What an exciting end of year for our students. It seems we have been celebrating from Awards Night through to the last day today. We have celebrated student achievements, said goodbye to our graduates, and last night celebrated the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ at our Carols Celebration Night. It was unfortunate that we had to hold this event inside, especially with a stage and sound system designed for outdoors. However, that didn’t stop our talented students, and ex-students, making this celebration an amazing evening. I want to thank all the parents and students for their support at all these events.
Thank you for your feedback about the Awards Evening. The response was as so positive about splitting the night with a light food and nibbles in the middle. Together these were the largest crowds we have had at an Awards Night. I am certain that we will continue this split Awards Nights going forward.
I also want to thank the 117 families who completed the online survey to date. This is a very detailed survey of the college practices and resources. Your responses once again have given me clear direction. In some cases they reflect last year’s responses and it has taken us 12 months to get these changes or improvements into place over the upcoming holidays.
The first is better STEM and Industrial Arts rooms. Over the holiday break we will be pulling the STEM rooms and ICT rooms apart, knocking down walls and building new maker-places. This will see us build a manual arts room with routers, drills, saws, computer routers etc. Beside this, we are creating a 3D printing room. We are also adding a Virtual Reality Room. I had the pleasure of seeing the finished version of these rooms at our ACC Marsden Park college and was blown away with the way this will look when finished. However, I am not sure I am great at VR as I felt quite light-headed after 10 minutes exploring the Space Station through VR. But an amazing experience that I am certain our student will love. We have also recently appointed a new senior teacher to run this new TSEM/Industrial Arts Centre in 2018.
Likewise the art and photo studio rooms will be pulled apart and rebuilt. They will be completely fitted out as Art rooms with a primary art room and a senior art room as well as photography and ICT room to enable students to undertake all these functions as part of their Art. Together the two building will create an exciting new STEaM Centre for the college.
The other change ready to start that parents suggested was instrumental music. Our Music Bus has been a great low-cost way for us to start instrumental music and see the demand grow and the experience of our students grow. In 2018 we have contracted a company to provide instrumental lessons to students at a higher level. They will also be able to provide singing and choir classes as well. In the longer term, and assuming this is as successful as the Music Bus, then we can expand further. The Music Bus will also continue in 2018. I am very conscious of the costs and the rooms we would need to expand our instrumental program rapidly. This is because of the impact of these programs on school fees.
Another area of feedback was more playground equipment and I can report that over the holidays we are expanding the Prep playground and may even be able to extend the large playground with more equipment for older students.
Having somewhere to have lunch comes up each year and we will rework the undercover area over the holidays removing the bag racks around the balcony, relocating the ramp and building a step around the edge of the balcony that will make a great seating area for the children. Over time we want to build this into a very useful cafeteria area and seating area.
To those parents who said we need a fence to keep the children safe I can report that this will be going in over the holidays. It has taken a long while to get this in place because it is a major expense. A beautiful black steel fence will also have an electric gate with a side fence will also run down the length of the property (with gates).
There is a lot of work being undertaken over these holidays and a lot of this has its foundation from the survey results last year. So this year’s survey results reinforced many things you will see happening over the holidays. It also highlighted others areas which take longer to improve. One of those is improving our academic performance. We will continue every year to improve the learning outcomes of our students. Each year our QCE results improve and we are all praying that our senior students will get into the courses they applied for. For those students heading to work we wish you all the best for your future and remember that the college is always here to help you if you need it. Once an ACC student, always an ACC student as we help you ‘grow in Christ’.
Finally, the Christmas holidays this year are long and this will have a negative effect on your child’s reading ability so please encourage your child in all levels from Year 1 to 9 and be part of our Holiday Reading Program. It is to your child’s benefit.
I pray your family has a wonderful Christmas holiday and that you all take time to remember the real meaning of Christmas. This was so beautifully shown by our drama group at the Christmas Celebration – the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who came to earth to save us all.
The college office will close on the 22nd Dec and reopen on the 8th January 2018 but if I am needed by your family in that time please email me on [email protected] and God bless you all.
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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.
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.
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
Year 12 Final Assembly
We gave our year 12s a really good send off on their last day of school. We had a full school assembly where our year 12s entered the hall led by a bagpiper playing Amazing Grace. The assembly included a brief profile of each year 12 student and their hopes for their futures.
At the conclusion of the assembly all the P - 11 students formed 2 long lines and the year 12s were led through the middle by the bagpiper as students cheered them on. At the end of the line students gave them three cheers and the Year 12's released helium filled balloons into the sky - their formal schooling was now finished.
Our staff and senior student gymnasium is now complete. We recently had some new rubber flooring put down which is suitable for a gym. There have also been a few new pieces of equipment added. The gym was initially started out of a funding grant of money to be put towards staff well-being. Since then we have added in some extra equipment and relocated the gym from what is now the uniform shop down to the rear of the school in the large shed. The gym area covers about 60 m² and is available at certain lunchtimes for our senior students to be able to use.
The existing prep playground equipment is to be extended early next year to add in more equipment including another set of monkey bars and slide. All being well it should be ready for the start of the school year.
Wishing you all a safe and blessed Christmas and new year.
Senior School Updates
Year 9 - Welcome to Senior School Event!
This year we began a whole new event where Year 11’s, together with some recently graduated Year 12 students, combined efforts to introduce our current Year 9’s to Senior School. This event was designed to give Year 9 students an insight into what is really required to successfully navigate their Senior School journey that begins very soon – only a ‘short’ holiday now separates them from being Year 10 students.
Our amazing Year 11 students ran a whole bunch of activities that were designed to ‘initiate’ these younger students into how we do things in Senior School. In particular, we brought in a 22m blow up obstacle course as a ‘metaphor’ for the Senior School challenges that lie ahead of them. Of course, challenges can also be fun ;)
Most importantly, students learnt that no one makes this journey alone - Senior School is about doing things together and helping each other!
I am excited about our Year 9 students coming in to Year 10 next year, and I am so thankful for the Year 12’s and 11’s that will be there to help them along the way! And, we now know that when it all gets too much...Senior School can ‘Dance Star’ their way out of just about any bad situation – apparently Senior School students really can dance!
Thank you to all who contributed to this day, in particular Mr Johnson and Mr Vaschina and our Year 11 volunteers. I have a feeling 2018 may be our best year yet!
Year 10 Subjects for Next Year
Please note that Year 9 students should have received confirmation regarding their subjects for next year by now. Year 10’s next year are the first cohort through that will sit external exams in Year 12 and receive an ATAR instead of an OP. Consequently, there are many new changes happening next year in preparation for this new system.
If you have any questions about subjects or changes, please contact Mrs Newell.
Formal and Graduation 2017
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of all staff and parents who have together assisted our Year 12 students in finishing their Senior years of schooling. It was a privilege to be part of this final part of this journey and I personally wish all of our graduating students the very best in all of their future endeavours.
Formal celebrations this year were also arguably our best ever. For the first time this year we had our formal in the last week of school and our students really did celebrate their end of Senior School journey well. Of particular note was the way in which our amazing Year 12 students on campus students embraced their Distance Education ‘brothers and sisters’ – in fact, on the dance floor there was no way to distinguish between at all! This was a very special celebration and I do believe a great night was had by all!
We wish each of our graduates every blessing in the future and please remember, students are always welcome to visit and share what they are doing in their life ‘beyond our school gates’!
Well done and God bless J
Merry Christmas Senior families and students and see you all in the New Year!!
Middle School Updates
Merry X-mas. Are you offended by this abbreviation of Christmas? I was once; I believed that it was an attempt to remove Christ from Christmas – to replace Him with an unknown variable. I think, in many cases, this is part of the motivation for using it.
However, while doing some reading a number of years ago I discovered that a number of bible scholars and church leaders responsible for the revival of compassionate, evangelical Christianity, men like William Booth (Founder of the Salvation Army) used X-mas.
As far back as Emperor Constantine (about 300AD) Christians used the Greek symbols of ΧΡ as an abbreviation of Christ (χριστος). They did this, mostly, because paper and ink were expensive and they wanted to save time; they used these letters chi - pronounced ‘key’ - (X), and rho (P) because they are the Greek symbols for “Christ”. The rho (P) eventually gave way and just the chi (X) was used.
William Booth liked the X in place of Christ because an X is also a cross – the X in Xmas reminds us what Christmas is really about. It reminds us that Christmas is more than just the celebration of the birth of a baby boy. It is the celebration of the birth of a baby boy who is destined to save humanity by his sacrifice on a cross.
In modern culture lots of people are using Xmas to remove Christ but, in so doing, are actually, unintentionally, celebrating the real Christ in name (X= Greek for Christ) and symbolically (X = the cross). So when you see Xmas around the shops this Christmas, don’t get upset by it, let it refocus you on the real reason for Christmas and realise that our God always wins.
Have a lovely Christmas and I look forward 2018 and how we will continue to grow and develop, as individuals and as a school.
Primary School Updates
It’s the end of the year and yet so many things continue to happen around us. Recently, our Year 5 and Year 6 students participated in some sporting Gala Days. Students competed against other schools in our district with boys playing touch football and the girls playing soccer. All teams represented ACC exceptionally well but a special mention does go out to our Year 5 boys team who were undefeated and took out the competition. Well done boys!!!
Our new Preps also came to visit recently and a wonderful day was had by all. Regardless of the rain, our newest students had a lovely time with their new teachers and got to play games, listen to stories and join in with some craft activities.
The holidays are almost upon us and as we as parents ramp up our Christmas preparations, it is easy to get caught up in the festivities, shopping, cooking, concerts, etc that can consume us over the Christmas period. But we were reminded by our Year 1 performers during our awards night, that Christmas isn’t all about us. The words that Year 1 sang rang out loud and clear as to what our focus should be this Christmas.
It’s about YOU, it’s about ME
It’s about the truth that sets us free
It’s about L-O-V-E love
From the Father up above.
It’s about hope, it’s about life
It’s about the love of Jesus Christ
It’s about everlasting, never failing
We would love you to come along to our Christmas Carols service and share in this message and in the pure joy of Jesus as we round out our school year. Rejoice with us in the birth of our saviour and celebrate all the hope and love that this time of year can bring. So many of the children will be performing and we would love to see as many of you there as possible.
Mrs Foley and Ms Tsui
Time to Celebrate
As we draw to the end of the year and Christmas approaches, I am reminded of how much I love to celebrate. Celebrations allow you to shut out what is happening in your life at that time and truly focus on the moment. Yes, celebrations can involve friends, family, going out, laughter, music, presents and yummy food, but it is more about enjoying the good in our lives and choosing something fun, beautiful and hopeful. Taking the time to be present in the moment and enjoy being alive!
The bible is full of celebrations. In fact, when we look at the biblical pattern of festivals, feasts, and psalms, we see rejoicing people celebrating the deep gladness of being alive and of being one of God's children. Christmas is one such time that more than ever we should want to celebrate. It is about God showing His great love for us by sending his Son, Jesus, into the world so that we can have life and have it to the full. Jesus’s birth brought great joy to the world as one day he would pay the price for our sins so that we could have eternal life through salvation. What a blessed opportunity Christmas represents. This year I encourage each one of you to find Jesus and truly experience the joy of Christmas.
Jesus is the reason for the season!
On Campus Class Updates
At the beginning of the term, the students had the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons. This was enjoyable for the students and they learnt many new skills. They also loved the free swim on the last swimming lesson.
We learnt many new concepts in Math including mass, volume and capacity. The students had fun using lego and blocks to create objects that had different volumes. They enjoyed comparing with their friends and working together to create even bigger displays
What a way to end the year. In week 8 the students had the joy of going to Aussie World for an excursion based around their learning’s in Science this semester. It was wonderful to see the students have an amazing time while also talking about all the forces they had been learning about in Science. In Science students have had the joy of learning about friction and how what causes objects to have more and less of it. They participated in some fun experiments around this concept.
History has been an enjoyable subject for the students as they learnt about convicts and why they were sent to Australia. The students were shocked to discover that many convicts were either deported or sentenced to death over little petty crimes. They had fun creating convict profiles on themselves and investigating a convict of their choice.
We have had a wonderful and exciting term to finish off the year. The children have been learning about force and motion in Science. They had fun experimenting and testing things to see how they move. The year two classes made toys and we had the privilege of visiting 2H to see their toy inventions. It was a lot of fun seeing how the different toys worked and how they could be made to move. In History the children have learnt about the different ways we share our stories or our own history with others. They learned that they could do this by telling stories, photographs, painting or drawing pictures and writing their stories down. They even learnt that special things from our past can help us share our history with others. These man made objects are called artefacts. We looked at how the traditional aboriginal people and Torres Strait islander people shared their history and stories with each other. The children set up a museum in the class to display all of these different things. Our year 3 reading buddies and Year 2H visited to see our amazing display named “The Ultimate Museum.” In Art we focused on the traditional artworks of the aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We made handprints to look like they may have been in a cave, did some amazing dot paintings and even made a traditional Dahri Islander Headdress. It was lots of fun.
Prep S joined with Prep W got to perform for everyone at Primary Chapel. The children worked very hard learning a song for Psalm 100 with hand signs. They also practiced reciting Psalm 100, which they learnt back in Term 1. They then performed the song and recited the scripture at Chapel. The song was also performed at Awards Night. This was a huge privilege and very exciting.
Last week we went on an excursion to Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. It was a great, fun filled, busy day. We used a map to find lots of things along the children’s trail and then used our senses to explore different parts of the gardens. It even showered while we were there and even though we may have got a bit wet it didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for the day. Everyone was extremely tired on the way home. Some slept but others were just too excited.
We have now come to the end of Prep and it is always interesting to ask the Preps what they liked best about their year in Prep. This is what some of them had to say:
Akuol: “We can play”;
Bohdi: “Learning to write”;
Braxton: “The Christmas activities”
Delilah: “Going on all our excursions”;
Elijah: “Doing activities”;
Jazzi: “Doing Christmas things”;
Jodie: “Being friends”;
Kade: “Going on excursion”;
Kiola: “Celebrating Christmas”;
Lucas: “Going on excursions”;
Ruby: “Doing handprints”;
Sophie: “Learning to write”;
They are all very excited about moving onto Year 1.
Well 9J have had a wonderful end of term. They have been focusing on Proverbs for their PC class highlighting the most important lesson in this book of the bible and that is WISDOM. We have discussed the importance of gaining wisdom and appreciating that teenagers need trusted adults to which they go to for guidance as those trusted adults hold wisdom that will help them.
9J have also done some activities this term around the Fruits of the spirit. Students each had to select a fruit of the spirit that they could work on - funnily enough a lot of the year 9’s chose ‘self control’. This made them laugh and enjoy the activity while they worked on little things they could do to exercise better self control at times. 9J has come a long way this year as a group and have ended the year with a cohort full of friendship, trust and joy. They participated in a fantastic day today with the Head of Senior School, Anita Newell and the Senior Coordinator, Cameron Johnson. This day was a transition to senior and they played team building games and had a heap of fun with the Year 10’s and 11’s with which they will enjoy next year as part of their Senior cohort. Congratulations 9J on a great end to the year and rest up as Senior is just around the corner!
It has been a wonderful term to finish 2017. Year 5 has been doing many things this term. Students enjoyed their swimming lessons. It was good to see how active our students are and how they have enjoyed and given their best in physical activities throughout the year.
Year 5 Swimming
Year 5 and 6 had the opportunity to be involved in inter-school sport. It was very positive to see how much our students enjoyed and gave their best in this friendly competition. The Year 5 boys were unbeaten in touch football all the games they played in this competition. Congratulation to the Year 5 boys for this amazing achievement.
Year 5 & 6 Girls Soccer Gala Day
Last week, we went to Lego Education Centre. It was good to see 5H students working in groups with 5C. The excursion was not only fun, but students also got to apply skills they have learnt during class in many of the activities.
Year 5 Excursion at Lego Education Centre
Finally, how exciting is it for our Year 5 students to finish primary school and move to middle school next year. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Christmas break. I wish all the Year 5 students the best as they move to Year 6 next year.
Here we are, winding down for 2017! Hasn’t it flown past? It’s been an incredible year with many amazing things happening all around the college.
And what a way to finish with our Twilight Carols on the 29th of November! They are always a highlight on the yearly calendar, and huge privilege to be a part of. God is good.
I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and that you all enjoy the season spending time with family and food, but most importantly, remembering that Jesus is the reason for the season!
Lastly, I’d like to take this opportunity in the final newsletter for 2017 to let you all know that I’m finishing up at ACCM at the term’s end! It’s a very sad farewell, but God is leading me into unchartered water... He’s calling me to become a pastor! It’s scary, challenging, but exciting stuff. I’m not totally sure what 2018 holds for me, but I know that it will involve more study and official pastoral registration. Crazy!
I finish here at ACCM with only good things to say. There are incredible things happening here, and the staff and students are both amazing. God has great things in store for ACCM as the school continues to seek Him and follow His lead. Praise God and farewell!
Between the end of one school year and the start of the next every student risks summer learning loss.
Reading just 4-5 books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child's reading scores.
Ways to prevent this :
- Make a trip to the local library
- Take a book with you to the park or beach
- Read a chapter with your child in the morning before other plans cause distraction.
Make reading an enjoyable pastime for both you and your child.
There is so much to do at the different public libraries during the school holiday. The Hub sent us a link as well as the advice to book for events as they fill-up very fast - so avoid disappointment and book as soon as possible.
If you need any additional help or information with regards to the Library Holiday Activities, please send me an email.
School Holiday Activities
Registration for School Holiday Fun opens Tuesday, 28 November at 10.00am
Star Wars Party
With the release of the new Star Wars movie during December there will be a Star Wars Party at the library.
The galaxy takes over Caboolture Library for a force-filled night. Dress-up and participate in Star Wars themed activities, enjoy a Jedi banquet and win prizes! Padawans and Sith Apprentices alike are invited to this two-hour session. Grades 1-12. Registrations essential.
Caboolture, Tuesday, 5 December, from 4.00 - 6.00 pm
Summer Reading Club - 1 December 2017 to 19 January 2018
Read for the chance to win prizes!
Every 3 hours you read and log online, will give you an entry into the weekly prize draw, commencing Friday, 15 December 2017.
Summer Reading Club members get FREE library reservations, too.
Happy summer of reading!