Good afternoon parents. I would to bring to your attention some very important events happening in the next two weeks. These events can have a huge impact on your child.
This Friday night 8th March is our UNITED YOUTH EVENT. It is an opportunity for your child to have a great night at the school and mix in with other young people. This night is being organised by our Chappy and ACCM Student Services Department along with the Youth Group Leaders from Youth Groups around the area. This is a great opportunity to have good clean safe fun with other young people, meet other young people and form some bonds with youth groups from most of our local churches. I encourage you to look at the other notices and emails regarding this.
On Wednesday 13 March during the day the Daniel Morecombe Foundation will be working with our children. Bruce and Denise Morecombe will be at the College reminding our children of all ages to keep safe. At ACCM we want all our children to be safe, happy and learning. We are so blessed to have them here on the 13th so make time to ensure you also can come along and hear what they have to say. More details on our Facebook page, in the newsletters and in emails. Please share details of this event with other parents so everyone is aware of the day.
March the 15th is the National Day Against Bullying and the huge banner students made last year still hangs in the Sports Hall reminding children that we are all united, - children, parents and staff - that bullying is harmful and we should all rally together and be opposed in every way we can to bullying. Look out for more ways you can help your child on the 15th and remember to reinforce this same message at home every day and not just on the 15th. There has been a lot of media coverage about bullying this week, but our College remains firm in our opposition to bullying and taking affirmative action against bullying behaviour whether it is from a student or parents towards other students. The College has and will suspend or expel students where bullying issues cannot be resolved. Likewise, the college has and will withdraw a family’s enrolment if a parent bullies a child from another family. We firmly believe that God made each person perfect and in His image. Jesus explained how we should love one another and how to treat each other with respect, acceptance and care. We are so blessed that bullying is so disliked by all sectors of our school community. Long may it stay so. Remember if your child does feel bullied it is time to talk to staff at the College or to me. Early intervention is the best approach.
Our Year 10s go off to camp at Maroochy on the 13 March. We wish them all a great time and pray they are safe, happy and learning about each other as well as about God.
At the moment it is still Summer Uniform. That means ALL students must be in summer uniform. If by some chance the weather gets cooler, that would be nice, then a blazer can be worn over their summer uniform. They cannot wear sports jackets or jumpers as outer garments. I will advise all families by email and SMS when it gets cool enough to allow students to wear either summer or winter uniform. Again, when it gets much cooler, I will again advise you of when only Winter Uniform must be worn.
Students will be trialling Naplan Online soon and getting ready for this. In 2019 we are trialling completing NAPLAN online for the first time. There are distinct advantages for our students, especially as they are familiar with technology and online tests such as the ACER tests they have just competed. Doing the test online allows us to spread the different tests out over a longer period than when using pen and paper.
Teachers have completed their first round of ACER testing and are finalising each child’s PLP or Personal Learning Plans. It is a little different this year as teachers will set goals for each child to strive for in their reading and numeracy. The form you receive will also have your family details on the top so please let us know if any details are incorrect. These are coming home very soon.
On a positive note the Year 12 students have returned from a fantastic camp which will set up them up for a fantastic last year of school. I always say that it takes the students, the teachers and families working as one to get students through Year 12. The camp helps build that relationship between them all and this will help them through a hard final year.
God bless you all
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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 Monday 8:00am to 9:00am and Wednesday 8:00am to 9:00am 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
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 10 Camp:
Maroochy Waterfront camp
Thursday 14th March - Friday 15th March
Term 1, Week 7 https://www.trybooking.com/ZFUT
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.
Lunchtime Activities Timetable
click here to download the Activity Table (pdf).
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 Senior School
Our future looks bright!
Last week I had the privilege of working with our Year 12 students on their last school camp ever! Emu Gully has provided us with amazing opportunities for both Online and On-campus students to together achieve goals and reflect on their who they are and what legacy they wish to leave – both corporately and individually.
Without any leading or provocation students set the following goals for themselves in the very first session:
- To bond as a group
- To step out of their comfort zone
- Approach every activity with a positive attitude
- Appreciate what they have (or don’t have)
- Create good memories
- Give 100%
- Have fun
- Get dirty
Each activity, pinned by an ANZAC story about real men and women who honourably and bravely served in wars and conflicts in ways that are legend worthy, gave students unique motivation to step up and achieve their goals. Even ‘failed’ experiences were a huge success when students were able to reflect on what they did and, when given the opportunity, each time rose up, refocused on their goals and invariably achieved them.
During our time at Emu Gully students have pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and achieved some great outcomes. They have dug deep and looked after each other with a true ANZAC spirit. And, after getting ‘down and dirty’ in the mud pit on the second day, finally came together that night as a real team, working and sharing together.
Without exemption, this group has indeed achieved every goal they set out to achieve.
I am pleased to say that, despite all that is said about this generation and the fears many possess about a future reliant on these young people, our future looks bright. Our students have certainly learnt about their past, regaled by ANZAC stories told by our new favourite person – Dave. But, even more importantly they have had a glimpse of their future. A future where they know their limits are only set by what they dare to do, and who they surround themselves to do it with.
Please continue to pray for our Year 12 students as they have now returned from camp and prepare to achieve great things in this final year of their school journey. They are truly a credit to their families and the communities in which they live and I am confident that their legacy will be both lasting and great.
Head of Senior School
Senior Biology and Psychology
We have had an interesting and challenging commencement to our year so far. Students in Year 11 have had to ‘hit the ground running’ so to speak as we endeavour to complete all the relevant tasks for the year. Biology students have conducted several mandatory and suggested practicals and will soon be conducting their own experiment for their second piece of assessment this term.
Psychology students have also been busy, with the Year 11 students running an experiment - which is somewhat different from the type they do in Biology or the other sciences. Thank you to those parents, friends, siblings and fellow students who have been willing participants in these experiments - obtaining a large enough sample is quite the challenge!
Year 10 Psychology students have enjoyed looking at some interesting topics thus far - everything from mixed up twin brothers to little girls who have had a hemispherectomy and the movie Inside Out. Year 10 Psychology students also had the opportunity to participate in a (sheep) brain dissection, which many found quite interesting (and some found a bit yuk!).
It is such a joy to work with the delightful young people we have at ACC-M; to encourage their thinking and inquiry skills and to challenge the way they look at the world.
Senior Biology and Psychology Teacher
From the Middle School
In the last newsletter I summarised the main points of our Middle School Information Night held in week 4. Today I would like to share with you three of the excellent questions parents asked at that night.
Do we offer co-curricula music?
The short answer is ‘yes’. The long answer is that it is limited to playing with the Chapel Band at the moment and that Mr Bengston is exploring a number of options around choirs and a productive instrumental program. For now, all students that have a wish to expand or express themselves musically are encouraged to speak to Mr Bengston about being part of the Chapel team, regardless of their experience or current level of competence.
Will we be streaming classes?
We do not and will not be streaming classes by ability groupings in any subject. Our timetabling this year has created the option for us to think creatively about how we break up our Maths and English classes, but it will not be streaming via a bell curve.
Years 6 and 7 have their Maths and English classes at the same time, as do the 8s and 9s. This will allow us to shuffle classes from time to time, allow for differentiation activities for both gifted students and students falling behind. However, we (myself, Mr Taylor- Head of Maths and Mrs Vlaanderen - Head of English) are working very hard to ensure we come up with a model that helps all children meet their full potential but does not label or ‘pigeon hole’ the way ‘streaming’ tends to.
Do we teach Financial LIteracy in the Middle School?
Currently we do not specifically teach Financial Literacy as a focus; it is included in some basic numeracy topics but the focus is more the mathematics involved rather than the financial literacy. We are exploring the latest research around how and when this is best done.
Head of Middle School
From the Primary School
Next week in the primary school is a very important one where we will be learning about child safety and participating in our school’s anti-bullying pledge. One of the most important parts of teaching is to ensure that our students feel safe and supported in their environment, but also that they know how to feel safe out in the real world and what to do if they don’t.
It’s very exciting that Bruce and Denise Morcombe will be coming to school on Wednesday the 13th of March to spend the morning with our primary students and to share their experiences and tips about how to keep each other safe. Students are asked to wear red on this day and to bring a gold coin donation that will go to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. (This will be our one fundraiser this year for the foundation.) Can we encourage you to talk with your children on Wednesday night about what they learnt during this session. Constant communication with our children about how to be safe online and in the community is so important in the times that we live.
Friday March 15th is the National Day of Action Against Bullying. Our school will again be making pledge to stop bullying and there are a number of exciting activities planned for this day and throughout the week. Children will wear their uniforms on this day but orange accessories are encouraged.
Our Year 4 students have been on our first primary excursion for the year. As part of their Design Technology unit, students are creating their own mini golf course, so they headed off to Holey Moley Golf on the Sunshine Coast to gain some inspiration for their projects. It was wonderful to see the creativity that came out of this trip and we will be sure to post more pictures later of their finished products.
Students in 2K have been busily working with numbers over 100 and all the way to 1000. They used number lines, MAB blocks and number expanders. It was great to see the students helping each other and trying best to solve mathematical problems.
Mrs Maija Koehler
2K Classroom Teacher
On Campus Class Updates
Learning Support News
The college’s MULTILIT programs assist students who have been identified by their classroom teacher, and assessment, as being significantly behind in Literacy. The MULTILIT (Making Up Lost Time in Literacy) organisation, supported by research from Macquarie University, have produced a series of programs that provide effective literacy instruction to students who struggle in the classroom. These programs focus on support students in the areas of Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, Reading Accuracy, Reading Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension. The programs are designed to assist students in mastering each of these areas, and through mastering them students will be better prepared to engage with the college’s curriculum.
At present the MultiLit Programs on offer are: MiniLit, MacqLit, Reading Tutor and Word Attack Extension. We will also be adding IntialLit into the mix later on in the year. The implementation of each of these programs can be grouped into three categories: Whole-class, group and one-to-one. IntialLit is an example of a Whole-class program, it is aimed at Foundation aged students, with all students taking part in the program. For around 80% of students, this approach is the most appropriate method of teaching Literacy. However, not all students work effectively within this format, this is where group and one-to-one programs become beneficial.
For the remaining 20% of students, Literacy Support programs that focus on groups of 4 to 5 students or working individually with a student is much more beneficial. MiniLit and MacqLit is a group approach to Literacy, MiniLit is geared towards students in year 1 and early year 2 and MacqLit caters to students in year 3 and up. The students in the group are regularly tested and groups progress only once all participants have mastered the content. Reading Tutor and Word Attack Extension are one-to-one programs where students work with a trained Literacy Instructor. Reading Tutor provides a foundation of Phonetic Understanding and once students has mastered these, they can move on to the more complex phonics present in Word Attack Extension.
Australian Christian College’s Learning Support Team aims to use the MultiLit programs to assist students in getting back on level and becoming confident readers. These programs have been well tested and have shown to be beneficial for many learners.
Learning Support Team Leader