Principal’s Message

Learning at Home

As we all prepare for our Easter Break, I realise that this holiday season is going to be a unique event in Australian history.  Never before has the Australian public been required to stay confined to their homes and literally sit out a holiday.  One of the things I was most looking forward to upon our return to Australia, was re-commencing our family camping tradition.  Easter is that time of year when the conditions are perfect for exploring the great outdoors and camping was our favourite way of getting out of town and into the Australian bush.  However, this Easter will not be our time to re-ignite our love for camping. I fear these holidays will be filled with walks around the local streets followed by extended movie marathons.  It’s hard to get your head around these changes isn’t it?  We enter unchartered territory over the weeks and months to come.

I remember that when we arrived in Cebu in 2016, we were quite overwhelmed with the rate of change.  We couldn’t find the food we liked, the restaurants we were used to, or go on family adventures the same way we did back home.  The change was hard, and at times a little overwhelming.  And yet, three years later we looked back and wondered what we were worried about.  We adapted, changed a few things and generally made life work in a foreign land. It wasn’t easy, but we got there, together.

Before we left Australia to live and work in the Philippines, we signed our 3 children up to the Brisbane School of Distance Education (BSDE).  BDSE is a schooling at home program, which attempts to mirror a school program in an online environment.  To a large degree, my kids made this work with the help of a full time Filipino teacher/tutor.  However, for the first month or so we couldn’t find a teacher to help our kids, so it fell on us to make it work.  Blessedly, we eventually found a wonderful local tutor to help us manage our children’s education which allowed us to work full-time at Bloom. But up until that point, we had to teach our own kids! I thought as an educator that this would be easy.  My kids are smart right?  I have taught hundreds of kids throughout my career, how hard could it be?

The pain was real.  It’s tough teaching your own kids. It’s tough grasping the content.  And it’s tough trying to follow someone else’s program. We got through, but it was a steep learning curve. So as we head into an uncertain Term 2, with rumours of closure and disruption, we should all prepare for a season of learning from home.  And I offer the following advice as one who has ventured to teach his own children.

  1. Create a learning space – A space that is dedicated to learning helps give focus and structure. It’s important that our students have a tidy space to complete set tasks and projects, which is visible to parents and holds all essential resources.  Students can take regular breaks, but when they are in this area, it’s time to work.  – This is not a gaming area –
  2. Devices & Internet Access – Does your child have a device that can access the Internet? Does it work?  Take the time well before school starts to make sure everything is ready to go and that you are familiar with your child’s access to Google Sites. We found it vital to have a good set of earphones and working microphone for communication with the teacher.
  3. Routine – As much as possible, maintain a daily routine. Learning at home doesn’t have to follow the usual school time table, but it should have its own routines.  This is important for all ages! Allocate gaming time, outside time and breaks just as much as learning time. However, take it easy on yourself. Another handy tip for younger kids is to make a “daily timetable” together- there are lots of free templates on the internet, but make one to suit your family needs- make sure to include physical activity, quiet time, family time and meals.. print this out on put it somewhere visible, so even the kids can refer to it when they are “bored”!! If you need help or ideas your child’s classroom teacher will be more than happy to help out.
  4. Ask for Help – Help your kids, but resist the temptation to do all their work for them…sometimes this will seem easier. Help from a teacher is merely an email or phone call away, and encourage your child to use that resource if they are stuck!
  5. Monitor Eating – My kids are serial snackers, so we put rules around food consumption (we even hid some snacks). Encourage some healthy morning tea before the afternoon boredom and searching for food sets in! A great idea is to begin the day with a lunchbox (similar to what you would send to school) kept in the fridge and your child can pick from that during the day. Also, remember the best Food and nutrition lessons happens in your kitchen! Get the kids cooking, baking and helping plan meals.

Remember that the College has provided an online learning space (PCC@Home), and this is not the same as school, so don’t try to replicate school conditions.  Teachers are setting manageable and realistic levels of work, and everyone will manage the workload differently.  Don’t be discouraged if there are a few bumps in the beginning, reach out for help as much as you need. When you feel your frustration building, take a break…as many as you need.

We are here for you, you are not alone.  We promise to keep you updated as we prepare for whatever comes in Term 2.  We are trying our very best to develop a curriculum that works no matter where our students are located.  This next season represents many challenges for us all, but I am confident that together we can survive 2020.

During this hectic time, and as we break for Easter, let’s pause and remember what is important.  Our immediate concerns regarding COVID-19 will understandably consume our attention, but let’s also remember that Easter is that special time every year where families can remember God’s greatest gift to humanity – Jesus.  The story of Easter is the single most powerful narrative that reminds us of God’s great love, and His desire to be in relationship with His creation (us). Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are restored to our heavenly Father who loves us so much.  This is “good news”, and a truth worth remembering and celebrating in the midst of our present uncertainty.

May God bless you and keep you all safe.

Gary Cully
Principal

 

Head of Primary

Thank you for a good, productive first Term even with all the changes and uncertain times of late. My prayers are for you, your family …

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Head of Primary

Thank you for a good, productive first Term even with all the changes and uncertain times of late.

My prayers are for you, your family and the Parklands community during this very interesting ‘season’.

Ms. Sarah Mitchell, the NSW Education Minister has urged parents struggling to balance jobs and their children ‘Learning from Home’, not to expect too much from themselves, saying that younger students don’t have to complete all the lessons and try to follow the structure of a normal school day.  Sarah Mitchell’s comments come as education experts said trying to replicate a full school day of ‘Learning at Home’ could be counterproductive for younger students. Ms. Mitchell, who has a student in year 1, said she understood the pressure of balancing ‘Learning from Home’ lessons with work. “I want to say to parents and carers, please don’t expect too much from yourself.  I think it would be sufficient for lower primary school kids to do a bit of maths, reading and writing, and then have some fun.”

Please see below some ideas/suggestions to keep your family busy, active and hopefully amused during the holidays:

  • Bake (Cookies, cake, bread).
  • Travel around the world by preparing home meals from different countries by googling recipes online.
  • Make your own pizza night – make a crust (or use precooked crust) & let family members pick & add their own toppings.
  • Have a backyard “campfire” – roast marshmallows, sing songs, tell stories.
  • Ride your bike up and down the street.
  • Go for family walks/runs.
  • Play backyard games like cricket, bocce, jenga, connect four, badminton, volleyball, etc.
  • Kick a soccer ball or have a friendly family game.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Get healthy with a friendly physical fitness competition. See who can do the most sit ups, push-ups, jumping jacks, planks, etc. in a minute,
  • Work on a puzzle as a family.
  • Take time daily to pray for your friends / family / neighbours / community.
  • Work on memorizing a new passage of Scripture together as a family.
  • Help children/students focus on all we have to be grateful for even during this unusual and scary time by creating a ‘thankful box’. Every day have them share something they are thankful for, write it on a piece of paper and put it in the box.
  • Make a souvenir – we don’t mean to trivialize what is going on at all, but we want to keep our children/students calm and free from anxiety.
  • Play a boardgame…. or two or three.
  • Prepare a scavenger hunt around your house and garden (give clues on post it notes, picture clues, colour scavenger hunt, alphabet scavenger hunt, etc.)
  • Have a fancy dinner where you all get dressed up, use a tablecloth and candles, and put on music while you eat.
  • Make some music. If your children/students play instruments they can each work on a piece to perform.
  • Have a spa day with your girls – do face masks, paint nails, put cucumbers on your face, give massages, makeovers etc.
  • Make paper airplanes and have a competition to see whose goes the farthest.
  • Create beautiful origami creations (use google for help with ideas & creating).
  • Play charades as a family for lots of fun and giggles.
  • Teach your children/students to sew or knit.
  • See who can build the tallest tower or longest bridge out of marshmallows or items you have around the home.

Please remember that it is important for students to stay home but also to keep active and not to spend a lot of time alone in their bedrooms.

Kids learn what they live

by Michael Grose

Have you ever opened up your mouth and heard your own parents speak?

I’d frequently speak to my kids when they’d been less than perfect and I could hear my father speaking. I’d use the same words, same tone of voice and same body language as my father. The similarity was a little spooky.

This happens because the genes ‘from the past’ are very strong impacting not just our communication but our parenting as well. Kids copy their parents. Temperament, gender, genetic and birth order factors all play a part in shaping kids. They signify the differences between children’s behaviour, attitudes and interests. It’s in children’s similarities that the impact of parenting is seen.

Are all your kids tolerant, generous, kind and forgiving, perhaps some less than others? If so, there’s a good chance that you possess those qualities or, at least, one parent displays those qualities.

Children learn what they live

When kids live with gratitude, encouragement and affection on a daily basis they are more likely to adopt those behaviours themselves. In fact, those types of behaviours become part of their values system. They may shy away from these behaviours in adolescence yet most kids will return to their core values in their twenties and beyond. Most kids find their identity only after they’ve rejected it.

Similarly, when kids live with criticism, mean-spiritedness and intolerance they are more likely to display those attitudes. Teachers and schools can impact children’s attitudes and behaviours but it can be hard to override the values that kids develop at home. Kids are more likely to reflect their parents’ attitudes and behaviours than those of their teachers.

Do you like what you see?

Take a good look at your kids’ attitudes, behaviours and values, particularly how they treat others. If you like what you see then give yourself a pat on the back because you’ve done a good job through both overt teaching and modelling of raising a person in your likeness.

If you’re not happy with what you see – I’m not referring to the out-of-character, poor behaviour that kids at times display due to fatigue, a stage or some other unknown reason (kids will be kids) – but if you cringe when you see some of the attitudes and behaviours that your kids routinely show then some self-reflection may be the order of the day.  That’s nothing necessarily to be ashamed of. Kids get front row seats to the very best and very worst of their parents’ behaviours. We just need to make sure that our best is amplified and our worst is minimised or, at least, not witnessed by our kids.

It helps to sit down with your partner or a trusted friend and review the type of person that’s on display for your kids every now and then. It will be a worthwhile exercise both personally and as a parent. As your kids are a reflection of you, start the reflection process by looking at the behaviours, attitudes and states of mind they have in common. If you’re happy with what you generally see daily, then you’re okay and doing a great job.

Now while students are at home and or on holiday would be a good time to observe and monitor these behaviours.

I pray that you have a good, well deserved school break or even ‘Lockdown’ if you are at home with the children and family.

May God’s peace, comfort, joy and strength be yours through these times of uncertainty.

Head of Secondary

Our Secondary staff have spent Week 10 of first term improving our existing Google Sites, Google Classrooms and other electronic resources to a higher level …

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Head of Secondary

Our Secondary staff have spent Week 10 of first term improving our existing Google Sites, Google Classrooms and other electronic resources to a higher level to enable PCC@Home. It’s been exciting to see their enthusiasm and passion shine through, and I’m really grateful for their effort. It’s also been terrific to see our Secondary students trialling PCC@Home and working out their own ways of managing their learning, and all the logistics, from home. We’ve seen some wonderful moments throughout Week 10, and if we continue this approach for Term 2 then I have full confidence that our students and staff will be engaged in quality learning.

Being the parent of a fourteen year old girl, I am conscious of how to set up our home and routines to best set up my daughter for success – please refer to Mr Cully’s email for tips about that. I’m particularly conscious of device usage, and I encourage all of our secondary families to have a look at the parent resources on the eSafety Commissioner page at https://www.esafety.gov.au/.

Thank you for your support this term, we’ve really appreciated all the well wishes and gestures from parents in support of our staff during this challenging time. I’m praying all families have a relaxing break and special Easter time, and I look forward to continuing to partner with families in each child’s educational journey in Term 2.

Jessica Grounds
Head of Secondary

Coordinator of Middle School

While the current circumstances can create distraction from what we recognise as normal, it is good to be able to reflect on what has been …

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Coordinator of Middle School

While the current circumstances can create distraction from what we recognise as normal, it is good to be able to reflect on what has been a great term of success and achievement for Middle School at Parklands.

Recap of 2020 So Far

Some of the Highlights

New Year 7 Students

This year saw the start of the Secondary journey for 60 year 7 students. Through the weeks of term 1, our Year 7 students have made the adjustment from Primary school to Secondary school expectations and processes with great success. We are blessed to have a wonderful group of students in Year 7 who are enthusiastic about the journey of learning and participating in Secondary. It has been a pleasure to help them navigate their path so far with the brilliant assistance and guidance from Mrs Alanah Braun (Year 7 Coordinator).

Year 9 Camp

At the beginning of term, we started Year 9 at Camp Bornhoffen with a series of outdoor challenges and individual learning activities. Students were well engaged and had a great time experiencing Creek Walking, High Ropes and Abseiling. This camp sets our students up to challenge themselves to overcome situations that appear difficult, but can be successfully navigated.

Middle School Leaders

We have taken the step of starting a new student leadership position at Parklands – Middle School Leaders. These students are chosen by staff from our Year 9 cohort, recognising that student leadership potential is present throughout their journey in Secondary.

Middle School Leaders will have opportunity to engage specifically with our year 7 cohort as a peer-mentor and encouragement, work alongside our Senior Leaders during College events and activities, and will be directly involved in the second half of the year with transition activities and process for our current Year 6 cohort.

Our Middle School Leaders for 2020 are:

  • Helena Costin
  • Liam West
  • Kashish Kashish
  • Lily Robertson

Middle School @ Home

During this time, there will be a lot of different aspects for us to consider which are new. The most important thing at this time is that school does not become an increased burden and stress for students and their families. Teachers will be adding information and expectations to their subject web pages, which students are already familiar with. Continue to engage with this platform going forward.

Regardless of what next term looks like, we will communicate our thoughts and expectations as a college to you at all times. We are planning for a continued approach to online learning into the start of term 2, so continue to follow websites with your children for further directions and information.

I trust you have a wonderful family holiday break, and we look forward to connecting with you again in Term 2.

God Bless

Secondary News

School Photo Day is fast approaching Have your child’s school memories captured forever on Tuesday 28th April, 2020 Your photo order envelopes were sent home …

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Secondary News

School Photo Day is fast approaching

Have your child’s school memories captured forever on Tuesday 28th April, 2020

Your photo order envelopes were sent home via your child week beginning Monday 23 March.

Your photo order envelopes will be sent home via your child in the last week of Term 1. Please start planning your purchases and payment options.

Remember these helpful points:

    • Read all relevant instructions for your preferred payment method. All payments are due on photo day.
    • You may pay by cash, or place your order online using your child’s individual ‘shootkey’ listed on their envelope and pay with your credit card.
    • Please enclose correct money as no change will be given.
    • Sibling photo envelopes are available at Student Services upon request. SIBLING PHOTOS WILL BE TAKEN BEFORE SCHOOL, ON PHOTO DAY AT 7:30AM IN THE FUNCTION ROOM.
    • Please instruct siblings to attend the photo studio at this time. Photographers are unable to search for students who do not attend.
    • Do not seal envelopes inside each other. You may include payment for all children in one envelope, however, please indicate on this envelope the names of all the children you are paying for.
    • All students are to wear their CORRECT AND COMPLETE ACADEMIC UNIFORM. Students who arrive in sport uniform will not appear in their class photo.
    • Year 10-12 students are to wear their correct winter academic uniform (blazers for all and males to wear long pants and their tie).
    • Year 12 students must bring their senior jersey.

Sport

Parklands Under 15 Boys Touch Football Champions of CSSAQ Gala Day! Over the past 2 Fridays students selected in the CSSAQ touch football teams have …

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Sport

Parklands Under 15 Boys Touch Football Champions of CSSAQ Gala Day!

Over the past 2 Fridays students selected in the CSSAQ touch football teams have enjoyed a full day of fierce competition. On Day 1 the junior boys, junior girls and Intermediate Girls played many games putting in 110% effort working hard for each other all day. The college was very proud to see every player showing respect for each other and the opposition and a second to none ‘never give up attitude’. Special mention to the Junior Boys and junior girls who made it to the play offs but just fell short.

Day 2 saw the Senior Boys, Senior Girls and Intermediate Boys take the field. Parklands had a very successful day with the Senior Boys making the semi-final but just missing out, while the Senior Girls did not have a final series but won 2 of their 5 group games. The highlight of the day was the Intermediate Boys putting on an absolute master class winning all their group games and eventually beating tournament favorites Mueller College in the Grand Final! Again, all 3 teams represented the college in amazing fashion and as a community are very proud of all your effort.

For more photos of the day please check out Parklands Facebook page!

Brisbane Roar Academy at Parklands

Last Tuesday the 10th of March 2020 Parklands welcomed the Brisbane Roar Academy Under 13’s, 14’s 15’s 16’s 17’s and 18’s squads to the Baskerville Sports Centre. The teams and their coaching staff utilized our amazing sporting facility and were very impressed by its professional layout. I caught up with Brisbane Roar Academy Director, Mr Warren Moon, to ask how his teams went and what they thought, “The Facilities are fantastic” he said. “We are only located 10 mins down the road in Browns Plains and these facilities gives us an added option to our ever changing training program. We have just launched Brisbane Roar Futsal so hopefully we can continue to use these great facilities at Parklands”. We look forward to hosting Brisbane Roar again soon.

Updated payment system for Met West representatives

If selected to attend a Met West regional trial, the regional trial levy of $22.00 is to be paid online through the link on the Metropolitan West School Sport website https://metwestschoolsport.eq.edu.au

When you visit the home page of the MWSS website you click on the link for the online shop. There is also a link on the MWSS website home page, ‘How to guide for payment’, that helps you through the payment process. You will need to follow the guidelines on how to successfully pay the levy.

Payment of levy will also be able to be processed on your mobile device.

No money will be collected by the Regional Convenor at the Regional Trial.

As always, no paperwork + no payment means the student will not trial.

Student Care and Wellbeing

On Friday the 20th of March, Parklands joined with many other schools around Australia to promote the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. …

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Student Care and Wellbeing

On Friday the 20th of March, Parklands joined with many other schools around Australia to promote the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

Our college believes that when we work together as a community, a great deal can be done to prevent bullying and to protect students. Engagement from all staff, students and families is central to preventing bullying and creating a school climate of respect and inclusion.

We would like to thank you for your participation in helping promote these values. Here are some ways that you can help us tackle issues of bullying.

Report concerns to the Student Care & Wellbeing Team

Here is the process for reporting an incident or concerns:

  1. Student or teacher informs the Student Care & Wellbeing team that an incident has occurred. This is best done ASAP after the incident. The longer the timeframe is between an incident and the SC&W Team being informed, the harder it is for quick, positive resolution.
  2. SC&W Team will request student/s to complete an incident report (where appropriate).
  3. Support is given to the student/s involved in the incident and their physical and emotional wellbeing addressed.
  4. In every circumstance where an incident is reported, a thorough investigation is completed. This includes speaking with the student/s involved, any witnesses and the referring teacher.
  5. An outcome of the investigation is reported to a Head of School.
  6. The student/s are then provided the opportunity to work on a resolution. This may include completing a Responsible Thinking Plan, an apology letter, a support session with a social worker, referral to friendship skills masterclass conflict resolution program, a Head of School discussion or referrals to external support services.

Stay involved and educated

  1. Participate and/or encourage your children to participate in the programs that are on offer in our school (see side column).
  2. Talk to your children about effective, kind and appropriate ways to manage conflict such as referring to our Friendship 8 poster.

For more information on our College Student Bullying Policy, please find this on our website:

http://parklands.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/3.60-Policy-Student-Bullying.pdf

PCC Instrumental Music

Exodus 15:21a “And Miriam sang this song: ‘Sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously…’” Psalm 96:2 “Sing to the Lord; praise His name. …

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PCC Instrumental Music

Exodus 15:21a “And Miriam sang this song: ‘Sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously…’”

Psalm 96:2 “Sing to the Lord; praise His name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.”

In these uncertain & unprecedented times, it can be easy to find ourselves getting anxious, and I have certainly found that happening in my own life during these last few weeks. The Scriptures remind us not just to remember that the Lord will triumph and that He still saves, but to sing to Him, to make music in our hearts, and in fact to sing these things to each other too. What a wonderful gift the Lord has given us, the ability to express truth in music and song, and what a powerful gift to give to our children.

Ensemble rehearsals

While partial shut-down conditions exist, Ensemble rehearsals will be suspended. There will be no choir or band rehearsals until this changes.

Instrumental & Vocal lessons

We are currently making preparations for instrumental & vocal lessons to continue online, in a similar fashion to academic classes. This will involve the use of either Google Meets or Zoom, and we will send more detailed information and instructions once this is ready to go. We are very keen for all students to remain engaged with music learning, and it is almost more important now for them to have a variety of activities to do, so please make sure your children are still practising even if they don’t have a lesson scheduled for week 10. It’s also something fun to do in the holidays!

If students are looking for inspiration, there are lots of videos on YouTube which could be helpful and enjoyable. I hope you and your families find opportunities to make and enjoy music during this time, and we look forward to being able to do that together at school soon.

Enrolment forms are available for download below, or by emailing instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

__PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

VET News

Dear Parents/Carers, Edition 5 of VET news was emailed to parents and carers on 31st March. No doubt we have all observed and are experiencing …

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VET News

Dear Parents/Carers,

Edition 5 of VET news was emailed to parents and carers on 31st March.

No doubt we have all observed and are experiencing the huge impact in our community caused by COVID-19.  I wanted to take the time to acknowledge the strength and resilience of our young students as they have quite admirably and steadily responded to numerous changes and upheavals in their daily timetables.

Changes and amendments to vocational programs are varied therefore, I will continue to communicate with individual students and their parents/guardians as these changes occur.

General V.E.T. Information due to current Government guidelines (due to the COVID-19 restrictions)

Students on Apprenticeships and Traineeships should:

  • Discuss their attendance with their employer, ensure they are aware of any changes to health and safety policies.
  • Continue to check in with their employers for up to date information and keep checking your emails for regular updates.
  • Advise your employer if you are feeling unwell and not attend the workplace.
  • Your TAFE or college trainer should be contacting you directly if there are any changes to the theory component of your traineeship or apprenticeship.

Students enrolled with TAFE or private colleges.

  • Your TAFE or college should be contacting you directly if there are any changes to your courses.
  • I do my best to communicate with students and parents/guardians if I receive any information, but you may likely receive correspondence about changes/closures before I do – please check your emails regularly.

In the meantime…..

Students will have been updated from their Parklands teachers regarding school curriculum and how to move forward with online learning.  Please continue to communicate with teachers regarding submission of assessments and study links.

If students find themselves with some spare time, the current circumstances could be an opportunity for students to start or update their resume as well as research jobs and employment industries of interest.

A range of resume templates are available on the PCC Intranet site as well as cover letter and interview tips and other recruitment information https://sites.google.com/a/parklands.qld.edu.au/vocational-education-training/

I encourage students to continue to search for future courses and opportunities that you may be interested in doing.  We may be living with some barriers at present, however this does not mean our curiosity needs to stop – keep searching, stay curious!

As we approach the end of term – albeit in the middle of a partial shutdown of school – please ensure you read V.E.T. News for other sources of information.  I would like to wish all Parklands families a calm and peaceful Easter break.

Please keep in contact and if you have questions or queries regarding vocational education and training, please send me an email.

Kind regards
Dee Hudson
V.E.T. Officer
vet@parklands.qld.edu.au

The Friendlies

It was such a joy to be able to hold our Family Portrait Day last month. It was a huge success! It was so lovely to see …

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The Friendlies

It was such a joy to be able to hold our Family Portrait Day last month. It was a huge success! It was so lovely to see so many families coming out to have their portrait taken. The best part for me personally was being able to have a chat and connect with different families throughout our school community who we might not always get to see.

The photographer also commented on several occasions just how lovely all of our families were especially all the teenagers just happily being photographed with their families. She said they normally get attitude from all the teenagers. How nice was that to hear that our families stood out from other schools at showing love for one another. Go Parklands!

The Friendlies team are committed to loving, encouraging and caring for all of our school community. Our mission statement is “The Friendlies are families of the Parklands Christian College community who endeavour to bring the love of Christ and encourage lifelong relationships within the school community. We provide opportunities to connect and fellowship at various events that we have throughout the year. We would love for you to join with us in strengthening one another”.

If your family are doing it tough in this difficult time and have been affected by unemployment or cut-backs due to the Covid-19, please let the College know by contacting our  Administration team to discuss how the school can help care for your family. We can get through this together!

We will continue to uphold our school community in prayer to get through this season. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Philippians 4:13

Enjoying spending quality time with your loved ones over the Easter break.

Virtual Hugs to you all!
The Friendlies Team

School Transport Assistance Scheme

School Transport Assistance Scheme The Queensland Government offers financial assistance to parents of both state and non-state school students travelling to and from school daily …

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School Transport Assistance Scheme

The Queensland Government offers financial assistance to parents of both state and non-state school students travelling to and from school daily by private arrangement. This is known as STAS (School Transport Assistance Scheme).

Please phone the Gold Coast office on 5630 8857 to clarify your eligibility. Alternatively you can visit their website http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/schooltransport

Parklands OSHC

Parklands Outside School Hours Care is situated within the school grounds of Parklands Christian College in the Prep Building Area.  The service operates for before …

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Parklands Outside School Hours Care is situated within the school grounds of Parklands Christian College in the Prep Building Area.  The service operates for before school, after school and vacation care.  Before and after school care offers a nutritious breakfast/afternoon tea and children are able to engage in a variety of activities based on their interests.

During the school term the service operates from 6:30-8:30am and 3:00-6:00pm (with office staff available from 2pm), and vacation care from 6:30am-6:00pm.  Parklands OSHC have qualified educators and encourage parents and families to pop into the service to discuss any care needs, suggestions or ideas or alternatively via phone 3297 0577 or email: parklandsbookings@bigpond.com.

We currently have limited spots available for before and after school care and advise families that a current 2020 enrolment is required to accept all bookings including emergency care bookings.

We look forward to assisting with all your care needs.

School Fees Due

School Fees Are deducted from your bank account on the 17th unless received by the 10th of each month. Please ensure funds are in your …

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School Fees

Are deducted from your bank account on the 17th unless received by the 10th of each month.

Please ensure funds are in your account one (1) business day before the 17th of the month.

Our Bank Account details are as follows:

BSB: 034115
Account Number: 169944

Please use your surname and initials as reference e.g. ‘J&C Smith’

Term Direct Debit Deduction Dates

  • 17th February
  • 17th April
  • 17th July
  • 17th September

Note: Direct Debits that reject from your account due to insufficient funds will incur a $10.00 fee and loss of discount. An additional late fee of $20 will apply to invoices outstanding at the end of the month.

Discounts Available

  • Monthly 2%
  • Term 5%
  • Annual 8%

2020 Term Dates

Term Dates 2020

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Term Dates 2020

Tuckshop

Tuckshop in need of volunteers There is an opportunity for parents to contribute to the life of the school by volunteering their time in the …

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Tuckshop in need of volunteers

There is an opportunity for parents to contribute to the life of the school by volunteering their time in the tuckshop.

The tuckshop has been growing since moving to the new facility and with growth in sales we would really love your help!

Please contact our Tuckshop Convenor, Marie Rushin, on 0422 637 370 or email tuckshop@parklands.qld.edu.au

Tuckshop Menu 2020

 

Uniform Shop Hours

School Days only For further information please contact Michelle Secretan Phone: (07) 3380 4256 Mobile: 0412 917 299 Email: uniforms@parklands.qld.edu.au Second Hand Uniforms available CASH ONLY …

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Monday8.15am - 9.15am & 2.30pm - 3.45pm
Tuesday8.15am - 9.15am & 2.30pm - 3.45pm
Thursday8.15am - 9.15am & 2.30pm - 3.45pm

School Days only

For further information please contact Michelle Secretan
Phone: (07) 3380 4256
Mobile: 0412 917 299
Email: uniforms@parklands.qld.edu.au

Second Hand Uniforms available CASH ONLY (no refund or exchange)
For Second Hand Uniform Enquiries please email Alisha Mane amane@parklands.qld.edu.au
Also check our FB page for updates…

Uniform Shop Facebook Page

/PCCUniforms

Purchase Uniforms Online
Uniforms can now be purchased online through QuickCliq.com.au

 

Bus Service

School Bus Passes for Westside Bus Company and Park Ridge Transit Students who have a bus pass for travel will be required to obtain a …

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School Bus Passes for Westside Bus Company and Park Ridge Transit

Students who have a bus pass for travel will be required to obtain a new pass for the 2020 school year. If you are changing schools in 2020 (this includes moving to grade 7) or address you will need to contact our reception on (07) 3802 1233 and we will advise you of how to update your details. To avoid delays in receiving your pass we kindly request that you contact us prior to the end of the school year.

If you have no changes to your details, you will receive your new bus pass in the mail in early January.

Please note that there are limited reception facilities available at our Redbank depot and you should call before attending the depot as we maybe able to assist over the phone.

Bus Routes for Parklands

Please find attached all of the Bus routes, that have been made available to Parklands families.

Bus Queensland now offer 3 pick ups in the afternoon outside Prep with various routes.

  • Departing 3:22pm
  • Departing 3:31pm
  • Departing 3:45pm

As this is a service offered by Bus Queensland (not PCC) please direct all further enquires to Bus Queensland on 3802 1233 or email customers@busqld.com.au

PRT Changes to School Bus Routes (effective 29-01-2019)

6013

6055

6113 (1)

6142

6155