Reporting to Parents
The Department of Education is currently reviewing it’s Reporting to Parents Agreement. This includes the format, frequency and nature of what is being formally reported on in each year of a child’s education. Whilst the recommendations from the review will be released later this year ready for 2022, as a school we will be making some changes to our reporting schedule this year. In Week 7-8 of term one, we will continue to have our primary and secondary progress reports that appear in a ‘tick box’ format of key work habits and social skills. In term two we will have a change, with the parent/teacher or 3-way interviews occurring much earlier in the term. These will occur during weeks 2 and 3 with more details to follow, including how do parents make bookings, where to meet etc. This change is based on parent and teacher feedback placing greater value on having a formal meeting to discuss student learning earlier in the year as it provides time for interventions/extensions to be developed with parent and student input, and for there to be a closer link between the expectations for learnings from home and school that can lead in to the major report and assessments that occur at the end of term 2. Following the mid year report at the end of term 2, there will be a final summary report that will go home at the end of term 4.
International Women’s Day
Today marks International Women’s Day with the 2021 theme ‘Choose to Challenge’. This encourages young girls and women to create opportunities to provide counter perspectives, offer alternative solutions and that we can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements and collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. Our year 5-12 girls had an opportunity to listen to Erin Cooper, a guest speaker from the ABC, provided by the Penguin Lions Club. She spoke about her journey and career in the media that started on the north west coast. Erin talked about the strength of women empowering other women through support and kindness. Our students had many questions about her career and pathway as a young female growing up on the North West coast.
International Women’s Day Award
A member of our staff team, Lyn Brown also received a nomination for a special International Women’s Day award recognising extensive service to the Penguin Community at a presentation facilitated by the Penguin Lions Club. This came as a great surprise to Lyn who has been a selfless volunteer for many years alongside a team of helpers at the Penguin Football Club.
Connection with the Op Shop
Our School has a strong association with the newly created Penguin Community Op Shop. Whilst it has only been trading since early October, the group of volunteers have been exceptionally busy sorting donations, operating the store 6 days a week and they are now at the point where they are looking at ways of giving back to the community. They will be reviewing requests from the community every 2 months with a view in mind that all profits from the community shop remain in the Penguin community. If you have any suggestions that you would like to put forward to the funding allocation group before their next meeting, please contact the school administration and it will be tabled when they next meet.
School Association Report
Our School Association meeting was held on Monday of this week. Thank you to our outgoing member Narelle Butler who had also been the Association secretary for the past two years. The Association were joined by some of our previous chairpersons for a tour through the first stage of the school redevelopment. Following that, the committee discussed a number of items including, security in and around the school, the school’s current position on out of area enrolments, parent requests for before school care on site and a new review in to reporting to parents. The School Association will be developing a Google Forms survey in the coming weeks to gauge interest in on-site before school care at Penguin District School.
Mat Grining - Principal
Thankyou to everyone who made it to our Welcome Pancake Breakfast this morning; the weather was stunning , tunes were golden and the pancakes were flowing.
It was lovely to meet and reunite with so many of our school community families and take the opportunity to be able to chat informally.
We’d like to acknowledge the efforts of Denise Thorp and Tish Townsend along with our EFAs for their commitment to providing some delicious food for us all to enjoy. Thanks also goes to the Rotary Club of Ulverstone West for volunteering their time and barbeques, their pancake flipping skills were on point!
We hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as we did.
This morning I had the pleasure of listening to the prospective Year 5/6 Student Board presentations.
More than 35 students proudly and passionately pitched to their classmates and teaching staff as to why they would like to be a Student Board member. The students described what they would contribute to the board and how they demonstrate being safe, being respectful and doing their personal best.
Their classmates had the difficult task of assessing their speeches against a set of criteria which rated their voice, content and presentation. I imagine the final results will be very close judging by the quality of the presentations.
We are very fortunate to have so many students who would like to make Penguin District School a better place - as evidenced by their thoughtful suggestions of school based activities, fundraisers, clubs and personal attributes in supporting others and in leading by example.
Congratulations to all of the students who were prepared to take a risk and give a speech. It is with great anticipation that I await the final results and I look forward to working with 8 of these outstanding students and 4 students from Year 3/4 in 2021.
On Thursday 4th and Friday 5th March the Year 8s attended Hollybank treetop adventures, Mount Montgomery and Penguin bowls to participate in some team building activities. All students that attended showed great strength and determination on the bush walk and were encouraging of their peers and teachers. Here are a few pictures we will post more next week. Thank you for being apart of the two days, we hope you enjoyed it!
Penguin District School was well represented at the recent SLST Junior State Championships competing for Penguin Surf Life Saving Club, held at Carlton Park last weekend. PSLSC came in 4th overall, with a number of our PDS students receiving medals for individual and team events. Frank, Fletcher, Noah and Amelia also volunteered their time over the weekend to assist with water safety, age managers and officials.
Joey Scouts are amazing!
Check them out for your child!
Joey Scouts are girls and boys aged *5-7.
They enjoy adventure, imagination, and being outdoors during their weekly one-hour meeting, and occasional sleepovers and camps.
Less screens - and more action, more fun, more friends, and more social skills!
Weekly meetings: Wednesday 4pm till 5pm at Scout Hall off Johnsons Beach Road Penguin
Enquiries: Ally 0417 727 142
*If attending school full-time