PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

YouTube is not research….

Just because it is on FaceBook does not make it true….

There are so many benefits afforded to us because of the digitally rich world we live in. People have so much flexibility to work, live and communicate from wherever they like. People run businesses on their phones, students learn online and information about current events is streamed live and immediately to our devices.

There is so much new and yet, there is nothing new.

When it comes to human character there really is nothing new. Solid people are still solid people. We all know those people in our lives who can be trusted, who will do the right thing, who are wise, who offer hope for the future and who encourage others struggling. The best thing about these people is that they are not perfect, they have made mistakes and are willing to acknowledge it. These people are able to see what is going on in the world, engage it, influence it, but not be dictated by it.

Solid people are not just born, they are built. One of our great desires is that our students will be taught, learn and grow into these sorts of people. We want them to be people who can fully engage in the changes occuring in businesses and community. As they do this we want them to also be deeply grounded in the knowledge that Jesus has saved them, will always stand with them and has an abundant and rich future for them. With that solid understanding and ongoing relationship with Jesus they will be people of significant influence and character.

I love the passage from the book of Colossians below as it outlines the pedigree of Jesus - who he is. It is this Jesus that we can all know personally. Getting to know him and trust him changes everything.

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.

He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth.

He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.

Everything was created through him and for him.

He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body.

He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.

So he is first in everything.

For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself.

He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

Colossians 1:15-20

If you have any questions about the difference Jesus can make in your life please do get in touch with me. I trust you enjoy reading about our recently school life in this edition.

Tim Shields

Principal

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Memory Verse

May the God of hope fill you all with joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Transformation of Senior Learning Centre

The Senior Learning Centre has been freshly painted and the new furniture is beginning to arrive. Watch this space!(It’s difficult to decide who’s more excited - the students or staff.)

Olivia did a great job transforming one of our work benches for the Senior area.Thanks so much, Liv!

Book Week Request from Mrs Meredith

Thank you very much to those parents who have already emailed me photos of their children (and themselves) reading for pleasure.

I am hoping to create a digital media which features images of our Primary and Senior students reading for pleasure. Candid shots like this one would be fantastic!

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. (Truly, it is just so important!)

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.

[email protected]

Mother’s Day Picnic and Pamper

We enjoyed honouring and pampering our special mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers and other significant women in the lives of our students. What a shame Mother’s Day comes but once a year!

National Simultaneous Storytime

At ACC we take every opportunity to promote the value of reading. Our Junior students joined students all across Australia when they participated in National Simultaneous Storytime. National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage young Australians to read and enjoy books. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, child care centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Everybody greatly enjoyed ‘Hickory Dickory Dash’ written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood.

Cross Country

We were blessed with a perfect Autumn afternoon for this year’s Cross Country. Many personal bests were achieved and the children had a great time. Thank you to Mr Metz for organising this event and to all those who assisted in making the Cross Country and the Sausage Sizzle lunch such a success. Thank you also to the many parents who came along to cheer the children on.

Choose Maths Family Evening

Thank you to all the parents and students who attended the ‘Choose Maths’ family evening. Not only did we have lots of fun, but we learnt some valuable skills.

Young People and Apps

As parents and educators, we work hard to help children navigate the rapid changes that result from our ever-changing technology ecosystem. There are, of course, negative and positive aspects to these changes. Here are 10 apps that young people are currently using that you may be unaware of.

Social media can be a wonderful platform for sharing information and the fostering of positive relationships when it is used responsibly. We encourage parents to talk to their children regularly about the importance of safe and responsible use of technology and the impact on both themselves and others when it is not used responsibly.

Congratulations, Kelsey!

Guess who has a lead role in ‘The Wizard of Oz’?

Yay, Kelsey!

We are all so proud of you and can’t wait to watch you shine!

Safe Environment - Important Reminder

Just a reminder that during school hours, all parents and visitors must enter through the College Office. To ensure the safety of all members of our community, parents and visitors are not permitted to enter the College grounds without first checking in at the Office. If you need to see your child’s teacher, please make an appointment via the office.

Parental involvement in student learning

There have been many research studies conducted over the last few years to determine the impact of parental involvement on student learning and outcomes.One of the world’s leading educators, Professor John Hattie, has published reliable data that shows just how important parents are to the success of their children.

Key areas of parental involvement that make a significant difference includes:

  • homework supervision
  • participation in school activities
  • communication with school and teachers
  • parent listening to student reading
  • parent reading to child (PK-3 in particular) and
  • verbalising high expectations for student achievement.

Ultimately, the higher the hopes and expectations of parents with respect to the educational accomplishments of their child, the higher the student’s own educational expectations.

We actively encourage our parents to be involved in their child’s learning. If you are positive about school, your child will also be positive about school.

At ACC we are blessed to have so many wonderful parents who are actively involved in their children’s education.

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.

Attendance

Every single minute of learning matters. Attendance is paramount to a student’s academic, emotional and social growth. Please help us to maximise your child’s learning by ensuring he/she is punctual to class each day. We also ask that you avoid collecting your child early.

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.

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.

Junior School

I love when students are excited about their learning especially when they’ve shown persistence to achieve something challenging. We have STAR students in Junior School who do this everyday and it’s wonderful to see their work. Tangrams have been a challenge in Year 3 and 4 and it’s not as straightforward as it looks.Teana and Emelia were the only two students who mastered it, not even the 3/4 teacher could do that!Ruby was reading up a storm in bus lines and Lily and William wrote their own beautiful words in full sentences in their Mother’s Day cards. Keep up the wonderful work Junior School.

Mrs Buettel

Head of Junior School

Help Kindergarten find the Green Sheep.

Every day this term, Kindergarten students have been looking for the missing Green Sheep. He has been hiding in the Kindergarten classroom but from next week he may be hiding anywhere around the school! So be on the lookout!

Once he has been found, Kindergarten students have been writing about where he was found.

Sport

Junior School head out twice a week to participate in a range of physical activities where they learn new skills, play as a team and engage in fitness to get their bodies moving. Check out the pics below of our students practising shot put, playing badminton and bouncing balls on the parachute!

Year 3/4

Celebrate and celebrations! We are loving our Term 2 theme. If you haven’t stopped by our classroom, be sure to do so. We would love to share with you what we have been learning.

Straight from the mouths of Year 3/4 here are the highlights of the term so far …

Learning about Eddie Mabo, because he did incredible things!” - Elizabeth

Maths is my favourite because it is fun.” - Zak

Audio clips in English have been so much fun!” - Moriah

My favourite fruit of the spirit is gentleness because I learnt that gentleness is not just about controlling your physical actions, but also helping people.” - Georgia.

Joy, I learnt that you just needs God’s spirit to gave joy. I want to have joy in my life". - Katelyn

My favourite learning activity has been Christian studies, to learn more about God.” - Lucas

Buddies

We are now in Term 2 of our Buddy program and the Pre-Kinder children are forming strong relationships with their special friends in years 5 and 6. In week 4, classes joined together for a construction activity. Students folded paper to create some awesome paper plane designs. After decorating and one test flight, planes were flown for distance and fun.

Senior School

In Senior School this term students have been developing their study techniques in preparation for the Half Yearly Examinations. It has been a great opportunity for students to use the Senior Learning Centre and enjoy the new furniture.

We have also been discussing the use of technology on campus. It is important for our students to develop healthy habits with technology and social media. In particular mobile phones can be great asset to the classroom. We have informed all students that, whilst phones are allowed on campus, they are to be used only when instructed by a staff member. Outside of this if a mobile phone is out it will be handed over to the staff member on duty or class and placed in the Senior School Staffroom for a parent or guardian to collect.

Lastly this term we will be gathering as a sub school to enjoy a "Big Night In', it will be a relaxing night for all students to enjoy good food and a movie with staff. We will inform the students of the date closer to end of term.

Year 11 English

This term’s Year 11 English unit is called ‘Contemporary Possibilities’. We are having such fun exploring new and exciting ways to tell stories. So far, students have created a Powtoon and a vlog, examined interactive fiction, and looked at the way virtual and augmented reality can be used in storytelling. We’ve also created Twitter fiction, written text message (chat) stories and explored an interactive documentary that integrates voice activation technology and gaming.

Stage 5

Stage 5 students have created some extraordinary sterling silver rings under the guidance of Mr. Perry.Here they are totally absorbed in peer assessing each other’s masterpieces.

Zone Soccer Gala Day

Thank you to our Senior School students who represented ACC so beautifully at the Christian Schools Zone Soccer Gala Day in Tamworth. We are so proud of you!

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPY SNAPS

It’s great to see students’ enthusiasm for table tennis during recess and lunch breaks. We’ve witnessed some pretty slick chops, blocks and backspins and some fancy forehand and footwork.

The competition is fierce!

So fierce that is has even infected the Senior Staff.We can’t revealwho challenged whom, but the victor of Friday’s ping pong battle between Mr Metz and Mr Shields was… Mr Shields.

Do you think Mr Metz is busy planning lessons or ping pong tactics for the re-match?

IMPORTANT DATES

Senior Exam Period (7-10) - Week 6

Public Holiday - Monday 11th June Week 7

Athletics Carnival - Friday 15th June

Macbeth Excursion (Sydney) - Wednesday 20th June (Years 7-11)

School Photos - Thursday 28th June

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