What does the Bible say?
Marriage is a good gift from God. All people are equally loved and valued by God, regardless of whether they are married or not. The Bible affirms the goodness of marriage, but the fact that Jesus Christ lived a single life highlights the fact that singleness is also good. Whether married or single, it is important that we understand the God-ordained purposes of marriage.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it’”
God created humanity in his image as male and female. He gave them his blessing to fill and subdue the earth. The maleness and femaleness of humanity are necessary for this divine mandate to be carried out, since only a male and a female together can conceive offspring to fill the earth. God’s design is for children to be born and grow in secure and loving care within the context of an enduring union between their mother and father.
Genesis 2 elaborates on the nature of this union between a man and a woman. A marriage is formed when a man and a woman leave their respective parents and unite together as “one flesh” (Gen 2:24). This exclusive and permanent union of a man and a woman in Genesis 1-2 is God’s pattern for all marriages (Ephesians 5:31; cf. Genesis 2:24). It is the only relationship that can properly have the title marriage. It has been this way, as the Lord Jesus said, “from the beginning” (Matthew 19:8).
The teaching of Jesus Christ upholds the biblical understanding of marriage. When asked about marriage, Jesus quoted the Old Testament:
“From the beginning the Creator made them male and female... Therefore a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh... Therefore what God has joined together, let no one tear asunder”
(Matthew 19:4-5, quoting from Genesis 1:27 and 2:24).
Jesus affirms and endorses the understanding of marriage that unfolds in the Scriptures “from the beginning”. He upholds this in his conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:4-26) – noting that, after five husbands, “the man you now have” cannot be considered her husband. Again, Jesus neither condemns nor condones the behaviour, but does underscore God’s planned pattern for marriage.
In the generations that followed the Fall, the Bible shows marriages coming under greater pressure, evidenced by broken relationships, polygamy, infidelity and abuse. Even in otherwise “good” marriages the struggle for dominance continued to add strain to the institution of marriage (Genesis 27:5ff).
For all people – whether Christian or not – marriage continues to be a place where human life can flourish. This is seen, firstly, in the potential for a husband and wife to conceive children and nurture them to adulthood. Secondly, the marriage commitment provides a secure context for meeting a couple’s relational, intellectual, emotional and sexual needs. Third, whether they realise it or not, their relationship serves as a reflection of the relationship between God and his people, Jesus and the church. The union of a man and a woman in marriage is so profound in God’s sight that it shapes his description of the culmination of his saving activity at the end of time (Revelation 19:6-10).
So, what if people are not Christians?
The reason we should participate in the conversation about marriage is out of love for our neighbours. It is not loving to let our society do things which we know will be harmful to the institution of marriage, because marriage between a man a woman is good for people. Wherever you find yourself discussing the meaning of marriage and people know you’re a believer, feel free to explain how God’s pattern for marriage has been proven to be good for society. It makes sense for Australia to follow this pattern – not just because it is God’s idea, but because it is good.
It’s not surprising that, if we abandon God’s good plan for marriage and define it another way, there will be consequences. And many of them may be negative. Christians have been way too silent on this. We can’t be good neighbours and stay silent on the damage that can be done if we change the meaning of marriage.
Because we’ve been largely silent until now, most Australians are simply unaware of the consequences of redefining marriage – the consequences for families and children, the consequences of removing gender difference from our societal structure and the consequences for freedom of speech.
This is the time when you need to read more and learn about the impact this change may have on your society. A good source to read, from which I took so the above material, can be found at this link. I strongly encourage you to take time to read the impact these changes will make. What Has God Joined Together
Focus on the Family also writes:
As we face this vote, it is important to understand that changing the definition of marriage has far-reaching implications for the make-up of our society - freedom of speech, freedom of religion and gender diversity being taught in our schools to name a few. However, Focus on the Family has a history of reflecting God’s heart for everyone including those that have contrary beliefs to our own, constantly advocating for the child and healthy relationships in all circumstances.
Focus is proud to be a supporter of the National Marriage Week (Sept. 10-16th) and have put together a Marriage Tool Box www.families.org.au/marriage-toolbox.
God bless you all
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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
SECONDHAND UNIFORM SHOP
The secondhand uniform shop is run by wonderful parent volunteers. Please note the following opening hours:
Wednesday 8:15am - 10:30am
Friday 8:15am - 10:30am
If you have any requests for secondhand uniform you can email these requests to [email protected] - please put 'Secondhand uniform request' in the subject heading. Admin will then pass on these requests to our Uniform Convenor.
We are currently in the process of interviewing a number of potential candidates for the canteen convenor. We propose to have the canteen back up and running by the beginning of Term 4.
Thanks for all your patience while we endeavour to get the canteen back up and running once again.
Student Withdrawal Notices
One term’s notice in writing is required for withdrawal of students. Insufficient notice may result in additional fees being charged.
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 - THANK YOU
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.
Our huge thanks to all the families who helped fill up a shoe box this year.
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.
Home stay opportunities in Term 4, 2017
Last month, two delightful groups of Japanese students went home enriched by their experience at Australian Christian College.
Many were amazed by the opportunity to encounter Aussie culture, Aussie animals and Aussie schooling, as well as experiencing the “true blue” Aussie lifestyle with their homestay family. “There is so much love in my family,” one student remarked, “I will never forget my time here!” Thank you for those families who were part of this beautiful experience.
If you would like to take part in being a “homestay” family, there are two more opportunities coming up this year at Australian Christian College:
Seikyo Middle School 12 – 19 October 2017
(14 year old Japanese students for 7 nights)
Yamanashi Middle School 3 – 16 November 2017
(14 year old Japanese students for 13 nights)
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]
Help Support a School Family in Need
"As a School Family Community, we encourage you to support a family who are currently faced with financial hardship due to severe medical issues. Please go to the link below for a full understanding of their needs and support them in any way you can"
ACC Satisfaction Survey
Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far, we appreciate you taking the time to tell us what is working at our school and how we can improve.
If you have not had the opportunity to take part in the annual ACC Parent Survey, we would invite you to participate and have your say on your child(ren)'s school at 2017 ACC Parent Survey
ACC Art and Technology Exhibition
Camp Australia Updates
What’s Happening On-Campus
In the last week of term we had a special chapel for our Year 6 - 12' students who prepared a presentation called Motivational Media. The theme of the video production was to encourage students to "take the shot". It let students know that in striving to achieve life's goals it does run the risk of failures along the way, but to press on towards their goal.
It was an encouraging time for students and certainly something different from our usual chapel and assembly time-slots.
Our awards night this year has been split into two separate sessions. For Prep to Year 5, their awards ceremony will be from 4:30PM to 6 PM. For Year 6 - 12 however, their ceremony will be from 7:00PM to 8:30 PM. For those parents/caregivers who have students in each of the separate ceremonies, there will be refreshments available between the sessions from 6:00PM - 7:00PM.
Our Primary School Coordinator, Mrs. Allan, has gone on maternity leave. Mrs. Allan will be replaced in her coordinator's role by Miss Tsui for our P - 2s and Mrs Foley for our Year 3 - 5s. Please keep these ladies informed if you have any concerns in their school sectors .
Have a great term break.
Social media allows people via a digital platform, website or app to create, share and connect with others (eg. Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram). It is fast moving and sometimes hard to keep up. Understanding social media use and the possible risks and benefits can help us support our children.
Understanding the benefits of social media
The internet and social media provide young people with a range of benefits, and opportunities to empower themselves in a variety of ways. Young people can maintain social connections and support networks that otherwise wouldn't be possible, and can access more information than ever before. The communities and social interactions young people form online can be invaluable for bolstering and developing young people's self-confidence and social skills.
Managing the risks of social media
Social media comes with risks and there are ways that you can help your children to manage those risks:
Encourage a “healthy level” of time spent on social media. Spending too much time online is a real problem. Encourage a set a time for social media use to help children manage their time between online and offline socialising.
Talk to them about online safety.
Talk to them about sharing personal information as there are risks involved with disclosing too much online. Check that they understand what happens to their information.
Help them understand the effect of social media on self-esteem. Young people value likes and follows on social media as social kudos. Help let them know that social media shouldn’t impact negatively on their self-esteem.
Support victims of cyberbullying. As with other forms of bullying the target of cyberbullying may be in need of emotional support. Key principles here include reassuring them that they have done the right thing by telling someone; recognising that it must have been difficult for them to deal with; and reiterating that no-one has a right to do that to them.
Senior School Updates
Social Justice in our Senior School
As Christians, I believe that we have a real responsibility to raise young people who have an understanding of what ‘social justice’ is and help them develop a social conscience that empowers them to be good citizens – in both local and global matters.
It is not surprising then, that ‘social justice’ has been a common focus in both Senior Christian Living classes as well as our Year 12 English class this term. In particular, in English our students have studied ‘Schindler’s List’ and how one man was able to save so many, for no personal gain. Oskar Schindler, whilst arguably a very flawed individual, ultimately used all that he personally had to save people who were effectively ‘strangers’. Schindler simply chose to do something that was very ‘right’ at a time where so much was very ‘wrong’ – irrespective of the personal cost.
We have also discussed in our Year 12 Christian Living class this term that this sort of altruism is actually quite difficult to make sense of without understanding that we are made in the image of God. Indeed for the humanist, altruism makes little sense at all as our sole purpose is meant to be about ensuring one’s own survival, rather than that of others who neither carry our own genes (i.e. family) nor are useful to our personal survival. However, every day people around the world are witness to acts of heroism and altruistic deeds that ‘do not make sense’. But if we believe that we are made in the image of God, it makes sense that we have an innate capacity to love, feel compassion for and even sacrifice for others.
Consequently, after considering how many people have impacted the world for the better and made significant positive changes, our Year 12 English students are now creating TEDx talks to promote either a social justice issue or something aimed at making a positive change in the world. I believe it is so important our young people feel that the world is something they can actually impact, not just something that impacts them. Indeed, one of the most important reasons why we embed these sorts of projects in our curriculum is to give students real opportunities to feel empowered and understand, from a young age, that they really can make a difference in their world.
In addition, is also very important that our young people understand how privileged they are and that with such privilege comes great responsibility, to actually do something.
Changes to Year 10 Next Year
All Year 9 students recently received information outlining the new changes to Year 10 at ACC, beginning 2018. We are excited by these new opportunities for our students as they prepare for both new senior curriculum and external exams in 2020. Students have now made initial subject selections. If you have not, see Mrs Newell urgently.
Year 10 SET Plans
By now most, if not all Year 10 students will have completed their SET Plan. However, if you have a Year 10 student that has not yet done their SET Plan, please contact Mrs Fraser to organise this as soon as you are able.
Senior School TERM 4 Date claimers:
- 10-11 October – Year 10/11 Biology Camp
- 14 November – Awards Night
- 16 November – Formal
- 17 November – Graduation Ceremony
Head of Senior School
Middle School Updates
In the last few days I have been reflecting on Term 3 and impressive number extra things we have been able to fit in to 9 weeks:
- Year 6 Camp
- Year 7-9 Camp
- $20 Boss project
- Staff v Students Futsal Game
- Students lunchtime Soccer Game
- Launch of year 6-7 Rugby Team
- Book Week
- Motivational Media Presentation
- Battle of the Bands
- Science Fair
- Regular Lunch-time and after school activities: cooking, music, sport, technology…
The list of value added activities keeps growing, I know I’ve missed some out.
I would like to thank all of the teachers, parents and helpers who make these activities possible. These activities are vital for the life of our school. They allow us to build relationships and, subsequently, develop a culture of care and respect.
I have not just been reflecting on the co-curricular elements of our program, but also, what is essentially our core business, education. I have had some time to do a brief analysis of the NAPLAN data, and, initial indications are quite pleasing. IN most curriculum areas, across Years 7 & 9 we are on par with the state average. As expected, we are particularly strong in reading. This reflection has included looking at both the strengths and weaknesses of both year levels and individuals with the aim of finding areas of our curriculum that we can adapt to ensure we continue to improve.
I pray for a restful break for all of our students with the hope they return ready for another busy finish to the year.
Primary School Updates
Our Primary School Coordinator, Mrs. Allan, has gone on maternity leave earlier than planned, so she did not get to write you a special letter of goodbye. We wish her well with the delivery of her new baby and we look forward to our first cuddle! Mrs. Allan will be replaced in her coordinator's role by Miss Tsui for our P - 2s and Mrs Foley for our Year 3 - 5s. Please keep these ladies informed if you have any concerns in their school sectors .
On Campus Class Updates
We kicked off the term with our Year 6 camp at Bestbrook Mountain Resort. It was a wonderful few days away with plenty of activities such as horse riding, orienteering, animal feeding, milking cows, whip cracking, billy boiling races and toasting marshmallows to name a few. While watching kids swing across the river on a tyre swing, it was such a blessing to take in our surroundings and really admire God’s handiwork and our great Australian landscape.
The fun didn’t stop there though and we went from the mountains to the Ekka. As part of our maths program, students were able spend a day at the Ekka and we enjoyed a number of annual favourites including some wild rides, strawberry ice creams, the animal pavilions and of course, sideshow alley and the showbag pavilion. With many students never having been to the show before, it was a wonderful day of memories that will spoken about for a long time to come.
At school we have been learning about the Federation of Australia and how our system of government came to be. Students got the chance last week to see this in action first hand as we visited Parliament House in Brisbane. They were involved in role play activities as they sat in the Legislative Assembly Chamber. In true political style, order had to be called by the speaker as both sides of parliament argued over the issue of the day.
Being able to supplement class work with real life experiences is always a fantastic opportunity to create opportunities for deeper learning as well as creating memories to carry with us. We are thankful for all of the opportunities we have had this term and I pray the students have enjoyed the different perspectives that we have encountered.
Year 12, Senior Maths B, Senior Physics
Another term is racing towards its conclusion and pressure of final assessments is well and truly upon our Year 12 students. They have also just completed the important Queensland Core Skills test that has a significant impact on their OP Score and immediate university entrance possibilities. Please pray that the examiners will look favourably upon our students’ submissions.
Next term will include lots of special events for the students including Awards Night, the Formal function and the final day of their school life on November 17.
Senior Maths B
Continuing an automotive theme from Term 2, the Year 11 students are just about to complete an assignment that analyses the motion of some of the main components of an internal combustion engine. The Year 10 students are completing a similar assignment, but in their case, they are analysing the motion of an elliptical trainer.
Coming into the warmer, sunnier months of the year, the Year 12s are looking at modelling the impact of length of days, typical cloud cover and solar angles of elevation, on the amount of energy that a domestic solar power system will generate. Each student will compare results from two different cities in Australia to determine which one will produce the greatest amount of power.
The Year 10 and 11 students have recently been to Aussie World as a significant part of the unit “The Physics of Fun” where we have been considering the physics principles behind rides like roller coasters and other thrill rides like “The Redback” (as pictured).
The Year 12s have been looking at the structure of the atom from the perspective of the historical developments that have led to our current understanding.
This historical perspective is very interesting and our textbook includes fascinating snippets of information about the brilliant scientists involved in atomic physics in the early 20’th century. For example, we learn about New Zealander, Ernest Rutherford, who was not only awarded a Nobel Prize for his work, but trained many students, 11 of whom were also awarded Nobel Prizes in later years.
Year 12 Legal Studies
This term the Year 12 Legal Studies class have been investigating Human Rights laws. They have been learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how this influences legislation in Australia. After researching how Human Rights laws have been integrated into a variety of other countries laws and students had to debate how these different approaches could be used in Australia. Students have also been investigating the legal issue of treatment of asylum seekers in Australia and legality of offshore detention centres. It has been a great opportunity to see the importance of being aware of global human rights issues as these students move towards graduation. As these students take those steps closer to becoming adults who will have a say in forming the Human Rights legislation for future generations, it is important that they begun to develop and understanding of these issues. They will also be excited to finish their last ever assignment in the subject.
We’re having a blast here at Australian Christian College. This term, there have been some very exciting things to report. In Week 1, we began holding our weekly Chapel services combined, bringing our Middle School and Senior School chapel services together. It was a big experiment, and it’s turning out to be fantastic so far! We have more time for chapel and more opportunity for videos, skits, testimonies, and more.
On the 10th of August, we held our College Celebration Service for the term. We once again treated our lovely families to a free BBQ and free coffee for parents, and enjoyed a great night celebrating everything happening at the college! We had a number of student and class performances, and a fantastic guest speaker, Paul Clark, who had us all laughing along to his awesome puppet presentation.
It’s been a busy term, but a good one! We now turn our eyes towards Christmas, in anticipation to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus! I hope that you’ll join us for one of the biggest events in our college calendar: our Christmas Outreach Carols Service on Wednesday the 29th of November!
Thank you to all of your prayer, encouragement and support so far throughout this year.
Photo: College Celebration Service - Chapel Band
Dear Valued Volunteers,
Thank you for all you have done for ACC-Morton. Thank you for choosing to set aside you time and come in and help the students of our college. Be it working one-to-one with students in the reading tutor program, assisting in classroom activities, organizing and running the uniform shop, lending a hand on sports day or helping out in our library; your work is appreciated by both the staff and the students.
Since the start of 2017, I have had the good fortune to work with a great number of committed and diligent individuals in my role overseeing the volunteers. As volunteers, you bring your own unique experiences and skills into the college community and we are richer for it.
I would also like to congratulate those volunteers who have completed their Teacher Aid Certifications whilst volunteering at the college. It has been good talking with each of you about your courses and how they relate to the work you do with the students. I am always delighted to hear about the work opportunities that have become available since getting your certification. I hope that the college will continue to be a place where members of our larger community can get opportunities to improve themselves.
To finish off, I will say it again; thank you volunteers for all the work you do within our college community. You truly are highly valued.