What would our lives be without light?
This term in Science, Year 5 have been exploring the properties of light and how it enables us to see.
This week we covered two main concepts.
It has been an exciting beginning to Term 4 with Year 1 enjoying warmer weather, looking forward to new and engaging topics, and preparing for end of year events.
In English, they are exploring and comparing digital and printed story books, writing entertaining and adventurous narratives, and presenting interesting speeches.
In Mathematics, they have learnt to make groups, share objects and solve problems in Multiplication and Division, as well as explore and design three dimensional solids.
With Christmas soon approaching, it brings us great joy to extend an invitation to Middle and Senior School students and families to partner with WestCare in their annual Christmas Appeal.
Please CLICK HERE for further information on how you can partner with Westcare this season.
Book Day activities for Year 3 through to Year 8 this year included the opportunity for the students to have a go at 'Found Poetry'.
Found Poetry uses a page of text from any source, from which a poem is created by taking words and phrases and reframing them to impart a new meaning. Found Poetry allows anyone to discover and create meaningful poetry. A significant part of a piece of Found Poetry is the artwork that is also created as part of the work. Sometimes this is done through the blocking out of the unused words, or by the author integrating images and/or patterns to their page to create a visually and literary piece of art.
I had the pleasure of visiting a number of classes throughout Book Day and was thrilled to see the engagement of the students and the amazing poems that they were able to produce. Clink on the links below for a sample of the amazing creations on Book Day. Enjoy.
The Kindy children have been waiting a long time to show just how much they have grown up over this year.
We had our first Storytime for the children entering Kindergarten in 2021 last Tuesday and the current Kindy children were so excited to finally be the ‘Big Kids’. They showed the children just how important it is to listen to learn as they heard one of Ms Allen’s favourite stories being read -Guess The Baby.
Following instructions has been a huge part of the Kindergarten program this year and a fun way we have done this is through movement activities. Next year’s Kindergarten children particularly enjoyed joining in with these activities which included ‘Move and Freeze’ and ‘The Bean Game’. It was wonderful to see the progress in the Kindy children’s fundamental movement skills including hopping, jumping, skipping, balancing, throwing and catching.
This semester Year 8 are studying History in HSIE and in Term 3 the student focus was the Western and Islamic World, including the role of the church in Medieval Europe, the Roman Empire and the Crusades. This is a deeply interesting topic, which continues to have implications throughout the world today.
We embarked on a new and exciting approach to learning, where students were challenged to think more deeply about the motivations of people of the past as they sought to uncover why an individual would commit an atrocity for an ideology? Lessons were delivered in a range of ways, including structured lessons, blended learning, individual research and small groups. Mr Ollis took a very active role in each of the Year 8 History classes, working with a selected group of students two periods per week to further extend them. All of Year 8 were invited to self-nominate for inclusion into this BOOST aspect of the program, where students were engaged alongside their peers, with the aim achieving deeper understanding of the focus topics. Students were asked to connect the concepts from each lesson to the driving question and were challenged to reflect upon their learning and express how they as individuals may be changed as a result.
At the end of Term 3, we held a showcase event where the created works of students were displayed and presented. Students overwhelmingly reported greater engagement and satisfaction with their learning during this unit, but excitingly, we also saw a significant increase in both the sophistication of student thinking and assessment results, with a 15% improvement in results across all three classes.
In Geography this term, Year 10 have been commissioned with the task of investigating and responding, in a practical way, to an aspect of life that has meaning to them and which impacts Human Wellbeing in our local community. This is the lead in to the Service Learning Documentary projects that students have been involved with over the past few years; however, this year the twist is that students are designing and running their own initiatives, allowing them to build their knowledge in Geography alongside practical development of competencies such as citizenship, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. A key competency we are focusing on is Christian Character, and students have been challenged to consider how they can be a part of something greater than themselves, and act as hands and feet to bless those less fortunate in our community.
This real-world learning is also a way for our PCS community to shine Jesus’ love beyond our doors.
Accordingly, there will be a range of student initiatives running from Wednesday 11 November to Thursday 19 November as students enact their proposed projects. Some of these are awareness campaigns and others involve an aspect of fundraising, not dissimilar to the ‘stalls’ day from previous years. We would like you to view this as an invitation, rather than a requirement, to support and bless our wider community and ask that you, with your children, selectively contribute to these efforts as and how you are able.
Our PCS community is so proud of Elizabeth Weeks, Year 10, who has been offered a place in the Young Trailblazers program, open to only 15 students nationwide in this Term 4, 2020 intake. All students in Years 9 and 10 were invited to apply.
The aspect that she is looking forward to the most is ‘working with students from around Australia to together shape what we are doing in schools to make learning experiences better’. We are excitedly anticipating hearing what Elizabeth has to share with us during her project, we will keep you posted!
Click here to find more about the program
Year 12’s last week of school looked very different to a normal year; no Graduation service (this has been delayed until Friday 13 November), no big final chapel, no tunnel of love. What did happen was pretty amazing, considering the year 2020 has been. The famous Year 12 Netball game still happened, where the girls take on the boys and everyone dresses in netball gear. We had two huge teams and a fiercely competitive game which saw the girls triumph.
On their last day, Year 12 came dressed as characters of all descriptions: super heroes, film and book characters, Aussie tradies, etc. The day started with our first live chapel service in months, with Year 11 and staff as the audience. During the service we watched an excellent farewell video (almost a motion picture) which paid tribute to our talented students. There was a surprise 'virtual visit' from Kindergarten, who made a video for them. They performed sign language for the song 'You’ve Got a Friend in Me' and read a book to Year 12, as well as sending up little hand-made cards and chocolates.
The surprises kept coming. The traditional tunnel of love couldn’t happen, which they were very disappointed about, so instead they were led around the school in a 'Walk of Honour' past every student and staff member, grouped in all the areas, clapping them as they went past. There were a few tears shed on the way.
A lot has been happening in the Junior School iCentre and Boost.
In Term 3 we moved the library into the new building. We now have an upstairs and downstairs library! We then had Bookweek which was a fantastic celebration of reading and books! Thank you to all of the parents who helped their children with costumes, and thank you also for supporting us and your children by purchasing books at the book fair. It was all a great success.
With the move of the new library, Boost is now happening in the new building as well. The Boost students have been very excited about using our new space! In Term 3, we focused on Science, where the Boost students did some inquiry-based research, extending them on the Science topics they had studied in class. They also participated in the ICAS Science competition, involving higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. Congratulations to all of the Year 2 to Year 4 students who competed in this. A special mention goes to the following students who achieved high results in this competition.
ICAS English Competition
In Week 5 of Term 3, twelve students from Middle School participated in the ICAS English Competition. The ICAS English Competition is designed to recognise academic excellence. Students are assessed on their ability with Text Comprehension, Writing Craft, Syntax and Vocabulary.
Well done to the following students on challenging themselves and the effort that they put into completing the ICAS English Competition: Jewel Alamil, Ethan Scott, Jack Walker, Caleb Baines, Adam Marczak, Lachlan Wild, Megan Garratt, Faith Martinez, Jaida Timbs, Laura Whitehouse, Ethan Bennett and Leah Westcott.
What a fun way to finish Term 3 with Super Hero Cape Day on Wednesday 23 September! A huge THANK YOU to our amazing Junior School students and families who generously donated to support our sister school in Uganda. You unceasingly go above and beyond! Many capes were decorated with encouraging messages on the back like; ‘Love God’ ‘Be Kind’ ‘I am a super helper’ and my favourite ‘Be Super, Be Kind, Be Amazing, Be Yourself!’ Jesus shows us the way by being better than any super hero with his love and miraculous power to help us. We know that even though our world changes - Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever!
Principal Lawrence of Divine Junior School, is believing to reopen the school in October and possibly purchase a small plot of land opposite the school that is for sale. With government restrictions only allowing class sizes to be a maximum of 10 students in Uganda they are definitely in need of more space. $1287.30 was the incredible total raised on Super Hero Cape Day which will go far in helping the school reopen and assist them in reaching their goals.
Our Junior School students continue to display a big heart for missions in 2020, may we all continue to show kindness and love to others by what we say and do. On behalf of Divine Junior School community THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU!
Ranier are excited to announce a new and improved online shop platform starting in Term 4. In addition to the existing features that have served families well, we have introduced new features to improve your user experience. Our website is suitable for use on all mobile devices including iPads, tablets and mobile phones.
Families will be able to:
View images and prices of all products on one page
Find information on shop opening hours and location
There's a new Summer Specials menu for the PCS Canteen! The General Canteen Menu has also had a few updates (see links below). Don't forget that pre-ordering via Flexischools is the best way to ensure desired items are available.
CLICK HERE for Canteen Menu - October 2020
CLICK HERE for Daily Specials - Summer (term 4) 2020
Once again our PCS Book Day was a raging success. Despite the restrictions imposed upon us through COVID, the staff and students all embraced the day to make it a truly memorable and wonderful event.
Our world famous Book Character Parade still took place, albeit without the live audience that has always guaranteed an amazing atmosphere. Thanks to the talented Audio Visual staff, video footage of the awesome costumes making their way across the stage will become available soon.
The restrictions saw that we were unable to continue with our tradition of inviting authors in to speak to the students. However, the quality of the work produced by some of our students in their Book Day writing activities suggests to us that there may some budding authors within our midst. We look forward to the possibility of adding some books authored by ex-PCS students to our collection one day.
As a prep student at PCS, Evie was involved with raising funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project. Her sister, Alicia, and family and friends, continue to fundraise in honour of Evie and to continue her legacy.
The Kids’ Cancer Project are passionate about finding a cure by funding scientists and research.
On Tuesday 22 September, Middle and Senior School students are invited to wear a yellow or gold accessory in honour of Evie, and bring a gold coin donation to raise funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project (TKCP).
Every term in our Literacy program, Prep explores a different set of stories to broaden our understanding of sounds, words, and language. This term we have worked on the books of Lynley Dodd and her lovable dog characters in the stories of Hairy Maclary and his friends.
These books have introduced rhyming words and we have looked at the concept of characters, plots, problems and solutions in the context of stories. To round off our work, each student worked on creating their own animal character and rhyming description. This involved students thinking of and creating their character over a number of weeks. It introduced them to the idea of reflecting on, and evaluating their own work, and making changes where necessary. Students formed their characters from a variety of materials including recycled cardboard and timber off cuts from the Senior School woodworking class.
Rhyming words became a real highlight for the students and we spent a few weeks making our own word banks of rhyming words and introducing the concept of word families to the students. Such rich learning occurred through this term long project and we are proud of all their achievements.
One of our PCS parents, Ruth Baker, recently became a published author, with her book, Are We There Yet?. If you know Ruth, you will recognise her quick wit and humour in this book, as well as her ability to clearly articulate relevant issues, in an easy-to-read, practical format. Her down-to-earth and non-judgmental presentation of navigating the Christian journey makes this book a fantastic resource, no matter where you are on the journey. Well done Ruth!
Are We There Yet? is available for purchase from Koorong, The Wandering Bookseller, Amazon Australia and Amazon UK
Here is a more detailed description of the book: