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Early Learning Crazy Hair Day 2020

Early Learning Crazy Hair Day 2020

The fun continued in Early Learning with our Crazy Hair Day on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 June 2020.

 

We saw the creativity of parents and children abound when given the scope to create crazy hair. We had unicorns, surfers, spiders, lizards, bug gardens, Minnie Mouse and all the colours of the rainbow. The teachers even got into the fun of the day and created some amazing hair styles for themselves as well. The children had so much fun and many conversations were had around what type of hairstyle they had.

 

Prep created some amazing artwork around crazy hair and the children showed great control and regulation skills to be able to blow the coloured dye to create the crazy hair style.

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Beneath Our Feet - Year 4 Science

Beneath Our Feet - Year 4 Science

In Science this term, Year 4 have studied the unit ‘Beneath our Feet’.  We have been investigating how our world is constantly changing, whilst focusing on the process of weathering and erosion, and how it impacts our environment. The students also investigated the different properties of soil, examined various types of rocks, and discovered how our unique landforms are created over time. We have enjoyed collecting soil and rock samples from our homes, and around the school.

 

Working in collaborative learning teams, we used our samples to conduct different experiments, observing the changes that occur when they undergo the process of weathering and erosion. We even used a rock tumbling machine to polish rocks.

 

Below are some student reflections:

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PCS Enrolment – Don’t Miss Out!

PCS Enrolment – Don’t Miss Out!

With our growing reputation in the community, and the overwhelming success of our Early Learning Centre, our Preschool 5 day (Monday-Friday) and Preschool 3 day (Monday-Wednesday) programs are already fully enrolled for 2021. Limited vacancies are available in our Preschool 2 day (Thu-Fri) and our Preparatory School (2 and 3 day) programs for 2021 and beyond.

 

Parents wishing to enrol their sibling children into PCS for future years are strongly encouraged to lodge enrolment applications urgently to avoid disappointment as waiting lists are imminent in several year groups.

 

If you have friends or family members who are considering a Christian education for their child/ren, please encourage them to contact Sharon on 4737 4306. Enrolment interviews for 2021 and 2022 will be conducted from the commencement of Term 3.

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Year 10 Virtual Concert

Year 10 Virtual Concert

During Term 1, Year 10 music students were learning about Theme and Variations, a form of music where the composer or performer experiments with a musical idea and varies it. Little did we know when we started that the students would be in isolation to finish their performances and compositions.

 

This creative group made the most of their time at home and finished their tasks:

compose a theme and vary it

perform a simple piece and play it in different styles

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Classic Tales from Prep

Classic Tales from Prep

In Term 2 at Prep, we have been looking at Classic Tales as part of our Literacy program. We have enjoyed stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk, The Gingerbread Man, Little Red Hen and Little Red Riding Hood. As we have explored these texts through books, media and art, we have learnt how to identify three different elements of a story – the characters, the setting and the plot. We look at different versions of the same story to help us identify how characters are portrayed and whether the plot changes at all. We learnt how to describe characters and identify the main character in a story.

 

To demonstrate our understanding, we engaged in a term-long project creating our own dioramas that comprised of a setting, characters and a plot storyline. The dioramas are as individual as each child – stories set at the beach, city, far away fantasy land, forest and many more. Characters were created and their stories written as their imagination created adventures for their characters.

 

Engaging in a project over a period of time allowed children to return to their work on a daily basis, learning how to reflect and evaluate their own work, as well as seeing feedback from their teachers and peers. For many students, it was their first time at a long-term project and they absolutely excelled.

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Superheroes cooking at Early Learning

Superheroes cooking at Early Learning

Last week at Early Learning, we had a Superhero Day where we all got dressed up as Superheroes for the day.  Mrs Gorman showed us how to make yummy chicken soup to keep us warm through the day. Enjoy the video!!!

 

Crazy Hats for Missions

Crazy Hats for Missions

To celebrate the end of term and help support our sister school in Uganda, Divine Junior School, our Junior School is having a Crazy Hat Day on Wednesday 1 July 2020 (Week 10).

 

Junior School students are welcome to come to school wearing a colourful, crazy hat or cap, on the day and are encouraged to bring a gold coin to support Divine Junior School.

 

Thank you to Year 3 and Year 4 Junior Missions students for giving up your lunchtime to make flyers and organise short role plays to help advertise our Crazy Hat day on July 1.

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Penrith Creative Academy - We're Back!

Penrith Creative Academy - We're Back!

We are excited to announce that Penrith Creative Academy will be returning to on-site classes in Week 8 of Term 2!

 

It’s not too late to register your interest as vacancies exist in dance, guitar, singing, piano, drums and violin. Individual and group class options are available too. There are also a few vacancies available in our Little Music Lovers class (music appreciation for ages 2 to 5 years).

 

For more information, please email academy@pcs.nsw.edu.au or call Sally on 0425 369 838.

PCS Business Directory

PCS Business Directory

Our PCS Business Directory is live! In support of our School community, we have compiled a directory of businesses owned by PCS families. We would like to provide opportunities for those businesses to be patronised by our community, as we know how important it is to support local business. CLICK HERE TO VIEW PCS Business Directory

 

If you are a PCS family who owns a business and would like to be added to the PCS Business Directory, please CLICK HERE TO EMAIL. This Directory will not be used for any purposes beyond potential (free) promotion opportunities and details will not be shared with any third parties.

Early Learning Centre are Superheroes

Early Learning Centre are Superheroes

Early Learning decided to celebrate the season we find ourselves in by having some fun Superhero Dress Up Days on Wednesday 10 June and Thursday 11 June.

 

Not being able to organise incursions in to our Centre does not stop the fun to be had in ELC. All of the children were so excited to show off their costumes and favourite super powers. There were many conversations about what super power was the best and who was the greatest superhero. With these conversations we were able to direct the children to the greatest superhero of all, Jesus.

 

The children enjoyed sharing all aspects of the day together and had so much fun interacting as their super alter ego for the day. We are looking forward to some more special events coming soon

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All about Year 2

All about Year 2

Year 2 was very excited to return to school on Monday 25 May and into our brand new classrooms. All Year 2 classes are now located on the top floor of the new Junior School Block, with the three classes located close together. The students are really enjoying the new facilities and especially the beautiful views from the top floor!

 

Learning during the last term has been both online, at home, and now in our new classrooms for two weeks. The students were very keen to see their friends again and many friendships were renewed through play and learning in class.

 

We have been learning about writing narratives (stories) this term, generating interesting ideas, learning about adjectives and how to develop characters, as well as writing unusual or unique plots. We have really enjoyed sharing our stories together.

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Big Heart for Missions

Big Heart for Missions

It recently came to my attention that two students in Year 3 have shown initiative, boldness, and a BIG heart for Missions.

 

Charlie Watson and Joanna Somanader have both separately decided to donate their hair to ‘Hair with Heart’, a charity organisation that donates wigs to kids who have lost their hair due to a medical condition or treatment. These two students reflect the multitudes at our school who have not forgotten their dear, brave friend Evie, and want to make a difference for other children battling illness. No matter your age, you can make an impact in our world when your focus is loving God and loving others.

 

My name is Joanna Somanader in 3W and I have been growing my hair for eight years. I love my long hair a lot, so does my family. My mum & I got this idea to donate my hair to a charity that helps children. I remember in prep I had a friend named Evie and she used to wear wigs. I was only 4 and I had no idea about her battle against cancer. I asked my mum why she wore wigs, she said sometimes when you have cancer treatments you can lose your hair. Couple of years ago Evie was taken away to live with God. But I still remember her in my heart.

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Temporary Canteen - 16 June to 3 July 2020

Temporary Canteen - 16 June to 3 July 2020

We are pleased to announce a limited canteen menu for the remainder of Term 2, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The canteen will be open at LUNCH ONLY and pre-ordered items will also be available for LUNCH ONLY (no items available for recess).

 

All pre-orders will need to be made via our easy-to-use online ordering system, Flexischools. If you don’t already have a Flexischools accounts, it is an easy process to register at: www.flexischools.com.au (CLICK HERE for more instructions). Online orders close at 10.00 am each day.

 

WALK UP PURCHASES will also be available during lunchtime for staff and Middle/Senior School students. Junior School online orders will be delivered to classrooms.

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Is your child starting Kindergarten at PCS in 2021?

Is your child starting Kindergarten at PCS in 2021?

We invite all children enrolled to commence Kindergarten at PCS in 2021 to join us for our Story Time Kindy Orientation. This is a great opportunity for all Kindy 2021 students to meet our current Kindy teachers in a fun and casual environment. The sessions will include story time, music and games/toys. 

 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, at this point in time, we cannot facilitate parents, carers and grandparents on site.

 

Each Story Time Kindy Orientation runs from 8.30 am to 10.00 am on:

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Writing and Science in Year 1

Writing and Science in Year 1

This term, Year 1 have been writing Procedures - instructions for how to do something.  They have learnt how to make jelly, do leaf and coin rubbings, make funny faces with biscuits and lollies, make a healthy breakfast, and record the steps when brushing their teeth. They particularly enjoyed the tasting of their recipes and creative designs.

 

The students have also thoroughly enjoyed our Science topic ‘Spot the difference.’  They have been learning about the changes that take place with food when it is heated or cooled.  We have also been exploring how materials can be manipulated and turned into different shapes and structures, as well as whether or not they can be changed back into their original state. We have investigated ice blocks, spaghetti, toast, chocolate and popcorn, as well as enjoy fun scrunching, stretching and bending activities.  They also made interesting food artworks including cooked spaghetti pictures, uncooked spaghetti marshmallow towers and fruit and vegetable prints. 

 

A big thank you also goes to our Year 1 parents, caregivers, and families who supported us and their children through online learning. 

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PCS da Vinci Decathlon

PCS da Vinci Decathlon

In trying times, it is vital that people learn to try new things and think outside of the box. This type of thinking is characteristic of the da Vinci Decathlon. Sadly the NSW State competition was cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, our Boost da Vinci students continued to attend Zoom lessons and attempt training challenges. A difficult enough task when engaged in face-to-face lessons, even more so when doing school remotely.

 

With the cancellation of the State competition, an in-house and modified competition was decided upon as a reward, and challenge, for the hard work that the students had done. We had 20 students from Year 5 to Year 8 who participated and formed three teams. Over the course of the day, the students tackled challenges in Mathematics, English, Creative Producers (script writing and performance), Art and Poetry, Ideation, Cartography, Science, Engineering and Code Breaking. Thrown in also, was a da Vinci ‘Legacy’ challenge focused on significant people from the Renaissance, and a teamwork artistic table covering challenge focusing on how well students could communicate and work together on a common goal with a very short time limit.

 

In the end, one team was victorious. The DV Doritios and the Lolly Gaggers both put up strong performances throughout the day, with both teams winning at least one of the subject challenges. However, in the end it was the Bulging Brains whose consistent diligence, teamwork and creativity saw them take out the majority of challenges, and as such were the eventual winners.

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NSW School Vaccination Program

NSW School Vaccination Program

NSW Health has advised dates for the School Vaccination Program have been confirmed and will resume in July.

 

Please return the consent forms distributed to the students at the beginning of Term 1 if they have not already been handed in.

 

Wednesday 1 July 2020

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2021 Year 11 Subject Selection

2021 Year 11 Subject Selection

Our Senior School team have put together a wonderful resource to assist 2021 Year 11 students in the process of subject selection.

 

The Year 11 Information & Subject Selection e-Book provides videos, advice, a subject market and all booklets and forms required for students and families to make informative choices about subjects for 2021. 

 

CLICK HERE to find comprehensive information, including:

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Thank you from Early Learning Staff

Thank you from Early Learning Staff

We were very blessed to receive a beautiful gift from one of our families in appreciation of our staff and service.

 

Thank you to the Abbot family for this lovely and thoughtful gift, it was very much appreciated.

 

Katrina Baines

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Graduation in isolation

Graduation in isolation

Past PCS student, Swaide Rikiti recently graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science Degree, majoring in Psychology.  She is one of many students who have had her graduation ceremony called off due to the COVID-19 crisis, so she celebrated in style at her home!

 

Swaide was in the PCS graduating class of 2016 and we are very proud of her accomplishments.

 

Congratulations Swaide.

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