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2021 Newsletter Term 3, Week 1

Parkes Christian School

'Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in
Christ God forgave you.' Ephesians 4:32

School News
Sentences with Kindergarten 
Last term Kindergarten have been focusing on sounding out words to create sentences.
Students have been checking they have a capital letter, finger spaces, full stop and ensuring it makes sense. 
Here are Kindergartens sentences about what they hope to do during these past holidays.
Great job Kinder, Mrs Harris hopes your ideas come true!
Year 5/6 Canberra Excursion
Year 5 and 6 finished Term 2 with an excursion to Canberra. This three day trip was full of exciting sights and activities. Here are some of the highlights:
When we arrived on Wednesday, Year 5 and 6 escaped the cold by exploring the Australian Institute of Sports and participating in a variety of activities, including a spirited game of Olympic Handball. They then travelled to the National Museum of Australia and explored a variety of exhibits. Following this was an exciting trip to the Royal Australian Mint where students were surprised to learn just how different the money in Australia used to be. After getting set up in their accommodation, Year 5 and 6 travelled to iPlay where they played a lot of games, competed in laser tag and bumped each other in the dodge em cars.
On Thursday, it was still cold and wet outside yet Year 5 and 6 were warm and dry as they toured the various embassies and explored the old and new Parliament Houses. They were fortunate to complete their tour of the House of Representatives during a spirited debate over a bill and witnessed a call to vote. The parliamentary tour concluded with an exciting meeting with the local Member of Parliament for the Riverina, Hon Michael McCormack. It was safe to say that many of our Year 6 students were starstruck. Thursday concluded with a game of Ten Pin Bowling where sadly nobody was able to best Mr D in knocking down pins.
The weather was fairer on Friday as Year 5 and 6 visited some outdoor activities, including feeding the birds at the walk in aviary and braving the strong wind atop Telstra Tower. They also visited the Australian War Memorial, during which the tour guides were impressed with their understanding of World War 2 and the Kokoda Trail. The final activity was a visit to Questacon, during which students explored a variety of hands-on Science and Technology activities.
These three days at Canberra were a lot of fun. It was great to see students working together outside of the usual classroom environment and showing respect and manners during all of these activities.
That's a Rap for The Little Mermaid
Months of rehearsals, costume creation and set building, and hard work concluded with a successful run of four shows to enthusiastic and appreciative audiences - The Little Mermaid was an amazing achievement by students all the way from Kindergarten to Year 12. Some of our performers have trodden the boards many times, whilst for others it was their first time in a musical; each one should be proud of their efforts and performances. Mermaid has been a massive commitment from students, their families and PCS staff and I cannot thank everyone enough for their patience, support and involvement. It was a pleasure to rehearse with students and see them grow in confidence and ability, particularly when they encouraged and supported each other through the process. The energy and effort from performers and the backstage crew for each performance were outstanding; giving every audience a fantastic show, brimming with colour, vibrancy and joy. It was such a thrill to bring this production to our school and local community, following on from our previous One-Act plays, and Narnia, and we look forward to developing a tradition of high-quality performances at PCS.
Mini Olympics + Footy Colours Day

The last day of school was full of colourful students wearing their footy shirts and jerseys with pride. It was good to see everyone dressed up and participating in the last day of term events and enjoying their free sausage sizzle for lunch.
We started the day with normal classes and ended with an amazing mini-olympics to end our term. You might be expecting normal events like 100m race and tennis, but at Parkes Christian School we do things a little different.
In Primary students competed in year groups and represented different countries from Canada to Fiji. They played bull rush, the spaghetti throw javelin, horse racing and bean bag archery to name a few, with our Primary olympic winners being Year 3 representing Canada.
In High School we competed in Houses for the second annual olympics in games such as; mario cart run, captain ball, tabloid games relay, obstacle course, three legged race and dash for cash tennis. In the end the Sharks took the trophy from the Eagles but it was really a terrific way to get everyone involved and end our term with lots of laughs.
Thank you to all the staff and students involved. We are looking forward to running it again next year so get busy and training for an event bigger 2022 Olympics! 

Video Link: https://youtu.be/S8HftcEJOr0

Grant Success for Agriculture Department
On Monday 21 June, Brittany and Gail from Woolworths Parkes presented our school with a certificate to recognise our partnership with Woolworths and Landcare Australia to help improve the sustainability of our school.
Earlier in the year, our Agriculture Department applied for a grant to help improve our school vegetable garden. We are happy to announce that our grant application was successful and we have been given $1500 to extend the school vegetable garden and to help purchase a new bee hive.
These projects will be carried out by our 9-10 Agriculture class and will give the Primary students the opportunity to participate in activities related to the school vegetable garden and sustainable gardening practices.
We are very excited about these new projects and the positive impact that they will have on our students.
Miss Barrass
Library Donation
Parkes Christian School has been very blessed to receive a large donation of new books for our Library. The Association of Independent Schools (AIS) and Dymocks Children's Charities have kindly donated a total of 216 Junior Fiction, Senior Fiction and Information Books totalling nearly $4000 as part of their Library Regeneration Program. We are very excited to work with such amazing organisations to help develop a love of reading in our students. 
PCS Staff
Name: Elsie Joubert. 
Your Role at School: Business Manager
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Favourite School Memory: Participating in team sport.
Fun Fact: I learnt to waterski at the age of 50.
The Best Thing about Working at PCS: The generosity of everyone who works here and seeing happy students every day.
Favourite Quote/Verse: A joyful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22
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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 
Monday 19 July
  • School is Back for Term 3
  • Homework Hub (3:07pm - 4:00pm)
Wednesday 21 July
  • Sport; NRL / League Tag - Yrs 7 and 8 (1:30pm - 3:00pm)
  • Sport; Tennis - Yrs 9 and 10 (1:30pm - 3:00pm)
Friday 23 July
  • Sport Day - Kindy to Yr 6
to see more calendar dates for 2021, click here...
Upcoming School Events
Please note: Subject to COVID restrictions here are the SRC events for Term 3
Students in the Community
Forbes Soccer Gala Day
Payton Kelly participated in a soccer gala day at Forbes last term and had so much fun!
He represented the Under 8’s Parkes Soccer Association Team.
Congratulations to all the players who represented Parkes at the Forbes Gala Day as they competed against teams from across the region.
Hockey NSW State Championships
Congratulations to Sam Quince on competing in the Under 13s NSW State Championships in Hockey as the Parkes Goalkeeper.
The Parkes team did an amazing job and managed to come second.
Well done everyone!
Community News
Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Mental health education sessions for parents, carers, and community members are now being delivered by headspace across various regions in NSW at no cost.

The purpose of these sessions is to provide important mental health information to enhance the skills and confidence of parents and carers to engage in a conversation about mental health and wellbeing with a young person. These sessions also offer the opportunity to increase awareness of local, state, and national support services that are available, and to hear from services about how to access this support.

Parkes session
Tue, 24 August 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM AEST

Click the link below to register;
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/parkes-nsw-parent-and-carer-mental-health-education-session-registration-159574071343?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
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