Junior School - Google Classroom video

Junior School - Google Classroom video

Our Junior School staff have put together a video for students and parents, which explains how learning will be happening in Junior School at PCS from Term 2. 

 

The video was posted on the Junior School Instagram. If you don't have an Instagram account, you can still view the video via the link below in a browser. However, we do recommend signing up to Instagram, as we will be posting more information via that platform in the future. It's free to join and you can remain private/anonymous.

 

CLICK HERE to view the video

Light it Up Blue for Autism 2020

Light it Up Blue for Autism 2020

On Wednesday 1 April, Junior School participated in a National Fundraiser for Autism – Light it up Blue. Even though all of our students are learning online at home or at school, we had a tremendous amount of students and families participate in this event.  Check out the cool photos some of the parents have sent in as well as our students on site. Thank you to those families who gave at school or online.

 

If you missed it out and would like to donate, PLEASE CLICK HERE and you can give 10c, $1, $2 or an amount you choose. Please put Penrith Christian School in the comments.

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD an information sheet about Autism in case your child asks any questions.

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Early Learning Zoom Story Time

Early Learning Zoom Story Time

Connection is really important within our Early Learning Centre, and to help foster this throughout this time of isolation, we have embarked upon a Zoom Story Time journey.

 

This allows the children and families at home to stay connected with us, and is just as great of an importance for us as educators, as it is for the children that we are entrusted with during this situation we find ourselves in. For us to facilitate the children being able to see each other, interact in a limited way, and have something special just for them at this time, became real-world problems that we needed to overcome.

 

We are so blessed to live in an age of technology, where platforms like Zoom and Storypark have become crucial to maintaining this connection. The thought of moving into this digital platform was a little confronting, but with so many avenues moving online now, it was an easy step to take when we made it.

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Maintaining your mental health during social isolation

Maintaining your mental health during social isolation

CLICK HERE to read an article that deals with the very important topic of maintaining your mental health during social isolation.

 

It provides tips and links to great websites to help you and your family navigate this very tricky situation we are all in covering topics like staying connected, structuring your day, and seeking additional support.

 

This is a situation that we have never been in before, so let’s face it together, with as much help as we can get.

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Ways to Connect: Online Resources

Ways to Connect: Online Resources

With most of the world in various levels of lockdown, many creative and interesting resources have emerged that we can use to stay connected.

 

Please find below some great links to resources that you may find helpful:

 

Story Time From Space - 1

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WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: Online learning with Alicia and Sarah

WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: Online learning with Alicia and Sarah

During this period of off site schooling for most students, we will be featuring stories from families learning from home. If you have a story (funny, serious, informative, etc) to submit for consideration, please email (preferably with a photo or two) luisa.martinez@pcs.nsw.edu.au. Your story might be something new your family has never tried before, a benefit you didn't expect from learning at home, technology bloopers, a photo of teddy bears in your front window (for those contributing to the 'Going on A Bear Hunt' fun!), or a great 'cooking with kids' recipe - we'd love to hear what you've been up to.

 

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As we all adjust to our new way of living and doing online school, here are some ideas our family have put in place to maximise learning from home.

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PCS Drive-thru Library

PCS Drive-thru Library

Is your child missing their regular library time? The iCentre has a solution!

 

This term we are offering a new way to get your book fix: Drive-thru Library! (Would you like a bookmark with that? You never know, that might happen!)

 

This will operate on an opt-in basis, and we will put together packs of age-appropriate books for those students who wish to participate. We have a new email address dedicated to Drive-thru Library so that we can best serve your family. To opt in to Drive-thru Library, please email us at drive-thru.library@pcs.nsw.edu.au, and let us know the name and grade of your child/ren so that we can provide them with books.

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Sunshine Online - online book resource

Sunshine Online - online book resource

Your child’s teacher has probably already told you about this great resource.  We use this a lot here at PCS and you can access it from home.  There are many books for your child to read at their level. There are also word games, sight word activities, etc.:

 

The link is https://www.sunshineonline.com.au/

Username – Penrith

Password – penrith

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Penrith Library eBooks

Penrith Library eBooks

Did you know, eBooks and audio books are available at public libraries? And it’s free to join! All students at PCS are eligible to join Penrith Library, no matter where you live. Parents will need to ring the Library and let them know that your child attends Penrith Christian School. Penrith Library also has Premier’s Reading Challenge ebooks!

 

Anyone who goes to a school in Penrith is eligible to join for free. Students could also join Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Blacktown libraries who all have similar eBook platforms available.

 

They also have eBooks, audio books and magazines for mum and dad if you need an escape from homeschooling children!!

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World Book Online

World Book Online

For those students researching assignments, or those looking for fantastic non-fiction reading for your own personal enjoyment and learning, World Book Online is a great resource.

 

To access an incredibly wide range of articles, images, eBooks, etc, go to:

https://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Login?ed=wb

Username: Penrith

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Chess Kid Online 2020

Chess Kid Online 2020

For the students who have been missing their regular lunch time chess games, you are not alone; Mr Ollis is missing it as well! As such, I would like to remind students about our online option, Chess Kid https://www.chesskid.com/.

 

For a period of time, Chess Kid was happening all over the iCentre at lunchtimes. Then the love of playing on a real board rightly took over. But now is the time to look at Chess Kid again. Even if you have forgotten your login details, it is free and easy to set up a new account and get playing again with your friends. Within Chess Kid, there are also a number of different challenges that you can have a go at.

Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing

In this season of COVID-19, social distancing and online learning, it is important that we support our mental health and wellbeing by accessing good, quality information.

 

Below you will find a list of available resources that will be helpful for all families, with students of any age, that might be of assistance in managing the changes to daily life.

 

It can feel overwhelming during this time as we work together to combat the spread of COVID-19, but there are organisations, services and resources out there to support your mental health and wellbeing.

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From the PCS Board Chairman: 31 March 2020

From the PCS Board Chairman: 31 March 2020

Dear PCS Parents, Caregivers, School Family and Friends,

 

I thought it timely to be in contact with you as we live and move through one of the most difficult and challenging times in our country’s history and needless to say, the history of the world. We are all seeing and hearing the news reporting and experiencing the reality of constant changing implications caused by the COVID-19 virus spread. Not only is the impact severe on our daily lives, our families, loved ones and our communities, but also on the continuing education of our children. For some families this has meant facing severe financial difficulties from either loss of jobs, stand down, irregular and/or reduced work.

 

I am aware the impact differs for each family, and this means all household expenses are reviewed, including School fees.

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Middle School video

Middle School video

Hi Middle School Families! Take a look at this video featuring our Middle School staff, saying 'hello' and providing some information about online learning at PCS for Years 5, 6, 7 and 8. We miss you! We're looking forward to seeing you online (and in person again later on!)

 

The video was posted on the Middle School Instagram and PCS Facebook accounts. If you don't have an Instagram account, you can still view the video via the link below. However, we do recommend signing up to Instagram, as we will be posting more information via that platform in the future. It's free to join and you can remain private/anonymous.

 

CLICK HERE to view the video

School Arrangements: Week 10 (commencing Monday 6 April)

School Arrangements: Week 10 (commencing Monday 6 April)

As we prepare for an even longer period of at-home-learning in Term 2, as indicated by the Government, the Staff are needing to have more time for their long term preparation of teaching and learning to accommodate this. The change to deliver online lessons and remote learning has required considerably more preparation time and the process is being refined daily to ensure your child receives the best learning possible.

 

To ensure we are ready for this next phase of online learning, next week (commencing 6 April), our staff will not be delivering scheduled online lessons or new content for students from Kindergarten to Year 11. Your child can use this time to catch up on or consolidate work from this week.

 

For Year 12: teachers will still be conducting online classes as per their timetabled lessons to continue studies, and students are encouraged to make sure they are checking in with their relevant teacher for each subject.

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Senior School Video

Senior School Video

Our amazing Senior School staff have put together a video for students and parents, which explains how learning will be happening in Senior School at PCS from Mon 30 March. There's lots of great info, plus you get to see the happy, shiny faces of the Senior School staff!

 

The video was posted on the Senior School Instagram and PCS Facebook accounts. If you don't have an Instagram account, you can still view the video via the link below. However, we do recommend signing up to Instagram, as we will be posting more information via that platform in the future. It's free to join and you can remain private/anonymous.

 

CLICK HERE to view the video

Fully online from Monday 30 March

Fully online from Monday 30 March

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

As you are aware, our online/remote teaching and learning will be fully engaged from tomorrow, Monday 30 March. We have spent time setting up remote digital classrooms and trialling the delivery; however, we know there still may be some challenges with technology and timely feedback. We will endeavour to be available to assist all parents and caregivers in this new space as we understand this will be an added pressure at home.  

 

There will not be a disadvantage for students who remain at home as all lessons will be conducted online via the digital platforms indicated by the teachers previously.  Please also keep your eyes out for emails from the relevant Heads of School for updates and communication.

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Parent Communication - Unity - Commitment

Parent Communication - Unity - Commitment

This week we have unfortunately continued to see more and more people impacted financially. Please CLICK HERE to download a letter which communicates our position as a united community.

 

Thank you for your support this past week as we travel the road to implement our alternate learning delivery .

 

A reminder that we will be rolling out complete online/remote learning for all students (offsite and onsite) from Monday, 30 March.

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Online Learning Readiness - Parent Survey Request

Online Learning Readiness - Parent Survey Request

We are anticipating going to fully online/remote learning from next Monday, 30 March. As per the NSW Government’s advice to keep students at home unless they are at risk, or a child of an essential worker, online/remote learning will mean that the lessons will be consistent for everyone and that even though students are not at school physically, their learning will not be impacted.

 

To this end, we would like you to complete a survey via the link below, and submit it so we can see that you are ready at home to facilitate the learning that we are providing.

 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ACCESS SURVEY

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PCS Remains Committed, Caring, Open and Operating

PCS Remains Committed, Caring, Open and Operating

Thank you for the support you have shown the School as we navigate the delivery of teaching and learning at PCS in the midst of our current world health crisis. We are in extraordinary times and appreciate the way you are pulling together as a community. However, it is important that we all keep vigilant.

 

As you will have seen from announcements in the media, there has been some communication from both the Federal and State governments regarding keeping schools open.

 

PLEASE CLICK HERE to read a detailed letter outlining what teaching and learning at PCS will look like moving forward.

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