PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN OUR STUDENTS
As we move towards the end of Term 2, we also round up our period of assessment. Our students have completed the Literacy and Numeracy assessments from both the Australian Council for Educational Research and from the NAPLAN tests. They are now also working towards their Semester One Reports at the end of this term.
Assessment is an important part of your child’s school life. It gives our students, the parents and our staff the opportunity to evaluate student learning. It keeps students focussed on their personal learning and on achieving improved results.
The best evidence of your child doing well at school is seeing his or her personal improvement and development in a broad range of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
From a College perspective, the keys to personal improvement are:
- your child’s attentiveness at school, as teachers take their students to higher levels of learning;
- a careful attention to homework and
- an openness to learning and books both at school and at home.
In the fields of the arts, athletics and sports, participants are keen to achieve their personal best. This means for them to give their best performance on the day, and if possible, to better their last performance. This idea also can be applied to literacy and numeracy and to academic learning. All children can improve on their last performance, test or assessment task.
As teachers, we know that learning at school involves far more than just scores on a test or a report card. Though these scores are important, they only reflect a part of your child’s development. We also give great attention to seeing your child’s development in areas which cannot be measured with a number. These areas include elements such as courtesy, kindness, attitude to responsibility, respect, attitude to authority, social awareness, spiritual awareness, persistence, life skills, happiness, resilience, use of the Internet etc. in addition to academic improvement. These elements all help to shape your child’s development and character.
From our Christian perspective, I am inspired by this Scripture: “And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord” (Colossians 3:23). I am so pleased to know, that our staff give to your children, their best, because they know that they are “heartily” serving God, in their teaching and administration at the College. It is our privilege to play our part in the growth and development of your children.
Yours for Christian education,
SIMILAR or DIFFERENT?
Comparisons are Critical to Learning and Brain Development
Deciding whether two things are similar to one another or different to one another is a powerful skill to develop in a child’s mental capacity. Both features of similarity and difference shed light on any topic and so assist your child’s learning.
We create categories in our minds to store information. These categories are like “pigeonholes” in an office. The pigeonholes in the mind provide places to receive information your child is learning.
For example, we may use the category (pigeonhole) of colour to learn more about plants. We may say that a daisy and a daffodil are similar because they are both shades of yellow.
Alternatively, we may say that both are different in terms of colour because the daffodil has a much lighter tone of yellow than the daisy in your back yard.
Both comparisons are valid and important to (i) learning about flowers and more importantly to (ii) developing your child’s ability to think well.
The more a child can see similarities in things and can also discern differences between things, the more the child will understand the thing being learned. We encourage you to help your child to see similarities and differences in everyday life and learning.
Examples in Everyday Learning
Apples & Oranges are both food
“p” & “b” are both letters
houses & skyscrapers – buildings
rivers & lakes are water courses
addition & division are maths
water & ice are h2O
Apples & oranges look and taste differently
“p” has no voice but “b” is said with voice
both are different in size & function
both are different in function
one increases the other segregates in groups
both differ in temperature & molecular structure
Jesus used similarities to help us understand unknown things e.g. “The Kingdom of heaven is like …” The Bible also teaches that we must learn differences e.g. the difference between good and evil e.g. “Teach my people the difference between the holy and the unholy” Ezek. 44:23
Use Similarity & Difference in General Learning
Build similarity and difference into your chats about various issues in current affairs, moral behaviour, manners, Scripture, nature, people etc. As your child builds the ability to observe and discern, he or she is growing their ability to think. This simple but profound process is a very powerful way to develop your child’s intellectual capacities.
BURNIE CITY EISTEDDFOD
We have all our Primary and Kinder students performing in the group singing section, afternoon session on Wednesday 27 June 2018, commencing at 1pm. Parents are welcome to come along and support Mrs Gray, Miss Godman and our students.
There is also four Primary/Kinder students who we hope will sing their vocal solo’s after the above performance.
Matthew in the High School is also performing piano solos in various sections throughout the week 23rd to 28th June 2018.
It’s winter time and the Kinders have been making the most of this time of year. We went seed collecting. We founds so many seeds - she oaks, tea trees, gumnuts and more. We sorted them into groups. We are looking forward to planting some of our seeds soon.
ENROLMENTS OPEN FOR ALL GRADES - 2019
We are offering Kindergarten next year and hope you are able to help us spread the
Word. Please share with family, friends, neighbours and Church groups.
We provide a nurturing environment with an educational focus that helps set
good learning patterns for children as they commence their formal schooling.
Our Kindergarten offers an innovative program that is structured, play-based and
adheres to the Early Years Learning Framework with the added benefit of a small group size.
Operation Christmas Child - 2018
We have an Operation Christmas Child representative - Mrs Wendy Weeks joining us
for our assembly on 25th June at around 9am. Wendy hopes to do a presentation, sharing with us the great joy that a shoebox brings to the life of a child living in poverty.
ACC Schools throughout Australia have set the goal of filling 500 shoeboxes this year.
If you have a desire to help fill a box, come along to the assembly on 25th June or enquire at the office for a shoebox flyer. National collection month is October 2018.
Table Tennis - After School
Table tennis is coming to ACC. Each Tuesday from 3:15 to 4:30pm, beginning 12th June, a table tennis activity will take place in the school gym. The sessions will be coached and supervised by ACC Kinder teacher Mrs Alison Gray and her husband Mr Darren Gray who is an experienced table tennis player and prospective accredited table tennis coach. There is no cost for the ACC students. Equipment is supplied. Normal sports gear is recommended.
Primary students have been learning about forces in science. They built a catapult to investigate pushing and pulling forces and they have conducted experiments to learn more about gravity. Visit our Facebook page to see more pictures and videos. https://www.facebook.com/ACCBurnie/
Primary and Kinder students - Painting Penguins
Our art room has been invaded by a waddle of penguins. Students have been busily painting 50 penguins to form part of a display for the Australian Antarctic Festival. There are around 200 schools across Australia decorating penguins. The penguins will be displayed at the Waterside Pavilion in Hobart from the 2-5 August.
SCIENCE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL
Here are a few shots of our budding scientists.
Over the past few weeks science has been an adventure for our secondary students. We have looked at chemical reactions, air pressure, volume measurement and the various states of matter - solid, liquid and gas.
Our educational program requires our students to inquire, observe, measure, record, track data trends and reflect on results, whilst conducting their science investigations.
We have Commonwealth student banking each TUESDAY of the school term.
If your child has a Youthsaver account with the Commonwealth Bank, they can bring their deposit book and money along each Tuesday and hand into the office.
If your child doesn’t have an existing Youthsaver account, you can apply online or visit any CommBank branch.
Bunnings BBQ - 16th June 2018
We will be hosting a fundraiser BBQ on Saturday 16th June 2018 at Bunnings in Burnie.
As was done previously we would like to organise a roster to share the time over the day with two hour shifts. If you are able to help out please let Helen know. We need to be there around 8am to set up and BBQ till around 4pm, cleanup and pack up the gazebo/BBQ. Any time you can give will be much appreciated.
The new 2018/2019 Entertainment Books will be available from 30th April 2018. We have an entertainment book at the office for anyone who might like to have a look. Digital Memberships are also available.
Click here to order your Book or Digital Membership online.
Tubs of Clover and Leatherwood Honey $15.00
23 June Ridgley Bible Chapel
Time: 6 for 6:30pm sit down
Cost: $30.00 per person $15.00 for children 10 and under
RSVP: 10th of June to Heather Perry
SMS: 0408 930 397 or Email: [email protected]
(Alcohol Free Event)
All funds raised will go towards a reliable vehicle that will handle the poor roads and aid in the transport of crops to market from the Oasis Life Care Ministries farm in Zambia. There will be a presentation at the dinner updating the work of Oasis Life Care Ministries
Oasis Life Care Ministries is an Australian registered charity working with the widows and vulnerable children in the small community on the outskirts of Ndola, Zambia. Through food relief, education, creating job, opportunities and healthcare.
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