TIDINGS - Term 2 Week 7 . 2021


Principal's Report to the AGM

… We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 

The Apostle Paul, circa 100AD. 

When I sat down to reflect on 2020 and write the report we were already so far into 2021 that 2020 was a blurring memory, but I think it is one that will stay with us for a very long time and one many of us are still feeling the effects of as we try to make the most of the present and future opportunities. 

In my annual report I mentioned that current McCrindle research suggests that in this current time, where the pace of change has never been this fast and will never be this slow again (Trudeau, 2018, cited in Fell, Renton and McCrindle, 2020) society is faced with a VUCA world; one engulfed in volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. When articulating the Christian’s faithful response to such circumstances, the apostle Paul states that because of God’s grace and faithfulness, when a Christian community goes through difficulty, they do so in the knowledge that “tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:4). It is upon these foundations of faith and grace that Richmond Christian College traversed the VUCA and established strong foundations for the future.

The question, though, is what does this look like for us and how do we continue to do this in unprecedented times? I am convinced that it looks like what we did in 2020, and what we are doing in 2021.

In 2020, as a community we supported each other to adapt and respond out of our faithful identity in Christ and the hopeful purpose we have with Him as individuals and as a community.

In my report I celebrated the way the students resiliently responded to the uncertainty.

I applauded the way our parent body supported their families, their friends and the school whilst encountering so many new and uncertain times, from possible financial instability to their new profession of teaching at home.

I also noted how I am indebted to the RCC staff and Board for the many many hours of work completed in very difficult and foreign circumstances. The way they supported each other and made significant sacrifices of time, energy and money to support each other and our community is inspiring and evidence of Jesus in action.

Furthermore, every time I reflect on our financials I am astounded by God’s provision. As we faithfully attended to His people through the discounts offered to every family in Term 2 and then in the additional Hardship scholarships for those in need, for us to turn a profit after a predicted significant loss is nothing short of a miracle. Thank you to all those who made sacrifices in time and money for this to happen.

Therefore, as we move into 2021 and beyond, we do so optimistically based on Christ’s faithful character. I am excited to see that we will not sit in the past, using unprecedented uncertainty as an excuse, rather we will use the opportunity covertly presented to us in 2020 to continue to grow and innovate in such a way as to faithfully respond to our 26-year-old purpose: to provide a Christ centred, biblically based, rigorous and relevant education to our community that brings identity, purpose and hope beyond our time.  

I am excited that we are engaged in master planning and will begin to strategically plan for 2022 and beyond, plans I trust will see us continue to build on the concepts of integration, opportunity and community connections that we began last year. For example, we hope to continue to provide authentic learning opportunities via integrated units, or more opportunities for performance and a more established music program in primary that aims to put an instrument in each student’s hands from Year 3 – 6. We are excited about the reintroduction of Relate and more opportunities for parents to volunteer and connect. I am also buoyed by our students numbers and the interest that continues evidenced in waiting in lists in our significant transition points of PreK, K and Year 7.

It was a privilege to witness the way the RCC community managed the unforeseen challenges of 2020, but it is more humbling to see how we continue to build and, through God’s faithfulness and our commitment to Him and one another, successfully navigate 2021 and beyond. It is my hope that RCC can continue to serve its community, our students and their families to develop an identity that navigates the uncertainty and ambiguity, a purpose that removes the volatility and a hope that overcomes the complexity. It was an honour to walk with the Richmond Christian College community last year as they persevered through the VUCA to produce a character and a hope that will establish foundations for flourishing into the future.



Our next Relate@RCC will be held on Tuesday 15 June @ 2.30pm.  Please join us for a relaxed time of conversation and community building in the beautiful surrounds of our garden.  All are welcome!


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. Food no longer needs to be parcelled.

Visitors and volunteers are allowed on campus. This includes attendance at assemblies and other events. Any visitor to the school must comply with sign-in arrangements.

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.

Do you have a growth or a fixed mindset?

This can be confronting to challenge as an adult, as we settle in our ways and become comfortable with our strengths and limitations. However, research is proving that we can change and grow our mind throughout our adult life! We are starting the students off early though, and introducing them to understanding the amazing nature of our mind. That we can heal and 're-organise' after traumatic events and grow our brain to be able to achieve things we may have put in the too hard basket. 

So this term we are looking at developing a growth mindset.  The Bible tells us that what is in our heart – what we believe – will shape everything that we do (Proverbs 23:7).  God made us so that we can grow and flourish in Him. This can mean getting out of our small fixed mind which might say "I can't do that", and grow and train our brain to believe we can, "Mistakes are part of learning, if I keep trying, I will get it."

Have a look at the thoughts below which explain fixed and growth mindset?

Identify the thoughts you and your student frequently think.  If you hold a fixed mindset in some areas, would you like to upgrade to a growth mindset?  

You may like to think about ways that we can have a growth mindset at home as well. The students have mentioned that they could grow their mindset to be more confident in handling sibling conflict at home, as well as helping out with chores.  

Be blessed as we walk with our almighty God.

Lorin Lynden-Bell
School Counsellor


Tuesday 15 June @ 2.30pm
Thursday 24 June @ 9am


Friday 25 June



Friday 25 June



Monday 19 July 2021


Pre-Kindy Seacraft

And the pinball machines are complete!! Well done Year 7 on your amazing creations

State CSSA Cross Country Carnival

Congratulations to Jesse, Henry, Matt and Sam who competed at the State CSSA Cross Country Carnival on Sydney last Friday. Henry qualified for CIS State Cross Country coming 8th in his age division and Jesse also had a great result coming in 20th.  

State CSSA Cross Country

NSW Netball Schools Cup

Our secondary students competed at the NSW Netball Schools Cup in Lismore last Friday against Lismore, Ballina, Casino and Banora Point schools. All teams had a win and played some very tightly contested games. With no reserves, our Yr 7/8 boys narrowly missed out on progressing to the next round after two tough games against EAC.

Thanks to Pierce who played up for us today after three original members of the team were unable to play due to illness or injury.

Thanks to Mrs Bull, Mr Gilmore and Mrs Scott who helped me coach. Thanks also to Dana and Sue from Ballina Netball who umpired for RCC.

Such a wonderful day of sportsmanship, teamwork and community.

Well done everyone!

Mrs Thompson

NSW Netball Schools Cup

Inter-School Netball House Challenge

Athletics Carnival

We had a great day for the Athletics Carnival yesterday with the rain adding some challenges after lunch.  Congratulations to the students for their enthusiastic particiation and support and encouragement of each other. A big thank you to Mrs Thompson for her organisation and the parent helpers providing much needed support.  An extra special thank you to parent Ed Levack for going the extra mile in his assistance on the day.  The presentations for Age Champions and the Champion House should be announced next week.  A few photos follow - go to the RCC Facebook page for the album.

Athletics Carnival 2021



Racecourse Café will continue to provide a lunch canteen Monday to Friday in Term 1.

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 in the School Holidays


Relaxed, fun learning atmosphere with qualified female coach

When: Wednesday's  4pm - 5pm

Where: Saunders Oval, Ballina

Cost: $10per session

Ring Wendy 0490 806 105 for more information or to book a place