- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- ANZAC Day Service
- Term 2 Covid Messages Video
- Australian Early Development Census
- Aussie Of The Month
- Updated Library Timetable for Term 2
- Science and Engineering Challenge
- My Road Workshop – Year 10 Girls
- Anything Can Happen If You Finish
- Year 7-10 School Football
- School Calendar
Welcome back for the start of term 2 at Penguin District School! This is always an important time of the year as we build on the foundations from term 1 and continue to support and monitor the progress that our students are making, with 3 way conferences and parent/teacher meetings across our first two weeks. As mentioned last term, we have changed the timing of our mid-year 3-way meetings in response to parent and teacher feedback, so there is greater time to build on the commitments that are made from these meetings. We look forward to checking in with parents, staff and students on how this change has supported a stronger link between home and school, with a focus on improving student outcomes. Meetings for secondary students will be held in the new admin area.
Welcome to the number of new families that are joining our school community for the start of term 2 – William and Lawson, Bonita and Thomas, Ashton, Ethan and their families. I hope that you find our community just as inviting as I did when I first joined the school!
We are settling in to the first stage of our capital works with our new administration and food/fibre technology (home economics) area. Just like moving in to a new home, we’ll be making some adjustments as we get a ‘feel’ for each of our new spaces. The new car park adjacent to Ironcliffe Road is now open and this is now the public entrance for the secondary campus. Secondary students will now be catching buses from the new bus lanes, instead of walking to the primary campus.
Our second stage is well underway, with our grade 10’s due to move in to our new library in the next few weeks. Our library will also double as our temporary music area for the next few terms whilst the new canteen/music area is redeveloped as part of stage 3.
Please click link below to view our new administration area.
ANZAC Day Services
As we transition back to larger public gatherings in a COVID aware environment, we still need to adhere to the advice and guidelines of Public Health. Whilst school groups are unable to march as part of the public ANZAC Day services, we have held a service today at our school turning circle. On Sunday, the Penguin RSL Sub Branch will be holding dawn service and their traditional mid-morning services and wreathes will be laid on behalf of the school community. Public are encouraged to attend and assemble by 10:50am, observing physical distancing and signing in where directed/or by using the Check In Tasmania app.
Mat Grining - Principal
As a community it's important that we keep on top of COVID-19 and keep one another safe!
For more information, visit our website: www.education.tas.gov.au/parents…/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Along with most schools around the country, our school has been asked to participate in the fifth Australian Early Development Census – the #AEDC2021.
The #AEDC helps keep our kids on-track by measuring their development in Prep.
The #AEDC will take place in May and be completed by the Prep teachers.
Find out how the AEDC can benefit your children’s future and your community: www.aedc.gov.au/schools/school-stories
The Year 10 girls participated in a ‘My Road’ workshop at the end of term 1. My Road is run by the Beacon Foundation and small groups of students work with mentors who volunteer their time to use their skills and experience to help young people consider their future options. Zoom video call links are used to facilitate the workshop, with a focus on acknowledging personal strengths and options for further education or employment.
Do Year 11 and 12 your way
When you finish Year 11 and 12, anything can happen. In Tasmania, you need to stay in education and training until you turn 18 years of age or meet a leaving requirement, under the Education Act. A leaving requirement includes the following:
Completing Year 11 and 12 (this may include an Australian school-based apprenticeship);
A full time VET program at TasTAFE or other Registered Training Organisation;
An apprenticeship or traineeship with an employer; or
A combination of these options, if the provider(s) allow.
Once you leave school, it can be tough out there. Most jobs today require you to complete Year 12 as a minimum and 91% of all new jobs will also require a VET or university qualification. That’s why there are now more ways than ever before to finish Year 11 and 12 your way.
You don’t need to finish school the old-fashioned way. There are courses and training programs available to suit everyone. Just ask your teachers, Year 10 or Year 11/12 coordinator – they will be able to tell you all about your options. There are so many more opportunities available to you if you complete Year 12.
Remember if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing at school, you’re not stuck. You can always shift focus and find the best options to suit you. If you are a parent or carer and you are confused about your child’s options or whether they are reaching their full potential, speak to their teachers or email firstname.lastname@example.org . To find out more and see real stories and videos on Tasmanian education pathways, head to www.anything.tas.gov.au