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Your child's greatest asset: the ability to read

Your child's greatest asset: the ability to read

It has been a wonderful first semester in the Education Support Department.

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the new students and also spending time with familiar faces. As an Education Support Teacher, I feel that the greatest asset for a child is the ability to read. Not only to read fluently, but also for understanding and enjoyment. There are many benefits for children to spend time reading at school and at home, but an integral part of learning to read is for children to be read to.

 

Modelled reading by an adult supports a variety of skills that the children use when learning to read. Firstly, it supports their cognitive development. It improves their ability to think and understand. When an adult reads to a child it develops areas of learning such as processing skills, language development, memory, reasoning and general knowledge about the world around them.

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Stories from Year 8 English: Lily Matagi

Stories from Year 8 English: Lily Matagi

Students in 8E1 English were asked to re-tell a story that they had heard that explored culture, using their own narrative techniques.

 

Our next story was written by Lily Matagi about a tale she was told by her grandparents.

 

Mrs Joanna Tabone

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Breakfast with the Chaplain

Breakfast with the Chaplain

Last Friday we held our first ever Chaplain’s Breakfast for all Junior School students and their families. The morning started off with many teachers in the staffroom cooking and preparing toast for the eager students. In all, we cooked roughly 300 pieces of toast. There were also 280 servings of fruit that included fresh apples, bananas and mandarins. It was so great to see minimal leftovers and many satisfied students and families alike.

 

Earlier in the year when Mrs Woods and I sat down to talk plans and vision for the year, we both shared equal excitement about the notion of hosting a school breakfast. The idea being that as food brings people together, we wanted to create a space where our Junior School students felt part of something bigger than themselves by eating a healthy and nutritious meal with their friends. Everyone knows that breakfast is such an important start to the day, yet as it is with routine and schedules, it tends to be the meal we eat in isolation. Our school breakfast provided an opportunity for students and families alike to enjoy a new experience by eating breakfast together and in turn create memories for the future.

 

Please enjoy looking back on some of these memories from a great morning.

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Introducing Mrs Juliet Aboagye-Hill

Introducing Mrs Juliet Aboagye-Hill

Hi there families,

 

My name is Juliet Aboagye-Hill, better known as Mrs Hill. I have worked at PCS for a year now and am currently in the role of Preschool Teacher. My parents are from Ghana, West Africa and I was born in Dusseldorf, Germany. I have been raised in Australia but have spent a bulk of my adult life in Japan - 12 years to be exact. 

 

I attended LaTrobe University where I earned my Bachelor of Electronic Commerce degree, then quickly discovered a life in front of a screen was not for me. One could say I fell into teaching some 17 years ago and have yet to look back. In that time I have pursued a Bachelor of Early Childhood.

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Host Families for Japanese Student Homestay

Host Families for Japanese Student Homestay

We have Japanese students from Sakuranomaki High School requiring host families. Please consider if you are able or willing to host a student from 27 July – 6 August 2018. Students are aged 16-17 years & speak some English.

 

What you need to provide:

a comfy bed (sharing a room is fine)

3 meals a day

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Dayvis Heyne wins coveted cadetship with ABC TV

Dayvis Heyne wins coveted cadetship with ABC TV

Dayvis Heyne graduated from PCS in 2014 and attended Macquarie University where he received his BA in Media. He has been working at ABC TV, having won the coveted cadetship which attracted over 1000 applicants. The interview process was challenging but very thorough. Congratulations Dayvis! We are very proud of your achievements!

 

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Year 4 Cinema Event

Year 4 Cinema Event

A huge thank you to the parents, family members and friends who attended the Year 4 Cinema Afternoon on Thursday 31 May 2018. You were a really wonderful and captivated audience, helping to make this event great.

 

Many thanks to Mrs Luisa Martinez for organising the delicious catering for the afternoon tea. Thank you to four of our student leaders who spoke with great confidence on the day: Adam M, Madeline H, Oscar G and Elsie W.

 

Year 4 students had worked hard in collaborative friendship groups to produce these unique iMovie trailers about their adventures at camp earlier this term.

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Justice League Car Wash

Justice League Car Wash

The Senior School Justice League Special Interest Group showed outstanding initiative in organising a staff car wash fundraising activity on Friday 1 June 2018 to raise money for monthly sponsorship with Destiny Rescue. 

 

Destiny Rescue is an internationally recognised Christian non-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing abused children in Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines and India. The organisation has rescued over 2,500 children since 2011. 

 

Justice League are planning to sponsor a home where the children are supported daily with care, education and skill development.

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Stories from Year 8 English: Emily Wrona

Stories from Year 8 English: Emily Wrona

Students in 8E1 English were asked to re-tell a story that they had heard, using their own narrative techniques. The class are studying the film Whale Rider this term, focusing on narrative techniques such as dialogue, descriptive writing, imagery and culture.

 

Over the next three e–PhoCuS editions, three of the stories will be published. This story was written by Emily Wrona about a story that she really likes. Read Emily's story below!

 

Mrs Tabone

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Beginner Band on the march

Beginner Band on the march

Is your Middle School student interested in learning a musical instrument?

 

The Beginner Band program runs on Tuesday mornings before school from 7.30 am – 8.15 am.

 

There are currently positions available on Clarinet, Trumpet, Saxophone and Flute to begin Term 3.

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K-12 School Photo Day: Wednesday 20 June 2018

K-12 School Photo Day: Wednesday 20 June 2018

Have your student’s school memories captured forever! The 2018 School Photo Day for Kindergarten to Year 12 is on Wednesday 20 June 2018. PLEASE CLICK HERE for more details from MSP Photography about Photo Day (order forms will be sent home soon). 

 

Please contact Student Reception if your child has not received their Photo Order Form.

 

 

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Year 3 in Action

Year 3 in Action

What a fun time we have been having in Year 3 lately! The students worked very hard to be prepared for Naplan testing and were able to complete their tests with diligence and calmness. We are certainly proud of the effort they put in.

 

Below are some of the other things we have been enjoying in Year 3:

 

Robots – The students designed, created and decorated robots made from junk materials. Some of their robots had dual functions and some were nearly as tall as they were, kneeling down. 3D art is always fun and provides an opportunity for students to consider height, width and depth to create a form that is potentially interactive.

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PCS Students Help With Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal

PCS Students Help With Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal

On Saturday 26 May, a group of PCS students along with Ms Heyne and Mrs Cavanagh, took to the streets in the Penrith area to collect almost $500 on behalf of the Salvation Army for the annual Red Shield Appeal.

 

The Red Shield Appeal is The Salvation Army's signature fundraising drive which helps fund their vast network of social and community services. Vulnerable Australians rely on these programs every day with services ranging from providing shelter for the homeless, assisting families in crisis through practical support and financial counselling, to guiding people with addictions through to a clean, healthy lifestyle.

 

Well done to the students for their willingness to serve the community and help bring hope to those around them.

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Introducing: Talitha Treasure – School Counsellor

Introducing: Talitha Treasure – School Counsellor

Hi, I’m Talitha Treasure, Counsellor for Early Childhood and Junior School. This is my first year at PCS and I’m thoroughly enjoying the role.

 

I am honoured to share  and be a part of this amazing Christian School community as I see huge opportunity to showcase the love and grace of God as I meet with students, teachers and parents.

 

I come with a background in Psychology, Social Work and Counselling, with the core of my work experience being relationship counselling with families, adolescents and young children. A significant part of my work experience has been overseas where I worked with families with disability, grief and trauma. My Christian upbringing and love for Jesus has given me a good foundation to stand on in times of sadness and pain. I value my Christian faith and hope to contribute in and continue to make this School community a safe and pleasant place.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Upcoming Road Closures around Frogmore Road

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Upcoming Road Closures around Frogmore Road

Night work and traffic changes on The Northern Road upgrade, South Penrith

 

Roads and Maritime Services is continuing work on The Northern Road upgrade between Glenmore Parkway, Glenmore Park and Jamison Road, South Penrith.

 

As part of this work, adjust signage water utilities will be installed along The Northern Road between Frogmore Road and Jamison Road and on Frogmore Road, South Penrith.

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Busways School Opal Tap Campaign Term 2, 2018

Busways School Opal Tap Campaign Term 2, 2018

A message from Busways:

 

This term will see Busways Inspectors checking to ensure students are using their Opal cards when boarding the school bus. Students that do not present a valid Opal card will be asked to pay a fare. Failure to produce a valid Opal card or bus fare will result in the Inspector recording the student’s name.

 

After the school inspection the names that were recorded will be emailed to the school, with a request for the school to follow-up with the students and parents/guardians concerned.

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PCS sponsors local soccer team

PCS sponsors local soccer team

PCS is proud to sponsor the Glenmore Park Football Club, Under 10 Greys soccer team. Pictured here are two of the team members (with their PCS sponsored game shirts) standing under a PCS advertising banner at the club's home ground at Mulgoa Rise. 

PCS in Glenmore Park

PCS in Glenmore Park

If you're passing by Glenmore Park shops, check out the Billboards located in the main and side carparks advertising our wonderful School to the community (images below).

 

Prior to these 'general' billboards being displayed, we were using the space to promote our recent Open Day. The star of our Open Day promotion, Lachie, made sure he got a close look before they disappeared! Lachie was very excited, saying “Mum isn’t that so special?”. We agree Lachie!

 

Da Vinci Decathlon 2018

Da Vinci Decathlon 2018

VERY early on Tuesday morning, eight intrepid Year 8 students plus one brave parent, joined me to head off to the Da Vinci Decathlon at Knox Grammar at Wahroonga. The students were filled with excitement as we journeyed on three trains to reach our destination.

 

The competition saw our students competing with over 1200 other students from all over the state and from public schools, other independent schools, selective schools and prestigious grammar schools (It must be said that there some fancy blazers on show, but none as good looking as our PCS uniform).

 

The competition questions were of an incredibly challenging nature, to which all of our students acquitted themselves so well. The teamwork, ingenuity and creativity displayed by our team was very impressive. To say that I was most proud of our guys would be an understatement.

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Business Studies: Study Day at Penrith High School

Business Studies: Study Day at Penrith High School

On Friday 18 May, Year 12 Business Studies enjoyed the opportunity to attend the Business Studies Study Day at Penrith Selective High School run by WESSSTA (Western Sydney Social Sciences Teachers Association).

 

The students heard four lessons, delivered by highly experienced teachers, on each of the HSC topics: Operations, Marketing, Finance and Human Resources.

 

The students have come away with a new perspective on some of the course content, as well as various study skills, to help them prepare for their exam at the end of the year.

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