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Michael Paech SJC PrincipalSiassi Visitors

Next Friday night (16 March), we will be welcoming visitors from the Siassi Islands in Papua New Guinea. This is part of our ongoing partnership with the schools of Siassi.

At this stage we have three confirmed visitors travelling to Adelaide for this trip.

Our visitors include Mr Solomon Nalong who is the Principal of Mabey Primary School on Siassi. He is also the Team Leader of the Siassi Islands partnership team. Some of you will already know Solomon as he previously visited Adelaide in 2014. Solomon will be joined by Mr Daniel Moro who also visited us in 2016 and Mrs Leah Yahweh.

We look forward to greeting Solomon, Daniel and Leah for this special time in our community.

Early Entrance Assessment

As a part of our annual assessment of students' progress within the areas of Literacy and Numeracy, we conduct PAT test in Years 1 to 6 at the beginning of each year. These tests provide us with helpful information to guide us as we seek to support students with their learning. In Reception we also complete a series of different tests that are specifically designed for this age group of students. Similarly, the information from these tests will be used to guide our teaching and also to allocate support for our Reception students.

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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ELC Garden Opening

The new ELC garden and redesigned street frontage was officially opened in a ceremony with invited guests and children.

The children were highly engaged listening to a Welcome to Country by Aboriginal Elder Uncle Michael O’Brien. Past Principal and current ELC grandparent, Bruce Williams, reminisced about the changes to the site of the Early Learning Centre since its inception in 2007. He acknowledged how much his grandson loves coming to the ELC and learning in the new outdoor environment. Mr Williams cut the ribbon which was held by Concordia Campus School Leaders and ELC children.

Pastor Andrew Brook blessed the new garden and the children sang a song about planting seeds.

We thanked the architects involved in the project - Oxigen and Russell & Yelland, and the builders - Adelaide Innovative Landscapes. We also expressed our thanks to the parents and children of the ELC for their patience and enthusiasm while the project was under development.

Invited guests included Minister for Unley - David Pisoni, Acting Mayor for Unley - Peter Hughes, Executive Director of Lutheran Education SA NT & WA - John Proeve and Chair of the College Board - Sylvia Andersons.

After the conclusion of the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to interact with the children as they played in the garden.

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Year 4 ABC Excursion

On Thursday 22 February, the Year 4 classes visited the ABC studios in Collinswood. We were lucky enough to meet the team from BTN and asked lots of questions about their jobs as reporters, including what technology and digital media they used as part of their jobs. We also got to see the BTN studio and have a go at reading off of a teleprompter. We got to meet David Bevan in the radio studio and saw how radio works, behind the scenes, including the “dump” button! Highlights included the News Control Room and the Auditorium where we tested out the amazing acoustics.

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Reception Community Garden Visit

Recently, the Receptions visited the Fern Avenue Community Garden to explore the summer harvests. The visit was part of our learning about ‘How the World Works’ and our inquiry centred around the statement that "Natural cycles influence the activity of living things."

Further visits to the Garden are planned in Autumn, Winter and Spring where we will compare and explore the differences between the seasons.

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Siassi Partnership - 2018 Walkathon

On Friday 23 March the staff and students of St John’s Campus will be participating in the 2018 Siassi Walkathon at the school. The Walkathon will begin at 9.30am but will be preceded by a short Chapel in the Hall at 9.00am.

All students will be part of this special event including our ELC students who will open our Walkathon by walking the first lap. 

We are also encouraging students to wear something that is black, red or yellow on the day to represent the official colours on the PNG flag. Alternatively, students may choose to wear their sport uniform instead. 

The money raised through this Walkathon will support the St John’s Campus partnership with the schools on Siassi Island in Papua New Guinea.

Please download your child’s sponsorship form and start collecting money now. Once you have collected your sponsorship donations, please bring your money into School between Monday 19 March and Friday 6 April. We will be tallying the money raised during this time so you can see how much money we raise. This tally will be displayed in the JP Hall, main Hall and the Red Shed. 

Thank you for your continued support of this exciting and enriching event.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at school. 

Jane Graham
On behalf of the St John’s Campus Siassi Team


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Bus Arrangements for St John's Campus Students on Thursday 15 March

The annual Concordia Campus Sports Day will be held at SA Athletics Stadium (formerly Santos Stadium) on Thursday, 15 March. Please note the following important changes to bus routes and arrangements for the day.


  • School bus runs will occur as per the morning timetable, but rather than arriving at Concordia the buses will travel directly to SA Athletics Stadium, Mile End.
  • The Adelaide Metro 888 SE Freeway bus will travel directly to SA Athletics Stadium, Mile End and not via Concordia College.
  • On arrival at the stadium, any St John's Campus students will be transferred to the Concordia driver, Mike Rowe. These students will then be transported to the St John’s Campus in the Concordia bus, arriving at school a little later than normal.
  • 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 which will run directly to the stadium. See the Adelaide Metro website for details.


  • Any St John's Campus students travelling on the school buses, including the Adelaide Metro 888 school bus, will be taken to SA Athletics Stadium in the Concordia bus to enable them to commence the homeward journey from Mile End. These students will be walked across the oval to the Concordia bus by 2.30pm.
  • School bus runs will commence from SA Athletics Stadium at 3pm with the exception of the Adelaide Metro 888 school bus which will depart from the stadium at 2.55pm to begin it’s run up the SE Freeway. The 888 bus will not come via Concordia as in previous years.
  • Please note: the Adelaide Metro 882 SE Freeway bus will not run on Thursday 15 March.
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Parent/Teacher Interviews and Three-Way Conferences

Parent/Teacher interviews for Reception to Year 5 classes and Three-Way Conferences for Year 6 classes will be held on both Monday 26 March and Monday 9 April.  Year 6 students will be expected to attend the Three-Way Conference and wear their School Uniform. All interviews for other year levels are for parents only to attend. Interviews will be 15 minutes in duration from 3.30pm until 7.45pm on both dates.

Book a Parent/Teacher Interview

Type in the code: 7wuyw and follow the booking prompts.

We look forward to discussing your child's progress during this time.

7wuyw and follow the booking prompts.

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Annual Family BBQ

The annual St John's Campus Family BBQ is coming up on Sunday 8 April and will be held on the College oval from 12pm - 2pm. The event is always lots of fun and a great way to connect with other families in a relaxed environment, with good food and a range of children's activities on offer.

This year the event is free and is kindly funded and supported by the St John's Campus P&F. Bookings are essential for catering purposes.

Please BYO drinks, nibbles, glasses and chairs. Soft drinks and water will be available for purchase and each child will receive a complimentary ice block.

We are looking for some volunteers to assist for half an hour across the afternoon, so if you're able to help, please let us know when you make your booking.

>> Book Now

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sally and Tanya
On behalf of the St John's Campus P&F

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St John's Campus P&F Meeting - Monday 19 March

The next St John's Campus P&F meeting will be held on Monday 19 March at 7pm in the staff room. All welcome!

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Family Directory

As a result of a recent Privacy Act amendment, the College has reviewed our Privacy Policy and internal processes to ensure that members of our community are informed of how personal information is used and understand the importance of protecting the personal information of others.

Prior to releasing a College Family Directory or class lists, the College will request your consent to place your details in these documents and to use your child’s photo in school publications. An online form will be sent to you soon with this request for consent and it is anticipated that the Directory will be available by the end of this term.

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Dogs on Campus

There seems to be an increasing number of families bringing their dogs onto the College grounds at the beginning and end of the school day. Please be advised that, if this is necessary, the dog must always be on a lead and the lead needs to be held by an adult. Please do not let students walk the dog at school. There are some students that feel uncertain around dogs and the very nature of dogs means that they may not react in a positive way if startled. For the safety of all, the adult must be the one holding the lead. We also ask for you to not bring the dogs to school at drop off or pickup times.

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LLL Banking - Gift Offer Expires 31 March

Please be reminded that Concordia College, St John's Campus, offers LLL school banking on Fridays. 

The LLL kindly provided your child with a Library Bag Pack at the beginning of the year. 

The invitation to open an LLL Children’s Savings Account also included a gift of $25 if opened before 31 March 2018 (T&Cs apply). 

If you wish to take advantage of this generous offer, please fill in the form provided in the Library Bag Pack or go to and download the form to open an account, quoting the code GET25. 

Please contact the St John's Campus School Office or call the LLL on 1800 556 457 for more information. 

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