Introducing Year 12

It has been an exciting start to the year with a number of significant elements working together to set us up for our best year yet! In particular, we are delighted to welcome back a special group of students who are now in Year 12.  

Most of you would be aware that we have been working hard over the past number of years to get to this point. As you see these students around this year, feel free to give them a high five and encourage them in their studies!

Memory Passage

I want to draw your attention to our memory passage for Term 1. It is taken from the book of Matthew in the New Testament. Our Chaplain, Mr Hughes, and I will be using this passage as the focus of our Whole School Chapel talks. Our teachers and sub-schools will also rehearse and teach around this passage in assemblies and pastoral care times.

Matthew 5: 13-16 states very simply what we should be like - we should be like salt and light. In our first Chapel during Week 1, Mr Hughes outlined a distinctive characteristic of salt. Salt adds flavour.

God made us to ‘add flavour’ to the lives of others and to the situations - at school, in our family unit, at work.

Each and every one of us needs encouragement.  Psychologists know only too well that individuals thrive when they are encouraged. Conversely, discouragement breaks the spirit.  Encouragement influences our relationships, work performance, and academic performance in the classroom, and it can often mean the difference between a good and bad day.

Let us commit to adding flavour in all we do.

Teaching about Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Matthew 5: 13-16 (NLT)

Tim Shields


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New team members

We are just two weeks into the school year and already experiencing the benefits of our new team members. In addition to their qualifications and experience, they have each been selected to join our team because they each want to be part of continuing to build the good reputation of this school. A reputation for - high quality teaching and high quality care.

Please welcome Mrs Martha Burgmann to staff at ACC! Mrs Burgmann has joined us as Learning Support Teacher Aide. Great to have you Mrs Burgmann.

Mrs Amy Perry is a familiar face around Campus already, Mrs Perry will be joining us to teach Year 3 on Wednesdays and Thursdays for term one. Welcome Mrs Perry!

Welcome Mr Shane McElevey! Mr McElevey will be teaching Personal Development, Health and Physical Education in Senior School as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Stage 4. Welcome Mr McElevey

Welcome to Miss Kadi Schroder! Miss Schroder will be teaching Year 4 at ACC this year.

Introducing Mrs Amelia Billingham! Mrs Billingham is joining us at ACC this year to teach Stage 6 Visual Art, Stage 5 Physical Activities and Sports Studies (PASS) and Junior School Sport. Welcome Mrs Billingham

Say hi to Mrs Cheree Thurlow! Mrs Thurlow is joining us at ACC this year to teach Year 5/6. Welcome Mrs Thurlow!

Introducing Mrs Katie Higgins! Mrs Higgins is joining us at ACC to teach French Years 3-8 and Music Years 3-6. Please make Mrs Higgins feel welcome and you see her around campus.

Mr Micheal Ey is joining ACC this year to teach Senior School Mathematics. Welcome Mr Ey!

Welcome Miss Eliza Kelly! Miss Kelly is joining ACC to teach Stage 4 History and Year 11 English. Great to have you with us Miss Kelly.

Community support

Defibrillator - Glencore helping improve health and well-being

After recent first aid training Junior School Teacher, Mrs Claire Lightfoot, was determined that our school site would greatly benefit from having access to a defibrillator.  As a result of Mrs Lightfoot’s initiative, I am pleased to announce that we now have a defib on site.

Thank you to Glencore for the provision of funds in support of this project.

3D Printers - Yancoal Mt Thorley Warkworth enriching STEM

Our STEM programs have been further enriched through the purchase of three 3D printers. Our senior students are enjoying learning and innovating solutions with this new resourse. Thank you Mr Perry for your initiative and Yancoal Mt Thorley Warkworth for supporting our STEM programs.

Swimming Carnival

What a wonderful day at our annual swimming carnival. Thank you to our parent helpers and all families attending. Your support is appreciated.

Important reminders 

Discussions with teachers at Afternoon Pickup - if you would like to discuss with the teacher any matters relating to your child please make arrangements to book a time. You can do this directly with them via email or via the College Office. The priority of teachers at the end of the school day is the safe dismissal of every child in their care.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Years 5-12 - all Year 7-12 students must bring their MacBook to school each day charged and ready for use.

Students in Years 5-6 are transitioning to full BYOD model in 2020. This year, a device is optional and is best used in discussion with Mrs Thurlow.

Sports Uniform - thank you for your patience with the new sports uniform. We have samples shorts and shirts in the office if you would like to fit your child. Currently, new orders will go on backorder. We understand additional stock is two weeks away.

Thank you for your support in ensuring that your child is always correctly attired.  We appreciate the efforts of parents in helping us to maintain high uniform standards.

Important Dates

  • Term 1: 29th January - 12th April (11 week term)
  • Swimming Carnival - 13th February
  • Meet the Teacher Night - 19th February (K-6 @5:30pm; 7-12 @ 6pm)
  • Sydney Swans AFL Players visit - 20th February
  • Year 2 Excursion to Shark and Ray Centre - 27th February
  • Junior School Assemblies - Fridays fortnightly from 8th February at 9am
  • Whole-school Chapels - Friday 1st March and Friday 29th March at 9am (Coffee available)
  • Year 11/12 Visual Arts Excursion to Art Gallery of NSW - 13th March
  • Year 1 Excursion to Australian Reptile Park - 26th March
  • Parent & Teacher Interviews - 26th & 27th March
  • Easter Assembly (PK-12) & Easter Hat Parade - Friday 12th April at 9m
  • Cross Country Carnival TBC - 11 April
  • Term 2: 29th April - 5th July (10 week term)


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