Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands family,

With only a few short weeks to go, it’s hard to believe that the 2023 Academic Year is almost at an end and soon our students will be on holidays. At this time of year, everyone becomes a little weary and many of us start the end of year countdown-ritual leading into a well- earned Summer Break. Many of our students have begun to look forward to the imminent holidays season. However, we are not on holidays yet and there are still a lot of things to do before our last day of school on 24th November.

Over the next few weeks, there are still assignments to submit, exams to complete and lots of special events to attend. This season is a busy one at Parklands and concludes with our awards nights and end of year fun activities. I would encourage us all to make sure we are well planned for the remainder of Term 4, and that our calendars are marked with all the important dates, especially those that celebrate our children’s academic journey.

Formal opportunities to celebrate our children’s milestones don’t come very often, and so as parents, it’s important to be present (physically and mentally) when these opportunities present themselves. No matter your child’s age, take lots of photos and make a big deal about their completion of another year of schooling. I particularly find it fun to publicly gush over my teenage children at special occasions like award nights, they love it!

As we celebrate our students this year, let’s be mindful that the majority of our students at one stage or another would have been stretched and challenged in a range of different ways as they navigated this year’s learning journey. An important part of learning, both inside and outside the classroom is the struggle and strain associated with doing hard things. My struggle with school was always with Maths. I found the senior years of mathematics to be quite a challenge, and I was required to put more than a little effort into a subject I did not enjoy and would have happily avoided if that was an option. Only in hindsight can I appreciate the value of sticking at hit and persevering.

As a parent, I want the very best for my children, and sometimes I wish I could spare them the natural and normal anxiety and discomfort of a difficult learning journey. Ever helped your child complete and assignment and possibly helped a little too much? We have all been there. Yet when we intervene like this, learning is diminished. When we write letters attempting to excuse our students from a difficult or challenging activity, learning is diminished. When we attempt to thwart consequences for their actions, learning is
diminished. Let’s not disadvantage our students in this way.

Our students need to become resilient young individuals who do hard things and overcome obstacles and hardship. Doing hard things, failing and trying again are often rich opportunities to learn, and even greater opportunities to develop character and resilience. When we attempt to protect our students from hardship, we actually do them a disservice. Responsible parents navigate challenges and hardship “with” their children, offering support and guidance. In times of challenge, great parents lean into the situation, but do not take over. There is a time to intervene, and a time to observe and support, so let’s be careful to maintain an appropriate balance.

As we celebrate our students this year, let’s acknowledge the struggles and the triumphs in equal measure. Learning is sometime challenging, and deep learning often comes through adversity and failure. Let’s be a community that celebrates the wholistic journey of our children and celebrates breakthrough just as much as success.

Gary Cully

Head of Senior School

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


Head of Senior School

Year 12

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

Year 12 recently shared a breakfast to mark the beginning of their three week exam block. As a staff we prayed with them, and gave them some encouragement for this busy, and somewhat stressful, time. Thank you to our 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

Year 11 are working well this term. 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 by ensuring that senior schooling is a 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, your children. Where needed, we can provide you and your child with further individual advice, support with study strategies and options for changes to their senior schooling pathway (there are always options we can talk through). Please let any of the staff listed below know if it would be helpful to chat.

Mrs Elizabeth Lenton (Head of Careers & Vocational Education), Miss Julia Matthews (Head of Year 10), your child’s Home Class teacher or Ms Rebecca Wallis (Head of Senior).

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 13th to Friday 17th 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 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, Miss Julia Matthews (Head of Year 10) 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 13 – 16 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 full details, has been sent to families.

Awards Night

We look forward to celebrating all of our students at the upcoming Awards Night ceremony on Tuesday 14 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 or the Heads of School (Years 7-9 Mr Elvery and Year 10-12 Ms Wallis).

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

Year 12 Graduation Ceremony

The Year 12’s will be graduating from the College in a Graduation ceremony on Thursday 16 November in the Baskerville Sports Centre. Year 12’s are asked to arrive by 8am in full winter academic uniform. 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 directly via email at:

Rebecca Wallis
Head of Senior College

Head of Middle School

With only a few weeks to go till the end of the year, it is difficult to believe that we have come so far through …


Head of Middle School

With only a few weeks to go till the end of the year, it is difficult to believe that we have come so far through the year already. Yet, the journey during 2023 of the Middle School has been a privilege and honour to be a part of. It is wonderful to see the growth that has occurred in the students as they have applied themselves to the challenges of learning, and have overcome their circumstances to succeed in their endeavours.

Middle School Leaders: 2024

It is with great delight that I announce the Parklands Christian College Middle School Leaders for 2024. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Isabelle Blandford
  • Fiona Muluberhan
  • Harrison Korger
  • Ryen Deo

We wish you God’s favour as you seek to lead your cohort and the Middle School with servants hearts and grace. Our thanks goes to all students who nominated for the role. There are so many within the life of the current year 8 cohort who lead by example every day. It is a great testament to the character of the students we have.

Year 9 The Rite Journey: Home coming Event

We are looking forward to celebrating with our year 9 students the conclusion of their Rite Journey. On Tuesday 7th November, students and families will come together to witness the growth of the students through 2023, and hear about their successes and struggles as they have taken new steps towards independence and adult-hood.

We celebrate your journey, and wish God’s greatest blessings as you continue your journey into Senior College in 2024.

Exam Week – Week 8

For all Middle School students, week 8 (the last week of term 4) is Exam Week. A whole week of the program is given over for students to complete subject exams across all year levels. Week 7 is given over to a revision week for Middle School classes, to help students prepare for their final assessments for 2023.

We deliberately hold our exams in the last week of the year to allow for maximum learning time for all our students. All of these preparations and logistics are created to allow our students to find focus in their assessments, and encourage them to succeed to the best of their abilities. As we finish the year, we wish all our students the best in this assessment season. 

End of Year Activities

To finish the year, there are many different activities that Middle School students will be involved with, along with the rest of the college. This list includes:

  • PCC Carols: Friday 10th November (Please bring in the hamper bags to Student Services)
  • Secondary Awards Night (Please ensure that uniform and presentation standards are met.
    • Compulsory for all students to attend this event): Tuesday 14th November
  • Year 12 Graduation: Thursday 14th November
  • Year 6 into 7 Transition Day: Wednesday 22nd November
  • Middle School Wet ‘n’ Wild Excursion: Friday 24th All tickets need to be paid for by the 17th November to book a seat on the bus.

It is wonderful to be able to share in a variety of activities with our college community, celebrating the various activities that our students have been engaging in, and preparing for.

Activity Highlight: Folklore Coaching

During term 4, we have had the privilege of engaging with Mr Gabriel Blase and Folklore Coaching. Mr Blase has been running workshops for students, teaching the art of staging dramatic combat sequences for stage and video. The group of students who are participating in these workshops are thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to explore and learn new skills, and will have the chance to choreograph and produce their own video sequence this term.

This workshops are going to run again in 2024. I would encourage students who wish to explore new and exciting skills, and love working in teams, to look for the opportunity to participate next year.

Finish Well

The message to all our students for this time of year is to finish well. We ask only that our students apply themselves to the best of their ability. When this is applied to Effort and Behaviour, academic achievement takes care of itself.

Please join us in continuing to encourage our Middle School students to strive for their best as we wind up the 2023 academic school year.

Blessing for this season.

Mr Colin Elvery
Head of Middle School

Head of Primary School

It seems like yesterday that I wrote ‘welcome to Term 4’ and now I write to you with the quickly approaching holiday season only a …


Head of Primary School

It seems like yesterday that I wrote ‘welcome to Term 4’ and now I write to you with the quickly approaching holiday season only a few days away. Christmas trimmings have become visible around our school, with teachers, including myself, excited about the addition of Christmas earrings, phone holders and keychains to our daily accessories. As we approach the holiday season, it’s important to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas which extends beyond these trimmings, festivities and gift giving. Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the ultimate symbol of love, compassion, and hope. It reminds us to be generous, kind and to cherish our relationships with family and friends. I look forward to seeing you at our annual Carols Night, where we will come together as a school community to celebrate and share the joy of Christmas.

But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)

Teacher Allocation for 2024

At this time of the year, we all begin thinking about what the new year will look like. I want to take this opportunity to assure you that all our teachers are exceptional and strive to be the very best support to our students and their needs. While written requests are considered, we cannot guarantee requested class or teacher allocations. The allocation of class groupings is a carefully considered process and thoughtful deliberation is given to a wide variety of factors including, but not limited to:

• Academic balance according to assessment and reporting
• Gender balance within classes
• Other educational, social and emotional considerations.

I encourage you to join us in praying for a smooth transition for all students as they move into their next class with a new teacher and different mix of students – in brand new buildings.

Sneak Peak

As we embark on 2024, we eagerly anticipate the completion of our new Primary Precinct, which represent a significant milestone in our school’s journey. To provide you with a firsthand look at these state-of-the-art facilities, we are planning walk throughs, open to all Primary families on Friday January 19. We will send out further details but please mark this date on your calendar so you can explore the classrooms and learning spaces that have been designed with your child’s education and well-being in mind. We can’t wait to share this exciting new chapter with you and look forward to your presence as we begin the new year together.

Angel and Maggie

Angel and Maggie have been enjoying their gradually increasing time at Parklands. The addition of these furry companions to our primary school has already proven to be a resounding success for student, and staff, emotional and mental well-being. Creating an atmosphere of comfort, support and stress relief, students eagerly anticipate Angel and Maggie’s visits. Whether its’s during drop off, breaks, in the library or during special well-being sessions, the smiles these four-legged friends bring are truly infectious. Angel and Maggie are quickly becoming an integral part of our school community.

2024 Captains and Vice Captains

Our year 5 students have been eagerly preparing for 2024 leadership positions. Towards the end of Term 3, interested students submitted email applications identifying their preferred Captain roles. All applicants attended an interview with at least one member of the Primary Leadership Team, and potentially other teachers according to their preferred roles. From these interviews, students were short-listed for the roles of Captain and Vice-Captain. This week, year 4 and 5 students and teachers had the pleasure of hearing from 15 year 5 students on why we should vote for them. Every student did an exceptional job and all 15 are commended on being outstanding contenders for these roles. All staff, and students in years 4 and 5 were given the opportunity to vote after the speeches. These votes will be considered by specialist teachers, year 5 teachers and the Primary Leadership team in making the final decision about who will be our Primary school captains and vice-captains in 2024. We look forward to sharing this at our Years 3-6 Primary Awards Night.

Do nothing for selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

Date Claimers

• Friday November 10 – Carols Night
• Friday November 17 – Primary Awards Night
• Monday 20 November – Years 1, 2 and 6 Move and Groove Day #1
• Wednesday 22 November – Year 6 into 7 Transition Day
• Thursday 23 November – Years 1, 2 and 6 Move and Groove Day #2
• Friday 24 November – Last Day of the School Year

Many Blessings,


Primary News

Year 1 Year 1 had an amazing start to Term 4! The children came back buzzing with excitement about their holidays and were energised for …


Primary News

Year 1

Year 1 had an amazing start to Term 4! The children came back buzzing with excitement about their holidays and were energised for learning as we entered our final term of the year!

An early highlight was our Fire Safety Visit from our local Fire Services. The children always enjoy this visit and learnt all about fire safety at school and at home. They were reminded of what to do if there is a fire in their home and were encouraged to practise learning their home address and safe meeting place. The best part of the morning was checking out the fire truck and getting to use the water hose. It was a wonderful morning!

In class we have started all things Christmas! We are diving deep into texts and looking at all the wonderful things books can teach us. We have been reading Macca’s Christmas Crackers and Wombat Divine. What great books to help us learn about different writing styles, as well as helping us make our own connections to Christmas and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are looking forward to the last few weeks of term. We are so proud of our Year 1 cherubs – they continue to amaze us each and every day and we feel so honoured to be a part of their learning journey.

Take care from the Year 1 team.

Year 2

October in Year 2 was just phenomenal!

In our HaSS unit, we are traveling through time and comparing technology from the past with the present. During an adventure to South Rochedale, Mrs. Koplick and I found some TREASURES! We brought back an old Dunny Seat with a chamber pot, an oil lantern, porcelain dolls, and so much more! The students have had such a great learning experience and have really connected with the technology of the past.

Science has exposed the students to various physical changes and exciting hands-on activities. Their vocabulary of adjectives has flourished, as they’ve had to describe before and after characteristics of objects and materials as they have physically changed them. Science is so fun!

English and HaSS relate to our genre writing this term. Much of October was spent writing comparative paragraphs of old and new technologies. Our travels to Wolston Farmhouse in November will be a beautiful addition to their studies and hard work. The end of term is approaching so quickly! We send all our families love and blessings and the time grows shorter and the weather grows warmer!

Year 3

October has been a very busy month as we finish off all of our units and work hard toward our end of year assessments. The students have had an amazing year and have learnt so much and have all worked so hard in every subject.

We loved finishing off our celebrations and commemorations unit and it was great to look at all of the Christian celebrations this term. We learnt a lot about Christmas and how it is celebrated in different countries of the world. It was the perfect excuse to start our Christmas craft early!

Science never stops being a highlight for this cohort. This term we have been learning about heat energy and heat transfer. The students love conducting experiments and learning about the science behind everyday occurrences.

Year 3 have impressed us with their creative abilities for our poetry unit.
Each of them has use their imaginations
And rhyming skills to produce
Ridiculously amazing poems!

They illustrate them beautifully and
Have to use their joined writing skills.
Rich vocabulary has made its way onto the page and we couldn’t be more
Excited to see their final poems.

Excellent work Year 3!

We can’t wait for November to step up our Christmas celebrations, do all of our Christmas crafts and activities and tick off all the end of year traditions and celebrations!

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

Year 4

What a wonderful night we had gazing at God’s amazing creation! The highlight of this month for Year 4 was our Showcase and Star Gazing night. We shared our progress in our writing, took families on a tour of our art creations, sang about God’s beautiful and awe-inspiring creation, had a night picnic and then gazed through some amazing telescopes thanks to the Scenic Rim Astronomy Association. We could not have had more fun!

Cubing Club

What a fabulous event! PCC Summer Championships Cubing Competition was a huge success. There were 39 competitors at the competition and each of them blew us away with their performance and their improvement.

An extra big Congratulations to all of the students who podiumed at the competition. The podium results are as follows:


1st Place: Alex Davis (year 8) – 9.90 seconds
2nd Place: Naksh Sharma (year 4) – 28.58 seconds
3rd Place: Max Harwood (year 4) – 34.97 seconds


1st Place: Alex Davis (year 8) – 4.81 seconds
2nd Place: Steele Gray (year 3) – 17.19 seconds
3rd Place: Jensen Van der Loos (year 6) – 25.12 seconds


1st Place: Alex Davis (year 8) – 8.14 seconds
2nd Place: Steele Gray (year 3) – 18.12 seconds
3rd Place: Ebony Davis (year 11) – 29.29 seconds

The competition could not have taken place without all of the staff, students and parents who volunteered on the day and behind the scenes who I would like to acknowledge now. Massive thanks to Renée Imms, Jeff Kingston, Cara Gray, Ang Moodie, Megan Harwood, Christine Hollenberg, Julie Koplick, Melinda Sampson, Angela Marsh, Anne-Maree Kingston, Sue Martin, Geof Greentree, Kelly Clausen, Donna Auld, Elizabeth Strubin, Gary Cully, Chase Werner, Melissa Bayer, Ebony Davis and Alex Davis.

A special thanks to all of the parents and families who supported our Cubers by coming along to the competition and also who support their children week after week with practice, buying cubes, encouraging and transporting them to Cubing Club.

I can’t wait to see where PCC’s Cubing journey takes us next!

Cube on,
Dayna Davis
PCC Cubing Club Coordinator


PCC Library


PCC Library

PCC Instrumental Music

Psalm 33:3 “Sing a new song of praise to him; play skilfully on the harp, and sing with joy.” As the year winds down, we …


PCC Instrumental Music

Psalm 33:3 “Sing a new song of praise to him; play skilfully on the harp, and sing with joy.”

As the year winds down, we begin to celebrate the progress & achievement of our students throughout the year. It’s been good to have a year without major interruptions, and it’s been great to be able to do a few new things this year too.

Arts Gala

Our Arts Gala on Wed 18th October was a spectacular evening! The atmosphere at the outdoor stage between 5-6pm was very exciting as students showcased their talents, and then the spectacle continued inside as the audience was treated to a variety of performances – snippets from “Annie”, both Primary Choirs, two new String Ensembles, and the Primary Wakakirri performance, just to name a few. The displays of artwork from our Visual Art students was breath-taking; it is truly wonderful to see so many students excelling in all areas of the Arts. If you weren’t there, you missed a terrific night of entertainment & celebration!

Give It A Go! Celebration Concert

As this year’s Give It A Go! Instrumental Programme comes to an end, we are planning a Celebration Concert to acknowledge the efforts & achievement of our Give It A Go! students. These students were brand new beginners at the start of the year & should be very proud of how far they have come in this time. Families are invited to attend this short concert on Monday 6th November at 3:45pm in the Church Auditorium, as we celebrate with these students. Students will also be receiving information & enrolment forms regarding continuing lessons next year.

Lessons & Rehearsals

All instrumental lessons & rehearsals begin right away for Term 4, firs thing Tuesday morning! Give It A Go! lesson will continue to the end of week 6, and all other lessons will finish at the end of week 7. Choir & Ensemble rehearsals will continue until the week indicated by their director:

Ensemble & Choir rehearsal schedule:




Secondary Choir

Wind Ensemble

Primary Jnr Choir
Mr Goh’s room

Petite Strings

Primary Snr Choir
Mr Goh’s room

Andante Strings

Worship Team

All Choirs are open to all students regardless of whether or not they’re having lessons, and no experience is necessary. We are particularly keen to have more students in our Secondary Choir, especially those who do music as a subject. For a small amount of time each week, just 1 hour, students will reap many benefits & have a great time.

The Give It A Go! Band & Petite Strings are generally reserved for students in the Give It A Go! Programme as they cater for beginner students, although other beginners may also join. Other wind, brass & percussion students having lessons at school will play in the Wind Ensemble, and other string students having lessons at the College will play in Andante Strings. Any other students who have lessons outside the College are also welcome to join the appropriate ensemble!

Give It A Go! Band Programme

GIAG lessons are humming along well & students are learning plenty! Year 3 students will very soon be starting their enrolment process, so your child may come home talking about playing an instrument. There will be an information letter coming in a few weeks, so please have a read of that & watch the Youtube video for details about how the programme works.

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

–       Flute
–       Clarinet
–       Saxophone
–       Trumpet
–       Trombone
–       Euphonium
–       Percussion (includes drums, auxiliary & mallet percussion)
–       Violin
–       Viola
–       Cello
–       Double Bass

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, string 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

  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

02 PCC Instrumental Tuition Program guidelines and enrolment

Student Care and Wellbeing

Loving On Purpose – Powerful People When you hear Powerful Person, most people think of the controlling, loud, life of the party, aggressive and a …


Student Care and Wellbeing

Loving On Purpose – Powerful People

When you hear Powerful Person, most people think of the controlling, loud, life of the party, aggressive and a domineering individual. Yet these people are not what GOD considers powerful. 2 Corinthians 3:17 – ‘Now the LORD is the SPIRIT and where the SPIRIT is there is FREEDOM’ Galatians 5:13 discusses the fruit of the Spirit and what they look like. This is what a powerful person looks like!

Here are 8 traits of a powerful person:


Powerful people understand that it is their job to control themselves. They do not try to control, convince, or manipulate other people or their behaviours. They know it doesn’t work, and it’s not their job. They focus their energy on being able to control themselves regardless of what others may or may not do.


Powerful people are able to consciously and deliberately create the environment in which they want to live. They don’t try to get people to respect them; they create a respectful environment by showing respect. They deliberately set the standard for how they expect to be treated by the way they treat others. As they consistently act in responsible, respectful, and loving ways, it becomes clear that the only people who can get close to them are those who know how to show respect, be responsible, and love well.


Powerful people are happening. They are happening all the time. They are not controlled or infected by their environment. Powerful people refuse to play the victim by shifting responsibility for their choices onto others. Letting other people dictate how they are going to feel or what they will choose to do. They happen to their circumstances rather than letting their circumstances dictate to them what they will do or how they will feel.


Powerful people empower others to be powerful. When powerful people encounter a powerless person, they are not tempted to dive into any unhealthy emotional ties or attachments. They hear a victim’s sob story and ask, “So what are you going to do about that? What have you tried? What else could you try?” These questions empower powerless people with owning their responsibility and their capacity to make choices and how they can control themselves. This is the only option a powerful person will offer to powerless people: become powerful, make choices, and control yourself. Powerful people demonstrate what it means to be powerful.


Powerful people have a vision and mission for their life, and can use the events of each day, whether positive or negative, to direct themselves toward that vision. Powerful people do not simply react to whatever is happening today. They are able to take responsibility for their decisions and the consequences of those decisions–even for mistakes and failures. They can respond to today and create tomorrow.


In Matthew 11:7 Jesus talks about John not being a reed swayed in the wind. So popular opinion or the pressure of others does not sway the language of powerful people. They know exactly what they want and how to communicate their desires. A powerful person says, “I will. I do. I am.” Powerful people can say both “Yes” and “No,” and mean it. Others can try to manipulate, charm, and threaten, but their answer will stand.


A powerful person’s choice to love will stand, no matter what the other person does or says. When powerful people say, “I love you,” there’s nothing that can stop them. Their love is not dependent on being loved in return. It is dependent on their powerful ability to say “Yes” and carry out that decision. This protects their love from external forces, or from being managed by other people. Powerful people keep their love on and say “I can handle your mistakes, I love you!”


Powerful people can be who they say they are on a consistent basis. And because they know how to be themselves, they invite those around them to be themselves. Only powerful people can create a safe place to know and be known intimately. They say, “I can be me around you and you can be you around me. We do not need to control each other, and we don’t want to control each other.”
We are all growing to be a powerful person. Powerful people are ok with making mistakes and take the opportunity to learn. No matter what happens know that every step we are learning and moving towards the person that GOD created us to be!

Enjoy the journey of being a powerful person!

Check out some more information from Danny Silk’s Blog – Loving on Purpose

PCC Outreach

Last weekend, our Year 10 cohort stepped up to make a difference by participating in the 40 Hour Famine Challenge. Supported by a few enthusiastic …


PCC Outreach

Last weekend, our Year 10 cohort stepped up to make a difference by participating in the 40 Hour Famine Challenge. Supported by a few enthusiastic Year 11 student leaders, our students embarked on a journey of selflessness and solidarity, showing their commitment to combating child hunger around the world.

This event saw our students taking a stand, with some making the sacrifice of giving up their favorite technology for the entire weekend, while others pledged to abstain from food for 40 hours. The collective result of their efforts was astonishing, as they managed to raise a commendable $2,005, which will be donated to World Vision. These funds will directly impact the communities with which World Vision works, with a clear focus on ending child hunger.

To launch the challenge and inspire the team, Miss Matthews, Mrs. Young and our Year 11 student leaders, organized a series of engaging activities. The purpose was to shed light on some of the daily struggles faced by children in developing nations, such as sourcing clean and safe drinking water or the physical challenges of transporting water over long distances. This experiential learning exercise provided a valuable perspective on the hardships faced by children who lack the basic necessities we often take for granted.

Monday morning, the fasting participants were greeted with a delightful breakfast feast of pancakes and fresh fruit, lovingly prepared by Mrs. Smart, Mrs. Young, and Ms. Matthews. The students’ dedication was rewarded not just with food, but also with a sense of accomplishment, knowing they had made a meaningful contribution to a greater cause.

We are immensely proud of our Year 10 students and their achievements as a united cohort this year. In addition to their participation in the 40 Hour Famine, all Year 10 students successfully completed an Active Volunteering Certificate, which required them to dedicate 20 hours to various volunteer activities with different organizations and programs. As part of their service, these young hearts also contributed to packing 200 Care Packs for local families in need.

The value of having a servant heart is immeasurable. Through these acts of service, our students not only make a positive impact on the lives of others but also discover a profound sense of purpose and fulfilment. This concept is deeply rooted in the teachings of Jesus, who emphasized loving others through service.
In Matthew 20:28, Jesus said, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” Our Year 10 students are embodying this message through their actions, and their efforts serve as a testament to their commitment to making the world a better place.

The 40 Hour Famine Challenge was not just an event; it was an experience that taught our students the importance of empathy, service, and global citizenship. Their dedication and selflessness have already made a significant impact on the lives of those less fortunate, and we look forward to witnessing their continued journey in making the world a better place for all. As a school community, we couldn’t be prouder of our Year 10s and their achievements.

We would be remiss not to express our heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated educators who have played a pivotal role in shaping our Year 10 students into the compassionate and responsible individuals they are becoming. Miss Matthews, Miss Robertson, Mr. Edwards, and Mrs. Choi have shown unwavering commitment and hard work in guiding, mentoring, and nurturing our Year 10 cohort. Their tireless efforts and mentorship have been instrumental in helping our students develop not only academically but also as compassionate and responsible human beings. Thank you for your outstanding dedication to the growth and well-being of our Year 10s, and for being the guiding lights on their journey towards making a positive impact on the world. Your influence on their lives is immeasurable, and we appreciate your continued support.

The Friendlies


The Friendlies

Parklands Christian Church


Parklands Christian Church

Community Notices

Transport Help Needed There is a year 11 student who has recently moved to Covella Estate in Greenbank.  Her mother is able to get her …


Community Notices

Transport Help Needed

There is a year 11 student who has recently moved to Covella Estate in Greenbank.  Her mother is able to get her to school in the mornings but is unable to get her home in the afternoons.

If there are any school families that live in the Covella Estate or out Greenbank way that would be happy to drop her home in the afternoons, please contact Student Services on 3380 4237.  The mother would be happy to share the load and do the school morning drop off.

Park Ridge Pirates Junior Football Club

Park Ridge Panthers FC

Foster Carers Needed



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  and feel free to look at the In Sync Kids OT website for more information

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 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



Tuckshop news The tuckshop will be open EVERY day this year, Monday-Friday! Secondary Students please note all hot food purchased from the Tuckshop needs to …


Tuckshop news

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 Menu 2023


Uniform Shop Hours

Uniform Shop Hours (School Days Only) Mondays 8.00am – 10.00am Tuesdays 2.00pm – 4.00pm Thursdays 2.00pm – 4.00pm Uniform Shop Location Address/Parking: 24 Hillcrest Rd, …


Uniform Shop Hours

(School Days Only)
Mondays 8.00am – 10.00am
Tuesdays 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Thursdays 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Uniform Shop Location Address/Parking:

24 Hillcrest Rd, Park Ridge Qld 4125 (located on the left hand side, at the end of Hillcrest road).

For further information:
Phone: (07) 3380 4256

Uniform Shop Facebook Page/PCCUniforms

Purchase Uniforms Online