It may be coincidence or it may be God at work, but I spent last Thursday helping to resolve issues regarding a student and her interaction with someone who had somehow obtained her email address. The external person was leading the young student on. As you will be aware there are circumstances that require mandatory reporting to the police. Sometimes it is not that black and white and a lot of prayer went into what was the best action for the child and what we are legally required to report. All ended well and we were happy with the outcome. We were even happier our IT team picked up the issue and reported it. The only way an outsider can get a student email is if the student or parent provides it to a third party – which we say to never do! Giving your email address to someone else is like giving him or her the key to your house. Never do it.
Thursday evening our senior BCT students had organised for a Queensland police officer to come and speak to parents about cyber safety, sexting and other computer related issues. So, I had the chance to have someone double check our thinking from earlier in the day. I went home comfortable that another of our children was kept safe. Likewise, I felt all the parents there that night went home with more strategies to keep unwanted people out of our children’s lives. The message was simple; treat the Internet like your real physical life. You would never talk to a stranger; you never give a stranger the keys to your house or tell them where you live; and never let them in the front door. So do not do these things online.
As parents we can help by ensuring our children, regardless of their age, use their computer in the living area and not in their bedrooms. Parents need to engage with their children and discuss apps they do not understand and ask what this does or that. If you are worried or not sure you can always ring the college and we will investigate and find out and get back to you. While at school, we can track back every site your child visits. We have a very strong program that limits the sites your child can visit. But nothing is perfect and technology changes and we are always vigilant and looking for the child who is trying to go around our protection. However, at home you need to provide similar protection to your child. Many software programs like ‘Net Nanny’ exist, and our IT expert Matthew Lahey is at the college if you want to discuss this with him.
Between the college and our parents, let’s work together to keep our children safe and the digital people out of our houses. Never be uncertain about raising any concerns with us, or even me directly, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Thank you to the BCT students for your work in raising our parents knowledge in this area. I think we should do more of this with different age level groups of parents over the next 6 months.
P.S. Check out the installation of the huge new playground on our Facebook site!
God bless you all.
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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 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, 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.
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.
UNIFORM - FORMAL HATS
Please note boys & girls Formal Hats will be compulsory for Years 10-12 students from 2018. Please purchase hats online through our e-store.
Does your child need a medical specialist while learning at ACC?
Please ensure that the school is notified. This has 2 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.
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. See attached flyer for details on the venue and times.
2016 Year 12 OP RESULTS
Spread FUN not FLU!
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
Design & Animation Club
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,
ACC Clubs Coordinator
What’s Happening On-Campus
We are now over halfway through this term; it is flying by.
Thank you to all staff and students who helped with this event. Despite the rain we had a lot of people come to see our school. We are already getting enrolment applications for new students.
This week at assembly we presented badges to our new primary school leaders. These students represent our Prep–Year 5 students. Our primary student leaders are Arien Gill and Elizabeth Forster; Sports Leaders, Freeman Gale and Dorothy Sawyer; and our Primary Peer Support Team, Brydie Bathurst, Hannah Carter, Damien Thorpe, Declan Hughes, Cara Baker, Claire Herron, Sahria Gribbin, Antonia Smethurst, and Ziggi Switzer.
Congratulations to all these students on your selection.
On the morning of Monday 22nd May work commenced on the new playground. All things being well, the new sets of playground equipment should be fully installed by the time you receive this newsletter. We already have playground equipment for our Preps and Year 1s so upon completion there will be a selection of playground or fitness equipment catering for all year levels from Prep to Year 12. Once the Art room is relocated into the STEAM Centre [Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths] the gym will be moved into the existing Art room and it will double the space of the gym.
Our Year 12 BCT [Business] class has been working on a number of events. One group organised a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Association. It was a free dress day with a "red" and "65" theme. Another group in the class organised a guest speaker for cyber safety and a technology awareness day for students in Years 6–10. Still another group is organising a Teacher Appreciation Lunch.
Thank you to Mrs. Jackson and your BCT class for all your work in planning and running these events.
I recently attended a professional development day focusing on school law. The presenters were lawyers with expertise in particular fields of law relating to schools. One of the predominant areas of emphasis was to do with the 'duty of care' for students and ensuring their safety. Many of our school rules are in place to assist with the safety and well being of all of our students. A number of our policies also relate to the safety of students including our anti-bullying policy.
It is a requirement also that for any excursions outside of school that teaches provide a written risk assessment to help prevent any issues that may arise on their class outing.
Senior School Updates
OUR SENIOR STUDENTS ARE ABSOLUTE STARS
Last term, whilst we all acknowledged Anti-bullying and Violence Day our Senior students went a step further committing themselves to a very important cause called ‘One Million Stars to End Violence’.
This project is part of a conversation to end all forms of violence and to help demonstrate a more peaceful society, one star at time. Individuals, groups and communities are right this minute weaving one million stars to be used in an installation of woven stars at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – and our Senior students have committed themselves to making 1000 stars. Right now, we have about 500 stars … and counting!
We have only been doing this for a couple of weeks, but it has been exciting to watch our students take up this challenge and work together to get this project underway. I can’t wait until we finish these 1,000 stars and we can post them off to be used in such an important display, in support of such a worthy cause. It is also great to see our students contributing to the wider community – well done students!
Middle School Updates
We are now halfway through Term 2. It has been a very disjointed term with a number of public holidays and special events to distract from the day-to-day work in the classroom. Things have settled down and assessment is just around the corner.
The general philosophy of Middle School at ACC is that assessment is completed during class time. If your children, however, are finding the work a little demanding or are not being as productive and diligent as they could be in class, then, they might have to do some assessment work at home. Please monitor this and take the opportunity to talk to your kids if they are doing assessment at home about why that is.
Camps are also sneaking up on us pretty quickly: Years 7-9 in Week 2 of Term 3 and Year 6 in Week 3. I would ask that, if you have not already done so, you register for these camps as soon as possible so that we can effectively plan the best experience for the children.
I want to take this opportunity praise our Middle Schoolers for their involvement in Middle School Chapel this week. There was much energy and enthusiasm during the praise and worship time and then they transitioned well into the National Anthem. They maintained their energy and enthusiasm during the singing of the anthem, but were able to do it in a way which honoured the solemness of the moment. It was, probably, the best I have heard them sing the anthem. They should be congratulated. I look forward to building on this next week.
Primary School Updates
What a busy couple of weeks we have had lately. A big congratulations to our new prep to Year 5 Primary Student Leaders, having had their badges awarded at Chapel on Tuesday.
Junior School Leader
The role of a junior school leader is to embody the school’s values, display good morals and responsibility, provide assistance, guidance or help to any of the junior school that needs it. The junior school leaders need to be able to work productively with other students, giving everyone a fair go. Their responsibilities include:
- Representing the primary students at important school events.
- Setting a good example in the junior school
- Helping with the school culture in the primary school (e.g reminding students to do the right thing)
- Being approachable if students need help
- Demonstrating Christian Character values
It is my pleasure to announce that Arien Gill and Elizabeth Forster have been selected as a Primary Leader for our primary campus students.
Junior School Sports Leader
Sports Leaders help the primary school in sporting events and give guidance to junior students. They demonstrate enthusiasm for Houses and encourage sportsmanship for all house colours by:
- Leading by example, participating in sporting events and attending meetings.
- Encourage all members in Houses to participate and have a go.
- Making students feel comfortable at sports events.
It is my pleasure to announce that Freeman Gale and Dorothy Sawyer have been selected as student sports leader for our primary campus students.
Peer Support Team
The Peer Support Program is an important and responsible role. The students on this team have been selected because they are considered to be friendly, approachable, caring and mature. In the role of peer support students will help assist fellow students to develop:
- Christian character
- Moral values
It is my pleasure to announce that the following students have been selected as a Primary Peer Support Team Member for our primary campus students:
Brydie Bathurst, Hannah Carter, Damien Thorpe, Declan Hughes, Cara Baker, Claire Herron, Sahria Gribbin, Antonia Smethurst, Ziggi Switzer
On Campus Class Updates
Physical Education & Recreation
It has been a while since there was a check in on how our senior students are travelling in the subjects of Physical Education (PE) and Recreation. Firstly, in PE this term students are learning about the different energy systems of the body and how these affect their performance in basketball. Students will understand how the different nutrients we place in our bodies affect how much energy we can get out and at what stages of activity these different nutrients are broken down and utilised. Students are finding this concept interesting as they perform basketball skills. They understand that with increased and prolonged activity, the body changed which energy system it uses.
Our Recreation students this term are learning the rules, history and gameplay of Lawn Bowls. We have been heading down to Caboolture Lakes Bowls Club each week and been receiving coaching and advice from some of the members at the Club. Students are enjoying the challenge of finding the correct release angle in order to ensure the bias brings the bowl back nicely. This is the first experience of Bowls for most of the students so when they roll an excellent bowl there is a lot excitement. Please enjoy some photos of our time down at the green.
What an exciting term we have had so far. We started with the opening ceremony in Week 1 on the first day back.
We were very excited to be in our new classroom. The students created a persuasive text on why the new building is better than our old classroom. The main reason they came up with is they like how the new building creates a community environment centred around education. We have been able to join with the other Year 3 class in some science, drama and art activities. We ended Week 1 with our cross country which we learnt God is always with us and with His help we never gave up and kept going to complete the cross country.
In Week 2 we had our Purple Day and Easter Hat Parade catch up from last term. We enjoyed seeing everyone’s hat and dancing around the hall with Mrs Bunston. We also had fun at the ANZAC Day march, we were very proud to march in this parade and show the soldiers how much we appreciated what they have done for our country. During Week 3 we started to get ready for NAPLAN and talked about how David defeated Goliath and how NAPLAN might be our Goliath but with God’s help we can overcome this and do our best.
In Week 4 we completed our NAPLAN tests and started to look forward to going to camp at Luther Heights. We went to Luther Heights camp on Tuesday and Wednesday of Week 5. The biggest thing we learnt at this camp is how to work as a team and support each other to try new things like going on the flying fox.
We also started buddy reading with Prep S this term. We are having fun helping the preps to read and understand what has been happening in the story. This has also helped with our own reading by looking for the keywords that help us to summarize the story we have been reading.
We are excited to see what else we get up to in the rest of this term and using the KFC (Kindness, Fun and Cooperation) skills we learnt at camp in the classroom.
Well here we are in the middle of Term 2. It only seems like yesterday that we were coming back from Easter break. This year during the school holidays myself, Mr Hogan, Miss Groves and Mrs Koehler were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Japan and visit Seikyo High school in Osaka.
One of the highlights of the trip was the chance to watch the Japanese students promote their after-school sporting and culture clubs to younger students hoping that they will join their clubs. The presentations the students put together were outstanding. Great attention was given to the smallest detail. We all felt privileged to be invited to the presentation. Clubs ranged from mainstream sports like soccer and baseball to traditional Japanese sports such as kendo and kyuudo (Japanese style archery). Cultural club presentations included rock, brass band, dance, drama and even bell ringing.
We also had the chance to look around Osaka and Kyoto and were lucky enough to be in Japan during hanami (cherry blossom viewing season) which was a great treat. Our wonderful guide showed us some of the more out of the way places and the food was great. We also were lucky enough to have two nights of homestay accommodation with some very kind Japanese families which was a wonderful experience.
The purpose of the trip was firstly to provide teachers with an insight into the Japanese education system and secondly to help us prepare for our own school trip to Japan when we’ll take a small number of students from our college to Tokyo and Osaka during which students will have the chance to spend two nights with a Japanese family.
Year 12 - 5 Cent Celebration for 1T
Five cent pieces can be such a nuisance when they collect at the bottom of your wallet and disappear in the console of your car. Well, the Year 12 class decided to put them to good use during Weeks 2 & 3 of Term 1! The class participated and ran The 5 Cent Project, an initiative in which they would ask the College to collect as many five cent pieces as possible to help children receive education in less fortunate countries.
The College collected a staggering 11 704 five cent coins which, with some additional donations, amounted to a total of $739.30! Thank you to everyone who searched so hard to find so many coins.
At the start of the project, the Year 12 class decided that they would do something exciting for the class that collected the most coins. When tallies were completed it was found that Year 1T had collected the most with an astounding 2135 coins handed in! Wow! As a thank you for their hard work, the Year 12s ran a Celebration morning for 1T. This was originally set for the last day of Term 1 but was unfortunately postponed due to tropical storms. The event was finally held last week on Friday morning, complete with pikelets, fairy bread, handball, colouring in, and plenty of fun!
Well done Year 12, Year 1T and well done ALL OF ACCM!
What’s on in the Library?
National Simultaneous Storytime
Wednesday 24th May, 11.00am
Count Down to National Simultaneous Story Telling and the first ever drama performance by the ‘ACC-TORS’ club. This exciting event will be held in the library with Year 3 with special guests invited next Wednesday 24th May at 11.00 am. A link will be sent out for all other Primary classes to be able to view the story being read by Tony Wilson the author.
Welcome to the Online Senior Book Club, ‘Books-R-Us’
With over 98 members, the discussions have been really interesting in the online book club. The latest “Are you a Serial reader”? Reading series of books is always fun, but which series is your favourite? and what are you reading now?
Currently the library has quite a few new series, why not log into the library catalogue and search for them.
If you are an on campus student you can drop a suggestion for a series in the suggestion box located at the front desk. If you are an online book club member please email your suggestions.
Discussions are held each Tuesday from 12.40 in the library at the same time the junior book club is on. If you would like to join in on the discussions go to Schoology and join the Book Club. If you are interested in helping out in the Day school as a senior Library Monitor for the online Book Club, please come and see Mrs Hopson in the Library.
Happy Reading everyone!