In this issue

  • Tractor Tom
  • 2022 Primary class placements
  • Book Fair coming soon
  • Arts Finale – music, art, drama & song
  • Friendlies Annual General Meeting
  • Year 12 Final Assessments
  • Middle School Subject Selection for 2022

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family, Welcome to Term 4 of the 2021 Academic Year. For the majority of the Parklands staff, Term 4 is a busy season full of special events, reporting and wrapping up the Academic Year. For me, this term contains a milestone as my eldest daughter graduates, and concludes …

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Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

Welcome to Term 4 of the 2021 Academic Year. For the majority of the Parklands staff, Term 4 is a busy season full of special events, reporting and wrapping up the Academic Year. For me, this term contains a milestone as my eldest daughter graduates, and concludes her secondary studies at Parklands. So as the year end approaches, my father’s heart trembles a little as I prepare to send my child out into the world, and potentially into tertiary study.

I have greatly appreciated the support and sense of community my children have enjoyed at Parklands over the years since our return from the Philippines.  There is something truly special about our little community.  In particular, I have enjoyed watching my children’s faith expand and develop, and I am ever appreciative of a school that fosters the spiritual development of its students.

Since early 2020, our community has faced unprecedented challenges that have at times tested our community and challenged our culture.  These pandemic related challenges have impacted all Australians in some way, and will probably continue to do so for years to come.

When our school went into lockdown and a 2 week quarantine last year (July/August 2020), I was so impressed with our community’s gracious response, and our capacity to generously care. I was overwhelmed with the way families blessed those impacted by economic downturn and isolation.  We were united in purpose, and our light shone into a community and a state that was confused and fearful.

Twelve months on, and the challenges abound, I look to our community to once again rise to the challenge and respond with grace and generosity.  Division is growing within our nation over vaccination.  These debates are timely and appropriate as governments and families alike, come to grips living with COVID-19 in our community. To date, approximately 46% of our population has been fully vaccinated (29M doses).  However, some of us are still cautiously waiting.

The Australian Federal Government has made COVID-19 vaccines available for all Australian’s 12 years and over.  At this stage, mandatory vaccination has only been introduced for residential aged care workers.  In addition to this, State Governments are also introducing their own policy in some cases.  Presently, Queensland School staff are not required to be vaccinated.

Whatever your stance may be regarding vaccination, restrictions, we will navigate this pandemic together, united as God’s people.  Let’s remain determined to seek wisdom and understanding, and support each other with grace and generosity, even when we don’t agree.  My staff have been instructed to appropriately respond to students questions about COVID-19 related issues in our community, but will shy away from controversy around vaccination.  Staff may disclose if they are vaccinated or not, but they will not engage in conversation that polarises groups in our community.     I have encouraged my staff to be vaccinated but vaccination is their choice.

The College will follow lawful State and Federal Government directives as they are released, and I commit to keeping our community informed at every stage. I would ask that just as we have done in the past, we respond to each other with grace and generosity and refrain from divisive conversation or making polarising comments. Our community is precious to me, and so is the wellbeing of our students.  Let’s spare our children the anxiety associated with public debate, and model grace amidst healthy, polite and constructive conversation.

As change comes, and the impacts of this pandemic are fully realised, I want to send my newly graduated daughter out into the wider community with the skills to empathise with others, and engage in conversation that serves the common good, and builds others up.  I am convinced this can be done graciously and I want my children to learn from my example.  The season ahead can only be navigated together.  Parklands is committed to maintaining a community that is gracious and generous amidst adversity and change. Please join us.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

Welcome back to the start of an exciting and very busy Term 4. I trust that you had an enjoyable, relaxing school holiday spent with …

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Head of Primary School

Welcome back to the start of an exciting and very busy Term 4.

I trust that you had an enjoyable, relaxing school holiday spent with family and friends or just enjoyed having the children at home and not having to prepare lunches, do homework, stress to get them to school prepared and on time?

We are continuing to review our process and procedures in Primary in order to ensure the school is one in which our COVID Plans and CLEAR values of Christlikeness, Learning, Excellence, Attitude and Respect are presented and followed daily.

Labeled Uniforms

For the start of term 4, can you kindly check that ALL of your child’s Uniform Items and Lunch Boxes and Drink Bottles are clearly labeled with their FULL name? Can we also please ask that you assist us in ensuring the students are correctly dressed in the right uniform each day? We are experiencing students wearing their sport uniforms when not required and have also noticed that some students are starting to mix and match their uniforms/shoes. If unsure about uniform items or correct uniform requirements, please feel free to check the school’s website, contact your child’s teacher or the RTC.

End of Day Procedures reminder

Students may be collected anytime from 2.30pm but will unfortunately miss Structured Play time.

Students leaving in Structured Play need to be electronically signed out (by an adult), either in the Undercover Area or up at Student Services.

At the end of Structured Play (3.05pm), students go to class, line up for class roll call, collect their ports / bags and wait there at their classroom to be collected by parents/guardian or older sibling. No student can leave the Undercover Area or classroom without any supervision. At 3.30pm those students that have not been collected, will be taken up to Student Services until collected.

Thank you for not requesting students to make their way ‘on their own’ and meet you at the car. If you need them before 3.10pm, please come up to the classrooms and collect them there.

Thank you for your support and assistance in this regard as we wish to keep all our students safe and accounted for!

Car Parks

Thanks you for the wonderful support and the way all parents are using the Rosia Road car park and Drop Off Zones. The process really is working well!   Can I please ask that parents inform all other guardians/grandparents/siblings etc. of our process below (especially Point 4)?

  1. Slow down and drive very carefully through the car parks
  2. Be very aware of the Pedestrian Crossing and ‘Lollipop Lady’ on duty
  3. Only cross at the Pedestrian Crossing and not up near the Year 5 & 6 classes and top gate
  4. “GO TO THE TOP TO DROP” on entering the Rosia Road drop off area, please move up to the very last open bay you encounter to pull into.  This will allow others arriving after you to have an open bay behind you

Thank you for your support, co-operation and assistance to keep this all running smoothly and our students safe and sound!

2022 Class Placements

“I have learned to be content” (Philippians 4:11)

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 so as 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, Aides, all specialist teachers, RTC, LE Staff and myself spend an enormous amount of time discussing, praying about and working through the issues involved with student & class teacher placements and in trying to ensure that classes are well balanced. The matters of learning style, academic ability, behavioural concerns, student & staff personality, friendships, as well as social and emotional needs are earnestly discussed in the whole class selection process!

A reminder, due to the fact that we know the children and teacher / class environment, we 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 us 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 continue to develop between teacher, student and parent!

What’s New?

I feel like there is so much going on in the College, and we all appreciate the great work done by everyone, as we love the busyness of school changes. Here are a few of the new changes:

  • ‘Tractor Tom’ – Tom was placed in the Prep playground last term. Remember when you could find old-school machinery like this in parks and playgrounds? We are looking forward to seeing our Preppies playing nicely on Tractor Tom.

  • Mountain Bike Track – Our grounds-men have started carving out a new ‘mountain bike track’, as an extension and inclusion to the BMX track.

New Primary School Building Plans

We are making great planning progress and are getting down to the important detail about how we want to set up our classrooms, verandahs and grounds in and around the new Primary school precinct. Will keep you posted as we make further progress.

The secret of confident kids

By: Michael Grose

The first habit from Stephen Covey’s wonderful book “The 7 habits of highly effective people” states that we should start every project or undertaking with the end in mind.

This principle holds true for any activity whether it’s planting your veggie patch; renovating a house or raising children. When you know what you are trying to achieve then choosing the right strategies becomes easy.  The end game or goal for parents and teachers is Redundancy. Yep, you read it right. Your job is to make yourself redundant as an adult from the children you raise and teach at the earliest appropriate, possible age. When redundancy is your aim most of your time, effort and energy will go into promoting independence.  You’ll stop doing things for kids and start giving them opportunities to do things themselves.  You’ll spend most of your active parenting and teaching time teaching, explaining and prodding your child toward independence.

Independence leads to the 4 C’s

When independence becomes your priority then suddenly you’ve found a pathway to the development of other positive qualities and traits in your children including the key four – confidence, competence, creativity and character.

Here’s how:

Confidence comes from facing your fears and doing things for yourself.

Competence comes from the opportunity to develop self-mastery that independence offers.

Creativity is developed when kids solve problems themselves as opposed to someone solving them on their behalf, or worse, keeping kids safe. It’s amazing how resourceful kids can be when they are given the chance to resolve their own problems.

Character, which is essential for success, is forged under hardship and is needed if kids are to live a sturdy life. Kids need to be exposed to disappointment, failure and conflict if character strengths such as grit and perseverance are to be forged.

Independence takes many forms and adults are the gatekeepers for children’s independence.

Allowing kids to take responsibility and own their own problems builds confidence and competence. Start by expecting kids to help out at home and at school. Look for ways to develop self-help skills and don’t take their problems on as your problems.

Create junior versions of independence

It can be scary and also difficult developing independence in one big step. So smart adults intuitively develop junior versions of independence by breaking up big activities into digestible bits.  Want your three year old to make the bed? Then start by arranging the teddies and the pillows (a junior version of making the bed) and let them work their way up from there.  Similarly, want your ten year old to walk to school yet it’s currently out of their skillset? Then accompany them most of the way and let them walk the last 200 metres to school on his/her own. That’s a junior version of walking to school.

In all the noise and commotion about raising kids today it’s easy to forget that the job description for parents hasn’t changed since the dawn of time. Love them, bond with them, teach them and spend time with them. But also work like mad to develop their real independence so they become capable of handling what life will throw their way.

Teaching your kids about consent

by Michael Grose

The concept of respectful relationships, including consent, has been discussed at a school level for some time, but it hasn’t yet gained universal traction with families. Lacking confidence and unsure where to start, many parents have struggled to make headway in this area. If this sounds familiar, these ideas will help you make a start.

Establish home as a safe place to talk

Is your home a place where children can talk about any topic? Sexuality and relationship education are subjects that many parents place in the ‘let’s talk about this when you are older’ basket.

Professor Kerry Robinson, who is in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology and the Sexualities and Genders Research Network at Western Sydney University advises parents to be factual when answering children’s questions, emphasising the importance of staying informed about the subject kids are interested in.

In a recent article in The Guardian, she said “…. have set it up early with your child that when they talk about certain things you give open, simple, honest answers, then you set a precedent that you can build on.”

Professor Robinson also advises parents not to fob off children’s questions: “Straight away you’re setting a pattern of not answering and putting it off. Kids learn really quickly that this is a taboo subject. They will talk to their friends about it: they won’t talk to their parents and other adults about it because it’s taboo.”

Teach no means no

Children learn about mutual consent through their play and sharing. A child who doesn’t want to share their toys has a right to be left alone, rather than being scolded to change their mind. A parent who withdraws a privilege in response to a teenager’s poor behaviour shouldn’t be subjected to repeated attempts to negotiate a different outcome. Reinforce with children and young people that a no is not an invitation to ask again.

Emphasize choices

Framing behaviour as a choice is a central consent strategy for children of all ages. A young child who shares a toy with a friend can be told, “Good choice Harry. Now you can have fun together.” A primary school child who completes their homework assignment early can be reminded, “Now you’ve got plenty of time to relax. Smart choice.” The teenager who quietly helps you prepare a meal can be told “You could have done anything after school, but you chose to help me. I appreciate that.”

Teach kids to seek consent

Another important component of consent is that children and young people should also develop the habit of seeking consent from others. “Ask your sister if it’s okay for you to play that game next to her.” “Ask grandma if she feels like a cuddle right now.” Permission-seeking is another piece in the respectful relationships puzzle that you can reinforce with kids.

In closing

The best age to start teaching your children about consent is when they are young. The second-best age is whatever age they are right now. Consent education is too big an issue to ignore or leave to schools to manage. It’s something we all have to commit to if we want real change to occur.

Trust you have a great term and rest of the year.

Senior School Co-ordinator

Senior News… Amen! How great is our God? It has been GREAT to see students return to school this week.  We trust they feel rested, …

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Senior School Co-ordinator

Senior News…

Amen! How great is our God?

It has been GREAT to see students return to school this week.  We trust they feel rested, renewed, ready for Term 4!

Year 11 Leadership Camp

During the last week of Term 3, our Year 11’s attended leadership camp at Emu Gully, Helidon, which is based around the ANZAC’s; of working together and leaving no one behind. They experienced a vast array of activities, and each game and activity increasingly worked on building character, respect, and of leading by example. A “Can Do” attitude was evident in all and each student gave their very own 100%. As these students embark on their final year of schooling, they are all leaders, all role models, for Parklands Christian College. Time and again the students displayed courage and determination in facing, at times, very confronting situations. They stepped up as the intensity of each activity increased, teachers and camp facilitators saw how they supported each other really well.

The model of the servant leader is the most fitting style that we look to for our student leaders at Parklands. It is the style of leadership that Jesus demonstrated so aptly. A leader that knows each person personally, and isn’t afraid to get in and do the job and really get to know the people around them. A leader that is willing to make sacrifices and put others before themselves. It is these types of qualities we have observed and are now looking for as we are in the final stages of selecting student leaders for 2022. Well done to all of our Year 11 students!

Senior College Attendance

If your child is healthy, we expect them to be at school as we want to see them achieve their best (which correlates with healthy attendance statistics).

However, if your child is unwell, thank you for keeping them at home so they can recuperate and get better.

In Senior, when absent for an exam or assignment submission, a medical certificate MUST be obtained and a copy provided to Student Services or Mrs Degen. This is in line with QCAAs strict guidelines on missing an assessment due date and covers your child so they can catch up on an assessment.

Certificate Courses & VET Work

If your child is undertaking a certificate course, they must prioritise completing all module work by the set time. For Year 12, most due dates are September-October as there are very important deadlines to ensure there is time for trainers to mark assessments and for training organisations to upload results to QCAA. Once finalised, your child will see this locked into their MyQCE account. If you have any concerns, please speak to your child (and their individual teachers and trainers) about when this final due date will be. If the final date is missed, QCE certification may not occur this year as QCAA has very strict due dates.

Year 10 Subject Changes

Year 10 should now be settled into their classes that match up with their Year 11 subject choices.

If this isn’t the case, or if your child has had a change of pathway, we are encouraging them to speak with their class teacher/s, Miss Dixon, Miss Matthews or Mrs Wallis this week and complete a Subject Change Request form.

As Term 4 is a short term, we have requested all paperwork to be completed by the first Friday of Term 4.

Year 11 Update

In Year 11, many General (ATAR) subjects commence Year 12 work (Unit 3) this term. Your Year 11 child has been encouraged to start the term off strongly by taking study notes. A reminder, that for General Maths and Science classes, there is the requirement to know the Unit 3 and Unit 4 work for External Exams at the end of Year 12. By taking and keeping solid notes from Term 4 2021, your child can be best prepared for their final school exams.

If you have any questions about this, please ask your child’s teachers, PC teachers, or Mrs Wallis.

Year 12 Update

Year 12 students have three weeks of normal classes this term prior to the external examination block.  We request full attendance EVERY DAY and that our Year 12’s keep working through their teacher’s feedback from trial exams.

It is very important that all assignment and module work is completed in full, to gain passes in all your Applied and Vocational classes.

We are praying for motivation, good health and calm as your Year 12 child continues to work hard on further revision and assessment to finish off their formal schooling strongly.  We are all looking forward to celebrating with Year 12’s in their final week of school!  Our prayers are with all senior students as they work hard in this short but busy term.

Face Masks

Below are two examples of appropriate face masks to be worn at school.  Please ensure bandannas and other fashion items are not worn.

Blessings,

Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Coordinator of Senior College

Middle School Co-ordinator

Welcome back for Term 4. What an amazing thought that we have gotten to this part of the year already! Looking forward to the amazing …

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Middle School Co-ordinator

Welcome back for Term 4. What an amazing thought that we have gotten to this part of the year already! Looking forward to the amazing experiences that are yet to come for the remainder of the year.

Middle School Events

Over the course of Term 4, there are some amazing events for Middle School students and families (and potential Middle School students in 2022) to participate in. Listed below are some of those:

  • 12th October – Middle School Information Evening
    • For 2022 year 7 families, and families new to Middle School at Parklands Christian College
  • 19th October – Arts Finale Evening
  • 5th November – Parklands Christian College Carols
  • 16th November – Secondary Awards Night
  • 19th November – Year 12 Graduation Ceremony
  • 25th November – Year 9 Graduation Lunch
  • 26th November – Middle School Wet ‘n’ Wild Excursion

Looking forward to some great experiences as we close out the year through Term 4.

Finishing Well

This term only lasts for 8 weeks, and concludes on the 26th November. It is important that students stay on top of their responsibilities as this term will be over before we know it. It would be fantastic for parents to consistently check in on your children, actively asking them about homework and due dates for assessment. Students in Year 7 and 8 should be using their student diaries to list this information. Assessment schedules will also be emailed home at the end of week 1, so make sure they are printed, highlighted, and placed on the fridge!!

Subject Selections for 2022

Students in Year 8 and 9 have had the opportunity to select their subjects for 2022. Students were encouraged to have conversations with parents before this selection is made. If you missed the opportunity to talk this through with your child, I would encourage you to have that conversation shortly.

If students wish to change subjects between now and the end of the year, that possibility is available. Simply email myself on celvery@parklands.qld.edu.au and we will update the data base accordingly.

Communication

Throughout the final term, please make sure that you are communicating with teachers and myself regarding any concerns that may arise. We are keen to continue our partnership of learning between school and home, and keep that strong to the end of the year.

Praying for a smooth finish to the year, and God’s blessings on each of our Middle School families.

Mr Colin Elvery
Middle School Coordinator

Year 7 News

Time away from devices Teenagers have a complicated relationship with technology. They are using devices in schools and at home to complete homework and assignments, …

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Year 7 News

Time away from devices

Teenagers have a complicated relationship with technology. They are using devices in schools and at home to complete homework and assignments, to manage their social lives through various apps and social media platforms, and for other recreational activities.

Has your child become nervous when they leave their iPad or phone at home? Do they get a little anxious when they are ‘forced’ to socialise at the dinner table or spend time with family without their device? Have they dropped everything they are doing when that ‘ping’ of a notification is heard throughout the house?

I have had many discussions with the Year 7’s of the importance of taking a break from technology. We have discussed how being on your devices for school a few hours of the day and then being on them again by choice at night time for hours is not healthy for their eye sight, sleep patterns, physical health, social connectedness in the present, or their family as they neglect them to spent time online, rather than build connection with home.

I encouraged the Year 7’s to put their devices away for a portion of the holiday break and spend time in the real world, rather than the virtual one.

This is hard for many teens, as they are so absorbed in the online world. Studies from Big Guardian found that over 62% of teens admitted to using their mobile phones after bedtime and 77% admitted to texting and being on social media during sleeping hours or waking up to check their devices when they were expected to be sleeping.

Many Year 7’s admitted to me that they are not sure they would be able to surrender their devices to their parents for a day during holiday breaks, if asked to. I encourage you to talk to your teen and negotiate some screen time days and down time.

Time having a break from devices will allow them to be present in your home and encourage them to have a break from the devices they have been attached to for the time of PCC@Home.

The facts about teen smartphone use and relations

  • 67% of teachers find that smart devices distract today’s teens most of the time.
  • 61% of children believe that smart device use impacts their school work negatively.
  • 77% of parents feel their teens easily get distracted by the mobile phones that they fail to pay attention to other people at family events.
  • Even at the dinner table, 44% of teens use their mobile devices.

I pray your family has had a holiday break of relaxation and building connection with one another.

Secondary News

Face Masks Below are two examples of appropriate face masks to be worn at school.  Please ensure bandannas and other fashion items are not worn. …

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Secondary News

Face Masks

Below are two examples of appropriate face masks to be worn at school.  Please ensure bandannas and other fashion items are not worn.

 

 

Primary News

Prep The Preps are so excited to welcome “Tractor Tom” to their playground! A huge thankyou to Mr Moreton for all your work bringing him …

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Primary News

Prep

The Preps are so excited to welcome “Tractor Tom” to their playground! A huge thankyou to Mr Moreton for all your work bringing him to life and making him safe for us to enjoy. We look forward to seeing more additions to our playground for us to play on in the future.

In Term 3 our Preppies participated in Swimming sessions at Rackley’s. For some of our little ones it was their first experience of travelling on a bus. We have learnt a lot about water safety and displayed our wonderful listening skills and independence at the pool.

Thankyou to all of our parents who have assisted us both at the pool and at school.

The Prep Team

Year 1

Welcome back to Term 4!  It was wonderful seeing everyone’s lovely, smiling faces this week.

The students are truly a blessing to us and we love hearing their perspective on everyday events. Term 4 will, no doubt, be busy and go by very quickly but we are looking forward to having fun while learning right to the very end.

We welcomed 2 new students to our Year 1 family and are delighted to have them and looking forward to getting to know them this term.

Term 4 will see us learning about sound and light, time, shapes, addition and subtraction. We will be consolidating phonics and spelling strategies, while continuing to read and write about many topics.

Until next time, take care!

Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh and Mrs S

Year 2

Last term had the amazing experience of a Rocket Incursion. Not only did the kids have a blast, so did the teachers. Each student got to make and decorate their own rocket and fill them with water. The amount of water students chose determined how high and far their rocket went in the air. We also learnt about 3D printing which all the launch equipment was made from and jobs that the aviation and space industries create. We said a big thank you to Cran Middlecoat, the Founder and Aerospace Geek (his words) from It’s Rocket Science Adventures.

Year 2 also said goodbye to two families this term. We will miss the Mear and Csikos families dearly.

 

PCC Book Fair coming soon!

More information will be coming to you in your home communications regarding the upcoming Book Fair.

 

 

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 …

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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:

1. They control themselves …

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.

2. They create a respectful environment …

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.

3. They refuse to be a victim …

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.

4. They require others around them to be powerful …

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.

5. They make daily decisions that align with their vision …

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.

6. They let their “YES” be “YES” and “NO” be “NO”…

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.

7. They love unconditionally …

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!”

8. They consistently demonstrate who they say they are …

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 at Student Care and Wellbeing Team. Information from Danny Silk’s Blog – Loving on Purpose

 

PCC Instrumental Music

Eph 5:18b-19 “Instead be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms & hymns & spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in …

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PCC Instrumental Music

Eph 5:18b-19 “Instead be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms & hymns & spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.”

As we enter Term 4 we begin to wonder where the year has gone, yet at the same time marvel at how the students have progressed so well despite many interruptions. It’s been wonderful to hear all the students making music on their instruments and hearing the development of skill happening in real time. Everyone is busy preparing for our upcoming Arts Finale on Tues 19th October, and some students have also sat AMEB exams. It continues to be busy here in the Music Department, despite the disruptions!

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons have resumed in week 1, and will continue throughout most of the term. Give It A Go! Band Programme students will have their last lessons & rehearsal in week 6, and most other students having private or shared lessons will have their last lessons in week 7. Repetition is the key to all learning, so please continue to encourage your children to practice each day at home. Most students will need to do 20-30mins practice on at least 4 days of the week to make good progress.

All Ensemble & Choir rehearsals are also back to the normal schedule, with continued distancing & cleaning measures.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

It’s also been wonderful to hear our current group of Give It A Go! students making more progress & learning new things! I’ve been hearing students improving their tone & becoming more proficient, and it’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm in these budding musicians. Students need to make sure they continue to practise between lessons, for at least 15-20mins per day. This will help them consolidate the skills they have gained in their lessons, and be ready for what’s next.

This year’s Give It A Go! students will formally finish their programme in week 6, at which time they will return their instruments to school. If students wish to continue learning in 2022 & beyond they can enrol for private or shared lessons, however families will need to source their own instrument as the ones they’ve been using this year are needed for next year’s Give It A Go! students. More detailed information about all of this will be going home soon.

Our Year 3’s have been learning about the different brass, woodwind & percussion instruments, & will soon have the chance to hear them played by some of our current students. As they will have the opportunity to join our Give It A Go! Band Programme in 2022, they will also be able to register their instrument preferences & offers for places in the programme will be going home in the next few weeks. Watch your inbox!

Performances

Very soon in Term 4 we plan to hold our first Arts Finale, a fantastic night of music, art, drama & song, brought to you as a collaborative effort by all our wonderful arts staff & students. This will be the culmination of the year’s work for our performance students, and we’re hoping for a truly special night. This is currently planned for Tues 19th October, in week 3; a home communication will be coming soon.

There is always a way to be part of our growing Instrumental Programme, even in Term 4 – here’s how your child can be involved:

  1. Give It A Go! Band Programme – Year 4 students only

This is a one year beginner programme for Year 4 students, giving them the opportunity to learn a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument in small groups during school time. There is a one-off $400 levy for the year which covers all lessons & band rehearsals, a tuition book & use of a school instrument for one year. Many places for this are currently filled, however we do have a number of vacancies across most instruments. If your child is in Year 4 & would like to be involved, please contact us at instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

  1. Private lessons

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

  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 $18/30mins for a Group of 2 or $14/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability.

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

PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

The Friendlies

And just like that, the holiday break has come to an end and we find ourselves in Term 4! Can you believe it? The school …

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The Friendlies

And just like that, the holiday break has come to an end and we find ourselves in Term 4! Can you believe it? The school year is almost over. It was unfortunate that due to Covid restrictions we had to postpone the Spring Dance. We are grateful that other events were able to take place throughout the year.

Our mission statement is:

The Friendlies are families of the Parklands Christian College school community who endeavour to bring the love of Christ and encourage lifelong relationships within the school community. We provide opportunities to connect and fellowship at various events that we have throughout the year. We would love for you to join with us in strengthening one another.

We have one more meeting for this year which will be this Friday the 8th of October 2021 at 3.45pm down in the Prep area in room LL1. This meeting is our Annual General Meeting. All standing roles from the committee Office Bearers are available for nomination by those who have been active Friendlies members for a minimum of 12months. We hope to see you all there!

For Now, Keep Smiling!

The Friendlies Team

friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au

Community Notices

Logan City Council Community Support for Students in need Click for information: Support list for schools Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival 2021 presents: Click for …

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Community Notices

Logan City Council

Community Support for Students in need

Click for information:
Support list for schools

Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival 2021 presents:

Click for details:
Streetfest

Beta Blvd – Indoor Climbing

We would love to offer individuals #HaveAGo at Sport Climbing with us. With climbing’s inclusion in the Tokyo Olympic Games and its recognition as a National Sport by the Australian Government, rock climbing is fast gaining popularity.  We are offering kids and youth aged 6-17 to try one of our climbing classes for free.  For more information visit: https://www.betablvd.com.au/have-a-go-indoor-climbing

Fair Play Voucher Provider

Supporting Queensland kids to get active.  We are a Fair Play Voucher provider and would love to help recipients get active and discover the joys of climbing and its community. When people redeem their Fair Play voucher with us they receive a 10 trip pass to our climbing gym.  For more information visit: https://www.betablvd.com.au/fairplay-voucher-provider

HaveAGo-Flyer Indoor Climbing

FairPlay-Poster Indoor Climbing

SWIFF

The Coffs Coast’s Screenwave International Film Festival is looking for the next wave of young filmmakers living anywhere in Australia!

Enter a short film into the Nextwave Youth Film Competition for your chance to win awesome awards and prizes, including Best School, and have your film premiere at SWIFF 2022 on the Coffs Coast!

If you like being creative, and want to have a go at filmmaking, SWIFF wants to see what you can do!

The rules are simple:

  • Make a film under five minutes
  • Include a pineapple
  • Enter before October 12th to win!
  • For full terms and conditions, visit www.nextwavefilm.com.au

Chess Mates Club

Do you want your child to experience the benefits of learning chess while still having fun along the way?  Designed especially for children in Prep and above, our chess classes are fun, interactive, and tailored by our teachers to suit the students in each class. While your child will still learn that winning can be fun, they’ll also learn a whole lot more! In fact, chess can help your child develop socially, academically, and emotionally.

Tuesday 3:30 – 4:15
Starting Week 1
$10 per session
Located at the BSC (Baskerville Sports Centre)

To book please go to https://chessmates.com.au/school-lessons/ Parklands Christian College is under South Brisbane.

To know about what we stand for, our founder Ash did a TEDx talk at UQ last year. Here is a link to it – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMTga50-j3g&t=7s

 

Logan Little Legends

The Logan Little Legends program has been designed to target children aged 4-8 years old and to encourage them to make new friends whilst having fun and getting fit at the same time.

  • Sessions are held every Monday and Wednesday
  • Time:   4.00pm-4.45pm
  • Cost:  $8 per session
  • Location:  Logan Metro Sport & Events Centre – 357 Browns Plains Road, Crestmead
  • Bookings welcome – please contact insports@logan.qld.gov.au or alternatively phone 3081 6600

New Super Futsal

parklands Free come & Try Futsa-min

Parklands Christian College, in conjunction with Super Futsal, are super proud to be offering Futsal right here in our newly upgraded Baskerville Sports Centre. Please see the flyer for Junior Boys and Girls and Adult times.

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, there is a level for everyone!

Make sure you register for the open day to avoid missing out! Registrations to parklands@superfutsal.com.au

Looking forward to a fantastic season of Futsal!

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

Rugby Union

Park Ridge Football Club

Park Ridge Tennis

2021 TERM 1 SIGN UP ON NOW
FREE HOTSHOTS TRIAL LESSON

A new sign on is about to start for Hot Shots Tennis.

Come along for a  free trial lesson and see if you like it.

All new pupils receive a Free Racquet & Hot Shots T-Shirt on sign up.

We have lessons that run every afternoon, for all ages & levels.

Peewee Hotshots for 4-7 year olds, Hot Shot programs for 7-12 year olds & advanced groups for 12-17yr olds. For adults we have Cardio Tennis, Lessons & Social  comps every week night & now a new Fast 4 comp for players starting or getting back into tennis, the Fast 4 format goes for just over an hour.

To book in or to arrange a free trial phone Paul or Steph on 32000354 at Park Ridge Tennis.

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.

Free Dental Care

FREE DENTAL CARE

Uniform Shop Hours

Back to School Appointments 2022 WEEK 1: MONDAY 10/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm, TUESDAY 11/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm and THURSDAY 13/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm. WEEK 2: MONDAY 17/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm, TUESDAY 18/1/22 10.00m – 4.30pm, WEDNESDAY 19/1/22 10.00m …

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Back to School Appointments 2022

WEEK 1: MONDAY 10/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm, TUESDAY 11/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm and THURSDAY 13/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm.

WEEK 2: MONDAY 17/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm, TUESDAY 18/1/22 10.00m – 4.30pm, WEDNESDAY 19/1/22 10.00m – 4.30pm  and THURSDAY 20/1/22 10.00am – 4.30pm.

To book an appointment please go to:

https://calendly.com/uniforms/uniform-back-to-school-appointments

1. Choose your date and time then click Confirm.
Please do not book more than 3 appointment time slots per family.

2. Enter your name, email address and contact phone number then click Schedule Event.

3. Your appointment time will be emailed to you automatically.
(Check your junk mail folder if you do not receive your email).

4. To Schedule another Event for additional times, repeat process

5. To Cancel or Reschedule appointments –  click on the link in your confirmation email.  .

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

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

Second Hand Uniforms available (no refund or exchange)
For Second Hand Uniform Enquiries please email Alisha Mane amane@parklands.qld.edu.au

Also check our FB page for updates…
Uniform Shop Facebook Page/PCCUniforms

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

 

Tuckshop

Tuckshop news The tuckshop will be open EVERY day this year, Monday-Friday! There is an opportunity for parents to contribute to the life of the …

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Tuckshop news

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

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 2021

 

School Fees Due

School Fees Are deducted from your bank account on the 17th unless received by the 10th of each month. Please ensure funds are in your …

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School Fees

Are deducted from your bank account on the 17th unless received by the 10th of each month.

Please ensure funds are in your account one (1) business day before the 17th of the month.

Our Bank Account details are as follows:

BSB: 034115
Account Number: 169944

Please use your surname and initials as reference e.g. ‘J&C Smith’

Term Direct Debit Deduction Dates

  • 17th February
  • 17th April
  • 17th July
  • 17th September

Note: Direct Debits that reject from your account due to insufficient funds will incur a $10.00 fee and loss of discount. An additional late fee of $20 will apply to invoices outstanding at the end of the month.

Discounts Available

  • Monthly 2%
  • Term 5%
  • Annual 8%

2021/22 Term Dates

  Term Dates 2022 final

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Term Dates 2022 final

Parklands OSHC

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

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Parklands OSHC will be open for bookings for the upcoming September Vacation Care School Holidays.  If you would like a booking form please don’t hesitate to contact us on:  3297 0577 or email: parklandsbookings@bigpond.com or pop on down to the service to see our friendly staff situated in the prep building area.

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

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

We currently have limited spots available for before and after school care and advise families that a current 2021 enrolment is required to accept all bookings including emergency care bookings.

We look forward to assisting with all your care needs.

School Transport Assistance Scheme

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

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School Transport Assistance Scheme

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 letter to parents back to school   Bus QLD Schools_ Bus Queensland Pty Ltd, in partnership with TransLink has …

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Bus Pass Information for 2022

Bus letter to parents back to school

 

Bus QLD Schools_

Bus Queensland Pty Ltd, in partnership with TransLink has bus runs that run to and from Parklands Christian College – information can be found on the website https://www.busqld.com.au/school )

Route 6013 (AM)

Route 6042 (AM)

Route 6055 (PM)

Route 6113 (PM)

Route 6142 (PM)

Route 6155 (PM)