- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Green Penguins
- Primary Campus - Gold Cards
- Kinder B Excursion
- Prep HR at Dance Fever
- Preps Exploring the Arboretum at Eugenana
- A Letter to Our Canteen Staff
- PSRs Secondary
- $20 Boss Program
- All-Schools Mountain Bike Event
- North West Tasmania Step Out Program In Bricklaying
- Information From Our School Nurse
- ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime 2021
- FREE Autism and Eating Skills Workshop for Parents
- School Calendar
Responding to Student Voice
A strength of being a kinder to year 12 school is the opportunity to work with a large group of students and get their perspective and opinions on a range of issues. The canteen is an area of the school accessed by many students and our team of Tish and Denise are trialling a number of changes based on feedback. This includes having EFTPOS, the Quickr app and changing the menu throughout the year. The support from students this week has been overwhelming, and we will be seeking parent support for a canteen roster if this level of growth continues. Students from grade 3-4F have provided letters to our canteen staff to show their appreciation in the newsletter below.
Another opportunity for young people to shape our school has been involving students in interviewing the artists that will be providing the public art as part of the Arts Tasmania installation that occurs for all new government projects. Molly P, Molly H and Riley had the opportunity to meet the shortlisted artists and give their thoughts on what role that they would like to see the art installation play in our school environment. Comments like ‘it should be enjoyed and accessible to everyone’, ‘a place to pause and slow down’, ‘people should be able to make their own interpretations’ and ‘it should reflect our school as being one community’ showed the level of insights that students provide, when given the opportunity. They will be involved in making the final assessment of the artists submissions in the coming weeks and I can’t wait to see the outcome.
Mat Grining - Principal
On Friday the 7th of May The Preps enjoyed a misty day at the Arboretum. A big thanks to the volunteers who ran fantastic activities like propagation and a bird watching bush walk to celebrate Arbor Week. We even got to see a platypus, what a bonus!
Personal Best - Saftey - Respect
Congratulations to the following people who are off to the movies after having their names drawn out of the Secondary Campus PSR boxes.
- Year 7 - Lachlan R - Being Respectful
- Year 8 - Jacob R - Personal Best
- Year 9 - Leo K - Personal Best
- Year 10 - Alex W - Personal Best
- Staff - Narelle Butler - Personal Best
Year 9 and 10 students who have undertaken the $20 Boss program this year are working towards launching their businesses in the next few weeks. This program centres around students creating a social enterprise. Students are given $20 each as start up capital and have to develop a product that solves or supports a community group or issue. In order to cut costs, student are seeking donations of some items. If you are able to donate any of these items, they can be left in the new admin area. Items required – wool, fabric scraps (min 16x16 cm), bikes, clothes, feed or spud bags.
Hello there! This is Riley, Chloe and Issy and we’re on a mission that involves you.
In Year 10, some of us have chosen to educate ourselves with a business course. This is called the '$20 Boss' program, where we make our own social enterprise. Our objective is to refurbish furniture/household objects and to sell them at a low price. This is where you come in! We are looking for items that you no longer use and would feel comfortable donating. Whether it ranges from a mirror to an old coffee table, we will take it!
If you are able to make any donations, please contact the Penguin District School office on (03) 6434 2222 or email Miss Butler firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you very much for your support.
Last week, two of our students participated in a 3 day hands on training program, sponsored by the Australian brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation - ABBTF - and hosted by TASTAFE.
The program was run at Freer Farm – a TASTAFE campus in Burnie.
Currently there is a severe shortage of qualified bricklayers in the building industry in Tasmania and this course gave students a chance to see what the trade of bricklaying was like. It also allowed the students to learn about OH&S requirements for on the job, planning and organising a job site, reading and interpreting plans, making measurements and calculations, using hand tools and cement mixers and of course, laying bricks.
Both Lachlan and Angel, our two students who attended, received very positive praise from the course facilitator, who remarked on their wonderful attitude and willingness to have a real go with everything that was in the program. He applauded their efforts and appreciated their contributing. Well done Angel and Lachlan.
Thanks also to all P D S students who applied for this program. As numbers were limited to 2 from each school, we encourage those who were not successful in this round to apply again in the future.
National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 21st successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.
By facilitating NSS we aim to:
promote the value of reading and literacy,
promote the value and fun of books,
promote an Australian writer and publisher,
promote storytime activities in libraries and communities around the country,
and provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.
NSS receives positive media coverage, generates a great deal of community interest and is held annually as part of Library and Information Week. 2020 was our biggest and most successful NSS to date with over 1,297,000 participants at over 14,469 locations, including participants from New Zealand, Thailand, UK, Canada, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
What do we look for in the National Simultaneous Storytime book?
Each year, interested publishers send in possible titles. From a practical perspective, the publisher has to be able and willing to provide copyright release for use of the illustrations, book projection, translation into other languages and performance. The publisher also needs to commit to a special print run of several thousand copies. This narrows down the options. The criteria for choosing from the remaining books include: a positive storyline; appeal to a modern and diverse audience; suitability for read-aloud (language and length); how well the book lends itself to craft and other activities.
NSS 2021 will be the fourth year we are joined by LIANZA to bring NSS to our New Zealand colleagues.
To find out more please click link below!