“Trust me!” must be one of the very commonly used phrases which is meaningless every time we hear it. When used by politicians we trust them less because they sometimes ask for our trust but then act in a different way than they promised. Trust is about truth and reliability – someone who speaks the truth all the time will build your trust. What about in your family? Do you use the ‘T’ word with your partner or your children? In school we trust our staff to perform their duties and ensure your children are safe, happy and learning. At home, do you trust your partner when they work late, or travel alone? When your teenager says they are sleeping over with a friend, do you trust them? I admit as a parent to 4 children I did not always take their word for these occasions, often calling the parent, or dropping my kids off and going in to say hello. But as they get older we have to trust them. But we pray that we have taught them what it means before they get to that age.
Proverbs 3:5 says “trust in the Lord with all your heart.” But this is more than just a general statement about living. The following steps may help you form an understanding of trust from a biblical perspective that you can use inside your family for when your teenager says “Mum, trust me, I am just going …..” so that you both understand what trust really means.
1. Don’t Depend on Yourself
We live in a world where trust must be earned. As your child grows they earn your trust. But today, it seems to be in short supply. When we have faced disappointments, it has taught us that we can only depend upon ourselves. But living the life God wants us to have means unlearning that lesson. We need to trust in God’s understanding. But this is not always easy. It can be tough. We have to give up our plans, our dreams, and do what God wants us to do – His plans.
What if we don’t feel like we can trust Him like that? Then, consider the following to help:
2. Cry out to God
When we pray, we admit that His ways are higher than ours. We show that we’re leaving our troubles and burdens and dreams in His capable hands. In fact, the Bible promises that when we reach out to Him in prayer, He hears us:
“Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. ”
We handed over our lives to Him, and we know that He’s able to lead us. But in order for that to work, we have to…
3. Run from Evil
Sometimes, the only way to live the life God wants us to live is by separating ourselves from the bad influences that keep dragging us down. That works best when we start pursuing something else in their place:
“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
2 Timothy 2:22
Is that easy? Not at all. Fleeing from the evil desires that pull at us means spending a lot of time crying out to God and leaning on Him. It means we have to make a serious change.
4. Put God First in Your Life
It’s easiest to put ourselves first. When something good happens, we want to congratulate ourselves with a reward. When something bad happens, we want to console ourselves or find someone to blame. And when it comes to money, the struggle is even harder.
If we can trust God with our wealth, we’re truly showing how much we depend on Him. Handing over the first part of our paycheck takes a huge amount of faith, after all. But doing so means being God-centric.
5. Check Yourself by God’s Word
Let’s be honest. We aren’t so good at evaluating ourselves. We will go to great lengths to excuse our behavior, our actions, and our sins. Sometimes it takes something bad to happen or seeing ourselves in a bad light before we finally admit that we need to change. But when we have scripture planted firmly in our hearts, God will often use that to deal with us.
6. Listen to the Holy Spirit
As we go through our day, the Holy Spirit guides us. That means we don’t have to go it alone or hope we’re getting it right. The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth and protects us:
“Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”
2 Timothy 1:14
7. Rest in God’s Love
When we face a difficult world each day, we can sometimes wonder if God even cares. Why do bad things happen? Where is God when I need Him? Solomon reminds us that God never takes a break or leaves us to fend for ourselves:
“because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”
Even in the midst of turmoil, God sticks with us and uses those challenges to shape us. When we understand that, our perspective completely flips. No longer do we see our setbacks as failures; we see them as moments when God, as our loving Father, works on us.
And that’s exactly why we can trust in the Lord with all our hearts. He cares for us each and every day. He gives us what we need to thrive. He pours blessing after blessing upon us.
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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
TERM ONE 2018
(10 Weeks) Wednesday 24th January - Thursday 29th March
- Students Return: 24th January
- ACER Testing Week: 5th January - 9th January
- School Photographs:20th February
TERM TWO 2018
(10 Weeks) Monday 16th April - Friday 22nd June
- Students Return: Monday 16th April
- NAPLAN Testing: 15th - 17th May
TERM THREE 2017
(10 Weeks) Monday 16th July - Friday 21st September
- Students Return: Monday 16th July
- EKKA Holiday: 13th August
TERM FOUR 2018
(9 Weeks) Monday 8th October - Thursday 6th December
- Students Return: Monday 9th October
- Student Free Dates: 15th October + 7th December
Year 9 Parent Information
What: We welcome parents to join us for an important information evening pertaining to students entering into Year 10 in 2018
Where: In the College library
When: August 16 2017 @ 6:00pm
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 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
12-13 July 2017
Burpengary State School
Morayfield State school
13 - 14 Sept 2017
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:
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]
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 specialists 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.
Congratulations Cassi Hilbers!
Cassi, a former distance education student here at Australian Christian College, recently won the vocal section of The School Locker Music Scholarship Competition. As a result, Cassi won a six-month online scholarship to Berkeley University and $2500.
Generously enough, Cassi donated the $2500 back to ACC!
Thank-you Cassi and may you have great success in your studies with Berkely!
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.
ACC Clubs Coordinator
This graphic was designed by Tylar Magee to promote our new ACC Cafe.
TERM 3 COLLEGE CELEBRATION SERVICE
What’s Happening On-Campus
Welcome back to Term 3. A special welcome to all our new students and their families. This term we have 17 new students who have joined our school.
This term we also welcome several new staff:
Richard Lamont - secondary teacher
Tanya Wiseman - Prep teacher [Mrs Simpson is on long service leave]
Steve Belcher - grounds and maintenance [Jock is on long service leave]
Bernd Hahnert - administration
The year 4 - 12 athletics carnival was held on Thursday 20th July . It was a great day of competition and friendship . Well done to students on your participation and staff for all your hard work . This carnival was also the first time we had a cheerleading competition. It was a very close contest and a difficult decisions for the judges to decide the eventual winner which was blue house .
Mrs Hopson has relocated to Gympie. We are hoping to appoint a new librarian in the near future. Mrs Hopson was instrumental in setting up the library and a strong advocate for students improving their reading.
Senior School Updates
Term 3 begins...
Term 3 has now begun! It is hard to believe we are now officially in the second half of the year. There are, as always, many things going on in our Senior school as outlined in the following sections:
1000 Stars... gone!
Congratulations to our Senior students for weaving ONE THOUSAND STARS during Term 2. It has been so pleasing to see so many of you give up your time for this worthy project. These stars have now been shipped off and will be part of the ‘One Million Stars’ display on the Gold Coast next year during Commonwealth Games displays and festivals.
Again it was very pleasing to see tremendous support from our Year 12 students as they turned up is great numbers at our recent Sports Carnival. Both Distance and Day school students were present to support our teachers and students throughout the day.
Congratulations to all who competed events and did their Sports House proud. But a special thanks also to our Senior students who assisted teachers throughout the day and especially during pack up at the end.
Keep doing what you are doing - good work!
Senior School Reports and Parent-Teacher Interviews
Senior reports for Semester One are now out. These should have either been handed to parents at Term Two Parent-Teacher Interviews (in Week 2) or posted out. I am pleased to report that our overall results for Senior were very pleasing. However, should you have any concerns regarding results, as usual see your student’s teacher or myself.
More important notices and dates:
- Information evening for Year 10 2018 – all current Year 9 students are invited to attend an information session about subject offerings and Senior School on 16th August at 6.00pm (Week 6)
- Assessment Calendar to go out soon – please keep an eye out for this in your email box
- Year 10 SET Plans – students and parents will soon begin their set plans, more information regarding this will follow over the next few weeks
- QCS – will be happening as scheduled on 29 & 30 August. All parents of Year 12 students participating in this have been emailed regarding preparation and events related to QCS that are happening over the next six weeks
- TAFE students – just a reminder that whilst we are happy for students to participate in TAFE courses, students taking up these opportunities need to still manage their school commitments and responsibilities. Communication with teachers about missed school work is an expected part of attending such courses – but see Mrs Newell if there are any problems
As always, our staff are committed to supporting your Senior student/s in every way to achieve their very best – should you have any concerns or queries please don’t hesitate to contact your student’s teacher or myself to discuss them.
Head of Senior School
Middle School Updates
It has been an exceptionally busy and productive start to Term 3 in the Middle School. This week a majority of the Year 7, 8s and 9s headed to Emu Gully for their adventure camp. They have come back with stories of Buggies and mud runs and learning about teamwork by listening to recounts of World War 2 campaigns. I had the privilege of joining them for breakfast on Tuesday morning and was very impressed with their attitude and spirit.
The students stayed behind also had a good time, the highlight, I think, being the mentoring of the primary school students. Many of the 7 to 9s took the opportunity to spend time assisting the junior school students with a range of activities from Prep Art to Year 6 Maths.
The building of community through mentoring is very important to me. So much so, that I have introduced a new elective for the year 9s entitled “Mentoring”. During this class, the students who choose it, will be both mentor and mentoree. They will engage in a number of activities including: tutoring younger students, listening to guest speakers, reading and studying leadership and great leaders. Below are some picture of the year 9s working with 6H during their first mentoring session. I’m very excited about the opportunities provided by this type of program.
Next week the Year 6s will head west for their camp. The students (and staff) are very excited about the camp, with horse riding something that everyone seems to be looking forward to very much; the cold – not so much
Primary School Updates
I hope that you have had a safe and happy holiday. The following information I hope will be helpful in your student returning this term;
Holiday reading logs
For students who have participated in the holiday reading log program. Please complete the form sent out before the holidays and return as soon as possible. Our Literacy Coordinator will collect these so she can organise a prize for students who participated to be presented on parade.
Premiers reading Challenge
I am delighted that all Prep to year 6 students will be joining in the 2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge. Reading plays an important part in students’ lives during their school years and beyond. It allows children to actively engage their imagination and opens up a world of educational opportunities. Last year, an outstanding 165,000 students from 900 schools took part in the challenge reading a total of 2.24 million books, an impressive rise from 1.95 million in 2015. The reading period for the 2017 Premier's Reading Challenge commenced on Monday 17 July and closes Friday 25 August.
This year the Premier has challenged all state and non-state school students from Prep to Year 2 to read or experience 20 books, Years 3 and 4 to read 20 books and Years 5 to 6 to read 15 books. These can also include books student read for home learning (home readers). Experiencing books can include shared reading, listening to stories, or reading picture books. The aim for the 2017 challenge is engage more students than ever before. Every student who completes the challenge will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier. Students who participate but don’t complete the challenge receive a Certificate of Participation from the school. It will be my great pleasure to present these certificates during the Premier’s Reading Challenge celebration weeks to be held 6 – 17 November 2017. For more information about the Premier’s Reading Challenge, please visit: http://education.qld .gov.au/schools/readingchallenge/
Please remember students need to bring iPads to school each day, fully charged and ready to go.
I has come to my attention that many students do not have headsets.Please ensure your child has working headphones, as they will need them for online iPad learning and when using school laptops.
This term in STEM class your child will be participating in the National $20 Boss Challenge, sponsored by FYA and NAB bank. Please click here for more information.
Your child will be challenged to start up a business as an entrepreneur, or be an investor. He/she will receive $20 cash next week to run their business/investment. They are not allowed to add any money of their own. The $20 is called the start-up investment. Over the first three weeks of Term 3, your child will be learning all about business, budgeting, marketing and investing by completing online modules in class. For one month, starting the 7th August until the 3rd of September, your child will be able to run his/her business at school and beyond to sell a product or a service. At the end of the challenge month, your child will be required to pay back the initial $20 investment PLUS $1 interest from their profits. All other profits are theirs to keep or donate to their favourite charity.
We ask that you get involved in this project just by asking questions from your child, encouraging them and making suggestions as you see fit. Anyone who runs a business can act as their advisor and mentor. This challenge will prove to be a lot of fun, while at the same time providing an opportunity for your child to delve into the entrepreneurial world.
For your child to be allowed to take the $20 home, we need a signed permission slip from you indicating that you are aware that they are receiving $20 and will need to pay $21 back in October. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email [email protected] . Alternatively, I am happy to meet with you after school.
On Campus Class Updates
Year 12 Prevocational Maths
Maths is fun and useful!
That might sound strange to some, but in the case of Prevocational Mathematics, this is very true.
The Prevocational Maths course aims to provide year 12 students with the opportunity to discover solutions to everyday mathematics problems, take chances, be wrong and very importantly, experience success. As a result, students’ confidence and their numeracy skills improves, which is key!
This term the Year 12 Prevoc Maths students will be learning all about how mathematics can be used to plan an event and how to design a vegetable patch in the garden. They will learn to make informed choices about spending money on projects and events and they will explore the use of formulas to find the volume and area of different 2D and 3D shapes.
In addition, they will be exploring the requirements and processes involved in planning events like charity balls and sporting competitions. Students are very excited about the prospect about learning more in this regard.
As you can see, mathematics is fun and very useful when you study Prevocational Maths!
Jacques de Villiers
Welcome back! I hope your holidays were restful!
Year 2K have gotten straight into their Term 3 units with great enthusiasm.
In English, students are exploring narratives and fairy tales as well as reviewing the Daily 5 routine. Measurement in metres and centimetres, for Maths, has the students up and around the classroom and primary building using their rulers to measure various objects.
In Technology, students were thoroughly engaged learning about how technology has changed over the last 50 years and are keen to learn the different aspects of the subject, including how to stay safe online.
In History, this term we are learning about changes from the past in technology, transport and toys and we are looking forward to going to the Caboolture Historical Village to see objects from the past.
In the first week, a spontaneous STEAM activity occurred and the students built a makeshift ‘bridge’ from one desk to my desk. There was some great teamwork shown in this activity.
On Friday, the class discovered in Science that Earth’s greatest treasure is water and found it many places around the school by following some clues and a map.
May God bless you and your family this term.
Year 12 Biology
What an exciting time to be studying Biology!
This term the Year 12 Biology students are studying genetics, which deals with inherited traits. If your student suddenly start peering into your eyes or asking what blood group you are you now know why! This is a very busy term for all of the Year 12 students, and Biology is no exception. We have two assessments this term and only nine weeks to complete them. However this is a fascinating topic, and the students are already showing great interest.
We have the opportunity to attend the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute for a Day in the Life of a Scientist. Students will complete a hands-on activity in the education laboratory, hear a talk from researchers and tour the Institute’s medical research facilities. More information will be forwarded to students and parents soon.
In addition two of our students – one from On Campus and one from Distance Education – have been selected to attend the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital Experience in early August. This is a very popular program and places are strictly limited, so we commend Bonnie and Andrew for their acceptance into this program. Although only for a day, it gives students who are considering a career in the health sector an amazing opportunity as they undertake practical workshops and a tour of the hospital facilities.
As I said earlier, it’s a great time to be studying Biology!