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2020 Newsletter Term 4, Week 9

Parkes Christian School

From the Principal

Merry Christmas and Thank You

And just like that, the 2020 school year comes to an end. It has been a year like no other, and certainly one that we won’t forget. I will resist the urge to use this last newsletter article to talk about COVID, bushfires, drought and all the other defining moments of 2020. Instead I will just say, Merry Christmas, and Thank You. 

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School News
Pre-Kinder
Over the last five weeks, 24 Pre-Kinders students have been participating in the Pre-kinder program. Each week Pre-Kinders have listened to stories, counted objects, practised writing their names, began forming friendships and enthusiastically played on the play equipment with their Buddies.
We are delighted to meet so many faces and we look forward to seeing them in two Kindergarten classes of 2021!
Year 1 Art
Christmas is almost here and Year 1 and Ms Pobjie, have been working especially hard at setting up a Fantastic Festive Fun Filled classroom.
With the addition of tinsel and fairy lights to set the mood the students have done their part by creating stunning artworks to 'deck the walls' with beautiful Christmas cheer. Here are some photos of their Reindeer and Baby Jesus!
Well done Year 1, it has been wonderful doing art with you this year...So much Fun!!!
Mrs King 
Year 6 Graduation
After months of planning and practising Year 6 presented an amazing Graduation Assembly for their families and friends. With devotions, songs, a dance, video clips, speeches and a certificate presentation, the assembly was an enjoyable celebration for all. 
Thank you to Mr Demead and the Year 5 class for all your hard work in helping make this event truly memorable by providing outstanding video footage such as the Nerf gun battle between students and teachers and then the wheel of misfortune with Toutai taking one for the students' team as he endured being bombarded by water balloons.
Thank you to our Primary School Captains, Ruby and Lachlan, for presenting an amazing speech that outlined what Primary School at Parkes Christian School has been like. Thanks for sharing your fond memories and outstanding events from years gone by, such as the chilli eating episode, the snake scares and the magpie.
Thanks to Mr Westcott for your encouraging speech and continued support for the class as they progress to High School. It meant a lot to the class that you could be present and award each student with their Completion of Primary School Certificate.
Thank you Mrs Ballantyne for organizing the amazing food, especially the decadent Graduation Cake. Each Year 6 student enjoyed a delicious lunch box filled with their choice of sandwich as well as crisps, berries, chocolate dipping sauce, lollies, chocolates and more. The lunch room was elaborately decorated with fairy lights, lanterns and photos from the year. Thank you Mr Wynstra for helping with these decorations as well as making the illuminated 2020 sign that was our stage backdrop. 
Thank you to all other staff members for assisting and supporting the Year 6 Graduation.
A huge thank you to all the family members and friends of the Year 6 class for attending the Graduation and all the best as you continue supporting these amazing children.
Congratulations to the Year 6 Class of 2020 on completing your Primary School Education. It has been a pleasure getting to know each of you and all the best as you move into High School next year.
Mrs Berry
SLR Coaching
In week six, students started a new subject called SLR and we kicked off with Sport coaching as the first topic. One of their practical tasks was to plan a coaching session with a sport of their choice by including stretches, warm ups, drills and or a game. Stage 1 to 3 were the lucky ones to participate in this session. 
Bethany, Edward, Mackenna and Wira had the Year 3/4 students and they focussed on catching and passing a ball. Luke, Talisha, Bailey and Brayden had the K-2. They divided them into three groups and had three games going. After eight minutes, each group rotated until everyone had a go at all three games. They mainly focussed on coordination, reflex and agility. The last group, Logan and Tyler, had Year 5/6 and their aim was to teach the students all about passing, shooting and defence. They also had a game going to make sure the students were able to implement what they have been taught. 
They all did an amazing job in coaching the younger students and I am really proud of them!
 A big thanks to the primary students for being eager to participate. It was fun!
Mrs van Wyk
SLR Circuit Training at the Lions Park
On Tuesday 1st December, the SLR students went to the Lion's Park to participate in some circuit training. This type of training targets the whole body by using body weights, like pull ups. The students did really well and were keen to participate in the different exercises. After the exercises some of them still had enough energy to play some ball, while the others had a cool down in the shade. Mrs van Wyk
Pizza Party with Team Discovery
On Wednesday, the Discovery house enjoyed a well deserved reward lunch of pizza and hot chips. As the students lined up in their amazing yellow and purple house colours they were served with a friendly smile from the teachers and 2020 house captains. We are also very excited for Monday as the yearly house cup winners are announced. Good luck everyone.
A Very Compassionate Christmas
PCS was full of Christmas fun and festivities on Tuesday as we raised support for our six Compassion Sponsor Children! The school was awash with Nativity scenes, elves, reindeer, trees and more. Kindergarten and Year 7 took out the best-dressed classes in Primary and High School, while the Noakes sisters, Peter McIntyre and the Wise Men/Shepherds of Year 12 won the individual awards. Special credit for the goat Marnie - that is commitment.
Student volunteers and much help from staff made the event so much fun, one that we hope will become an annual event! The ice blocks and cool drink sales were definitely helpful in the heat - and some sneaky teachers helped us keep our cool with some stealthy water pistols. Lots of Pet Rocks made their way home thanks to the Noakes sisters again, and Mrs Richards and Mrs Pepper produced some wonderful Christmas face paint masterpieces.
We raised nearly $400 for our sponsor children and we look forward to more fun events next year to raise our support. Thanks so much to everyone who participated with making and wearing great outfits, and for enjoying the fun of the day.
Miss Harris
McDonald's/Magill Tennis Competition
Last Friday 40 students from across Years 1 to 6 participated in the annual McDonald's/Magill Tennis Day in Parkes. The students played singles, doubles and mixed doubles on the day. Our students were able to experience all that tennis has to offer by playing against other students at their level and showed great sportsmanship by being very encouraging to each other.  
Thank you to Helen Magill from Parkes Tennis for organising another wonderful event, Mrs Ballantyne for photographing it, Miss Barrass, Mrs Greenland and Mrs Richards for helping out on the day. 
A huge thank you to our Senior SLR class and Mrs Van Wyk for attending and helping our Year 1/2 students scoring and umpiring their games.
Overall it was a great day and it was great to be out and about in the community again participating in another awesome sporting event! 
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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 
Monday 7 December
  • Mufti Day for Primary
  • Primary Fun Day  (11:10am - 12:50pm)
  • Christmas Cherries Pickup Day (2:45pm - 3:30pm)
Tuesday 8 December
  • Presentation Evening - Kinder. to Year 12 (6:15pm - 8:00pm)
Wednesday 9 December
  • House Colours Mufti Day for Everyone
  • High School Water Games (11:10am - 12:00pm)
  • Class Parties (12:30pm - 1:30pm)
  • Last Day of School
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Upcoming School Events
Old School Shoes = Educational Opportunities for Others
If your child has grown out of their school shoes please don’t throw them away. PCS will be collecting the used school shoes at the conclusion of the Presentation Assembly on Tuesday evening. The shoes will be packaged and sent to an African country where they will be used by students who cannot afford shoes in order to attend school. This project is undertaken in collaboration with Geogies Boutique we appreciate their support of this valuable project.
Students in the Community
Congratulations to PCS Student Anna Davis on being the runner up in the Orange Ball Junior Tennis Competition at the Parkes Tennis Courts last weekend.
Well done Anna!
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