The end is semester is here and the Athletics Carnivals were held in Brisbane’s beautiful winter sunshine. I have had so many emails from parents about the attitude of our students and their support of other students that I feel so proud of them all. In a world with media that seems to criticize everything our students are a shining light into the community about how can be a community that loves and cares for each other. You also should be very proud of your children and let them know that.
Thank you to all the parents that attended our Cybersafety and Gaming Nights.
It was fascinating to look at brain scans that showed that the impact of one hour of intense computer gaming has the same effect on the brain as have a line of cocaine. The sessions through the day and the evening sessions used brain scans to show the impact we cannot see and it had a big impact on all of us. It made us rethink some of our school practices. So for next semester we are going to trial some of the obvious solutions that were raised that had a direct impact on harming the learning of children. I have included items you might want to consider for home as well. By devices we mean computers, iPads and mobile phones.
1. Mobile phones will not be used by any student at school until after 3pm. A mobile phone used in class or recess will be removed from the student and returned at the end of the day. If misuse is continued after that the phone will removed until the end of week, or term, or returned to the parent.
2. Playing background music in class or private study in the library will no longer be allowed because it distracts from learning in a significant way.
3. I encourage all parents to check what computer games are on their children’s devices. It appears that our students are good at sharing games from computer to computer – even while on the bus – and your child may have games on their computer you do not agree to them owning. NO COMPUTER GAMES are needed to be on a computer or iPad for school. Student do not have free time to play games in class, they are learning.
4. Gaming is addictive as seen by centres now being set up to support people with addictive gaming behaviours that have a negative impact on their emotional and physical health. Limit your child’s game time. The chemical effects on the brain after an hour of intensive gaming will last for 3 hours. Do NOT expect your children to go to sleep if they have not stopped computer games 3 hours before bedtime.
5. The average gamer is 34 years of age. Your children are playing with people well over 34 years of age. Are you happy with that? We are not and game play needs careful monitoring. When our students in Middle School were asked if anyone had ever left a game site and then gone and talked with someone in a chat room outside the game, there were MANY replies of Yes! Your children while gaming are leaving their game and visiting strangers in chat rooms. Please consider the impact of this on your child.
6. Depending on age, children require about 9 hours of sleep per night minimum.
7. I am very open to parent feedback about computers on the bus to and from school. According to the research we saw, a student who has spent one hour playing computer games before school will not be ready to start a school day. They will be over anxious, excited and unable to settle down to schoolwork. I would like to see children reading a book and ban computers on the bus. But I welcome your input into this.
Our object at ACCM is to put the safety of your child above everything else. It is time that we as a community look at how we use technology, especially computer games, in our homes and to and from school. Technology is an important tool for aiding learning. It is a key tool our students need to learn for their future earning capacity and so forth. But we must remember they are children and need our guidance as they learn. If a student needs to contact a parent at any time they can come to the office and make a call. In reverse if you need to speak to your child then please ring and the office will ensure the child gets in touch with you.
I encourage you to think and pray about these things as a family and understand our goal is train children in the best way to use technology. It our tool not our master.
Have a wonderful holiday break. Please drive and act responsibly as we would not want any of our family hurt over the break. Continue to read each evening with your child and enjoy time as a family.
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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
NEW Enrolments for 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. Form link:
For more information please do not hesitate to contact Margie Hildred (Enrolment and Marketing Officer)
Direct Line: 5490 6103
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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.
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2018 Camp Dates
(Wednesday 1st August - Friday 3rd August)
ACC YOUTH ADVENTURES 2018
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What’s Happening On-Campus
In the second last week of term we had a special guest presenter Brad Huddleston come and give talks on cyber safety to all of our students in separate groups. Brad also addressed our teachers after school and then in the evening Brad gave a special presentation to our parents.The presentations were very informative particularly relating to the addictive effects of online gaming.
In the last week of term we also hadour P - 9interview afternoon/night which was very well attended. It was an opportunity for parents and carers to meet with their children's teachers and find out how they have progressed during Semester One.
After-school Clubs Showcase
On Monday 18 June our after-school clubs put onspecial presentations for everyone to come and see what they have been doing , and achieved , as part of their clubs for Semester One. The after-school clubs have proved very popular with our students. A big thank you to all our teachers have given up their time to run clubs. Thank you to Alyce Groves for coordinating the after-school clubs.
Many of our teachers also give up lunch breaks to run a large variety of activities for students. Thank you to all the teachers involved in the lunchtime activities and also to Mrs. Rebecca Bunston for coordinating and overseeing the smooth running of lunchtime activities. As part of a lunchtime activities I would also like to thank the students who oversee the loaning out of lunchtime sports and activity equipment to our students.
Year 4 - 12 Athletics Carnival
The year 4 - 12effort carnival was held at Centenary Lakes on the second last day of term. It was a great day of athletics events and students participating and doing their best. Thank you to all staff involved in supervising the students and events and a variety of other administrative tasks the staff were doing on the day.
Prep - 3 Sports Carnival
On the last term our Preps- year 3sports carnival was held. This was a mixture of athletics events and other fun events for students to participate in . Well done students on all your efforts and to all the parents who came along to support the children. Thank you to all staff involved on the day and to Mr. Nathan Sheumackfor your organization of both of our carnivals.
Looking forward to next term there are quite a number of events already in the calendar. These events include our Term 3 church service, science week, book week, year 6 camp , a Japanese school group visiting us, and the big Battle of the Bands competition for our middle and senior school students.
Looking forwards to a great Semester 2 .
Senior School Updates
21st Century Skills
Senior school is all about the content – right? Everyday we work with students journeying through their Senior studies. Each journey is unique and each student has a very different path – and this is the way it should be. Some students are preparing for specific courses at University, some for vocational training others for apprenticeships and still others are just trying to keep their paths as wide as possible as they have no set idea!
However, no matter what the pathway a student is destined to travel, there are skills that are necessary for all students in an ever changing world.
In September 2017, QCAA released the position paper “21st century skills for senior curriculum”.The following is quoted directly from this paper:
“Acquiring a broad set of skills during senior schooling is critical to students’ success in further education and in life. This is because ‘[t]he world is changing in ways that require education to ensure that students achieve a range of generic learning outcomes as well as discipline-specific learning outcomes’ (Bowman 2010). Research suggests that to meet the demands of the 21st century, students need more than core subject knowledge (Bruniges 2012); in order to be successful, they need to become lifelong learners and global citizens who create opportunities and are confident in pursuing their passions (Department of Education and Training 2016). To assist students with achieving these outcomes, education needs to meet these demands. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has identified and defined a set of 21st century skills based on national and international research about the skills students need in the 21st century. Along with literacy and numeracy, these 21st century skills are the underpinning factors that shape the development of the General senior syllabuses. These 21st century skills will help prepare Queensland students by giving them the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to be equipped for the demands of higher education, work and life, and to participate effectively in the community and the economy in a complex and rapidly changing world... 21st century skills include critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration and teamwork, personal and social skills, and information and communication technologies (ICT) skills. These are supported by associated skills that elaborate on the 21st century skills.”
In addition the following document is provided by QCAA to direct schools’ administration of these 21st century skills throughout activities within our senior syllabuses and to ensure our young Queenslanders are 21st century prepared for such a changing world.
So what does this mean for the new ATAR changes?
What is clear from the research is that no matter the changes that our children must manage into the future it is these ‘softer’ skills that will remain. The ability to work together, get along with others, collaborate, manage ICT, be creative and critical and communicate effectively are still the dominant needs on both educational and vocational landscapes.
Consequently, our focus in Senior school will be to ensure that these skills are both implicitly and explicitly addressed in syllabuses at ACC-Moreton. We are committed to producing students who, no matter the path they choose, will be prepared for our ever-changing world.
Middle School Updates
Raising middle schoolers is one of the toughest, emotional, fun, exciting, scary times in a parent’s journey. Your little boy or girl is not so little anymore – they are not really little children, yet they are not adults either.
Sometimes they surprise you with their maturity and then, bang, there it is, that silly decision that makes you wonder if they are 12 or 2. It’s ok. This is all natural and part of their development in to the men and women god intends them to be.
Here are a couple of tips to remember when interacting with your tweens when they do silly things:
1.First Ask yourself what the point of the discussion you are having: When you are talking to a tween that has ‘misbehaved’ what is your motivation? Is it to express you frustration and release your anger or to take the opportunity to teach the child something, something meaningful?
2.What do you want to teach the tween? Assuming you have chosen correctly with the first question and you want to teach them, what do you want to teach them? Compliance based on fear, aggression, anger or grace, positive conflict resolution, respect?
3.Shift the perspective of the conversation: Maybe they don’t know that they are doing is an annoying or inappropriate thing. Rather than, “stop kicking my chair” try,“did you realise you were kicking my chair”. The conversation has now moved from punitive correction to respectful guidance.
4.Don’t nag: This doesn’t mean don’t correct when needed, often if necessary, it means consider the tone and the amount of words you use.Phrases like, “I don’t know how often I’ve told you…” are not only unnecessary they actually trigger the child’s internal nag’o’meter (not the technical neurological term) which blocks messages from being received.
These Phrases are usually accompanied by a higher pitched tone which, just like over used phrases, sends the child’s brain into self defence mode and blocks its ability to fully digest the instruction you are giving. The basic rule here is – Speak to the child as you would want to be spoken to.
Blessing on your exciting journey and we, as a college pray for you and your children and aim to support you during this time.
Primary School Updates
The students have been involved in such a range of activities and have all been working so hard to achieve their personal goals. But the exciting news is that the teachers have been hard at work too, learning all about a new writing program called Seven Steps to Writing Success. We have done training after school for 10 weeks now and have been implementing some very exciting new writing techniques across all grades. The wonderful news is that the children are SUPER EXCITED to be writing these days! They are constantly asking to write more stories and the quality of writing that we are seeing has jumped exponentially. It would be great to keep this going over the break and there are so many ways that you could encourage this. Keep a holiday journal, write a letter to a friend, write a short story book, describe your favourite holiday activity, etc. Any writing at all will help maintain the growth we are seeing.
Also, please keep encouraging your children to read. Each child will be sent home with books for the holidays and we ask that you help your child to keep a record of what they have read with their Winter Holiday Reading Log. Prizes will be awarded to those students who participate and the extra practise really does go a long way towards their learning for Term 3.
We pray that you all have a safe and relaxing holiday. The beautiful winter weather has been amazing so far and we hope that you all get the opportunity to get out and about and share in God’s creation.
School Holiday Opportunities
School holidays are great opportunities to spend more time with your children. Nothing can replace the value of quality time that parents and carers make to be with their children. However, children and young people also enjoy the opportunity to be involved in planned activities during holidays. Listed below are some of these opportunities available locally. So if you are keen – check out the links below for further information.
Scripture Union QLD Holiday camps -Check out the winter school holiday camps available! at https://sucamps.org.au/?season=winter There are camps for kids who love computers (Ubertweek) kids who enjoy the creative arts (SMADD) and kids who love the outdoor adventure activities.
Moreton Bay Regional Council – July Active Holidays - Students aged 3 to 17 years are invited to try something new with Moreton Bay Regional Councils 2018 July Active Holidays Program. The program provides the perfect opportunity to experience and try a range of sport and recreation pursuit. All activities are provided by qualified instructors and delivered locally across the region. The program will be delivered from July 2 to 13, 2018. Bookings are essential and open at 11am on Tuesday 19 June 2018. A full schedule of activities and program details can be found at https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/healthy- active/active-holidays/
Brisbane Roar Indoor Clinics
The Brisbane Roar Coaching Team is bringing their Roar Active Program to the following indoor locations. This is an ideal way to gain extra skills and game awareness while having FUN.
When and where:
2nd 3rd 4th July - Brisbane City Indoor Sports Centre, Newmarket - 9:00am – 12:00 midday
2nd 3rd 4th July - Brisbane City Indoor Sports Centre, Coorparoo - 9:00am – 12:00 midday
9th 10th 11th July - Morayfield Indoor Leisure Centre. Morayfield – 9:00am - 12:00 midday
At these clinics, children will learn new skills while having fun playing soccer in a safe environment.
Brisbane Roar Active World Cup Days
5th July - Caloundra Indoor Stadium 9:00am - 12:00 midday
12th July-Brisbane City Indoor Sports 9:00am -12:00 midday
The World Cup day involves no coaching or drills just match play. Children are placed into teams with their friends and they represent a country. It’s a simple concept but all children enjoy the game play. The 3 hours is pretty intensive with round robin group games and then finals resulting in multiple games with little time off the pitch.
To view and register for these clinics please go to www.roaractive.com.au and select Holiday Programs. Places will be limited.
There is also the opportunity to explore careers prior to the Senior Information Evening for parents/carers of students in Years 9 & 10 on Wednesday 18 July. Don’t forget our acccareers.com website but MyFuture has also updated their website so it is worth a look.
This is a great resource for careers and they have just added a new aspect that contains links to articles that provide tips and advice for parents and carers to assist their child with their career development. Go to https://myfuture.edu.au/footer/assist-others/assist-your-child
Enjoy this holiday break and we pray for a safe and refreshed return for the start of Semester 2.
Head of Student Services
On Campus Class Updates
The eager Year 6 drama class performed their first drama plays! I was so impressed by their far-out plays! They performance classics like The BFG, The Hobbit and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The Year 7’s performed some super cool puppet shows for a totally awesome Year 2 class, which they all loved and adored! Check out the photos below!
The Year 8 class delved into the 12 gnarly elements of drama, from which they all performed fully sick group plays in front of a Year 5 audience who enjoyed every performance with awe and amazement! The Year 9’s learnt about the magic and wonder of the famous Roald Dahl play, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They performed their plays in front of the Year 6 students and they loved every minute of it. Below are some photos of boths groups in their fantastic costumes! How great do they look!
Here’s a snapshot of what has been happening in Art at ACC:
Year 12 Semester 1 Final Works
Year 12 Visual Art and Art in Practice students have completed their first round of submissions for the year with some really great bodies of work coming from these very talented students.
The year 12 Visual Art in practice work can be accessed through their personalised websites they created here:https://accexhibition.wixsite.com/2018
In week 3, Year 10 - 12Design, Art and Film + TV students all attended the GOMA and Queensland University for an excursion to inspire both their current work and possible career paths in these disciplines.It was a great day out for all involved.
Later in the term, year 9 went on a Ballet/Art excursion also visiting the GOMA.It was great experience for many of them to see their first ballet and also view the work of senior art students across the state of Queensland at the Excellence Awards Exhibition as well as the work of professional artists at the GOMA.
Year 10 Art
Year 10 has been learning about the codes of Art - symbolism and meaning found hidden within artworks.Students have studied the work of various artists and created their own works of Art, especially in the Mediums of Photography and installation.Can YOU decode the meaning in their artworks….?
The first work is purposefully upside down...
Both the year 6’s & 8’s have been building a portfolio using Microsoft Word to get a better understanding of the software. The year 7’s were given a number of Scratch projects that had to be completed. This was a stretch for a number of students but many enjoyed seeing the finished game projects as a success. The year 9 Technology students used their skills coding Java Script to develop their programing. This Term the year 11 ITS students produced stationary for a business client. Designing with an audience in mind has given them a greater understanding of graphic design. Year 12 ITS have completed a video for a Client to show the positiveness of being at Australian Christian College. This has given them skills videoing, editing and interviewing as they had to question a teacher to include in their product for their client.
THE MUSIC BUS
Announcement: Term 3 Music Bus Enrolments Now Open
The Music Bus are now taking new student enrolments for Term 3. The program is open for all students from Kindy/Prep 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. Below are also a couple of images to accompany, should you wish to use.
Any questions or concerns, please let us know.
The Music Bus Team
1300 168 742