What a Busy Start!
I’d like to acknowledge the time, effort and energy that has gone in to a number of school events over the first 3 weeks. Often many of us are unaware of the depth of planning, preparation and risk assessments that go in to providing exciting and engaging events for our students. Year 7 & 8 team building, early childhood swimming, primary athletics, secondary surf carnivals, , inducting new students for our Cert II in Sport & Recreation, as well as trying to establish school teams for cricket, netta and netball. I feel fortunate to that we have such a passionate team that are willing to go ‘above and beyond’ in the way we engage young people at school.
We could not have booked in a better day of weather for our primary athletics carnival today! It was fortunate that we changed the structure for this year by splitting the day in half with Prep-Year 2 and Years 3-6, as I’m sure that regardless of the amount of shade, water and sunscreen that it would have been a challenging day in the heat. A big thank you to all staff, especially Mrs Van Essen and Miss Goninon and her Year 9-10 Sport Leadership students that provided terrific assistance during the day. We look forward to a report in next week’s newsletter.
Capital Works Update
Next Friday we will officially take over the first part of our completed redevelopment. This will include the administration block and food & fibre technology teaching areas. We will continue to operate our administration from the temporary office at the secondary campus until the end of term, until when the perimeter fencing is moved and the new library is also handed over to the school ready for use. Thank you to year 6 student Walter and year 9 student Tyler that are our ‘eyes in the sky’ with some spectacular drone photography.
Security in and Around the School
We love seeing families access our school grounds outside of school hours. Some of the most creative and engaging playing and sports spaces can be found in local schools. Encouraging people to use our school facilities also provides some of the best security and protection for our school. I encourage families to bring their bikes, scooters etc to the school after hours in the knowledge that the school should be a safe place in the community to enjoy time with friends and family. Further to this, there is now additional CCTV cameras around the perimeter of the school, including the primary campus turning circle, to help us in the event of an matters that require review or follow up.
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Welcome Pancake Breakfast – Friday 5 March
The Penguin District School Community would like to invite you and your family to join us for a ‘getting to know you’ Pancake Breakfast (pancakes and fruit provided free of charge) on Friday 5 March from 8:00 am until 8:45 am in the Primary campus playground.
This will be an opportunity for parents to meet the teachers and other families.
Please RSVP with numbers attending via the link below to assist with catering.
To make sure we are following our COVID safety plan, attendees are required to sign in and sanitise hands on arrival at one of our outdoor stations.
We look forward to your company.
Late last year we provided a letter to secondary campus students who had some level of interest in the 2021 Ski Trip to Mount Hotham, Victoria.
Unfortunately, in the current COVID situation and in line with the Department of Education’s current directive, we are unable to participate in any interstate or international travel as a school group.
We will continue to monitor the situation and consider another possible attempt in 2022 or an alternate trip in Tasmania this year.
If you’d like to discuss this further please contact Mr Jade Hughes at school on email@example.com
This week has seen the Play Pod opened again for creative play at recess and lunch time. Mrs Eberhardt ran refresher sessions with each class to remind them of how to be safe, collaborate, problem solve and think critically.
During the first part of Term 1, students are busy learning independent routines. These are important skills to learn as they allow for increased motivation and engagement, ability to make informed choices in learning and allowance for teachers to work in individual or small group conferences.
Here are some examples of charts constructed with early years classes, helping them to learn the routine of ‘Read to Self’.
Many parents and students have been asking about the commencement of the School Soccer roster. The information from Ulverstone Soccer Club is that the roster will begin after Easter. There is an opportunity for students to participate in the Red Hot Skills program beginning Monday 22 February. This is an 8-week program being conducted by Saul Canales, a Senior Coach of the club and will be a great program for all of our Penguin students – beginners or experienced. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
If there are any parents who are interested in learning a bit more about soccer, the Ulverstone Soccer Club will be holding a Coach’s course with Football Federation. This is an awesome opportunity for the Penguin District School community. Not only will we be a very enthusiastic group of adults supporting the children, we can even know what we are doing! Please let me know if you are interested in joining me at the course – it will be free of charge but will help the children out immensely!
Lastly, we are currently organising a ‘registration day’ for students and parents to come along to after school one evening. This will be supported by the Ulverstone Soccer Club who will provide a skills session for all interested students. Keep an eye on the newsletter in the coming weeks for more information.
Please click link below for more information!