The National Day Against Bullying and Violence was more than another day when the children got to wear a colour to support a charity, in this case ‘orange’. It was a day when they all came together to support each other and make a stand against bullying and violence. The day was a great success with all the children wearing orange accessories and all helping placing their hand in the paint and then onto the banner. The printing of their hand was their commitment to not bully or be violent to any other person. The banner went on display for the whole community to see in the hope that the children can spread their message to our families and all who drive or walk by.
As a college we will always strive to rule out bullying in all its forms. I encourage all parents to talk to their children about the day and what it meant. I encourage you to continue to raise this issue and highlight bullying in all its forms – even on TV screens where it seems to be a key ingredient in cooking shows. As Christians we are taught to love all people and as it says in Luke 6:31 (NIV) “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
(Parents, please be aware that this day is being organised through the “Bullying. No Way” website. This is a government website for Australian schools and is managed by the Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group which has representatives from all states and territories, including the Catholic and independent schooling sectors. However, this college in no way endorses all the views of the Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group. Our involvement is limited to this very specific day against bullying. Students looking through their website may come across views not supported by many Christian groups or the college, so please monitor your student use of their website.)
This week we also said goodbye to our latest group of students from Japan. Tomei School is a senior college with the equivalent of our Years 10 – 12. They have 1900 students of which 50% go on to university courses. They had a fabulous time in Australia and are very keen to learn English. No wonder with the Japanese government considering English as a compulsory university course. Thanks to all the families who hosted a student. I am sure we added to our children’s Japanese speaking skills while building a better understanding of cultural differences, especially Asian nations.
The staff has been busy working through the ACER test results in order to work what Individual Learning Plans (ILP) for every child. You would have received an email about accessing these on-line and download your report. The advantage of these online reports is that you will always have access to your student’s reports via the parent login. We will be expanding your access to our Student Information System in the future. If you notice anything that is incorrect in the student information or parent information please let the office staff know. If you have troubles accessing this then please contact the office and they will walk you through the process.
If you haven’t been into school lately you will see that new gardens have new plants (now it has cooled down), the STEM rooms and the ART rooms are slowing getting their new furniture and equipment and the 3D printing machine is the source of much student curiosity and interest. The STEaM Centre will have an Opening later when all the tools and machines are in place.
I pray that as Easter approaches you will remember the real reason behind Easter. It is far more important that Easter Eggs, Hot Cross Buns and Easter Hat Parades. Please continue to remind your children that Easter is when Jesus died for our sins and gave eternal life to all who believe in Him.
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NEW ENROLMENTS 2019 (not continuing students)
If you have children commencing at ACC please complete and submit an online Enrolment Application form at your earliest convenience to secure your child’s future enrolment. In particular, places are now filling for the entry year levels of Prep and Year 7. Please note that this notice is regarding NEW students only, not those currently enrolled and continuing their education at ACC.
For more information please do not hesitate to contact Margie Hildred (Enrolment and Marketing Officer) Direct Line: 5490 6103 Email: [email protected].
Student Withdrawal Notices
Students can leave the College without penalty in the event that there is at least six term weeks or more notification in writing prior to withdrawal. Failure to provide the minimum of six term weeks notification will result in the parent/guardian being liable for six term weeks’ fees in lieu of notice.
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 versus weekly rebate claim.
UNIFORMS TERM 2
Due to the changeable nature of autumn temperatures, for the first three weeks of Term 2, we will have a summer to winter uniform transition period. Depending on the weather students may wear EITHER their summer or their winter uniform (not a blend) during these three weeks.
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)
Tickets are available at the school office.
ACC YOUTH ADVENTURES 2018
What’s Happening On-Campus
We are quickly approaching the end of this term. There are quite a few things happening including: the P-10 parent/carer and teacher interviews; ACER reports; primary school Easter Hat Parade for P-5s; Year 10 work experience and the Year 3 camp excursion to Underwater World where they will do a sleepover.
There has been a bit in the media recently about primary aged students going to and from school on their own. Media sources have pointed out that it is an offence [Criminal Code S 364A] if a parent does not provide reasonable supervision and care of a child under 12 , and that this includes when a child is going to and from school. It does depend on the relevant circumstances as to when a situation is "unreasonable" and the examples given related to the age of the child and the business of the streets travelled by the child.
Please be sure that your children, if making their own way to and from school, are aware of road safety as there are some busy streets nearby.
We have a very healthy staff, but most days we have at least one teacher away either sick or attending a professional development event. During these teacher absences we try and use our own casual teachers whom we can call in to help cover classes. These teachers are used to the way we do things here at our school and cover the classes very well. On occasions, if we cannot get a supply teacher in or we are notified too late to get one, we sometimes will combine classes. This can happen with some of our smaller primary classes. Although this makes a larger class, I am of the opinion that student learning is better than with an agency teacher who neither knows our school or our students.
Senior School Updates
The ATAR is coming ...but we are prepared!
It is no secret that our government has ordered the end of the current OP system and in 2019 our first Year 11’s will begin the new system - graduating in 2020 with an ATAR. This is the most significant change in Senior education in well over 35 years and there is much work to be done! However, these modifications promise to bring a new level of consistency and accountability that is exciting.
Consequently, in order to ensure we are ready for these changes, this year Year 10 is all about preparing for Years 11&12. As preparations for the new ATAR system begins we are working hard to ensure that by the time our students enter Year 12 they are truly prepared and ready to achieve great things.
As part of this preparation, Year 10 students will only do four (4) pieces of summative assessment per subject each year – one each term. Whilst this will mean that students will not suffer the ‘over-assessment’ that exists under the current system, it does mean that each assessment piece counts and this will mean students may need to adapt the way they think about assessment. These assessments will also closely model those outlined in the Year 12 course, including new criteria, in order to provide essential practice.
Of course, one of the most significant assessments in all courses will be the introduction of external exams and over the next few years we will spend a lot of time and effort up-skilling students in this assessment technique. As part of this preparation, Year 10 do a course called ‘PASS’ (Personal and Study Skills). This course offers a blend of basic psychology, including an understanding of good mental health habits, and assists students in developing both personal and study skills designed to help them manage their stress and assessment over the coming years. Exam skills will be a significant part of this course.
In addition to these student-focused preparations, is a huge undertaking by QCAA together with all Queensland schools to provide Professional Development (PD) to all teachers of Senior subjects. As a result, our teachers have been very busy attending significant PD events since last year in order to be prepared for the new system. I am pleased to share that these PD’s have been excellent and we are excited about these new changes.
In addition to all of the above, this year we have offered our Year 10 students electives in line with the new Senior syllabuses. This is an important aspect of our preparations, but it is also important to remember that students can change subjects at the end of the semester, should they wish to try another.
Finally, we are excited about moving forward with these changes and together tackling the challenges as a team. Our Senior teachers and staff are very committed to making sure that this transition to Senior and the new system is as successful as possible. However, should you have any further queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to talk to either myself or your student’s teachers so that we may support your student as best we can.
Middle School Updates
This week you will receive your child’s Independent Learning Plan (ILP) this is a document that helps break down the ACER testing held recently. It will give you some scores that let you know how they are doing in Numeracy and Literacy and it will briefly give you a description of your child’s strengths and areas of potential growth.
I strongly suggest that you talk to your child about this report and ask them if they understand what it means and what they can be doing to reach their academic potential. In addition, we have held parent teacher interviews this week. This was a time for you and your child’s form teacher to discuss the ILP and how it will inform your child’s education.
Our desire to create individual learning plans for our students is not only driven by good educational research. And there is lots of research that emphasises the importance of “differentiation”, that is, were practical and possible tailoring classes and activities to suit the needs of individual children.
It is also driven by our core philosophy, our Christian perspective. As Mr Underwood has said a number of times this year:
“It is what makes us different that makes us special”
Our god is a creative god that considered us as individuals when he created us. Who your children are, as individuals, is important to Him, so is therefore important to us. We do what we do so that they can grow into the men and women that God intends them to be so that they can live John 10:10 lives:
“… I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Primary School Updates
As the Term One nearly draws to a close, students have really adjusted to the expectations of their learning environment and have embarked on a wonderful learning journey. Although the term may draw to a close there still has been lots of thing that have happened or will be happening in the coming weeks. Take a look below.
Upcoming event – Primary Easter Hat Parade
We invite family and friends to attend our annual Primary Easter Hat parade. It will be exciting morning, where we will see students from each class showcase their creation. Our College Chappy Janet, will also teach the students the true meaning of Easter. The Easter Hat Parade will be held at the College on Tuesday the 27th of March, 2018, in the College Hall at 8:50 am.
All Prep to Year 5 students are invited to make an Easter Hat at home and bring it along to the parade. This is not a compulsory event but every entrant will receive a participation prize. There will be no place winners.
Prep Family dinner
Due to wet weather last year, the Prep Orientation dinner was rescheduled to
Wednesday 28th of March. This is a unique opportunity where our Prep families were able mingle our wonderful staff and meet other Prep families over dinner. We had around 100 people gather under the undercover area for the evening. The kids were entertained by the jumping castle and face painting station. The adults had a wonderful time chatting over delightful beverages served by a coffee van. We would like to thank Caboolture Baptist Church for providing the mobile BBQ and wonderful volunteers who also served us as well. Thank you to Mr Derek Hughes and his church for supplying the jumping castle and helping us set this all up. Lastly we wanted to thank you for the staff members, who helped order, set up, pack up and help throughout the evening. It was a really fantastic evening enjoyed by everyone.
Swimming Aged Champions announced in Primary Chapel
At our recent primary school Chapel, Mr Nathan Sheumack our primary PE teacher announced the aged champions for our recent swimming carnival. All the Year 4 and 5 students had a wonderful time at the swimming carnival earlier in the year. We would like to congratulate, the Aged Champions,
9 Year olds - Ryan Carter and Mia Willis
10 Year olds- Edyn Gale, Zane Moses
11 Year Old- Paul Inman (Year 5) and Maddie-Lee Shields (Year 6)
Coles ‘Sports for School’ Program
Don’t forget that we are taking part in the Coles ‘Sports for Schools’ program. Remember to collect the 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 will 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.
We have received a lot of vouchers already, so please keep sending them in. We are grateful for the school community for all your support.
Yours in Christ,
Assessments deadlines are all drawing near so I thought I would share with you the top ten habits of highly effective students to inspire you to develop and apply these study habits to your life. Loveless (2018) from Education Corner says that the key is to study smarter, not harder and suggests the following:
- Don’t cram all your study into one or two sessions but rather engage in consistent regular, shorter study sessions that are spaced out over the term.
- Plan a study schedule. A weekly routine and getting into the habit of studying will help you review your lessons and stay on top of your learning.
- Studying at the same time each day allows you to develop a regular routine. As a result, you are more likely to be mentally and emotionally prepared for study and increase productivity.
- Set a study goal each time you study. Know exactly what you are trying to accomplish (eg. by the end of this session I will memorize 15 definitions in order to do well on my upcoming quiz).
- Do not procrastinate and delay your planned study session. It is easy to get distracted, particularly if you don’t enjoy the subject or it is becoming challenging. Rather, take the tie to engage with the subject and try not to rush.
- Start with your most challenging subject first as this requires more effort and mental energy. It only gets easier from there.
- Review your subject notes before starting an assignment. This helps to clarify how to complete your assignment correctly and also helps to reinforce important subject matter and provide a more targeted and effective approach.
- Avoid distractions. Distractions interrupt your thoughts, your focus and leads to ineffective study. Find a place where you won’t be disturbed and there is only limited background noise.
- Engage in study groups. Group work can help with understanding concepts, provide support to get work completed and uses peer tutoring to help with internalizing subject matter. However, if unstructured, they can become ineffective. So come prepared to work.
- Review your work both during the week and on weekends. This way you are well prepared to continue learning new concepts and building up your knowledge base.
All the best with the final weeks of term! If you require support in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our Student Services team.
Head of Student Services
On Campus Class Updates
The children have settled into Prep well and are excited about learning. When children start Prep they move to a more structured learning environment and this can be very challenging for them.
In Prep, children have the opportunity to learn in many different ways. This includes active learning such as play-based and enquiry-based approaches. They make decisions, solve problems, develop thinking skills, collaborate, communicate and develop a positive sense of self.
Children learn about:
- speaking, listening, reading and writing
- mathematics and problem solving
- science, exploring interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world
- history, beginning to examine and enquire about the past to develop curiosity and imagination.
Prep children also learn about:
- negotiating rights, roles and responsibilities and developing social skills for working and playing with others
- diverse social and cultural practices of people in their community
- making healthy choices
- experimenting with materials in a variety of creative, imaginative and innovative ways
- technology in everyday life
- music and movement.
Prep is a lot of fun as you can see from these photos!
We have had a busy start to the year in 5C! Everyone in the class has settled well and everyday I’m impressed by how the students work hard and challenge themselves. In English, the class have been creating narrative stories and it’s great to see such a high level of writing. We definitely have some budding authors! In Science we have been learning about how animals and plants survive in extreme conditions. The class have had fun learning through investigations on how plants hold and retain water in hot and dry conditions. To consolidate our learning, the class regularly plays Kahoots. A Kahoot is a fun interactive quiz where the students use their iPads to answer questions on a particular subject.
Congratulations to Edyn, Zane and Paul for being crowned age champions from the swimming carnival that was earlier in the term. All three put in a fantastic effort and have been rewarded for all their hard work (and fun) they produced in the pool.
In devotions we have been learning about Moses and the incredible life he had. The Israelites were in a hopeless situation, and it is only through God’s mighty power that they were released from captivity. We have had some great class discussions about relying on God and persevering even when we think we can’t.
Moses knew that the treasures of Egypt were not as wonderful as what he would receive from suffering for the Messiah, and he looked forward to his reward. Because of his faith, Moses left Egypt. Moses had seen the invisible God and wasn’t afraid of the king’s anger.
- Hebrews 11:26-28
Wednesday and Friday afternoon sports have unfortunately been wet weather sessions for the past several weeks due to the persistent rain and water-logged oval. With a few days of sunshine we are hoping to be back outside and running next week!
A big congratulations to our swimming age champions who were announced recently as well as Yellow House for being the on Campus winning team and White House for being the over all winners of our school swimming carnival.
Holiday Reading Books:
Will parents please make sure that all December 2017 holiday reading has now been returned to the library.
Year 6 and Year 10:
Library Membership Forms. Your child will bring a library membership form home from They Hub. Please complete and send back to the school as soon as possible. If you need any help in this regards, do not hesitate to call me in the library.
The students will be able to access resources for their school work free of charge, all the need is to be library members and we are assisting them in this.