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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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Year 2 Open Day STEM activities

Year 2 Open Day STEM activities

Year 2 loved opening up our classrooms to the community at Open Day last week! We had several STEM activities happening including designing and engineering a Roller Coaster for our marble run, Catapult Pom Poms and some Hot Air Rockets.

 

We all had to collaborate in our teams to complete each task, and what a blessing it was to have some parent and grandparent helpers to assist us.

 

Here are some highlights from our students' perspective:

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Year 1 Writing Up a Storm!

Year 1 Writing Up a Storm!

Year 1 have been busily writing Procedures in class. The students observed the jelly making process and then wrote a Procedure on it. They particularly enjoyed the tasting at the end of the day.

 

Our Year 1's have also enjoyed our Science topic ‘Spot the difference'. They have been learning about the changes that take place with items when they are heated or cooled. So far the students have looked at spaghetti and ice blocks. Some crazy artworks have been created and the students built some amazing spaghetti towers.

 

It has been pleasing to see the progress that the students have made with their Reading and Writing.

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Year 11 Information Night 2018

Year 11 Information Night 2018

Year 10 students and parents/guardians are invited to our Year 11 Information Night on Tuesday 29 May 2018 (7 pm to 9 pm). It will be held in the Auditorium and Cafeteria of Penrith Christian School (1 Simeon Road, Orchard Hills). This event is open to both current and prospective students.

 

The aim of this event is to provide specific details concerning options available for the HSC, including the exciting VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses on offer. The night will also cover other aspects of 'life at PCS' including Missions trips, leadership and scholarships.

 

Attendees will be given a subject guide and have opportunity to speak with Faculty representatives to find out more detailed information about specific subjects. Staff will also be available to answer any questions you have, over an informal supper.

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Canteen Update - May 2018

Canteen Update - May 2018

If your child forgets their lunch or a lunch order is not placed, the Canteen will provide them with a cheese or vegemite sandwich. Payment will be required the following school day.

 

Due to prep time, there is no hot food available for last minute lunch orders.

 

Thank you for your understanding.

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Linke Nel (Kindergarten): Jeans for Genes Ambassador

Linke Nel (Kindergarten): Jeans for Genes Ambassador

Diagnosed with a rare leukaemia when she was just 2 years old, Linke Nel (Kindergarten student) has a chain of ‘bravery beads’ over a metre long. Each time she got a blood test or had a treatment, had ‘a good day or a bad day’, her mum added a bead to the chain.

She has spent over 200 days in hospital and has already faced more difficulties than many adults. Linke’s story shows how supporting research can help defeat cancer and save lives.

“You often get people who say, ‘oh what can we do to help?’ The biggest and the smallest thing you can do is to donate towards research. Research means so much to me. It's given my child a life. It's given me the privilege of being a mum to the most beautiful girl that you can imagine.’’

 

CLICK HERE to read Linke's full story on the Jeans for Genes Website

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Year 7 English: ‘Five Senses’ Workshop

Year 7 English: ‘Five Senses’ Workshop

In English this term, Year 7 are learning about Shakespeare. We have been using a new program that focuses on understanding smaller details like Iambic Pentameter, through to exploring bigger themes like how Shakespeare created feeling and emotion through language.

 

On Wednesday in Week 3, Year 7 classes attended a ‘Five Senses’ workshop where they tasted, smelt, touched, heard and saw different stimuli, whilst having to complete activities at each station.

 

An example was tasting honey, popping candy or lemon, and using descriptive words to explain this taste sensation without identifying the item. One student tasted honey and wrote, “Sweet, smooth, birthdays and care from my Mum when I have a sore throat,” another student wrote, “Honey – dancing sunshine on my tongue, my first experience of love.”

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