Earlier this week we had two DE camps at Redland Bay (Years 8-10) and Mudjimba Sunshine Coast (Years 4-7). Unlike the rainy weather we had earlier in Term 1, our students enjoyed beautiful temperatures and plenty of sun during their time at camps. Thanks so much to the parents who have supported these camps.
The weather was not so kind with the Cross-Country as the sunny skies turned to rain to prevent the secondary students from running their cross-country run. However, it was rescheduled for last Friday with better weather and a great turn up of DE parents once again. The event was another excellent opportunity for DE students to meet up with On-campus students and form friendships that will help all students know each other as they move into senior years.
The College held an ANZAC Day ceremony last Tuesday and on Wednesday we marched as a College in the Caboolture ANZAC Parade. A few DE children joined the march, so thanks so much for coming. We intended to live stream this the service to your home, but technical issues got in the way. We are very keen to make this technology happen so that DE families can share in these key events as well as other events. We shall try again in the new future.
So it has been a busy start to Term 2. There have been some hassles with the new lower primary curriculum, but our staff have been working tirelessly to get issues sorted and making it much better. Talking about curriculum, the 2018 Gonski Report was released by the Prime Minister recently outlining the changes to education. The changes already reflect what our On-campus school is doing, but throws out a lot of challenges for our DE curriculum. However, looking ahead I think it will bring the flexibility we had with PACEs back into the DE curriculum. We just need to find the way to build and manage that. We have still not heard about the increased government funding for DE students that would make such changes much easier to make.
I pray you have a successful Term 2, and remember that each of us is unique, as in made unique by God. To some, school is easier than for others. What one person finds easy another finds hard and then sometimes this is reversed. If you are having trouble, then please call or email your teacher. This support applies to parents as well as students. It is sometimes quicker, in the long run, to seek help early, get back on track and then grow forward.
God bless you all and have a wonderful time educating your children this term.
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL UPDATE
Students have made an excellent start to Term 2. We have had more students enrol with the College over the break - a special welcome to you all! I trust all our families had a wonderful Easter and holiday break. I ventured up to Cairns via a cruise ship. It brought back many memories of the two years I spent living and teaching on a ship - back when I was young and adventurous. I was so thankful for the time to stop and read a whole book!
Each May, I like to bring to the attention of parents the National Day of Thanks scheduled for the 26th May. It is a unique opportunity for all Australians to celebrate and give thanks to God for our heritage as a nation, and to demonstrate the values of honour, respect, thankfulness and gratitude towards our fellow man. We have a lot to be thankful for and learning to be grateful takes practice! Visit the website and use some of the resources with your children at home to teach the character trait of thankfulness. http://www.austhanks.org.au/resources/school-resources/
We have NAPLAN coming up next week and an array of different activities this month. Make sure you read the Social Field Program section of this newsletter to find out more.
There will be a FREE information evening at Australian Christian College in Caboolture for parents on the 16th May. Come and listen to highly acclaimed presenters from Internet Safe Education and learn how to better parent through the difficult years with teenagers and the internet. The information for parents in this evening session will be invaluable to DE parents. Supper will be provided.
Please lock in the 10th November in your diaries. This date is when our end of year Awards and Graduation Ceremony is scheduled. The event will start at 2 pm and will be happening at the C3 Church in Bridgeman Downs (North Brisbane). It’s such a beautiful time to come together as a community and celebrate the achievements of our students and Year 12 graduates. Please don’t miss out.
I am looking forward to another productive term. Personally, I am thankful to you, parents and supervisors, for all the long hours you invest in supporting your children reach their potential. Be encouraged; you are doing a marvellous job.
CALENDAR REMINDERS & IMPORTANT DATES
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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 4-7): 30th April - 2nd May
- Middle School Camp (Yr 8-10): 30th April - 2nd May
- Labour Day (Office closed): 7th May
- NAPLAN Testing: 15th - 17th May
- 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).
JUNIOR CAMP REPORT
The students attending the camp were talking about it on Schoology in the weeks leading up, it was exciting when camp time finally arrived.
During the time at camp we were challenged and had fun in the following activities:
- Mid Ropes Course - Working in pairs students completed ropes activities with obstacles finishing with a turn on the flying fox.
- Catapults & Team Builder Challenge - Working as a group students constructed a giant slingshot which was then used to play a game of catapult baseball.
- Mud Pit Challenge - Teams worked together to complete a muddy obstacle course in the shortest time.
- Canoeing - We canoed in a smaller creek, learning how to manavenue the canoes in tight spaces. We then played some games in canoes including Battleships and Destroyers and Cowboys and Indians.
- Body Boarding and best of all the Aqua Fun Park.
In the reflection session students were asked what they liked best about camp. The overwhelming answer was making new friends many of which will continue after camp.
Having attended this camp for several years, it is wonderful to see students coming back each year and meeting with old friends again. Only a year to wait til 2019 Junior Camp, can’t wait to see you there.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP REPORT - KINDILIAN
This year our Year 8 to 10 students went to a new-for-ACC campsite at Redland Bay called PGL Kindilian. The students had a great time learning archery, rock climbing and raft building. They were pushed outside of their comfort zone on the flying fox, leap of faith, giant swing and team challenge! Students enjoyed a campfire and bushwalk. They finished off with a fun but exhausting game of Aeroball.
CAMBODIA DISCOVERY TOUR 2018
Complete this expression of interest form: https://accmoreton.wufoo.eu/forms/cambodia-discovery-tour-expression-of-interest/
In Term 1, Year 6 students studied photography as a part of their Arts curriculum. They were asked to submit their best photograph from the term. It was inspiring to look through the beautiful photos they took.
A Snail’s Tale by Cecilia
Begging Dog by Jabez
Border Collie by Brooklyn
By Asha Furlong
Ethan Hunt the Spider by Kathryn
Frangipanis by Summer
Moss by Pippa
Orchid by Rachael
Red Flower by Jessica
Sunrise at the Beach by Grace
Water in Motion by Nicole
Woody Point Jetty at Sunset by Alicia
Sunset by Charlie
In Humanities, this term, Year 8 students are studying the Mongols. One of the activities students completed was to complete activities similar to those of the Mongols. Some of the activities students could choose from was shoot a bow and arrow, ride a horse, cook Mongolian food and make a teepee. Here are some examples of some of our student’s work for this task.
Students could choose to make butter.
One of our students created gambir, a Mongolian pancake.
Students could also choose to do some sewing.
Some students demonstrated some Mongolian cooking.
SENIOR SCHOOL UPDATE
Every learning opportunity is an opportunity to learn!
Recently, I sent a letter to our Year 10 parents explaining why Term One results for our Year 10 students may not reflect their ‘usual’ grades due to an increase in rigor and syllabus changes. However, as we begin Term Two and all students receive all-important feedback from their summative assessment in Term One, it is important that all are reminded about the true purpose of assessment and feedback.
Whether students are preparing for an ATAR, OP, TAFE or vocational pathways, for ALL students, the real focus is learning. Everyday for our students brings with it new opportunities to learn new skills, but mastery will take time, patience and commitment. Fortunately, every single piece of assessment is an excellent opportunity specifically designed to inform students of what they are currently able to do, and to provide them with instruction and direction as to how to improve.
Consequently, it is important that our students are encouraged to do the following whenever they receive feedback or grades:
Look closely at the feedback offered by teachers – use this feedback to direct future assessment and learning opportunities. Ask your teacher how!
Do not be disheartened by results if they are less than expected – all assessment is about learning, so learn from this!
Make this is a starting point – not the end! All results, good or bad, are an opportunity for you to learn what you need to learn.
Use grades and results to set personal goals and discuss these with your teacher
Every learning opportunity is an opportunity to learn. Please encourage your Senior student to use each of these opportunities as effectively as possible and as always, if you have questions or queries regarding your student’s academic progress, please contact your student’s subject teacher first. However, should you have any further queries or concerns please see myself or our Coordinator of Senior School, Mr Cameron Johnson.
Please note that subject selection in Year 10 is semester based. Consequently, it is expected that students will stay in subjects for the duration of Term 1&2 - they will be given opportunity at the end of the term to change subjects should they wish. More information will follow towards the end of this term.
Head of Senior School
FREE Parenting Program
The University of Queensland are delivering free Triple P – Positive Parenting Programs in partnership with Ningi Aussie Kids Child Care Centre to support parents in Moreton Bay Region to access free parenting support. Parents who want to see more of the behaviour they do like and less of the behaviour they don’t like, are encouraged to come along to a Triple P – Positive Parenting Program seminar to take the guesswork out of parenting!
There are four discussion groups available free for parents of children up to 12 years old at Ningi Aussie Kids Child Care Centre (2 Greygum Court, Ningi), running from 6.30pm-8.30pm. Here are the dates below:
- Dealing with Disobedience - Tuesday 22 May 2018
- Developing Good Bedtime Routines - Tuesday 29 May 2018
- Managing Fighting and Aggression - Tuesday 5 June 2018
- Hassle-free Shopping with Children - Tuesday 12 June 2018
Future Career Options
Please be aware of the following that are available to ACC students to start exploring future career options that will help to inform subject selections:
http://accmcareers.com/ is a website that we encourage all senior students to explore as it contains a wealth of information about careers and life beyond school. Please take the time to explore this site.
We are taking the Year 10-12 students to the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo during school time but you may be interested in some of the other events as well. See details below.
Friday 11 May (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) & Saturday 12 May (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 July
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Royal ICC, Brisbane Showgrounds (RNA), Bowen Hills, Brisbane
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 July
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Brisbane Showgrounds (RNA), Bowen Hills, Brisbane
Tuesday 24 July
10:00 am – 2:00 pm & 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Calvary Centre, Tanawha
2018 tertiary provider open days:
Location and date
Saturday 28 July, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday 28 July, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday 9 August, 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Gold Coast, Nathan and Southbank:
Sunday 12 August
Sunday 29 July, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Bracken Ridge:
Tuesday 25 July
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech, Acacia Ridge:
Thursday 27 July
Sunday 5 August, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday 19 August, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday 2 September, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday 20 August, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday 23 June
Sunday 22 July
- Good Universities Guide helps you find courses, explore careers, and search for scholarships at Australian universities, TAFEs and training colleges.
- myfuture lets you search for VET courses, training opportunities, and providers across Australia.
- myskills provides information about VET and connects students and employers with training organisations across Australia.
- QTAC lets you search for VET courses in Queensland, northern New South Wales and Tasmania.
- TAFE Queensland lets you search for TAFE Queensland courses by study area or region.
University study for senior students
There are several options open for students wanting to study a university subject as part of their senior studies and applications for Semester 2, 2018 are now open so please see Mrs Fraser asap if you are interested in enrolling.
We also had a very successful work experience time for our Year 10 students and Mrs Wilcox will share some photos and details in the next newsletter. Watch this space…..
Loaned library books
A big thank you for the wonderful reaction I had, after sending out the reminder about returning library books or textbooks. It was a great response. If you still have books outstanding for Term 1, that will be Year 1 - 6, please return to the library. You are always welcome to get in touch with me, if you have any question pertaining to library books or textbooks.
SOCIAL FIELD PROGRAM
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Cross Country Carnival. The Prep to Year 3 Carnival was held on the 20th April, but the Year 4 to 12 had to be rescheduled to the 27th April due to dangerous weather conditions.
The students who attended did the white house proud with their outstanding effort. Here are some photos of the day.
Remember we have the Athletics Carnival coming up on the 21 and 22 of June. This is another wonderful opportunity to participate in sporting events as a school. Go White House!
Coming up next term...
Wide Bay Excursion - Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
Friday, 11th May
Information and registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wide-bay-excursion-bundaberg-regional-art-gallery-tickets-44430002333
Toowoomba - PCYC Excursion
Friday, 11th May
Information and registration link:
Cairns - Visit to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Friday, 11th May
Information and registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-butterfly-sanctuary-excursion-tickets-44399833096
Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy Excursion
Thursday, 24 May
Information and registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/scenic-rim-robotic-dairy-excursion-tickets-44399750850
Athletics Carnival - Grades 4-12
Thursday, 21 June
Information and registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2018-athletics-carnival-years-4-12-tickets-44399538214
Athletics Carnival - Grades Prep-3
Friday, 22 June
Information and registration link: TBA