- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Launching into Learning
- Launching Into Learning
- Green Penguins
- Sharing Food At School
- Ink Resist Swimming Art by 1-2 SC
- Friday Fitness
- Clean Up Australia Day
- Primary PE - Basketball Skills
- Year 8 Hollybank Excursion
- Inter High Swimming Carnival
- Sensory Kitchen Garden - URGENT - VOLUNTEER GARDENERS NEEDED
- Book Club - Issue 2
- Primary Campus LOST PROPERTY
- Junior Golf on the North West Coast
- School Calendar
Often when we meet with parents, they are interested in any advice or suggestions to help with issues or challenges that may crop up during their child’s time at school. A common topic of discussion with parents is often around technology and social media. As useful as they can be in helping us connect with the world in ways that we wouldn’t have previously considered possible, there are very real risks and threats to how it is used by young people. There is no doubt that the rate of advances in technology has moved much faster than the rules, laws and expectations as to how it should be used and with this rate of change, for many parents, it feels that we are ‘still catching up’.
If there is one website that I would strongly encourage parents to explore, it is the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. https://www.esafety.gov.au/
They provide a range of resources, parent friendly reading and case studies to go through with your family. One of the most important resources they have is the mechanism to report illegal activity, harassment and online abuse.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner have legislative power to respond to cyberbullying, image-based abuse, and illegal and harmful online content. One of the best ways for parents and young people to improve a situation that is getting out of hand online is to use the reporting page on their website.
Whilst the administrators of popular social media platforms may have ‘report an issue’ buttons or functions on their page, it is the eSafety Commissioner that legally has the capacity to act quickly to improve situations for young people online. Please take the time to talk to your children about how they use technology and social media and talk about the importance of finding balance by ‘switching off’. Ask them what do they do if they come across something that they know ‘isn’t okay’. Encourage them to speak with an adult at home so you can then make a decision what the best next steps may be. It may be that you can find the help you need through the Commissioners website, or it may be helpful for it to be reported to school.
Mat Grining - Principal
Here are some examples of Authors who use rhyme and rhythm in their stories:
- Mem Fox
- Pamella Allen
- Lynley Dodd
- Nick Bland
- Aaron Blabey
- Julia Donaldson
- Jez Alborough
- Alison Lester
- Dr Seuss
- Pat Hutchins
Staff activities that involve the sharing of food can take place provided appropriate physical distancing measures can be adhered to and strict hygiene practices are implemented in the preparation and serving of food. The decision to participate in these activities remains with schools, business units and individuals.
Current health advice limits the sharing of food from student to student. Food may only be brought to school for special events such as birthdays, if it’s wrapped in individual wrapping for example, if a student brings in a bag of individually wrapped chocolates or snacks (ie. freddo frogs or small lolly bags). Birthday cakes and food sharing will not be allowed.
Schools and CFC’s are able to continue to share food prepared on site subject to adhering to the strict hygiene requirements in place.
This week we have welcomed Sharn Hayward, from the Penguin Basketball Club, to many of our Primary PE lessons. Sharn asked us to do our best, have fun and be kind. Thank you for helping us with our basketball skills Sharn and we can’t wait until next week to see you again!
On Thursday 4 and Friday 5 March, the Grade 8 students participated in two activity days. These days involved some physical and mental challenges for the students as well as the opportunity to develop teamwork and build positive relationships.
Students participated in a bushwalk up Mt Montgomery and lawn bowls as well as the rope climbing at Hollybank.
Volunteer Gardeners Wanted - URGENT
Do you like gardening? Do you have free time on a Friday afternoon? After 12 years working in our wonderful Sensory Kitchen Garden Sharine and I have come to a decision that we need some helpers. Due to family obligations we will both be reducing the time we spend working with and teaching students the basics of gardening.
If you are interested, please leave your name and a contact number at the Primary School office. You will need to have a Working With Vulnerable People card or apply for one.
Patricia Perry ad Sharine Johnstone
Sensory Kitchen Garden Coordiators.
Issue 2 has been delivered into classes; all orders must be made by Friday 19th March.
Parents can view booklet online at https://www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents/
Preferred method to order and pay is LOOP (Linked Online Ordering & Payment) see LOOP - How to Order attachment.
Any orders that are presents (e.g. Birthday, Christmas) please tick ‘GIFT’ on LOOP order (see Gift Function attachment).
If you have any queries please see me in the Primary Campus Library Tuesdays and Fridays.
Sonya Browning, Book Club Coordinator.
Please see below Lost Property that is located at the Primary Campus office, if any of these items belong to your child can you please collect asap.
Unclaimed items will dontated to charity at the end of next week.
Golf Australia is offering 2 free after schools junior golf days on the North West Coast at the end of term 1. These free days will be at Ulverstone Golf Club on March 31 & Devonport Country Club on April 1. All equipment can be provided.