Principal’s Message

A Straight Path for 2018

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Proverbs 3.5-6

We stand on the threshold of a new and exciting year.

What will it bring for you and your family? What lies in the months ahead? How will we cope with what comes our way?

What daunting questions for parents and students as they contemplate the academic, social, physical and health issues of the year ahead.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the path ahead for 2018 was nice and straight?

This Proverb tells us that we do have some control over our future path.

So how do we make our path straight for the year ahead?

Here are three tips:

  1. Trusting in the Lord with all our heart. This is easier said than done. Trusting means putting away our fears and trusting the one who controls all things – the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Not leaning on our own understanding. We all want to understand why things happen in our life but sometimes that understanding eludes us. There is comfort in knowing we don’t need to understand everything, just trust in the One who does.
  3. Acknowledging Him in all our ways. Let’s face it, we like to get our own way most, if not all, of the time. But God knows best. Let Him in on your decision making process.

That’s how we can make our paths straight. We at Australian Christian College – Hume look forward to walking a straight path with you and your children this year.

Norm Fitzgerald
Principal
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Whole School

Welcome to New Staff, Students and Families

We are pleased to have Alison Stephens join us this year. Alison will be taking the Junior Class (Yr1-3).

We also welcome the following new students:

Three Year Old Pre-Kinder Class: Kate Brockwell, Lewis Nicholls, Tom Lambert, Emily Bridges, Lukas Popelier and Sophie Littler

Four Year Old Kinder Class: Darcy Mort, Maddison Moubarak, Poppy Rowland-Williams, Charlee Watts, Joana Rogers, Eliza Keen, Ryder Pope, Hayden Littler, Isabelle Jones, Alexandra McDonald, Nevaeh Warner.

We welcome 13 new students to School, including:

  • 10 Prep students graduating from Kinder: Jaxon Pereira-Stones, Kyah Loh, Jack Hurley, Sophie Humphries, Grace Henry, Gemma Ham,  Emma Hall, Arizona Gazzola, Jonathan Benjamin and Leo Drenovski.
  • 1 new Yr 2 student: Max Drenovski
  • 1 new Yr 3 student: Madalyn Jacobs
  • 1 new Yr 5 student: Chloe Jacobs

A big welcome to all our staff members, students and families!

First Day Parents Morning Tea - Monday 5th February

Parents of school and preschool families are welcome to attend Morning Tea under the tree once the 9.00am bell rings on Monday morning. Come and meet new parents and catch up with friendships made last year.

Monday Morning Service – commences 12 February

From Monday 12th February we shall be starting our week with a service. This is a great opportunity to gather as a school, begin our week with praise, worship and thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ our Lord and gain some inspiration from his word, the Bible. Parents are welcome to attend. The service should finish about 9.40am.

Prep Information Session: Tuesday 13th February, 5.00-5.30pm

All Parents of children in our Prep class are encouraged to attend an information session ran by Mrs Suzanne Roe.  This session covers the very important topic of “How to help your child at home with their reading.”

We have scheduled this session just prior to our Meet the teachers BBQ. There will be staff onsite to keep an eye on children while the information session is in progress.

We hope you can join us for this short meeting.

Meet the Teachers BBQ: Tuesday, 13 February, 5.30-7.00pm

All students, parents and guardians are welcome to meet the staff of Australian Christian College - School and Preschool over an informal BBQ at the school on Tuesday 13th February. It will be a great opportunity to catch up, see how the first week went and get to meet other new parents and students. The school will provide meat, salads and drinks. We’d love to see you there!

A note will come home with your child. Please return this with the number of adults and children you expect to join us on the night.

Parent Volunteer Induction: Thursday 15th February, 3.30-4.30pm

We would love parents and friends of ACC to participate in school activities. It could be helping out in the PreKinder or Kinder Classes, reading to students in the morning or assisting with excursions, incursions, camps and sports days.

However it is essential for all of our volunteers to know and commit to the high standards we keep to ensure the safety of our children.

All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Induction prior to working in our school. The first will be held on Thursday 15th February from 3.30-4.30pm.

If you are unable to attend this meeting but would still like to assist, please contact Lynne in the School Office so we can organize our second Volunteer Induction at a time that suits you.

Working Bee: Saturday, 17 February, 9.00-12.00pm

We will be conducting a Working Bee each term this year. Our first is on 17th February from 9.00am -12.00 noon.

There will be a list of jobs that require attention posted on the Notice Board in the week leading up to the Working Bee. Feel free to select a task that suits you.

Morning Tea will be provided.

Using the School Car Park Safely

It is important that we consider the safety of our children whilst using our school car park.

Kinder Families

  • Please use the car parks along the school boundary fence.
  • Please hold your child’s hand whilst you are on the car park. Drivers will see you but may not be able to see your smaller child.
  • You will need to use this method as you are required to sign your child in and out.
  • School Families
  • IF YOU INTEND TO LEAVE YOUR CAR, please use the car parks along the school boundary fence.
  • Please hold your child’s hand whilst you are on the car park. Drivers will see you but may not be able to see your smaller child.
  • School Students Drop-Off and Pick-Up
  • If you DO NOT intend to leave your car, school parents have the option of dropping off and picking-up their child in the drop-off/pick-up area to the left as you enter the school gates.
  • Your child should exit and enter the car on the left side.
  • You may then leave by turning around the tree in the middle of the car park.
  • Please watch out for cars on your right side.
  • PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR.

E-News is going monthly

This year the E-News will be published monthly and will be due out at the beginning of each month.

The E-News is our primary form of communication with parents and so we encourage you to read it when it comes your way.

SMS Weekly

In addition to the E-News, we will send out a weekly SMS on Monday to remind you of important events coming up that week.

Google Calendar

You can check up-to-date information about school activities on our Google Calendar.

Our Google Calendar is always available on our website, Click here to view it.

You can add our calendar events to your own Google calendar by Clicking here

Like us on Facebook

If you like us on Facebook, you will be kept up to date with things that are happening, as they happen. We will also use this as a form of reminding the school community of upcoming events.

Nutritious Lunches Please

We encourage parents to provide and prepare nutritious food for their child at school.

Healthy eating provides a platform for good learning.

We encourage fresh fruit and vegetables and healthy homemade sandwiches and wraps.

We discourage food and drinks high in sugar and packaged foods.

Please do not be offended if a staff member steers you towards healthy options as we desire only the best health and educational outcomes for your child.

Sun Protection

The school implements measures to protect against harmful UV during summer.

Students and staff are expected to wear their broad-brimmed hat and will be encouraged to wear SPF30 sunscreen provided by the School.

If your child is unable to use the brand provided by the School, they can bring their own.

If your child is unable to use sunscreen of any kind, please provide a letter of explanation for our school file.

Students who wish to use sunglasses whilst at school should wear sunglasses that meet AS1067. Sunglasses should complement the uniform, be worn for sun protection. They should not attract attention or be worn as a fashion statement.

School, Kinder and Pre-Kinder Start and Finish Times

  • Year 1-6 Students: Monday to Friday: 9.00am-3.10pm
  • Prep Students: Same as Year 1-6 Students, except there will be no school on Wednesdays for the first six weeks
  • Kinder Class: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9.00am-2.00pm
  • Pre-Kinder Class: Friday: 9.00am-12.00noon.

School

Three Classes

It is exciting to entering a new phase for our school with the addition of our new full time teacher, Alison Stephens.

We now have three separate classes with three dedicated teachers. Classes are organized as follows:

  • Prep-One with Mrs Suzanne Roe.
  • Junior Class (Yr1-3) with Mrs Alison Stephens
  • Senior Class (Yr4-6) with Miss Leah Bosch

Mr Fitzgerald will be taking Music and Physical Education with all classes, and Mrs Ham will be teaching Italian.

After School Care

The school is able to offer transport to the After School Care program at P-12 College, Avon Street Campus.

Transportation will be provided by car driven by a designated staff member of ACC.

If you are interested in this service please contact Lynne for further details.

Summer Uniform

Our school uniform looks quite impressive and we get many comments from the Benalla community on how well our students wear it.

We encourage our students to wear our uniform with pride.

We also encourage parents to replace torn uniforms, tattered shoes and to wash and iron student uniforms regularly.

To ensure your child complies with school policy, please take some time to read the

Uniform Guide handed to you when you were fitted with the uniforms or download at http://assets.acc.edu.au/img/downloads/Unifying-Uniforms.pdf .

  • Please take special note of the requirements for shoes: black and leather. Velcro is a great option for students who cannot tie their shoe laces yet.
  • Ensure that you check hems on your daughters’ dresses prior to the start of school as they are likely to have grown over the summer period.
  • Please also notice the grooming guide and the requirements for hair, nails and jewelry.
  • Please do not get offended if the Teacher on Duty asks you about your child’s appearance if it varies from the guidelines.

We understand the financial pressure placed on families this year who are required to buy uniforms. However, it is a requirement of the school and students are expected to comply.

Sports Uniform Days

All students will wear Sports Uniform on Wednesdays and Fridays this year.

Student Discipline & Behavior

It is important for all students to be safe and be allowed to undertake their education in a positive and supporting environment. We take our duty of care seriously and we require the cooperation of the full school community in providing a safe and happy school for all students. Here is a summary of our approach:

  • Merits: Students may be awarded a Merit by a teacher for noteworthy conduct, behavior, character or effort. The award of three Merits will lead to a Gold Merit Certificate and prize handed out at our Friday afternoon Assembly. When a student reaches ten Gold Merit Certificates they will be awarded the prestigious Platinum Award at our Monday morning School Service.
  • Zero tolerance to bullying. Bullying should not exist in a Christian environment. Any bullying will be dealt with promptly and decisively. All allegations of bullying will be investigated thoroughly. However, it is important to define ‘bullying’ and use it only in the right context. According to ACC Policy:
    • “Bullying is when someone, or a group of people deliberately upset or hurt another person or damage their property, reputation or social acceptance on more than one occasion. There is an imbalance of power in incidents of bullying with the bully or bullies having more power at the time due to age, size, status or other reasons.”
  • Demerits: If a student misbehaves and receives a Demerit, the parent will be notified at the earliest opportunity by the teacher of the nature of the incident in person, by phone or by email. The student will miss some free time at lunch or recess as a consequence.
  • After-School Detention: If a student is deemed to receive a Demerit that warrants an immediate after-school detention, or if a student receives three demerits, then the parents will be notified in writing and the student will attend the next after school detention. The detention will end with a meeting with the Principal, the student and the parent/guardian in order to modify future behavior.

ACC Youth

Friday 9th February - Supatramp & Supaclimb - Wodonga

ACC Youth’s first activity will start with a bounce on Friday 9th February at Supatramp/Supaclimb in Wodonga.

ACC Youth is for Year 6 students at ACC, ex-ACC students and their friends. You must be Year 6 or above to attend.

Supatramp & Supaclimb details:

  • Day: Friday
  • Date: 9th February
  • Departing ACC Hume: 3.30pm
  • Arriving back at ACC Hume: 8.00pm
  • Cost: $15.00 (Bring extra spending money for tea)
  • Bring: Permission Form, $15 entry and plenty of teen/pre-teen energy!

Friday 23rd February - No ACC Youth

We regret that there is no ACC Youth on this day as Mr Fitzgerald will be traveling to Newcastle to do the Newcastle Triathlon.

Friday 9th March - Activity tba @ school

Come and hang out at school. Activities and food to be arranged. No cost.

Stationery List 2018

Prep Stationery/Book List

Workbooks

  • 7 x A4 Exercise Books, 18mm, 48 page (no dotted thirds (available from Stuck On Stationery, Benalla)
  • 9 x Scrap Books, 64 pages

Stationery

  • 8 x 2B Pencils
  • Connecta Pens, 10 Pack
  • Colour Pencils, 12 Pack
  • 2 x Erasers
  • 8 x 35/40g Glue Sticks
  • Scissors, 16cm, metal blade
  • Clipboard – plain colour, wooden
  • 8 x Whiteboard Markers (packet)
  • Pencil Case

Technology:

  • USB, 4GB
  • Headphones

Year 1-3 Book/Stationery List

Work books

  • 8x A4 exercise books 48pg
  • Year 1: 24mm dotted thirds
  • Year 2/3: 18mm dotted thirds
  • 10x Scrap Book 64 pages

Stationary

  • Pencil case – medium
  • 8x 2B pencils
  • Connector Pens - 10 pack
  • Colour Pencils - 12 pack
  • 4x erasers
  • 2x Two-hole pencil sharpener with collection barrel
  • 4x 35/40g glue sticks
  • Scissors - 16cm, metal blade
  • Wooden Clipboard – Plain colour
  • 4x whiteboard markers

Technology

  • USB – 4GB
  • Headphones

Year 4-6 Book/Stationery List

Work books

  • 2x A4 Exercise books
  • Year 4 - 11mm ruled, 48 pg
  • Year 5/6 - 8mm ruled, 64 pg
  • 10x A4 Exercise books 64 pg
  • Year 4 - 14mm dotted thirds
  • Year 5/6 - 9mm dotted thirds
  • 2x Scrap Book 64 pages
  • A4 Graph Book, 10mm squares, 48 pg

Stationary

  • Pencil case – medium
  • 8x 2B pencils
  • 2x Blue Ballpoint Pen
  • 2x Red Ballpoint Pen
  • Connector Pens - 10 pack
  • Colour Pencils - 12 pack
  • Highlighter – Yellow
  • Ruler – 30cm
  • 4x erasers
  • 2x Two-hole pencil sharpener with collection barrel
  • 4x 35/40g glue sticks
  • Scissors - 16cm, metal blade
  • 4x whiteboard markers

Technology

  • USB – 8GB
  • Headphones

Preschool

4 Year Old Kinder Class

Welcome to 2018. We trust that you have had a great Christmas and a safe and happy new year.  This is just a quick note to inform you that we have a child in our group that has anaphylaxis and is allergic to peanuts. I ask that when you are making and packing your child’s snack and lunch could you please be considerate of the options you choose to help us assist this child.

If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you very much for your cooperation with this.

3 Year Old Pre-Kinder Class

Three Year Old Kinder starts Friday 9th February, 9.00am.

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