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We hope you enjoy this edition of Old Concordians’ Connect.

At Concordia, the connections we make are lifelong and all Old Concordians are invited to stay connected through reunions, alumni events, sports groups, volunteering, networking and mentoring opportunities.

The Old Concordians’ Committee has recently welcomed Josh Martin, Class of 2020, as a member. Josh has already made a positive impact on the Committee, and we look forward to his continued contribution. We caught up with Josh for a short Q&A.

Q&A with Josh Martin, Class of 2020

Josh Martin

Class of 2020

Josh Martin profile photo

Old Concordians’ Sporting Clubs

Pedal Prix Club

This year has seen some strong race results for the OCA Pedal Prix Team who have completed three races: Mt Gambier, The Bend Motorsport Park and Victoria Park Racecourse.

At the recent race at Victoria Park, teams placed 14th and 16th out of 39 trikes in our community category. This is a great result considering the top 10 trikes are professional riding teams. Two more races are left for the season, with another race at The Bend Motorsport Park and the big 24-hour race at Murray Bridge.

The camaraderie on and off the track and great teamwork make the OCA Pedal Prix a very inclusive and friendly club, and new members are always welcome.

Thanks to OCA and club sponsors for the support they provide, and to Nelson Harris (2019) and his team for coordinating the Pedal Prix Club. Email the Alumni Manager for more information.

The Old Concordians' Pedal Prix Club with a blue trike

Basketball Club

Our newest club, the Old Concordians' Basketball Club, plays on Saturday afternoons in venues across central and southern Adelaide. The Club Coordinator, Tristan Prentice (2004), has been involved in the competition for several decades. The Club has two men’s teams and a women’s team. After a slow start, the last few weeks resulted in some very competitive performances in our new Old Concordian uniforms. Our women’s team are flying, having not lost a game yet in the strong Women’s A division of the competition. Our men’s teams are in Division 1/2 and 5/6. 

We are looking to grow the club membership and invite players of all ability, as well as any sponsors to get behind a club which provides friendly and inclusive community connection. The Old Concordians' Association generously supports the players with free uniforms and subsidised fees.

Please email the Alumni Manager if you'd like to be involved in the preparation for the next season in summer 2022/2023 (October-April) and Winter 2023 (May-September).

Members of the Old Concordians' Basketball Club gathered on court for a group photo

Cricket Club

The Old Concordians' Cricket Club finished a successful cricket season with two out of three teams in the finals. Both B grade and C grade lost their semifinals and missed out on further opportunities. It was great to see two young current collegians - Andrew and Oscar (Class of 2022) - join the Club and make a good impact. Oscar even created a new club partnership record! Playing and training at Concordia College continues to be a highlight for all Old Concordians who are involved in the Club. 

We welcome all new players for the new season starting in October. 

Find us on Facebook or contact Tim Kupke (1999) for further information.

An Old Concordians' Cricket Club player hitting the ball

Netball Club

The Old Concordians’ Netball Club are looking forward to starting up again for the 2022/2023 summer season. The Club had three teams playing last season and we are excited for some new additions this year to participate in the SAUCNA competition on Wednesday nights at the Anzac Highway courts in the city. Old Concordians of any age or playing ability are welcome to join and/or start their own team. Registrations are due in August 2022. For any further information, please feel free to contact Chrissy Barnard (2003).

Old Concordians' Netball Club team photo

Soccer Club

The Old Concordians' Soccer Club has reached the halfway point of the 2022 CSL season. This year has been the Club's first experience in Division 1, which has led to some very competitive games. A Grade currently sit seventh after some close games against top sides with B Grade entering the second half of the season mid table in fifth. Cs and Ds currently sit sixth in their respective divisions. 

The Club is always on the lookout for new players and anyone who is interested in playing is encouraged to reach out to Club President, Cameron Basnec (2015), if they have any questions.

Old Concordians' Soccer Club members on the soccer field

Supporting Concordia Sailing

The Old Concordians support the current Concordia sailing team. It is a great way for us to show our support of Concordia students.

The Concordia sailing team is currently on its winter break and the season will start again after the school holidays in October. The team trains once a week after school at the Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club (BSYC). 

The sailing team’s last regatta was the South Australian Secondary School Team Sailing State Championship in Goolwa in April. This was a great experience for the relatively new team and all team members had an opportunity to learn and improve their team sailing skills in a more competitive setting. 

The sailing team is very grateful for the support they receive from the Old Concordians’ Association and they are looking forward to the season ahead.

Upcoming Reunions

We are pleased to present the following reunion opportunities over the next five months.

If you are keen to hold a reunion that is not listed below, please contact the Alumni Manager, Sue Spry, who will assist you in organising one:

  • Melbourne Reunion - Thursday 25 August 2022, 6-8pm // Book online
  • 60+ Brown & Gold Lunch (Class of 1962 and prior) - Thursday 22 September 2022, 12 noon-3pm // Book online
  • Class of 1992 30 Year Reunion - Friday 28 October 2022, 6-8pm // Book online
  • Class of 2002 20 Year Reunion - Friday 11 November 2022, 6-8pm // Book online
  • Class of 2012 10 Year Reunion - Friday 25 November 2022, 6pm // Book online
  • Class of 2021 Welcome to the Old Concordians - Thursday 1 December 2022, 5.30-6.30pm (new date) // Book online
  • Class of 2017 5 Year Reunion - Friday 9 December 2022, 6pm // Book online

For more information, view our full list of upcoming Old Concordian Events

Partners and past staff are welcome to all reunions and events.

Lifetime Connections

A Barossa Reunion was held on Friday 10 June 2022 at the Barossa Distilling Co in Nuriootpa.

During the evening, Honorary Old Concordian Life Membership was presented to Briony Carman, who retired last year after 17 years of dedicated service to Concordia as Head of Middle School. Briony has embodied the College motto 'Firm in Principle, Gentle in Manner' in all of her interactions with students, staff and parents. Congratulations, Briony!

Q&A with Janette Haynes (Schumann), Class of 1976

Janette Haynes (Schumann)

Class of 1976

Janette Haynes profile photo

SALA Artist - Rosie Field, Class of 1966

Old Concordian and ceramic artist Rosie Field (Hanisch 1966), has been working with clay since 2018, when she was introduced to pottery through Ripples Community Arts, a local group providing support and encouragement to emerging and established artists. She established a small studio at her home and began experimenting.

Her interests in nature, the Australian bush and gardens inspired her to construct a collection of ‘stacks’, each a series of ceramic elements reflecting a single theme or event which moved her; from devastating bushfires to the simple beauty of eucalypts. These works also allowed her to experiment widely with different techniques, clays and glazes.

A friend invited Rosie to exhibit in her garden in the Adelaide Hills, and this led to Rosie’s first exhibition, as part of the SALA 2021 festival. It was a sell-out success! The works made their way into people’s homes and the bush and gardens surrounding them, showing their suitability to a wide range of environments. Rosie won SALA’s City of Unley Active Ageing Award and was a finalist in the City Rural Emerging Artist Award.

Rosie maintains that she doesn’t have an end game in making her stacks. She makes them because she enjoys the process, and has endless inspiration from the world around her. She has recently taken delivery of a new kiln, partly funded by her SALA 2021 win.

Her new exhibition, Naturescape, will be at the Hughes Gallery, Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton. It is part of the 2022 SALA Festival and runs from 1–27 August. The gallery is open from 10am–4pm Monday to Friday and 11am–4pm on weekends.

Old Concordians Supporting Students

Congratulations to the Old Concordian donors and the Reception classes of 2022, who raised the most funds on our Giving Day in June. Each will be recognised on the donor wall in our new Gymnasium in the near future. Heartfelt thanks from all of us.

Two hands holding paper hearts with the words 'Thank you' superimposed

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We love hearing from Old Concordians of all ages, both near and far, so please do get in touch to share stories, milestones and any news, or simply to update your contact details.

To let us know you'd like to stay in touch, update your details online or email Sue Spry, Alumni Manager.

Interested in joining the Old Concordians’ Association Committee? We would love to hear from you! Please contact the Alumni Manager, Sue Spry, for more information,

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