9 June 2017 | Term 2 Week 8 | Australian Christian College


National Reconciliation Week

I am writing this article as National Reconciliation Week comes to a close, but I thought it valuable to reflect on this with our DE families and encourage discussion of this week with your children.

Our College actually sits in Caboolture on the land of the Kabi Aboriginal people. The name "Caboolture" is derived from Kabi words meaning "Place of the Carpet Snake". The Kabi people harvested bush food, fresh water mussels, oysters, fish and some game animals, moving around the land to take best advantage of seasonally available produce. Each year in March, the Kabi people would hold Bunya Festivals, to feast on the plentiful and nutritious annual nuts of the Bunya Pine. These huge trees provided a food source that could sustain large numbers of people. Neighbouring peoples were invited to the festivals, where singing, dancing, story-telling, trading and arranging of marriages took place. Of course, with our DE families spread across the State you will have your own unique Aboriginal history relevant to your area.

I was surprised to read that 73% of Indigenous Australians claim Christianity as their faith, much more than the general population. Christianity is often seen in indigenous artwork. Look at this beautiful work by Max Conlon, a Christian Minister from Murgon, Queensland.

PHOTO: Waniwa Lester's painting, Last Supper.

His story is best told in his own words:

“I guess in the inside I was searching for love. I was bleeding on the inside like nothing else. I wanted that, I wanted to hear it from my dad, I never heard it.

"Somebody invited me to church one day, so I went along. That day was meimportantant for me. It was 'divine appointment'.

"The man was preaching that somebody loved me; my heart was popping — that he died on the cross. I had never heard that before.

"I gave my heart to Jesus that day, and a light switched on in my life."”

"...but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right."
Acts 10:35

Christianity has influenced Aboriginal spirituality in many ways since missionaries taught Aboriginal people the Bible. Since many Indigenous people have been in missions and subject to Christianisation it would surprising if these influences hadn’t manifested in their spirituality. Some old mission communities have become a centre of Christian revival, expressing an Aboriginal understanding and spirituality. Some volunteered to accept Christianity as their only religion, others integrate elements of Christianity into their spirituality and expressive ways while not giving up their Indigenous beliefs.

 “Christianity is not about what more God can do for me, but rather what me and God can do for others.”

—Phill Moncrieff, Aboriginal musician and pastor

Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian, Coordinator Nulloo Yumbah Learning Spirituality and Research Centre at CQ University, says: “I learned from my father one of the most precious things to live my life with. He once said to me, ‘Bubbi, just think, you come from a people that used to walk with [the] Holy Spirit across this land because this is His country and we Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are His children. That is why our lands own us and give us our spiritual connections. Our Creation Beings walked with Him and with our ancestors for thousands of years.’

"I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed..."
Genesis 26:4

The Wontulp-Bi-Buya College in Cairns supports the development of Aboriginal church and community leaders through study programs in theology and ministry. Students undertake studies in Biblical foundations, theological reflection, personal development and field ministry.

But as Christians I believe we must also accept and understand that many Aboriginal people also blame Christians for historical actions – whether rightly or wrongly - and prefer to sit on a beach and talk about spirituality than visiting a church.

When we talk with our children about Reconciliation and discuss what they see on television, then it is correct to mention the strong relationship between indigenous people and Christianity because it gets little media coverage. Likewise, many web sites talk about and display the creative work of Indigenous Christians. I encourage you to explore these sites more.

"..so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other."
1 Kings 8:60

Gary Underwood
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TERM THREE 2017 (9 Weeks)

Monday 17th July - Friday 15th September

  • Students Return
    Monday 17th July
  • Exhibition Holiday
    Monday 14th August
  • QCS Test
    Tuesday 29th - Wednesday 30th August
  • School Holiday Dates Saturday 16th September - Monday 2nd October

TERM FOUR 2017 (9 Weeks)

Tuesday 3rd October - Thursday 30th November

  • Students Return
    Tuesday 3rd October
  • Staff planning day
    Friday 1st December
  • Cambodia Discovery Tour
    December holidays (Dates TBC)
  • School Holiday Dates
    Friday 1st December - TBA

Important Information

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 - Conveyance Allowance Payment Details. There is a PDF application available for viewing including a table of distance verses weekly rebate claim.

Prep Enrolments 2018

If you have a sibling entering Prep in 2018 please complete an online application for enrolment ASAP, https://moreton.acc.edu.au/enrolment/enrolment-application.html.

If you know of anyone who is interested in a place for Prep next year please let them know that interviews will be commencing in April. Siblings have an automatic place and do not require an interview but applications and documentation are still required.

Please contact Carolyn at [email protected] or 54906103.

Congratulations Lily Parkinson

Big congratulations to Lily Parkinson who came 12th at Regional Cross Country. Lily came within two spots of going to the state trials. This means that Lily was the 12th fastest 12 year old in all of the Sunshine Coast Region. Well done Lily!

District Sports Trials & Dates for 2017



Regional Date

District Date




Boys / Girls Tennis

11/12 Rugby Union

11/12 Girls Rugby League

Boys Touch

Girls Touch

5-6 June 17

8-9 June 2017


22-23 May 17

22-23 May 17






Caboolture Tennis Centre

Caboolture East State School

St Peters Catholic College

Peterson Road Morayfield

Peterson Road Morayfield

Wade Foster

Shawn Osborne

Kate Cross

Frank Bratovic

Stuart MacArthur


Boys Softball

12-13 July 2017


Burpengary State School

Trudy Watkins


Girls Cricket

Track & Field


31 Aug - 1st Sept 17


2nd Aug / 3rd Aug

Morayfield State school

Apex Park Caboolture

Sanjay Chiba

Rebecca Birt


Boys Cricket

13 - 14 Sept 2017



Grant Road

Bill Brown

Mid Season Sign-On for Rugby Union

Run 4 Bibles Update

Hello everyone! We had a great response to our Run 4 Bibles fundraiser recently in tangent with our Cross Country. Students were asked to go around to families, churches, and neighbours and ask for sponsorship to run the Cross Country. We ended up raising nearly $700 for young people in Africa! The result of this money raised is nearly 100 Bibles and resources for young people in poverty-stricken Africa. Praise God! Pictured below are Freeman and Edyn Gale who both did an excellent job in raising funds for their winning house colour, Yellow!

Free Health Check Day

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].

Home Stay Opportunities

Get to know a student from overseas!

“Home stay” is a fantastic way to befriend someone from another part of the world and learn about different cultures.

In Term 3, Australian Christian College - Moreton will be hosting Japanese students for the following dates:

28th July - 8th August 2017

High school students (16/17 year olds) from Kokura High School will be making their annual visit and staying in Caboolture for 11 nights.

20th – 25th August 2017

Middle school students (14/15 year olds) from Katsushika city, Tokyo, will be visiting the college for the second time, and staying in Caboolture for 5 nights.

We are seeking families in our local community who can welcome these students into their home for a short stay.

Families from Prep to Year 12 are welcome to apply (i.e. your child does not have to be the same age as the students) and our wish is for the majority of these students to stay with college families to truly experience the Australian Christian College community.

Interested families will receive an introductory session with a Home Stay support staff, have access to a 24/7 support line, and receive non-taxable payment to cover the cost of providing three meals per day, school drop off/pick-ups, and normal household utilities.

If you would like to be part of this exciting program, please contact Home Stay Coordinator Mimi Petrusma on 0402 888 970 or email [email protected]

Free autism workshop for families on the Sunshine Coast

Free autism workshop for families on the Sunshine Coast being held Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th July

Like all school-age students, children on the autism spectrum benefit from strong, positive relationships between the home and school. Positive Partnerships uses evidence based materials and practical resources to help support these relationships by facilitating workshops for parents and carers in your local community. Click here to view the flyer for details on the venue and times.

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.

Does your child need a medical specialist while learning at ACC?

Please ensure that the school is notified. This has two main benefits, first, we are concerned about every child and the more information we have the better we can help; secondly, those specialist will contact the school for information so we need to know you have engaged them so we can respond. If you can do this it will help us work better with your child.

Some examples of medical specialists include: behavioural optometrist, psychologist, occupational therapist etc.

2017 Student Residential Address Collection

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is currently undertaking the 2017 Student Residential Address Collection. As a parent/guardian you do not need to provide any information directly to the department. The only thing you need to do is ensure your address details are up-to-date with our school. If you need to update your child’s/children’s residential address details, please contact the office.

Spread FUN not FLU!


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.


At this stage in Term 2 we have 167 students either signed up to ACC Clubs or on a waiting list. This equates to over a third of our on campus students. 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,

Cameron Johnson
ACC Clubs Coordinator

This graphic was designed by Tylar Magee to promote our new ACC Cafe.

What’s Happening On-Campus

P-9 Teacher Interview Night

Parent-teacher interview night for Years P to 9 will be on the evening of Wednesday 21st June. The evening finishes at 7:00pm so for those with later appointments, including the teachers, there will still be time to get home and watch the 2nd State of Origin game. The interviews will provide an opportunity for parents and carers to meet with teachers and discuss student results for Semester 1.

Regarding the Years 10 to 12 teacher interviews, these will be held very early next term as their results will not be finalised in time for Years P to 9 interviews.

Semester 1 Report Cards

Student report cards for Years P-9 will be mailed to parents before their interview time on Wednesday 21st June. For the Years 10 to 12 it is anticipated that reports will be made available on the day of their parent-teacher interviews.

P-3 Sports Carnival

On the last day of this term the P-3s will be having their own sports carnival here at school. The carnival will include some traditional athletics events as well as some team games. Families are welcome to attend and watch.

The Years 4-12 students will have their athletics carnival in the 1st week of next term.

Cystic Fibrosis Fundraisers

Some of our Year 12 Business students promoted and ran a "65 Roses Day”. It was a very successful day raising over $1,000 across the various events which included free dress. Well done students!

Term 3

Please note that the first day of Term 3 is Monday 17th June. This is the week after the state schools return. The week prior our teachers will be involved in professional development activities including updating of first aid certificates.

Toys in Class

Fidget spinners are quite popular with many students, but teachers are not allowing them to be used in class as they can be a distraction. Also, students should not bring to school anything, including toys, that may be harmful to themselves or others. Staff can not be responsible for lost or damaged toys, so please don't let children bring anything that is of value.

David Lewis
Deputy Principal
[email protected]

Senior School Updates

Witherspoon Scholarship

Recently, Dr Ryan Messmore visited our assembly in order to explain to students the value in a Liberal Arts degree and invite candidates from our Senior students to apply for a scholarship for the ‘Witherspoon Fellowship’ program. A brief overview of this program is found below:

Historians have dubbed Witherspoon “the man who shaped the men who shaped America.” His legacy inspires us to provide a modern-day fellowship of emerging leaders with the same kind of intentional and personal preparation.

The Witherspoon Fellowship is a two-day gathering that provides students a grounding in the liberal arts that prepares them for leadership in a contemporary context. Hosted at CHC’s Carindale campus, participants engage in a number of formative activities, including discussion-based seminars focused on the great minds and great ideas of Western Civilisation, public-speaking and debate training, and even ballroom dancing! The seminars are led by Dr Ryan Messmore, Executive Director of the Millis Institute, Prof Darren Iselin, President of CHC, Dr Dave Benson, Millis Institute Tutor.

The Witherspoon Scholarship, funded by the Millas Institute, is offered to two students; however, the response from students was such that we as a school have decided to offer our own scholarships to a further six students in order for them to participate in this program, as we believe it will be of great benefit to them. Consequently, the following students will now be offered a paid place in the Witherspoon Fellowship program for 23-24 June:

  • David Newman
  • Ava Mclean-Tuckett
  • Felicity Jenkins
  • Caleb Wylie
  • Olivia Hunt
  • Ariel Moore
  • Emma Collins
  • Nadia lieaufa

Congratulations all!

May you learn lots and be inspired to be great thinkers and leaders of our future! More information will follow shortly regarding details of this opportunity.


Winter is officially here! And, of course with this new season comes a change in uniform. Just a reminder, boys must wear a tie with their formal uniform (long pants) and all students should be wearing a blazer to and from school – a jumper can be worn on-campus. However, it is never appropriate to ‘mix’ sport and formal uniforms. In particular, students are not to wear their sports jacket over the formal uniform.

However, please note that Year 12 students may wear their Senior jackets with either formal or sport uniforms – unless otherwise directed for a more formal event.

It is also a good opportunity to make sure that students have a formal uniform that fits – including the blazer. Senior students (especially Year 12), will be expected to wear a formal uniform on a number of occasions at the end of the year such as graduation ceremonies and it is best to organise any ill-fitted uniforms now, rather than later.

Exam Block

All of our students in Senior School (Years 10-12), will be sitting exams in our exam block in the last week of term. Exam Blocks are provided to students for a number of reasons, but most importantly they are organised to spread our student exams so that they many do their very best work. In fact, we work hard to support our Senior students in all aspects of their learning, so that they will have opportunity to demonstrate their very best work.

Please assist us during this heavy assessment time by ensuring that your student has a good life-work balance, particularly with things like part-time jobs etc. as well as ensure they are eating and sleeping well. Of course, if you have any concerns about their assessment, please let their teachers know or contact me.

Anita Newell
[email protected]

Middle School Updates

Last week our college added further to its physical assets by having a series of playgrounds erected. For the Middle School this includes is a range of fun exercise equipment. On this equipment, students can do a range of training activities or just burn energy having fun.

One of the real joys of teaching Middle School is watching young people grow. Through this time they develop from children into adolescence. This means, not only physical growth, but emotional and spiritual. I love watching young people move from a worldview that has themselves at the centre to a worldview that considers others and wants to see the world a better place.

As part of the student leaders’ development I have asked them to create a presentation that will cover the following:

  1. Fun ways to get the most out of this equiliment
  2. Aliliroliriate behaviour guidelines for the use of the equiliment
  3. Consequences for misuse of the equiliment.

A key component of this presentation is that the leaders consult with their peers on the pertinent points. I believe that it is important to include the students in these processes as it shows them respect as well as helps them develop some really important brain pathways. It would be helpful if the above points were discussed at home and your children were encouraged to approach our student leaders with their ideas so that their voice could be heard.

Derek Hughes
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Primary School Updates

New Playgrounds!

This week our primary students have been blessed with the new school playgrounds. There have been 3 new playgrounds installed at the end of the new primary building. The first playground has been allocated to Years 2 and 3 students, the second playground has been allocated to Years 4 and 5 and the 3rd has been allocated to Years 6 to 9. The students are thoroughly enjoying their lunchtime play on the equipment.

Winter Uniform

Students are now expected to wear full winter uniform as of the 1st of June. All families are reminded that school ties and trousers for boys are a compulsory part of our winter school uniform. Blazers are to be worn to and from school for all students.

Prep to Year 3 Athletics Carnival

Our school athletics carnival for Prep to Year 3 will be held in the last week of term, Week 10 on Friday 23rd of June. More information about details will be sent out in a letter soon.

Report Cards

Student report cards are in the process of being finalised at the moment and will be posted out next week. Following this Parent-Teacher interviews will be held in Week 10 (Wednesday 21st June) for all Prep to Year 5 classes. More information will be sent home soon. Bookings will be made online and details will be included in the note about interviews sent out with reports.

Fiona Allan
[email protected] 

On Campus Class Updates

Year 11 Prevocational Mathematics

Prevocational Mathematics is designed to help students improve their numeracy skills by building their confidence and success in making meaning of mathematics. It aims to assist students to overcome any past difficulties with or negative attitudes towards mathematics, so that they can use mathematics efficiently to make informed decisions in their daily lives.

This term the Year 11 Prevoc Maths students have been learning all about applying mathematics in ‘Work and in Health’. They have found out that when you have a job and earn a wage, your employer will need to issue you a pay slip within one working day of pay day. They have learned how to check a pay slip for correctness and how to calculate the correct income tax and Superannuation amounts. A very important life skill to have! They have also learned that taking care of their health involves applying mathematics in many ways, including measuring height and weight accurately using the appropriate equipment.

What the Year 11 Prevoc Maths students have reported, is that their confidence has improved when they have been given enough time to discover how to solve problems, discuss, take chances, be wrong and most importantly, experience success. The course is presented in an environment where they work at a comfortable pace with a Maths teacher at hand to lead, teach and explain any relevant mathematical concepts.

As the students now become increasingly numerate, they will be able to manage a situation or solve a problem in everyday life and work.

Jacques de Villiers
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Year 2K

This term, our class have been thoroughly enjoying our new classroom. It provides an excellent space to work in groups and independently. Students have enjoyed learning maths games together that involve adding, subtracting, counting money and telling the time. Thanks to new maths resources students have shown great progress with understanding numeracy concepts. From adding various amounts of coins to telling the time on individual practise clocks we have certainly had enriched learning sessions.

Students have been developing their story writing skills and learning the process of creating texts this term. Below is a sample of a recount text that Keyannah wrote for her assessment. She made sure to use adjectives and correct punctuation.

Mother’s Day by Keyannah

On Sunday, I went to Redcliffe in a beautiful red car to visit my Aunty and have my Uncle’s birthday. After driving, I went bike riding around the house. After bike riding I went into the freezing pool and I got out for a while because it was so cold. When I got warm, I went back into the swimming pool for about a minute. Then I got out of the pool and went inside and watched the boys play x-box. Then I got back into the pool again and told my sister I was going to go on a bike ride on the scooter twice. I got a bruise on my leg because I fell off the scooter. When I got home I went inside to watch everyone open presents. Then we played with sparklers. Then we ate some food. The food we had was brownies and jelly slice. I felt so tired after eating some food but I still felt hungry. Then we went home and slept at home.

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Maija Koehler
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Year 1S

In Year 1, what a busy term we have had thus far! It has been full of many adventures, hard work, assessment and fun things to come.

In English this term once again we have been exploring letter combinations that make the long vowel sounds of A, I and currently the letter O.

In Maths, we have been enthusiastically identifying 3D shapes in our environment and learning about their attributes. Over the next few weeks we will be learning about Measurement and Mass. Check out our photos of when we used string an informal form of measurement to measure the length of furniture and items in the classroom. We have learnt so far that there are informal and formal ways of measuring the length of things. This includes using a ‘A Roman Pace’, ‘Hand spans’ and unifix cubes We have defined what length is and how we can describe length. In coming weeks we hope to make Paper aeroplanes and measure using a trundle wheel how far they can fly.

In Science, we have and continue to investigate how there are changes all around us. We have predicted what change occur when exposed to certain elements such as heating and freezing, described these changes and investigated what food items like popcorn, spaghetti, chocolate and ice blocks can be changed back to the way they were once and if so how? Do you know the what is a natural, constructed or managed feature of your environment? In Geography we now know what are natural, constructed and managed features of our school environment. Together, we discovered that both natural and constructed features need to be managed also and what might be involved in this.

Recently in Health there has been a lot of discussion about what is healthy food, what is sometimes food and what does our body need to sustain us the whole day long. We checked out our lunch boxes and categorised foods from the 5 food groups.

Finally, with the children’s help we have checked out ‘ Go Noodle ’. It’s awesome for fun brain activities and it’s free!

Over the next few days things are heating up as the fire brigade will visit and all of us will have opportunity to practice STOP, DROP & ROLL, GET DOWN LOW & GO, GO, GO and some of us will be able to man a hose. In Week 9, Thursday the 15th June we will venture out on Geography excursion to the Botanical Gardens at MT Coot-tha. Have you replied on line?

Celebrations all round as on Tuesday we welcomed Adalynn into our classroom and over the past week Abbey has had a birthday!

Lisa Sandel
[email protected]

Library News

What’s New in the library?

New Library Monitor! Congratulations to Ele Bartlett-Cash our newest library monitor who has really proven herself over the past term. Well done Ele Congratulations from the Library Team!

Latest Club activity - Origami Club starting in the library!

If you enjoy paper folding and making original pieces of Origami, then this is the place for you!

Year 7 have started an Origami making group at lunch times in the library, so bring your folding skills and learn some new fun ideas from Ethan Turnbull and friends.

No Library Bag - No borrowing!

Over this term there has been a few students who seem to have forgotten the library rule that in order to borrow a book they need a Library Bag. If you are new to the school please come and collect a library bag from Mrs Hopson. If you have lost your ACC Library bag and would like to replace it please purchase one from the front Counter for $5.00. It is preferably that your Library Bag is waterproof and sturdy to protect our valuable library resources, a school library bag is ideal.

Kathryn Hopson
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Cottrill Road Pedestrian Crossing

If I speed in a school zone...