Whole School Information
So much to celebrate
I trust you look forward to reading the school newsletter each fortnight to hear all the wonderful learning experiences offered to our students at Australian Christian College, Marsden Park. You will read about events that have happened over the past two weeks as well as events you can look forward to in the near future. There’s always so much to tell you about!
We are putting out a ‘Special Edition’ newsletter next week featuring our Year 12 students as we farewell them from ACC. Our Principal’s Corner and Take 2 videos will be included in this Special Edition newsletter.
We are always thankful to God for all we have to celebrate at ACC, Marsden Park. God is good!
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Distribution
It’s that time of year again, when we get the opportunity to share in the gift of giving via the Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child Appeal. This week we have launched our campaign and are hoping to improve on our total from last year with a target 300 boxes this year. In Matthew 25:40 Jesus said,
‘If you have done this to the least of them, you have done it to me.’
Matthew 25:40 NKJ
The students were challenged in Chapel to commit to at least one box so that the love of God can be shared in the hearts of children in many different countries. It has been our privilege for the past 5 years to send a team each year to Cambodia that have had the opportunity of handing out these shoe boxes and seen the joy first hand what God can do in the lives of the people.
We would ask that all filled shoeboxes be returned by Friday 9 November and please add $10 cash per box to cover the cost of postage. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.
Out of Uniform Day K-12
To support the work of Samaritan's Purse and to assist in raising funds for their work in Cambodia, the college will be holding a gold-coin donation "Out of Uniform Day", on Tuesday the 25th September. Additionally, the college will also be hosting Kick Off, a ministry of Word of Life that involves giant games, jumping castles and a short gospel message. Together, this day is sure to be a great way to end the term.
What’s Been Happening
Exciting times for our On-site canteen
Our on-site canteen is doing so well that we are looking to increase our days next term. In order to do this, we are looking for more volunteers to help us.
The main roles for volunteers are cooking and food preparation but you could also help with collating the orders at the beginning of the day and of course the clean up at the end. The time commitment you give is up to you - as little as an hour once a month is still helpful to us.
We start at 8:30am and are generally finished cleaning up at 1:30pm, which includes some time to sit and eat lunch together. If you have questions or would like some more information about what's involved or you want to say, "I'm in, when do I start!"please email Sam at [email protected]
On Monday the 10th September the Year 12 Chemistry class went to ‘Kickstart Science’ at the University of Sydney. The students were engaged in hands on activities that require equipment not readily available in a school laboratory. It also gave them a glimpse into science at a university level.
They were able to carry out an analysis on hard water to determine its concentration, determine the composition of a fertilizer and watch other reactions that are in their Industrial Chemistry topic such as the Chlor-Alkali and Solvay processes. A highlight of the trip was being able to operate an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer to analyse trace samples of a metal. The various activities are designed to reinforce the theory taught in class and our students took full advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
Sydney Olympic Park Geography Excursion
On Tuesday 11th September, Year 10 Geography students were involved in a field study conducted in Sydney's Bicentennial Park. They were assisted by experienced park staff conducting research and data analysis on various geological and geographical issues facing the park along with a detailed history of the site. They were also given an understanding of the current work being done to protect Sydney's parks and river systems. This field work gave our students a unique opportunity to put the skills they are learning in class into practice.
Geography Excursion to Blacktown Showground
Are our wetlands a viable habitat for the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog?This was the question our Stage 2 students explored last Thursday, 13th September in the wetlands at Blacktown Showground.
Students tested the water quality, took an audit of the litter around the site, searched for evidence of feral predators and noted the species of water bugs and other food sources. n the end we found that the only thing that was preventing the Green and Golden Bell Frog from living in this area was the amount of rubbish around the site.
We all had a fantastic day, learned a lot and were challenged to think about how we take care of our environment.
SHIFT - Seeking Him In Faithless Times
On Thursday, the 13th September, our group of Year 12 leaders from the Ministry team organised an incredible night for our secondary school community. SHIFT (Seeking Him in Faithless Times) is a time for worship through song, prayer and opening up the word of God. It has been such an impactful event for our students. Students enjoyed a BBQ dinner and time in fellowship together, before heading into the session, which included a message from Pastor Sam Kassis from Vineyard Church.
Well done to all students involved in organising the night. It was so encouraging seeing students from our ACC community in Years 7-12 come along. We thank the students who set up for the event, ran the BBQ, played in the worship band and led on the panel discussion. Your heart behind what this event is about is encouraging to see and your involvement in SHIFT has blessed our community.
On Thursday 13th September, our ‘Opens’ futsal teams travelled to Penrith to compete in the CSSA State Secondary Gala Day. Our boys team had a really successful day, competing strongly in a tough pool and then winning their playoff game 10-1. The girls had fun developing their skills and improved greatly throughout the day.
On Friday the 14th September, Year 8 Geography students travelled on a fieldwork excursion to Katoomba, Blue Mountains. Students had a rich learning experience, hiking from Echo Point to Katoomba Falls. While on this trip students practiced their Geography skills in examining the micro-climate of the Blue Mountains. They had fun exploring the World Heritage site and taking photos along the way.
It has been a busy and exciting two weeks for Year 11 Visual Arts. Our class had the privilege of having David Solomons from Eckersley’s visit and provide us with a material exploration and experimentation workshop. Year 11 were highly engaged in the immersive experience as they interacted with a range of paints, pencils, textured mediums and spray paint. We are so thankful to David for coming out and sharing his knowledge and expertise with us.
To build upon our workshop with David, we had the pleasure of Leisa Whiteside’s company this week. Leisa, from S&S Wholesale, ran an engaging mono-printing workshop. The class were able to create artworks using geli plates and a mix of mediums in order to create their ‘one-chance’ artworks. Year 11 were highly engaged as they experimented with a range of different materials to make interesting impressions on paper.
Visual Arts is a wonderful subject for students to develop a growth mindset.We are thankful for Leisa’s time and assistance in developing the artistic gifts God has blessed our students with.
What’s Happening Next
Proposed Early Learning Centre at ACC, Marsden Park
Are you interested in the possibility of having an Early Learning Centre at ACC, Marsden Park?We would love to hear from you. Please complete the survey by clicking on the link below:
Private Music Tuition Available
ACC, Marsden Park offers a suite of private music tuition across a range of instruments including voice.Lessons operate during the school day, in our individual music tuition space.
Welcome to our new singing teacher, Sabella Osborne
Sabella has studied at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Australian Institute of Music. B.Mus.
She has been teaching vocal lessons for over 8 years and singing and leading in Gospel music for over 10 years. She currently teaches music/singing at Northern Beaches Christian School and runs her own music school at Dural along with working at Lorien Novalis with private singing tuition for both students and teachers.
Sabella has a real passion for vocal health, pitch and volume techniques and the power of confidence singing can bring within someone. She believes in building her students up with encouragement and a range of different styles and fun warm ups used in her singing lessons.
Sabella has performed all over Sydney. She loves to sing Soul, Jazz and R’nB. She is currently releasing an EP of songs she has written.
Lesson Fees: $35 a lesson
Click here to enrol your child for Instrumental Tuition through the College.
- Monday 24 September
- Homework Club 2.50pm - 4pm in D1
- Tuesday 25 September
- Mufti Day, gold coin donation for the Cambodia Mission Trip
- Kick Off, Word of Life K-12
- Wednesday 26 September
- Teachers and Year 12 Students Breakfast 7.30am - 8.30am
- Drama Club 3-4pm
- Thursday 27 September
- Year 12 Graduation Ceremony commences at 11am
- Year 12 Valedictory Dinner
- Friday 28 September
- Year 11 First Aid Course
- Last day of Term 3
- Monday 15 October, First day of Term 4
- Summer uniform to be worn