Whole School Information
This special edition of our College Newsletter focuses attention on the graduation of our Year 12 class of 2018. You will find our regular Take 2 videos as special feature editions with that intention. We hope you enjoy these videographic tributes.
The vision of Australian Christian College is in 3 essential parts.
- Building a biblical foundation in the life of every student
- Praying that each student has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- Helping each student to succeed in whatever God wants them to do.
This last week of Term 3, for our graduating Year 12’s is the last official week for them attending ACC MP. This provides a wonderful opportunity to honour them and their achievements and commit them to the care and leading of God. It also allows us to reflect on the fruitfulness of the ministry of the school community sown into the hearts and minds of this splendid group of young people.
It is a biblical principle, taught by Christ himself, that you will know the nature of a tree by the fruit it produces. This is true with the fruit formed in the life of this community.
In graduating this group of young people we acknowledge that they exhibit an array of virtues and qualities that are commendable, even admirable. Individually and collectively they are fine young people. They are intent on doing good, committed to serving others, diligent in their endeavour, given to acts of generous kindness, known and respected for their honesty and integrity.
In these commendations of their character we also acknowledge the qualities of this group are based on more than just social expectation or training. For the majority of our students these attributes flow from the priorities of the Colleges visio which are a foundation on biblically-based beliefs, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and an openness to God’s leading in discipleship.
The essence of the school’s vision has recently been captured in a simple phrase that we have been using to identify the schools intent - Shaping Futures.
As we graduate this cohort of students into their own futures, we are confident that we have been instruments of God in shaping them and their foundational beliefs and character.
We celebrate that they have been given gifts of knowledge, competence and capacity that will shape the future vocations and professions they will enjoy.
We anticipate that the quality of character they have developed will cause many of them to become influential leaders in various spheres of activity. This may be in business, the law, education, health, in shaping the future of our society. Most importantly though, we are thankful for the fact that so many of them have deepened their faith, devotion, and discipleship and through this, we have helped shaped their eternal future.
Please join me in celebrating our Year 12 graduating students and also in reflecting on the ongoing work of God through this community, committing both to prayer.
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.
What’s Been Happening
Farewell to our Year 12 Students
This week saw the College farewell the Year 12 cohort of 2018. Students enjoyed some of their last lessons with teachers on Monday and Tuesday, before joining in with the festivities at the "Kick-Off Day" on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Year 12s led an assembly, where they reflected on their memories at ACC. Two students, Costalia Michael and Cameron Thiel, shared their reflections and wisdom with the Secondary School at this assembly. Thursday saw our students officially graduate from the college, at their Graduation Assembly. It was at this assembly that students who have achieved academic success across various subjects were recognised. Significant awards were also presented to students who have demonstrated Christian character as well as our endeavour awards, the Head of Secondary encouragement award and a recognition award for 13 years of schooling at the college. Brody Collins and Charlotte Bishop presented an address to students, staff, family members and friends reflecting on their time at the college. Thursday night was an enjoyable evening for all in attendance at the Valedictory Dinner at the Waterview in Bicentennial Park. Reid Prepchuk and Mitchell Douglas shared their words of thanks to staff, parents and friends. Once the formalities of the evening had concluded, Year 12 (and the executive team in particular) enjoyed tearing up the dance floor with staff and parents alike. It has been an incredible week of celebratory events for this Year 12 cohort and we thank all involved in its organisation and execution. We are prayerfully upholding our Year 12 students as they prepare for their HSC Examinations. We wish you all the very best!
Our On-site Lunch Order system for Term 4
In Term 4 we are pleased to be able to offer our on-site lunch order service on Thursdays and Fridays. We will still be getting lunch orders from Sam's Gourmet Cafe at Riverstone on Mondays, but no longer on Fridays. On Mondays you will be able to choose from the cafe menu found via the link on the school website, as usual. On Thursdays and Fridays you will be able to order at our on-site canteen from our new summer menu which will be available at the beginning of term. We are also setting up an 'opt in' Facebook group where you will be able to find all the relevant information regarding our on-site lunch order service. More information on this will be available at the start of the new term. With our expanding days of operation next term, we are also looking for more volunteers. If you are able to spare a couple of hours on a Thursday or Friday morning each week or fortnight, please contact [email protected]
Featherdale Wildlife Park
On Monday Year 1 and Year 2 visited Featherdale Wildlife Park. We started with a trip to the learning burrow where we participated in some hands on educational activities. We also got to meet and pat some of the animals. After our time at the learning burrow we explored the park and were amazed by all the different animals they had to offer. This term we have been learning about life cycles in Science and endangered species in Geography. This lead to fruitful discussions as students reflected on their learning. We were able to see a lot of the endangered animals we have been learning about at school and how important it is to look after these animals so that we have a healthy ecosystem both now and in the future.
F1 in Schools Competition
Last Thursday 30th September Australian Christian College took 3 teams to participate in the Regional Finals of the F1 in Schools Challenge - ClickBait, 10th Gear, Ballistic Burnouts.
The F1 in Schools Challenge aims to introduce and develop students in a variety of skills through the completion of this practical STEM based activity. Students were challenged to collaboratively work together to design an F1 racing car using 3D Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing. Not only did students have the opportunity to test and race their F1 cars, they developed life-long skills in resilience and cognitive flexibility when faced with new and innovative ways to test and present their projects.
Results for the day are published below:
ClickBait ranked 7th place in the Professional Class
Ballistic Burnouts ranked 6th place in the Development Class
10th Gear ranked 9th place in the Cadet Class
This has truly been another highlight in the iSTEM calendar for 2018. Students enjoyed and were engaged with the other schools on the day - encouraging and learning from each other which was great to hear.
See below for some snapshots of the students' experience on the day.
Also, we are pleased to announce that team ClickBait have been invited to compete in the State Finals of the F1 in Schools challenge, to be held at the University of Western Sydney in Week 4 of Term 4.
Take 2 Videos
What’s Happening Next
Swimming Lessons during Term 4
We are delighted to announce that our Year 1 to Year 6 students will have an opportunity to participate in Swim School in Term 4. Our buses will take the students to Little Fishes Swim School for an hour lesson on Wednesdays. Each class will participate in 3 swimming lessons commencing from Week 2. More information will be provided in a letter home soon, including a permission form and details on the dates each class will participate.
Commerce Market Day
17 students from the Commerce elective course in Year 9 and 10 will be conducting their annual Market Day. ‘Running a Business’ is one of the units studied in Commerce. It is a practical unit where students plan and run a business for the day. Students have been preparing for Market Day during most of Term 3. They have planned their products to sell, conducted market research, implemented marketing strategies, created a business proposal and will have an opportunity to make a profit for their business.
There are four stalls selling a range of mexican food, lollies and sweets, hamburgers, sausage sizzle and drinks. Students are also running a car wash! All students from K-12 are able to buy at recess and lunch on the day. Please come along and support our Commerce students!
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 15 October First day of Term 4, summer uniform to be worn
- Wednesday 17 October Commerce Day
- Thursday 18 October HSC written examinations commence
- Wednesday 12 December Last day of Term 4 Please take note of this date as it may be different to what you have seen previously.