PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Change

I recently attended a conference where a leading social and economic forecaster was outlining current and future economic trends and how they will impact our students. She suggested the average 15 year old today will have 17 jobs in 5 different industries. How will they prepare for such change? How will they be equipped to not just survive, but to thrive?

She went on to explain that our next generation must have a foundation of solid literacy and numeracy skills. I am so impressed by the teaching and learning that is occurring in our College to ensure our students continue to improve in these skills. We must also continue to take ‘teachable’ moments with our children in order to develop resilience and social capacity so they are well equipped to manage processes of ongoing change in their lives.

There seems to always be a guarantee in life that change will happen. Change is something we tend to fear and become anxious about because we do not feel in control of life. The good news is that God has a plan for your life to hope, future, and to prosper. If we trust in God and allow the change to grow us to become more like Jesus Christ in how we respond and act, then we are promised that all things will work together for good for those who love Him and keep His commandments!

My personal experience of change is that, whilst often it is uncomfortable and it always requires work, it can bring great growth when I trust Jesus to shape my situations to His likeness.

“For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”

Isaiah 43:19 NLT

I have come to understand that the best thing about change is the opportunity to grow. On the topic of change, it was wonderful last week to be able to stop on a number of occasions to say farewell to Terry and Di Harding, and also to Nina Aubin. It was great to see a community in action gathering around to thank them and to leave them with words of appreciation.

Last week we also welcomed Mrs Annette Atack replacing Mrs Aubin. Mrs Atack brings a lot of valuable experience and expertise to the College. As you meet her, please do make her feel welcome.

Have a great week.

Tim Shields
Principal
[email protected]

Riveted to reading 2016

Last year’s inaugural Riveted to Reading Day was great…this year’s Riveted to Reading Day was fantastic! We can’t wait for next year’s event. All students PK-10 spent the day participating in a variety of book related activities.

The day began with Oscar winning performances by students in our ‘Gotta Keep Reading’ video (see below). Thank you Mr Vincze for your amazing cinematography, and Mrs Knight for your skillful direction.

We were thrilled that most of our students and staff dressed up as their favourite book characters or as a distinctly Australian character. Thank you to our parents and grandparents who also got into the spirit of the day by dressing up. We also enjoyed the company of our little friends from Rainbows who also donned fun costumes. Singleton Mayor, John Martin, awarded prizes for the best costumes. Mr. Mayor also presented the College with two books about Singleton’s history.

The College was privileged to have Mrs. Lee Croucher from the Singleton Library share with us one of her favourite picture books. Lee’s brief was to find something that would be as relevant to PK as to our grown up visitors. She found the perfect book! If you aren’t already familiar with Mem Fox’s Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, I highly recommend it. Thank you very much, Lee. Our community was riveted by your presentation.

Mrs Claire Osbourne, author of children’s books about God’s extraordinary creation, read her stunning books to our primary students. Mrs Osbourne generously donated a bundle of her books to the College library. What a blessing! Thank you, Mrs Osbourne.

Throughout the day students had time to read for pleasure and to participate in a variety of games and activities that promoted a love of reading. Our high school students enjoyed reading picture books to their little PK friends.

We really are serious about encouraging students to read for pleasure On Friday morning, students were gifted with a book carefully and lovingly selected for each individual child.



BOOK FAIR

Thank you, Mrs. Fredericks for organising and managing the Book Fair all week. We all greatly appreciate the many hours you spent preparing the book fair for us.

Thank you for blessing us so generously.

Gotta Keep Reading

If you missed our ‘Gotta Keep Reading” video, you can watch it above.

Every child in the College was involved in this production.

Thank you Mrs. Knight for your skillful direction and Mr, Vincze for your amazing cinematography. You both deserve an Oscar!

COFFEE MINISTRY

There’s coffee…and then there’s special blend, perfectly brewed, made with love, Allinson coffee. If you haven’t yet tried the best coffee in town, please feel free to join us before whole school Assemblies on Friday mornings. It doesn’t get better than a good coffee and a chat! What a great way to start the day.

Thank you Allinsons one and all for blessing our College family.
We greatly appreciate you.

BOOK WEEK

VISIT TO SINGLETON LIBRARY

As part of Book Week celebrations our primary students visited Singleton Library. This is an annual event that our teachers look forward to as much as the children. Students were captivated by this year’s presentation with books selected from the CBCA’s shortlist.

You may enjoy checking out this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia winners.

Book of the Year:
Older Readers
Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

Book of the Year:
Younger Readers
Soon by Morris Gleitzman

Book of the Year:
Early Childhood
Mr Huff by Anna Walker

Literacy Matters

While we are on literacy matters, one important reading strategy is SUMMARISING.

Summarising is a shortened version of the text that contains all the key information. It is important that students are able to summarise in order to help them with comprehension, researching, gathering and presenting information. Summarising teaches children to discern the most important ideas and how to ignore irrelevant information. It is also important because it improves their memory for what is read.

Parents can help children by asking them to identify key words and phrases. This is a strategy that can we used with even the youngest of children.

Why not try to include these words that describe Spring in your conversations this week?

  • Vivify To restore to a former condition
  • Flourishing Thriving or growing in a healthy way
  • Burgeoning Beginning to grow rapidly
  • Proliferate Increase rapidly in number or multiply
  • Invigorating Energizing or full of life

Memory Verse

Our final memory verse for this semester is an easy one to remember, but is really so powerful. We want to be a community that builds up and encourages. Children especially thrive when they are encouraged.

Fractured Fairytale Writing Competition

Don’t forget to enter our Writing Competition. We’d love to read your twisted, fractured fairytale.

It is fun to transform a well-known fairytale into your own original story.

We can’t wait to read your work.

See Callum, or Kimi or Mrs. Meredith for more details.

History and Geography Site Studies

The combined History/Geography excursion was a fun day filled with practical learning experiences.

The Geography component of the day involved learning about urban growth and decline in the Honeysuckle area, where 50 hectares of railway and port land adjacent to the CBD have been redeveloped.

After a pleasant lunch at Nobbys Beach, students visited Fort Scratchely where students had the opportunity to explore this significant historical site. Our timely arrival allowed students to experience the two-pound cannons that fire at 1 pm - the same time the ball on Customs House drops to mark time. This tradition dates back to 1878.

We congratulate students on their exemplary behaviour.



Father’s Day Celebration!

We paid tribute to our wonderful fathers by honouring them with a barbeque breakfast. It was great to see so many dads happily munching on bacon, eggs, sausages and hash browns. We hope all our dads enjoyed their gifts and spending time with your children.

Every hug you give, every joke you share, every moment that you listen patiently, every time you take a deep breath and see things from your child's perspective, every time you role model integrity and hard work, you're shaping your child into a person who will make you proud. We celebrate you!

Thank you to all those who made the morning such a great success.


Farewell

Mr Harding, Mrs Harding and Mrs Aubin

The SRC organised a pizza lunch followed by an afternoon of games and lots of fun on the jumping castle. Thank you to our wonderful parents who prepared and served the delicious pizzas.

Our parents organized a special morning tea as a way to honour these three extraordinary people, and staff also gathered for a special meal to honour them.

Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians closes with this:

"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you." (Thessalonians 3:16)

It is always sad to say goodbye to those we love. On Friday the College officially farewelled Mr and Mrs Harding and Mrs Aubin. During their last week at ACC Singleton, we found as many opportunities as we could to let them know how much we value their friendship, energy and commitment to making the College a place where students, staff and parents know they are highly esteemed.

These words perfectly convey our prayers for Mr and Mrs Harding and Mrs Aubin. We thank God for the many ways they have sown into our lives and for the place they will always have in our hearts. We are thankful for the legacy they leave and pray that as they enter a new season that God will bless their path. We all pray that their future is a source of many enriching and transforming moments. As they leave this community, we trust our Lord to watch over them, strengthen them and keep them safe.

Orientation Days

For PreKinder and Kindergarten

Our popular PreKinder program is a great way to prepare children for their educational journey. If you are interested in learning more about this program, or know somebody who may be interested, you are most welcome to attend our Orientation Days.

Attend our PreKindergarten Orientation Days:

  • Session 1 - Friday 16th September, 9.00am - 10.30am
  • Session 2 - Friday 11th November, 9.00am - 10.30am

We will also hold Kindergarten Orientation Days. You are welcome to come along and bring a friend.

Attend our Kindergarten Orientation Days:

  • Session 1 - Thursday 22nd September, 9.00am - 10.30am
  • Session 2 - Friday 18th November, 9.00am - 10.30am

ATTENDANCE AND SMS TEXTS

Student attendance and safety is a high priority at ACC. We will soon be introducing personalised SMS (Short Message Service) texts to inform parents when their child is absent from school. Although instances of truanting are very rare, we are keen to ensure excellent communication with our parents.

In the event of your child’s absence, you will receive this message:

Message from ACC:  Your son ------ / daughter ------- has been marked absent today.  Please contact the College to confirm.

Parents/Carers can then utilise this SMS service to reply to the absentee SMS notification to provide an explanation for the absence.

There is also the option of responding via email that can be sent to [email protected]

It is a legal requirement that all student absences be explained. If you are unable to reply to contact the College using the SMS or email, a note of explanation should be provided. If your child requires an extended absence, a Doctor’s Certificate (i.e. for illness/injury) is required. An application to the Principal seeking exemption is required for extended absences (e.g. family holiday).

The drover's Wife

Another Episode in her life

In English, Stage 5 students have been exploring representations of Australia. As part of our unit, we closely examined Henry Lawson’s classic text ‘The Drover’s Wife’. Students were then asked to compose a response to the short story. Here is part of Taylah Reijn’s response. Like Lawson’s work, Taylah captures perfectly the plight of the isolated, lonely woman. Thank you for sharing your work with us, Taylah.

“Alligator! Get back here!” The drover's’ wife called out to the heroic dog as he chased the slithering threat, his floppy ears flying and tail wagging back and forth. The snake’s presence was ominous. He had been coming and going for months and although he could not be seen, he was most certainly heard, as his sibilant hiss was unmissable.

As the snake shot into sight, nearing the dog she began calling out to him in desperation, whistling and banging his food bowl against the door to grab his attention, but he didn't listen. Alligator, who never misjudged a jump in his life, leapt forward, mouth gaping wide, and ripped the snake’s head right off its slimy body. Just as Tommy began to jump, fist raised victoriously in the air, a deafening yelp left Alligator’s foaming mouth.

Her face filled with terror as she ran to his side, no longer concerned about the snake biting her. She knew that Alligator wouldn't rest until he knew they were safe. The snake’s body writhed in the dirt before coming to a final halt. She placed her ear over Alligator’s chest as her children beamed at her with hopeful eyes. She shook her head and their faces dropped instantly.

“Boys, lay a sheet out inside.” They sprang to their feet and disappeared into the house and she followed close behind, laying the dog gently onto the soft fabric.

The ferocious, indestructible Alligator shook and she could feel his heartbeat slow in her trembling hands, as his whimpers became merely breaths. Her fingers brushed through his matted fur, her fingers turning crimson from his seeping blood. Helpless, she began to scratch the nape of his neck, his favourite spot. And even through the agony she could’ve sworn she heard him moan. It gave her comfort to know that even as he lay there dying, he was still the Alligator she had always known. With the knowledge that at any moment he would be gone, she closed her sodden eyes tightly shut and placed a gentle kiss on his head as she felt the life leave his body and he went limp in her arms. Weeping, she opened her eyes to see his paw, no bigger than his favourite ball, resting in the palm of her hands. Her only friend out in the lonely bush was gone, forever. The pain was unfathomable.

Numeracy Tip

Every multiplication has a twin, which may be easier to remember.
For example, if you forget 8 x 5, you might remember 5 x 8.

State Athletics

We are all really proud of Cooper Toshack who represented the College in Athletics at the State Level. Cooper travelled to Homebush in Sydney where he performed very well. Cooper achieved 6th place in the 800 metres and 4th place in the Open Boys 1500 metres. Congratulations on your success, Cooper!

Xanthi Perry

Mr Perry has a beautiful, new grandaughter. Xanthi is now two weeks old. Mr Perry is as proud as punch, and we praise God for the safe arrival of little Xanthi. Congratulations, Mr Perry.

Visitors from NSW SES

We had some very special visitors at Assembly. Simone Burrows, the Community Engagement Officer for the NSW SES Singleton unit, brought along her pals, including Paddy the Platypus.

The SES is an emergency and rescue service dedicated to assisting the community in storms and floods. Its volunteers work very hard to keep the community safe.

With Paddy’s help, Simone shared her wealth of knowledge about how to keep safe during floods and other natural disasters. Students learnt how to make their homes better prepared to cope with a storm. They also learnt about the dangers of flood water and the importance of home emergency kits.

Simone’s presentation was informative and interesting. Not only were the children captivated by the presentation, but they are now also much better informed about the important role the SES plays in our community. The practical tips they learnt will prove invaluable to keep themselves and their homes safe.

We are very grateful to the SES for taking the time to visit us.

Reminder

Now that the weather is warming up, our students are taking off their jumpers and blazers and often leave them lying on the oval or ground. Please make sure all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

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Change of Details

If any of your contact details have changed, please let us know so that we can ensure our files are up-to-date. In cases of an emergency, we need to be able to make contact with you immediately. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter. If any medication details have changed, we need to know this as well.

Uniform Reminder

Thank you to all parents who make sure their children are in proper school uniform. We are really proud of our school uniform and expect all children to wear it correctly.

Our desire is to have only positive interactions with all our students. We don’t want to have negative discussions about incorrect uniform. The College has a clear uniform and dress code and it is expected that all students will wear their uniform correctly at all times. Thank you for checking your child’s uniform each day and making sure your child is compliant.



Greek Butter Biscuits

Mr. Perry is preparing his Stage 5 students for the Greek banquet. Here is a simple but delicious recipe to help get into the mood for all things Greek.

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 ¼ cups plain flour
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • Cream butter and sugar and egg until smooth
  • Stir in vanilla and almond extracts
  • Blend in the flour to form dough. You may need to knead it by hand at the end
  • Take about a teaspoon of dough at a time and roll it into balls, logs or S shapes.
  • Place on prepared baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes or lightly browned and firm
  • When cool dust with icing sugar and enjoy.