Team Axion - F1 in Schools

Team Axion - F1 in Schools

Team AXION is preparing for the biggest STEM competition in the World. The past eight weeks in lockdown has been challenging for the students to navigate but the team mantra holds true, ‘Never give up’. 

 

In March, the team was awarded the No.1 Rank in the Junior Professional Class in Australia, and No. 2 Rank in the Professional Class in Australia.  Next year the team will represent Australia and compete against the best teams from all over the world.

 

This week, the team has been showcased in The Australian Newspaper Magazine titled 'The List - 100 Innovators 2021' in Australia. Featuring in the top 100 is F1 in Schools run by the REA.

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International Focus - Uganda and Mexico

International Focus - Uganda and Mexico

This Wednesday 25 August is our International focus on Uganda and Mexico Missions. All students have the optional opportunity to dress up with an African or Mexican style outfit, or wear any bright colours. This will help us think about and pray for Divine Junior School, Uganda’ and Open Arms Mexico. Teachers are encouraging students to write a letter to a friend titled ‘Dear friend,’ and these will be sent electronically to students in Uganda and Mexico.  Please click here for some guidelines for our International focus on Uganda and Mexico Wellbeing Wednesday.

 

We have been partnering with Divine Junior School Uganda since 2017, having exchanged letters and helped meet some of their many needs. In January 2020, a team of ten students, parents and teachers had the privilege to visit and serve in their school community. Teachers and students at Divine Junior School regularly pray for our school community.

 

Open Arms, Mexico is a new project that we are supporting in partnership with ImagineNations Church. The main ministry of Open Arms is to keep families together through a nationwide childcare movement. In Mexico, they are battling a global poverty-driven orphan crisis.

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Wellbeing Wednesday Dress Up Days

Wellbeing Wednesday Dress Up Days

 As part of Wellbeing Wednesdays we have ‘optional dress up themes’ that students, teachers and the Whole school community (early childhood, K to 12) can participate in over the coming weeks for both onsite learners and those working from home.

Last Wednesday, our theme was to dress up your favourite villain or superhero. Check out pictures of students and teachers getting into the spirit.

Next Wednesday is ‘When I grow up I’d like to be…’ dress up day with students being asked to dress as what they would like to be for their future dream occupation for on Wednesday 18 August.

‘My Dream’ Poetry Challenge

‘My Dream’ Poetry Challenge

As part of an optional poetry challenge on Wellbeing Wednesday, Year 5 students were encouraged to write a poem about what they want to be when they grow up. Inspired by Nicola McDermott, Australian Olympic Champion and Silver Medalist in the Tokyo Olympics (part of her story below), the students got to work and produced some amazing insights into their future plans.

We are so pleased with the creative responses from the students. There are also a few poems from Year 3 and 4 students who were encouraged by Miss Williams to have a go! It is never too late to write your dreams - join in the challenge at home, inspire yourself and others!

We have included these poems for your enjoyment and look forward to seeing these students achieve their God given dreams.

Click here to view students' poems.

Nicola’s story

A poem written by a 9 year old Nicola McDermott. Nicola was a Silver Medallist in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics breaking her own record.

 

 

 

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Remote Learning K-6 CAPA Update

Remote Learning K-6 CAPA Update

This term has been a unique start to the K-6 Creative and Performing Arts Key Learning Area but this has not suppressed students in their creativity, appreciating other artists, critically thinking, problem solving, experimenting, designing, making, communicating and performing.

I am so privileged, encouraged, inspired and blessed by the God breathed gifts and talents our Lord has bestowed and so excited to see independence, resilience, confidence and purpose growing in our kids. Below are some comments and work samples from students and parents, and how they’re enjoying CAPA Remote Learning style. Enjoy!

‘… wanted to do your music task this afternoon, I let them to keep them engaged.’

‘It was a really interesting work, so he did it with great pleasure. Thank you!’

‘It was really fun watching and listening to the Music videos and making this one. Hope you like it? 😊😊😊’

‘The girls have been loving doing music, we do it together… has also watched videos. After watching the Motorbike Beethoven video … decided to set up a fancy breakfast table with classical music playing then we delved into different versions of the classics, like Rock versions of Fur Elise. This was a firm family favourite… It's been great fun, thank you for being the launch pad to that 😊’

 

Click here to view student work samples.


Mrs Tammy Fraser
K-6 CAPA Teacher

2021 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Update

2021 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Update

It is getting close to the end of the Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2021, and students in greater Sydney, who are learning from home, may have some additional challenges when completing student reading records.

 

To support all students, the following adjustments have been applied to the Challenge in 2021. A full list of changes for 2021 can be found by clicking here. The Challenge closing date has been extended to allow extra time to finalise student entries and coordinator validations.

 

The new closing dates are:

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Years K-6 Olympic Moments

Years K-6 Olympic Moments

Last week as part of our Wellbeing Wednesday, the students from Years K to 6 dressed up to support all the nations of the world during the Olympics. Students investigated their family history and were able to include flags, colours, and traditional dress that represented their family origins.

Michael S. from Year 4, as part of his Passion Project, investigated how volcanoes work and was able to construct a working volcano!

James Lister
Director of Learning & Curriculum 3-6

Free Online Mental Health Seminar

Free Online Mental Health Seminar

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

We are writing to you as those who are closest and well positioned to observe and support your adolescent. In our role as parents/carers, we can at times, feel ill equipped and uncertain of how to deal with difficult or concerning emotions and behaviour.

 

Headspace (National Youth Mental Health Foundation) is providing a free mental health information session to help parents, carers and community members to support a young person when you are concerned about their mental health, and we would encourage you to attend.

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ELC Home Learning

ELC Home Learning


We are dearly missing all of the beautiful children who are staying at home during this season. We wanted to bless them with some activities and ideas that could help keep them in continuing to grow their brains and exercise their creativity, while they are home based. Packs were created and delivered to these children to bless them and their families. A lot of the activities are the same as what we are working on in the centre, so it allows continuity between home and school. The families and children were so surprised to receive these packs and we look forward to seeing photos of completed works as soon as they are ready.

Katrina Baines
Head of Early Learning

Bookweek 2021

Bookweek 2021

Our Bookweek which was originally planned for Wednesday 25 August has been postponed due to Covid-19 lockdown. We are still hopeful to have some sort of book celebration later in the Term, or possibly Term 4, and we will communicate this with you as soon as we have a new date.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Regards
The Library team.

Father's Day Stall

Father's Day Stall

As a precaution due to the current lockdown and NSW Health restrictions, our traditional Father’s Day Stall may look a bit different this year!

 

If restrictions are still in place, we will be operating a ‘Pop-Up’ Father’s Day Stall located in front School Reception, for students schooling offsite. All gifts are $7.00 each, and your child can drop in on:

 

Thursday 2 September
OR Friday 3 September 2021
10.00 am – 12 noon

 

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Service Learning Program – Missions

Service Learning Program – Missions

In 2021, and moving forward, we have made some exciting changes to our Service Learning program, involving our Missions strategy. Our motivation for these changes is to provide further opportunities for our students to think beyond themselves by engaging, giving and going to the lost and vulnerable.

In Term 2, WestCare’s ‘Penrith City Care Kits’ program seeks to provide personal care items for people in times when they need them the most. Launched in 2015, the Care Kits program supplies a range of packs for all ages from newborn infants to the elderly. They are distributed to their clients and also through other local care providers including social workers, rehab and domestic violence services, school chaplains, homelessness workers and many more.

Our Years 3 – 6 Missions students promoted this program throughout the Term and collected a lot of items to go in the WestCare Care Kits. Many thanks to students and parents for their generous contributions of items to help people in need in our Penrith community. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7b).

Belinda Garratt
Year 5 Teacher, Missions Leader

Sports Update

Sports Update

Results have been finalised from our recent PCS Secondary Athletics Carnival with our Age Champions and Zone Team determined. It is with great pleasure to announce the following students as our Age Champions.


Secondary Athletics Age Champions

 

Age

Gender

Name

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Ready, Set….COLOUR!!!

Ready, Set….COLOUR!!!

On the last day of Term 2, PCS United hosted a Colour Explosion School Fun Run to raise money towards tackling poverty. Across the school, 470 students from the Toddler room to Year 6 participated.  The positive energy was contagious with class after class of students dressed in white with vibrantly coloured sunglasses and headbands coming down to the oval to take on the challenge that was both fun and life-changing.

 

We saw quiet personalities shine through in ways never seen before, and individual students who set personal challenges as to the number of times they could complete the course. But ultimately, what we saw was the spirit and community of our school.

 

Some fun facts for you:

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Introducing James Lister

Introducing James Lister

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Director of Learning and Curriculum for Years 3-6. I am extremely excited to join the PCS family and I am looking forward to working with the wonderful students and families within this brilliant Christ centred community.
 
I have been teaching for 17 years having recently left Pymble Ladies’ College and prior to that, I was teaching at St Aloysius’ College in Milsons Point. I am an experienced and enthusiastic leader with a demonstrated history in the primary education sector. I hold a Masters in Educational Leadership and strongly believe in being a lifelong learner. As a passionate educator, I have a strong focus on building resilient and responsible learners that are confident and creative in their approach to learning.
 
My wish is for the students of PCS to be curious, bold in the way they question, and relentless in finding answers and reaching their individual goals. I am committed to giving our students the tools they need in order to understand their own value and be an active member of our global community. My wife, Karen, and our two boys, Henry and Jonothon, are all sports enthusiasts who love exploring the outdoors and the amazing environments that God has created for us.
 
I look forward to working with all the staff, parents, students and wider community of PCS to continue to build excellence in education.
 
Blessings
 
James Lister
Director of Learning and Curriculum 3 – 6

Student Representative Council 2021

Student Representative Council 2021

This year we are pleased to launch a new initiative, the PCS ‘Student Representative Council’, known as the SRC.  The SRC in a school provides an opportunity to train leaders, gather student voices from each class, involve students in decision-making and service, and build school community.

 

Year 12 Leaders, Paige F and Ben A, have been involved since the outset; establishing the vision for the group, planning future meetings, and were supported in their decision to gather students from other Year groups. Paige and Ben also developed a very detailed application form which all interested students had to complete for the selection process. 

 

We received a large number of high quality submissions, indicating this initiative is one the students across the school are keen to be involved in and support. The successful applicants were voted in by their peers and it is our pleasure to introduce them:

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Exploring Earthquakes in Year 6 Classrooms

Exploring Earthquakes in Year 6 Classrooms

Over Term 2 in Science, Year 6 have been exploring Earthquakes. The students were assigned the task to build an aesthetically pleasing structure that would be able to survive an earthquake; it had to be a minimum of 50cm high. The students formed groups and brainstormed ideas for their building, hoping to achieve the criteria.

 

We are proud of the students who had to persevere during the building time as many modifications had to be made.

 

A big thank you to the parents who attended the lesson and assisted in building the structures. Thank you also to Mrs Deal, Mrs Paynter and Mrs Mahoney who joined us for our lesson. Mrs Paynter quite enjoyed herself whilst building a structure with LEGO.

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Primary Zone Athletics Carnival 2021

Primary Zone Athletics Carnival 2021

On Wednesday 16 June, we had 47 Primary students represent PCS at the Nepean Zone CSSA Athletics Carnival. PCS students were dominant across all events and great acts of sportsmanship were shown from our students who congratulated other Schools on their wins and also celebrated each other’s success.

 

Thank you to our parent volunteers who took time out to help on the day. Once again, PCS students did our community proud, and they are to be congratulated on their efforts.  

 

Students who have successfully qualified for State from their incredible achievements at Zone will be notified once finalised Zone results are released from the Carnival Convenor.

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Sports Report – Week 9, Term 2, 2021

Sports Report – Week 9, Term 2, 2021

This week was the final week for our representative teams. We had three teams play their Grand Final this week.

 

Congratulations to our Open Girls Soccer who were victorious over Wycliffe Christian School 8-0. The girls will now represent Nepean Zone in the CSSA Soccer Gala Day. Goal Scorers: Belle C, Zara S, Chiara G, Mia J and Maddison.

 

We were strongly represented in both Netball grand finals. Our U15’s played a hard game against Wycliffe Christian School and finished runners-up in the competition losing 33-15. The girls are to be congratulated for the effort and teamwork they demonstrated, it was a privilege to see them play. Our Open Girls went one better and are now Zone Champions winning 18-9 against Wahroonga Christian School. Congratulations to all team members who have trained hard all term and are deserving winners.

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Secondary School Leaders Reception

Secondary School Leaders Reception

Last week our School Captains, Brock Stinson and Kyla Martin, attended the Mayoral Reception at the Joan Sutherland Centre with Mrs Deal. 

 

The Mayor of the City of Penrith, Cr. Karen McKeown OAM, addressed all the School Captains from the local area, encouraging them in their leadership journey and congratulating them for attaining this position in their School communities.