Middle School News

An Evening of Cabaret - Lots of Love PCS

PCS LotsOfLove Aug17 WebImagePCS are pleased to announce a special event: 'An Evening of Cabaret - Lots of Love PCS'. The event will showcase the very best talent amongst our students from Year 2 to Year 12. Items range from short drama pieces to vocal items, encompassing the theme of  'Love'.

 

WHEN: 23 & 24 Aug 2017

TIME: 7pm

WHERE: The Joan

 

Tickets will be available soon - but save the date in your diary!

Super Hero Day- Monday 29 May

As part of the ‘Missions: Going Beyond’ focus at PCS, the school will be supporting HeartKids Australia in raising funds. All monies raised on this day will go directly to the only charity that supports children born with or who acquire heart disease – congenital heart disease (CHD) - in their life. Sadly, this numbers over 32,000 children under the age of eighteen in Australia. Our school community is not immune, with some students and families impacted by being or having a Heart Kid.

 

On Monday 29 May, students are encouraged to dress as a super hero for the day. This could be a comic or movie superhero. You may wish to dress as a sports star or in your favourite team colours. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation to HeartKids Australia for dressing up as a super hero. You do not have to go out and purchase new clothing for the day.

 

It is requested that students dress appropriately for the day. All shorts, shirts, t-shirts, skirts and dresses must be of an appropriate length. Shirts must not be midriff or singlets (unless a t-shirt is worn underneath) and must be of appropriate fit, with no inappropriate logos or slogans. Tights and leggings are not permitted.

 

Please note:

  • Please be careful with any capes, as the students need to be able to function as normal at school for the day.

  • Students need to wear appropriate closed-in footwear and those students who have Design and Technology or Science on the day must bring their school shoes.

  • Students who have PE will be required to bring their PE uniform to school.

 

A cake stall will be run on the day. Donations of cakes, slices and biscuits would be greatly appreciated. Please include an ingredients list with your donation due to allergies.

 

If you would like to donate to this cause, please CLICK HERE: https://superbossday2017.everydayhero.com/au/penrith-christian-school

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Mr Stephen Snowden
HeartKids Facilitator

 

Mr Mark Gee
Director of Missions

6BH love learning to code!

This semester Year 6 have been developing their Coding skills using a program called ‘Scratch’ in their ICT lessons.

 

The aim of the unit is to provide basic coding skills that allow students to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively; essential skills for life in the 21st century.

 

The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When people learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects and communicating ideas.

 

Here is a list of the projects 6BH are completing. Each student has enhanced and customised their projects to reflect their own style.

  • Animate your name

  • Make it fly

  • Make music

  • Race to the finish

  • Hide and seek game

  • Fashion game

  • Create a story

  • Create a pong game

  • Let’s dance

  • Catch game

  • Create a virtual pet

 

Mrs Kirsten Hanson

Teacher – 6BH

 

Girls CSSA Soccer Gala Day 2017

On Thursday 4 May, girls from Years 5 and 6 competed as a team in the CSSA Soccer Gala Day at Jamison Park.


It was a very fun day that was filled with teamwork, friendship and PCS team spirit. Even though the day before most of us had competed in the AFL gala day, we played our best and represented PCS with a smile on our faces.


We won three of our four games with goals scored by Belle Campisi (3), Mya-Lee Patanan (2), Olivia Kohler (1) and Tyler-Eve Mair (2).


All the teams gave their very best effort and I would recommend trying out next year as it is an incredible opportunity!


Thank you to Mrs Garratt for all of your efforts coaching us beforehand and on the day.

 

By Sienna Stanford 6BH

Growth Mindsets in Middle School

Middle School has had a big focus this semester on teaching students about growth mindsets, and that we can grow and strengthen our brain; like a muscle, it can be trained.

 

After doing some different activities in the classroom to teach students about the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset, Mrs Hanson decided to set her class an optional challenge to see if they could grow and strengthen their brain. The challenge was to learn to juggle.

 

The aim was to show the students that if they hold a growth mindset, their intelligence can be developed. The students met with Mrs Hanson recess and lunch two days a week and practised. We also watched YouTube clips about juggling for beginners.

 

Most students were excited about embracing the challenge, but when some students became discouraged, they gave up; others kept persisting. The ones who persisted knew they needed to put in effort to grow and master juggling; even those who have not yet achieved the challenge, are still practising and persevering.

 

I am so proud of these students for showing a growth mindset. They:

  • embraced the challenge

  • persisted despite the obstacles

  • put in effort

  • learnt from criticism

  • were inspired when Bodie Peksis and Yhoden Gyamfi were the first ones to meet the challenge.

 

Be transformed by the renewing of our minds Romans 12:2

 

Do you want to be all that God created you to be and do all that he fashioned for you to do? Then we need to think God’s way about ourselves. How many times have you thought well, this is the way I’ve always been and I can’t change. Not true. It’s your attitude not your DNA that determines much of the quality of your life.

 

As we consciously direct our thinking, we can wire out toxic patterns of thinking and replace them with healthy thoughts. What unhealthy thoughts do you have about yourself as a learner? You can replace them with healthy thoughts. We have to be willing to embrace challenges, persist despite the obstacles, put in effort, learn from criticism and be inspired by other’s success. This I believe is something we need to ask God to help us to apply every day. We need to align our self-image with what God says about us. We can choose to renew our minds. We can have a growth mindset.

‘Switch on your Brain’ Dr Caroline Leaf

 

Mrs Kirsten Hanson

Teacher – 6BH