Principal’s Message

 My Lighthouse

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Psalm 119.105

You may have heard of the song ‘My Lighthouse’ by Rend Collective. It is a hit with students at the moment and embodies the spirit of our first memory verse for 2018 from Psalm 119.

Some children did not know what a lighthouse was, nor had seen one. This is easily understood considering we live hundreds of kilometers from the sea. Lighthouses are typically on the coast.

Lighthouses warn ships of dangers beneath the sea or rocks lurking close to unfriendly shores that could rip apart their hulls and cast cargo, crew and passengers into deadly waters.

God’s Word, the Bible, is like a spiritual lighthouse to us too. We might be sailing along in life thinking everything is just fine and the water seems calm but be unaware that our lives could be heading for the rocks.

If we were to look to God’s Word, it is like a lamp to our feet and a light that shines on our paths. It is much easier to avoid dangers when we see them clearly before us.

Building in a family time to read the Bible and Bible story books is a good way to keep your family sailing in the calm and safe water of life.

Norm Fitzgerald
Principal
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Whole School

Parenting Tip of the Month

We all need help from the wider community, especially with raising children and even more so if you are a first-time parent.

Every month we will give you one little tip that may make your lot as a parent a little easier.

Here is our first tip:

Teach your child to do things for themselves

Like: putting their own seatbelt on; filling up their own drink bottle; carrying their own bag; setting up and organizing their own desk; putting their socks and shoes on; tying up their shoe laces.

As a busy parent it is often easier to do it for them rather than teach them how to do it.

There will be a grin of satisfaction on your face, and theirs, as they learn how to look after themselves.

If children can look after themselves, then they are set to give back to the community and help others in need.

The School has a new Phone Number

It is:  (03) 5764 7800.

However, the old number is diverting to our new number for now.

Meet the Teachers BBQ 

Thanks to all the families who made this event most enjoyable.

Did You Miss the Volunteer Induction?

It’s not too late to do the induction. Just call Lynne in the School Office to make an Induction date that suits you.

Working Bee

Thanks to all the hard-working parents, friends, staff and children who have helped to make our school safer, prettier, less cluttered and more ordered. Your hard work is noticed and appreciated.

COLES ‘SPORTS FOR SCHOOL’ PROGRAM

This year we are excited to be taking part in the Coles ‘Sports for Schools’ program. You can help our school collect Coles ‘Sports for Schools’ vouchers just by shopping at Coles, Coles Express and Coles Online. For every $10 spent at these outlets you will receive one ‘Sports for Schools’ voucher. The program will kick off on the 7th of February and run till the 11th of May.

Simply pop your vouchers into the collection box, which will be located in the school office. The more we collect, the more we can redeem. There is a selection of over 800 quality sports items up for grabs. Every voucher received will go towards our school tally, in which we will be able to order new sports equipment.

We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Labour Day Holiday – Monday, 12 March

No school or preschool on this day.

Harmony Day – Wednesday, 21 March

When you click on the web link below, you will be able to watch some videos about Harmony Day 2017 which will explain what the day means. As we are all from different backgrounds and cultures, it is good for us to remember that we are all Australian and we all BELONG.

https://www.harmony.gov.au 

At ACC Hume we will celebrate our differences and our caring community by sharing a lunch which we will all create together.  Our meal will include dishes from different cultures and we would love it if you could contribute by helping us prepare and cook special dishes from your country. We would like to have 6 different groups cooking different dishes. We would then eat the meal together in Harmony. You will receive a letter soon with a tear off response to show your interest. BON APETIT!

End of Term Concert – Tuesday , 27 March

School and Kinder students are very proud to present a concert for parents, friends and family on Tuesday at 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

The concert will showcase items from all classes as well as music played and sang by all students.

The venue is The Glasshouse, Lakeside Community Centre at the Benalla Showgrounds.

Please keep this night free to enjoy a wonderful performance by your child.

The students will also be presenting this concert to the residents of Cooinda on Monday, 26th March 11am - 12 noon.

Jump Rope for Heart – Jump-off Day: Wednesday, 28 March, 2.15pm

JRFH is underway. Please go online and check out our JRFH website. Sponsor your child to a healthy skipping life and assist your child in raising sponsorship from other friends and family. All proceeds go to the Heart Foundation and your child skips to a healthier life in the process.

Come along to our Jump-Off on 28 March. Students will show you their new-found skipping skills and parents could show us theirs!

Our fundraising goal: Do you think our school could raise $1000 for the Heart Foundation? Let’s see if we can smash this target and show the community that we are a generous school community.

Last Day for School and Kinder – Thursday, 29 March, 2.10

Easter Friday is on 30th March this year.

Anaphylactic Events

Most parents are aware of known allergies their child might have. However, an anaphylactic reaction may happen at any time if the child is exposed to something new.

Every parent wants to know that their child is safe, and this means that should their child experience a severe life threatening allergic reaction that they will be responded to appropriately.

Parents and guardians can be assured that our staff have been trained in anaphylaxis first aid and that we refresh ourselves in this first aid training twice per year. We also have onsite two adrenaline auto-injectors for general use and one is carried in our first aid kits whilst on excursion.

For further information please refer to our Anaphylaxis Policy on our school website or if you have any personal concerns please contact the Administrator or Principal.

Child Safety

Children have the right to be safe and protected at school. It is important that you feel confident that your child is safe and well in our care.

The school has a Child Safety Policy which is available at our website. Accompanying this policy is an Incident Report Form. Incident Report Forms can also be obtained from our School Office.

If you have a concern about the safety of your child, or any other child at school, please let us know. Complete an Incident Report Form and place it in our Suggestions Box in the School Office or make an appointment to see our Principal.

School

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held some time between Monday 5th and Friday 16th March. Teachers will discuss recent diagnostic testing and report on your child’s start to the school year and map out the best course head for each student. This may include an alteration to the planned program for your child’s year level, extension work, inclusion in our MultiLit literacy intervention program and/or a reminder about establishing a productive homework routine.

Your child’s classroom teacher will be in touch with you in person to invite you to an interview.

We are advising all parents to attend these meetings.

ACC Youth

SupaClimb and SupaTramp

We had a great start to our Youth for 2018 by going to SupaClimb/Tramp in Wodonga. Great activities with great company. This is a must-go-again activity for later this year.

Next Event: Games Night @ School, 9 March

Our next event will be at school, on Friday, 9 March, 5.00-7.00 and free. Check out our school calendar for more details closer to the time.

Senior Class

Wow! What a great but busy start to the senior classes’ year! We have been very busy establishing learning routines for both literacy and maths. The students have begun to write narratives, have enjoyed seeing their mental maths improve through our 8 minute challenges and have loved learning about natural disasters in science. We have had many a conversation about earthquakes, cyclones, bushfires and tsunamis!

Last week, the students enjoyed pancakes for Shrove Tuesday and it provided a great discussion as to some of the traditions people engage in during the lead up to Easter.

Part of our daily routine has also been devotions each morning and it has been wonderful to see some children embrace the challenge of preparing and leading a devotion. It’s exciting to see and hear about the different things God has been teaching these individual students.

I look forward to continuing to get to know your children and touching base with you all over the next few weeks for parent/teacher interviews.

Leah Bosch
Teacher
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Prep - Year 1 Class

It is exciting to see the enthusiasm and keenness of the Foundation and Year 1 children to learn. The Foundation children have started their journey of learning to read and write. They have already learnt the sounds of six letters and how to write them. We have been identifying starting sounds of words and listening to the sounds within words. The Year 1 students have been consolidating and revising their letters and sound knowledge and letter formations.

I would encourage parents to enjoy the opportunity of sharing books with their children and reading to them. Children who are read to regularly, are usually successful readers. It not only benefits their reading, but also their writing, general knowledge and children love it!  Year 6 children are not too old to be read to.

Below are some photos from the first day of school and our Pancake Day.

Suzanne Roe
Teacher
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Junior Class

Where would you find the best readers, the keenest joggers, the most creative artists, the happiest singers, the boppiest dancers and the kindest Year 1, 2 and 3 students in the whole of Victoria? They are in the Junior Class at ACC Hume with the most delighted teacher in the Universe. (I can exaggerate, but I am definitely not at the moment!) As I have been telling anyone who asks, ACC Hume is wonderful. It has the most facilities of any small school that I have been in and it matches the large schools that I have been in for educational standards and opportunities. It far exceeds any others for friendliness and community feel and I feel so blessed and privileged to be here.

  • Some classroom procedural items to be aware of: we have a spelling and dictation test each Monday on the words that were introduced the previous Tuesday. The words are printed and pasted in the student’s Word Work books.They can be taken home on Thursday for practise but need to be returned for the Monday test.
  • Our Integrated Studies unit is Australia’s natural and human features. The students will be starting a project this week which could mean they will be asking for photos and information about an Australian tourist destination. You may have some from your holidays. If not, there is always Google.
  • I am currently collecting materials for a woodwork project for the students to work on in Art. Your child will need a hammer and will be nailing slats of timber to an old bed frame to which we will be adding a second hand stainless steel sink which can be used in the sand area. We should be starting next Tuesday.
  • I have really enjoyed the chats I have had with you individually. Please keep letting me know how best to work with your child.

Blessings

Alison Stephens
Teacher
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Preschool

4 Year Old Kinder Class

We have had a great start to the year. All children have settled in well. We have been very very busy. On Tuesday we began our “Kinder at Cooinda” program. The children were very excited to be going on the bus and the bus trip didn’t disappoint. Gary the bus driver is good fun. When we arrived at Cooinda we got straight into our activities. Once again the nice warm playdough was a favourite for both the children and the residents. There was lots of talk, stories being swapped and relationships being established today. We then shared morning tea together before a sing along and a dance. We finished the session with the “Chicken Dance” an old favourite of ours. We will continue our program next month when we return to Cooinda on Tuesday 27th March. Staff, children, residents and parents are very much looking forward to it.

We are now eagerly awaiting a visit from Deb from the town library. She is coming to kinder to launch the “Read 1000 books before school” program. Deb will read some stories and then tell the children all about the program. If you have any questions about the program please don’t hesitate to come and see me or pop into the town library and see Deb.

I am looking forward to getting to know you all even more and having a fun filled, busy year, watching your children grow and develop.  

Fiona Ham
Teacher
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3 Year Old Pre-Kinder Class

Wow! What a smooth start to the year we’ve had. The children have settled in so well and have responded to the routines of the classroom already. Painting, gluing, playdough, block play, reading corner and of course water play and sandpit outside have been favourites with the children.

We have been busy learning  the names of our new friends. A favourite game has been “Bug in a Rug.” Ask your your child how to play this game, they’d love to teach you.

It’s great to see such lovely healthy snacks for morning tea, good healthy eating habits are  developed in the early years and set the patterns for life.

If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s development, please feel free to chat at any time. If you think it needs a bit more time than a casual conversation we can make an appointment to chat further.

We are really looking forward to the year ahead, what great possibilities lay before us. Let’s get going!

Wendy Smith
Teacher
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Buddy Time

Chess Club

Sport - Local Community MND day at Benalla Lake

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