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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.

 

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From the Principal - welcome to 2018

From the Principal - welcome to 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians

 

It was wonderful to see our students returning with enthusiasm and expectancy today as we began our 2018 school year.

 

I would like to extend a big welcome to all our new families and students, and pray you settle in quickly, and enjoy the many challenges and opportunities we offer at PCS.

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Year 6 2017 Celebrate!

Year 6 2017 Celebrate!

Year 6 celebrated a highly successful year at Don Bosco Centre St Marys at the end of Term 4.

 

With the kind assistance of parents, Mr Marty Jensen, Mr Leslie Price and Mrs Brooke Grosse, our students enjoyed a party morning tea, barbecue lunch, and indoor and outdoor sports.

 

With seemingly boundless energy, Year 6 students jumped, kicked and flipped as their friends cheered them on or hit a winner down the line.

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Introducing: Mrs Melanie Woods

Introducing: Mrs Melanie Woods

What a lovely welcome it has been to join the Penrith Christian School Community. I have been at school for the last couple of weeks and am really excited to welcome all the Junior School children and their families.

 

I would like to introduce me and my family. We have been living in Tasmania for the last 11 years and believed it was time to come back to NSW. My husband’s name is Michael and we have four children, Elora, Anais, Abigail and Elisha. 

 

As I start my adventure at PCS, I’m drawn to a sentence that graces the website. It says:

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Year 8 2017 - above State average in Science

Year 8 2017 - above State average in Science

The PCS Year 8 cohort of 2017 achieved above State average results in the Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development (VALID) program. The Program provides online end-of-Stage assessments for the Science key learning area. The assessments assist schools to monitor student achievement and inform planning, programming and assessment practice. The test is mandatory for State Schools and optional for Private Schools.  Over 55,000 students in NSW took part.

 

Congratulations to the following students who achieved a Band 6 (the highest band) result for at least one section of the exam: Benjamin Armstrong, Henry Beard, Zane Brady, Mitchell Cook, Micayla Dillon, Sienna Edwards, Paige Foley, Emma Frith, Caleb Kraus, Franco Licastro, Ellen Margetts, Thomas Nelson, Imogen Rogers and Brock Stinson.

 

The sections included in the exam were: extended response questions; knowledge and understanding; planning, designing and conducting experiments; problem solving and communication.

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Year 12 2017 celebrates success at brunch

Year 12 2017 celebrates success at brunch

Staff and students were treated to a beautiful and exciting breakfast to celebrate the successes achieved in this year’s HSC. This is a first ever this type of student reunion in PCS history.

 

The occasion was a success in itself and what definitely will be a tradition that is to be continued for years to come.

“It is nice to be here and to meet up with all these guys after the exams as most of us are working or holidaying. I am enjoying it”, a student remarked.

 

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Jessica Smith - Pacific Games Softball Champion!

Jessica Smith - Pacific Games Softball Champion!

Jessica Smith (Year 6) was chosen in the NSW Primary Girls Softball team for the Pacific Games held in Adelaide last week. We are pleased to announce that Jessica's team won gold!

 

They went through the whole tournament undefeated and were crowned Pacific School Games Gold Medal winners and National champions. Jessica had a great tournament, pitching and hitting a home run against Queensland.

 

Jessica's family added their thanks to PCS for the support in helping her to get there.

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Carnivorous Plant Bog Garden

Carnivorous Plant Bog Garden

The Year 8, DT1 class has been working on a garden this term, but not just any garden! It’s an exotic bog garden, believe it or not.

 

It’s located in front of the Middle School staffroom and has several different types of carnivorous plants in it, such as Venus Flytraps, Sundews, Sun Pitchers and others. The class worked hard on the garden and is proud to present it to the school.

 

None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for PCS parent, Mr Colbourn, with his generosity to giving us the base for the bog garden, the soil and especially the carnivorous plants.

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Year 1 Bicentennial Park Excursion

Year 1 Bicentennial Park Excursion

Year 1 had the opportunity to visit Bicentennial Park in Homebush Bay as part of our Year 1 Geography Unit. 

 

The students participated in a number of workshops which focused on some of the features of the Park. The students met two of the animals that are quite common in the area and enjoyed learning about the blue tongue lizard and the long neck turtle.

 

One workshop involved the students walking through the mangroves on the boardwalk. The children learnt that mangroves are the only plant that can survive in salt water because the roots filter out the salt and only allow the water through. The children examined mangrove snails and were able to see a number of mangrove plants in various stages of development.

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - thank you!!

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - thank you!!

Thank you so much for your support for PYMWYMI! The kids were wonderful. It was a great celebration of our students and we raised $2200 for kids in Bali. So many attended; it was a great night!

 

Mr Mark Gee

Director of Missions

 

Bella Grosse - WestCare’s Helping Hands

Bella Grosse - WestCare’s Helping Hands

Year 6 student, Bella Grosse, started packing WestCare hampers three years ago. Her service was birthed from a desire to make sure everyone got to have a Christmas like she does.

 

When Bella first heard that WestCare provided hampers to the community, she decided that she was going to, not only buy goodies for the hampers, but pack them as well. She would love to deliver them too, but WestCare has this organised.

 

Well done Bella! Your servant heart is a reflection of PCS Missions of going beyond and into the community.

Uniform Shop News - Summer Break

Please note that the last day for Uniform Shop trading is tomorrow, 14 December.

 

There will be additional trading days in January and February. Please click here for details.

 

To make an online appointment, please visit www.ranier.com.au (School password is penchris2748) or telephone 4736 8711 and leave a message.

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Junior School Missions on a mission

Recently Year 4 Junior School Missions students went to visit Governor Phillip Nursing home. They shared the Gospel message through songs, poems and prayers. We also gave out some beautiful angel, pop-up Christmas cards.

 

I am so proud of these students’ heart to serve: Evangeline Tevita, Laura Whitehouse, Jessica Todd, Mia Gabin, Sophia Licastro, Lauryn Refalo, Emily Klimek, William Jenkyn, Luke Hale, Clay Blight, Jeremiah De Martin, Ryan McClement, Sienna Teuma, Bethany Sampson, Faith Martinez, Megan Garratt, Eleora Matthews and Annabelle Carbone.

 

It is more blessed to give than receive. Acts 20:35

 

Belinda Garratt

Junior Missions Coordinator

 

I liked how the nursing home residents were really friendly and nice and kind. I felt generous when I was singing songs and giving out cards. It was hard to give up lunchtimes each Thursday because I had to miss some play time, but I liked raising money for Divine Junior School and Vietnam. I also liked spending time with my friends in Junior Missions.

Luke Hale

 

I really enjoyed going to the nursing home because the people there were really friendly and welcoming. I really liked putting a smile on their faces when we did some songs. I loved giving up my lunchtimes to make the beautiful angel pop-up Christmas cards that we gave to the residents. I loved blessing the residents’ hearts and making them happy. They were generous to us as well by giving us morning tea when we were finished. In the process of being in Junior Missions I have made lots of friends.

Sophia Licastro

 

At the nursing home, one of the things we did was hand out cards to the elderly. I enjoyed handing out the cards because I liked to see the smiles on their faces and hearing them laugh. I particularly liked reading the cards to them because I know it made them feel loved and happy, especially from the Year 4 students. Most elderly people can’t walk, so we went to the people that could not walk and we gave them their cards.

Annabelle Carbone

 

At the nursing home, one of the things we did was singing to the residents there. I loved to see them joining in with singing our songs. Particularly, I loved seeing them smile and laugh because they love visits and gifts from children, and that doesn’t happen very often. I could tell from their emotions that they felt loved.

Megan Garratt  

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Bandanna Day – THANK YOU

Bandanna Day – THANK YOU

CanTeen sincerely appreciates the time and energy the students from Year 6 (pictured) gave in helping raise money for National Bandanna Day.

 

Thank you also to those of you who purchased a bandanna or made a donation. This year PCS raised $681!!!! All the funds raised will help fund important programs for young people living with cancer.

 

Cancer shatters a young person's plans for the future just when life should be full of possibilities. Through CanTeen, they learn to explore and deal with their feelings about cancer, connect with other young people in the same boat and can be provided with specialist, youth-specific, treatment teams.

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M4 Smart Motorway - Stage 1 Construction Update

M4 Smart Motorway - Stage 1 Construction Update

Work is continuing on the M4 Smart Motorway project, please see information below with regards to traffic changes.

 

Speed reduction on the M4 Motorway

The speed limit on the M4 Motorway between Mamre Road and Reservior Road will be reduced during construction. Please refer below for change dates:

Between M7 Interchange - Archbold Road Westbound from Saturday 2 December will be reduced to 80 km/h, 24 hours 7 days a week

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Hope 103.2 Advertising

Hope 103.2 Advertising

Here's a sneak peek at some radio messages coming up soon on Hope 103.2. Our School Captains, Sarah and Callum did a great job and handled the recordings like pros! Callum even reckons PCS is so great he wishes he could come to school on weekends!

 

 

Girls Rising in the Media

Girls Rising in the Media

The annual Girls Rising event, coordinated by PCS, is a wonderful event encouraging girls to rise up and ensure their voice is heard. The St Marys Star published an article, about Girls Rising 2017, which helps our message extend beyond our school community, and the communities of the many public and private schools that attended, into the broader community.

 

The Western Weekender also published an article about Girls Rising in  last week's edition.

Victor Chang Awards 2017

Victor Chang Awards 2017

Congratulations Benjamin Morley - Victor Chang Award Recipient! The Victor Chang Cardiac Research institute School Science Awards have been developed to foster and encourage an interest in Science, and to promote Science as a viable and interesting career path.

 

Award winners are given the opportunity to spend time at the Institute to learn first-hand about its research activities and interact with young enthusiastic scientists. Benjamin Morley is a very worthy recipient of this Award. He is a hard-working and exceptional Science student who completes all tasks with originality and flair. Congratulations Ben!

 

Mrs Denise Bailey

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‘Cars for Show and Cars for Go’ - 2018 Car Show

‘Cars for Show and Cars for Go’ - 2018 Car Show

During Terms 1 and 2 2018, the Year 8 students will be participating in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Solar Car Challenge, where students will design, construct and then race their own solar cars.

 

STEM projects are designed to facilitate collaboration and integrated learning experiences between the Science, Technology and Mathematics faculties; providing students with rich learning experiences in developing knowledge and skills, and inspiring engagement in these learning areas.

 

We are in the process of organising our second Annual PCS Car Show to launch the STEM Solar Car Project on Thursday 22 February, 2017 from 1.00 pm to 2.40 pm.

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