Last email focused on senior studies so I wanted to ensure that Middle School parents understand what is happening in our wonderful Middle School (Years 6-9) and why we are developing it the way it is.
The end of primary school and the start of secondary school is a difficult time for students as they cope with the transition from a single teacher classroom into the secondary system of periods and specialist teachers. During this time they will also undergo extensive physiological and social changes with puberty that will affect their relationships with each other, their parents and their teachers. This is described in tween research literature as follows:
Literature suggests that when children reach their tween years (9 –13 years old), they begin to develop unique social needs and desires, and reveal distinctive hopes, dreams, and expectations for the future. Most notably in this age group, physical changes brought on by the onset of puberty are accompanied by emotional changes. Tweens begin to develop their own sense of self and seek out information from parents and peers that will help them further define themselves. They are beginning to identify their own interests and express themselves through their activities. At the same time, tween self-esteem is in development and fragile, at best. As such, tweens are highly affected by peers and face pressures and worries that are often focused on how they will fit in and interact with others in society. 
Interestingly enough, the term Tween, which was first mentioned by the author JRR Tolkien, was used to describe the years after one is no longer a teenager and is making somewhat irresponsible decisions for their life. Today a Tween is someone who comes from a highly diverse background, has unique social needs, and is preparing themselves to make a difference in the world in the near future.
At ACCM our Middle School was created with this in mind. Between the ages of 10-12, children aren’t quite teenagers, but they aren’t really like younger kids either. They are exploring, finding their own voice, and stepping out into the world. They are starting to challenge parents and each other as well as society’s norms.
Tweens also have money to spend and it is often burning a hole in their pocket. They are impulsive buyers and look to satisfy wants immediately. Sellers communicate to Tweens in a way that reaches them frequently, brands can work to become a top of the mind product in the mind of the modern Tween. The advantage of making this happen is clear: the younger generations today build closer relationships with brands today, identify with them personally, and are more loyal to them than ever before. They are also left alone more and use social media more, providing more opportunity for retailers to target tweens.
Reorganising into a Year 6-9 Middle School with teachers dedicated to providing a fun, challenging and unique middle school culture was an opportunity to build a memorable time for our 11 to 14 year old students that will provide them with a solid foundation for the following three years.
Our goal, at the end of those 3 years was to see students who:
- love God and seek to share their faith with others,
- work as part of a team,
- engage in healthy competition,
- assume responsibility and work for privileges,
- have well developed and effective study habits that result in academic achievement,
- reach their full potential,
- engage with the community.
This year we have seen our STEM program change to fit the needs of the children, to include things they want to study. The new sustainable garden is an outcome of their enthusiasm to learn outside. Inside STEM class the resources have been basic, but it has enabled us to see what these children need to have to learn design theories, to be innovative and creative. Now we are preparing to redevelop the inside of the STEM rooms to create new exciting learning spaces that meet the needs of tweens today and not just old trade rooms still seen in may schools.
The entrepreneur’s skills were developed through a program that lent students money to start a business and make a return on the investment. It was exciting to see them want to do this and it dominated school and home I am sure. But it shows how tweens like to learn.
In art we found a new larger space and children have been involved in more hands-on student driven art. The recent art exhibition showed what students at our school can create! Amazing. They are learning to be creative and not just look for teacher guidance on what they should create.
The growth of our music program is the same with chapel bands, lessons and lots of lunchtime noise that now filter through the school. Next year we have arranged for more Instrumental Music opportunities for students in Middle School and I hope that this gives them another opportunity to explore their God-given talents, or simply explore a new type of learning.
The creation of After School Clubs was aimed at Middle School to help them try new things, explore what they love to learn about, and simply enjoy learning in a different, non-classroom way. And what an amazing success it has been. Thanks for supporting the Clubs.
Under Mr Hughes’ leadership, 2018 will be an exciting time for Middle School as ideas and research we had in 2016 will got past concepts and trials and wonderful programs and facilities will be created for our Middle School students.
I think our goals and dreams for a new form of Middle School is almost here and 2018 will be an exciting year for our tweens.
 Exploring How to Motivate Behavior Change Among Tweens http://www.cdc.gov/youthcampaign/research/PDF/LitReview.pdf
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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
- School Holiday Dates Friday 1st December - Wednesday 24th January
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 54906103.
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.
Movie Highlight: The Star
At 4:00pm on Saturday 25th November, The Caboolture Ministers' Network will be previewing "The Star".
This movie is ideal for parents and grandparents especially, but for anyone who would like to invite and take children to a wholesome movie which will tell them about the amazing wonder of Christmas.
The cost is a special low price at $8.00 per ticket.
The purpose is not only to provide wholesome entertainment, but also to raise funds to enable us to continue to support ministry to our community.
Tickets are now available from Hank, and you can email him if you would like to get tickets.
Feel free to contact Hank on 0402059013 or email him at [email protected]
Tickets are also available at the administration desk at the College
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.
The above graphic was designed by Tylar Magee to promote our new ACC Cafe.
What’s Happening On-Campus
There are only a few more weeks left of the school year - it is coming up quickly . Japanese Visitors.
This week we have 30 Japanese students joining in with our regular classes. They have been assigned buddies to spend time with at lunch breaks and, when they are not doing English lessons, go with their buddies to classes.
Senior School Block Exams
This past week our Year 10 ,11 and 12's been doing their end of semester exams. Our Year 11 and 12 students have the option of attending school only when they have exams on. This has been a really good opportunity for them to have the time to put in some concentrated study and preparation for their exams.
On 2nd November our after-school clubs put on a showcase of what they have been doing this term. Well done students and a big thank you to all those teachers who volunteer their free time after school to run these clubs.
Mr. Underwood and I have been busy lately interviewing potential new teachers for next year. The growth of our school and particularly commencing next year with two Year 10 classes has meant that we will need some additional teachers to fill newly created positions. We have had some very experienced teachers applying to commence employment at our college.
Looking forward to a great finish the school year.
Senior School Updates
21st Century Skills
At a recent QCAA Principal’s conference I attended with Gary Underwood, a resource was shared that clearly showed the 21st century skills needed in order to prepare young people for the future. Through national and international research, the QCAA has identified and defined the set of skills students need in the 21st century. Along with literacy and numeracy, these 21st century skills are the underpinning factors that shape the development of the General syllabuses.
It is interesting that whilst the world continues to hurtle at break-neck speeds towards a future filled with technologies that are more ‘virtual’ than real, it appears we are now prioritising very ‘human’ skills. These ‘softer’ skills, as they have traditionally been thought of, are now the very skills that companies seek. The ability to communicate well. The ability to problem solve and critically think. And of course, our new world has a constant thirst for new and creative ways to innovate - producing entrepreneurs and business ideas not previously even imagined!
It is indeed a ‘brave new world’ that our students face. But rest assured that our 21st Century students at ACC will be 21st Century prepared. With the already many changes to our curriculum to support the QCAA changes, will also come a new emphasis and renewed focus on the skills outlined in the document above.
We are very much committed to ‘Preparing students for a changing world’, and we are confident our students are up for the challenge as well!
Middle School Updates
The College Awards’ Night is just one week away. I would like to remind all families that this is a compulsory event, and a very important one in building culture and recognising success within The College.
The various awards are intended to support and motivate students to make positive choices about their learning and behaviour. By acknowledging efforts across a range of areas within college life, we aim to encourage students to connect with others, contribute to your school community, and to recognise their own potential.
It is important that our children learn to not just receive honours but to celebrate those that do when they, themselves, miss out. There is a wide body of research that emphasises the positive impacts that celebrating each other’s success has on a community; it fosters hope and optimism, which in turn promote more success. All students should attend, regardless of whether they are receiving an awards or not, to celebrate the success of their friends and peers.
Primary School Updates
Please take note of some exciting events that has happened or that will be happening in the next couple of weeks.
This is a night where we are able to celebrate student achievement as a community and encourage our students to support their friends and classmates. We will also be announcing our primary students leaders for next year. Don't forget that this year, the primary awards ceremony will be separate to that of middle school and high school and will commence at 4.30pm. Students are to wear formal uniforms and their blazers. Please come along and share in the successes of our children. This is a compulsory event for students.
Class Chapel performances
Some classes have been busy practising for their Chapel performances. Over the next couple of weeks there are a number of classes performing at Chapel. If you are free, please come along to our primary chapel, which is held every Tuesday starting at 8: 50 am held in the College hall.
Prep S and Prep W Chapel performance 7/11/17
Year 1S and 1T Chapel performance at Chapel 14/11/17
Year 3 Chapel performance 21/11/17
Start Smart Program
In Week 8, primary students will be participating in the Start Smart program in partnership with the Commonweath Bank. The Start Smart program changes the way young people learn about money. By making money management interactive, engaging and fun through a series of workshops and online resources, the program will equip students with the confidence and competence to make smart decisions about money. The Start Smart team will be at the College between Wednesday 22/11 till Thursday 23/11. Each class will have the opportunity to attend a workshop over those days.
In Week 5, Mrs Potgieter our wonderful librarian presented to Declan, Antonia, Ziggi and Grace their library monitor badges. The library monitors are responsible for helping put away books and provide general assistance to Mrs Potgieter. We wish them the very best in their new roles.
Mrs Potgieter handing out badges to our library monitors.
Mrs Foley and Ms Tsui
ENCOURAGEMENT - How can you help?
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing”
1 Thessalonians 5:11”
Reflecting upon the people who have most influenced my life, I notice that there is one thing in common. They were all encouragers. We all need encouragers in our lives to build us up, fill our minds with positive talk and continue to see the best in us. Research continues to prove that praise works so much better than criticism in motivating people. When we encourage others, we are building up their emotional reserves. We need to surround ourselves with people who recognise our gifts and talents, see our potential and help us learn by supporting us through life’s challenges and obstacles. Encouragement is specific and helps us with direction and guidance. We need our own little cheer squad of encouragers to help us succeed.
Coming to the end of a school year is one time where both students and staff may find their energy levels, motivation and focus starting to decline. It is at this time that encouragers can come to our rescue. Offering encouragement is so much more than saying a few kind words and it does require action. It is a powerful gift that can help to transform lives and circumstances. When looking at the meaning of this word, en means ‘to make or put in’ and when joined with courage, it is literally translated as “to make or put courage into someone”. Therefore, encouragers are infusing lives with the courage to move forward and this is a privilege based on power and responsibility. So whether or not you are someone who finds encouragement easy or someone who needs a little help with this, we should be seeking God for a greater portion of this gift.
Think about those who are doing it a bit tough and give them some encouragement. As Christians, let us affirm others and fill their hearts with courage. Building one another up helps us to keep moving forward and run the race of life that lies ahead.
On Campus Class Updates
It has been an exciting year watching how much our Year 2s have grown! A year full of adventure: Last term we travelled back in time with our excursion to the Caboolture Historical Village. The students had many hands on learning experiences as they ventured around the village and talked with the guides. It was the perfect way to wrap up our history unit, investigating ‘Changing Technology and People’s Lives.’ We look forward to our next excursion coming up at the end of term. We will be going to the Lego Educational Centre to explore solutions to problems and create toys that use push and pull forces.
A highlight from term 3 was of course book week! We had lots of fun dressing up and pretending to ‘Escape to Everywhere’.
Students have enjoyed having Mrs Crank visit our class once a week for a ’Social Thinking’ lesson. During these lesson the students learn how to best treat themselves and others. They have learnt many important lifelong skills that will help them in every area of their life.
A definite highlight from this term has been reading the ’Treehouse’ book series to the class and seeing their interest and skills in reading improve. This Term the students are very excited to make their very own toy that moves as part of our Design Technologies and Science units. They will be planning, making and critiquing their prototype with the help of Prep S who will be coming for a test ‘play’.
Year 2H have been growing in their independence in preparation for Year 3. It will be sad to see them move on but they eagerly looking forward to Year 3 and the new adventure that it will bring.
We have had lots of fun this year learning and growing together. We have been learning how to look after plants and create a watering system in technology. We were able to use the watering system to water some of the plants in the garden. In maths we have been learning how we can use money to buy christmas gifts for our family and friends. This is helping us work out how much money we would need to go to Aussie World for our excursion this term.
In week 8 we are going on an excursion to Aussie World. We are looking forward to seeing how roller coasters and rides work so we can create our very own. As we finish off for the year we are remembering how much we have had fun together and how we have grown together. We had fun celebrating each other's achievements when we completed our ACER tests in week 5.
We invite you all to come and watch us perform at the christmas carols. We have been working on a song and dance this term as part of our dance lesson.
It has been a privilege to teach this amazing class in 2017! In Science this term the class have been learning about light. One of the favourite investigations that the class undertook was understanding how light moves. The class loved using light pens to help them understand the properties of light and how it travels.
In weeks 2 and 3 the class participated in the learn to swim program. All the students looked forward to these 8 days of swimming where they learnt valuable lessons on technique and water safety.
With Christmas fast approaching, we have been focusing on the birth of Jesus in devotions. This has led to some some great discussions on why Jesus was born and the impact he can have in our lives today. I am extremely proud of 5C and the hard work that they have put in throughout the whole year and I know that everyone is looking forward to starting middle school next year.
Year 10/11 Biology
What a whirlwind year it’s been! The Year 10/11 Biology course has culminated in a two-day excursion where we went to a local farm to assess the water quality of the dams. Some of these dams have been invaded by pesky water weed called Salvinia. While the three dams were close to each other, they varied widely in their health and the impacts that their local environment had on them. This provided a perfect case study for the students to learn from and to put their skills to the test.
The students had a great time, getting wet and dirty to collect the data they needed to make their recommendations. This year was especially interesting as it was our second time using the data collection probes that the school has recently invested in. These allowed them to compare new types of data for the first time, and to provide new clues into how we can best manage our waterways.
In Year 9 English, we have been getting our first in-depth dose of Shakespeare with The Merchant of Venice. The issues touched on in the play are complex: racism, revenge vs. justice, and sexism. The students will have the opportunity to give a persuasive speech to win over their audience and convince them tackle these issues with renewed vigour, as they are unfortunately still present in our modern society.
Lastly, we have concluded our last round of ACER testing and it was really encouraging to see improvement across the board as a result of the students’ (and teachers’ and support staff’s!) hard work.
That’s it for the year! I hope and pray that you all have a restful and enjoyable holiday period.
Year 7, 8, and 9 Drama
This term in Year 7 Drama, the students will be performing the famous Christmas play, “A Christmas Carol”. It was written by Charles Dickens in 1843 and is still performed all around the world today! It has been adapted for the big screen and for the stage, and that’s exactly what the Year 7P are doing! All the students are very excited to be presenting it to an audience next week.
The Year 8 Drama class have been busy writing their own scripts for a play this term. Each group had to come up with a play that will tell a story. The story has to be based on a teenage issue (e.g. bullying, peer pressure). They would then be performing it in front of an audience. Wish them the best of luck!
Finally, the Year 9 Drama class has explored the written play ‘Fossils!’ and the conventions of dramatic realism. Realism is a basically drama in the style of real life. A realism play attempts to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, implausible, exotic and supernatural elements. They had to get into groups, pick a scene(s) from Fossils and present it in front of an audience. This would help them the role of a character from the play in the style of realism. Many of the students have enjoyed this term’s unit, as many characters they play are very similar to people they may know!
Year 11 English Communication
In Term 4 the Year 11 English Communication class have been focusing on analysing song lyrics. Students had to choose an appropriate song for an event and then justify why this song was suitable for that event. This was a great opportunity for many of the students to demonstrate their creative side in interpreting song lyrics and also finding interesting ways to present this information to an audience. Typically English Communication focuses on providing English skills required in the workplace, so this term has been a welcome change for the class which they have enjoyed immensely. It has been an incredible year of ups and downs with this class and I wish them all the best as they move into Year 12.
Just a friendly reminder: please return all library books (fiction) and textbooks to school. The library has a stock take during the December holidays and textbooks have to be made available to next year’s students.
Congratulations to Mrs Buston’s Year 3 class for returning all their library books to the library. No outstanding books. Well done Year 3B.
Following in their footsteps is the class of Mrs Wiseman. Congratulations Year 3A. I am so proud of you for your joy in reading and returning your books on time.