TIDINGS - Term 4 Week 5 . 2022

Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden......

Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.—Matthew 11:28–30

The Greek word translated “gentle” here occurs just three other times in the New Testament: in the first beatitude, that “the meek” will inherit the earth (Matt. 5:5); in the prophecy in Matthew 21:5 that Jesus the king “is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey”; and in Peter’s encouragement to wives to nurture more than anything else “the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Pet. 3:4).

Meek. Humble. Gentle. Jesus is not trigger-happy. Not harsh, reactionary, easily exasperated. He is the most understanding person in the universe. The posture most natural to him is not a pointed finger but open arms.

The meaning of the word “lowly” overlaps with that of “gentle,” together communicating a single reality about Jesus’s heart. This specific word lowly is generally translated “humble” in the New Testament, such as in James 4:6: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

But typically throughout the New Testament this Greek word refers not to humility as a virtue but to humility in the sense of destitution or being thrust downward by life circumstance.

In Mary’s song while pregnant with Jesus, for example, this word is used to speak of the way God exalts those who are “of humble estate”. Paul uses the word when he tells us to “not be haughty, but associate with the lowly”, referring to the socially unimpressive, those who are not the life of the party but rather cause the host to cringe when they show up.

The point in saying that Jesus is lowly is that he is accessible. For all his resplendent glory and dazzling holiness, his supreme uniqueness and otherness, no one in human history has ever been more approachable than Jesus Christ.

No prerequisites. No hoops to jump through. The minimum bar to be enfolded into the embrace of Jesus is simply: open yourself up to him. It is all he needs. Indeed, it is the only thing he works with. Verse 28 of our passage in Matthew 11 tells us explicitly who qualifies for fellowship with Jesus: “all who labor and are heavy laden.”

Jesus Christ’s desire that you find rest, that you come in out of the storm, outstrips even your own.

You don’t need to unburden or collect yourself and then come to Jesus. Your very burden is what qualifies you to come. No payment is required; he says, “I will give you rest.” His rest is gift, not transaction. Whether you are actively working hard to crowbar your life into smoothness or passively finding yourself weighed down by something outside your control, Jesus Christ’s desire that you find rest, that you come in out of the storm, outstrips even your own.

“Gentle and lowly.” This, according to his own testimony, is Christ’s very heart. This is who he is. Tender. Open. Welcoming. Accommodating. Understanding. Willing.

If we are asked to say only one thing about who Jesus is, we would be honoring Jesus’s own teaching if our answer is, gentle and lowly.



Tuesday 15 November 8.50am - 12.00pm


Wednesday 16 & 23 November 8.50am - 12.00pm


Mondays at 2pm. 


Thursday 17 November 2022 2.30pm


Commences Wednesday 23 November 2022



Thursday 8 December


Monday 30 January


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 17 November 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


Enjoying our beaches in Term 4 Elective Sport - Beach Sports and Surfing!!

Freaky Shakes

Stage 5 Food Technology have been studying a unit on Food Trends. One fun current Food Trend that has taken the world by storm is a 'Freaky Shake'. Freaky Shakes are milkshakes with other desserts like cake, chocolate bars, slices, doughnuts, candy, biscuits, lollipop, really any sweet treat sticking out of the top. Enjoy these wonderful creations!

Primary Chapel

Thanks to Miss C and Kindy for leading Primary Chapel last week - Jesus - The Way, the Truth, the Life!

Stage 4 PE

Yr 7/8 have been participating in a range of swimming activities and rescue skills for PE including stroke correction, rope rescues, timed tows and clothed rescues. Such vital skills to learn with summer quickly approaching.

Stage 5 PASS - Rock Climbing

Our final Stage 5 PASS excursion saw the students head to the Climbing Jungle, a new rock climbing facility in West Ballina.It was an amazing facility where students were able to do bouldering (low range climbing without a harness) as well as autobelayed rock climbing in a harness, with some climbs being 15 metres high.It was a fun day and a great way to finish a very active year!

Christmas Cupcakes

To finish off the year for Food Technology for Stage 4 and 5, we cooked cupcakes and decorated them in a Christmas Theme. Tis the season! Students then selected their favourite creation to enter into a competition, with winners voted by staff and peers. Congratulations to the winners of the Christmas Cupcake decorating competition - and thanks to the amazing creative food tech students for your incredible Christmas delights!

1st Adeline 2nd - Bridie & Mary 4th - Abby Mallam Tied 5th - Jeff, Alliayah, Eva. Well done everyone!

Stage 2 Dreamworld Excursion


CANTEEN MENU - (Please Note there are no Half Serves)

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.