Welcome to 2017

We have started the school year with two very strong emotions in our heart. The first emotion is one of grief and loss for our dear Buttrose family. I was so thankful for the opportunity to come together and to celebrate Oscar’s life two weeks ago. I was especially proud of Oscar’s classmates who provided a beautiful tribute and also of Mr Ben Keith who provided us with a window into the heart of our school. We know with confidence that Oscar is in heaven and that we will see him again.

The second emotion is one of joy and thankfulness to God for our school community. Your teachers and staff returned to school a week before the students for training and to prepare the school for another year. As a group, we took time to think about how our faith guides us and how it lays the foundation for our lives. We want to help each of our students to be successful in whatever God wants them to do, in every endeavour.

The school campus doesn’t feel quite right without students and we were so glad to welcome all of our students to school for Week 1, and our new Kindy students who began on Wednesday of Week 2.

Paulle Kwok
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Swimming Carnival

On Monday, students headed down to Riverstone Pool to partake in the annual ACC Swimming Carnival. As the weather topped 42 degrees on Monday, we couldn't have asked for a better day for this fantastic event.

We were so encouraged to see the amount of students getting involved in their races, as well as cheering their friends and Houses on. Thank you to all the parents who came on the day and showed their support for the school community. All the best to the team who will be representing ACC at the Zone Athletics Carnival!

Tiarne Klein
Sports Coordinator
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Year 11 Drama Excursion

On Friday 10th February, our Year 11 drama girls travelled to the Seymour Centre to see ‘OnStage’ - a showcase of the best HSC works from 2016. The girls were such a wonderful testament to our ACC community in their behavioural conduct, their passion for the subject of drama and their enormous love for the theatre.

Seeing the OnStage performances was a priceless experience for the girls as they were able to witness the expectations of their HSC Drama major work in action. The standard of performances gave our girls something to aspire to and be challenged by. I am so blessed and privileged to be guiding these three remarkable young women on their journey through their Drama HSC.

“Seeing the standard of the best performances across Sydney from 2016 was both enlightening and marginally frightening. But, I know that we are up for the challenge in 2018.” – Dominique White

Emma Russell
Drama Teacher
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ACC Choir & Instrumental Program

We are excited to announce that our brand new ACC Choir Program is now open for enrolments.

We are blessed to have the talent and experience of Mr Brian Eggert directing our choir. Brian comes to us with a long list of credentials and experience, as well as a passion for music and the Lord. Brian’s goal as director is to help students to develop as musicians and singers by providing instruction in vocal technique and ensemble performance practice.

By joining the ACC Choir Program, students will experience the exciting rewards of working hard to achieve the shared goal of a polished performance, which will be equally beneficial for themselves and their audiences. Participation in Choir will advance and reinforce students’ understanding of basic music theory, further develop their musicianship, expose them to a range of musical genres and teach them the value of cooperative effort for a mutual benefit and in the service of others.

Rehearsals will be held within school hours.

To enrol in the ACC Choir Program, please fill out this enrolment form

Our Private Music Tuition Program began last week, with many students returning to lessons, and many new students enrolling. The ACC Instrumental Program offers students tuition in a wide range of instruments, including: piano, saxophone, voice, trombone, guitar, drum, bass guitar, clarinet, violin and trumpet. Lessons occur during school hours.

If you would like to enrol in our Instrumental Tuition Program, please fill out this enrolment form

Future Events Calendar

  • Parent Connect morning tea: Friday 24th February at 9.00am
  • Parent Connect evening session: Tuesday 7th March at 7.00pm

This year we will be offering some evening session dates so that working parents might have the opportunity to attend these vital information and feedback sessions.

ACC Community Family BBQ

In Week 8 of this term we will be hosting a family picnic evening to give you, our ACC community parents, the opportunity to meet your children’s teachers. We are also using this opportunity to welcome new families and faculty to our community. We will send out an email in the coming week with more information and a form to fill out so that you can RSVP and order sausage sizzles if you’d like. We are all looking forward to gathering together at this event!


From time-to-time students accidentally collect items of school clothing that belongs to another student. The most common articles are sports jackets, hats, jumpers and school blazers. Please check labels to see if your child is in possession of another student's clothing. We also strongly encourage families to write names on all labels so that they can be returned if lost.

Trading of swap cards, toys and food

We ask parents and guardians to be aware that students are not allowed to trade swap cards (Pokemon, Dragonball Z, football cards etc), toys and/or food at school.


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New Facilities for STEM & Visual Art

We are looking forward to the installation of our new specialist classrooms for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) and the Visual Arts. We anticipate that the installation will take place towards the end of Term 1 for use in Term 2.

2017 Leadership Team

We have introduced a new structure to our school that has been operating in the background since Term 4 of last year. The purpose of this structure is to provide opportunities for our staff to lead and to develop different aspects of the school’s learning and co-curricular programs. Our leadership team is as follows:

Deputy Principal & Technology - Ross Howard

Primary - Jessica Hickson

English - Sandra Daly

Maths - Judith Carey

Science - Barbara Howard

Languages - Anji Smith

HSIE & Business - Dan McGowan

Arts - David Russell

Literacy Coordinator - Caitlin Wells

Sports Coordinator - Tiarne Kleyn

2017 New Staff

I am also thrilled to welcome new staff to our school community. We would like to introduce:

Maddy Shirley - English/History

Julia Min - Maths/Science

Werner Vlok - Primary

Kate Buchanan - Primary

Rebekah Davis - Primary

Brenda Smythe - Learning Support

Renee Parker - Administration - Community Care & Events

Meet Our New Teachers

Brenda Smythe

Position: K-12 Students With Disabilities (SWD) Teacher

I joined the college in 2017 and have a Bachelor degree in Education (Early Childhood Education) from Macquarie University and a Masters of Education (Special Education) from Southern Queensland University.

Hobbies: I love taking photos, visiting the Rocks Markets, eating salted caramel macaroons and going on adventures around Sydney and beyond.

Interesting Fact: Photographic designer for VIDA, a collaboration between designers and makers where each product purchased helps to provide literacy programs to the clothing makers who learn to read, write, do basic maths and build a better life for generations to come.

My family and I worship together on Sundays at Life Anglican Church – Marsden Park. I’m married to Andrew and we have two beautiful children (Ainsley and Cameron) and two cute fur babies (dogs – Jack and Milly).

Favorite Bible Verse/Passage: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me”(ESV). My deepest desire is for all students at ACC to know that God created them just the way he wanted – no mistakes!

Favorite Movie: Action or Romantic Comedy

Quote: “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein

Kate Buchanan

Position: Primary School Teacher (Year 5)

Hobbies: I love hanging out with friends and meeting new people. I enjoy playing sport and exercising. I love attending church and bible study; going to the beach; and drinking coffee at little cafes. I play guitar and love to sing and dance. I also have a passion for working with children.

Interesting Fact: I was born in New Zealand but moved to Sydney when I was 4. This is my last year of being Miss Buchanan before I get married in November. So when you’re unsure of who Mrs Papandreas is next year… that’ll be me!

Favourite Bible Verse/Passage: 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Favourite Movie/s: So many… But stand outs are ‘Titanic’ and ‘10 Things I Hate About You’.

Quote: ‘Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose’ Friday Night Lights

Julia Min

Position: Mathematics & Science Teacher

Hobbies: Exercising, calligraphy, cooking and baking.

Interesting Fact: I dislike mangoes.

Favorite Bible Verse/Passage: Psalm 37:4: “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Favorite Movie/s: Ratatouille, Honey, La La Land and Inside Out

Quote: “Choose to be kind even when others are not.”

Rebekah Davis

Position: Relief Teacher for Primary

Hobbies: Cooking, swimming, watching movies, going for walks and playing with my children.

Interesting Fact: I lived in Honduras for a year and can speak Spanish.

Favorite Bible Verse/Passage: Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

Favorite Movie/s: Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Remembering the Titans and In Time.

Quote: ‘Tomorrow is always a fresh start with no mistakes in it’.

Maddy Shirley

Position: English, HSIE & Biblical Studies Teacher

Hobbies: Drinking good coffee, cafe hunting, watching bad movies, participating in anything to do with The Arts, leading Youth at my Church.

Interesting Fact: I was born with only one kidney.

Favorite Bible Verse/Passage: Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Favorite Movies: The Harry Potter series

Werner Vlok

Position: Primary School Teacher (Year 3/4)

Hobbies: Mountain Biking and Travelling

Interesting Fact: I have been to a U2 concert, twice.

Favorite Bible Verse/Passage: Romans 8:39: “Neither height nor depth, nor anything in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”

Favorite Movie/s: The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gladiator and Ben Hur.

Quote: The harder the course, the more rewarding the triumph!

Student Quiz

Answer the following riddle, and bring your solution to Mrs Parker in the office to receive a small prize:

I have keys, but no locks. I have space, but no room. You can enter but not exit. What am I?