PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Reading through this month’s newsletter shows the diversity of ability of our DE students. From singing Christian songs in front of 1700 people at Seikyo Gakuen, a Christian private school in Osaka Japan, to making national sports teams, to being entrepreneurial in business, DE students have a unique opportunity to share their God-given gifts with others locally and globally. Education is more than the high OPs our DE students obtain, it is the well-rounded education and focus on God’s gifts of the individual that DE does so well. I praise our families for the decision to devote their time and effort to their children’s education. It is a big financial and social decision .

As a College we are still working endlessly with our Head Office team to solve some of the unforeseen issues that have arisen from the change to Canvas from Schoology. It is certainly stretching our staff as well as our families. I recognise this and pray for each one of you. Please talk to our team about the issues you find so we can make it better for the future. Likewise access issues still pop up and this may influence timelines for work submissions. Please talk with staff about this and if you feel the teacher is not understanding you then please talk to Mrs Sue Fraser either by email or phone. No child will be disadvantaged because of our technology issues, and we will listen carefully how to fix the issues as they arrive. I do thank you so much for your tolerance through this period. Just remember the teacher is on the phone and you can talk to them or Sue and determine work arounds that can be made if a solution is not simple. I am always here as well if needed.

I have been spending considerable time talking about the increased number of students we have that have been diagnosed with ASD and how we can improve the service to those children. ASD like other disadvantages poses unique problems with unique solutions. The move to teach these almost 100 ACC DE students at home is a amazing decision by parents. When Day Schools have failed to these children and you find no other solution than to educate themselves at home through DE I applaud you. The decision has major financial and social considerations for the whole family. We will strive to do all we can to support you and other children with disabilities. While I continue in my role to battle for more funding, we are also planning ways we can deliver better service with the funds we have. If you have ideas on how we can improve this area of our service to ASD children then I would welcome your thoughts. You can email me direct at [email protected].

This term means end of semester, so there are assessments, tests, exams and reporting. Please remember that the results do not make the child. The beautiful child you have raised is so much more than the results of a test, and their future is being defined by them. Even at senior end so many of last year’s Year 12 students gained a university offer before the final results are known. We will continue to build these bridges to ensure our children can go where God leads them.

May god bless your family

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL UPDATE

Time to Celebrate

Over the last month, we have been able to celebrate some successes within our Distance Education community. We all set goals for ourselves and we work hard to achieve these. Recognising and celebrating success is a very powerful motivator and it is so wonderful to hear of the triumphs our students are making, despite some challenges. Listening to their stories and experiences have inspired me so I would like to share a couple with you.

 Japan Mission Trip 2019

Two of our Distance Education students, together with students from Moreton On Campus and other ACC schools, have just returned safely from the first ACC mission trip to Japan. It was so lovely to join in their journey via Facebook and see how much their praise and worship blessed Seikyo Gakuen High School in Kawachinagano City. Friendships were formed as the students all shared in this incredible cultural experience and also shared their faith with the families in Japan. Well done team! This trip will occur every two years, so I encourage you to start saving now for 2021 as it is a fantastic opportunity.

Jackson Hughes & Sarah Wallace

Sarah Wallace and Jackson Hughes, two of our senior DE students, recently competed in the School State Swimming Championships at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre. Sarah achieved 2 PB’s, a silver medal & a bronze medal. Jackson achieved 7 PB's, 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals.

Both have now qualified for the School National Swimming Championships held in Melbourne in July. Both have goals of qualifying for the Australian Paralympic Swimming Team in the future. Doing Distance Education allows them flexibility to complete their studies along with their swimming training commitments.  Congratulations on these fantastic achievements and all the best for the Nationals from the ACC family!

The Fourie family

The Fourie family from Townsville recently received the exciting news that all four children have been selected to receive full scholarships to attend a Christian Leadership Development Camp in Texas USA in July. This highly popular camp aims to develop Christian leadership qualities and moral values by not just teaching but providing opportunity to practice the attributes, attitudes, service, sacrifice and encouragement that Christians aspire to achieve. We wish you a very safe and blessed trip. Looking forward to hearing about your experiences when you return.

Joshua Apitz's Seagull Milk

Another one of our students is having great success as an entrepreneur. Joshua Apitz has developed Seagull Milk, a non-slip SPF 50+ sunscreen made with only Australian mineral based ingredients. He has been nominated for various awards and his product is really taking off. Joshua is only 16 and has been reported as “a credit to the community and an amazing role model to our State’s youth.”

To find out more go to his website https://www.seagullmilk.com We wish Joshua every success as he continues to build his business.

Ten Pin Bowling

Students from the Darling Downs region celebrated the end of Term 1 by meeting together for some tenpin bowling. Everyone had a wonderful time of fun and fellowship, even the ‘first time’ bowlers who really enjoyed themselves.  

Easter

Finally, we all recently celebrated Easter and were reminded of what Jesus did for us on the cross. This is definitely worth our praise.

Keeping with the spirit of celebration, I would like to invite all of you to email me any successes you have throughout the year as we would love to add these to our newsletter and celebrate with you. In this newsletter you will see an article further outlining Sarah Wallace and her pursuits in the pool. Enjoy!

God bless

Mrs Suzanne Fraser

[email protected]

Sarah Wallace – Success in the Pool  (by Sarah and Leonie Wallace)

Sarah is a passionate swimmer!  She recently represented ACC in the School State Swimming Championships.  These were held over 3 days at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre/Chandler Pool. Sarah competed in 8 individual events + 1 relay.  She achieved 2 PB’s, a silver medal (50m Breaststroke) & a bronze medal (200m Freestyle), and has now qualified for the School National Swimming Championships which will be held in Melbourne in July this year. She also made the National Team  last year, which was held in Hobart.  Sarah will compete in her 4th Australian National Age Championships which will be held in Adelaide this month, as well as compete in her 1st International meet, the Arafura Games, in Darwin.  She was a finalist in the Sporting Wheelies Awards presentation in February and has been accepted into their Junior Development Program for the 5th year at the Gold Coast in July.  She is also hoping to be accepted to compete in the INAS Global Games in Brisbane in October this year.

Sarah is a Multi-Class swimmer.  This means she has a verified physical disability and classification.  Sarah was born with various physical anomalies, as well as a severely restrictive lung disease and autism.  These latter 2 conditions are not considered in relation to her classification and therefore, no consideration is given in her classification to the limitations they impose on her.  Despite all of this, Sarah remains a committed swimmer with a goal to qualify for the Australian Paralympic Swimming Team.  Distance Education gives Sarah flexibility with managing her schooling, her training and her health.  She trains for 2 hours each day Mon-Sat and also does strength training weekly. Distance Education allows Sarah to take breaks to rest and recover as she needs to. She can work at her own pace, re-visit task instructions as required, and work in a more relaxed environment with fewer distractions.  

Sarah says:

"Doing DE is a lot less stressful and time-consuming than being at school as I no longer have to worry about doing homework & working on assignments in the little time I’m not at school or swimming. I also don't need to get out of the pool early in the morning so that I can get to school on time! Whenever I go away for a competition, I can just bring my laptop with me and still continue doing school work instead of missing out on school for a couple of days to a couple of weeks at a time."

CALENDAR REMINDERS & IMPORTANT DATES

Please remember to visit our website calendar to find up-to-date information about events and other school happenings.

Click 'Google Calendar' to have our events display in your own calendar.


IMPORTANT DATES

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
  • Sports Carnival Years Prep to 3 - 3rd May
  • Labour Day (public holiday) - 6th May
  • Townsville Activity - Hot Rocks Centre and Ultimate Frisbee - 10th May
  • Naplan - 14th to 16th May
  • Toowoomba Activity - Darling Downs Zoo - 20th May
  • Cyber Safety Day - 22nd May
  • Year 11 Exam Block 27th - 30th May
  • Sunshine Coast Activity - Sea Life Underwater World - 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)

  • 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.

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

1 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

Excitement builds as we are gearing up for our final DE camps for 2019.

These 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.

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

VIRTUAL EXCURSIONS 

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…

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fizzics-education-science-in-art-virtual-excursion-foundation-year-2-tickets-56772099879

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…

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/questacon-encryption-decryption-virtual-excursion-years-6-12-tickets-57056085287

PRIMARY ARTICLE 

I have a 16-year-old son, Toby and he loves to read.  This may sound like a fairly simple statement but getting to this place required me to make deliberate choices, invest lots of time (especially at night when I was desperate for sleep) and deliver a great variety of embellished character voices.

When Toby was a little fella, we had the opportunity to live overseas, and I was able to engage in the great joys of schooling at home.  Reading and learning in general was not high on Toby’s list of priorities and I regularly despaired on how I could get this kid excited and engaged in learning.

There were many easy things I implemented to enhance the learning process in our home; outdoor activities, movement, fun sensory activities … the list was endless.  However, I often found myself thinking and researching on how I would ever be able to get my young man to hear words, absorb them, go on an imaginary adventure and get excited about reading.  Reading had to compete with television, movies, Lego, swings and a little gerbil called ‘Beauty Bell’. The skill of learning letters and sounds, blending them and reading was the easy part … how could I get this kid to actually seek out and develop a great love for reading so he was not merely a passive observer in the whole journey?

I remember early in my teaching career asking a bunch of experienced educators this question, gathering all their answers and pondering the consistent theme in their responses – Read aloud to your child.

Now don’t get me wrong.  There are many children out there that develop a love for reading easily and naturally…without much guidance at all.  But I think there are much greater, and growing numbers of children that are not drawn into world of reading … especially boys.

The strategies I have listed below I did not need to use for our number two child, Olivia.  She was one of those kids that devoured books enthusiastically from a very young age. We still read her wonderful picture books at a young age until she was able to do it on her own and she occasionally joined in on listening to her older brother’s chapter book read alouds.  

Now they are both in their teenage years they both read on the drive to school and before they go to sleep at night. We still have to make it a part of our daily routines and choices.  Toby’s current book of choice is the intense read - ‘The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes’ … all 1408 pages! This love for reading has enhanced their speaking and their writing and I know has provided a solid foundation for growth in the years ahead.

Give it a go.  Snuggle in. Read regularly to your kids.

  1. Read aloud to your kids every day for 10-15min.  We did this in our house until Toby reached an age when I knew he had the love of reading deep in his belly that would motivate him to read a chapter book through on his own (this was not until he turned 13 ½ ).
  2. Start reading aloud when your kids are very little…. consistently as a part of their routine of life just like brushing their teeth.
  3. When they are little read fun and engaging picture books … books that rhyme, silly books, books with great pictures.
  4. Take turns with dad or grandad if he is available (this has a big impact on the boys).
  5. Snuggle in and find a comfy spot … strong relationships and great memories are built in this time.
  6. As you emerge beyond picture books … read chapter books that are a couple of years above your child’s actual reading ability.  This is vital as it enhances vocabulary development.
  7. Pause to ask questions, clarify understanding, define a new word … but not too often that it detracts from the flow of the story.
  8. Put on funny voices! I once had to do a cockney accent through the book The Convict Boy by Jackie French, but it was the only way I could get my son to actually engage and listen to the advanced text. He says to this day that it was the best book I ever read to him.
  9.  Only ever read good quality literature … not twaddle.
  10. Try reading a series or a few books by the same author. If your child enjoys them they will seek out the other books.
  11. Always include a book when you give your child a gift.  We gave spiritual growth books at Easter time and classics at birthdays and Christmas. This demonstrates the importance of reading and growing a personal library of favourite books.  Mind you … if there was a book they especially asked for and it wasn’t gift giving time I always tried to find the book at the library or buy it cheap online.

Mrs Felicity Carrett

Primary Team Leader

SECONDARY ARTICLE

Motivating Your Child - Mr Phil Farmer

1/ Regular checks and monitoring

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

We are given a great piece of wisdom in Proverbs 29:15,

“A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.”
Proverbs 29:15

A child left by themself won’t work diligently or apply themself. They need to be motivated by an adult.

In the ‘Secondary Hub’ course you will find a document called ‘Custom Assessment Tracker Template.docx’. This document is a wonder resource for monitoring your child’s progress. I would highly recommend printing a copy and placing on the wall where your child works.

2/ Praise and reward them

Some children have a healthy self-esteem but even if they do they still need encouragement. The Bible tells us not to praise ourselves, “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips (Proverbs 27:2).” Look for opportunities to encourage your child.

It is very easy to always be ‘fixing’ our children by chipping them for everything. But God warns us in Colossians 3:21, “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” When our children struggle we need to encourage them. If we see that they are getting frustrated, encourage them. Every night I read with our oldest boy and he is still struggle with reading. When he doesn’t get a word I simply say, “Make the sounds.” If he makes the sounds and it is incorrect then I say the sound and explain why it makes that sound. When get a whole sentence correct I make a big deal of it by saying, “WOW, that was awesome Mate, keep going.” As parents we need to found faithful with our little ones as 1 Corinthians 4:2 informs us that “... it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”

3/ Set SMART goals with them

‘Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it” (Habakkuk 2:2).’

S - Specific - Sit down with your child and write goals for each subject and any personal goals they might have.

M - Measurable - What grade do they want to receive?

A - Attainable - How are they going to achieve it goal? Do you think you can achieve this?

R - Relevant - Why do you want to achieve this? Do you really want to do this?

T - Timely - Set time goals for each stage. Example, complete the first 3 weeks of English by the end of week 2.

4/ Discipline Them

Whether we like it or not, discipline is a great motivator. “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11)” It is not the easiest option but the most fruitful.

I explain to my children that I don’t go around smacking other people's children. This is because I am not responsible for them and I love them (my children). We find out that our heavenly father is the same.  ‘And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son”

(Hebrews 12:5-6).

May these words of wisdom encourage you and help you in motivating your children.

LIBRARY NEWS

2019 Premier’s Reading Challenge

https://readingchallenge.education.qld.gov.au/

It is time for the Reading Challenge again. According to the website, registration opens early in Term 2. I have spoken to the staff of the involved government office and they informed me it will most probably be launched middle May ..so watch this space.

The Premier's Reading Challenge is an annual statewide initiative for state and non-state schools and home-educated students from Prep to Year 9, as well as children (aged up to five years) enrolled in an early childhood centre.

The aim of the Premier's Reading Challenge is to improve literacy and encourage children to read for pleasure and learning.

In 2018, more than 2.46 million books were read by more than 180,000 Queensland children and students from 1,012 schools and 388 early childhood centres.

Each child receives a certificate for either participating and/or completing the Challenge. If you are interested in participating, keep and eye on the website as well as the next newsletter.

If you have a child in Primary, and have not returned your Term 1 books, now is the time to return them please as we have already sent out the Term 2 books.

Any other overdue books, should also be returned.

Here is a link to the Shortlisted books for 2019. You will find categories for older readers, younger readers, early childhood, picture books and best illustrated children’s book.

https://cbca.org.au/shortlist-2019

It is good to know about the best titles of our Australian authors and ideas what to look for in the library with the next visit.

Happy reading.

Mrs Sonja Potgieter - Librarian

SENIOR SCHOOL

Every learning opportunity is an opportunity to learn!

It is more than likely that many Year 10 parents and students may notice Term One results 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 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.

REMINDER:

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 later in this term.

Mrs Anita Newell

Head of Senior School

STUDENT SERVICES

Creating Communication Enriched Environments.

Many children do not need to communicate as everyone in their environment thinks for them, gives them what they want or even anticipates their needs. When you create a communication enriched environment it is VITAL you create as many opportunities as possible for the child to communicate.

  • Engineer situations to teach common phrases – Go, Up, More, Again, Help, Yes, No.
  • Have the child wear key picture symbols/words on a lanyard around his neck for easy access.
  •  Put items from lunchbox on top of the lunchbox – make the child request, or tell you what he wants to eat next.
  • Put photos on the fridge or pantry door of favourite food or drink so they have to request it.
  • Pack away all their favourite DVDs and only have pictures of the covers for them to request the actual DVD.

Creating as many opportunities to communicate as possible is an important part of a communication programme. In many ways it is immersing the child in a communication abundant environment. This will mean creating as many visuals, schedules, activities and routines as possible to promote communication. The easiest way to do this is look around the environment at home and school, and think of all the times in the day when you could model, promote, encourage or support communication.

  • How to create a communication enriched environment at home:
    • Breakfast: Select from visuals e.g. cereal, toast, juice. Daily Visual Schedule: Breakfast, Get Dressed, School, Home, etc.
    • Getting Dressed: Visual Schedule (take off pyjamas, put on undies, t-shirt).
    • Afternoon Tea: Choice board with food/drink options.
    • Carpet board with visuals: Quick, easy access to regularly requested items.
  • How to create a communication enriched environment at school:
    • Morning Routine: Photo/name of child on hook to put their bag, lunch in box (use visuals to support), say “HELLO” to teacher.
    • Daily Schedule: Use a visual schedule of the day, including favourite activities to engage and motivate.
    • Morning Tea/Lunch: Have visuals on the child’s lunch box so they have to request items.
    • Outside Play: Visual schedule, photo to go back inside.
    • Work Tasks: Visual schedule, visual tasks, include the finished visual.
    • Toilet: Visual toilet routine.

GUIDANCE OFFICER and CAREERS

Mrs Janelle Craig

[email protected]

What is Mental Health?

Mental Health is a positive state of wellbeing used to describe emotional and social wellness. It involves feeling positive about ourselves, the people and events in our lives, and being able to live life to our fullest capacity.

Our mental health influences the way we:

  • think, feel and behave
    • relate to other people
        • respond to the challenges of everyday life; and
        • cope with events such as changing jobs, having a baby, retirement, loss and physical illness.

Twelve ways to improve your mental health:

  1. Exercise regularly      
  2. Eat healthy, nutritious food        
    • https://deliciouslyella.com Over 300 recipes, all vegan friendly, gluten-free and/or refined sugar free.
    • 8fit app Fitness and nutrition made easy. This app is a lifestyle coach to help create daily habits as you learn nutrition and at-home exercises.
    • MyFitnessPal This free app (download on any mobile), offers tools to track your weight-loss journey, including daily food intake, calories, exercises and steps.
  1. Drink plenty of water - if you are thirsty, drink water to avoid becoming dehydrated
  2. Visit your doctor regularly to maintain good health
  3. Build a community around yourself – having positive people to talk to makes life happier and more enjoyable
  4. Keep busy and involved – with family, school, work, leisure
  5. Have adequate sleep
  6. Be kind to yourself – do things that you enjoy
  7. Do things for other people – they will benefit, and it is a boost for you
  8. Practise thinking positive thoughts, do not dwell on negative thoughts
  9. Watch comedy shows, seek out humour, laugh loudly
  10. Seek help if you are feeling down.

If your mental health is a concern, these apps may assist:

My Possible Self - Use the 'moments' function to monitor feelings and recognise patterns/ triggers in behaviour. Self-help 'modules' tackle issues e.g. stress, anxiety or major life changes.

What’s Up? – (by ReachOut) This free app provides ‘help right now’, coping strategies, information, interactive games and thought tracking diary.

These websites outline support opportunities:

Anglicare -https://anglicaresq.org.au/your-well-being/wellbeing/

Helplines, Counselling, Support Groups –

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/mental-health/help-lines

Queensland Mental Health Commission, Support Services -

https://www.qmhc.qld.gov.au/find-support-services

I encourage you to put in the effort and work towards maintaining a mentally healthy lifestyle. You are worth it!

CAREERS INFORMATION

Pathways to university information is available direct from specific university websites.

For example:

Australian Catholic University link https://www.acu.edu.au/study-at-acu/admission-pathways. ACU has a Parents Information Session evening on Thursday 30 May, 5.30pm - 7pm. Register at acu.edu.au/parent events                     

Griffith University linkhttps://www.griffith.edu.au/apply/admission-pathways 

Griffith has 'Discover Griffith' events on Tuesday 11 June (Nathan campus) and Thursday 13 June (Gold Coast campus) both events are from 3.30pm - 6pm. Register at  https://www.griffith.edu.au/discover-griffith

Christian Heritage College | Open Night

Thursday 16 May | 5.30pm - 8.00pm | Christian Heritage College

CHC offers courses in fields like business, education and the social sciences with a focus on preparing you to make a positive change in your life and the life of your community.

Find out more and register: https://www.chc.edu.au/future-students/open-night/

Aviation Australia | Cabin Crew Career Session, Brisbane

Wednesday 15 May | 6.00pm - 8.00pm | Aviation Australia, Brisbane

Aviation Australia’s Cabin Crew Career Information Sessions offer the chance to see flight safety training facilities and learn about training and options available for a flight attendant.

Find out more and register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/brisbane-cabin-crew-career-session-tickets-60384391340

Queensland Police | Recruiting Information Session, Central Highlands

Tuesday 7 May | 6.00pm - 7.30pm |Gladstone PCYC

Thursday 9 May | 6.00pm - 7.30pm |Rockhampton PCYC

Thursday 23 May | 6.00pm - 7.30pm |McIndoe Function Centre

These Queensland Police Service recruiting events provide information regarding current entry processes and requirements for the Queensland Police Service.

TAFE Queensland | Business Information Session

Wednesday 8 May | 2.00pm - 3.00pm | TAFE Queensland Cairns Campus

Attend an information session and learn about Certificate III in Business (BSB30115) and Certificate IV in Business Administration (BSB30415). These entry-level courses can lead to office assistant, accounts payable clerk or general clerk. Find out more: https://tafeqld.edu.au/news-events/events/2019/2019%20recurring%20events/business-info-session-cairns-8-may.html

New York Film Academy | Open Day – Gold Coast

Saturday 13 April | 10.30am - 1.30pm | NYFA Southport Campus

Explore NYFA, meet and network with industry professional faculty at program information sessions, interactive workshops and hear about pathways to United States campuses.

Find out more and register: https://www.nyfa.edu/sm-landing/open-house.php

Shillington (Graphic Design) | Information Sessions – Brisbane

Friday 3 May | 6.00pm | Shillington Brisbane Campus

Friday 31 May | 6.00pm | Shillington Brisbane Campus

Join Shillington’s Info Session to learn about their mission, watch an interactive demonstration of design software and creative thinking techniques.

Find out more and register: https://www.shillingtoneducation.com/au/graphic-design-course/info-sessions-and-graduation/