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PROSPECTUS


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Principal’s Welcome We believe that students will succeed when they have great relationships with their teachers and an easy to use, flexable learning experience. This innovative form of schooling suits various student circumstances. Some students are pursuing a professional sporting or performing arts career. For other students who are living in remote or regional areas, Distance Education provides another option to boarding school. Sadly for students who have been severely bullied, Distance Education provides a respite, allowing confidence to be rebuilt. Sometimes, families simply decide that this mode of schooling is their preferred choice. Regardless of your circumstances, I hope you find this prospectus useful in making the right choice for your child. Yours in Christ,

Mr John Matthews Principal

CONTENTS Principal’s Welcome 3 Distance Education at ACC 4 Academic Program 8 Fee Schedule 36 How to Enrol 40

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Distance Education at Australian Christian College

Australian Christian College’s School of Distance Education enables students to complete Years 7 to 10 from wherever they live in Western Australia. Distance Education provides students with the opportunity to engage in the very best Christian education without leaving their home. Distance Education with Australian Christian College is open to any student in WA wishing to complete Years 7 to 10 via this modality. Distance Education provides choice without compromising on the quality of education.

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Types of Students ACC Distance students are a diverse group. Many have chosen this mode of schooling while pursuing a sporting or performing arts career. For them, the ability to train during the day and learn in the evening is appealing. Others live in remote areas and don’t have many, if any, local schooling options. Students who have been either bullied, also find Distance Education beneficial. Yet for others, it is a proactive choice, often driven by philosophical or religious beliefs.


Flexible & Rigorous

Learning with ACC

Students value Distance Education for the flexibility it allows. The majority of learning occurs at home and at a time suitable to the student. This flexibility does not compromise the quality of education being delivered. As you will appreciate when you read about the academic program, our Distance Education courses are rigorous and challenging.

Upon enrolment, an agreed start date will be set. Students are granted access to the relevant courses on ACC Online from that date onward. Students are also given their own school email accounts for communicating with teachers and fellow students.

Beyond Year 10 Currently students are unable to complete their WACE via Distance Education. After completing Year10 via Distance Education, students who cannot travel to our Albany campus can enrol in a local school with the confidence that the distance education learning program is registered and accredited in the same way as all other schools in Western Australia.

Using the resources and technology provided, students learn in a range of ways, including talking with teachers over the phone, discussing ideas online with fellow students, studying independently and conducting group work that involves communicating via email.

What do I need to connect? You only need three things to get started: FF Internet Access FF Macbook Air (strongly preferred)

Student Connection

FF Printer & Scanner combination

You are at home, but not alone. Distance Education students connect online with one another across Western Australia. This is made possible with ACC Online – our virtual ecosystem for student learning. Through ACC Online, students can participate in class discussions, send messages to teachers and join interest groups with other students. Students are also encouraged to be involved in extra curricular activities with other children.

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My school is ready for me when I’m finished my golf practice. Olivia Molino


Student Profile

Unlocking Dreams

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Distance Education allows me to pursue my aspirations of becoming a professional female golf player while still completing school. Olivia Molino

Olivia Molino is a 14 year school student completing her studies via Distance Education. Olivia is a current member of the State Development Squad for Golf.

“Even though I don’t attend school on campus, I still feel part of the school community. For example, I attend school athletics and swimming carnivals.”

“Distance Education allows me to pursue my aspirations of becoming a professional female golf player while still completing school,” said Olivia.

“Some children say to me that Distance Education would be a bludge. They figure that without teachers around you could slacken off and not do any work. The reality is, I work harder now than I did in a traditional school. My Mum supervises my work and I have deadlines that my teachers expect me to meet.”

“The flexibility of this mode of schooling is a big plus for me. I can complete school work around my golf commitments. For example, I often practice during the day and do my school work in the evening.” “The greatest advantage happens when I have to travel away from home for tournaments. The other school-age golfers are complaining about having to catch up on school work when they return home, whereas I simply log-in to ‘virtual school’ in my motel room at night.”

“Another aspect of Distance Education that I really enjoy is spending quality time with my Mum throughout the day, rather than simply rushing off to school in the morning and then arriving home exhausted later in the day.” “All these things combined make Distance Education the best option for me. Distance Education is helping to unlock my golfing dreams.”

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Academic Program During the secondary years, students become more focused on post-school destinations, such as career options and university pathways. The development of a learning program for secondary school that complies with the Australian Curriculum requirements is a complex undertaking. Each key learning area (KLA) has its own syllabus that must be covered. Following is an overview of the Distance Education Learning Program for Years 7 to 10:

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Ten weeks in the life of a Year 7 student: English Students learn about the autobiographical genre by reading Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah. This powerful text describes the life of a Chinese girls who is unloved and unwanted by her family. Students have the opportunity to talk about what it means to live as a family and the importance of love. Students also choose an additional autobiography to read and they write a book report on their text. Popular choices include God’s Smuggler & Mao’s Last Dancer. Students in Year 8 also do this unit.

Maths Our approach to Maths is very different from the typical classroom. Each Maths lesson is recorded and accessible online. This allows the student to watch the lesson as many times as they need to before proceeding to the homework activities. Students in Year 7 start with a review of the topics they learned in upper primary school before learning about Indices and Prime Numbers. Students also use Mathletics to consolidate what they are learning in a competitive environment.

Science Students learn about basic geology with a specific focus on the composition of rocks. They learn about different types of rocks and they create systems that will allow them to classify rocks that they find. Students learn about volcanology and famous scientists who have risked everything to learn more about volcanic eruptions. There are multiple experiments to watch and observe throughout the course. Students in Year 8 also do this unit.

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History and Geography Students spend half of the year studying History and half of the year studying Geography. The first unit of the year focuses on Global Change. Students learn about basic economics and how climate plays a role in primary and secondary industries. They also learn about the role of multinational corporations in the developing world by studying Nike factories in South-East Asia. The unit concludes with an individual research project on genetically modified foods. Students in Year 8 also do this unit.


Bible Students learn about Jesus Christ through an introduction to the Gospels in the Bible. This study allows students to explore for themselves while also providing an opportunity to ask questions and discuss with their peers. The text that the school uses for this course is called “Stranger on the Road to Emmaus�. Students in Year 8 also do this unit.

The Arts Many of our students join ACC because they are heavily invested in the Arts. The purpose of the Arts course at ACC is to introduce broad concepts across music, visual arts, drama and dance so that students can appreciate the skill and commitment required to excel in the arts. Students learn about the composition of an orchestra while learning about basic music notation and rhythm. Students in Year 8 also do this unit.

Technology Health & Physical Education Students learn about body change and image in this unit which provides a safe environment to ask difficult questions. One of the highlights of the unit is when the students learn about the inspirational story of teenagers who have been seriously injured and their process of recovery. Parents are also encouraged to have conversations with their children at the important time when they are becoming teenagers. In addition to learning about body change students learn about cricket and volleyball and how to run a sports tournament in their local community. Students in Year 8 also do this unit.

Students learn about the design process while being tasked to design and build a survival shelter for people suffering from a natural disaster in the 3rd world. After doing research, students learn how to use basic CAD software to design their survival shelter concept. Students learn about the value of feedback by submitting their designs to their peers for evaluation. Students in Year 8 also do this unit.

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Ten weeks in the life of a Year 8 student: English Students learn about the autobiographical genre by reading Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah. This powerful text describes the life of a Chinese girls who is unloved and unwanted by her family. Students have the opportunity to talk about what it means to live as a family and the importance of love. Students also choose an additional autobiography to read and they write a book report on their text. Popular choices include God’s Smuggler & Mao’s Last Dancer. Students in Year 7 also do this unit.

Maths Students in Year 8 start the school year by completing a diagnostic tests to determine if they can recall and use the key principles that they have learned in Year 7. If a student is not confident, the school has the ability to reintroduce the Year 7 course so that success can be achieved before moving to the next level. Each Maths lesson is recorded and accessible online. This allows the student to watch the lesson as many times as they need to before proceeding to the homework activities. Students in Year 8 start with learning about integers. Students also use Mathletics to consolidate what they are learning in a competitive environment.

Science Students learn about basic geology with a specific focus on the composition of rocks. They learn about different types of rocks and they create systems that will allow them to classify rocks that they find. Students learn about volcanology and famous scientists who have risked everything to learn more about volcanic eruptions. There are multiple experiments to watch and observe throughout the course. Students in Year 7 also do this unit.

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History and Geography Students spend half of the year studying History and half of the year studying Geography. The first unit of the year focuses on Global Change. Students learn about basic economics and how climate plays a role in primary and secondary industries. They also learn about the role of multinational corporations in the developing world by studying Nike factories in South-East Asia. The unit concludes with an individual research project on genetically modified foods. Students in Year 7 also do this unit.


Bible Students learn about Jesus Christ through an introduction to the Gospels in the Bible. This study allows students to explore for themselves while also providing an opportunity to ask questions and discuss with their peers. The text that the school uses for this course is called “Stranger on the Road to Emmaus�. Students in Year 7 also do this unit.

The Arts Many of our students join ACC because they are heavily invested in the Arts. The purpose of the Arts course at ACC is to introduce broad concepts across music, visual arts, drama and dance so that students can appreciate the skill and commitment required to excel in the arts. Students learn about the composition of an orchestra while learning about basic music notation and rhythm. Students in Year 7 also do this unit.

Technology Health & Physical Education Students learn about body change and image in this unit which provides a safe environment to ask difficult questions. One of the highlights of the unit is when the students learn about the inspirational story of teenagers who have been seriously injured and their process of recovery. Parents are also encouraged to have conversations with their children at the important time when they are becoming teenagers. In addition to learning about body change students learn about cricket and volleyball and how to run a sports tournament in their local community. Students in Year 7 also do this unit.

Students learn about the design process while being tasked to design and build a survival shelter for people suffering from a natural disaster in the 3rd world. After doing research, students learn how to use basic CAD software to design their survival shelter concept. Students learn about the value of feedback by submitting their designs to their peers for evaluation. Students in Year 7 also do this unit.

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Ten weeks in the life of a Year 9 student: English Students learn about dystopia and the tragic consequences of a society without laws and morality through a study of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Students take time to reflect on the work and they engage in discussions with their teachers about the consequences of evil. While the students are studying this text, they are also invited to choose another text of their own along the theme of island adventures. Students complete a formal essay analysing their text for their major assessment. Students in Year 10 also do this unit.

Maths Students in Year 9 start the school year but reviewing what they have learned in Year 8. Students have the ability to return to their previous studies if they do not show mastery over past content. Each Maths lesson is recorded and accessible online. This allows the student to watch the lesson as many times as they need to before proceeding to the homework activities. Students in Year 9 start with learning about real numbers and surds. Students also use Mathletics to consolidate what they are learning in a competitive environment.

Science Students learn about the foundational building blocks of life through a study on DNA and Genetics. They learn about the founders of this science including George Mendel and the role that technology has played in allowing us to learn more about how we are made. Students conduct a number of experiments including an experiment on the genetic traits in their own family. Students in Year 10 also do this unit.

History and Geography Student learn about 20th century Australian society with a particular focus on the 1960s and 1970s including Australia’s role in the Asia-Pacific region and the Australian response to the threat of communism. 14

Students look at famous leaders and politicians during this period and they are also able to assess different political systems on their merits and on case studies. Students in Year 10 also do this unit.

Health & Physical Education Students learn about strategies and skills to maintain an active lifestyle. They learn how to measure their health and fitness and they put a personal fitness plan in place to help them to be accountable. Students learn about the fitness industry through case studies and they also learn about potential career paths in fitness. Students in Year 10 also do this unit.

Bible Students have a forum to ask tough questions within the context of Christianity. Questions include topics on purpose, professional, sexuality and forgiveness. Students in Year 10 also do this unit.


Ten weeks in the life of a Year 10 student: English Students learn about dystopia and the tragic consequences of a society without laws and morality through a study of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Students take time to reflect on the work and they engage in discussions with their teachers about the consequences of evil. While the students are studying this text, they are also invited to choose another text of their own along the theme of island adventures. Students complete a formal essay analysing their text for their major assessment. Students in Year 9 also do this unit.

this period and they are also able to assess different political systems on their merits and on case studies. Students in Year 9 also do this unit.

Health & Physical Education Students learn about strategies and skills to maintain an active lifestyle. They learn how to measure their health and fitness and they put a personal fitness plan in place to help them to be accountable. Students learn about the fitness industry through case studies and they also learn about potential career paths in fitness. Students in Year 9 also do this unit.

Maths

Bible

Students in Year 9 start the school year but reviewing what they have learned in Year 8. Students have the ability to return to their previous studies if they do not show mastery over past content. Each Maths lesson is recorded and accessible online. This allows the student to watch the lesson as many times as they need to before proceeding to the homework activities. Students in Year 9 start with learning about real numbers and surds. Students also use Mathletics to consolidate what they are learning in a competitive environment.

Students have a forum to ask tough questions within the context of Christianity. Questions include topics on purpose, professional, sexuality and forgiveness. Students in Year 9 also do this unit.

Science Students learn about the foundational building blocks of life through a study on DNA and Genetics. They learn about the founders of this science including George Mendel and the role that technology has played in allowing us to learn more about how we are made. Students conduct a number of experiments including an experiment on the genetic traits in their own family. Students in Year 9 also do this unit.

History and Geography Student learn about 20th century Australian society with a particular focus on the 1960s and 1970s including Australia’s role in the Asia-Pacific region and the Australian response to the threat of communism. Students look at famous leaders and politicians during 15


How To Enrol As a first step, please Apply for Enrolment online. Once the school receives your completed enrolment application and supporting documents, you will be contacted for a telephone interview with the Enrolments Officer. This interview is your chance to ask questions not covered elsewhere. You may also have some specific needs, which you can raise. After a successful enrolment interview, you will be sent a confirmation of your enquiry email and fee payment form. Completion of this form and all relevant supporting documentation is the last step to enrolment.

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Getting Started Once enrolment has been finalised, you will receive a confirmation of enrolment email with instructions on next steps. Textbooks will be ordered and mailed out. Logins will be emailed and a student email account will be setup. You will then be ready to commence school work.

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Southlands Distance Education Prospectus