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Today marks the end of term 3, unbelievably we are now 12 months back in to on-site teaching and learning since our period of ‘at home learning’. It is essential that we continue to adapt to COVID requirements for not only all school events, but for the daily operation of our school. As Public Health have continued to recommend, please continue to follow their advice with respect to the ‘road map’ moving forward as we know this provides the level of certainty that we appreciate as a school. On behalf of the staff at Penguin District School, I’d like to thank you for your support this term, and look forward to working closely with the community for the remainder of the year.
The ability to inquire, collaborate and communicate effectively are not only important personal skills, but are key employability skills that business and industry want to see fostered in young people. The University of Tasmania Science & Engineering Investigation Challenge is a process that engages with schools to grow these skills with young learners. Our class teachers from across the primary and secondary campus have been incorporating this in to their teaching and learning programs for a number of years and it allows our students to not only build their understanding of collaborative scientific inquiry, but it provides an opportunity to showcase and celebrate student learning in and across schools.
This year we had a number of our student’s inquiries that were shortlisted as finalists for the UTAS awards.
Ella and Tahlia’s project ‘Ponics’ was to determine whether lettuce grows best aeroponically, hydroponically, or in normal soil. Ella and Tahlia were recognised as the overall junior scientists of the year award and winners of the agricultural science award. Jacob Rittman & Cameron Jeffrey, Emma Bracken & Haylee Revell, Hannah Ivory, Taylah Guard & Estelle Rossborough, Emilie Wedd, Taleah McKenna, Hudson Guard & George Greham were all recognised for their outstanding entries across a range of categories.
Mat Grining - Principal
It was so lovely to meet our Pre Kinder aged children and their families this term. A reminder that we begin again on Friday 5 November. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to make contact via email or a phone call to the school.
Early Years Coordinator
On Tuesday 21 September KH travelled on the school bus, driven by Mr Perry, to the Penguin Railway rooms.
From here we walked to the Penguin Police Station where we had planned to meet with Mr Crisp for a tour and a sit in his Police car.
Unfortunately Mr Crisp was called out to an emergency but we had a photo taken outside the station and talked about how fortunate we are to have Police Officers in our community to help keep us safe.
Next we walked to the Penguin Community Op Shop where we met with Mrs Wilson and gave her our hand painted shopping bags to sell in the shop.
She also talked about all the different items you can buy in the Op Shop, donations people can make and how the money is used in our Penguin Community. This was another great way to revisit our Inquiry learning on “Recycling” and to start our exploration on “People Who Help Us In Our Community”.
After a walk in the freezing weather, we enjoyed eating our morning tea in the Railway Rooms before a fun play in Hiscutt Park.
It was great to have another ride on the school bus back to Kinder.
A big “Thank You” to Mr Perry for driving us and to our helpers Mary, Laura, Amy, Elishia and Tina.
The Preps have been busy writing and publishing story books this term. They were excited and proud to share their published books with local author Amanda Cox, who encouraged them to keep enjoying their writing.
Our Grade 5/6 boys competed in the Devonport Primary School basketball tournament this past weekend. The team featured 7 PDS players and 2 boys from Queenstown. They played 3 pool games for 2 wins and 1 loss (to eventual winner Burnie Primary). The wins got them a semi-final berth saw them up against Stella Maris and in a physical game they couldn’t get control of the game and went down by 12 points. Thanks to Damon & Jason for coaching and to Nat for managing the team.
Our Year 3/4 boys represented PDS in the Primary School basketball tournament. The boys played really well and had a fantastic weekend. Thanks to Julian for coaching.
On Wednesday, all Year 9 and 10 students travelled to Ulverstone for the Careers Event. Students had the opportunity to have conversations with a range of careers and industries. We were fortunate to hear the guest panel talk about their own experiences and learnings throughout the process. We hope that the experience provided some clarity about future pathways.
On Thursday, 12 secondary students participated in an event called Kakka at Don College.
Kakka is run by the Don College Outdoor Education teachers and students and involvea a mountain bike leg, run leg, kayak leg, and team obstacle course.
Two of our teams were successful in winning their section – 9/10 Boys (Noah G, Fletcher K, Alex W) and a 7/8 Mixed (Jaxx M, Heidi K, Mia M).
Well done to all students who got involved.