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Junior School Missions - Year 4 Letters of Encouragement

Junior School Missions - Year 4 Letters of Encouragement

At the end of Term 1, Year 4 wrote brief letters of encouragement as part of their daily devotions. Every student from Kindy to Year 4 still on-site on the last day of Term 1 received a copy of one of these letters with a ‘Jesus Loves Me’ balloon.

 

In the school holidays, these letters were also sent to two local Nursing Homes (one set via email and one set of 100 delivered in person to the front door of a nursing home for the staff and residents with a bunch of flowers). In addition, they were emailed to Divine Junior School Uganda.

 

These letters are short but powerful, heartfelt words of encouragement.

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Mother’s Day Pop-Up Stall - Kindy to Year 6

Mother’s Day Pop-Up Stall - Kindy to Year 6

Due to the current pandemic, our traditional Mother’s Day Stall looks a bit different this year! We will be operating a ‘Pop-Up’ Mother’s Day Stall located in front School Reception, for students schooling off site. All gifts are $5.00 each, and your child can drop in on:

 

Thursday 7 May OR Friday 8 May, 202010.00 am - 12 noon

 

In order to minimise the number of visitors onsite, please adhere to the following:

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Junior School - Google Classroom video

Junior School - Google Classroom video

Our Junior School staff have put together a video for students and parents, which explains how learning will be happening in Junior School at PCS from Term 2. 

 

The video was posted on the Junior School Instagram. If you don't have an Instagram account, you can still view the video via the link below in a browser. However, we do recommend signing up to Instagram, as we will be posting more information via that platform in the future. It's free to join and you can remain private/anonymous.

 

CLICK HERE to view the video

Light it Up Blue for Autism 2020

Light it Up Blue for Autism 2020

On Wednesday 1 April, Junior School participated in a National Fundraiser for Autism – Light it up Blue. Even though all of our students are learning online at home or at school, we had a tremendous amount of students and families participate in this event.  Check out the cool photos some of the parents have sent in as well as our students on site. Thank you to those families who gave at school or online.

 

If you missed it out and would like to donate, PLEASE CLICK HERE and you can give 10c, $1, $2 or an amount you choose. Please put Penrith Christian School in the comments.

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD an information sheet about Autism in case your child asks any questions.

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PCS Drive-thru Library

PCS Drive-thru Library

Is your child missing their regular library time? The iCentre has a solution!

 

This term we are offering a new way to get your book fix: Drive-thru Library! (Would you like a bookmark with that? You never know, that might happen!)

 

This will operate on an opt-in basis, and we will put together packs of age-appropriate books for those students who wish to participate. We have a new email address dedicated to Drive-thru Library so that we can best serve your family. To opt in to Drive-thru Library, please email us at drive-thru.library@pcs.nsw.edu.au, and let us know the name and grade of your child/ren so that we can provide them with books.

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CSSA Primary State Swimming

CSSA Primary State Swimming

The CSSA Primary State Swimming Championships were held at Blacktown Aquatic Centre on Monday 16 March. PCS sent a team of 20 students along on the day after a successful Zone Carnival for many of our students.

 

Throughout the day, PCS students gave their best and some students came very close to coming in the top three and qualifying for the CIS Primary Swimming Championships. Many of these students also swam some great times, improving on their times from the Zone Carnival.

 

A magnificent effort from our students, especially for Lily Jackson - Year 6, Tyler Brown - Year 5, Adam Marczak - Year 6, Ellyse Currall - Year 4, and Jake Kennedy - Year 5,  who had very full programs after qualifying for state in five to six events. Tyler came 4th overall in the 11 Year Boys 50m Backstroke

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We crunched it!

We crunched it!

On Thursday 5 March at 10.00 am, our School participated in The Big Vegie Crunch as part of Vegetable Week.

 

Thank you for packing vegetables for your child/ren to crunch for the event. 

 

We joined 213 other schools across NSW in a ‘salad’ effort to break the record for the most children eating vegetables simultaneously.

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COVID-19 Family Wellbeing

COVID-19 Family Wellbeing

During uncertain times, it is not unusual to have feelings of worry and unease. However, as parents and caregivers, it is important that we learn to manage stress and worry before it turns to more severe anxiety and panic, which can affect the children in our care.

 

In your role as parent/caregiver, there are a number of things you can consider, to look after the emotional wellbeing of you and your family – starting with taking care of yourself!

 

As we know, children and adolescents, just like adults, absorb information from what they hear and see around them: from the news, social media, discussions at home, at school, at the shops and with their peers.

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Kindy Letter from a Farmer!

Kindy Letter from a Farmer!

Last year many of the Kindergarten students took the time to write letters to our Australian farmers to cheer them up. One of our Kindy students recently received a response! It has been a wonderful experience for our students to understand the impact that a small gesture can have.

 

Here is the email from Priestley's mum:

 

As you know last year Priestley's class KA had the opportunity to write letters to our Australian Farmer's to cheer them up, well yesterday Priestley received a response!! Priestley was so happy and is wanting to write back which I will help her with.

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PCS Swimming Carnivals 2020

PCS Swimming Carnivals 2020

The year has started off with a splash with four swimming carnivals over the past five weeks of Term 1. We have seen some great school spirit, awesome results, and a number of new records across these carnivals.

 

YEARS 3 TO 6 SWIMMING CARNIVAL

 

The 2020 Years 3-6 (and a few Year 2s) had their swimming carnival in Week 3 at Ripples St Marys. The forecast for the day was overcast with the chance of a storm. However, we started the day with clear weather and the students all turned up enthusiastic and ready for a great day. Despite a slightly later start, we got underway and it was great to see so many students having a crack at the early events. We saw some records go throughout the day, and it was awesome to see so many kids cheering each other on.

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Junior Missions 2020

Junior Missions 2020

On Wednesday 4 March Junior School had a Missions Assembly to hear about our trip to Uganda in January and launch our Missions Vision for 2020. Middle School students Jake, Hamish, Elsie and Megan were able to demonstrate their Kiganda dancing and drumming skills that they learnt from Divine Junior School teachers and students. On Friday 6 March at Middle School Chapel, the same students were interviewed by Mr Daniel Favretti about their Missions experience in Uganda.

 

Thank you for your generous contributions to Missions in 2019. We raised $927.65 through Coins for Missions, $1,141 from Priestley Stauner’s family and $1,663.95 through selling cans of drinks and Zooper Doopers. Our total by the end of Term 3 was $3,732.60, pretty impressive! Throughout Term 4 we continued to receive generous donations from our school community for Divine Junior School bringing the total to over $10,000. 

 

Divine Junior School community were so grateful for Penrith Christian School’s generosity. They send their love, prayers and gratitude and they even wrote a song about ‘Coins for Missions’ which was posted on Penrith Christian School's Facebook account in January. (CLICK HERE to view)

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NSW Premier's Reading Challenge 2020

NSW Premier's Reading Challenge 2020

Students at PCS once again have the opportunity to take part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. In 2019 PCS had a record number of students complete the Challenge – over 200! We are aiming to continue this fantastic effort in 2020. The Challenge is a special initiative of the Premier of NSW presented by the NSW Department of Education to foster a love of literature and to encourage children to read widely for leisure and for pleasure. It is open to all students from Kindergarten to Year 9 in 2020.

 

For students in Kindergarten to Year 2, the challenge is to experience 30 books by 28 August. At least 25 of those books should be chosen from specific booklists. Up to five of the books can be their own choice.

 

NOTE: Experiencing a book means that the K-2 child may either read the book themselves, or have the book read or shared with them in a joint reading situation and it still counts towards their Premier’s Reading Challenge records.

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The Big Vegie Crunch Vegetable Week 2020

The Big Vegie Crunch Vegetable Week 2020

Did you know that our School is involved in Vegetable Week and The Big Vegie Crunch? It’s a no cost school-based health promotion event that encourages kids to eat more vegetables.

 

Our Junior School and Middle Students participated in the ‘Big Vegie Crunch’ on Thursday 4 March.

 

It was wonderful to see so many students ‘crunching’ on a variety of different vegetables.

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Wear Blue for Autism

Wear Blue for Autism

Our Early Learning Centre and Junior School will be celebrating the unique qualities of each member of our School for Wear Blue for Autism Day on Wednesday 1 April 2020. This is a Missions fundraiser day for the NSW Autism Association, who support children and families living with autism.

 

Early Learning and Junior School students are welcome to wear a blue item with their school uniform, and bring a gold coin donation to add to our fundraising efforts.

Fabulous Year 2

Fabulous Year 2

What a fabulous start to Year 2! All our students are well and truly in the swing of school and are already achieving some fantastic learning goals!

 

We have welcomed some new students to our grade and they already feel like family.

 

We also welcomed some new class pets that relate to our Science topic of Watch it grow! We have been using all our science skills of predicting, developing ideas, defining information, organising and investigating the changes that take place in the life cycle of mealworms!

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Year 1 loves Literacy and History

Year 1 loves Literacy and History

Year 1 enjoyed starting their History studies of 'Past and Present Family History' with a History Mystery. Students were given a historical object and in pairs discussed what they thought it was, what it was made of and how old the artefact was. We had some very interesting suggestions and creative ideas from the Year 1 students. We have also enjoyed sharing photos of our families and discussing how families are different and the same. The students are also looking forward to our Fantastic Family History afternoon in Week 5 where parents and family members will join us for an afternoon of investigating changes in toys, activities and homes over time and enjoy some old fashioned games.

 

We have also started the year well with a range of literacy-based activities. We are learning about 'What’s in a Picture', 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 of a book and that we can learn about a character's feelings from pictures. ‘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.

 

We have been writing Recounts about real life events that have happened to us, both recently and in the past. Students are learning to write about the 4 W’s – when, where, who and what – in greater detail to enhance their writing. We wrote some very interesting postcards about our holidays and recounts about our weekend and first week at school. Later in the term, we will be writing Information Reports.

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The Big Vegie Crunch 2020 - Coming Soon!

The Big Vegie Crunch 2020 - Coming Soon!

On Thursday 5 March at 10.00 am our Junior School and Middle School will be joining hundreds of schools across NSW to break the record for the most students crunching vegetables simultaneously.

 

But we need your help to make it a success!

 

On Thursday 5 March, please pack your child a container of vegetables (not fruit this time) for them to crunch on.

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Kindy Bible Presentation and Showcase Afternoon

Kindy Bible Presentation and Showcase Afternoon

We invite our Kindergarten families to come, see and engage in the learning activities that occur in our Kindergarten classes every day. Join us on Friday 6 March 2020, from 2.00 pm to 2.45 pm, in the Kindergarten Classrooms.

We would also like to gift each family with a Family Bible; these will be presented to you and your children at the Showcase.

 

We look forward to sharing the fun of Kindergarten with you. Please feel free to invite family and friends!

Kindergarten – A Whole New World

Kindergarten – A Whole New World

It has been an exciting start to the 2020 school year, especially for our Kindergarten students. Starting school can bring many mixed emotions from excitement, wonder and curiosity to uncertainty for both the children and their parents alike. To our great joy the Kindergarten children have settled so very well into the new world of ‘big school’. The parents did very well too, although we did see a few tears shed by them.

 

There are so many firsts when starting school and we already have experienced quite a few of these including: learning to read words, writing sentences, reciting poetry, engaging in PE in the Sports Centre, borrowing three books from the Library, caring for our hermit crabs, attending Chapel in the Auditorium, sharing News, playing musical instruments, participating in daily Devotions, exploring a variety of digital technology, creating Monet inspired impressionist paintings, just to name a few.

 

But beyond these, we have witnessed the development of new friendships, enquiring minds, the discovery of skills and talents and an absolute love of learning amongst the children.  For the children in Kindergarten, so much of their learning is new. Sometimes this new learning will come easy while others will be challenging. It all takes patience, practise and persistence on the part of the children, teachers and families.

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The Big Vegie Crunch 2020

The Big Vegie Crunch 2020

Did you know that only around 6% of Australian children eat enough vegetables? To help our community do better, our Junior School and Middle School will be taking part in The Big Vegie Crunch (part of Vegetable Week) at 10.00 am on Thursday 5 March.

 

Primary schools across NSW will be joining together to break the record for the most students crunching vegetables:

50 260 students crunching simultaneously (2018 record)

14 991 students crunching at other times over Vegetable Week (2019 record)

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