PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Welcome back to 2018. It is exciting to see all the new faces on our campus.  There are 35 new Preps in 2018 and we welcome you to our college and pray that you have a great time in your first year of school. We also have an extra 40 new students at various levels, and as expected, a lot of new children in Year 7. We also pray that you feel at home in your new school and that we can work with you to help you achieve what God has in store for your life.

That fits nicely with our theme for this year which is “What Makes us Different, Makes us Special”. We have chosen (NLT) as a theme verse.

“6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”
Romans 12:6-8

We want each child to understand that God made him or her unique. God made each child ‘good’. God has an individual plan for each of us. As a college we aim to help our children understand what their goal is and work with each child to achieve this. You do not have all look like movie stars or fashion icons; we do not need to speak in a certain way to express our point of view; we do not need to be a top academic student; to achieve what God wants you to achieve. You just have to be yourself and find how God made you ‘wonderful’.

Our Opening Church service echoed these words and I was very impressed with our school leaders’ speeches. This was a great evening and it was an exciting and rewarding time. Thanks to all the parents who attended so early in the year. I think we will push this event back one week next year to relieve the stress of that first week.

Top academic results are not our number one priority, but when our students do very well it is right to praise them. Other staff will comment on this in more detail in the newsletter. Two of our Year 12 students obtained an OP 1 in 2017 and we are all thrilled that they were able to achieve the highest results possible. We are very proud of their success.  But we are also very proud of all our 2017 Year 12 students. 89% of our Year 12 students were offered a university place.  For 70% of students this was their first choice. I once said at Awards Nights that with our small student numbers doing QCE then when our students went to university there would not be people they would know there. But that is not the case anymore.  There will be 13 ACCM students at the University of the Sunshine Coast, 5 at QUT and another 5 at Griffith University. We have students also in ACU, CQU, USQ, JCU, UQ and even the prestigious SAE Creative Media Institute in NSW.   They are doing a variety of courses from Medical Imagining to Law to Forensic Science. We have helped create for the future more teachers, business leaders, psychologists, wildlife scientists, animators, pharmacists, biomedical scientists, doctors, and more. It shows that we are helping students be unique and explore the future that God intends for them. It is so positive and rewarding to see the breadth of their results.  On behalf of the DS and DE community I thank their senior teachers and parents for making 2017 our best QCE results on record, and a ‘lighthouse’ in our community.

The staff is very motivated and excited about 2018. The two professional development or training days were spent on the Gold Coast with all ACC teachers from across Australia. We explore our vision and direction for the future while having time to explore how we can improve what we do to help your children achieve and enjoy their schooling. The rumours about the staff all dressing up as movie characters and having dinner at Movie World is true, and all staff were inspired by the Melbourne Gospel Choir.

Over the holidays there were some significant changes to the campus.  The most notable is the new front and side fencing – which is something we all have wanted for so long. It will make our children safer, which is one of our priorities. The undercover area has undergone a transformation with the old bag racks removed, the ramp relocated and steps/seating added around the edge. We are still to add in the large chess board, but it is coming. This will continue to be improved and provide an undercover area for the children to sit and chat, eat and relax. The biggest changes were in the STEM and Art rooms. These were gutted internally and repurposed. The STEM room walls have changed and we now have a STEM room, a printing/technology room and a Virtual Reality room. The art room is a primary and senior art huge workspace, a separate design and graphics room and a media room has been set up. It was a rush to get this done over the break, and you will start to see all the new hi-tech and art equipment coming in over the next few weeks. We also surrounded the playground and under the prep eating area with artificial grass. It looks so much better and is much more practical in these high-use areas. There was more work done that this and still more to come over the next few weeks. I believe that better facilities will help our children learn and be better motivated to strive for their goal, especially in the non-traditional areas like Arts/Technology.

At the college we strive to build the resilience and independence of think of each child. We want them to understand and explore the gifts that God has given them. We can do some of this in school but sometimes other students’ gifts are better explored in a non-school setting. We have set up a relationship with a local Aged Care provider and students will be visiting and supportive the residents. You will here more on this later. We have also established camps for the year and I strongly encourage you to encourage your child to go. We love every child to benefit from this experience. If you have financial reasons preventing your child from attending them please just drop be an email as some of our parents and our staff are willing to financially support those children.

So as you can see Term 1 has been a busy and exciting start to the year, built upon a rewarding ending of 2017 by our 2017 Year 12 students. They have set the bar high for our current senior students. Our goal to ensure your child is happy and learning and if for some reason the start of the year is not going to plan then please see me or email me and we can address it.

God bless you all and have a great 2018.

Gary Underwood
Principal
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IMPORTANT DATES

CALENDAR DATES

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TERM DATES

TERM ONE 2018

(10 Weeks) Wednesday 24th January - Thursday 29th March

  • Students Return: 24th January
  • Australia Day (Office closed): 26th January
  • Swimming Carnival: 8th February
  • Senior Camp (Year 10, 11 & 12): 27th February - 2nd March

TERM TWO 2018

(10 Weeks) Monday 16th April - Friday 22nd June

  • Students Return: Monday 16th April
  • Cross Country: 20th April
  • ANZAC Day (Office closed): 25th April
  • Junior Camp (Yr 5-7): 30th April - 2nd May
  • Middle School Camp (Yr 8-9): 30th April - 2nd May
  • Labour Day (Office closed): 7th May
  • NAPLAN Testing: 15th - 17th May
  • P-5 Athletics Carnival: 21st June

TERM THREE 2018

(10 Weeks) Monday 16th July - Friday 21st September

  • Students Return: Monday 16th July
  • 6-12 Athletics Carnival: 20th July
  • EKKA Holiday: 13th August
  • QLD Core Skills Test (Year 12s): 4th and 5th September

TERM FOUR 2018

(9 Weeks) Monday 8th October - Thursday 6th December

  • Students Return: Monday 9th October
  • Student Free Dates: 15th October & 7th December
  • Brisbane Awards and Graduation Ceremony: TBA
  • Senior Formal: TBA
  • Last day for Year 12 students: TBA
  • Cambodia Discovery Tour (Yr 11 students): Dates TBA

Important Information

Student Withdrawal Notices

One term’s notice in writing is required for withdrawal of students. Insufficient notice may result in additional fees being charged.

Allowance for driving your children to school

Did you know that you may be entitled to an allowance for privately driving your children to and from school?

Financial assistance may be available to parents who have children that attend Non-State Schools with students travelling to and from school daily by private arrangement.

For further details on how much you can claim by distance, please go onto the Dept of Transport and Main Roads- Conveyance Allowance Payment Details. There is a PDF application available for viewing including a table of distance verses weekly rebate claim.

What’s Happening On-Campus

Welcome to the 2018 school year. I hope that your children have settled back in to their studies and school life.

Prep Playground Extension

At the end of the holidays we have added in additional playground equipment. The existing climbing and slide area has virtually been doubled in size. There has also been a large area of artificial grass laid. Most of this area was undercover and high use area which was not conducive to growing grass.

Other Improvements

Mr Underwood has been busy planning and arranging for a lot of other improvements around the school . The STEAM [Science, Technology. Engineering, Arts and Maths] rooms have have a major makeover and will soon get additional equipment for students to use. Similarly the Art room has been redeveloped to enhance student learning and is also awaiting more specialized art equipment. There is also artificial grass which has been laid in the area of the Year 2 - 9 playground equipment. The perimeter fence has now been completed and can be locked when the school staff are not on site. Our large undercover area has had  bag racks removed and been replaced with stained timber stairs making for a much nicer area to eat and relax at break times.

Thanks to our maintenance team Jock and Steve for all you tireless efforts in revamping that area  and getting classrooms and grounds ready for the new school year.

Student Leaders 2018

Congratulations to our new school leaders on obtaining your positions for 2018

David Lewis
Deputy Principal
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Senior School Updates

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else”

The Greatest Showman

Over the holidays I went to see ‘The Greatest Showman’, and thoroughly loved it. This movie is a powerful story that follows one man’s dream to achieve great things, far beyond the expectations of the life he was born into. Along this journey he is also instrumental in assisting others who have been cast aside by the world, to come forward into the light. Together, this team of people embraced their own differences to make a difference. Their success is undeniable, but very different to what was considered success at that time.

As we begin a whole new year in Senior School, our focus this year is about embracing our differences, to make a difference. Unfortunately, the focus and measure of our success in education is all too often about a single number or grade – whether it be the letter on an assignment, a report card or even an OP or ATAR. But we are all different and success for each and every student will look very different.

Last year we graduated our largest class of Year 12’s both on-campus and on-line. We also celebrated not one, but two students achieving OP1’s – our very first OP1’s ever! There is no doubt this sort of achievement is wonderful and an undeniable success that should be celebrated, and we have!

However, the success I am most proud of, is that just under 90% of our graduates last year got their very first QTAC preference in the University course they applied for! This is the sort of success that acknowledges each and every student is different, and that they each have a unique story that defines success differently. Each of these students took a very different path, that achieved very different results, but each and every one has now successfully started their new journey on the path of their choosing.

Consequently, as a school community, we need to make sure that we define success in a way that embraces our differences and ensures that each and every student, with hard work and dedication, can be successful. Irrespective of a graduate’s final OP or ATAR, it is our desire that each be able to achieve their individual dream.

God has made each one of us different for a particular purpose and, as a College, it is our privilege to walk beside each student on their individual journey to success. As we begin another year together, let us embrace our differences and commit to a new definition of success that enables us to celebrate the God-given gifts and talents, and unique achievements, of all.

I believe that our differences reflect the magnitude and awesomeness of the God we were made in the image of and, when celebrated, can indeed make a difference in our world.

Anita Newell
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Middle School Updates

“A positive parent-teacher relationship helps your child feel good about school and be successful in school” (Diane Levin, Ph.D.)

Welcome to 2018. If you are a new family, welcome to ACC; if you are a returning family, welcome back. I hope that your Christmas period was a pleasant one.  As we start a new year I wanted to provide some information on how families can best help their children succeed at school.

Studies show that the way parents interact with a child’s school is one of the most important factors in a child’s academic success; here are some things parents can do to maximise their child’s chance of success.

  1. Meet your children’s teacher – in Secondary this can mean via email.
  2. Get to know who’s who at school – Head Teachers, student services, chaplain etc
  3. Keep in contact with teachers – particularly attend parent teacher interviews
  4. Know what special services your child might be eligible for and use them.
  5. Encourage your children to read EVERY DAY.
  6. Let the school know about concerns you have
  7. Model a positive attitude towards education and your children’s school
  8. Model a healthy lifestyle for your children – monitored screen time, appropriate bed times, healthy diet.

This list is an excerpt from:

http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/twenty-ways-you-can-help-your-children-succeed-school

I would encourage you to visit this site as it has plenty of other tips as well as information on a range of topics including how to:

As always, I look forward to continuing this journey with you in 2018.

Derek Hughes
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Primary School Updates

Welcome back to all of our primary students for 2018! It is so lovely to welcome our new preppies and their families, as well as all of our new students throughout the primary school.

It was a busy couple of days to start the term but it seems that everyone has now settled in and are ready for a great time of learning and fellowship.

The primary school is jumping right into 2018 with a science presentation this week where students will learn about all things science  -  there might even be a few sensational experiments to “blow” the children’s minds.

Our year 4 and 5 students will be involved in the school swimming carnival next week. This is a great opportunity for parents to come along and get involved in the school community. Come and support your child and their house on a great day of competition and fun.

Don’t forget parents, that if you need to contact any of our primary teachers with any questions or concerns, please email your class teacher or your primary leaders at any time and we will endeavour to resolve any teething problems as quickly as we can.

We look forward to reconnecting with you all over the coming weeks. May God bless you and your family as we all get back into our school routines.

Some of the students enjoying the various play areas around the school

Mrs Foley and Ms Tsui

Alicia Foley
Upper Primary
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Michelle Tsui
Lower Primary
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STUDENT SERVICES

2018 is going to be a great year! Our Student Services department is excited to continue to offer many services that students can access for support. Here is a glimpse of who we are and what we do:

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

  • Chappy Janet Stebbins (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Tiffany Gale (Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Learning Enrichment Teachers

  • Joan Pavey
  • Ellen Crank
  • Christine Yates
  • Kylee Beshara
  • Joel Hogan

Guidance, Counselling and Careers

  • Sue Fraser
  • Simo McMinn (Future Pathways admin)

We are pleased to announce that we will be continuing to provide individual counselling to students at the College free of charge by partnering with students from Christian Heritage College. If you are interested in this service, please email [email protected] for the referral and further information.

Our office is located next to the uniform shop and we look forward to working with you in 2018.

God bless

Sue Fraser
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On Campus Class Updates

Senior Maths & Physics

Welcome back for 2018 with a special welcome to Year 10 students who have now entered the Senior School.

These students in particular have the special privilege of being the first cohort who will be undertaking the new QCE program that you may have heard about and will definitely be hearing more about as the year progresses.  In Maths and Physics, this means that the students will be working on programs especially designed to prepare them for this new system which officially begins next year.  I am teaching the Mathematical Methods course for the Year 10s, Mr Taylor, the General Mathematics course, and Mr Nicholls, the Physics course.

Meanwhile, the Year 11 & 12 students continue with the previous syllabus and cover similar work as students in previous years have done.

For this term in Mathematics B, that means that the Year 11 students are consolidating work covered last year and the Year 12 students are continuing the topic of “calculus” that they began at the conclusion of last year.

Our Year 11 Physics students will be starting off with a unit called “Physics on the Road” where we will learn about Newton’s Laws of Motion – particularly in the context of motor vehicles.

The Year 12s on the other hand, will be much less down to earth!  We are starting off the year with “Physics in Space” – looking at the laws governing the orbit of planets around the sun, satellites in orbit around the Earth and considering the means mankind has used in the past and may use in the future to tackle the “final frontier”.  While this will be taxing enough, we will also be looking at Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity and the mind-bending effects that flow from it!  It is important the students “kick off” the year well with this challenging unit so please pray for them!

Bruce Vaschina
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Year 10 Music

2018 marks the first time Australian Christian College Moreton is offering a combined On-Campus and Distance Education Year 10 Music class. This term we are focusing on Performance, mostly focusing on what makes a quality performance and how to apply these skills to students’ own performances. It is exciting for students to be able to collaborate not only with other students On-Campus but students who are studying in different parts of the state. This is the first opportunity for the majority of our cohort to work with other students to practise performance skills and is a great experience for each of the students to grow as musicians.

Elizabeth Dempsey
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Learning Support

In 2018 the Learning Support Team will be continuing to offer Literacy Support to students who are two or more years behind in their Reading Comprehension. If you believe that your child would benefit from this, please speak with your child’s classroom or form teacher and they will make arrangements with Learning Support to begin the placement process.

Currently the college in running three literacy programs that are geared towards improving students reading levels.  Each of these programs are used in Learning Support departments Australia wide and have proven beneficial to student learning.

  • For Lower Primary, years 1 and 2, the college runs MiniLit with groups of four to five students working through essential literacy conventions.
  • Upper Primary, Year 3 to 5, students will have access to Reading Tutor which covers similar content to MiniLit but students work one-to-one with trained instructors working with the goal to attain mastery of the core concepts.
  • The third program, CARS and STARS, is offered to our Middle School students, Year 6 to 9. It is a comprehension program that aims to teach students twelve essential strategies for reading and understanding texts.


Once again if you believe that your child would benefit from any of the aforementioned programs please talk with the year level teachers and they will work alongside the Learning Support Team to ensure students receive an appropriate level of support.

Joel Hogan
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Senior English

The year is off to a strong start in the Senior English classes at ACC!

Year 10 has begun a novel study of the classic To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. They will be focusing on ideas of empathy and standing up for what they believe in. It is hoped that by the end of the term students have more of an appreciation of what it means to ‘consider things from [another’s] point of view’, to ‘climb into [their] skin and walk around in it’ (Atticus Finch).  

Year 11 will be exploring the many facets of Australian identity and considering how our nation’s history has been shaped by the many great artists and writers who have come before us. Are we really just defined by our relaxed beaches and mateship, or is there a deeper idea behind what it means to be Australian?

Year 12 is set to start the year strong by diving into the Shakespearean classic of Hamlet. This final year of English will have them using all their skills to interpret this most famous playwright’s greatest tragedy and, as they approach the beginning of their post-school lives, to remember ‘to thine own self be true.’

Kat Vlaanderen
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Library News

A BIG Thank You !

A very big thank you to parents and students for all the help during the school holidays - hundreds of books were covered, readers were added to the collection, books were processed, textbooks and new books were unpacked and textbooks were mailed out to our DE students.

Without your help, I would not have been able to complete all the work, that needed to be done.  The students and teachers will all benefit from your hard work and dedication.

You sacrificed your holiday time and it is appreciated.

Sonja Potgieter
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MUSIC BUS

Welcome back to school. I hope you and your staff had a wonderful break.

Just informing you of a few important things to keep school staff and parents in the loop about The Music Bus for the start of year.

1)    Start of Year Flyers

First of all, as usual our teachers will be dropping off start of year flyers over the next 2 weeks. These will come in class sized piles. If you could please distribute to each class asap, that would be wonderful. This flyer distribution is crucial to ensure the continued success and viability of The Music Bus program at your school.

2) Newsletter Announcement

Please see below an important newsletter announcement to let all students and parents know that The Music Bus Term 1 enrolments are open and what lessons are available to them. Here is a link of an image to accompany, should you wish to use. Newsletter Image.

Announcement: Term 1 Music Bus Enrolments Open

The Music Bus are taking new student enrolments for Term 1. The program is open for all students from K to 6. Running weekdays at School. The Music Bus have limited availability in Singing, Keyboard, Guitar, Drum and Ukulele and so it is advised to enrol asap.  

The Music Bus is a wonderful music program that many of our students are already enjoying – a brilliant and cost-effective way for students to get fun and specialist music lessons without parents having to travel all over the area after school. Cost of lessons is only $16 per week (Drums $18).

If you’re interested in your child having music lessons through The Music Bus, check out their website at www.themusicbus.com.au or call 1300 168 742

If you could please place in your next newsletter and/or other forms of school notices (e.g. Facebook and School App), that would be wonderful.

3) Class Lists

We will be sending class lists across to the school in the days leading up to the first lesson. We will update these over the first few weeks as we expect many additional enrolments over the first half of term.

It would be much appreciated if you could circulate the class lists to classroom teachers so that things run smoothly.

4) School Carnivals 

Lastly, if you could please let us know if you have any school carnivals or whole school excursions that will affect Music Bus lessons this term so that we can coordinate with our students, parents and staff, that would be great.

Thanks so much for your continued support. Any questions or concerns, please let us know.