- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Literacy in the Early Years
- Sensory Garden
- $20 Boss Project Market
- Launch of our Student Wellbeing Hub
- Self-Care Menu
- Soccer Report
- Netball Report
- Primary School State Cross Country
- Year 7/8 Boys Preliminary Football Results
- Secondary Enterprise Stall
- Information From Our School Nurse
- Ulverstone Basketball Association Schools Roster – Term 3.
- Ulverstone Soccer Club
- Slipstream Circus
- School Calendar
The middle of the school year provides an ideal opportunity to stop and reflect on the progress thus far. Whether it is looking at how our physical environment has changed since the start of the year or considering the growth in learning, independence or confidence in our students, it’s important to pause and celebrate what has been achieved. Spending some time this week in the early childhood classes, some grade ones were keen to share some pieces of their writing. When they looked back to the front of their writing book and compared their progress, they absolutely beamed with pride when describing ‘look at how far I have come!’. When your child’s report comes home next week, please take the time to reflect on their progress, discuss their goals for the remainder fo the year and celebrate the growth that they have made this year. Please remember that if you have any questions in relation to your child’s reports that you are welcome to make contact with your child’s class teacher.
Mat Grining - Principal
Being able to read is an important skill for children in the early years. It’s vital that children have plenty of experience listening to adults model segmenting and blending, for example c-a-t can be blended to make the word cat and the word cat can be segmented to the sounds c-a-t.
Children in the early years are given opportunities throughout the day to practise segmenting and blending.
Giving children authentic opportunities to blend and segment in everyday life is a great way to practise. For example, while getting ready for school you could say “could you put on your s-o-ck-s?” “Please get your
c-oa-t!” or “I wonder what’s in your lunch b-o-x?”
We have almost finished barrowing bark and cleaning up the garden outside the Sensory Garden gate, it’s looking good and the plants will be well mulched for summer. This week we harvested the last of the tomatoes after an unusually long season, the plants have been removed and the garden bed prepared for planting beans and peas next week. It is always a busy time in the garden, even in the middle of winter. Grade 3 /4 P are showing enthusiasm and great team work in the garden this term.
Today we are proud to launch the PDS Student Wellbeing Hub. The hub has been created to support our young people find relevant information to support themselves and others. We have tried to create a user friendly platform that allows students a safe and supportive place to find online resources. We are continually working with our students to adapt what's on the site and hope it can help in some way.
It is aimed to help both young people and parent/guardians about a place where you can get advice or support with metal health, cyberbullying and relationships
How to find the hub on the PDS Website:
The soccer game was challenging but we got some goals. There were good plays such as Kobe getting a goal, Cameron saving the ball and Nate booting the ball and getting a goal too. In the game, Zander was good at stealing the ball and Ashley got a few goals as well.
We played soccer on Saturday against Leighlands. The scores were close. We were 5 points and they were 4 points. We WON! It was a beautiful morning at Ulverstone. Angus kicked 4 goals and Ethen kicked 1 to win. We all did a really good job at passing, communicating and teamwork.
Congratulations to our Year 9/10 team for becoming the runners-up in their division and the Year 7/8 team for winning their grand final on the weekend. Both teams represented our school proudly and with big smiles on their faces. Thank you to both Brendan Ivory and Tish Townsend for their coaching efforts this season and to Hannah Ivory, Sharon Saggus and Karina Van Essen for being the nominated umpires.
The three Primary teams completed their season this week also. It seemed that all teams finished the season with their best performances! Thank you to Tracey Ivory, Karina Van Essen and Claire Maxwell for coaching the teams on some very cold mornings and to Chelsea Ivory, Wendy Radcliff and Angela Smedley for their umpiring efforts.
The culture that is being nurtured by the parents and families of the netball players representing our school is built around encouragement and building confidence in our young people. Thank you to all adults who have supported our teams this season by ensuring our behaviour is respectful and encouraging.
Burnie Netball Association Spring Roster is scheduled to begin September 4. Information and nomination forms will be distributed in Term 3.
On Tuesday 22nd of June, 16 students proudly represented our school and community at the All Schools State Cross Country at Symmons Plains Raceway.
Congratulations to all participants who not only ran with their best efforts, but made sure that they supported each other by cheering loudly and congratulating each other upon finishing.
Highlights of the day were the sick beats from DJ Linc and of course, stopping for the annual hot chocolate at Anvers!
Thank you Nat Barker for coming along to support Mrs Van Essen and we now look forward to 2022!
BURNIE HIGH 5-6-36 def PENGUIN 4-6-30
Goals: Karmichael, Tom, Will D and Kobi.
Best: Will D, Karmichael, Kobi, Kyle, Bailey, Zac, Lachlan and Logan.
On Wednesday, the 7/8 boys travelled over to Burnie High to take on the no.1 seed in the western side of the NWJFU Final Series. It was a wet, cold and blustery conditions for the start of the game. Burnie won the toss elected to kick with the wind, which proved to be big result, with them leading 15-0 at quarter time. The 2nd quarter started and there was a massive improvement with endeavour and commitment to win the football. Half time scores (BHS 24 – PDS 9). The 3rd quarter was a very seesawing tussle but two late goals to Burnie provided them a lot of momentum and a 26 point lead at the final break (BHS 36 – PDS 10). Finally the last quarter, the boys showed tremendous grit, determination and discipline to fight back and get the margin back to 6 points with less than two minutes remaining. To see the despair on the boys faces at the final siren was heartbreaking and they were devasted to lose. I spoke to the team after the game on how I was extremely proud of their effort and conduct throughout the game. The most pleasing part of the day was their resilience, being down by 26 points at 3/4 time and to fight back like they did. The opposition parents and coaches all commented to me after the game of the way they played & how it good it was a great game to watch.
Just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Matthew Luck for coaching the 9/10 boys this season and all the players for their commitment to the school. Finally, to the parents, guardians and extended families that came along throughout the season to support or help out, it was greatly appreciated.
Mathew Smart (Football Coordinator)
On Thursday 24th June, 11 PDS students travelled to the Burnie Sports Centre to compete in a badminton gala day. All students represented the school well and should be commended for their efforts.
During Term 2, selected students from grades 7-10 have been working together to cook items for purchase. On the last day of Term 2, Friday the 2nd of July, the students will be running a Stall, where staff and students can purchase sweets for either $1 or $2.
The Ulverstone Basketball Association will be starting a brand new Schools Roster in Term 3.
Teams can be entered if they have a scorer, a referee and a team manager / coach.
Individual students or adults who are interested, please contact Mrs Van Essen (firstname.lastname@example.org
Teams / Groups who are organised, please have one adult fill in the nomination form and email to Mrs Van Essen.
Please note, all adults fulfilling scoring, refereeing or managing roles are required to have a Working With Vulnerable People card and
Nominations close next week, so please send through names ASAP!