TIDINGS - Term 4 Week 3 . 2022

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens....

It is wonderful to be back.

Getting off the plane in Ballina, Peter Allen’s words involuntarily complemented the moment: “But no matter how far or how wide I roam; I still call Australia home.”

Spending time away from home meant I was constantly evaluating how the new experiences fit in with who I was and what I believed. The familiar setting of home seemed to remove this tension automatically and brought a sense of peace and affirmation.

This sense of belonging and connection plays such an important part in forming our sense of identity, purpose, hope and contentment. Our home, in every sense of the word, critically informs our growth as it becomes the lens through which we see ourselves and interpret the rest of our world; and acts as a rudder for guiding what we do and who we are.

It is therefore so important that we carefully continue to provide a place for our students to belong and grow.

Easy right? Easy when as we come to the end of the year and there are assessments, assignments and just general grumpiness that follows from our students? Easy when giving late-night assignment help, completing unceasing washing, being mum’s taxi, or hearing “what’s for dinner” on repeat? The list is endless, and the thanks a long way off in the distance. 

I would like to thank you and encourage you. To our parents, grandparents and carers, thank you for what you do for your kids. Thank you for the unconditional love you show them and the homes you create.

Thank you for reflecting God’s love for us and the place he creates for us. I believe we are made in God’s image and our unconditional love for our kids is a very small, but very significant reflection of God’s love for us:

Psalm 36:5-7

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep.  You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!  People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Good tidings!





Wednesday 2 November 7pm in the MPC


Tuesday 8 November 8.50am - 12.00pm


Wednesday 9 November 8.50am - 12.00pm


Mondays at 2pm. Join us on Monday 31 October.


Thursday 3 November 2022 2.30pm



Thursday 8 December


Monday 30 January


You are invited to attend the General Meeting of Ballina Christian Education Association in the MPC on Wednesday 2 November 2022 commencing at 7pm.  Prior to the event there will be an exhibition of student's art work open from 3pm.

All members of the RCC community are invited and welcome to attend.  During the meeting Ash van Rensburg will be speaking on resilience and Rebecca Campbell will present on the implementation of Middle School.  We are looking forward to your attendance. 


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 3 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


Kindergarten Buddies Fundamental Movement Skills Stations

Students in year 6 organised 5 physical activity stations focusing on the fundamental movement skills of running, underarm throwing, overarm throwing, catching, jumping, hopping, skipping, side stepping and galloping. Year 6 students assisted kindergarten students with their skill development while enjoying playing friendly games with their buddies.

Year 6 Science

This term, students in year 6 have been learning about natural disasters and weather patterns while exploring how they can be 'good stewards of the earth.' Students have been enjoying participating in Science experiments including a STEM project where they designed and tested the structural integrity of buildings made from glass, brick and concrete (wafers) in comparison with structures made from steel and shock absorbers (match sticks and marshmallows) when experiencing an earthquake in their jelly city. Students will soon design their own experiments to teach their peers about a natural disaster of their choice.

Futsal Gala Day

Congratulations to our students who competed at the CSSA North Coast Futsal Gala Day in Coffs Harbour on Monday 17th October.

A very successful day saw our Year 5 / 6 A team win the primary competition, Yr 7/8 Boys A team come second as did the Yr 7/ 8 girls team.

Our Yr 9/10 boys team also came second but in a penalty shoot out. Yr 9/10 girls came third, Yr 7 /8 boys B and Primary B teams both coming fourth.

Thanks to Mr & Mrs McDonald, Mrs Schouten and Mr Hsu for coaching and travelling with the teams on the day.

So the adventures begin with possum gliding and building catapults! Stage 3 camp 2022 style!!

Stage 5 PASS - SUP

Stage 5 PASS hit the great outdoors again with a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) adventure at Brunswick Heads, many of whom had never attempted the recreation sport before.Some took to it quickly, while others took a little while to find their balance (perhaps simply testing the water temperature for the rest of us - see the bridge photo just moments before Jhett took a dip). We also had a sprint race including a tricky turn around a buoy, which saw Brad win.Kyle saw it as his personal mission to ensure everyone got to test the water temperature, although Alyce manage to stay dry.

Stage 5 SAE - Excursion

Stage 5 students went to see the facilities at SAE Byron Bay. They got to see a working recording studio in action, go inside film studios and meet music industry professionals. We visited the former 301 recording studio where many famous international artists have had their works recorded.A bonus of the day is seeing former RCC friends Hannah and Paris who are current animation students at SAE. Paris talked us through the video game their animation class are producing.



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.