- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Clever Penguins
- Update from the School Association
- Launching into Learning
- Devonport Eisteddfod – Boys Choir and Vivace
- Tip of the Week for keeping our environment healthy - by 1S
- Year 7 Food & Fabric
- Mount Hotham Ski Trip
- Year 9/10 Digital Photography
- Secondary Campus Sports Day
- How can food additives affect kid’s behaviour?
- School Calendar
- Basketball School Holiday Camps
- Kids Dance Party - Holiday
- NBL Blitz Tasmania
- Ulverstone Golf Club
- Film - 2040 CANCELLED
- Deadly and Dangerous
- All Sorts - LGBTI Groups Northern Tas
- Burnie Try Skills
- YFCC - Holiday Program
Term 3 is always an immensely enjoyable time in schools. For teachers, it is a time of the year where we often see the tremendous growth from the beginning of the year. One program that falls during term 3 is the University of Tasmania Science and Engineering Awards. Primary and secondary students develop a line of inquiry which they test and then present their findings. This calls on important skills around inquiry, problem solving, communicating ideas and collaboration with others. Ironically, these are fundamental elements that we would also find in our early childhood classrooms as well.
A number of grades recently presented their inquiries to their peers as part of a larger celebration that was well organised by our science team. From this group, some students were invited to present their inquiry at the Cradle Coast UTAS campus against students from other schools in the region.
Last Wednesday night Mr King and I were present to see Jarroch in Year 9 recognised for his inquiry in to the affects of structured water on wheat growth, by taking out first place in the Year 9-12 Agricultural Science section at the awards. We look forward to continuing to grow the opportunities for students to develop their own inquiries and take their learning in exciting directions.
- Congratulations to Kynan who is part of the South Burnie Division 2 Men's Hockey team who won the Grand Final on the weekend.
- During the school holidays, Brady will be competing in the Australian Championships of Mixed Martial Arts on the Gold Coast in the light-weight division against the current karate and kickboxing world champion for his weight class. A win would see Brady join the Aust team competing in the world championships in Bahrain.
Penguin District School values the contribution that students make within the community, please keep us informed of significant student acheivements by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message via the Penguin District School Facebook page.
The School Association Committee met in August and below are some of the key points:
The committee was please to be able to welcome new members. Committee renewal brings with it fresh eyes and ideas and is vital for a relevant and useful school association committee. I’d like to thank the people listed below for putting their hand up to be part of our School Association Committee.
- Narelle Butler (Teacher Rep)
- Elisha Franks (Parent Rep)
- Elizabeth Holmes (Parent Rep)
- Brendan Ivory (Parent Rep)
- The School Association Committee was very impressed with the Student Board report, both in its presentation and also in the activity of this group
- The Committee noted and commended Ashley King and the year 9 & 10 students who did very well in the 2019 Science and Engineering Challenge.
- The Committee reviewed tenders and made a decision for the school uniform contact for 2020-2022 inclusive. This will be communicated to the school community in due course and represents a great balance between quality and cost.
- Parent representatives to the committee raised discussion points around the canteen menu, time allowed for primary students to eat their lunches and the Parent Group. These were discussed, with further discussion to be had at our next Committee meeting on 20 September. If any parent or student has any input they would like to give in these areas, please contact our Secretary, Narelle Butler email@example.com, at the Secondary Campus.
- Finally, it was decided that Elisha Franks be the chair of the PDS Parent Group. The chair of this group is required to be a member of the school association committee, and Elisha is keen to see this group build and provide great value back to the whole school community. If you would like to be involved with the parent group you can contact Elisha on 0467 892 290.
What’s coming up in LiL?
Monday 16th - no music
Tuesday 17th - Playgym
Friday 20th - Beach Playgroup Johnson’s Beach
Monday 23rd - Music
Tuesday 24th & Friday 27th - no Playgym or playgroup.
We have celebrated Spring’s arrival by planting seeds. We wondered what they might grow into?
Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Children show respect for the environment
The Boys Choir and Vivace will be performing at the Devonport Eisteddfod on Monday 16 September. The Eisteddfod will be held at the Devonport Entertainment Centre and starts at 9.30 am.
All choir members please meet in the Primary Campus music room no later than 8.45 am. Please bring school bags with food and drink for recess and lunch. The Boys Choir will return to school by 1.00 pm and Vivace by 2.45 pm.
Presentation is an important part of all performances and school uniform is compulsory for all choir members. Please wear school uniform as follows:
Girls – Penguin District School polo shirt, winter skirt, navy blue stockings and black shoes
Boys – Penguin District School polo shirt, grey trousers, grey socks and black shoes
Shirts, trousers, skirts, stockings and shoes are available for choir members to borrow if necessary. Please organise with Mrs Lusted as soon as possible.
Singers will also need a clearly named school jumper or jacket to wear when not on stage.
Phone: 03 6434 2222
In 1S we have been learning about saving our environment. We are asking for your help. By following our weekly tips you can help keep our environment clean for the animals, plants and us.
Unplug: Turn off things at your house at the powerpoint. This will save energy and money. For example television, video game consoles, phone charger, laptop charger, printer, computer and kettle. By Estella , Paddy, Emmie, Nate and Roy
7A Design Your Own Burger Challenge
Students have recently been working on how to create a burger specifically for a design brief, selecting ingredients and writing up a recipe to follow. Here are some examples:
We kicked off our trip with a Saturday night sail on the Spirit of Tasmania and levels were high after free feed courtesy of Mr Pursell’s organisation.
After a six hour bus journey on Sunday we had arrived on Mount Hotham and ready to check in for our first boarding/skiing lesson. With blue skies, good snow conditions and some new snowboarding lingo we were having a ‘fully sick’ and ‘radical’ time.
Our Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday routine was wake up early, tuck into breakfast and click into our boards for a few early runs before a 9am lesson with instructors – Jack, Jimmy, Kevin, Laura and Jessie. Post lunch we’d launch back into every part of the mountain we could access. Some of our favourite trails were The Summit, Heavenly Valley, The Orchard and Blue Ribbon.
After a few days settling in a couple nightly ceremonies started to kick off. Three awards – Steez (most style), Shred (most improved) and Send It (longest sessions) – were hotly contested and an ‘Under The Microscope’ segment was created to question a few unusual moments.
A few new nicknames had been created, with Mr Milk (Campbell) and The Doctor (Chris) keeping us entertained. Dorpy (Alex) was also keeping the banter levels up with a daily mishap including losing his lift pass, dropping his phone off a lift, busting his binding, and his suspect passing techniques.
Later in the week the ‘Park’ was starting to get a run and the Hotham App was providing us with an insight into a range of statistics including amount of lifts caught and top speed. This led to one of the greatest snowboarding battles ever seen on Mt Hotham with the Alex’s (W & W) going head to head for the most lifts caught in a day. What eventuated ranged between shivering, sliding, and complete exhaustion much to others amusement.
As we checked out on Friday morning we were hit with a nice little snow flurry and the mission home began. In the words of the students…
“It was gnarly dude”
“It was warmer on the slopes than the grade 9 room at school”
“Best trip I’ve been on”
“Can’t wait to go back next time!”
Come along and find out how to test if food additives are part of the problem.
Experiment to see if you can have a calmer, happier home or classroom without additives 282, 160b, 627 and 50 other numbers…
Monday 16 September choose a time that suits:
Session 1: 2.15pm - 2.45pm or
Session 2: 3.00pm - 3.30pm - children can participate in activities provided by Mrs Van Essen in the Hall next door to the presentation.
Community Learning Centre, Penguin District School.
Parents, carers and staff all welcome.
Bring a food (or drink) label and we’ll look for additives together.
Dr Michelle Towle will lead the presentation and discussion. Michelle has worked as a doctor and in health promotion. She is a parent and has been actively exploring food intolerance for the last 6 years.
Topics covered include:
The difference between food intolerance and food allergies
- Common food-behaviour effects
- Take home an “additives to avoid” list
- Identify additives in common foods and drinks
- Where to go for more information
Please contact the school office on 6434 2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your seat. We look forward to providing you with a child-free cup of tea and important understandings to benefit your family’s health and well being.
Ulverstone Golf club is offering a FREE 6-week “Teen Girls Golf “program which will allow these girls to learn the game with other girls their age in a relaxed/fun environment.
The first session starts on Sunday November 10th at 11am.
All participants will need to register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DHX5DC8
All equipment will be provided.