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RCS Newsletter  – The gifts God has given us can bring hope to others


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Message from Staff

Kia Ora and welcome to Week 6 of Term 2,

“The gifts God has given us can bring hope to others.”

God has given each believer a spiritual gift that He wants us to use for His glory, but we often don’t use it. We may deny that we actually have a spiritual gift or if we do acknowledge it, we may doubt its usefulness to glorify God, and then just bury it. But we must realise that God wants us to be involved with His work. He is so gracious that by His Holy Spirit He freely distributes gifts to all who are saved. He not only wants us to know our spiritual gifts, but He expects us to grow in them each day.

Being members of the body, we need to work together. In 1 Corinthians 12:12 it says, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” And in verse 14, “For the body is not one member, but many.” Each of us is a specific body part. It sounds strange but it is a great analogy of the church. In verse 27 Paul says, “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.” If you read verses 13-27 you will see that Paul affirms the importance of each member. He also declares that we need each member to function properly as a whole body. He says, in verse 26, “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honoured, all the members rejoice with it.”

In Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus tells the parable of the talents. It is a parable about stewardship of the grace that God has given to all believers. In the story, a talent equaled about 75 pounds of coinage and would be the equivalent of 15 years of normal wages for one person. This was an enormous responsibility for each of the servants to bear. The master was leaving on a journey and to one of his servants he gave 5 talents, to another 2 talents, and to another 1 talent according to their ability. What happened when the master came back to settle accounts was this: The first two servants had put the money to use and were able to double their amounts and present the master with his principle and profits. But the servant with one talent hid his master’s money and was afraid to use it. His talent was taken from him and given to the one who had ten talents. This parable shows us that Christ wants us to use the gifts He has provided to us, not to bury them. Spiritual gifts are also called “grace gifts” and should be valued as gifts of God’s grace toward us. We are called to “bear much fruit” that lasts, and our spiritual gifts play a significant role in doing that.

Nga mihi nui,

Amos Pilgrim

Exploring the Values at Home

This week we continue our exploration of Love and Hope by continuing to explore the Joseph story. We will look at how Joseph used the gifts God had given him to bring hope, and particularly look at how we can each use our own gifts to bless others. In circle time this week we are learning what it means to look at the big picture, and how when we do this it often puts things in perspective and we can see the path that God has provided that brings hope.

Family challenge of the week:

Youtube clip to watch and discuss at home;


Questions for kids to ask

  • What spiritual gifts do you think I have? How do you know?
  • When do you use your gifts? 
  • Who else do we know that has this gift/s?
  • Where is the best place for me to use my gift/s?

Bible verse to read and discuss at home;

Romans 12:6-8

What’s Happening

Informative morning teas – NOT ON THIS TUESDAY

Due to a couple of staff members being out on Tuesday we are unable to offer an informative morning tea this week. Feel free to still meet for a cup of tea or coffee in the staff room if you like.

Carpark Safety:
Please remember to drive at a safe speed when entering and exiting the school carpark, especially now as it is getting busier. It is safer if you follow the arrows up to the gate then turn right, instead of turning hard right when you enter. Thank you.

What’s Coming Up

School Cross Country – 17 June, 12.30pm
The RCS Annual School Cross Country is coming up soon. Encourage your children to practise their running and then come along to support them on the day. Don’t forget to start planning your whanau group coloured outfits!

Mufti Day Friday 10th June: supporting 40 hour famine:
Wear the colours of the Syrian Flag: red, white, black and green.
Cold coin donation.
By Sabrina and Daniel, for their Home Learning.

40 hour famine
Permission slips need to be returned in order for your children to do the 40 hour famine. Please see Liz if you have any questions.

Pumpkin Soup Fundraiser: Friday 17th June
All natural and mostly organic ingredients, vegetarian and Gluten Free.
$1.00 a cup.  All proceeds go to “Pain relief for children in a Vietnamese Orphanage” – more details to come. Contact Mary Harema for more information.

From the PCG

Second Hand Uniform Shop:
How it works:

Seller: Parents to label each item with the Name, phone number and price. PCG will take 20% off the for administering the service. Funds will go towards PCG Fundraising Initiatives.
Shop Hours: By appointment only. Contact Natalie Patterson via RCS Parent Facebook page or leave a message at the office.

Entertainment Books

 Please keep promoting these among friends and family.

Cheese Rolls – Update

Cheese roll forms are due back 10 June. There are prizes for children that collect the most orders. Please also put the 18th June in your diaries to come along and help with the production of cheese rolls. Last year this was a wonderful day of connecting with others in the school community while raising considerable funds for the school.

School Mum’s Bible Study:

Please talk to Cristene Trenuela-Chan (, Jacqueline Pieterse or Amy Steven (0212254653, if you are keen to be a part of this.

Get Involved with the PCG
The PCG is small in numbers and we would be grateful for more parents to come on board and serve the school.  We meet once a month and there is a place for anyone who can give their time and energy!  Please see Alan Whitmore or speak to Kendra Liggett if you would like to get involved.  It’s a fun group who are dedicated and enthusiastic and we’d love to see some new faces!


  • Wheels Day is on a Wednesday – children may bring any type of ‘wheels’ they choose.
  • Now that it is getting cold, students may like to wear black thermal tops under their polo shirts. Girls may like to wear black woollen stockings. Please name all items of clothing.
  • If your child brings anything home that is not theirs please return it to school.
  • Please check your child’s head for lice regularly, and please make sure that long hair is tied up 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

“Finding Dory”:
Rolleston Playcentre is thrilled to invite you to “Finding Dory” at Riccarton Hoyts at 10am on Sunday 19th June.
Tickets available at: or email:

“Give your Dog a Job” Training: School Holidays
What jobs can your child teach their dog? Find out during the July School Holidays.
Come either the first or second week. Limited spots.
More information on: or email:


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