Principal’s Message

I would like to take a few minutes to talk about Parent Connect. We started this program a few years ago to provide a regular opportunity for parents to spend time at the school and to learn about how the school is developing. We also use this forum as an opportunity to get your feedback and to come up with new ideas.

This year, we have added an evening parent connect session in addition to our morning session. This is a great opportunity for parents and friends of the school to spend time on campus after hours. The first evening session went really well and I am thankful for everyone who took the time to attend.

Thank you so much for your investment in our school!

Paulle Kwok
Principal
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Franklin the Turtle!

One of our Year 3 students found a tiny eastern long-neck turtle on the grounds, a long way from any water. After checking on it's health (and admiring its extreme cuteness) we released it into a local dam to hopefully grow big and strong. Swim little turtle, swim!

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Year 11 & 12 Study Camp

It’s a wrap!

Year 11 and 12 students had the opportunity to attend study camp from 22nd to 24th February. This event is very popular and serves to organise and motivate students to engage in productive learning. In addition to a variety of team building and personal challenge activities, students received tuition in how to organise their study schedule, how to identify their learning style, setting and achieving goals and how to establish a healthy balance for their senior years of secondary study.

The camp was held at Blue Gum Lodge in Springwood, a truly beautiful bushland setting which allowed for time to think about priorities, plan for efficient learning and build friendships.

The representative from ‘Elevate Seminars’ provided stimulating presentations on time management and the use of various memory techniques in learning.

The quote of the camp was from a Year 12 student, who upon realising that adding 15 minutes of study review per subject adds up, over the courses to an extra 10 hours learning per subject. The quote “that’s too easy to be true!”.

The students were very popular with staff, who commented on their manners, cooperation and the inclusive relationships of the group.

Mrs Howard

Sport Activities

Our high school students have been attending bowling and rock climbing for their sport lessons this term - and having a great time. Watch this space! Next issue, we will give you an update on how their activities have been going, some photos and some feedback from our students.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Vaccination Clinic - Year 7 Students

This is a reminder that a Western Sydney Local Health Consent envelope was sent home with your child on Tuesday 1st March, 2017.

Thank you to everyone who has returned their card, for those outstanding please complete the form and return to the school office by Wednesday 8th March 2017 for processing.

If you do not wish for your child to participate in the Vaccination Program please email Fiona on [email protected] with the reason.

Vaccinations for Term 2 are 1st dose HPV and dTpa on Friday 19th May 2017.

Due to changes made by the Government recently more information on 2nd and 3rd dose dates will be communicated as soon as possible.

Future Events Calendar:

  • Primary Assembly: Monday 6th March at 2pm. Year 2 will be doing an item!
  • Year 12 Semester 1 exams: week 7
  • Distance Education residential week: week 7
  • Parent Schoology Training Session: watch this space!
  • ACC Community Family BBQ: week 8, March 21st from 5:30-8:00pm
  • Parent Connect morning tea: Friday 31st March at 9.00am
  • Next Parent Connect evening session: Tuesday 2nd May at 7.00pm
  • Year 7 Vaccination Clinic: Term 2, 19th May
  • Parent Connect ‘Thank you’ pamper session and morning tea: Friday 31st March

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 Picnic and Open Night

We are pleased to announce that the ACC Community Family Picnic Night will be held on Tuesday evening, 21st March between 5:30 and 8pm. Come when you can, leave when you must. There will be a number of interactive opportunities to meet with teachers, participate in games and activities around the school, eat and have fun!

ACC's Got Talent!

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After such a wonderful event in 2016, ACC brings you its second showcase in 2017 - combining the best the school has to offer in dance, drama and the wider creative arts. This year, the theme is "ACC's Got Talent" - and will showcase a diverse range of performances from a wide range of genres, featuring students from years K-12 and an all star band of students and staff members. Auditions are well underway and we will soon look forward to introducing you to our cast for Showcase 2017.

Tickets will be available early in Term 2.

General Information

Parent Connect

These sessions provide our ACC community parents and carers the opportunity to hear about news and upcoming events, give us ideas and feedback, and also listen interact with invited speakers and some of our specialty staff.

At our next Friday parent connect session (31st March) we have the privilege of hearing from our Learning Support teacher, Mrs Brenda Smythe. So come along and meet Brenda, who will be outlining the systems and procedures that the College has in place to provide informal and formal learning support for students who need assistance in their learning. Mrs Caitlin Wells will also be contributing to this session, sharing a little about the Literacy Support program that she runs. We will email more information about this session closer to the date.

ACC Choir & Instrumental Program

Reminder: the 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.

UNIFORM OWNERSHIP

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.

CANTEEN

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Student Quiz

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

Primary: What gets wetter as it dries?

Secondary: I never was, am always to be. No one ever saw me, nor ever will. And yet I am the confidence of all, To live and breath on this terrestrial ball. What am I?

Answer to last newsletter riddle: I am a keyboard