Principal’s Message

Build your life on the Solid Rock

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the wind blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock,”

Matthew 7.24-25.

Welcome to an exciting year ahead. It is a year of change with ACC Early Learners reshaping our pre-school operation, refurbishments expected in the old Library, a new Kinder Backyard, our highest intake of Preps and new dreams for 2020 and beyond with the idea of secondary heating up.

It might seem like a time of ‘shifting sand,’ however, there is one thing that remains rock solid as we forge ahead into new territory. It is the solid rock Jesus Christ, and his Word, the Bible.

This foundation is one thing that will never change here as we desire to see our next generation built on a solid Biblical foundation that will last an eternity.

Let us move forward into this year with a sure foundation of who we are and where we are going.

Norm Fitzgerald

Principal

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Whole School News

ACC Early Learner Launch Success

We have now launched our Early Learners centre. There is a full complement of staff and a steady stream of children flowing in and out.

We remind the school community that we have Long Day Care for three year olds and up, Before School, After School and Holiday Care on offer for school age children.

Enquiries can be made at the Office.

Building work to Commence Term 1

As yet, the expected refurbishment in the old Library and the Kinder Backyard has not started with work expected to start sometime in Term 1. In the meantime, the Staff Room is being used as our Early Learners kitchen. First Aid is located in the School Office.

Welcome to New Staff, Students and Families

We are pleased to have a host of new staff joining us this year.

Claire Knight joins us and will be taking the Senior Class (Yr3-6) in the school.

With the start-up of ACC Early Learners we welcome the following new members onto staff:

Esther Dickie (Three Year Old Room Leader), Jane Mafrici (Three Year Old Room Educator), Emily Bartleman (Afternoon Educator), Grace Sundarrajan (returning to staff as Afternoon Room Leader), Bec Drenovski (Cook).

Welcome also to our new students joining the Prep class this year: Esther Chalmers, Caleb Hein, Eliza Keen, Myla D’Arcy, Charlie Johnson, Isabelle Jones, Joshua Langford, Alexandra McDonald, Maddison Moubarak, Poppy Rowlands-Williams, Charlee Watts, Annabelle Hawke.

Monday Morning Service – commences 4th February

From Monday 4th 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 9.40.

Meet the Teachers BBQ: Tuesday, 5 February, 5.30-7.00pm

All students, parents and guardians are welcome to meet the staff of Australian Christian College and Early Learners over an informal BBQ at the school on Tuesday 5th February. It will be a great opportunity to catch up, see how the first week for school went and get to meet other new parents and students. This year we will have a few fun get-to-know-you activities for students, parents and staff. 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 Inductions

  • Thursday, 7 February, 3.30-4.30pm
  • Tuesday, 12 February, 6.00-7.00pm

We would love parents and friends of ACC and Early Learners to participate in school activities. It could be helping out in the 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 volunteer 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. Please choose the time and date that best suits you.

Prep Parents Information Session: Monday, 11 February, 3.30-4.30

Being a first time parent of a school child can be a daunting task. There are changes to routine, big days full of activity, new relationships to navigate, academic pressure and homework.

Come along to our Prep Parent Information Session and find out what your child is doing at school, how to manage sleep, rest and homework to make your child’s first year of school a success.

Working Bee: Saturday, 23 February, 9.00-12.00pm

We will be conducting a Working Bee each term this year. Our first is on 23 February from 9.00-12.00.

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.

Parent/Teacher Interviews (last two weeks of February)

Parent/Teacher interviews will be conducted once diagnostic testing is completed for all school students. Your child's teacher will be in touch to organise a time that suits you. Topics of discussion will include the results of our initial testing, where to from here and how you, as a parent, can help your child achieve success this year.

Using the School Car Park Safely

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

ACC Early Learners 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.

Google Calendar

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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 up-coming 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 home-made 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-brim 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 Start and Finish Times

  • Year 1-6 Students: Monday to Friday: 8.55am-3.10pm
  • Prep Students: Same as Year 1-6 Students, except there will be no school on Wednesdays until Labour Day long weekend

SCHOOL NEWS

Before School and After School Care

We are pleased now to be able to offer Before and After School Care.

Before School Care caters for students of working families from 7.00am until the start of school (up to 9.00). Students will be provided breakfast during this time.

After School Care caters for students of working families from the end of school (no earlier than 3.00) until 6.00pm. Students will be provided afternoon tea during this time.

A Holiday Program during school holidays and pupil free days will be offered to students of working families from 7.00am-6.00pm. Students will be provided with all meals during this time.

Please enquire at the School Office for more information.

Stationery List

2019 SCHOOL STATIONERY/BOOK AND APP LIST

PREP CLASS LIST:

Workbooks 

  • 7 x A4 Exercise Books (24mm dotted thirds)
  • 9 x Scrap Books,  (64 Page books)
  • 1 x Scrapbook for Art

Stationery

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

Technology

  • USB, 4 GB
  • Headphones

JUNIOR CLASS LIST

Workbooks 

  • 8 x A4 Exercise Books (48 page)    Year 1 - 18mm dotted thirds  / Year 2 / 3 - 14mm dotted thirds
  • 10 x Scrapbooks,  (64 Page books)
  • 1 x Scrapbook for Art

Stationery

  • 8 x 2B Pencils
  • Connecta Pens (10 Pack)
  • Colour Pencils (12 Pack)
  • 4 x Erasers
  • 2 x two-hole pencil sharpener with collection barrel
  • 4 x 35/40g Glue Sticks
  • Scissors, 16cm (approx), metal blade
  • Clipboard - plain colour, Wooden
  • 8 x Whiteboard markers (packet)
  • Pencil Case (Medium)

Technology

  • USB, 4 GB
  • Headphones

SENIOR CLASS LIST

Workbooks 

  • 2 x A4 Exercise Books (48 page)
  • 12 x A4 Exercise Books (64 page)   Yr 3 & 4 - 14mm dotted thirds  Yr 5 & 6  - 9mm dotted thirds
  • 2 x Scrapbooks,  (64 Page books)
  • A4 Graph Book  10mm squares, 48 page
  • 1 x Scrapbook for Art

Stationery

  • 8 x 2B Pencils
  • Connecta Pens (10 Pack)
  • Colour Pencils (12 Pack)
  • 2 x Blue Ball Point Pens
  • 2 x Red Ball Point Pens
  • 4 x Erasers
  • Yellow - Highlighter
  • Ruler 30cm
  • 2 x two-hole pencil sharpener with collection barrel
  • 4 x 35/40g Glue Sticks
  • Scissors, 16cm (approx), metal blade
  • 4 x Whiteboard markers (packet)
  • Pencil Case (Medium)

Technology

  • USB, 8 GB
  • Headphones

APPS FOR ALL STUDENTS WITH BYOD LAPTOPS OR IPADS

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, you can download a copy here.

  • Please take special note of the requirements for shoes: black and leather. Velcroe is a great option for students who cannot tie their shoelaces 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 jewellery.
  • 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.

We are changing over to a new uniform, however, the old uniform is still acceptable until they need replacing.

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 starts Friday 8 February

ACC Youth is starting off with a splash this year with our first trip to Aquazone in Yarrawonga on Friday 8th February.

As Claire Fitzgerald is unable to assist every week, we will be joined with Claire Knight as our female staff member.

Check the calendar for updated information on ACC Youth activities as they come to hand.

Uniform

New Sports Uniform

A reminder that the Sports Uniform will change in 2019 and parents are advised to hold off replacing Sports items until January. The new uniform can be viewed on our website under the Uniform Guide. If your child’s old sport uniform still fits they are able to wear it this year.

Try-on sizes of the new sports uniform are available to view and try-on in our school office - Please make a suitable time with Lynne.

Sports Shoes any colour

Due to the scarcity of all-white sports shoes in the country, ACC nationally have made a decision to allow sports shoes of any colour to be worn with the Sports Uniform.

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