PCS Uniform Shop Re-opening hours

PCS Uniform Shop Re-opening hours

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The Uniform Shop is re-opening for ‘Click and Collect of Online Orders’ from this Thursday 14 October between 2pm – 6pm. The shop will resume its usual trading days and times and will be open on Saturday 16 October between 8am – 12noon.

Please be mindful of the following requirements when visiting the Uniform Shop:

  • Sign in via the QR Code

  • Wear a mask

  • Be fuIly vaccinated

  • Maintain social distance from the Uniform Shop Staff

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Major Works Project – Adelaide T

Major Works Project – Adelaide T

I would just like to mention that these projects the Year 12 Timber students have completed are highly impressive for their experience, being one year of timber in Stage 5, getting used to a new teacher in Year 11, and working with a workshop that needed a few little upgrades. These projects would be even more spectacular given the right formula from the start but alas, nothing in life is perfect and you have to work with what you have in front of you.

This project design and creation was inspired from a video found online, and Adelaide’s uncle who was a TAS teacher. Every part of this project has been practised and reproduced for the final version. When you are creating curves it triples the difficulty and time, therefore, the testing needs to be thorough. What Adelaide produced is nothing short of a masterpiece in the cabinetry world.

The project is a Curved Hall Table and I have created a slide show of all the processes involved from start to finish just so you can grasp the idea of how much time and effort has gone into this project. The table top is made from 37 individual pieces laminated together with a thick back piece with smaller middle pieces to create the curve that you can see. The legs needed a curved jig designed from the curve at the front of the table top and they contained 5 individual pieces glued and then clamped to the jig. These were sanded and attached to the underneath of the table top with a domino joint. The bottom base pieces connected to the bottom section for the legs also needed a curved jig and this piece was steamed bent. The ends of these pieces used a blind mortise and tenon joint to connect to the bottom of the legs, all hand built. What is impressive about this part is that the timber was 35mm thick making it very difficult to steam bend this thickness of timber. Parts of the timber cracked and she fixed this with a bow tie or butterfly joint which was very impressive to prevent the crack getting larger over time.

The drawers were just as complicated with probably about 10 goes of steam bending the drawer front carcass and the drawer false front. The sides of the drawers were connected to the top of the table top with a sliding dovetail joint. This proved problematic because she had to cut through 17 thin pieces of timber 4 times, very time consuming and the fitting process took even longer making sure she bevelled each edge carefully by hand. The front of the drawer carcass was connected with a hand made curved single dovetail joint and the back was connected with a through housing and rebate joint. A template was made for the bottom of the drawers and she ordered some glass to give the transparent feel between the top of the project, through the drawers all the way through to the floor. Two hooks and some wire to stop the drawers from coming out too far and crashing onto the ground, safety first.

The project was finished with two coats of timber oil and the look is as you can see unbelievable, well done Adelaide. Not bad for one of our future health care workers.

 

Please click here to view a PDF of Adelaide's work process.


Kind regards,

Jonathan Howe
Year 12 Year Advisor/ TAS Teacher

Major Works Project – Zachary S

Major Works Project – Zachary S

Zach’s project is a Veneered Credenza made from 19mm plywood, Tasmanian Blackwood, and a combination of Victorian Ash Veneer and Tasmanian Blackwood Veneer.

Zach’s Dad is a builder, so Zach basically used a tape measure for his entire project. I think for the first two terms I kept saying to him that a cabinet maker would use a rule not a tape measure, I gave up because he kept going back to the tape measure. What is most impressive about this project is that he bought his plywood from Bunnings and again I said that he should purchase straight plywood from a specialist retailer that will be dead straight, however he wanted to save money. After a few months of adjusting, some putty and sanding his project was fairly straight to the normal human eye, again he impressed me with his patience and perseverance. I think he would have adjusted and dry fitted at least 20 times for those first few months and we were still adjusting the levels a month before the due date. Fussy teacher…

Zach’s project contains a carcase with a bevelled edge (very difficult process), dovetail drawers, mortise and tenon wedge doors with glass and mitred timber beading, angled legs with domino joints and supports, custom designed handmade handles, carcase veneered inside and out, drawer front veneered front and top and side edges, shelves veneered top and front edge and finished with Danish oil. Many processes are contained in this project and it gives the impression of a high end piece of cabinetry when placed in the home.

Well done Zachary!

 

Jonathan Howe
Year 12 Year Advisor/ TAS Teacher

 

Year 4 Questacon Virtual Excursion

Year 4 Questacon Virtual Excursion

Year 4 was fortunate to attend an hour long Questacon Virtual Excursion on Friday 10 September. This webinar format focused on’ Flying Fun’.

Here’s what some students said about it.

Indyanna W: ‘4P's excursion was about an aeroplane and how it works and its features. 4P learned a lot about planes with this excursion. Some of 4P students knew a lot about planes but everybody learnt some cool new features. What I liked about the excursion was how we got to create our own aeroplanes and we even got to FLY them!

Joanna S: ‘Last Friday Year 4 joined a webinar hosted by Questacon called ‘Foldable Flight’ and it was all about planes. We learnt most of the important parts of the planes like the rudder, winglets, wings, engines, flaps and much more. We made paper planes and observed how they flew. Then we improved our designs by adding winglets, flaps. We observed what change happened when we added the improvements, like the flying range, did it nosedive or did it fly straight. After we were asked to ask questions in the Q & A section of the Zoom. They taught so many things to us and answered our questions well. It was an educational and fun time and all of Year 4 loved it and learned something from it. It was a wonderful experience.’

 

Year 3 visit from Questacon

Year 3 visit from Questacon

Year 3 attended our first virtual excursion last term hosted by Questacon. The excursion was themed, ‘Foldable Flight’ and Captain Adam, our presenter, took us through the design of a jumbo jet and what makes it lift, turn and stay in the air. We learned technical terms such as winglets (small flaps on the wings), dihedral angles (when the wings make an upwards V shape) and anhedral angles (when the wings make a downwards V shape, effecting the way a plane flies).

Together, we created 2 designs of paper planes and took them on test flights. Our first was a dart plane, which we made various modifications to and participated in online polls to share our results. The second was a paper glider, which most of us found harder to fly.

Students could ask questions throughout the excursion through the online chat and enjoyed the times given throughout to fly their planes. Overall, it was enjoyed by all and it was lovely for the kids to have something special to look forward to at the end of term.

Shane B (3D) - It was awesome! My paper plane flew higher when I folded the flap up. I learned that the design will affect its flight.


Isla F (3V) - On Friday we got to do an incursion with Questacon and they showed us plane parts and how to make different paper planes. I learned that there is a flat, curved paper plane. I had so much fun with Questacon.

Benjamin L (3V) - Something that I learned is that little parts on planes plays a major part into flying a plane. Something that I enjoyed was making a paper airplane. I also enjoyed learning about the parts on the plane.

Alexis A (3D) - I had a lot of fun this morning at the incursion. I chatted to my friends about it this afternoon and spent time outside flying my plane.

Bianca T (3D) – My flight was fun. My planes were wonky, and was still fun. Because it was called a ‘Year 3 'virtual' excursion, I thought it meant I would be able to see my friends. Although I couldn’t hear or see anyone, it was relaxing and fun. I loved throwing the planes and going on and on with the throwing. It was also fun teaching Blade how to fold planes!!

 

Act of kindness from our littlest

Act of kindness from our littlest

Mrs Baines was moved by a segment on the radio station, where the plight of children in hospital due to COVID, is increasing.

The call was put out for artwork and other items to help decorate the wards where children are staying. These children are separated from their parents, either through their own diagnosis of COVID or due to the parents being diagnosed with COVID and unable to care for their children. This was a call that we could answer in Early Learning. The children spent a long time drawing and painting their pictures to help the children in hospital.

Mrs Perrin’s 96 year old grandmother made and donated trauma bears and beanies for us to gift the children as well. We packaged it all up with a letter for the nurses and pray that these items will bring some joy and peace at this time to these children.

 

Please click here to view the letter that was gifted with the trauma bears.

Katrina Baines
Director of Early Learning

 

Celebrate World Teachers’ Day

Celebrate World Teachers’ Day

PCS will be celebrating and thanking our Teachers and Educational Support staff on ‘World Teachers’ Day on Friday 29 October 2021!

We would love our PCS community to get involved in thanking our teachers and educational support staff by sending in videos of yourself and/or your children with messages of appreciation! Please click here to upload your videos.

If you would prefer to send in a letter of appreciation, please email it to: sharon.tuft@pcs.nsw.edu.au

Please ensure videos and letters are received by Friday 22 October.

Thank you for your support in expressing appreciation for our wonderful staff!

Sharon Tuft
Principal’s Assistant & Public Relations Director

TAS Coordinator

TAS Coordinator

TAS Coordinator 

Commencing 2022

 

About Us

 

Penrith Christian School is a well-established and vibrant Christian community, providing an exciting and innovative learning environment for over 800 students from our Early Learning Centre through to Year 12 in Orchard Hills, at the foot of the Blue Mountains.

As our motto suggests, we Strive for the Highest in everything we do and represent. At PCS, we value each student as being created by God with a unique purpose and plan for them as we deliver Christ centred and rich learning experiences, enabling each one to live significant and abundant lives. We focus on a whole school approach that sees consistency in our learning framework, pastoral care and wellbeing approach and drive for academic and personal excellence.

 

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Busways planned school services commencing Monday 25 October 2021

Busways planned school services commencing Monday 25 October 2021

Previous notification letters provided advice that changes detailed would be commencing on Tuesday 5th October 2021, however it was unconfirmed as to when School services would return due to current lockdown restrictions.

We can now advise that the planned return date of School services, and the date of which the changes outlined in the letters will commence, is Monday 25 October 2021.

In the event this date is delayed, we will notify you immediately.

Your school's timetable with the changes and amended commencement date is available by clicking here, or can be viewed on our website: https://www.busways.com.au/nsw/school-services/school-timetables.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during these difficult times.

Busways Group

PCS Uniform Shop Update

PCS Uniform Shop Update

Following the current NSW Health guidelines, we are unable to provide personal fittings at this time, therefore all families will be required to place their uniform orders online: shop.ranier.com.au

Please click here for further information in relation to the re-opening of the uniform shop.

The deadline for all uniform orders is Sunday 24 October 2021.

Kind regards
Ranier

 

Darcie’s Major Works Project

Darcie’s Major Works Project

Well another day in lockdown, another Major Project from our Year 12 cohort.

Darcie E. constructed a Curved Door Jewellery Box, which is a very difficult, technical, and intricate project to attempt. She has done extremely well as you can see from the photos. Darcie’s project was constructed with Tasmanian Blackwood and American Ash timber and we would like to thank Knights Timber as the supplier.

This project involved making a jig to curve the doors, and Darcie took about five attempts to finally get two doors that we could use for the project. Each door has been veneered front and back, and she has made timber hinges to connect to her carcass. I’m fairly sure you will not see timber hinges in any project in the country.

Each drawer has been hand crafted with dovetail joints for the front and a through housing for the back. I said to Darcie that her marks improve if she completes the dovetail joint by hand, and I can still remember the way she looked at me. Through perseverance and many hours outside of class, she completed this process and produced a professional finish.

The false drawer fronts have been machined from one piece of timber as you can see the grain flowing through each drawer, and finished off with a 6mm border with the timber grain opposite to the main section to stand out with mitre joints to connect them. Each drawer has timber drawer runners, which was another challenge. However each challenge was overcome with a consistent and persevering attitude.

Well done Darcie, a very professional looking Major Work.

Kind regards,

Jonathan Howe
Year 12 Year Advisor/ TAS Teacher

 

Act of Kindness from our littlest members

Act of Kindness from our littlest members

The children at PCS Early Learning Centre were able to bless and surprise the cleaners at Nepean Hospital with some care packs. The children currently attending designed and decorated cards that were attached to a care pack, and these care packs were then distributed amongst the cleaners at the hospital.

The cleaners were so grateful for these packs, as they see all of the packs arriving for the nurses and doctors, without much thanks for the roles that they fulfil. We were able to bless them, shine the light of Jesus, and show kindness to this group of people that continue to do their job in a very stressful situation.

Thank you to Reach Out Australia for the provision of items for these care packs and to Mrs Erler for helping this all come together. We are born to be a blessing to others, showcase the Fruit of the Spirit, and share the hope we have in Jesus. What a perfect demonstration of this for the littlest members of our school community.

Blessings

Katrina Baines
Director of Early Learning

 

Book Day 2021

Book Day 2021

Thank you to all the staff and parents for your participation in Book Day 2021. Even though it was a little different this year, we hope the students still had fun dressing up and celebrating reading.

Thank you to all of the families who continue to encourage all of their children to love books and reading.

Kirsti Brady
Teacher/Librarian and iCentre Manager

 

 

Jack on the Starlight Tour de Kids Challenge

Jack on the Starlight Tour de Kids Challenge

Jack commenced school at PCS early in Term 1 this year. I met him and his mother in an interview with Mrs Deal and observed a confident young man.
 

Jack is planning to ride his bike for 200km to raise funds for Starlight Children’s Foundation who deliver happiness to seriously ill children and teens. The Western Weekender article in the link below features Jack and his fundraising efforts.

 

https://westernweekender.com.au/2021/09/on-his-bike-to-help-sick-kids/
 

Well done Jack for thinking of others during challenging times.
 

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R U OK?

R U OK?

A conversation can change a life! R U OK? Is a harm prevention charity that encourages people, our children and teenagers included, to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives. We know that at the moment, where we potentially feel isolated, this message is especially important.

 

This week PCS will be focusing its Wellbeing times across the school, age appropriately, on the inclusive and connected message of  R U Ok?, encouraging students to invest time in their personal relationships and build their support networks – family, friends, support staff and teachers. We are asking students to be alert to those around them and have a conversation with a trusted adult if they believe they or another person they know is at risk.

 

As parents, there is much we can do. Begin the conversation with R U OK? Follow the four simple steps that could make a big difference in the life of someone you love – Ask, Listen, Encourage to Action, and Check-In. 

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Owen’s Major Works Project

Owen’s Major Works Project

Lockdown was not favourable to Owen, but he has done a great job for his Major Works project this year.

Owen’s table tennis table became his workshop bench and I can only imagine how it would have looked if we were still allowed to be in the workshop. Owen’s desk top was one of the most difficult processes in the class as it contained 12 pieces including a mitre joints for the desk border. The border and inserts were put together with a tongue and groove joint, and the kicker is, each insert needed a veneer adding 0.6mm to the thickness which he had to get perfect, especially when you cannot really measure how much extra thickness glue would add probably anywhere from 0.1-0.3mm.

I watched him as he was trying to set the height on the router table, he would come over for advice and I would say, come on you can do it keep testing, he was so annoyed at me. I kept saying to him, you have the ability to make this work.

I think he changed the height of that router table 20 times and then he had to leave it and set it up again the next lesson. After about 10 dry fits he glued it up and you have what you see before you. This student has so much talent.

Nice work Owen.

Jonathan Howe
Year 12 Year Advisor/ TAS Teacher

 

ELC Information Night

ELC Information Night

Are you looking at enrolling your child in Early Education in 2022? Penrith Christian School's Early Learning Centre is an 80 place Centre designed for 2-5 year olds; catering for each unique developmental stage. 
 
We have a large outdoor play space allowing for many different, natural, sensory play experiences. Join us for our Zoom info night so that we can share more about our beautiful centre with you.
 
Please find below information for this evening:
 
Date: Thursday 7 September 2021
Time: 7.00 pm
Register: To receive the link to the Zoom meeting, please register on this Trybooking link
 
We look forward to seeing you then.
 
Katrina Baines
Director of Early Learning

Major Works Project – Max K

Major Works Project – Max K

Max, Year 12 student, submitted a very impressive Major Works Project in which he put in a lot of hard work and perseverance through a difficult two years. The first few pictures are of Max, and his dad (holding the torch), putting the final touches at home because obviously we cannot work at school. Before you think, oh that looks fairly easy; he is cutting a curved door.

Curves increase the difficulty of a project and make them three times as long to construct. Firstly, you need to angle the blade perfectly to match the degree that you need which can change with each cut (he cut it ten times before he got it just perfect). Then you need to hold the track steady and not move it while cutting, which is very difficult, praise the Lord for Festool machinery. I think Max attached his hinges over ten times to make sure that the alignment was perfect.

Max completed his work by adding his bling; the mind boggles with what these young people can achieve…

Enjoy everyone.

Jonathan Howe
Year 12 Year Advisor/ TAS Teacher

Wellbeing Wednesday

Wellbeing Wednesday

Our students are really enjoying getting into the themes of  Wellbeing Wednesday. 

 

They have the freedom to create projects around what they’ve learnt and what they are passionate about, to dreaming about what they want to be when they grow up, to creating fun and imaginative pieces of work.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uPpZe6X9hbQKBM98bfr4V7LxLPhUz2av/view?usp=sharing

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Love Your Neighbour

Love Your Neighbour

Zoo Fitness is feeding families ... quite literally ... and with a whole lot of love

 

PCS family and Zoo Fitness Penrith owners Mr and Mrs Lapin, along with several PCS families, are coordinating and supporting a food drive in collaboration with Penrith Kitchen. A few of our very own Year 11 students have had the opportunity to be involved, from packing food boxes, and then delivering to families in need in our local community.

 

People can help out by dropping off any everyday grocery items, especially toilet paper, canned foods, rice, pasta, cereals, toothpaste and other general hygiene products. These or any other grocery items you wish to donate can be delivered outside the front door of Zoo Fitness, 241 Mulgoa Road, Jamisontown, where they will be sorted and packed into hampers every Tuesday.

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