TIDINGS - Term 4 Week 7 . 2023

“Maybe Christmas (he thought) doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” The Grinch

I feel obliged to write about Christmas. It is that time of year, right? It is everywhere. 

I was at the orthodontist with my boy this week (there goes Christmas!) when one of the assistants called the orthodontist a grinch.

“They don’t like Christmas,” she whispered to me, exasperated that such a human could even exist, “They’re a grinch!”

“What!” I exclaimed, “How can you not like Christmas?”

“I know, right!” with a companion in thought, she smiled contentedly, her judgment of the one who does not like Christmas now justified.

It did get me thinking though, what does it take for someone to not like Christmas? What must Christmas remind them of? What could the faith, festivities and food possibly represent that would result in grinch-like tendencies?

The story of The Grinch, by Dr Suess, is pretty simple. Spoiler coming if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie …

The Grinch is hurt and alone, well, nearly alone, he has Max his nearly faithful dog with him. At Christmas his pain and isolation is exacerbated as Whoville connects and celebrates more than normal. So, it is only natural that the Grinch should steal Christmas from its residents so that they all hurt like he does! However, Cindy Lou, a small ‘Whovillian’ catches him in the act and, despite his evil shenanigans, invites him to dinner. Suddenly, the Grinch feels connected and loved. He is compelled to return Christmas to Whoville, all its gifts and decorations. He is then welcomed to celebrate Christmas with all the Whos and his heart grows three times its size (a lovely metaphor for how we feel when we are welcomed and accepted for who we are). 

I always feel sorry for the Grinch; hurt to the point where he is alone and feels rejected. Hurt to the point where he lashes out so he has company in misery. (I feel I must say at this point, the orthodontist was not these things at all, they were very lovely and cared for my boy very well!) 

It is not difficult to look around us and see, is it? We all have Grinches in our life don’t we? For whatever valid-and-justified, painful-beyond-what-we-can-imagine reason, there are those in our life who struggle to see beyond, who are difficult to connect with, who leave us a little, or a lot, hurt.

The key is the ‘Cindy Lou’ factor. The capacity of a child to look beyond the immediate offense, to look beyond the impact on herself, and simply love-on. Simple in action (come to dinner) and simple in concept (we all need genuine love despite our grinchy-ness).

If I am honest though, I don’t think this idea is a Dr Seuss ‘green-eggs-and-ham-type’ original. I don’t think Cindy Lou was the first to show this kind of love. In fact, could I boldly suggest she is a metaphor for the love we see in Jesus?

From the time of His birth, which we celebrate at this time of year, the ‘Cindy Lou’ factor has been clear. God keeps his promise to be with us always and love us unceasingly. God comes to earth and looks past our rejection of Him and our continued unkindness to one another (a point I don’t feel I need to prove in our world now). Instead, He sees our beauty, our purposeful, powerful identity and values our connection with Him and others. He invites us to walk with him, even have dinner with him! Simple. In fact, in his parable in Matthew 22 Jesus goes so far as to invite anyone who wants to come to feast at the table with him, to come and do so and become part of His blended family.

I love that our world’s response to God being with us, Christ’s birth, is to celebrate it by taking the time to be with family, to connect and forgive, to invite in.

So, to conclude this year, I leave you with the ‘Jesus & Cindy Lou’ challenge:

1.     Look around you.

2.     Find your Grinch.

3.     Allow the unconditional love that we see and receive from Jesus to empower you to forgive, connect and invite; to look past the offence, the pain or the hurt and value the truth of the wonderfully created person you see in front of you.

I am thankful for our Richmond Christian College community, especially our students, for how they model this all year so that we can live, learn and love in the fullness of what God has planned for us in our ‘Whoville’.

May you know His love for you this Christmas and be able to share it with those around you.



Identity. Purpose. Hope. Beans For Sale

If you missed out on getting your 30th Birthday beans at our celebrations, we are selling them for $5 a set through the School Office!


K-6 Swimming Block
Monday 27 November - Wednesday 6 December 

WHOLE College Christmas Chapel (All Welcome)

Thursday 30 November @ 2.10pm in the MPC


Thursday 7 December - Gold Coin Donation

Year 6 & Pre-Kindy Graduation

Thursday 7 December @ 9am in the MPC

K - Year 5 Step-up Day

Thursday 7 December @ 10am

Final day Family BBQ (All Welcome)

Thursday 7 December @ 12 midday

RCC Celebration Evening

Thursday 7 December @ 5.30 - 7.00pm in the MPC



Mondays at 2pm. 



Thursday 7 December 2023


Tuesday 30 January 2024


K - 6 swimming block starts Monday 27th November


RCC v Summerland - Annual Cricket Match

Warning, the following sports report has a lot of cricket jargon. 

On Thursday 23 November, we met Summerland at Geoff Watt Alstonville for our annual 20/20 Cricket match. After our skipper, Aaron won the toss and elected to bat, he made an outstanding captain's knock where he retired at 20 not out. Other outstanding results from the batsmen were Jaxon (15 runs), and Arshveer (13 runs). Richmond finished their 20 overs at 5/89.

Aaron was just as fierce with the ball, taking 3/14 off his 4 overs, including being on a hattrick at one stage. Other bowling figures included Ben 0/6 off 2 overs, Gurshan 1/3 off 2 overs, Sam 0/2 off 2 overs (including a maiden), Chungte 0/8 off 2 overs, Oscar 1/9 off 2 overs, Cooper 0/4 off 1 over, Jwenil 0/10 off 2 overs, Jaxon 2/1 off 1 over and Karan 0/6 off 1 over. 

Summerland finished their 20 overs at 7/72, meaning Richmond were once again champions with a 17 run win. All Richmond players batted and/or bowled, making valuable contributions to the team. There was great comradery amongst the lads, with a victory making the day extra special. 

A massive thank you to Nathan Whitty, Jaxon's dad, for his assistance on the day.

Year 7 - 9 Integrated Projects

As our Stage 6 students dive into their HSC Prelim courses for 2024, students in Years 7 to 9 have launched this years Integrated Projects with the theme 'A Connected Community'.

They include a daily pop up cafe, a path of hope, service work at Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, RCC on Tour and an NRAS service project. 

Integrated Projects

Kindy perform at the Junior School Assembly

Elective Sports

Our beach sports and walking group enjoyed a brilliant afternoon on Tuesday for Elective Sport. After a frisbee challenge and game of beach soccer the sports students were set the task of building a sand person while the walking group enjoyed the views and wildlife between Boulders Beach & Shelley Beach!

Beach Sports and Walking Group

RCCs Got Talent



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. 


Football Fundays with Wendy

Free Uniform Repair Cafe

2nd December 2023  :  9am-noon

108 Wardell Road Alstonville (Alstonville Baptist Church)

Bring your uniforms that need repairing and we will do our best.

(Zippers may be too tricky to replace at this event, apologies in advance)

Free hot drinks while you wait.

Even if you don't need the uniform we are happy to fix them and donate them to a local Op Shop for resale at a low cost for other families.


Thursday 30th November 2023

Meeting outside the Uniting Church at 10am, 15 Adams St, Coraki 2471

Walking to Memorial Park for a BBQ and speeches

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

We are pleased to advise that Mr Ben Whitwood will be commencing as a music tutor with the College in 2024. Ben will be available to tutor students in guitar and vocals. More information to come in the New Year!