Welcome to the last newsletter of Term One. As I write this newsletter article North Queensland has seen Cyclone Debbie come ashore and devastate many areas of north Queensland. We pray that all our Distance Education families in the affected areas are safe and our thoughts are with you over the new few weeks and even months as the area cleans up and rebuilds. Now as the cyclone comes south we are expecting 200mm of rain – fortunately we have just finished our new primary school and all the extra drainage. It will be our first test of a strong storm. If your child cannot get to school then it is important that you contact the school on the message line. Keep your phone handy for email and messages from the school. We want to ensure all our students get here safe and sound. Do not send your child to school if there is any risk from flooding either for them on foot or bike, or in your car. Never cross floodwaters. We will always be here with your children if you cannot get through and we will never leave a child alone at school. We will stay with them until you arrive – like a couple of years ago – even if we have to sleep the night and meet you in the morning! The extension of Cottrill Rd to Pumicestone Rd only has a bus entry and exit. But if the school were to become isolated by floodwaters on Dances Rd as in the past then this may provide emergency access. Remember that caring for family members, their safety and protection, is your number 1 priority and our number 1 priority. We will continue to pray for all our families that they are safe.
New Building Opening is on the first day of Term 2. You are all very welcome to attend with all the student body. Starting at 8:45 we will combine our Primary Chapel with the Opening Ceremony. Years 1 to 6 will go straight to the hall when they arrive (with their bags). Come and see our Primary and Middle School Chapel Bands as well as hear the speeches and watch the ribbon being cut. Afterwards, join the invited guests and other parents for morning tea in the new building atrium, followed by visiting your child in their new classroom. I would love to have you join us on this long awaited day!
Now the building is finished, what next? The Board and I decided not to start on Stage 2 of our building immediately. Stage 2 connects to the back of the new building and is a mirror image of Stage 1. I felt that we as a community needed to have 2018 with no builders or car park works, just so we can enjoy the benefits of all the hassles we have had during building. We are still working on other plans for our new playgrounds, landscaping and the new STEaM Centre that will be a huge initiative for our students. Stay tuned for more information on these next projects, but they will have less impact on our children and families, as well as staff.
Parent Teacher Nights and ILPs are all designed to help you and your child’s teacher work out what is best to help your child succeed. Thank you for undertaking the ILP tasks through the coming year and becoming involved in your child’s education. If you do not get to speak with your child’s teachers then please contact them or the office and we will set if up for you early next term.
At the start of next term there will be no builders on site and you will notice a concrete path that wraps around the carpark – all the way to the entrance. This long path is a designated drop-off and pick-up area. So you will not have to compete for a place near the entrance or compete with a school bus, just stop anywhere around the long path, drop off your child and take off. Please do not park in this area. The long pick up pathway means you can also set a location where your child expects you to pick them up. So discuss this with them before the term starts.
The trial of After-school Clubs has been beyond my expectations. When I first saw these in Japan I was amazed at the motivation of their children and their enthusiasm for their club work. I am already seeing this at ACCM. Children want to be in these clubs and work on what they love to do. We are expanding these next term and hopefully include more primary children. I would love to see Clubs operating every night with a college Youth Group on Friday after school, providing our children with passion for the subjects they love. A special big thank you to the staff that have volunteered their time to do this. You make me all so proud. It is what sets our small school part – our dedicated staff! See the ‘Update’ in this newsletter.
It will be a very big start to Term 2 with so much happening from the Opening, to Endless Praise Concert, to Camps … there seems to always be something happening at the college. Please fell welcome to come and be involved in whatever is on. Week 2 of the holidays will be a busy time and if you would like to come and help set up rooms, do some landscaping, then you are most welcome – just turn up and together we will have a great time working together.
God bless all our families and stay safe over the holidays.
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CALENDAR DATES 2017
TERM ONE 2017
Monday 23rd January - Friday 31st March
Staff planning days
Monday 16th - Friday 20th January
Monday 23rd January
Thursday 26th January
Thursday 9th February
Middle and Senior College Camps
Wednesday 15th - Friday 17th February
School Holiday Dates Saturday 1st April - Monday 17th April
TERM TWO 2017
Tuesday 18th April - Friday 23rd June
Tuesday 18th April
Tuesday 25th April
Junior Leadership Camp
Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th April
NAPLAN tests (Yr 3, 5, 7 and 9)
Tuesday 9th - Thursday 11th May
School Holiday Dates Saturday 24th June - Sunday 16th July
TERM THREE 2017
TERM 3 (9 Weeks)
Monday 17th July - Friday 15th September
Monday 17th July
Monday 14th August
Tuesday 29th - Wednesday 30th August
School Holiday Dates Saturday 16th September - Monday 2nd October
TERM FOUR 2017
Tuesday 3rd October - Thursday 30th November
Tuesday 3rd October
Staff planning day
Friday 1st December
Cambodia Discovery Tour
December holidays (Dates TBC)
School Holiday Dates Friday 1st December - TBA
Student Withdrawal Notices
One term’s 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.
Prep Enrolments 2018
Places are already filling fast for Prep 2018.
If you have a sibling who is due to commence in Prep 2018 can you please ensure you have completed an online application for enrolment.
Please also let your friends know if they would like a place for Prep next year. They must complete an online application asap. Interviews will commence for Prep 2018 in April.
District Sports Trials and Dates for 2017
12/15 Boys Volleyball
2 March 17
29 & 30 March 2017
19, 20, 21 March 2017
Burpengary Swim Centre
10/11 Rugby League
18 - 19 April 2017
26 - 27 April 2017
Jinibarra State School
10/12 Boys Soccer
4 - 5 May 2017
Bellemere State School
St Eugene College
Station Rd Burpengary
Boys / Girls Tennis
11/12 Rugby Union
11/12 Girls Rugby League
5-6 June 17
8-9 June 2017
22-23 May 17
Caboolture Tennis Centre
12-13 July 2017
Burpengary State School
31 Aug - 1st Sept 17
2 nd Aug / 3 rd Aug
Morayfield State school
13 - 14 Sept 2017
Get Started Vouchers Now Available
The next round (Round 9) of the Queensland Government’s Get Started Vouchers program is due to open on 25th January 2017.
What is Get Started Vouchers?
Get Started Vouchers is an initiative to provide up to $150 to eligible children and young people, to help pay for sport or recreation club membership and/or participation fees through registered clubs.
If the child/young person or their parent/carer/guardian holds a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, they can apply online as soon as the round opens. These children do not need to use the referral agent process.
Updates to the referral agent process
The department is changing the referral agent process to ensure that children and young people who can least afford the costs to participate are supported by Get Started Vouchers. To ensure that the vouchers are going to those families most in need, a new referral agent process will be implemented from Round 9.
The department now requires that eligible referral agents register with the department to be able to refer children and young people for a voucher. Further details regarding referral agent criteria and eligibility requirements are on our website, along with fact sheets for parents and referral agents. Visit the following webpage for the information: www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted/refer/.
A child/young person can be referred to the program by a registered referral agent if they have access to a Health Care Card/Pensioner Concession Card, where there are significant issues that prevent the parent/carer/guardian from applying.
These issues may include:
- Internet or computer access;
- Computer illiteracy; and
- Living in rural/remote areas with limited internet capability.
Further to this, referral agents may apply on behalf of a parent/carer/guardian where they are aware of the need for financial support to join their local sport or recreation club, and are assisting in their professional capacity.
For further information on the Get Started Vouchers program, please refer to the website - www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted/.
If you have any specific questions about the program then please email the team at [email protected].
STUDENTS LATE TO CLASS
If a student arrives late to school after 8:50am they must come to administration for a yellow Late to Class slip.
2016 Year 12 OP RESULTS
ACC AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS
ACC Clubs have started with a bang this year with many students getting involved and having a great time. We have 4 new Clubs starting in Term 2 including Craft Club, Soccer Club, Table Tennis Club and Senior Survival Club. Please see the table below for available Clubs and their timing.
Table Tennis Club
Senior Survival Club
Design & Animation Club
At this stage heading into Term 2 we have over 125 students either signed up to ACC Clubs or on a waiting list. This is exciting and I thank you for your enthusiasm to have your children involved in greater aspects of College life. We are looking forward to growing even more in the future and look forward to your continued support.
If you would like any more information regarding our ACC Clubs or would like to sign your student up to a Club or a waiting list please contact me via email on [email protected] and we’ll try to work something out. See below some photos of student involvement in our Clubs so far.
Yours in Christ,
What’s Happening On-Campus
New Building Updates
The new primary building containing 11 classrooms and toilet block has now been finished. Throughout the holidays, each classroom will be prepared and ready for the start of Term 2. The building will then contain all of our Year 1 - 6 classes.
We are still investigating what playground equipment would be suitable for putting in the area between the new building and Preps building. We are the stage of pricing up the equipment, installation and the surrounding area. The final approval will need to be through our college board and subject to available funds.
Year 10 Work Experience
Our Year 10s are on work experience gaining insight into what it is like to work in a particular industry or occupation. It is a valuable time particularly if it is a job they may be considering in the future.
On Thursday it is a free dress day where students may also wear purple clothing and accessories in support of Epilepsy Action Australia. As a school we try and have 2 fundraisers per term to help charity organisations - either local or overseas.
Fire and Lockdown Drills
We recently had a lockdown drill at the college. These are carried out once a term and serve as a practice for both students and staff and also to identify any areas or processes that could be improved .
Have a blessed and safe Easter holidays.
Senior School Updates
“Children only get one chance to get an education – it is our job to make it a brilliant adventurous place!”
I heard the above statement at a conference I recently attended and I was challenged by it. It is certainly true that children only get one chance at getting an education, but it is equally true that we have a responsibility to provide opportunities that will make their journey ‘brilliant’ and ‘adventurous’!
At this same conference, a number of principals from very prestigious schools over and over again spoke of the importance of a student finding balance in their education. In fact, many may be surprised to learn that, the students that do best academically are also those that participate in and contribute to school life across a wide variety of activities and dimensions.
Whilst it is important that students maintain focus on their studies, particularly in Senior School, it is also important that they find ways to connect to their peers, their teachers and the whole school community. Recently, our school began a variety of ‘After School Clubs’. This is one way in which students can expand their interests and connection to both peers and staff, whilst enjoying interests not usually afforded them in their busy schedules.
However, there are many ways that students can get more out of their ‘education adventure’. In fact, this year’s Seniors have already committed themselves to a number of projects that are sure to enhance their experience. Included in these experiences are a number of student-led projects including: a Year Book, the ‘5cent Project’ and a recent commitment to weave 1000 stars in support of the ‘The One Million Stars to End Violence Project’. By the way, this is not a small project and they may need to involve family and friends in order to get these special stars made by July – expect to hear more about this next term!
As well as all of this, our Year 12 BCT students are already planning a variety of events for next term as part of their assessment. Again more information will certainly follow, closer to these events.
Through each these projects and events students are learning the importance of group skills, effective communication and how to accomplish great things within an organisation’s limitations and parameters. These life skills are valuable to our students not just in an academic context, but in their future well beyond our school gates.
So, whilst we are at our core an institution that is committed to the very best academic outcomes for our students, it is important to remember that our children only have one chance to get the best ‘brilliant adventurous’ education we can offer. And, that academic achievement is actually most likely to be improved by engaging in broader endeavours, rather than just their academic tasks.
Consequently, please join me in encouraging our Senior students to participate in our College life and community as much as they are able. Whether, Business projects, fundraising for charity, Yearbook activities, mission trips or simply supporting our College spirit in sporting events such as Cross-Country and Athletics Carnivals – let’s make sure we encourage our students to get the very best out of their ‘brilliant’ and ‘adventurous’ Senior education here at ACC-Moreton.
Middle School Updates
I want to thank the Middle School students and their families for a great term. As most of you are aware this was my first term at ACC, I now feel, because of the respect and warmth from the students, that I have truly settled in and am looking forward with eagerness to the rest of 2017.
At the beginning of this term each student was allocated a locker and a lock. This was a new culture for these students, and, it had some hiccups. The vast majority of students now understand the purpose of the lockers and how to use them appropriately. I would respectfully ask that you check with your child that they are:
a) using their allocated lock and locker
b) are placing their bag in the locker when not using it.
Looking forward, next term is a big one; Cross country will be held on Thursday of Week one, ANZAC day celebrations in week 2 and NAPLAN is week 4. I pray that the children enjoy their break, get out and have some fun and come back ready and refreshed for a big term.
Middle School Lead
Primary School Updates
What a great term our Primary students have had. As this term comes to an end, we eagerly anticipate the opening of our new primary building and new classrooms for our students. Year 1 to 6 teachers will be busy packing up their classrooms this week in anticipation for the move.
Once again we will be conducting the holiday reading program over the holidays. Over the next couple of days teachers will provide students with at least 5 - 10 books in both the digital and/or print form and spend some time reminding them about the two VERY IMPORTANT GOALS of our reading program...to become a better reader and to have fun!. Over the two weeks of school holidays students you will need to continue to read for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. A reading log for minutes read each day will be sent home with each student. This reading log needs to be returned on the first day of term 2 by every student. Reading minutes will be totaled at the beginning of term and prizes will be given at the first assembly.
On Campus Class Updates
This term in Year 7 Drama, 7D students explored the world of puppetry! Students learnt about the many different types of puppets the world has on show. From hand puppets to marionettes, and my personal favourite, The Muppets!
As part of their assessment, the 7D class made their own sock puppets and wrote their own script to perform. Once they had made their puppets and come up with a script, they got to showcase their puppet plays in groups for the Year 2 students. The puppet performances all had a theme that would help the Year 2 students learn something. These themes included Bullying, Judging People, Stealing, Peer Pressure and Bragging. Each group did a fantastic job and the Year 2’s loved it!
This year Australian Christian College Moreton is holding it’s annual Cross Country Carnival on the 21st April. For students this will be the first Friday back of term 2.
This years carnival has moved from Centenary Lakes Caboolture back to the School grounds on Cottrill road. Students will start and finish their Cross Country run on the Church Oval, whilst the course winds up and around the neighbouring streets at the back of Cottrill road.
We are hoping that the new track will be refreshing change for the students and allow for a varied experience compared to the parks they have run in the past.
On the day all students Prep to Year 12 will compete:
- The Prep to Year 3 carnival will start at 9:15am and run through until approximately 11:00am.
- The Year 4 to Year 12 carnivals first event will start at 11:50am and run through until approximately 2.45pm.
Students who compete well and finish in the top 5 at the carnival may be asked to represent Australian Christian College at the Primary or Secondary district carnivals:
- Primary District Carnival- 2nd May
- Christian Schools Sports Carnival Primary & Secondary – 8th May
- Secondary District Carnival- 15th May
We wish all students the best of Luck, and encourage them to train hard over the holidays.
It’s been a busy and exciting start of the year for high school Art. Lots of great results coming from each year level, and the work they are producing is reflective of the great effort they are putting into the creation and planning of their Art works. Here is a snapshot of some of our student’s work:
Year 8 have been working on circus themed drawings, looking at perspective, gradation and tone. They worked to create layouts that reflect the theme and display the drawing skills they had learnt this term in class. Great results from this class!
Year 9 have been studying Manga Illustration from Japan, culminating in a creation of their own Manga character. Using Watercolour and Pen they brought their concepts to life.
YEAR 10 & 11
Year 10 and 11 Visual Art have been studying the theme of Altered Reality, especially focussing on the work of Modern Artists and how they revolutionised Art in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Their first project was a cubist still life painting....
This was followed by followed by surrealist dream inspired lino-cut prints...
It has been a term of settling in and moving forward in all areas IT. The year 7’s have been introduced to Photoshop, creating posters and researching cyber-safety. They have produced some excellent work that targeted their audiences well.
Year 8 have been busy researching sustainability in food and creating a HTML website to display their findings.
Year 9 have been learning Flash and they are now developing a 30 second animation of a story of their choice.
Year 10 and 11 have been increasing their understanding of graphic design and desktop publishing, creating a logo to bring a business into the 21st century. The results for some of these have been fantastic.
Year 12 have been creating and editing video and they have completed a 2-3 minute ‘How to..’ video with some interesting results. One innovative student created a ‘How to..’ on ‘How to create a How to..’ video. Most interesting.
Next term will present the student with another range of exciting and challenging topics and subject to learn and enjoy. We are looking forward to what Term 2 holds.
Year 10/11 Biology
This year’s combined Year 10/11 Biology class has been receiving a strong foundation in biological concepts. They have learned that complex ideas like the movement of water by osmosis can be seen with the use of the humble egg! We stripped their outer shells using vinegar, resulting in the pictured egg, which needed only a wipe with a cloth to remove the softened shell. We were also reminded that not even the best experiments go to plan, and that’s just how science goes sometimes…These occasions can be a blessing in disguise though, because it gave us opportunity to discuss our theories for why the egg didn’t shrink or grow when placed in a solution for osmosis. Solving problems like this is a huge part of not only jobs in science, but all industries.
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying having a Year 9 form class this year around. It’s been great to share with them about a variety of topics such as busting myths, giving self-improvement advice, and of course sharing God’s word and how it can be applied to all of our lives. Having also taught them last year, it has been really pleasing to continue that relationship with the students so that I can support their individual needs. I’m looking forward to seeing how they mature this year and transition into the senior school in 2018.
Thursday 23rd March saw a special morning tea to thank our library monitors for their consistent efforts helping in the library. Arian, Trent, Damian, Makayla, Brydie, Gabrielle, Ella, Jenny, Clair, and Trent from year 5. Have all worked hard together as a team and are looking forward to serving their school community again next term.
The Day school Book Club has been lead this term by Mrs Bunston, and what a great term they have had. The Bookle club has been listening to and enjoying the many stories that Mrs Bunston has read to them. The last session was celebrating World Poetry Day where Mrs Bunston read a rhyming story to the group.
World Poetry Day 21st March : Bookle Club enjoying poetry read by Mrs Bunston
The Online Senior Book Club Books R-Us has grown to 88 members, with over 21 discussions running at the same time on any one topic. We celebrated World Poetry Day on Tuesday 21st March with Maggie Upson and Abigail Fagan adding posts and answering the questions about poetry with our online members.
Maggie and Abigail ready to chat and post to our online book Club members.
Dates to Remember: coming up in Term 2
The library has been a very busy place to be this term with exciting activities to come next term.
Parents: You are invited:
Please feel free to drop in and see the library or if you have any questions about borrowing or returning items, you are always welcome in the library.
Have a safe and happy Easter and until next term Happy Reading everyone!