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From the Director of Student Learning

Bannister PaulHow do we know what works in Education?

As a result of my commitments to being a teacher, trying to keep fit and being a father of two ‘energetic’ young boys, I find that my social media ‘profile’ is pretty pathetic. I only have a Facebook account, with my last ‘post’ being sometime in 2014! Whilst using Facebook for its intended purpose is obviously not a personal strength, as a teacher I do find Facebook very valuable in providing me with a plethora of articles and ideas about how to improve both my teaching and the learning of my students. However, when I find myself deciphering through the multitude of options available, I often ask the question ‘which of these is going to be the most effective for my students?’

Whilst part of the answer to this question will always be dependent on the characteristics of a particular student cohort, in recent years there has been significant educational research into evaluating the impact that various common ‘teaching strategies’ have on student learning. Perhaps the mostly widely known and publicised is the work of Professor John Hattie, who is currently the Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne. Over a 15-year period, Professor John Hattie conducted an analysis of over 900 research-based articles that related to the impact of various teaching strategies on student learning. His worked culminated in the development of a continuum upon which various common teaching strategies were placed based upon their impact on student learning as indicated by research. His findings have been implemented by many Australian and international schools, and have resulted in an increased awareness and understanding in schools that any educational practice, improvement or reform must be evidence-based, rather than those commonly held teacher beliefs about what we think ‘works’ for our students.

As the College has previously communicated, our School Improvement focuses for 2018 are ‘Inclusive Learning’ and ‘Continuous Reporting’. A critical aspect in the development of these new approaches has been to engage staff in evidence-based research that identifies ‘best practice’ in these areas in terms of having the most significant impact on student learning. This key aspect of our School Improvement Plan process ensures that any learning initiative or reform implemented at Concordia College is founded on relevant research. Interestingly, the key strategies which our approaches to ‘Inclusive Learning’ and ‘Continuous Reporting’ are based on, both feature in Professor John Hattie’s ‘Top 10’ list of strategies that have the highest impact on student learning. Whilst over time there will obviously need to be alterations and refinements made to these approaches, the knowledge that these initiatives are founded on evidence-based research is extremely exciting, both in terms of their impact on teaching practice and student learning.

Paul Bannister
Acting Director of Student Learning   

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Concordia Campus Sports Day 2018

Blessed with a 25° day, the athletes revelled in the pleasant conditions. Concordia Campus staff were again wonderful in their administrative duties, even before the day started. Six individual records were set on the day, but all competitors must be congratulated on their commitment to their House. The new Team Novelty events, combined with four Division 2 Open events, saw participation in the day reach new heights.

While our German Exchange students were unable to take part this year, due to being away on their trip to the Red Centre, it was terrific to see the visiting exchange students from Japan getting involved.

A special thanks goes out to the House Coordinators and the PE Faculty who put in “extra yards” in the weeks prior to the event and in setting up from 7am in the morning.

The Interschool Athletics Squads will soon be identified as we look to contests at the end of this term (SSSSA Graded competition – age levels U14 - Open; limit of four events per competitor; one competitor and one reserve per event) and at the end of Term 3 (IGSSA and ACHILLES CUP – age levels U13 - Open; no limit on individual involvement, but two competitors per event).

Notification will be sent to squad members, with an after-school training program commencing possibly as early as next week.

Final Results

  • 1st - Winchester (2759)
  • 2nd - Malvern (2076)
  • 3rd - Cheltenham (2053)
  • 4th - Highgate (1963)

New Records in 2018

Age Group Event New Record Holder New Record Old Record Year Set
U13 Girls 400m Marielle 7SSPA 1:09.4 1:10.3 2014
U13 Girls High Jump Ava 7SSPA 1.42m 1.40 2009
U14 Boys High Jump Noah 8LSI 1.66m 1.65 2009
U14 Boys Long Jump Kern 9KNIC 5.50m 5.18 1985
U16 Girls Triple Jump Tara 11NFLE 10.14m 9.87 2002
U16 Girls Javelin Hannah 10ABR 29.58m 26.49 1988

David Serotzki
Sports Day Coordinator

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Year 8 'Telling Our Stories'

This term in Year 8 we have been looking at the 'Telling Our Stories' unit in English in order to learn about the different ways stories can be told. In Week 5, we went to the Art Gallery to explore the different ways that artists tell stories. We saw a variety of different mediums people use to tell their stories including sculptures, paintings and videos. One of the artworks that grabbed my attention was a painting titled “The Descent From The Cross” painted by Johann Victor Kramer. The painting depicted Jesus' mother and other close relatives and friends taking Him down from the cross after his crucifixion. I could only imagine how devastated they would have been after such a horrible death. In Week 6, we went to the library to receive a talk from our new principal, Mr Weinert. He shared his story of his teaching career with us. Something that surprised me was how he talked about the long process he undertook when preparing for the job interview for the role of Principal. He said the process took about three months! Overall, this unit has been an enjoyable experience that has been taught to us through interactive activities.

Isaiah 8VNT

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Legal Studies

Year 12

At the end of Week 1, some of the Year 12 Legal Studies students from the Class of 2017 were invited back to the College to share their insights and experiences with the 2018 class. They assisted them with their learning by giving some tips of how to gain maximum understanding, marks and greater value in certain aspects of the course.

I would like to thank the Legal Studies class of 2017 for giving up their time to help this years Legal Studies class.

The 2017 Legal Studies classes performed extremely well with some students achieving outstanding results. I congratulate them on their diligence and perseverance throughout last year and especially the two students who received Merit certificates from SACE for their perfect scores.

The Year 11 and 12 classes recently went to the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts where they were able to view the workings of our court system. The enthusiasm and interest, shown by the students in class, to understand how our court system and parliament are able to keep society in sync with a multitude of changes in technology is a credit to the entire class. They involved themselves in role play activities and are willing to question and analyse the system we hold in high regard to resolve our legal disputes.

Rick Sommariva

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Twilight Tea 2018

Twilight Tea took on a slightly different layout this year, partially thanks to the addition of the new Art Courtyard which was a great place for parents to gather over drinks and nibbles, and partly due to some last-minute rain in the hours leading up to the event which saw the music performances move to the Chapel.

Despite slightly cooler weather than we're used to at Twilight Tea, many students, parents, old collegians, neighbours and friends of the College gathered for an enjoyable evening of food, fun and great music which was broadcast to the Quad throughout the event.

As always, the wide range of food and drink stalls provided plenty of options for people to grab a bite to eat, and it was lovely to see a number of students having fun on the bumper cars too!

We are very grateful to all those who volunteered their time to assist with running stalls on the night, and to the many members of our community who supported the event through their attendance. As in previous years, funds raised from Twilight Tea will benefit a range of student projects and interest groups.

With Term 2 fast approaching, we now look forward to our next P&F event, the annual Mother's Day Breakfast, to be held on Friday, 11 May at 7.15am. Ticket information will be available soon, but please mark it in your diary today!

Angela Warrick
Community Engagement & Events Officer

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Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo

Date: 8 & 9 April 2018
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre
Time: Sunday 8 April 10am - 4pm and Monday 9 April 9.30am - 1.30pm
Free admission

This expo will give students the opportunity to help plan their future and find the latest information on tertiary studies, further training, courses, career pathways and employment opportunities from a wide range of exhibitors including:

  • South Australian and interstate universities
  • Private Education Colleges
  • TAFE SA and Government Agencies
  • Traineeship and Apprentice Provider
  • Employer Groups and Professional Associations
  • Vocational Training Providers
  • Defence Forces

Year 10, 11 and 12 students are encouraged to attend this event.

For more information, visit the expo website.

Reminder for Year 11 Students

A reminder that the Application for Work Experience form is due on Friday, 23 March. The Workplace Learning and Agreement Form, the official document between the School, Parents, Student and the Employer is due on Friday, 6 April.

Students requiring assistance should contact Mr Gogel.

Robert Gogel
Careers and VET Coordinator 

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Parent/Teacher Interviews

Parent/Teacher Interviews for students in Years 7 to 12 will take place on Tuesday 1 May from 11am - 6pm and on Tuesday 8 May from 4pm - 8pm.

Interviews can be booked through Parent Teacher Online (PTO) from Wednesday, 11 April.

More information will be distributed soon.

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Student Achievements

Caitlin 11SBU recently represented South Australia, playing against some of the top amateur golfers in Japan in a match at Royal Adelaide Golf Club organised by Golf SA and the Japan Golf Association, involving 14 players from each country. In addition, Caitlin has again been selected in the South Australian team for the National Junior Interstate Series, to be held this year in Western Australia. As a result, Caitlin will play at the Australian Girls' Amateur Championships to be held at the Royal Perth Golf Club in mid-April.

Congratulations to Hayley 7KWA for being selected in the 2018 Adelaide South East SAPSASA Softball Team. The carnival will be held later this term at Barratt’s Reserve, West Beach. We wish Hayley and the team every success at the State-wide Carvinal.

Well done to Amelia 8VNT who dances for the SA Children's ballet and recently performed in a Fringe production of 'Aladdin & The Genie of Unlimited Wishes' at Tandanya on Grenfell Street.

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From the Archives: First Twilight Tea

This week, after another enjoyable Twilight Tea last Friday, we take a look back the origins of the Twilight Tea event which evolved from Concordia Carnival Day over the years.

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