Welcome back to what is shaping up to be another significant one for the College community.
There are number of changes this year that I would like to highlight briefly.
One third of our staff team are new. One half of our Senior School team are new.
I am so excited by the high calibre of teachers and support staff that make up our staff team at ACC. Each of our new team members are profiled later on in this newsletter. In short, they are very good at what they do, they bring years of experience and they are people of deep and rich personal character. Your children are very well placed with our team. I am so excited at the enriching and quality learning experiences your children are set for this year.
Mr Sheen and Mrs Atack
I just have to mention both of these outstanding people. Mr Sheen does an amazing job maintaining and improving a very large site single handedly. Mrs Atack goes above and beyond and achieves so much seen and unseen to manage the administrative aspects of the College. She regularly operates beyond her role description. She is visionary, architect, project manager and activator of so much that relates to new developments and growth in the College. In particular at this point in time, I want to thank them both for their stella effort in renovating two classrooms over the past few months. The Year 1 and Year 3/4 classrooms are lovely learning environments. Thank you!
The most important thing
It is likely that Parents and Carers are aware of this although I just wish to make it crystal clear. As a staff team, the most important thing to us is the question ‘what is best for the child?’ in relation to their learning and well-being. As such our two strategic focal points are:
- Loving your child so they know they are accepted, known and valued; and,
- Teaching your child very well so they can engage with the future with hope, competence and confidence.
New students & families
In our school, you are not new for long. Our students tend to be very warm and welcoming to new students such that they blend in very quickly. Welcome to the College, we look forward to getting to know you more over time.
For the last year and a bit we have been talking about this…. Year 11 has now a thing at ACC Singleton. We are delighted for our ten students in our first Year 11 group. Year 11 students are incredibly well placed to perform well as they apply themselves. They will be known and well taught.
A great opportunity for Parents and Carers to connect with staff and each other is coming up. Our Swimming Carnival for Years 2 - 11 is next Friday. We would love to see as many families as possible represented at this fun day.
I trust you find the information within valuable and that the photos give you a snapshot of the wonderful start to 2018 at Australian Christian College Singleton.
Our first memory verse for the year is a great reminder that working hard is a blessing. When we are working with all our heart, motivated by the love of Christ, our work is transformed into an act of worship for God.
"In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people. Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, which he promised to his people. You are serving the Lord Christ."
Congratulations, Miss Moore!
Congratulations on your engagement to Brendon, Miss Moore! We are absolutely thrilled for you both and pray abundant blessings upon your wedding preparations and your life together. (We hear that Brendon’s proposal to Miss Moore was very romantic!)
Our school uniform has been specially designed to capture the school’s uniqueness. Parental support and cooperation is essential in supporting the school to achieve high standards. Thank you for ensuring that your child is correctly attired in the summer uniform this term. The school uniform symbolises our unity and identity and it is such a delight to see the pride with which our students wear their uniform.
It is so important to imbue in young children a love of reading. Try to spend at least 10 minutes a day reading with your child. It will make a great difference to how well they do at school. Listen to them reading and keep reading aloud together even when they are able to read for themselves; this will improve their fluency and vocabulary.
We will never tire of promoting reading for pleasure. For little kids and big kids (and mums and dads) making time to read should be an important part of every day.
The staff of ACC gathers regularly to pray. The Bible is filled with examples of people who prayed on behalf of others. Abraham prayed on behalf of a city; Moses was an advocate for his people; Job prayed for those who criticised him; Paul prayed for early Christian communities.
It is a joy and a privilege to pray for others. We believe that prayer changes lives. We would be honoured to pray for you or a member of your family. If you need prayer support, please don’t hesitate to let one of our staff members know.
Swimming Carnival (Yr 2-11)
When: 16th February, 2018
Where: Singleton Gym and Swim
Our annual Swimming Carnival is coming up soon. It is going to be a great day filled with fun and excitement! Parents are more than welcome to attend and students are encouraged to come dressed in their House colours. A detailed note with further information will be released closer to the event.
Parents contacting students on mobile phones
A reminder that mobile phones are not to be used by students during school hours (i.e. between 8.30 am and 3.05 pm). Should you need to get a message to your child, please contact Mrs Atack in the College 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.
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. If clothing is not labelled, it is difficult to track down the owner.
Arriving on time and leaving early
If students arrive after 8.50 am (high school students) or 9.00 am (primary students) they must visit the Office prior to going to class. Teachers take the rolls promptly and tardiness is recorded.
Thank you for ensuring that your child arrives on time each day.
Don’t forget 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 Teachers’ Staff Room.
We ask that, where possible, all appointments are made out of school hours. We discourage parents from collecting children from class prior to 3.05 pm unless it is absolutely necessary. Every minute of learning matters.
We ask that parents ensure they contact the College if their child is going to be absent. The laws have become far more specific about attendance requirements, and it is the responsibility of parents to communicate reasons for absence to the Office. Absences and unexplained absences are recorded on end of semester report cards.
Student absences include whole days, part-days and late arrivals/early departures. The College and parents/carers are kept accountable for absences. The Principal of the College will contact you if your child’s absences are progressing towards a reportable number.
Nut and egg free lunches
As we have children at the 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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Amazing new teachers
It has been a wonderful start to the 2018 school year for all teachers and students in our Junior School. It has been a pleasure to see that students are settling into their daily learning and routines quickly. Our new students are making friends and enjoying school life which is fantastic. There have been many learning experiences across primary that have challenged and engaged our students and it is only week 2!
Personally, I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting many of our students and families and look forward to meeting many more families as the term progresses. It is a blessing and honour to be a part of the ACC Community and I thank you for welcoming me so warmly.
Head of Junior School
Students in Kindergarten have settled into BIG school extremely well. They are loving learning, meeting new friends and we are very proud of each one of them. By the end of their first week at school, they had visited Mrs Kelly in the Science lab and had a demonstration of how the shower works, heard the story ‘Mike I Don’t Like’ read to them by Mrs Meredith had Year 11 read stories to them and help them with a craft activity. No wonder they were all tired!!! It can’t have been too exhausting, they have all returned for Week Two.
Welcome back! What a wonderful group of students we have in Year Two. All are willing and ready to bounce straight into learning. It is a joy to be teaching Year Two with Mrs Janine Knight. Mrs Knight will be teaching the students on Wednesdays. We are both so impressed with how settled and engaged the students are so early in the year. Together we look forward to seeing our students progress and succeed in all areas of their school life.
‘We’ve got goals this year! Growth goals!’ This is how we kick started the year. Year 3/4 had a great time reflecting on areas within school life they would like to grow and develop in for Term 1. Be sure to stop by our classroom and check out their amazing display. It’s only been a short amount of time, but already we have had some great fun and expanded our knowledge. We have particularly loved our History topic on Aboriginal Culture, beating our personal records in numeracy warm-up activities and working collaboratively with our peers!
New Learning Spaces
It is with much joy that we welcome students and their families to 2018. We extend a special welcome to the newest members of our community.
We are a learning community built on Christ that includes parents, students and staff. Each of us has an important role in the culture and tone of ACC. Our goal is to create a happy environment where children thrive.
Successful students take responsibility for their own learning. Here at ACC we have dedicated, highly effective teachers, but ultimately each student is responsible for his/her learning. The approach of students to this new term has been outstanding. We have all been impressed by the positive attitude to learning and the settledness in classes. What a great start to the year!
New Senior Students
Our new students have made a seamless transition to ACC.
We look forward to getting to know you and your families over the course of the year.
Book Work Expectations
Thank you for ensuring your child has the necessary stationery for each lesson. At ACC we encourage students to take pride in their bookwork. Even in the age of technology, bookwork is important. It promotes organisational skills and provides a written record that is easily accessible. Students will often use both computers and books for their classwork and homework. Having a neat, well organised book complements well organised electronic files. We ask that all exercise books are covered neatly and clearly labelled.
Clear, neat handwriting has been identified as one of the indicators of success at school. To support clear, neat handwriting, students are encouraged to hand write a proportion of their work. Teachers will instruct students as to whether a piece of work needs to be handwritten or whether it may be completed using technology. Currently, the Higher School Certificate examination is a handwritten examination. For this reason, handwriting skills and good bookwork remain important.
Congratulations to our high school holiday readers! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the books you read over the break.
Kailey, Thalia, Seth, Maddison, Olivia, Emily, Brittany
Reading for pleasure has such a huge impact upon one’s life outcomes that we want each of our students to make time every day to read for enjoyment. Please encourage your child to read. It really does make such a difference.
Schoology is our digital learning platform. Every high school student has access to Schoology. All homework and assessment tasks are placed on Schoology. Teachers may also upload worksheets, instructional videos and textbook materials.
Many parents find it a very useful tool to keep abreast of homework and assessment requirements. Ask your child to take you on a guided tour of Schoology. Alternatively, Parent Access Codes are available from your child’s Pastoral Care teacher or Mrs Meredith.
The purpose of homework, like schoolwork, is learning and consolidation of learning. Students
also spend time working on projects and assessments that require additional resources and time. Students in Years 7-10 can expect to receive between 45-90 minutes of homework per school evening. Year 11 can expect to receive between 90-180 minutes. Students should be writing homework in their school diary. In addition, teachers will post homework tasks on Schoology.
We understand that circumstances may arise occasionally that prevent children from completing homework tasks. On these occasions, we would appreciate a note from home. Each non-completion of homework is recorded by teachers. Students who fail to complete homework tasks on three occasion are required to attend an after-school Detention. Detentions are held on Tuesday afternoons from 3.05-4.00 pm.
The diary is an important tool that helps students to develop organisation and time management skills. It is also a great way for teachers and parents to communicate. We ask that you check your child’s diary regularly and sign it each week. Diaries will be checked by Pastoral Care Teachers on Tuesday mornings.
BYO Devices – Reminder
Students are reminded that they must bring their devices to school every day. Please make sure that devices are fully charged. Many of our textbooks are digital and therefore require students to have access to their own technology. We have only a limited number of Macbooks available and with our increasing numbers it is becoming increasingly more difficult to guarantee students will be able to borrow one.
We are still buzzing with excitement at the introduction of Year 11! We are so proud of them for the diligence and leadership they have already demonstrated. They’ve even mastered the art of the Study Lesson.
Engaging and thriving
Term 1: 30 January - 13th April
Swimming Carnival (Year 2-Year 11) - Friday 16th February
Immunisations for Years 7, 10, 11 - Tuesday 27th February
Combined Assembly - Friday 9th March
Progressive Achievement Test (PAT) - Year 1-6 - Week 9
Progressive Achievement Test (PAT) - Year 7-10 - Week 11
Good Friday (no classes) - Friday 30th March
Easter Monday (no classes) - Monday 2nd April
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