Junior School News

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.

 

The children also had the opportunity to explore a dry forest.  They worked collaboratively to collect a variety of different items and were able to share what they found with the class afterwards.  One class even found a blue tongue lizard.

 

The final workshop allowed students to examine some water samples from a freshwater pond.  The children sorted the creatures into different categories and were able to use magnifying glasses to assist with identifying them.  The children learnt that a pond’s health can be measured by the number of creatures that are living in it.

 

Both Year 1 classes and the teachers would like to say a massive thank you to the parents who assisted on the excursion.  What a great learning experience!!

 

Mrs Ruth Phillips and Mr Stephen Huxley

Year 1 Teachers

 

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  

 

 

 

Science in Kindergarten

In Science this term, Kindergarten have been exploring ‘Weather in My World’. There have been many wonderful new-found understandings and discoveries made throughout this topic.

 

The Kindy children have enjoyed learning about various weather conditions and the impact that it has on them with what they wear and do. In order to support their learning Kindergarten have used various research and learning methods including reading books, watching videos, searching websites, engaging in experiments, recording daily weather conditions, and presenting their own weather reports, just to name a few.

 

The highlight of this topic was our excursion to the Sydney Observatory where Kindergarten participated in various activities to further develop their knowledge and skills about the weather. We certainly have had an amazing term exploring the science behind the ‘Weather in My World’.

 

Ms Jenny Allen, Mrs Alison Bennett and Mrs Jenny Mahoney

Kindergarten Teachers

 

Year 2 - ‘All Mixed Up’

Year 2 has enjoyed our Science unit this term called ‘All Mixed Up’. We have predicted, observed and learnt all about creating mixtures.

 

These mixtures could be found in the kitchen, in a science lab, or even in movies; made by special effects people. We have mixed paint in Art, and created and named our own paint colours and even enjoyed a touch of chromatography by separating the colours in black ink.

 

Our vocabulary has grown as we created non Newtonian fluids and density towers. Our teachers also broke all the rules when they made lattes in class and drank them. Our only Science rule – don’t eat or drink in Science!

 

We have also been learning about our connections to the world in Geography and what factors affect why we travel to different places. This week we learnt about the seven continents and made the earth come alive. Amazing global citizens we have.

 

Mrs Penny Gabin and Mrs Allison Peña

Year 2 Teachers

 

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 2017 - PCS Annual Fundraising Talent Event

Join us at Penrith Christian School’s annual fundraising talent event on 28 November 2017 at 7.00 pm in the Auditorium.

 

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). Your donation contributes to fundraising for our Bali projects.

 

Supper will be available for purchase.