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2019 Presentation Ceremonies

2019 Presentation Ceremonies

Family and friends are invited to our 2019 Presentation Ceremonies, to celebrate the achievements and efforts of all our students. Please join us!

 

JUNIOR SCHOOL - Friday 6 December (12.30 pm to 2.30 pm)

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL - Wednesday 11 December (8.30 am to 10.30 am)

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An Invitation to Meet our New Principal, Tracey Deal

An Invitation to Meet our New Principal, Tracey Deal

The PCS School community is warmly invited to come and meet our new Principal, Tracey Deal.

 

When: Tuesday 12 November 2019

 

Time: Afternoon Tea between 2.30 pm and 4.00 pm in the CaféSausage Sizzle between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm under the Canteen COLA

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Grandparents and Grandfriends day

Grandparents and Grandfriends day

Our inaugural Grandparents and Grandfriends Day was a HUGE success. We appreciated the opportunity to honour and celebrate the wonderful connection between the generations – those special relationships in our students’ world.

 

There was such a fabulous buzz in the atmosphere; ALL our visitors enjoyed their time ‘back at school’!

 

Following are some photos of our special morning together. PCS looks forward to hosting this event again in 2020.

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Congratulations to Nathan Sloane

Congratulations to Nathan Sloane

It is with delight that I commend to you our very own PCS Bursar, Nathan Sloane, who has been selected as a finalist in the inaugural ‘Accountants Daily 30 Under 30 Awards’, which is Australia’s largest independent awards program for rising stars in the accounting industry. ‘The Awards present an exceptional opportunity for young accountants to showcase their achievements and drive their career, on top of recognising their excellence and dedication.’

 

Nathan has been named as a finalist in the ‘Management Accounting’ category. There are 15 categories overall, featuring 120 high-achieving accounting professionals, and Nathan, as Bursar/Finance Manager of Penrith Christian School,  is the only finalist representing the education sector. Well done!

 

We are proud of Nathan’s recognition in these Awards and wish him well. Winners will be announced at an event at The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on Thursday 5 December.

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Kindergarten Weather Observers

Kindergarten Weather Observers

On Wednesday 23 October Kindergarten went on their very first excursion to The Sydney Observatory. This was part of our Science unit, Weather and Me.

 

Travelling to the city on the ‘big’ school buses created as much excitement as visiting the actual Observatory. Before we began our session in The Observatory, the children had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the scenery and practise their developing artistic skills to draw what they could see from the spectacular view on Observatory Hill. The highlight was definitely the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

 

The program, led by the staff of The Sydney Observatory, was fantastic. The children used their investigation skills and various weather measuring tools to determine the weather conditions for the day. In the little theatre, we watched how the weather and seasons are connected and how this can impact what we do and wear. The most exciting aspect of the session was launching the water rockets. We even made a cloud in one of the rocket bottles.

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Middle School: WestCare Christmas Appeal

Middle School: WestCare Christmas Appeal

With Christmas soon approaching, it brings me great joy to extend an invitation to Middle School students and families to partner with WestCare in their annual Christmas Appeal.

 

The WestCare Christmas Appeal aims to provide a little Christmas cheer to people who perhaps otherwise would not have much of a Christmas experience. WestCare achieves this largely through partnering with a range of organisations to connect with local people and families that we might not otherwise have contact with. This includes local schools, domestic violence organisations, hospital social workers and other services.

 

Items for donation can be dropped off to Mr Wallace’s classroom (P1) up to Friday 29 November 2019.

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Junior School Boost Drama

Junior School Boost Drama

In Term 3, our Junior School Boost Drama group worked hard to perform a play called ‘Mum For Sale’ at the Book Day Parade. 

 

Our Boost Drama students practised for weeks, and were very lucky to have a whole day drama workshop with our very own Mrs O’Mara, who was very impressed with our talented Drama students. We were very fortunate to have the author of the book, Zanni Louise, at the Parade so she got to see the students perform her story. She was so excited to see one of her books turned into a play and she was very impressed with their performance.

 

Well done to all of our Boost Drama students!

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Parent Thank you Morning Tea

Parent Thank you Morning Tea

All our 2019 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.

 

When: Friday 22 November 2019

Where: Auditorium

Time: 10.10 am – 11.30 am (Junior School Chapel at 10.10 am)

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Junior School Assembly with Principal, Mrs Tracey Deal

Junior School Assembly with Principal, Mrs Tracey Deal

Last week, Junior School were thrilled to welcome Mrs Tracey Deal at our Morning Assembly. The students were so excited and the parents had been invited to come and welcome our new Principal as well. 

 

Our Year 4s handed ‘The PCS Key to the Community’ to Mrs Deal. The children were explained that when a city or a community hand out a ‘Key to the City/Community’, that special person is given full access to their community. It only gets given to someone loved, respected and to be honoured. 

 

Junior School also presented a montage of Junior School student photos so Mrs Deal could gaze upon their faces during school days, as well as some cheery flowers to enjoy. Assembly ended with Mrs Deal addressing Junior School and the Year 4s praying for Mrs Deal. 

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Generous Hearts for Missions

Generous Hearts for Missions

Last term, Junior School completed our annual fundraiser ‘Coins for Missions’. Many thanks to the generous support of students and families for getting behind this great cause.

 

Children did jobs at home to earn their coins, blessing their families in the process. Zooper Dooper and cans of drinks were also sold in Junior and Middle school respectively on the last three days of Term 3 as a fun way to bring our international fundraiser to a close. On top of that, Priestley Stauner’s family generously contributed a donation of $1,141 that they raised at a local Missions event.

 

Our final total raised for our sister school in Uganda, Divine Junior School, was $3,732.60!!! This money will be used to provide paint equipment for repainting parts of the school, laptops, school resources and a music keyboard.

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Technology & Creative Arts Showcase 2019

Technology & Creative Arts Showcase 2019

Come and enjoy an interactive experience of the creative work of PCS students through Technology, Design, Art, Multimedia, Music and Drama.

 

When: Thursday 31 October 2019

Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm (drop in any time)

Where: C Block Classrooms

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Art With Punch 2019

Art With Punch 2019

Showcasing the Year 12 Body of Work and introducing the emerging Year 12 Visual Arts class of 2020, you are invited to Penrith Christian School’s ‘Art With Punch’.

 

Date: Thursday 21 November 2019

Time: 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm

Venue: PCS Meeting Rooms 1 and 2

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Ice hockey legends in the making

Ice hockey legends in the making

Recently, PCS Middle School students, Isaac Cavanagh (Year 8), David Quinn (Year 7), and Xavier Cavanagh (Year 6), played in the Ice Hockey NSW State Grand Final for under 14s. The three boys have been playing for the Flyers Ice Hockey Under 14s PeeWee Team during the 2019 season, and after a long season of training and battling hard every week, they played in the State Grand Final claiming the Silver Medal. 

 

The Flyers team was coached this year by PCS teacher Mr Cavanagh. Despite losing 2-1 in the Grand Final, all three boys played hard and met new personal goals. This has led to Isaac, David and Xavier being selected to the NSA Selects Team to compete in an International Ice Hockey Tournament held in Melbourne in November 2019. 

 

Congratulations to Isaac, David and Xavier and best of luck in Melbourne!!

PCS 2019 NAPLAN Results

PCS 2019 NAPLAN Results

I am pleased to write to you about our recent NAPLAN results. This year we have seen some improvement in our NAPLAN averages as a result of some intentional intervention over the last few years. 

 

As you may be aware, the School has implemented a 5-Year Strategic Plan (available on our website). We are currently completing the fourth year of implementing this Plan.

 

In 2017, Mr Philip, our Head of Informatic Pedagogy, presented a detailed analysis of our NAPLAN results over a 10-year period, identifying key areas for targeted intervention. From this, our Senior Executive staff developed a Numeracy and Literacy improvement plan.

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F1 in Schools team at Australian Maritime College

F1 in Schools team at Australian Maritime College

At the recent Pacific 2019 Conference, in conjunction with the Naval Shipbuilding College, PCS students from our F1 in Schools team, Ascension, met the Minister for Defence, The Hon Melissa Price MP. The students also had the opportunity for a tour of major navel companies from around the world.

 

[Meet the Ascension team HERE in an introduction video that has been sent to London in preparation for the World Final in Abu Dhabi]

 

REA partners with the Department of Defence through the Schools Pathways Program to support an increase in the pool of STEM-educated students and to inform Australia’s youth about employment opportunities and pathways into the defence industry, including in the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.

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A Note of Introduction from our Principal, Tracey Deal

A Note of Introduction from our Principal, Tracey Deal

Hi PCS Community - I have begun my role as Principal here at the School and I am super excited to join you all!

 

Taking the wheel after the amazing Mr Nevill is a big task, but I am very thankful to God for his abundant grace and blessings and I am very privileged to have been given the honour of being the next Principal of Penrith Christian School.

 

For the past five years I have been Deputy Principal at Medowie Christian School in Port Stephens, and although I am sad to leave the beautiful beaches and semi-rural setting that I have known as home, I am returning to the city where I have spent most of my life.

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PARENT SEMINAR - Too Much Too Young: the sexualisation of children and what we can do about it

PARENT SEMINAR - Too Much Too Young: the sexualisation of children and what we can do about it

You are invited to a PCS Parent Seminar, Too Much Too Young: the sexualisation of children and what we can do about it, presented by Melinda Tankard Reist. This parents only event is open to PCS families and anyone in our local community. Please invite friends and family to attend.

 

WHEN: Thursday 14 November 2019

TIME: 7.00 pm

COST: Free ($5 suggested donation at the door)

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Uniform Shop: New Trial Opening Hours

Uniform Shop: New Trial Opening Hours

Penrith Christian School uniforms can be purchased from our onsite Uniform Shop. The shop is run by the School’s uniform supplier, Ranier Design Group.

 

NEW TRIAL OPENING HOURS:

 

Terms 1 and 4

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Grandparents & Grandfriends Day

Grandparents & Grandfriends Day

We are celebrating all our grandparents (and grandfriends) by extending an invitation to visit your grandchildren at PCS on Friday 25 October. You are welcome to join us for any/all of the following:

EARLY CHILDHOOD, MIDDLE SCHOOL (Years 5-8) and SENIOR SCHOOL (Years 9-12)9.30 am - Open Classrooms 11.00 am - VIP Morning Tea (under Canteen COLA)

 

JUNIOR SCHOOL (Kindy-Year 4)8.30 am - Morning Assembly in Quad 8.35 am - Open Classrooms and Grandparent Interviews on the ‘Olden Days’10.10 am - Special Chapel Service in Sports Centre (All Welcome)11.00 am - VIP Morning Tea (under Canteen COLA)

 

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Junior School Musical Variety Performance 2019

Junior School Musical Variety Performance 2019

All students from Penrith Christian School in our Junior School had been busily warming up their vocals and treading the boards as they presented a Musical Variety Show. Our aim was to bring an array of musical items that have come from Musicals and famous bands that took the audience on a journey through the musical ages. There were songs from the 1920s to numbers that were at the top of the charts in the 1950s, to songs that have been performed by 21st Century artists.

 

As each student learnt about Musicals and were immersed in all things creative, one of the children asked what is a Variety Show and the answer that was given helped Junior School to understand this performance they were embarking upon. A Variety Show was likened to a box of chocolates with many different varieties inside, some flavoured, some crunchy, some oozing with caramel, some filled with zing.

 

Our Year 4 students did a marvellous job as official MCs informing the audience about the historical context of each musical item with interesting facts. 

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