“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
Jeremiah 29: 11
This seems an appropriate verse at this time of the year. I have travelled to Graduation/Awards Events in Toowoomba, Cairns and Townsville over the last two weeks and I look forward to the big DS Awards Night in Brisbane that is fast approaching.
Graduation is one of the greatest times in our life. It allows our community to celebrate students who have successfully met the academic and extracurricular requirements for graduation. The ceremony provides a public venue in which graduating students receive their graduation certifications, marking their official graduation from secondary school.
It is an important event because it marks a significant accomplishment to everyone involved and those witnessing it. There’s also something in the human mind and heart that loves ceremony, a chance to celebrate. The 'ceremony' gives the graduate the opportunity to stop and celebrate the culmination of all their efforts - to absorb their new status and the start of a new chapter in their life. It is a rite of passage, the icing on the cake! Families who have helped and supported our students along the way, also get the opportunity to celebrate and feel rewarded.
Graduation is also referred to as ‘commencement’. The term supports the idea that rather than marking the end of one stage in a student’s life, graduation signifies the beginning of the next as Jeremiah explains.
It also has a big impact on all students of the College. They see students who have been where they are, faced the same struggles and succeeded to graduation. It gives them an image to aim for, a goal to achieve, a motivation to try their hardest. Graduation is an important event for all who attend. I encourage all students and their families to attend the upcoming Awards Night. Not only to support your children and their success in 2018, but to share in the success of our graduates which we as a community, as a family of our Lord, celebrate together.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the upcoming Awards Night.
God bless you all.
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TERM FOUR 2018
(9 Weeks) Monday 8th October - Thursday 6th December
- Students Return: Monday 9th October
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.Form link: https://moreton.acc.edu.au/enrolment/enrolment-application.htmlFor 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 notification will result in the parent/guardian being liable for six -term weeks’ fees in lieu of notice. Please contact the Administration Office to request a ‘Student Withdrawal Form’ for completion and return. For any further assistance please contact Margie Hildred (Enrolment and Marketing Officer) Direct Line: 5490 6103 Email: [email protected]
FREE Parenting Program in Moreton Area
The University of Queensland are delivering free Triple P – Positive Parenting Programs in partnership with Pumicestone State School to support parents in Moreton Bay Region to access free parenting support. If you have parents at your school who want to see more of the behaviour they do like and less of the behaviour they don’t like, encourage them to come along to a Triple P – Positive Parenting Program group to learn about practical strategies and tips for a calmer and happier family life.
There are 5 weekly sessions starting on Tuesday 22 May, from 9.30-11.30am at Pumicestone State School, 75 Cottrill Road, Caboolture. These sessions are followed by 3 weekly phone calls for extra support for parents and carers. There is free parking but NO childminding.
For more information call 0438937663 or email [email protected]
Lunch Activity TimeTable
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What’s Happening On-Campus
World Teachers Day :
On Friday 26th we celebrated World Teachers Day. Our teachers work so hard to ensure the best for our students. Teachers are so important in the lives of children, helping them learn, guiding and encouraging them, and giving them spiritual input. Thank you to all of our teachers for the great work you do!
Day for Daniel :
This year we again participated in the Day for Daniel event. Students and staff wore free dress or red accessories and made gold coin donations. Thank you to everyone for your involvement including parents/carers who paid for the red clothes and accessories. Together we raised $565- well done on a great effort.
Queensland Sports Competition :
Our college is part of the district school sports in a variety of ways . One of these is sending students who have performed well off to contest at district carnivals . From there students have the opportunity to be selected to compete at regional and the Queensland competition . One of our students , Kimberly Parry , has achieved this in athletics and progressed to the state titles . Well done Kimberly for all your hard work to make it to this level . Kimberly trains with others from our school under the direction of Mr Ron le Sage who has been training students from our college for many years .
Senior School Updates
I was recently reminded of how we have grown as a College over the last few years and how our students in our Senior school have changed over these years. Each year our numbers grow and our results improve, but most importantly, our culture continues to change and evolve.
There are a number of measures often used to judge ‘success’ in schools. For example improved completion of studies, the percentage of students who gain a QCE, overall grades and even OP’s, are all used at times as measuring ‘tools’ for academic success. However, there are other pursuits that are equally as important such as students’ successful completion of traineeships and other VET qualifications in conjunction with their schooling commitments that could also be used to measure ‘success’.
These are all important things for us to measure and monitor as a school, in fact it is essential that we do so. However, as a leader of our Senior school the measure I treasure most is how connected our Senior students are to our school, our staff and each other. In fact connectedness has been shown to be very significant in regard to student success. Please note the following from an article in Educational Leadership:
“Students are more likely to succeed when they feel connected to school".
School bonding, school climate, teacher support, student engagement: Researchers have used these terms over the years to address the concept of school connectedness. School connectedness refers to an academic environment in which students believe that adults in the school care about their learning and about them as individuals.
Klem and Connell (2004) provide a frightening statistic in this regard, noting that
By high school, as many as 40 to 60 percent of all students—urban, suburban, and rural—are chronically disengaged from school. (p. 262)
Is it possible that half of our high school students may not believe that adults in school care about their learning and about them as individual” (Blum, 2005)
Unfortunately, this is not nearly as easy to measure – but I believe, and certainly there is evidence to support, that if our Senior students feel connected and that adults in the school care about them and their learning, they are more likely to be successful.
As a result, please note that we are committed as a staff to ensuring that each of the Senior students in our care feel cared for, both academically and personally. However, should there be any point where you feel that your student is feeling disconnected from their schooling experience, please contact either their form teacher or myself to discuss this immediately.
The evidence is clear, student connectedness is an important issue that can have significant impact on a student’s life and there are things we do each and every day at school to help student’s feel cared for and connected. However, should any student be struggling with this, please let us know so that we may better support them.
Assessment Calendars & Exam Block
Exam Block and Assessment Calendar information has now been distributed for several weeks.
Please note that the email to parents that outlines the protocols related to Exam Block and the expectations of students during this time.
As per previous exam blocks there are significant differences between the way that Year 10 interacts with an Exam Block, compared with Year 11&12 - please read this information carefully.
We wish all of our students the very best in this upcoming ‘Exam Season’ and pray they are each able to perform to the very best of their ability. Remember to keep lines of communication open with your student through these more stressful periods and keep your student’s teachers informed of anything that may significantly impact their completion of assessment.
Head of Senior School
Middle School Updates
One of the best ways to stop bullying is to communicate. We can communicate with the “bullies” about their action and how they can affect other people - and we should. We can communicate our intention to hold bullies accountable - and we should. We can even communicate with the victims about ways to avoid bullies and strategies for building resilience - and we should.
But most importantly, we need to communicate with each other. By most modern standards, bullying is not a significant issue at ACC- Moreton, however, from my perspective, if just one child really feels that they are being bullied, then we have a job to do.
The only way we can do this job is if people tell us how their children are feeling. If your child tells you of an instance of another child being rude or mean to them, please advise someone immediately so that it can be dealt with before it becomes something it shouldn’t.
In the first instance, please advise your child’s form room teacher or your year level coordinator (Years 6 & 7 Mr Gandini, Years 8 & 9 Mrs Revermann), you can also contact me or our Head of Student Services - Sue Fraser.
Thank you for working together with us to ensure that ACC - Moreton is a place where children are, and feel, safe.
Primary School Updates
RED! RED! RED! Last Friday, ACCM turned into a sea of red in support of Day for Daniel. It was fantastic to see so many students and teachers getting involved and the message of child safety was well and truly alive amongst our school community. Yet again, our ACC families have shown their generosity and as a school, we raised over $530! This was a huge effort and I know that the Daniel Morcombe Foundation will be so very grateful to you all. Thank You for always supporting our fundraisers and encouraging our children to get behind positive community programs. This will leave a positive imprint in our children’s minds as they grow and move on to become adult members of our community and hopefully become leaders themselves of such initiatives.
Don’t forget our awards night coming up on Friday November 9th (NEXT WEEK!). Each year level will be performing on the night and it will be a wonderful evening of celebration. Our primary school has worked extremely hard this year on building a strong sense of community and we can’t wait to share our achievements with you all.
DEVELOPING CAPACITY TO HOPE
Australian Bureau of statistics are recording that almost one fifth of the population report to have a mental health or behaviour condition. This is quite an alarming statistic and we appreciate the stresses that many of our young people are facing, particularly the pressures of academic performance, peer and family pressures and the navigation of their identity in an increasingly complex online and offline environment. There is so much change happening that is quite rapid and somewhat distracting with access to continual social media influences and technological changes. So how can we prepare students?
One way to help students cope and feel success is to develop a strong sense of self, who they are and their purpose in life. This helps to provide students with a sense of hope and positivity about their future. Proverbs 13:12 says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” In order to avoid our minds and souls from getting “sick”, we should make the conscious effort to practice hope. One of the world’s leading experts of hope, Professor Snyder, discovered a formula for hope: GOALS + PATHWAYS + SELF-EFFICACY = HOPE. His research concluded that hope can be instilled, developed and increased. He also found that hope correlates positively with self-esteem, positive emotions, fitness ability, wellbeing and higher satisfaction with academic performance. Isn’t this what we all want for our students?
Having a GOAL is something we are striving for and helps provide an anchor for our thoughts. Goals must also require us to push ourselves to achieve them. It is also important to have a PATHWAY to get where we want to go, but what many people don’t realise is that there are many possible ways to get from point A to point B. This change in perspective alone can provide hope. I hear of so many stories of how people have achieved their goals but very few have taken the same path to get there. The last element that Professor Snyder mentions to foster hope is SELF-EFFICACY. This relates to an individual's belief in his or her innate ability to achieve goals. So often we as the adults can see student potential, but they do not see this in themselves. To be able to encourage them to see this is one of the best aspects of a teacher’s job. I have witnessed many people transform hopeless situations into challenges that they overcome. This capacity to develop a hopeful mindset is there, sometimes we just need some support to do so. We want all our young people to be full of hope. To help them make positive, responsible steps to challenge themselves, work hard and develop self-discipline.
As Christians, we find our source of true hope in Jesus Christ. Adding to what Professor Snyder found, I would also encourage you to practice hope by praying often and reminding yourselves that you are chosen, forgiven and loved children who are delights to God. He made us especially for this time and place and has a plan and purpose for our lives. I know from personal experience that when things get me down, I just put on my favourite praise and worship songs or go for a walk outside to see the beauty of creation. God asks us to fix our minds and thoughts on Him and meditate on His word. When we do this, we are practicing hope and this act is essential to our abundant life in Christ.
Head of Student Services
On Campus Class Updates
The students have settled into this term and have been learning about many fun and exciting topics. The students have participated in a bicycle safety excursion and have had an absolute blast learning all of the road rules when riding a bike.
The students were lucky enough to have some of the Japanese exchange students conduct an origami lesson with them last week. They made all sorts of things out of paper, including a paper plane!
In Maths the students have been learning about decimals and money. They have taken advantage of the little shops and been able to let their imaginations run wild, all while learning.The students have been learning all about poetry in English and have really enjoyed learning about all the concepts that can make up different poems.
Kimberly Wall continued to reach new heights at the State Track and Field Trials this term.
Kimberly finished 9th in the state for 100m and 13th in the state for 200m and her relay team she got a silver medal. Well done Kimberly!
In basketball, our middle school boys basketball team demonstrated resilience in a tough 35-69 loss to Grace’s middle school team. Outmatched for height, the boys bounced back from an 1st quarter 26-4 onslaught by Grace to win the second quarter with some fast paced offense and 3 point shooting. Grace regained some control in the 3rd and 4th, however ACC showed mental toughness to stay in the game and continued to compete.
A group of Year 11 and 12 students headed into South Bank for the annual ACHPER Women in Sport Breakfast. Students listened to inspirational Australian Athletes, including current Hockeyroo, Rosie Malone and Captain of the Brisbane Broncos Womens team and Jillaroo, Ali Brigginshaw all while being treated to a delicious breakfast.
The ACHPER Women in Sport Breakfast is an annual event attended by approximately 800 Schoo Girls from across Queensland and provides recognition of the incredible sporting talent amongst women and girls in Queensland.
As Week 4 comes to a close students will be busy preparing for the exams that will complete their year of work. Year 10 science classes are facing a semester exam in preparation for the whole year exam coming up next year (the practise run) before sitting the “real thing” in 2020.
Year 11 and 12 Chemistry classes have been completing experiments to match the information they have learned. “Batteries” made from metal and solutions have been tested to prove that metal reactivity plays a major role in how well the battery performs. Then it was on to electrolysis to show why some solutions can be electrolysed and others will not do what is expected.
Year 11 Biology are busy completing the write-up for the testing of the water during their excursion to the Caboolture Centenary Lakes.
The Library had a busy and exciting year. It kicked off with a big move and change in the physical layout.
The move was positively received by students and teachers.
We had a book launch during Homelessness Week, titled Not Everybody has a Home.
The book was created for Year 1-3 children to help them understand what homelessness is and how we can help. It was written and produced by Year 9 STEM class students and illustrated by Year 4s during 2017.
Book Week Theme was Find your Treasure. We were so overwhelmed by the wonderful participation of this years’ children and their parents.
We are looking forward to receiving the certificates for The Premiers Reading Challenge soon and will let you know when they will be awarded.
I would like to make use of this opportunity to thank the volunteer mums for their hard work during 2018 and the wonderful help they have provided to the students, library and myself.
A reminder to parents and caregivers that all library books and /or textbooks must be returned to the library, before the end of the school year. Please help us to get our books back. If you need any help in this regards, please get in touch with me.
Year 12 parents, please remind your child to turn in their books the day of the exam at the latest. It gets very difficult to return books once the students are finished with school.
We were blessed to have had a visit from two Japanese teachers from Yokohama on a special teacher training program. The teachers visit South East Queensland and are assigned to various schools. They then observe classes and learn some new teaching strategies. While they were here they visited all of our Japanese classes and taught students about Japanese culture and language. We are currently planning on having some skype sessions with the teachers and their students towards the end of the year.
We were also visited by students and teachers from Seikyo Junior High School in Osaka. The students were here for seven days. While they were here a number of our students were asked to be their Australian school buddy and spent their lunch times and morning teas looking after the Japanese students. The Japanese students and their teachers really appreciated this and many friendships were made.
We are hoping to visit their school next year on our first Japanese exchange trip.