From the Principal
A special thank you to all the families who joined us for a fantastic Celebration Evening with Endless Praise. What an amazing evening. I look forward to our next term Celebration, although it will be hard to top this special evening. Thank you Chappie for your great leadership.
Naplan Online this week showed that our students are digitally capable. Apart from a couple of small connection issues, Online Naplan was well handled by our students and staff, with no technical issues. Please remember that Naplan questions focus on specific skills in a context based around the National Curriculum. In our school we have DE students and On Campus students both doing Naplan from Port Douglas to the NSW border. They come from a wide range of worldly situations. We use ACER diagnostic tests throughout the year and carefully monitor your child and their growth in literacy and numeracy. We set goals and monitor their growth. Every child has their unique God-given talents, many more than are measured by NAPLAN. Please remember that Naplan in no way measures the beautiful child you raised, or their ability, or their potential to succeed. It certainly doesn’t measure the Christian values or social skills – things that we consider critical in the education of a child.
Preps for 2020 need to be registered as soon as possible. If you have sibling starting Prep in 2020, or a friend with a possible new Prep for 2020 please let our enrolment Officer Margie Hildred know via email at [email protected] or call her via the office. Enrolling early guarantees a spot in our two prep classes.
With two year levels at camp this week we pray that they have dry conditions and an exciting time developing their skills, self confidence and team work. Camps are a critical way we build the full potential of our students.
I want to thank the parents that provided input into our Carpark Review. Together with Police and the Department of Transport and Main Roads we had a wealth of input into the operation of the carpark. Fundamentally, the wrap around drop off zone was praised, but there will be more signage and monitoring of cars parked in the drop off space. This is a 2-minute max parking area and you cannot leave you car. The other key recommendation was preventing right hand turns out of the car park in peak times 3pm to 3:20. We encourage you to arrive a little later and avoid the traffic, especially if you have older children. By 3:15 most of the traffic has gone. The Department is also planning to fund a crossing supervisor on Cottrill Rd. Please keep alert to changes in and around the school carpark. The Department is also approaching the Police to monitor car speeds outside the school which they say were far too high. Watch your speed or pay the price! Safety of our children is most important to us.
Want to know what your children are up to online? Want to find out how to see what they do online? Want to know how to speak to your children? What age should children be able to go online or have a social media account? On Wednesday 22 May at 6pm a special event will be held for parents to consider these questions. Make sure you put this in your diary.
Finally, the new building extension is well under way. We are praying they will finish on time and allow us into the new building for the start of Term 4. The new building will house all our primary and Middle School students. We have created plans and submitted a funding application to build a new senior school and specialist rooms in a new building stretching between the sports hall and the old church. It is our hope to build this in 2020. What an exciting time to be at ACCM. I will be sending you updates on these new buildings as we go through 2019.
God bless every family
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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/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.
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 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.
Deputy Principal On Campus News
Thank you to students, parents, family and friends who attended our Term 2 Community Celebration last Wednesday evening. I was so encouraged to see large numbers of families in the audience. The atmosphere was amazing. Our cultural student group performed so beautifully (see video clip) and Endless Praise showcased their gifts and talents with excellence. During the day, the Endless Praise team ran vocal, music and performance workshops, drama workshops and personal development sessions for our Year 9 students. The Gospel was shared and students had an opportunity to respond to the call of Jesus Christ.
By the time you receive this newsletter, week one of NAPLAN testing will be done and dusted. This is the first year we are rolling out tests online. Students have done so well adjusting to the new platform and giving of their best. The experience has given us plenty to review and improve for next year.
Last week a letter was sent home regarding the Winter uniform. We are in a transition period, however, students MUST be in full winter uniform by Monday 3rd June.
Female formal winter uniform (P-12) consists of:
- formal dress,
- jumpers can only be worn under a blazer, not in place of a blazer,
- school hair ribbon (no scrunchies or coloured hair ties please)
- navy or black stockings or tights are optional.
Male formal winter uniform (P-12) consists of:
- full-length trousers,
- a long sleeve shirt (short sleeve shirt is optional),
- jumpers can only be worn under a blazer, not in place of a blazer,
- school tie.
Note: Students wearing a school jumper must wear the blazer to school. They can remove the blazer during the day but it must be put back on at the end of the day when leaving the campus. On very cold mornings, students can wear a black or navy plain scarf and gloves.
Sentral Parent Portal
I’ve been receiving questions about the Sentral Parent Portal and when this tool will be released. Sentral is our new School Management System. We changed over at the start of the year from Quickschools where parents enjoyed the ability to be able to log in and see their students results, report cards and other relevant information. We are working towards introducing this tool again through Sentral, however it will be some time before we will be ready to provide parents/carers with access. We appreciate your patience and do hope in the near future we can have it all set up and ready to roll out.
On Wednesday 22nd May the Year 12 Business students have planned a large technology event as part of their assessment. The objective of the event is to equip young people to use technology safely. Activities are planned for Year 7 and 8 students during the day. Brett Lee, from Internet Safe Education, is coming to ACC as a guest presenter. Brett will be speaking to the students, staff and at a parent information evening. His presentation will be informative and interesting and will help you keep your children safe online. Brett has years of experience working as a detective in Task Force Argos and he will bring all of that, and lots of tips and information to help you as parents, navigate this topic. The evening will start at 5:30 pm with nibbles and 6 pm for the presentation. It would great to see many of you there.
Deputy Principal On Campus
From the Senior School
Senior School – supporting student safety and soft skills
A couple of years ago we hosted our first Australian Christian College-Moreton ‘Tech Event’ ever for students and parents – exploring the good, bad and ugly side of technology. Each year the Business Communication and Technology students, under the careful coordination and care of Mrs Jackson, have built on this event. And each year it has been ‘recreated’ into a unique event aimed at educating both students and parents about all things technology.
However, as we had another ‘round table’ discussion during a BCT lesson more recently, I became acutely aware of how amazing the process of running such an event, as dictated by our senior curriculum, had tremendous ‘flow-on’ opportunities for each student. The importance of the ‘soft skills’, often overlooked in our crowded curriculum, were invaluable to these students as they endeavoured to work productively in groups and coordinate as one team a very large event. And, not only do these students have to manage and work with their peers in the physical classroom, but also with those learning via our Distance Education mode as well!
As I watched this team of students both succeed and fail in their communication, email, conferencing, ordering and coordinating, I was encouraged. This was a perfect example of the many things our Senior students learn, far beyond the curriculum. This is a great example of the other very important things we teach our students every day. These are the skills that long after students graduate and leave our school gates, they will take with them into other learning places such as University and TAFE, places of employment and even future relationships – both personal and professional.
Of course, they are also learning about how to promote cyber safety to our younger students and run programs to support their technology skills and how to engage with technology safely.
Consequently, on the 22th May our third ‘Tech Event’ will be run by our Year 12 BCT students. Again, this event that has two main messages:
- ALL technology is NOT safe
- ALL technology is NOT dangerous
Whilst it may seem at first that these two messages are distinctly contrary to each other, they are not. The purpose of this Tech Event is one of awareness regarding technology in our lives – how to embrace the ‘good’ and protect ourselves from the ‘bad’.
Technology is not a fad. Technology is not only here to stay, but it is an ever-changing force in our lives that enables medical miracles, dynamic communication, global connections and all manner of exciting opportunities for us all. Consequently, our ‘Tech Event’ will expose students to new and exciting uses of technology that enhances our lives so that they understand that ‘all technology is not dangerous’.
However, it is arguably even more important, as parents and teachers charged with the responsibility of keeping our students safe, that we ensure that all students are educated about how to use technology safely. All technology is certainly not safe, but together we can empower students to use technology safely.
The dangers of technology for our Senior students is real – but ‘banning’ it is not the solution.
So, should you wish to keep your teen safe and empower them to engage with technology in a safe and secure manner – use this link to register for our FREE ‘Tech Event’ now!
Do not miss this FREE opportunity to hear from Brett Lee a leading expert and speaker in the cybersafety field about how you can keep your Senior student safe from online dangers.
Head of Senior School
From the Middle School
How great were Endless Praise!? The music was awesome and the message inspiring, however, the highlight for me was seeing the ACC community mingle. There was a great feel; one of the new staff described as a “real village atmosphere”. This definitely one of the strengths of our college and one of the things that makes it a privilege to be part of.
These next two weeks are busy ones for the Middle Schoolers: the Year 8s head of on their camp next week and the 7s and 9s start NAPLAN 2019. I would personally like to thank Mr Sheumack for all the work he does preparing camps and the staff that will be going under the leadership of Mr Hinze. Camps are an integral part of the way we build culture at ACC. I pray that next week is a safe, productive and enjoyable time for all taking part.
For the 7s and 9s we will be sitting the digital NAPLAN for the first time. There are significant differences between the digital NAPLAN and the old paper test:
- Obviously, it is completed on a device rather than with pen and paper
- This test responds to the students answers, that is, it decides what question to give a child based on the answer they have just given.
Point 2 means that the program decides whether to keep testing a concept or whether the child has fully demonstrated their understanding. The designers of these tests tell us that this gives a better snapshot of the child’s ability and reduces stress by limiting the questions the child has no chance of answering.
Regardless I would love all children to hear the message that they should not be concerned about NAPLAN. It is a tool to help us decide how they are progressing and what we need to do to help them. Please reinforce the “don’t worry” message.
Head of Middle School
From the Primary School
Primary Green Thumbs!
If you ask primary students about their new veggie gardens, you are sure to be met with excited faces and many tales of HUGE vegetables being taken from the garden.
This new initiative has been set up for the primary children by Mrs Aranovitch, as a way of teaching students about growing their own healthy foods. The students have enjoyed their first couple of weeks working in the garden. So far, students have done some weeding to set up their garden beds and classes are currently researching which vegetables and herbs they should plant that will best suit our environment. Stay tuned for further updates and some photos of our fresh produce.
We pray that all of our mothers, grandmothers, aunties and all those who are like a mother to someone special, all felt very loved on Mothers’ Day. We always love reading the messages that students write on their Mothers’ Day cards and this year was no exception. But no matter the outcome, all of our Mothers’ Day gifts and cards were made with so much love that they are priceless. Thank you for all that you do in the lives of your children! There is no more difficult job than being a parent, but the genuine love we see when your children think about you is an amazing blessing.
NAPLAN is upon us and we will be praying for all of our Year 3 and Year 5 students over the next couple of weeks. With lots of NAPLAN changes this year, most importantly the move to online testing, the process is new for a lot of students but we know that as always, our students will approach this period with positivity and a can-do attitude.
If your child is participating in NAPLAN this year, please remember the following points to try and make the process as stress-free for your child as possible:
- A good night sleep and a proper breakfast will help your child concentrate and perform at their best each morning.
- Students need to bring their headphones and charged devices each day
- Getting to school on time will reduce stress and allow students to start the day and each session with a clear and calm mind.
- Encourage your child to do their best. Whilst NAPLAN is not a measure of the whole child and we know that each of our children have their own amazing gifts, encouraging them to always approach a task with the intention of giving 100% is a valuable life lesson we can share with them from a young age.
Have a great week.
Please enjoy this article from Sue Larkey on Creating Communication Enriched Environments.
Many children do not need to communicate as everyone in their environment thinks for them, gives them what they want or even anticipates their needs. When you create a communication enriched environment it is VITAL you create as many opportunities as possible for the child to communicate.
- Engineer situations to teach common phrases – Go, Up, More, Again, Help, Yes, No.
- Have the child wear key picture symbols/words on a lanyard around his neck for easy access.
- Put items from lunchbox on top of the lunchbox – make the child request, or tell you want he wants to eat next.
- Put photos on the fridge or pantry door of favourite food or drink so they have to request it.
- Pack away all their favourite DVDs and only have pictures of the covers for them to request the actual DVD.
Creating as many opportunities to communicate as possible is an important part of a communication programme. In many ways it is immersing the child in a communication abundant environment. This will mean creating as many visuals, schedules, activities and routines as possible to promote communication. The easiest way to do this is look around the environment at home and school, and think of all the times in the day when you could model, promote, encourage or support communication.
How to create a communication enriched environment at home:
- Breakfast: Select from visuals e.g. cereal, toast, juice.
- Daily Visual Schedule: Breakfast, Get Dressed, School, Home, etc.
- Getting Dressed: Visual Schedule (take off pyjamas, put on undies, t-shirt).
- Afternoon Tea: Choice board with food/drink options.
- Carpet board with visuals: Quick, easy access to regularly requested items.
Senior Science updates
Work is building in the science area with Student Investigations and Student Experiments taking place in each science subject. Students are challenged in research and experimenting to find answers to questions they have posed. This leads to a variety of different experiments occurring which causes the current situation where we have plants in pots in the laboratory being trialled for different conditions, agar plates in the incubator, chemicals experiments waiting for filtering to be complete. Our use of laboratory time causes teachers to discuss who has the most need so all classes can accomplish their experiments. Our students are encouraged to extend their thinking to solve many problems along the way (this is what education is all about).
During the Easter School holidays nine students Adora Lotomau, Ayden Magee, Wade Baker, Chloe Forster all from ACC Moreton Gilbert Eggert and Joel Keyaprakash from ACC Marsden Park and Elky Dangerfield-Young and Grace Brock from Distance Education all went on a mission trip to Japan. We had four teachers on the trip Debbie Truman from Marsden Park, Christine Yates, Stuart Bengtson and me from ACC Moreton and our Guide Hideyasu Sekikawa.
We arrived in Tokyo late in the evening after being held on the tarmac in Brisbane for three hours. We all got to bed about 1.30pm on the first night. We explored Tokyo on day one and two visiting such famous places as the Sensoji shrine, Meijijingu – (the shrine dedicated to the Meiji period emperor and his wife), Harjuku, Shibuya and Ueno zoo.
We travelled by shinkansen (bullet train) to Nara and visited the magnificent Todaiji – (A giant wooden buddhist temple complex) and then to Kyoto and a tour of a number of world heritage shrines and temples as well as the Arashiyama Monkey Park.
We then Traveled to Osaka and had a two-night homestay hosted by Seikyo high school. A school that we host each year in October. By all reports the home stay was a very positive experience for all students and teachers.
We were fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to perform at Seikyo’s annual school club’s presentation event. We were all very nervous, but thanks to Mr Bengston’s brilliant coaching the performance went off almost without a hitch.
We then traveled to Hiroshima and visited the Genbaku Dome (Atomic Bomb Dome) and the peace museum dedicated to all those who lost their lives or suffered through the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
A highlight of the trip was the chance to catch up with three Japanese teachers from Yokohama that we’d hosted as guests to our school in previous years - Kikuko, Rie and Yasu.
Their hospitality was amazing. We returned from a fabulous Japan experience very tired on Easter Sunday.
Year 2 Updates
Year 2 has had a busy start to term 2 so far. I have been blessed to see how students are taking responsibility for their growth and daily learning. In Science we have been investigating the world's most precious resource - Water. Students have began to investigate where water comes from, how it is collected, transported and used at home and within the community. In English we have been working hard to recount recent events in the term. The students have each written a detailed description of their experience in the school ANZAC service.
Our class had a special visit from Anna an Occupational Therapist who taught as about ‘The Zones of Regulation’. This is a social skills curriculum that helps children achieve an optimal state of alertness for learning. The concept uses four coloured categories (blue, green, yellow and red) to help children recognise and communication their emotions.
Year 3 Update News
We have had a fun filled term so far. We enjoyed going on our excursion to bellingham Maze last term. We learnt how to work as a team to solve puzzles and mazes. We ended last term celebrating Easter and learning about the Easter present God gave us.
This term we had fun celebrating God with our Endless praise concert. Endless praise helped us to get ready for NAPLAN. We started NAPLAN online for the first time. We learnt that God is always with us and can help us with anything we have trouble with. We had a class Bible verse that helped remind us this during NAPLAN.
I can do all things through christ who strengthens me.
Year 4 Class News
We have had a wonderful and exciting term so far. The students are well back into their learning and enjoying every minute. This Term for English, the students are learning about Persuasive Texts. They are learning all the techniques that are needed to essentially persuade an audience (or their parents) about a topic of choice.
In Maths the students have been learning all about fractions. This is a tricky topic, but with the help of some food for further understanding, the students are eating their way through the concept.
Sport & HPE
The start of Term 2 has been a bit of a rollercoaster! With the lows of postponed events to the highs of ACC District representation. A big congratulations to Dorothy Sawyer and Alvin Abhilash who both made the District side for Cross Country. All runners ran their heart out and did their school proud.
A particularly stirring gesture of excellent sportsmanship took place at the 10-12 District Cross Country when our boys U10s team (Sam Hunter, Jack Flanagan, Dash Switzer and Ryan Carter) gave up several spots in their race to assist an injured runner from another team.
Alvin Abhilash (Left) made the Secondary District Cross Country Team while Dorothy Sawyer (right) power poses after making the U12s Girls District side.
2019 Premier’s Reading Challenge is now open
The reading period runs from 13 May to 23 August however, we can adapt the length of the reading period to suit the student age group.
For example, younger students may only need a few weeks to complete the challenge, where-as older students may need the full three months because they are reading longer, more complex books. Students can participate at any time during the set reading period, as long as you finalise all details in the PRC database by 6 September.
We will get ready in the library and send out the Reading Record Forms by the end of this week. Please take note that your child can read books from your own library at home, school library or public library. All you have to do it to record the title and author on the form.
I want to especially encourage our Middle School students to participate this year. They made a good progress last year and it will be wonderful if we can grow our numbers participating in Year 7 - 9. Study after study shows that reading, not only in the primary years, but middle and senior years, are very important. It impacts not only their academic achievements but also help students understand emotional complexities in themselves and others as well as how to respond to them.
Mrs Sonja Potgieter - Librarian