“Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.”
It is such a busy term with the Swimming Program well under way, Working Bee on Saturday, Benalla Festival Parade around the corner, a book launch and many activities for students and staff that we forget the significance of the upcoming festive season – Christmas.
We often call it the ‘Silly Season’ because we get so caught up in finishing off the tasks we wanted to complete in 2017, celebrate the end of the year with friends, family and colleagues, and make sure we squeeze in the Christmas shopping.
John the Baptist took himself out into the countryside to avoid the hustle and bustle of a busy life. He drew to the quiet to make way for the coming king, the one that came at Christmas, the Lord Jesus Christ.
At this busy time, we would do well to do the same. We can’t all escape to the country, but we can still ourselves and remember the reason we celebrate at this time of year. We can take the time to prepare the way for Jesus in our lives and make a straight path for him in our hearts.
Enjoy an exciting Term 4, but every now and then, press ‘pause’ and enjoy the quiet.
We welcome James Depio to our school. James is in the Senior Class in Year 3.
Our Friday Pre-Kinder Class has recently welcomed three new children. We are so pleased to have Alexandra McDonald, Isabel Jones and Hayden Littler join us on Friday Mornings. Welcome to you all.
Melbourne Cup Day
Tuesday 7th November
There will be no school or kinder on this day as this is a public holiday in Victoria.
Benalla Festival Parade
Saturday 11th November
ACC Hume will be joining the festivities and marching in the Parade again this year. The theme is “Good Vibrations - A Celebration of Music and Dance in our Community.”
And it is this year’s school production that will form the theme for our float. We will be playing, singing and doing the actions for our theme song from “Bullies Be Gone! ‘Be Joyful Always.”
We will meet at 1:30pm for a 2:00pm parade at the statue of Sir Edward Weary Dunlop.
Parents and other family members are invited to walk with us.
What to wear: School & K4 Students to dress in costume from “Bullies Be Gone!”
Three year old kinder students, parents and other family members can dress up in character as a student from Outpost Point Secondary College (casual dress, ‘hip-hop’ish, as if you were a teenager.
Please return Benalla Festival Street Parade RSVP form by Monday 6th November to the school office.
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Transition for 2018 Prep and 2018 Year 3 students
The Transition Program is now under way.
Four Year Old Kinder students are seeing what it is like being in ‘big school’ with Mrs Roe and Year 2 students are joining the Senior Class with Mr Fitzgerald.
Check out the calendar for dates.
2018 Prep parents are reminded to attend the Prep Parents Information Session on Thursday 23rd November.
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Congratulations to Lily who have received Platinum Awards this fortnight.
Senior students have been contributing to a book called “The Laugh that Shook the World” written by Craig Dent.
Four students have their stanza featured in the book. Well done to Olivia Ham, Sebastian Van de Paverd, Kyle Pearce and Arabella Beaton.
The book will be launched in Albury on Saturday 4th November.
There will be a school launch at ACC Hume attended by Craig on Friday afternoon at 2.40pm, 10th November during our Assembly. A text with the time of the Assembly will be sent out next week.
Books are for sale at $20. We encourage our school families to purchase a copy. This is a children’s book written about the local area which includes our students’ writing. Books will be signed by Craig on the day.
Senior Swimming Wednesday 8th November
Due to the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday, the Senior Class will be attending Swimming on Wednesday 8th November. Students are reminded to bring swimming gear and wear Sports Uniform.
This will be held at the conclusion of our Swimming Program and will be a day of celebrating our confidence in the water and testing out our swimming skills and speed.
Parents are welcome to attend. It will be on Friday 1st December at Moore Than Swimming between 12.00noon-2.00pm.
Report Writing Day
Wednesday 29th November
This term Report Writing Day will be Wednesday 29th November. Students are not required at school on this day.
Thursday 14th December, 6.30pm
Please keep this time free as a celebration for our students’ academic success for 2017. There will be student entertainment, acknowledgement of accomplishments and a time to say farewell to our six graduating Year 6 students.
ACC YouthNext Event: Outside Ninja Challenge
- Build the Course; Do the Course!
- At school
At ACC Youth last week, Card Games evolved into the Animal Game, Cat and Mouse and Inside Tag. We welcomed new members and continue to enjoy the company of Year 5 students.
The Senior Class are settling into a fun Term 4. It is the final stretch for six Year 6 students as they look forward to a new and exciting chapter of Secondary Schooling ahead.
Despite the altered program to our Prep Evening, due to the change of weather - we still had a great evening together.
We enjoyed damper making, indoor ninja, cubby house making with bedding. There are lots more photos of our lovely evening on our school facebook page.
Year 1 & 2 Class
In Week 2, the Year 1’s and 2’s enjoyed their annual sleepover. This year’s theme was ‘camping’ but due to heavy rain, we needed to move the ‘camping’ indoors.
After some games and pizza for dinner, the children enjoyed making and completing a Ninja Warrior course with Mr Fitzgerald, before making their own indoors cubby houses and cooking damper. The students were then tucked snuggly into bed.
The following morning, the students enjoyed pancakes for breakfast. Much fun was had by all!
Year 1/2 Teacher
2018 Prep Transition Program
A Transition Program has been devised in order to ensure the smooth transition of Four Year Old Kinder students to Prep at ACC next year. The dates and times students will attend schools are:
- Thursday 9th November, from 10.00am-11.25am
- Thursday 16th November, from 9.00am-11.25am
- Thursday 23rd November, from 9.00am-1.30pm
2018 Prep Parent Information Session
A Parent Information Session will be held on the last day of the Program, Thursday 23rd November from 12noon until 1.00pm. All 2018 Prep student parents are strongly advised to attend this meeting.
2018 Kinder Information Night
All parents of 2018 Kinder and Prekinder students are encouraged to attend the Information Night on Tuesday 28th November at Australian Christian College from 7.00-8.00pm. Staff will discuss procedures for dropping off and picking up students, what your child should bring and wear to Kinder, the educational program and finances.
We look forward to seeing you there.
4 Year Old Kinder Class
Last week we were looking at road safety. The children brought their bikes, scooters and helmets to Kinder. I drew out a track on the basketball court which included a pedestrian crossing, stop signs, give way signs, a round-a-bout and working traffic lights. The children learnt which side of the road to ride on and many other road rules. We had a great day riding. Many thanks to Cassie who was an excellent crossing supervisor.
The children enjoyed their monthly visit to Cooinda. This time we shared stories, puzzles, play dough and magnetics. The warm play dough being everyone’s favourite. We all then shared morning tea together with lots of discussion about what we were eating and what the residents were eating and drinking. This was followed by some singing and dancing. It was lovely to see some of the residents get into the groove. As the year is drawing to a close, we have a couple more Cooinda visits with a Christmas party planned at the end.
A very big thank you to the Parker family who have very kindly donated a large screen to Kinder. We are now able to watch songs we are learning together more easily. Thanks again!
We are now looking forward to a very busy November, including another visit to Cooinda and the much anticipated prep transition programme.
3 Year Old Pre-Kinder Class
We had great fun at kinder this week playing with little programmable robots. These cute little Bee-Bots are a fun way to introduce logic and thinking skills. They have a memory up to 40 steps, forward, backwards, left and right turn and of course a go button. There were lots of giggles when the robot unexpectedly turned around or went off the play mat.
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