TIDINGS - Term 3 Week 7 . 2022

Perspective Not Formula

In our staff devotion time this week one of our teachers suggested that we must learn perspective not a formula.

It certainly gave me pause. What does it look like to operate in terms of perspective, not formula?

In a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world that is often broken and difficult there is no formula, no one solution, no pre-prescribed golden egg we can implement and trust to deliver us from every difficult situation, relational breakdown or unforeseen impediment.

As a father, teacher, and principal I find this completely challenging.

A perspective approach means I recognise I cannot control the outcomes of the circumstances my children will face (or me for that matter) by the imbuing of a formula. Instead, it implies a need to train those around me to be able to think for themselves and respond based on who they are and what they believe. Then, rather than controlling the circumstances so that they never have to think for themselves, I must let go and trust them!

Therefore, as educators in a VUCA ( world we must train our students in perspective that fosters an identity that won't be shaken in the face of popularity, a purpose that won't be watered down in the face of difficulty and a hope that won't be extinguished in the face of brokenness.

We cannot afford to imbue a formula that will become outdated or contextually dependant because our world, their world, will continue to change. A perspective is flexible and adaptive; a formula is not.

So, what perspective must we model and teach our children?

King David, in the Psalms states that blessed it is the man whose strength is in God, who creates highways in his heart to Zion. Here the heart is a metaphor for a person’s thoughts and habits and Zion represents strength and Truth.

Similarly, Paul, in his letter to the Philippians states that our perspective should be one that focuses on whatever is true, honourable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and praiseworthy. Dwelling on such things awakens us to God in the peace He brings that empowers us to be content in all circumstances.

Both leaders encourage us towards the perspective that shines a light on the truth that brings hope and sees through the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity that can drown us.

I wonder if I asked you what perspective you are modelling/teaching to your children what your response would be?

I wonder what your child’s teacher would say if you asked them the same question?

I wonder, if I asked this question in a time of difficulty, struggle or hopelessness if your response would be the same…

At RCC it is our passion to bring to our students a perspective on life that brings lasting joy and hope that inspires direction and resilience no matter what circumstances we face. When we achieve this, we achieve successful education.





Mondays at 2pm. Join us on Monday 12 September.


Thursday 15 September 2022 2.30pm


Friday 16 September 2022 from 5pm


Thursday 22 September 2022 1.30pm


Friday 23 September - 8am



Friday 23 September


Tuesday 11 October

Rapid Antigen Home Test Kits

RAHT kits for distribution to families are available for collection by parents from the School Office. 


We are excited at the opportunity to gather together as a community for our Family Cinema Under the Stars next Friday night.  Lennox Smokin' Barrell, Byron Gourmet Sausage Co and Kerbside Coffee will be on site selling their delicious food and drinks or bring your own picnic dinner.  Please note this is an alcohol free event.

There will also be donuts from Bangalow Bread Co, soft drinks and packets of chips for sale along with glow bracelets (Cash sales only).

Our students will bring us some musical performances and there will be a fun dance off prior to the movie.  

As parking is limited due to the wet weather we ask families to travel in one vehicle or car pool where possible.  Please remember that the area directly in front of the school along Gallans Road is a No Stopping Zone.  

Hope to see you there!!  

In the event of postponement due to the weather, an announcement will be made early next week.

Pancake Breakfast Order Form

Orders are due back Friday 16 September 

One order from per person please!

Relate@RCC is back!!

What is Relate@RCC?  A great opportunity to meet other parents in a relaxed informal atmosphere.  We supply the coffee, you supply the chat!

Join us to connect over a cuppa in our community garden on Thursday 15 September 2022 from 2.30pm.  All welcome!

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".  

After a break of a few years, we are once more inviting parents and friends of RCC to gather for prayer each Monday at 2pm.  This will be an opportunity to 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

Jump Rope for Heart

On Thursday week 9 students from K-6 will be participating in the Jump Rope for Heart Jump Off Day. The day will include a series of skipping based physical activity stations followed by group skipping performances and the last man skipping challenge (parents/teachers round included). Parents and carers are welcome to attend from 1:30pm-2:50pm to watch the skipping performances, last man skipping challenge and presentation.


Staff v Students

After losses to the secondary students in Netball and Basketball already this year, the staff took on Year 7 & 8 students in Dodgeball. It was a great atmosphere in the MPC, with epic music playing, and a large audience of loud students. Every time an adult was eliminated there was outrageous cheering, but the staff dug deep! Despite the hostile crowd, the RCC staff had their first win of the year - Defeating the students 4 rounds to 1.

Pre-Kindy making Sushi

This term Pre-Kindy has been learning about Japan. During Week 6 we learnt about traditional Japanese food. We were fortunate to have Tyger’s mum Misa and her friend Asami (who are both from Japan), come to school to teach us how to make sushi. Interestingly, many of the students love sushi and so everything we made was consumed at lunch time.

Pre-Kindy Japanese Dress Up

Pre-Kindy are loving their new play equipment

Year 6 Indigenous Studies Incursion

Year 6 participated in an Indigenous Studies Incursion to enrich their understanding of Indigenous culture. Students started the day by planning and writing a damper recipe and gathering native grasses from the school garden for weaving. During the middle sessions, students rotated around a series of bush foods stations where they got to learn about the traditional uses of plants and taste test some of the native bush foods located in our area. Students put their recipes and cooking skills to the test by making damper and cooked these over the fire in the school garden. We finished the day with a series of Indigenous games on the back oval. 

Science Week at RCC

Last week we celebrated Science Week at RCC. This year we investigated the human brain. Students from Stage 3 to Stage 6 were able to come into the Science Lab during lunchtimes to participate in our brain investigations. We explored the colour of thoughts by comparing our ability to say what colour words were when the words matched the colour vs when they did not match. We explored how Mnemonics can be used to improve our memory by testing our memory of two lists of items, one at random and the other list put into a story. We conducted reaction time and selective attention tests and the students also explored the subjective nature of pain by testing their pain thresholds in ice buckets. The determination of our students when chocolate is on the table is nothing short of inspiring!

Seeing the students engage in these investigations and work together was an absolute joy. It is such a blessing that at RCC we can empower each other to have fun exploring God's creation and learning more about Him.


CANTEEN MENU - Amended menu

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.