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What have Year 5 been up to lately?

What have Year 5 been up to lately?

This last semester, Year 5 students have certainly settled down into a routine in Middle School and we are all thoroughly enjoying our time together as we reflect back on what we’ve learned and where we’ve been.

 

We visited Mr Pickworth’s Farm to feed the animals, drench sheep, go on tractor rides, throw boomerangs, eat a yummy sausage sizzle and generally enjoy being outdoors learning about farming and what happens on a farm daily. A lot of hard work is what happens.

 

We kicked off our Middle School Pastoral Care event with some huge blow up rides in the Sports Centre and lots of bouncing, running and jumping!!

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Jesus, our Light and Hope

Jesus, our Light and Hope

In Junior School Biblical Studies, we are currently studying a unit named ‘Jesus asks people to join His team’. The memory verse for this unit is, ‘Jesus said, I am the light of the world! Follow me, and you won’t be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life’.  John 8:12

 

Our world sometimes seems like a dark and frightening place to be (just watch the evening news); so it’s wonderful to be able to give our children hope. We have been reading stories from the New Testament to learn about friendships that Jesus had with Matthew, Mary, Martha and Lazarus through which He demonstrated unconditional and compassionate love. Jesus said He came for those who need Him, we don’t have to be perfect to have a relationship with Him. He can become our ‘best friend’, a friend who is always there and who can help light our way through life.

 

In one of my recent lessons we were discussing who we can call upon when we need help. The obvious answers were teachers if we are at school, mums and dads when we are at home. We also talked about who else is in our worlds who can help us and it’s lovely to hear the children list off a network of family and friends that they feel they can trust and rely on. However, sometimes we can’t be there for our children when they need us or we may not know how to help them. This is when we remember how great our God is.  He is a light for our path and hope for our future.

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Prep Musical Showcase

Prep Musical Showcase

Each day in our Prep program, the children engage in a music program that is designed to teach children musical concepts, expose them to a variety of musical genres and inspire a love of singing, movement and all things rhythmic. In addition to this, music is a big part of our day and how we transition our children from activity to activity as well as between spaces.

 

During one of our music times, the children in our 3 day Prep Program expressed their desire to perform on a‘real stage’. These ideas led to the creation of our Musical Showcase and the children’s desire to perform for their parents and families.

 

Over the course of a few weeks, the performance took shape and the children worked hard on their routines and polished their performance. Our songs ranged from the Beatles to The Sound of Music and even included a song co-written by one of our educators Mrs Faitele and the Prep 3 day class themselves. Costumes and instruments were designed and made by the children, and encouraged the use of recycled materials.

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Jeans For Genes Day - Friday 3 August 2018

Jeans For Genes Day - Friday 3 August 2018

We invite all staff and students, from Preschool to Year 12, to participate in Penrith Christian School’s Jeans for Genes Day on Friday 3 August, 2018.

 

A GOLD COIN DONATION is requested from all students who choose to wear jeans on this day.

 

DRESS CODE:

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Resilient Families Online: a seminar for parents - 13 August 2018

Resilient Families Online: a seminar for parents - 13 August 2018

Penrith Christian School is pleased to host an important seminar for parents on Monday 13 August 2018, titled RESILIENT FAMILIES ONLINE: embracing the positive aspects of technology while minimising the risks, presented by Collett Smart

 

This night, for parents only, is open to PCS families and anyone in our local community.

 

WHEN: Monday 13 August 2018

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Year 8 ‘PLACE’ Survey

Year 8 ‘PLACE’ Survey

In Year 8 Geography, students are working on ‘How to collect data from a Survey’, which they have found challenging and interesting.

 

Their tasks were in depth and included:

Creating a survey or questionnaire on ‘Place’ (Why residents live at their current location)

Accessing Survey Monkey to get direction on ‘how to create a good survey’

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Some News from Sport (Week 9, Term 2, 2018)

Some News from Sport (Week 9, Term 2, 2018)

There have been many sporting achievements and sporting activities during Term 2. The following are some highlights:

 

Congratulations to Matilda Telfer and Tyler-Eve Mair (both from Year 6) who were selected in the NSW Combined Independent Schools Primary Girls Touch Team to compete at the NSWPSSA State Touch Football Championships to be held at Cronulla in August.

 

Congratulations to Clay Blight of Year 5 who was named a Shadow Player in the NSWCIS Primary Rugby League Team. Clay is hoping to be called up to the CIS Team to compete at the NSWPSSA Open State Rugby League Championships in Week 9 of Term 2.

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Year 8 STEM – Solar Car Challenge Race Day

Year 8 STEM – Solar Car Challenge Race Day

Year 8 are coming to the end of their STEM projects (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics). Finishing touches are being made to uniforms and cars. Mathematical probability and statistics are being used to predict the best car on Race Day. Our cars are revving up and getting ready to race. Students will be preparing a Team Display, complete with student made canapes to share.

 

We warmly invite parents and guests to attend this Race Day Event:

Date: Friday 6 July 2018

Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm

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Put your rubbish in the bin - Year 4 Student Initiative

Put your rubbish in the bin - Year 4 Student Initiative

In her own time, Shabeena from Year 4, made a persuasive poster about ‘Putting your rubbish in the bin.’ She had the opportunity to share this at Junior School Morning assembly and she is to be congratulated for her initiative and speaking out with such confidence. Mrs Woods has displayed her poster around Junior School classrooms and the playground. Well done Shabeena on making a difference in our school.

 

PUT YOUR RUBBISH IN THE BIN!!

Put your rubbish in the bin. Help the landscape.

Think about it….

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Library Time with Years 2, 3 and 4

Library Time with Years 2, 3 and 4

One of the great joys of my job is sharing the love of stories with the younger students within our school. Eagerly, students from Preschool through to Year 4 arrive to hear, and more excitedly, share and participate in stories. As such, it is not uncommon for the iCentre staff to notice rather bare looking tubs from the K-2 Premier’s reading Challenge picture book section.

 

However further to this, I have been so excited to see how the students in Years 2, 3 and 4 have embraced our library time activities. For the majority of this term, Year 3 have been creating their own picture books using Storybird, a fantastic online resource that allows the students to create professional looking story books. Some of the story lines so far have been very impressive, with no shortage of humour coming through.

 

With Year 4, we have just begun having conversations about how we can create interesting stories, also using Storybird. I am looking forward to delving into this next term with these amazingly imaginative students.

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Head Lice season!

Head Lice season!

It is Head Lice season - please be on the look-out. If you find that your child/ren have Head Lice please refer to the following information:

 

The following guidelines from the James Cook University will assist parent/s or guardian/s in the treatment and prevention of Head Lice.

 

Many Head Lice infestations cause no symptoms, and probably less than half cause itch, so you have to LOOK to find out if your child/children has Head Lice. Do not rely on itching and scratching.

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: 3 July 2018

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: 3 July 2018

Join us at Penrith Christian School’s annual fundraising talent event - PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS - on Tuesday 3 July, 2018 (7.00 pm)

 

Bring along your money to vote for your favourite acts.

 

Donation buckets will be passed around after each act (EFTPOS facilities will also be available). All funds raised through this event goes to our Bali Projects, which helps children to attend school and to care for some of their daily needs. 

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What a Night! 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is' 2018

What a Night! 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is' 2018

What an amazing night we had at Penrith Christian School’s annual fundraising talent event - PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS (on Tuesday 3 July, 2018)!

 

Over 500 family, friends, volunteers and performers packed the Auditorium and listened to some fantastic talent. Our brave performers were not daunted by the large crowd, and our audience responded by donating $5,701.95 - our highest PYMWYMI fundraising effort ever!

 

 All funds raised through this event goes to our Bali Projects, which helps children to attend school and to care for some of their daily needs. 

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Jeans for Genes Day Campaign: Prelude Event

Jeans for Genes Day Campaign: Prelude Event

We would like to warmly invite you to join us as we plan and hear from Jeans for Genes Day Campaign speakers. 

 

One of our beloved Kindy students Linke Nel is an ambassador for Jeans for Genes and we will be hearing from Campaign speakers about her role, and about how we can support such an important event, and Linke and her family.

 

When:Tuesday 19 June 2018

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Your child's greatest asset: the ability to read

Your child's greatest asset: the ability to read

It has been a wonderful first semester in the Education Support Department.

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the new students and also spending time with familiar faces. As an Education Support Teacher, I feel that the greatest asset for a child is the ability to read. Not only to read fluently, but also for understanding and enjoyment. There are many benefits for children to spend time reading at school and at home, but an integral part of learning to read is for children to be read to.

 

Modelled reading by an adult supports a variety of skills that the children use when learning to read. Firstly, it supports their cognitive development. It improves their ability to think and understand. When an adult reads to a child it develops areas of learning such as processing skills, language development, memory, reasoning and general knowledge about the world around them.

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Stories from Year 8 English: Lily Matagi

Stories from Year 8 English: Lily Matagi

Students in 8E1 English were asked to re-tell a story that they had heard that explored culture, using their own narrative techniques.

 

Our next story was written by Lily Matagi about a tale she was told by her grandparents.

 

Mrs Joanna Tabone

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Breakfast with the Chaplain

Breakfast with the Chaplain

Last Friday we held our first ever Chaplain’s Breakfast for all Junior School students and their families. The morning started off with many teachers in the staffroom cooking and preparing toast for the eager students. In all, we cooked roughly 300 pieces of toast. There were also 280 servings of fruit that included fresh apples, bananas and mandarins. It was so great to see minimal leftovers and many satisfied students and families alike.

 

Earlier in the year when Mrs Woods and I sat down to talk plans and vision for the year, we both shared equal excitement about the notion of hosting a school breakfast. The idea being that as food brings people together, we wanted to create a space where our Junior School students felt part of something bigger than themselves by eating a healthy and nutritious meal with their friends. Everyone knows that breakfast is such an important start to the day, yet as it is with routine and schedules, it tends to be the meal we eat in isolation. Our school breakfast provided an opportunity for students and families alike to enjoy a new experience by eating breakfast together and in turn create memories for the future.

 

Please enjoy looking back on some of these memories from a great morning.

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Introducing Mrs Juliet Aboagye-Hill

Introducing Mrs Juliet Aboagye-Hill

Hi there families,

 

My name is Juliet Aboagye-Hill, better known as Mrs Hill. I have worked at PCS for a year now and am currently in the role of Preschool Teacher. My parents are from Ghana, West Africa and I was born in Dusseldorf, Germany. I have been raised in Australia but have spent a bulk of my adult life in Japan - 12 years to be exact. 

 

I attended LaTrobe University where I earned my Bachelor of Electronic Commerce degree, then quickly discovered a life in front of a screen was not for me. One could say I fell into teaching some 17 years ago and have yet to look back. In that time I have pursued a Bachelor of Early Childhood.

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Host Families for Japanese Student Homestay

Host Families for Japanese Student Homestay

We have Japanese students from Sakuranomaki High School requiring host families. Please consider if you are able or willing to host a student from 27 July – 6 August 2018. Students are aged 16-17 years & speak some English.

 

What you need to provide:

a comfy bed (sharing a room is fine)

3 meals a day

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Dayvis Heyne wins coveted cadetship with ABC TV

Dayvis Heyne wins coveted cadetship with ABC TV

Dayvis Heyne graduated from PCS in 2014 and attended Macquarie University where he received his BA in Media. He has been working at ABC TV, having won the coveted cadetship which attracted over 1000 applicants. The interview process was challenging but very thorough. Congratulations Dayvis! We are very proud of your achievements!

 

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