I have recently been reflecting on all that has occurred since our last newsletter. Our students have had a range of experiences that enrich their growth, development and learning. Many of those experiences with photos are outlined in this newsletter. I want to highlight one in particular. Last Sunday two of our senior students, Lucy and Cooper, donned their uniforms and presented readings at the Boer War Commemorative service in Singleton. At this event they were representing the College. In order to represent us they had to make some deliberate and definite decisions. They:
- Committed to the task and accepted responsibility,
- Practiced the readings for several days,
- Asked family to assist by transporting them to the event,
- Took time out of their weekend to do something that would benefit others.
- Performed their role very well, interacting with organisers and other adults attending.
Every day, all of us represent something and someone. To represent well, we must decide to and we must take on responsibility.
Our students represent themselves and their families. They also represent the College. Students can decide to represent well in many ways. They can choose to:
- Wear their uniform well,
- Give their full attention during times of teaching and learning,
- Show interest in the lives of others by asking questions of them,
- Ask for help,
- Look for ways to encourage others.
Thank you Lucy and Cooper for a simple lesson in responsibility and representation.
Chase after justice, faith, love and peace.
Stay away from foolish arguments.
You know that these arguments grow into bigger arguments.
God’s people must not be quarrelsome.
You must be kind to everyone.
2 Timothy 2:22-25
Boer War Commemoration
On Sunday morning, Cooper Toshack and Lucy Kelly proudly represented ACC at the Boer War Commemoration Ceremony that was held in Burdekin Park. Lucy and Cooper presented a narration about the Boer War and laid a wreath at the cenotaph. They spoke with poise and confidence, and received much praise from the dignitaries, organisers and members of the public.
Lucy and Cooper, thank you very much for representing the school so beautifully.
Save the Date - Book Week Events!
Book Week is always an important event on our calendar. This year we are going to be riveted to reading for the whole week - not just a day - and our theme is ‘’Escape to Everywhere’. We’re already excitedly planning events.
The dress up parade will involve all students K-10 and will occur on Thursday 24th August (Term 2, Week 5). We encourage parents and grandparents to come along in costume, too.
Many of our events for the week will occur from 2.30pm in the hope that as many parents as possible can also enjoy them with their children.
One of our activities is to take a selfie holding a favourite book and then edit it into an image of your dream escape location using Publisher or Photoshop or a free poster app such as https://www.postermywall.com/ Parents and grandparents, we are keen to have your contributions, too. We really want our students to see that everyone can escape with a great book.
We will also be holding a book swap, where families can bring in pre-loved books to swap with other pre-loved books.
We will be seeking assistance from parents to help with setting up the book fair, decorating the auditorium and assisting with our Book Walk.
(Some of us are ready to escape with a good book now!)
Stay tuned for updates!
Minimum Literacy & Numeracy Standards
Last year, the former Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, announced the ‘Stronger HSC Standards - Minimum Literacy and Numeracy Standard’. There has been concern expressed publicly about how this will affect students.
From 2020, students need to demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to be eligible for the HSC. Students can demonstrate they have met the standard by achieving a pass in online reading, writing and numeracy tests. These tests will be available from 2018, and students will have multiple opportunities to sit them in Years 10, 11 and 12. Students who achieve a Band 8 or above in Year 9 NAPLAN reading, writing and numeracy tests from 2017 will pre-qualify for the minimum standard and will not need to sit the online tests. No student will be prevented from sitting for the HSC on the basis of their NAPLAN results.
This policy is still in its early stages of implementation, and therefore we advise parents not to be too concerned about this change.
More information is available HERE
Operation Christmas Child
It’s time to start collecting items to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. This initiative of Samaritan’s Purse, a non-profit Christian organisation, has been warmly embraced by our school community in the past.
Each shoebox requires the following to be added:
- Something to wear
- Something to play with
- Something for school
- Something to love
- Something special
- Something for personal hygiene.
Please start collecting items that can go into the boxes when they arrive. Thanking you in anticipation of your support.
Helping Children with Homework
Parents play a vital role in helping children to reach their potential. This advice from www.education.com is worth reading.
How Should I Help My Child with Homework?
- Show that you think education and homework are important. If your child knows that you care about what is happening at school, he or she will have a good reason to complete assignments on time.
- Set a regular time for homework. The best schedule for homework is what works best for your child and your family. Your child’s outside activities, such as sports or music lessons may mean that you need a flexible homework schedule.
- Provide an area for your child to do homework. Make sure the area is well-lit and has minimal distractions.
- Ensure that there are no distractions. Discourage your child from making and receiving social telephone calls during homework time. Turn off the television if it is keeping your child from doing his or her homework.
- Provide supplies and identify resources. Have pencils, pens, erasers, writing paper, a dictionary, or other supplies that may be helpful available.
- Help your child use everyday routines to support the skills he or she is learning. Teach your child to play word and maths games. Help your child look up information about something in which he or she is interested.
- Look over completed assignments before they are turned in. Then, after the teacher returns completed homework, read the comments to see if your child has done the assignment satisfactorily.
- Talk about school and learning activities in family conversations. Ask your child what was discussed in class that day.
- Show your child that the skills he or she is learning are an important part of the things adults do. Let your child see you reading, writing, or using maths. Talk to your child about what you do at work.
Fidget Spinners and Toys
A gentle reminder that children are encouraged to leave toys at home. When toys are lost or damaged it can be very upsetting for children and can unnecessarily interrupt learning. Toys that appear during lessons or during conversation may be removed from students for the day.
Parents contacting student mobile phones
A reminder that mobile phones are not to be used by students during school hours. Should you need to get a message to your child, please contact Mrs. Atack in the office. Thank you for supporting this policy.
We are proud of our high standards and believe that children will meet high expectations with consistency at school and support from home. Thank you for ensuring your child is in the correct uniform each day.
Your Child’s Belongings
Please make sure all your child’s belongings are clearly labelled so we can return them promptly if they are misplaced. Children often tend to discard their jumpers and blazers whilst running around during break times. If clothing is not labelled, it is difficult to track down the owner.
Contact Details - Reminder
Have your contact details changed? Please ensure the office has your most up to date contact details.
Arriving on time & leaving early
Thank you for ensuring that your child arrives on time each day. High School students begin at 8.50 am sharp with Morning Routine.
Primary students begin at 9.00 am sharp. We don’t want students to miss even a second of valuable learning time.
Before School Supervision
Parents are reminded that supervision of students begins at 8.30 am. Students who arrive prior to this time are to sit in the area adjacent to the Teacher’s Staff Room.
Nut & Egg Free School
As we have children at Australian Christian College who are highly allergic to nuts (anaphylactic) and eggs, we request that no nuts, products containing nuts (including spreads such as Nutella) or eggs be brought to school. Thank you for supporting us in keeping all our students safe.
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We have some very talented students here at ACC. If your child achieves something notable outside school, please let us know. We’d love to affirm them, too!
- Well done, Liv, (Year 10), on blessing so many people on your missionary trip.
- Congratulations Andrew (Year 9) and Dylan (Year 10) on your recent promotions in St. John’s Ambulance. Corporal and Captain!
- Congratulations, Lucy (Year 9) on your ‘Man of Match’ Award for your last soccer game.
We’re so proud of you! Well done!
Staff vote for photo of the year!
(Tara, thank you for keeping our school so spick and span.)
NSW Cricketers visit the College
It was such a joy to welcome ex-student, Maisy Gibson back to the College recently. Maisy and her teammate, Belinda Vakarewa spent the day with students sharing their experiences of leadership and teamwork. They even had time to play some cricket with our senior students. Maisy and Belinda are players with the NSW Lendlease Breakers. The day prior to their visit Belinda was named in the Australian Women's World Cup Squad.
STEM IN PRE-KINDER
STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Science
“STEM is a way of thinking about how educators at all levels - including parents - should be helping students integrate knowledge across disciplines, encouraging them to think in a more connected and holistic way” (Sneideman, 2013)
Children at the centre of their learning can make connections across key learning areas in the one lesson. For example children can complete a maths worksheet on counting and then in a hands on task, count the cups used to create a tower. From here the child can investigate the structure’s strengths and weaknesses and problem solve questions such as “How much weight could the tower support and what if I alter its’ structure so it could hold more?” “Can I build it taller and will I use more cups?”
By asking the right questions, teachers and parents can stimulate investigations where children are building and designing, identifying objects, testing their thoughts, sharing ideas with others, making comparisons and recording their achievements. Students can also develop their knowledge and understanding of shapes, patterns, colours, amounts and various sizes and weights as they explore different processes and engage in problem solving.
STEM boxes have been created and introduced this term, and children, who are naturally curious have enjoyed manipulating the equipment within. Challenge cards are placed in each box and are a great way to help students extend their thinking and provide opportunities for them to actively participate in their learning.
Celebrating the wonderful women in our lives
What a wonderful time at our Mother's Day Picnic & Pamper afternoon - our students spent quality pampering time with the important women in their lives.
We wish students the best of luck in their Half-Yearly Examinations and hope they are rewarded for all their hard work and study. Exams take place from Monday 29th May to Thursday 1st June.
Year 9 and 10 students attended a special Law Week Presentation at the Civic Centre. They watched a short play that highlighted a variety of legal issues relevant to young people, and were addressed by legal professionals, local police and courthouse officials.
We are most grateful to Mrs Joan Ingram from Singleton Library who facilitates this event.
Thank you, Stage 5, for your exemplary behaviour.
Galatians 5:13 instructs us to “serve one another humbly in love”. Olivia (Year 10) recently spent a week serving a community in Vanuatu. Olivia assisted with the building and painting of houses. The children captured her heart and she was touched by their joyfulness, even in the midst of such poverty. We’re sure that Olivia touched their lives, too.
Olivia shared that although she was forced out of her comfort zone, she benefitted enormously from her experience. A powerful message for all of us! The ability to take risks and step outside our comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow.
Well done Olivia.
The Great Spaghetti Tower Challenge
Teamwork is an important life skill. There are very few jobs that don’t require employees to work co-operatively. Teamwork is a skill that we work hard to promote at ACC.
The Great Spaghetti Tower Challenge required students to work in teams to build the tallest tower using 25 sticks of spaghetti, a few marshmallows, a short piece of string and some masking tape. We have some budding engineers.
Our students definitely work well in teams!
The winners...Kailey, Olivia, Liv and Lucy. Well done!
Library - Reading for Pleasure
Our fortnightly visit to Singleton Library is a key part of our whole school literacy plan and is greatly enjoyed by students. Please encourage your child to read for pleasure each day. The benefits of reading for pleasure are enormous - academic success and increased empathy and social skills are only a few. Ask your child what books they borrowed this week.
Owen represents to College at Golf Tournament
ACC Golfer Owen represented the College in competition at the Forster Golf Club recently. Owen competed well against golfers from around NSW. Well done Owen!
This week in Pastoral Care, Year 9 shared some of their highlights from the previous couple of weeks. I love the way these students delight in the success of their peers. What a beautiful bunch of kids!
The world of the future is in good hands with your generous-spirited and compassionate children at the helm!
Stage 5 are currently exploring Australia’s involvement in World War 1. I’ve been very much struck by the great interest our students have in learning about this aspect of Australian history, and also the great respect they have for those who served and sacrificed their lives. There is also great empathy for the loved ones who remained at home. Our visit to the Infantry Museum last term certainly enhanced their learning.
There is good reason for our students to love Science. They do some amazing experiments and thrive on the practical components of the Course.
Here is Mr Perry teaching Stage 5 about how motors work.
Did you know that in the 18th and 19th Centuries, European artists often used a brown pigment called ‘mommia’ that was made from Egyptian mummies that were ground and processed? We learnt this interesting fact in Morning Routine.
This term, in our Tuesday Morning Routines, students have been focusing on developing their vocabulary with a particular focus on colour words. No more boring blues or tedious browns for us!
Some of our colourful words include:
mazarine, zaffre, azure, cerulean, vermillion, titian, puce, carmine, verdigris, cyan and umber.
It’s great to see students using new words in their writing and speaking.
June 2 Primary Assembly led by Year 1 & 2
June 2 Zone Cross Country Carnival
June 12 Queen’s Birthday Holiday
June 15 Athletics Carnival
June 16 Colonial Experience K-6
June 16 Primary Assembly led by Kindergarten
June 22 Futsal Gala Day
June 23 Grandparents Morning Tea
June 28 Newcastle Knights visit
June 30 College Assembly & last day of Term 2
August 21 Book Week and Book Fair