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Thank You PCS Community - From the Principal

Thank You PCS Community - From the Principal

At the end of the first week of the resumption of all of our students to on-site face-to-face learning at Penrith Christian School, I wanted to take the time to acknowledge the huge part you have all played in the continuation of education during the past couple of months.

 

Almost overnight our worlds changed. Initial media references to a virus overseas suddenly became an all-encompassing world changer for us as well. The news of people getting sick and then passing away with this dreadful virus became very confronting and real, not only globally but locally as well. Government decisions to address the spread of the virus, together with health authorities giving more grim details consumed our conversation, media and personal decisions.

 

For us as an educational community, and you being a vital and valued part of it, suddenly there was a subsequent colliding of worlds where the previously more defined roles of parent and educator became much more synergised.

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Revised Term 3 Start Date

Revised Term 3 Start Date

Because we understand there has been significant disruption to learning this year, we are going to maximise our return to face to face learning by getting a head start on Term 3!

 

To this end, we are intending to begin Term 3 on Wednesday 22 July 2020.

 

We genuinely care about the education and nurture of your children, and we look forward to having our whole School community back on site for the start of a new term!

Video News - Episode 3 (Week 5)

Video News - Episode 3 (Week 5)

Welcome to Episode 3 of PCS Video News - our last one for the time being! View this week's Video News for updates from Assistant Principal, Mr Grice, on current happenings, including a quick view of everyone back on site today, and Kindergarten recently entering their new rooms in the Junior School building for the first time (very cute!).

 

Students Return to School Monday 25 May

Students Return to School Monday 25 May

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

I hope you are all going well navigating the many changed situations to life we have all found ourselves in.

 

As you know, last week we sent communication with a plan outlined for the remaining students to return to School. This morning there was an official announcement from the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, that all NSW State schools would be returning all of their remaining students next Monday, 25 May.

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Parent Update - May 12

Parent Update - May 12

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

This is an update email about the schedule of returning the rest of our students to onsite face to face teaching over the next weeks.

 

As you know, we have had Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 return full time this week and Year 11 are returning next week. We have already been assessing the success of this and how we are adhering to the advice regarding a safe environment for Staff and Students.

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Counselling team available for support

Counselling team available for support

School Counselling is still available for students remotely, as appropriate, via Zoom (online conferencing program). This is an audio only option where we can confidentially discuss your concerns and complete a ‘check in’ with you.

 

Sessions are offered within the School’s normal hours of operation.

 

Existing Clients/Students who already see a Counsellor may be contacted by the Counsellors to check in and see how they are going via email and offer an appointment time.

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Parent Update - 8 May

Parent Update - 8 May

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

I hope you are all doing well in this season of constant change. Firstly, let me thank you for your support, feedback and encouragement to us as a Staff as we have begun a new term and still navigate so much that is not ‘normal’ in our delivery of education. Thank you for the feedback you have given us through the survey sent out this week. It helps us to know how our community is going and what we might need to take into consideration.

 

As you know, we have chosen to bring Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 back on Monday to full time face to face teaching onsite. Instead of offering for each student a one day per week alternative, as suggested by the State Government, we believe it will be a more valuable experience to offer the full time face to face. We understand that this may make it difficult for those students who are still waiting to return to face to face learning but believe this gives us the opportunity to evaluate and review how things are going next week and then make our definite plan for which Year groups will return next and when.

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Video News - Episode 2 (Week 2)

Video News - Episode 2 (Week 2)

Welcome to Episode 2 of PCS Video News! View this weeks Video News for updates from Assistant Principal, Mr Grice on current happenings, including roadworks, Mother's Day activities and an interview with Mr Favs.

 

Welcome to Term 2 - Video News - Episode 1

Welcome to Term 2 - Video News - Episode 1

As many students have now been learning offsite for quite a few weeks, we thought you would like an update about what's been happening onsite. View the video below to hear from Assistant Principal, Mr Grice and get a virtual tour of our new Junior School building (that is very close to completion!).

 

Term 2 School Operations

Term 2 School Operations

As you know, this week there have been further announcements and advice about the delivery of education both at a Commonwealth and State level moving into Term 2.

 

We appreciate the complexity of this situation and for you, as parents, the need for clarity as you plan what your days may look like too.

 

As I mentioned in my video message last Sunday, we are looking forward to the time when we can all safely connect physically again and have all our wonderful students back onsite. In the meantime; however, we have heeded the advice of the Premier and Minister for Education, along with the Health Authorities, and have come up with a plan of what we see Term 2 looking like at this moment.

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Announcement from The Principal - 19 April 2020

Announcement from The Principal - 19 April 2020

Tracey Deal, PCS Principal, with a message for our whole School community, including updates on latest Government announcements for schools in general, and expected learning arrangements in Term 2.

 

 

Junior School - Google Classroom video

Junior School - Google Classroom video

Our Junior School staff have put together a video for students and parents, which explains how learning will be happening in Junior School at PCS from Term 2. 

 

The video was posted on the Junior School Instagram. If you don't have an Instagram account, you can still view the video via the link below in a browser. However, we do recommend signing up to Instagram, as we will be posting more information via that platform in the future. It's free to join and you can remain private/anonymous.

 

CLICK HERE to view the video

Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing

In this season of COVID-19, social distancing and online learning, it is important that we support our mental health and wellbeing by accessing good, quality information.

 

Below you will find a list of available resources that will be helpful for all families, with students of any age, that might be of assistance in managing the changes to daily life.

 

It can feel overwhelming during this time as we work together to combat the spread of COVID-19, but there are organisations, services and resources out there to support your mental health and wellbeing.

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iCentres Closed - 2 April

iCentres Closed - 2 April

Greetings from the iCentre staff of Penrith Christian School. We hope your family is navigating these unusual times as well as possible.

 

We understand you may have concerns about your child’s reading, and many of you are wondering about library borrowing and home readers.

 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, both PCS iCentres are now closed for individual borrowing, apart from Years 7-12 students who require textbooks.

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From the PCS Board Chairman: 31 March 2020

From the PCS Board Chairman: 31 March 2020

Dear PCS Parents, Caregivers, School Family and Friends,

 

I thought it timely to be in contact with you as we live and move through one of the most difficult and challenging times in our country’s history and needless to say, the history of the world. We are all seeing and hearing the news reporting and experiencing the reality of constant changing implications caused by the COVID-19 virus spread. Not only is the impact severe on our daily lives, our families, loved ones and our communities, but also on the continuing education of our children. For some families this has meant facing severe financial difficulties from either loss of jobs, stand down, irregular and/or reduced work.

 

I am aware the impact differs for each family, and this means all household expenses are reviewed, including School fees.

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Middle School video

Middle School video

Hi Middle School Families! Take a look at this video featuring our Middle School staff, saying 'hello' and providing some information about online learning at PCS for Years 5, 6, 7 and 8. We miss you! We're looking forward to seeing you online (and in person again later on!)

 

The video was posted on the Middle School Instagram and PCS Facebook accounts. If you don't have an Instagram account, you can still view the video via the link below. However, we do recommend signing up to Instagram, as we will be posting more information via that platform in the future. It's free to join and you can remain private/anonymous.

 

CLICK HERE to view the video

School Arrangements: Week 10 (commencing Monday 6 April)

School Arrangements: Week 10 (commencing Monday 6 April)

As we prepare for an even longer period of at-home-learning in Term 2, as indicated by the Government, the Staff are needing to have more time for their long term preparation of teaching and learning to accommodate this. The change to deliver online lessons and remote learning has required considerably more preparation time and the process is being refined daily to ensure your child receives the best learning possible.

 

To ensure we are ready for this next phase of online learning, next week (commencing 6 April), our staff will not be delivering scheduled online lessons or new content for students from Kindergarten to Year 11. Your child can use this time to catch up on or consolidate work from this week.

 

For Year 12: teachers will still be conducting online classes as per their timetabled lessons to continue studies, and students are encouraged to make sure they are checking in with their relevant teacher for each subject.

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Senior School Video

Senior School Video

Our amazing Senior School staff have put together a video for students and parents, which explains how learning will be happening in Senior School at PCS from Mon 30 March. There's lots of great info, plus you get to see the happy, shiny faces of the Senior School staff!

 

The video was posted on the Senior School Instagram and PCS Facebook accounts. If you don't have an Instagram account, you can still view the video via the link below. However, we do recommend signing up to Instagram, as we will be posting more information via that platform in the future. It's free to join and you can remain private/anonymous.

 

CLICK HERE to view the video

Fully online from Monday 30 March

Fully online from Monday 30 March

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

As you are aware, our online/remote teaching and learning will be fully engaged from tomorrow, Monday 30 March. We have spent time setting up remote digital classrooms and trialling the delivery; however, we know there still may be some challenges with technology and timely feedback. We will endeavour to be available to assist all parents and caregivers in this new space as we understand this will be an added pressure at home.  

 

There will not be a disadvantage for students who remain at home as all lessons will be conducted online via the digital platforms indicated by the teachers previously.  Please also keep your eyes out for emails from the relevant Heads of School for updates and communication.

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Parent Communication - Unity - Commitment

Parent Communication - Unity - Commitment

This week we have unfortunately continued to see more and more people impacted financially. Please CLICK HERE to download a letter which communicates our position as a united community.

 

Thank you for your support this past week as we travel the road to implement our alternate learning delivery .

 

A reminder that we will be rolling out complete online/remote learning for all students (offsite and onsite) from Monday, 30 March.

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