Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

In 2020, the Queensland Government amended the public Health Act 2005, making it an offence for a Health Service Provider to engage in any practice that attempts to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Where the attempt is made in relation to a child (under 18 years), the offence is punishable by up to 18 months in jail. The College considers that aspects of our services may be providing a Health Service (as defined in the Public Health Act 2005) and therefore may come within the operation of the amendments.

We are currently seeking advice about our wellbeing services, existing pastoral care programs and relationships seminars in light of these recent amendments. We remain committed to teaching and providing pastoral care from a Christian Worldview.  We also commit to being sensitive and supportive of the needs of every child and their families.

It is my belief that the Community of Parklands Christian College is robust enough to rigorously engage in the care of students as they study and explore the wonders of our created world. It is our privilege to teach and guide our students and help them to discover their gifts, talents and passions as they become all that God wants them to be. This is our focus, our ministry and our passion.

As our society grapples with important issues and the Australian way of life changes and responds to the needs and desires of its population, schools are inevitably required to respond.  At Parklands we want to ask good questions, learn, grow and be gracious as we navigate the future.  We are proud of our Christian identity, and our mandate to serve.  And we hope that every family in our community experiences the grace of God and love and security He offers.

38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39-NKJV)

I believe that God has a plan and purpose for each of our students (Jeremiah 29:11). Each child’s journey with God, as in life, is their own. As a Christian organisation, our ministry is to serve the child as we find them on their journey.  We will instruct and teach (Psalm 32:8), we will be patient (Peter 3:9), and we will love those who God asks us to serve.

We remain committed to the safety and wellbeing of every child who attends the College.  If you have any concerns regarding a child’s treatment at the College, please contact our Heads of School.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

Correct and Labelled Uniforms A reminder to please ensure your child is correctly and neatly dressed in the ‘correct’ uniform each morning. If they are …

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Head of Primary School

Correct and Labelled Uniforms

A reminder to please ensure your child is correctly and neatly dressed in the ‘correct’ uniform each morning. If they are incorrectly dressed, would you please provide us with a written explanation and remind them to go to the RTC to collect a Uniform Slip FIRST thing in the morning? We are also finding quite a few unmarked / unlabelled items of clothing: bottles and tupperware, which makes it impossible to return to the right owner. Kindly assist us by ensuring ALL items brought to school are correctly labelled! Thank you for your support and assistance in this regard.

eLEARNING in 2022 (Year 5 & 6)

In wishing to offer our senior Primary students every opportunity to use technology in class to assist with and improve their learning, we will continue to allow the Year 5 and 6 students to make use of or bring iPads to school next year. This follows on with the trend in education to promote eLearning and the use of modern electronic devices in senior Primary.

We will continue to promote handwriting, fine motor skills, cutting out, colouring in and written work in Prep to Year 4!  Feedback from staff, parents and the Year 5 & 6 students about iPad use has been very positive.

We have organized an iPad Informative Parent Evening on Tuesday 12th October where questions about iPad selection, keyboards, process, security, resources, Apps, cases, class use etc. will all be answered.  I look forward to seeing the Year 4 and 5 parents in attendance on the night.

Listening Skills

Not sure what it’s like at home but teachers and the RTC are experiencing many students just not listening to and following instructions. This behaviour is evident in the undercover area in the morning/afternoon, in the classroom for lessons, out on the ovals or while students are running around playing! Staff are making a concerted effort to get the students to “Stop, Look, Listen and DO”

We aren’t exactly sure why this ‘non-listening behaviour’ is becoming more evident but research from UQ and Harvard University have offered up a few suggestions – due to modern electronic gadgets “common communication skills” are being used less (children don’t know of or get to practise the social skills to listen, hold a conversation and follow instructions).

Children are so busy and pre-occupied in this ‘instant society’ that they appear / are rushed to move onto the next experience so thereby they don’t listen to or fully comprehend instructions. In class, this is what good listening has been encouraged to ‘look and sound’ like:

We are asking that parents assist us by getting their children to practise these listening skills at home and to be reminded of them daily before coming to school. Thanking you in anticipation for your support in this regard.

Communication

Can I please take this time to remind you of important information about Primary School communication procedures?

Class Teachers ask that IF you have a concern or question about class work, assignments, process or procedure, class behaviour, calendar events etc., that you please contact them directly. They are your first port of call.

If you require information about any of the following areas, please contact the specific staff member concerned directly:

Specialist lessons:

HPE – Mr Werner
Music – Mrs Geurts / Mrs Patane
Art – Mrs Bazley
Library – Mrs Kerr
Student Services – Mrs Oxley, Mrs Sampson, Mrs Doedens
RTC – Mr Crawford, Mrs Rerekura-Tamaiva, Mrs Broughton
LE – Mrs Jo Anderson

If you do not get resolve or wish to discuss the matter further after having spoken to a teacher or specialist, would you kindly then contact myself, Grant Jakins through Student Services? Thank you for speaking to the correct person to assist you best with your question or concern.

Kind Words and Friendly Actions!

This semester we will again get the students to focus on using kind words to each other or saying NOTHING bad at all as well as trying to have friendly actions to one another in the Primary School! We will again be reminding students about ways to treat each other so as not to ‘bully’ because bullying is a terrible behaviour that affects many children in all schools. It breaks a child’s natural right to feel safe and secure and can affect a child’s performance, their peer relations and his or her self-esteem!

Definition of Bullying:

Bullying is not a once off incident but the repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.

Bullying is not the domain of either gender. Girls bully just as much as boys but they do it in less physical ways. While boys will use physical intimidation or verbal abuse to wield power over others, girls are more likely to use exclusion or subtle verbal sarcasm to assert themselves over their victims.

Bullying is more prevalent in primary schools than secondary schools, although the type of bullying varies with age. As boys get older, there is a gradual decrease in the amount of physical bullying but an increase in verbal intimidation. It would appear that bullying reaches a peak around the age of eight or nine years of age, which is true for girls and boys.

While siblings or children often tease or sometimes fight physically with each other, this bickering should not be confused with bullying. The bullying involves an imbalance of power, as one person is powerless to stop the teasing or physical abuse.

Behaviours that are not bullying include:

• mutual arguments and disagreements (where there is no power imbalance)
• not liking someone or a single act of social rejection
• one-off acts of meanness or spite
• isolated incidents of aggression, intimidation or violence

Cyber bullying refers to bullying that is carried out through information and communication technologies. Likewise not all online issues are cyber bullying. Source: www.bullyingnoway.gov.au   We at Parklands, through the RTC and Wellbeing Team, work closely to monitor ALL behaviour and assist the students to make better choices!

Primary News

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Primary News

Lost Property

If your child is missing uniform items or lunch boxes or drink bottles, please come and check the Lost Property in Student Services.

Year 1

August

Year 1 has thoroughly enjoyed the first few weeks of term 3 and have been fully engaged in their learning.

We started the term with our new HASS unit – Me on a Map – and have been working on maps of familiar places with a focus on our ‘birds eye view’. Later in the term we will change our focus to Features of Places and Spaces.

Math lessons have been exciting. We started the term looking at data collection and representation. The children had fun collecting data from their peers and learned how to represent that data using tallies and simple graphs. We are currently learning all about repeating patterns using objects and numbers. The kids have had fun creating their own patterns using lots of equipment in the classroom.

In English, we started morning literacy groups. Thanks to the parents who help to make these groups run smoothly. We hope to be able to continue them soon. We have been reading and writing stories as we become more familiar with narratives this term. We will also be focusing on spelling choices as we learn more about long vowel sounds.

Most importantly, we celebrated 100 days of school! It was super exciting and we are looking forward to counting the next 100 days!  Year 1 can’t wait to share more about what we are doing next month!

September

So many exciting things have happened in Year 1 over the past month!

We celebrated 100 days of school and were so thrilled to be ‘100 days brighter’ in so many ways. We enjoyed the day making 100 day crowns, writing about ‘If we had 100…’ and worked hard to complete 100 exercises throughout the day!

We have also been learning all about the miracles of Jesus in our CLS lessons. Our favourite craft has been our Jesus Walks on water jelly cups. It was definitely a hit with all the children.

We designed posters showing how we can be safe at school and have talked about the many ways we can be safe in our homes, on the road and in an emergency situation.

In math we have been exploring patterns and using many different manipulatives to create our own repeating patterns. We are very clever indeed!

Most recently we celebrated Book Week! What an amazing day we had dressing up as our favourite book characters. The kids went all out and looked fantastic! It was fun to see everyone at the parade and we participated in lots of book themed activities in the classroom.

Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh, Mrs S and Year 1

Year 2

We have had a great start to the term with lots of fun and engaging group work. The students have settled in well into Term 3. The next few weeks are going to be busy in Year Two with guest speakers, a Rocket Science incursion and the always super exciting “Book Month” activities.

This month Year 2 has been consolidating their learning about Places and what they tell me about the past and present.  We had Mr Cully and local farmers Ray and Lisa Crooks come in and talk to the students about how the school and local farms have stayed the same and changed over time. We are grateful to our community who willingly input into our student’s education.

The students are continuing to investigate materials and forces in order to design and make their vehicle early next term for Design technologies. This week they investigated a push force by making and flying paper planes. It was lots of fun and very competitive.

The students also had fabulous fun dressing up in their favourite character and joining in with our book month parade. The kids looked so good and had lots of fun. Congratulations to all of the kids who joined in with the book reading competition. We are so proud of your efforts!

This week 2K said good bye to our Prac Teacher Mr Aaron Edwards.  He was a real blessing to the class and the kids will miss him. We wish Mr Edwards all the best with his studies.

Year 6

This term we are engaging in a new and exciting unit within Design Technologies. FEAST by OzHarvest is a program aimed at educating young students across Australia about the importance of eating a healthy diet and considering sustainability within their cooking. Each week students participate in a 2-part lesson. The first being the theory side where students have been taught what it means to be a change maker and how they can generate change within their community, considering healthy eating and sustainability.

The second part is hands-on as they are taught essential cooking skills to produce tasty, healthy treats. Within the hands-on component, discussions are had to consider how we could make each recipe healthier, tastier and even more sustainable.

Students are loving the new unit, experimenting with food that they may not have had before and learning new kitchen skills – that mum and dad will love to see at home too! The students’ end task for this unit is to create their own recipe that caters to their groups (dietary) needs, is considered healthy and shows a thorough use of sustainable practices.

Secondary News

Year 9 – Visit a Farmer The Year 9 students visited Tommerup’s Dairy Farm on Thursday 29th July to gain an insight into what it …

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Secondary News

Year 9 – Visit a Farmer

The Year 9 students visited Tommerup’s Dairy Farm on Thursday 29th July to gain an insight into what it means to be a farmer in trying times of financial hardship and climate change. The year 9 Pastoral Care classes focus on the theme of gratitude during Term 3. Why gratitude? The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to reflect and act upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, express more compassion and kindness. These are good qualities for Year 9 to have as a foundation for their lives.

Dave and Kay Tommerup shared their story of how close they were to losing the farm due to the ongoing drought. Reducing animal numbers helped but this also meant that they were not able to meet production quotas. Normally when a farm is in dire need the government or other organisations can assist the farmers to get through. No assistance was given and they were told that they were ineligible for assistance. Enter Drought Angels who through their generosity were the only charity to offer support. They gave the little things like gift cards that were offered which act like disposable cash which a lot of farmers do not have enough of.

Our penultimate goal is to raise much-needed funds for farmers, through a 20km Walk for a Farmer event on the 16th of September. Rural Australia is a fragile and interconnected ecosystem, as drought and other natural disasters not only have a crippling effect on our farmers, it is also seriously impacting the towns and communities that rely on farming for their existence. The Tommerups have experienced this themselves during the hard times of recent drought, they shared their story of how Drought Angels supported them in small but significant ways.

Our Gofundme fundraiser webpage has been activated and is ready to accept donations. https://www.gofundme.com/f/walk-for-a-farmer-pcc-yr-9-2021

 

Year 9 – Walk for a Farmer

Walk for a Farmer is an annual event being conducted by the Year 9 students as part of their Pastoral Care unit on gratitude. The event is being held to raise money for the farmers who are experiencing severe hardship. We are raising money on behalf of the non-profit organisation “Drought Angels” which assists farmers directly.

Our walk begins at the Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre where we will walk 20km to school over 5 hours. So make sure that you sponsor Year 9 students. There are multiple ways that this can be done. You can support us by donating through our Go Fund Me web page.

https://au.gofundme.com/f/walk-for-a-farmer-pcc-yr-9-2021

Visual Art news

ARTWAVES Student Exhibition

A huge congratulations to the following students for having their artworks selected in the Annual Artwaves Exhibition at the Logan Art Gallery!

  • Anabelle Langfield, Year 7, Self Portait, Monoprint Collage
  • Magdelina Muluberhan, Year 7, Self Portait, Monoprint Collage
  • Andrew Orme, Year 7, Self Portait, Monoprint Collage
  • Jesse Rose, Year 7, Self Portait, Monoprint Collage
  • Nicholas Greene, Year 9, Death, Styrofoam Sculpture
  • Florentina Mariuta, Year 9, Still Life Studies, Graphite on Paper
  • Cory Le, Year 9, Content Dinner, Acrylic on Canvas
  • Cambria Rivers, Year 10, Perception,  Mixed media Collage
  • Ellie Marino, Year 12, Shirley, Mixed Media Collage
  • Jordyn Savage, Year 12, Thalassophobia, Acrylic on canvas
  • Georgina Emblen, Year 12, Ripple Effect, Watercolour on paper

The Artwaves Exhibition hosted by the Logan Art Gallery showcases some of the top 7-12 students’ artwork in schools throughout the Logan region. This year Parklands have had such a strong selection of artwork that the vetting team decided to take more than their usual five works. It is exciting for our visual art students to have this opportunity to have their work displayed in a gallery for the first time. It is a fantastic experience and is well worth celebrating!

The exhibition will be on from the 10th of September to the 16th of October during Gallery opening hours. If you are in the area, we encourage you to come and view our talented students’ efforts. Please note, there is no opening event this year due to COVID restrictions.

Congratulations once again to all chosen!

CREATIVE GENERATION EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR SENIOR ART STUDENTS:

Four Parklands students will have their work displayed in the online regional exhibition for Creative Generation. Congratulations to Hannah Clausen, Isabella Dahlitz, Tori Hankins and Maria Mariuta for having their work included in the exhibition. Once the online link becomes available we will share it with the Parklands community so we can all celebrate their outstanding work.

SENIOR ART EXHIBITION #2:

Over the last 2 weeks the latest Senior Visual Art works have been on display in the Student Services foyer, as well as an installation in L5 (old drama room). The very talented seniors displayed a selection of two-dimensional, three-dimensional and time-based media. These works are the resolved works stemming from their latest units, Art as Lens and Art as Alternate, and explored contemporary themes and artistic approaches.

Lost Property

If your child is missing uniform items or lunch boxes or drink bottles, please come and check the Lost Property in Student Services.

Sport

Athletics Carnival 2021 Athletics Age Champions Last Name First Name Age Gender Class MacKellar Sasha Prep Girls Prep H Smith Maverick Prep Boys Prep H …

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Sport

Athletics Carnival

2021 Athletics Age Champions
Last Name First Name Age Gender Class
MacKellar Sasha Prep Girls Prep H
Smith Maverick Prep Boys Prep H
Heyfron Archie Year 1 Boys 1D
Buol Yar Year 1 Girls 1D
Saxelby Ella Year 2 Girls 2S
Cragg Billy Year 2 Boys 2S
Thorne Sienna Year 3 (8yrs) Girls 3K
Reise William Year 3 (8yrs) Boys 3W
Buol Agaw 9 yrs Girls 3K
Boluch Malaki 9yrs Boys 3K
George-Coker Gabriella 10yrs Girls 4S
Buol Buol 10yrs Boys 4S
Campbell Emmy 11yrs Girls 6H
Mane Lachlan 11yrs Boys 6H
Thomson Hayley 12yrs Girls 6H
Gray James 12yrs Boys 7B
Hunt Justin 13yrs Boys 8B
Holland Georgia 13yrs Girls 8B
Hollenberg Zachary 14yrs Boys 9C
Thomson Tayla 14yrs Girls 8A
Hunt Hudson 15yrs Boys 10B
Hicks Jacinta 15yrs Girls 9B
Brown Zacary 16yrs Boys 11A
Blandford Elisabeth 16yrs Girls 10A
Tomic Levi Opens Boys 12B
Lee Charlotte Opens Girls 12A

CSSAQ Netball Results

Juniors (7/8) and Intermediates (9/10) both won their pools. Well done girls!

Open girls won two, drew one and lost two out of their five games. Well done to Hannah Takada who made the Opens Dream Team. Congratulations Hannah!

Thank you to Mrs Brkic, Mrs Swinn and Mrs Schulz for coaching today.

CSSAQ Football

Well done to Dylan Jackson and Joel Mitchell for making the All Stars team for CSSAQ Football. Thank you to Mr Freeman for coaching the team.

Calamvale Basketball

On Monday 23 August our Year 7/8 and open boys basketball teams travelled to Calamvale Community College to verse them in an exhibition match. Our 7/8 boys had a narrow loss going down 30-25. The open boys found the going tough in the first quarter trailing by 18-0. The boys rallied together to put some puts on the board to finish 50 – 24 behind Calamvale.

 

District Athletics Team

Well done to the 27 students who made the district athletics team. This is a record number for Parklands and is a great testament to the program that coach Mr Max Volau has developed over the years.

Chloe Bobermien
Zachary Brown
Buol Buol
Ella Creswell
Isabella Dahlitz
Meagan Elvery
Gabrielle George-Coker
James Gray
Jacinta Hicks
Georgia Holland
Zachary Hollenberg
Hudson Hunt
Justin Hunt
Ethan Jackson
Hayley Jones
Charlotte Lee
Lachlan Mane
Tawana Mutambi
Lucy-Anne Reise
Andrew Sorbello
Jeremy Thomson
Brayden Thorne
Levi Tomic
Lilee Unwin
Luke Unwin
Heinrich Van Dyk

Well done to the following students who were named age champion at the District Trials.

Buol Buol – 10 Years Boys
James Gray – 12 Years Boys
Hudson Hunt – 15 Years Boys

Student Care and Wellbeing

Exam Stress Students are heading towards exam and assessment time. This can be stressful! Exam anxiety can be really tough to tackle and it can …

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Student Care and Wellbeing

Exam Stress

Students are heading towards exam and assessment time. This can be stressful! Exam anxiety can be really tough to tackle and it can affect anyone – from the most super-conscientious student to the last-minute crammer. Sometimes the pressure of exams may cause stress. Stress is our response to pressure and, while a small amount of pressure can be useful to keep someone focused during exam time, if it becomes too much, study can seem impossible.

Exam stress is normal and very common. Your child might experience it because:

  • they are worried about how well they will do in the exam
  • they find it hard to understand what they’re studying
  • they feel unprepared or haven’t had time to study
  • exams always have an element of uncertainty about them
  • they need a particular exam result to gain entry into another course or career path
  • they feel pressure from your family to succeed
  • they have other stressful things going on too

In the Student Care and Wellbeing team we often see the effects of exam stress on students. These are some of the things we notice:

  • more people are on edge and have lower thresholds (patience, frustration etc)
  • people can be more emotional and tearful
  • behaviour can change – when stressed, people say and do things they wouldn’t normally do.
  • a rise in anxiety and students feeling like they cannot cope, or needing help to cope
  • because of the stress and pressure, some students find they have lower concentration and find it harder to focus
  • procrastination – this is a BIG one! When something gets stressful or hard we throw our hands up because it’s hard and do something else (usually a time waster – watch TV, gaming, scrolling etc).
  • friendship tension – there is a lot of pressure, school can be competitive and friendships can get a little strained. Friends can be a great source of support during exam time, but they can also distract students from studying. Friends may even add to stress levels if they’re not handling their own exam preparation well.

So, now that we know all of this and we know what is coming up, what can students do to be powerful people? How can students ensure that feelings of stress and worry don’t get in the way of productive study and exam preparation?

  • Start each study day WELL with worship, meditation, exercise, prayer or breathing exercises (or all of these!). This sets our brain and body up for the day and helps them to focus.
  • Break study up into manageable 20-minute chunks. It’s hard to focus if our mind is not taking regular breaks. Often, we are most productive if our mind and body stays fresh!
  • Talk about it or say it out loud. When you say something out loud, you’ll find it much easier to remember it. Chatting with someone about what you’re studying is even better. Sometimes writing in different colour pens can be useful too, if you are a visual learner.
  • Remove the distractions. Students can make a choice to put their phone on silent and out of reach, ensure a calm and focused environment for study, and turn off the pop-up notifications on computers or devices. Aeroplane mode! Research shows that it can take up to 20 minutes to refocus on what you’re doing once you’ve been distracted. There are also some great APPS to help with focus and break study time up into manageable study slots.
  • Students can reward themselves when they achieve their study goals, such as going for a walk or watching an episode or their favourite show.
  • Allow time to rest. It’s important that students don’t get to the exam and be so stressed and tired that their brain isn’t working.

Technology

Students can use technology to their advantage! Technology can be a time waster SO if students are going to use devices and technology around exam time, here are some tips:

  • download a calm APP with music or strategies that will help them focus or help you get to sleep at night
  • find an APP to help with focus and preparation
  • find a good podcast – maybe from a recent grad, study tips or organizational podcast, podcast on stress or staying calm, or even a podcast about the subject you are studying for
  • checkout helpful websites such as Reachout.com and Kidshelpline. The Kids Helpline website contains some great tips about exam stress, self-care, anxiety, how to build resiliencecoping with emotions and more
  • Phone 1800 551 800 (24 hours, 7 days).
  • Email Kids Helpline at counsellor@kidshelpline.com.au
  • Chat with someone one-on-one (24 hours, 7 days)

Self Care

In times of stress, self-care is even more important. Please refer to the July Newsletter for tips on how self-care.  Most importantly – SLEEP, NUTRITION and BODY MOVEMENT!

ONE MORE THING – there is a body of research that shows the impact that a positive environment can have on exam stress and performance. What does that mean?

When it comes to exams, having that positive mindset before the students go into the room will help them feel at ease and more able to approach questions productively.

We talk to students all the time who prepare well for an exam but due to nerves and stress and pressure, go totally blank once they get in there. And because of that, there is now a fear or mind block associated with exams. There are many people who think they just are not ‘exam people’.  Let’s challenge that!

Here’s some ideas:

  • Help them plan something nice after the exam so they something to look forward to!
  • They can listen to some music before the exam that will calm or uplift them – depending on what they prefer. If they’re listening to angry, dark or hard core music, this will not assist their mind in staying calm and uncluttered.
  • Show up to show off. Many people think that exams are there to highlight how much they don’t know, and that examiners keenly look out for mistakes. Students can think instead of the exam as a chance to show off how much they do know, because chances are they do know a lot, and more than they think they know. If they have done their study, they will have the knowledge base that they need!
  • Remind them to surround themselves with positive people. If everyone around them is stressed and negative, it’s highly likely they will slip into the same frame of mind.
  • If they feel butterflies in their stomach, they could trick themselves into thinking they’re excited. This sounds weird, but it’s surprisingly effective. The feelings you get when you’re excited and anxious (butterflies in stomach, racing heart, perspiration, goosebumps, etc.) are very similar.

And remember, that there is always support for any student who is struggling over this time. The teachers, staff and RTC team are always available and have an open door policy for students that have concerns and need to speak to someone.

PCC Instrumental Music

Psalm 33:3 “Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy. Now that the term is well …

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PCC Instrumental Music

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

Now that the term is well underway, it’s 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 Instrumental Showcase on Tuesday  24th August and some students are also preparing for AMEB exams. It’s a busy time here in the Music Department!

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons are settling back into their familiar rhythm, and It’s wonderful to hear so many students progressing so well. Repetition is the key to all learning, so please continue to encourage your children to practice each day at home – mini concerts are a great way to do this! Maybe each Friday night after dinner your child can give a family concert, playing whichever pieces they’ve been working on during the week. This is a great way for you to show them appreciation for their hard work, and for them to become accustomed to performing in front of other people.

All Ensemble & Choir rehearsals are also continuing as normal. Any changes to regular rehearsals will be communicated by email to both students & parents.

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 10-15mins per day. This will help them consolidate the skills they have gained in their lessons, and be ready for what’s next.

GIAG Band rehearsals will have some changes of day during August – please watch your emails for details.

Performances

Term 3 will see students come together for an Instrumental Showcase in week 7, giving many students an opportunity to perform both with their Ensembles as well as in small groups & even solo.  Beginning with a fundraising Sausage Sizzle hosted by the RAW Missions Team, performances will begin at 6pm on Tues 24th August in the Church Auditorium. Numbers are somewhat limited due to COVID restrictions, but it would be great to see families of the performing students in attendance.

In Term 4 we will be holding 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 planning something truly special. Again, more information will be communicated later in Term 3, so be on the lookout for dates & times.

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

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

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

  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

As you might be aware, with the current restrictions in place we have unfortunately made the decision to postpone our upcoming Spring Dance. All of …

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The Friendlies

As you might be aware, with the current restrictions in place we have unfortunately made the decision to postpone our upcoming Spring Dance.

All of the events we hold couldn’t happen without our incredible supporters and Friendlies team. We feel it’s the perfect time to show our appreciation for some of the Friendlies biggest supporters!

Firstly, we would like to thank Michelle and Sandra from The Coffee Club at Browns Plains Village Square. Michelle and Sandra come along to each of our events with their coffee cart for all of our coffee and hot chocolate lovers. You guys are amazing and have donated so much to The Friendlies!

We would also like to thank Greg and Sarah Tinson. Greg and Sarah own several Domino’s stores and always happily support many of the events we hold throughout the school. Greg and Sarah generously donate soft drinks, onions and pizzas to many of our events.

We are so very grateful for the support of Michelle, Sandra, Greg and Sarah, and we feel incredibly blessed to have such a generous school community surrounding us. Please be sure to extend your thanks to them as well if you see them around sometime soon!

If you are not available to come to meetings but would love to stay updated or help out at our different events just email friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au and it will be our pleasure to add you to our email list.

Keep Smiling 😊

The Friendlies Team

 

 

 

Community Notices

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 …

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Community Notices

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

Holiday Camp for Young Writers

There are opportunities to attend school holiday camps for young writers aged from 9 to 14, a junior camp for younger students and an advanced camp for older students.

Write Like an Author is an internationally acclaimed writing course that teaches young writers the skills and techniques that professional authors use to create their stories.  During the camp, each participant will develop and write an original creative story under the guidance of a well-known, professionally published author.

The camp will be held at Sheldon College during the school holidays, starting on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 and running until Thursday, September 30, 2021. The presenter is Brian Falkner, author of books for children and young adults.  The camp is ideal for young people who have a dream of becoming a published author or anyone who wants to improve their writing skills.

The camp is non-residential, and runs from 9am to 4pm each day.  The course fee is $195.00, which includes a discount for early registration.  The number of places on the camp is strictly limited.

Competition Time!

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

Life Skills Program

6 – Life Skills Development Booklet_Final

Drought Angels

For more information:  drought angels

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 3:15 – 4:00
Starting Week 3
$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.

Blue Jays Netball Club

Sign on Brochure 2021

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)