Uniform changes greeted with positive response

Thank you for your feedback regarding changes to the school uniform, especially for girls, in 2017. There was unanimous support for the removal of the winter uniform and the creation of a single uniform that spans both seasons, while using the components that already make up the uniform. We will now take all of those suggestions and build them into a uniform booklet and guidelines which will go out to you this term, so that you can plan ahead for 2017 uniform needs.

Mission team returns with smiles

It was great to see the mission team return safely to Brisbane at the end of a very successful 10 day Northern Territory mission trip. Once again we hear stories of how the trip change the lives of the young people we take away. A special thank you to all the families and the staff involved that make this possible. A special thank you as well to the families that hosted Japanese students for us, because this provided funds to help some of our students attend the mission trip.

New building about to start

It has taken a while to sort out some issues around the new building but I can report that we should see the builders starting on Stage 1 towards the end of August. They have agreed to a 20-week build time and, subject to rain, we will be in the new building for the start of 2017. The builders will be leaving the construction of the carpark and new entry until the last day of school this year to cause less inconvenience to you dropping off and picking up your children. The building site, and entry from the eastern corner of our land frontage, will all be fenced and secure. Delivery times into school are also stipulated to save you fighting with truck drivers during drop off and pick up times. I will keep you updated with the building program through the newsletter.

Japanese students leave and another arrive

As we said goodbye to one group of Japanese visitors another younger group are almost here. They will only be in the school for four days next week. A group of Japanese teachers are also working with the schools involved in our Japanese visitation program, and one is spending the week with us. His goal is to learn new ways of teaching and improving student learning from our teachers. Please welcome them to the college family if you see them around the school. Thank you to the wonderful families who will provide a home for them during their visit.

Book Week 22-26 August

Make sure you become part of our Book Week from the 22nd August. Encourage your child to read with you and don’t forget they love to have you read to them and it is a great way for them to learn. On the morning of the Friday the 26th is our Book Week parade so all the students, and staff, will be dressed in Aussie-style clothing the theme of this year’s book week. I look forward to seeing parents coming and joining in the festivities.

School calendar on the website

Just a reminder that all of the excursions, where they are at, times etc are carefully placed into the website calendar. If you are not sure of when an event is on, you can check this 24 hours a day, or even perhaps at 8am when your child says “I think we have to go on an excursion today, so I can wear my sports uniform.”

Thank you for continuing to support our school

God bless

Gary Underwood,
[email protected]


QCS Dates: August 30-31 2016


2016 Term 3 - 13th July 2016 to 16th Sept 2016

Important Information

Second Hand Uniform Shop
The second hand uniform shop is open every Friday 2.30pm - 4.00pm. If you have any uniforms that you would like to sell, provided they are in resale condition, we are happy to purchase them from you. We also have a number of uniform items for sale including quite a number of winter sports jackets. Our prices are at least half the price of new items.

If you need any second hand items and are unable to visit the uniform shop please feel free to email me at [email protected] and I will endeavour to help where I can.

Prep Enrolments 2017 - URGENT!
If you have a sibling prep for 2017 can you please contact me urgently to secure their place. I have limited places left and enrolments are coming in every day. The enrolment application is online and can be viewed here.
Please call me directly on 54906103 to discuss.

Student Withdrawal Notices
One terms notice in writing is required for withdrawal of students. Insufficient notice may result in additional fees being charged.

Allowance for driving your children to school
Did you know that you may be entitled to an allowance for privately driving your children to and from school?

Financial assistance may be available to parents who have children that attend NON-State Schools with students travelling to and from school daily by private arrangement.

For further details on how much you can claim by distance, download the Conveyance Allowance Payment Details by clicking here

2016 Early School Leavers survey
The Queensland Government is conducting its annual statewide survey of students who left school in Years 10, 11 and prior to completing Year 12 during 2015. The Early School Leavers survey is a short, confidential survey that collects information about what young people are doing the year after leaving school. The information from the survey helps our schools to understand the pathways young people follow after leaving school and to plan services to support transitions into study or employment for our students.

Between July and August 2016, our students who left school in Years 10, 11 and prior to completing Year 12 last year, can expect to receive an invitation to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office to complete the survey. Please encourage early school leavers to take part.

For more information, visit or telephone toll free on 1800 068 587.

After School Care

Camp Australia is offering after school care at the Moreton Campus. For more information, please view this PDF


Taskforce Meeting 6 – Key outcomes and points of discussion on New QCE

At the sixth Taskforce meeting on 3 May 2016, Taskforce members acknowledged the foundational importance of English skills for both tertiary study and citizenship in a modern, globally connected world.

It was confirmed that it will be compulsory for Year 11 and 12 students to undertake an English subject under the new senior assessment and tertiary entrance framework. Specifically, the Taskforce agreed that eligibility for an ATAR will be subject to satisfactory completion of an English subject, although a student’s results in English will not be a mandatory inclusion in calculation of their ATAR.

Discussion then focused on further processes for calculation of an ATAR, and in particular the need to ensure that tertiary entrance processes provide appropriate recognition for different forms of student attainment. QTAC and the QCAA provided additional information on current and potential tertiary entrance processes for Queensland students.

Taskforce members supported QTAC’s recommendation that the calculation of an ATAR be based on a student’s best five senior subjects. It was noted that the use of five subjects will help to ensure a clear differentiation of student attainment, particularly for students at the upper range of the achievement scale. This approach will also provide for a smooth transition from current OP arrangements, which require students to complete the equivalent of five senior subjects.

The Taskforce also noted that further consideration will be required as to the type and mix of senior subjects that may be included in the ATAR calculation, such as QCAA Authority subjects, Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications and Subject Area Syllabus subjects. In this context, Taskforce members noted that any future arrangements will need to provide for an appropriate balance of rigour and inclusiveness.

What's happening on Campus

Well, we are now over halfway through this term. It is been very busy so far with a lot going on.

Winter Sleepout:
A few big fundraisers were held recently to raise money for Mission Australia in their support of homeless people. There was a barbecue which raised several hundred dollars, a free dress day raising over $500 and "sleep-out' by high school students adding to the total. All in all, the students raised over $1000. Thank you to Mr. Taylor for overseeing the organization of these events, to the other teachers joining you on the sleep-out: Mr. Costin, Mrs. Wilcox, and to the team of students working to put all these together.

Thank you also to past student Nikita Watts for your help; Nikita was the original proposer and organizer of this event which has now been running for several years at our college.

Next term there will be fundraisers for Pink Ribbon Day to raise funds for the Cancer Council.

Drama Workshop:
On Monday 15 August our school had visiting performers from the group RockSalt. Presentations were made to all of our P-9 classes. The performers focused on indigenous food systems and involved stories, music and interaction with students through audience involvement. One of their key areas was environmental sustainability.

Workshops were also conducted with our year 9 and 10 Drama students.

David Lewis
Deputy Principal
[email protected]

Senior School Updates

QCS and other things...

It is that time of year again when Year 12 students begin to turn their attention to a set of exams known as ‘QCS’. These exams, taken over two days are one of the final ‘pieces’ of the puzzle that will complete their Senior years of study.

Students have been diligently preparing for these exams over the past weeks and months and most recently, they have participated in practice exams designed to prepare them for QCS exams.

Below is a table outlining which exam will be sat on Tuesday 30 August and Wednesday 31 August:

But, before we get all excited and anxious, it is also really important to note what these exams are, and what they aren’t.

The QCS Test IS:

  • a common statewide test for Queensland Year 12 students
  • an achievement test — not an intelligence test nor an aptitude test
  • grounded in the Queensland senior curriculum
  • accessible to all Year 12 students, regardless of individual differences in subject patterns.

What the QCS Test IS NOT:

  • the main contributor to a student’s Overall Position (OP)
  • a grade by which a student should be defined
  • a measure of the whole of a Year 12 student

Many of our students do not sit the QCS tests. Many of our students do not get OP’s. Many of our students are successful university students, employees, apprentices and more. The point of an education is far more than a single number or place in a rank or on a scale. Nelson Mandella, former President of South Africa, so eloquently described education as being “the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.

Consequently, whilst we continue to encourage our students to do their very best and achieve excellent results, we are also investing in opportunities for them to learn about social justice issues, to problem solve, to be creative and to empower them to ‘be the change they want to see in the world’.

As our Year 12 students approach their QCS tests this month they are preparing to do their very best as it is a very ‘high-stakes’ test. But, it is important that we all remember that no matter what the final result, this test is merely a ‘means to an end, rather than the end itself’.

Anita Newell
Senior School Leader
[email protected]

Middle School Updates

The Challenge of Raising Teenagers

As a parent of four children , when they became teenagers I often asked, “What was he/she thinking?” The answer is: They probably weren’t! Especially, as the developing brain’s lateral prefrontal cortex, which results in mature self regulation, is not fully developed until the mid twenties. Research shows that teens, especially around peers, will engage in more risky behaviour. The influence of peers on decisions often make us shake our heads in wonder at the poor choice they just made.

So what can a parent do to assist their children through this time, Louanne Johnson (1997) wrote a great book on schooling that suggested some ways to assist teens to make it through the minefield of adolescence. She gave 9 key points.

  1. Remember there is a reason for everything a child does. The reason might not seem sensible to an adult but to your child it made perfect sense at the time. They may have been mad at the world, afraid or just misinformed but to them there is a reason. Continuing to build a relationship with your teenager is the only way you will be able to find out what they are thinking. This is why a caring teacher student relationship is one of the most important aspects of our Middle School, we want to be supportive when they achieve but also when they fail.
  2. Separate the child from the behaviour. Understanding that love is not built on behaviour, God is very clear- “But God showed his love for us, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” ! (Romans 5:8) and again,” neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all of creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39). Our teenagers need to know that whatever happens they are, and always will be, loved.
  3. Love them Loudly. Teenagers will make out that they don’t think it’s cool that you say how proud you are of them, that you love them, but deep down inside they need to hear it. Show them you love them by your actions, as well as your words. My own children have said, they were so glad we cared enough not to let them do what they wanted, but also that we trusted them enough to give them some freedom to make choices. Parenting is like fishing; let the line loose but always have it attached when you need to pull it in, but be careful you don’t snap it, by being too aggressive.
  4. Remember you aren’t supposed to win. You are to help them to!
  5. Don’t make the unattractive attractive.
  6. My biggest mistake as a parent with child number one was trying too hard to keep my child from danger, looking for faults in friends, forbidding them from things we didn’t like. We learnt it was best instead to walk with them through their choices talking with our children around the dinner table and discussing their decisions which led them to make choices we were proud of.
  7. Give kids a chance to back down and save face. This is always a challenge for parents and teachers. Most conflicts are a response due to a perceived loss of dignity or pride. I statement like, “I know you have an opinion but I would like you to consider my point of view on the subject.” can allow a teen a way to back down and save face.
  8. Accept responsibility. The job of parents is not just to house, clothe and feed your child but to help build them into an emotionally healthy member of society. At ACCM we are also committed to helping your child to build and challenge their mindsets, especially when they choose to take the easy road and not reach towards their full potential. Today the addiction to social media, games and devices is one area a parent may have to take responsibility for. If a child can’t get off social media, help them, it is ok to say you have to put your phone and devices in another room so they can sleep soundly. Sleepy students don’t learn!
  9. Talk Listen Talk some more. Relationships can only be held together when you talk. Start a conversation with your child early and continue it through their adolescent years it will save you a lot of heartache. The key word is conversation, not a lecture, conversations require listening.
  10. Try to remember your own childhood. In our busy adult lives we often forget what is was like to be a teenager. Simply remembering will help you have more compassion and if you don’t remember ask your parents or your old school friends they will be only too happy to remind you of some the things you might sooner forget.

Finally, remember the good things they are doing: We are so proud of our Middle School students as we have students working hard to improve their literacy and numeracy skills, students, running sound at chapel and assembly, working on digital technology to help teachers; and a number of supporting their peers through lunchtime activities, mentoring younger students, peer support, class representatives and sports shed monitors.

Brett Costin:
Year 6C Leader
[email protected]

Chaplain Update

Hello everyone!

What an amazing time we are having! Term 2 was an incredible time of learning, discipleship, and growing together! We enjoyed multiple discipleship groups for over 30 students who had recently made a commitment to follow Jesus! We even saw another 10 students choose to follow Jesus in Term 2 as well!!! What I love about that, is that most of these decisions came from students talking to their friends about Jesus! Even our wonderful Grade 1ers! On multiple occasions I have been walking around the school at lunch time, only to have some amazing young people come up to me and tell me that one of their friends has just decided to follow Jesus! It’s so incredible to see these young hearts and minds share the good news in their own way, and to be so excited about it! Bring on the future! God is so good.

We had an amazing time with Endless Praise who came along for a whole day last term. They ran our chapel services, ran workshops during the day, and led our Term 2 Celebration Service at night. Their workshops were incredibly inspiring for our chapel band. Their experience, tips, and advice spurred on our wonderful band members to challenge themselves and grow deeper with their gifts. We have definitely reaped the rewards of those sessions as the band continues to grow from strength to strength!

Just recently, we also had the amazing Andy Gourley from Red Frogs join us for our Term 3 Celebration service. It was wonderful to hear about his passion for young people and about Red Frog’s vision. It was a great reminder that our wonderful young people who are students at ACCM have the ability to make fantastic decisions for themselves, their community, and the people around them.

It truly is a fantastic time to be alive. God is doing amazing things and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for the future!

Lee Nicholls
[email protected]

On Campus Class Updates

Year 10D

In Term Three 10D in Christian Living are focussing on social justice issues. Throughout the term we have looked at issues such as poverty, slavery and even lack of education and health care in some parts of the world. The students in this class really wanted to know what they could do to raise awareness to people their age and how more people could get involved to help others who struggle with several of these issues. After gathering into groups, the students have chosen a charity to raise awareness for and will be promoting this around the school towards the end of this term into Term Four.

The purpose of this unit was for students to understand the social injustices in the world and that God has called us to care for those less fortunate than us. It is refreshing to see a group of young people who are so passionate about those less fortunate to tell others about how they can help. Part of their assessment will be to create Public Service Announcements to be played in assembly, if you see your students working on these feel free to ask them about the charity they are supporting or the issues they have learnt about.

Elizabeth Dempsey
Year 10D Teacher
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Year 2K

Week 6 already? Wow this term has flown by! In Science this term we have been exploring water. In week four, students excitedly modelled how water flows down a hill to a body of water using sand. They learnt about how and why dams are made and then depicted it in diagrams.

This term we have been writing imaginative narratives with inspiration from Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s series “The Treehouse Books”. The students have enjoyed creating their own versions. As we have 22 students in our class we decided that each story would be titled, “The 22 Story Treehouse.” I have included Nate’s story below.

The 22 Story Treehouse by Nate Brand

Once upon a time there were boys called Nate, Lucas and Vula. We had a wonderful treehouse. There was a big gorilla. He saw the big banana. He loved the big banana so much.

The gorilla ran after the big banana. Nate and Vula were shooting the gorilla but it didn’t hurt the gorilla. The gorilla got the banana! “We have to do something,” said Nate. We need to use the Banana Ray. “Not the Banana Ray,” said Vula.

Nate was fixing the Banana machine and Lucas was distracting the gorilla. Nate took two hours to finish. “It’s finished,” said Nate. And Nate shrunk the banana. The gorilla ran away and the boys lived happily ever after. The end.

We look forward to dressing up for book week next week to match the theme ‘Australia Story Country’. Who knows we may see some characters from the Storey Treehouse series!?

Maija Koehler
Year 2K Teacher
[email protected]


Day & TimeYear LevelSession
Monday LunchYear 4-12Polymer Science
with Ms Steindl in Science lab
Tuesday LunchYear 3-12DNA Extraction
with Mrs. Vlaanderen in Science lab
Wednesday M/TeaYear 1-3Goop! Chemistry
with Ms Steindl in Year 3 Classroom
Wednesday M/TeaYear 5-9STEM Team Challenge
with Mr Vaschina in IT lab
Thursday LunchYear 3-6Biology - A Miniworld
with Mrs Wilcox & Mr Nicholls in Science Lab
Friday LunchYear 4-12Robotics Challenge
with Mr Shingles

At home you can try one or more of the suggested activities or visit a local celebration being held by the council. For more information about what you can do at home to encourage Science go to or see the attached poster for Science events in Queensland.

Emmalee Steindl
Senior Science Teacher
[email protected]


Year 2G are ‘Smarties’

Students have been learning about multiplication and division in math this term. They have enjoyed the games and activities I have planned, especially when they used smarties to understanding division. The students are beginning to learning about graphing and how to understand gathered information.

In English the students have been looking at imaginative writing and have enjoyed creating their very own tree house books based of the series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Keep an eye out because some of these will be displayed in the Library in the following weeks.

The students have enjoyed comparing the past to the present. In particular they have enjoyed looking at the mail delivery systems and technology from the past. In the coming weeks the students will participate in activities revolving around the past.

The students have been learning different Bible stories, in particular Noah’s ark, the birth of Jesus and Jonah in a whale. They have enjoyed using clay to re create these stories. In the following weeks the students will paint their creations and place them in their shoeboxes.

Alyce Groves
Year 2G Teacher
[email protected]



Year of the Pulse
Psalm 67:6
‘The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us’

Book Week is on next week Monday 22nd to Friday 26th! Book Week Parade is on Friday 26th Prep to Year 5

The theme this year is “Australia Story Country” – so anything Australian goes!

The primary book Prep to Year 5 parade is being held Friday morning on the 26th August in the hall commencing at 9.00 am. The theme is Australia Story-County; your costume can be anything to do with Australia. If you have a book please bring it on the day to parade with, everyone is welcome.

There will be prizes awarded for:

  • Best dressed Teacher Aide - 1st and 2nd places
  • Best dressed Teacher – 1st and 2nd places
  • Best dressed Class – 1st and 2nd Places
Other competitions announced on the day held during the week
  • Best dressed Distance Education student: 1st and 2nd places
  • Colouring in competition - Years 1-2 First place
  • Find a word competition - Years 3-4 First place

Thank you for your support of Book Week 2016, we look forward to seeing you and supporting your children in reading and literacy.

Book Week Program:
Distance Education students:
Distance Education Students have to this Friday 19th August to submit your photograph to be part of the Dress up book parade.
Please email your photos to Mrs Braithwaite
[email protected]

  • Years 1-2 - Colouring In Competition –Monday –Wednesday –To be completed in breaks in the library, closes on Thursday.
    (Prize awarded on Friday)
  • Years 3-4 - Find a word competition –Monday –Wednesday –To be completed in breaks in the Library closes on Thursday
    (Prize awarded on Friday)
  • Tuesday 23 August- Prep- Year 5

The ‘Caboolture Hub’ Librarians are coming from Caboolture Hub to talk to students about book week and what is happening in the Caboolture Library during book week and in general.

Wednesday 24th August 2016
Cha Cha and friends

Lisa Stephens: “Cha -Cha and friends”
Meet and greet Lisa and Cha Cha
Prep S - 8: 50 - 9.40 In Library
Prep J - 9:50 -10.30 In Library

Wednesday 24/8/2016 Year 5 - Writing Workshop: Lisa & friends after first break till lunch11.00am – 12.40pm

Wednesday 24/8/2016 Year 6 - Writing workshop- Afternoon in Library after lunch: Lisa & Friends 1.15 -2.50

Friday 26th August: Book Week -Dress Up Parade: Prep-Year 5
8.35 - -10.30am Theme: Australia - Story Country

Choose your favourite Australian character from a book or author such as Morris Gleitzman -Toad Delight, Or the 39th Tree house Andy Griffiths.

What about your favourite Australian animal -Blinky Bill, or the muddle headed wombat? Anything Australian goes! Did you know that an Australian author created Mary Poppins?

Two of our Year six students Maggie Upston and Abigail Fagan will be performing a puppet play presentation of “Waltzing Matilda” written by Banjo Paterson during 2nd Lunch breaks Monday and Tuesday in the library during book week. All welcome to come along and view their presentation of this Australian Classic!

Kathryn Hopson
[email protected]