TIDINGS - Term 1 Week 9 . 2023

A Call to Hope.....

As we enter into the Easter-Eve week, and prepare for Easter Alive 2023, I am happily reminded of our inaugural event last year. Last year we reminded our community of the importance of hope in our personal, local and global communities.

I read an article this week reporting the Pope’s most recent message to the people and was encouraged by his reminder that, “Jesus gives life even when it seems that all hope has gone” (para 2, Hattrup, 27/3/23).

The Pope spoke on John 11, a passage where the followers of Jesus are most upset and very critical of Jesus’ actions because he was not there to save his friend, Lazarus from dying. Jesus’ friends argue with him as to why he would delay when he could have saved his friend from death and them from suffering (a question I think we have all asked God at different times).

The Pope calls this passage a “a hymn to life” stating that there “are moments when life seems to be a sealed tomb: Everything is dark, and around us we see only sorrow and despair. [Lazarus’ miraculous rising] tells us that it is not like that, this is not the end, that in these moments we are not alone; on the contrary, it is precisely in these moments that He comes closer than ever to restore life to us” (para 2, Hattrup, 27/3/23).

I encourage you to read the full article (If you’re done with hope, Jesus’ message is this one, says Pope). The Pope continues by encouraging everyone to allow Jesus to take us by the hand and miraculously lead us out of our ‘sealed tomb’ moment, even when it all doesn’t make sense.

What a wonderful thought, to let the Living God take us by the hand and lead out of trouble.

RCC is excited to have Pablo, our local Uniting Church minister, come and speak at our Easter Alive assemblies this coming week on the importance of a relationship with Jesus that allows us the confidence to do just that – let Him call us out and lead us beyond our seemingly sealed tombs.

Please join us for all or any of the week’s events (Upcoming RCC Events).

As a community who desires the best for our kids, our families and our future, I encourage you over the Easter period to ask for, rely on, seek out God’s miraculous presence and provision; no matter where you are on the journey.

Have a blessed Easter and don’t forget to join us for Easter Alive…





Monday 3 April to Wednesday 5 April at 9am

Thursday 6 April at 2pm


Friday 6 April 


Friday 6 April @ 1pm



Mondays at 2pm. 



Thursday 6 April


Wednesday 26 April

RCC Prayer Group

Too Busy Not To Pray:

Martin Luther was one busy fellow. He wrote many catechisms, thesis, started a reformation, wrote hymns, and translated Scriptures. Amidst all this, he proclaimed "I have so much to do today that I'm going to need to spend three hours in prayer in order to be able to get it all done".  

Parents and friends of RCC are invited to gather for prayer each Monday at 2pm.  This will be an opportunity to intercede for our children, teachers, staff, and wider school community together as followers of Jesus.  All welcome!

"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."  Hebrews 4:16


Pop Up Podcast incursion

Last Friday, students in Year 9 English and Stage 5 Commerce participated in a Pop Up Podcast incursion. Students designed, created and recorded their very own podcast. Thanks to Steph for teaching our students all about the art of creating podcasts! 

CSSA Secondary Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to Felicity, Olivia & Kyle on their achievements at the State CSSA Secondary Swimming Carnival in Sydney this week. All recorded PB's and Fecility has qualified to attend CIS State Swimming in four events after placing a first, two seconds and a third! Amazing efforts!!

Gardiner Chess Inter-School Chess Championships

This week RCC students were able to head over to EAC and compete in the Gardiner Chess Inter-School Chess Championships. They had a great day and had some great battles on the chess board. A special mention goes out to Anthony and Trey as they both received merits for their individual performance.

Stage 5 Food Tech

As part of their Food in Australia unit, Stage 5 students have created Milo Whoopie Pies with native peppermint gum and Mod Squad pizzas with native salt bush, ground pepperberries, wattleseed and ground native basil! So many delicious flavours!!

Legal Studies

On Monday 27 March, Legal Studies students were blessed by a visit from Ballina Police Prosecutor Rebecca Scott, who talked to the class about the role of a police prosecutor, evidence collection and types, and then took the time to coach the students on their Mock Trial preparations. 

Sergeant Scott was also instrumental in organising the student's visit to Ballina Court on Friday 24 March. In court, students witnessed first-hand Magistrate Stafford, Police Prosecutor Sergeant Scott and various solicitors process numerous and varied court matters, including a defended hearing, bail applications and a  sentencing hearing. Her honour also generously spent time with the students during morning recess to explain the court's processes, matters of law and the court's architecture. Many court personnel also kindly explained their role to the students, and one solicitor stopped to explain what was happening in one of the matters.

Thank you, Sergeant Scott and Magistrate Stafford for your generosity of time and willingness to allow students first-hand experience of the content they study at school. 

Stage 4 Camp

Primary Peer Support

The K-6 Peer Support program commences next term and provides an opportunity for Year 6 students to lead small groups of students in Kindergarten - Year 5 in structured weekly sessions for 9 weeks. The program is an excellent way for the Year 6 students to learn the skills to lead small groups and support younger students to build positive connections with others at school. 

This year’s Peer Support theme, “Keeping Friends” enables students to explore the concept of friendship, build relationships and develop skills in empathy and critical thinking within weekly sessions. This module provides students with opportunities to develop skills in maintaining positive friendships by learning how to play fairly, accept the changing nature of friendships, support each other and acknowledge that they may have a variety of friends. We encourage students to talk with their families about what they have learnt in Peer Support every week as it will help to reinforce the concepts explored in each session.

STEM Challenge

This year Miss Noakes, Mrs Miller and Mrs McDonald are participating in a STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy facilitated by the University of Sydney. As a part of this project, Year 4 has been doing a STEM Challenge every week.

We have not only puzzled over Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths challenges, we have learnt more about working in teams, and even how to fail in a safe way, then re-design and re-test our inventions until we succeed. 

We look forward to doing more STEM challenges in term 2!



Racecourse Café provides a lunch canteen Monday to Friday.

Bring your orders into the School Office before school or by 10.30am.

Please write the name and order on a bag or envelope and enclose the exact money. 

Note: No Change will be given as orders go straight to the Racecourse Café. 


What's On these School Holidays around the Ballina Coast & Hinterland

Primary Basket Ball Camp

High School Basketball Camp

Elite Basketball Camp

Cricket Holiday Program

Dinner is Served

Dinner is Served would like to help support our school community. As parents ourselves we know how busy it is with work, after-school activities, and everything else and our take-home meals are perfect for easing the load during the week (or having a night off at the weekend!). We’ve created a discount code for the Richmond Christian College community which is RCC15. This will give anyone who uses it a 15% discount and free delivery on their first order placed online

Shilpi Karner

Director & Event Manager

0431 436 138

Questacon’s travelling exhibition

Richmond Tweed Regional Library is proud to announce the arrival of Questacon’s travelling exhibition, ByteWise. The revolving showcase of interactive exhibitions from the National Science and Technology Centre offers hands-on challenges drawn from mathematics and computer science.

 Activities will be available throughout February, March, and April at: 

  • Ballina Library  (On exhibition in February and March only)
  • Lennox Head Library  (On exhibition in April only)
  • Tweed Heads Library
  • Goonellabah Library
  • Lismore Pop-Up Library

New challenges available at each location each month, schools are invited to bring students to the library and experience this fantastic exhibition.

The exhibition is targeted towards students aged between 10-15 years but, all ages are guaranteed to enjoy the exhibit. Byte Wise offers a range of experiences to challenge and intrigue visitors, from logic puzzles and code breaking, to geometry.

Come along to your local library each month and enjoy completing the challenges; there are also some great prizes to be won!

Contact your participating library to find out what’s on exhibition each month or find further information on the Library website at

Regional Library Manager, Lucy Kinsley, said “It is fantastic to be able to bring a little bit of the National Science and Technology Centre to our community. It’s a great opportunity to engage with high quality computer science and mathematics related experiences at your local library. Everyone is invited to come along and challenge yourself or challenge your friends”.

Ballina Library
8 River St, Ballina
6686 2831

Lennox Head Library
Cnr Park Lane and Mackney Lane,
Lennox Head
6687 6398