Primary Student’s Achievement:
Connor Peacock – QLD State Go Kart Titles Results
Connor Peacock competes in the sport of ‘Sprint Go Kart’ racing and has been racing since he was 7 years old. KA4 Junior is a highly competitive class, for kids aged 13-16 years of age and at age 11, he is the youngest person in the sports history to be competing in this category.
At age 11, Connor shows wisdom in his racing beyond his years and doesn’t allow the older kids to get the better of him. KA4 Junior has Connor racing his 100cc IAME KA100 powered Arrow X5 Go Kart, at speeds of 110kph bumper to bumper with other competitors around, just 2inches off the ground.
Over the racing year that was impacted by COVID 19, Connor still competed in 12 events at various tracks across Australia and managed to secure enough podium finishes to qualify in the top 30 kids in his class in all of QLD. This earned himself a spot at the QLD Kart Championship, which was held at his home track of Ipswich Kart Club over the October long weekend – which was a huge honour for him and an achievement in itself.
The QLD Kart Championship weekend saw Connor fight hard across 131kms of racing over 3 days and ultimately finish 10th in QLD for his class of KA4 Junior and moving him up the national rankings to stand 15th in Australia. As the youngest person to ever compete in this class at a State Championship level, Connor’s results are outstanding and something we are extremely proud of him for achieving.
Steven Peacock and Mr J
Year 1 has had a busy, yet fun Term 4 so far.
We are busy making memories as the end of 2020 is drawing near. Book Week was a wonderful highlight. Year 1 participated in a variety of activities in the classroom throughout the week as we enjoyed reading many of our favourite books. Dressing up as our favourite character was definitely entertaining. It is fabulous to see the children so excited about reading.
We have been revising many of our math concepts and daily math groups are keeping everyone engaged as they consolidate math skills. Our Sound and Light Unit in Science has been stretching our minds and the classes loved using mini torches while making discoveries about transparent, translucent and opaque objects.
Until next time! Take care!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh and Year 1!
Hello everyone and welcome back to term 4.
My name is Beth Tailby and I teach Auslan here at parklands on Thursday. My background has been in education for 27 years. I started as a teachers aide and then progressed to teaching, lecturing, finally receiving my PhD and working as a Principal Project Officer in EQ before returning to teaching. I lost all of my hearing about 16 years ago and slowly learned Auslan. Although I speak the same as a hearing person, I am blessed to have Auslan to fill the gaps and provide me access to conversations and give a proud identity of a Deaf Aboriginal Woman. I want to give this gift to everyone also.
Parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are welcome to participate in Auslan for families on Thursday mornings at 8 am. If children wish to bring a friend they are very welcome to do so. Many Deaf and Hard of Hearing children who do not find a place within the Deaf community will find it hard to get support and access the curriculum with hearing aids or cochlear alone. When a person reads lips they only access a maximum of 30% of what is said and then have to make up the rest. This process is exhausting and will lead to fatigue and loss of information. Auslan provides a gap filler for those who are in this position. Those who are non-verbal for any reason, Auslan can provide a pathway for expression and access to their peers.
Last term we decided to introduce vocabulary in a different way. We organised with the kitchen staff to cook breakfast. Matthew and I had a ball, made a mess and ate a huge feed of pancakes. We would like to have more people participate so we can share breakfast together as a larger signing group.
Do not worry if you do not know any Auslan. It’s easy to learn. We are planning a walking weave where we walk around the school and learn relevant school based signs. We will again cook breakfast or maybe sit under a tree and have some basic conversations.
This Term I hope to see more of you there. We meet at the library at 8 am and will then take off on our Auslan adventure.
Take care everyone and again, I hope to see you all soon