Book Club 2021

Book Club 2021

Penrith Christian School runs Scholastic Book Club each term through the iCentre.  Our students love Book Club and the School also benefits from all purchases. Leaflets are distributed through the iCentre, class teachers and can also be found online at https://www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents/

 

Please note credit card payments can be made online using the Scholastic LOOP system - CLICK HERE for full details. All orders that are paid by cash will need to be sent back to the iCentre in an envelope with the correct money included. Please mark the envelope “Scholastic Book Club”.

 

All orders should be received at school or placed online by 3.00pm Friday 19 February 2021.

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Calling All Inventors

Calling All Inventors

ClickView is running a competition called ‘Aussie Student Inventions That Changed the World’. This competition allows students to present their invention to an expert panel of judges, for the chance to win some amazing prizes. It is free to enter.

 

These kinds of initiatives really excite me and I’m sure that within the PCS community there are a number of students who have amazing ideas that could possible change the world.

 

If you are interested in activating your God given creativity, I encourage you to explore this opportunity.

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Hidden gems discovered in Book Day ‘Found Poetry’

Hidden gems discovered in Book Day ‘Found Poetry’

Book Day activities for Year 3 through to Year 8 this year included the opportunity for the students to have a go at 'Found Poetry'.

 

Found Poetry uses a page of text from any source, from which a poem is created by taking words and phrases and reframing them to impart a new meaning. Found Poetry allows anyone to discover and create meaningful poetry. A significant part of a piece of Found Poetry is the artwork that is also created as part of the work. Sometimes this is done through the blocking out of the unused words, or by the author integrating images and/or patterns to their page to create a visually and literary piece of art.

 

I had the pleasure of visiting a number of classes throughout Book Day and was thrilled to see the engagement of the students and the amazing poems that they were able to produce. Clink on the links below for a sample of the amazing creations on Book Day. Enjoy.

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BOOST-ed Year 7 & 8 Classrooms

BOOST-ed Year 7 & 8 Classrooms

This semester Year 8 are studying History in HSIE and in Term 3 the student focus was the Western and Islamic World, including the role of the church in Medieval Europe, the Roman Empire and the Crusades. This is a deeply interesting topic, which continues to have implications throughout the world today.

 

We embarked on a new and exciting approach to learning, where students were challenged to think more deeply about the motivations of people of the past as they sought to uncover why an individual would commit an atrocity for an ideology? Lessons were delivered in a range of ways, including structured lessons, blended learning, individual research and small groups.  Mr Ollis took a very active role in each of the Year 8 History classes, working with a selected group of students two periods per week to further extend them. All of Year 8 were invited to self-nominate for inclusion into this BOOST aspect of the program, where students were engaged alongside their peers, with the aim achieving deeper understanding of the focus topics. Students were asked to connect the concepts from each lesson to the driving question and were challenged to reflect upon their learning and express how they as individuals may be changed as a result.

 

At the end of Term 3, we held a showcase event where the created works of students were displayed and presented. Students overwhelmingly reported greater engagement and satisfaction with their learning during this unit, but excitingly, we also saw a significant increase in both the sophistication of student thinking and assessment results, with a 15% improvement in results across all three classes.

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Book Day 2020: what a great day!!

Book Day 2020: what a great day!!

Once again our PCS Book Day was a raging success. Despite the restrictions imposed upon us through COVID, the staff and students all embraced the day to make it a truly memorable and wonderful event.

 

Our world famous Book Character Parade still took place, albeit without the live audience that has always guaranteed an amazing atmosphere. Thanks to the talented Audio Visual staff, video footage of the awesome costumes making their way across the stage will become available soon.

 

The restrictions saw that we were unable to continue with our tradition of inviting authors in to speak to the students. However, the quality of the work produced by some of our students in their Book Day writing activities suggests to us that there may some budding authors within our midst. We look forward to the possibility of adding some books authored by ex-PCS students to our collection one day.

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PCS Book Day 2020

PCS Book Day 2020

Book Day 2020 for Early Learning, Junior School and Middle School is on 16 September! Events will include Book Character Parade, Book Week Display Gallery Walk, Mystery Guest Storytellers and Book Character Photo Booth. The theme for this year's Book Day is 'Curious Creatures, Wild Minds'.

 

The Book Fair will be on site 10 - 16 September.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to current COVID restrictions, parents are not able to be on site through the duration of Book Week. As such, the Book Character Parade will be filmed and made available soon after the day, whilst arrangements will be made to accommodate the viewing of, and purchasing from, the Book Fair.

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Junior iCentre is on the move

Junior iCentre is on the move

The Junior School iCentre is finally moving to our new building and as such, there will be no borrowing for K-4 students this week. All students have borrowed an extra book to tide them over while we move.

 

Prep students will still borrow as usual.

 

Kind regards

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Premier’s Reading Challenge - closing THIS FRIDAY

Premier’s Reading Challenge - closing THIS FRIDAY

The Premier’s Reading Challenge closes THIS FRIDAY at 11.59 pm, so don’t forget to update your child’s reading record online. The Challenge does not accept late entries - they are very strict! PCS already has over 200 students who have completed the Challenge for 2020, and others are within reach of finishing.

 

Some rules have been relaxed for this year in light of Covid-19, including:

Students on all Challenge levels are able to read 10 choice books - an increase from five. Please see the support article about adding these additional choice books to your reading record.

Students on all Challenge levels will be able to include books on their reading records that they read collaboratively as a class, in person or online with their teacher or at home with their parents/carers.

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Premier’s Reading Challenge 2020 - closing soon!

Premier’s Reading Challenge 2020 - closing soon!

There are less than two weeks left before the Premier’s Reading Challenge closes for 2020, so remember to update your child’s reading record online.

 

The Challenge closes at 11.59 pm on Friday 28 August – no late entries accepted (they are very strict!). PCS already has over 200 students who have completed the Challenge for 2020, and others are within reach of finishing.

 

Some rules have been relaxed for this year in light of Covid-19, including:

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Entertainment Book

Entertainment Book

The Entertainment Book Missions Fundraiser is up and running again. We really appreciate all the families and friends of PCS who have purchased their Digital Entertainment Books already; your support of our Missions projects is very valued!

 

To order your own Digital Entertainment Book, please click on this link: https://www.entertainment.com.au/orderbooks/216y180

 

For any further enquiries, please contact Mrs Melinda Brinks in the iCentre at Melinda.brinks@pcs.nsw.edu.au

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Scholastic Book Club 2020

Scholastic Book Club 2020

After a short break BOOK CLUB IS BACK.

 

The children love Book Club and our school benefits from all purchases made with the Scholastic Book Club.  Leaflets were distributed last week and families can also go online to check out what is on offer this term at https://www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents/.

 

Please note credit card payments can be made online using the preferred Scholastic LOOP system with full details available via http://parentpayments.scholastic.com.au/. 

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Premier’s Reading Challenge 2020

Premier’s Reading Challenge 2020

There are only a few weeks left before the Premier’s Reading Challenge closes for 2020, so remember to update your child’s reading record online. The Challenge closes at 11.59 pm on August 28 – no late entries accepted (they are very strict!).

 

PCS already has over 50 students who have completed the Challenge for 2020, and many others who are within reach of finishing.

 

Some rules have been relaxed for this year in light of Covid-19, including:

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PCS Drive-thru Library

PCS Drive-thru Library

Is your child missing their regular library time? The iCentre has a solution!

 

This term we are offering a new way to get your book fix: Drive-thru Library! (Would you like a bookmark with that? You never know, that might happen!)

 

This will operate on an opt-in basis, and we will put together packs of age-appropriate books for those students who wish to participate. We have a new email address dedicated to Drive-thru Library so that we can best serve your family. To opt in to Drive-thru Library, please email us at drive-thru.library@pcs.nsw.edu.au, and let us know the name and grade of your child/ren so that we can provide them with books.

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Sunshine Online - online book resource

Sunshine Online - online book resource

Your child’s teacher has probably already told you about this great resource.  We use this a lot here at PCS and you can access it from home.  There are many books for your child to read at their level. There are also word games, sight word activities, etc.:

 

The link is https://www.sunshineonline.com.au/

Username – Penrith

Password – penrith

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Penrith Library eBooks

Penrith Library eBooks

Did you know, eBooks and audio books are available at public libraries? And it’s free to join! All students at PCS are eligible to join Penrith Library, no matter where you live. Parents will need to ring the Library and let them know that your child attends Penrith Christian School. Penrith Library also has Premier’s Reading Challenge ebooks!

 

Anyone who goes to a school in Penrith is eligible to join for free. Students could also join Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Blacktown libraries who all have similar eBook platforms available.

 

They also have eBooks, audio books and magazines for mum and dad if you need an escape from homeschooling children!!

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World Book Online

World Book Online

For those students researching assignments, or those looking for fantastic non-fiction reading for your own personal enjoyment and learning, World Book Online is a great resource.

 

To access an incredibly wide range of articles, images, eBooks, etc, go to:

https://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Login?ed=wb

Username: Penrith

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Chess Kid Online 2020

Chess Kid Online 2020

For the students who have been missing their regular lunch time chess games, you are not alone; Mr Ollis is missing it as well! As such, I would like to remind students about our online option, Chess Kid https://www.chesskid.com/.

 

For a period of time, Chess Kid was happening all over the iCentre at lunchtimes. Then the love of playing on a real board rightly took over. But now is the time to look at Chess Kid again. Even if you have forgotten your login details, it is free and easy to set up a new account and get playing again with your friends. Within Chess Kid, there are also a number of different challenges that you can have a go at.

iCentres Closed - 2 April

iCentres Closed - 2 April

Greetings from the iCentre staff of Penrith Christian School. We hope your family is navigating these unusual times as well as possible.

 

We understand you may have concerns about your child’s reading, and many of you are wondering about library borrowing and home readers.

 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, both PCS iCentres are now closed for individual borrowing, apart from Years 7-12 students who require textbooks.

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NSW Premier's Reading Challenge 2020

NSW Premier's Reading Challenge 2020

Students at PCS once again have the opportunity to take part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. In 2019 PCS had a record number of students complete the Challenge – over 200! We are aiming to continue this fantastic effort in 2020. The Challenge is a special initiative of the Premier of NSW presented by the NSW Department of Education to foster a love of literature and to encourage children to read widely for leisure and for pleasure. It is open to all students from Kindergarten to Year 9 in 2020.

 

For students in Kindergarten to Year 2, the challenge is to experience 30 books by 28 August. At least 25 of those books should be chosen from specific booklists. Up to five of the books can be their own choice.

 

NOTE: Experiencing a book means that the K-2 child may either read the book themselves, or have the book read or shared with them in a joint reading situation and it still counts towards their Premier’s Reading Challenge records.

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Code Camp After School at PCS in 2020

Code Camp After School at PCS in 2020

Code Camp has been a raging success on Monday afternoons in the iCentre.The sounds of students playing and enjoying their own computer game creations has been infectious.

 

As such, we are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to students from Years 2 to 6 again in Term 1, 2020. Depending on numbers, Code Camp will run from Monday 10 February until Monday 30 March.

 

CLICK HERE to download the flyer OR go to www.codecamp.com.au for further details, including how to register.

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