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Junior Missions Visit Governor Phillip Nursing Home

Junior Missions Visit Governor Phillip Nursing Home

On Tuesday 27 November, twenty Year 4 Junior Missions students went to visit Governor Phillip Nursing Home. The gospel went out through songs, cards and the Christmas Story narration.

 

These students have given up their lunchtime on Thursdays for most of the year to serve and help others locally and in the nation of Uganda through fundraising and letter writing.

 

The following students are to be commended for their commitment to Missions and heart to serve others: Summer Hayes, Jion Bae, Makanaka Maenzanise, Elsie Wilson, Abbey Gee, Chloe-Rose Siorokos, Leyla-Rose Toughlajian, Lachlan Wild, Tyler Shaw, Kayla Dunn, Jake Jeffree, Chantale Lufu, Amy-lee Prince, Adam Marczak, Mia Jones, Blake Robbins, Madeline Hauer, Zara Stanford, Kaitlyn Armstrong, Chiara Gallo.

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Year 10 Community Projects

Year 10 Community Projects

Over the past three weeks Year 10 students have been working hard on a project to make the world a better place, forming teams based on problems which affect our community. This year the projects they chose included Domestic Violence, Children’s Cancer, Depression and Suicide, Gangs and Violence, Gangs and Drugs, Animal Welfare, Hate Groups, Human Trafficking and Refugees.

 

Students researched statistics and scientific links, learnt how to write and conduct an interview, learnt how to make a documentary, did community service, created artworks and came up with words of hope and solutions. They did voice overs, edited and connected with the community. The Refugee group even created a permanent mural on a brick wall at school. I could not be prouder of them for taking on an adult challenge, in an adult world.

 

Their documentaries were presented on the last Friday of term to the school community. Well done Year 10, you are ready for the HSC!

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Duke of Edinburgh in New Zealand

Duke of Edinburgh in New Zealand

Last week nine students and two teachers travelled to New Zealand for the Duke of Edinburgh Hike.

 

Congratulations to Katie Dal Santo who is now on her Gold Award, while Anna Petherick is on her Silver Award.

 

 

Puppet Workshop for Year 8 Drama students

Puppet Workshop for Year 8 Drama students

Year 8 Drama classes participated in a puppet making workshop last week to coincide with a unit of work they have been doing on puppets.  Students made their own puppet which they will now use to create a short puppet play in class.

 

The photos below show how creative they got with their puppets and I’m looking forward to seeing the plays come about from these works of art.

 

Mrs Charmian Cavanagh

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Early Intervention

Early Intervention

In Education Support we often talk about Early Intervention being a key factor in supporting our children. It is often a long journey for families to firstly be informed that their child has special needs and then to delve into all the options available to support their child.

 

For any learning needs, we always suggest that the family take their child to have their hearing and vision tested. Once this is completed it may be suggested that the child goes for Speech, Behavioural Optometry and/or Occupational Therapy assessments, depending on the specific learning needs. These Allied Health services then work with the teachers and the family to support the child at school as well as possibly requesting further assessments to be completed by a Paediatrician and/or Psychologist, depending on the learning needs.

 

PLEASE CLICK HERE for a fact sheet about intervention for children who are on the Autism Spectrum, and possible interventions that families could expect on this journey.

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Art With Punch

Art With Punch

Art With Punch is a formal exhibition of the HSC major works which also presents the opportunity for our Year 11 artists to display their work.  

 

The talent was exceptional and as we wandered around, we were treated with punch and canapés, as well as music from the Year 11 Music Class.

 

We also heard from an ex-student Kwani Tevita, who shared about her TAFE Arts course this year.

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Victor Chang Award

Victor Chang Award

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research institute School Science Awards have been developed to foster and encourage an interest in science among secondary science students and to promote science as a viable and interesting career path.

 

The recipient of this award for our school is Zoe Green. She has worked consistently well in Science throughout Year 11 and submitted outstanding Depth Study Assessment Tasks. Zoe has been invited, with other recipients, to participate in a tour of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research institute in the city.

 

Congratulations Zoe!

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Junior School heart for others

Junior School heart for others

Divine Junior School students have finally received the Banner we made and letters we wrote to the students last term. (Snail mail…lots of delays) The $2140.80 we raised has been received and the Bible teaching training has started. Please pray that they also get good deals for the laptops and printer that they are purchasing for their school.

 

We painted a beautiful banner and they have sent us a picture of some of their students holding the ‘painted hands’ (Kindy to Year 4 Junior Missions' hands are on that banner).

 

A big thank you to our Junior School students for supporting Divine Junior School, our sister school in Uganda, Africa. Divine Junior School students are busy writing letters back to us and both the staff and students earnestly pray for us.

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Congratulations Year 10 Science Students!

Congratulations Year 10 Science Students!

The Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development (VALID) program provides end-of-stage diagnostic assessments for the Science KLA (Key Learning Area).

 

It is a state-wide NAPLAN style exam for Science. PCS Year 10 Science students, on average, scored 10% to 20% above state average for every aspect of Science in the exam.

Teagan Bowler achieved 100% for the Extended Response Section.

Abbey Lindeback, Jayden Pogmore, Noah Colbourn, Kerryn Morley and Sally O’Brien achieved 100% for the Designing, Planning and Conducting Investigations Section.  

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STEM Incursion for Years 8 and 9

STEM Incursion for Years 8 and 9

Recently some of our Year 8 and Year 9 students attended a STEM incursion.  This involved using critical thinking and problem solving skills to solve a murder. All students were placed in groups, given specific roles and worked together to perform a blood analysis.

 

The results were tabulated and conclusions drawn. Congratulations to Ellen Margetts who came first and Benjamin Armstrong who came second!

 

Mrs Denise Bailey

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Great results for Boost students (English and Maths Competitions 2018)

Great results for Boost students (English and Maths Competitions 2018)

In Term 3, students were selected from Years 3 to 11 to take part in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) English, and the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC).

 

The ICAS English competition is designed for primary and secondary students and is conducted annually in Australia and in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Pacific countries, and America.  

 

The Australian Maths Competition started out as a national competition but is now run in over 30 countries where students attempt the same problems within a certain amount of time. The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking and questions are designed so that they can be answered with our without a calculator. 

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Year 5 at Camp (2018)

Year 5 at Camp (2018)

In Week 4 of this term, Year 5 attended Camp at Chaldercot on the Port Hacking River, run by Youthworks. 

 

Everyone had a fantastic time abseiling, canoeing, sailing, fishing, swimming, water sliding, rock and rope climbing, completing team puzzles and challenges, and learning more about Jesus in the Christian Discovery talks. Old friendships were rekindled and new ones forged. We were blessed with perfect weather and enjoyed great fun, food, accommodation and natural surroundings. 

 

Thank you Mrs Blight for your amazing organisation, time and effort and to the camp instructors, teachers and parent helpers who were fun and made us feel safe. 

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Ancient Rome History Lessons for Year 7

Ancient Rome History Lessons for Year 7

In the Year 7 History 2 Class, we have been studying Ancient Rome. Students learnt about Ancient Roman gods and goddesses, the features of Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius and the role that Julius Caesar played in Ancient Rome, and his legacy.

 

Creative and insightful student class and home tasks (in the attached picture) reflect the students' learning and understanding of this integral aspect of ancient society.

 

History is creative, intriguing and fun!

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Year 3 on the move

Year 3 on the move

It is so exciting to see the growth in Year 3, which has become quite apparent from the start of the year until now. They conducted themselves fantastically, very settled and very capable, as they participated in Orientation Day and experienced Year 4 for the first time. 

 

Term 4 is an exciting one, bringing the culmination of so much learning and the fruit of many skills. Last week we were measuring area in various places around the playground, using a newspaper metre square made by the students. We have been creating dioramas in Art that are inspired by artist Pro Hart’s landscape paintings of the Outback, and transformed into 3D imagery. We also painted landscapes using watercolours, with a focus on layering colours and shapes from the background to the foreground. 

 

Many students have learnt to recite the poem 'My Country' by Dorothea Mackeller and received a special in-class certificate for their efforts. We have been enjoying writing narratives about the worst or best Christmas play, and writing short poetry about ourselves. 

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Middle School Hampers for WestCare

Middle School Hampers for WestCare

This term, Middle School Missions are pleased to support WestCare in their Christmas Appeal for the homeless and underprivileged in our local area.

 

We are asking for your support by permitting your child to bring in non-perishable goods to help fill Christmas Hampers. Everything should be sealed, non-perishable, and well within the best before date of 25 December 2018. To ensure hampers can be packed in time before distribution, the last day to bring in your donations will be Friday 7 December 2018.

 

Some suggestions for Christmas Hampers are:

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Aboriginal didgeridoo player visits Year 7

Aboriginal didgeridoo player visits Year 7

Year 7 recently attended an incursion with special guest Charlie McMahon. Charlie is a professional musician and an advocate for the education and preservation of Aboriginal culture. He is widely known for his association with the band Midnight Oil, playing didgeridoo in many of their performances, but he is also passionate about passing on knowledge of Aboriginal kinship, customs, music and art to upcoming generations.

 

Our students were enriched with knowledge and understanding of the significant Aboriginal heritage in Australia. We were also treated to some amazing musical performances where some of us were asked to come up and perform too!

 

Mr Phil Gentile Entertainment Industry VET and Music Teacher

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Girls Rising and Men of Honour 2018

Girls Rising and Men of Honour 2018

On Thursday 15 November, over 400 Year 10 students and teachers from public and private schools, got together to hear some great messages from speakers, empowering them to be the best they can be and make wise choices. 

 

Our first key speaker at Girls Rising was Melinda Tankard-Reist, an advocate for women and girls, who spoke about the harms of media messages, objectification, mental health issues, the importance of respect-based relationships, to name a few.

 

Next, a favourite of the girls, World Champion and Olympian Jessica Fox, spoke about her journey as a competitor whilst sitting her HSC and setting her goals. She also encouraged the girls to be resilient and determined when failures and setbacks occur.

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Years 7 to 9 Math

Years 7 to 9 Math

We have just completed our yearly exams for Years 7- 9. I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate some of our top performing students in those exams:

Gaumitha Jeganathan in Year 7 got 96%.

Jessica Harrison in Year 8 got 95%

Ben Armstrong in Year 9 got 92%.

 

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'F1 in Schools' Teams in State Finals

'F1 in Schools' Teams in State Finals

This year our School teams have again participated in F1 in Schools State Finals and we are so proud of their achievements.

 

Our Junior Professional Team, Vectory, was placed 3rd on the podium and will be advancing into the National F1 in Schools Championships to be held in March 2019. This team of achievers had to beat 15 senior professional teams to advance. Vectory team members are: Imogen Rogers (Team Leader), Paige Foley (Marketing and Resources), Brock Stinson (Design Engineer), Alexander Weeks (Manufacturing Engineer).

 

We entered two teams in the Cadet Class (featuring Year 7 students) and they achieved very good results also. We are looking forward to what these students can achieve in the years to come!!

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Visitors from Japan in our classes

Visitors from Japan in our classes

On Tuesday last week, we hosted 96 students from Tomeikan High School in Kyuushuu, Japan.

 

It was the first time such a large group visited PCS, and our students and teachers did a great job of making our Japanese guests feel welcome.

 

The day started with an Aussie Morning Tea with Year 7; then they were shared out in Junior School and Year 6 classes. All the students thoroughly enjoyed their time with us, and the teachers and staff accompanying them were all very appreciative of how well behaved and accommodating our students were.

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