Dear parents of our On-Campus school. I wanted to share my speech for the Awards Night with you through this newsletter. I pray it helps you in your life as it did for me as I prepared it. May God shine His light upon you all as you face the challenges of life.
Community Courage Compassion
While you are one, you are a community. When one of you has struggled we have all felt the pain. When one has excelled we have all clapped. School is about learning, it’s about being part of a community.
Remember the struggles of starting school? Remember those early years? Remember those years in primary school which now seem like a flash? Then you were the top pops of primary school. From the top follows the struggle of teenage relations in secondary school – many of our graduates may still be working on that I think? Now as you grow and leave us your community will expand and not be replaced. School is about learning, it’s about learning to be part of a wider community.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
You may find your future in our local community, or in a large capital city, or in some third world country. We have tried to help equip you to be part of a community wherever you are. We have taught you strong Christian values to take with you. The lessons learnt as part of our Christian school community teach you how to act and be part of any community. In Hebrews it says:
Year 12 students, you will find Christians in the communities you enter whether that be at a tertiary institution, or at work, or overseas travelling, or volunteering.
As it says in Romans 12: 4-5
I encourage you to search out Christian communities as you grow beyond our walls. Other Christians will strengthen your faith, support you as you grow and help you through the next stage of your God-planned journey.
You have had courage to get to the end of Year 12. Many of you didn’t start your schooling with us. Some changed schools a few times; some had to shift due to family breakups; some were bullied at other schools; some had learning issues we helped solve to get you to the end of Year 12. Our path as Christians is not easier than non-Christians, and following the path of Jesus Christ takes courage but provides huge rewards.
But the need for courage is just starting as you go forth from our school. Our small schools means you will be spread apart – alone again – needing to start your next step. I pray the Holy Spirit will guide you. You will have to make decisions and you will receive the consequences good or bad. No teacher, no parent, no advisor, will tell you what to do or tell you what to decide. Part of growing into adulthood is learning how to make decisions.
As Steve Jobs said “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most important, have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition.”
Jerry Zucker US film director said “It doesn't matter that your dream came true if you spent your whole life sleeping. So get out there and go for it, but don't be caught waiting.”
But, I know. It does take courage. Courage every day!
So therefore is it easier as a Christian to have courage? I think so. We know God goes with us everywhere we go, every decision we make. And He will be with our Year 12 students as they leave our school.
Our Bible tells us of Christian courage, of the courage of the Old Testament people. But courage alone can create success. It can create wealth, it can make you a president? For 4 years I have said it is our goal to create Christian leaders in our school. Our country and our world needs Christian leaders. Friday’s Courier Mail showed a report that says employment growth from 2015-2020 is greatest in the professional area with 39% of employment growth and 14% growth in managers. We need leaders. Talking of compassion that report also showed we will have 23% growth in personal services employment. That means 76% of jobs growth will definitely need to have compassionate people.
What makes you a person people want to be with ? What makes people want to share their life with you? - to travel the journey with? - to work for, or to be managed? It is not just being in a community, or the personal courage to take the risk. Our world needs compassionate leaders. It needs compassionate Christian leaders in all the communities our Year 12s join. In all you do after school, show compassion.
I hope it is one value you can take with you whether you’re a strong Christian or not. It is a valuable skill to surviving in the world of today and the future.
US Representative John Lewis was a civil rights activist in the US who was inspired by the words and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King said to a hall of university graduates: “He inspired me to find a way to get in the way. I got in the way. I got in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble. ... You must leave here and go out and get in the way. When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you must have the courage to stand up, to speak up, and find a way to get in the way."
Being a Christian in a community, with courage and compassion is only of value if you heed Martin Luther King’s call to action. We are all a little guilty of being compassionate, but quiet, in our Christian communities. The courage to say you are a Christian in Australia is getting harder. But the courage to stand up for what is right, to stand up for our beliefs, to protect those who cannot protect themselves, to speak up for those with less skills to speak; requires us all – especially our Year 12s, to show the courage to take action. The time for Christians to be a vocal part of communities, and workplaces, and tertiary institutions, and government at all levels is now.
So please as you leave our school, our protection and that of your parents who have supported you with everything they could to be here, learn to become an active part of a new community, to have courage to face whatever is ahead knowing the Holy Spirit is with you, and compassion when dealing with other people in an uncertain future.
You cannot imagine what will be invented in the future. You cannot imagine the opportunities that will be presented. You enter a world of infinite possibilities, confusing ideas, continuous changes. But one thing is very certain:
Term Four - 3 October 16 to 30 November 16
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 HERE
Please call me directly on 54906103 to discuss.
Student Withdrawal Notices
One term 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, please go onto the Dept of Transport and Main Roads website: www.tmr.qld.gov.au - Conveyance Allowance Payment Details. There is a PDF application available for viewing including a table of distance verses weekly rebate claim.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
Our students from Prep to Year 6 participated in the Premier’s Reading Challenge over Term 3. The challenge was to read twenty books in two months.
Well done to Kendra Martin, Seth Martin, Larissa Martin and Sophie Flynn for completing this challenge.
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
We have now passed the halfway mark of this term, there are only a few more weeks of school left.
Our Japanese visitors arrived safely on the afternoon of Friday 4 November. They seem to have settled in well and despite the hot weather many have been out playing sport at lunch times with our students. They are here until Monday the 14th. A farewell assembly will be held on that afternoon especially for them.
Our Year P-10 students recently completed their ACER testing. As a whole there have been very pleasing results across the school in student literacy achievements. We have many students who are reading well beyond the year level they are in. Well done students, teachers and parents for your assistance in raising literacy levels of our students.
The week beginning the 14th of November looks to be a busy one. Our Year 11s will be on their block exams, we have our Japanese final assembly, Awards Night, and, our Year 12s are finishing their schooling. To mark this occasion we will be having a whole school final assembly and farewell for the Year 12s.
Senior School Updates
Senior School in Term Four is always very hectic! Assessment deadlines, exam blocks, graduations and awards nights fill our calendars and our days. However, it was lovely this term for me to take a couple of days out of the ‘norm’ and spend time with our lovely Year 11 Biology students on an excursion to my very own farm!
Each year, Year 11 On-Campus and Distance Education students have the opportunity to spend a couple of days wallowing in mud, creeks and dams in the pursuit of all things biological! We collect water samples and measure both abiotic and biotic elements and create ecological profiles of environments that have been impacted by a terrible aquatic weed called Salvinia Molesta.
This year was particularly exciting as, for the first time, we were able to use data loggers to collect far more accurate data than ever before!
But perhaps one of the best things to come out of this excursion is the opportunity our Distance and Day school students had to join together in such a unique and engaging experience. This year’s group of Year 11 students both Distance and Day schools are to be commended for their behaviour and attitude over these couple of days – I was indeed extremely proud that each of these students are part of our very special Senior School.
Middle School Updates
What an exciting night was had by all that attended our second Passion Project evening. It was once again amazing to see the creativity and innovative ideas our student were able to produce. From Max taking a $5 bike and producing a motorised pushbike to Felicity’s bamboo watering system the room was full of wonderful constructions. To see many of our students helping out wonderful causes, such as the WAG dog rescue, RSPCA and other wonderful charitable organisations reflected our College’s heart to care for our community, whether local, national our Global. It is fantastic to acknowledge that our teenagers have such a caring heart and can think about needs outside of their immediate surroundings.
Next year, It will be so exciting to see what they can produce after the College builds its own designated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) hub which will become a ‘maker room’ for students to develop their skills in 3D printing, computer design drawing, robotics and laser cutting. What an exciting time to be a student. I wish I was in a Middle School class, it would be a lot more interesting than when I went to school! Our students are so blessed.
Felicity’s Watering system.
A future College Garden design from Sui Vaaia
Max’s motorised bike was a hit.
Monique and Maggie Support local charity WAGs dog rescue
Has 2016 flown by or what! We’re nearly at the end of the year already, and what an amazing year it has been here at Australian Christian College-Moreton. It has been an absolute privilege to be a part of the pastoral care and spiritual input this year at the college. We have seen nearly 50 students choose to follow Jesus in either our classrooms, in our chapel services, on campus, or even in the playground! It’s been so great to see so many of these young hearts choose to follow Him. What an encouragement!
I’m so thankful that we’ve been able to follow up and spend time discipling these students throughout the year as well. Tif (our Youth Worker) and Roxanne (our Youth Work prac-student) have really helped make these discipleship groups happen! They’ve been doing an amazing job and really contribute so much to our pastoral care and discipleship programs!!
I’ve really been taken by surprise with how spiritually hungry our students are here at ACCM. I’ve even had a group of students in the junior school come up to me in the playground saying that they wish to start up their own discipleship group because they want to learn even more about God in their spare time! How cool is that?! God has been so good this year, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for 2017.
But, we’re not finished with the year yet! We have some exciting things happening in the last few weeks of term. The big one on my calendar as Chappy is the 2016 Outreach Carols Service! We have a fantastic line up for everybody this year, with our chapel band taking over the carols, multiple classes doing presentations, and even a few skits as well! It’s bound to be a fantastic night on Tuesday the 29th of November, so please come down from 4pm-6pm where there will be food, coffee, and entertainment, and also for our actual Outreach Carols Service which will begin from 6pm and finish around 7pm. I am super excited for this event and also for the opportunity to interact with some of our local community! Please be praying for a great night and also that we will have the opportunity to share Jesus with some folk who live in our area!
On Campus Class Updates
It is so exciting to see how our Year 2s have grown this year! Last term we measured how height and majority have grown a centimetre or two! We had a very busy Term 3, going to the Historical Village and writing our story tree house book. You can view our book in the library! It was so much fun to compete in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Here you can see us with the prizes our students earnt. Well done to Makaila Roots who raised the most in our class!
Another exciting part of last term was having a real-life nurse come to visit. Even more exciting, it was Mrs Koehler’s mother! She showed the class how important water is in a hospital and how nurses need to measure medicine and water very carefully. We challenged ourselves this term to see how far we can fill a water bottle with loose change to raise money for clean water in Cambodia. We got half way by the time it was due and pray that it truly helps those who are less fortunate than us.
This term we are writing letters to many different people. First we wrote letters to our friends. This week we have written twenty-five letters to participate in a Queensland Schools Christmas Exchange for Lower Primary. As part of this we made a Christmas decoration to send with our letter. By the end of the term we will receive twenty-five letters in return, one from each of the schools participating. We can’t wait to see where other kids go to school and what they like to do in their towns! Next week we will be responding to letters from another Year 2 class in Fankston, Victoria. We will each have a letter buddy.
Science – the very word evokes the imagination and wonder of children. This unique subject surrounds us at every turn. It is in every aspect of our daily lifestyle from cooking and gardening, to recycling and comprehending the daily weather report, to reading a map and using a computer!
Advances in technology and science are transforming our world at an incredible pace, and our children’s future will surely be filled with leaps in technology we can only imagine. Being “science literate” will no longer be just an advantage but an absolute necessity. We can’t escape from the significance of science in our world!
Recently the college invested in some amazing new resources to further enhance and improve our Science department. Amongst the teachers’ favourite resources is our set of data loggers. These were used on the Year 11’s Biology Camp and allowed students to gather accurate and instant qualitative and quantitative data. The students made some fascinating discoveries about the effect of water quality on ecosystems and how important it is to preserve natural flora and microfauna. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed using the new equipment!
Senior Legal Studies
We have been studying Environmental Law in Senior Legal Studies this term. It was interesting to note many of the students in the class did not know the important role environmental legislation plays in protecting our society, as well as the environment. Throughout the term we have investigated current environmental issues in Queensland that impact Australia both domestically and internationally. The Year 11 Legal Studies class has enjoyed learning more about the legal system we have in our country and key foundational skills relating to the topic of Law. It has been an interesting year and I wish the Year 11s all the best in the upcoming exam block.
The year has gone by so quickly and the children have grown and made progress in many ways. I feel blessed to have had this lovely class and have the opportunity to see them maturing and taking more responsibility for their own learning.
All the children have shown improvement in many of the curriculum areas but especially in reading and comprehension. They have developed a real love to sit silently with a book in their hand and just enjoy the quiet time. As a teacher, this brings me great pleasure, as reading is a skill that is important in all areas of study.
This term we have really looked at the idea of making a difference in the world we live. We have thought about the future and what we might do with our lives but have also thought about the importance of doing things now that can impact others positively. Our class aim is ‘live to be missed.’ (For all the right reasons of course!!)
I would like to say a big thank-you to Mrs. Allan who has taught Year 4 for Science, Humanities and Technology. The students have really enjoyed the lessons and you have always made them such fun.
As I move on to new challenges I want to also say thank-you to the parents who have been so supportive and encouraging over the last three years. I have enjoyed being part of Australian Christian College that is such a vibrant and growing school. I am looking forward to new opportunities but I will leave a little piece of my heart behind.
Year 4 / 5 EXT
The year has flown by and I can’t believe that there are only a few weeks left of school! As part of our history unit this term, the class is currently learning about the impacts of significant developments and events of the Australian gold rush. The students are very interested in learning about the Eureka Stockade and why it was such an important part of Australia’s history.
In week 4, our class and the other year 5 class traveled to the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Village. The students were amazed to see what it was like to live, work in a gold mine and go to school in Australia in the 1800’s. The highlight for most of the students was panning for gold. Although I didn’t find any, It was great to see that some students found real gold at the bottom of their pans. It was a fun and educational excursion that the class are still talking about!
In class, we have been discussing the importance of having a growth mindset. Students have embraced this philosophy of challenging themselves and to never give up on whatever they are working on. The characteristics of a growth mindset are listed below:
- I learn from my failures
- I want to challenge myself
- I feel like feedback is constructive
- I am inspired by the success of others
- I always persevere, even when I’m frustrated
- My effort and attitude determine everything
We are very happy to welcome Declan into the 4/5C family. Declan is settling well and a big thank you to his classmates for making him feel belonged. As we approach the end of the school year, I would like to thank all the families for allowing me to work alongside your child. I am very blessed and privileged to be the teacher of such an amazing class!
BOOK IN WITH LIBRARY NEWS
What’s new in the library?
Dates to remember this term.
International Day of the Bible - Tuesday November 23rd
Why not get together with your friends and read, listen, and share stories from your Bible, during second break in the library. Enjoy seeing Mrs Hopson’s old Bible collection, including the 213-year-old Bible that started life in a Cathedral in England. – All Welcome!
Reminder: Returning items and Final Borrowing for all Classes.
We are now in week 6 - 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. Overdue notices will be given to teachers during the week.
When returning your books please let Mrs Hopson know so they can be either scanned in or your borrowing class folder is checked. Place items in the black trays in the return area if Mrs Hopson is not at her desk.
Happy Reading everyone!
Mrs Kathryn Hopson