Hello to all our Parklands families!
Year One has finished Term 1 at full speed. With daily phonics and decoding practice we have been developing fluency and accuracy when reading. The children have also been participating in daily writing activities and are working hard to develop good sentence structure and creative ideas. We have especially had fun reading Pig the Blob as we explored our unit on Being Healthy.
During Maths over the last few weeks we have been counting forwards and backwards, learning to add and subtract and exploring the value of numbers in tens and ones. We love learning through games and have fun learning together with our friends.
We also finished off our term of swimming with some fun games and a turn on the slide. Thanks to those parents who were able to help out during swimming lessons this term. We so appreciated it.
Year One is looking forward to the Easter Holidays and praying it is a safe one for everyone. We can’t wait to be back again for more growing and learning in Term 2!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh & Year One
As we approach the Easter Holidays it is good to look back and celebrate our journey. The students have worked really hard on their learning this term. They have engaged well with Google slides and have produced some amazing Native Australian Wildlife presentations. In Maths we have been solving some inquiry questions. The students enjoyed investigating the problem and coming up with some possible solutions. Our plant experiments went well with each plant showing an expected outcome when we removed soil, water or sunlight from them. Overall it has been a productive term with some fun along the way. We wish you all a happy and safe Easter break and look forward to seeing you at the start of Term 2.
Julie Koplick, Hannah Swanborough and Christine Hollenberg
This month, Year 6 students have been working diligently on completing investigations into the HASS topic of ‘How have experiences of democracy and citizenship differed between groups over time and place, including those from and in Asia?’ This complex and ever evolving topic within Australian society has resulted in fantastic discussions. Students have shown an empathetic understanding of other people groups within our community.
Students have also been learning about Electrical Circuits within their Science unit! Students have enjoyed the electrifying lessons that have allowed them to play with simple circuits, lightbulbs, buzzers and motors. All students were tasked with creating an item that uses a simple circuit, which is beneficial to society. All students had a blast, enjoying working together and problem solving whilst letting sparks fly with their imagination and creativity! The end results were shockingly-great as many awesome creations were shown to the class (and played with by the teachers)!
We have also been learning the art of debating. Students have looked at the manner, matter and method of how public speaking is presented. All students have researched, prepared and presented some compelling debates on topics such as; should the voting age in Australia be lowered? Would extending the school day hours benefit students?
What a fantastic end of Term 1 we have had!
In Sync Kids OT have a satellite clinic within Parklands Christian College providing private Occupational Therapy Services specifically to students of the school. In Sync Kids Occupational Therapy specialises in sensory integration and neurodevelopment.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapists or OT’s are focused on people’s occupations. Occupations aren’t just our jobs, they are also all the everyday activities we do, the things we do that give us purpose, that we enjoy, or things that we need to do like have a shower, get dressed, sleep, and learn at school.
Sometimes due to individual differences, developmental delays, illness, injury, or disability our daily occupations can become difficult to complete. Occupational therapists support people by assisting to bridge the gap between what they can do and what they need or would like to do.
Sometimes this means some hard work, exposure to new and different experiences, or practise to strengthen our bodies or learn new skills. Doing so better equips us to complete our everyday tasks and cope throughout the day.
Paediatric OT’s specialise working with children of all ages (and their families) to assist them in their daily occupations, such as; learning, paying attention, following instructions, sitting in a classroom, playing, and handwriting. Paediatric OT’s support the development of foundational skills required for such occupations at school and at home. OT’s do this by observing and enhancing children’s physical, sensory, cognitive, emotional and neurological development.
Is your child struggling at school or at home?
There are many things to process in a school day both within and outside of the classroom. Some kids struggle during school time, whereas other kids may put all their energy and effort into holding it together at school and then struggle upon coming home, which may present in the form of overreactions, tantrums or meltdowns due to overwhelm and fatigue. Kids struggling at school may present with behavioural concerns or avoidance of school work, often due to an underlying need or difficulty that is impacting on their performance and behaviour.
Assessment and therapy
An Occupational Therapist can assess your child to identify which areas are difficult, and where further development may be required. An OT can provide a treatment plan and strategies to support your child’s development and participation in school and home occupations. We aim to develop your child’s skill set, abilities and confidence in order for them to succeed at school and at home.
For any additional information regarding Occupational Therapy services, please contact Kylie McMahon email@example.com and feel free to look at the In Sync Kids OT website for more information http://www.insynckidsot.com
School Photo Day is fast approaching
Have your child’s school memories captured forever on Tuesday 278th April, 2021.
Your photo order envelopes will be sent home via your child commencing Wednesday 17 March. 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 BASKERVILLE SPORTS CENTRE. 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.
Screen time impacting school readiness
Families are overusing screens as “babysitters” which could be contributing to developmental delays in children & their readiness for school, according to new research. UniSA research released this week showed “an overuse of screen time, in lieu of quality play, is substantially impacting children’s development, putting them behind their peers as they start school”. In SA almost 22% of children are considered developmentally vulnerable in areas such as physical health, language, communication & behaviour. The research study explored the concerns of more than 100 SA preschool directors. It found the over-reliance on screens “could be contributing to lower levels of social skill development, concentration, problem solving abilities & self-regulation – all key skills that improve school readiness,” according to a media statement on the research. Australian health guidelines for preschool-aged children (2-5 years) recommend no more than one hour of screens per day – TV, computers & smart devices.
Independent Schools Queensland – 5th March 2021
April term and monthly invoices have been issued – please contact Ann Ludlow 0417 170 379 if you have not received it. firstname.lastname@example.org