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

 

 

Mathematics Teacher

Mathematics Teacher

Mathematics Teacher

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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Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) Teacher

Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) Teacher

Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) Teacher

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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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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Team Axion - F1 in Schools

Team Axion - F1 in Schools

Team AXION is preparing for the biggest STEM competition in the World. The past eight weeks in lockdown has been challenging for the students to navigate but the team mantra holds true, ‘Never give up’. 

 

In March, the team was awarded the No.1 Rank in the Junior Professional Class in Australia, and No. 2 Rank in the Professional Class in Australia.  Next year the team will represent Australia and compete against the best teams from all over the world.

 

This week, the team has been showcased in The Australian Newspaper Magazine titled 'The List - 100 Innovators 2021' in Australia. Featuring in the top 100 is F1 in Schools run by the REA.

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International Focus - Uganda and Mexico

International Focus - Uganda and Mexico

This Wednesday 25 August is our International focus on Uganda and Mexico Missions. All students have the optional opportunity to dress up with an African or Mexican style outfit, or wear any bright colours. This will help us think about and pray for Divine Junior School, Uganda’ and Open Arms Mexico. Teachers are encouraging students to write a letter to a friend titled ‘Dear friend,’ and these will be sent electronically to students in Uganda and Mexico.  Please click here for some guidelines for our International focus on Uganda and Mexico Wellbeing Wednesday.

 

We have been partnering with Divine Junior School Uganda since 2017, having exchanged letters and helped meet some of their many needs. In January 2020, a team of ten students, parents and teachers had the privilege to visit and serve in their school community. Teachers and students at Divine Junior School regularly pray for our school community.

 

Open Arms, Mexico is a new project that we are supporting in partnership with ImagineNations Church. The main ministry of Open Arms is to keep families together through a nationwide childcare movement. In Mexico, they are battling a global poverty-driven orphan crisis.

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Wellbeing Wednesday Dress Up Days

Wellbeing Wednesday Dress Up Days

 As part of Wellbeing Wednesdays we have ‘optional dress up themes’ that students, teachers and the Whole school community (early childhood, K to 12) can participate in over the coming weeks for both onsite learners and those working from home.

Last Wednesday, our theme was to dress up your favourite villain or superhero. Check out pictures of students and teachers getting into the spirit.

Next Wednesday is ‘When I grow up I’d like to be…’ dress up day with students being asked to dress as what they would like to be for their future dream occupation for on Wednesday 18 August.

‘My Dream’ Poetry Challenge

‘My Dream’ Poetry Challenge

As part of an optional poetry challenge on Wellbeing Wednesday, Year 5 students were encouraged to write a poem about what they want to be when they grow up. Inspired by Nicola McDermott, Australian Olympic Champion and Silver Medalist in the Tokyo Olympics (part of her story below), the students got to work and produced some amazing insights into their future plans.

We are so pleased with the creative responses from the students. There are also a few poems from Year 3 and 4 students who were encouraged by Miss Williams to have a go! It is never too late to write your dreams - join in the challenge at home, inspire yourself and others!

We have included these poems for your enjoyment and look forward to seeing these students achieve their God given dreams.

Click here to view students' poems.

Nicola’s story

A poem written by a 9 year old Nicola McDermott. Nicola was a Silver Medallist in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics breaking her own record.

 

 

 

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Remote Learning K-6 CAPA Update

Remote Learning K-6 CAPA Update

This term has been a unique start to the K-6 Creative and Performing Arts Key Learning Area but this has not suppressed students in their creativity, appreciating other artists, critically thinking, problem solving, experimenting, designing, making, communicating and performing.

I am so privileged, encouraged, inspired and blessed by the God breathed gifts and talents our Lord has bestowed and so excited to see independence, resilience, confidence and purpose growing in our kids. Below are some comments and work samples from students and parents, and how they’re enjoying CAPA Remote Learning style. Enjoy!

‘… wanted to do your music task this afternoon, I let them to keep them engaged.’

‘It was a really interesting work, so he did it with great pleasure. Thank you!’

‘It was really fun watching and listening to the Music videos and making this one. Hope you like it? 😊😊😊’

‘The girls have been loving doing music, we do it together… has also watched videos. After watching the Motorbike Beethoven video … decided to set up a fancy breakfast table with classical music playing then we delved into different versions of the classics, like Rock versions of Fur Elise. This was a firm family favourite… It's been great fun, thank you for being the launch pad to that 😊’

 

Click here to view student work samples.


Mrs Tammy Fraser
K-6 CAPA Teacher

2021 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Update

2021 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Update

It is getting close to the end of the Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2021, and students in greater Sydney, who are learning from home, may have some additional challenges when completing student reading records.

 

To support all students, the following adjustments have been applied to the Challenge in 2021. A full list of changes for 2021 can be found by clicking here. The Challenge closing date has been extended to allow extra time to finalise student entries and coordinator validations.

 

The new closing dates are:

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