Already a concern for schools, school attendance has now become a major area of concern for the government, which has put together new guidelines on the importance of regular attendance at school. The information from the government is summarised below.
Attending lessons at school has an enormous impact on a student’s academic progress and is very important for academic success. Every absence from school is a missed learning opportunity. If students are regularly absent, over time, their knowledge base will develop significant gaps. Learning is sequential and attending even three out of four lessons will result in gaping holes. To reach their potential at school, it is essential that students attend regularly.
Days missed due to genuine illness are necessary, but parents can support schools to try to minimize the effects of these.
While we agree that holidays can be valuable learning experiences and provide important family time, we ask parents to think about the reasons they are taking their children on holiday during term time and what the impact on their learning might be.
‘Little and often for a child is really important. Mathematics, for example, is all about step-by-step learning. All evidence says that missing two to three weeks of schooling can make a marked difference’. - DECD Attendance Strategy for Government Preschools and Schools
So how can parents make school attendance a priority?
- Talk with your child about the importance of showing up to school every day - make that an expectation.
- Help your child get into the habit and learn the value of regular routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
- Teach your child that attending school is non-negotiable unless they are truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.
- Try to minimize the scheduling of dental and medical appointments during the day.
Education is a gift, and it seems both logical and sensible that we should ensure our children receive the maximum benefit of that gift by adhering to these relatively easy guidelines.
Head of Middle School
- Serving at the Mary Magdalene Centre
- Duke of Edinburgh's Award
- From the Head of Middle School
- Recent 'Parent Engage' Information Workshops
- Twilight Tea
- Sports Day Bus Information
- Student Achievements
- From the Archives: A New Era
The Concordia community has again demonstrated its generosity and compassion through donations to the Mary Magdalene Centre. On 24 February, the Student Leaders helped deliver your donations of soup, fruit and warm clothing, and stayed to prepare and serve a three-course meal to around 90 needy people.
The Centre is run entirely by volunteers who give their time to serve those in need. People from all walks of life volunteer and visit, which added an extra dimension to the experience from our perspective.
Each of us had a particular job to do in the first half of the evening: preparing soup, chopping up fruit or slicing bread rolls. As people began to arrive, we commenced the plating-up process. It was certainly a challenge to serve so many people from such a small kitchen with only 11 helpers, but we worked incredibly well together, had a laugh along the way, and got on with the job.
The night was well worth it! All of this would not have been possible, if not for your donations. Thank you to everyone who donated canned fruit or loose change, no matter how small - it all makes a difference. A special thanks to those who took the time to make soup. We were able to provide a serving for all in attendance, and many were also given a take-away portion.
Congratulations to three students who recently completed various stages of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. Jessica 10PLO (Bronze), Lachlan 12CFI (Silver) and Alexandra 10EJO (Bronze) were congratulated by fellow staff and students when they received their certificates at the Concordia Campus assembly on Friday 2 March.
170+ parents attended the recent 'Parent Engage' evening at Concordia Campus on Thursday, 1 March, to explore how their children use digital resources for learning. Beginning with a short plenary by Catherine Johnson on mindfulness, parents broke into a series of snappy workshops on Accessing ManageBac, Assessment in the MYP, the Self-Directed Learning Journey, Middle School Pastoral Care, Senior School Study Skills, and Managing Digital Learning at Home. The evening opened up to parents a number of the College’s practices to engage both parents and students in learning and care.
A website exists – Concordia Digital Learning - for parents and students to access a range of information about the College’s digital pedagogies and resources. Resources from the recent parent evening will be made available on the site in the coming days.
We are looking forward to Twilight Tea on Friday, 16 March from 4.30 - 8pm.
Please Consider Helping on your Child's Stall
A reminder that we are still seeking parent volunteers for the year level stalls.
The booking page is now open, so please click the link below to book a one-hour time slot. When you register, please choose your preferred time slot and stall.
Bottle Stall & Non-Uniform Day
The Bottle Stall is always very popular and often sells out quickly. Students are encouraged to bring a bottle or jar filled with something that would appeal to any age group e.g. factory-wrapped lollies, hair accessories, small gifts etc to the value of $5. These are then sold by way of a 'lucky dip'.
Bottles/jars can be brought to Home Class up until Wednesday, 14 March.
Please note that due to the College's risk management guidelines for Twilight Tea, items not meeting the below criteria will not be used.
- Bottles/jars should be free of chips/cracks;
- Jars, including lids, must be hot washed and cleaned before use;
- Food items e.g. lollies should be factory-wrapped to avoid handling;
- A simple label should be included on the outside of the jar describing contents e.g. 'Inedible (silly putty)' or 'Mixed Sweets';
- No nuts or nut products should be included;
- No alcohol or alcohol-containing products.
Twilight Tea is also a uniform-free day for students. Students are asked to either bring a bottle/jar for the Bottle Stall OR make a $2 donation towards Twilight Tea. Home Class teachers will collect donations on the day. Please note that non-uniform clothing requirements apply:
- Covered-in shoes for practical subjects, including Science, PE, Food Design and Design Technology
- Long hair must be able to be tied up for the subjects listed above
- No inappropriate slogans
- No bare midriffs
- Remember Concordia is a workplace - shorts and tops need to be appropriate i.e. not too short or brief
- No excessive makeup
- Students must change into full PE uniform for PE classes
- During Terms 1 and 4, students must wear their hats during break times.
The annual Concordia Campus Sports Day will be held at SA Athletics Stadium (formerly Santos Stadium) on Thursday, 15 March and parents are warmly invited to attend to support their children on the day. Information about the day will be distributed to families via email soon.
In the meantime, please note the following important changes to bus routes and arrangements on Sports Day.
In the MORNING:
- Hired buses will leave from Concordia at 8am to take students to SA Athletics Stadium. Please ensure students arrive before 8am as no buses will leave Concordia after this time.
- Please note: the Adelaide Metro 882 SE Freeway bus will not run on Thursday 15 March. Students who normally catch the Adelaide Metro 882 SE Freeway bus will need to make arrangements to connect with the Adelaide Metro 888 bus. See the Adelaide Metro website for details.
- The Adelaide Metro 888 SE Freeway bus will travel directly to SA Athletics Stadium, Mile End and not via Concordia College.
- School bus runs will operate as per the morning timetable but rather than arriving at Concordia College the buses will travel directly to SA Athletics Stadium, Mile End.
In the AFTERNOON:
- Hired buses will be available to bring students back to Concordia, arriving at approximately 3.30pm.
- Please note: the Adelaide Metro 882 SE Freeway bus will not run on Thursday 15 March. Students who normally catch the Adelaide Metro 882 SE Freeway bus will need to make alternative arrangements.
- School bus runs will commence from SA Athletics Stadium at 3pm with the exception of the Adelaide Metro 888 school bus which will depart at 2.55pm to commence it’s run up the SE Freeway. The 888 bus will not come via Concordia as in previous years.
Congratulations to Marielle (7SSPA) who, along with her Southern Districts Little Athletics Club teammates, won the bronze medal in the U13 Girls 4x 100m relay at the Little Athletics State Relay Championships. A keen hurdler and 2017 U12 60m State Championship gold medalist, Marielle is looking forward to competing for her House on Sports Day.
Well done to Cate (12MBR) whose "Sun and Surf" artwork has been selected by the City of Holdfast Bay for public display at Brighton Civic Centre until 9 April. Cate's striking artwork is created from litter she collected on the beach and has been used by the City of Holdfast Bay to help promote Clean Up Australia Day.
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