Over the holidays I organised all the photos of our college students I collected from 2016. The one thing that shines through the photos of our on-campus students is their relationship with each other. Whether the photo showed a child with their arms around another student supporting their house in sports, students helping each other through a challenge at camp, or our graduating students hugging each other after throwing their hats into the air, they all show that our college, like a church, is built on relationships.
Schools are a community, and a reflection of our Christian community. We are profoundly relational – from and for God and others (Gen 1:26-27). The doctrines of creation and incarnation show us that human beings have relationship at the centre of their beings. Relationships are who and what we are.
As Christians we do not live alone. We exist in relation to others and God. We are a community of faith that enriches our lives and nurtures relationships. We all witness to Jesus through our love and humanity and unity. We are all in communication with God. Our Christian spirituality binds our relationship.
This is what people opposing Christian education do not understand. We are not just teaching the curriculum to your child and obeying rules of behaviour and engagement. My staff are sharing their love of Jesus Christ with your family. They want to build a relationship with your child and your family – a relationship built on faith and hope and love; one that shows love and joy and peace. It’s patient, kind and good. Our students will grow and develop to be better learners in a caring responsive relationship. This explains the bonds we feel when we do physically get together at college events. In 2017 I want to build our relationship between staff and our families. Being Christians guides how we relate to and work with you and your children. We “replace exclusion with love, prejudice with respect, judgment with grace, greed with generosity, envy with contentment, fear with hope, rejection with welcome, frigidity with warmth, and isolation with community and hospitality.” ( Graham Hill, Global Church ) We do this in response to the grace and welcome offered to us by Jesus Christ.
Reflecting over the last 4 years I have been at ACC it has been a period of enormous change. We have continued to invite new families into our community. We struggled and succeeded with the challenges to build a Biblical-based curriculum that meets government demands. We are building physical classrooms that are designed to allow relationships between children to flourish, and sporting grounds where friendships are formed and challenges met. Today we stand together with over 400 students and a stronger relationship than before the change. Victor Turner describes this as ‘communitas’ – the profound community spirit, social solidarity and togetherness felt by groups going through change and transition. He would say this experience has enriched our spirituality, our community and relationships. We have experienced community and relationships in fresh and profound ways. We need to continue to build our school community through this period of change. We need to develop relationships and friendships marked, not just by having our children sitting in a desk beside each other 5 days a week, but through spiritual friendship. We need to develop spiritual friendships marked by love, prayer, vulnerability, commitment, forgiveness, purpose and respect.
The relationship my staff and I have with our families is not just a working relationship of teacher-student. We have a commitment and love, honesty, loyalty and respect for your family. We believe this is what God has called us to do. It is God that binds us together into a relationship and community. One I want to see strengthen further in 2017.
Can I finish by saying that it is an exciting year ahead, and we are standing here as part of your family to educate your children. If you are not sure how long you should read with your child each night, how much homework they should be doing, not sure how long this assignment should take, please remember our teachers are here to help so please contact myself, or any of my staff. Your Home Room or class teacher is the olive branch that holds our community together. If you find this branch is not as strong as you would like then let me know so I can help strengthen it.
Over the last four years we have also enrolled non-Christian families. You are as important to our community as any other family. If you are reading this and want to know more about who Jesus is and how to be loved in a way you have never experienced before, then contact myself, our chaplain or your child’s teacher and ask. We would love to talk to you, answer your questions and connect you with Christian families near you.
Have a wonderful 2017.
Term Dates 2017
Term 1: Monday 23rd January to Friday 31st March
Vote for ACC Student, Charlie Hanslow, in Moreton Bay Innovation Awards
Our very own Charlie Hanslow, Year 10 student, is a finalist in the Moreton Bay Innovation Awards People's Choice Award. His product is the Ite-Cool (Caboolture).
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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 at [email protected].
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 (link below):
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.
Free Immunisations for Year 7 and Year 8 Students
This year Moreton Bay Regional Council is providing free vaccinations for all Year 7 and 8 students on Monday the 15th February as part of the Queensland health’s annual School Based Vaccination Program.
These students are being offered vaccinations to protect against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, ChickenPox (Varicella), and diphtheria-tetanus-whooping cough (Boostrix).
A consent form for each vaccination offered will be given to your child to bring home. Please read the information carefully, sign the consent form, noting consent or non-consent, and return the consent form to the school as soon as possible.
The vaccinations will be conducted by a team of specially trained Registered Nurses. Please encourage your child to have breakfast on the morning of the vaccination and that they bring adequate water to drink following. If there is concern regarding nervousness of your child prior to vaccination please ring the council on
3205 0555 and ask to speak to the immunisation team. It can be arranged that they are vaccinated before the immunisation clinic starts should this be suitable.
For more information about diseases, vaccines or the School Based Vaccination Program, visit: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/public-health/schools/default.asp or call Moreton Bay Regional Council on 3205 0555. Consent forms are also available on this website.
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 25 January 2017. This email contains important information regarding changes to the program for Round 9, specifically around the referral agent process.
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 or their parent 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. Simply Google ‘Get Started Vouchers’ or go to the information here: 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
- 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].
Get Started Vouchers
Sport and Recreation Services
ACC Moreton’s first outdoor celebration service was a great way to start 2017
Last night ACC staff, students and families came together for an evening of worship and celebration. For the first time in ACC’s history, we held our service outdoors, in the oval, beside the multi-purpose hall. Everything about the evening went off without a hitch - the message, music, food, weather and speeches! Thank you to everyone who played a helping hand throughout the day!
What’s Happening On-Campus
Welcome back to school, it's the start of another great year here at Australian Christian College. A special welcome to our new students and their families.
I am currently investigating additional playground equipment for our Year 3 - 5 students and also some outdoor fitness equipment that may be used by our Middle School students. Currently our Preps have their own playground equipment and our Year 1 and 2 students have a designated area with playground equipment for them. It will be good if we are able to add some more that can be used by upper primary students - this is our goal. The area we are looking at is adjoining the new building which is due for completion later this term - so hopefully sometime after that.
In the meantime our library is open at morning tea and lunch breaks, the oval adjoining the school is available for use by our Year 2s and upwards and has teacher supervision and the sports hall is open at lunch breaks for either primary or secondary students. We also hope to have our lunch time sports equipment loans system [which is supervised by our Year 6 students] up and running very soon.
Thank you for your patience with the car parking situation. Please be aware that our teachers are out there doing their best to look after the safety of children and assist you with parking and the free flow of traffic. Keep in mind that they are not trained traffic controllers or car parking attendants - this was not covered in their university studies! Being abusive to them, as has already happened, does not help them or you.
Looking forward to the new school year,
Senior School Updates
Welcome senior students and parents to 2017!
It has already been a big start to the year with lots of new and exciting things happening. We especially extend a warm welcome to our new senior students, including Year 10, and pray that this will be a very successful year for all.
Here is a quick ‘run down’ of the major things happening in our senior school over the next couple of weeks – no easing back in!
This Tuesday (February 7) our Senior student leaders will be starting 2017 with a breakfast at Mueller College together with student leaders from a wide variety of other secondary schools. Last year’s student leaders also attended this breakfast and it was a great opportunity for students to be inspired about the role they can play in both their school and their wider communities.
Senior students will also be attending the College Swimming Carnival on Thursday February 9. Please join with me in encouraging them to embrace their House spirit and ‘dive’ right in!
Camps and excursions are perhaps the most important part of any school calendar as it is at these times that some of the strongest bonds between both students and teachers are formed, memories are made and shared experiences cement friendships that last many years to come. Looking forward to more amazing experiences this year – Wednesday 15 February to Friday 17 February.
Please note that if you are a Year 12 parents that received a letter last week about academic monitoring, it is important that you make contact with appropriate staff as soon as possible.
It is also important to acknowledge and celebrate our senior students’ many achievements. In particular, w e have a first this year for ACC as one of our senior students was successful in being awarded a Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF) Scholarship. The intention of the funding is to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student retention rates for senior schooling and to complement and build on existing school and community programmes and support for individual students. We are so proud of Lani and her achievements and wish her every success as she pursues her goals.
In addition, we were also thrilled with our OP results across both DE and DS students in 2016. Whilst our cohort last year was again very small, students achieved some excellent results. Nearly all students were offered places in their top preferences and one third of our OP-eligible students got single digit OP’s. Congratulations again to our graduating Class of 2016.
2014 22% of the cohort achieved OP results of 10 or better
2015 25% of the cohort achieved OP results of 10 or better, 8% OP 1-5 (First year of DE OP students)
2016 33% of the cohort achieved OP results of 10 or better
It is such a joy to be part of such an important phase our student’s lives as they finalise their schooling and prepare for life beyond the security of our College gates. Please join us in praying both for them, and our amazing senior staff that support and guide them each and every day.
Middle School Updates
I would like to start by saying a big thank-you to the Middle School students for their very warm welcome. I have been extremely impressed with their manners and their general behaviour, particularly in chapel and assembly time. The energy in the praise and worship time was particularly impressive; a big thankyou to Mr Bengston and his team of student helpers:
- Olivia Jenkins
- Felicity Jenkins
- Kimberly Wall
- Sarah Rowden
- Harrison Wolter
- Maria Wolter
- Chloe Forster
Within the next week I will be sending out an assessment planner for the Middle School. This will contain the due dates of all assessment items for Term One. I would encourage you to stick this in a public place and use it in discussions with your Middle School children about planning and preparation.
I am looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible and developing strong working relationships so that we can help your children grow into the men and women God intends them to be. With this in mind, if you need to speak to me, for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me using the email below.
Primary School Updates
Welcome to a new year at Australian Christian College for 2017, especially to all our new students and families that have joined our primary school this year. We also welcome 3 new teachers to our primary school team, Mrs Cara Henley who is teaching 2H, Mr Lian Hniallan who is teaching 5H and Mrs Sandra Waite who is teaching Prep W.
My name is Fiona Allan and I the Primary Coordinator and Year 3A teacher for 2017. I have been teaching for 12 years in both public and private schools, having taught mostly Year 3 to 6. I started at ACC in 2016 working with Prep to Year 12 and also in distance education. My husband and I have two beautiful little girls, Kyra (6 years) who also attends Year 1 at ACC and Alyssa (3 years).
This term, in the Primary School we are continuing to address students’ learning, looking at spelling, reading and ACER data and encouraging every student to have a growth mindset in all that they undertake. The first couple of weeks back teachers will be testing to see where student’s abilities are at the moment and setting goals to be achieved throughout the year.
Important dates for this term are:
Week 3 Monday - Wednesday: ACER testing to help set goals for the students for the year
Thursday 9th February: Year 5 to 12 Swimming carnival
Wednesday 22nd February: School photos
Friday 31st March: last day of term
On Campus Class Updates
Year 12 / Senior Maths B / Senior Physics
It’s great to see most of last year’s Year 11s back to complete their secondary schooling this year (and to welcome a previous student back to ACC).
It is quite an intense year so hopefully the students had a restful break. Apart from the general rigours of Year 12 studies, there will be the important QCS test in Term 3 and of course a whole series of graduation events at the very end of the year.
Term 1 includes a leadership camp to the Maroochydore Waterfront Camp & Conference Centre from Feb 15 to 17 so that should be a great experience for those who are able to attend.
If parents have any concerns about how their student is settling into the year, please feel free to contact me.
Senior Maths B
Year 11s start the year with a review of some work covered last year and then move into the topic of relations and functions - a key concept that is the backbone of the whole Maths B course.
The Year 12s pick up from the end of last year with the mathematically powerful topic of differential calculus, extending upon last year’s work with some additional tools to deal with more complex functions than previously encountered.
In both years, the topics can be very relevant to real world problems and we will integrate as many “real world” scenarios into the teaching and learning program as possible.
Year 11s begin their Physics course with classical Newtonian mechanics and equations of motion that allow them to calculate forces, accelerations, velocities and displacements of items in various situations. We will examine these concepts with a particular focus on motor vehicles - hence the title of our first major unit, “Physics on the Road”.
Year 12s on the other hand, start the year in almost the opposite way, covering the topic of “Physics in Space”. This leads into the mind-bending ideas of Special Relativity where we find that objects travelling near the speed of light, are observed to behave somewhat differently than the simple applications of Newton’s Laws would predict. The exam for this unit is not far away (Week 5) so the students’ really need to focus and get their study habits “up to (almost light) speed” very quickly!
Senior Legal Studies
We are excited to once again offer Legal Studies in senior this year. Legal Studies is the study of the Australian and Queensland legal system. This term in Year 10/11 we are studying the foundation of the Legal System and how it works. Students will look at a mix of current legal issues, as well as learning about the intricacies of how law is created, enacted and reinforced. The aim is not only for students to learn about our current system but also to become responsible and well-informed citizens who understand our political system and how they can become involved.
The Year 12 students are taking on an independent study of a current legal issue and investigating if reviews of current laws are needed. This is an excellent chance for them to build their researching and academic writing skills for university next year.
I hope you all had a fantastic break over the Christmas holidays. For me, it was a great time spent with family, relaxing, and of course remembering the real reason for the season, Jesus.
We’re excited for our first term back for 2017. In our Chapel services this term, we’re going to be covering stories from the Old Testament in our Middle and Senior school Chapels, and the Junior school is going to get a clear picture of who God is through some of His amazing stories and miracles. We love it when we have the opportunity to share the good news with new students (like our Preppies.) and they begin to learn about God and Jesus for the first time. It’s so special and exciting.
Our God Squad groups will also be continuing this term. These are groups for the many students who made a decision to follow Jesus last year. Tif (our Youth Worker) and I lead these groups in an effort to get alongside these new Christians, begin the discipleship journey, and provide some tools and tips for their walk with God.
It’s a privilege to be a part of this supportive school and to be involved in many great things that will benefit the Kingdom. May this year lead even more of our students closer to Him.
Book In with library News 2017!
The library would like to extend a very warm welcome to all our new students and teachers starting this year.
Library Program 2017: Important Dates to remember
In 2017 it is “The Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”
ACC is at the forefront of welcoming tourists into our country and into our school, such as our Japanese students who visit our school each year.
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
Hebrews 13: 1
- World Read Aloud Day! - Thursday February 16th 2017 http://www.litworld.org/wrad/
- World Poetry Day - Tuesday March 21
- National Youth week - 31st March - 9th April
- Anzac Day - Tuesday 25th April
- National Simultaneous Story Telling NSS 2017 - 11am, Wed 24th May 2016.
- This year the story is: ‘The Cow Tripped over the Moon!
Term 3 Book Week - 22nd - 28th August 2017 Theme
Escape to Everywhere!
There will be more of our library book week program released closer to the date. We are very excited to welcome author and illustrator Judy Paulson. Judy will be reading her story and running a workshop during book week.
During August: Premiers Reading Challenge: Commences
Remembrance Day 11th November
International Day of the Bible 23rd November
More Library News
All year holiday reading programs:
There will be additional reading materials borrowed over the holidays at the end of each term by each student. The Coordinator for this event is Mrs Shelley Underwood our National Literacy Coordinator.
Makerspace: Creative Technology
Book Clubs - Books-R-Us Online - Distance Education
Bookle Club - Primary Book Club Day School
Students: Ask the librarian for resource assistance for assignment work
Prep: 1 Picture book - for one week
Years 1: 1 Picture book + 1 chapter book – for one week
Years 2-3: 2 picture books or 2 chapter books + 1 non-fiction – for one week + 1 renewal
Years 4-5: 2 chapter books + 2 non-fiction books – 1 week + 1 renewal
Years 6: Free choice – 1 week + 1 renewal
Lending and Returning
If a book has a barcode on the front of the item, please bring the item to the desk for borrowing and return to the front circulation desk.
All Primary students may borrow for one week. **Additional items may be borrowed in lunch times for students Years 2 -12.
Library Bags: All Primary students are required to have a library bag for borrowing. There is a limited amount of library bags that may be purchased for $5.00 at the front desk.
Library monitors will be selected from Year 5 and your teacher will hand out application forms in your class. Please see Mrs Hopson for further information regarding becoming a library monitor or library helper for 2017.
I am looking forward to meeting you and celebrating another exciting year of reading and literacy programs in the library.