Welcome back to 2018. It is exciting to see so many new DE students across the college. We welcome you to our college and pray that you have a great time in in DE. We also pray that you feel at home undertaking DE or On-line School and that we can work with you to help you achieve what God has in store for your life.
That fits nicely with our theme for this year which is “What Makes us Different, Makes us Special”. We have chosen Romans 12:6-8 (NLT) as a theme verse.
“6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”
We want each child to understand that God made him or her unique. God made each child ‘good’. God has an individual plan for each of us. As a college we aim to help our children understand what their goal is and work with each child to achieve this. You do not have all look like movie stars or fashion icons; we do not need to speak in a certain way to express our point of view; we do not need to be a top academic student; to achieve what God wants you to achieve. You just have to be yourself and find how God made you ‘wonderful’.
Top academic results are not our number one priority, but when our students do very well it is right to praise them. Other staff will comment on this in more detail in the newsletter. Two of our DE Year 12 students obtained an OP 1 in 2017 and we are all thrilled that they were able to achieve the highest results possible. We are very proud of their success. But we are also very proud of all our 2017 Year 12 students. 89% of our Year 12 students were offered a university place. For 70% of students this was their first choice. I once said at Awards Nights that with our small student numbers doing QCE then when our students went to university there would not be people they would know there. But that is not the case anymore. There will be 13 ACCM students at the University of the Sunshine Coast, 5 at QUT and another 5 at Griffith University. We have students also in ACU, CQU, USQ, JCU, UQ and even the prestigious SAE Creative Media Institute in NSW. They are doing a variety of courses from Medical Imagining to Law to Forensic Science. We have helped create for the future more teachers, business leaders, psychologists, wildlife scientists, animators, pharmacists, biomedical scientists, doctors, and more. It shows that we are helping students be unique and explore the future that God intends for them. It is so positive and rewarding to see the breadth of their results. On behalf of the DS and DE community I thank their senior teachers and parents for making 2017 our best QCE results on record, and a ‘lighthouse’ in our community.
The staff is very motivated and excited about 2018. The two professional development or training days were spent on the Gold Coast with all ACC teachers from across Australia. We explored our vision and direction for the future while having time to explore how we can improve what we do to help your children achieve and enjoy their schooling. The rumours about the staff all dressing up as movie characters and having dinner at Movie World is true, and all staff were inspired by the Melbourne Gospel Choir.
Over the holidays there were some significant changes to Year 1 to 2 curriculum. We now have a new curriculum. It was a massive rush for Christian Education Ministries to have our material ready for the start of the year. But, as with previous changes in Year 3-6 and secondary, there will be some teething problems. We will work with our families to improve this, so we appreciate your feedback to your teacher with anything that needs correcting or modifying.
At the college we strive to build the resilience and independence of think of each child. We want them to understand and explore the gifts that God has given them. We can do some of this in school but sometimes other students’ gifts are better explored in a non-school setting. We have also established some DE camps for the year and I strongly encourage you to encourage your child to go. We would love every child to benefit from this experience. If you have financial reasons preventing your child from attending them please just drop be an email as some of our parents and our staff are willing to financially support those children.
So as you can see Term 1 has been a busy and exciting start to the year, built upon a rewarding ending of 2017 by our 2017 Year 12 students. They have set the bar high for our current senior students. Our goal to ensure your child is happy and learning and if for some reason the start of the year is not going to plan then please see me or email me and we can address it.
God bless you all and have a great 2018.
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL UPDATE
A very warm welcome to all of our new and returning students. We had an intense start to the year. Over 190 new students were enrolled into our online school, making for a busy time getting inductions completed and students settled. Staff enjoyed a two-day ACC Conference last week before the first day of school. There are now nine ACC schools around Australia. Staff from all these schools came together in one place - there was over 200 of us! It was a time where we were able to network, encourage each other and be reminded of the vision and the importance of Christian schooling in Australia. Andrew Williams and Brittany Gough (2017 graduates) attended and spoke about their experiences as participants on the 2016 Cambodia Discovery tour. They spoke with confidence and passion. The pair were gifted with canvas’ as thank you gifts for sharing. It’s always a joy having alumni support school events and be willing to inspire teachers and staff.
Online duo cap off school year with OP1s
We had an exciting end to 2017. Naomi Rowlands and Andrew Williams both studied through our online senior school in their final years of school at ACC and became the first ACC students to be recipients of OP1s. Naomi was named Dux of the school by an incredibly narrow margin with two others. Both students have great ambitions for the future and the pair were both shocked after receiving the news of their OP 1 after the big reveal of results mid December last year. The achievement did not come easy. It required great commitment, long hours of study and courage to push through the hard times. Both have a strong faith and leaned on the Lord for strength, often stopping to spend time in prayer.
Online schooling provides students equal opportunities when it comes to achieving the highest academic results. In fact, deciding to do online schooling is a growing preference for many students, particularly secondary.
All our Year 12 students worked hard and are to be congratulated for their outstanding achievements.
Online School, the answer for International students
Moe Shibuya, a Year 12 student from Japan, successfully completed the requirements for her Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) through ACC’s online school, without leaving her country. Moe is ACC’s first international student to take up the challenge of studying online overseas. She was an exchange student in Australia for a year, where she completed her Year 11 work, but then returned home. With her parents support, Moe not only completed her QCE, she also finished her senior studies at her local school in Okinawa, Japan.
Moe tells of her experience below:
“Studying the courses through distance education was a valuable experience for me and I was glad that I was able to continue studying Year 12 subjects through an Australian school after returning home to Japan.”
“Sometimes it was hard for me to keep a balance between the curriculum of my Japanese school and distance education, however, I was able to finish the course with the help of supportive teachers. I believe that getting a Queensland Certificate of Education will expand the range of choices for my future career. Thank you for giving me such a great opportunity.”
There have been a few changes made in staffing job roles. We welcomed Carrie Croft last week to our Secondary team as an additional English/Humanities teacher. Carrie graduated from university last year and is a welcome addition to the team. You can read more about Carrie under the Secondary Update section of this newsletter. Lisa Hall will continue as our invaluable Administration/Enrolments Officer. Rick Shingles will be the Year 1-3 teacher, Karen Timmins 4-5 teacher and Annikka Hnialum the Year 6 teacher and Primary Team Leader. Nina Johnson has taken up the role of Secondary Team Leader and will be supporting the teachers and students in Years 7-10. Phil Farmer will move into the Secondary team full-time, teaching Maths, Science and Bible. Elizabeth Dempsey will continue this year as the ‘Senior Form Teacher’ (Yrs 10-12). Elizabeth monitors the Senior Hub on Schoology and will be available to assist students with administrative related questions. Parents and students are encouraged to contact their teachers anytime help is required.
CALENDAR REMINDERS & IMPORTANT DATES
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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
- NAPLAN Testing: 15th - 17th May
- P-5 Athletics Carnival: 21st June
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
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.
Below is a listing of all the Scripture verses for the 2018 year.
1 Chronicles 16:8-15
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).
2018 Census Attendance & Activity Report
Census is just around the corner. Each February, the Queensland Government conducts a census of student enrolments. Please assist our commitment to accurately report the enrolment status of your children by:
- Starting school work on or before January 24 (official start date of Term 1)
- Marking attendance online every day - VERY IMPORTANT!
- Giving any explanations of absences online in the attendance area
- Uploading work on due dates
- Participating in webinars, discussion forums and watching teaching videos
- Contacting the school if you are unsure of what to do
What is Census?
Our College counts how many students we have, who are active and eligible for funding from the QLD Government, and reports the numbers to the government.
What gets the funding?
Australian Christian College - Moreton receives the funding to help us cover the costs of providing education to students.
What does ACC Moreton spend the funding on?
All funding must be spent on the provision of educational services. This includes staff wages, phone bills, internet connection, curriculum development, and events.
How will the Census be conducted?
In the past, we have sent out Census forms for each student. This year we will collect the information from our Online Platform, Schoology (work activity) and Quickschools (attendance and gradebook).
Who sees the record?
Moreton staff use the Census information to decide whether we can apply for funding for each student. When finished, we send in numbers for each grade level. If we were to be audited, we might use the information to justify our decision.
Is Census only on once a year?
No. There is a State Census in January and February and Federal Census, in the first four weeks of Term 3.
Thank you again for helping us meet our funding targets.
TAX FILE NUMBER APPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS
A tax file number (TFN) is a unique nine digit number that the Australian Tax Office assigns to individuals and organisations for tax purposes. Students will need a tax file number for full or part-time work (including apprenticeship/traineeships), as well as for TAFE or University studies.
To get a tax file number, students need to apply online with the Australian Tax Office and have their identity verified through an interview at a participating Australia Post Office.
All students in Years 10-12 should already have a tax file number - if you do not have one, it would be a great idea to consider applying for one now. More information on how to apply online can be found at ATO.
Every student’s online attendance MUST be up-to-date each day. Administration will be contacting families who are behind in taking attendance in order to help ensure records are accurate. Please help us by spending the time to take attendance. This is a compulsory enrolment requirement. If you are having difficulties with this exercise, please contact Lisa Hall and ask for assistance.
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
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, 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.
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. All other information will be finalised and announced soon.
Term 2 - Year 5-7 Camp: Apex Mudjimba
In Term 2 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.
CAMBODIA DISCOVERY TOUR 2018
Complete this expression of interest form: https://accmoreton.wufoo.eu/forms/cambodia-discovery-tour-expression-of-interest/
I would like to welcome all the Year 1-6 students to their new classes. We now have 220 students working in Years 1-6. A special welcome to the many students starting Distance Education for the first time this year. If you have any questions during the year, contact your class teacher.
Year 1, 2 & 3 Mr Rick Shingles
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 5490 6136
Year 4 & 5 Mrs Karen Timmins
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 5490 5155
Year 6 Mrs Annikka Hnialum
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 5490 6172
Term 1 Due Dates
Starting with a two day week there are a few adjustments to due dates for Term 1.
- All work from Weeks 1-4 is due on the 23 February, 2018.
- All work from Weeks 5-9 is due on the 29 March, 2018.
Please be aware that any work submitted after this day will have marks deducted based on the school’s policies. In 2018 primary students who submit work one day late will receive a 5% deduction, two days 10%, and so on up until 5 days. After 5 days the work will no longer be marked, but is still needed as evidence of work.
We strongly recommend submitting work as it is completed.
New Year 1 & 2
We are excited to be starting the Year 1 & 2 Australian Curriculum Courses.
Please find the following training videos to help you get started with the Year 1 and 2 materials.
- Lower Primary Training Video 1: Resources -
- Lower Primary Training Video 2: A Day in Distance Education - https://vimeo.com/251909736
- Lower Primary Training Video 3 - Returning Work - https://vimeo.com/251910487
Strategies for a Successful Year in Primary
1. Establish a routine. Routines help develop basic work skills and time management. They are also a key factor in reducing anxiety for children (and parents).
Recommended guide of how much time to spend on subjects each day on our program based on the Queensland allocations.
- Bible: 15 minutes
- English: 90 minutes (this could be broken into two or three lessons)
- Maths: 45 minutes
- Other Subjects: 45 minutes
2. Submit work regularly and check and implement feedback from your teacher. If you are unsure of how to do this watch this video or contact your teacher.
3. Read a lot! Find ‘good fit’ books and make ‘read to self’ the most important part of your day.
Primary: Home Supervisor Orientation Course
All supervisors of primary students have been enrolled in the Primary: Home Supervisor Orientation Course on Schoology. This is a valuable resource to take you through everything you need to know about being a home supervisor. We recommend all parents taking the time to look through the course. The course will be continually available for you to refer back to.
A hearty welcome back to our secondary students for 2018! There are guaranteed to be questions so please reach out to your course teacher:
Mr Joshua Avenell
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 5490 6119
Mr Phil Farmer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 5490 6155
Miss Carrie Croft
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 5490 6117
Miss Nina Johnson
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 5490 6163
New Teacher - Carrie Croft: Hello Everyone, My name is Carrie Croft. I am excited to be beginning my teaching career at Australian Christian College - Moreton. I recently completed my bachelor of Education at Christian Heritage College, majoring in English and History. Throughout the years I have been highly involved in the children’s church and youth group at my local church. From this I developed a love for working with children of all ages. This love led me to pursue teaching and will be carried with me in my work at Australian Christian College. I am looking forward to the year ahead and all that it will bring.
This year we have the exciting opportunity to participate in a virtual debating competition. This is an online debate where teams from a number of independent schools debate each other.
Zoom is the software program used for the competition.
Having online learners participate this year will be a new aspect to the program for the organisers as they have not used individual accounts in the past. Usually, a school team uses the one account. So, this is an exciting opportunity to test the capability of this software in this situation for the first time.
This year we have been given a space for a Years 5 and 6 team and a Years 7 and 8 team. Not only will we need debaters, but we will also need a couple of students who would like to be involved in research and helping to write speeches. There are normally three people on a debating team, however, it is always a good idea to have more in case someone is sick or unable to participate in the debate on the day.
If you would like to participate please let me know. You can either send me a schoology message or contact me at [email protected] or 07 5490 6163. If you do not have any debating experience, this may be your opportunity. Don’t let this stop you from having a go.
SENIOR SCHOOL UPDATE
“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else”
The Greatest Showman
Over the holidays I went to see ‘The Greatest Showman’, and thoroughly loved it. This movie is a powerful story that follows one man’s dream to achieve great things, far beyond the expectations of the life he was born into. Along this journey he is also instrumental in assisting others who have been cast aside by the world, to come forward into the light. Together, this team of people embraced their own differences to make a difference. Their success is undeniable, but very different to what was considered success at that time.
As we begin a whole new year in Senior School, our focus this year is about embracing our differences, to make a difference. Unfortunately, the focus and measure of our success in education is all too often about a single number or grade – whether it be the letter on an assignment, a report card or even an OP or ATAR. But we are all different and success for each and every student will look very different.
Last year we graduated our largest class of Year 12’s both on-campus and on-line. We also celebrated not one, but two students achieving OP1’s – our very first OP1’s ever! There is no doubt this sort of achievement is wonderful and an undeniable success that should be celebrated, and we have!
However, the success I am most proud of, is that just under 90% of our graduates last year got their very first QTAC preference in the University course they applied for! This is the sort of success that acknowledges each and every student is different, and that they each have a unique story that defines success differently. Each of these students took a very different path, that achieved very different results, but each and every one has now successfully started their new journey on the path of their choosing.
Consequently, as a school community, we need to make sure that we define success in a way that embraces our differences and ensures that each and every student, with hard work and dedication, can be successful. Irrespective of a graduate’s final OP or ATAR, it is our desire that each be able to achieve their individual dream.
God has made each one of us different for a particular purpose and, as a College, it is our privilege to walk beside each student on their individual journey to success. As we begin another year together, let us embrace our differences and commit to a new definition of success that enables us to celebrate the God-given gifts and talents, and unique achievements, of all.
I believe that our differences reflect the magnitude and awesomeness of the God we were made in the image of and, when celebrated, can indeed make a difference in our world.
Head of Senior School
2018 is going to be a great year and our Student Services department has hit the ground running with lots of organisation so that many of our students and families will benefit from new experiences.
Our Learning Enrichment team has been busy phoning families to ensure students have their curriculum sorted asap and that they are supported for the start of the year.
Our Careers team has been updating the accmcareers.com page so that you can access the latest information that will help you make decisions about your future career and life beyond school. We have added all Year 10-12 families to the email list so keep any eye out for this communication. In the meantime, feel free to visit the page.
I also want to encourage you to attend our school camps this year. The positive benefits gained from camp experiences are priceless and I would love to see as many students as possible take up these opportunities. Invariably when you ask students about their best memories of school, camps are at the top of the list.
Finally, our staff have been praying for all our families and we are trusting that we will all continue to “grow in Christ”.
Head of Student Services
SOCIAL FIELD PROGRAM
ACC understands that DE involves more than just academics, which is why we encourage students to participate in extracurricular activities that are offered by our school, as well as other activities around your region.
Wide Bay Excursion - Mon Repos Turtle Centre
Friday 2nd February
Information and registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mon-repos-turtle-centre-2nd-february-tickets-42183446825
Thursday 8th February
Information and registration link:
Toowoomba Activity Day
Monday 12th February
Information and registration link:
Friday 16th February
Information and registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/townsville-activity-day-tickets-42700638760
Senior Camp (Year 10-12 students)
Tuesday 27th Feb - Friday 2nd March
Information and registration link: https://www.trybooking.com/TAEC
Gold Coast Activity Day
Monday 5th March
Information and registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/upper-coomera-centre-activity-day-5th-march-tickets-42709008795
Sunshine Coast Excursion
Tuesday 8th March
Information and registration link: TBA
Wednesday 7th March
Information and registration link: TBA
Wednesday 23rd March
Information and registration link: TBA