- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- 3 Way Teacher – Student - Parent Interviews
- Nature Playgroup at Ferndene
- Welcome to Kinder BBQ 2021
- Green Penguins
- Primary Campus - Gold Cards
- Year 2P Sensory Kitchen Garden
- Netta Netball
- Penguin 2 – Grade 4 & 5 Netball Team
- Primary Soccer
- School Photo Schedule
- School Photo
- Secondary Student Board Report
- Secondary Schools Surf League Carnival
- Year 9 and 10 Term Based Applied Learning
- Moderation Day
- Easter and Public Holiday Dates
- School Holiday Dates
- Welcome to Autism Parent Workshop
- Penguin Scouts Book Fair
- Come & Try Badminton Program
- Slipstream Circus
- The Fairy Godmothers
- School Calendar
End of Term 1 2021
As term 1 is drawing to a close, many in our school community would feel like things have only just started! This would be a fair reflection as the school term was just under 9 weeks due to where the Easter holidays fall. Next Wednesday 31st March will be the final day of term 1 for students, as all teachers state-wide will be coming together on the Thursday for moderation and professional learning. This is critical time for teachers to collaborate together and review student learning with colleagues from other schools as a platform to inform teacher judgments of assessment standards within the Australian Curriculum. Our secondary teachers will be working with Sheffield, Ulverstone, Latrobe, Reece and Devonport High schools, and our kinder to grade 6 teachers will be working with four of our neighbouring primary schools.
As a result of the shorter first term, term 2 will be longer than the standard 10 weeks, with the first day of school being Wednesday the 21st of April. Please check that you have the correct dates marked on your calendars as the changes to the school term were made late last year. This will be our final newsletter for term 1.
Capital Works Updates
Please note that the perimeter fencing around the secondary campus is being moved in the coming days. The new Ironcliffe Rd carpark will be opened and families will need to access the secondary campus from the western side of the building via the new administration building from day 1 of term 2. As a result of the building works moving to the eastern end of the school, access around drama and the boys/girls changerooms will change and the signage will need to be followed. We will continue to update our students on a weekly basis through grade meetings on the changes so they have an awareness of safe movement around the site. The early responses from students about the administration and food and fibre technology classrooms would indicate that we have some students that are very appreciative of their new working/learning environments.
‘The colours are warm and inviting and make the areas look bigger’ Kyla
‘We have much better access now to the fridges and freezers for catering’ Mackenzie
‘I like how it is much easier to get access to what we need’ Olivia
‘I can’t wait to get in and do the barista course next term’ Yazmyn
We are currently reviewing the canteen menu in readiness for term 2. It’s great that we can review our canteen service as the result of feedback from students, parents and staff. Next term we will be introducing payment options through the use of the Qkr app and contactless EFTPOS. We will start trialling early to mid term 2.
Students Australia wide have been working through some of the demonstration tasks through the NAPLAN online portal. This is an opportunity for student to become familiar with the platform and the format of questions, and for the school to test and trial processes for how we conduct the tests locally.
Practice NAPLAN link for the home demonstration website https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site is available for parents to review if they would like to know more. If there are any further questions or queries, please contact either of our assistant principals, Matt Perry firstname.lastname@example.org or Geoff Davis email@example.com
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Our 3 Way Interviews are being held earlier this year to allow for an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress prior to the Mid Year Reporting period and to coincide with the Secondary 3 Way Interviews.
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If you do not have an email address or cannot book online, please call Penguin District School on 6434 2222 and one of our administrative staff would be more than happy to help.
Launching into Learning had a wonderful bush walk at Ferndene Friday 19.
We explored the creek and wondered what lives in there. We noticed the water moving quickly.
We heard bird sounds and thought about how many birds lived here? What do they look like?
There were some fungus spotters among the children, taking the time to look closely, the forest floor a delight to observe.
Leaf litter made us ponder; is there something eating the leaves? Was it a big or small animal/insect? Why don’t they finish the leaves they start? Could it be The Very Hungry Caterpillar?
A spontaneous ‘wallaby surprise’ startled some as we trekked toward Browning’s Tunnel, jumping off quickly through the scrub, eager to move away from our curious (and sometimes loud) voices.
As we peered inside the tunnel, we discussed its historical use as an old silver mine and we wondered some more; what’s in there now? Why did they stop using it? And are there bears in there?
The opportunities that Ferndene provides for our birth 5 years olds are endless. We learn something new every time we enter.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more ‘Pop Ups’ to come.
A reminder that Jessie Eberhardt is on leave for the next two weeks. Andrea Douglas will take Little Readers and Mrs Deb Lutwyche will take Playgroup.
Somehow, the weather always knows it’s Kinder BBQ day and for the past few years it’s been a beauty. Last night was no different.
It was amazing to see so many families turn out to celebrate their children’s first year at Penguin District School.
Kinder is a time to become familiar with our school community, to make new friends and learn and practise new skills. We feel very blessed that they are able to do this in a warm, friendly environment with child-led play at the centre.
Please If you haven’t already, get your updated Kinder calendar from your child’s teacher.
Thanks again to all who supported us with making the Kinder BBQ happen.
Year 2P have all worked so well in the garden this term. They have taken home lots of produce to share with their families and together enjoyed making and eating some delicious pizzas featuring lots of vegetables and herbs from the Sensory Garden.
In the Netta game, the court was so wet, that Laiken fell over and grazed his knees! Molly got to play centre which meant that she had to run everywhere except for in the circles. Alexis had a ball in the face, but she kept smiling and playing. Maya shot two goals! Indy tried a shot and missed, and then by using team work with Molly she got the ball in the goal! Estelle ran around heaps and everyone got sweaty. The Netta team can’t wait to play next week and hope that the court is dry!
Well done to Harper, Eva, Eve, Alycia, Rhys, Bronte, Savannah, Jordi and Aleriah who all participated in the game of netball on Saturday morning against Burnie Primary School. Thankyou to Angela Smedley for umpiring us. The end score was 10 all!! Everyone had goes at different positions throughout the game. Well done again and good luck next week.
By Eva and Harper
Wednesday Lunchtime Soccer Clinic
We are super excited to have Saul Canales, the Senior Women and Skill Acquisition Program Coach for Ulverstone Soccer Club, coming to school on our last day of term to hold a soccer clinic.
All Primary students are invited to come and have some fun on Dial Park at lunchtime with Saul. Students are invited to bring their soccer boots, shin pads and soccer socks to wear during the clinic if they would like.
Primary Soccer Roster
We have four teams entered for the upcoming roster. Information has been sent home to students this week. The roster will begin after the school holidays. Good luck to all teams!
This term the Student Board have met once a week to organise activities and events for the term.
Term 1 events:
- Earth Hour and 4Oceans Day to raise money and awareness
- Selling Zooper Doopers for our week against bullying and harassment
- Support and encouragement at the secondary Surf Carnival
- Setting up for Relay for Life for the Cancer Council
- A BBQ at the end of the term for students
- Organising and running the week 8 secondary campus assembly
Term 2 plans have started with a major focus being organising and running our own Relay for Life to raise money for the Cancer Council.
The secondary schools Surf League Carnival was held at Preservation Bay, Penguin on Thursday. A team of students from PDS competed against students from Latrobe High, Marist Regional College, Burnie High School and Scotch Oakburn. In some challenging swell conditions the students did a great job representing the school. The students were selected for this event based on performances at the school surf carnival a fortnight ago.
Students in Year 9 and 10 have been emailed an online selection form for their Term Based Applied Learning subjects. Students will need to complete the form and submit this early next week.
The subjects students can choose from, and the teachers running the subjects, include:
We have an upcoming parent information session and registrations are now open.
‘Welcome to Autism’ is an introductory workshop for parents of newly diagnosed children or children who are suspected of being autistic and are not yet diagnosed.
This workshop explores the characteristics strengths and challenges of autism and provides parents and family members who are new to autism with a welcoming introduction to useful resources and supports.
Who Should Attend?
These sessions are for parents and unpaid family carers of children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum, or who show autistic characteristics. A confirmed diagnosis of autism is not needed.
Cost: Free for parents and unpaid family carers
When: Date – Wednesday 31 March 2021
Time – 10:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Burnie Arts and Function Centre – Braddon Hall 77-79 Wilmot Street Burnie
Registration: Registration is essential. Parents / Family members can register through TryBooking via this link: Book now