- Principal's Report
- Clever Penguins
- Student Wellbeing Survey - Year 4 - 11
- Book Week 2019
- Congratulations Mrs Paterson and 2P
- Parent Group Update
- Year 7 Excursion
- Year 10 Industry Visits
- White Ribbon Program
- Ticket to Play
- Railway Rooms Arts Exhibition
- Secondary Campus Social
- Primary Campus Assembly - featuring 4F and 2M
- Grade 3 - 6 Swimming Program Week 1
- Don College Taster Day - Year 10 students
- Hellyer College Pre Enrolment - students and parents at PDS
- School Calendar
- Film - 2040 CANCELLED
- Get on you bike!
- Summer Camp
- Health Link Photographic Competition
Staying safe and setting boundaries in 2019 is vastly different than it was in 1989. In 1989 there were only 3 TV stations (you may have picked up a Melbourne channel if the weather was good!), there were no DVD’s, no internet or mobile phones and being home before dinner or before dark may have been a common expectation – otherwise you may have been grounded!
Technology has provided some significant improvements and efficiencies in to our daily lives, but it has opened up a number of risks and vulnerabilities for our young people. As a school, we don’t shy away from the fact that technology is a part of many people’s daily lives so education needs to be in place about staying safe, particularly on social media and across the internet. As a school, we have a number of strategies, in class and across the school including the recent parent information session with Tasmania Police facilitating the Think U Know program. This week we have had instances of students having their school email accounts compromised by international servers, as they entered their email/password in to non-secure websites. Passwords should be changed regularly and use a range of letters/numbers/symbols to increase password strength.
As parents, there are a number of steps that you can take starting with setting some expectations around technology and social media use as a family. Is the wifi turned off at a set time? Do you have device free days? Are devices placed on a central charging station before bed? Another strategy is to install a distress app on your phone that connects with two key adults/guardians in the event of a critical incident – the Daniel Morcombe Foundation is one such organisation that have the ‘Help Me’ app that is endorsed by many educators and emergency services.
- The Mathematics Curriculum Team would like to congratulate Amy for her outstanding achievement in the Mathematics Association of Tasmania Problem Solving Competition, the intermediate division, for Years 9 and 10. Amy finished in the top 6 competitors of all of Year 9 and 10's in Tasmania who competed. Amy, along with a number of other students, elected to participate at the end of term one to extend themselves. Well done to Amy and the other Penguin District School students who participated, giving their personal best.
- Well done to Lachie who is representing Tasmania at the National Indoor Bias Bowls Championships in Mt Gambier.
- Congratulations to Emily who will return from the 2019 Australian Cross Country Championships in Kembla Grange NSW with a gold medal in the time trial and a bronze medal in the multi class event.
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.
To get an understanding of how students across Tasmania feel about their own wellbeing, students in Years 4 - 11 at Penguin District School will be taking part in a wellbeing survey.
The Student Wellbeing Survey is part of the Department of Education’s Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy.
The details for the survey are:
When: Week 8 (Sept 9 – 13).
Who: Year 4 – 11 students
What do I need to do: You and your child don’t need to do anything. The survey will be done in class time and will not require your child to prepare in any way.
A letter with more information will be sent home with all Year 4 – 11 students, including Frequently Asked Questions and a form to sign and return to the school if you do not want your child to participate in the survey.
If you would like further information, please contact the school office 6434 2222.
Thank you for supporting us to ensure that all our learners are safe, feel supported and are able to flourish, so they can engage in learning.
Congratulations to 2P and Mrs Paterson who on Friday where presented with a Compassionate Communities Award. This special acknowledgement was for going above and beyond in learning undertaken as part of class inquiry into kindness.
“We shine when we are kind” ❤️
More information on the Compassionate Communities Project can be found at www.comcomhub.com
Hands up if you would like to be involved in a parent group to get some fabulous and fun fundraising ideas for the school happening?
We already have the open air cinema night locked in for November and we have some other ideas in the works. Would love to get some other parents onboard.
To find out more please contact Elisha Franks 0467 892 290.
Interested students from Year 10 visited Simplot in Ulverstone on Thursday and Friday 15th and 16th August. The purpose of the visit was to investigate career pathways available in Simplot and its global business branches. Students were given a tour of the factory processing facility and were invovled in an informative discussion in the company's meeting room.
Students were shown the broad range of career pathways within Simplot and encouraged to consider options for themselves in relation to future possibilities.
A tour of the processing plant would not be complete without a sampling of the products. The visiting students and staff were happy to assist with taste testing and enjoyed their complementary packet of chips at the completion of the tour.
Our thanks go to Michael Wickham, from the Australian Manufacturers and Workers Union, for organising the Simplot visit and to Nigel Cowan and the helpful staff at Simplot who provided information and guided the tours.
What does it mean to be a young man today?
That was the question that activities and discussions were based around for the White Ribbon Program, attended by some of our grade 10 boys on Friday 16th August.
The boys were challenged to look at stereotypes for both men and women and to discuss what it means to be a young man in today’s society. The Bystander Effect was also discussed, with guest speakers sharing their stories of when they were bystanders – and the way that they now reflect on those events.
We’d like to thank the staff from White Ribbon and also, Michael Wickham from the Australian Manufacturers and Workers Union for providing the opportunity for our boys to attend.
Be a Man | Men | One Word | Cut
The Bystander Effect | The Science of Empathy
Ticket to Play - information for parents, carers and children:
Ticket to Play is a Tasmanian Government initiative designed to reduce the cost of participating in club sporting activities for Tasmanian children.
Tasmanian children aged 5 to 17 who are listed on a Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, or who are in Out of Home Care, are eligible for a voucher of up to $100 in value to be used towards the cost of club membership at an approved activity provider. A list of approved activity providers can be found on the Ticket to Play website.
To apply for a voucher or for more information, visit our website at https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/ticket-to-play. Vouchers can be applied for and used at an approved activity provider until 30 November 2019.
For more information or assistance with voucher application please contact Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 252 476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can help promote Ticket to Play to eligible children and families by:
- Display and distribute the attached Ticket to Play poster
- Share information about Ticket to Play with your community partners and networks
- Include information about Ticket to Play in your newsletters/publications/social media posts
Ticket to Play will continue in 2020, with further information available in coming months.
Thank you for your assistance in sharing this program. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 252 476 or email@example.com.
29 Aug 2019
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Secondary students art pieces have been selected to be showcased in an exhibition at the Railway Room in Penguin and available to be viewed on Thursday 10:30am - 12:30pm.
Students who are learning barista skills will be refining their skills making coffee for a gold coin donation.
29 Aug 2019
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
A primary assembly will be held in the Community Learning Centre at 1:30pm and will feature 4F and 2M.
All parents and members of the community are welcome to join us and celebrate our school acheivements.
02 Sep 2019 - 06 Sep 2019
8:50 AM to 2:50 PM
Swimming and Water Safety Program – Year 3 - 6
Dates: Monday 2 September - Friday 13 September
Location: Ulverstone Pool, East Ulverstone
Sessions: All students will have 10 sessions of 55-minutes with trained AustSwim Instructors undertaking a variety of stroke development and water safety activities.
Transport: Students will be transported by Wallace Transport.
Clothing: Plastic bag with name towel and bathers (Not board shorts if possible).
Please ensure that ALL belongings are named.
Goggles may be worn during SOME activities.
Session 1: 9:20 am –10:15 am
3P & 3/4HJ (3’s)
Session 2: 10:15 am –11:10 am
4F & 3/4HJ (3’s)
Session 3: 11:10 am –12:05 pm
4/5M & 3/4HJ (4’s)
Session 4: 12:25 pm –1:20 pm
6B & ½ of 5F
Session 5: 1:20 pm – 2:15 pm
6E & ½ of 5F
Swimming caps are supplied by the school.
Change rooms: No access for parents.
Filming / Photos: Not permitted.
DoE Required Permissions: Major Excursion and Consent for Aquatic Activity forms need to be current.
If any medical, contact or personal details have changed since the start of the year, please contact the primary office.
The Swimming and Water Safety Program is a compulsory part of your child’s education as well as an integral part of the Health & Physical Education curriculum. It is a requirement for your child to attend for the full program.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact me through the school office.
Karina Van Essen
03 Sep 2019
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Who: Grade 10 students who have registered interest
What: Don Taster Day
Why: Consideration of grade 11 options
When: Tuesday September 3 2019
How: 8:00 am pick up at the Penguin District School secondary campus bus shelter (bus will depart at 8.05am SHARP).
Students will be driven to Don College on the PDS School bus by a PDS staff member – who will accompany them for the day.
For those students making their own way, all students will assemble in the main stadium at the college – known as the MPC (Multi-Purpose Centre) at 8:30 am.
Following the program, students will be driven back to school on the PDS bus.
Drop off at PDS will be at 4:00 pm (approx.) Because of the required pick-up and drop off times, alternative arrangements will need to be made by parents of students who normally rely on buses to get to and from school.
*Note: please see parent consent slip for variations to bus collection and drop off for your child.
Students are not required to wear PDS school uniform. A canteen and BBQ will be operating - but it’s recommend some other food be taken along as well.
Students are reminded that the subjects they have selected for the Taster Day are not pre-enrolments for 2019 – but are simply an opportunity to get a feel for Don College, meet new people and inform themselves of the possibilities that await them next year.
Please phone or email me at the school if you would like any further information or if you have any concerns about your son/daughter participating in the Don Taster Program.
Phone: 03 6434 2222
03 Sep 2019
3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Hellyer College pre-enrolment interviews for 2020 will be conducted at Penguin District School. These interviews are for you and your son/daughter to meet with college course advisors and select subjects for their year 11 pathway. Parent/Guardians are asked to accompany their child and ‘drop in’ at a time convenient time to meet with a course advisor. The interviews are from 3:00 to 6:30 pm in the Year 10 learning area at school.