From the Principal

It does come as a shock to realise that this will be the last newsletter for the year. Next week I am looking forward to our end of year Presentation events. I love being able to celebrate our student achievements and to reflect on the year and the amazing things that have happened. I am currently finalizing my 2018 Principal Report and putting together all the different aspects of our school life and I still find it overwhelming. I am so thankful to God for the way He has been leading us. By the way, I would encourage all parents to make it  to these important events. See below for more details.

Schools Armistice Day March

I wish to acknowledge our students’ considerable involvement in the student led service on Thursday 8/11 which commemorated the end of the First World War.. This was a really significant event for Albany as a lot of work had gone into its preparation and practices. As part of the preparation for this service, students from all the schools in Albany were invited to submit a poem on the First World War and our Kelly Ann MacGregor from Year 7 was one of only four students chosen to read hers out at the service. As well as this, our Year 9 students were each given one of Albany’s fallen soldiers to research. During the service, the names of the one hundred fallen soldiers were read out to the tolling of a bell as the students came forward and placed a plaque beside a small wooden cross. Their research on all these soldiers is now on display at the library. We also had students from Years 5 - 11 who marched in the parade as well as students from primary and secondary school singing in the choir. As our Governor Mr Kim Beazley said, “this event will never be forgotten by the students”. It was a real privilege to be so involved in such an important community event.

Distance Education Year 12 Luncheon

What a pleasure it was last week to meet up with representatives of our year 12 Distance Education (DE) students and their parents at a luncheon in Perth. As I listened to the students’ stories and the comments by parents I know the whole DE team were encouraged. I have included some of their comments below.

Outstanding Achievements

Last newsletter, I mentioned that Ebony Barker had won five awards in the Chevron Focus Environment photography competition. What I didn’t know at the time was that one of our Distance Education students also won a prize. Seraphene Arena came third in the WA Native Species category. Our school was also awarded $250. Well done Seraphene!

End of Year Presentation Events

These are key events in the life of our school as they allow us to celebrate together the achievements of the year and to publicly thank God for his continued goodness to us.

  1. On Campus Secondary Presentation service: This is now on Tuesday night on 27th November at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start and will be held at the Living Water Anglican Church.
  2. On CampusPrimary Presentation service: This is on Wednesday 28th November at 1.00pm for a 1.15pm start and will be held at the Living Water Anglican Church.
  3. Distance Education Presentation service: This is on Friday 30th November at 1.45pm for a 2.00pm start and will be held at The Rise, 28 Eighth Ave, Maylands. Please note that this is a different venue to last time.

Final day for on campus students is on Wednesday 5th December.

Changes to school year in 2019

Next year it has been decided that there will be  a three week student break at the end of semester one and to extend term four by an extra  week. Many schools in Perth have also moved to this format and it will also align our school calendar to be the same as our other ACC schools. The reason for this change is to allow staff to have time for more intensive professional development and time for curriculum planning.

Start of 2019: The staff have been looking at ways of further improving the start of our school year because it is such an important time for everyone. With a growing school there are always changes to staffing, routines, requirements and events etc. as well as the need to make sure all our new students and parents feel welcome. Even students who have been with us for years can still become anxious and uncertain at the start of the year. It is for these reasons that we are going to try a new approach for the start of 2019, and also incorporate features of our successful Open Night.

Therefore on Monday the 4th February, we will delay the start of primary school until after lunch when students and parents will have the opportunity to meet their class teachers and junior primary staff. There will be orientation sessions for primary students and their parents as well as time to bring their school supplies into the classroom, ready to start formal lessons on Tuesday. Time has been allocated for each class so that parents can move around and meet teachers, learning about the routines for each class. They will then be able to stay on for the welcome bar-b-q and enjoy the music performance on the lawns.

Coffee Cart, P & F sausage sizzle ($2.50ea) & cool drinks available from 5.00pm.

Secondary school will begin Monday morning as per usual and their orientation sessions will be scheduled for late afternoon, culminating during the bar-b-q. At 6.00pm there will be time for me to introduce all staff and to outline some of the 2019 changes.

  1. First Day schedule - Monday 4th February:
  1. 12.45pm - 2.00pm K-PP students and parents meet for Teddy Bear’s picnic in PP playground. Parents bring along picnic lunch and join in with students and staff. 1.30-1.45pm Opportunity for staff to share routines & requirements etc.
  2. 2.00pm - 2.25pmYears 1-2
  3. 2.30pm - 2.55pm Years 3-4
  4. 3.00pm - 3.30pm Years 5-6
  5. 4.00pm - 4.30pm Year 7
  6. 4.30pm - 4.55pm Years 8-9
  7. 5.00pm - 5.30pm  Years 10-12
  8. 5.30pm Music performances on stage
  9. 6.00pm: Principal introduces all staff, makes key announcements and shares the 2019 vision

2018 Yearbook

The Yearbook committee has worked very hard to get a book together before the end of the year! Students & families can pre-order books now, costing $5. We recommend pre ordering now just in case we run out of yearbooks!

We are selling or giving the books out to those who have preordered on presentation night Tuesday the 27th of November. Get in touch with the office today regarding your order!!

Key dates for next year

Overall:

  • Term 1 is 10 weeks, Term 2 - 10 weeks, Term 3 - 9 weeks, Term 4 - 9 weeks
  • Mid year break is 3 weeks for students… teachers have a two week break and a one PD week.

Term 1:

  • Week 1: Thursday - Friday: Year 11-12 leadership camp
  • Week 2: Year 7 Discovery camp on Kalgan river (Wed - Frid)
  • Week 5: Labour Day is Monday 4/3 (week 5)
  • Week 7: Year 5-6 Camp Kennedy
  • Week 9: Term 1 Student reports go out
  • Week 10: Parent/Teacher interviews Mon-Tues; Faith Week service on Wednesday, Primary walk to Emu Point on Thursday & school Cross Country on Friday 12/4.
  • Easter is during week 1 of holidays (Friday 19/4 and Monday 22/4).

ACC Student Technology Requirements:

We have had quite a few parents asking for details on what Apple products to buy. The following guide may assist.

iPad for Primary school

Any one of the following iPad models are suitable:

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)

For those students completing ACER or NAPLAN testing, headphones are required in addition to the device.  It is advised that a suitable case or cover should also be purchased to protect the device.  

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch - for secondary

Minimum specification:

  • 1.4GHz Processor or higher
  • 128GB Storage or higher
  • 4GB RAM or higher

For those students completing ACER or NAPLAN testing, headphones are required in addition to the device.  It is advised that a suitable case or cover should also be purchased to protect the device.

Software

All our students are provided with a Google Suite Account.

Please ensure all devices are up to date and have the following software installed as a minimum requirement for laptops:

  • Web browser recommendation -  Chrome 
  • Adobe Reader DC (for PDF formatted files for Macbook Air’s only)
  • The majority of “office-related” tasks will be completed using Google Apps.
  • By 2020, Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will need the NAPLAN Browser (The NAPLAN browser will need to be updated each year).

Contact the school if you have any questions about technology requirements.

BYOD procurement options now available

Good news recently received is that we have partnered with CompNow and JBHifi and launched two BYOD procurement portals, providing an opportunity for parents to access BYOD devices for their student(s).  Two vendors have been chosen to give parents the opportunity to "shop around" and find the best deal that will work for them.  The links to these BYOD Portals will be made available on the ACC website soon but, in the meantime, see below for the links.

The main differences between the two portals are as follows:

  • Shipping:
    • CompNow ships directly to a home address.
    • JBHifi: If the school is within a 40km to the nearest JBHifi store, then only in-store collection is available. Otherwise, only shipping to the home/work address is available if the school is outside of 40km to the nearest JBhifi Store.
  • Access:
    • CompNow does not require a code to access the portal.
    • JBHifi requires a school code to access the portal as per the details provided below.  This code will not be made available on the website and will require the parent calling in to get the code.
  • Admin Access
  • JBHifi provides an admin portal for admin staff to access to view recent orders as well as delivery information.

JBHifi Login Details:

CompNow Details:

Reminder re new ACC Sports Uniform

During the past 12 months our corporate team has been working with a specialist school uniform company to custom design a new ACC sports uniform which is affordable yet durable. The new sports uniform will keep your children warm in winter and cool in summer. The new sports uniform will be available soon, at which time the old sports uniform will be no longer available for sale. 2019 is the transition year when some students will be wearing the new sports uniform and some the old. It would be good to have all our students wearing the new sports uniform by 2020. If you have any questions please feel free to email the School Office. 

Changes to secondary girls winter uniform

Last week at the Principal Summit it was also announced that the winter tunic for girls (Years 7 -12) will be replaced with a skirt. The skirt will be available for winter 2019.

Distance Education

What an amazing year we have had in what we call DE-Land! We continue to thank the Lord for all our DE students and hope that they have gained as much as we have this year. Our lives are so enriched by each student we interact with and we are blessed to have this opportunity of having such a diverse online learning experience across WA.

Thank you to each supporting parent and guardian! Without you we could not have achieved all that has transpired this year.

Presentation Ceremony

We are looking forward to our Presentation Ceremony coming up next week Friday. What a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the work achieved this year. We will be presenting school reports at the Presentation Ceremony. If you are unable to attend we will be mailing them to you as well as emailing the semester reports.

We have received a number of RSVPs for the Presentation Ceremony, which is so encouraging. There is still time to RSVP, we would love you to join us if at all possible.

Date:  Friday, 30 November 2018

  • Time: 1:45pm for a 2pm start
  • Venue:  Function Suite, The Rise, 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands, Perth
  • Cost: Nil
  • RSVP:  For catering purposes, please RSVP by Wednesday, 28 November 2018
  • LINK: RSVP

Farewell

There are a number of students who are leaving at the end of the year for various reasons, including our first ever graduating Year 12 students. The whole DE Team wishes each student all the very best for the coming year.

Year 12 Farewell Lunch

History in the making, what a significant event! We missed having you with us, Jadzia, Sophie, Kaylan, Paige and Zachary.

Teachers and Students (Josefine, Ishmael, Michael, Cailum)

Parents, Students and Mr Bromhead

2019

Monday 4th February is the first day back for online learning, however, this first week back will be an Orientation Week for everyone! Teachers, Students, and Supervisors!

We are already enjoying our new Learning Management System called Canvas and look forward to sharing this with you all at the start of Term 1.

Textbooks

Years 11 & 12

We are delighted to announce that all Textbooks will be supplied by the College for Year 11 and 12 students.

Years 7 - 10

We will continue to use Jacplus online Textbooks.

Years 1 - 6

We are hoping to courier all textbooks out by mid December.

CONGRATULATIONS

Seraphene Arena took us by surprise when she won the 3rd Prize in her section in The West Australian Chevron Photographic Competition as we were unaware of who in DE had entered. Well done, Seraphene!

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the other students who took the initiative to enter the photographic competition and encourage them to keep on persevering. We are proud of all your efforts.

“Break a leg!” to Harrison Woodcock and Jasper Mentlein, who both are dancing with WA Ballet in The Nutcracker at the moment. What an honour to be selected to part of the WA Ballet Company. All the best for your remaining performances.

There is still time for you to purchase tickets to see the following performances of The Nutcracker on: Sat 24th Nov midday, Sun 25th Nov midday, Fri 30th Nov evening, Sun 2nd Nov midday, Thurs 6th Dec evening, and Sat 8th Dec evening. Held at His Majesty’s Theatre, Maylands.

What an honour, Kaylee Walton! She has been nominated by the Western Australian Ice Skating Association to compete at the Australian Figure Skating Championships in Sydney in early December.

Congratulations to Lucinda Schoeman. She has been offered a place with the WA Ballet Company as a Young Artist commencing in 2019, which is such a prestigious achievement!

Shuan Hern Lee, we can hardly keep up with his achievements and global travels! Last time we mentioned Shuan going to Jakarta see a video from his performance here: Link

He is now on his way to perform in concerts in Milan and Donzdorf. All the best Shuan, well done for completing your assessments in between everything else! God bless your travels.

“Frequent Flyer” Shuan with his Mum

School Holidays

End of the school year is Wednesday 5th December.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful summer break. May you experience the peace and love of Christ this coming Christmas season. Remember: Wise Men Still Seek Him.

God bless

Terry Phipson

Year 11 Cambodia Missions Trip

Our school has a unique partnership with Samaritan's Purse in Cambodia and we are currently the only Western Australian school to offer students the opportunity to participate in the Operation Christmas Child Discover Tour. This is really special as our goal for all of our graduates is to be young people who are ready to use their gifts and talents to make our world a better place. The OCC Discovery Tour has been a life-changing experience for all of our previous participants and we are excited that three of our Year 11 students are preparing to travel to Cambodia next week. They will be joined by students from ACC schools in Queensland, NSW and Tasmania. Annaliese, Tineke and Charlotte will spend twelve days learning about Cambodian history and culture while serving with Samaritan's Purse. Our group will be teaching students, building water filters, and distributing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to children who may have never before received a gift. Students will also be learning about the important work that Christian aid organisations play globally as they experience how Samaritan's Purse works with local people to rebuild and restore their communities. Please pray for our team as we encounter new experiences, build new relationships and become more confident leaders in our school community.

Mrs Jade Baker

Whale World 40th Anniversary

This November marks the 40th anniversary of the closure of the whaling industry in Albany, and the end of all whaling activity in Australia. This closure was a significant event in our history. The Year 3/4 class had the opportunity to be a part of celebration at Albany’s Historic Whale World and be representatives of the school.

They were able to join in with a variety activities including exploring the Chaynes IV, movie presentations, meeting retired whalers, investigating different types of whales and much more.

ACC Southlands P & F Quiz Night

The P&F would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated, donated or volunteered in this year's Quiz night function. The night was filled with infectious laughter and undeniable community spirit that helped to raise over $1750. These funds will be put towards various endeavours that will increase the school's accessibility and enhance its use for all students.

Michelle Dragan

ACC Southlands P & F Secretary

Community Notices