From the Principal
Welcome back to our last term for the year. I trust that you have all had a good break and are enjoying the start of Spring.
Last term we finished with 28 of our Year 7 and 8 students going on our Sydney/Canberra trip. You will see later in this newsletter a report on this trip, but I loved the opportunity to get to know our students at an even deeper level. We also had five distance education students with us and I was most impressed at how well they adjusted to the routines of the week, even though they did not know anyone at first. Special thanks also to Rev Shane Marques who came along with us as the tour chaplain and also to Mrs Barbara Gill who came to assist. Mrs Gill has been the backbone of our school for many years. This was her first major excursion and we loved having her there.
As part of our review of camps and excursions, we are considering holding a Year 7 only Canberra trip in 2019. Our Year 7 numbers are much greater next year and so this could be the right time to make this a special Year 7 event. Camps are an excellent way to introduce Junior Secondary students to secondary school and to establish strong foundations for their future learning. Our Sydney/Canberra trip covers not only the vital learning areas of Civics and Citizenship, but it also explores issues related to History, Geography, Science, Law, Arts and the development of the Australian culture. Most importantly, the Sydney/Canberra trip provides incredible opportunities for relationship building and student personal growth. The importance of these learning moments can never be overestimated and so this would be an ideal way for Year 7 students to further transition into the life of secondary school. I am very open to feedback from parents about this suggestion.
This term I will be talking to our On Campus and Distance Education students in Year 7 and 8 about the opportunity for them to apply to go on our next Vietnam trip in 2020. We will have an Information Night in Term 1 next year but it will be good for our students to start their planning now for such an important trip.
Farewell to Year 12 students
In Week 2 next week we say goodbye to our Year 12 students. On Wednesday 17/10 we will be having our Year 12 Farewell School Assembly. This will be for students Years 3-12, parents and friends and will be held at the Living Water Anglican Church commencing at 9.30am. This assembly will be an opportunity for the whole school to publicly acknowledge and thank our Year 12 students for their ongoing contribution to the school over many years, for their leadership as seniors and for being role models to the rest of the school. Year 12 students will also receive their Statement of Results at this assembly. Finally, our farewell assembly is an opportunity for our school to thank the Lord of our students and to ask His blessing on them in the days and years ahead.
Events coming up this term
- Week 2: Bake Sale Tuesday 16/10. Raising money for Samaritan’s Purse and their ‘Water for Life’ project in Cambodia. Three of our Year 11 students will be participating in this project by building water filters in Cambodia later this year.
- Week 2: Year 12 Farewell events including Farewell Assembly on at LWAC, 17/10 at 9.30am.
- Week 3: Soccer Windup Sat 27/10 10 am, more details below.
- Week 4: Open Night on Thursday 1/11/18. The school will be open from 4.00pm till 7.00pm. Come and see student displays, Year 6 & 9 Principal’s Exhibition projects, and enjoy live music performances. Food will also be available for sale. This is also an opportunity to invite friends and those who would like to know more about the school.
- Week 4: Quiz Night: Saturday 3/11 at 7.00pm. Lots of fun and prizes.
- Week 5: Friday 9/11: Albany Show Day - Student free day
- Week 8: Tuesday 27/11: Presentation Night for secondary students: N.B change of date so our students going to Cambodia can attend
- Week 8: Wednesday 28/11: Presentation Day for primary students
- Week 9: Wednesday 5/12: Students’ last day at school.
Sydney/Canberra Trip 2018
During the last week of Term 3, the Year 7 and 8 students left for an adventure to Canberra and Sydney… and what a week it was! The Sydney/Canberra Trip was designed to create wonderful experiences and learning opportunities for our students and that is exactly what happened. Our trip provided students with an opportunity to foster friendships, develop independence and communications skills, consolidate key learning from the curriculum and reinforce the value of national pride. It is also was an opportunity for our Distance Education students to interact with the day school students. As a Christian college, we were also keen for the students to use the trip as an opportunity to learn more about faith to be open to trusting God in new ways.
On Sunday 16 September, 23 excited students left Albany for the first leg of the trip to Sydney/Canberra. On Monday we met our 5 Online (Distance education) students at the airport. For some students, it was their first flight and for many, their first trip to our eastern states. After arriving safely at Sydney airport we went for a drive through Sydney, making a much-anticipated swing past Bondi Beach in our tour bus. The next morning after resting overnight at our accommodation right next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, students had the opportunity to experience life in a big city. A walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge, jumping on a train and a ride in a Sydney ferry across the harbour to Manly were just some of the highlights. An unexpected opportunity to go to Starbucks for coffee and hot chocolate rounded off our Sydney trip before we boarded our coach for Canberra.
Canberra was the focal point of trip. We started our trip with a visit to Mount Ainslie were students had a bird’s eye view of Canberra. Students explored the brand new exhibit at the National Capital Exhibition where they learned about the history of Canberra and its unique layout. We also explored the Australian War Memorial where students visited the Commemorative Courtyard and Hall of Memory. Students took in the many names engraved on the walls and the sight of the red poppies used to remember each soldier. One of our students celebrated the 100th anniversary of his ancestor receiving a Victorian Cross medal and had the opportunity to place a poppy inside the Hall of Valor to commemorate the event. The students were also given the opportunity to participate in political debates in New Parliament House, explore Old Parliament House, discover new things at CSIRO and have fun with Science at Questacon. At the National Electoral Education Centre, we learnt some of the history of how our rights to vote have developed and even conducted a mock election, voting for our favourite fruit. A particular highlight on our trip was the Australian Institute of Sport. At the Sportex facility, we had the opportunity to play virtual reality sports like skiing, rowing and cycling, followed by a tour of the world-class facilities where Australia’s elite athletes train. After each day's exciting activities we retreated to our brand new accommodation at Canberra Park.
Overall, this trip was a great experience for all our students. Thank you to all the teachers, parents, students and support staff who contributed to make this trip a highlight in the lives of our students and one which they will remember long after they leave school.
I want to also thank and acknowledge the Australian Government for their assistance in supporting our students when they visited Canberra recently. The Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) is an initiative of the Australian Government which provides some financial assistance for students in Year 4-12 across Australia to travel to Canberra the nation's capital. Under PACER, students are able to enjoy first hand learning about civics and citizenship and see their knowledge brought to life when they experience Canberra first hand. As part of this program, our students visited Parliament House, Old Parliament House including The Museum of Australian Democracy and The National Electoral Education Centre as well as the Australian War Memorial. We also attended the National Art Gallery, the High Court, the CSIRO Discovery Centre and the Australian Institute of Sport.
Welcome back to Term 4! Already with Week 1 behind us, I feel the pressure of this final short term of the year. I hope all the coursework goes smoothly for all our students and that we have a good term.
YEAR 12 GENERAL STUDENTS
We farewell our Year 12 General Students next week as this is their last school week. It is with great sadness to say goodbye to students whom we’ve got to know so well these last few years. But we delight in how ready they are to go out into the big wide world prepared to pursue their dreams and goals. This class has been our pioneers showing us much grace as we have created first the Year 11 General Courses for them, followed by the Year 12 General Courses. They have worked with us establishing a foundation for future student cohorts.
I would like to mention that all these students have demonstrated an excellent work ethic, resilience and perseverance in a difficult online environment and have given their best. We as a staff have been impressed on many occasions by the standard of work that has produced.
Go well, Year 12s! Hold your heads up high. May the Lord bless and keep you close to Him in all you do. We wish you all the best and every success in the next step of your life’s journey.
From all who have taught you these last few years.
A prayer for you:
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
Ephesians 1: 17 - 19
The transition is going well and we have appreciated the prompt notifications coming in from parents about their child’s absenteeism. Please be mindful, however, of the requirement for you to respond to emails from ACC in regards to questions on attendance should you receive one. We appreciate your ongoing support in this matter.
A reminder that all absentee notifications should be directed to the school email: [email protected]
CHANGES TO CONTACT DETAILS
Admin needs to be notified of any changes to your email or physical addresses and phone contact numbers. Again let us know through: [email protected]
Term 4 Monday, 8 October - Wednesday 5 December.
Please save the date: Friday 30 November 2 pm. Venue to be announced. It will be in the Perth Metro area.
I was delighted to hear how well our Distance Education students fitted in with the on campus students on the Canberra Trip. Apparently they did us proud and had a wonderful time learning and having fun!
DE STEM DAY
Thank you to all who were able to attend the DE STEM DAY. Lots of learning and much fun for everyone. We had SciTech teaching the use of Robotics in the lesser hall and then the other group of students were engaged in a Round Robin of Maths activities in the Cafe area.
TERM 3 COURSE FOLDERS
We will be opening these again next week so all results can be seen. New Students, please do not do any work in these Term 3 Folders as the work will not be marked, thank you.
We are delighted to congratulate Michaela Ladbrooke for receiving a Distinction in her Level 3 Certificate in Vocational Graded Exam in Dance. Well done, Michaela.
Also huge congratulations to Shuan Hern Lee who excelled in the Kerikeri International Piano Competition held in New Zealand where he won First Prize in. Well done, Shuan.
Mrs Terry Phipson
ACC Southlands P & F Association
The P&F (Parents & Friends) association is a group of dedicated parent and staff volunteers that contribute to the school community through fundraising for important school events, clubs, and for the purchase of school resources. This year P&F has contributed by hosting stalls, sausage sizzles, and on Saturday, November 3, will be hosting a Quiz night. P&F are calling on sponsors and prize donations in various forms ranging from gift baskets to services. See the flyer below for more information regarding the event.
P&F would like to extend a sincere thank you to all that attended the productive meeting last night. P&F welcomes to opportunity to see and hear from more parents at the next P&F meeting on Thursday, November 15th at 6:30 pm at the Dome.
P & F Association Secretary
ACC 2018 Soccer Windup
We are delighted to announce that our soccer windup will be on the 27th of October, Saturday, Week 3 of the term. Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this event as we have had a series of key events in the life of our growing college.
The windup will start at 10:00 am with our annual friendly games between parents and students. It will be a great time to celebrate the growth of our players this soccer season. Drinks and bar-b-q are all provided for.
10:00 - 10:25: Game 1 Students Vs Parents
10:30 - 11:00: Game 2 Students Vs Parents
11:00 - 11:30: Food & Drinks
11:30 - 12:00: Award Ceremony
12:00 - 12:15: Cake Cutting & Photos
12:15 - 12:30: Pack up and Finish
Kindly bring along your child’s playing strip (sky blue). All players have been allocated a specific number. if you choose to keep the playing strip or if you are unable to return the playing strip, there will be a surcharge of $30. If you have any boots or shin pads to donate, kindly bring it along as well.
2019 ACC Soccer Season:
As we plan for the next season, we would like to know if any of you would be available to be a coach, assistant coach or a team manager. This is a great opportunity to invest your time in the life of your child, as it is in the time spent with your child that you get to experience the quality moments. Short day courses are lined up to equip you with the knowledge of coaching soccer.
Every season we aim to refine and improve the soccer experience for our students. We would love to hear from your be it on matters that we are doing well or areas where we can improve. All feedback is appreciated by us.
Wing Kuen Wee
Foster caring...it’s not just the child’s life that changes!
Do you enjoy looking after kids?
Do you want to make a difference in a child’s life?
If so, you may want to consider foster care. The Department of Communities - Child Protection and Family Support’s Albany Office is looking for foster carers who can provide a loving home to babies, young or older children for short and long periods of time.
Find out more by attending one of the following fostering information sessions.
Wednesday 21st November 7pm – 9pm
Friday &nbs 23rd November 10am – 12pm
Where: 25 Duke Street, Albany
Please contact Chung Siew at the Department’s Albany Office on 08 9841 0777 or [email protected] register your interest in attending a session.