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Welcome to Middle School - Year 5 BBQ 2020

Welcome to Middle School - Year 5 BBQ 2020

Our Year 5 families are invited to join us for a ‘Welcome to Middle School’ Barbeque.

 

This is an informal opportunity to meet with class teachers regarding any questions about Middle School and to meet with other Year 5 families. PCS will supply sausages, bread, onions and sauce.

DATE: Thursday 5 March 2020

TIME: 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm

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Year 1 loves Literacy and History

Year 1 loves Literacy and History

Year 1 enjoyed starting their History studies of 'Past and Present Family History' with a History Mystery. Students were given a historical object and in pairs discussed what they thought it was, what it was made of and how old the artefact was. We had some very interesting suggestions and creative ideas from the Year 1 students. We have also enjoyed sharing photos of our families and discussing how families are different and the same. The students are also looking forward to our Fantastic Family History afternoon in Week 5 where parents and family members will join us for an afternoon of investigating changes in toys, activities and homes over time and enjoy some old fashioned games.

 

We have also started the year well with a range of literacy-based activities. We are learning about 'What’s in a Picture', enjoying a range of books including 'The Chimpanzees from Happytown' and 'Postcards from Crabby Spit'. We are finding out that pictures contain interesting details that may not be in the writing of a book and that we can learn about a character's feelings from pictures. ‘SpotWhat’, ‘Where’s Wally’ and other find-a books are extremely popular for quiet reading time too. Students are also using pictures to sequence stories and engage in writing tasks.

 

We have been writing Recounts about real life events that have happened to us, both recently and in the past. Students are learning to write about the 4 W’s – when, where, who and what – in greater detail to enhance their writing. We wrote some very interesting postcards about our holidays and recounts about our weekend and first week at school. Later in the term, we will be writing Information Reports.

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Raising Teenagers

Raising Teenagers

Collett Smart, a presenter at PCS Parent Seminars over the last two years, recently posted a very useful article. It is specifically aimed at parents of Year 9 students, but is a valuable read for parents with teenagers of any age.

 

'The party culture begins to build in Year 9, sometimes very quickly. Although most young people at this age will choose not to drink, alcohol starts to become a part of their socialising experience, usually at pre-parties, with a small but influential group regularly drinking. Some to excess. In addition, for those of you with daughters, some more mature Year 9 girls begin to get asked out by young men a couple of years older than them to be their plus 1 (partner to an event). As a result, these very young women subsequently find themselves invited to Year 10, 11 and even Year 12 events where alcohol is far more likely to be available.

 

Parents often find themselves blindsided by this almost ‘seismic shift’ in social activity and are completely unprepared for the pressure that is applied by their child (as well as other parents), to allow them to attend events on a Saturday evening. With the beginning of the new school year it’s the Year 9 parents, particularly those who have not yet started to experience the party issue, who have most probably got the most to gain from starting the year off right.'

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Homestay 2020 - Changes

Homestay 2020 - Changes

We are preparing for our opportunity to host students in the middle of this year from Japan. We would love for you to join with us by hosting a student in your home.

 

In line with the important legal changes to the Working with Children Check in June 2018, last year we communicated that all parent helpers volunteering on overnight camps, must have a Working with Children Check.

 

To broaden the care and protection of children, we have resolved to extend this safeguard to protect our Homestay guests, primarily the students we host from Tonga and Japan, year to year.

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The Big Vegie Crunch 2020 - Coming Soon!

The Big Vegie Crunch 2020 - Coming Soon!

On Thursday 5 March at 10.00 am our Junior School and Middle School will be joining hundreds of schools across NSW to break the record for the most students crunching vegetables simultaneously.

 

But we need your help to make it a success!

 

On Thursday 5 March, please pack your child a container of vegetables (not fruit this time) for them to crunch on.

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Welcome to PCS Breakfast

Welcome to PCS Breakfast

We invite families who are NEW to PCS, to our ‘Welcome to PCS Breakfast’ on Wednesday 26 February 2020, from 7.30 am to 8.30 am (in the Café).

 

Students are welcome to attend the breakfast with their parent/s at 7.30 am and will be released into the school grounds at 8.00 am. 

 

Between 8.00 am and 8.30 am, our Principal, Tracey Deal, will give a brief introduction to the PCS vision. Pastors Rob De Martin and Sonya De Martin will introduce Imagine Nations Church and the services it is able to offer our community.

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Kindy Bible Presentation and Showcase Afternoon

Kindy Bible Presentation and Showcase Afternoon

We invite our Kindergarten families to come, see and engage in the learning activities that occur in our Kindergarten classes every day. Join us on Friday 6 March 2020, from 2.00 pm to 2.45 pm, in the Kindergarten Classrooms.

We would also like to gift each family with a Family Bible; these will be presented to you and your children at the Showcase.

 

We look forward to sharing the fun of Kindergarten with you. Please feel free to invite family and friends!

Introducing Sharon Tuft

Introducing Sharon Tuft

Being the first face most people encounter when they come to the School, I’m sure most of our PCS family would have had an opportunity to meet me; however, you may not know much about me so I’ll share a little of my world.

 

I was born in Penrith and have lived in the area all my life. I attended Kingswood South Public and Kingswood High where recent PCS retirees, Mrs Janis Jackson and Mr Bruce Nevill, taught. I have been a committed Christian from a young age attending GFS (Girls Friendly Society) and Sunday School at St Phillips Church in Kingswood. Since then I have attended Imagine Nations, Hillsong and LifeSource churches.

 

I live for my family, and have been blessed with two amazing sons Benjamin and Joshua, who I’m extremely proud of, a beautiful daughter-in-law Hayley, who attended PCS, and a long-awaited, and very precious and adorable granddaughter, Aria Joy.

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Boost for Middle School in 2020

Boost for Middle School in 2020

The PCS Boost Program has always operated under the premise of enriching students’ learning. For 2020 this remains; however, in Middle School the focus has changed to promote greater student ownership of their learning and development of 21st Century skills.

 

To this end, we are looking for students who possess, or are willing to develop, Perseverance, Teamwork and Academic achievement. Rather than selecting students purely from previous academic results, all Middle School students are invited to apply. We are excited to be able to open up the Boost Program for a wider range of students.

 

For more information, please email Mr Ollis at danial.ollis@pcs.nsw.edu.au.

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Kindergarten – A Whole New World

Kindergarten – A Whole New World

It has been an exciting start to the 2020 school year, especially for our Kindergarten students. Starting school can bring many mixed emotions from excitement, wonder and curiosity to uncertainty for both the children and their parents alike. To our great joy the Kindergarten children have settled so very well into the new world of ‘big school’. The parents did very well too, although we did see a few tears shed by them.

 

There are so many firsts when starting school and we already have experienced quite a few of these including: learning to read words, writing sentences, reciting poetry, engaging in PE in the Sports Centre, borrowing three books from the Library, caring for our hermit crabs, attending Chapel in the Auditorium, sharing News, playing musical instruments, participating in daily Devotions, exploring a variety of digital technology, creating Monet inspired impressionist paintings, just to name a few.

 

But beyond these, we have witnessed the development of new friendships, enquiring minds, the discovery of skills and talents and an absolute love of learning amongst the children.  For the children in Kindergarten, so much of their learning is new. Sometimes this new learning will come easy while others will be challenging. It all takes patience, practise and persistence on the part of the children, teachers and families.

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The Big Vegie Crunch 2020

The Big Vegie Crunch 2020

Did you know that only around 6% of Australian children eat enough vegetables? To help our community do better, our Junior School and Middle School will be taking part in The Big Vegie Crunch (part of Vegetable Week) at 10.00 am on Thursday 5 March.

 

Primary schools across NSW will be joining together to break the record for the most students crunching vegetables:

50 260 students crunching simultaneously (2018 record)

14 991 students crunching at other times over Vegetable Week (2019 record)

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Meet The Teacher 2020 - Junior School and Middle School

Meet The Teacher 2020 - Junior School and Middle School

Junior School and Middle School families are invited to join us for ‘Meet The Teacher 2020’ on Tuesday 11 February 2020, 7.00 pm - 8.45 pm.

We warmly invite all parents of students from Kindergarten to Year 8 to come along and meet your child’s teacher/s for the year. You will learn about class themes, culture, special events, daily schedules and learning expectations.

INTRODUCTION: 7.00 pm - 7.15 pm in the AuditoriumThe Introduction session will provide important information for all Junior and Middle School families.

 

Following the Introduction, there will be two duplicate sessions to allow parents with children in multiple parts of the School the opportunity to attend both sessions.

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Meet the Teacher 2020 - Early Learning families

Meet the Teacher 2020 - Early Learning families

Early Learning families are invited to join us for ‘Meet The Teacher 2020’ on Tuesday 11 February 2020, 7.15 pm - 8.00 pm.

 

We warmly invite all parents of students from Preschool and Prep to come along and meet your child’s teachers for the year.

 

We will be running one session of information for the evening, to allow parents to meet the teachers of older siblings as well.

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Uganda Missions Trip January 2020

Uganda Missions Trip January 2020

Our visit to Divine Junior School Uganda was an amazing, successful trip. Our Uganda team was comprised of Richard and Jenny Mahoney, Cait and Hamish Burke, Peta and Elsie Wilson, Belinda and Megan Garratt, Christalle Champion and Jake Richards.       

 

Thank you for your support through prayer and giving to Coins for Missions in 2019. Divine Junior School students, families and teachers send you their love and greetings. They were so touched by the generosity of Penrith Christian School who have helped bless and improve their school dramatically.

 

Our team was joyfully welcomed by Divine Junior School community and it was a delight to meet face to face after partnering with the school since 2017. I am extremely proud of our PCS team of students, parents and teachers who represented our school in an exceptional manner, serving willingly, helping and teaching wholeheartedly in the school community.

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Boost in Term 1

Boost in Term 1

Welcome back to a new year and new opportunities to strive for the highest.  Mr Ollis and I are very excited about all of the great Boost activities that we have planned for the year.  Stay tuned for different Boost opportunities, competitions and excursions.  I am also very excited that Mrs Peña is now dedicating her week to stretching our students in the areas of technology and STEM, which are so essential for our 21st Century students.

 

Over the Christmas holidays we ran our very first Summer Reading Challenge in Junior School. I am very excited about the number of students and families who participated in the challenge and the feedback from parents who were happy about their child’s enthusiasm for reading over the summer break. I have photos of students reading on planes, upside down on monkey bars, in trees and in shops just to name a few.  Every student who participated will receive a prize, which will be handed out soon.

 

Thank you to all of our families here at PCS who support our different programs as we endeavour to educate our students and prepare them for life in the 21st Century.

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From the Counsellor's desk - Return to School

From the Counsellor's desk - Return to School

The summer break is well and truly over and we are back to school, homework, and many of the normal daily routines. Going back to school after weeks of fun and relaxation is never easy, but kids aren’t the only ones who struggle with it. Parents also find it difficult when their kids head back to school, and many experience emotions ranging from sadness to anxiety and even resentment.

 

With the holidays behind us, returning to school can involve a big adjustment. For those families who are new to PCS a special welcome. It’s going to be a busy time with lots of new things being added into the routine of school Hopefully getting well-prepared a few days in advance can make easing back into the normal school routine a lot less overwhelming for both parents and kids.

 

Easing into routine

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Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club

The iCentre runs Scholastic Book Club each term. The children love Book Club and the School benefits from all purchases.

 

Leaflets are distributed through the iCentre and class teachers, and can also be found online at https://www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents/. Please note any credit card payments can be made online using the Scholastic LOOP system. Full details about this are available via http://parentpayments.scholastic.com.au/.  All orders that are paid by cash will need to be sent back to the iCentre in an envelope with the correct money included and the envelope marked 'Scholastic Book Club'.

 

A wide selection of books are available, and the School has no say as to what is included. Please read the brochures carefully to ensure that the books your children are hoping to buy are books that you would want them to read. It goes without saying that you will need to choose carefully to avoid any disappointments, however, Scholastic will refund for any unsuitable books.

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Peer Support 2020

Peer Support 2020

It was a big first day for 21 new students in Middle School. We are thankful for our Peer Support Leaders from Years 8, 9, and 10, who took time with our Year 5s and Year 7s to make them feel welcome and show them how to use their timetables and get around the school. Our Peer Support program will continue once a week throughout this term.

 

Mark Gee

Head of Middle School

 

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Crunch&Sip

Crunch&Sip

What is Crunch&Sip?

Crunch&Sip occurs during class when students can refuel on fruit and vegetables, and rehydrate on water. This assists students with physical and mental performance, and concentration in the classroom. Students who are not hungry and are well hydrated perform better in the classroom, show increased concentration, and are less likely to be irritable and disruptive.

 

Benefits of Crunch&Sip

Crunch&Sip encourages fruit and vegetable snacking and drinking water. Healthy eating behaviours are modelled in the classroom and reinforce the nutrition messages in the PD/H/PE curriculum. By making fruit and vegetable eating and water drinking normal in the classroom, healthy habits can be formed and continued into adolescence and adulthood. Many students are not eating enough fruit and vegetables for optimal health. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables promotes growth in children and protects them against disease later in life.

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Novel coronavirus - update for PCS families

A message from our Principal regarding the Novel coronavirus, including links to current information:

 

UPDATE: PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR ONGOING UPDATES from the Department of Education

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

As you would be aware from the media reports, many countries are in the grip of an outbreak of Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

 

The virus is known to have originated in mainland China and has spread to many other countries, including Australia, which now has 7 confirmed cases.

 

As a school community, we have been sent through an information fact sheet from the Australian Government Department of Health outlining the symptoms and things to do to prevent the spread of the virus, as well as a number of phone numbers to call for further information if needed. CLICK HERE to download the fact sheet.

 

In accordance with national public health guidelines, mandatory exclusions apply for those who are:

  • A Confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus – exclude until medically cleared
  • In ‘close contact’ with a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus – exclude for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case

 

‘Close contact’ is defined as living in the same household, 15 minutes face-to-face contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus in any setting, or sharing a closed space with a person with confirmed coronavirus for more than two hours.

 

NSW Health and NSW Department of Education advise that school and early childhood centre students, teachers and support staff who have travelled to mainland China and Hong Kong can be excluded from school until 14 days after departing mainland China or Hong Kong.

 

If you or your children have been to mainland China within the last 14 days, the School will require a doctor’s certificate confirming you are fit and healthy to return to school.

 

We are praying that the spread of this virus will be very quickly contained.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Tracey Deal

Principal

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