Get involved and motivate others

‘Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another…’
Hebrews 10:24-25a (NLT)

God wants us to ‘think of ways to motivate’ each other.

Can you imagine how many ways your child’s teachers thought of ways to motivate your child this term? Let's consider this edition of the newsletter. It is bursting with a large number of photos that capture a range of incredibly rich learning experiences. Over the past weeks our teachers have engaged students in visits Taronga Zoo, the Powerhouse Museum, Glendell Mine, Oakdale Wildlife Park, the Hunter Valley Gardens and Putt Putt Golf, the Shine High Tea and our annual MADD Night event. Just imagine how many words and actions were taken by teachers to motivate and encourage students during these events….incredible. How fortunate we are to have teachers who look for ways to motivate each child.

I want to take a moment to acknowledge Mrs Kara Williams (two days per week on Year 3/4 Teacher). Mrs Williams will be on Maternity Leave during Term 4. Kara is an excellent teacher who has had such a positive influence on Year 3/4 students. She certainly will be missed by students and staff alike.

Thank you for such positive feedback about MADD Night. We are so happy with the culture of involvement, encouragement, fun, challenge and fun shown at this event. It is such a joy to see so many students involving themselves and growing as a result.

During this week I encourage you to thank one of your child’s teachers for the way they may have motivated your child this term. I trust you have a restful holiday break.

Tim Shields


Memory Verse

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
Psalm 143:8


Our second MADD Night for ACCS was a roaring success as parents, grandparents, family members and other members of the community came to see our students step onto the stage, to dance, perform and entertain like professionals.

It was a night filled with fun and laughter as students showcased their talents and gifts from live painting, playing the piano and violin, singing, dancing, even to synchronised swimming.

It was great to see parents enjoying themselves both before hand at the sausage sizzle as well as cheering for and being filled with pride for their children as they performed.

A night like MADD Night doesn’t just happen. It has taken a team that goes above and beyond their call of duty. It has taken a team that is committed, who supports to the nth degree and works tirelessly to achieve the end results. It’s essential to say a huge thank you to our volunteers because without their help running alongside us, doing whatever was asked of them; the night wouldn’t have been such a success. A big thank you goes to every student that helped behind the scene, without your forward thinking and help the night wouldn’t have flowed as well as it did. There is an old saying that says, the sound crew will either make you or break you and so to Mr Hughes who put the powerpoints together and mastered our sound system at school we also say a huge thank you to you as well.

It was great to hear parents at the end of the evening and then the following morning say so many positive comments as they arrived at school.

Here are just a few being reported by teaching staff:

  • I had a PK mum tell me she thought the night was wonderful. Special praise for PK (the cute factor), Annika Hartmann and the hilarious staff performance.
  • I had a PK mum say how impressed she was with the PK performance and how she had seen the growth in her child and other students in the past few weeks.  
  • I had a mother tell me that as Annika sang, tears were flowing down her face and when she had finished singing she couldn’t help but stand to her feet clapping and cheering.
  •  “Wow! The girls in the TV were great, Didn’t they have a lot to learn of by heart.”
  • Another parent stopped me to say what a FANTASTIC night. “Wow!” he said.
  • “The little girl in the silver dress was a knockout!”
  • “Great to see the little ones and the big ones working together.”
  • “So  nice to begin with the sausage sizzle.  Nice chance to catch up with other parents.”
  • “The high school students are always so welcoming and polite.”
  • “I really enjoyed Jericho and Josie’s performance. Beautiful voices!”
  • “I can’t believe Olivia could paint such an amazing artwork during the concert.”
  • “I loved the 5/6 dance. They looked like they were having such a lot of fun.”
  • From Mrs Little: Many students filing through the side stage door shared how nervous they were; for me it was a great opportunity to encourage our students and help them realise their potential, that they can do this, and DIDN’T they? So proud of the incredible courage they displayed and the talents and gifts that they are developing. It was a great evening and we look forward to developing and helping students maximise their talents so they will shine like diamonds.  

Elizabeth Little


Don’t forget to encourage your child to read, read, read over the break.

Numerous studies indicate that students who don’t read or read infrequently during their vacations see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. This effect becomes more pronounced as students get older and advance through the school system.

Certificates will be issued to those who keep a record of what they read. Junior School students are encouraged to share their reading logs with their class teacher.

Senior School students can share what they read on our special Holiday Reading Discussion  on Schoology or email Mrs Meredith

May your holiday be filled be an abundance of good books!


Fight Cancer Foundation’s Footy Colours Day is a national fundraising campaign held during the month of September to support kids living with cancer. Schools, workplaces, groups and clubs across Australia are encouraged to wear their favourite team’s footy colours and host an event to raise much-needed funds. Every dollar raised supports Fight Cancer Foundation’s education programs to help kids with cancer continue with their education during treatment and recovery. Thank you for your contributions to this worthy cause.

Stage 3 & 4 Mine Excursion

A fantastic time was had by Stage 3 and 4 when they were afforded the opportunity to visit Glendell Mine at Ravensworth. Students learnt about the science of mining, what is involved in the day to day operations of the mine and the rehabilitation of mining sites in the local community. The students enjoyed the interactive tour and had many questions for our marvellous tour guides.

Uniform for Term 4

It is important that all students are correctly attired in their summer uniform for the commencement of Term 4. Please make sure that you check the size of your child's uniform to ensure it still fits. Uniform items can be ordered via the E-Store.


Junior School have had an amazing Term 3!  

Students have travelled to Sydney and to various places around the Hunter Valley enhancing their learning.  We have been to Taronga Zoo, Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Chinatown, Oakvale Farm, and Hunter Valley Gardens.  

In Term 3, Junior School students have also had the opportunity to learn Gymnastics from a qualified coach, play representative Netball, Basketball and compete in Athletics in Newcastle against other schools in our region.  We have a Primary Cricket Gala Day planned for Term 4 so some of our students will be heading off to that event also.  In 2018, one of our focus areas was to have more opportunities for our older students to attend representative sports across the Hunter and this focus will continue in 2019. We are so proud of our students and what they achieve when they compete fairly and give it their best.  Well Done!

Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Mrs Kimarie Buettel

Head of Junior School


Each week in Pre-Kinder the children are encouraged to draw pictures of objects relating to the letters they are learning. They have also been drawing in lessons, for free time, and showing their drawings from home during News. Drawing is important for their development. It helps their fine motor control, their memory as they recall what they know about the item they’re drawing, and their concentration skills as they focus on the task. Allowing children to experiment with drawing implements and express what they are thinking and feeling, supports and enhances their development.


Ruby and William made a Birthday cake for Mrs Little and Mrs Little had to blow out the candles while the class sang Happy Birthday!!!

In Kindergarten we have had a great time using many different kinds of materials to create different structures. We have been using our imaginations and developing our memory. Students have loved working together on different activities each Friday afternoon while they experiment with a variety of materials. Research says that when children are actively involved in learning this way, they remember the information they have gathered better than when they are simply given the information. This is the key difference between active and passive learning.  


What a fantastic day Kindergarten students had as they walked around Oakvale Wildlife Park getting up close and personal with the animals. Students loved feeding the lambs, goats and piglets. Some of the students even milked Buttercup the cow. They were able to pat a lop eared rabbit, a python snake and Nelson the Koala. Students viewed through glass windows a variety of reptiles including the largest python snake in Australia which can grow up to 8 metres in length. Ebony, our tour guide, educated us on how to care and look after many of our wildlife animals. Students had such a wonderful experience as they viewed the farm, riding on a tractor trailer ride. A special thank you goes to Mr Kelly for driving us safely to and from the venue and to our wonderful Grammy and Mrs Stokes for helping supervise. This was an excursion that the students will remember for years to come.

Year 1

In Mathematics this term, Year 1 have been learning about 3 Dimensional shapes, which have depth, height and width. We had to group and sort our shapes based on characteristics which each shape had and looked at the similarities and differences between them. We got to use Playdough to make ‘groups of’, and how this helps us learn our multiplication facts.

In Science, we have been learning about Light and Sound and how these are so important for us on a daily basis. We learnt about shadows and different terms such as opaque, translucent and transparent and how much light travels through objects.

Year 2

We have had an exciting last few weeks in Term 3.

Some of the highlights over the last three weeks have been, MADD Night as we performed our comical drama, Synchronised Swimming and making a diorama for Geography. This diorama had to depict an activity that was provided by the community. Some of the children chose a soccer field, tennis courts, Flip Out and The Majestic Cinemas just to name a few..

Why not pop into the Year 2 class and see the excellent work produced by our Year 2 students?

We also had a wonderful excursion to The Hunter Valley Gardens and experienced two of the activities provided by the community. These included having a train ride and walking through the Hunter Valley Gardens. The students also had a fantastic time playing Putt Putt Golf. We got to see so many of our students show off their amazing golfing prowess as they hit a hole in one. Well done Year 2!

In Week 7 the students welcomed guest speaker, Pat Rearden from Mt Dyrring Wholesale Nursery. Pat is a horticulturalist and answered questions from each student. She spoke about the floods that Singleton had experienced, changes in the Singleton landscape, seasons and gardening. After answering many questions, showing plant cuttings and pictures, she blessed the class further by donating a Chinese Elm tree to the School.

Year  3/4

Term 3 has been very exciting in Year 3/4. We have been to Taronga Zoo in Sydney and have been rehearsing for MAD night in amongst all our learning. At Taronga Zoo we met and patted some local residents. We got up close and personal with a kid python, a green tree frog, a bearded dragon and a ringtail possum. We also learnt about the differences between one of our closest neighbours, Indonesia -Sumatra in particular. The elephants, giraffes and tigers were amazing to see, as were the otters and meerkats. We had a wonderful day!  

Year 5/6

Stage 3 Excursion to Sydney was a blast! The Day started very early, with our first stop being The Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. We then walked to the Chinese Garden of Friendship before walking through Chinatown. The highlight of the excursion was truly the Powerhouse museum ‘Spacewalk’. Our enthusiastic guide walked us through the Cold war, The Space Race and what it is like to live on the International Space Station. A great time was had by all!

Junior School Sport

Congratulations to our Stage 3 boys who represented us so well at the Primary Basketball Gala Day.  You represented the school very well! We are very proud of you. Thank you, Mr Metz, for organising this event.

Senior School

It seems impossible that Term 3 is at an end!  We seem to have packed so many wonderful teaching and learning moments into the past nine weeks that the time has flown by. Well done  to those in Senior School who contributed to a successful MADD night. It is always a joy to watch our students step up into leadership roles or take a step out of their comfort zone.

The Senior School camps were certainly a highlight for the students. We understand the importance of providing opportunities for our students to develop a wide range of skills and this was certainly a feature of this year’s camps.

We look forward to seeing the happy, smiling faces of our students in Term 4.

Best wishes,
Senior School Staff.

Goldie Award

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Year 11 Examinations

Preliminary Examinations are over! Most students prepared well and applied themselves diligently. We hope that students are rewarded for their effort.

The most important thing is that all students learnt from this formal examination experience.  Did you know that sitting exams deepens the learning experience? Studying is a lot like exercising. When we exercise, our muscles grow stronger. The process of searching through one's memory and retrieving important information strengthens that memory pathway for future uses. This is one of the reasons we urge students to revise regularly. we come!

We love this photo of Dylan using his study time wisely to prepare for his Biology exam. The Senior Learning Centre is the perfect environment for independent learning.


Thank you Stage 4 girls for taking on this project to beautify the College. We can’t wait to see the bell tower when you’ve finished.


By the end of each term, students’ stationery supplies have inevitably diminished. The holiday break is the perfect time to top up stationery supplies. Thank you for checking that your child has the appropriate equipment, including exercise books, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors, highlighter, stapler etc.

Senior School Camps

Students had a fantastic time on their respective camps and returned with many stories to share. We’ve heard only positive reports of camp adventures. Camps provide multiple opportunities for personal growth. It is rewarding to see students develop social connections, become more independent and develop skills in leadership and working in teams.

Here are some photos that highlight the fun we had.

Stage 5 Glamping Adventure

Stage 4 Camping Adventure

Stage 6 Retreat

Shine and Strength

This term, as part of the Enrichment curriculum, Stage 5 students have undertaken the Shine and Strength programs. Shine is a unique personal development and group- mentoring tool that uses an inspirational, practical and experiential approach to learning about life skills including conflict management and nurturing self esteem. Similarly the Strength program is about equipping adolescent men with the knowledge and skills to discover who they are and the person they want to become.

The Shine girls were blessed to celebrate the end of the program with a High Tea!

Senior School students were treated to a special cake to acknowledge their contributions to Book Week. They are truly wonderful reading role models to our Junior School students.


Some days are just too beautiful to work inside!


Stage 5 are having fun using their technology to create an advertising campaign to market Australia to the world. Used appropriately, technology enhances teaching and learning.

Stage 4 English - collaborating on the writing of an original urban myth. Google Docs is a fantastic collaborative tool for the classroom and home. It allows students to work collaboratively in real time, no matter where they are.

Year 11 Design and Technology projects


First Day of Term 4 - Monday  15th October

Year 5/6 Camp - Tuesday 16th - Friday 19th October

Touch Footy Zone Gala Day - Tuesday 23rd October

K-2 Learn to Swim - Week 6

Examinations Senior School - Week 6

Primary Cricket Gala Day - Friday 16 November

Presentation Day & Final Day of 2018 - Thursday 6th December.  Assembly commencing 9:30am.


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