Principal’s Message

Greetings

I am having an interesting conversation with my wife about my age as my next birthday is almost upon me.  She says I am 68.  I tell her I am just two months from starting my 70th year of life.  Regardless of who is right, it is a time of reflection that has grown within me during my journey of from the early days of leading my first Christian School in Townsville in 1980.

Parenting is such a challenging task.   We really don’t get any trial run at the task, and often the only model we have, is our memories of our parent’s attempt to raise us during our youthful, and difficult years. We often gave our parents a very low score during that time, but with the passing of time, we raise this over and over again.  This was definitely my situation. With the passing of each decade of my life, I reflected on my changed pattern of thinking and behaviour, and began to realize how much good influence my Father and Mother had for me.   But this takes time.   In my first School in Townsville, I was a young father and really expecting too much too soon of my children and school students.  Yet in my older age, I have had the joy of meeting so many of those students, who, along with my children, have become wonderful people.  Often what I hear them say is “You always encouraged me”.  It took me many years before I understood the power of encouragement.

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

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

My grandchildren’s name for me is Gonga.   This was the special name that we all called our grandfather, and when he passed, I determined as a young teen age boy, that I would be like Gonga.   It has been a beacon for me to know and remember the power of encouragement from a Grandfather, and every time one of my grandchildren calls this name, I remember the true meaning of Gonga.

So a generous, giving life is still my guiding light.   I am here to help the school, and I have seen my grandfather model of giving back in old age, as a precious gift to the generation just starting.  So I will journey forward from here as Gonga to my grandchildren, but I would also like to be Mr B to a generation of children still working through the school, and in some way, continue to give to them also, that which I have freely received in my upbringing.

David Baskerville
Principal

Head of Secondary

Compass Christian Schools Conference While our College House captains went on their sport camp, the rest of the Student Leaders attended the Compass Schools Conference …

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Head of Secondary

Compass Christian Schools Conference

While our College House captains went on their sport camp, the rest of the Student Leaders attended the Compass Schools Conference again this year.  Held in Canberra, it’s a four day residential conference which encourages students to grapple with deep concepts of the Christian faith.  The themes of creation, fall and redemption challenge students both in their personal faith journey as well as their leadership journey, with the excursions to Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial providing examples and stimulus for further consideration of what it means to be a leader in Australia, and how our student leaders can influence our nation.

Once again, I found it a joy to travel with our lovely young leaders who represented Parklands with excellence, through their exemplary behaviour, integrous character, and kind hearts.  They thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity and we will continue to develop these thoughts and challenges set during this conference throughout the rest of the year as they work to lead the College.

Coordinator of Senior College

Senior College News In the words of Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon by which you can change the world”. As a teacher, …

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Coordinator of Senior College

Senior College News

In the words of Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon by which you can change the world”. As a teacher, seeing students go out into the world well prepared and ready to make a difference is all the motion I need. I love the fact that Parklands is much more than just a great academic program, we teach for life.

We strive to be a caring and accepting school that offers various options to provide a holistic approach to education. As a College, we try to show kingdom living through all our classes and interactions with students and families. Don’t get me wrong, we are human and by no means perfect, but we strive to show care and live by the kingdom principles of not judging, forgiving, and being loving.

We focus on a strong academic foundation and work towards each senior student having a pathway to match their interest, skillset and ability – to work towards their God given potential.  In conjunction with this, we value each student above results, as focusing completely on the area of academic achievement, could be at the expense of supporting students in other important areas of life. In valuing strong educational outcomes and in supporting a comprehensive learning of our students, you will note a variety of programs and workshops on offer throughout the year. Some of the scheduled sessions include motivational workshops, past students and staff sharing stories of their journeys, study skills workshops, seminars on safety and knowledge such as legal seminars and SU Red frogs, careers expos, digital awareness talks through to driving and road safety.

By this time of year, your child will have got to know their Form Class and Pastoral Care (PC) teachers a little more. The idea of these sessions is to primarily focus on providing support and care, so that in the busyness of school and life, when some may experience high stress, there is a connection for receiving extra support, to stay safe and flourish.  Please encourage your child to talk to their PC teacher, Mrs Hudson, Miss Grounds, the Learning Enrichment (LE) team, the Wellbeing team (RTC) or myself, when some extra support may be needed. There are many staff championing your child’s cause and who are willing to do the journey and offer that extra bit of something that can make all the difference.

We do live in an age that has many challenges and pressures. As such, I would like to promote a couple of programs and resources that build up our Young people, please see the great resources below.

Year 12 –  on three (3) positive Schoolies options which are life impacting in a helpful way. Please note, they do book up really fast.

1. Scripture Union: Five (5) cool destinations. Places are booking up fast.

https://su-schoolies.com/

SU-Schoolies 2019, are giving away $100 discount to any of the five SU-Schoolies events: Hawaii, Whitsundays, Fraser Island, Sunny Coast or Melbourne!

To pocket this PRIZE, all you need to do is three simple things:
-Like our SU-Schoolies Facebook page
-Share this post
-Tag five of your friends who you’d bring with you on SU-Schoolies in the comments of THE POST (link below)!

https://www.facebook.com/116813268407814/posts/2179308715491582?sfns=mo

The winner will be announced via the SU Facebook Page on Friday 22 March!

2. RAW Impact – Elevate 2020 @ Cambodia (Runs in January after school)

https://www.rawimpact.org/trip/elevate2020/

RAW Impact’s ELEVATE trip is dedicated especially for school leavers! ELEVATE is an overseas trip focused on driving powerful change and providing life-changing experiences.

3. Schoolies unearthed: another service-based 10-day overseas trip to Nepal, Borneo, Vietnam or Vanuatu.

https://www.schooliesunearthed.com.au/

For more information, see the websites listed with each option.

Healthy Media for Girls

Magazine: bella rae (meaning beauty and grace)

bella rae: The magazine world can be superficial and trashy, oftentimes giving unreliable information. Bella rae aims to be a resource young women can trust. In the pages of this magazine you will find a vibrant collection of real stories – featuring ordinary women pursuing their passions, starting businesses, overcoming hardships and exploring their talents and creativity. You will find expert advice on relevant issues such as study stress and friendships as well as recipes, art, craft and practical wisdom on navigating relationships, fitness and wellbeing. You will also find a diverse representation of young women – including a variety of body shapes, skin tones and ethnicities. You will not find any body shaming, sexualised young people, swear words, celebrity gossip, sex tips or an overload of advertising.

This magazine focuses on cultivating value, beauty and purpose in our girls. When we talk about beauty, we focus on character and the beauty of the soul, rather than outward appearance.

https://bellaraemag.com/

The Senior Student calendar shows that it’s getting busy with many draft and final due dates coming up. For some, this can bring on unhealthy levels of stress. Please remind your child that there are many before, during and after school workshops where the hard working secondary teachers will work provide some extra support.

Zenith Club

Have you heard about the new and improved Zenith Club? Your child can also ask a specific teacher if they are able to meet at Zenith.  Miss Dixon has provided a great new space in the Vocational Education classrooms (VOC3&4). Feel free to email Miss Dixon if you have any questions about Zenith at: adixon@parklands.qld.edu.au

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

Warmest Blessings,
Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Coordinator of Senior College

Head of Primary

Student Collection and Pick Up Time Our school hours are 8am – 4pm. We are unfortunately finding that several parents are taking advantage of the …

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Head of Primary

Student Collection and Pick Up Time

Our school hours are 8am – 4pm. We are unfortunately finding that several parents are taking advantage of the fact that students are brought up to Student Services after 3:30pm but are still not arriving to collect their child/ren by 4pm. If you are held up in traffic or are expecting to arrive after 3:30pm please notify student services 3380 4237.

School Zone, Car Park Speed and Vigilance

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

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

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

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

We ask that parents only park in the designated car parks and NOT on the “No Parking” grass area at the top of Hillcrest Road for sporting events or on the grass area next to the fire service road below the Yr5 classrooms.

Bullying – No Way!!

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

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

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

Types of Bullying

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

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

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

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

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

Primary Student Leadership

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

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

CAPTAINS:
Katherine Blandford
Daniel Crawford

VICE CAPTAINS:
Zara Korger
Zach Smart

ART CAPTAIN:   Ruby Taylor

MUSIC CAPTAIN:   Georgia Knowles

RESOURCE / LIBRARY CAPTAIN:
Jasleen Bhullar
Hudson Spears

SPORT CAPTAINS:
Justin Hunt
Max Finnila

CHAPEL CAPTAINS:
Emily O’Callaghan
James Pottinger

CLASS AMBASSADORS
Jasmine Hurst               2M
Emily Abolins                 3K
Jake Howlett                   1D
Georgia Belsten              3A
Jayden MacFarlane       4P
Chelsea Pool                    PREP H
Cody Costin                     PREP F
Mikaylah Ker                   5N
Amelia Kissick                 5S
Chloe Kristensen             1C
Ella Hellyer                       4B
Tayla Thomson                2K
Keith Vang                        6H
Hayden Carthouser         6B

LITTER LEGENDS
Lilly Munn
Ely Pohlmann
Hamish Kirk
Patrick Beard
Daniel Crawford
Emily Abolins
Elliana Kerr
Callista McKinnon
Georgia Knowles
Jayden MacFarlane
Zach Smart
James Pottinger
Noah Zienius

Learning for Life Legends:
Ezekiel Midson
Hannah Marino  (Yr 4)

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

 

Secondary News

Senior Hospitality and Home Economics Excursion Senior Hospitality and Home Economics’ students went on an excursion to the Sofitel Brisbane Central, Hotel to experience the …

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Secondary News

Senior Hospitality and Home Economics Excursion

Senior Hospitality and Home Economics’ students went on an excursion to the Sofitel Brisbane Central, Hotel to experience the hospitality industry first hand. Students were happy to learn about great customer service and customer satisfaction while enjoying the amazing breakfast buffet. After the students worked their way through a variety of a great treats ranging from a large array of pastries, cereals, fruits, eggs cooked to order, waffles, pancakes and many other fabulous breakfast foods the students were taken on a tour of the hotel. The students have been fortunate to observe and experience both the customers and staff’s perspective through the front and back of house tour. The tour took us through beautiful hotel rooms, up to the Club lounge, gym and function rooms before exploring the staff only areas including the staff lift and stairwell, kitchens, training rooms and staff canteen. This was a great experience for our students providing an in sight into the professional and personal attributes for effective hospitality staff.

School Photo Day is fast approaching

Have your child’s school memories captured forever on Tuesday 30th April, 2019

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

Remember these helpful points:

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

Tuckshop Helpers Needed

If you are able to volunteer to serve in our tuckshop, please contact MarieRushin via email at mrushin@parklands.qld.edu.au or mobile 0422 637 370 .

Zenith Club

Zenith Club warmly invites secondary students to participate in an afternoon STUDY club which promotes a welcoming and ENRICHING learning environment. Here you can access PERSONALISED HELP from teachers, a quiet space to study as well as perfect place for COLLABORATE with peers.

Secondary Tutorials

Secondary Tutoring 2019

Primary News

Year One Year One has been very busy this month! Swimming lessons began a few weeks ago and the children are all managing well considering …

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Primary News

Year One

Year One has been very busy this month! Swimming lessons began a few weeks ago and the children are all managing well considering the time it takes out of the day. A big thank you to all the parents who have helped at the pool and back at school with shoelaces. We appreciate your time and effort in helping us provide this important activity for the children.

We are learning many new things about words and books! The children are experiencing a wide range of activities as they continue to make connections with letters, sounds, words and sentences. They really enjoy listening to stories and we love reading in Year One which is fantastic!

A highlight this month was growing some alfalfa sprouts during science time! The children are extending their knowledge about different characteristics of living things. We have also been exploring various habitats and are looking forward to starting our dioramas in the next couple of weeks.

Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh and Year One

School Photo Day is fast approaching

Have your child’s school memories captured forever on Tuesday 30th April, 2019

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

Remember these helpful points:

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

Year 7 News

Year 7 are currently halfway through term one. It feels crazy for me to say that, as it feels like we have just welcomed 80 …

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Year 7 News

Year 7 are currently halfway through term one.

It feels crazy for me to say that, as it feels like we have just welcomed 80 new faces into our Secondary school, but our beautiful Year 7’s have been here for five weeks now.

During the first weeks of term, Year 7 have fearlessly worked towards being prepared for class, moving around the college campus and setting up homework and assignment structures at home. I have had many wonderful talks with students about their budding curiosity in their school subjects and have enjoyed watching the students feel the ‘spark of joy’ in their learning.

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

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

Study Tips from a Middle School Teacher

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

Homework App

At Parklands, we use the app ‘myHomework Student Planner’. This application helps students keep track of their homework, set reminders to individual tasks, check off completed tasks and prioritise their tasks.
Link to app store

Zenith Club

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

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

Mrs. Alanah Braun
Year 7 Coordinator

Sport

Mini Rogaine If your looking for a fun way to get ready for the school cross country why not check out this upcoming event. Length: …

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Sport

Mini Rogaine

If your looking for a fun way to get ready for the school cross country why not check out this upcoming event.
Length: 3 hour foot rogaine
Date: 31 March 2019
Time: 9am to 12pm, map handout at 8am
Location: Bunyaville State Forest
Team Size: Teams of 2 to 5
Categories: Mixed, Male and Female Teams
Age Classes: Junior, Open, Veteran, Super Veteran plus Family and Novice categories
Cost: $25 Full, $20 Concession (full time students under 25), $10 Under 14s
For further details: https://qldrogaine.asn.au/event-calendar/mini-rogaine/

Sports Leaders Camp 2019

As part of leadership development for our sport captains, they attend a 3 day camp in early March at CYC Burleigh. It is an action packed few days which is physically demanding and challenging. The aim of the camp is to challenge the students in various capacities, take them out of their comfort zone and get them to develop and grow their own leadership capacity.

In amongst beach riding, water rafting, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing and surfing; the captains also spend some time reflecting on what is a good leader and identify their own leadership style and practical ways they can implement them in their role. It is also a time to plan the year ahead in sport and develop ways to continually improve the culture of sport and increase participation for all students.

Thanks to the teachers for giving up part of their weekend and making it all possible and the students for representing yourselves and our school so well. Looking forward to the year in sport.

Student Care and Wellbeing

How Do I Help My Child? – Friendship Issues and Bullying Friendship issues are common. In fact, most students will struggle socially or experience friendship …

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Student Care and Wellbeing

How Do I Help My Child? – Friendship Issues and Bullying

Friendship issues are common. In fact, most students will struggle socially or experience friendship issues in their schooling years. I would also go as far as to say that not only are these experiences normal, but they can also be healthy and vital for personal growth and social learning. Some exposure to conflict and friendship issues can build resilience, create self-awareness, teach students how to communicate and learn compromise.

As a college, we want our students to receive support, guidance and help in how to resolve and manage any of the difficult circumstances or social interactions that they face.

Some examples of some of the friendship issues we might encounter from our students on a daily basis might include the following:

  • Rough play
  • Teasing, swearing and name-calling
  • Choosing not to include someone in a game
  • Not allowing someone to sit with them
  • Ignoring or avoiding someone
  • Not sharing
  • Giving someone a bad or mean look
  • Disagreeing in a game
  • Speaking unkindly about someone to others

Whilst these behaviours are not acceptable or encouraged at Parklands, we understand that as imperfect humans and children (professional mistake makers), they will occur. When they occur, we want to make sure we are able to support and provide education to the involved students. Discussions that we might facilitate include things like learning empathy (ie. How would you feel if someone did that to you? How do you think that behaviour made that person feel?), assertiveness (ie. How to say “no” or stand up for oneself in a healthy way) and forgiveness and releasing of those who have hurt them.

Sometimes as adults, we can be too quick to jump in, become too involved and try to resolve these issues for children. And for good reason too! We don’t like to see children hurting or upset or issues occurring longer than they need to. We do this with the best intentions and from a place of protectiveness. But something that this job has taught me is that children are clever and with support and healthy and positive advice, are more than capable of resolving things themselves (with our help in the background).

Our role as adults is to model healthy relationships and conflict resolution to the children in our lives. This means we should be teaching them to be responsible for themselves and their own behaviour, regardless of what others choose to. We should be teaching them that it is healthy to apologise when mistakes are made, even if it was an accident or unintentional. And we should be releasing them to go and try these things with their peers and friends and then asking how they went implementing those strategies.

But the answer isn’t to ignore the problem altogether. When friendship issues are ongoing and unresolved, it can be damaging to those involved. Furthermore, we would even suggest that when these friendship issues are left unattended to and unresolved, there becomes a chance that these will become issues of bullying.

Bullying is a separate issue altogether to that of friendship issues. Sometimes we can be quick to label a friendship issue or conflict as an issue of bullying. It is really important to distinguish between when an incident is a “friendship issue” and when it is “bullying” as the impact and then resolution of these issues are very different.

As defined in our College policy, bullying is described as, “an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or group misusing their power over one or more persons.”

It is important to note that a single incident, conflict or fight between two students of the same age does not constitute as bullying. These things are to be expected. To be deemed as bullying, it needs to be an ongoing, repeated thing by an individual or group of people who have power. So for example, an older student in a higher grade consistently teasing and intimidating a younger student would be an example of power imbalance and bullying. Another example could be where a taller and stronger student pushes another smaller student around. The power imbalance in their size and strength as well as the consistent behaviour would deem this as bullying.

Our college is dedicated to the wellbeing of its students. Our policies outline that “the college will act to keep students safe” and this includes in instances of bullying.

The College will also aim to prevent bullying from occurring by constructing and delivering educational programs and initiatives in the primary, middle and secondary school to educate students. Some examples of this would be the Shine, Strength and Mentoring programs.

 

When this kind of bullying or behaviour is occurring, it is vital that the college be informed through the Student Care and Wellbeing team and Heads of School as soon as possible. If the college is not informed of this, it is impossible to help resolve issues. We promote the importance of reporting any incidences on the day that they occur so that we are able to investigate and help resolve these concerns. It means that we can provide support to those who are being affected and also put in place some protective measures to reduce and prevent this kind of behaviour from re-occurring.

Furthermore, students and parents and who wish to report concerns or observations of bullying, are able to do so by making an appointment to talk in person, via email and over the phone to the Student Care and Wellbeing too. Where some might not be comfortable with this, there is also a specific email address that families and individuals are able to send bullying concerns through to. The email address is safety@parklands.qld.edu.au.

Once investigated and the details of the incident are made clear, our team or the Heads of School will follow this up with the involved students. This may mean that the students will meet to discuss what occurred and give or receive an apology and in most circumstances, parents will be informed.

For further information around our Bullying Policy, please refer to this on our Parklands website at https://parklands.qld.edu.au/policies/

For additional information around bullying and how to respond to it, please visit https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/NationalDay

We appreciate the efforts of all parents, students and staff members in keeping Parklands safe for all. Thank you for doing your part and for your support J

 

VET News

A day in the life of a Retail Trainee – Dylan Laurie School leavers need to be prepared for life beyond the school gates long …

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VET News

A day in the life of a Retail Trainee – Dylan Laurie

School leavers need to be prepared for life beyond the school gates long before they walk through them.  Students often just think about getting over the hurdle of exams with little thought as to what comes next.

Parklands Christian College encourages students to think about their career aspirations early on in their senior years and we endeavour to provide them with the information and tools they need to make educated decisions.

Some helpful hints for students in their senior years.

1. Find the passion

Get your child thinking about the types of things that drive them and make them feel good, whether it is working with people, animals or technology, travelling, being indoors or outdoors.  Which industries best suit their interests?  Don’t let them fall into the trap of following in the footsteps of others or feeling undue pressures to go down a path that isn’t suited to their skill set or personality.

myfuture is Australia’s national online career information and exploration service that assists career planning, career pathways and work transitions. myfuture provides information and support for career development for individuals, and for those who support or influence career choices. The myfuture website was developed in 2002 and has an annual audience of over  1.8 million users, it has the broadest reach of any national career exploration service.  This service is free of charge; your child may like to create a profile for themselves and use the interactive activities which allow users to explore occupations by preferred learning areas.

https://myfuture.edu.au/

2. Get Hands-On

Students should then do some research to understand exactly what the career involves.  Seek out work experience or if that’s not possible, simply talk to people.  This will help the student get a more realistic view of what the career would entail.

3. Define the steps to the goal

Help your child make a plan by breaking down the steps they need to take to get into their career.  This will help make the goal feel more achievable and keep them on track.

4. Enjoy the journey

A career is more than just a job.  You need to love what you do and continue to grow and develop so as to evolve with the ever-changing world of work.  Keep an open mind and explore all options – you never know where it might take you.

Tax File Numbers (TFN)

Students over the age of 14 years are encouraged to apply for a TFN, even if not working yet. Tax File Number – when do I need one?

A Tax File Number (TFN) is a unique number issued by the Australian Tax Office (ATO). It is required for:

  • Starting work (including part-time and casual jobs)
  • Lodging a tax return
  • Applying for Commonwealth Government financial assistance such as pensions and other benefits
  • Applying for the Higher Education Loan Program (e.g. HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP) and VET Student Loans when you start your university, TAFE or college study.

The easiest way to get a TFN is to:

  • Complete an online application form from the ATO website
  • Print a summary of your application which includes your application reference number
  • Make an appointment for an interview at a participating Australia Post Office
  • Take the summary of your application and proof of identity to the interview within 30 days of completing your online form

Visit the ATO website for details about this process.

Year 12 students intending to apply for tertiary study in 2020 should apply for their TFN this year to avoid any delays early next year.

University Open Days in Queensland in 2019

It is highly recommended to attend an open day event at the university (or universities) you wish to apply to for studies next year. The open day gives you an opportunity to talk to lecturers and current students about the courses you are interested in. You can also check out the campus, the support services offered and social and cultural activities available. Open days usually occur between July and early September each year. This bulletin will inform you of open days as dates become available.

Upcoming Events:
08/05/2019 08/05/2019 QUT Parent Information Seminar
Brisbane
27/07/2019 Australian Catholic University Open Day
Brisbane
27/07/2019 University of Southern Queensland Open Day
Springfield
28/07/2019 QUT Open Day
Gardens Point Campus Brisbane
04/08/2019 University of Queensland Open Day
St Lucia Brisbane
10/08/2019 University of Queensland Open Day
Gatton
11/08/2019 Griffith University Open Day
Gold Coast
11/08/2019 Griffith University Open Day
Nathan Brisbane
11/08/2019 Griffith University Open Day
Southbank
18/08/2019 18/08/2019 University of Southern Queensland Open Day
Toowoomba
24/08/2019 University of Southern Queensland Open Day – Ipswich
Ipswich

PCC Instrumental Music

Last week saw the first Give It A Go! Band Programme lessons for 2019 – everyone had a great time! Of course it’s never too …

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PCC Instrumental Music

Last week saw the first Give It A Go! Band Programme lessons for 2019 – everyone had a great time! Of course it’s never too late to be part of the Instrumental Programme in 2019 – here’s how your child can be involved:

1. Give It A Go! Band Programme – Year 5 students only, beginning in Week 4

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

2. Private lessons – all ages, beginning in Week 2

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

3. Shared lessons – all ages, beginning in Week 3

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

 

Give It A Go! lessons began in Week 4, with Band rehearsals beginning in Term 2. Private & shared lessons began in weeks 2 & 3 but students can begin at any time. Enrolment forms for lessons are available by emailing instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

All choirs have now started rehearsing for the year. Permission forms for choir are still available from either Mrs Patane or Mr Elvery. Secondary Choir meets on Friday 7:30 – 8:20am in S1, and we’ve got some fantastic repertoire lined up for this year. Primary choirs have begun rehearsing also, but it’s still not too late to join. Junior Choir rehearses from 7:45-8:15am on Wednesday, & Senior Choir rehearses from 2:30-3:10pm also on Wednesday.

The Give It A Go! Band will commence in Term 2 after the students have had some lessons in Term 1. Band rehearsal times & venues will be confirmed towards the end of Term 1. More advanced students will also come together in a more advanced ensemble towards the end of Term 1. If you have a Grade 6 or 7 child who either did GIAG last year or learned an instrument at their primary school and are keen to continue, this would be the more suitable band for them.

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

Tuckshop

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Tuckshop

The Friendlies

Annual Bush Dance We are excited to announce that our annual Bush Dance is coming up with the Boot scootin’ “Beefa’s Bush Band”. Definitely a …

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The Friendlies

Annual Bush Dance

We are excited to announce that our annual Bush Dance is coming up 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. Save the date so you don’t miss out!

Saturday 18th May 2019 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 non-alcoholic event and parent supervision is required.

Friendlies Meetings

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 2019 will be on Friday 8th March at 6.45pm at Jimboomba Maccas.

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

Keep Smiling,
The Friendlies Team

Uniform Shop Hours

School Days only For further information please contact Michelle Secretan Phone: (07) 3380 4256 Mobile: 0412 917 299 Email: uniforms@parklands.qld.edu.au Second Hand Uniforms available CASH ONLY …

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Uniform Shop Hours

Monday8.15am - 9.15am & 2.30pm - 3.45pm
Tuesday8.15am - 9.15am & 2.30pm - 3.45pm
Thursday8.15am - 9.15am & 2.30pm - 3.45pm

School Days only

For further information please contact Michelle Secretan
Phone: (07) 3380 4256
Mobile: 0412 917 299
Email: uniforms@parklands.qld.edu.au

Second Hand Uniforms available CASH ONLY (no refund or exchange)
For Second Hand Uniform Enquiries please email Alisha Mane amane@parklands.qld.edu.au
Also check our FB page for updates…

Uniform Shop Facebook Page

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Purchase Uniforms Online
Uniforms can now be purchased online through QuickCliq.com.au

 

2019 Term Dates

Term Dates 2019

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2019 Term Dates

Term Dates 2019

March/April Calendar

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

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March/April Calendar

March 1, 2019Primary Scenic Rim Rugby League 9s Gala Day
March 1, 2019Year 10-12 Drama Incursion-Physical Theatre
March 4, 2019Parent Prayer Group 8:30-9:30am
March 5, 2019Year 9 Relationship Seminar
March 7, 2019Year 8 Relationship Seminar
March 7, 2019Year 12 English excursion - Single Asian Female
March 8, 2019Secondary CSSAQ Senior Girls and 9/10 Boys Team Touch Competition
March 8, 2019Year 7 Relationship Seminar
March 12, 2019College Twilight Tour
March 14, 2019Year 9 History Excursion - The Commissariat Store Brisbane
March 18, 2019CSSAQ Swimming Carnival - 9-18 yrs old
March 22, 2019Missions Dinner and Auction
March 27, 2019Parent Prayer Group 8:30-9:30am
March 29, 2019Grade 3 Beenleigh Historical Village and Museum Excursion
April 1, 2019Year 2 It's Rocket Science Incursion
April 1, 2019Year 7 FTT Boomerang Bag Incursion
April 4, 2019Year 11 Excursion Future Filmmakers Seminar
April 24, 2019Whole College ANZAC Day Service
April 30, 2019College Photo Day

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

Bus Service

Please find attached all of the Bus routes, that have been made available to Parklands families. Bus Queensland now offer 3 pick ups in the …

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Bus Service

Please find attached all of the Bus routes, that have been made available to Parklands families.

Bus Queensland now offer 3 pick ups in the afternoon outside Prep with various routes.

  • Departing 3:22pm
  • Departing 3:31pm
  • Departing 3:45pm

As this is a service offered by Bus Queensland (not PCC) please direct all further enquires to Bus Queensland on 3802 1233 or email customers@busqld.com.au

PRT Changes to School Bus Routes (effective 29-01-2019)

6013

6055

6113 (1)

6142

6155

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

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 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 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%

Parklands OSHC

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 …

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Parklands OSHC

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

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

We currently have limited spots available for before and after school care and advise families that a current 2019 enrolment is required to accept all bookings including emergency care bookings.

We look forward to assisting with all your care needs.

Community Notices

Exchange Program Netball sign on Blue Jays Netball – phone Sarah Houghton 0431 006 643 for more information

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Community Notices

Exchange Program

Netball sign on

Blue Jays Netball – phone Sarah Houghton 0431 006 643 for more information

Contact Us

    11 Hillcrest Road, Park Ridge Q 4125 Email: admin@parklands.qld.edu.au  /pccnews  @parklandsnews

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Contact Us

ContactPhone Number
Student Absentee Hotline07 3380 4250 (24 hrs)
Parklands Accounts/Reception07 3380 4200
Miss Jess Grounds (a/hrs)0439 167 011
Mr Grant Jakins (a/hrs)0400 221 365
Mrs Rebecca Wallis (a/hrs)0449 027 225
Mr Colin Elvery (a/hrs)0488 200 799
Student Services07 3380 4237
Parklands After School CareRachel 0473 681 426

 

 

11 Hillcrest Road, Park Ridge Q 4125
Email: admin@parklands.qld.edu.au

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 @parklandsnews