- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Launching into Learning
- Kinder Celebration of Learning Afternoon
- Highlights From 2P’s Last Two Wonder Walks Of 2020
- Year 6 Hollybank Adventures and Airtime 360 Excursion
- Hot Reads
- State Primary School Basketball Championships
- Year 9 Students Dissected Owl Pellets
- Todd Rogers Signs - Uniform Sales
- School Calendar
End of Year Celebrations Update
Principals have had a state-wide briefing this week on the gradual easing of COVID restrictions. All DoE sites are bound by Public Health directives and our school’s COVID plan with the current requirements being that visitors must have 2sqm per person, with up to a maximum of 250 people for indoor events if the space is big enough, which is treated different to outdoor events.
We are able to have two family members per student of award recipients and for all grade 6 and grade 10's, with the splitting of our assemblies (Kinder-2, 3-6, 7-12 and G10) allowing this to happen. This has been a huge ask of our staff given the time that is taken with organising these events.
Our Christmas Singalong on Monday at 11:30am has historically been a student event, where interested families may have chosen to join us. The venue restrictions would have limited us to 30 visitors for the singalong (incl. of children under 5), and we know this would create disappointment either way as a result we can't accommodate families at this event. We are looking in to recording the choirs/singing as per normal assemblies and sharing these online, where parent permissions allow us to do so.
If you have any questions in the lead up to the end of the school year, whether it is about assemblies/picnics etc, please don't hesitate to touch base with our office. We are really glad that we are able to offer close to our full suite of celebrations for our students, as this was not looking at all possible a few months ago.
As teachers, we love to celebrate the learning and achievements of our students as they provide us with the inspiration to continually reflect and grow our own teaching practice. This week, we have been sharing and celebrating the work of our teaching teams across the school. Our teaching staff are grouped in to Collaborative Teaching Teams based on either grade, or curriculum area. They come together each week to look in to our current approaches, student assessment data and information, and then develop collaborative inquiries to work towards their team goal. On Wednesday afternoon each CTT showcased to their colleagues their work. There were great examples of ‘teachers working together as learners and researchers.’ We look forward to growing these practices across our school so that we are continuing to grow the skills and capacity of all of our staff.
Mat Grining - Principal
Thanks again to all the families who have joined us in all of our programs this year. Today was such a lovely morning to celebrate the young people in our community. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for all of the information for 2021.
Again, I’d like to thank Renae for all that she brings to playgroup. It has been lovely to see her make genuine connections with our families at PDS. She’ll be missed in playgroup but will continue to work with our school aged children in 2021.
What a stunning Summer’s day we had to celebrate the Kindergarten students of 2020. It was so wonderful to see so many family members join us at Hiscutt party yesterday to share in the achievements of these children.
We listened to some great entertainment as Kinder B sang Mrs Bunny, Kinder M sang, The Pattern Song and kinder H shared The Tadpole Blues.
The children then spent time showing their families their Celebration of Learning folder and reflecting on a fun filled kinder year.
Some special moments from our last two walks this year have included; being active citizens and picking up rubbish, visiting personally significant places, learning about our local history, meeting puppies at the Barnyard Vet, observing the train up close at the crossing, watching the excavators move boulders on the beach, finding beach treasures in tidal pools at Johnsons Beach, transforming loose parts through imaginative play, working collaboratively to move big things, challenging ourselves to be brave as we lost ourselves amongst the branches, enjoying an opportunity to cool down with an icy pole at the park (thank you Sally!), rescuing baby birds (thank you to the Rix family!) having morning tea at Renaissance and making connections with many, many community members. There are always so many stories to share at the end of our walks and wonderful opportunities to make real world connections with our school-based learning program. I encourage everyone to wonder as they walk around our beautiful community over the summer holidays and enjoy discovering your own hidden treasures throughout the town.
Last weekend our Grade 5/6 boys competed in the State Primary School Basketball Championships in Launceston. The boys qualified by winning the north-west champs back in November.
The team had a very good first day of the weekend event with pool play seeing them go 3/3 with wins over Punchbowl (43-28), Sacred Heart Launceston (44-35) and Sacred Heart Hobart (52-26). The group were lead by Mason but had great contribution from all team members.
The team qualified for a semi-final on Sunday against Hobart’s Corpus Christi and in a tight battle the boys won through to the Grand Final with an 8 point victory (57-49).
In the State Championship final our boys would come up against a tough Trevallyn team, who were made up of mainly Grade 6’s and were beating teams by an average of 36pts. Trevallyn got the early jump by a handful of points and we battled to get the game back in our favour. The game was tight with every possession crucial and our boys made some big plays but down the stretch couldn’t bridge the gap and went down by 6 points (33-39).
Competing in the State Championship final for this group was a massive achievement, they committed to training each week prior to north-west champs and then state champs and their hard work paid off with an excellent result. Thankyou to all parents and families for their commitment to the group and support. Thank you to Damon and Jason for coaching and Nat for managing.
The Year 9 students dissected owl pellets this week and attempted to identify the bones of the animals that had been consumed. We had a variety of prey bones including birds, moles, shrews and rodents. Did you know the eyes of an owl are not true “eyeballs.” Their tube-shaped eyes are completely immobile, providing binocular vision which fully focuses on their prey and boosts depth perception.
Todd Rogers office will be closed from 21 December until 11 January 2021. Uniforms will be available to purchase on book sales day, Thursday 21 January 2021. Due to us being at the book sales day, our office will be unavailable for uniform sales. If you would like to order uniforms and have them ready to collect on book sales day, please contact Todd Rogers Signs 64 334 333 or email@example.com