2020 Term Dates
Term 1 2020
Tue 28 Jan – Thurs 9 Apr
Term 2 2020
Mon 27 Apr – Fri 3 Jul
Term 3 2020
Mon 27 Jul – Fri 25 Sep
Term 4 2020
Mon 12 Oct – Wed 9 Dec
Back to School Dates
– Years 1 to 12 return Tuesday 28th January 2020
– Kindergarten starts Thursday 30th January 2020
Opportunities at Parkes Christian School
Education at Parkes Christian School is supplemented by a wide-array of academic and co-curricular opportunities, including Sport, Music and Leadership development. These opportunities are structured to accommodate different ages and ability levels.
A wide variety of games and sports are experienced, including soccer, basketball, softball, rugby, cricket and many more.
All Primary classes have Physical Education lessons each week. During PE lessons, gross and fine motor skills are taught and developed.
School Fees & Parent Information
Fees can be paid by cheque, cash, credit card or eftpos at the school office, or a direct debit or periodic payment can be arranged. Fees are due by the end of Week 2 of term OR by special arrangement with the Business Manager.
For enquiries please phone the School Office on 6862 4164 or download the information sheet.
Start of Day 8:55am
Recess 10:50am – 11:10am
Lunch 12:50pm – 1:30pm
End of Day (Primary) 3:00pm
End of Day (Secondary) 3:07pm
Sport at PCS
Infants/Primary School Sport
Sports days are held one day a week when all students are required to wear their sports uniform. Sport for infants and primary students is held here at the school with students participating in a variety of physical education activities.
In Term 4 primary students participate in the School’s swimming program that is held at the Parkes Town Pool. This is often through the Learn to Swim Program with the Infants/Primary classes.
High School Sport
Sports days are held each fortnight every second Wednesday when all students are required to wear their sports uniform. Sports Uniform is also required one day each week for PD-H-PE practical lessons. Sport for our high school students is held here at the school or held at different sporting venues such as Parkes Tennis courts or Town Bowling Club
Parkes Christian School has 3 House teams:
- Team Endeavour – Lions – Red
- Team Discovery – Eagles – Yellow
- Team Endurance – Sharks – Blue
On enrolment, students are allocated a House team, alphabetically by last name. Each House has two Captains that are voted by their house. On Carnival days students are encouraged to wear their House colours.
Representing our School in Sport
A number of our students have trialled for Christian Schools’ Sports Association teams or individual sports. Some of these sports have been Rugby, Soccer and Swimming.
We are proud to mention that two of our past students, Rowan Pearce and Simon Hockings who represented our school in Rugby and were eventually selected for the Australian Rugby Schoolboys’ team. The boys commitment and dedication was such that their selection had them travelling to play all over England and Scotland.
Parkes Christian School conducts its own Swimming Carnival early in Term 1. Dates will be posted on the website calendar. From this Carnival, students who place first or second are then eligible to attend the Far West Zone CSSA Carnival. First and second place getters in the Far West Zone Carnival may then represent that zone at the State CSSA Carnival.
Parkes Christian School holds its own Athletics Carnival in Term 2. This carnival is currently held at North Parkes Oval with our P & F Committee running a canteen for students and families. This carnival is then followed by Far West Zone and State Carnivals.
Parkes Christian School conducts its own Cross Country during Term 2. Place-getters in the School Carnival will proceed to the State CSSA Cross Country during Term 2.
Music, Arts & Other Activities
Music is at the heart of the school and experienced by all students across Primary and Secondary at our weekly assemblies and chapel services. Students in Primary and Secondary take part in weekly music classes, and students in middle to Upper Secondary may elect to study music, developing a range of performance, listening and composition skills.
The school’s Choir is well established and has featured at many community performances including the bi-annual Parkes Performing Arts Festival, Eisteddfods and the annual Community Carols in the Park. Students in the High School also participate in these events.
The school arranges for skilled and qualified music teachers to visit the school, tutoring students in piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, woodwind and strings. Students have numerous opportunities throughout the year to share their passion and talent with the community, whether at one of the events already mentioned or at evening school concerts.
Worship forms a big part of the school community and students take a leading role in providing this.
Our school has a flourishing drama department. Students in Years 9-12 have the opportunity to study Drama as an elective subject and as part of that explore a range of dramatic styles and performances. They have performed in school and at the Parkes Performing Arts Festival.
Students from a variety of classes have participated in School plays and musicals, and in local events such as the Parkes Reading Day and Community Carols.
Drama classes allow students to ‘play’, work as a performance team and support one another.
- Homework Hub
- Design & Technology (including the annual Moomba Birdman Challenge)
The Library (Information Centre) is open from 8.45am until 3.45pm. The Library is open second half of lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for Kindergarten through to Year 12.
Library/Digital Technology Lessons
Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 have a 90 minute library and digital technology lesson weekly. The Library is open to all classes at any time during the week.
At lunchtimes students come to the library to do individual research, borrow, browse, use the internet, meet their friends, have fun with an assortment of games and at times, help with jobs in the library.
Camps & Excursions
Much benefit is seen in the conducting of school camps and major excursions. When planned, ample advance notice is given of camps and/or excursions so those families may start saving early. All students are expected to attend camps and excursions.
Students are encouraged to contribute articles for display at the Parkes Show each August. This provides a goal to work towards, and encourages a high standard of workmanship. There is a gazetted half-day holiday on the Tuesday Show afternoon.
Students in Year 10 are given the opportunity to engage in Work Experience during the second half of July. The students are expected to seek their own work experience employment in an area that is related to their career interests. During Term 2 Work Experience information is sent home, parents are to go through this with their child. Included in this information is a form to be filled out with Work Experience placement information, this is to be returned to the school office. Letters to potential employers and an explanation of the program are available from the School.