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Monday8.00am - 10.00am
Tuesday2.00pm - 4.00pm
Thursday2.00pm - 4.00pm

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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
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Principal’s Message

The End of Isolation

Monday 25th May, we welcomed back Years 2-10 on site, re-uniting the entire school population. It was so good to see our students smiling faces, and listen to their excited chatter about being back, and seeing friends and teachers. And so a normality settles over our site once again, as the time table re-starts and the vast majority of our programs re-commence. There are still some elements of our school that won’t return to normal until restrictions are eased, but I am sure by Term 3, that our school will be back in the swing of things.

It’s been an interesting season hasn’t it?  In the early weeks of the pandemic, it was hard to keep up with the ever changing health advice, rules and restrictions.  During these complex early weeks, it was hard to provide advice to our families and give you all a clear picture of what would come next.  I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the wider College community for the patience and grace you extended us during this time.  Furthermore, I want to acknowledge the many families who encouraged us during this time, with words of affirmation, support and encouragement.  We also appreciated the food!  We had several deliveries of pizza, donuts and a variety of packed goods and chocolates.  Some days, I think these kind gestures got me through.

I also wish to acknowledge how hard it was to be a good parent during isolation.  During this season, parents had faced not only great change in the workplace, but also in the home.  As a dad, I struggled to know how to best help my children study and work from home.  Fortunately, my children have been doing home schooling for the past 4 years as we lived and served in Cebu.  Maya, Lauren & Judah, kicked into home-school mode and largely picked up from where they left off.  However, even with their prior knowledge of working from home, the adjustment was significant, and at times the stress was high.  So to all of those parents out there that survived isolation and relied on PCC@Home, I congratulate you! Balancing life’s responsibilities is complex under normal circumstances, so doing this and managing your children’s learning journey is a rare achievement, well done.

As we surveyed students, staff and parents, we gathered a lot of useful information and identified a few trends.  In particular, I was interested to see how solidly students depend on their teachers, and this didn’t change much across the year levels.  This has given us much to think about as we endeavour to train our students to become increasingly self-reliant. We also identified how much students rely on their peers for support, both emotionally and in their learning journeys.  I look forward to exploring the impacts of collaborative learning (on and off line) and how it could play a part in a child’s schooling. Lastly, we heard from many parents that it was a challenge to know how much their child should actually be doing, despite the instructions provided on PCC@Home.  For me, these comments reinforce the need for clear and simple communication, and we will keep talking about the best ways to keep parents informed.

Overall, I have been encouraged by our community’s response to COVID-19 and the subsequent period of isolation.  Our community responded graciously, and generously, even to the point of families offering to contribute to the fees of those doing it tough.  What a great place to be a part of!  As we navigate these last few weeks of term, and we return to our normal rhythms, I pray that our students will appreciate what a gift it is to be at school, and join together as a community once again.  I trust that as we close out the term, and as we navigate the remaining restriction and changes, that we all appreciate and value community, and enjoy reconnecting with one another.

Gary Cully
Principal

Farewell Mr Helliwell

Farewell Mr Helliwell

I write this article today after saying goodbye to our dear friend and work colleague Mr Rob Helliwell.  Rob passed away on Saturday 23rd of May, after a long battle with his health.  While we as a school community will miss him terribly, we know that he is now at peace, without pain and in the arms of his Heavenly Father.

I first met Rob in the very early years of building our school.  Rob came to us offering to help where he could and he freely contributed to the life of the college for almost 20 years.  Rob had his fair share of health battles along the way, and it was a privilege to support him and his wife Karen through these challenging times. Rob taught both in the Primary and Secondary schools, and as his health became more challenging, he transitioned to our property team in the role of Workplace Health and Safety officer. No matter where Rob found himself in the school, he served diligently and with an ever present smile.

Although most have now graduated, many students will remember Mr Helliwell as a kind, fatherly figure with a dry, quick wit.  He was creative, resourceful and knew the value of maintaining a good relationship with his students.  His colleagues adored him, and he understood our college culture, and contributed to it faithfully, year after year.

We will miss seeing Rob around our site, as we mourn the loss of one of our own.  Our hearts go out to the Helliwell family during this sad time, and we pray they find some peace in the knowledge that Rob impacted many lives through the Ministry of Parklands Christian College, and will be dearly missed.

 

Head of Primary

Uniforms

Can we please ask that you assist us in ensuring all students are correctly dressed in the right uniform each day? We are experiencing students wearing their sport uniforms when not required and have also noticed that some students are starting to mix and match their track suit and academic jumpers or even wearing non-school jumpers. If unsure about uniform items or correct uniform requirements, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, the RTC, uniform store or check our website for photos and details. Would you please be so kind as to ensure that ALL uniform items, water bottles and LUNCH box items are clearly labeled with the student’s name?

Reports

Due to COVID 19, all students will be receiving a modified ‘End of Semester Report’ at the conclusion of this term. This amended report will inform you as to how your child has progressed both first Term and this virus affected (on and off site learning) Term.

On Wednesday 22nd July, we plan to have our Primary PROFILE Evening style Parent/Teacher Interviews in the teacher’s classrooms, where you can book an interview to discuss your child’s report with their class teacher. Be on the lookout for more information and booking times and procedures! If this day doesn’t suit you, please feel free to arrange a suitable day and time with your child’s teacher.

Talking about the end of term – we only have a few more weeks of school left then we break up for the Winter Holidays on Friday 19th June and return for Term 3 on Tuesday 14th July.

  1. What is important in this Report? Bear in mind that this is a modified version of our ‘normal’ semester report! You are looking for two things as you read the reports that will help you establish what your child’s strengths are and whether they have been working to the best of their ability over this time. Before looking for the A’s, to E’s in the subject achievement section, read the general comment. Does the teacher say that your child is working to the best of their ability? Feedback from teachers at the Profile style P/T Interviews is the key to improvement as it will tell you what they need to be working on – a way forward.
  1. How to involve your child in reading the report card? The best thing to do is ask questions and get them to come up with how they think they went in the subject/term/semester. “How did you think you went? Which results are you pleased with? What do you think was the cause of the result in this subject?”
  2. Praise – Process centred praise is more effective than praising intelligence e.g. “You are smart” develops a fixed mindset whereas praising effort develops a growth mindset (Dweck, 2010). Kids who get too much praise are less likely to take risks, are highly sensitive to failure and are more likely to give up when faced with a challenge. Check whether your child has a fixed or growth mindset http://mindsetonline.com
  3. Rewards – We need our kids to do things and be self-directed, not because they will get into trouble or get a reward. “If they are focused on the outcomes (stickers, money, rewards) this leads to a loss of interest in process and an unhealthy need for approval of others” (Sue Roffey, www.wellbeingaustralia.com.au/wba/). We need to focus on intrinsic rewards such as life satisfaction, autonomy, task persistence, positive social relationships, a love of learning and better performances.• Think about starting to remove extrinsic rewards for results.
    • Let kids have a say in what they do and the rules so that they can learn to make social choices appropriate for their age– autonomy not control.
    • Praise the process of effort and doing well, not ability.Praise their:
  • effort and persistence
  • planning & organization
  • engagement in learning
  • seeking help & feedback
  • problem solving
  • decision making

Finding The Off Switch When Kids Worry

If you’ve ever spent a sleepless night worrying then you’ll know how problems always seem bigger when you keep tossing them around in your head. It can seem like everything is stacked against you. When this happens you’ve got to find the off switch so you can get away from your worries for a while. The same principle holds for children and teenagers when they worry. Their problems just seem to get bigger and they need to turn them off or tone them down so they can ease their anxiety. There are eight easy-to-learn strategies that you can teach your kids to prevent them from ruminating – going over the same thoughts and worries over and over again.

1. Broaden their vision

Kids get tunnel vision when they worry. They often can’t see the bigger picture. For instance, a young person may fret over minor work matters such getting the exact font match for an assignment they are working on, and neglect to get the sleep necessary for good learning the next day. Sometimes it takes a wise adult to remind children and young people about what really is important to them.

2. Put their attention elsewhere

Placing attention away from worries is an age old technique for parents and teachers. Commonly known as distraction, the act of focusing attention on something other than what causes them distress is vital for good mental health. Examples of distractions include – going outside, playing a game, shooting some basketball hoops or listening to music.

3. Give the worry a name

Somehow giving a worry a name makes it feel less scary and more manageable. My favourite picture storybook for toddlers ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof‘ by Hazel Edwards personifies fear of the dark as a friendly hippo. Much more friendly and easier to boss around if you’re a child.

4. Put your worries in a jar

Wouldn’t it be great to put all your worries into a safe and throw away the key? As an adult you may do this when you take time out to watch your favourite TV show; or lose yourself wandering for hours online. Children need something a little more practical. They can write their worries on some paper and lock them in away in a jar by the side of the bed at the end of the day. It’s good to know that their worries can’t get out because they are locked up tight.

5. Limit talking time

It’s good if kids can talk about what’s on their mind but talking needs to be contained to prevent their worries from dominating their lives. Set aside ten minutes a day to talk about their worries and then put worry time aside until tomorrow.

6. Normalise rather than lionise their anxiety

Anxious kids are very sensitive to their parent’s concerns and worries. One way we build their concerns is by continually reassuring them that things will be fine. One reassurance should be sufficient most of the time followed by “I’ve already talked to you about that.” Continually going over old ground can allow worries to linger longer than necessary.

7. Give him the tools to relax

My wife relaxes in front of the TV, which is sufficient for her to take her mind off her worries. Some people need a bigger set of tools including mindfulness and exercise to help us neutralise our worries.

8. Move baby move

Get kids moving. Physical exercise is not only a great distraction but it release feel-good endorphins that help children and young people feel better and more optimistic about the future.

For more on anxiety and the tools you need to support you raise kids who worry or feel anxious, our Parenting Anxious Kids online course is a fantastic resource.

Have a wonderful break and school holiday spent with family and friends.

 

Head of Secondary

What a joy it’s been to celebrate the return of all of our students back on site together as a community! The Year 11 & 12 students enjoyed having the campus to themselves for a couple of weeks, as they worked with teachers in ensuring their senior learning and assessments are on track. Then we celebrated the return of Y7-10 in Secondary, first as they arrived at school, then during their first break with different celebrations happening for each year level, and our student leadership team assisting. Bubble wands seemed to be a hit in the morning, at least with the staff, who seemed to enjoy playing with bubbles as much as the students seemed to enjoy being greeted with them!

As our PCC@Home drew to a close, we spent an afternoon with all Primary and Secondary teachers, celebrating the wonderful effort they put into creating and levelling up our online learning. See photos below of this celebration along with the student return celebrations. I’m so grateful to all of our staff for how they each adjusted their work tasks in order to support students and families, as well as each other during that season. We also reflected on our practice during PCC@Home, considering what elements of that high-level online learning could be brought into our everyday practice, and I am excited to see how this progresses. We’ve also surveyed our students to hear their perspective, so that together we can continue to provide the best education possible for our Parklands students.

And so I close with a great big THANK YOU to our parents, carers, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends who supported children during PCC@Home. Thank you for your support from home, to whatever extent you were capable of with your own unique circumstances. Thank you for your support of our teachers. What a wonderful community we have!

Whilst this initial stage of PCC@Home is finished, we are conscious that the broader season isn’t over, that many families will remain affected for some time. While we remain hopeful that the government’s roadmap will remain on track, we are conscious that we don’t know exactly what Semester 2 will bring, and we’re prepared to again be flexible and adjust as needed in order to look after our students. Having experienced the way our community united in the first half of this term, I am grateful to be able to confidently move into the next stages of 2020, grateful for the opportunity to serve the Parklands community and grateful that we are all working together for the best for our children.

 

 

Primary News

Year One

It has been so lovely having our students back in class. I think the children were also super excited to be back with their friends once again. We are so grateful for every child in Year 1 and we love experiencing all the different gifts each one brings to our classrooms. Each day is definitely a blessing and we are grateful.

The children have worked hard to settle back into school life. We are building up our routines once again and readjusting to larger groups again. A few highlights since returning have been our daily push up challenges. The children have been bringing smiles to our faces as they challenge themselves to do push ups each day.

We also took part in the National Simultaneous Read Aloud Day on Wednesday 27th May. At 11am we read the hilarious book, ‘Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas’ by Lucinda Gifford, along with thousands of children across Australia. We then participated in some literacy based activities which we are sure you have seen up in the Year 1 windows!

Take care everyone and stay safe!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh and Year 1’s

Year Two

This term the Year 2’s have been learning about Logan’s history. We have discussed differences in the past and present and Mrs Koplick even brought some awesome antique pieces in that we could see and touch. There was an iron, a lantern and even a waffle iron!

We were all so excited to come back to school on the first day after isolation but we had no idea that 300 balloons would meet us on the other side of the door! Needless to say that between the two classes of Year 2 students that 600 balloons (300 in each classroom) caused quite a memorable day back at school. The day ended with them all being popped, so some would say it ended with a bang! Welcome back Year 2!

Miss McNabb, Mrs Koplick and Mrs Hollenberg.

Secondary News

11/12 Visual Art Exhibition

Friday 29th May

The Senior Visual Art students held their first exhibition of the year last Friday. The works displayed reflect months of planning, development and research, as well as lots of hard work! The artworks stemmed from the units ‘Art as Code’ (Year 11) and ‘Art as Knowledge’ (Year 12) and were developed according to inquiry questions devised by the students. The exhibition featured a range of 2D, 3D and time-based media, including painting, installations, assemblages and video works. Congratulations art students on your outstanding efforts!

 

Student Care and Wellbeing

Technology/Screen Time

It is amazing to think that our phones and many watches now have 100x – 10000x the computing power that took man to the moon. I hear stories of people gathering to watch the landing on the moon as not everyone had a TV. These days most households have up to 2 devices per person that people could be watching, in colour, whatever they want and whenever they want. Digital media, technology and screen time has increased significantly and has become a normal and in some cases necessary part of life.

So how do we manage this? How do we make sure that our children do not become mindlessly glued to the screen? Here are a few ideas to try out at home:

Create a plan

Sit down as a family and work out a plan. Write this down so you remember what it is you are trying to achieve and gain from this. Your child does not need to see the plan but it helps if you have a strategy. You can use the following as a guide for your plan.

  • What is your goal? – Is your goal with your child connection? How are you wanting to interact with your child? What example do you want to show them? Write down what goal you have with the screen time in your house both for adults and for children. What are you wanting to achieve?
  • Know your Child and your Values – What are your family values? What character traits do you want your child to have? What do you know about your child- what are their dislikes and likes, hobbies etc.? What can they handle and what is it that they struggle with? Some people have great self-control while others need to work harder at this. How does your child manage responsibility?  What are their responsibilities? How can you increase their experience of responsibility- ie. chores, attend training or other extra circular activities, plan or attend a family event or just enjoy the outdoors?
  • Set Clear rules and boundaries – You are the adult and the parent. You make the final decision. Set clear rules around screen time use. Such as:
  • Parent has access to spot checks on use, emails, text messages and other social media
  • Screen time occurs in public areas of the house (no bedrooms)
  • Screen time occurs after homework and chores are complete
  • Screen time may be reduced to weekends except for school work
  • Screen free time – plan this into your schedule (ie. Sunday afternoons)
  • Screens off an hour before going to bed – minimum at least 15mins ( this allows the brain to calm down and get into the right patterns for sleep)
  • Wi-Fi to be turned off by 10pm every night (if you can hit this goal you are probably doing a great job managing screen time responsibly)
  • Be consistent – Once you have established the family rules/guidelines with screen time STICK to them. No matter how you feel this is a boundary that you have set up and your child needs to know they can trust your word. If they chose to fight this rule one afternoon, use the LOKOP one liners – Fun or room? If they consistently ask you for screen time. Yes you can as soon as (add in the job or condition that you need to have meet).
  • Age /Maturity appropriateness – There are ratings for a reason. Use these as a bench mark to work from and be aware of what they are wanting to play or watch. What works for one child may not for another. Just because their friends are playing this game or watching that show or movie does not mean that it is good/right or appropriate for them. So what is the level of your child and work with that, yes it may be different for each child. They will say that is not fair, your answer could be – I know… probably so…
  • Stay up to date with their usage – What are they up to? What are they watching and what are they playing? Who are they talking with and too? What is that game about and what do you need to do in the game. The latest game craze at the moment is Fortnite. What is the rating for this game? Do you know what it is and what they need to do in this game? Regularly check and ask questions, even have a go yourself and make this a connection point with your child.
  • Know their school work – Keep informed about what tasks are required for their subjects. Sometimes they will need to access technology, but there are may tasks that do not require this. Parents can fall into the trap of thinking because their child is ‘studying’ they are using technology appropriately. This is a myth, study and exam week results in the highest incidents of online bulling across Australia. Why? Students are bored, easily distracted and stressed. This is a terrible combination for reacting negatively toward peers. During weeks 8 and 9 of term please turn up the vigilance!!!
  • Communicate with your kids – Talk with your child. Ask them about the screen time they are doing, what game are they playing and what shows are they watching? What is it about or what do you need to do? Why is this fun to watch this or play this? Join in, sit down and watch with them for a moment, play the game with them or watch them play and ask questions. Be interested in their interests and their screen time activities.
  • 30am – 3.20pm – Whilst your child is at school they are required to use their technology for class work only. If a student needs to contact a parent they are required to phone them from student services. We ask parents to please refrain from texting their child during school hours.

For further information please check these out:

Parklands Christian College Technology Policy

Responsible Technology Use – Parklands’ Student Care and Wellbeing Google Site

Coffee, Kids and Crazy podcast – Back to school and Screentime – By Loving on Purpose – Brittney Serpell

Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner  – Information on online safety and screen time activities

Common Sense Media – Check on ratings, content and storylines. Plus many other resources.

Cyber Safety Solutions – Learn about safety for your child whilst online.

Family Contracts for Screen time – Use one of their templates or just use this as a guide when you write your own!

Welcome to the adventure of building great relationships with your child around appropriate use of technology. Enjoy your time with your child teaching, modelling and monitoring the screen time world!

PCC Instrumental Music

Welcome back to school, from the sounds in the playgrounds it seems students are generally happy to be back on campus. We are of course delighted to have them too. As classes resume, so face-to-face music lessons have resumed in week 6. Many students have been engaged with lessons online during the shut-down, & the teachers have all enjoyed seeing their progress continue despite a disruption to the normal routine.

Lessons

From Week 6, all music lessons except for Guitar & Drum Kit will resume face-to-face on campus. If families are continuing to self-isolate, there is still the option to join a lesson via Zoom. Please notify your teacher so this can be arranged, and we will do our best to include your child as fully as possible in the lesson. For those having face-to-face lessons, please be assured that appropriate cleaning & distancing measures will be in place. Students will be using their own instruments and it is the responsibility of students & parents to clean their equipment before & after home practice, lessons & rehearsals. For piano students, the piano is carefully cleaned between every lesson, as well as at the beginning & end of the day. Percussion students must bring their own sticks & mallets.

Timetables

Considering all the changes that have taken place this term, we have decided to keep lesson times static as far as possible for the remainder of Term 2. This will be reconsidered for Term 3, depending on circumstances at the time. Timetables have been communicated by email & will be available on PCC@Home shortly.

Ensemble Rehearsals

We are keen for Ensemble rehearsals to re-commence where possible, as this is an integral & fun part of learning & playing music. As most of our Ensembles are quite small in number, we have sufficient space for appropriate distancing & will take all steps to ensure this is maintained. Details for rehearsals are as follows:

Wind Ensemble: Wednesday 7:30am in Mrs Patane’s Music Room, beginning in week 6
Give It A Go Band: commencing in Term 3
Primary Choirs: arrangements to be communicated by Mrs Patane
Secondary Choir: Friday 7:30am in S1, beginning in week 6

While live performance opportunities are not available right now, we’re definitely putting creative thought into other ways of sharing performances with the College family. Information about those events will be communicated at a later date.

Just to give you a taste of what some of the students got up to in the Zoom lessons, enjoy below some photos from “Crazy Hat Day”, “Crazy Scarf Day” & “Crazy Hair Day”…

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

__PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

 

The Friendlies

The month of May holds a week to celebrate National Volunteers, what a perfect time to acknowledge our Friendlies team. I am extremely proud of our amazing Friendlies team who endlessly throughout the year volunteer their precious time to serve our community. Each and every one of them have such a huge servant’s heart. It is such a privilege and brings me so much joy to serve alongside them. Congratulations team!

This season has been a time of reflecting what we class as important in our lives and what the future may hold. For us as a committee we have been unable to hold any community events, but we have continued to bless and support many families through various times in their lives. We have been reminded that God is a God of love and we are here to serve our community and share the love of Christ with everyone we meet.

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

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

This term we made the decision to cancel our Friendlies meetings. Restrictions are changing daily so hopefully we will be able to meet at some stage in Term 3. In the meantime if you would like to know more about what we do and how you can be involved email friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au

 

Virtual Hugs to you all!

The Friendlies Team J

Principal’s Message

I think we’re going to make it!

Recently we sent out a survey to our students asking how they are going, and received some great feedback regarding PCC@Home. We will also survey our parent population to see how our Mums, Dads and carers have been faring during isolation.  In the news recently, we have seen an increasingly lively debate about when students should return to school, and how safe such a move will be for our community. The Federal Government are now urging a return to school, while Queensland seems set to keep kids at home until week 6.  Presently, Independent Schools Queensland who represent the private school sector, have urged the Government to consider returning Senior Students to their schools.  Whatever the outcome, Parklands remains poised to care for our community and supporting our students on and off site.

We are almost there.  Before we know it, week 6 will be upon us and kids will be back to school.  But what will school and indeed our community be like after isolation and beyond COVID-19?  Surely there are many businesses out there right now asking themselves why they pay expensive leases on properties when their workers could operate from home?  Will this period of disruption change some of our work and cultural habits that have never really been questioned before now?  And how will education be impacted?  Schools, including our own have poured money and resources into going online, and we would like to think that this effort and expense will be useful beyond isolation.

As we grapple with the notion of “online education” and “learning at home”, we have been reminded about what is truly valuable about education…at a bricks and mortar school. As usual, our students have helped us appreciate why we love coming to school every day.  Connection!  Overwhelmingly, when we asked our students what they miss most about coming to school each day, they say “our teachers” and “our friends”.  When I ask the teachers what they miss about teaching via a computer, they immediately say something like “my kids”, and many say this with tears in their eyes.  Schools are made for connection.  We are made for connection, and when connection is broken or changed, something within us cries out to be restored with those from whom we have been separated.

We are all eager to have the whole school community back on our site as soon as possible.  I look forward to the day when I can greet people in the car park of a morning, and talk to students in the playground.  As the impacts of COVID-19 are fully realised and understood on our economy, society and in education, there will inevitably be some changes.  However, I am confident that as we emerge from isolation, we will all be reminded of the things we truly value and have missed.  And we have missed our students!

I look forward to being reunited with you all again soon, and remind you that we are almost there.  Keep reaching out if you need help, and let us support you during this season.  I encourage you all to stay connected to Parklands, and participate in the many online initiatives designed to keep us feeling united as a community.  Keep an eye on Facebook and contribute as best as you can and join the fun.

May God bless you and keep you all safe.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary

The Premier has announced that from next Monday, 11th May, 2020, students in Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 will be able to return to school.

Children of essential workers and vulnerable children will continue to be able to attend school for supervision.  If you have other extenuating circumstances that mean you would like your child to attend school, please contact your child’s teacher or Student Services to discuss this matter further.

For students in Years 2 – 10, the current PCC @ home based learning arrangements will remain in place.  If low COVID-19 transmission rates continue, students in Years 2 – 10 will be able to return to school from Monday 25 May, 2020. Confirmation of this step will be made by 15th May 2020.

It is recognised that some parents may choose to keep your child at home due to concerns about COVID-19 and this decision will be respected.  If parents choose to do this, I ask that you kindly notify Student Services to discuss how we can support you as you continue to offer learning @ home for your child.

Top 5 tips for schooling @ home

Having children at home doing their schooling is a new experience for many parents and carers all over the world at the moment. Here are five tips to keep you sane, your learners on track, and make it work in your home:

  1. Routine

Encourage your child to go through the same routine every morning as if they were going to regular school; get up on time, get ready, have breakfast, dress in appropriate clothes, and be ready to start at their computer at the same time each morning.

  1. Learning space

Your child might be fortunate enough to have an ideal space with a desk in their own bedroom, but if not choose and create a space in the home that will give them the best possible environment for learning, with minimum distractions, and make it their ‘school HQ’. Maybe somewhere quieter (or find some noise-cancelling headphones?), with good lighting, and a bit out of the way. It might also help to have a clear desk or shelf nearby to arrange resources.

  1. Schedule

Children like structure. Organise the day into a schedule, and involve your child to give them some leadership and ownership of their school day, and so they have buy-in. This will also give them an opportunity to develop their soft skills, like teamwork and effective communication. Include breaks to suit their personality and age, such as more frequent breaks for younger children and longer learning sessions for older children. Visual aids can be helpful too, like a printout of the schedule on the wall, or – if there’s more flexibility in their week – a schedule with rearrangeable subject cards pinned on a corkboard.

  1. Be realistic

At home, staying on task for the equivalent of a full school day can be a challenge for many children (and their parents and carers!), and may not actually be necessary to achieve their learning for the day. Choose a reasonable amount of time for your child to be on their computer, engaged in active learning. Without the usual between-class breaks and other school activities, it may be about 4-5 hours each day. And while schools may be implementing ways to enable parents to get more involved in their child’s learning if you were not a subject expert before, you are not expected to be one now, and schools also understand that many parents still have their own work to do. Do what you can to be available for your child and help them find solutions if they ask, but otherwise, allow them to manage their work as much as they can on their own (and don’t feel guilty about it!).

  1. Explore resources

There are excellent online education resources available, for ALL subjects and people and organisations around the world have responded to this global situation by offering children new and special virtual experiences. Check our Parklands Year Level Sites, explore online, and help your child take advantage of what is available that interests them. Examples include storytime readings for #OperationStorytime, by well-known authors on their Instagram feeds, or on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Many zoos and museums are offering virtual tours, webcasts and digital resources. Children can even enjoy subject lessons from world experts, like biology with Sir David Attenborough and science with Professor Brian Cox, via the BBC’s Bitesize Daily website!

I hope these points proves useful and beneficial as we can all get through this together.

Help stop the spread of Covid-19 and stay healthy

Hygiene

Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect themselves and others against infection and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Good hygiene practises include:

  • washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or using hand sanitiser, when entering school, and at regular intervals throughout the day
    – particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
    – for younger students, this may include having a regular hand washing schedule (a game could be developed for younger students to come up with a 20 second hand-washing song)
  • covering coughs and sneezes with ones elbow or a tissue
  • placing used tissues straight into the bin
  • avoid touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth
  • not sharing food or drink

Physical distancing

One way to slow the spread of coronavirus, is physical distancing (also called social distancing). The more space between people, the harder it is for the virus to spread. There is a range of measures schools are taking to support physical distancing and reduce transmission within the practical limitations of a school environment.

Message for parents: if your child is sick, they must not go to school. You must keep them at home and away from others. Remember to maintain social distancing from other parents and teachers when attending school, including when dropping off and picking up your children.

Message for children: tell your parent, guardian or teacher if you are feeling sick.

Message for teachers: do not come to work if you are sick or in a vulnerable person category.

Message for all adults: the greatest risk of transmission in the school environment is between adults. It is of upmost importance that teachers and parents alike maintain social distancing between themselves and each other at school.

Schools are already engaging in creative and innovative ways to engage their students online and in-person, while practising social/physical distancing and minimising risk. These include:

  • adapting activities that lead to mixing between students, including reduced after-school and inter-school activities
  • where possible, adding flexibility to the work day
  • where possible, avoiding close-proximity queuing in lines and encouraging increased space between students, for example, by placing markings on the floor
  • encouraging students to maintain 1.5m distance when entering or leaving a classroom
  • cancelling school excursions, assemblies, sporting activities and other large gatherings
  • where possible, conducting lessons outdoors or in environments with enhanced ventilation
  • where possible, arranging classroom furniture to leave as much space as possible between students
  • maintaining smaller classes
  • suspending group work if the activity cannot be modified to avoid close physical proximity (1.5m)
  • ceasing public access to playgrounds and high touch play equipment
  • teachers monitoring students during non-class times to ensure they are maintaining 1.5m social distance
  • providing a mix of @ home and campus-based education
  • student work being submitted electronically, where feasible
  • student work being handed to a teacher for feedback rather than feedback being provided immediately by the teacher in close proximity to the student
  • encouraging non-contact greetings

Thank you all for doing your bit to keep our school community safe and sound and virus free!

Parent Support and Involvement

Learning isn’t bound by the school gates. Research indicates that ongoing parental involvement in children’s learning reaps benefits in many ways, including shaping positive attitudes to learning and supporting student achievement. Finding practical ideas for parents to engage in learning in a way that is fun and purposeful takes time that classroom teachers don’t always have.

Learning Potential Resources can help. This parent-friendly website is free to access and provides a range of literacy and numeracy activities designed to support the Australian Curriculum for primary school children.

Visit the Learning Potential Resources website

Browse by year level band and discover:

  • Everyday ideas – simple activities for home and out and about
  • Practise together – offline activities to reinforce literacy and numeracy skills
  • Practise online – interactive games and videos.

Enjoy the time spent learning and having fun together.

Ms. Sarah Mitchell, the NSW Education Minister has urged parents battling to balance jobs and their children learning @ Home, not to expect too much from themselves, saying younger students don’t have to complete all the work per lesson or try follow the structure of a ‘normal’ school day.

Sarah Mitchell’s comments come as education experts said trying to replicate a full school day of learning @ Home could be counterproductive for younger students. Ms. Mitchell, who has a child in year 1, said she understood the pressure of balancing learning from Home lessons with her work. “I want to say to parents and carers, please don’t expect too much from yourself.  I think it would be sufficient for lower primary school kids to do a bit of maths, reading and writing, and then have some fun learning by doing – baking, building puzzles/Lego and making things from items around the home.”

Even though your child is now at home, we want to assure you we are still very much committed in partnering with you by providing your child with a quality and continuous education.  Our Primary School teachers are dedicated to provide instruction and guidance to support your child’s learning during this season of uncertainty.

Together we will get through this!

Primary News

Year 1

Hello to all our wonderful Year 1 families.

We have been proud beyond words of everyone’s hard work to make this term flow smoothly. We are so grateful for your support and kind words of encouragement.

Our kiddos are, of course, super stars and we have been blown away by their amazing efforts and fabulous attitude as they embarked on their learning journey at home and at school. We have been encouraged by all the photos we’ve seen of your children working at home- thank you. We cannot wait until we are all together again, but until then, be safe, take care and stay healthy.

We miss you!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis and Mrs Marsh

Year 7 News

Hasn’t term 2 been crazy!

I am so very proud of how the Year 7’s have stepped up and taken to PCC@home!

It is certainly a difficult transition to make from packing their school bag, being organised for class and coming to a physical room and interacting with a teacher to learning online. I’m sure every home has had moments of joy and a few tears as we have all transitioned to working online.

Can I encourage you all the keep the discussions lines open in your home with your Year 7 student, as we come to a busy time of term, both in the potential staggered return to school and with drafts of assignments becoming due.

Have a daily conversation with your child asking:

  • What are your learning goals today?
  • What do you need from me?
  • How can I help you work towards your best?
  • What is your timetable looking like today?
  • What tasks do we need to break down and work on?
  • Do you have any Google Meets today?
  • What Google Classroom tasks are due today?
  • Have you had a quick mind break away from a device?

In our combined Year 7 Google Classroom I have set a challenge each weekend to encourage the students to put their devices down and get outside or to be creative with their family.

One of the challenges asked students to join in the #gettymuseumchallenge by recreating a popular painting or photograph with what they had in isolation.

We had some fantastic submissions with Justin Hunt being Charlie Chaplin, Jordana O’Neil channeling Pro Hart and Georgia Holland using her younger sister Grace as the star in her recreation of Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’.

May I take this time to wish you and your family health and peace during this time.

Breathe a spirit of love and self-discipline into our community that we continually promote and protect our families and our most vulnerable. Strengthen our witness to embody examples of compassion, mercy and love. Support and protect our health care workers, teachers, essential workers and all who serve the community and others before self. We trust in your great compassion and unconditional promise always to be with us.

If you have any queries, you may contact us via the College office on 3380 4200 or via email at: abraun@parklands.qld.edu.au

Mrs. Alanah Braun
Year 7 Coordinator

Sport

JOIN THE FUN: THE PUSH-UP CHALLENGE – 11th to 31st May 2020

Challenge yourself physically, learn about mental health, engage in some friendly rivalry and help Parklands support mental health and suicide prevention through The Push-Up Challenge.

Over the course of 21-days in May you’ll be challenged to complete 3,046 push-ups in total, representing the number of lives lost in Australia to suicide in 2018.

You can complete all 3,046 push-ups by yourself, or get a team together and work together towards the combined daily target.

To get involved:

  1. Go to our Community page https://www.thepushupchallenge.com.au/community/parklands-christian-college
  2. Join an existing team or create your own team within our Community (teams of 1 are welcome)
  3. Spread the word and get others involved
  4. Start prepping yourself!
  5. 11th to 31st May: Start pushing!

If you have any queries, please contact the good people at The Push-Up Challenge through their website www.thepushupchallenge.com.au

Student Care and Wellbeing

Parent Blog

All of our Parklands families are being impacted in some way during this uncertain season. We are in this together with you and are also navigating similar family and parenting dilemnas alongside your family.  Our Wellbeing Team have put together some parent blogs such as this article, to reflect some of the journeys we have been having at home. Mr Crawford has 5 children and spent a number of weeks working from home, Mrs Broughton has had a three-year-old in isolation and Mrs Jackman who lives in Ireland with three teenagers is now in week 5 of total lockdown. Find out more about what it is like for our team who are navigating isolation, parenting and online learning. Keeping our Love on has never been so important.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s behaviour or wellbeing please don’t hesitate to contact the Student Care and Wellbeing team at rtc-staff@parklands.qld.edu.au.

In addition to this, there is information now available online on topics such as how to support your child’s wellbeing or navigate behavioral concerns. There are a wide range of resources available for parents to peruse on the Student Care & Wellbeing portal and in the Parent Lounge.

Tantrums vs. Meltdowns

While supporting your child through environmental and social changes, education at home and general life experiences every parent has stories about their child’s tantrums and meltdowns. Our own parents will have some pretty good stories too; we have all been on an emotional development journey. Knowing the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum will help you to determine how to support your child effectively and apply good quality emotional regulation skills.

What is the difference between a Meltdown and a Tantrum? 

  • Tantrums are a conscious deliberate choice, they are often a learnt behaviour for the individual to get their needs met.
  • In a tantrum the physical movements are controlled and easily altered to achieve a desired outcome – i.e. aggression towards a specific individual; turn tears on and off.
  • A tantrum can stop instantly at any time.
  • Tantrums act as defense mechanism to control a situation or outcome.
  • In a tantrum they may try to bargain.
  • In a tantrum the individual has excellent recall of the episode with little or no physical exhaustion.  Please note a tantrum can develop into a meltdown. 
  • Meltdowns are extreme emotional and/or behavioural responses to a stressful situation.
  • They are always
  • Meltdowns come from prolonged exposure to sensory triggers or cognitive overload without a chance to get away from the overwhelming stimulation.
  • Usually there will be signs of increasing frustration with accompanying anxiety that slowly starts to escalate if the situation is ignored.
  • Some meltdowns (also known as catastrophic reactions) are explosive immediate involuntary reactions to something having gone off script or not according to plan.

Some Causes of a Meltdown:

  • Sensory overload
  • Cognitive overload
  • Sudden change or perceived sudden change
  • Being given too many choices at once
  • Being forced to be in a prolonged stressful environment
  • Being in a stressful setting or situations without any calming tools or chill out option
  • Being given an unrealistic goals or tasks that exceeds capabilities or limitations.

What to do with a Meltdown?

To effectively deal with meltdowns it is important to be proactive and not reactive. Identifying the child’s anxiety and its cause is your starting point. Then try to calm the child as this will reduce the chances of a full-blown meltdown. Once the meltdown has started all you can do is make sure everyone is safe, reduce stimulation levels and if possible address the problem at hand. PLEASE never attempt to restrain a child during a meltdown once they are in a safe environment. They will only fight against your attempts and increase the intensity of self-aggression and aggression towards you! It is too late to stop the meltdown – simply let the meltdown take its course.

These ideas have had varying degrees of success depending on the individual and if you are able to catch before going into full meltdown;

  • being silly –  i.e. doing a silly dance – makes them laugh changes the emotion for a little then can talk about it.
  • reading a book that they like – sitting calmly and reading it to myself making a comment here and there
  • asking a question about topic that individual is interested in
  • cause a distraction such as changing the topic, asking silly question
  • ask the child to tell you what they can hear, smell, taste, touch and see
  • teach your child deep breathing exercises so that you can refer to this if you notice they are appearing to becoming unsettled.
  • Create a chill out space, with a chill out box
  • Blowing bubbles is an incredible release of air and source of deep breathing

There are some great strategies that we use at school to educate your child to recognise when they are escalating in their emotions and take responsibility before triggering a meltdown. One of our favourite moments is when a child brings themselves for a chill out before erupting.  We see this even as young as prep age, once children know what you mean by fun/no fun or fun/room, they start to develop an internal reflective process that helps them to make this decision with minimal prompting from parents. Just the other day I was visiting a friend and I noticed their daughter was missing from the room so I asked where she went; her parents simply explained ‘she took herself too her room until she was ready to be fun’. Boom! That is a golden moment. When she returned we had a lot of fun.

Check out these links on the Student Care and Wellbeing Team’s Google Site

PCC Instrumental Music

Psalm 3:5 “I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.”

I love the picture I see in my head when I read this psalm – I curl up asleep in a clearing of a field & the Lord’s giant wings of protection surround me so that all is calm as I sleep. The storm may rage outside, but I know in His hands I am safe. I pray that you have felt those wings of protection during this season, even if your circumstances haven’t been perfect or what you expected. I also hope that playing music has given your children an outlet for some of their big feelings during this time, which can sometimes be hard to put into words but may be more easily expressed through music.

Instrumental & Vocal lessons

Instrumental & vocal lessons have begun to happen online, with a few technical hitches of course, but it’s been great to see students engaging with their music teachers. Some students are at home & some are at school, but it’s ok – we’re finding ways to get them together virtually, and they enjoy seeing their friends on the screen. It is still important for them to have a variety of activities to do, so please make sure your children are still practising, daily if possible. We teachers love seeing what they have accomplished each week!

Ensemble rehearsals

While partial shut-down conditions exist, Ensemble rehearsals will remain suspended. There will be no choir or band rehearsals until this changes. Once this changes, students will be notified about the resumption of regular rehearsals.

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

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

__PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

VET News

Celebrating our School-based trainees and apprentices! So many of our school-based trainees and apprentices work pathways are currently on hold and we really feel for you during this time of uncertainty. Parklands acknowledges and thanks our local employers for their ongoing support of our students. We also celebrate our students fortitude and resilience during these challenging times and acknowledge each and every one of you.
Year 11 student, Taylah, is currently employed as a business administration trainee at Coda Disability Support. Taylah has been working hard to assist with the many changes occurring in the workplace during this time – her tasks have included maintaining a new archiving process and working towards a new paperless management system. To achieve the nationally recognised Certificate III in Business Administration, Taylah must complete 13 units of competency of which will include administrative processes, spreadsheet and word processing skills, client liaison and management and office management tasks. Upon completion, the qualification will contribute towards Taylah’s QCE (Senior) Certificate. Well done Taylah, on your hard work and contribution to your workplace; your school community is very proud of you!
For more information about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/apprentices/sats
Dee Hudson
Vocational Education and Training Officer

Principal’s Message

Learning at Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May God bless you and keep you all safe.

Gary Cully
Principal

 

Head of Primary

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kids learn what they live

by Michael Grose

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

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

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

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

Children learn what they live

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

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

Do you like what you see?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Head of Secondary

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

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

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

Jessica Grounds
Head of Secondary

Coordinator of Middle School

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

Recap of 2020 So Far

Some of the Highlights

New Year 7 Students

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

Year 9 Camp

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

Middle School Leaders

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

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

Our Middle School Leaders for 2020 are:

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

Middle School @ Home

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

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

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

God Bless

Secondary News

School Photo Day is fast approaching

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

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

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

Remember these helpful points:

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

Sport

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

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

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

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

Brisbane Roar Academy at Parklands

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

Updated payment system for Met West representatives

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

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

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

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

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

Student Care and Wellbeing

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

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

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

Report concerns to the Student Care & Wellbeing Team

Here is the process for reporting an incident or concerns:

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

Stay involved and educated

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

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

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

PCC Instrumental Music

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

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

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

Ensemble rehearsals

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

Instrumental & Vocal lessons

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

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

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

__PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

VET News

Dear Parents/Carers,

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

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

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

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

Students on Apprenticeships and Traineeships should:

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

Students enrolled with TAFE or private colleges.

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

In the meantime…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Friendlies

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virtual Hugs to you all!
The Friendlies Team

Principal’s Message

Mr. Gary Cully
Principal

From Saturday 29th February to Tuesday 3rd March, our College Captains, Ms Grounds and I attended the Compass Student Leaders Conference in Canberra.  Over the four days of conference, our students were inspired to think deeply about some big questions of life, grapple with the biblical story, and consider what they believe.  I know our students return from this conference each year very challenged, and sometimes a little shaken as they consider their place and purpose in the school, the wider community and even in life.   Every year I attend this conference, I am similarly challenged, shaken and inspired afresh to deeply consider my place in our school community, my family and the wider community, and how I am uniquely placed to serve. And as I consider my place and purpose, I have to acknowledge that my life today and even my history, is a part of a greater narrative that connects us all and sets the foundation for a story to come.

What is he on about I hear you saying?  What story are we connected to?  Well, I’m talking about a story that we are all connected to.  As we live together as neighbours, friends, relatives and community members, we are connected.  We each bring our unique gifts, talents and abilities to the story.  We have passions, opinions, bias and bents.  Some are sporty, some academic and some both.  Some of us love the outdoors, and some enjoy small spaces.  Some of us believe in God, others are still searching.  We have all experienced happiness, sadness, tragedy and joy.  And yet despite our various differences, similarities, beliefs and history, we are connected through our children, schools, sports clubs and churches.  We live in neighbourhoods teeming with people, drive in shared spaces and shop, play and entertain and find entertainment in homes, shopping centres, and parks. We are busy, noisy and surrounded by people, and yet people still tragically cry out in search for connection and still search for their place in a story.

What story are you connected to?  Is your story shaped by tragedy?  Perhaps your story is an adventure? How do you write your story?  Are you a victim or survivor?  Are you the author, or do you feel your story is written for you?  I think some of these questions are important for us to be able to answer, because “history is who we are and why we are the way we are” (David McCullough). In other words, everyone needs to appreciate their past to understand their present, and likewise our kids need to be part of a greater narrative to help them to continue the story. I would like to think that our shared Parklands Family, in some small way will provide a foundation from which our students can build their life and write their story.  However, it is the story of family that will most shape the story of our children, and we need to be careful what we are writing on the pages of their early lives.

Like an increasing number of Australians, I came from a broken family, and when my mother and father divorced the pages of my life were irrevocably marked.  This breakdown in family connection impacted my perception and changed a little of my thinking, attitudes and behaviours.  Likewise, when a family experiences change, tragedy or trauma, each member’s pages are written upon uniquely, and the following pages are tinged with the story of the pages before.  As a parent, I need to make sure I am writing valuable things on my kids’ life pages that sets up a positive foundation for the next chapter, as best as I can. As a father, I need to be mindful that the challenging chapters of my past do not provide a foundation of tragedy in my kid’s lives.  Instead, I want to use my story to teach them that pain and sorrow can be survived, and learned from.  Life is tough, and I can’t protect my children from “life”, but I can start their story well, and then release them when the time is right to continue writing and find their place in the greater narrative and connect with others who will help them to keep writing their story.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

A Message about Uniform from our Principal

Uniform at Parklands

I love seeing our students in our white, blue and red uniform.  It’s a uniform that is distinct, and sets our students apart, clearly identifying our students as part of the Parklands community.  As a parent, I like seeing my kids go off to school in uniform, but sometimes it’s a little hard to keep up with all the school rules, regulations and schedules around uniform.  Sometimes it would be easier to stop caring if their uniform is washed, or they are wearing the correct socks.  In the teenage years it’s increasingly difficult to manage the uniform of someone who is old enough to dress themselves.  For a few children, uniform can become a complex issue, as the filter of friends, trends and popularity influences their self-image. During these times, it’s tempting for some parents to back off, abdicate responsibility or even add to the complexity by allowing slips in standards to avoid conflict.

I get it, believe me!  I have been dealing with uniform issues with students for much of my career.  I have seen students cry over cutting their hair, removing makeup or handing over jewellery.  I’ve even seen my fair share of parents in tears over their children’s choices, and the distress some people experience when a teen or pre-teen is unhappy.  As a parent, I have endured uniform complaints and I have faced the wrath of a grumpy child forced to comply with school rules.  During these difficult moments, all I can do is offer my empathy and understanding.  And during these times, it’s important to remember that in only a few short years, most kids will look back at their aversion to rules, and roll their eyes and laugh at their own behaviour.  One day our children will realise that school rules are pretty insignificant next to the rules and expectations they will work with for the rest of their adult lives.

Our rules are not designed to “crush self-expression” or “supress individuality”…true statements!  Our rules do offer students boundaries about how they dress, removes judgement and comparisons over clothing and fashion, encourages basic compliance, and promotes community and team spirit.  There is no Biblical basis from which we derive our rules, nor is there any research to suggest uniform in-of-itself improves grades.  Our rules are simply a set of expectations about how our community operates on a day by day basis, year after year.  Our uniform rules may change over time, but the spirit of our policies and procedures will endure to simplify and enhance the school experience for us all.  Our rules are consistent and equitably applied, and while a very small percentage of our students have occasional uniform malfunctions or suffer from poor choices regarding our rules, we work hard at maintaining a reasonable and sensible set of rules around uniform.

As a community, we need to band together and stay committed to our values, culture and rules, and I thank the majority of parents who do this regularly.  When families join our school, our policies and procedures around uniform are clearly explained and are published online for all to see.  Parents are responsible to leave their children at Parklands each day with the resources they need, and in full and correct uniform, and College Staff are responsible to spend their time educating children and managing their care, and it’s a big enough job without adding uniform infringements to it. Please help your student attend school in full and correct uniform every day, from the hat on top of their heads, to the leather shoes on their feet. For more information about uniform, please visit our web site at http://parklands.qld.edu.au/uniforms/

Mr Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary

School Zone, Cark Park Speed and Vigilance

A reminder to please obey the 40klm School Zone speed around the school as police officers will be monitoring this!

Please slow down to 20klm IN the property and drive very carefully through the school car parks, especially vigilant around the pedestrian crossing!

Students and parents are reminded to ONLY cross AT the pedestrian crossing and to “stop, look right, left and right” before walking over the crossing.

Can I ask that you take it for granted that, students will not do the correct thing, so be very careful around our car park areas! Please also remind your child to be careful with bags while moving between cars so as not to cause any marks or damage to cars!

We ask that parents only park in the designated car parks and NOT on the “No Parking” grass area at the top of Hillcrest Road for sporting events or on the grass area next to the fire service road below the Yr. 5 classrooms.

Toys

Recently we seem to have lots of toys (walkie talkies, Pokémon cards, trucks, teddies etc.) being brought to school. Please, can I ask that children do NOT bring toys or personal possessions to school? The reason for this school policy is that it causes problems when things get lost, broken, taken or cause disagreements when ‘swaps’ take place. The only time children can bring toys into school is for “show & tell” (items to be left in class) or if children have been asked to do so by teachers, as part of their learning.

Bullying – No Way!!

Here is an article I found very interesting and I would like to share it with you. It’s not that we have lots of bullying and negative behaviour at Parklands but rather to inform you so that we are all on the same page and speaking the same language about ‘bullying’ when it comes to talking to our children and dealing with teachers and the RTC!

“Bullying is a word that’s wrapped in emotion” – Michael Grose

For many people bullying is associated with bad childhood memories. It’s been estimated that around 40% of people have experienced some type of bullying in the past. The ghosts from the past are never far away for parents and can sometimes influence the way we react to current circumstances, including when our own children experience difficulties in their relationships inside or outside school.
Bullying is a terrible behaviour that affects children’s natural right to feel safe and secure. It can adversely affect their learning, emotional well-being, further peer relations and their sense of self.

Types of Bullying

Bullying should not be confused with teasing, rejection, random acts of violence or physicality and conflict. While children will often tease or fight, this bickering should not be confused with bullying.

Bullying is the “on going”, willful desire to harm others and it takes on many forms that include physical and emotional abuse, intimidation, harassment and exclusion. Bullying is about lack of power as one person is powerless to stop the teasing or physical abuse. Bullying is the selective, uninvited, repetitive ‘picking on’ of one person by another person or group.

It now has a well-publicised cyber-dimension which has moved the goalposts for many kids. In the past children could escape bullying behaviours they may have experienced by being at home. Cyber-bullying now means that kids can’t escape the bully like they once could.
Bullying is not the domain of one gender. Girls bully just as much as boys but they do it in less physical ways. While boys use physical intimidation or verbal abuse to show power, girls are more likely to use exclusion or verbal sarcasm, ‘put downs’ to assert themselves.

If you think, your child is being bullied.
If you think your child is being bullied then handle with care as children often don’t want to admit that they are on the receiving end of bullying. Ask them the probing questions like: How often does this happen? Who is doing this continual behaviour to you? Have you reported it to RTC and spoken to a / your teacher?”

We at Parklands don’t appreciate or tolerate ‘bullying’ and this sort of negative behaviour so encourage our students to use the FRIENDSHIP 8 ideas and also to report it to the teacher on duty, their class teacher OR the RTC, thereby allowing us to follow it up and deal with all parties concerned!

Student Collection and Pick Up Time

Our school hours are 8am – 4pm. We are unfortunately finding that several parents are taking advantage of the fact that students are brought up to Student Services after 3:30 but are still not arriving to collect their child/ren by 4pm.

Can we please ask that all students are collected by 4pm sharp or kindly advise Student Services of your late arrival?

Thank you for your support and understanding in this matter

Primary Student Leadership

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected according to their merits and in accordance with our school CLEAR values.

Well done to these students for already showing leadership characteristics / initiative and for being chosen to represent our school!    They were represented with their badge at a special Leadership Assembly. We wish you well as you go about serving, leading and being ‘role models’ to others.

CAPTAINS:                                                      VICE CAPTAIN

  1. Alexis Irwin                                          1.  Annabelle Rauwendaal
  2. Ashtyn Jackson                                   2.  Braxtyn Nam

ART CAPTAIN:  Anabelle Langfield

MUSIC CAPTAIN:  Bobbie-Leigh Dean

LIBRARY CAPTAINS:  1.  Megdalena Muluberhan  &    2. Jesse Rose

SPORT CAPTAINS:  1.  Natalia Marsh    &     2.  Judah Cully

CHAPEL CAPTAINS:   1.  Sarah Bazley    &     2. Cody Doolan

CLASS AMBASSADORS                                                     

  • Prep H – Lily Doedens
  • Prep F – Emma Moreton
  • 1 C – Amelia Prevett
  • 1 D – Clare Richardson
  • 2 K – Lucy-Anne Reise
  • 2 M – Eleanor Krueger
  • 3 A – Hannah Veltkamp
  • 3 K – Charlotte Tonges
  • 4 B – Kate Cole-Gibson
  • 4 P – Caitlyn Cresswell
  • 5 E – James Gray
  • 5 N – Christina Thomas
  • 6 B – Mercedes Barallon
  • 6 H – Shae Kirkwood

 

We pray you have a wonderful year assisting and guiding students.

 

Head of Secondary

Each year, we take our College Captains to Canberra for the Compass Leadership Conference, and two of our alumni who live in Canberra kindly make the effort to meet up with us while we’re there. Both Tina and Philip have siblings at the school, Tina’s sister is on staff with us, and I just love how connected in their families are with our Parklands family. Seeing these past students, who I taught in Maths and Science classes, is such a highlight, as I get to see them thriving in their adventures as young adults. Indeed, a highlight at many of our College events, such as fete, is the many alumni who join us for the event. To see our students all grown up and living their life, and to know that they care enough to come back to us and to say hi, is so heart-warming as an educator. At Parklands, it’s not the career that we are primarily wanting to know about – though of course we want each student to leave well-equipped for work or further study – but ‘are they okay?’ Knowing that life is complex and it can take some time to find their niche, we want to know that they are equipped to navigate these complexities of the ups and downs of life. Do our alumni have quality relationships with their family and friends, are they progressing on their spiritual journey, are they thriving, do they know their worth? These are what reassure us, along with a joy at hearing the varied work and studies that our alumni move on to.

The connections made as students are valuable and can be ongoing, both with specific teachers and with the College. We consider our teachers to be “role-model disciplers”, to love our students while educating them. To see Tina and Philip, and no doubt many more alumni throughout 2020, to see them thriving, is such a joy, and as we partner with families in the educational journey of our current students, so too do we come alongside families to love our students, educate them, and seek to encourage them to thrive.

Senior College Coordinator

It has been wonderful to see students and families return for the new academic year. During our orientation program, senior students have been challenged to think about their goals for the year ahead and to make some practical applications in getting organised to start the year off strongly. As we are well into the second week of Term, all seniors should have established a nightly study and revision routine, which will assist in the busy weeks ahead.

Academic success is not simply to do with ones intellectual ability but has much to do with a well-developed study skills. Setting up and maintaining effective routines for study habits to take place is key for the start of the year.  For some senior students, the problem can be in organising themselves to use their time in a structured and planned manner.

We ask that parents continue to offer assistance by encouraging your child to talk through their goals and to make use of both a diary (electronic or paper version) and to develop a study planner. Parents can also assist greatly by ensuring that their child has a dedicated workspace for study. A regular study area then becomes a recognised space that students can withdraw to by habit, where they can settle down quickly to organised and effective study. Students are encouraged to only have items on desks that relate to their study, keeping it clear of other gear which may cause distractions.

Senior students have been encouraged to use their diaries on a daily basis, for keeping track of important dates. This year’s booklist recommended the “myHomework Student Planner”  APP. This is optional, however, all students must have some form of personal diary.

Other areas to assist with being organised include:

  • Subject Websites

Weekly Overviews + Due Dates + Resources

  • Year level Assessment Schedules

A snapshot of due dates emailed home early in each term. Please note, this can be subject to change.

  • Senior College Calendar

For live and up-to-date information on assessment and key dates, accessible through your child’s account.

Recently, an outline of the before, during and after school tutorial sessions was emailed to families and students. These include a variety of free programs run by secondary staff who are passionate about supporting student learning.

Secondary Tutoring Program 2020

There are parental permission forms that need returning, for before or after school workshops. One of the many and varied workshops is our Zenith Club, run on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and coordinated by Miss Abby Dixon. Zenith Cub is supervised by a variety of teachers. Your child may request to have a particular teacher meet at Zenith, when requiring extra support.

Year 10 and Year 11 students are able to request a change of subject up until Friday 14th February, after which subjects are locked in for the semester. If your child is feeling unsure about their academic pathway, please encourage them to speak with Mrs Hudson (Vocational Education & Training Officer), their Pastoral Care (PC) teacher, Abby Dixon (Year 10 Coordinator) or myself. We are passionate about senior students knowing there are options and to be in a pathway that matches their interest, skillset and ability – so they can work towards their God given potential.

I trust that your child has had a positive start to the new school year. If your child needs any assistance in organising a study schedule, please encourage them to see their Pastoral Care teacher or myself. It is important that there is a balance between academic demands, involvements in extra-curricular activities as well as time for relaxation and enjoyment.

If you have any questions or concerns about Senior College I would be very happy to meet and talk in person. Please make contact through the College office or via email at: rwallis@parklands.qld.edu.au

Primary News

School Photo Day is fast approaching

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

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

Remember these helpful points:

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

YEAR 1

Year 1 have been busy exploring numbers to 100. We had lots of fun this week in Math groups as we practised recognising, matching and building two-digit numbers, as we learned about place value. It was a tricky concept, but the kiddos challenged themselves to keep learning and it was great to see them cooperating together. We also enjoyed collecting data about our favourite ice cream flavours and displaying the information in fun picture graph.

We are continuing to explore all things living in our Science Unit this term. The children have so much knowledge about so many amazing living creatures. They are not only learning about this in Science, but are extending their reading and writing knowledge as they learn all about non-fiction books and information reports.

Swimming is almost at an end and we are grateful to the parents who were able to help out over the last few weeks. Thank you.
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis and Mrs Marsh

Year 2

Year 2 has had a very busy month learning about Life cycles and our local indigenous people Yugumbeh.

We were visited by a Parklands parent, Mr Miller, of the Jirrbal, Baboram and Tableland Yidinji people. The students removed their socks and shoes and sat on the grass while they listened to Mr Miller talk about indigenous culture and their connection to the land. Some students were given the opportunity to play a didgeridoo and use the clap sticks while another attempted to throw a spear using a woomera. It was way harder than it looked! Also did you know the mob in the northern part of Queensland only has two seasons while the Yugambeh country  has 6?

We have been studying life cycles of various living things including plants, frogs and bees. Please be sure to check out your child’s work hanging around the year 2 classrooms.

In math we have been focussing on number and algebra in particular place value, skip counting and addition and subtraction problems. 2M was able to use vege chips, lattice biscuits and mint lollies to practise place value and then eat afterwards.

Secondary News

School Photo Day is fast approaching

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

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

Remember these helpful points:

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

Year 7 News

Year 7 are currently halfway through term one.

It feels crazy for me to say that, as it feels like we have just welcomed 60 new faces into our Secondary school, but our beautiful Year 7’s have been here for six weeks now.

During the first weeks of term, Year 7 have fearlessly worked towards being prepared for class, moving around the college campus and setting up homework and assignment structures at home. I have loved seeing them use their new school diaries to organise their worlds.

I have had many wonderful talks with students about their budding curiosity in their school subjects and have enjoyed watching the students feel the ‘spark of joy’ in their learning.

I have encouraged the year 7’s to continue to show our Year 7 motto and college values as they move into the busy assessment season of term. Please talk to your child about how they are going to be prepared for the upcoming busy weeks of term.

– Do they need help with an assignment task?
– Can you together set up an afterschool study structure?
– Can you use Zenith Club on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon?
– Do they need to talk about their feelings before they can begin planning and working on assessment and setting up a study structure (sometimes a hug or sometime of connection with a loved one is just what was needed)
– What positive choices can they make to be a powerful person this term?
– What positive choices can they make to help their peers be their best?

Study Tips from a Middle School Teacher

  1. Have a consistent safe place to study
  2. Don’t wait until the last minute
  3. Don’t rely on your memory (use tools to help you)
    Note – More about this below
  4. Stay organised and don’t have everything in one book
  5. Use parents or peers to help you study
  6. Talk to an accountability partner about how you are going
  7. Ask for help, early!
  8. Prioritise school (think of the holidays as your reward)

Zenith Club

Miss Abby Dixon facilitates Zenith Club, an afterschool homework and study club where students have access to a safe, productive and quiet learning space to work on homework and assessment. Our teachers and Senior leaders volunteer their time to mentor and tutor younger students and assist them in preparing for their classes.
Zenith runs from 3.30 – 4.30pm in the Vocational Centre and Miss Dixon can be emailed regarding this club adixon@parklands.qld.edu.au)

If you have any queries, you may contact us via the College office on 3380 4200 or via email at: abraun@parklands.qld.edu.au

Mrs. Alanah Braun
Year 7 Coordinator

Sport

Updated payment system for Met West representatives

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

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

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

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

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

PCC Swimming Carnival

Parkinson Aquatic centre was the venue for our annual swimming carnival on the 5th of February. Students from 9 yrs through to opens participated in a great day of fun and competition. There were races for students to progress to the next level and also an opportunity for our year 12 class to compete in the novelty race consisting of swimming a lap with a pool toy. The staff relay teams also got to showcase their swimming ability in the staff v seniors relay battle. The rivalry between Joshua and Samuel continued with Joshua taking out the day. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to our age champions for 2020.

Swimming Age Champions

Boys

9yrs      Oliver Reise
10yrs    Lachlan Mane
11yrs    Levi Harbourn
12yrs    Jayden MacFarlane
13yrs    Samuel Garlick
14yrs    Tyger Cervanjak
Marlon Moses
15yrs    Isaac Krueger
16yrs    Tommy Patton
Open    Benjamin Shiach

Girls

9yrs    Sophie Ker
10yrs  Chloe Bobermien
11yrs    Annabelle Rauwendaal
12yrs    Mikaylah Ker
13yrs    Georgia Knowles
14yrs    Sandy Marsh
15yrs    Charlotte Reise
16yrs    Hannah Takada
Megan Elvery
Open    Jessica Benson

All the best to those students going on to represent our college at the upcoming SDS and CSSAQ swimming carnivals.

Student Care and Wellbeing

Allied Health Services at Parklands Christian College

Katie-Leigh Paulsen
Senior Occupational Therapist

In Sync Kids OT are located in the Ark room at Parklands. In Sync Kids aim to make every child successful at being a kid by nurturing their foundational skills, encouraging confidence and increasing independence at school and home.

Occupational Therapy can assist children who experience: difficulties with self-regulation and attention, poor coping and participation in the classroom, delays in gross motor (sports) or fine motor skills (handwriting), challenges with visual tracking or visual perceptual skills and social/emotional difficulties.

Contact Katie to discuss to enquire about occupational therapy services for your child on 0424142404 or email Katie-leigh.paulsen@insynckidsot.com.

You can also check out the website www.insynckidsot.com more information.

Michelle Sparg
Speech Pathologist


 

A student’s speech, language & communication skills form the foundation for all learning at school.

Does your child experience difficulties in any of the following areas?
• Understanding/Comprehension
• Talking/Language Expression
• Pronunciation
• Reading and writing/literacy
• Listening
• Learning
• Grammar
• Spelling
• Voice
• Fluency/Stuttering
• Socialising and friendships
• Behaviour.

If so, it may be the result of an underlying Speech and Language difficulty. Speech Pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. Speech Pathologists assess and provide life-improving treatment, support and care.
Michelle Sparg is an independent, mobile, private, certified practicing Speech Pathologist with over 23 years of generalised & highly specialist Speech Pathology experience having worked very successfully with Kindy, Primary & High School students across many varied contexts in 3 countries.

Michelle is in her 8th year of working successfully at our school alongside students, parents, teachers & learning support staff to maximise learning potential within the classroom.
Assessment & therapy are offered at school within school hours. It is convenient for busy parents as well as for students who can be seen during school hours when they are not too tired to learn.

Therapy goals are planned according to the student’s current strengths and needs in the light of their current curriculum demands in collaboration with school staff.
For further information on this highly valued service currently offered at our school, please contact:

Michelle Sparg on sparg4@bigpond.com or 0435 492 716.

PCC Instrumental Music

Welcome to our fabulous Give It A Go! Band students! It’s been very exciting to hear students making their first sounds on a new instrument & to see their faces light up. We’re so pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to so many students. There are lots of ways for your child to be involved in music at Parklands – you can start music lessons at any time of the year, please download the attached file to access more information and an enrolment form.

Singing Lessons

The most recent exciting development in our Instrumental department is the commencement of vocal lessons. Singing lessons are now available to students across the College from Years 5-12, with our experienced and qualified singing teacher. If your child would like to have singing lessons, you can enrol them by completing the attached enrolment form & returning it to Student Services.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

We’re excited to be welcoming our third group of Give It A Go! students this year, and we have in fact opened places up to Year 4 students as well. We’ve had lots of interest from these Year 4’s, so it’ll be great to have these students learning music. Term 1 involves lessons only, then in Term 2 we will bring all the students together to form the Give It A Go! Band. Band rehearsals will be Wednesday mornings, starting at 7:30am.

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons are settling into their rhythm, and Give It A Go! lessons have just begun in week 5. Choir & Wind Ensemble rehearsals are all underway, again with the exception of the Give It A Go! Band which will commence in Term 2. Further information from Ensemble & Choir directors will be available closer to these start dates.

Ensembles & Choirs include:

–       Primary Junior Choir (Year 2 & 3)
–       Primary Senior Choir (Years 4-6)
–       Secondary Choir (Years 7-12)
–       Wind Ensemble (Years 4-12, woodwind, brass & percussion students with minimum 12 months experience)

There are a number of ways to be part of our growing Instrumental Programme – here’s how your child can be involved:

  1. Give It A Go! Band Programme – Year 4-6 students only

This is a one year beginner programme for Year 4-6 students, giving them the opportunity to learn a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument in small groups during school time. There is a one-off $500 levy for the year which covers all lessons & band rehearsals, a tuition book & use of a school instrument for one year. Many places for this are currently filled, however we do have a number of vacancies across most instruments. If your child is in Year 4-6, would like to be involved & hasn’t already received an offer, please contact us at instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

  1. Private lessons

Private lessons are available for piano, guitar, drum kit, most woodwind & and all brass & stringed instruments. Lessons are scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $30/30mins.

  1. Shared lessons

Shared lessons are available for all of the above instruments except piano. Lessons are again scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are also billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $18/30mins for a Group of 2 or $14/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability. When a Group of 2 or 3 is not available, students will be offered a 20min private lesson for $22/20mins.

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

__PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

VET News

Surviving Year 12

The media and those around us can spread a lot of hype and pressure about year 12, but putting things into perspective can really help to avoid becoming overwhelmed.  The final year of secondary school is important, but it will not be the most important year of your life. Keep things in perspective because you’re far more than your ATAR score or your QCE certificate.

Your performance in Year 12 is only a measure of your ability in a test or exam at one point in time. It does not control your future success or happiness.  If you feel overwhelmed at school or something isn’t quite working for you right now,  then talk to your teachers, or Mrs Wallis and/or myself to find out what your options are. Remember there are many ways to reach your goals.

For more resources about surviving Year 12 and looking after your child’s mental health go to Beyond Blue Youth Beyond Blue Surviving Year 12 .

Life after learning

And don’t forget to remind your child there is life after Year 12 exams!

Whatever your child wants to do with their life, there’s always a way for them to achieve their objective. If they have determination and a positive attitude, and are willing to do whatever it takes, they can always get where they want to go – they might just have to take a different route to get there.

VETis – Vocational Education and Training in Schools

Senior school students are increasingly combining their studies with vocational training in a bid to improve their employability and tertiary education options.  As well as school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, vocational education and training in schools (VETis) programs involve qualifications for a multitude of professions – from Certificate I to Diploma level.  Undertaking VETis can provide students with the skills to immediately secure work or continue their training as a second-year apprentice after school.  It can also be used as a pathway to university.

Using Business as an example, a student may do a Certificate III in Business (at school) and then go on to study a Diploma in Business before undertaking a business degree at university.  Or in the case of children’s services, if you complete a Certificate III whilst at school, then go on to do a Diploma after school, you may gain credit at university for completed units.    Areas of vocational courses currently studied by Parklands students include electrotechnology, children’s services, hospitality, engineering, diesel fitting, sport and recreation/fitness, retail, graphic design, beauty services, health support, fashion design/technology, animal studies and rural studies.

For more information on VETis. VETis

VET in Senior (Year 10, 11, 12)

 Parklands Christian College

Onsite VET classes

Year 10:                Certificate I in Active Volunteering, Certificate III Hospitality

Year 11:                Certificate II in Engineering Pathways, Certificate II in Hospitality, Certificate III Fitness

                                Certificate III Business

Year 12:                Certificate II in Engineering Pathways, Certificate II in Hospitality, Certificate III Fitness

                                Certificate III Business

 TAFE/private colleges (off-site)

Eleven of our students are off-site at various TAFE campuses completing certificates in

  • electrical
  • beauty services
  • fashion design and technology
  • sampling and measurement
  • graphics and design
  • automotive vehicle preparation
  • crime and justice studies

One student has commenced a Certificate III in Screen and Media at the Queensland School of Film and Television.

 SATS (School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships)

Currently, we have 14 students employed as paid school-based apprentices or trainees (SATs) in the following industries.  These opportunities would not be possible without the generous involvement of employers in the local and wider South East region and the college is grateful for their commitment to our students.

  • engineering and diesel fitting
  • hospitality
  • business administration in the disability support industry
  • children’s services
  • individual support and nursing at Logan Hospital
  • hairdressing with Stefan Hair Salons

In next month’s news:

 “How do I find a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship”?

The Friendlies

If you are new to our school and wondering what The Friendlies are all about, we are what some schools might call their P&C committee. The thing that makes us stand out from other school’s P&C’s is that we are committed to loving, encouraging and caring for all of our school community. Our mission statement is “The Friendlies are families of the Parklands Christian College community who endeavour to bring the love of Christ and encourage lifelong relationships within the school community. We provide opportunities to connect and fellowship at various events that we have throughout the year. We would love for you to join with us in strengthening one another”.

We are excited to be holding a Family Portrait Fundraiser this term on Saturday 21st of March 2020. What a great excuse to get the kids together to have a family photo with you! For only a $15 booking fee you will receive one 10”x13” family portrait along with a keyring. An adult needs to be in this photo. The remaining portraits taken may be purchased if you wish to do so on the collection date (TBA). There is no obligation to purchase more photos. If you would like to secure a spot (please choose the first available time slot) click on the link: http://www.trybooking.com/BIGFT  for more details please refer to the College Calendar.

The Friendlies meetings are always open and welcoming to any families within our Parklands community. Our first meeting for 2020 was cancelled due to the flash flooding. The March meeting is now our first meeting for 2020. It will be held at Jimboomba Maccas on Friday 13th March at 6.45 pm. We would love to see you there!

If you are not available to come to meetings but would like to stay updated, or help out at our different events just email friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au and it will be our pleasure to add you to our email list.

Keep Smiling

The Friendlies Team

Community Notices

Blue Light Disco

Write Like an Author Camp

WLAA189

Orion Lagoon Little Lifesavers Program

Orions Little Lifesavers Flyer

PCC Parent Prayer group

All are welcome to attend our Prayer Group meeting at Student Services at 8:30am on the following dates:

Monday 30th March 2020

 

Soccer

www.parkridgesoccer.majestri.com.au

Netball

Futsal

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

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.

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.

Students can come along to the class or contact Colin for more information 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.

 

 

Principal’s Message

Mr. Gary Cully
Principal

I write this article as I wait to walk down to the Back to School Barbeque.  This event is one of those special moments in our year when parents of kids from Prep to Year 12 come together as part of the larger Parklands Family. These connections are special to me and many of my staff, but I do sometimes wonder how much we truly appreciate the value of connections like this.  I believe that Schools and Churches represent one of the few remaining vestiges of traditional community in our society.  The notion of ‘community’ is changing, and some of the modern methods of social connection are beyond my comprehension.  For instance, my son “connects” with his cousins through an online gaming community.  To me this seems amazing, high tech and not a little bewildering.  It’s not lost on me that my 11 year old son is connected with relatives hundreds of kilometres away, in ways that I am yet to fully comprehend.  Similarly my daughters connect with friends from the Philippines via Messenger, and share images and stories within a community that crosses seas and continents.  It’s impressive!

We are all made for connection, and in our modern high tech world, there seems to be no limits to how we can connect in a community.  As a parent, my challenge is to appreciate the vast number of ways our kids can connect and familiarize myself with the many and varied ways the modern child communicates and interacts with friends, gamers, and online groups.  I may not really want to know how to post an image on Instagram, but for the safety and connection with my children, I will.  I don’t enjoy gaming, but to connect with my boy, I will.  Our kids will ever be drawn to connection, and their chosen medium is increasingly via methods that only a generation ago were things of Science Fiction & Fantasy. I realise that if I am going to stay connecting to my kids, I must boldly go where I have never gone before, and participate in an online world. However, I do want my kids to meet me half way.

In an attempt to connect with my kids and know their interests, they need to appreciate that they too have a responsibility to stay connected with me.  It’s hard to convince an 11 year old boy to put his iPad down and “come join the family”!  It’s even harder to suggest to a teenage girl that life won’t end if they don’t reply to that post until after joining the family for dinner.  Yet, it is their responsibility to connect with their parents and siblings, because that’s what families do, and it’s important to stay connected. These are the modern trials of parenting, and it’s tough, at times down right annoying and it takes fortitude.

So which community is your child connected to?  Is there balance?  Are you uncomfortable with whom they are connected?  If your answers to these questions cause you to uncomfortably pause, I feel your pain, you are not alone.  I want my kids ‘community’ to be with people I know and understand.  I want them to explore the world, but not at the expense of family, and good relationships.  I need to know they are safe, learning good values, and participating in healthy communities and build them up and enrich their lives.  I can’t say I am winning on all these fronts yet, but I pray for my kids each day that they might find great connections with people, that will endure and give them joy. And I encourage us all to similarly pray and watch over our children and encourage good connections in great communities.

 

Head of Primary

Welcome back, I trust you took the opportunity to meet the Primary teachers at the Back to School BBQ, to ‘settle in’ and become accustomed to Parkland’s processes and procedures?
A special ‘Welcome’ to all our new parents and students. If unsure about anything, please feel free to ask a teacher, TA, Student Services, RTC or myself.

ROSIA RD CARPARK and DROP OFF AREAS

In wishing to keep all our students safe, here is a reminder of what we do to make the “Drop Of”’ process easier, quicker and more practical for parents: In order to speed up the PREP drop off & sign in, we ask parents to pull into the ‘Prep drop off bays’ just in front of the Prep classes, where staff and Grade 6 leaders will be present to assist ‘Preppies’ get bags out and then escort them directly into class. A teacher at the stairs, with class lists will sign in your prep child without you even having to get out of the car! The Prep student will then follow their day’s procedure once ‘signed in’ and in the classroom!

All Grade 1-6 students and parents will follow the “normal” drop off or parking procedures where students can individually walk up or be escorted up to the undercover area by parents once they have parked in the lower car park bays. If using the Drop Off Area just past the Pedestrian Crossing, please don’t leave your car or park in any of these Drop Off bays. Parents are reminded not to drop off students on the bend near the top exit gate of the Rosia Rd Car Park. If crossing the internal road, please only cross at the Pedestrian Crossing!
ALL student pick up is as per the usual procedure, where parents may park in any available bay and go and collect students from Prep, the Undercover Area or Playground. Students are asked to remain in the Undercover Area until 3.30pm unless collected by a guardian or older sibling. Please drive slowly (20klm) and carefully through the school car parks, especially vigilant around the pedestrian crossing! Remind students to be careful with bags while moving between cars so as not to cause any marks or damage!

Morning and afternoon procedures

On arrival in the morning, students are to put their bags in the port racks outside their classroom and then make their way to the supervised Undercover Area where they can play games and be ready for the start of day and assembly.
In the afternoon students can be collected, signed out on the iPads from 2.30pm onwards in the Undercover Area.
We ask that no students leave the Undercover Area on their own, without a guardian or older sibling BEFORE 3.30pm.

NEW Morning Tea Procedures

In wishing to give students the opportunity to eat and play through their day, we’ve extended the morning break time to match lunch, being 30 minutes. Students will sit and eat their food for 15 minutes before being released to go and play for the remainder of both breaks.

UNIFORMS

Can we please ask that you assist us in ensuring the students are correctly dressed in the right uniform each day? We don’t wish to experience students wearing their sport uniforms when not required or mix and match their academic with sport uniforms. If unsure about uniform items or correct uniform requirements, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, TA, the RTC or check the school’s website.
Would you please be so kind as to ensure that ALL uniform items, lunch and water bottles are clearly labeled with the student’s name?

COMMUNICATION

Can I please take this time to remind you of important information about Primary School communication procedures?
– Teachers ask that IF you have a concern or question about class work, assignments, class process or procedure, class bahaviour, calendar events etc. that you please contact the teachers directly. They are your first port of call!
– If you require information about specialist lessons, please contact the following specific staff members directly:
HPE – Mr. Lewis,
Music – Mrs. Patane,
Art – Mrs. Bazley,
Library – Mrs. Jill Kerr
Student Services — Mrs. Oxley or Mrs. Abolins
RTC – Ms. Godwin, Mrs. Broughton, Miss. Robinson or Mr. Crawford
– If you wish to discuss a matter further after having spoken to the relevant teacher, would you kindly then contact me through Student Services?

AUSLAN (LOTE – Language other than English)

We are very excited to announce the introduction of AUSLAN (sign language) into Years 5-8 at Parklands. Dr. Beth Tailby, a completely DEAF, very accomplished Auslan teacher will be presenting lessons to the Primary Yr. 5 & 6 students on a Thursday for a semester each.
Students will learn the alphabet, numbers etc. and the basic art of being able to sign!

Protecting our Anaphylactic students

‘Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction which is potentially life threatening. It should always be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment! Most cases of anaphylaxis occur after a person with a severe allergy is exposed to the allergen to which they are allergic – usually a food, insect sting or medication’.
The intent of this article is to assist in preventing anaphylaxis and to provide advice for minimizing the risk of anaphylaxis at Parklands, including our “Before and After School Hours Care facility”.

On advice from Anaphylaxis Australia, we do not have a ‘total Nut-Free school’ because there are so many different allergens such as dairy and some fruits, the total focus cannot only be on nuts.

Of course we wish to do all we can to protect those students who could have an Anaphylactic reaction so we at school have put in steps / measures to protect them and this is what we ask parents to do to assist us.

We ask that you kindly avoid sending in:

  • Any fresh nuts
  • Spreads containing nuts (e.g. peanut butter and Nutella)
  • Muesli bars or biscuits that list nuts as an ingredient
  • Packages of mixed fruit that contain nuts
  • Chocolate bars that contain nuts (e.g. picnic, snickers)
  • Talk to the teacher before sending food to school for parties.
  • If your child eats peanut butter before school, please make sure they wash their hands before coming to school.

Products with a “may contain traces of nuts” warning is ok to bring to school but just should not be shared. In this instance, also remind students to wash their hands after eating such products! Thank you for your understanding, patience, flexibility and support in this regard. Please don’t hesitate to ask a teacher or staff member if there is ANYTHING you need clarified!

Looking forward to a great year of working together!

Thank you

Head of Secondary

As I walked to the end of the jetty, I noticed these foreboding steps (photo below) leading into the bay. This resonated with how I felt about walking into 2020, like I am heading down these steps into the ocean of life, learning, fun and cameraderie that is 2020. We don’t know what exactly we will face, but we know that there will be highs and lows, because, well, life. The descriptor of “foreboding steps” reflects my headspace at the time, standing at the top of the steps looking sceptically at what is to come. Some of our students may be feeling that way too.

For our Year 7 students, the water of a secondary school may look quite intimidating, though hopefully a little exciting too. Our senior students face the choppy waters of the new senior system, which appears unfamiliar to both them and their parents. And for our middle schoolers, the water holds the challenges of navigating teen life, a rapidly developing brain, changing relationships, and learning how to be social and working out who they are and their place in the world.

We face water that may be choppy at times, but we will link arms, as we metaphorically did in 2019, and support each other through it. Some staff, students and parents may actually enjoy the unique challenges of those moments and their strengths will come to the forefront. At other times, the water will be calm, sun shining, cool breeze, and we’ll have some fun throwing a beach ball around. Those who struggle with catching a ball (is my metaphor wearing thin here?!!) will have the support of the others.

Until this point in early January, I’d been examining the waters of 2020 with some hesitancy. To be honest, 2019 was quite wearying with the varied challenges that we faced, notably implementing the biggest change in Queensland schooling in forty years. But as I walked along this stretch of water, I reflected on how well God held Parklands through 2019, and the wonderful team that I was surrounded with, as we worked together to maintain a loving school community that helped each individual thrive. As that gratitude swelled and I gave thanks for each of the successes, small and large, that we experienced in 2019, I felt the excitement for the new year build, along with the confidence that our God is with us.

I now find myself on the precipice of 2020, ready to run down those steps, grinning, to bombdive into the water. Will you link arms with me and embrace the adventure that is the waters of 2020 together?

PS where in Brisbane do you think these photos were taken? Send me your guess at Twitter:@exigua, linkedin:Jess Grounds, or jgrounds@parklands.qld.edu.au. I may have let the location slip at Assembly, so ask your child for a hint!

Senior College Coordinator

It has been wonderful to see students and families return for the new academic year. During our orientation program, senior students have been challenged to think about their goals for the year ahead and to make some practical applications in getting organised to start the year off strongly. As we are well into the second week of Term, all seniors should have established a nightly study and revision routine, which will assist in the busy weeks ahead.

Academic success is not simply to do with ones intellectual ability but has much to do with a well-developed study skills. Setting up and maintaining effective routines for study habits to take place is key for the start of the year.  For some senior students, the problem can be in organising themselves to use their time in a structured and planned manner.

We ask that parents continue to offer assistance by encouraging your child to talk through their goals and to make use of both a diary (electronic or paper version) and to develop a study planner. Parents can also assist greatly by ensuring that their child has a dedicated workspace for study. A regular study area then becomes a recognised space that students can withdraw to by habit, where they can settle down quickly to organised and effective study. Students are encouraged to only have items on desks that relate to their study, keeping it clear of other gear which may cause distractions.

Senior students have been encouraged to use their diaries on a daily basis, for keeping track of important dates. This year’s booklist recommended the “myHomework Student Planner”  APP. This is optional, however, all students must have some form of personal diary.

Other areas to assist with being organised include:

  • Subject Websites

Weekly Overviews + Due Dates + Resources

  • Year level Assessment Schedules

A snapshot of due dates emailed home early in each term. Please note, this can be subject to change.

  • Senior College Calendar

For live and up-to-date information on assessment and key dates, accessible through your child’s account.

Recently, an outline of the before, during and after school tutorial sessions was emailed to families and students. These include a variety of free programs run by secondary staff who are passionate about supporting student learning.

Secondary Tutoring Program 2020

There are parental permission forms that need returning, for before or after school workshops. One of the many and varied workshops is our Zenith Club, run on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and coordinated by Miss Abby Dixon. Zenith Cub is supervised by a variety of teachers. Your child may request to have a particular teacher meet at Zenith, when requiring extra support.

Year 10 and Year 11 students are able to request a change of subject up until Friday 14th February, after which subjects are locked in for the semester. If your child is feeling unsure about their academic pathway, please encourage them to speak with Mrs Hudson (Vocational Education & Training Officer), their Pastoral Care (PC) teacher, Abby Dixon (Year 10 Coordinator) or myself. We are passionate about senior students knowing there are options and to be in a pathway that matches their interest, skillset and ability – so they can work towards their God given potential.

I trust that your child has had a positive start to the new school year. If your child needs any assistance in organising a study schedule, please encourage them to see their Pastoral Care teacher or myself. It is important that there is a balance between academic demands, involvements in extra-curricular activities as well as time for relaxation and enjoyment.

If you have any questions or concerns about Senior College I would be very happy to meet and talk in person. Please make contact through the College office or via email at: rwallis@parklands.qld.edu.au

Primary News

Year 1

Welcome to all our wonderful families to Year 1 2020!

Well done on surviving the first week back. The children did extremely well and are beginning to adjust to the school routine once again, after a very long holiday break.

We had a great time getting to know one another and enjoyed participating in lots of back to school activities. We also talked about our holiday adventures and worked hard to write and draw about the highlights.

We can’t wait to see what the year will hold for all of us and are excited to dive into our learning! The students particularly showed a keen interest in our science topic for this term – living things. Everyone was keen to share what they already knew about living things and could tell us about many interesting creatures from around the world.

Looking forward to a wonderful year ahead. We can’t wait to share our adventures with you!

Year 2

Welcome back to 2020!

The grade 2 students have had an awesome start with lots of learning already happening. This term we are investigating life cycles of various living things, and learning about our local indigenous country Yugumbeh. The students will be applying their learning from History and Science into an English Information report.

We’ve been establishing a good reading habit each day and encourage you to continue the love of reading at home. Pictured below is 2K opening up book parcels and exploring which genre of book they like to read. You will also see Grade 2M pictured during their reading time enjoying reading.

Miss McNabb, Mrs Hollenberg and myself look forward to getting to know you throughout the year and encourage you to stay involved in your child’s learning journey.

Yours sincerely,
Julie Koplick

Visit by Registered Nurse for Free Prep Vision Screening

Good vision is important for a child’s educational, physical and social development. Vision screening is therefore vital in early childhood, particularly for conditions such as ‘lazy eye’, which if not detected early can lead to blindness.

A Registered Nurse will be visiting the school in 2020 to commence vision screening for all Prep Year children.  If you wish to have your child participate in this free vision screening program, please complete and sign the consent form sent home with your child and return this to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.   You will be advised in writing of the outcome of your child’s screening.

Please note that if your child has had a vision assessment in the past 12 months it is not necessary for him/her to participate in this screening program.  If this is the case, please complete the consent form and indicate that you do not wish for your child to participate, and ensure that you follow the schedule of reviews recommended by your eye health professional.

The consent forms will be getting sent home to prep families (via prep student) on the first day of school. Forms need to be returned by Friday 7th Feb.

Year 7 News

Year 7 have officially started the academic year!

This year as a part of orientation students, their Pastoral Care teacher, Mr. Elvery, Mrs. Braun, as well as the student’s main subject teachers has 2 and a half days of orientation, connection and fun.

The students, in their Pastoral Care classes participated in activities designed to form connections and bond as a class and cohort, as well as establish powerful relationships with their teachers. They went on a scavenger hunt around the college with Mr. Elvery, played games and bonded with their Pastoral Care teacher and discussed their goals for the year and received their Year 7 wristband with Mrs. Braun.

The students were also immersed in the setting up of iPads, learning to use their new college diary and the processes and daily organisation needed in Secondary.

Being organised and prepared for class can be a struggle for many Year 7 students. Previously they may have had a tidy tray or place in a single classroom to keep their belongings. Whereas, now they are moving around classrooms, carrying materials required for a morning or afternoon session and remembering different subject requirements for different days.

Some ideas to help organise your child are to:

• Have an area set aside for school items
• Only pack for what is needed for the day
• Have a separate box for books and texts not used that day
• Label all items
• Have the timetable and booklist on display
• Pack the night before
• Talk to your child about how being organised is a healthy habit and skill that can be transferred to their sport team, music lesson, part-time job and life in the coming years. Not just a chore you use for school.

Being organised is a skill and healthy habit that takes time and a lot of practice. You child will need a lot of help, a lot of reminders and a lot of love to develop this skill.

Thank you to the many parents and students who attended the annual Back to School Barbeque on Monday night. It was wonderful to meet and connect with so many families within our college.

If you have any queries, you may contact us via the College office on 3380 4200 or via email at: abraun@parklands.qld.edu.au

Mrs. Alanah Braun
Year 7 Coordinator

Student Care and Wellbeing

Understanding the Responsible Thinking Classroom

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.

To find out more about the responsible thinking process please go to our website at http://parklands.qld.edu.au/behaviour-education-rtp/

The Friendship 8

Conflict is a normal part of life. Teaching our kids how to resolve some of these friendship conflicts at school can be as simple as practicing these 8 steps:

How can you help your child resolve friendship concerns?

Encourage them to try the ‘Friendship 8’

Ask them to let you know how they went and praise them for successfully putting these strategies into practice.

Remind your child about the importance of forgiveness and moving on.

Encourage your child to talk to their teacher if they have tried these friendship steps and still have been unable to resolve it.

If your child has been through these steps OR the seriousness warrants, encourage your child to report to the RTC.

Snippets

Throughout the term teachers send the RTP Facilitators positive feedback about students via our Operation Snippet initiative. Staff members can also be sent snippets from other staff, students and parents. If you would like to honour any staff member in the school for their hard work please send a snippet to

rtc-staff@parklands.qld.edu.au or ajackman@parklands.qld.edu.au and we will make sure that it is passed on as a lego block.

Here are some great snippets we have had the privilege of giving to a student and staff member.

“This student did an excellent job reading this morning during a reading comprehension assessment. I am proud of the effort he gave to both his reading and to trying words he did not recognise.”

“Thank you for all of the time and effort you give to your staff. I feel grateful for the support that you give to me personally and I’m sure that many others feel the same. Thank you for your kindness and for seeing the best in people. It’s a pleasure working with you.”

Thank you for supporting this initiative and for helping us build each other up.

Silent Signals

 The Silent Signals are a way for our primary students to silently communicate with their classmates and teachers during class, without disrupting the lesson. Students may ask their teacher a question using the rocket hand, ask to go to the toilet or ask their neighbour to please be silent so they can listen. We encourage our students to try these out and you may even like to practice these at home. Talk to your child today if you would like to practice the Silent Signals at home.

Scroll down to see examples of the silent signals students have created to help them communicate with each other and the teacher more effectively.

Q Face

I am showing you that I am being quiet

Lip Suck

 

I have swallowed my words and will wait for my turn to speak

Later Alligator

 

I need to focus so please tell me in the next break time

Focus Cave

 

I am concentrating on my work

Rocket Hand

 

Think of the answer in my head, charge up my rocket hand and shoot my rocket into the air. SILENTLY

T for Ask the Teacher

 

I am trying to do my own work, please ask the teacher your question

Toilet Sign

 

I am letting the teacher know I need to go to the toilet without interrupting the class.

Rock of Silence

 

Please stop talking to me, I am not going to talk back to you.

Business Hands

 

My hands are interlocked in front of me and I am waiting for the teacher’s instructions.

Just like my dad does!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carpet Champs

 

 

This is the “C” sign to remind me to sit like a Carpet Champ.

 

 

 

When I am a Carpet Champ this is what you will see:

·     My legs are crossed

·     My hands are in my lap

·     My mouth is closed

·     My eyes are on the teacher

My ears are open

 

 

PCC Instrumental Music

Welcome back to school in 2020! This year promises to be another year of growth & excitement in the Parklands Instrumental Music Programme as we welcome our new Give It A Go! students and continue to encourage our existing students to continue to learn & grow. There are lots of ways for your child to be involved in music at Parklands! We’ve received lots of new enrolment forms already, which is great to see – you can start music lessons at any time of the year, please download the attached file to access more information and an enrolment form.

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons will commence from week 2 of Term 1, with the exception of Give It A Go! lessons which will commence in week 4. Choir & Ensemble rehearsals will also begin within the first few weeks of Term 1, again with the exception of the Give It A Go! Band which will commence in Term 2. Further information from Ensemble & Choir directors will be available closer to these start dates.

Ensembles & Choirs include:
–       Primary Junior Choir (Year 2 & 3)
–       Primary Senior Choir (Years 4-6)
–       Secondary Choir (Years 7-12)
–       Wind Ensemble (Years 4-12, woodwind, brass & percussion students with minimum 12 months experience)

Give It A Go! Band Programme

We’re excited to be welcoming our third group of Give It A Go! students this year, and we are in fact beginning to open places up to Year 4 students as well. Emails will be going home to Year 4 students in the next few weeks with more information, but this is an exciting development in our Give It A Go! Band Programme. If you or your child are interested in being a part of this programme, please read the point 1 below regarding costs & inclusions.

Instruments on offer in the Give It A Go! Band Programme will include:
–       Flute
–       Clarinet
–       Saxophone
–       Trumpet
–       Trombone
–       Percussion (includes drums, auxiliary & mallet percussion)

There are a number of ways to be part of our growing Instrumental Programme – here’s how your child can be involved:

  1. Give It A Go! Band Programme – Year 4-6 students only

This is a one year beginner programme for Year 4-6 students, giving them the opportunity to learn a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument in small groups during school time. There is a one-off $500 levy for the year which covers all lessons & band rehearsals, a tuition book & use of a school instrument for one year. Many places for this are currently filled, however we do have a number of vacancies across most instruments. If your child is in Year 4-6, would like to be involved & hasn’t already received an offer, please contact us at instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

  1. Private lessons

Private lessons are available for piano, guitar, drum kit, most woodwind & and all brass & stringed instruments. Lessons are scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $30/30mins.

  1. Shared lessons

Shared lessons are available for all of the above instruments except piano. Lessons are again scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are also billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $18/30mins for a Group of 2 or $14/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability. When a Group of 2 or 3 is not available, students will be offered a 20min private lesson for $22/20mins.

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

__PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

Community Notices

PCC Parent Prayer group

All are welcome to attend our Prayer Group meeting at Student Services at 8:30am on the following dates:

Monday 3rd February 2020
Monday 2nd March 2020
Monday 30th March 2020

 

Soccer

www.parkridgesoccer.majestri.com.au

Netball

Futsal

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

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.

 

 

Principal’s Message

Mr Gary Cully
Principal

Welcome back to Parklands and the 2020 Academic Year.  The staff and I have had a great start to the year, and we are all looking forward to seeing our students and their families on site very soon. This will be a year of firsts for me, and I am excited to meet new families, and talk to the many new faces I see around our school.  I am particularly excited to bring my own children back to Parklands, and look forward to seeing them back in an Australian classroom after spending 3+ years of home schooling in Cebu, Philippines.

My family and I have been back in Australia since November.  Over the Christmas and New Year period, we have been busy re-connecting with family and friends near and far.  During this time we have driven as far North as Rockhampton and Yeppoon, returning to Brisbane via Bundaberg and the Sunshine Coast. All up I clocked up over 3000km in a few short weeks!  Despite the massive amount of driving (well, it is for me), I was so glad to be able to connect with my family and good friends once again.  These connections are special to me, and well worth the effort to spend hours and hours in a car, with three kids.

Being connected these days is becoming increasingly more complex and difficult.  We are all busy, and in many of our families, both parents are holding down full or part time employment. Our kids attend sport, after school activities and they often need endless amounts of transportation between scheduled commitments.  Amidst the busyness, finding time to connect can sometimes seem all too hard.  But it’s worth the effort.  All too soon, our kids are living independently and our chance to significantly invest in them is past.  My eldest daughter now has her learners permit and has started her 100 hours of driving practice.  I often look over at this young women in the driver’s seat and wonder how it came to this?  Who is this young adult sitting next to me?  How much longer is she going to be under my roof and in my direct care?  I realise my time with her is an increasingly precious commodity, and I am aware that my connection with this teenager is dependent on the work I do in our relationship now.

In a similar way, I am deeply interested in the connections within our school, and wider school community.  Building good community is important, and by forming solid and lasting relationships within the Parklands community is not only a great way to stay connected with teachers, but is an investment in a relationship with your child.  The schooling years, although sometimes stressful, are short. These years will pass by sooner than we would like, and our time navigating these years which are full of precious and unique experiences, will only happen once per child.  Our children will remember these years with fondness (I hope), and they will also remember our presence or otherwise during this time.  I never want my child to say that “dad wasn’t interested”, or “he never helped with assignments”.  I want to sit down with my kids, and their kids and laugh about their first day at school, or the time you went to camp.  I want to be able to pull out photos where my whole family is present and together at awards nights, graduations and formals.  I want to keep certificates that celebrate everything from good colouring-in, to dux of Grade 12.  I want to build memories and connection with my kids.  Yes, it’s hard, and sometimes is downright taxing, but inevitably it will be worth it.

Let me encourage us all to invest in connection, and embrace this precious time as parents.  Together, let’s celebrate the great relationships we have with our kids, and strengthen them through being present, attentive and interested.  May God grant us all the wisdom and ability to seek connection with our kids in 2020.

Head of Primary

As the students would say; “Only a few more sleeps to go to the start of school

I trust you have had a blessed festive season, a good school holiday and are looking forward to the start of the school term?

Primary School First Day Procedure – Tuesday 28th January

Grade Teacher
Prep F Mrs Kerry Foster
Prep H Mrs Sarah Hope
Gr 1 C Mrs Kelly Clausen
Gr 1 D Mrs Dayna Davis
Gr 2 K Mrs Julie Koplick
Gr 2 M Miss Louise McNabb
Gr 3 A Mr Simon Ashley
Gr 3 K Mr Joshua Kennedy
Gr 4 B Mr Michael Bradshaw
Gr 4 P Mr Daniel Patane
Gr 5 N Miss Clara Needs
Gr 5 E Mrs Lisa Edwards
Gr 6 B Mrs Jessica Bourchier
Gr 6 H Mr Mark Holman
  1. Arrive and make your way to your child’s classroom (see map below)
  2. Drop your child’s bag off at their classroom, say ‘Goodbye’ and leave OR
  3. Meet their teacher and or teacher aide
  4. As a class, students will be taken to the auditorium
    at 8.40am by the teacher
  5. We’ll have a short Assembly
  6. With the class teacher, take your child back to their classroom and:
    1. Try leaving the classroom as soon as possible, if your child is happy
    2. If your child is distressed, follow the teacher’s lead in settling them
    3. Parents are invited to stay as long as they need or take your child home if too distressed
  7. Make your way to the Parent’s Retreat in the Function Room for a tea/coffee and a chat.

Class Placement

On Friday you will receive your ‘Welcome Letter’ informing you who your child’s teacher will be.

“I have learned to be content” (Philippians 4:11)

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.  Staff spend an enormous amount of time praying and working through the issues involved with class placements and in trying to ensure that students are with the right teacher and classes are well balanced. The matters of learning style, academic ability, behavioural concerns, student & staff personality, friendships, as well as social and emotional needs are earnestly discussed in the whole class selection process. Please bear in mind that friendships aren’t the main reason for class placements, being with the teacher that best suits their learning style is the key factor!

A reminder, we 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!

ROSIA RD CARPARK and DROP OFF AREAS

Here is a reminder of what we do to make the ‘Drop Off’ process easier, quicker, efficient and more practical for parents:  In order to speed up the PREP drop off & sign in, we ask parents to pull into the ‘drop off bays’ just in front of the Prep classes, where staff and Year 6 leaders will be present to assist ‘Preppies’ get bags out and then escort them directly into class.  A teacher at the gate, with class lists will sign in your prep child without you even getting out of the car! The Prep student will then follow their normal day’s procedure once ‘signed in’ and in the classroom!

All Year 1-6 students and parents will follow the “normal” drop off / parking procedures and students can individually walk up or be escorted up to the undercover area by parents once they have parked in the lower car park bays.  Please don’t leave your car or park in any of the Drop Off bays past the Pedestrian Crossing. ALL student pick up is as per the usual procedure, explained by staff.  Please drive slowly (20klm) and carefully through the school car parks, especially vigilant around the pedestrian crossing! Thank you for your understanding, patience, flexibility and support in this regard.

UNIFORMS

Students will be informed (according to their time table) as to which days they need to wear Sport or Academic uniform! Can we please ask that you assist us in ensuring the students are correctly dressed in the right uniform each day?

If unsure about uniform items or correct uniform requirements, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, the RTC / Uniform Store staff or check the school’s website.

Would you please be so kind as to ensure that ALL uniform items, lunch bottles/boxes are clearly labelled with the student’s name?

Trusting you have a great year as we look to work together to educate your child.

 

Mr Grant Jakins

Head of Primary

Head of Secondary

Welcome back to the start of what is going to be a great year! We are looking forward to the opportunities and experiences that are ahead of us for 2020. As the new academic year approaches, it’s time to get organised, plan out the year and be ready for the busyness that comes with school life.  Below is some important information to assist with getting organised.  Don’t forget to keep checking the College Calendar and Facebook for the latest details in our Secondary College.

First Day Orientation Procedures

  • Year level timetables are attached to this home communication. Individual student timetables will be distributed to students during orientation.
  • Pastoral Care class lists will also be on display at Student Services for orientation.

 Middle School

Year 7 and 8: Wednesday 29 January

(Sport Uniform)

  • Year 7 and 8 will assemble in the Function Room on Wednesday for an 8.30am start.
    • Students only need to bring one writing book, their iPad, and pencil case for the day. Please leave all other stationery at home. During orientation, students will be instructed when booklist items will be required.
    • Students should leave their bags at the Middle School area prior to 8:30am (Enter via Gate 1, off Hillcrest Road).
  • Year 7 – S3 and S4
  • Year 8 – S1/S2 and S5/S6

 Year 9: Wednesday 29 January (Camping until Friday 31 January)

  • Students are to assemble for camp in the Function Room on Wednesday at 7.15am.
  • On Monday 3 February (summer academic uniform) meet at the Function Room for an 8.30am start.
    • Year 9 orientation is for periods 1-5. Students are to bring one writing book, their iPad, and pencil case for orientation. Students are to be prepared for normal classes on Monday for periods 6-7.
    • Year 9 are to leave bags at the Collaboration Centre (old Home Ec veranda) prior to 8:30am.

Senior College

Years 10-12: Thursday 30 January

(Summer Academic Uniform)

  • Years 10, 11 & 12 will assemble in the Church Auditorium on Thursday for an 8.30am start. Year 7 and 8 will join the senior students for a Welcome Back assembly with staff.
    • Senior orientation is for periods 1-3. Seniors are to be prepared for normal classes on Thursday for periods 4-7.
    • Students should drop their bags at the Senior College Precinct prior to 8:30am, in the below locations.
  • Year 10 – SC1 and SC3
  • Year 11 – VOC3 and VOC4
  • Year 12 – SC4 and SC6
Year Pastoral Care Teacher
Yr 7a Mr Daniel Millward
Yr 7b Mrs Sharon Thompson
Yr 8a Mrs Maegan Redman
Yr 8b Mr Wayne Schulz
Yr 8c Mrs Jaclyn Kelly
Yr 9a Mrs Rhoda Crook
Yr 9b Mr Michael Braun
Yr 10a Miss Julia Matthews
Yr 10b Sister Monique Singh
Yr 11a Mr Zachary Cunningham
Yr 11b Mrs Mercy Gunnampaty
Yr 12a Miss Jessica Grounds
Yr 12b Mr Joshua Leembruggen

New Staff Members

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the following staff members to the Secondary College team:

  • Mr Daniel Millward (HPE/CLS)
  • Mr Wayne Schulz (Science/Maths)
  • Ms Karen Williams (Maths)
  • Mr Nathan Jones (Maths/Economics)
  • Mrs Biljana Brkic (Food and Technology/Maths/Art)
  • Dr Elizabeth Tailby (LOTE – Auslan)

and we’re delighted to have Mrs Kristie Schulz return from maternity leave.

Profile Evenings

Our Secondary profile evenings are a great opportunity to connect with teachers to discuss the progress of your child’s achievements through the year. This year’s evenings are planned for the following dates:

  • Tuesday 5th May (Term 2)
  • Tuesday 21st July (Term 3)

 Assessment

Secondary students will undertake progressive assessment throughout the course of their studies at various times throughout each term. Please note that assessment due dates will be scheduled at many different times across each term so consistent attendance is advised. As per QCAA’s QCE handbook (Section 6.6: Illness and misadventure), if assessment is missed due to family holidays we cannot approve requests for extension. Parklands therefore expects all students to only take holidays during the designated school holiday times.

 Camping Programs

Our Middle School Camping program for Year 9 will take place this year during week 1. Our students will be at the following location:

  • Bornhoffen Outdoor Education Centre: Wednesday 29th January to Friday 31st January

We highly value the outcomes of our camping program and as such it is a compulsory part of the academic program. Parents of students not attending camp should notify the Head of Secondary via the College office on 3380 4200 or via email at: jgrounds@parklands.qld.edu.au

In Senior College, some of the Student Leadership team will either be travelling to the 2020 Compass Christian Schools Conference in Canberra from 28th February to 3rd March, and others will attend the Sports Leadership Camp at Burleigh Heads from 1st to 3rd March. The Year 11 Leadership Camp will be run as a compulsory camp for all of our Year 11 students at Emu Gully in Term 3, from the 16th to 18th September. More details regarding this camp will be forthcoming.

We trust that 2020 will be a blessed year, and we are looking forward to working with you all. If you have any queries, you may contact us via the College office on 3380 4200 or via email at: celvery@parklands.qld.edu.au or rwallis@parklands.qld.edu.au

Primary News

Back to School BBQ

Visit by Registered Nurse for Free Prep Vision Screening

Good vision is important for a child’s educational, physical and social development. Vision screening is therefore vital in early childhood, particularly for conditions such as ‘lazy eye’, which if not detected early can lead to blindness.

A Registered Nurse will be visiting the school in 2020 to commence vision screening for all Prep Year children.  If you wish to have your child participate in this free vision screening program, please complete and sign the consent form sent home with your child and return this to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.   You will be advised in writing of the outcome of your child’s screening.

Please note that if your child has had a vision assessment in the past 12 months it is not necessary for him/her to participate in this screening program.  If this is the case, please complete the consent form and indicate that you do not wish for your child to participate, and ensure that you follow the schedule of reviews recommended by your eye health professional.

The consent forms will be getting sent home to prep families (via prep student) on the first day of school. Forms need to be returned by Friday 7th Feb.

The Friendlies

Welcome back to the new school year. Can you believe we are in the year 2020! Praying that you all had some time to relax with your families and friends over the holidays. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again and having the opportunity to meet some of our new families who have joined our school community.

We have started the new year by receiving all of the Woolworths Earn and Learn resources. We were able to bless the teachers on their first day by having all their resources ready for them to start their year. It’s always exciting at the end of a promotion when we receive and see what we were able to order with our points from the stickers that you all collected. Thank you to everyone who was able to collect stickers last year. Without you these things wouldn’t be possible!

We are continuing with our recycling bins this year. They are located in various areas of the school. All the kids really loved helping to take care of our environment recycling all their poppers, bottles and cans last year. 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.

If you are new to our school and wondering what The Friendlies are all about, we are what some school’s might call their P&C committee. The thing that makes us stand out from other school’s P&C’s is that we are committed to loving, encouraging and caring for all of our school community. Our mission statement is “The Friendlies are families of the Parklands Christian College community who endeavour to bring the love of Christ and encourage lifelong relationships within the school community. We provide opportunities to connect and fellowship at various events that we have throughout the year. We would love for you to join with us in strengthening one another”.

The Friendlies meetings are always open and welcoming to any families within our Parklands community. Our first meeting for 2020 will be on Friday 14th February at 6.45pm at Park Ridge Maccas.

If you are not available to come to meetings but would love to stay updated, or help out at our different events just email friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au and it will be our pleasure to add you to our list.

Keep Smiling

The Friendlies Team

Student Care and Wellbeing

Welcome to Parklands Christian College. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the Student Care & Wellbeing Team. My name is Miss Bernii Godwin and I have been employed at Parklands to facilitate the Student Wellbeing & RTP (Responsible Thinking Process) since 2012. I have a Masters qualification in Social Work and a Grad Certificate in Neuropsychotherapy which complements my undergraduate study (Bach Human Services/Bach Criminology). I also have over 15 years’ experience in the field of education and human behaviour.

The Responsible Thinking Classroom (RTC) has a wonderful team of staff including Mr Justin Crawford, Miss Laura Robinson, Mrs Angela Broughton, Mr Zac Wassenberg, Mrs Angela Jackman and Mrs Joanne Edwards. Together we are able to not only help students make positive informed choices, but we also have the time to get alongside students and support them to develop their social and emotional skills. You will quickly notice that we run this process fairly differently from other schools, and that we pride ourselves in keeping parents informed, involved and positive about their child’s success story.

This information pack is designed to provide you with an overview of how Responsible Thinking is taught to students at Parklands, its purpose and our overall goal for each child’s schooling journey. As you learn about the Responsible Thinking Process, and how this is applied at Parklands please use this info pack to seek the answers to any questions that may arise.

In addition some of the useful websites you may wish to access include:
RTP Information:

Behaviour Education: RTP


RTP Resources, Tips and Myths and Plan Examples

How RTP Works


RTP Q&A Primary and Secondary:
http://parklands.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/RTC-QandA-Primary.pdf
http://parklands.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/RTC-QandA-Secondary.pdf

If you would like to discuss this further please feel welcome to pop in to the RTC to visit, phone or send through an email rtc-staff@parklands.qld.edu.au.

1. Jan 2020 Meet our Team for 2020 dark background

 

PCC Instrumental Music

Welcome to 2020! This year promises to be another year of growth & excitement in the Parklands Instrumental Music Programme as we welcome our new Give It A Go! students and continue to encourage our existing students to continue to learn & grow. There are lots of ways for your child to be involved in music at Parklands!

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons will commence from week 2 of Term 1, with the exception of Give It A Go! lessons which will commence in week 4. Choir & Ensemble rehearsals will also begin within the first few weeks of Term 1, again with the exception of the Give It A Go! Band which will commence in Term 2. Further information from Ensemble & Choir directors will be available closer to these start dates.

Ensembles & Choirs include:

  • Primary Junior Choir (Year 2 & 3)
  • Primary Senior Choir (Years 4-6)
  • Secondary Choir (Years 7-12)
  • Wind Ensemble (Years 4-12, woodwind, brass & percussion students with minimum 12 months experience)

Give It A Go! Band Programme

We’re excited to be welcoming our third group of Give It A Go! students this year, and we are in fact beginning to open places up to Year 4 students as well. Emails will be going home to Year 4 students in the next few weeks with more information, but this is an exciting development in our Give It A Go! Band Programme. If you or your child are interested in being a part of this programme, please read the point 1 below regarding costs & inclusions.

Instruments on offer will include:

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  •  Trumpet
  •  Trombone
  • Percussion (includes drums, auxiliary & mallet percussion)

There are a number of ways to be part of our growing Instrumental Programme – here’s how your child can be involved:

Give It A Go! Band Programme – Year 4-6 students only

This is a one year beginner programme for Year 4-6 students, giving them the opportunity to learn a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument in small groups during school time. There is a one-off $500 levy for the year which covers all lessons & band rehearsals, a tuition book & use of a school instrument for one year. Many places for this are currently filled, however we do have a number of vacancies across most instruments. If your child is in Year 4-6, would like to be involved & hasn’t already received an offer, please contact us at instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

Private lessons

Private lessons are available for piano, guitar, drum kit, most woodwind & and all brass & stringed instruments. Lessons are scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $30/30mins.

Shared lessons

Shared lessons are available for all of the above instruments except piano. Lessons are again scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are also billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $18/30mins for a Group of 2 or $14/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability.

Enrolment forms are also available by emailing instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

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Community Notices

PCC Parent Prayer group

All are welcome to attend our Prayer Group meeting at Student Services at 8:30am on the following dates:

Monday 3rd February 2020
Monday 2nd March 2020
Monday 30th March 2020

Soccer

www.parkridgesoccer.majestri.com.au

Netball

Futsal

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

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.

 

 

School Transport Assistance Scheme

School Transport Assistance Scheme

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

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

Parklands 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 2020 enrolment is required to accept all bookings including emergency care bookings.

We look forward to assisting with all your care needs.

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%

Term Dates 2020

Tuckshop in need of volunteers

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

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

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

Tuckshop Menu 2020

 

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

 

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

Principal’s Message

Greetings

I am reflecting on this moment as I write my thoughts.  I have been writing Newsletters each month since 1980, and I pondered on what I should write as my closing thought.

I could write about my great successes, my humiliating failures, the students that excelled, or ones that have struggled, or I could comment on what we set out to achieve in those early days of Christian Schools, and how that has changed to be a recognized mainstream educational group.

But on reflection, I will write on how I have changed.

I started at Calvary Christian College in 1980 after a successful early career as a Professional Engineer.  I was very sure I could make it work. I had a solid grounding in Finance and Management, I had been a Leader in Youth for Christ during my youth, and I knew my Bible from cover to cover.

I knew I was right.  My daughter Wendy, now 45+ years old and mother of five, often speaks of these times. It is very humorous now, but I remember the trauma I put her and many students through as I functioned with the attitude of “I am right”.

This is common to most of us in the first half of life, and maybe, many of you are wondering why I would change from this.  Isn’t this the mark of a strong and decisive leader?

Transformational change is something that done to us, rather than a choice we make to adjust to a new idea.  This came to me in the disguise of the death of our little grandson after six months of life. All my theories, sureties, beliefs and assumptions came crashing down over this time and I had no answers.

I was in pain and alone.

With good spiritual counsel, this became my transforming moment.  A time when I realized God was still in charge and He was changing me..  From this time forward, I became open to inclusion of all, accepting of failure, looking beyond the teenager to the man or woman they would become and encouraging parents and staff in their difficult moments.

I learnt to let go, and let God. I began the journey of releasing control and being a part of a team, a school community and a citizen of Logan.

If you are reading this and wishing the young dominate man would have continued, I can only say that this journey cannot be rushed.  Our choice is whether we move to the second part of our life or continue to stay with control, power and being right.

I am so glad I did the journey and responded to the call of God as a young man.  I have had a wonderful life..  It has been a joy to serve you all.

We have a new man now in training to lead the school.  He is Gary Cully, a fellow traveller in the establishment of Parklands, and a friend.  He has a desire to continue this journey in his life and in the School.

Good bye,  and may the peace of God be your portion over this Christmas break.

God bless
David Baskerville

Head of Primary

2019 – The year that was!

Wow, how this year has flown by! It seemed like just the other day I was welcoming this year’s Prep students and parents to the school for the first time. By the time you read this article the academic year will be finished and Christmas soon upon you.

Can I say we have had a busy but very enjoyable year!  Apart from all the ‘usual’ fun class teaching, sporting carnivals and great events, here are some features and highlights for the year:

  • We welcomed back Mr. B and our amazing/regular staff plus new staff: Mrs. Hope, Mrs. McMillan, Mrs. Morgan & then Mrs. Edwards in Term 4.
  • Two, full classes per Grade again all the way through Primary School
  • A splendid, very informative and enjoyable Back to School BBQ evening
  • A great Primary Swimming Carnival
  • A fun Year 5 & 6 Camp
  • iPads used extensively in Yr 5 and Yr 6
  • Yr 5 & 6 students continue to use Secondary Science Labs
  • Improved canteen and healthy menu
  • Chapel moved to a Tuesday Afternoon
  • Face Book used more readily as an information / communication tool
  • Productive Parent / Teacher Interviews and Profile Night registration done ‘on line’
  • Drop Off Area process monitored by staff and the Yr 6 leaders really worked well this year
  • New walkways, fences and signs in and around the school
  • Different bell sound and song of a morning
  • Support a Reader, Friendship Groups and Learn for Life program increased in the school
  • Improved results for the NAPLAN Test and practiced for Naplan ON LINE next year.
  • On line subscriptions and resources (e.g. Literacy Planet, Reading Eggs, Maths Pathway) were increased and improved
  • Scholastic Book Sales was very well promoted and supported
  • Mrs. Abbot and Mrs. Kerr have done a wonderful job promoting books and reading during Book Week.
  • Lots of new wonderful class resources like Library books, class readers and teaching aids were purchased
  • Student Leadership of Captains, Vice Captains, Class Ambassadors, Sport, Library, Chapel, Art & Music Captains did a wonderful job this year
  • Litter Legends and Carpet Champions given badges and esteemed in recognition of their role
  • A fun and well attended Grand Parents Day was held in the Auditorium and forecourt
  • Prep Readiness Testing and Orientation Day enabled staff, Preppies and Prep parents to become acquainted with one another and the ‘Parklands Way’
  • Yr. 6 Graduation Ceremony took place in the Library Function Room
  • Yr. 6 Transition Day allowing students to experience Middle School staff and venues
  • Prep Transition Week was a great opportunity for Preps to get to experience ‘big’ school.
  • Pro Soccer, Cricket, Basketball, Softball and Netball coaching plus lots of different sport training (athletics, Cross Country) offered a morning or during Structured Playtime
  • Yr. 6 Table Tennis training and a Hand Ball competition was offered
  • Both Athletics Carnivals were held on our top oval and run very smoothly.
  • Students enjoy playing in second half of lunch time and have lots of fun
  • Duty staff monitored games/soccer played on oval, during structured play
  • Top oval, fields and the Baskerville Sports Centre used for training and HPE
  • Ninth  in the CSSAQ Swimming Carnival
  • Second in the CSSAQ Cross Country Carnival
  • Second in the CSSAQ Athletics Carnival
  • Soccer and Netball Teams did well in CSSAQ Team Games
  • Gala Sport Day teams played very well throughout the season and achieved GREAT results
  • Carols on the Green Event, held in the auditorium, was well supported
  • Remembrance Day held in classrooms
  • Choirs performed in Chapels, Grand Plaza, Open Day and Carols on the Green
  • Yr. 5 Choir performed very well at the Grand Plaza Choir performance
  • Parklands did very well in Wakkakirri – received wonderful feedback.
  • Mother’s and Father’s Day Stall brought great joy and excitement to the students

In preparing for the new decade of 2020, can we please ask that you allow the teachers, who only want the BEST for and who know your child here at school, to place them in the care of the right teacher next year? This ‘student placement process’ is taken very seriously and is extremely inclusive and involved taking into consideration factors like: academic ability & rigour, student & teacher personalities & character, social / behavioural and emotional factors, friendships, gender ratios etc.!

In the New Year, students will receive an informative “Welcome Letter” from their new 2020 class teacher notifying them as to which classroom they’ll be in. Thank you for not putting in any requests for staff or students and for your understanding, support and assistance in this regard.

Staffing for 2020

– Mrs. Rachael Abbot has resigned and Mr. Simon Ashley has been appointed to the Yr. 3 position

– Mrs. Hope and Mrs Edwards’ contracts have been renewed and they will continue in Prep and Yr. 5 respectively

– Miss Strubin will take on the position of Primary PLC Facilitator

– Mrs. Jenny Bayer (Resource Room legend) will be leaving us at the end of the year and Mrs. Jillian Kerr (Yr. 4 TA) has been appointed as the Library Coordinator

– Mrs. Anissa McMillan (Prep Student Aide) will be finishing up with us at the end of the year

– Mrs. Kissick the Yr. 3 TA, (is taking a year’s leave). She and her family will be travelling around Australia and Mrs. Sue Martin will be replacing her

– Mrs. Elke Morgan will be the Yr. 4 TA for next year

– Mrs. Marshall (Cooke) the Yr. 6 TA’s will be moving up into Middle School Learning Enrichment and Mrs. Tanya Greene is replacing her

– Mrs. Wenban (Warman) the Yr. 6 Student Aide will be moving up into Middle School Learning Enrichment

 

Teacher Aides for 2020 are as follows:

Prep F – Nicole Lowe, Prep H – Rachel Baskerville, Yr 1 – Angela Marsh, Yr 2 – Christine Hollenberg, Yr 3 – Sue Martin, Yr 4 – Elke Morgan, Yr 5 – Sonya Jones, Yr 6 – Tanya Greene.

REMINDER:

  1. Structured Play starts at 2.30pm so students can be collected from the Undercover Area by a guardian any time from 2.30pm.
  2. The End of the Primary School Day is at 3.10pm.
  3. Students need to be collected from the Undercover Area by a guardian or older sibling and cannot leave on their own.
  4. Students not collected by 3.30pm will be taken up to Student Services where they will be supervised until collected.

We continue to “welcome” parent involvement in the classrooms, at functions / sporting events / HPE swimming and in all areas of the school so as to help the teacher but also to add value to your child’s education. It’s wonderful to see mums and dads reading to children, helping tie shoe laces after swimming and sitting on the bus going off on an excursion or camp. Please feel free to continue to offer your assistance to the staff!

Thank you everyone for a great 2019! We wish you everything of the best for the Christmas Season and an enjoyable, safe holiday! We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday the 28th January 2020 for a fantastic New Year.

 

Head of Secondary

With our Secondary students finished for the year, all of our curriculum delivered, and all special events completed, I say thank you to each family who have partnered with us in 2019. It has been a joy to work with every student and their family during their educational journey this year, and to see our students grow and thrive. Thank you for your support this year, and for entrusting your student/s to our care. What a privilege it is for our Secondary staff to work alongside these remarkable, enthusiastic and talented children.

As a staff, we continue on site for the first week of December, closing out the year, finalizing reports, doing some internal training, and preparing for 2020. I trust each student has had a relaxing start to their well-earned holiday break, and as they enjoy the freedom from school rules, I encourage students (& seek parent support) to be mindful of complying with rules when they return in January. An example is if boys find this current mullet craze appealing, then please ensure that hair cuts are neat and conservative and a minimum of blade 2. If hair is dyed for fun during the break, then please ensure it returns to a natural colour in January. And please note our piercing rules – no piercings for boys, while girls may only have one set of earrings in the lower lobe – if a student has an extra piercing, then they must be able to wear a clear stud when they return on site in 2020. The other area to be mindful of is in sport shoes, which must be cross trainers that are fully leather upper (for safety in our classrooms). Our full uniform policy can be found on our website at parklands.qld.edu.au/uniforms. I encourage parents and children to read this before making any fun changes during this break, so as to be compliant upon the return to school next year. Thank you so much for your support in this.

And fun is exactly what I hope for for each of our students this summer break, in a safe context, along with good quality rest, time with family and friends, and an adventure or two. I wish students and families a very merry Christmas, spent celebrating the birth of Jesus alongside family and friends, and a happy new year. I look forward to catching up with everyone in 2020, either as current families or for our recent graduates, as alumni at our community events.

Senior College Coordinator

End of Year Events

As another school year comes to a close, I would like to take the time to congratulate all of our Year 10-12 students. It has been an incredibly rewarding year and a delight to work alongside every senior student, who have largely demonstrated great attitudes to their studies, and perhaps of greater importance, a respect and care for those around them. It has been an incredibly busy time, with many end of year events taking place.

The Secondary Awards Night was a time of celebration, for students and their families, of individual achievements for the academic year.

Of special mention are our trophy recipients as follows:

Year 10

Christlikeness Award: Ethan Bronzi
Dux: Renzo Tagaro
Principals Award: Amelia Ives

Year 11

Christlikeness Award: Amelia Robertson
Dux: Amelia Robertson
Principals Award: Sarah Balmer

Year12

Christlikeness Awards: Joshua Clausen & Emma Walton
Dux: Ryan Mitchell
Principals Award: Alyshia Ritchie
Year 12 Vocational Excellence Award: Corey Muller

Congratulations to both our Awards recipients and all of our senior students on their achievements, we are very proud of every student.

We have also welcomed in our new student leadership for 2020. A very warm congratulations to the following students.

College Captains: Elizabeth Edwards & Amelia Robertson
College Vice-Captains: Toby Ross & Tieriney Holmes
Vice-Captains Arts: Elissa Bailey & Jake West
Vice-Captains Missions: Karah Sullivan & Jacinta Wendt
Vice-Captains Academic: Jessica Benson & Toby Ross
Vice-Captains Community: Katy Blackmore & Kelsey Hawken
Sports Captains Joshua House: David Martinez-Santana & Claire Ogilvie
Sports Captains Samuel House: Abby Hudson & Georgia Payne

We have farewelled the graduating “Class of 2019” who have been a wonderful class of seniors to work alongside. It’s been a huge journey, totalling thirteen years of formal education. There have been countless extracurricular activities that have formed a well-rounded experience of school life combined with the huge task of completing senior school work. Earning your Year 12 qualifications is a major task; often combined with the juggling of school based traineeships or apprenticeships, casual jobs, and church, sporting and family commitments – this equals an immense workload. I have once again admired the resilience of our graduates, particularly throughout the gruelling senior years. It has definitely been through much grit, determination and hard work that every one of our seniors have now completed their journey in secondary school successfully. Well done graduates! And, a special mention to all our families and the PCC team, who have contributed to the journey of each young person as they embark of life after school! We pray they seek God’s direction to lead their future paths.

To finish, we celebrated with the Year 12 formal at Sirromet Winery on Friday 15th November. It was a wonderful evening of celebrations.

After a very busy and productive academic year for all, happy summer holidays! Prayers for a blessed Christmas season with your families and I very much look forward to seeing you all in 2020. May God bless you and keep you so abundantly.

Primary News

Year 1

Year 1 would like to send an enormous thank you for all your support during 2019. We have had an amazing year, full of fun, hard work and wonderful learning experiences and we are so proud of every little step achieved by each and every class member.

We ended our Year 1 year with a fabulous trip to SeaWorld. The children conducted themselves beautifully and enjoyed learning many new things about all the animals we saw during our time together.

We pray that you all have a most wonderful holiday break and we look forward to seeing everyone again around school in 2020! Merry Christmas!

Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh and Year 1.

Ipads at JB Hi-Fi (Years 5&6)

We have recently been working with JB Hi-Fi Solutions for Education to offer you some good pricing on iPads for next year. They are also offering some good pricing on Apple and Lenovo Laptops (optional for Year 11&12).
Ordering is simple and there are also finance options available.
1. Go to jbeducation.com.au/byod
2. Enter the school code PARKLANDSCCBYOD2020
3. Once logged in, select the relevant student programme.
4. Select your preferred JB Hi-Fi store for pick up, or home delivery.
5. Follow the prompts to choose your device, insurance cover and device accessories.
6. Enter your personal details.
7. Select a payment method and complete your order.
If you have any questions, please you can contact JB HIFI Education directly at  jbeducation.com.au/byod or call 1300 730 548
See flyer for more information.
Please note, this is only offered as an option to give you better pricing. We continue to recommend that you shop around and find the best deal.

Secondary News

Ipads at JB Hi-Fi

We have recently been working with JB Hi-Fi Solutions for Education to offer you some good pricing on iPads for next year. They are also offering some good pricing on Apple and Lenovo Laptops (optional for Year 11&12).
Ordering is simple and there are also finance options available.
1. Go to jbeducation.com.au/byod
2. Enter the school code PARKLANDSCCBYOD2020
3. Once logged in, select the relevant student programme.
4. Select your preferred JB Hi-Fi store for pick up, or home delivery.
5. Follow the prompts to choose your device, insurance cover and device accessories.
6. Enter your personal details.
7. Select a payment method and complete your order.
If you have any questions, please you can contact JB HIFI Education directly at  jbeducation.com.au/byod or call 1300 730 548
See flyer for more information.
Please note, this is only offered as an option to give you better pricing. We continue to recommend that you shop around and find the best deal.

Workshops available

With the implementation of the new Queensland syllabus in 2019, we have been contacted by some educational organisations offering workshops to students wanting to improve in their studies. If you or your student are interested in viewing some of the workshops available for senior students, please view the link below.

https://www.edvantageqld.com/workshops

Year 10 Literature

Year 10 students who chose to study Literature in Semester Two enjoyed a visit from local poet and musician, Bruce Vernon. Bruce introduced our Term Four unit “Lest We Forget – The Poetry of War” by performing a rendition of “I was only 19: A Walk in the Light Green”, made famous by Australian band Redgum. Students and teachers were impressed with Bruce’s recitations of his own poetry, and enjoyed hearing his inspirational stories of working alongside Australian servicemen and women as a carer in a New South Wales Veteran’s aged care facility. Bruce’s most important message to our students was to have faith in themselves, despite what anyone else says they can or cannot do, and to live their best lives in the freedom for which many Australians fought and died. We are grateful to Bruce for his time and interest in our students.

Year 7 News

What a year 2019 has been!

At the beginning of the year I will admit that the reality of looking after eighty, 12-13 year olds was bewildering. I constantly wondered on how I would make each child feel cared for and valued, that I knew their name and knew them as an individual, rather than just one of my many Year 7 students. Let alone adding the massive and never-ending workload of a teacher. For me 2019 has been a lesson in juggling my time, taking every moment to be a positive influence, even when you are tired, drained, stressed and needing a moment to relax. I have also learnt so many wonderful lessons from my year 7’s this year:

  • Never give up
  • Laugh
  • Set small achievable goals
  • Tik Tok dance moves
  • Learn something new everyday
  • There is nothing like a cold popper or Zooper Dooper on a hot day

Overall, 2019 has been a wonderful year full of laughter, joy and blessings. It has been wonderful to watch each of my Year 7’s grow into a more mature and independent young adult and I am so grateful to have spent the year with them.

I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas

Summer at Logan Library West

During the Year 8 orientation week next year, you child will visit the Logan Library and hopefully be signed up for a Logan library card. Apart of being able to borrow books, the library also has an excellent variety of online resources, e-books, audiobooks and online journals. Library card holders are able to access tuition services, online assignment writing help, learn a new language with Mango Languages, stream music, podcasts and movies and access Ancestry Library in addition to the libraries programming and coding classes.

During the summer holidays the library has many different holiday events and classes on. Booking in for the classes is essential, as I am sure they will fill up quickly.

Events

Holidays Programs around Brisbane

Museum of Brisbane holiday program – https://www.museumofbrisbane.com.au/whats-on/

GOMA – https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/brisbane-qagoma-events-calendar

Flipside Circus – http://www.flipsidecircus.org.au/classes/

Cobb & Co Museum – Toowoomba – https://cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au/Events+and+Exhibitions/Events+and+Activities/Holiday+Programs#.XeBojkYzY2w

Primary Sport Semester 2 Highlights

Semester 2 2019 was another big semester of Primary Sport. Lots of memorable moments were had throughout Sport and PE. To recap on a successful semester, some of the highlights were

  • CSSAQ Athletics Carnival where Parklands Primary team finished 5th overall and 2nd in percentage points. Standout performers,

– Ethan Jackson- 1st Shot put, 3rd Discus
– Justin Hunt- 1st Shot Put, 3rd Discus
– Zachary Hollenberg- 1st 100m, 200m, Long Jump, 2nd in the Shot put and 3rd in Discus and 800m
– Lachlan Mane- 2nd 800m
– Tayla Thomson 2nd 800m
– Emmy Campbell 2nd Long Jump
– Chloe Bobermein 3rd Shot Put

  • Justin Hunt, Ethan Jackson and Zachary Hollenberg competing at the State Athletics Champs where Zac came 3rd in 200m, sending him to Nationals in Darwin, where he finished 7th fastest in Australia for u12.
  • Prep enjoyed six weeks of swimming lessons in term 3
  • Sarah Baker made the u12 Invitation XI girls cricket team and competed very well at the State Cricket champs
  • Parklands won the CSSAQ Touch comp
  • Three Logan West Semester 2 Inter-school Gala days took place with two being rained out during the day.
  • Prep to 3 Brisbane Roar soccer program was very popular
  • The first Primary Handball comp was a great hit. Harrison Korger winning the year 3 comp and Hayden Carthouser winning the year 5 and 6 comp.
  • P- 6 Gymnastics program was great fun
  • Sports Awards took place on October 31st. Professional women’s golfer Rebecca Kay was the guest speaker and inspired students through talking about past experiences and challenges. She also discussed the importance of goal setting and never giving up.
  • Male Sports Person of the year- Justin Hunt
  • Female Sports Person of the year- Carli Van Dyk

Looking forward to many more memories in Primary Sport in 2020.

Mr Lewis

 

Student Care and Wellbeing

Do you feel loved when someone offers to take you out for a coffee? Or what about if they clean your house? Maybe if they straight out let you know that they love you? Knowing someone’s love language allows us the secret to making the people we care about know that we love them. What about your kids? How do they express and receive love?

As we head into the holidays and time with our families, consider how you can let your children know how you feel about them. If your child responds to words of affirmation, actions will not speak louder than words. Just by hearing the words ‘I love you’ can instantly make them feel loved. The words of affirmation child loves to be complimented and to hear that they are doing a good job and how. Maybe write them a note and let them know that you love them and what it is that you love about them.

A quality time person feels loved when they have your undivided attention. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like sitting down with them and asking them how they are. You may like to consider taking your child/ren out for a milkshake or baby chino, just you and them, or setting aside a time when they can choose the activity. It doesn’t have to cost a thing, even a walk or a trip to the park. Either way it’s about saying I’m making time to for you.

Perhaps your child responds well to receiving gifts. This does not necessarily mean that you need to be continually buying them things to let them know that you love them. This child loves the thoughtfulness and care behind a gift, so it may be picking a flower for them or making them something simple such as a card or scrap book of memories. Even though it may drive you crazy at times, let your child keep mementos from special occasions like napkins or stones. Whatever it may be, it’s simply something that says I was thinking about you.

If your child is an acts of service person then hopefully they will recognise your love for them every day in all that you do for them! But acts of service does not necessarily mean you have to do everything for them. Make your acts of service personal to this child. Perhaps cooking their favourite meal just for them or help them out with their assigned chore. You might like to work on building something together. This child feels loved when you take the time to do something as an act of love specifically for them.

To the child who experiences love through physical touch it’s pretty straightforward – nothing says I love you like cuddles, kisses, back rubs or holding their hand. But what about as your child becomes a teenager and suddenly your kisses and hugs seem unwanted or awkward to them? Especially in public! Because this child still experiences love by physical touch it’s important not to stop doing these things, but instead keep it age appropriate. When you are talking to your child sit next to them, maybe put your arm around them or rub them on the back. Physical presence is vital for this child.

To find out more about the 5 love languages, or to take the quiz to find out what your child’s love language is go to http://www.5lovelanguages.com/

Mindfulness Exercises for Children

The Power of Listening

Ring a bell, a wind chime, or anything else that creates a long trailing sound. Ask each child to listen, and silently raise their hand when they can no longer hear the sound. After the ringing ends, ask the children to continue listening to any other sounds they can hear for the next minute. When the minute ends, go around the room asking everyone to tell you what sounds they heard.

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PCC Instrumental Music

What a year it has been for music at Parklands! We have seen the launch of another new ensemble for wind, brass & percussion students, the Wind Ensemble, as well as our second year of our Give It A Go! Band Programme. Our choirs keep going from strength to strength & as I’m writing, the piano students are having a Christmas Party & playing for each other – it’s wonderful to see so many students getting involved & finding such joy in music.

Give It A Go! Band Programme 2019

Our 2019 Give It A Go! students have finished their programme and had a fantastic year. It’s been wonderful watching these young players grow & learn & experience music, and 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!

Lessons in 2020

There’s always a chance to be part of the Instrumental Programme – here’s how your child can be involved:

  1. Give It A Go! Band Programme – beginning in Week 4

This is a one year programme for Year 5 students, giving them the opportunity to learn a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument in small groups during school time. There is a one-time $500 levy for the year which covers all lessons & band rehearsals, a tuition book & use of a school instrument for one year. Most places for this are currently filled, however we do have vacancies for trumpet, baritone & percussion. If your child is in Year 5 or 6, would like to be involved & hasn’t already received an offer, please contact us at instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

  1. Private lessons – all ages

Private lessons are available for piano, guitar, drum kit, most woodwind & and all brass & stringed instruments. Lessons are scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $30/30mins.

  1. Shared lessons – all ages

Shared lessons are available for all of the above instruments except piano. Lessons are again scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are also billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $18/30mins for a Group of 2, or $14/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability.

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.

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

Senior Choir

The Friendlies

Wow, and with the blink of an eye the 2019 school year has finished!

The recycling bins for any empty cans, bottles, and poppers will remain at the school next year. This will be an ongoing fundraising event with all proceeds going directly back into our school community. Feel free to bring in any empty cans, bottles or poppers from home and pop them into any of the allocated recycling bins.

It’s that time of the year that we seem to sit back and reflect on the year that has been. Sitting at the Primary Awards Night always fills my heart with pride and so much joy seeing all the kids and how much they have accomplished over the year.

The Friendlies have had another busy year and we have thoroughly enjoyed holding all of our community events. These events wouldn’t be possible without all of your support. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have supported our events this year! We have such an amazing school community who enjoy coming together in unity and who always have a fabulous time of fellowship with each other at all the community events.

Thank you to our amazing Friendlies team who are more than happy to volunteer their time throughout the year at all of our events. Looking forward to seeing where 2020 takes us!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe holiday break and a Merry Christmas.

Looking forward to a fabulous 2020!

Keep Smiling
The Friendlies Team
friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au

School Transport Assistance Scheme

School Transport Assistance Scheme

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

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

Community Notices

Blue Light Disco

Netball

Whats on At Logan Libraries

Events

Host Families Needed

Solar Nights USC

Futsal

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.

 

 

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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)

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 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

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

 

2020 Term Dates

Term Dates 2020

Term Dates 2020

 

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.

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 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

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 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.

 

 

Principal’s Message

Greetings

On Monday, this week, Parklands lost one of its great founders.

I received the news in a phone call from our Pastor Mike Warman. He simply said “Greg Radke has drowned in a dam while doing excavation work to help his neighbour”. This was so typical of Greg. Ps Mike did not know much more than that, and we I still don’t know the specific details other than he was in some way trapped in the machine when it tipped over in the dam.
Greg was a loving, caring, gentle, generous and sincere man.

My first contact with him was in Parklands Church in 1999. I had just arrived at from my School at Calvary, Townsville. The Pastor, Rod Jobe, announced that I was here to start a school, and if there was anyone who could help, please make contact with me. That was the day I received the now famous “$10 note and the short note from an elderly lady in the Church”. It still hangs on the wall of my office to remind me of the humble beginnings of the school, and of the miracle supply as we seek to do God’s purpose in our daily tasks.

The next week, Greg Radke searched me out in church and asked how it was all progressing. I told him of a few of the immediate tasks I was starting on, but stressed that if we could not buy the large block of land next to the Church, we would have no basis on which to build a school. To that he said “Let me help you. What do you need?”

I told him that the Pastor and I would be meeting with the owner of the land during the week and I would keep him informed. In that meeting, the owner was accepting of the idea that we would seek to buy his land, but we needed a starting point which we could manage, and he needed immediate cash for his retirement. We agreed on $35,000 up front payment, non-refundable, and then a period of 3 years before full payment. If this final payment was not made, then all would return to the owner, and we would have nothing.

The paying off of that large commitment is another miracle story when all seemed lost, and then I met with an old school mate who was the Schooling Banker for Westpac.

For the deposit, Greg immediately stepped up with a very generous gift to the school, and using those funds, we were able to secure the land at the initial starting agreement.

Greg then accepted the role of a founding Board Member of the school, and held that role for the first 5 years of the school, and with his various contacts and equipment, was able to help us and fund us in the tidy up of the new property that has become the School.

He was a wonderful friend and supporter. He never wanted the lime light, but I knew he always had my back.

In recent times, we named the second sports oval in his honour, and we will always remember him as one of the key persons who founded Parklands Christian College.

It is a time of sadness for all who knew him, but we will meet again in the Resurrection, which is that great hope of all who place their trust in Jesus Christ.

God bless
David Baskerville
Principal

Head of Primary

Welcome back to the start of an exciting and very busy Term 4.

I trust that you had an enjoyable, relaxing school holiday spent with family and friends or just enjoyed having the children at home and not having to prepare lunches, do homework, stress to get them to school prepared and on time?

We are continuing to review our process and procedures in the Primary in order to ensure the school is one in which our CLEAR values of Christlikeness, Learning, Excellence, Attitude and Respect are presented and followed daily.

Labeled Uniforms

For the start of term 4, can you kindly check that ALL of your child’s Uniform Items and Lunch Boxes and Drink Bottles are clearly labeled with their name? Can we also please ask that you assist us in ensuring the students are correctly dressed in the right uniform each day? We are experiencing students wearing their sport uniforms when not required and have also noticed that some students are starting to mix and match their uniforms. If unsure about uniform items or correct uniform requirements, please feel free to check the school’s website, contact your child’s teacher or the RTC.

End of Day Procedures

Students may be collected anytime from 2.30pm but will unfortunately miss Structured Play time.

Students leaving in Structured Play need to be electronically signed out either in the Undercover Area or up at Student Services.

At the end of Structured Play (3.05pm), students go to class, line up for class roll call, collect their ports / bags and are taken up to the Undercover Area. They are only allowed to leave the Under Cover Area of an afternoon, when collected by a guardian or older sibling. No student can leave the Undercover Area without any supervision. At 3.30pm those students that have not been collected, will be taken up to Student Services until collected.

Thank you for not requesting students to make their way ‘on their own’ and meet you at the car. If you need them before 3.30pm, please come up to the Undercover Area and collect them there.
Thank you for your support and assistance in this regard as we wish to keep all our students safe and accounted for!

2020 Class Placements

“I have learned to be content” (Philippians 4:11)

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, Aides, all specialist teachers, RTC, LE Staff and myself spend an enormous amount of time discussing, praying about and working through the issues involved with student & class teacher placements and in trying to ensure that classes are well balanced. The matters of learning style, academic ability, behavioural concerns, student & staff personality, friendships, as well as social and emotional needs are earnestly discussed in the whole class selection process!

A reminder, due to the fact that we know the children and teacher / class environment, we 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 us 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 continue to develop between teacher, student and parent!

iPad and eLearning in 2020

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 Grade 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! Feedback from staff, parents and the Yr. 5 & 6 students about iPad use has been very positive.

We have organized a Yr. 4 and 5 iPad Informative Parent Evening on Tuesday 15th October in Student Service’s Function Room, 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.

The secret to confident kids

By: Michael Grose

The first habit from Stephen Covey’s wonderful book “The 7 habits of highly effective people” states that we should start every project or undertaking with the end in mind.

This principle holds true for any activity whether it’s planting your veggie patch; renovating a house or raising children. When you know what you are trying to achieve then choosing the right strategies becomes easy. The end game or goal for parents and teachers is Redundancy. Yep, you read it right. Your job is to make yourself redundant as an adult from the children you raise and teach at the earliest appropriate, possible age. When redundancy is your aim most of your time, effort and energy will go into promoting independence. You’ll stop doing things for kids and start giving them opportunities to do things themselves. You’ll spend most of your active parenting and teaching time teaching, explaining and prodding your child toward independence.

Independence leads to the 4 C’s

When independence becomes your priority then suddenly you’ve found a pathway to the development of other positive qualities and traits in your children including the key four – confidence, competence, creativity and character.

Here’s how:
Confidence comes from facing your fears and doing things for yourself.
Competence comes from the opportunity to develop self-mastery that independence offers.
Creativity is developed when kids solve problems themselves as opposed to someone solving them on their behalf, or worse, keeping kids safe. It’s amazing how resourceful kids can be when they are given the chance to resolve their own problems.
Character, which is essential for success, is forged under hardship and is needed if kids are to live a sturdy life. Kids need to be exposed to disappointment, failure and conflict if character strengths such as grit and perseverance are too be forged.
Independence takes many forms and adults are the gatekeepers for children’s independence.

Allowing kids to take responsibility and own their own problems builds confidence and competence. Start by expecting kids to help out at home and at school. Look for ways to develop self-help skills and don’t take their problems on as your problems.

Create junior versions of independence

It can be scary and also difficult developing independence in one big step. So smart adults intuitively develop junior versions of independence by breaking up big activities into digestible bits. Want your three year old to make the bed? Then start by arranging the teddies and the pillows (a junior version of making the bed) and let them work their way up from there. Similarly, want your ten year old to walk to school yet it’s currently out of their skillset? Then accompany them most of the way and let them walk the last 200 metres to school on his own. That’s a junior version of walking to school.

In all the noise and commotion about raising kids today it’s easy to forget that the job description for parents hasn’t changed since the dawn of time. Love them, bond with them, teach them and spend time with them. But also work like mad to develop their real independence so they become capable of handling what life will throw their way.

Trust you have a great term and rest of the year.

Head of Secondary

Our Secondary students and staff have had a wonderful 2019 to date, a year that has brought challenges, joys, kindness and growth. I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge our Secondary Staff, who have worked extraordinarily hard throughout this year and have done so while maintaining a healthy environment of care and support for each other and for our students. Our staff are always hard working but with some extra complexities across Queensland education this year, they have been truly impressive and I am grateful for every one of them. May I encourage you to share a ‘thanks’ or email some encouragement to your child’s teachers/aides/administrative staff/RTC staff/LE staff/etc, and encourage your child to do the same, as we are truly blessed at Parklands with passionate, dedicated, talented, giving, caring and hardworking staff.

At our first staff meeting and Chapel this term, I challenged Secondary to ‘finish 2019 well’. This involves maintaining or improving the excellent work ethic that we’ve seen in so many, looking after ourselves and looking after each other by maintaining care, enthusiasm and momentum through these final weeks of the year despite our possible weariness, and keeping our standards high. This includes uniform standards, which I will discuss next.

Dress Standard

I’ve been very please overall this year with our students’ presentation and compliance with our uniform policy. Thank you for your support with this, and also for sending notes when something goes awry. We know issues can crop up with uniform items, and I really appreciate when Secondary parents send a note/email explaining this, it really affirms our partnership – thank you.

Our uniform policy remains the same, however we have seen some uninvited additions in this first week of term, which need to be remedied please. Some reminders that we would appreciate your support with:

  • Jewellery: rings on fingers are not permitted. Students may wear a wrist watch. Necklaces are not permitted – yes, they can be seen inside the collar of the shirt.
  • Earrings: Girls may wear only one stud or sleeper in the lower lobe of each ear.
  • Nail polish and make-up are not permitted. Nail extensions of no more than three millimetres (3mm) permitted and of natural appearance.
  • Hair: Girls’ hair must be fully secured back and of a natural colour and appearance. Boys’ hair must be off the face and collar and of natural colour and appearance. Please check that your son’s hair complies and is neat and tidy (minimum blade 2).
  • Facial hair: boys must have clean shaven faces and be free of facial hair.

Please refer to our uniform policy http://parklands.qld.edu.au/uniforms for more information. We appreciate your support in maintaining our dress standard.

Our secondary staff are prepared for and looking forward to a fantastic Term 4 with your children. And I personally look forward to seeing you at some of our upcoming events!

Primary News

Year 1

Welcome back to Term 4!
Year 1 is ready to end our year on a high. We pray all our Year 1 families had a wonderful holiday break. We can’t wait to hear about what the children all got up to over the last 2 weeks.

We ended Term 3 with an exciting visit from our local fire brigade. They talked to us about fire safety at home and at school and then we were lucky enough to have a quick turn holding the fire hose! While visiting us, they got an emergency call, so had to leave in a hurry, with sirens going! The kids were very excited.

We also participated in an incursion to conclude our Sound and Light Unit for Science. The incursion was entertaining and very hands on. The children really enjoyed it and behaved beautifully.

Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis and Mrs Marsh.

Secondary News

How to order your Extra-curricular and Sporting Group Photos for Parklands Christian College

On Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October, MSP Photography will be on site to take the extra-curricular and sporting group photos, including a ‘Whole College’ Photo. These photos are available for purchase through payment envelope.

Personalised payment envelopes listing all the photos your child appeared in will be sent home on approx. 22 Oct. Please read the instructions on these envelopes for your preferred method of payment.

If you wish to purchase a ‘Whole College’ Photo, these payment envelopes will be available from Student Services. Please follow the instructions on these envelopes for your preferred method of payment.

You have until Wednesday 30 October 2019 to purchase at this price.

Orders placed after this date will incur a $20 late fee (as the images will then be archived).

All orders will be processed after the cut off date advised above, and distributed through the school within approximately 21 days.If you have any questions or wish to discuss any aspect of your photo day experience with us, please contact our office on 3848 3946 or by email on admin.seq@msp.com.au

Carols on the Green

Date: 1 November 6:00pm – 8:00pm

You are invited to attend our annual Carols on the Green. Join us on Friday 1 November as we celebrate the birth of Christ. Bring a picnic rug and enjoy an evening of carolling. This special family friendly carols event will be held outdoors from 6:00pm behind the Administration building, off the side of our top oval.

Bring a picnic or avail yourself to our sausage sizzle and drinks which will be on sale for the duration of the evening. We will reserve the slope for all those bringing picnic rugs, but for those families needing seating, we can accommodate BYO camping chairs on the lower area in front of the stage. Please note this is a non-alcoholic and non-smoking event.

Carols on the Green Program:
6:00pm—8:00pm: Carols on the Green
Available to purchase
Sausage Sizzle and Soft Drinks
Coffee (from the Coffee Club Coffee Cart)
Glow Sticks/Toys
RAWimpact Cambodia Products
SHE Rescue Christmas Gifts

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.

Student Care and Wellbeing

Fearless Learning

The Responsible Thinking Classroom (RTC) is designed to implement a Process (RTP) which teaches children and adults how to implement effective problem solving skills in order to achieve what they want without violating the rights of others. These skills can then be applied to a range of circumstances which in addition to classroom behaviour include managing sibling or peer disputes, parent-child disagreements, learning about and using key aspects of our personalities well, planning future academic success… and the list goes on!!
One of the strategies that we use to assist students remember this Process is planning. The plan acts as a guide to students and adults to assist them develop the cognitive process of independent responsible thinking.

A child or adult’s ability to develop the skills required for independent responsible thinking can become disrupted. One of the key disruptions we see in the RTC is fear.
Occasionally we have students who despite having previous RTC experiences begin demonstrating heightened fear responses such as crying, lying or anger. When we speak with these students we usually learn one of two root causes for the child’s fear. First, fear of a parent’s negative reaction or second, fear of punishment. These fear responses, if mild, do not necessarily act as a disruption. However, if a child becomes fixated on the punishment or parents reaction, demonstrates uncontrollable sobbing, or is even demonstrating fearful responses to the idea of RTC when they are simply being reminded of the classroom rules then it is highly likely that the fear is unhealthy and impacting on the child’s ability to focus on learning responsible thinking skills.

It is common for a student who is fearful of attending RTC to remember feeling afraid, their response such as crying, and their parent’s response such as disappointment or punishment. What we also notice is that fear-disrupted students are usually unable to remember why they were referred or what they learnt about managing future similar incidents. This response is identical from the littlies in prep to year 12 students and reflects the findings of the California Science Centre (N.D) which suggests that stress hormones make it easier to recall memories of emotional experiences.
Scientific studies have shown that heightened stress can “impair the development of the prefrontal cortex, the brain region that is critical for the emergence of executive functions including making, altering and following plans; controlling and focusing attention, inhibiting impulsive behaviours and developing the ability to hold and incorporate new information in decision making (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2010).” Clearly these skills are integral to the development of independent responsible thinkers and should be cultivated from childhood right through to adulthood.

RTC is designed purposefully to be a safe place for students. It is common for students to demonstrate a mild fear response the first time they are referred to the RTC. Aware of this response the RTP Facilitators take special care of first-time students to help them have a positive RTC experience and memory. However equally important to our response is the parent’s response as this is the final stage of the process and the last memory the child will formulate in regards to their memory of the people, place and their interpretation of the experience.

This year we are aiming to irradiate fear responses in all students towards learning Responsible Thinking. So how can you help? Adults play a huge role in creating or reducing fear responses in children, a key reason for this is that children often develop fears by watching their parent’s own fearful reactions. You can help your child minimise their fear responses by following these simple ideas suggested by the California Science Centre (N.D.).

Parent’s Guide to Childhood Fear

How to Apply this to RTC Related Fear

Talk to your child about their fears. Remember that to them, these fears are very real and serious If your child is afraid of going to RTC talk to them about why they are fearful, was it a specific experience, a reaction, feelings such as embarrassment or disappointment? What role are you playing in this fear memory?
Help children prepare for future exposure Talk positively to your child about what the RTC room looks like, the importance of writing a plan, the skills they will develop, the people they will meet.
Don’t allow children to avoid their fears completely as this can aid in worsening their fear Encourage children to view RTC as a place to learn new skills which is exciting rather than asking them to avoid going to the RTC. If students avoid the RTC they will not only will they become more fearful but they will miss out on learning invaluable social skills.
Share with your child positive strategies you use to overcome your own fears rather than imposing your own fears on them. If you believe RTC is a bad place or if you use RTC as a punishment your child is likely to view it the same way. However if you share how you use skills such as reflecting on how actions impact on others, how to plan future responses and how to talk calmly about problems your child will begin to utilise these strategies themselves.

Finally what type of memory do you want your child to recall in the future when they are faced with problems?

a) A positive memory which can recall the behaviour which needs change, their goal and the steps they will take to reach their goal.
b) A negative memory that they felt afraid and their reaction such as crying, hiding or lying in response to perceived potential emotional pain?

In RTC we celebrate every opportunity for students and adults to become familiar with using responsible thinking. Why? Because our goal is for every student to graduate year 12 with the independent responsible thinking skills they need to navigate relationships, work places and life challenges.

PCC Instrumental Music

Welcome to Term 4!

While a short term, this is probably one of the busiest terms of the year for the whole school, and that of course includes Performing Arts. Carols on the Green, Awards Nights, Grandparent’s Day & final concerts for the year make up just some of the performance activities going on in these short 8 weeks. Please make sure you check your emails frequently, & make note of performances in which your child or children might be involved.

Give It A Go! Band Programme 2019

Our 2019 Give It A Go! students have been doing so well, as you would have heard at recent performances. They just have 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 will be sent home during this term, so now is the time to start having that discussion with your child.

Give It A Go! Band Programme in 2020

Offers for the 2020 Give It A Go! Band Programme will be coming out very early in Term 4. Enrolment forms are due back by the end of week 2 so please watch your inbox for those, and lessons will begin in week 4 of Term 1, 2020. We can’t wait to share the fun of music with more students!

Performances in Term 4

As previously mentioned, there are an increased number of performances in Term 4. Please pay close attention to any Home Communication from Ensemble Directors, both Choirs & Bands, as all students are expected to attend all performances. It is also important that students are guided in the art of time management so that they get all their school work done, fulfil all their performance obligations, and have sufficient rest to maintain their overall health. Please be aware of your child’s needs in all these areas, and help them to manage themselves in a healthy way.

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

There’s always a chance to be part of the Instrumental Programme – here’s how your child can be involved:

1. Private lessons – all ages

Private lessons are available for piano, guitar, drum kit, most woodwind & and all brass & stringed instruments. Lessons are scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $30/30mins.

2. Shared lessons – all ages

Shared lessons are available for all of the above instruments except piano. Lessons are again scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are also billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $18/30mins for a Group of 2, or $14/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability.

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

Thanks,
Alison

VET News

Work Experience

As a part of our focus on careers, Year 10 students have the valuable opportunity to participate in work experience in Term 3.

The College firmly believes in giving students every opportunity to experience real life education settings and therefore would implore parents to support this work experience initiative. Work experience involves Year 10 Senior College students in a 5-day block whereby they observe different aspects of work and may assist with tasks allocated by their supervisor.

We are grateful for the generous support of our local employers who encourage and mentor our students in the workplace.

 

The Friendlies

Wow! Such an incredible night of fun was had by everyone who attended the Spring Dance. With well over 300 people DJ Steve kept the dance floor bopping. He even had the parents up doing a dance-off against the kids! A special thank you to the wonderful committed Friendlies Team who are more than happy to give up their valuable time volunteering at all of our events to ensure everything runs smoothly. We would also like to thank Michelle and Sandra from The Village Square Coffee Club for supporting all of The Friendlies events.

If you didn’t get the chance to come and say hello to us at our last Bunnings BBQ you have another opportunity this month. We will once again be at Bunnings on Sunday 13th October 2019 doing a fundraiser BBQ. We will be there from 8am – 4pm. If you are out and about why not pop down and say hello and maybe grab a sausage or two! A huge thank you to Greg and Sarah Tinson who are parents of students at our school and also owners of several Dominos stores for donating all the sliced onions for our BBQs. We really appreciated not having to slice 35kg of onions!

All funds raised by The Friendlies at any of our events are for the benefit of our students at Parklands. Recently we bought new bikes and outdoor equipment for down in our Prep area. It brings so much joy seeing the excitement on the Preppies’ faces being able to use all the new equipment.

We love to take care of our environment. One of the ways we can do this is by recycling. The Friendlies are excited to announce that we have seven recycling bins onsite now at the college for all our staff, students and visitors to place their cans, poppers and bottles in. 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 stick together and recycle!

The next Friendlies meeting is on Friday 11th October 2019 at Jimboomba Maccas at 6.45pm. This meeting is our annual AGM. All positions will be up for nomination. If you are currently a member of The Friendlies, we encourage you to come along and make your vote count! This will also be our last meeting for 2019.

For further information on any of our events please email friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au

Keep Smiling
The Friendlies Team

October/November Calendar

14-15 October, 2019Prep - Vision Screening Program
15 October, 2019Year 7 Art Excursion to Logan Art Gallery
15 October, 2019Primary Ipad Information Evening
16 October, 2019Year 4 Excursion QLD Symphony Orchestra and GOMA Excursion
18 October, 20199's Rugby League Gala Day
21 October, 2019Student Free Day - Moderation Day - All QLD Schools
22 October, 2019Year 10b History Excursion - MacArthur Museum /Anzac Square
22 October, 2019Year 5 Planetarium Excursion
22 October, 2019Middle School Display
22 October, 2019https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T9UWWXItDyrjYVs0WJflh44a_7cI1XdM/view
23 October, 2019Primary Gymnastics Program
24 October, 2019Year 12 Biology Excursion - Seaworld
25 October, 2019Year 10 Stem Beehive Workshop & Hive Split Incursion
29 October, 2019Business Market Stalls
29 October, 2019Grandparents Day
31 October, 2019Year 11 & 12 Creation Ministries Presentation
31 October, 2019Senior Visual Art Exhibition 3
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.

Community Notices

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

Jimboomba Little Athletics Sign On

Join the fun and excitement of Little Athletics, Friday nights from October to March, Henderson Road, Jimboomba. Children participate in a range of events designed to develop their athletic skills in a fun and family friendly environment. Little Athletics develops the basic motor skills of running, jumping, walking and throwing. In this children also develop strength, flexibility and coordination which are the basic requirements of all sports.

Sign on dates for the new season are:
Saturday 24th August 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th August 5.30pm – 7.00pm

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.

 

 

Principal’s Message

Greetings

We have just had  Fathers Day, and it was a joy for me to spend time with our children and grand children.  Joyce and I have 7 grown children and 16 grand children between 1 and 15 years of age.  Parenting is such a challenging task.   We really don’t get any trial run at the task, and often the only model we have, is our memories of our parent’s attempt to raise us during our youthful, and difficult years. We often give our parents a very low score when we are young, but with the passing of time, raise this score many times over as we come to understand their love for us.  This was definitely my situation. With the passing of each decade of my life, I would reflect of the changed pattern of thinking and behaviour in my life and realize how much influence my Father and Mother had for the good.   But this takes time.   I have mentioned in earlier newsletters that we are really expecting to much to soon of our children, and at the latter end we realize how much the journey of life does teach each of us.

My father was a very generous man.  Both He and Mum prioritized the education of their children over cars, houses and holidays.   Yet we always felt we had the best holidays on a deserted island called Stradbroke, where we walked everywhere and had cold pump showers each night. They have both passed on owning a modest three bedroom home in Hillcrest, however all six of their children received an excellent start in life with a Grammar School education, and we all went on to receive University degrees.  Mine was a little slower than my sisters, but I remember the lovely dinner with the whole family that Dad paid for to celebrate my Engineering Degree. It was to him, Mission Impossible, achieved.

The wealth that was recognised by all the carers of Mum and Dad in their final years, was the constant flow of children and grand-children through their home and in Aged Care.  They were rarely alone, and in their final days, it was 24/7 attendance… because we all loved and cared so much for the parents that had first loved us.

I am now living in my 70th year of life, and I have seen how I want to finish.  This was initially echoed in my grandchildren’s name for me, Gonga.   This was the special name that I and my brothers and sisters called our grandfather, and when he passed, I determined as a young teen age boy that I would be like Gonga.   I saw my Dad become that grandfather to my children, just as his father was to me, and now my children are watching me pass on the true meaning of Gonga to their children.

So a generous, giving life is still my guiding light.   My Dad volunteered his skills to the school as the Business Manager for six years to get us started, and I want to bless the school in the same manner.   I know that old age is often seen as a time of doing all “my” things, but I have seen the model that giving back in old age is a precious gift to the generation just starting.  So I will journey forward as Gonga to my grand children, but I would also like to continue to be MrB to a generation of children still working through the school, and in some way, continue to give to them that which I have freely received and so fulfilling a comment from my Gonga that I have always remembered ….. “I have passed on to you, that which I also have received”.

Head of Primary

Toys

Recently we seem to have lots of toys (walkie talkies, trucks, teddies etc.) being brought to school. Please, can I ask that children do NOT bring toys or personal possessions to school? The reason for this school policy is that it causes problems when things get lost, broken, taken or cause disagreements when ‘swaps’ take place. The only time children can bring toys into school is for “show & tell” (items to be left in class) or if children have been asked to do so by teachers, as part of their learning.

Car Parks

Thanks you for the wonderful support and way all parents are using the Rosia Rd car park and Drop Off Zones. The process really is working well! Can I please ask that parents inform all other guardians/grandparents etc. of our process below?
1 – Slow down and drive very carefully through the car parks
2 – Be very aware of the Pedestrian Crossing and ‘Lollipop Lady’ on duty
3 – Only cross at the Pedestrian Crossing and not up near the Gr 5 & 6 classes and top gate.
4 – “GO TO THE TOP TO DROP” on entering the Rosia Rd drop off area, please move up to the very last open bay you encounter to pull in? This will allow others arriving after you to have an open bay.
Thank you for your support, cooperation and assistance to keep this all running smoothly and our students safe and sound!

eLEARNING in 2020 (Yr. 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 Grade 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 Grade 6! Feedback from staff, parents and the Gr 5 & 6 students about iPad use has been very positive.

Parents IF your child has an iPad 2, 3, & 4 it’s possibly time to consider giving them a new iPad for Christmas, or at least factor in an upgrade some time over the next 12 months, this way you’re not forking out a lot of money in one hit for multiple siblings if the iPad becomes outdated and cannot be upgraded for school use!

We have organized an iPad Informative Parent Evening on Tuesday 15th 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.

Protecting our Anaphylactic students

Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction which is potentially life threatening. It should always be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment! Most cases of anaphylaxis occur after a person with a severe allergy is exposed to the allergen to which they are allergic – usually a food, insect sting or medication.

The intent of this article is to assist in preventing anaphylaxis and to provide advice for minimising the risk of anaphylaxis at Parklands, including our “Before and After School Hours Care facility”. On advice from Anaphylaxis Australia, we do not have a ‘total Nut-Free school’ because there are so many different allergens such as dairy and some fruits, the total focus cannot only be on nuts. We also have students with medical direction to eat nuts and this complicates the scenario.

Of course we wish to do all we can to protect those students who could have an Anaphylactic reaction so we at school have put in steps / measures to protect them and this is what we ask parents to do to assist us.
• We ask that you kindly avoid sending in:
· Any fresh nuts
· Spreads containing nuts (e.g. peanut butter and Nutella)
· Muesli bars or biscuits that list nuts as an ingredient
· Packages of mixed fruit that contain nuts
· Chocolate bars that contain nuts (e.g. picnic, snickers)
• Talk to the teacher before sending food to school for parties.
• If your child eats peanut butter before school, please make sure they wash their hands before coming to school.

Bringing products with a “may contain traces of” or “may contain traces of nuts” warning is OK to bring to school but just should not be shared.
This leaves lots of other things that ‘can be packed’ as a school lunch option:
· Sandwiches/rolls/wraps with any filling at all other than possibly a nut spread
· Any fruits or vegetables
· Yoghurts, custards, dairy snacks, cheese
· Sultanas or other dried fruits
· Muesli bars that do not contain nuts as an ingredient (there are lots of different oat bars, fruit bars, muesli bars, milo bars, k-time twists without nuts)
· Biscuits, crackers etc. that do not contain nuts
· Corn or potato chips
· Cakes, slices that do not contain nuts
· Pikelets, muffins, donuts
· Rice cakes, rice crackers
· Popcorn

There will be lots of other things as well; it’s just a matter of quickly scanning any packaged snacks to make sure they do not list nuts as an ingredient. Thank you for your understanding, support and assistance in this regard as we look to keep our Anaphylactic students safe!

Parking DURING school hours events (carnivals, rehearsals, practices, events) Parents are asked to check the map below regarding areas where they are asked to park (GREEN): Church Carpark (Gate 1)
Student Services Carpark (Gate 2)
Sport Overflow Carpark behind groundsmen shed (Gate 4)
Rosia Rd Carpark (Gate 5 & 6).

Parents are asked NOT to park along either side of Hillcrest Road (RED areas on the map below).

PCC campus map community parking during school hours event