Welcome to the last two weeks of Semester 1. In keeping with ACCMs busy schedule, the last two weeks will be busy for staff, students and parents, with senior school exams, reports being written, and athletics carnivals at the end of the last week. This all occurs on top of the last two weeks that included the Year 4 and Year 5 camps, and all the follow up from the success of our Twilight Open Night and Friday 25th May. Thank you for your help in encouraging your friends to come along.
I want to make special mention of next Monday evening the 11th June 6pm. I am so delighted to have Brad Huddleston from the US give up an evening of his Australian tour, to speak with our parents. Some of you will remember Brad visited ACCM 3 years ago and spoke about cyber-safety well before it became a higher priority in schools and society. Brad is a dedicated Christian speaker who puts a Biblical perspective on issues affecting our children. On Monday he will focus on how you should manage your child’s video gaming. His new best-selling book ‘Digital Cocaine’ asks this question: What’s the difference between half a line of cocaine and an hour playing a video game? Answer:Nothing, as far as your brain is concerned. Brad Huddleston will replace your confusion, hesitancy and fear as it relates to the digital world with the facts that can make you and your family safer and more secure from page one. Whether it’s gaming, pornography, cyber-bullying, or the decline in grades, you’ll get a look inside your wonderful God-designed brain to understand how it interacts with the exploding world of digital communication and how you can keep your family safe. I encourage as many parents to come to this event at the college on Monday 11th 6pm.
Year 7 for 2019 is at its maximum class size and we are getting more requests for places. If you have a child in Year 6 2018 who is not progressing into our Year 7 2019 please let the office know as soon as possible so we can give your reserved place to another child.
Preps for 2019 need to be registered as soon as possible, so if you have sibling starting Prep in 2019, or a friend with a possible new Prep for 2019 please let our enrolment Officer Margie Hildred know via email at [email protected] or call her via the office.
God is our provider. As a community we are amazed at your trust in God and in our school. We do all we can to educate your children to the best of their God-given abilities. In Genesis 22:13 when Abraham was about to sacrifice his son “Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” Being a Christian is not just about God being our provider, it is about trusting God to be your provider, just like Abraham. But there are times when some of us need a little help up by our community. We have a few families who we are supporting as a college and they need help with uniforms for winter. If you can help with a second-hand uniform or with a financial donation, I will ensure that your gift goes to those in financial hardship. Please contact the office or the Uniform Shop if you can help.
God bless you all and enjoy the last two weeks of this semester.
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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
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.
Lunch Activity TimeTable
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2018 Camp Dates
(Wednesday 1st August - Friday 3rd August)
(Wednesday 30th May - Friday 1st June)
(Thursday 31st May - Friday 1st June)
(Wednesday 28th March - Thursday 29th March)
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ACC YOUTH ADVENTURES 2018
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What’s Happening On-Campus
P - 9 Interviews
The teacher interview night is on Wednesday 20th June - only a short time away. The interviews will be of 10 minute duration , we find that this is usually enough time for teachers to cover how students are progressing. Bookings will open shortly.
Our recent Open Night went very well. Thank you to all the students who helped out with the variety of activities happening and also to the many students doing tours showing prospective families about our school. There have been many families expressing interest in joining our school community. It is likely that we will reach around 500 students for next semester.
Thank you to the many volunteers helping out around the school you make such a difference in our school community and the education of our students.
A reminder that our year P - 3 and years 4 - 12 athletics carnivals are coming up at the end of this term. Parents , caregivers and family are invited and encouraged to attend.
Senior School Updates
Winter is officially here! And, of course with this new season comes a change in uniform. Just a reminder, boys must wear a tie with their formal uniform (long pants) and all students should be wearing a blazer to and from school – a jumper can be worn on-campus. However, it is never appropriate to ‘mix’ sport and formal uniforms. In particular, students are not to wear their sports jacket over the formal uniform.
Also please note that Year Twelve students may wear their Senior jackets with either formal or sport uniforms – unless otherwise directed for a more formal event.
It is also a good opportunity to make sure that students have a formal uniform that fits – including the blazer. Senior students (especially Year 12), will be expected to wear a formal uniform on a number of occasions at the end of the year such as graduation ceremonies and it is best to organise any ill-fitted uniforms now, rather than later.
All of our students in Senior School, Years 10,11&12, will be sitting exams in our exam block in the last week of term. Exam Blocks are provided to students for a number of reasons, but most importantly they are organised to spread our student exams so that they many do their very best work. In fact, we work hard to support our Senior students in all aspects of their learning, so that they will have opportunity to demonstrate their very best work.
Also, whilst Year 11&12 students are only required to be at school for their exams during this time, Year 10 will be in a ‘study block’ when they are not doing exams. This study block is essentially supervised time so that students may use to finish their assessment and study for upcoming exams. It is essential that Year 10 students increase their studying stamina as they prepare for future high-stakes external exams in Year 12.
Please assist us during this heavy assessment time by ensuring that your student has a good life-work balance, particularly with things like part-time jobs etc. as well as ensure they are eating and sleeping well. Of course, if you have any concerns about their assessment, please let their teachers know or contact me.
Middle School Updates
“That was awesome – I have so much respect for those guys”
“how strong are they”
“tough – they’re tough”
This was an interaction I witnessed amongst a group of grade 9 boys. No, they’re not talking about the State of Origin or Australian Ninja Warrior. This conversation took place walking down the stairs of QPAC as the boys reflected on the Qld Ballet performance of Firebird they had just witnessed.
Last week the grade 9s had a great time on their cultural excursion to Brisbane. They were surprised by the great art in the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and then enthralled by the ballet. I was impressed by their openness and willingness to explore cultural activities outside of the normal experiences. I was also delighted, but not really surprised, by the way they carried and presented themselves. They were a credit to themselves, our College and their families. I can’t wait to see what the Qld Ballet are showing next year.
This excursion is, of course, one of many extra curricular activities that have happened this term, and it’s not finished yet; still to come is:
- Brad Huddleston Visit (11-6)
- Middle School Parent Teacher Night (20-6)
- Athletics’ Carnival (21-6)
At some stage in these next two weeks there will also be a Teachers v Staff Touch Footy game, assessments will be completed and reports will be written.
In amongst this are our after school clubs and lunch time activities – if your children are not participating in extracurricular activities I would strongly recommend that explore our clubs and activities. Participation in such activities is a great way to:
- Build friendships
- Build resilience
- Build culture
- Learn new skills
- Develop socially.
Why not give them a go?
Primary School Updates
The sense of community that we have here at ACCM is second to none. The generosity, the compassion and the willingness to help others that is ever present in our school always blows us away. Jesus teaches us to give freely and he will provide. Our Crazy Hair Day fundraiser on Friday the 18th of May, was another example of this and an example of the willingness of our students and their families to get involved and support a great cause. Thank you for your contributions and your support. Zoe’s Angels are a wonderful cause and we pray that they are able to continue supporting those children in need.
But the event could not have happened without the leadership shown by our Primary leadership team. Montanna, Paul, Grace, Edyn, Jacob and Sasha were the force behind the day from the very beginning. They brainstormed the idea, pitched it to the school leaders, prepared the advertising and presented to both staff and students at various assemblies and staff meetings. This is not an easy task when you are 10 and 11 and we take this opportunity to acknowledge their amazing efforts and thank them for their service to our school. These students are learning what it means to be a leader and are constantly making huge steps forward in their roles. They give up break times to hold meetings and help run lunchtime activities, and they are always willing to lend a hand to students and staff alike. You will see more of them soon as we lead them into more prominent roles during our weekly Primary assemblies / chapel services.
Please pray for these students as they overcome personal hurdles on their leadership journey and begin to develop the confidence and compassion required to lead their fellow students.
This week we welcome in Winter and a new month. All assessment has been completed Yeh!!!! And hopefully all the sickness has left grade one. Thank s to parents for keeping their little ones at home when suffering from the viral flu bug.
Please note with the change in season this means a change in uniform. From now on until further advised students are to wear the winter uniform. For the boys this means NO SHORTS but instead long pants/shirt/tie/blazer jacket/Jumper. For the girls, Dress/Navy blue tights/Blazer jacket/jumper. YES girls are allowed to bring a pair of school socks in their bag to change into should the weather during the day become too warm. Please be aware, for the next few weeks there will be Uniform blitzes & students may be issued with a uniform slip if not wearing the appropriate uniform. Exceptions are made when students have a note from home or parents have e-mailed the teacher notifying them for incorrect uniform
What’s happening in Grade One:
On Friday week 7, we had a visitation from the Caboolture Brigade. The Fireman gave an educated talk to all grade one students about Fire safety and they will return this Friday the 8th of June from 9:30am for in the field FUN activities. This will most certainly include squirting water from the Fire hose.
Over the course of this week students will also be learning about the ‘Long /o/ sound’. By the end of the week hopefully students will know that the letter combinations /oo/, /oa/,/ow/, /oe / &/o _e/.In Mathematics, we have also been investigating the features of 3D shapes and will begin a new unit on measurement in week 8 & 9. If you have a cool fact about measurement, picture or an item/apparatus that measures length, weight, height or even blood pressure etc; please encourage your child to share it.
Hi from Prep S
The Prep children love ‘learning’ and are developing in responsibility and independence. Our days are very busy participating in a myriad of activities. John Dewey states “Giving the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”
English includes practicing reading, working on sight words, being authors of their own stories, listening to stories and learning different reading strategies. A favourite time of our day is “Read to Self” time. It is so exciting to see the light dawn on a little face when he/she realises he/she can actually read a book! They have also enjoyed ‘Read to Someone’ where they can read a story with a friend, helping each other learn. We started our Buddy Reading with 3B. The year three children read with the preps helping them practice their reading accuracy and comprehension. This is a favourite time of the week!
The children also love sharing with their friends during our Show and Tell time. Show and Tell isn’t just about giving children a reason to bring a toy to class. Each child’s social, emotional and language skills grow and develop from this activity. The children use descriptive words, practice listening skills as they share their ideas and special items with others. Sharing with peers makes for a fun and comfortable learning arena for everyone involved.
In Geography we have been learning about maps. The children drew a floor plan of their bedroom and then used the floor plan to create a model of their bedroom. This was great fun!
The children have designed and built a push toy.
They have also made kites when learning about materials suitable to use in the wind.
It has been an exciting and very busy term!
Prep S Teacher
Teen Holiday Workshops at Your Local Library (Grades 7-12)
You’re sure to find workshops to suit you at Moreton Bay Region Libraries these school holidays. The best bit is they're FREE! You can make films, resin objects, and leather wallets; sew a tote bag; get help with choosing subjects with a career guidance specialist, and more! For more info, go to www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/libraryschoolhols Bookings open at 1pm, Thursday 21 June.
Career Planning for Years 9-12
Career planning sessions for students in Years 9-12 will be conducted at the end of Term 2 and continuing into Term 3. This is to help our Year 9 & 10 students with subject selections and our Year 12 students with QTAC applications and life after school. So far this year our Year 10 students have completed work experience and attended an experience university day. We are also taking all Year 9 -12 students to the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo on Tuesday 24 July 2018. Later in the year we have booked our Year 7-9 students into explore university days. In the meantime, I encourage parents/caregivers and students to have a closer look at our accmcareers.com site as it contains a wealth of information.
We are also conducting a parent information evening for our current Year 9 & 10 students on Wednesday 18 July to discuss subject selections and SET (Senior Education and Training) planning. These sessions will help to explain the new ATAR system, the QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education) and assist in making decisions regarding subject selections for 2019.
Power of Words -“One kind word can change someone’s entire day”
I was reading an article last week by Ken Warren (Positive People Solutions, May 2018) about words and the impact that they can have. He outlined how to use words to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Here are some of his ideas:
- Words support others: When we genuinely acknowledge other people’s feelings and try to see things from their perspective, others feel that they are not alone as someone either understands or is trying to understand what they are going through. Genuinely listening to the challenges people are facing and asking them, “how can I support you with this,” can be so encouraging.
- Words can make people feel good: Speak positively to one another. Each day, try to make a difference for just one person to make them laugh or feel good about themselves. I am sure you can think of people whose words and actions make you feel appreciated and valued either at work or at home. They make such a difference to your day.
- Words strengthen relationships: As humans we are going to be use words to hurt others either through our complaining, blaming, criticising or anger but words used wisely and intentionally can also help to connect, celebrate, consider and appreciate. They can also make us laugh. A study by Gottman reported that in healthy relationships people tend to respond well with their words and actions 83% of the time.
- Words focus our thoughts: Sharing the good in our lives on a regular basis and putting that as the focus helps us to keep the challenges in perspective when they do arise. Keeping our thoughts on what we have to be grateful for, even in difficult times, helps us cope better.
- Words help create our reality: Ever heard of the self-fulfilling prophecy. The more we say what we are, the more likely we are to become just that. Ken suggests practising gratefulness in your life (ie. fake it until you make it) and by doing this it can become genuine and sincere. You can feel grateful to be alive even on challenging days.
The bible also focuses on the power of words. The book of proverbs is full of wisdom. Here are just a few:
“Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”
“A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.”
“Words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach; the right words on a person’s lips bring satisfaction.”
“Wise speech is rarer and more valuable than gold and rubies.”
Therefore I encourage you to take notice of the words you are speaking to yourself and to others and consider if they are positive or negative. Are they guiding the path you wish to take?
Head of Student Services
Senior School Class Updates
Premier's Reading Challenge
The Premier's Reading Challenge is an annual statewide initiative for state and non-state schools and home-educated students from Prep to Year 9, as well as children (aged up to five years) enrolled in an early childhood centre.
The Premier's Reading Challenge aims to improve literacy and encourage children to read for pleasure and learning.
Encourage your child to participate. As little as one book a week plus a few extra during the winter holiday and you have achieved your goal.
Year level Number of books :
Prep – Year 2 Read or experience 20 books
Years 3 – 4;20 books
Years 5 – 9;15 books
Frequently asked question by parents
Please encourage your child to read. It is a wonderful investment in their future.
Year 8 Updates
What an exciting time to be a Year 8 student at ACC Moreton!
Camps, 3D printers, new teachers and many exciting co- curricular and extra- curricular events are all part of school life for our year 8s. This term in particular has been crammed full of events.
Week 1 saw us enjoying the beautiful surrounds of the Sunshine Coast when we went to the Apex campsite at Twin Waters. There was a significant number of year 8 students who attended and as one of their main carers I can attest to their excellent attitude in participating and contributing to the activities and to getting jobs done around the place. The year 8s were particularly inclusive of each other and enthusiastically embraced the community atmosphere.
In week 2 ACC Moreton enjoyed the annual Cross-Country event. 8R participated with courage. Although many didn’t run the whole way they walked in groups and cheered their classmates on. Again, relationships were highly valued as they encouraged each other to the finish line.
The Tech Event of week 5 was greeted with the same gusto by the members of 8R and many were aptly impressed with the Virtual Reality technology and amazed at the advances in medical science because of technological advances of the 21st Century. Dreams were created on this day. 8R students are shaping up to be leaders of the future!
For some students in 8R, the best part of the week is the 2 lessons they have in the Arts. Students enjoy studying Visual Art, Music and Drama. In these lessons, the talents of many are revealed and developed.
Whatever their gifts, the 8R class are a group of exceptionally delightful young people who come together to make a group of inclusive, life- loving, energetic Middle School students who are a pleasure to teach.
8R Form Teacher
Year 5 Activities
Nathan Cran 5C
This term in Science we have been focusing on the Earth’s place in our Solar System. This Science unit is really engaging and the students got to make 3D models of the Sun, Earth and Moon. To consolidate what we have been learning in class, both Year 5 classes went on an excursion to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium in week 6.
The Planetarium offered a fun and stimulating way for the students to learn about the wonders of the Universe. The students discovered information about the Solar System, Stars, Galaxies and the history of astronomy in the state-of-the-art Cosmic Skydome. Both classes had many questions for the staff astronomer to answer!
In week 8, Year 4 and 5 went to Luther Heights for their camp. This camp is a highlight of the year and the class are still talking about how much fun they had. Students were involved in many challenges and activities that took them out of their comfort zone. Some of their favourite activities were the flying fox, raft building, create climbing and body boarding at Coolum Beach. Chappy spoke to the students about putting on the armour of God and the meaning of each of the individual elements of the spiritual armour. They even made all the armour out of cardboard and dressed Mr Hnialum and myself up in it!
This has been a very busy term with NAPLAN, an excursion and camp but the class has shown resilience and determination to focus on completing whatever is asked of them.
Year 5C Form Teacher.