- Principal's Report
- Packages of Learning Opportunities 2023
- Meet Our Student Leaders - 2022
- Student Leadership Group 2023
- Your Thanks is Enough
- Inter-High Athletics Carnival
- Year 7 Sleep out
- Year 7 HIVE Excursion
- First Aid In Schools
- Year 9 Hellyer Gorge Excursion - A Day in Pictures
- SLAM Poetry Performance - Angus Knight
- Penguin District School Production 2022 - Rapunzel
- Year 10 HIVE Excursion
- Beadough's Donut's Fundraiser - Pop Up Pantry
- Vaping Fact Sheet
- COVID - Safe Behaviours reminder
- Info Sheet - Authorised Absences
- 2022 Levies
- School Times
- Tasmania Term Dates and Professional Learning Days 2022
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With under two weeks remaining for the year, we are well under way with preparing to celebrate and acknowledge our achievements of 2022. Over the coming weeks we have celebration and award assemblies, and a variety of excursions and activities that will see students travelling from Sheffield to Stanley and many places in between, enjoying the fine weather and great company.
At this time of the year we also take the opportunity to farewell our Year 10 students, as they prepare to embark on their next stage of their life and learning. As with any end of year, we also have a number of staff who will be leaving Parklands. Whilst staffing has not yet been completely finalised we are able to acknowledge a few staff that have confirmed transfers for 2023.
We can announce that Jon Lewis has received a transfer to Devonport High School. Jon has been a highly valued member of our teaching team for five years and had a significant impact on the learning and development of many students during this time. In particular, Jon is to be congratulated for his work with the Frank McDonald Award which has seen two of our students win the award and have the opportunity to travel and gain greater understanding of the impact of war and those who have served our country.
We also farewell Heidi Kerr who has been part of the Parklands teaching team for seven years. Heidi has been a highly dedicated teacher who has had a positive influence on a great many students during her time at Parklands. We wish Heidi all the very best as she takes on a teaching role at Ulverstone Secondary School.
We can also announce that Coen Smit will be moving into retirement at the end of this year after a very long and diverse career. Coen has been the Science Lab Tech at Parklands for over twenty years and also undertaken a number of teaching roles. We wish Coen all the very best as he begins his next adventure.
We will have an opportunity to formally acknowledge Jon, Heidi and Coen, as well as other staff who will be leaving us, at the end of the year assembly in the coming weeks.
The Gift of Giving
As we move into the festive season we reflect on what is important: time for family, friends and giving. Over the past few weeks, our school community has had increased opportunities of giving back. Our recent donut drive along with a significant donation from ‘Star Link’ has provided much-needed funds for our Parklands Popup Pantry. We encourage families to come in and take what they need from our well stocked pantry, to support them over the Christmas and holiday time. On Thursday we held a Christmas Fun Day, with money raised going to the Kmart Christmas appeal, whilst earlier in the week the Support Hub students donated to the Burnie Dogs Home. These opportunities provide our students with the gift of giving and helping others in need.
Hillcrest Primary School Anniversary
As the end of the school year approaches, we acknowledge the impact of the tragedy that happened at Hillcrest Primary School in December 2021. We extend our thoughts and condolences to the families, staff, and community at Hillcrest and in the Devonport area during this difficult time.
Don't be scared to ask for help, it's not a weakness, it shows your willing to learn.
In my future I would like to be working as a Paramedic.
I love helping people. I Have always dreamed of a job in the medical field.
The best experience I have had in Grade 10 is ...
Seeing my friends again and making new friends.
The thing I have enjoyed most at Parklands is …
One of the things I enjoy most at Parklands is making friends with students and teachers.
If I could change one thing about the world now it would be?
If I'm being honest, I know i can't change big things so maybe I would try to make people's day.
To be the best you can be at Parklands as a student you need to ...
Show up, by that I mean have a growth mindset, try your best and never give up.
Parklands High School would like to take this oppourtunity to introuduce our Student Leadership Group for 2023
Your Thanks is Enough
To our student families,
Thank you so much for being a part of another wonderful year at Parklands High School. It has been an honour to be a part of your child’s/children’s learning and we wish you all a very relaxing Christmas holiday period together.
As we come into the Christmas break we as staff are very lucky to often receive your very heartfelt messages of thanks and at times - Christmas gifts.
We would like to remind all our families that your thanks alone is enough and that no gifts are necessary. We have loved watching your child grow and learn throughout the year- and that in itself is our thanks.
If gift giving is something you feel strongly about, then we would greatly appreciate very small gifts only. A picture drawn or a card written by your child, or a homemade item are often our most treasured gifts. As Department for Education, Children and Young People employees it is inappropriate that we accept substantial tokens of appreciation.
We thank you again for lovely year and have enjoyed working with you and your child/children.
Parklands took a bus to Penguin Athletic Centre on Wednesday December 7, to participate in the NWHSSA Inter High Athletic carnival. We were fortunate enough to have blue skies with little wind on the day, however, this saw us applying the sunscreen regularly to avoid sunburn.
A total of 44 students were selected to represent PHS. Students were proud to be representing our school and put their best foot forward in each event we entered in. Some of the outstanding individual student performances are listed below:
- Mitchell Crawford 1st in the Division 1 Year 7 100m Sprint
- John Inglis 1st in the Division 2 Year 7 100m Sprint
- Jaiden O’Halloran 3rd in Year 7 Discus
- John Inglis 3rd in Year 7 Long Jump
- Isabella Wallis 2nd in Division 2 Year 8 200m
- Lalli Lea 1st in Division 2 Year 8 200m
- Isabella Wallis 3rd in Year 8 Javelin
- Isabella Wallis 3rd in Year 8 High Jump
- Russi Sturzaker 2nd in Year 8 Discus
- Hannah Frankcombe 2nd in Year 9 800m
- Hannah Frankcombe 1st in Year 9 1500m
- Kobi Lyons 2nd Year 10 Long Jump
Isabella Wallis was the highest ranked female in Division 2 with 14 and Lalli Lea was the highest ranked male in Year 8 Division 3.
Year 7 Sleepout
On the 2nd of December a large number of our year 7 cohort and some of our 2023 school leaders (50 in total) attended our School Sleepout. Students began arriving around 6pm and were treated to a BBQ cooked by our fantastic leaders. We set up our gear before heading to the PAC for a true cinema experience: pop corn and lolly cups included. Mr Hampton then treated us to a new game: 9 square which was a real hit and this took us through to almost bed time. We retreated to our designated sleeping quarters, the boys managing to get some games in before lights out and the girls watching some movies, performing some dances and completing several hide and seek games (that finished well and truly into the night). With all the excitement, some sleep was had.
Breakfast was a real treat. Our leaders and Miss Devlin cooked up a feast in our catering kitchen, with Jack Gillam taking the reins as head chef. Students were treated to pancakes, toast, egg bread (sunshine toast) loads of bacon and hashbrowns and an array of breakfast juices. Stomachs were full, energy was high, smiles were everywhere. After breakfast we did a power clean up and finished with some final games in the gym before pick up. The night was an absolute blast!
A huge thank you to Mr Hampton, Mr Hall, Dylan Harney, Mrs Sushames, Miss Payne, Miss Devlin and Gemma Riddell for organising and supporting this event. An even bigger thank you to our new leaders who took up the challenge and in the process demonstrated exceptionally high standards, leadership, and team work – well done!
Year 7 Hive Excursion
This week year 7 students had the absolute privilege of visiting the Hive Cultural and community centre and experience several amazing activities. The most exciting was the cinematic experience provided by the planetarium and the incredibly documentary and tour of our galaxy from Astronomer Martin George. This was a BIG hit with students and was enthralling for staff and students alike. On the day we divided into 3 groups, one group starting at the planetarium; one at the Hive Museum and science gallery where they created and designed aerodynamic (and stylish) cars that could withstand – and complete- a special UTAS designed racecourse; and the other exploring the facilities at the Hive and having a well-deserved lunch break on the lawns or KFC.
Some of the highlights of the day are below:
- “We drove from Parklands to Ulverstone and then we were split into 3 groups and went to 3 different options which were lunch at KFC, the Planetarium show about the Sun, and the Science Museum where we made and raced cars and did other interactive activities like making a boat from paper and watching a beehive be built.” – Baily Grace
- “The Planetarium was cool, but Kaleb Cock fell asleep.” – Angus Knight
- “I brought the most KFC out of the whole grade -a Zinger box upsized, and 10 Wicked Wings.” – Oliver Ebdon
- “We made race cars for a track designed by the University of Tasmania.” – Baily Grace
- “I won the car race!” - Mataya Dunham;”
- “Is that the Sydney Opera House?!” – Kallie, on arrival to Ulverstone
- “Can I have one of these in my room?” several students in the planetarium
An absolute HUGE thank you to Mr Hickman and Mrs Sushames for organising this incredible experience. Thank you to the Hive Ulverstone and your team for hosting us and giving us a great insight into the wide world (and beyond) of science. To Steffi, Lauren, Erryn, Mr Wells and Mrs Kerr – thank you for your support on this trip. And last but certainly not least – THANK YOU and well done to the year 7’s who were fantastic and made the trip so wonderful for all. We can’t wait to visit again!
Year 7 students have again worked with Clive from St Johns Ambulance in 2023. Each class has had the opportunity to be involved in the ‘hands-on’ First Aid in Schools Program. They have learnt basic first aid skills and how they would apply these skills in a range of different situations.
Slam Poetry performance
Parklands students were entertained by Tasmanian performing Slam poet, Angus King in the PAC. Angus delighted the students with his humorous stories and poetry and encouraged them to craft their own lines of poetry and participate in parts of the performance.
Krystal Elphinstone put some lines together reflecting on her home town of Burnie. Students reflected that, ‘poems aren’t just random words – they mean something,’ and, ‘poems don’t have to rhyme in the usual way – most musicians use poetry to write their songs’.
A highlight of the performance for students, was a poem ‘slammed’ by our own staff member, award-winning Slam Poet, Lauren Hay. Lauren shared that she wrote this poem when she was a teenager about her dad, who the students were surprised to learn is Mr Hay
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On November 19th a group of Parklands High School production studentstravelled to the Leven Theatre to watch Penguin District School's production of 'Rapunzel; a Hairy-Tale' and what a show it was! All students did a fantastic job and we were really fortunate to have had the opportunity to go. Congratulations to all of the cast and crew for thier amazing performance. A big thankyou to Miss Cordwell, Mrs Harney, Miss lincon and Micah for organising this excursion and enjoying the show with us.
Year 10 Student
On Tuesday the 6th of December, the Grade 10s went on a trip to the Hive Tasmania in Ulverstone. This was in accordance with the unit of Earth and Space that we have been learning in Science this term. We participated in activities about the Big Bang Theory and the life cycle of stars. In the Planetarium, we also learned more about the wonders and expanse of the Universe and the different constellations that can be observed in the night sky.
Finally, we also participated in an activity about creating the fastest model car to race classmates down a racetrack. The event was a great learning experience for us and expanded well on what we have learnt in class.
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COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses (like the flu) are still circulating in Tasmania. The official COVID-19 risk level has been raised to ‘Moderate’.
Together, we need to keep practising our COVID-safe behaviours to manage the risk.
Simple things we can do:
- do not come to school if unwell – stay home and test
- stay at home while you have symptoms, regardless of the result of a rapid antigen test (RAT)
- cover coughs and sneezes and wash your hands with soap and water, or alcohol-based sanitiser
- try to stay a reasonable distance away from others when you can
- consider wearing a face mask if you wish to – they are readily available for use at the school.
All students should ensure they have access to a quantity of RATs. If you need RATs, please ask for them at the school office so they are in your home ready for use if symptoms develop.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
For any COVID-19 enquiries, please contact the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738, or Department of Education COVID-19 Support Hotline at COVID19support@education.tas.gov.au or on 1800 816 057.
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