- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Clever Penguins
- PDS Redevelopment Concept Plan
- Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT)
- 2 Mc
- 3/4 Sports Day
- 6 E
- Year 6 Canberra Trip
- Secondary Student Board Report
- Vietnam Trip
- Year 10 Exams
- Burnie 10
- Kakka Challenge
- Library Update
- School Calendar
- Graeme Base - Book Signing
- Come and Try Ulverstone Softball
- Burnie School of Irish Dance -Get Reel'n
- The Fairy Godmothers
- The Fairy Godmothers
This week the Minister for Education was on site to announce the second round of community consultation for our consolidated school design. Our staff have been working with the architects from 6ty Degrees on different occasions across the year. Working within the ‘known knowns’ of projected enrolments, the current secondary footprint, managing a finite budget, factoring in a construction timeline and carrying the recommendations from the Community Engagement report - I feel that we have a master plan that is visionary but grounded in research and, importantly, the principles of how we want to learning to occur – and that is as a community. I encourage you to provide feedback, ask questions and provide some provocations for our Project Working Group through the second round of the community consultation.
2020 Primary Campus Class Models
We can announce that our 2020 classes for the primary campus will be Kinder, Kinder, Kinder, Prep, Prep, Prep/1, Grade 1, Grade 1-2, Grade 1-2, Grade 2, Grade 3-4, Grade 3-4, Grade 3-4, Grade 4-5, Grade 5-6, Grade 5-6, Grade 5-6.
This is to provide equity for students with consistent class sizes and greater capacity to manage any new enrolments across the school year. Having ‘straight’ classes of single year groups throughout the school isn’t feasible as we have cohorts that range in numbers from 40 through to 60. The above models (as for all schools) are subject to change, as we may find an influx of families over the holidays requires a rethink. We will not be considering out of area enrolments for 2020 as a result of the growth in student numbers.
Kinmen Return Visit
Today Ella, Ben, Courtney, Jordan, Mrs Butler and Mr Grining will be leaving for Taiwan to reconnect with the students that visited our school. This will be part of a larger group with 7 other local high schools that took part in the Kinmen Student Exchange. This will be an exciting opportunity for students ‘on both sides’ and is an arrangements that we look forward to continuing in to the future.
Congratulations to Amy and Tanner in Year 9 who were recognised at the Department of Education Student Awards ceremony on Monday at Burnie High School. Amy was awarded the Aspiration Award and Tanner the Growth Award. Congratulations to both on a fantastic achievement.
Penguin District School values the contribution that students make within the community, please keep us informed of significant student achievements by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message via the Penguin District School Facebook page.
This week marks a major milestone in the $20 million upgrade of Penguin District School, with the release of the redevelopment concept showing how the school might look.
The redevelopment concept has been shaped by students, teachers and the community following an initial phase of community consultation held late last year.
A second round of consultation is now open until 15 November to provide opportunity for the community to review the redevelopment concept and provide feedback.
To provide feedback, email us at email@example.com or phone 1800 816 057.
For more information, visit education.tas.gov.au/penguin.
Mat Grining - Principal
As part of our annual monitoring and assessment schedule, during weeks 2-4 of this term, we will be conducting the Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT). These online assessments are for Year 2-10 students, with Year 1’s taking part in a trial in preparation for Year 2 in 2020. The tests include content such as: writing, reading, comprehension, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
The results from the assessments assist us in monitoring student growth and teacher impact to inform our teacher practice and school planning.
If you have any questions in relation to PAT, please feel free in contacting: Matthew Perry firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Adrian Beard email@example.com (Primary Campus) and Geoff Davis firstname.lastname@example.org (Secondary Campus)
During the last week of Term 3, our Year 6 students had an educational tour of the national capital, Canberra. Students had the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.
Our trip was off to a flying start with a visit to the National Capital Exhibition where we heard the history of Canberra and its creation, followed by a birds-eye view of the city and surround from atop Black Mountain “Telstra” Tower and finished off the day with a delicious pizza and pasta meal at a local restaurant.
The students’ knowledge of political processes, through their learning at school, was reinforced and clearly on display as they confidently answered questions and participated in mock elections at The National Electoral Education Centre and enacted parliamentary processes at Parliament House.
Black Mountain “Telstra” Tower
Visits to the CSIRO Discovery Centre, Questacon and Australian Institute of Sport provided students with ‘hands-on’ opportunities to engage with science and sport, whilst a visit to the National Zoo and Aquarium had students being ‘hands-on’ with a snake!
Excursions to the National Gallery, Royal Mint, National Museum and Australian War Memorial, further enhanced our knowledge of Australian history and culture.
The week away was jam-packed full of learning and excitement throughout the day, with barely a minute to spare. After dinner activities included: ten pin bowling, Flipout and a swim at the National Aquatic Centre. Co-operation and collaboration skills were demonstrated consistently across the many activities completed in small groups, through random dinner seating arrangements and daily through being responsible for their own shared accommodation and belongings.
It was an absolute pleasure to be with this group of students as they represented themselves, their families and school in such an outstanding manner, demonstrating their personal best at all times. Everywhere we went we were commended by venue staff and community members on our exemplary attitude, respectful behaviour and appearance. Our bus driver Chris, claimed that we were the best group he had ever taken!
Australian War Museum
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government is contributed funding of $200 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs.
The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.
Matthew Perry and Lyn Brown
The secondary campus Student Board held Sports Day in week 8 of Term 3. Students were encouraged to wear either the uniform or colours of their favourite sporting team. The idea for this was taken from Footy Colours Day which was adapted to incorporate all sports. Lunch time sporting activities were run for football, basketball, netball and soccer along with a sausage sizzle, drinks and snacks sold at lunch time. Money collected on this day will be handed over to the 2020 Student Board to use towards either their participation in Relay for Life or a donation to the Tasmanian Cancer Council. The secondary campus raised almost $500 on the day.
The primary campus held Footy Colours Day and added their collected money to the secondary campus amount for a total of $874.40 for the Cancer Council which is a fantastic achievement by both groups.
The secondary campus are currently working on their Term 4 fundraiser and activities which will be advertised soon.
A huge thank you to all students and staff who have supported events so far this year; it is much appreciated and all money has been donated to worthwhile Tasmanian/Australian charities and foundations who support and work with our Penguin students.
Recently, 12 students and 3 staff returned from their 14 day experience in Vietnam. While in Vietnam students completed an action packed itinerary participating in various educational, community service and leisure based activities.
Possibly the highlight for many was their participation in the house build project. Here students spent 3 days working together, to assist with the building of a small house. Each day students would work from 8am until 4pm completing basic labouring duties – all working together to get the job done. At the completion of this 3 day project, the students saw firsthand the impact it made for the family in need.
Even on the final day it was great to see all students still participating and trying their best in their final activity; the Amazing Race around Saigon. Well done, students!
I would like to personally thank all families, staff and students who contributed to the various Vietnam fundraisers. The funds raised certainly did make a difference!
Our Year 10 students are half way through their exam week, having completed English, Science and HASS so far. Well done to all and congratulations on the effort made to revise and study in the lead up to them.