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RCS Newsletter  – Love and Peace


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Message from Staff

Welcome to Term 4!

It was mentioned at church yesterday that it is only 11 weeks until Christmas. I find it hard to believe that we are in Term 4 already.  Term 4 is a busy term in a primary school, as we start to prepare for the following year, including starting to help the students transition into their learning spaces for 2017, while we also want to make the most of the 10 weeks of learning.  It would be a good idea to touch base with your child’s teacher and see if there are specific things you can be doing at home to enhance your child’s learning in this final term of 2016.

This term we are looking forward to working on the practical aspects of the food forest. I was speaking to a friend in the weekend who is writing an academic article on the therapeutic nature of gardening. In a world that is busy and often frantic it is good for the mind and soul to spend some time connecting with nature. I encourage you to extend your children’s understanding of gardening by creating your own garden at home too.

This term we are looking at Love and Peace. We will be exploring how we can have peace through maintaining a loving relationship with God, ourselves, others and nature.  In Living Christianly we will be exploring God’s big story of the world and the wisdom His word brings in finding peace. In Circle Time we will be looking at building skills for restorative practices in relationships. In our other learning areas we will be learning about different cultures and how we can have peace with one another through celebrating diversity and unity.  So, it’s looking to be a good term of learning!

Please continue to keep the school, and particularly the staff, in your prayers. We pray that throughout the term our students will grow in Love and Peace with God, themselves, others and the beautiful world God has blessed us with.



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 the restorative process of exploring a hurt and putting it right when you have hurt someone or they have hurt you. In Circle Time the children will be exploring the difference between outside hurts and inside hurts.


  • What did you learn from Miss Horn about restoring relationships when someone has been hurt or done the wrong thing?
  • What is the difference between an inside and an outside hurt?
  • Discuss a time when someone in your family hurt you and what the person needed to do to put things right for you.
  • Discuss a time when you hurt someone in your family. How did you feel and what did you have to do to put things right with them?

Family challenge of the week:
Create a chart about what it looks like, feels like and sounds like to have a loving, peaceful family. Think about the things you can each do to make your home like this.

What’s Happening 

Informative morning teas – The Restorative Process
Come along for a cup of tea and build your understanding of the Restorative Process and how this looks at RCS.

Kapa Haka – Rolleston 150th Culturefest
The RCS Kapa Haka group has been invited to open the Rolleston 150th Celebration Culturefest this Saturday 15th October. We will be performing at 12pm. We would like the group that performed at Ellesmere College to be part of this performance. Can you please notify Mr Marshall if your child was in the Ellesmere Kapa Haka Group and is able to perform this Saturday. Many Thanks, Mr Marshall.

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

Next week we will transition to summer uniforms.  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:

  • Rolleston 150 Celebration this weekend (See above).
  • 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

From the PCG

Second Hand Uniform Shop

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


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 will be on all the even weeks of the term. Please make sure your child has their card and library bag with them.

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

Paterson Rose Pop up Store in Christchurch  

Paterson Rose are excited to be Popping up in Christchurch from Tuesday 11th October to Saturday 15th October. We are a Blenheim Company that provide children’s linen and interiors.
Selwyn House School (in the Atrium), 122 Merivale Lane, Christchurch.

Touch Canterbury Under 12 & 14 Junior Trials

The Touch Canterbury Junior Trials for the under 12 and 14 grades are taking place very soon on the 16th October. U12’s Registrations at 9.30am. Trial begins at 10.00am.

Sunday 16th October, Sheldon Park, Belfast.

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