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Secondary School Update - 31 May 2024

Updated: May 31

HEAD OF SCHOOL UPDATE Mr Jonathan Brayshaw

On Sunday 26 May, an ABC News article was published featuring Matt Purcell's Social Kung Fu verbal defence program. The original article includes a photo of our Year 8 cohort during a seminar with Matt (held towards the end of Term One), when the ABC also attended. Year 7 students also participated in an identical seminar. 

The article highlights the importance of equipping students with self-confidence, self-awareness, and resilience. The program also provides valuable recommendations for parents on how to address resilience with their children. The ABC article, along with a video featuring some Year 8 students being interviewed by Matt, can be accessed here

Additionally, I would like to extend an invitation from Matt Purcell to a parent webinar he is running next Wednesday 5 June. The parent webinar is free of charge and can be accessed via this link

We hope you find these resources beneficial and encourage you to participate in the upcoming webinar that is tailored for parents in addressing resilience with their children. 

Finally, I am pleased to inform you of two upcoming dates for Parent/Teacher Interviews:

  • On Tuesday 11 June, we are holding Stage 6 Parent/Teacher Interviews. This event is for parents who have children in Years 11 or 12, and will run from 4.00pm to 8.00pm in A Block. To arrange a booking with your child's teachers, a link will soon be sent to parents and carers of Years 11 & 12 students. 

  • On Friday 26 July, we are holding Years 7-10 Parent/Teacher Interviews. It can be challenging to accommodate all parents and carers in one night. Therefore, we are trialling this model on the final day of the July School Holidays to provide more availability to meet with your child's teachers. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with their child's teachers throughout the day, either in person or via phone call. To arrange a booking with your child's teachers, a link will soon be sent to parents and carers of Years 7-10 students. 

Thank you for partnering with us in the education and wellbeing of your children.


Kaylie Neave

Year 8E enjoyed their first guitar practical lesson in Music recently. Students began the lesson by learning about how to hold, tune and play the instrument safely and properly. Our budding guitarists spent the lesson practising the chords C, G, Eminor and D. Towards the end of the lesson the entire class did a mini performance playing along to Ed Sheeran's song 'Perfect'. Those without guitars joined in by singing. 8E students are commended on their respectful, proactive and collaborative nature!


Narae Son

Immersion is seen by many as one of the most effective ways to learn a new language - constantly surrounding yourself in the target language and culture. On Tuesday 28 May, our Year 9 Elective Japanese class plunged into that exact immersive experience as they visited the Nihongo Tanken Centre in Kirrawee. 

From the moment they entered the Centre, they had stepped into a Japanese home. Removing their shoes and slipping into indoor slippers, the students were welcomed into a warm and cosy tatami room, with low tables and floor cushions to rest on. It was in this tatami room that students engaged in a wide range of exciting and interactive language activities. There was just one rule - no English! 

For lunch, students had the pleasure of enjoying a scrumptious bento box inside a tranquil and stunning Japanese garden, basking in the sun before heading back into the English speaking world of Australian Christian College, Marsden Park. 

Students were amazed at how much Japanese they could understand and speak. Most importantly, however, they came out of the experience with a heightened sense of motivation and appreciation towards the power of immersive language experiences and challenging themselves to engage with Japanese constantly in their day to day lives. とても たのしかったです! (tottemo tanoshikatta desu) - it was so much fun! 


Natasha Collins

Altitude Day is an annual one-day event created by Y-Lead Australia to empower Year 9 students during this important stage in their school journey. Students had the opportunity to meet and interact with other students from different schools to help develop their confidence and networking skills. Year 9 listened to three guest speakers who shared their journeys to leadership, their challenges and the tips they learnt along the way. Additionally, the students reflected on the type of leader they want to be and how they can implement their leadership ideas at ACC. They were a joy to accompany and we enjoyed travelling together on the metro, getting lunch and spending time together outside the classroom.


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