- Principal's Report
- Clever Penguins
- Gnom0n Magazine Cover Competition
- 2M - Procedural Text
- 3P - Open Minded Portraits
- 3/4HJ - History Mind Map
- Play Pod
- Devonport Eisteddfod – Boys Choir and Vivace
- Year 5/6 Sports Day
- Book Week Parade
- Year 10 Aged Care Discovery and Hospitality Taster Day
- Year 8 Term 3 Overview
- Year 9/10 Digital Photography
- Primary Sports Opportunities
- Burnie Ten - Secondary Students
- Kinmen Exchange Students
- Year 3 to 10 Presentation Assembly
- Secondary Campus Awareness Program (SCAP) - Year 6 students
- School Calendar
- MAST Boating Education Night
Educational Adjustments Disability Funding
Our school, and the Department of Education more broadly, is committed to providing high quality inclusive education for students with disability, and supporting schools to become increasingly disability ready and responsive to meet the needs of all students.
This year, the Department is implementing a new Educational Adjustments funding model for students with disability in Tasmanian Government schools, which will deliver funding to schools from 2020.
The new Educational Adjustments approach will support inclusive practice in schools and align supports to the educational adjustments teachers make in the classroom to assist students with disabilities to access, participate and engage in quality learning programs.
The current Minister for Education recently said that the budget will include $34 million over the forward estimates to allow Tasmania to move towards a true needs-based funding model from 2020.
As with any changes, there will be a transition period to how we adjust to working with students, their families and allied health professionals to keep the needs of the student central to our thinking.
If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to speak with Mr Grining or our support teachers, Mrs Maher/Ms Maartensz at the Primary Campus or Ms Murphy at the secondary campus.
Congratulations to the Penguin Junior Football Under 14 team making it through to the grand final against Devonport. The game will be held on Sunday at Dial Park, Penguin Oval A - kick off is at 11:15am. With majority of the team being Penguin District students, if you are free on Sunday they would welcome your support.
Congratulations also to Karmicheal, the Under 12 Penguin Football Captain, who won the NWFL under 12 Best and Fairest.
Open to all Penguin District Students. If you would like to enter a piece of artwork for the cover of the 2019 Gnomon Magazine, please hand your art work into the primary or secondary office by the end of Week 6. Please make sure your artwork is named.
A PLAY POD is a shipping container that is filled with loose parts for students to access during recess and lunchtimes.
Students will use these loose parts to create and construct items for imaginative play.
We are setting up our Penguin District School PLAYPOD and we need your help.
Do you have any usable items you could donate? Please ensure they are safe before donating.
Please contact the school office to arrange a time to drop off any items you can kindly donate.
The Boys Choir and Vivace will be performing at the Devonport Eisteddfod on Monday 16 September. Students will need to wear school uniform as listed below.
- Penguin District School polo shirt
- winter skirt
- navy blue stockings
- black shoes
- Penguin District School polo shirt
- grey trousers
- grey socks
- black shoes
A limited number of shirts, trousers, skirts, stockings and shoes are available for choir members to borrow. Please organise with Mrs Lusted as soon as possible.
A fabulous day was had by the students on Wednesday August 7. The sports day provides students with an opportunity to experience a new sport in a fun and competitive way. Penguin District School students participated in all 9 sports, entering 11 different teams across the North West Coast. Congratulations to the students for displaying personal best efforts and challenging themselves to develop skills in an unfamiliar sport.
A HUGE thank you to our wonderful adult helpers; Lyn Thurley, Tish Townsend, Chris DeRuyter and Amanda Schynol for providing enthusiastic and supportive role modelling for our students.
The Secondary students who assisted on the day were amazing. Thank you to Phoebe, Nicqueta, Ava, Mattae, Jarroch, Alex, Dalton, Tahnee, Kynan, Millie, Ruby, Piper, Matt, Hannah, Caitlyn, Kira, Joel, Emma, Makayla, Bronte, Angus, Bella-Rose, Ella, Eli, Chris and Kolbie.
Here are a two of the emailed comments from members of the community:
“I just wanted to let you know what an excellent job that Millie, Hannah, Matt and Kynan did umpiring the hockey at the 5/6 sports day today. They made the running of the day effortless and reflected extremely positively on Penguin District School.”
“Today I was the venue coordinator for the 5/6 Sports Day for Netball and we had 2 high school students from Penguin to support our umpiring. Ella and Kira were exceptional. The day was super-busy with on the spot changes necessary and no down-time for the umpires. Both girls stepped up to the task and were fair and hard-working with no complaints. What ambassadors for your school! These girls were superstars."
21 Aug 2019
9:15 AM to 10:35 AM
Book Week would have to be one of the most exciting times of the year, as we celebrate amazing stories, authors and illustrators and immerse ourselves in words and reading (sounds like an average school day really!) But, it truly is a secret power, as it gives us access into worlds and times that are unreachable any other way. We become inspired, excited, thoughtful … better people; and all through the precious pages of well-crafted books!
What is out of the ordinary though is the opportunity to see what costume Mr Grining will come up with this year for the BOOK WEEK PARADE Wednesday 21 August 9:15am!
Phone: 03 6434 2222
During English throughout Term 3, students will complete, then present, their recorded novel study review. Students from 8A will then work with Ms Butler to focus on narrative writing. 8B students will work with Mr Conkie, with a focus on writing persuasively. Students will learn to identify, and use, a range of effective persuasive techniques to improve their persuasive writing, increasing their knowledge of a range of strategies. They will analyse the work of others and plan, then produce, a structured persuasive argument.
Students are completing measurement and linear graphing in Term 3. They will use formulae they establish to calculate area and volume of regular objects, convert between units of measurement, define parts of circles and use Phi for the first time. Using their number skills to recognise patterns, students will graph points and establish rules to match the graphs.
Students will complete their inquiry projects and complete a geology unit in Term 3. Students will perform experiments to model the rock cycle, intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks and plate techtonics to more firmly establish how matter is recycled on the Earth.
In HASS we will have a focus on Polynesian expansion. We will be looking at how humans migrated throughout the Pacific Ocean and how their way of life helped or hindered their progress.
In Health this term students will be looking at Drug Education. Some particular areas of focus are: legal and illegal drugs, classification of drugs, alcohol (types, standard drinks, short/long term effects, pathway, binge drinking, harms and strategies, advertising and statistics), peer pressure and risk taking, and cultural factors related to alcohol consumption.
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.
In Term 3 music, students will be covering melodic dictation and the history of contemporary music, as well as working towards an individual practical presentation.
Food and Fibre
In Term 3 we will be finishing off sewing projects. They have made sewing samples of seams, hems and patterned stitches and are now extending that knowledge to use in, and produce, a garment of their choosing from available patterns and appropriate skill level. Coming home in the next few weeks are hoodies, shorts, beanies, scarves and ponchos. We will be heading back into the kitchen in a few weeks’ time to further practise and develop our cooking skills and processes, assisting students to be confident and able to take on Year 9 and 10 option courses.
Students in ICT are planning their own fictional company. They will be using graphic design techniques to draw and digitally enhance a logo which they’ll use in a website.
In Drama in Term 3 students will be continuing their introduction to Shakespeare unit. At the end of last term the students watched and analysed ‘She’s the Man’ which is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’. The students are creating and presenting an assignment on the films. This can be either a comparison study of two films or a plot summary and analysis. The students will have a wide range of options in how they choose to present their assignment – from a written essay to their own dramatized performance. We will conclude the term looking at script construction in preparation for the students writing and directing their own whole class performance in Term 4.
Students will start the term with a clay unit. Students will be making a small vase and adding various decorations inspired by Sydney artist Jenny Orchard.
Students are continuing to cut out their parts for their intarsia themed clocks. When assembled, their work will create a wooden ‘picture’ of a scene or object of the student’s own choice and design. Written portfolios are being compiled as the project progresses.
Photos of the week - Learning goal : development of close-up technique
There are two competitions that are taking registrations presently; Burnie Netball Association and Ulverstone Netball Association.
The Burnie Netball Association run a Spring Roster for students from Year 2 – 6 on a Saturday morning at the Burnie Netball Centre. Team Nominations are due in at 5pm 23/8/2019. All teams to have 9 players & 1 non playing coach & 2 umpires (at least one non playing umpire) for nominations to be accepted. Boys are welcome to play in the spring roster. Please see Miss Goninon (Secondary) or Mrs Van Essen (Primary) for the information letter with registration details.
The Ulverstone Netball Association run a skill development and roster for students from Kinder to Year 6 on a Thursday after school outside the Ulverstone Stadium. Notes are available from the table outside Mrs Van Essen’s office.
Preliminary plans for a Spring Soccer skills and roster are being developed by Ulverstone Soccer Club. When details are provided, we will publish these through the school newsletter. Please visit the Ulverstone Soccer Club facebook page for more information.
Information has not been distributed as yet regarding the Devonport Touch Association Primary Schools Roster. This will be held in Term 4 and information will be shared as soon as it is provided. If you are willing to help out with coaching, please let me know.
The courts located between the Dial Park complex and the Secondary Campus are available for use by all members of the Penguin community.
The Burnie Tennis Club provide a Hot Shots Tennis program each term for students from Kinder to Year 6. Information can be found at www.chandlertennis.com or flyers are outside Mrs Van Essen’s office.
Please let me know of any sporting opportunities that you know of that our students can participate in either through the school office or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
|Do you want to challenge yourself to do the Burnie 10? Now is your chance! It is being held on the 20th of October. If you are interested, give your name to Miss Goninon before the 13th of September. If you are looking for motivation to train, the park run is a great place to start!|
On Thursday we farwelled our Kinmen visitors. On their last day at Penguin District School, Ulverstone Secondary College students and their Kinmen students joined us to learn about the traditions and culture of the Tasmanian Indigenous people. Dave Gough, a Tasmanian Aboriginal man, spent time with the group talking about his connection to country and showed some Aboriginal artefacts. Students learnt about how families lived together and the tools they used to build shelters.
This exchange program is a brilliant initiative supported by the Kinmen County - Taiwan and the Tasmanian Education Departments. This has been a fabulous experience for our school community to be involved in and we look forward to 4 of our Year 9 students travelling to Kinmen County in October.
15 Aug 2019
1:30 PM to 2:50 PM
This assembly will be held in the Community Learning Centre and is an opportunity to recognise mid year academic excellence for students in Year 3 -10.
15 Aug 2019
8:50 AM to 10:35 AM
In Term 3, 2019 Year 6 students will be part of the Secondary Campus Awareness Program (SCAP). This will involve six visits to the secondary campus to participate in a variety of classes with Grade 7 teachers.
Students will attend the secondary campus for block 1 on the following Thursday’s: (8.50am-10.35am)
- August 15
- August 22
- August 29
- September 5
- September 12
- September 19
They will participate in one lesson of each of the following subjects:
Students will be placed into three classes for the sessions. On these days they will need to bring their pencil case/pen and a notepad or exercise book to write in.
PDS students will walk up from the primary campus, with a Grade 6 teacher, and return at recess. RPS students can either make their own way to school or catch the Riana school bus in the morning and we will then transport them back to Riana at recess time using our school bus.
The school will be open for students from 8:20am onwards. Grade 6 students can move straight to the Grade 7 area to then move to the Drama Room for attendance and organisation into classes, or can report to the front office to be taken to the appropriate area.
This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience some lessons at the secondary campus and meet some of the Grade 7 teachers.