- Assistant Principal's Report
- Year 7 Parent Information Evening
- Year 11 Parent Information Evening
- Youth Week Art Project
- Berry Street Educational Model
- Year 8 - PCYC
- Agfest 2021
- Year 11 & 12 Reports
- Year 10 Poem
- Constable Kellie
- Junior Football 2021
- COVID-19 Update
- Metro Buses - Timetable Change
- Community Notice Board
It is hard to believe that we are at the end of Week 4 in what can only be described as a highly productive, yet very busy term. We have hosted a football gala day, with students travelling from the West Coast to play against our junior and senior teams and our Year 9 students upheld our core values through their representation of our school at a careers expo excursion in our local Burnie community. This week, Parklands staff have been joined by three pre-service teachers, who will be observing our outstanding staff and students, to gain greater experience in general teaching duties and pedagogical practice, over the next three weeks – we hope that they enjoy their time here at Parklands. It is during this week that we also have a strong focus on transition for our Parklands students; students who are transitioning from Year 10 to Year 11 and our prospective 2022 Year 7 students, who are beginning their journeys as high school students.
We believe a successful transition program from primary to secondary school involves students being able to move as seamlessly as possible to their new setting. To ensure all students are supported in their transition to secondary school, we ensure our transition program provides the appropriate personal, social and academic supports to promote student engagement and wellbeing. In the coming weeks, our Student Leadership Group will visit our feeder primary schools along with our Transition Coordinator, Emily Devlin, to give students a snapshot of what to expect at high school. We will also be holding our Year 7 Parent Information Evening during Week 9 for our new families, along with many other transition opportunities throughout Term 3 and Term 4.
Equally as important is the transition process for our senior students transitioning to Year 11. In Term 2 students our students will prepare for this process through information sessions provided by Parklands staff and staff from Hellyer College: a Year 11 Transition Evening, in class pathways planning and course familiarisation. Students will continue their transition in Term 3 with enrolment meetings and visits to Hellyer and surrounds depending on the individual needs and selections of the students, will prepare our students for their next steps. Thank you, Mr Crawford and Mrs Crawford, for leading our senior students through this process.
Transition isn’t limited to Year 6 and Year 10 students. At Parklands High School, we provide students with many opportunities to grow and learn. Currently, our Year 7 students are completing their second round of taster options of either Digital Technologies, The Arts: Music, Drama and Languages: Japanese, Design and Technologies: Metal, Wood and Food. This process allows our students to make informed option selections targeted at their interest during Term 3. Our Year 8 Students are beginning to identify career options and aspirations through their increased access to a variety of option subjects; our Year 9 students have a strong focus on transitioning to work readiness and are beginning discussions with their teachers about how their subject choices will support their Year 11 transition.
Finally, the most crucial component to successful transition, is attendance. Regular school attendance allows students to access all opportunities presented to them to gain the skills and knowledge needed for success both now and later in life. Attending school every day will assist your child to make steady progress and growth with their learning and establish strong, positive and supportive relationships with others as they prepare for their future careers. We look forward to continuing to share the transition process with our students and their families this term and over the course of the year.
Mrs Bianca Munday
Year 7 Parent Information Evening
Dear Parents, Carers and Year 6 Students
We are writing to invite you to Parklands High School’s Year 7 Parent Information Evening as part of our Transition program for 2021-2022. We hope to ensure that students transitioning from primary school to high school feel informed, secure, and excited about the opportunities that Parklands High School can provide them. The evening is designed to give students and their families a snapshot of available programs, daily routines and expectations, extra-curricular activities and the staff and students that make up our Parklands community.
We will begin the evening in our school Performing Arts Centre (PAC) and will conclude with a tour of our school led by our Student Leadership Group.
When: Wednesday, June 16
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Parklands High School Performing Arts Centre (PAC)
How: Please confirm your attendance by RSVP using the following link:
If you have any questions or concerns about the evening, please contact Emily Devlin firstname.lastname@example.org or Bianca Munday email@example.com by email or phone on 64640600
Year 11 Parent Information Session – Thursday 20th May 5:30-6:30pm
Do you have questions about your child’s transition to Year 11? We understand that Year 11 brings new challenges and a range of new options to families, and we would like to help you familiarise yourself with the information that can help discussions at home about pathways into Year 11.
Parklands will be holding an informal information session on May 20 where you will have the opportunity to learn more and ask any questions you may have about this process.
Topics will include:
- The Year 10-11 transition process
- Pathway options for Year 11 (Hellyer College, Parklands High School, shared enrolments)
- Enrolment requirements
- TCE and ATAR
- The difference between VET and TASC subjects
If you would like to attend, then please use the online booking system to secure a spot.
Youth Week Art Project
From the 3 - 5 May, eight students including myself had the privilege to experience graffiti street art first-hand as part of the Youth Week celebrations. On the second day (Tuesday), Rachel, Milan and I started the journey early in the morning. Leaving around 9 o’clock with Mr Smit (who wasn’t very chatty haha). We arrived shortly after very eager to start. We were introduced to Damien Rossiter AKA Gadget who is a professional mural artist. We wasted no time at all. We were into it; Gadget showed us all our materials and tools we needed, this included a variety of spray paint colours, different spray caps and gloves and a face mask for safety. To get used to our new tools we were able to practise on one of the sectioned walls, while Gadget gave us lots of tips and tricks in aiding us while also helping some of the less arty students (me) with how to draw and sketch. We then moved onto our murals. Gadget helped sketch up the base of the character which we then were able to use our newfound skills to fill in and colour these amazing characters. They were all looking great once the colour was down. Gadget then helped us with the outline which then really made the characters pop to life. After getting our first character down we then started some new ones. Gadget was really helpful and friendly. We got to find out all about his history in art and design. We were very productive completing multiple characters like the BFG, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, the Hunger Games logo and a few others. We also helped with a little more of the background. Overall the day was awesome and a great learning experience. We had a lot to take away from this experience.
Thank you to Loretta Brazendale, Damien ‘Gadget’ Rossiter and the Burnie City Library for providing us this opportunity and amazing experience!
Milan, Rachel, Harry, Lachie, Heratio, Daniel, SJ, Regan
On the 12May, 8D and 8E had the opportunity to participate in the PCYC challenge at the View Road dog park, just as 8A did 6 weeks ago. Both classes had to work together to finish the course and doing so helped everyone gain a better understanding of teamwork and communication. The course required us to carry a rope and two logs along the entire course and it was easier said than done. We tried many different methods to carry the rope as it was quite heavy and large, but with the help of our team leaders Makinley and Hamish, we successful finished the course carrying all of the equipment.
Some of our team members put in extra effort while some others didn’t. This was disappointing and removed some of our points from our finale tally during the Evaluation. A lot of us learnt what it meant to be perseverant, and instead of complaining when things became tough, we pushed through, giving our best effort. Even though we walked through mud and pulled ourselves up hills, we still all had a great time and it really helped us gain trust with other people in our grade and gave us the opportunity to work together as a team.
Students from The Hub, our Food and Fibre Production class and members of our Student Leadership Group attended the first day of Agfest recently. It was a great day out with fine weather and very short lines at stalls. Mr Hall appeared to buy a lot - he even tried to hide his spending by leaving bags at the NW Mowers tent.
The animals were great ... 'yeah they were cute (Tylani)' and there was a guy running about in an ibis costume ... 'lol (Tylani again)'.
The Henna stall was popular with some of our girls. Hands were painted and after returning half an hour later a lemon spray was applied to set the paste. Toyota hats were also in demand on our home leg down South Street.
It was a good time and we encourage students to take the opportunity to attend next year.
Oh, and the stop at Maccas on the way home was quite the brain break - time to relax and well eat junk food. 'Thank you Mikkel for such a kind gesture' - yes she bought Mr Hall fries and a coke.
Tylani, Nikita, Taleah
Term 2 reports for Year 11 and 12 students are being issued on 14 May to provide parents and carers with an indication of how students are progressing in their subject choices. For each subject your child is enrolled in, they will receive indicative ratings for subject criteria or units of competency which have been assessed, ratings for work qualities associated with how your student is engaging in the learning process, and comments that provide feedback and indicate how your students can improve their learning.
Parent/student/teacher interviews for both shared and fulltime enrolments with Parklands High School will be conducted on Tuesday, May 25 from 3pm- 5pm. If you would like to book a phone interview with your son/daughter’s teacher, please complete and return the form included with the report. Alternatively, you can contact the school on 6464 0600.
Sweet Cherry Life
I wake up on my couch at 2:30 again
A cycle that can’t stop, won’t stop.
Not for my children, my husband or my dog
The smell of bodily fluids stains the inners of my trailer
Not my children’s, they were trained better than that.
Bribed with McDonalds and various other quick and easy foods
I don’t even know where the mop is amongst all this clutter
I wouldn’t know where to start
cleaning the kitchen
My children stay later and later every school night.
I’d leave too, If I found the will to escape.
I’m tired still.
It’s only 5:00 and the tv shows lack lustre.
My dog drools on the ground; he’s hungry again.
I never wanted this dog
Bought him when I still cared about my children.
I get up from the couch - my butt is stuck- indented in foam
And weave through the mountains of trash and garbage
My waypoint was set
My goal was set
My heart was set
I open my half-rusted fridge, stolen from the pavement
The milk has curdled; the veggies now unrecognisable
I find my alcohol
My sweet, sweet alcohol
I wouldn’t be here right now if it wasn’t for my lovely alcohol
My sweet, sweet saviour
My one and only happiness.
Time flies by, now it’s 8:00
My children come home, trying not to be spotted
They didn’t see me
They’ve never seen me
I lose count of the drinks I’ve consumed.
Sometimes I wander between my drunken episodes.
I pace around my tight fit trailer
I never should’ve picked up the drink
I’m forgetting everything.
Do I still want to forget everything?
Everything, everything and everything…
My children, my husband and my dog
This cruel, cruel world took away my life in the worst way
I’m a husk that only feels emotion with alcohol
I’m the lowest of the low
My family. My family of one.
Slipped into an alcoholic in the name of my children
I look at the photos half falling off the walls
I was smiling
They were smiling
They were alive
I was alive
But now I’m dead
Dead, dead, dead
Nothing but a dead person walking
If only I was put into an early grave like them, with them
It’ll get better with one more drink, right?
This first game of the 2021 North West Junior Football Union school football roster was held at Parklands High School and it was amazing. We were all excited to have the first match of the season as our annual Parklands versus Mountain Heights game.
Everyone went well, but the players that stood out the most were the young guns, including first gamer Hamish. He was amazing by getting all the boys excited for the match because he won the first ruck contest of the season. In the midfield we had rising star Deegan E, who played a ripper of a game with fifteen disposals and numerous tackles.
Twins, Jordan and Raikkonen kicked a joint total of four goals and surprised us all with their amazing skills. Jaiden Sheehan was a leader across the back line helping the younger players in what was there first game for Parklands High School.
Parklands defeated Mountain Heights
Raikkonen 3, Liam 2, Jack 2, Jordan 1, Chad 1, Deegan C 1, Hamish 1 & Cody 1.
Deegan E, Deegan C, Raikkonen, Liam, Bobby & Hamish.
Burnie High 17-11-113 defeated Parklands High 3-1-19
Kayleb 2 & Jack.
Liam, Deegan E, Tyler, Jaiden, Marcus & Mark.
Marist 16-16-112 defeated Parklands 1-0-6
Deegan C, Deegan E, Jackson, Liam, Raikkonen & Jaiden.
- Be alert to any symptoms of cold or flu that you or your child may exhibit
- Get tested for COVID if you or your child have symptoms
- Practise good hygiene, such as covering coughs and sneezes and washing hands
- If you or your child do get sick, stay at home until symptoms has passed, even if a COVID test is negative
Remember, symptoms include fever, tiredness, cough, headache, sore throat, sniffling and sneezing.
To keep our school safe, we are still:
- continuing with increased cleaning
- making sure there is plenty of soap, sanitiser and tissues available
- applying restrictions to large gatherings of adults and encouraging physical distancing
- requiring visitors to check-in on our sites
Timetable changes to Route 881 effective Monday 24 May
Metro wishes to confirm that the proposed timetable changes to these school bus routes will proceed from Monday 24 May.
The times are as follows:
Route 881AM: Hillcrest to Parklands High via Brooklyn, Romaine & Shorewell Park (main timing points shown only)
7.41am Aileen Cres/Mount St depart (was previously 7.46am)
7.46 Bird St, Montello Primary
7.52 Upper Burnie, Mount St Stop 31 Out
7.56 Brooklyn, Collins St Stop 8
8.01 Blackwood Parade
8.05 Manuka Drive Stop 13
8.08 Parklands High School
The Fairy Godmother's is a not for profit organisation that assist the Tasmanian community and families who have children with disabilities, special needs and medical conditions who require equipment, resources, financial assistance and medical attention. July is Fairy Godmother month and we are excited to bring you the first Fairy Godmother's Masked Ball on July 17th, 2021. This will be their major fundraiser for the year.
Ticket sales are limited and Covid Restrictions will apply. To enter, you must be wearing a mask! That can be a covid face mask or a masquerade mask! It is up to you! The fancier the better! There will also be a silent auction on the night, entertainment and platters. Tickets are just $75 and are available online now at www.burnietickets.com.au