Open Day 2021

Open Day 2021

Join us on 20 May 2021 for our annual OPEN DAY! Prospective families are invited to attend from 10.00 am for tours and other activities (see Program for details). PCS families are invited to visit from 11.30 am to visit Open Classrooms, and enjoy a BBQ lunch with student performances. 

ALL VISITORS (including current PCS families) MUST BOOK by 19 May (12noon) via:www.trybooking.com/BRIBT

 

OPEN DAY PROGRAM

9.40 am - Arrival

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Mother's Day 2021 - Breakfast and Stalls

Mother's Day 2021 - Breakfast and Stalls

Penrith Christian School has a strong commitment to bless and nurture our community ‘anywhere anytime’! Our Mother’s Day Breakfast and gifts stalls held last Friday provided an amazing opportunity to celebrate and honour our PCS mums for all that they are and do ... Cornerstone of our Community.

 

The morning was filled with much love, gifts, great food, games, laughter, a few tears, new friendships, and an uplifting and inspirational message from our Deputy Principal Mrs Geraldine Paynter. As grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts, we are ALL connected with one another and this is what makes PCS family! The following quotes I believe express the essence of motherhood.

 

‘The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.’

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Olympic Clay Shooter Suzy Balogh at PCS

Olympic Clay Shooter Suzy Balogh at PCS

On Wednesday 5 May 2021, both Year 9 and 10 students had a visit from Olympic Clay Shooter Suzy Balogh as part of their Personal Learning Lab lesson. In these lessons we take the time to explore a variety of topics which will further the learning and development of our students at PCS.

 

Suzy Balogh’s visit was part of the Olympics Unleashed program, presented by Optus, which takes Olympians and athletes aspiring to the Tokyo Games and beyond, into Australian schools to inspire and motivate students to be their personal best.

 

Suzy Balogh competed as an alternate at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. She won Gold in the Olympic Trap competition at Athens in 2004 and made the Olympic Trap final at the London Olympics in 2012. Suzy shared her amazing story with the students, highlighting the importance of finding your passion, goal setting, and not giving up in the face of adversity. PCS students were greatly encouraged and asked some fantastic questions in relation to overcoming fear, setting goals, and the importance of training. Suzy also brought in her Gold Medal to show the students and she explained the meaning behind the engravings on both sides of the medal.

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Science and Engineering Competition 2021

Science and Engineering Competition 2021

Thirty-two students from PCS competed in the Science and Engineering Competition at the Hall of Champions at Homebush on 25 March 2021. The students, in teams of four, constructed: bridges, earthquake-proof towers, hovercrafts, bionic hands, power turbines. They also solved problems in coding, communication and power grids.

 

Congratulations to the team who achieved third place on the day.

 

Special congratulations to the following teams who achieved first place in their challenge:

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Drama at the Riverside, Parramatta

Drama at the Riverside, Parramatta

Year 10 and Year 12 Drama students attended a performance and participated in a three hour workshop with Playback Theatre at Riverside, Parramatta. It was a full on day filled with energetic participation.

 

Here are some thoughts from our students:

 

‘A very informative workshop. We were able to grow as a Drama team. It gave us confidence with working on the physicality for our HSC Group Performance.’

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Chess in School

Chess in School

Chess has officially kicked off for the term with a tournament, lollies, ambient music, warm rooms, and keen chess players! Even though chess wouldn’t be commonly considered a ‘sport’, it is very much an intellectual sport. So far, every student has shown and grown their interest in chess – the rising global phenomenon. I have collected some testimonials and ‘quotable quotes’ from some of our very own PCS students.

 

‘Checkmate, Mrs Rhee.’ – Jake H (Y9)

‘I should have chosen a real sport.’ – Ashton G (Y9)

‘Chess inspires me.’ – Jordan S (Y9)

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CSSA State Swimming 2021 results

CSSA State Swimming 2021 results

Twenty four (24) students represented PCS and Nepean Zone at the CSSA State Secondary Swimming Carnival on Tuesday 30 March 2021 at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. All students gave their best and represented PCS in an honourable and diligent manner. There were a number of incredible individual and team results across the day, including the 15-16 Years Girls 4 x 50m Free Team placing 5th. The relay team members were: Charlotte Burke, Matilda Telfer, Mackenzie Colbourn and Kiera Allen.

 

CLICK HERE for full list of results.

 

I would like to also congratulate Lily Jackson (Year 7). Lily placed 3rd in 100m Freestyle, and 4th in 50m Fly, at the CSSA State Secondary Swimming Carnival. These results earned her a spot in the NSW CIS Swimming Carnival for 50m Freestyle, and as a stand-by in the 50m Fly. Lily represented PCS and CSSA wonderfully at the NSW CIS Swimming Carnival held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Wednesday 28 April 2021, placing 12th in the 50m Freestyle. 

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Nepean Zone Cross Country 2021 results

Nepean Zone Cross Country 2021 results

On Monday 3 May we participated in the first ever Nepean Zone Cross Country held at Nepean Christian School. An exceptionally challenging course was developed for our 92 students from Years 2-10 who participated with many others from schools in the Nepean Zone. We were truly blessed with a fantastic day of glorious sunshine after the misty and foggy morning.

 

Please CLICK HERE to view students progressing to CSSA State Cross Country Carnival.

 

Our Primary Team placed 4th in the overall School Championship and Secondary Team placed 3rd overall.  We have 23 primary students and 25 secondary students now headed for the CSSA State Cross Country to be held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre on Friday 28 May 2021.

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Studies of Religion Class at the Sydney Jewish Museum

Studies of Religion Class at the Sydney Jewish Museum

On Wednesday Year 11 Studies of Religion students visited the Jewish Museum, a memorial to those six million Jews killed in the Holocaust, and we were fortunate to hear from a 95 year old survivor who was in concentration camps from the age of 13.

 

We toured the museum and saw the religious artefacts display, including a Torah scroll.

 

A moving and memorable learning day for us all.

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Year 7 Japanese

Year 7 Japanese

 

 

Japanese has been a blast this year and the Year 7s have had a lot of fun learning the Japanese language and about the culture. On the last day of Term 1, we learned about the Setsubun Bean Throwing Festival. This is a festival celebrated on February 3 where Japanese people wear demon masks and throw soybeans at each other to ward off bad spirits. Of course, we have the assurance that Jesus Christ conquered sin and death on the cross and that He is greater and more powerful than any demon – even the demons trembled at His name! It was fun to partake in this cultural festival by throwing plastic balls (we didn’t have soybeans) and designing masks, as you can see in the photos. We now have these masks stuck up in our Japanese room.

 

In Week 1 this term, students learned about how Japanese people celebrate Valentine’s Day and White Day by making origami hearts. In a nutshell, Valentine’s Day is for the girls to give gifts, whereas White Day is for the guys to give gifts, 1 month later. Year 7s had to think about one person to give their heart to – friend or family.

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CSSA Primary Girls Soccer Gala Day (April 2021)

CSSA Primary Girls Soccer Gala Day (April 2021)

It was a privilege for 20 girls from Years 3 to 6 to participate in CSSA Primary Girls Soccer Gala Day at Jamison Park in Penrith last Friday.

 

Eager to compete after the restrictions cancelled games last year, there were 20 teams for Seniors and 10 teams for Juniors. All of our PCS students played wholeheartedly and represented our school with excellence. One of the girls commented, ‘This is the BEST day ever!’

 

All teams played four games throughout the day. The Senior team played gallantly in a competitive field but were unable to secure a spot in the semifinals. The Junior team successfully made it through to the sem-ifinals! In a very close and fast paced match, they were able to win 2-1 after going into extra time twice.

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Sports Results Term 2, Round 1 (Years 7-12 Representative Sport)

Sports Results Term 2, Round 1 (Years 7-12 Representative Sport)

Years 7-12 Representative Sport began last week with PCS students competing in Netball and Soccer. PCS came away with 4 out of 5 wins, an outstanding start to the Term 2 competition. Congratulations to the following teams:

Open Girls Soccer: Won 7- 1 against Wycliffe Christian School (Goal scorers: Belle Campisi x 3, Zara Stanford x 3, Amelie Lopez)Open Boys Soccer: Won 5 - 1 against Wycliffe Christian School (Goal scorers: Marley Pereira, Ethan Grice, Josiah Dawkins x 3)Open Girls Netball: Won 22 - 18 against Wahroonga Adventist U15 Netball (Red PCS): Won 13 -9 against Wahroonga AdventistU15 Netball (Blue PCS): Lost 17 - 24 against Wycliffe Christian SchoolU15 Boys Soccer: had a forfeit against them

 

Parents are welcome to come along and support our teams. Games are held each Tuesday at Jamison Park, starting at 1:30 pm. Please practise social distancing if in attendance.

Health Alert

Health Alert

Please be advised that we have received the following Health Alert from NSW Government in relation to the following:

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

Gastroenteritis

Enterovirus meningitis

 

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Winter School Uniform Changeover

Winter School Uniform Changeover

Just a reminder that our transition period between Summer and Winter uniform has ended and from today, all students are required to be in Full Formal Winter Uniform with blazers from Years 5 to 12. Please ensure your child is dressed correctly and provide a note of explanation if, for some reason, your child is unable to be in the correct uniform.

 

Thank you for your support with this.

Tracey Deal Principal

Mother's Day Breakfast 2021

Mother's Day Breakfast 2021

As an expression of our gratitude and desire to honour our PCS mums, we warmly invite you to our annual Mother’s Day Breakfast on Friday 7 May, 2021. There will be beautiful food and special activities designed to bless all our mums!

Spaces are limited. Please book your place by Monday 3 May at:

trybooking.com/BQWCE

NOTE: Childminding is available but MUST be booked by Monday 3 May at: trybooking.com/BQWCC

Mother's Day Stalls 2021

Mother's Day Stalls 2021

Our Mother’s Day Stalls are an opportunity for PCS to bless our school community and for  students to choose a special gift for their mums. If your child would like to purchase a Mother’s Day gift, please send in $7.00 on the day of the Stall with each Preschool to Year 6 child. Each gift purchased comes with a special Mother’s Day gift bag so students don’t need to bring a carry bag.

 

EARLY LEARNINGWednesday 5 May 2021 AND Friday 7 May 2021A Mother’s Day Stall each for our two-day, three-day and five-day Preschool and Prep students.

 

KINDERGARTEN TO YEAR 6Friday 7 May 2021 from 9.30 amOur traditional Mother’s Day Stall for Kindergarten to Year 6 students. At the conclusion of the Stall, any leftover gifts will be available for purchase during lunch near the Canteen.

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F1 in Schools Finals

F1 in Schools Finals

Thank you all for your support last week with the National Final of F1 in Schools. The racing was fantastic to watch and it was great to see classes coming down to support the team. Team Axion performed really well and are in a healthy position heading into week two of the competition.

 

This week the team has a number of judging elements for the Professional Class:

 

Thursday

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Cross Country 2021: Results

Cross Country 2021: Results

Term 1 ended with a fantastic Community Day with the running of our Annual K-12 Cross Country Carnival. It was a tremendous blessing to have parents, carers and wider community members on-site once again for this occasion and students across all grades competed in a positive spirit. There were numerous personal achievements across the day.

 

Zone Cross Country information will be sent out to those students who were successful in qualifying for the Zone Carnival on Monday 3 May 2021 which is kindly being run by Nepean Christian School.

 

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF RESULTS

PCS staff and community on the OxFam Trailwalker

PCS staff and community on the OxFam Trailwalker

Oxfam Trailwalker is Australia's original team challenge where teams of four walk 100km in less than 48 hours to help end world poverty, funding Oxfam projects across the globe. Mrs Tracey Perrin, Mrs Juliet Hill, Mrs Kirsty Nitsos and Mrs Fiona Doyle (also known as PCS United - a team supported by our school) have made the commitment to do just that in September to tackle poverty feet first. The event is held from Friday 3 September to Sunday 5 September 2021.

 

This life changing journey is in full swing and involves lots of fundraising and preparation on our part. We have set our goals high and are looking to make a BIG impact. That’s where you can help us out. There are many wonderful opportunities to support this cause but also to get your business name out there through some of our sponsorship options. These include Gold ($1,500 ~), Silver ($1,000 ~) and Bronze ($500) levels with each one offering you the opportunity to have your name on our team shirt, advertisement on PCS United social media pages, listing as sponsors on official Oxfam page and more.

 

One of our fundraising events that you and your children can participate in is 'Dancing with the Teachers', a high energy Minions Disco Party at Lollipops Penrith on Friday 25 June, 2021 (5.30 pm - 7.30 pm). For more information CLICK HERE, or CLICK HERE to book tickets.

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Scholastic Book Club is now Online

Scholastic Book Club is now Online

We are trialling online Book Club!

 

Issue 3 of Scholastic Book Club is out now and the brochure is available online at: https://www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents/

 

All orders should be placed online by Friday 7 May.

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