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. Some students overcame fear of water and not only began to learn to swim, they also learned how to be confident in the water. 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 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

Excursion

We are having an end of year excursion to Trowunna Wildlife Park on Wednesday, 13th December. Permission slips have been sent home. Please ensure they are returned to school no later than Tuesday, 12th December.

Casual Clothes Day

We will be having casual clothes day on Thursday, 14th December. NO gold coin donation required.

Sports Uniform

Students may wear sports uniform for:

-Wednesday, 13th December – Excursion to Trowunna Wildlife Park

-Friday, 15th December – Final Day of Term

December Birthdays

Tamatoa Scott

Jeni Rai

Celebration Night

You, along with family and friends are invited to our Celebration Night:

7:00pm, Friday, 15th December, 2017

Venue: Gateway Baptist – 22 Wellington Street, Launceston

Please bring a plate of supper to share.

All students are expected to be in full school uniform.

Half Day of School

Due to Celebration Night, Friday, 15th December will be a half day of school. Students need to be collected from school by 1:00pm on this day.

The school bus will leave school at 1:00pm and will travel the normal route.

Final Day of Term

The final day of the school term is Friday, 15th December.

Uniform

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 Launceston 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 emailed 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 items that families do not wish to keep may be returned to the school office in January, and it will be donated to overseas charities.

We still have a number of Seabrook uniform items remaining in the uniform shop at Somerset. 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.

NILS Scheme

2018 Term Dates:

Term 1Wednesday 7th February to Friday 13th April

Term 2 Monday 30th April to Friday 6th July

Term 3 Monday 30th July to Friday 28th September

Term 4 Monday 15th October to Thursday 13th December

2018 Enrolments

Please contact the school office if you have friends or family who are interested in enrolling their children at Australian Christian College Launceston next year.

We have pamphlets available for parents who are able to promote the school.

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