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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



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

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

School Families

School Students Drop-Off and Pick-Up

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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


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.

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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.

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:

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.


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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