As we draw near to the end of another term at ACC Singleton I reminded again of the quality of our students, staff and parents. In particular I appreciate how so many who are onsite during each week add to positive and supportive culture.
This term a large number of students have struggled with illness. It has been such a delight to observe students go out of their way to assist those who are unwell with a kind word, or a helping hand to the Sick Bay. These small actions help build positive culture, because the simple act of helping someone else tells them something. It tells them that they matter, that they are valued, that they are important. As these simple acts of kindness continue, one after the other, a culture develops. That culture says ‘this is the way things happen here…..this is how we treat people.’
Those most attuned to sensing the culture of our school are those who are new to it. Over the past few weeks I have taken a number of new families on a tour of the school. A number of them have commented on the focussed learning but also on a sense of calm, order and positivity. Some have even spoken of a ‘sense’ that something is really good here. I am of the view that they are talking about our culture when they make those comments.
Positive culture must be built (continuously). This building takes place through each and every interaction we have with each other. Thank you for being culture-builders with us for the benefit of your children and our community.
I would like to draw your attention to a couple of key dates / events at the beginning of Term 3:
- Year 11 (2020) Subject Information Night - Thursday 1st August (Term 3, Week 1) 5:30pm. ACC Singleton provides senior students with the ideal combination of highly experienced subject specialists, an ordered and well-structured culture focussed on learning and a surprising variety of subjects choices. If you know of a Year 10 child who would flourish at ACC, let them know that this event is on.
- Whole-School Sports Assembly - Friday 2nd August (Term 3, Week 1). At this event all Cross Country and Athletics Carnival Age Champions will be recognised and presented with the Age Champion Medallions.
I encourage you to also carefully read the Important Dates section of this newsletter, so you are fully aware of key events.
I trust your family has a restful school holiday break, especially those who have been unwell.
As another term draws to a close I am reminded of this quote...
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Will Durant.
Excellence can be something we aspire for in different areas in our lives, but the ongoing practice, determination, perseverance and success we achieve, can be attributed to showing up, having a go and not giving up. We see this in our students everyday. This commitment and success is evident in their positive attitudes to their learning and the positive relationships they are developing.
As we partner with families in the education of young people, Junior School is growing quickly. Other families in our community recognise and are seeing this development of deep character and attitude of excellence. Kindergarten for 2020 is filling quickly and we currently have steady growth in other classes across the College. We are thrilled to have 6 new Junior School students starting next term. We encourage you to share this with your family and friends if they are considering ACC for their children. Let them know they can book a tour of our classrooms and see it for themselves.
I hope you all have a wonderful mid year break and look forward to all the exciting ‘happenings’ at ACC in term 3.
Head of Junior School
Year 1 Excursion
On Tuesday 11th June, Year 1 went on an excursion to the Hunter Wetlands in Newcastle. We learned about the history of the wetlands, then went on a bush walk using binoculars. We saw many different types of birds and creatures (we even saw some turtles). We went dip netting and collected a number of waterbugs. We took them to the science lab and used microscopes to see what minibeasts we collected. We had such a fun day, learning about the Wetlands, which is not a habitat many people know about.
Take 3 For The Sea
Enrichment and Leadership Initiative
On Tuesday 25 June, 8 JS students from years 3 through to 6 participated in Take 3 for the Sea workshop. This initiative, Take 3 simply asks everyone to take 3 pieces of rubbish with them when they leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere. On the day, students learned about and became aware of the significant issue that plastic pollution is for us and the world we live in. Katelyn Dutton and Georgia Mercieca also shared at our ACC whole school assembly on Friday about the impact of plastics and what we can start doing immediately to help. This team of students will now develop and lead an initiative across the College to reduce plastic pollution. Stay tuned to hear how you can help.
Primary Metro Soccer Cup
On a very early and chilly morning, 14 boys from JS boarded the bus and headed inland to Tamworth to compete against other Christian School in the Primary Metro Soccer Gala Day. The boys represented our school with pride and played with determination and resilience. Well Done Boys!!!
It has been another industrious term in Senior School with a number of successful events having taken place, including the Stage 4 Macquarie Museum excursion, Avondale College Visit, Colour Run and the Futsal Gala Days.
Looking forward, term 3 is a busy time for our Year 12 students, not only will they be completing their Trial HSC Examinations in weeks 2 and 3 but many of our students will also be finishing major works for Design and Technology and Visual Arts.
We look forward to celebrating their graduation at the end of term.
Even though there seems to be a focus on Year 12, there are also a number of other activities coming up in Senior School. In week 1 we have our Subject Information Evening for our Year 10 students. This is an opportunity for parents and students to discuss with Senior School staff the subjects that will support their career aspirations.
In August we have a team of students attending the Palm Island Mission Trip, Secondary Zone Athletics Carnival and we will be holding a Year 7 Orientation Morning on campus.
We also look forward to our Stage camps as well as our MADD night.
It is my prayer that you will have a safe and enjoyable holiday, surrounded by family and friends. We look forward to seeing you next term.
Head of Senior School
Avondale College Visit
During week 8 on Thursday the 20th of June, Jena Turner from Avondale College came to visit our Year 11 and 12 students. Jena gave a presentation on the courses Avondale offer and the benefits of campus life. It was a valuable session for students to learn and ask questions.
Stage 4 Visit to the Museum of Ancient Cultures
On Tuesday the 18th of June, Year 7 and 8 went on an adventure to the Museum of Ancient Cultures. Students have been learning about ancient civilisations, including ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt. In particular, they have been investigating the role and purpose of archaeology and evidence in history. The Museum was an excellent place to investigate ancient artefacts under the guide of their very own Archaeologist Jill.
It was also a wonderful opportunity for students to get an early glimpse at University life as they explored the Macquarie University campus.
Futsal Gala Day
On Monday the 24th June, the ACC Junior boys competed in the Zone Futsal Gala Day at Maitland Federation Centre. The boys fought hard in every game and were able to score some great goals on the day. The boys displayed a fantastic competitive spirit and positive sportsmanship.
Stage 4 girls also had the opportunity to represent our College at the Zone Futsal Gala Day. Despite having never played before, our team displayed great skills and excellent teamwork. Our team was able to secure a place in the Semi Finals and placed 4th overall.
Congratulations to our Junior Girls Team!
Ensuring our young drivers are safe drivers
In high school, we have a number of students that have gained their Drivers License and whilst this is an exciting time for those students, it can be a nerve wracking time for parents.
Some parents may find the following course valuable, even though your child may already have their license.
The Safer Drivers Course is carefully tailored for young learners. This two-module course is packed with information about the risks that come with driving and how to mitigate them.
The things students learn from this class will be immediately useful in everyday situations. They won’t learn how to operate a motor vehicle here, this course is all about being able to immediately recognise a safety-compromising situation and minimise the risk to their personal safety on the road.
At the end of this course, students will learn to:
- Recognise how driver behaviour can increase the risk of a crash
- Lower the risks of these behaviours
- Resist the impacts of peer influence, passenger behaviour and other every day distractions
- Build and implement strategies to combat typical lifestyle pressures and high-risk behaviour
- Practice these new habits every day so they become tools for a lifetime of driving
We run courses in Singleton, Cessnock and Muswellbrook.
If you would like further information on the course, please contact Safer Driver directly.
Safer Drivers Course
Mobile: 0416 161 024
School Holiday Activities
Registrations are open for the 2019 McDonald's Future Champions School Holiday Clinic!
Each participant will enjoy a Play NRL certified skills and drills clinic on the field, featuring a special guest appearance from Knights Captain Mitchell Pearce and Lachlan Fitzgibbon, as well as a Future Champions Clinic pack, including a participant t-shirt and NRL starter pack, valued at $100.
Numbers are strictly limited, and pre-booking is essential.
Event: 2019 McDonald's Future Champions School Holiday Clinic
Date: Tuesday July 16, 2019
Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Venue: Maitland No.1 Sportsground, High Street, Maitland
Participation Cost: $50 includes Participant T-Shirt and NRL Starter Pack
Special guests: Appearance by Mitchell Pearce and Lachlan Fitzgibbon
To register a participant please visit: https://knightshub.com.au/2019-school-holiday-clinic/
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.
Uniforms - open Wednesday before and after school
Uniform Room will now be open before and after school on Wednesdays to allow students to try on uniforms prior to ordering. All uniforms are ordered online through the Uniform Shop and we highly recommend trying on uniforms for sizing (especially the winter sports tracksuits) to ensure the correct sizing.
If you have any questions or would like to book a fitting in the Uniform Room please contact the College Office on 6572 6600.
Term 3: Monday 29th July till Friday 27th September (9 weeks)
Whole-school Assemblies - Friday August 2nd Whole School Sports Assembly (Coffee available)
Junior School Assemblies - Friday August 9th (Yr 5/6 Item) Friday August 23rd (Yr 1 Item) Friday September 20th (Kindergarten Item)
Primary Zone Athletics Carnival - Monday August 5th
Secondary Zone Athletics Carnival - Friday 9th August
Book Week Parade- Thursday 22nd August
Year 11 2020 Information Night- Thursday 1st August at 5:30pm
Year 12 Trial HSC Exams - Monday August 5th - Friday August 16th
Parent & Teacher Interviews - Monday 19th & Tuesday 20th August
Year 7 Orientation Morning - Tuesday 20th August
MADD Night - Thursday 12th September
Year 11 Final Exams - September 16th - 19th September
Year 12 Graduation Dinner - Thursday 19th September
Year 12 Graduation Assembly- Friday 27th September
Last day of Term 3 - Friday 27th September
Term 4:Monday 14th October till Thursday 5th December (8 weeks)
Grandparents Morning - Friday 18th October
Annual Presentation Day Assembly- Thursday 5th December
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