Work Less, Trust God More
“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally — not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead!”
To build more space in your life, work less and trust God more.
How can you do that? Get sacked, move to part-time, sell the house, SELL the kids, and go back to room sharing with your mates – that is a bit extreme.
People have encouraged us for a generation to set goals, map out plans for career growth. Then work as hard as you can until you achieve them. Take no prisoners, bury the opposition, work to you drop! A whole generation has grown up after WW2 seeing that hard work and longer hours lead to more income. They influenced their children to work the same way. Most of you have had some goals and dreams that you’ve been striving, seeking, working, hustling, hurrying for year after year after year, and you haven’t achieved them yet.
But this recent generation is saying why? Surfies prefer surf to work; young people travel the world in between projects. This generation is volunteering more, is globally concerned and is questioning growth at all cost. But work has also changed. A smart App may earn more than a lifetime of steady employment in a top 500 company.
So, Why don’t you just back off a little bit? Relax. Trust God. Watch what He can do. He can do it a whole lot faster and a whole lot better than you can do it.
The only benefit of being stretched and being on overload is that it forces you to stop. You take more sick days; you feel worn out; depressed; It forces you to trust God. It brings you to your knees, and you realize you’re up against the wall, out of steam, out of energy.
One time the Apostle Paul hit burnout. He was in Asia, working and serving.
He says in 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 : “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally — not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead!” (NIV/MSG)
God can do what you can’t do. Jesus did not say, “If you’re busy, you can move mountains.” He didn’t say, “If you work really hard and get really stressed out, you can move a mountain.” He said that if you have faith, you can move mountains (Matthew 17:20 ). Faith, not busyness, is what gets the job done.
So what’s your mountain? What’s the problem in your life that needs moving? Stop doing so much! Do less, and trust God more.
What message you are giving your children in this important Term 4. If you have senior children what pressure are you placing on success - great OPs? Even younger students, what message do you provide to your children about work ethic? You need to think about this, not just let it happen. In southern states with external exams student suicide is real. The pressure to perform is out of pace with what God wanted. If you have faith in God you can move mountains, or help your child move mountains if that is what they want to do.
Open day success
Thank you to all the families who came along and joined with 96.5FM to make our Open Day a great success. For three hours the radio station broadcast our children, staff and the fun of the afternoon. It would have been possible without you and I thank you for your support.
Today I gave out almost exactly double the number of certificates to students in the primary school who participated in the Holiday Reading Program this last holiday compared with the rpevious holiday. Reading every night, and throughout the holidays, will improve reading levels and it’s fun! I look forward to more people becoming involved next holiday. Our ACER testing will happen this term to check how our children are progressing. The results of this term’s ACER tests will be added to the Semester 2 report cards. So talk to your child about taking these tests seriously, but remember their main purpose is to help staff determine how to help each child.
New building gets underway
It took a long while but the new building is underway and hopefully is ready for a 2017 start.
School to renovate and create new STEM Centre
Over the holidays we will be restricting rooms to bring together our IT and art and create a new STEM Centre and employ a new STEM Centre teacher. Our Middle School rooms will be converted over the holidays and new equipment from drills and hammers through to laser-cutting machines and 3D printers be installed.
Preps to start PiPs testing.
PiPs testing of Preps starts this week. The purpose is to see how each child has progressed and what help we need to provide, especially for their Year 1 teachers next year. Our teachers will be working with each child to do the testing and relief teachers will step in to help in the classroom. We can then compare the present with the first test in February and see progress. If you want more details, email me.
Prep swimming starts 18 th Oct
Keep this date handy and watch for emails from staff about details of what to wear and so on.
It will be a busy last term of 2016 and if you are not sure what is on and when then please visit our website under ‘Community’ where every event is included in the school diary, or contact the office and check with us.
QCS Dates: August 30-31 2016
Term 3 - 13th July 16 to 16th Sept 16
CAMP DATES FOR 2017
For any inquiries regarding camps please contact your child’s form teacher or the camps coordinator, Paul Gandini ([email protected]).
DE & OC Year 10-12 Senior Leadership Camp, Maroochy Waterfront
- February 15-17, Term 1 Week 4
- Theme: Embracing Leadership
- Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:12
- Cost: $358
- Register by November 25, 2016 via https://www.trybooking.com/MXEV
OC Year 4 Luther Heights Camp, Coolum Beach
- May 15-17, Term 2 Week 5
- Theme: Working as a Community
- Scripture: 1 Peter 3:8
- Cost: approximately $290
- Registrations open January 23, 2017 and close March 31, 2017.
OC Year 5 Luther Heights Camp, Coolum Beach
- May 15-17, Term 2 Week 5
- Theme: Resilience
- Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-18
- Cost: approximately $308
- Registrations open January 23, 2017 and close March 31, 2017.
OC Year 3 Luther Heights Camp, Coolum Beach
- May 16-17, Term 2 Week 5
- Theme: Respect for others, themselves and nature
- Scripture: Matthew 7:12
- Cost: approximately $203
- Registrations open January 23, 2017 and close March 31, 2017.
OC Year 7-9 Emu Gully
- o July 24-26, Term 2 Week 3
- o Theme: Community Togetherness
- o Scripture: Colossians 3:12-14
- o Cost: approximately $363
- o Registrations open April 18, 2017 and close June 23, 2017.
OC Year 6 Junior Leadership Camp, Bestbrooke Mountain Ranch, Tregony
- August 1-4, Term 3 Week 3
- Theme: Australian history and mateship
- Scripture: Philippians 2:4
- Cost: approximately $574
- Registrations open April 18, 2017 and close June 23, 2017.
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 the link is
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.
New zebra crossing on Cottrill Road
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 www.education.qld.gov.au/nextstep/ or telephone toll free on 1800 068 587.
QCE 2018 UPDATES
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
Welcome back to Term 4, especially to the new students and their families.
Year 12 Formal
On the evening of Thursday 6 October we had the year 12's formal. It was held at North Lakes Golf Club which provided a great venue. The majority of our Year 12's and a number of Distance Education Year 12 students attended. The night commenced with the Year 12's, staff, family and friends meeting for photos and snacks and a couple of speeches. The grassed areas near the function room provided a nice area for the photos of the students in their lovely gowns and suits. Staff and students then moved inside the venue function room for an evening of dinner, dancing, fellowship - and a few more speeches. A special thanks to Mr. Vaschina, Mrs. Newell, Miss Flood and Miss Anderson who were on our formal committee.
Open Night was run on Friday 7th from 3 to 6 PM . It was our biggest occasion yet. Radio station 96.5FM attended and broadcast live having both students and staff involved in on-air activities. They even brought along an inflatable boxing ring and oversize soft boxing mitts for participants. Thank you to all staff , students and parents/carers who helped out and also parents for bearing with the alternative parking and pickups and to Mrs. Moes for putting everything together for the night.
Senior School Updates
Perhaps one of the most significant events in our Senior school calendar is the Year 12 Formal. Although it would be difficult to connect this event directly with important educational outcomes or academic results, it is a major ‘rite of passage’ type event that has become an important part of any Senior student’s experience. Last week we again celebrated with both students and parents this important event, this time, for the first time, with both on-campus and Distance Education students together.
As we continue to grow and develop our Senior School it is important to establish traditions that will help our students understand the journey they are on and negotiate life beyond our school gates. As part of this we began a new tradition of ‘gratitude’ this year, where as a school we acknowledged the importance of the support persons in students’ lives.
We know that there is great value in a good school and the teachers and staff that together make up such an institution. No one will deny the importance of good student staff relationships and support systems in schools that enable students to achieve their very best. But we must never underestimate the importance of the support people in students’ personal lives that each and every day speak positively into their lives, nurture them, feed them, clothe them and sacrifice for them to have the opportunities they have.
So to these people, we again say thank you and acknowledge the part that so many have played in the achievements of the young people below known collectively as Australian Christian College-Moreton – Class of 2016 .
Class of 2016
Middle School Updates
Term Four is always busy with students working towards their final assessments, although, this term seems even busier with Open Day and Passion projects happening during the first 4 weeks.
So many of the Middle School students were such a blessing on Friday’s College Open Evening. It was wonderful to see our Middle School students serve and help our visitors, support teachers in set up, perform in varying activities and show a positive attitude to all they came in contact with throughout the evening. We are so proud of the young men and women they are becoming. Truly serving others, as Ephesians 6:7 states, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man.
In the Week 2 assembly, our Year 8-9 students were presented with a Gideon Student New Testament from the Gideon’s. It was a great honour for each student to receive freely something that in some parts of the world is banned and not available. We pray as they read the New Testament, God will be able to reveal the truths written in His Word to them.
This term we are looking forward to the final Passion Project Showcase. We have many students who have already completed, or are near completion of, their projects. Such wonderful imaginative and creative ideas have been shared with the teachers and we are looking forward to another wonderful evening on Tuesday 25 th October. Please book this date in your diary.
As a reminder, it is important that all the Middle School students continue to wear their correct uniform and hat each day.
On Campus Class Updates
The year is almost over but has been a rewarding and productive time in IT/Technology. The Year 8 class is working with Excel and discovering what they can do with the correct formulas. Year 9’s are working with HTML to create websites while using CSS to give their design a great layout. The Year 10 class is currently using ActionScript and Flash to create games. This will allow them to show creativity with some coding experience. Year 11 students have completed a new character for the Hairy Maclary books and are now in the process of creating an animation that includes theirs and other characters. The Year 12’s last term developed a teacher resource on a subject they had chosen, this term this is be extended with the inclusion of audio and video. This presentation is being developed to help educate on serious subjects such as, global warming, alternative energy, unemployment, poverty and life as a nomad. Looking forward to seeing the finished products.
Imogen Hansen’s Global Warming presentation
Greetings in the precious name of Jesus, and welcome to Term 4!
Here we are at the pointy end of the year, I trust that you enjoyed the holidays as much as the Year 9 students did. I have heard great stories of camps, visits to family and expeditions around our wonderful state and beyond. Term 4 is a comparatively short term and is therefore a busy one. From Year 12 formals and Open Nights to Japanese student visits, Awards Night and Christmas Carols it promises to be a fun filled term.
I am constantly blessed by the commitment of the Year 9 cohort to their education and the College community. It is such a joy to see so many of my Form class involved in events such as Chapel and Assembly and the Open Night last week. They are a special group of young people and you should be very proud of them. As the first cohort to complete their education in the new ATAR system (as opposed to the current OP) they are in for some challenges in the years to come, but we have confidence in them as individuals and as a group that they will rise to the challenge.
The information night that was held recently to explain the changes was most beneficial and it was great to see so many able to attend. Of course not everyone was able to come, which is understandable, so if you need any information please contact the office. The students were excited by the options they have next year, and speaking with them last week I was able to remind them of some of the benefits we have at ACCM.
One student asked me whether they would have as many options subject wise as the current Year 12s as there are only 19 of them. My answer was, ‘There will not only be 19 of you!’ Due to the large number of Distance Education students we have we are able to offer On Campus classes for small numbers of students that would otherwise be unviable. This means small student to teacher ratios and more subject options. How exciting that is, and what a blessing to be a part of these changes as they roll out.
This will be a busy term, so please encourage your student to finish strong, the Christmas holidays will be upon before we blink, but we have lots to accomplish before then. May God bless you and your children richly as we seek to serve Him and bring glory to His name.
What a year…..
As we begin Term 4 we look back to all the adventures we have been on. From completing NAPLAN, to going on camp and to dressing up for Book Week. We have made new friends as they joined our class at the beginning of each term. We started off this term welcoming two new students to our class and had a fun Open Night.
We have learnt over the year how much God has helped us complete our class work and teach us lessons on excursions and camps. We learnt that, although we are one piece of the puzzle, we are still part of God’s family and still need to fit together and work together. We showed this by creating a puzzle poster.
Our main focus this term is learning about what Christmas means and how we can trust God to help us achieve great things in the future. As we finish off this term we would like to wish a Merry Christmas to all our Year 3 families and good luck when going to Year 4 next year.
What a great start to the term. The students are eager to give the last term their best efforts. The students are straight back into learning and are enjoying the topics that are being taught.
In Math the students have been looking as mass and kilograms. The students have enjoying using measuring scales and balance scales to measure different classroom objects. They have been very imaginative with the items they have found to measure. The students have also been learning about fractions. They have especially enjoyed using pizza’s to make different fractions. If only the pizza’s were real. In the following weeks students will be learning all about 2D and 3D shapes and they will even have the opportunity to construct their own shapes.
Students have enjoyed coming back from their relaxing holidays and writing about all they have done. They are also very keen and excited to practise their cursive writing and are working towards getting their cursive licence. The students have begun to look at comparing different text and the language that helps with comparison. Later in the term, the students will look at persuasive writing and letter writing which are always fun for the students. Watch out, as the students might come back with some very good reasons to why they should get more pocket money.
Last term, the students were involved in an excursion to the Caboolture Historical Village. The students learnt a lot of information about the past compared to the present. The students did not like the old styles of classroom as you can see.
Welcome back to all our wonderful students and families. You will find an assortment of photos that I have attached to the newsletter taken throughout this year that encapsulates Year 5 for this year. One of the things that I have really enjoyed is the morning devotions where we come together to share, pray and discuss our concerns and issues and bring them before God.
Let’s take a quick look at what year 5 have been doing during the first week of term 4.
Introducing the Eureka Stockade! We have already started to look at the gold rushes and the developments that started the Eureka Rebellion. We will be learning about significant people, like Peter Lalor, who brought about significant change to Australia’s democracy after the events of the Eureka Stockade.
We have started our journey into the language and structure of poems. In the coming weeks, students will explore and create their own Odes and Anthems.
Students have been enjoying the recently purchased mini whiteboards to practice their math warm ups. We are learning to compare and order fractions.
Art, Health, and Technology
This week we started exploring the various stages of life and looking into the media and its influence on personal behavior, attitude and beliefs. Students will portray these stages of life through art, drama and a media piece. In Technology students have started to look at ways sustainable practices are used in Australia’s Primary Industries.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the families for allowing me the opportunity to be able to work alongside your child this year. I trust and pray that each child will continue to grow academically and spiritually as they continue to develop and prepare for Year 6.
“Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom”
What’s New this term ?
Lots of new faces have joined our Library monitors team!
Please welcome - Alec Kingston, Alex Thorpe, Seth Martin, Andrew Harding all from Year 5 and Matthew Clark Year 6.
This great team of confident young men will warmly welcome you to come and enjoy a game of chess, a good book or game of checkers. The library is a great place to be and you will always find one of our monitors up to a game challenge, or simply to have a friendly chat.
Bookle Club - Puppetry Plots!
Everyone is welcome to come and join in and play with the Puppets on Tuesdays at second break with Mrs Koehler and myself. We have large and small puppets! and any age is welcome to join in. This term we will focus on writing our stories and presenting miniature plays around our puppets, we look forward to seeing you there!
New Resources & Request for Book Covering help!
Over this term you will see lots of new books coming into the library which is very exciting and whatever your favourites are why not ‘book in’ regularly to find out what is new on the shelves.
If you are interested in covering new books and would like to volunteer some time in the library, please contact me Kathryn Hopson.
Happy Reading everybody!