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What’s Happening On-Campus
Well, the end of this term is fast approaching. As a whole our students have been so well-behaved and diligently applying themselves to their schoolwork.
We have recently had some of our students do very well at educationalnational and international competitions.
ESSI Money Competition :
In year 9 Business Jay Seps and others in the classwere competing in an online financial literacy game for Australian secondary students. Jay finished second in Australia in the age group 12 - 15, narrowly missing out on the top place. We had 5 of our students finish in the top 10. A great effort by students and their teacher Miss Symington.
Word Mania Competition
Our year 5 classes also competed in a national event involvingword knowledge and computer skills. Around 2000 schools entered across all of Australia and our students achieved great results finishing 8th in Australia and 1st in our region. They receive a number of prizes for their accomplishment - well done to our year 5 students and their teachers Mr Cran and Mr Hnialums.
Education Perfect World Series
Congratulation also to Abigail Fagan in year 8 who competed in this competition and received a Credit Award . This puts Abigailin the top 20% of the 20,000 participants from 38 countries who entered the competition .
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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
NEW ENROLMENTS 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.
For more information please do not hesitate to contact Margie Hildred (Enrolment and Marketing Officer) Direct Line: 5490 6103 Email: [email protected]
Student Withdrawal Notices
Students can leave the College without penalty in the event that there is at least six term weeks or more notification in writing prior to withdrawal. Failure to provide the minimum of six term weeks notification will result in the parent/guardian being liable for six term weeks’ fees in lieu of notice.
Allowance for driving your children to school
Did you know that you may be entitled to an allowance for privately driving your children to and from school?
Financial assistance may be available to parents who have children that attend Non-State Schools with students travelling to and from school daily by private arrangement.
For further details on how much you can claim by distance, please go onto the Dept of Transport and Main Roads- Conveyance Allowance Payment Details. There is a PDF application available for viewing including a table of distance versus weekly rebate claim.
There are a range of lunchtime activities and things for your children tho do at break times.
Senior School Updates
The adolescent brain – literally ‘use it or lose it’
Last Sunday night ’60 Minutes’ aired a story about a couple of adolescent boys addicted to gaming. Whilst a very disturbing story highlighting our growing understanding of the dangers of gaming, it was also a reminder of the importance of brain development during adolescence.
During this story education coach Jill Sweatman described a child’s addiction to entertainment such as gaming as having a permanent effect on their brain. Ms Sweatman cites that“if children spent so much of their time and brain on entertainment, they would lose cells not being used in “planned brain death”, a process known as apoptosis, the death of brain cells.
Whilst this may seem an ‘over-the-top’ claim, it is less so when one understands that the period between childhood and adulthood is responsible for the serious remodelling of the brain. From the teen years to well into the mid-twenties, the adolescent brain is ‘pruning’ down existing neurons and laying down myelin sheaths on existing neural pathways that connect the remaining linked neurons.
But why does nature do this? Remodelling of the brain through destruction of existing neurons and their synaptic connections is deliberate and purposeful. Whilst childhood is about the constant creating of neurons through experience and ‘sponge-like soaking in of knowledge’, adolescence is about refining and shaping. The skills honed and practiced in this stage of development will determine what from childhood remains and the skills and knowledge permanently taken into adulthood, as well as those edited out forever.
“The classic “use it or lose it” principle applies to adolescence—those circuits that are actively engaged may remain, those underutilized may be subject to systematic destruction.” (Pruning, Myelination, and the Remodelling Adolescent Brain, 2011)
In addition, myelin enables the remaining and connected neurons to communicate with each other with more coordination and speed creating neural firing thousands of times quicker with myelination. It is repetition and practice that lays down myelin to enable a skill. Consequently, adolescence is a great time for learning new skills such as a language, musical instrument, becoming proficient in sport etc. However, any skill not practiced or used is equally in danger of becoming ‘extinct’ through the pruning process.
Consequently, if adolescence is about refining and strengthening neural pathways, it is essential that adolescent brains are exposed to a wide variety of experiences to create links that support the healthy regulation of attention, mood, emotion, thought, social interactions and behaviour.
As carers and educators, I believe it is our job to ensure that the adolescent brains in our care, which are not yet mature with a fully functional prefrontal cortex, are given opportunity to engage in a wide variety of experiences that support a healthy balance of skills. It is true that gaming and other technologies offer skill development opportunities – but we also now understand that if exposure to this sort of activity is not regulated or ‘balanced’, neither will be the adolescent’s brain development.
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven-- A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up
Let us make sure that we use the ‘appointed time’ given to us to speak into the lives of the teenagers in our care in a way that ensures the right things are ‘torn down’ and good things are ‘built up’ during this very important stage of their development.
Quick-links to articles cited:
Pruning, Myelination, and the Remodeling Adolescent Brain: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/inspire-rewire/201402/pruning-myelination-and-the-remodeling-adolescent-brain
60 Minutes Story: https://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/gaming/playstation/terrified-parents-slammed-for-not-stopping-childrens-gaming-addictions/news-story/741d9aa0d9ecb2582cc92d7bdc2cdb
Middle School Updates
I was really impressed by how much the Middle Schoolers supported the Funds for Farmers day we had on Thursday last week. The total amount raised was exceptional and, I’m sure, much appreciated by our community members on the land. In fact, I am always impressed by how willing the Middle Schoolers are to support a cause. There is a real compassion in our young people; a real desire to be part of making the world a better place.
At assembly on Thursday I told them how impressed I was with them. However, I also went on to point out that if we really want to change the world, we start with the people closest to us. I think that charity to strangers is excellent, I want to encourage it; however, I want our Middle Schoolers to be people who know how to see need where it exists – not just because it is on the news at the moment.
To be generous to everybody, not just because it is popular or they like them; I want them to be kind to people, even if those same people are not kind to them. This is how we change the world. It’s easy to be generous to people we like or people who are nice to us. It is’ however, by doing the hard that we change the world, not by doing the easy.
I have spoken to them about some ways they could change the world for those closest to them, things like:
- Helping at home with out being asked (or at least without complaining)
- Talking to the kid who has no-one to talk to
- Returning a rude word or action with a kind one
- Considering the needs of others before themselves.
It would be positive if you also had this conversion with your children – when the world’s a better place, it’s a better place for everyone.
Primary School Update
What a week it has been for giving! The huge efforts put in by our families and school community to help support our farmers has been amazing and in the process of giving and supporting others, the students have received so much from the experience too. Students have been exposed to a whole new reality, learning about what a drought is, how farms work and how farming families make their money to survive. The questions and ideas coming from our students have been wonderful and to see their worldly understandings and empathy grow has been so encouraging.
With Operation Christmas Child now upon us, it would be wonderful to see this sense of giving continue. The joy that we can give to so many children around the world with one small gift is hard to comprehend, but the lessons we can teach our children in the process are endless. Jesus taught us to give freely and generously. So often I find myself asking how I can give to others as Jesus gave to me and filling a shoebox that helps spread the gospel, is such an easy way to do it. We encourage you to join together and fill a box as a family.Boxes need to be in by the end of term.
As the end of term fast approaches, it’s important to know that learning and assessment will continue right up to the end of term. It’s important that students are at school every day to ensure that they don’t miss key concepts, that they are able to complete all assessments and really have the best chance to show off all that they have learnt this term. Please stay in touch with your class teacher if things crop up and your child is to be away.
Looking ahead to next term, we would like to give parents a heads up that swimming for Years 1-5 will be held in Weeks 2 & 3 next term. It’s time to grab out the swimmers and make sure that they fit in readiness for the season ahead.
Have a wonderful week.
True hope can be found in God
When reflecting on an article I was reading about declining hope in our young people, I was reminded how much my faith helps me to remain positive and hopeful in my life. I rely on God for my future. Psalm 119:81 says “I have put my hope in your word”.
The article (from EduMatters Magazine) was reporting on a Gallup poll conducted in 2017 based on a survey of 9000 Year 5-12 students from 27 participating schools across Australia. It was measuring the hope, engagement and wellbeing of students. The results reported that Australian students are becoming less hopeful about their future as they move through the education system. Only 45% of students described themselves as hopeful regarding their future. Additionally, involvement in and enthusiasm for school was declining with Year 10 reported as the lowest engagement at 36% as students lose confidence about their future. The recommendations were that “to bridge this gap, educators should monitor and more strongly consider the behavioural aspects of education, focusing more heavily on the uniqueness of individual students along with standardised testing.” The report also suggested that “educators must concentrate on developing students’ critical problem-solving skills, on developing their entrepreneurial spirit and on teaching students how to use their individual strengths to succeed. This requires teachers to know and understand students’ strengths and what they do best every day, helping them become excited about the future.”
I am so privileged to work at ACC and see the genuine heart of our school staff to celebrate the uniqueness of each student and to plan their programs to support their needs. I have sat in regular whole school PD where the focus is on literacy and developing 21st Century skills in our students, including critical problem solving and entrepreneurial spirit. It is refreshing to see the enthusiasm of our staff and the efforts that they put in to their jobs, not just for the income, but as a calling on their lives for Christian education and the message of the gospel shared with the students and families. Part of my role at ACC is to sit with all Year 10 students to discuss their goals and their plans for the future. It is so good to see the students map out their decisions and start to get excited about what they can achieve in their quest for either work or future study. We tailor their studies to suit their needs and their goals as best we can. Students in Year 10 that I have been meeting with seem to defy these statistics as they seem hopeful for their future. As a Christian I know that God offers real hope. When I read the Word of God (the Bible) I know with certainty that I have a secure and certain future for God that will never allow me to suffer beyond my capacity to handle it. This does not mean that I will not face some real challenges but I can be certain about hope in God. He will never leave me, nor forsake me. He is my anchor today, tomorrow and forever.
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On Campus Class Updates
Prep S has had a fun filled term. The children had an exciting time during Book Week with lots of “Mystery Readers” calling in to the classroom with their favourite book to read. The week finished off with the Book Week Parade.
In Maths for the last couple of weeks we have been doing an investigation called “Animal Rescue”. The background story is that there has been a fire in the bush and the animals have had to leave their homes. They have ended up in out Prep yard. The children find the animals and give an account using positional language of where the animal was found. The challenge is to build a habitat to give the animals a new home. This investigation covers researching what type of homes the animals need; creating that new home thinking about size so the home is an appropriate size for the size of the animal. They then map the created habitat and give directions to locate the various animals in the habitat.
In HASS we have been studying the Community. They have learnt that our community is a place where people live, work and play. Last week we visited some special places in our community. The children wrote a letter to their parents, which they took with them on the excursion. We went to the Post Office where the children purchased their own stamp, put it on their letter envelope and posted into the post box. The Post Office worker talked to them about their letters and what happens to it. We had morning tea at the park outside the Library and had some fun playing on the equipment. We then went to the Library and Art Gallery. The children were able to interact with various exhibits in the art gallery – LOTS of FUN and worth a visit if you have the time (The Hub, Caboolture). We had a tour of the Library and finished off with the Librarian telling them a story. From there, we went to Centenary Lakes where we had lunch, a play in the playground and a walk around the lakes to see the ducks etc.
An excellent day with fantastic experiences!!
Year 3 have had a great term and are busy working on finishing off assessment at the moment. We have been looking at sustainability and how to take care of plants in Science, Health, Media and Technology.For Media and Technology students have been using the iPad app, Mega Construx to create a claymation type movie on how to take care of a plant.
For math we have been busy looking at measurement and have been measuring our body parts and weighing things. We have been doing some fun hands on weighing of classroom objects, measuring water and estimating capacity and have realised that even though a container is a different shape it can still hold the same amount of liquid.
Book week was rather exciting and students jumped to the challenge of dressing up as a book character. We had some great costumes!
In Science this Term the class is learning about solids, liquids and gases. As part of Science Week, the class got the opportunity to partake in some investigations in the lab. The students were very excited to wear their lab coats and safety glasses as they explored the properties of different gases.
In August every year students have the opportunity to compete in the Word Mania competition. Word Mania is Australia’s biggest literacy competition that has ACC competing against 2000 other schools from around the country. Run by Literacy Planet, Word Mania is an iPad/laptop digital word building game that challenges students to create as many words as they can in three minutes from fifteen randomly generated letter tiles. Students in both 5C and 5H came together to finish first in the Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast region and eighth overall in the whole of Australia. Well done Year 5 for all your hard work!
In devotions we have been looking at what it takes to be a good leader. As a class we have discussed the below three points:
Be courageous: Being a good leader takes courage. People respect leaders who know what is truly important and who stand up for what they believe in.
Be an example: Do what is right and change what is wrong. Josiah found out all he could about living a life that is pleasing to God. Then as he grew older and saw all the wrong, sinful things around him, he did what he could to stop the evil.
Be loyal to God: Serving God and doing what is right could make you unpopular with certain people. Josiah was not concerned about what people thought of him. Unlike his father, he chose to please God rather than people.
In everything set them an example by doing what is good.
Our ACC Moreton girls 10-12 years touch football team competed in their first 2 touch football gala days this term. The team punched well above their weight in a competition full of seasoned touch football players to come 2nd overall with 7 wins, 1 draw and only 1 loss. All players improved greatly as the competition went on with Dorothy Sawyer and Chianne Atkins-Catlin bagging multiple tries. Judy Crosby provided several assists, Olivia Hinze made several line breaks and every player held their own well in defence.
All girls demonstrated exceptional sportsmanship throughout the competition. Stay tuned for Term 4 Gala Days with boys touch football and girls soccer.
The ACC Moreton boys middle school basketball team has defeated Grace Caboolture 47-38 in an after school friendly. Under the instruction of Coach Gandini, George Bachmann dominated the paint in both offense and defence while Max Parkinson dominated the scoring with some spectacular finishes.
Year 8 English
The talk about quietness is ubiquitous these days. There’s big money in helping people become quiet again. Have you heard of the ‘off-grid’ destinations being advertised which enable those caught up in the grind to experience a digital detox? Not to mention the myriad of mindfulness training courses. There is a craving for true escape.
In year 8 English the topic of study for term 3 has been the positive and negative effects technology has had on our language, personal lives and society. Students have been asked to provide evidence of both. Unanimously they have agreed that their worlds are busier and noisier because of technology. In our spaces of family, work and friends, and in the connected world of technology, it is a challenge to intentionally take a few soul refreshing breaths.
Peace and silence are a balm for our minds, hearts and souls. Being bored is okay. Being alone and comfortable with absence of 'stuff' and noise allows us to revive. The Australian Curriculum calls for students to reflect on their learning. This is a positive activity. Without reflection the good content going in is just that, content. For deep learning to occur it needs mulling over, considering, shuffling and sorting out.
I’m not one for taking bible verses out of context, but these few strike me as particularly worthy:
"Be still and know that I am God."
"Teach me and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray."
"For God alone, oh my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is in Him."
"Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."
As we wait on God, we acknowledge His place in our lives, we reflect what we have done and restore hope and purpose. Our ability to interact with the world again comes from a stable place.