In this issue

  • Primary Build Update
  • End of Year Events
  • Arts Gala
  • Term Dates 2023

Sport

Congratulations to all our award recipients at our Annual Secondary Sports Awards

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Sport

Congratulations to all our award recipients at our Annual Secondary Sports Awards

2023 Term Dates

Term Dates 2023

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Term Dates 2023

Primary News

Parent Lounge Portal The new Parent Lounge Portal will be gradually rolled out throughout November. The Parent Lounge is to provide transparency between the classroom …

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Primary News

Parent Lounge Portal

The new Parent Lounge Portal will be gradually rolled out throughout November. The Parent Lounge is to provide transparency between the classroom and home and to help parents stay actively involved in their child’s journey with easy access to student, academic and calendar information. You will receive an email with access information over the coming weeks. Not all families will receive access at the same time – it’s a gradual roll out.

Primary Cubing Club

It has been a great month at Cubing Club this month! We got some new speed cubes as well as some timers. This has meant that those students who can now solve their cubes, are able to practice getting better times and racing each other to solve the cube. These are the first steps to holding a PCC Cubing Competition which we are hoping will take place in 2023.

I have been impressed with many of our younger Cubers who have been persevering with learning to solve the cube. It is a long process that takes a lot of practice and there are a lot of younger students making progress each week and showing us their resilience and perseverance skills!

This month we also started a Staff Cubing Club where some of our teachers have begun learning to solve the Cube. It has opened up some great teacher/student competition as to who will learn to solve the cube first.

We are looking forward to our end of year Cubing Club celebration and also learning some things we can do over the holidays to continue our Cubing journey!

Cube On!
Dayna Davis

Year 1

Year 1 has enjoyed the first half of term 4 and has been super busy.

We kicked off the term with some fun and engaging lessons about Sound and Light. We particularly enjoyed learning about how soundwaves move through water and how the amount of water in a glass can affect the sounds that we hear.

Art lessons have been super colourful this term and we love rolling our sleeves up and experimenting with paint. We are a talented bunch of artists!

We’ve also become experts at measuring objects in and around our classrooms using a variety of informal units to compare length.

We are looking forward to Carols Night and can’t wait to sing for you.

Last but not least, we are excited to be going to SeaWorld during our last week of school. We’d love to have parents come along and help, so please let us know if you’re available.

Until next time, take care!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Brown, Mrs Mane, Mrs S and Year 1!

Year 3

What a month October has been! It is easy to tell that Christmas is on its way with so much happening at school and out of school. This month, Year 3 have been excited to start our Christmas celebrations during CLS. Each week we have been learning about a different part of the Christmas story and then creating a craft that relates to the story. We have made angels, stars, donkeys and our favourite one was decorating nativity cookies! We are looking forward to more Christmas celebrations over the coming weeks.

All of the students enjoy literacy groups each week and this term we have focused on literacy games and how much more we learn when we have fun doing it! The students have also built their knowledge and stamina for spelling during group time. Plus everything is more fun with friends!

The start of gymnastics this month has been another favourite activity for Year 3. Each week in PE, students have been using new skills (and new muscles) by participating in gymnastics sessions. Although it is hard work, it is rewarding and another great way to stretch themselves (no pun intended).

The next few weeks will be extremely busy as we head into our end of year assessment as well as end of year celebrations. We are looking forward to having loads of fun together in the coming month!

Year 3 Team
Dayna Davis, Renee Imms, Sue Martin and Christine Uwamurera

Year 4

The Year 4 students have definitely proven that they really enjoy stem challenges. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and is meaningful way for children to consolidate learning and make discoveries and best of all … it is lots of fun. Last week we made towers that had to be free standing, one metre tall and resist a ‘gentle’ breeze. We must admit that the teachers enjoyed making the ‘gentle’ breezes to try and push the towers over. These towers could be made from scrap paper, paddle pop sticks and masking tape. It was particularly pleasing to see how the children manipulated the materials together to reinforce their structures.

This week we made chairs to hold a stuffed toy. The guidelines were that it was once again free standing, be stable enough to remain standing with the addition of the toy and be made from only scrap paper and masking tape. The real challenge however, was that the students only had 2 metres of tape. The children quickly learnt that tape was a very precious commodity and had to be very carefully used. The groans as chairs collapsed and the happy dances as chairs held the weight was the joy of hands on learning ringing through the rooms. In the next few weeks the challenge will be to build a free standing bridge that will hold the weight of a toy bump truck, so yes, there is more fun ahead.

 

Senior School Co-ordinator

SENIOR UPDATES Schoolbox Pilot Program As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, teachers are continuing to work on setting up our new learning management system, Schoolbox, …

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Senior School Co-ordinator

SENIOR UPDATES

Schoolbox Pilot Program

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, teachers are continuing to work on setting up our new learning management system, Schoolbox, which will replace a number of existing systems next year. The full launch will be in 2023 and so trialing has commenced with some of the features of Schoolbox and with some classes this term. If your child’s class is involved in the trial, please enjoy your sneak preview of the platform and let us know your thoughts.

Year 12

As I write this newsletter article, the Year 12’s are in the midst of completing final assessment, tutorials and their external examinations.

Year 12 recently shared a breakfast to mark the beginning of their three week exam block. They also had some prayer with each other and staff. Thank you to the Year 10 and 11 Hospitality students and staff who had an extra early morning and helped prepare breakfast!

Year 12 is a challenging year and we are very proud of how our seniors are conducting and applying themselves to their studies. We continue to uphold them in our prayers at this busy time.

Year 11

Shortly, Year 11 families will receive a home communication update on their Year 11 child’s progress for Units 1 and 2, with a forecast of their credits and eligibility for the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), or Queensland Certificate of Independent Achievement (QCIA) across Units 1-4.

The new QCE system is rigorous and as such, we strongly promote and encourage all senior students to be committed to their studies and to understand that whilst undertaking full-time study, schooling must be their first priority. We also encourage a study routine that incorporates daily revision, along with the completion of work – both class and assessment based.

Please know that first and foremost we care about each individual student. Where needed, we can provide you and your child with further individual advice, support with study strategies and options for changes to their Senior College pathways. Please let your child’s Home Class teacher, Mrs Elizabeth Lenton (Careers & Vocational Coordinator), Mrs Abby Dixon-Sali (Year 10 Coordinator) or myself know if this would be helpful.

Year 10

We are so proud of our Year 10’s and how much they have grown since their first day of Senior College. On Monday 14th to Friday 18th November, Year 10’s are only required to attend school during exams and scheduled assessment items that they are currently enrolled in. This is a step to help them transition into preparing for their senior External Assessments (EAs).

Thank you for looking out for this home communication and for returning the attached Study-At-Home form. Student attendance during the last weeks of classes is crucial. The “Study at Home Permission” notes are due back by the 11 November and assist in the non-accrual of absences. A reminder, QCAA only allows 10 unexplained absences per year and unexplained absences can place a student at risk of not graduating that year level.

Students will also have the option of coming to school during sessions, where they have no assessment, to complete work in one of the allocated study rooms.
If you have any questions about Year 10, Mrs Abby Dixon-Sali (Year 10 Coordinator) will be able to assist you with any enquiries.
Absence for Examinations

A reminder, students in Years 10-12 who are absent for an examination MUST have a medical certificate, dated the day of their exam, to explain their absence. For Year 12, QCAA request more detail than “unfit for duty”. In Year 12, the medical certificate must include multiple days (if your child misses more than one examination). Please contact the College if you have any questions on this matter.

End of Year Procedures & Celebratory Events

Where did the year go? With just a few short weeks before the end of the academic year, life is very busy for our seniors as they finalise end of year assessment

Coming Up:

Year 12 Final Days

On 14 – 18 November, Year 12 have their compulsory final days of activities. Each day entails important rehearsals for Awards Night and Graduation morning. There are also guest speakers and some really fun outside activities planned for our seniors, to enjoy their final school week. A Year 12 home communication, with further detail, is scheduled to be sent home shorty.

Awards Night

We look forward to celebrating all of our students at the upcoming Awards Night ceremony on Tuesday 15 November. This is a compulsory evening to celebrate all achievements for the academic year. In exceptional circumstances, when attendance is not possible, a written explanation should be submitted to Student Services.

Students are asked to arrive at the Baskerville Sports Centre by 6:45pm. Seniors need to wear their winter academic uniform. We look forward to celebrating with all of our secondary students.

Year 12 Graduation

The Year 12’s will be graduating from the College in a Graduation ceremony on 18 November. This will be a time in which the whole College acknowledges the work and dedication of their formal education and celebrates and blesses them as they depart secondary school. The morning celebration continues with a morning tea prior to an early departure, to prepare for their formal evening.
So, it is a very busy yet rewarding time of year. On behalf of all the Secondary team, we are praying for your children as they complete final assessment. Prayers for motivation; to finish off strongly, for good health, for wise decisions about sleep and healthy food, and for thoughts to be recalled with ease in their examinations.

If you have any questions, please contact me through Student Services or direct via email at: rwallis@parklands.qld.edu.au

Blessings,
Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Coordinator of Senior College

Secondary News

Parent Lounge Portal The new Parent Lounge Portal will be gradually rolled out throughout November. The Parent Lounge is to provide transparency between the classroom …

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Secondary News

Parent Lounge Portal

The new Parent Lounge Portal will be gradually rolled out throughout November. The Parent Lounge is to provide transparency between the classroom and home and to help parents stay actively involved in their child’s journey with easy access to student, academic and calendar information. You will receive an email with access information over the coming weeks. Not all families will receive access at the same time – it’s a gradual roll out.

Year 9 Art

As part of the Year 9 Visual Arts Program, students are required to design and create an assemblage sculpture relating to the concept of environmental issues.

Today, students had the opportunity to go on a short excursion to a local Op-Shop, called “Reverse Garbage”. They attended a workshop where they learned the concept of “Reduce, Recycle, Reuse” and manipulated unusual recycled materials. Students also had the opportunity to buy materials that could be used to communicate their chosen environmental issues. This was a fun and new experience for them to be inspired and innovative.

Tuckshop ordering

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

PCC Outreach

On Country Reflections My name is Pippa Campbell. I’m in Year 12 and I had the privilege to join the On Country team this year. …

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PCC Outreach

On Country Reflections

My name is Pippa Campbell. I’m in Year 12 and I had the privilege to join the On Country team this year. As teenagers we are comforted by our day-to-day life but On Country, we are put into a challenging environment being faced with cultural shock and hard manual labor. For most of us it was an environment that we were unfamiliar with. However with the amazing support from our teachers, mentors and peers we were all able to create a safe space to grow and push ourselves.

This trip gave all of us the opportunity to utilize our strengths for the greater good of helping another community. It was amazing to see how each person could fulfill a role that they excelled in whether it was physical labor, creativity, organization, there was always a place for everyone to help.

It is an amazing opportunity for students and upcoming leaders to showcase their leadership skills and abilities to connect with those around them within the community and serve. Having groups being more student led allowed us to really step up, each of us not only had a chance to lead in some way but also be servant leaders in committing to each job we were given with passion and drive.

The grade 12s had the ability to showcase their new skills and aspects of leadership they had learnt through their year of being leaders and captains, being an amazing end to our year. And for the grade 11s and 10s it was the perfect place to step up and demonstrate their strengths and skills that they could bring into their senior years of being role models and possible captains.

A day that I really saw passion and leadership in this group was a day where we came across a new challenge. On day 3, we woke up to the rain and saw the Raw Crew and Mrs Young frantically trying to figure out what jobs we could do. They told us that one of our options was to work in the rain with old school tools instead of power tools, having seemingly little hope that we would pick that option. However almost everyone was super keen to get out in the rain and continue working. Looking at each young person singing and having fun in the rain while chopping up wood and digging holes was extremely heartwarming and really captured the drive this group has to help and lead through example. I am so proud of everyone who came on this trip, constantly helping, growing and learning, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to share it with.

Thank you,
Pippa Campbell, Year 12

As a teenager, I strive to take every opportunity that is presented to me so that I can enter life having already had amazing experiences that I will always remember and lessons that I can keep with me throughout my life. PCC’s On Country trip is one of those experiences. Not only did I form and deepen friendships with my peers, but I also had the privilege of learning about the history of the Gunggari Nation and its people from the beautiful elders who welcomed us into their lives and onto their home – or in Gunggari language, their ‘Yumba’.

Our time on the Yumba consisted of renovating the school that was built in 1934, doing cultural activities in men’s and women’s business such as weaving and eco-dying, engaging in meaningful
discussions with the aunties and uncles about the intricate history of their people, and sitting around the fire with friends, listening to the guitar and looking at the night sky. I can easily say that I have never seen that many stars in the sky at once. Even as I lay in my swag, ready for bed, I would often lie awake with the cover of my swag pushed aside so that I could watch the stars as I drift off to sleep. In the suburbs, you don’t often see many stars – about 10 to 15 – but every night on the Yumba, there were thousands upon thousands of stars. I honestly felt grateful to be able to experience a sight such as that, and it’s something I’ll never forget.

The mornings were just as beautiful. We woke up at 6 every morning for breakfast, and the morning sunrise that would greet us as we came out of our swags made me forget about the dirt and the
bugs and the fact that it was often about 8˚C. Personally, mornings have never been my favourite part of the day, but it certainly was on the Yumba. Plus, we had the added bonus of waking up next to some of our closest friends every morning, shivering as we’d walk to breakfast through the dewy grass, still half asleep but smiling through it.

We were our own community. I’ve never felt a more comfortable, safe, welcoming environment in which I knew I would be accepted as the most honest version of myself. Even with people who I hadn’t talked to at all before going on the trip, I felt totally comfortable because I knew we were all in the same boat. We all had travelled so far away from the consolations of home, slept on the cold, hard ground, shared the same bathroom, groaned about the mosquitoes etc, etc. Now, as I walk around school and can smile and wave at people who I hadn’t even previously noticed before, I find myself feeling so grateful for the On Country experience and the community that we have created.

Chanelle Young, Year 12

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Community, Although there is still much to do as we work toward the end of the 2022 Academic Year, much of my attention …

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Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Community,

Although there is still much to do as we work toward the end of the 2022 Academic Year, much of my attention is already directed towards plans for 2023. Right now our architect is finalising our Kindy project, and Prep renovations.  We are making submissions for Stage 2 of the Primary Precinct that gives us our second set of primary classrooms.  We are also preparing to slowly roll out our new learning management system, and countless minor projects that will allow for the smooth transition of the primary and middle school students into their new locations and promote good communication in our community. Although it will be an industrious season ahead, there is much to be excited about in the months and years to come.

Amidst the building and system changes at Parklands, we remain focused on our students.  We are reviewing our lower primary class sizes, and will be implementing some structural changes to the way the Responsible Thinking Process is facilitated as an extra class is added to each cohort over the next 6 years. These types of reviews will be applied to many programs across the College as we learn from experience and find innovative ways to improve outcomes for the current and future students of Parklands.

As we grow and improve, it’s also vital that we acknowledge and care for the Parklands staff and the financial health of the College. Teacher wages are increasing over the next few years, and inflation and interest rates will require close monitoring and management.  As such, school fees will increase in 2023 by approximately 6% in most cases.  This increase will allow us to responsibly manage the financial needs of our school, and ensure our sustainability. We are confident that this fee increase is consistent with trends across the Independent School sector.  Furthermore, we are proud to offer the same quality Christian Education our community has come to know and love, and still be one of the most affordable private schools in our region.

I am also excited to announce the resumption of our Outreach program to Cambodia. We are looking forward to sending a team of students aboard in 2023 and reconnect with our Cambodian friends.  We are also planning of running and adults’ trip in the New Year so our parents, alumni and friends of Parklands can continue to learn and love through service.  I pray that every participant on these trips is challenged and changed as God builds empathy and capacity through sacrifice and service.

Over the next few years, our College will slowly grow and develop, and it is an exciting time to be part of our community.  I invite all our family to support the many initiatives that are taking place.  Although it’s a busy season ahead, I am excited about how our community will grow and be enriched, and I pray that God will bless us all through the ministry of Parklands.

Gary Cully
Principal

PCC The Arts

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph 2:10 Creativity …

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PCC The Arts

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph 2:10

Creativity in the hands of our students took to the stage on the evening of Wednesday the 19th of October with our Annual Arts Gala. This was a joyous time for the students to display their creative gifts and talents for friends and family.

The Chapel was transformed with a fantastic display of artwork as you entered the building. The display demonstrated colour and design from Years 1-12. Throughout the display were a collection of pieces that were up for silent auction. This was a new initiative from the Visual Art department and the students were successful in receiving some amazing bids.

The evening began with our Primary students who danced, sang, acted and played instruments on the stage to display the hard work they have been putting into their classes and clubs. The second half of the evening focussed on our Secondary students. During this time we were blessed by some amazing vocal, dramatic and musical talent. We were certainly blown away by the amazing voices of our Senior Music students with their solo pieces.

Thank you everyone who attended the evening to support the students. I’m sure you will agree with me that with the combination of choirs, bands, budding actors, solo singers, fantastic artwork, the evening was a great success.

Jaclyn Kelly

Parklands OSHC

Enrolment Flyer Parklands Outside School Hours Care is situated within the school grounds of Parklands Christian College. The OSHC service caters for children from Prep …

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Parklands OSHC

Enrolment Flyer

Parklands Outside School Hours Care is situated within the school grounds of Parklands Christian College.

The OSHC service caters for children from Prep to Year 12, operating before and after school care and also vacation care.  Prep children who are starting their first year of schooling are able to attend vacation care commencing January 2023.   Before-school care offers a simple but nutritious breakfast for the children and activities and programs are based on the children’s interests, ideas and feedback.  During the school term, the service operates daily from: 6.30am-8.30am, and 3pm-6pm (with office staff available from 2pm).  Vacation Care runs from 6.30am-6pm.

Parklands OSHC has qualified educators and is an open-door service that welcomes and encourages all family’s input, suggestions and feedback.

We are now taking enrolments for the 2023 school year. To ensure availability for your child we suggest the prompt return of enrolment forms by 14th November to secure your care needs.  Enrolment forms are available within the service or alternatively contact us and we will email you a 2023 Enrolment Pack.

Should you wish to discuss any care needs, please pop in to see us or contact us via:

Phone.  3297 0577 \ 0417 009 408

Email:    parklandsbookings@bigpond.com

Please note a current enrolment is required for all bookings including casual and emergency care bookings.

We look forward to assisting with all your care needs.

Miss Rachel

Parklands OSHC

Middle School Co-ordinator

Term 4 is certainly flying by, I can’t believe we’re already halfway through! I usually fine that Term 4 is a bit of a blur …

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Middle School Co-ordinator

Term 4 is certainly flying by, I can’t believe we’re already halfway through! I usually fine that Term 4 is a bit of a blur of events, but in the busyness of events season, I like to remind myself that we are busy for happy reasons! Each year as we get to this point of the year, I love reflecting on the progress of the year, and how far our students have come. I count watching them grow and mature, little by little, as an incredible privilege of working with young people. I have loved working alongside your students this year, in a bit of a different capacity than my normal teaching duties, and I am so grateful for all the things I have learned from them.

Middle School Leaders

We are currently in the process of selecting our 2023 Middle School Leaders! It’s been really heart-warming to read through the self-nomination forms, where current Year 8 students explained their hearts and hopes for leadership in the middle school. We look forward to the results of the staff voting on this, and to working with the successful candidates next year!

Events Season

Coming up soon, we have a few key annual events that celebrate the growth of our students throughout 2022. We consider events such as Awards Night as an important acknowledgement of all our students; we love that every student has a moment in the spotlight as they cross the stage, where they are seen and known by the whole PCC community. As these are formal events, we ask that your student is in full and correct academic uniform – including haircuts.

Upcoming Exams

Exam time is nearly here! Exam block for students in Years 7-9 will take place from Monday 21st November – Thursday 24th November. In Term 4, it is especially important that your student is present for their exams, as we don’t have any time after exam block to catchup anything missed, like we normally do in other terms where exam block is in the second last week of term. Of course, some absences like sickness can’t be avoided, but we ask that where possible you please ensure your student attends school on the days they have exams.

End of year Celebrations

On the last day of school, we take all Middle School students to Wet & Wild to celebrate the end of the 2022 academic year! This is always a much-anticipated, fun and relaxed day with our middle school students. Look out for an email with all the details! Whilst the busyness of Term 4 can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming, my encouragement to Middle School students at the moment comes from Matthew 11:28-29, which says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest in your souls”. My prayer for Middle School students in Term 4 is that they will learn from Jesus’ yoke of gentleness and humility; that in a season of busy, they will not grow weary but find rest in Him.

Kristie Schulz
Acting Middle School Coordinator

Head of Primary School

I cannot believe we have only got about 4 weeks left of school for 2022 – wow, how time has flown! 2023 Class Placements We …

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Head of Primary School

I cannot believe we have only got about 4 weeks left of school for 2022 – wow, how time has flown!

2023 Class Placements

We believe God has a destiny for every student in our school. He has already placed within them the skills, gifts and talents that they need to become the person God intended them to be. We are also blessed to have excellent teachers at Parklands because of God’s call on their life. Class teachers, Teacher Aides, Specialists, RTC & LE Staff spend an enormous amount of time praying about, working through and discussing the issues involved with student placements and in trying to ensure that classes are well balanced. The matters of student learning style, academic ability, student & staff personality, friendships, behavioural concerns, as well as social and emotional needs are earnestly discussed in the whole class selection process.
A reminder, we know the students at school and do not accommodate requests from parents to swap class placements. It is an extremely difficult task that is complicated by requests for and against staff and other students or friends. We ask that you would pray for wisdom and discernment for your child’s teacher as they look to care for and meet the needs of each student.
Thank you for your understanding and support in this regard and look forward to seeing a wonderful working relationship develop between teacher, student and parent!

Awards Night

The Parklands Christian College Awards Night ceremonies now resume after Covid restrictions have relaxed and will be taking place on the evening of Wednesday 16 November. This happens to be a week earlier than normally scheduled.

We’ll have the Prep to Yr. 2 Awards Night Ceremony from 6 – 7.15 pm in the Baskerville Sport Centre (BSC) and after dismissing these students and parents during the break / intermission, we’ll invite the Year 3-6 parents and students into the Baskerville Sport Centre to commence their Year 3-6 Awards Night ceremony starting at 7.30 – 8.30 pm. A more detailed Awards Night Letter for BOTH ceremonies will be forthcoming.
I know this year’s Awards Nights are going to be another tremendous highlight for us, not only because they will allow each and every student to be encouraged, rewarded and esteemed for their effort by walking across the stage to be presented with their certificates but also because we normally have so many parents joining us to celebrate their child’s achievements. This for us is such a blessing and what teaching is all about!
It’s also going to be wonderful to use the BSC for this event for the second time, as the auditorium has now become too small to house all those attending the events.

We plan to have a big Audio Visual screen and have professional photographers from MSP Photography present on the evening to capture your child’s celebratory moments. As a gift, the College will be providing parents with an electronic copy of the photo, details of how to access this will be emailed at a later date.

Uniforms

Please clearly label all uniform items as well as lunchbox and water bottles with your child’s first and last NAME (not just initials).

We still have 4 weeks left of school plus students need to look smart for Awards Night so we are asking parents to please ensure that their children are correctly and neatly dressed every day – especially the correct WHITE sneakers. If unsure of the Primary Uniform Policy, please feel free to check our website, ask a class teacher or RTC staff. Appreciate your assistance and support in this regard.

Primary Building

I’m happy to announce that the Primary building plans are coming along steadily with some footings dug, concrete thrown, pillars being erected and digging continuing.
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BALANCING YOUR CHILD’S DIGITAL DIET

BY MARTINE OGLETHORPE

When considering your child’s or young person’s digital diet it’s important to move beyond the notion of keeping kids safe but also to look at the types of activities their screen-time might be denying them.

There are many aspects to take into account including the maintenance of mental and physical health; fulfilling school and family duties and ensuring that young people develop a full gamut of real world communication skills.

For the sake of living a balanced life, ensure your child has sufficient time for:

1. Sleep: It’s super important that kids are getting a good night’s sleep. Keeping devices out of the bedroom when they are young, and avoiding the screens for at least an hour before bed, helps ensure their sleep needs are met.

2. Down time: Today’s kids don’t tend to get as much time to be bored as kids used to. It is an important skill to be able to fill in their time themselves. Bored time promotes creative play and thinking as kids are forced to come up with other ways to amuse themselves.

3. Connection: Face-to-face interaction is obviously crucial for children’s social and emotional development and wellbeing. Time with friends, siblings and family members must always be a priority. Learning to engage, problem solve and read body language and facial expressions are all crucial skills that need real-life time and experience to develop.

4. Physical activity: A healthy body and mind requires activity and movement. Kids still love to get out and play. However, some may need a bit more encouragement to remind them.

5. Reflection: Whilst playing games may be described by many kids as their downtime (and yes, there is some validity to this argument), kids also need downtime that involves doing very little. It is in these moments of reflection, of thinking and of pondering, that our ideas come to us and our creativity for other activities flows.

6. Focus: There are times of the day when all of us need to be focused on other tasks. These may be homework, chores, reading a book or the newspaper, building something or making something. There needs to be time in kids’ days where they are able to focus solely on a task without the distractions of a screen.

7. Family meals: Getting plenty of good food is of course very important to kids’ wellbeing. But it’s not just about the food. Sitting at the table with parents, siblings or others, focusing on enjoying a meal together without the need of a screen, helps children to develop good habits while they are young which they can carry into the future.

Obviously there will be times when all these needs are not completely balanced. There will be periods when screens are used more often and times when one or more valuable needs is neglected. But if we can use this as a guide and aim to fit the many key experiences our kids need into each day, we are much more likely to ensure our kids grow up with a healthy respect for their screens and a healthy respect for the many areas of their life that need to be nurtured.

Pray you have a wonderful rest of this term and year.

PCC Instrumental Music

Psalm 98:5-6 “Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and melodious song, with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s …

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PCC Instrumental Music

Psalm 98:5-6 “Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and melodious song, with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn. Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!”

As the year comes to a close, it  is a joy to look back  on how far all our students have come this year. This was most clearly reflected in the recent Arts Gala performances, which I hope you were able to attend. Choirs, bands, budding actors, solo singers, fantastic artwork – there was something there for every Arts-lover! If you missed it, never fear – there will be a little taste on offer at each of the up-coming Awards Nights in week 7, so you will get a glimpse of what you missed out on.

At this time of year it is also common to re-assess one’s commitments, and sometimes the time required for music learning comes into question. The volume of research showing the benefits of learning a musical instrument for children is growing daily, in all sorts of areas of life. Playing music actually changes a child’s brain, making it better connected & more efficient not just while they’re playing, but several year of music tuition means these changes are sustained throughout life. You are literally setting your children up for a better future through learning music, so if there’s one thing to keep on the schedule, it’s music!

“Music enhances the process of learning. The systems it nourishes, which include our integrated sensory, attention, cognitive, emotional and motor capacities, are shown to be the driving forces behind all other learning.”

(Save the Music Foundation, USA)

Lessons & Rehearsals

All instrumental lessons continue in Term 4; Give It A Go! lessons will finish at the end of week 6, at which point students need to return their instrument to school, while all other lessons (group & private) will finish at the end of week 7. All lesson enrolments will automatically roll over to 2023 unless we are advised otherwise, so you do not need to re-enrol your child for lessons. If however your child is leaving the school or not continuing lessons for any reason, please let us know by emailing instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

Ensembles & Choirs continue to rehearse until after their final performances:

–       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.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

Our current cohort of Give It A Go! students are nearly finished! With their last lessons happening in week 6 of Term 4, it will be the end of another interesting year and the students should all feel proud of what they have achieved in this time. We sincerely hope that many of them will want to continue learning in 2023.

We’re also excited to be getting ready to send offers to our next group of Give It A Go! students for next year! Those offers should be in Year 4 parents’ inbox in the next couple of weeks, so please watch out for those and return your enrolment forms as soon as you can.

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

–       Flute
–       Clarinet
–       Saxophone
–       Trumpet
–       Trombone
–       Baritone/Euphonium
–       Concert 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. If your child is in Year 4 in 2023 & 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 generally during school time, & fees are billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $33/30mins.

  1. Group lessons

Group lessons are available for all of the above instruments except piano & voice. Lessons are again scheduled generally 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

02 PCC Instrumental Tuition Program guidelines and enrolment

Community Notices

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Community Notices

Woolworths Cricket Blast

Cricket Blast Flyer – All schools

Australian Navy Cadets

Print ready How to join

Print ready Flyer

 

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.

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

Free Dental Care

FREE DENTAL CARE

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 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.

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 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 Secret
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 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 Transport Assistance Scheme

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

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School Transport Assistance Scheme

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

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

Bus Service

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 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.