From the Principal
The term is going fast and I am very pleased to report that our Primary Building Extension is ahead of schedule. The next step is the pouring of the concrete for the upper floor on the 4th or 5th June. I will move the staff cars to the grass carpark allowing more spaces for student drop-off via both entrances. The concrete trucks will start at 7am and finish before the 3pm pick up. Each truck is escorted front and back by a Safety Officer from CBD and they will monitor truck and traffic entry into the school as well. So please take extra care on these days. Please remember that this may change with wet weather but the College will notify you of any change. We are still on target to be using this extension and relocating Middle School students for the final term of 2019.
I will be absent from the College on Long Service Leave for the last three weeks of this term. In my absence Ms Flood will be Acting Principal and supported by Mr Lewis who will manage Day School behaviour management issues. Mrs Allen will take over Mr Lewis’ roles in Student Services. Mrs Fraser will continue to serve our DE families as she has done throughout the year. I pray everyone is safe, happy and learning during the time I am away. Please pray for our safe travels as we head towards Cooktown in Far North Queensland.
Carpark safety is of paramount importance to us all and I want to stress this very important point. Students and parents should only use the internal pedestrian crossing to access cars in the middle of the carpark, NOT on the opposite, or northern side, of the car park. These cars should be accessed via the footpath around the eastern boundary of the carpark. Secondly, the spaces left around the outer edge of the carpark, as well as across the front of the school, is a kiss and drop area. Cars should NEVER be left attended and parking is limited to 2 minutes. Signs will soon be erected to remind people of this.
NAPLAN Online was very well handled by the students due to the great preparation by our staff and families who ensured the children had their devices charged each night, had their earphones and knew exactly what to do. Thank you all for your help in making this a good experience for our children.
Finally I want to make the school community aware of our Complaints Policy and Procedures if you ever want to make a formal complaint to the College. The policy is having slight revision and will be back on the website as soon as possible. The changes involve adding links into the current policy so that you can download a formal Complaints Form, as well as Question and Answer sheets pertaining to how to make a complaint. There is also a student friendly form advising students what to do if they want to lodge a complaint. However, as I always say, any problems you have are my problems (and Ms Flood’s for the next 3 weeks). So please feel that you are always welcome to call, email or drop in and see us at any time to discuss any problems or issues you are facing. As Christians we want to treat everyone with respect, acceptance and care so having an issue we need to sort out should not be a bad experience for you. We love and pray for all our families each day.
God bless you all and I pray you have a great end of semester.
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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.
Enrolments for 2020 and beyond
Places are filling now! If you have a child entering ACCM in 2020 and beyond please complete an application form at your earliest convenience to secure your child’s enrolment. Enrolment Application link.
This 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 Form (to be submitted 6 weeks prior)
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 and returned.
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
Year 4 Camp
Over the years I have developed a habit of asking Year 12 graduates about their favourite memories of school. Usually one of the first things they mention is school camp! I was privileged to visit one of our school camps in week 4: the Year 4 camp at Luther Heights. Despite the wet weather, students were navigating through set challenges, learning about teamwork and the value of communication. I’ve never seen a more excited group of students. Here are just a few photos I took on the day.
There is only one school camp left for 2019 - our Year 6s who are heading to Bestbrook Mountain Camp in Term 3. I hope to see all Year 6 students register and embrace this opportunity.
There are probably one hundred good reasons why kids should go to 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
- 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 girls and boys immersed in the natural environment, enjoying the wonder of God’s creation, and understanding their mandate to sustain and care for our world.
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.
As of next week, all students need to be wearing their winter uniforms. Students wearing their school jumpers must also wear their blazer to school over their jumper. They are welcome to take it off during the day, but the blazer needs to go back on as their leave school.
Year 10 and 11 students have been reminded many times that they must have a formal hat starting next term. There are only four weeks left now to put in an order.
Assessments and Reports
Our students are entering into the Term 2 assessment period. Over the next few weeks, teachers will be assessing students in all subject areas and mapping progress. The Year 11 Exam Block is already underway, with Year 10 and 12 exams scheduled to begin in two weeks. Semester 1 report cards will be emailed to parents towards the end of Term 2. Parent/Teacher Interviews for P-9 students will be taking place early Term 3. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, please ensure you contact teachers. They are more than willing to call, meet or email you with information.
Deputy Principal On Campus
From the Senior School
The NEW QCE and ACC
Friday last week I had the pleasure of attending a forum with 150 other Senior School leaders across the state to look at the implementation of the new senior QCE. This was a great opportunity to learn how other schools are approaching the changes, to evaluate our own plans and even consider new ideas.
I am pleased to announce that we are ‘on-track’ in response to the many changes to the new QCE system. In fact, we have adopted practices and policies similar to many schools and, arguably, some of the best implementation practices presented at the forum. I am confident that our students are going to be well prepared and that we are doing our best to ensure they each achieve their best.
However, please note there are constant revisions and new policy and procedure coming out from QCAA and changes and adoptions of new processes are likely. In particular, the policy for ‘Variation to Assessment’ and reasonable adjustments will be overhauled. Students and parents will be notified as changes occur.
On the whole, students are travelling well; however, it is important that Year 10 parents are aware that student results in Year 10 are most likely to differ from student achievement in Year 9. At school students are constantly reminded that what they are doing is ‘hard’ and very new to them and the real purposes of Year 10 are:
- To learn ‘how’ to learn best
- To learn ‘what’ to learn
- To practice assessment types
- To get feedback – this is the real purpose of marks on an ISMG
- To determine subject selection for Year 11&12
- To complete a SET Plan by the end of Term 3
We also regularly discuss the pressures associated with this new system and encourage students to concentrate on the feedback and not grades and we constantly address the effects of stress and how to manage it. However, should you be concerned about your student at any point, please contact their form teacher or Mr Johnson, Mrs Newell or our Guidance Officer (Mrs Craig).
SENIOR SCHOOL REMINDERS:
- Year 10 students will soon get the opportunity to change subject’s mid-year – please make sure forms are in by the nominated dates
- Year 10&12 exam block will start Week 8
- Year 11 Unit 2 begins now
- Winter uniform
- New formal hat begins in Semester 2
Head of Senior School
From the Middle School
NAPLAN is done for another year. I need to congratulate the students on the excellent way they handled the change in format. Their behaviour was excellent; they were a credit to themselves, the College and their families. They dealt with the little glitches that popped up with calmness and maturity.
Of course, with any new format there are going to be teething issues. The move from a paper-based test to a digital one was always going to stretch the systems that it relied on. I am very pleased that we decided to make the change this year, while it was still optional, and didn’t wait until next year. Changing this year meant we were able to pick-up issues and develop strategies for overcoming these with much fewer people attempting to access the system. It also mean that we received significantly more support from the appropriate authorities and support networks than will be available next year.
I need to specifically take time to thank our own support staff - Mr Rae and Mr Hahnert in particular for the extra work they did in ensuring that out online NAPLAN experience was as smooth as it could be.
Year 8 Camp:
I have heard some very positive feedback from students and staff about grade 8 camp; the most common themes seem to be:
- The excellent behaviour of the students
- The extra care and support provided by the very hard working staff at the CYC Burleigh heads
- The fun beach activities.
A big thank you to the ACC staff for giving of your time to ensure the success of this camp. I can not express enough how important camps are in helping to build culture. They are a significant element in the ACC - Moreton experience and I strongly urge you to encourage your children to participate in them when the opportunities arise.
Head of Middle School
From the Primary School
As we approach Week 6 of Term 2, there has been a lot of fun and exciting things happening in and around the primary school. We wanted to share about what is happening in some of the classes and grades. There are also a couple of housekeeping notices we would also like to bring to your attention.
Our Year One’s were enthralled by their special visitors who can to visit last week. They impressed our visitors with their knowledge of what to do in an emergency. The personnel from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) were here for the Fire Ed Program designed for Year Ones in Qld schools. The aim of the program is to assist students to develop an understanding of the dangers of fire and the appropriate response should they be in a situation where a fire is involved. The program was delivered in two phases, in phase one, the firefighters come to deliver the Fire Ed Program. The second phase is where the firefighters came again and re-enforce the information provided during the previous visit and show students around a fire engine and demonstrate some the equipment used by the firefighters. The Year Ones were excited as they got a turn of the fire hose and has a look around a fire engine.
Twilight Soccer Competition
On Tuesday the 21st of May a group of students ranging from Year 1 to Year 6 attended the Twilight soccer competition held at St Paul’s. It was a great afternoon seeing all the students try their best and work as a team. Students played from 2:00 pm till 4:30 pm so they played many games that afternoon. Some games were played against other schools and some were played against another ACC team. It was such a great afternoon, some students commented how they look forward to next year's competition.
As mentioned a few times in recent newsletters and Chapel, students must be wearing the full winter by Monday 3rd of June. Students must not be mixing their uniforms. They have to wear the blazer with their formal uniform and sports jackets only on your child’s sports day. One thing that we have been noticing is students wearing the winter uniform but have no tie. Boys must be wearing a tie as this is part of the winter uniform.
Girls formal winter uniform should consist of:
- Formal dress
- Jumpers can only be worn under a blazer – not in place of a blazer
- Navy or black stockings or tights are optional
Boys formal winter uniform
- Full length trousers
- Short or long sleeve shirt
- Jumpers can only be worn under a blazer – not in place of a blazer
- School Tie
Don’t forget to name your child’s belongings
Things can get misplaced or go missing, so if you would like your child’s belonging to be returned please have all your child’s belongings clearly named. If you have purchased second hand uniform items it is also important that you put your child’s name on it and cross out the old owners name. If your child has misplaced an item, there is lost property box by the door in the administration building.
Don’t forget to ask for your Earn and Learn stickers when you shop at Woolworths. Drop your stickers or filled up stickers charts in the Earn and Learn box. The box is located in the primary building foyer. Thank you for all your support.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).
Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:
- year of schooling
- category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
- level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.
This information assists schools to:
- formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
- consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
- develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.
The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.
Student Services Coordinator
Senior Psychology Experiments
‘Have you signed your consent form?’ Perhaps you have been asked this by a Yr 10 Psychology student over the last week or two. Last term it was the Yr 11 students conducting experiments into cognition. This term it is the Yr 10s turn to investigate consciousness, cognition and/or sleep. This is a challenging task for students, with the biggest hurdle being obtaining enough participants. Last week saw students head out across the school in an attempt to find students willing to participate in an experiment. It was interesting to see the Middle School students response compared to the senior students (many more willing participants in MS it seems). Although the students who studied Psychology last year, having been in the same situation, were most benevolent and willing to assist.
The new syllabus is proving a challenge to many students, but I am convinced that those who successfully navigate their way through the new ATAR courses will be so much better prepared for university. I have seen a significant increase in rigor in the courses that I teach, so it is a challenge, but it will serve them well into the future.
Please encourage your students to persevere and do their very best, even when things are challenging. I am reminded of the butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. If watching we may be tempted to break the chrysalis apart to make it easier for the butterfly to emerge, but it is in the very struggle to break free that the butterfly’s wings are strengthened and it is equipped for flight. God did not say that He would remove all the challenges, it is when we are faced with difficulties that we often turn to Him. He did, however, promise to walk with those who call on His name.
I pray that our students will be lead to call on the name of the Lord and be saved.
Year 2 Update
Quite a few exciting activities have been happening in our class this term! In Maths, we explored what Litres meant and different items that are sold in litres or millilitres. Students cut out items they found in grocery catalogues and we created a class poster. The next day the students were challenged to create their own punch recipe that only used 7 litres. They were very excited about the prospect of being able to take it home and create their own recipe for a family event in the future.
In Science, the class have been exploring the properties of water and where it comes from. The students were fascinated to discover that humans cannot consume ocean water but it can be desalinated so it is fit for consumption. The explored the way different surfaces react to water. Concrete absorbs the water, grass lets it slide off, water soaks into the dirt and metal is waterproof!
We recently focused on Cyber Safety on campus. The students, parents and staff had a wonderful opportunity to hear some timely advice from an expert in the field.
I came across a useful summary of the most important safety points for parents.
Teach your children to never give out the following information. YAPPY stands for :
Y = Your name
A = Your address
P = Phone number/s
P = Password/s
Y = Your plans
Next time we will look at distinguishing fact from fiction.
Mrs Sonja Potgieter - Librarian
School Music Program
Australian Christian College is proud to offer an Instrumental Music Program to students from Grade 1 through to Grade 12. Students interested in learning a musical instrument may do so in this program. Students can choose to learn in either individual or group lessons and prices vary depending on the group size. Most music lessons take place during class time and students are withdrawn from class for 30 minutes on a rotating basis through the day. Music lessons before and after school are given priority to students in grades 10-12 so they don’t miss class time.
Costs for lessons are:
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. Catch up lessons can be arranged with the instrumental teacher and will be made up if time allows. 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.
After filling out this expression of interest form the school will then organise lessons times and contact you to arrange payment for the term. Lessons will start after payment is made.
Please contact Mr Stuart Bengtson (Head of Performing Arts) if you require any further information.