CSSAQ Basketball

In week 2 of term 4 our college sent 5 teams off to CSSAQ Basketball which was held in North Brisbane. This was a great competition to cap off the basketball season with teams training from the start of term 2 with USL basketball starting this year. All teams showed huge improvement throughout the year and it showed at this competition. Well done to all who competed and the coaches for guiding the students throughout the year.

Rugby League

Friday week 2 we had our junior boys’ rugby league travel to Redcliff to take on some of the biggest schools in ruby league. Facing off against Stretton, Kelvin Grove and Redcliff, the boys performed well and gained some great experience from the day. We are looking forward to more great days like this in 2022.

Sports Awards

The sport awards are a celebration for the year of sport at the college. It is a great time to look back and acknowledge great improvement, outstanding performances and shine a light on the great that is becoming synonymous with Parklands Christian College. We had Michael Hancock speak to the students about making good choices in their life and tell some great stories from his time with the Broncos. We would also like to thank the staff for getting involved in sport this year, the students and sports department appreciate it. Thank you to the 2021 house captains, Hannah. Meagan. Matt and Charlotte for flying the flag for your respective teams and congratulations to SAMUEL house for taking out the House Champs Trophy this year in the tightest of finishes. Well done.

Our big award winners for the day went to 4 students with an outstanding effort over the year who took out the sportsperson’s of the year for 2021.

Nadine Bosanac
Justin Hunt

Hannah Takada
Levi Tomic

What’s on this Term

• Grade 3-6 Rugby League – Tuesdays 2.30-3.20
• Grade 4-6 Hit Kick Run – Thursdays 2.30-3.10
• Prep-3 NetSetGo – Tuesdays 2.30-3.10 (still places available)
• Primary CSSAQ Team Games – Monday the 1st of November
• Primary Sports Awards – Friday 12th of November

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

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

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

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

Labeled Uniforms

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

End of Day Procedures reminder

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

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

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

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

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

Car Parks

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

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

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

2022 Class Placements

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

We believe God has a destiny for every student in our school. He has already placed within them the skills, gifts and talents that they need so as to become the person God intended them to be. We are also blessed to have excellent teachers at Parklands because of God’s call on their life. Class teachers, Aides, all specialist teachers, RTC, LE Staff and myself spend an enormous amount of time discussing, praying about and working through the issues involved with student & class teacher placements and in trying to ensure that classes are well balanced. The matters of learning style, academic ability, behavioural concerns, student & staff personality, friendships, as well as social and emotional needs are earnestly discussed in the whole class selection process!

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

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

What’s New?

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

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

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

New Primary School Building Plans

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

The secret of confident kids

By: Michael Grose

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

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

Independence leads to the 4 C’s

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

Here’s how:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Create junior versions of independence

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

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

Teaching your kids about consent

by Michael Grose

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

Establish home as a safe place to talk

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

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

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

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

Teach no means no

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

Emphasize choices

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

Teach kids to seek consent

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

In closing

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

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

Senior School Co-ordinator

Senior News…

Amen! How great is our God?

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

Year 11 Leadership Camp

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

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

Senior College Attendance

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

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

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

Certificate Courses & VET Work

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

Year 10 Subject Changes

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

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

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

Year 11 Update

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

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

Year 12 Update

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

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

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

Face Masks

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

Blessings,

Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Coordinator of Senior College

Middle School Co-ordinator

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

Middle School Events

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

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

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

Finishing Well

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

Subject Selections for 2022

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

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

Communication

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

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

Mr Colin Elvery
Middle School Coordinator

Year 7 News

Time away from devices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The facts about teen smartphone use and relations

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

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

Secondary News

Face Masks

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

 

 

Primary News

Prep

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

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

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

The Prep Team

Year 1

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

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

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

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

Until next time, take care!

Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis, Mrs Marsh and Mrs S

Year 2

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

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

 

PCC Book Fair coming soon!

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

 

 

Student Care and Wellbeing

Loving On Purpose – Powerful People

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

Here are 8 traits of a powerful person:

1. They control themselves …

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

2. They create a respectful environment …

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

3. They refuse to be a victim …

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

4. They require others around them to be powerful …

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

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

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

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

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

7. They love unconditionally …

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

8. They consistently demonstrate who they say they are …

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

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

Enjoy the journey of being a powerful person!

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

 

PCC Instrumental Music

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

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

Lessons & Rehearsals

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

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

Give It A Go! Band Programme

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

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

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

Performances

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

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

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

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

  1. Private lessons

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

  1. Shared lessons

Shared lessons are available for all of the above instruments except piano, guitar & voice. Lessons are again scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are also billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $18/30mins for a Group of 2 or $14/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability.

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

PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

The Friendlies

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

Our mission statement is:

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

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

For Now, Keep Smiling!

The Friendlies Team

friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au

Community Notices

Logan City Council

Community Support for Students in need

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Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival 2021 presents:

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Streetfest

Beta Blvd – Indoor Climbing

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

Fair Play Voucher Provider

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

HaveAGo-Flyer Indoor Climbing

FairPlay-Poster Indoor Climbing

SWIFF

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

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

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

The rules are simple:

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

Chess Mates Club

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

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

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

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

 

Logan Little Legends

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

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

New Super Futsal

parklands Free come & Try Futsa-min

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

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

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

Looking forward to a fantastic season of Futsal!

Tae Kwan Do

Moon Lee Tae Kwon Do classes have started up again in the school hall (BSC) on Mondays 3.30 – 4.30 pm.

New students and previous students are welcome.

  • First class Free
  • Family Concessions
  • Value Packed Family Activity
  • Over 50 clubs in Brisbane Area
  • Free Uniform offer (this month call now!)
  • Character Traits instilled in students from learning Tae Kwon Do are: Modesty, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit, Self Defence, Physical Fitness

For more information phone the instructor, Colin Garrick (8th Dan Black Belt 45 years experience teaching)  Ph: 0438 865 800 or the Club Office: 1300 101 303

Rugby Union

Park Ridge Football Club

Park Ridge Tennis

2021 TERM 1 SIGN UP ON NOW
FREE HOTSHOTS TRIAL LESSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speech Therapy at our College

Does your child experience difficulties in any of the following areas?

  • Comprehension
  • Oral Language expression/talking
  • Written Language
  • Reading & writing/literacy
  • Listening and following instructions
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Voice
  • Stuttering
  • Socialising and friendship
  • Behaviour

If so it may be the result of an underlying speech and language difficulty. Speech Pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. Speech Pathologists assess and provide life improving treatment, support and care.

Michelle Sparg is an independent, mobile, private certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist with 24 years of generalised and highly specialist experience having worked with Kindy, Primary and Secondary Students.

Michelle Sparg, a certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, is in her 9th year of working successfully at our school alongside students, parents, teachers and learning support staff to maximise learning potential within the classroom.

For further information on this highly valued service currently offered at our College, please contact Michelle Sparg on sparg4@bigpond.com or 0435492716.

Free Dental Care

FREE DENTAL CARE

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

Correct and Labelled Uniforms

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

eLEARNING in 2022 (Year 5 & 6)

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

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

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

Listening Skills

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

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

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

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

Communication

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

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

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

Specialist lessons:

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

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

Kind Words and Friendly Actions!

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

Definition of Bullying:

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

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

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

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

Behaviours that are not bullying include:

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

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

Primary News

Lost Property

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

Year 1

August

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

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

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

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

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

September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Year 2

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

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

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

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

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

Year 6

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

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

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

Secondary News

Year 9 – Visit a Farmer

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

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

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

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

 

Year 9 – Walk for a Farmer

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

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

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

Visual Art news

ARTWAVES Student Exhibition

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

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

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

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

Congratulations once again to all chosen!

CREATIVE GENERATION EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR SENIOR ART STUDENTS:

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

SENIOR ART EXHIBITION #2:

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

Lost Property

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

Athletics Carnival

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

CSSAQ Netball Results

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

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

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

CSSAQ Football

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

Calamvale Basketball

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

 

District Athletics Team

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

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

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

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

Student Care and Wellbeing

Exam Stress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technology

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

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

Self Care

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

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

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

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

Here’s some ideas:

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

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

PCC Instrumental Music

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

Now that the term is well underway, it’s wonderful to hear all the students making music on their instruments and hearing the development of skill happening in real time. Everyone is busy preparing for our upcoming Instrumental Showcase on Tuesday  24th August and some students are also preparing for AMEB exams. It’s a busy time here in the Music Department!

Lessons & Rehearsals

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

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

Give It A Go! Band Programme

It’s also been wonderful to hear our current group of Give It A Go! students making more progress & learning new things! I’ve been hearing students improving their tone & becoming more proficient, and it’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm in these budding musicians. Students need to make sure they continue to practise between lessons, for at least 10-15mins per day. This will help them consolidate the skills they have gained in their lessons, and be ready for what’s next.

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

Performances

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

In Term 4 we will be holding our first Arts Finale, a fantastic night of music, art, drama & song, brought to you as a collaborative effort by all our wonderful arts staff & students. This will be the culmination of the year’s work for our performance students, and we’re planning something truly special. Again, more information will be communicated later in Term 3, so be on the lookout for dates & times.

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

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

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

  1. Private lessons

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

  1. Shared lessons

Shared lessons are available for all of the above instruments except piano, guitar & voice. Lessons are again scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are also billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $18/30mins for a Group of 2 or $14/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability.

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

PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

The Friendlies

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep Smiling 😊

The Friendlies Team

 

 

 

Community Notices

Beta Blvd – Indoor Climbing

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

Fair Play Voucher Provider

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

HaveAGo-Flyer Indoor Climbing

FairPlay-Poster Indoor Climbing

Holiday Camp for Young Writers

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

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

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

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

Competition Time!

SWIFF

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

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

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

The rules are simple:

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

Life Skills Program

6 – Life Skills Development Booklet_Final

Drought Angels

For more information:  drought angels

Chess Mates Club

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

Tuesday 3:15 – 4:00
Starting Week 3
$10 per session
Located at the BSC (Baskerville Sports Centre)

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

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

 

Logan Little Legends

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

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

New Super Futsal

parklands Free come & Try Futsa-min

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

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

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

Looking forward to a fantastic season of Futsal!

Tae Kwan Do

Moon Lee Tae Kwon Do classes have started up again in the school hall (BSC) on Mondays 3.30 – 4.30 pm.

New students and previous students are welcome.

  • First class Free
  • Family Concessions
  • Value Packed Family Activity
  • Over 50 clubs in Brisbane Area
  • Free Uniform offer (this month call now!)
  • Character Traits instilled in students from learning Tae Kwon Do are: Modesty, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit, Self Defence, Physical Fitness

For more information phone the instructor, Colin Garrick (8th Dan Black Belt 45 years experience teaching)  Ph: 0438 865 800 or the Club Office: 1300 101 303

Rugby Union

Park Ridge Football Club

Park Ridge Tennis

2021 TERM 1 SIGN UP ON NOW
FREE HOTSHOTS TRIAL LESSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Jays Netball Club

Sign on Brochure 2021

Speech Therapy at our College

Does your child experience difficulties in any of the following areas?

  • Comprehension
  • Oral Language expression/talking
  • Written Language
  • Reading & writing/literacy
  • Listening and following instructions
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Voice
  • Stuttering
  • Socialising and friendship
  • Behaviour

If so it may be the result of an underlying speech and language difficulty. Speech Pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. Speech Pathologists assess and provide life improving treatment, support and care.

Michelle Sparg is an independent, mobile, private certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist with 24 years of generalised and highly specialist experience having worked with Kindy, Primary and Secondary Students.

Michelle Sparg, a certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, is in her 9th year of working successfully at our school alongside students, parents, teachers and learning support staff to maximise learning potential within the classroom.

For further information on this highly valued service currently offered at our College, please contact Michelle Sparg on sparg4@bigpond.com or 0435492716.

Free Dental Care

FREE DENTAL CARE

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

WELCOME BACK

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

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

REPORTS

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

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

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

START and END OF DAY

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

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

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

UNIFORMS

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

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

COVID SAFETY aspects in and around our school

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

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

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

Helping Children Bounce Back!

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

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

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

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

Examples of such thinking include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Middle School Co-ordinator

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

Subject Changes for Semester 2

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

Year 7:

History becomes Geography: same teacher and same room

7a

– Visual Art on Monday p6/7: Mrs Holman

– Digital Technologies on Tuesday p4/5: Mr Braun

– Drama on Thursday p1/2: Miss Matthews

7b

– Music on Monday p6/7: Mr Elvery

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

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

Year 8:

History becomes Geography: same teacher and same room

8a

– Business on Tuesday p6/7: Miss Dixon

– Drama on Thursday p4/5: Mrs Kelly

– Digital Technologies on Friday p1/2: Mr Braun

– Visual Art on Friday p4/5: Mrs Jo

8b 

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

– Design on Thursday p/5: Sr Monique Singh

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

– Music on Friday p4/5: Mrs Braun

Year 9 Subjects

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

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

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

Year 9 Subject Change Process

– pick up a form from Students Services

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

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

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

– return the form to student services.

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

Opportunities for Middle School this semester

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

Some events to look out for:

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

Year 8 Geography Excursions: Southport Seaway

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

USL Sport for Term 3: Netball and Soccer

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

CSSAQ Athletics, Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer

Year 8 FTT: Capes 4 Kids

Year 9 Shine and Strength Programs

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

….. and many more.

Musical – “What’s Inside?”

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

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

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

Semester Two

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

Mr Colin Elvery
Middle School Coordinator

Senior School Co-ordinator

Senior News…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings,
Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Coordinator of Senior College

Primary News

Lost Property

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

Year 1

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

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

Year 7 News

Welcome back to Term 3

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

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

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

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

Indeed, Term 3 will be a busy term.

Increased homework for Semester Two

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Care and Wellbeing

SELF-CARE

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

Self-care for students

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

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

SLEEP

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

Here’s some reasons why sleep is important:

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

MOVEMENT

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

Physical activity can help you to:

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

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

NUTRITION

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

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

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

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

OTHER SELF-CARE

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

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

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

PCC Instrumental Music

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

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

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons will commence again in Week 1, even on the first day of school! It’s wonderful to hear so many students progressing so well. Repetition is the key to all learning, so please continue to encourage your children to practice each day at home – mini concerts are a great way to do this! Maybe each Friday night after dinner your child can give a family concert, playing whichever pieces they’ve been working on during the week. This is a great way for you to show them appreciation for their hard work and for them to become accustomed to performing in front of other people.

All Ensemble & Choir rehearsals will also commence in Week 1, including Wind Ensemble at 7:30am on Tuesday 13thJuly – yes, the first day back at school – and continue right through to week 10. Any changes to regular rehearsals will be communicated by email to both students & parents.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

It’s also been wonderful to hear our current group of Give It A Go! students making more progress & learning new things! I’ve been hearing students improving their tone & becoming more proficient, and it’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm in these budding musicians. Students need to make sure they continue to practise between lessons, for at least 10-15mins per day. This will help them consolidate the skills they have gained in their lessons, and be ready for what’s next.

Performances

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

In Term 4 we will be holding our first Arts Finale, a fantastic night of music, art, drama & song, brought to you as a collaborative effort by all our wonderful arts staff & students. This will be the culmination of the year’s work for our performance students and we’re planning something truly special. Again, more information will be communicated in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout for dates & times.

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

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

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

  1. Private lessons

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

  1. Shared lessons

Shared lessons are available for all of the above instruments except piano, guitar & voice. Lessons are again scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are also billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $18/30mins for a Group of 2 or $14/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability.

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

PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

The Friendlies

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

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

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

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

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

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Community Notices

Life Skills Program

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Drought Angels

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Chess Mates Club

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

Tuesday 3:15 – 4:00
Starting Week 3
$10 per session
Located at the BSC (Baskerville Sports Centre)

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

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

Logan Little Legends

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

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

New Super Futsal

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

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

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

Looking forward to a fantastic season of Futsal!

Tae Kwan Do

Moon Lee Tae Kwon Do classes have started up again in the school hall (BSC) on Mondays 3.30 – 4.30 pm.

New students and previous students are welcome.

  • First class Free
  • Family Concessions
  • Value Packed Family Activity
  • Over 50 clubs in Brisbane Area
  • Free Uniform offer (this month call now!)
  • Character Traits instilled in students from learning Tae Kwon Do are: Modesty, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit, Self Defence, Physical Fitness
For more information phone the instructor, Colin Garrick (8th Dan Black Belt 45 years experience teaching)  Ph 0438 865 800  or club office 1300 101 303 .

Rugby Union

Park Ridge Football Club

Park Ridge Tennis

2021 TERM 1 SIGN UP ON NOW
FREE HOTSHOTS TRIAL LESSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Jays Netball Club

Sign on Brochure 2021

Speech Therapy at our College

Does your child experience difficulties in any of the following areas?

  • Comprehension
  • Oral Language expression/talking
  • Written Language
  • Reading & writing/literacy
  • Listening and following instructions
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Voice
  • Stuttering
  • Socialising and friendship
  • Behaviour

If so it may be the result of an underlying speech and language difficulty. Speech Pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. Speech Pathologists assess and provide life improving treatment, support and care.

Michelle Sparg is an independent, mobile, private certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist with 24 years of generalised and highly specialist experience having worked with Kindy, Primary and Secondary Students.

Michelle Sparg, a certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, is in her 9th year of working successfully at our school alongside students, parents, teachers and learning support staff to maximise learning potential within the classroom.

For further information on this highly valued service currently offered at our College, please contact Michelle Sparg on sparg4@bigpond.com or 0435492716.

Free Dental Care

FREE DENTAL CARE

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands family,

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

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

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

Thank you for a wonderful and enjoyable Term 2.

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

NAPLAN Testing

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

Uniforms

Can we please ask that you assist us in ensuring the students are correctly dressed in the right uniform each day? We are experiencing students wearing their sport uniforms when not required and have also noticed (now that it’s getting cold) that some students are starting to mix and match their track suit and jumper tops or even wearing non-school jumpers. If unsure about uniform items or correct uniform requirements, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, the RTC, uniform store or check our website for photos and details. Would you please be so kind as to ensure that ALL uniform items, water bottles and LUNCH box items are clearly labelled with the student’s name?

Reports

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

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

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

How to read a report card:

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

Here I will explain:

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

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

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

How to involve your child in reading the report card:

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

Praise:

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

Rewards:

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

• Think about starting to remove extrinsic rewards for results.

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

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

Praise their:

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

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

Finding the off switch when kids worry.

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

1. Broaden their vision

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

2. Put their attention elsewhere

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

3. Give the worry a name

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

4. Put your worries in a jar

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

5. Limit talking time

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

6. Normalise rather than lionise their anxiety

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

7. Give them the tools to relax

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

8. Move, baby, move

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

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

Middle School Co-ordinator

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

New Drama Space

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

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

Activities around Middle School

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

Open Mic

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

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

STEM Testing

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

Winter Uniform Expectations

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

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

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

Musical – “What’s Inside?”

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

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

June Holiday Break

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

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

Mr Colin Elvery
Middle School Coordinator

Senior School Co-ordinator

Senior News…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings,
Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Coordinator of Senior College

Parklands Fete Success

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

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

Mrs Amanda Young

Primary News

Lost Property

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

Prep

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

Year One

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

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

Year Five

Hello to our Parklands families!

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless,

Mrs Lisa Edwards and Mr Simon Ashley

Secondary News

Lost Property

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

 

Sport

USL Basketball

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

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

Upcoming games

Week 8 – Monday June 7

Home

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

Away

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

District Representatives

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

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

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

Primary CSSAQ Team Games

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

Term 3

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

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

New Super Futsal

Parklands Free Come & Try Futsa-min

Parklands Christian College, in conjunction with Super Futsal, are super proud to be offering Futsal right here in our newly upgraded Baskerville Sports Centre. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday, 10th March 2021. Please see the flyer for Junior Boys and Girls and Adult times.

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

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

Looking forward to a fantastic season of Futsal!

Student Care and Wellbeing

Family Interaction – Children and Responsibilities

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

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

  1. Give choices.

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

  1. Be relaxed.

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

  1. Start young.

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

  1. Words of Affirmation.

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

  1. Be clear and consistent.

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

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

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

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

PCC Instrumental Music

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

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

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons have been “humming along” in Term 2! It’s wonderful to hear so many students progressing so well. Repetition is the key to all learning, so please continue to encourage your children to practise each day at home. The number of days each week is actually more important than the length of time, so 15-20mins every day is more valuable than 1hr only once a week. As students advance they will need to set aside more time, so forming the habit early will make it easier in the future.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

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

Performances

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

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

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

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

  1. Private lessons

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

  1. Shared lessons

Shared lessons are available for all of the above instruments except piano, guitar & voice. Lessons are again scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are also billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $18/30mins for a Group of 2 or $14/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability.

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

PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

Careers and VET News

Year 10 students visit Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

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

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

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

Elizabeth Lenton
Careers and VET Coordinator

The Friendlies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep Smiling
The Friendlies Team

Community Notices

Life Skills Program

6 – Life Skills Development Booklet_Final

Chess Mates Club

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

Tuesday 3:15 – 4:00
Starting Week 3
$10 per session
Located at the BSC (Baskerville Sports Centre)

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

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

Logan Little Legends

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

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

Cert 3 in Education Support (teacher aide) course

EDS Yarrabilba

New Super Futsal

parklands Free come & Try Futsa-min

Parklands Christian College, in conjunction with Super Futsal, are super proud to be offering Futsal right here in our newly upgraded Baskerville Sports Centre. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday 10th March 2021. Please see the flyer for Junior Boys and Girls and Adult times.

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

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

Looking forward to a fantastic season of Futsal!

Tae Kwan Do

Moon Lee Tae Kwon Do classes have started up again in the school hall (BSC) on Mondays 3.30 – 4.30 pm.

New students and previous students are welcome.

  • First class Free
  • Family Concessions
  • Value Packed Family Activity
  • Over 50 clubs in Brisbane Area
  • Free Uniform offer (this month call now!)
  • Character Traits instilled in students from learning Tae Kwon Do are: Modesty, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit, Self Defence, Physical Fitness
For more information phone the instructor, Colin Garrick (8th Dan Black Belt 45 years experience teaching)  Ph 0438 865 800  or club office 1300 101 303 .

Rugby Union

Park Ridge Football Club

Park Ridge Tennis

2021 TERM 1 SIGN UP ON NOW
FREE HOTSHOTS TRIAL LESSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Jays Netball Club

Sign on Brochure 2021

Speech Therapy at our College

Does your child experience difficulties in any of the following areas?

  • Comprehension
  • Oral Language expression/talking
  • Written Language
  • Reading & writing/literacy
  • Listening and following instructions
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Voice
  • Stuttering
  • Socialising and friendship
  • Behaviour

If so it may be the result of an underlying speech and language difficulty. Speech Pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. Speech Pathologists assess and provide life improving treatment, support and care.

Michelle Sparg is an independent, mobile, private certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist with 24 years of generalised and highly specialist experience having worked with Kindy, Primary and Secondary Students.

Michelle Sparg, a certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, is in her 9th year of working successfully at our school alongside students, parents, teachers and learning support staff to maximise learning potential within the classroom.

For further information on this highly valued service currently offered at our College, please contact Michelle Sparg on sparg4@bigpond.com or 0435492716.

Free Dental Care

FREE DENTAL CARE

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

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

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

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

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

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

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

I trust that you feel a valued part of Parklands.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

MOTHER’S DAY STALL – 7th May

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

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

COLLEGE FETE – 29th May

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

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

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

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

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

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

REPORTS

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

CAR PARK SPEED and VIGILANCE

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

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

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

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

Building healthy relationships with teachers

by Michael Grose

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

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

Get to know them

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

Trust their professionalism

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

Go through the right channels

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

Utilise their resources

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

Build links to student learning

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

Stay in touch

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

Be loyal

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

Building healthy parent–teacher relationships doesn’t just happen

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

 

Primary News

Preps Pause to Remember

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

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

Year 1

Hello and welcome back to Term 2!

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

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

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

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

Student Care and Wellbeing

Tantrums vs. Meltdowns

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

What is the difference between a Meltdown and a Tantrum?

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

Some Causes of a Meltdown:

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

What to do with a Meltdown?

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

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

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

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

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

Secondary News

City Shakers

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

PCC Instrumental Music

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

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

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

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

(Save the Music Foundation, USA)

Lessons & Rehearsals

Instrumental music lessons are back on schedule in Term 2! It’s wonderful to hear so many students progressing so well. Repetition is the key to all learning, so please continue to encourage your children to practice each day at home. The number of days each week is actually more important than the length of time, so 15-20mins every day is more valuable than 1hr only once a week. As students advance they will need to set aside more time, so forming the habit early will make it easier in the future.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Private lessons

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

  1. Shared lessons

Shared lessons are available for all of the above instruments except piano, guitar & voice. Lessons are again scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are also billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $18/30mins for a Group of 2 or $14/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability.

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

PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

 

The Friendlies

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

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

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

Keep Smiling,
The Friendlies Team

Community Notices

Chess Mates Club

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

Tuesday 3:15 – 4:00
Starting Week 3
$10 per session
Located at the BSC (Baskerville Sports Centre)

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

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

City Shakers

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

Logan Little Legends

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

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

Cert 3 in Education Support (teacher aide) course

EDS Yarrabilba

New Super Futsal

parklands Free come & Try Futsa-min

Parklands Christian College, in conjunction with Super Futsal, are super proud to be offering Futsal right here in our newly upgraded Baskerville Sports Centre. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday 10th March 2021. Please see the flyer for Junior Boys and Girls and Adult times.

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

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

Looking forward to a fantastic season of Futsal!

Tae Kwan Do

Moon Lee Tae Kwon Do classes have started up again in the school hall (BSC) on Mondays 3.30 – 4.30 pm.

New students and previous students are welcome.

  • First class Free
  • Family Concessions
  • Value Packed Family Activity
  • Over 50 clubs in Brisbane Area
  • Free Uniform offer (this month call now!)
  • Character Traits instilled in students from learning Tae Kwon Do are: Modesty, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit, Self Defence, Physical Fitness
For more information phone the instructor, Colin Garrick (8th Dan Black Belt 45 years experience teaching)  Ph 0438 865 800  or club office 1300 101 303 .

Rugby Union

Park Ridge Football Club

Park Ridge Tennis

2021 TERM 1 SIGN UP ON NOW
FREE HOTSHOTS TRIAL LESSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Jays Netball Club

Sign on Brochure 2021

Speech Therapy at our College

Does your child experience difficulties in any of the following areas?

  • Comprehension
  • Oral Language expression/talking
  • Written Language
  • Reading & writing/literacy
  • Listening and following instructions
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Voice
  • Stuttering
  • Socialising and friendship
  • Behaviour

If so it may be the result of an underlying speech and language difficulty. Speech Pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. Speech Pathologists assess and provide life improving treatment, support and care.

Michelle Sparg is an independent, mobile, private certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist with 24 years of generalised and highly specialist experience having worked with Kindy, Primary and Secondary Students.

Michelle Sparg, a certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, is in her 9th year of working successfully at our school alongside students, parents, teachers and learning support staff to maximise learning potential within the classroom.

For further information on this highly valued service currently offered at our College, please contact Michelle Sparg on sparg4@bigpond.com or 0435492716.

Free Dental Care

FREE DENTAL CARE

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary Cully
Principal

 

Easter Story: Mark 14:12 – 16:20

 

Easter Travel

If you are travelling this Easter, remember:

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

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

Principal’s update on School Consent Review

School Consent Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary Cully
Principal

 

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Head of Secondary

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

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

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

Head of Primary School

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

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

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

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

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

Uniforms

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

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

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

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

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

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

Profile Evening – (ONLINE appointment required)

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

Profile Preview Afternoon – (no appointment required)

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

Reports

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

Kids learn what they live

by Michael Grose

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

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

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

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

Children learn what they live

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

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

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

Do you like what you see?

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

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

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

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

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

Middle School Co-ordinator

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

Middle School English in the Library

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

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

Winter Uniform in Term 2: Jumper Expectations

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

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

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

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

Easter Holiday Break

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

Mr Colin Elvery
Middle School Coordinator

Senior School Co-ordinator

Crazy end of term!

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

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

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

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

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

Year 12: Rescheduled Examinations

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

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

Study in Holidays: Years 11&12

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

Year 12: Term 3 Trial Exam – Date Change

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

Year 11-12: Senior Learning Accounts

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

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

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

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

Senior Support

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

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

Have a wonderful Easter holiday break with your families.

Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Senior College Coordinator

Primary News

Year One

Hello to all our Parklands families!

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

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

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

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

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

Year 2

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

Blessings,
Julie Koplick, Hannah Swanborough and Christine Hollenberg

Year 6

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

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

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

What a fantastic end of Term 1 we have had!

Occupational Therapy

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

What is Occupational Therapy? 

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

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

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

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

Is your child struggling at school or at home?

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

Assessment and therapy

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

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

School Photo Day is fast approaching

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

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

Remember these helpful points:

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

Screen time impacting school readiness

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

Independent Schools Queensland – 5th March 2021

School Fees

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

Secondary News

School Fees

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

Occupational Therapy

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

What is Occupational Therapy? 

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

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

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

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

Is your child struggling at school or at home?

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

Assessment and therapy

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

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

School Photo Day is fast approaching

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

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

Remember these helpful points:

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

Screen time impacting school readiness

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

Independent Schools Queensland – 5th March 2021

National Day of Action

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

esafety.gov.au/sid

Shave for a Cure Event

Shave for a Cure Event – Friday 23 April

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

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

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

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

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

Food Tent Price List:

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

Please bring all gold coin donations to the Food Tent

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

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

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

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

Sport

USL Touch Football Term 1

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

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

Term 2

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

USL Basketball Term 2

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

Southern Scorpions District School Sport Trials

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

Week 1

  • Thursday 22 June: Basketball 13-15 Years

Week 3

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

Week 4

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

Week 7

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

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

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

House Competition

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

New Super Futsal

Parklands Free Come & Try Futsa-min

Parklands Christian College, in conjunction with Super Futsal, are super proud to be offering Futsal right here in our newly upgraded Baskerville Sports Centre. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday, 10th March 2021. Please see the flyer for Junior Boys and Girls and Adult times.

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

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

Looking forward to a fantastic season of Futsal!

Student Care and Wellbeing

Technology/Screen Time

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

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

Create a plan

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

What is your goal?

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

Know your child and your values

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

Set clear rules and boundaries

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

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

For further information please check these out:

Parklands Christian College Technology Policy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PCC Instrumental Music

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

Lessons & Rehearsals

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

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

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

Give It A Go! Band Programme

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Private lessons

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

  1. Shared lessons

Shared lessons are available for all of the above instruments except piano, guitar & voice. Lessons are again scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are also billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $18/30mins for a Group of 2 or $14/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability.

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

PCC Music Department Guidelines with form

 

The Friendlies

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

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

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

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

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

Keep Smiling
The Friendlies Team

 

Community Notices

MiniRoos Clinic

Logan Little Legends

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

  • Sessions are held every Monday and Wednesday, first session will commence Monday, 19 April 2021
  • Time:   4.00pm-4.45pm
  • Cost:  $8 per session
  • Location:  Logan Metro Sport & Events Centre – 357 Browns Plains Road, Crestmead
  • Bookings welcome – please contact insports@logan.qld.gov.au or alternatively phone 3081 6600

Cert 3 in Education Support (teacher aide) course

EDS Yarrabilba

New Super Futsal

parklands Free come & Try Futsa-min

Parklands Christian College, in conjunction with Super Futsal, are super proud to be offering Futsal right here in our newly upgraded Baskerville Sports Centre. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday 10th March 2021. Please see the flyer for Junior Boys and Girls and Adult times.

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

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

Looking forward to a fantastic season of Futsal!

Tae Kwan Do

Moon Lee Tae Kwon Do classes have started up again in the school hall (BSC) on Mondays 3.30 – 4.30 pm.

New students and previous students are welcome.

  • First class Free
  • Family Concessions
  • Value Packed Family Activity
  • Over 50 clubs in Brisbane Area
  • Free Uniform offer (this month call now!)
  • Character Traits instilled in students from learning Tae Kwon Do are: Modesty, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit, Self Defence, Physical Fitness
For more information phone the instructor, Colin Garrick (8th Dan Black Belt 45 years experience teaching)  Ph 0438 865 800  or club office 1300 101 303 .

Rugby Union

Park Ridge Football Club

Park Ridge Tennis

2021 TERM 1 SIGN UP ON NOW
FREE HOTSHOTS TRIAL LESSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Jays Netball Club

Sign on Brochure 2021

Speech Therapy at our College

Does your child experience difficulties in any of the following areas?

  • Comprehension
  • Oral Language expression/talking
  • Written Language
  • Reading & writing/literacy
  • Listening and following instructions
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Voice
  • Stuttering
  • Socialising and friendship
  • Behaviour

If so it may be the result of an underlying speech and language difficulty. Speech Pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. Speech Pathologists assess and provide life improving treatment, support and care.

Michelle Sparg is an independent, mobile, private certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist with 24 years of generalised and highly specialist experience having worked with Kindy, Primary and Secondary Students.

Michelle Sparg, a certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, is in her 9th year of working successfully at our school alongside students, parents, teachers and learning support staff to maximise learning potential within the classroom.

For further information on this highly valued service currently offered at our College, please contact Michelle Sparg on sparg4@bigpond.com or 0435492716.

Free Dental Care

FREE DENTAL CARE

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

SCHOOL ZONE, CAR PARK SPEED and VIGILANCE

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

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

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

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

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

TOYS

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

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

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

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

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

Types of Bullying

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

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

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

If you think, your child is being bullied.

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

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

STUDENT COLLECTION AND PICK UP TIME

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

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

Thank you for your support and understanding in this matter

PRIMARY STUDENT LEADERSHIP

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

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

Captains:

Isabelle Blandford
Harrison Korger

Vice Captains:

Keira Andryc
Nate Lonergan

ART CAPTAIN:
Zoe Williams

MUSIC CAPTAIN:
Chloe Bobermien

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

SPORT CAPTAINS:
Jack Finnila
Kobe Morgan

CHAPEL CAPTAINS:
Jessica Kent
Alex Davis

CLASS AMBASSADORS                                                     

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

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

Middle School Co-ordinator

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

Collaborative Centre

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

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

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

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

Secondary Students in the Library

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

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

(We have staff enjoying the quiet space also!)

Assessment

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

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

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History/Geography

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

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

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

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

Senior School Co-ordinator

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

Some focus areas have been:

Our students:

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

Our relationships:

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

Busy Days

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

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

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

Elevate Education Seminars – Study Sensei & Memory Mnemonics

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

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

Diary  Use

Senior students have been encouraged to use a personal diary on a daily basis, for keeping track of important dates. We recommend the “myHomework Student Planner” APP. This is optional, however, all students must have some form of personal diary (electronic or paper based).

Other areas to assist with being organised include:

  • Subject Websites

Weekly Overviews + Due Dates + Resources

Accessible through your child’s account, please ask them to log-in for you.

  • Year level Assessment Schedules

A snapshot of due dates emailed home early in each term. Please note, this can be subject to change.

  • Senior College Calendar

For live and up-to-date information on assessment and key dates, accessible through your child’s account.

A reminder, we have many before, during and after school tutorial sessions – a variety of free programs run by secondary staff who are passionate about supporting student learning.

There are parental permission forms, for before or after school workshops. One of the many and varied workshops is our Zenith Club, run on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and coordinated by Miss Abby Dixon. Zenith Club is supervised by a variety of teachers. Your child may request to have a particular teacher meet at Zenith, when requiring extra support.

One example is the Senior English Support @ Zenith – Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm in Voc3-5.

Mrs Ross offers a weekly tutorial for Senior English, Year 10-12 students. Your child can come with questions, assessment tasks etc that will help support their English studies.

There are many other teachers across all subjects meeting their students at Zenith, often on request.

Senior Support

If your child is feeling unsure about their Senior pathway or if you have any concerns with how your child is managing the senior load, please make a time to talk with the following staff.

We have a great team of supporters so your child can work towards their God-given potential and to know they don’t need to travel alone. There must be a balance between academic demands, involvements in extra-curricular activities as well as time for relaxation and enjoyment.

 

Pastoral Care (PC) teachers:

Julia Matthews:10a
Sister Monique Singh: 10b
Zachary Cunningham: 11a
Mercy Gunnampaty: 11b
Kristie Schulz: 12a
Tygue Crawford: 12b
Abby Dixon: Year 10 Coordinator
Elizabeth Lenton: Careers & Vocational Coordinator
Rebecca Wallis: Senior College Coordinator

We also have some amazing Social Workers, located in the RTC.

If you have any questions or concerns about Senior College, please make contact through the College office or via email at: rwallis@parklands.qld.edu.au

Blessings,
Mrs Rebecca Wallis
Coordinator of Senior College

Shave for a Cure Event

Shave for a Cure Event – Thursday 1st April

Promo Poster – Shave for a cure

Powerpoint size promo poster – Shave for a cure

Mr Leembruggen (Lead Teacher of HPE and Sports Coordinator in the Secondary college) is currently running a Shave for a Cure campaign, to raise awareness and funds for the Leukaemia Foundation after his son’s recent diagnosis.  The Year 12 cohort and the Lead Teachers in Secondary are pleased to host a very special a fundraising event on Thursday 1st April 2021, throughout the annual Cross-Country Carnival.  Throughout carnival day, four key activities will be occurring to raise money to contribute to Mr Leembruggen’s Shave for a Cure campaign.

Activity 1: Accessorise! During the cross country carnival this year, students are encouraged to add accessories to their outfit in the colours of ORANGE and BLUE, the colours of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.  Paint your nails blue, add orange ribbons or zinc!   To do this, students must bring a gold coin donation.

Activity 2: Food for sale! The Year 12 PC class will be selling a range of food items on the day!  Please see next page for a price list.  There’s no need to pre-order, and all who attend the carnival (spectators, students and staff) are welcome to purchase.

Activity 3: Coloured Hairspray! The PCC Outreach Club will be providing orange and blue hairspray options for $2.  Come and get some stripes, zig zags or polka dots!

Activity 4: Shave event! ALL the Lead Teachers and Year 12 PC Teachers in Secondary school have agreed to either shave or colour their hair in support of the campaign and the Leembruggen family – you’ll have to see who’s doing what on the day! Please use the link below to donate directly to the campaign, to sponsor Mr Leembruggen and the Lead Teachers.  Cash donations can also be made on the day to the Year 12 food tent.  Two professional barbers have kindly donated their time to complete this activity safety.  This activity will occur straight after the Cross Country carnival, on the top oval.  Bonus Activity: Mr Leembruggen will also be making a special appearance, and will be shaving his very long & scruffy grown beard as well!

Food Tent Price List:

  • Bacon & Egg Burger      $4.00
  • Sausage on Bread         $2.50
  • Drinks (soft drinks, poppers, water)  $2.00
  • Cookies $3.00
  • Lolly Bags $2.00
  • Coloured Hairspray $2.00
  • Please bring all gold coin donations to the Food Tent
  • Please bring any cash sponsorship for the Shave Event to the Food Tent

Pre-ordering is not necessary, just arrive on the day and purchase.  All spectators, students and staff are welcome to purchase from the Food Tent, which will be situated on the top oval from 8.30am.  All profits from this stall will be donated to Mr Leembruggen’s Shave for a Cure campaign. Use the link below if you would like to donate directly:

https://secure.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?RegistrationID=803260

For more information, please contact Kristie Schulz (Lead Teacher of Maths and Science in Secondary) at kschulz@parklands.qld.edu.au.

Primary News

Our very own Australian Girls Choir member

A big congratulations to Grace Pacurariu (Yr 4) for being selected into the Australian Girls Choir.

Grace has had a passion for music and singing since she was a little girl! Grace loved to sing and when she turned 4 years old, she started singing in church with her father. She enjoyed this so much her parents decided to take her to professional singing lessons and she started with ‘Musical Creators’ and also joined the Parklands Christian College choir.  Her passion and joy for music and people led her to decide to apply for a place in the Australian Girls Choir.

We are so happy and proud that she obtained a position in the Australian Girls Choir and know she will represent her parents and Parklands Christian School with pride – congratulations Grace!

Prep F

Prep F has had a funtastic start to the year! We have been learning our numbers 0-10 and even used the numbers on the fence on the oval to engage our number recognition. Our hands on learning of our letters and sounds each day has us exploring with natural materials such as leaves for Ll and using household materials such as shaving foam! One of our favourites is playdough which we use nearly everyday to help with strengthening our hand muscles with exercises before writing and even use it to practice our numerals. We love learning and are having loads of fun too!

Mrs Foster and Mrs Lowe

Year One

Year One has had a busy few weeks since swimming began in week 3!

We are all working well together and have really been enjoying our learning as a whole class, in small groups and as individuals!

We have investigated all things weather and seasons so far this term and kept a weather diary, noting our observations and thoughts as we went. We enjoyed talking about how things on earth and in the sky change between day and night and the children came up with some great examples to show what they know!

We’ve also been concentrating on sentence writing and are getting better at remembering our finger spaces. In Math we have been concentrating on numbers to 100 and enjoyed learning about addition. Math games are always a favourite!

Looking forward to sharing more about Term 1 next month!
Mrs Clausen, Mrs Davis and Mrs Marsh

Year Two

Learning, laughing and living have all been in abundance in the Grade Two classrooms! The students have been engaging with a diverse range of activities while focusing their studies on Native Australian Animals, life cycles and the changes in objects from past to present.  Our Maths studies have been a revision of grade 1 concepts as well as rich enquiry tasks developing their problem solving skills. This term the students have been learning and applying their learning of google slides. Whilst doing so they have also been learning about online safety and how best to protect themselves and others while online. Our half way mark was capped off with a fabulous excursion to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where the students consolidated their learning while interacting with Australia’s unique fauna.

Year 6

This month Year 6 students have been learning all things leadership. Our students have enjoyed leadership challenges and character building teamwork in our camp at Burleigh Heads CYC. The students participated in kayaking, tubing, raft building and lots of hiking. Once we returned to school the students were selected for their leadership roles in the Primary School. We’d like to congratulate all recipients of a badge position on their new responsibilities. This year is building up to be a great year of growth and development for our all our Year 6 team.

National Day of Action

eSafety are offering a new parent webinar series in 2021 – eSafety’s guide to cyberbullying and online drama. We are encouraging parents in our school community to join one of the free webinars to learn how we can help young people develop the skills to be safer online.

esafety.gov.au/sid

Secondary News

National Day of Action

eSafety are offering a new parent webinar series in 2021 – eSafety’s guide to cyberbullying and online drama. We are encouraging parents in our school community to join one of the free webinars to learn how we can help young people develop the skills to be safer online.

esafety.gov.au/sid

Year 7 News

Year 7 are currently halfway through term one.

It feels crazy for me to say that, as it feels like we have just welcomed 60 new faces into our Secondary school, but our beautiful Year 7’s have been here for five weeks now.

During the first weeks of term, Year 7 have fearlessly worked towards being prepared for class, moving around the college campus and setting up homework and assignment structures at home. I have had many wonderful talks with students about their budding curiosity in their school subjects and have enjoyed watching the students feel the ‘spark of joy’ in their learning.

I have encouraged the year 7’s to continue to show our Year 7 motto and college values as they move into the busy assessment season of term. Please talk to your child about how they are going to be prepared for the upcoming busy weeks of term.

  • Do they need help with an assignment task?
  • Can you together set up an afterschool study structure?
  • Can you use Zenith Club on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon to complete some work, be tutored by our academic captains or meet with your teachers
  • Do they need to talk about their feelings before they can begin planning and working on assessment and setting up a study structure (sometimes a hug or some time of connection with a loved one is just what was needed before beginning a hard assignment)
  • What positive choices can they make to be a powerful person this term?
  • What positive choices can they make to help their peers be their best?

Study Tips from a Middle School Teacher

  1. Have a consistent safe place to study
  2. Don’t wait until the last minute
  3. Don’t rely on your memory (use tools to help you)

Note – More about this below

  1. Stay organised and don’t just shove everything into one book
  2. Use parents or peers to help you study
  3. Talk to an accountability partner about how you are going
  4. Ask for help, early!
  5. Prioritise school (think of the holidays as your reward)

Diaries

It has been fantastic to see the Year 7’s using their diaries in their lessons.

Please remember to look at your child’s diary in the afternoon and discuss what homework and assignments they have to complete. This is building their time management and organisational skills to prepare for Senior Schooling and the workforce.

Zenith Club

Miss Abby Dixon facilitates Zenith Club, an afterschool homework and study club where students have access to a safe, productive and quiet learning space to work on homework and assessment. Our teachers and Senior leaders volunteer their time to mentor and tutor younger students and assist them in preparing for their classes.

Zenith runs from 3.30 – 4.30pm in the Vocational Centre, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Miss Dixon can be emailed regarding this club adixon@parklands.qld.edu.au)

If you have any queries, you may contact us via the College office on 3380 4200 or via email at: abraun@parklands.qld.edu.au

Reference

A Teacher’s Ten Study Tips for Middle School Students

A Teacher’s Ten Study Tips for Middle School Students

Sport

New Super Futsal

parklands Free come & Try Futsa-min

Parklands Christian College in conjunction with Super Futsal are super proud to be offering Futsal right here in our newly upgraded Baskerville Sports Centre. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday 10th March 2021. Please see the flyer for Junior Boys and Girls and Adult times.

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, there is a level for everyone!

Make sure you register for the open day to avoid missing out! Registrations to parklands@superfutsal.com.au

Looking forward to a fantastic season of Futsal!

Primary School Sport

Great start to the year for our Primary students. The Logan West Sport Cluster which runs our Gala day sport competition passed on a decision that Semester one would be an Intra-School competition. We started our Basketball and Touch Football house competition. During Semester one students will have the opportunity to participate in both sports and hopefully improve their skills and find a sport they prefer and enjoy. Semester two if everything goes to plan we will go out and start our Inter-School sport competition.

Primary USL

The introduction of Primary USL has given our students a great opportunity to play competitive sport. The selected Yr 5 and 6 students are doing a great job developing their touch football skills.

Girls Boys
Isabelle Blandford
Hannah Blote
Emmy Campbell
Amelia Drew
Jessica Ebert
Erin Germishuys
Tawana Mutambi
Sibella Sharman
Layla Timu
Ashleigh Tinson
Ashlee Wilson
Hayley Thomson
Mason Clayphan
Alex Davis
Cooper Harbourn
Harrison Korger
Lachlan Mane
Nate Lonergan
Caleb MacFarlane
Liam Tonges
Raphael Van Derloos
Heinrich Van Dyk
Zach Clausen

School Swimming Carnival

Great day with our 9 to 12 year old (Yr 3 to 6) students doing a great job in the water.

Primary Age Champions

Girl born 2012: Olivia Hyde and Charlotte Tam
Boy born 2012: Aiden Beulau
Girl born 2011: Amelia Drew
Boy born 2011: Oliver Reise
Girl born 2010: Chloe Bobermien
Boy born 2010: Brandon Bainbridge

There was some impressive times swam with students breaking a few of our school records.

NEW School Records

Boys 10 Year old 50m Freestyle- Oliver Reise: 39.69
Boys 10 Year old 50m Breaststroke- Oliver Reise: 1:04.69
Boys 10 Year old 50m Backstroke- Oliver Reise: 55.78
Boys 10 Year old 50m Fly- Oliver Reise: 1:00.84
Girls 11 Year old 50m Backstroke- Chloe Bobermien 47.47
Girls 11 Year old 50 m Fly- Chloe Bobermien 44.69

CSSAQ (Christians Schools Sport Association Queensland)

We have the CSSAQ swimming carnival coming up, which gives our students who qualified another opportunity to represent the school.

Representative Sport

The representative sport season has got a few of our Primary students representing Parklands at the regional level.

Southern Scorpion Representative Sport
Chloe Bobermien Swimming
Oliver Reise Swimming
Emmy Campbell Basketball
Keira Andryc Basketball
Lachlan Mane AFL

Term 1 is a big representative season for school sport with a lot of the sport trials coming up in the next few weeks. Looking forward to giving more students an opportunity to represent our awesome school and the chance to make a Southern Scorpion team.

Message from Mr. Werner

It has been awesome starting the year with the Yr 1 to 6 students taking part in the school swimming program and my preps having their PE lessons.

Thank you parents I have received some awesome emails about students participating in outside school sport and doing a great job, keep them coming. If you have any questions or concerns about PE lessons or representative sport please feel free to email cwerner@parklands.qld.edu.eu.

Student Care and Wellbeing

On Friday the 19th of March, Parklands joined with many other schools around Australia to promote the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

Our college believes that when we work together as a community, a great deal can be done to prevent bullying and to protect students. Engagement from all staff, students and families is central to preventing bullying and creating a school climate of respect and inclusion.

We would like to thank you for your participation in helping promote these values. Here are some ways that you can help us tackle issues of bullying.

Report concerns to the Student Care & Wellbeing Team

Here is the process for reporting an incident or concerns:

  1. Student or teacher informs the Student Care & Wellbeing team that an incident has occurred. This is best done ASAP after the incident. The longer the timeframe is between an incident and the SC&W Team being informed, the harder it is for quick, positive resolution.
  2. SC&W Team will request student/s to complete an incident report (where appropriate).
  3. Support is given to the student/s involved in the incident and their physical and emotional wellbeing addressed.
  4. In every circumstance where an incident is reported, a thorough investigation is completed. This includes speaking with the student/s involved, any witnesses and the referring teacher.
  5. An outcome of the investigation is reported to a Head of School.
  6. The student/s are then provided the opportunity to work on a resolution. This may include completing a Responsible Thinking Plan, an apology letter, a support session with a social worker, referral to friendship skills masterclass conflict resolution program, a Head of School discussion or referrals to external support services.

Stay involved and educated

  1. Participate and/or encourage your children to participate in the programs that are on offer in our school (see side column).
  2. Talk to your children about effective, kind and appropriate ways to manage conflict such as referring to our Friendship 8 poster.

For more information on our College Student Bullying Policy, please find this on our website:

http://parklands.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/3.60-Policy-Student-Bullying.pdf

The Student Care and Wellbeing Team Mission:

To connect, honour, and equip the Parklands community through love.

Some of the support on offer:

  • Strength and Shine – Yr 5 & 9
  • Resilient ME+YOU
  • HeartSmart
  • Learning 4 Life
  • Seasons – Grief and Loss
  • LoKoP – Parental Course
  • Masterclass – Parent’s Workshops
  • Friendships Skills Master Classes – student sessions
  • Individual Wellbeing Sessions – brief intervention
  • Classroom visits
  • Presentations
  • Allied Health referrals
  • Parent Resource Library
  • Mentoring
  • Operation Snippet

Important links

Bullying. No Way! bullyingnoway.gov.au

eSafety young people esafety.gov.au/young-people

eSafety Guide esafety.gov.au/esafety-guide

eSafety Report esafety.gov.au/report

Kids Helpline kidshelpline.com.au

eHeadspace headspace.org.au/eheadspace

Youth Law Australia yla.org

 

The Friendlies

We are really excited to announce that our annual Bush Dance is coming up with the Boot scootin’ “Beefa’s Bush Band”. Definitely a night full of so much fun, laughter and kicking those heels up for the entire family. This is a whole school community event. Save the date so you don’t miss out! Saturday 15th May 2021 mark it in your calendar. The night will kick off at 5.30pm with a sausage sizzle and then from 6pm-8pm the live Band. Admission is only $20 per family or $5 per person. Please note this is a non-alcoholic event and parent supervision is required.

The Friendlies love to see new faces at our meetings. They are always open and welcoming to any families within our Parklands community. Our first meeting for 2021 will be on Friday 5th March at 6.45pm at Park Ridge Maccas. We would love to see you there!

If you are not available to come to meetings but would love to stay updated, or help out at our different events just email friendlies@parklands.qld.edu.au and it will be our pleasure to add you to our email list.

Keep Smiling
The Friendlies Team

Community Notices

New Super Futsal

parklands Free come & Try Futsa-min

Parklands Christian College in conjunction with Super Futsal are super proud to be offering Futsal right here in our newly upgraded Baskerville Sports Centre. Super Futsal will be conducting a FREE come and try day on Wednesday 10th March 2021. Please see the flyer for Junior Boys and Girls and Adult times.

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, there is a level for everyone!

Make sure you register for the open day to avoid missing out! Registrations to parklands@superfutsal.com.au

Looking forward to a fantastic season of Futsal!

Tae Kwan Do

Moon Lee Tae Kwon Do classes have started up again in the school hall (BSC) on Mondays 3.30 – 4.30 pm.

New students and previous students are welcome.

  • First class Free
  • Family Concessions
  • Value Packed Family Activity
  • Over 50 clubs in Brisbane Area
  • Free Uniform offer (this month call now ! ).
  • Character Traits instilled in students from learning Tae Kwon Do are: Modesty, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit, Self Defence, Physical Fitness
For more information phone the instructor, Colin Garrick (8th Dan Black Belt 45 years experience teaching )  Ph 0438 865 800  or club office 1300 101 303 .

Rugby Union

Park Ridge Football Club

Park Ridge Tennis

2021 TERM 1 SIGN UP ON NOW
FREE HOTSHOTS TRIAL LESSON

A new Sign on is about to start for Hot Shots Tennis.

Come along for a  free trial lesson and see if you like it.

All new pupils receive a Free Racquet & Hot Shots T-Shirt on sign up.

We have lessons that run every afternoon, for all ages & levels.

Peewee Hotshots for 4-7 year olds, Hot Shot programs for 7-12 year olds & advanced groups for 12-17yr olds. For adults we have Cardio Tennis, Lessons & Social  comps every week night & now a new Fast 4 comp for players starting or getting back into tennis, the Fast 4 format goes for just over an hour.

To book in or to arrange a free trial phone Paul or Steph on 32000354 at Park Ridge Tennis.

Blue Jays Netball Club

Sign on Brochure 2021

Speech Therapy at our College

Does your child experience difficulties in any of the following areas?

  • Comprehension
  • Oral Language expression/talking
  • Written Language
  • Reading & writing/literacy
  • Listening and following instructions
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Voice
  • Stuttering
  • Socialising and friendship
  • Behaviour

If so it may be the result of an underlying speech and language difficulty. Speech Pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. Speech Pathologists assess and provide life improving treatment, support and care.

Michelle Sparg is an independent, mobile private certified practicing speech-Language Pathologist with 24 years of generalised and highly specialist experience having worked with Kindy, Primary and Secondary Students.

Michelle Sparg, a certified practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, is in her 9th year of working successfully at our school alongside students, parents, teachers and learning support staff to maximise learning potential within the classroom.

For further information on this highly valued service currently offered at our College, please contact Michelle Sparg on sparg4@bigpond.com or 0435492716.

Free Dental Care

FREE DENTAL CARE

 

Principal’s Message

Dear Parklands Family,

I know I write about this every year, but I just love our Back to School BBQ and events like it.  For those who didn’t attend, on Monday afternoon we had almost 200 parents plus children descend on the College to connect with our community and catch-up with staff.  Our student leaders and volunteers served food and drinks while staff caught up with parents for an unhurried chat outdoors. We don’t often get chances like these to just socialize, and I appreciate these relaxed moments to simply get to know people better.

Toward the end of every year, I conduct many, many enrolment interviews and welcome dozens of new students to Parklands. During these interviews I get a brief snapshot into the lives of our prospective students and their families. It’s wonderful to be able to re-connect with these families in the New Year and see their children in our uniform happily playing with new friends. And it’s also nice to see our new families finding new friends and connecting with our culture.

This year, we are cautiously planning to conduct all of our favorite events that our community have grown to love.  These events are designed to connect staff, students and parents as well as promote friendships between long term and new families.  An increasing number of our students study at Parklands for up to 13 years, representing a solid amount of time in which to invest in relationships and belong to our community. I invite all of our families to come to as many events as you can and find a place at Parklands.

2021 has already come with its share of challenges.  A COVID-19 vaccine is just around the corner, but it may be a while yet before we see our nation safely vaccinated.  To this end, I invite us all to be vigilant, stay safe and keep healthy.  Please be mindful of restriction in our community, and play your part to keep us and our school safe.  Parents, whenever you are on site, please keep socially distanced and wash your hands.  Drop and go as much as possible, and if you or your children are sick, please stay home.

I look forward to seeing you all throughout the year.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email me or make an appointment.  I am out and about most mornings, welcoming students as they start their day.  Feel free to find me as I wonder around, I welcome the connection.

Gary Cully
Principal

Head of Primary School

Welcome back, I trust you took the opportunity to meet the Primary teachers at the Back to School BBQ, to ‘settle in’ and become accustomed to Parkland’s processes and procedures?

A special ‘Welcome’ to all our new parents and students. If unsure about anything, please feel free to ask a teacher, TA, Student Services, RTC or myself.

ROSIA RD CARPARK and DROP OFF AREAS

In wishing to keep all our students safe, here is a reminder of what we do to make the “Drop Off”’ process easier, quicker and more practical for parents:                                                                                                                                                         In order to speed up the PREP drop off & sign in, we ask parents to pull into the ‘Prep drop off bays’ just in front of the Prep classes, where staff and Year 6 leaders will be present to assist ‘Preppies’ get bags out and then escort them directly into class.  A teacher at the stairs, with class lists will sign in your prep child without you even having to get out of the car! The Prep student will then follow their day’s procedure once ‘signed in’ and in the classroom!

All Year 1-6 students and parents will follow the “normal” drop off or parking procedures where students can individually walk up or be escorted up to the undercover area by parents once they have parked in the lower car park bays.  If using the Drop Off Area just past the Pedestrian Crossing, please don’t leave your car or park in any of these Drop Off bays. Parents are reminded not to drop off students on the bend near the top exit gate of the Rosia Rd Car Park. If crossing the internal road, please only cross at the Pedestrian Crossing!

ALL student pick up is as per the usual procedure, where parents may park in any available bay and go and collect students from Prep to Yr. 6 Classrooms or Playground. Students are asked to remain in the Undercover Area until 3.30pm unless collected by a guardian or older sibling.                                                                                                                    Please drive slowly (20klm) and carefully through the school car parks, especially vigilant around the pedestrian crossing! Remind students to be careful with bags while moving between cars so as not to cause any marks or damage!

Morning and afternoon procedures

On arrival in the morning, students are to put their bags in the port racks outside their classroom and then make their way to the supervised Undercover Area where they can play games and be ready for the start of day.

In the afternoon students can be collected, signed out on the iPads from 2.30pm onwards in the Undercover Area.

We ask that no students leave the Undercover Area on their own, without a guardian or older sibling BEFORE 3.30pm.

Morning Tea and Lunch Procedures

In wishing to give students the opportunity to eat and play through their day, we’ve extended the morning break time to match lunch, being 30 minutes. Students will sit and eat their food in the Undercover Area for 15 minutes before being released to go and play for the remainder of both breaks.

Uniforms

Can we please ask that you assist us in ensuring the students are correctly dressed in the right uniform each day? We don’t wish to experience students wearing their sport uniforms when not required or to mix and match their academic with sport uniforms. If unsure about uniform items or correct uniform requirements, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, TA, the RTC or check the school’s website.

Would you please be so kind as to ensure that ALL uniform items, lunch and water bottles are clearly labeled with the student’s name?

Communication

Can I please take this time to remind you of important information about Primary School communication procedures?

  1. Teachers ask that IF you have a concern or question about class work, assignments, class process or procedure, class bahaviour, calendar events etc. that you please contact the teachers directly. They are your first port of call!
  2. If you require information about specialist lessons, please contact the following specific staff members directly:
    HPE – Mr. Werner,
    Music – Mrs. Patane,
    Art – Mrs. Bazley,
    Library – Mrs. Jill Kerr
    Student Services – Mrs. Oxley or Mrs. Abolins
    RTC & LE – Mr. Crawford, Mrs. Broughton, or Mrs. Jo Anderson
  3. If you wish to discuss a matter further after having spoken to the relevant teacher, would you kindly then contact me through Student Services?

AUSLAN (LOTE – Language other than English)

We are very excited to announce the continuation of AUSLAN (sign language) in Years 5 to 8 at Parklands. Dr. Beth Tailby, a completely DEAF, very accomplished Auslan teacher will be presenting lessons to the Primary Yr. 5 & 6 students on a Thursday for a semester each.

Students will learn the alphabet, numbers etc. and the basic art of being able to sign!

 Protecting our Anaphylactic students

‘Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction which is potentially life threatening. It should always be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment! Most cases of anaphylaxis occur after a person with a severe allergy is exposed to the allergen to which they are allergic – usually a food, insect sting or medication’.

The intent of this article is to assist in preventing anaphylaxis and to provide advice for minimizing the risk of anaphylaxis at Parklands, including our “Before and After School Hours Care facility”.

On advice from Anaphylaxis Australia, we do not have a ‘total Nut-Free school’ because there are so many different allergens such as dairy and some fruits, the total focus cannot only be on nuts.

Of course we wish to do all we can to protect those students who could have an Anaphylactic reaction so we at school have put in steps / measures to protect them and this is what we ask parents to do to assist us.

  • We ask that IF possible, you kindly avoid sending in:
  • Any fresh nuts
  • Muesli bars or biscuits that list nuts as an ingredient
  • Packages of mixed fruit that contain nuts
  • Talk to the teacher before sending food to school for parties.
  • If your child eats peanut butter before school, please make sure they wash their hands before coming to school.

Products with a “may contain traces of nuts” warning is ok to bring to school but just should not be shared. In this instance, also remind students to wash their hands after eating such products! Thank you for your understanding, patience, flexibility and support in this regard.                                                 Please don’t hesitate to ask a teacher or staff member if there is ANYTHING you need clarified!

Looking forward to a great year of working together!

Thank you

Head of Middle School

Welcome back to a great year. All students are now on site and working through timetabled lessons after our orientation programs have been completed. It is great to see year 9 back after their camp, which was a great success.

Year 9 Camp

Camp was a great experience for the students. We had 76 students enjoying the fun and challenge of the Bornhoffen Camp grounds for three days – great way to spend the first three days of Year 9.

Students got to experience Abseiling, High Ropes, Team Building activities, Low Ropes course, and a Creek Walk activity through rocks and rapids. Students were challenged to push themselves past fears of heights, and to work together to successfully navigate various obstacles and challenges.

Alongside this were the evening games of Spotlight and Sardines, and the creation and cooking of damper through the middle of intermittent rain. (A massive thank you to Mr Braun for braving the rain to save the fire and the damper). The cook-up was a great success in the end.

A special thanks to the staff who assisted with the camp. Mrs Folcher, Mrs Harder, Mrs Crook, Mr Prevett, and especially Mr Braun for leading the camp. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Communication with Teachers

It is important to keep open lines of communication regarding the learning journeys of your children. We, as a college, are here to assist your child’s learning to the best of our ability. But it is a team effort. You know your child best, and we are here to work with you for the best outcomes.

If you need to contact a teacher, the best method is an email directly to them. If you have questions or concerns regarding homework, assessment, or student progress, please feel free to email and our teachers will be only too happy to answer.

There will be two sessions this year to be able to connect with your child’s teachers in person: beginning of term 2 and term 3. I would encourage you to take the time when this occurs to meet with the teachers and discuss together the pathway to success that you can help us to create.

Year 9 Subjects

Our year 9 students start the journey of elective subjects this year – subjects which they have chosen to suit their own personal learning journey. Sometimes these selections can be made incorrectly, and a realisation comes that ‘I wish I was in a different subject’. Students have until the end of week 3 (Feb 12) to submit a change-of-subject form and talk with me about their change of subject. This form requires a parent signature also, so they will talk with you about it.

Students will be notified of the approval via email, and will be free to attend the new subject from that point onwards. Past the cut-off date, students are committing to a full semester of study, with the next opportunity for change available in the beginning of term 3 (July).

Primary News

National Day of Action

eSafety are offering a new parent webinar series in 2021 – eSafety’s guide to cyberbullying and online drama. We are encouraging parents in our school community to join one of the free webinars to learn how we can help young people develop the skills to be safer online.

esafety.gov.au/sid

Year One

Welcome to our 2021 school year!

We had an amazing first week! Although it was short, it was a perfect start to help the Year 1’s settle back into school life.
We are so looking forward to what this year holds and cannot wait to be a part of your child’s learning journey.
We will have lots to learn throughout the year and hope to encourage your child to love learning as they reach their personal goals!
Our start to Year 1 involved learning new classroom routines and getting to know each other through small group games and activities. This term, we will be learning all about Families – Past and Present, weather and seasons and healthy living all the while, extending our oral, and written vocabulary and reading fluency and accuracy.
We can’t wait to show you all we learn along the way!
Take care!
the Year One Team!

Secondary News

National Day of Action

eSafety are offering a new parent webinar series in 2021 – eSafety’s guide to cyberbullying and online drama. We are encouraging parents in our school community to join one of the free webinars to learn how we can help young people develop the skills to be safer online.

esafety.gov.au/sid

Year 7 News

Year 7 have officially started the academic year!

This year as a part of orientation, students, their Pastoral Care teachers, Mr. Elvery, Mrs. Braun, as well as the student’s main subject teachers had two days of connection, learning about Secondary school and fun.

The students, in their Pastoral Care classes participated in activities designed to form connections and bond as a class and cohort, as well as establish powerful relationships with their teachers. They went on a scavenger hunt around the college with Mr. Elvery, played games and bonded with their Pastoral Care teacher and discussed their goals for the year and received their Year 7 wristband with Mrs. Braun.

The students were also immersed in the setting up of iPads, learning to use their new college diary and the processes and daily organisation needed in Secondary.

Being organised and prepared for class can be a struggle for many Year 7 students. Previously, they may have had a tidy tray or place in a single classroom to keep their belongings. Whereas, now they are moving around classrooms, carrying materials required for a morning, middle and afternoon session, and remembering different subject requirements for different days.

Some ideas to help organise your child are to:

  • Have an area set aside for school items
  • Only pack for what is needed for the day
  • Have a separate box for books and texts not used that day
  • Label all items
  • Have the timetable and booklist on display
  • Pack the night before
  • Talk to your child about how being organised is a healthy habit and skill that can be transferred to their sport team, music lesson, part-time job and life in the coming years. Not just a chore you use for school.

Being organised is a skill and healthy habit that takes time and a lot of practice. You child will need a lot of help, a lot of reminders and a lot of love to develop this skill.

Thank you to the many parents and students who attended the annual Back to School Barbeque on Monday night. It was wonderful to meet and connect with so many families within our college.

If you have any queries, you may contact us via the College office on 3380 4200 or via email at: abraun@parklands.qld.edu.au

Mrs. Alanah Braun
Year 7 Coordinator

Student Care and Wellbeing

Understanding the Responsible Thinking Classroom

A lot of us grew up with detention in school – I know I did. Detention is typically a place where a student will sit for a period of time and a) do nothing, b) write lines, c) pick up rubbish or some other task under supervision. Usually these tasks have very little learning attached to them and is more about wasting a student’s own time for their misconduct.

As an RTP Facilitator, one of the misconceptions that I often hear is that the RTC is for “naughty” students and sometimes the RTC is perceived as a “detention” for these naughty students to come and be punished. When one looks from the outside in, with little education or understanding around the RTC, I understand how people can perceive the RTC to be this way. A child demonstrates a disruptive behaviour and leaves the classroom to attend the RTC due to this. Sounds like detention or punishment right? Wrong.

Detention has a negative connotation attached to it, where the RTC rather, is a space for students to learn responsibility, self-control and to devise strategies for positive life choices. It is very different to a detention as the student is thinking, self- reflecting, learning to think from another person’s perspective and developing a plan for future.

Where staff would usually supervise a detention, the RTP Facilitators exist to provide emotional support, to positively challenge and coach students through this process and then support them to re-engage in class and put their plan into place. Very different to detention.

To find out more about the responsible thinking process please go to our website at http://parklands.qld.edu.au/behaviour-education-rtp/

The Friendship 8

Conflict is a normal part of life. Teaching our kids how to resolve some of these friendship conflicts at school can be as simple as practicing these 8 steps:

How can you help your child resolvefriendship concerns?

Encourage them to try the ‘Friendship 8’

Ask them to let you know how they went and praise them for successfully putting these strategies into practice.

Remind your child about the importance of forgiveness and moving on.

Encourage your child to talk to their teacher if they have tried these friendship steps and still have been unable to resolve it.

If your child has been through these steps OR the seriousness warrants, encourage your child to report to the RTC.

Snippets

Throughout the term teachers send the RTP Facilitators positive feedback about students via our Operation Snippet initiative. Staff members can also be sent snippets from other staff, students and parents. If you would like to honour any staff member in the school for their hard work please send a snippet to rtc-staff@parklands.qld.edu.au or ajackman@parklands.qld.edu.au and we will make sure that it is passed on as a lego block.

Here are some great snippets we have had the privilege of giving to a student and staff member.

“This student did an excellent job reading this morning during a reading comprehension assessment. I am proud of the effort he gave to both his reading and to trying words he did not recognise.”

“Thank you for all of the time and effort you give to your staff. I feel grateful for the support that you give to me personally and I’m sure that many others feel the same. Thank you for your kindness and for seeing the best in people. It’s a pleasure working with you.”

Thank you for supporting this initiative and for helping us build each other up.

Silent Signals

The Silent Signals are a way for our primary students to silently communicate with their classmates and teachers during class, without disrupting the lesson. Students may ask their teacher a question using the rocket hand, ask to go to the toilet or ask their neighbour to please be silent so they can listen. We encourage our students to try these out and you may even like to practice these at home. Talk to your child today if you would like to practice the Silent Signals at home.

Scroll down to see examples of the silent signals students have created to help them communicate with each other and the teacher more effectively.

PCC Instrumental Music

Eph 5:18b-19 “Instead be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms & hymns & spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.”

Welcome again to 2021! This year promises to be another year of growth & excitement in the Parklands Instrumental Music Programme as we welcome our new Give It A Go! students and continue to encourage our existing students to continue to learn & grow. There are lots of ways for your child to be involved in music at Parklands, and our prayer is that they would learn not only the technical skills of playing instruments & singing, but that they would also come to do what the above verse says, making music in their hearts to the Lord. What better way to live!

Lessons & Rehearsals

Most Instrumental music lessons have commenced in week 2 of Term 1, with the exception of Give It A Go! lessons which will commence in week 3. Choir & Ensemble rehearsals are also beginning in the first few weeks of Term 1, again with the exception of the Give It A Go! Band which will commence in Term 2. Primary Choirs & Wind Ensemble will commence in week 3, while Secondary Choir is scheduled to begin in week 2.

Ensembles & Choirs include:

–       Primary Junior Choir (Year 2 & 3)
–       Primary Senior Choir (Years 4-6)
–       Secondary Choir (Years 7-12)
–       Wind Ensemble (Years 4-12, woodwind, brass & percussion students with minimum 12 months experience)
–       Give It A Go! Band (Year 4, beginner band for woodwind, brass & percussion students in the GIAG programme)

All Choirs are open to students regardless of whether or not they’re having lessons, and no experience is necessary. The Give It A Go! Band is generally reserved for students in the Give It A Go! Programme as it caters for beginner students. Students wanting to play in the Wind Ensemble should consider having lessons either at school or outside of school to improve their skills.

Give It A Go! Band Programme

We’re excited to be welcoming our next group of Give It A Go! students this year. Emails will be going home to Year 4 students in the next few weeks with more information, but this is an exciting development in our Give It A Go! Band Programme. If you or your child are interested in being a part of this programme, please read the point 1 below regarding costs & inclusions.

Instruments on offer in the Give It A Go! Band Programme include:

–       Flute
–       Clarinet
–       Saxophone
–       Trumpet
–       Trombone
–       Percussion (includes drums, auxiliary & mallet percussion)

There are a number of ways to be part of our growing Instrumental Programme – here’s how your child can be involved:

  1. Give It A Go! Band Programme – Year 4 students only

This is a one year beginner programme for Year 4 students, giving them the opportunity to learn a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument in small groups during school time. There is a one-off $400 levy for the year which covers all lessons & band rehearsals, a tuition book & use of a school instrument for one year. Many places for this are currently filled, however we do have a number of vacancies across most instruments. If your child is in Year 4 & would like to be involved, please contact us at instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

  1. Private lessons

Private lessons are available for piano, guitar, drum kit, voice, most woodwind & and all brass & stringed instruments. Lessons are scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $30/30mins.

  1. Shared lessons

Shared lessons are available for all of the above instruments except piano, guitar & voice. Lessons are again scheduled mostly during school time, & fees are also billed by & payable directly to the instrumental teachers at $18/30mins for a Group of 2 or $14/30mins for a Group of 3, pending availability.

Enrolment forms can be downloaded below, and are also available by emailing instruments@parklands.qld.edu.au

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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