Penrith Creative Academy: Shakespeare Workshop and Beginners Conversational German

Penrith Creative Academy: Shakespeare Workshop and Beginners Conversational German

Penrith Creative Academy have two exciting new classes coming up in Term 2:

 

SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP

Thursdays 3.00 pm - 3.45 pm

Ages 11 - 15

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A day in the life of Year 10

A day in the life of Year 10

Last week I resumed my life as a student to discover what a day is like for a Year 10 student. Learning Session 1 began with PDHPE, and the students were designing warm up activities for cultural sports they had chosen in small groups. I had never heard of the Asian games ‘Kabaddi’ and ‘Sepak Takraw’, so my learning journey had begun.

 

When I entered Mrs Billingham’s History class I was made to feel welcome as if I was a new student, and invited by Brock Fanning to sit with his group. We analysed primary sources from Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War as a part of the assessment task they were beginning. The theme was ‘Conformity and Rebellion’. I had to confess that I was alive when this war was happening, which made me feel very old as a primary source myself!

 

In Mathematics, the students were working on Scatter Graphs and I am pleased to report that they taught me about the properties of these graphs. I learnt about correlations, variables, trends and outliers.

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CIS Primary State Swimming Championships 2021

CIS Primary State Swimming Championships 2021

Four swimmers from PCS represented our school in the most outstanding fashion at the CIS Primary Swimming Championships - this is the State swimming event for all Independent schools in NSW. And ohhhh what a nail biting day!

 

Our youngest competitor, Amayah, swam the house down and earned a spot in the 9 Years Girls Final for the 50m Freestyle. She missed a podium finish by a fingernail (.02 of a second!) and placed with a impressive 4th in the CIS final (just missing a spot to PSSA).

 

Olivia G had a stellar meet and is now off to PSSA in the following events:

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A Day in the Life of Year 7

A Day in the Life of Year 7

As Term 1 settles down into a rhythm for our Year 7 students, and they cross the bridge between new school routines, teachers and classrooms to reach a place of familiarity: we walk with them for a day ...

 

The blinds are drawn down and the challenge set for students to illustrate a field sketch of the view from the window - purely from memory! As students grapple with recalling memories and are challenged with proportions and perspectives, the activity is landed through a discussion on what the purpose of field sketches are and how to best complete them. The days of sunshine have given way to the cool rains today. This has meant that the planned field trip to the school grounds so students can immerse themselves into the environment to complete a follow up field sketch has been postponed to a later lesson.

 

As students shifted into poetry techniques, they identified and applied personification found in the world around them. From Disney movies to M&M’s coming to life, the world of innate objects started to breathe, move, and take on character.

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NAPLAN Online 2021 – Years 3, 5, 7 and 9

NAPLAN Online 2021 – Years 3, 5, 7 and 9

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a point in time assessment of literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

 

Our school will be participating in NAPLAN Online between 11 and 21 May 2021.

 

In preparation for NAPLAN Online, our school will also be participating in practice tests between 22 March and 1 April. The practice test is a trial-run and key preparation activity for NAPLAN Online in May. It is not an assessment of student ability and the tests will not be marked.

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Year 6 Science

Year 6 Science

This Term in Science, Year 6 have been exploring micro-organisms. They have completed many different experiments focussing on different micro-organisms. These past few weeks Year 6 have had the opportunity to explore yeast. This week they were able to bake (and most importantly EAT) their own bread.

 

We would like to thank Ms Hayden and Mrs Gorman who assisted us with this experiment.

 

Josh De Martin and Kylie Bronson

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Year 11 Chemistry Models

Year 11 Chemistry Models

Year 11 Chemistry students have recently had an assessment task on bonding and model making. They were asked to create their own models to illustrate a variety of bonding types (e.g. covalent network, metallic bonding, covalent molecular and ionic bonding) and then devise a way to show the forces between these molecules which explains the physical properties and uses of substances.

 

Their models were very detailed and creative. Some models included lollies, monkeys, lions, pins and plasticine to model electron configurations, relationships between atoms and mobility of ions. Understanding the link between bonding, properties and uses is important for chemistry students.

 

I am looking forward to marking these amazing models.

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Strive for the Highest – our new School motto

Strive for the Highest – our new School motto

As most of you are probably aware, last year our theme for 2020 was Strive for the Highest.

 

While we were able to embed some of the language and intended actions to support this theme, COVID-19 certainly prevented us from letting the theme truly shape everything we wanted it to.

 

However, in discussion with the Board about the opportunities that exist to see the integrity of a statement such as this really be reflected at PCS, I proposed that we adopt Strive for the Highest as our School motto.

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CSSA Volleyball Gala Day

CSSA Volleyball Gala Day

Congratulations to our two teams that competed at the recent CSSA State Volleyball Gala day. 

 

Our teams competed in the Mixed and Open boys divisions. Despite not making the finals our teams won many of their round matches and had close matches that could have gone either way. The members of both teams should be congratulated with how they represented the school. It is exciting to know that the interest and skill level of our students in Volleyball is growing.

 

Well done to all!

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CSSA State Primary Swimming Carnival 2021

CSSA State Primary Swimming Carnival 2021

On Monday 8 March, eighteen of our Year 2-6 students represented PCS and Nepean Zone at the CSSA State Primary Swimming Carnival at Blacktown Aquatic Centre. Students represented our school community with excellence. They were extremely well behaved and competed to the best of their ability.

 

There were a number of incredibly impressive results across the day with four students successfully qualifying for the upcoming NSW CIS Swimming Carnival on Thursday 18 March 2021 at SOPAC:

 

Olivia G 

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A day in the life of Year 12

A day in the life of Year 12

My Thursday did not begin like it normally does last week. In fact, it began with an 8.00 am Extension 1 Mathematics class, as I became a Year 12 student for the day. I sat with four students and Mr Jenner, who were all using a foreign language that was ‘Advanced Calculus’; far more advanced than my basic understanding. The students seemed to enjoy solving problems that left my head reeling, and their workbooks were just as mind blowing and confusing to me.

 

I followed three of them to double Chemistry, where the class were designing their own experiments through a depth study on Acids and Bases. They became Scientists in the classroom as they worked through their chosen hypotheses, recording results as they went.

 

I left the Scientists with their coats and goggles on and visited the Community and Family Studies class. They have been working on an Independent Research Project since last term, and were looking at Abstracts from past projects as models for their final paper. The topics they had chosen, such as the effect of divorce on young people, verbal abuse, and the effect of Social Media on body image sounded fascinating as they worked through some of the issues they encountered. 

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K-6 CAPA in Term 1

K-6 CAPA in Term 1

Wow! We have certainly made an exciting start to our year in K-6 CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts). Students are zealously ‘Striving for The Highest’ in their creativity, God given talents, learning new skills, working as a team, appreciating diversity and confidently showcasing their designs and performances in the areas of Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Arts. 

 

Every day I look forward to teaching, getting to know, being inspired and blessed and glorifying God with the 540 odd students in my 26 classes. What a privilege. What a joy!

 

  • Kindergarten are brilliantly tapping to the Beat and Tempo of Percussion instruments. 

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Year 12 Standard English

Year 12 Standard English

Last week, our Year 12 Standard English students welcomed a special guest, Mrs Jagger, into our classroom. Mrs Jagger brought her musical expertise to help us better analyse our prescribed text, an Australian musical film, ‘One Night the Moon’.

 

Our HSC students were doubly blessed as not only did Mrs Jagger bring her musical knowledge to our class, she also brought her extensive knowledge of Aboriginal Spirituality from her Studies of Religion subject, allowing us to gain a greater insight into our text.

 

We just love cross-curricular lessons. Thanks Mrs Jagger, for an amazing and insightful lesson. We truly are better when we work together!

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Canteen Closed Friday 19 March 2021

Canteen Closed Friday 19 March 2021

Next Friday, the School Canteen will be closed. Lunch and Recess orders will NOT be available on the day.

 

Please send Recess and Lunch with your child/ren thist Friday or take advantage of our special Sausage Sizzle under the Café COLA for students wishing to purchase their lunch.

  • Students from K-6 are requested to pre-order using the form below.

  • Years 7-12 students will be able to purchase on the day (EFTPOS preferred or correct change)

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Have you completed your survey? We want our parents to tell us what they think!

Have you completed your survey? We want our parents to tell us what they think!

Emails were sent to our K-12 families on Monday 8 March, with a link inviting your participation in the WHY PARENTS CHOOSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS survey being offered by Christian Schools Australia. The survey will be conducted until Thursday, 1 April and all responses are anonymous. Further details were included in the email, including the link to access the survey.

 

If you would like the survey link sent to you again, please email Sherilyn Freeburn at Sherilyn.freeburn@pcs.nsw.edu.au and the link will be forwarded to you.

 

The survey is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’/caregivers’ choice of school, their satisfaction with their child/ren’s learning, their engagement in the school community, and their general background.

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Year 7 2022 Information Evening and Tour

Year 7 2022 Information Evening and Tour

Existing PCS Year 6 families and prospective new families are invited to attend our Year 7 2022 Information Evening. A light supper will be prepared and served by our Hospitality students.

 

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL: www.trybooking.com/BPQSY

Secondary Zone Swimming Carnival 2021

Secondary Zone Swimming Carnival 2021

Thirty-nine Year 7-12 students had the opportunity to represent PCS at the CSSA Nepean Zone Secondary Swimming Carnival on Wednesday 3 March 2021 at Mt Druitt Pool. They represented our school community with excellence in all that they did.

 

Our students achieved some amazing results, both personal bests and a number of Age Champions. In addition to PCS winning the Nepean Zone overall, the following students achieved ZONE AGE CHAMPION:

 

12 Years Girls

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State Swimming Finalist: Amayah

State Swimming Finalist: Amayah

What an amazing achievement by one of our younger PCS students, Amayah, who competed on the weekend at the NSW State Speedo Sprint Finals. She placed 10th in the 8 years Girls 50m Freestyle, which meant she was a State Finalist. You are a champion Amayah! Well done!

State Swimming Champion: Olivia

State Swimming Champion: Olivia

Well done to PCS student Olivia who raced at the State Speedo Sprint Finals last weekend. Olivia came 1st in 10 Year Girls 50m Freestyle, making her a NSW State Champion! She also placed 2nd in 50m Butterfly and 3rd in 50m Backstroke - a wonderful achievement!

 

These results are even more amazing when you consider that Olivia had 6 months out of the water last year, due to breaking her leg quite badly. A huge congratulations to Olivia, as well as her coaches and parents, for being so determined and hard working. Well done Olivia - we are so proud of you! 

Jonathan Walker visits Year 10 Science

Jonathan Walker visits Year 10 Science

Jonathan Walker graduated from PCS in 2018 and is currently studying Forensic Science at WSU Hawkesbury campus.

 

This week Jonathan came to speak to Year 10 students about this exciting science career and what it entails. He outlined the various types of forensics one can study which included: ballistics, arson investigation, criminalistics and trace evidence analysis. He also spoke about his motivation for taking forensic science being his passion to find out the truth and help people get justice.

 

Jonathan mentioned that his interest to pursue forensics was sparked in Year 9 when he did the Chemistry unit on Forensics. Year 10 students asked Jonathan excellent questions about life at university and this career path. Year 10 have an assessment task on Science careers due in Week 7.  

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