This week, as we reflect on the beginning of another school year, our Archivist shares some interesting recollections from students who were new to Concordia in the days when most students were boarders at the College.
- From the Concordia Campus Principal
- 2017 Parent Survey: Next Steps
- 2018 Commencement Service
- IBDP Awards Ceremony for 2017
- ICT Matters
- Upcoming Events
- Student Achievements
- From the Archives: New Students
Even though it feels we are already well into the hustle and bustle of the school year, I wish to extend a happy new school year to parents! Thank you for returning to, or beginning, your connection with Concordia College. What will this year hold for you, I wonder? How has it begun?
If you’re like me, a new year brings a whole lot of challenges, some re-visited, and some entirely new. We can sometimes become negative about this, but the truth is that it’s through challenge that we grow. It’s when we struggle with something that we think about it deeply, seek wider counsel, and hopefully grow through the experience. No pain, no gain, as the saying goes.
This is the educational journey, of course: growth through challenge. It’s exactly what Jesus experienced at the start of his three-year public ministry straight after his baptism at about thirty years of age. Luke tells us (Luke 4:1), 'Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.' Tempted here is real testing, real challenging.
If you read the passage you’ll see that Jesus passed without fail. That’s not always our experience. In fact, if we’re honest, our performance and development is a mixed bag. Thank God that at least before him that’s not what counts. Instead our Lord’s great achievement is freely given to us. And it’s this which frees us – and our students – to stand tall. Other people might judge us harshly at times but before God that’s not the point because he credits us with Jesus’ success no matter how we do.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Concordia College community for the wonderfully warm welcome I have received. From the warm embrace of the Commencement Service to the friendly greetings at the information nights, it has been a pleasure to connect with parents. I look forward with great enthusiasm to serving the Concordia College community, a community where in my short time, I have already experienced first-hand the motto, ‘firm in principle, gentle in manner’ lived out in relationships.
God bless you in all the joys and challenges you face this year.
Principal - Concordia Campus
Thank you to all of the parents across the College who completed the 2017 Parent Survey in Term 4. We were delighted with the response and appreciate the thoughtful feedback that was provided, with the vast majority of responses being very positive. The Executive teams at both campuses are currently analysing the feedback and working through a strategy to assess your suggested improvements and address the issues that have been raised. We have been able to immediately address some areas such as adjustments to the newsletter, which will be ongoing, and providing more information about accessing and using ManageBac. Further information will be communicated to parents after a full review of the survey data.
Principal - Concordia Campus
Principal - St John's Campus
The Commencement Service held on Tuesday 30 January was a powerful way to formally begin the new year. After the warmth of the back-to-school welcome activities the day before, it was fitting to celebrate the arrival of new staff, the induction of our Senior School Student Leaders and the academic achievements of our 2017 graduates.
Bishop David Altus and Pastor Dale Gosden honoured those installed as new staff and celebrated our high achievers through the honest and meaningful words they shared.
(Principal, Concordia Campus)
|Sue Bates||Stephanie Nelson|
|Sophie Braun||Mike Rowe|
|Michelle Deards||Suica Ranka|
|Alex Geue||Laura Simmons|
|Ellie Gleeson||Amy Stephan|
|Gerry Krieg||John Vella|
We also had the opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate:
The top SACE student and overall Dux with an ATAR of 99.9:
- Mitchell Munn
The top IBDP students for 2017:
- Natasha Davey
- Ariane Dorotich
As well as thanking his teachers, family and the Class of 2017, Mitchell encouraged current students to put in their best effort, not to pigeonhole themselves based on how smart they think they are, but to always work hard to achieve their goals. In so doing they they will be able to look back at the end of their schooling journey as he did, knowing they have done all they could - and being happy with their efforts.
I believe that achievement is less about how smart you are, and more about how much effort you are willing to put in.
A quote that I feel embodied my mentality going into Year 12 is that “People don’t fail to succeed - they fail to make the effort to succeed.” (Thomas Oppong) Never settle for anything less than your best, and you will never have any reason for regret.
This occasion saw all the International Baccalaureate Diploma schools of South Australia come together to formally acknowledge outstanding student achievement. It was a night of recognition and a celebration of the broad range of experiences the Diploma offers.
Amongst the many students state-wide to receive awards were Natasha Davey, who received a Certificate of Merit for Mathematical Studies SL, and Madeline Harrison who received one for French ab initio. We congratulate both girls on this outstanding achievement.
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly congratulate Ariane Dorotich and Natasha Davey, equal top students for the Diploma class of 2017.
We wish all our recent graduates every success this year and beyond.
For all parents, a reminder that we have set up a generic website at this address: https://www.concordiadigitallearning.com/ designed to inform parents a little about the College digital learning environment. On this site, we are providing access to College digital learning policies, including vendor privacy policies, and various guides and tips to using College software like ManageBac and cybersafety resources for home. This website will be reviewed and updated later this term, and St John's Campus information will be added to represent the full ELC-12 scope of College digital learning.
For new parents, we will add your details to our curriculum assessment and reporting site on ManageBac and you will receive in your email, in coming weeks, an invitation to set up a password and access the program. ManageBac viewing allows you to see what learning activities are planned, what assessment tasks are due and when, and especially get a sense of how your children are progressing. Last year was the first time we opened the program to all parents, so we are also checking that everyone who should be able to access it can. Please let us know if you were unable to access ManageBac last year.
Your child's key responsibilities for caring for the College devices they are using are to:
- Keep them in protective cases
- Charge them fully overnight
- Remember to bring them to school
- Let IT know as soon as possible if a problem or damage occurs
Among our many College aims is to teach and help our students to become responsible digital citizens who take care of the technology, everyone with whom they interact, and themselves online.
Year 7 Family Gathering
Year 7 families are warmly invited to join us for the annual Family Gathering in the Quad on Friday 16 February from 6-8pm. Get to know other Year 7 families in a relaxed environment with your child's Home Class teacher. Siblings welcome.
Wood oven pizzas will be provided. BYO drinks or bar facilities available.
This is a free event funded and supported by the Concordia Campus P&F.
Please book online (for catering purposes).
Business Networking Breakfast
Our first Business Networking Breakfast for 2018 is coming up on Thursday 8 March from 7.30am - 9am in The Suaviter.
We are pleased to have guest speaker David Pisoni, Member for Unley, speaking on the topic "From retail business to politics: lessons learned from both ends."
If you'd like to attend, please RSVP by Friday 2 March on 8272 0444 or email Foundation Executive Officer, Sue Spry.
Our annual Twilight Tea event is coming up on Friday 16 March from 4.30pm - 8pm.
This community event, supported by the P&F, is always a highlight of the year with fun and entertainment for the whole family.
More information will be distributed in the coming weeks, but please save the date today.
College Musical 'Legally Blonde'
The College musical is also a fantastic event each year and this year our students will present three public performances of 'Legally Blonde' across two days at the Hopgood Theatre, Noarlunga.
Staff and senior students are already working hard to pull this show together and tickets are sure to sell fast, so please mark Friday 6 and Saturday 7 April in your diaries and keep an eye out for more ticketing information.
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Well done to Year 10 student Ella (10NMC) who competed in the Athletics SA State Championships last weekend and won gold in the U16 Women's 400m and bronze in the U16 Women's 100m. A fantastic effort! Following these results, she has been selected as a member of the State Team for the Australian Junior Championships in March and we wish her all the best as she prepares for this competition.
Congratulations to Sean (12TMC) on a great performance at the Australian Youth Championships with the SA U18 Baseball Team. South Australia defeated Queensland 9 - 0 in the Gold Medal game, achieving their first U18 victory in these championships since 1988 (30 years). Sean was equal 4th in the overall national batting with an average of .412 in nine games with 14 hits.
During the January school holidays, Ethan (7MGA) was Vice-captain of the State 12 and Under Cricket Team that competed in the National Cricket Carnival at Barooga. After a draw against NSW and wins against VIC, QLD and WA, the SA team made it through to the Grand Final and won for the first time in its own right since entering the competition. Ethan was awarded player of the match for his efforts in the Grand Final. Well done, Ethan!
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