- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- School Chaplain Introduction
- Launching into Learning
- LiL Display - LIFT
- Hot Reads - LIFT
- Primary 3 Way Interviews
- Gold Cards
- Secondary Campus Weekly Focus
- Secondary Campus PSRs - Big Green Penguins
- Science Week
- Secondary Science Fair
- Primary Campus Lost Property
- School Calendar
- Camps Tasmania
The ‘busyness’ of a school day or life in general can mean that we don’t always actively pause to appreciate what we have, or for what others may have done for us. I’ve observed students and staff taking a number of steps recently to pause and reflect on what we are grateful for. Grade 5 and 6’s have been writing some reflections using Teddy Sheean’s recent Victoria Cross announcement as a seed for some thinking with some powerful ideas coming from our students, our secondary student board have created a tree of thanks made up of individual messages from our secondary campus and our primary teachers started their staff meeting this week with a moment to write personal reflections of what we can be grateful for as a school community member, and in our lives outside of school.
I spent some time in Thursday’s secondary campus assembly discussing how I feel grateful to be Tasmanian and that our decision makers have put in many steps to support our safety during the COVID pandemic. Whilst there are many changes to daily life as we now know it, with expectations around social distancing, sanitiser in many stores and shops on entry and consideration for how we plan group events and activities, these decisions have been made for us by Public Health with our safety in mind. Whilst at times some of these individual things may feel like an inconvenience, I think we have much to be grateful for with our quality of life as Tasmanians.
Mat Grining - Principal
I have over 10 years of experience working with young people and I am always encouraged and inspired by them. I am very passionate about seeing young people live up to their true potential.
I have been married for almost 8 years and I have two young boys, Hunter who is almost 2 and Ryder who is just about 5 months old.
In my spare time, I’m really into action sports - particular “Drifting”. I’ve been so blessed to have a lot of opportunities in this sport, to not only compete in Australia, but in Japan and New Zealand as well.
I’m really keen to get to know as many students, parents and staff as I can - and hopefully have a positive impact.
Thank you for this opportunity and your support. I’m looking forward to meeting you at the different events and activities at our school.
Please note, there will no more booking system for our Launching into Learning sessions. We will still have the following in place:
▪️1 adult per child attending
▪️All visitors will still need to wash hands on arrival and fill in the Visitor Health Screen form
▪️Please remember to tick the attendance sheet on arrival in the LiL room
▪️Please remain at home if you or your child/ren are unwell
Thanks to my wonderful colleagues for running amazing play while I was on leave.
Here’s a new set up for the next few weeks, all guided by the children. We are very passionate about allowing their ideas to be included in our planning.
Staff at the Primary Campus continue to display their favourite books and authors.
We look forward to meeting with you next week for our 3 Way Interviews
The 3 Way Interview provides an opportunity for teachers, parents and children to acknowledge and celebrate student progress and achievement, as well as setting some goals for the remainder of the school year.
Meetings are scheduled for 10 minutes. To ensure meetings stay on time, teachers may set a timer on their phone or other device.
If you have other matters which would be best discussed at another time, please make contact with the class teacher through Seesaw or the main office.
- If you or your child are unwell please do not attend. Contact the office to arrange an alternative time.
- Entering the school:
Kinder families enter through the main Kinder entrance.
Prep to Year 2 enter through the main entrance
Year 3-6 enter through the door near the canteen
- Please bring along your completed Coronavirus: Visitor Health Screening Form which was sent home recently. If you have lost it or forget it, we have some forms available to be completed on the day. This will need to be finalised before going to the meeting.
- Hand sanitiser will be available to be applied on entering the school
- Kinder – Year 2 families, please bring along your completed 2 Stars and a Wish information.
This week our focus on the Secondary Campus is "Kindness"
How you can show this:
- smiling and saying hello to people.
- supporting someone who may be struggling
- holding the door open for someone
- saying thank you or acknowledging someone who has helped you
- helping others packing up equipment
- give someone the benefit of the doubt
- introduce yourself to someone new
- write down three reasons why you’re proud of yourself
These are just some examples and it’s proven that acts of kindness can help bring happiness to those around us and yourself.
Our school PSRs of Personal Best, Safety and Respect are often on display at our Secondary Campus. Students who are seen displaying these have their names put in our PSR draw for a ticket to the movies. The following students are to be congratulated.
- Year 7 Tayla W
- Year 8 Ben S
- Year 9 Declan K
- Year 10 Jordan M
- Staff Mr King
As part of our schools science week celebrations the 9-10 Catering class made some wonderful (and delicious) science themed food. Some of the creations included molecule truffles, element biscuits and worm petri dish jellies. The chemistry decorations in the café added a little extra science feel. Big thank you to the students and staff for contributing to science week in such a yummy and creative way.
We complete science week with our Science Fair where our students display their chosen projects.
Camps Tasmania are running a Young Leaders Camp for 15-19 y/o. Empowering young people to accept challenges, think for themselves, form friendships and develop skills in a welcoming, supportive and safe environment.
There are many benefits to attending Camps and can include the opportunity to develop self-confidence, resilience, independence amongst many leadership, communication and team work skills; all as I'm sure we can agree are very valuable life skills.
Through our Camp programs we encourage youth from all across the state to make new connections, try different activities & learn new skills, disconnect from technology and enjoy keeping active during the holidays and making new friendships.
We would greatly appreciate it if you are able to please share our Camp poster in your school newsletter/networks.
Any questions please just reach out to our friendly team,
To learn more about us: campstasmania.com.au