3D's Self-Portraits

3D's Self-Portraits

God has made each of us unique and in His image! Year 3 have been talking about our character traits and values in Health, with the realisation that we all have strengths and are special. During Art we created self-portraits, using oil pastels with a watercolour wash in the background. Our focus was on facial features and scale, reflecting how we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

 

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3D and Mrs Dawkins

K-6 ‘Bounce Back!’ PDHPE Unit

K-6 ‘Bounce Back!’ PDHPE Unit

In Term 1, Kindergarten to Year 6 students participate in a program called ‘Bounce Back!’ in Personal Development and Health lessons. Where possible, the knowledge, skills and concepts are also integrated into other Key Learning Areas; teachers then continue to refer to the Bounce Back! concepts throughout the year.

 

The values encouraged by the Bounce Back! program fit very well into the Christian ethos of our school. Bible verses are integrated into the program and the children are encouraged to learn them as another ‘tool’ to help them through difficult times. Examples are:

 

Philippians 4:13 (CEB):  I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength.

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Year 4 Science

Year 4 Science

Year 4 have been enjoying learning all about plants in our unit ‘Plants In Action.’ We have put our observation skills to the test as we examined seeds and what’s inside them, and by looking at different flowers and leaves of plants. Students have learnt about conditions for germination and the life cycle of plants. Over the unit, the students have also worked collaboratively conducting their own experiments. Each group planted two bean seeds and changed the growing condition of one and have been observing over the last few weeks what effect it has had on growth. We have had some very interesting results!

 

Belinda Garratt, Ruth Phillips and Lachlan Whale

Year 4 Teachers

 

Watch it Grow with the Guinea Pigs

Watch it Grow with the Guinea Pigs

The Year 2 Guinea Pigs are loving our ‘Watch it Grow’ Science topic.

 

We had a fantastic hands-on science lesson as we explored plants, seeds, and their life cycles! We took a walk around the school and examined the root system of a spider plant and replanted it in our classroom to watch it grow.

 

We investigated the newly created irrigated gardens growing, and documented how our seeds were growing in our classroom window. A wonderfully rich lesson indeed and I am sure we have some future horticulturalists amongst us!

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Years 7-12 Swimming Carnival

Years 7-12 Swimming Carnival

On Monday 22 February, Years 7-12 students participated in our annual school 7-12 Swimming Carnival. We were blessed with an absolutely amazing day at Ripples Penrith with students competing in a range of events throughout the day.

 

There were a number of students who achieved personal bests on the day in their chosen events and we would like to give a special mention to Lily Jackson who set a new School Record in the 12-Year Girls 50m Butterfly and Adelaide Telfer who set a new School Record in the 18-Year Girls 50m Breaststroke.

 

We have 39 students successful in qualifying to attend the CSS Nepean Zone Secondary Swimming Carnival which will take place on Wednesday 3 March 2021 at Mt. Druitt Pool. All information will be sent to those students’ parents and caregivers shortly.

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Congratulations Coco!

Congratulations Coco!

A huge congratulations to Year 5 student Coco Purcell. Last year she trialled and successfully made the CSSA Tennis Team, and on Monday competed at the CIS Tennis Trials. Coco represented CSSA (and PCS) excellently, winning THREE of her matches! We are extremely proud of Coco and her efforts.

 

Joshua De Martin Year 6 Teacher

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

Our Summer Reading Challenge was a great success for our second year running. It is great to see so many students continuing to read through summer. This is so important as research shows that on average, students drop in their reading level over long holiday breaks. We also had some great photos sent in of students reading in unusual places to add to the fun.

 

Congratulations to the following students who completed the challenge and received book prizes. I hope you enjoy them!

 

YEAR 1

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We want our parents to tell us what they think!

We want our parents to tell us what they think!

We are conducting a survey to better understand the reasons why parents choose to send their children to our school. An email will be sent to K-12 school families on Monday 8 March inviting your participation.

 

The Christian Schools Community Profile: WHY PARENTS CHOOSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS survey is offered by Christian Schools Australia. It will be conducted amongst all families with children enrolled K-12 in participating Christian schools. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’/caregivers’ choice of school, their satisfaction with their child/ren’s learning, their engagement in the school community, and their general background.

 

The survey will be conducted from Monday 8 March to Thursday 1 April 2021 and all responses are anonymous.

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Primary Zone Swimming Carnival 2021

Primary Zone Swimming Carnival 2021

On Thursday 18 February, 27 students represented Penrith Christian School at the Nepean Zone Swimming Carnival at Glenbrook Pool. All the students were exceptionally well behaved and swam competitively to the best of their abilities.

 

Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding results:

 

12 Years Boys - Tyler Brown 

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New Pick-Up Routines from this Week – Kiss & Go

New Pick-Up Routines from this Week – Kiss & Go

Our routines at the end of the day have been much improved with your patience and changes to procedure. We continue to ask the following to make this time as safe and efficient as possible:

 

All students K-12 will now be dismissed at the normal time of 2.55 pm. If you have older students, we encourage you to enter the school from 3.00 pm to assist our little ones leaving first.

Please use all four lanes upon entering Bay 1 of the car park to ensure that traffic is not held up at the roundabout, and then zip together giving way as necessary when moving onto the lower section of Kiss & Go.

Please be courteous to other parents by not using the Simeon Road entrance – this must remain open for deliveries and emergency services, but is not an entry point for Kiss & Go any longer.

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Ensembles 2021

Ensembles 2021

We are excited to begin our co-curricular music ensembles for 2021!

 

We are also excited to offer our Intermediate Band students a place in our Concert Band! This year we will be learning some new repertoire and continuing our journey through existing material. Ensembles return this week (Week 4 - week starting 22 Feb 2021) at the following times and locations:

Beginner Band: Tuesday 7.30 am to 8.15 am in the Auditorium

Concert Band: Wednesday 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm in the VET demountable (same room as last year)

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Learning with Year 3

Learning with Year 3

Is it living? Is it non-living, or was it once living?

 

These are the important questions the budding scientists in 3D have been trying to determine! Then there are those tricky things like ugg boots that are made from sheep’s wool, but put through a process. 3D have been working together to observe and categorise specimens in order to understand more about how living thigs are grouped. We have completed nature walks around the playground and searched at home to find as many living things as we can find!

 

In our classroom we have a nature table with a high turnover of caterpillars, grasshoppers, centipedes and the occasional moth. We are careful when we handle animals that are living, and try to return them back to their habitat after a few days. Our fighting fish, Blueberry, is often observed by the students and they enjoy asking questions about him. It has been an exciting start to Science!

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Year 2 Science Mealworms

Year 2 Science Mealworms

Year 2 Scientists have been busy exploring our new Science topic - Watch it Grow!

 

This topic is all about investigating the life stories of people and animals, capturing student’s interest about the way living things grow.

 

We are excitedly observing some mealworms in our classrooms! The students are loving watching them grow and change. We are discussing the variables that might affect the growth of mealworms as we work in collaborative teams to conduct our investigations. We are exposing Year 2 to many opportunities to explore the growth of a range of living things through hands-on activities and investigations, looking at the life cycles under different conditions.

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Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival 2021

Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival 2021

On Monday 8 February 2021, students participated in our annual Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival. We were blessed with an absolutely amazing day at Ripples Penrith, with students competing in a range of events throughout the day.

 

There were a number of students who achieved personal bests on the day in their chosen events. We would like to give a special mention to Olivia Galea, who set an astonishing five school records which included: 11 Year Girls 50m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle.

 

Twenty nine students have also been successful in qualifying to attend CSSA Nepean Zone Primary Swimming Carnival which will take place on Thursday 18 February 2021 at Glenbrook Swimming Pool. All notes and information will be sent to those students and their parents shortly.

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CSSA Primary Sport Cricket

CSSA Primary Sport Cricket

On Wednesday, some students from Years 5 and 6 competed in a CSSA Primary Sport Cricket Gala day. With limited training, the boys were nervous yet ready for the competition.

 

Congratulations to the boys for being runners up in the competition! We are very proud of their efforts. A big thank you to staff member Mr Whale, as well as parents, Mrs Wild and Mr Prince, who assisted on the day.

Joshua De Martin Year 6 Teacher

 

Year 11 Seminar Week 2021

Year 11 Seminar Week 2021

Last week our Year 11 students had Seminar Week, under the theme of SOAR – Strive, Opportunity, Attitude and Resilience.

 

On Tuesday we were blessed with a seminar from an exceptional motivational and study skills speaker, Mr Glen Gerreyn, under the banner of ‘Brilliant Young Minds’. Students were provided with inspiring stories and an abundance of strategies and skills to propel them positively into their senior studies. Our students were also visited by Mr Steve Baird, CEO of International Justice League, who spoke passionately about modern day slavery (including in Australia) and ways in which we can all play a role to eliminate it.

 

In the afternoon our students completed emotional health checks and became totally absorbed in the afternoon’s creative arts session that provided a meditative, quiet time for creating an artwork on where God is in their lives. Our thanks to Mrs Amal Siorokos for coordinating this opportunity.

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2021 – New beginnings for K-2

2021 – New beginnings for K-2

Week 1 was a busy week for K-2 students. So much to learn with new drop off and pick up routines, new bell times, and a new playground! The children amazed me with their ability to adapt and embrace the changes. Naturally for some, this was more daunting than for others but parents, they did you proud.

 

Our new bell times mean that recess is a little earlier (10.15 am) which is good timing for young children who are ready for a break and a snack. They are enjoying exploring our play areas and making new friends as you can see in the photos.

 

It was a hot week, but some classes were able have fun in the adventure playground. Some of the children realised that they had grown a little since last year and were keen to have a go at the monkey bars for the first time. Their bravery always amazes me.

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HSIE Happenings

HSIE Happenings

Human Society in Its Environment (HSIE) is the study of Geography and History, along with other disciplines of Social Science in Years 10, 11 and 12, such as Commerce, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Studies of Religion, and Society and Culture. In Years 7-10, it is mandatory for students to study these courses. We are grateful for the opportunity to engage students in their HSIE classes as it is a wonderful opportunity, alongside learning content, to challenge them to think about what shapes society and to consider many facets of ethics.

 

Year 7 is studying Geography in Term 1, the unit of work is called Landscapes and Landforms and students also begin to use mapping and other geographical skills as they study the geomorphic processes that shape our Earth. Years 8 - 10 are studying History in Term 1. 

 

The units of work are all designed to link together around a central theme, and for each unit, this theme has relevance to our lives and the factors that influence people. In Year 8, students are investigating Why an individual would commit an atrocity for an Ideology as they explore The Crusades during the context of Medieval Europe. In Year 9, students are investigating the Industrial Revolution as they seek to answer the question Disruptive Innovation – for the Betterment or Detriment of society? Finally, our Year 10 cohort are studying Australia in the Vietnam War Era, which also covers an exploration of the time between the end of World War II and the start of the Cold War, exploring What influences Conformity and Rebellion? The themes of conformity and rebellion are also being explored by Year 10 in their English unit as they conduct a film study of Dead Poets Society.

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‘Useful Chemistry’ for Year 9 Science

‘Useful Chemistry’ for Year 9 Science

Last week, Year 9 Science students conducted flame tests as part of the ‘Useful Chemistry’ unit. They discovered that some metallic salts burn with distinct colours (e.g. Strontium turns the flame colour to red, Copper to blue/green and Potassium to purple). They then discussed the real life application of this chemistry to make spectacular fireworks displays and the significance of this experiment in leading the Scientist, Neils Bohr, to develop the planetary model of the atom.

 

I think they also enjoyed making their own pyrotechnic displays!

 

Denise Bailey

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Learning at PCS – Term 1, Week 1

Learning at PCS – Term 1, Week 1

It is my privilege and delight to be sharing with you about Learning at PCS. We will be communicating with you each week from various teaching areas across our school, and my focus is outlining our philosophy and priorities for learning under our transition to being One School, a Whole School, Our School. The purpose of this edition is to give insight to the basic premises underpinning this approach.

 

During our January Conference Days, the teaching team co-created a united strategy for developing new cultural norms (or ways of being) for working with students to support us to collectively Strive for the Highest. We are working on being above the line and classes from K-12 have discussed how they can show up in ways that will help them stay above the line in many contexts – classroom, playground, individually and in our treatment of others. 

 

The Living Bible translation of Colossians 3:10 says ‘You are living a brand new kind of life that is continually learning more and more of what is right, and trying constantly to be more and more like Christ who created this new life within you.’ Our united approach to helping our children shape their character to be more Christ-like is fundamental to good life and good learning. Common language and consistency across the school with our above the line approach will help us in this way as we have the ultimate example of being above the line in Jesus.

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