“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well,”
This is our memory verse for Term 2.
The words were penned by King David in a moment of praise and adoration of the God who created him. David is not saying these words because he was the king and was better, or above, others. David was well aware of his many sins and the impact they had on him, his family and his nation of Israel. Though in many ways he had everything anyone would want, he was also a broken man and beyond the ability to save himself.
But he was also aware that his creator God was loving God who had a wonderful plan for his life, longed to be in relationship with him and who forgave the sins of those who repent and turn to him. It is with this revelation that he cried out in praise to the God who created him so fearfully (awesomely) and wonderfully.
This is our God too.
We too can claim these words for ourselves. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. We can look around us and see the works of God in creation around us, just as David did.
It is often hard to look at ourselves in the mirror and not see our failings and mistakes and this can rob us of the joys of life. I have challenged our students to recite this memory verse whilst looking in the mirror in the morning and declaring its truth over their lives.
I challenge you to do the same.
Parenting Tip of the Month
Do you want to make your child smarter? Read to your child!
The Victorian Department of Education and Training and the University of Melbourne recently researched the effect of reading to children at an early age. This is their key findings:
The frequency of reading to children at a young age has a direct effect on their schooling outcomes regardless of their family background and home environment.
- Reading to children at age 4-5 every day has a significant positive effect on their reading skills and cognitive skills (i.e., language and literacy, numeracy and cognition) later in life.
- Reading to children 3-5 days per week (compared to 2 or less) has the same effect on the child’s reading skills at age 4-5 as being six months older.
- Reading to them 6-7 days per week has the same effect as being almost 12 months older.
- Children read to more frequently at age 4-5 achieve higher scores on the NAPLAN tests for both Reading and Numeracy in Year 3 (age 8 to 9).
- These differences in reading and cognitive skills are not related to the child’s family background or home environment but are the direct result of how frequently they have been read to prior to starting school.
So if you want to help your child get ahead at school read to your child and start as early as possible.
Due to the onset of winter, it has been decided that students may wear plain black or navy-blue beanies, scarves or gloves whilst coming to school, going home and at recess and lunch. No logos please.
Students should not wear long-sleeve skivvies under their uniform. All undergarments should not be visible. School jumpers are highly recommended as an extra layer for warm.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our school uniform tidy and neat.
Mother’s Day Morning Tea
Mothers, Grandmothers and significant ladies in the lives of our students were delighted with a concert, handmade tiara, scones with jam and cream and an opportunity to have a photo booth moment with their child at the Mother’s Day Morning Tea.
School and Small Schools Cross Country
After a postponed first date for the Schools Cross Country, we had a great day pounding the paths at Winton Wetlands.
Students were inspired by visiting Olympic and Commonwealth Games Steeplechase runner, Victoria Mitchell who gave an address to start the day and ran with many of the age groups. We are thankful for her inspiration and contribution.
For the first time since the challenge began, the Adults were victorious over Students in the Adults Versus Students Challenge. The contest was decided by the first three finishers across the line in a 700m dash. With the fine efforts of the Principal, Leticia Draper and Kylie Mort, the adults claimed the cup.
Congratulation also goes to Carey House for taking out the House Trophy for most points gained at the Cross Country.
ACC had the privilege of hosting the Small Schools Cross Country on the same course at Winton. It was a glorious day displaying a picturesque Victorian Alps backdrop over the low-lying reeds of a vast wetland. Thanks to the volunteers from ACC who made the cross country safe, efficient and fun for all.
ACC Early Learning announcement soon to be revealed
We are getting close to an exciting announcement in regards to Early Learning initiatives being launched in 2019.
Watch out for texts in the next few weeks inviting you to information sessions about the changes that could interest you or someone you may know.
Get excited if you are looking for:
- Long Day Care (3 Year Olds and up)
- Before & After School Care
- Exceptional quality 3 & 4 Year Old Kinder Programs (including 4 year old funded Kinder)
- Seamless transition from Early Childhood to school
- Major Kinder yard and facilities redevelopment (subject to grant approval)
Friday Hot Lunches - Returning Term 3
We are pleased to announce Hot Lunches are returning in Term 3.
Students will have the opportunity to order a hot lunch on Fridays from Decidedly Delicious Benalla.
More information and menu to come home soon.
Youth activities so far this term included a Put ‘n’ Glow Mini-Golf and a games night that brought out the old classics including: duck-duck-goose, violent musical chairs, ball tag and the chocolate game.
Youth dates for the rest of the term are as follows:
- Friday, 8 June – a trip out of town, tba
- Friday, 22 June – school based activities, tba
Check out Google Calendar for details as they come to hand.
Report Writing Day
This will be held on Wednesday, 6th June. There will be no school on this day.
North East Victoria Division Cross Country
Some students will be invited to attend the next level of Cross Country in Wangaratta on Thursday, 7th June.
Queen’s Birthday Holiday
Monday, 11th June is a public holiday.
Sean W Smith
ACC Hume has been invited to attend a Sean W Smith concert at Shepparton Christian College on Tuesday, 19th June. There is no cost for this excursion. A Permission Form will come home in due course.
Lions Club Public Speaking Competition
Year 3-6 students will again be participating in the Lions Club Public Speaking Competition. Students are busy preparing their speeches for presentation to judges and fellow ACC school students on Tuesday, 26th June.
Successful students will advance to the Benalla District competition to be held early Term 3.
Last Day Term 2
Students will finish on Friday 29 June at 2.10pm.
Reports will be handed to parents who pick their child up. All other reports will be posted that night.
Prep - Year 1 Class
WOW… we are almost half way through the year!!! The children have been busy learning their letters and sounds. They have almost learnt all their single letters and sounds!!! It is very exciting to watch the children decode words using their sounds as they read their little reader booklets. They feel a lot of success and pride when can do it themselves. Listening to your child read at home nightly is a great investment into their reading success and education.
All the students in the Junior Class love to spend time working on our licensed programs, Mathletics and Reading Eggs. One of the rewards they receive from these programs is immediate feedback on their progress which helps them to monitor their own learning. All the treasures have been excited to achieve sparkling gold bars, points and certificates as proof of their hard work. It would be good for you to ask your treasure to log on to these programs at home and let them show you what they can do in Maths, Reading and Spelling.
This month, the students have enjoyed learning about electricity and energy. Our STEM program is primarily on the computers and is self-directed learning which the students really enjoy. However, this month, the students also enjoyed being able to make their own electrical circuits both and without a switch. With very little guidance from me and after much teamwork and problem solving in their groups, the students were elated when they finally managed to get their light bulbs to work!
Senior Class Teacher
4 Year Old Kinder Class
We have another extremely busy month in the kinder. I hope all the mums had a wonderful Mother’s Day and enjoyed receiving their special gift and card that were lovingly made by their child. I know they all had a lot of fun making them. The morning tea at kinder was lovely. The weather was very kind to us and we go to go outside and have some fun with the parachute. We also got to show off our singing skills by performing some of the songs we have been singing in kinder. Weren’t they cute?
Unfortunately due to the weather we were unable to attend cross country, however we had a very successful sports day back at kinder. Some of the events included ‘bean bag toss’, ‘egg and spoon race’, ‘sack race’, ‘relay’ and ‘tabloid sports’. We also participated in the ‘colour song’ and an obstacle course. All children joined in and had a huge amount of fun, they even got ribbons for their efforts. Congratulations to Livingstone (green house) who were our overall winners. Thank you very much to our parent helpers, without you the day wouldn’t have been so successful.
We started our “Smiles For Miles” program for this year. This months focus was on “Eat Well”. You would be horrified to hear how much sugar is in foods that we sometimes mistakenly think are healthy. The main one that comes to mind is the popular squeezy yogurt. There can be between 8 to 9 teaspoons of sugar in each one. This really shocked me. The one thing the lady said here was that if the children did eat these foods it was really important to have a drink of water straight after ia and to swish it around in their mouths so that they could wash the sugar off their teeth. We look forward to our next session “Drink Well” which will be held Thursday 23rd August.
This week we have had our monthly “Kinder at Cooinda”. Some of the children have struck up a close friendship with the residents and it is very touching to see these children and their big friends look for each other at the start of the session and then interact, chat and play together. We look forward to going again on Tuesday 26th June.
3 Year Old Pre-Kinder Class
What a happy bunch of children, don’t you just love them. At this time of the year the children are so settled arriving and leaving their parents happily. The routine of each session is well developed, we even have fun at packing up time trying to finish before the music does.
This week will be the last session at kinder for Grace, sadly we say goodbye to her and wish her all the best. The children have enjoyed each week with Grace as she has lovingly cared for each of them.
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