General School News

STUDY SKILLS: Helping Out a Stressed Child

Many parents feel powerless to help when their child is stressed and overwhelmed about their schoolwork. It is not just senior students who experience this level of stress, research indicates that for some students this starts as early as Year 7.


If your child is experiencing stress and anxiety related to their schoolwork, here are some strategies you can try.


  1. FIND OUT MORE: Try and discover what it is that is causing the most anxiety. Does your student feel anxious about tests or assignments? Are they struggling to plan and manage their workload? Are they finding a particular subject difficult? It is very difficult to address the issue until you really uncover what the issue is. If they do not want to discuss with mum and dad, you may find asking a teacher who they like and respect to talk to them may lead to a better outcome.


  2. LET THE SCHOOL KNOW: Next talk to your child’s tutor or a teacher that is responsible for your child’s year group. You can either ask the school to investigate further and even take action to address the issue, or you can ask them to keep it confidential as you are just wanting to make them aware of the issue.


  3. DECIDE STRATEGIES: Once the problem is clear, next step is to decide what strategies to try (and you may need to try multiple strategies over time). You may have some ideas of things your child could try, you may find some ideas on the Study Skills Handbook site, or you may need to talk to teachers to learn from their expertise.


  4. DON’T GIVE UP: If a strategy doesn’t work, then try something different.       Different people will have different suggestions so google or talk to lots of teachers or other parents about the issue and see if they have other ideas you could try.


  5. CONSIDER EXTRA SUPPORT: Your child may need additional support. For example from a school counsellor, or a psychologist or a tutor. Make sure you are clear about the issue so you can find the right person to provide the additional support your child needs.


You can learn more about strategies to help students cope with the academic demands of school at Once logged in, go to ‘Links’ on the left and select ‘Study Skills Handbook’.

Boost Science Years 2-6

Our Boost Science incursion was a fun, hands-on and educational way of getting to know the world beneath our feet. Most of the people who loved the incursion came back with heaps of info!


I interviewed four people and all my results were positive. The most loved activity was panning for pyrite. An interesting fact that another person learnt is that a type of rock, called a pumice, could actually float in water!


Our Boost Science teacher thought that this would be a fun and educational way of learning and she was one hundred percent correct!


I thought this was a very fun experience; I loved it – especially watching the mini volcano!


Thank you to Physics Education who made it possible; and, thanks to all the people I interviewed for your answers.


By Faith Martinez – Year 4


Raising Children in a Hyper-Sexualised Society: a seminar for parents

Penrith Christian School is pleased to host an important seminar for parents, RAISING CHILDREN IN A HYPER-SEXUALISED SOCIETY, presented by David and Katie Kobler from ‘Protect Our Kids’ and 'Your Choicez'.


This night for parents only is open to PCS families and anyone else in our local community. Parents and guardians (no matter the age of your child) need to hear the important messages at this Seminar, so that you have the tools to help your child navigate our hyper-sexualised society.


All PCS families will receive a printed invitation early in Term 3, but in the meantime, you are welcome to book in and invite your friends and family.


An optional dinner is available, and includes a full buffet (including pasta, salads, curry, roast, dessert, soft drinks, tea/coffee). Come and enjoy a meal with other parents and avoid the rush to have dinner at home before the Seminar!


Tuesday 15 Aug 2017


6.00 pm Dinner (optional)
7.00 pm Seminar


$20 (Dinner + Seminar)
$5 (Seminar only)



Penrith Christian School
1 Simeon Rd, Orchard Hills, NSW 2748


CLICK HERE to book


For more information, please contact

Sharon Tuft
02 4737 4300
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At a time when parents can feel overwhelmed and powerless to address issues such as social media, apps, sexting, and pornography, there is a huge amount parents can do.

This parents only night aims to address the intimate questions that parents have while empowering them to be an influential presence in their children’s lives:

  • How to parent your child through a sexually saturated society

  • The truth behind media, marketing and advertising and how it can affect young people

  • Sexting, apps and the online world; the secrets parents need to know

  • Pornography; what you need to know as a parent

  • The effects of poor sexual decision-making

  • Rites of passage; your son’s and daughter’s journey to adulthood

  • The crucial role parents can play in giving their children a healthy understanding of sexuality and relationships



  • The average age of a young person’s first exposure to pornography is 11 years of age

  • 1 in 5 young people struggle with an eating disorder

  • 54% of students reported receiving a sexually explicit text message

  • 26% of students reported sending a sexually explicit text message

  • 74% of parents feel they are unaware of what their children are doing online

A new day for students

A report by Year 6 student, Erica Loizou


At PCS, we have introduced this day called Superhero Day. Superhero Day is a day that kids can dress up as a Superhero that you like or admire. It is actually Friday 26 May 2017, but due to other school commitments, we held it on Monday 29 May. It was originally called Super Boss Day, but schools call it Superhero Day.


Most kids with a heart condition will end up having major heart surgery sometime in their life, so we are representing, that those kids are superheros for what they have been through. It is also trying to encourage students to focus about helping others, doing missions and going beyond.


At PCS, we do have some heart kids and families that know someone with a heart condition.


Heart kids Australia is the only charity for heart diseases. If you want to learn more about heart kids go to or call 1800 432 785.


Year 4 Camp

A report by Laura Whitehouse


WHO: Year 4 at PCS

WHEN: Thursday 18 May to Friday 19 May

WHERE: Wedderburn Christian Campsite


Year 4 at Penrith Christian School went to a place called Wedderburn Christian Campsite and had great fun. We went from Thursday 18 May to Friday 19 May.


Some of the activities we did there were rock climbing, a flying fox and a gigantic swing. Some people from Penrith Christian School who have gone to camp were interviewed, and asked a few questions.


We asked Megan, what was her favourite activity and was anything challenging for her and she answered with:

  • The giant swing was my favourite

  • I found the giant swing and the flying fox challenging


And Emily answered with:

  • My favourite was rock climbing

  • I found most activities were challenging at some point


We also asked our teacher, Mrs Garratt who came with us, did she have any adrenaline rushes, and with what; and also, did she find anything scary and this is what she said:

  • Yes, the giant swing

  • No, I didn’t find anything scary