TIDINGS - Term 4 Week 3 . 2023

Jacca Time!

Being an ‘old-skool’ Grafton boy, I love seeing Jacaranda trees in full blossom with a purple carpet underneath, especially silhouetted against a fresh spring sunrise or the imposing stormy sky.

They remind me of the changing of seasons; the encroaching warmer months and the joy associated with finals footy, days at the cricket and trips to the beach. Not to mention the Jacca Festival that gave us a day off school!

However, speak to others and they find the sight of a Jacaranda quite traumatic; signalling impending exam blocks, reporting seasons and the fast-approaching end of yet another year!

Interesting isn’t it how perspective and experience play such a significant role in our day-to-day approach to life.

As I walk around school at the moment and see our Senior School students hard at work readying for their HSC and end of year exams or our Year 7 students preparing for their first exam block, I can’t help but think they might be replacing the association of Jacca’s with spring-time fun for exam trauma and hard work too!

Does it have to be one or the other though?

Is this not the essence of resilience? Developing the capacity to be able to hold both struggle and joy, hope and pain, effort and reward provides us with the ability to bounce back, to try again and to see beyond.

God says he has planned good things for us to do (Ephesians 2) and he promises that he will never leave us alone (Psalm 121) as we work hard and journey hard with him to achieve these good things. I think the older we get the more we understand that nothing easy comes without the struggle, but we also understand the importance of those special people, that loving community around us that helps us run the whole race and get the prize.

This is growth and maturity. This is what we must do as educators and parents, together as stewards of our next generation. We must teach them that difficult or hard is not bad, that beauty exists in work and play, and in change and growth. We must help them see that it is possible in our world that the humble jacaranda can remind us of both, and this can give us the ability to endure, to do hard things.

I am so proud of our students as they engage in the work needed to live to their fullest and finish this year well. Please join with us as a staff as we pray that they will see the beauty in their struggle as they reach to achieve the good works God has planned for them to do.



For those who may have missed the webinar this week, Daniel Sih has been kind enough to share a recording of the webinar to share within our school community. He has asked that we not share this online. The recording will be available until the end of the school year. Click here to watch the webinar - (password = cen).

Daniel has also given parents access to some more digital parenting resources, parents can sign up here for access:

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!


2024 Pre-Kindy Orientation Day #2

Tuesday 31 October 2023

2024 Kindergarten Orientation Day #2

Wednesday 1 November 2023



Mondays at 2pm. 


Thursday 2 November  2.30pm – 3.00pm

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



Thursday 7 December 2023


Tuesday 30 January 2024

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

Relate @ RCC

Thursday 2 November 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 4 STEM Careers Month

Year 4 kicked off their STEM Careers Month this week with a talk via video link from Dr Ross Brown, Hematologist from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He talked about his career in medical research, including his work developing the test that is now used to catch drug cheats in sport, as well as his research into Myelomas and other blood diseases. Year 4 had some great questions for Dr Brown, and enjoyed hearing about his career.

North Coast AFL Gala Day

RCC participated in a North Coast AFL Gala Day at Byron Bay last week with many other local schools. It was a fabulous day of AFL despite the rain showers with our Yr 7/8 team coming away undefeated and our Yr 9/10 team only losing one game all day. A very special thank you to Mrs Danielle Bull who trained and coached our teams. Well done team RCC!

Stage 5 Food Technology

Stage 5 completed their last cooking assessment of the year for the Food Selection and Health unit called 'Hello Eats!' The task was to create a nutritious meal that can be delivered in a box and created at home similar to Hello Fresh. All the students completed delicious meals and the kitchen was filled with many mouth-watering aromas. Well done students!

'Hello Eats'

Congratuations to Imani Hannaford on her outstanding performance at Poets out Loud last term with a poem that judge Mandy Nolan commended as "beautifully written and really well commanded"!  Check out her performance through the You Tube link.



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. 


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