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It is hard to believe that we are two weeks into the term and have under eight weeks of school remaining for the year. For our eighteen Year 11 and 12 students, the school year concludes next Friday the 4th November. We wish those in Year 12 all the best for their future; we are confident they are well prepared as they commence the next stage in their lives.
The term started with our school community returning under a new department with the establishment of the Department for Education, Children and Young People.
The new Department brings together a range of services and supports for children, young people and their families, including:
- Public Education
- Child Safety
- Youth Justice
- Out of Home Care
- Libraries Tasmania
- Child and Family Learning Centres.
This brings together the diverse skills and experience with a strong commitment to improving the lives of Tasmania’s children and young people. Children, young people, and their families are at the centre of everything this new Department will do and will benefit from:
- improved co-ordination of services and supports
- better sharing of information
- ongoing focus on wellbeing and engagement in learning
By establishing the new Department for Education, Children and Young People, our vision is for a Tasmania where every child and young person is known, safe, well and learning.
Knowing our students underpins all of what we do here at Parklands, ensuring our young people are safe, well and learning. Our school has a strong focus on the wellbeing of our young people and strives to provide the support and care needed to help them thrive and reach their full potential.
Our recent student wellbeing data reflects our commitment and ongoing work to improve student wellbeing. The data below highlights student responses in the high and medium range of wellbeing in the area of loved, safe and valued:
71% Important adult at school
90% Connectedness to adults at school
84% Feel safe at school
86% Absence of bullying (including physical, verbal, social and cyber)
Student data is so important in both gathering school wide information to support planning and identifying individual student progress and their future learning needs.
Over the next two weeks. we will join schools across Australian to undertake the annual PAT assessment in Reading and Mathematics. Each student is individually assigned a test based on their previous assessment, that will measure growth in their learning over the past year.
Each test has questions that are ‘just right’ for that level, and also has questions that are easier, and more difficult. In this way, the assessment can indicate more precisely where a student is in their learning. In that sense, the students may view the assessments as ‘hard’ because they shouldn’t be able to get them all correct; the intention is that about half of the questions will be right for the student.
The results are available to staff immediately on completion of the test. This helps us enormously with planning for next year.
We ask that you encourage students to do their best, so these diagnostic assessments can be as useful as possible for tailoring our learning programs. Our teachers look forward to sharing students’ progress with them, and as always, you are welcome to contact teachers to discuss progress.
We're all supporting one another and ready to help each oher.
In my future I would like to be working as a Air Hostess.
I love interacting with people and making sure that they are safe. I'd love to travel the world.
The best experience I have had in Grade 9 is ...
Having a leading role in the school production and being apart of the Student Leadership Team.
The thing I have enjoyed most at Parklands is …
Meeting new people and learning new things. Cheryl's canteen cookies.
If I could change one thing about the world now it would be?
How we are all seperate islands. If we were on one big connected island we wouldn't have trouble travelling around the World.
To be the best you can be at Parklands as a student you need to ...
Have an open mindset, keep positive and try your best.
Empowering Youth BEAST Program
Within the past two terms, Parklands has received another visit from the JCP Empowering Youth BEAST program. Over the span of five weeks, the people who attended the program learnt many valuable lessons, as well as making new friendships and participating in fun activities. We were taken to many places in and around Burnie, Penguin, Ulverstone, Latrobe, and were given the opportunity to go on a giant swing and hike up mountains. We were taught the importance of perseverance and confidence and were also introduced to situations where we could learn about ourselves and our personal values. Overall, this was an amazing experience to have gone through, and we're extremely grateful we were given the chance to attend.
Fitness for Life
One of the many alternate learning programs we offer at Parklands High is our Fitness For Life class. This is made up of male students who participate in activities designed to improve their leadership and teamwork skills, while also enhancing their physical fitness. On the last day of term 3, this class travelled to the View Road Reserve to complete a gruelling challenge course. The class were given the task of carrying two large logs and a long, wet and heavy rope through the entire course. Blake Horch and Joey Buchanan were the assigned leaders for the day and demonstrated great communication skills and encouragement to get the class through the course. The course included walking knee high in muddy water and climbing steep hills, all with the logs and rope still being carried. To add to this, the students needed to carry their back packs with them all day. The boys successfully completed the course and were certainly physically and mentally fatigued by the end of it, not to mention being completely covered in mud! Well done to everyone involved for a challenging but successful day.
Making every school day count
Welcome back to the last term of the school year! We’re excited for what’s in store, including <please include localised messaging here – highlights of school activities planned>.
This final stretch of the school year can sometimes be challenging to get your kids to school. But being at school is the best place for our kids, and it’s important we make every school day count.
If you’re struggling to get your child to school, help is available. Please talk to us at school about your situation. We’ll support you, in whatever way we can.
Here are some tips to help:
- Create a routine.
- Give yourself enough time in the morning.
- Be on time, every day. Monday to Friday.
- Schedule appointments and trips outside of school hours.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Set some technology boundaries.
If your child is well enough to attend school, they should be at school. Every day, Monday to Friday.
Data tells us that the better a child’s attendance rate, the better off they’ll be. Their future will be filled with more opportunities…. which is what every parent and carer wants for their child.
School is where they learn and grow alongside their friends, and where they benefit the most. Going to school not only promotes academic success, but also helps build important social skills, relationships and confidence.
Again, please talk to us about your situation if you’re having trouble getting your child to school every day.
Levy payments are now due.
If your circumstances have changed, or if you are experiencing financial difficulty or financial hardship, or if you are receiving an invoice for levies and you shouldn’t be, please contact the school’s Business Manager, Angela Townsend or firstname.lastname@example.org
You may be eligible for the Student Assistance Scheme. If you are eligible and your application is approved, you will not need to pay any levies. An application form is available from the School Office or you can apply online.