Welcome back to Term 2. It was an amazing start to the term with the opening of the new building. It is even better seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces as they use the building.
I want to make special mention of the parents, students, admin staff, bus drivers and teachers who came in over the holidays to help move all the furniture into the new building. Having the last two days of term as non-school days due to Cyclone Debbie meant that there no children to move furniture or even their books. I am indebted to all those people who not only moved furniture, but leveled out the ground, pulled down fences, moved turf, created gardens, trimmed, cut and cleaned to make the buildings and the school shine for the opening on the first morning of the term.
The children were excited with the Opening Ceremony which then gave them access to the building for the first time, and due to the holiday work of so many, they could then start classes in their new home straight away. The new building provides larger classrooms with better technology and facilities. The air-conditioned atrium provides a social space for children to meet and chat. I am sure it will also become a feature of parent meetings in the future and art shows and the like. Lets all enjoy the new building and the extended carpark for a little while before we start work on Stage 2 which will extend the new building, doubling its size.
ANZAC Day service was held on Monday morning before ANZAC Day and getting the whole school together for this service was a moving event. The school was once again well represented in the ANZAC DAY March at Caboolture and I thank all the parents for bringing their children to the march and for passing on to our children the sacrifice our past and present generations pay for our freedom.
The Cross Country event was another exciting time for the new term and a chance for our children to run and enjoy the experience. Some of our children will be representing the college shortly at the District Cross Country event next week and we wish them every success, but more importantly that they enjoy the experience of representing our college.
Parent-Teacher Evening for Senior Students has topped off a very busy start to the new term. I pray everyone has a great Term 2.
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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
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
If you have a sibling entering Prep in 2018 please complete an online application for enrolment ASAP.
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.
District Sports Trials & Dates for 2017
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
2nd Aug / 3rd 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,
The Case for Christ
Come join us for a viewing of The Case for Christ on 8th May 2017. For tickets please see ACC Reception on campus.
Tickets are limited!
What’s Happening On-Campus
Welcome back to Term 2 - we're off to a great start. A special welcome to our new students and their families.
The opening ceremony for the new building went very well. We have developed a set of rules for this building as it is the first time we have had double story classrooms. These rules include such things that are important for young children, such as keeping to the left on the stairs, no dropping anything over the rails and no playing inside. These rules are primarily for the safety of the children.
The new building has a teacher on duty before school and at lunch breaks
Please note that the new building is not to be accessed before 8:10AM which is when a teacher will be on duty. As usual, no student (or parent) is permitted into a classroom without a teacher present.
The lift is only to be used by students with a disability or by students when they have teacher permission, for example when moving the computer trolley.
Year 10-12 Parent/Teacher Interviews
The interviews for our Year 10-12 students were held recently. These interviews gave parents/carers the opportunity to get an update on how their child is going in each of their subjects.
New Playground Equipment
Our college board has approved the purchase of new playground equipment. There will be three new sets of equipment located in the area between the new primary building and the existing Prep block.
We already have playgrounds for our Preps and Year 1s (which Year 2 also use at the moment). These new playgrounds will cater for Year 2-3 with their own playground, Years 4-5 with a climbing equipment playground and Years 6-9 with a combination of fitness equipment.
Work on each of these play equipment areas is due to commence at the start of Week 6 of this term.
Easter Pat Parade & Purple Day
So many of the children put in a big effort into getting ready for these events. However, the school was unexpectedly closed for both days at the end of last term when these events were to be held. We have decided to still hold these events, albeit late, rather than miss them altogether. They will be held on Friday 5th May.
Looking forward to another great term.
On Tuesday, April 25 2017, staff and students of ACC participated in an annual parade to remember those who had fallen in wars past to give us the freedom and liberty that we have today.
Lest We Forget.
Senior School Updates
Term 2 is now underway and although it is 10 weeks long, there will be many interruptions. Consequently, it is important that students in our Senior School work hard to manage these interruptions as best they can. In particular, there are a number of public holidays that will disturb our on-campus students – this will mean that teachers and students will be trying to complete courses with less contact hours. This will require extra effort and attention by students in particular.
DE Parent Teacher Interviews
Recently we had our first Parent Teacher Interviews with our Senior students and parents for 2017 and the feedback from both parents and teachers was very positive. This is always a great opportunity to have some important discussions about student progress; however, please remember that if at any point you have concerns about your student you can contact their teacher.
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 29 and Wednesday 30 August for this year’s exams.
All students who are OP eligible, that is are doing 5 Authority (OP) subjects in Year 12 must sit the QCS, whether they wish to get an OP or not. More information about QCS will follow shortly.
Exam Block dates
Exam Block details released early this term. Please check specific subject dates on this schedule and ensure that supervisors as well as students are available at these times in Week 10 (Monday 19th to Friday 23rd June).
Please keep an eye out for the email that outlines the protocols related to Exam Block and the expectations of students during this time. It is also important to note that this will be the first year that Year 10 will join with Year 11&12 an exam block.
Our Term Two Assessment Calendar will be released soon, please keep an eye out for an email about this.
Middle School Updates
I have had the privilege, over many years, of being involved in many ANZAC Day services and ceremonies; it doesn’t seem to matter, however, how many I attend, they still move me. When I spoke to 6H about how the services they attended made them feel, they struggled to describe the bitter-sweet emotions one experiences. They used words like: proud, happy/sad all at once, grateful.
This discussion extended the pride I had in our students on and around ANZAC Day. I thought our school captains: Joshua Gale and Leah Pavey, did an excellent job leading us through the service on Monday morning and our student body showed due respect with their behaviour and participation.
While this service was happening Mr Gandini and Mrs Jackson had the privilege of accompanying our Middle School leaders to a ceremony in ANZAC Square in Brisbane City. An event at which students from all over Brisbane paid their respects to those that we owe so much too. Mr Gandini and Mrs Jackson report that it was a very moving tribute that the students thoroughly enjoyed and that we should be proud of their behaviour and respectful attitudes.
On ANZAC Day, of course, about 140 students and their teachers gathered to represent our college in the Caboolture commemorative march. I was participating in the march and service at Mapleton so was unable to attend the Caboolture event; I believe, however, all that participated were a credit to our college, their families and themselves.
It is an honour and a privilege to belong to a community that invests so much in honouring those that have fought for the freedoms we often take for granted. I don’t know if I could do what those men and women did and I am grateful that, because of their sacrifice, I probably won’t have to find out. Lest we forget.
Primary School Updates
What a great start to the term with the opening of the new primary building. Students have settled well into their new classrooms and are enjoying having more space. The big hit is being able to see other classrooms and the big TV’s on the walls. If you have not had the opportunity to visit and check out the new facilities, please feel welcome to pop in.
Cross Country went well and all children enjoyed cheering on their peers as they ran. Participation was excellent and I thank parents for their support of our students.
We have a very busy term ahead of us. Teachers will be very busy continuing to gather assessment and data throughout the term to report on for when report cards go home at the end of this term. In Week 4, Year 3 and Year 5 will be undertaking NAPLAN testing on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If you have any questions regarding these tests please talk to myself or your child’s teacher. We are also looking forward to Year 3, 4 and 5 students going to camp in Week 5. The students are very excited and can't wait for this experience.
On Campus Class Updates
The children love ‘learning’ and are developing in responsibility and independence. Our days are very busy participating in a myriad of activities. John Dewey states “Giving the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”
In English, this includes practicing reading, working on sight words, being authors of their own stories, listening to stories and learning different reading strategies. A favourite time of our day is “Read to Self” time. It is so exciting to see the light dawn on a little face when he/she realises he/she can actually read a book! They have also enjoyed ‘Read to Someone’ where they can read a story with a friend, helping each other learn. This week we started our Buddy Reading with 3B. The year three children read with the preps helping them practice their reading accuracy and comprehension. This is going to be a favourite time of the week!
The children also love sharing with their friends during our Show and Tell time. Show and Tell isn’t just about giving children a reason to bring a toy to class. Each child’s social, emotional and language skills grow and develop from this activity. The children use descriptive words, practice listening skills as they share their ideas and special items with others. Sharing with peers makes for a fun and comfortable learning arena for everyone involved.
The children enjoyed being involved in the Cross Country last week. A few went to quite an effort to build house spirit by wearing accessories in their house colours. It was a fun morning and the children put a huge effort into running the race.
In History, the children learn about Family Celebrations and this week we have focused on how ANZAC Day is celebrated and why. It was wonderful to have Ryker’s mum from Prep W come in and share with both Prep classes about her job in the army. The children created their own “In Flanders Field “ poppy picture and even tasted some ANZAC biscuits. The conclusion to this was participating in our school ANZAC Day service on Monday 24th and the opportunity to march with the school on ANZAC Day, April 25th.
The students were defiantly excited and keen to see their classroom on the first day of school of term. The students have really loved working in their new classroom. We have been truly blessed with such a great building and classroom. Some highlights for the term for the students will be specifically from our Science and Geography units.
In our Science unit, students will be looking at how food changes when it is heated, cooked or even cooled. Students will look at changes that will happen to ice when it is melted in the sun and observe the changes to spaghetti, popcorn and chocolate when it is cooked, heated and cooled. Some exciting experiments that the students will doing for this unit, include melting chocolate with their hands and making spaghetti towers with uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows.
In our Geography unit, students will be exploring the natural, constructed and managed features of the school and local environment. Students also will look at spaces within a familiar environment such as a bedroom and classroom and how it can be rearranged to suit different activities and purposes. The Geography unit gives the students the opportunity to admire God’s amazing Creation and be reminded of the scripture -
The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.
Thank you for welcoming me into the College life – this has been my first term here at ACC and what a great time I have had in all the different areas I am involved in.
It has been an absolute pleasure to be the Form Teacher of 9J. With all the wonderful personalities, the challenges that Year 9 brings and the school work to be done, I have had the delight of getting to know this class quite well. We have been looking at resumes and preparing them for the ‘world of work’ as they all head towards an age where they can legally be employed. Term 2 will bring some more fun I am sure and we will continue to look at how we become employable.
Business Studies has been a great adventure this term. Year 9 have been trying to get their head around ‘types’ and ‘structures’ of businesses most common in Australia. Given that Australian business is made up of mostly small businesses it is highly likely that they will either own a small business and/or hire others to work in their business, be employed in a small business, or do trade with a small business. Every one of them will be consumers of a small business – so this work is highly relevant to their futures. Term 2 will extend their knowledge with a money game while they explore their own place in Australia’s economy.
Year 12 Business has just become very interesting as the students work on planning an event to be held within the college. The students work in teams and learn all aspects of event management, as well as communication skills and contingency planning. Some of these events you will hear about as the Term progresses and we would love your support as the students bring their events to life.
I have been very fortunate in 2017 to take over Humanities for all the Year 8 cohort and for 7D. Year 8 have spent their time exploring medieval history which entailed a study of the spread of Christianity, the Feudal system and Monks and monasteries. The students played out the feudal system by writing their own drama script, acting it out and embedding it into their SWAY presentations – please ask your children to show you their work if you haven’t seen it already. 7D studied Ancient Rome and they brought together some amazing work with a combination of activities including a comparison of the Ancient Roman Army men with the current Australian Army men, a study of weaponry and even a peek into the day Pompeii fell. Their term finished with a lovely travel guide for you all, if you would like to take a time capsule back to see gladiators and maybe have dinner with Julius Caesar. Again, some amazing work done by our middle school in Humanities.
Last but certainly not least, I have headed up the Dance Club for 2017. Being a part of the clubs is a fantastic opportunity and the Dance Club has been exceptionally popular. Our dancers are currently working on 2 pieces. A jazz style number to Happy Days and a contemporary piece to Flawless. We hope to showcase these pieces to you several times through the year and add to our repertoire as our experience grows.
Arien and Elizabeth were thrilled to be chosen to represent the Primary School for the opening of the new primary building. We are blessed to have such an incredible building and everyone in the class is excited to be finally in our brand new classroom.
At the end of last term the students did an amazing job presenting their Science assessments on how animals survive in extreme conditions. The animals that the class selected ranged from the fennec fox to the narwhal. It was great to see the students researching and confidently presenting their projects to the rest of the class.
In History this term we will investigate what we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past. The class will learn about the establishment of British colonies, colonial life, key events in the colonisation of Australia and migrants.
The cross country was a huge success and a special congratulations to Freeman, Jennifer and Trent who all made district selection. In class devotions we have been discussing how it is important to put others before yourself and look out for people that might feel left out.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Business Communications & Technologies
This term I am stepping aside in my article writing responsibilities, and handing it over to some of our talented Year 12 students (both On Campus and Distance Education).
ACCM Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis
During the month of May, Cystic Fibrosis holds a national fundraising initiative called the “65 Roses Challenge”. During this challenge, people are encouraged to raise awareness and funds for the foundation. A group of ACCM Business students have banded together to do just that. On the 26th of May, the “Pizza and Roses for Cystic Fibrosis” fundraiser will be held on campus.
For a gold coin donation, students will have the opportunity to participate in a free-dress day. The only requirements are that they wear anything red and have the number 65 displayed somewhere to show their support. Pre-ordered slices of pizza will be available at $2 per slice and will be served during the second lunch break. Order forms will be distributed on the 8th of May. The completed forms and payment needs to be returned to the school on the 12th May. Roses chocolates will be sold on the day for 65 cents each during both lunch breaks.
All the profits that have been raised will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis Queensland. Alternative donations can be made using the link below. Please remember that any donation, big or small, can make a huge difference to a person with Cystic Fibrosis. Donate Today!
Event Organisers: Emma Nagy (DE), Leah Pavey (OC), Lily Pearson (DE), Monique Van As (DE).
Welcome back to the Library and what a wonderful term of ‘special reading’ events are coming up. First is National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 24th May at 11.00 am.
“What is NSS”?
National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, preschools, child care centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.
By facilitating National Simultaneous Storytime, we aim to:
- promote the value of reading and literacy;
- promote the value and fun of books;
- promote an Australian writer and publisher;
- promote storytime activities in public libraries and communities around the country;
- provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.
NSS receives positive media coverage, generates a great deal of community interest and is held annually as part of Library and Information Week.
In 2016 over 520,000 children at over 3,500 locations across Australia took part in National Simultaneous Storytime, reading the book I Got This Hat, written by Jol and Kate Temple and illustrated by Jon Foye , enjoying a range of supporting educational activities, songs, games, dress ups and lots of fun. Have a look at some of our own fun celebrations from 2016 here in the ACC Library.
In 2016 The book I go this Hat! was celebrated in the Library with Year 2. Can you see our special guest who took part at the back?
This term we are looking at celebrating NSS on the 24th May at 11.00 am– with the story Book “The cow tripped over the moon”. Written by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood.
Hey diddle diddle
You all know the riddle
A cow jumps over the moon...
But the moon is very high in the sky.
How many attempts will it take before Cow makes her famous high-flying leap?
Written By: Tony Wilson
Illustrated By: Laura Wood
There will be a lot of surprises around NSS this year for everyone and we are looking forward to celebrating this annual event again with you all this year.
Happy Reading Everyone!