Easter messages from church leaders, politicians and the Prime Ministers will flood our screens and airwaves this week as we prepare for Easter.
The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher has said. “However sorely tested we may sometimes be, Easter speaks of hope. Hope for a world of more than blind natural forces and blinding human willfulness, a world of no more hurt from hate or indifference. Hope for a civilisation of life and love, a civilisation of fidelity and healing,”
Anglican Primate of Australia Philip Freier also acknowledged we were living “in a world that seems to have many dark clouds of threat” but said for Christians hope could “never again be utterly extinguished”. “Christian faith shows us the way in which we can share in Jesus’ victory over all that pushes us to despair,” he said.
Malcolm Turnbull encouraged Australians to look after the most vulnerable this Easter and said Jesus’ “example of love, sacrifice and service to others” could inspire all. “It is a reminder that Easter is also a time to remember and to help those less fortunate — the lonely and the sick — just as our emergency service workers, volunteers, the ADF, pitched in to support the resilient and courageous communities in Queensland and northern NSW,” he said.
Of course to younger children it seems to be all about Easter eggs and bunnies. Well maybe … it seems this is also the dominant message from shopping centres and TV advertising. It is easier to find ads for Easter eggs, chocolate and holidays in the media than explanations of the real meaning for Easter. About half of our students attend a church or regularly attend a church youth group, so I encourage all our parents to explain to their children what is the real meaning of Easter. I also encourage you to seek out a local church this Easter and use Easter as an opportunity to learn more about who Jesus is and why Easter is so important to our world.
The cross is the symbol everyone uses for Easter. It symbolises the cross on which Jesus Christ was nailed to and killed. At Easter we are not celebrating His death, we are celebrating the resurrection of Christ, one of the fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith. The disciples were told not to focus on the death of Jesus. Jesus does not belong to the past. He rose from the dead. He was seen talking with many people after He rose. He died on the cross to give us eternal life. That is God’s gift for us all. He died for our sins and rose again allowing us to have a relationship with God. He gave us new life and love.
So why do church and political leaders link Easter to going to help others or to be a Good Samaritan? The resurrection requires us to go into the world to proclaim by our words and our actions the good news of reconciliation and redemption. It is our role as Christians to share God’s love with others. Because of that love we receive we want to live our lives as Jesus told us. Easter should be a reminder to us on how we live our lives. So perhaps the message we need to talk with our children about is that Jesus died so we can have a new life, full of love. It is a time we can show each other the Christian values we hold so dear and Love one another as I have loved you. John 13:34.
Have a wonderful Easter with your family.
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What’s Happening On-Campus
Term 1 is finished, well done to all our students and teachers on your hard work this term - we are off to a great start for the rest of the year.
Easter Hat Parade
The Easter Hat Parade has been an annual event at our college for many years now. Thank you to all students who made Easter hats (and parents/carers for your input) and for your enthusiastic participation in the event - it was a huge success. Thank you also to all the parents, carers and families who came along to watch and support this event.
Thank you to our lunchtime activities leader Mrs Bunston and to all the teachers and student leaders who have offered and supervised so many activities. Mrs. Bunston is planning even more activities for Term 2.
The outdoor table tennis table, which is in the undercover area, that we purchased a few weeks ago, has been a big success with many students participating. To enable more students to have access to play the students have been playing along the lines of handball rules. That is, if you miss the ball or don't get it back over the net successfully then you're out and the next person comes into play. This has enabled many students to get involved in the game.
Playground Shade Sails
Workers have been measuring up and planning for shade sails over the Year 2-9 playground equipment area. The posts should go in over the Easter holiday break but they will require a week or two of setting time before the sails can go on - which should be early next term.
Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable Easter break.
Senior School Updates
Assessments and Stress!!
As usual I have been addressing at assemblies the increasing levels of stress that students are managing at, but this is not at all unusual for this part of the term. Hence I have decided to insert here the article I wrote covering this issue previously – after all, whilst the students change each year, the challenges of Senior remain the same.
To stress or not to stress.... that is the Question?
As part of my assembly presentation this week, we looked at this particular graph about stress. It comes as no shock to us all that the orange zone, i.e. ‘Distress’, is not good for us, and our Senior students need to stay out of this zone as much as possible if they are to be able to achieve ‘optimal performance’. If a person lives in this zone too much it can even have negative implications for physical and mental health, as well as performance.
What came as perhaps more of a surprise, was that the green ‘Calm’ zone was almost as bad as the orange zone when considering performance and productivity! If students are not challenged enough they are likely to disengage from their learning and be ‘bored’. This is not conducive to active learning and, whilst the stress levels will be down – so will productivity!
Our Senior students really need to be aiming at the ‘sweet spot’, or ‘Eustress’, in the middle. When you are in this zone you have enough stress to drive you forward and give you momentum, but not enough to overwhelm. This is the ideal, but it is not easy to achieve!
It is important to continually encourage students to understand their own learning needs and how they can manage their personal stress levels. Each student has different needs and, just like adults, different tolerances for stress.
So, “To stress, or not to stress...?” this is indeed the question! For some, the zone of ‘optimal performance’ may be almost devoid of all stress, whilst other students, may require a reasonable amount of stress to be motivated enough to even begin a task! What is important is that each student develop a self-awareness of what works specifically for them and develop habits that keep them in this productive zone as often as possible.
As parents of Seniors it is important to encourage your student to constantly reflect on what is working, or not working and have a frequent and open dialogue about their stress levels. It may also be necessary at times, if you fear they are tipping towards the ‘Distress’ zone, to talk about ways in which you can help them reduce their stress.
Senior students may look like grown ups but they rarely have a complete set of ‘grown up’ skills to manage the sort of stress they encounter in their Senior years of school. Invariably, they will need our collective support and wisdom to negotiate these important years successfully.
In other news, QCS preparation...
All Senior students who are eligible for an OP have begun preparing for their QCS test. More information will be sent out over the next few months explaining more about QCS but for the moment please lock in Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September for this year’s exams.
All students who are OP eligible, that is are doing 5 Authority (OP) subjects in Year 12 must sit the QCS, whether they wish to get an OP or not. External students will also have to sit these exams at test centres near them; however, students/parents will nominate their preference.
Middle School Updates
I want to thank the Middle School community for a great term. Already this year we have seen the Middle School culture continue to grow and develop.
For me, some of the highlights from Term 1 include:
- The Swimming Carnival,
- Overall excellent reading results in the ACER testing,
- The Year 9 Careers day incursion,
- The creation of the Schoology notices course to improve communication with the students,
- The significant improvement in the use of lockers by all Middle School classes
Next term kicks of with a bang with the 7 to 9s heading up the to the Sunshine Coast for camp. Here is another example of the growth of Middle School culture as our attendance rate for this year is more than double that of last year. Everybody involved, but especially Mr Gandini, need to be congratulated for these great outcomes. I, for one, am really looking forward to the camp and seeing this culture continue to develop as relationships are built and enhanced.
Some more dates to remember for early next term are:
- Cross Country – 20th April (Friday Week 1)
- Church Service – 23rd April (Monday Week 2)
- Anzac Day – 25th April (Wednesday Week 2)
I pray you have a blessed Easter and the appreciation of the miracle of Jesus actions is real for you at this time.
Primary School Updates
Easter is a time that means so many different things to different people. As adults, many see it as a time for relaxation and family, for emergency workers it’s a time of concern with so many extra people travelling on the roads and for children it’s a time of excitement and the promise of treats from the Easter Bunny. But for us as Christians, it’s a time of self reflection, a time of thanksgiving and a time of wonder - wonder at how a God who is so big and so mighty, could love each of us so much that he gave His only son. The most incredible time of the year is upon us and for those families who aren’t church-goers yet, may we encourage you to go along to church this Easter to hear the story of our saviour Jesus, to share in the celebrations and to experience his mighty love first hand.
We pray that same sense of celebration was felt by everyone at our Easter Hat parade this week. The children have been so excited in making their Easter hats and it’s encouraging to see that the true meaning of Easter wasn’t lost amongst the eggs and bunnies that we all know and love. Thankyou to all who came along to be a part of our college family. It’s these times and occasions that help create our school community.
Over the Easter holidays, please keep encouraging your children to read. Each child will be sent home with books for the holidays and we ask that you help your child to keep a record of what they have read with their Easter Reading Log. Prizes will be awarded to those students who participate and the extra practise really does go a long way towards their learning for Term 2.
Don’t forget to keep shopping at Coles and collecting the sports vouchers on offer. This promotion runs until April 3rd and it would be great to see one last push to go towards more sporting equipment for the school.
We pray that you all have a happy and safe Easter break.
Student Services team has been working hard to connect with and support as many students as possible to encourage and motivate learning. We hope this term has been a positive experience for you and we want you to know that we are only ever a phone
Since the start of the year I have been attending a number of professional development events and a recurring theme that has come up is the importance of developing soft skills. So I thought I would share with you what soft skills are and why they are so important for our students.
Developing soft skills is becoming increasingly important as we move towards the age of automation and globalisation. Soft skills are the personal qualities and attributes that allow individuals to interact effectively and harmoniously with others. The future requires our young people to be lifelong learners who will spend an increasing amount of time with people, solving strategic problems and thinking creatively rather than completing routine, manual tasks. Here is a list of some of the top soft skills sought after by industry:
Teamwork - requires collaboration, cooperation and working effectively with others to achieve a goal. Teamwork recognises the usefulness of cooperative practices. Students who participate in team activities (eg. sporting teams, drama groups, Scouts etc) have the opportunity to practice developing teamwork skills.
Leadership and Initiative – are qualities where you can influence control over how to be resourceful and work without being told what to do. It demonstrates personal decisions to think and act and be willing to continue to learn and grow. Perhaps nominating for leadership positions in schools or sporting clubs etc. could help develop these skills.
Work ethic – demonstrated as a willingness to exert effort and show dedication to the completion of a task. It comes from an internal drive to do your best at all times. Volunteering is a great way for young people to demonstrate and develop this skill.
Organisation – Being adequately prepared and this involves planning and prioritising actions in order to achieve targets and goals. Helping to develop this skill requires daily routines and prioritising of time management and available resources.
Perseverance – The ability to keep going to achieve goals despite the obstacles. This is demonstrated when you see students continue to work through a task despite some setbacks and complete it to the best of their ability.
I hope this has been helpful and encourages you to support the development of these skills in your homes too. God bless you as you celebrate Easter. Such a wonderful time to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross and how He conquered death so we can choose eternal life with Him as our Lord and Saviour.
Head of Student Services
Coles ‘Sports for School’ Program
Last day to collect vouchers is on Tuesday the 3rd of April. Please bring all collected vouchers by the first week of Term 2. Simply pop all your collected vouchers into the collection box, which is located in the primary building foyer at the base of the stairs. By June, we will have our grand total for the school. We will then be able to order some great sports equipment for the school. We are grateful for the school community for all your support.
Yours in Christ,
On Campus Class Updates
The Year 7’s performed some super cool puppet shows for a totally awesome Year 2 class, which they all loved and adored! The Year 8 class delved into the 12 gnarly elements of drama, from which they all performed fully sick group plays in front of a fantastic audience who enjoyed every performance with awe and amazement! The Year 9’s learnt about the magic and wonder of improvisation. Boy, did they come to realise how challenging it can be to come up with dramatic scenes on the spot! Wowsers! Finally, the eager Year 6 drama class performed their first drama play! I was so impressed by their far-out plays, that I took photos of each insanely talented group! Check them out!
Here’s a snapshot of what has been happening in Art at ACC:
Primary Art students have been focussing this week on Easter Art and Craft - These year 4 students used the scratching method to create their own Easter and Cross inspired stained glass windows.
Year 9 have been putting their ink painting skills into practice, creating their very own portraits of famous people using techniques learnt in class.
Year 11 and 12 Visual Arts in Practice have been working on Crafted Series, with year 11 focussing on representations of their past and background, and year 12 focussed on Celebrations around the world. Student have covered ceramics, paper crafts, woodburning and other craft skills to create these works of Art.
Year 10/11 Biology
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending our Senior Camp on Moreton Island. While the students had plenty of fun, sun and exercise (more than usual for some!), it was most pleasing to see them develop as young men and women of character. We did a number of challenging group activities and to their credit, each and every student put in a really solid effort to contribute to their team.
We also had some time set aside to give some ‘Big Ups’ as a group – essentially big public encouragements. The gentlemen had time on their own and it was great to see young men talking about how they felt and what they admire in others, instead of our culture’s usual ‘tall poppy syndrome’ that might be more commonplace in our usual day-to-day experiences.
In Year 10-land, our cohort has been embarking on the beginnings of the new ATAR system which will replace the OP. New curriculums, new subjects, and a new style of learning/assessing has contributed to interesting experience for teachers and students alike! Having had many of our first assessment pieces, I’m happy to report that as a group they are really aiming up and rising to the challenge. As a form teacher who has travelled with many of these students for a few years now, I’m proud to see what they are achieving. I’m looking forward to what the rest of 2018 brings.