- Principal's Report
- Pre Kinder Sessions
- Year 7 Term 3 Overview
- Year 9 and 10 Forensic Science
- Book Week
- PDS Resilience Project - Secondary Campus
- Think U Know Program
- Student Board - Green Day
- School Calendar
- Vietnam Trip Trivia Night
- Year 7 2020 Parent Information Evening
- Fairy Godmothers Fundraiser
- Hobart Hurricanes - Inspiring Females Through Sport
Understanding your own values and identity is something that develops and evolves over time. In our primary campus assembly I spoke about being part of Penguin District School and how this forms part of each student and staff member’s identity. Whether it is playing sport on a weekend, spending time at the park or shopping at the IGA supermarket, we are still identified as Penguin District School people, and this is something to be proud of! Giving your personal best and being safe and respectful apply equally as key habits and behaviours at school, as they do outside of school time, and we think these are important parts of helping students develop themselves as individuals.
Capital Works Update
Our school redevelopment plans are continuing to take shape, factoring in areas of the redevelopment that will be refurbished, redeveloped or constructed as new buildings. The architects are doing a terrific job to develop design ideas that will provide clear links across the site and in to the Dial Precinct. Our parent representatives on the Project Working Group are Paul Kenny and Allison Kable, with Karina Van Essen, Geoff Davis and Mat Grining as staff representatives. We are not far away from having a master plan to present to the community with sessions to be scheduled with the architects and Department of Education staff to discuss concepts and take any questions.
Our Kinmen students are having a wonderful experience, largely due to the kindness and acceptance in to our school community. With a portion of their classes in English lessons, specialist classes with their buddies or in ‘regular’ classes with Year 9 students, they are having a balance of experiences of life as a Tasmanian teenager! They have been able to spend two full days with their buddies on local excursions, taking in the sites of Gunns Plains Caves, Wings Wildlife Park, Preston Falls, Airtime 360, Seahorse World, Platypus House and of course Anvers and the Ice Creamery whilst on their way home. Next Thursday the 8th will be their last scheduled day with us.
Pre Kinder starts Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 of August. Unless otherwise informed, you are booked into the day and time that you allocated when you returned your letter. If unsure you can contact the school office on 6434 2222.
Monday’s group will be in Kinder H with Mrs Haberle which is through the kinder entrance and to the right.
Two Tuesday sessions will run, one in Kinder B and the other in Kinder M.
Directions to the Kinders are in the photos below. Some one will be in the Kinder on Tuesday to let you know whether you are in Kinder B or M.
Students will be doing a film review unit this term focusing on analysing cinematography techniques and skills. Different film genres and features as well as messages taken from text will form part of this unit. This will lead into them scripting and making their own small films. We will also continue to work on developing reading and comprehension strategies. A specific focus on grammar and punctuation will see us breaking into groups to develop our writing and communication skills.
This term in Year 7 Maths students are looking at index and powers as well as Cartesian planes and basic algebra skills such as substitution, writing expressions and solving equations.
In Science, students are beginning their study of chemistry. We will be looking at the changing of states - focusing on the water cycle. We will be looking at how the loaction of the earth, moon and sun effect the seasons and create eclipses.
During HASS throughout Term 3, students will examine the many uses of water, how it’s valued and the availability of this essential resource. They will study how water connects and affects places, as well as the manner in which water supports and enriches human, and other, life. The ‘Water in the World’ unit of work helps to develop understandings of the concept of environment, including ideas related to the environment being the product of a variety of geographical processes.
In Year 7 Health this term, students will be learning about risk taking with a focus on legal and illegal drugs. They will develop knowledge on drugs such as alcohol and tobacco and will begin to understand the effects drugs can have on individual’s lives and the community.
Students will be participating in movement activities (dance and skipping) in the first part of the term. This will be followed by a Volleyball and Fitness Testing unit to finish the term.
Food and Fibre
In Term 3 we will be finishing off our sewing projects. All students now have their sewing machine licence and can use a sewing machine. They can use stay stitching, straight stitching and zig-zag to neaten edges. You should have already seen their Fabric bookmarks and they are now well on the way to finishing their personalised pencil cases, you may even receive one as a gift! We will be heading back into the kitchen in a few weeks’ time to further practise and develop our cooking skills and processes.
In Term 3 music, the Year 7’s will be working on whole class ensemble and individual practise as well as a song form and classical history unit.
In Drama in Term 3 students will have the opportunity to apply their cinematography skills and understandings developed in Term 2. Students will apply their knowledge of camera shots, angles, movements and cuts to some small group film making tasks. This will also complement the film study work the students will be undertaking in their English class. We will also be learning the structures and features of a script and the process used when developing a character.
Students will start the term with a sculpture unit producing a piece of work based around the theme of ‘figure in a scene’.
Students are completing their work on their written portfolios and the design and construction of a wooden kitchen utensil.
Last week our Year 9/10 Forensic Science class experimented with fingerprinting. They tested carbon and talc powder on different surfaces to discover the best technique for making fingerprints identifiable. They also discussed how important fingerprinting (or dactylography) is to forensic science for crime solving as the human fingerprint is very unique with only a 1 in 64 billion chance that you will have the same fingerprint as another person.
It is getting closer! Only 2 weeks now until, all over Australia, we share and celebrate the Secret Power that is reading. Monday 19 August it all begins! I’ve heard whispers that David Walliam’s characters are feeling ready to share their Secret Powers… I wonder who else will join us in celebrating reading at the Book Week Parade? Remember, parents you are most welcome to join us in the Hall at 9am on Wednesday 21 August to witness this fine event. And it is a DONATION FREE event.
Book Fair will be held during this week again, so come along and support us and Not Just Books in purchasing some books to keep practising that Secret Power at home. The ‘shop’ will be open for buying on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd before school from 8.20am - 9am; and after school from 3pm-4pm. The last time to buy will be on the Friday morning. EFTPOS will be operating. Please be aware that if you would like to purchase the last book ‘on the shelf’ we will have to order it in for you! Not Just Books are expecting a less than 2 week turnaround from ordering to getting the book into your hands.
In advance, a BIG thank you to Mrs Slater whose vivid imagination and creative skills are ticking in creating an extra special Secret Power display for us all to enjoy again this year! And with all our classes reading the fabulous books that have been shortlisted for this years’ CBCA Awards, and completing learning tasks based on these books, which will be displayed throughout the school on this week… I’m beyond excited! Reading is such a powerful skill to share … isn’t that right, Mrs French!
The ‘PDS Resilience Project’ kicks off today - 68 secondary students and 12 staff have self-selected to take part.
Involves completing a ’21 Day Wellbeing Journal’ which has a short daily activity to recognise the positives in their life.
The three main focuses for the journal are empathy, gratitude and mindfulness.
For more information visit https://theresilienceproject.com.au/
Last week our secondary students participated in the Think U Know Program. Our parent and community evening session was also well attended. Emiliee from Tasmanian Police facilitated the sessions. The cyber safety presentations sensitively covered a range of topics including sexting, cyber bullying, online child exploitation, online privacy, and importantly what to do when something goes wrong.
If you were unable to attend and would like further informatio the program’s web site can be explored at https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/ The secondary office has spare copies of a resource distributed at the evening session, titled ‘SOS Parents and Carer’s Guide To Online Safety’ should you like a copy.
03 Aug 2019
6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
In September, 12 students and 3 teachers of Penguin District School will visit different parts of Vietnam gaining major insights into the country’s history and culture. This opportunity will allow students to see what life is like outside of Australia while also giving back to a Vietnam community.
Please join us for a great night of fun and trivia, helping to raise funds to us assist with a house build for an underprivileged family of Sapa in Northern Vietnam.
Karina Van Essen
06 Aug 2019
5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Year 5 and 6 students and their parents are warmly invited to attend the Penguin District School 2020 Year 7 Parent Information Evening
Tuesday 6 August 2019
5:15 pm to 6:30 pm
Year 7 Area - Secondary Campus
The evening will include a school tour and light refreshments. Our principal, Mr Grining and teaching staff will be available to discuss and answer any questions you might have.
We look forward to seeing you!
For more details please phone 6434 2222 or contact
Jodie Murphy email@example.com or
Geoff Davis firstname.lastname@example.org