Recent global events such as driving a truck through a crowded street, the shootings in France, the media’s continual repeating of President Trump’s views on Middle Eastern people, and even the attacks on Coptic churches here in Australia make us all a little afraid of the growth in racism. My last Principal role was in a Coptic Orthodox college in Melbourne, so I can imagine the fear and anxiety to that community caused by bombings of Coptic churches in Egypt and the attacks on the Coptic churches here in Australia.
But at my age, yes another birthday has just ticked by this week, I can remember that this is not new. Yes, we have different groups. For example, battles against communism and socialism is now replaced with fundamentalist Middle Eastern Muslim groups. But underlying this is racism. As a world we still fear people that are different to us, whoever the ‘us’ is. Even in Australia as we explain why we cannot afford more refugees, or fund more overseas aid programs, I feel lying not far under the surface is good old fashion racism. The same racism that is tearing the US apart, the Middle East, Europe and so on. This is the same racism that Hitler used to excite his nation to war, and many others since.
In our school we strongly oppose racism. We welcome all nationalities into our school. We love the cultural differences that different nationalities bring into our family. It helps make us wiser with better understanding with shared experiences. Do our primary students care about the race of other children? No. And, God bless them all. Despite all the press coverage of hate based on racism it makes me so grateful to see that our children work and enjoy our school as if racism doesn’t exist. Thank you parents for working with your children to build that community based on the love and teachings of Jesus.
But how as Christians can we respond to racism when it does raise its head in conversation with your children, or at work with other colleagues, or even in the carpark or shopping centre? Let us remember these five key responses we can use at those times:
- All people are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27) “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them.”
- All people are equal in God’s image (Galatian 3:28) “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slaves nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
- Favouritism is a sin (James 2:1 and James 1:8) “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism” In verse 8 he adds, “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right.”
- Love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 2:39) “And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself”
- Jesus died for all people regardless of their background (Revelation 14:6) Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.
As Christians we are called to live differently from the culture we see in the media, and around where we live and work. We need to remember these 5 points and when we hear racism and use the above as our reply.
We are to view all people as made in God’s image, of equal status, displaying no favoritism, loving neighbor as self, and remembering that Christ died for all people.
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TERM TWO 2017 (10 Weeks)
Tuesday 18th April - Friday 23rd June
- Students Return
Tuesday 18th April
- ANZAC Day
Tuesday 25th April
- Junior Leadership Camp
Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th April
- NAPLAN tests (Yr 3, 5, 7 and 9)
Tuesday 9th - Thursday 11th May
- Term 2 Year 3 Camp
Tuesday 16th - Wednesday 17th May
- Term 2 Year 4 / 5 Camp
Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th May
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
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.
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 5490 6103.
District Sports Trials & Dates for 2017
10/12 Boys Soccer
4 - 5 May 2017
Bellemere State School
Boys / Girls Tennis
5-6 June 17
Caboolture Tennis Centre
12-13 July 2017
Burpengary State School
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,
Term 2 Open Night
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What’s Happening On-Campus
It's been an interesting start to the term with three lots of 4 day weeks in a row; we are now into full weeks for the rest of term. There has also been quite a number of activities happening.
Easter Hat Parade
The Year Prep - 6 Easter Hat Parade enjoyed a huge student participation rate with their colorful and decorative hats. Thank you to Mrs Bunston for organising and coordinating this event.
Purple Day for Epilepsy
Thank you to all students and staff who participated in this worthwhile cause. The donations raised will go to Epilepsy Action Australia. Another thank you to Mrs Bunston for coordinating this fundraiser.
Our early primary years 4 – 12 cross-country carnivals were held on-site. Thank you to Miss Birt and Mr Johnson for all your hard work in putting these carnivals together and running them. Thank you also to parents and carers who came in and helped out and showed your support for the students.
Many of the students who did well in our college carnival are now heading off to compete at a district competitions and also at the Christian schools cross country carnival held at Ipswich.
Our church service this time featured the contemporary Christian music group Endless Praise. We have had this group along every year now for a considerable time. They do presentations for the students, run musical workshops and take our evening church service. It is one of our big calendar events.
Thank you to our chaplain Lee for putting everything together and to all the others who helped out and supported this great event. It is usually a big day with the group both arriving after 6.00am and running sessions throughout the day and then finishing late after an evening service and pack up.
Senior School Updates
I was recently reminded of how we have grown as a College over the last few years and how our students in our Senior school have changed over these years. Each year our numbers grow and our results improve, but most importantly, our culture continues to change.
There are a number of measures one can use for ‘success’. For example, this year 70% of our on-campus students have chosen OP pathways - this is a significant increase on previous years and it could certainly be argued that it demonstrates a growing emphasis on academic pursuits. As well, our percentage of students achieving VHAs at exit in their subject areas are increasing and those not passing are decreasing. In addition, our students continue to be very successful in acquiring traineeships and other VET qualifications in conjunction with their schooling commitments. Again, we can learn much from this.
These are all important things for us to measure and monitor as a school, in fact it is essential that we do so. However, as a leader of our Senior School the measure I treasure most is how connected our Senior students are to our school, our staff and each other. In fact, connectedness has been shown to be very significant in regard to student success. Please note, the following, from an article in Educational Leadership:
“Students are more likely to succeed when they feel connected to school.
School bonding, school climate, teacher support, student engagement: Researchers have used these terms over the years to address the concept of school connectedness. School connectedness refers to an academic environment in which students believe that adults in the school care about their learning and about them as individuals.
Klem and Connell (2004) provide a frightening statistic in this regard, noting that:
By high school, as many as 40 to 60 percent of all students—urban, suburban, and rural—are chronically disengaged from school. (p. 262)
Is it possible that half of our high school students may not believe that adults in school care about their learning and about them as individual” (Blum, 2005)
Unfortunately, this is not nearly as easy to measure – but I believe, and certainly there is evidence to support, that if our Senior students feel connected and that adults in the school care about them and their learning, they are more likely to be successful.
As a result, please note that we are committed as a staff to ensuring that each of the Senior students in our care feel cared for, both academically and personally, and there are things we deliberately do each and every day at school to help them feel connected. However, should there be any point where you feel that your student is feeling disconnected from their schooling experience, please contact either their form teacher or myself to discuss this immediately so that we may better support them.
Assessment Calendars & Exam Block
You should have received by now our Term 2 Assessment Calendar and Semester 1 Exam Block Schedule. Please check specific subject dates on this schedule and ensure that students are available at these times in Week 10 - Monday 19th to Friday 23rd June.
Please note 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 and 12 exam block – please read the details regarding how this will work specifically for Year 10. In particular, Year 10 will be provided supervision in order to study and prepare for exams and complete assessment.
Middle School Updates
It was a real blessing to enjoy the music and ministry of ‘Endless Praise’ last week. The concert they performed for the Year 7 to 12 students was energetic and vibrant. It was good, for those students, to hear Sam’s message of Salvation and freedom. The group, as well as running some praise and worship workshops, also blessed the Year 6 and one Year 9 class with some more intimate time in their classrooms. On these occasions the students involved got to hear more about grace and freedom from the Endless Praise team as they told their stories.
These were stories that needed to be told and I thanked the team for their willingness to be vulnerable as they spoke about their past, the dark places they had been and the light that they found in Christ. We also need to tell another story though.
Chappy Lee reminded us in chapel this morning, that the angels in heaven celebrate when anybody decides to submit to the sovereignty of Christ. The party is no less vibrant when that person is a good kid who has not experienced the darker side of life. We don’t have to descend into a negative lifestyle pattern for salvation to be meaningful.
I thank God for Sam and the Endless Praise team, for people who have found freedom after a life of addiction and darkness. I also thank God that many young people avoid that pain and suffering by learning about Christ’s love for them, and accepting it, without travelling that road. And, if I can be honest, having travelled a difficult road, my prayer is that the students of ACC will understand and accept that their decision to accept Christ will spark a party in heaven whatever their experiences are, or are not.
Primary School Updates
As the term progresses, we continue to get even busier. Students have now settled into the new primary building and are loving the extra space in their classrooms.
This week Year 3 and 5 students are busy undertaking NAPLAN testing and trying their best. Their class teachers have been busily preparing them for this. We wish them all the best. Next week Year 3, 4 and 5 students are eagerly anticipating camp. They are very excited and cannot wait for the fun and activities that are ahead. There will be no assembly until Week 6 for the primary students due to NAPLAN and camp. Easter Hat parade was very successful. Students made some interesting and crafty hats that were very entertaining.
This Term will continue to be busy as students start assessment leading up to report cards. It is important to encourage and support your child in having a go and trying their best in all their efforts whether successful or not. For example, some ways to help your child succeed in school may be:
- Read every day! Take turns at reading to your child and having your child read to you, asking questions to promote comprehension skills.
- Be positive, speaking well of school and learning. Encourage your child to talk about all of the fun things they have done or are doing at school.
- Create a consistent after school routine including meal times, homework time and play time.
- Encourage your child in all aspects of academics, praising them both in their success and their efforts.
- Teach your child to be responsible for their actions, encouraging them to take responsibility for getting ready.
- Stay involved! If interested, inquire about volunteering within the classroom or about ways to support your child’s learning at home.
- Communicate! Keep in regular contact with your child’s teacher.
On Campus Class Updates
This term in Middle School Drama, 7D students will be performing the famous Christmas story, A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol was the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season. By Christmas it had sold six thousand copies and it continued to be popular into the New Year. Eight stage adaptations were in production within two months of the book’s publication. The book is as popular today as it was over 150 years ago. Charles Dickens, through the voice of Scrooge, continues to urge us to honor Christmas in our hearts and try to keep it all the year. Each student in 7D has taken on a role in the play and will perform it in front of a class at the end of term.
The 8R class has been looking at script writing this term in drama. Scriptwriting, also called screenwriting, is the art and craft of writing scripts for mass media, such as feature films, television productions or even video games. The class has been asked to write and perform in a play that covers a teen issue. All the students have been working really well and have come up with fantastic ideas for their plays. I look forward to seeing them all perform their drama script creations at the end of the term.
Finally, the Year 9 Drama class are studying the family favourite play, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. For those who don’t know much about it, it is a 1964 children's book by British author Roald Dahl that has been turned into a couple of movies and a play. The story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka, along with many other interesting characters. Students have split into small groups and will perform a section of the play at the end of the term. Many of the Year 9 drama students have set their eyes on a particular character, as the play offers many different personalities that they can perform!
ACCM Cross Country
On Friday 21st April the college held its annual cross country event on campus. It was great to see all the children dressed to support their house colour and the captain's ready to lead their house in the cheering. There was evidence of good sportsmanship on the day, especially encouragement for the runners on the track.
I would like to thank all the teachers for their support and assistance on the day to help the Cross Country run smoothly. Once again thank you to all the parents willing to come to cheer on the children and support them in their sporting ventures.
The results of the 2017 Cross Country Carnival saw Red house dominate on the day, closely followed by Blue, Green and then Yellow House.
The following is a list of Cross Country Champions for 2017.
2017 Cross Country Winners aged 9 to 17+ years:
Jacob Merrilees, Arianna Dyer, Sonny Pickard, Dorothy Sawyer, Samuel Kercher, Kay-linn Dyer, Isaac Picton, Lillee Parkinson, Jared Kercher, Matilda Sawyer, Josiah Afoa, Kimberly Parry, Ewen Jacques, Keziah Aquinde, Mackena Bradshaw, Bella Zielinski, Isaac Traore, and Jennifer Belcher.
The Top 5 competitors from the day have been asked to attend the Primary and Secondary district carnivals and the Christian Schools Carnival.
The primary districts were run on 2nd May, and the Christian Schools on 8th May. A big congratulations to those students who have already competed, and who helped ACC to win Second on percentage trophies for both 12 years and under, and 13 and over categories at the Christian Schools Cross Country in Redcliffe.
The College would also like to wish the best of luck to those students in Year 7 to 12 who will compete at the Secondary Sports Carnival in Strathpine next Monday 15th May. Students involved should aim to arrive at the school for 7:20am.
One of the highlights this term was the “Big Day In” at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Years 11 & 12 ITS, Year 10 and some Year 8 and 9 technology students learned about careers in coding. As you can tell from the images below it was also a day of experiencing technology as well as listening to people that were already working in the industry.
Year 10/11 Biology
This term, the Year 10/11 Biology students are working on projects to try and tackle some of society’s biggest issues such as crop growth, salinity and climate change. You may notice students at school and home growing all sorts of things from aloe vera plants to shrimp to mouldy food (on purpose!). These projects are so valuable because they teach a range of problem solving and biology skills, as well as talents highly sought by employers like teamwork, use of technology and communication.
The Year 9 students are learning about the many conflicts that came with the early settlement of Australia and the factors that led to them. It is so important for all Australians to understand those that came before us and the reasons for the way our country is today. We are also learning about examples of some interesting early convicts and the crazy opportunities they were able to create for themselves. Some are even rumoured to the be the ancestors of a particular interesting teacher here at school…
It was great to touch base with so many parents in recent weeks with the parent-teacher interviews. It always encourages me so much to see how our community cares about the learning and development of these young people and how we can work together to do things better than ever.
As of 4th May this term there has been 4,755 loans from Primary to Year 12. Thank you to our library monitors for continuing the great job you are doing in shelving resources this term. A special thank you to our volunteer helpers who work together to help shelve, cover and catalogue new items.
Well done to the Primary day school classes that are remembering to bring back their library books and to the students who have a library bag. Remember, if you have an overdue item you will not be able to borrow until the item comes back and if you do not have a library bag you cannot borrow.
The library cards save so much time when borrowing, thank you to the teachers for organising students ID cards for smooth class library borrowing. https://youtu.be/fAmwTShzHZI
Dates to remember
National Simultaneous Storytime
“The cow tripped over the moon” Wednesday 24th May 2017.
Do you love to write Poetry? Why not enter the Annual Ipswich Poetry Feast and win a prize!
Entry forms may be picked up in the library.
We are steadily adding new resources to the collection weekly, why not drop by and see what new books and magazines have arrived. Watch out for the CBCA Children’s Book Week Awards book display coming shortly for Book week in August.
Happy Reading Everyone!