"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29: 11
This seems an appropriate verse at this time of the year. I have travelled to Graduation/Awards Events in Toowoomba, Cairns and Townsville over the last two weeks and I look forward to the big DE Awards Night in Brisbane that are fast approaching.
Graduation is one of the greatest times in our life. It allows our community to celebrate students who have successfully met the academic and extracurricular requirements for graduation. The ceremony provides a public venue in which graduating students receive their graduation certifications, marking their official graduation from secondary school.
It is an important event because it marks a significant accomplishment to everyone involved and those witnessing it. There’s also something in the human mind and heart that loves ceremony, a chance to celebrate. The 'ceremony' gives the graduate the opportunity to stop and celebrate the culmination of all their efforts - to absorb their new status and the start of a new chapter in their life. It is a rite of passage, the icing on the cake! Families who have helped and supported our students along the way, also get the opportunity to celebrate and feel rewarded.
Graduation is also referred to as ‘commencement’. The term supports the idea that rather than marking the end of one stage in a student’s life, graduation signifies the beginning of the next as Jeremiah explains.
It also has a big impact on all students of the College. They see students who have been where they are, faced the same struggles and succeeded to graduation. It gives them an image to aim for, a goal to achieve, a motivation to try their hardest. Graduation is an important event for all who attend. I encourage all students and their families to attend the upcoming Awards Nights. Not only to support your children and their success in 2018, but share in the success of our graduates which we as a community, as a family of our Lord, celebrate together.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the upcoming events and a special thank you to all those people who came out to support their regional graduates in Toowoomba, Townsville and Cairns.
God bless you all.
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL UPDATE
It has been great to be back after taking 8 weeks off for long service leave. Thank you to Joshua Avenell for stepping in as Acting Deputy Principal while I was away. He did a wonderful job. I was able to travel overseas to see many friends of whom I have not seen for more than 15 years. It was great being able to visit lots of places I’ve only ever read about or seen on TV. I was reminded again about the bond Christians from all over the world share. The world is certainly changing fast.
IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE!
Term 4 kicked off with a wonderful day at Toowoomba. Families in our western regions came together to connect with each other and celebrate student achievement. The day started with some lessons in drama and art and a special coaching session for senior students. After a fellowship lunch, three Year 12 students cut their graduation cake. This was followed by a short presentation where they received their Year 12 Graduation Certificates. Three students recited practised poetry, which was extremely impressive. Other students in various grade levels were awarded certificates in recognition of effort, persistence and excellence. It was a joyous occasion and a wonderful time of celebration.
A visit to North QLD was next on the schedule. Again, we were able to celebrate with Year 12 graduates and award winners in Townsville and Cairns. Gary Underwood was able to bring families up-to-date with the new senior ATAR system which is starting next year. There is such a wonderful spirit of community with the families and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing their personal journeys with distance education. There are some clever children doing amazing work.
The big Brisbane Awards Ceremony is only a couple of weeks away. If you haven’t done so already, please register for this event. It’s a fantastic time and all walk away motivated and inspired for the new year. Here is the link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/awards-and-graduation-ceremony-2018-tickets-47753284359
NEW LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM COMING IN 2019
In preparations for 2019, we will be upgrading our learning management system over the holidays to Canvas. Information and instructional videos will be sent to all parents and students helping you learn the new system. It is very easy to navigate around and it has some unique features that will improve the way that our learning and teaching programs are delivered to students. It is also a lot faster!
CONFIRMATION OF STUDENT DETAILS
Last week I emailed families asking if you could please complete the ‘Confirmation of Student Details’ form for 2019. We use this information to help keep our database accurate and with planning classes and teaching loads. Here is the link to the form if you are unable to find the email: https://accmoreton.wufoo.eu/forms/confirmation-of-student-details-2019-de/
Thank you to the many who have already done this for us.
WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY
On the 26th October, we celebrated World Teachers’ Day. It was an important opportunity to thank and congratulate the teachers for the invaluable work they do. A teacher’s ability to create opportunity, empower students’ minds and ultimately transform their lives for Jesus is what makes our work at ACC one to be proud of. I always include DE parents in this celebration, because you all do an amazing teaching job at home.
Here were a few lovely messages sent by DE students to teachers:
Thank you ALL so, so much, you are all AMAZING and just great, I really appreciate everything you have done for me this year xxx - Isabelle
Thank youteachersfor everything You do for us. I am extremely grateful. Hopeyourhaving an amazing day. God bless all of you. - Jacob
Thank you, teachers! Thanks for teaching us, for helping us and for everything that you do for us! We appreciate all of you very much!! - Shemaiah
Thank youteachersfor being the best teachers ever and for helping me to learn. I'm very grateful to have teachers like you. - Veronica
Thanksteachers for all ofyour greatteaching skills you use on us and for being kind and good teachers. Thanks for making us smart! - Maddyson
There were many more. Musical videos were even made. Thank you to all the students that sent messages. You bless the teachers more than you will ever know and make the job so enjoyable.
PREP AVAILABLE IN 2019
I am pleased to inform you that we will be rolling out a new Prep course in 2019. Enrolments are now open. If you have family members or friends that are interested, please ask them to complete an online application form.
As we enter the home stretch for 2018, I want to thank you all for running this race with us and for all you do to support your children at home. You are part of a life-changing ministry that is impacting young people all across QLD. I look forward to catching up with many of you at the upcoming Brisbane Awards Ceremony.
CALENDAR REMINDERS & IMPORTANT DATES
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TERM FOUR 2018
(9 Weeks) Monday 8th October - Thursday 6th December
- Student Free Date: 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
TERM DATES in 2019
Term 1 - 29th January - 5th April (10 weeks)
Term 2 - 23rd April - 21st June (9 weeks)
Term 3 - 15th July - 20th September (9 weeks)
Term 4 - 8th October - 5th December (9 weeks)
There are exciting changes happening for camps in Distance Education next year! We have four camps in 2019 on offer for our DE students!
Firstly, there will be combined DE and On Campus camps for the Year 10 and Year 12 students. The Year 12’s will experience an amazing camp at Emu Gully on the 25th-27th February 2019 (Week 5, Term 1). Emu Gully is located west of Brisbane between Gatton and Toowoomba. The Year 10’s will venture to Maroochy Waterfront on the Sunshine Coast and will be held between the 13th-15th March 2019 (Week 7, Term 1). The information booklets for these two camps will be sent out very soon… so stay tuned! Due to the new structure of the camps, Year 11 students will not have a camp.
The final two DE camps will take place at the same time and same location on the Gold Coast. The Junior School Camp (Grades 4-6) and the Middle School Camp (Grades 7-9) will held at the beautiful location of CYC Burleigh on the 12th-14th June 2019 (Week 8, Term 2). To make it easier for families with multiple children, we have put these 2 camps on at the same time and same place. They will have different programs so students in the two age groups will have a different experience. As part of a 3 year rotation, in 2020 and 2021, these Junior and Middle School Camps will take place at different locations.
The Australian Christian College Futsal team demonstrated their wealth of talent by winning the U15s Oceania Schools Futsal Championship. The 3 day competition came down to a thrilling grand final between ACC and Ferguson Football Academy.
After being beaten by Ferguson in their two previous games, ACC were able to dig deep and demonstrated great skill and mental strength take out the competition 6-3 winners. The boys loved every minute of the competition and were commended on their positive attitudes and sportsmanship by other schools attending. Jayden Sonter also took out the MVP award and the Most Goals Scored award!
A huge thank you to Megan McPherson and all other parents and volunteers for attending and assisting with the management of the team.
Raphael, Caden, Nathaniel, Jayden, and Jorden - 2018 Oceania Schools U15s Champions
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).
Last term, Year 4 students experimented with growing seeds under very different conditions. They had to test what happens when one essential requirement such as light, soil, or water is removed.
Another Yr 4 student went about it like this.
Last term Year 5 students had to design a city for Technology and HASS.
Here’s a few peeks at very different one.
Here’s another very clever idea for a future city.
Greetings from all of your secondary teachers at ACC! For this newsletter, we thought it would be a great idea to share with you three of the many incredible resources that you can access to learn more about your passions and deepen your love of learning. So, without further ado, here are three brilliant online learning resources.
Crash Course: This YouTube channel has a large range of videos designed to help you learn more about physics, games, economics, astronomy, world history, biology, literature, chemistry, psychology and much more. Take a look at the video below to check out Crash Course for yourself!
Khan Academy: This website has practice exercises and instructional videos that teach you about math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Again, here is the link to find out more: https://www.khanacademy.org/about
We hope you will enjoy engaging with these resources as you continue your journey with ACC.
SENIOR SCHOOL UPDATE
I was recently reminded of how we have grown as a College over the last few years and how our students in our Senior school have changed over these years. Each year our numbers grow and our results improve, but most importantly, our culture continues to change and evolve.
There are a number of measures often used to judge ‘success’ in schools. For example improved completion of studies, the percentage of students who gain a QCE, overall grades and even OP’s, are all used at times as measuring ‘tools’ for academic success. However, there are other pursuits that are equally as important such as students’ successful completion of traineeships and other VET qualifications in conjunction with their schooling commitments that could also be used to measure ‘success’.
These are all important things for us to measure and monitor as a school, in fact it is essential that we do so. However, as a leader of our Senior school the measure I treasure most is how connected our Senior students are to our school, our staff and each other. In fact connectedness has been shown to be very significant in regard to student success. Please note the following from an article in Educational Leadership:
“Students are more likely to succeed when they feel connected to school.
School bonding, school climate, teacher support, student engagement: Researchers have used these terms over the years to address the concept of school connectedness. School connectedness refers to an academic environment in which students believe that adults in the school care about their learning and about them as individuals.
Klem and Connell (2004) provide a frightening statistic in this regard, noting that
By high school, as many as 40 to 60 percent of all students—urban, suburban, and rural—are chronically disengaged from school. (p. 262)
Is it possible that half of our high school students may not believe that adults in school care about their learning and about them as individual” (Blum, 2005)
Unfortunately, this is not nearly as easy to measure – but I believe, and certainly there is evidence to support, that if our Senior students feel connected and that adults in the school care about them and their learning, they are more likely to be successful. However, this can be somewhat more challenging within a ‘virtual’ learning space with online students.
As a result, please note that we are committed as a staff to ensuring that each of the Senior students in our care feel cared for, both academically and personally. However, should there be any point where you feel that your student is feeling disconnected from their schooling experience, please contact either their form teacher or myself to discuss this immediately.
The evidence is clear, student connectedness is an important issue that can have significant impact on a student’s life and there are things we do each and every day at school to help students feel cared for and connected. However, should any student be struggling with this, please let us know so that we may better support them.
Assessment Calendars & Exam Block
Exam Block and Assessment Calendar information has now been distributed for several weeks.
Please note that the email to parents that outlines the protocols related to Exam Block and the expectations of students during this time.
We wish all of our students the very best in this upcoming ‘Exam Season’ and pray they are each able to perform to the very best of their ability. Remember to keep lines of communication open with your student through these more stressful periods and keep your student’s teachers informed of anything that may significantly impact completion of their assessment.
Head of Senior School
As we are nearing the end of the school year, a time when assessment pressure starts increasing and positive thoughts start decreasing, I wanted to share with you some tips on how to build happiness. Hope this is of benefit to some of you.
Powerful ways to build happiness
Dr Travis Bradberry, co-founder of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, reports why happiness is important. He found that happy people have 36% more motivation, are six times more energetic and twice as productive as unhappy people. Research is showing that happiness is attributed to 50% genetics and life circumstances and the remaining 50% is based on personal choice and mindset.
Dr Bradberry sets out 10 strategies you can utilise to develop your own happiness. He suggests that you:
- Avoid obsessing over things outside of your control
- Choose your battles wisely
- Get enough sleep
- Stick to your moral compass (values and standards)
- Exercise during the week
- Adopt a growth mindset
- Clear your workspace clutter
- Help others – it helps you
- 9Use your strengths to reach a flow state
- Believe the best is yet to come
Following these strategies will not only help you increase your happiness but your emotional intelligence as well.
New features on ACCM Careers site
There are two new features on ourhttps://accmcareers.com/ website. To find them, go to the Student’s secure area under the For students tab. You will need to register using your school email address and creating your own password. Take some time to check these new features out:
The Career Personality Quiz: Go to the student secure area (under the "Tests/Quizzes" menu). Students complete a quick survey to get their career personality type and then it generates a comprehensive report that explains all the aspects of this personality type and gives them a list of compatible jobs and careers across a range of categories.
Further Resume Enhancements: A second resume has been added and both the "Finesse" and "Literateur" templates in the simple resume have a new column layout as well.
This website has a wealth of career information.
Year 11 & 12 Students – Check your QCE Learning Accounts
A reminder again for senior students to check their QCE learning accounts on Student Connect. Please ensure your details are correct in preparation for your QCE and your OP.
To check, go tohttps://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au/index.html
You will need your LUI number and your password to log into your account. If you still have not logged on before, your initial password is your day and month of birth in ddmm format.
If any of your details on Student Connect are incorrect, please advise Mrs Fraser as soon as possible.
Until next newsletter,
Head of Student Services
SOCIAL FIELD PROGRAM
Bli Bli Water Park
The threat of storms didn't stop those who braved the Bli Bli Water Park challenge. Upon arriving the sky was clear and the wind had dropped, absolutely perfect weather for a swim.
The students enjoyed sliding, climbing and swinging on the equipment. Then in what felt like 5 mins it was all over and we were ushered out. By this time we all needed a good feed and a nap.
Clear skies during and then a down poor right after we finish. How good is God?!
Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone.
Virtual Excursion - MoAD: Democracy, Media & Me - Tour of Old Parliament House
On the 18th of October a few lucky students were ‘virtually’ flown to Old Parliament House in Canberra. Everyone had a great time exploring the different rooms throughout the building and counting as many of the 900 clocks as they could. That’s right! There are 900 clocks in Old Parliament House! As a part of the tour, we also got to explore some rooms that are not open to the public, like the broadcasting/radio room. It was fantastic to learn about the history of the building and a little bit more about how our country is run. Make sure to come along to our next virtual excursion to join in on the fun.
QUT Brisbane Excursion
DE student doing some research during our Virtual Reef experience at the QUT Cube on Oct 26th.
The Cube has 48 multi-touch screens and is two stories high!
One parent was so thrilled with the day in the city that she sent this feedback:
Thank you to Australian Christian College for organising a hands on excursion that was not only educational for the students, but also for us parents. Technology is opening up the horizons for the kids of the future. Where us parents watched The Jetsons, this generation is making it happen.
Visiting QUT was probably the highlight of the day, with a very close second for City Hall. City Hall was so interesting we are going to go back as a family to take the Clock Tower Tour. You forget just how much Brisbane City has to offer and how interesting the history is.
Thank you again for a fabulous day and for getting to meet other families who are enjoying the benefits of schooling with Australian Christian College.
The students’ challenge was to use an engineering process to create their own NASA communication device. The system had to have two parts: one part to produce a signal and transmit through space; the other part to receive the signal and play it back. They used light to communicate. They designed their device using craft materials and littleBits and had to stay within a given budget.
City Hall Tour
Have you ever noticed this on the very top of Brisbane City Hall? On our tour we learnt that at the end of the elaborate building of Brisbane City Hall with no expense spared (e.g. marble brought in from Italy, Belgium and far north Queensland) funds were getting low. They decided to give the plumber a very small budget to put on the finishing touches! He built this marvelous copper piece out of various materials from local scrap yards. The tour guide said that Brisbane was into recycling before the word had been heard of.
Part of our group taking in the awe and grandeur of Brisbane City Hall. It was second only in budget to the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the time of construction.
Upcoming Events for 2018
Brisbane Awards Ceremony
Date: 10th November
More details and registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/awards-and-graduation-ceremony-2018-tickets-47753284359
Gold Coast End of Year Talent Show
Date: 19th November
More details and registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/acc-end-of-year-talent-presentation-tickets-51173304732