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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

Muldoon RachelDuring 2019, Concordia College completed the development of our teaching and learning framework, 'Unlocking Futures', which outlines the key foundational principles that aim to develop strongly independent, inquisitive, resilient, creative and connected learners who have the skills and capabilities to serve and positively contribute to the communities in which they live, both now and in the future.  

At the beginning of the 2020 school year we launched 'Unlocking Futures' to the school community by presenting an overview of the factors that have influenced the development of the framework, and we introduced the implementation phase for the 2020 focus of ‘Resilience’. The learning framework outlines our goal in the area of 'Resilience' as seeking to: 

Enable learners to be active risk takers who have the skills and state of mind to persist through challenge, difficulty and setbacks to achieve personal growth. 

In order for teaching staff to implement strategies and practices that build the capacity of our students to develop and strengthen their ‘Self-Management’ skills, a collaborative inquiry process has been implemented with all teachers across the College to build a shared understanding and assessment practices for the skill of ‘Self-Management’. 

Cross-campus staff meetings have been planned for the first two terms to allow the collaborative groups to plan and implement purposeful professional inquiry in order to inform a consistent approach to the teaching and assessing of the Self-Management skills from ELC to Year 12. 

We are excited about the implementation of this learning framework and the combined collaborative work of our teaching staff as they continue to strive to develop ways to support our students to become the resilient children and young people with the ability to self-manage their learning. 

By way of supporting parents in partnering with the College in the task of developing resilient children, a Parent Education workshop ‘Developing Perseverance’ is being offered by counsellor, mentor and educator Mark Le Messurier on Wednesday, 18 March from 7- 8:30pm in the Concordia Chapel. 

This comprehensive and practical session will address the question, “How might we go about teaching, coaching and upskilling perseverance and grit to children and young adolescents?” Parents will be presented with a selection of practical ideas to build resilience in their children. 

Rachel Muldoon
Director of Teaching and Learning - St John's Campus

Paul Bannister
Director of Student Learning – Concordia Campus

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Reception and Year 1 Art Exhibition

Junior Primary students and families enjoyed an impromptu exhibition of Reception and Year 1 artworks in the courtyard last week. The P&F recently provided funding to purchase the versatile display screen, which will provide greater opportunities for St John’s Campus students to share their creative work with a wider audience. We are very grateful to the P&F for supporting the creative arts in this way.

Nancy Wells
Art Teacher

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Year 6 German Inquiry Excursion

On Tuesday, 25 February the Year 6 classes took part in a cultural learning experience visiting Hahndorf. They went for a historical walk and tour of the famous town and also visited the Central Market for an in-depth multicultural tour. At the Central Market the focus was on locating a wide variety of German and other multicultural foods, listening to a talk (in both German and English) by Barbara Knoll (owner of Barossa Fine Foods), meeting several German-speaking stallholders and expressing the names of a range of foods in German when visiting several stalls. The experience was organised as part of our ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’ inquiry into the Central Idea: ‘Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities’. 

Students were able to see the impact migrants have had on South Australia since the arrival of the first German settlers in the 1830s through architecture, anecdotal stories of migrants and their plight, talks from a variety of different people, and interactive displays. The experience of visiting the Central Market enabled students to try a variety of foods from different cultures and learn in greater depth how these continue to shape and influence our culture as a whole.

Jane Graham
German Teacher

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Twilight Tea - Bottle Stall, Kids' Book & Toy Stall and Volunteering

Twilight Tea, our annual Concordia community fair, is just around the corner and we are looking forward to a a wonderful evening in the Concordia Campus Quad from 5-8.30pm on Friday, 13 March. The success of this College-wide event relies on involvement from many members of our wonderful community, so please find below some details of how you can support Twilight Tea and help make it a fantastic night for all involved.

Volunteering at Twilight Tea

Thank you to all those who have already registered as volunteers to assist on various stalls at Twilight Tea. There are still some volunteer timeslots that need to be filled, so if you'd like to get involved please click here to register your availability.

Bottle Stall Lucky Dip

The Bottle Stall Lucky Dip has been a particular favourite at Twilight Tea for a number of years and we are hoping to once again have a huge range of bottles available this year. A reminder that each student is encouraged to bring in a bottle or jar to contribute to the stall filled with something that would appeal to any age group e.g. factory-wrapped lollies, condiments, hair accessories, small gifts, etc. to the value of $5.

When preparing your bottle / jar, please note the following:

  • Bottles/jars should be free of chips/cracks;
  • Jars, including lids, must be washed in a dishwasher before use;
  • Please no nuts or nut products;
  • Food items (e.g. lollies) should be factory-wrapped. Unwrapped items cannot be used;  
  • Please include a simple label on the outside describing contents if the item is inedible e.g. 'For the Garden';
  • Please no alcohol or alcohol-containing products.

Items not meeting the above criteria unfortunately cannot be used. 

ELC to Year 6 families can bring their bottles / jars directly to the St John's Campus School Office, while students in Years 7 to 12 can take their bottle / jar to the Concordia Campus Student Services Office (SSO) up until Wednesday, 11 March.

Kids' Toy and Book Stall

The Kids' Toy and Book Stall is new to Twilight Tea this year and we are still seeking items for this stall. If you have any children's books or toys in good condition that you would like to donate to the stall, please bring these to the St John's Campus School Office or the Concordia Campus Student Services Office by Wednesday, 11 March.

We are looking forward to a wonderful evening with a full program of entertainment, children's activities, food stalls and much more! Entry is free so bring a rug and enjoy the festival atmosphere with your family, friends and neighbours!

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'Developing Perseverance' Parent Education Workshop with Mark Le Messurier

We are delighted to have well known counsellor, mentor, educator and parent coach Mark Le Messurier presenting his 'Developing Perseverance' parent education workshop at 7pm on Wednesday, 18 March in the Concordia College Chapel.

This presentation is bursting with a selection of totally practical ideas to build resilient kids. All parents of school-aged children are warmly invited to attend.

The event is free, but please RSVP online by Monday, 16 March for catering purposes. Thanks to the Concordia Parents and Friends for funding this workshop.

Contact: The St John's Campus School Office for further information (8271 4299 or sjmail@concordia.sa.edu.au).

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Ash Wednesday Chapel Service

On Wednesday afternoon, 26 February, we held a very special Ash Wednesday Chapel service to mark this very special day in the church calendar. Pastor Andrew Brook (Lead Pastor at St John’s Lutheran Church, Unley) led our worship and students learnt many things about the reasons why we celebrate Ash Wednesday and the significance of this very holy day.

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, which is 40 days not counting Sundays, prior to the celebration of Easter. Ash Wednesday occurs 46 days before Easter.

It was a special time for our community to come together and worship as we lead into the season of Lent.

Jane Graham
Spiritual Life Team – St John’s Campus

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