Welcome back to Term 2 and welcome to all the new families that have joined our school this term. We pray that your children settle in quickly and feel happy, safe and learning at school with us. If this is not the case then please contact me at school as soon as possible.
The big exciting news is the recent acquisition of our neighbouring Presbyterian Church. This will guarantee room for our expansion for new buildings and playgrounds. The church building provides a large worship centre and another 7 rooms and a kitchen that opens the building to many uses in the future. The church is moving into Caboolture and a new mission. We pray for their successful future as they start a new chapter in their mission to people in our region. Thank you to all those people who were praying for this to happen. I feel it is a great opportunity for the school and the church and I look forward to sharing their new mission with you in a future newsletter.
To compliment the purchase of the church we have signed a deal with the Council for a 3-year exclusive school time contract for use of the softball grounds through to Dances Road. This will provide great sporting grounds the college can use. A very special thanks to Moreton City Council for supporting our College.
On another front the Board is planning and has applied for funding to help build Stage 2 of our primary building. The back wall will be removed and the extension, duplicating the existing building, will run through to the side fence’s building boundary. When finished this will house all our two streams of primary and middle school. It incorporates specialist primary and Grade 1 rooms with breakout rooms, sliding walls and many exciting features.
On top of the above the first two weeks have been even more exciting.
Endless Praise, known as EP, was a great hit earlier this week at our second term church service. EP is a gospel music group and they performed at both primary and secondary chapel. They did workshops with students and a service at night. The night was started with food and drinks and great community. The new chess set and table tennis table got a workout; the jumping castle wore the children out before the service; and the food was great. A special thanks to Scott in our Café and the Caboolture Baptist volunteers for cooking and feeding our huge crowd. The service was attended by around 400 adults and children. The children singing and dancing at the front to Christian songs brought many to tears. It was an amazing night. Many children and adults committed or recommitted their lives to Christ on this amazing day. If you want to know who Jesus is and how he can change your life then please phone, email or just drop in and see myself or Chappie at any time.
The primary Cross Country was an exciting and beautiful sunny day. But at lunch the heavens opened and washed out the secondary events. However, on Friday this week the secondary students had a chance to show their skills. Thank you to all the parents who came to support their families. I must say how fantastic the senior students were with the primary children. They encouraged and supported all the runners even running with them until the last child had completed the event. The College has a volunteer professional running coach who runs sessions before school. If your child would like to improve their running skills then the College office staff can put you in touch with Ron – one of the quiet heroes at the College.
Anzac Day Service on Tuesday showed another side of our students as they listened and learnt about the meaning of ANZAC Day. On Wednesday they put their knowledge into action when well over 100 students from Prep to Year 12 joined in the ANZAC March in Caboolture. A special thanks to parents for bringing their children down to Caboolture, cheering them on, and making our presence at the March meaningful to our next generation.
Last week I visited the Year 7-9 students at camp in Twin Waters. I heard many stories of great fishers! While the catches of fish were true, I do question the size of some of the recounts I heard over dinner. Our students were challenged and excited during the day and in evening activities. It was a very successful camp and I thank everyone for their support of our broader curriculum.
Finally, our Year 6 students visited the library and art gallery at Caboolture and had lots of questions to go with their natural curiosity. Our world outside the classroom is a great learning opportunity and something we encourage whenever we can.
Well, the first two weeks will be hard to top, although parents and teachers alike will welcome a little quieter fortnight. God bless you all and thank you for your amazing support of your college.
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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: 22nd October & 7th December
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.
HOME STAY: A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE
Home stay is an experience where a family hosts a student from overseas to give them a glimpse of life as an Aussie. They taste their first Aussie pie, have their breath taken away by the beautiful beaches in our backyard, and learn to say “G’day mate!” with the proper Queensland drawl. And best of all, they get to do it with a very special bunch of people: your family!
Participating families of the Home Stay Program have remarked the experience to be rewarding, enlightening and lots of fun.
In Term 3 & 4 2018, Australian Christian College Moreton will be hosting Japanese students for the following dates:
Kokura High School 28 July - 8 August 2018
High school students (16/17 year olds) from Kokura High School, Japan, visiting for 11 nights.
Seikyo Middle School 17 October – 24 October 2018
Middle School students (14/15 year olds) from Seikyo Middle School, Japan, visiting for 1 week.
We are seeking families in our local community who can welcome these students into their home for a short stay.
Families from Prep to Year 12 are welcome to apply (i.e. your child does not have to be the same age as the students) and our wish is for the majority of these students to stay with college families to truly experience the Australian Christian College community.
Interested families will receive an introductory session with a Home Stay support staff, have access to a 24/7 support line, and receive non-taxable payment to cover the cost of providing three meals per day, school drop off/pick-ups, and normal household utilities.
If you would like to be part of this exciting program, please fill in the attached forms or contact Home Stay Coordinator Mimi Petrusma on 0402 888 970 or [email protected]
Battle of the Bands!
For a second year running, ACCM is hosting another Battle of the Bands!. Although the event will be held in Term 3, we’d love showcasing it now so we can ensure that all our ACCM students have the ability to submit an entry.
To submit your entry, either see Stuart Bengston or drop him an email: [email protected].
Congratulations Holly Darlington!
A BIG ACC congratulations to our very own Holly Darlington. From March 29 - April 2, Holly participated in the 2018 Hancock prospecting Australian Open Synchro Championships. Holly and her team walked away with a bronze medal.
Three weeks earlier Holly also participated in the National Synchro Competition where the team won silver. This is a massive achievement as the club has only been competing for ten months!
Student Lunchtime Activity Timetable, Term 2
What’s Happening On-Campus
Cross Country Carnival
The cross country carnival was scheduled for last Friday. The weather held off during the morning allowing the P - 3 races to be held but when it came time for the year 4 - 12s there was a large downfall of rain and a thunderstorm with some nearby lightning strikes. So before it even started the year 4 - 12 section of the Carnival was canceled.
The timing of when carnivals are held links in with the subsequent district carnivals . Some students from our college who have achieved well get to go off and compete against students from other schools at the district carnivals soon after our carnivals.
New Shade Sails
Eight very large posts have gone into the Year 2 - 9 play equipment area ready for the sails to be put on. The area is highly used by students and this will provide much-needed shade to this area.
New School Leaders
Just recently we have added a number of students to the existing school leaders. The following is a list of these students and their new roles:
- Zoe Clements - School Culture Student Leader
- Jake Moorhead - School Culture Student Leader
- Allannia Durante - School Culture Student Leader
- Daniel Ferretti - Prefect
- Elijah Moorhead - Junior Prefect
Congratulations to all the students on your new appointments. The role of School Culture Student Leader is a new position that we have just introduced and it involves helping develop the Christian culture at ACC-M. Daniels role as prefect involves him particularly helping out with the involvement of students in the library at lunch breaks and also being involved with a range of other activities within the school. Elijah, as a Junior Prefect, is particularly involved in helping out with lunchtime activities for younger students.
Our school gym which is used by year 10 - 12s is already quite well-equipped, we will be adding to the range of equipment and exercises available by putting in a new adjustable situp bench.
Look forward to another great term.
Senior School Updates
Every learning opportunity is an opportunity to learn!
Recently, I sent a letter to our Year 10 parents explaining why Term One results for our Year 10 students may not reflect their ‘usual’ grades due to an increase in rigor and syllabus changes. However, as we begin Term Two and all students receive all-important feedback from their summative assessment in Term One, it is important that all are reminded about the true purpose of assessment and feedback.
Whether students are preparing for an ATAR, OP, TAFE or vocational pathways, for ALL students, the real focus is learning. Everyday for our students brings with it new opportunities to learn new skills, but mastery will take time, patience and commitment. Fortunately, every single piece of assessment is an excellent opportunity specifically designed to inform students of what they are currently able to do, and to provide them with instruction and direction as to how to improve.
Consequently, it is important that our students are encouraged to do the following whenever they receive feedback or grades:
- Look closely at the feedback offered by teachers – use this feedback to direct future assessment and learning opportunities. Ask your teacher how!
- Do not be disheartened by results if they are less than expected – all assessment is about learning, so learn from this!
- Make this is a starting point – not the end! All results, good or bad, are an opportunity for you to learn what you need to learn.
- Use grades and results to set personal goals and discuss these with your teacher
Every learning opportunity is an opportunity to learn. Please encourage your Senior student to use each of these opportunities as effectively as possible and as always, if you have questions or queries regarding your student’s academic progress, please contact your student’s subject teacher first. However, should you have any further queries or concerns please see myself or our Coordinator of Senior School, Mr Cameron Johnson.
Please note that subject selection in Year 10 is semester based. Consequently, it is expected that students will stay in subjects for the duration of Term 1&2 - they will be given opportunity at the end of the term to change subjects should they wish. More information will follow towards the end of this term.
Middle School Updates
Welcome to Term 2; I pray you had a blessed Easter and your 7 to 9 students have recovered from camp. Camp was an awesome time during which many students were exposed to new experiences. It was great to see so many challenge and extend themselves on the high ropes course. Some had the opportunity to catch a fish for the very first time, which was very exciting.
For the students, however, I think the highlight was definitely the water park on the final day; for me the highlight was the attitude and behaviour of the students. They were a credit to themselves, the College and their families.
Now we are back at school with another full week of value added activities. By the time this is read we will have enjoyed a day with the singing group ‘Endless Praise’ including a College Church service. On Tuesday we will hold our own Anzac Day commemoration ceremony and, on Wednesday, many students and staff will march at the civic event.
Also this week, we will have another attempt to run the Cross Country Carnival, the weather being cooperative. Please encourage your children to attend and, if they are unable to run, support their peers in their endeavours. Carnivals, like camps, are a great way to build culture and provide opportunities for students to develop holistically.
Primary School Updates
The Commonwealth Games really were an amazing spectacle during the school holidays. The excitement, the competition, the medals, the personal bests, the celebrations - it all went together to create a really wonderful event that was enjoyed by so many people. But one of the most inspiring parts of the games was the spirit of the athletes. Last week in assembly we shared a few of those stories that can teach us all a valuable lesson. Claire Tallent - the Australian walker who made the games her comeback event. She was the favourite, she was in the lead, but was heartbreakingly disqualified before reaching the finish. Despite the anguish and disappointment, she was there to congratulate her teammate at the finish line and celebrate in her success. What about Matthew Glaetzer, the Australian cyclist who was favourite to win gold in his pet event, but failed to get over the line. Rather than wallow in self pity, he picked himself up the following day and came back out to try again, ultimately taking out a gold medal. Then there was Timothy “Disco” Disken who almost died six months ago but came back, overcoming major health issues to win gold as a para athlete. The messages from these athletes are loud and clear and are so relevant to our students. Whilst we all may have plans for our own lives, God may have other plans and at times and we will be faced with adversity and obstacles. But rather than complain, give up or feel sorry for ourselves, the best things can happen when we get back up and try again. Persistence and resilience are two of the most important qualities we can teach our children. As your child moves through this term, take the opportunity to talk about such things when the time arises. Pray together for guidance and help each other to always be grateful for the lessons that come from our greatest tests.
Prep to Year 3 Cross country
On Friday the 20th of April, our Prep to Year 3 students their cross country at the College. We were thankful that the weather held off for the morning. Students were determined and ready to give and do the best that they could. They had a wonderful time cheering on their teams mates from the coloured houses and encouraging them to finish the race.
Endless Praise visit
We had the Endless Praise vocal music group come and visit the College. All the primary students were treated with a special performance by the Endless Praise team. The team lead the students in a wonderful time of worship, where we got to sing familiar songs that they sang last year when they came to visit. The team also shared the Bible story about ‘David and Goliath’. David was not afraid to fight the giant, he wore the armour of God and knew that God would help him defeat this giant. The team encourage us to put on the armour of God everyday, which is the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit.
FREE Parenting Program
The University of Queensland are delivering free Triple P – Positive Parenting Programs in partnership with Ningi Aussie Kids Child Care Centre to support parents in Moreton Bay Region to access free parenting support. Parents who want to see more of the behaviour they do like and less of the behaviour they don’t like, are encouraged to come along to a Triple P – Positive Parenting Program seminar to take the guesswork out of parenting!
There are four discussion groups available free for parents of children up to 12 years old at Ningi Aussie Kids Child Care Centre (2 Greygum Court, Ningi), running from 6.30pm-8.30pm. Here are the dates below:
- Dealing with Disobedience - Tuesday 22 May 2018
- Developing Good Bedtime Routines - Tuesday 29 May 2018
- Managing Fighting and Aggression - Tuesday 5 June 2018
- Hassle-free Shopping with Children - Tuesday 12 June 2018
Future Career Options
Please be aware of the following that are available to ACC students to start exploring future career options that will help to inform subject selections:
http://accmcareers.com/ is a website that we encourage all senior students to explore as it contains a wealth of information about careers and life beyond school. Please take the time to explore this site.
We are taking the Year 10-12 students to the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo during school time but you may be interested in some of the other events as well. See details below.
Friday 11 May (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) & Saturday 12 May (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 July
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Royal ICC, Brisbane Showgrounds (RNA), Bowen Hills, Brisbane
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 July
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Brisbane Showgrounds (RNA), Bowen Hills, Brisbane
Tuesday 24 July
10:00 am – 2:00 pm & 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Calvary Centre, Tanawha
2018 tertiary provider open days:
Location and date
Saturday 28 July, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday 28 July, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday 9 August, 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Gold Coast, Nathan and Southbank:
Sunday 12 August
Sunday 29 July, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Bracken Ridge:
Tuesday 25 July
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech, Acacia Ridge:
Thursday 27 July
Sunday 5 August, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday 19 August, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday 2 September, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday 20 August, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday 23 June
Sunday 22 July
- Good Universities Guide helps you find courses, explore careers, and search for scholarships at Australian universities, TAFEs and training colleges.
- myfuture lets you search for VET courses, training opportunities, and providers across Australia.
- myskills provides information about VET and connects students and employers with training organisations across Australia.
- QTAC lets you search for VET courses in Queensland, northern New South Wales and Tasmania.
- TAFE Queensland lets you search for TAFE Queensland courses by study area or region.
University study for senior students
There are several options open for students wanting to study a university subject as part of their senior studies and applications for Semester 2, 2018 are now open so please see Mrs Fraser asap if you are interested in enrolling.
We also had a very successful work experience time for our Year 10 students and Mrs Wilcox will share some photos and details in the next newsletter. Watch this space…..
On Campus Class Updates
Senior Maths & Physics
Term 2 is quite a busy one for our 11/12 Maths B and Physics students!
In Year 11 Maths B we are looking at the topic of statistics and as an assessment piece, students are examining the effect that the State in Australia may have on used car selling prices.
The Year 12s are working on the topic of exponential and logarithmic functions and applications. The applications of this branch of mathematics are many and varied but range from financial calculations to population growth. Equations and calculations involved in the topic are also used in describing earthquakes, noise levels and even working out how fast your morning coffee cools down!
In Year 11 Physics so far, we have been considering the principles involved in some sports that look a bit frightening, namely skydiving and bungee jumping. Again on the theme of the Physics of Sport, we have begun to look at the motion of projectiles such as bullets used in target shooting, arrows in archery, and javelins in athletics. After completing this topic we will move onto looking at sports where significant collisions are involved - either between a bat and ball as in cricket, tennis or golf, or between people as in Rugby League!
The Year 12s are just about to wrap up their assignment on the Physics principles behind telescopes and begin looking at electric circuits. The assessment item for this topic will involve completing experiments of their own design to examine the topics of electrical resistance and/or resistivity.
Finally, our Year 10 Mathematical Methods students have a somewhat varied term starting with probability and statistics, moving onto higher level algebra and finishing off the term with a short section of trigonometry.
Please pray for all these students as they grapple with some complex topics and a high workload.
In 2018 the Learning Support Team will be continuing to offer Literacy Support to students who are two or more years behind in their Reading Comprehension. If you believe that your child would benefit from this, please speak with your child’s classroom or form teacher and they will make arrangements with Learning Support to begin the placement process.
Currently the college is running three literacy programs that are geared towards improving students reading levels. Starting in Term 3 we desire to increase the number of Literacy Programs on offer by an additional 2. Each of these programs are used in Learning Support departments Australia wide and have proven beneficial to student learning.
- For Lower Primary, Years 1 and 2, the college runs MiniLit with groups of four to five students working through essential literacy conventions.
- Upper Primary, Year 3 to 5, students will have access to Reading Tutor which covers similar content to MiniLit but students work one-to-one with trained instructors working with the goal to attain mastery of the core concepts. Starting in Term 3, we will be introducing Word Attack Skills - Extension Program which provides additional support for students who are yet to attain mastery of reading fluency.
- CARS and STARS, is offered to our Middle School students, Year 6 to 9. It is a comprehension program that aims to teach students twelve essential strategies for reading and understanding texts. MacqLit will also be brought in the start in Term 3. MacqLit a small group programs that is designed for students who need critical intervention in learning.
Once again if you believe that your child would benefit from any of the aforementioned programs please talk with the year level teachers and they will work alongside the Learning Support Team to ensure students receive an appropriate level of support.
Term 2 marks another exciting opportunity to explore how different groups are represented in the wide variety of texts that we are exposed to each day.
Our Year 12s are continuing their study of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and preparing to make a judgement - once and for all - on whether Hamlet truly was a mad prince. They will have to put themselves in the shoes of a lawyer and interrogate Hamlet to truly get to the truth of the matter!
Year 11’s are delving into the world of news media and investigating whether teens are represented accurately and fairly to the wider public. Do newspapers and journalists deliberately construct teens in a negative way? Students will certainly have some interesting dinner conversations at hand as the term continues!
Year 10 begin their Senior Shakespearean journey with a study of the classic tragedy, ‘Romeo & Juliet’. The class will explore themes of love and hate in the play and grapple with whether the death of the two star-crossed lovers really could have been avoided.
Please do ask your students about what they are discussing and studying in class. Every year level is doing something interesting and thought-provoking. Conversations help to expand thoughts and develop opinions on these topic, which will in turn help the whole class as we grapple with some difficult ideas.
A friendly reminder to parents that holiday reading books must now be sent back to the library. Please help your child to remember.