2018 Term Dates

2018 Term Dates

TermDatesLengthHolidaysDatesLength
1Mon 22 Jan – Wed 28 March10 weeksAutumnThurs 29 March – Mon 16 April2 weeks
2Tue 17 April – Fri 22 June10 weeksWinterSat 23 June – Sun 15 July3 weeks
3Mon 16 July – Fri 21 Sept10 weeksSpringSat 22 Sep – Sun 7 Oct2 weeks
4Mon 8 Oct – Fri 30 Nov8 weeksSummerSat 1 Dec – Mon 28 Jan 20198 weeks

Starting Dates for 2018

  • Prep-6 – Mon 22 Jan
  • Years 7-9 – Tue 23 Jan
  • Years 10-12 Wed 24 Jan

2018 Student Free Dates

  • Monday 15 January – Friday 19 January
  • Monday 16 April
  • Monday 25 June – Friday 29 June
  • Friday 17 August
  • Monday 22 October (State-wide Moderation Day)
  • Monday 3 December – Friday 7 December

2018 Finishing Dates

  • Year 12 – Friday 16 November
  • Years 10-11 – Friday 23 November
  • Prep-9 – Friday 30 November

2018 Queensland Public Holidays

The following list shows holidays within the 2018 academic year:

  • Australia Day – Friday 26 January
  • Good Friday – Friday 30 March
  • Easter Monday – Monday 2 April
  • ANZAC Day – Wednesday 25 April
  • Labour Day – Monday 7 May
  • Royal Qld Show (EKKA) – Monday 13 August
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 1 October

Secondary Exam Weeks

Students are expected to be present on the dates listed. Do not book holidays or plan for your child to be away during exam weeks. Alternate exam sitting times may not be available in some cases.

  • Term 1 – Monday 19 March – Friday 23 March
  • Term 2 – Monday 11 June – Friday 15 June
  • Term 3 – Monday 10 September – Friday 14 September
  • Term 4 – Year 12: Monday 5 November – Monday 12 November
    Term 4 – Years 10-11: Monday 19 November – Friday 23 November
    Term 4 – Years 7-9: Monday 26 November – Thursday 29 November

NAPLAN – Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 only

  • Tuesday 15 May – Thursday 17 May

QCS Test – Year 12 only

  • Tuesday 4 September
  • Wednesday 5 September

2018 School Day

Start: 8.30am
Primary Finish: 3.10pm
Secondary Finish: 3.20pm

Principal’s Message

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Principal’s Message
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Principal’s Message

I had been told quite a bit about the famed Parklands Fete, but it still took me by surprise how amazing it turned out to be! I happened to just walk around with a grin stuck to my face because I was so overwhelmed. For all of us new to the Parklands family, this was a very warm welcome indeed – thank you! For those who have been around for longer, it was a very clear reminder that our community is alive and well. And as a school that highly values a caring attitude towards others, we also raised substantial amounts of money for people in Cambodia, to whom the wealth we have come to expect from life is absolutely unknown. Job well-done PCC!

One of my highlights from the day would have been the billy cart building station. This was just good old-fashioned family fun, where dads (and mums too!!!) had an opportunity to build something together with their kids which they may have often talked about but may have never been able to follow through.ability to take those carts home just topped it off. It all reminded me of my granddad who used to build bows & arrows, wooden guns and other fun things with me. That’s how great childhood memories are made!

I was also very proud of the many students who performed on the stage in front of a welcoming audience. A huge thank-you should be said to the many, many people who contributed to this event to make it possible. From the PCC staff members who volunteered their, to the many parents, students and members of our wider community, your participation was highly valued. Even though I heard that this event has been getting bigger every year, we will make sure that it will stay an event that is a celebration of our community, for our community.

The Sports Centre has only recently been officially opened and we are already working on the next project. The tender for our Hospitality and Vocational Education Centre has just finished, and our architects are currently completing their tender report. It will end up being a project worth over $3 million, and it will make sure that our students have a wide variety of academic and vocational courses to study in their middle and senior years of high school, all in excellent facilities. The government has contributed nearly $1 million in capital funding to the project, and our bank is helping with the rest. This means that our debt levels, although within the required ratios, have risen quite a bit compared to the time before the sports centre. We will be going into a disciplined budget for next year with the aim to reduce our debts so that the next projects, such as a performing arts precinct and new classrooms will be achievable. Classroom spaces are an important part of our growth plans, considering that we’re planning to open a third Year 7 stream in 2019. In recent years, we have just not had enough enrolment openings, especially for the Year 7 entry, and too many families did not get the opportunity to join us. The master plan that is currently being developed will help to ensure that our campus will remain and even improve its lovely feel and atmosphere.

God Bless.

Mr Johannes Solymosi

Senior News

I trust you are all keeping warm for these final moments of our Brisbane winter! August has rolled around already, which brings with it busyness …

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Senior News

I trust you are all keeping warm for these final moments of our Brisbane winter! August has rolled around already, which brings with it busyness for all our senior students. As I’m writing this article, there are only three and a half weeks until exam block commences. Attendance is so very important. It makes a significant impact on learning when days are missed. Of course we understand that there are days of sickness or circumstances that are unavoidable. Thank you for encouraging solid attendance rates as we get well into the business end of the school term.

 

Reminder: Senior Subject Selection

Tuesday 15 August is our annual Senior College information evening for current Year 10 students and families (Year 11, 2018). This night is an opportunity to learn about the subjects and programs that are on offer in Senior College. Shortly after this information evening, your child will receive an email with a link to choosing 2018 subjects online. Please note that some subjects are capped, so the classes are offered on a first in, first serve basis.

The subject information for Year 10 in 2018 will be held in early Term 4. Detailed communication will be made soon.

 

Year 12 QCS Test

The Year 12 Queensland Core Skills (QCS) test will be conducted in the Function Room, located off Student Services, on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th August. Parklands encourages all students to attend. This test is compulsory for all Year 12 students who intend to be eligible to receive an OP score for Tertiary entrance. Students who are non-OP eligible may also elect to sit the QCS test. Students who elect not to sit the QCS Test are not required to be at school for the two days of testing, as there will be no Year 12 classes. These students should utilise this time to prepare for their exams and complete other assessment requirements.

Prayers are with all our Yr12 students, who are currently in the midst of a very busy Term 3 and are in final QCS preparations. For the remainder of this year and beyond we pray that each graduating student makes choices to align with all that God intends them to be.

 

School Subjects & Study beyond School

Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) has a role in operating a centralised tertiary application system. Year 11-12 students have received the “QTAC: Guide to Tertiary Courses” booklet. This resource provides valuable information about courses at public and private universities, Tafe and other tertiary centres. This is an exciting and possibly daunting time to explore the possibilities of “What Next”? The entry requirements, including expected OP’s, prerequisites and course lengths are included.

All seniors are encouraged to spend some time exploring potential courses of interest. Yr12 students are to apply online to QTAC, for offers for tertiary study after school. Registration opened on 3 August 2017. The due date for on-time applications is Friday 29 September 2017. Please note that much higher application fees apply after this date. If paying by B-Pay, aim to pay two days before the due date, so payment processes in time.

The first step is for seniors to decide what courses they would like to apply for. If your child is unsure of “What Next”, that is not unusual. It is sometimes a difficult decision, so we encourage the following:

  • Talk with families, friends and employers about future job opportunities.
  • Visit trade and careers expos. Mrs Hudson’s VET news contains much information on these opportunities. You can also check Uni websites and make a time to talk to University Careers advisors.
  • Go back and read “The Job Guide”. This has descriptions and much information on hundreds of occupations. This is helpful in making those connections between jobs, senior subject pre-requisites, and future study required to get that job www.education.gov.au/job-guide
  • Read up on information in the QTAC booklet for post school tertiary study www.qtac.edu.au/

The Year 12 Pastoral Care teachers, Jess Grounds & Julia Matthews, along with Dee Hudson and myself have planned sessions to work through QTAC information later in this term. If your child would like to meet for some guidance prior to this time, we are all very happy to assist. Please contact us via email or through the College office on 3380 4200.

Warmest Blessings,

Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Coordinator of Senior College

Middle School News

Care of Equipment There have been a number of students who have damaged or lost equipment through their time at school. As we investigate we …

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Middle School News

Care of Equipment

There have been a number of students who have damaged or lost equipment through their time at school. As we investigate we are finding more and more that students have been a little careless with their own and others equipment.

We are encouraging students to take care when moving between classes and around other students. Equipment should be kept in school bags, with those same bags zipped closed. Students should also have their names clearly marked on all items of clothing.

Where possible, please reinforce this message with your children. Together we will continue to encourage the best from our students.

 

Year 7 Area

After a couple of setbacks, we have almost completed the Year 7 area. This area has been designed to be an integral part of our transition process from Primary to Middle School by providing a safe space for Year 7 students only.

The area has now been fitted with bench seating, and will shortly have turf laid for seating areas. A big thank you to the Year 10 Trade Taster class for the seating. For those students who wish to be active, the area also has handball courts.

Towards the end of the year, the Year 11/12 Construction class will be fitting the area with shaded picnic tables and seating. This will give a wide variety of activities for students in Year 7 to engage with while they adjust to the new world of secondary education.

 

Subject Selection

Year 8 students will be invited to attend an information evening regarding their subject selections for Year 9 in 2018. The evening will be held on Tuesday 15th August in the Function Room.

Presentations and stalls will be on display explaining all that students will need to know regarding their Year 9 choices.

After this event, students will receive an email informing them of our online subject selection process. Students have the opportunity to select three elective subjects for study throughout years 9 and 10.

 

Up and Coming Dates – Middle School

15th AugustICAS Mathematics
15th AugustSubject Selection Night – Year 8 students
28th AugustSecondary Revision Week
4th SeptemberSecondary Exam Week
Students will receive a timetable specifically for this week.
17th OctoberMiddle School Information Evening – Year 6 students going to Year 7 in 2018.

 

Parklands Musical – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

We were so very proud of our students who participated in the secondary musical production of Cinderella at the end of Semester 1.

Students had the opportunity to play before over 550 people across three shows, and had a wonderful time in the whole process. As a bonus, cast were able to participate at the opening ceremony of the Baskerville Sports Centre in July, performing one of the signature songs from the production.

For the first time we were able to have two students in the leading role of Cinderella, and both ladies (Miss Madeline Mitchell and Miss Chelsea Sampson) were wonderful in the role. Also a special mention goes to our Prince, Mr Oliver Lee.

Special thanks goes to the staff who made this possible through weekly rehearsal, behind-the-scenes support, hair and makeup, set and prop design and costuming. Also a huge thank you to the parent helpers who assisted with the setup and pack down of the production. It truly was a great team effort.

Congratulations to all!

Mr Colin Elvery

Primary News

Year 3 Wow! What an amazing start we have had to the term in Year 3. This term we are looking at heat in science, …

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Primary News

Year 3

Wow! What an amazing start we have had to the term in Year 3. This term we are looking at heat in science, so we had Science Steve, from Street Science come out for our incursion. The students had a great time during both the show and the workshop afterwards. During the show Science Steve made science come alive for the students. He performed experiments that demonstrated the effects of heat on various objects, as well as what happens to objects when they are frozen. Then during the workshops the students got to make slime and fake snow, they had a blast! This incursion allowed the students to further develop their understanding of heat and consolidate their knowledge of solids, liquids and gasses from Term 1.

Mrs Abbot, Mr Kennedy and Mrs Jones

 

Year 2

Our Year 2 students are busy learning about chemical and physical changes and how we use them every day. We are getting creative with our geography unit, learning about all of the different cultures and continents of the world.

At the end of the term to consolidate our unit we will have a visit from the Street Science team where they will explore amazing mixtures with the students in an interactive presentation. We will also be having a Cultural day where we will share different cultural food and dress up in the traditional clothing of a country of their choice.

Mrs Penny Daley, Mrs Jessica Bourchier, Mrs Buckley and Mrs Lowe TA’s

From the Head of Primary

Correct and Labelled Uniforms A reminder to please ensure your child is correctly and neatly dressed in the ‘correct’ uniform each morning. If they are …

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Correct and Labelled Uniforms

A reminder to please ensure your child is correctly and neatly dressed in the ‘correct’ uniform each morning. If they are incorrectly dressed would you please provide us with a written explanation and remind them to go to the RTC to collect a Uniform Slip FIRST thing of a morning. We are also finding quite a few unmarked / labelled items of clothing and Tupperware, which makes it impossible to return to the right owner. Please assist us to ensure ALL items brought to school are correctly labelled! Thank you for your support and assistance in this regard.

 

eLearning in 2018 (Gr 5 & 6)

In wishing to offer our senior Primary students every opportunity to use technology in class to assist with and improve their learning, we will continue to allow the Year 5 and 6 students to make use of or bring iPads to school next year. This follows on with the trend in education to promote eLearning and the use of modern electronic devices in senior Primary.

We will continue to promote handwriting, fine motor skills, cutting out, colouring in and written work in Prep to Year 4! Feedback from staff, parents and the Yr 5 & 6 students about iPad use has been very positive.

We have organized an iPad Informative Parent Evening on Tuesday 10th October where questions about iPad selection, process, security, resources, Apps, class use etc. will all be answered. Look forward to seeing the Yr 4 and 5 parents in attendance on the night.

 

Listening Skills

Of late, teachers are experiencing many students just not listening to and following instructions. This behaviour is evident in the undercover area of a morning/afternoon, in the classroom for lessons, out on the ovals or while students are running around playing! Staff are making a concerted effort to get the students to “Stop, Look, Listen and Do”.

We aren’t exactly sure why this ‘non listening behaviour’ is becoming more evident but research from UQ and Harvard University have offered up a few suggestions – due to modern electronic gadgets “common communication skills” are being used less (children don’t know of or get to practice the social skills to listen, hold a conversation and follow instructions).

Children are so busy and pre occupied in this ‘instant society’ that they appear / are rushed to move on to the next experience so thereby don’t listen to or fully comprehend instructions. In class this is what good listening has been encouraged to ‘look and sound’ like.

We are asking that parents assist us by getting their children to practice these listening skills at home and to be reminded of them daily before coming to school. Thanking you in anticipation for your support in this regard.

 

Communication

Can I please take this time to remind you of important information about Primary School communication procedures.

Class Teachers ask that IF you have a concern or question about class work, assignments, process or procedure, class behaviour, calendar events etc, that you please contact them directly. They are your first port of call. If you require information about any of the following areas, please contact the specific staff member concerned directly:

  • Specialist lessons — HPE – Mr. Lewis, Music – Mrs. Patane, Art – Mrs. Bazley, Library – Mrs. Bayer
  • Student Services — Mrs. Oxley, Mrs. Swinn, Mrs Sampson
  • RTC – Mrs. Elvery, Mr.Crawford, Miss Robinson
  • LE – Mrs. Jo Anderson

If you don’t get a resolution or wish to discuss the matter further after having spoken to a teacher or specialist, please contact myself, Grant Jakins through Student Services.

 

Kind Words and Friendly Actions!

This semester we will again get the students to focus on using kind words to each other or saying NOTHING bad at all as well as trying to have friendly actions to one another in the Primary School! We will again be reminding students about ways to treat each other so as not to ‘bully’ because bullying is a terrible behaviour that affects many children in all schools. It breaks a child’s natural right to feel safe and secure and can affect a child’s performance, their peer relations and his or her self-esteem!

Definition of Bullying:

Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.

Bullying is not the domain of either gender. Girls bully just as much as boys, but they do it in less physical ways. While boys will use physical intimidation or verbal abuse to wield power over others, girls are more likely to use exclusion or subtle verbal sarcasm to assert themselves over their victims. Bullying is more prevalent in primary schools than secondary schools, although the type of bullying varies with age. As boys get older there is a gradual decrease in the amount of physical bullying but an increase in verbal intimidation. It would appear that bullying reaches a peak around the age of eight or nine years of age, which is true for girls and boys. While siblings or children often tease or sometimes fight physically with each other, this bickering should not be confused with bullying. The bullying involves an imbalance of power as one person is powerless to stop the teasing or physical abuse.

Behaviours that are not bullying include:

  • Mutual arguments and disagreements (where there is no power imbalance)
  • Not liking someone or a single act of social rejection
  • One-off acts of meanness or spite
  • Isolated incidents of aggression, intimidation or violence.

Cyber bullying refers to bullying that is carried out through information and communication technologies. Likewise not all online issues are cyber bullying. Source: www.bullyingnoway.gov.au

We at Parklands, through the RTC and Wellbeing Team, work closely to monitor ALL behaviour and assist the students to make better choices!

Mr Grant Jakins

Sport

Athletics Carnivals On the first week of Term 3 we held the Primary and Secondary athletics carnival. Secondary school was on Thursday the 13th and …

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Athletics Carnivals

On the first week of Term 3 we held the Primary and Secondary athletics carnival. Secondary school was on Thursday the 13th and was the largest attendance to a Secondary carnival we have had. The conditions were perfect and the athletes came ready to compete. Throughout the day Joshua were competing strongly which won them the day on 1828 points with Samuel finishing on 1613. Congratulations to all the age champions who won their division, with many of them being decided by less than 6 points.

  • 13yrs Parker – Samantha Sorbello
  • 14yrs Lachlan Bailey – Charlotte Lee
  • 15yrs Jake West – Elizabeth Edwards
  • 16yrs Nathanial Lovaszi – Courtney Jurd
  • Opens Levi Peachey – Rebekah Swinn

The Primary carnival was held on Friday the 14th and it didn’t disappoint. Students came dressed in their house colours showing great team spirit throughout the whole day. There were many records broken on the day which is a great effort by the athletes. Both teams competed hard all day but Samuel was too strong winning on 1578 over Joshua 919. Congratulations to all the age champions from the day, it was a great effort by all.

  • 9yrs Max Finnila – Jasmine Hurst
  • 10yrs Jake Howlett and Mitch Sutton – Ella Leau
  • 11yrs Eddie Fotek – Jade Sutton
  • 12yrs Liam Beard – Summer Binns

 

BCS Netball

Congratulations girls for representing Parklands so well by playing hard and demonstrating a great attitude. We’re also proud of your choice to train after school in the weeks leading up to the event. Thanks Mrs Schulz, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Radke for training the teams, and a big thanks to Miss Ashleigh Daly for volunteering your time.

Congratulations to Katy Blackmore (Year 9), who took part in a Taekwondo tournament for selection to the Queensland team. We are pleased to share that she came Silver in her division and has now been selected to represent Queensland in October at Nationals. Well done Katy!

 

Upcoming Dates

  • 17 August – BCS Girls Soccer
  • 18 August – BCS Boys Soccer
  • 24 August – Rugby Gala Day 7-10
  • 28 August – CSSA Track + Field
  • 31 August – Rugby Gala Day Gr4

VET News

Vocational Education and Training (V.E.T.) The senior years are an exciting yet sometimes demanding time for senior students as they balance personal and educational goals …

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VET News

Vocational Education and Training (V.E.T.)

The senior years are an exciting yet sometimes demanding time for senior students as they balance personal and educational goals to finalise their formal years of schooling.

The function of the V.E.T. Department is to establish relationships with students and parents to ensure that students in the senior phase of learning are provided with vocational training and workforce skills to kick-start their career. The V.E.T. Department operates under the guidance of Mrs Rebecca Wallis (Head of Senior School) and Mrs Dee Hudson (V.E.T. Officer). Students are regularly informed of vocational opportunities such as school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, work experience programs, tertiary open days, scholarships, TAFE study, head start university programs and assistance with resumes.

We love sharing and celebrating the journeys of our students.Here are just two recent stories of what our senior students are doing; we truly feel fortunate to be a small part of each student’s life at school.

Year 12 student Hayley, has recently completed the Certificate IV in Justice Studies. During the course, students learn how to identify and apply the legal framework, communicate with clients on justice-related issues, prepare court documentation, analyse social justice issues, gather information through interviews, analyse and present research information.

For the last 18 months, Hayley has attended TAFE once a week as well as juggling the demands of senior school subjects. Hayley says “I really loved the course although juggling TAFE and school was quite difficult and took some getting used to. My TAFE teacher was really helpful and really cared. I’m hoping that this course will help me with my future plans of studying a Bachelor of Criminology and Human Services and to pursue my dream of being in the Federal Police. I’m really grateful for this opportunity and the experience.”

Early morning starts are now a regular part of week for Year 11 student, Joel, in his new role as a carpentry apprentice. As part of the Certificate I in Construction class, Joel participated in work experience at the end of last term and ended the school holidays signing up as a school-based apprentice. Over the next 18 months Joel will be studying a Certificate III in Carpentry, gaining lots of on-the-job experience and will accrue points towards his Queensland Certificate of Education. Congratulations Joel, on reaping the rewards of your hard work and assertiveness.

 

Tax File Numbers

Students over the age of 14 years are encouraged to apply for a TFN, even if not working yet. You can apply for a TFN at a participating Australia Post retail outlet you’re an Australian resident and able to attend an interview. There is no fee for lodging a TFN application. If you’re an Australian resident the easiest way to apply for a TFN is to:

  1. Complete the online form at Tax File Website
  2. Print the summary, which will include your application reference number, and take it to your Australia Post interview.
  3. Attend an interview at a participating Australia Post outlet within 30 days of completing your online form. You’ll need to take your printed summary and proof of identity documents to the interview.
  4. Please call 1300 720 092 with enquiries

2018 TAFE at School

Current Year 10 and 11 Students The 2018 TAFE at School program has now been released.If you’ll be in year 11 or 12 in 2018, …

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2018 TAFE at School

Current Year 10 and 11 Students

The 2018 TAFE at School program has now been released.If you’ll be in year 11 or 12 in 2018, you are eligible to participate in the TAFE at School program.can choose from a number of exciting and varied Certificate II and Certificate III courses. Best of all, a TAFE at School course can be achieved in conjunction with your senior studies and can count towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Completing a TAFE at School course is also a great way to open up new pathways to university.

TAFE at School is a great way to:

  • Get a qualification while still at school
  • Gain valuable credit points towards your QCE
  • Get a guaranteed entry into a TAFE Queensland Brisbane Diploma course
  • Gain valuable credits towards a diploma course or university studies
  • Make you work ready
  • Build practical skills in an adult learning environment
  • Learn from professionals, bursting with current industry knowledge.

Check out which courses you can study while you’re still at school or check out our TAFE at Schools course guides. Course guides will be available in study hall (SC6) from next week.

Go to the Link: Semester 1, 2018 TAFE at Schools Guide (PDF, 2.69MB)

Areas of study include:
Animal studies, applied fashion design, (sign language), automotive, beauty and hairdressing, building and construction, business and justice studies, early childhood, electrical, engineering, fashion, event management, health support, horticulture, hospitality, information technology, kitchen operations, logistics, media and digital design, manufacturing technology (fashion production), music and sound production, retail cosmetics, salon assistant, sampling and measurement, science and allied health, sports and recreation, telecommunications technology, tourism and events, visual arts.

If you are interested in studying at TAFE in 2018, please talk to your parents and contact me if you need more information or would like to apply.

When do applications close?

TAFE Queensland SkillsTech (trade areas such as automotive, electrical, construction etc) will start to offer places to students after the September/October holidays so it is strongly recommended that students submit their application prior to the end of Term 3. As always, applications will remain open until courses commence in February.

TAFE Queensland Brisbane will remain open for application until the 5th of February 2018 but it is recommended that students apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. You can only enrol in one program with TAFE Queensland so think about the one that’s right for you.

How much does it cost?

Students undertaking a nationally accredited qualification at TAFE Queensland Brisbane as part of their senior studies may pay substantially reduced or, in some cases, no tuition fees at all. However, there are material fees for all programs and an administration fee per calendar year and you’ll need to meet these costs.

How do I enrol?

See Mrs Hudson (VET Officer) for more information.

 

Year 10 Work Experience

Home communication was recently emailed regarding compulsory Year 10 work experience for the last week of this term. Permission slips are now due; the work experience agreement forms (which must be signed by the employer) are due on August 18.

Please contact me if you have any questions or queries regarding work experience or if your child requires assistance with a work placement.

 

Résumés

Students are encouraged to come and see me (study hall/SC6) if they need assistance with writing a résumé and/or a cover letter. Résumé templates are available electronically from me or on PCC VET Google site https://sites.google.com/a/parklands.qld.edu.au/vocational-education-training/.

Students can also access comprehensive information such as résumé templates, SAT information, OP information and more at the PCC VET Google site https://sites.google.com/a/parklands.qld.edu.au/vocational-education-training/. Students will need their school login details for this site and I encourage you to make a habit of using this site.

Mrs Deanne Hudson
V.E.T. Officer

Student Care and Wellbeing

Student Care and Wellbeing Team SOME Amazing work that the Student Care and Wellbeing Team do on a daily basis. Operation Snippets – we love …

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Student Care and Wellbeing

Student Care and Wellbeing Team

SOME Amazing work that the Student Care and Wellbeing Team do on a daily basis.

  • Operation Snippets – we love sending home positive reports about all the great things students and teachers have done during the week.
  • Meet with students – sometimes students request extra support with a range of issues. This may include advice about friendships, problem solving, difficult child-adult relationships or even celebrating achievements.
  • Talk to parents – it is common for parents to pop in and visit the RTC Lounge Room or phone or email; we enjoy getting to know parents and supporting them to engage positively with their student.
  • Classroom visits – throughout the term we take time to visit the classrooms to say hi. Sometimes classes invite the Team to accompany their class to chapel or facilitate social development activities.
  • Plan development – The Team help students to develop personalised plans to support their behaviour choices in the classroom and playground.
  • Encouragement – We are constantly sending out encouraging messages to staff and putting up quotes around the school. Our goal is to have a supportive classroom so that students feel comfortable coming in to talk about issues weighing on them.
  • Communicate home – The Team work on NO SUPRISES by sending regular home communications. This includes uniform, homework, behaviour, snippets, assessments and grades. This information collectively helps the parent, student and staff to develop a plan to improve the student’s learning goals.

 

Life Skills by Age

Some skills that your child might be ready to put into action.

Age 6-7

  • Organise drawers
  • Empty dishwasher and put away dishes
  • Pour milk or juice without spilling
  • Empty the rubbish
  • Put away groceries
  • Shower alone
  • Make simple snacks
  • Pack basic lunch
  • Vacuum
  • Water plants
  • Make bed
  • Bring clothes basket to laundry and sort colours
  • Basic house tidying
  • Mix, stir and cut with dull knife

 

Student’s Perspective: Why is the uniform important?

To me, the school uniform is a display of tidiness, excellence, respect for the school and yourself and just altogether shows that you want to learn. Being honest, when I first came to Parklands (back in year 8) I really didn’t have much care for my uniform at all, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve actually realised that by putting on your school uniform, making sure everything’s in place and you have your hat, tie, correct shoes etc. you’re actually preparing yourself for a day of learning and excellence by showing that you do care. And I’ve grown to really like trying to get the uniform policy correct each day. Although some days I do accidentally leave my hat at home or something along those lines, I also see the importance of supplying a note from parents, and getting a green slip before 8:30 which I make sure to always do. And I would love to help the year 6’s out with this.

Our uniform is important because it is a way to represent the college with pride and brings unity among the students. It also has practical applications, and when wearing it as designed keeps everyone equal and reflects to the community we care about our school values and the privilege to learn.

I believe uniforms are important because people often gain their first opinion of others based on appearance. Having a school of students dressed neatly and formally gives not only a sophisticated appearance, but shows the school values in the way they are presented to the public. Following uniform guidelines at school also teaches students to take pride in the way they dress for future job opportunities.

The Princess Bitchface Syndrome

I must admit that when I first saw Michael Carr-Gregg’s book The Princess Bitchface Syndrome I was a little bit shocked by the title. Michael …

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The Princess Bitchface Syndrome

I must admit that when I first saw Michael Carr-Gregg’s book The Princess Bitchface Syndrome I was a little bit shocked by the title.

Michael Carr-Gregg is a practising psychologist who specialises in the area of parenting adolescents and adolescent mental health. This makes him well placed to be able to offer insight and advice regarding what he calls ‘The Princess Bitchface Syndrome’.

This book is an invaluable manual for any parents who are navigating their way through the trials and tribulations of raising an adolescent girl.

According to Carr-Gregg, ‘The Princess Bitchface Syndrome’ refers to: “An instantly recognisable adolescent female who transforms almost overnight into a rebellious stranger who behaves like a responsible adult one day and a spoilt child the next”.

AVAILABLE from PCC Library

Parent Webinar Program

There are a range of different parent webinar topics including Dr Michael Carr-Gregg – student mental health and technology on 10th Aug 7.45pm. Check it out!!

2018 Term Dates

2018 Term Dates   2018 Student Free Dates Monday 15 January – Friday 19 January Monday 16 April Monday 25 June – Friday 29 June …

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2018 Term Dates

2018 Term Dates

TermDatesLengthHolidaysDatesLength
1Mon 22 Jan – Wed 28 March10 weeksAutumnThurs 29 March – Mon 16 April2 weeks
2Tue 17 April – Fri 22 June10 weeksWinterSat 23 June – Sun 15 July3 weeks
3Mon 16 July – Fri 21 Sept10 weeksSpringSat 22 Sep – Sun 7 Oct2 weeks
4Mon 8 Oct – Fri 30 Nov8 weeksSummerSat 1 Dec – Mon 28 Jan 20198 weeks

 

2018 Student Free Dates

  • Monday 15 January – Friday 19 January
  • Monday 16 April
  • Monday 25 June – Friday 29 June
  • Monday 22 October (State-wide Moderation Day)
  • Monday 3 December – Friday 7 December

 

2018 Finishing Dates

  • Year 12 – Friday 16 November
  • Years 10-11 – Friday 23 November
  • Prep-9 – Friday 30 November

 

2018 Queensland Public Holidays

The following list shows holidays within the 2018 academic year:

  • Australia Day – Friday 26 January
  • Good Friday – Friday 30 March
  • Easter Monday – Monday 2 April
  • ANZAC Day – Wednesday 25 April
  • Labour Day – Monday 7 May
  • Royal Qld Show (EKKA) – Monday 13 August
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 1 October

 

Secondary Exam Weeks

Students are expected to be present on the dates listed. Do not book holidays or plan for your child to be away during exam weeks. Alternate exam sitting times may not be available in some cases.

  • Term 1 – Monday 19 March – Friday 23 March
  • Term 2 – Monday 11 June – Friday 15 June
  • Term 3 – Monday 10 September – Friday 14 September
  • Term 4 – Year 12: Monday 5 November – Monday 12 November
    Term 4 – Years 10-11: Monday 19 November – Friday 23 November
    Term 4 – Years 7-9: Monday 26 November – Thursday 29 November

NAPLAN – Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 only

  • Tuesday 15 May – Thursday 17 May

QCS Test – Year 12 only

  • Tuesday 4 September
  • Wednesday 5 September

 

2018 School Day

Start: 8.30am
Primary Finish: 3.10pm
Secondary Finish: 3.20pm

August 2017 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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August 2017 Calendar

Tuesday 1stICAS English Yr4-12
Wednesday 2ndYr11/12 Drama Excursion
Thursday 3rdBCS Netball Competition
Yr11/12 Chemistry & Maths B Excursion
Friday 4thNAPLAN online trial Yr7a only
Saturday 5thCollege Fete
Monday 7th
6.30pm
NAPLAN online trail Yr9 only
LoKoP Course
Monday 14thEkka Show Day Holiday
Tuesday 15th
6.30pm
7.30pm
ICAS Maths Competition Yr 4-12
Secondary Subject Information Evening Yr8
Secondary Subject Information Evening Yr10
Thursday 17thBCS Girls Soccer Competition
Friday 18thBCS Boys Soccer Competition
Monday 21stLoKoP Course 6.30pm
Wednesday 23rdPrep Incursion Ocean Life Education
Monday 28th
1.15pm
6.30pm
CSSA Primary Athletics
CSSA Secondary Athletics
LoKoP Course
Tuesday 29thYr12 QCS Test
Wednesday 30thYr12 QCS Test
Thursday 31stFather’s Day Stall
Yr4 Rugby League Gala Day

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

 

Primary Spring Dance

Friday 15th September 2017 5pm – 8pm Baskerville Sports Centre $5 per person payable on the night Music provided by DJ Brad • Sausage Sizzle …

The Friendlies
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Primary Spring Dance

Friday 15th September 2017

5pm – 8pm

Baskerville Sports Centre

$5 per person payable on the night

Music provided by DJ Brad • Sausage Sizzle starts at 5pm • Sausage on bread $2.50 • Soft drinks $2.00

This event is for students currently enrolled Prep – Yr6

In Sync Kids

Exciting News… In Sync Kids OT have set up a satellite clinic within a Parklands Christian College, and involves In Sync Kids OT providing private …

Occupational Therapy
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In Sync Kids

Exciting News…

In Sync Kids OT have set up a satellite clinic within a Parklands Christian College, and involves In Sync Kids OT providing private therapy services specifically to the school clientele.

In Sync Kids Occupational Therapy specializes in Sensory Integration and Neurodevelopment. Our aim is to make every child successful at being a kid, by nurturing their foundational sensory processing, postural skills and social skills, cultivating happy and successful kids both at school and home.

Jill van Heerden has extensive experience working in  South Africa and Brisbane as a qualified and registered Occupational Therapist. She has consulted in a range of settings including state, private and special needs schools and has found that treatment in collaboration with teachers, parents and the learning support team, is more successful. Her specialism is treatment of Sensory. Jill also continues to advocate the need for providing services to children, in mainstream schools, with attention and mild learning difficulties and the need for early intervention.

‍For any additional information regarding the occupational therapy service, please contact Jill van Heerden 0450 236 897 or jill.vanheerden@insynckidsot.com and feel free to look at In Sync Kids OT website for more information.

Inaugural Logan Walk 2 Cure MS

Cr Steve Swenson – Logan City Council – Division 3 Nearly 2 years ago, one of my good friends and Logan resident, Penelope, was struggling …

Community Announcement
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Inaugural Logan Walk 2 Cure MS

Cr Steve Swenson – Logan City Council – Division 3

Nearly 2 years ago, one of my good friends and Logan resident, Penelope, was struggling with some ongoing symptoms that were later to be diagnosed as MS. This was a shock, not only to her and her husband, but also to her two teenage children. A multiple sclerosis diagnosis can be extremely difficult to come to grips with. All of a sudden there is a lot of new information to absorb, questions to ask and key decisions to make.

As you may be aware, Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. It interferes with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Multiple sclerosis is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system with over 23,000 people living with the disease in Australia. Four are diagnosed with MS every working day. The average age of diagnosis is just 30 years of age.There is currently no known cure for the disease, however there are several treatment options to help manage symptoms. Since that time, I have been becoming increasingly aware of how many more people across our City have this disease. So in response to this need, I have been working behind the scenes with the team at MS QLD to start a fundraising event here in Logan, similar to the MS Moonlight Walk held in Brisbane. So I am very excited to say the Inaugural Logan Walk 2 Cure MS be held at Meakin Park on23 September, 2017 at 4pm. Our goal for this initial event is to have 250 registered participants & raise $20,000 to help fund MS research and ultimately find a cure. Would you please consider participating in the event.

By clicking on this link to SIGN UP TODAY can take advantage of our Early Bird prices (before18 August)! You can register as an individual for just $10, or $25 as a family (2 adults and up to 3 children under 17) or you may want to make up your own Business.

To make fundraising easier and effective if you make your own team or sign up to participate, upon registration your own fundraising page is automatically generated which you can quickly and easily share on Facebook and via email. Your friends can then make a donation and they will receive a tax deductible receipt immediately. Please feel free to share this with all of your friends and networks. Join Team Cure MS – Together we will beat MS.

Grant.R.D-music

Music Lessons & Tuition School Based Lessons • Private & Groups Guitar Bass Drums Phone: 0414 524 912 Email: bass_production@live.com FB: facebook.com/grantrobertdavies

Music Lessons & Tuition
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Music Lessons & Tuition

School Based Lessons • Private & Groups

  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Drums

Phone: 0414 524 912
Email: bass_production@live.com
FB: facebook.com/grantrobertdavies

Parklands OSHC

Vacation Care Parklands Outside School Hours Care Hours of Operation Monday to Friday, 6:30am – 6:00pm from Monday 27th November to Friday 19th January 2017. …

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Parklands OSHC

Vacation Care

Parklands Outside School Hours Care

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday, 6:30am – 6:00pm from Monday 27th November to Friday 19th January 2017.

What you need to bring

Children are required to bring,   MORNING TEA,   LUNCH &   AFTERNOON TEA.

They will also need a HAT and a WATER BOTTLE for our outside fun experiences.

Children must wear FULL ENCLOSED SHOES  –  NO SINGLETS OR VESTS.
* So I can alter the cooking class menus please let me know if there are any food allergies/dietary requirements.

Daily Routine:

Morning Session

6:30am       – Centre Opens, Self-Directed Play
9:30-10am – Morning Tea
10:30am     – Outside Experiences (Sport, Craft, Self directed Play)
11am          – Cooking Class/or craft
12.00          – Lunch

Afternoon Session

12:30pm     – Children’s self selection, Free play
3:00pm       – Afternoon Tea
3:30pm       – Sports, Craft, Self directed play
6:00 pm      – Centre Closes

Booking forms can be collected from the Outside School Hours Care Building.  If you have not used our service before you will also need to fill in an enrolment form.

For general enquiries or more information-
email:  parklandsoshc@simrick.com.au or phone: 3297 0577 or 0473 681 426

Thank you,
Miss Rachel & Miss Wendy.

School Fees Due

School Fees Due Without Direct Debit Form 10th of Month With Direct Debit Form 17th of Month Please ensure funds are in your account one …

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School Fees Due

School Fees Due

Without Direct Debit Form 10th of Month
With Direct Debit Form 17th of Month

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

Our Bank Account details are as follows:

BSB: 034115
Account Number: 169944

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 $5.00 charge to your invoice and may result in loss of discount for that month.

 

Discounts Available

  • Monthly 2% Direct Debit required
  • Term 5% Direct Debit required
  • Annual 8%

Start Collecting!

Woolworths Earn & Learn Program Parklands Christian College will be participating in this year’s Woolies Earn & Learn program. You will get one Woolworths Earn …

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Start Collecting!

Woolworths Earn & Learn Program

Parklands Christian College will be participating in this year’s Woolies Earn & Learn program.

You will get one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco and gift cards). Place the Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet and when it’s complete, the Sticker Sheet can be dropped into the Collection Box located at Student Services or at the Park Ridge Woolworths. Additional Sticker Sheets will also be available at Student Services.

At the end of the promotion, we’ll be able to get some great new equipment. The range is extensive and offers lots of items ideal for our students – including resources for Math, English, Science and some fantastic fun supplies for Arts & Craft, Sport and for our library. If you’d like to know more visit woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn

Starts Wednesday 26th July 2017

Uniform Shop Hours

School Days only Contact: Shop Phone: 3380 4256 Mobile Michelle: 0412 917 299 Second Hand Uniforms available – CASH ONLY  

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Uniform Shop Hours

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

Contact:

Shop Phone: 3380 4256
Mobile Michelle: 0412 917 299

Second Hand Uniforms available – CASH ONLY