DEPUTY PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
What’s Happening On-Campus
The Bible in Proverbs 22:6 tells us to train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they won't depart from it. Part of this training is encouraging and directing our children to do the right thing, doing the wrong thing can have consequences to themselves and others.
Here at ACC we try and set high standards in relation to the expected behaviour of students. For students who don't comply to these standards there are consequences, usually a detention (or sometimes worse). This also trains students to be accountable for their behaviours – what they say and what they do. It also trains them that they have responsibilities in being a part of our school community.
There are rules that help us function as a school community and to get along with each other. In our weekly assemblies I try each week to remind students to:
- look after each other
- be nice to each and to their families and our staff.
These two things are important ways we can be showing love to others.
Additionally, I tell students:
- to read their Bible every day, and
- to pray to God every day.
These are ways we develop our relationship with God and find out the way he wants us to live.
I also tell students to:
- do their best to be the best that they can be.
It's not about comparing themselves to others but doing their best so that they will become the person God wants them to be - spiritually, academically, socially, physically and within their own souls.
Here at ACC we are actively seeking to train up your children in the way they should go.
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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
FREE shopping bags
Please collect, or send your student in to collect, two free ACC branded shopping bags for your family from the Administration Reception (available until the supply runs out).
This offering is in response to the plastic bag ban from July in Queensland. Retailers are no longer allowed to supply shoppers with single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags under 35 microns, either free or for a charge.
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 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 traveling 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.
Naplan Online Is Here!
Technological developments are forever altering the way we learn, assess and test our abilities & strengths in this new age. One of these avenues of change and growth is the NAPLAN assessment system. We are pleased to announce that from 2019 we as a school will be running our Naplan tests online. This will reduce the time taken to prepare and assess the tests while improving accuracy and ease of use for the student. It will enhance and enrich the students learning experience instead of hindering it.
In order for us to prepare for this change and familiarise our students with this new process, we will be holding a short trial run of the new assessment system in October this year.
All student devices will need to install a browser that will securely host the program and test results and enable the device to utilise its processing power to run the main tasks efficiently. The following instructions will be helpful in getting your students device ready and ensuring he/she has the optimum learning outcome.
- The Naplan information and practice site:https://nap.edu.au/online-assessment
- The Lockdown Browser: https://www.assessform.edu.au/layouts/Technology/LockedDownBrowser.aspx
- Students to have their own headphones to use with laptops and iPads for Naplan
- The device to be fully charged each day of the testing
- Please check the school website for details on device compatibility for schoolwork and Naplan testing: https://moreton.acc.edu.au/learning/digital-natives.html
Please take the time over the coming holidays to update your devices and to install the browser needed. The test will be held between the 8th and 26th October 2018. The grades included for this practice run will be years 2, 4, 6 and 8. This will help them get comfortable with the new platform for next year’s program.
If you have difficulty installing or finding the details, you need to prepare your devices please call the office Admin or IT officer for support on PH: 5490 6100.
Please remember we are a BYOD school and it is your responsibility to ensure your student has the right tools to facilitate their learning and deepen their experiences for success.
Here at ACC we are actively seeking to train up your children in the way they should go.
Senior School Updates
Term Four this year is one of the shortest ever for our graduating class of Year 12’s. This year students in Senior will have only 4 teaching weeks followed by an Exam Block in Week 5 for all Year 10, 11 and 12’s.
Please note the following dates:
5th-9th– Exam Block
9th – Awards Night
15th – Year 12 Formal
16th – Year 12 Graduation & Clap Out
19th-23rd – Year 10&11 will be part of Senior personal development & skill preparation
26th-28th – Year 10&11 Leadership development opportunities
Also, please note that whilst further details will follow soon, it is expected that Senior students will attend school right up until the end of scheduled classes and activities. Although assessment will be completed before students finish school, there is considerable effort put into getting guest speakers in and providing important experiences and opportunities for students in these last weeks that are often not possible at other times. Student support and attendance are essential for these activities to be successful.
ASSEMBLY, CHAPEL & CHRISTIAN LIVING CHANGES NEXT TERM
In Term Four we will also trial a new format for Assembly, Chapel and Christian Living for our Senior School. This is an exciting change for our school sector and we anticipate some great new opportunities for students as part of this new format.
Assembly and Christian Living will now happen during Form and Lesson One on Monday and Chapel and the second part of Christian Living will happen during Form and Lesson One on Friday. Students are encouraged to propose any new ideas they have about each of these areas to either myself or their form teachers – all ideas will be gratefully received and considered. At the end of Term Four this format will be evaluated and any necessary adjustments made for 2019.
Middle School Updates
In 1 term, our 12s will be school leavers, our 9s will be senior schoolers, our 5s will be middle schoolers; you get the idea.
This term the 6,7 and 8s have had the opportunity to select which specialist subject they will do in Term 4. This is an exciting time for middle schoolers as they get the opportunity to have some control over their learning. It also gives them a small taste of the process of subject selection that they will need to deal with more as they progress through the academic career.
In Term 4 we will be holding a Middle School Information / open night (dates to be finalised). The night will include:
- Specialist Subject experience opportunities (See what happens in the Art, Music, STEM, Hospitality rooms)
- A Welcome to Middle School presentation specifically for parents of students entering 6 and 7 in 2019
- A Surviving Middle School presentation for parents of all Middle Schoolers.
It will be great to see you there.
Primary School Updates
As we finish off Term 3 and look to holidays, many teachers start planning for the end of the year. Awards night, report cards, assessments, Christmas activities, etc. The list is never ending. But for one of our much loved primary teachers, as others think of endings, she is excited at the prospect of new life and new beginnings. Mrs Bunston is heading into a new life stage as the birth of her first baby is drawing near. While we will miss Mrs Bunston, we send her off with prayers and good wishes for the healthy birth of her little baby. We know how much she is looking forward to being a mum and we pray that next term for her, will mean many wonderful moments and memories with her new family. Please keep her and her family in your prayers and we look forward to some cute baby photos in the early stages of Term 4.
Don’t forget about the holiday reading program during the holidays. Students will all receive their reading logs this week to bring home and we encourage you to support your child in maintaining their reading habits.
We pray that everyone has a relaxing holiday break and comes back ready for the fun festivities that Term 4 always delivers. Thankyou to all of our parents for your continued support this term and we look forward to more opportunities to work together after the break.
Considerations for the Future – Year 12 decision time
As we head towards the end of Term 3, our Year 12 students are making plans for next year. Here is some information that may help:
QTAC applications and preferences
Year 12 students should be considering putting in their preferences for tertiary study for 2019 asap. While the final date to apply and to submit documents for the major offer round on 16 January 2019 is 14 December 2018, it is recommended that Year 12 students apply early as some courses have early and/or fixed closing dates. If you need assistance to organise your preferences, go to the QTAC website and scroll down to ‘How should I order my preferences?’.
Educational Access Scheme (EAS) when applying to QTAC
The EAS provides OP or rank adjustments for applicants who have experienced circumstances that have negatively affected their studies. When applying for this scheme you need to ensure you are aware of the following:
- Lodge your documents either electronically or by mailing hard copies to QTAC
- Each EAS category you apply for has a relevant cover sheet that must be completed.
- If applying for the Financial Hardship category, a current financial year’s Income Tax Return is required (ie. 2017/2018 financial year).
- If an applicant has experienced disruption due to leaving foster care/out-of-home care, they are encouraged to apply in the ‘Home Environment and Responsibilities’ category. A separate tick box on the cover sheet is now available for this situation, and there is an additional section to indicate that the applicant is willing to be contacted about available support by the various institutions.
Visit the EAS site for more details.
Additional criteria for teaching applications
Students who are applying for teaching degrees are required to complete an online questionnaire and 2 x 500-word personal statements in addition to meeting subject prerequisites. Visit this area of the QTAC website to help with this statement as it shows how to reflect on why they would make a good teacher. Once completed, students upload their personal statements to their QTAC application.
Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website
This great website has all the information you will need about Australian apprenticeships and traineeships. The ‘Student’ entry point will provide you with the tools and resources needed to explore apprenticeship and traineeship career pathways in Australia. The ‘Job Hunters’ page is worth looking at as well because it includes topics on job hunting and pre-apprenticeships.
A reminder for Year 12 students about Tax File Numbers
Students wish to go to university are encouraged to apply early for a Tax File Number (TFN). A TFN is needed to be able to defer fee payment through HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP or a VET Student Loan. These loans are made on the basis you pay it later through the tax system. So if you don’t have a TFN, you won’t be able to finalise a government loan for study.In order to apply for a TFN, visit the Australian Tax Office website for details. It may take time to receive your TFN, so apply early.
The Year 13 website
Year13 is a helpful online resource for post school options providing information on jobs and job vacancies, a gap year, studying, money matters, internships etc. The ‘Get Advice’ section has some interesting and informative articles.
How to be Competitive for Jobs
The Job Jumpstart initiative has videos to help guide you on how to be competitive in the job market. They are set out in three parts:
Definitely worth the watch.
Have a restful holiday break and take some time to prayerfully consider your future.
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 performances! They performanced 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 1 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 4 audience who enjoyed every performance with awe and amazement! The Year 9’s learnt about the magic and wonder of clowning! They performed clown skits in front of Year 1 students and they loved every minute of it. Below are some photos of some of the students in their fantastic costumes! How great do they look!
There has been a lot going on in Art over the past term from Prep all the way up to Year 12. Here is a snapshot of some of the work by our students...
Year 12 Bodies of Work
The year 12 students have been completing their second Bodies of work, ready for submission with some really beautiful work coming along….
Year 11 Digital Art
Year 11 have also been working hard, but with a focus on Digital Art. One of the challenges they recently completed was to create a character using photoshop and tablets/pens. Here are two works by Ethan and Charlie:
Year 10 have just completed their submissions for their first body of work, with a lot of experimenting going on based around Artists they like as well as the excursion they went on earlier in the term. They are now working on completing a body of work due next term.
Year 10 Art excursion to Redcliffe
Students visited the Redcliffe Art gallery as well as the gallery of local artists Jo St Baker, they also spent time observing, sketching and taking photographs in the environment to start generating ideas for their bodies of work.
Year 10 Experimentation for Body of Work:
Year 9 Art have been working on Tribal Art inspired clay pots using the sgraffito method of scratching into the clay to create tribal designs.
Primary School Art
Primary school has been busy with a variety of different projects. Year 5 have been focussing on Aboriginal Art, creating their very own boomerangs using dot painting:
Year 4 have been trying out their skills in clay, creating tiles inspired by animals and nature:
Coming up Thursday week 2 we have our first MADD night event with both performances and an Art Exhibition. Please book your tickets and come see what our Creative and Performing Arts students have been up to this year…. BOOK ONLINE:https://accmaddnight.eventbrite.com.au
Technology is such an integral part of the 21st-century workplace and education is equipping our young people with skills and knowledge to be able to move into occupations that we may not even know about yet. It is an exciting area to be involved in. Term 3 is over and we have seen some amazing creations with websites and animations being created. We have had a big term with some great learning taking place across the year levels. Year 6 have leapt into data control becoming experienced in Excel. Year 7’s spent the term learning the ins and outs of Microsoft Word. Year 8 students after doing research have created a html based website about their subject. Year 9 created posters for an audience using Illustrator, a vector based software. Year 11 students revisited their childhood by developing a new character for the Hairy Maclary series of books. Students will then use their new character in an animation with the other characters of the series. There is only such a short time left for Year 12 and this term they produced a multimedia teaching resource for an educational company with a choice of a world environment. So, as you can see it has been a busy, but fun term in IT and I have enjoyed seeing the high standard of creative work from all my students.
Year 10 Physics
The Year 10s have now had a solid taste of what is to come under the new ATAR curriculum, as well having the opportunity to change subjects mid-year to try something different. It’s been tough, but I am proud of how the majority of them have applied themselves in getting their heads around the new content; especially those that have changed subject.
In Year 10 Physics, we have been looking at motion and forces and how complex God’s creation is when you look beyond the surface. We’ve seen that simply sliding a book across a table is a complicated mix of applied force, normal force, gravity, friction and air resistance! When designing a car, an engineer must keep these all in mind to ensure that the car is firmly planted on the road and goes in the right direction at the right speed. Even a slight slip in friction on the road can mean catastrophe.
For our assessment, we have been doing a research investigation on either car safety, biomechanics in sport, or gravity. Compared to previous work in their schooling there is a twist – the focus isn’t the information itself, but where the information came from. It’s all new and tricky, but at the end the students will have a much better idea of what strong data and weak data looks likely – hugely important in our world of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ where everything has a spin on it.
Hi Everyone !! Firstly we had a very short two day visit from five Japanese students who presented some cultural lessons to middle school classes. We then had a wonderful time with 13 students from Kokura Minami High school. They came from a city called Kita Kyushu which is part of the greater Fukuoka city urban sprawl.
They taught us many things about their area and we are building up a good relationship with the school. They visit us every year and it’s always great to see them as they are a lovely group of people. Next we had a visit from two Japanese teachers from Yokohama, which is the second largest city in Japan and only about a 40 min train ride Tokyo. The two teachers helped with Middle school and primary classes. Students were able to participate ina traditional Sado (tea ceremony), try on Yukatas ( summer kimonos) and Happi ( a festival coat) as well as play the koto ( a traditional Japanese instrument).
We’re currently in talks with Seikyo high school about bringing a group of our students to their school next year. More information on this soon.