In both our Oncampus and Online campuses we have strongly promoted anti-bullying over the last month due the National Day of Action Against Bullying. Many of our parents starting DE talk about their children having an unhappy time in Day Schools. Many are bullied. Many have their learning needs unmet. Others want to be part of their children’s education and others want a distinctive Christian curriculum and Christian environment for their children to thrive in. DE allows our students to mature at their own pace, they develop social skills at their own pace and in a positive supportive environment at home. One thing is certain; there is almost no bullying of DE students. When these students come together on Activity Days, functions or camps, bullying does not suddenly start again. DE enables our children to learn relationships closely from adults and siblings they love. As social confidences grow then our students’ possibility of being bullied diminishes.
As Christians we are strongly opposed to bullying whether in person or online. In our Online environment we are always conscious of our students communicating online and the possibility for this to be misused. Our systems in place on our network help, but I encourage parents to have cybersafety or nanny programs to protect their children on home computers. Matthew 5:11 says “Blessed are you when people insult you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” I also encourage parents to talk about Ephesians 4:29 with their children. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
What an amazing piece of advice for parents bringing up children. The world would be a far better place if children, teenagers and adults only spoke in a way that builds others up rather than bring them down. Bullying would not exist. I encourage you to talk with your children this week about this positive verse.
Students are preparing for their mission trip to Japan on 13th April. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these young people as they prepare for the trip. They will be performing a few Christian songs at Seikyo Gakuen Middle School in Osaka Japan. This is a big week for Seikyo as potential students and families come in through the week and decide where they should send their children to school. Check out their Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/SeikyoGakuenFan/ We were asked to perform Christian songs like we use in our chapels at ACCM in order for their families to experience worship in this form. It is an exciting opportunity and a chance to reach out into their community with the words of our Saviour and Lord. The students will also visit many areas in Japan and learn of the customs and cultures of a country where only 1% of the population is Christian. Our prayers are with the children and staff on the trip.
ANZAC Day March at Caboolture will be attended by all the students from the Oncampus school. We march as a community and DE students are very welcome to come and join with us at Caboolture RSL at 9am and join in the march as we remember and honour the ANZACs who died so we can live in freedom.
I look forward to seeing many DE parents at the Prep to Year 3 Sports Carnival on 3rd May at the College. You are most welcome to join in and enjoy the day with the other DE families (wear DE Sport House colour - white clothes) and our Oncampus family.
As Term 1 comes to a close and the School holidays start, please spend time with your families discussing the real meaning of Easter. It is not a time of remembering Jesus’ death on the cross. It is a time to celebrate Jesus resurrection, a time to remember the amazing event when Mary Magdalene came to Jesus’ tomb - where Jesus was buried - and saw it empty and an angel told her that Jesus had risen. Enjoy and celebrate the gift delivered to you from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
God bless you all
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL UPDATE
Last newsletter I wrote about teamwork and this time I want to share with you about our goal of building community. Community is something that I really value as when you feel part of something bigger than yourselves you start to fulfil the need for connectedness and belonging. Our Distance Education team have been brainstorming ideas on how to build community in an online environment with the resources we have. I have also been asking our students and parents at various events what they feel we could do to make them feel more connected to our College. As a result, we are starting to work on implementing some new ideas. Mr Farmer has started a weekly online live devotion for Middle School students. Primary students have a communication hub where they are sharing ideas and life happenings in a chat forum. In the senior sector, we are starting to get our Year 12 students involved in leadership roles that will provide further opportunity for building community within our school and beyond. Keep your eyes out for other initiatives that will unfold throughout the year.
Events and Activities
I had the privilege of getting to meet a few of our Year 10 students at the recent Year 10 camp. The setting along the Maroochy River was a great location for students to share their experiences, hear about how other people deal with challenges and spend time in personal reflection as part of the activities run by Character Builders. It was great to see both our On Campus and Online students building friendships and support networks. As an observer, it just highlighted to me the importance that school camps play in personal development.
On Friday 1 March, 48 of our adventurous students braved the Tree Top Challenge at Tamborine Mountain. Despite the forecast, the rain stayed away and the day was enjoyed by all.
Up in North Queensland, several of our families met in local parks and libraries to share lunch and take part in some STEM activities. Students learnt about building structures and the forces of gravity, tension and compression. Students were challenged to build high towers out of toothpicks and marshmallows. They also considered bridges that could withstand heavy weights. Another activity involved using paper planes to explore the effects of thrust, lift, drag and weight on flight. We found some potential future engineers who designed some incredible structures and made some impressed paper planes.
Don’t forget to mark the upcoming events and activity days in your calendars so you don’t miss out on these great learning experiences.
Student Leadership opportunities for our Year 12 students
One of the exciting new initiatives of ACC Moreton is the introduction of student leadership roles within Distance Education. We have been looking for the best model and approach to support our students. As you can appreciate, the traditional model of leadership with limited positions may work in an On-Campus environment. However, for our Online students in Distance Education we want to encourage each student who is interested in having the opportunity to explore their leadership potential to nominate for a position. We want our students to learn to serve and develop an understanding of the responsibilities that come with being part of a local and global community. It is so exciting to hear of the many students we have who are already involved in helping those in need or making meaningful connections with community service groups. These experiences build a sense of social responsibility.
Therefore, we are initially asking our Year 12 students to nominate for roles such as Community Service Leaders, Sports Leaders, Cultural Leaders, Communication Leaders, Pastoral Leaders (& other roles that they may feel that they would like to nominate to lead). Year 12 students and parents will receive an email about how to nominate and the process involved in approval for these roles. We are hoping in the future to expand this concept into younger year levels as well.
As it is nearing the end of Term 1, I pray you have a rested and relaxed break. However, I could not leave my article without encouraging you all to reflect on the significance of Easter and what it means for us as Christians. This is the time where we remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. He paid the price for our sins and through His victory over death, those of us who believe in him, have the promise of eternal life. What a great assurance!
Mrs Suzanne Fraser
CALENDAR REMINDERS & IMPORTANT DATES
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TERM ONE 2019 *
Monday 28th January - 5th April (10 weeks)
- Australia Day (Public Holiday) - 28th January *
- First day of Term 1 - 29th January *
- Mon Repos Turtle Experience - 18th February *
- Toowoomba Activity - 21st February
- Year 12 Emu Gully Camp - 25th-27th February *
- Tree Top Challenge at Tamborine Mountain - 1st March *
- Sunshine Coast Activity - 4th March *
- Townsville Activity - 8th March *
- Cairns Activity - 11th March *
- Year 10 Camp - 13th to 15th March *
- National Day Against Bullying - 15th March *
- Cultural Celebration Day - 21st March *
- Cross Country Carnival - 29th March *
- Wide Bay Activity - The Mystery Craters - 3rd April
- Japan Mission Trip - 13th - 22nd April
TERM TWO 2019 *
Tuesday 23rd April - 21st June (9 weeks)
- Easter Monday (public holiday) - 22nd April
- ANZAC Day - 25th April
- Gold Coast Activity - 29th April
- Wide Bay Activity - 1st May
- Sports Carnival Years Prep to 3 - 3rd May
- Labour Day (public holiday) - 6th May
- Townsville Activity - 10th May
- Cairns Activity - 13th May
- Naplan - 14th to 16th May
- Toowoomba Activity - 20th May
- Cyber Safety Day - 22nd May
- Year 11 Exam Block 27th - 30th May
- Sunshine Coast Activity - 31st May
- Years 4-9 Camp - 12th - 14th June
- Exam Block Years 10 & 12 - 17th to 20th June
- Sports Carnival Years 4 to 12 - 21st June
TERM THREE 2019 *
Monday 15th July - 20th September (10 weeks)
- Townsville Activity - 19th July
- Cairns Activity - 22nd July
- Gold Coast Activity - 22nd July
- Wide Bay Activity - 2nd August
- Sunshine Coast Activity - 5th August
- ACC Film Festival - 7th August
- Toowoomba Region Activity - 19th August
- Maritime Museum & Ferry Ride Excursion - 30th August
- Year 12 QSC Testing - 3rd and 4th September
TERM FOUR 2019 *
Tuesday 8th October - 5th December (9 weeks)
- Queens Birthday Public Holiday - 7th October
- Sunshine Coast Activity - 16th October
- Swimming Carnival Years 4 - 12 - 18th October
- Townsville End of Year Celebration - 25th October
- Cairns End of Year Celebration - 28th October
- Exam Block Years 10, 11 and 12 - 1st to 7th November
- DE Brisbane Awards and Graduation Ceremony - 9th November
- Year 12 Senior Formal - 14th November
- Year 12 Last Day of School - 15th November
- Gold Coast End of Year Celebration - 18th November
- Toowoomba End of Year Celebration - 21st November
- Christmas Carols ACC Moreton Campus - 27th November
- Wide Bay Activity - 29th November
- Diverse-Ability Day - 3rd December
*These dates were correct at the time of publishing however, no guarantee can be given that dates will not change throughout the year.
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 2019 year.
2 Peter 1:3-11
1 John 1:3-10
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
1 Thessalonians 5:8-15
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
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 Departure Form to initiate the withdrawal process.
STUDENT ID CARDS
If you wish to receive a Student ID card for 2019, 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), the student needs to facing the camera with no ‘effects’ used on the photo please. Please be aware that processing of cards takes up to 10 days.
There are exciting changes happening for camps in Distance Education! We have four camps in 2019 on offer for our DE students! The first two have already been for our Year 12 and Year 10 students and were great successes. 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.
Information and bookings for these camps will be emailed out closer to the camp dates.
CYC Burleigh - $265 for 4-6 camp - $265 for 7-9 camp
Cultural Celebration Week:
On Thursday, 21st March ACC-M held a Cultural Celebration Day. In Distance Education this was celebrated over the week with a post about a different aspect of culture each day. Culture is a part of making us who we are. It can include - clothing, values, beliefs, food, music, sports and many other things. It was wonderful to see how God has brought together a community of diverse online learners.
Virtual Excursions Report
Under The Sea - Virtual Excursion - Report
Foundation to Year 6 students and teachers had an awesome time learning about life in our oceans in this Term’s Under The Sea Virtual Excursion by Questacon. Students were able to investigate how physical aspects of the deep sea make it hard to explore and the innovations and endeavours humans have taken to travel to our deepest ocean trenches.
Our wonderful host, Helen, used a variety of visual graphics, hands-on activities, experiments, demonstrations and film clips to help our students understand why we know less about our deep ocean than we do about space.
Here are some screenshots from our Virtual Excursion…
Foldable Flight - Virtual Excursion - Report
Years 6 to 12 students also had a great time as they investigated the physics of flight in the interactive and challenging Virtual Excursion entitled Foldable Flight. Students were able to draw on real-world examples to explore the various design factors that influence flight.
Students (and teachers) also had the opportunity to design, construct and test their very own paper plane designs to further explore the world of aerospace engineering and design.
Here are some screenshots and a short video from our Virtual Excursion… enjoy!
Virtual Excursions in May:
Science in Art - Virtual Excursion (Foundation to Year 2)
10:00am - 11:00am AEST on Monday 20th of May
Foundation to Year 2 students and teachers will be exploring the topic of chemistry through colourful art creations that can be done at home. The team at Fizzics Education will lead our students through a number of hands on activities as we explore how everyday materials can be physically changed to meet a particular purpose or need.
Click on the following link for more information or to register for this Virtual Excursion…
QUESTACON - Encryption Decryption - Virtual Excursion (Year 6 to Year 12)
9:00am - 10am AEST on Monday 20th of May
Students will explore the history of using mathematics to hide information, from Julius Caesar to modern computer science. They will investigate how encrypting information keeps their information safe every day, how they can use maths and language to break decipher encryptions from their friends in class, and how Alan Turing saved lives by breaking the Enigma Code in World War II.
Click on the following link for more information or to register for this Virtual Excursion…
Primary School News:
In Term 2, there will be some changes in the primary teaching team.
We are very happy to welcome Felicity Carrett as the new Primary Team Leader. Felicity has had experience working in primary schools, special needs and curriculum development. She brings a wealth of experience and skills to the team.
Felicity can be contacted at [email protected]
I will be taking maternity with the birth of my first child finishing at the end of Term 1. It has been a privilege to get know and work with our Distance Education students and families over many years. Thank you to the many parents who are investing their time, love and energies into providing a quality Christian education for their children.
There may be some changes to the class teachers for P-6 in Term 2. We will notify you of your child’s teacher once the roles have been finalised.
‘Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.’
Secondary School News
By Nina Johnson
Do you have a capable student? Are you looking for ways to extend them? Does your student get through their work quickly and you are not sure what else you can do with them?
There are many activities online that can help your student extend academically. Some of these have been dealt with in previous articles. You can look into Khan Academy for Maths. There are many English games and programs online. Audible is another way to increase your reading load, and it is also a great way to help a student with learning difficulties get into reading more.
There are also many options that can help develop your student in other areas.
Learn a new language. It is very interesting what you can learn about the way we learn and how we learn language when learning a new language. This will also open up many social opportunities, both locally and overseas. Duolingo is one example of a language program, found at www.duolingo.com Alternatively, you could borrow a kit from your local library. Check out if there are cultural groups in your area where these new language skills can be practiced.
Playing an instrument is another skill a student could learn. This has many benefits in both fine and gross motor movement. There is also a great deal of research that explain the many benefits for the brain. Students will develop hand-eye coordination, muscle memory and learn about patterns and rhythm, besides many other skills.
Your student can also become involved in a sporting club. You could look for a club in your area. Joining a sports club will also provide another medium for social interaction. One sport that your student may also enjoy is horse riding. We have many equestrian students in Distance Education. If you don’t own your own horse, look for a riding school in your area.
Your student may have an interest in a particular area. Institutions like TAFE and universities may run courses that teach skills in these areas. Alternatively, look at classes held at community centres.
There are many excursions that can enhance your student’s schooling. Look for art galleries, museums, aquariums, wildlife park and nature reserves in your local area. These places often hold events for free. Libraries are also one of the greatest sources of community events.
In Week 8 I had the privilege of spending time on another camp, this time with our Year 10 students at Maroochydore on their very first camp as Senior students. Again, I had a front row seat to watch our students interact, both Online and On-campus students. Together these students solved problems, played and connected with one another on a whole new level.
This camp is always a little deceptive. It seems a very simple camp ‘on paper’. The activities are not complicated, there is no ‘drill sergeant’ pushing students or a high ropes course to challenge them. It is also interesting that each time we’ve done this camp students have responded a little differently. But always, they have left camp with new friends and a new appreciation of people they may have known before – but not necessarily connected with or understood.
This camp was an awesome opportunity for me to observe a little from the side. What I noticed was that time and time again, students surprised each other, their parents, their teachers and themselves. Students did things they didn’t expect to do. They made new friends, built relationships with staff, rose to a challenge, connected with other human beings without the support of technology and shared things about themselves with others. Students who were anxious about the uncertainty of camp, pretty much everyone, within a few short hours were laughing and smiling and engaging with people they barely knew.
This camp is an excellent reminder to expect more of our young people!
Consequently, I would like to encourage us all to expect great things of our students and to challenge them. As part of the support network in students’ lives, whether staff, friends or family, we need to remember to expose our students to difficult and challenging situations. Every time we encourage students to do something they find difficult, and they experience some sort of success, their personal limits are stretched and redefined. Students learn that ‘difficult’ is not the same things as ‘impossible’. They learn that friends really are just people you haven’t met yet and the world becomes just a little less scary.
It is also my pleasure to report that our Year 10 students this year were exemplary in all respects. These students are a credit to all of those who each day speak into their lives and encourage them to be better than they were yesterday.
Please continue to pray for our Year 10 students as they continue their Senior school journey. They may have only just begun, but they are journeying well.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
As a staff are truly encouraged by Year 10’s attitude and commitment and we are excited by the many possibilities that lie ahead for them as we continue to support their personal and corporate growth.
Please enjoy the following Tip Sheet from Sue Larkey – ‘Use Rewards and Special Interests to Motivate and Engage in Learning’
Rewards are an important element of all teaching programmes. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) need to understand the functionality of learning and have a motivator to learn. Self-motivation is very difficult for someone with ASD especially when they can’t see the ‘payoff’ at the end. Having a special goal to work towards is often the best motivator.
- Must be easy to reach.
- Should be small achievable steps rather than one huge step.
- Needs to have meaning to the specific individual.
- Should be very clear what is expected, remember these children are literal so need specific explicit expectations. i.e. Avoid goals like“do work” instead say “1 page of work; 10 questions; 100 words; read 10 pages”.
Ideas to try:
Use a motivator as a:
- Reward for work completed.
- Reward for time on task.
- Down time/quiet time.
The most useful motivator is usually access to their special interest/obsession. For some children, their special interests can change daily, others can have the same interest for years.
Special interests can be used in many ways. Here are some examples on how to use special interests:
- Reading about favourite subject/special interest.
- Talking about favourite subject (this must be time limited).
- Access to favourite internet site/YouTube/iPad.
Children with ASD often cannot be bothered with skills they do not see the functionality to do and can take the attitude ‘why bother’. By using their interests for learning or rewarding with their interests you will increase engagement and participation.
Word of warning: NEVER use a child’s special interest as a punishment.
If you take away their special interest and use it as a punishment it rarely works as a behaviour modification method and could result in escalating behaviours. It is better to use as a reward, e.g. when you have achieved x, you can have y.
Careers and Guidance Officer:
The Good University Guide is available online. There are links to a vast range of topics and Career Guidance is of particular interest to senior students. The Good University Guide has a wealth of information about developing a pathway to a career in the field of your choice.
I am sharing the following information for a range of specific career opportunities. If you are interested, please contact the external agency direct for more details.
Ski and Snowboard instructor internship positions for 2019 and 2020 are now open at locations in Europe, USA, New Zealand, Canada and Japan. These instructor internships provide full training, accommodation, exams, lift pass and a guaranteed job offer at the end. Students who are 18 years old by November 2019 and have Intermediate to advanced skiing or snowboarding ability are eligible.
Australian Defence Force Events
ADFA Future Leaders Evening – 2nd April
Year 11 students considering ADFA are encouraged to attend the ADFA Future Leaders Evening on 2nd April.
Hear from a representative from the University of NSW regarding the degree component of life at ADFA as well as the dual recruitment process with UNSW.
Gap Year Information Session – 11th April
Students considering the Gap year for 2020 are strongly encouraged to attend on 11th April.
Female Air Force Simulator Experience Days - 10th and 11th April
Female students years 11-12 are welcome at the Air Force Simulator Experience Day where students are able to have a go on RAAF Simulators and meet current serving female Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers, Mission Control Officers and Air Crew.
Note: students should be studying Physics, or Science with a Physics component, to be eligible for Aviation pathways.
STEM Activities Day - Tuesday 9th April
This event is open to all students years 10-12.
ADF have a range of positions for students with interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Students participate in a hands-on activity day providing insight into work at the leading edge of technical innovation – Navy, Army or Air Force.
Transport and Logistics
Mainfreight is a global supply chain business. Students in year 10-12 interested in rewarding career in the logistics industry are invited to come along to an information morning on 21 August 2019. Register early to avoid disappointment.
UCAT and medicine entrance requirements. MedEntry are offering 30% off their premium online and platinum UCAT Packages. Read MedEntry’s new information booklet for parents and students
Creative Media Open Night
SAE Brisbane – Creative Media Institute, is opening their state-of-the-art Brisbane campus on Thursday, 9 May 2019, from 6pm-8pm. This is an opportunity for students to see their facilities and equipment, meet with lecturers and ask any questions about studying at SAE. SAE offer Diploma and tertiary level courses in a range of creative media fields.
Janelle Craig[email protected]
Today I would like to write a bit more about the Library Management System (LMS) and what it is used for as well as how it supports the students in their curriculum.
Most people know that a LMS is used to keep track of the school library- and text books, have a catalogue that can be searched for titles, authors and subjects but that is not all the LMS is used for.
Our LMS, provides access to a platform for all our staff and students called TV4Education. It houses more than 150,000 documentaries, TV shows and movies captured from industry leaders such as Discovery Channel, Nat Geo, NASA, Ted Ed Talks and our own free to air television. Ads are edited out and the idea is that the material is curriculum matched. Subjects that have made use of this resource so far are English, Biology and Psychology.
I am glad to announce that our students and staff are now able to access this digital platform by Single Sign On (SSO). It really simplifies the process and makes it a lot easier. The sign-on procedure has been put on The Hub for those students not having used it up till now. Please have a look and if you have any trouble in accessing to TV4Ed, please email me at [email protected] I check my email more regularly than my Canvas communication.
The return date for Primary Term 1books is 12/4/2019 (12 April 2019). If books cannot be returned, please get in touch with me, so I can make a note on the student record. If books are not returned, parents will be invoiced as it is a huge financial loss to the school if books are not returned. If you have any outstanding books from last year, now is the time to return them with your Term 1 books in order to avoid invoicing.
One aspect I do miss in my dealings with the Distant Education students, is the fact that I am not involved in their reading for leisure and pleasure. We are very blessed in Australia to have wonderful Library Services through our different councils and shires. If possible, I would like to urge you to make use of those services. During school holidays, the public libraries in all the states, usually have a lot to offer. I post our area’s holiday activities as an example, but make sure to look at your own public library’s What’s on programme.
Holiday Workshops at Your Local Library (Grades 7-12)
Visit your local Moreton Bay Region Library during the school holidays for FREE workshops, gaming tournaments, and escape rooms. Fly a drone, screenprint a tote bag, pick up tips for getting your first job, develop a study schedule, and more !
&ldquoDon’t sit around on your screens these holidays! ….come and get involved in our Super Sports Camp!
You’ll play all sorts of sports including Touch Footy, Soccer, Basketball, Cricket, AFL and Netball along with meeting new people, eating great food and learning about how God cares about YOU and your FRIENDS!
Click here for more information.