This is obviously the business end of the school year with many end-of-year functions being planned, seniors studying hard, staff organising exams, Open Nights, Christmas Carols, as well as the primary students heading off to Learn to Swim classes.
It is also the time of year where I undertake all our planning for next year. I am identifying the new staff we will need to cater for extra students, as well as the larger group of Year 9 students moving into Year 10, and our decision to have Year 10 start their QCE work in Year 10. I am currently advertising for new staff and making new appointments for 2018 so we have a very organized start to the new school year.
Through this term and into 2018 our senior school staff has been undertaking intensive training with QCAA to be ready for the start of the new QCE course. We are very grateful for Claude Jones, Director of the Assessment and Reporting Division of QCAA spend an afternoon with senior staff to ensure that we are up to date with the latest developments. I will also spend two days next week in Brisbane with QCAA and QTAC ensuring we know all we can about the developments so that we can make the best decisions for our children.
There has been lots of media attention about the new NAPLAN testing for Year 1 students. At this stage we only know that it will start in Term 2, 2018. We are carefully watching these developments and will ensure that our students are ready for whatever is created.
Success in NAPLAN. You may have seen local media coverage of our college being one of only two schools to have secondary students above the state average in reading in the Narangba to Caboolture region. Thank you to all the parents who read with their children. A big thank you to those parents who continue to encourage secondary students to read every night. Together with our staff and the extra work of teachers and volunteers our children are becoming leaders in reading skills in our region.
If you have siblings that need to be enrolled into Prep 2018, please contact the office asap to reserve a position. We look forward to seeing next years Preps in school next Monday and hope they have a wonderful time.
Builders and handymen please apply. We are making major renovations to the STEM and Art Rooms in Middle school over the Christmas break (Dec-mid January). The problem I face is that I cannot get builders or renovators or even handymen/women to come in and quote to perform the work. We want to have great STEM equipment in there for next year including 3D printers and laser cutters, and in art all sorts of equipment. But I need the rooms fixed with walls removed and shelving etc. If you know someone who can help, please ask them to call me at the College.
The Staff Carpark is the carpark area to the east off the admin building. It has double parking and is too narrow to get into and out of. So please do not enter and park in this area. I have watched the main carpark over the last couple of weeks and there is still plenty of parking spaces available.
Our students will start their end-of-year ACER testing next week. This will give you and our teachers information about the progress of our students and ways that our teachers can help each child’s reading and numeracy skills. While these are important to children, please encourage them to do well, but do not stress them out!
Monday is a student-free day across the State so students are not required at school. But the office and teaching staff are here if you need to contact us.
God be with you all
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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
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 are currently underway. Siblings have an automatic place and do not require an interview but applications and documentation are still required.
Please contact Carolyn at [email protected] or 5490 6103.
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 Cinta Banks for achieving your yellow belt in Taekwondo
Late in Term 3, our very own Cinta Banks achieved a Yellow Belt one tip at Caboolture Taekwondo.
She started in July and graded ahead of all expectation. Well done Cinta!
The above graphic was designed by Tylar Magee to promote our new ACC Cafe.
This is ground control to….Major Plotnek?
Earlier this month, our amazing Mrs. Plotnek was part of a group of ten STEM teachers selected from across Australia to attend Space Camp in the US.
Landed in Mars, the red planet!
Reading Tutor Volunteers Needed
There are many benefits to volunteering such as:
Connecting you with others
Make new friends and contacts
Enhance your social and relationship skills
Team building and bonding
Good for mind and body
Good for your career
Provides career experiences
Enhance or learn valuable job skills
It's fun and fulfilling!
Do something you love and give back to the school community!
Reading Tutor is or one-to-one phonics program that is run for students who struggle with literacy. It is used in learning support department across the state and has shown to be beneficial in improving reading. A reading tutor volunteer works with students 1 to 3 times a week, and helps students with sight words and learning knew sounds. The program is easy to follow and fairly hassle free, though experience working with children would be great.
What do you need to be a reading tutor volunteer? It’s easy, just complete an interest form specifying that you would like to help out in reading tutor, complete our induction course and blue card application and you’re good to go.
If you are already working at the college as a volunteer and would like to help out with reading tutor please contact Joel Hogan a [email protected]
Volunteer Interest Forms available at Reception.
ACCM First Art Exhibition
On October 11 2017, ACCM had it’s first ever Art Exhibition in our new primary building. Below are some of the pictures highlighting some of the art displayed on the evening.
What’s Happening On-Campus
Welcome back to our final term of the year. I hope all our students and their families had a nice holiday break. This is the shortest of our school terms but also our most busiest.
PIPS and ACER Testing
Soon students in Years 1 - 10 will undergo ACER testing to see how they are progressing in their literacy and numeracy. These tests give teachers a gauge on students improvement in their reading and mathematical abilities. For our Prep students we have PIPS testing being carried out to assess their progress so far this year.
Student Free Day
A reminder that Monday 16th October is a day off for students. Queensland schools have this day as a student free day .
Earn and Learn
Thank you to all our families and wider community who participated in collecting the shopping stickers - we had a lot of support. The stickers convert into points for us to nominate educational items to benefit our students. This year we are planning on putting them into obtaining extra items for students to use at lunch times such as sports equipment and games.
At lunch times our Year 1 - 12 students have the opportunity to borrow sports equipment from our lending room, which is monitored by student volunteers from our Year 6 classes. Additionally at both morning tea and lunch time our librarian Mrs Potgieter has the library open for students to come in and do quiet activities such as board games and reading. We have a number of student library monitors who assist with lunchtime activities and library duties.
Our new playground equipment is also used by many students. A number of our teachers also run various clubs at lunch times.
For our Preps there are many resources available for lunchtime play activities including a range of equipment set up by their teacher aides.
Looking forward to another great term!
We are excited to announce that Australian Christian College: Moreton has employed their first school based trainee starting on Wednesday 11 October, 2017. Judy McFarland, a Year 11 student, will be completing her Certificate III in Business Administration and learning about both the Library and the Administration Office. We wish her well and hope that this will be the start of more opportunities to come for other students at ACC.
Senior School Updates
Procrastination – not our friend this term
As a Senior School we have recently watched a short TED talk by Tim Urban called ‘Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator’ – feel free to find it and watch it yourselves. Both the topic and the timing of this presentation is important to us in Senior school this term as we, have no time whatsoever for procrastination due to the very short nature of Term Four!
The main purpose of this talk was to explain how the ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’ (you may need to watch the video) too often keeps the ‘Rational Decision Maker’ from being in control in our brains. This is an image of a procrastinator’s brain:
Fortunately, in order to ensure that we meet deadlines we also have a guardian angel called the ‘Panic Monster’ – this is the only thing the monkey is actually afraid of! The ‘Panic Monster’ shows up just in time to scare aware the ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’ when we are close to a deadline. You may even recognise this system yourself?
Now, whilst many who use this ‘system’ will claim it works – it is not recommended and I strongly urge all of our Senior students this term to give their ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’ as little time as possible at the wheel of their minds and brains. Instead, I encourage them to spend their time wisely planning out how they will achieve the successful submission of all of their work and achieve great things – this is clearly a job for the ‘Rational Decision Maker’ in their brains. The monkey has no business here in Term Four!
However, this talk had another powerful message about how many of us fall victim to another sort of procrastination that is less obvious but just as dangerous. This is the procrastination of more long-term, hard things without deadlines. It seems that in matters without a specific deadline with well-defined consequences, we are too often tempted to put off doing the ‘hard things’ that can significantly impact our lives and future.
Tim Urban uses a slide similar to the following that demonstrates the very finite and limited nature of life. Below each circle represents one month of a person’s life and this square below maps out the life of a ninety year old person in months.
Without specific deadlines there is no ‘Panic Monster’ and the procrastination is not as easily contained. Our future relies on making good rational decisions; however, it is easy to be side-tracked by the sneaky monkey that distracts us from our real purpose and future success, by encouraging us to defer good decision making and avoid hard work. Consequently, doing ‘hard things’ such as keeping healthy, spending time with family, working on relationships, our mental health or even a future career are often more difficult to prioritise as the ‘Panic Monster’ mechanism doesn’t work without a deadline.
So, this term I encourage parents and students to firstly talk about how they will limit the ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’ in their heads to avoid the ‘Panic Monster’ and the cramming of assessment in this very short term. But secondly, I am encouraging parents to begin a conversation with their students about at least one thing that doesn’t have a finite deadline, so that the sneaky monkey does not get control of the things that are really important in their lives and limit their long-term success and satisfaction. Remember, as demonstrated above, we all have limited circles to achieve all that we can – and should!
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
One of the joys of being a Middle School teacher is getting to observe young people as they make the transition from child to adolescent. From year 6 to year 9 there is an incredible transformation that takes place: thinking becomes more logical and rational, students develop an ability to understand others’ perspectives, the ability to think hypothetically starts to emerge and the considering of multiple perspectives becomes easier.
One of my jobs, at this time of year, is to consider a number of awards and leadership positions for next year. As part of this reflection, it always lifts my spirits when I mentally process how much the students have grown over the course of the year. I love listening as the teachers discuss the students and their various strengths as they list the students’ improvements and make a case for the various awards.
Unfortunately, not ever student can receive “an honour” but reassured that every student is honoured. That we appreciate and acknowledge the efforts they make and encourage them to keep striving to be the best they can be.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24 ESV
Primary School Updates
Welcome back to Term 4!
We’re very excited to be stepping into the role of Acting Primary Coordinators while Mrs Allan is away on maternity leave and look forward to an exciting term ahead. Miss Tsui will be working with Prep to Year 2 and Mrs Foley will be working with Years 3-5.
Our first event for this term is the commencement of our primary swimming program. All classes from Year 1 to Year 5 will be swimming in Weeks 2 and 3 from Tuesday to Friday. All students are welcome to wear their sports uniforms each day during this period but please make sure that all items of clothing (including shoes and socks), towels and goggles are clearly labelled with your child’s name. We strongly suggest that in the interest of sun safety, all students wear a rashie. Sunscreen will be provided.
At this week’s assembly, we explained to the students that toys are not to be brought to school. This ensures that toys aren’t being lost or broken and encourages children to participate in school based lunchtime activities. Children are welcome to borrow items from the school sports shed to play with, use the library, enjoy our new playground equipment and attend clubs such as Lego Club on certain days.
We are both looking forward to getting to know our primary community a lot better and should you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Mrs Foley and Ms Tsui
On Campus Class Updates
What’s happening this term?
Year 7 students are designing personal water filtration units as well as making butter and mayonnaise as a result of what they are learning in chemistry classes in science this term.
Year 8 Students, led by a handful of interested Year 9 & 11 students, will be setting up our schools new Organic Garden! Year 8 students are learning about composting; building worm farms; companion planting; the science of soil; making their own super fertilizers and making organic chemical concoctions to treat plants pests and diseases. Students will be experimenting with different plant fertilizers to see the effect of P-K-N element ratios on the growth of plants. Students will also learn to take cuttings and grow plants asexually. We will be looking at fruit trees and why grafting is the preferred method for fruit tree production. We will also learn to save seed and understand the effect of genetically modified seeds on agriculture. At harvest time, students will use the school kitchen to learn food preservation methods such as pickling, jam making, kombucha and dehydration techniques. We will also explore the benefits of growing medicinal plants. I am excited about this unit, and I hope it will be of added value to our STEM students education, as they learn to put their science knowledge into practice. NOTE; We need donations of potted plants, such as rosemary, lavender and mint, plus any other herbs in pots you may be able to donate to get our garden started! Thank you.
Year 9 students are doing market research, designing and creating non-perishable products for sale at our Christmas market, as part of an entrepreneurial skills class, as well as designing a battle field for nerf gun / water balloon wars.
Year 10 students are carrying out experiments and research projects on areas of interest and to build on their senior science, art, math or technology curriculum.
Year 9 Mathematics
It feels like just yesterday when I announced to the year 9s that we were going to work through the Maths curriculum in four term spirals and have regular weekly Maths tests. The year 9 students have stepped up to the plate and have really excelled in their Maths learning this year. Students have reported that they have learned so much more compared to before and can clearly see the value of the new Math learning approach. As a Maths teacher, this is exciting to hear.
This term the standard year 9 Maths group will be working on an assignment, while the adjusted Maths group will have an end of term exam.
Students have learned to work increasingly independently and have become more accustomed to regular Maths testing and applying knowledge. This will come in very handy with year 10 just a few months off!
Jacques de Villiers
Here in 2K we have begun analysing texts more deeply through comparing and contrasting. Students have done well this first week to learn the meaning of those two words and are able to describe how two texts are similar and different.
We had fun in Maths learning about kilograms and mass, using our new weighing scales to compare everyday grocery objects to a 1 kilogram weight.
In Health, students were ever-ready to share how they stay safe as we begun our ‘Safety First’ unit. We look forward to demonstrating this knowledge, particularly sun safety in the next two weeks as we go swimming. All the class were excited to hear that they will be going swimming in this nice warm (almost too hot) weather!
A very busy term we have before us and I just know that this class will be ready for Year 3 next year!
I hope you have an enjoyable Term 4!
Year 10 Christian Living
This semester, the Year 10 students are reading the book Do Hard Things. Written by teenage twins Alex and Brett Harris, this book challenges teenagers to rise above the low expectations imposed on them by society, and in many cases, themselves, and to push themselves out of their comfort zones.
The twins have begun a movement across America, and indeed the globe, which they have coined a Rebelution. Rebelling against the concept that the teen years are a time to kick back, vacate responsibility and ‘find themselves’, generally while doing very little in the process.
The Year 10 students have been challenged to consider their views of adolescence and what it means to be a ‘teenager’. Students have looked at the history of both the terms – adolescent and teenager – and the development of society’s expectations on people in that age group. Sadly, it seems the general expectations are very low. Teenagers receive awards for excellence when they have actually put in very little effort. This does not go unnoticed by the youth themselves and the spiral continues. Rewarding little effort generally leads to less effort, not more
This term students are going to identify a ‘Hard Thing’ for them, and undertake to complete it. For some students this may involve facing a fear they have such as speaking in public, or learning how to swim or dive; it might be addressing a behaviour or habit that they need to alter or develop. Students may decide to push themselves physically – take up a sport or some form of exercise; academically – do their homework, set aside study time or apply themselves more diligently in class to pursue a higher grade; or socially – undertake to talk to a set number of ‘strangers’ in a given time.
The options are endless, and your Year 10 student may have a chat with you about what their ‘Hard Thing’ could be. Today we discussed Mr Complacency and the myth of ‘just do you best’. A myth because so often when we are told to ‘just do our best’ very often it is taken as permission to ‘give it a go’ even if the ‘go’ is half hearted.
It is our desire to see our young people truly reach their potential, but this will never happen comfortably. Perhaps you too could challenge yourself to Do Hard Things, for if we lead by example there is that much more chance that our students will too!
Hi, I am Sonja, the new librarian here at school. I am passionate about books and children reading for relaxation and fun. I love working at the library, talking to children about books and encouraging them to read.
Parent volunteers needed. If you are passionate about the library and books and would like to help in the library, please get in touch with me or contact the office. There are many jobs to be done.
Moreton Bay Region Libraries are putting on a free, fun, family day on Saturday the 21st of October at the Caboolture Hub, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm.
Please see the program below.