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Week 2 is finished; the holiday is fast becoming a distant story and we are well on our way to crafting new ones. To those who made it to the swimming carnival and the new parents morning tea, a big thank you for your support; I trust you enjoyed our community and its unique joy immensely. I wanted to publicly thank our staff here at RCC for making such awesome events possible, the opportunities you provide for our community is amazing. Thanks!
I truly believe our community is amazing and unique. In my ‘Introduction to the Principal’ blurb on our website, I write of the power of story and how our stories intertwine and become integral to each other’s story (for better or worse!). Something we are passionate about at RCC is providing opportunities to enable our stories to intertwine for the better! We fully recognise that it is not just your children who attend; we are a community made up of students, parents, families and extended families, and friends. It is our desire to provide space that allows for our stories to collide in as many positive ways as we can, or as Paul puts it in Hebrews, we want to “think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works … not [neglecting] our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near”  (NLT Hebrews 10:24-25).
Therefore, outside of the normal avenues for volunteering and being involved in our school community, next week we are launching RELATE@RCC. This is an initiative we have purposefully designed to create specific times where we can connect as a whole school community to provide opportunities for us to relate (Relate: verb, to show a connection between, or sympathise and identify with. Sorry – couldn’t help but define it, the inner English Teacher in me often comes out!) Commencing on Tuesday, 12 Feb, and continuing on alternate Tuesdays, from 2.30 – 3.30pm the Doppio Espresso Mobile Coffee Van will be onsite offering drinks for purchase! I have even included a voucher for a drink, so you can come along sometime this term and say hello.
Connecting well as a community, I believe, is a lost art in our current society. I recognise and value the role that social media plays to connect us, yet I believe you will agree with me when I suggest that it is different; it is less powerful and less honest, while being just as powerful in forming identity. As a community we need to take on board what Paul suggests when he says to the early Christian community to not neglect meeting and encouraging and motivating one another to do good things in our world. I believe it is from these connections that the early Christians established their own identity and purpose and for this reason we must continue to provide this platform to our peers and our children that we too may provide opportunities to establish our story and our identity. (I will get off my soapbox now…). 
Having said all this if you cannot make it to Relate@RCC Tuesdays but have ideas for how we can meet together or just want to pop in and say hi, please, you are most welcome.
Until then, good tidings.

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