TIDINGS - Term 3 Week 5 . 2023


I love stories. I love anything that tells them too, especially books.

I have realised, however, I do not love dressing up, nor making costumes. BUT, wow, don’t our kids love it! Their enthusiasm encapsulates the power of story, the ability to go to another place, be part of something more, something they love, and to immerse and learn.

It is always humbling how much we can learn from our kids.

One of my favourites, J.R.R.Tolkien, when questioned on fairy tales stated that it’s a “small wonder that spell means both a story told, and a formula of power over living men.” It was my love for this power that stories have to inspire, challenge and grow us that led me into English teaching. What a privilege to be able to teach this power of story to my students.

I believe Jesus harnessed this understanding and power of story too, this is why he always taught us in parables. The parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) that teaches us that everyone is our neighbour and we should love them, no matter what. The parable of the lost sheep (Matthew 18:12–14) that reminds us that God loves us so much that He will leave everything to come and find and be with just me. Or what about my favourite, the parable of the prodigal son, (Luke 15:11–32) that lets me know that the love of the Father is so great there is nothing I can do that will separate me from him. The list goes on… (  What a privilege it is to hear and be part of these stories.

RCC has a story too that is 30 years old and growing. It is a story of the passion for the power of education for everyone. A story of sacrifice and commitment and faith to not give up doing hard things so that our kids can have an education. Not just any education though, a Christian education that seeks to create a narrative for our students that instils unshakeable foundations of identity, purpose and hope that empowers them to contribute to and make a difference in their world. What a privilege to be part of that story and stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.  

So, what about our kids? What stories are we telling them? What stories are inspiring or inhibiting them? What stories are they part of that excite them? What stories cause them to  run? What stories are hard, stretching them to grow and mature?

As a village, we must be aware of the stories our kids are a part of and be constantly encouraging them to do the hard things that enable them to ‘dress up’, to be part of stories that matter, inspire and encourage. At RCC we want our students to participate in the stories not just help them to know who they are but to find joy, hope and purpose in them.

So, even though it is not always comfortable, I need to make the time to dress up with my kids this weekend and invest in their story so it has the right kind of power…

Good Tidings,




Three Weeks Today!!!

In three weeks we will be celebrating God's faithfulness to RCC over the last 30 years on Friday 15 September 2023.  

Our celebrations will commence with a Thanksgiving Assembly at 9am followed by an evening of family fun from 4pm in the school grounds.

Look for an opportunity to sign up as a volunteer in your inbox today.

Unable to volunteer on the night?  Maybe you could donate a block of chocolate for our Chocolate Toss or pull out your recipe books to bake a cake for our Cake Stall?  Would your business like to provide sponsorship towards the fireworks or rides or donate a prize in our Silent Auction?

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on all the yummy food that will be available thanks to Dinner is Served, Trident, Byron Gourmet Sausages, Kerbside Coffee, Ebs Tropical Sno, Bangalow Bread Co, Mama Bear Cupcakes and more!!

There will be performances by our students and a chance to sit (or dance!!) and enjoy the tunes of Dan Hannaford.

And of course all the fun of the fair with rides and a Silent Disco. Unlimited ride tickets are available for pre-purchase at the School Office for $30.

We are excited about celebrating this special milestone with our community! Hope to see you there......

McGrath Carpentry Solutions Silent Disco!

Thank you to McGrath Carpentry Solutions for sponsoring the Silent Disco at our 30th Birthday Celebrations. The disco is included in the unlimited ride ticket price and there will be the choice of two channels of music for our children to groove to at safe sound levels!

Thank you to our Silent Auction Donors!


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


30th Birthday Celebration Fri 15 September 2023

Thanksgiving Assembly 9:00am in the MPC.

Family Fun Celebrations 4pm - 8.30pm in the school grounds.



Mondays at 2pm. 


Thursday 31 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 31 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!!



PK-Year 6 Book Parade

Congratulations to our Primary and Secondary State Athletes

Stage 5 PASS

Our Stage 5 PASS students enjoyed an awesome day on the Gold Coast last week visiting Griffith Uni and Titans CBus Super Stadium exploring opportunities for future sporting career & study opportunities as well as enjoying interactions with the Titans players!

Dignity Freedom Network

Our Middle Schoolers were blessed to hear from Dr. Desouza and Mrs Rodwell about the mission and work of the Dignity Freedom Network in India. We learned about their amazing efforts to ensure all children receive education and safety and we were inspired to consider how we can pray for others and help them.

Year 9 Storyteller program

RCC welcomed residents from Crowley Care who were treated to performances by our Year 1 dancers and Year 8 chapel singers. The visit was part of the ongoing storyteller program where Year 9 students are teaming up with one of the residents to learn about their life and create a keepsake of their life story.

Staff v Students - Netball

While the staff were determined to rise victorious, the students again defeated the staff in our epic game of Netball!



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