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Strategic Priorities for 2021

Weinert PaulStrategic planning is a structured process through which leaders determine their vision for the future while identifying their goals and objectives for the organisation. It involves defining the goals of an organisation for the immediate future and the strategies by which these goals will be achieved and how resources will be allocated. It motivates us to be aware of future opportunities and challenges. The process also provides the chance to explore the emerging context in which an organization will operate and to challenge the status quo. Strategic planning determines exactly where the organisation is going over the next few years and how it's going to get there. 

The Concordia College Board and Leadership Team are now in the second year of implementation of the Towards 2025 Strategic Plan, and whilst the 2020 implementation schedule was somewhat interrupted, we have continued to develop and refine specific projects which will deliver on key aspects of the plan. In fact, the Leadership Teams across the College have developed 22 distinct projects which are designed to deliver strategic plan goals. Of course, these projects (large and small) are staggered across the five year period to avoid ‘initiative fatigue’; however, during the latter part of 2020 we spent considerable time focussing on prioritising strategic goals for 2021.

The table below outlines the strategic priorities for 2021 and as has been highlighted on previous occasions, our priorities focus on the 'Unlocking Futures' learning framework, a framework that seeks to reframe our pedagogical practices towards the development of specific skills students will need to navigate future workplaces. There has been considerable professional learning already invested in Student Self-Management, the first skill tackled across the College. Learning intentions, success criteria and assessment rubrics have been developed for this particular skill with more future focussed skills to follow suit.

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The wellbeing strategy across the College is also well into implementation mode with a range of initiatives starting to take shape. Using the research of our Researcher in Residence, Dr Catherine Johnson, the College Wellbeing Team has been busy developing frameworks and resources to support these initiatives in three key areas:

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  • Student wellbeing: Streamlining the Pastoral Care program (Years 7-12), continuing to map out sequenced content in the Wellbeing framework; developing a ‘Concordia wellbeing toolkit’ that helps students understand and skillfully manage their wellbeing with consistent language and practical skills.
  • Staff wellbeing: Planning and delivering staff workshops designed to familiarise staff with Concordia wellbeing tools so they understand how to actively manage their own wellbeing, and support students in applying these ideas to real life situations. Introducing staff mentor groups, establishing a collection of wellbeing champions among staff, introducing term themes that focus on different areas of wellbeing.
  • Parent wellbeing: Planning and delivering a series of parent workshops in the second half of 2021 that focus on the use of shared language in the area of wellbeing and how best to support the wellbeing of young people.

These are all vitally important initiatives which will have direct impact on the way we engage students in their learning and their preparedness to deal with the challenges that may confront them during the course of their schooling.

It has been a blessing to witness the excitement of the students as they embark on a new school year. Their excitement as they re-engage with new subjects and reconnect with peers and teachers has been wonderful to watch. The challenge for us at Concordia is to continue to be future focussed as we seek to tap into this excitement about learning in a way that will get students to think positively about their future, knowing that what they are doing in the present will set them up for success.   

Paul Weinert
Principal - Concordia Campus

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2021 Commencement Service

The Concordia Campus community gathered to formally commemorate the beginning of the 2021 school year at the Commencement Service on Thursday, 28 January.

We thank Pastor Dale Gosden for leading the Service, and thank the Bishop of the Lutheran Church SA/NT, Pastor David Altus, for giving the address.

In addition to welcoming new staff, Student Leaders and House Leaders into their roles, and committing the year to God's care, we celebrated some of the achievements of the Class of 2020 who received their excellent academic results over the summer break.

The following students and staff were acknowledged and officially installed during the Commencement Service.

Student Leaders

 
School Captains
Hana Ireland
Thomas Diprose
Deputy Captains
Georgie Loxton
Lachlan Strelan
Student Leaders
Mia Fenwick
Asha Tamms
Tom Packer
Damon Turczynowicz
   

House Leaders

 
Cheltenham Captains
Julia Paneras
Ashton Sidwick
Cheltenham Deputies
Scarlett Rees
Daniel Wakeling
Highgate Captains
Kendel Haslett
Lachlan Fisher
Highgate Deputies
Sophie Emsley
Ethan Gifford
Malvern Captains
Alana Williams
Reggie Els
Malvern Deputies
Stella Peck
Jack Manning
Winchester Captains
Mackenzie Flynn
Charles Fryer
Winchester Deputies
Teagan Ridley
Kern Mitchell
   

New Staff

 
Rachael Bennett Mick Phillips
Emily Byrne  Mark Rathjen
Leah Clifford  Ryan Schrapel
Sarah Davis  Tammee Secombe
Jodie Escott  Nathan Shrowder
Maggie Gu  Zoe Tidemann
Olivia Hocking  Jenny Wei
Hajnalka Molloy  Daniel Wood
Mukesh Nagpal Charles Worthington
Lee Pfitzner  

We also had the opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate:

The top SACE student and overall Dux for 2020 with an ATAR of 99.85:

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The top IBDP students for 2020:

  • Mihalis Kokkoni and Tera (Terry) Kutinyu

In her speech, Jessica offered some advice to the students, and particularly to the Class of 2021:

...after reflecting on my own experience of Year 12 and the rest of my time at Concordia, I realised that the things that I found most helpful were really simple - the tips that I was told over and over again by teachers and my parents.

 

Firstly, and most importantly, is that passion creates self-motivation. This was something that I realised very early at my time at Concordia ... I cannot stress enough how important it is that you are genuinely interested in the subjects you choose in Year 11 and 12. Being genuinely curious and passionate about your subjects will give you the motivation to complete those extra practice exams, draft your essay one more time or spend a little extra time on research; small things that make a huge difference.

 

Choosing subjects that you enjoy will also shape your mindset towards school, which leads me to my second point- that learning for the sake of learning is far more effective than learning in order to receive a grade.

Finally, I believe it is really important to recognise the importance of working smarter not harder. ... Despite the pressure of school, I would highly suggest prioritising taking breaks, being active and spending time with friends and family.

 

... I think its a good thing that there’s no magical strategy to do well in school - because it shows just how attainable it is for everyone who is willing to approach their work with curiosity and commitment.

 

... To the class of 2021, and to Years 7 to 11 as well, I wish you the best of luck for the year ahead, and I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I did.

For an overview of our 2020 Year 12 results, visit our Results and Achievements page.

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Welcome to the MYP in 2021

Johnson EmilyWelcome back to learning for 2021. If you are new to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP), there are some key features that you will find different to other curriculum frameworks. At the core of all IB programmes is the Learner Profile, 10 attributes that promote development of students as responsible members of their communities, at the local, national and global perspectives. IB learners strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.

The holistic nature of the MYP allows for students to undertake a range of subject groups and develop a wide range of skills to help set them up for lifelong learning. The MYP has some distinctive features, including:

  • Key and related concepts are big ideas, which form the basis of teaching and learning. They ensure breadth and depth in the curriculum and promote learning within and across traditional disciplines.
  • Global contexts provide shared starting points for inquiry into what it means to be internationally minded, framing a curriculum that promotes multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement.
  • Approaches to Learning are skills which help students manage their own learning. They provide a foundation for success in further education and the world beyond the classroom. These skills also support the Unlocking Futures principles and help to shape learning intentions.
  • Action and service are not only essential parts of our Christian faith, but are also essential components of the MYP. These involve clear learning outcomes that grow from students’ participation in local and global communities, with service learning used to build links within the curriculum.
  • The personal project, for students in Year 10, is a culminating experience in which students apply their approaches to learning skills to complete an extended, self-directed piece of work.

As students become more familiar with the MYP throughout Years 7-10, some of these features will become more prevalent, whilst others will become second nature.

To assist students with their learning, the Curriculum Support Room will be available to all students in Years 7-10 on Wednesdays and Fridays at lunchtime, held in Murtoa, beginning in Week 2, Term 1. This will be a quiet space where students will be able to complete homework or assessments and gain assistance if need be. There is no need to sign up, and students will be emailed the details should they wish to attend.

Emily Johnson
Middle Years Learning Leader

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School Immunisation Program - Years 8 and 10

Immunisation Information for Parents of Year 8 and 10 Students 

The 2021 SA School Immunisation Program will be offered at the College by Pop Up Medics.

All Year 8 Students will be offered: 

  • 2 doses of Human Papillomavirus vaccine, Gardasil®9 at 2 separate visits.
  • 1 dose of the Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough vaccine, Boostrix®

 All Year 10 students will be offered:

  • 2 doses of Meningococcal B Vaccine, Bexsero® at 2 separate visits
  • 1 dose of the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine, Nimenrix®

The dates for the immunisations are: Monday, 29 March, and Thursday, 11 November, 2021

Immunisation consent packs have been sent home with all Year 8 and Year 10 students. It is important that you read the information contained in the packs before you give consent for your child to be vaccinated at school.

All parents/legal guardians are required to complete, sign and return the Consent Cards, even if you do not consent for the student to be vaccinated at school.

If you did not receive an Immunisation Consent pack from your child, please ask at the SSO. 

If you do not want your child to be vaccinated at school, please arrange for your child to receive the vaccines free at your local council. If you go to your local doctor for the vaccination, they will need to order the vaccine and may charge a consultation fee.

Remember to keep your child’s School Immunisation Program records in a safe place as they may be required for future employment or travel.

If you require any further information, please contact our College Medical Support Officer, Sue Bates on 8272 0444.

Sue Bates
Medical Support Officer

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Elevate Education

Elevate Education is a study coaching organisation that engages over 1500 Australian high schools every year. Year 10 students at Concordia participate in their study skills seminars designed to achieve behavioural change amongst students. We aim to equip students to use and apply these skills which they learn both from their teachers and from the young presenters from Elevate. Using an integrated process to assist students to improve their organisation and study skills will hopefully have improved academic outcomes and build greater confidence for students as they approach their senior years of school.

Parents can also support the study habits of their children by engaging in the free webinars offered by Elevate Education.

Rachel Paterson
Year 10 Pastoral Leader

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Student Achievements

Congratulations to Fletcher 7LTHO who won a silver State Title placing in Champion Lifesaver on Saturday, 30 January.

Congratulations to Old Concordians Jeremy Swain and Jack Wegener (Class of 2020) on their enlistment to the Australian Defence Force. Jeremy was appointed to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on 15 January and Jack was appointed to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on 29 January. We wish both gentlemen the very best in their new careers!
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