- Assistant Principal's Report
- Assembly Award Recipients
- Year 7 Information Evening
- Berry Street Educational Model
- Meeting the PM
- MND Day
- 2021 Cross Country & Activity Day
- Term 2 in Art
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Work Placement
- Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS)
- Year 8
- Year 7 First Aid
- Community Notice Board
The last fortnight has been a busy place in our Year 7 and Year 9 learning areas. Our students completed the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and need to be recognised for their efforts. NAPLAN can be an intense period and our students embraced this challenge. Thanks to all teachers for running NAPLAN sessions, but a special mention to Mr Hall, Mr Hughes and Mr Crawford for making the experience a smooth one for all students.
Teacher Experience Placements
Over the past teaching cycle there have been some new faces on site. We have been lucky to have Miss Phoebe Taylor, Miss Samantha Cocker and Miss Sharni Rushton complete their Professional Experience at Parklands. It has been great to have three energetic and welcoming people join us, and we hope they have enjoyed their experience learning of three outstanding teachers: Mr Hickman, Miss Devlin and Mr Lewis. We wish them all the best for the rest of their teaching careers.
Student Reports & Parent Teacher
Student have been busy completing their classroom work to help contribute to their 2021 mid–year assessment and report. Teachers have been viewing student progress and working in their teams to finalise student assessment and develop feedback for future learning. Parents can expect their child’s report home in Week 9 (16 June) with parent teacher interviews on Wednesday June 23 and Thursday June 24. We strongly encourage every parent to book an interview to support their child to reach their potential in the second half of the year. Parents can book their parent teacher interviews through the link below or by calling the office on 6464 0600.
Term 2 is an exciting time at Parklands. We have started our 2022 Year 7 transition and our 2022 Year 11 transition. Our Year 10 students participated in an information session with staff from Hellyer College and were briefed on course counselling. We had over 30 attendees at the Year 11 information night. This will continue throughout Term 2 and Term 3. We look forward to supporting our students through this exciting stage in their education.
Over the course of Term 2 there has been lots of preparation going on to prepare for our 2022 students. Next week Miss Devlin and Mrs Munday will be visiting our feeder schools to start this process, and our Parent Information Evening is on Wednesday 16 June. We have had many bookings and are nearly at capacity for this due to Covid requirements, so please sign up quickly.
As I am writing this report, we have our students taking on the Romaine Park Reserve for our 2021 Cross Country. The morning has been a huge success with students working in vertical groups completing a range of challenges. A big thanks to our Health and Physical Education Team for putting on another great event. I don’t know if I am suffering from the Friday afternoon sillies, however, I am sensing a strong victory to Tarapa.
To close, I ask that all parents speak to their child about their progress and how they are going at school. At Parklands we want every child to succeed, and for this to happen parent contribution and support is important. Please contact us as to how we can support your child’s learning, wellbeing and growth. We look forward to seeing you at our parent teacher.
Congratulations to the following students who received recognition in the assembly on Wednesday, May 19:
Core Value Awards
7A - Kody Martin
7B - Isabella Wilson
7C - Toula Degen-Wells
7D - Samantha Chilcott
7E - Alyra Triffitt
8A - Jackson White
8B - Mark Ritchie
8C - Erika Lapham
8D - Ella Triffitt
8E - Lauren Palmer
9A - Cameron Jackson
9B - Isabelle Rieder
9C - Regan Dobson
9D - Honey Tivan-Charles
10A - Taliah McNamara
10B - Brady Cairns
10C - Brody Jones
AdMan - Elizabeth Heazlewood
TheHub Junior - Maverick Dicker
TheHub Senior - Bailee Foster-Smith
Hayden Van Der Werff
We invite all parents, carers and Year 6 Students from our feeder schools to our 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 will provide them. The evening is designed to give students and their families a snapshot of available programs, daily routines, expectations, extra-curricular activities, and the staff and students who make up our school community.
We will begin the evening in our school Performing Arts Centre (PAC) and conclude with a tour of the school led by our Student Leadership Group.
When: Wednesday, June 16
Time: 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 email@example.com or Bianca Munday firstname.lastname@example.org by email or phone on 64640600
At a recent meeting with our feeder schools (Romaine Park, Havenview, Ridgley and Montello Primary School), we decided each school would share some of the Berry Street Educational Model (BSEM) activities and strategies and how these are put into practice within each school. We will share different methods from the BSEM via our school newsletter.
Five fortunate individuals within the student body were given the opportunity to represent Parklands High School assisting with the Federal Budget Roadshow, at the RSL club Burnie. The students selected for this event were: Taleah Smith, Abbey Granger, Kyron Lyons, Benita Leary, and Isabella Riley. This opportunity allowed us to cater the event, alongside other school students, with professional supervision. The guest list for the event included multiple high-ranking politicians and their accomplices. The most prominent of these guests would be our current Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. This was an incredible experience for all people involved, having some of the most important members of our government within our little town of Burnie. This event held a special place within my heart being the first chance of a real interaction with Australia’s leadership.
After hearing the news on Thursday afternoon that we would be given the chance to represent Parklands High School at such a prestigious event, we were all ecstatic to see what the next 24 hours would bring and the everlasting impacts it may have on our developing lives.
The day started with a normal first half of school, but by the time 11:45 A.M. had ticked past, we knew it was our time to shine. All five of us students were called over the PA and asked to meet Giovanna Simpson in the office with our bags. It was now time to get changed and prepare for the event. We all promptly entered the school car, knowing there was no time to waste, and started chattering away at how excited and eager we were to participate in this wonderful event. Once we had arrived at the RSL Burnie, we entered through the back door and tried to be as incognito as possible so we would not distract any of the guests. When we were inside the building, we had the simple task of quietly sitting around and awaiting the man of the hour.
The time had finally arrived, the Honourable Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia had entered the building. The room fell silent for a short moment, but after everyone had realised who their “Surprise Guest” was to be, a thundering applause resonated within the complex.
Knowing that it was now time to begin distributing meals, we prepared to collect and send meals throughout the main hall. Holding the two plates within my hands and walking down a long narrow hallway towards my destination was the most nerve-wracking experience I had ever felt. After serving the first few people, the nerves began to disappear. I became more comfortable as the afternoon went by. It felt like a flash, meal after meal, plate after plate, it became a repetition of the same process. Once everyone had eaten, and enjoyed dessert too, it was time to remove empty dishes, and wait in the back room for further instructions. Eagerly waiting, and anticipating a climactic moment, it was finally time for the Prime Minister to walk in and meet the crew behind the event. Congregating together, eagerly getting into position for a group photo, Scott Morrison walks into the room accompanied by a wave of excitement and disbelief. Photo after photo, smile after smile, everyone wanted to get a pic with Australia’s most important man. I even had the honour of shaking his hand. Although everyone was excited to see him, he was gone in a flash, only being in the room for 4 minutes max. A swift escort out of the building lead Scott Morrison and his colleagues out of the building and into their waiting transport.
At the end of all this excitement, the time was around 2:35. We all knew that it was time to depart and return to school. The walk back to the car, and the ride home provided some interesting political topics, and shared emotions of joy. Never again will we be given such an incredible experience within our school lives, and hopefully this experience stays within our hearts and minds forever.
On Friday June 4, the Student Leadership Group are holding their annual MND Day. Staff and students are encouraged to wear blue and white clothing, for a gold coin donation. Students will have the opportunity to go down the slide or do the ice bucket challenge through the class challenge that is currently being held. On the cafeteria window there is a thermometer showing staff goals and how much money we have raised. At lunch there will be a BBQ and frogs in a pond for sale. The student leadership group would like to thank Woolworths for their $50 voucher to spend on our BBQ and our staff for donating the jelly and frogs.
MND Day will be an awesome event; we can’t wait to see you there!
Art in Term 2, the creativity has been flowing! In the Art department, we have been working hard on creating artwork to present from Year 7 through to 12 for our upcoming Arts night in Term 3 - details coming soon. In addition, we have been working on Matisse-inspired ‘cut out painting,’ representing Greek mythology stories and working with the Culture Hub and Chalky to learn about Ochre and body art. There truly is some fantastic work coming along and we cannot wait to share the talent these students are displaying.
I would love to take the chance to say thank you to the students and the Art department for having me join their space while on my placement. You have all welcomed me with open arms and I have been lucky enough to work alongside and assist in developing the skills of these creative students. It has been a wonderful experience here at Parklands High School and I am grateful for the opportunity to share my skills and artistic knowledge with the students.
Tim Davies - Grange Resources Mine
My name is Tim Davies and I recently went on work experience at the Grange Resources Mine at Savage River. I stayed on site for the week and I was given my own room with a bathroom and TV. I woke up at 5:00 am most mornings, starting the day with breakfast and then went down to the workshop. I got to ride in a big dump truck and learned how to drive it in a simulator. I also rode in an excavator and the service truck. I liked the service truck the most; it was really fun. The person that drives the service truck was the best tour guide; we got to stop for coffee, and he showed me around the place where I met a lot of people who were very nice to me. I did a lot of paperwork that was kind of fun also. I learnt how to put out a fire and I got to put one out myself. If you want to go on work experience, I would recommend you go to Savage River as they treat you well and you learn so much.
Nikarna Kay - Glow Cosmetics
Whilst on work experience at Glow Cosmetics, Nikarna was kept very busy creating beautiful make-up displays.
During Term 2, Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) will be facilitating sexual harm prevention and ethical sexual decision-making workshops for
Years 9-10. Classes commence the week beginning June 7 and run for 3 weeks.
The aims of the program are to raise awareness of the underlying causes and harmful impacts of family violence and different types of sexual violence, and reduce the incidence of these by promoting respectful behaviours amongst young people. Student, staff, and community workshops are intended to boost the capacity of school communities to respond to reports and disclosures of sexual assault.
Student sessions will include:
- Ethical sexual decision making
- Bystander behaviour and social change
- Informed Consent education
- Pornography versus intimacy
- Understanding sexual abuse and harassment in the interests of prevention
The workshops align with elements of the Health and Physical Education curriculum and the National Curriculum General Capabilities, Personal & Social Understanding & Ethical Understanding. The proposed project also contributes to Outcome 2 (‘Relationships are respectful’) of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children, and specifically Strategy 2.1 – ‘Build on young people’s capacity to develop respectful relationships’, which recognises that education plays a key role in equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to develop and maintain non‐violent, respectful and equitable relationships.[i]
Parents and carers are invited to an information session on Wednesday, June 9 at 5:00pm in the Performing Arts Centre.
If you have any questions about the program, or wish to RSVP for this session please contact the school on 64640600.
In Year 8 we have been very busy in our option classes. MDT classes have been working on different projects. One of the classes has been constructing wooden stools with Mr Skene and others are making band saw drawers with Mr Cornwall. In Music we have started practising music in ensembles, performing many different songs with Mr Legg. Grace, Riley, Mitchell, Ari, Liam, and Alex are working on Smoke on the Water and plan to perform to their class soon. The Year 8 Drama class have just finished their performance of Rapunzel and are starting a new play, which should be finished in the next few weeks. They are hoping to have a larger audience than last time and boost the class’ confidence.
These great opportuntites in option classes are helping us prepare for our future and will give us a head start in life.
By Alexei Dean and Lauren Palmer
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