- Assistant Principal's Report
- Orientation Day - Thursday December 1 2022
- Childrens University Graduation 2022
- Art Camp - Hobart Bound
- Athletics Carnival
- Burnie Youth Council
- NW Regional High School Basketball Tournament
- Slim of a Time
- Student Wellbeing & Engagement Survey 2022
- Packages of Learning Opportunities 2023
- Meet Our Student Leaders - 2022
- SLG - Christmas Fun Day
- "Design a Dog" Fundraiser
- Can You Help - Empty Soft Drink Bottles - Copy
- Info Sheet - Authorised Absences
- Vaping Fact Sheet
- School Times
- Smith Family - Saver Plus Flyer
- Smith Family - Saver Plus Fact Sheet
- Tasmania Term Dates and Professional Learning Days 2022
- 2022 Levies
- Join Girl Guides Today
One of the challenges that schools across the state – including Parklands – are currently facing, is an increased number of students using vape pens or vaping devices. Education is paramount in addressing these challenges and ensuring that our students are safe and well. However, we believe that it is imperative that these challenges are also addressed and monitored at home, by parents and carers, to ensure a wraparound support system is in place for our young people.
There are ways parents and carers can help protect their children from vaping:
- Whether you suspect your child is vaping or not, take the time to talk to them about it and help them understand all of the risks. It is never too late to have a conversation with your child.
- Try to start the conversation in a relaxed easy-going way. Use the environment surrounding your child to start the conversation, such as a note from school, a news story about vaping, or people vaping in public places.
- If you suspect your child is vaping, encourage them to stop and let them know that there is support available at school and outside of school to help them.
- Educate yourselves about the different types of vapes available and the risks associated with using these products. Vapes come in many different shapes and sizes – it is important that parents and carers know what to look for.
- Lead by example and provide children with a tobacco or vape free home.
Further information about the harmful effects of vaping for parents and carers can be sourced here: Information for parents and carers - Tobacco and smoking (nsw.gov.au)
Recently, the Department for Children and Young and People appointed a Safeguarding Children and Young People Lead in all schools across the state as part of the Royal Commission’s inquiry into institutional abuse of young people. The role of the Safeguarding Lead in schools will be to facilitate professional learning for staff on Mandatory Reporting and Protective Practices along with developing and consolidating a child safe culture at school. Fortunately for us, data from our recent Student Wellbeing and Engagement Survey, showed that 72% of our students identified that they have a trusted adult at school. This data can only suggest that we are well on the way to embedding a child safe culture at Parklands High School, where students feel safe to speak with adults in a supported environment.
Educating our students on age-appropriate media use is another pivotal opportunity we have to keep our young people safe. We know that our young people’s brains – specifically their pre-frontal cortex (their decision-making epicentre) – are not fully developed until they reach the age of twenty-five.
This means that staff and parents play an important role in educating our children on how to use media respectfully and responsibly, along with the potentially harmful effects material they view, and produce can have on their overall development.
How can I support my child to use digital media appropriately?
- Get involved with online content that you and your child can enjoy and share – in-person and online.
- Talk regularly to your child about what they are doing and seeing online and negotiate key rules about their online use together.
- Encourage your child to talk to you about any problems, issues or concerns they have, including if they have taken risks or made mistakes.
- Model safe and positive online behaviour and help your child understand how you manage online risks. This could include involving them in conversations about the types of photos and information you share online and what you wouldn’t share.
- Use parental controls, filtering software and safe searches to help block dangerous or inappropriate content.
- eSafety parent resources have been developed by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner to help parents learn about the digital environment and how to help your child have safe and enjoyable online experiences.
More information can be sourced from Online safety | eSafety Commissioner
With four weeks left of Term 4 and a lengthy holiday break to follow for our students, we ask parents and carers, in conjunction with staff at Parklands, to continue to dive deep into those challenging conversations with their young people to ensure they are able to be the best version of themselves, because as it has been said before in the well-known proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.
Congratulations Isabelle for successfully graduating Children's University and for delivering an amazing speech at the recent graduation ceremony.
My name is Isabelle Scott and I am in Grade 7 at Parklands High School. I have been a member of Children’s University for 4 years and I am very excited to be graduating today with an E Silver Certificate for a total of 242.5 hours of learning.
I feel excited and a little bit nervous about graduating today.
The best thing about Children’s University is being encouraged to do the extracurricular activities. My favourite extracurricular this year has been Navy Cadets, where I have made friends, had a go at driving power boats and gone on camps to Hobart and other places.
I have also been playing violin in the Burnie Stringalong Orchestra for a few years now and I will be going on tour with the orchestra very soon.
Over my years at Children’s University I have been encouraged to try karate, boxing, hockey and football. I still enjoy karate and boxing.
I also really enjoyed the arboretum, rhododendron gardens and the University Open Days that Jesse Brennan organises for us too.
I would like to thank Jesse and the Children’s University staff and teachers for their hard work in putting together this celebration of the Children’s University participants. We really appreciate it.
Thank you for coming to celebrate with us.
From the 14th – 16th of November, 29 students from year 9/10 Art, Production and Photography classes, Miss Devlin, Mr Lewis and Mr Grey (Chalky) took a trip to Hobart for an art camp. Whilst down there we visit MONA museum and art gallery, TMAG, the University of Tasmania’s Hunter Street Art school, and also checked out a few sight-seeing spots. Throughout the trip we also explored the Cat and Fiddle Arcade and the Eastlands Shopping centre, however one of our most favourite places visited on the trip would have to be Pizza Hut ‘all you can eat’ which was a hit for all.
MONA and TMAG were both eye-opening, an experience that will not be forgotten with art work that was interactive, challenging, interesting, weird and wonderful, and many historical artefacts, lessons and learning. Thank you to the wonderful staff at UTAS for also providing us a tour of the art campus and teaching us some printmaking techniques.
Overall the trip was a lot of fun. The first night we were very excited, meeting everyone on the trip, settling in our rooms, and naturally not sleeping very much at all (except for Chalky!). The second night consisted of a level 3 nerf gun fight and playing many games in the common area where we were able to bond. We got to have the experience of a lifetime going around too a heap of different museums and the Art School. There was a heap of laughter, lots of money spent and definitely heaps of amazing photos and memories made. The art camp was a camp for everyone to remember and all year 9 and 10’s enjoyed it a lot, it is definitely something to be in volved in when you reach senior art level.
A huge thank you to the staff and students involved in this trip, to all who supported us with our recent staff carwash and 10kg chocolate raffle – we couldn’t have done it without you.
Lakeesha Walters and Miss Devlin
On Thursday the 17th and Friday the 18th of November, Parklands High held their annual Athletics Carnival. Due to complications with the weather last year and only being able to have a one-day carnival, it was exciting that we were able to go back to our regular two-day format.
The sun was out and beaming for the start of our Day One program. The day started with the national anthem sung by Miss Williams, Miss Payne and Miss Lincoln, followed by instructions from Mr Costelloe about the format of the day. Students were then straight into the house pursuit with 200 points up for grab. A sea of green, yellow and blue made their way around the oval during the race, with students from Nairana taking the win in the 7/8 pursuit and Tarapa in the 9/10.
Students’ first events were the 1500m on the track and different field events for each grade. The standard was set high in the 1500m race with many students participating in the event which made it a superb start to the carnival. It was also a very thrilling start in the first field rotation with Grade 7 student John Inglis breaking the high jump record with a jump of 1.50m. The previous record was 1.49m which had stood for twenty-one years, so a massive congrats goes out to John for this awesome achievement.
Throughout day one we saw athletes from Breone, Nairana and Tarapa really battling out to get points for their house. Students also had the opportunity to participate in the 100m and 200m heats on the track, and different field events throughout the day. The day ended with our grade relays, with the wins for each race being an even spread across houses. The weather was sensational all day and the good participation and sportsmanship from students made it a successful start to our two-day carnival. At the conclusion of Day One, Breone was in the lead just ahead of Tarapa and Nairana.
Day Two started with the 800m race on the track and the fifth field rotation for students. The sun was once again shining, and the vibes were electric heading into the final day of events for students. On the track, students also participated in the 400m, 200m finals and 100m finals. Heading into the 100m finals, the house standings were close, making it very interesting heading into these races.
As the day came to an end, everyone made their way to their homegroups to watch the finals of the 100m sprints for all grades. Everybody was aware how close the house points were, so the atmosphere was loud, exciting and nerve racking. At the conclusion of the 100m finals, Mr Hughes made the announcement that the house champions for the carnival were:
Breone – 1st Place
Tarapa – 2nd Place
Nairana – 3rd Place
A massive congratulations to Breone on being the house champions for 2022. We would also like to congratulate all students who participated throughout the carnival with both pride and good sportsmanship. Also, a big thank you to all staff who helped throughout the carnival-- without their help our carnival days wouldn’t run so smoothly. It was a very successful two-day event, and we look forward to the 2023 carnival.
- HPE Team
And that’s a wrap! Burnie City Youth Council 2022
The Burnie City Youth Council held its final meeting this morning which was followed by an end of year excursion.
Burnie City Council Deputy Mayor Giovanna Simpson is the Council’s representative for the Youth Council and said “Today is an opportunity for Youth Councillor’s to celebrate their achievements together. It has been wonderful working with such an inspirational group, I am so proud of the work these amazing young people have done this year. I would especially like to thank Youth Mayor Abbey Granger and Deputy Youth Mayor Taleah Smith for running the meetings so well.”
The Burnie Youth Council is a Special Committee of the Burnie City Council and is coordinated by Burnie Works. 27 Youth Councillors were appointed to the 2022 Youth Council.
Being a Youth Councillor provides young people with the opportunity to learn about how Local Government works, develop leadership skills, learn more about their local community and participate in a range of community projects.
Each year four students from each high school and two students from each primary school are nominated by their school to become a youth councillor. These representatives are then asked to nominate for the positions of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Junior Deputy Mayor.
Nominations have just opened for the 2023 Burnie City Youth Council. Young people are encouraged to speak with their teachers to find out how to nominate.
Burnie Works would like to thank this year’s Youth Council for all their work and ideas. It has been wonderful to watch you all grow and learn, make new friendships and contribute to the Burnie community.
The Youth Council have been working together on a message for their fellow students which they completed this morning, check it out
"Thank you again to our incredible Youth Councillors and to Burnie Works for the incredible job they continue to do to support this program for our young community leaders!"
On Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of November a group of 7 Year 9 students represented Parklands High School in the North-West Regional High School Basketball Tournament held in Devonport and Latrobe. They kicked of their tournament campaign with a hard fought tied game against Marist Regianls College, followed by games against Circular Head CHirstian school, St Brendan Shaw College and Reece High School. After all games were completed Parklands High School finsihed second in thier pool. There were several standout performaces through out the weekend from all players. Chad Markota with his stellar scoring performance, finishing with 43 points for the weekend. Ashden Harrison put on an icredible defensive display while Jackson White controlled the boards with rebound after rebound. The highligh sholt of the weekend came from our pocket rocket Riley Palmer-Ferguson with an incredible shot in the last game which had the entire team and crowd going crazy. Well done boys on a great weekend of basketball.
Literacy and Vocabulary ALP
Students were given written instructions on how to make slime. They were required to work in pairs to follow the instructions to ensure the correct steps were taken.
School can look confusing to naviagte, but it's very easy after the first day.
In my future I would like to be working as a Teacher.
I want to help kids get an education.
The best experience I have had in Grade 10 is ...
Meeting lots of different people.
The thing I have enjoyed most at Parklands is …
The option classes.
If I could change one thing about the world now it would be?
Being able to make all teens happy.
To be the best you can be at Parklands as a student you need to ...
Listen to your teachers and be sure to take notes.
Empy Soft Drink Bottles
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