- Penguin District School Calendar
- Assistant Principal's Report
- Green Penguins
- Primary Art
- Bookmark Competition
- Primary Student Board Report
- 2024 Production Auditions
- Upcoming event – International Milkshake Day
- Year 8 Japanese
- Such Sweet Sorrow - Bell Shakespeare performance
- First Nations Primary Students sharing their clap sticks
- VOTING OPEN: PAINT AUSTRALIA BEAUTIFUL ENTRY 4 of 6 - Penguin District School from TAS.
- LIFT Take Home Trolley
- 2023 School Satisfaction Survey
- Strengthening Children and Teens Against Anxiety
- Chicago - Parklands High School
- Turners Beach Scouts Community Car Boot Sale and Scout Open Day
- School Calendar
In the hustle and bustle of school days, there's a group of individuals who often work tirelessly behind the scenes, providing invaluable support and guidance to both teachers and students. These unsung heroes are our dedicated teacher assistants (TAs), and it's time we take a moment to appreciate the incredible impact they have on our educational journey.
TAs, are the backbone of many classrooms. They contribute in numerous ways; helping to create an environment conducive to effective teaching and learning, managing classroom logistics, providing one-on-one support to students, helping to maintain the classroom's rhythm and organization, preparing materials, setting up equipment, and managing administrative tasks, allowing teachers to focus more on delivering engaging lessons, just to name a few.
As we reflect on Teacher Assistant Appreciation Week, it's important to express our gratitude and appreciation. A simple "thank you" can go a long way in acknowledging their efforts and recognizing the impact they have on our educational community. Whether it's through a kind word, a thoughtful note, or a small gesture of appreciation, let's take the time to celebrate these unsung heroes who enrich our learning environment every day.
While we are expressing gratitude, I’d like to acknowledge the aspiring leaders emerging through our hard-working student board. On Thursday, we held the Wear Orange or Yellow for Daffodil Day Fundraiser. Members of the student board initiated, planned and delivered this fun day independently. It’s so pleasing to know that we have some students who are willing to take time out of their day to firstly, make fun activities for our students and secondly, to raise money for an exceptional charity ($500).
One more congratulations must be made to our year 5/6 students who this week presented their science experiments that they’ve worked tirelessly on for the past few weeks. They have shown great determination and perseverance, and our families were lucky enough to be invited in to see their work. We’ll look forward to the full report next week, including our winners.
Jenny Slater has worked hard with her art classes this term, creating art that reflects our Values. To be able to transfer the understanding of what a value is, into art, can not be underestimated. Here you’ll see birds, flying high, showing us that if we aspire, we can soar!
Before closing, I must take this opportunity to talk about road safety. We have had a number of community members approach the school, concerned about the way our students are moving (particularly on scooters), around our community. Can we please all take it upon ourselves, to be the village that helps to raise our young people together. we need to remind children to stay off the road when riding home from school wear their helmets and be respectful of pedestrians as well.
Yours in partnership
On Thursday 31 August we celebrated Daffodil Day to raise money and awareness of The Cancer Council. The money raised will be used to support The Cancer Council undertake research and support people impacted by Cancer. Anyone wanting to wear yellow or orange brought along a gold coin donation. The Student Board also painted nails for $1 and students could make a free daffodil using a patty pan, kebab stick and orange paper. Unbelievably we raised $500. All of this money will be donated to Cancer Council.
Thank you to everyone who came along and dressed up.
By Kirra and Maya – Primary Student Board
Tuesday September 12 is International Milkshake Day – The Year 9/10 Hospitality and Tourism class are going to sell milkshakes to raise funds for their class and to support the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ teams.
Some of the funds will pay for a barista training course and the remaining money will be donated to the Kids’ Cancer Project (hosts of ‘Write a Book in a Day’)
Primary students can pre-order. More information to follow.
Milkshakes will be $4.00 each with a choice of strawberry, chocolate or caramel.
The Year 8 Japanese class had a lesson about chopsticks this week. We learned about the history, use, culture and etiquette behind chopsticks in Japan. Looking forward to seeing this knowledge used on our excursion to a Japanese restaurant next week!
Today most of the secondary students were able to be educated and entertained by The Players from the Bell Shakespeare company. The touring ensemble of professional artists bring Shakespeare to life in schools and communities across Australia. Our students enjoyed an action-packed hour of Shakespeare immersion with a special guest appearance from Mr Davis as the Prince. We were exposed to the language and creative storytelling of Shakespeare through Such Sweet Sorrow an adaptation of Romeo and Juliette.
In Term 2 we made clap sticks with Chalky our Aboriginal Education Officer.
We made them from tea tree branches. Firstly, we had to peel the bark off the tea tree, and then we sanded them so they would be smooth. Then we oiled them which highlighted the characteristics and colour of the tea tree. Our clap sticks make their own unique sounds. Here are our clap sticks.
The LiFT Take Home Trolley has been relocated once again to Building 6 , just outside the Year 1/2 classrooms. Please borrow any games, story book bags and activities from the Take Home Trolley and return them when you are finished. We have added some new resources this term for you to enjoy. Please remember to sign out items on the note pad that is clipped to the trolley and tick them off when you return them please.
The 2023 School Satisfaction Surveys are now open.
Every year the Department of Education conducts a School Satisfaction Survey to find out what your child(ren)'s school does well and where it may improve.
We would be grateful if you completed our online survey about Penguin District School. Your feedback is very important to help us inform our school-planning and decision-making.
The survey is open from now until Friday 22 September 2023 and should take about 5 minutes to complete.
The survey is carried out on a secure website and all responses are anonymous and confidential.
All families in this school received the same survey link and no identifying information is collected. A summary of the survey results will be provided to schools. Responses from individuals or small groups will NOT be disclosed to any Department of Education staff.
Please contact your school if you require any assistance.
Thank you for taking the time to fill in this survey.