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, five 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: Free Dress! For primary school students only, Thursday 1st of April is a free dress day (please see letter sent by Student Services).  Students are also encouraged to accessorise with orange and blue, similarly to secondary students.  Students must bring a gold coin donation.

Activity 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 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.

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 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

 

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

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, 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

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.

CSSAQ Basketball

Thursday 9th October saw over 40 teams make their way to Coomera Indoor Sports Centre for the annual CSSAQ basketball competition. Parklands had teams in all 4 divisions, 2 boys and 2 girls’ teams. The quality of basketball on show is getting better each year, with our teams putting their best foot forward even with limited preparation. A highlight of the day was when our junior boys were in a really tight game against Citipointe, all our other teams were court side cheering and supporting them. Eventually sealing the win by one point. This show of support and team work is what makes sport so great. Well done to all students who represented Parklands so well through the day and thank you to the coaches for the time and effort you put in.

CSSAQ Team Games 2

  • On Monday 19th October 2020, Parklands competed in the CSSAQ Team Games 2 Gala day. The four teams that competed in the competition were; girls touch, boys touch, girls basketball and boys basketball.

It was a great opportunity for students to finally get some game time this year. All teams gave 100% on a very hot day against some very tough competition. The boys touch were the standout team of the day winning two out of 5 games. Well done to all students.

Secondary NRL 9S Gala Day

  • The year 7 and year 9/10 boys rugby league teams competed at Caboolture in the NRL 9s Gala day. It was the first competitive rugby league the boys had played all year.

The year 7 boys had one win, one draw and two losses. They showed plenty of heart and resilience playing most of the day with no subs. The year 9/10 boys played some awesome attacking rugby league and were rock solid in defence. They won all their games with only one sub. Well done to all the boys.

Primary Rugby League Gala Day

  • On Thursday 29th Oct, Parklands year 5/6 As, year 5/6 Bs and the year 3/4 Boys Rugby League teams competed in the NRL Titans 9s Gala day at Southport. It was awesome to see the boys finally get to compete against other schools after having trained for most of the year.

The teams all worked hard and played some creative and attacking rugby league. The year 3/4 and 5/6 B boys never gave up and showed great effort in all games. Both teams improved drastically throughout the day.

The 5/6 As won 2 out of 3 games and only lost their second game in a very close and tough match.

The day was complimented by some tackle clinics, tug of war and relay races to encourage team spirit.

Well done to all the boys!

Student Care and Wellbeing

The Responsible Thinking Process at Parklands

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.

So then, now that we have clarified the difference between a detention facility and our RTC, it is important to understand the process that student’s experience when engaging.

If you think about it, each person is raised in a home and taught a wide selection of life skills as they age and interact with others. For example, being raised in a large family might mean that a child may learn how to interact confidently with different age groups or genders, or being raised with a sibling with a disability may teach another child how to have compassion and empathy for others and so on.

Not all children experience the same upbringing or learn the same skills. It makes sense for students to be referred to the RTC to learn the skills that they might not have been raised with. For example, at home it might be acceptable for a child to invade their siblings’ personal space in a playful way, however at school this might not be perceived as appropriate. The child might need to visit the RTC for a friendly chat with the RTP facilitator to have the difference explained to them or to consider how invading someone else’s space might make the other person feel.

Each time a student is referred, they are given the opportunity to utilise the Responsible Thinking Process to help them learn new skills such as how to manage conflict, how to follow class rules, how to be better prepared for class, how to be a kind friend and so on. This is done through discussion with the RTP Facilitator and also the completion of a RTP plan which enables students to think through self-reflective questions such as “what rule was I not following”, “how did this impact on others”, and “what is my goal for when I return to class”.

From what I have seen, students who are given the opportunity to come and discuss their behaviour or mistakes and learn from them – they tend to be much better off and well-rounded in the long run.  Our team has found that when students are consistently referred, they are able to put their goals and strategies into practice. Eventually they come to a place where they have learned the skill of thinking before acting and ask themselves questions like “how will this make my friend feel” or “what will be the consequence of this behaviour”. Our goal is that a student will be able to successfully and independently implement the Responsible Thinking Process in time without needing to attend the RTC as often.

So if your child is regularly referred to the RTC for behaviour, please don’t see it as your child attending detention and being punished, rather, please see it as their opportunity to continue developing life skills and learning new ways of thinking.

PCC Instrumental Music

As the year comes towards a close we would normally be preparing for final concerts & ceremonies and we would have the opportunity to show what the students have been learning all year & how far they have progressed. While it is disappointing for them to not be able to perform live, we are planning to record some performances by the Give It A Go! Band, the Wind Ensemble & our choirs to make available electronically. Secondary Choir have already done some recording which we will hopefully be able to share with you soon.

Lessons

All music lessons continue in Term 4,  face-to-face on campus, until the weeks noted below. Please be assured that appropriate cleaning & distancing measures are still in place. Lesson timetables can be found on Mrs Patane’s window, or on the Instrumental Music website through the Secondary Directory.

Give It A Go! Lessons:

  • Last lesson & return of instruments in Week 6, 9-13 Nov

Private / Shared Lessons:

  • Last lessons in Week 7, 16-20 Nov

All 2020 enrolments will automatically roll over into 2021 unless parents notify us that their child is not continuing lessons. This means that current students do not need to re-enrol for 2021. Please notify us of any withdrawals before the start of school next year.

Ensemble Rehearsals

Ensemble rehearsals will continue until the weeks noted below. Some Ensembles are active longer than others, so please check the list for your child’s group. These dates will also be communicated to students in rehearsals.

Wind Ensemble:

  • Recording & final rehearsal, Wednesday 4thNov 7:20am in Church Auditorium

Give It A Go! Band:

  • Recording & final rehearsal, Wednesday 4thNov 7:20am in Church Auditorium
  • Lunch time concert, Wednesday 4thNov 12:20pm in Primary Undercover Area

Primary Junior Choir:

  • Final rehearsal Thursday 19thNov 7:50am in Mrs Patane’s Music Room

Primary Senior Choir:

  • Final rehearsal Tuesday 17thNov 2:30pm in Mrs Patane’s Music Room

Secondary Choir:

  • Final rehearsal Friday 13thNov 7:30am in S1

It’s never too late to be part of our growing Instrumental Programme, and enrolments are definitely open for 2021. 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. The next Give It A Go! intake is in 2021 – offers have been sent home already & places are filling fast! Return your enrolment form ASAP to avoid disappointment!

  1. Private lessons

Private lessons are available for piano, guitar, drum kit, 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. 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 are available for download below, or by emailing instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

__PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

 

The Friendlies

It is that time of the year that everyone’s calendar starts filling quickly and before we know it there are no free weekends left! With that in mind and Covid restrictions easing slightly, a few of us from The Friendlies committee were finally able to gather together for a very long overdue morning tea. How wonderful it was to be able to catch up with everyone and be able to sit and connect with each other! We really missed those of you who couldn’t make it.

We briefly discussed the year we have had and decided with a unanimous vote that the 2020 Office Bearers will roll into 2021! Congratulations to our 2021 Office Bearers and thank you for serving our school community for another year.

Office Bearers for 2021 are as follows:

President: Angela Marsh
Vice President: Nicole Lowe
Secretary: Claire Dover
Treasurer: Renee Jackson

It was with great joy that we were also able to celebrate one of our members, Elke, who got married in the past year. We wish Elke and her husband Jasper all the happiness for their future together.

One of our long-time members and special friend, Christine has decided to step down from serving on The Friendlies. Christine has been volunteering for 13years on The Friendlies and has always been more than happy to help at all of our events, she will be greatly missed by us all. Chris is about to become a first time Grandma! We are so happy and excited for her family.

Next year, hopefully some of our community events will be able to take place. If you are new to our school and are wondering what The Friendlies are all about, our mission statement is:

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

For Now, Keep Smiling
The Friendlies Team

friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au

School Fees Due

School Fees

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

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

Our Bank Account details are as follows:

BSB: 034115
Account Number: 169944

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

Term Direct Debit Deduction Dates

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

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

Discounts Available

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

2021 School Fees

2021 Fee Schedule

2021 Term Dates

Term Dates 2021

Bus Service

Update from Park Ridge Transit

From Tuesday the 6th of October 2020 Park Ridge Transit  will change the way that we display school route numbers on the destination signs.

They will be displayed as per the route number on the TransLink website for TransLink services. This means, am school services will be prefixed with 60__ and pm school services will be prefixed with 61__for Translink services.

For example: Instead of displaying “School Bus 33” we will now display “School Bus 6033” for the am and “School Bus 6133” for the pm.

Services from Cedar Grove (W services) will now display  a prefix of 53 in the am and 63 in the pm. There are no changes to the numbers on Greenbank services.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on (07) 3802 1233

Regards
Park Ridge Transit

School Bus Passes for Westside Bus Company and Park Ridge Transit

Students who have a bus pass for travel will be required to obtain a new pass for the 2020 school year. If you are changing schools in 2020 (this includes moving to grade 7) or address you will need to contact our reception on (07) 3802 1233 and we will advise you of how to update your details. To avoid delays in receiving your pass we kindly request that you contact us prior to the end of the school year.

If you have no changes to your details, you will receive your new bus pass in the mail in early January.

Please note that there are limited reception facilities available at our Redbank depot and you should call before attending the depot as we maybe able to assist over the phone.

Bus Routes for Parklands

Please find attached all of the Bus routes, that have been made available to Parklands families.

Bus Queensland now offer 3 pick ups in the afternoon outside Prep with various routes.

  • Departing 3:22pm
  • Departing 3:31pm
  • Departing 3:45pm

As this is a service offered by Bus Queensland (not PCC) please direct all further enquires to Bus Queensland on 3802 1233 or email customers@busqld.com.au

PRT Changes to School Bus Routes (effective 29-01-2019)

6013

6055

6113 (1)

6142

6155

Community Notices

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

Welcome back to Term 4, the last term of what has been a very challenging year for many in our College and wider College community.

As I commence Term 4 and begin to look forward to the end of the academic year events (such as they are), I do so with a sense of achievement amidst adversity and change.

Approximately 12% of our College population was significantly impacted by COVID-19, either in job losses, or cutbacks.

Furthermore, countless other families have felt the effects of the economic downturn and the slow depression of the Australian economy.  Yet, as our community grappled with these challenging times, generosity and care blossomed, and those who had the capacity to care did so in various beautiful and charitable ways.

Along the way, our students have shouldered change remarkably well and embraced this change with little fuss or fanfare.  Sure, there were occasional tears, tantrums and frustrating moments, but overall I am incredibly proud of our students as they display resilience beyond their years and experience. In particular, I marvel at the steely determination of our Seniors as they traverse new QCAA expectations and the ever changing landscape of schooling during a pandemic.

Through isolation, then quarantine, our Year 11 & 12 students have studied hard and pressed toward their goal, taking change and uncertainty in their stride.  For some students, learning online was easy, as they embraced independent learning naturally.  For others, learning away from the familiarity of school and a teacher’s direction was more challenging, if not a little lonely.  Still others struggled with technology issues, family difficulties and other genuine strains and stresses beyond their control.

Similar strains and stresses were felt right across our school, during crucial times of assessing and reporting.  To this end, many of our usual processes for gathering equitable and timely data were extremely complex and downright difficult.

While our reporting was able to take place at the standard times during the year, we faced challenges when equitably calculating our end of year awards data, and as such, some of our usual end of year awards will not be bestowed in 2020.  We sincerely hope that this will be a unique event for 2020, and look forward to returning to our familiar and routine academic processes in the New Year.

Throughout the year, we have all had to manage change and accommodated discomfort and disappointments.  The circumstances and limitations of 2020 were certainly not the way I wanted to start my years as Principal, nor did our teachers wish to change large portions of their coursework and planned activities. Students new to Parklands this year have tasted only a portion of our usual culture and common events, and we all mourn the loss of some of our rich cultural and academic events and experiences. As we look to 2021, some inevitable inconveniences will continue, but we will do our best to return our usual programs.

I invite everyone in our community to stay focused on finishing the year positively, and as well as we are able.  I can’t imagine the trials that our Victorian counterparts are facing at this moment and pray for the schools in our Southern States who face challenges greater than our own.

I would also invite you to spare a thought for our brothers and sisters in developing countries that have no way to care for their population as we can.  As I communicate with our friends in Cebu, I struggle to reconcile the strain and tragedy they experience each day as they enter their 7th month of lockdown, which is by all reports yielding little success.  While I don’t wish to diminish the trials of our own country, I do look at my own trials with a sobering sense of perspective when compared to the trials of my friends and colleagues in the Philippines.

And so as I venture into Term 4 and the changes to come, I do so with an attitude of gratitude, and acknowledge that I am part of a resilient community, in a great nation with a huge capacity to care.  I appreciate great friends, healthy family, and engaged and learning students. The academic year of 2020 has indeed been difficult and full of challenges.  Yet amidst adversity, generosity and charity have thrived. Our students have displayed remarkable endurance and resilience and, despite some disappointments, we all look forward to ending the year and celebrating our culture and academic successes to the best of our ability, because after all, we have much still to celebrate.

Gary Cully

Head of Primary

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

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

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

Labelled Uniforms

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

End of Day Procedures reminder

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

Students leaving in Structured Play need to be electronically signed out either in the Undercover Area or up at Student Services.

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

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

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

iPad and eLearning in 2021

In wishing to offer our senior Primary students every opportunity to use technology in class to assist with and improve their learning, we will continue to allow the Grade 5 and 6 students to make use of or bring iPads to school next year. This follows on with the trend in education to promote eLearning and the use of modern electronic devices in Senior Primary! Feedback from staff, parents and the Yr. 5 & 6 students about iPad use has been very positive.

We have organized a Yr. 4 and 5 iPad Informative Parent Evening on Tuesday 20th October in Student Service’s Function Room, where questions about iPad selection, process, security, resources, Apps, class use etc. will all be answered. Look forward to seeing the Yr. 4 and 5 parents in attendance on the night.

2021 Class Placements

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

We believe God has a destiny for every student in our school. He has already placed within them the skills, gifts and talents that they need so as to become the person God intended them to be. We are also blessed to have excellent teachers at Parklands because of God’s call on their life.

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

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

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

The secret to confident kids

By: Michael Grose

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

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

Independence leads to the 4 C’s

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

Here’s how:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Create junior versions of independence

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

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

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

Primary News

AUSLAN for Parklands Families

Hello Parklands Families.

My name is Beth Tailby and I am teaching Auslan here at beautiful Parklands.  We are offering families who have Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, parents, siblings etc. a space to share language and learn on Thursday mornings at 8am.

All levels and ages are welcome so please don’t worry if you don’t know any Auslan as we are ready to learn together.

We have decided to utilise the kitchen, the sports fields and other activities so we can have fun in different ‘voice off’ environments. Children are welcome to bring a friend if this makes them feel safer.

Looking forward to meeting you all next term.

Beth (Dr T)

Year One

Ready, Set…here we go term 4!

Year 1 is looking forward to a fabulous term to end 2020! We will be learning all about Sound and Light in Science and during HASS lessons, we will be continuing on with our theme of Families, Past and Present.

Literacy and Numeracy will continue to be a major focus for us in Year 1. The students will participate in weekly whole class and group activities as they challenge themselves to reach their reading, writing and numeracy goals.

We look forward to sharing more with you as the term progresses. Please enjoy a few photos from the end of last term.

Take care!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis and Mrs Marsh

Secondary News

AUSLAN for Parklands Families

Hello Parklands Families.

My name is Beth Tailby and I am teaching Auslan here at beautiful Parklands.  We are offering families who have Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, parents, siblings etc. a space to share language and learn on Thursday mornings at 8am.

All levels and ages are welcome so please don’t worry if you don’t know any Auslan as we are ready to learn together.

We have decided to utilise the kitchen, the sports fields and other activities so we can have fun in different ‘voice off’ environments. Children are welcome to bring a friend if this makes them feel safer.

Looking forward to meeting you all next term.

Beth (Dr T)

Senior Visual Art excursion

On Monday 14th September, Year 11 Visual Art students went to Currumbin Beach to view the Swell Sculpture Festival. Swell is an annual event that draws together a diverse range of artists to display work in a public setting. This experience will be the stimulus for the Year 11’s upcoming senior assessment and artworks throughout next year. A diverse range of sculptures were displayed along the beach and near the walkway. In addition to the main exhibition, students also viewed the pop-up exhibitions ‘Westerly Swell’ and ‘Northerly Swell’; where they had the opportunity to talk with artists as well as view more works. It was a perfect day for this outdoor event!

National Science Week 2020

To celebrate National Science Week 2020, the secondary Science ambassadors and I hosted an Escape Room experience for Year 6-12 students during morning tea breaks.  In the experience, students were in a submarine, in search of the fabled Giant Squid, when a power outage left them trapped at the bottom of the ocean!  They had to complete a number of puzzles and activities in order to restore power and resurface the submarine.  I’m very happy to report that only 1 group of students remain trapped at the bottom of the ocean, as all others were able to restore the power and resurface!  A very special thanks to the Year 11 Science Ambassadors; Meagan Elvery, Matt Kent, Steffanie Pottinger and Maya Cully along with Mr Mathews; for their time and enthusiasm in creating this special experience for other students.

Mrs Schulz

Year 7 News

Welcome back to Term four!

Attendance – Every Day Counts

Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in a school academic year, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month. (“Attendance Matters,” 2018).

Regular school attendance allows your child to:

  • Cement learning and understanding
  • Connect with their classroom teacher daily, building a relationship of trust and academic integrity
  • Receive support with learning, assessment and projects
  • Involved themselves in specialist subjects (the arts, sport, design technology and digital technologies)
  • Connect with their peers face to face, rather than via other forms of media
  • Practice and master organisational and timetabling skills that will be used in further studies and the workplace.

If your child is absent for a day, please ensure that Students Services is contacted. Encourage your child to contact the teachers for the subjects they missed that day so they can complete the classwork. Alternatively, they can check the subject websites (all students know how to do this) to see the content and lessons they missed.

Getting organised for term

A great way to help your child stay on top of their assessment and homework schedule, as well as develop independence for their senior years, is to make a weekly planner including family, sporting and extra-curricular commitments, building in time for actively working on homework and assessments and even some time to connect with siblings, pets and parents. Display this schedule in a prominent area and help you child stick to their plan. Ask, ‘What is on the schedule for today?’

I encourage my senior students to use the study schedule below and map out the term. It’s a great way to develop independence for senior school, further studies and work.

Student Care and Wellbeing

Fearless Learning

The Responsible Thinking Classroom (RTC) is designed to implement a Process (RTP) which teaches children and adults how to implement effective problem solving skills in order to achieve what they want without violating the rights of others. These skills can then be applied to a range of circumstances which in addition to classroom behaviour include managing sibling or peer disputes, parent-child disagreements, learning about and using key aspects of our personalities well, planning future academic success… and the list goes on!!

One of the strategies that we use to assist students remember this Process is planning. The plan acts as a guide to students and adults to assist them develop the cognitive process of independent responsible thinking.

A child or adult’s ability to develop the skills required for independent responsible thinking can become disrupted. One of the key disruptions we see in the RTC is fear.

Occasionally we have students who despite having previous RTC experiences begin demonstrating heightened fear responses such as crying, lying or anger. When we speak with these students we usually learn one of two root causes for the child’s fear. First, fear of a parent’s negative reaction or second, fear of punishment. These fear responses, if mild, do not necessarily act as a disruption. However, if a child becomes fixated on the punishment or parents reaction, demonstrates uncontrollable sobbing, or is even demonstrating fearful responses to the idea of RTC when they are simply being reminded of the classroom rules then it is highly likely that the fear is unhealthy and impacting on the child’s ability to focus on learning responsible thinking skills.

It is common for a student who is fearful of attending RTC to remember feeling afraid, their response such as crying, and their parent’s response such as disappointment or punishment. What we also notice is that fear-disrupted students are usually unable to remember why they were referred or what they learnt about managing future similar incidents. This response is identical from the littlies in prep to year 12 students and reflects the findings of the California Science Centre (N.D) which suggests that stress hormones make it easier to recall memories of emotional experiences.

Scientific studies have shown that heightened stress can “impair the development of the prefrontal cortex, the brain region that is critical for the emergence of executive functions including making, altering and following plans; controlling and focusing attention, inhibiting impulsive behaviours and developing the ability to hold and incorporate new information in decision making (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2010).” Clearly these skills are integral to the development of independent responsible thinkers and should be cultivated from childhood right through to adulthood.

RTC is designed purposefully to be a safe place for students. It is common for students to demonstrate a mild fear response the first time they are referred to the RTC. Aware of this response the RTP Facilitators take special care of first-time students to help them have a positive RTC experience and memory. However equally important to our response is the parent’s response as this is the final stage of the process and the last memory the child will formulate in regards to their memory of the people, place and their interpretation of the experience.

This year we are aiming to irradiate fear responses in all students towards learning Responsible Thinking. So how can you help? Adults play a huge role in creating or reducing fear responses in children, a key reason for this is that children often develop fears by watching their parent’s own fearful reactions. You can help your child minimise their fear responses by following these simple ideas suggested by the California Science Centre (N.D.).

Parent’s Guide to Childhood Fear How to Apply this to RTC Related Fear
Talk to your child about their fears. Remember that to them, these fears are very real and serious If your child is afraid of going to RTC talk to them about why they are fearful, was it a specific experience, a reaction, feelings such as embarrassment or disappointment? What role are you playing in this fear memory?
Help children prepare for future exposure Talk positively to your child about what the RTC room looks like, the importance of writing a plan, the skills they will develop, the people they will meet.
Don’t allow children to avoid their fears completely as this can aid in worsening their fear Encourage children to view RTC as a place to learn new skills which is exciting rather than asking them to avoid going to the RTC. If students avoid the RTC they will not only will they become more fearful but they will miss out on learning invaluable social skills.
Share with your child positive strategies you use to overcome your own fears rather than imposing your own fears on them. If you believe RTC is a bad place or if you use RTC as a punishment your child is likely to view it the same way. However if you share how you use skills such as reflecting on how actions impact on others, how to plan future responses and how to talk calmly about problems your child will begin to utilise these strategies themselves.

Finally what type of memory do you want your child to recall in the future when they are faced with problems?

  1. A positive memory which can recall the behaviour which needs change, their goal and the steps they will take to reach their goal.
  2. A negative memory that they felt afraid and their reaction such as crying, hiding or lying in response to perceived potential emotional pain?

In RTC we celebrate every opportunity for students and adults to become familiar with using responsible thinking. Why? Because our goal is for every student to graduate year 12 with the independent responsible thinking skills they need to navigate relationships, work places and life challenges.

PCC Instrumental Music

Welcome to Term 4! We are looking forward to an exciting and fulfilling end of the year with all the music students & we are looking forward to sharing some of their performances with you later in the term. Of course Covid-19 has made that extra challenging, but this is also a great opportunity for us to show the students that we never stop learning & growing, and that we can adapt to unusual circumstances.

Lessons

All music lessons commence in week 1,  face-to-face on campus. Please be assured that appropriate cleaning & distancing measures are still in place. Students will be using their own instruments and it is the responsibility of students & parents to clean their equipment before & after home practice, lessons & rehearsals. For piano students, the piano is carefully cleaned between every lesson, as well as at the beginning & end of the day. Percussion students must bring their own sticks & mallets. Lesson timetables can be found on Mrs Patane’s window, or on the Instrumental Music website through the Secondary Directory.

Ensemble Rehearsals

Ensemble rehearsals also commence in week 1, as this is an integral & fun part of learning & playing music. As most of our Ensembles are quite small in number, we have sufficient space for appropriate distancing & will take all steps to ensure this is maintained. We also have a cleaning regime in place that the students are getting used to, so it’s great for the students to still be able to play & sing together safely. Details for weekly rehearsals are as follows:

Wind Ensemble: Wednesday 7:30am in Mrs Patane’s Music Room
Give It A Go Band: Wednesday 7:30am in the Student Services Function Room
Primary Junior Choir: Thursday 7:50am in Mrs Patane’s Music Room
Primary Senior Choir: Tuesday 2:30pm in Mrs Patane’s Music Room
Secondary Choir: Friday 7:30am in S1

While live performance opportunities are still not possible, we are making plans for recording as another way of sharing performances with the College family. More information to come.

It’s never too late 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. The next Give It A Go! intake is in 2021 – offers have been sent home already & enrolments for Year 3 students are due by Friday 23rd October.

  1. Private lessons

Private lessons are available for piano, guitar, drum kit, 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. 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 are available for download below, or by emailing instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

__PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

 

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.

Bus Service

Update from Park Ridge Transit

From Tuesday the 6th of October 2020 Park Ridge Transit  will change the way that we display school route numbers on the destination signs.

They will be displayed as per the route number on the TransLink website for TransLink services. This means, am school services will be prefixed with 60__ and pm school services will be prefixed with 61__for Translink services.

For example: Instead of displaying “School Bus 33” we will now display “School Bus 6033” for the am and “School Bus 6133” for the pm.

Services from Cedar Grove (W services) will now display  a prefix of 53 in the am and 63 in the pm. There are no changes to the numbers on Greenbank services.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on (07) 3802 1233

Regards
Park Ridge Transit

School Bus Passes for Westside Bus Company and Park Ridge Transit

Students who have a bus pass for travel will be required to obtain a new pass for the 2020 school year. If you are changing schools in 2020 (this includes moving to grade 7) or address you will need to contact our reception on (07) 3802 1233 and we will advise you of how to update your details. To avoid delays in receiving your pass we kindly request that you contact us prior to the end of the school year.

If you have no changes to your details, you will receive your new bus pass in the mail in early January.

Please note that there are limited reception facilities available at our Redbank depot and you should call before attending the depot as we maybe able to assist over the phone.

Bus Routes for Parklands

Please find attached all of the Bus routes, that have been made available to Parklands families.

Bus Queensland now offer 3 pick ups in the afternoon outside Prep with various routes.

  • Departing 3:22pm
  • Departing 3:31pm
  • Departing 3:45pm

As this is a service offered by Bus Queensland (not PCC) please direct all further enquires to Bus Queensland on 3802 1233 or email customers@busqld.com.au

PRT Changes to School Bus Routes (effective 29-01-2019)

6013

6055

6113 (1)

6142

6155

Community Notices

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

Quarantine Reflections – COVID-19 at Parklands Christian College

As I was leaving a pretty relaxed few days of the annual Associated Christian School’s Conference, I took a call from my cleaning manager.  I took the call expecting nothing more than a benign request for more equipment or supplies in what was a busy season for our cleaning staff.  Little did I know, that her call would send our school community into an unprecedented time of disruption and uncertainty, and put our humble little school on the map for unexpected reasons.

My first year as a Principal wasn’t the auspicious start to the leadership of Parklands Christian College that I thought it might be.  I had visions of connecting with my school community, and forming genuine and long lasting relationships with staff, parents and community groups.  I looked forward to running fetes, barbeques, attending sports carnivals, and participating in all the usual events that built community and enriched education.  I had left Parklands in 2016 after being part of its foundational team and spending 14 wonderful years building the school.  In late 2016, my wife Hannah and I (and our three children), were invited to serve as missionaries in the Philippines working with young women with tragic backgrounds.  Upon our return to Australia in November of 2019, I was looking forward to re-entering Aussie life and getting back into my beloved craft of education.   Little did I know…

I listened to our slightly nervous cleaning manager tell me that one of her staff had recently returned from interstate travel.  Upon learning this, she insisted that this staff member be tested for COVID-19 before returning to work.  This moment of good leadership and clear thinking from our cleaning manager probably saved our community and indeed our state from wider exposure to COVID-19.  The staff member was tested and her result was positive, and we were probably going to be on the news.

My cleaning manager and I ended the phone call calmly enough, she was to ring Queensland Health, and I was to…what was on that disaster management plan? I can’t remember who I called first, but somewhere in the next 45 minutes, I had called the Parklands Executive, our Board and key staff, Independent Schools Queensland, Associated Christian Schools and my wife.  With every conversation it slowly dawned on me that this was going to be serious, and that I wasn’t going to be able to deal with this tomorrow.

Upon my return to work, our Executive devised a plan based on the advice from Independent Schools Queensland and the now regular conversations with Queensland Health.  Initially the decision was to simply quarantine those few staff that had been in direct contact with the infected staff member, and that an announcement to our community could wait until the next day.  Unfortunately, at the very same time these discussions were taking place, staff were hosting a trade information evening with dozens of parents and students on site, and we needed to ask them to leave.  Minutes after we cancelled this event and asked parents to leave because we had discovered COVID-19 in our community, the emails and calls started flooding in.

I felt for the Queensland Health staff on the phone, I really did.  They weren’t just discovering a single Queenslander was infected, they were coming to grips with COVID-19 in a school community of 734 students, 130+ staff and almost 400 families, contractors, relief staff and visitors. The implications were staggering and decisions they made in the first few hours were going to be in the public forum almost immediately. Although the contact of the infected staff member with our community was extremely low, and the likelihood of exposure to the virus was unlikely, the decision was made to not only quarantine the few staff with direct contact, but also to close the school. By 11:30pm that first evening, we had our immediate instructions, produced an initial account of the events leading to this point, emailed staff and families, and I had drafted a media statement that I knew that I would need the following day.

Over the course of the night, the unofficial versions of what was going on at Parklands started to flow. The speculation on social media was something to behold, from both our school community and the wider community in general.  Speculation soon turned to accusation, as people sought to understand what they were reading on social media.   My wife insisted that I avoid reading anything on Facebook, and I took this advice and still know very little of what was posted in those early days.

The next morning I got up early and turned on the television, and was horrified to see a Channel 7 News reporter standing in the dark out the front of our school. As I arrived at school an hour later, dressed ready to face the media and armed with last night’s draft media statement, I met my Heads of School and a few key staff and refined our plan, edited our media statement and gave my first press conference at 9:00am. The press were actually very nice, and set my mind at ease.  I think they could tell I was nervous. After reading my statement, I took questions.  I found the experience quite good, and didn’t feel ambushed or taken by surprise.  I thank God for all those media training courses I attended that I didn’t think I would ever need!

In the first 48 hours, as we were closing our school and preparing for quarantine, we thought we should get on the phone lines and answer the never ending calls coming in through our main line, after all, parents could be calling asking for help or clarification right?  However, many of the calls came from outside of our school community, and we realised that there was little to be gained by fielding the many inquiries and requests from the general public.   After taking these type of calls for a little over an hour, we closed our phone lines and shut down our Facebook site. Ironically, during this time we actually received 2 enrolment inquiries after parents had seen us on the news.

The next week was a blur of events that saw our community go from a simple school closure, to a school wide quarantine for all students and staff.  I worked closely with the Metro South Public Health Unit from home, while our Senior Pastor, who is also on our school board, looked after our site due to his absence from our site during the period of exposure.  I worked with a small team of staff and maintained lines of communication with our community via email and SMS, while the Executive Team rolled out our Online Learning platform, PCC@Home and generally kept the school running.  I found myself up until midnight most nights drafting and re-drafting emails to parents as we released communications from Public Health to our parents and staff.  Public Health and Parklands soon developed a rhythm of working together closely to provide up to date information about the conditions of quarantine and testing.

I am a big believer that good, regular communication keeps people reassured and feeling informed, and in general our community did feel informed. However, people had a lot of questions, and unfortunately some information from Public Health changed during the course of our quarantine. Over the weekend of our quarantine, Public Health announced that all staff and students had to be retested from day 10.  The weekend of this announcement was probably my busiest since the crisis began, and my little team were swamped with emails. My team agreed on our responses, aligned our information and consistently and graciously replied to almost every concern and comment.

The only communications that came to me were the tricky ones. Some families really struggled to have their children retested, after all COVID-19 testing is not the most pleasant of experiences.  In high stress times, people need someone to talk to, and fortunately the school was able to offer that service, albeit via email.  We had countless emails asking good questions from concerned parents, and while we couldn’t offer the expertise of 13 HEALTH, we could certainly empathise with the difficult circumstances.

As quarantine progressed, and people resigned themselves to the inconvenience of staying home and isolating, the encouragement and thanks started to flood in from our school community, fellow schools, associations and friends.  Our politicians gave us incredible support, and publically acknowledged the determination and courage of our community. We had our critics, but the wave of love I felt toward the end of our trial helped me to forget the difficulty, and reminded me why I love the Parklands community so much.  One of my favourite gestures of appreciation was a delivery of doughnuts to my home.  This simple gesture really touched me, not just because doughnuts are my favourite food, but because amongst the anxiety and stress everyone was feeling, people in my community still cared in a time when I felt very alone. Thank God for these thoughtful people in our lives who send encouraging emails, drawings, cards, gifts and texts!

We finished our time in quarantine by sending out gifts to those staff who took the brunt of the crisis, I thought this was the least I could do.  We also sent gifts to the nurses who endured many days of conducting COVID-19 testing, and the Metro South Public Health Unit who I think of as my friends.  We are forever grateful for the countless professionals that cared for us during this time.  After this, we had a weekend to gather our thoughts before reopening the school on Monday 10th August. We made a big deal about our return from quarantine, and celebrated the reunification of our community.

Now that the media has gone, the critics have quietened and our students are back on site, we look forward to getting back to connecting with students and their families.  We now set our sights to finishing Term 3, and making the best of a much disrupted 2020.  I have a renewed empathy for Victorian Schools and the challenges they face as they endure extended periods of disruption and isolation, and pray for their swift return to normality, health and safety.  I truly count my blessings and consider our community fortunate that no new cases of COVID-19 appeared in our community, and that God looked after us during our time of fear and uncertainty.

Galatians 25-26 Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

Gary Cully

Head of Primary

Car Parks

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

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

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

eLEARNING in 2021 (Yr. 5 & 6)

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

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

Parents, IF your child has an iPad 2, 3, & 4 it’s possibly time to consider giving them a new iPad for Christmas, or at least factor in an upgrade some time over the next 12 months, this way you’re not forking out a lot of money in one hit for multiple siblings if the iPad becomes outdated and cannot be upgraded for school use!

We have organized an iPad Informative Parent Evening on Tuesday 13th October where questions about iPad selection, process, security, resources, Apps, class use etc. will all be answered. Look forward to seeing the Yr. 4 and new Yr. 5&6 parents in attendance on the night.

Maintaining kids’ mental health during the coronavirus pandemic
by Michael Grose

While there are concerns about the negative impact of physical isolation is having on children’s learning, we should also be concerned about their mental health. Teachers and health professionals report that the strain of physical isolation is starting to show for many children and young people. Any anxiety and fear they experience is heightened by isolation from friends, lack of access to their usual sports and leisure activities and a lack of certainty about the future.

In these challenging times kids’ mental health needs to be a high priority. The following plan laid out by the experts at Parenting Ideas will show you how to lay a solid foundation for good mental health, and outline key behaviours that will help build the resilience and psychological strength that kids need in these difficult times.

Build the foundations for good health

A healthy diet, plenty of exercise and good sleep patterns are basic to good physical and mental health. Get the foundations right and you establish optimum conditions for your child to flourish even in difficult circumstances.

Eat a healthy diet

The ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ mantra that we grew up with needs to be updated to ‘healthy gut, healthy brain’. Recent research has revealed the links between a child’s gut health and good mental health. Kids who experience anxiety and depression typically have imbalances of adrenaline (which keeps the brain alert) and GABA (which calms the brain down), that can be rectified with good gut health.

A framework for healthy eating includes eating real rather than processed foods, consuming small and regular meals, starting each day with protein and complex carbs, drinking plenty of water and keeping kids away from caffeinated drinks.

Get plenty of exercise

Exercise not only promotes good mental health. It’s also a tool that kids can use to manage their mental states. Exercise and movement send endorphins through their bodies improving mood and relieving tension and stress. Exercise and movement relaxes the muscles and reduces feelings of anxiety that build up over time.

A framework for exercise includes starting the day with some movement, taking regular movement and game breaks, finishing the school day with movement that gets their limbs moving and hearts pumping.

Maintain good sleep patterns

The benefits of good sleep patterns are immense and far-reaching, impacting kids’ learning, memory and emotional stability. Sleep restores the brain to optimum conditions and rejuvenates the body, allowing hormone levels elevated during the day to return to normal. Consequently, sleep-deprived kids experience greater anxiety doing routine tasks and have a propensity for pessimistic thinking, which is associated with anxiety and depression.

A framework for good sleep patterns includes finding an optimum bedtime; creating a regular, relaxing routine, eating and exercising at the right time, creating a sleep sanctuary and getting up at regular times each day.

Add the pillars of good mental health

Mental health is complex and is impacted by many factors including a child’s social and emotional wellbeing. The following four pillars have an insulating effect on your child’s mental health, acting as circuit-breakers when life becomes difficult and complex.

Maintain social connection

As social beings we long for connection to others and a sense of belonging to groups. While time alone can be restorative, sharing experiences, thoughts and stories with others is absolutely essential to your child’s happiness and wellbeing.

A framework for social connection includes one-on-one time with family members and other loved ones, having shared family experiences to confirm a sense of belonging, having shared time and experiences with peers from school and the neighbourhood, and a connection with the broader community through shared experience, cause or goal.

Stay in the present

The human mind is restless, taking us all over the place. It can make us feel happy recalling memories of loved ones or happy times and it can also drive insecurity connecting us to events in the past or future that fill us with dread, and make us feel anxious. Kids’ wandering minds need to take a rest and settle in the present, stopping their mental chatter, giving them the chance relax. Mindfulness is an essential mental health tool that enables children to keep their minds in the present moment, allowing them to feel safe and secure.

A mindfulness framework includes regular mindfulness exercises, doing one thing at a time, using mindfulness during an anxious moment, practising self-kindness and forgiveness.

Enjoy yourself at play

The term ‘child’s play’ is demeaning to children and dismissive of the place of play in our lives. Play is absolutely critical to our happiness and wellbeing. Borrowing from the work of Dr. Brene Brown, play is defined as any activity that’s fun (therefore highly anticipated), free (that is, self-directed) and involves flow (we don’t want it to stop). Play helps kids manage anxiety and depression as it lifts their mood and is therapeutic by nature.

A play framework includes space and time for play, child-initiated activities, a mix of lone play and group activity, and some social or physical risk may be involved.

Spend time in nature

Recent studies highlight what we already knew – that time spent in natural environments benefits our happiness, our sense of wellbeing and reduces stress and tension. The rejuvenating benefits of time spent in the bush or by the sea may be difficult to acquire during times of physical isolation but walks to the park, spending time under a favourite tree or even bringing some green shrubs inside have proven to be just as beneficial to children’s mental health.

A time in nature framework includes management and reduction of screen time, exposure to natural environments in the neighbourhood, bringing the outdoors inside, and spending some time each day outdoors.

Practise protective behaviours

Our daily habits contribute to our wellbeing and mental health. Some habits such as spending too much time in front of a screen may be detrimental. There are a number of behaviours, when practised continuously, build our resilience and resistance to daily difficulties. These include:

Keep foundation behaviours

Routine behaviours such as waking at the same time, having breakfast, exercising, showering and dressing get us ready for the day ahead. They underpin productivity, learning and wellbeing. Remove the structure provided by these foundation behaviours and many children and young people struggle, particularly those who are prone to anxiety and depression.

A foundation behaviour framework includes morning routines and rituals to prepare for the day, after school and evening wind down routines, and routines that prepare children for sleep.

Practise deep breathing

Recognition of the benefits of deep breathing dates back to ancient Roman and Greek times when deep belly breathing was used to rid the body of impurities. Modern science informs us that deep breathing instantly engages our capacity to relax and stay calm. When a child becomes anxious or fearful their breathing becomes shallow. Taking deep, slow breaths when they become overwhelmed by anxiety is the quickest way to return to a calm state. Deep breathing has great preventative powers helping the mind stay in a state of focus and calm.

A deep breathing framework includes practising deep breathing spontaneously throughout the day, combining deep breathing with mindfulness practice, using deep breathing to restore energy when tired, and breathing deeply during an anxious moment.

Check in on feelings

If children and young people are not tuning into their emotions they are missing a rich vein of information that will assist decision-making, learning and importantly, their wellbeing. It’s relatively easy to tune to into behaviour and our thoughts, but much harder to detect our emotions. The skill of emotionally checking in, developed by Prof. Marc Brackett from the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence, helps children and young people to identify how they are feeling at any given time. It requires kids to stand still, close their eyes, take some deep breaths, identify and give a name to their feeling. This simple habit of checking, once practised and learned is a wonderful life skill to acquire.

Looking after your child’s mental health may seems like a mystery at times. But there is a great deal we can do. By laying a foundation for good general health and then working at maintaining the pillars of mental health and teaching kids the protective mental health behaviours you provide them with a solid framework for maintenance of good mental health that they can take into adulthood.

Primary News

Year 1

Hello to our wonderful families!

Year 1 has been very busy learning in our classrooms over the last couple of months.

We celebrated 100 days of school and enjoyed a fun day of special activities.

We finished off our Science Unit about Chemical Changes. It was great doing experiments each week as we researched how materials change when heated or cooled.

We have been learning all about 2 digit numbers and place value during our math activities as well as measuring common classroom items with informal units of measurement.

During English activities we have been focussing on long vowel sounds and digraphs when learning about phonics and spelling. We have also been using our creative thinking when writing, using our daily writing prompts.

We are looking forward to the rest of term 3 and term 4!

Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis and Mrs Marsh

Year 6

Year 6 have been exploring micro-organisms in Science this Term. The cohort experienced an underwater themed escape room in the High School Science laboratories where they had to crack the codes and find the Colossal Squid.

They have also been conducting their own experiments where they had to gather data and evidence that supports their aim of finding what conditions are needed for mould spores to flourish.

In English and Geography the students are investigating different countries in Asia and creating interesting and comparative information reports. Students have used their technology skills to present their findings in a website or Google Slides.

Despite all the challenges of the year, the students have shown resilience and growth in their learning. We can’t wait to see what they can do next!

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.

Secondary News

September is a month of Visual Art Exhibitions!

Throughout this month, some of our Senior Visual Art students will have their artworks displayed in public exhibitions. Artwaves is an annual exhibition of works selected from secondary schools in the Logan area, coordinated by and held at Logan Art Gallery. This year the exhibition will run from Friday 11 September until Saturday 17 October. The works that will be featured from Parklands this year include:

  • Society (oil painting by Bethany Mitchell, Yr 12)
  • True Colours #1 (prints of photographs originally in a video work by Malia Tuakana Tiraa, Yr 12)
  • Bee Cycle (3 panel mixed media painting by Taylah Scott, Yr 11)
  • Texture (video work by Caitlin McKibbin, Yr 11)

B. Mitchell, Society

Another upcoming annual event in the Art calendar is the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art. This exhibition is a display of excellence for Year 11 and 12 students across the state, with regional exhibitions celebrating excellence in the area and a finalist exhibition at GOMA in 2021. This year the regional exhibitions will be digital. Student works entered from Parklands are:

  • Move with Me (installation by Kelsey Hawken, Yr 12)
  • Society (oil painting by Bethany Mitchell, Yr 12)
  • True Colours #1 (video work by Malia Tuakana Tiraa, Yr 12)
  • Brain of Colour (acrylic paint on plastic by Isabella Dahlitz, Yr 11)

Congratulations to all of our students, you have made some incredible work this year and it’s wonderful that your creative endeavours are being shared publically! There is also another opportunity to celebrate creative talent coming up – the Movements of Life Art Prize & exhibition, which was originally planned to coincide with the school Fete. Submission of works are due by the 18th of September – we are looking forward to receiving your entries in the Art Room or at Student Services. For more information, contact Sr Monique Singh msingh@parklands.qld.edu.au

RUOK

Congratulations! Year 11 Business Certificate III Business RUOK day event!

RU OK? is an Australian non-profit suicide prevention organisation, founded by advertiser Gavin Larkin in 2009. It revolves around the slogan “R U OK?”, and advocates for people to have conversations with others. The Year 11 is Certificate lll Business class has supported the RUOK day event for their project over two terms by hosting a barbecue and a yellow on uniform event. The event raised over $700 to support the R U OK? Foundation.

As a group, we felt it was important to raise awareness for mental health and wellbeing among our school community. The event was very successful. A competition was held for the best-dressed teacher and the winners of the competition were Mrs Ross and Mrs Crook. The class that raised the most amount of money by wearing yellow with their uniform was 7B with the support of Mrs Thompson.

The Year 11 Certificate lll Business class would like to thank the teachers and our school community for their support. We would especially like to thank Mrs Furlonger and the hospitality team for their work in conjunction with our team by selling scrolls , Mrs Muller for helping the team with the decorations and the BBQ, Mrs Wallis for supporting the team with the Barbeque, Mrs Hollyer who assisted us behind the scenes, and Mr Paolino for guiding us the through the risk assessment for running a barbeque.

Year 11 Certificate lll Business students and Mrs Janelle Hughes.

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.

 

Year 7 News

Fostering Connections

This year has been a year of connection.

Connection with families and loved ones over Zoom, maintaining a work connection and working online, churches have been having online services and small group ministries for months online, our busy social lives have moved to online meet up and Zoom barbeques and let’s not forget completing university, TAFE and school online.

This year has really solidified to me the importance of connection.

I have been talking to the year 7’s about the importance of maintaining connection with peers, school and self this year.

Maintaining connection with peers

As I sit at my desk after returning from a very rambunctious class of Year 7 English I realise, again, that Year 7’s love connecting with their peers. In a simple activity of researching the plurals to words such as scissor, synagogue, thesis, bacteria and radius my beloved Year 7’s found a way to invent a rap song and my classroom hosted an epic rap battle between students. Even a simple handwriting activity can turn into a class debate about whether the song by Leona Lewis is ‘Bleeding Love’ or “Breathing Love’. Teenagers love forming connections with one another and seek opportunities to do so as often as they can.

I am reminded that whist our teenagers now seek connections over Tik Tok, Snap Chat and Messenger, I was writing letters and elaborately folding them into intricate secret envelopes and writing ‘for your eyes only’ on them to my friends in the 90’s. The medium, amount of time and intensity of teenager connection might have changed, but our kids are still seeking connection with peers.

I encourage you to take the time to speak to your teen about how you use to connect with your friends in your high school days, acknowledge their want for connection and set boundaries together around time mediums used and time spent connecting. I remember my mother being quite firm on the time I was allowed on the telephone calling my friends after school.

Maintaining connection with school

I have spent a lot of time this year reading professional journals, blogs, joining Facebook groups and talking with my colleagues about how teachers can maintain connection with their students during lockdown and teaching online.

Teachers have been reaching out and building connections with their students and classes over Google Classroom, Google Meets, emails, gifs, memes and videos. We know our students want to build connection and be connected with their classes and teachers have been working so hard to keep our kids connected and working.

How can we encourage students to build their own connections independently though?

  • Stay informed
    • Together, build the habit of writing the upcoming weeks events in your child’s diary
    • Read the Google Calendar and emails together to stay informed
    • Print the assessment calendar out and highlight and mark assessments to help stay on track
  • Look towards the positive
    • Instead of focusing on the large, potentially over-whelming tasks ahead, look at the smaller positives that you are achieving. Did you use our diary properly
  • Establish small goals
    • Rather than tackle the entire assignment in one afternoon, break it into smaller more achievable parts and complete these smaller goals.

Classroom teachers really help the Year 7’s manage this by breaking our assessment into smaller parts. The current Geography task is broken into 4 distinct parts and students have turn in / check point dates for each part. This breaking down of a larger task into its smaller parts is such an important skill and one that adults do automatically, but children and especially teenagers need assistance managing.

  • Asking for help when needed
    • I cannot stress more the importance of asking for help when needed.
  • Saying hello
    • I love that our students say hello and greet visitors to our school. It is such a heart-warming value that our Parklands community values.

Maintaining connection with self

It’s hard being a teenager today.

I have had many conversations with students about how they struggle to disconnect from the world and find moments to be still. As a music teacher I love to teach about the importance of silence and that a moment’s pause can be make a piece of music so much better and completely transform the composition. I particularly love Silelius’ Symphony No.5 – III Finale, Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 9, Thirty Merc’s ‘My Completeness’ and Franz Schubert’s ‘Erlkӧnig.

During Year 7 Pastoral Care we focus on resilience, adjusting to Secondary School and how to be comfortable with yourself. Some ways to encourage your teen to be comfortable with themselves is to talk with them about:

  • Taking care of themselves
    • Eating right
    • Exercising
  • Taking the time to be silent and comfortable with yourself
    • I often play some quiet music with my music classes and some children really struggle with being quiet and not fidgeting or moving. I suggest starting off with 3 minutes and slowly building up to 5 minutes.
  • Find a hobby that makes you happy
    • I’m sure your 12 year old will reply that Tik Tok dances and Call of Duty is a hobby, but finding a physical hobby is an excellent way to develop your sense of self.
  • Know that you are loved, by God, your family, your friends and yourself.

Building connections between Senior and Middle School

During Week 6 the Year 7’s were blessed to have the Year 10 PC classes organise activities around the issue of Surviving High school and Resilience. The senior students facilitated group discussions, offering friendship and advice on topics including social media, homework, assignments, friendships, time management and what it means to be a PCC student.

Miss Abby Dixon, the Year 10 Coordinator, and the Year 10’s did a fabulous job and the Year 7’s are so grateful that the seniors chose to spend some time with us and impart their wisdom.

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  Colossians 1:17

Parklands turn out for the Boys & Girls CSSAQ Gala Day

On Thursday and Friday last week the Secondary Boys & Girls respectively played in the CSSAQ Football Gala Day at Park Ridge Panthers Football Club.

Across both days all students played courageously and represented the school with honor. There we’re some fantastic goals, leadership and sportsmanship on display which was amazing to see. Spectators from another school spoke with Mr P and Mr Lewis after the tournament and congratulated all of our students who they thought played throughout the day with great spirit and determination.

We look forward to the next CSSAQ Gala day which will be for Basketball in Term 4.

Don’t mess with Katy

It is no secret that school sport in 2020 has taken a big hit and only lately has it been recommencing in the community. Last month, Year 12 student Katy Blackmore was presented with certificates from Jidokwan and Kukkiwan (International Taekwondo Associations) in recognition of grading to 2nd Dan Black belt. She has been involved in the sport of Taekwondo for a number of years as both a competitor and coach. Congratulations Katy in receiving these qualifications, particularly in a year where sport had come to a grinding halt.  Your dedication to your chosen sport is to be commended and well done on continuing to coach the younger athletes involved in your club.

Katy is seen here receiving the certificates from her instructor and coach, Craig Drabsch of Reeves Taekwondo Greenbank.

PCC Instrumental Music

What a challenging term it has been! Despite the disruption of this term, students are continuing to enjoy their musical activities & we are still looking ahead & making plans to grow our programme in 2021 & beyond. We have finally launched our Give It A Go! Band for this year, appropriately distanced, and the students are having a great time together.

Lessons

All music lessons are continuing face-to-face on campus. Please be assured that appropriate cleaning & distancing measures are in place. Students will be using their own instruments and it is the responsibility of students & parents to clean their equipment before & after home practice, lessons & rehearsals. For piano students, the piano is carefully cleaned between every lesson, as well as at the beginning & end of the day. Percussion students must bring their own sticks & mallets. Lesson timetables can be found on Mrs Patane’s window, or on the Instrumental Music website through the Secondary Directory.

Ensemble Rehearsals

Ensemble rehearsals have all re-commenced, as this is an integral & fun part of learning & playing music. As most of our Ensembles are quite small in number, we have sufficient space for appropriate distancing & will take all steps to ensure this is maintained. We also have a cleaning regime in place that the students are getting used to, so it’s great for the students to still be able to play & sing together safely. Details for weekly rehearsals are as follows:

Wind Ensemble: Wednesday 7:30am in Mrs Patane’s Music Room
Give It A Go Band: Wednesday 7:30am in the Student Services Function Room
Primary Junior Choir: Thursday 7:50am in Mrs Patane’s Music Room
Primary Senior Choir: Tuesday 2:30pm in Mrs Patane’s Music Room
Secondary Choir: Friday 7:30am in S1

While live performance opportunities are still not possible, we’re definitely putting creative thought into other ways of sharing performances with the College family.

It’s never too late 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. The next Give It A Go! intake will be in 2021 – Year 3 students will be hearing about this very soon!

  1. Private lessons

Private lessons are available for piano, guitar, drum kit, 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. 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 are available for download below, or by emailing instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

__PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

 

VET News

Earlier this year, the college nominated Sarah as School Apprentice of the Year in the prestigious 2020 Queensland Training Awards.  Each year, hundreds of school-based apprentices from around the State are nominated in these Awards and it is my absolute pleasure to announce that Sarah is a finalist in her category for the Metropolitan Region.

For most of her senior schooling, Sarah has had an interest in pursuing a trade based (diesel fitting) apprenticeship.  After participating in various work placements in this industry, Sarah secured a mechanical fitting apprenticeship in year 11. A school based apprenticeship is not an easy path to juggle. Students must miss one or two days of school to attend work, all the while keeping up with their school and Tafe assessments.   Of special note is Sarah’s strength of character to pursue a position in a (mostly) male dominated industry and I commend her on being a role model to her peers for pursuing her passions and working hard to achieve success in her chosen field . Much appreciation also goes to her employer Mendham Engineering for providing this opportunity especially during this challenging time of Covid-19 and to Sarah’s teachers and trade facilitators, student aides, and her family for supporting Sarah’s pathways and study pursuits.

Sarah will now take part in the Queensland Training Awards judging process which includes an interview with the judging panel and reflection on her trade pathway and working life in general.

Please join me in congratulating Sarah on this special achievement and we wish her all the best for the finals which are set for 10th September.

The Skillsroad 2020 COVID-19 Youth Review has been released

Young people are facing an employment crisis and their mental health is being affected by the concerns there won’t be enough jobs for them in the future.

The Skillsroad 2020 COVID-19 Youth Review has found the biggest issue facing Australians aged 15 to 24 is mental health, as many feel “isolated, unsafe and need better tools to navigate their rapidly changing world”. Now more than ever young Australian’s need relevant, practical career-related advice, resources and support.

Read more here: bit.ly/YouthSurveySnaps

Parklands OSHC

Parklands Outside School Hours Care is now taking bookings for the upcoming September/October vacation care. 

If you would like a booking form or copy of the program please contact Miss Rachel via email or phone at:  parklandsbookings@bigpond.com, 3297 0577 or pop on down to the service (situated in the prep 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.

Community Notices

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 midst of a season full of questions, one of the most common questions that I am asked is, “…so, how’s your first year going as a Principal”? When Queensland first went through isolation, people asked this question as a sign of sympathy, with a pat on the back and a wink of the eye.  Now when people ask me this, they do so with a tone of disbelief and wonder.  I must admit, over the past few days I have also gone about the tasks at hand with a little disbelief and wonder.  Honestly, it’s been a wild ride, and I have had to learn a lot in a very short time.  I am surrounded by a great and professional team who I would be lost without, and our College Board have been a source of wisdom, affirmation and great encouragement.

I have been particularly encouraged by the support from our parents and students.  Parents have asked numerous important questions, myself included, and so have our children.  Our team has done our very best to field questions and glean answers from Public Health.  Public Health themselves have struggled from time to time to articulate the best course of action, yet together we have been able to keep our school community safe so far, and maybe even kept Queensland a little safer in the process.

As we have navigated the past week, I have talked, emailed and messaged many people.  I have listened to distressed parents, and I have empathised with their concerns.  There are also a lot of angry and emotive people out there, full of fear and blame.  In the early days of the school’s closure, we had to close our phone lines and shut-down our Facebook pages and block out the anger and accusation. While my contact with the media has been pleasant and professional, there was a great deal of speculation published across the news, social media and even local forums. At times I looked on in wonder, and simply shook my head as mass media fed the masses.

As things begin to quieten down, and we get on with the business of keeping safe and healthy, I reflect on my journey over what personally felt like a very intense time. Early in my career, my mentor and friend Ps David Baskerville taught me a simple, yet powerful truth that can be found in the Proverbs (Old Testament). Proverbs 15 states;

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (NIV).

Over the course of my career as an educator, and as a husband and father, I have found the wisdom of this proverbs to be a truth that has served me well.  A kind word, and a soft response cuts through the heat of emotion, and drives away uncertainty and hostility leaving space for people to come together.  This is a season for people to come together, and for harsh words to be forgotten.  Anger, fear and blame will not serve our community well when the important task before us is to heal and restore.

Right now, I call on our community to forget harsh words and leave behind anger, even though a little anger might be justifiable right now.  Instead, let’s move toward restoration and coming back together as an extended family on 10th August, God willing. Let our children remember this season as a time of unity and solidarity.  Together, we can get through the rest of quarantine and see each other once again in our classrooms, playgrounds, sports fields and art rooms next week. Life will be different as we embrace a new normal.  However, our lives past this point, and indeed post pandemic will be a new chance to embrace that which we have come to appreciate during isolation…each other.

Gary Cully

Head of Primary

PCC@HOME during Quarantine

We would like to extend our thanks to all of our Parklands families for your patience, cooperation and encouragement during this last week. We each have personally appreciated the messages of support and the rallying of our community as we navigate this challenging situation. Now, even with the uncertainty of the second round of scheduled testing, we move into another season of PCC@Home, a season that will hopefully last just this week (Monday 3 to Friday 7 August inclusive). Our Education team have prioritised flexibility into our approach, as we appreciate the various circumstances that students, families and teachers are facing. Some may be able and wanting to fully engage with a comprehensive learning program, while others will be navigating personal pressures, technology restrictions, testing and other logistical and emotional challenges.

PCC@HOME Approach

Our goal is to minimise interruption to learning as much as possible, share the Parklands care that is core to who we are, and provide a sense of stability during quarantine. We absolutely do not want this week (in spite of the new testing requirement) to be any more stressful for families than it already is, so please be flexible and have your children engage with PCC@Home to the degree that is comfortable for your circumstances. All going well, we will return to face to face learning on Monday, 10th August, when we will work with students to regroup and make adjustments as needed as we move forward. If you anticipate that your child can’t engage at all with learning from home, please let us know. Teachers will give direction for their year level/subject, which may vary from person to person as we are also mindful of the stress and challenges that teachers are personally facing. They have had very little time to prepare for online learning and therefore will be doing the best they can within their own personal constraints.

Primary Approach

We understand that there has been no preparation for this event and the circumstances involving our previous PCC@Home learning allowed for significant preparation of learning resources. Our aim for this quarantine period is to provide learning experiences in our core literacy and numeracy focuses, whilst making learning relevant and accessible to the real world. Whilst being conscious of the unprecedented circumstances, we aim to provide continuity of learning through our modified learning program and Google Sites platform. Our teachers have prepared their year level Google Sites, so you can access your child’s learning in the same way via PCC@Home as you did in Term 2. We are aware that our primary students may not have access to learning resources and devices, and may have siblings they share devices with, so be realistic and flexible with expectations of their learning journey. If you have any questions or concerns about the learning, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher directly.

Listening Skills

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

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

Children are so busy and pre occupied in this ‘instant society’ that they appear / are rushed to move onto the next experience so thereby don’t listen to or fully comprehend instructions.

In class this is what good listening has been encouraged to ‘look and sound’ like:

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

Kind words & friendly actions!

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

Communication

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

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

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

Specialist lessons (HPE – Mr. Lewis, Music – Mrs. Patane, Art – Mrs. Bazley, Library – Mrs. Kerr or
Student Services – Mrs. Oxley, Mrs. Sampson or Mrs. Swinn
RTC – Mr.Crawford, Miss Robinson or
LE – Mrs. Jo Anderson

If you don’t get resolve or wish to discuss the matter further after having spoken to a teacher or specialist, would you kindly then contact myself, Grant Jakins through Student Services?

Thank you for speaking to the correct person so as to assist you best with your question or concern.

 

 

 

Head of Secondary

Secondary PCC@Home

As we embark on another round of PCC@Home, our Secondary classes are off to a great start! Our teachers have worked very quickly to bolster their subject Sites, and will be maintaining continuity of learning through the Sites, Google Classroom and, for some, live lessons later in the week through Google Meet. Our students are well equipped to embrace this, having used the same platforms through our previous PCC@Home as well as using these tools in their face to face classes. If, however, your child has any concerns, they are encouraged to contact their subject teacher or a Coordinator for help.

We realise there are a variety of home circumstances, both for students and their families as well as for teachers, and therefore we will all embrace flexibility and do the best we can. When we return on site and are all together again, teachers will reevaluate individual and class progress and adjust as needed to move forward.

Our wonderful student aides in the Learning Enrichment department continue to provide excellent support to their students, and I thank them for the adjustment they make from in person to support to moving this online so very well. Our RTC staff are also available to the Parklands community to offer support during this week, and afterwards.

Year 12

Mrs Wallis (Senior College Coordinator) and I are very mindful of our Year 12 students and their specific challenges and fears through this unique year, and especially again now. We have been in contact with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), who have offered their support and assurance. Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) applications have opened and information has been shared with our Year 12 students, for those interested in further study. Mrs Wallis and I are running optional small group Meets during quarantine with Year 12 students who would like to discuss the process with us.

On a personal note, I’d like to express my gratitude for the support and encouragement offered by parents and students during this time. It meant so much to me, and to all of our executive team, to have our community rally around us. Thank you. If we can be of any support during this time, please make contact and let us know.

Primary News

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.

School Photo Day is fast approaching

Have your child’s school memories captured forever on Monday 24th August, 2020

Please refer to the home communication as to the different possibilities which will be confirmed closer to photo day.

Your photo order envelopes were sent home in Term 1. 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 FUNCTION ROOM.
    • 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.

Secondary News

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.

School Photo Day is fast approaching

Have your child’s school memories captured forever on Monday 24th August, 2020

Please refer to the home communication as to the different possibilities which will be confirmed closer to photo day.

Your photo order envelopes were sent home in Term 1. 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 FUNCTION ROOM.
    • 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.

Year 7 News

Term 3 is well and truly underway!

Student 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 verse kindness, justice, power, poverty and education, man verse nature and confidence and the development of one through their choices. In Geography, the live-ability of places are being assessed due 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 three is a busy term.

Getting organised

Year 7’s at Parklands are blessed to have a school diary that they use for organisation, planning and timetabling out their school commitments. Diaries help students keep their thought 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 uniform to RTC or to open a dialogue with a teacher regarding homework and assignments questions.

I encourage all parents to use the diary when their child arrives home as a connection point for asking the questions, ‘How was your day today?’, ‘Do you have any homework?’ or ‘What assignments are we working on this afternoon?’

In conclusion, for Year 7 students, homework and the planning of homework using a paper diary is extremely useful for learning and practising the skills of time management, organisation, discipline with keeping to set dead Guidelines and preparing them for work life post school.

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

Hello everyone,

We hope that wherever this newsletter finds you – that you and your loved ones are well and safe.

These are certainly interesting times to be living in. If someone asked us what we would be doing in 5 years time, 5 years ago, we would never have guessed that we would be in quarantine with our families, working from home and supporting students in their learning online. One thing that we can say though despite all the change, challenge and inconvenience, is that we have an incredible Parklands community.

If you are in need of assistance or help in this time, the Student Care and Wellbeing team would love to offer support to you and your families in any way that we can. If you or your children are struggling or need someone to talk to, we hope you would reach out.

Please feel free to email us at rtc-staff@parklands.qld.edu.au if you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to organise a time to speak to one of our team for support.

Please also check out the great resources that can be found on the Student Care and Wellbeing google site.

Some additional services you can contact for support:
Headspace
Lifeline – PH: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue – PH: 1300 22 4636
Kids Help Line – PH:  1800 55 1800

Some strategies to help ease anxiety or worry in this time:

  • Practice being present wherever you are. Take note of your surroundings and the company you are with.
  • Pay attention to your body and the messages it sends to you. Notice tension, tight muscles, restricted breath and take some time to relax those muscles and areas of your body.
  • Practice deep breathing. Breathe in for 4 seconds using the lower part of your stomach, hold for 4 seconds and breathe out slowly for 8 seconds. Do this on repeat.
  • Talk to someone you trust.
  • Go for a walk in your back yard or do some exercise.
  • Ensure you prioritise sleeping and eating healthy nutritious meals.
  • Ensure you engage in fun! Make sure you are reading, watching something or participating in an activity that you enjoy!

Thank you for your time and if you require anything further please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,
The Student Care & Wellbeing Team

Community Notices

Park Ridge Panthers Cricket Club

Sign-on is on August 16, 23 and 30 at Hubner Park 9-12am bottom Clubhouse for junior boys and girls aged 8 to 17 or via playcricket.com.au.  The season starts 10 October in MSW Competition, with 1330 players in age groups U10 – U17.    Park Ridge has fielded junior teams for 40 years, they all play on turf and any questions contact Lewis Mills on 0413 656 058.

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

Welcome back to Term 3.  I write to you on a cool and windy winter morning, trying to warm after standing in the car park and welcoming back our students.  As I thaw out, I look out my office window watching 734 students walking off to class, some eagerly and some with the memory of holidays still firmly etched in their minds. I hope you all had a good, and well deserved break.  I was fortunate enough to spend my break with friends and family, as they came to see our new house for the first time.  After moving back from the Philippines, our family of five squeezed in with my father in law who lives in the Redlands for 6 months while we searched for a house close to school.  I can now say we are happily locals, and I am enjoying a short 15 minute drive to and from school each day.

I spent most of my childhood growing up in and around Shailer Park, before the Hyperdome (which used to be a very cool water slide park), and while most of that area was virgin bush.  I went to Kimberly Park State Primary School, and then rode to Shailer Park State High School every day.  Now when I visit the area, I don’t recognise much of the streets and suburbs that seemingly go on forever, and I marvel at the population growth Logan City has experienced over the past 20+ years.  In fact you don’t have to venture far from our school these days to see evidence of swift growth.  In the time that I was away, the space between Park Ridge and Marsden is almost exclusively filled with new high density housing estates, and we are being told to expect an approximate population of 25,000 extra people in Park Ridge alone.

As the needs of our local population change, and as demand grows for good schools in our area, the College considers how we might serve the needs of our growing local community. To this end, we have re-engaged our architect and have re-commenced discussions regarding our Master Plan. We are conscious that the economic impacts of COVID-19 may still impact our College families in the months and even years to come, yet as we emerge from isolation in a healthy financial situation, we feel confident to cautiously pursue our building plans. We do this out of a motivation to serve our local community, and welcome new families into our culture.  We are not looking to grow quickly, nor are we seeking to become a big school.  Rather, with careful planning and attention to cultural details, we wish to extend our capacity to care for our students, and invest in their lives as they become all that God wants them to become.

For the remainder of the year, we will be developing our plans and raising funds to hopefully start preparing for a third stream (class group) of students that would commence in 2023.  In the meantime, my attention will be focused on emerging from isolation well, and re-establishing a sense of normality as we strive to provide our students with a rich and wholesome education. Excursions, camps and community events will slowly be re-introduced to our program, and it is my sincere hope that we will be able to end our year with most, if not all of our usual and much loved events.  There will be changes and disruptions in the season ahead, but I again thank you all in advance for your patience and grace as we navigate these uncertain times.

May you be blessed as we travel through this term together.

Gary Cully

Head of Primary

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 a modified ‘End of Semester Report’ via email (for the first time) 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 given you feedback on throughout the term as to how your child has progressed.

On Wednesday 22nd July we have our Primary P/T Interviews (which will take on the Profile Evening style) of being done in the classrooms, where you can book an interview ‘on line’, to discuss your child’s report with their class teacher. Be on the lookout for the Informative Email with more information, booking times and procedures!

Start of Day

A reminder that students should be on site by 8.25am 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 the latest. 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 sports 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 ongoing emphasis has been placed on ‘child safety, social distancing, washing hands’ from the beginning of term 2 whereby we’re continually reminding students to: stay 1.5m apart, regularly wash hands, 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 of an 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 to 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 just before the top exit gate, close to the Gr 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.

The Personal Skills of RESILIENCE

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:

  • 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 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 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.

Primary News

Year One

A huge welcome back to term 3 from Year 1!

We also welcomed Mr Melvold to Year 1 today. He is studying his Teacher Aide course and will be doing some practical hours with us at Parklands.

We enjoyed an amazing first day back. We wrote all about our holidays and illustrated our work. We were proud of how hard they worked and super impressed with their sentences!

We are looking forward to a fabulous time of learning over the next 10 weeks. We will be learning all about physical and chemical changes in Science and we’ll be jumping back into the past as we learn about Then and Now in our HASS unit.

We look forward to sharing more fun with you throughout the term.

Take care,
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis and Mrs Marsh

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.

School Photo Day is fast approaching

Have your child’s school memories captured forever on Monday 24th August, 2020

Please refer to the home communication as to the different possibilities which will be confirmed closer to photo day.

Your photo order envelopes were sent home in Term 1. 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 FUNCTION ROOM.
    • 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.

Secondary News

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.

School Photo Day is fast approaching

Have your child’s school memories captured forever on Monday 24th August, 2020

Please refer to the home communication as to the different possibilities which will be confirmed closer to photo day.

Your photo order envelopes were sent home in Term 1. 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 FUNCTION ROOM.
    • 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.

PCC Instrumental Music

As the holidays draw to a close, we consider the term before us – a little closer to what used to be normal, but still some uncertainty remains. We would like to think that music can provide some anchor of stability to students in this still uncertain time, & to that end we will be resuming as many musical activities as safely possible in Term 3.

Lessons

From Week 1, all music lessons will be face-to-face on campus. If families are continuing to self-isolate, there may still the option to join a lesson via Zoom. Please notify your teacher so this can be arranged, and we will do our best to include your child as fully as possible in the lesson. For those having face-to-face lessons, please be assured that appropriate cleaning & distancing measures will be in place. Students will be using their own instruments and it is the responsibility of students & parents to clean their equipment before & after home practice, lessons & rehearsals. For piano students, the piano is carefully cleaned between every lesson, as well as at the beginning & end of the day. Percussion students must bring their own sticks & mallets.

Timetables

With the prospect of a slightly more normal Term, our Brass, Woodwind & Percussion lessons will revert to rotating timetables. Timetables will be communicated by email & will be available on PCC@Home shortly.

Ensemble Rehearsals

We are keen for Ensemble rehearsals to re-commence where possible, as this is an integral & fun part of learning & playing music. As most of our Ensembles are quite small in number, we have sufficient space for appropriate distancing & will take all steps to ensure this is maintained. Details for rehearsals are as follows:

Wind Ensemble: Wednesday 7:30am in Mrs Patane’s Music Room

Give It A Go Band: Wednesday 7:30am in the Church Auditorium

Primary Choirs: arrangements to be communicated by Mrs Patane

Secondary Choir: Friday 7:30am in S1

While live performance opportunities are still not possible right now, we’re definitely putting creative thought into other ways of sharing performances with the College family. Information about those events will be communicated at a later date.

It’s never too late 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. The next Give It A Go! intake will be in 2021.

  1. Private lessons

Private lessons are available for piano, guitar, drum kit, 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. 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 are available for download below, or by emailing instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

__PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

 

Student Care and Wellbeing

Loving On Purpose – Powerful People

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

Here are 8 traits of a powerful person:

1. THEY CONTROL THEMSELVES.

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

2. THEY CREATE A RESPECTFUL ENVIRONMENT.

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

3. THEY REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM.

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

4. THEY REQUIRE OTHERS AROUND THEM TO BE POWERFUL.

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

5. THEY MAKE DAILY DECISIONS THAT ALIGN WITH THEIR VISION.

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

6. THEY LET THEIR “YES” BE “YES” AND “NO” BE “NO.”

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

7. THEY LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY.

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

8. THEY CONSISTENTLY DEMONSTRATE WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE.

Powerful people can be who they say they are on a consistent basis. And because they know how to be themselves, they invite those around them to be themselves. Only powerful people can create a safe place to know and be known intimately. They say, “I can be me around you and you can be you around me. We do not need to control each other, and we don’t want to control each other.”

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

Enjoy the journey of being a powerful person!

Check out some more information at Student Care and Wellbeing Team. Information from Danny Silk’s Blog – Loving on Purpose

 

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Community Notices

Park Ridge Panthers Cricket Club

Sign-on is on August 16, 23 and 30 at Hubner Park 9-12am bottom Clubhouse for junior boys and girls aged 8 to 17 or via playcricket.com.au.  The season starts 10 October in MSW Competition, with 1330 players in age groups U10 – U17.    Park Ridge has fielded junior teams for 40 years, they all play on turf and any questions contact Lewis Mills on 0413 656 058.

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

The End of Isolation

Monday 25th May, we welcomed back Years 2-10 on site, re-uniting the entire school population. It was so good to see our students smiling faces, and listen to their excited chatter about being back, and seeing friends and teachers. And so a normality settles over our site once again, as the time table re-starts and the vast majority of our programs re-commence. There are still some elements of our school that won’t return to normal until restrictions are eased, but I am sure by Term 3, that our school will be back in the swing of things.

It’s been an interesting season hasn’t it?  In the early weeks of the pandemic, it was hard to keep up with the ever changing health advice, rules and restrictions.  During these complex early weeks, it was hard to provide advice to our families and give you all a clear picture of what would come next.  I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the wider College community for the patience and grace you extended us during this time.  Furthermore, I want to acknowledge the many families who encouraged us during this time, with words of affirmation, support and encouragement.  We also appreciated the food!  We had several deliveries of pizza, donuts and a variety of packed goods and chocolates.  Some days, I think these kind gestures got me through.

I also wish to acknowledge how hard it was to be a good parent during isolation.  During this season, parents had faced not only great change in the workplace, but also in the home.  As a dad, I struggled to know how to best help my children study and work from home.  Fortunately, my children have been doing home schooling for the past 4 years as we lived and served in Cebu.  Maya, Lauren & Judah, kicked into home-school mode and largely picked up from where they left off.  However, even with their prior knowledge of working from home, the adjustment was significant, and at times the stress was high.  So to all of those parents out there that survived isolation and relied on PCC@Home, I congratulate you! Balancing life’s responsibilities is complex under normal circumstances, so doing this and managing your children’s learning journey is a rare achievement, well done.

As we surveyed students, staff and parents, we gathered a lot of useful information and identified a few trends.  In particular, I was interested to see how solidly students depend on their teachers, and this didn’t change much across the year levels.  This has given us much to think about as we endeavour to train our students to become increasingly self-reliant. We also identified how much students rely on their peers for support, both emotionally and in their learning journeys.  I look forward to exploring the impacts of collaborative learning (on and off line) and how it could play a part in a child’s schooling. Lastly, we heard from many parents that it was a challenge to know how much their child should actually be doing, despite the instructions provided on PCC@Home.  For me, these comments reinforce the need for clear and simple communication, and we will keep talking about the best ways to keep parents informed.

Overall, I have been encouraged by our community’s response to COVID-19 and the subsequent period of isolation.  Our community responded graciously, and generously, even to the point of families offering to contribute to the fees of those doing it tough.  What a great place to be a part of!  As we navigate these last few weeks of term, and we return to our normal rhythms, I pray that our students will appreciate what a gift it is to be at school, and join together as a community once again.  I trust that as we close out the term, and as we navigate the remaining restriction and changes, that we all appreciate and value community, and enjoy reconnecting with one another.

Gary Cully
Principal

Farewell Mr Helliwell

Farewell Mr Helliwell

I write this article today after saying goodbye to our dear friend and work colleague Mr Rob Helliwell.  Rob passed away on Saturday 23rd of May, after a long battle with his health.  While we as a school community will miss him terribly, we know that he is now at peace, without pain and in the arms of his Heavenly Father.

I first met Rob in the very early years of building our school.  Rob came to us offering to help where he could and he freely contributed to the life of the college for almost 20 years.  Rob had his fair share of health battles along the way, and it was a privilege to support him and his wife Karen through these challenging times. Rob taught both in the Primary and Secondary schools, and as his health became more challenging, he transitioned to our property team in the role of Workplace Health and Safety officer. No matter where Rob found himself in the school, he served diligently and with an ever present smile.

Although most have now graduated, many students will remember Mr Helliwell as a kind, fatherly figure with a dry, quick wit.  He was creative, resourceful and knew the value of maintaining a good relationship with his students.  His colleagues adored him, and he understood our college culture, and contributed to it faithfully, year after year.

We will miss seeing Rob around our site, as we mourn the loss of one of our own.  Our hearts go out to the Helliwell family during this sad time, and we pray they find some peace in the knowledge that Rob impacted many lives through the Ministry of Parklands Christian College, and will be dearly missed.

 

Head of Primary

Uniforms

Can we please ask that you assist us in ensuring all students are correctly dressed in the right uniform each day? We are experiencing students wearing their sport uniforms when not required and have also noticed that some students are starting to mix and match their track suit and academic jumpers 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 labeled with the student’s name?

Reports

Due to COVID 19, all students will be receiving a modified ‘End of Semester Report’ at the conclusion of this term. This amended report will inform you as to how your child has progressed both first Term and this virus affected (on and off site learning) Term.

On Wednesday 22nd July, we plan to have our Primary PROFILE Evening style Parent/Teacher Interviews in the teacher’s 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! If this day doesn’t suit you, please feel free to arrange a suitable day and time with your child’s teacher.

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 19th June and return for Term 3 on Tuesday 14th July.

  1. What is important in this Report? Bear in mind that this is a modified version of our ‘normal’ semester report! You are looking for two things as you read the reports that will help you establish what your child’s strengths are and whether they have been working to the best of their ability over this time. Before looking for the A’s, to E’s in the subject achievement section, read the general comment. Does the teacher say that your child is working to the best of their ability? Feedback from teachers at the Profile style P/T Interviews is the key to improvement as it will tell you what they need to be working on – a way forward.
  1. 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?”
  2. 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
  3. 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:
  • effort and persistence
  • planning & organization
  • engagement in learning
  • seeking help & feedback
  • problem solving
  • decision making

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 him 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.

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

 

Head of Secondary

What a joy it’s been to celebrate the return of all of our students back on site together as a community! The Year 11 & 12 students enjoyed having the campus to themselves for a couple of weeks, as they worked with teachers in ensuring their senior learning and assessments are on track. Then we celebrated the return of Y7-10 in Secondary, first as they arrived at school, then during their first break with different celebrations happening for each year level, and our student leadership team assisting. Bubble wands seemed to be a hit in the morning, at least with the staff, who seemed to enjoy playing with bubbles as much as the students seemed to enjoy being greeted with them!

As our PCC@Home drew to a close, we spent an afternoon with all Primary and Secondary teachers, celebrating the wonderful effort they put into creating and levelling up our online learning. See photos below of this celebration along with the student return celebrations. I’m so grateful to all of our staff for how they each adjusted their work tasks in order to support students and families, as well as each other during that season. We also reflected on our practice during PCC@Home, considering what elements of that high-level online learning could be brought into our everyday practice, and I am excited to see how this progresses. We’ve also surveyed our students to hear their perspective, so that together we can continue to provide the best education possible for our Parklands students.

And so I close with a great big THANK YOU to our parents, carers, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends who supported children during PCC@Home. Thank you for your support from home, to whatever extent you were capable of with your own unique circumstances. Thank you for your support of our teachers. What a wonderful community we have!

Whilst this initial stage of PCC@Home is finished, we are conscious that the broader season isn’t over, that many families will remain affected for some time. While we remain hopeful that the government’s roadmap will remain on track, we are conscious that we don’t know exactly what Semester 2 will bring, and we’re prepared to again be flexible and adjust as needed in order to look after our students. Having experienced the way our community united in the first half of this term, I am grateful to be able to confidently move into the next stages of 2020, grateful for the opportunity to serve the Parklands community and grateful that we are all working together for the best for our children.

 

 

Primary News

Year One

It has been so lovely having our students back in class. I think the children were also super excited to be back with their friends once again. We are so grateful for every child in Year 1 and we love experiencing all the different gifts each one brings to our classrooms. Each day is definitely a blessing and we are grateful.

The children have worked hard to settle back into school life. We are building up our routines once again and readjusting to larger groups again. A few highlights since returning have been our daily push up challenges. The children have been bringing smiles to our faces as they challenge themselves to do push ups each day.

We also took part in the National Simultaneous Read Aloud Day on Wednesday 27th May. At 11am we read the hilarious book, ‘Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas’ by Lucinda Gifford, along with thousands of children across Australia. We then participated in some literacy based activities which we are sure you have seen up in the Year 1 windows!

Take care everyone and stay safe!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh and Year 1’s

Year Two

This term the Year 2’s have been learning about Logan’s history. We have discussed differences in the past and present and Mrs Koplick even brought some awesome antique pieces in that we could see and touch. There was an iron, a lantern and even a waffle iron!

We were all so excited to come back to school on the first day after isolation but we had no idea that 300 balloons would meet us on the other side of the door! Needless to say that between the two classes of Year 2 students that 600 balloons (300 in each classroom) caused quite a memorable day back at school. The day ended with them all being popped, so some would say it ended with a bang! Welcome back Year 2!

Miss McNabb, Mrs Koplick and Mrs Hollenberg.

Secondary News

11/12 Visual Art Exhibition

Friday 29th May

The Senior Visual Art students held their first exhibition of the year last Friday. The works displayed reflect months of planning, development and research, as well as lots of hard work! The artworks stemmed from the units ‘Art as Code’ (Year 11) and ‘Art as Knowledge’ (Year 12) and were developed according to inquiry questions devised by the students. The exhibition featured a range of 2D, 3D and time-based media, including painting, installations, assemblages and video works. Congratulations art students on your outstanding efforts!

 

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 what 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 meet).
  • 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. So what is the level of 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 too? What is that game about and what do you need to do in the game. The latest game craze at the moment is Fortnite. 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 may 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 bulling 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 the screen time they are 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 this or play this? 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.
  • 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

Welcome back to school, from the sounds in the playgrounds it seems students are generally happy to be back on campus. We are of course delighted to have them too. As classes resume, so face-to-face music lessons have resumed in week 6. Many students have been engaged with lessons online during the shut-down, & the teachers have all enjoyed seeing their progress continue despite a disruption to the normal routine.

Lessons

From Week 6, all music lessons except for Guitar & Drum Kit will resume face-to-face on campus. If families are continuing to self-isolate, there is still the option to join a lesson via Zoom. Please notify your teacher so this can be arranged, and we will do our best to include your child as fully as possible in the lesson. For those having face-to-face lessons, please be assured that appropriate cleaning & distancing measures will be in place. Students will be using their own instruments and it is the responsibility of students & parents to clean their equipment before & after home practice, lessons & rehearsals. For piano students, the piano is carefully cleaned between every lesson, as well as at the beginning & end of the day. Percussion students must bring their own sticks & mallets.

Timetables

Considering all the changes that have taken place this term, we have decided to keep lesson times static as far as possible for the remainder of Term 2. This will be reconsidered for Term 3, depending on circumstances at the time. Timetables have been communicated by email & will be available on PCC@Home shortly.

Ensemble Rehearsals

We are keen for Ensemble rehearsals to re-commence where possible, as this is an integral & fun part of learning & playing music. As most of our Ensembles are quite small in number, we have sufficient space for appropriate distancing & will take all steps to ensure this is maintained. Details for rehearsals are as follows:

Wind Ensemble: Wednesday 7:30am in Mrs Patane’s Music Room, beginning in week 6
Give It A Go Band: commencing in Term 3
Primary Choirs: arrangements to be communicated by Mrs Patane
Secondary Choir: Friday 7:30am in S1, beginning in week 6

While live performance opportunities are not available right now, we’re definitely putting creative thought into other ways of sharing performances with the College family. Information about those events will be communicated at a later date.

Just to give you a taste of what some of the students got up to in the Zoom lessons, enjoy below some photos from “Crazy Hat Day”, “Crazy Scarf Day” & “Crazy Hair Day”…

Enrolment forms are available for download below, or by emailing instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

__PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

 

The Friendlies

The month of May holds a week to celebrate National Volunteers, what a perfect time to acknowledge our Friendlies team. I am extremely proud of our amazing Friendlies team who endlessly throughout the year volunteer their precious time to serve our community. Each and every one of them have such a huge servant’s heart. It is such a privilege and brings me so much joy to serve alongside them. Congratulations team!

This season has been a time of reflecting what we class as important in our lives and what the future may hold. For us as a committee we have been unable to hold any community events, but we have continued to bless and support many families through various times in their lives. We have been reminded that God is a God of love and we are here to serve our community and share the love of Christ with everyone we meet.

The Friendlies team are committed to loving, encouraging and caring for all of our school community. 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”.

We will continue to uphold our school community in prayer to get through this season. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Philippians 4:13

This term we made the decision to cancel our Friendlies meetings. Restrictions are changing daily so hopefully we will be able to meet at some stage in Term 3. In the meantime if you would like to know more about what we do and how you can be involved email friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au

 

Virtual Hugs to you all!

The Friendlies Team J

Principal’s Message

I think we’re going to make it!

Recently we sent out a survey to our students asking how they are going, and received some great feedback regarding PCC@Home. We will also survey our parent population to see how our Mums, Dads and carers have been faring during isolation.  In the news recently, we have seen an increasingly lively debate about when students should return to school, and how safe such a move will be for our community. The Federal Government are now urging a return to school, while Queensland seems set to keep kids at home until week 6.  Presently, Independent Schools Queensland who represent the private school sector, have urged the Government to consider returning Senior Students to their schools.  Whatever the outcome, Parklands remains poised to care for our community and supporting our students on and off site.

We are almost there.  Before we know it, week 6 will be upon us and kids will be back to school.  But what will school and indeed our community be like after isolation and beyond COVID-19?  Surely there are many businesses out there right now asking themselves why they pay expensive leases on properties when their workers could operate from home?  Will this period of disruption change some of our work and cultural habits that have never really been questioned before now?  And how will education be impacted?  Schools, including our own have poured money and resources into going online, and we would like to think that this effort and expense will be useful beyond isolation.

As we grapple with the notion of “online education” and “learning at home”, we have been reminded about what is truly valuable about education…at a bricks and mortar school. As usual, our students have helped us appreciate why we love coming to school every day.  Connection!  Overwhelmingly, when we asked our students what they miss most about coming to school each day, they say “our teachers” and “our friends”.  When I ask the teachers what they miss about teaching via a computer, they immediately say something like “my kids”, and many say this with tears in their eyes.  Schools are made for connection.  We are made for connection, and when connection is broken or changed, something within us cries out to be restored with those from whom we have been separated.

We are all eager to have the whole school community back on our site as soon as possible.  I look forward to the day when I can greet people in the car park of a morning, and talk to students in the playground.  As the impacts of COVID-19 are fully realised and understood on our economy, society and in education, there will inevitably be some changes.  However, I am confident that as we emerge from isolation, we will all be reminded of the things we truly value and have missed.  And we have missed our students!

I look forward to being reunited with you all again soon, and remind you that we are almost there.  Keep reaching out if you need help, and let us support you during this season.  I encourage you all to stay connected to Parklands, and participate in the many online initiatives designed to keep us feeling united as a community.  Keep an eye on Facebook and contribute as best as you can and join the fun.

May God bless you and keep you all safe.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary

The Premier has announced that from next Monday, 11th May, 2020, students in Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 will be able to return to school.

Children of essential workers and vulnerable children will continue to be able to attend school for supervision.  If you have other extenuating circumstances that mean you would like your child to attend school, please contact your child’s teacher or Student Services to discuss this matter further.

For students in Years 2 – 10, the current PCC @ home based learning arrangements will remain in place.  If low COVID-19 transmission rates continue, students in Years 2 – 10 will be able to return to school from Monday 25 May, 2020. Confirmation of this step will be made by 15th May 2020.

It is recognised that some parents may choose to keep your child at home due to concerns about COVID-19 and this decision will be respected.  If parents choose to do this, I ask that you kindly notify Student Services to discuss how we can support you as you continue to offer learning @ home for your child.

Top 5 tips for schooling @ home

Having children at home doing their schooling is a new experience for many parents and carers all over the world at the moment. Here are five tips to keep you sane, your learners on track, and make it work in your home:

  1. Routine

Encourage your child to go through the same routine every morning as if they were going to regular school; get up on time, get ready, have breakfast, dress in appropriate clothes, and be ready to start at their computer at the same time each morning.

  1. Learning space

Your child might be fortunate enough to have an ideal space with a desk in their own bedroom, but if not choose and create a space in the home that will give them the best possible environment for learning, with minimum distractions, and make it their ‘school HQ’. Maybe somewhere quieter (or find some noise-cancelling headphones?), with good lighting, and a bit out of the way. It might also help to have a clear desk or shelf nearby to arrange resources.

  1. Schedule

Children like structure. Organise the day into a schedule, and involve your child to give them some leadership and ownership of their school day, and so they have buy-in. This will also give them an opportunity to develop their soft skills, like teamwork and effective communication. Include breaks to suit their personality and age, such as more frequent breaks for younger children and longer learning sessions for older children. Visual aids can be helpful too, like a printout of the schedule on the wall, or – if there’s more flexibility in their week – a schedule with rearrangeable subject cards pinned on a corkboard.

  1. Be realistic

At home, staying on task for the equivalent of a full school day can be a challenge for many children (and their parents and carers!), and may not actually be necessary to achieve their learning for the day. Choose a reasonable amount of time for your child to be on their computer, engaged in active learning. Without the usual between-class breaks and other school activities, it may be about 4-5 hours each day. And while schools may be implementing ways to enable parents to get more involved in their child’s learning if you were not a subject expert before, you are not expected to be one now, and schools also understand that many parents still have their own work to do. Do what you can to be available for your child and help them find solutions if they ask, but otherwise, allow them to manage their work as much as they can on their own (and don’t feel guilty about it!).

  1. Explore resources

There are excellent online education resources available, for ALL subjects and people and organisations around the world have responded to this global situation by offering children new and special virtual experiences. Check our Parklands Year Level Sites, explore online, and help your child take advantage of what is available that interests them. Examples include storytime readings for #OperationStorytime, by well-known authors on their Instagram feeds, or on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Many zoos and museums are offering virtual tours, webcasts and digital resources. Children can even enjoy subject lessons from world experts, like biology with Sir David Attenborough and science with Professor Brian Cox, via the BBC’s Bitesize Daily website!

I hope these points proves useful and beneficial as we can all get through this together.

Help stop the spread of Covid-19 and stay healthy

Hygiene

Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect themselves and others against infection and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Good hygiene practises include:

  • washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or using hand sanitiser, when entering school, and at regular intervals throughout the day
    – particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
    – for younger students, this may include having a regular hand washing schedule (a game could be developed for younger students to come up with a 20 second hand-washing song)
  • covering coughs and sneezes with ones elbow or a tissue
  • placing used tissues straight into the bin
  • avoid touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth
  • not sharing food or drink

Physical distancing

One way to slow the spread of coronavirus, is physical distancing (also called social distancing). The more space between people, the harder it is for the virus to spread. There is a range of measures schools are taking to support physical distancing and reduce transmission within the practical limitations of a school environment.

Message for parents: if your child is sick, they must not go to school. You must keep them at home and away from others. Remember to maintain social distancing from other parents and teachers when attending school, including when dropping off and picking up your children.

Message for children: tell your parent, guardian or teacher if you are feeling sick.

Message for teachers: do not come to work if you are sick or in a vulnerable person category.

Message for all adults: the greatest risk of transmission in the school environment is between adults. It is of upmost importance that teachers and parents alike maintain social distancing between themselves and each other at school.

Schools are already engaging in creative and innovative ways to engage their students online and in-person, while practising social/physical distancing and minimising risk. These include:

  • adapting activities that lead to mixing between students, including reduced after-school and inter-school activities
  • where possible, adding flexibility to the work day
  • where possible, avoiding close-proximity queuing in lines and encouraging increased space between students, for example, by placing markings on the floor
  • encouraging students to maintain 1.5m distance when entering or leaving a classroom
  • cancelling school excursions, assemblies, sporting activities and other large gatherings
  • where possible, conducting lessons outdoors or in environments with enhanced ventilation
  • where possible, arranging classroom furniture to leave as much space as possible between students
  • maintaining smaller classes
  • suspending group work if the activity cannot be modified to avoid close physical proximity (1.5m)
  • ceasing public access to playgrounds and high touch play equipment
  • teachers monitoring students during non-class times to ensure they are maintaining 1.5m social distance
  • providing a mix of @ home and campus-based education
  • student work being submitted electronically, where feasible
  • student work being handed to a teacher for feedback rather than feedback being provided immediately by the teacher in close proximity to the student
  • encouraging non-contact greetings

Thank you all for doing your bit to keep our school community safe and sound and virus free!

Parent Support and Involvement

Learning isn’t bound by the school gates. Research indicates that ongoing parental involvement in children’s learning reaps benefits in many ways, including shaping positive attitudes to learning and supporting student achievement. Finding practical ideas for parents to engage in learning in a way that is fun and purposeful takes time that classroom teachers don’t always have.

Learning Potential Resources can help. This parent-friendly website is free to access and provides a range of literacy and numeracy activities designed to support the Australian Curriculum for primary school children.

Visit the Learning Potential Resources website

Browse by year level band and discover:

  • Everyday ideas – simple activities for home and out and about
  • Practise together – offline activities to reinforce literacy and numeracy skills
  • Practise online – interactive games and videos.

Enjoy the time spent learning and having fun together.

Ms. Sarah Mitchell, the NSW Education Minister has urged parents battling to balance jobs and their children learning @ Home, not to expect too much from themselves, saying younger students don’t have to complete all the work per lesson or try follow the structure of a ‘normal’ school day.

Sarah Mitchell’s comments come as education experts said trying to replicate a full school day of learning @ Home could be counterproductive for younger students. Ms. Mitchell, who has a child in year 1, said she understood the pressure of balancing learning from Home lessons with her work. “I want to say to parents and carers, please don’t expect too much from yourself.  I think it would be sufficient for lower primary school kids to do a bit of maths, reading and writing, and then have some fun learning by doing – baking, building puzzles/Lego and making things from items around the home.”

Even though your child is now at home, we want to assure you we are still very much committed in partnering with you by providing your child with a quality and continuous education.  Our Primary School teachers are dedicated to provide instruction and guidance to support your child’s learning during this season of uncertainty.

Together we will get through this!

Primary News

Year 1

Hello to all our wonderful Year 1 families.

We have been proud beyond words of everyone’s hard work to make this term flow smoothly. We are so grateful for your support and kind words of encouragement.

Our kiddos are, of course, super stars and we have been blown away by their amazing efforts and fabulous attitude as they embarked on their learning journey at home and at school. We have been encouraged by all the photos we’ve seen of your children working at home- thank you. We cannot wait until we are all together again, but until then, be safe, take care and stay healthy.

We miss you!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis and Mrs Marsh

Year 7 News

Hasn’t term 2 been crazy!

I am so very proud of how the Year 7’s have stepped up and taken to PCC@home!

It is certainly a difficult transition to make from packing their school bag, being organised for class and coming to a physical room and interacting with a teacher to learning online. I’m sure every home has had moments of joy and a few tears as we have all transitioned to working online.

Can I encourage you all the keep the discussions lines open in your home with your Year 7 student, as we come to a busy time of term, both in the potential staggered return to school and with drafts of assignments becoming due.

Have a daily conversation with your child asking:

  • What are your learning goals today?
  • What do you need from me?
  • How can I help you work towards your best?
  • What is your timetable looking like today?
  • What tasks do we need to break down and work on?
  • Do you have any Google Meets today?
  • What Google Classroom tasks are due today?
  • Have you had a quick mind break away from a device?

In our combined Year 7 Google Classroom I have set a challenge each weekend to encourage the students to put their devices down and get outside or to be creative with their family.

One of the challenges asked students to join in the #gettymuseumchallenge by recreating a popular painting or photograph with what they had in isolation.

We had some fantastic submissions with Justin Hunt being Charlie Chaplin, Jordana O’Neil channeling Pro Hart and Georgia Holland using her younger sister Grace as the star in her recreation of Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’.

May I take this time to wish you and your family health and peace during this time.

Breathe a spirit of love and self-discipline into our community that we continually promote and protect our families and our most vulnerable. Strengthen our witness to embody examples of compassion, mercy and love. Support and protect our health care workers, teachers, essential workers and all who serve the community and others before self. We trust in your great compassion and unconditional promise always to be with us.

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

Sport

JOIN THE FUN: THE PUSH-UP CHALLENGE – 11th to 31st May 2020

Challenge yourself physically, learn about mental health, engage in some friendly rivalry and help Parklands support mental health and suicide prevention through The Push-Up Challenge.

Over the course of 21-days in May you’ll be challenged to complete 3,046 push-ups in total, representing the number of lives lost in Australia to suicide in 2018.

You can complete all 3,0