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STUDY SKILLS: Critical Thinking Skills

STUDY SKILLS: Critical Thinking Skills

There are many things students can do to develop their own critical thinking skills. Critical thinking is your ability to think clearly and rationally, reflecting and developing your thoughts. Sometimes we can get a bit lazy with our thinking and we only consider things at a superficial level. Here are some things you can do to enhance your critical thinking.

 

CLARIFY YOUR THOUGHTS: The best way to clarify your thoughts is to try and explain your thinking to someone else. Even if you are talking to an imaginary person, you will find that explaining your thinking out loud helps you to see the flaws in your argument.

QUESTION ASSUMPTIONS: Don’t take your thoughts for granted, every now and then think about why you believe a certain thought or how you know things to be true. Get in the habit of pausing and looking at what you are thinking and questioning what thoughts underlie your assumptions. Don’t just conform and accept a view because it is the popular one, instead pause and reflect on the arguments for and against that viewpoint and the strengths of each argument.

LOOK FOR OTHER PERSPECTIVES: When you are presenting an argument, imagine yourself in a debate and think about what the opposing side might say. What would someone with a completely opposite view to you believe? Can you understand why they might think that way? Can you see some validity in their viewpoint?

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School Opal Card – Help Busways to Help You!

School Opal Card – Help Busways to Help You!

An important requirement of the School Opal Card is the need for students to Tap On and Tap Off when they travel to and from school.

 

Opal data gathered by tapping on and off is used to determine demand for bus services. If students don’t Tap On and Tap Off, services may be cancelled due to the lack of recorded patronage.

 

With this in mind, we remind students that tapping on and off at the beginning and end of each trip is one of the conditions of using a School Opal Card. This in turn helps us ensure we are able to provide the appropriate level of service to PCS students.

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LAST CHANCE Opal Cards - Cranebrook and Jordan Springs

LAST CHANCE Opal Cards - Cranebrook and Jordan Springs

As you may be aware, we have been lobbying Busways for a direct bus to Cranebrook, to include Jordan Springs, for the past 12 months. Our requests have been declined by Transport for NSW due to the lack of students residing in these suburbs having an OPAL Card.

 

This is a final reminder that Busways will very soon be conducting a review of student numbers. It is critical that we have ALL students residing in Cranebrook and Jordan Springs apply for a free student OPAL Card.

 

Please go to transportnsw.info/school-students to complete an application.

Junior School - Coins for Missions - exceeding our target!

Junior School - Coins for Missions - exceeding our target!

As part of our Missions Fundraising commitments for 2017, Junior School participated in ‘Coins for Missions’ this term. All classes from Kindergarten to Year 4 were encouraged to do jobs at home in order to earn silver or gold coins for Missions.

 

Today we revealed our grand total raised: $2,563.15 - our target was $2,000, so this was an amazing effort by Junior School families and staff!

 

Our top fundraising classes were:

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Kids Cancer Project

Many members of our school community know our gorgeous Kindy student Evie (sister to Alicia and grandaughter of Mrs Jagger, Head of Senior School).

 

Evie was two years old when she was diagnosed with advanced neuroblastoma, meaning cancerous nerve cells had spread throughout her body and into her bones. For the past four years, Evie, has been taking powerful drugs and undergoing neurosurgery and chemotherapy to beat the cancer.

 

Last week, Evie (along with her mum Sarah and sister Alicia) appeared on the front page of The Sydney Morning Herald (CLICK HERE to read the full article). They are helping the Kids Cancer Project to raise awareness during Childhood Cancer Awareness month, in an effort to raise $350,000, which is enough to support three researchers dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancers.

 

You can show your support by buying a gold ribbon or making a donation at: thekidscancerproject.org.au

 

 

 

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