In this issue

Missions update

Request for Musical Instruments for Donation

Walk for a Farmer

Isabelle Podlick  wins Bronze in Cadet Ladies Freeskating

Steffanie Pottinger recognised for her volunteering efforts

Secondary and Primary Awards Nights

Principal’s Message

Greetings I pause and reflect on another year almost completed, and write some thoughts before the Class of 2019 graduate and begin their journey of “life after School”.  This is something I have watched, and participated in from the early 1980s at Calvary Christian College, Townsville through to this present …

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Principal’s Message

Greetings

I pause and reflect on another year almost completed, and write some thoughts before the Class of 2019 graduate and begin their journey of “life after School”.  This is something I have watched, and participated in from the early 1980s at Calvary Christian College, Townsville through to this present day.

I have seen so much over this time; change of governments, change of educational procedures, change of government funding process, starting two Christian Schools, one in the deep North, and one in the Capital city, and the vast number of students who have passed through these schools, some now in their early 50s (we started Calvary in 1980 with High school students) through to the little Preps just starting their journey with us.

I reflect briefly on two items that stand out for me in this journey.  The first is the transformational change I have seen in students after they have left school, especially the “difficult” ones. The other item is the wonderful team who guide them through their journey in school. Our team really seek the best for every child in their care.

In recent times, when I have been attending a School or Church Conference, a grown man or woman will often come up to me and say “Hello Mr B”.  Immediately I know I am talking to a past student.  So I respond with “What Grade were you in when you remember me?”.  Often it will be at primary level, when they were so much smaller than they are now.  After a short shake down to try and find a common reference, we begin to talk, and I hear about their life after school.  Continually, I hear them mention “the quality of relationship with teachers”, and “Chapel stories”, which gave them foundations for life. When I piece it all together, it is such a joy to hear that a moment in a school chapel, or the care and advice of a teacher, or both, were the key to inspiring them to pursue a life that has brought out the best in them.  Often I am quite surprised when I remember the child, and now see who the adult in front of me has become.

Last week I was at a Church Conference and I caught up with Alan.  He was a lost and bewildered boy in my Calvary School.  He was unhappy and aggressive much of the time. He left in Grade 11 because he would not change his behaviour, and sadly, he went badly downhill from there.   After a lengthy prison term, he was released and left Townsville to find his Dad, who he had never met.  He achieved this, but then realized he was empty again, and he needed to avoid the traps of his old life. He found himself back in a Church.  He met a young lady and they both went to Bible College.  They married, and he began to be involved in ministry to “lost youth”. Through this time, he developed the joy of being a Pastor and helping others who were heading down the same path he had followed.   I had the joy of being at his Induction Service to become a Pastor, and he has been a loving, caring Pastor in a country town for the last 7+ years. We had lunch together at the last Conference, and his comment “I never forgot the care of my teachers”, was the standout of his changed life.

We have a tremendous team at Parklands.  We have a team who teach Primary and a similar team for Secondary. In addition to this, we have a team who help those students who struggle with their Learning, and those who are still unsettled in school Behaviour requirements.  If we blend these all together with the continual oversight of the Heads of School, and the vast team of Mums and others who are supporting the students and teachers as Teacher Aids; we have a fantastic, caring team in our school. Further to this, many in the team often take on extra tasks like “After School” tutorials, or opening the Sports and Workshops early, for students to do activities before class, which they enjoy. They also put up their hand to do lots of extras during the week. The Mission Team bring much of this together with the journey to another culture, and we see the transformation it brings in the life of the older students as they plan and prepare for their future life.

Our Admin and Property teams round it out by supporting interaction between Home and School, along with keeping the school finance, grounds and equipment working and ready for use. I could go on with so much more, but I close with this thought.

Our school has deliberately followed a path of relational care as our most important focus.  We are teaching Life to every child first, followed by all the skills they desire to learn and master.  We believe that each child in our school has a God given gift that we, along with parents, seek to develop.  We are graduating another Senior class this month, and they are such a delight. Each of them with their own unique gift have added to the life in the school. The key to life, is then to see them use this gift for God’s purpose in whatever field they find themselves in.  This brings a joy and happiness in life which is so fulfilling.

I have experienced this in my life because of my parents and teachers and that which I also have freely received, I seek to pass on to all who pass through our school.

For updates on the upgrade to Mount Lindesay Highway between Rosia Road and Stoney Camp Road, please read below.

Mt Lindesay Roadworks

God bless
David Baskerville

Head of Primary

I can’t believe we’ve only got about 3 weeks left of school for 2019 – wow, how time has flown! 2020 Class Placements We believe …

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Head of Primary

I can’t believe we’ve only got about 3 weeks left of school for 2019 – wow, how time has flown!

2020 Class Placements

We believe God has a destiny for every student in our school. He has already placed within them the skills, gifts and talents that they need so as to become the person God intended them to be. We are also blessed to have excellent teachers at Parklands because of God’s call on their life. Class teachers, Teacher Aides, Specialists, RTC & LE Staff spend an enormous amount of time praying, working through and discussing the issues involved with class placements and in trying to ensure that classes are well balanced. The matters of learning style, academic ability, student & staff personality, friendships, behavioural concerns, as well as social and emotional needs are earnestly discussed in the whole class selection process.

A reminder, we know the students at school and do not accommodate requests from parents to swap class placements. It is an extremely difficult task that is complicated by requests for and against staff and other students or friends. We ask that you would pray for wisdom and discernment for your child’s teacher as they look to care for and meet the needs of each student. Thank you for your understanding and support in this regard and look forward to seeing a wonderful working relationship develop between teacher, student and parent!

Awards Night

Due to the ever increasing number of students and the size of our auditorium, this year again we  plan to divide up the evening and have 2 Awards Night Ceremonies on Thursday 28th November.

We’ll have the Prep to Year 2 Awards Night Ceremony from 6 – 7.15 pm in the auditorium and after dismissing these students and parents during the break / intermission, we’ll invite the Year 3-6 parents and students into the auditorium to commence their Year 3-6 Awards Night ceremony starting at 7.30 – 8.45 pm. A more detailed Awards Night letter for BOTH ceremonies will be forthcoming.

I know this year’s Awards Nights are going to be another tremendous highlight for us, not only because they will allow each and every student to be encouraged, rewarded and esteemed for their effort but also because we normally have so many parents joining us to celebrate their child’s achievements. It’s also going to be great to see and hear the Year level item performances and students walking across the stage to be presented with their certificates.

This for us is such a blessing and what teaching is all about!

Uniforms

Please clearly label all uniform items with your child’s first and last NAME (not just initials). We still have 3 weeks left of school plus looking smart for Awards Night, so are asking parents to please ensure that their child/ren are correctly and neatly dressed every day – especially the correct WHITE sneakers. If unsure of the Primary Uniform Policy, please feel free to check our website, ask a class teacher or RTC staff. Appreciate your assistance and support in this regard.

Volunteers/Support

We are seriously looking for parents and or grandparents on a daily basis who can assist teachers with fun tasks like: changing readers, reading to/with students, doing exciting group activities etc. If you’d be willing to hear more about volunteering, please feel free to talk to a teacher, contact Student Services or Mr. Jakins (Head of Primary).

Balancing Your Child’s Digital Diet by Martine Oglethorpe

When considering your child’s or young person’s digital diet it’s important to move beyond the notion of keeping kids safe to look at the types of activities their screen-time might be denying them.

There are many aspects to take into account including the maintenance of mental and physical health; fulfilling school and family duties and ensuring that young people develop a full gamut of real world communication skills.

For the sake of living a balanced life ensure your child has sufficient time for:

  1. Sleep:It’s super important that kids are getting a good night’s sleep. Keeping devices out of the bedroom when they are young, and avoiding the screens for at least an hour before bed, helps ensure their sleep needs are met.
  2. Down time: Today’s kids don’t tend to get as much time to be bored as kids used to. It is an important skill to be able to fill in their time themselves. Bored time promotes creative play and thinking as kids are forced to come up with other ways to amuse themselves.
  3. Connection:Face-to-face interaction is obviously crucial for children’s social and emotional development and wellbeing. Time with friends, siblings and family members must always be a priority. Learning to engage, problem solve and read body language and facial expressions are all crucial skills that need real-life time and experience to develop.
  4. Physical activity:A healthy body and mind requires activity and movement. Kids still love to get out and play. However, some may need a bit more encouragement to remind them.
  5. Reflection:Whilst playing games may be described by many kids as their downtime (and yes, there is some validity to this argument) kids also need downtime that involves doing very little. It is in these moments of reflection, of thinking and of pondering, that our ideas come to us and our creativity for other activities flows.
  6. Focus:There are times of the day when all of us need to be focused on other tasks. These may be homework, chores, reading a book or the newspaper, building something or making something. There needs to be time in kids’ days where they are able to focus solely on a task without the distractions of a screen.
  7. Family meals:Getting plenty of good food is of course very important to kids’ wellbeing. But it’s not just about the food. Sitting at the table with parents, siblings or others, focusing on enjoying a meal together without the need of a screen, helps children to develop good habits while they are young which they can carry into the future.

Obviously there will be times when all these needs are not completely balanced. There will be periods when screens are used more often and times when one or more valuable needs is neglected. But if we can use this as a guide and aim to fit the many key experiences our kids need into each day, we are much more likely to ensure our kids grow up with a healthy respect for their screens and a healthy respect for the many areas of their life that need to be nurtured.

God Bless

Mr J

Primary News

Year 1 Term 4 is flying by in Year One and we are well onto our way to finish the year on a high! Learning …

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Primary News

Year 1

Term 4 is flying by in Year One and we are well onto our way to finish the year on a high! Learning is in full swing. We have been reading, writing, exploring, discussing and experimenting across all the learning areas.

Learning to write persuasively has been a definite highlight. The children have been having a great time, trying hard to convince one another about what animal or food is better. We also argued the topic of ‘Should Kids do Chores!’ Surprisingly, many of the children argued that they should and came up with great reasons to justify their opinion.
We are very much looking forward to our SeaWorld excursion. So keep an eye out in the next newsletter for some highlights and photos!

Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh

Year 3

Year 3 Excursion – Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

At the beginning of Term 4 the Year 3 students visited Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to increase their scientific understanding about animals and their biomes.  The students were involved in an education session where they were given clues and had to work out what animal they thought the clues belonged to and the matching biome.  The students then got to meet a rainbow lorikeet, a magnificent tree frog, a black headed python and a koala.  In their small groups students were able to feed the kangaroos and watch different shows including the birds of prey flight show and the sheep dog show.  Students enjoyed visiting the platypus area, dingo enclosure, seeing a wide range of koalas and watching the sleepy wombat.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who came to assist the students on the excursion, which ensured we had an awesome day!Mr Kennedy, Mrs Abbot & Mrs Kissick

Secondary News

Walk for a Farmer 2019 Last term on September the 19th our year 9 students embarked on a journey of discovery. With the day turning …

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Secondary News

Walk for a Farmer 2019

Last term on September the 19th our year 9 students embarked on a journey of discovery. With the day turning into an absolute beautiful day for walking, the year 9 students began their walk from the Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre to school. So why were these year 9 students walking that distance to school? To raise money.

They were raising much need funds for farmers by conducting a Walk for a Farmer. I am pleased to say that every student who participated on this event completed the full 20 km of our walking goal. This simple token of walking is symbolic of the effort taken by our farmers who are facing drought and having it affect their lively hoods.

The money raised will go towards a registered charity Drought Angels who is a not for profit that provides support for farmers facing drought, flood, fire and other natural disasters.

The most interesting part of this journey was that the year 9 students persevered through the entire journey without complaint or assistance, even when they thought that 20km was a very long way. Through your generous donations and fundraising we managed to raise $3919. Well done year 9.

Senior Art Exhibition

On Thursday 31st October, Senior Visual Art students opened their final exhibition for 2019. Works displayed are from Years 10 – 12, and showcase a wide variety of Art Media and Creative inquiry. All students have developed their personal focus and works stem from this focus through a process of research, experimentation, development and resolution. This exhibition will be on display in the Function Room until Friday 15th November – if you have not yet had the chance, come and have a look at this diverse collection of works from our talented students!

Sister Monique Singh

2019 Business Market Stall Event

The fifth Parklands Business Market Stall Event was held on Tuesday October 29th in the Function Room! Business and Economics students are so grateful to the Parklands community who came out in support of the young entrepreneurs. Grandparents, parents, primary students and primary staff provided the first wave of customers, and secondary students and staff joined them a little later to purchase from a range of items including sausages, fried rice, spring rolls, cupcakes, chocolate fountain, popcorn, fudge, milkshakes, lollies, slushies, brownies, cookies, etc. and to try their hand at the lob-o-choc tables and hoop toss.

The event was a huge success for the sixty students who participated, and it was gratifying to observe students developing excellent business skills in a hands on environment. Skills developed included business planning, preparation, food safety, organising, operational, customer service and financial skills as team members celebrated breaking even and then growing their profits as the day progressed.

A 10% charity donation from each team will be transferred to Bloom Philippines before Christmas.

Well done boys and girls!

Odette Watson and Abby Dixon

Transport Help Needed

My son has just started end of year 9 at Parklands and we live in Weedbrook Street, Park Ridge. (new estate off Park ridge road). There are no buses that run from there to the school and I am going to have to pay for taxis to and from school. If anyone lives nearby that could help out with travel to and from school, please contact Maria on 0421 648 172.

I am happy to contribute to the cost in petrol.

Parklands Christmas Appeal

Christmas is a time when we celebrate God’s greatest gift to humanity, Jesus. To celebrate this precious gift, we want to give to those in our local community who are in need. Join us on 1 November with your Parklands Hamper Bag containing your choice of non-perishable items below.

Every family will receive a Parklands Hamper Bag late Term 3/early Term 4. Please Note: If you are unable to attend the carols, please drop your hamper bag (with or without groceries) into Student Services.

Year 7 News

With only a 5 weeks left of the academic year the Year 7’s are fast approaching Year 8. What a journey Year 7 has been …

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Year 7 News

With only a 5 weeks left of the academic year the Year 7’s are fast approaching Year 8.

What a journey Year 7 has been for many of them. From nervous and anxious students starting day one packing for every subject, just in case, to students who are (hopefully) confident in organising their own world, most of the time. Each student has grown in a variety of ways and I am incredibly proud of each and every one of them.

Year 7 is a year of transition. A year of leaving behind being the oldest and tallest of the primary school and begin being the ‘twelvies’ in Secondary school. It’s a year of learning to move between classrooms, packing the night before and being organised. Switching mindsets as they change subjects and teachers, each who have a different teaching style. A year of managing homework that is not given out on a Monday and due back on Friday, but on differing days, and a year of developing new friendships as they are introduced to new people and find out more about themselves and their developing character.

As we hurry towards the last few weeks of term, I have been encouraging the Year 7’s to celebrate their many successes this year and think on the skills and attitudes they wish to develop and work on in Year 8.

The students have been encouraged to finish well, placing their best efforts into their studies till the final day of the year. To continue to be fearless, curious and courageous in working on their assessment, creative in the classrooms, when confronting challenges and show their peers and the college community that the Year 7 cohort of 2020 is a loving one that supports and uplifts one another.

I would like to draw your attention to the Year 7 assessment schedule and the assignments and assessments (both worked on and completed in class time) that are coming up.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the college awards night on the 12th of November and celebrating the many success of your child.

Sport

Isabelle Podlich Competes in World Skate Artistic Roller Skating Championships Isabelle travelled to Melbourne on the school holidays in October to compete at the World Skate …

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Sport

Isabelle Podlich Competes in World Skate Artistic Roller Skating Championships

Isabelle travelled to Melbourne on the school holidays in October to compete at the World Skate Oceania Artistic Roller Skating Championships in Cadet Ladies Figures and Cadet Ladies Freeskating.

The World Skate Oceania Championships is the first international competition for Isabelle and there were 9 skaters in her event (5 from Australia and 4 from New Zealand).

She qualified for Oceania by placing 4th at the Australian Artistic Roller Skating Championships (Nationals) in July this year – only the Top 5 skaters in Australia are chosen to represent their country.

Isabelle had a fantastic skate and came home with a Bronze Medal in Cadet Ladies Freeskating!

We are so very proud of her  – well done Isabelle!

The Jimboomba Times has done a great story on her in the Local Sport section https://www.jimboombatimes.com.au/sport/ and she has been nominated as a candidate in the running to win the Young Sportsperson of the Year at the City of Logan Sports Awards on November 2 at the Logan Metro Sports Centre.

Student Care and Wellbeing

The Responsible Thinking Process at Parklands A lot of us grew up with detention in school – I know I did. Detention is typically a …

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Student Care and Wellbeing

The Responsible Thinking Process at Parklands

A lot of us grew up with detention in school – I know I did. Detention is typically a place where a student will sit for a period of time and a) do nothing, b) write lines, c) pick up rubbish or some other task under supervision. Usually these tasks have very little learning attached to them and is more about wasting a student’s own time for their misconduct.

As an RTP Facilitator, one of the misconceptions that I often hear is that the RTC is for “naughty” students and sometimes the RTC is perceived as a “detention” for these naughty students to come and be punished. When one looks from the outside in, with little education or understanding around the RTC, I understand how people can perceive the RTC to be this way. A child demonstrates a disruptive behaviour and leaves the classroom to attend the RTC due to this. Sounds like detention or punishment right? Wrong.

Detention has a negative connotation attached to it, where the RTC rather, is a space for students to learn responsibility, self-control and to devise strategies for positive life choices. It is very different to a detention as the student is thinking, self- reflecting, learning to think from another person’s perspective and developing a plan for future.

Where staff would usually supervise a detention, the RTP Facilitators exist to provide emotional support, to positively challenge and coach students through this process and then support them to re-engage in class and put their plan into place. Very different to detention.

So then, now that we have clarified the difference between a detention facility and our RTC, it is important to understand the process that student’s experience when engaging.

If you think about it, each person is raised in a home and taught a wide selection of life skills as they age and interact with others. For example, being raised in a large family might mean that a child may learn how to interact confidently with different age groups or genders, or being raised with a sibling with a disability may teach another child how to have compassion and empathy for others and so on.

Not all children experience the same upbringing or learn the same skills. It makes sense for students to be referred to the RTC to learn the skills that they might not have been raised with. For example, at home it might be acceptable for a child to invade their siblings’ personal space in a playful way, however at school this might not be perceived as appropriate. The child might need to visit the RTC for a friendly chat with the RTP facilitator to have the difference explained to them or to consider how invading someone else’s space might make the other person feel.

Each time a student is referred, they are given the opportunity to utilise the Responsible Thinking Process to help them learn new skills such as how to manage conflict, how to follow class rules, how to be better prepared for class, how to be a kind friend and so on. This is done through discussion with the RTP Facilitator and also the completion of a RTP plan which enables students to think through self-reflective questions such as “what rule was I not following”, “how did this impact on others”, and “what is my goal for when I return to class”.

From what I have seen, students who are given the opportunity to come and discuss their behaviour or mistakes and learn from them – they tend to be much better off and well-rounded in the long run.  Our team has found that when students are consistently referred, they are able to put their goals and strategies into practice. Eventually they come to a place where they have learned the skill of thinking before acting and ask themselves questions like “how will this make my friend feel” or “what will be the consequence of this behaviour”. Our goal is that a student will be able to successfully and independently implement the Responsible Thinking Process in time without needing to attend the RTC as often.

So if your child is regularly referred to the RTC for behaviour, please don’t see it as your child attending detention and being punished, rather, please see it as their opportunity to continue developing life skills and learning new ways of thinking.

PCC Instrumental Music

Do you have a musical  instrument at home, maybe under the bed or in your closet, that you no longer need or use? Would you like …

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PCC Instrumental Music

Do you have a musical  instrument at home, maybe under the bed or in your closet, that you no longer need or use? Would you like to find it a new home?

If you do have a brass, woodwind or string instrument at home that you would like to donate to the College’s growing instrumental music programme, we would love to hear from you. If it is in good working condition & suitable for our needs we will look after getting it serviced, so all you would need to do would be to bring it to the Instrumental Music office in the Music Centre on Tuesdays or Fridays, or Student Services on any other day, and we will assess it.

Instruments we would be looking for include:

–       Flutes
–       Clarinets
–       Saxophones
–       Bass clarinets
–       Trumpets
–       Trombones
–       Baritones
–       Euphoniums
–       Violins
–       Violas
–       Cellos

Other instruments such as oboes, bassoons, French horns, tubas, double basses & xylophones are not being used in the programme yet, however we would love to expand into using those instruments in the future so any donations would be welcome.

Music Celebration Concert

On Thursday 7th November we will be holding our final concert for 2019. This will be a great time to hear how our students have all progressed throughout the year, and a great celebration for our Give It A Go! Band Programme students. Both the Give It A Go! Band & the Wind Ensemble will be featured, along with the Secondary Choir & an assortment of small groups.

Give It A Go! Band Programme 2019

Our 2019 Give It A Go! students have just a few short weeks left until the end of their programme, but of course these students can choose to continue into Private or Shared lessons in 2020. Enrolment forms for these have been sent home, so now is the time to have that discussion with your child.

Give It A Go! Band Programme in 2020

Offers for the 2020 Give It A Go! Band Programme have been made & many forms have been returned. We’re so excited about the building interest from these students! Lessons will begin in week 4 of Term 1, 2020. We can’t wait to share the fun of music with more students!

All weekly rehearsals will continue in Term 4 as normal:

Give It A Go! Band: Wednesday 7:30-8:15am
Wind Ensemble: Wednesday 7:30-8:15am
Primary Junior Choir: Wednesday 7:45-8:15am
Primary Senior Choir: Wednesday 2:30-3:10pm
Secondary Choir: Friday 7:30-8:15am

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions on instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

VET News

Congratulations Steffanie Congratulations to Steffanie Pottinger who was recently recognised for her volunteering efforts at Jimboomba Redbacks Australian Football Club.  Steffanie was awarded President’s Award …

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VET News

Congratulations Steffanie

Congratulations to Steffanie Pottinger who was recently recognised for her volunteering efforts at Jimboomba Redbacks Australian Football Club.  Steffanie was awarded President’s Award as recognition for her ongoing assistance with the running of the club.

Missions

How loving and serving others in Cambodia changed my life By Emma Walton, Year 12 Cambodia was an incredible experience that has changed my heart …

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Missions

How loving and serving others in Cambodia changed my life

By Emma Walton, Year 12

Cambodia was an incredible experience that has changed my heart forever. As a team, we were not 100% sure what we were about to see or what we were about to experience but it was a thousand times better than what we could have predicted. This opportunity has opened my eyes wider than I ever thought possible, and I have learnt to be grateful for even the smallest things – three meals a day and a roof over our head is such a wonderful blessing.

This trip was a fantastic learning experience that helped me to push boundaries and realise new potential in myself and others. The local Khmer RAW Crew were amazing people who have beautiful hearts and helped to make this trip what it was. Their personal stories of growing up in slum villages touched our hearts and to hear what they have overcome is truly inspirational. The families who we also helped through our building days were beautiful, clever (chelat) people and so thankful for what we were doing. By building this toilet block we were able to save lives, which can be hard to comprehend, but these people do not have access to safe clean water. Therefore, by doing this, we can give them safe places to wash themselves and go to the bathroom, it also further protects the children as they are no longer at risk to being sold as they have a home and a toilet block.

I was able to learn so much from these amazing and happy people and God truly worked through us in everything we did for them. I would recommend this trip for anyone who is interested in experiencing a different culture and ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. Cambodia you will forever have a piece of my heart, I am forever changed.

2019 Cambodia Mission Trip Overview

By Joshua Clausen, Year 12, College Vice Captain

Parklands’ annual Student Mission Trip to Cambodia with #RAWImpactOrgis a fantastic and eye-opening cultural experience for Year 11 and 12 students to see the effects of poverty in a third-world country first hand. We learn as much about ourselves and our teammates as we do about the inspirational and happy people living in Cambodia! Let me tell you about our most recent trip that took place over the last school holidays.

Our trip started at Brisbane Airport on the 21st of September. The whole team was full of energy and eager to take off on our adventure. After 2 flights with a quick stopover in Singapore, we finally make it to our destination: Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The following 7 days in Cambodia’s capital included: 2 cultural immersion days in which the team visited various NGOs, historical sites and local markets; 3 days at RAW’s Every Piece Matters (EPM) village outside the city doing house maintenance, building a toilet/shower block and vegetable garden alongside locals, the flooding and water level so high that we had to get boats out to the build site each day.
We spent 1 day at a local Government School running a Community Fun Day. The fun day was one of my highlights! Emma, Tieriney and I led a group of 12 boys around 8 or 9 years of age, through health, craft and game classes run by other students and staff before serving them lunch. The language barrier was hard to overcome at first but we all had so much fun!

After a day of traveling, the next stage of our trip included 2 project days at Koki, a village in the Kratie Province about 5 hours from Phnom Penh. Here we supported RAW’s bamboo plantation project by planting 253 BANANA TREES, (breaking a record!). These plants supply water and nutrients for the bamboo during the dry season while supplying bananas for the locals to eat and sell for profit.

By this stage of the trip, the team was proud of the progress we had made but began to feel a little weary. We bid our RAW Crew farewell and for the remaining 2 days of our travels, we recuperated in Siem Reap – a 7-hour bus ride from Koki – before beginning our journey back to Australia over Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th of October.

Let me just say a huge thank you to this year’s team! All students, staff, mentors and RAW Crew were true blessings, who made meaningful and invaluable contributions to our group! I am also so grateful for all the supporters involved in this life-changing adventure. I encourage all staff and students to consider applying for future mission trips, once in their Senior years. Our next student trip being in June-July 2020. It truly is a life-affirming experience!
Once I graduate this year, I’ll have the privilege of joining our 2020 Missions Team as a Student Mentor in Cambodia once again….I honestly can’t wait!!!!

Ah cuun & Lia san hi! (Thank you and see you later)

Tuckshop

Thankyou! Parklands Staff and Families would like to take this opportunity to thank the Tuckshop Convenors and Volunteers for the outstanding job they do in …

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Thankyou!

Parklands Staff and Families would like to take this opportunity to thank the Tuckshop Convenors and Volunteers for the outstanding job they do in serving our Parklands community.  2019 has been a great year for our Tuckshop and we are really grateful to Marie Rushin, Anita Sprange, Kerrie Spears, Tracey Green and Linda Cartwright for all the time and effort they put in to running it. You are much appreciated.

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

 

The Friendlies

All the kids have loved helping to take care of our environment recycling all their poppers, bottles and cans. The recycling bins onsite are for all …

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The Friendlies

All the kids have loved helping to take care of our environment recycling all their poppers, bottles and cans. The recycling bins onsite are for all our staff, students and visitors to use. You are also more than welcome to bring in any of the approved recycling items and place them in one of our allocated bins. Together we can help the environment and raise money for valuable resources for our school. This project can only be made possible with all of your help! Let’s join together and recycle!

We had the opportunity to hold another Bunnings BBQ last month. We are so blessed to have an amazing team who are always more than willing to give up time on their weekend to be out serving our community. A big thank you to everyone who was able to help. Thank you again to Greg and Sarah Tinson who kindly donated 100 cans of soft drink and all the sliced onions. Sarah and Greg are parents of students at the school and owners of several Dominoes stores. They are always more than happy to support our events, we appreciate them greatly.

The Friendlies held our annual general meeting last month. It is with great pleasure to announce our office bearers for 2020:

President: Angela Marsh
Vice President: Nicole Lowe
Secretary: Claire Dover
Treasurer: Renee Jackson

Congratulations to our 2020 office bearers and thank you for volunteering for another year of serving our school community. We have been quite overwhelmed by your continual words of encouragement, and the way our school community has come together to support each other. Thank you all for fully supporting all of our events and fundraisers!

Our next meeting date will be announced at the start of the new year in 2020.

Keep Smiling

The Friendlies Team

friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au

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

 

2019/2020 Term Dates

Term Dates 2020 Term Dates 2019

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2019/2020 Term Dates

Term Dates 2020

Term Dates 2019

November/December Calendar

Subject to changes – please check the College Calendar on the College website for more detailed and up to date information on the above.

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November/December Calendar

1 November, 2019Basketball Primary Interschool Sport Gala Day 3
1 November, 2019Girls Soccer Primary Interschool Sport Gala Day 3
1 November, 2019Softball Primary Interschool Sport Gala Day 3
1 November, 2019Touch Football Primary Interschool Sport Gala Day 3
1 November, 2019Volleyball Primary Interschool Sport Gala Day 3
1 November, 2019Carols on the Green 6-8pm
7 November, 2019Celebration Instrumental Evening
12 November, 2019Year 6 Graduation Morning
12 November, 2019Secondary Awards Night and 2020 Captains Induction Ceremony
13 November, 2019Year 12 Red Frogs - Life After School
14 November, 2019Year 11 Australian Anti Ice Campaign
15 November, 2019Year 12 Graduation
18 November, 2019Year 4 Street Science Incursion
22 November, 2019Last Day Years 10 & 11

Subject to changes – please check the College Calendar on the College website for more detailed and up to date information on the above.

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

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:  parklandsoshc@simrick.com.

We currently have limited spots available for before and after school care and advise families that a current 2019 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%

Community Notices

Transport Help Needed My son has just started end of year 9 at Parklands and we live in Weedbrook Street, Park Ridge. (new estate off …

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Community Notices

Transport Help Needed

My son has just started end of year 9 at Parklands and we live in Weedbrook Street, Park Ridge. (new estate off Park Ridge Road). There are no buses that run from there to the school and I am going to have to pay for taxis to and from school. If anyone lives nearby that could help out with travel to and from school, please contact Maria on 0421 648 172.

I am happy to contribute to the cost in petrol.

Whats on At Logan Libraries

Events

Host Families Needed

Solar Nights USC

Futsal

Logan West Community Swim Club

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The Little Elves Project

Help two little boys on a mission to make this Christmas a little brighter for Queensland kids in foster care.

The Little Elves Project

Rugby Union

Park Ridge Cricket

Park Ridge Panthers Cricket Club is inviting players 8-16 years old to sign-on using: playcricket.com.au for the coming season, use 4125 as the postcode when asked, then select Park Ridge Panthers CC and follow the prompts.   Any Questions, contact Lewis Mills on 0413 656 058 concerning the sign-on procedure, training starting 16/9/19 at 6pm at Hubner Road, Park Ridge.

Lewis Mills Mob:  0413 656 058

Logan West Futsal

Moon Lee Tae Kwon Do

Colin Garrick is currently conducting Moon Lee Tae Kwon Do self defence classes in the Baskerville Centre, Parklands Christian College, on Monday afternoons 3.30 to 4.30pm.

There is currently space for another 10 students.  He is offering a FREE Uniform (value $60) to all new  participants.
The first class is a FREE trial class and we have generous  family discounts.

For more information phone Colin on 0438 865 800 or email colingarrick@gmail.com

Free Dental Care

FREE DENTAL CARE

Park Ridge Healing Rooms

Wednesday 9.30 am – 12 pm
Parklands Christian Church
1 Hillcrest Road
Park Ridge
All ARE WELCOME
Faith Shiach 0437-206-676
Diane Kiely 0422-678-013

Free Hotshots Tennis

PARK RIDGE TENNIS

A new season of Hot Shots Tennis Coaching is starting soon, a free trial lesson is available so anyone can come and have a go.

All new pupils receive a Free Racquet & Hot Shots T-Shirt on sign up.

We have lessons that run every afternoon, for all ages & levels. Mini Hotshots for 4-7 year olds, Hot Shot programs for 7-12 year olds & advanced groups for 12-17yr olds. For adults we have Cardio Tennis, Social  comps and lessons every week night & now a new Fast 4 comp for players starting or getting back into tennis, the Fast 4 format goes for just over an hour.

To book in or to arrange a free trial phone Paul or Steph on 32000354.