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

Community Notices

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Life Skills Program

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Drought Angels

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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 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

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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.

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Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

Welcome to Term 3 of the 2021 Academic Year.  Although it’s been a tough few weeks for our State and Nation, I am looking forward to having our site buzzing with student activity after our mid-year break.  I was fortunate enough to catch up with relatives in Rockhampton for a few days, taking the long way up the coast via Dalby and the Leichhardt Highway and then back again on the Burnett Highway.  I arrived back in Brisbane just in time to experience one day of lockdown before restrictions were eased.

Since that time our restrictions have been eased, then extended once again making the beginning of Term 3 a little unpredictable.  Thanks for hanging in there as we navigate these times.  We are doing our very best to keep parents informed and trying to do so efficiently and in a timely manner. Of course, if you ever have any specific concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via Student Services on 07 3380 4237.

This week I had the opportunity to speak to our Secondary Students about the concept of forgiveness.  In an attempt to connect with the next generation, I used the recently released movie, “Black Widow” to talk about some of the myths about forgiveness and guilt.  Most importantly, I talked about what the Bible has to say about God’s desire to forgive in contrast with secular or pop culture versions of forgiveness.

As much as I like the Avenger’s franchise from which Black Widow was created, I sometimes wonder what conclusions our children draw after watching movies like this.  Now don’t get me wrong, there are many, many movies far more suggestive and unwholesome than the Avengers movies, and many of the themes in “hero” movies are usually pretty good.   But as parents, how often do we consider the impact of the content our children are viewing?  And how often are we debriefing with our children after watching a movie or television series?

Our children live in a time where their access to content is unprecedented in history, and do we really know what they are viewing?  I honestly struggle to keep up with the many devices, accounts and subscriptions my three children have.  I admit I struggle to understand some of the content I see on my home television these days as I see my kids watch YouTube, and subscribe to gaming channels and alike. Not only that, but my two girls are watching Korean Drama…I can’t even go there!

To some degree I have resigned myself to the fact that I am getting older and that I don’t have to understand the appeal of some of the things I see my children viewing.  However, what I do need to do is find opportunities to discuss the morals and messages that may be unhelpful to my teens during their formative years.  I will talk about healthy relationships versus the pop-culture version thereof.  I will talk about violence and set boundaries around content I deem age inappropriate.  And I will talk to my children about Biblical truths versus Hollywood’s wisdom.

If we are not keeping tabs on the content our children are viewing, we may be allowing someone else to teach them about life.  One of the best things we can do for our children is provide a wholesome foundation from which they can launch into adulthood.  I want to send my kids out into their adult lives with morals, values and ethics that I have sowed into their lives, not the values and ethics a YouTube influencer has taught.  It’s sometimes a struggle, but let’s be aware of what our children are viewing and subsequently being taught.   As parents, let it be our job to guide the next generation and teach the values we deem appropriate so that our children might become all that God wants them to be.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

WELCOME BACK

I trust you had a lovely holiday break, having spent time doing the nice, fun and or relaxing things you enjoy, with family and friends?

At the start of this semester, I wish you and the students everything of the best for the term that lies ahead.

REPORTS

All students should have received an ‘End of Semester Report’ via email at the conclusion of last term. If you haven’t received it, please kindly contact Nancy Abolins in Student Services on 3380 4702.

This report should confirm what your child’s teacher has informed you of or feedback given throughout the term as to how your child has progressed.

On Tuesday 27th July we have our Primary Parent Teacher Interviews (which will take on the Profile Evening style) located in the classrooms.  You can book an interview ‘on line’, to discuss your child’s report with their class teacher. Parents should have received the Informative Email with more information, booking times and procedures!

START and END OF DAY

A reminder that students should be on site by 8.25am at the latest and ready for the start of the school day by 8.30am sharp. Would you please assist us in reminding students of these procedures and do all you can to have students on campus by 8.25am at the latest.

Students can be collected, and then signed out any time from 2.30pm! Students still at school at the end of the day (3.10pm) are to be collected from their classrooms. Students still at school at 3.30pm, are to be collected from the Under Cover Area.

We thank you for your support and understanding in this regard.

UNIFORMS

For the start of Term 3, could you please ensure ALL uniform items, lunch boxes/water bottles and bags are clearly relabeled with your child’s name? Ensure that black shoes are polished, hair is cut and the correct uniform items are worn – jumper with Academic Uniform and the tracksuit jacket with Sport Uniform. Please also check students are wearing predominantly WHITE, leather upper sneakers / sand shoes with their Sport Uniform.

If unsure about any uniform requirements, please feel free to check the School Website (Online Store – Uniform Policy – Primary) or ask the RTC staff or class teachers. Thank you for your understanding and assistance in this regard.

COVID SAFETY aspects in and around our school

An emphasis will be placed on ‘child safety, washing hands, staying home if unwell’ from the beginning of Term 3. We will be reminding students to: regularly wash hands, use hand sanitizer, walk on the concrete, stay under the verandahs or covered areas when raining and moving around the school, don’t push and shove and walk in single file up and down the stairs, play nicely and safely on the playgrounds and to have “KIND words and FRIENDLY action” when at school. Can we ask that you please remind your child to do likewise when at school?

Parents, social distancing/DROP & GO/collecting students from classrooms each afternoon are ALL still in place for this term. Please also be very careful and vigilant around the pedestrian crossing, when opening car doors in the car parks and please stick to the 20 km/h speed limit when driving through the school.

Can we please remind all parents and students that the safest and only place to cross the Rosia Rd car park should be at the pedestrian crossing and not on the bend, just before the top exit gate, close to the Year 5 classrooms! THANK YOU for your support in keeping our students safe!

Helping Children Bounce Back!

Life is a wonderful but sometimes bumpy journey. Everyone experiences setbacks, frustrations and hard times at different times in their lives. We can’t protect young people from the stress of all the possible setbacks in their life but we can teach them the coping skills that promote resilience. Recent research studies have suggested that today’s children may be less resilient than those of previous generations and more in need of opportunities to learn resilience skills.

There are many skills that we can teach students to provide them with a resilience ‘tool kit’ for coping with life and being successful. We can teach our children to be optimistic by, for example: The Personal Skills of RESILIENCE:

  • Showing them how to find the positives (however small) in negative situations;
  • Helping them to understand that negative situations in your life are temporary and that bad situations are specific and do not necessarily flow over into all aspects of your life.

Many children become unnecessarily distressed and fearful because they distort a situation or they have incorrect and unhelpful beliefs that make it less likely that they will attempt to solve a problem.

Examples of such thinking include:

  • I must be perfect and never make any mistakes
  • If something bad has happened to me once it will happen again

Young people also need to learn skills for being confident as part of their ‘resilience tool kit’. These skills include:

  • Knowing their own strengths and limitations and being prepared to work hard and not give up despite encountering obstacles; (parents don’t always look to solve their situations / fight their battles for them)
  • Realise that not everyone will treat them kindly and nicely all the time; (parents to give examples of own situations and instances)
  • Making good decisions and seeking advice from parents and teachers is wise so their decisions are more likely to be good ones; (parents offer good advice not always solutions)
  • Solving problems creatively or telling a teacher helps to solve the situation; (this is not ‘dobbing’, but allows staff and the RTC to assist them by attending to matters). If the police can use “Crime Stoppers” to seek information, we too ask students to report matters to staff and the RTC.
  • Knowing that mistakes are OK (parents to reinforce with students that mistakes are Ok)

It’s evident that young people with well-developed social skills are more likely to be resilient and to have a good support network of friends when needed. Key social skills can be taught and practiced in a range of classroom and playground situations. Skills for knowing triggers of anxiety or anger can be taught and finding the confidence to act courageously when necessary are also an important part of a young person’s resilience ‘tool kit’.

Through many areas of the curriculum, teachers can encourage their students to develop and try to live by our values such as Christlikeness, Excellence, Attitude, Respect, Cooperation and Acceptance of differences. Parents can reinforce and role model these situations and ideas at home, thus offering the child every opportunity to see resilience in action!

Looking forward to a wonderful term of doing your child’s education together.

 

Middle School Co-ordinator

Our new semester brings about some interesting changes and opportunities for students.

Subject Changes for Semester 2

As a part of our Middle School program, students have the opportunity to sample a number of different subjects through their year 7 and 8 years. Students have completed semester courses in some of these subjects, and will now embark on some new experiences. The following listings are the changed subjects for years 7 and 8 in semester 2:

Year 7:

History becomes Geography: same teacher and same room

7a

– Visual Art on Monday p6/7: Mrs Holman

– Digital Technologies on Tuesday p4/5: Mr Braun

– Drama on Thursday p1/2: Miss Matthews

7b

– Music on Monday p6/7: Mr Elvery

– Construction or Food and Textiles Technologies on Tuesday p4/5: Mr Cunningham/Mrs Furlonger (Half class at one, half at other)

– Construction or Food and Textiles Technologies on Thursday p1/2: Mr Uren/Mrs Brkic (opposite of Tuesday class)

Year 8:

History becomes Geography: same teacher and same room

8a

– Business on Tuesday p6/7: Miss Dixon

– Drama on Thursday p4/5: Mrs Kelly

– Digital Technologies on Friday p1/2: Mr Braun

– Visual Art on Friday p4/5: Mrs Jo

8b 

– Construction or Food and Textiles Technologies on Tuesday p6/7: Mr Uren/Mrs Brkic (Half class at one, half at other)

– Design on Thursday p/5: Sr Monique Singh

– Construction or Food and Textiles Technologies on Friday p1/2: Mr Cunningham/Mrs Furlonger (opposite of Tuesday class)

– Music on Friday p4/5: Mrs Braun

Year 9 Subjects

During the course of year 9, students have selected three elective subjects to study for the year. Each student is asked to commit to studying these subjects for a minimum of one semester, with the option of changing this elective for semester two.

Elective subjects are designed to begin preparation for senior subject selections for year 10 and onwards, to multiple changes are discouraged. However, it is acknowledged through our process that students are still discovering the pathway that suits them, and this discovery will require some adjustments in order to best discover the skills and interests that God has placed in them.

For those students who are wishing to change for semester 2, the cut-off date for change-of-subject forms to be returned is Friday 23rd July. The process of change in listed below:

Year 9 Subject Change Process

– pick up a form from Students Services

– find your current subject teacher and ask them to sign (take tissues to comfort them at the thought of losing you)

– find your new potential teacher and ask them to sign (begging them to take you in for the benefits you will bring to their class)

– discuss your change of subjects with your parents and ask them to sign the form.

– return the form to student services.

Students will not attend their new class until they receive a confirmation email from Mrs Degen (Educational Support Officer).

Opportunities for Middle School this semester

There are some great activities and excursions planned for students in Middle School for the second semester of 2021. As always, we are looking to add variety and encouragement to each of our students across a vast field of interests.

Some events to look out for:

“What’s Inside?” – Parklands Christian College Musical

Year 8 Geography Excursions: Southport Seaway

Year 9 – 12 Music, Art and Drama students: “West Side Story” at the Lyric Theatre

USL Sport for Term 3: Netball and Soccer

Years 7, 8 and 9 Visual Arts Excursion: Artwaves Exhibition

CSSAQ Athletics, Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer

Year 8 FTT: Capes 4 Kids

Year 9 Shine and Strength Programs

Year 9 Farm Excursion and “Walk for a Farmer” event

….. and many more.

Musical – “What’s Inside?”

Middle School and Senior College students continue their rehearsing for the college’s secondary production of an original musical, “What’s Inside?” With an original script written by two of our teachers, Miss Julia Matthews and Mrs Cleo Smith, and directed by Mrs Jaclyn Kelly, “What’s Inside?” looks to combine elements from all of the secondary productions over the last 10 years, through the telling of an original story about drama students at high school.

The team have engaged with a holiday rehearsal day in preparation, along with and extended rehearsal evening till 7.00pm last Wednesday. There are some photos attached of the work being done for the show.

Performance dates at 23rd and 24th July at the Logan West Community Centre with two evening shows and a Saturday matinee happening. Tickets are still available for all three shows – please contact Student Services for further information.

Semester Two

I emailed our Middle School students to encourage them regarding semester 2. After the long break over June/July, and the change in some subjects, this new semester can feel a little like starting again. Starting again with a new and clear focus to achieve the best possible in all subjects is all anyone can ask, and will be what we as a teaching team will be encouraging of your children as the second half of this year moves forward. Each student in our Middle School has amazing God-given potential, and it is our privilege as teachers to do our best to help them realise this at a personal level. Praying for a successful semester 2 for our students as we strive for the best we can be.

Mr Colin Elvery
Middle School Coordinator

Senior School Co-ordinator

Senior News…

I trust that despite some COVID-19 activity over the winter holiday season, that your children were able to enjoy their term break. We have certainly enjoyed seeing them all back onsite this week, for Term 3.

Every school community is unique and at Parklands we strive to build and foster a culture of care. We have seen over the years, many national policy drivers narrow the purpose of education to simply preparation for work.

Whilst this is an important factor, at Parklands we see that schooling serves a far greater purpose – we believe that our schooling experience should help develop character, values, and ethics alongside the educational goals of skills and knowledge. Further to this, we strive to see our students engage with both their heart and head. That in meeting their academic, personal and aspirational goals they will have a heart to serve those in and around their communities.

As part of our normal processes, this week we have had our second round of parent-teacher interviews for the year. It was a great evening to see families out and engaging with teachers about their children’s progress, despite having to wear cumbersome face masks!

In late June, you should have received your child’s report card, via email. If you have had any problems accessing this, please email the relevant Coordinator (Years 10-12: Rebecca Wallis and Years 7-9: Colin Elvery).

Parent-teacher interviews and report cards are part of the norm in any school. We value relationship and connection and want every student to know they are loved and welcomed. As such, partnerships with families are key to us and we welcome ongoing parental involvement in your child’s learning journey. Should more substantial discussion be needed above the normal processes, please do feel free to make a follow-up time with the relevant teacher or coordinator at your earliest convenience.

Our main focus for Years 10-12 this week, is to promote and support your child in getting back into healthy school and study routines quickly. Thank you parents for your crucial role in supporting your children to have a weekly study schedule, in which they have time free from responsibilities and distractions to complete their senior school work.

A reminder that the Government’s advice on paid employment, for full-time students, is a maximum of 12 hours each week, in term time.

It’s a busy term ahead with both Year 11 and 12 having a two-week exam block, commencing late August. Students have been taught a technique to take formal study notes, a crucial part of the new senior system to prepare for the external examinations.

Please note that the timing of the Year 12 trial exams has been brought forward by one week. Year 11-12 must have full attendance for their examinations, scheduled from 30th August to 10th September 2021.

For Year 11, the style of exam block and compulsory tutorials mirrors what they will experience in Year 12. Year 11 examinations will contribute to their QCE credit points.

In Year 12, these examinations form a crucial part of final preparation for the External Assessment (EAs). The timing will allow staff to mark and provide feedback to your child, where possible, prior to the September holidays. The main reason behind this move is for your child to have targeted improvement areas to work on during the final few weeks leading up to the EAs in early Term 4.

Our prayers are with all students as they gear back up quickly and work to the best of their ability for this term.

Blessings,
Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Coordinator of Senior College

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

Welcome back to Term 3! We are so excited to have our classes back and it was wonderful to see everyone and to hear all about the fun things that happened over the winter holiday break.

Year 1 is looking forward to an exciting 10 weeks. We have lots of learning planned, including story writing, a unit about Places and Spaces, many math concepts and of course some fun science experiments!
We had a wonderful first day back. We wrote about our holidays, went to sport and library and ended our day collecting data about our favourite desserts.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates in the next newsletter!  Take care!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh, Mrs S and Year 1

Year 7 News

Welcome back to Term 3

I pray that your family had a restful and rejuvenating holiday break. It is my fervent hope that despite our snap lockdown you were able to explore God’s creation as a family and find peace and rest in nature.

My husband and I were fortunate enough to hike The Border Track between O’Reilly’s and Binna Burra in the stunning Lamington National Park. We camped overnight and thoroughly enjoyed being disconnected and away from phone reception for 2 days and immersed ourselves in the sounds and sights of nature.

Term 3 is always a busy term and even though I write this on day one of term, students have been busy learning and engaging with their teachers and their subjects.

In English, students are reading the novel Holes by Louis Sachar and discussing the issues of fate, destiny and luck, cruelty versus kindness, justice, power, poverty and education, man versus nature and confidence and the development of one through their choices. In Geography, the livability of places are being assessed to a criteria of student developed environmental, economic and social factors. And in Music, students are revising foundation music concepts, learning about the elements of music and practicing playing piano with two hands.

Indeed, Term 3 will be a busy term.

Increased homework for Semester Two

Year 7’s at Parklands are blessed to have a school diary that they use for organisation, planning and timetabling of their school commitments. Diaries help students keep their thoughts organised, set and achieve their goals, relieve stress and boost their memory. A diary is an essential tool for both long-term and short-term goal planning and personal development.

At Parklands, Year 7 students receive take home homework for English and Mathematics and take home assignments for English, Mathematics, Science and History in Semester 1 and Geography in Semester 2.

All students should be using their diary to track and organise their homework for English and Mathematics and for setting time aside to work on their assignments.

They can also use their diaries for planning extension work, when they need to bring something in to class and for writing down their assessment due dates.

The diaries are also an excellent communication tool between home and school. Parents can use the diaries to communicate about such things as uniforms to RTC or to open a dialogue with a teacher regarding homework and assignment questions.

In Semester Two Year 7 students will now receive homework for English, Mathematics and Science. This slight increase in homework is to slowly build study skills and increase the workload, preparing our students for Senior studies.

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me via my school email or the school phone number.

Student Care and Wellbeing

SELF-CARE

As we settle into colder weather and the heart of our school year, it is a great time to take a look at how we are taking care of our wellbeing, both as students and as parents! According to the Oxford English Dictionary, self-care can be defined as “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” Self-care is a deliberate activity to maintain or improve our physical, emotional or mental health. It includes activities that revitalise us, bring joy and a sense of well-being to our lives. It is not selfish but allows us to look after ourselves which benefits our health, welfare and relationships.

Self-care for students

Self-care for children and young people is about helping them to learn how to look after themselves so that they can stay mentally and physically healthy. Self-care is unique to everyone so it requires some reflection and thought in order to find out what is best for each person. Taking care of physical and mental wellbeing can help students to stay focussed, motivated, energised and reduce stress, frustration and anxiety.

Three of the major pathways to wellbeing include SLEEP, MOVEMENT and NUTRITION.

SLEEP

Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things we can do to maintain wellbeing. Sleep lets our mind recharge and process information. It’s the only part of the day that our body gets to rest and repair. Sleep can help us feel better, think more clearly and concentrate better. It gives us energy to complete tasks and can make us more alert. Without enough sleep you may have problems with thinking, concentrating, memory, reaction times and mood. The Sleep Health Foundation recommends that school age children up to the age of 13 years old get approximately 9-11 hours of sleep each night and teenagers aged 14-17 years get 8-10 hours.

Here’s some reasons why sleep is important:

  • People feel more anxious at night. This is because the limbic system fires up late at night, causing heightened emotions. This is meant to happen when you are actually asleep!
  • Sleep is essential for cleaning out toxins that build up in your brain. Accumulation of these toxins can impact on brain and mental health.
  • Being sleep-deprived can raise your overall anxiety levels in your everyday life.
  • The neocortex (your ‘smart brain’) is downgraded when you are tired, which means you are more likely to make risky or emotional decisions. This is one reason why there are increased incidents of cyberbullying, car accidents, drug use, self-harm and suicide at night.

MOVEMENT

Exercise has social, emotional and health benefits, including increased concentration, increased confidence, reduced risk of diseases and reduced aggression.

Physical activity can help you to:

  • Build a strong body and mind
  • Reduce stress
  • Feel good
  • Manage moods
  • Gain more energy
  • Sleep better

Exercise doesn’t have to be in a sweaty gym – that’s not everyone’s cup of tea! There are so many ways to exercise and they all count! Kick a footy at the park, take a bush walk, or head to the beach for a swim (when the weather warms up!). You can even do a YouTube Pilates class or try a dance battle on your gaming console! Stick to a routine or mix it up – find what works for you! It’s time to move your body!

NUTRITION

We all know that what we eat has a huge effect on our lives, yet growing a good relationship with food isn’t often the first thing that comes to mind when we think about self-care. Good nutrition is the ultimate form of self-care. And while it may not feel like a deep tissue massage, its benefits on your stress, mood, digestion, and overall health absolutely compliment every other beautiful self-care practice you do for your mind and body.

VIEW FOOD AS FUEL. Just as we need petrol in our car to get us to where we need to go, we need food to fuel our mind and body. If our body needs Premium fuel but we are filling it with a regular, blended fuel, our body won’t work the way we need it to, especially in times of stress or tiredness. Our bodies are more compatible with premium fuel (good nutrition) which helps our body to work in the following ways:

  • Helps us grow
  • Supports learning
  • Vital for mental health
  • Maintains blood glucose levels
  • Provides energy
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases happiness

For more in-depth nutritional information, see a local professional such as a nutritionist or dietician.

OTHER SELF-CARE

These three form the foundation for good self-care, both for children and adults. Further to these everyone is different! We are all made and wired differently and self-care is often a journey of discovering what works for us – kids included. Here are some other self-care techniques that you could test out and see if they revitalise you, bring you joy and help to restore your wellbeing:

  • Get around nature –a beach stroll or bush walk can be good for the soul!
  • Tick some things off your list – sometimes our to do list can seem overwhelming but if we give ourselves space to get some jobs done we’ve been meaning to do, we will have achieved something and it always feels good to kick some goals!
  • Creative writing – expression through writing can be a great outlet for emotions and allows the brain sometime to breathe and dream – away from study and text books!
  • Organising and de-cluttering – The process (and results) of putting things in their place can improve mood and state of mind.
  • Spend one-on-one time with God – when we connect with our Creator, the one who loves us and knows us best, it allows us to renew our hope, peace and strength in Him.
  • Time away from screens – turn it off and leave your screen at home for some uninterrupted time to yourself without the distraction of notifications
  • A long, hot shower can do wonders
  • Do something fun every day! Fun helps to balance out stress, produces feel-good hormones and helps to promote creativity, energy and overall cognition!
  • Start a gratitude journal – there’s a growing body of research showing the benefits of gratitude. Studies have found that gratitude can help people sleep better, lower stress and improve interpersonal relationships.

By incorporating self-care activities into our regular routine, we give our body and mind time to rest, reset, and rejuvenate, in order to enhance our health and wellbeing. Look after yourselves and find what works for you!

PCC Instrumental Music

Psalm 3:5 “I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.”

As we begin this new term, perhaps shaken yet again by another sudden lockdown, I pray that you would know the truth stated in this Psalm – that the Lord is watching over us. Even when things don’t go to plan & unexpected things happen, even when things maybe don’t go well, we can trust that the Lord is watching over us & we can rest in His care.

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons will commence again in Week 1, even on the first day of school! 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 will also commence in Week 1, including Wind Ensemble at 7:30am on Tuesday 13thJuly – yes, the first day back at school – and continue right through to week 10. 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.

Performances

Term 3 will see students come together for an Instrumental Concert in Week 7, giving many students an opportunity to perform both with their Ensembles as well as in small groups & even solo.  More information will be coming soon about this concert, but mark Tues 24th August in your diaries.

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 in the coming weeks, 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.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

Welcome back to Term 3! Can you believe that we are already halfway through the year? I pray that you all had a wonderful winter break and took some time to just relax and enjoy your families.

Coming up this term we will be holding our annual Primary Spring Dance. Save the date, Friday 27th August 2021. If you have a child in Primary School, they don’t won’t to miss out! This year we have DJ Steve who will be keeping the kids entertained on the dance floor all night with fun games and lots of prizes to be won. For all you coffee and hot chocolate lovers, Michelle from Browns Plains Village Square Coffee Club will be on site for you to purchase a coffee or two. There will also be a sausage sizzle from 5.30pm available for purchase. The dance kicks off at 6pm – 8pm. Admission for the dance is only $5 per person (payable on the evening) EFTPOS will be available. The Spring Dance is for current students enrolled in 2021 from Prep – Year 6. Please note this is a non-alcoholic event. Hope to see you there!

The Friendlies encourage harmonious and lifelong relationships within the Parklands parent body and school community. The committee provides opportunities for families to connect and fellowship at the various fundraising events they hold and serve at during the year. All money raised through these events is donated back to the College for the benefit of students. We would love for you to join with us in strengthening one another.

Our next meeting for 2021 will be on-site at school on Friday 6th of August at 3.45pm in room LL1 in the Prep area. We would love to see you there!

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.

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Community Notices

Life Skills Program

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Drought Angels

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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

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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 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

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands family,

In this month’s article, I really want to celebrate our community, and acknowledge the success of our Fete.  Fete is my favorite annual event, and a unique time in the Academic Year when our community and wider community comes together on our site.  Fete is a celebration of the extended Parklands Family, and a cultural event that is universally loved.  These celebrations are ultimately a testament to God’s faithfulness and provision.  I acknowledge that our Heavenly Father has been and continues to be the source of every good thing we have; both the physical environment and the people He has brought to our school.

I want to thank the many staff, parents and students who contributed to the success of Fete 2021.  You are all a blessing to me, and to Parklands! I also want to acknowledge the tireless work of Amanda Young & Tanya Tonges.  These faithful ladies have put in significant hours in the lead-up to Fete, and the event would not have happened without them.  Amanda & Tanya, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

Thank you for a wonderful and enjoyable Term 2.

We have experienced many exciting and lovely events this term that have filled our Parkland’s experience with memories, joy, fun and wonder – ANZAC Service, Profile Evening, Cross Country, Naplan, Bush Dance, Team Games Day, incursions, excursions and normal school lessons.

NAPLAN Testing

I must say the students seemed to be very well prepared, settled, calm and eager to write the tests this year. Some even commented they were, “Keen to see how well they are doing academically this year!” Thank you very much to the Year 3 and Year 5 parents for assisting us in explaining the value and purpose of the testing as well as ensuring our students got a good night’s sleep, healthy breakfast and plenty of water during that testing week. A very BIG ‘Thank you’ also needs to go to the wonderful Year 3 and 5 staff (Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Kennedy, Mrs. Edwards, and Mr. Ashley), plus Mrs. Jo Anderson for the awesome work they have done to prepare the students this year for the tests! We now look forward to receiving the student reports and results later in the year.

Uniforms

Can we 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 (now that it’s getting cold) that some students are starting to mix and match their track suit and jumper tops or even wearing non-school jumpers. If unsure about uniform items or correct uniform requirements, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, the RTC, uniform store or check our website for photos and details. Would you please be so kind as to ensure that ALL uniform items, water bottles and LUNCH box items are clearly labelled with the student’s name?

Reports

All students will be receiving an electronic ‘End of Semester Report’ at the conclusion of this term. This report will confirm what your child’s teacher informed you of at the Profile Preview Afternoon, Profile Night or has given you feedback on, as to how your child has progressed this semester.

On TUESDAY 27th July, we have our Primary P/T Interviews in the various classrooms, where you can book an interview to discuss your child’s report with their class teacher. Be on the lookout for more information and booking times and procedures!

Talking about the end of term – we only have a few more weeks of school left then we break up for the Winter Holidays on Friday 18th June and return for Term 3 on Tuesday 13th July.

How to read a report card:

Reports cards can be long and confusing with school jargon/speech throughout them.

Here I will explain:

  1. How to read one.
  2. How to involve you child.
  3. How to praise your child to gain the most future benefit.
  4. How to reward your child.
  5. What is important amongst all the educational jargon?

You are looking for two things as you read each of the subject reports that will help you establish what your child’s strengths are and whether they are working to the best of their ability. Before looking for the A’s, B’s to E’s in the achievement section, read the English and Maths comment/s. Does the teacher say that your child is working to the best of their ability? Feedback from teachers is the key to improvement as it tells you and your child what they need to be working on – a way forward. Reports cards are one way of doing this.

Secondly, look at ‘Conduct’ statements as to how they are presenting / conducting themselves in all areas of schooling.

How to involve your child in reading the report card:

The best thing to do is ask questions and get them to come up with how they think they went in the subject/term/semester. How did you think you went? Which results are you pleased with? What do you think was the cause of the result in this subject?

Praise:

Process-centred praise is more effective than praising intelligence e.g. “You are smart” develops a fixed mindset, whereas praising effort develops a growth mindset (Dweck, 2010). Kids who get too much praise are less likely to take risks, are highly sensitive to failure and are more likely to give up when faced with a challenge. Check whether your child has a fixed or growth mindset http://mindsetonline.com

Rewards:

We need our kids to do things and be self-directed, not because they will get into trouble or get a reward. “If they are focused on the outcomes (stickers, money, rewards) this leads to a loss of interest in process and an unhealthy need for approval of others” (Sue Roffey, www.wellbeingaustralia.com.au/wba/). We need to focus on intrinsic rewards such as life satisfaction, autonomy, task persistence, positive social relationships, a love of learning and better performances.

• Think about starting to remove extrinsic rewards for results.

• Let kids have a say in what they do and the rules so that they can learn to make social choices appropriate for their age– autonomy not control.

• Praise the process of effort and doing well, not ability.

Praise their:

o Effort and persistence
o Planning & organisation
o Engagement in learning
o Seeking help & feedback
o Problem solving
o Decision making

Have a wonderful break and school holiday spent with family and friends.

Finding the off switch when kids worry.

If you’ve ever spent a sleepless night worrying then you’ll know how problems always seem bigger when you keep tossing them around in your head. It can seem like everything is stacked against you. When this happens you’ve got to find the off switch so you can get away from your worries for a while. The same principle holds for children and teenagers when they worry. Their problems just seem to get bigger and they need to turn them off or tone them down so they can ease their anxiety. There are eight easy-to-learn strategies that you can teach your kids to prevent them from ruminating – going over the same thoughts and worries over and over again.

1. Broaden their vision

Kids get tunnel vision when they worry. They often can’t see the bigger picture. For instance, a young person may fret over minor work matters such getting the exact font match for an assignment they are working on, and neglect to get the sleep necessary for good learning the next day. Sometimes it takes a wise adult to remind children and young people about what really is important to them.

2. Put their attention elsewhere

Placing attention away from worries is an age old technique for parents and teachers. Commonly known as distraction, the act of focusing attention on something other than what causes them distress is vital for good mental health. Examples of distractions include – going outside, playing a game, shooting some basketball hoops or listening to music.

3. Give the worry a name

Somehow giving a worry a name makes it feel less scary and more manageable. My favourite picture storybook for toddlers, ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof‘ by Hazel Edwards, personifies fear of the dark as a friendly hippo. Much more friendly and easier to boss around if you’re a child.

4. Put your worries in a jar

Wouldn’t it be great to put all your worries into a safe and throw away the key? As an adult you may do this when you take time out to watch your favourite TV show; or lose yourself wandering for hours online. Children need something a little more practical. They can write their worries on some paper and lock them in away in a jar by the side of the bed at the end of the day. It’s good to know that their worries can’t get out because they are locked up tight.

5. Limit talking time

It’s good if kids can talk about what’s on their mind but talking needs to be contained to prevent their worries from dominating their lives. Set aside ten minutes a day to talk about their worries and then put worry time aside until tomorrow.

6. Normalise rather than lionise their anxiety

Anxious kids are very sensitive to their parent’s concerns and worries. One way we build their concerns is by continually reassuring them that things will be fine. One reassurance should be sufficient most of the time followed by, “I’ve already talked to you about that.” Continually going over old ground can allow worries to linger longer than necessary.

7. Give them the tools to relax

My wife relaxes in front of the TV, which is sufficient for her to take her mind off her worries. Some people need a bigger set of tools including mindfulness and exercise to help us neutralise our worries.

8. Move, baby, move

Get kids moving. Physical exercise is not only a great distraction but it release feel-good endorphins that help children and young people feel better and more optimistic about the future.

For more on anxiety and the tools you need to support you raise kids who worry or feel anxious, our Parenting Anxious Kids online course is a fantastic resource.

Middle School Co-ordinator

Throughout the course of Term 2 our journey continues to give exciting opportunities and focus points.

New Drama Space

During the last month we have had the opportunity to switch on a new teaching and learning space for the college. The small hall, dubbed the ‘Performing Arts Hall’, is a space that we are now leasing for the teaching of Drama, situated across the road from our Hillcrest Rd/church entrance.

Students have commenced using the space with great enthusiasm, which has already been custom painted performance black on the inside. Over the next while further developments of the space will happen to create a great teaching and performing area for our students to use.

Activities around Middle School

Many different activities continue to take place around the Middle School.

Open Mic

Secondary students were treated to the first Parklands Open Mic for 2021. Three of our Senior students serenaded the college with performances at our Outdoor Theatre, with many of our Middle School students attending to lend their support.

The Open Mic is an opportunity for students to perform for peers during a break time and demonstrate the great skills and talents that they have. Students who are interested in participating can see the College Arts Captains, Tori Hankins and Bryce West, for the next concert.

STEM Testing

Year 9 STEM students were hard at work testing their designs for launching bottles into the air to measure effective flight time. Under the guidance of Mr Cunningham and Mr Crawford, students have been enthusiastically testing their designs.

Winter Uniform Expectations

We have been enjoying some cooler weather of late, which is great for some people and not the preference of others. This cooler weather has resulted in the need for jumpers, and while we have a great compliance for the use of correct jumpers with correct uniforms across the board, there are still a number of students who are choosing to bring the wrong jumper to school.

It is our expectation that students will wear the correct jumper with the correct uniform. Academic jumpers should be worn with academic uniforms, and sports jumpers with sports uniforms. There should not be a need to bring a sports jacket to school on an academic uniform day. I would love to see 100% compliance with this as we move forward.

Have you lost a jacket or jumper? Chances are it is currently residing in Student Services. There are a lot of uniform pieces currently in lost property, waiting for students to come and claim them. Unfortunately, these pieces have no names on them. Our amazing Student Services staff go out of their way to return lost uniform items when they have been identified with names. This is not possible if uniform items are not named. Please make sure that equipment and uniform pieces which are sent to school with your children are clearly named. We would love to make sure that you have everything that belongs to you.

Musical – “What’s Inside?”

Middle School and Senior College students have combined to be rehearsing for the Secondary college’s production of an original musical, “What’s Inside?” With an original script written by two of our teachers, Miss Julia Matthews and Mrs Cleo Smith, and directed by Mrs Jaclyn Kelly, “What’s Inside?” looks to combine elements from all of the Secondary productions over the last 10 years, through the telling of an original story about drama students at high school.

Performance dates are 23rd and 24th July at the Logan West Community Centre, with two evening shows and a Saturday matinee happening. Look out for ticket information which will be released very soon. It is our hope that you can join us for a great show, excellent catering, and an amazing experience presented by our students. Come along and see if you can identify the different productions through the story!

June Holiday Break

It feels like we just got back from our holiday break in April and now the end of Term 2 is fast approaching. Time has flown.

During the upcoming break time, it is my prayer that you are able to spend some quality time as a family. I hope that all students and parents can connect and recharge with one another. May your break time be one of safety and joy, and I look forward to continuing the learning journey with our students when we gather again in Term 3.

Mr Colin Elvery
Middle School Coordinator

Senior School Co-ordinator

Senior News…

We are coming to the end of a very busy semester that has been filled with many memorable moments, both in and out of the classroom.

I was reflecting recently on how quickly this term is going and I was reminded that at around this same time last year, we were welcoming students back from lockdown. What a blessing that we are largely unaffected by COVID now.

Our students are busy with full weeks of learning and many important activities to manage. They have been able to experience some great events again including the Year 10 Careers & Employment Expo, Year 10-12 Elevate Education sessions and the Year 12 UQ Career Pulse event, along with many other exciting sports and subject-specific excursions.

All in all, it has been a semester filled with rich learning experiences and we are very proud of our seniors.

We encourage full attendance all the way through to Friday 18th June. Thank you kindly for taking family holidays in the scheduled holiday time. At present, seniors are finalising assessments. Year 12s are currently working on completing their third internal assessment and requirements for certificate courses, which usually require completing by the end of September. Year 11 have a mix of assignment work and examinations to complete, the assessment calendar showing these as ongoing and due into the final week of term.

Year 10 are about to undertake their semester exams, commencing Monday 7th June and they will complete the term with an exciting and new Careers Week, filled with many activities and events.

Mrs Liz Lenton and I continue to work very closely with the senior students and aim to individualise each senior students learning pathway to meet their goals and increase success for their senior school years. We are always happy to meet and discuss options in person so please contact us through Student Services or via email if we can be of assistance.

Our prayers are with all students as they work hard to finalise their assessment for this term. We pray that all have a wonderful break soon to relax and recharge, with family and friends, over the winter holiday time.

Blessings,
Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Coordinator of Senior College

Parklands Fete Success

Last Saturday we acknowledged our 20th Birthday with a huge celebration at our Fete. What a fantastic day it was for all, with the night ending in spectacular fashion with fireworks. We had the honour of welcoming Federal Member Mr Bert Van Manen to cut our birthday cake along with Mr David Baskerville and our College Board.

I wanted to say a huge thank you to all of our parents and staff who donated items, gave their time and resources to ensure our Fete was a success. We couldn’t have done it without your support.

Mrs Amanda Young

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.

Prep

For Science this term, we have been exploring living things and their needs. The highlight of this unit is the Chirpee Chicks hatching program. The Preps were fascinated as they watched chicks hatch out of their eggs in the incubator.  It has been so exciting to watch our fluffy little chicks grow and to learn about what they need to stay safe and healthy. We have also started our own garden. The Preppies each planted a seed to look after by making sure their plant gets water and sunlight every day. We are so proud of our little farmers.

Year One

It has been so fulfilling to watch our students grow and learn throughout Term 2. We have excitedly watched on as each child has been engaging in their learning and meeting personal goals, whether big or small.

At the start of the term, we paused to chat about ANZAC Day and why it is important to remember this special day.
Learning all about Living Things in our Biological Science Unit, has definitely been a highlight. The children have enthusiastically researched all about what living things need to survive, while also looking closely at Australian animals and each different habitat. We have loved writing information reports about a variety of animals and have had some fun learning to draw these animals as well.
There have been lots of hands-on games and activities during Math lessons this term, as we’ve explored topics such as shape and measurement. The water measuring activity was enjoyed by all!
We have had an amazing term and are looking forward to finishing up our units over the next couple of weeks! It is such a joy being a part of your child’s learning journey.
Until next time! Take care!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh & Mrs S

Year Five

Hello to our Parklands families!

Year 5 are working hard this term learning about many things including writing in the Persuasive genre. We are finally getting used to using our iPads on a daily basis (and only forget to bring them occasionally!)

In our Humanities lessons this term we have been looking at our Australian values and system of Government. To get a real life sense of this we completed a survey, discussing the issues important to us. We then analysed that data and created action plans to solve some of our concerns. To build on this, we held in-class speeches and elections to select class captains.

We are pleased to present to you our 2021, Year 5 Class Captains!

5A Class Captain is Elena Mariuta
5E Class Captains are Ashlee Wilson and Amelia Drew

Congratulations to these students. Perhaps you will one day run in an official election!

God Bless,

Mrs Lisa Edwards and Mr Simon Ashley

Secondary 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.

 

Sport

USL Basketball

We have had a great start to the USL basketball competition fielding 5 secondary and 1 primary team. After the first four weeks of competition our Year 7/8 Boys, Year 7/8 Girls, Year 9/10 Boys and Open Girls are all currently 3rd on the ladder. The Open Boys team is currently 6th. Our Year 5/6 boys have already qualified for the final against St Philomena on Thursday 17 June at 3:45pm in the BSC.

Well done to the Year 7/8 Girls team and coach Mrs Brkic for recording their first win of the season with a crushing 62-0 win over Westside 2

Upcoming games

Week 8 – Monday June 7

Home

4:30pm Yr 7/8 Boys v Westside 1 (BSC 3)
4:30pm Yr 9/10 Boys v Westside (BSC 2)
5:15pm Open girls v Westside 1 (BSC 1)

Away

4:30pm Yr 7/8 Girls v Trinity (Mt Warren Park 4)
4:30pm Open boys v Trinity 2 (Mt Warren Park 1)

District Representatives

Well done to Anabelle Rauwendaal for making the district touch football team.

Well done to the following students who made the district Cross country.

Lilee Unwin
Lachlan Mane
Justin Hunt
Charlotte Sulja
Tayla Thomson
Meagan Elvery
Charlotte Lee
Levi Tomic

Primary CSSAQ Team Games

Recently our Year 5/6 students participated in the CSSAQ Team Games Gala Day. Our Year 6 Senior Boys Soccer team finished third. Our Year 6 Senior Girls lost a close semi-final to the eventual winners. Our two Year 5 Junior teams improved immensely over the course of the day and represented the school with great team spirit.

Term 3

Next term the two USL sports will be netball and soccer. The secondary competition will be on Monday afternoons and year 5-6 primary will be on Thursday afternoons. The competition will run from weeks 3-9.

The athletics carnival will be in Term 3, Week 1. 13 Years – Opens Carnival will be on Thursday 15 July with 12 Years and under will be on Friday 16 July.

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. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday, 10th March 2021. 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!

Student Care and Wellbeing

Family Interaction – Children and Responsibilities

Working as a family unit can be a tough task, so many different people all with needs and wants trying to get their needs met. As a parent we have a household to maintain along with so many other responsibilities, tasks, jobs, family and friends to make time for. To be able to teach our children, it is important that we are giving them responsibilities around the house, so that they are participating in the cleaning as well as the messing up. Hopefully, in the long term, this also takes some of the pressure off just one or two people in the family. But how do we do this and what age should they be doing what? Does my 4 year old start to iron or mow the lawn? No, but they can put away their toys, set the table for dinner, sort the washing and that level of responsibility.  It can take longer to get through the jobs but in the long term it is important that they are learning to do things for others and a range of personal character building activities!

Here are some areas to think about when getting children to complete responsibilities/chores:

  1. Give choices.

We are teaching these amazing human beings to be responsible adults. So give them some choices. Maybe sit down with the family and have a list of all the daily and weekly responsibilities that need to be done. Ask which responsibilities each child would like to complete. They may need to pick three of four depending on size and nature of the task. Letting them pick which tasks give them a sense of ownership and choice. On this list be clear and maybe even have a timeframe on when this task would need to be done. i.e. washing the dishes needs to start within 10mins after dinner and should take about 15-35mins depending on amount and age.

  1. Be relaxed.

Start the process by showing your child how to complete the task to the level you expect. Next, be there with them as they do the task. Pointers and tips are great if given with encouragement and not rushed.  We need to be a little relaxed on the quality of the end result of their work. This will work best if you are prepared for the task not to be at the level of perfection that you usually like. Be aware of how you might feel if you completed a task and them someone came along and said what a great job you did and redid the task in front of you. They will get better at it the more you allow them to do it. Especially with good constructive feedback and encouragement.

  1. Start young.

Children are growing up and they can handle a great deal more than you might think. What were we doing when we were kids? I was milking my grandfather’s cow when I was 5, I was cooking dinner for the family with no supervision at 12. Starting early instills a sense of ownership on the family household and gives invaluable skills, such as self-control and a good work ethic. Please see the list below for some guidelines on what children can do. Your child will learn as they are doing the task.

  1. Words of Affirmation.

It is important to encourage your child in their attempts at doing the tasks around the house. Speak powerfully into their young lives by giving them praise for the task that they have completed. Building this positive momentum will encourage the child to participate in the household responsibilities willingly. You might even find that they will voluntarily do the task without getting asked. It is rare but does happen!

  1. Be clear and consistent.

Creating and maintaining boundaries for your child is important, especially in regards to their responsibilities. Be clear in your instructions and take away any vagueness. For example ‘clean your room’ vs ‘ put your clothes in drawers, put dirty clothes in basket, all toys to be put in the toy box, books on bookshelf’. Once they learn the expectation they will understand what ‘clean your room’ means.  If there is a timeframe for a task to be done then communicate this. Remember the Loving our Kids on Purpose story about the chicken coop. Sometimes we may need to trade our tasks with our child if they are not willing to do it within the timeframe. This is where we can give them the tasks we do not like doing.

Should money be attached to the tasks? There is no easy way to answer this question; what do you want your children to learn through doing the tasks? Are you doing this for them to learn about responsibility and about how to do household tasks? Do you want to set up an environment of negotiation and terms? For tasks that are extra or one offs i.e. washing the windows once a month or helping paint the doors, adding money to the task can bring a new aspect of life for your child to learn about; money management and the concepts of working.

We are all growing to be a powerful person. Powerful people are ok with making mistakes and taking the opportunity to learn. No matter what happens, know that with every step we are learning and moving towards the person that GOD created us to be!

Enjoy the journey of raising your child/ren and being a powerful person!

PCC Instrumental Music

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty saviour. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17

Our God is a God who sings! Music is part of His very being, part of His creative nature, and He not only directs that towards us, but allows us to join in the chorus. I wonder if, like a mother calming her child with a familiar song, the Lord sings songs of peace over us at uncertain times like this – with His love, calming our fears. Even though we may not hear Him directly, He has still given us music to calm & soothe our souls – the very music your children are learning to play.

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons have been “humming along” in Term 2! 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 practise each day at home. The number of days each week is actually more important than the length of time, so 15-20mins every day is more valuable than 1hr only once a week. As students advance they will need to set aside more time, so forming the habit early will make it easier in the future.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

It’s also been wonderful to hear our next 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 are practising between lessons, starting with about 10-15mins per day. This will help them consolidate the skills they have gained in their lesson, and be ready for what’s next.

Performances

The College Fete saw the first performance of the Give It A Go! Band, which brings all the Give It A Go students together, along with the Wind Ensemble for students who continue learning after their Give It A Go year & all the Primary & Secondary Choirs. There is a special bond that forms between people who play music together so these are friendships that have the potential to be lifelong, and so many memories are formed around performances, so it was wonderful to see so many students having a good time together.

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.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

Careers and VET News

Year 10 students visit Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

On Friday 21 May, our Year 10 students explored their varied career pathways, gathered information and asked many well-informed questions at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo. Students spoke with representatives from various tertiary and TAFE institutions, the Australian Defence Force, employment agencies and private institutions. Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch at Southbank Parklands before we departed for school.

During Term 2, all Year 10 students have been working through their Career Education program, ‘Dreams to Reality’, through which they have completed many career and work readiness activities to help them build confidence in their career decision-making, and make informed decisions for their subject selections.

The Career Education program will culminate in Careers Week, Parklands Christian College’s new initiative for all Year 10 students, in the week beginning Monday 14 June, 2021. Further information will come home regarding the program and Experience Days to a number of universities and TAFE. All opportunitities are scheduled to help students and parents to make informed decisions for their senior studies pathways and subject selections.

Elizabeth Lenton
Careers and VET Coordinator

The Friendlies

What a fabulous night we all had at the Bush Dance on Saturday 15th May! Beefa’s Bush Band never disappoint and the Bush Dance we held was no exception! They had everyone up on the dancing floor kicking their heels up. That’s pretty impressive considering we had approx 370 people attend!

A big shout out to Michelle from the Coffee Club at Browns Plains Village Square and Greg and Sarah Tinson from Dominoes for your continued support and donations to our events. We appreciate everything you do!

Thank you to the year 10 Active Volunteers, we appreciate all your help for the evening!

Nights like the Bush Dance would not be possible without our incredible Friendlies Team. A massive thank you to each and everyone of you!

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the College Fete on Saturday 29th May 2021. The Fireworks were spectacular. Although my favourite part would have to be getting to have a chat with so many families from our College community. It’s always so fabulous to catch up with everyone at this kind of event.

The Friendlies meetings are always open and welcoming to any families within our Parklands community. We would love to see you there! Our next meeting for 2021 will be on-site at school on Friday 4thth of May at 3.45pm in room LL1 in the Prep area.

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

Life Skills Program

6 – Life Skills Development Booklet_Final

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

Cert 3 in Education Support (teacher aide) course

EDS Yarrabilba

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. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday 10th March 2021. 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 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

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

We are excited to announce that we are planning to construct an exciting new Primary Precinct in 2022. All going well, our first stage of building should be ready for occupancy in 2023. We have already removed three demountables to make way for our new primary buildings, and we will move our tuck-shop and temporary toilets at the end of this year, making space for construction to begin.

At this stage, we are not planning to introduce an extra stream of students to our school.  Rather, we will proceed with our building program and develop our site, facilities and programs at a steady pace, and consider our options for student growth in the future.   We believe that this strategy allows us to better invest in our infrastructure, and to develop a Master Plan that best suits the unfolding needs of our diverse College Community.

We anticipate that the next season here at Parklands Christian College will be a rich and busy time of investing in our community through the building of spaces where students, staff and families can connect and celebrate learning.  And while we look forward to having fresh and exciting new facilities, our priority will always be building a community and culture where students become all that God wants them to be.

Becoming all that God wants us to be is a journey for us all, and one that takes a lifetime.  We consider it a privilege and a joy to play our part in the learning journey of every child, and we would like to think that we can impart at least a little wisdom and truth in young lives during their time with us. Sometimes investing in a young life is easy, especially when they are willing recipients of our investment.  However, not every season is an easy one, and some wisdom and truth has to be hard won.

Whichever season we find ourselves, I am encouraged by the thought that seasons come and go as our children grow and become increasingly independent.  Today’s struggles may very well be tomorrow’s triumphs. Let’s support one another in the difficult times, communicating well and encouraging often.  Sometimes it takes a village to raise a child, and we are blessed to be a part of a supportive school village.

I would encourage us all to appreciate the privilege of being a part of Parklands, and enjoy all that our culture and community has to offer. Our facilities will change and improve, but our culture, and the families held within it are what is important.

I trust that you feel a valued part of Parklands.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

MOTHER’S DAY STALL – 7th May

We will again be putting on the fantastic Mother’s Day Stall, where students bring money and can buy their mother’s day gifts.

This year the stalls will be held in the Baskerville Sport Centre (BSC). I look forward to seeing students deciding on what to buy mum so they can spoil then on their special day.

COLLEGE FETE – 29th May

A reminder that we have our amazing, fun, College FETE on Saturday 29th May.

Looking forward to the many activities, presentations, rides, stalls we have on offer. Hope to see you there.

Yr. 3, 5, 7 & 9 NAPLAN TESTING (Online)

“The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an annual event for our school since 2008.

A reminder we have our annual Yr. 3 & 5 National Testing again next term. Staff have steadily been preparing these students for the ONLINE various tests and look forward to seeing their results later in the year. Would Yr. 3 & 5 parent please provide their child with a good breakfast and ensure they are at school on time, these days:

  • Tuesday 11th May —  Writing
  • Wednesday 12th May — Reading and Catch up session for absent students
  • Thursday 13th May — Conventions of Language and Catch up sessions for absent students
  • Friday 14th May — Numeracy and Catch up sessions for absent students

REPORTS

All students will be receiving an ‘End of Semester Report’ at the conclusion of this term. This report will confirm what your child’s teacher informed you of at the Profile Preview Afternoon or Profile P/T Interview Evening or where they have given you regular general feedback as to how your child has progressed this term.

CAR PARK SPEED and VIGILANCE

A reminder to please slow down (20klm) and drive very carefully through the school car parks, especially vigilant around the Prep area and pedestrian crossing! Students have been reminded to stop, look right, left and right before walking over the crossing but can I ask that you take it for granted, that they will not do the correct thing. Please also remind students to be careful with bags while moving between cars so as not to cause any marks or damage.

A big Thank YOU to Mrs. Ann Schatkowski and Mr. Aaron Melvold who do an amazing job keeping everyone safe when using the pedestrian crossing!

For those parents/guardians who use the Hillcrest Rd Carpark, you will notice that we now have a two way entry with a designated DROP OFF area on the left, next to the pavement and a parking lane entry.

Can we please ask that everyone uses this area correctly as per it’s designed purpose and not stop, and drop off students in the middle of the road or car park area? Thanking you in anticipation for your support and assistance in keeping our students safe.

Building healthy relationships with teachers

by Michael Grose

As a former primary school teacher with 15 years’ experience and a parenting educator with 30 years’ experience, I’ve learned a great deal about the importance of healthy relationships between a child’s parent/s and their teacher. I hold a Master of Educational Studies from Monash University specialising in parenting education, a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Primary Teaching from SCV Toorak University (now Deakin University). I’ve done the theory and I’ve also put my boots on the ground. Uniquely, this has allowed me to appreciate perspectives from either side of the school gate.

Studies show that healthy parent–teacher relationships are a more significant factor in student success than parent income levels or social status. Parent–teacher relationships require effort and energy from both parties if they are going to really benefit children and young people. Here are some strategies to help you build a healthy working relationship with teachers in the year ahead.

Get to know them

For your partnership to be meaningful and successful, you need to meet with your children’s teacher(s) with the goal of forming a respectful professional relationship. Be willing to share your aspirations for your child and be willing to build the teacher’s knowledge about your family.  For balanced perspective, also gain an understanding of the teacher’s approach and what focus areas they have for their particular year group. This can be done formally by attending start of the year information evenings and informally through conversations, reading newsletters and staying in touch in digitally and in real-time.

Trust their professionalism

Children need to know that their parents are fully behind what their teachers are trying to achieve if they are going to commit fully to learning. The best way to support your child’s teacher is to trust their knowledge, professionalism and experience. Avoid the temptation to question the expertise of teachers in front of students, particularly when the teachers use methods that you are unfamiliar with. Initiate conversations with teachers around methodology to give them the chance to explain the approach they are taking.

Go through the right channels

Despite the best teaching practices things do go wrong at school. Kids experience learning difficulties. Conflict and peer rejection happen. Kids will often come home from school with grievances, and call on you for assistance. Resist the urge to react emotionally. If you need to contact teachers do so respectfully, calmly and through the correct channels. A measured response will generally achieve the best result for your child.

Utilise their resources

Teachers and schools often put a lot of work into sourcing and sharing credible resources that they think will help parents. Take the time to read, utilise and enjoy the information provided to you. It’s intended to make your parenting journey easier, which will also benefit your child not just at school, but at home. If your school doesn’t yet have a clearly defined source in place, consider suggesting one to the teacher, such as the Parenting Ideas memberships for schools.

Build links to student learning

There’s a huge body of research that points to the correlation between parent engagement in student learning and their educational success. If you want your child to improve their learning, take an interest in what they are doing. Follow school and teacher guidelines about helping at home and attend as many conferences, meetings and events involving your child as possible. This strategy has a significant, long-term impact on your child’s attitude to learning.

Stay in touch

Life’s not always smooth sailing for kids of any age. Family circumstances change. Friends move away. Illness happens. Mental health challenges can hit anyone at any time. These changes affect learning. Make sure that you keep teachers up to date with significant changes or difficulties that your child or young person experiences so they can accommodate your child’s emotional and learning needs at school.

Be loyal

Show your loyalty to your child’s teachers by being an advocate. Talk positively about your child’s teacher and school, rather than being negative about them when speaking in the wider community. Teachers hold very public positions and generally work hard to build good reputations both within their school and their wider education community. Consider a teacher’s reputation among the community and also with children when you discuss educational matters with others.

Building healthy parent–teacher relationships doesn’t just happen

It takes goodwill from both sides, a commitment to setting aside the time necessary to support the home-based learning tasks that are expected, and a willingness to communicate both concerns and commendations through the correct channels.

 

Primary News

Preps Pause to Remember

Our Prep classes remembered and gave thanks to our servicemen and women for ANZAC Day. We talked about Gallipoli and the other wars that both Australia and New Zealand have participated in. In the ANZAC spirit, we also talked about being brave, working hard and keeping our friends safe. Both classes read “ANZAC Ted”, made poppies, paused to remember and prayed. Prep F read learnt about camouflage and Prep H shared some ANZAC biscuits. Thank you to those families who shared photos of their family on ANZAC Day in our Google Classrooms.

Mrs Hope, Miss B, Mrs Foster, Mrs Lowe and Mr M

Year 1

Hello and welcome back to Term 2!

We are excited to be back and are looking forward to making many memories over the coming 9 weeks.

This term, Year 1 will be learning all about Living Things and Habitats. This is such an interesting unit so stay tuned for some fun activities as we learn about animals and how they survive in their unique habitats.

In conjunction with our Science unit, we will also be writing our own Animal Reports. It is always great to get the children researching and writing. We’ll be delving into some great books this term and will have a close look at ‘The Koala Who Could’ and ‘Stellaluna’.

Have a great start to the term and we look forward to sharing photos of our work in the next issue!
Take care!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis and Mrs Marsh

Student Care and Wellbeing

Tantrums vs. Meltdowns

While supporting your child through environmental and social changes, education at home and general life experiences every parent has stories about their child’s tantrums and meltdowns. Our own parents will have some pretty good stories too; we have all been on an emotional development journey. Knowing the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum will help you to determine how to support your child effectively and apply good quality emotional regulation skills.

What is the difference between a Meltdown and a Tantrum?

  • Tantrums are a conscious deliberate choice, they are often a learnt behaviour for the individual to get their needs met.
  • In a tantrum the physical movements are controlled and easily altered to achieve a desired outcome – i.e. aggression towards a specific individual; turn tears on and off.
  • A tantrum can stop instantly at any time.
  • Tantrums act as defense mechanism to control a situation or outcome.
  • In a tantrum they may try to bargain.
  • In a tantrum the individual has excellent recall of the episode with little or no physical exhaustion.  Please note a tantrum can develop into a meltdown. 
  • Meltdowns are extreme emotional and/or behavioural responses to a stressful situation.
  • They are always
  • Meltdowns come from prolonged exposure to sensory triggers or cognitive overload without a chance to get away from the overwhelming stimulation.
  • Usually there will be signs of increasing frustration with accompanying anxiety that slowly starts to escalate if the situation is ignored.
  • Some meltdowns (also known as catastrophic reactions) are explosive immediate involuntary reactions to something having gone off script or not according to plan.

Some Causes of a Meltdown:

  • Sensory overload
  • Cognitive overload
  • Sudden change or perceived sudden change
  • Being given too many choices at once
  • Being forced to be in a prolonged stressful environment
  • Being in a stressful setting or situations without any calming tools or chill out option
  • Being given an unrealistic goals or tasks that exceeds capabilities or limitations.

What to do with a Meltdown?

To effectively deal with meltdowns it is important to be proactive and not reactive. Identifying the child’s anxiety and its cause is your starting point. Then try to calm the child as this will reduce the chances of a full-blown meltdown. Once the meltdown has started all you can do is make sure everyone is safe, reduce stimulation levels and if possible address the problem at hand. PLEASE never attempt to restrain a child during a meltdown once they are in a safe environment. They will only fight against your attempts and increase the intensity of self-aggression and aggression towards you! It is too late to stop the meltdown – simply let the meltdown take its course.

These ideas have had varying degrees of success depending on the individual and if you are able to catch before going into full meltdown;

  • being silly –  i.e. doing a silly dance – makes them laugh changes the emotion for a little then can talk about it.
  • reading a book that they like – sitting calmly and reading it to myself making a comment here and there
  • asking a question about topic that individual is interested in
  • cause a distraction such as changing the topic, asking silly question
  • ask the child to tell you what they can hear, smell, taste, touch and see
  • teach your child deep breathing exercises so that you can refer to this if you notice they are appearing to becoming unsettled.
  • Create a chill out space, with a chill out box
  • Blowing bubbles is an incredible release of air and source of deep breathing

There are some great strategies that we use at school to educate your child to recognise when they are escalating in their emotions and take responsibility before triggering a meltdown. One of our favourite moments is when a child brings themselves for a chill out before erupting.  We see this even as young as prep age, once children know what you mean by fun/no fun or fun/room, they start to develop an internal reflective process that helps them to make this decision with minimal prompting from parents. Just the other day I was visiting a friend and I noticed their daughter was missing from the room so I asked where she went; her parents simply explained ‘she took herself too her room until she was ready to be fun’. Boom! That is a golden moment. When she returned we had a lot of fun.

Check out these links on the Student Care and Wellbeing Team’s Google Site

Secondary News

City Shakers

When:                    Friday 11th June
Time:                     6pm – 9pm
Where:                  Baskerville Sports Centre
Who:                      Highschoolers
Cost:                      Free entry with food and drinks available to purchase
Sign-in:                 Check In QLD App

PCC Instrumental Music

Psalm 3:5 “I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.”

Welcome back to Term 2, after the most unusual end to Term 1. We pray that you are all safe & well, as we know the Lord continues to watch over us.

The volume of research showing the benefits of learning a musical instrument for children is growing daily, in all sorts of areas of life. Playing music actually changes a child’s brain, making it better connected & more efficient not just while they’re playing, but several year of music tuition means these changes are sustained throughout life. You are literally setting your children up for a better future through learning music!

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

(Save the Music Foundation, USA)

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons are back on schedule in Term 2! 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. The number of days each week is actually more important than the length of time, so 15-20mins every day is more valuable than 1hr only once a week. As students advance they will need to set aside more time, so forming the habit early will make it easier in the future.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

It’s been wonderful to see our next group of Give It A Go! students getting started this year! I’ve been hearing students making their first sounds & learning new notes, and it’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm in these budding musicians. Students need to make sure they are practising between lessons, starting with about 10-15mins per day. This will help them consolidate the skills they have gained in their lesson, and be ready for what’s next.

The next exciting step for these students is the Give It A Go! Band, which will commence rehearsals in Term 2 on Wednesday mornings at 7:30am. The first rehearsal will be Wed 28th April, in L5 on the lower level of the Student Services building. We look forward to hearing these students in their first performance at the College Fete on Sat 29thMay!

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.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

The time has finally arrived! Next Saturday 15th May 2021 is the day for our Bush Dance with the amazing Beefa’s Bush Band. If you’ve never been to a Bush Dance, make this one your first. You won’t be disappointed! It’s one for the entire family, it doesn’t matter what age – everyone will have a night filled with lots of fun and laughter and of course some of the best dancing. Beefa’s Bush Band will keep you boot scootin all night long!

The Friendlies are what some schools call their (P&C), if you are curious at what we do why not come along to one of our meetings. We love to see new faces and all of our Parklands families are more than welcome to come along.  We would love to see you there! Our next meeting for 2021 will be on-site at school on Friday 7th of May at 3.45pm in room LL1 in the Prep area.

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

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

City Shakers

When:                    Friday 11th June
Time:                     6pm – 9pm
Where:                  Baskerville Sports Centre
Who:                      Highschoolers
Cost:                      Free entry with food and drinks available to purchase
Sign-in:                 Check In QLD App

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

Cert 3 in Education Support (teacher aide) course

EDS Yarrabilba

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. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday 10th March 2021. 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 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

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

Easter is here, and we are about to finish Term 1, 2021. In 2020, it was estimated that 80 percent of Australians wanted to go camping over the Easter Break. And while international travel is still largely impossible, this camping season is predicted to be epic.

While we are enjoying the Easter Break, I would encourage us all to pause and embrace this very special time of the year. Let’s give thanks for the gift of Jesus and remember His death and resurrection. I know that the concept of Easter may appear morbid to some, and that remembering Jesus on the cross seems to be somewhat brutal, yet the symbol of the cross at this time of year is so much more than a symbol of death. Easter is a time for us to remember God’s great love for us, demonstrated by the sacrifice of Jesus.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Easter is about death AND resurrection! Jesus rose again (Mark 16), death could not contain the Son of God. Jesus is ALIVE, and we celebrate that we can know God, and see how much He loves us through the work and teachings of Jesus.

As we munch on chocolate, go on holidays and spend time together with family and friends, please pause and thank God for Jesus, the true reason we celebrate Easter. If you can, attend a local church service and be welcomed and inspired as you join with others to worship. You might also like to jump online and watch a service via Facebook or church website. Or, if you are travelling, do what my family does and run your own little service wherever you can.

Before we left Australia in 2016 and went to serve in Cebu, each Easter was spent camping on a property at the base of Mt Barney. We loved this Easter tradition, and had been camping with family and friends in this location for 22 years. During this time, our family celebrated Passover and Easter respectively. We would celebrate Easter by singing and remembering the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection found in the book of Mark. I love this tradition, and can’t wait to experience Easter in this way again soon.

What family traditions do you have in place over Easter? How do you pause and remember the bittersweet story of the cross? This year, we get to celebrate Easter as Australian tradition dictates because our government and community leaders are keeping us safe. Let’s do our part and stay safe and healthy while we travel and play. This Easter, no matter what we do, let’s pause and give thanks that we live in a nation that is managing COVID-19 so well.

I look forward to seeing you all after the holidays, safe and well.  Please know I will be praying for our community this Easter, and may you be blessed as you pause and remember the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Gary Cully
Principal

 

Easter Story: Mark 14:12 – 16:20

 

Easter Travel

If you are travelling this Easter, remember:

  • If you are flying, you must wear a face mask at all times at the airport and on the plane
  • If the space you are in is or becomes overcrowded, move elsewhere or choose to return at an off-peak time.
  • Make hygiene your number one priority when travelling. This is recommended regardless of whether you are staying in a hotel or in a camping ground. Always carry tissues and hand sanitiser.

Make sure you stay home when you’re sick and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, keep a distance of 1.5 metres from others– that’s two big steps – and wash your hands regularly.

Principal’s update on School Consent Review

School Consent Review

Recently the issue of consent has been highlighted in the news after surveys and discussions on social media revealed frightening assault trends amongst Australian young people. Schools were named and shamed, and more recently the sexual conduct of Australian politicians has been called into question. The stories are disturbing to say the least, and the seemingly wide spread issues around consent have taken the Australian public by surprise.

Right now the State Government under the leadership of Grace Grace is reviewing ‘consent education’, and we can expect some level of reform in sexual education in schools soon.

Our young people need to hear a clear and important message from us all on this point, and we need to acknowledge that sexual violence is present in every community, and we should never assume that our little community is immune to such vile behaviour.

We allow or create the culture of our school, our homes and our workplaces. Parklands will review its relationships seminars and play our part to deliver explicit teaching around sexual violence based on the outcomes and advice from the current school consent review. But that’s not the end of the story. I call on us all, parents, students and staff to be aware of conversations, comments and communications that transpire in our homes, classrooms and playgrounds and boldly address disrespect and sexual harassments. Let’s not ignore derogatory comments because “that’s just teens”, or walk away from unsavoury discussions because that’s “age appropriate”.

Let’s not accept a culture of porn that teaches our young people harmful sexual habits and distorted views of relationships.

Instead, let’s raise a generation of children who have a healthy perspective and engage in appropriate and healthy relationships. Let’s raise young women who are proud of their bodies, confident in their femininity and understand what it is to be Godly, powerful women. Let’s raise a generation of boys who are respectful and don’t objectify. May we empower them to be men of honour and possess self-control.  Let’s teach our boys how to speak appropriately about women and pursue healthy, long lasting relationships. And let us contradict the porn-saturated pop-culture, which is readily available to our children every day and poses a significant threat.

Pornography can negatively impact a young person’s mental health and wellbeing and their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and expectations about sex and gender. Exposure to pornography has also been found to shape sexual practices and strengthen positive attitudes toward sexual violence and aggression (Quadara, A., El-Murr, A., & Latham, J. (2017). The effects of pornography on children and young people: an evidence scan. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies).

It’s important to talk to our children about healthy, wholesome sexual relationships, and it is vital that they understand the concept of consent. Yes, it’s probably going to be awkward, but it is important that your children understand about what informed consent involves, morally and legally.  Be brave, a conversation about consent and respect now may save your child difficulty in the future. To help you, I have placed links to two good online clips that might help get the discussion started.

Some sites and ideas to help you talk to your teenagers about consent (follow the links):

  1. What is consent? – good clear description of consent
  2. Tea and Consent – a light hearted and very effective comparison of sexual consent to making someone a cup of tea

Join me and commit to praying for our young people and against the power of porn and sexual violence in our community. Let us commit to sowing wholesome conversations into our culture, and promoting that which is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (Philippians 4). Please know that I am praying for our community and you, our parents.  May you have the grace and wisdom to speak life and light into your children’s lives, helping them become all that God wants them to be.

Gary Cully
Principal

 

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Head of Secondary

During Week 8, the whole College joined with schools around Australia for ‘Bullying. No Way!’ National Day of Action. In Secondary, the Student Leadership Team, along with Mr Elvery & Mrs Wallis, led the students in promoting the positive behaviours that we value – kindness, encouragement, inclusivity, etc – with a different theme for each day. The week culminated with each form class physically representing unity in a creative team response that was photographed. It was so valuable to focus on these positive behaviours that we advocate and value while also being part of the bigger movement across the country.

Our Student Leadership Team have had several opportunities this year to serve and to grow. They, along with captains of other Christian schools, participated in the Compass Conference, and also had a dinner on site with the senior staff. This dinner was served by our hospitality students, who did an excellent job and were able to gain practical experience and fulfil some of the service requirement of their Certificate course. The dinner covered a range of topics on social activities, the art of conversation and being a good listener, and etiquette, as well as providing quality time together as a leadership team.

The captains have served the College many times, for example during the BSC Family Fun Afternoon (along with the Year 6 & Year 9 captains!), the Swimming Carnival, the Back to School BBQ, and have led Chapel services. This includes a special service where they led every aspect, including worship and a message based on what they learned at the Compass Conference, focusing on how each person has their own story which is part of God’s big story. Well done to the team for beginning their leadership term with diligence and joy, leading our students faithfully.

Head of Primary School

Thank you for a very productive first term even with all the changes and uncertain times.

My prayers are for you, your family and the Parklands community during this very interesting ‘season’.

As we look to break for the Easter/Autumn holidays, starting with Good Friday and then Easter Monday, I pray you all have a fantastic rest, break from school routines of making lunches, getting up early etc.

I trust you are able to do the things that you enjoy and revitalize you, like spending time with the family (kids) and friends, going to the beach or just relaxing at home watching a movie or reading a book.

We look forward to having everyone back for a short, sharp (9 week) term starting on Monday 19th April.

Uniforms

Can we please ask that you assist us in ensuring the students are correctly dressed in the right uniform each day? We don’t wish to experience students wearing their sport uniforms when not required or mixing and matching their academic and sport uniforms. If you are unsure about uniform items or correct uniform requirements, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, TA, the RTC or check the school’s website.

Would you please be so kind as to ensure that ALL uniform items, lunch and water bottles are clearly labelled with the student’s name?

Year 3, 5, 7 & 9 NAPLAN testing (online)    

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an annual event for our school since 2008.

A reminder we have our annual Yr. 3 & 5 National Testing again next term. Staff have steadily been preparing these students for the various ONLINE tests and look forward to seeing their results later in the year. Would Year 3 & 5 parents please provide their child with a good breakfast and ensure they are at school on time, these days:

  • Tuesday 11th May — Writing
  • Wednesday 12th May — Reading
  • Thursday 13th May — Convention of Language
  • Friday 14th May — Numeracy

Profile Evening – (ONLINE appointment required)

Tuesday 27th April – 2.45pm to 8.30pm in your child/ren’s classroom. Please ensure you book your 15 min time slot / appointment online.

Profile Preview Afternoon – (no appointment required)

Wednesday 28th April – 2.45pm to 4pm in your child/ren’s classroom (time is used to view your child’s work, see their desk, tidy tray and possibly chat briefly with the teacher.

Reports

All students will be receiving an ‘End of Semester Report’ at the conclusion of Term 2. This report will confirm what your child’s teacher informed you of at the Profile Preview Afternoon or Profile Evening or where they have given you regular general feedback as to how your child has progressed this term.

Kids learn what they live

by Michael Grose

Ever opened up your mouth and heard your own parents speak?

I’d frequently speak to my kids when they’d been less than perfect and I could hear my father speaking. I’d use the same words, same tone of voice and same body language as my father. The similarity was a little spooky.

This happens because the genes ‘from the past’ are very strong impacting not just our communication, but our parenting as well. Kids copy their parents. Temperament, gender, genetic and birth order factors all play a part in shaping kids. They signify the differences between children’s behaviour, attitudes and interests. It’s in children’s similarities that the impact of parenting is seen.

Are all your kids tolerant, generous, kind and forgiving, perhaps some less than others? If so, there’s a good chance that you possess those qualities or, at least, one parent displays those qualities.

Children learn what they live

When kids live with gratitude, encouragement and affection on a daily basis they are more likely to adopt those behaviours themselves. In fact, those types of behaviours become part of their values system.

They may shy away from these behaviours in adolescence yet most kids will return to their core values in their twenties and beyond. Most kids find their identity only after they’ve rejected it.

Similarly, when kids live with criticism, mean-spiritedness and intolerance they are more likely to display those attitudes. Teachers and schools can impact children’s attitudes and behaviours but it can be hard to override the values that kids develop at home. Kids are more likely to reflect their parents’ attitudes and behaviours than those of their teachers.

Do you like what you see?

Take a good look at your kids’ attitudes, behaviours and values, particularly how they treat others. If you like what you see then give yourself a pat on the back because you’ve done a good job through both overt teaching and modelling of raising a person in your likeness.

If you’re not happy with what you see – I’m not referring to the out-of-character, poor behaviour that kids at times display due to fatigue, a stage or some other unknown reason (kids will be kids) – but if you cringe when you see some of the attitudes and behaviours that your kids routinely show then some self-reflection may be the order of the day.  That’s nothing necessarily to be ashamed of. Kids get front row seats to the very best and very worst of their parents’ behaviours. We just need to make sure that our best is amplified and our worst is minimised or, at least, not witnessed by our kids.

It helps to sit down with your partner or a trusted friend and review the type of person that’s on display for your kids every now and then. It will be a worthwhile exercise both personally and as a parent. As your kids are a reflection of you, start the reflection process by looking at the behaviours, attitudes and states of mind they have in common. If you’re happy with what you generally see daily, then you’re okay and doing a great job.

Now, while students are at home and or on holiday, would be a good time to observe and monitor these behaviours.

I pray that you have a good, well deserved school holiday break if you are at home with the children and family. May God’s peace, comfort, joy, protection and strength be yours through this holiday period.

Middle School Co-ordinator

As our year continues into April and our first holiday break for 2021, our journey through this year continues to give new challenges and focus points.

Middle School English in the Library

Last month I shared about the intention for Middle School English classes to start using the library during their regular class time. It is wonderful to be able to share with you that this has started to happen in the last month, as classes in Years 7 and 8 have had the opportunity to access the library during their English class time. (See photos below)

Students continue to frequent the space during break times, enjoying the quiet and the atmosphere of the library, and we thank Mrs Kerr for her continued support and dedication to growing and maintaining the library space for all of the Parklands students to use.

Winter Uniform in Term 2: Jumper Expectations

When we return from our Easter holiday break, we are anticipating that the weather will be cooler. This change in weather brings about the use of jumpers for our students, and there are a few important points to cover regarding this.

Firstly, it is important that your child’s jumpers have their name on them, both academic and sports. Jumpers tend to come off as the day warms up, and unfortunately our students are not always the world’s best at putting their belongings straight into their bags. Every year Student Services ends up with dozens of unclaimed jumpers as there are no names to be found. When a piece of uniform is taken to Student Services, if there is a name then every effort is made to return it to the relevant student as soon as possible. Can I encourage all parents to ensure that names are on jumpers?

Secondly, our uniform policy states that our jumpers do not mix uniforms. It is our expectation that students will wear the correct jumper with the correct uniform. Academic jumpers should be worn with academic uniforms, and sports jumpers with sports uniforms. While it seems like a simple thing, it is an important aspect of a student’s day that they are organised with their correct equipment, and dressed in the correct and complete uniform. This focus is something they can then take into their learning for the day.

I look forward to seeing our amazing Middle School students in correct uniform at the beginning of Term 2.

Easter Holiday Break

During the up and coming break time, it is my prayer that you are able to spend some quality time as a family. I hope that all students and parents can connect and recharge with one another. May your break time be one of safety and joy, and I look forward to continuing the learning journey with our students when we gather again in Term 2.

Mr Colin Elvery
Middle School Coordinator

Senior School Co-ordinator

Crazy end of term!

Our last Easter holidays were like none other for many parents around the world. Holidays, camping trips and day trips were cancelled, catchups with friends were off, and there wasn’t even sport on TV.

I read this helpful article recently, Five Simple Ways to Inject Gratitude into Your Daily Schedule. We have much to be grateful for, don’t we? Intentionally injecting gratitude into our children’s daily schedules can create routines that will stay with them for life.

We have done lockdown before and we can certainly do this again. These remain somewhat challenging days for many, yet our hope and trust remain steadfast in a God who never fails.

So, with the three-day lockdown, we have moved back into another season of PCC@Home for the last part of this term.

Seniors have been asked to continue with their senior studies from home. Classwork and assignments can still be submitted this week by following teacher instructions on the subject Sites.

Year 12: Rescheduled Examinations

For Year 12, the Food & Nutrition, General Mathematics and Mathematical Methods examinations have been postponed until early Term 2. This is in line with QCAA policy and your child’s teachers will email through the new due dates.

The reality is that Year 12s will need to study at some point in the holidays to be best prepared for the early Term 2 assessment. We promote planning on a chunk of time to stop and rest and then it will be very important to gear back up to revise work. This is recommended before term time starts.

Study in Holidays: Years 11&12

The new QCE system is rigorous and work in some of the holiday time may be required. This may depend on your child’s progress with their study notes, which is key preparation for the Year 12 External Assessment exams (EAs) and for the Year 11 exams in Term 3, where students will be tested on a larger part of their subject syllabus (in preparation for the EAs). We equally promote rest and relaxation and will continue to promote working hard in term time.

Year 12: Term 3 Trial Exam – Date Change

The timing of the Year 12 trial exams has been brought forward by one week. Your child must attend each trial exam scheduled from 30th August to 10th September 2021. These exams form a crucial part of final preparation for the EAs. The timing will allow staff to mark and provide feedback to your child, where possible, before the September holidays. The main reason behind this move is for your child to have targeted improvement areas to work on during the final few weeks leading up to the EAs in early Term 4.

Year 11-12: Senior Learning Accounts

A reminder that students should be regularly checking their Student Portal learner account with Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority (QCAA). This account provides students with access to their subjects and courses, and results. This is particularly important for Year 12, as this information is used to contribute to the final senior certificate. Personal details need to be accurate as the spelling of names and addresses are used from this account to inform the QCE, the Year 12 certificate. A thorough check of subjects and any Vocational Education courses must be completed. Please notify Mrs Lenton or Mrs Wallis if there are any discrepancies. Go to: https://myqce.qcaa.qld.edu.au/

Year 10: Save the Date – Careers Week & Senior Subject Information Evening

In Term 2, there is a focus on exploring careers and Year 10s will research pathways towards their careers to inform their senior subject selection. Mrs Liz Lenton has prepared a home communication, so please look out for this as it explains the new and exciting career education and work experience opportunities available to our Year 10 students in 2021, which culminates in a Careers Week from Tuesday 15 – Friday 18 June, 2021. This is a compulsory week with many educational activities that are planned to be of great benefit to your child. After this week there is a three-week holiday break where we encourage holidays to be taken.

In the lead up to the Careers Week, we will hold a Year 10 into Year 11 subject information evening. During the session, we will be presenting information about the new QCE system, with a focus on how we are preparing students for Years 11-12 and on pathways and subjects being offered for Year 11, 2022. Please look out for the home communication on this important event, scheduled for Week 7 of term.

Senior Support

If your child is feeling unsure about their Senior pathway or if you have any concerns with how your child is managing the senior load, please make a time to talk with us.

We have a great team of supporters so your child can work towards their God-given potential and know they don’t need to travel alone. It is important that there’s a balance between academic demands, involvements in extra-curricular activities as well as time for relaxation and enjoyment.

Have a wonderful Easter holiday break with your families.

Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Senior College Coordinator

Primary News

Year One

Hello to all our Parklands families!

Year One has finished Term 1 at full speed. With daily phonics and decoding practice we have been developing fluency and accuracy when reading. The children have also been participating in daily writing activities and are working hard to develop good sentence structure and creative ideas. We have especially had fun reading Pig the Blob as we explored our unit on Being Healthy.

During Maths over the last few weeks we have been counting forwards and backwards, learning to add and subtract and exploring the value of numbers in tens and ones. We love learning through games and have fun learning together with our friends.

We also finished off our term of swimming with some fun games and a turn on the slide. Thanks to those parents who were able to help out during swimming lessons this term. We so appreciated it.

Year One is looking forward to the Easter Holidays and praying it is a safe one for everyone. We can’t wait to be back again for more growing and learning in Term 2!

Take care!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh & Year One

Year 2

As we approach the Easter Holidays it is good to look back and celebrate our journey. The students have worked really hard on their learning this term.  They have engaged well with Google slides and have produced some amazing Native Australian Wildlife presentations. In Maths we have been solving some inquiry questions. The students enjoyed investigating the problem and coming up with some possible solutions. Our plant experiments went well with each plant showing an expected outcome when we removed soil, water or sunlight from them. Overall it has been a productive term with some fun along the way. We wish you all a happy and safe Easter break and look forward to seeing you at the start of Term 2.

Blessings,
Julie Koplick, Hannah Swanborough and Christine Hollenberg

Year 6

This month, Year 6 students have been working diligently on completing investigations into the HASS topic of ‘How have experiences of democracy and citizenship differed between groups over time and place, including those from and in Asia?’ This complex and ever evolving topic within Australian society has resulted in fantastic discussions. Students have shown an empathetic understanding of other people groups within our community.

Students have also been learning about Electrical Circuits within their Science unit! Students have enjoyed the electrifying lessons that have allowed them to play with simple circuits, lightbulbs, buzzers and motors. All students were tasked with creating an item that uses a simple circuit, which is beneficial to society. All students had a blast, enjoying working together and problem solving whilst letting sparks fly with their imagination and creativity! The end results were shockingly-great as many awesome creations were shown to the class (and played with by the teachers)!

We have also been learning the art of debating. Students have looked at the manner, matter and method of how public speaking is presented. All students have researched, prepared and presented some compelling debates on topics such as; should the voting age in Australia be lowered? Would extending the school day hours benefit students?

What a fantastic end of Term 1 we have had!

Occupational Therapy

In Sync Kids OT have a satellite clinic within Parklands Christian College providing private Occupational Therapy Services specifically to students of the school. In Sync Kids Occupational Therapy specialises in sensory integration and neurodevelopment.

What is Occupational Therapy? 

Occupational Therapists or OT’s are focused on people’s occupations. Occupations aren’t just our jobs, they are also all the everyday activities we do, the things we do that give us purpose, that we enjoy, or things that we need to do like have a shower, get dressed, sleep, and learn at school.

Sometimes due to individual differences, developmental delays, illness, injury, or disability our daily occupations can become difficult to complete. Occupational therapists support people by assisting to bridge the gap between what they can do and what they need or would like to do.

Sometimes this means some hard work, exposure to new and different experiences, or practise to strengthen our bodies or learn new skills. Doing so better equips us to complete our everyday tasks and cope throughout the day.

Paediatric OT’s specialise working with children of all ages (and their families) to assist them in their daily occupations, such as; learning, paying attention, following instructions, sitting in a classroom, playing, and handwriting.  Paediatric OT’s support the development of foundational skills required for such occupations at school and at home. OT’s do this by observing and enhancing children’s physical, sensory, cognitive, emotional and neurological development.

Is your child struggling at school or at home?

There are many things to process in a school day both within and outside of the classroom. Some kids struggle during school time, whereas other kids may put all their energy and effort into holding it together at school and then struggle upon coming home, which may present in the form of overreactions, tantrums or meltdowns due to overwhelm and fatigue.  Kids struggling at school may present with behavioural concerns or avoidance of school work, often due to an underlying need or difficulty that is impacting on their performance and behaviour.

Assessment and therapy

An Occupational Therapist can assess your child to identify which areas are difficult, and where further development may be required.  An OT can provide a treatment plan and strategies to support your child’s development and participation in school and home occupations. We aim to develop your child’s skill set, abilities and confidence in order for them to succeed at school and at home.

For any additional information regarding Occupational Therapy services, please contact Kylie McMahon kylie.mcmahon@insynckidsot.com  and feel free to look at the In Sync Kids OT website for more information http://www.insynckidsot.com

School Photo Day is fast approaching

Have your child’s school memories captured forever on Tuesday 278th April, 2021.

Your photo order envelopes will be sent home via your child commencing Wednesday 17 March. Please start planning your purchases and payment options.

Remember these helpful points:

    • Read all relevant instructions for your preferred payment method. All payments are due on photo day.
    • You may pay by cash, or place your order online using your child’s individual ‘shootkey’ listed on their envelope and pay with your credit card.
    • Please enclose correct money as no change will be given.
    • Sibling photo envelopes are available at Student Services upon request. SIBLING PHOTOS WILL BE TAKEN BEFORE SCHOOL, ON PHOTO DAY AT 7:30AM IN THE BASKERVILLE SPORTS CENTRE. Please instruct siblings to attend the photo studio at this time. Photographers are unable to search for students who do not attend.
    • Do not seal envelopes inside each other. You may include payment for all children in one envelope, however, please indicate on this envelope the names of all the children you are paying for.
    • All students are to wear their CORRECT AND COMPLETE ACADEMIC UNIFORM. Students who arrive in sport uniform will not appear in their class photo.
    • Year 10-12 students are to wear their correct winter academic uniform (blazers for all and males to wear long pants and their tie).
    • Year 12 students must bring their senior jersey.

Screen time impacting school readiness

Families are overusing screens as “babysitters” which could be contributing to developmental delays in children & their readiness for school, according to new research. UniSA research released this week showed “an overuse of screen time, in lieu of quality play, is substantially impacting children’s development, putting them behind their peers as they start school”. In SA almost 22% of children are considered developmentally vulnerable in areas such as physical health, language, communication & behaviour. The research study explored the concerns of more than 100 SA preschool directors. It found the over-reliance on screens “could be contributing to lower levels of social skill development, concentration, problem solving abilities & self-regulation – all key skills that improve school readiness,” according to a media statement on the research. Australian health guidelines for preschool-aged children (2-5 years) recommend no more than one hour of screens per day – TV, computers & smart devices.

Independent Schools Queensland – 5th March 2021

School Fees

April term and monthly invoices have been issued – please contact Ann Ludlow 0417 170 379 if you have not received it. aludlow@parklands.qld.edu.au

Secondary News

School Fees

April term and monthly invoices have been issued – please contact Ann Ludlow 0417 170 379 if you have not received it. aludlow@parklands.qld.edu.au

Occupational Therapy

In Sync Kids OT have a satellite clinic within Parklands Christian College providing private Occupational Therapy Services specifically to students of the school. In Sync Kids Occupational Therapy specialises in sensory integration and neurodevelopment.

What is Occupational Therapy? 

Occupational Therapists or OT’s are focused on people’s occupations. Occupations aren’t just our jobs, they are also all the everyday activities we do, the things we do that give us purpose, that we enjoy, or things that we need to do like have a shower, get dressed, sleep, and learn at school.

Sometimes due to individual differences, developmental delays, illness, injury, or disability our daily occupations can become difficult to complete. Occupational therapists support people by assisting to bridge the gap between what they can do and what they need or would like to do.

Sometimes this means some hard work, exposure to new and different experiences, or practise to strengthen our bodies or learn new skills. Doing so better equips us to complete our everyday tasks and cope throughout the day.

Paediatric OT’s specialise working with children of all ages (and their families) to assist them in their daily occupations, such as; learning, paying attention, following instructions, sitting in a classroom, playing, and handwriting.  Paediatric OT’s support the development of foundational skills required for such occupations at school and at home. OT’s do this by observing and enhancing children’s physical, sensory, cognitive, emotional and neurological development.

Is your child struggling at school or at home?

There are many things to process in a school day both within and outside of the classroom. Some kids struggle during school time, whereas other kids may put all their energy and effort into holding it together at school and then struggle upon coming home, which may present in the form of overreactions, tantrums or meltdowns due to overwhelm and fatigue.  Kids struggling at school may present with behavioural concerns or avoidance of school work, often due to an underlying need or difficulty that is impacting on their performance and behaviour.

Assessment and therapy

An Occupational Therapist can assess your child to identify which areas are difficult, and where further development may be required.  An OT can provide a treatment plan and strategies to support your child’s development and participation in school and home occupations. We aim to develop your child’s skill set, abilities and confidence in order for them to succeed at school and at home.

For any additional information regarding Occupational Therapy services, please contact Kylie McMahon kylie.mcmahon@insynckidsot.com  and feel free to look at the In Sync Kids OT website for more information http://www.insynckidsot.com

School Photo Day is fast approaching

Have your child’s school memories captured forever on Tuesday 278th April, 2021.

Your photo order envelopes will be sent home via your child commencing Wednesday 17 March. Please start planning your purchases and payment options.

Remember these helpful points:

    • Read all relevant instructions for your preferred payment method. All payments are due on photo day.
    • You may pay by cash, or place your order online using your child’s individual ‘shootkey’ listed on their envelope and pay with your credit card.
    • Please enclose correct money as no change will be given.
    • Sibling photo envelopes are available at Student Services upon request. SIBLING PHOTOS WILL BE TAKEN BEFORE SCHOOL, ON PHOTO DAY AT 7:30AM IN THE BASKERVILLE SPORTS CENTRE. Please instruct siblings to attend the photo studio at this time. Photographers are unable to search for students who do not attend.
    • Do not seal envelopes inside each other. You may include payment for all children in one envelope, however, please indicate on this envelope the names of all the children you are paying for.
    • All students are to wear their CORRECT AND COMPLETE ACADEMIC UNIFORM. Students who arrive in sport uniform will not appear in their class photo.
    • Year 10-12 students are to wear their correct winter academic uniform (blazers for all and males to wear long pants and their tie).
    • Year 12 students must bring their senior jersey.

Screen time impacting school readiness

Families are overusing screens as “babysitters” which could be contributing to developmental delays in children & their readiness for school, according to new research. UniSA research released this week showed “an overuse of screen time, in lieu of quality play, is substantially impacting children’s development, putting them behind their peers as they start school”. In SA almost 22% of children are considered developmentally vulnerable in areas such as physical health, language, communication & behaviour. The research study explored the concerns of more than 100 SA preschool directors. It found the over-reliance on screens “could be contributing to lower levels of social skill development, concentration, problem solving abilities & self-regulation – all key skills that improve school readiness,” according to a media statement on the research. Australian health guidelines for preschool-aged children (2-5 years) recommend no more than one hour of screens per day – TV, computers & smart devices.

Independent Schools Queensland – 5th March 2021

National Day of Action

eSafety are offering a new parent webinar series in 2021 – eSafety’s guide to cyberbullying and online drama. We are encouraging parents in our school community to join one of the free webinars to learn how we can help young people develop the skills to be safer online.

esafety.gov.au/sid

Shave for a Cure Event

Shave for a Cure Event – Friday 23 April

Mr Leembruggen (Lead Teacher of HPE and Sports Coordinator in the Secondary college) is currently running a Shave for a Cure campaign, to raise awareness and funds for the Leukaemia Foundation after his son’s recent diagnosis.  The Year 12 cohort and the Lead Teachers in Secondary are pleased to host a very special fundraising event on Friday 23 April 2021, throughout the annual Cross-Country Carnival.  Throughout carnival day, four key activities will be occurring to raise money to contribute to Mr Leembruggen’s Shave for a Cure campaign.

Activity 1: Accessorise! During the cross country carnival this year, students are encouraged to add accessories to their outfit in the colours of ORANGE and BLUE, the colours of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.  Paint your nails blue, add orange ribbons or zinc!   To do this, students must bring a gold coin donation.

Activity 2: Food for sale! The Year 12 PC class will be selling a range of food items on the day!  Please see next page for a price list.  There’s no need to pre-order, and all who attend the carnival (spectators, students and staff) are welcome to purchase.

Activity 3: Coloured Hairspray! The PCC Outreach Club will be providing orange and blue hairspray options for $2.  Come and get some stripes, zig zags or polka dots!

Activity 4: Shave event! ALL the Lead Teachers and Year 12 PC Teachers in Secondary school have agreed to either shave or colour their hair in support of the campaign and the Leembruggen family – you’ll have to see who’s doing what on the day! Please use the link below to donate directly to the campaign, to sponsor Mr Leembruggen and the Lead Teachers.  Cash donations can also be made on the day to the Year 12 food tent.  Two professional barbers have kindly donated their time to complete this activity safely.  This activity will occur straight after the Cross Country carnival, on the top oval.  Bonus Activity: Mr. Leembruggen will also be making a special appearance, and will be shaving his very long & scruffy grown-in beard as well!

Food Tent Price List:

  • Bacon & Egg Burger      $4.00
  • Sausage on Bread         $2.50
  • Drinks (soft drinks, poppers, water)  $2.00
  • Cookies $3.00
  • Lolly Bags $2.00
  • Coloured Hairspray $2.00

Please bring all gold coin donations to the Food Tent

Please bring any cash sponsorship for the Shave Event to the Food Tent

Pre-ordering is not necessary, just arrive on the day and purchase.  All spectators, students and staff are welcome to purchase from the Food Tent, which will be situated on the top oval from 8.30am.  All profits from this stall will be donated to Mr Leembruggen’s Shave for a Cure campaign. Use the link below if you would like to donate directly:

https://secure.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?RegistrationID=803260

For more information, please contact Kristie Schulz (Lead Teacher of Maths and Science in Secondary) at kschulz@parklands.qld.edu.au.

Sport

USL Touch Football Term 1

Well done to our Year 5/6 Boys and Girls touch football teams for playing in the United Sports League competition. In the play off for 3v4, our Year 5/6 boys won 7-5 to finish 3rd. In the grand final for the Year 5/6 Girls, our team narrowly lost 3-2 to finish runners up. Well done to all students who took part and achieved these great results. Thank to our coaches, Mr Werner and Mr Volau.

Our Secondary USL Touch Finals have been rescheduled to Term 2, Week 2, Tuesday 27 April.

Term 2

Cross Country has been postponed to Term 2, Week 1, Friday 23 April. Cross Country training will commence during the holidays on Tuesday 6 and 13 April, and Thursday 8 and 15 April, 9:30-10:30am. The session will be conducted by Coach Max Volau on the PCC Sports Oval. All 9 Years – Year 12 students are welcome to attend. During Term 2, training will then continue on Monday and Friday mornings from 7:30-8:15am, until the conclusion of the CSSAQ Cross Country on May 10. In Week 8, the training focus will then change to Track & Field.

USL Basketball Term 2

Week 1, Wednesday 21 April will be the secondary basketball trials for the upcoming USL competition starting in Week 4. The Primary team has completed their trials already and those students selected in the team will receive a home communication during Week One of next term.

Southern Scorpions District School Sport Trials

Below is the list of dates for the Term 2 sporting trials. These are representative trials to try to gain selection in the regional team. It is highly encouraged that only students who have club sport experience be requesting to trial. To express your interest to trial please email Mr Chase Werner for Primary students cwerner@parklands.qld.edu.au and Secondary students to Mr Josiah McCarthy sport@parklands.qld.edu.au

Week 1

  • Thursday 22 June: Basketball 13-15 Years

Week 3

  • Tuesday 4 May: Football 10-12 Years
  • Thursday 6 May: Tennis 10-12 Years
  • Friday 7 May: Cross Country 10-19 Years

Week 4

  • Monday 10 May: Rugby Union 14-15 Years & 11-12 Years Boys
  • Tuesday 11 May: Touch 10-12 Years
  • Friday 14 May: Softball 10-12 Years

Week 7

  • Monday 31 May: Rugby League 11-12 Years Girls.

Well done to the following students for gaining selection into representative teams.

Last Name First Name Grade Sport Represented Level of Representation
Moses Marlon 9 Swimming SSDSS District Team
Harbourn Levi 7 Swimming SSDSS District Team
Rauwendaal Annabelle 7 Swimming SSDSS District Team
Reise Lucy-Anne 7 Swimming SSDSS District Team
Reise Oliver 4S Swimming SSDSS District Team
Cervenjak Tyger 9 Swimming Met West Swim Team
Bobermien Chloe 6B Swimming SSDSS District Team
Campbell Emmy 6H Basketball SSDSS District Team
Andryc Keira 6 Basketball SSDSS District Team
Takada Hannah 12 Netball SSDSS District Team
Mane Lachlan 6 AFL SSDSS District Team

House Competition

At the conclusion of Term 1, Joshua 3387 is leading Samuel 3214.

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. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday, 10th March 2021. 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!

Student Care and Wellbeing

Technology/Screen Time

It is amazing to think that our phones and many watches now have 100x – 10000x the computing power that took man to the moon. I hear stories of people gathering to watch the landing on the moon as not everyone had a TV. These days most households have up to 2 devices per person that people could be watching, in colour, whatever they want and whenever they want. Digital media, technology and screen time has increased significantly and has become a normal, and in some cases necessary, part of life.

So how do we manage this? How do we make sure that our children do not become mindlessly glued to the screen? Here are a few ideas to try out at home:

Create a plan

Sit down as a family and work out a plan. Write this down so you remember what it is you are trying to achieve and gain from this. Your child does not need to see the plan but it helps if you have a strategy. You can use the following as a guide for your plan.

What is your goal?

Is your goal with your child connection? How are you wanting to interact with your child? What example do you want to show them? Write down the goal you have with the screen time in your house both for adults and for children. What are you wanting to achieve?

Know your child and your values

What are your family values? What character traits do you want your child to have? What do you know about your child – what are their dislikes and likes, hobbies etc.? What can they handle and what is it that they struggle with? Some people have great self-control while others need to work harder at this. How does your child manage responsibility? What are their responsibilities? How can you increase their experience of responsibility ie. chores, attend training or other extra circular activities, plan or attend a family event or just enjoy the outdoors?

Set clear rules and boundaries

You are the adult and the parent. You make the final decision. Set clear rules around screen time use, such as:

  • Parent has access to spot checks on use, emails, text messages and other social media
  • Screen time occurs in public areas of the house (no bedrooms)
  • Screen time occurs after homework and chores are complete
  • Screen time may be reduced to weekends except for school work
  • Screen free time – plan this into your schedule (ie. Sunday afternoons)
  • Screens off an hour before going to bed – minimum at least 15mins ( this allows the brain to calm down and get into the right patterns for sleep)
  • Wi-Fi to be turned off by 10pm every night (if you can hit this goal you are probably doing a great job managing screen time responsibly).
  • Be consistent – Once you have established the family rules/guidelines with screen time STICK to them. No matter how you feel, this is a boundary that you have set up and your child needs to know they can trust your word. If they chose to fight this rule one afternoon, use the LOKOP one liners – Fun or room? If they consistently ask you for screen time, Yes, you can as soon as (add in the job or condition that you need to have met).
  • Age /Maturity appropriateness – There are ratings for a reason. Use these as a bench mark to work from and be aware of what they are wanting to play or watch. What works for one child may not for another. Just because their friends are playing this game or watching that show or movie does not mean that it is good/right or appropriate for them. Know what the level is for your child and work with that. Yes, it may be different for each child. They will say that is not fair, your answer could be – I know… probably so…
  • Stay up to date with their usage – What are they up to? What are they watching and what are they playing? Who are they talking with and to? What is that game about and what do you need to do in the game? So at the time I wrote this – the latest game craze at that moment was Fortnite. Now Fortnite is still in use but is not the latest, so what is? What is the rating for this game? Do you know what it is and what they need to do in this game? Regularly check and ask questions, even have a go yourself and make this a connection point with your child.
  • Know their school work – Keep informed about what tasks are required for their subjects. Sometimes they will need to access technology, but there are many tasks that do not require this. Parents can fall into the trap of thinking because their child is ‘studying’ they are using technology appropriately. This is a myth; study and exam week results in the highest incidents of online bullying across Australia. Why? Students are bored, easily distracted and stressed. This is a terrible combination for reacting negatively toward peers. During Weeks 8 and 9 of term please turn up the vigilance!!!
  • Communicate with your kids – Talk with your child. Ask them about their screen time. What are they doing, what game are they playing and what shows are they watching? What is it about or what do you need to do? Why is this fun to watch or play? Join in, sit down and watch with them for a moment, play the game with them or watch them play and ask questions. Be interested in their interests and their screen time activities.
  • 8:30am – 3.20pm – Whilst your child is at school they are required to use their technology for class work only. If a student needs to contact a parent they are required to phone them from Student Services. We ask parents to please refrain from texting their child during school hours.

For further information please check these out:

Parklands Christian College Technology Policy

Responsible Technology Use – Parklands’ Student Care and Wellbeing Google Site.

Coffee, Kids and Crazy podcast – Back to school and Screentime – By Loving on Purpose – Brittney Serpell.

Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner  – Information on online safety and screen time activities.

Common Sense Media – Check on ratings, content and storylines. Plus many other resources.

Cyber Safety Solutions – Learn about safety for your child whilst online.

Family Contracts for Screen time – Use one of their templates or just use this as a guide when you write your own!

Welcome to the adventure of building great relationships with your child around appropriate use of technology. Enjoy your time with your child teaching, modelling and monitoring the screen time world!

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.”

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons have been “humming” along nicely in Term 1, now with the exception of week 10. Your child’s Instrumental teacher may be in contact with you if they are able to teach a lesson online; otherwise lessons will resume in Term 2. Choir & Ensemble rehearsals are also cancelled for the final week of Term 1, but should resume in Term 2.

Ensembles & Choirs include:
–       Primary Junior Choir (Year 2 & 3)
–       Primary Senior Choir (Years 4-6)
–       Secondary Choir (Years 7-12)
–       Wind Ensemble (Years 4-12, woodwind, brass & percussion students with minimum 12 months experience)
–       Give It A Go! Band (Year 4, beginner band for woodwind, brass & percussion students in the GIAG programme)

All Choirs are open to students regardless of whether or not they’re having lessons, and no experience is necessary. The Give It A Go! Band is generally reserved for students in the Give It A Go! Programme as it caters for beginner students. Students wanting to play in the Wind Ensemble should consider having lessons either at school or outside of school to improve their skills.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

It’s been wonderful to see our next group of Give It A Go! students getting started this year! I’ve been hearing students making their first sounds & learning new notes, and it’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm in these budding musicians. Students need to make sure they are practising between lessons, starting with about 10-15mins per day. This will help them consolidate the skills they have gained in their lesson, and be ready for what’s next.

The next exciting step for these students is the Give It A Go! Band, which will commence rehearsals in Term 2 on Wednesday mornings at 7:30am. The first rehearsal will be Wed 21st April, in L5 on the lower level of the Student Services building.

There are a number of ways to be part of our growing Instrumental Programme – here’s how your child can be involved:

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

This is a one year beginner programme for Year 4 students, giving them the opportunity to learn a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument in small groups during school time. There is a one-off $400 levy for the year which covers all lessons & band rehearsals, a tuition book & use of a school instrument for one year. 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

Wow, and just like that, we have come to the end of the first term for 2021! Can you believe just how quickly time flies within the life of the school? We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and blessed Easter break. Take some time to celebrate Jesus and the meaning of Easter with your family.

We are really looking forward to starting next term with our annual Bush Dance with the boot-scootin’ “Beefa’s Bush Band”. Definitely a night full of so much fun, laughter and kicking those heels up for the entire family. This is a whole school community event. Invite all your family, friends and relatives, they are all welcome to attend. Save the date so you don’t miss out! Saturday 15th May 2021 – mark it in your calendar. The night will kick off at 5.30pm with a sausage sizzle and then from 6pm-8pm the live band. Admission is only $20 per family or $5 per person. Please note this is a no-alcohol event and parent supervision is required.

Our mission statement is: The Friendlies encourages harmonious and lifelong relationships within the Parklands parent body and school community. The committee provide opportunities for families to connect and fellowship at the various fundraising events they hold and serve at during the year. All money raised through these events is donated back to the College for the benefit of students. We would love for you to join with us in strengthening one another.

The Friendlies love to see new faces at our meetings. They are always open and welcoming to any families within our Parklands community. Our next meeting for 2021 will be on-site at school on Friday 7th of May at 3.45pm in room LL1 in the Prep area. We would love to see you there!

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

MiniRoos Clinic

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, first session will commence Monday, 19 April 2021
  • 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

Cert 3 in Education Support (teacher aide) course

EDS Yarrabilba

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. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday 10th March 2021. 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 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

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

In the lead up to Easter, I would like to reflect on what Easter might mean to us both as individuals, and as a community.  And I’m talking about the real Easter, not the hot cross bun, commercial version.  I’m talking about that time of year when we think about Jesus death and resurrection. No hype, no gimmicks, just the recorded historical account of the last days of Jesus.  I believe that Easter is the single most significant day on the Christian Calendar, and represents a time for us all to pause and consider what the cross really means.

The cross is a symbol that is easily recognized all around the world, and elicits many different spiritual responses. For me, when I see the cross, I observe a symbol of hope born from tragedy and sacrifice.  2000 years ago, the son of God hung on a Roman cross and died as a symbol of God’s great love for me, and all humanity.  It’s a confronting story, and I think it’s meant to be.  Jesus died, terribly (Matthew 27: 32-56).  Yet three days later He rose again (Luke 24).  It’s a story full of terror and joy both, yet it is ultimately a story of perfect love.

As I have read the Bible over the past 32 years, I have learned about a God who created the Universe and everything in it, and yet this same awesome and powerful God who is vast beyond human comprehension is intimately interested in my life, and concerned about me and my connection with Him.  He is so concerned in fact, that He sent a part of Himself to live and die among us so we might know His love and be in perfect relationship with Him. It sounds amazing and crazy right?

I didn’t always believe the stories of the Bible, let’s face it at surface level some of them are downright strange and miraculous.  I totally understand why some people look at the Bible in utter bewilderment or outright disbelief.  The stories are strange at first glance and defy logic. They are often logic bending, counter cultural, and just impossible.  Yet, I have come to believe that the collection of stories that make up our Bible are indeed miraculous and strange, and quite rightly so.  The author after all doesn’t play by the same rules of time and physics that we do.  The author of all creation has a few tricks up His sleeve, that won’t make sense until the story is ended and the narrative is complete.

Despite the amazing and the miraculous, what is clear to me is that God loves us.  It’s a perpetual theme of scripture that doesn’t let up for thousands of years.  God loves His people, that’s you and me.  He loves us no matter what we have done, thought or said.  And although the story of His son’s life and death seems improbable, and downright impossible, it happened and it changed the world. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son…” (John 3:16). God did this for you and me, and all of humanity, past present and future. And this miracle, this impossibility that defies logic is symbolized by a simple yet symbolically powerful cross. A symbol of love.

As we approach Easter, what does the cross mean to you?  I pray that we might all take the time to reflect on the Easter story and consider its meaning.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

SCHOOL ZONE, CAR PARK SPEED and VIGILANCE

A reminder to please obey the 40klm School Zone speed around the school as police officers will be monitoring this!

Please slow down to 20klm IN the property and drive very carefully through the school car parks, especially vigilant around the pedestrian crossing and drop off areas!

Students and parents are reminded to ONLY cross AT the pedestrian crossing and to “stop, look right, left and right” before walking over the crossing.

Can I ask that you take it for granted that, students will not do the correct thing, so be very careful around our car park areas! Please also remind your child to be careful with bags while moving between cars so as not to cause any marks or damage to cars!

We ask that parents only park in the designated car parks and NOT on the “No Parking” grass area at the top of Hillcrest Road for sporting events.

TOYS

Recently we seem to have lots of toys (dinky cars/trucks, teddies etc.) being brought to school. Please, can I ask that children do NOT bring toys or personal possessions to school? The reason for this school policy is that it causes problems when things get lost, broken, taken or cause disagreements when ‘swaps’ take place. The only time children can bring toys into school is for “show & tell” (items to be left in class) or if children have been asked to do so by teachers, as part of their learning.

BULLYING – No Way!!  Special DAY “National Day of action against Bullying – 19 March”

Here is an article I found very interesting and I would like to share it with you. It’s not that we have lots of bullying and negative behaviour at Parklands but rather to inform you so that we are all on the same page and speaking the same language about ‘bullying’ when it comes to talking to our children and dealing with teachers and the RTC!

“Bullying is a word that’s wrapped in emotion” – Michael Grose

For many people bullying is associated with bad childhood memories. It’s been estimated that around 40% of people have experienced some type of bullying in the past. The ghosts from the past are never far away for parents and can sometimes influence the way we react to current circumstances, including when our own children experience difficulties in their relationships inside or outside school.
Bullying is a terrible behaviour that affects children’s natural right to feel safe and secure. It can adversely affect their learning, emotional well-being, further peer relations and their sense of self.

Types of Bullying

Bullying should not be confused with teasing, rejection, random acts of violence or physicality and conflict. While children will often tease or fight, this bickering should not be confused with bullying.

Bullying is the “on going”, willful desire to harm others and it takes on many forms that include physical and emotional abuse, intimidation, harassment and exclusion. Bullying is about lack of power as one person is powerless to stop the teasing or physical abuse. Bullying is the selective, uninvited, repetitive ‘picking on’ of one person by another person or group.

It now has a well-publicised cyber-dimension which has moved the goalposts for many kids. In the past children could escape bullying behaviours they may have experienced by being at home. Cyber-bullying now means that kids can’t escape the bully like they once could.
Bullying is not the domain of one gender. Girls bully just as much as boys but they do it in less physical ways. While boys use physical intimidation or verbal abuse to show power, girls are more likely to use exclusion or verbal sarcasm, ‘put downs’ to assert themselves.

If you think, your child is being bullied.

If you think your child is being bullied then handle with care as children often don’t want to admit that they are on the receiving end of bullying. Ask them the probing questions like: How often does this happen? Who is doing this continual behaviour to you? Have you reported it to RTC and spoken to a / your teacher or Teacher Aide?”

We at Parklands don’t appreciate or tolerate ‘bullying’ and this sort of negative behaviour so encourage our students to use the FRIENDSHIP 8 ideas and also to report it to the teacher on duty, their class teacher OR the RTC, thereby allowing us to follow it up and deal with all parties concerned!

STUDENT COLLECTION AND PICK UP TIME

Our school hours are 8am – 3.30pm. We are unfortunately finding that several parents are taking advantage of the fact that students are brought up to Student Services after 3:30 but are still not arriving to collect their child/ren by 4pm.

Can we please ask that all students are collected by 3.30pm sharp or kindly advise Student Services of your late arrival?

Thank you for your support and understanding in this matter

PRIMARY STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected according to their merits and in accordance with our school CLEAR values.

Well done to these students for already showing leadership characteristics / initiative and for being chosen to represent our school!    They were represented with their badge at a special Leadership Assembly. We wish you well as you go about serving, leading and being ‘role models’ to others.

Captains:

Isabelle Blandford
Harrison Korger

Vice Captains:

Keira Andryc
Nate Lonergan

ART CAPTAIN:
Zoe Williams

MUSIC CAPTAIN:
Chloe Bobermien

LIBRARY CAPTAIN:
Kaitlyn Martin|
Evie Bartolic
Kate O’Callaghan

SPORT CAPTAINS:
Jack Finnila
Kobe Morgan

CHAPEL CAPTAINS:
Jessica Kent
Alex Davis

CLASS AMBASSADORS                                                     

  1. Mia Briggs
  2. Sibella Sharman
  3. Jake Leon
  4. Hayley Thomson
  5. Cristian Diaz
  6. Ava Hamilton
  7. Adrina MacKellar
  8. Benita Benu
  9. Nevaeh Rolls
  10. Jarrod Sampson
  11. Jenna Pannowitz
  12. Emmy Campbell
  13. Heinrich Van Dyk
  14. Chevy McNaught

We pray you have a wonderful year assisting and guiding students.

Middle School Co-ordinator

As our year continues into March, our journey through this year brings new and exciting developments.

Collaborative Centre

The relocation of our Collaborative Centre has been completed, and students and staff have taken up residency from the beginning of week 5. Full classes are now functioning in the space, and the building is the Pastoral Care home for year 9 students. Along with year 9, the Collaboration Centre houses our STEM and Engineering programs.

Our Humanities and Arts staff are also in the building, having moved in during week four. Altogether, the Collaboration centre services 15 staff at various times of the week, becoming a truly collegial space for teamwork for staff and students.

I have also found a new home with my office moving to the same building. I am looking forward to a closer connection with staff and students moving forward.

Further developments are happening with the creation of a pathway linking the Collaboration Centre with the Technology Shed and Baskerville Sports Centre.

Secondary Students in the Library

Our secondary students have been making use of the Library space during their break times. Students have been welcomed in during the second break, and have enjoyed the quiet retreat space and the opportunity to read, with students from years 7 to 12 accessing the many sitting spaces contained within.

Going forward, students in year 7 and 8 English are going to have specific English lessons held in the library space as we continue to build and promote the love of reading.

(We have staff enjoying the quiet space also!)

Assessment

As we enter the second half of term 1, there are going to be assessments that are due. A schedule of dates was sent home at the beginning of term, and due dates for assessments should also be found on the subject websites. Students are encouraged to list their assessments in their diaries and on their calendars.

Through Middle School, assessment is sent home for our core subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History/Geography

The opportunity is there for students to work on other assessments at home, but there is also class time given to their completion.

If students are struggling to complete assessment there are a number of strategies that could assist them:

  • Utilise class time wisely
    • Ask questions of the teacher when you are in the classroom with them
  • Email questions about assessment
  • Complete small pieces of the assessment progressively during your homework time
    • This will ensure that it is not a mammoth task just before the due date
  • Complete any drafts as though they are the final assessment
    • Drafts are useful for feedback. Make sure that the best effort is put into the draft stage. This will give the teacher the greatest understanding of the student’s progress, and provide meaningful feedback for their success.

An assessment journey is a reflection of learning. It is conducted over a long journey of experiences, with the end goal to be the improvement of student learning. We encourage students to complete their assessment to the best of their ability. We look for opportunity to celebrate their success and improvements, and we review assessment to look at progressing in the future.

Senior School Co-ordinator

The start to this academic year has been positive with students being settled and focused on their studies. With an increase in enrolments, our classrooms and outside areas seem busier than ever. It has been particularly exciting to welcome new senior students to the Parklands family and to see the transition of our Year 10’s into the senior phase of learning.

Some focus areas have been:

Our students:

On wearing school uniform correctly and with pride, on calm transitions and movement around the College, and on engagement in the classrooms.

Our relationships:

We value right relationship and want every student to know they are loved and welcomed. Partnerships with families are essential and we welcome parental involvement in your child’s learning journey.

Busy Days

We are heading towards the pointy end of the school term. The senior Pastoral Care teachers have been promoting study. Parents, please ask your child to view their study notes. In the new QCE system, it’s crucial that your child sets up and maintains effective routines for study habits to take place in their daily routines. QCAA recommends between 2-4 hours of study per subject, each week. Then, on top of this is homework and assignment completion.

Many may find themselves juggling school, work, family, church and extra-curricular responsibilities. Seniors have chosen senior study as their main vocation (rather than full-time work) so getting organised to use their time wisely and in a planned manner is key.

Parents, thank you for continuing to check your child has a weekly study routine and a regular study area that your child can withdraw to by habit, minimise distractions and where they can settle down quickly to organised and effective study.

Elevate Education Seminars – Study Sensei & Memory Mnemonics

Last week, Years 10-11 attended presentations by Elevate Education. These seminars were timed to assist your child to maximise their study techniques leading into the busy assessment time. The strategies can help improve study techniques, increase motivation, build confidence, and lift exam performance

Check out some of the resources at: https://au.elevateeducation.com/

Diary  Use

Senior students have been encouraged to use a personal diary on a daily basis, for keeping track of important dates. We recommend the “myHomework Student Planner” APP. This is optional, however, all students must have some form of personal diary (electronic or paper based).

Other areas to assist with being organised include:

  • Subject Websites

Weekly Overviews + Due Dates + Resources

Accessible through your child’s account, please ask them to log-in for you.

  • Year level Assessment Schedules

A snapshot of due dates emailed home early in each term. Please note, this can be subject to change.

  • Senior College Calendar

For live and up-to-date information on assessment and key dates, accessible through your child’s account.

A reminder, we have many before, during and after school tutorial sessions – a variety of free programs run by secondary staff who are passionate about supporting student learning.

There are parental permission forms, for before or after school workshops. One of the many and varied workshops is our Zenith Club, run on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and coordinated by Miss Abby Dixon. Zenith Club is supervised by a variety of teachers. Your child may request to have a particular teacher meet at Zenith, when requiring extra support.

One example is the Senior English Support @ Zenith – Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm in Voc3-5.

Mrs Ross offers a weekly tutorial for Senior English, Year 10-12 students. Your child can come with questions, assessment tasks etc that will help support their English studies.

There are many other teachers across all subjects meeting their students at Zenith, often on request.

Senior Support

If your child is feeling unsure about their Senior pathway or if you have any concerns with how your child is managing the senior load, please make a time to talk with the following staff.

We have a great team of supporters so your child can work towards their God-given potential and to know they don’t need to travel alone. There must be a balance between academic demands, involvements in extra-curricular activities as well as time for relaxation and enjoyment.

 

Pastoral Care (PC) teachers:

Julia Matthews:10a
Sister Monique Singh: 10b
Zachary Cunningham: 11a
Mercy Gunnampaty: 11b
Kristie Schulz: 12a
Tygue Crawford: 12b
Abby Dixon: Year 10 Coordinator
Elizabeth Lenton: Careers & Vocational Coordinator
Rebecca Wallis: Senior College Coordinator

We also have some amazing Social Workers, located in the RTC.

If you have any questions or concerns about Senior College, please make contact through the College office or via email at: rwallis@parklands.qld.edu.au

Blessings,
Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Coordinator of Senior College

Shave for a Cure Event

Shave for a Cure Event – Thursday 1st April

Promo Poster – Shave for a cure

Powerpoint size promo poster – Shave for a cure

Mr Leembruggen (Lead Teacher of HPE and Sports Coordinator in the Secondary college) is currently running a Shave for a Cure campaign, to raise awareness and funds for the Leukaemia Foundation after his son’s recent diagnosis.  The Year 12 cohort and the Lead Teachers in Secondary are pleased to host a very special a fundraising event on Thursday 1st April 2021, throughout the annual Cross-Country Carnival.  Throughout carnival day, four key activities will be occurring to raise money to contribute to Mr Leembruggen’s Shave for a Cure campaign.

Activity 1: Accessorise! During the cross country carnival this year, students are encouraged to add accessories to their outfit in the colours of ORANGE and BLUE, the colours of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.  Paint your nails blue, add orange ribbons or zinc!   To do this, students must bring a gold coin donation.

Activity 2: Food for sale! The Year 12 PC class will be selling a range of food items on the day!  Please see next page for a price list.  There’s no need to pre-order, and all who attend the carnival (spectators, students and staff) are welcome to purchase.

Activity 3: Coloured Hairspray! The PCC Outreach Club will be providing orange and blue hairspray options for $2.  Come and get some stripes, zig zags or polka dots!

Activity 4: Shave event! ALL the Lead Teachers and Year 12 PC Teachers in Secondary school have agreed to either shave or colour their hair in support of the campaign and the Leembruggen family – you’ll have to see who’s doing what on the day! Please use the link below to donate directly to the campaign, to sponsor Mr Leembruggen and the Lead Teachers.  Cash donations can also be made on the day to the Year 12 food tent.  Two professional barbers have kindly donated their time to complete this activity safety.  This activity will occur straight after the Cross Country carnival, on the top oval.  Bonus Activity: Mr Leembruggen will also be making a special appearance, and will be shaving his very long & scruffy grown beard as well!

Food Tent Price List:

  • Bacon & Egg Burger      $4.00
  • Sausage on Bread         $2.50
  • Drinks (soft drinks, poppers, water)  $2.00
  • Cookies $3.00
  • Lolly Bags $2.00
  • Coloured Hairspray $2.00
  • Please bring all gold coin donations to the Food Tent
  • Please bring any cash sponsorship for the Shave Event to the Food Tent

Pre-ordering is not necessary, just arrive on the day and purchase.  All spectators, students and staff are welcome to purchase from the Food Tent, which will be situated on the top oval from 8.30am.  All profits from this stall will be donated to Mr Leembruggen’s Shave for a Cure campaign. Use the link below if you would like to donate directly:

https://secure.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?RegistrationID=803260

For more information, please contact Kristie Schulz (Lead Teacher of Maths and Science in Secondary) at kschulz@parklands.qld.edu.au.

Primary News

Our very own Australian Girls Choir member

A big congratulations to Grace Pacurariu (Yr 4) for being selected into the Australian Girls Choir.

Grace has had a passion for music and singing since she was a little girl! Grace loved to sing and when she turned 4 years old, she started singing in church with her father. She enjoyed this so much her parents decided to take her to professional singing lessons and she started with ‘Musical Creators’ and also joined the Parklands Christian College choir.  Her passion and joy for music and people led her to decide to apply for a place in the Australian Girls Choir.

We are so happy and proud that she obtained a position in the Australian Girls Choir and know she will represent her parents and Parklands Christian School with pride – congratulations Grace!

Prep F

Prep F has had a funtastic start to the year! We have been learning our numbers 0-10 and even used the numbers on the fence on the oval to engage our number recognition. Our hands on learning of our letters and sounds each day has us exploring with natural materials such as leaves for Ll and using household materials such as shaving foam! One of our favourites is playdough which we use nearly everyday to help with strengthening our hand muscles with exercises before writing and even use it to practice our numerals. We love learning and are having loads of fun too!

Mrs Foster and Mrs Lowe

Year One

Year One has had a busy few weeks since swimming began in week 3!

We are all working well together and have really been enjoying our learning as a whole class, in small groups and as individuals!

We have investigated all things weather and seasons so far this term and kept a weather diary, noting our observations and thoughts as we went. We enjoyed talking about how things on earth and in the sky change between day and night and the children came up with some great examples to show what they know!

We’ve also been concentrating on sentence writing and are getting better at remembering our finger spaces. In Math we have been concentrating on numbers to 100 and enjoyed learning about addition. Math games are always a favourite!

Looking forward to sharing more about Term 1 next month!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis and Mrs Marsh

Year Two

Learning, laughing and living have all been in abundance in the Grade Two classrooms! The students have been engaging with a diverse range of activities while focusing their studies on Native Australian Animals, life cycles and the changes in objects from past to present.  Our Maths studies have been a revision of grade 1 concepts as well as rich enquiry tasks developing their problem solving skills. This term the students have been learning and applying their learning of google slides. Whilst doing so they have also been learning about online safety and how best to protect themselves and others while online. Our half way mark was capped off with a fabulous excursion to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where the students consolidated their learning while interacting with Australia’s unique fauna.

Year 6

This month Year 6 students have been learning all things leadership. Our students have enjoyed leadership challenges and character building teamwork in our camp at Burleigh Heads CYC. The students participated in kayaking, tubing, raft building and lots of hiking. Once we returned to school the students were selected for their leadership roles in the Primary School. We’d like to congratulate all recipients of a badge position on their new responsibilities. This year is building up to be a great year of growth and development for our all our Year 6 team.

National Day of Action

eSafety are offering a new parent webinar series in 2021 – eSafety’s guide to cyberbullying and online drama. We are encouraging parents in our school community to join one of the free webinars to learn how we can help young people develop the skills to be safer online.

esafety.gov.au/sid

Secondary News

National Day of Action

eSafety are offering a new parent webinar series in 2021 – eSafety’s guide to cyberbullying and online drama. We are encouraging parents in our school community to join one of the free webinars to learn how we can help young people develop the skills to be safer online.

esafety.gov.au/sid

Year 7 News

Year 7 are currently halfway through term one.

It feels crazy for me to say that, as it feels like we have just welcomed 60 new faces into our Secondary school, but our beautiful Year 7’s have been here for five weeks now.

During the first weeks of term, Year 7 have fearlessly worked towards being prepared for class, moving around the college campus and setting up homework and assignment structures at home. I have had many wonderful talks with students about their budding curiosity in their school subjects and have enjoyed watching the students feel the ‘spark of joy’ in their learning.

I have encouraged the year 7’s to continue to show our Year 7 motto and college values as they move into the busy assessment season of term. Please talk to your child about how they are going to be prepared for the upcoming busy weeks of term.

  • Do they need help with an assignment task?
  • Can you together set up an afterschool study structure?
  • Can you use Zenith Club on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon to complete some work, be tutored by our academic captains or meet with your teachers
  • Do they need to talk about their feelings before they can begin planning and working on assessment and setting up a study structure (sometimes a hug or some time of connection with a loved one is just what was needed before beginning a hard assignment)
  • What positive choices can they make to be a powerful person this term?
  • What positive choices can they make to help their peers be their best?

Study Tips from a Middle School Teacher

  1. Have a consistent safe place to study
  2. Don’t wait until the last minute
  3. Don’t rely on your memory (use tools to help you)

Note – More about this below

  1. Stay organised and don’t just shove everything into one book
  2. Use parents or peers to help you study
  3. Talk to an accountability partner about how you are going
  4. Ask for help, early!
  5. Prioritise school (think of the holidays as your reward)

Diaries

It has been fantastic to see the Year 7’s using their diaries in their lessons.

Please remember to look at your child’s diary in the afternoon and discuss what homework and assignments they have to complete. This is building their time management and organisational skills to prepare for Senior Schooling and the workforce.

Zenith Club

Miss Abby Dixon facilitates Zenith Club, an afterschool homework and study club where students have access to a safe, productive and quiet learning space to work on homework and assessment. Our teachers and Senior leaders volunteer their time to mentor and tutor younger students and assist them in preparing for their classes.

Zenith runs from 3.30 – 4.30pm in the Vocational Centre, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Miss Dixon can be emailed regarding this club adixon@parklands.qld.edu.au)

If you have any queries, you may contact us via the College office on 3380 4200 or via email at: abraun@parklands.qld.edu.au

Reference

A Teacher’s Ten Study Tips for Middle School Students

A Teacher’s Ten Study Tips for Middle School Students

Sport

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. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday 10th March 2021. 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!

Primary School Sport

Great start to the year for our Primary students. The Logan West Sport Cluster which runs our Gala day sport competition passed on a decision that Semester one would be an Intra-School competition. We started our Basketball and Touch Football house competition. During Semester one students will have the opportunity to participate in both sports and hopefully improve their skills and find a sport they prefer and enjoy. Semester two if everything goes to plan we will go out and start our Inter-School sport competition.

Primary USL

The introduction of Primary USL has given our students a great opportunity to play competitive sport. The selected Yr 5 and 6 students are doing a great job developing their touch football skills.

Girls Boys
Isabelle Blandford
Hannah Blote
Emmy Campbell
Amelia Drew
Jessica Ebert
Erin Germishuys
Tawana Mutambi
Sibella Sharman
Layla Timu
Ashleigh Tinson
Ashlee Wilson
Hayley Thomson
Mason Clayphan
Alex Davis
Cooper Harbourn
Harrison Korger
Lachlan Mane
Nate Lonergan
Caleb MacFarlane
Liam Tonges
Raphael Van Derloos
Heinrich Van Dyk
Zach Clausen

School Swimming Carnival

Great day with our 9 to 12 year old (Yr 3 to 6) students doing a great job in the water.

Primary Age Champions

Girl born 2012: Olivia Hyde and Charlotte Tam
Boy born 2012: Aiden Beulau
Girl born 2011: Amelia Drew
Boy born 2011: Oliver Reise
Girl born 2010: Chloe Bobermien
Boy born 2010: Brandon Bainbridge

There was some impressive times swam with students breaking a few of our school records.

NEW School Records

Boys 10 Year old 50m Freestyle- Oliver Reise: 39.69
Boys 10 Year old 50m Breaststroke- Oliver Reise: 1:04.69
Boys 10 Year old 50m Backstroke- Oliver Reise: 55.78
Boys 10 Year old 50m Fly- Oliver Reise: 1:00.84
Girls 11 Year old 50m Backstroke- Chloe Bobermien 47.47
Girls 11 Year old 50 m Fly- Chloe Bobermien 44.69

CSSAQ (Christians Schools Sport Association Queensland)

We have the CSSAQ swimming carnival coming up, which gives our students who qualified another opportunity to represent the school.

Representative Sport

The representative sport season has got a few of our Primary students representing Parklands at the regional level.

Southern Scorpion Representative Sport
Chloe Bobermien Swimming
Oliver Reise Swimming
Emmy Campbell Basketball
Keira Andryc Basketball
Lachlan Mane AFL

Term 1 is a big representative season for school sport with a lot of the sport trials coming up in the next few weeks. Looking forward to giving more students an opportunity to represent our awesome school and the chance to make a Southern Scorpion team.

Message from Mr. Werner

It has been awesome starting the year with the Yr 1 to 6 students taking part in the school swimming program and my preps having their PE lessons.

Thank you parents I have received some awesome emails about students participating in outside school sport and doing a great job, keep them coming. If you have any questions or concerns about PE lessons or representative sport please feel free to email cwerner@parklands.qld.edu.eu.

Student Care and Wellbeing

On Friday the 19th of March, Parklands joined with many other schools around Australia to promote the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

Our college believes that when we work together as a community, a great deal can be done to prevent bullying and to protect students. Engagement from all staff, students and families is central to preventing bullying and creating a school climate of respect and inclusion.

We would like to thank you for your participation in helping promote these values. Here are some ways that you can help us tackle issues of bullying.

Report concerns to the Student Care & Wellbeing Team

Here is the process for reporting an incident or concerns:

  1. Student or teacher informs the Student Care & Wellbeing team that an incident has occurred. This is best done ASAP after the incident. The longer the timeframe is between an incident and the SC&W Team being informed, the harder it is for quick, positive resolution.
  2. SC&W Team will request student/s to complete an incident report (where appropriate).
  3. Support is given to the student/s involved in the incident and their physical and emotional wellbeing addressed.
  4. In every circumstance where an incident is reported, a thorough investigation is completed. This includes speaking with the student/s involved, any witnesses and the referring teacher.
  5. An outcome of the investigation is reported to a Head of School.
  6. The student/s are then provided the opportunity to work on a resolution. This may include completing a Responsible Thinking Plan, an apology letter, a support session with a social worker, referral to friendship skills masterclass conflict resolution program, a Head of School discussion or referrals to external support services.

Stay involved and educated

  1. Participate and/or encourage your children to participate in the programs that are on offer in our school (see side column).
  2. Talk to your children about effective, kind and appropriate ways to manage conflict such as referring to our Friendship 8 poster.

For more information on our College Student Bullying Policy, please find this on our website:

http://parklands.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/3.60-Policy-Student-Bullying.pdf

The Student Care and Wellbeing Team Mission:

To connect, honour, and equip the Parklands community through love.

Some of the support on offer:

  • Strength and Shine – Yr 5 & 9
  • Resilient ME+YOU
  • HeartSmart
  • Learning 4 Life
  • Seasons – Grief and Loss
  • LoKoP – Parental Course
  • Masterclass – Parent’s Workshops
  • Friendships Skills Master Classes – student sessions
  • Individual Wellbeing Sessions – brief intervention
  • Classroom visits
  • Presentations
  • Allied Health referrals
  • Parent Resource Library
  • Mentoring
  • Operation Snippet

Important links

Bullying. No Way! bullyingnoway.gov.au

eSafety young people esafety.gov.au/young-people

eSafety Guide esafety.gov.au/esafety-guide

eSafety Report esafety.gov.au/report

Kids Helpline kidshelpline.com.au

eHeadspace headspace.org.au/eheadspace

Youth Law Australia yla.org

 

The Friendlies

We are really excited to announce that our annual Bush Dance is coming up with the Boot scootin’ “Beefa’s Bush Band”. Definitely a night full of so much fun, laughter and kicking those heels up for the entire family. This is a whole school community event. Save the date so you don’t miss out! Saturday 15th May 2021 mark it in your calendar. The night will kick off at 5.30pm with a sausage sizzle and then from 6pm-8pm the live Band. Admission is only $20 per family or $5 per person. Please note this is a non-alcoholic event and parent supervision is required.

The Friendlies love to see new faces at our meetings. They are always open and welcoming to any families within our Parklands community. Our first meeting for 2021 will be on Friday 5th March at 6.45pm at Park Ridge Maccas. We would love to see you there!

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

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. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday 10th March 2021. 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 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

 

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

I know I write about this every year, but I just love our Back to School BBQ and events like it.  For those who didn’t attend, on Monday afternoon we had almost 200 parents plus children descend on the College to connect with our community and catch-up with staff.  Our student leaders and volunteers served food and drinks while staff caught up with parents for an unhurried chat outdoors. We don’t often get chances like these to just socialize, and I appreciate these relaxed moments to simply get to know people better.

Toward the end of every year, I conduct many, many enrolment interviews and welcome dozens of new students to Parklands. During these interviews I get a brief snapshot into the lives of our prospective students and their families. It’s wonderful to be able to re-connect with these families in the New Year and see their children in our uniform happily playing with new friends. And it’s also nice to see our new families finding new friends and connecting with our culture.

This year, we are cautiously planning to conduct all of our favorite events that our community have grown to love.  These events are designed to connect staff, students and parents as well as promote friendships between long term and new families.  An increasing number of our students study at Parklands for up to 13 years, representing a solid amount of time in which to invest in relationships and belong to our community. I invite all of our families to come to as many events as you can and find a place at Parklands.

2021 has already come with its share of challenges.  A COVID-19 vaccine is just around the corner, but it may be a while yet before we see our nation safely vaccinated.  To this end, I invite us all to be vigilant, stay safe and keep healthy.  Please be mindful of restriction in our community, and play your part to keep us and our school safe.  Parents, whenever you are on site, please keep socially distanced and wash your hands.  Drop and go as much as possible, and if you or your children are sick, please stay home.

I look forward to seeing you all throughout the year.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email me or make an appointment.  I am out and about most mornings, welcoming students as they start their day.  Feel free to find me as I wonder around, I welcome the connection.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

Welcome back, I trust you took the opportunity to meet the Primary teachers at the Back to School BBQ, to ‘settle in’ and become accustomed to Parkland’s processes and procedures?

A special ‘Welcome’ to all our new parents and students. If unsure about anything, please feel free to ask a teacher, TA, Student Services, RTC or myself.

ROSIA RD CARPARK and DROP OFF AREAS

In wishing to keep all our students safe, here is a reminder of what we do to make the “Drop Off”’ process easier, quicker and more practical for parents:                                                                                                                                                         In order to speed up the PREP drop off & sign in, we ask parents to pull into the ‘Prep drop off bays’ just in front of the Prep classes, where staff and Year 6 leaders will be present to assist ‘Preppies’ get bags out and then escort them directly into class.  A teacher at the stairs, with class lists will sign in your prep child without you even having to get out of the car! The Prep student will then follow their day’s procedure once ‘signed in’ and in the classroom!

All Year 1-6 students and parents will follow the “normal” drop off or parking procedures where students can individually walk up or be escorted up to the undercover area by parents once they have parked in the lower car park bays.  If using the Drop Off Area just past the Pedestrian Crossing, please don’t leave your car or park in any of these Drop Off bays. Parents are reminded not to drop off students on the bend near the top exit gate of the Rosia Rd Car Park. If crossing the internal road, please only cross at the Pedestrian Crossing!

ALL student pick up is as per the usual procedure, where parents may park in any available bay and go and collect students from Prep to Yr. 6 Classrooms or Playground. Students are asked to remain in the Undercover Area until 3.30pm unless collected by a guardian or older sibling.                                                                                                                    Please drive slowly (20klm) and carefully through the school car parks, especially vigilant around the pedestrian crossing! Remind students to be careful with bags while moving between cars so as not to cause any marks or damage!

Morning and afternoon procedures

On arrival in the morning, students are to put their bags in the port racks outside their classroom and then make their way to the supervised Undercover Area where they can play games and be ready for the start of day.

In the afternoon students can be collected, signed out on the iPads from 2.30pm onwards in the Undercover Area.

We ask that no students leave the Undercover Area on their own, without a guardian or older sibling BEFORE 3.30pm.

Morning Tea and Lunch Procedures

In wishing to give students the opportunity to eat and play through their day, we’ve extended the morning break time to match lunch, being 30 minutes. Students will sit and eat their food in the Undercover Area for 15 minutes before being released to go and play for the remainder of both breaks.

Uniforms

Can we please ask that you assist us in ensuring the students are correctly dressed in the right uniform each day? We don’t wish to experience students wearing their sport uniforms when not required or to mix and match their academic with sport uniforms. If unsure about uniform items or correct uniform requirements, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, TA, the RTC or check the school’s website.

Would you please be so kind as to ensure that ALL uniform items, lunch and water bottles are clearly labeled with the student’s name?

Communication

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

  1. Teachers ask that IF you have a concern or question about class work, assignments, class process or procedure, class bahaviour, calendar events etc. that you please contact the teachers directly. They are your first port of call!
  2. If you require information about specialist lessons, please contact the following specific staff members directly:
    HPE – Mr. Werner,
    Music – Mrs. Patane,
    Art – Mrs. Bazley,
    Library – Mrs. Jill Kerr
    Student Services – Mrs. Oxley or Mrs. Abolins
    RTC & LE – Mr. Crawford, Mrs. Broughton, or Mrs. Jo Anderson
  3. If you wish to discuss a matter further after having spoken to the relevant teacher, would you kindly then contact me through Student Services?

AUSLAN (LOTE – Language other than English)

We are very excited to announce the continuation of AUSLAN (sign language) in Years 5 to 8 at Parklands. Dr. Beth Tailby, a completely DEAF, very accomplished Auslan teacher will be presenting lessons to the Primary Yr. 5 & 6 students on a Thursday for a semester each.

Students will learn the alphabet, numbers etc. and the basic art of being able to sign!

 Protecting our Anaphylactic students

‘Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction which is potentially life threatening. It should always be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment! Most cases of anaphylaxis occur after a person with a severe allergy is exposed to the allergen to which they are allergic – usually a food, insect sting or medication’.

The intent of this article is to assist in preventing anaphylaxis and to provide advice for minimizing the risk of anaphylaxis at Parklands, including our “Before and After School Hours Care facility”.

On advice from Anaphylaxis Australia, we do not have a ‘total Nut-Free school’ because there are so many different allergens such as dairy and some fruits, the total focus cannot only be on nuts.

Of course we wish to do all we can to protect those students who could have an Anaphylactic reaction so we at school have put in steps / measures to protect them and this is what we ask parents to do to assist us.

  • We ask that IF possible, you kindly avoid sending in:
  • Any fresh nuts
  • Muesli bars or biscuits that list nuts as an ingredient
  • Packages of mixed fruit that contain nuts
  • Talk to the teacher before sending food to school for parties.
  • If your child eats peanut butter before school, please make sure they wash their hands before coming to school.

Products with a “may contain traces of nuts” warning is ok to bring to school but just should not be shared. In this instance, also remind students to wash their hands after eating such products! Thank you for your understanding, patience, flexibility and support in this regard.                                                 Please don’t hesitate to ask a teacher or staff member if there is ANYTHING you need clarified!

Looking forward to a great year of working together!

Thank you

Head of Middle School

Welcome back to a great year. All students are now on site and working through timetabled lessons after our orientation programs have been completed. It is great to see year 9 back after their camp, which was a great success.

Year 9 Camp

Camp was a great experience for the students. We had 76 students enjoying the fun and challenge of the Bornhoffen Camp grounds for three days – great way to spend the first three days of Year 9.

Students got to experience Abseiling, High Ropes, Team Building activities, Low Ropes course, and a Creek Walk activity through rocks and rapids. Students were challenged to push themselves past fears of heights, and to work together to successfully navigate various obstacles and challenges.

Alongside this were the evening games of Spotlight and Sardines, and the creation and cooking of damper through the middle of intermittent rain. (A massive thank you to Mr Braun for braving the rain to save the fire and the damper). The cook-up was a great success in the end.

A special thanks to the staff who assisted with the camp. Mrs Folcher, Mrs Harder, Mrs Crook, Mr Prevett, and especially Mr Braun for leading the camp. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Communication with Teachers

It is important to keep open lines of communication regarding the learning journeys of your children. We, as a college, are here to assist your child’s learning to the best of our ability. But it is a team effort. You know your child best, and we are here to work with you for the best outcomes.

If you need to contact a teacher, the best method is an email directly to them. If you have questions or concerns regarding homework, assessment, or student progress, please feel free to email and our teachers will be only too happy to answer.

There will be two sessions this year to be able to connect with your child’s teachers in person: beginning of term 2 and term 3. I would encourage you to take the time when this occurs to meet with the teachers and discuss together the pathway to success that you can help us to create.

Year 9 Subjects

Our year 9 students start the journey of elective subjects this year – subjects which they have chosen to suit their own personal learning journey. Sometimes these selections can be made incorrectly, and a realisation comes that ‘I wish I was in a different subject’. Students have until the end of week 3 (Feb 12) to submit a change-of-subject form and talk with me about their change of subject. This form requires a parent signature also, so they will talk with you about it.

Students will be notified of the approval via email, and will be free to attend the new subject from that point onwards. Past the cut-off date, students are committing to a full semester of study, with the next opportunity for change available in the beginning of term 3 (July).

Primary News

National Day of Action

eSafety are offering a new parent webinar series in 2021 – eSafety’s guide to cyberbullying and online drama. We are encouraging parents in our school community to join one of the free webinars to learn how we can help young people develop the skills to be safer online.

esafety.gov.au/sid

Year One

Welcome to our 2021 school year!

We had an amazing first week! Although it was short, it was a perfect start to help the Year 1’s settle back into school life.
We are so looking forward to what this year holds and cannot wait to be a part of your child’s learning journey.
We will have lots to learn throughout the year and hope to encourage your child to love learning as they reach their personal goals!
Our start to Year 1 involved learning new classroom routines and getting to know each other through small group games and activities. This term, we will be learning all about Families – Past and Present, weather and seasons and healthy living all the while, extending our oral, and written vocabulary and reading fluency and accuracy.
We can’t wait to show you all we learn along the way!
Take care!
the Year One Team!

Secondary News

National Day of Action

eSafety are offering a new parent webinar series in 2021 – eSafety’s guide to cyberbullying and online drama. We are encouraging parents in our school community to join one of the free webinars to learn how we can help young people develop the skills to be safer online.

esafety.gov.au/sid

Year 7 News

Year 7 have officially started the academic year!

This year as a part of orientation, students, their Pastoral Care teachers, Mr. Elvery, Mrs. Braun, as well as the student’s main subject teachers had two days of connection, learning about Secondary school and fun.

The students, in their Pastoral Care classes participated in activities designed to form connections and bond as a class and cohort, as well as establish powerful relationships with their teachers. They went on a scavenger hunt around the college with Mr. Elvery, played games and bonded with their Pastoral Care teacher and discussed their goals for the year and received their Year 7 wristband with Mrs. Braun.

The students were also immersed in the setting up of iPads, learning to use their new college diary and the processes and daily organisation needed in Secondary.

Being organised and prepared for class can be a struggle for many Year 7 students. Previously, they may have had a tidy tray or place in a single classroom to keep their belongings. Whereas, now they are moving around classrooms, carrying materials required for a morning, middle and afternoon session, and remembering different subject requirements for different days.

Some ideas to help organise your child are to:

  • Have an area set aside for school items
  • Only pack for what is needed for the day
  • Have a separate box for books and texts not used that day
  • Label all items
  • Have the timetable and booklist on display
  • Pack the night before
  • Talk to your child about how being organised is a healthy habit and skill that can be transferred to their sport team, music lesson, part-time job and life in the coming years. Not just a chore you use for school.

Being organised is a skill and healthy habit that takes time and a lot of practice. You child will need a lot of help, a lot of reminders and a lot of love to develop this skill.

Thank you to the many parents and students who attended the annual Back to School Barbeque on Monday night. It was wonderful to meet and connect with so many families within our college.

If you have any queries, you may contact us via the College office on 3380 4200 or via email at: abraun@parklands.qld.edu.au

Mrs. Alanah Braun
Year 7 Coordinator

Student Care and Wellbeing

Understanding the Responsible Thinking Classroom

A lot of us grew up with detention in school – I know I did. Detention is typically a place where a student will sit for a period of time and a) do nothing, b) write lines, c) pick up rubbish or some other task under supervision. Usually these tasks have very little learning attached to them and is more about wasting a student’s own time for their misconduct.

As an RTP Facilitator, one of the misconceptions that I often hear is that the RTC is for “naughty” students and sometimes the RTC is perceived as a “detention” for these naughty students to come and be punished. When one looks from the outside in, with little education or understanding around the RTC, I understand how people can perceive the RTC to be this way. A child demonstrates a disruptive behaviour and leaves the classroom to attend the RTC due to this. Sounds like detention or punishment right? Wrong.

Detention has a negative connotation attached to it, where the RTC rather, is a space for students to learn responsibility, self-control and to devise strategies for positive life choices. It is very different to a detention as the student is thinking, self- reflecting, learning to think from another person’s perspective and developing a plan for future.

Where staff would usually supervise a detention, the RTP Facilitators exist to provide emotional support, to positively challenge and coach students through this process and then support them to re-engage in class and put their plan into place. Very different to detention.

To find out more about the responsible thinking process please go to our website at http://parklands.qld.edu.au/behaviour-education-rtp/

The Friendship 8

Conflict is a normal part of life. Teaching our kids how to resolve some of these friendship conflicts at school can be as simple as practicing these 8 steps:

How can you help your child resolvefriendship concerns?

Encourage them to try the ‘Friendship 8’

Ask them to let you know how they went and praise them for successfully putting these strategies into practice.

Remind your child about the importance of forgiveness and moving on.

Encourage your child to talk to their teacher if they have tried these friendship steps and still have been unable to resolve it.

If your child has been through these steps OR the seriousness warrants, encourage your child to report to the RTC.

Snippets

Throughout the term teachers send the RTP Facilitators positive feedback about students via our Operation Snippet initiative. Staff members can also be sent snippets from other staff, students and parents. If you would like to honour any staff member in the school for their hard work please send a snippet to rtc-staff@parklands.qld.edu.au or ajackman@parklands.qld.edu.au and we will make sure that it is passed on as a lego block.

Here are some great snippets we have had the privilege of giving to a student and staff member.

“This student did an excellent job reading this morning during a reading comprehension assessment. I am proud of the effort he gave to both his reading and to trying words he did not recognise.”

“Thank you for all of the time and effort you give to your staff. I feel grateful for the support that you give to me personally and I’m sure that many others feel the same. Thank you for your kindness and for seeing the best in people. It’s a pleasure working with you.”

Thank you for supporting this initiative and for helping us build each other up.

Silent Signals

The Silent Signals are a way for our primary students to silently communicate with their classmates and teachers during class, without disrupting the lesson. Students may ask their teacher a question using the rocket hand, ask to go to the toilet or ask their neighbour to please be silent so they can listen. We encourage our students to try these out and you may even like to practice these at home. Talk to your child today if you would like to practice the Silent Signals at home.

Scroll down to see examples of the silent signals students have created to help them communicate with each other and the teacher more effectively.

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.”

Welcome again to 2021! This year promises to be another year of growth & excitement in the Parklands Instrumental Music Programme as we welcome our new Give It A Go! students and continue to encourage our existing students to continue to learn & grow. There are lots of ways for your child to be involved in music at Parklands, and our prayer is that they would learn not only the technical skills of playing instruments & singing, but that they would also come to do what the above verse says, making music in their hearts to the Lord. What better way to live!

Lessons & Rehearsals

Most Instrumental music lessons have commenced in week 2 of Term 1, with the exception of Give It A Go! lessons which will commence in week 3. Choir & Ensemble rehearsals are also beginning in the first few weeks of Term 1, again with the exception of the Give It A Go! Band which will commence in Term 2. Primary Choirs & Wind Ensemble will commence in week 3, while Secondary Choir is scheduled to begin in week 2.

Ensembles & Choirs include:

–       Primary Junior Choir (Year 2 & 3)
–       Primary Senior Choir (Years 4-6)
–       Secondary Choir (Years 7-12)
–       Wind Ensemble (Years 4-12, woodwind, brass & percussion students with minimum 12 months experience)
–       Give It A Go! Band (Year 4, beginner band for woodwind, brass & percussion students in the GIAG programme)

All Choirs are open to students regardless of whether or not they’re having lessons, and no experience is necessary. The Give It A Go! Band is generally reserved for students in the Give It A Go! Programme as it caters for beginner students. Students wanting to play in the Wind Ensemble should consider having lessons either at school or outside of school to improve their skills.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

We’re excited to be welcoming our next group of Give It A Go! students this year. Emails will be going home to Year 4 students in the next few weeks with more information, but this is an exciting development in our Give It A Go! Band Programme. If you or your child are interested in being a part of this programme, please read the point 1 below regarding costs & inclusions.

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

–       Flute
–       Clarinet
–       Saxophone
–       Trumpet
–       Trombone
–       Percussion (includes drums, auxiliary & mallet percussion)

There are a number of ways to be part of our growing Instrumental Programme – here’s how your child can be involved:

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

This is a one year beginner programme for Year 4 students, giving them the opportunity to learn a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument in small groups during school time. There is a one-off $400 levy for the year which covers all lessons & band rehearsals, a tuition book & use of a school instrument for one year. 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

It was fantastic being able to see so many families last week as they dropped their kids back to school. Such a great way to start the year having a 3-day week to ease the kids back into those early wake-up calls! They all seemed to settle quickly back into the school routine.

I love how our community really is able to connect together at events like the “Back to School BBQ”. There were so many new families and heaps of familiar faces there that we were able to say hello and have a chat with. Having a strong connection with each other is what our school is all about. Apart from learning of course!

 The Friendlies meetings are always open and welcoming to any families within our Parklands community. If you would like to be kept updated on all things Friendlies just email friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au

Keep Smiling
The Friendlies Team

Community Notices

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

 

Principal’s Message

Celebrating 20 Years

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2021 Academic Year.  Amidst the busyness and bustle of welcoming back our students this year, Parklands Christian College will turn 20 years old! Throughout the year, we will be celebrating turning 20 by remembering our foundations and the people and events that touched our lives throughout our history. I am excited and privileged to be able to tell our story and to remember pioneers and milestone that contributed to the wonderful College we have today.

With 44 students, a handful of faithful teachers and staff, and a desire to serve the families of Logan City, Parklands opened its doors in January 2001. In the first few years, our fledgling school operated from within the facilities of Parklands Christian Church, our neighbour and partner in ministry.

Over the next 20 years, Parklands acquired land of its own and served our local community faithfully, expanding its enrolled number of students to 750 across 2 streams P-12, with in excess of 125 staff.  To this day, it is the desire of the College to reach more of our local community, and serving the increasingly diverse and complex needs of children, young people and their families in Logan City.

It has always been our desire to understand the needs of our local community and provide programs and facilities that connect with our community.  In alignment with the demographic, interests and needs of our local population, and in consultation with our partner church ministry which has served Logan since 1984, we continue to develop a school that provides a quality education and:

  • Vocational Education & Training
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Performing Arts

As our site grows and develops, we praise God for His provision and faithfulness, and we are proud to serve our community in His name.  Furthermore, we are committed to provide a school environment that celebrates diversity and cares for its students, staff and families.  We trust that over the next 20 years, as our community grows and our site develops, that Parklands would continue to be a place where countless families will find a great education in a community full of love, acceptance and care.

Gary Cully
Principal

2021 Academic Year

As you return to our site in week 1, you may notice a few exciting changes around our site.  As we prepare for our future building program, we have removed three demountable buildings, two of which have been placed on Church property.   Our BSC floor is also getting a face-lift, as did our tech shed, and a BMX track receiving its finishing touches down near the dam, below the Cully Hospitality Centre. It’s been a busy holiday break, and there are a few more things to do throughout the year.

As we re-start the school year, we are mindful that COVID-19 is still a presence in our community, and as such we will need to be vigilant, stay healthy and be prepared to act should a future lock-down and disruption impact our community.  Please stay up to date with the latest health information, and College community updates.

I look forward to seeing you all on site soon.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

As the students would say; “Only a few more sleeps to go to the start of school”

I trust you have had a blessed festive season, a good school holiday and are looking forward to the start of the school term?

COVID Plans

As per QLD Government Health requirements, this year again we are asking that parents not come on campus, unless absolutely necessary – excluding the First Day! We do understand that parents will be dropping off their children’s stationery boxes and taking students to new classrooms, so need to come on site (of course!).

Apart for Prep and all new parents, we are asking that parents kindly just drop off their children in the car park “drop off area”, like they did last year and then look to leave at your earliest convenience.

Parent Class Assistance and Support will not be encouraged at the start of the year, until we know more about the Covid plans, prescribed by QLD Health.

As swimming is off site, and the Aquatic Centre has their own COVID process and procedures, parents are allowed and encouraged/asked to offer their time, support and assistance!

ALL the ‘normal’ Covid plans and procedures of WASHING HANDS regularly, using hand sanitisers, PHYSICAL DISTANCING, keeping your child home IF they are sick and getting COVID TESTED will again be enforced this year, to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Thanking you in anticipation for your understanding and support in this regard.

Staffing

I hereby wish to inform you of the following staff changes this year:

Louise McNabb has resigned to take up a position at her Church in Youth ministry. Mrs Hannah Swanborough, an amazing CHC student and past intern, will replace her in Yr. 2.

Daniel Patane was approached and has accepted a position at Faith Christian School of Distance Education. He’ll be replaced by Mrs Sharlene Bowater, a wonderful and regular supply teacher with us.

Clara Needs, after having been at Parklands for both her schooling life and then 10 years of teaching, has decided to have a break and change of direction for her career. She’ll be replaced by Mrs Melissa Wilson, who’ll go into Yr. 3 while Mr. Simon Ashley moves to Yr. 5.

Ben Lewis, was approached by Westside Christian College, where he previously went to school and worked, to come back and accept a Secondary PE teaching position. Mr Chase Werner has been appointed to take Primary Sport and PE to the next level.

Timetable changes this year

Primary Chapels have been moved to a Wednesday afternoon and will hopefully resume sometime soon again when Government COVID restrictions are relaxed. We will inform parents and students of the occurrence, once we know more.

Term 1 PE Swimming Lessons for Years 1-6 will now take place in weeks 3-8 on a Monday for Yr. 3, 4 and 5 and on a Tuesday for Yr. 1, 2 and 6.

Prep swimming lessons will take place in term 3.

We again will not have Morning Assemblies in the Under Cover Area and students are asked to be collected directly from classrooms at 3.10pm of an afternoon (unless picked up during Structured Play time).

Class Placement

If not yet, very shortly you should be receiving the teachers ‘Welcome Letter’ informing you who your child’s teacher will be. If you haven’t received this informative email by Monday 25th Jan, would you please contact Nancy Abolins on 33804200 or via email on nabolins@parklands.qld.edu.au

“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.                                                                                                                                        Staff spend an enormous amount of time praying and working through the issues involved with class placements and in trying to ensure that students are with the right teacher and 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. Please bear in mind that friendships aren’t the main reason for class placements, being with the teacher that best suits their learning style is the key factor!

A reminder, 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 your child’s teacher as they look to care for and meet the needs of each student.

Thank you for your understanding and support in this regard and look forward to seeing a wonderful working relationship develop between teacher, student and parent!

Rosia Rd Carpark and Drop Off Areas

Here is a reminder of what we do to make the ‘Drop Off’ process easier, quicker, efficient and more practical for parents:  In order to speed up the PREP drop off & sign in, we ask parents to pull into the ‘drop off bays’ just in front of the Prep classes, where staff and Grade 6 leaders will be present to assist ‘Preppies’ get bags out and then escort them directly into class.  A teacher at the gate, with class lists will sign in your prep child without you even getting out of the car! The Prep student will then follow their normal day’s procedure once ‘signed in’ and in the classroom!

All Grade 1-6 students and parents will follow the “normal” drop off / parking procedures and students can individually walk up or be escorted up to their classroom/undercover area by parents once they have parked in the lower car park bays.  Please don’t leave your car or park in any of the Drop Off bays past the Pedestrian Crossing. ALL student pick up is as per the usual procedure, of being collected from classrooms at 3.10pm, unless collected during Structured Play time.    Please drive slowly (20klm) and carefully through the school car parks, especially vigilant around the pedestrian crossing! Thank you for your understanding, patience, flexibility and support in this regard.

Uniforms

Students will be informed (according to their time table) as to which days they need to wear Sport or Academic uniform! Can we please ask that you assist us in ensuring the students are correctly dressed in the right uniform each day? If unsure about uniform items or correct uniform requirements, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, the RTC / Uniform Store staff or check the school’s website.

Would you please be so kind as to ensure that ALL uniform items, lunch bottles/boxes are clearly labelled with the student’s name?

Primary School First Day Procedure – Wednesday 27th January

  1. Arrive and make your way to your child’s classroom (see map below)
  2. Drop your child’s bag off at their classroom, say ‘Goodbye’ and leave OR
  3. Meet their teacher and or teacher aide
  4. Try leaving the classroom as soon as possible, if your child is happy
  5. If your child is distressed, follow the teacher’s lead in settling them, supporting them and then leave.
  6. Parents are invited to take your child home IF too distressed.
Year Teacher
Prep F Mrs Kerry Foster
Prep H Mrs Sarah Hope
Yr 1 C Mrs Kelly Clausen
Yr 1 D Mrs Dayna Davis
Yr 2 K Mrs Julie Koplick
Yr 2 S Mrs Hannah Swanborough
Yr 3 K Mr Joshua Kennedy
Yr 3 W Mrs Melissa Wilson
Yr 4 B Mr Michael Bradshaw
Yr 4 S Mrs Sharlene Bowater
Yr 5 A Mr Simon Ashley
Yr 5 E Mrs Lisa Edwards
Yr 6 B Mrs Jessica Bourchier
Yr 6 H Mr Mark Holman

Please note first day procedures are subject to change due to current Government COVID-19 health guidelines

Sport

United Sports League (Secondary)

This year we will be starting a United Sports League with several other schools from around the region. Details are as follows.

When: Weeks 3-9, Monday afternoons

Divisions: Juniors (7/8), Intermediate (9/10), Senior (11/12) boys and girls team for each division

Time: Games will start at approximately 3:45pm. Up to 3 rounds if needed.

United Sports League (Primary)

When: Weeks 3-9, Thursday afternoons

Divisions: Primary (Year 5/6)

Time: Games will start at approximately 3:45pm

Students will need to trial for USL touch. The same team will be used for the CSSAQ touch football competition in March. Year 7/8 will trial on Week 1 during Wednesday afternoon sport. Year 9-12 will trial in Week 2 during Wednesday afternoon sport.

Wednesday Sport

During Wednesday sport this term, the USL touch football teams will be training. Seniors will be off campus for recreational activities. Year 7-9 will be doing sport rotations in the BSC and outdoor courts.

Swimming Carnival

Week 2 – Tuesday 2 February at Parkinson Aquatic Centre. Please see the home comm for more information.

Check out our PCC Sport website for a full calendar of sporting events.

Staff

We welcome Mr Chase Werner as our new Primary PE teacher.

Mr Daniel Millward is acting Lead Teacher of PE and Sport as Mr Joshua Leembruggen will be on leave.

Extra Curricular Training

Fitness – 7:30 – 8:15am Monday & Friday with Mr Max Volau

Gym – Tuesday & Friday 7:30-8:15am with Mr Millward (Year 10-12)

Wednesday 4:30 – 4:30pm Girls Only with Mrs Harder (Year 10-12)

 

 

Student Care and Wellbeing

1. Jan 2021 Meet our Team for 2021

PCC Instrumental Music

Welcome to 2021! This year promises to be another year of growth & excitement in the Parklands Instrumental Music Programme as we welcome our new Give It A Go! students and continue to encourage our existing students to continue to learn & grow. There are lots of ways for your child to be involved in music at Parklands.

Lessons & Rehearsals

Most Instrumental music lessons will commence from week 2 of Term 1, with the exception of Give It A Go! lessons which will commence in week 3. Choir & Ensemble rehearsals will also begin within the first few weeks of Term 1, again with the exception of the Give It A Go! Band which will commence in Term 2. Further information from Ensemble & Choir directors will be available closer to these start dates.

Ensembles & Choirs include:

–       Primary Junior Choir (Year 2 & 3)
–       Primary Senior Choir (Years 4-6)
–       Secondary Choir (Years 7-12)
–       Wind Ensemble (Years 4-12, woodwind, brass & percussion students with minimum 12 months experience)

Farewell

We are sad to say farewell to Miss Laura Butler, who has been teaching voice at Parklands in 2020. All the students have thoroughly enjoyed their lessons with her & will carry fond memories along with the vocal technique she taught them. We are currently seeking to engage a new voice teacher in 2021; existing students will be notified when lessons are able to resume.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

We’re excited to be welcoming our next group of Give It A Go! students this year. Emails will be going home to Year 4 students in the next few weeks with more information, but this is an exciting development in our Give It A Go! Band Programme. If you or your child are interested in being a part of this programme, please read the point 1 below regarding costs & inclusions.

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

–       Flute
–       Clarinet
–       Saxophone
–       Trumpet
–       Trombone
–       Percussion (includes drums, auxiliary & mallet percussion)

There are a number of ways to be part of our growing Instrumental Programme – here’s how your child can be involved:

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

This is a one year beginner programme for Year 4 students, giving them the opportunity to learn a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument in small groups during school time. There is a one-off $400 levy for the year which covers all lessons & band rehearsals, a tuition book & use of a school instrument for one year. 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

Welcome back to the new school year! Praying that you all had some time to relax with your families and friends over the holidays. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again and having the opportunity to meet some of our new families who have joined our school community.

If you are new to our school and wondering what The Friendlies are all about, we are what some schools might call their P&C committee. We are committed to loving, encouraging, and caring for all of our school community in practical ways. Our mission statement is “The Friendlies are families of the Parklands Christian College 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”.

The Friendlies meetings are always open and welcoming to any families within our Parklands community. If you would like to be kept updated on all things Friendlies just email friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au

Keep Smiling
The Friendlies Team

The Uniform Shop has now moved into the new location at the end of Hillcrest Road – 24 Hillcrest Rd (across the road from Student Services).

Monday8.00am - 10.00am
Tuesday2.00pm - 4.00pm
Thursday2.00pm - 4.00pm

School Days only

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 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

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%

 

Term Dates 2021 fix

Parklands Outside School Hours Care is now taking bookings for the upcoming school holidays if you would like further information please contact Miss Rachel on 07 3297 0577 or parklandsbookings@bigpond.com or pop in to see us (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 2020 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 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 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)

Community Notices

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

 

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

Congratulations for making it through to the end of the 2020 Academic Year.  As you start your holiday break, and head toward Christmas, I pray that your family find the time to re-connect and wind down.  I love this time of year, and I love spending Christmas with my family.  Our last few Christmases were spent on one island or another in the Philippines, soaking up the sun and the sand.  While I loved having Christmas in a different and somewhat exotic location, what made it special was having my wife and kids (and a few good friends) with me, enjoying their company and sharing the adventure.

Having family close by makes any location “home”, and even though families can’t always spend Christmas together, I think most of us are always thinking about loved ones near and far during the festive season. This year I get to have most of my family come to me.  My house will be a busy mess as I attempt to house, feed and entertain my siblings and parents, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

During this Christmas Break, please know that I will be thinking of our College Family as well.  This year, I have re-appreciated the value of belonging to an extended school family, and have loved my interactions within the school.  At the end of this year we said goodbye to our Year 12 students, and sent them into the world as prepared as we could possible make them.  Feeling like pseudo parents, we watched them go with great expectation for an exciting future, a little sadness and anxiety, and our prayers and best wishes.

This year we also welcomed new members to our College Family, and I have loved watching our staff embrace our newest members with love and care.  I was touched to see more than a few tears as students and teachers parted at the end of the year, with promises that they would see each other soon, and to stay safe! I suspect that even the most determined and grumpy teen will be looking forward to re-connecting with staff and fellow students in the New Year.

No matter your plans for this season, I pray you find the time to really appreciate your family and friends.  May your Christmas celebration in 2020 be a blessing to you all, and may God grant you peace and rest despite the sometimes hectic nature of the holiday season.   On Christmas Day, please stop and pause and consider the miracle of Christmas, and the giving of God’s greatest gift to humanity, Jesus.

Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Whatever tradition or routine you follow, God calls you to celebrate His love for us this Christmas, and welcomes you into His family.  He is our great, Heavenly Father and His love is unending.

I trust you will have a great Christmas, and I look forward to welcoming you back in late January.  May God bless you and keep you these holidays.

Gary Cully
Principal

 

Head of Primary

2020 – The year that was!

Wow, how this year has flown by! It seemed like just the other day I was welcoming this year’s Prep students and parents to the school for the first time. By the time you read this article the academic year will be finished and Christmas soon upon you.
Can I say we have had the most unusual year imaginable!

With COVID, quarantine, working from home and then all the strict COVID regulations and plans throughout this year, we have had to adapt, be flexible and just make it happen!

I wish to take this opportunity to thank the amazing teachers for their tremendous effort, dedication and support, this year!

Apart from all the ‘usual’ fun class teaching, sporting carnivals and great events, here are some features and highlights for the year:

  • We welcomed Mr. Cully as the new Headmaster
  • New staff included Mr. Ashley & Mrs. Lisa Edwards
  • New TA’s are Tanya Green Yr 6, Sue Martin Yr 3
  • Two, full classes per Grade again all the way through Primary School
  • A splendid, very informative and enjoyable Back to School BBQ evening
  • A great Primary Swimming Carnival
  • A fun Grade 6 Camp
  • iPads used extensively in Yr 5 and Yr 6
  • Face Book used more readily as an information / communication tool
  • Drop Off Area process monitored by staff and the Yr 6 leaders really worked well this year
  • Different bell song of a morning and afternoon
  • LoKop, Friendship Groups and Learn for Life program increased in the school
  • On line subscriptions and resources (e.g. Literacy Planet, Reading Eggs, Maths Pathway) were increased and improved
  • Scholastic Book Sales was very well promoted and supported
  • Mrs. Kerr has done a wonderful job promoting books and reading during Book Week.
  • Book Week activities and parade was awesome
  • Lots of new wonderful class resources like Library books, class readers and teaching aids were purchased
  • Student Leadership of Captains, Vice Captains, Class Ambassadors, Sport, Library, Chapel, Art & Music Captains did a wonderful job this year
  • Prep Readiness Testing and Orientation Day enabled staff, Preppies and Prep parents to become acquainted with one another and the ‘Parklands Way’
  • Yr. 6 Graduation Ceremony took place in the Auditorium
  • Yr. 6 Transition Day allowing students to experience Middle School staff and venues
  • Prep Transition Week was a great opportunity for Preps to get to experience ‘big’ school.
  • Pro Soccer, Cricket, Basketball, Softball and Netball coaching plus lots of different sport training (athletics, Cross Country) offered a morning or during Structured Playtime
  • Yr. 6 Table Tennis training and a Hand Ball competition was offered
  • Students enjoy playing in second half of morning tea and lunch time
  • Duty staff monitored games/soccer played on oval, during structured play
  • Top oval, fields and Baskerville Sports Centre used for training and HPE
  • Remembrance Day was held in classrooms
  • Awards Day ceremonies to place in the auditorium (unfortunately without parents)
  • End of Year activities, Class Parties and Circus Day all went off without a hitch and were enjoyed by all.

In preparing for 2021, can we please ask that you allow the teachers, who only want the BEST for and who know your child here at school, to place them in the care of the right teacher next year? This ‘student placement process’ is taken very seriously and is extremely inclusive and involved taking into consideration factors like: academic ability & rigour, student & teacher personalities & character, social / behavioural and emotional factors, friendships, gender ratios etc.!

In the New Year, students will receive an informative “Welcome Letter” from their new 2021 class teacher notifying them as to which classroom they’ll be in. Thank you for not putting in any requests for staff or students and for your understanding, support and assistance in this regard.

Staffing for 2021

– Miss McNabb has resigned and Mrs. Hannah Swanborough has been appointed to the Yr. 2 position.
– Miss Needs has resigned and Mr. Simon Ashley has moved to Yr. 5.
– Mrs. Melissa Wilson, a regular supply teacher, has been appointed to the Yr. 3 position, vacated by Mr. Ashley.
– Mr. Lewis has resigned and will be replaced by Mr. Chase Werner
– Mr. Holman (Yr 6 Teacher) will assist Mr. Jakins and take on the role of Assistant to the Head of Primary
– Mrs. Jones will be moving to the Grounds Team and Mrs. Kissick the Yr. 5 TA, (who was taking a year’s leave) will be returning to Yr. 5.

Teacher Aides for 2020 are as follows:

Prep F – Nicole Lowe, Prep H – Rachel Baskerville, Yr 1 – Angela Marsh, Yr 2 – Christine Hollenberg, Yr 3 – Sue Martin, Yr 4 – Elke Morgan, Yr 5 – Michelle Kissick, Yr 6 – Tanya Greene.

REMINDER:

  1. Student need to be in the CORRECT Uniform daily, which include WHITE, LEATHER Upper sneakers with their sport uniform.
  2. NO hat NO play! Students without a hat will sit out of play.
  3. Structured Play starts at 2.30pm so students can be collected from the Undercover Area by a guardian any time from 2.30pm.
  4. The End of the Primary School Day is at 3.10pm.
  5. Students need to be collected from the Undercover Area by a guardian or older sibling and cannot leave on their own.
  6. Students not collected by 3.30pm will be taken up to Student Services where they will be supervised until collected.

Thank you everyone for your flexibility, understanding and support in making it through 2020! We wish you everything of the best for the Christmas Season and an enjoyable, safe holiday!

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday the 27th January 2021 for a fantastic New Year.

Primary News

Border Restrictions Update

Dear Parents & Carers

This update is provided in relation to various COVID – 19 border restriction.

As you are aware, the Queensland borders were opened to Victoria and New South Wales from 1st December 2020. The only current Queensland border restrictions relate to certain parts of South Australia. It is understood the South Australian restrictions will be reviewed by the Government later this week. See https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/border-restrictions for further details.

If you intend to travel over the Christmas Break, please be aware of border restrictions and hot spots to avoid.  We want to keep our community safe and healthy, so please familiarize yourself with the latest border and hotspot information prior to travel.

Year One

What an interesting year 2020 has been! There were definite challenges but nevertheless, the students continued to amaze us and we are so proud of how diligently they worked and how much they achieved.

We ended our year with our Friday Fun Day! We had a jumping castle water slide, snow cone machine, biscuit decorating and many other fun activities to keep us busy on the last day of school. We enjoyed pizza for lunch (thank you Tinson family) and ended our day with some snacks and a movie.

We cannot thank our Year 1 families enough for the tremendous support you have given us throughout the year. We are going to dearly miss our little ones and will not stop praying for them as they continue to Year 2 in 2021.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a most blessed holiday break with family.

Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis and Mrs Marsh

Secondary News

Border Restrictions Update

Dear Parents & Carers

This update is provided in relation to various COVID – 19 border restriction.

As you are aware, the Queensland borders were opened to Victoria and New South Wales from 1st December 2020. The only current Queensland border restrictions relate to certain parts of South Australia. It is understood the South Australian restrictions will be reviewed by the Government later this week. See https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/border-restrictions for further details.

If you intend to travel over the Christmas Break, please be aware of border restrictions and hot spots to avoid.  We want to keep our community safe and healthy, so please familiarize yourself with the latest border and hotspot information prior to travel.

Year 7 Geography

This term, Year 7 students have learned about the water cycle, the value and importance of water, and some of the ways natural disasters involving water impact our lives. They have worked in small groups to research a natural disaster of their choice, and spent a few lessons creating a display to share with others. Some of the projects have utilised some very creative skills and clever fact-finding.

 

Parklands Announced Qld School Champion

Congratulations to our Year 8A & 8C Business Studies classes who entered the annual “Buy Smart” competition and secured the Queensland School Champion prize. 

During Term Three our Business students undertook a challenge posed by the Qld Office of Fair Trading called the “Buy Smart” competition. Students developed a creative project as assessment, to teach others about marketplace issues and their rights to help them become more informed consumers.

By becoming an informed consumer, they will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • recognise and avoid scams
  • improve your financial capability
  • use your consumer rights when you need them.

The Buy Smart Competition is a way to get you thinking about these issues in a fun, creative way.

We are pleased to announce the Parklands won the overall Queensland School Champion prize and $1500. Amy Finch (8C) also took out 3rd prize in her Year 7 -9 category and won $150.

Congratulations to Miss Dixon and all students involved, we are extremely proud of your efforts.

Year 7 News

What a year 2020 has been!

At the beginning of the year I had many wonderful plans and I will admit some of them were quite ambitious. I wanted my Year 7’s to be immersed in our Secondary community of love, to thrive as they tackled their academic studies and to be curious, creative and fearless as they flourished in 2020. As we began the journey of 2020 those plans quickly had to be put on hold.

This year has been a year of continual change, learning to be flexible, adjusting plans and building resilience.

I have been constantly amazed at how the Year 7’s have tackled the events that have come their way this year. They very quickly adjusted to Secondary College life and were practicing online learning before the end of term 1. They then spent most of term 2 learning from home via PCConline. Term 3 was disrupted by a short 2 week return to PCConline and term 4 has been a particularly busy term.

I have been so proud of the resilience the Year 7’s have develop this year. My grand plans may not have come to fruition this year, but God’s plan was greater and though this year has been tough, I have rejoiced in the community of love the students and staff have nurtured to support the Year 7’s in both their tough and joyful times this year.

Through the many challenges 2020 has brought us I have learnt some wonderful lessons from my Year 7’s:

  • Never give up
  • Laugh
  • Break a task into small pieces and keep going
  • Check your email and Google Classroom every day! Every single day
  • Tik Tok dance moves
  • Learn something new everyday
  • Set small achievable goals
  • Smile
  • You are never too old for fruit snack
  • We are all in this together
  • There is nothing like a cold popper or Zooper Dooper on a hot day

Overall, 2020 has been a wonderful year full of laughter, joy and blessings. It has been wonderful to watch each of my Year 7’s grow into a more mature and independent young adult and I am so grateful to have spent the year with them.

I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas

I wish you and your family a blessed holiday break. May your break be a time of restoration and family connectedness as you take a reprieve from the daily routine of school runs, homework and assessments? May you have a joyful break and enjoy both spiritual and physical renewal and find rejuvenating rest in the mind and spirit of your family.

Amen

School Holiday Activities away from devices

  • Darling Downs Zoo
  • The Brisbane Botanical Gardens and Sir Thomas Planetarium at Mount Cootha
  • The Queensland Museum and Science Centre
  • The Ipswich Railway Workshops
  • Brisbane City Council Chill out programs (check them out) FREE
  • Abbey Museum at Caboolture
  • Karawatha Environment Centre FREE
  • Make a kite and go and fly it in a local park FREE
  • Find a local river or creek and enjoy some water play, dam building and creek fun. FREE
  • Take a trip to Springbrook National Park and visit the glow worms. FREE
  • Head to New Farm Park and enjoy climbing the trees FREE
  • Go to Scarborough Beach Park – Climbing trees is good for the soul. FREE
  • Go for a drive up to Mount Tamborine- take in the views- pack a picnic – enjoy the fresh air and if you fancy take the treetop walk or book the kids into some thunder egg seeking at Thunderbird Park.
  • Head out for a picnic at the Cleveland Lighthouse. FREE
  • Climb Mount Coolum at sunrise FREE
  • Daisy Hill Recreational Centre FREE
  • Go and visit the islands (Lamb island, Russell Island, MacLeay Island, Coochiemudlo Island, Stradbroke Island)
  • Walk across to King Island on low tide. FREE
  • Go to White Rock – Spring Mountain Conservation Estate and enjoy many of the walks. FREE
  • Head to the Boondall Wetlands, visit the Nurri Millen art totems, do a spot of bird watching and go for a bike ride along the mangrove boardwalks. FREE
  • Visit the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre and walk through the bush tucker garden. FREE
  • Visit the Dandiiri Schools and Community Library and enjoy exploring some of the nearby cafes and shops. (Dr Tailby loves visiting some of the local Vietnamese cafes) FREE
  • Head out to the Wivenhoe Dam on a day trip. FREE
  • Visit Slaughter Falls for a bbq and then make the walk up to the summit at Mount Coot-tha. FREE
  • Visit the Kumbartcho Environmental Centre at Eatons Hill for a play on their fenced playground and a walk through their lush grounds. They also have a native plants nursery onsite and a fairy garden they kids will enjoy. FREE

United Sports League

In Term 1, 2021 Parklands will get involved in the inaugural United Sports League (USL) competition. USL will be for both primary (Thursday afternoons) and secondary (Monday afternoons) students. We are very excited for this opportunity and will aim to field teams in all divisions. Wednesday sport for secondary and Tuesday structured play will be used as training and preparation for the competition.

Vision

The United Sports League aims to provide students an opportunity to play in a weekly sporting competition that is of high quality and promotes individual growth, community and connection with other like-minded students and schools.

Below is the schedule for the year.

Term Sport Venue Divisions Gender
1 Touch Parklands Christian College Primary (5/6), Juniors (7/8), Intermediate (9/10), Senior (11/12) Boys

Girls

2 Basketball TBA Primary (5/6), Juniors (7/8), Intermediate (9/10), Senior (11/12) Boys

Girls

3 Netball TBA Primary (5/6), Juniors (7/8), Intermediate (9/10), Senior (11/12) Girls
3 Soccer TBA Primary (5/6), Juniors (7/8), Intermediate (9/10), Senior (11/12) Boys

Girls

In 2021 we welcome two new staff to the Sport & Physical Education Department. Mr Max Volau comes on as our coach and Mr Josiah McCarthy comes as our new Sports Operations Officer. We had them answer some questions to help get to know them better.

  1. Where did you grow up?
    Josiah: Mackay
    Max: Fiji then moved to Sydney for Senior School
  2. What do you do in your spare time?
    Josiah: Enjoying the outdoors through running and surfing.
    Max: Always training
  3. Favourite professional sporting team?
    Josiah: North Queensland Cowboys
    Max: Flying Fijians Rugby Team
  4. Highest sporting achievement as an athlete?
    Josiah: Bronze 4x400m at Australian Junior Athletics Championships
    Max: Australian Champ Martial Arts, Represented NSW in Gridiron, Sydney University 2nd XV
  5. Highest sporting achievement as a coach?
    Josiah: U13s Girls Rugby 7s winning the Mackay 7s.
    Max: World Youth Athletics and World Juniors Athletics Australian Team Coach, PNG Talent Identification Officer, Nauru National Team Athletics Coach
  6. Why do you coach sport?
    Josiah: To give students the opportunity to participate in sport and to help develop them into the best athlete they can be.
    Max: I uphold a holistic approach to empowering growth in personal and mental development of students and athletes alike.
  7. What are you most excited about for PCC Sport in 2021?
    Josiah: Seeing our teams back up and running as well as the three big sporting carnivals.
    Max: Pursuing excellence in sport, take PCC Sport to the next level which we are capable of. I am privileged to be part of it.

Brisbane Broncos Sporting Schools

Last week two former Broncos players Matt Gillett and Jack Reed came to PCC to run a rugby league skills session with our 6H and 6B classes. This is all thanks to funding through the Sporting Schools program. The students were excited to learn off the players and test their skills against other class mates. Well done to Eleanor Krueger, Nic Emblem and Caitlyn Cresswell for receiving the Best Attitude Awards chosen by the Broncos players.

Student Care and Wellbeing

Connections for over the holidays! ENJOY time with your child!!!

Do you feel loved when someone offers to take you out for a coffee? Or what about if they clean your house? Maybe if they straight out let you know that they love you? Knowing someone’s love language allows us the secret to making the people we care about know that we love them. What about your kids? How do they express and receive love?

As we head into the holidays and time with our families, consider how you can let your children know how you feel about them. If your child responds to words of affirmation, actions will not speak louder than words. Just by hearing the words ‘I love you’ can instantly make them feel loved. The words of affirmation child loves to be complimented and to hear that they are doing a good job and how. Maybe write them a note and let them know that you love them and what it is that you love about them.

A quality time person feels loved when they have your undivided attention. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like sitting down with them and asking them how they are. You may like to consider taking your child/ren out for a milkshake or baby chino, just you and them, or setting aside a time when they can choose the activity. It doesn’t have to cost a thing, even a walk or a trip to the park. Either way it’s about saying I’m making time to for you.

Perhaps your child responds well to receiving gifts. This does not necessarily mean that you need to be continually buying them things to let them know that you love them. This child loves the thoughtfulness and care behind a gift, so it may be picking a flower for them or making them something simple such as a card or scrap book of memories. Even though it may drive you crazy at times, let your child keep mementos from special occasions like napkins or stones. Whatever it may be, it’s simply something that says I was thinking about you.

If your child is an acts of service person then hopefully they will recognise your love for them every day in all that you do for them! But acts of service does not necessarily mean you have to do everything for them. Make your acts of service personal to this child. Perhaps cooking their favourite meal just for them or help them out with their assigned chore. You might like to work on building something together. This child feels loved when you take the time to do something as an act of love specifically for them.

To the child who experiences love through physical touch it’s pretty straightforward – nothing says I love you like cuddles, kisses, back rubs or holding their hand. But what about as your child becomes a teenager and suddenly your kisses and hugs seem unwanted or awkward to them? Especially in public! Because this child still experiences love by physical touch it’s important not to stop doing these things, but instead keep it age appropriate. When you are talking to your child sit next to them, maybe put your arm around them or rub them on the back. Physical presence is vital for this child.

To find out more about the 5 love languages, or to take the quiz to find out what your child’s love language is go to http://www.5lovelanguages.com/

I thought I’d include a link to ‘5 Principles to Stay Safe Online‘ resource for parents that you can share.
Have a safe and happy Christmas and we look forward to 2021.

Mindfulness Exercises for Children

The Power of Listening

Ring a bell, a wind chime, or anything else that creates a long trailing sound. Ask each child to listen, and silently raise their hand when they can no longer hear the sound. After the ringing ends, ask the children to continue listening to any other sounds they can hear for the next minute. When the minute ends, go around the room asking everyone to tell you what sounds they heard.

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Uniform Shop Hours

The Uniform Shop has now moved into the new location at the end of Hillcrest Road – 24 Hillcrest Rd.

Monday8.00am - 10.00am
Tuesday2.00pm - 4.00pm
Thursday2.00pm - 4.00pm

School Days only

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 CASH ONLY (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

 

Bus Service

Bus QLD Schools_

Bus Queensland Pty Ltd, in partnership with TransLink, will be making several improvements to school bus services for Term 1 2021.

There is also information on our website regarding these changes. ( https://www.busqld.com.au/school )

PRT Changes to School Bus Routes (effective 27-01-2021)

Community Notices

Brain Ways Summer Camps

Program Information – Summer Camp

Nomination Letter – Summer Camps

Gators Swimming

Southern Stars Baseball

Our training/come and try days are:

Tuesday 5.30pm to 7.30pm for under 11
Wednesday 5.30pm to 7.30pm for 12yr old and over
Thursday 5.30pm to 7.30pm for Senior players

62-82 Regency Drive, Regents Park

We accept get in the game vouchers where families are eligible.

We are on facebook and our website is www.southernstarsbaseballclub@gmail.com

Karen Gallpen
Vice President/Secretary
Southern Stars Baseball Club
0421 773 768

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

 

Principal’s Message

In acknowledgement of the difficult year our College community has endured, and in anticipation of the predicted slow recovery of our economy, Parklands has released the 2021 Fee Schedule with no overall increase. It is our hope that this small gesture will help our families prepare for the New Year with at least some good financial news.  I know many of us are hoping that 2021 brings with it a little more stability to our community; I certainly am.  However, if I am honest I think 2021 will bring its own challenges and trials. As I look on as England’s COVID-19 cases force another round of restrictions, I pray that Australia is spared the same fate.  I would like to think that our current efforts are containing the virus and keeping us all safe, and I pray that is so next year.

There is a lot to look forward to next year and although 2020 is not yet finished, I can’t help but get a little excited for what we are doing here at Parklands.  In 2021, we will commence a building program that will allow us to grow our current population of 730+ students, to a total of 1170 students. We will grow our school slowly and carefully and keep an eye on our culture over the next 13 years. Our first task will be to build an additional classroom for Prep in 2021, for occupancy in 2022 and then slowly but surely increase our student and staff population as that extra class travels all the way though to Grade 12 in 2034.

Right now we are drawing plans and asking our primary school teachers and teacher aides what they need in a modern, creative classroom space. We are asking questions about the way classes interact, how we use specialists and how we might integrate outdoor areas to complement our classroom experiences. We are excited to be building facilities that cater for both our present students and the students of the future, and we collectively dream about the place education has in the society of the future.  It’s really exciting.

Amidst the discussions about buildings and the future, there are some things that will not change.  Now, and into the distant future, Parklands will always be a community and family for our students.  Together we will embrace the future of learning, but not at the expense of connection and our values.  We will always put Christ first and aspire to be like Him (Ephesians 5:1-2).  Our faith will ever be the rock on which we build our lives, and we will remain an institution that seeks to serve one another in faith, hope & love (1 Corinthians 13).  Christ is our hope, and Parklands exists to lead children in “…the way they should go” (Proverbs 22:6). Our school will, to the best of our collective ability, be a light to Logan City and a beacon of hope in a complex and sometimes hopeless world. Above all, we will remember that our school is not bricks and mortar, but the people in it.

And so as we launch into the exciting times ahead, let us all be reminded of the wonderfully unique school we have. Although we have had our challenges in 2020, our population united and together we emerged as a stronger community.  And it is my prayer that as we venture into 2021 and beyond, that all of our families will experience the blessing of being part of the Parklands community.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary

I can’t believe we’ve only got about 4 weeks left of school for 2020 – wow, how time has flown!

2021 Class Placements

We believe God has a destiny for every student in our school. He has already placed within them the skills, gifts and talents that they need 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, Teacher Aides, Specialists, RTC & LE Staff spend an enormous amount of time praying, working through and discussing the issues involved with student placements and in trying to ensure that classes are well balanced. The matters of student learning style, academic ability, student & staff personality, friendships, behavioural concerns, as well as social and emotional needs are earnestly discussed in the whole class selection process.

A reminder, we know the students at school and do not accommodate requests from parents to swap class placements. It is an extremely difficult task that is complicated by requests for and against staff and other students or friends. We ask that you would pray for wisdom and discernment for your child’s teacher as they look to care for and meet the needs of each student.

Thank you for your understanding and support in this regard and look forward to seeing a wonderful working relationship develop between teacher, student and parent!

Awards Day

The Parklands Christian College Awards Day ceremonies, will be taking place on Thursday 26th November. Occasions such as these are a time that would normally have us surrounded by parents, friends and supporters of the College. Sadly, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, government restrictions and Parklands’ commitment to keeping our College community safe, the Awards Day ceremonies will be a student and staff only event this year. Parents, we ‘Thank you’ in anticipation for your understanding, assistance and support in regard to this decision!

The Awards Day ceremonies will be taking place during class time in 2 sessions. Prep to Year 2 will commence at 9am and conclude by 10:30am. The Year 3 to Year 6 ceremony will commence at 11am and conclude by 12:30pm. Cleaning of the auditorium will take place between the 2 sessions.

Although this will not be a typical Parklands Awards ceremony it will still be designed to celebrate the achievements of our students and encourage them in a public manner. As parents are not able to attend this event, we will have a professional photographer from MSP Photography present on the day to capture your child’s celebratory moments. As a gift, the College will be providing parents with an electronic copy of the photo, details of how to access this will be emailed at a later date.

I know this year’s Awards Day ceremonies are going to be totally different without parents attending but know, we’ll certainly do all we can to make it a memorable occasion and highlight for all students.

Uniforms

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

We still have 3 weeks left of school plus students need to look smart for Awards Day so we are asking parents to please ensure that their children are correctly and neatly dressed every day – especially the correct WHITE sneakers. If unsure of the Primary Uniform Policy, please feel free to check our website, ask a class teacher or RTC staff. Appreciate your assistance and support in this regard.

BALANCING YOUR CHILD’S DIGITAL DIET

BY MARTINE OGLETHORPE

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

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

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

  1. Sleep: It’s super important that kids are getting a good night’s sleep. Keeping devices out of the bedroom when they are young, and avoiding the screens for at least an hour before bed, helps ensure their sleep needs are met.
  2. Down time: Today’s kids don’t tend to get as much time to be bored as kids used to. It is an important skill to be able to fill in their time themselves. Bored time promotes creative play and thinking as kids are forced to come up with other ways to amuse themselves.
  3. Connection: Face-to-face interaction is obviously crucial for children’s social and emotional development and wellbeing. Time with friends, siblings and family members must always be a priority. Learning to engage, problem solve and read body language and facial expressions are all crucial skills that need real-life time and experience to develop.
  4. Physical activity: A healthy body and mind requires activity and movement. Kids still love to get out and play. However, some may need a bit more encouragement to remind them.
  5. Reflection: Whilst playing games may be described by many kids as their downtime (and yes, there is some validity to this argument) kids also need downtime that involves doing very little. It is in these moments of reflection, of thinking and of pondering, that our ideas come to us and our creativity for other activities flows.
  6. Focus: There are times of the day when all of us need to be focused on other tasks. These may be homework, chores, reading a book or the newspaper, building something or making something. There needs to be time in kids’ days where they are able to focus solely on a task without the distractions of a screen.
  7. Family meals: Getting plenty of good food is of course very important to kids’ wellbeing. But it’s not just about the food. Sitting at the table with parents, siblings or others, focusing on enjoying a meal together without the need of a screen, helps children to develop good habits while they are young which they can carry into the future.

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

Pray you have a wonderful rest of this term.

Coordinator of Middle School

Open Mic

Over the course of 2020 there has been a new initiative which has been started through the dedication of our College Arts Captains, Elissa Bailey and Jake West, called Open Mic. This has seen small concerts put on for students by students during break times in our Outdoor Theatre area near Student Services.

So far there have been three concerts through the year, occurring in terms 1, 3 and 4. We have had the privilege of being entertained by a variety of students from year 8 to year 12 with vocalists, instrumentalists and balladeers gracing the stage area.

We are hoping to continue the great initiative which was started this year into 2021, providing a performance opportunity for students of the Arts to entertain others within the college. Students who are interested in performing should talk with the 2021 College Arts Captains, Tori Hankins and Bryce West, or talk with Mr Elvery.

2020 Performers

Jake West – Vocalist
Liam West – Pianist
Amy Finch – Vocalist
Dennis Popa – Piano-Accordion
Bryce West – Vocalist
Ethan Bronzi – Poet
Amelia Robertson – Vocalist and Ukulele

Primary News

Primary Student’s Achievement:

Connor Peacock – QLD State Go Kart Titles Results

Connor Peacock competes in the sport of ‘Sprint Go Kart’ racing and has been racing since he was 7 years old. KA4 Junior is a highly competitive class, for kids aged 13-16 years of age and at age 11, he is the youngest person in the sports history to be competing in this category.

At age 11, Connor shows wisdom in his racing beyond his years and doesn’t allow the older kids to get the better of him. KA4 Junior has Connor racing his 100cc IAME KA100 powered Arrow X5 Go Kart, at speeds of 110kph bumper to bumper with other competitors around, just 2inches off the ground.

Over the racing year that was impacted by COVID 19, Connor still competed in 12 events at various tracks across Australia and managed to secure enough podium finishes to qualify in the top 30 kids in his class in all of QLD. This earned himself a spot at the QLD Kart Championship, which was held at his home track of Ipswich Kart Club over the October long weekend – which was a huge honour for him and an achievement in itself.

The QLD Kart Championship weekend saw Connor fight hard across 131kms of racing over 3 days and ultimately finish 10th in QLD for his class of KA4 Junior and moving him up the national rankings to stand 15th in Australia. As the youngest person to ever compete in this class at a State Championship level, Connor’s results are outstanding and something we are extremely proud of him for achieving.

Many thanks
Steven Peacock and Mr J

Year One

Year 1 has had a busy, yet fun Term 4 so far.

We are busy making memories as the end of 2020 is drawing near. Book Week was a wonderful highlight. Year 1 participated in a variety of activities in the classroom throughout the week as we enjoyed reading many of our favourite books. Dressing up as our favourite character was definitely entertaining. It is fabulous to see the children so excited about reading.

We have been revising many of our math concepts and daily math groups are keeping everyone engaged as they consolidate math skills. Our Sound and Light Unit in Science has been stretching our minds and the classes loved using mini torches while making discoveries about transparent, translucent and opaque objects.

Until next time! Take care!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh and Year 1!

Auslan

Hello everyone and welcome back to term 4.

My name is Beth Tailby and I teach Auslan here at parklands on Thursday.  My background has been in education for 27 years.  I started as a teachers aide and then progressed to teaching, lecturing, finally receiving my PhD and working as a Principal Project Officer in EQ before returning to teaching.  I lost all of my hearing about 16 years ago and slowly learned Auslan.  Although I speak the same as a hearing person, I am blessed to have Auslan to fill the gaps and provide me access to conversations and give a proud identity of a Deaf Aboriginal Woman. I want to give this gift to everyone also.

Parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are welcome to participate in Auslan for families on Thursday mornings at 8 am. If children wish to bring a friend they are very welcome to do so.  Many Deaf and Hard of Hearing children who do not find a place within the Deaf community will find it hard to get support and access the curriculum with hearing aids or cochlear alone.  When a person reads lips they only access a maximum of 30% of what is said and then have to make up the rest.  This process is exhausting and will lead to fatigue and loss of information.  Auslan provides a gap filler for those who are in this position.  Those who are non-verbal for any reason, Auslan can provide a pathway for expression and access to their peers.

Last term we decided to introduce vocabulary in a different way.  We organised with the kitchen staff to cook breakfast.  Matthew and I had a ball, made a mess and ate a huge feed of pancakes.  We would like to have  more people participate so we can share breakfast together as a larger signing group.

Do not worry if you do not know any Auslan.  It’s easy to learn.  We are planning a walking weave where we walk around the school and learn relevant school based signs.  We will again cook breakfast or maybe sit under a tree and have some basic conversations.

This Term I hope to see more of you there.  We meet at the library at 8 am and will then take off on our Auslan adventure.

Take care everyone and again, I hope to see you all soon

Beth

Secondary News

Walk for a Farmer 2020

Our year 9 students are a wonderful bunch of students and last term on September the 17th they embarked on a journey of service. They were out to raise money for the farmers who are struggling with drought. With an absolutely beautiful day for walking, the year 9 students began their walk from the Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre and returned to school.

I am pleased to say that almost every student who participated in this event completed the full 20 km of our walking goal. This simple token of walking to raise funds is symbolic of the effort taken by our farmers who are facing drought and having it affect their livelihoods.

The money raised will go towards a registered charity Drought Angels, which is a not-for-profit organisation. Drought Angels is a charity full of BIG hearts, making a difference to Aussie farming families. They deliver support carefully wrapped with a listening ear and a warm hug, providing personalised and discreet financial assistance as their way of saying THANK YOU for all you do to put food on our tables and clothes on our backs. The Drought Angels team shares a passion for our farmers and is focused on keeping them on the land for future generations. With help, they will never be forgotten.

Through your generous donations via the Go Fund Me website and through cash donations I am pleased to say that they raised $3905.72. A thank you to the year 9 Pastoral Care Teachers Mr Braun and Mrs Crook. A thank you to Mr Elvery, Mrs Edgarton and Mrs Volkers for walking with the students the whole way. Of course a very big, “Well done!” to our year 9 students.

 

Year 7 News

With only a 4 weeks left of the academic year the Year 7’s are fast approaching Year 8.

What a journey Year 7 has been for many of them.

From nervous and anxious students starting day one packing for every subject, just in case, to students who are (hopefully) confident in organising their own world, most of the time. Each student has grown in a variety of ways and I am incredibly proud of each and every one of them.

Year 7 is a year of transition. A year of leaving behind being the oldest and tallest of the primary school and beginning being the ‘twelvies’ in Secondary school. It’s a year of learning to move between classrooms, packing the night before and being organised, switching mindsets as they change subjects and teachers, each who have a different teaching style. A year of managing homework that is not given out on a Monday and due back on Friday, but on differing days, and a year of developing new friendships as they are introduced to new people and find out more about themselves and their developing character.

On top of this our Year 7’s have spent 7 weeks learning from home, during our time of PCConline. Managing the additional stress of online learning and adapting to a different learning style very quickly. 2020 has sure encouraged the development of resilience and adaptability in our Year 7 students.

As we hurry towards the last few weeks of term, I have been encouraging the Year 7’s to celebrate their many successes this year and think on the skills and attitudes they wish to develop and work on in Year 8.

The students have been encouraged to finish well, placing their best efforts into their studies till the final day of the year. To continue to be fearless, curious and courageous in working on their assessment, creative in the classrooms, when confronting challenges and show their peers and the college community that the Year 7 cohort of 2020 is a loving one that supports and uplifts one another.

I would like to draw your attention to the Year 7 assessment schedule and the assignments and assessments (both worked on and completed in class time) that are coming up.

I look forward to celebrating the many success of 2020 with the Year 7’s as we begin to conclude a year that has not been like any other.