PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

As we finish up a busy Term 1, I want to thank you for your ongoing partnership, support and encouragement of the College staff. We enjoy teaching and developing your children immensely.

In the past week we submitted our formal application that will allow us to deliver courses towards the award of the Higher School Certificate (HSC). This is an important development in the continued growth of the College.

I want to encourage you to read and reflect on the Easter message these holidays. I love Paul’s comments below because he states the benefit of relationship with Jesus - new life.

So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.

1 Corinthians 15:21-22

I trust you have a restful and enjoyable break. See you at the ANZAC Day March on 25th April.

Tim Shields
Principal
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Memory Verse

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:29-31

NAPLAN 2017

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy) will take place in Term 2 for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The dates for the NAPLAN assessments are:

  • Tuesday 9th May - Language Conventions & Writing
  • Wednesday 10th May - Reading
  • Thursday 11th May - Numeracy

NAPLAN Online Public Demonstration Site

The NAPLAN Online Public Demonstration Site is now available for students, teachers, parents and the broader community. The site shows how NAPLAN Online will work and what it will look like.

Click here to visit the website to explore the different types of questions and experience the NAPLAN online environment. You will find mini-tests covering all domains – conventions of language (grammar, punctuation, spelling), reading and writing and numeracy.

Support Your Child’s Learning at Home

If you are looking for ways to help your child build on the literacy and numeracy skills they are developing in the classroom, you will find some great activities at http://www.learningpotential.edu.au/

This site, developed by the Australian Government, supports the Australian Curriculum for primary school and is very child friendly.

Kidsmatter - Mental Health

KidsMatter is a mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention initiative that focuses on the needs of primary aged children. The website includes some excellent resources on a wide range of issues that affect young children. You can access the free resources here:

http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/health-and-community

Important Reminders

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.

Contact Details - Reminder

Thank you to those parents who have updated their contact details. It is very important that all contact details are accurate. 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. Primary students begin at 9.00 am sharp.

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.

Facebook

Have you “liked” our Facebook page yet? We use the Facebook page for regular updates on things happening at ACC that are of interest to parents and carers.

Click here to 'like' our page.

Clubs

Our first Lunch Time Club is a huge success. Brittany (Year 9) is running a creative writing group. Thank you, Brittany, for sharing your passion.

Achievements

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!

Mathematics Everywhere!

Recently our whole school took an afternoon to celebrate Numeracy. Students in primary and high school engaged in wonderfully practical and challenging mathematical activities.

Activities incorporate Chance, Solids, Construction and Measurement into a stimulating experience. And our students rose to the challenge. Students were engaged in their tasks, and our secondary students were wonderful in their roles of helping the younger participants.

We are looking forward to the Term Two Maths Challenge.

Mrs Tydeman



Visit to Infantry Museum

As part of ACC’s preparations for ANZAC Day all students (K-10) visited the Singleton Infantry Museum. We are grateful to the military staff who shared their wealth of knowledge and experience and took our children on a guided tour of the facility. Our students came away with a strong sense of the great sacrifices made by Australian soldiers.

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Primary

Over the last few of weeks of this term our Primary students have been involved in lots of extra curricular activities. These experiences are extremely important in enriching students’ learning and giving them opportunity to apply this knowledge in the world around us. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and special guests who helped out with these special events.

Interim Reports

All students will be receiving an interim report before the close of this term. These reports will provide a current overview of your child’s general attitude and conduct in both the classroom and playground. Please be aware that if your child’s teacher has requested a parent interview this can be done through the office or by discussing a suitable time directly with your child’s teacher.

Uniform

The temperature is finally cooling as Autumn arrives. Next term students will need to be dressed in winter uniform. If you need to purchase any items for our winter uniform please see the office before the end of the term.

Year 1/2 Zoo Excursion - Hunter Valley Zoo

In Week 9 some very excited year 1/2 students traveled down in the school bus to the Hunter Valley Zoo. There were many animals to see, but by the far the highlight for the students was the ‘Big Cats”. Our children listened carefully as we learnt about lions and many asked questions. Our students also watched alligators feeding and were able to touch a Koala and pat various reptiles. We also had lots of opportunity to feed birds, kangaroos, sheep and goats. A great day had by all, I am sure. Thank you to all our wonderful parents who helped make our day run smoothly. A special thanks to Mr Rod Perry who drove our school bus.

Year 3/4 Police Incursion

On Tuesday 28th March, Year 3/4 participated in an incursion with a visit from Senior Constable Sheree Gray from Muswellbrook Police Station. She spoke to us about how to be safe when on the internet, and people that we can speak to if we have issues. We also had a chat about people we can trust, and speak to or go to when we feel scared or unsafe when out in public or at school.

We got to go inside a police van and have a look around. Cooper and Tane got to experience what it was like to be handcuffed, when they got cuffed together. Constable Gray showed us some of her equipment that she uses, but we were sad when we were not able to see her gun (she says that it is against the law for her to use it or bring it out, unless she is in danger).

Year 5/6 Woolworths and Restaurant Excursion

In Week 9, students from Year 5/6 went on an excursion to Woolworths and the Pearl Light Palace Chinese restaurant in Singleton. Students walked from school to the town centre to participate in a tour of Woolworths. Students were able to go ‘behind the scenes’ to see how products are moved from wholesale to retail. Some of the most interesting points from the tour were that “if oysters aren’t kept at the correct temperature, they can be deadly” and the very cold temperatures of the freezers. Students got to see the many systems of the store including; the bakery, meat-packing and customer service. After this students were treated to an amazing dining experience at the Pearl Light Palace. Students tried new foods, with 11 students trying fried ice-cream for the first time! A big thank you to Luke’s Grandmother Kay, who came with us and helped throughout the day.

Year 5/6 Asia Presentations

Students from Year 5/6 recently presented their Term One Assignment. The students were required to create a poster on a specific Asian country and present this to the class. All students put a massive amount of effort, with some students going beyond expectations by bringing in examples of currency and food samples from their chosen Country.



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Secondary

We love to see our students achieving personal best. As we head towards the end of Term 1, it’s true to say that we are proud of the hard work that has resulted in many personal bests. It is also wonderful to see students developing in character and maturity. God’s Word tells us ‘in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds’ ( Titus 2:7-8)

Thank you, high school students, for being good role models to our younger students.

We wish our students and their families an extra blessed Easter and look forward to next term’s exciting teaching and learning.

Interim Reports

Parents will receive their child’s Interim Reports this week. These reports provide a brief overview of students’ attitudes to classwork, co-operation and homework.

Uniform for Term 2

Don’t forget that students wear their formal Winter uniform in Term 2. Please check that your child hasn’t outgrown his/her uniform and has all the necessary garments.

Holiday Reading

Please encourage your high school child to read, read, read over the holiday period. Reading for pleasure has such a profound impact upon a child’s success at school and in life.

A Holiday Book Discussion has been created on Schoology (in Courses) for High School students. We would love all high school students to contribute at least one post about something they read during the break.

Students will receive a merit certificate to acknowledge holiday reading.

Pastoral Care

This year we have introduced a pastoral care program to our high school classes. Our aim to develop understandings, attitudes and skills that will help our young people to:

  • appreciate that their true identity is in Christ
  • build positive self-esteem and optimism
  • build resilience
  • navigate relationships with respect
  • set and achieve goals
  • have a positive impact upon our school and wider community

As Pastoral Care Teachers, we treasure this time with our individual groups. Ask your children what we have been doing in PC.

Mrs. Meredith, Mr. Perry, Mrs. Tydeman, Mrs. Tydeman

BYO Devices

As the term progresses, some students are being less diligent in bringing their device to school each day. Thank you for ensuring your child brings his/her fully charged device to school each day. We appreciate your support.

Stationery Supplies

As Term 1 draws to an end, we are finding that students are running low on basic supplies such as pens, pencils and glue. Thank you for ensuring that your child has the appropriate stationery supplies needed for each lesson. The break is always a good time to stock up on essential items.

Schoology

Have you asked your child to show you their Schoology Course yet? All high school homework tasks are posted on Schoology. Students can also access worksheets and textbook material. Please encourage your child to check Schoology each day. If you would like your individual Parent Access Code so that you can view your child’s daily homework and Assessment tasks, please let the College know.

Vaccinations

Well done, Year 7, on completing your first vaccination day with little fuss.

PE

It’s been a compact term of all types of fitness, sports and exercise. We’ve had our in-house and Zone Swimming Carnivals, almost had a touch footy gala day (now moved to October); there’s been Cricket, Basketball, morning fitness routines on Fridays, not to mention the amazing time we had waiting and trying to fix the blown bus tyre on the way to Tumbi Umbi! So much fun... A big thank-you must go to all our parent helpers for their efforts throughout all our Swimming Carnivals, and a special thanks to Brooke Nelson for being the designated team supervisor for both the primary and secondary Zone Swimming Carnivals. So great to have such amazing people in our community!

From my end, congrats to all the Zone Swimming qualifiers, and another little special mention to Kailey Gluck and Eli Foote for representing the Under 15’s Boys and Girls THACCCSA team for the Hunter region in Touch Footy!

Next Term, on Friday 28th April we begin our sports and fitness nice and early with our in-house Cross Country Fun Run. Following that we have a Soccer Gala Day scheduled on the 12th May, the NSW State Christian Schools Cross Country Carnival on the 2nd June, and finally, our School Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 14th of June.

Have a great holiday, a blessed Easter, and don’t forget to train up and fundraise for the Fun Run in Week One!

Mr. Vincze

History Snaps

In History, our culminating activity for Depth Study 1 was to create a symbol of the Industrial Revolution using playdough. You’re never too old for playdough!

Charlie taught the class how pistons work in an engine.

Excited to go to Art!

Engineers of the future!

Stage 5 students had lots of fun in their bridge building competition.

Thank you, Mrs Starr, for all the things you do for our students and staff. Thank you for the countless hours you spend serving our community. We really appreciate you.

Last newsletter we had a photo of the boys on the ride-on mower. Wishful thinking here from Lucy and Liv!

Bowling and Batting Assessment

Morning Routine. No wonder Thalia is smiling!

‘Romeo and Juliet’ Performance

On Tuesday, Stage 5 discovered (Year 9) and re-discovered (Year 10) the magic and timelessness of William Shakespeare. We travelled to Sydney to see an excellent production of ‘The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet’ performed by the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Company. This classic tale of a pair of star cross’d lovers continues to captivate audiences even though it was written over 400 years ago.

Following the performance, students had an opportunity to ask questions of the cast about the play and acting in general.

Thank you, Mr. Vincze, for transporting us.

Stage 5, thank you for your exemplary behaviour. You shone!!

PAT Testing Weeks 8 and 9

What is PAT Testing?

PAT stands for Progressive Achievement Test. At ACC Singleton we hold PAT testing twice a year. One session of testing happens in Term one and the other in Term 4.

They are tested in the following areas;

  1. Numeracy
  2. Reading Comprehension
  3. Science
  4. Grammar and Punctuation
  5. Vocabulary
  6. Spelling

The primary reason that we hold PAT testing is to inform our teaching practices of how to better differentiate and cater for the students in our school.

On the ACER website there is an overview of what the ACER’s PAT Testing is about. You can read it below;-

“Progressive Achievement approach is used in thousands of schools in Australia and around the world. The approach focuses on assessing and monitoring student growth over time and is underpinned by an understanding that students of the same age and in the same year of school can be at very different points in their learning and development.

Progressive Achievement Tests are designed to provide objective, norm-referenced information to teachers about their students’ skills and understandings in a range of key areas. In adopting and using Progressive Achievement Tests to investigate and diagnose student learning and to monitor progress over time, teachers are working within a growth mindset. The benefits are better targeted teaching, increased levels of student engagement and improved learning outcomes. “

If you have any queries about PAT Testing, please don’t hesitate to email me or come and see me.

Lynda Armstrong

Cyber Safety Seminars

The College was delighted to welcome back to the College, Senior Constable John Collins, NSW Police Liaison Police Officer. Students in Years 7-10 were thoroughly engaged by these important seminars that aimed at increasing their knowledge in the areas of bullying and cyber safety. ACC expresses our thanks to NSW Police Liaison Officer, Senior Constable John Collins, for leading these most helpful seminars.

IMPORTANT DATES

ANZAC Day March - Tuesday 25th April (all families have received an email with details)

Term 2 Day One - Wednesday 26th April

Cross Country Carnival - Friday 28th April