The disaster in Christchurch sent all of us into shock this week. Our prayers go out to the entire Christchurch community as it deals with the extremist actions of an individual. We are all affected when events like this happen and we pray that such events never happen again. Today, the Prime Minister denounced racism and “tribalism”, and also said the community needed to be free to hold “legitimate policy debates” on issues such as migrant intake and border security without the conversations being “hijacked” by accusations of intolerance or racial hatred. The tribalism he is referring to is the state of being organized by, or advocating for, tribes or tribal lifestyles. The members of a tribe believe that their tribe is the only correct interpretation, the only values, the only action, - in other words they are correct and the rest of the people outside their tribe are wrong. Thus, the extremism that the press talks about.
As a Christian school we encourage discussion and go away from our academic focus to help our children understand other people and their values. Over the last two weeks that was echoed many times. Denice and Bruce Morecombe spoke to the children about being safe. Students formed up on the oval to make a sign opposing bullying on the National Day of Action Against Bullying. We also had 25 Japanese students at school for the week and they lived with many of our families. Their final presentation of cultural dance and music was amazing. Last Friday we had the United Event where 150 students and youth leaders from all the local churches had a great night together playing games, sharing and enjoying music and good discussion. This week on Thursday 21st we will celebrate Cultural Celebration Day and recognise all the cultures that make up our school and our community. So many events in two to three weeks. Why do this? Because it broadens our children’s understanding of the wider world and we will continue to do events like these, camps and mission trips to expose our children to the wider world anyway we can.
Not only do we want our children to understand different cultures and beliefs, but to also understand the different people that make up our local community. The Year 5 and now Middle School students that will be working in the Bolton Clarke Aged Care Facility will develop attitudes to our ageing community they may never experience at home or in school. They are learning to be servants and carers, rather than people who demand and take. They are learning to follow the ways Jesus taught us to live.
Your students make me so proud when I see them concerned about local and global events. When I see them caring for others in need or even helping younger children at recess and lunch. We want to build a love for all people regardless of their race, wealth, popularity and fame. At ACCM we care about our students and strive to help them understand Christian values and how to live their life including the acceptance, respect and care for other people, regardless of who they are, what they believe or how educated or wealthy or popular they may be.
Can I please ask parents to continue to talk to your children about events like this, when your children ask you questions? It is only through open dialogue that your child will grow with you and be open to discuss anything with you. If you are ever concerned about views or values of your child and where it may be heading, then we have a great Student Services Department who can help. We have a Youth Worker, Guidance Officer, and Counsellors who are all here to help you and the college create wonderful young men and women with Christian values that the world definitely needs. Please feel free to contact them or email me directly if you ever become concerned or just need to talk about the health and wellbeing of your child.
As a staff, we pray for your families in our morning devotions every morning. We share this parenting journey with you. God bless you all.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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
There have been lots of highlights over the past two weeks. It’s exciting to see the variety of learning opportunities happening in the College and the commitment of the teaching team behind the scenes. Our theme for the past week has focused on Child Safety and the Biblical truth that Jesus loves the little children.
Visit from the Morcombe Foundation
What a blessing it was to welcome Bruce and Denise Morcombe to our College and to listen to their key safety message "recognise, react and report”. Despite the heat, our P-5 students paid great attention and left with some wonderful strategies for personal safety. Thank you, Miss Alyce Groves, for organising and preserving with locking in the visit.
Year 10 Camp
Camps are always a highlight of the year for students and I’ve heard nothing but great stories from their time away. Cameron Johnson has outlined some of the experiences in his article. There are probably one hundred good reasons why students should go on school camps, but here are mine…
TOP 10 REASONS TO GO ON SCHOOL CAMP
- Discover new things about yourself and other people
- Make lifelong friends
- Unplug from technology
- Reconnect with nature and the environment
- Spend the day being physically active
- Learn how to get along with other people
- Problem-solve and be creative
- Make decisions without input from Mum or Dad or Carers
- Learn resilience when things don’t quite go to plan
- Experience new things that will become memories and shared conversations for years to come
A vibrant and challenging camp program is an essential part of an ACC education. We want each of our students to discover the rich human experience of working alongside others in new terrain. We love to see our students immersed in the natural environment, enjoying the wonder of God’s creation.
We are genuinely grateful to the many ACC staff who attend our camps. They farewell their own families and put their personal lives on hold so that ACC students can experience invaluable learning in unfamiliar places. We are blessed to have such a team of dedicated staff. I strongly encourage parents to register their Year 8 and Year 4 students for the upcoming camps in Term 2.
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence
The students gathered on the oval last Friday morning in the formation of a circle with the word ‘Bully’ in the middle and a line through it. They raised their voices and hands as a gesture to stand together for ‘bullying NO WAY’. This united stand followed after the students agreed with a pledge and prayer for ACC to be a safe place for all. Students wore orange accessories and enjoyed a cup of orange jelly after coming off the oval. Sincere thanks go to Mrs Isabel Jackson, the coordinator of the event for organising all the details and helping our students understand the importance of keeping our school a safe and happy place.
Early Term 2 Events - Date Claimers
ANZAC Day - ACC College Service
The College 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.
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 11:00 am Service, to remember the fallen and represent the College, our School Captains will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph.
It’s hard to believe there are only two weeks left until the end of term and the Easter holidays will be upon us. Students still have a busy time ahead, completing assessments and finishing off units of work. Please continue to encourage your child to stay focused and committed to their schooling. Thank you for your continued support.
Deputy Principal On Campus
From the Senior School
Last week I had the privilege of spending time on another camp, this time with our Year 10 students at Maroochydore on their very first camp as Senior students. Again, I had a front row seat to watch our students interact, both Online and On-campus students. Together these students solved problems, played and connected with one another on a whole new level.
This camp is always a little deceptive. It seems a very simple camp ‘on paper’. The activities are not complicated, there is no ‘drill sergeant’ pushing students or a high ropes course to challenge them. Each time we’ve done this camp students have responded a little differently. But always, they have left camp with new friends and a new appreciation of people they may have known before – but not necessarily connected with or understood.
Consequently, I would like to encourage us all to expect great things of our students and to challenge them. This camp was an awesome opportunity for me to observe a little from the side. What I noticed was that time and time again, students surprised each other, their parents, their teachers and themselves. Students did things they didn’t expect to do. They made new friends, built relationships with staff, rose to a challenge, connected with other human beings without the support of technology and shared things about themselves with others. Students who were anxious about the uncertainty of camp, pretty much everyone, within a few short hours were laughing and smiling and engaging with people they barely knew.
This camp is an excellent reminder to expect more of our young people!
As part of the support network in students’ lives, whether staff, friends or family, we need to remember to expose our students to difficult and challenging situations. Every time we encourage students to do something they find difficult, and they experience some sort of success, their personal limits are stretched and redefined. Students learn that ‘difficult’ is not the same things as ‘impossible’. They learn that friends really are just people you haven’t met yet and the world becomes just a little less scary.
It is also my pleasure to report that our Year 10 students this year were exemplary and a credit to all of those who each day speak into their lives and encourage them to be better than they were yesterday.
Please continue to pray for our Year 10 students as they continue their Senior school journey. They may have only just begun, but they are journeying well.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
As a staff are truly encouraged by Year 10’s attitude and commitment and we are excited by the many possibilities that lie ahead for them as we continue to support their personal and corporate growth.
Head of Senior School
Senior Sport & Recreation
This term in Sport and Recreation I have been lucky enough to travel with a large group of students to the Caboolture Lakes Bowls Club to participate in the lifelong physical activity of Lawn Bowls. This forms a part of the Sport and Recreation Course. When students first heard that they would be going Lawn Bowling, there was some understandable angst that this was ‘an old person’s sport’ or that they were really disinterested. I am pleased to report that those same students have come away from the experience with a changed attitude and an experience that they will cherish for a long time.
So high was the intrigue and interest in teenagers participating in Lawn Bowls that the Caboolture Herald caught wind of the situation and were down at the Club taking photos and getting information for an article to appear in an upcoming article in the paper. Keep your eyes peeled in the local paper for our students showing what they can do on the green. I wish to thank Neil and the members of the Caboolture Lakes Bowls Club for their hospitality and generosity in taking such a large group of students and coaching them so amicably.
Year 10 Camp
Students and staff have just returned from Year 10 Camp at Maroochy Waterfront and all that attended had a fantastic time. From a teacher’s perspective, it was great to see the on-campus students and our online students interact with each other and get to know each other a bit better. One of the great features of our camps in the Senior School is that our students are all integrated together whether they study on campus or through ACC’s Distance Education. The students are to be commended for allowing themselves to be vulnerable and starting conversations with strangers who would soon be called friends. It was very encouraging to see students at the end of the camp exchanging contact details so they could all keep in contact. Who knows, maybe they will see each other again at a future camp or carnival.
Some of the highlights at the camp included dragon boating, conversation circles, domino challenges, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, scooter-ing along the river, and plenty more. The food was also excellent with gourmet selections such as chicken parmigiana, roast beef and veggies and delicious hot breakfasts. A special thank you goes to Chelsea who was our camp leader from Character Builders. She did a fantastic job engaging the students in fun and challenging activities that stretched them both physically and emotionally. The feedback we received from students was overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to returning to the camp in 2020.
From the Middle School
We are in the midst of a really important time in the life of a Middle School Student. No, it’s not NAPLAN, or Camp, or the fact that we are undertaking assessment right now. No, it is a time in which we get to discuss our children, their strengths and weaknesses and how we can help them grow into the men and women God has for them to be.
Last week we sent out the Personal Learning Plans (PLPs) for each student. These plans were based on teacher observation and recent ACER testing; testing aimed at helping ascertain our students strength and areas potential growth. These tests are not the final word on a child’s ability or potential, and we would never use them that way, they are just a snapshot of how a child is tracking at a particular point in time.
In conjunction with the PLPs, by the time this is published, we will have had parent / teacher interviews. These interviews are very important, not only because they allow us to talk face-to-face about our children, but also because it becomes obvious to the children that we are talking about them. The communication between the home and school is a significant factor in the success of a Middle School student. Thank you to those of you that made the effort to come and meet with us.
Of course, we need to be communicating about a range of things, not just the child’s Maths’ or English mark. Please talk to me, or your child’s teacher, if things are not right. If your child is in conflict with anybody in our college, let us know; please don’t wait until the conflict becomes a major issue. Tell us when your children are experiencing success as well. Many of our students participate in a range of activities and ventures outside of the college and we love to hear about these things so that we can celebrate with them.
Head of Middle School
From the Primary School
The primary school students were treated with a safety talk by some special guests who attended their primary chapel on Wednesday 13th of March . It was wonderful to have Bruce and Denise Morcombe from The Daniel Morcombe Foundation talk about Safety. Students learnt about recognising body clues, which are the physical responses the body has when feeling unsafe. Students were also introduced to a safety network, where students identified adults they can talk to about feelings. This adults should include someone that lives at home, males and females as well as people who live outside the home. The Morcombe’s also spoke about the 3R’s which are Recognise- Are you safe?, React- What can you do? and Report- Who can you tell?. We hope that our students took some away from the Morcombe’s visit .
Another exciting event on the school calendar was on Friday 15th of March the whole school gathered on the school oval. There was certainly a sea of orange as students wore orange accessories to stand up against bullying. The students wore orange accessories which is the colour for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Teachers addressed the issue of bullying in their classes and things students can do to say ‘No way’ to bullying. The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence empowers young people to be part of the solution when addressing bullying in the school community. It provides an opportunity to focus on bullying and the changes we can all make to help create safer communities for everyone.
Save the date: Primary Easter Hat Parade!
We invite family and friends to attend our annual Primary Easter Hat parade. It will be an exciting morning, where we will see students from each class showcase their creation. Students will also learn about the true meaning of Easter. The Easter Hat Parade will be held at the College Hall at 8:50 am on Friday the 5th of April.
All Prep to Year 5 students are invited to make an Easter Hat at home and bring it along to the parade. This is not a compulsory event but every entrant will receive a prize. There will be no place winners.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Last years Easter Hat Parade
Yours in Christ,
We have had a busy start to the year in 5C. Everyone in the class has settled well and everyday I’m impressed by how each student works hard and challenge themselves. In English, the class have been creating narrative stories and it’s great to see such a high level of writing. We definitely have some budding authors!
As we did in 2018, Year 5 have an opportunity to work with our own local community in partnership with Bolton Clarke Aged Care Services in Caboolture. Each Thursday, a small number of Year 5 students visit Bolton Clarke. This is a fantastic experience for the students to engage and build relationships with the residents and to make a real impact in their lives. These trips to Bolton Clarke are the highlight of the week and it is fantastic to see the confidence of the students grow with each visit.
In devotions, we have been learning about Moses and the incredible life he had. The Israelites were in a hopeless situation, and it is only through God’s mighty power that they were released from captivity. We have had some great class discussions about relying on God and persevering even when we think we can’t.
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
Our Preppies have been working so hard and been very busy in class. In English, we have been practising routines and building our stamina with our reading. We enjoy reading to our bears, and have started reading to a friend. We are so excited to have the Year 3 students come and visit us to do some buddy reading together, so we have also been practising how to read with someone.
In Science we have been learning all about living and nonliving things, and about all the things we need to stay alive, and spoken about how God supplies all our needs. We focused this week on food, water, and air. In one lesson we learned all about our lungs and we even got to make our own '"lungs" out of straws and paper bags. We coloured in some pictures of lungs to put on the front, and we really enjoyed watching these expand and contract just as our lungs do when we breathe in and out.
Have a wonderful day.
You are valuable! You matter! That’s God’s heart towards you. Jesus in Matthew Chapter 6 talks about how God takes care of the flowers and the birds and that you are far more valuable than them. Because you matter to God He wants to journey with you. He loves it when we turn to him often and tell him about the good, the bad and the ugly. When we have eyes to see that God is “in the boat” with us then our worry and fear decrease and our faith rises.
With you on the journey…
Teen Street 2019 A fantastic opportunity for students who are turning 13 this year through to year 12 students to encounter Jesus, have heaps of fun, serve others, learn about mission, grow in their relationship with God and others.
- 7-12 July, 2019
- @UQ Gatton
- Cost $305 (Early Bird by 5 May) or $325
- Bus from Caboolture Baptist Church $20 return
Super Sports Camp Caboolture (Day time only)
- Questions Ph Marie – 0433 216 852
- For grades 4-6 students
- April 9-11
- 9am – 3.30pm
- Morayfield State High School.
- Cost $60
- Flyers available from Chappy
Today I would like to concentrate on the library in a supportive role for Middle and Senior School. Term 1 has been eventful with new platforms and skills to master as far as senior textbooks are concerned.
The school provides the students and teachers access to a website called TV4Education. It is used to support the national curriculum and enrich student’s learning. TV4Ed have a collection of more than 150,000 documentaries, shows, movies, sports programmes, science innovation documentaries, news items as well as current affairs programmes. Recently the Year 10 English class, for example, had to watch the movie To Kill a Mockingbird. Psychology and Biology are also making use of this wonderful resource. Information on this resource and how to access it, has been put on the senior hub. If your child has any difficulty logging into the system, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me, so I can walk you through the process.
The other exciting new resource we are using from this year, is Campion MyConnect, which allows students to log-in onto one online site, and have all their textbooks available despite who the publisher is. Gone are the days where students have to log into each publisher’s website to access a textbook. This one-step resource is a huge improvement.
The same invitation stands for using MyConnect. If you experience any difficulties, get in touch with your subject teacher or myself. It is important for us, to log difficulties or problems, so we can take it up with the service provider.
Year 10 - 12 students are allowed to sign-up with the Queensland State Library in order to do online research, for their assignments. Through the state library we have access to a variety of websites, the school will not be able to provide access to. It is free of charge and all senior school teachers have been show how to register and use the resources. If any student needs help with that, they are welcome to come and see me in the library. The library forms an integral part of their ongoing academic success.