Well another week has gone flying by. The end of term seems to be fast approaching, however the learning opportunities and extra curricula experiences our students at PDS experience isn’t slowing. This week has seen Devon/Darwin Launceston sports exchange, 7-10 soccer gala day, our last week of swimming year 3-6, Firefighter Craig on site to talk with K-6, Year 10 Hellyer course counselling, International milkshake day (yes it is a real day) with 100s of student made milkshakes being sold, Mountain Heights v PDS netball exchange, Secondary Assembly, P-2 to Possum Magic theatre performance and in and around all of that… amazing classroom learning experiences.
Our Primary staff have been busily preparing for next week’s optional Communicating Learning with Families – a fantastic opportunity to connect with your child’s teacher and view evidences of their learning. Our Secondary staff have been preparing work samples for the Term 3 Evidence of Learning Envelopes which will go home in week 10. The excitement is building, as thirty two of our year 6 students prepare to head to our national capital for a week of memory making and learning in Canberra Trip.
On Tuesday afternoon, our teaching staff got together to build our professional knowledge and shared understanding of Collaborative Teaching Strategies. As a school we are focusing on the following five evidence based collaborative teaching strategies. Throughout Term 4 our Collaborative Teaching Teams will focus on one of these strategies to implement. Research shows that teachers who work collaboratively have a greater impact on student learning.
- Station Teaching
- Team Teaching
- One Teach, One Support
- Parallel Teaching
- Alternative Teaching
Pre Kinder has started and our newest students are busy exploring our environment with the guidance of teachers Olivia Bracken, Megan Maney and Keira Ward. Next week is our last Pre Kinder and we’ll dive back into session later next Term.
Music is a hit and our little music makers are having fun with Christine Lusted, learning new songs and playing instruments.
Playgym is in full swing in the new venue; the basketball stadium. It’s a great big hall with all of our favourite things, the bikes, climbing frames and of course the crash mats. It’d be great to see lots more families attend this session, there’s room for everyone!
Playgroup saw some sunshine this week so the big sliding doors swung open. We love the unstructured nature of this session.
Coming up in week 9:
Monday – Music
Tuesday – Playgym
Friday – Playgroup and Prep Kinder
No other LiL sessions
This week Firefighter Craig came to school. He talked to us about fire safety. We learnt the correct number to call if we need the firefighters or any emergency services. Craig left firefighter suits so we could dress up and be firefighters. We loved the experience. Next week at school Ms Maney has set up an emergency call centre for us to practise dialling triple zero and asking for help. We had a great time being firefighters.
STATE JUNIOR CRITERIUM CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023
Recently Mitchell Stretton (year 8) and Rory Stretton (year 4) represented Penguin District School in the Tasmanian State Criterium Championships in Launceston. Both riders did exceptionally well with Rory winning the Under 11 girls title and Mitch placing 3rd in the Under 15 boys event. They were presented with their medals by the recently retired professional cyclist Richie Porte which was a thrill for all the juniors who attended the event. Congratulations Rory and Mitch!
NATIONAL JUNIOR ROAD CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS - Shepparton, Victoria September 22-25
Congratulations to Mitchell Stretton who was selected in the Tasmanian State Junior team to compete in Shepparton, Victoria next week in the National Road Championships. Mitch will join Nic Broxam from Burnie and Monty Manion from Devonport as the only North-West Coasters in the team. He will compete in the Time Trial, Road Race and Criterium events against juniors from all over the country to try and take home a National Title.
Good Luck Mitch!
The hospitality and tourism class have had a catering focus for term 3. To support VIP day they baked 900 biscuits to hand out to the VIP guests and more recently made over 400 milkshakes for international milkshake day. They have also been participating in a lunchbox challenge where in small groups they have had to design, promote and make a lunch box for a chosen audience. The class have learned a lot about working together towards a common goal and have successfully met the deadlines for each task. In term 4 the group will be learning some basic barista skills and will look at setting up a coffee shop next term.
The 9/10 Animal studies class had Jessica from Stowport Parrots visits. She was able to educate us on bird husbandry and personalities. We also got to have lots of interaction with the birds.
Our students are currently working hard, knowing that the end of the year is coming up.
Mr Owen and Miss Lutwyche have participated in the TASC Quality Assurance process this week. This ensures that teachers are delivering and assessing their courses in accordance with the course outlines.
Ms Butler, who teaches Career and Life Planning participated in state-wide moderation on September 1st – as did Mr King who teaches Level 3 Mathematics Methods – Foundation to a group of our Year 10 students. The moderation process ensures that our staff are assessing our students equitably when compared with other staff teaching the same subjects elsewhere in Tasmania.
Mr Taylor is finalising the last few remaining assessments for the VET Certificate 2 Sport Coaching class and one of our students in Year 11, Ella Widger, has been completing a Certificate 2 in Community Services. Currently she is doing a work placement with a grade 1 / 2 class on our primary campus. Our VET students should be proud of their achievements in these classes.
Mr Kings Level 3 Mathematics Methods – Foundation class is scheduled to have the final examination for that subject at Hellyer College at 1:30 pm on Monday November 13. Mr King will provide more information ton the families of those students nearer the time. We wish all of them all the best with their results.
The third round of Senior Secondary reports were sent out to families on the 25th August. Please let Mr Maywald know at the school if you have not see your child’s report. He can be emailed firstname.lastname@example.org
The next report is the 4th and final report for the year. It will contain the student’s overall results and is posted home in December. Students will no doubt be eager to see this report with their final result when it arrives.
The last day for Year 11 and 12 students at Penguin District School is Friday November 3rd. This is in the third week of Term 4, so not far away indeed. Students are encouraged to really work hard up to that time – making sure that all assessments are to the standard of which they are capable.
I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the senior secondary students that we have had at Penguin District school in 2023. Well done for all the hard work you’ve completed through the year. All the best with your final results. Also, a big thanks to Ms Butler, Miss Lutwyche, Mr Owen, Mr Taylor and Mr King for the work that you’ve done, and continue to do, in your classes. Your students really have appreciated your support and teaching styles.
When considering the Senior Secondary classes to be scheduled for next year, our school leadership is currently considering what will be available for students. When these subjects are known, we’ll advise our school community. This is likely to be early to mid term four.
Again, thanks to everyone for your work in this area – well done students, staff and supporting families.