PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

I wish to firstly thank all our College families for a wonderful year of learning and growth. Thank you also for the large number of families who attended our annual Presentation Day Assembly. I trust you enjoyed celebrating with our students.

Back in February, at the start of the school year, I shared about our theme for 2017. Our theme has not been in people’s faces at all, but it has been sitting under the surface doing its work and motivating us. The theme for 2017 was BUILD.

Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home, and spare no expense!
For you will soon be bursting at the seams.”

Isaiah 54:2-3

Throughout the year, I have been greatly challenged by this single verse in the book of Isaiah in the Bible. Despite these words being many thousands of years old, they provided our College with so much inspiration this year.

Our theme - To build - is a verb. It is about action. Building is an action.

Our strong encouragement is that students see themselves like these verses. They need to enlarge, they need to build, they need to spread out, they need to expend energy and effort. They need to take correction, they need to grow. They also need to risk. Building when you don’t immediately see what you are building for, requires trust and courage - that it will work out.

these verses calls us to ACTION - Build so you are ready.

During this year we have:

  • Renovated our Year 5 & 6 classroom
  • Renovated our PreKindy classroom
  • Renovated our front Administration area
  • Replaced an old and damaged shade cloth over the primary playground
  • Significantly we have welcomed 50 new students to our number
  • At the end of Term 3 our Year 1/ 2 class was approaching 30 students so we decided to split these classes ensuring that we could continue intentional, focussed and effective instruction
  • Our Year 3/4 class near on doubled in size

The College Board showed their strong support for our College by approving:

  • The purchase of a new College bus
  • The renovation of two additional classrooms (currently underway) in preparation our increased numbers in 2018
  • The installation of fibre cable to our site that will lay a foundation for increased internet speed and capacity
  • We finalised our official approval to begin Year 11 courses at the College from January, with Year 12 to follow the year after

Looking ahead to next year we have 5 new teachers joining our school and a new chaplain. All of these new staff are people of admirable personal character and are excellent teachers. What I am most excited about is that each of them have a personal vision for ACC. There is something about this College, our direction, our growth and our priorities that excites them. We are very well set for the 2018 school year.

I trust you have a restful and enjoyable Christmas break. I trust that your family takes joy in the reality of Jesus this Christmas.

But the angel said to them,

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
He is the Messiah, the Lord.”  

Luke 2:10-11

Kind regards,

Tim Shields
Principal

Congratulations

Congratulations to Noah (Year 2 ) and Leah (Kindergarten ) on the arrival of your beautiful baby brother, Jesse. What a blessed baby to have such a wonderful big brother and big sister. Congratulations Lyndsay and Mark. We are all thrilled for you!

Farewell Mr Vincze and Mrs Williams

Farewell Mr Vincze and Mrs Williams! Thank you so much for your many contributions to ACC. You have enriched the lives of students, staff and parents. We wish you joy and happiness as you begin a new chapter in your life.

Holiday Reading

As teachers we know there is nothing more important for successful life outcomes than reading. Reading for pleasure is especially significant because we we now have research to prove that those who make time to read for enjoyment are happier and healthier.

Studies have also shown that children who don’t read during extended holiday periods can lose up to three months of reading progress, which can have a cumulative, long-term effect. We urge parents to actively encourage your children to read for pleasure over the summer break.

High School students are familiar with ACC’s Holiday Reading Discussion Post on Schoology and are encouraged to share their holiday reading. Primary students are asked to keep a log of all books read over the break.

All holiday readers will be awarded a certificate at a whole school assembly in 2018.

Transition Day

Our Year 7 Transition Day was a great success. Students had a wonderful introduction to high school , participating in a variety of activities. They conducted a Science experiment, deconstructed movie posters and made catapults for a Medieval siege. They also enjoyed a special morning tea and sausage sizzle lunch.  We can’t wait to teach these children next year!

Primary

Year 2 Writing

Letters to Santa

Dear Santa,

I deserve to have some presents this year and this is why…

Firstly last year I had a great report because my behaviour was amazing.

Secondly, I have been a kind friend. My friends tell me that I am.

Thirdly, I always help my Mum and Dad around the house and outside the house.

In conclusion, as you can see from all my reasons, I absolutely deserve lots of presents for Christmas.

Love from

Elizabeth Perry.


Dear Santa,

I deserve to get some presents and this is why…

Firstly, I believe that I have been good because I have been working very hard.

Secondly I have been a good friend. My friends even tell me.

Thirdly, I have been helping everyone in my family.

Finally, as you can see I definitely deserve presents.

Love

Ella

Christmas Poems from Year 2

Reindeer

By Georgia Mercieca

Reindeer here, reindeer there,

Reindeer, reindeer everywhere!

Cute reindeers helping

Cuddly reindeers travelling

Fast reindeer delivering presents.

Reindeer at the North Pole,

Reindeer in Santa’s Sleigh

Reindeer in the backyard,

Reindeer in their stables.

Reindeer here, reindeer there,

Reindeer, reindeer everywhere!


Christmas Trees

By Elizabeth Perry

Christmas trees here, Christmas trees there,

Christmas trees, Christmas trees everywhere.

Lovely trees glittering

Pretty Christmas trees decorating

Beautiful Christmas trees glowing

Christmas Tree in your house

Christmas trees in the shops

Christmas trees in your dreams

Christmas trees in your classroom,

Christmas trees here, Christmas trees there,

Christmas trees, Christmas trees everywhere.

Year 3/4

During Term 4, 3/4 have been learning about Papua New Guinea. Thank you, Mrs Mitchell, for coming and sharing with us about your experience of being a missionary in PNG. We learnt about culture, language, food and the differences between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

We saw some photos of some of their injuries, their food and a traditional dress. Some of us learnt that we don’t like looking at yucky pictures! 3/4 have learned how lucky we are to live in Australia and have a roof and access to power. We will not complain about “not having anything”. We are fortunate to be able to travel to a hospital and have doctors and nurses look after us.

3/4 have enjoyed the last few days of 2017. We have been doing a lot of Christmas Craft!

On behalf of 3/4 and Miss Moore we wish everyone at ACC Singleton a very merry, happy and safe Christmas and a joyous New Year!

Secondary

As we reflect upon the many exciting teaching and learning moments of 2017, we are very aware of how much there is to be thankful for.

We pray that the peace and joy of Christ is yours this Christmas, and we look forward to seeing the happy, smiling faces of your children in 2018.  

Best wishes,

High School Teachers

Goldie Award for Term 4

… Jesse!

Congratulations, Jesse! It’s hard to know who gets more excited about this award - the teachers who enjoy issuing the Goldies or the students who place them in the Goldie box and eagerly await the draw.

Last term’s Goldie winner, Olivia, congratulates Jesse.

Indonesian Banquet

One of the highlights of each year for Stage 5 is the Term 4 banquet. Under the tutelage of Mr Perry, the students spent all term planning and trialling recipes and then delighted their parents, special guests and staff with their culinary skills at the feast. This year’s Indonesian banquet was absolutely scrumptious! Not only was the food delicious, but the coffee shop looked fantastic. Well done, students!

Stage 5 are most grateful to Mrs Gregory for sharing her expertise and some of the finer points of Indonesian cooking.  

Thank you so much, Mrs Gregory!  We appreciate you enormously.

Delicious!

Shine and Strength

Stage 5 students greatly enjoyed participating in the Shine (girls) and Strength (boys) program. These programs are aimed at enhancing self-esteem and resilience and encouraging our young people to dream and set goals for the future.  

Thank you Mrs Griffiths and Mr Vincze for running these programs.

Stage 5 Social Evening

Stage 5 looked fabulous and had a fantastic time at our special end of year social event. We travelled to The Dockyard in Newcastle where we enjoyed a lovely meal and lots of laughter.

Congratulations Kailey!

Kailey (Year 8) raised over $500 in her 40 Hour Famine fast. We are so proud of you, Kailey!  Well done!

High School

In History, Stage 4 made origami lotus flowers.

Presentation Day

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

Term 1 2018: 30th January 2018 - 13th April 2018

Term 2 2018: 30th April 2018 - 6th July 2018

Term 3 2018: 30th July - 28th September 2018

Term 4 2018: 15th October - 6th December 2108

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