Understanding your emotions
God gave us feelings, and it is good to minister to your emotions or to the emotions of other people.
Shane Sharp in “How Does Prayer Help Manage Emotions?” used in-depth interview data to argue that prayer provides social support to people to manage their emotions.
So how do we as parents provide emotional support to our students, especially those art senior levels? How do we keep them from letting their emotions take over and upset their learning, their relationship with other students, and of course their relationship with parents?
It is important to not let emotions rule you. Doing something kind for yourself will help keep your emotions healthy. The same applies to your student.
Treat yourself or them to a hot bath. Encourage them to take a walk in the fresh air. Find what each of your children need to do to get emotional release. If yesterday wore you out, get refreshed spiritually and emotionally before starting a new day. Devotion is just that. That is why our staff start each day with a Bible devotion and prayer, and our student classes start each day the same way
Your emotional health is strengthened by finding some time alone with God, listen to teaching or Christian music tapes (there are so many – have a wander around Christian Bookshop), and refill your heart with an awareness of God’s presence.
Changes in staffing for 2017
It is with pleasure that I can inform you that our Middle School Team Leader, Mr Brett Costin, has been appointed Principal at Victory College in Gympie. We all wish him well building a great Christian College. He has been instrumental to our Middle School and STEM developments.
Mrs Payne, Middle School Team Leader, is also leaving us in 2015. Our Prep teacher Mrs Joyce is also leaving and her replacement is already working with next year’s Prep students. We wish them both God’s blessing as they move to new challenges.
I will have more information about new staff for 2017 in the coming newsletter, and delighted that we will be growing our teacher base again in 2017 bringing the best expertise we can to help your children reach their potential.
ACER Tests underway
This week ACER tests are underway. The teachers will be including the ACER results onto the final report. You will be able to compare this with their February testing and see their improvement over the year. Of course the growth depends on the year level so we will include a graph to show you where your child should be for their year level. If you want to talk about this then please contact the college.
New Building for 2017
Work is well underway now on our new primary building, Stage 1. Pray for good weather so we are not held up in the building process.
After school classes for 2017
With the school curriculum so full of things to teach, and our focus on literacy and numeracy, means that it is harder to allow students to reach their potential in many areas from sport to art to music. I have raised with staff the possibility of running two after school lessons. These ‘clubs’ could be in the arts, music, drama, maths - whatever staff are willing to teach. These would be free and not compulsory. Most students will go home but many may like to stay and help build an orchestra, create a school musical, or develop their instrumental skills, learn to paint or revise their maths skills! If you would like to provide parent input into this idea, please email me at [email protected]. I would love to hear from you.
Japanese students arrive Friday 4th November
Students from Yamanashi Junior High School will arrive at the end of next week for a 10 day tour. They have sent students to us before and we are building a great relationship with this school. I had the opportunity to visit the schoo, this last holiday and meet with some of the staff. Many of our parents are host families and we look forward to a great trip. Before some parents ask again, we are exploring with Caloundra Christian School the possibility of a secondary school student trip to Japan in 2017. There will be an opportunity to attend their final assembly, so feel welcome to come and join in.
Senior exams starting 7th November
The time is close for Year 12 exams to start. We pray for every student in Year 12 as they prepare for these important end-of-year exams and assessments.
IMPORTANT DATESTERM DATES
Term 4: October 3 - November 30
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 can be found 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
Please be advised that Council will soon be installing a zebra crossing on Cottrill Road.
This additional amenity will improve safety for all road users and help to accomodate the increase in pedestrian and vehicular activity expected from the new Caboolture North East Primary School. An image of the plan is below.
Council would like to reassure residents that it is legal to cross a single unbroken centreline when turning right to enter or leave a driveway.
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.
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
- Date: 15-17 February 2017, 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
- Date: 15-17 May 2017, 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
- Date: 15-17 May 2017, 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
- Date: 16-17 May 2017, 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
- Date: 24-26 July 2017, Term 2 Week 3
- Theme: Community Togetherness
- Scripture: Colossians 3:12-14
- Cost: approximately $363
- Registrations open April 18, 2017 and close June 23, 2017.
OC Year 6 Junior Leadership Camp, Bestbrooke Mountain Ranch, Tregony
- Date: 1-4 August 2017, 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.
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
It is coming up soon to the middle of term.
Congratulations to all our primary students who participated in the jump rope for heart. Together over $4000 was raised for this worthy cause. It was also a fun time for students getting some exercise and improving their coordination skills. Well done students.
Awards Night is only a few weeks away. All students are expected to attend regardless of whether they are to receive an award or not. It is a special time of supporting each other, recognising student achievements, applauding our graduating year 12s and also the induction of our new school leaders for 2017.
In a couple of weeks time another group of Japanese visitors will be coming to our school to spend time learning English, participating in our class lessons and learning about life in Australia.
Finish dates for 2016
Year 12s finish on Friday 18th November
Year 10 and 11 finish on Friday 25th November
Year P - 9 finish on Thursday 1st December.
Thank you to Mr. Gandini for all his efforts in putting together all the activities that are available for students to participate in. A special thanks to the teachers, staff and students who are running these programs. It makes a big difference in the culture of our school having such a range of activities that students can get involved in at lunch breaks.
The more students are at school the more they learn, but the reverse is also true - the less time at school the less they learn.
Recent statistics show that on average our students are away more than one day per fortnight. Given some students have very good attendance this means there are students away significantly more often.
We understand and support keeping students away when they are sick or contagious, but for your children's education please ensure they do not miss school days unnecessarily.
Senior School Updates
So by now you will have heard that the Queensland government has delayed the changes to the Senior system. In short, this means that our current Year 9’s will now also receive an OP and instead our Year 8 students will be the first to receive an ATAR.
Consequently, for Year 9 students who recently completed subject selection forms, there are likely to be changes to the options we offered. Once changes and options are finalised these will be communicated to parents and students.
In addition, last week exam block timetables for Year 11 and 12 were emailed out to both parents and students. There are a couple of minor revisions that will be communicated shortly. It is also important that both parents and students note the information that was also emailed about expectations during exam block and provisions for changes to assessment.
Finally, we are doing things a little differently this year with the last week of school for all Senior students. For Year 12s in week 7 there will be an alternate program as they prepare to leave us permanently, culminating in a final assembly on Friday 18th November. Year 10 & 11s will also have an alternate program in Week 8, their final week of school. Please be advised this is a ‘normal’ school week and attendance at this time is both required and expected!
There is still much for both students and staff to do at this time of year – but the end is indeed in sight!
Middle School Updates
Middle school is often like a journey through the rapids. As teachers we have young people with all the energy, excitement and unpredictability of whitewater rapids as they are being swept along the journey of life. As a community Australian Christian College assists them through the swiftly flowing year, encouraging them to keep their head above the water, so they keep looking to the goals that they, and we as a school, have set before them.
The Bible mentions in Proverbs 29:18 that, "Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint..." Therefore as a Middle School we are constantly encouraging our students to reflect on our Middle School core values of Growth Mindset, GRIT, Gratitude and Godliness and to keep a vision of their short term and future academic goals before them. It is not a job that we can do on our own though, as the old African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Therefore we encourage Parents/Caregivers to encourage along with our staff each of the children in your care to keep their eyes on the goals and work to complete work and study for their final assessments as the year draws to a close. Together the “village” can be a life-jacket helping our students keep their eyes on the vision and their head above water. I have attached links to the Middle School Assessment Calendar that you may like to print and put on the refrigerator.
During the final weeks, please encourage your child to wear their uniform with pride. It is especially important that students wear hats as it is part of expectation as we are a sun safe school, hats are not an optional extra. If your child has lost a hat please purchased a new one at the uniform shop and clearly name it.
Middle School Assessment Calendar:
On Campus Class Updates
Well here we are in Term 4. All of the students studying Japanese are working hard and enjoying learning a new language.
This term the Prep students have been learning about animals in Japanese. The Year 1 and 2 students have been studying language related to weather. The Year 3, students are learning how to talk about family in Japanese.
Year 4 are learning about foods and Year 5 students are studying language related to school. Year 6 are learning about language connected to the seasons.
The Year 7 students are currently learning about families in Japanese and the year eights are learning sport related language and daily routine.
Our school will be soon hosting a group of home stay students from Yamanashi High School from the city of Osaka in Japan. Many of our students are acting as buddies to the Japanese students. The Japanese students attend classes and eat lunch and morning tea with their Australian school buddies.
The chance to interact with people from a different culture has been a wonderful opportunity for both our students and the students from Japan to learn about and compare the differences and similarities of school life in Japan and Australia.
Jump Rope for Heart
Hi everyone! I’m here today to tell you about the fun and exciting activity Australian Christian College Moreton was a part of in term 3… Jump Rope for Heart!
Jump Rope for Heart is a great way to keep our hearts healthy while learning lots of cool skipping tricks. But it’s also a way for us to help the Heart Foundation save lives.
Everyone should of heard of the Heart Foundation? They fund lots of amazing research and programs to help people all over Australia – mums, dads, even us! They also work with doctors and nurses to make sure, if something happens to your heart, you get looked after in the best possible way.
In Term 3 we teamed up with the Heart Foundation to get our Year 1 to 3 students involved in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.
As part of the fundraiser all the students in Year 1 to 3 spent their physical education lessons learning skipping tricks.
You might be wondering how skipping can raise money? By asking our families and friends to sponsor our wonderful students to excel in their skipping achievements, Australian Christian College raised over $4000. Which is donated to the Heart Foundation to help kids in need.
To say thank you for all the students’ hard work and fundraising, the college held a jump off day and the Heart Foundation gave away some very cool prizes.
Here is a list of our top 10 student fundraisers!
- Monique Clough
- Makaila Roots
- Solihie Flynn
- Nate Brand
- Kadence Wano
- Ella liainter
- Lily Andrews
- Maddie-Lee Shields
- Charlotte Hobbs
- Brooklyn Wano
The college would like to thank all the families and friends who supported and donated to our students to make this event so wonderful.
This term will be the school’s most exciting term of Drama ever! In the final weeks of school, three of our drama classes will be performing for a night of drama performances where they can showcase their talents to peers, parents and friends.
The Year 7 Drama students are very excited to be learning about the famous Charles Dicken’s play, A Christmas Carol. They have just started learning lines and practicing scene by scene. With a class of 7 boys and 3 girls, it’s great to see so many boys wanting to do drama.
The Year 8 Drama class have been learning about script writing. When writing a script, you must remember that it is not just about the dialog between characters, but you must include other parts as well. Detailed character descriptions and stage directions are just some of the things that also need to be included into a script. The Year 8s will be writing their own script and performing it on the night of drama performances.
The Year 9 Drama class are getting creative this term as they are not only learning about puppetry, but they are making their own puppets and performing a written play with their creations in front of a lower primary class. Although they will not be performing at the night performance, their puppets will be on display, and a video showcasing some of the highlights of their puppet performances will be shown.
Finally, the Year 10 Drama students have been studying Realism this term. Realism in drama occurs when a play resembles real life. The Year 10’s read a play called “Fossils”, which is about a couple of teenagers and their not so cool parents. It is a funny play and something many people can relate to. They will be performing certain scenes from the play on the drama night.
Greetings from Prep S!
We have had a very busy time with swimming lessons over the last week. The Preps have been looking forward to going swimming since the beginning of the year and the time has finally arrived. They have been enjoying every minute of the lessons. Some have been quite brave as they were a bit unsure of what was going to happen and even a bit fearful of the water but they worked through their fears, had a go, and found it was actually lots of fun. Here are a few of the children’s comments about swimming:
“At swimming we kick our legs and practice our arm movements. I like how we make a rocket shape and blow down bubbles. It is lots of fun going swimming.” Zaniya Bartlett-Cash
“It is very fun because we do lots of stuff. We do rockets and monkey, monkey, monkey along the wall. We play Humpty Dumpty. For Humpty Dumpty we sit on the wall and slide off into the water. Charlotte Taylor
“We learnt how to move safely into the water. We did the monkey bars with our hands and feet up on the wall and move along the wall. I love swimming and it makes me very happy.” Amelia Flanagan
“We had to put our heads under water and go through a hoop. It was lots of fun.” Kathleen Fraser
This term we have Mrs Tanya Wiseman working with us. Tanya is a student teacher doing her internship or last prac in our class. She has been an excellent addition to our teaching team and is having a wonderful input into the learning experiences for the class. Here is what some of the children had to say about Mrs Wiseman:
“She helps me read. She makes exciting learning for me. She makes books so we can learn in them.” Adrian Richardson
“Mrs Wiseman does fun stuff with us. We got to make a bridge from boxes and ice biscuits making rows of lollies on them.” Mason Wano
“We do lots of learning with Mrs Wiseman” Lachlan Sweet
“Mrs Wiseman prays with us in the morning. She helps us at swimming too.” Len Daniels
“I like how Mrs Wiseman plays lots of songs for us.” Leilani Hawea
Prep - Year 6 Science and Humanities
What an exciting and busy term my students have ahead!
This term Prep S students will be focusing on Stories from the past for History. Students will recognise that the past is communicated through pictures, stories and artefacts. They will share the story of an artefact object from home, describing its importance to the family (for example photographs, old toys, statues, medals, artwork, jewellery) and use these to create a class museum. Students will review Maps and Special Places for Geography. They will observe and describe the features of places special to them and to the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people and come to understand why these places are important to them. They recognise that places can be represented on maps and a globe. For Science students are on the move exploring movement: how and why some objects move and how they can make objects move, how they move themselves and how animals move too. They use their senses to observe, gather information, make comparisons, describe, sort and classify movements.
Through Science in Term 4, Year 4 students are having fun learning about and exploring forces and motion. They identify forces that act at a distance and those that act in direct contact. Students also investigate how different sized forces affect the movement of objects and how working together produces a greater force than by working alone. Students are learning within geography will be undertaking an investigation into creating a more sustainable environment here at school, through recycling. They learn that sustainability means more than the careful use of resources and the safe management of waste, and develop their understanding of the concept by exploring some of the other functions of the environment that support their lives and the lives of other living things.
During Science students throughout this term will investigate and explain how objects reflect, absorb and refract light and how they can use light to meet their needs. We rely on light to read a book, cross the street, admire artwork, watch the sunset and look into faces. Light plays a role in some of our most sophisticated technology. It enables us to play music from a CD or record movies.
This term we will be exploring migration in Humanities and will be able to describe the difference between an immigrant, refugee and asylum seeker. Students will develop an understanding of the different experiences of people seeking to live in Australia and will describe what push and pull factors are in relation to migration. They will also investigate the various types of difficulties faced by migrant groups when arriving in Australia. Science is very interesting and fun learning all about microorganisms, how they I surround us in our everyday environment and how we can use some microorganisms for our own purposes.
We are currently looking for available volunteers for 2017 who to help work with students who require extra support in literacy. Next year, our college will continue to run our literacy support programs that aims to improve the reading abilities of students throughout all year of schooling.
For the lower years, we will be running ‘MiniLit again’, which focuses on improving phonetic awareness. As for the older students we will also be running Reading Tutor, which is a one-to-one program that encourages students to become more fluent readers and confident writers. As part of running these programs it is a requirement that students get to read with someone three times a week, for 10 – 20 minutes; this is where you come in.
I am looking for volunteers to read with students one to three times a week, for approximately 20 minutes per session, occurring during their morning literacy lessons. I am also only asking volunteers to commit to helping out for one school term, as I understand it can be difficult to commit for long periods of time. I would really like to encourage volunteers who have experience as teacher aides or are currently working towards getting experience in helping children with special needs. This knowledge really allows you to hit the ground running from day one.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in assisting with, please let me know as soon as possible, as the earlier I can consolidate numbers the easier it will be to schedule times for volunteers to work in classes. Once I have finalised who will be helping with the program next year, I will be running an information session with these volunteers that will cover the requirements for the programs.
The fire fighters from the Caboolture Fire station came to visit our Year 1’s at the end of last term. The visit is part of the QLD Fire Brigades FIRE ED program, which aims to deliver appropriate fire safety education to school students.
The first visit, the students learnt about fire safe behaviours and survival skills in case of a fire. Students learnt about safe and unsafe fires and what to and who to call in an event of a fire. Students also got to see the fire fighters equipment and the protective gear that they wear to keep them safe.
The second visit was what the students really enjoyed the most. The students were able to inspect the fire truck. They also had the opportunity to practise a drill called the ‘black smoke’. This is where students had to get down low and crawl under a black tarp to get to the other side. Students also practised the ‘stop, drop, roll’ drill and got to the hold the fire hose whilst water was shooting out. Students had such a fun time learning about fire safety, we look forward to having the fire fighters return again next year.
BOOK IN WITH LIBRARY NEWS
Dates to remember this term.
Remembrance Day November 11th 2016
International Day of the Bible - Tuesday November 23rd
Reminder: Returning items and Final Borrowing for all Classes.
We are in week 4 and this term seems to be flying by! The Last week of borrowing is week 7. There will be no more borrowing of items for all students after Friday 18th November. All Books and resources need to be returned by the 18th November.
'Bookle' - Book Club! - Puppetry Plots!
Final stories were presented on Tuesday 25th October for ‘Bookle” - Book Club, and what a fun time our students have had writing plays for their puppets and performing with them. Year 6 wrote a story called: “The giant Sneeze” which included the use of finger puppets and the larger puppets. Students have had fun writing stories or plots and giving their puppets characters. Mrs Koehler and myself have thoroughly enjoyed working with the students and the puppets this term and watching the performances, well done everyone!
Year 6 play “The Big Sneeze”
Mrs Koehler enjoyed reading with her puppet!
Some of our younger audience and their new friends, watching ‘The Big Sneeze”.
Until Next time - Happy Reading everyone!
Mrs Kathryn Hopson