PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

What an exciting end of year for our DE students. It seems we have been celebrating for the last month. We have celebrated student achievements, and said goodbye to our graduates, from Cairns to Brisbane. A special thank you to all the families who made us feel so welcome. I want to thank all the parents and students for their support at all these events. The Awards Night at Mueller College had a huge crowd and it was a great time afterwards for families to get to know each other. One ‘first’ for the college was when some OnCampus students attended the DE graduation Night. Likewise, some Year 12 DE students attended graduation of their On Campus student friends. It was exciting to see friendships forming strongly across the Internet, and through the impacts of camps and mission trips. This is an exciting time in the history of On-Line senior schooling.

Seeing and listening to the graduates speak at the Grad Dinner brought tears to many eyes. How wonderful it was to hear how the students struggled to get to this stage of their studies. Their strength of faith in the Lord and the love of their parents was inspiring to hear. God bless you all for helping your children become the young adults who graduated.

I also want to thank the DE families who completed the online survey to date. This is a very detailed survey of the college practices and resources. Your responses will give us clear directions to improve what we do. One of those areas recommended is improving our academic performance within a Biblical worldview. We will continue every year to improve the learning outcomes of our DE students. Each year our QCE results improve and we are all praying that our senior students will get into the courses they applied for. For those students heading to work we wish you all the best for your future and remember that the college is always here to help you if you need it. Once an ACC student, always an ACC student - as we help you  ‘grow in Christ’.

We are now examining the ACER data from the recent testing and the outcomes will help us improve our education further, while providing specific advice to you regarding the education of your child. We are currently developing our new Yr 1 and 2 programs and I had the opportunity this week to watch the filming and see the progress. I was excited by what I saw. Teaching children to read in DE is a major challenge and will need a very strong relationship between the parent, the child and the teacher.

The Christmas holidays this year are long and this will have a negative effect on your child’s reading ability so please encourage your child in all Year levels to be part of our Holiday Reading Program. It is to your child’s benefit.

I pray your family has a wonderful Christmas holiday and that you all take time to remember the real meaning of Christmas – the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who came to earth to save us all.

The college office will close on the 22nd Dec and reopen on the 8th January 2018 but if I am needed by your family in that time please email me on [email protected] and God bless you all.

Gary Underwood
Principal
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DEPUTY PRINCIPAL UPDATE

As the school year draws to an end and our minds are focussed on finishing 2017, I thought it worthwhile to stop and reflect in gratitude. Firstly, I would like to thank the staff for their dedication, commitment and skill to ensure the smooth running of our online school. It’s not easy being an online teacher. The job comes with all sorts of unique challenges forcing the team to do plenty of problem solving and creative thinking.  Secondly, I would like to thank the parents/carers. Without your investment of time in your children, distance education would not be successful. You are are the eyes and the ears for the teachers and the ones putting in long hours each day to ensure your children are progressing in their studies. Thank you. Finally, I would like to thank the students. Each of you are special and capable of great things. You have blessed the school with your positive attitudes, engagement in courses and outstanding work submissions. Thank you for working hard and pushing through the tough times. It such a joy having you in our College.

DAY OF CELEBRATIONS

The 11th November was a day of celebration for the students and parents who came together for our annual Awards and Graduation Ceremony in Brisbane. This year, the event was held in the afternoon followed by the Graduate’s dinner. Students were recognised for their academic achievements, sporting achievements and involvement in the wider community. Congratulations to all the recipients of awards. The Graduate’s Dinner was such a special night where graduates and parents shared about their experiences in online schooling. There was plenty of laughs. I was deeply touched by the many encouraging words and the love shown by families. It was definitely a highlight for 2017.

FIRST QCIA GRADUATES

Congratulations to Lacee Horwood and Joshua Cuffe (pictured below), ACC-Moreton’s first students to graduate with a Queensland Certificate of individual Achievement (QCIA). These two students undertook and successfully completed individual learning programs created and monitored by Joan Pavey (pictured below). QCIA is a valuable record of student achievements and is an official record of completion of at least 12 years of education. It can be shown to employers as a summary of knowledge and skills achieved and can be used by training providers to help decide the best training options to provide. Both Lacee and Joshua have gained employment in their areas of interest on the completion of their certificates and ACC prays God’s richest blessing on them both, as they move into the next exciting stages of their lives’ journeys.

OUR FIRST DISTANCE EDUCATION COLLEGE DUX

Another first for ACC Moreton DE was announcing the Dux of the College. It was a joy to name Naomi Rowlands as our very first award winner. Dux of the College is the highest accolade that can be bestowed on a student. The Dux must achieve the highest overall result across subjects studied in the final year of study at ACC. The recipient of the prestigious award of Dux is a student who is OP-Eligible and consistent with Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authorities tertiary ranking system. The best five scaled scores from proposed exit results at verification are used to determine College Dux. Since her enrolment at ACC in 2010, Naomi Rowlands has been an outstanding student who has excelled academically. Naomi is a positive role model in terms of individual scholarship and work habits. The Australian Christian College - Moreton community is delighted to congratulate Naomi Rowlands as the 2017 Dux. Without a doubt, she will go on to achieve anything she sets her mind to.

CHRISTMAS TIME

I pray that as we all approach the celebration of the birth of Christ, that each family remains healthy, enjoys the festive season and their holiday plans. I would like to wish all those families who are leaving the College well in their pursuits and remind them that our door is always open and hope that we may see them again at some time.

Have a Merry Christmas and remember that this is the time we celebrate the gift of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ. Be safe on the roads and we look forward to continuing the online schooling journey with you all next year.

Michelle Flood
Deputy Principal
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CALENDAR REMINDERS & IMPORTANT DATES

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TERM DATES

TERM ONE 2018

(10 Weeks) Wednesday 24th January - Thursday 29th March

  • Students Return: 24th January

  • Australia Day (Office closed): 26th January
  • Swimming Carnival: 8th February
  • Senior Camp (Year 10, 11 & 12): 27th February - 2nd March

TERM TWO 2018

(10 Weeks) Monday 16th April - Friday 22nd June

  • Students Return: Monday 16th April
  • Cross Country: 20th April
  • ANZAC Day (Office closed): 25th April
  • Junior Camp (Yr 5-7): 30th April - 2nd May
  • Middle School Camp (Yr 8-9): 30th April - 2nd May
  • Labour Day (Office closed): 7th May

TERM THREE 2018

(10 Weeks) Monday 16th July - Friday 21st September

  • Students Return: Monday 16th July
  • 6-12 Athletics Carnival: 20th July
  • EKKA Holiday: 13th August
  • QLD Core Skills Test (Year 12s): 4th and 5th September

TERM FOUR 2018

(9 Weeks) Monday 8th October - Thursday 6th December

  • Students Return: Monday 9th October
  • Student Free Dates: 15th October & 7th December
  • Brisbane Awards and Graduation Ceremony: TBA
  • Senior Formal: TBA
  • Last day for Year 12 students: TBA
  • Cambodia Discovery Tour (Yr 11 students): Dates TBA

NOTICES

MONTHLY SCRIPTURE

A daily, aloud reading of the passage usually ensures that the student knows the passage by the end of the month. Please adjust the size of the passage to meet your child’s age and abilities. Most secondary students usually complete the whole passage.

ACC distributes this passage in the King James Version as it is copyright free. Families are free to use a version that they prefer. December’s Scripture verse is: Genesis 7:14-24

STUDENT WITHDRAWAL NOTICE

Six-weeks term notice (this does not include school holidays) is required for withdrawal of students. Insufficient notice will result in additional fees being charged. Families must complete the Student Exit Form to initiate the withdrawal process.

STUDENT ID CARDS

If you wish to receive a Student ID card for 2017, please fill out this form. You will need to have passport quality photos ready to attach for each student. The photo must be well lighted, and have a plain background (no trees, or snazzy wallpapers).  

PACE RETURNS POLICY

Product Returns for credit are limited to those items purchased from CEM within 90 days from the date of invoice. Please read through the attached copy of the Returns Policy that is currently on our eStore. Please see attached claim form that must be included on all returns.

2018 CAMP DATES

The College camp program provides a wonderful opportunity for students in Junior, Middle and Senior College to commence the new school year in a positive and fun-filled manner.

For any enquires regarding camps, please contact our camps coordinator, Paul Gandini ([email protected])

Term 1 - Year 10-12 Senior Camp: Moreton Island

Next year, senior students in Years 10-12 will have the opportunity to go to Moreton Island for an amazing school camp. Moreton Island provides a very different experience than other school camps, as they have many unique activities that other places cannot offer on an island wilderness. The camp is conducted in a natural bushland setting and provides students with an opportunity to be in the outdoors and connect with nature. With kilometres of unspoilt beaches on Moreton Island and calm blue waters just steps from the camp venue, a school camp on Moreton Island can’t be beaten and will never be forgotten.

This wonderful 4-day camp is held from the 27th February to 2nd March 2018 and costs just $282. This is a very affordable camp and I hope many of our DE students can come! The online registration and payment for this camp closes on the 9th February 2018 at 11:59 pm. The link to register is: www.trybooking.com/TAEC.

Term 2 - Year 8-9 Camp: PGL Kindilan

In Term 2 next year, the Year 8-9 camp will be held at PGL Adventures. Just 45 minutes from Brisbane, PGL Kindilan occupies a beautiful, 220 acre bushland site in Redland Bay, zoned a Conservation Area in South East Queensland. A range of options provide accommodation for up to 300, from Kindilan House itself, to our unique roundhouses and lodges. There is a wide range of exciting adventure activities to keep guests busy, plus plenty of facilities to enjoy. We look forward to sharing our special site with our visitors – whether you are a school, community or corporate group.

This is a 3 day camp and runs from the 30th April to the 2nd May 2018 and the cost of the camp is just $241 (price subject to change slightly). All other information will be finalised and announced early next year.

Term 2 - Year 5-7 Camp: Apex Mudjimba

In Term 2 next year, the Year 5-7 camp will be held at Apex Mudjimba. Apex is a fantastic destination for any school camp. It is located on the breathtaking Sunshine Coast and nestled between the pristine beach and the spectacular Maroochy River and Conservation Park. Apex provides an array of amazing activities that are designed to be fun, challenge students, and build leadership and teamwork skills. Their facilities are all at a high standard to insure all students are safe and having a great time!

This camp runs for 3 days from the 30th April to the 2nd May 2018 and the cost of the camp  will be somewhere between $240-$280. All other information will be finalised and announced early next year.

CAMBODIA DISCOVERY TOUR 2018

Complete this expression of interest form: https://accmoreton.wufoo.eu/forms/cambodia-discovery-tour-expression-of-interest/ 

PRIMARY UPDATE

Year 3 Showcase - Claymations

This term, Year 3 students have been working on a Claymation project. This task required students to create a simple stop-motion story, sculpt characters, designing and construct a set, create scenes, take pictures, and finally, create an animation using a media platform like iStopMotion. Here are some examples of the Year 3 Claymations creations…

https://vimeo.com/244580485

Year 4 Showcase - Dance Performances

This term, Year 4 students have been working on creating a short Dance Routine. This task required students to research a variety of dance styles and routines, both modern and contemporary, in order for them to understand how movements and body shapes help to tell a chorographic story. Once done, students were required to create their very own choreographed dance by using a variety of movements and body shapes to help communicate a story or a chosen mood. Here are some examples of the Year 4 Dance Routines…

https://vimeo.com/244567003/45478334b0

Year 5 Showcase

This term Year 5 students have created their own digital story for Arts and board game for Technology. It has been great to see how creative they have been.

Arts - Digital Stories

Technology - Create your own Board Game

Year 6 Showcase

Technology - Build an Arcade Game:

Jack’s Arcade Game

Science - Mess Scene Report

SENIOR VISUAL ART SHOWCASE

Congratulations to our graduating year 12 students for both Visual Art and Visual Art in Practise.  This year we have seen some really great Artwork from our DE students.  

Well done Tahlia on your beautifully sketched drawings below for your final work.

Our Visual Arts in Practise students have also developed a variety of Digital and Crafted work this year, building websites, creating digital artwork and reinterpreting old craft styles into new artworks of their own…

 

Year 11 Visual Art explored the themes of Altered Reality (Traditional Art techniques) and Modern Artists during Semester 1….

And during the second semester Year 11 Visual Art has looked at Photography and Social Justice Issues….

 

SENIOR SCHOOL UPDATE

Year 10 Subjects for Next Year

Please note that Year 9 students should have received confirmation regarding their subjects for next year by now. Year 10’s next year are the first cohort through that will sit external exams in Year 12 and receive an ATAR instead of an OP. Consequently, there are many new changes happening next year in preparation for this new system. But our Senior staff are up for this challenge and diligently preparing courses and units for them.

If you have any questions about subjects or changes, please contact Mrs Newell.

Formal and Graduation 2017

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of all staff and parents who have together assisted our Year 12 students in finishing their Senior years of schooling. It was a privilege to be part of this final part of this journey and I personally wish all of our graduating students the very best in all of their future endeavours.

Formal celebrations this year were also arguably our best ever. For the first time this year we had our formal in the last week of school and our students really did celebrate their end of Senior School journey well. Of particular note was the way in which our amazing Year 12 Distance Education students embraced their On-campus ‘brothers and sisters’ – in fact, on the dance floor there was no way to distinguish between at all! This was a very special celebration and I do believe a great night was had by all!

We wish each of our graduates every blessing in the future!

Well done and God bless!

 Merry Christmas Senior families and students and see you all in the New Year!!

Anita Newell
Head of Senior School
[email protected]

SENIOR SCHOOL FORMAL

The Senior Formal this year was another great celebration of the achievements of the Year 12 students in completing their secondary schooling.

For the second year running now, the Senior Formal was an occasion where on-campus and distance education students celebrated together:  22 on-campus students and 18 distance education students.  Many of the students also attended both the on-campus and distance education awards ceremonies and the Formal was another chance to celebrate together and highlight the growing links between the Senior School students in each mode of learning.

We look forward to the current Year 11s building even further on this growing relationship and joining together to celebrate their achievements at the end of 2018!

ACC ELITE SPOTLIGHT - TEGAN WRIGHT

Our College is blessed with many students competing and performing at the high-end interstate and international level in sports, arts and academics. The ACC Elite program is designed to support these students, encourage further excellence in these areas and to keep the rest of the school community informed about the achievements of their classmates so they can cheer them on!

Our student spotlight for this month is Tegan Wright from Year 10. Tegan joined the College in April 2017 and has been using the flexibility of DE to continue training for her Ice Skating career. This term saw Tegan competing in Queensland and Victoria, from her home rink at Acacia Ridge, over to Boondall, and even down to Adelaide!

Tegran received first place at her Club Championship competition, before going on to become the Queensland State Champion in the Intermediate Ladies division, where she obtained a new personal best overall and technical benchmark score. She then went on to take first place at the Panda Challenge in Adelaide, and Tegan is now the Number 1 in Australia in the Intermediate Ladies Division.

Next up Tegan has the Australian National Championships coming up in December, where she is hoping for a podium position or to become the Australian National Champion for her division.

Congratulations Tegan on a very busy and successful Term 4 and we wish you all the best in your Senior years!

STUDENT SERVICES

Time to Celebrate

As we draw to the end of the year and Christmas approaches, I am reminded of how much I love to celebrate. Celebrations allow you to shut out what is happening in your life at that time and truly focus on the moment. Yes, celebrations can involve friends, family, going out, laughter, music, presents and yummy food, but it is more about enjoying the good in our lives and choosing something fun, beautiful and hopeful. Taking the time to be present in the moment and enjoy being alive!

The bible is full of celebrations. In fact, when we look at the biblical pattern of festivals, feasts, and psalms, we see rejoicing people celebrating the deep gladness of being alive and of being one of God's children. Christmas is one such time that more than ever we should want to celebrate. It is about God showing His great love for us by sending his Son, Jesus, into the world so that we can have life and have it to the full. Jesus’s birth brought great joy to the world as one day he would pay the price for our sins so that we could have eternal life through salvation. What a blessed opportunity Christmas represents. This year I encourage each one of you to find Jesus and truly experience the joy of Christmas.

Jesus is the reason for the season!

God bless

Sue Fraser
Head of Student Services
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