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JS Missions - Uganda update

JS Missions - Uganda update

Uganda closed all schools in mid-March due to the threat of COVID-19 and they have remained closed since that time. Under strict government guidelines schools may be opened in September with a maximum of ten students per class.

 

Principal Lawrence of Divine Junior School, is believing to reopen and also possibly purchase a plot of land opposite the school that is for sale. The plot is 30 square metres. These are big dreams for a small Christian school and we have the opportunity to be a part of it!

 

On 23 September, Junior School students have the opportunity to wear a superhero cape to school on top of their school uniform and bring a small donation.

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

We appreciate your patience and understanding during these times of uncertainty in a constantly changing environment. I write to you today to advise you of further measures to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission in school communities. 

 

Please see below, the updated measures our school will be undertaking in line with the most recent requirements from NSW Government Health. 

 

The following measures have been effective from Tuesday 18 August 2020:

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Father's Day Stalls 2020

Father's Day Stalls 2020

Our Father’s Day Stalls are an opportunity for PCS to bless our school community and for students to choose a special gift for their dads.

 

EARLY LEARNINGWednesday 2 September AND Friday 4 September 2020 (in the Early Learning Centre)A Father’s Day Stall each for our two-day and three-day Early Learning students

 

KINDERGARTEN TO YEAR 6Friday 4 September 2020 (from 9.00 am)Our traditional Father’s Day Stall for Kindergarten to Year 6 students

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HSC Concert 2020

HSC Concert 2020

Our HSC Music Concert was held last Thursday 6 August to a ‘COVID safe’ crowd of 65 students and families. The PCS community was treated to a dazzling display of musical talent by the graduating class of 2020.

 

The first half of the evening was marked where each student was assessed on their remaining performance electives, whilst in the second half they performed another piece of theirs for which they have already been assessed.

 

Everyone experienced a healthy amount of nerves on the night, however that didn’t stop them from performing well and thoroughly enjoying the concert. As their teacher, I am proud of the work displayed; they have worked very hard despite many challenges along the way and we are looking forward to seeing how well they go in their HSC.

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Premier’s Reading Challenge 2020 - closing soon!

Premier’s Reading Challenge 2020 - closing soon!

There are less than two weeks left before the Premier’s Reading Challenge closes for 2020, so remember to update your child’s reading record online.

 

The Challenge closes at 11.59 pm on Friday 28 August – no late entries accepted (they are very strict!). PCS already has over 200 students who have completed the Challenge for 2020, and others are within reach of finishing.

 

Some rules have been relaxed for this year in light of Covid-19, including:

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Canteen Update - 10 Aug 2020

Canteen Update - 10 Aug 2020

Our new Canteen is proving very popular! This has meant that some procedures have needed to be tweaked, and there are some changes/updates to both the General and Specials menus.

 

CLICK HERE for UPDATED Canteen Menu

CLICK HERE for UPDATED Winter Specials Menu

 

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Kindergarten branches out

Kindergarten branches out

Kindergarten love to learn about the world they live in as well as the family they belong to. But what does it mean to be a part of a family? What is history? Connection. Belonging. Learning. Sharing. Tradition. Celebrations. Memories.

 

It is what we experience as a class, as a grade and even as a school community. In essence, we live history every day. This term will bring family and personal histories into focus for Kindergarten. It puts things into perspective for them and helps them to feel a part of something bigger than themselves.

 

Conversations with friends and family, reflecting on activities in the classroom, all of the things that we have accomplished in previous terms, and even acknowledging our differences and celebrating them, helps the children to understand that history is important and that it does start with them. In the same way that we all love to open a present, the Kindergarten children have prepared a ‘Family History Box’ to add special items to that will help them to unpack their own stories. The exciting part of this journey is that they will discover the role they play in HIS-story as well. 

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New Toddler Room in 2021

New Toddler Room in 2021

In 2021, Penrith Christian School will be adding a ‘Toddler Room’ to our Early Learning Centre.

 

Children aged 2 (turning 3 in 2021) will have the option of attending a five-day, three-day (Mon - Wed), or a two-day (Thurs - Fri) program.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about this new program, please book a personal tour and/or contact Sharon Tuft on 4737 4300 or sharon.tuft@pcs.nsw.edu.au

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ATTENTION Landscapers and Garden Designers!

ATTENTION Landscapers and Garden Designers!

Now that most of our current construction is complete, we are seeking quotes to have our front garden landscaped. If you or someone in your family are interested in providing a quote, please contact Neil Clark on 0438 319 547 or neil@inchurch.com.au

Dance Classes

Dance Classes

Group Dance Classes at Penrith Creative Academy provide a cost effective and fun option for learning. We currently have vacancies in the following groups:

Lyrical/Jazz: Tuesdays 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm (Kindy to Year 3)

Lyrical/Hip Hop: Tuesdays 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm (Years 4 to 6)

 

Classes are $15 a week and there is no registration fee. Classes run during the school term at Penrith Christian School.

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Genetics testing

Genetics testing

This week Year 10 Science students used their knowledge of genetics to create 'Ma Potato' and 'Pa Onion'. They then performed genetic crosses to determine the genotype and phenotype of their offspring.

 

Well done Year 10!

 

Denise Bailey

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Entertainment Book

Entertainment Book

The Entertainment Book Missions Fundraiser is up and running again. We really appreciate all the families and friends of PCS who have purchased their Digital Entertainment Books already; your support of our Missions projects is very valued!

 

To order your own Digital Entertainment Book, please click on this link: https://www.entertainment.com.au/orderbooks/216y180

 

For any further enquiries, please contact Mrs Melinda Brinks in the iCentre at Melinda.brinks@pcs.nsw.edu.au

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Scholastic Book Club 2020

Scholastic Book Club 2020

After a short break BOOK CLUB IS BACK.

 

The children love Book Club and our school benefits from all purchases made with the Scholastic Book Club.  Leaflets were distributed last week and families can also go online to check out what is on offer this term at https://www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents/.

 

Please note credit card payments can be made online using the preferred Scholastic LOOP system with full details available via http://parentpayments.scholastic.com.au/. 

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Premier’s Reading Challenge 2020

Premier’s Reading Challenge 2020

There are only a few weeks left before the Premier’s Reading Challenge closes for 2020, so remember to update your child’s reading record online. The Challenge closes at 11.59 pm on August 28 – no late entries accepted (they are very strict!).

 

PCS already has over 50 students who have completed the Challenge for 2020, and many others who are within reach of finishing.

 

Some rules have been relaxed for this year in light of Covid-19, including:

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A good morning routine to prepare for a successful day at school

A good morning routine to prepare for a successful day at school

People are generally creatures of habit. We tend to follow the same routine for certain aspects of our day. For example, our bed time routine will most likely follow a pattern every night. We might end our evening with a cup of tea, watch a TV show, have a shower and clean our teeth, get into the bed on the same side every night, read our Bible and even lie in the same position to fall asleep.

 

The same can be said for morning routines for children. For children, a routine for going to bed usually encourages a peaceful night’s sleep. Studies have shown that going to sleep and waking up at approximately the same time each night and day may support positive behaviour.

 

“School-age kids need 9–12 hours of sleep a night. Bedtime problems can start at this age for a variety of reasons. Homework, sports and after-school activities, screen time (on computers, TVs, smartphones, and other devices), and hectic family schedules all can contribute to kids not getting the sleep they need.

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Uniform fittings

Uniform fittings

Please be advised, uniform fittings will commence again in August during school term hours. All fittings are by appointment only and bookings are available online by visiting www.ranier.com.au.

 

OPERATING HOURS:

Tuesday: 7.30 am - 11.30 am

Thursday: 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm

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Expression of Interest - Shakespeare Course

Expression of Interest - Shakespeare Course

In Term 3, Penrith Creative Academy is proposing to run a Shakespeare Course. We will be looking at Shakespeare's exciting and dramatic play, 'Macbeth'. We will be discussing stage directions, acting skills, voice projection, accents, learning sword fighting, rehearsing scenes from the play and much more!

WHEN: ThursdaysTIME: 3.00 pm - 4.00 pmAGES: 10+

To express your child's interest in this course, please email academy@pcs.nsw.edu.au or call Sally on 0425 369 838

HSC Music Concert 2020

HSC Music Concert 2020

PCS families and students of all ages are invited to our 2020 HSC Music Concert on Thursday 6 August, 2020 at 7.00 pm.

 

This event is an opportunity to showcase the talents of our Year 12 Music students as they perform two of their HSC pieces in a high level performance setting. PCS has some amazing talent - come along and see for yourself!

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only PCS families and students are able to attend, seats are limited and all attendees must be registered, so please book your place ASAP via:

www.trybooking.com/BKPZQ

Junior Missions Crazy Hat Day 2020

Junior Missions Crazy Hat Day 2020

What a fun way to finish the term with Crazy Hat Day on Wednesday 1 July in Junior School. Students and families went all out with their creativity and unique designs - there was even a spaghetti and meatballs hat!

 

Through our ‘Coins for Missions’ class containers and Crazy Hat gold coin donations, we raised $603 this term. Combining this with $168 earned in Term 1, we have a grand total of $771 for Divine Junior School Uganda. This money will be sent immediately to directly support the teachers who are not properly being paid due to prolonged COVID-19 restrictions in Uganda.

 

Thank you students and families for your generous support of Missions - every dollar makes a HUGE difference! In fact, $771 in Australian dollars equals $1,987,930 Ugandan Shillings! 

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Welcome to our new families

Welcome to our new families

A huge warm welcome to over twenty new students who commenced at PCS on Wednesday 22 July.  We pray you and your families are already feeling a part of our school community we call family.

 

Given the number of new students this term and the volume of applications already received for 2021, and beyond, existing families are encouraged to lodge sibling applications as a matter of urgency to avoid disappointment.

 

Please contact Sharon Tuft via email at sharon.tuft@pcs.nsw.edu.au, or on telephone number 02 4737 4300, for further information regarding enrolments.

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