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Kindergarten’s Observatory Excursion

Kindergarten’s Observatory Excursion

On Monday 29 October Kindergarten ventured out beyond the gates of the school for our very first excursion. This was not just an adventure within our local area. NO! We went all the way to The Sydney Observatory in the city. This excursion supported our learning in Science about the Weather.

 

The excitement began travelling on the big school bus and for most children, this was a first. During the trip, there was some initial confusion with thinking we may be going to McDonald’s or Wet’nWild and that Parramatta was the city as we travelled along the M4. But as we made our way over the ANZAC Bridge, and with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in view, all misconceptions were cleared up.

 

The program at The Sydney Observatory was specifically designed for the Kindergarten Science curriculum and was just amazing. The children had the opportunity to see how the weather changes with the seasons through time-lapse photography.

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Year 2 made some new friends from Japan

Year 2 made some new friends from Japan

Ninety six (96) Japanese exchange students came to Australia and we were so blessed to have had them visit our classrooms last week. Year 2 had the pleasure of meeting 16 of these senior students from Japan.

 

We sang songs and did the actions together and everyone was filled with smiles and joy! Next we made some origami planes together and then we went outside to test fly them.

 

We then took our new friends on our outdoor maths activities, where we measured the length in centimetres and metres of multiple surfaces, including some challenging curved surfaces.

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CanTeen says Thank you!!!

CanTeen says Thank you!!!

Thank you to all the students and families who gave generously towards our fundraising efforts on Bandanna Day, Friday 26 October. Together we raised a total of $1420.20!

 

Special thanks also to the wonderful students who gave up their time on the day to help in selling the Bandannas: Kali Brewer, Jessica Dawkins, Zoe Green, Ashleigh Harrison, Abbey Lindeback, Lily Parry, Mason Maenzanise, Patrick Musico, Victoria Sebi and Elizabeth Weeks.

 

Mrs Janelle Shead

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Year 1 investigates in Geography Unit

Year 1 investigates in Geography Unit

This semester, Year 1 has been exploring ‘Features of Places’ in Geography lessons. We learnt about natural, constructed and managed features; researching different types of places and what they contained.

 

We had a Field Trip to our local Jamison Park to identify features of the park and how it is used by people in our local area. The students were able to develop their mapping skills and used iPads to photograph particular features of the park. They identified natural features like trees, grass and rocks as well as constructed features such as play equipment, picnic tables, netball courts and solar lights. Features, such as soccer and cricket fields, are considered 'managed features'. We discussed how our local council is responsible for looking after the main features of the park, but we are all responsible for keeping it clean, tidy and nice to use.

 

Our excursion to Bicentennial Park at Homebush was also a highlight of this unit. We visited the Education Centre and saw some interesting animals, including Garrigan the blue tongue lizard. Students were highly engaged with their outdoor learning space, the Mangrove Classroom, and learnt about how mangroves are a special feature of the park. We walked the mangrove boardwalk and visited a dry forest investigating the animals, plants and non-living features that could be found. We also got to dip for mini-beasts in the swamp water identifying sea snails, blood worms, diving beetles and backswimmers.

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Changes to O’Connell St, Claremont Meadows Bus Route

Changes to O’Connell St, Claremont Meadows Bus Route

A NOTICE FROM BUSWAYS:

 

Penrith Council are closing O’Connell St, one of the access points to Claremont Meadows, for a period of seven months.

 

This necessitates a change to the travel patterns for a limited number of PCS students, those residing in Claremont Meadows only.

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Parent Thank You Morning Tea 2018

Parent Thank You Morning Tea 2018

All our 2018 volunteer helpers are warmly invited to attend Penrith Christian School’s special ‘Parent Thank You Morning Tea’ event, to let you know how much we appreciate your support and willingness to work as part of our team.

DATE: Friday 23 November 2018TIME: 10.50 am – 11.30 am

 

If you are able, please also join us for Junior School Chapel in the Auditorium at 10.10 am

 

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Technology and Creative Arts Showcase 2018

Technology and Creative Arts Showcase 2018

All students, staff and families in the Penrith Christian School community are welcome to join us on Thursday 15 November (6 pm - 8 pm) for our annual Technology and Creative Arts Showcase.

 

This event is an interactive experience of the creative work of PCS students through technology, design, art, multimedia, music and drama. Food is available for purchase. So come along and enjoy a fantastic display of talent, skill and creativity!

 

No need to RSVP or book.

PCS students and staff at Nepean Triathlon

PCS students and staff at Nepean Triathlon

The Nepean Triathlon is held at the International Regatta Centre in Penrith and is Australia's oldest triathlon. It consists of 'Enticer' races on Saturday afternoon, and the main triathlon event on the Sunday. This year it was held on 27 and 28 October.

 

Congratulations to the students and staff from Penrith Christian School who competed in these events over the weekend (see below), with lots of PBs and steely determination. Triathlon is a sport which requires as much mental concentration as it does physical strength, so we are very proud of everyone's efforts!

 

It would be great to see even more PCS staff and students enter these races next year so we can have a strong Penrith Christian School presence at the events - see if you can beat Mr Gentile or Mr Grice!

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Kindergarten learn to read and write

Kindergarten learn to read and write

As a teacher, it is my favourite time of year as we begin to see how far students have come. I am proud of Kindergarten who have progressed this year with learning to read and write.

 

They are starting to appreciate Literacy tasks and like reading informative books, such as Science topics of forces and the weather. Kindergarten classes enjoy opening a new reader in Reading groups and push themselves that little bit further in reading comprehension activities and games. Each child is excited to achieve a certificate from a sight word level, or find a new discovery in a book. It is beautiful to hear children spend time reading from the children’s Bibles in the classroom. Teaching children to read and use reading strategies to learn is the greatest reward.

 

At the beginning of Kindergarten, many children were eager to write a few letters and learn to write their name or some small words. Now in Kindergarten they are spelling and writing procedures, explanations, recounts and opinions in persuasive writing texts. They have learnt single sounds and are now using sounds and sight words to boost confidence in writing tasks.

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Bella is in the Circus

Bella is in the Circus

The circus is in town and our very own Bella Grosse from Year 7 has been performing with Webers Circus Wild West Show for five (5) years now. 

 

Bella loves the variety of performing in a circus from riding her pony to aerial acrobats, hoops, etc. Bella was also on Channel 7’s Little Big Shots Australia with her pony last year.

 

Check Bella out at the Circus and enjoy the show. Shows are at Camden Equestrian Park until Sunday 4 November 2018 - see details below:

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On my bike for kids

On my bike for kids

This month, I set a goal to ride 1000km in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer. As of today, I am pleased to announce that I’ve ridden 1003.7km and raised $3,711.35!

 

My goal when I first started was to ride 1000km throughout October but now that I have reached it, I’ll probably just keep riding because I can’t help myself!

 

Why am I doing this? Because cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in Australia – three (3) kids die of cancer every week. Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.

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Nepean Primary Chess Tournament

Nepean Primary Chess Tournament

On Thursday 20 September, I had the privilege of taking nine of our Year 5 chess stars to the Nepean Primary Chess Tournament hosted by the NSW Junior Chess League, held at Emu Plains Public School.

 

In teams of three, each of our boys competed in six matches against players from both public and private schools within the area. Competition was tough with a number of games taking a long time to realise a winner.

 

In the end, our PCS team finished outside of the top three; however, I was very proud of the effort and attitude demonstrated by everyone within the team. For most of our players, it was the first time that they had competed in a chess tournament.

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Puppets for Mission

Puppets for Mission

In Terms 2 and 3, Boost students in Years 5 and 6 met regularly on Wednesdays at lunch times to make puppets for the Samaritans Purse Christmas Child shoeboxes.

 

Three thousand shoeboxes are lovingly packed each year at a local church filled with special things for children who will receive nothing at Christmas. These shoeboxes are then sent to third-world countries, outback Australia, and to remote Aboriginal communities.

 

One of our wonderful grandparents, Mrs White, gave up her own time every Wednesday to come and help us make these puppets. The students from Years 5 and 6 produced some amazing, creative puppets for these boxes. Some students came once, others came every week!

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PARENT SEMINAR: Generations XYZ - how to navigate the gap

PARENT SEMINAR: Generations XYZ - how to navigate the gap

Penrith Christian School is pleased to host an important seminar for parents on Tuesday 23 October, 2018 (7.00 pm): Generations XYZ - how to navigate the gap, presented by Mark McCrindle.

 

This night for parents only is open to PCS families and anyone in our local community. CLICK HERE TO BOOK

 

ABOUT THE SEMINAR:

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Penrith Creative Academy: Current Vacancies (Oct 2018)

Penrith Creative Academy: Current Vacancies (Oct 2018)

Our new Penrith Creative Academy has now been running for a term. We are looking forward to expanding even more during Term 4. 

 

We have a few vacancies in group and individual classes as follows:

K-Year 1 Dance (3.00 pm - 4.00 pm)

Year 2-Year 4 Dance - Style: Lyrical (4.00 pm - 5.00 pm)

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Penrith Creative Academy: Filmmaking and Videography Course

Penrith Creative Academy: Filmmaking and Videography Course

The Penrith Creative Academy is excited to announce a new filmmaking and videography course. This opportunity is open to students in Years 9 to 12.

 

In this course students will enter a two term Introductory program where they will learn in depth the core fundamentals of filmmaking, from storyboarding to filming and editing techniques. Upon completion of the Introductory course, students will be able to enter the Advanced film program where they will learn specific topics and techniques in detail and refine their skills. The Penrith Creative Academy Film course offers students the opportunity to grow their interest and skill in filmmaking and digital media, as well as equip them with skills to produce their own films and media.

 

Classes will run for 1 hour per week on Tuesdays (3.00 pm - 4.00 pm). Cost is $15/week.

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Coins for Missions – Divine Junior School, Uganda

Coins for Missions – Divine Junior School, Uganda

Thank you family, friends and students for your great heart for Missions. I hope parents have been blessed by your child’s desire to do extra jobs at home to earn their ‘Coins for Missions.’

 

Last year we raised over $2000 to provide bibles and a much needed water tank for our sister school in Uganda Africa –Divine Junior School. This year we set a goal to change their ZERO Technology to THREE computers and printers, in addition to bible education for the teachers of Divine Junior School. At PCS we are blessed to have well over 1000 pieces of technology including computers, laptops, colour printers, apple TV’s, interactive whiteboards, iPads, robots and 3D printers!

 

Junior school students have been so generous in their giving and the final total will be announced at Chapel on Friday 28 September.

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CanTeen and National Bandanna Day - Friday 26 October 2018

CanTeen and National Bandanna Day - Friday 26 October 2018

CanTeen supports young people aged 12-25 living with cancer. They may be experiencing cancer themselves or have a close family member (parent or sibling) with cancer.

 

National Bandanna Day is CanTeen’s annual fundraising and awareness campaign and this year aims to raise $1.3 million. Funds raised help provide counselling services, a 24/7 online community, camps and youth-specific resources as well as specialist medical treatment and support for young cancer patients.

 

CanTeen is encouraging us to show our support for young people living with cancer on National Bandanna Day by buying a bandanna at school on Friday 26 October, or you can CLICK HERE to make a tax deductible donation to our School’s fundraising page

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Batemans Bay Missions team 2018

Batemans Bay Missions team 2018

Our Batemans Bay Missions team had a wonderful time serving with Mrs Cheryl Burton’s church, from Wednesday 12 September to Sunday 16 September, 2018.

 

We visited Christian lunchtime groups in three public schools and served with three youth groups. We had the chance to serve Batemans Bay Baptist Church with their Mainly Music program, their Sunday church service and even some gardening. We were blessed with some great beach weather and a visit to Mogo Zoo as well!

 

Thank you for your support and prayers

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PCS eBook Library

PCS eBook Library

Within our PCS online eBook library, we have over 1500 titles available to borrow and read on your device.

 

To check out what we have available, visit pcs.wheelers.co

 

Students can log in using their school login details and if assistance is required, please ask one of the iCentre staff.

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