Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

Easter is here, and we are about to finish Term 1, 2021. In 2020, it was estimated that 80 percent of Australians wanted to go camping over the Easter Break. And while international travel is still largely impossible, this camping season is predicted to be epic.

While we are enjoying the Easter Break, I would encourage us all to pause and embrace this very special time of the year. Let’s give thanks for the gift of Jesus and remember His death and resurrection. I know that the concept of Easter may appear morbid to some, and that remembering Jesus on the cross seems to be somewhat brutal, yet the symbol of the cross at this time of year is so much more than a symbol of death. Easter is a time for us to remember God’s great love for us, demonstrated by the sacrifice of Jesus.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Easter is about death AND resurrection! Jesus rose again (Mark 16), death could not contain the Son of God. Jesus is ALIVE, and we celebrate that we can know God, and see how much He loves us through the work and teachings of Jesus.

As we munch on chocolate, go on holidays and spend time together with family and friends, please pause and thank God for Jesus, the true reason we celebrate Easter. If you can, attend a local church service and be welcomed and inspired as you join with others to worship. You might also like to jump online and watch a service via Facebook or church website. Or, if you are travelling, do what my family does and run your own little service wherever you can.

Before we left Australia in 2016 and went to serve in Cebu, each Easter was spent camping on a property at the base of Mt Barney. We loved this Easter tradition, and had been camping with family and friends in this location for 22 years. During this time, our family celebrated Passover and Easter respectively. We would celebrate Easter by singing and remembering the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection found in the book of Mark. I love this tradition, and can’t wait to experience Easter in this way again soon.

What family traditions do you have in place over Easter? How do you pause and remember the bittersweet story of the cross? This year, we get to celebrate Easter as Australian tradition dictates because our government and community leaders are keeping us safe. Let’s do our part and stay safe and healthy while we travel and play. This Easter, no matter what we do, let’s pause and give thanks that we live in a nation that is managing COVID-19 so well.

I look forward to seeing you all after the holidays, safe and well.  Please know I will be praying for our community this Easter, and may you be blessed as you pause and remember the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Gary Cully
Principal

 

Easter Story: Mark 14:12 – 16:20

 

Easter Travel

If you are travelling this Easter, remember:

  • If you are flying, you must wear a face mask at all times at the airport and on the plane
  • If the space you are in is or becomes overcrowded, move elsewhere or choose to return at an off-peak time.
  • Make hygiene your number one priority when travelling. This is recommended regardless of whether you are staying in a hotel or in a camping ground. Always carry tissues and hand sanitiser.

Make sure you stay home when you’re sick and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, keep a distance of 1.5 metres from others– that’s two big steps – and wash your hands regularly.

Principal’s update on School Consent Review

School Consent Review Recently the issue of consent has been highlighted in the news after surveys and discussions on social media revealed frightening assault trends amongst …

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Principal’s update on School Consent Review

School Consent Review

Recently the issue of consent has been highlighted in the news after surveys and discussions on social media revealed frightening assault trends amongst Australian young people. Schools were named and shamed, and more recently the sexual conduct of Australian politicians has been called into question. The stories are disturbing to say the least, and the seemingly wide spread issues around consent have taken the Australian public by surprise.

Right now the State Government under the leadership of Grace Grace is reviewing ‘consent education’, and we can expect some level of reform in sexual education in schools soon.

Our young people need to hear a clear and important message from us all on this point, and we need to acknowledge that sexual violence is present in every community, and we should never assume that our little community is immune to such vile behaviour.

We allow or create the culture of our school, our homes and our workplaces. Parklands will review its relationships seminars and play our part to deliver explicit teaching around sexual violence based on the outcomes and advice from the current school consent review. But that’s not the end of the story. I call on us all, parents, students and staff to be aware of conversations, comments and communications that transpire in our homes, classrooms and playgrounds and boldly address disrespect and sexual harassments. Let’s not ignore derogatory comments because “that’s just teens”, or walk away from unsavoury discussions because that’s “age appropriate”.

Let’s not accept a culture of porn that teaches our young people harmful sexual habits and distorted views of relationships.

Instead, let’s raise a generation of children who have a healthy perspective and engage in appropriate and healthy relationships. Let’s raise young women who are proud of their bodies, confident in their femininity and understand what it is to be Godly, powerful women. Let’s raise a generation of boys who are respectful and don’t objectify. May we empower them to be men of honour and possess self-control.  Let’s teach our boys how to speak appropriately about women and pursue healthy, long lasting relationships. And let us contradict the porn-saturated pop-culture, which is readily available to our children every day and poses a significant threat.

Pornography can negatively impact a young person’s mental health and wellbeing and their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and expectations about sex and gender. Exposure to pornography has also been found to shape sexual practices and strengthen positive attitudes toward sexual violence and aggression (Quadara, A., El-Murr, A., & Latham, J. (2017). The effects of pornography on children and young people: an evidence scan. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies).

It’s important to talk to our children about healthy, wholesome sexual relationships, and it is vital that they understand the concept of consent. Yes, it’s probably going to be awkward, but it is important that your children understand about what informed consent involves, morally and legally.  Be brave, a conversation about consent and respect now may save your child difficulty in the future. To help you, I have placed links to two good online clips that might help get the discussion started.

Some sites and ideas to help you talk to your teenagers about consent (follow the links):

  1. What is consent? – good clear description of consent
  2. Tea and Consent – a light hearted and very effective comparison of sexual consent to making someone a cup of tea

Join me and commit to praying for our young people and against the power of porn and sexual violence in our community. Let us commit to sowing wholesome conversations into our culture, and promoting that which is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (Philippians 4). Please know that I am praying for our community and you, our parents.  May you have the grace and wisdom to speak life and light into your children’s lives, helping them become all that God wants them to be.

Gary Cully
Principal

 

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Head of Secondary

During Week 8, the whole College joined with schools around Australia for ‘Bullying. No Way!’ National Day of Action. In Secondary, the Student Leadership Team, …

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Head of Secondary

During Week 8, the whole College joined with schools around Australia for ‘Bullying. No Way!’ National Day of Action. In Secondary, the Student Leadership Team, along with Mr Elvery & Mrs Wallis, led the students in promoting the positive behaviours that we value – kindness, encouragement, inclusivity, etc – with a different theme for each day. The week culminated with each form class physically representing unity in a creative team response that was photographed. It was so valuable to focus on these positive behaviours that we advocate and value while also being part of the bigger movement across the country.

Our Student Leadership Team have had several opportunities this year to serve and to grow. They, along with captains of other Christian schools, participated in the Compass Conference, and also had a dinner on site with the senior staff. This dinner was served by our hospitality students, who did an excellent job and were able to gain practical experience and fulfil some of the service requirement of their Certificate course. The dinner covered a range of topics on social activities, the art of conversation and being a good listener, and etiquette, as well as providing quality time together as a leadership team.

The captains have served the College many times, for example during the BSC Family Fun Afternoon (along with the Year 6 & Year 9 captains!), the Swimming Carnival, the Back to School BBQ, and have led Chapel services. This includes a special service where they led every aspect, including worship and a message based on what they learned at the Compass Conference, focusing on how each person has their own story which is part of God’s big story. Well done to the team for beginning their leadership term with diligence and joy, leading our students faithfully.

Head of Primary School

Thank you for a very productive first term even with all the changes and uncertain times. My prayers are for you, your family and the …

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Head of Primary School

Thank you for a very productive first term even with all the changes and uncertain times.

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

As we look to break for the Easter/Autumn holidays, starting with Good Friday and then Easter Monday, I pray you all have a fantastic rest, break from school routines of making lunches, getting up early etc.

I trust you are able to do the things that you enjoy and revitalize you, like spending time with the family (kids) and friends, going to the beach or just relaxing at home watching a movie or reading a book.

We look forward to having everyone back for a short, sharp (9 week) term starting on Monday 19th April.

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 mixing and matching their academic and sport uniforms. If you are 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 labelled with the student’s name?

Year 3, 5, 7 & 9 NAPLAN testing (online)    

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an annual event for our school since 2008.

A reminder we have our annual Yr. 3 & 5 National Testing again next term. Staff have steadily been preparing these students for the various ONLINE tests and look forward to seeing their results later in the year. Would Year 3 & 5 parents please provide their child with a good breakfast and ensure they are at school on time, these days:

  • Tuesday 11th May — Writing
  • Wednesday 12th May — Reading
  • Thursday 13th May — Convention of Language
  • Friday 14th May — Numeracy

Profile Evening – (ONLINE appointment required)

Tuesday 27th April – 2.45pm to 8.30pm in your child/ren’s classroom. Please ensure you book your 15 min time slot / appointment online.

Profile Preview Afternoon – (no appointment required)

Wednesday 28th April – 2.45pm to 4pm in your child/ren’s classroom (time is used to view your child’s work, see their desk, tidy tray and possibly chat briefly with the teacher.

Reports

All students will be receiving an ‘End of Semester Report’ at the conclusion of Term 2. This report will confirm what your child’s teacher informed you of at the Profile Preview Afternoon or Profile Evening or where they have given you regular general feedback as to how your child has progressed this term.

Kids learn what they live

by Michael Grose

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 holiday break if you are at home with the children and family. May God’s peace, comfort, joy, protection and strength be yours through this holiday period.

Middle School Co-ordinator

As our year continues into April and our first holiday break for 2021, our journey through this year continues to give new challenges and focus …

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Middle School Co-ordinator

As our year continues into April and our first holiday break for 2021, our journey through this year continues to give new challenges and focus points.

Middle School English in the Library

Last month I shared about the intention for Middle School English classes to start using the library during their regular class time. It is wonderful to be able to share with you that this has started to happen in the last month, as classes in Years 7 and 8 have had the opportunity to access the library during their English class time. (See photos below)

Students continue to frequent the space during break times, enjoying the quiet and the atmosphere of the library, and we thank Mrs Kerr for her continued support and dedication to growing and maintaining the library space for all of the Parklands students to use.

Winter Uniform in Term 2: Jumper Expectations

When we return from our Easter holiday break, we are anticipating that the weather will be cooler. This change in weather brings about the use of jumpers for our students, and there are a few important points to cover regarding this.

Firstly, it is important that your child’s jumpers have their name on them, both academic and sports. Jumpers tend to come off as the day warms up, and unfortunately our students are not always the world’s best at putting their belongings straight into their bags. Every year Student Services ends up with dozens of unclaimed jumpers as there are no names to be found. When a piece of uniform is taken to Student Services, if there is a name then every effort is made to return it to the relevant student as soon as possible. Can I encourage all parents to ensure that names are on jumpers?

Secondly, our uniform policy states that our jumpers do not mix uniforms. It is our expectation that students will wear the correct jumper with the correct uniform. Academic jumpers should be worn with academic uniforms, and sports jumpers with sports uniforms. While it seems like a simple thing, it is an important aspect of a student’s day that they are organised with their correct equipment, and dressed in the correct and complete uniform. This focus is something they can then take into their learning for the day.

I look forward to seeing our amazing Middle School students in correct uniform at the beginning of Term 2.

Easter Holiday Break

During the up and coming break time, it is my prayer that you are able to spend some quality time as a family. I hope that all students and parents can connect and recharge with one another. May your break time be one of safety and joy, and I look forward to continuing the learning journey with our students when we gather again in Term 2.

Mr Colin Elvery
Middle School Coordinator

Senior School Co-ordinator

Crazy end of term! Our last Easter holidays were like none other for many parents around the world. Holidays, camping trips and day trips were …

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Senior School Co-ordinator

Crazy end of term!

Our last Easter holidays were like none other for many parents around the world. Holidays, camping trips and day trips were cancelled, catchups with friends were off, and there wasn’t even sport on TV.

I read this helpful article recently, Five Simple Ways to Inject Gratitude into Your Daily Schedule. We have much to be grateful for, don’t we? Intentionally injecting gratitude into our children’s daily schedules can create routines that will stay with them for life.

We have done lockdown before and we can certainly do this again. These remain somewhat challenging days for many, yet our hope and trust remain steadfast in a God who never fails.

So, with the three-day lockdown, we have moved back into another season of PCC@Home for the last part of this term.

Seniors have been asked to continue with their senior studies from home. Classwork and assignments can still be submitted this week by following teacher instructions on the subject Sites.

Year 12: Rescheduled Examinations

For Year 12, the Food & Nutrition, General Mathematics and Mathematical Methods examinations have been postponed until early Term 2. This is in line with QCAA policy and your child’s teachers will email through the new due dates.

The reality is that Year 12s will need to study at some point in the holidays to be best prepared for the early Term 2 assessment. We promote planning on a chunk of time to stop and rest and then it will be very important to gear back up to revise work. This is recommended before term time starts.

Study in Holidays: Years 11&12

The new QCE system is rigorous and work in some of the holiday time may be required. This may depend on your child’s progress with their study notes, which is key preparation for the Year 12 External Assessment exams (EAs) and for the Year 11 exams in Term 3, where students will be tested on a larger part of their subject syllabus (in preparation for the EAs). We equally promote rest and relaxation and will continue to promote working hard in term time.

Year 12: Term 3 Trial Exam – Date Change

The timing of the Year 12 trial exams has been brought forward by one week. Your child must attend each trial exam scheduled from 30th August to 10th September 2021. These exams form a crucial part of final preparation for the EAs. The timing will allow staff to mark and provide feedback to your child, where possible, before the September holidays. The main reason behind this move is for your child to have targeted improvement areas to work on during the final few weeks leading up to the EAs in early Term 4.

Year 11-12: Senior Learning Accounts

A reminder that students should be regularly checking their Student Portal learner account with Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority (QCAA). This account provides students with access to their subjects and courses, and results. This is particularly important for Year 12, as this information is used to contribute to the final senior certificate. Personal details need to be accurate as the spelling of names and addresses are used from this account to inform the QCE, the Year 12 certificate. A thorough check of subjects and any Vocational Education courses must be completed. Please notify Mrs Lenton or Mrs Wallis if there are any discrepancies. Go to: https://myqce.qcaa.qld.edu.au/

Year 10: Save the Date – Careers Week & Senior Subject Information Evening

In Term 2, there is a focus on exploring careers and Year 10s will research pathways towards their careers to inform their senior subject selection. Mrs Liz Lenton has prepared a home communication, so please look out for this as it explains the new and exciting career education and work experience opportunities available to our Year 10 students in 2021, which culminates in a Careers Week from Tuesday 15 – Friday 18 June, 2021. This is a compulsory week with many educational activities that are planned to be of great benefit to your child. After this week there is a three-week holiday break where we encourage holidays to be taken.

In the lead up to the Careers Week, we will hold a Year 10 into Year 11 subject information evening. During the session, we will be presenting information about the new QCE system, with a focus on how we are preparing students for Years 11-12 and on pathways and subjects being offered for Year 11, 2022. Please look out for the home communication on this important event, scheduled for Week 7 of term.

Senior Support

If your child is feeling unsure about their Senior pathway or if you have any concerns with how your child is managing the senior load, please make a time to talk with us.

We have a great team of supporters so your child can work towards their God-given potential and know they don’t need to travel alone. It is important that there’s a balance between academic demands, involvements in extra-curricular activities as well as time for relaxation and enjoyment.

Have a wonderful Easter holiday break with your families.

Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Senior College Coordinator

Primary News

Year One Hello to all our Parklands families! Year One has finished Term 1 at full speed. With daily phonics and decoding practice we have …

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Primary News

Year One

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!

Take care!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh & Year One

Year 2

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.

Blessings,
Julie Koplick, Hannah Swanborough and Christine Hollenberg

Year 6

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!

Occupational Therapy

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 kylie.mcmahon@insynckidsot.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

School Fees

April term and monthly invoices have been issued – please contact Ann Ludlow 0417 170 379 if you have not received it. aludlow@parklands.qld.edu.au

Secondary News

School Fees April term and monthly invoices have been issued – please contact Ann Ludlow 0417 170 379 if you have not received it. aludlow@parklands.qld.edu.au …

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Secondary News

School Fees

April term and monthly invoices have been issued – please contact Ann Ludlow 0417 170 379 if you have not received it. aludlow@parklands.qld.edu.au

Occupational Therapy

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 kylie.mcmahon@insynckidsot.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

National Day of Action

eSafety are offering a new parent webinar series in 2021 – eSafety’s guide to cyberbullying and online drama. We are encouraging parents in our school community to join one of the free webinars to learn how we can help young people develop the skills to be safer online.

esafety.gov.au/sid

Shave for a Cure Event

Shave for a Cure Event – Friday 23 April Mr Leembruggen (Lead Teacher of HPE and Sports Coordinator in the Secondary college) is currently running …

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Shave for a Cure Event

Shave for a Cure Event – Friday 23 April

Mr Leembruggen (Lead Teacher of HPE and Sports Coordinator in the Secondary college) is currently running a Shave for a Cure campaign, to raise awareness and funds for the Leukaemia Foundation after his son’s recent diagnosis.  The Year 12 cohort and the Lead Teachers in Secondary are pleased to host a very special fundraising event on Friday 23 April 2021, throughout the annual Cross-Country Carnival.  Throughout carnival day, four key activities will be occurring to raise money to contribute to Mr Leembruggen’s Shave for a Cure campaign.

Activity 1: Accessorise! During the cross country carnival this year, students are encouraged to add accessories to their outfit in the colours of ORANGE and BLUE, the colours of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.  Paint your nails blue, add orange ribbons or zinc!   To do this, students must bring a gold coin donation.

Activity 2: Food for sale! The Year 12 PC class will be selling a range of food items on the day!  Please see next page for a price list.  There’s no need to pre-order, and all who attend the carnival (spectators, students and staff) are welcome to purchase.

Activity 3: Coloured Hairspray! The PCC Outreach Club will be providing orange and blue hairspray options for $2.  Come and get some stripes, zig zags or polka dots!

Activity 4: Shave event! ALL the Lead Teachers and Year 12 PC Teachers in Secondary school have agreed to either shave or colour their hair in support of the campaign and the Leembruggen family – you’ll have to see who’s doing what on the day! Please use the link below to donate directly to the campaign, to sponsor Mr Leembruggen and the Lead Teachers.  Cash donations can also be made on the day to the Year 12 food tent.  Two professional barbers have kindly donated their time to complete this activity safely.  This activity will occur straight after the Cross Country carnival, on the top oval.  Bonus Activity: Mr. Leembruggen will also be making a special appearance, and will be shaving his very long & scruffy grown-in beard as well!

Food Tent Price List:

  • Bacon & Egg Burger      $4.00
  • Sausage on Bread         $2.50
  • Drinks (soft drinks, poppers, water)  $2.00
  • Cookies $3.00
  • Lolly Bags $2.00
  • Coloured Hairspray $2.00

Please bring all gold coin donations to the Food Tent

Please bring any cash sponsorship for the Shave Event to the Food Tent

Pre-ordering is not necessary, just arrive on the day and purchase.  All spectators, students and staff are welcome to purchase from the Food Tent, which will be situated on the top oval from 8.30am.  All profits from this stall will be donated to Mr Leembruggen’s Shave for a Cure campaign. Use the link below if you would like to donate directly:

https://secure.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?RegistrationID=803260

For more information, please contact Kristie Schulz (Lead Teacher of Maths and Science in Secondary) at kschulz@parklands.qld.edu.au.

Sport

USL Touch Football Term 1 Well done to our Year 5/6 Boys and Girls touch football teams for playing in the United Sports League competition. …

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Sport

USL Touch Football Term 1

Well done to our Year 5/6 Boys and Girls touch football teams for playing in the United Sports League competition. In the play off for 3v4, our Year 5/6 boys won 7-5 to finish 3rd. In the grand final for the Year 5/6 Girls, our team narrowly lost 3-2 to finish runners up. Well done to all students who took part and achieved these great results. Thank to our coaches, Mr Werner and Mr Volau.

Our Secondary USL Touch Finals have been rescheduled to Term 2, Week 2, Tuesday 27 April.

Term 2

Cross Country has been postponed to Term 2, Week 1, Friday 23 April. Cross Country training will commence during the holidays on Tuesday 6 and 13 April, and Thursday 8 and 15 April, 9:30-10:30am. The session will be conducted by Coach Max Volau on the PCC Sports Oval. All 9 Years – Year 12 students are welcome to attend. During Term 2, training will then continue on Monday and Friday mornings from 7:30-8:15am, until the conclusion of the CSSAQ Cross Country on May 10. In Week 8, the training focus will then change to Track & Field.

USL Basketball Term 2

Week 1, Wednesday 21 April will be the secondary basketball trials for the upcoming USL competition starting in Week 4. The Primary team has completed their trials already and those students selected in the team will receive a home communication during Week One of next term.

Southern Scorpions District School Sport Trials

Below is the list of dates for the Term 2 sporting trials. These are representative trials to try to gain selection in the regional team. It is highly encouraged that only students who have club sport experience be requesting to trial. To express your interest to trial please email Mr Chase Werner for Primary students cwerner@parklands.qld.edu.au and Secondary students to Mr Josiah McCarthy sport@parklands.qld.edu.au

Week 1

  • Thursday 22 June: Basketball 13-15 Years

Week 3

  • Tuesday 4 May: Football 10-12 Years
  • Thursday 6 May: Tennis 10-12 Years
  • Friday 7 May: Cross Country 10-19 Years

Week 4

  • Monday 10 May: Rugby Union 14-15 Years & 11-12 Years Boys
  • Tuesday 11 May: Touch 10-12 Years
  • Friday 14 May: Softball 10-12 Years

Week 7

  • Monday 31 May: Rugby League 11-12 Years Girls.

Well done to the following students for gaining selection into representative teams.

Last Name First Name Grade Sport Represented Level of Representation
Moses Marlon 9 Swimming SSDSS District Team
Harbourn Levi 7 Swimming SSDSS District Team
Rauwendaal Annabelle 7 Swimming SSDSS District Team
Reise Lucy-Anne 7 Swimming SSDSS District Team
Reise Oliver 4S Swimming SSDSS District Team
Cervenjak Tyger 9 Swimming Met West Swim Team
Bobermien Chloe 6B Swimming SSDSS District Team
Campbell Emmy 6H Basketball SSDSS District Team
Andryc Keira 6 Basketball SSDSS District Team
Takada Hannah 12 Netball SSDSS District Team
Mane Lachlan 6 AFL SSDSS District Team

House Competition

At the conclusion of Term 1, Joshua 3387 is leading Samuel 3214.

New Super Futsal

Parklands Free Come & Try Futsa-min

Parklands Christian College, in conjunction with Super Futsal, are super proud to be offering Futsal right here in our newly upgraded Baskerville Sports Centre. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday, 10th March 2021. Please see the flyer for Junior Boys and Girls and Adult times.

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, there is a level for everyone!

Make sure you register for the open day to avoid missing out! Registrations to parklands@superfutsal.com.au

Looking forward to a fantastic season of Futsal!

Student Care and Wellbeing

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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 the 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 met).
  • 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. Know what the level is for 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 to? What is that game about and what do you need to do in the game? So at the time I wrote this – the latest game craze at that moment was Fortnite. Now Fortnite is still in use but is not the latest, so what is? 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 many 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 bullying 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 their screen time. What are they 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 or play? 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.
  • 8:30am – 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

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PCC Instrumental Music

Eph 5:18b-19 “Instead be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms & hymns & spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.”

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons have been “humming” along nicely in Term 1, now with the exception of week 10. Your child’s Instrumental teacher may be in contact with you if they are able to teach a lesson online; otherwise lessons will resume in Term 2. Choir & Ensemble rehearsals are also cancelled for the final week of Term 1, but should resume in Term 2.

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 (Year 4, beginner band for woodwind, brass & percussion students in the GIAG programme)

All Choirs are open to students regardless of whether or not they’re having lessons, and no experience is necessary. The Give It A Go! Band is generally reserved for students in the Give It A Go! Programme as it caters for beginner students. Students wanting to play in the Wind Ensemble should consider having lessons either at school or outside of school to improve their skills.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

It’s been wonderful to see our next group of Give It A Go! students getting started this year! I’ve been hearing students making their first sounds & learning new notes, and it’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm in these budding musicians. Students need to make sure they are practising between lessons, starting with about 10-15mins per day. This will help them consolidate the skills they have gained in their lesson, and be ready for what’s next.

The next exciting step for these students is the Give It A Go! Band, which will commence rehearsals in Term 2 on Wednesday mornings at 7:30am. The first rehearsal will be Wed 21st April, in L5 on the lower level of the Student Services building.

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 students only

This is a one year beginner programme for Year 4 students, giving them the opportunity to learn a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument in small groups during school time. There is a one-off $400 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 & would like to be involved, please contact us at instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

  1. Private lessons

Private lessons are available for piano, guitar, drum kit, voice, 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, guitar & voice. 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 can be downloaded below, and are also available by emailing instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

 

The Friendlies

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The Friendlies

Wow, and just like that, we have come to the end of the first term for 2021! Can you believe just how quickly time flies within the life of the school? We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and blessed Easter break. Take some time to celebrate Jesus and the meaning of Easter with your family.

We are really looking forward to starting next term with our annual Bush Dance with the boot-scootin’ “Beefa’s Bush Band”. Definitely a night full of so much fun, laughter and kicking those heels up for the entire family. This is a whole school community event. Invite all your family, friends and relatives, they are all welcome to attend. Save the date so you don’t miss out! Saturday 15th May 2021 – mark it in your calendar. The night will kick off at 5.30pm with a sausage sizzle and then from 6pm-8pm the live band. Admission is only $20 per family or $5 per person. Please note this is a no-alcohol event and parent supervision is required.

Our mission statement is: The Friendlies encourages harmonious and lifelong relationships within the Parklands parent body and school community. The committee provide opportunities for families to connect and fellowship at the various fundraising events they hold and serve at during the year. All money raised through these events is donated back to the College for the benefit of students. We would love for you to join with us in strengthening one another.

The Friendlies love to see new faces at our meetings. They are always open and welcoming to any families within our Parklands community. Our next meeting for 2021 will be on-site at school on Friday 7th of May at 3.45pm in room LL1 in the Prep area. We would love to see you there!

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 email list.

Keep Smiling
The Friendlies Team

 

Community Notices

MiniRoos Clinic Logan Little Legends The Logan Little Legends program has been designed to target children aged 4-8 years old and to encourage them to …

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Community Notices

MiniRoos Clinic

Logan Little Legends

The Logan Little Legends program has been designed to target children aged 4-8 years old and to encourage them to make new friends whilst having fun and getting fit at the same time.

  • Sessions are held every Monday and Wednesday, first session will commence Monday, 19 April 2021
  • Time:   4.00pm-4.45pm
  • Cost:  $8 per session
  • Location:  Logan Metro Sport & Events Centre – 357 Browns Plains Road, Crestmead
  • Bookings welcome – please contact insports@logan.qld.gov.au or alternatively phone 3081 6600

Cert 3 in Education Support (teacher aide) course

EDS Yarrabilba

New Super Futsal

parklands Free come & Try Futsa-min

Parklands Christian College, in conjunction with Super Futsal, are super proud to be offering Futsal right here in our newly upgraded Baskerville Sports Centre. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday 10th March 2021. Please see the flyer for Junior Boys and Girls and Adult times.

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, there is a level for everyone!

Make sure you register for the open day to avoid missing out! Registrations to parklands@superfutsal.com.au

Looking forward to a fantastic season of Futsal!

Tae Kwan Do

Moon Lee Tae Kwon Do classes have started up again in the school hall (BSC) on Mondays 3.30 – 4.30 pm.

New students and previous students are welcome.

  • First class Free
  • Family Concessions
  • Value Packed Family Activity
  • Over 50 clubs in Brisbane Area
  • Free Uniform offer (this month call now!)
  • Character Traits instilled in students from learning Tae Kwon Do are: Modesty, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit, Self Defence, Physical Fitness
For more information phone the instructor, Colin Garrick (8th Dan Black Belt 45 years experience teaching)  Ph 0438 865 800  or club office 1300 101 303 .

Rugby Union

Park Ridge Football Club

Park Ridge Tennis

2021 TERM 1 SIGN UP ON NOW
FREE HOTSHOTS TRIAL LESSON

A new sign on is about to start for Hot Shots Tennis.

Come along for a  free trial lesson and see if you like it.

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.

Peewee 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, Lessons & Social  comps 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 at Park Ridge Tennis.

Blue Jays Netball Club

Sign on Brochure 2021

Speech Therapy at our College

Does your child experience difficulties in any of the following areas?

  • Comprehension
  • Oral Language expression/talking
  • Written Language
  • Reading & writing/literacy
  • Listening and following instructions
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Voice
  • Stuttering
  • Socialising and friendship
  • 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-Language Pathologist with 24 years of generalised and highly specialist experience having worked with Kindy, Primary and Secondary Students.

Michelle Sparg, a certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, is in her 9th year of working successfully at our school alongside students, parents, teachers and learning support staff to maximise learning potential within the classroom.

For further information on this highly valued service currently offered at our College, please contact Michelle Sparg on sparg4@bigpond.com or 0435492716.

Free Dental Care

FREE DENTAL CARE

Uniform Shop Hours

Back to School Appointments 2022 WEEK 1: MONDAY 10/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm, TUESDAY 11/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm and THURSDAY 13/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm. WEEK 2: MONDAY 17/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm, TUESDAY 18/1/22 10.00m – 4.30pm, WEDNESDAY 19/1/22 10.00m …

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Back to School Appointments 2022

WEEK 1: MONDAY 10/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm, TUESDAY 11/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm and THURSDAY 13/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm.

WEEK 2: MONDAY 17/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm, TUESDAY 18/1/22 10.00m – 4.30pm, WEDNESDAY 19/1/22 10.00m – 4.30pm  and THURSDAY 20/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm.

To book an appointment please go to:

https://calendly.com/uniforms/uniform-back-to-school-appointments

1. Choose your date and time then click Confirm.
Please do not book more than 3 appointment time slots per family.

2. Enter your name, email address and contact phone number then click Schedule Event.

3. Your appointment time will be emailed to you automatically.
(Check your junk mail folder if you do not receive your email).

4. To Schedule another Event for additional times, repeat process

5. To Cancel or Reschedule appointments –  click on the link in your confirmation email.  .

Uniform Shop location and parking: 24 Hillcrest Rd, Park Ridge
(located on the left hand side, at the end of Hillcrest Road)

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 (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

 

Tuckshop

Tuckshop news The tuckshop will be open EVERY day this year, Monday-Friday! There is an opportunity for parents to contribute to the life of the …

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Tuckshop news

The tuckshop will be open EVERY day this year, Monday-Friday!

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 2021

 

School Fees Due

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

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School Fees

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

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

Our Bank Account details are as follows:

BSB: 034115
Account Number: 169944

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

Term Direct Debit Deduction Dates

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

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

Discounts Available

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

2021/22 Term Dates

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Term Dates 2022 final

Parklands OSHC

Parklands OSHC will be open for bookings for the upcoming September Vacation Care School Holidays.  If you would like a booking form please don’t hesitate …

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Parklands OSHC will be open for bookings for the upcoming September Vacation Care School Holidays.  If you would like a booking form please don’t hesitate to contact us on:  3297 0577 or email: parklandsbookings@bigpond.com or pop on down to the service to see our friendly staff situated in the prep building area.

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

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

We currently have limited spots available for before and after school care and advise families that a current 2021 enrolment is required to accept all bookings including emergency care bookings.

We look forward to assisting with all your care needs.

School Transport Assistance Scheme

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

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School Transport Assistance Scheme

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

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

Bus Service

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Bus Pass Information for 2022

Bus letter to parents back to school

 

Bus QLD Schools_

Bus Queensland Pty Ltd, in partnership with TransLink has bus runs that run to and from Parklands Christian College – information can be found on the website https://www.busqld.com.au/school )

Route 6013 (AM)

Route 6042 (AM)

Route 6055 (PM)

Route 6113 (PM)

Route 6142 (PM)

Route 6155 (PM)