- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Clever Penguins
- School Association
- Primary Socials
- Penguin Carols - Choir
- EMUsicians Auditions for 2020
- Prep ER - World of Plastic
- Orienteering - Year 3 - 6
- Year 9 Science
- Central Coast Cluster Update
- Year 7 2020 Orientation Day
- Hellyer College Orientation Day - Year 10 students
- School Calendar
- Penguin SLSC Come and Try Day & meet Maxi from Bondi Rescue
- Summer Vacation Care 2019 2020
We have had a number of visitors in our school over the past week – politicians, contractors, new families enrolling students and members of sporting organisations. One common theme has been the comments on how polite, friendly and engaged the students are as the visitors have walked around the school. It is always a good sign of how engrossed students are in their learning that they don’t even realise that their class is full of visitors!
This week we hosted the Parliamentary Standing Committee in to Public Works. The politicians were guided around the school by year 3-10 students, who were able to explain the scheduled changes to the school as part of the redevelopment and what it would mean to them. The members were impressed that the students understood the upcoming changes and could openly speak their mind. From the year 10’s, it was reflecting on their 12 years at Penguin and what the benefits would be for future students, as well as some wisdom on what would need careful consideration in the planning. For our younger students, they shared some aspirational thinking and excitement of what they were looking forward to, and would be able to benefit from. For the committee, the involvement of the students was a real highlight.
Term 4 often involves a number of ‘first time’ experiences. For our kinders it would have been participating in today’s athletics carnival with wonderful support from their families. Yesterday, many of our year 10’s sat their first formal examination as a culmination of their hard work and commitment in a TASC level course of Maths Methods. We have also had a record number of students representing our school for the first time in non traditional activities with Penguin’s participation in touch football and Triathlon Tasmania’s Schools Event. I’d like to congratulate and acknowledge all of our students that have at some stage this year stepped out of their comfort zone by challenging and stretching themselves.
Notice of Penguin District Association Annual General Meeting
The Penguin District School Association AGM has been scheduled for Thursday 12 December at the Penguin Railway Room at 5:45pm.
We are calling for nominations for Parent, Staff and Community members to the Committee.
The PDS school association committee represents parents, staff and community members of the Penguin District School. It’s role is to provide members with a way to participate and be involved in supporting the school. The Association works with the Principal to achieve shared outcomes for learners and the whole school. Membership of the Association provides a forum for the sharing of knowledge and skills.
The following positions are available for nominations:
2 Parent Members to the Committee (1 full 2 year term, 1 casual vacancy)
1 Staff Member to the Committee
1 Community Member to the Committee
Those whose terms expire are able to renominate. Nominations close on the 30th of November, with a ballot conducted (if required) opening on the 2nd of December and closing on the 9th December. Should the number of candidates not exceed the number of vacancies, then no voting will be required and all those who nominated will be taken as elected.
Nominations forms can be collected from both primary and secondary campus offices. Completed nomiation forms can be given to the Returning Officer Max Brown at the secondary office.
This year Penguin District School will have 2 choirs performing at the Penguin Christmas Carols.
• Vivace/Primary Choir - all members are encouraged to attend
The Carols are on Sunday 15 December and will start at 7.00 pm and conclude by 9.00 pm. All singers please arrive by 6.45 pm.
If the weather is inclement the Carols will be held at our school in the Community Learning Centre.
Children will receive a notice closer to the event.
Prep ER read ‘A world full of plastic’. They learnt about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is a VERY large floating island of plastics in our ocean. In teams they designed a way of helping to clean it up. They then went to the beach to check for ‘things that don’t belong’.
The Year 3-6 students have been lucky enough to participate in some orienteering in PE over the past few weeks. They are learning how to navigate a map and are beginning to compete against one another for the quickest time around the course. Thank you Orienteering Tasmania for this amazing opportunity!
If any students would like to know more about how they can get involved in orienteering outside of school, they can go to the Orienteering Tasmania website https://tasorienteering.asn.au/
As part of an option class in Year 9 Science some students are studying the Theory of Evolution. Students created a toilet paper timeline of the world's creation and major evolutionary events. We discovered that the first life evolved before oxygen but once enough oxygen was available there were a lot of new plants and animals evolving in relatively quick succession. We were also shocked to discover that for around 68% of the earth's history the only living organisms were bacteria.
22 Nov 2019
8:50 AM to 2:50 PM
we will be holding our full orientation day experience for Year 6 students at the secondary campus. A timetable has been put together for students to add to the secondary campus awareness program (SCAP) held earlier in the year, this ensures that they participate in a wide range of subjects across the campus and meet some of the Year 7 teachers.
Students will be grouped into three classes when they arrive and will spend the day in these classes. They will be based in the Year 7 area for the day and will be able to keep their bags and belongings in this area.
Students are expected to wear their school uniform on the day. All students will participate in a PE lesson, so are asked to bring a change of sports clothing on the day (shorts/track pants, t-shirt and sandshoes). Students are also asked to bring along their pencil case and a notepad or exercise book for school work during the day.
The canteen will be available on the day so students will be able to buy lunch, or can bring their own along with a drink bottle which can be taken to lessons throughout the day. Orders from the canteen will be organised in the morning and students will pay when they collect their food. Students are encouraged to use this day as an opportunity to practise catching buses or any form of transport that they will be accessing next year.
Date: Friday 22 November
Times: Start at 8.50am (students will be let inside from 8.20am onwards); Finish at 2.50pm
Things to bring:
- PE clothing and shoes
- Lunch and a drink or money to buy from the canteen
- Pens and pencils, a note pad or exercise book for school work
We look forward to meeting and working with the Year 6 students and will include a session where students can ask questions about next year.
Jodie Murphy - Year 7 Coordinator
22 Nov 2019
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
On Friday 22 November 2019, Hellyer College is running their official Orientation Day for students attending Year 11 there in 2020.
All Penguin District School students who have pre-enrolled at Hellyer College will be attending and participating in engaging and interesting activities in the subjects that they have preselected for next year.
Please Note: Students not attending Hellyer College in 2018 are required to attend Penguin District School on this date.
The format of the day is as follows:
Who: Year 10 students attending Hellyer in 2020
What: Orientation Day Program
Why: To support students with their transitioning to grade 11 in 2020
Where: Hellyer College, Burnie
When: Friday 22 November 2019.
How: Students need to arrive at the Penguin District School bus bay prior to 8:30 am.
Attendance is marked and students then board the bus for Hellyer College with Mr King and Mr Maywald – departing promptly at 8:35 am. Students who are not on the bus at this time will have to make their own way to the college.
Dress for the day is neat casual clothing.
All students will then assemble in the Café area at Hellyer College at 9:00 am.
A free bbq lunch will be supplied and the college canteen will be open at recess and lunch. Students are also welcome to take their own lunch should they wish to.
Students have attendance taken again at 2:20 pm and board the bus to return to Penguin District School, arriving back in time to catch normal buses home.
If your son/daughter is planning to make their own way to and/or from Hellyer on this date, please complete the following form - to allow appropriate booking arrangements for bus sizes to be made in advance.
Robert Maywald - Year 10 Coordinator