From the Principal
As a school, we believe that community involvement is an important area in which to participate. This is a continued focus for our school. We are proud of our school and we want to the show the public that we have a group of children that are responsible and respectful.
This past fortnight we joined the New Horizons Boccia Club for an afternoon of Boccia as part of our current PE unit on Target Games. We also had a few sessions with the local Women’s SEABL basketball team at Elphin Sports Complex. Topping off this active fortnight, we also had a few participants who braved the winter morning weather and the course in the Tasmanian Running Festival (the Launceston 10).
We are also making a conscious effort in giving back to the community. Over the coming month we will be supporting City Mission and their Winter Appeal in two ways. You can read more about this in the segments below.
The past few days I had the opportunity to spend time at Head Office in Erina (90 min north of Sydney) with the leadership of all 9 ACC schools and Christian Education Ministries corporate. The opportunity to network with other principals is a valuable experience as we discuss opportunities and ways to best educate and develop the students within the ACC network.
Whole School News
Please be aware that Monday 11th of June is a public holiday - there is no school.
This term, due to the cold and sometimes wet weather, we have been trialling eating inside for 10 minutes at recess and lunch before letting the students out to play. We ask the students to sit outside their classrooms to ensure they are eating enough food to sustain them throughout the day. They are then let outside to play for 20 minutes which is an important part of healthy development. While we encourage students to eat all they can in those 10 minutes, students are also able to take any remaining food and be seated outside to finish.
Commonwealth Bank School Banking
Australian Christian College is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students.
School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.
The rewards available during 2018 are:
Twister Power Handball
Secret Scratch Pad
Sparkle Glitter Pens
Mighty Boom Handball
Heat Reactor Pencils
Slushie Maker Cup
Zoom Flying Disc
School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.
School Banking day is Tuesday Each week you need to hand it into your teacher.
We will be holding a School Banking Information Session at our school:
Time: 8:30 - 9:30am
Date: Monday 25th June
Location: In the foyer
Please join us and find out more about the School Banking program and how your child can get involved. If you are interested in opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account for your child you can visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account. A School Banking representative will be available at the Information Session to show you how you can do this. In order to verify yourself and your child, you will need your driver’s licence and your child’s birth certificate, but if you don’t have these with you on the day, you can complete verification online at home.
Mrs Richardson - School banking coordinator
City Mission Winter Appeal
Our students are currently running a few events to support the City Mission Winter Appeal. We would love our school family to get involved in these so that we can give back to those in our community who are in need of some support.
City Mission Can Drive
We are collecting non-perishable food items for the Can Drive. Cans of food can be placed in the tub at the office. We will be handing it all over to the City Mission on Wednesday the 20th of June so there is plenty of time to keep adding to the collection.
Pyjama Day & Breakfast at School
Also on the the 20th of June we will be having another fundraising event at school.
We will be having a ‘wear your pyjamas (or tracksuits) to school’ which includes breakfast. We will be having a hot breakfast when the students arrive while we hear more from City Mission about what they do in our city and how the money we raise can help them.
Students will be asked to donate $5 each and this will go to the City Mission Winter Appeal. If you would like to donate more than that you are welcome to do so.
We are very excited about next year and we already have several enrolments for our kindergarten class for 2019. We still have places available and enrolments are welcome throughout the year. If you have younger siblings not yet enrolled or friends and family who may be interested please show them our website https://launceston.acc.edu.au/ or they can phone us to make an appointment on 63268885. We look forward to seeing many new children join our ACC family.
Last Monday on the 28th of May, fifteen students from our campus had the privilege to go to the New Horizons Boccia Club, at Trevallyn, after learning how to play Boccia the previous week in PE. Boccia is a game played with 6 soft balls and a jack (a white ball), played in pairs or teams. The main aim of the game is to get as close to the jack as possible by throwing the balls to land near the jack. Points are given for when a player’s balls are closest to the jack.
We were introduced to six other Boccia players with Cerebral Palsy, who had different levels of abilities. We learnt how to play Boccia in several different ways, which included learning to communicate with our partners without the use of speech or gestures, just like one of the players. We also had to use our non-dominant hand to throw the balls to get an understanding of the movement challenges people with Cerebral Palsy experience. Different players had different techniques to throw and aim the balls. Some players were able to use their hands while others used a ramp and a pencil instead of their hands. They also had a helper who moved the ramp for them.
We were impressed by the level of skill that each player had and how competitive they were. Some players play in state and national competitions with other players with disabilities.
We are thankful that they kindly welcomed us to join them in their weekly game and that we were able to get to know a little about their club. This experience has helped us to understand that it is important to focus on the abilities God has given us rather than what we lack.
Written by Jessica Lund and Victoria Obied (Seniors)
Operation Christmas Child
Once again we will be participating in filling the shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. More detail for this will be made available soon. If you would like to attend the launch of this years campaign please rsvp to the details below.
National Story Reading Day
Mrs Cleaver reading to the students
Basketball Clinic with Launceston Tornadoes
For the past two weeks on a Wednesday our Grades 3-10 students have been participating in Basketball Sessions with our local SEABL Basketball team the Launceston Tornadoes.
Both weeks, one of their younger players Jayde Brazendale instructed the students on the fundamentals of basketball which included shooting, dribbling, gameplay plus other basketball related activities.
The sessions were enjoyed by everyone, even Mr Howell.
Grades 3-6 Science
In Science the Grade 5 & 6 students are learning about electricity and this
week they were given the challenge of designing their own electrical
circuits featuring light globes, buzzers and switches.
In Science the Grade 3 & 4 students are learning about forces and this week
they designed and created their own catapults to see how far they could
make their 'birds' fly using principles of air resistance and gravity.
Drama with the Grades 5 & 6
In History the grade 5 & 6 students have been learning about the events
that shaped our early Australian history from settlement to Federation and
this week they created and presented a series of informative short plays on
important characters and events from the 1820s to 1901.
Launceston 2 - 5 - 10km Fun Run
On Sunday the 3rd June 5 students, 1 parent, 3 teachers and husband ran in the annual Tasmanian Running Festival.
Congratulations to Bella, Grace, Lucie, Sam (Bella and Grace’s mum) and Mrs Howell who participated in the in the 2k kids race and Chevy, Tamatoa, Mrs Cleaver and Mr Howell in the 5k. Thank you also to Chris Cleaver for joining us. It was great to see the kids try their very best and represent the school in this major event on the Launceston calendar.
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