PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear parents,

What an exciting afternoon and evening Awards Day we had celebrating the hard work of all our students. There were 700 seats set up and we filled the church building for each event.  The children receiving their certificates worked hard for their achievements and we celebrate their success. However, every student is different and unique and we celebrate every student who tried their best through the year. There were also fabulous music items. It was great to get so much positive feedback about the new venue and the food. The only negative feedback I heard was from some parents upset that some families packed up and left after their child got their award. As a College we want to support all our children as a community and each one is important. Can I encourage you next year to plan ahead so you stay for the entire event. If there are ways we can improve the event then please email me at the college. However, considering the unplanned change of venue forced on us, it was a wonderful day. Thank you for supporting it so well.

The Year 12 students were dressed in their finest clothes for the Year 12 Formal on Thursday Night. It was a great evening with lots of fun and dancing – as well as a few tears as our seniors come to realization they are leaving the college and many of their friends.

Friday is the final day for the Year 12 students and you are most welcome to join us for their final assembly and their procession through all the students who line up through the school to say goodbye. The ending has traditionally been letting balloons into the sky, but now that is not allowed you will have to be there to see the new send-off. Please come and join us Friday morning.

Teachers have completed all the ACER testing and their class assessments. They are now organising classes for 2019, especially Year 7 where we have opened our third stream.  If you need to speak with your child’s Form or Class Teacher about this then please do so. Suggestions will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed.

The Primary School extension is getting ready to start. The small playground has now been moved and relocated and ready to be used. The four portables being removed are being separated and will go on Dec 1 weekend. Please remind your children to stay clear of all building works. Now we are planning our next building!

The church renovations are now well underway so that we can have a beautiful performing arts and senior centre for the start of 2019.

I am excited to announce our first student mission trip to Japan. It will be held in  April 2019 and a separate letter has been emailed home. The students are visiting Seikyo School that visits here each year and performing at their Opening Day of ceremony. They will also visit Hiroshima that is nearby which should add a lesson in history to their learning.  A return slip to book a place is on the letter so please return that asap to book your child’s place.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Christmas Carols on the lawns very soon.

Gary Underwood

Principal

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TERM DATES

TERM FOUR 2018

(9 Weeks) Monday 8th October - Thursday 6th December

Important Information

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:

https://moreton.acc.edu.au/enrolment/enrolment-application.html

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.

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What’s Happening On-Campus

Year 12s:

As I am writing this our year 12s are in the final week of their schooling . Together as a group, on Wednesday 14th,  they put on a wonderful morning tea to show their appreciation to all the staff . Their final week includes the year 12 school formal night. This year it is once again being held at the North Lakes Resort Golf Club .

Also this week , on their last day of school , the 16th of November , they will have their Final Year 12 Assembly . This event recognizes and celebrates the 12s completion of their school years . All the Prep - 11 students form two long lines and cheer the 12s on as they walk down the middle .It has been a tradition for quite a number of years to have a bagpiper lead the 12s  - both into the assembly and then afterwards with the procession through the students .

Awards Night :

On Friday 9th November we had our Awards Night for all our students. Thank you all parents , carers and families who attended . Well done all students on completing your year level and to those who received special recognition awards for sportin , Christian character, most improved, academic, encouragement, school community and other special awards .

Church Building :

The church building which our college purchased a few months ago has been actively used by our performing arts classes as well as for holding chapel services . It has recently been undergoing some renovations inside to make extra classrooms available . These classrooms will be in use as we will need to remove some of the demountable classrooms to make way for the extension to the  new primary building .

David Lewis

Deputy Principal

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Senior School Updates

Graduation – the end that marks the beginning

Last Friday our Year Twelve students put on navy blue caps and gowns and walked across the stage at Awards Night, signifying the end of their school years and the beginning of their new journey as graduates.

At these times reflection is pretty much guaranteed. Again, this year’s graduating class is an eclectic mix of students with differing backgrounds, academic abilities, talents and personalities. But every year is unique and special and as I reminisced about their journey I remembered who they had once been as students in my Year 8 Business class…and who they had now become. The contrast is extraordinary and a reminder of the privilege it is to be a teacher and see this growth and development in so many young people, year after year.

Friday morning we will officially say goodbye and ‘clap out’ our graduating class of 2018. This is a potentially scary and daunting moment for our Year Twelve students who will leave forever the security and safety of the ‘nest’ we’ve created for them and ‘fly away’. But whilst we talk about and acknowledge this as an ‘ending’, it is more importantly the beginning.

For our graduates, this is arguably the beginning of ‘real life’ – the artificial constraints and structure of school is removed permanently and no more are their days ruled by school bells and class timetables they have no choice or influence over. No more raising one’s hand to ask to use a bathroom or being told what to wear. These changes are both liberating and potentially, quite terrifying. But it isn’t just our graduates for which things change. For every other Senior student their journey also changes and they may become acutely aware of the fact that the next part of their journey is beginning.

Change is inevitable and as teachers we encourage it. Change is the evidence of growth and growth is the reminder that our job is not to create better students – rather it is to grow our students into capable and confident young men and women who will eventually leave us.

So as we celebrate the end of the journey for our graduating students, I am intensely aware of how this ‘end’ also marks the beginning of a new cohort of Year Twelves who will now begin their own journey – and one end becomes another’s beginning.

I pray God’s richest and deepest blessings over our graduating class and to quote one of the greatest contemporary philosophers of our time…

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Dr Seuss

So, consider the direction you choose very carefully –  we are proud of you all and can’t wait to see where you go and all that you do.

And finally, for our current Year Eleven students…see you next year!

Anita Newell

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Middle School Updates

 I know that change can be a little scary for some people, maybe most even. The idea that things are not going to be the way we have become used to can be a little unsettling.  

The fact that times of pain and mourning usually accompany significant change is another reason that change is troubling.  We tend to learn that change is painful, that it is change that causes the hurt; and sometimes it is. But not always.

I actually like change: not change for change sake, mind you; that is never helpful. But change designed to create a better way of doing or being, change motivated by a desire to see more of God’s plan unfold; this I like.

The popular saying: “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” has, I think, some serious limitations. Sure, we don’t want to tinker for the sake of tinkering, but if some of the great minds throughout history lived by this way of thinking then many of the comforts and inventions we take for granted today would not exist. (Maybe, in some instances that is a good thing). But, the thing is, we don’t know if something is “broke”, or what it could be, unless we test it, unless we see if there is a better way.

One of my favourite bible verses about change is Isaiah 43:19

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19

If we want to be better, we need to change. If we want to be the men and women God designed us to be we need to continue to reflect on who we are and to make changes as needed. If we want God to “make a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” we need to be willing to to do “the new thing”.

Simply as a result of the exceptional growth in our college we are undergoing some changes: buildings, structures, personnel and so on. This is not something to be feared but an opportunity to reflect on who we are and where we are going, as individuals and as a school. My prayer is that we do this, using God and His word as our guide.

Derek Hughes

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Primary School Updates

Over the last couple of weeks, the primary school calendar has been filled with lots of fun and exciting events. We have had some special visitors presenting workshops and performances as well as celebrating student achievements at our Primary awards night. Some notable highlights include ..

Commonwealth Bank Start Smart program

We had Leanne from Commonwealth Bank conduct a workshop for each primary class. The Start Smart program changes the way young people learn about money. By making money management interactive, engaging and fun through a series of workshops and online resource. The Start Smart programs aim to equip students  with the confidence and competence to make smart decisions about money.

This workshop tied in nicely with the Year 4’s Money units for Maths. The Year 4 have been learning about using money in Maths and how to give change. To do this, they have set up in their class Little Shops and have been having heaps of fun buying and selling. Mrs Foley remarked, "Thanks to everyone who donated the Little Shop items. Our shops are fantastic and we are having so much fun".

 Aussie Kids Rock visits Year 1-3

On Thursday the 8th of November we had the Aussie Kids Rock crew come and entertain us with catchy songs and comedy skits. The crew took us around various places around the world such as Spain, Italy, France and Germany. We learnt how to say ‘hello’ in each language and heard and sang along to some cultural songs from around the world. There were certainly many laughs and grooves in the room even the teachers grooved to the music.

Awards Night

On Friday the 9th of November we had our awards night. Each class presented a song or a verse that they have been learning during daily devotions. Each student received a certificate for completing their year level and some students were awarded with special awards. It was a great night celebrating various student achievements.

Alicia Foley
Upper Primary
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Michelle Tsui
Lower Primary
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STUDENT SERVICES

As we near the end of the school year for 2018, we want to congratulate all our Year 12s on their graduation and wish them every success for their future endeavours. It was so lovely to see them celebrate their success at our end of year functions, with some students already having secured university offers, TAFE offers, full time apprenticeships and employment in their chosen fields. We pray that they remember to

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight”
Proverbs 3:5-6.

YEAR 12 GRADUATES

Final Results and OPs

Ensure you check your learning account on student connect to ensure your details and your eligibility for your QCE are correct. The address that is recorded in your learning account is the one used for posting your Senior Education Profile package, including your QCE & OP if eligible.  Your student connect account is also where your Final Results and OP will be posted on 15 December 2018.  Go to https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au/ to log in. You will need your LUI number and your password. Any concerns, please email Mrs Fraser asap [email protected]

QTAC Key Dates for the major round offer

Friday 14 December is the final date to supply documents and Tuesday 8 January 2019 is the final date to add, move or delete preferences for the main QTAC offer round on 16 January 2019. For earlier offer rounds, see https://www.qtac.edu.au/key-dates-fees for all the details. While you can apply or submit documents after due dates, they may not be assessed in time.

Free TAFE training for Year 12 Graduates

There are many high priority Certificate III courses available for eligible Year 12 graduates. Detailed information about the available courses were emailed to parents and students on 6 November. Students must enrol and start training in a high priority qualification within the calendar year after leaving school to take advantage of this great opportunity. More Certificate III apprenticeship programs are available under FREE TAFE funding. Contact TAFE QLD to find out more.

For further information about post school options, please remember to use our careers website https://accmcareers.com/ and another handy document can be found here https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/ap-southeast-2.accounts.ivvy.com/account73761/events/133927/files/5bdfb5839a652.pdf

YEAR 9-11 STUDENTS - ATAR and My Path

ATAR - From 2020, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will replace the Overall Position (OP) as the standard pathway to tertiary study for Queensland Year 12s. The ATAR is the primary mechanism used nationally for tertiary admissions and indicates a student’s position relative to other students. The ATAR will be used for graduates from the end of 2020 who seek entry to tertiary courses commencing from 2021. https://www.qtac.edu.au/atar-my-path/atar

My Path - My Path is an innovative tool that helps Year 9 & 10 students consider their senior subjects, determine their ATAR eligibility and check whether their senior subject selection will meet prerequisites for courses they may want to pursue after Year 12. My Path enables access to the most up-to-date tertiary prerequisite information available. https://www.qtac.edu.au/atar-my-path/my-path

God bless

Suzanne Fraser

Head of Student Services

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On Campus Class Updates

Middle School Mathematics 2018

It has been such a wonderful experience teaching all the year 7, 8 and 9 students mathematics this year. So many students chose to focus, work hard (while also having fun!) and are now deservedly picking the fruits of their labour. It is really only through a partnership of parent/guardian, student and teacher, that a student can reach their goals in maths. Not everyone will achieve an A on their report card, but everyone is able to improve. In my opinion, this is one of the keys to success in life, to always strive to grow and aim to do better.

I am always so happy when a student tells me that maths has become their favourite subject because, let’s face it, it’s not always easy!  So when students feel inspired, determined, are encouraged, when an environment of learning has been created in the classroom, is when success inevitably follows. I am so proud of so many of my students this year.

To all the parents and guardians I again say, thank you so much for your valued support, I could not have done it without you. All the best to the year 9 students moving up into year 10 and into the next exciting phase of their school career.

May I leave you with this quote from that amazing mathematician, Albert Einstein:

‘Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.’

May you have a very blessed Christmas and a wonderful 2019.

God bless.

Jacques de Villiers

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Year 2K

This term in Art, Year 2 have been exploring by making artworks focusing on looking around our world. Last week, the students searched on Google Maps a location that they have a connection with and then used lines to draw the main roads of that area on their artwork and then watercolours to decorate. This also ties in with our Geography unit of ‘My connections around the world.’ The artworks turned out beautifully and the students thoroughly enjoyed trying their hand at a new medium.

This week Year 2 will be visiting the local art gallery to observe and explore how professional artists display their completed works.

Another new skill they learnt recently was to use a calculator. They had the challenge of pressing the buttons to solve a sum provided. Then to turn around the calculator to read the ‘word’. For example 5338, upside down becomes ‘bees’.

Maija Koehler

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Year 10W

The Year 10 students have been challenged this year, and I am thrilled to see so many of them rising to the occasion. I have seen a growth in maturity, improvement in work ethic and increased commitment to their education in many of the students this year.

They will soon have a break, and it is well deserved. Next year will pose a whole new set of challenges as we navigate our way through the new syllabus for the first semesters that count for their QCE.

I am so thankful for the opportunity and privilege it has been to work with you in the education of these amazing young adults. In two short years they will be facing their own graduation, and believe me, it flies by.

I wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday and a blessed Christmas.

Simone Wilcox

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Library News

Proud moment

As proven by our data from the recent ACER testing, 88% of our Primary students are at or above reading level. It is the best result we have had so far in Primary at ACC Moreton. We are so proud of our students and want to congratulate them on this wonderful result. As librarian, I want to encourage parents and caregivers to read with their children as well as encouraging them to read independently.

Interesting facts about reading

  • Reading prevents Alzheimer’s
  • Reading reduces stress and anxiety levels
  • Reading helps building vocabulary
  • Reading isn’t expensive
  • Dinosaurs didn’t read  - look what happened to them

REMINDER

A reminder to parents and caregivers to return textbooks and library books before the end of term. We need the textbooks to be cleaned and ready for the new cohort in 2019.

Library books need to be returned as well, as we are planning our first stocktake during the December holidays.

Sonja Potgieter

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