From the Principal
It has been a very difficult week for our College as a result of our carpark accident. On Wednesday another student came home from hospital while two students have been moved to another hospital for more surgery. Please continue to pray for them. All children are continuing to recover from their physical wounds but will miss many weeks of schooling.
We are indebted to the men and women, parents and staff, who came to the aid of the children at the time of the accident. We publicly want to thank all the emergency workers for their help and support of our children. We are also indebted to the Ministers, Pastors, youth workers, counsellors and other Principals who answered our call and turned up to help our students the morning after the incident. Our prayers go out to all those impacted by this accident.
There are also some families who were hosting Japanese children who were on the trip on Fraser Island when the two children drowned. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you as well.
Please read these Bible verses quietly and contemplate for a little while on your situation and others affected. I think the Bible says the words so much better than I could ever pen them.
The Lord is close to the broken hearted; he saves those whose spirits are crushed.
Psalm 34:18 (Common English Bible)
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1 (New International Version)
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 (English Standard Version)
Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32 (English Standard Version)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 (New International Version)
So don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you.
Isaiah 41:10 (New Century Version)
Therefore, I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.
1 Timothy 2:8 (New International Version)
Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes and pray at all times.
Romans 12:12 (New Century Version)
I pray you have a relaxing holiday break; discuss the true meaning of Easter with your children; only buy chocolate eggs that include the words “Easter” on the eggs; look after yourselves and stay safe.
God bless our wonderful community
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Term Dates 2019
TERM TWO 2019
(9 Weeks) - Tuesday 23rd April - Friday 21st June
Students Return - Tuesday 23rd April
NAPLAN Testing - 14th - 17th May
TERM THREE 2019
(10 Weeks) - Monday 15th July - Friday 20th September
Students Return - Monday 15th July
EKKA Holiday - 12th August
TERM FOUR 2019
(9 Weeks) - Monday 8th October - Thursday 5th December
Students Return - Monday 8th October
Student Free Dates
Before School Drop Off
Teacher supervision of a morning does not begin until 8:10am. Dropping your child off prior to this time leaves them unsupervised. No play is to begin until the teacher arrives on supervision duty. We acknowledge working families may need to arrive earlier but arriving before 7:45 am is far too early and parents should consider having a conversation with Outside School Hours Care (Camp Australia) to ascertain vacancies.
Regular school attendance is an important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things at school every day. We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day. If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school. If your child is away due to illness or a family emergency, please contact their teacher to find out what was missed.
For all Absentees
Notifications of ALL student absentees must be given to administration by 9am each day. If no notification has been received, an absentee text message or email will be sent out to parents to advise of the student’s absence.
Prep & Year 7 Enrolments for 2020
Places are filling now! If you have a Preppie or Year 7 entering ACC in 2020 please complete an application form at your earliest convenience to secure your child’s enrolment. Enrolment Application link: https://moreton.acc.edu.au/enrol…/enrolment-application.html
PREP is the first year of school and provides the foundation for your child’s education. It is compulsory for Queensland children to undertake Prep prior to Year 1. Children must be 5 by 30 June in the year they enrol. The YEAR 7 notice is for NEW students only, not those currently enrolled and continuing their education at ACC.
For more information contact Margie Hildred (Enrolment and Marketing Officer) on direct line 07 5490 6103 or 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 six-term weeks 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 to be completed.
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.
Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform each day and following the uniform policy.
Interchanging uniform items
- Dress and sports uniform items should not be interchanged, except for the slouch hat.
- Sport and dress uniforms cannot be “mixed and matched”.
- Summer and winter uniforms cannot be interchanged.
Size and condition of uniform items
- All uniform items should be of a size appropriate to the wearer. In particular, oversized jumpers, blazers and sports shirts are not acceptable. Uniform items should be replaced when excessively faded, torn (unless tidily repaired), worn or undersized.
The Second Hand Uniform Shop is open during term weeks every Monday 8:00am to 9:00 am and Wednesday 8:00am to 9:00 am and 2:30pm to 3:15pm.
The Tuckshop is open from 8am to 8.30am for over the counter orders every morning. Online ordering cut off time is 9am each day.
The Tuckshop is open from 10.30am to 11am for morning tea and 12.40pm to 1.15pm for lunch.
2019 Camp Dates
Click on the links below to register for next term’s camps. If you have any questions or still require a copy of the camp booklet, please email [email protected]
Year 8 Camp:
CYC Burleigh Camp
Monday 13th May - Wednesday 15th May
Term 2, Week 4
Year 4 Camp:
Thursday 16th May - Friday 17th May
Term 2, Week 4
Year 6 Camp:
Bestbrook Mountain Camp
Wednesday 24th July - Friday 26th July
Term 3, Week 2
Playground Equipment Before & After School
Please be aware that for safety reasons students are not permitted to be on the playground equipment before or after school as supervision is unavailable in these areas. This also applies to children whose parents may be present, as often unsupervised students will want to join in, thus compromising our duty of care.
Flashing lights now active at Australian Christian College
From the 23rd April flashing light school zone signs were installed on Cottrill Road
Australian Christian College was nominated to receive these new signs as part of a Queensland Government commitment to improve school road safety.
You will notice that the new signs look similar to standard school zone signs with the addition of a red flashing ring around the speed limit as well as two flashing yellow lights at the top of the sign. The installation of flashing light school zone signs is proven to improve visibility of school zones, serving as an active reminder for motorists to slow down.
So next time you’re dropping off or picking up your child, keep an eye out for the new signs and make sure you stick to the signed speed limit.
NAPLAN Online Update Information
Technological developments are forever altering the way we learn, assess and test our abilities and strengths in this new age. One of these avenues of change and growth is the NAPLAN assessment system. We are pleased to announce that from 2019 ACCM will be running our Naplan tests online. This will reduce the time taken to prepare and assess the tests while improving accuracy and ease of use for the student. It will also enhance and enrich the students learning experience instead of hindering it.
In order for us to prepare for this change and familiarise our students with this new process, we will be holding a short trial run of the new assessment system on the 1st April 2019. This is NOT a test and will NOT impact the students’ studies or outcomes. It is simply a setup process for school readiness and teacher/student practice, paving the way for the real thing in May 2019.
All student devices will need to install a browser that will securely host the program and test results and enable the device to utilise its processing power to run the main tasks efficiently. The following instructions will be helpful in getting your student’s device ready and ensuring he/she has the optimum learning experience.
- The Naplan Online Information & Practice Site: https://nap.edu.au/online-assessment
- Use This Link to Get The Lockdown Browser: https://www.assessform.edu.au/layouts/Technology/LockedDownBrowser.aspx
- Students are to have their own headphones to use with laptops and iPads for Naplan
- The device is to be fully charged each day of the testing
- Please check the school website for details on device compatibility for schoolwork and Naplan testing: https://moreton.acc.edu.au/learning/digital-natives.html
Please remember we are a BYOD school and it is your responsibility to ensure your student has the right tools to facilitate their learning and deepen their experiences for success.
If you have difficulty installing or finding the details you need to prepare your devices, please call the office Admin or IT officer for support on PH: 5490 6100.
Youth Adventures 2019 - Mission Trip to Palm Island
Is your child interested in missions? In learning more about the Indigenous culture? The 2019 Youth Adventures trip might just be for them.
Who: Open to Year 9 and 10 students
When: 6th-16th August 2019
Cost: Approximately $1600
An expression of interest form must be completed before an official interview is carried out - Expression of Interest form.
A position on the team will be offered if your child is seen to be a good fit for the group. The costs covers flights, insurance, accommodation, food, transportation and entry costs to tourist attractions. The first payment is due by the end of term 1.
To find out more information, watch this short video - Promotion video with detail
Deputy Principal On Campus News
As the end of the term looms and the prospect of a break becomes the topic of conversation, I have spent some time reflecting on the past two weeks, particularly after last week’s accident. Thankfulness and courage are the two words that continually come to mind. I count it a true blessing to be part of a strong, courageous school community that demonstrates compassion, grace, generosity and above all love for one another each and every day. I was deeply touched when I read through the many prayers for those injured carefully written on post-it-notes that now hang in the library; and to see the heart of our students and staff. All I can say is “God is good...all the time”.
It has certainly been a busy term with camps, excursions, guest presenters, whole school activities as well as plenty of valuable learning in classrooms. I would like to congratulate students for working diligently and striving high. I’d also like to thank our teachers and support staff for all of the outstanding work they put into first term. A positive attitude to learning and strong effort will always go a long way!
Below are just a few reminders:
Reminder: ANZAC Day, ACC Campus Service
The Campus will hold the annual ACC ANZAC Day Service in the Sports Hall on Wednesday 24 April at 9:00am. All parents and friends are most welcome to attend.
Reminder: ANZAC DAY - Caboolture Anzac Day March and Service
Preparations are also well underway for the Caboolture Anzac Day Parade and Service to be held on Thursday 25 April. All students are strongly encouraged to attend the March by being a part of the ACC contingent. Full formal school uniform is required. Year 10, 11 and 12 students need to wear their formal hats if they have one. During the 11:00am Service, to remember the fallen and represent the College, our School Captains will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph.
The holidays are a great time to organise haircuts for your children before returning to school in Term 2. Below is a reminder of the policy:
- Students are to wear their hair in a clean, neat and tidy manner.
- Girls’ hair must be tidied up and secured away from the face if it extends beyond the shoulders.
- Boys’ hair is to be neat, tidy, above the collar and must not hang over the face.
- Extreme styles are not permitted.
- Fringes must not extend below the eyebrows.
- Hair that could fall over the face should be tied back securely.
- Extreme hairstyles, including shaved or “number 1s”, mohawks, tracks, etchings, dreadlocks and extreme undercuts are not acceptable.
- Hair should not be coloured to an unnatural colour or pattern.
- Beards and moustaches are not permitted.
- Students must be clean shaven at all time.
While our school prepares to wind down, it is important that we remember we are heading into one of the most important seasons in the Christian calendar - Easter. Easter is a story of thankfulness and courage. It is also a story of hope. My prayer is that everyone connected to the College will come to know the real story of Easter and the hope that it offers. A hope found in an act of the past, that points to a future promise, that allows us to live today with meaning and purpose. I know that this term has been long and not without challenges but I want to finish this term by thanking you all for your support and encouragement.
Deputy Principal On Campus
From the Senior School
…do not fear, for I am with you.
It’s hard not to find oneself reflecting on recent on-campus events over the past week. It’s definitely been one of the toughest weeks for us as a school community, but I believe that in the midst of such extraordinary circumstances, both students and staff have found themselves in, we have together demonstrated a rare courage to rise and face things together.
Our Senior school was also affected by the recent accident. Three of our Senior students were taken to hospital and one remained there for several days. The ramifications of this event were felt throughout both the staff and student populations and we took time over the ensuing days to talk and share how we were feeling. We also prayed together, supported each other and created messages of hope and love in the shape of cards for those still in hospital.
However, in the midst of such sadness I was encouraged by the stories of kindness, and courage, shown by our students. Split-second decisions in the face of danger, revealed sincere concern for each other. Including stories of students pushing and pulling one another to safety, as best they could. And, later in hospital, despite their own situations, students’ thoughts turned to others they knew were injured.
Although the rest of the world would have us believe that this generation of young people think only of themselves, it is clear this is just not true. Our young people have proved themselves kind, considerate and courageous and we are very proud of them.
I would also like to thank the whole community for supporting us at this time, particularly staff and parents who first responded as well as the emergency services who attended. I believe that the better than expected outcomes students have experienced, is in part due to this support and care.
Of course, the power of prayer cannot be underestimated and throughout the last week the verse below has stood out to me.
So don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you.
Isaiah 41:10 (New Century Version)
I believe that God has truly been with us through this whole situation and he is strengthening and helping us all.
As we enter this sacred Easter season, please remember to thank God for all that He has done. Thank Him for His love and sacrifice and be assured that we have nothing to fear for He is with us… always.
Head of Senior School
From the Middle School
If you have seen the most modern Holywood attempts to retell C.S.Lewis’ great stories of Narnia you will, no doubt, remember the excellent scene in which Aslan presents himself to the White Witch as a living sacrifice. This is, of course, a deliberate reference to the sacrifice Christ made for us.
What I really like about this scene is that Aslan is a Lion. Aslan is not dragged against his will. Aslan boldly and with noble strength makes his way to the altar
where the witch is waiting, smuggly honouring herself in the belief that she has won.
But, of course, we know she hasn’t - Aslan rises and the victory is his. This is how our God works; He does His best work when Satan thinks he is on top.
This is what Easter is about; my prayer, as we enter this Holy period, is that you see God’s victories in your life. That even when we look back on the storms we go through, the battles we fight, we can see the hand of God guiding and protecting. We can see the truth of God’s promise from Matthew 28:20 :
“And surely I am with you, even until the end of the age.”
And remember, the fact we go through storms is not proof our God is not with us; the fact we make it through them is proof that He is. Have a blessed Easter
Head of Middle School
From the Primary School
There are a lot of rumblings around the primary school this week as excitement grows in the lead up to our Easter Hat Parade. This is such a great time of celebration in Primary and how blessed we are to be able to really focus on the true Christian meaning of the season.
We have been reminded so many times over the last couple of weeks, as to the immense power of God and his ability to perform miracles. It has been so encouraging to see his light and his love on display within our primary school this term, with many examples of students caring for one another. We are looking forward to another term ahead, with our student leaders already looking into ways that we can help other children in our community.
As the holidays approach and our focus moves to relaxing and family time, please don’t forget to remind your children to read every day. Each child should have received a Holiday Reading Log and these should be brought back at the start of Term 2 for your child to receive their prize. Reading each day really does help students retain knowledge and skills they have learnt throughout the term and sets them up to jump straight back into school after the break.
As you are all aware, our cross country has been postponed to Friday of Term 2, Week 1. Please come along and join us for the day. It’s always a fun day and will be such a nice way to welcome all of our families back together. We also ask that you endeavour to bring your children along to the annual ANZAC Day march in Caboolture in Week 1 of next term. Let’s stand together to teach our children the importance of remembrance and respect.
Be on the lookout in our next newsletter for photos of the parade! Until then, enjoy a safe and joyous holiday.
Year 7S News & Drama
What an awesome Term 1! The Year 7’s have settled into Middle School well with new classrooms, different teachers and lockers. Our Year 7 cohort are such a wonderful group of students. All of the new Year 7 students are fitting in well and enjoy their new school.
The Middle School Drama students have impressed themselves this term. Year 6 have presented their first Drama assessment with parents watching. The Year 7 class performed their puppet show with 2H and 2K watching and they were such an awesome group. The images below are our Year 7’s showing the Year 2’s our hand puppets. The Year 8 have just finished looking into the Elements of Drama. Lastly our Year 9’s have had a big term with 5 pieces of assessment based on our Improvisation Unit.
‘Shine Bright’ Production planning and rehearsals start next term! There has been 20 students signed up but we are looking for more. There will be more details and a rehearsal schedule at the beginning of Term 2.
ITC & Design
This year we have started implementing Digital Technology across the campus. Secondary includes the year 6’s and they began the year with learning how to use computers and then moved off into learning Microsoft Word. Achieving this meant the files were downloaded from the internet and submitted to an online cloud.
The year 7’s are learning about designing for an audience while learning about cyber safety. They have completed a poster that was promoting the release of a new PlayStation game in Photoshop. The year 8’s began collecting data and then learned Excel ready for its analysis. Year 9’s enthusiastically used animated designs with Adobe Animate and have created animated a story for their assessment. This is the last year for Information Technology Systems (ITS) and as their first assignment the year 12’s have been asked by a video company to create a “How to video” for 18-25 year old’s and have come up with some fantastic ideas. We are looking forward to a great year of hard work and creativity.
What a busy Term 1 this has been! Across all levels students produced excellent Art works demonstrating and sharing their God given creative gifts. Not only did students work together to produce a large scale group artwork under the guidance of a visiting local Aboriginal artist but also studied colour, Abstract, Contemporary and Pop Art by using a variety of tools and media. Please feel free to come and visit our Art room where you can view the student’s work.
Year 6 Visual Art learnt about Indigenous Australian Art. This unit of work acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the lands that cover our Caboolture region. Students had the incredible honour of listening to a special Indigenous guest speaker, Tara Santos. Tara is an Indigenous community member of the Caboolture region.
Year 9 studied Contemporary Art and Year 12 Visual Art in Practice students currently add their final touches to their 3D art pieces in which they merge a symbol from another country with one from their own country.
Year 11 Visual Art in Practice experimented and created a range of artworks using a wide range of materials and techniques such as Papier Mache, Clay, Paper Cutting, Mosaic, Jewellery, Casting and more….
What a hectic term! The Year 10s have certainly learned what Senior School is all about in a short space of time. I am proud to say that most have risen to the plate and gotten a lot of learning out of the experience, even if their marks haven’t quite (yet!) returned to their usual standard.
Recently, I had the opportunity to go on camp with the Year 10s from both On Campus and Distance Education. We were challenged both physically and mentally with a range of enjoyable activities that stretched and grew us a little bit at a time. The physical side included dragon boating, kayaking and a beachside scooter trek. Dragon boating was of particular note because we had a group of 16 students and staff on one boat, who had to work together to paddle at exactly the right time. Even one person out of sync could literally ‘rock the boat’, so communication and teamwork was super important! It was really pleasing to see the huge and obvious improvement between the start and finish of our adventure.
Mentally, a number of activities were structured to give the students a chance to know themselves and others a bit better. While camp always provides an opportunity to connect, these activities were very intentional in how they got the students to share in deeper ways than they might have otherwise done spontaneously. As a result, the group became very close-knit in a short period of time, and this made for an enjoyable experience for all involved. I hope and pray that the students take these lessons and apply them to their life and studies through the year.
Student Services Update
GUIDANCE OFFICER NEWS
In the midst of your holiday activities, I encourage senior students to take some time to investigate opportunities available throughout the year. If you are interested, please contact the external agency direct for more details.
Explore the school’s career website athttp://accmcareers.com/ as it contains a wealth of information on careers, work experience, school-based traineeships and apprenticeships. There is also a section with parent information.
Career Expos / University Open Days
A comprehensive list can be found on theQTAC website.
Details: https://www.qtac.edu.au/ Select ‘Courses and Institutions’ then ‘Open Days and Expos’.
The Good University Guide online. The Career Guidance section is of particular interest to senior students. The Guide has a wealth of information about developing a pathway to a career in the field of your choice.
Ski and Snowboard instructor internship positions for 2019 and 2020 are now open at locations in Europe, USA, New Zealand, Canada and Japan. These instructor internships provide full training, accommodation, exams, lift pass and a guaranteed job offer at the end. Students who are 18 years old by November 2019 and have Intermediate to advanced skiing or snowboarding ability are eligible.
Australian Defence Force (ADF) Events
Gap Year Information Session – 11th April
Students considering the 2020 ADF Gap year are strongly encouraged to attend on 11th April.
Female Air Force Simulator Experience Days - 10th and 11th April
Female students years 11-12 are welcome at the Air Force Simulator Experience Day. Students are able to have a go on RAAF Simulators and meet current serving female Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers, Mission Control Officers and Air Crew.
Note: students should be studying Physics, or Science with a Physics component, to be eligible for Aviation pathways.
STEM Activities Day - 9.30am – 4.30pm (9am arrival)
- 9 April at Defence Force Recruiting Brisbane, Level 13, 295 Ann St Brisbane
- 12 April 2019 at Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Centre, 40 Bower St, Caloundra
This event is open to all students years 10-12.
ADF have a range of positions for students with interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Students participate in a hands-on activity day providing insight into work at the leading edge of technical innovation – Navy, Army or Air Force.
Transport and Logistics - 21 August
Mainfreight is a global supply chain business. Students in year 10-12 interested in rewarding career in the logistics industry are invited to come along to an information morning on 21 August 2019. Register early to avoid disappointment.
Medicine / Dentistry Careers - Simulated UCAT Day - 9 April
Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 interested in medicine or dentistry need to sit the compulsory UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test). NIE is conducting a full day UCAT preparation workshop in Brisbane. Tickets are limited.
MedEntry are offering 30% off their premium online and platinum UCAT Packages. Read MedEntry’s new information booklet for parents and students
Creative Media Open Night - 9 May
SAE Brisbane – Creative Media Institute, is opening their state-of-the-art Brisbane campus on Thursday, 9 May 2019, from 6pm-8pm. This is an opportunity for students to see their facilities and equipment, meet with lecturers and ask any questions about studying at SAE. SAE offer Diploma and tertiary level courses in a range of creative media fields.
CBCA Book Week 2019
A few students have already asked about Book Week. So, I think it is time to pass on the information to all parents and caregivers. The theme this year is “Reading is my Secret Power” and the date is 17 - 23 August 2019.
The shortlist of books for this year has been announced last week. I provide the link to you if you want to have a look at the books. I am really happy to announce that we already have quite a number of the books in our library.
Please make sure that your child does not have overdue library books. If you have any questions about outstanding books, please feel free to pop into the library anytime for help.
School Holiday Fun at your Public Library
Seeing the School Library is not open to students during the holidays, your local library is the ideal place to visit not only for books and reading, but for a lot of fun activities.
Visit your local Moreton Bay Region Library during the school holidays for FREE workshops, gaming tournaments, and escape rooms. Fly a drone, screenprint a tote bag, pick up tips for getting your first job, develop a study schedule, and more ! Remember to book as some of the activities are very popular.
Have a lovely holiday and as you celebrate Easter, may you remember God’s perfect love for us, and may that love fill you with hope for the days to come. Happy Easter.
Queensland Cricket is excited to announce the upcoming “Inclusive week” inviting all Indigenous Cricketers to attend a coaching and talent Identification session. Over 10 locations throughout Queensland have been scheduled in April 2019. Click here to download a brochure.
Queensland Cricket is excited to announce the upcoming “Inclusive week” inviting all Cricketers with a Disability to attend a coaching and talent Identification session. Over 10 locations throughout Queensland have been scheduled in April.