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Book Day 2020: what a great day!!

Book Day 2020: what a great day!!

Once again our PCS Book Day was a raging success. Despite the restrictions imposed upon us through COVID, the staff and students all embraced the day to make it a truly memorable and wonderful event.

 

Our world famous Book Character Parade still took place, albeit without the live audience that has always guaranteed an amazing atmosphere. Thanks to the talented Audio Visual staff, video footage of the awesome costumes making their way across the stage will become available soon.

 

The restrictions saw that we were unable to continue with our tradition of inviting authors in to speak to the students. However, the quality of the work produced by some of our students in their Book Day writing activities suggests to us that there may some budding authors within our midst. We look forward to the possibility of adding some books authored by ex-PCS students to our collection one day.

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Go Gold for September

Go Gold for September

As a prep student at PCS, Evie was involved with raising funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project. Her sister, Alicia, and family and friends, continue to fundraise in honour of Evie and to continue her legacy.

 

The Kids’ Cancer Project are passionate about finding a cure by funding scientists and research.

 

On Tuesday 22 September, Middle and Senior School students are invited to wear a yellow or gold accessory in honour of Evie, and bring a gold coin donation to raise funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project (TKCP).

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Prep learns with Hairy Maclary

Prep learns with Hairy Maclary

Every term in our Literacy program, Prep explores a different set of stories to broaden our understanding of sounds, words, and language. This term we have worked on the books of Lynley Dodd and her lovable dog characters in the stories of Hairy Maclary and his friends.

 

These books have introduced rhyming words and we have looked at the concept of characters, plots, problems and solutions in the context of stories. To round off our work, each student worked on creating their own animal character and rhyming description. This involved students thinking of and creating their character over a number of weeks. It introduced them to the idea of reflecting on, and evaluating their own work, and making changes where necessary. Students formed their characters from a variety of materials including recycled cardboard and timber off cuts from the Senior School woodworking class.

 

Rhyming words became a real highlight for the students and we spent a few weeks making our own word banks of rhyming words and introducing the concept of word families to the students. Such rich learning occurred through this term long project and we are proud of all their achievements.

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Are We There Yet? The PCS community has a published author!

Are We There Yet? The PCS community has a published author!

One of our PCS parents, Ruth Baker, recently became a published author, with her book, Are We There Yet?. If you know Ruth, you will recognise her quick wit and humour in this book, as well as her ability to clearly articulate relevant issues, in an easy-to-read, practical format. Her down-to-earth and non-judgmental presentation of navigating the Christian journey makes this book a fantastic resource, no matter where you are on the journey. Well done Ruth!

 

Are We There Yet? is available for purchase from Koorong, The Wandering Bookseller, Amazon Australia and Amazon UK

 

Here is a more detailed description of the book:

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Year 4 are stepping up their Persuasive Writing Skills

Year 4 are stepping up their Persuasive Writing Skills

Year 4 have enjoyed planning, composing and publishing a variety of persuasive texts this term. They have experimented with figurative language and other persuasive devices to engage the audience on a wide range of topics. Students have used self, teacher and peer feedback to improve the quality of their work. Year 4 used OREO (Opinion, Reason, Example, Opinion or ask a question) to improve the structure and strength of their paragraphs. See for you yourselves with a sample below of students published discussions and expositions that will blow your mind! Congratulations to all of Year 4 for your effort and commitment to improve the quality of your writing.

 

Anna

Bethany and Ella

Charlotte

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Year 9 HSIE/Science Project

Year 9 HSIE/Science Project

Last week Year 9 students presented their own solution to possible future food scarcity. All HSIE and Science teachers were very impressed with student creativity, skills used for problem solving, and finished products. This was a combined HSIE and Science project, using a project based learning framework which students worked on in both HSIE and Science classes since the beginning of Term 3.

 

Their driving question for this task was:

‘In 2050 the world is estimated to have 10 billion people and food shortages as a result. The United Nations looks to Year 9 PCS students for help. How can we feed the world while sustaining the environment?’

 

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Thank you PCS Parents!

Thank you  PCS Parents!

A large group of PCS parents recently raised funds to provide a 'thank you to PCS staff' for going 'above and beyond' this year. It was originally intended to be a lunch, but due to ongoing restrictions for group gatherings, a Canteen gift voucher was instead provided to each staff member.

 

The thank you message given to staff along with the gift voucher was as follows:

The families of PCS would like to thank you for going above and beyond during COVID-19 restrictions, supporting our children in off-site and on-site learning, while also juggling your own families and concerns. We greatly appreciate the many hours and extra care you have taken to provide a safe learning environment. We are blown away by the creativity, innovation and selflessness we have witnessed over the past six months. We acknowledge the visible, as well as the behind-the-scenes tasks, you have undertaken. Thank you to all staff: teachers, administration, support and executive. We hope the attached Canteen gift voucher goes some way to expressing our appreciation for you, and we pray for blessing upon each and every PCS staff member.

 

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Mullets for Mental Health

Mullets for Mental Health

I never believed I could have the confidence in myself to pull off this glorious haircut, but I saw my opportunity to do so this September, and for a fantastic cause; Mullets for Mental Health.

 

Black Dog Institute’s Mullets For Mental Health has encouraged me to shape and cut my hair into this majestic mullet for the month of September to raise much-needed funds for Mental Health Research.

 

Suicide is the leading cause of death among Australians aged 15-44, and 60% of Australians reporting symptoms of mental illness don’t seek help. Your donations will make a real change through ground-breaking research into the early detection, prevention, and treatment of common mental health disorders.

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Father’s Day 2020 Breakfast and Stall

Father’s Day 2020 Breakfast and Stall

PCS was so grateful to be able to host our annual ‘Father’s Day Breakfast and Stalls’ last Friday in honour of our amazing dads and grandads. The atmosphere in Express was uplifting and it was wonderful to see so many dads enjoying the ‘drive-through breakfast’ experience as they dropped their students off at school.

 

The excitement of our younger students choosing that special present for their dad at our gift stall was heart-warming and a true representation of love in action.

 

I welcome this opportunity to praise and give thanks to Vicki Denham for her assistance with the Father’s Day gifts, ‘Ash & Sons’ for donating 25 dozen eggs, our Canteen Manager Italia, for cooking the yummy breakfast, and our school and church staff who served, greeted and helped make the Father’s Day events such a huge success.

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Year 9 Jazz Concert

Year 9 Jazz Concert

During lunchtime on Thursday 30 August, students from our Year 9 Elective Music Class put on a concert for our entertainment at School. The event would normally have been performed during the evening in the café, but due to COVID restrictions, this wasn’t possible.

 

This group of talented musicians performed Jazz pieces in a range of styles that showed precision, fastidious preparation, and a wonderful ability to communicate their pieces to the enjoyment of all. Part of their assignment was to include a designed solo section in their pieces, which was composed and performed to an impressive standard.

 

The quality of the concert was widely commented on by those in attendance, and while parents and family members weren’t able to enjoy the performance in person, the event was filmed in order to be uploaded online for parents to share in the experience.

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Year 3 in Term 3

Year 3 in Term 3

This term, Year 3 have been having lots of fun with Science Day definitely being a highlight. We tried out the ‘Mentos in Coke’ phenomenon. Wow, what an explosion!! We then attempted to create fizzy bottle rockets, which only really resulted in Miss Welsman getting wet. 

 

Students then worked together in groups to create the tallest tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti; so messy, yet so fun!

 

In Geography we have been learning all about different landforms across the world. We have been studying and learning about how deserts, mountains, and rivers are formed. Our Science topic this term seems to have sparked everyone’s attention. We have been discovering how we obtain day and night and our seasons. Year 3 have been exploring space and how amazing our God is for creating it so magnificently.

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Fundraiser for WestCare (Middle and Senior School)

Fundraiser for WestCare (Middle and Senior School)

Middle School and Senior School Missions Teams are fundraising for WestCare. Students in Years 5–12 can purchase food and drink at lunchtime on Friday 11 September, to help us raise funds for this much needed service. 

 

WestCare is a locally based/not-for-profit charity that is passionate about serving our local community through acts of service, providing life skills and resources to help enable a brighter future.

 

WHEN: Lunch on Friday 11 September

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POSITION VACANT: Group Accountant

POSITION VACANT: Group Accountant

Group Accountant

 

WHO WE ARE:

Penrith Christian School is a well-established and vibrant Christian community, providing an exciting and innovative learning environment for over 800 Preschool – Year 12 students, inclusive of an Early Childhood Centre registered for 50 students per day, in our 21st Century Learning Facility at Orchard Hills.

 

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Year 1 Investigators

Year 1 Investigators

We are well and truly underway with our Term 3 program and the children are firing on all cylinders as they immerse themselves in the exciting learning tasks that are happening within the classrooms. 

 

The teachers have been impressed with the improvement in knowledge, skills and attitudes that the students have developed when working both independently and collaboratively.

 

In English, Year 1 have been exploring environmental literature from authors like Jeannie Baker and Graeme Base and have enjoyed recreating these stories through drama, designing recycling posters and writing persuasive texts.

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PCS Book Day 2020

PCS Book Day 2020

Book Day 2020 for Early Learning, Junior School and Middle School is on 16 September! Events will include Book Character Parade, Book Week Display Gallery Walk, Mystery Guest Storytellers and Book Character Photo Booth. The theme for this year's Book Day is 'Curious Creatures, Wild Minds'.

 

The Book Fair will be on site 10 - 16 September.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to current COVID restrictions, parents are not able to be on site through the duration of Book Week. As such, the Book Character Parade will be filmed and made available soon after the day, whilst arrangements will be made to accommodate the viewing of, and purchasing from, the Book Fair.

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Junior iCentre is on the move

Junior iCentre is on the move

The Junior School iCentre is finally moving to our new building and as such, there will be no borrowing for K-4 students this week. All students have borrowed an extra book to tide them over while we move.

 

Prep students will still borrow as usual.

 

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NASA Live at PCS

NASA Live at PCS

Penrith Christian School was selected as one of only ten schools in Australia for a special live event with Todd Barber, Propulsion Engineer with NASA. The live feed meeting was held on Monday 19 August at 9.00 am (Sydney time) in the PCS Auditorium.

 

NASA/JPL Propulsion Engineer Todd Barber provided us all with a mission overview of the recently launched Mars 2020 mission – its Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter. Topics discussed included: the scientific motivation, mission design, instrument payloads, and how this mission fits into NASA's long-term Mars exploration goals.

 

Click here for a bio about Todd Barber: https://mars.nasa.gov/people/profile/?id=128

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PCS Father's Day Breakfast 2020

PCS Father's Day Breakfast 2020

ATTENTION DADS!! Bring your kids to school between 7.30 am and 8.30 am on Friday 4 September and grab FATHER’S DAY BREAKFAST TO GO!

 

Grab a FREE English muffin with Egg, Cheese & Bacon Omelette OR Baked Vegetable & Bacon Texan-style Muffin (with a bottle of water) when you drive through Express Drop Off.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

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‘It’s a Small World’ in Year 2 Literacy

‘It’s a Small World’ in Year 2 Literacy

Year 2 have launched into a wonderful and amazing Term 3 program. One of our most favourite subjects is Literacy! This term we have a global focus called, ‘It’s a Small World’. Through a variety of shared reading, writing, speaking and listening activities, we are developing in our understandings of our own identity and those from other cultures!

 

We are exploring the rich traditions and texts from Asia, China, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Korea, and many others. We have enjoyed some beautiful stories and you can look them up for an online reading. Some of our favourites include:

Same Same but Different by Jenny Sue

Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein & Ed Young

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Uniform Policy update

Uniform Policy update

PLEASE CLICK HERE to view an updated version of the PCS Uniform Policy and Procedures for your reference. The update on Page 4 relates to correcting the colour of Middle School socks for girls to dark blue.

 

This document is readily available to view or download from the PCS website, by clicking the ‘Enrolment’ tab on the ‘Home’ page. This link: https://www.pcs.nsw.edu.au/school-uniform, will take you directly to the web page where you can access all up to date school uniform information, including uniform price lists, requirements, Uniform Shop flyers and opening hours.

 

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