they did wrong?
  • What does humility look like in your family?
  • What does it look like in your family to admit to mistakes?

Family challenge of the week:
Create a poster about what it looks like, feels like and sounds like to act with a humble strength.

What’s Happening 

Junior Hub – Christmas Grotto and Margaret Mahy Playground visit
On the 6th of Dec the junior hub are having a trip out to the SWBC grotto and the Margaret Mahy playground in Chch (out from 10:15am-2pm). A notice is going home tomorrow requiring parents to fill in a form for permission and pay $10 for the trip to cover transport and costs. Please give the money into the office.

Middle and Senior Hub Camp
By now you all have been given a camp gear list. If you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask your teacher for advice. Please bring your tent for our practice day on Monday 28th Week 8. If you’d like to bring your tent before then we will store it safely in the garage. Please keep the payments coming in to the office. Parents if you can assist with transport there and / or back please let your child’s teacher know.
Getting closer! 

Scholastics Book Fair – NEXT WEEK
The Scholastics Book Fair will be on next week.  This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase Christmas presents etc.  You will be able to purchase items between 8.30am and 9.30am and then again between 2.30pm and 4.00pm.

Health and Safety Check

Our safety notice this week with the children is about using the rubbish bins properly.  Please go through the types of rubbish you have at home with your children and discuss what types of rubbish go in what bins.  It might be good to go onto the council website and see what happens to the different types of rubbish.

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 – COME DRESSED IN WHANAU GROUPS COLOURS
  • 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.

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 – TONIGHT

We will be holding a planning meeting for the PCG tonight. 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.


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.


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.

Christmas Day Community Lunch   

Sunday 25th December: 12pm – 3pm. At Lincoln Baptist Church, 530 Birchs Road, Lincoln. All welcome, no cost. RSVP essential by Thursday 15th December.  Karen: 325 3396. This will be an alcohol free event.


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 

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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