- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Clever Penguins
- Devonport Eisteddfod – Boys Choir and Vivace
- 2020 Production
- Secondary PSR recipients
- Launching into Learning
- Tip of the Week for keeping our environment healthy - by 1S
- Primary and Secondary Math Relays
- Year 9/10 Digital Photography
- Sporting School - Intro to Baseball
- NBL clinic
- Launceston Sports Exchange
- Net Set Go - Primary Netball Ulverstone
- Primary Touch Football
- High School Touch Football
- Ulverstone Show
- The Facts of Lice
- TasTAFE Apprenticeship Expo
- School Calendar
- Film - 2040 CANCELLED
- Burnie Little Athletics
- 2019 Disability Expo
- 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching
- Get into Hockey - School Holiday Clinics
This weekend we farewell a large group of students that will be heading to Canberra and early next week Vietnam. These will be immensely engaging and enriching experiences for all of the students and I know that they will represent themselves their families and our school with pride. The staff members on these trips are ‘on duty’ 24 hours and are also leaving their families behind. I’d like to publicly thank the staff for their commitment as they are invested in seeing these extracurricular opportunities for our students
Whilst we are firmly focused on making the most of our opportunities for students and staff for this year, we need to start considering our planning for 2020. Our primary campus teachers are starting to work through some possible models Kinder to Year 6. We know that we will have another year of growth with expected enrolments and that we have a fixed number of classrooms that we can use on the current primary campus. With our grade groupings varying between 39 and 60, it is likely that we will have a model that has a mix of straight grades and composite classes. Interestingly, when a team of our teachers visited schools in Canberra earlier in the term, we visited a school of 1700 where each class was a composite eg grade 1-2. If we have a belief that we teach and engage the students in our care and respond to their needs, then the year level they are in simply provides a guide for the curriculum opportunities. Our School Association will discuss this further in this week’s meeting.
Keep an eye out!
Many teachers by nature are thrifty and we don’t like to waste what could be an important resource in years to come. As a result, we can then have storerooms that are full of excess furniture and resources! We will have a number of items that we will be offering up to the school community as part of a ‘garage sale’. Our friends from the Men’s Shed have already taken on some preloved items and materials from the school. We will advise of our upcoming sale via the newsletter and school app with all funds going back in to the school’s resource budget.
- Congratulations Lauchlan and Campbell U13 and Noah, Jobie and Harvey U14 who were selected to represent the North West in the AFL Next Generation Academy.
Lachie recently played in the 50th Australian Indoor Bias Bowls National Championships at Mt Gambier. Lachie played really well in what was such a huge experience being only 11. He wasn’t expected to win any games as it being his first year playing against seasoned representatives. Lachie played 9 games, winning 5 in total finishing 5th overall.
- Jeremy has been selected to umpire the 2019 NWFL Under 18 Grand Final this weekend, which is great achievement and a reflection of his umpiring efforts across the season. Enjoy the big day.
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Congratulations to Vivace and the Primary Boys Choir who placed first in the 14 years and under, 12 years and under, and the 12 years and under Boys Choir sections at the Devonport Eisteddfod.
The adjudicator thoroughly enjoyed their performances and commented on the obvious foundation and culture of choral singing established at Penguin District School. Thank you to Mrs Lusted for her dedication developing our school choirs, Miss Murphy for her accompaniment and well done to all the students who sang so beautifully.
The Penguin District School Production Team are proud to announce that the 2020 production will be...drum roll please... 'The Phantom Of The Talent Factor' by Robin Bailes.
A show that takes the story of Phantom of the Opera and brings it to a modern day TV studio. Throw in a bunch of upbeat pop and rock songs, crazy characters, funny dialogue and of course… an audition scene and you’ve got yourself a show.
A show about a mysterious masked figure haunting a television talent contest. A show about singer too shy to show everyone how talented she truly is. A show about an ambitious judge who will stop at nothing to achieve his ends. A show about a rich producer who is completely out of touch with reality and about a love story… well… more like a super awkward love triangle…
Our 2020 show will have it all! It’s the Australian Premiere of: The Phantom… of the Talent Factor.
Sign up sheets for students are up outside the library on the secondary campus and in the Year 5/6 teaching areas.
Congratulations to the following students who are off to the movies. They have been nominated for demonstrating our PSRs and have had their names drawn out in the PSR raffle.
Year 7 – Ameila – Personal Best
Year 8 – Emily H – Personal Best
Year 9 – Jordan M – Respect
Year 10 – Nicqueta – Respect
Year 11/12 – Adam – Personal Best
Staff – Mr Owen - Respect
The benefits of sensory play
With sensory play, there’s always much more going on than meets the eye.
Sensory activities, in addition to being fun and interesting for babies and young children, encourage children to explore and investigate. Furthermore, these activities support children to use the ‘scientific method’ of observing, forming a hypothesis, experimenting and making conclusions.
Sensory activities also allow children to refine their thresholds for different sensory information, helping their brain to create stronger connections to sensory information and learn which are useful and which can be filtered out.
For example, a child may find it difficult to play with other children when there is too much going on in their environment with conflicting noises or sights.
Through sensory play, the child can learn to block out the noise which is not important and focus on the play which is occurring with their peer.
Another example is a child who is particularly fussy with eating foods with a wet texture such as spaghetti.
The use of sensory play can assist the child with touching, smelling and playing with the texture in an environment with little expectation. As the child develops trust and understanding of this texture it helps build positive pathways in the brain to say it is safe to engage with this food.
Other reasons sensory play is beneficial for children include:
- It helps to build nerve connections in the brain
- It encourages the development of motor skills
- It supports language development
- It encourages ‘scientific thinking’ and problem solving
- It can involve mindful activitieswhich are beneficial for all children
The desire to engage with sensory play comes naturally for children and should be encouraged and supported both at home and in early learning environments.
In Grade 1S we are trying to have one use plastic and rubbish free lunch boxes.
Next time you buy a lunch box, buy one that has air tight compartments.
Then for snacks you can buy one big packet instead of lots of little ones and you won’t need plastic bags or wrap for your sandwiches. Even better just eat food that doesn’t come in wraps at all. It’s probably better for you and the environment.
Ash, Jada, Lily, Ruby, Louis Charlotte and Maddison.
Selected students from across the north west last week participated in the annual maths relay which was held on the primary campus in the Community Learning Centre.
As you can see from these photos, maths is fun for our PDS students as they complete the competition challenges.
We had a fabulous response from our Prep to Year 6 students who chose to participate in 2 sessions with Andrew from North West Tasmania Baseball League and Mrs Van Essen, in our Sporting Schools program Intro to Baseball. Both sessions were held after school on Oval B and were fortunate to have beautiful sunny conditions.
For those who would like to continue with Baseball or for anyone interested, this weekend in Burnie there is a Come N Try Day. More details can be find on their website https://nwtbl.teamapp.com/events/9632781
The biggest stars in Australian and New Zealand basketball will descend on Tasmania in September for the NBL Blitz – a pre-season event where all nine NBL teams will play across Tasmania and fans will have an opportunity to meet players as part of a range of community activities around the state.
Penguin District School will welcome a group of NBL players to conduct a clinic with the members of our recent Devonport Basketball Tournament teams this Thursday before the players get set for the double-header being played at Ulverstone that night from 6:00 pm.
As you can see, these boys are excited and looking forward to rubbing shoulders with some of their role models.
16 of our Year 5 & 6 students were selected to represent the North West at the Launceston Sport Exchange on Thursday 12 September.
Girls Football - Amali, Sam, Grace and Imogen
Boys Football - Karmichael and Greagan (Kobi away)
Girls Soccer - Tahlia, Estelle, Heidi and Addison
Boys Soccer - Dylan and Jax (Beadon away)
Girls Netball - Taylah and Hannah
There are 8 sessions, starting on Thursday 17 October. They will be held at the Ulverstone Recreation Centre from 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm. Registration costs $70 and a pack containing a shirt, netball and some netball playing cards will be sent to each participant.
Registrations are now open for these sessions. All registrations need to be completed online. https://netball.resultsvault.com/common/pages/reg/welcome.aspx?type=6&prodid=349690&id=46188&entityid=39384&fbclid=IwAR16RA1pDSzrdt_1NUanXNtCWee-aeK41NytCWaodChEbNZik-pToR_aiwE
Please be aware of the following initiative ‘Ticket to Play’ that your family may be eligible to use when registering your child in this program. The initiative is available for each child, not each family.
Ticket to Play - information for parents, carers and children:
Ticket to Play is a Tasmanian Government initiative designed to reduce the cost of participating in club sporting activities for Tasmanian children.
Tasmanian children aged 5 to 17 who are listed on a Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, or who are in Out of Home Care, are eligible for a voucher of up to $100 in value to be used towards the cost of club membership at an approved activity provider. A list of approved activity providers can be found on the Ticket to Play website.
To apply for a voucher or for more information, visit our website at https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/ticket-to-play. Vouchers can be applied for and used at an approved activity provider until 30 November 2019.
For more information or assistance with voucher application please contact Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 252 476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loren Clarke - Central Coast Netball Association
Phone: 0409 232 444
2019 Devonport Touch Association (DTA) Primary Roster
The Devonport Touch Association will be conducting a Primary Schools roster for students in Grades 2-6 during Term 4. Penguin District School will again enter teams in this roster so are now asking for interested students to register their interest by returning the slip below.
Here are some details about the Term 4 Primary Roster 2019
Roster Starts: Monday 21 October and continues until Monday 9 December.
Roster Duration: 7 games (including 2 gala afternoons on Monday 18 November and Monday 9December where teams play a series of short games).
Time: Monday games start at either 3:30 pm or 4:20 pm, or possibly 5:10 pm depending on teams (games go for approx. 45 minutes)
Where: Meercroft Park Devonport.
Equipment: School singlets will be provided, dark shorts or leggings and football / soccer boots or sneakers.
Registration: $45 per player to be paid online when registering. Primary School registrations close Friday 11 October.
The Devonport Touch Association is having a Primary Registration night and skills clinic on Thursday 19 September from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Meercroft Park. The free skills clinic will be running from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm on this night.
You can register online at www.dta.asn.au or at the registration night. Primary registrations close Friday 11th October.
Please like the Devonport Touch Association Facebook page for up-to-date information on rosters and game cancellations.
Narelle Genge - Devonport Touch Association Schools Roster Coordinator
2019 HIGH SCHOOL TOUCH FOOTBALL ROSTER
Come and play touch football in Term 4.
Touch football is a game of chasings with a ball, it’s fast, skilful and heaps of fun.
The Devonport Touch Association will be conducting a high schools roster for grade 7/8 and 9/10 boys and girls during Term 4.
Here are some details about the 4th term high school roster 2019
Roster Starts: Thursday, 24th October and continues until Thursday, 12th December.
Roster Duration: 8 games
When: Thursday’s after school (NO Monday night games in 2019)
Time: Games start at either 3.30pm, 4:20pm or 5:10pm (games go for approx 45 minutes)
Where: Meecroft Park Devonport.
Registration Costs: $50 per player to be paid online when registering. High School registrations close Wednesday 16th October.
Equipment: Students will need to wear suitable clothing (normally school sports uniform playing tops must have a number on the back of them) and sneakers
If students require transport to Devonport and back, the school bus may be utilised. If there are not enough students for a full team, there is the possibility of combining with another school. For more information, please see Miss Goninon.
Please like our Devonport Touch Association Facebook page for up to date information on rosters and game cancellations.
If any students would like to enter individual entries in the Ulverstone Show, please ensure entry forms have been completed and returned to the office by the end of term. Spare entry forms can be collected from the office.
Prevention of head lice
- Check your child’s hair regularly for head lice and eggs (nits)
- Tie long hair back – plait or braid and tie it up for school.
- Consider applying tea tree oil and/or hair spray – these do not prevent or repel lice but may help to keep stray hair strands from contact with other heads.
- Avoid sharing combs or brushes. Avoid sharing hats.
- Remind your child to avoid head to head contact with other children e.g. when working at the computer with others, or when playing, or hugging.
Burnie Campus Cafeteria: Thursday, 24 October 2019, 6PM – 7.30PM
41- 43 Mooreville Road, Burnie
The expos will kick off with a panel discussion:
Why apprenticeships are a great career option
- what’s involved with an apprenticeship
- pathways to gaining an apprenticeship
- how the apprenticeship system works – role of the apprentice, employer, Apprentice Network Provider and training provider
- apprentices and employers will share their personal stories
Attendees will also have the opportunity to chat to:
- teaching staff about apprenticeship pathways and studying at TasTAFE
- employers and industry bodies about apprenticeship opportunities
Below is a link to further information: