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New Child Care Package

New Child Care Package

The Australian Government’s new Child Care Package commences on 2 July 2018.

 

It is important that all families accessing early childhood services or before and after school care are registered with myGov and have Centrelink linked to their account. 

 

Further details about the new Child Care Package can be found here https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/child_care_package_6pp_dl_final.pdf

Easter Chapel 2018

Easter Chapel 2018

You are welcome to join us for our Combined School Easter Chapel on Thursday 29 March 2018 (1.45 pm - 2.45 pm).

 

Kindergarten to Year 12 students will be meeting together to celebrate the Easter message.

 

We hope to see you there!

BOUNCE BACK TIPS: The Power of Words

BOUNCE BACK TIPS: The Power of Words

One of my favourite activities from when I was teaching Year 2 in our Bounce Back lessons a few years ago was writing on paper, screwing up the paper and throwing it in the bin.

 

The purpose of the activity was learning that we don’t have to accept ‘put-downs’ and hurtful words spoken to us. We wrote down unkind words that have been said and then put them in the bin where they belong! It’s a powerful exercise and very liberating.

 

The Bible tells us: Proverbs 18:21a (CEV) ‘Words can bring death or life!’

 

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Easter Family Fun afternoons for Prep

Easter Family Fun afternoons for Prep

We warmly invite you to join us for our Easter Family Fun afternoons for our Prep classes:

 

Mon - Wed Class: Wednesday 28 March

CLICK HERE for full details.

 

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Introducing: Mr Damien Jenner

Introducing: Mr Damien Jenner

Recently, I have joined the PCS Mathematics department and am enjoying the process of teaching collaboratively and meeting many staff and students. Learning hundreds of names though is a challenge, and so I am thinking of assigning people numbers!

 

Historically, having grown up in northern NSW and south east Queensland, I made my way back to NSW, Sydney, for university and my early engineering career (and to avoid argument over State of Origin matches). I then spent several years working for a church and exploring paid Christian ministry before settling on teaching Mathematics.

 

Personally, I am married to Justine and we have four boys aged between 8 and 14. We live in the mid mountains and our weekends are often full of activities including soccer, skateparks, movie nights, church, bush walks and catching our breath. I love playing sports including soccer and touch football, and I am attempting to rekindle my fitness by training for a half marathon in April.

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The Power of Connection

The Power of Connection

Our children are hardwired to look at our faces thousands of times each day. It gives them information about who they are, what they are worth, if they are loved, if they are a priority. Eye contact, delight and responsiveness create brains that are primed for security, confidence and optimism. 

 

When our children don’t have access to our real-time, live, in-person face, they will make do with technology. They will turn to phones, computers and tablets to fill the gap that is missing from a present and interactive relationship. Technology doesn’t fill the void completely … kids need at least ten minutes of daily connect time with at least one adult to feel safe, connected and loved.  During this time, your child needs to have your full attention, and to get really connected, your full engagement.

 

That means PLAY!

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Year 5 Student Reflections

Anti-Bullying Seminar by Brett Murray

On Tuesday 27 February, we listened to Brett Murray speak about Anti-Bullying. I liked how Mr Murray told us he wanted to help kids understand bullying and how to stop it because he was bullied as a kid and knew how stressful it was. I liked how he made us laugh and described things in a way we could understand. I liked how he said to follow our dreams. I liked how he didn’t just talk about anti-bullying, but about Jesus. I think he was very brave sharing his childhood problem. This has helped me to know what to say to other people and how to say it.

‘Don’t let the past affect your future!’

‘Let’s make bullying history!’

‘Anti-bullying is purely about respecting one another!’

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Year 4 Aboriginal Experience

As part of our History unit, ‘First Contacts’, Year 4 recently had a visit from Chris Tobin who is an expert on Aboriginal traditions and culture of the local area, and who is an active member of the Darug community.

 

Mr Tobin is an amazing speaker and students had a chance to listen to traditional Aboriginal stories, see authentic tools and weapons, and even have their faces painted for a traditional dance.

 

Mr Tobin spoke passionately about the long history of the Aboriginal people in Australia, including this area, and shared what life was like for men, women and children before European settlement.

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Ranier Uniform Shop News

We wish to farewell Mrs Trish Webber, as she leaves the PCS Uniform Shop; her last day is tomorrow (Tuesday 20 March). We thank Trish for her hard work and commitment to assisting PCS families with their school uniform requirements and wish her every blessing as she begins this next season in life.

 

We would like to warmly welcome Mrs Kathy Byron to the Uniform Shop. She will be looking after you once she has transitioned into the role.

 

When you next visit the Uniform Shop, please give Kathy a great big PCS welcome.

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iCentre Student Book Club

iCentre Student Book Club

We love books and we love reading, and we love to share that with our students. The iCentre staff are keen to run a student reading circle/book club where students can come and share about the books they’ve been reading, and discover new books they might not have thought of reading before. Reluctant readers are just as welcome as avid readers – we want to encourage everyone to find the books that light up the world of reading for them.

 

Reading for pleasure is strongly linked to success not only at school, but in life outside of and after school.

 

At this stage we are gauging the level of interest in a student book club, so if attending a book club at school might appeal to your child, please contact Mr Danial Ollis or Mrs Bethany Evans in the iCentre.

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Bounce Back Tips – Helpful and Unhelpful Thinking

Bounce Back Tips – Helpful and Unhelpful Thinking

The children are taught that unhelpful thinking can make a problem seem much worse than it is. Maybe you could practise helpful thinking at home if you hear your child express unhelpful words.

 

Helpful thinking:

accepts that mistakes happen

focuses on the future, not the past

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Kindergarten Easter Hat Parade 2018

Kindergarten Easter Hat Parade 2018

Jesus is the reason for the season and the Kindy Easter Hat Parade is a chance for parents and children to focus on the true meaning of Easter while creating a simple, elaborate, crazy or beautiful hat together.

 

Join us at the Kindy Easter Hat Parade on Wednesday 28 March 2018 at 8.30 am under the Junior School COLA area.

 

CLICK HERE for full details.

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Crunch&Sip in Middle School

Middle School celebrated the launch of Crunch&Sip® at Chapel on Friday 9 March with a Crunch&Sip® Game show with three rounds: Fruit & Veg taste test, Pictionary and a quiz. 

 

Fruit and vegetables were kindly donated (including an apple for every Middle School student attending Chapel) by Glenbrook Greengrocer, owned by the Kohler family who have three children at PCS.

 

For more information about Crunch&Sip®, CLICK HERE

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New Books!! Woo Hoo!!

New Books!! Woo Hoo!!

The iCentre staff have been very encouraged with the fantastic number of books being borrowed out each week. Keep up the good work, and encourage your friends.

 

There is an amazing world awaiting within the pages of all of the books in the iCentre.

 

On that…….

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School Opal Cards - a message from Busways

School Opal Cards - a message from Busways

If your child/ren catch a school bus, please read the important message below sent to us from Busways:

 

Does your child catch a School Bus? Help them keep it!

 

As the bus operator providing your child’s school bus services, we are asking for your help in getting your child to use their Opal card on every bus trip.

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Penrith Pistons at the 2018 National F1 in Schools Competition

Penrith Pistons at the 2018 National F1 in Schools Competition

One of the largest STEM programs in the world, the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge™ is the world’s foremost student competition for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

 

Five students from Penrith Christian School entered this competition in 2017 as the 'Penrith Pistons'.

 

Each year more than 17,000 schools in 44 nations take on the challenge of developing the world’s fastest miniature F1 car. Here in Australia approximately 22,000 students are involved each year with over ten times that being exposed to the program and having access to the same classroom technology used by the students to design and build their cars.

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Urgent Notice Update to Blue Mountains Afternoon Service

Urgent Notice Update to Blue Mountains Afternoon Service

Effective from Monday 12 March the afternoon drop off for Glenbrook will be the bus stop outside the Glenbrook Museum directly opposite the tennis court dressing rooms in Ross Street.

 

Please refer to the below map. The red arrow points to the new stop, the red/blue circle indicates the current highway stop.

 

A busy start to 2018 for Year 3!

A busy start to 2018 for Year 3!

A lot has happened in the first six weeks of school! Our students have settled into classroom routines and friendships. We enjoy worshipping God together in the mornings, learning the books of the Bible and discussing how God’s Word is relevant to our lives. 

 

In Literacy, we have been focusing on Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, where the students have participated in various group activities including presenting a news report, role play and PowerPoint presentations. Students have identified the elements of a narrative and have applied this to their own writing of Dreamtime stories. This all ties in beautifully with our MIGW topic, 'Community and Change', where we have been studying the Aboriginal people who lived in our local area!

 

Students have been enjoying reading with our new librarian, Mr Ollis and visiting the Music bus.

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NSW Premier's Reading Challenge 2018

NSW Premier's Reading Challenge 2018

Students at PCS once again have the opportunity to take part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. 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 Years K-9 in 2018.

 

For students in Kinder to Year 2 the challenge is to experience 30 books by 31st August, 25 at least 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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Camp Australia – Introducing Jimmy

Camp Australia – Introducing Jimmy

What an awesome year it has already been with the blessings of the Lord.

 

I wanted to take this time to officially greet you all in Jesus Name as the new Service Coordinator for Camp Australia 2018.

 

I have worked as a School Learning Support Officer, Teacher’s Aide in Hebersham Public School, Emerton Public School and Holy Family Primary School. I have also worked as an Educator in Family Day Care.

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