Welcome back to Term 4. This is the term of examinations, graduations and Christmas carols. Our seniors have a few weeks of work before they end their school career. We all wish them well in these last few weeks of study.
You will notice a lot of work starting to happen around the College this term as we prepare to build the extension to the primary building next year. Our new building will house all our Primary and Middle School students. It has purpose designed Prep and Year 1 classrooms with sliding walls and break out rooms. The preps have external doors to outdoor teaching areas and play learning areas. It is to be built onto the eastern end of the new primary building. The impact on the classes in the new primary building will be negligible as the first stage was designed with this in mind. The new building will house 11 classrooms and another upstairs bathroom block. I will be holding a parent evening soon to show the new plans and talk through this and other changes to the College.
In a couple of weeks you will see our grounds staff start by removing the Grade 1 playground and relocating it to near the Prep playground. By the way, what a great job they did over the holidays planting the new garden along the front fence line. As soon as our seniors leave, we will be isolating the portables along the school boundary as four rooms will be taken off site. One Friday they will be there and the next Monday they will be gone! Sounds simple doesn’t it. A lot of work will be done in this area for that to happen and the areas will be cordoned off. Please explain to your children the importance of not going into fenced areas or areas with safety tape – even to retrieve a ball. Remind them to seek a staff member in this case. It is our goal to remove the portables and secure the area so that the builders can start as soon as possible. The new stage of the Primary building is a large investment that will see us house all our primary classes down stairs and our Middle School upstairs.
While this is happening the church building will undergo renovations. Some of the smaller rooms around the edge will be combined to create larger teaching spaces. Over the break the entire building will be cleaned and painted ready for the new school year. All the electronics and power go in once the new walls are finished. Our large smart TVs will go up in every room and this will create a new senior centre for students until the Middle School students move into the new building sometime in 2019 (please pray for this). The main church area will become a Performing Arts Centre and a place where we can run chapel each week. A lot of work will happen through this term and the holidays to make this workable. Already planning is underway for our first ever school productions for 2019 and 2020. What an exciting time to be at ACC.
As in the past, we will be very careful to keep all families informed of the changes, building programs, and will have whatever staff we need to keep your children safe as we provide better teaching and learning spaces. This early work will allow a lot to be done over the holiday period. I am so impressed with the way we managed the last building, but if things go wrong and you see any problems please ring me at the office straight away.
I look forward to showing you our new stage of the College’s growth in a few weeks.
God bless you all and our prayers are with our senior students as they finish their secondary studies.
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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 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 financial 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.
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 4 2018, Australian Christian College Moreton will be hosting Japanese students for the following dates:
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 Homestay 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 Homestay Coordinator Mimi Petrusma on 0402 888 970 or [email protected]
There are a range of lunchtime activities and things for your children tho do at break times.
What’s Happening On-Campus
Welcome back to Term 4, this is a shorter term - especially for our senior students.
Year 12s :
Our year 12s only have 6 weeks this term, finishing on Friday 16th November. Each year we celebrate their finishing school with a Final Assembly culminating with their exit between the rest of the school lined up in 2 long lines with the 12s walking down between them to rousing cheers and applause. For quite a number of years they have been led by a bagpiper adding to the excitement of the event.
The 12s also celebrate their finishing school with their Formal which they dress up in lovely gowns and dresses and suits. Their school Formal this year is on the evening before their final day of school.
This term students are to wear summer uniforms.
A couple of our teachers are away on maternity leave. Welcome to Mrs Tonya Groenenweg in one of our year 3 classes and to Mr Christopher Abrahams who is covering our senior Art classes.
Senior School Updates
Traditionally Term Four is always a short term, but this year is one of the shortest ever for our graduating class of Year 12’s. – concluding at the end of Week 6, instead of the more traditional Week 7 graduation schedule. Whilst this will significantly affect our Year 12 students, it also impacts teaching, learning and reporting deadlines for Year 10 & 11 students.
Consequently, our Senior School parents have recently been sent an email with a letter outlining information regarding assessment and exam blocks this term. Please make sure you make yourself familiar with this document for all important dates and procedures regarding assessment and other important events this term.
For Year 12 this will be the very last opportunity they have to consolidate their results and they are encouraged to do their best, despite the short nature of the term. However, should students experience any unforeseen events that impact their ability to complete their assessment, please complete the appropriate forms and contact teachers as soon as possible.
In contrast, Year 10 students, who are at the beginning of their Senior School journey, will for the first time have a ‘full’ exam block timetable with all subjects included. Please note that this is not by accident, but rather planned as part of their preparation for the new QCE and ATAR system. As a result, ‘how to best prepare for exams’ will be a focus in all Year 10 classes across this term.
There are so many amazing events and celebrations scheduled for this term, please ensure you keep a close eye on the College calendar and any information shared through email and newsletters. However, here are some important dates as a reminder:
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
REMINDER: Subject Selection for Year 10&11 2019
Based on the information provided by students through subject ‘expression of interest’ forms, our subject offerings for 2019 are being finalised. Although most students have submitted their subject preferences for Year 10 & 11 (2019); however, if your student has still not done this, please refer to the email regarding subject selectin using the link provided.
Middle School Updates
It was great to meet a bunch of new parents and students at the Middle School open and information night last night. For those who couldn’t make it there were two information sessions:
- Welcome to Middle School – intended for grade 5s and 6s entering our middle School in 2019
- Surviving Middle School – Intended for families of continuing and new 7s and 8s.
In the welcome session we discussed:
- The time of transition that Middle School is
- Our homework philosophy
- Our Pastoral care structures.
In the second session we discussed:
- The importance of communication
- Some pastoral care strategies
- Our communication structures.
As a reminder, our pastoral care and communication structure for 2018 is as follows:
Primary School Updates
The primary students were certainly busy for their first week back. Year 1 to Year 5 classes all completed a block week of swimming which they all seemed to enjoy. Students learnt not only learnt how to about various swimming strokes and skills they also learnt about swim safety. How to enter and exit the pool safely and also in emergency what to do at the beach.
It was certainly a busy week for all the students but a very rewarding experience for them all. The second week of the term will be a much more quiet week where students will get back into the routines and expectations of their classroom. We also welcome this term, Miss Tonya Groeneweg or otherwise known as Miss G. She has taken over Yer 3B while Mrs Rebecca Bunston is on maternity leave.
We also kicked off the term with having our first ever Primary Chapel in the church. It is certainly a nice and cosy place and all parents and families are invited to come along to our Primary Chapels which are held every Tuesday morning from 8:50 am. Come along to cheer on our students who are receiving awards, celebrating birthdays as well as listening to our Chappy deliver some wise words from the Bible. This term we have lots of things happening on the school calendar so please look out for emails sent by your child’s class teacher and the from the school admin. Let us start our term with a prayer….
“God of Wisdom and Might, we praise you for the wonder of our being, for mind, body, and spirit. Be with our children as they begin a new school term. Bless them and their teachers and staff. Give them the strength and Grace as their bodies grow; wisdom and knowledge to their minds as they search for understanding; and peace and zeal to their hearts. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
As we are nearing the end of the school year, a time when assessment pressure starts increasing and positive thoughts start decreasing, I wanted to share with you some tips on how to build happiness. Hope this is of benefit to some of you.
Powerful ways to build happiness
Dr Travis Bradberry, co-founder of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, reports why happiness is important. He found that happy people have 36% more motivation, are six times more energetic and twice as productive as unhappy people. Research is showing that happiness is attributed to 50% genetics and life circumstances and the remaining 50% is based on personal choice and mindset.
Dr Bradberry sets out 10 strategies you can utilise to develop your own happiness. He suggests that you:
- Avoid obsessing over things outside of your control
- Choose your battles wisely
- Get enough sleep
- Stick to your moral compass (values and standards)
- Exercise during the week
- Adopt a growth mindset
- Clear your workspace clutter
- Help others – it helps you
- Use your strengths to reach a flow state
- Believe the best is yet to come
Following these strategies will not only help you increase your happiness but your emotional intelligence as well.
New features on ACCM Careers site
There are two new features on ourhttps://accmcareers.com/ website. To find them, go to the Student’s secure area under the For students tab. You will need to register using your school email address and creating your own password. Take some time to check these new features out:
The Career Personality Quiz: Go to the student secure area (under the "Tests/Quizzes" menu). Students complete a quick survey to get their career personality type and then it generates a comprehensive report that explains all the aspects of this personality type and gives them a list of compatible jobs and careers across a range of categories.
Further Resume Enhancements: A second resume has been added and both the "Finesse" and "Literateur" templates in the simple resume have a new column layout as well.
This website has a wealth of career information.
Year 11 & 12 Students – Check your QCE Learning Accounts
A reminder again for senior students to check their QCE learning accounts on Student Connect. Please ensure your details are correct in preparation for your QCE and your OP.
To check, go tohttps://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au/index.html
You will need your LUI number and your password to log into your account. If you still have not logged on before, your initial password is your day and month of birth in ddmm format.
If any of your details on Student Connect are incorrect, please advise Mrs Fraser as soon as possible.
Until next newsletter,
On Campus Class Updates
Senior Maths & Physics
We are on the “home stretch” for the year with this final term almost over before it has begun!
The Year 11 Physics students are tackling a topic quite different from their previous units and are considering the Physics of Music. Here we look at the nature of “ordinary” sound and then move on to consider how specific sound frequencies are particularly pleasant to the ear and are called “music”.
In both Year 10 Maths Methods and Year 11 Maths B the students have taken their first steps in the major mathematical topic of Calculus. This subject, which concerns problems where the rate of change of one quantity compared with another needs to be evaluated, was co-invented by the famous scientist Sir Isaac Newton in the seventeenth century and has extensive applications in the modern world.
The Year 12 Physics students are looking at the topic of Medical Physics and considering the various methods of medical imaging in use in the modern world.
In the late nineteenth century, X-ray photography was invented and since then, society has developed an impressive array of technologies to create images of internal body structures with minimal intrusiveness.
Ultrasound scan of a 12 week old baby generated from analysis of ultrasonic sound wave reflections.
In Year 12 Maths B, the students are working on a mixed bag of probability functions, financial mathematics and a final fling at the same general topic as the Year 10s & 11s – differential calculus.
I wish the Year 12s in particular a successful end to the year and pray that as they move into the next phase of their lives that they will take with them the faith and values that our school has endeavoured to instill in them.
Every year that passes I’m amazed at the skill and the excitement that students at ACC have to play, write and enjoy music. It has been a journey of full of discovering new skills and finding new joy within learning music. Chapel band has continued to be an avenue in with students can grow and develop their skills. Battle of the Bands produced some of the best music that ACC has seen with more bands and students participating than ever before. Now a new instrumental program has started up and is taking its first lessons. If your child is keen to learn an instrument next year, send me an email and they can get an early start and give it a go for the rest of Term 4.
In music classes this term primary classes will continue to learn the fundamentals of music through singing and games. Grade 1 students are spending the term having singing races, make sure you ask a Grade 1 student to learn how to have a singing race! Grade 2’s are learning to sing various songs in round. Grade 3 this term are learning about the treble clef and are learning more about how to read music on the staff. Grade 4 this term are continuing with bucket drumming. Grade 5 are also learning how to sing in rounds this term.
In Middle school, grade 6 are composing songs and learning about instruments of the orchestra. Grade 7 students are learning how to play the piano and grade 8’s are using a program called Musescore for the first time. Grade 9 students this term have an exciting unit on a genre called program music.
Lastly to finish off, a reminder once again on practice and how to practice effectively. Practice can be described as the repetition of a task with the goal of improvement and allows us to play with ease, speed and confidence. Bosler and Greene in their studies on practice determined three key factors that improve practice for all disciplines whether it be for music, sport or any other subject.
- Consistent – keep trying and practice frequently with allotted breaks. Skills need to be developed, we shouldn’t say “I can’t do it”, we just can’t do it “yet” and keep trying till we get it.
- Focused – minimize distractions, practice away from a phone, computer or TV.
- Target areas of weakness – start slowly or in slow motion, coordination is built with repetition. Gradually increase the speed of quality repetitions and you’ll have a better chance of doing them correctly.
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Psalm 59:1 (NIV)
If your child struggles to read, early intervention is the best way to stop problems from becoming more established, and to bring students up to the level of their classmates before they fall too far behind. Reading with your child for 20 minutes three to four times a week is an effective means of literary intervention. It is a great way to help practice skills learnt in the classroom. These 20 minute sessions can comprise of 15 minutes of reading for Accuracy and 5 minutes of reading for Fluency.
When students are reading for Accuracy, the focus should be on them reading the words correctly and applying decoding strategies to unfamiliar words or phrases. Give the student a moment to attempt tricky words before offering a prompt, and always praise them when they succeed.
Reading for Fluency focuses on students reading with expression and without excessive pauses, they must be able to read fluently. The text should should be one that they can read independently with minimal errors, no more than 1 or 2 errors per 100 words read. Reading for Fluency in a much shorter activity, and should go over 5 minutes, or else the child may become exhausted. Reading intervention is crucial to preventing student falling behind in Literacy.
The end is near! To quote Dr Seus - ‘How did it get so late so soon?’ Term 4 is upon us and there are mere weeks left as our Senior School gets ready for one last exam block for the year. Our Year 12s are facing a quickly dwindling number of days before their next adventure begins and our 9s, 10s and 11s are preparing to take the next step towards their own graduation.
The Year 10s are gaining a new perspective by investigating the issues surrounding asylum seekers and refugees in Australia and abroad. Sometimes we need to burst our own little ‘social and cultural bubble’ to really see what is happening in the world around us. That is certainly happening in Year 10 as we consider the hardships and sorrows that millions of refugees face every day. Their assessment will see them analysing news articles to consider whether refugees are represented fairly by Australian media.
The challenge was set for Year 11 to read two novels this term - ‘The Cross and the Switchblade’ by David Wilkinson and ‘Rachel’s Tears’ by Beth Nimmo and Darrel Scott. They will be considering representations of faith in these two novels and completing an analytical essay in exam conditions comparing the two. The difficulty level is certainly getting higher as they end their penultimate year!
This term, Year 12s are straight into assessment mode and preparing a current affairs story proposal based upon challenges faced by Indigenous Australians. Indeed, they will need to be on their toes for this one as there is little to no drafting this time! They truly have reached the end of their time with us. It has been a privilege to teach them and I pray God’s richest blessing on each and every one of them as they reach for the stars and begin the next chapter of life.
‘How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?’
Parents know the value of reading. The link below, leads to a very good article on how to get, especially boys, to read more. It is a short and well-researched article. I want to encourage all parents to read it.
Children who are good readers are usually successful learners.
Last week in prep we had a science incursion. In the incursion the children learnt about how things moved, with focus on words such as:bounce, roll. The children had fun exploring with various items and discussing how different items moved.
The children had a lot of fun and this was a lovely lead into our science unit. We are looking forward to exploring this further throughout term four.