PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

“And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today”.” Luke spoke these words
(Luke 5:26)

when he was retelling the story of how people reacted when Jesus forgave and then healed the paralysed man. This man they had all seen before and knew his affliction, actually stood up and walked away. The people were in awe of this act. This scripture was flooding into my mind as I watched the faces on the children and the parents and carers of our DE children as we watched the small baby turtles scurry down the sand and into the rough surf at Mon Repos recently. We were amazed just like the bystanders Luke saw. It may not have been a miracle because every year thousands of baby turtles race for the protection of the sea, but it was a miracle in our eyes. It was the wonder of God’s creation that just left us spellbound and in awe. Even watching the happy, excited young children staring in amazement at this wonder of God’s creation made all the adults feel even more awed and amazed at God’s work. It was a wonderful evening and I thank so many parents and children for coming and joining us at Mon Repos. We have spoken to the organisers about allowing young children in school groups to go first as in previous trips, rather than almost last like this time. However, even the wait and sleep, could not take away their excitement when the turtles walked down the beach.

This was followed by a very successful Activity Day in Toowoomba the same week, and although there were no turtles a great time was had by all. Mrs Fraser (Deputy Principal DE) is keen to go to Activity Days and excursions in order to meet our DE families, so I encourage you to attend these events when they are on and find time to introduce your family to her.

We are slowly working out all the bugs in our new software, so I thank you so much for your patience over the last four weeks. It challenged us at times, but at the end of the day we have a better system for our students to work with and will enable us to provide better teaching and learning as we grow.

Speaking of growing, 2019 has seen even more growth in senior secondary school. This is showing us the need for an alternative way of studying QCE than traditional school can offer. However, more students mean more people learning new systems with more questions for our staff. Our Senior Team has worked exceptionally hard over long hours to get all these new students working. I also thank you all for your confidence in our senior program and I am certain the benefits will overcome the initial issues of getting everyone started.  Please remember to keep emailing your teachers if you have trouble ringing them.  They will get back to you.

As I write this article the Year 12 students are at Emu Gully Camp with Day School students getting to know each other and forming bonds that will help them get through Year 12. Many of these bonds last into the future, so we pray they have a great camp and a safe camp. This Friday the Gold Coast Activity day is undertaking a Treetop Challenge, so it sounds to me like DE is becoming a lot more challenging that textbooks and testing.

A lot of parents will know that we have been lobbying politicians for many years to increase the Commonwealth DE funding. It was set by legislation at 33% of the funds we receive for a Day School student. Finally, we have seen our prayers answered, although only partly answered. The federal government has increased the funding to DE families to almost 50%. This is a substantial benefit to our DE students as it means we can add more teachers to support your children. While excited at the change in thinking in Canberra, we are still pushing for equal funding so we can deliver an even better education to your child. I want to acknowledge the work of our own Board, Christian Schools Australia (CSA) and Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) in leading the fight for equal funding for our students.

Have a wonderful month ahead and I encourage you to get involved in Distance Education and attend online events and in-person events across the State.

Gary Underwood

Principal

[email protected] 

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL UPDATE

“Teamwork makes dreamwork” and that is exactly how I feel as we have navigated the start of this year. I feel truly blessed to be part of an amazing team at ACC and together we have supported each other through the transition to the new system and we will continue to work towards improving our service. Again, thanks for your patience during this time. It has been so lovely to get out and about and meet many of our families at excursions and activity days. I feel so privileged to be in a position where we are navigating together what online learning is and has the potential to be. I have received and welcomed feedback with regard to the new systems and we do value your input. My goal for going to school events has been twofold. Firstly, to get to know our families but also to start conversations around your experiences of schooling in our online environment and to take into account your ideas when making future decisions. Like everything in life, we can’t please everyone all the time but we do want to implement improvements to ensure we are working together to achieve our goals.

Over the last month there have been a number of events. On Monday 18 April, together with over 130 other ACC attendees, I was privileged to experience the amazing hatching of turtles as they made their way out to the ocean. Our group saw over 80 hatchlings emerge from one nest in the space of half an hour and then follow the path of light out to the water. It was such a special time learning about the conservation of these animals and seeing the success of the Mon Repo program. Mon Repo supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and has the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region. The success of nesting and hatching turtles at Mon Repos is critical for the survival of the endangered loggerhead turtle. If you are ever in the area, I would certainly encourage you to visit as I learnt so much and have a new appreciation for these amazing animals.

Toowoomba Activity day saw more experiences with God’s amazing creatures. Lauren from Wildcall brought some animals to educate us in the care of flying foxes, sugar gliders, possums, lizards, turtles and snakes. Lemon the python was the main attraction and we even had our brave Lisa Hall face her fear as she got up close and personal. I was also impressed by the skills of some of our young students who then made models of these animals. Very talented future sculptors!

At the recent District Swimming Carnival held in Redcliffe, both our On campus and Online students competed. Mr Sheumack was so impressed with how well the students connected and encouraged each other. Being able to connect with fellow ACC Moreton students who live in other parts of the state is one of the features that makes our school special and unique.

This uniqueness was again demonstrated at the Year 12 Emu Gully camp. Our Online and On Campus students bonded as they drew on their inner strength to overcome challenges both individually and as a team. They were encouraged to have a positive attitude, to persevere despite obstacles, to sacrifice for others and to have the courage to speak up. The theme of teamwork was again highlighted. We discussed some ideas for the future with regard to leadership, legacy and building community. More about this to come…

Finally, we ask you to continue to join with us in praying for our families in North Queensland in the aftermath of the floods.

God bless

Mrs Suzanne Fraser

Deputy Principal

suzannefraser@acc.edu.au 

CALENDAR REMINDERS & IMPORTANT DATES

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IMPORTANT DATES

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
  • Under The Sea - Virtual Excursion - 20th March
  • Cultural Celebration Day - 21st March
  • Science - Foldable Flight - Virtual Excursion - 22nd March
  • Cross Country Carnival - 29th March
  • Wide Bay Activity - 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
  • Encryption Decryption - Virtual Excursion - 20th May
  • Science in Art - Virtual Excursion - 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
  • Forces, Friction & Movement - Virtual Excursions - 29th 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
  • Kitchen Chemistry fun! - Virtual Excursions - 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.

NOTICES

MONTHLY SCRIPTURE

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.

February

2 Peter 1:3-11

March

Deuteronomy 4:1-9

April

I John 1:3-10

May

Genesis 1:1-8

June

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

July

Genesis 1:9-15

August

1 Thessalonians 5:8-15

September  

Genesis 1:16-23

October

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

November

Genesis 1:24-31

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).  Please be aware that processing of cards takes up to 10 days.

2019 CAMPS

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.

Maroochy Waterfront

Year 10 - $333 - https://www.trybooking.com/ZFUT

CYC Burleigh - $265 for 4-6 camp - $265 for 7-9 camp

What’s happening in Term 1

Science - Under The Sea - Virtual Excursion (Foundation to Year 6)

20th March 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Foundation to Year 6 students will explore life in our ocean, how physical aspects of the deep sea makes it hard to explore and the innovations and endeavours humans have taken to travel to our deepest ocean trenches.

In this session, students will investigate the some of the difficulties and physical forces involved in exploring the ocean. They will investigate how humans have tried to answer the big question of what is down in the deep. They will explore the concepts of pressure, light, and human innovations through the use of visual graphics, hands-on activities, demonstrations, film clips and games to experience why we know less about our deep ocean than we do about space.

Click on the following link for more information or to register for this Virtual Excursion…

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/science-under-the-sea-virtual-excursion-foundation-to-year-6-tickets-57056305947

Science - Foldable Flight - Virtual Excursion (Years 6 - 12)

22nd March 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

In this virtual excursion, Years 6 - 12 students will investigate how design factors can influence flight by making paper planes and drawing examples from various real-life aircraft. Students will be encouraged to experiment with different elements of their paper plane to explore aerospace engineering design features. Students will need some paper and scissors to help complete the tasks in the session.

Click on the following link for more information or to register for this Virtual Excursion…

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/science-foldable-flight-virtual-excursion-years-6-12-tickets-57057141446

PRIMARY ARTICLE

Foundation - Student Visual Arts Portfolio

Foundation students have been exploring the theme, ‘All About Me’ in their Integrated Unit this term. So far, we have investigated how God created us in His image, how we a special and unique and why it is important to celebrate our many differences. Once such lesson explored how we can create things using our very own hands (literally). In Visual Arts, students were asked to create a unique piece of artwork by using their handprints as inspiration. The theme was animals. Here is a selection of their work… we hope you enjoy them.  

SECONDARY ARTICLE

Referencing 101

If you have been with ACCM for any length of time, I am sure you will have encountered the term, referencing. This article will aim to give you all the tools you need to understand what referencing is and how to use referencing accurately in your assessment tasks.

Before you can gain an understanding of what referencing is, it is important to understand the meaning of another key term, plagiarism. Put simply, plagiarism is using the creation of another person and attempting to pass it off as your own. Since plagiarism is actually a form of theft, it is truly important to make sure that you are letting your audience know when you are talking about or quoting a source that you did not create. This is also really important in school because all assignments are designed to showcase your understanding of a topic and your ability use this to create an original piece of work. An assignment that has been plagiarised doesn’t do this.

Now, this brings us to referencing. Referencing is how you avoid plagiarism. When you reference, you are letting your reader know who created the quote, idea or image you are including in your assignment.

You need to reference whenever you use:

  • Another person's idea, opinion or theory.
  • Any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings or any pieces of information that are not common knowledge.
  • Quotations of another person's actual spoken or written words.
  • Paraphrases of another person's spoken or written words.

There are a number of different ways to reference and different schools, universities or organisations will use different systems of referencing. At Australian Christian College, we use the APA System of Referencing. There are two main types of references in APA, the in-text reference and the full reference or reference list. Here's what you need to know.

In-text References:

An in-text reference is a short note at the end of a sentence that lets your audience know some basic information about your source. This information includes:

  1. The Author's Surname
  2. The Year of Publishing
  3. The Page Number/s or URL(if applicable)

Here are a two examples of what this would look like:

  • For a Direct Quote: The purpose of writing conventions is, 'to guide the reader through text and make ideas readable' (Culham, 2003, p. 214).
  • For a Paraphrase: Writing conventions are truly important as they help readers to understand what you are trying to say (Culham, 2003, p. 214).

Full Reference / Reference List:

The full reference is what you will put in your reference list at the end of an assignment. This gives your audience all the information they would need to be able to find the source you are using. This will be placed under a heading such as 'reference list'.

Here is an example of what a full reference looks like using the APA referencing style:

Reference List:

Culham, R. (2003). 6 + 1 traits of writing. New York: Scholastic Professional Books.

Tools to help you reference:

If you are using the Microsoft Word application on your computer (not the online version of Word). You will find that there is an inbuilt referencing tool. This tool is one way that you can get some help in formatting your references. You will find this tool under the references tab in your Microsoft Word taskbar. To use Word’s inbuilt referencer you will need to know all of the key pieces of information that is needed in a reference. These pieces of information are:

  • The Author/Creator's Full Name
  • The Title of Your Source
  • The Publishing Details of Your Source (e.g. The Name of the Publishing Company, URL for a Website, Place of Publication)
  • The Date that this Source was Created

Take a look at the video below to see how this tool works. Once you have used Word’s referencing tool to create a reference for a source it will save all the details into a log. This can come in handy, especially if you are using the same textbook or book for a number of assignments.

https://youtu.be/UT9vD7s-Xi4 

Citethisforme.com is another tool you can use to help you generate your full references. You can use it for free; however, with the free version you won't be able to save your references on the site and will encounter a few ads. The issue with saving is easily fixed by copying and pasting the information to your Word Document. The benefit of Citethisforme in comparison to Microsoft Word's inbuilt reference generator is that you can search the book or website that you want to reference and it will prefill some information for you. Take a look at the video below to see how you can use this website to create your references.

https://youtu.be/ksyLX0BDUHc 

SENIOR SCHOOL

Our future looks bright!

The last couple of days I have had the privilege of working with our Year 12 students on their last school camp ever! Emu Gully has provided us with amazing opportunities for both Online and On-campus students to together achieve goals and reflect on their who they are and what legacy they wish to leave – both corporately and individually.

Without any leading or provocation students set the following goals for themselves in the very first session:

  • To bond as a group
  • To step out of their comfort zone
  • Approach every activity with a positive attitude
  • Appreciate what they have (or don’t have)
  • Create good memories
  • Give 100%
  • Have fun
  • Get dirty

Each activity, pinned by an ANZAC story about real men and women who honourably and bravely served in wars and conflicts in ways that are legend worthy, gave students unique motivation to step up and achieve their goals. Even ‘failed’ experiences were a huge success when students were able to reflect on what they did and, when given the opportunity, each time rose up, refocused on their goals and invariably achieved them.

During our time at Emu Gully students have pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and achieved some great outcomes. They have dug deep and looked after each other with a true ANZAC spirit. And, after getting ‘down and dirty’ in the mud pit yesterday afternoon, last night finally came together as a real team, working and sharing together.

Without exemption, this group has indeed achieved every goal they set out to achieve.

I am pleased to say that, despite all that is said about this generation and the fears many possess about a future reliant on these young people, our future looks bright. Our students have learnt about their past, and regaled by ANZAC stories told by our new favourite person – Dave. But they have even more importantly had a glimpse of their future. A future where they know their limits are only set by what they dare to do, and who they surround themselves to do it with.

Please continue to pray for our Year 12 students as they return today from camp and prepare to achieve great things in this final year of their school journey. They are truly a credit to their families and the communities in which they live and I am confident that their legacy will be both lasting and great.

GUIDANCE OFFICER

I am pleased to join the ACC Moreton team as Guidance Officer. My role includes providing support and information to you on careers and wellbeing topics.

I encourage each senior student to spend time at the beginning of 2019 exploring career options and opportunities of interest to you, ensuring you are on a pathway aiming at post-school success. Please explore the school’s career website athttp://accmcareers.com/ as it contains a wealth of information on careers, work experience, school-based traineeships and apprenticeships. There is also a section with parent information.

Please take advantage of the many career expos and university open days throughout the year. A comprehensive list can be found on theQTAC website, by selecting ‘Courses and Institutions’ then ‘Open Days and Expos’.

The following websites are also worth exploring for career information:

  • Good Universities Guide helps you find courses, explore careers, and search for scholarships at Australian universities, TAFEs and training colleges.
    Not Sure What You Want to Study? VisitGood Universities Guide, scroll down the page for an alphabetical list of career paths, explaining the types of jobs and different levels of study available. On the right is a list of TAFE/universities that offer relevant courses.
  • myfuture lets you search for VET courses, training opportunities, and providers across Australia. It does not take long to sign up for myfuture and this website provides a place to build your ‘Career Profile’ beginning with a career exploration quiz. There is also a section with ‘Career Bullseye’ posters. These have been around for a while but are still worth looking at to explore career pathways by selecting learning areas you enjoy. The posters are also available via accmcareers website. Select ‘For Students’, then ‘Career Targets’.
  • myskills provides information about VET and connects students and employers with training organisations across Australia.
  • QTAC is Queensland’s tertiary admission centre.
    In March 2019, QTAC is launching ‘My Path’ an innovative tool that will help Year 10 students choose senior subjects and assist with career planning. There is already a list of tertiary prerequisite information by institution, for courses commencing in 2021. This can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the ‘My Path’ section of QTAC.
  • TAFE Queensland lets you search for TAFE Queensland courses by study area or region.

Hoping this information provides a useful guide as you journey along your career education pathway.

An Opportunity:

Lightmare Studios is a game developer company and academy that offers senior school students the opportunity to get a head start in the game development industry through uniquely tailored apprenticeships. Interactive Entertainment Production Course (IEPC) is Lightmare's primary offering, with their Traineeship being subject to industry based selection criteria. Refer below for details.

Janelle Craig[email protected]