TIDINGS - Term 1 Week 7 . 2023

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm...

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

Hebrews 10

It is constantly our prayer that the RCC community is one that encourages and equips each other. I want to especially celebrate those involved in our school programs that specifically seek to enable this. A big thank you to the students, teachers, volunteers and parents involved in our buddy programs, our Peer Support students, our learning support team and our volunteer opportunities.

It is so encouraging to see members of our community at all levels seeking to encourage by walking beside those who need it. Whether you are a new school student, a member of a touch football team, or a student who needs additional support to achieve, it is a blessing to be able to play a role in helping everyone know they are important as God’s intentional creation and to encourage them to continue in the knowledge and purpose of this.

Furthermore, to continue in the spirit of encouragement and equipping, please enjoy part 3 & 4 of Ash’s Parenting with Resilience…

Praying for a blessed week for you.


Parenting with Resilience With Ash: Part 3 & 4.

The next two habits require you to become physically and verbally engaged.  As a parent who is helping develop and grow resilient children …

3.     Your words matter so be encouraging. 

 Most children I meet are starving for encouragement or what one of my favourite Christian Psychologists, Dr Kevin Lehman, calls vitamin E (encouragement).  As humans we never outgrow our need for encouraging words.  Parents, our words shape our kids’ lives. 

Prov 12:18 states: Thoughtless words cut deep like a thrusting sword, but the speech of the wise is a healing balm.  In the context of developing resilient children this is particularly pertinent. This habit requires us to (1) Understand the difference between encouragement and praise; and (2) Be observant, to say what we see, and not expect anything back. 

Many of us have been conditioned to use words that are either shame orientated, or performance orientated.  When building resiliency in our kids neither are appropriate.  In today’s approval culture, we need to tread carefully between praise and encouragement.  As the Bible of states … if you want to praise something, praise God as He is worthy of our praise. 

Many kids are conditioned to seek approval constantly which is exhausting, stressful and produces indecisive and insecure adults.  Instead encourage characteristics that you see such as, “I thought you were very brave when you dived off the boat even though you were scared’ or “I noticed you helping Gran on our walk today, I love seeing you care for others”.  Sometimes, I find it helpful to try to distinguish between the act (what you observed) and the actor (your child).  In the i-generation, there is a great emphasis on the small ‘i”, i feel, i did, i want, i need … Praising kids for their achievement produces children who only feel loved when they are achieving or in some case demanding something. Instead, encourage your children by observing things like the hard work they put into things, the kindness they show to others, the patience they demonstrate, the perseverance they showed when things got hard.

4.     Give genuine affection. 

Physical touch is a key ingredient that all humans need to grow and thrive. Despite living in today’s highly connected world, conditions such as touch starvation are becoming more prevalent.  For healthy growth and development, we as humans need consistent and healthy affection or what I like to call skin-touch throughout our lives.  Many of us rush through our days providing for every need of our kids without physically touching them or showing genuine affection. 

All our kids need some form of physical and appropriate touch, even our teenagers need it. Dad’s, make time to hug or wrestle with your boys.  Studies have shown that unaffectionate fathers produce boys who don’t know how to express themselves emotionally and girls who express themselves sexually. I can not stress this enough, as parents we have to make time to show our children appropriate physical affection. For me that looks like letting my teenage daughter rest on me while watching a movie together or pulling my smelly hairy teenage boy (after his rugby match) into a big hug.  Find a way, they all need it no matter how big, small, neurodiverse or moody.

My prayer is that you find these habits easy to apply and helpful.  I leave you with a quote I have at the front of my diary as a firm reminder: Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise. Andy Stanley




Mondays at 2pm. 


Thursday 23 March  2.30pm – 3.00pm

Coffee (or tea!) and Chat in the Garden(Parents and Guardians Welcome)


Monday 27 March 5.30 - 7.00pm


Friday 31 March


Friday 6 April 


Friday 6 April @ 1pm



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


Thursday 23 March 2023 2.30pm

Members of the RCC Community are invited to gather together in our community garden each fortnight for coffee (or tea!) and a chat – we provide the coffee, you provide the chat. All Welcome!!


Stage 6 PDHPE

We are currently studying a unit on 'The Body in Motion' learning about the skeletal, muscular, respiratory and circulatory systems and how they influence and respond to movement. These are photos of students completing some fun activities and applying their learnt knowledge.

Stage 6 PDHPE

Is it a Solid? Is it a Liquid?... No, it's Oobleck!

Year 7 have been investigating the 3 phases of matter: solids, liquids and gases. This week they created Oobleck to show how some things can display properties of a solid AND a liquid. It was fun and VERY messy.

CSSA State Football Trials 16 yrs & under

Congratulations to Matt who made it through to the Possibles and Probables at the 16 yrs & under CSSA State Football Trials in Sydney from 74 participants. He is now well prepared for another crack in 2024!

CSSA State Primary Swimming Carnival

Jesse and Oliver thoroughly enjoyed their experience at the CSSA State Swimming Carnival in Sydney representing RCC and the North Coast Zone! Well done boys!

We give thanks for this beautiful part of the world that we are privileged to live in. Our Stage 6 students enjoyed a field trip to Flat Rock to collect data for the Flat Rock Depth Study and Mr H captured it with this amazing drone footage.

Year 7 Food & Ag

Our Year 7 Food and Ag students have been hard at work this term creating planters to grow ingredients for their cooking in Term 2 - ultimate paddock to plate. In the meantime they have been honing their cooking skills on Tasty Pasta, Sticky Thai Lettuce Cups with Pepperberries and Choc Chip Banana Muffins! Yum!!


CANTEEN MENU (Price Change)

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. 


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