Dear parents, this is one of the few times in 6 years that I have written one newsletter article for both our On-Campus families and our Distance Education families.
Dr Wess Stafford President of Compassion International wrote “I grew up in West Africa that had no word for competition. For me to win at the expense of another’s loss was simply inconceivable. And so it should be in the building of God’s kingdom.” Richard Stearns, President World Vision US, wrote “I love the African quote ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’. It applies especially well to the power of community in Kingdom work.”
Wow! These quotes are so amazing to me. Just think about how these quotes differ so much from the attitudes in politics this week. And, this includes Christian members of parliament.
Are we so competitive in today’s world that we have forgotten the basic lessons Jesus taught us? Are you just as competitive at work? Do you push the values of being the best, being first, winning above all else, - even with your children?
In Corinthians 3:7,9 Paul wrote:
“Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow … for we are all co-workers in God’s service.”
We’re servants of God’s mission. When one of us succeeds, we all win, because Jesus’ name is lifted high.
Building the Kingdom of God is a team sport, not a competition. We’re better together, not apart. In the US in 2005, there were 50,000 Christian–based not-for-profits companies. 10 years later only 28% remain. 3 of 4 failed. How many organisations have survived 500 years? From the 1500s to now only 85 organisations, and that includes hospitals, churches, schools, ministries etc, have survived. The others are all gone. Perhaps that competitive spirit is the problem.
Imagine what we could accomplish as a nation, as a Church, even as your family, if we stopped caring who was bigger or better. From my perspective as a Christian school principal, imagine what we in Christian schools could accomplish if we stopped competing and started partnering? At the end of the day, it’s not about you or me – its about God.
As competition for personal gain, or the ‘its-all-about-me’ generation, continue to grow, then confidence in public institutions falls. From massive surveys in the US we know that people give their highest-ranking confidence to their military and small business owners. In 1973, 43% of Americans placed a great deal of trust in the church. In 2017, 20% do. In 1973 only 7% said they had 'very little' trust in the church. Now 24% have very little trust in the church or faith based organizations.
The number of people trusting the church has halved! The number of people distrusting it has tripled.
Some of the reasons are obvious: abuse of power, moral failure, political and financial expediency. But also our organisations have been influenced by rugged individualism which fuels division between people who should be united in mission – some deserve some of the skepticism from the world. It confuses the world around us when we are focused on our organization’s success. Are we on the same team or not? People get confused and trust is eroded. I think this comment works on so many levels – the church, politics, and business, and even within our families. Together we are stronger!
In 1 Coronthians Paul chastises Christ’s followers in Corinth who had split into 4 groups: “Is Christ divided?” I wonder what he would think today?
In John 17 Jesus longest recorded prayer in Scripture rebukes this current situation. He prays “that ‘we’ may become perfectly one”, so that the world will know the Father’s Love. Our witness to the world hinges on our unity.
Jesus says our ‘oneness’ is how people identify us. “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” In todays politics, business, not-for-profits and even families, when we have disagreements we ‘split”! We need to find unity in Christ in an age of individualism, intellectual rights, etc.
We are better together! We will need to fight and struggle – but not against one another. Competition creates faith poverty. For Christians, winning is when we are united. With the world set on a path on individualism and suspicion it provides a new opportunity for Christians to share and show what we are for! We can do more together than we can do apart.
We need no more proof than the current drought in Western Queensland and NSW. Everyone has come together, united, in the fight for the farming community. Such is the power of unity. Political parties are all saying the same thing – we must help. Big business is saying the same thing – we must help. Churches, schools and even within families we feel united when we all come together to help the farmers. AND, it feels good!
I was blown away seeing this during the last week. I have had organisations asking us to help raise money for our farmers. I have had children come and ask me. I have had parents with their children from Prep to QCE ask me how we can help. I have also had our DE parents in rural areas needing help with school fees and financial help to feed their families. I have enrolled some new families in On-Campus recently who have walked off the land and were forced to find work in the region. I had sat with them and cried as they told their stories. Together we are one!
On the 30th August our College as one will attempt to raise money for DE families living out west. The On-Campus children will come dressed as farmers for a donation. Our staff and parents and friends will be asked to help. I know some DE children have also started door knocking. How amazing is it when we as a community follow Jesus direction and are united. The fund-raising will continue until October when I will take some of our students out to Toowoomba to meet our DE families in the region who this fund will help.
Please help out our struggling farmers using the donate button below.
Help our students,
help Queensland farmers.
I pray you can also stand united in your church, in your work, and in your family.
God bless our DE and On-Campus families.
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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
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STUDENT WITHDRAWAL NOTICES
Students can leave the College without penalty in the event that there is at least six term weeks or more notification in writing prior to withdrawal. Failure to provide the minimum of six term weeks notification will result in the parent/guardian being liable for six term weeks’ fees in lieu of notice.
Allowance for driving your children to school
Did you know that you may be entitled to an allowance for privately driving your children to and from school?
Financial assistance may be available to parents who have children that attend Non-State Schools with students travelling to and from school daily by private arrangement.
For further details on how much you can claim by distance, please go onto the Dept of Transport and Main Roads- Conveyance Allowance Payment Details. There is a PDF application available for viewing including a table of distance versus weekly rebate claim.
There are a range of lunchtime activities and things for your children tho do at break times.
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
Our Book Week Parade for our P - 5s was incredible , with so many studentsdressed in colorful costumes as characters from books. The participation rate was very high with most classes having nearly all students dressed up. Thanks to all the parents and carers who assisted in helping their children prepare for this big event. Hopefully students have been enthused in their love of books and reading.
It is important to ensure that your children attend school at all times if they are not sick. The bottom line is that if students are not attending school they miss out on the valuable learning that is taking place. At present the attendance average of our students shows they are missing a day or more each fortnight. We understand if students are sick - please don't send them to school , but if they are well they should be here. This is also good training for when they join the workforce in years to come.
Remember that there are a range of lunchtime activities and things for your children tho do at break times. Our library is also open each break and has a variety of things to do , and at lunch there is a good range of play equipment to borrow from the loan office which is overseen by our year 6 students.
Senior School Updates
As we all approach the end of Term Three it is again clear that this is indeed the ‘business’ end of Senior for our students. With this in mind, Mr Johnson our Senior Coordinator recently went to some great PD and was reminded of the many simple things that we can do to manage the stress and anxiety that comes from wanting to achieve our very best.
Consequently, I offer the following article written by Mr Johnson as some quick helpful tips on how to succeed in Senior School during these busy times:
In light of the upcoming busy assessment schedule with QCS testing and other big Term 3 tasks approaching their due date, I thought it would be good timing to give students some tips to prepare for these busy times.
1. Get a good night sleep
You can’t afford to stay awake all night studying for an exam. Why? Becuase you won’t be able to effectively recall information for the exam. It’s as simple as that!
Make sure you get at least 8-9 hours of quality sleep a night.
2. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, everyday
Often students stop exercising when it comes exam time because they begin to think that they don’t have enough time (“I must spend every moment studying!”). Big mistake.
Exercise helps us study more effectively for various reasons. Firstly, it’s a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. Secondly, it gets blood flowing to your brain supplying oxygen, which can help you to think more clearly.
3. Drink plenty of water
Often when we can’t think clearly, it’s because our brains need to be hydrated. While studying and taking your exams, make sure you take regular sips of water.
4. Focus on what you do know rather than what you don’t know
Chances are there will always be something that you could have studied more thoroughly or don’t know so well come the day of the exam. You are better off focusing on the fact that you now know so much more than you did before and you’ll be able to answer many questions in the exam.
5. Eat a nutritious breakfast
Studies have found that students who skip breakfast experience a 20-40% reduction in concentration, memory and alertness. Please eat a nutritious breakfast each and every day to feel fuller for longer, stabilise your mood and give you plenty of energy for the day.
6. Avoid drinking caffeine (e.g. energy drinks, coke and coffee)
Caffeine is a stimulant. It gives you a rush and makes you feel good in the short-term, but eventually it wears off and leaves you feeling cranky and wanting more. As a College we have a no caffeine policy that needs to be adhered to.
7. Remember, your teachers want you to do well
Don’t worry about writing a perfect answer. Just do the best you possibly can with the question you have. If you’re unsure, still write something down. You may not get any marks for it, but they won’t take marks off. Just remember, your teachers really are on your side.
We have amazing teachers in our Senior School that want you to achieve to your potential. Please use them as a resource effectively.
This last point is particularly important. In Senior School, teachers are the very most precious resource a student has and it is imperative that students ‘tap into’ this resource as much as possible. We pray that as our Senior students approach this last part of Term 3 they focus on the big picture and remember that all learning is an opportunity to grow.
Middle School Updates
Again, our students have done us all proud.
The year 6s had a fantastic day at the Ekka. Thank you to the staff and volunteers who made that day possible and thank you to the students for their excellent behaviour. The volunteers tell me they were a credit to our school.
·Some of our Grade 5, 6 and 7 girls played with character and distinction at the recent Gala Day. The fact they won all 4 of their games is an added bonus. We wish them all the best for their games next week.
·Congratulations to those students who participated in the recent regional athletics day. Special mention to Dorothy Sawyer and Tara Maguire who both experienced significant success.
·The year 8s enjoyed a science incursion in which they learnt some forensic science skills as they attempted to “solve a crime”. The reports were that they participated excellently and engaged wholeheartedly with the task.
Schools talk about “co-curricular” or “value added” activities: these are things like the ones mentioned above. They also include things like book-week and clubs and activities. These things are vital in helping our young people extend their social networks and empathy for others. The result of this is a more resilient child, better able to deal with conflict and struggles. I encourage you to speak to your children about the range of clubs and activities we offer and, if they are not already participating, encourage them to do so.
Can I also ask that you continue to ensure your children are reading at home? This is most important if they are to achieve the full academic potential and a key part of how strategy for helping our children to achieve the success they deserve.
Primary School Updates
This week we had a wonderful Book Week and to end the week we had our Book Week parade. During the week, students were able to listen to various staff members read during break times. It was great for students to see that adults sharing their favourite books to students. On Friday the 24th of August, primary school had their “Book parade” morning, we had students all dressed up ready to showcase their costume. As each class paraded around the hall, students grooved to different music. It was definitely a loud but enjoyable morning for all ages. Even teachers showcased their costumes and the students really loved cheering on their favourite “Best dressed staff member”.Students got into the festive spirit, our lower primary “Best dressed” class winners were 1S and our upper primary class “Best dressed” class was 3B. Our staff winners, 1st place was Miss Groves and 2nd place was Mrs Baker. It was a great effort by all students, parents and staff members. We can’t wait for the next Book Week parade next year.
School Holiday Camp opportunities
Scripture Union Spring Camps are happening over the September school holidays. There are several on offer but the ones specifically for our region are Splashout Moreton Bay North for Years 7-12 and Spring Mapleton Adventure for Years 5-7. All opportunities and further details can be found at sucamps.org.au
Moreton Bay Regional Council's Active Holidays program will get students moving during the spring school holidays with more than 60 free and low cost activities available in the Moreton Bay Region. Students aged between 3 and 17 can try rock climbing, water polo, rugby, gridiron, baseball, AFL, archery and much more. The program will be delivered from 24 September to 5 October 2018. Bookings are essential. A full schedule of activities can be found at Active Holidays.
A reminder about the power of positivity
As Christians, we have every reason to be positive. We have a Saviour and Redeemer who loves us and promises us hope and life eternal. However, sometimes focusing on the positives can be challenging when faced with personal problems or when the media continues to expose us to news of tragedy. So I want to encourage you by highlighting the power of positivity and the changes it can make in your life.
Despite the negativity we may experience, by focusing on the wonderful things that are also happening and sharing these with others may not only encourage you but also those around you. Positive thoughts help us to live better lives and improve relationships. Barbara Fredrickson's Broaden-and-Build theory and research demonstrates that “as people experience more positive emotions, they become more resilient to stress, develop a broader perspective that allows them to see the big picture and identify solutions, build more meaningful relationships and connections and flourish in their lives and careers.”
We have the power to change our focus from the negative to the positive. Look for the good happening in our lives and give your problems over to God. When negativity starts to creep into your thoughts, make a conscious choice to negate this with a positive thought. Aim for three positive thoughts each morning and be thankful for the day. Listen to some praise and worship music, as this can be so uplifting. Surround yourself with people who are also positive and try not to get caught up in other people’s issues. Instead, encourage them. Watch comedies and laugh a little. Let’s start fuelling our lives today with positivity and thankfulness. Give it a try and feel the difference it can make.
Head of Student Services
On Campus Class Updates
Middle School Italian Maths Week
From the same people who brought us pasta, pizza, gelato and Ferrari, comes individuals that have enriched our world immensely through mathematics and science. Italy has a long presence of science and technology, from the Renaissance and the Roman era. Through the centuries, Italy has advanced the scientific community which produced many significant inventions and discoveries in mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy and the other sciences.
To celebrate the end of Italian Maths Week the students were delighted to share pizza at lunch time with their maths teacher who dressed for the occasion.
Following, for those with further interest, are some notable Italian individuals:
Leonardo Fibonacci (1180 - 1250) was born in Pisa, northern Italy. He is credited with introducing into the western world the Arabic system of numbering (the numbers 0 through 9), which replaced the cumbersome combination of Roman numerals (I through X) and the abacus, which were used in scientific calculations. His innovation led to a swifter advancement in all the sciences. In 1202 he published The Book of the Abacus, which first described the Fibonacci system of numbers. The Fibonacci numbers identify a ratio (0.618) which occurs throughout nature, from shells to flowers and so on. It's also a proportion used by great artists throughout the centuries to achieve a pleasing visual effect.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1512) was a ‘giant’ of the Renaissance era, whose areas of interest included mathematics, invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history and cartography. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank, he epitomised the Renaissance ideal. He is widely considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was born in Pisa, northern Italy and is considered by many to be one the most influential Italian scientist of all time. The inventor of the scientific method, he was accomplished in mathematics, astronomy, cartography, entomology, hydrodynamics, mechanics, physics and timekeeping. While still in his teens, Galileo discovered the timekeeping properties of the pendulum, laying the foundation for his son's development of the pendulum clock. His early experiments with falling objects at the Leaning Towers of Pisa are legendary. He also discovered the law of inertia, which was redefined by Sir Isaac Newton. In 1590 he published On Motion, which refuted the hypothesis that the sun revolved around the earth. He later refined the thermoscope, a forerunner of the thermometer and invented the sector, a forerunner of the drawing compass.
Signor Jacques de Villiers
Middle School Mathematics Teacher
Our class have just completed a Mathematics investigation, called ‘Show Time’. This investigation focuses on using numeracy skills of addition, counting money, and telling time. The students had to create a plan for a day at the show and write the correct times in digital and analogue form for each session. Then they created a wishlist of all the showbags, rides and food they would like to buy. They were given a budget of $60 and had to calculate whether they would be able to purchase all that was on their wishlist or more. The students had a great time working with their partners on the investigations and did quite well with staying in budget!
Year 2K Teacher
Term 3 News 2018
We are now more than half way through third term and students are starting to feel the pressure of assessments.This is a busy year for our Year 10 students. They have eight subjects, including Christian Living and PASS, and while PASS is designed to help students, and Christian Living is only one lesson per week, this is a significant load.
In addition, this year we have introduced the new syllabus – with alterations and accommodations for their understanding and content knowledge – but still a step up.This means many students are feeling pressure, and while we don’t want them to be overwhelmed, times of stress and pressure are a normal part of life. Learning to manage the stress and not be stressed is a valuable life lesson.
I am, however very glad that we have brought the new syllabus in this year. I truly believe this will stand our students in very good stead for next year and beyond.
If your student is feeling pushed encourage them to make wise decisions with their time. It is important to remember the basics: eat well, drink plenty of water, sleep well, set times for work, rest, and play, and make good use of their time in class.
Explain to them that what they are feeling is normal and encourage them to seek help from their teachers if they are struggling.
God bless you and yours,
ACC Sport Update
The Australian Christian College District Athletics Teams recently competed in the Sunshine Coast South District Athletics Carnival over 4 days in weeks 4 and 5. Both teams enjoyed a successful carnival in the warm conditions.
Our junior athletes competed well with highlights being Dorothy Sawyer coming 3rd in her 800m Race and Jacob Merrilees making the District Side to compete at the regional trial for the Boys 800m. Our relay teams also had a successful afternoon with the 11s-12s Boys coming in 3rd and the Junior Girls coming in 2nd.
Our senior Athletics Team had two great days out at the 13-18 yrs District Carnival. Kimberly Wall ran brilliant 100m and 200m races that saw her take first place in both events against strong competition. Samuel Hawthorne and Tara Maguire took home second place in their respective high jump events. Lillee Parkinson also ran a strong 800m to place 3rd.
Well done to all competitors!