Rolleston Christian School

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RCS Newsletter  – Merry Christmas!


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Message from Staff

Kia ora,

As we come to the end of the year it is a great time to reflect on the year been and look forward to the year ahead.  It has been a big year as a school and a lot of people have worked hard to see this happen.

A very big thank you to the PCG for all they have achieved.  We have a small but dedicated group of parents that have organised community events and fundraising activities, and have helped out families in need.  Your contributions to the school have been greatly appreciated and as a school community we are blessed to have such passionate and dedicated people helping to enhance the educational experience all our children enjoy.

A big thank you also to the people that have volunteered their time to help with the practical aspects of the school.  Many people have devoted hours of time to things such as putting books away, covering books, moving mulch and soil, helping on trips, coaching sports team, and many more.  Your help with these things makes a huge difference to the amount that can be achieved in the school and also frees teachers up to do what they do best – planning, teaching, and evaluating, the teaching and learning of each of the children in the school.

We also have volunteers that come along and help in classes with small groups of children or individual children.  For many of our children this makes a huge difference.  It allows for some students to have one-to-one adult time that they would otherwise not be able to receive. It also makes the impact of the learning activity for all children much greater. A very big thank you to these people for your time, patience and dedication.

Our school is blessed also with a fantastic Board of Trustees.  We have a great group of individuals that are passionate about the continued improvement of our school.  They are dedicated to asking the hard questions, analysing the problems and fully supporting the staff as we go about the day to day business of teaching and learning.  This group of people selflessly give hours of their time for the benefit of all our students, so thank you!

Last but not least our staff.  Setting up a school, a process that takes some time, is not an easy task.  Our staff serve with their whole hearts. They have poured hours into the work they do, as well as the ‘extra’ things like making cheese rolls and helping out at fundraising stalls.  As a team we have really grown this year and I feel privileged to work with a team of educators that are vibrant and passionate, and are focussed on continually improving their practice and our school. Thank you for all your hard work!

It is great to stop and be thankful.  We can often rush through life without stopping to be thankful for the blessings we have.  I count it as a blessing to work with a great group of people as we continue to establish ourselves as a school. Thank you!

We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday evening as we continue to celebrate 2016.

Many blessings,


Exploring the Values at Home


  • Why did Jesus come to earth?
  • How does Jesus help us to bring Peace to the earth?
  • What have you learnt about fixing up hurts this term?
  • What do you still need to learn about fixing up hurts?

What’s Happening 


Tuesday – Gardening Day – please send your children to school in gardening clothes, including suitable footwear.  If you are not working on Tuesday and would like to help out, you would be welcomed with open arms!
Wednesday – Picnic Day – we will be having a fun day in whanau groups.  Children can wear their regular uniform.  Bring shared food for a picnic with the whanau group.  All parents are welcome to attend and enjoy the day together.  Keep an eye out on Facebook in case of cancellation due to weather.
Thursday – Regular day during the day.  Prizegiving is on in the evening.  Please come along for a time of fellowship and a shared meal provided by the PCG at 5.45pm, then a special assembly at 6.30pm.
Friday – We finish school at 2pm on Friday.  We will be having a mufti day and Shenaye Rowe is organising to donate Christmas presents to children in need as part of her home learning.  Please bring a small present as your mufti payment.

Uniform – Donating second hand uniform 
The BOT and PCG would like to find ways to support families that need assistance with school related costs.  If you have any uniform items that you would like to donate to the school the PCG will sell these and all the money will go back towards supporting these families.

Junior Reading Books – PLEASE RETURN
Please have a thorough look through your homes to make sure there are no Reading Books in your home. Each little reading book costs approximately $12, so it is important we take good care of these.  There will be no more reading books coming home this year, as we need to do an inventory of the books.  If you are able to help us with the inventory please see one of the junior teachers. There is currently over $1600 worth of books missing!!!

Health and Safety Check

Hayfever season

This Hayfever season is particularly bad due to lots of rain. If your child suffers from Hayfever, please make sure they have their medication in the mornings, and if they need to, please bring their medication to the office so they can take this when required.  Thank you.

What’s Coming Up

Beginning of 2017

  • The Office will be open for uniform purchasing etc on Monday 23 January: please phone to make an appointment  (9.00am – 3.00pm).
  • Teachers will be contactable via email from Tuesday 24 January.
  • School begins January 31st 2017, at 9.00am.

Stationery for 2017
Attached are the 2017 Stationery Requirements for your children. We have partnered with Warehouse Stationery Hornby. Please ensure you mention Rolleston Christian School when purchasing your stationery as the school gets 5% back on sales from Warehouse Stationery. Options available to purchase stationery are:
– Order online and have the stationery delivered to your house. Orders over $50 qualify for free shipping.
– Purchase a prepackaged pack from the Warehouse Stationery store.
– Go in store and choose your own stationery using the list. 

If you have any queries, please email Kendra :

Year 0-2 Stationery List

Year 3 – 5 Stationery List

Year 6 – 8 Stationery List

From the PCG

Baby Baskets

We are wanting to bless people in the school community with a Baby Basket.  The PCG has purchased some items for this but we would also like to have additional items to put in.  If you have items that you have surplus from your own baby, such as wraps or nappies, and would like to donate these please see Kara Hunt or Nina Green.


School Lunches Online – Subway ONLY this Friday 16th December. (Not Sydenham Bakery) 

Please go to Lunch Online to set up an account and place an order.

Community Notices

Overlocker required   

Have you got an overlocker that you could lend or donate to the school over the summer holidays? Please see Mrs McMillan or the office. Thank you.

Football Camp – Holiday Programme   

19, 20 and 21 December 2016, 23-24 January 2017 and 26-27 January. With special guest Kim Vargo (Speed and agility coach) will help to improve your speed and agility by working on individual bio-mechanics.  For more information see: 

Sportastic! Holiday fun for sporty 9 to 13 year olds   

16-20 January 2017. 8.30am to 4.30pm, ARA City Campus, Madras Street.  $175.00, bookings essential.  Register online at  0800 24 24 76 

Music Education Opportunities for Christchurch Schools   

Here at the Christchurch School of Music we offer all sorts of opportunities to students, their families and to schools for high quality music education opportunities. Please contact Celia Stewart on

A Unique Christmas Experience – Christmas Time Tunnel   

Open Daily, December 16th – 23rd, 9.00pm-10.00pm. 293 Waterholes Road, Rolleston.  Experience the wonder of the First Christmas. Featuring an illuminated 250m bush tunnel and many surprises along the way.  Gold Coin donation.

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