- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Green Penguins
- Pop Up Playgroup
- Little Readers
- Year 1/2T and 1/2G Making Parachutes
- Reading Hour
- Black & White Day
- 2P Wonder Walk
- Sports Colour Day
- Warmth Photo Competition Winners and Entries
- 9/10 Term 4 Applied Learning Term Based Options
- Year 10 Physics
- Year 9/10 Work Studies
- 9/10 Boys High School Netball Championships
- 9/10 High School Netball Championships
- Year 7 Science
- Gnomon Cover Competition
- Information From Our School Health Nurse
- Family Engagement Survey
- Basketball Tasmania
- Touch Football
- Tennis Camps
- Ulverstone Cricket Club
- School Calendar
This Saturday, the Department of Education will be advertising a tender for works to redevelop the years 7-12 area at Penguin District School. This is beyond and above the current redevelopment that is providing improved teaching and learning spaces for birth to year 6 classes, outdoor play spaces, redeveloped library, café, music and administration spaces, as well as a school stadium. We are very excited that our careful stewardship of public funds has resulted in us being able to now deliver state of the art teaching and learning spaces for our secondary students far sooner than we had initially thought was possible. As a result, we should be looking at a completed birth to year 12 site approaching, or at the end of the 2022 school year.
This will mean that it will be ‘business as usual’ as our kinder to year 6 students will start the 2022 school year at the current primary campus. We’ve attached a link to a video that gives a 3D representation of what the completed 7-12 space will look like. We know that our secondary students are very excited about the modern and comfortable learning spaces that the completed redevelopment will provide.
Student Growth – NAPLAN
This week, parents of students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 would have received a NAPLAN summary report for their child. This report also provides a description to help parents understand what this information represents. If you have any questions about the report, please don’t hesitate to touch base with your child’s teacher or grade coordinator. Whilst the report reflects a child’s assessment for the key areas of literacy and numeracy at a ‘point in time’, we know that it doesn’t necessarily reflect the growth and passion that students may have for plenty of other areas that they should be proud of, and celebrated for. It is always important to share this perspective and balance with young people when discussing assessments like this.
As a school, we have seen some very positive trends for our recent focus on building student’s reading and language skills which is very reaffirming. We will be using this as a platform to take our improvement further and have this reflected in our school improvement planning. We will also be unpacking our NAPLAN school summary reports with our School Association in the spirit of continuing to be aspirational and ensuring that our parents and community representatives are a part of our school improvement journey.
Parent Satisfaction Survey
Today we will be sending out a text link to parents to our annual parent satisfaction survey. This is a process that the Department of Education undertake each year as way of monitoring school progress and engagement within a school community. Whilst we have had tremendous responses to a number of our internal school surveys this year, we strongly encourage you to engage by accessing the link that has been sent to your phone. If your require a paper copy of the survey, please make contact with our administration team.
Mat Grining - Principal
“My favourite place in the world”
2P enjoyed another glorious spring day in Penguin on Wednesday as we wandered towards Watcombe Beach on our last walk of the Term.
This Term we have published a class book about our ‘Wonder Walks’ called ‘My favourite place in the world’. We hid copies of our book at different locations throughout Penguin as we walked. A big thank you to the wonderful Janelle Gilbert for sharing about our book on the Penguin Makeover Community Facebook page.
On our walk, we were also excited to discover that a couple of the seeds that we had planted at the Op Shop earlier in the Term had continued to grow. Hopefully we will all be able to enjoy them blooming during the summer months. Thank you to Lennie at the Op Shop for your generous donation of pop sticks and for always making us feel welcome when we visit the shop on our walks.
One of the great joys of being able to learn in the community is having ‘a classroom without walls’. The beach is an ideal setting for children to move freely as they experiment with language as they adopt different relationships and relive personal experiences through role play. Many students immerse themselves in the imaginary world of their play and create sophisticated structures to support their storytelling. On our last walk, the children created a village ‘just like Penguin’ on Johnstons Beach. A highlight of the day was when the children continued to focus on the concept of ‘belonging’ by innovating on their previous house and town designs. They created several communities across the expanse of the beach, with many of the students moving between worlds, allowing for rich exchanges, complex storytelling and thoughtful problem-solving opportunities. One of the homes even had its own real-life sea-lice ‘house pets’ and an aquarium. We also had an opportunity to create Tas Rocks and left many along the foreshore for future visitors to find.
We are all looking forward to our next ‘amazing adventure’ in Penguin in Term 4..
Thank you to all of the parents who have joined us on our walks so far and to the kind gentleman who returned one of our jackets that had been accidently left behind at Watcombe Beach.
Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to our wonderful winners.
Special thanks to Sarah Cox for judging.
Our 9/10 boys competed in the High School Championships in Launceston. They had a great day winning their first 3 games but were defeated in the Grand Final by St Patrick's College. Thank you to Mr Hughes for coaching the boys.
Our 9/10 girls competed in the High School Championships in Ulverstone. The girls won all their games during the day but were defeated by Marist in the grand final playing an awesome game. Thanks to Miss Abby Goninon for coaching the girls.
In year 7 science, students have been exploring different separation techniques. Featured are some photos of our chromatography experiment in which we separated the different coloured ink components that make up coloured markers!