The Lord our Provider
As I get older, I have more conversations with people about past events. Some say that is wisdom, and others say older people like to talk about their past. But the older you do get, the more examples and life stories you have to tell that fit in to help someone deal with life’s little and large hassles.
Recently I was speaking to staff about the early years of my marriage – our first little home with painted concrete floors, the curtains we had to sew, the second-hand furniture we painted up and were so proud of. When Shelley and I had our first baby she had to resign from her teaching job. All women had to resign to have a family. There was no such thing as maternity leave. Through those early days of starting a family we learnt to trust God. Especially those days when we were afraid of bills arriving in the letterbox – or having to buy our 4 children new shoes!
I remember when I first left teaching and tried business. This decision was a big decision with four young children. About four weeks into my first non-teaching job the company was purchased by an international publisher and everyone in the company was fired, including me. My ex-Principal said I could come back to school, but my wife and I prayed and talked a lot and decided to trust God to see what happened. My ex-Principal gave me my first consulting job setting up a new wilderness school; my old publisher then found work for me in Sydney and I travelled up and back each week. We trusted God to provide and He did. He opened another doorway into publishing in Melbourne and the rest is history.
I am blessed to tell you I could talk about these types of stories all day. God has tested us as a family and we have trusted God to provide. When God wanted me to come back into teaching and leave the business world he challenged me with a position at a Coptic Orthodox College in Melbourne. I learnt a lot from that experience. Coming up here to Queensland and leaving our family in Melbourne was all about trusting God. I believe He sent me to ACCM so we trusted in Him to provide.
As parents who have decided to educate your children at home, you will relate to these stories. Living on one salary places enormous demands on our DE parents, and you trust the Lord to provide for all your needs. I speak to so many DE parents who have put the education of their children above the financial rewards they could receive. As a community, we are amazed at your trust in God and we do all we can to help you educate your children. You are an inspiration to us and make the meaning of the term Yahweh-Yireh (which means "the LORD will provide"). In Genesis 22:13 when Abraham was about to sacrifice his son
“Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
Being a Christian is not just about God being our provider, it is about trusting God to be your provider, just like Abraham.
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL UPDATE
We are fast approaching assessment and exam season. Students will no doubt be spending long hours finishing projects and assignments and studying studiously for upcoming exams. Please ensure your child is well aware of due dates and exam conditions. Our Year 12 students are creeping closer and closer to the finish line. Keep going Year 12s! Don’t give up now!
The month of May saw many of our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students sit the NAPLAN tests. Parents, thank you for transporting your children to and from the different testing centres over the three days. Results will be posted out to families soon.
SENIOR SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
The Year 12 BCT students worked hard to create and host an educational, inspiring and fun tech event for students, covering topics such as the advantages and dangers of the Internet, and the potential effects it can have on self-esteem. Well done students (both On-Campus and Distance Education) and their teacher Mrs Isabel Jackson. The Cyber Safety presentation delivered to parents by Ross Pascoe, a former undercover internet detective, was recorded and posted on Schoology a few weeks ago. Please take some time to watch it and gain some valuable insights.
The Senior Teachers were also busy last week with parent/teacher phone interviews. As the stakes are quite high in senior school, it was an excellent opportunity for parents to connect with their child’s teachers and ensure they are on track with subjects. Thank you to Mrs Anita Newell and her team for investing this time and effort into our senior students.
OPEN NIGHT AND TERM 3 ENROLMENTS
On the 25th May, the school hosted an Open Night. We had many families visit the school who were interested in enrolling in distance education. It’s always a thrill to be able to offer an alternative educational option for students who struggle in mainstream schools. We are accepting applications now for Term 3, so if you have friends or family that are considering distance education, please direct them to the ACC website or encourage them to call the College and talk to Lisa Hall our Enrolments Officer.
GRADUATION AND AWARDS CEREMONY
Our annual graduation and awards ceremony will be held at C3 Church, Bridgeman Downs on the 10th November, the day after our Year 12s finish their final exam block. Make every effort to attend this evening as it’s the only event that pulls DE students and families together for an afternoon of celebration. The event will run from 2pm-4pm. An afternoon tea and fellowship will follow the ceremony.
The mid-year holidays are now just a few weeks away, and I hope you enjoy a little bit of downtime enjoying the crisp Queensland winter. Students will have three weeks off school. Teachers return to the office for Term 3 beginning on Monday 16th July. During the school, holidays administration will be open between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. I wish you all a very safe and relaxing holiday and look forward to seeing our returning and new students approach Semester 2 with enthusiasm and a commitment to do their very best.
CALENDAR REMINDERS & IMPORTANT DATES
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TERM TWO 2018
(10 Weeks) Monday 16th April - Friday 22nd June
- Year 10, 11 and 12 Exam Block: 14th June - 20th June
- 4-12 Athletics Carnival: 21st June
- P-3 Athletics Carnival: 22nd June
TERM THREE 2018
(10 Weeks) Monday 16th July - Friday 21st September
- Students Return: Monday 16th 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: 10th November
- Senior Formal: 15th November
- Last day for Year 12 students: 16th November
- Cambodia Discovery Tour (Yr 11 students): Dates 29th Nov - 9th December
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 2018, 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).
Year 4 Science
This term, Year 4 students completed a hands-on investigation called Leak, Soak or Repel? They had to predict and then investigate the absorbency of certain materials e.g. tissue paper, cotton fabric, plastic, sponge. The challenge was to tally how many drops of water were required before certain materials allowed the water to actually leak into the jar.
Here’s another one.
Year 4 Term 2 English
In Week 3 Year 4 students submitted a special journal entry. One student wrote about her experience at our recent camp. Another wrote about getting a puppy.
Year 4 Teacher
Why drafting is so important
At the moment Miss Croft and myself are busy providing feedback on drafts. By now you will have noticed that we have introduced a new rubric for marking drafts. This has been taken from the 6 + 1 writing traits. These seven traits are: Ideas, Organisation, Voice, Word Choice, Conventions and Presentation.
This term we have also begun to make submitting a draft a required part of the coursework. Drafting, or editing, is part of the writing process, along with Planning, Researching and Writing. Planning and Researching work closely together, as do Writing and Editing. This process works in cycles, and students could work through various stages a number of times while working on the one piece of writing.
Why is all of this so important, you may ask? Why is there now a stronger emphasis on drafting and editing?
The most important reason for editing is that a first draft is never a great piece of writing. This is true, even for your English teachers. Yes, a writer may have written about the specific topic. They may have answered the question and included all required elements. And yet, despite doing all this, a first draft can still sound very clunky, not be particularly detailed and may have many spelling errors.
Removing mistakes is the most obvious and simple reason for editing. Proofreading writing is required to check grammar and remove spelling mistakes. A piece of writing can include the most creative and interesting ideas and response to an answer. However, if it is full of spelling and grammar errors, those wonderful ideas can be lost. Spelling, grammar and punctuation errors can significantly impact the clarity of writing. It can significantly interrupt the flow of ideas and mean that the writer’s meaning is not understood.
Editing also allows the writer time to think about their answer. There is more than one way of making a point. Allowing time to think over work also allows the writer time to think about what they want to say and about the way they have answered the question.
Editing is also important because it provides the writer time to verify that they have answered the question. Allowing time for editing means that the writer will have time to go over the question and task instructions a number of times. These instructions should be used like a checklist. The writer should constantly ask themselves if their writing has really followed all instructions and done what was asked.
This leads me to my final point. Editing should be the time when a writer checks that they have included everything that is required. This means they should first check that they have answered the question. Editing is when the writer should also check that they have included each element that is required. This means including all sections of a task and other elements like a reference list.
Personally, I have lost count how many times I looked at my writing and saw what I expected to see. After a couple of read-throughs I finally ‘saw’ errors that I had previously overlooked. The brain is a complex organism. We can believe we are ‘seeing’ what we expect to see. If the brain is thinking a certain thought or idea, it may not pick up when the fingers fail to transmit that thought into words on a page.
So, ensure that you allow yourself editing time when writing. This will have a noticeable impact on your writing. Aim to develop this habit so that it becomes a routine part of your writing. You will reap the rewards in your results.
Secondary Team Leader
SENIOR SCHOOL UPDATE
Year 10 Elective Changes
Last year when we decided to make significant changes to our Year 10 programs, we also made a commitment to both parents and students that students would only be locked into ‘Elective’ subjects for a Semester at a time. Consequently, very soon Year 10 students and parents will be sent an email with an electronic form attached so that they may indicate the elective subjects they wish to study in Semester Two, 2018.
I encourage all parents in the next week or two to make time to sit down with their students and together discuss any subject changes students may wish to make. Below is a table that outlines the subjects students may choose from in each subject line for our on-campus students.
Film & TV
Please note that all subjects have been written in individual semester units so that students are able to switch between electives more easily. However, it stands to reason that students who change subjects may need to make a concerted effort to ‘catch’ up any foundational concepts that may only be briefly covered in Semester Two units.
Also, should any student wish to change from General Maths to Maths Methods in Semester Two, this change must go through Mr Rhys Taylor our Maths Coordinator. Past Maths results will also be considered as part of this process.
This opportunity to change subjects mid-semester will require a lot of organisation and we ask that in order to make the process easier that all students, whether they wish to change or not complete the form. Students changing subjects will be allocated subjects on a ‘first-in’ basis.
It is exciting to think that Year 10 students can potentially study eight different electives in the one year, without the ‘high stakes’ of Year 11&12 pathway commitments. Hopefully this will also improve student confidence in pathway planning, SET plan process and subject choices in the future. Should you have any queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or Cameron Johnson ([email protected]).
Parent Teacher Interviews
Last week our Senior staff conducted Parent-Teacher Interviews by phone with our online families of Senior students, discussing student learning and explaining how students can improve their results. Thank you to the many parents and caregivers who took this unique opportunity to speak with teachers. However, it should also be noted that should you have concerns at any time about your student’s results or learning that you can contact teachers by either message or email at any time.
Head of Senior School
You may be hearing about NCCD and wondering what this is all about. Here is a brief explanation :
Australian, state and territory governments agreed on a new approach to collecting data on school students with disability. The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) on School Students with Disability provides Australian schools, parents, education authorities and the community with information about the number of students with disability in schools, where they are located and the adjustments they receive.
At Australian Christian College, our teachers and student service teams are committed to meeting the needs of all students enrolled with us. We work together to provide support and adjustments for all students based on student needs as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.
The DDA and Standards use a very broad and inclusive definition of what constitutes a disability; it does not require a medical or professional diagnosis and includes learning disabilities and social/emotional disabilities such as anxiety. Our staff are always working on numerous levels to ensure that support or ‘adjustment’ is given to identified students so that they can take part in education activities to the same degree as all other students. Adjustments might include such things as tuition, modified learning tools and programs or physical adjustments to the school environment. The decision as to what and how much support or adjustment a student receives relies on the professional judgement of school staff about each child’s educational needs. There are four levels of adjustments that teachers provide: Quality Differentiated Teaching Practice, Supplementary, Substantial and Extensive.
At ACC the support received by students could include, but may not be limited to one or more of the following.
- Literacy intervention/support
- Numeracy intervention/support
- Extra time in tests/exams
- Task modification
- Task/assignment support
- Student services support (Access to Guidance Officer and Counsellors)
- An Individual Educational Plan
- Assistive Technology support
- Health action plan
- Sensory support
Student learning is a joint responsibility involving the whole school community, its personnel, teaching and learning frameworks, curriculum and resources. Should you have any questions regarding NCCD, please contact our friendly Student Services team.
Head of Student Services
Toowoomba PCYC Excursion
ACC-Moreton had their first visit to the PCYC complex in Toowoomba in May. The PCYC centre and staff were excellent. The students participated in an hour of basic gymnastic skills with the help of a coach and then moved into games. Here are some photos from the day (taken by Kylie).
Excursion to Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery – Report
ACC students, parents and staff had an incredible time at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery last month. Our wonderful Tour Guide, Rebecca Maclean, lead us through the inspirational and thought provoking exhibitions that are currently on display at the Bundaberg Gallery. ACC students were also blessed with a private tour of the new Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt exhibit. The exhibits helped us to gain some knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of Australia’s wartime past and the forces that have shaped our society. Get along to the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery before these exhibitions close. See http://www.bundabergregionalgalleries.com.au/ for more information.
To remember, to never forget
The Flanders Poppy—a delicate short lived flower, not native to Australia and considered a weed in Europe—through memory, prose and poetry, has become a symbol of remembrance for those who died in war. Flynn-Clarke uses basketry techniques, including knotless netting, to weave reflection and peace into each poppy. These symbols of life and growth, along with Jacob Clarke’s moving soundscape, asks us to remember, to never forget.
For Country, for Nation
When the First World War broke out, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had few rights, poor living conditions, and were not allowed to enlist in the war effort. Despite this, many Indigenous people wanted, and did, serve in defence of Australia. Through objects, photographs, and art commissioned and acquired by the Australian War Memorial, For Country, for Nation tells stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service and sacrifice.
Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt
For much of the First World War, the small French village of Vignacourt was a staging point,
servicing the battlefields on the Somme. Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt tells the story of how one enterprising photographer took the opportunity of this passing traffic to establish a business taking portrait photographs. Captured on glass, printed into postcards and posted home, the photographs made by the Thuillier family enabled Australian soldiers to maintain a fragile link with loved ones in Australia.
Excursion to Robotic Dairy and Beaudesert Museum
On Thursday 24th May, DE students and parents enjoyed a unique experience at the Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy, the manufacturers of 4Real Milk. This high-quality milk is becoming more popular on our supermarket shelves due to their more natural milking methods and less interference with the milk’s natural goodness. Students learnt how the Lely robots are have been built around the cow. The robotic system allows the cow to choose when she is milked. The cows are trained to enter the ‘robot’ by the placement of grain feed. Each cow has an electronic tag, which the robot ‘reads’ when the cow enters, she is then given a reward of feed according to her level of production. It was all very fascinating to learn about and demonstrated how the use of technology has improved farming.
After the morning at the farm, students and parents headed to the Beaudesert Museum to read stories and legacies of our pioneers from the days of the Moreton Bay settlement to the present day. Overall, the day was incredibly educational and enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you to Mrs Peisley for organising the day.
Year 7, 8 & 9 Science Virtual Excursion
Our Year 7, 8 & 9 science students had an opportunity to join a virtual excursion looking at renewable energy on Monday the 28th of July. Students logged into Zoom to view the event and contributed via the chat area to answer questions and discuss topics. Ben, the presenter demonstrated a variety of renewable energy experiments for the students while demonstrating and engaging the students in the presentation.
If your child missed the event you can watch it below: (I missed the first 2-5mins):
Athletics Carnival - Grades 4-12
Thursday, 21 June
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Athletics Carnival - Grades Prep-3
Friday, 22 June
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Excursion to the Ginger Factory
Thursday, 26th July
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Friday, 27th July
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Upper Coomera Activity Day
Monday, 230th July
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