PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

A warm welcome back to the College for Term 2. I trust your family was able to dedicate some time to resting, connecting and enjoying the beautiful weather.

One of the things I really appreciate about ACC Singleton is that within minutes of returning to classes on the first day of term, teachers are back into teaching and students are straight back into learning. Staff have a clear determination to use each minute in a purposeful way to maximise your child’s learning.

This term is packed with a range of engaging learning and community opportunities, including:

  • Choose Maths Night
  • Mother’s Day Picnic and Pamper
  • NAPLAN testing
  • Cross Country Carnival
  • Numerous sports gala days
  • Disco
  • Senior School Examination sessions
  • School photos
  • Numerous class excursions
  • Empowering Conference for senior students

I encourage you to watch your calendar and updates from your child’s teacher to stay abreast of these events and others.

College Assemblies

As most of you know, we run two types of formal assemblies that parents are invited to. We appreciate your attendance as you are such an important part of our school community. Assemblies are a wonderful way to celebrate student achievement, feel more connected to your child's school experience and a good way of meeting a few other parents.

Our Assembly Roster for Term 2 is as follows.

Week 1, 5, 9 - College Assembly

Week 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 - Junior School Assembly

Week 3, 7 - nil

Junior School Assemblies typically run for 30 mins.
College Assemblies typically run for 45 mins.
All assemblies are on Friday at 9am.

Sometimes you just have to break through the door 

At our first College Assembly for the term I shared with students a rather embarrassing experience I had in the holidays. Whilst working at the College by myself one day I visited the bathroom. When attempting to leave the bathroom I discovered that the lock on the bathroom door had collapsed. I was stuck...without anyone else around to call out to for help. I worked on the door handle for a few minutes in an attempt to get out, without success.

Then, something strange happened that took me by surprise….I started to panic. My heart rate went up and I started thinking silly things like ‘I will be stuck in here for the weekend!’ and ‘I wonder how long it will take for my wife to report me as missing?’

I then realised that the flimsy door that had trapped me was playing tricks on my mind and my emotions. It really did not hold much power over me. I was just letting it have power over me.

With that, I then struck the door with my knee a couple of times and boom, I was out. I am so glad it was not a solid-core door!

There are times each day when there seems to be things blocking us. Quite often ‘the block or trap’ we can do something about. The verses below provide great encouragement to me, specifically:

  • That I can ‘rid myself’ of things that get in the way of what is good for me
  • That I should ‘keep my eyes fixed on Jesus’ because He and only He provides me with direction and meaning for my life.

“…let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus…”
Hebrews 12:1-2

We look forward to a great term together.

Tim Shields

Principal

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Memory Verse

Go ahead - sing your new song to the Lord!  Let everyone in every language sing him a new song!  Don't stop!  Keep on singing!  Make his name famous!  Tell everyone every day how wonderful he is. (Psalm 96:1-2)

Welcome back to Term 2

ANZAC MARCH

Thank you to all those who represented Australian Christian College at the annual Anzac Day March. It is so important to commemorate and honour all those who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, and to acknowledge those who serve today.

Heritage Week - Bushranger Tracks

Thanks to our friends at Singleton Library who work hard to promote local heritage, our students were treated to a special presentation to celebrate Heritage Month. Greg Powell’s excellent presentation was not only entertaining, but also highlighted the quintessential part that bushrangers played in our local and national history.

His passion for history inspired students from PK to Year 11.  We are most grateful to Natalie and Kylie from Singleton Library for blessing ACC with this wonderful opportunity to learn more about Australian history in such a fun way!

Welcome

This term we welcomed Lesia to Year 2.

Book Week Request from Mrs Meredith

Although it is quite a way off yet, we are already planning for Book Week.

I am hoping to create a digital media which features images of our Primary and Senior students reading for pleasure. Candid shots would be fantastic! (We love this candid shot of Emelia!)

I’d also love to include photos of parents reading to or with their children...or a photo of your whole family reading. Our goal is to promote the importance of reading for pleasure in the home environment.

Thank you in advance for sharing your photos. Ideally, I would love to include a photo of every student and/or family.

Please email photos to Mrs Meredith.

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For those who also like to plan ahead, this year’s Book Week theme is ‘Find your treasure’.

Safe Environment

Reminder:

We have a duty of care to ensure a safe environment for all students and staff.  During school hours, parents and visitors must enter through the College Office. Parents and visitors are not permitted to enter the College grounds or head to a classroom without first checking in at the Office.

Screen Smart Tool

An interactive screen smart parent tour has recently been released by the Office of eSafety Commissioner. The screen smart tour is a self-reflective tool that helps parents and carers of pre and young teens keep on track with online safety. The virtual tour moves through six important online topics including social media, screen time, personal information, inappropriate content, cyberbullying and contact with strangers. Each topic offers practical tips and advice on how to allow children to explore safely and manage online issues.

We encourage parents to check out this resource.

https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent

Entertainment Book

We’ve had many requests to introduce the Entertainment Book to raise funds for our College (and just because it has so many great deals). The Entertainment Book offers significant discounts and 2-for-1 offers for many restaurants, cafes, arts, attractions, hotels, travel and shopping.

You can choose:

  • The traditional Entertainment Book that comes with the vouchers or
  • The digital membership that puts the value of the Entertainment Book into your iPhone or Android smartphone.

Here is a link to check out what is offered:

https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/about/flickbook/newcastle

Whichever option you choose, you'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time!  For more information, go to:

https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/3743s0.

Out of school appointments

Student attendance, along with effective teaching, has the greatest influence on student engagement and achievement. All students must be present at school so they can participate and engage in learning. Whilst we appreciate that occasions arise where appointments have to be made during school hours, please try to keep school hours sacred. Every minute of learning matters.  

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.

Prayer support

The staff of ACC gathers regularly to pray. The Bible is filled with examples of people who prayed on behalf of others. It is a joy and a privilege to pray for others. We believe that prayer changes lives. If you need prayer support, please don’t hesitate to let one of our staff members know.

Sport Term 2

Key Dates:

Secondary Zone Football, Tamworth: 18th May
School Cross Country: Thursday 24th of May
CSSA Cross Country, Sydney: 1st June

Facebook

Are you following 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 see our page and select the 'Follow' button.

Don’t forget!

IMPORTANT DATES

Term 2:

Cross Country: Thursday 24th May

Mother's Day Swap and Picnic Pamper Afternoon: Friday 11th May

Choose Maths family night: Wednesday 9th May

NAPLAN: Tuesday 15th-Wednesday 17th May

Secondary Zone Football (Tamworth): 18th May

Careers Expo (Maitland Basketball Stadium): Friday 18th May

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS): Wednesday 23rd May

CSSA Cross Country (Sydney): 1st June

Preliminary Exam Period: Week 5

Senior Exam Period (7-10): Week 6

Athletics Carnival: Friday 15th June

Calendar

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