TIDINGS - Term 3 Week 3 . 2021


What's your favourite moment?

I absolutely love the Olympics, not just to be able to watch the sports that we never get to see (like sport climbing – that was amazing!), but we get to look at life from a different perspective.

My favourite moments are the comebacks, the underdog winning, or hearing the stories of how people have overcome to achieve.

Did you hear about Owen Wright? He broke his back in Hawaii a couple of years ago surfing massive waves and couldn’t even walk! Yet he is now an Australian bronze medallist for surfing

What about the story of the female Indian hockey player who had so little her mother would wait up all night for the sun to come up and then, when it was in the right spot, she would go and wake her daughter to be at training on time. Her dream was to buy her parents a house, and through representing her country in hockey, now she can!

How about Cate Campbell? No adversity as such, just pure hard work and persistence. She was convinced Rio was her last Olympics. Yet, she endured and medalled multiple times in Tokyo, ultimately leading Australia to victory in the women's 4x100 medley relay!

People often dismiss the Olympic games as just sport, or the ridiculous pursuit of coming first. They suggest that it epitomises the very problem with humanity; we seek to only glorify the winner or define success as first, second or third. And whilst I can't deny there are elements of this, I encourage you to look deeper. It is way more than this.

It is the dream to just be there, or the athlete who is excited to come last in the final because they made it that far. It's the person who goes up to the winner after losing and embraces them, or the tears of devastation when missing out.

It is about the celebration of people who are brave enough to not just believe in an impossible dream, but commit to it completely; persisting, enduring and overcoming everything that life throws at them which forces the majority to give up. And it's not just about them, it's about the community around them. We've seen the pictures, everybody celebrates and everybody hurts as their athletes compete.

It is clear, isn't it? Victory costs. To truly achieve something of worth requires extreme commitment and cost from the individual and their community.

Ultimately, though, isn't this what we desire for our students, that they become so inspired and passionate about who they have been created to be and their purpose that they wholly commit? And, isn’t it our role as their community to cheer them on to take them through the highs and lows, paying the price, so they can truly succeed in becoming who God has designed them to be?

It is brilliant that we are so passionate as educators and parents, friends and family, to see our students succeed but we must learn from the athletes, that to truly achieve, we must be willing to pay the price of achieving something truly worthwhile.

Is there any wonder then, why, when Paul is encouraging the Philippians (Philippians 3), that he urges them to forget the past and rather run the race of life as if they were trying to win the prize? Paul recognises that the true prizes in life are not gold medals or first place, nor the accolades or praise, rather it's the journey of overcoming to become. So run as if to win!

It's not easy, nobody ever said it would be, but we need to draw support and inspiration from those around us who continue to run the race.

Whoever said it was ‘just a game’ wasn't looking hard enough.

Good tidings…



Any student who is unwell, even with the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms, must stay home and be tested and not return until a clear test result is provided and symptoms have abated.

Everyone must continue to practice good personal hygiene. Washing of hands and respiratory hygiene is still essential.

Birthday cakes are permitted in consultation with your student’s teacher.

Volunteers are allowed on campus at this time. Any volunteer to the school must comply with sign-in arrangements including QR Code check-in and mask wearing.

Any person who is unwell, even with the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms, must stay home and be tested.

Visitors should maintain 1.5m physical distance from other adults (including staff) and other visitors when on the school site and at school pick-up and drop-off times where practicable.


Richmond Christian College plans to celebrate Book Week with a primary school parade on the morning of Thursday 26 August.

We plan to follow the same format as last year’s parade. Each class will be choosing one book which will then feature in the parade. The students will dress up as a character from that book.

Please wait to hear from your child’s teacher who will provide you with information about the book and the costume.

At this stage we are not sure about having parents attend the parade but will provide these details closer to the time.

If you have any questions about this event, please ask.

Mrs Julie Millar                                                

Book Parade Co-ordinator                                


Book Parade
Thursday 26 August


Friday 17 September



Wednesday 6 October 2021


Primary Merits and Reading Awards

Year 6

Colour Relay Time!  Year 6 have been enjoying learning about colour in Japan. Through their study they are learning how to say their colours in Japanese and write them in Hiragana!

Kindy Buddy Program

Our Year 6 students have been doing a great job this term assisting Kindergarten learn how to program Beebots as part of the Kindy Buddy program

Primary House Cup Challenge

This term our Primary student leaders have planned a fantastic program of Mini Olympic events for the weekly Thursday House Cup Challenge. Congratulations to Fenwick for winning by a narrow margin last week!

Students enjoying Auskick

High School Elective Sport


Pre-Kindy have been having lots of fun learning soccer skills as well as the usual Pre-Kindy activities preparing for a flying start into Kindergarten 2022!



Racecourse Café will continue to provide a lunch canteen Monday to Friday in Term 3.

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. 


Afterschool Football for Years 1-6 with Wendy

New basketball mentor program for local girls

Friday evenings at the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre are a hive of activity with the new ‘One Hour of Girl Power’ basketball program, encouraging teenage girls to give the game a go!

Ballina Basketball has launched the program teaching basketball skills and game sessions, to motivate teenage girls to pick up a basketball, learn new skills and fall in love with the game.

Participants are mentored by one of the nation’s best, Ms Lauren King. Ms King has played over 250 games in the Women’s National Basketball League and is the Regional Development Officer with Basketball NSW.

“The program aims to give girls a taste of the different aspects of basketball in a safe, fun and pressure-free environment,” explained Ms King.

“With the Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney next year, it’s an exciting time to grow basketball at a grassroots level. As the girls become more confident with the rules and skills they can compete in the mixed junior competition held on Tuesday afternoons at the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre. We are hoping that with increasing interest, we can establish a female competition in the future.”

The program is being trialled for five weeks with a view to making it a permanent program. For more information contact the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre on 6681 0599.

Program details

Who: Girls only, between 10 -17 years of age

When: Fridays 5pm - 6pm 

Cost: $5 cash each week (sign up at the session)

Where: Ballina Indoor Sports Centre (BISC), 63 Cherry Street, Ballina.


BALLINA PLAYERS presents Disney’s Moana  Jr from 14-23 January 2022. 

AUDITIONS will be on the 25th September 2021 at Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St Ballina. Rehearsals are on Monday & Wednesday evenings.The age is limited to 8-17 years of age as at 14th January, and is open to both boys and girls. All details can be found on our website, and clicking the image of Moana Jr.

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