PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

The second term has been a tremendous time of consolidation of our new curriculum approach. I believe that our students are now familiar with our online resources and are working well in the program. It has been a wonderful encouragement for me to see your children progressing in their learning.

Our students are enjoying our “finishing-up” activities for Term 2, with the finalising of academic tasks to conclude the academic reporting phase of Semester 1 and various special activities to end the term. Our high school students are currently on a 3-day excursion to Hobart to join with our other colleges at Hobart for sporting competitions and educational and social activities. I am writing this letter from sunny Hobart, whilst preparing for our futsal competition at the Clarence Sports Centre.

Student reports will be available from Wednesday 25 July and Parent-Teacher Interviews will be on Thursday 26 July and Friday 27 July from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Please call the office to book in your time for a Parent-Teacher interview.

These holidays will be a three-week break for our students. The reason we have a three-week break, is because all Australian Christian Colleges allocate student-free days to this extra week in the winter holidays rather than having them scattered throughout the year. We are using this third week to have staff Professional Development. We will have the first two days of that week in Hobart for training and the following three days for work in the school at Somerset and of course, for Parent-Teacher interviews on the Thursday and Friday.

I trust that you and your children will enjoy the winter break and that we will all be refreshed when we return for Term 3.

Yours for Christian education,

Terry Harding

Acting Principal

Half -Yearly Reporting

Teachers are currently busy writing reports.At the end of this term, you will receive your child’s report.

It is a requirement that all Australian schools report students’ achievement of learning outcomes using an A-E grade system.In ‘teacher talk’ this is known as the Common Grade Scale and it is used to tell you how your child is progressing in a subject as compared to a national standard.No matter which school a child attends, the A to E grading remains consistent. An ‘A’ is always an ‘A’, a ‘C’ is always a ‘C” etc.

In simple terms, the A to E grade system indicates whether your child is ‘on track’ and learning what is expected, doing better than expected or developing necessary skills and knowledge.Teachers examine a large range of material in order to make accurate assessments about each child.

We hope that this table helps to clarify the meaning of each grade.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - Term 2 ends Friday 7th July 2018. Students have three weeks holiday, with the third week 23 - 27 July set aside for Staff PD. Students return to school on Monday 30 July 2018.

ACC Burnie office will closed from Monday 9 July to Friday 20 July. 23 July 2018.

HIGH SCHOOL - HOBART EXCURSION

Campbell Town - Stop off on the way to Hobart.

Mrs Di Harding, Belinda, Leah and Emma standing beside the famous monument of Eliza Forlong and a ram, commemorating the superfine wool industry in Tasmania.

Mr Terry Harding, Kane, Belinda, Daniel, Leah, Bradley, Emma and Matthew standing in front of the big log at Campbell Town, which has a long history of logging.

Holiday Reading

The long, cozy days of winter break offer children lots of opportunities to discover new interests, new books and the pure pleasure of reading just for fun.

Did you know that children who read during the holidays are able to maintain their reading progress? Thus, it’s a great idea to encourage your child to read a novel, some short stories or some new articles etc. during the break.

Parents, please encourage your children to read, read, read over the coming break.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

 On Monday 25th June, we had Mrs Wendy Weeks come along to our assembly as a guest speaker.Wendy shared with us which countries our shoeboxes go to, what we can put in a shoebox and some stories of children opening their boxes. Each box is prayed over to reach a child who can use the items in the box and in one instance an older boy received an oven mitt.The teenage boy had burns to his hands and arms from lifting hot pots off the fire. He could now use his oven mitt, truly an answer to prayer.

A shoebox flyer has been sent home with each family.If you would like to fill a box or contribute something to a box, please see Helen at the office as she has some boxes or you can leave items at the office to go in a box.

Helen will coordinate the ACC Burnie shoeboxes as ACC Schools across Australia have set a goal to fill 500 shoeboxes by October this year.

BUNNINGS FUNDRAISER BBQ

A BIG THANK YOU to all our volunteers who helped out at our recent fundraising barbeque.We had an enjoyable day and managed to raise a total of $700.00.

Our Pack-up crew - Many hands make light work.

Burnie City Eisteddfod

We won first place at the Burnie Eisteddfod for our under 12 Group singing.

The Kinders and Primary students did a fabulous job singing ‘Tell the Truth’ (with Auslan-sign language) and ‘It’s Me, O Lord’ (with harmony and solo parts) on Wednesday 27 July 2018.

The Eisteddfod committee asked us to sing again at the Prize Winners concert last Friday night.

We also entered three vocal solo’s :Talon Parsons-Wightley, Caleb Gray and Grace Gray who gained a 2nd place in her solo.

Matthew Noble played several piano solo’s and received a 1st place for his U/18 Jazz solo.

Back stage - just before performance.

Kindergarten

Kinder and Primary students performing at the Prize Winners Concert Friday 29 July.

The Kinders have been continually completely harder puzzles.

Kinders exploring the larger playground and equipment.

Schools Tree Day Seedling Sponsorship Program 2018

Over the past twelve years Sustainable Timber Tasmania has donated more than 90 000 native seedlings to help Tasmanian schools celebrate National Tree Day.

We have put in an order for some native tree and shrub species to plant within our school grounds, to get our children involved and to inspire them to care about our environment. We plan to plant Bull Oak, Lemon Bottlebrush, Mountain Bottlebrush, Hop Brush, Manuka or Tea Tree, Swamp Honey-myrtle, Scented Paperbark.

COMMUNITY NEWS

BURNIE REGIONAL ART GALLERY (BRAG)

Over the school holidays BRAG are offering some creative and fun workshops. Decorate a calico bag and create with paper a mini book, paper snowflake and make some seed packets for a Community Seed Bank.

Bookings are essential for school holiday workshops.

Please contact the Gallery to make a booking.

When: 9th & 17th July for children and families

13th &16th July for 7 to 14 years

Where: Burnie Regional Art Gallery

Time: 10am to 11.30am

Cost: $10 per child

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