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Entertainment Book 2018/19 is available NOW!

Entertainment Book 2018/19 is available NOW!

The Entertainment Book is up and running again for 2018. Please click on the link below for information and to purchase your Book or Digital Copy of the Entertainment Book to receive the extra bonus Early Bird offers!

 

The Entertainment Book is a great fundraiser that raises money for our upcoming Tonga Missions Trip.

 

Hurry! It's your last chance to get the bonus Early Bird Offers before they're gone CLICK HERE to order

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Woolworths Earn & Learn Equipment has arrived!

Woolworths Earn & Learn Equipment has arrived!

Our new play equipment that was ‘purchased’ with our Earn & Learn points last year has arrived. The attached photos display some of the equipment received and as you can see the children are enjoying the new activities for the Early Childhood Centre and Junior School play areas.

 

Thank you to all in our community who contributed to this fundraiser and a big shout out to Mrs Perrigo and her helpers who compiled the sticker sheets.

 

Miss Janice Roberts

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Introducing: Mr Martyn Ellis

Introducing: Mr Martyn Ellis

I recently joined PCS at the beginning of this year in the TAS Department. Having come from William Clarke College Kellyville, a school of over 1500 students and 250 staff, I have experienced a very warm welcome from the smaller and more intimate PCS community.

 

I have also been enjoying the reduced travel time as a resident of the mid-Blue Mountains where I live with my wife and three daughters (aged 6, 4 and 2). We are expecting our fourth baby later this year and if it turns out to be a girl, I’ll get a male dog to console myself!

 

This is the part where I tell you I enjoy rock climbing, snowboarding, skydiving and just chilling at home with a cup of tea.  But anyone who has ever had three or more young children will spot that for a lie. I don’t do any of those things, life is far too crazy. Our home is hectic and noisy. It is filled with singing, crying, laughing, shouting, running, playing, screaming, dancing, and more singing (probably the theme song from ‘Frozen’). I don’t ‘chill’ and looking after three girls when my wife goes out is as close as I ever get to extreme sports.

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Year 3 Science Afternoon

Year 3 Science Afternoon

Year 3 had a great Science afternoon with parents where we made Grassheads, observed preserved insects with a magnifying glass, and created procedure posters with our friends and family.

 

The afternoon was very well attended by our school community and the students really enjoyed their time with our Year 3 Families.

 

Thank you for all who could attend and included all the students in our fun activities. It was a testament to the great school community we have.

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ICentre News: Premier’s Reading Challenge Correction

ICentre News: Premier’s Reading Challenge Correction

Please note the following correction for logging into your Premier’s Reading Challenge account.

 

To access your account, you need to visit https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html and log in from there.

 

Please disregard the web address supplied on the previous note and my apologies if you have tried unsuccessfully to access this website before now.

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NAPLAN – Online NAPLAN testing at PCS

NAPLAN – Online NAPLAN testing at PCS

The NAPLAN exams for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will take place during a nine-day window between 15 – 25 May 2018. The NAPLAN exams will be completed online this year.

 

In accordance with the Disability Standards for Education (2005) equity principles, some students who have a learning or physical disability may qualify for adjustments or for exemption from sitting these NAPLAN exams.

 

The aim of any adjustment is to facilitate access to all of the tests for the student. 

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Welcome to Year 5 BBQ (and Goodbye Rosie)

Welcome to Year 5 BBQ (and Goodbye Rosie)

On Thursday afternoon 15 March 2018, under clear warm  skies, Year 5 families met for a BBQ outside the School Sports Centre for an informal event. Parents were able to meet and connect with staff who teach this Year group.

 

The children played a variety of games on the grass and the adults enjoyed the conversation and the delicious food contributed by all.

 

Rosie, the guide dog, was present for her last official event and behaved in an excellent manner for a hungry labrador. She oversaw the proceedings and consumed a minimum number of sausages (with a lot of dribbling) cooked by Mr Pickworth.

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New Child Care Package

New Child Care Package

The Australian Government’s new Child Care Package commences on 2 July 2018.

 

It is important that all families accessing early childhood services or before and after school care are registered with myGov and have Centrelink linked to their account. 

 

Further details about the new Child Care Package can be found here https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/child_care_package_6pp_dl_final.pdf

Easter Chapel 2018

Easter Chapel 2018

You are welcome to join us for our Combined School Easter Chapel on Thursday 29 March 2018 (1.45 pm - 2.45 pm).

 

Kindergarten to Year 12 students will be meeting together to celebrate the Easter message.

 

We hope to see you there!

BOUNCE BACK TIPS: The Power of Words

BOUNCE BACK TIPS: The Power of Words

One of my favourite activities from when I was teaching Year 2 in our Bounce Back lessons a few years ago was writing on paper, screwing up the paper and throwing it in the bin.

 

The purpose of the activity was learning that we don’t have to accept ‘put-downs’ and hurtful words spoken to us. We wrote down unkind words that have been said and then put them in the bin where they belong! It’s a powerful exercise and very liberating.

 

The Bible tells us: Proverbs 18:21a (CEV) ‘Words can bring death or life!’

 

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Easter Family Fun afternoons for Prep

Easter Family Fun afternoons for Prep

We warmly invite you to join us for our Easter Family Fun afternoons for our Prep classes:

 

Mon - Wed Class: Wednesday 28 March

CLICK HERE for full details.

 

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Introducing: Mr Damien Jenner

Introducing: Mr Damien Jenner

Recently, I have joined the PCS Mathematics department and am enjoying the process of teaching collaboratively and meeting many staff and students. Learning hundreds of names though is a challenge, and so I am thinking of assigning people numbers!

 

Historically, having grown up in northern NSW and south east Queensland, I made my way back to NSW, Sydney, for university and my early engineering career (and to avoid argument over State of Origin matches). I then spent several years working for a church and exploring paid Christian ministry before settling on teaching Mathematics.

 

Personally, I am married to Justine and we have four boys aged between 8 and 14. We live in the mid mountains and our weekends are often full of activities including soccer, skateparks, movie nights, church, bush walks and catching our breath. I love playing sports including soccer and touch football, and I am attempting to rekindle my fitness by training for a half marathon in April.

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The Power of Connection

The Power of Connection

Our children are hardwired to look at our faces thousands of times each day. It gives them information about who they are, what they are worth, if they are loved, if they are a priority. Eye contact, delight and responsiveness create brains that are primed for security, confidence and optimism. 

 

When our children don’t have access to our real-time, live, in-person face, they will make do with technology. They will turn to phones, computers and tablets to fill the gap that is missing from a present and interactive relationship. Technology doesn’t fill the void completely … kids need at least ten minutes of daily connect time with at least one adult to feel safe, connected and loved.  During this time, your child needs to have your full attention, and to get really connected, your full engagement.

 

That means PLAY!

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Year 5 Student Reflections

Anti-Bullying Seminar by Brett Murray

On Tuesday 27 February, we listened to Brett Murray speak about Anti-Bullying. I liked how Mr Murray told us he wanted to help kids understand bullying and how to stop it because he was bullied as a kid and knew how stressful it was. I liked how he made us laugh and described things in a way we could understand. I liked how he said to follow our dreams. I liked how he didn’t just talk about anti-bullying, but about Jesus. I think he was very brave sharing his childhood problem. This has helped me to know what to say to other people and how to say it.

‘Don’t let the past affect your future!’

‘Let’s make bullying history!’

‘Anti-bullying is purely about respecting one another!’

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Year 4 Aboriginal Experience

As part of our History unit, ‘First Contacts’, Year 4 recently had a visit from Chris Tobin who is an expert on Aboriginal traditions and culture of the local area, and who is an active member of the Darug community.

 

Mr Tobin is an amazing speaker and students had a chance to listen to traditional Aboriginal stories, see authentic tools and weapons, and even have their faces painted for a traditional dance.

 

Mr Tobin spoke passionately about the long history of the Aboriginal people in Australia, including this area, and shared what life was like for men, women and children before European settlement.

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Ranier Uniform Shop News

We wish to farewell Mrs Trish Webber, as she leaves the PCS Uniform Shop; her last day is tomorrow (Tuesday 20 March). We thank Trish for her hard work and commitment to assisting PCS families with their school uniform requirements and wish her every blessing as she begins this next season in life.

 

We would like to warmly welcome Mrs Kathy Byron to the Uniform Shop. She will be looking after you once she has transitioned into the role.

 

When you next visit the Uniform Shop, please give Kathy a great big PCS welcome.

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iCentre Student Book Club

iCentre Student Book Club

We love books and we love reading, and we love to share that with our students. The iCentre staff are keen to run a student reading circle/book club where students can come and share about the books they’ve been reading, and discover new books they might not have thought of reading before. Reluctant readers are just as welcome as avid readers – we want to encourage everyone to find the books that light up the world of reading for them.

 

Reading for pleasure is strongly linked to success not only at school, but in life outside of and after school.

 

At this stage we are gauging the level of interest in a student book club, so if attending a book club at school might appeal to your child, please contact Mr Danial Ollis or Mrs Bethany Evans in the iCentre.

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Bounce Back Tips – Helpful and Unhelpful Thinking

Bounce Back Tips – Helpful and Unhelpful Thinking

The children are taught that unhelpful thinking can make a problem seem much worse than it is. Maybe you could practise helpful thinking at home if you hear your child express unhelpful words.

 

Helpful thinking:

accepts that mistakes happen

focuses on the future, not the past

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Kindergarten Easter Hat Parade 2018

Kindergarten Easter Hat Parade 2018

Jesus is the reason for the season and the Kindy Easter Hat Parade is a chance for parents and children to focus on the true meaning of Easter while creating a simple, elaborate, crazy or beautiful hat together.

 

Join us at the Kindy Easter Hat Parade on Wednesday 28 March 2018 at 8.30 am under the Junior School COLA area.

 

CLICK HERE for full details.

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Crunch&Sip in Middle School

Middle School celebrated the launch of Crunch&Sip® at Chapel on Friday 9 March with a Crunch&Sip® Game show with three rounds: Fruit & Veg taste test, Pictionary and a quiz. 

 

Fruit and vegetables were kindly donated (including an apple for every Middle School student attending Chapel) by Glenbrook Greengrocer, owned by the Kohler family who have three children at PCS.

 

For more information about Crunch&Sip®, CLICK HERE

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