Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Community,

Welcome to Term 2.  I hope you all had an opportunity to spend time with family and friends over the Easter Break.

We launched a new term (on time and flood free), and despite the threatening rain clouds we were able to run our annual Cross Country Carnival which was delayed after poor weather in term 1. Thank you to the many parents, grandparents, friends and relatives who were able to join the fun.  Our cross country is an event that celebrates both individual achievement and the overall achievements of the team.  The participation levels were a credit to both Joshua and Samuel houses.  However, there can only be one winner on the day.  Congratulations Joshua for yet another victory this year. Please visit our Facebook page for images from the day.

Over the past 2 years I have been participating in a New Principal’s program facilitated by Independent Schools Queensland.  The program has been a privilege to participate in, and the level of training has been exceptional.  One of the greatest benefits of the program has been the connections I have made with other beginning Principals from all over Queensland.  I have been soaking up stories from other schools as they build and improve their schools in a range of exciting and innovative ways.  Of course the benefit of this is that I get to bring these stories back to Parklands to help us learn and grow.

This year our finance and information technology departments are working hard at installing a new database, which forms the backbone of our communication and record keeping systems.  We should be ready to launch our new database (TASS) in the second half of the year.  This database will help us run our organisation well into the future, and provide us with functions and flexibility our previous system simply could not offer.  We have already seen some benefits to our new approach to managing data and payments. This may not be very exciting for students and parents, but innovations like these will hopefully serve us well as we continue to serve our community into the future.

One of the more exciting projects in the school at the moment is the building of our new Primary School Precinct.  Although the project is a few weeks behind schedule, we look forward to seeing our exciting new facilities taking shape over the next 2 years. Mr Jakins is busy at the moment investigating playgrounds, shade and seating for the many new outdoor areas being created.  Our architect and builders are setting up their site, and are ready to go.  Our tuckshop is up and running, and the final touches to the relocation of the demountable toilets should take place very soon.

It’s an exciting time to be part of our community, and many families from our area are eager to join us.  I have spent the last couple of weeks conducting enrolment interviews for the 2023 Academic Year.  Most of these interviews are for Prep as there isn’t much space left in other year levels. However, we are eager to increase our enrolments in Years 10 & 11 where spaces still exist.  Our pathway packages are designed to cater for a diverse set of Senior pathways while providing a small schools attention to detail to the final years of schooling.  In 2021 & 22, we have been accepting an unprecedented number of students into our senior school, and we would love to welcome more.

May God bless us all as we travel together through term 2, and I look forward to joining our community at our various special events.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

Primary Building News The tuckshop has been relocated to behind the Science Building block, in order to make way/space for and to get the new Primary …

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Head of Primary School

Primary Building News

The tuckshop has been relocated to behind the Science Building block, in order to make way/space for and to get the new Primary building started.

Mother’s Day Stall 6th May

We will again be putting on the fantastic Mother’s Day Stall, where students bring money and can buy their mother’s day gifts.

This year the stalls will be held in the Baskerville Sport Centre (BSC). I look forward to seeing students deciding on what to buy mum so they can spoil then on their special day.

College Fete 28th May

A reminder that we have our amazing, fun, College FETE on Saturday 28th May.

Looking forward to the many great activities, choir/class and group presentations, rides, stalls we have on offer. Hope to see you all there.

Year 3,5,7&9 NAPLAN Testing (Online)

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

A reminder we have our annual Yr. 3 & 5 National Testing again this term. Staff have steadily been preparing these students for the various ONLINE tests and look forward to seeing their results later in the year. Would Yr. 3 & 5 parent please not put any pressure on students to perform but rather provide their child with a good, health breakfast and ensure they are at school on time, these days?

  • Tuesday 10th May — Writing
  • Wednesday 11th May — Reading
  • Thursday 12th May — Language conventions
  • Friday 13th May — Numeracy & Catch-up tests for students absent on 10, 11, 12 or 13th of May

Reports

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

Car Park Speed and Vigilence

A reminder to please slow down (20klm) and drive very carefully through the school car parks, especially vigilant around the Prep area and pedestrian crossing! Students have been reminded to stop, look right, left and right before walking over the crossing but can I ask that you take it for granted, that they will not do the correct thing. Please also remind students to be careful with bags while moving between cars so as not to cause any marks or damage.

A big Thank YOU to our fantastic crossing officers who do an amazing job keeping everyone safe when using the pedestrian crossing!

Building Healthy Relationships With Teachers

by Michael Grose

As a former primary school teacher with 15 years’ experience and a parenting educator with 30 years’ experience, I’ve learned a great deal about the importance of healthy relationships between a child’s parent/s and their teacher. I hold a Master of Educational Studies from Monash University specialising in parenting education, a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Primary Teaching from SCV Toorak University (now Deakin University). I’ve done the theory and I’ve also put my boots on the ground. Uniquely, this has allowed me to appreciate perspectives from either side of the school gate.

Studies show that healthy parent–teacher relationships are a more significant factor in student success than parent income levels or social status. Parent–teacher relationships require effort and energy from both parties if they are going to really benefit children and young people. Here are some strategies to help you build a healthy working relationship with teachers in the year ahead.

Get to know them

For your partnership to be meaningful and successful, you need to meet with your children’s teacher(s) with the goal of forming a respectful professional relationship. Be willing to share your aspirations for your child and be willing to build the teacher’s knowledge about your family.  For balanced perspective, also gain an understanding of the teacher’s approach and what focus areas they have for their particular year group. This can be done formally by attending start of the year information evenings and informally through conversations, reading newsletters and staying in touch in digitally and in real-time.

Trust their professionalism

Children need to know that their parents are fully behind what their teachers are trying to achieve if they are going to commit fully to learning. The best way to support your child’s teacher is to trust their knowledge, professionalism and experience. Avoid the temptation to question the expertise of teachers in front of students, particularly when the teachers use methods that you are unfamiliar with. Initiate conversations with teachers around methodology to give them the chance to explain the approach they are taking.

Go through the right channels

Despite the best teaching practices things do go wrong at school. Kids experience learning difficulties. Conflict and peer rejection happen. Kids will often come home from school with grievances, and call on you for assistance. Resist the urge to react emotionally. If you need to contact teachers do so respectfully, calmly and through the correct channels. A measured response will generally achieve the best result for your child.

Utilise their resources

Teachers and schools often put a lot of work into sourcing and sharing credible resources that they think will help parents. Take the time to read, utilise and enjoy the information provided to you. It’s intended to make your parenting journey easier, which will also benefit your child not just at school, but at home. If your school doesn’t yet have a clearly defined source in place, consider suggesting one to the teacher, such as the Parenting Ideas memberships for schools.

Build links to student learning

There’s a huge body of research that points to the correlation between parent engagement in student learning and their educational success. If you want your child to improve their learning, take an interest in what they are doing. Follow school and teacher guidelines about helping at home and attend as many conferences, meetings and events involving your child as possible. This strategy has a significant, long-term impact on your child’s attitude to learning.

Stay in touch

Life’s not always smooth sailing for kids of any age. Family circumstances change. Friends move away. Illness happens. Mental health challenges can hit anyone at any time. These changes affect learning. Make sure that you keep teachers up to date with significant changes or difficulties that your child or young person experiences so they can accommodate your child’s emotional and learning needs at school.

Be loyal

Show your loyalty to your child’s teachers by being an advocate. Talk positively about your child’s teacher and school, rather than being negative about them when speaking in the wider community. Teachers hold very public positions and generally work hard to build good reputations both within their school and their wider education community. Consider a teacher’s reputation among the community and also with children when you discuss educational matters with others.

Building healthy parent–teacher relationships doesn’t just happen

It takes goodwill from both sides, a commitment to setting aside the time necessary to support the home-based learning tasks that are expected, and a willingness to communicate both concerns and commendations through the correct channels.

Senior School Co-ordinator

Senior News… It has been wonderful to see students return refreshed after the autumn holiday break. We encourage senior students to reflect on their Term …

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Senior News…

It has been wonderful to see students return refreshed after the autumn holiday break. We encourage senior students to reflect on their Term 1 results and to implement strategies that work for them, to kick off the new term strongly.

Academic Updates

We are currently mid-semester, so students are halfway through their semester studies. At the end of this term, report cards are written on assessment results for Terms 1 &2.

Students in Year 11 are currently working on Unit 1 work and will be eligible to receive one credit point for each school subject for the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Credits will be banked when an overall pass for the semester’s worth of work is achieved. This will repeat in Year 11, for Unit 2.

Year 12 students are eligible to receive two credit points per school subject for their QCE, based on an overall pass for Unit 3 & Unit 4 work combined. The added emphasis, in the final year of schooling, is passing the ‘subject pair’ (the years’ worth of work).

This does require careful planning and commitment by students, to have a weekly study and homework plan along with support from family and school. There are many staff available to provide extra support to any students needing further assistance in Senior College. It is very much our desire that every student works and achieves their God- given potential.

Senior students are also encouraged to reflect on their balance of work, study, and personal time. Being a senior student can be demanding, so students should try and engage in a balanced lifestyle, one that has a suitable study program tied to healthy recreational activities.

A healthy work-life balance can assist greatly with achieving success & boosting grades.

Lifestyle Tips For Students

  1. SLEEP

Make sure you are catching those Z’s. For high school students, 8 hours of sleep or more will allow you to excel in the classroom and stay alert while you study. Younger students may need 9-10 hours per night.

  1. EAT BRAIN FOOD

Brain food comes in all shapes and sizes, from fruits and veggies to nuts and seeds. Avoid fatty and sugary snacks. Try broccoli for vitamin K and pumpkin seeds for zinc. Focus on getting a variety of vitamins every day.

  1. GET ACTIVE

Exercise every day. Regular physical activity boosts mental alertness and energy levels required to study effectively. An active body is part of a healthy mind.

  1. READ THE NEWS

Keep up with current events and gain the knowledge you need to apply what you learn in class to real life. Reading non-assigned material is also a great way to discover what truly interests you.

  1. ENJOY YOUR TIME AWAY FROM SCHOOL WORK

When you’re not in the classroom or studying, make sure you enjoy yourself. Get outside, connect with friends, and have fun. Enjoying life reduces school-induced stress.

Senior Updates & Date Claimers

  • Tuesday 3rd May: Elevate Education Sessions

ü  Year 10 – Time Management (03/05)

ü  Year 11 – Ace your exams (03/05)

ü  Year 12 – Student Elevation (17/05)

Elevate Education has been conducting study skills programs for the past 15 years all over Australia. These sessions are designed to further assist your child in their study habits for future study and/or employment opportunities.

They can help develop a different approach to study skills and we encourage families to discuss proposed strategies and what works best for your child in their learning.

  • Friday 20th May: Year 10 Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo Excursion
  • Tuesday 31 May: Year 11 (2023) Subject Information Evening (5pm – 6:15pm)

During the session, information about the QCE system, various senior packages, and subjects for Year 11, 2023will be presented. .

  • 13th-17th June: Year 10 Careers Week – a compulsory week with many educational activities that are planned to be of great benefit to your child. Please email Mrs Liz Lenton (Careers & Vocational Coordinator) if you have any questions. elenton@parklands.qld.edu.au

o   After this week there is a three-week holiday break where we ask that holidays are taken.

  • Monday 20 to Friday 24 June: Opt-in Work Experience. Please see Mrs Lenton’s home communication on early due dates of work experience paperwork (to be returned by 3rd May).

We encourage students to have many conversations with you, their families, and to continually seek God’s will for their lives.

If you have any questions, we are here to support your child through their senior schooling journey.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via Student Services or direct via email at: rwallis@parklands.qld.edu.au

Blessings,

Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Coordinator of Senior College

Middle School Co-ordinator

Term 2 begins! It’s been a lovely start to Term 2 in middle school with some community events able to run after some rescheduling. It …

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Middle School Co-ordinator

Term 2 begins! It’s been a lovely start to Term 2 in middle school with some community events able to run after some rescheduling. It was great to start Week 1 with our Year 9 students on camp, and then Week 2 with our annual Cross-Country carnival. I was able to visit Year 9 camp on their second day – they were happy, settled, engaged and enjoying the perfect weather! It was incredible to watch them challenge themselves on some of the obstacles, ultimately growing their character as young men and women. The Cross-Country carnival had perfect weather, right up until the last competitor crossed the finish line, and within a minute the rain started! Carnival days are always special times of building relationships and community, and this one was certainly no exception. A big (somewhat begrudging… go Samuel!) congratulations to Joshua House, who took out this carnival by a small margin!

This term, we have lots of events happening again (yay!). A few that are coming up soon include:

Secondary Profile Evening

On Tuesday 3rd May, teachers and families have an opportunity to meet together to discuss students’ learning journey at school. This is a great way to build connections between home and school. Please arrive to the Senior Precinct (VOC buildings / Cully Centre), where you will find teachers across a range of rooms. Secondary captains will be on hand to help you find your bookings. If you were unable to book in with a particular teacher, please contact them directly by email, and they can arrange a time to meet with you.

NAPLAN – Years 3, 5, 7 & 9

NAPLAN is an annual assessment that our Year 3, 5, 7 & 9 students participate in. It occurs at school during school hours, and in middle school, students will be able to use their Macbooks through secure/locked web browsers. Tests take place over 4 days, with one test per day. If your child is unwell or away on the day of a test, please let us know as soon as you are able to – we are able to catch students up. Further information was emailed home earlier in the term, but if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. For Year 7 and 9 students, the following schedule of testing applies:
• Tuesday 10th May: Reading Test
• Wednesday 11th May: Writing Test
• Thursday 12th May: Conventions of Language Test
• Friday 13th May: Numeracy Test

Then, looking ahead in Term 2, it’s going to be a very busy one for all our middle school students. As we begin the journey through this jam-packed term, I would like to encourage our resilient and courageous middle school students that God calls us to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go”. Sometimes, being strong and courageous looks like abseiling down a cliff face when you are terrified (shoutout to Year 9!), but sometimes, being strong and courageous can look like quietly asking your teacher for help when you are struggling. PCC staff and I are so looking forward to walking with you as you learn and grow this term!

Kristie Schulz
Acting Middle School Coordinator

Secondary News

Year 8 This term, the Year 8s are learning about the Medieval era, from its early beginnings after the great Roman Empire through to the …

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Secondary News

Year 8

This term, the Year 8s are learning about the Medieval era, from its early beginnings after the great Roman Empire through to the end of it with Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. So far, we have been looking at how the Roman Empire fell and how the invading tribes created their own kingdoms in its place (thus beginning the early Middle Ages). In this era, a crucial tactic in warfare (for various cultures) was the shield wall. This formation required training, discipline, and unity of the warriors who fought for their nation. In our lesson on April 28th, the students were given an introduction to this form of warfare. They approached it with great enthusiasm, offering very insightful reflections after the exercise!

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Writers’ Workshop

Students in our Writers’ Workshop have been interviewing staff and writing articles. Here is this months interview with Amanda Young, written by Clare Richardson.

PCC Writers Workshop articles

Tuckshop ordering

Secondary Students please note all hot food purchased from the Tuckshop needs to be preordered online.

Primary News

Year 1 Year 1 has had a great start to Term 2 and has been fully engaged in our learning. We started the term learning …

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Primary News

Year 1

Year 1 has had a great start to Term 2 and has been fully engaged in our learning.

We started the term learning all about Healthy Living. We explored ways we can keep our body fueled and working at its best and we discovered some fun ways to stay physically active.

During HASS, we have been learning about mapping. The children have been really excited about drawing maps and have done an amazing job so far!We used all our energy at Cross Country this week and it was so lovely to be able to have so many parents back at school for this event. The children all did really well, considering the long morning for them and change in routine.

Mrs Brown so kindly crocheted poppies for us for ANZAC day. They felt so proud to wear it at our ANZAC Day Chapel.

Stay tuned for more exciting adventures from Year 1 next newsletter!

Mrs Clausen, Mrs Brown, Mrs Mane, Mrs S and Year 1

Year 2

Year Two has many exciting events happening this term. Along with their new curriculum content, the students will participate in the Cross Country carnival. As a part of their Arts curriculum students will also participate in the Evergreen Theatre.

The main content this term will be learning about Water – a natural and non-renewable resource, the geographic divisions, scale of divisions and their connections to places, writing narratives, and using money to buy and sell items.  Students will become scientists and conduct scientific investigations learning the necessary inquiry skills to be successful in Science. God created an amazing world that upon investigation will astound you.

The photos below are of our first science investigation. The students investigated which substance will melt water the fastest? Salt, bicarb soda, flour or sugar? Ask your child what they discovered in their investigation.

Year 2 Team

Year 3

We had so much fun and learnt a lot about States of Matter and experiments during our block of experiments at the end of Term 1. The students really enjoyed all the hands on experiences and working together in groups. One of the favourite experiments was melting chocolate under different conditions. We were supposed to use the sun to melt the chocolate but of course it was a cloudy, cool day so we used our arm pits instead! It was actually very successful, not to mention a lot more fun!

Our last day of Term 1 was a highlight. Despite some disappointment with the postponing of the Cross Country, we spent the day having fun together and doing all things Easter! We made stained glass crosses, empty tombs, rocking chicks, Easter biscuits, watched an Easter movie and of course made an Easter basket with some Easter eggs.

It has been great to be back together after the holidays and to hear lots of exciting news of all the holiday experiences. We have started off our term with a unit on Persuasive writing as we prepare for NAPLAN in week 4.

The students have also been very excited to start our technology unit where we are learning about Chromebooks and their programs as well as exploring the Google suite. Now we are in Upper Primary, we also have our own logins as we learn to be more independent.
We are looking forward to more learning and fun as we move into our term 2 learning. We are praying for you all as we continue to navigate Covid and the ‘sick’ season.

Year 3 Team
Mrs Dayna Davis, Mrs Renée Imms, Mrs Sue Martin and Mrs Christine Uwamurera.

Sport

Friday the 22nd of April, we sent 4 teams to compete at the CSSAQ Touch Competition. These teams have been training since the start of …

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Sport

Friday the 22nd of April, we sent 4 teams to compete at the CSSAQ Touch Competition. These teams have been training since the start of the year, and their preparation was on full display throughout the day. We had both junior teams play up in the intermediate division with both of them getting a win on the day which is a huge effort. Our Senior boys made it to the semi final, only to be knocked out in over time drop off. The intermediate girls (9/10) team pushed all day and became the first Parklands Girls team to win a CSSAQ Touch Competition, well done girls.

I would also like to acknowledge all the students who made the CSSAQ Merit team.

Mercedes Barallon
Tayzha Timu
Connor Peacock
Judah Cully
Alex Ndikubwimana Niyonku
Ashton Halvey
Joel Mitchell

Thank you to all the students for your commitment and to Mr Werner, Mr Volau and Mr Gilmour for coaching these students to great success.

In week 2 we held our College Cross Country which was rescheduled from the end of term 1. The weather held off and the day was a hit. We had competition on the track as well as in the Tug of War. There was plenty of house spirit shown through dress ups and students showed great encouragement towards each other. It was great to see parents back in numbers supporting the students and we look forward to the continued support throughout the year. Joshua house were too strong again taking their second victory of the year. Well done to Joshua 847 defeating Samuel 734. Well done to all the students for their commitment to the day, whether it was running the events, being in the tug of war or helping staff run the day, it is great to see the school community work together to contribute to such a successful day. Congratulations to all our age champions from Prep to Grade 12, well done.

Careers and VET News

Update from the Careers and VET Desk: Year 10 Focus: Year 10 Career Education Program Throughout Term 2, during Pastoral Care lessons, all Year 10 …

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Careers and VET News

Update from the Careers and VET Desk:

Year 10 Focus:

Year 10 Career Education Program

Throughout Term 2, during Pastoral Care lessons, all Year 10 students will broaden their understanding of their strengths, personality and enduring transferable soft skills in relation to career pathways of interest to them. Students will also research pathways towards their careers through a variety of platforms, to inform their senior subject selection.

Careers Week

The career education program will culminate in Week 9 (Monday 13 – Thursday 16 June, 2022), when Year 10 students will participate in a variety of career exploration and development activities as a part of Parklands Christian College’s Careers Week. This week will involve SET Planning interviews for students and parents (optional), and a rotation of resume building, job interview preparation, virtual reality career exploration, virtual work experience, and work readiness activities. Students also participate in mock job interviews with senior staff as they practice their interview skills. Towards the end of the week all Year 10 students will participate in an Experience Day at a variety of institutions such as Griffith University and Tafe Qld Southbank.

Senior Subject Information Evening

On Tuesday 31 May, 2022, students and parents are invited to the Year 10 into Year 11 subject information evening. During the session, we will be presenting information about the QCE system, with a focus on how Parklands Christian College is preparing students and on pathways and subjects being offered for Year 11, 2023. We will present information about the transition into Years 11-12, and your child will receive a pack with some information on the QCE system and on subject offerings. Further information will be sent to families regarding the Subject Selection Information Evening.

Year 12 Focus:

Our Year 12 students continue to meet with Mrs Lenton in one-on-one sessions to discuss their post schooling plans and research their pathway opportunities. These sessions can bring confidence to our students as they become aware of the variety of pathways and opportunities available to them. Also, if students are unsure of their career direction after school, they are offered Career Coaching sessions.

For fortnightly updates on all things careers and future studies and employment, be sure to read the PCC Careers Bulletins emailed to all Secondary College students and parents.
Contact details – careers@parklands.qld.edu.au

PCC Library

Welcome to Term 2 in the Library! The students are very excited to be able to borrow new books which they and teachers have requested. …

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PCC Library

Welcome to Term 2 in the Library!

The students are very excited to be able to borrow new books which they and teachers have requested. These include:
• New and replacement copies of Shannon Hale graphic novels
• The Pokémon series
Anh Do series books
• Information texts on the human body, animals and Habitats (Year 2 curriculum)
• New Fairy Tales (Year 4 Narratives)
• Texts to support the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
• New popular fiction for students in Years 7-12, including Dear Evan Hansen and titles by Adam Silvera

Snap shot of Term 1:

In Term I, 2996 books were borrowed from the Library. Great effort by the students and also the families and teachers who have supported them in their Reading Journey.

The top library borrowers in Term 1 are:

  • Olivia Szanto – Year 3 – 48
  • Norah Ashley – Year 4 – 34
  • Theodora Szanto – Year 3 – 27
  • Fareeha Ahmed- Year 5 – 18
  • Jaskirat Kaur – Year 3 – 17
  • John O’Donnell – Year 4 – 17
  • Maisie Hill – Year 2 – 16
  • Meischa Townsend – Year 4 – 16

Each year Scholastic sponsors the Read More in May event. Students are asked to read for 10 minutes each day during May.

To take the Reading Challenge:

  1. Go to https://scholastic.e-newsletter.com.au/ausignup .

You’ll go in the draw to WIN one of 5 book packs!

  1. Track daily reading all May with the fun Sea Creature Reading Log. https://www.scholastic.com.au/media/6980/nfrm-log-a4.pdf
  2. All participants will be emailed a certificate and a Scholastic book voucher at the end of the challenge.
  3. Students who wish to do the Challenge in the Library at Break Times and Structured Play, can collect a Reading Log from Mrs. Drover, who will oversee all the details of registering, monitoring the Reading Log and organising certificates and vouchers.

Also in May:

What a wonderful month for reading and all things Library!

PCC Instrumental Music

Psalm 96:2 “Sing to the Lord; praise His name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.” Welcome to Term 2! Despite the challenges …

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PCC Instrumental Music

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

Welcome to Term 2! Despite the challenges so far, this year promises to be another year of growth & excitement in the Parklands Instrumental Music Programme as we watch our new Give It A Go! students develop and continue to encourage our existing students to continue to learn & grow. We have sadly said farewell to Mr Grant Davies, our Guitar & Drumkit teacher; we are currently seeking to appoint a new teacher as soon as possible.

Lessons & Rehearsals

All instrumental lessons (except guitar & drumkit) have resumed for Term 2.  All Choir & Ensemble rehearsals have also begun, including the Give It A Go! Band who had their first rehearsal in week 1 – so exciting! It’s so good to hear these young players coming together for the first time.

Ensembles & Choirs include:

–       Primary Junior Choir (Year 2 & 3) – Wednesday, 7:50-8:20am in Mrs Patane’s room

–       Primary Senior Choir (Years 4-6) – Thursday, 2:30-3:10pm in Mrs Patane’s room

–       Give It A Go! Band (Year 4 GIAG woodwind, brass & percussion students) – Thursday, 7:30-8:15am in L5

–       Wind Ensemble (Years 4-12, woodwind, brass & percussion students with minimum 12 months experience) – Tuesday, 7:30-8:15am in L5

–       College Worship Team (Years 7-12) – Tuesday, 3:20-4:45pm in the Church Auditorium

Choirs are open to all students regardless of whether or not they’re having lessons, and no experience is necessary. The Give It A Go! Band is generally reserved for students in the Give It A Go! Programme as it caters for beginner students. Wind, brass & percussion students continuing to have lessons at school will play in the Wind Ensemble, and anyone else who has lessons outside of school is also welcome to join this ensemble.

Performances

Term 2 is a busy one for performances, and we’ve seen some already. Our Wind Ensemble, Primary Senior Choir & Worship Team singers combined for the first time to lead the hymn & National Anthem for our College ANZAC Day Service. The students played & sang beautifully, and it was fantastic to hear them make such a wonderful contribution to this important occasion.

Of course the College Fete is coming up on Sat 28th May, so all Ensembles & Choirs will be performing throughout the day. More information will be coming regarding this day, so stay tuned for details from your child’s Ensemble director.

We are also planning to hold a smaller concert for students to perform solos, either vocal or instrumental, later in the term. This will be a great opportunity for those who perhaps play instruments such as the piano which aren’t involved in larger Ensembles, to perform for a live audience. Watch out for more details about this event.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

We’re excited to be welcoming our next group of Give It A Go! students this year, and so far they’re doing very well. Lessons have begun already, but if you or your child are interested in being a part of this programme, please check the details below.

Instruments on offer in the Give It A Go! Band Programme include:

–       Flute
–       Clarinet
–       Saxophone
–       Trumpet
–       Trombone
–       Baritone/Euphonium
–       Percussion (includes drums, auxiliary & mallet percussion)

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

  1. Give It A Go! Band Programme – Year 4 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 $33/30mins.

  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 $20/30mins for a Group of 2 or $15/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability.

Enrolment forms can be downloaded below, and are also available by emailing instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

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Community Notices

School holiday and Writing and Art Workshops Our next school holiday writing and art camps are coming soon. They will be held during the school …

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Community Notices

School holiday and Writing and Art Workshops

Our next school holiday writing and art camps are coming soon.
They will be held during the school holidays, starting on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 and running until Thursday, July 7, 2022 at Sheldon College.

There will be a three day camp for children aged 9 to 14 and a one day workshop for children aged 7 to 10.

Park Ridge Football Club

OzSports Woolworths Cricket Blast Program

In Sync Kids OT have a satellite clinic within Parklands Christian College providing private Occupational Therapy Services specifically to students of the school. In Sync Kids Occupational Therapy specialises in sensory integration and neurodevelopment.  Kelsey Hackett is the Occupational Therapist and point of contact for the satellite clinic within Parklands Christian College.

Kelsey Hackett has experience working as a paediatric occupational therapist since 2015 in the United States and has relocated to Brisbane in 2021. She has her Bachelors of Psychology and Master of Occupational Therapy degree. She has worked in the clinic-based and school-based settings with children of all ages and a wide range of diagnoses for the past 7 years.

For any additional information regarding Occupational Therapy services, please contact Kelsey Hackett kelsey.hackett@insynckidsot.com  and feel free to look at the In Sync Kids OT website for more information http://www.insynckidsot.com

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.

 

Chess Mates Club

Parklands CC

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.

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

Qld Cricket

LDCA All-Girls Free Program LYAG A3 poster

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

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 the Club Office: 1300 101 303

Brisbane Roar Active Program

Our Easter Holiday Period Schedule

The Brisbane Roar are bringing their Roar Active Holiday Clinics to the following ever popular SUN SAFE locations for our Summer Clinic’s . This is an ideal way to gain extra skills and game awareness while having FUN with our expert Team of Coach’s.

Indoor clinics – Easter 2022

Monday Tuesday Wednesday   4th 5th 6th April Brisbane City Indoor Sports, Coorparoo
ages 6-12 –  Times 9am-12pm – 3 day clinic

https://roaractive.com.au/event/coorparoo-3-day-indoor-clinic-easter-2022/

Thursday Friday 7th 8th April Living Faith Lutheran Indoor Sports Hall, Murrumba Downs
Ages 7-11 Times  9am-12pm 2 day clinic

https://roaractive.com.au/event/living-faith-lutheran-2-day-clinic/

Monday Tuesday 11th 12th April   Brisbane Albion Indoor Sports, Albion
Ages 6-12 Times 11am-2pm– 2 day clinic

https://roaractive.com.au/event/albion-indoor-sports-2-day-clinic-easter-2022/

Wonderful clinic’s for children to learn new skills while having FUN playing our beautiful game in a safe environment. As the foundational program for kids of all levels and skill abilities, the Brisbane Roar Active Program promotes fun and excitement in our next generation of footballers. To view, receive more information and register for these clinics please go to www.roaractive.com.au  and select Holiday Programs.

Free Dental Care

FREE DENTAL CARE

Uniform Shop Hours

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

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Uniform Shop Hours

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

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

Please Note:

As from January 2022 we no longer accept any additional second hand items to sell. We will still be selling second hand uniforms that we have previously received. If you would like to sell your uniforms second hand, please sell them privately or through our parent managed and monitored Facebook page: Facebook Link

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 Great News! Your tuckshop has received a 5 STAR rating on the EAT SAFE LOGAN CERTIFICATE for the second year in a row. …

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Tuckshop

Tuckshop news

Great News! Your tuckshop has received a 5 STAR rating on the EAT SAFE LOGAN CERTIFICATE for the second year in a row. This is a great achievement and all credit to our wonderful Tuckshop convenor and staff.

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

Secondary Students please note all hot food purchased from the Tuckshop needs to be preordered online.

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 2022

 

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%

2022 Term Dates

Term Dates 2022 final

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2022 Term Dates

Term Dates 2022 final

Parklands OSHC

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

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Parklands OSHC

Parklands OSHC will be open for bookings for the upcoming 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 Pass Information for 2022 Bus Queensland is making a number of changes to schools runs for term 1 2022 that may impact your child’s …

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Bus Service

Bus Pass Information for 2022

Bus Queensland is making a number of changes to schools runs for term 1 2022 that may impact your child’s travel arrangements. A list of these changes can be found at https://www.busqld.com.au/term-1-2022-changes. If you have any concerns or queries, please contact us at customers@busqld.com.au or 3802 1233.

PRT Term 1 2022 Notice of service changes

More Bus Services?

We have had a number of enquiries requesting if we could get our existing Bus Qld bus routes extended into more areas south of our College. For Bus Qld to consider this, they require you to email them directly. If the added service could be of benefit to you and your children, please email Bus Qld at reception@busqld.com.au

For bus travel in the Logan Reserve area, please call Logan Coaches on 5546 3077.