From the Principal

One thing we all have in common at ACC is we are all learners. Each of us is learning new things every single day. The children from K-6  are doing the Second Step program this year to help us all become better learners.

The Second Step program teaches skills for learning. The more we practice these skills, the stronger our brains become. The stronger our brains become, the better we are able to learn.

The four skills for learning that the Second Step program develops are: focusing listening, self talk and assertiveness. Skills for learning can help us be successful with tricky schoolwork. It can help us understand and remember what to do and stay on task as we do it!

The children will continue to take home some activities called Homelinks which you can do with your child to help reinforce these learning skills.  

“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it..”
Proverbs 22.6

ACC welcomes the new P&F Committee members

The Parents & Friends 2019 Annual General Meeting was held last week where the Committee was voted in. Vice President is Amit Gandhi, Secretary is Varun Taliyakula and Treasurer is Raymund Boy.

As well as hearing the latest updates from the Principal, there were many opportunities.

We want to express our sincere appreciation to Jade Turner for the fantastic job she did as P&F Secretary in 2018. We are grateful for the energy that she brought to this role.

The next P&F meeting will be scheduled early in Term 2. We will let you know once those dates have been determined.

Child Safety

At the recent P&F meeting I explained how on 15 December 2017 the Royal Commission  presented its final report to the Governor-General, detailing the culmination of a five year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters.

As a result of the Royal Commission’s report, the Western Australian Commissioner’s Child Safe Organisations WA program has implemented child safe principles and practices in organisations in Western Australia.

The program aims to help schools identify and manage any risks that affect the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, including physical and sexual abuse, bullying and accidental injury.

ACC’s child safe principles promote a culture where the safety, wellbeing and participation of our children are reflected in policies and day-to-day practices at all levels of our organisation. Over the next few months you will be receiving some documents which reflect ACC’s child safe principles:

  • Community code of Conduct - Caring Together
  • Volunteers Policy
  • Student Code of Conduct

ACC Playgroup

Jiggle Bugs is the name of Australian Christian College Darling Downs Playgroup.

Jiggle Bugs now has two groups. The first group called Jiggle Bugs meets every Tuesday morning and is for any child from 0-5 yrs old. Jiggle Bugs is a place where families can come and learn through play, a warm but safe engaging in developmentally stimulating and fun environment.  

Natalee Graveson is the coordinator of this session.

Jiggle Bugs 3.0 is held on a Wednesday and is based on the needs and interests of 3 and 4 year old children, as individuals and as a group. Whilst incorporating the main developmental areas of Early Childhood Education – social, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual.

You can follow the updates, and let your friends know by going to the Jiggle-Bugs Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/Jiggle-Bugs-Play-Group-858134771041579/ 

NAPLAN 2019

Every year, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Students are assessed using online national tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

At Australian Christian College we know that a child’s worth is not measured by their NAPLAN score. We value each child for who they are; their unique character traits; their God given gifts and talents and their individual personality.

The information that NAPLAN tests give us is only one facet of the whole person, however it does provide a useful indicator of how our school is tracking academically. The results serve to provide an academic overview in each of the learning areas. Our staff analyse these results to determine potential areas of improvement.

The dates for NAPLAN testing online this year are from 14 - 24 May.

More information will be emailed to parents of children in Year 3 and 5.

Enrolments for 2019

Places for 2019 are filling up fast and we are excited about our continual growth. We hope you are excited too!

If you have a family member, friend, neighbour or colleague who has Primary aged children who would benefit from joining our incredible learning community, please let them know as we still have places left. Bring them in to meet Mrs Burrage who will be more than happy to show them around.

Latest at ACC

The last week has been very eventful with so many fun occasions.

On Wednesday, March 13th, Mrs Shirley Reilly and her colleague, Mrs Rita Lennon from Armadale Library visited the students from Pre-Primary to Year 2 as well as the three year old playgroup. They read stories and left books for certain year groups and left literature with others to promote reading and accessing library resources.

Thank you Mrs Reilly and Mrs Lennon!

In Geography the students have started to learn about  different types of dwellings as a place in which to live.  The students looked at pictures of flats, tents, an early settler's cottage and a single family home as some examples. The students talked about where they live and what their own house looked like.  The students then glued on strips of paper on a house outline to design their own house.  Some students included a chimney and patterns on the roof.

Our year 3 - 6s have spent this last week attending swimming lessons at the Thornlie Leisure Complex. They have been enjoying learning how to perfect their strokes and have had some great conversations on the bus journeys. Swimming lessons will continue for Week 8.

Year 1, 2 and 3 students practising The Learner Song and using their "Attent-o-scopes" to help them focus their attention.

Making flags to represent different countries for Harmony Day.

Coming Soon

Term Dates for 2019

Term 1: Monday 4th February to Friday 12th April

Term 2: Monday 29th April to Friday 5th July

Term 3: Monday 29th July to Friday 27th September

Term 4: Monday 14th October to Thursday 12th December

Important Dates Term 2 2019

Week 1

  • Tuesday 30th April, God’s Squad 3pm - 4pm
  • Thursday 5th September, Year P-2 Enrichment English 3pm - 4pm
  • Friday 6th September, Sport Club (P6) 3pm - 4pm

Week 2

  • Tuesday 10th September, God’s Squad 3pm - 4pm
  • Thursday 12th September, Year P-2 Enrichment English 3pm - 4pm
  • Friday 13th September, Sport Club (P-6) 3pm - 4pm

Yours in Christ,

Jacqui Burrage

Principal

darlingdowns@acc.edu.au 

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