TIDINGS - Term 3 Week 3 . 2023

Warm Greetings from Mr Drew!

Warm greetings, RCC Community. My name is Chris Drew, and I joined our wonderful RCC family as the new Year 6 teacher in January. Woohoo! My wife, Mrs Drew in Pre-Kindy, and my 4 children who also joined RCC are so happy to be here. I am honoured share the devotion I shared with the staff recently here in Tidings this week.

For some context, this term the staff have been reading C.S. Lewis’ timeless collection of talks ‘Mere Christianity’. We have then been sharing our hearts, and how the Father touches our hearts whilst digesting the many truths and challenges written by Lewis. Below is how I was challenged, and I am grateful for God’s grace as I continue to grow in relationship with Him.

Have a good weekend and week ahead!


As I have been reading ‘Mere Christianity’ I have found the collection of thoughts to be like different meals: Lewis’ writing style can sometimes be like a Sunday Roast where you can have a solid idea that is easy to follow for a number of pages - It is familiar, it is enjoyable. But some of the pages jump around from idea to idea, and I imagine it more like a Korean meal where there are many small plates in front of you, you take something, taste it, and you’re not quite sure what it is or whether you like it. Then again others are sweet (easy and pleasant on the soul) and have a familiar texture.

The great theological truths discussed so far during devotions, such as of the Moral Law of the universe, and the existence of suffering and evil as part and parcel of the loving gift of free will are like Sunday Roasts. Over the years they have sustained and fed my questions and growth as a Christian. But then as I got to the next section of Book 2 Chapter 3, it was like I had discovered a new recipe where flavours and ingredients I had always known came together to create a new meal. It opened my senses and woke me up to a truth I had previously neglected. A comparison would be a bit like the animated film ‘Ratatouille’ when the fireworks go off after he combines some amazing French ingredients, normally apart from one another.

I feel like I always had a sense of this though and want to share a video I showed my students in the past that always grabbed me no matter how many times I watched it. (Search Opening Scene of Son of God)

It is essentially the first few lines of the Gospel of John, which explains how Jesus Christ has always been, since the Creation of the Universe.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

I would like to finish with reading this ‘new meal’ straight from Lewis, but want to start by trying to explain why I think I, and maybe others, sometimes miss this truth. We make meaning with what is presented to us in the world. Jesus is portrayed in so many ways, and even in church representations. Watching films like ‘Son of God’ for instance. Seeing figures of Him on the cross. Seeing him in the manger. Even imagining him walking along with the disciples while reading the Gospels, simply being human. I, without realising it, place the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit in boxes, and unintentionally “rank” them in importance. After reading this however, I have fresh revelation of who Jesus Christ is to me, which translates into a renewed urgency of how I must portray Him to those around me, if for nothing else, for His glory.  

Then comes the real shock. Among these Jews there suddenly turns up a man who goes about talking as if He was God. He claims to forgive sins. He says He has always existed. He says He is coming to judge the world at the end of time. Now let us get this clear. Among Pantheists, like the Indians, anyone might say that he was a part of God, or one with God: there would be nothing very odd about it. But this man, since He was a Jew, could not mean that kind of God. God, in their language, meant the Being outside the world Who had made it and was infinitely different from anything else. And when you have grasped that, you will see that what this man said was, quite simply, the most shocking thing that has ever been uttered by human lips. One part of the claim tends to slip past us unnoticed because we have heard it so often that we no longer see what it amounts to. I mean the claim to forgive sins: any sins. Now unless the speaker is God, this is really so preposterous as to be comic. We can all understand how a man forgives offences against himself. You tread on my toe and I forgive you, you steal my money and I forgive you. But what should we make of a man, himself unrobbed and untrodden on, who announced that he forgave you for treading on other men's toes and stealing other men's money? Asinine fatuity is the kindest description we should give of his conduct. Yet this is what Jesus did. He told people that their sins were forgiven, and never waited to consult all the other people whom their sins had undoubtedly injured. He unhesitatingly behaved as if He was the party chiefly concerned, the person chiefly offended in all offences. This makes sense only if He really was the God whose laws are broken and whose love is wounded in every sin. In the mouth of any speaker who is not God, these words would imply what I can only regard as a silliness and conceit unrivalled by any other character in history. Yet (and this is the strange, significant thing) even His enemies, when they read the Gospels, do not usually get the impression of silliness and conceit. Still less do unprejudiced readers. Christ says that He is "humble and meek" and we believe Him; not noticing that, if He were merely a man, humility and meekness are the very last characteristics we could attribute to some of His sayings. I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: "I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God." That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.



Richmond Christian College will celebrate Book Week with a K-6 parade on Friday 25th of August. 

Our book parade starts at 9:15am on the basketball court. Each class will choose one book to feature in the parade. Students will dress up as a character or idea from that book.

Your child’s teacher will provide you with information about the book and the costume.

Everyone is invited to attend the parade and join us afterwards for a picnic morning tea (BYO). You can also purchase books or donate books to our school library at our book fair if you wish.

If you have any questions about this event, please ask your child’s classroom teacher.

FInally, at any time, you can also donate to the Richmond Christian College library fund which is tax deductible and dedicated to library materials for our school. It is a great investment in our student’s future. If you or someone you know would like to donate, the account details are: 

Name: BCEA Ltd Library Fund

BSB: 082-522

Acc No: 337663141

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

30 Years of RCC

On 2 February 1993, fourteen students attended their first day at Ballina Christian School with founding Principal, Stuart Taylor. Fast forward 30 years and there are 285 students enrolled Pre-Kindy to Year 12.

On Friday 15 September we have our 30th Birthday Celebrations!!

Looking forward to celebrating God's faithfulness to our community!

Operation Christmas Child

Dear RCC community.

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s gift of his Son to us. Some of us are lucky to receive gifts during this season, and some of us get to experience the joy of giving. 

An organisation called the Samaritan’s Purse takes the tradition of gift-giving at Christmas to another level, they deliver joy through gifts to children in need, around the world. Furthermore, they deliver hope by presenting the children with the opportunity to learn about Jesus. A quote from the Samaritan’s Purse website states, “The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to provide God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

We invite the RCC community to become involved in Operation Christmas Child 2023. 

The are three ways you can be a part of this are;

  1. Those families who would love to fill a box for a child can collect a box from the school office, or use a shoe box they have at home, and fill it with items using the guidelines on the Samaritan’s Purse Website.
  2. You can bring in individual items, we will have a box in the office to collect these and then we can make up boxes at school from the donations.
  3. You can donate towards the processing and postage of the boxes. Each box costs $12.50 to send overseas. 

We ask that all boxes, items and donations be submitted by the end of Term Three. After sorting these, we will inform the RCC community of the areas we may need a little more help, for example, there may be postage fees needing to be paid, or more pencils required. As a community though, I am sure we can bless many children. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me via the office if you have any questions.

God Bless.

Leonie Bulmer


Book Fair
Monday 21 and 22 August 

Book Parade
Friday 25 August  - 9.15am (on the Basketball Court)

30th Birthday Celebration
Friday 15 September - 4pm - 8.30pm



Mondays at 2pm. 


Thursday 17 August  2.30pm – 3.00pm

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



Friday 22 September

Tuesday 10 October

RCC Prayer Group

Too Busy 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 17 August 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!!


Year 7 Ag and Food Tech

Our second group of Year 7 Ag and Food Tech students have been hard at work creating planters to grow ingredients for their cooking in Term 3 and 4 - ultimate paddock to plate. ie self-watering planters - some very different and creative planters produced this term.

NSW Netball Schools Cup

NSW Netball Schools Cup competitions were in full swing last week with RCC sending along seven teams between both the Yrs 3/4 and Yrs 5/6 competitions. All our students enjoyed the competition, improving and honing their netball skills as they competed against other schools from around the North Coast.

STEM Workshop

Year 4 was excited to participate in a STEM workshop led by Dr Vilma Galstaun as a result of the school’s partnership this year with the University of Sydney’s STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy.

Our K-6 students are enjoying working on their hockey skills for sport to start Term 3.

CSSA North Coast Basketball Gala Day!

What a fabulous trip we had to Port Macquarie to compete at the CSSA North Coast Basketball Gala Day! Congratulations to all our students who competed, and a very special thank you to the staff and parents who accompanied and coached the students during this overnight trip. Results:   Open Boys - 3rd place    15yrs & Under Boys - 2nd place    Primary A - 2nd place   

15yrs & Under Girls - Champions!

A massive achievement by all our six teams! Well done Team RCC!



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. 


WEP Australia - New brochure

We are delighted to announce that World Education Program (WEP) Australia has a new brochure! We hope that you and your students can use the attached brochure to learn more about WEP and our student exchange programs.

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