- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Launching into Learning
- Pre Kinder
- Rhyme, Rhythm and Repetition
- Dream Big Careers Exhibition 2021 - Prep HR
- Green & Gold Day - Primary Campus
- BOOK WEEK 2021 AND DRESS UP DAY WEDNESDAY 25TH AUGUST
- Maths at Home
- Work Studies Mentor Program - Year 9
- Information From Our School Nurse
- Trivia Night
- Penguin Basketball Association
- School Calendar
The Olympics is certainly a time we can admire and applaud athletic greatness in a range of sports and feel proud to be an Australian. The effort and attitude that our Olympic athletes, both able bodied and Paralympians, is only a glimpse into the dedication and perseverance required to reach these great heights. The early mornings, late nights, management of injuries and countless hours of training are unimaginable. In short, success rarely happens without effort.
Not everyone attends the Games with the target of a medal in mind. Many who seem to be making up the numbers or are a long way short of finishing first, are chasing personal best times, distances and scores. Who could forget Eric ‘the eel’ of Equatorial Guinea? His first swim in a pool longer than 20 metres was in the 100m freestyle at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Although his time was the slowest in Olympic history, his endeavour was recognised and applauded all around the world.
As a school we endeavour to work as a team in collaboration with our students and families to achieve personal bests across all areas of the curriculum. The importance of working together is evidenced by the recent change to the Olympic motto: Faster, Higher, Stronger to now include ‘Together’.
Ariarne Titmus and her family left Tasmania and moved to Queensland to work together with a new coach to follow her dream to achieve her personal best. Whilst we wouldn’t expect this of our families (although the weather at the moment makes this seem like an appealing option), take a moment to think what it is that you could do to support your child to reach their personal best at school?
These might include:
- listening to them read for 10 minutes a night
- checking in with their teacher about their progress
- throwing a netball after school
- allocating some time to chat with them about school
- asking them to reflect on something they found hard at school or something they’re proud of
- dedicating a spot in your house for them to complete their homework.
- having your child at school on time can set them up for a successful day of school.
We cannot underestimate the skills, abilities, and ideas of our young children. Who’d have thought it would be conceivable that 3 children would fill the podium in the women’s skateboard final, with medallists ranging in ages from 13-16 or that there would be a 12 year old representing Iran in the table tennis.
This week at the Primary Campus some of our younger students have been recognised for achieving their personal bests. Examples include, Percy from Prep who was runner up in the recent University of Tasmania, Dream Big Art Exhibition and Laiken from Year 2 getting a gold medal in a NW poetry competition. Many children have shared their learning and successes which have been recognised with gold cards. Aidon, in Year 6, proudly shared his work with me today. Whilst he didn’t receive any reward in the form of medals or certificates, he was equally proud of his Information Poster and the fact that he had done his personal best in terms of his focus and effort. I’m certain his family will be equally impressed.
Our Year 5-6 students will have the opportunity next Tuesday to participate in a sports day with schools from across the NW coast. Later this term our 3-6’s will participate in the Learn to Swim program. We will have the opportunity to celebrate all students’ growth and achievements whether it be putting their head under the water for the first time or mastering the frog kick. Who knows, we might even uncover our next budding Tasmanian Olympian!
To celebrate the success of our Olympians in Tokyo, next Friday our Primary Student Board will be holding a Green and Gold Day. (see attachment)
Mat Grining - Principal
Photography Competition - Warmth
With Winter strongly taking hold, it’s time to reflect. Whether it be physical, emotional or any other moment in time that has made you ‘feel warm’, we want to see it.
Capture a moment that reflects our theme of ‘warmth’ and email it to the below address for your chance to win a prize. For terms and conditions, please see below.
Kinder to Grade 2
Entries close 6/9/2021
We encourage both portrait and landscape photography
Please only submit one entry per person
All photos can be emailed to:
Winners will be announced our end of Term Assembly
By submitting photos you will be acknowledging that:
You have permission to photograph the people in the photos (for those photos that have people)
The photos have been taken by you or the person in the category submitted
Your work may be shared with a wider audience on our school Newsletter, Facebook page and beyond.
Rhyming is a helpful first step toward phonemic awareness (the ability to recognise sounds in spoken words). When children play with rhymes, they listen to the sounds within words and identify word parts. For example, the /at/ sound in the word mat is the same /at/ sound in cat, rat, sat, and splat. At school, these experiences are built upon from the opportunities children have had in their years before school.
Children will benefit from hearing a range of nursey rhymes such as Little Bo Peep, Incy Wincy Spider and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Being given a chance to finishes sentences that have a rhyming pattern, reading stories with rhyming words, playing with words and changing the initial sounds, can all help when developing phonemic awareness.
Congratulations to Maya, Darcy, Charley, River and Percy in Prep for being awarded prizes in the Dream Big Art Exhibition. There were over 400 entrants in the competition from schools ranging from Strahan to Miandetta, with lots more in between. Maya, who won the Prep division, wanted to be ‘a legend who could save the whole world’ and Darcy, third place, wanted to be ‘a vet so he could help animals and not make the animals die’. Students were very happy to attend the opening of the gallery at the University of Tasmania with their families. The exhibition was opened by Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Jim Cavaye, who also spoke to the students about chasing their dreams. He particularly noted that lots of kids of the North West coast wanted careers that involved a caring role. He was excited to announce many new degrees that will be offered at the new North West campus of the University next year. Installer Choice recognition was also given to Jarvis, Florence, Jonathan, Luke, Rory, Hudson and Layla. If you would like to view the Dream Big exhibition it will be on display upstairs in the Atrium Gallery at the University of Tasmania, Mooreville Road until August 30 or online at the UTAS Cradle Coast Facebook Page.
Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together to celebrate CBCA Book Week. During this time schools celebrate Australian children’s literature with a focus on Australian authors. This year’s National book week celebration will take place from the 21st – 27th August (Week 6.)
On Wednesday the 25th August we will be holding our annual book week celebration dress up day. The theme for Children’s Book Week 2021 is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. Children can dress up as any book character, it doesnt need to fit with the theme.
More information can be found at CBCA
Would you like to play some fun maths games at home with your children? If so, we now have some ‘Maths at Home’ packs for you to borrow. There are 8 packs available to borrow (with a borrowing book beside to fill out), each games focusing on a different aspect of number. These packs vary in difficulty and will provide some lovely family time together at home. You will find the packs outside the library. Enjoy!
Today we were fortunate enough to have community members and business people come in and support the Year 9 students with getting prepared for employment. The Mentoring Program is aimed to develop an understanding and relevance of resumes, cover letters and interview preparation. Students were grouped with a mentor and went over what is important and how to give yourself the best opportunity to gain employment.
Ever thought about giving futsal a go? Want to improve your futsal and/or soccer skills?
Then come along to the Turners Beach Hall at 3.45pm Wednesdays. First session is free so
what have you got to lose!
If you would like to register your interest or have any questions please message Andrea on 0438 588 936