From the Principal
God’s Big Story can be summarised in four parts - the Creation, the Fall, Redemption and Restoration.
It is a story of God’s perfect creation, a people made in His image, and a world made for them to enjoy in relationship with God and each other.
It is a story of rebellion, of a people whose fall and its devastating consequences shape history. Left to themselves, these people have a bleak future.
This week I highlight the part of the story called redemption, where Christ’s selfless sacrifice, on the cross, makes our personal salvation possible. On Good Friday Christians remember Jesus’ death, but we look forward to celebrating Easter Sunday, because we remember that Jesus rose from the dead. In the resurrection, Jesus Christ conquered sin and death and is alive forevermore. All over the world, Christians celebrate because there is an empty tomb in Jerusalem.
Join us this Friday for the Easter Assembly where our Music Club will be singing, and you can hear more about Easter. After the assembly, parents and family members are invited to join us for some Easter activities in their child’s class.
“It was all God’s idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.”
2 Timothy 1:10
Every year, students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 participate in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Students are assessed using national tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
NAPLAN is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools , teachers and parents can determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy. The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They also provide information about how programs are working and which areas need to be prioritised for improvement.
Please note that in 2018 at Australian Christian College, all assessments are paper-based tests rather than computer-based online tests.
This year NAPLAN testing will take place from 15 - 17 May 2018.
There are two things parents can do to help:
- Take some time to go through a few tests with your child. Over-preparation is not necessary, however, it may be helpful for students to feel comfortable with the look and feel of the NAPLAN tests. You can find sample tests here: http://nap.edu.au/naplan/the-tests
- Ensure your child is in attendance at school from 15 - 17 May 2018. If a child is unable to attend due to sickness or other circumstances, we will, where possible, organise another time, during the testing period, for students to complete any missed tests.
Parents/carers may request that their child be withdrawn from the testing program, however, we encourage all students to do their best and have a go. Please discuss any concerns you have with your classroom teacher, prior to March 31st, so that formal notification can be submitted to the testing authority.
For further information and resources please feel free to visit the NAPLAN website: http://nap.edu.au/home
Parents and Friends
The P&F Information session last week went well. We had 5 families represented. We noted that:
- If you are a parent of a child at ACC, you are automatically a P&F member, and can vote at the P&F meetings (if you want to)
- a P&F needs a constitution, which outlines the roles of its members and the committee - you would have received a copy of the ACCDD constitution in digital and hard copy form
- A Committee made up of a President, Secretary and Treasurer will be formed at the next P&F meeting on Monday 9th April
If you think you would like to be part of the Committee, you can complete the nomination form which will be sent out to you in Week 9. You can nominate yourself for one of the committee member’s positions, even if you cannot attend the meeting on Monday 9th April. You will need to be at the meeting to vote.
Coles for Sports
We have 3 more weeks before the Coles for Sport program closes.
Every $10 spent at Coles during the program will earn a Coles Sports for Schools voucher. The more vouchers our school collects, the more sports gear we could receive. Place your vouchers in the box located in the front office.
Enrolments for 2018
We have places available in our classes.
If you, or your friends, want to be part of the ACC community, we encourage you to bring them along to meet us. Places are available from Kindy to Year 6 (boys and girls).
Click here to make an enrolment application.
Our Principal, Jacqui Burrage, would love the opportunity to meet with new families.
ACC Playgroup is for children 0-4 years old. Feel free to let your friends and neighbours know they are invited. The ACC Playgroup meets every Tuesday morning 9:00am -10:30am. Mrs Watson, our Music specialist, runs a session at 9:00am - it’s not to be missed! For more details, call 9391 1500 or email [email protected].
Primary Happy Snaps
ACC is a place of wonder and learning, where children are challenged to grow in all areas. They are also keen to share their learning with their parents. Check out this week’s Happy Snaps and ask your child what they learnt.
What’s Happening Soon
- Friday 23rd March - Easter Assembly
- Friday 30th March, Good Friday
- Monday 2nd April, Easter Monday
- Friday 6th April, Harmony Day Assembly
- Monday 9th April, P&F Annual General Meeting, 6pm - 7pm
- Friday 13th April, Final Day of Term 1
- Tuesday 1st May, Students Commence Term 2.
Yours in Christ,
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