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Week 9 Newsletter


Coming up This Week:

Week 9 Must Knows

– PCG Meeting , Staff Room, 7pm-9pm
– Hillview Cross Country Permissions Slips due

– Kelly Sports Day for Te Pihinga (Y3 – Y8) (please wear whanau group colours – sports gear)
– Information Afternoon with Miss Horn, Staff Room, 2pm  – Restorative Process

– Kelly Sports Day for  Te Kakano (Y0 – Y2) (please wear whanau group colours – sports gear)

– Community Event – Food Forest Day

Next Week Must Knows

– Library Bus

– Hillview Cross Country

– Mufti Day – Bring a bottle
– Last day of Term

Quick Links:

Message from Staff

Dear Parents,

A very big thank you to everyone who completed the parent consultation questionnaire and/or lifted the Board of Trustees up in prayer in preparation for the Board Retreat that was held over the weekend.

I was struck again by how incredibly blessed we are to have such a fantastic Board of Trustees.  This group of people gave up their Friday evening and a good portion of their Saturday to rigorously explore the strategic direction of the school over the next four years, and thanks to the grace of God and the heart of these people there was a real sense of unity in diversity that has resulted in an exciting strategic direction emerging for the next 4-5 years.  We very much look forward to sharing more of this with you once a little more work has gone into it.

A very big thank you too, to the husbands and wives of our Board members. We appreciate that the time also came at a cost to you and your families. We pray God’s blessing over you.

Each hub of teachers will be out tomorrow or Wednesday, and Kelly Sports will be in to run an exciting sports programme for the children in the teachers absence. Teachers are given two days per term of non-contact time.  We have chosen for the hubs to take these together as it creates quality space for them to collaboratively plan for the group of children they are responsible for.  Please keep these teachers in your prayers as they plan and prepare for the children’s learning programmes next term.

Reports will be coming out during Week 10 (next week) and Learning Conferences will be coming up early next term.  Please ensure you take the time to understand your child’s progress through these avenues and book extra time with your child’s kohanga teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Many blessings,

Kia Pai Tatou – Happy Matariki Week!  Year 1-2

Matariki is going to be celebrated in style this week in Te KÄkano and our parents are invited to join us for our afternoon sessions (2:20pm-3:00pm)

Matariki Monday – Kumara growing (come and help set a kumara up to grow)

Matariki Tuesday – Circle of Thanks (to Identify what we are thankful for, discuss why we are thankful & draw a picture of those things)

Matariki Wednesday – no parent celebration that day due to Kelly Sports

Matariki Thursday – Card Making & Kapa haka (make a card for someone we are thankful for then come and try kapahaka with Matua Anton)

Matariki Friday – Feast Friday – Wear star themed clothes all day!
WHOLE SCHOOL: Come at 1:30pm with a cultural dish to share with the school, watch a perfomance then join in with some MÄori Explore activties.

Planning Ahead – Term 3 

Early Finishes
Week 2 Monday 31st July & Week 6 Monday 28th June – 2pm

Next term we will be finishing at 2pm on the dates above.  These early finishes are to allow the staff to have extra long staff meetings on these days in order to do collaborative work on the enhancement of the teaching and learning programmes.

This work is based around a process called The Spirals of Inquiry.  As part of this we will also be interviewing parents to understand from you how you see your child’s learning and development.  If you are interested in being part of this process please get in touch with Liz.

2018 Student Roll Planning

As plans are underway for 2018, would you please be able to let the office know if your child/ren will NOT be attending Rolleston Christian School in 2018. Thank you for your help.

Winter Pants

Still a few left to be collected, if you have ordered one please collect them from the office.


A reminder please that school donations are an important aspect of operations.  Although school donations aren’t compulsory they do allow for more flexibility in the budget, allowing us to provide more for your children.  School donations go to the BOT, while your Attendance Dues go directly to the Christian Schools Trust to cover the cost of the land and buildings. If you haven’t paid your donation yet we appreciate you carefully considering if you are able to.

Swimming Costs
There are a number of outstanding Swimming Costs.  Swimming lessons are subsidised through grants but these do not cover the cost entirely.  Swimming is part of the curriculum and we would never want a child to miss out on this due to money, but it is greatly appreciated when those that can afford to pay the $30 do pay. If you have not yet paid for your child’s swimming and you are in a position to do so we would appreciate your prompt action with this.

Getting to school on time
Please remember to arrive at school prior to 8.55am.  The children start their ‘formal learning time’ at this point, so are missing out on learning if they are not at school on time.  Both hubs have learning activities for the children to do from 8.30am so it is advised you make the most of this time too. Please also advise the office if your child will be absent for the day, if you are taking them out early, or if they arrive late to school; so that they are marked correctly in our school roll.

Facebook Page 
Reminder to like & follow our Rolleston Christian School Facebook page and join the Rolleston Christian School – Parent & Staff group for parent communication.

Weekly Schedule
* Monday – Library Bus (fortnightly)

* Wednesday – Wheels Day; LunchOnline

* Thursday – Kapa Haka
* Friday – 9am Devotional Assembly -11.45am,  Whanau Group Time,  LunchOnline

From the PCG

Entertainment Books
The PCG will be selling The Entertainment Book again this year.  The link below allows you to buy the book all around the country, so please share it with friends and family. The school receives $13 for each book sold. There is a example book in the office foyer.PCG Box
There is a wooden box in the office foyer for anyone to place any anonymous prayer request, messages, suggestions, questions or information on people in need of meals. Please take advantage of this.

Community Food Forest Community Event – Sat 1 July
Just a friendly reminder to join us this Saturday at the school for a fun filled day, full of fun activities for the whole family with great prizes up for grabs.  The day will start officially at 10:30 in the morning and should go through until about 3pm in the afternoon.
Remember that there will be a prize for the team that is the best dressed (meaning the wackiest, funniest, most creative outfit) bearing in mind that the kids will be doing gardening and running.  So parents, let those creative juices flow to give your kids team a fighting chance to win that prize.
For those that still haven’t given in their team entry form, please do so that we can have an idea on how many teams will be taking part.  If you would like to help on that day as a volunteer, please let Jacqueline know at 020 4063 1002 or Chantelle at 020 408 86875.
All the volunteers must please be at the school at 9:00 on Saturday morning. We look forward to seeing everybody there, having a blast with family and friends.

Community Notices

Best contact for July School Holidays
Ann Dunleavy
Canterbury District Health Board
Hillmorton Hospital, Sylvan Street entrance, Christchurch
PO Box 731 | Tel:   335 4222 |Fax:   335 4231

Selwyn Movie NightsWe are holding four Selwyn Movie Nights over the winter months for the Selwyn District to watch some great movies on the big screen! On the 26 May we screened ‘Zooptopia’ where we had over 100 people attend. Over the past few weeks created a community vote via Facebook for the next movie, the winner was…. Despicable Me (2010).

‘Despicable Me’ will be hosted at the Lincoln Event Centre on 30th June, 7pm-8.45pm. A great chance for families to spend their Friday evening relaxing in the warmth – they can even bring their own blanket, bean bag, or cushion. BYO snacks or purchase snacks and hot drinks on arrival or during intermission!

Attached is the flyer if you can please advertise this community event around your school via your noticeboard, newsletter or intranet. To confirm tickets purchase online at the following link , or purchase at the door.

We hope to see you there!

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