- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Launching into Learning
- Pre Kinder Programs
- Kinder B Self Portraits
- Australian Early Development Census
- Dance Fever
- Sensory Garden
- Grade 5/6 Mountain Biking Taster
- ANZAC Day Service
- NWJFU ROUND 1 RESULTS
- School Health Nurse
- Book Club - Issue 3
- New Canteen Menu
- Mother's Day Stall - Primary Only
- Primary Cross Country
- Soccer Report
- Devonport & Ulverstone Libraries
- Red Hot Skills
- Splash Movement Academy
- School Calendar
3 Way Conferences/Parent Teacher
Thank you to the parents/guardians that were able to join us over the past week for our term 2 conferences. As mentioned previously, this is earlier than our traditional end of term 2 meetings that occur when families receive a mid-year report. We heard from parents and staff that formalising a meeting earlier in the year provides opportunity for parents, teachers and the student to work more closely together around strategies to best support each individual student’s progress. I spoke with a number of parents at the conclusion of their meetings seeking feedback on these changes, which was very valuable. Across the next two weeks we will have our senior staff that will be touching base with parents to get some further insights in to the timing of our parent meetings.
Public Artwork for School Redevelopment
Our panel of staff and Arts Tasmania members have worked through a tremendously talented group of submissions from Tasmanian artists. A smaller number of applicants have been shortlisted and will be meeting on site to get a sense of our local community, meet and speak with our students and staff and to understand the design of the school and our links in to the community. The Public Art program supports Tasmanian artists with a percentage of the overall value of government infrastructure projects dedicated to public art installations.
We have had a number of students that have proudly represented our region and state in recent carnivals and events.
During the final week of the holidays, Amarli, Samantha, Imogen and Kaitlee represented the Northern Under U13, 14 and 15 year olds in matches against combined southern teams. Rye, Will D, Thomas, Greagan, Karmichael, Josh and Lauchlan D were selected in teams for the Under 13, 14, and 15 year old boys as part of the same carnival. This is a tremendous achievement for a small community to have such a strong representation for a representative side.
Fletcher and Noah G tested themselves at the ‘Aussies’ as part of a Tasmanian contingent at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championship on the Sunshine Coast. Fletcher and Noah competed across a range of beach and surf events and should be immensely proud of their efforts.
If you have any highlights or achievements outside of school involving Penguin students, we would love you to share them with us firstname.lastname@example.org
Mat Grining - Principal
All LiL programs have resumed this week. We were very excited to see everyone back for some playful adventures.
Reminder that our programs are all free of charge and warmly welcoming of new families.
If you have any questions regarding our programs, please message our Facebook/Instagram page or email me directly.
Pre Kinder programs will begin in the middle of Term 3.
If you have, or know someone who has a child turning four this year, please forward their name, address, DOB and your contact phone number to our school office (6434 2222), by email to email@example.com or message our Facebook page directly.
More detailed information will be posted to families regarding days and times, closer to the date and enrolment forms can be completed during Term 4.
This early information will assist us in planning for the days and times of our Pre Kinder sessions.
We can’t wait to see you all there!
Early Years Coordinator
This week, Primary students met Kara from Dancefever who will be with us all term. Kara helped us with two dances and we practised our moves to some funky beats! We will be inviting parents to come and see our finished dances in the last week of school. For now, we will be practising our moves around our classrooms, outside in the playground and while moving around at home. Maybe we will teach you if you ask!!!
Grade 3 /4 French planted some new clay ornaments, which they made last term, in our sensory garden. We hope everyone enjoys the colour and interest they add to the garden. Please treat them with care so they can be enjoyed by everyone.
Late last term beginner mountain bikers from Grade 5/6 had the opportunity to participate in a fun skills session at school with Mr Taylor from the High School. The sun was shining and the bike parking area was overflowing! Students learnt about body positions including ‘chicken arm’s’ and got to practice these on the wooden ramps and in between marker cones. Its great to see so many students riding to school and taking up mountain biking especially with our proximity to the Penguin Mountain Bike Park and the Dial Range mountain bike trails. Mr Taylor is more than happy to talk about mountain bike riding, coaching and how you can explore the bike park and Dial Range.
NAPLAN ‘hints and tips for students and parents’
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will take place in Week 4 and 5 of this term for Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students nationwide. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's participation in NAPLAN please don't hesitate to contact our assistant principals Matt Perry firstname.lastname@example.org or Geoff Davis email@example.com
As a parent, it helps your child if you take a positive view of the NAPLAN assessments. It’s better to see them as a learning and resilience building opportunity just like any other learning experience across your child’s time at school. While many children may be comfortable approaching NAPLAN, some students may be feeling anxious or nervous. Regardless here are some tips to help prepare your child for the NAPLAN assessments:
- Take your cues from your child: If your child doesn’t worry about it then neither should you. Be careful not to create a problem that doesn’t exist by regularly talking about, or worse, worrying about the test. Contact the school if you are concerned.
- Focus on them doing their best & trying hard: Choose your words carefully when you speak with your kids. As with all their learning activities, place your focus squarely on effort rather than results.
- Listen to any concerns they have: If your child tells you they have some nerves then validate their feelings, rather than shut them down with a ‘get over it’ response. “Yes, sometimes tests can be a little scary, but they get easier every time you take them.” "Sometime we have to do things that can be hard or challenging and that helps us develop new skills" Use this as an opportunity to develop greater resilience.
- Give them some relaxation ideas: Anxious or nervous kids will benefit from some simple relaxation strategies. Taking some deep breaths, changing their thinking and exercising the morning of the test are some simple ways to help kids get some feeling of control.
- Importantly, help them retain their perspective: NAPLAN doesn’t test everything and we only do it once a year. We know that so many of us are amazing at so many things that NAPLAN doesn’t test. Keeping perspective is a life skill that we all need to practise.
A positive, caring parent attitude is one of the best gifts you can give a child when they are uneasy or nervous about approaching any different situation whether it’s going on school camp, joining a new club or sitting a test like NAPLAN.
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Goalkickers: Thomas 5, Sid 4, Keegan 4, Jaxx 3, Will D 3, Greagan 3, Zac 3, Logan 2, Rob 2, Romulus 2, Lachlan 2, Bailey 2, Kyle, Nate, Chad, Connor, Bryce, Rye, Karmichael, Roman.
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Issue 3 has been delivered into classes; all orders must be made by Friday 14th May.
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.
Book Club Coordinator.
This year the Mother’s Day stall will be on Wednesday 5 May. Students are able to purchase a gift from the stall. All gifts will be priced at $4.00.
Kinder families, teachers will notify you via SeeSaw the days children will be purchasing.
We look forward to a successful day and thank you for supporting our school community.
Our annual Cross Country event will be held on the Thursday 27 May. Students are already asking about distances so they can practise which is fantastic. Moving continuously for 10 minutes is the goal for all students Prep – Year 6, regardless of distance.
Distances for our school event will be:
Prep – Year 2: 1000m
Year 3 & 4: 1800m
Year 5 & 6: 2500m
The results of this school event will allow the NW team to be chosen to represent our school in Ulverstone on June 2. The NWPSSA who run the inter-school event are currently asking for volunteers to assist at the event in June. Please contact Mrs Van Essen if you are interested or would like some more information.
Karina Van Essen
AST / HPE Teacher
Penguin District School
The Emperor Penguins played Sacred Heart Red this week. We scored two goals which were kicked by Hayley and Maggie. Unfortunately, Sacred Heart won but we gave it our best. Thankyou Maggie and Willow for filling in.
Written by Hayley
On Saturday, the Penguin Gentoos Played Sacred Heart. It was our first game of the year, we didn’t score any goals but I thought we played pretty well. We had three new recruits join our team, Tannah F from PDS and Tannah and Kate from Ulverstone. Tannah and Kate played really well for their first game playing for Penguin.
Written by Willow
The Penguin Kings played against Leighlands on the weekend. We played really well because we were having fun! Almost all of our team were playing their first game ever – we kicked lots of goals and our goalkeeper was a bit bored because there wasn’t much to do. Jax kicked the ball, it hit the top bar then bounced off his head, through the goal keepers arms and scored a goal – it was funny.
We can’t wait to play next week!
The Penguin Rockhoppers started the soccer season a little confused – someone (Mrs. Van Essen) confused our times and some players arrived when the game was finishing. If all of our team were there, we would have done better than we did. Jax and Chase filled in for our team and we played pretty well. This week we are playing at 10am and we are looking forward to playing with our whole team!