From the Principal

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us,
that we should be called the children of God!
1 John 3:1

Dear families,

The 2017 school year is about to end, and what another tumultuous year the school has had! With the excellent staff team that God provided this year, we have made good progress on the necessary changes to our curriculum. And the biggest change of all was the takeover of Seabrook Christian School by Australian Christian College.

With the new year just around the corner, there are still more changes coming, including a change of staff at all campuses. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the staff and volunteers from Hobart, Somerset and Launceston for their fearless and dedicated commitment to serving God here at Seabrook/ACC. This year has been very challenging for me personally, and I am so thankful for God’s sustaining strength, and the support, encouragement and prayers of the staff team and Board Members He has placed around me to work with.

Looking forward, ACC has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy with regards to ICT, and encourages primary school students to have their own iPad and high school students to have their own MacBook Air. An information letter has been sent to all students with more details around use of laptops in the High School next year. Please contact the front office if your family have not received the letter. To find out more about the cost of these items, please visit:

MacBook Air: https://www.apple.com/au-hed/shop/buy-mac/macbook-air

iPad: https://www.apple.com/au-hed/shop/buy-ipad/ipad-9-7

Families that are on a health care card or pension card are eligible for a No Interest Loan Subsidy (NILS). See the information below in this newsletter. I know many of our families will not be able to afford either of these devices, and I encourage you to speak to the new principal, as early as possible next year regarding this.

I encourage the entire school family to live God centred lives through all the changes that are happening. The future is bright, and what a blessing it is to be called Children of God!

There have been many highlights for me this year, but the ones that have made an impact on me are the ones where the students in every section of the school raised the bar and pushed out the boundaries of what they were comfortable with, to grow more in Christ and in themselves. The performance of the musical comes to mind, but there are many others - some students overcame fear of water and not only began to learn to swim, they also learned how to stand up on a paddle board! Some students grew tremendously in their walk with the LORD, and in their desire to serve God rather than seek their own pleasure. Others grew academically, and yet others grew in leadership potential.

As our political climate slides deeper into immorality, and as many of our leaders elevate the word of man over the Word of God, we can expect to see great changes in our social order in the not too distant future. These changes will grow to more strongly oppose the Word of God as time goes on, and we, the body of Christ, must continue to hold fast to what is true, noble and just. We must continue to meditate on whatever things are pure, lovely and of good report. Parents, the responsibility of ensuring your children do not fall prey to whatever untruths that tickle their fancy and cause them to depart from the faith, lies with you. By giving your children a solid, Bible based, Christian education, you are giving your most precious loved ones the best shot of growing up in the instruction and discipline of the LORD.

I pray that you all enjoy the Christmas break, taking time to remember why Jesus came down to earth to be with us – to save us from our sin – and that the LORD continues to richly bless each one of you in 2018.

I look forward to seeing you all at our Awards Night, when we celebrate the achievements the LORD has given us in 2017.

Blessings in His Name,

Jared Khu
Principal

Uniform Orders

By the end of this week, all students will have been fitted for their complimentary ACC uniforms. These uniforms will be available for collection from the Somerset Campus the week before school starts in 2018.

Families will be allocated an ID Code to be used to logon to the website to order additional uniform items. This ID Code will be sent to you over the next few weeks.

Students will be required to wear ACC uniform next year. Families may choose to keep their Seabrook uniform, but it will not be permitted to be worn to school. Any Seabrook uniform that families do not wish to keep may be returned to school and it will be donated to overseas charities.

We still have a number of Seabrook uniform items remaining in the uniform shop. These are being offered for sale at a reduced price for anyone interested in purchasing them. The trousers, shorts, sports shorts etc. that do not carry the Seabrook logo may be of interest to families who are home-schooling. Please contact the Somerset office on 6435 1128 if you would like to buy any of the items.

School Holiday Office Hours

The Burnie office will be closed from 5pm, Friday 15th December.

The Burnie office will re-open Monday 5th February 2018.

Kindergarten 2018

As this stage kindergarten will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays next year pending confirmation by our new Principal.

2018 Term Dates:

Term 1 Wednesday 7th February – Friday 13th April 2018

Term 2 Monday 30th April – Friday 6th July 2018

Term 3 Monday 30th July – Friday 28th September 2018

Term 4 Monday 15th October – Thursday 13th December 2018

Riverbend Kids Camps

Camp 1 – Jan 7th to Jan 12th (grades 3/4/5)

Camp 2 – Jan 14th to Jan 19th (grade 4/5/6)

Camp 3 – Jan 21st to Jan 26th (grade 6/7/8)

A flyer will be going home with students or you can register at www.riverbend.org.au

No Interest Loan Program

New or renewal student bus pass for free travel

You can apply for, or renew an expired Student bus pass for free travel by completing an online application or download a copy of the New or renewal student bus pass for free travel application form and guidelines (PDF, 105.22 KB).

A reminder to parents renew bus passes if they are about to expire.

Further information is available http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/passenger/student_travel

Senior’s Dinner

The senior’s dinner was held Thursday 30th November, students and staff enjoyed a three course meal, a lovely evening was had by all who attended.

“I attended the Senior’s Dinner last week and the food was delicious, the students were the quiz champions and Blade’s speech was well spoken. Everyone has a lot of fun together.” Kane Jones

“I went to the senior’s dinner last Thursday and everyone was looking great. The food was really yummy (my favourite was the pavlova and Mr Horne prepared a few quizzes for us and in the end the students won. Over all, I had a really great night.” Melody Christian

BIRTHDAYS

December Birthdays

  • Brodie Connors - 4th December
  • Damian Bissett - 16th December
  • Caleb Gray - 18th December
  • Brett Enniss - 30th December

January Birthday

  • Barry Bergman- 7th January
  • Chloe Smith - 11th January
  • Kristine Bosveld - 15th January
  • Sophie Johnson – 20th January
  • Levi Thomas - 29th January

Prayer Points

  • The Rock Community Church – Penguin
  • Our School Leavers
  • Our Staff

Tour de Cure Visit

We had a visit from Tour de Cure on 29th November 2017.

Tour de Cure 2017 Peter Mac Ride, 4 Days, 400 km , 120 Riders & Support Crew. Raising over $400,000.00, funding 2 Cancer research projects.

We are having a casual clothes day, Gold Coin donation, Wednesday 13th December 2017. Money raised will be supporting Tour de Cure in their fundraising efforts.

Classifieds

Unit to Let

  • Wynyard, 2 Bedroom, clean, garage, rear garden, excellent location.
  • (Short walk to C.B.D)
  • $230.00 per week (Plus Bond)

Phone Damian Bissett 6435 1469

Hay for sale

Small square bales, Clean. $5.00 each

Phone Damian Bissett 6435 1469

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