I thought I would make this a very ‘newsy article’ because some exciting things are coming to fruition and I wanted to share them with you.
The car park will be open for you to park in by the end of this week. The area that wraps around the building, or down the side, may be a little longer as the builders need to store equipment and machinery and cars there while they finish the new building. The drop off area wraps all the way around the outside edge of the car park with a footpath for the children to walk around and into school. There are dedicated disabled parking places. Just the front area alone has double the car spaces that were there before the changes. There are another 46 places down the side of the building. Thank you so much for your patience during this growth phase.
The school crossing lights have gone in and we are awaiting the ground works for Council to finish and make it much safer for our children to cross over the road and into school.
Today, the Moreton Traffic officers visited the college during morning rush to introduce themselves and observe people parking incorrectly, travelling over speed (40 km/h over is a fine of $1,026 + 8 demerit points + automatic 6 month suspension of licence; 20 km/h over is $220 fine and 3 demerit points; so please be very careful), double parking, parking across driveways etc. One key point is that when the pedestrian crossing goes in at the school you cannot park within 20 meters of the crossing on the school side of the crossing and 10 meters on the other side of the road.
The new building looks very close to finished. As you can see from my video clip, the glass walls are in, the painting is being finished inside, the lights and powerpoints are all in, the bathrooms are being fitted out. The glass and stainless steel balcony railings are going in now. We are still on track to complete the building at the end of this term, subject to Council occupancy approval of course. It is a beautiful building and you will be very pleased with the large classrooms and the beautiful atrium.
We are also investigating new playgrounds to go in the area between the Prep classes and the new building as well as outdoor furniture. And of course we need to finish off landscaping and so forth. Then we need to physically move from one place to another and shuffle around hundreds of desks, chairs, cabinets – you name it, we have to move it!
I will keep you all informed each week as we come to these critical stages. Thank you very much for your tolerance throughout the building program.
Please remember to visit our website calendar to find up-to-date information about events and other school happenings.
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
What's Happening On-Campus
We're nearly at the end of the first school term and as a whole the students have settled in very well and things are going smoothly.
On Wednesday 29th March after school there will be interviews with class teachers. The aim of the interviews is for teachers to give feedback and discuss the results of the recent Year 1-9 ACER and our Preps PIPS testing and especially what areas students need to work on for improvement in their literacy and numeracy. The fifteen minute interviews begin at 3:15pm and finish at 7:00pm. If you miss out on a booking, please contact your child's class/subject teacher to arrange a suitable time to talk by telephone or email.
The new carpark has finally reached the opening stage. It will provide a lot more parking space and make for a better dropoff/pickup arrangement of students. Please be patient with each other and the staff as we all settle in to the new drop-off and pickup system.
Student Leadership Training
Eleven of our Year 9 and 10 students have now commenced a practical component of the student leadership training course. They will be out and about on Prefect duties over the coming weeks. We have 3 other senior students who are in Prefect positions. I have informed them all that they are out there to problem solve and keep students out of trouble!
Lunchtime Sports Equipment
Thank you to our Year 6 students who are on the roster system to loan out lunchtime sports equipment to other students. They look after a variety of equipment, mostly balls, which students can borrow. Thank you also to Mrs Foley for coordinating this.
Our activities coordinator Mr Gandini also oversees a variety of lunchtime activities that students can participate in. Wherever possible we also try and have our library open at both morning tea and lunch breaks. Our librarian Mrs Hopson oversees a range of quiet activities, including lunchtime board games.
Senior School Updates
Assessments & Stress
Both On-Campus and Distance Education Senior students are now at the end of Term One. As usual I have been addressing at assemblies the increasing levels of stress that students are managing, but this is not at all unusual for this part of the term. Hence I have decided to insert below the article I wrote covering this issue last year – after all, whilst the students change each year, the challenges of Senior remain the same.
To stress or not to stress ... that is the question?
As part of my assembly presentation this week, we looked at this particular graph about stress. It comes as no shock to us all that the orange zone, i.e. ‘Distress’, is not good for us, and our Senior students need to stay out of this zone as much as possible if they are to be able to achieve ‘optimal performance’. If a person lives in this zone too much it can even have negative implications for physical and mental health, as well as performance.
What came as perhaps more of a surprise, was that the green ‘Calm’ zone was almost as bad as the orange zone when considering performance and productivity! If students are not challenged enough they are likely to disengage from their learning and be ‘bored’. This is not conducive to active learning and, whilst the stress levels will be down – so will productivity!
Our Senior students really need to be aiming at the ‘sweet spot’, or ‘Eustress’, in the middle. When you are in this zone you have enough stress to drive you forward and give you momentum, but not enough to overwhelm. This is the ideal, but it is not easy to achieve.
It is important to continually encourage students to understand their own learning needs and how they can manage their personal stress levels. Each student has different needs and, just like adults, different tolerances for stress.
So, “To stress, or not to stress ..?” this is indeed the question. For some, the zone of ‘optimal performance’ may be almost devoid of all stress, whilst other students, may require a reasonable amount of stress to be motivated enough to even begin a task. What is important is that each student develop a self-awareness of what works specifically for them and develop habits that keep them in this productive zone as often as possible.
As parents of Seniors it is important to encourage your student to constantly reflect on what is working, or not working and have a frequent and open dialogue about their stress levels. It may also be necessary at times, if you fear they are tipping towards the ‘Distress’ zone, to talk about ways in which you can help them reduce their stress.
Senior students may look like grown ups but they rarely have a complete set of ‘grown up’ skills to manage the sort of stress they encounter in their Senior years of school. Invariably, they will need our collective support and wisdom to negotiate these important years successfully.
QCS Preparation & Information
Shortly Senior students who are eligible for an OP will begin preparing for their QCS test. More information will be sent out shortly explaining about QCS but for the moment please lock in Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th August for this year’s exams.
All students who are OP eligible, that is, who are doing 5 Authority (OP) subjects in Year 12, must sit the QCS, whether they wish to get an OP or not. External students will also have to sit these exams at test centres nearest to them. More information will follow.
Middle School Updates
It’s Week 8. We are in the midst of assessments – tests, assignments, presentations – and middle school students’ thoughts start to turn towards holidays. This morning, in chapel, I asked the middle school students to finish strong. I have been very impressed with their behaviour and the general culture at ACC, but it is often this time of year, with the pressures of assessment added, that young people start to lose focus. Please encourage them to finish strong.
Along a similar vein I spoke to them about respect for each other. Middle schoolers, around the country, will jump to action when they hear about hungry children in a far off land, or children affected by disaster across the state. This is an excellent characteristic of this age group. However, these same children, moved by compassion for children they have never met, will respond very differently if one of their classmates wants to borrow a ruler or a pencil; especially if that classmate is not their favourite person.
I have asked them to be kind to the people closest to them, to be generous to those people that they find annoying. To be kind when no-one is watching and to be kind when it is tough. That’s how we change the world – by doing what is tough.
Primary School Updates
As we are moving towards the end of Term One, primary teachers are busy beginning assessments with their students. Students are working hard within the classroom and will be undertaking tests or completing assessment projects in class over the next few weeks.
Following on from ACER testing, the Prep to Year 5 teachers are now finished writing their Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) and these will be sent out in the next week. As a follow up to receiving the ILPs, Parent-Teachers meetings will be organised for Wednesday 29th March. Further booking details for these meetings are to come.
Please ensure your child is coming to school with their hat as here at ACC we enforce a “no hat, no play” policy. It is better for them to be protected from the sun and to prevent disappointment of sitting out in the shade at lunch. Following on about wearing a hat, coming up in Week 10 will be the annual Prep to Year 5 Easter Hat Parade. Therefore it is time to start making those easter hats to show off.
On Campus Class Updates
The children have settled into Prep well and are excited about learning. When children start Prep they move to a more structured learning environment and this can be very challenging for them.
Our Prep program is designed to help children develop:
- a positive approach to learning
- independence and confidence
- thinking and problem-solving skills
- language skills
- early literacy and numeracy
- physical abilities.
Even though learning is more structured and formal, the children do continue to learn through appropriate play activities. This is because during play children learn to make decisions, solve problems, develop thinking and teamwork skills, communicate and develop a positive sense of themselves. The types of play used to help our Prep children learn include such activities as:
- manipulatives—doing puzzles, making constructions
- games with rules—playing board and card games or outdoor games with rules
- exploratory—using blocks to investigate number, shape, balance weight and height
- physical—moving through obstacle courses, climbing, running
Other activities such as music and drawing encourage language, reading and writing skills
Prep is a lot of fun!
One of our favourite activities this year has to be our weekly visit to the school Library. The children enjoy exploring the many picture books and choosing a special story to take home. These photos are from one of these visits.
Year 1T students have embarked on a wonderful journey of learning. Students have been diligent in learning the routines and expectations of a ‘big school’ classroom. They have enjoyed exploring the various play areas during breaks and get very excited when they spot familiar faces whilst walking around the college. They also have enjoyed sitting at their own desk and using their iPads during learning times.
To build up a loving classroom community, students have been learning our classroom scripture based on John 13:34 ‘Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another’. Students have already had great discussions on how we can love each other within the school environment.
This term, our core-learning subjects will not only consolidate skills but also explore new and exciting things about God’s amazing world. In Mathematics, students will explore numbers to 100.
In English, students will be practicing handwriting and learning the long vowel sound patterns. The “Daily 5” program teaches independence in reading and writing that will play a big part during our daily literacy sessions. Students will learn vital skills that will create a lifetime love of reading and writing.
In History, our unit ‘At this moment in time’ students will develop an understanding of and become familiar with the concepts and terms used to describe the passing of time. Students will also recognise events that happened in the past that may be memorable or have personal significance.
In Science, the Biological Science unit will explore the characteristics of living things and what things ‘living things’ require in order to survive. Students will also learn to identify healthy and unhealthy habitats and learns ways to better look after the environment.
We have had a busy start to the year in 5C! Everyone in the class has settled well and everyday I’m impressed by how the students work hard and challenge themselves.
In Maths, we have been focusing on number problems, in particular addition and subtraction. The class participated in an activity where they had to create a product, set up a shop and sell and buy goods from other stores.
We had various stores, including a pet shop, cafe, rental shop and even an electronics retailer. It was fantastic to see the class engaging with each other and working out how much an item would cost and how much change should be given.
In English, the class has been creating narrative stories and it’s great to see such a high level of writing. We definitely have some budding authors!
For devotions, we have been learning about Moses and the incredible life he had. The Israelites were in a hopeless situation, and it is only through God’s mighty power that they were released from captivity. We have had some great class discussions about relying on God and persevering even when we think we can’t.
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
This week I thought I would take the opportunity to talk about the college’s numeracy. We at Australian Christian College have made literacy a very high priority over the last 5 years, and our results demonstrate this on a regular basis. This year I have formally taken on the role of Mathematics Team Leader, and as a part of that role I will be working to ensure that numeracy gets just as much attention.
In numeracy we face many of the same challenges as our counterparts in literacy. What resources do we need? What new (or old) approaches to numeracy will work best in our college with our students? Where do we need to extend and where do we need to consolidate? How do we deal with holiday numeracy loss?
Yes, that’s right, many of you by now have heard of ‘summer reading loss’, where students reading comprehension tends to drop over the summer holidays, as the amount of reading they do decreases. Well, we have a similar issue in numeracy as well. Because students don’t regularly engage in mathematics over the holidays, they tend to take backwards steps anytime there is a break in the routine.
The good news is, much like how we have been able to decrease the effect of summer reading loss on our students over time, we have also seen a decrease in the effect of summer numeracy loss. Over the 2014/15 summer break we saw a numeracy drop of 22% across the entire college, in the 2016/17 summer break we have been able to reduce that loss to 6%. This is down to the work of not only our teachers and students, but also our parents.
Please continue to bring numeracy into your home and engage your children in the day to day numeracy around the house, whether that be:
- Measurements in the kitchen
- Surface area and volume in the garden
- Family Budgets
- Calculating their allowance based on hours or work completed
- Shopping lists
- Identifying patterns
- Using an analog wall clock
Books-R-Us Senior Book Club
On Tuesday 7th March the first meeting of our Senior Book club, which is linked to our 85 members in the Online Distance Education Book Club ‘Books R Us’, met in the library for the first time.
The club meeting was led by two of our Year 7 senior members, Maggie Upson and Abigail Fagan. The girls had fun chatting to many of our online Distance Education students. They talked about what books they enjoyed reading the most. If you would like to join in the online book club discussions simply go to Schoology and choose Groups and then choose Books-R-Us Library Club and join.
What’s coming up?
- World Poetry Day will be on Tuesday 21st March. Have you written a poem? Or do you have a favourite poetry book? Come in and see our display in the library.
- We will have an interesting Anzac Day display for the 25th April.
- National Simultaneous Story Telling will be on 24th May. More information will be coming out about this exciting program at a later date.
- 2017 Young Australian Christian Writer Award: don’t forget to pick up an entry form in the library for your story to be submitted to this competition. It closes on the 31st May 2017. There is a special supplementary award of $1,000 prize for writers under 18 years of age. If you would like to know any more information please come and talk to Mrs Hopson in the library.