Religious Freedom Review
On the 22nd November 2017 the Prime Minister appointed an Expert Panel to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion. The terms of reference and the Panel members can be viewed at:
Submissions to the Panel closed on 14 February and will be published by 31 March 2018, if those submitting approve. The Panel received 16,000 submissions.
Consultation Committee Meetings are being be held around the country with key stakeholders and small groups to give people the chance to share their views openly and honestly with the panel in a respectful and safe environment.
I encourage all our parents to keep abreast of this review, and wherever possible to ensure your voice is being heard. The college is a member of Christian Schools Australia (CSA) who released their submission to the public. I have included their key points below.
“We have finalised our joint submission with Adventist Schools Australia to the Expert Panel on Religious Freedom chaired by the Hon Phillip Ruddock.
The submission calls for a number of changes including:
- the appointment of a dedicated ‘Freedoms Commissioner’ to publicly champion and advocate for religious and other freedoms;
- an immediate redefinition of ‘discrimination’ in Commonwealth law to recognise that not all differentiation is discrimination and to ensure a balancing of rights;
- legislating for a range of positive protections for religious freedom. These are along the lines proposed during the discussion of changes to the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) and effectively referred to this Panel for consideration.
The positive protections sought have been identified during the extensive discussion and consideration of religious freedom issues during the recent ‘marriage debate’. They include protections and provisions:
- relating to the use of the facilities of a Christian school for marriage ceremonies;
- to guide the determination of the beliefs of a religious body by a judicial body;
- that clearly state the Commonwealth’s intention to ‘cover the field’;
- guaranteeing free speech where it does not threaten or harass another person or group;
- securing the charitable status of religious bodies and schools;
- shielding continued education funding for Christian schools; and that
- ensure ‘believers’ can continue to act on their beliefs”
Our college is committed to our vision of ‘Growing in Christ’ and ensuring all our students grow up with strong Christian values and knowledge. All the staff members we employ are practicing Christians and committed to our Christian faith. If you would like to discuss this further and how we operate in our school, then please email me on [email protected] or ring me at the college.
Bullying in Schools
The Prime Minister has also raised the issue of bullying in schools and strongly supports the National Day against Bullying and Violence (NDA). “We believe all students have the right to be safe at school. Bullying and violence have no place in Australia,” Prime Minister Turnbull wrote. At ACCM we are strongly believe that bullying should not exist in schools at all, just as it should not be part of your workplace. However, children are still learning social skills and it may happen at school. To help prevent this we have a program called ‘Do the High-5’ which reinforces the five steps (represented as the 5 fingers on one hand) of:
- Talk friendly
- Walk away
- Talk friendly
This diagram is in each classroom and the teachers explain the steps carefully to their class and individuals when necessary. Please go over this with your children at home to reinforce it.
The College bullying procedures are reinforced by our ‘No-Touch Policy’. We ask students not to push, shove, touch, hug, etc. any other student. While Preps are still learning this and forget, older students are very aware. Issues of bullying are few and far between when physical contact is removed. Those who do break this rule are sent home to think about their behaviour and then the school works through the issue with them when they return.
We are very pleased to have a happy and safe school, and will continue to strive to make this the case.
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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
An ACCM father with a disability has asked for assistance transporting his Year 7 daughter from the College to their home in the afternoons, particularly in wet weather. Rob and Grace live in Waterfern Drive, Caboolture. If you are able to assist please phone Rob on his mobile 0458 474 092.
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.
Lunch Activity TimeTable
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2018 Camp Dates
Year 10-12 Camp:
(Tuesday 27th February - Friday 2nd March)
Year 7-9 Camp:
(Monday 16th April - Wednesday 18th April)
Year 6 Camp:
(Wednesday 1st August - Friday 3rd August)
Year 5 Camp:
(Wednesday 30th May - Friday 1st June)
Year 4 Camp:
(Thursday 31st May - Friday 1st June)
Year 3 Camp:
(Wednesday 28th March - Thursday 29th March)
A BIG ACCM Thank-You!
We would like to thank our parents for their wonderful support through sponsoring our students who could not afford to attend our Camps. We feel so blessed knowing we have this support from within our community - our receiving families are extremely grateful. Should other families be able to assist in any way financially to bless other students, please contact Leisa Anderson.
Tickets are available at the school office.
What’s Happening On-Campus
ACER Testing Results
All Year 1 - 10 classes have now completed their ACER testing. These tests give a very good indication of how students are doing with their literacy and numeracy. The test results will be analyzed by the students class teachers. The teachers will look at both student strengths and, particularly, areas in need of improvement, and then determine how best to assist each student to improve. The teachers will then create Individual Learning Plans ( ILPs ) for each student in Year 1 through to Year 9.
Parents/carers are then provided with these Individual Learning Plans. The plans include things that the teacher will be helping with here at school and also might include suggestions of things that may assist the student which can be done at home. For example, if a student is having trouble understanding measurement then the teacher may suggest the parent/carer get their child involved in assisting with any measuring happening in the kitchen such as measuring out a mixture to bake a cake. Similarly a student having difficulties with mathematical concepts of distance may improve their understanding of distance and measurement by estimating car traveling distances while you are driving about. Likewise there are also many ways to assist students literacy both in the home and while out and about. Sometimes things come quicker to students when using these informal moments of learning.
Parent/Teacher Interview Night
Our Term 1 Parent/Teacher Interview night for Years P - 10 is coming up on 14 March. At these meetings teachers will focus on ILPs and how students are going with their literacy and numeracy in particular.
Lunchtime Activities and Clubs
During our recess breaks there are different activities, clubs and other things for students to do. Our activities coordinator Mrs Bunston oversees a wide range of things for students to be involved in at break times. Our teachers, staff and student leaders give up their time to run these activities. Mrs Potgieter, our librarian, has the library open at both morning and lunch breaks for students to sit quietly and read. At some breaks in the library there are board games happening and, for Years 1 - 5 a couple of times a week there is colouring in activities. We also have a range of sports and play equipment available for students to borrow at the main lunch break. Other clubs and activities happening during the breaks include: handball, chess club, lego club, tutoring help, sign language club, film club, chapel band, card games, exercise time, gym, Bible study, Prep games, cheerleading, table tennis, basketball training and the 'Jesus the game changer' program. Most of these activities and clubs are for specific year levels, and at particular breaks, but together there is something for everyone in there. A big thank you to all staff and students running these clubs and activities and the loan equipment office.
Senior School Updates
This week our Year 10, 11 and 12 students, and eleven staff, will set out on an adventure to Moreton Island. This camp is our yearly opportunity to get to know each other outside of the usual school environment. Students gain valuable insight into both others and themselves during these types of activities and as our leaders, learn things that only experience can teach.
Our aim this camp is for each student to learn something new about themselves and each other. It is also the perfect opportunity for students to create lifelong memories and build relationships that often extend beyond school. It is important that we always see our students as more than just learners of academic knowledge, but also life long learners. Camps teach us that the classroom is only one place where we can learn and life is full of learning opportunities – everywhere!
As I am preparing for camp tonight, I am reminded of so many Senior Celebrations where I have heard student after student give speeches that include “...one of my favourite memories was our camp....”. I pray that as we head to Moreton Island this week that each of the students we take with us will be blessed by the experience and take back with them life-long memories and friendships that will bless them for far longer than the four days we are gone.
So here I would like to say thank you to all the parents and care-givers for sending your Senior students to camp with us. This has been the biggest camp we’ve ever put together and it would not be possible without your commitment and sacrifice to send them. We acknowledge the importance of your support and thank you for all that you do!
Middle School Updates
I have been giving a lot of thought to “unity” lately. Specifically, what does it mean to be unified – what does a unified community look like. This is important in schools because we need to be on the same page, particularly in relationship to standards and what is acceptable.
At the beginning of his first letter to the Corinthians, which we find in the New Testament, Paul says:
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
1 Corinthians 1:10
And then at the end of his second letter (2 Corinthians 13:11) he tells the same people to “be of one mind”.
I find this difficult teaching, because I believe that our creative god has created us as individuals. We think differently than those around us, we all see the world differently. A message the Mr Underwood has been speaking to our community this year is that:
“It is what makes us different that makes us special.”
So does Paul mean we should never disagree. No, I don’t think so. I think he means we should deal with our disagreements in mature, gracious ways. We should understand that the person we disagree with sees the world differently from us and should be of one mind in that we filter our differences through God and be of one mind in relation to the importance of God in our life, our community.
I think the secret to a unified community is that each of us is first unified with Christ. The more we understand God’s love for us the better we are able obey His new commandment:
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”</
Primary School Updates
Jesus teaches us that one of the keys to a healthy, fulfilling and meaningful life is relationships. Through His relationship with us, we are saved from sin and shown the gifts of grace, love and compassion. He calls us to go and share these gifts and to share His light through the relationships we have with those around us.
At ACC, one of our goals for our students is to help them develop the skills to build and maintain meaningful and fruitful relationships with our families, friends and community. Our primary reading buddy program is an important part of this learning, whereby students from different grades read to each other on a weekly basis. Students not only benefit from the experience of others, but also learn how to support someone whom they might not usually have much to do with.
For our Year 5 students, the opportunity has arisen for them to take this philosophy to the next level. This year, our school has engaged in a partnership with Bolton Clarke Aged Care Services in Caboolture. Small groups of students will participate in a regular visiting program which will see the students meet and engage with residents in activities such as reading, colouring, painting, gardening, playing board games, etc on a weekly basis. For the residents, these relationships can be such a blessing and we feel that the children will also be enriched and blessed through their interactions with the older generations.
We ask that you might pray for the students and staff involved as we get the program off the ground and spend a couple of weeks preparing the students for their first visit on March 21st. This is a wonderful initiative and we look forward to sharing students’ stories and experiences with you in the months to come.
Each primary class has a ‘buddy reading’ class, here is Year 5C listening to our Year 1T students read.
It is week 6 and all little ones in grade one have made the huge leap from Prep. Our focus in the first few weeks has been establishing routines. There is so much in grade one to do and be responsible for, however slowly but surely students are adjusting to the fast pace and being responsible for doing things themselves rather than mum and dad. Our routines have included;
- Packing /unpacking my bag.
- Launching and practicing Daily Five routines such as Read to self, Read to others, Work on Writing and Word work.
- Remembering to bring my reader each day to school and feeding the home learning box every Monday.
Our focus in learning areas has been;
- Counting to 100 and back again by 1’s & 10’s from any number.
- Showing numbers in many different ways such as word, numeral and quantity
- Exploring diagraph sounds in words such as /ar/, /ph/, /sh/ and this week /th/.
- Buddy reading in grade 5. Some of us have had the pleasure of reading with our siblings. What fun!!!
We have been writing our socks off! Each day! Writing our name, Journal writing, engaging in writing time (Our new writing book), writing practice of two focus letters each week.
We have been learning about living and non- living things. We have discussed what living things need for survival, How oxygen is made by plants, the process of photosynthesis and how energy is made.
It's about Time is all about exploring changes in the past, present and future. We can now recite the changes that happen to us from baby to adult.
To help grade one run smoothly please ensure the following ;
- Sign their reading log each night.
- Read with them each night.
- Ensure they have a hat and water bottle for the day.
- Ensure your child has ‘Munch & Crunch’ and adequate food for the day.
- Students do not bring toys to school.
- Pack their reader on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
- Parents message teachers via e-mail of any concerns they may have.
Thanks so much everyone for your continued support and the part you play in your child’s learning journey. A BIG thanks goes out to ALL parents volunteering their help in setting up classroom routines and preparing resources. Michelle and I are very grateful.
The grade one team, Miss Michelle Tsui 1T& Mrs Lisa Sandel. 1S
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,
Recently a video was shared with me that I found encouraging and I hope and pray you find it helpful too. Here is the transcript:
Parenting Teens summed up in 90 seconds (by John Shipp)
“Imagine you are on a rollercoaster. You sit down in the seat and the first thing that happens is that some guy comes around and sort of pushes down on the lap safety bar, securing it in place. If you’re like me, the first thing you do is you grab that bar, you push it, you prod it, you wiggle it, you test it. Now think about it…. Do you push and prod and test and wiggle that bar hoping that it will give, hoping that it will fail, leading to your inevitable death as you splat on the pavement? Of course not! You push it and you prod it and you test it hoping, confirming, that it will hold.
Listen to me! That teen in your life is doing the exact same thing. They are pushing and prodding you and testing you, hoping and confirming you will hold. At a time in their life when so many things are uncertain, they need to know that you are certain. At a time in their life when there are so many things that are unstable, they need to know you are stable. At a time when many things are erratic, they need to know that you are consistent. So good news! If the teen in your life pushes you, it doesn’t mean you are a bad person, or an imbecile, or doing it all wrong or messing things up or saying the wrong things. It simply means you are dealing with a teenager.”
Teens need their parents to encourage, guide and put boundaries in place for them. This is a time when they are looking to you for security and safety as they navigate this new time in their lives. As parents, our children are gifts from God and we should be so grateful for the opportunity to mould and shape them into adulthood. However, it’s not an easy road and there will be many tears and tantrums along the way. Prayer, patience, support and endurance are needed. As the bible puts it
"Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us"
VET in Schools
In 2017, we had 66 students who undertook Vocational Education and Training courses as part of their senior studies. It was so encouraging seeing our students succeed and the maturity it has given them as they prepare for the world of work. Here is one of our Year 12 students, Zoe Clements, celebrating her graduation from a dual qualification, Cert II Events/Cert III Tourism, through TAFE Qld. She is now volunteering one day a week in the College Office helping with administration and events.
Head of Student Services
On Campus Class Updates
Middle School French Week
During week 4, years 7-9 students had a grand ol' "bonjour!" time. You may have wondered: "Why French Maths week?" Here's why: The French have contributed so much to our world through mathematics. They have produced some amazing Mathematicians including Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Joseph Fourier (1768-1830) and Rene Descartes (1596-1650). Pascal's development of probability theory was his most influential contributions to mathematics. He was also one of the first two inventors of the mechanical calculator.
Fourier is best known for initiating the investigating of the Fourier series (Fourier transform and Fourier's law was named in his honour). He is also generally credited with the discovery of the greenhouse effect, which makes life possible on earth.
Most people also know that the French gifted us with the wonderful metric system - metres, litres and kilograms. French mathematicians found that this new measure -"the metre" - as one ten-millionth of the distance from the North Pole to the equator.
I closed off the week with the most famous French mathematician of all time, Rene Descartes. He was also a very famous philosopher, who coined the phrase: "I think, therefore I am." He made his most significant contribution to mathematics by one evening lying on his back, looking up at the ceiling. There was a fly just sitting there, looking back at him. Suddenly he wondered how he would describe to someone the exact position of the fly. He then imagined two sets of numbers, each set on a perpendicular x and y axis...and voila, the Cartesian plane was born!
Was it not for Rene, I would not have had the pleasure of teaching students about linear graphing and ordered pairs all week! That would have been so sad…
Jacques de Villiers
Middle School Mathematics Teacher
It has been a great start to the year so far and 2K are so excited to learn new things! In History, we went searching for plaques around the school that told us about our school’s history. In Science we have been all mixed up as we make mixtures! The students made predictions about whether all liquids would mix together and soon found out that some don’t! Oil and water was very exciting to see not mixed together as they formed bubbles inside each other. Students learnt that dishwashing liquid has been created by scientists to be able to help us all was oily greasy dishes!
It is so wonderful to hear students memorising their memory verses each week. Week 5’s verse was from Psalm 100:3 “For you know the Lord is God. He created us and we belong to Him!” Each day 2K have been learning Theology which they have learnt means to study about God. They have learnt how God created us but Adam and Eve sinned because Satan tempted them. But we also are hearing the great good news that God loves us so much he sent Jesus to save us from our inherited sin. Leading up to Easter we will be reflecting on this and asking for God’s forgiveness and thank Him for all the good things He has given us.
I wish you all the best for the rest of Term 1! May God bless you each and everyday!
Greetings in the precious name of Jesus!
What a joy to be one of the Year 10 Form teachers again this year. I have had the privilege of working with most of these students for two years now, and it makes the job so much easier when you know them. We are halfway through term already and things are starting to step up.
I, and many of the other teachers, have been impressed with the students’ entry into Senior School. Again this year, the Year 10 students were able to choose from a number of elective subjects, which are based around the new syllabus to be rolled out next year. As this is the first cohort to go through the new ATAR system we wanted to give them the best start possible. While this is a challenge, we believe they will reap rich rewards next year, and into Year 12 having a firm base on which to build in their final years of schooling.
Last year we developed a course for the Year 10 students called Personal and Study Skills (PASS). This gives us the opportunity to cover the many things that pop up throughout the year that don’t necessarily fit into a subject. We will study many topics throughout the year, as well as give students some study time during assessment periods. This year students have begun studying the brain and how it develops throughout their life. This gives students an understanding of why they, as adolescents, may feel the way they do. To this end 10W completed the dissection of a sheep brain today.
This week (Week 6) is Senior Camp, and the whole of 10W is attending – along with 94 other DE and On Campus students! We are heading off to the beautiful Moreton Island for such fun activities as sand tobogganing, bush dancing and swimming in the crystal clear waters of Moreton Bay. This is sure to be a wonderful camp, and we pray that the students will have a safe and memorable time. Please pray for all the students and attending staff.
It is a joy and privilege to partner with you in the Christian Education of your children. May He bless you and your children richly.