Characteristics of healthy community

As I write I sit at my desk in my Captain America outfit that I wore to the annual Book Week Parade. Each year I am so impressed by the creative effort that our parents and students invest in to the selection and creation of their outfits. Isn’t it wonderful to behold the creativity of thinking of others. The Book Parade is always such a fun event. Thank you for all your efforts in making such a great annual event.

Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.

1 Thessalonians 5:13-15

The passage above is both an encouragement and a challenge for me. This passage is rich, deep and full of life-giving lessons.

My personal reflections include:

  • I am constantly being re-wired on the inside to be more like the characteristics outlined…...getting along with others…. doing my part ….. encouraging …. attentive to needs …. more patient …… looking for the best in others.
  • I am also regularly aware of my failure in displaying the above characteristics and my need to ask God daily to help me.
  • I have a high responsibility to ‘take on’ and to ‘choose’these characteristics in my life.

We want all our staff, students and families to wrestle with AND choose to adopt the characteristics outlined in this passage. Imagine the safety and life in that sort of community!

Tim Shields


Fundraising news

You will be aware that we run some fundraising activities at events and out of the Canteen. We wish to let you know that those efforts have paid off handsomely, as we have been able to purchase two sets of quality soccer goals for our students to enjoy during play times.

THANK YOU to the immensely committed parents and family who volunteer willingly to make this fundraising happen! We are so grateful.

Junior School

This term has already been exciting, colourful and fun and we are only half way. The Book Week Costume Parade has been a highlight. The creativity of costumes has been fantastic with so many students dressed as characters from books that I would love to read. Well done everyone, and well done parents for all your behind the scenes preparation.

We supported Beanies for Brain Cancer Day which helped to raise funds for brain cancer research. We participated in the Zone Primary Athletics Carnival and the Singleton Netball Gala day. We had students perform at the Abermain Eisteddfod for the first time, with our students taking out a first place, third place and some awarded highly commended. This was a fantastic result so a huge thank you to Mrs Williams for preparing the students so well. We also have our paper plane competition running each week. We have had the heats for K-2, 3-4 and this week our year 5/6 students will compete to qualify.

What an amazing term so far. We aren’t finished yet so continue to check out our Facebook page and your email for information for class excursions, Father’s Day Bonfire, MADD Night, Junior School Cricket Gala day for Years 3-6 and the Jump Rope for Heart Jump Off Finale.

Kimarie Buettel

Head of Junior School

Primary Zone Athletics

Beanies for Brain Cancer

Abermain Eistedfodd

Netball Gala Day

Bookweek Parade & Activities

Book Week Activities at Singleton Library

Senior School

A whole lot has been happening in the Senior School thus far in Term 3.

Six of our Stage 5 students took part in the Townsville and Palm Island Mission Trip. They joined with groups of students from our ACC Moreton (QLD) and ACC Marsden Park (NSW) schools on a ten day trip. We look forward to hearing their report in the next newsletter.

Preparations for the 2020 school year are well underway, with two Information Nights held in the past weeks - Year 7 2020 and Year 11 2020. In very pleasing news we continue to have strong enrolment growth into the secondary school as more people hear about the excellent teaching and surprisingly large range of subjects taught in Years 11 and 12.

Kind Regards,

Katie Kelly

Head of Senior School

Palm Island Team

Sports Awards Assembly Whole College

We recently celebrated the sporting achievements of our Cross Country and Athletics Age Champions. Congratulations to all Age Champions.

Secondary Basketball

The U15 Boys competed in the Zone Basketball Competition in Maitland week 1 of Term 3. The boys were grouped in a hard pool with some large schools but were able to hold their own showing great determination in defence and managed to score some great baskets. The boys played fair and showed fantastic sportsmanship. We are so very proud of their efforts and the positive nature with which they played. We congratulate them for their efforts and representation of ACC.

Variety Bash

We certainly did start Term 3 with a bang and a bash! Thank you for all the parent volunteers who assisted with the smooth operation of this fun event.

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.

Uniform Room - Open Wednesday before and after school

Uniform Room will 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 - Yr 12 Graduation Assembly 27th September

Junior School Assemblies - Friday September 20th (Kindergarten Item)

Father’s Day Bonfire - Friday 30th August 5pm-7:30pm

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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