What an exciting and busy time it has been in the college this last fortnight. I feel like I have been at school most nights, and as parents, you may feel the same way. Thank you so much for your involvement in our college, it shows your children and others that we support them in their efforts whether it be academic, sport, music or even gardening.
The Church Service was an exciting and moving evening as many of our students showed their talents to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ. Our Chappie is already planning the last service of the year – our Christmas Carols Evening. Yes! Christmas! The year goes by so quickly.
Palm Island Mission Trip
Students on our Mission trip to Palm Island off Townsville arrived safely back on Saturday morning. Their amazing trip has filled many pages of Facebook, and we have shared their experiences through this technology, and felt the emotions as they experienced them. I am certain Palm Island is a better place as a result of their visit, and our students have had a momentous experience that will change how they view the world.
Science Week focused our school community on the practical and research side of Science. We aimed to break their mindset of science being about learning facts from a textbook. Science, like our STEM projects, are about using scientific skills to solve problems, research solutions and make a better world. Students had excited eyes as rockets took off and robots crossed the floor. It was great for the younger students to see what science can be like. My new hand lotion certainly has its own unique perfume!
STEM Engineering Projects
Talking of STEM engineering projects, I had the opportunity with some Year 7 engineers to take down their model bridges to be judged at St Eugene’s School. As part of this interschool competition, students had to build a bridge to span about 45 cm, but they had to use dry spaghetti that could be glued together at the joints. It had to weigh no more than 300 grams. It was then set up across a machine and it was slowing pulled downwards to measure weight being added to the middle of the bridge. Of our 4 groups competing, the smallest, lightest, flimsy looking bridge, was indeed the most successful entry holding just over 3kg of weight and only weighing 190 grams. We look forward to seeing how they compare with other schools through the coming weeks. Already there are design discussions underway to improve them in 2018!
Battle of Bands
The Battle of Bands started out as a small project of Mr Bengston, but ended up starting what will become a college tradition. With an international singer as a judge, who performed with her group for the children as well, it was a loud and exciting afternoon. Everyone was using music and song to acclaim the magnificence of our God. Even a teacher band tried hard but could not win against our students. Next year we will ensure more parents have an opportunity to see the exciting talent of our students.
Another Japanese visit has finished. These students came from a range of schools west of Tokyo. The students and teachers had a wonderful experience and will certainly head home with great memories of Australia. Our students and families had another chance to improve their language skills and understanding of different cultures. Thank you so much to our homestay parents. This could not be possible without you.
Two Japanese teachers spent another week with us and only left last Friday. They were selected future school leaders. They had the chance to work alongside our teachers and learn about new ways to teach children. Japanese schools are very conservative and resemble Australian schools 15 years ago. Technology is just starting to infiltrate their schools and problem solving and creative thinking will mean many discussions when they get back home to Japan.
Year 10 Information Night
The Year 10 2018 Information Night was very well attended and we filled the library. Our Year 9 students this year are the first group of students to undertake the new QCE that sees 25-50% of marks coming from exams at the end of Year 12. As the new system comes into effect we will have some seniors on the old system and others on the new system. This will create issues for the college and increase demands on the staff, but we are working hard to ensure they are as ready as possible for this change over. The senior school staff met with senior school staff from Victory College Gympie at Twin Waters and set up a relationship that will allow us to work together and share our experiences for the benefit of our students. We have also made the decision to spread the new QCE over three years, not two, in order to reduce the stress on students at the end of Year 12. Coming to such events is absolutely critical for your child and I appreciate your support.
Sustainable Vegetable Garden
Finally, our Sustainable Vegetable Garden is underway and students have been planning and experimenting to see what will grow where and how we should set it up. This photo shows the first ever production from our sustainable vegetable garden. It is our goal to have an outdoor classroom in the middle of the garden. Keep your eyes on the space beside the music room! If you have any skills in this area, or just love to dig around in the garden, we would love you to be involved and work with the dedicated group of students. Contact Mrs Plotnek or myself, via the office if you want to help, or donate resources to make it happen.
As I said at the start, what a busy two weeks. I pray you all have a fabulous next fortnight. God bless.
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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 2018
(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
Interested in running a small business?
Kerry Charnstrom has been doing a great job managing and running our canteen as a small business. It has slowly grown and returns a small surplus with a lot of careful buying and budgeting. Kerry has decided that she needs to spend more time next year working closely with her son who has Special Needs. If you would like to take over this small business can you please contact Fiona Steindl at the college on [email protected]
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 versus 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.
STEM Materials Needed!
Attention all parents, teachers and caregivers, students in our STEM classes are in need of the following materials:
- centre cardboard cylinders of toilet paper rolls
- empty washed ice cream buckets (all sizes) with or without lids
- empty washed 1L and 2L soft drink plastic bottles with lids (as many as possible, please)
- used paper coffee cups (rinsed)
- used coffee from coffee machines (including little pods)
- empty egg cartons (dozen size)
- empty glass jars with lids (washed please)
- metal beer tabs (the little metal thingy that you pull off to open a beer can)
- donations of knitting wool balls - any colour
- donations of pot for plants (plastic, any material)
- donations of plant beds and anything for gardening
If you do have any, or are willing to donate, the ACC STEM students would be forever grateful!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
One of the things I love about Australian Christian College – Moreton is the heart we have for mission. From helping others in the playground to fundraising for the homeless and of course, our major mission trips to the Northern Territory, Palm Island and Cambodia, there is always a way to serve others within our school.
But for many, “mission” can be a scary word. It can conjure up fears of having to speak to others about God or putting ourselves out on an unfamiliar and uncomfortable platform.
Operation Christmas Child is a way for you to participate in such a wonderful mission, shining the light of our God to so many who may otherwise never hear of Him or feel his love – and all you have to do is fill a shoebox!
This year’s Operation Christmas Child campaign is upon us and we are calling for all of our school families to help us bring the joy of Christmas to underprivileged children around the world. The eldest child in each family will receive a shoebox to bring home and extras can be requested if you feel you are able to fill more than one. Included with your shoebox are suggestions of what to fill it with, instructions for how to label your box and a small bag to collect the $10 needed for postage and handling.
All shoe boxes need to be back in the office before the end of term.
It’s a small thing for us that can make the world of difference to a child. Please help us reach out to those in need, spreading Christmas joy and the love of God.
District Sports Trials & Dates for 2017
Morayfield State school
13 - 14 Sept 2017
Students Late to Class
If a student arrives late to school after 8:50am they must come to administration for a yellow Late to Class slip.
Does your child need a medical specialist while learning at ACC?
Please ensure that the school is notified. This has two main benefits, first, we are concerned about every child and the more information we have the better we can help; secondly, those specialist will contact the school for information so we need to know you have engaged them so we can respond. If you can do this it will help us work better with your child.
Some examples of medical specialists include: behavioural optometrist, psychologist, occupational therapist etc.
What’s Happening On-Campus
We have certainly been having a number of exciting events over the past few weeks.
Week 5 of this term was Science Week. It was an especially big day on Wednesday 16th with students displaying their science projects in the sports hall both during school and after school for all students and visitors to see. A number of interesting science demonstrations were also held. Thank you to our school science coordinator Mr Newman and to our dedicated science teachers for putting the week together, and to all the students who participated.
Battle of the Bands
Also during Week 5 we had our Battle of the Bands competition with many groups of students performing in front of our Year 5-12s. It was the first time we have ever held an event like this. Well done to Mr Bengtson and your team for putting together this event, and well done to all the students who performed.
In Week 6 we had our annual Book Week event. On Friday, at the end of the week, students in Years P-6 dressed up in their favorite book character and attend a special parade. Even our administration staff participated in the event by dressing up the reception and administration area with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Thank you to Mrs Bunston [event organiser], our library staff, parents, teachers, admin staff and especially our students for all your involvement.
Senior School Updates
QCS and other things...
It is that time of year again when Year 12 students begin to turn their attention to a set of exams known as ‘QCS’. These exams, taken over two days, are one of the final ‘pieces’ of the puzzle that will complete their Senior years of study.
Students have been diligently preparing for these exams over the past weeks and months and most recently, they have participated in practice exams designed to prepare them for QCS exams.
Below is a table outlining which exam will be sat on Tuesday 29th August and Wednesday 30th August:
But, before we get all excited and anxious, it is also really important to note what these exams are, and what they aren’t.
The QCS Test IS:
- a common statewide test for Queensland Year 12 students
- an achievement test — not an intelligence test nor an aptitude test
- grounded in the Queensland senior curriculum
- accessible to all Year 12 students, regardless of individual differences in subject patterns.
What the QCS Test IS NOT:
- the main contributor to a student’s Overall Position (OP)
- a grade by which a student should be defined
- a measure of the whole of a Year 12 student’s achievements
Many of our students do not sit the QCS tests. Many of our students do not get OP’s. Many of our students are successful University students, employees, apprentices and more – without ever sitting a QCS test. The point of an education is far more than a single number or place in a rank or on a scale.
An.... “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela
Consequently, whilst we continue to encourage our students to do their very best and achieve excellent results, we are also investing in opportunities for them to learn about social justice issues, to problem solve, to be creative and to empower them to ‘be the change they want to see in the world’.
As our Year 12 students approach their QCS tests this month they are preparing to do their very best as it is a very ‘high-stakes’ test. But, it is important that we all remember that no matter what the final result, this test is merely a ‘means to an end, rather than the end itself’.
Head of Senior School
Dealing with Disappointments
Disappointments may come in various forms, but the most challenging disappointments are when people you may have become close to or admired let you down. You feel somehow betrayed as they turn out to be not at all what you had believed them to be. This can be difficult to overcome, as it breaks the trust that bonds relationships.
People respond to disappointments in various ways. Some people pretend like it didn’t happen and hope it will all go away. Some people blame themselves and start to question their ability to judge others. However, it has been suggested that the best way to deal with disappointment is to allow yourself to grieve and work through how you are feeling.
Jesus experienced disappointments in His life, eg. when he was betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter and when his friends fell asleep just before his crucifixion. There are many other examples in the Bible of where people let each other down e.g. Joseph sold by his brothers; Job not supported by his friends. We shouldn’t be surprised when we encounter disappointments as we live in a fallen world.
BUT the good news is that while people can disappoint us, God can be trusted and never changes. Tell Him all about the things that upset you, your anger, your fears and your betrayal. Tell God what you wish had been different about the person who wronged you. Share with Him your grief and allow Him to help you. You may also need to talk to a counsellor or another adult to help you through your grief. Only after you have allowed yourself to grieve, can you move on from disappointment.
At ACC, we have Counsellors in our Student Services department that are available should you need to see them. We also have our wonderful Chappy Lee and Tiff who are never too busy to sit, talk and pray with you. Be encouraged that you are never alone. There is always a helping hand and a smiling face should you need one.
Middle School Updates
Book Week, last week, has given a great opportunity for students across the college to reflect on creativity and expression. It has also given the whole college an opportunity to reflect on how great our God is and who He is. The theme of Book Week was Escape to Everywhere and Psalms 68:19-20 tells me:
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour,
who daily bears our burdens.
Our God is a God who saves;
from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.”
Earlier this week I was thinking about the devotions I was going to do with the Middle School staff at our regular staff meeting; the topic that kept coming to mind was ‘The Armour of God’ found in Ephesians 6:10. This is a passage in which Paul (the writer of Ephesians) uses the Roman Soldier’s armour to explain different aspects of the Christian Spiritual life. I decided, however, that I didn’t want to do that devotion, so as I headed to the carpark to do carpark duty I was still a little lost.
I had been on duty for about 5 minutes, and the strangest thing happened: a Roman Soldier got out of a car, I kid you not, full centurion costume, walked into the school, collected his little boy, returned to his car and drove away … I went inside and did the devotions on God’s Armour.
God speaks to us in the strangest ways, I encourage you to look out for Him and see what He is trying to say to you.
Primary School Updates
Students were very excited about Book Week parade last Friday. Our Book Week theme this year is ‘Escape to Everywhere’. During the week there were many exciting activities and events happening around school and within classrooms.
On Friday 25th August, students in Prep to Year 6 were to participate in a Book Week parade. Teachers and students were encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character and bring the book that their character is from. Prizes were allocated for the classes that were placed 1st and 2nd overall best dressed.
Year 2 Author Visit
Last week, Year 2 were treated to a visit from Judy Paulson author of ‘Baby Tawnies’. The students enjoyed listening to the story and asking many questions about how she made the book. The discussion helped the students understand there are more than one way to illustrate a book than just drawing. Judy created images from handmade felt Tawny Frogmouths. ‘I learnt that you don’t just have to think about a story but you can use real events to create a story’ was one student’s reflection of the visit. The delightful visit concluded with the students creating paper finger puppets of a Tawny Frogmouth, which they were able to take home and love.
Premiers Readers Challenge
The Premier's reading challenge finished on Friday 25th August. Once the sheet has been filled out please hand it in to your child’s class teacher. Mrs Bunston will be collecting them from your child's class teacher. If you have any questions or have misplaced the reading sheet please email Mrs Bunston at [email protected].
Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Firstly, all primary students that are the eldest in the family will be issued with a shoebox this week (one per family, however there are more available at the office if your family wish to donate more). To increase and maintain awareness of the reasons why we participate in this mission program, the school will be running three different competitions between now and mid-October for students to participate in if they choose.
For Prep to Year 2, there will be a colouring in competition. Prize to be awarded will be an "Ultimate Colouring Pack".
For Year 3 to 5, students are asked to design a poster that advertises Operation Christmas Child and the message behind it. The winning poster will be used in our advertising campaign next year and the winner will receive a KMart gift card (amount to be confirmed).
For Years 6 - 12, students are encouraged to make a promo video that could be used to promote Operation Christmas Child 2017. The winner will receive a KMart Gift card and their entry will be used next year.
Boxes need to be back at school no later than October 24th.
Could I please ask you to promote this project with your child? It is a beautiful mission project that brings so much joy. We filled approx 230 boxes last year and we are aiming for 280 this year. Please help us get there.
On Campus Class Updates
ACCM Athletics Carnival
On Thursday the 20th of July the college held it’s annual Year 4 -12 Athletics Carnival at Wolfenden oval, Apex Park, Caboolture.
The results are finally in and the students have been notified. The 2017 Athletics House champions are RED house. Red definitely had a break away this year as they blitzed the other teams scores by a wide margin.
RED - 3,206
GREEN - 2, 086
YELLOW - 2,030
BLUE - 1,995
(Felicity Kent, Jessica Gearing, and Chloe Morris off to a racing start)
A special congratulations also goes to those students who strived to achieve their best and were awarded Athletics Age champions. It is great to see students so competitive and dedicated towards sporting success.
Adau Nyuon (9yrs), Jacob Merrilees (9yrs), Dorothy Sawyer (10yrs), Sonny Pickard (10yrs), Judy Crosby (11yrs), Freeman Gale (11yrs), Lilee Parkinson (12yrs), Miracle Faresa (12yrs), Lilian Greenwood (13yrs), Jay Seps & Wade Baker (13yrs), Tara Maguire (14yrs), Max Parkinson (14yrs), Blessing Faresa (15yrs), Brooklyn Hunt (15years), Bella Zielinski (16yrs), Cayse Weise-Munce (16yrs), Nardia Peaufa (17+yrs), John Alboro (17+yrs).
(Tremaine Wooldridge soaring high in high jump and Tara Maguire shooting for the top in shot put)
Australian Christian College - Moreton would like to congratulate the students who represented our college at the primary and secondary district carnivals.
We would also like to encourage those students who have been selected to represent at the upcoming Christian Schools Sports Association Athletics carnival (28th August, QE2 stadium Nathan).
We encourage all parents to promote and support your child’s involvement in these representative sporting events, and thank you for your support as Australian Christian College grows and promotes our sporting talents and capabilities.
(The year 12 class of 2017)
Primary & Middle School HPE Teacher
Primary Sports & Athletics Carnival Coordinator
Art this term is in full swing! From Prep to Year 12 our students have been working on a variety of artistic endeavours. Following is a snapshot of what a few of our very talented students have been up to …Year 10 & 11 Visual Art
Year 10 & 11 Visual Art this term are experimenting with photography in their Social Justice unit of work. Apart from learning the basics of photography they have looked at some experimental forms of photography such as playing with light in the studio and time based photography.
It was great to visit the Prep students and see what they have been creating. With a focus on Me and the world around Me they have been learning new skills such as collage, shading and art using natural materials. They have had some great results….Year 9
Year 9 have just completed a unit on Portraiture and Painting. Their final self-portraits were based on the work of two artists - Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein. They looked at each of these styles and replicated the way these artists painted, learning new skills in acrylic paint with some excellent results! This term they will be looking at ceramics and tribal art creating pots based on Oceanic Indigenous designs.
Half way through Term 3 and assessments are well under way. Year 7 classes are producing their posters on cybersafety with skills learned in Photoshop. Year 8 students are moving through the research phase of learning HTML to produce a website on food sustainability. The Year 10 and 11 students are revisiting their childhood by developing a new character for the Hairy Maclary series of books. Students will then use their new character in an introductory animation.
There is only such a short time left for Year 12 and this term they are extremely busy producing a multimedia teaching resource for an educational company in an area of their choice. Overall it is turning out to be a busy term with only 3 weeks to go - hopefully this is turning into a fun term in IT and I am looking forward to seeing a high standard of creative work from all my students.
The following images are examples of Year 11 and 12 work.
In our prep classes we have a poster that says “Independence means - I do it by myself”. It is exciting to see our Preps becoming independent with their school work and with various routines.
This term we have been learning about community helpers. Two weeks a go we had our first Prep excursion for the year. The students each purchased a stamp at the Caboolture Post Shop. Each child had to independently buy a stamp and then post their letter to their parents. We also visited the Caboolture Hub where the children participated in various literacy activities with the librarians. Finally we enjoyed lunch and a play at Centenary Lakes.
We had a lovely day and we were so impressed with the Preps’ wonderful behaviour and confidence to try the various activities.
At the end of last term, we had the pleasure of taking the Year 9s out for a roller skating trip. The purpose of this was to galvanise the group as a whole and spend some time building relationships between both the staff and students. These support systems will be key to their success when they enter the Senior school in 6 short months! We were blessed with a wonderful day (and thankfully no injuries). Many thanks to Mrs Isabel Jackson (Year 9 Form Teacher) and Mr Derek Hughes (Middle School Coordinator) for organising the event.
This term in Year 9 English, we are embracing our geeky-ness in a unit on Science Fiction centred around the novel, ‘The City of Ember’. This book is about an aging city built underground by mysterious creators, lit only by electric light bulbs. Each time the lights go out, they might go out for good, so the heroes of the story work to try and make a better life for the city’s people as the mystery of the city’s origin unfolds.
This book makes for a good study of narrative plots because it stands alone as a story, while still building towards the other books in the trilogy. At the end of the term, we will have our own turn at writing a short story!
Palm Island Mission Trip
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending our school’s 11 day mission trip to Palm Island with nine ACC students from Years 9 and 10 and our Deputy Principal of Distance Education, Ms Michelle Flood. Palm Island is a two-hour ferry ride from Townsville, Queensland. It is an indigenous island that is home to the Bwgcolman people, which means ‘Many Tribes’.
Although a beautiful place, it is has a dark, troubled history since the European settlement of Australia. For much of the twentieth century it was used by the Queensland Government as a settlement for Aboriginals considered guilty of infractions such as being pregnant to a white man or being born with "mixed blood”. Alcohol has been a major problem on the island for many decades, and now drugs, like ice, has secretly made its way onto Palm Island as well.
However, as bad as that sounds, it was a fantastic place to visit with our students. ACC had a great time meeting the friendly people of Palm Island, which included a small number of Christians. For many of our students, the highlight was playing with the local children. Students displayed the shining light of Jesus with everyone they met, which was outstanding to see!
I encourage all our students to go a school mission trip. It’s a life-changing experience!