Welcome to Term 2. There is a lot happening at the start of this term, despite the consistent rainy days! Many of our DE parents are having their prayers answered with these rain events, so we shouldn’t complain. However, wet days have created many wet lunchtimes with students unable to play outside.
Our builders, CBD, are now on site and starting the extension to the Primary Building. This extension will be a duplicate of what is in the primary building now, but with slightly larger rooms and a new toilet block upstairs. It is anticipated they will finish before the start of Term 4 so we can move our Middle School into these rooms. The building area has been fenced off with high metal fencing, but please speak with your child about not going into this area, and how to keep safe if something unusual is happening. All workers on the school site who venture out of the building site area into the school where children are, will be advising me beforehand. They will also have identification. Staff are prepared for this and how to manage situations that may suddenly arise.
Endless Praise is coming to our Community Celebration next Wednesday 8 May. There will be free sausages, jumping castle, face painting from 5:30pm. Then from 6:30 this great Australian Christian vocal group will work with our students to entertain and excite us. Endless Praise is working all day with our students running workshops, improving performance skills and teaching drama workshops. Please come and bring your friends and neighbours to this great evening of fun and celebration.
Thank you to the hundreds of children, parents and grandparents who marched as part of our school community on Anzac Day. Our beautiful Preps in formal uniform lead our march through Caboolture city centre and our school captains, Nathan and Kimberley, laid a wreath at the service following the ANZAC march.
Mother’s Day is Sunday 12 May, so please remember our mothers and the fantastic life they provide us as well as their endless love and support. Happy Mother’s Day to all our mum and female carers.
Camps are being held over the next two weeks. Our Year 8 Camp is on the 13-15th May at Burleigh Heads, and the Year 4 Luther Heights Camp is on 15-17 May. Have a great camp!
Please be aware that our College is doing 14-16 May NAPLAN online. This is the first time our children have completed NAPLAN online and I think it will be an easier experience for them and spread out over a longer time period. But they must have their computers fully charged at night and they must have headphones.
Have a great Term 2
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Term Dates 2019
TERM TWO 2019
(9 Weeks) - Tuesday 23rd April - Friday 21st June
Students Return - Tuesday 23rd April
Anzac Day - Thursday 25th April
Labour day - Monday 6th May
NAPLAN Testing - 14th - 24th 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/enrolment/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.
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:
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.
Flashing lights now active at Australian Christian College
From the 23rd April flashing light school zone signs were installed on Cottrill Road
Australian Christian College was nominated to receive these new signs as part of a Queensland Government commitment to improve school road safety.
You will notice that the new signs look similar to standard school zone signs with the addition of a red flashing ring around the speed limit as well as two flashing yellow lights at the top of the sign. The installation of flashing light school zone signs is proven to improve visibility of school zones, serving as an active reminder for motorists to slow down.
So next time you’re dropping off or picking up your child, keep an eye out for the new signs and make sure you stick to the signed speed limit.
NAPLAN Online Update Information
Technological developments are forever altering the way we learn, assess and test our abilities and strengths in this new age. One of these avenues of change and growth is the NAPLAN assessment system. We are pleased to announce that from 2019 ACCM will be running our Naplan tests online. This will reduce the time taken to prepare and assess the tests while improving accuracy and ease of use for the student. It will also enhance and enrich the students learning experience instead of hindering it.
In order for us to prepare for this change and familiarise our students with this new process, we will be holding a short trial run of the new assessment system on the 1st April 2019. This is NOT a test and will NOT impact the students’ studies or outcomes. It is simply a setup process for school readiness and teacher/student practice, paving the way for the real thing in May 2019.
All student devices will need to install a browser that will securely host the program and test results and enable the device to utilise its processing power to run the main tasks efficiently. The following instructions will be helpful in getting your student’s device ready and ensuring he/she has the optimum learning experience.
- The Naplan Online Information & Practice Site: https://nap.edu.au/online-assessment
- Use This Link to Get The Lockdown Browser: https://www.assessform.edu.au/layouts/Technology/LockedDownBrowser.aspx
- Students are to have their own headphones to use with laptops and iPads for Naplan
- The device is to be fully charged each day of the testing
- Please check the school website for details on device compatibility for schoolwork and Naplan testing: https://moreton.acc.edu.au/learning/digital-natives.html
Please remember we are a BYOD school and it is your responsibility to ensure your student has the right tools to facilitate their learning and deepen their experiences for success.
If you have difficulty installing or finding the details you need to prepare your devices, please call the office Admin or IT officer for support on PH: 5490 6100.
Youth Adventures 2019 - Mission Trip to Palm Island
Is your child interested in missions? In learning more about the Indigenous culture? The 2019 Youth Adventures trip might just be for them.
Who: Open to Year 9 and 10 students
When: 6th-16th August 2019
Cost: Approximately $1600
An expression of interest form must be completed before an official interview is carried out - Expression of Interest form.
A position on the team will be offered if your child is seen to be a good fit for the group. The cost covers flights, insurance, accommodation, food, transportation and entry costs to tourist attractions. To find out more information, watch this short video - Promotion video with detail
Deputy Principal On Campus News
Welcome to the second term for 2019. I hope your term holidays were refreshing and enjoyable and that your Easter Celebrations with families and friends allowed you to reflect on and celebrate Jesus death and resurrection. I especially welcome the students and teachers new to ACC this term, and trust you will find our College both supportive and engaging. We look forward to all the special College events scheduled over the next 9 weeks and trust students will thoroughly enjoy the challenges, opportunities and new learning embedded in each of our programs.
The events of last week, in recognition of Anzac Day, provided students with the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the freedom we enjoy as Australians as a result of the sacrifice of many during times of war. The school’s commemorative service was a fitting acknowledgement of those who served our country and the contribution of all students to this event was appreciated. This was a special occasion for all who attended. The march down King Street on the 25th April was well supported. It was wonderful to see so many parents, grandparents and other community members attend the march to honour those who have fought for our freedom. Our School Captain and Vice Captain attended the Caboolture Anzac Day Service and laid a wreath on behalf of the school.
The weather is starting to cool down, particularly in the mornings. Over the first 6 weeks of this term, students can transition into winter uniform. Students MUST be in full winter uniform by Monday 3rd June. We appreciate your support to comply with our Student Uniform Standards.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students cannot mix and match during the uniform transition. It is one uniform or the other.
- Females formal winter uniform (P-12) - consists of the formal dress worn with the blazer or school jumper (navy or black stockings or tights are optional).
- Males formal winter uniform (P-12) - consists of full-length trousers, a long sleeve shirt (short sleeve shirt is optional), blazer or jumper and a tie.
All students must have an ACC school bag. No handbags or other types of backpacks are allowed. Please order school bags through the e-Store.
On Tuesday 14 May, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will commence the NAPLAN tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Tests will be spread out over a two-week period and this year will be completed online. These national assessments provide a snapshot of learning and are one example of information that teachers access to support students. Staff collect a range of data related to student achievement on a continual basis. From observational notes and samples of student work to more formal assessments, these all work together to provide information to help us to design teaching and learning programs that meet the needs of all students.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Deputy Principal On Campus
From the Senior School
Every learning opportunity is an opportunity to learn!
Recently, I spoke to our Year 10 students explaining why their Term One results may not reflect their ‘usual’ grades due to an increase in rigor and syllabus changes. However, as we begin Term Two and all students receive all-important feedback from their summative assessment in Term One, it is important that all are reminded about the true purpose of assessment and feedback.
Whether students are preparing for an ATAR, OP, TAFE or vocational pathways, for ALL students, the real focus is learning. Everyday for our students brings with it new opportunities to learn new skills, but mastery will take time, patience and commitment. Fortunately, every single piece of assessment is an excellent opportunity specifically designed to inform students of what they are currently able to do, and to provide them with instruction and direction as to how to improve.
Consequently, it is important that our students are encouraged to do the following whenever they receive feedback or grades:
- Look closely at the feedback offered by teachers – use this feedback to direct future assessment and learning opportunities. Ask your teacher how!
- Do not be disheartened by results if they are less than expected – all assessment is about learning, so learn from this!
- Make this is a starting point – not the end! All results, good or bad, are an opportunity for you to learn what you need to learn.
- Use grades and results to set personal goals and discuss these with your teacher
Every learning opportunity is an opportunity to learn. Please encourage your Senior student to use each of these opportunities as effectively as possible and as always, if you have questions or queries regarding your student’s academic progress, please contact your student’s subject teacher first. However, should you have any further queries or concerns please see myself or our Coordinator of Senior School, Mr Cameron Johnson.
Please note that subject selection in Year 10 is semester based. Consequently, it is expected that students will stay in subjects for the duration of Term 1&2 - they will be given opportunity at the end of the term to change subjects should they wish. More information will follow towards the end of this term.
Head of Senior School
From the Middle School
My prayer is that Easter was a special time for all of our families: that it was a time of rest, reflection and rejuvenation and that the students have returned for Term 2 ready to be the best versions of themselves.
There are a bunch of really important dates for the Middle School families to remember this term:
8th May - Endless Praise
We are blessed again to have the praise group “Endless Praise” ministering to us. Their program for the day includes drama and music workshops for the students to participate in as well as personal development session for the year 9s - this has been very well received in the past.
13th - 15th May - Year 8 Camp
Camps are an integral part of our culture building process at ACC Moreton and I would strongly urge all families to invest in them
14th - 24th May NAPLAN
NAPLAN is a great opportunity for us to get a gauge on how we are doing and what we need to do to help our children achieve their academic goals. This year it will be significantly different as we venture in to the world of digital testing. Please talk to your children about the fact that NAPLAN is not something that should concern or worry them; they just need to turn up, willing to try and to do as they are told.
The tests will run to the following schedule:
14th May - Year 7 Writing
15th May - Year 9 Writing
16th May - Year 7 Reading and Language conventions
17th May - Year 9 Reading and Language conventions
20th May - Year 7 Numeracy
21st May - Year 9 Numeracy
22nd - 24th May - Catch-up days.
There is of course, a bunch of other important stuff later in the term, carnivals and excursions, but we will talk about them closer to the time.
Blessings for a productive and enjoyable Term 2.
Head of Middle School
From the Primary School
The last day of Term 1, we saw enthusiastic students bring in their Easter hat creations that they made from home. It was wonderful seeing many primary school students walk into the school with the creations. A sea of colour, feathers, Easter eggs, glittery hats were filled in the hall ready for the annual Easter hat parade. We had our wonderful judges, Mr Underwood, Miss Flood and Mrs Fraser who looked out for the most creative lower and upper primary class as each class paraded around the hall to showcase their creations. Each participant was given an Easter egg by our judges and Mrs Fraser delivered a wonderful message about the true meaning of Easter. All parents, students and staff had a wonderful time. It was a great way to end a wonderful term. Congratulations to Prep M and Year 5C for taking out the ‘Most Creative’ class award.
Our first week for Term 2 was short but certainly a busy one. All the primary teachers prepared some ANZAC activities for their students, that even involved eating Anzac biscuits. Students learnt about the importance of Anzac Day and how it marked the courage and bravery of those who served in the First World War. Our upper primary classes also helped make poppies which we saw as decorations for the whole school Anzac Day service. On Anzac Day, primary students and the rest of the school marched together at the Caboolture March. Students should be congratulated on how well presented they looked and on their fantastic behaviour. The Preps certainly enjoyed their first march with the school and looked amazing in their formal uniforms.
There is certainly a lot of things happening in Term 2 so please regularly check email from the College and your child’s classroom teacher. Upcoming event include…
Prep to Year 3 Athletics Carnival - Friday 3rd of May
Community Celebration - special guest Endless Praise- 8th of May
Year 4 camp- 15th May - Friday 17th May
Student Services Update
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability, otherwise referred to as NCCD, has officially begun. The NCCD requires that all schools, be they private or state, provide to the government an accurate summation of the students with disabilities that require additional support, to ensure they can access the curriculum the same as their peers. To justify this, Teachers are asked to provide evidence of the support student receive. The reporting is done over a 10 week period, at ACC-M, we began collecting data in Term 1, Week 8 and will continue until Term 2, Week 7. This documentation is then collated and the students are levelled according to the amount of support given and their disability type. The final figures need to be submitted by the principal by August.
Our team, and the college as a whole is committed to ensuring that students receive the highest level of care possible, and the NCCD will further assist us in this process. Please support during this time, through communication with teachers about your students needs, as the more we know about your child the better we can assist them in making their schooling years the best they can possibly be.
Senior Maths & Physics & Year 12 Update
This term, the Year 10 General Mathematics class will be working on another set of topics that cover various areas of mathematics. They will have an exam at the end of the term which will cover work from both Terms 1 & 2 and we will be trying to help them retain their earlier learnings through regular revision in their weekly quizzes.
The Year 11 Mathematical Methods students have an exam to finish Unit 1 in Week 6 of the term and we will begin Unit 2 in Week 7. For the Year 11 Physics students, their assessment item to finalize Unit 1 is a Research Investigation on nuclear radiation and energy. They will also be covering the topic of electrical circuits before moving into Unit 2 covering Linear Motion and Waves in Week 7.
Year 12 Maths B students have a challenging assignment ahead of them this term – to examine how water rises and falls in a container with holes in the bottom where the rate that it flows out constantly changes with the amount of water that is left.
Most of the Year 12 form class had a great time at their last ever school camp at Emu Gully in the middle of last term. They have put the leadership training they received there to good use - making a great contribution to the Senior School by regularly taking the lead in chapel services and generally “pitching in” and helping out their teachers whenever needed.
Year 10V, Senior English update
Year 10 English has just begun their first Senior journey into the world of Shakespeare with a study of the classic love story of Romeo & Juliet. Unit 1 & 2 Literature are deepening their Shakespearean knowledge with a study of Twelfth Night and Year 12 English are also continuing their foray into the world of Hamlet. Students in Unit 1 & 2 General English are investigating representations of sustainability and those in Unit 1 & 2 Essential English are discovering how to navigate the tricky world that is the workplace. Certainly, there are a lot of exciting things happening in the Senior sphere of English!
Students in Unit 1 & 2 subjects are particularly feeling the pressure as they head towards their first exam block in Week 6. I would encourage parents and carers to keep an eye on the stress levels and workloads of their students. A little extra work every night will help them to avoid the last minute rush before their exams. Of course, this works well regardless of what year level you child is in!
Those in 10V who attended the Maroochy Waterfront camp last term had an excellent time. It was so lovely to watch the cohort of both OC and OL students get to know each other and form firm friendships. I can only look forward to seeing them rise to the occasional as they continue their Senior School journey. Year 10 Work Experience also seemed to be a success in the last week of Term 1. There have many stories, both positive and not so much, floating around senior school, indicating that our Year 10s are definitely considering they future pathways and careers.
Year 5 Updates
Year 5 had a fun ending to Term 1, celebrating Easter in many different ways including an Easter Egg Hunt that involved solving a series of clues to find the prize. It was wonderful to see the students come with many creative hats for the Easter Hat parade.
The students have been settling well into Term 2. Year 5 has some interesting topics and projects to cover. They will design a board game, learn about the early settlement in Australia and develop their writing skills with a focus on persuasive texts.
I will be taking paternity leave in Term 2 for the birth of my first baby around Week 4.
Music Program Update
This term students will begin preparations for the very first school production, ‘Shine Bright’. Students who have registered for Battle of the Bands need to be practicing regularly as Battle of the Bands is only six weeks away.
In primary classes this term students will continue covering foundational musical concepts. Preps, Grades 1 and 2 are focusing on pitch. Grade 3 will be getting ukuleles to take home for the next two terms. Grade 4 are continuing to learn the recorder. Year 5’s are focusing on performance in a group.
In Middle School students will rotate around to their next Arts Subject and those doing music this term have started to 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 focusing on a unit in Film Music. Senior Classes this term are continuing to focus on core skills of a musician, performance, composition and musicology.
Australian Christian College Moreton is in the process of building its own Instrumental Music Program. Students can choose to learn in either individual or group lessons and prices will vary depending on the group size. Most music lessons take place during class time and students are withdrawn from class for 30 minutes.
Fees are as follows –
Individual lessons $35 for a half hour lesson
2 student lessons $20 for a half hour lesson
3 student lessons $15 for a half hour lesson
4 student lessons $12.50 for a half hour lesson
Students usually have 8-10 lessons per term and payment will be required to be paid upfront at the beginning of the term. All instruments are currently provided by the school, however if your child has an instrument of their own and they are able to bring it to school, it is encouraged that they use their own.
Expression of interest forms are available from the office or can be completed online via the following link: https://forms.gle/vBfgJkM4Dr5C1P3M6
Please contact myself if you require any further information.
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Psalm 59:1 (NIV)
Head of Performing Arts and Music
2019 Premier’s Reading Challenge
It is time for the Reading Challenge again. According to the website, registration opens early in Term 2. I have spoken to the staff of the involved government office and they informed me it will most probably be launched middle May ..so watch this space.
The Premier's Reading Challenge is an annual statewide initiative for state and non-state schools and home-educated students from Prep to Year 9, as well as children (aged up to five years) enrolled in an early childhood centre.
The aim of the Premier's Reading Challenge is to improve literacy and encourage children to read for pleasure and learning.
In 2018, more than 2.46 million books were read by more than 180,000 Queensland children and students from 1,012 schools and 388 early childhood centres.
Each child receives a certificate for either participating and/or completing the Challenge. If you are interested in participating, keep and eye on the website as well as the next newsletter.
Here is a link to the Shortlisted books for 2019. You will find categories for older readers, younger readers, early childhood, picture books and best illustrated children’s book.
It is good to know about the best titles of our Australian authors and ideas what to look for in the library with the next visit.
Please make sure your child has no overdue books.
There are a variety of ways you can assist in the library. Help is needed with the daily re-shelving of books. As little as 30 minutes in the morning and/or afternoon will make a big difference. Maybe 30 minutes after dropping your child off or 30 minutes before picking them up.
Covering of books, sticking-in of name slips, general tidying-up of shelves and library, help with book displays, are all tasks that have to be done on a regular basis to ensure our students have an attractive library.
Ad hoc help will also be appreciated. If you are already a volunteer or are new to the school and are interested in helping in the library, please get in touch with me or the office.
Mrs Sonja Potgieter - Librarian