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Bounce Back!

Bounce Back!

Bounce Back! is a wellbeing and resilience program written by Helen McGrath and Toni Noble.

 

The program is taught in K-4 classes in Term 1 as part of our Personal Heath and Development Curriculum (PDH). Resilience helps us to cope with adversity and hardship when life throws us challenges. We also want to help our students to ‘look on the bright side’ and celebrate the many wonderful highlights of their lives. We have added Christian perspectives to the program and have found that the activities are meaningful and helpful for our students.

 

The program contains nine units and a selection of these units is taught each year. The concepts are then reinforced and referred to during the year when appropriate. An example of this would be the concept that there are good and bad ways to disagree.

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Crunch&Sip®

Crunch&Sip®

Crunch&Sip® is a K-8 program that encourages healthy snacking and the drinking of water in the classroom environment. Teaching and learning continues whilst students are refuelling on fruit and/or vegetables, and rehydrate on water.

 

Crunch&Sip® gives students the opportunity to eat the piece of fruit or vegetable that might otherwise be left in their lunchbox. We find that students are more likely to eat their healthy snack and drink their water if friends and peers are doing it too.

 

Please make sure your K-8 child has a piece of fruit or vegetable and a small bottle of water each day.

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Year 1 Loves Literacy

Year 1 Loves Literacy

Year 1 has started the year well with a range of literacy-based learning activities.

 

We are learning about ‘What’s in a Picture?’ in Literacy lessons, enjoying a range of books including The Chimpanzees from Happytown and Postcards from Crabby Spit.

 

We are finding out that pictures contain interesting details that may not be in the writing in a book. SpotWhat, Where’s Wally and other find-a books are extremely popular for quiet reading time too. Students are also using pictures to sequence stories and engage in writing tasks.

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Senior School Camp Week

Senior School Camp Week

Senior School had an amazing second week with students being encouraged, pushing past their fears, meeting challenges head on and enjoying the company of their peers during Camp and Seminar Week.  

 

Years 9 and 10: The boys went to Camp and experienced the great outdoors whilst the girls experienced an urban challenge in and around the City.

 

Here are some quotes from students for Camp Week:

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Introducing: Mr Danial Ollis

Introducing: Mr Danial Ollis

It has been a whirlwind start to 2018 at PCS, and I have loved every minute of getting to know the staff and students of this wonderful school. I come to PCS with 14 years of teaching experience behind me and a career as a tradesman before that. I have a passion for seeing young people excitedly developing into all that God has prepared them to be.

 

Over my time as a classroom teacher I have taught across all grades and subjects. I have taught as a permanent member of staff and a casual teacher in public and private schools. Whilst the role of Teacher Librarian is a new direction for me, there are many fundamentals to teaching that I continue to adhere to. I believe that education is about getting to know your students, meeting their needs and helping them to achieve their potential. In my role within the iCentre, I will be seeking to continue to do these things.

 

As a librarian, I love seeing the wonder that a good piece of literature can give a reader or listener. Junior School students can attest to my love of picture books. I also love it when that vital information resource is found that allows someone to progress in their studies effectively. 

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PCS Staff at Husky Triathlon 2018

PCS Staff at Husky Triathlon 2018

On Sunday 18 February 2018, PCS staff members, Mr Steve Grice (Assistant Principal - Operations and Student Learning) and Mr Adam Petherick (Group Finance Manager) competed in the Husky Triathlon Festival.

 

They entered, and completed, the 'Ultimate Husky', which includes a 2 km swim, 83 km cycle, and a 20 km run. These distances roughly constitute a 'half Ironman'.

 

Congratulations to Mr Grice and Mr Petherick on an amazing effort - what a great example to all our students of grit, determination and hard work!

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K-4 Monday Morning Assembly

K-4 Monday Morning Assembly

Parents and Guardians of K-4 children are invited to join us each week at our Monday morning Assembly, in the Junior School COLA area, at 8.30 am. The Assembly only lasts about 10 minutes, but it is a wonderful opportunity for us all to gather together, share what the week brings and then end praying together.

 

All are welcome.

 

Mrs Melanie WoodsHead of Junior School

NAPLAN 2018

NAPLAN 2018

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. 

If you think your child might qualify to have adjustments granted, please contact Jenni de Villiers via email to discuss this further jenni.devilliers@pcs.nsw.edu.au.

Introducing: Mrs Sam Dawkins

Introducing: Mrs Sam Dawkins

It is an honour to return to PCS after being in Arizona, USA for the past five years.

 

It is amazing to see how the kids have grown and to hear about their successes! I have been teaching in the state system in America, in a Grade 2 classroom and have been reminded often this week, of the freedom we have in our school to acknowledge God. I love that we can start our days focused on God, and being able to teach through the lens of the Bible is a privilege.

 

My own kids have also re-joined PCS and are settling well into routine. The genuine concern and care of their teachers is refreshing and part of why we returned to PCS. Thank you to so many of the school community who have welcomed us back. You are truly a blessing and have helped us to re-establish the feeling of being home. 

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Welcome to big school!

Welcome to big school!

It has been a wonderful start to formal schooling for our Kindergarten students.

 

So many ‘news’ for our youngest students. New teachers, new classrooms, new uniforms, new shoes, new routines, new learning opportunities and new friendship. Sometimes ‘new’ can be challenging and scary, but judging from the smiles and chatter from the Kindergarten children, most of these ‘news’ have been exciting and joyful.

 

The children love starting the day with our daily Devotions, hearing God’s Word, singing songs of praise and worship, and praying for our family, friends and school.

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iCentre News - Feb 2018

iCentre News - Feb 2018

The iCentre’s focus is to assist students and staff with their information and technology needs, as well as provide wonderful books for their reading enjoyment. We have already met Middle and Senior School students as they borrow their textbooks for the year and Junior School classes have begun this week.

 

Students from Prep to Year 6 all require a library bag for borrowing. If you have misplaced yours then we have them for sale for $10.00. All new students will receive their library bag in their first borrowing lesson. Please ensure your child has their library bag this week as they are very disappointed when they are unable to borrow.

 

We really appreciate all our Mums, Dads and even Grandmas who have helped us out in the iCentre by either covering books, re-shelving or other library tasks. If you are interested in helping out in the iCentre or taking some books home to cover, and would like to contribute to your PIP hours, we would really love your help! Please contact us in the iCentre if you are interested or have any questions.

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We have a National Champion in our midst!

We have a National Champion in our midst!

Matthew Galea (Year 11), won the National Under 17 Open Water 5 km event in Adelaide on 27 January. He won the event in a Personal Best time of 56.50 minutes – so impressive! Matt has worked, and continues to work, extremely hard, and his determination to succeed at the highest level is highly commendable. Well done Matt – National Champion!!

 

Sports Report - Week 2, Term 1 2018

Sports Report - Week 2, Term 1 2018

Welcome back to a new school year. I am really excited about the year ahead and for all the sporting opportunities for PCS students.

 

YEARS 7-12 SWIMMING CARNIVAL

The Years 7-12 Swimming Carnival was held in Week 1 at Ripples Penrith. A detailed report will follow in the next couple of weeks.

 

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CIS Awards for Jessica

CIS Awards for Jessica

Year 7 student, Jessica Smith was awarded a CIS Red and a CIS Medallion on Friday 16 February at the 2017 NSW Combined Independent Schools Awards Night in Homebush. The Medallion was for being selected in the NSW PSSA Team and competing at the Pacific Schools Games in Adelaide last year. The CIS Red was an even more prestigious honour and was awarded to Jessica for her outstanding performance as the Number One pitcher for the NSW Team at the Pacific Schools Games; and, for her major contribution in the NSW Team winning the Gold Medal. Congratulations Jessica!.

 

Congratulations Jessica!

You can have your DNA and eat it too!

You can have your DNA and eat it too!

Models are used extensively in all fields of Science to help visualise and understand ideas. Last week Year 9 students constructed DNA models they could use to explain the molecular structure and method of replication.

 

A variety of lollies were used to represent the double helix structure. Yum!

 

PCS Bus Services

PCS Bus Services

Please be advised of an update to times for the PCS Blue Mountains bus as below. PLEASE NOTE: times are estimates and will vary depending on traffic.

 

Blue Mountains AM pick up times

7.35 am Faulconbridge (Service Station)

7.45 am Springwood (Railway Station)

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Linke Nel’s first day at School

Linke Nel’s first day at School

Last year we posted on our Facebook page, the amazing story of our gorgeous student Linke Nel and her family. A story that would have had a different ending without the support of the Children’s Medical Research Institute. CLICK HERE to read all about their story 

 

On behalf of the Children’s Medical Research Institute, News Corp produced the video below of Linke’s first day in Kindergarten last Monday at PCS. CLICK on the video below to view!

 

You can have your DNA and eat it too!

You can have your DNA and eat it too!

Models are used extensively in all fields of Science to help visualise and understand ideas. Last week Year 9 students constructed DNA models they could use to explain the molecular structure and method of replication.

 

A variety of lollies were used to represent the double helix structure. Yum!

 

Introducing: Mr Steve Grice (Assistant Principal – Operations and Student Learning)

Introducing: Mr Steve Grice (Assistant Principal – Operations and Student Learning)

After serving for 17 years at Pacific Hills Christian School, moving to a new school was a slightly daunting prospect. However, after having now been at Penrith Christian School for the past two weeks, I have been overwhelmed at the way the community of PCS has made me feel so welcomed and any uncertainty about stepping into something new has been replaced with an excitement about what the future holds.

 

I have been involved with PCS for the past eight years as a parent, having two sons, Ethan in Year 7 and Oscar in Year 4. Also, my wife Michelle has worked closely with the School through her business in providing marketing services. During this time, we have been very pleased with the culture of PCS and believe that the staff at PCS care for students in a manner that extends beyond the classroom experience.

 

Personally, I value being part of a Christian community and being in partnership with parents in helping students develop into the people God intended them to be. This is a privileged position we have as teachers and one which is not taken for granted by the staff at PCS. Thank you for choosing to partner with us at PCS and I look forward to meeting more students and parents over the coming weeks.

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Bully-proofing Your World: a seminar for parents - 27 February 2018

Bully-proofing Your World: a seminar for parents - 27 February 2018

Penrith Christian School is pleased to host an important seminar for parents on Tuesday 27 February 2018, BULLY-PROOFING YOUR WORLD, presented by Brett Murray from Make Bullying History.

 

This night, for parents only, is open to PCS families and anyone in our local community.The seminar will cover what is/is not bullying, why people bully, the effects of bullying for both victim and perpetrator, self esteem, reacting versus responding, and more.

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK

 

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