Religious Freedom Review
On the 22nd November 2017 the Prime Minister appointed an Expert Panel to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion. The terms of reference and the Panel members can be viewed at:
Submissions to the Panel closed on 14 February and will be published by 31 March 2018, if those submitting approve. The Panel received 16,000 submissions.
Consultation Committee Meetings are being be held around the country with key stakeholders and small groups to give people the chance to share their views openly and honestly with the panel in a respectful and safe environment.
I encourage all our parents to keep abreast of this review, and wherever possible to ensure your voice is being heard. The college is a member of Christian Schools Australia (CSA) who released their submission to the public. I have included their key points below.
“We have finalised our joint submission with Adventist Schools Australia to the Expert Panel on Religious Freedom chaired by the Hon Phillip Ruddock.
The submission calls for a number of changes including:
- the appointment of a dedicated ‘Freedoms Commissioner’ to publicly champion and advocate for religious and other freedoms;
- an immediate redefinition of ‘discrimination’ in Commonwealth law to recognise that not all differentiation is discrimination and to ensure a balancing of rights;
- legislating for a range of positive protections for religious freedom. These are along the lines proposed during the discussion of changes to the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) and effectively referred to this Panel for consideration.
The positive protections sought have been identified during the extensive discussion and consideration of religious freedom issues during the recent ‘marriage debate’. They include protections and provisions:
- relating to the use of the facilities of a Christian school for marriage ceremonies;
- to guide the determination of the beliefs of a religious body by a judicial body;
- that clearly state the Commonwealth’s intention to ‘cover the field’;
- guaranteeing free speech where it does not threaten or harass another person or group;
- securing the charitable status of religious bodies and schools;
- shielding continued education funding for Christian schools; and that
- ensure ‘believers’ can continue to act on their beliefs”
Our college is committed to our vision of ‘Growing in Christ’ and ensuring all our students grow up with strong Christian values and knowledge. All the staff members we employ are practicing Christians and committed to our Christian faith. If you would like to discuss this further and how we operate in our school, then please email me on [email protected] or ring me at the college.
Bullying in Schools
The Prime Minister has also raised the issue of bullying in schools and strongly supports the National Day against Bullying and Violence (NDA). “We believe all students have the right to be safe at school. Bullying and violence have no place in Australia,” Prime Minister Turnbull wrote. At ACCM we are strongly believe that bullying should not exist in schools at all, just as it should not be part of your workplace. However, children are still learning social skills and it may happen at school. To help prevent this we have a program called ‘Do the High-5’ which reinforces the five steps (represented as the 5 fingers on one hand) of:
- Talk friendly
- Walk away
- Talk friendly
This diagram is in each classroom and the teachers explain the steps carefully to their class and individuals when necessary. Please go over this with your children at home to reinforce it.
The College bullying procedures are reinforced by our ‘No-Touch Policy’. We ask students not to push, shove, touch, hug, etc. any other student. While Preps are still learning this and forget, older students are very aware. Issues of bullying are few and far between when physical contact is removed. Those who do break this rule are sent home to think about their behaviour and then the school works through the issue with them when they return.
We are very pleased to have a happy and safe school, and will continue to strive to make this the case.
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TERM TWO 2018
(10 Weeks) Monday 16th April - Friday 22nd June
- Students Return: Monday 16th April
- NAPLAN Testing: 15th - 17th May
TERM THREE 2018
(10 Weeks) Monday 16th July - Friday 21st September
- Students Return: Monday 16th July
- EKKA Holiday: 13th August
TERM FOUR 2018
(9 Weeks) Monday 8th October - Thursday 6th December
- Students Return: Monday 9th October
- Student Free Dates: 15th October & 7th December
An ACCM father with a disability has asked for assistance transporting his Year 7 daughter from the College to their home in the afternoons, particularly in wet weather. Rob and Grace live in Waterfern Drive, Caboolture. If you are able to assist please phone Rob on his mobile 0458 474 092.
Student Withdrawal Notices
One term’s notice in writing is required for withdrawal of students. Insufficient notice may result in additional fees being charged.
Allowance for driving your children to school
Did you know that you may be entitled to an allowance for privately driving your children to and from school?
Financial assistance may be available to parents who have children that attend Non-State Schools with students travelling to and from school daily by private arrangement.
For further details on how much you can claim by distance, please go onto the Dept of Transport and Main Roads- Conveyance Allowance Payment Details. There is a PDF application available for viewing including a table of distance verses weekly rebate claim.
Lunch Activity TimeTable
Click here to view the Student Activity Timetable.
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)
A BIG ACCM Thank-You!
We would like to thank our parents for their wonderful support through sponsoring our students who could not afford to attend our Camps. We feel so blessed knowing we have this support from within our community - our receiving families are extremely grateful. Should other families be able to assist in any way financially to bless other students, please contact Leisa Anderson.
What’s Happening On-Campus
The shade sails have now been put up over the year 1 - 9s playground equipment areas. The real test of
how effective they are will have to wait until the warmer months come around later on this year.
New handball courts have been marked out outside the primary school building. The aim is to move the area that the students have been using for handball, outside the administration building, further away from
the administration area enabling parents and students to move more freely through.
It has taken many years, but our college has finally been able to purchase the church building and
accompanying 5 acres of land next door. There are quite a number of rooms contained inside the church
building and also the main auditorium will be very useful for our performing arts classes. Our Drama, Music, and Dance teachers are keen to use the auditorium area which contains a stage and large seating area.
P - 9 Interviews.
The P - 9 Interviews will be held on Wednesday 20th June. Bookings for this event are due to open two
weeks prior. Parents and carers will be able to discuss with teachers how their children have gone during Semester One. Reports for P - 9s are also due for completion just prior to interview night.
Peer Support Team.
Our peer support team members play an important role in our college. At open nights they help out by doing tours with prospective new families around the school. During school time many of them are actively involved helping provide activities for students and also making our school a friendly environment for all students.
Senior School Updates
Year 10 Elective Changes
Last year when we decided to make significant changes to our Year 10 programs, we also made a commitment to both parents and students that students would only be locked into ‘Elective’ subjects for a Semester at a time. Consequently, very soon Year 10 students and parents will be sent an email with an electronic form attached so that they may indicate the elective subjects they wish to study in Semester Two, 2018.
I encourage all parents in the next week or two to make time to sit down with their students and together discuss any subject changes students may wish to make. Below is a table that outlines the subjects students may choose from in each subject line for our on-campus students.
Film & TV
Please note that all subjects have been written in individual semester units so that students are able to switch between electives more easily. However, it stands to reason that students who change subjects may need to make a concerted effort to ‘catch up’ any foundational concepts that may only be briefly covered in Semester Two units.
Also, should any student wish to change from General Maths to Maths Methods in Semester Two, this change must go through Mr Rhys Taylor our Maths Coordinator. Past Maths results will also be considered as part of this process.
This opportunity to change subjects mid-semester will require a lot of organisation and we ask that in order to make the process easier that all students, whether they wish to change or not complete the form. Students changing subjects will be allocated subjects on a ‘first-in’ basis.
It is exciting to think that Year 10 students can potentially study eight different electives in the one year, without the ‘high stakes’ of Year 11&12 pathway commitments. Hopefully this will also improve student confidence in pathway planning, SET plan process and subject choices in the future. Should you have any queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or Cameron Johnson ([email protected]).
Middle School Updates
I have been giving a lot of thought to “unity” lately. Specifically, what does it mean to be unified – what does a unified community look like. This is important in schools because we need to be on the same page, particularly in relationship to standards and what is acceptable.
At the beginning of his first letter to the Corinthians, which we find in the New Testament, Paul says:
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
1 Corinthians 1:10
And then at the end of his second letter (2 Corinthians 13:11) he tells the same people to “be of one mind”.
I find this difficult teaching, because I believe that our creative god has created us as individuals. We think differently than those around us, we all see the world differently. A message the Mr Underwood has been speaking to our community this year is that:
“It is what makes us different that makes us special.”
So does Paul mean we should never disagree. No, I don’t think so. I think he means we should deal with our disagreements in mature, gracious ways. We should understand that the person we disagree with sees the world differently from us and should be of one mind in that we filter our differences through God and be of one mind in relation to the importance of God in our life, our community.
I think the secret to a unified community is that each of us is first unified with Christ. The more we understand God’s love for us the better we are able obey His new commandment:
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
Primary School Updates
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 last week 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. Thankyou 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.
Kids Extreme 18 Holiday Day Camp
Are you looking for some fun and adventure these school holidays? Caboolture Baptist Church is running 2 big days of fun.
WHO: Kids in Grades Prep-Year 6
WHEN: Thursday 12 & Friday 13 July
COST for the 2 days: $40 per person & includes Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided.
WHERE: Cnr Torrens & Grant Road, Caboolture South.
Registrations close on 6 July, 2018. You can collect information flyers and registration forms from Chappy Janet or download directly from www.caboolturebaptist.org or phone 54955654 (Tue-Fri).
You may be hearing about NCCD and wondering what this is all about. Here is a brief explanation:
Australian, state and territory governments agreed on a new approach to collecting data on school students with disability. The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) on School Students with Disability provides Australian schools, parents, education authorities and the community with information about the number of students with disability in schools, where they are located and the adjustments they receive.
At Australian Christian College, our teachers and student service teams are committed to meeting the needs of all students enrolled with us. We work together to provide support and adjustments for all students based on student needs as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.
The DDA and Standards use a very broad and inclusive definition of what constitutes a disability; it does not require a medical or professional diagnosis and includes learning disabilities and social/emotional disabilities such as anxiety. Our staff are always working on numerous levels to ensure that support or ‘adjustment’ is given to identified students so that they can take part in education activities to the same degree as all other students. Adjustments might include such things as tuition, modified learning tools and programs or physical adjustments to the school environment. The decision as to what and how much support or adjustment a student receives relies on the professional judgement of school staff about each child’s educational needs. There are four levels of adjustments that teachers provide: Quality Differentiated Teaching Practice, Supplementary, Substantial and Extensive.
At ACC the support received by students could include, but may not be limited to one or more of the following.
- Literacy intervention/support
- Numeracy intervention/support
- Extra time in tests/exams
- Task modification
- Task/assignment support
- One on one support for understanding
- Student services support (Access to Guidance Officer, Counsellors or Chaplains)
- An Individual Educational Plan
- Assistive Technology support
- Health action plan
- Sensory support
- Building modifications
Student learning is a joint responsibility involving the whole school community, its personnel, teaching and learning frameworks, curriculum and resources. Should you have any questions regarding NCCD, please come and see our friendly Student Services team.
Head of Student Services
On Campus Class Updates
Middle School German Maths Week
GERMAN MATHS WEEK: In week 4 of term two, Year 7, 8 and 9 students found themselves immersed in maths lessons with a very distinct German flavour. Accessorised with suspenders and Bavarian Trenker hat, I taught students about the contributions of the German people to the mathematical/ scientific developments of our world. Creative, focused, efficient and reserved, the Germans are considered to be among the world’s most disciplined and hardworking people and include the following notable individuals:
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) was a German-born mathematician/ physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. The other of course being quantum mechanics. He is best known for his mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc2 and for winning the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics. Famous quote: ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at its center. Very controversial at the time, but he turned out to be right. Famous quote: ‘To know that we know what we know and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.’
Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777–1855) made significant contributions to many fields, including number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geophysics, mechanics, electrostatics, magnetic fields, astronomy, matrix theory and optics. His gifts became very apparent at the age of three when he corrected, mentally and without fault in his calculations, an error his father had made on paper while calculating finances! Famous quote: ‘Mathematics is the queen of the sciences.’
Emmy Noether (1882 – 1935) is best known for her contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics. She was described by Albert Einsteinas as a ‘genius’ and as the most important woman in the history of mathematics. As one of the leading mathematicians of her time, she developed the theories of rings, fields and algebras. In physics, Noether's theorem explains the connection between symmetry and conservation laws. Famous quote: ‘My [algebraic] methods are really methods of working and thinking; this is why they have crept in everywhere anonymously.”
Only one word can sum up the Germans’ contribution: Wunderbar!
Jacques de Villiers
Middle School Mathematics Teacher
Year 2K Primary
What an eventful term 2! One particular item of note is our Crazy Hair day on Friday. Students were crazy about learning though and focused on writing recounts and including sizzling starts and adjectives in the morning until we had a fire drill! The students showed sensible behaviour as we exited the building quietly and made our way to the oval.
Our main focus for the term in Science is water. Water is a treasure on our earth and it is a wonder for the students to learn about. They have learnt to say ‘precipitation’ and ‘evaporation’ and all the many ways water is made available, whether it is through a tap or in a river. Praise God for this amazing gift on earth.
The following is a recount that Samuel wrote about his birthday last year.
On my birthday when I saw the sun shine on my face, I knew I had to wake my parents up. I said, “It’s my birthday!” I yelled because I was so excited. Then my family and I had a nerf war. When I accidentally shot my sister in the face my dad said, “We have to cancel the nerf war.” I felt terrible because I shot my sister in the face. Then I went to school. When it was morning tea time my class and I had cake. At lunchtime, Xander made this very fun game. It was called ‘Transformers’. You could release anything from any dimension. When school was finished I went home. I got undressed from my uniform. My dad said, “Do you want to have another nerf war today?” I said, “Yes, Please!”
I wish you all the best for the rest of Term 2! May God bless you each and everyday!
Year 10W Senior School
Greetings in the precious name of Jesus!
Here we are, half-way through term 2 already and things are starting to get busy.
Students will be starting to feel the pressure building regarding assessments. Drafts may be due and assessment task will begin falling due, while building to exam block at the end of term. Please encourage your student to make use of the time allocated in class for assessment work. Effective time management is an important skill and reduces unnecessary stress.
Our Head of Student Services, Sue Fraser, and her new offsider Katrina Marshall did an incredible job of placing students in areas of interest for work experience at the end of last term. Following are some photos of students at their workplaces. Unfortunately, there was not room to include them all.
It is great to see the students looking so confident beyond the classroom.
Reading Tutor Volunteers needed.
BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING
There are many benefits to volunteering such as:
- Connecting you with others
- Make new friends and contacts
- Enhance your social and relationship skills
- Team building and bonding
- Good for mind and body
- Good for your career
- Provides career experiences
- Enhance or learn valuable job skills
- It's fun and fulfilling!
Do something you love and give back to the school community!
Reading Tutor is or one-to-one phonics program that is run for students who struggle with literacy. It is used in learning support departments across the state and has shown to be beneficial in improving reading. A Reading Tutor volunteer works with students 1 to 5 times a week, and helps students with sight words and learning knew sounds. The program is easy to follow and fairly hassle free, though experience working with children would be great.
What do you need to be a Reading Tutor Volunteer? It’s easy, just complete an interest form specifying that you would like to help out in reading tutor, complete our induction course and blue card application and you’re good to go.
If you are already working at the college as a volunteer and would like to help out with reading tutor please contact Joel Hogan a [email protected]
Volunteer Interest Forms available at Reception.