Principal’s Comments

This past week we were privileged to have representatives of Gideon’s International visit our school and spend time presenting copies of the New Testament to every Year 7 student and speaking to our secondary assembly.

The Gideon’s is an organisation that for over 100 years have been committed to distributing bibles to people free of charge all over the world. It is a wonderful gift.

The bible is central to our vision as school. That vision state that Australian Christian College Marsden Parkintentionally sets out to build a biblical foundation in the life of every student.

As part of the simple ceremony Year 7 participated in when receiving their Gideon’s bible they were asked to find a number of particular verses. One of them is particularly relevant.

Psalm 119:105 says “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

The poetry and artistry in this verse is obvious. The writer crafts a powerful image using the complementary images and expressions of the impact of God’s word shining out its truth amidst the darkness of error and deception.

Thinking more closely about the choice of image we can see that there is more meaning than might be obvious at first.

The verse contains two descriptions of effect of God’s Word for more reason than just to form a pleasant couplet: each represents a specific role that the light of God’s Word can play in our lives.

Firstly it is described as “a lamp unto my feet”.

In this image the light shines immediately and directly to reveal the place where are standing. It’s light reveals exactly where we are; shows us on what ground we stand and on what path we are positioned to go forward. In this same way the truth of the Bible will reveal we stand in life and on what path in life are positioned.

The Psalm follows this with identifying the Word of God as “the light unto my path”.

In this capacity the light of God’s Word stretches out before us to show us they path we should follow and the direction we should set as we move forward. This too applies to our lives, as the Bible reveals to us the way we should aspire to live and the type of life we should follow.

The Gideon’s have countless testimonies of people who have picked their free bibles and found that as the Word of God the biblehas been a light with which they have seen clearly for the first time just where they stand in life at that moment and in what direction they should head.

For each of us each day I pray that we will let the light of GOd’s Word in the bible will be for us both “a lamp to my feet and a light to my way!”

Whole School Information

Parent Connect goes Evening - June 28th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

The next Parent Connect Evening Event is being planned for Thursday 28 June. The focus of the night will be on providing information and practical strategies to parents on how they can help their children be safe, secure and sensible online.

Mrs Sarah van Bentum, Managing Counsellor with BaptistCare, will be our special guest presenter. Mrs van Bentum has extensive experience as both a trained educator and counsellor and has worked specifically with students across a range of mental health issues including those associated with online behaviour and safety.

Please contact Mrs Renee Parker for information

Please RSVP here

Help us Help you!

Recently we have some situations that have alerted us to the need to refresh our shared understanding of how we can work to support the health and medical needs of your students.

Can we ask you to:

  • advise the School Administration team via reception of any health or medical conditions regarding your children. Even temporary conditions or the use of temporary medicationscan be important for us to know about.
  • Provide the school with copies of relevant action plans for any ongoing conditions.
  • Direct any medication that needs to be issued to your child to the School Office in a secure container with clearly marked identification of the student and clear instructions about how it is to be administered.

Following these procedures will help us provide the very best care we can for your children while they are in our care.

Information Rules the World!

We undoubtedly live in the information age. It has never been more important for organisations to have accurate, up-to-date information about the people they are working with and working for.

Earlier this year we sent you a copy of the data and information that the school currently has on record about your family.

Amidst the busyness of life a number of families have not been able to get that back to us to either confirm that the information we currently have is correct or to provide new information for us to update our database.

Please rifle through the paperwork that you may have on your kitchen benches or your workstations to check whether you have the information request form from us about your family records that you could return to us.

Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation.

Community Code of Conduct

In so many ways school communities areunique places. There are few other other collections of people that combine the range of people in such ongoing relationships involving such frequent contact about other people whom we love so deeply.

In this context it can sometimes be challenging to manage relationships and communication well. Our shared intention is to provide a rich and supportive community of interacting relationships in which every person feels welcome, valued, and respected.

For this reason we have been working on a shared community code of conduct that outlines the expectations we can have of each other as we work closely in caring for your own and other people’s children’s welfare and education. Rather than being a set of rules this is intended to help us navigate our working relationships.

The complete Code of Conduct will be made available once it has been approved by the Board of the School. In the meantime can we remind us all to be careful to speak respectfully to others and that we direct comments or concerns to the right people through appropriate channels.

School Photos

Australian Christian College 2018 Photos

Photos will be taken onWed 13th & Thurs 14th of JUNE.

To order, simply click on this link: https://portraitpatch.com.au/sydney/order-online/

Enter shoot code 1296 and follow the instructions.

Please NOTE:

1.All ordering is online **

2. If ordering SIBLING PHOTOS:

  • The details for at least two children must be entered (even if you are not ordering for one of them).
  • Orders must be placed online before: 7pm the day before you would like them to be photographed

** If you are unable to order online by credit card, email [email protected] to organise alternate arrangements

Lost Property

Please note that we have a mounting pile of lost property with no names, including items that have been left on buses and in shopping centres! Please check all uniform items and ensure that student names are on them. If the student name is on the item, it will be returned. All unclaimed uniform items will be handed over to the second hand uniform sale at the end of term 2.

Busways Information

ACC is working with Busways in making efforts to enforce the use of Opal cards on their buses.

This term, Busways Inspectors will be checking to ensure that students are using their Opal cards when boarding the school bus. Students that do not present a valid Opal card will be asked to pay a fare. Failure to produce a valid Opal card or bus fare will result in the Inspector recoding the students name.

This is an example of how the student's information will be recorded:

Route Service/School Bus No.

Date

Students Name

Grade

Comments

Eg School bus 4620

25/5/18

John Smith

3

Invalid School Opal card

After the school inspection, the names that were recorded will be emailed to ACC. Staff at ACC will then follow up with the parents/guardians of the students concerned.

All students need to produce one of the following:

  • School Opal card
  • Child/Youth Opal card
  • Pay a fare for travel

Opal cards are important because each one is used to determine demand for bus services. If students don't have an Opal card to tap on and off, the service will appear underutilised and may be considered for cancellation based on low passenger numbers.

For students that currently do not have an Opal card, please visit the Opal website: www.opal.com.au/en/about-opal/opal-for-school-students/ 

We would encourage any student who might use public transport to apply for an Opal card.

Thank you for your support in this matter.

Lego Enthusiasts!

Brickbuilt by SYDLUG will be holding an exhibition at Max Webber Library these school holidays.

Go along and see this amazing exhibition and meet the experts who build with toy bricks. Displays are created by adult fans of Lego.

Saturday 14 July10am - 2pm

Monday 16 July - Friday 20 July10am - 4pm

Saturday 21 July10am - 2pm

You will find the exhibition in the Max Webber Function Centre, Cnr Flushcombe Rd and Alpha St, Blacktown.

Celebrations and Success.

Sports!

Last Friday over 30 ACC students competed in the State Level CSSA Cross Country event. We were very proud of the efforts of all competitors who each gave their best effort on the day and participated with exemplary athleticism and sportsmanship.

Special congratulations go to Ethan Gibb in Year 11 who finished 9th in his race and to Alex Eason in Year 4 who finished 5th.

Staff News!

Miss Zampetides is now Mrs McCumisky!

We are delighted to celebrate the recent wedding of Mrs McCumisky and pray that her and her husband’s future are filled with every blessing of God and with His enduring love, peace, and joy.

Primary Take 2

Secondary Take 2

Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp

The Year 9 Outdoor Education camp is concluding this afternoon.

The campers have done so well to endure the challenges of some outdoor hiking and other activities in conditions that were less than ideal. They have braved the cold and the occasional rain storm and all reports are that is was a great success. Well done to all the intrepid Year 9 campers.

Year 11 Parent Teacher Interviews

A reminder that the Year 11 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Tuesday 12th June from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

Bookings are to be made online. The online booking system (School Interviews) is currently open and will close by 1 pm on Tuesday 12/6.

The online booking system (School Interviews) can be accessed through the following link:

https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/book/step1?z=t9naB7

Booking Sheet Access Code: rrc7p

When: 12th June

Time: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

Where: D1 and D2 classrooms

Year 10 Expo Night

A letter has been sent out to parents informing them of the process for students transition from Year 10 into Year 11 in 2019. Our first event in this transition process is a subject selection expo for our Year 10 students and their parents. The purpose of this event is to provide students with information about possible subjects choices for Year 11, 2019.

When: June 12, 2018

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (7:30pm Curriculum Talk for all students)

Where: C1

Please reference the letter for further details.

HomeWork Club a Proven Success - book your place!

Home work club has been operatingeach Monday afternoon from 2:50 - 4:00 pm for a few weeks now. Two teachers have been available to offer advice and assistance to any student who needs some help in starting or completing homework or assessments.

The service is proving increasingly popular and the number of students making use of this opportunity is growing steadily.

As this provision becomes used more frequently, booking a place using the online form at this link will be more and more essential.

HomeWork Club booking form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L3CH93H

Year 12 Graduation Information

A letter has been sent home to all parents with information about the final days of school at ACC for our class of 2018. Belowyou will find a summery of these events:

Wednesday 26th September:

Year 12 breakfast with staff, followed by Secondary assembly which will be run by year 12. After the assembly, staff will be involved in a celebratory activity with year 12 students.

Thursday 27th September:

Year 12 graduation ceremony, ending with a ‘Guard of Honour’ from students. Later that night year 12 will be attending their Valedictory Dinner with staff and parents. More information will follow about the Valedictory Dinner in the coming weeks.

Please forward any questions to Mrs Renee Parker via email at [email protected] or by phone on 9421 7111

Upcoming Events

  • Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend: 9-11 June
  • Year 11 Parent Teacher Interviews: 12 June
  • Year 10 Subject Selection Expo: 12 June
  • School Photos: 13-14 June
  • DE Residential Camp: 18-22 June
  • DE Residential Day School: 25-29 June
  • Years 10-12 Careers Expo
  • Evening Parent Connect: 28 June
  • K-10 Parent Teacher Interviews: 5 July
  • Last Day of Term 2: 6th July

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