As Cyclone Oma approaches the Queensland coast I thought it opportune to reassure that we carefully monitor any risk to our students and families in events such as cyclones, floods, or bushfires. It is my responsibility to make sure that parents understand what is happening and are well informed.
In an era where information, both accurate and exaggerated, are spread quickly over the social and mainstream media I want to remind you of the process the College has in place when emergencies like Cyclones occur. The College will always be proactive and inform you of the situation as early as possible and texts will be main direct avenue to you. Thus please keep your mobile phone number up-to-date. If you are unsure which number we have for you please call the office and check. The College will also use Facebook indicating the action to be taken. In stressful situations parents can quickly react and all want to ring the school and see what is happening. However, with 500 students and 83 staff, that will not have a happy ending getting through our exchange. Thus, we developed after the floods of two years ago the following Emergency Protocol. Please take the time to read and understand this while nothing is happening. The College will use these colour codes with its communication to you via text and Facebook.
Regardless of the weather event, there is no perceived danger to students and school will continue as normal. Please drop off and pick up students as normal.
If the College is notified of heavy rain, possible flooding, bushfire or other potentially harmful natural event, an amber alert message will be sent by text to families and be posted on our Facebook site.
Families can make a decision to bring their children to school or not, based on the location of your home, transport route and immediate danger such as flooding history, or a bushfire prone area. Likewise, if the Amber alert is posted during the day, parents should come and collect their child based on the location of their home, transport route and immediate danger such as flooding history, or a bushfire prone area.
If the school campus is facing a possible event in the near future it will also instigate an Amber Alert.
The College will not be accepting students because of flooding or possible flooding or other natural event.
When this Red Alert is issued through the day, the school will technically close and parents should pick up their children from school as soon as possible, but only if it is safe to do so. Remember that staff will stay until the last child is collected, even if that means sleeping overnight at school and raiding the canteen for food as we did in the last flood. At our school, no child will ever be left alone.
NEVER drive through flood waters.
NEVER drive through bushfires or heavily smoked roads.
Please remember that your children are safe at school. Emergency services procedures are planned to include schools. As we saw in the past flood around the College, they kept in touch with us, brought in blankets, food and towels. They ascertained our status and whether any further action was required.
YOUR CHILDREN ARE SAFE IN SCHOOL DURING SUCH EVENTS. Do NOT risk your life to reach them.
WE WILL NOTIFY YOU BY TEXT AND FACEBOOK AS EVENTS UNFOLD.
If you know of a family with non-English speaking parents, or a reading disability, who you think we should explain this protocol to in person please have them contact the College or let us know and we will contact them personally.
Lets pray for the rain we and south western Queensland needs, but not the force of Cyclone Oma when she created the disaster of northern Queensland.
This is a very important protocol and why I have made it a feature of my article with nothing else. Keeping your children safe, happy and learning is a phrase I use often and one we hold most important. If you need to discuss any aspect associated with this - which may be due to your work, pick up arrangements, residential location etc - then please contact our office to discuss the details.
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Term Dates 2019
TERM ONE 2019
(10 weeks) - Tuesday 29th January - Friday 6th April
Students Return - 29th January
ACER Testing Week - 4th-8th February
School Photographs - 26th February
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
All visitors including contractors wishing to enter the College premises are to report to Administration to complete Visitor Registration. A visitor is defined as any person entering the premises as set by the boundary fence and car park footpath. (Dropping off a person in the car park does not make a person a visitor, however strangers in or around the school premises may be viewed suspiciously and appropriate action taken). Parents who wish to drop something off to their child, must first report to Administration and sign in. Alternatively, the item can be left at Administration and staff will ensure it reaches the student.
Administration staff will require photo ID of any person not known to the college. Visitors will be issued with a Visitor’s Badge that must be worn all the time during their visit. Visitors must sign-out on departure as they return their Visitor’s Badge.
All staff members are required to ask any person, not known to them on site that does not have a Visitor’s Badge, to report to Administration immediately.
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.
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.
Students are to wear their hair in a clean, neat and tidy manner.
- Girls’ are encouraged to have their hair tidied up and secured away from the face. It can be worn out but with the hot weather, it is advised that it be tied up.
- Boys’ hair is to be neat, tidy, above the collar and must not hang over the face.
- Extreme styles, ponytails and buns 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
The Second Hand Uniform Shop is open during term weeks every Monday8:00amto9:00amand Wednesday8:00amto9:00amand2:30pmto3:15pm.
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
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 12 Camp:
Emu Gully Camp
Monday 25th February - Wednesday 27th February Term 1, Week 5
Year 10 Camp:
Maroochy Waterfront camp
Wednesday 13th 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:
Wednesday 15th 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.
Lunchtime Activities Timetable
There are a range of lunchtime activities and things for your children tho do at break times.
Cambodia Discovery Tour 2019
Is your child interested in a life-changing experience? The 2019 Cambodia Discovery Tour might just be for them.
Who: Open to Year 11 and 12 students
When: 8th-19th December 2019
Cost: Approximately $3700
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, in-country travel and entry costs to tourist attractions. The first payment is due at the end of March.
To find out what the team did in 2018, watch this short video - Overview of Cambodia Trip - 2018
From the Deputy Principal - On Campus
A Great Start
We’re now four weeks into the year and things are going really well. Our teachers have worked hard to settle students into great work habits and routines. Every class that I have been into is full of engaged and happy students, even during times when they have been doing their regular testing for the start of the year! It has been lovely walking through the playgrounds and being greeted with many smiles and hellos.
The weeks have been packed with various school events. On the 13th February, families braved the heat to attend our first Community Service for 2019. It was fantastic to see so many people there enjoying a sausage or two. Our School Captain, Nathan Ball, and Vice Captain, Kimberly Parry, spoke at their first official school event and did a fantastic job. Dan Warlow entertained us with live music, ventriloquism - the students loved Jed the puppet, a magical illusion and an inspirational Gospel message.
We’ve had two successful Parent Information Evenings, one for Senior School and the other for Middle School. Thank you to all those parents and students who made their way out at night to attend. These evenings are just another way for the school to ensure important information regarding curriculum, class routines and school expectations are communicated and parents/caregivers feel confident in supporting their child.
We had a significant assembly for our Year 12 students this week. Students were presented with their 2019 Year 12 badge and embraced the Senior School pledge. Parents enjoyed tea and coffee and a celebration cake with the students after the ceremony.
Morning Drop off
It has been noted that there are students being dropped off at school quite early. Please remember that there are no staff on duty until 8.10am in the morning. In order to ensure the safety of your children, please make sure they are dropped off at the school no earlier than 8.10am. Thank you for your attention to this important safety message.
Personal Learning Plans
In Week 2 and 3, teachers conducted ACER Testing. These tests give a very good indication of how students are doing with their literacy and numeracy. The test results will be analyzed by class teachers. The teachers will look at both the strengths and areas in need of improvement. The teachers will be writing Personal Learning Plans (PLPs) for each student in Year 1 through to Year 9. Parents/carers will be emailed a copy of their child’s Personal Learning Plan. The plans will include targets for literacy and numeracy, listing strategies that will be used to help reach those targets at school. There will also be suggestions of things that can be done at home.
Parent/Teacher Interviews for students in Yrs P-9 are scheduled for Week 8, 20th March. This is an opportunity for teachers and parents to come together to discuss each student’s progress and what might need to be considered, in terms of assisting each child to reach their potential as they progress through the year. More details will be provided at a later date; however, if you have a pressing concern, please make an appointment with your child’s teacher as soon as possible.
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 one is purchased 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. Please ensure your child packs their hat in their school bag each day.
Deputy Principal - On Campus
From the Senior School
Year 12 Leadership Badge Ceremony
This week our Year 12’s were issued their Senior badges. Whilst a small badge, this symbol comes with both honour and responsibility. Each Year 12 student, whether they hold an official position of leadership or not are expected to uphold a certain standard and be a role model to all other students at our College. In order to embrace this expectation, our Year 12’s continued our tradition of writing their own pledge to the ACC-Moreton community. In fact, this year’s Year 12’s were part of this process in end of year activities both in Year 10 and 11. On Monday morning they formally adopted this pledge as Year 12 students, signalling the beginning of their commitment to this role.
In their pledge students have committed themselves to strive to be: Honest, Respectful, Hard-working, Trustworthy, Supportive, Enthusiastic and Confident. In addition they promise to be the best they can be and ‘treat others reflecting Christ’s love’. As staff of these Senior students we are proud of their public commitment to uphold this pledge and we are committed as well to supporting them in their efforts to achieve such aspirational goals.
Year 12 students were also reminded that a Senior Badge is an acknowledgement that they are committed to doing their best personally, as a collective cohort and in pursuing the very best for others in their College community. This badge also signifies to staff and students of all sectors within the College, that these students can be counted on to be reliable, respectful, responsible and good representatives of our College.
However, students were also reminded that they are never alone with the following passage of scripture.
"Be strong. Be brave. Be fearless. You are never alone."
This passage was written to Joshua, shortly after Moses had died and Joshua was appointed the leader of the Israelites. Moses had done many amazing things and no doubt was a hard act to follow – but it was Joshua’s time. Year 12’s were reminded that they are now our leaders and to not look back to those who went before them, but to ‘be strong, be brave and be fearless’, knowing that God and our College community stand with them in all that lies before them and they will never walk alone.
This group of Seniors has indeed started the year well and I would like to thank all of the parents and caregivers of these students for their hard-work and dedication in supporting their student’s as well. It was also lovely for many of our Senior parents to be able to attend this badge ceremony and stay for celebratory cake and coffee afterwards.
Please continue to pray for our Year 12’s as they journey through this very important year. But I believe that God has great plans for these fine young people and that together this year they will achieve wonderful things and be great ambassadors for our College.
Head of Senior School
From the Middle School
Thank you to all of the families that joined us for the Middle School Information Night on Tuesday. It was great to catch-up with so many of your and to hear your questions. This really gives me some more perspective on what is important to you.
For the information of those who couldn’t attend here is part 1 of some of the things we spoke about:
Laptops: Macs are the best option as they work best with our platforms. However, all Middle School Students should have a laptop of some description. Tablet devices, such as ipads, just won’t do what we need them to do.
All children should also have Excel, Word and Powerpoint loaded on their computers. I believe this is free for students.
Uniform: A general reminder was given to ensure students are wearing the correct uniform on the correct day. The new sports’ uniform has started appearing, and it looks great, and there is a 2 year window to move to it from the old one.
Camps: A reminder that Years 6 and 8 will go on camp this year. We understand that camps can be a financial burden, however, they are a very important part of building our culture and equipping students for life. It is hard to get the full ACC experience if you don’t experience the whole ACC experience.
Locks and Lockers: Students are provided with locks and lockers to keep their belongings safe. They should use these. If your child has significant issues with the lock we provide and you wish to provide one from home the we must have a copy of the key or combination.
Homework: We have a very distinct homework philosophy, that is really quite easy to remember; basically, students should be reading at home (30 - 45 minutes) and not doing much else. A little bit of literacy and numeracy work should be expected but all other subjects and all assignments should be completed in class time.
In the next newsletter I will discuss some of the excellent questions raised by parents at the information night.
Head of Middle School
From the Primary School
Everything is full steam ahead in Primary School, students have settled well into their classes. It is wonderful to hear and see already the progress and achievements of many students in their classes. We love to celebrate student achievements each week at Chapel. There are some exciting events and activities happening around the school in the next couple of weeks that we wanted to share with the school community. But before we do, we wanted to mention the importance of each student bringing their school hat to school every day.
With the oozing hot summer sun, it’s important to protect our students adequately from the harmful sun rays.Students must have their school hat at school each day. It is important to have your child’s hat named so if it’s found somewhere around the school it will make its way back to your child. Our school has a “No Hat, No Play policy”, students will be asked to stay in the shaded areas around the school.
What’s happening in Primary School
Student activities during morning tea and lunch breaks
At Chapel, Mrs Rebecca Bunston shared about all the fun activities on offer during morning tea and lunch breaks. Each day there is a different activity on offer that students can go to during their breaks. Classroom teachers will let their classes know what activities will be available to them each break. There are a variety of activities available to students to keep them busy during the break times. For students who prefer to run off some steam during break times, there is allocated hall play time and there is also sports equipment available for students to borrow and play during lunch times which is run by our Year 6 students.
Student activities this term includes;
- Primary Chapel band practice
- Painting with Preps, Chess Club
- Marble games
- Board games
- Lego club
- Craft time
- Praise time
After School Clubs
Our school has wonderful afterschool clubs every Monday and Thursday afternoons. There are a variety of activities on offer for our primary students to participate. Some of dedicated teachers will sharing their passion and expertise with the students in these afternoon clubs. For primary students we have the following clubs available, some clubs are combined with older grades.
- Craft Club for Year 4-5
- Science Experiments Club- Year 5
- Lego Club - Year 1-5
- Drama Club Year 3-5
- Football Academy – Years 4-5
- Maths Club – Year 5-12
- Art and Painting Club Years 1-3
- Soccer Club Years 4-6
Year 5’s partnership with Bolton Clarke Aged Care
This year we have an opportunity to work with our own local community in partnership with Bolton Clarke Aged Care Services in Caboolture. Students will participate in a regular visiting program where the children would go on a regular basis to meet and engage with the residents in activities such as reading, colouring, gardening, playing board games, etc. For the residents, these relationships can be such a blessing and can change their outlook dramatically. We feel that the same could occur for our students who may not only be a blessing to others, but also benefit from the one-on-one relationships and learn from others whom they usually may not engage with. Their first visit to the Aged Care will be the 21st of February, students will visit every Wednesday until Term 3.
Morcombe Foundation Visit
At the beginning of the year, Miss Alyce Groves one of our Year 4 teacher announced to us to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation will be visiting our College. Miss Groves mentioned that it was 4 years ago she made contact with the Morcombe Foundation to come to the College to speak to our students. So it is very exciting that we get the opportunity to hear from Mr and Mrs Morcombe. The Foundation will be visiting us on Wednesday the 13th of March.
Yours in Christ,
On Campus Class Updates
Year 12 are in the final stages of the course with an assignment about fuels and their energy input. They will continue to explore Carbon chemistry through Term 2.
Year 11 are finding that the work is much easier after having a tough introduction to Chemistry last year. Year 10 are now finding the same stress as the Year 11’s had last year because it is a tough course with a whole new language of science words and understandings to cope with. Please encourage your student to persist as it does get easier after you begin to understand the basic ideas. Practical work is so important and we are blessed to have Mr Hildred assisting us to get equipment ready for all the science experiments.
What a great start to the year! We have been busy in the classroom setting up our goals, learning about Creation and remembering how to do the Daily 5 and Daily 3. We had fun practicing for the community service and getting up and singing in front of our family and friends. In Science we have been learning about how things change from solids to liquids. We had fun seeing what happens to chocolate, fairy floss and crayons after they are melted and then frozen.
We have been busy learning the Daily 5 procedures and getting back into the routine of reading to each other. We are excited to learn and remember how to read to each other, as we have a very important role this year. We will be reading with Preppies this year! The students are looking forward to helping the Preps learn to read to someone. We are so excited about being in Year 3. We can’t wait to see what adventures we go on.
Year 3 Teacher
From time to time, I like to highlight a few books. The Australian childhood classic, Storm Boy, is celebrating its 50th anniversary edition. It was written in 1964 and the first movie was made in 1976. This year sees a new movie release of this beloved story. It was shot in South Australia starring Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney in the main roles, and was released on 17 January 2019.
It is a heartwarming story about the bond between a young boy and a pelican, whom he saves from a group of thugs threatening to kill wildlife for their own amusement. It is a very important book for children and adults alike, as it shows us the people who have no respect towards wildlife and animals. It is sad that human beings can be so destructive but touching and morally an important aspect that children should be made aware off, especially as Christians - to respect and take care of God’s Creation.
Depending on your child’s nature, it would be suitable for our upper primary students and of course, higher grades. Surely an opportunity to share a book and/or movie with your children, you might have enjoyed as child too. We have a copy of Storm boy in the library.
Nothing stopped Sophie
Written by Cheryl Bardoe
This is a great book introducing the contributions of women in STEM. This picture books tells the story of the life and work of a French mathematician Sophie Germain. She lived in the 1790’s and her love and determination of math is inspiring. She lived in a time where she had to overcome widespread resistance to females in math. Inspiring for young and old.
This book is not yet in the school library yet, but available at most Moreton Bay Public Libraries.
Well we are almost there! It’s almost time to head off on our first Japan mission trip. Numbers going are looking OK, but we could do with more students to come with us. Everyone is really looking forward to experiencing some amazing Japanese food and cultural events.
We’ll also have the opportunity to spend some time in a Japanese high school which will be the main focus of the mission trip. The school is allowing us to perform at the annual introduction to school clubs performance as well as spend some time speaking to Japanese students about God.
While the school is a Christian school most of the staff and students are not Christian, in fact did you know that many Japanese people will cross between Shintoism and Buddhism depending on the event and circumstances?
Many Japanese people also have a Christian wedding with all of the trimmings including a minister or pastor, but do not identify as Christian.
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