Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

Welcome to Term 3 of the 2021 Academic Year.  Although it’s been a tough few weeks for our State and Nation, I am looking forward to having our site buzzing with student activity after our mid-year break.  I was fortunate enough to catch up with relatives in Rockhampton for a few days, taking the long way up the coast via Dalby and the Leichhardt Highway and then back again on the Burnett Highway.  I arrived back in Brisbane just in time to experience one day of lockdown before restrictions were eased.

Since that time our restrictions have been eased, then extended once again making the beginning of Term 3 a little unpredictable.  Thanks for hanging in there as we navigate these times.  We are doing our very best to keep parents informed and trying to do so efficiently and in a timely manner. Of course, if you ever have any specific concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via Student Services on 07 3380 4237.

This week I had the opportunity to speak to our Secondary Students about the concept of forgiveness.  In an attempt to connect with the next generation, I used the recently released movie, “Black Widow” to talk about some of the myths about forgiveness and guilt.  Most importantly, I talked about what the Bible has to say about God’s desire to forgive in contrast with secular or pop culture versions of forgiveness.

As much as I like the Avenger’s franchise from which Black Widow was created, I sometimes wonder what conclusions our children draw after watching movies like this.  Now don’t get me wrong, there are many, many movies far more suggestive and unwholesome than the Avengers movies, and many of the themes in “hero” movies are usually pretty good.   But as parents, how often do we consider the impact of the content our children are viewing?  And how often are we debriefing with our children after watching a movie or television series?

Our children live in a time where their access to content is unprecedented in history, and do we really know what they are viewing?  I honestly struggle to keep up with the many devices, accounts and subscriptions my three children have.  I admit I struggle to understand some of the content I see on my home television these days as I see my kids watch YouTube, and subscribe to gaming channels and alike. Not only that, but my two girls are watching Korean Drama…I can’t even go there!

To some degree I have resigned myself to the fact that I am getting older and that I don’t have to understand the appeal of some of the things I see my children viewing.  However, what I do need to do is find opportunities to discuss the morals and messages that may be unhelpful to my teens during their formative years.  I will talk about healthy relationships versus the pop-culture version thereof.  I will talk about violence and set boundaries around content I deem age inappropriate.  And I will talk to my children about Biblical truths versus Hollywood’s wisdom.

If we are not keeping tabs on the content our children are viewing, we may be allowing someone else to teach them about life.  One of the best things we can do for our children is provide a wholesome foundation from which they can launch into adulthood.  I want to send my kids out into their adult lives with morals, values and ethics that I have sowed into their lives, not the values and ethics a YouTube influencer has taught.  It’s sometimes a struggle, but let’s be aware of what our children are viewing and subsequently being taught.   As parents, let it be our job to guide the next generation and teach the values we deem appropriate so that our children might become all that God wants them to be.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

WELCOME BACK I trust you had a lovely holiday break, having spent time doing the nice, fun and or relaxing things you enjoy, with family …

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Head of Primary School

WELCOME BACK

I trust you had a lovely holiday break, having spent time doing the nice, fun and or relaxing things you enjoy, with family and friends?

At the start of this semester, I wish you and the students everything of the best for the term that lies ahead.

REPORTS

All students should have received an ‘End of Semester Report’ via email at the conclusion of last term. If you haven’t received it, please kindly contact Nancy Abolins in Student Services on 3380 4702.

This report should confirm what your child’s teacher has informed you of or feedback given throughout the term as to how your child has progressed.

On Tuesday 27th July we have our Primary Parent Teacher Interviews (which will take on the Profile Evening style) located in the classrooms.  You can book an interview ‘on line’, to discuss your child’s report with their class teacher. Parents should have received the Informative Email with more information, booking times and procedures!

START and END OF DAY

A reminder that students should be on site by 8.25am at the latest and ready for the start of the school day by 8.30am sharp. Would you please assist us in reminding students of these procedures and do all you can to have students on campus by 8.25am at the latest.

Students can be collected, and then signed out any time from 2.30pm! Students still at school at the end of the day (3.10pm) are to be collected from their classrooms. Students still at school at 3.30pm, are to be collected from the Under Cover Area.

We thank you for your support and understanding in this regard.

UNIFORMS

For the start of Term 3, could you please ensure ALL uniform items, lunch boxes/water bottles and bags are clearly relabeled with your child’s name? Ensure that black shoes are polished, hair is cut and the correct uniform items are worn – jumper with Academic Uniform and the tracksuit jacket with Sport Uniform. Please also check students are wearing predominantly WHITE, leather upper sneakers / sand shoes with their Sport Uniform.

If unsure about any uniform requirements, please feel free to check the School Website (Online Store – Uniform Policy – Primary) or ask the RTC staff or class teachers. Thank you for your understanding and assistance in this regard.

COVID SAFETY aspects in and around our school

An emphasis will be placed on ‘child safety, washing hands, staying home if unwell’ from the beginning of Term 3. We will be reminding students to: regularly wash hands, use hand sanitizer, walk on the concrete, stay under the verandahs or covered areas when raining and moving around the school, don’t push and shove and walk in single file up and down the stairs, play nicely and safely on the playgrounds and to have “KIND words and FRIENDLY action” when at school. Can we ask that you please remind your child to do likewise when at school?

Parents, social distancing/DROP & GO/collecting students from classrooms each afternoon are ALL still in place for this term. Please also be very careful and vigilant around the pedestrian crossing, when opening car doors in the car parks and please stick to the 20 km/h speed limit when driving through the school.

Can we please remind all parents and students that the safest and only place to cross the Rosia Rd car park should be at the pedestrian crossing and not on the bend, just before the top exit gate, close to the Year 5 classrooms! THANK YOU for your support in keeping our students safe!

Helping Children Bounce Back!

Life is a wonderful but sometimes bumpy journey. Everyone experiences setbacks, frustrations and hard times at different times in their lives. We can’t protect young people from the stress of all the possible setbacks in their life but we can teach them the coping skills that promote resilience. Recent research studies have suggested that today’s children may be less resilient than those of previous generations and more in need of opportunities to learn resilience skills.

There are many skills that we can teach students to provide them with a resilience ‘tool kit’ for coping with life and being successful. We can teach our children to be optimistic by, for example: The Personal Skills of RESILIENCE:

  • Showing them how to find the positives (however small) in negative situations;
  • Helping them to understand that negative situations in your life are temporary and that bad situations are specific and do not necessarily flow over into all aspects of your life.

Many children become unnecessarily distressed and fearful because they distort a situation or they have incorrect and unhelpful beliefs that make it less likely that they will attempt to solve a problem.

Examples of such thinking include:

  • I must be perfect and never make any mistakes
  • If something bad has happened to me once it will happen again

Young people also need to learn skills for being confident as part of their ‘resilience tool kit’. These skills include:

  • Knowing their own strengths and limitations and being prepared to work hard and not give up despite encountering obstacles; (parents don’t always look to solve their situations / fight their battles for them)
  • Realise that not everyone will treat them kindly and nicely all the time; (parents to give examples of own situations and instances)
  • Making good decisions and seeking advice from parents and teachers is wise so their decisions are more likely to be good ones; (parents offer good advice not always solutions)
  • Solving problems creatively or telling a teacher helps to solve the situation; (this is not ‘dobbing’, but allows staff and the RTC to assist them by attending to matters). If the police can use “Crime Stoppers” to seek information, we too ask students to report matters to staff and the RTC.
  • Knowing that mistakes are OK (parents to reinforce with students that mistakes are Ok)

It’s evident that young people with well-developed social skills are more likely to be resilient and to have a good support network of friends when needed. Key social skills can be taught and practiced in a range of classroom and playground situations. Skills for knowing triggers of anxiety or anger can be taught and finding the confidence to act courageously when necessary are also an important part of a young person’s resilience ‘tool kit’.

Through many areas of the curriculum, teachers can encourage their students to develop and try to live by our values such as Christlikeness, Excellence, Attitude, Respect, Cooperation and Acceptance of differences. Parents can reinforce and role model these situations and ideas at home, thus offering the child every opportunity to see resilience in action!

Looking forward to a wonderful term of doing your child’s education together.

 

Middle School Co-ordinator

Our new semester brings about some interesting changes and opportunities for students. Subject Changes for Semester 2 As a part of our Middle School program, …

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Middle School Co-ordinator

Our new semester brings about some interesting changes and opportunities for students.

Subject Changes for Semester 2

As a part of our Middle School program, students have the opportunity to sample a number of different subjects through their year 7 and 8 years. Students have completed semester courses in some of these subjects, and will now embark on some new experiences. The following listings are the changed subjects for years 7 and 8 in semester 2:

Year 7:

History becomes Geography: same teacher and same room

7a

– Visual Art on Monday p6/7: Mrs Holman

– Digital Technologies on Tuesday p4/5: Mr Braun

– Drama on Thursday p1/2: Miss Matthews

7b

– Music on Monday p6/7: Mr Elvery

– Construction or Food and Textiles Technologies on Tuesday p4/5: Mr Cunningham/Mrs Furlonger (Half class at one, half at other)

– Construction or Food and Textiles Technologies on Thursday p1/2: Mr Uren/Mrs Brkic (opposite of Tuesday class)

Year 8:

History becomes Geography: same teacher and same room

8a

– Business on Tuesday p6/7: Miss Dixon

– Drama on Thursday p4/5: Mrs Kelly

– Digital Technologies on Friday p1/2: Mr Braun

– Visual Art on Friday p4/5: Mrs Jo

8b 

– Construction or Food and Textiles Technologies on Tuesday p6/7: Mr Uren/Mrs Brkic (Half class at one, half at other)

– Design on Thursday p/5: Sr Monique Singh

– Construction or Food and Textiles Technologies on Friday p1/2: Mr Cunningham/Mrs Furlonger (opposite of Tuesday class)

– Music on Friday p4/5: Mrs Braun

Year 9 Subjects

During the course of year 9, students have selected three elective subjects to study for the year. Each student is asked to commit to studying these subjects for a minimum of one semester, with the option of changing this elective for semester two.

Elective subjects are designed to begin preparation for senior subject selections for year 10 and onwards, to multiple changes are discouraged. However, it is acknowledged through our process that students are still discovering the pathway that suits them, and this discovery will require some adjustments in order to best discover the skills and interests that God has placed in them.

For those students who are wishing to change for semester 2, the cut-off date for change-of-subject forms to be returned is Friday 23rd July. The process of change in listed below:

Year 9 Subject Change Process

– pick up a form from Students Services

– find your current subject teacher and ask them to sign (take tissues to comfort them at the thought of losing you)

– find your new potential teacher and ask them to sign (begging them to take you in for the benefits you will bring to their class)

– discuss your change of subjects with your parents and ask them to sign the form.

– return the form to student services.

Students will not attend their new class until they receive a confirmation email from Mrs Degen (Educational Support Officer).

Opportunities for Middle School this semester

There are some great activities and excursions planned for students in Middle School for the second semester of 2021. As always, we are looking to add variety and encouragement to each of our students across a vast field of interests.

Some events to look out for:

“What’s Inside?” – Parklands Christian College Musical

Year 8 Geography Excursions: Southport Seaway

Year 9 – 12 Music, Art and Drama students: “West Side Story” at the Lyric Theatre

USL Sport for Term 3: Netball and Soccer

Years 7, 8 and 9 Visual Arts Excursion: Artwaves Exhibition

CSSAQ Athletics, Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer

Year 8 FTT: Capes 4 Kids

Year 9 Shine and Strength Programs

Year 9 Farm Excursion and “Walk for a Farmer” event

….. and many more.

Musical – “What’s Inside?”

Middle School and Senior College students continue their rehearsing for the college’s secondary production of an original musical, “What’s Inside?” With an original script written by two of our teachers, Miss Julia Matthews and Mrs Cleo Smith, and directed by Mrs Jaclyn Kelly, “What’s Inside?” looks to combine elements from all of the secondary productions over the last 10 years, through the telling of an original story about drama students at high school.

The team have engaged with a holiday rehearsal day in preparation, along with and extended rehearsal evening till 7.00pm last Wednesday. There are some photos attached of the work being done for the show.

Performance dates at 23rd and 24th July at the Logan West Community Centre with two evening shows and a Saturday matinee happening. Tickets are still available for all three shows – please contact Student Services for further information.

Semester Two

I emailed our Middle School students to encourage them regarding semester 2. After the long break over June/July, and the change in some subjects, this new semester can feel a little like starting again. Starting again with a new and clear focus to achieve the best possible in all subjects is all anyone can ask, and will be what we as a teaching team will be encouraging of your children as the second half of this year moves forward. Each student in our Middle School has amazing God-given potential, and it is our privilege as teachers to do our best to help them realise this at a personal level. Praying for a successful semester 2 for our students as we strive for the best we can be.

Mr Colin Elvery
Middle School Coordinator

Senior School Co-ordinator

Senior News… I trust that despite some COVID-19 activity over the winter holiday season, that your children were able to enjoy their term break. We …

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Senior School Co-ordinator

Senior News…

I trust that despite some COVID-19 activity over the winter holiday season, that your children were able to enjoy their term break. We have certainly enjoyed seeing them all back onsite this week, for Term 3.

Every school community is unique and at Parklands we strive to build and foster a culture of care. We have seen over the years, many national policy drivers narrow the purpose of education to simply preparation for work.

Whilst this is an important factor, at Parklands we see that schooling serves a far greater purpose – we believe that our schooling experience should help develop character, values, and ethics alongside the educational goals of skills and knowledge. Further to this, we strive to see our students engage with both their heart and head. That in meeting their academic, personal and aspirational goals they will have a heart to serve those in and around their communities.

As part of our normal processes, this week we have had our second round of parent-teacher interviews for the year. It was a great evening to see families out and engaging with teachers about their children’s progress, despite having to wear cumbersome face masks!

In late June, you should have received your child’s report card, via email. If you have had any problems accessing this, please email the relevant Coordinator (Years 10-12: Rebecca Wallis and Years 7-9: Colin Elvery).

Parent-teacher interviews and report cards are part of the norm in any school. We value relationship and connection and want every student to know they are loved and welcomed. As such, partnerships with families are key to us and we welcome ongoing parental involvement in your child’s learning journey. Should more substantial discussion be needed above the normal processes, please do feel free to make a follow-up time with the relevant teacher or coordinator at your earliest convenience.

Our main focus for Years 10-12 this week, is to promote and support your child in getting back into healthy school and study routines quickly. Thank you parents for your crucial role in supporting your children to have a weekly study schedule, in which they have time free from responsibilities and distractions to complete their senior school work.

A reminder that the Government’s advice on paid employment, for full-time students, is a maximum of 12 hours each week, in term time.

It’s a busy term ahead with both Year 11 and 12 having a two-week exam block, commencing late August. Students have been taught a technique to take formal study notes, a crucial part of the new senior system to prepare for the external examinations.

Please note that the timing of the Year 12 trial exams has been brought forward by one week. Year 11-12 must have full attendance for their examinations, scheduled from 30th August to 10th September 2021.

For Year 11, the style of exam block and compulsory tutorials mirrors what they will experience in Year 12. Year 11 examinations will contribute to their QCE credit points.

In Year 12, these examinations form a crucial part of final preparation for the External Assessment (EAs). The timing will allow staff to mark and provide feedback to your child, where possible, prior to 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.

Our prayers are with all students as they gear back up quickly and work to the best of their ability for this term.

Blessings,
Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Coordinator of Senior College

Primary News

Lost Property If your child is missing uniform items or lunch boxes or drink bottles, please come and check the Lost Property in Student Services. …

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Primary News

Lost Property

If your child is missing uniform items or lunch boxes or drink bottles, please come and check the Lost Property in Student Services.

Year 1

Welcome back to Term 3! We are so excited to have our classes back and it was wonderful to see everyone and to hear all about the fun things that happened over the winter holiday break.

Year 1 is looking forward to an exciting 10 weeks. We have lots of learning planned, including story writing, a unit about Places and Spaces, many math concepts and of course some fun science experiments!
We had a wonderful first day back. We wrote about our holidays, went to sport and library and ended our day collecting data about our favourite desserts.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates in the next newsletter!  Take care!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh, Mrs S and Year 1

Year 7 News

Welcome back to Term 3 I pray that your family had a restful and rejuvenating holiday break. It is my fervent hope that despite our …

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Year 7 News

Welcome back to Term 3

I pray that your family had a restful and rejuvenating holiday break. It is my fervent hope that despite our snap lockdown you were able to explore God’s creation as a family and find peace and rest in nature.

My husband and I were fortunate enough to hike The Border Track between O’Reilly’s and Binna Burra in the stunning Lamington National Park. We camped overnight and thoroughly enjoyed being disconnected and away from phone reception for 2 days and immersed ourselves in the sounds and sights of nature.

Term 3 is always a busy term and even though I write this on day one of term, students have been busy learning and engaging with their teachers and their subjects.

In English, students are reading the novel Holes by Louis Sachar and discussing the issues of fate, destiny and luck, cruelty versus kindness, justice, power, poverty and education, man versus nature and confidence and the development of one through their choices. In Geography, the livability of places are being assessed to a criteria of student developed environmental, economic and social factors. And in Music, students are revising foundation music concepts, learning about the elements of music and practicing playing piano with two hands.

Indeed, Term 3 will be a busy term.

Increased homework for Semester Two

Year 7’s at Parklands are blessed to have a school diary that they use for organisation, planning and timetabling of their school commitments. Diaries help students keep their thoughts organised, set and achieve their goals, relieve stress and boost their memory. A diary is an essential tool for both long-term and short-term goal planning and personal development.

At Parklands, Year 7 students receive take home homework for English and Mathematics and take home assignments for English, Mathematics, Science and History in Semester 1 and Geography in Semester 2.

All students should be using their diary to track and organise their homework for English and Mathematics and for setting time aside to work on their assignments.

They can also use their diaries for planning extension work, when they need to bring something in to class and for writing down their assessment due dates.

The diaries are also an excellent communication tool between home and school. Parents can use the diaries to communicate about such things as uniforms to RTC or to open a dialogue with a teacher regarding homework and assignment questions.

In Semester Two Year 7 students will now receive homework for English, Mathematics and Science. This slight increase in homework is to slowly build study skills and increase the workload, preparing our students for Senior studies.

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me via my school email or the school phone number.

Student Care and Wellbeing

SELF-CARE As we settle into colder weather and the heart of our school year, it is a great time to take a look at how …

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Student Care and Wellbeing

SELF-CARE

As we settle into colder weather and the heart of our school year, it is a great time to take a look at how we are taking care of our wellbeing, both as students and as parents! According to the Oxford English Dictionary, self-care can be defined as “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” Self-care is a deliberate activity to maintain or improve our physical, emotional or mental health. It includes activities that revitalise us, bring joy and a sense of well-being to our lives. It is not selfish but allows us to look after ourselves which benefits our health, welfare and relationships.

Self-care for students

Self-care for children and young people is about helping them to learn how to look after themselves so that they can stay mentally and physically healthy. Self-care is unique to everyone so it requires some reflection and thought in order to find out what is best for each person. Taking care of physical and mental wellbeing can help students to stay focussed, motivated, energised and reduce stress, frustration and anxiety.

Three of the major pathways to wellbeing include SLEEP, MOVEMENT and NUTRITION.

SLEEP

Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things we can do to maintain wellbeing. Sleep lets our mind recharge and process information. It’s the only part of the day that our body gets to rest and repair. Sleep can help us feel better, think more clearly and concentrate better. It gives us energy to complete tasks and can make us more alert. Without enough sleep you may have problems with thinking, concentrating, memory, reaction times and mood. The Sleep Health Foundation recommends that school age children up to the age of 13 years old get approximately 9-11 hours of sleep each night and teenagers aged 14-17 years get 8-10 hours.

Here’s some reasons why sleep is important:

  • People feel more anxious at night. This is because the limbic system fires up late at night, causing heightened emotions. This is meant to happen when you are actually asleep!
  • Sleep is essential for cleaning out toxins that build up in your brain. Accumulation of these toxins can impact on brain and mental health.
  • Being sleep-deprived can raise your overall anxiety levels in your everyday life.
  • The neocortex (your ‘smart brain’) is downgraded when you are tired, which means you are more likely to make risky or emotional decisions. This is one reason why there are increased incidents of cyberbullying, car accidents, drug use, self-harm and suicide at night.

MOVEMENT

Exercise has social, emotional and health benefits, including increased concentration, increased confidence, reduced risk of diseases and reduced aggression.

Physical activity can help you to:

  • Build a strong body and mind
  • Reduce stress
  • Feel good
  • Manage moods
  • Gain more energy
  • Sleep better

Exercise doesn’t have to be in a sweaty gym – that’s not everyone’s cup of tea! There are so many ways to exercise and they all count! Kick a footy at the park, take a bush walk, or head to the beach for a swim (when the weather warms up!). You can even do a YouTube Pilates class or try a dance battle on your gaming console! Stick to a routine or mix it up – find what works for you! It’s time to move your body!

NUTRITION

We all know that what we eat has a huge effect on our lives, yet growing a good relationship with food isn’t often the first thing that comes to mind when we think about self-care. Good nutrition is the ultimate form of self-care. And while it may not feel like a deep tissue massage, its benefits on your stress, mood, digestion, and overall health absolutely compliment every other beautiful self-care practice you do for your mind and body.

VIEW FOOD AS FUEL. Just as we need petrol in our car to get us to where we need to go, we need food to fuel our mind and body. If our body needs Premium fuel but we are filling it with a regular, blended fuel, our body won’t work the way we need it to, especially in times of stress or tiredness. Our bodies are more compatible with premium fuel (good nutrition) which helps our body to work in the following ways:

  • Helps us grow
  • Supports learning
  • Vital for mental health
  • Maintains blood glucose levels
  • Provides energy
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases happiness

For more in-depth nutritional information, see a local professional such as a nutritionist or dietician.

OTHER SELF-CARE

These three form the foundation for good self-care, both for children and adults. Further to these everyone is different! We are all made and wired differently and self-care is often a journey of discovering what works for us – kids included. Here are some other self-care techniques that you could test out and see if they revitalise you, bring you joy and help to restore your wellbeing:

  • Get around nature –a beach stroll or bush walk can be good for the soul!
  • Tick some things off your list – sometimes our to do list can seem overwhelming but if we give ourselves space to get some jobs done we’ve been meaning to do, we will have achieved something and it always feels good to kick some goals!
  • Creative writing – expression through writing can be a great outlet for emotions and allows the brain sometime to breathe and dream – away from study and text books!
  • Organising and de-cluttering – The process (and results) of putting things in their place can improve mood and state of mind.
  • Spend one-on-one time with God – when we connect with our Creator, the one who loves us and knows us best, it allows us to renew our hope, peace and strength in Him.
  • Time away from screens – turn it off and leave your screen at home for some uninterrupted time to yourself without the distraction of notifications
  • A long, hot shower can do wonders
  • Do something fun every day! Fun helps to balance out stress, produces feel-good hormones and helps to promote creativity, energy and overall cognition!
  • Start a gratitude journal – there’s a growing body of research showing the benefits of gratitude. Studies have found that gratitude can help people sleep better, lower stress and improve interpersonal relationships.

By incorporating self-care activities into our regular routine, we give our body and mind time to rest, reset, and rejuvenate, in order to enhance our health and wellbeing. Look after yourselves and find what works for you!

PCC Instrumental Music

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

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PCC Instrumental Music

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

As we begin this new term, perhaps shaken yet again by another sudden lockdown, I pray that you would know the truth stated in this Psalm – that the Lord is watching over us. Even when things don’t go to plan & unexpected things happen, even when things maybe don’t go well, we can trust that the Lord is watching over us & we can rest in His care.

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons will commence again in Week 1, even on the first day of school! It’s wonderful to hear so many students progressing so well. Repetition is the key to all learning, so please continue to encourage your children to practice each day at home – mini concerts are a great way to do this! Maybe each Friday night after dinner your child can give a family concert, playing whichever pieces they’ve been working on during the week. This is a great way for you to show them appreciation for their hard work and for them to become accustomed to performing in front of other people.

All Ensemble & Choir rehearsals will also commence in Week 1, including Wind Ensemble at 7:30am on Tuesday 13thJuly – yes, the first day back at school – and continue right through to week 10. Any changes to regular rehearsals will be communicated by email to both students & parents.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

It’s also been wonderful to hear our current group of Give It A Go! students making more progress & learning new things! I’ve been hearing students improving their tone & becoming more proficient, and it’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm in these budding musicians. Students need to make sure they continue to practise between lessons, for at least 10-15mins per day. This will help them consolidate the skills they have gained in their lessons, and be ready for what’s next.

Performances

Term 3 will see students come together for an Instrumental Concert in Week 7, giving many students an opportunity to perform both with their Ensembles as well as in small groups & even solo.  More information will be coming soon about this concert, but mark Tues 24th August in your diaries.

In Term 4 we will be holding our first Arts Finale, a fantastic night of music, art, drama & song, brought to you as a collaborative effort by all our wonderful arts staff & students. This will be the culmination of the year’s work for our performance students and we’re planning something truly special. Again, more information will be communicated in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout for dates & times.

There is always a way 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

Welcome back to Term 3! Can you believe that we are already halfway through the year? I pray that you all had a wonderful winter …

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The Friendlies

Welcome back to Term 3! Can you believe that we are already halfway through the year? I pray that you all had a wonderful winter break and took some time to just relax and enjoy your families.

Coming up this term we will be holding our annual Primary Spring Dance. Save the date, Friday 27th August 2021. If you have a child in Primary School, they don’t won’t to miss out! This year we have DJ Steve who will be keeping the kids entertained on the dance floor all night with fun games and lots of prizes to be won. For all you coffee and hot chocolate lovers, Michelle from Browns Plains Village Square Coffee Club will be on site for you to purchase a coffee or two. There will also be a sausage sizzle from 5.30pm available for purchase. The dance kicks off at 6pm – 8pm. Admission for the dance is only $5 per person (payable on the evening) EFTPOS will be available. The Spring Dance is for current students enrolled in 2021 from Prep – Year 6. Please note this is a non-alcoholic event. Hope to see you there!

The Friendlies encourage harmonious and lifelong relationships within the Parklands parent body and school community. The committee provides 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.

Our next meeting for 2021 will be on-site at school on Friday 6th of August 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.

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Community Notices

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Community Notices

Life Skills Program

6 – Life Skills Development Booklet_Final

Drought Angels

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Chess Mates Club

Do you want your child to experience the benefits of learning chess while still having fun along the way?  Designed especially for children in Prep and above, our chess classes are fun, interactive, and tailored by our teachers to suit the students in each class. While your child will still learn that winning can be fun, they’ll also learn a whole lot more! In fact, chess can help your child develop socially, academically, and emotionally.

Tuesday 3:15 – 4:00
Starting Week 3
$10 per session
Located at the BSC (Baskerville Sports Centre)

To book please go to https://chessmates.com.au/school-lessons/ Parklands Christian College is under South Brisbane.

To know about what we stand for, our founder Ash did a TEDx talk at UQ last year. Here is a link to it – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMTga50-j3g&t=7s
 

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
  • 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

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. 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

The Uniform Shop has now moved into the new location at the end of Hillcrest Road – 24 Hillcrest Rd (across the road from Student …

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The Uniform Shop has now moved into the new location at the end of Hillcrest Road – 24 Hillcrest Rd (across the road from Student Services).

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

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 (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 Term Dates

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Term Dates 2021 fix

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

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

Bus QLD Schools_ Bus Queensland Pty Ltd, in partnership with TransLink has bus runs that run to and from Parklands Christian College – information can …

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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)