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Girls Rising 2019

Girls Rising 2019

Around 300 Year 10 girls from nine different schools across Western Sydney gathered at St Marys Band Club for Girls Rising 2019. Coordinated by Penrith Christian School, Girls Rising is an exciting, informative and inspiring day for Year 10 girls, from public and private/independent schools, in Penrith and surrounding areas. It aims to build strength in both mind and character, emboldening girls to reach their potential.

 

Melinda Tankard Reist started off our day speaking to the girls about the pressures of the media and sexual exploitation of women. She empowered them to stand up against this pressure. There was complete silence and girls were glued to their seats taking in the message that Melinda was presenting for almost two hours.

 

2016 Rio Olympic Gold Medallist Chloe Esposito spoke about pushing forward and how hard work can get you rewarded.  She brought her gold medal and passed it around for the students to touch and take photos which was a hit for everyone!!

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F1 in Schools (Development Class) - Off to the Nationals!

F1 in Schools (Development Class) - Off to the Nationals!

What an amazing performance by the young Year 8 students from our F1 in Schools (Development Class) team, UNITY, at the recent NSW State Final. Taking on students in Year 9, they won Best Portfolio and the Best Reaction time. Emmanuel was fantastic at the reaction racing and also took the team to the final two in the Knockout competition. Emmanuel was only beaten by four hundredths of a second.

 

Winning the NSW State Final means Team UNITY have an automatic entrance into the Australian National Final in Melbourne next year.

 

'Our logo was designed to replicate the Aboriginal symbol of a kangaroo taking flight to emphasise our catchphrase and convey we are moving forward. The logo also has a similar shape to an arrow, depicting moving in one direction and Soaring Together.’ - Vaughan Todd

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Year 3 in Term 4

Year 3 in Term 4

Wow, we can’t believe we are already half-way through our last term of being in Year 3!! Our term started off with a lovely visit from some of our grandparents. We learnt about their life and what it was like for them growing up. We also got to create some pretty awesome mini grandparents rocking out with a guitar.

 

In Creative Arts, students have been busy exploring different aspects of Australia and have been creating dioramas to portray Australia. We are impressed by their imaginations and their engagement in this activity. They are looking AMAZING! Students have designed and created waterfalls, camp fires, Ayers Rock, the Harbour Bridge and the Australian Outback. They scurried around the school searching for authentic resources to use and then brought in some objects from home. They have been busy painting and gluing to turn their cardboard boxes into works of art.

 

We have enjoyed running Grade Chapels. We have been learning about the Fruits of the Spirit and about how God has a plan for our lives. Each class rehearsed and performed a song for their peers and participated in leading us through prayer and Bible reading.

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Chemistry Competition Congratulations

Chemistry Competition Congratulations

The ANCQ (Australian National Chemistry Quiz) is truly an international competition with papers translated into seven different languages. The Quiz attracts students throughout Australia and 23 other countries, including India, Germany and China.

 

Congratulations Mark and Sean in Year 9 who obtained Distinctions; Josiah from Year 9, as well as Riley and Madeline in Year 11 who received Credits.

 

Denise Bailey

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PCS Music Concert

PCS Music Concert

Join us for a special concert, featuring performances by PCS Concert Band, PCS Intermediate Band, Middle School Choir, and more.

 

WHEN: Thursday 28 November 2019

TIME: 11.30 am - 12.45 pm

WHERE: PCS Auditorium

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Technology & Creative Arts Showcase Success

Technology & Creative Arts Showcase Success

On a warm Spring evening there was excitement in the air and lights started to sparkle while the tinkering of strings rang out. Chatter could be heard and mics called out, then the boxes and trays of goodies came with the mannequins and easels as the dusk sky fell.

 

The band started to play and the people made their way down to the annual TAS and CAPA PCS Showcase Evening. Skills galore, hours diligently spent, colours a-splash and planes flying, it was all happening at the Showcase Evening. The F1 team was there and the canapés filtered through as the people persuaded hydraulic arms and fancy dress masks at the PCS Showcase Evening. The dresses sparkled and the bands changed beat, while contemplating visitors studied the myriad of art that lined the walls of the annual PCS Showcase Evening.

 

Thank you to those who came, thank you to those who served and thank you, well done and a round of applause to all the very gifted students who displayed their work and efforts from across the year!!

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Year 2 Science

Year 2 Science

Year 2 have enjoyed our Science unit this term called ‘All Mixed Up’. We have predicted, observed and learnt all about creating mixtures. These mixtures could be found in the kitchen, in a science lab or even in movies made by special effects people. We have mixed paint in art and created and named our own paint colours and even enjoyed a touch of chromatography by separating the colours in black ink. Our vocabulary has grown as we created non Newtonian fluids, looked at density towers and some students have even made mixtures at home to bring in to share with our classes.

 

Our favourite lesson so far has been the question of what happens when oil, water and detergent are mixed together? This is the life lesson we learnt:

Some people are easy to mix with 

You become who you hang around; be a good friend and change each other for the better 

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Year 1 Geography – Features of Places

Year 1 Geography – Features of Places

This semester, Year 1 has been exploring 'Features of Places' in Geography lessons. We learnt about natural, constructed and managed features, researching different types of places and what they contained.

 

We had a Field Trip to our local Jamison Park to identify features of the park and how it is used by people in our local area. The students were able to develop their mapping skills and used iPads to photograph particular features of the park. They identified natural features like trees, grass and rocks as well as constructed features such as play equipment, picnic tables, netball courts and solar lights. Features such as soccer and cricket fields are considered managed features. We discussed how our local council is responsible for looking after the main features of the park, but we are all responsible for keeping it clean, tidy and nice to use.

 

Our excursion to Bicentennial Park at Homebush was also a highlight of this unit. We visited the Education Centre and saw some interesting animals, including Garrigan the blue tongue lizard. Students were engaged with their outdoor learning space, the Mangrove Classroom, and learnt about how mangroves are a special feature of the park. We walked the mangrove boardwalk and visited a dry forest, investigating the animals, plants and non-living features that could be found. We also got to dip for mini-beasts in the swamp water, identifying sea snails, blood worms, diving beetles and backswimmers.

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Dubbo Mission 2019

Dubbo Mission 2019

In the first week of Term 4, seven of us (Imogen, Paige, Abbey, Ebony, Ben, Kurt, and I) travelled to Dubbo and Brewarrina for five days, led by Mr Handley and Minna from ImagineNations church for a Missions outreach.

 

While we were there we helped out the communities by doing things such as: making dinner, running chapel, running youth group, spending the day with the youth on the weekend, and our own Imogen and Kurt helped out playing music at church and youth. We all had new and exciting experiences while we were there, and everyone really encouraged each other in faith and fellowship. Over the course of the trip we all really bonded and became closer than we thought we would ever be.

 

As a Christian, the trip was really helpful for me in faith, as it allowed me to experience what helping out other people with Christian related things is like and I was highly encouraged by the commitment and faith of the people in a community with so little. We experienced new things such as some parts of Aboriginal culture, I got to introduce everyone to this amazing drink sparkling honey, and we pretty much lived on the road for most of the trip. The community in Brewarrina was so welcoming and gave us a building that we could all stay in and spent a lot of time with us.

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2019 Presentation Ceremonies

2019 Presentation Ceremonies

Family and friends are invited to our 2019 Presentation Ceremonies, to celebrate the achievements and efforts of all our students. Please join us!

 

JUNIOR SCHOOL - Friday 6 December (12.30 pm to 2.30 pm)

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL - Wednesday 11 December (8.30 am to 10.30 am)

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An Invitation to Meet our New Principal, Tracey Deal

An Invitation to Meet our New Principal, Tracey Deal

The PCS School community is warmly invited to come and meet our new Principal, Tracey Deal.

 

When: Tuesday 12 November 2019

 

Time: Afternoon Tea between 2.30 pm and 4.00 pm in the CaféSausage Sizzle between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm under the Canteen COLA

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Grandparents and Grandfriends day

Grandparents and Grandfriends day

Our inaugural Grandparents and Grandfriends Day was a HUGE success. We appreciated the opportunity to honour and celebrate the wonderful connection between the generations – those special relationships in our students’ world.

 

There was such a fabulous buzz in the atmosphere; ALL our visitors enjoyed their time ‘back at school’!

 

Following are some photos of our special morning together. PCS looks forward to hosting this event again in 2020.

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Congratulations to Nathan Sloane

Congratulations to Nathan Sloane

It is with delight that I commend to you our very own PCS Bursar, Nathan Sloane, who has been selected as a finalist in the inaugural ‘Accountants Daily 30 Under 30 Awards’, which is Australia’s largest independent awards program for rising stars in the accounting industry. ‘The Awards present an exceptional opportunity for young accountants to showcase their achievements and drive their career, on top of recognising their excellence and dedication.’

 

Nathan has been named as a finalist in the ‘Management Accounting’ category. There are 15 categories overall, featuring 120 high-achieving accounting professionals, and Nathan, as Bursar/Finance Manager of Penrith Christian School,  is the only finalist representing the education sector. Well done!

 

We are proud of Nathan’s recognition in these Awards and wish him well. Winners will be announced at an event at The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on Thursday 5 December.

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Kindergarten Weather Observers

Kindergarten Weather Observers

On Wednesday 23 October Kindergarten went on their very first excursion to The Sydney Observatory. This was part of our Science unit, Weather and Me.

 

Travelling to the city on the ‘big’ school buses created as much excitement as visiting the actual Observatory. Before we began our session in The Observatory, the children had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the scenery and practise their developing artistic skills to draw what they could see from the spectacular view on Observatory Hill. The highlight was definitely the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

 

The program, led by the staff of The Sydney Observatory, was fantastic. The children used their investigation skills and various weather measuring tools to determine the weather conditions for the day. In the little theatre, we watched how the weather and seasons are connected and how this can impact what we do and wear. The most exciting aspect of the session was launching the water rockets. We even made a cloud in one of the rocket bottles.

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Middle School: WestCare Christmas Appeal

Middle School: WestCare Christmas Appeal

With Christmas soon approaching, it brings me great joy to extend an invitation to Middle School students and families to partner with WestCare in their annual Christmas Appeal.

 

The WestCare Christmas Appeal aims to provide a little Christmas cheer to people who perhaps otherwise would not have much of a Christmas experience. WestCare achieves this largely through partnering with a range of organisations to connect with local people and families that we might not otherwise have contact with. This includes local schools, domestic violence organisations, hospital social workers and other services.

 

Items for donation can be dropped off to Mr Wallace’s classroom (P1) up to Friday 29 November 2019.

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Junior School Boost Drama

Junior School Boost Drama

In Term 3, our Junior School Boost Drama group worked hard to perform a play called ‘Mum For Sale’ at the Book Day Parade. 

 

Our Boost Drama students practised for weeks, and were very lucky to have a whole day drama workshop with our very own Mrs O’Mara, who was very impressed with our talented Drama students. We were very fortunate to have the author of the book, Zanni Louise, at the Parade so she got to see the students perform her story. She was so excited to see one of her books turned into a play and she was very impressed with their performance.

 

Well done to all of our Boost Drama students!

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Parent Thank you Morning Tea

Parent Thank you Morning Tea

All our 2019 volunteer helpers are warmly invited to attend Penrith Christian School’s special ‘Parent Thank You Morning Tea’ event, to let you know how much we appreciate your support and willingness to work as part of our team.

 

When: Friday 22 November 2019

Where: Auditorium

Time: 10.10 am – 11.30 am (Junior School Chapel at 10.10 am)

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Junior School Assembly with Principal, Mrs Tracey Deal

Junior School Assembly with Principal, Mrs Tracey Deal

Last week, Junior School were thrilled to welcome Mrs Tracey Deal at our Morning Assembly. The students were so excited and the parents had been invited to come and welcome our new Principal as well. 

 

Our Year 4s handed ‘The PCS Key to the Community’ to Mrs Deal. The children were explained that when a city or a community hand out a ‘Key to the City/Community’, that special person is given full access to their community. It only gets given to someone loved, respected and to be honoured. 

 

Junior School also presented a montage of Junior School student photos so Mrs Deal could gaze upon their faces during school days, as well as some cheery flowers to enjoy. Assembly ended with Mrs Deal addressing Junior School and the Year 4s praying for Mrs Deal. 

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Generous Hearts for Missions

Generous Hearts for Missions

Last term, Junior School completed our annual fundraiser ‘Coins for Missions’. Many thanks to the generous support of students and families for getting behind this great cause.

 

Children did jobs at home to earn their coins, blessing their families in the process. Zooper Dooper and cans of drinks were also sold in Junior and Middle school respectively on the last three days of Term 3 as a fun way to bring our international fundraiser to a close. On top of that, Priestley Stauner’s family generously contributed a donation of $1,141 that they raised at a local Missions event.

 

Our final total raised for our sister school in Uganda, Divine Junior School, was $3,732.60!!! This money will be used to provide paint equipment for repainting parts of the school, laptops, school resources and a music keyboard.

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Technology & Creative Arts Showcase 2019

Technology & Creative Arts Showcase 2019

Come and enjoy an interactive experience of the creative work of PCS students through Technology, Design, Art, Multimedia, Music and Drama.

 

When: Thursday 31 October 2019

Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm (drop in any time)

Where: C Block Classrooms

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