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From the St John's Campus Principal

Welcome Back

Paech MichaelOur 2021 school year started on a very positive note at the St John’s Campus last Wednesday. It was wonderful having our students arrive at school bubbling over with enthusiasm and energy. Likewise, to hear all about their holiday adventures and expeditions.

As part of this first day Pastor Andrew led our Opening Chapel Service. He reminded us all of the encouraging truth of God’s love for each of us and his presence with us as we step into this new school year.

It was also lovely to be able to welcome parents and carers back into classrooms last week, albeit in a restricted ‘COVID-safe’ manner. Maintaining a positive and close connection with each of you is so important to the life of our community. This is something that we sadly missed last year and it is something that we hope can continue into the year ahead.

A special welcome to new students and families who have joined our St John’s Campus this year. We trust that you will settle into our community quickly and we look forward to getting to know you better over the coming weeks.

This year we also welcome a number of new and returning staff into our team. These include: Ms Sarah Davis (Reception), Mrs Tammee Secombe (Year 2), Mr Mick Phillips (PE and after school sports), Ms Jenny Wei (Fridays in Year 6) and we also welcome Mrs Emily O’Callaghan back from leave (Year 2 on Wednesday and Thursday). We hope that you all settle into our staff team and wider Concordia community smoothly.

During the week prior to students returning, staff were involved in a range of professional learning activities, planning sessions and preparation for the year ahead. We thank all staff for their contribution to, and engagement in, these important days that help to set us up for a positive year ahead.

While we obviously still have a level of caution about how we manage the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we are at the same time feeling positive about the year ahead. Our Concordia College COVID-19 Response Team will continue to monitor advice we receive from the Health Department and communicate any changes with our community as required.

Once again, I welcome everyone back to the commencement of our new school year. I look forward to serving alongside you again this year as together we seek to support our students’ learning and development.

God Bless

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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Off to a Great Start in the ELC

We have had a great start to the school year in the Early Learning Centre with many friendships being made and fun being had. We have been so impressed with the care and kindness that the children have shown in supporting each other as they settle into their new learning environment. They have shown great resilience and independence in starting this new chapter. The educators are enjoying getting to know all the children and families and are excited for the year ahead.

Mrs Sarah Neill
ELC Teacher

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Off to a Great Start in the Primary School

The beginning of a new school year brings up a range of emotions for students, staff and parents alike. Hope for what the year ahead will hold, excitement about getting to know new students and teachers and nervousness for whether our expectations will come true, are just some of the common emotions experienced. At St John’s Campus our first week of the school year is all about planning for and guiding our students to get ‘Off to A Great Start’.

Preparation for this week by staff was framed by four key foci this year:

  • Connection – How can we get to know each other as people and as learners?
  • Mutual Expectations – How will we best learn together as a class?
  • Inspiration – How can we inspire our students for the learning ahead?
  • Organisation – What routines need to be established to ensure our class works in an efficient and effective manner?

It was a delight to see students collaborating through a range of group challenges and tasks, to hear rich conversations as students began to form their class Essential Agreements, and to feel the sense of enthusiasm as students reconnected with familiar relationships and built new friendships.

As staff we are looking forward to continuing to build upon a ‘great start’ and working alongside families to support students in their 2021 learning journeys.

Ellen Hoopmann
Student Culture Leader - St John's Campus

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Year 1 Art Incursion - 'My Portrait, My Story'

On Tuesday our Year 1s participated in ‘My Portrait, My Story’ – an incursion run by a facilitator from the Art Gallery, South Australia. This workshop provided the students with the opportunity to embrace curiosity, share ideas and make connections. They were able to discover works of art, observe independently and examine self-portraiture as a form of artistic expression. The students had a wonderful time carefully observing their own physical characteristics and then creating their own self portraits, practising techniques that the facilitator taught them, such as blending. They also loved being able to ‘go crazy’ with colour! This was most certainly a wonderful way to launch our investigation into how knowing about our characteristics, abilities and interests connects us with others.

Rachel Harrip and Sharon Cosh
Year 1 Teachers

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Vacation Care - Summer Highlights

Our OSHC Summer Vacation Care program was our biggest and best yet! Our program ran across seven weeks and saw children from 15 different schools attend. The children and educators had a fantastic time with a variety of exciting excursions and incursions. We visited some of our favourite places and found some new ones too! It was great to see all the children developing new friendships, being risk-takers when trying new things, and using their creativity during play. We are looking forward to Term 1 and welcoming lots of new opportunities!

Jenny Wei
Assistant OSHC Director

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