- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- PRIMARY Penguin's Got Talent
- Kinder Literacy
- Primary Art Galleries
- Primary Campus GOLD CARDS
- Family Concert
- Secondary Campus PSRs - Big Green Penguins
- Secondary Cross Country
- Secondary Football -Round 6 Results
- $20 Boss Project Market
- Inter High Cross Country
- Rock Climbing Event
- SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY
- Information From Our School Nurse
- Public Holiday
- Autism Tasmania
- Central Coast Council
- School Calendar
Well known American researcher, author and TED talker Brené Brown, has been quoted as saying, “You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort, but you cannot do both.” Courage is one of the Education Department and Penguin District School’s core values and one which is regularly discussed and demonstrated at school. Being brave and showing courage is when we learn so much about ourselves as learners and as human beings.
Recently I spent some time in a Year 5/6 class unpacking what does it mean to be brave. Children wrote about their vulnerabilities and a time when they were brave. They wrote of times when they were scared and had a go at something outside of their comfort zone. Some of the examples included: going down a giant water slide, being on stage, trying out for the Student Board and starting at a new school. Some students created their own inspiring mottos such as, ‘believe in yourself and anything is possible’.
On Thursday and Friday of this week a number of students from the primary school took a leap of faith and performed in front of their peers, in the Student Board initiated extravaganza, Penguin’s Got Talent. The show was an outstanding success with students such as Rory being brave enough at the age of 7 to sing a solo acapella. The moment where she stood in front of the audience and took a few very deep breaths to calm herself demonstrated clearly that she was really going beyond her comfort zone. After composing herself she was able to wow the crowd with a beautiful rendition of the song 1000 miles. Congratulations to all the children who tried out and those who performed and hosted the show – everyone of them taking a risk in front of their peers and parents.
Mrs Van Essen’s Year 8 Health class recently viewed a clip about Kurt Fernley, becoming the first athlete to crawl the Kokoda Track.
Rich discussions followed, emphasising the realisation that disability is not a barrier to people being successful or achieving what might have previously been considered as an insurmountable challenge. Dylan Alcott, recently won the French Open in the men’s wheelchair event. He stated it was not so much that he wanted to win for his own self-esteem or financial benefit, but to serve (pun intended) as an inspiration to others to see that anything is possible.
Take the time to show courage, challenge yourself and discuss and celebrate this with your family. Get out of your comfort zone. Be the inspiration to them, whether it be going to the dentist (yes one of my biggest fears!), climbing a mountain, learning a new language, or cooking a complex recipe.
Mat Grining - Principal
Congratulations to Harper, Pippa and Hayley
Congratulations on taking out the top spot in our very own Penguin’s Got Talent 2021. Well done to all the acts who bravely participated and to all the students who worked hard to put the show together.
Congratulations to the following students who have had their art selected to hang in our Primary Art Galleries.
Tuminana Gallery- Asha, Charlotte, Amaya, Maddy, Paddy, Iluka, Willow, Eliza
The Rachel Glover Memorial Gallery- Evie, Frankie, Georgia, Montana, Sophie, April, Jesse, Lucas, Bodhi
Congratulations - You're off to the movies!
Congratulations to the following secondary students and staff who had their names drawn out at this week's assembly.
- Year 7 Emma B
- Year 8 Taylah G
- Year 9 Mason S
- Year 10 Liam D
- Year 11/12 Branden D
- Staff Mr King
Mixed results for the school last week, as we travelled to Ulverstone. In very blustery and bitterly cold conditions, both teams tried hard. The Senior boys took a half to get going but wasted many chances in front of goal. The Juniors played very good team football and were accepting of playing in different positions to provide others opportunities.
Today we take on St. Brendan Shaw College at home. The Senior boys will play their final game of the season, while the Juniors gear up for the finals next week.
Round 6 Results
Goals: Harvey 2, Noah G 2 & Lauchlan.
Best: Harvey, Blaze, Zeb, Alex, Braith & Noah G.
Goals: Logan 5, Chad 3, Kobi 3, Thomas 3, Bailey 2, Connor 2, Will 2, Sid, Bryce, Karmichael, Zac & Rob.
Best: Logan, Connor, Karmichael, Kyle, Zac, Kobi, Rob, Will & Bryce.
This market will be held by the Year 9/10 HASS students that have been involved with the $20 Boss project. The students have been working towards creating their own social enterprise using a start up capital of $20. There will be many things on offer at the market for students, teachers and community members to buy!
Please support the hard work of these students and we encourage students to bring along some money to make a purchase. Items for sale will be advertised around the school and in the newsletter.
Carnival was held at Penguin on Wednesday with a group of 32 students from the secondary campus representing our school.
We were successful in winning Division B ahead of Parklands, Wynyard and Smithton High Schools.
Individuals who finished inside the top 20 for their race were as follows:
- 7 Girls – Heidi 8th, Jadah 9th, Mia 16th
- 7 Boys – Jaxx 3rd, Logan 9th
- 8 Girls – Imogen 10th
- 8 Boys – Rob 6th, Chad 7th, Mayson 8th
- 9 Girls – Alicia 9th
- 9 Boys – Fletcher 3rd
- 10 Girls – Shakayla 10th, Zali 20th
- 10 Boys – Alex 7th, Noah 14th
All results can be viewed at https://my.raceresult.com/168291/results
11 PDS secondary campus students travelled across to Don College on Thursday to participate in a rock climbing competition. The annual event is run by the college Outdoor Education staff and students. Schools from Latrobe, Sheffield, Reece, Devonport and Ulverstone also competed.
A couple notable performances were –
- Logan – 7/8 boys – Overhang wall best time
- Molly – 9/10 girls – Overhang wall best time
We are fortunate to have the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY team coming to our school and will be working with our Year 9 and 10 students. If you would you like to know more about the team please visit their website www.staychatty.com.au. If any of the adults associated with students from PDS wish to attend a 90-minute presentation, please complete the following form: PDS Community Session RSVP
Video link: https://youtu.be/xhCLRnby8gk