PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

It has been an exciting first two weeks of school with a very busy agenda. Our assembly/chapels have highlighted the roles our students take on across the college. We welcomed the Years 12 students into their role and presented them with their Year 12 badges and jackets. We gave Bibles to all the Prep students and other students new to our college and fascinated the students with a science incursion. We celebrated our first church service. And, the College Swimming Carnival was an outstanding success. A special thank you to all the parents who joined us for the day.

 We are still finishing some of the grounds work, and the furniture for the Art and STEM rooms has been ordered and is starting to come in. We have ordered new furniture and soft furnishing for our Middle school classrooms. A series of new shade sails will soon go over the large playground. It will be a little while until all this is complete and then we shall have an opportunity for parents to look through the finished renovations.

 The students have started their ACER tests this week. These gives our teachers an insight into the growth of our students’ literacy and numeracy skills over the last year. It importantly identifies how we should help each student over the next 6 months. You will receive an Individual Learning Plan for each student with ways we will help your child and how you can help at home.

Our parents from last year will know well our students can read, and know how to encourage them to read over holiday breaks. But one area of literacy we need to improve further is writing. The newspapers recently highlighted this across the nation and our students have similar problems. Lead by our National Literacy Coordinator we are planning to improve this area through the year. So expect more writing to come home and more questions about writing. Can I ask our parents ‘When was the last time you wrote anything substantial?’ We know our reading improves when parents read to and with their children. This also applies to writing. Have you written a letter with your child? Have you written diary entries with your child? Have you shared something you have written with your child? Finally, does your child see you write and value writing? It should be an interesting year as we work together with our objective of creating stronger writing skills. The long-term benefits to our students are obvious.

Finally, I hope the start of the year has been exciting for your family and the students have settled into their new year. If there are any issues that haven’t been addressed, or you would to talk about these, please call me at the college or email me direct at [email protected] You can also catch up with me for my Parents & Coffee sessions at 9:30 each Tuesday morning.

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
  • ACER Testing Week: 12th February - 17th February
  • 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

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 Department of Transport and Main Roads website:www.tmr.qld.gov.au - Conveyance Allowance Payment Details. There is a PDF application available for viewing including a table of distance versus weekly rebate claim.

Lunch Activity TimeTable

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2018 Camp Dates

ON CAMPUS

Year Level

Where

When

Year 10-12 Camp:

Moreton Island

(Tuesday 27th February - Friday 2nd March)
Term 1, Week 6

Year 7-9 Camp:

Apex Mudjimba

(Monday 16th April - Wednesday 18th April)
Term 2, Week 1

Year 6 Camp:

Bestbrook Mountain

(Wednesday 1st August - Friday 3rd August)
Term 3, Week 3

Year 5 Camp:

Luther Heights

(Wednesday 30th May - Friday 1st June)
Term 2, Week 7

Year 4 Camp:

Luther Heights

(Thursday 31st May - Friday 1st June)
Term 2, Week 7

Year 3 Camp:

Underwater World

(Wednesday 28th March - Thursday 29th March)
Term 1, Week 10

DISTANCE EDUCATION

Year Level

Where

When

Year 10-12 Camp:

Moreton Island

(Tuesday 27th February - Friday 2nd March)
Term 1, Week 6

Year 8-9 Camp

PGL Adventure

(Monday 30th April - Wednesday 2nd May)
Term 2, Week 3

Year 5-7 Camp:

Apex Mudjimba

(Monday 30th April - Wednesday 2nd May)
Term 2, Week 3

What’s Happening On-Campus

Computers and iPads

Due to the increased requirements in Year 6 for their online learning programs, in 2019 all year 6 students will require a laptop. Any current Year 5 or 6 students who may be needing  to get a new device during this year are also advised to make the switch to laptops.

2018 Student Leaders

In the last newsletter I mentioned about our student leaders for this year. Our student leaders are predominately in our senior school but we also have designated leaders in our middle school and primary school. Here is a list of the student leaders and the positions they hold:

School Captain

Jordyn Colquhoun

School Captain

David Newman

School Vice-Captain

Allannia Durante

School Vice-Captain

Jake Moorhead

Sports Captain

Allannia Durante

Sports Captain

Liam Gill

Blue House Captain

Bella Zielinski

Blue House Captain

Marissa Harding

Red House Captain

Jake Moorhead

Red House Captain

Emily Kempster

Yellow House Captain

Zoe Clement

Yellow House Captain

Kimberly Parry

Green House Captain

Nathan Ball

Green House Captain

Ariel Moor

Peer Support Leader

Jordyn Colquhoun

Peer Support Leader

David Newman

Primary School Leader

Montanna Atkins-Catlin

Primary School Leader

Paul Inman

Primary Sport Leader

Jacob Merrilees

Primary Sport Leader

Aleksandra Smith

Primary Peer Support Leader

Edyn Gale

Primary Peer Support Leader

Grace Flanagan

Middle School Leader

Jay Seps

Middle School Leader

Corina Poh

Prefect

Emilie Sherwood

Prefect

Nathan Ball

Prefect

Kaela Wibberley

Swimming Carnival

Our recent Years 4-12 swimming carnival was a huge success. Congratulations to all those students who attended for your participation both in the pool and cheering others on. Thank you to all the staff your tireless efforts on the day.

Students who have been successful in this carnival may be invited to represent our school by competing at either the primary or secondary district competitions.

Year 12 Badge Presentations

Recently  our Year 12 students were presented with their 2018 Year 12 badges. Parents were invited to come along also to watch the ceremony and afterwards to enjoy  a morning tea. This year we have twenty-one Year 12s .

David Lewis
Deputy Principal
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Senior School Updates

Year 12 Leadership Badge Ceremony

This week our Year 12s were issued their Senior badges. Whilst a small badge, this symbol comes with both honour and responsibility. Each Year 12 student, whether they hold an official position of leadership or not are expected to uphold a certain standard and be a role model to all other students at our College. In order to embrace this expectation, our Year 12s this year have written their own pledge to the ACC-Moreton community. This was initiated last year when these students were Year 11 and formally adopted by this cohort at the ceremony on Monday morning.

In their pledge students have committed themselves to strive to be: Honest, Respectful, Hard-working, Trustworthy, Supportive, Enthusiastic and Confident. In addition they promise to be the best they can be and ‘treat others reflecting Christ’s love’.  As staff of these Senior students we are proud of their public commitment to uphold this pledge and we are committed as well to supporting them in their efforts to achieve such aspirational goals.

 

This group of Seniors has indeed started the year well and I would like to thank all of the parents and care-givers of these students for their hard-work and dedication in supporting their student’s as well. It was also lovely for many of our Senior parents to be able to attend this badge ceremony and stay for celebratory cake and coffee afterwards.

Please continue to pray for our Year 12s as they journey through this very important year. But I believe that God has great plans for these fine young people and that together this year they will achieve wonderful things and be great ambassadors for our College.

Anita Newell
Head of Senior School
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Senior School Coordinator

I am very excited to begin 2018 in my new role of Senior School Coordinator. Anita Newell (Head of Senior School) and I will be working closely together to make our Senior School the best it can be across both our on campus students and online students. If you have any questions regarding our Senior School please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected]

Lockers

By the end of this week students in senior should be allocated a locker, a lock and have understood the rules and procedure regarding their lockers. Please see the following excerpt from our discipline guidelines regarding lockers.

1. School bags are NOT lockers. All books for the day should be unpacked from their bag into their locker (secondary). Bags should be placed in a locker. NO bag is to be left on the ground, outside or inside a classroom, because of safety issues.

2. Students are to take all necessary books/equipment to each class and will NOT be allowed to leave class to visit their locker.

Uniforms

We are blessed at ACC that our students take pride in their uniform. Uniforms are an important part of our school culture as they help build unity, promote discipline and a sense of community within the College. A couple of minor issues which we could improve, include students wearing non-school hats, incorrect wearing of the sport jacket with the formal uniform and sports shoes being predominantly white. If we can improve these small things we will have no issues going forward.

Camp

Our senior camp is coming up very quickly and I know as teachers we are very excited about the opportunity this camp will bring. This will be our first four day camp and our first on an island. Thank you to all those parents that have already registered. For those who haven’t there is still some time to register if you contact our Camps Coordinator, Mr Paul Gandini [email protected] For those who are unaware we will be camping on Moreton Island and participating in a range of activities including four wheel driving, swimming, snorkelling and sand tobogganing.  It shall be a great time of getting to know our students and staff on a deeper level and sharing some great experiences together.

Cameron Johnson
Senior School Coordinator
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Middle School Updates

This week, right across our college, the students are sitting ACER testing. This is a sries of tests that allow us to figure out how we can best help them in a number of academic areas. These tests focus on:

  • Comprehension
  • Maths
  • Vocabulary
  • General Abilities

They highlight areas of strength and areas of potential growth and, along with class observations and NAPLAN testing, provide very valuable feedback to enable us to ensure that we are providing the best possible academic program for your children.

As I supervised the Year 9s diligently tapping away at their comprehension test this morning, I contemplated the value of taking time to stop and check how we are doing.  I considered that God sometimes allows ‘things’ to cross my path, things that I’m not particularly happy about, things that test me.

The difference is that when God allows me to be tested, it’s not so He can learn what I am capable of, or what I need help with; it’s so I can learn what I am capable of, or what I need help with.  Our God is faithful lean on him in times of testing and you will triumph, you will grow.

9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Derek Hughes
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Primary School Updates

The term has really taken off and it is great to see students settling in well in their classes and adjusting to the routines and expectations of their new classrooms. Over the past two weeks we had so many exciting things happen in the primary school, take a look below and see what’s been happening.

Street Science Shows

On Wednesday the 31st of January, Street Science delighted our students with a special science show. Our Preps and Year 2’s had a special ‘Sensory Science’ show based on the concept that science is everywhere around us.The Year 2 to 6 students were also educated and entertained with ‘The Fire Earth Air and Water Show’ where they experienced cutting edge demonstrations.

Swimming Carnival

 Our Year 4’s and 5’s also participated in the school’s swimming carnival. The Year 4 students were particularly excited to attend their first ever swimming carnival. It was a great day where students were able to give their best, cool off and cheer on their team and classmates.

Upgrade of the Prep eating area

 During the holidays, our Prep eating area had a little makeover where artificial turf replaced the existing grass. It has been great seeing the Prep enjoy this new space during eating times. Our Prep’s also regularly get some special visitors during their playtime, from their other siblings waving at the gate to our College captains coming for a visit.

Primary Chapel

 Each Tuesday morning at 8:50 am the primary classes meet together for a time of worship, hear a message from Chappy and hear school updates from Mr Lewis and Mr Underwood. We also have the chance to celebrate special achievements in each class as well as birthdays. All parents are invited to attend each week and after Chapel you are also invited to join our College Principal Mr Underwood for coffee.

Mrs Foley and Ms Tsui

Alicia Foley
Upper Primary
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Michelle Tsui
Lower Primary
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Coles ‘Sports for School’ Program

This year we are excited to be taking part in the Coles ‘Sports for Schools’ program. You can help our school collect Coles ‘Sports for Schools’ vouchers just by shopping at Coles, Coles Express and Coles Online. For every $10 spent at these outlets you will receive one ‘Sports for Schools’ voucher. The program will kick off on the 7th of February and run till the 11th of May.

Simply pop your vouchers into the collection box, which will be located in the primary building foyer at the base of the stairs. The more we collect, the more we can redeem. There is a selection of over 800 quality sports items up for grabs. Every voucher received will go towards our school tally, in which we will be able to order new sports equipment.

We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Yours in Christ,

Michelle Tsui

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STUDENT SERVICES

It has been a busy few weeks for seniors so far this year but hopefully all students have settled into their subjects now, are attending their TAFE courses and enjoying the challenges of their chosen pathways. Please be aware of the following:

YEAR 10 STUDENTS

Work experience is coming up at the end of this term for all Year 10 students (March 26-29). Please keep an eye out for the information pack given to students as we require partnering with parents to help secure quality placements in this short time period.

YEAR 11 & 12 STUDENTS

ALL STUDENTS IN YEAR 11 & 12 MUST CHECK THEIR LEARNING ACCOUNT ON THE STUDENT CONNECT WEBSITE.

Go to https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au/index.html

You will need your LUI number to log into your account.

Your student learning account is the place where your senior secondary enrolments and results are recorded, as well as when and where you studied.

How do I log into my learning account?

You need your 10-digit Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) and initial password to log into your learning account. If you don't know your LUI, it is located on your SET plan. Your initial password is your day and month of birth in ddmm format.

How do I use my learning account?

You can use your learning account to check the following information:

Personal Details

Advise Mrs Fraser as soon as possible if your contact details have changed. Your Senior Education Profile will be sent to the home address in your learning account at the end of Year 12, so it's important this information is correct.

Enrolments and your eligibility for a QCE and OP

Tell Mrs Fraser from ACC as soon as possible if any information is missing or incorrect.

Please notify Mrs Fraser by email on [email protected] if you have any concerns about your QCE credits.

UMAT 2018

UMAT is a test that is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on the website. Registrations for UMAT 2018 is now open so if your son/daughter requires the UMAT test for university entry, please contact me asap.

The test takes place nationally on the 25 July, 2018.

http://umat.acer.edu.au/

For regular updates on careers information, please go to the accmcareers.com

God bless

Suzanne Fraser
Head of Student Services
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On Campus Class Updates

Year 4G

We have started the year with a BANG…literally a BANG. The students were involved in a science incursion where they learnt about all sorts of chemicals. They enjoyed learning more about science and all the fun experiments you can do.

Last Thursday the year 4’s went and participated in the swimming carnival. They had so much fun swimming the 100m race. They also loved the team boogie board race. Many also participated in the free swim, which was a sight to see.

In English the students have been learning all about Narrative writing. They have embraced the concepts and have begun to write their own narratives. In Maths the students have had a lot of fun beating their own personal time in their math mentals books. They are experiencing success when they complete their own goals. The students have begun to explore the topic of puppetry and have looked at many cultures types of puppets. These include, string puppets, sock puppets and shadow puppets.

Alyce Groves

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Sport

The 2018 Swimming Carnival was a great success with high levels of participation, enthusiastic house spirit and some very close finishes. The new addition of the boogie board race added some extra excitement early in the carnival and the Teacher Vs Seniors relay provided a fitting finale to a great day (in which the teachers were convincingly victorious!) A huge thank you to all parents and guardians who attended, the teachers and volunteers who helped, the house captains who showed wonderful leadership and enthusiasm and of course to all the students who participated and supported their houses. A special thank you to all the White house students and parents who travelled to participate.

The house points and age champions will be announced soon this week, as will nominations for District Swimming Trials.

Our busy first week continues with some upcoming sports trials. Please see below for a list of the upcoming trials for District Teams. Please see me or email me if you are interested in attending any of the trials.

Secondary School Trials

Sport

Age Group

Date of South District Trial

Location and Time

Touch Football

13-15yrs Boys and Girls

21- Feb

Caboolture Touch

Touch Football

16-18yrs Boys and Girls

21- Feb

Caboolture Touch

Basketball

16-18yrs Boys

27- Feb

TBA

Basketball

16-18yrs Girls

27- Feb

Mueller College

Soccer

17-19yrs Boys

27- Feb

Narangba United

Soccer

16-19yrs Girls

27- Feb

Narangba United

Soccer

13-16yrs Boys

27- Feb

Clontarf SHS

Soccer

13-15yrs Girls

27- Feb

Clontarf SHS

Primary School Trials

Sport

Age Group

Date of South District Trial

Location and Time

Netball

10-11yrs Girls

19 Feb

TBA

Netball

12yrs Girls

19 Feb

TBA

Hockey

10-12yrs Boys and Girls

20- Feb

Lindsay Rd Hockey Centre, Morayfield

Soccer

10-12yrs Boys

20 and 22- Feb

Caboolture SS

Rugby League

12yrs Boys

27 Feb

TBA

Rugby League

10-11yrs Boys

27 Feb

TBA

Basketball

10-12yrs Boys

16 Feb

TBA

Basketball

10-12yrs Girls

16 Feb

Caboolture SS

Nathan Sheumack
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Senior Science

All Senior Science teachers are working hard to develop the new curriculum course for Year 10. We have a very dedicated group of teachers and I want to thank Mr. Vaschina, Mr Nicholls and Mrs Wilcox for all the help they have given me to adjust to the school. The school laboratory will soon be getting extra equipment to enable us to deliver the new courses.

We haven’t forgotten our wonderful Year 11 and 12 students and are ensuring they are on track to do their very best.

Janice Garden

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Year 3B

 The students have been getting to know our new families to the school and making them feel welcomed. We are learning about how objects melt in  Science and had fun conducting experiments. We looked at how fast chocolate, butter and a candle could melt.

We had fun seeing lunchtime activities start up again and dancing at our first church service. We enjoyed our guest speaker at the church service and have been using some of the ideas he gave to us in drama.

We are very excited to go on our first camp at the end of term. We will be sleeping overnight at underwater world. We will also be learning about how to care for the animals and keep our beaches clean.

Rebecca Bunston

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Japanese

It sure is hot here in Queensland at the moment. In Japan however it’s a very cold winter. Even in Tokyo it’s been below zero this year.

The Seasons in Japan intertwine with a number of major cultural events.

I’d like to explain briefly a couple of these events

On Feb 3 in Japan they celebrate the Setsubun festival. Families gather together   and one family member ( usually the father) puts on a oni (ogre) mask and the kids throw mame maki (beans) at him and shout “oni wa soto fuku wa uchi”.Which means bad luck go out and blessings come in and this traditionally relates to the end of winter and the beginning of spring. If you want to see this in action you can go to you tube and put in setsubun Japanese kindergartens. It’s quite interesting I think.

It will also soon be hanami ( cherry blossom viewing)time in Japan which is really the best time to visit. For two weeks in March / April the whole country explodes into vivid pink and white and Japanese people love to gather under the blossoms and have a party. It is very beautiful.

In late April early May ( 29th April – 5th May) the Japanese celebrate golden week which is a group of public holidays sandwiched together between weekends and usually means a 5 day break from work. A lot of Japanese travel overseas during golden week. This is not the best time to visit Japan as tourist areas tend be very crowded and it’s quite expensive.

Tony Usher
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Library News

Sonja Potgieter

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Asking parents to please make sure all holiday reading books are returned to the school/library as well as your child’s holiday reading log.

The importance of reading and/or reading to your child cannot be emphasised enough.

We know that reading underpins learning and the following picture illustrates it in a very visual way.

Are you making time to read to your child every week ? Or are you supporting your child’s independent reading. It is an investment in your child’s education you will never regret.