- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Clever Penguins
- School Nurse - Katherine Atkins
- Captains Challenge
- Nature Day Excursion at Riana Primary
- Café Culture Term 3
- Catering -"Nailed It" Challenge
- Lids 4 Kids
- Penguin District School Art Exhibition
- School Calendar
- Slipstream Circus - Showtime 2019
- Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society Inc
- Basketball Tasmania
- The Fairy Godmothers
- The Fairy Godmothers
- Grow Great Veggies & Annuals In Pots
As teachers, we often talk about making every day count, and this can only happen if students feel just as committed to getting to school, on time each day. Students may also recall this being raised in assembly when we discussed and celebrated the increase in days that students have been present at school this year, compared to last year. I was really heartened to hear this week from a student that was adamant that they wanted to maintain their 100% attendance as they were concerned that heading away on a school trip may jeopardise this! To me, this highlighted that the student placed that value on their education that we want every student to have. I was able to share with the student that activities like Emusicians, excursions and approved work placements are considered as being ‘present’ in alternate learning opportunities, to which they were relieved! This includes students that we have farewelled this afternoon with Mr Hawley, Ms Dunlop and Mrs Van Essen as they set off to Vietnam.
Over the first few weeks of term 4, we anticipate that our staffing profile will be finalised for next year. As we are a part of a larger system, there are transfer processes and timelines that all schools must adhere to. We attempt to work through this as quickly as possible as this supports the transition for students and staff for the upcoming year, however, if we published a possible list of classes and teachers with ‘To be Advised’ alongside some of our classes, we don’t believe that would be a positive outcome for students. We will however, be working with parents and students that have been identified as requiring additional support to transition in to the following year. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to announcing grades and teachers for the primary campus early next term. This week, Prep to grade 5 students have been identifying up to five peers that they feel that they learn most effectively with. This information will then help us with class placements for 2020 so that students can know that they have friends and connections in their class for the upcoming year.
Tomorrow Mrs Eberhardt will be presenting at a national early years education conference in Hobart. Mrs Eberhardt will be sharing our school’s journey and the approaches and measures that we have in place in monitoring the impact that we have on our youngest learners. Congratulations Mrs Eberhardt!
Congratulations Dalton on placing 3rd at the Australian Junior Road Nationals in Queensland, in the men's under 17 time trial. Dalton’s next major event will be an Oceania titles in New Zealand as part of a Tasmanian/TIS team.
Penguin District School values the contribution that students make within the community, please keep us informed of significant student acheivements by emailing email@example.com or send a message via the Penguin District School Facebook page.
School Nurse News – Sun Smart
With the warmer weather arriving, I felt it was time to remind everyone of the importance of Sun Safety.
Australia is one of the skin cancer capitals of the world. Two in three Australians will develop skin cancer before the age of 70, and in 2013, 2,209 Australians died from melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. This is largely due to high UV levels experienced in Australia; home to a population with predominantly fair skin and a love of the great outdoors.
Always avoid sunburn and for best protection use a combination of these five steps when UV is 3 or above:
- SLIP on some sun-protective clothing – that covers as much skin as possible
- SLOP on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ (or greater) sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
- SLAP on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears
- SEEK shade
- SLIDE on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards
For more information - http://www.cancertas.org.au/
Sun Smart – free app available to download
Enjoy the sunshine - every child should have and wear their own hat.
Katherine Atkins - School Health Nurse
Prep ER and 2M have received their Captains Challenge certificates. Students have been practising catching, throwing and bouncing over the month of September and have demonstrated their skills to earn stickers. These happy students have successfully earnt their final sticker and can now take their certificate and ball home to continue practising their skills. Congratulations!
Throughout the term, students were rostered on to learn their way around using a coffee machine, making to order and serving to staff. In conclusion to this short course, they also investigated, researched and produced their own 'High Tea', with students really proud of the final outcome.
The PDS Primary Student Board would like to ask for community support with a new initiative. Our school is now a collection point for clean, dry plastic lids, as part of the ‘Lids4Kids’ initiative. We will pass the lids on to ‘Envision Hands’, who will melt them down, and use 3D printers to make prosthetic hands for children in need. We think this is something pretty special, and are excited to be involved.
Here are the key things we all need to know:
- Collect plastic milk, water and juice lids, with a #2 or #4 rating only
- Please remove any inserts before placing in collection box
- Please wash and dry lids before putting in collection box (otherwise they go mouldy/smelly and can’t be used)
- Plastic rings are to be cut off, cut in half and placed into usual recycling at home
- Bread tags can also be put in with lids for collection
- Boxes are located in all primary classrooms, the canteen, catering department, and at both primary and secondary office areas
- Please take note of the lids that can and cannot be used in this recycling program (see collection boxes for clear description)
Thank you for your support. Please see Misha Frankcombe or Mrs Maher for further information. You can also follow the ‘Lids4Kids’ Facebook page for further updates and information.
Free event for families in Penguin
Saturday 12th October, 10am – 12noon
At the RESEED Centre, 30 King Edward St Penguin.
Hands-on session will look at:
- Good pots
- Good potting mix
- Keeping it all nice over time
- Garden ideas for rentals and balconies
- Quality info for new and experienced gardeners.
RSVP essential, contact Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org 0429 186 532