PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Value - Serving Others

I trust the beginning of Term 4 has been smooth for your children and family. One of the key challenges this term is that there is so much to do in less time than other terms. This is the same for students and staff alike. I met with students on the first day of term and encouraged them to engage quickly in their learning and get the most out of each lesson. I also challenged them to be intentional about their friendships with other students by asking questions and showing interest.

We are delighted to welcome 8 new students to the College this term. It has been a joy to chat with them and hear their excitement as they recount the experiences of their first days at the College. I trust you feel very welcomed and comfortable in our school community. As you are able, I encourage you to attend our assemblies and the upcoming MADD Night.

We continue to receive healthy enrolment enquires and the consistent message from interested parents is that they want something very simple - good quality teaching. It is a joy to tour these families around our school and into classrooms. So many of them comment on the tone and evident quality of our teachers.

Some wonderful news - we have finally received the official notification that we will be starting Year 11 and 12 courses in 2018. Whilst very confident of the eventual outcome, it is still a relief to receive the official acknowledgment from the Minister. We will be finalising arrangements for Year 11 over the coming weeks. We will be in touch with Year 10 families in the next week and you are certainly encouraged to let friends and neighbours know of this development.

Kind regards,

Tim Shields
Principal

College Newsletters

We produce 3 College newsletters each term. Our typical release dates are:

  • 1st week of term
  • Middle week of term
  • Last week of term

Memory Verse

Do everything without grumbling or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure.
Then you will shine among them like stars as you hold firmly to the world of life.

Philippians 2:14-16

Welcome to ACC

We are excited to introduce the following new students and look forward to watching them thrive! Welcome to ACC!

Eva (Kindergarten)
Jasmine (Year 1)
Cooper (Year 2)
Lachlan (Year 4)

Riley (Year 4)
Robbie (Year 4)
Bradley (Year 8)
Josie (Year 10)

Holiday Readers

Reading for pleasure is the key to lifelong learning. At ACC we have createda culture where reading is valued, modelled and talked about. We actively encourage staff, students and parents to read for pleasure. We are always keen to discuss books with our students and love to hear their thoughts about what they are reading. We also love to acknowledge our holiday readers.

Thank you Mrs Allinson for sharing this fantastic photo of Olivia. Perfect holiday pursuit!

The following students received certificates to acknowledge their holiday reading.

Olivia Allinson

Brandon Scalabrin

Kailey Gluck

Emily Sattler

Maddison Harris

Lucy Kelly

Thalia Gregory

Brittany Armstrong

Henry Fredericks

Charlotte Jenkins

Zak Foote

Kelsey Jenkins

Moriah Allinson

Latoia Thomas - Salanoa

Andre Russell

Darcy Mercieca

Lachlan Scalabrin

Lucas Williams

Cooper Kendall
Riley McKewen

Alex Nelson

Alex Bajzath

Henry Fredericks

Robbie McLaren

Rhea Shakun

Riley Toshack

Lane Bunyan

Cade Burns

Grace Evans

Ashlee Link

Sienna Cohen

Isabella Burgmann

Leah Hyatt

Charlotte Jenkins

James Perry

M.A.D.D Night

Date: Thursday 26th October 2017
Where: ACC Auditorium
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Dessert and tea/coffee available

MADD Night is shaping up to be a night of Music, Art, Dance and Drama that you won’t want to miss. Students are spending their recess and lunch breaks rehearsing their items in order to showcase their talents. This is a great opportunity for them to reveal all their hard work in Creative Arts. This night offers you the opportunity to see first hand the skills that your child or children are developing.

Come and enjoy a night that is guaranteed to entertain you. Sit back and relax over a cup of coffee and dessert. Burst with pride as you watch students at ACCS take to the stage.

Please encourage your child/children to practise their items. On the night students are required to arrive 15 minutes early and will be organised into item order.

Thank you once again for supporting us in our school's vision to help your children thrive!

Mrs Little

Kindergarten enthusiastically singing at the top of their voices.

Operation Christmas Child

Thank you so much to all the generous families who donated the gift of hope and love through a Christmas box this year. You will touch hearts and some will change lives. The clothing, school supplies, hygiene products and toys will go a long way to letting children in developing countries feel loved. Merci beaucoup!

Primary

Welcome to Term 4!

We are thrilled to welcome Eva (Kindergarten), Jasmine (Year 1) , Cooper (Year 2), Lachlan (Year 4), Riley (Year 4) and Robbie (Year 4).

This term has seen the addition of a new class in our primary as Year 1/2 has been split due to the increase of student enrolments. Year 1 has remained in their room, but Year 2 is now in the old learning support room. Mrs Knight is also assisting with teaching in the Year 1 room. To make the transition easier, students still have their recess and lunch together and leave their bags in the same place. I am glad to report that this change is going well for both teachers and students. Thank you parents for your support at this time with transition.

Swim School

Our yearly intensive swimming programme is run over one week in Week 7 of this term.

Kinder to Year 1 will have 2 sessions each day. Year 2 to Year 6 will have one session daily. This programme is a very important part of our Sport/PE programme. Swimming is one of Australia’s most popular pastimes. So considering this, it is exceedingly important that students have many opportunities to develop swimming skills and greater confidence in the water. This is fundamental to every individual’s safety and overall fitness in all water situations. Not to mention how much fun it is on a hot school day!

In Year 2 where we are, ‘Wild about Learning.’

In these photos we are on a safari to find our missing camera words. In Years 1 and 2 we are studying the topic, ‘Sensational Safari.’

Year 3/4

Year 3/4 are learning about different types of Informative Texts. We love working in groups, discussing the different types of texts around, as well as coming up with ideas for our own informative texts.

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Secondary

Welcome back to Term 4 and the race to the finish line for the 2017 academic year. This term promises to be a busy one as we consolidate and extend our students’ learning.

When Mr Shields welcomed students on the first day of term, he shared a trade secret. He confessed that as much as teachers enjoy holidays, we begin to miss our students after a few days. It’s true! We always enjoy re-connecting with students after the break.

We believe that education is a team effort with teachers and students striving for personal excellence and parents supporting their children in their learning. We feel privileged to be part of your child’s life.

Bradley (Year 8) and Josie (Year 10) have been warmly embraced by their new teachers and peers. We trust that their educational journey here at ACC will be filled with many memorable teaching and learning experiences.

Parents, please don’t forget to encourage your child to start revising for Yearly Examinations. Week 6 will be here before we know it!

Don’t forget that our end of year Presentation is at 9.30 am on Thursday 7th December - the final day of Term 4. It is an expectation that students be in attendance and parents are warmly encouraged to come along to celebrate the achievements of our students.

Welcome Back, Mr Perry

Welcome back from Long Service Leave, Mr Perry. We are enjoying thestories about your European adventure.

Homework

The most comprehensive research on homework to date suggests that high school students who complete homework tasks achieve better results in English, Mathematics and Science. Homework builds initiative, develops time management skills and teaches young people to work independently. These are important life skills.

Whilst it is important for students to develop independence and effective study habits, parents sometimes need to supervise homework and encourage their teenagers to set realistic study goals.

We understand that circumstances sometimes arise that prevent completion of homework tasks. On these occasions we request that parents drop us a line to let us know.

All homework tasks, examination revision guides and assessment tasks are placed on Schoology.

End of Year Examinations - Week 6

End of Year Examinations for high school students are scheduled for Week 6. Students are encouraged to begin revising class work so that they are adequately prepared.

Study Tip: Turn Notes into Flashcards

Encourage your child to create flashcards. For example, to study historical facts, write the historical fact on one side of the card and the details on the other side. To study geometry formulas, write the name of the formula on one side and the formula itself on the other side. Using a question and answer format is another way to revise important information. Although it may seem like an old-fashioned method, students tell us it works!

Busy Students

We greatly value the diligence of high school students and their positive attitude to learning.

Did you know that many successful authors write their ending first?

We have some great writers in Stage 4.

Technology is embedded in our lessons in an authentic way.

Experimenting with science

In the first Science experiment for the term, students learnt about separating mixtures.

Double take

We love this photo of Cooper Bailey (Year 10) with our new student… Cooper Bailey (Year 2).

Brittany is practising hard for MADD.

Stage 4 Camp

We had a great time on Stage 4 camp. It was definitely the place to be! Everything from the warm weather, the food and the friendship, combined to make for a very engaging and team-building experience. We did a lot of kayaking on the still water (yes, there was hardly any breeze!) and mountain biking across the ruggedly bushy terrain. Although it was tiring, and with a few stacks and falls, we came out of it alive, and with a new, fresh mindset on team work, perseverance and getting things done!

Thanks must go to Peter Vaughan and his staff for providing a safe, challenging, fun, exhausting and worthwhile camp. Myall Lakes is a very beautiful part of the country with loads to do. A great place to escape, holiday, camp and to even peacefully experience what God has created for us in nature.

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We were set “The Challenge”. We had to work together to get the A frame to stand up and to get it to be able to hold someone and walk them.

It was great being able to get to know and hang out with some of the Stage 4 Students.

Drama Performance - Savanah

One of our Year 9 students, Savanah Gregory, is performing in a play called ‘Teechers’.

The performance dates are Friday 27th October at Singleton Youth Venue at 6pm.

Good luck, Savanah. We can’t wait to watch you shine on stage! We’ll be there cheering you on!

Kailey - Saving the Children

One of our Year 8 students, Kailey, really has a heart for children who lack the essentials of life. Of her own volition, Kailey is raising money for the Save the Children Fund. She intends to go without food for 40 hours and hopes to raise $1,500. She has currently raised $325. We are very proud of Kailey and wish her the very best of luck in reaching her fundraising goal.

If you would like to support her, you can make a donation here:

Kailey's Save the Children Fundraising

A21 - Walk for Freedom

Mrs Griffiths, her children, Olivia (Year 10) and Luke (Year 6) participated in the A21 Campaign’s ‘Walk for Freedom’. The A21 Campaign is committed to abolishing slavery and human trafficking in the 21st Century.

We’re so proud of you!

Important Reminders

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. Please don’t place your child in a situation where they need to be reprimanded for using their phone. Thank you for supporting this policy.

Contact Details - Reminder

Have your contact details changed?

Please ensure the office has your most up to date contact details.

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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IMPORTANT DATES

Week 3: PAT (high school)

Thursday 26th October: MADD Evening

Monday 30th October, 2pm: UNSW Science Show (whole of school)

Week 5: PAT (1-6)

Week 6: Yearly Examinations Bridging the Generations (Singleton Library),
Super 8’s Cricket

Week 7: Swim School (K-6)

Friday 1st December: Year 6 Graduation Evening

Thursday 7th December: Last day of term,
Presentation Assembly 9.30 -11.00am