I would firstly like to thank you for all the support you have shown college staff this year. Again this year we experienced pleasing growth in student numbers and a broader range of enriching student experiences.
Our annual Presentation Day Assembly was a positive event where we were able to join together as a community to celebrate the achievements of our students. Our theme for the event was Emmanuel, which means God with us.
The passage below was written before the birth of Jesus. It tells of the coming of Emmanuel - God with us. Jesus was to be born as a baby. This passage points to the nature and character of God the Father - all powerful, committed to us, passionate about us, everlasting.
I pray that you have a restful holiday break. Most of all, I pray that you submit, maybe for the first time, to the great and unending love God has for you. Jesus’ love is there, very close, ready for you to acknowledge, accept and enjoy this Christmas.
6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
Isaiah 9:6-7 New Living Translation (NLT)
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the humanheart;yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
A College Christmas
Senior School students are so proud of the two, huge beautifully decorated fresh Christmas trees to launch our inaugural A College Christmas. It has been a blessing to see the delight on the faces of our younger students who have decorated the tree. The Senior Learning Centre has been transformed and the scent of Christmas is in the air. We pray that our gifts to the Salvation Army bless others and are a tangible sign of a loving God.
Bridging the Generations
One of our hopes here at ACC is that we have a positive impact upon the wider community. ‘Bridging the Generations’ is just one of the ways we do this. Partnering with our friends at Singleton Library, we aim to break down barriers that sometimes exist between young people and older generations.
After a delicious morning tea provided by the College and served with skill by Stage 5 students, Mrs Hartmann’s Stage 3 students delighted a group of Senior Citizens by performing a variety of items. They sang, danced and presented speeches. Josie and Jericho (Year 12) also held the audience captive with a beautiful duet.
Year 5 and 6 students were then partnered with a Senior Citizen whom they interviewed about life in the past. Some students were surprised to learn that there was no television and no MacDonald’s. They were also shocked to learn that teachers in the past used to cane children when they were disobedient at school.
Year 7 Orientation Day
Senior School was thrilled to welcome our current Year 6 students and all our newcomers to a special Orientation Day designed to give them a taste of what Senior School is like. From the happy faces and cries of ‘Awesome!’ and ‘10/10!’, we suspect that it was a successful introduction. Senior School teachers can’t wait to teach this lovely group of students next year. Thank you Year 10 and Year 7 for being such wonderful hosts to our new friends.
On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minute’s silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation. Sunday, 11 November 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). We honour all men and women of the Australian Defence force who served in the past and all those who serve today.
From our Chaplain
2018 has been an incredible year with regard to some of the amazing services and ministries ACC Singleton community has been involved with. Throughout the year it has been an honour to be involved with Junior School assemblies, whole school assemblies and Senior School chapels where there is always opportunity to self reflect and learn how God is moving in our busy lives.
Senior school chapels have really flourished this year with lots of student engagement and positive interactions and feedback. In Term 1 and 2 we explored some of the supposed fundamentals such as looking at what prayer really is and where peace comes from even in the midst of turmoil. In Term 3 we focused on the idea of being part of something bigger than ourselves with a key highlight being the team from A21 coming out to talk to us about the fight against slavery in our world today. We workshopped ways we as individuals and as a community could have positive and significant influence in such a big issue. In Term 4 we have been welcoming the Christmas season by looking more deeply at gratitude and why we can be so thankful for things our God has done.
Chapel has also lead to the formation of the chapel band where the members have grown enormously in their abilities and confidence and have used their gifts and talents to serve, building and enriching the school community. A key example of their service has been the Christmas assemblies where they have performed at alongside other students assisting in a Christmas drama performed at five local primary schools. This has been a wonderful opportunity to build relationships between schools in the wider community where we have been able to assist Singleton SRE share about the true meaning of Christmas.
Other key highlights throughout the year have included our incredible Easter assembly, the running of the Strength and Shine programs for Stage 5, other Senior School self-awareness and character building sessions and chapels, as well as our enrichment projects where we have had the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves in a practical way.
I would like to personally thank all students, parents and staff that have been involved in chapels, assemblies and other mentioned areas and events. I truly believe that by serving in this way you have made an eternal difference and been apart of something that truly matters that we could not have done without you. Thank you!
LABrary Visits ACC
ACC extends deep thanks to Rob and Kylie from Singleton Library who brought along some amazing technology for our Junior and Senior students to have fun with. Students enjoyed exploring a range of coding and robotics technology and created videos using a green screen. Thank you, Singleton Library!!
Getting your tongue around the word ‘defibrillator’ and then trying to spell it correctly has been one mean feat for a Kindergarten teacher!!
Whilst sitting in a recent First Aid refresher course and hearing about how defibrillators save lives, I decided it was time to make some inquiries as to how we could acquire one for our school. I wrote a letter to the maintenance manager at Glencore Bulga Open Cut Coal mine and was directed to apply for a grant. After completing the paperwork, I sat back and waited to see whether we would be successful.
Well, we were!!
The defibrillator will soon be delivered and we will have a very valuable piece of equipment right here on our campus that will not only assist our families and staff but those of Rainbow’s Preschool and the wider community. We are very grateful to Glencore for providing this opportunity for our school.
P.S. Thank you very much, Mrs Lightfoot. We all appreciate what you have done for us.
Mrs Kimarie Buettel
Head of Junior School
Pre-Kinder would like to introduce you to a new family member. His name is Mr Pokey. The children love using Mr Pokey’s hair (push pins) to poke dots on specially designed worksheets to create pictures. This task engages the children in a hand strengthening activity and develops their focus.
This term in English, Kindergarten, have been learning about inferring. Our students have learnt that inferring means ‘ to have a really good guess’ and ‘shema’ means ‘what we already know.’ While we were out having Fruit Break one morning, reading a funny book about a dog, called Schnitzel Von Krumm by Lynley Dodd, someone or something came into our classroom and made such a mess! When we arrived back at the classroom we found that there was toilet paper hanging from the ceiling, pencils all over the floor, chairs knocked down and cushions strewn from one corner to another. Shocked but not phased, Kindergarten detectives using their inferring skills and magnifying glass to find clues that would help solve this mystery. One clue that we found was paw prints EVERYWHERE. Almost immediately students were inferring that an animal, more likely a dog, had had a great time making our classroom look like a hazardous waste area. Gathering all of the evidence and clues we eventually worked out that Schnitzel Von Krumm had had a great time making a mess of our classroom.
On Tuesday 13th November Year 1 visited Tocal Homestead as part of our History unit. We participated in activities which were done 100 years ago and made comparisons about now and then. We had to wash the clothes using a washboard. We had to first fill up the wash tubs, by collecting water in buckets and carrying them using a tool called a “yolk”, which was carried on our necks. It was hot, hard and difficult. We are so grateful to live in the world we live today. We learnt about the Bushranger “Thunderbolt” who actually lived at Tocal. We experienced what the clothes were like back then, when we got to dress up. Miss Moore took a photo of us with not smiles, as they didn’t smile a lot in photos back then. We would like to give a HUGE thank you to Mrs Burgmann and Marley who came on our excursion with us and helped us have a wonderful day. Thank You to Mr McKittrick (Mr Mac) who drove the bus for us and spent the day with the us.
We were greeted by Sandy, who was our tour guide and told us so many wonderful stories about the history of Tocal.
Year 2 students have been learning about natural and manufactured products in Science. Students through discussion have highlighted the features of everyday products in relation to their purpose and usefulness. In Week 3 and 4 children focused on strength and had a task to construct a small bridge that would support a 500g weight.
During Week 5 children interviewed guest speaker Mrs Griffiths about her own product Mollycoddle earrings. Mrs Griffiths showed the students the tools she uses including the respirator masks that she wears when working with glue. Mrs Griffiths demonstrated one process that she uses to make her earrings and took time to answer questions from every student. The children enjoyed the experience. Thank you Mrs Griffiths.
Here are some ‘I Am’ Poems from Year 2
by Odin Southern
I am eight years old.
I wonder where I will live when I am older.
I hear lightning crashing down.
I see rain falling like a waterfall.
I want people to be healthy.
I am eight years old.
I understand people are afraid of lightning.
I say bye to my friends
I dream of my friends and family
I try my best at school
I hope all of my friends and family will be safe.
I am eight years old.
By Rihanna Mills-Stuart
I am in Mrs Armstrong’s class.
I wonder what I will look like when I grow up.
I hear the raindrops falling like a waterfall.
I am in Mrs Armstrong’s class.
I understand people feel sad.
I say I love you to my friends and family
I dream of my family having fun with me.
I try to help people who get injured.
I hope that my family have a great life.
I am a girl in Mrs Armstrong’s class who tries her best.
By Elijah Allinson
I am Elijah an eight year old student in Year 2
I wonder when Jesus is coming
I hear rain pouring down.
I see rain falling like a waterfall.
I want people to know Jesus.
I am a boy who is an eight year old student in Year 2.
I pretend I am at Brisbane with my family
I feel excited when I see the Christmas Tree.
I worry about my great grandmother.
I cry when I get hurt.
I am a boy who is an eight year old student in Year 2.
I understand how people feel alone
I say good morning to my mum
I dream about Christmas
I try my best at Maths
I hope Jesus is coming
I am a boy who is eight years old.
By Joshua Black
I am a student in Year 2
I wonder what William will in the future.
I hear rain pouring
I see some gold and treasure
I want to see God.
I am a student in Year 2
I understand people are happy
I feel angry because I am at school.
I worry about God
I cry when I am sad
I am a student in Year 2.
By Milan Uys
I am Milan who loves horses
I wonder what I will be when I grow up.
I hear horses hooves running in the snow.
I see rain pouring like a waterfall.
I want people to go to church
I am Milan who loves horse riding
I pretend that I am a horse sometimes
I feel like I am going to get a horse
I touched your finger
I worry about by dog Gus
I cry when people die.
I am Milan who loves riding horses
I understand it is sad when people die
I say I love you to my family
I dream of getting a horse
I try my best in school
I hope my friends and I will never die
I am Mila who loves horse riding.
Year 3/4 have had an amazing term. We have been investigating sustainability and how important it is for each person to care for our world. We have also studied the attributes of 3D shapes in Maths. Check out our nets and prisms that we constructed. We also had so much fun preparing for and performing ‘Aussie Jingle Bells’ at our JS Combined Christmas Assembly. The star of the show was ‘Sully’ our guest Blue Cattle Dog puppy.
This term students in Year 5/6 have been learning about Informative texts. Here are two fantastic examples from Mykenzie and Tane!
Cupcakes by Mykenzie Arciniega
Everyone has to agree cupcakes are a perfect treat for anything, birthdays, anniversaries, or if you’re just looking for something yummy to eat. They look amazing and have a great history. Cupcakes are also very popular you’d have to be crazy not to like them.
One percent of the people reading this might not of seen or tasted a cupcake. Cupcakes are small little cakes made to serve one person, they’re not big enough to serve more than two people, unless you want tiny little pieces. Once you try one, if you haven’t already, you will fall in love with it and want more. The recipe can include butter, sugar, flour, eggs, milk and baking soda. They are baked in small little paper cups or aluminium foil cups.
Cupcakes should look like a small cake with the paper or aluminium foil cup around the cake, it can be iced or if you don’t like icing you can leave it plain. They can be different sizes like small, medium or large. They can also come in different flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, red velvet or something else but these seem to be the most popular flavors.
Cupcakes were first were first invented in the United States of America in the 1970’s and the very first recipe was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. Cupcakes were given their name because they were ‘a cake to be baked in a small cup.’ Cupcakes are a great invention and are great for any occasion.
Cupcakes are a delicious treat. They’re super easy to bake and a great reward for anything. You can make them all different patterns. Everybody has to agree cupcakes are the best.
Weather by Tane Southern
Weather is a interesting phenomenon that occurs every day and we all feel it also it can range from sunny skies to a cyclone!
Weather can be many different things but usually it is sunny, rainy or cloudy but sometimes weather can go wild and create cyclones and tornadoes! In some places certain types of weather is constant like continuous sun in deserts. Weather can also be super dangerous like a cyclone can devastate a whole city or tornadoes can destroy houses and flood can destroy a whole town!
Weather is caused by by the sun heating the earth's atmosphere in different amounts. Winds bring sunny, wet or stormy conditions to a particular place but the wind is created by hot and cold air swirling around together. Also low and high pressure bring different conditions so high pressure brings clear skies and warm temperature but low pressure systems bring moist air and stormy conditions.
Weather can be predicted in many different ways including things such as satellites taking photos of the earth's atmosphere and that helps us predict weather. Another way is some special devices will send collected information about the weather to a computer so then it can process it then it makes a prediction about it. Also data is collected at weather stations so people can predict the weather.
So now hopefully you learnt something about the weather and next time you watch the news and talk about weather you know what they mean.
Junior School Captains Speeches
A huge congratulations to all of our Junior School Captain nominations. You did our school proud in presenting your speeches and we can’t wait to see who the lucky winners are! We appreciate all the hard work which you put into preparing and presenting your speeches.
Just to remind you all our nominees were:
- Latoia Thomas- Salanoa
- Alex Bajzath
- Darcy Merceia
- Riley McKewen
- Harrison Gersbach
- Elliot Taylor
- Gaigher Uys
Well done again! We are so proud of all of you!
Junior School Sport
As the year comes to an end it is great to look back and reflect on the number of fantastic individual and team results we have achieved this year at a variety of sporting events. I just want to say thank you to all the students for trying their best, thank you to the teachers for allowing disruptions to the their classes, and a huge thank you to the Parents and Caregivers who have given their time supporting school sport! Up next is the Swimming Carnival early in Term 1 followed by Zone Swimming.
It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is imminent, and that this is our last newsletter for 2018. We have much to celebrate! Our students, staff and parents have worked with diligence and commitment throughout the year and God has continued to provide for our students in wonderful ways.
During 2018, our students have been involved in many and varied learning opportunities seeking to stretch and grow them. We honour students for their hard work this term and throughout the year. Whilst academic success is important, we also pray that students have developed a stronger understanding of God’s Word, deepened friendships and had great experiences that will build wonderful memories.
Senior School Staff wish students and parents a blessed Christmas and a relaxing break with family and friends. For those moving on, we wish you well. For those returning, we can’t wait to see you in 2019!
Senior School Staff
Goldie Award Winner
Technology is an important tool in teaching and learning here at ACC. Bringing a fully charged device each day is as important as bringing pens, diary, books and other essential equipment. Students who forget their laptops will no longer be permitted to borrow one from the Office.
Please ensure that your child brings their College cap or hat to school each day. Wearing a hat is not optional. Our supply of spare hats has run dry so we can’t even allow students to borrow one. The holiday break is a good time to purchase hats and other uniform items.
School holidays provide the perfect opportunity to purchase uniform items and to attend to any hems that need adjusting. Teenagers grow so quickly!
Numerous studies show that students who don’t read or who read infrequently during the long summer holiday period see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. This ‘summer slide’ is a real phenomenon.
Ideally, we recommend that students read for pleasure for at least twenty minutes per day.
Did you know that children who read for 20 minutes a day are exposed to about 1.8 million words per year, while those who read for less than five minutes a day are exposed to only 8000 words per year.
Please urge your child to read over the holiday break.
Stage 5 Social Evening
Crowne Plaza was the swish location for this year’s Stage 5 social evening. A fun evening filled with laughter was had by all! We commend our students on their exemplary behaviour.
Gee, they all looked fabulous. too!
Gossip is never okay.
I recently had coffee with a dear friend whose teenage daughter was deeply distressed at being the victim of gossip at the high school she attends. Needless to say, my friend was also very upset. Gossiping is an age-old problem that is addressed many times in the Bible…for good reason.
Gossip is a way of talking about someone that can lead to that person feeling uncomfortable, unhappy or angry. In my friend’s situation, social media had magnified the problem.
When we discuss the issue of gossip with our students at ACC, we point out that there are different types of gossip including:
- Slander is the deliberate spreading of rumours or lies about a person to cause damage.
- Sharing ‘juicy information’ that keeps gossip alive. Sharing gossip is just as bad as creating it.
- Spreading rumours. A rumour is a story, shared by word of mouth, that is not necessarily true. We encourage our students not to listen to rumours and certainly never to share them.
- Backbiting is an aspect of gossip that involves speaking spiteful or untrue words about another who is not present and can do nothing in defence. Backbiting is secretive and sly.
- Planting seeds of doubt that make the listener question or assume something about the character of a person is another type of gossip.
Although the type of gossip may vary, the common feature is the lack of love and respect for another person. Gossip tears down; love builds up. The two cannot coexist.
Parents play an important role in helping children to understand the danger of gossip. By modelling an intolerance to gossip, children will soon learn that it is unacceptable. If we’re honest, sometimes we all need to check our own behaviour.
One of our memory favourite memory verses is Ephesians 4:29 which offers wise words about the issue of gossip.The apostle Paul reminds us not to let ‘any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up.’ At ACC our focus is always on building up.
Senior School Snaps!
First day of Term 1, 2019 - Tuesday, 29th January
Swimming Carnival - Wednesday 13th February
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