Service Learning Program – Missions

Service Learning Program – Missions

In 2021, and moving forward, we have made some exciting changes to our Service Learning program, involving our Missions strategy. Our motivation for these changes is to provide further opportunities for our students to think beyond themselves by engaging, giving and going to the lost and vulnerable. In Term 2, WestCare’s ‘Penrith City Care Kits’ program seeks to provide personal care items for people in times when they need them the most. Launched in 2015, the Care Kits program supplies a range of packs for all ages from newborn infants to the elderly. They are distributed to their clients and also through other local care providers including social workers, rehab and domestic violence services, school chaplains, homelessness workers and many more. Our Years 3 – 6 Missions students promoted this program throughout the Term and collected a lot of items to go in the WestCare Care Kits. Many thanks to students and parents for their generous contributions of items to help people in need in our Penrith community. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7b).

Belinda GarrattYear 5 Teacher, Missions Leader

Sports Update

Sports Update

Results have been finalised from our recent PCS Secondary Athletics Carnival with our Age Champions and Zone Team determined. It is with great pleasure to announce the following students as our Age Champions.

Secondary Athletics Age Champions

Ready, Set….COLOUR!!!

Ready, Set….COLOUR!!!

On the last day of Term 2, PCS United hosted a Colour Explosion School Fun Run to raise money towards tackling poverty. Across the school, 470 students from the Toddler room to Year 6 participated.  The positive energy was contagious with class after class of students dressed in white with vibrantly coloured sunglasses and headbands coming down to the oval to take on the challenge that was both fun and life-changing.

 

We saw quiet personalities shine through in ways never seen before, and individual students who set personal challenges as to the number of times they could complete the course. But ultimately, what we saw was the spirit and community of our school.

 

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Introducing James Lister

Introducing James Lister

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Director of Learning and Curriculum for Years 3-6. I am extremely excited to join the PCS family and I am looking forward to working with the wonderful students and families within this brilliant Christ centred community. I have been teaching for 17 years having recently left Pymble Ladies’ College and prior to that, I was teaching at St Aloysius’ College in Milsons Point. I am an experienced and enthusiastic leader with a demonstrated history in the primary education sector. I hold a Masters in Educational Leadership and strongly believe in being a lifelong learner. As a passionate educator, I have a strong focus on building resilient and responsible learners that are confident and creative in their approach to learning. My wish is for the students of PCS to be curious, bold in the way they question, and relentless in finding answers and reaching their individual goals. I am committed to giving our students the tools they need in order to understand their own value and be an active member of our global community. My wife, Karen, and our two boys, Henry and Jonothon, are all sports enthusiasts who love exploring the outdoors and the amazing environments that God has created for us. I look forward to working with all the staff, parents, students and wider community of PCS to continue to build excellence in education. Blessings James ListerDirector of Learning and Curriculum 3 – 6

Student Representative Council 2021

Student Representative Council 2021

This year we are pleased to launch a new initiative, the PCS ‘Student Representative Council’, known as the SRC.  The SRC in a school provides an opportunity to train leaders, gather student voices from each class, involve students in decision-making and service, and build school community.

 

Year 12 Leaders, Paige F and Ben A, have been involved since the outset; establishing the vision for the group, planning future meetings, and were supported in their decision to gather students from other Year groups. Paige and Ben also developed a very detailed application form which all interested students had to complete for the selection process. 

 

We received a large number of high quality submissions, indicating this initiative is one the students across the school are keen to be involved in and support. The successful applicants were voted in by their peers and it is our pleasure to introduce them:

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Exploring Earthquakes in Year 6 Classrooms

Exploring Earthquakes in Year 6 Classrooms

Over Term 2 in Science, Year 6 have been exploring Earthquakes. The students were assigned the task to build an aesthetically pleasing structure that would be able to survive an earthquake; it had to be a minimum of 50cm high. The students formed groups and brainstormed ideas for their building, hoping to achieve the criteria.

 

We are proud of the students who had to persevere during the building time as many modifications had to be made.

 

A big thank you to the parents who attended the lesson and assisted in building the structures. Thank you also to Mrs Deal, Mrs Paynter and Mrs Mahoney who joined us for our lesson. Mrs Paynter quite enjoyed herself whilst building a structure with LEGO.

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Primary Zone Athletics Carnival 2021

Primary Zone Athletics Carnival 2021

On Wednesday 16 June, we had 47 Primary students represent PCS at the Nepean Zone CSSA Athletics Carnival. PCS students were dominant across all events and great acts of sportsmanship were shown from our students who congratulated other Schools on their wins and also celebrated each other’s success.

 

Thank you to our parent volunteers who took time out to help on the day. Once again, PCS students did our community proud, and they are to be congratulated on their efforts.  

 

Students who have successfully qualified for State from their incredible achievements at Zone will be notified once finalised Zone results are released from the Carnival Convenor.

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Sports Report – Week 9, Term 2, 2021

Sports Report – Week 9, Term 2, 2021

This week was the final week for our representative teams. We had three teams play their Grand Final this week.

 

Congratulations to our Open Girls Soccer who were victorious over Wycliffe Christian School 8-0. The girls will now represent Nepean Zone in the CSSA Soccer Gala Day. Goal Scorers: Belle C, Zara S, Chiara G, Mia J and Maddison.

 

We were strongly represented in both Netball grand finals. Our U15’s played a hard game against Wycliffe Christian School and finished runners-up in the competition losing 33-15. The girls are to be congratulated for the effort and teamwork they demonstrated, it was a privilege to see them play. Our Open Girls went one better and are now Zone Champions winning 18-9 against Wahroonga Christian School. Congratulations to all team members who have trained hard all term and are deserving winners.

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Secondary School Leaders Reception

Secondary School Leaders Reception

Last week our School Captains, Brock Stinson and Kyla Martin, attended the Mayoral Reception at the Joan Sutherland Centre with Mrs Deal. 

 

The Mayor of the City of Penrith, Cr. Karen McKeown OAM, addressed all the School Captains from the local area, encouraging them in their leadership journey and congratulating them for attaining this position in their School communities. 

 

Secondary Athletics Carnival 2021

Secondary Athletics Carnival 2021

Everyone had a fantastic day at our Secondary Athletics Carnival on Wednesday, 2 June. We had a very cold start to the morning, however, the sun showed up and it ended up being a beautiful day. All students got involved whether it was in events, serving lunches to staff and volunteers, cheering their peers or dressing up in House Colours. We had lots of extraordinary results across all events including some broken records. Ella W broke the discus record for the 12 Years Girls, throwing 19.06m. Landen B broke the 100m record in the 14 Years Boys finishing with a time of 12.02 seconds, and Zara S broke the record for the 12-14 Years Girls 1500m, finishing with a time of 6 minutes and 23 seconds.

 

There are plenty of students who will now progress to Zone on Thursday 5 August. A list of these competitors will be released early next term once our Javelin events are finalised. Please keep an eye out for this Zone Carnival information and wish all these competitors the best, and pray that they stay safe and represent PCS with great pride. 

 

Finally, a massive thank you to all of the Staff, Volunteers, Parents, Caregivers and our amazing NSW Athletics Officials for their incredible efforts in making the day such a success, we couldn’t have done it without you!

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Year 8 Egg Hatching

Year 8 Egg Hatching

What an amazing experience we have had using an incubator to hatch eggs. To watch the students getting excited when the due date was near, and then watching their faces when the chicks hatched, was priceless. The little balls of fluff have melted even the toughest hearts!

 

I must admit I had never hatched eggs before so this was such a big learning curve and there have been so many times where I just stood  in awe, wonder, and delight that we have such an amazing, incredibly detailed Creator, who cares for all His creation.

 

This reminds me of the Bible verse in Luke 12:6-7 MSG ‘What’s the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.’

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Volleyball

Volleyball

At the beginning of Term 2, as part of the School Sport program, select students from Years 7 and 8 signed up to play Volleyball. A keen passion for the sport quickly came to light with enthusiastic participation and a competitive spirit defining our sessions.

 

More recently, the students have been blessed with the opportunity to receive external coaching in this sport across four weeks of the term. Coach Ella, from the University of Western Sydney, has visited the school and spent time investing in the sportsmanship and skills of the students, and it has been exciting to see exponential growth in confidence, and development of competency in this sport.

 

The coaching sessions have particularly targeted effective technique used in the game including serving, setting, and spiking, and have incorporated drills and competitive games for students to put into practice what they have learnt.

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A Car for Show and a Car for Go...!

A Car for Show and a Car for Go...!

Do you have a fancy ride? A golden oldie? Or a high tech vehicle? It is that time of year again when we are preparing for our annual STEM Solar Car Challenge Car Show for Year 8 Students.

 

If you have a car that you feel is special, unique, or high tech, and are happy to share this with us on the afternoon of the Wednesday 28 July then please email the following details to: alisa.hayden@pcs.nsw.edu.au 

 

Your Name: 

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Year 7 Science

Year 7 Science

Year 7 Science students discovered the wonders of electrostatics last week.

 

How can you make objects move without touching them? Create an electrostatic field! Students used this concept to move water in different directions, understand lightning, and make their hair stand on end.

 

Year 7 students have decided they love bad hair days!  

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Sports Report - Week 8, Term 2, 2021

Sports Report - Week 8, Term 2, 2021

Zone Sport

It has been a busy term for sport and this week was no different with our Zone finals underway. Our teams were strongly represented in a number of semi-finals and finals.

 

Our Open Girls have qualified straight through to the Grand Final and will play this game next week at Jamison Park, kicking off at 1.30 pm. Parents are welcome to attend to cheer on and support our girls.

 

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Year 11 Biology Excursion

Year 11 Biology Excursion

On Tuesday 8 June, Year 11 Biology students visited Long Reef Rock Platform to investigate the ecosystems within the protected Long Reef Aquatic Reserve. This field study provided valuable practical experiences relating to outcomes in the Biology Syllabus.

 

It was an early start, departing PCS at 6.50 am. The day was overcast and particularly cold on the coast. We were met by Adam, who was our AUSECO Environmental Educator, and he motivated students to participate in various written and practical activities

 

Students examined the distribution and abundance of tidal rockshelf organisms using quadrats and a transect. The highlight of the day was viewing and holding interesting rock pool animals. These beautiful organisms were carefully collected for observation and returned to their rock pool habitats.

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Uniform Shop Opening Hours - June/July 2021

Uniform Shop Opening Hours - June/July 2021

The Uniform Shop will close for the School Holidays. Any online orders placed during the holidays will be processed once the shop reopens.

 

Last day of trading for Term 2:

Thursday 24 June – 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

 

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Olivia on NSW PSSA Merit Team

Olivia on NSW PSSA Merit Team

A few months ago Olivia (Year 6) competed at the New South Wales Primary Schools Sports Association (NSWPSSA) Swimming Championships. Congratulations to Olivia on her achievement of being selected into the NSWPSSA Merit Team.

 

NSWPSSA consists of 13 associations and close to 400,000 students. For Olivia to be selected, it is a huge achievement!! We just recently received Olivia’s certificate and were able to present this to her.  

 

Again, this is a huge achievement and the PCS community are so proud of Olivia and her efforts.

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Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 2021

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 2021

On Thursday 27 May, our PCS staff participated in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. This annual event is a community event that raises vital funds to make a big difference for those impacted by cancer. Obviously for me, this is more significant as I go through the journey of fighting cancer, and as I see the incredible work the medical profession does and the importance of researching into cancer.

 

We were able to raise $200 for this great cause.

 

Tracey Deal

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Colour Explosion School Fun Run

Colour Explosion School Fun Run

Did you hear the exciting news? The brightest day at school is coming!

 

PCS United is hosting a Colour Explosion School Fun Run with Australian Fundraising at our school on the last day of term - Friday 25 June 2021. This event is for students in Preschool to Year 6. Parents, you are welcome to attend and show your support.

 

Students have received their sponsorship booklet and can now create their online profile at: www.myprofilepage.com.au  Funds raised will go to Oxfam in support of tackling poverty, feet first. In under a week, lots of students have already started fundraising - way to go!

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