Welcome to our ACCM family for 2019. The problems we faced with new courses, new books, new staff, new buildings and renovations of the church into a Performing Arts Centre and Senior School, fall into insignificance compared to the start for many of our DE families. As we are one school and care for all our families our hearts and our prayers go out to you all. We pray for the monsoon up north to flow south and rain upon your farm land which will also invigorate the commercial services supporting those farms. In the north, we pray for our families being impacted by the huge monsoon rain that flooded from Daintree to Mackay and inland as well. While some of our families ar rejoicing in the rain, others are forced from their homes to escape the flooding. They are all very much in our thoughts and prayers. We have a large number of DE Year 12 senior students, about 100, starting their final Year 12. The conditions out of our cities will make their final year even more stressful, so I ask you to join in our prayers for our rural students.

It has also been a stressful time  for our Oncampus students and families trying to start new online courses with our new Sentral admin software and our new Learning Management System - Canvas (the new Schoology). Despite all our good plans and preparation the transfer has been difficult and slower than planned. That old saying comes to mind “People plan and God laughs”. I apologise for the delay for the start of the year, and I guarantee no child will suffer an impact on their assessment as a result of the delayed start. In the weeks ahead if you feel this is the case then please email me immediately and directly. I will personally ensure this is not a problem for your students.

It has also been difficult in getting new software to parents from our suppliers as there have been changes with the providers as well. This has been a larger problem than expected due to the growing school that  is still seeing students enrolling after school has started. This means that those requiring uniforms, books and software links will not get these as fast as normal. My staff is working very long hours and weekends to ensure we get our new software working well and supporting our students.

I would like to welcome Miss Flood to her new role as Deputy Principal OnCampus. She will manage all our Oncampus families and their life in the College  - everything you need for a most successful year. Mr Lewis is still in the College as our DP of Student Services. Both of these DPs are working together running Oncampus to provide more support and direction to our students and to you our parents. In particular we wanted to ensure greater integration of Learning Support, Student Services and Special Needs with our classes. Life is messy and at anytime a student in our school may need the support of Student Services and we want them all to know these staff and how they are there to help them.

The new Queensland Certificate of Education starts with our Year 11 students this year. Our current Year 12 students will be the last to complete the old QCE and receive an OP. Thus, we are running two senior courses at the same time - a Year 10 and 11 new QCE and the old Year 12 QCE. I am glad it is only for this year. We will do all we can to ensure that we get to meet with parents and ensure they have a good understanding about the changes.  We started the new QCE in Year 10 last year giving our Year 10 students a taste of the new course they will start this year in Year 11. We also has parent meetings about this at last year and will continue to do so this year. Thus the transfer to the new course will be a lot easier for our students than students in many schools. This year all our Year 10 students are undertaking some new QCE subjects and banking points towards their QCE, all designed to help reduce the stress of the final year and the impact of the reliance of exams results at the end of Year 12 in 2020. I encourage all families with a student in Year 10 to 12 to carefully read the Senior School section of the newsletter every month and watch out for emails and messages during the year. These should not be dismissed as they may have a direct impact on your child’s final QCE and ATAR scores.

In our Oncampus school we have added a dozen new teachers to ensure we can provide the best support for your child, including starting our third stream of Year 7. Keeping classes small in very important to us and I pray that all our new families have a great year. Remember you can always contact me at the college is your plans are not going as you hoped. I am here to help ensure a great 2019 for your child.

To end with some more exciting and positive news - numerous mission trips, camps and excursions have been organised for 2019. Our students are so fortunate to have so many learning experiences outside the classroom. The first mission trip is our Japanese trip at Easter and if you have not booked and paid your deposit this needs to be done as soon as possible so we can ensure we have enough numbers to make the trip viable. If you need financial help then please let me know as we have some wonderful parents, and staff, who help fund some children to go on these life opportunities. The first camp for the year is the Year 12 camp and it helps build up the team for their final year of school as well as their studies! It is one camp I think is essential for all students so if you have not booked your place please see the senior section of this newsletter for more details and book early.  

In terms of building it is an exciting year. Very soon work will start on our Primary building extension which will hold all our primary and middle school students. It is our plan to have this completed for student use by the start of Term 4 this year! I will also be sharing our plans for the new building to fit between the Hall and the Performing Arts Centre (the church). It is a huge undertaking and I look forward to sharing this and getting your input into that development for senior students and which includes our specialist rooms and library.

A special thanks to to our wonderful staff and contractors (and some teachers) who worked tirelessly over the summer break, in very hot conditions, to turn the church into 7 classrooms and an exciting Performing Arts Centre. This included painting on 200 litres of black paint in very high temperatures with no air conditioning, knocking out walls, rebuilding, painting, installing new air conditioners, power, large monitors, and the list goes on. I want to publicly thank all those people for their great work in a very short time scale.

God bless you all and I pray you have a wonderful DE experience in 2019.

Gary Underwood


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Term Dates 2019


(10 weeks) - Tuesday 29th January - Friday 6th April

Students Return - 29th January

ACER Testing Week - 4th-8th February

School Photographs - 19th February


(9 Weeks) - Tuesday 23rd April - Friday 21st June

Students Return - Tuesday 23rd April

NAPLAN Testing - 14th - 17th May


(10 Weeks) - Monday 15th July - Friday 20th September

Students Return - Monday 15th July

EKKA Holiday - 12th August


(9 Weeks) - Monday 8th October - Thursday 5th December

Students Return - Monday 8th October

Student Free Dates

      14th October

      6th December

Important Information

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.

Information about Mobile Phones

Students in Prep to Year 9

  • In helping students to use new technologies responsibly, a mobile phone may only be used to and from school on the bus to make calls. However, once inside the college ALL students in Prep to Year 9 must NOT use them for any reason.

Students in Years 10-12

  • Students in Years 10-12 can use their mobile phones before school, recess, at lunch breaks and after 3 pm to contact parents or employers in emergencies, or to confirm or change pick up arrangements. These times are not for social media use.
  • Students must have their mobile phones switched off and out of sight during class time.
  • Students may only turn on and use their devices during class with the direct instruction of the teacher for clear educational purposes.
  • Taking photos, video or recording voices of other people whether student or an adult without permission is illegal, so cameras and voice recording apps are never to be used unless instructed by a teacher as part of an educational activity supervised by a teacher.

Uniform News

Each newsletter reminders from our school’s uniform policy will be included. Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform each day and following the uniform policy.

  1. Earrings - Females only with pierced ears may wear one pair of small studs or sleepers, in the earlobes, one in each ear. Additional earrings, fancy earrings, or large earrings are not permitted. Clear studs, fat or round are not permitted in any extra piercings. Certain physical activities may require the complete removal of earrings for safety reasons.
  2. Markup - Years 10 to 12 female students are permitted to wear discreet foundation only. Coloured nail polish is not permitted. If worn outside the school, coloured nail polish should be removed completely before arriving at school. Nails should be neatly trimmed and false nails are not permitted.
  1. Hats - Year 10 and 11 students have until Semester 2 to purchase a formal hat before it becomes compulsory. If they currently do not own one, they will still need to continue to wear the bucket hat until a formal hat is purchased. The sooner the better.

All students need to bring their hat to school. We have always had a policy of “no hat, no play” in the sun, and this is an integral part of sun safety. We also encourage parents/carers to apply sunscreen to their children prior to them coming to school.

The Second Hand Uniform Shop is open during term weeks every Monday 8:00am to 9:00am and Wednesday 8:00am to 9:00am and 2:30pm to 3:15pm.

Tuckshop News

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 
Our first camps for 2019 are fast approaching and there is still time to register your child for the year 12 Emu Gully and Year 10 Maroochy Waterfront camps. All are a great opportunity for your child to bond with their peers, share important team building and life experiences and create memories that will stick with them for the rest of their lives. If you have any questions or still require a copy of the camp booklet, please email [email protected]

Year Level



Year 12 Camp:

Emu Gully Camp

Monday 25th February - Wednesday 27th February Term 1, Week 5

Year 10 Camp:

Maroochy Waterfront camp

Thursday 14th March - Friday 15th March

Term 1, Week 7

Year 8 Camp:   

CYC Burleigh Camp

Monday 13th May - Wednesday 15th May

Term 2, Week 4

Year 4 Camp:   

Luther Heights

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

Emu Gully Year 12 Camp - $333

Maroochy Waterfront

Year 10 - $333 -

CYC Burleigh - TBC

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.

Year 7 and Year 10 School Immunisation Program 

In 2019, Moreton Bay Regional Council is providing free vaccinations for all Year 7 and 10 students, as part of Queensland Health’s annual School Immunisation Program.

All Year 7 students are being offered free vaccinations as recommended by the National Immunisation Program to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV) and diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough).

All year 10 students are being offered free vaccinations as recommended by the National Immunisation Program to protect against Meningococcal ACWY. These vaccinations will be conducted by a team of registered nurses.

A consent pack was given to your child to bring home. Please read the information booklet carefully, sign the consent card and return the consent card to the school by8th February,2019.  If there is concern regarding nervousness of your child prior to vaccination please contact Council and ask to speak to the immunisation team. If it is suitable, it can be arranged that they are vaccinated before the immunisation clinic starts. Parents are encouraged to ensure their children have breakfast on the morning of vaccination and reminded to drink plenty of water throughout the day. If your child misses the school immunisation day, they can still be vaccinated at a Moreton Bay Regional Council Community Immunisation clinic - please visit:

For more information about the School Immunisation Program, visit or contact Moreton Bay Regional Council on 3205 0555

From the Deputy Principal - On Campus

Welcome back!

The past two weeks have gone by very quickly. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new students and their families who have recently joined our ACC community, particularly those students who are starting out in Prep. All students have started strongly with the “old” hands settling back in well to their new classes and the new students being embraced by their new classmates. 

As the new Deputy Principal for On Campus, I feel extremely honoured to have the opportunity to work together with David Lewis, the Deputy Principal for Student Services and a dedicated team of teachers as we strive to provide a quality Christian education for our students. Before accepting this new position, I held the role of Deputy Principal for Distance Education here at Australian Christian College. My professional career in the education sector spans over 18 years. I have taught students in Prep through to Year 10. I served the Lord onboard LOGOS 2, a mission ship for 2 years as a volunteer Head Teacher. This opened my eyes to the brokenness in our world and confirmed in me a love for missions. I’ve worked with students with learning support needs, English as a second language, mature-aged students and of course, distance education students. I am looking forward to getting to know families in our day school. You are more than welcome to come and see me if you have any concerns or questions.

Highlight from the first week

A highlight for my first week was handing out new Bibles to our Preppies, and new students. The Preppies were so excited. Year 2 students were presented with ‘The Big Rescue Bible’ in Chapel. In the coming weeks, a Bible will be given to all new students. Our Year 6s will receive a copy of the ‘Teen Study Bible’ also. The Bible is a precious book with so many hidden treasures for students to discover.

School Events

Numerous school events have been planned for this term and into the future. Our website calendar is updated regularly with details to inform you of college events. I, therefore encourage you to check the calendar regularly to keep abreast of current information and any changes or additions.


Communicating regularly with our families is a large part of ensuring a good school experience. There are many avenues of communication between parents and staff. The most efficient is face to face as this allows for greater understanding and an exchange of ideas and information. If you need to see your child’s teacher, please email them to organise an appointment after school. The majority of your correspondence from the college will come through the personal email account(s) you have provided the college. Regular emails from teachers, newsletters and other administration correspondence will be sent via email. Reminders and other important information will be sent via SMS. If you are not receiving emails or SMS messages, please talk to an Administration staff member so they can check if the details we have on our database are correct. 

Parent Information Evenings

On Thursday, 7th February, parents/guardians of Year 10-12 students are invited to attend an information evening regarding Senior Schooling. I encourage all parents to attend and take part in this valuable time. The Middle School information evening is scheduled for Tuesday, 19th February. Primary teachers have been emailing out weekly updates regarding Primary school processes.

Hot weather

February will no doubt bring with it some extremely hot days (and hopefully some much-needed rain). It is important to remind your children about the need for proper hydration (water) and coverings (hat). Please apply sunscreen in the mornings to your children for sun protection.

Once again, welcome back to all students, parents and staff! I hope that 2019 will be a year of endeavour, achievement and excellence for everyone involved in the life and operations of the College! I am looking forward to meeting you and being part of your ACC journey.

Michelle Flood

Deputy Principal - On Campus

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From the Deputy Principal - Student Services

Student Services :

Student Services has had a few changes in roles and responsibilities.

Here is a list of our staff and the roles they have:

  • David Lewis - Deputy Principal - Student Services
  • Fiona Allan - Coordinator of Student Services
  • Katrina Martin - Administration
  • Janelle Craig - Guidance Officer and Team Leader of Guidance, Counseling and Pastoral Care
  • Janet Stebbins - Chaplain
  • Tiffany Gale - Youth Worker
  • Joan Pavey - Team Leader of Special Needs Department
  • Christine Yates -  Special Needs Teacher
  • Kylee Beshara  - Special Needs Teacher
  • Joel Hogan - Team Leader of the Learning Support Department
  • Sandra Waite - Learning Support Teacher
  • Sharon Baker - Learning Support Teacher Aide

We have a very experienced and capable team of dedicated staff. They have a passion for helping young people to be the best that they can be. Wishing you a great 2019.

Congratulations also to the following students who gained a Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation scholarship.

  • Chloe Sentance
  • Johnathon Price

David Lewis

Deputy Principal of Student Services

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From the Senior School

 My what a start to the year we have had. For continuing families I’m sure you will have already noticed considerable changes to our systems. In particular, our new Learning Management Systems (LMS) has changed from Schoology to Canvas. I am now happy to report that, despite the many challenges we have faced, we are now ‘on track’ and both teachers and students are well on their way to becoming expert Canvas users.

I would like to thank students and families for being so patient during the significant changes we have managed this year as the road has not necessarily been a smooth one for all. I would also like to thank our Senior School staff as they have committed themselves to ensuring, wherever possible, the least disruptions to student learning. Senior School staff, both old and new to ACC, have spent many hours writing new courses and programs to ensure our Senior students get the very best learning opportunities this year.

Of course, some of the most significant change in Senior School this year has nothing to do with our internal systems! Rather 2019 is the beginning of the journey for students who will for the first time ever be issued an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) in Queensland. Our Year 11’s, along with all other Year 11’s in Queensland, will be the first to experience QCAA’s new curriculum and assessment, including the reintroduction of external exams since the early 1970’s!

However, we are blessed at ACC that we have been able to make significant changes from 2018 to cater for these changes and I believe our Year 11’s are as well prepared as they can be for the year ahead. That said, it is important that both Senior students and families continue to be diligent in managing the stress that comes with these academic challenges and they are encouraged to develop effective stress management strategies as early as possible. This is a conversation we begin with students in Year 10 and continue until the end of Year 12.

In addition, I would also like to acknowledge that our Year 12’s this year will be the very last cohort to be issued an OP, in the ‘old’ system. This is also very significant and assure all that we are committed to ensuring they are effectively and comprehensively supported through this system. The last two years have seen some great results from our OP eligible students, including 3 OP 1’s. However, we are just as excited about the potential of our current Year 12’s and are praying for great things as they begin their final year of school.

Finally, please don’t forget to pray for our Senior students and staff. Sometimes in our business we can forget that our paths are directed by the Lord and we must not forget to acknowledge Him.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your understanding,
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your path”

Proverbs 3:5-6

An education is a powerful thing and it is essential that we have a good ‘understanding’ and  make plans for our future. But in everything it is essential that we acknowledge and trust Him. That we invite God to be part of our plans so that He might direct our path. No two students are the same and each has their own path to travel. I encourage you to seek Him in supporting your student as we travel this ‘Senior path’ together.

Anita Newell

Head of Senior School

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From the Middle School

One of my favourite days of the year is Day 1, Term 1! Schools are lonely places without the students and I am always so excited to see them back on site.

There are some pretty exciting things happening this year:

  • New Middle School Building being built and hopefully online by Term 4.
  • Changes to the way English and Maths are timetabled to allow us to better cater to the individual needs of students; including providing some excellent opportunities to extend our gifted and talented students.
  • New Year level Team Leaders (Year 6 & 7 - Mrs Hinze, Years 8 & 9 - Mr Hinze)
  • New Performing Arts Centre now available.
  • A new Subject “Essential Skills” to ensure nothing and noone is ‘slipping through the cracks’

Because there is so much going on this year we have organised a Middle School Information Night on the 19th of February, from 6.30 - 7.30. I look forward to meeting or catching up with as many of you as possible and filling in some important details about what is happening in Middle School in 2019.

I look forward to working with you all to guide our young people to becoming the men and women God has planned for them, living life abundantly.

Derek Hughes

Head of Middle School

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From the Primary School

It has been fantastic to have everyone back and so excited to catch up with friends, get to know our new students and get back into learning!! We hope that everyone has had a relaxing holiday period in readiness for the year ahead.

There will be many exciting things happening in the primary school this year, starting next week with our Church Service. These sorts of events are wonderful opportunities for families to come along and not only encourage their children, but also build up a great sense of school spirit. Later in the term we are having a visit from the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, there are excursions happening, our Cross Country carnival, etc.

We have already had our first Chapel service in our new Performing Arts Centre and it was great to see parents joining us right from the start of term.

Whilst very exciting, it is easy to get caught up in the “busy-ness” of life now that school is back in full swing. School hours, after school activities, homework, family commitments - it can eat up time very quickly. Things can get stressful and all of a sudden, we start getting weary and worn down.

We would like to encourage you this term, to be purposeful in setting aside some family time each week. Time to focus on each other, develop meaningful relationships, appreciate our families and remind each other that together, and with Jesus in our hearts, we can face all challenges we come across. Routines will be important for our primary children and building family time into your routine will make a huge difference to the lives of our children.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding things occurring in the primary school, please feel free to contact us at any time and we will be happy to help where we can.

Mrs Alicia Foley (Years 3 to 5) and Ms Michelle Tsui (Years Prep to 2).

We look forward to seeing many of you around the school in the coming weeks.

Our new students and Year 2 students receiving new Bibles in Chapel


Alicia Foley
Upper Primary
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Michelle Tsui
Lower Primary
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On Campus Class Updates

From Mr Vaschina – Senior School Maths / Physics Teacher & Year 12 Form Teacher

I have the pleasure of teaching the Year 10 General Mathematics class (on-campus) while Mr Nicholls is taking on the challenge of the Advanced Maths class.  We are trying something a little different this year in that we are expecting the students to have a good look at the next new topic before coming to class and then getting to work on the related practice exercises in class time.  In this way, we hope that their class times will be very productive, and that they can deepen their mathematical understanding through significant engagement in the topics for themselves.  Of course, they are not left completely on their own, we will be there to help them as much as they need.

As you are probably aware, this year marks the first cohort of Year 11 students who will be undertaking the new QCE program that has been in the news over the last couple of years.  Many will have had a good ‘taste’ of what this means through their Year 10 studies last year but it does mean that many students will be studying topics in their subject areas in a different order to previous years and undertaking somewhat different assessment pieces compared to previous Year 11 students.  As in previous years, I am looking after the Physics class and the Mathematical Methods class (which is similar to, but definitely not identical to, the previous Mathematics B syllabus).

Once again, I have the great privilege of being the Form Teacher for the Year 12s, with two of them also being in the last ever Mathematics B class (before Mathematical Methods completely takes over as above).  It is a big year for them with many ‘lasts’ coming up – last swimming carnival, cross country, athletics carnival – not to mention their last week of school ever in mid-November which will be filled with celebrations like their Graduation Night, last ever excursion, School Formal and very last day at School!  In the midst of all that there will probably be ‘P plates’ and part time jobs and university applications so as you can see, they will need all the support and prayer we can give them.

I should also particularly mention their last ever school camp being held at Emu Gully as detailed above. This should be a fantastic event that brings the group together as a supportive team and adds to their development as responsible young adults who are a positive influence in the whole school community - so please encourage them to come along!

Bruce Vaschina

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Prep S

The children have settled into Prep well and are excited about learning. When children start Prep they move to a more structured learning environment and this can be very challenging for them.

In Prep, children have the opportunity to learn in many different ways. This includes active learning such as play-based and enquiry-based approaches. They make decisions, solve problems, develop thinking skills, collaborate, communicate and develop a positive sense of self.

Children learn about:

  • speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • mathematics and problem solving
  • science, exploring interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world
  • history, beginning to examine and enquire about the past to develop curiosity and imagination.

Prep children also learn about:

  • negotiating rights, roles and responsibilities and developing social skills for working and playing with others
  • diverse social and cultural practices of people in their community
  • making healthy choices
  • experimenting with materials in a variety of creative, imaginative and innovative ways
  • technology in everyday life
  • music and movement.

Prep is a lot of fun!

The highlights have been learning about how special and unique we all are; that we are all similar but different. We discovered we can all read! Because we can’t read the words yet, we can read the pictures in a book and make up our own story and we can also retell a favourite story. Of course, receiving our own Bible was awesome too.

Margaret Simpson

Prep Teacher

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From the School Chappy

You are invited to  our Term 1 Community Celebration (ACC FSS Australian Christian College Families Students & Staff) on Wednesday 13 February at 6.30pm.

Students in years 3, 4 & 5 will bring a song presentation.

Our guest speaker is Dan Warlow ( who is an Australian Christian Kids’ Music artist and entertainer. Dan’s live shows contain 4 main elements: live music, ventriloquism (kids just love interacting with Jed the puppet), magical illusions and an inspirational message.

There will be a FREE sausage sizzle from 5.30pm in the undercover area. Some activities will be provided for students. Drinks will need to be PURCHASED.

Please note that there will be NO SUPERVISION of students between 3.00pm and 5.30pm.

Looking forward to our first ACC community gathering for 2019!


Janet Stebbins - Chaplain

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From the School Librarian

We have an exciting and packed year ahead. Here are some of the Highlights

  • Qld Library week 4 - 8 March
  • National Simultaneous Storytime - Wednesday 22 May
  • CBCA Book Week - 17 - 23 August 2019 and the theme this year : Reading is my secret power
  • Premier’s Reading Challenge - 13 May 2019,  Reading period commences for Prep to Year 9 students
  • Book displays for Valentines Day, Easter, ANZAC Day, State of Origin, National Science Day, Christmas and many more.

A friendly reminder to please return all holiday reading books back to school as soon as possible. The students can hand their books back to their teachers and they in turn will send it to the library. You don’t have to wait for your child’s library day.

Looking forward to happy reading in 2019.

Music and Performing Arts

So many great things will be happening in 2019. As students grow their interest in the Arts more opportunities become available. Some events coming this year again are the Battle of the Bands, MADD Night and our Evening Church Services and Carols. New events coming to the Arts are a Film Festival and our very first School Production. More information to come on those events in the following terms.

In primary classes this term students will be covering a variety of foundational musical concepts. Preps are learning about different instruments and how different sounds can be produced. Grades 1 and 2 are learning about beat and rhythm and how to differentiate the two. Grade 3 are learning about pitch and learning how to read notes on a staff in preparation for getting ukuleles next term. Grade 4 are learning the recorder. Year 5’s this term will be composing music to match a story.

Middle School and Senior Classes will delve deeper into musical content, understanding, composing and performing music. Grade 6 students this term are composing on GarageBand. Students are developing a greater understanding of beat and developing their understanding form and structure within music. Year 7 have started learning guitar and are covering some basic musical theory. Year 8 students have begun learning how to play a drum kit. Year 9 students this term will be developing their understanding of pop music and arrangements of music. Year 10 and 11 students this term are focusing on performance and composition.

This year as your children practice keep this information in mind. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Focused – minimize distractions, practice away from a phone, computer or TV.
  3. 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)

Stuart Bengtson

Head of Performing Arts and Music

ACC Moreton

Japan Trip 2019!!!

Hi Everyone

Well here we are again in 2019 looking forward to an exciting new school year. I hope everyone is rested up and ready to go. The first exciting announcement is our student trip to Japan.

We’re going to take a group of students to Japan from the 12th – 21st of April. There are still places available on the trip, so if you’re interested in becoming part of this wonderful adventure please contact myself or the office with your email address. I can then forward you all of the details.

April is probably the best time is go to Japan as it’s the start of their school year and students are choosing their new club activities. This means we’ll have the opportunity to see the senior students performing as a kind of promotion of their clubs to the younger students. It’s also cherry blossom season so the country is at its most beautiful

We’ll also have the opportunity to perform as the school has asked us to present a short presentation about our school, nation and culture.

Anthony Usher

Japanese Teacher

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