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Benefits of reading with your children

Benefits of reading with your children

Should parents continue to read to children once they can read to themselves?

 

As parents, we all lead such incredibly busy lives that it is understandable to prioritise listening to your child read their home reader but forsake the good old bedtime story that they enjoyed during their earlier years.

 

However, more and more I have come across intervention specialist reports that recommend positive shared reading experiences and modelled reading within both home and school contexts.

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COVID-19 Family Wellbeing

COVID-19 Family Wellbeing

During uncertain times, it is not unusual to have feelings of worry and unease. However, as parents and caregivers, it is important that we learn to manage stress and worry before it turns to more severe anxiety and panic, which can affect the children in our care.

 

In your role as parent/caregiver, there are a number of things you can consider, to look after the emotional wellbeing of you and your family – starting with taking care of yourself!

 

As we know, children and adolescents, just like adults, absorb information from what they hear and see around them: from the news, social media, discussions at home, at school, at the shops and with their peers.

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – New Government Measures and the impact on our School Community

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – New Government Measures
and the impact on our School Community

Dear PCS Community

 

You would be aware the Prime Minister announced Sunday afternoon, that all those arriving from overseas from midnight on 15 March will be required to self-isolate for two weeks. Isolation is also required for those who have had contact with somebody with COVID-19.

 

In light of the development of the outbreak, the Government has also stipulated that organised, non‑essential gatherings should be limited to 500 people.

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Bus Services - COVID-19 Update

Bus Services - COVID-19 Update

With the COVID-19 situation continuing to evolve in NSW, it is important to keep up to date with the latest information and advice. School and route bus services are currently operating as normal, however, should this change unexpectedly, our school bus operator, Busways, advises it will post updates to school and route bus services to its website. Parents are encouraged to regularly check the Busways website at www.busways.com.au for updates and announcements regarding bus services for our school in case changes happen unexpectedly outside of school hours. Regular checks to the Busways website will ensure you have the most up to date information.

Team Unity in F1 in Schools National Finals

Team Unity in F1 in Schools National Finals

On Tuesday morning last week Team Unity arrived at the Bosch Head Office, Melbourne to drop off their trade display items in preparation for the opening of the F1 in Schools National Competition 2020. 

 

After a smooth two hour build in the afternoon and with a little time to spare at the end, the Team completed a fabulous, professional and competitive Trade Display, equal to the best in Australia.

 

Wednesday morning saw the official opening ceremony of F1 in Schools National Finals take place, with many industry experts and dignitaries present as either guests or judges. To kick off the schedule of events, Team Unity was competing in the Automatic Timed Racing with Round 1 being Team Unity (PCS) vs Awaken (Blue Mountains Grammar). Vaughan and Ella did a cracking job with the engineering, gaining a gross lap time of 1.293 sec, beating Awaken in three of the four races, with a false start being the first race. Team Unity placed 5th overall in the Automated Timed Races.

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Year 9 Urban Challenge

Year 9 Urban Challenge

In Week 3 this term, Year 9 embarked on The Urban Challenge camp, where we aimed to give them  the ultimate real-world urban experience. In small teams, each with a teacher and an Urban Challenge Guide, students walked, caught trains, buses, light rail and more on a fast-paced unfolding adventure through Sydney and surrounds. Teams completed urban-flavoured activities, clue chases, meal preparation, money challenges and much more along the way, on a quest to be crowned champions.

 

Students get a taste of what it’s like to plan and travel around the streets of Sydney, prepare and eat in its restaurants, budget and spend their money, and enjoy some of the accommodation on offer.

 

They also competed in team challenges where they could earn valuable points; Dragon Boating, Cockatoo Island, 10-pin bowling were all crowd favourites. The students loved getting involved in this awesome experience which provided a slightly different flavour to a traditional camp. They learnt skills, overcame obstacles and built relationships that will leave a lasting impact. Year 9 took on Sydney, and they won; particularly Team 4, who were our Urban Challenge Champions for 2020.

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Year 11 Seminar Week

Year 11 Seminar Week

Seminar Week saw Year 11 embark on their journey of the Higher School Certificate. Students were involved in a range of activities during this time to help encourage, motivate, organise and persevere through their final years of schooling. Each day came with a new challenge for them to face, to guide their learning and to build their understanding of the career-orientated society we all eventually must face.

 

Program for the four days:

Tuesday - Hope Accelerated with Glen Gerreyn

Wednesday - Cultural day in the city

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Introducing Jonathan Howe

Introducing Jonathan Howe

Well, six weeks completed of Term 1 and I am slowly feeling like I am not drowning and getting used to how the school functions. I have enjoyed getting to know the PCS community here and looking forward to the year ahead. I have noticed the kind nature of the teachers here and everyone I have talked with has asked at some stage how I am settling in.

 

What is my story without writing a book you may ask? Born in Manly to a Congregational Minister and his wife, Clive and Helen Howe, who brought me up to know Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, along with my siblings Diana and Ross; very blessed indeed. Mum and Dad went to Sydney Missionary Bible College and started their ministry at Busby West in the 1980s, a housing commission area near Liverpool. Mum and Dad put their hand up to go there after college because no one else in the college wanted to work there.

 

We ended up in Campbelltown and I started an apprenticeship as Fitter and Machinist, moved into Height Safety Systems, and then went to University to become a teacher. During that time, I spent close to 10 years working as a youth leader in Claymore, a housing commission area in Campbelltown. We ran a successful team ministry there serving young teenagers through fellowship, Bible study and lots of food. I didn't know Mum and Dad volunteered to work at Busby West until many years after I started at Claymore; apple doesn’t fall too far I guess!

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Hand washing helps

Hand washing helps

As we come in to the winter season, and with current concerns about the COVID-19, we would like to keep you informed and seek your assistance in keeping our school community healthy in the coming months.

 

We wish to advise that it is permissible for students to be provided with personal use (size) Hand Sanitisers to carry with them should you wish to do so, please seek advice on which is best for your child/ren.  Hand washing with soap is the most effective way to control infection and the spread of disease.  Soap in our bathrooms is always provided and as an additional measure we have installed the attached poster with proper handwashing instructions.

 

Vigilant hand washing with soap and water is the preferred and most effective method of stopping the spread of germs in our school.  Effective hand sanitiser must contain at least 60% alcohol and due to safety reasons, this cannot be kept in classrooms in large containers.

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Boost for Middle School in 2020

Boost for Middle School in 2020

UPDATE: 

Middle School Boost is now up and running for 2020. We have had a good response from students eager to extend themselves and take on these challenges.

 

It has been particularly exciting to see some students new to the BOOST program coming along. Application forms can still be obtained and interested students can still put their names forward. Applications for this program close on Friday 20 March.

 

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Kindy Letter from a Farmer!

Kindy Letter from a Farmer!

Last year many of the Kindergarten students took the time to write letters to our Australian farmers to cheer them up. One of our Kindy students recently received a response! It has been a wonderful experience for our students to understand the impact that a small gesture can have.

 

Here is the email from Priestley's mum:

 

As you know last year Priestley's class KA had the opportunity to write letters to our Australian Farmer's to cheer them up, well yesterday Priestley received a response!! Priestley was so happy and is wanting to write back which I will help her with.

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PCS Swimming Carnivals 2020

PCS Swimming Carnivals 2020

The year has started off with a splash with four swimming carnivals over the past five weeks of Term 1. We have seen some great school spirit, awesome results, and a number of new records across these carnivals.

 

YEARS 3 TO 6 SWIMMING CARNIVAL

 

The 2020 Years 3-6 (and a few Year 2s) had their swimming carnival in Week 3 at Ripples St Marys. The forecast for the day was overcast with the chance of a storm. However, we started the day with clear weather and the students all turned up enthusiastic and ready for a great day. Despite a slightly later start, we got underway and it was great to see so many students having a crack at the early events. We saw some records go throughout the day, and it was awesome to see so many kids cheering each other on.

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Junior Missions 2020

Junior Missions 2020

On Wednesday 4 March Junior School had a Missions Assembly to hear about our trip to Uganda in January and launch our Missions Vision for 2020. Middle School students Jake, Hamish, Elsie and Megan were able to demonstrate their Kiganda dancing and drumming skills that they learnt from Divine Junior School teachers and students. On Friday 6 March at Middle School Chapel, the same students were interviewed by Mr Daniel Favretti about their Missions experience in Uganda.

 

Thank you for your generous contributions to Missions in 2019. We raised $927.65 through Coins for Missions, $1,141 from Priestley Stauner’s family and $1,663.95 through selling cans of drinks and Zooper Doopers. Our total by the end of Term 3 was $3,732.60, pretty impressive! Throughout Term 4 we continued to receive generous donations from our school community for Divine Junior School bringing the total to over $10,000. 

 

Divine Junior School community were so grateful for Penrith Christian School’s generosity. They send their love, prayers and gratitude and they even wrote a song about ‘Coins for Missions’ which was posted on Penrith Christian School's Facebook account in January. (CLICK HERE to view)

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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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School Attendance

School Attendance

We are well into the school year. Hopefully your child/adolescent has started the year well and their attendance has been strong.

 

Attending school consistently is crucial for your child to achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options. Missing one day every fortnight might not seem like all that much but by December, it equates to a full four weeks of school! If that happens every year from Kindergarten to Year 10, then an entire year of school has been missed. It is important to note that partial absenteeism (arriving late or leaving early) also counts towards overall attendance.

 

Of course, there are very valid reasons for missing school such being sick or having an infectious disease, having an unavoidable medical appointment or exceptional family circumstances such as a funeral.  Still, everything should be done to keep your child/adolescent’s attendance as high as possible.

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The Big Vegie Crunch Vegetable Week 2020

The Big Vegie Crunch Vegetable Week 2020

Did you know that our School is involved in Vegetable Week and The Big Vegie Crunch? It’s a no cost school-based health promotion event that encourages kids to eat more vegetables.

 

Our Junior School and Middle Students participated in the ‘Big Vegie Crunch’ on Thursday 4 March.

 

It was wonderful to see so many students ‘crunching’ on a variety of different vegetables.

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Online Canteen Ordering 2020

Online Canteen Ordering 2020

For our new (or current!) families, did you know we have an online ordering system for our canteen? Flexischools is the fast, convenient and secure way to order and pay for canteen orders from home or on your mobile. Flexischools makes canteen ordering available to you 24/7.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Parents set up a Flexischools account online and pre-load the account with funds.

Parents can use the funds in their account to order and pay for canteen services.

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Wear Blue for Autism

Wear Blue for Autism

Our Early Learning Centre and Junior School will be celebrating the unique qualities of each member of our School for Wear Blue for Autism Day on Wednesday 1 April 2020. This is a Missions fundraiser day for the NSW Autism Association, who support children and families living with autism.

 

Early Learning and Junior School students are welcome to wear a blue item with their school uniform, and bring a gold coin donation to add to our fundraising efforts.

Harmony Day 2020

Harmony Day 2020

On Harmony Day, we celebrate the diversity of the community within which we are a part. We all come from different backgrounds, cultures, ideas and heritage and Harmony Day wishes to promote conversation and understanding around this.

Our EARLY LEARNING STUDENTS have been asked to WEAR ORANGE on this day, as that is the official colour of Harmony Day. There will be lots of fun stations throughout the day for the children to be involved in.

 

Wednesday 18 March, 2020 (Monday - Wednesday students)

Thursday 19 March, 2020 (Thursday - Friday students)

PCS Branded Swimwear - new info for 2020!

PCS Branded Swimwear - new info for 2020!

The Uniform Shop has commenced selling our PCS Branded Swimwear to provide better access for parents to purchase garments, especially during out of school hours.

 

Trading hours during School Terms:

Tuesday - 7.30 am to 11.30 am

Thursday – 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

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