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Michael Paech SJC PrincipalSports Day

Despite the hot weather our students enjoyed participating in our 2018 House Sports Day. Their enthusiastic engagement, spirited efforts and extremely encouraging behaviour towards each other was pleasing. Well done students!

A big thank you to our Sports Day Team, led by Miss Fielke, for organising the day, to our teachers for their support and supervision of students, to our House Captains for leading their teams, to the Concordia Campus House Captains for assisting our House Captains, to our parents and friends for supporting us, and also to Mrs Angela Warrick and the other staff who helped out on the day. A great community day!

Successful Camps

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week our Year 4 and 5 classes headed of on their annual school camps. The Year 4 classes enjoyed a wonderful time in the Adelaide Hills at Woodhouse while the Year 5s travelled a little further to Walker Flat on the Murray River. Both groups reported a wonderful time away. A big thank you to the staff who accompanied our students. Your care and commitment during these busy times away is greatly appreciated.

Siassi Visitors Arrive Safely

On Sunday night, three very tired friends from the Siassi Islands in PNG arrived in Adelaide as part of an eight-day visit to our St John’s Campus. Mr Solomon Nalong, Mr Daniel Koro and Mrs Leah Yawal will be spending this time with us, learning about our school and life in Australia while also sharing with us about their culture in PNG. We are enjoying our time together and feel very blessed that they have made the effort to travel so far to be with us.

A big thank you to our Siassi Partnership Team, led by Mrs Nancy Wells, for coordinating their visit and also to those parents who have generously offered to host our visitors.

Parents and friends are welcome to join us for Chapel on Friday, followed by our annual Siassi Walkathon on the College oval.


Congratulations to Mrs Eddie Forrest and her husband George on the safe arrival of their first child, Mia June, born on 14 March. We wish them God’s rich blessing as they begin this exciting new chapter of life together as a family. Both Mia and Eddie are doing very well.

Staff Update

Please note that Mrs Kate Wood (ELC Director) will be on Long Service Leave (LSL) until 14 May (Week 3 next term). We wish Kate a safe and refreshing time while on LSL. During Kate’s absence the ELC staff have a rostered arrangement regarding who will be taking on leadership within the service.

Please also note that I will be taking some LSL over the coming weeks, returning on Monday 14 May next term. During my absence Mrs Drogemuller will be taking up the role of Acting Principal.

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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St John's Campus Family BBQ

There are only a couple of weeks until the St John's Campus Family BBQ on Sunday 8 April and we hope to see as many families as possible at this event, proudly supported and funded by the St John's Campus P&F.

Held on the College oval from 12pm - 2pm, the event is sure to be lots of fun and is a great way to connect with other families, with good food and a range of children's activities on offer.

The event is free, however we ask you to book 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.

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We hope to see you there!

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

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St John's Campus Sports Day 2018

On Friday, 9 March, St John’s Campus held its annual Sports Day. Not only was the weather good but the grounds were beautifully presented. Thanks to the Sports Day Team (Mrs Douglas, Mr Keylock, Mrs Hart, Mr Kriewaldt and Mr Hahesy) for all their time and effort in the preparation to ensure the day ran smoothly. 

The participation levels were high and the final victors on the day were Highgate, followed by Malvern, Winchester and Cheltenham. Well done to Cheltenham on getting the most Sporting Spirit points.

Many thanks to our 2018 House Captains: Macy, Bailey, Miriam, Jay, Olivia, Will, Mariah and Marcus. A fantastic job was done by all in leading the teams so well. Special thanks also to the Concordia Campus House Captains for helping out on the day. Their efforts were very much appreciated. It was great to see a number of parents and staff join in for the egg and spoon relay at the end of the day, modelling the importance of being active and working well as a team.

Finally, what a wonderful job by the students with all their hard work in the lead-up and on Sports Day. Great sportsmanship was certainly shown! We are now looking forward to the 2019 Sports Day. Who will win?

Nicole Fielke 
PE Teacher and Sports Coordinator

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Year 6 Inquiry Excursion

Yr 6 Excursion2On Tuesday, 13 March the Year 6 classes took part in a cultural learning experience, visiting the Migration Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Central Market. 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 through art and sculpture, presentations, interactive displays and the experience of visiting the Central Market and purchasing food from another culture. The journey of German migrants to South Australia post war, due to the fracture of the Lutheran Church in Germany and to provide skills which were short in South Australia at the time, was highlighted to connect with students’ studies in German.

Ellen Hoopmann and Steve Hahesy
Year 6 Teachers

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Parent/Teacher Interviews and Three-Way Conferences - Term 1

As we have Parent/Teacher Interviews (Reception - Year 5) and Three-Way Conferences (for students in Year 6) coming up in the next few weeks (Monday 26 March and Monday 9 April), please note the following information which clarifies the purpose of these meetings.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

These are designed for teachers to give information to parents about a student’s progress and developmental needs. It is important that Parent/Teacher Interviews involve two-way communication and are a great opportunity to set goals for a student as they continue their learning journey throughout the year.

Three-Way Conferences

Students participate in Three-Way Conferences in Year 6. Three-way Conferences involve the student, parents and teacher. Students discuss their learning and understanding with their parents and teacher, who are responsible for supporting the student through this process. This may lead to the setting of new goals, with all parties determining how they can support the achievement of the goals. We ask that Year 6 students attend their Three-Way Conference in their formal summer uniform.

The length of both Parent/Teacher Interviews and Three-Way Conferences is 15 minutes. We ask that you keep to this time frame.  

As part of our Assessment Review, we will be asking for feedback from parents about the format of these interviews/conferences, as this data will continue to help us refine our practices for 2019. We will provide a survey link in the coming weeks, via School Star, for you to complete if you would like to.

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What is Lent?

The season of Lent begins with the observance of Ash Wednesday and ends on the day before Easter Sunday.

This 40-day season (the Sundays are not counted) is a time to reflect on our journey of faith, to examine our relationships, and to become a part of the story of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and the cross.

By observing this season, we invite you to step out of regular time (school, jobs, etc) and into God’s time for a while.

Like Advent, Lent is a contemplative season and a time of preparation for Easter. Lent is often regarded as a time when we examine our lives and repent or gain a new perspective or path forward.

Christians often take up special spiritual practices during Lent such as fasting and observing extra times of study and prayer. The popular practice of ‘giving up something’ for Lent really has nothing to do with exercising one’s self-control. Rather, it is a way to make space in our regular routines to allow God to do something new in our lives. 

Here are some great books to help you tell the story of Holy Week and Easter.

Dave the Donkey – Andrew McDonough

Jerusalem. A lone rider approaches. The cheering crowd swarm to greet him. The King has come, mounted upon his mighty steed Dave the Donkey! Join Dave, his Grandpa and Jesus in this epic Easter tale of power, courage, death and resurrection.

The Jesus Story Book Bible – Sally Lloyd-Jones

This children’s Bible tells the story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the centre of the story, there is a baby, the child upon whom everything would depend. The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the centre of God's great story of salvation – and at the centre of their story too.

Read the Story of Holy Week:

  • The Servant King (page 286)
  • A dark night in the garden (page 294)
  • The sun stops shining (page 302)

You may also want to include the story of the Resurrection:

  • God’s wonderful surprise (310)
Jesus is Alive! – Kirsten Long

This colourful book provides a simple explanation of why Easter is celebrated. The bright, bold illustrations and simple text will be a delight for children under five.

Below are links to two activity ideas that you may like to do as a family to help you retell and illustrate the journey of Holy Week leading up to Easter:

We pray that you and your family have a blessed Holy Week and Easter, celebrating Jesus’s love for us all.

The Spiritual Life Team

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Easter Treats

This Easter, in line with the St John’s Campus healthy eating vision, we ask families not to send in chocolate Easter eggs or confectionary to give to other children at school. 

As always, families can choose what goes in their own child’s lunchbox. We will ensure the important message of Easter is celebrated and the traditional symbols are explored.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this. 

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Easter Services at St John's Unley

St John's Lutheran Church Unley will be holding Easter services at the following times across the Easter weekend. All welcome! Click here to download a flyer.

Maundy Thursday, 29 March

7.30pm, beginning at St John's Church and concluding in the Concordia Chapel.

Good Friday, 30 March

9.30am in the Concordia Chapel.

Easter Sunday

6.30am Easter Sonrise on the Concordia oval, followed by hot cross buns and tea/coffee.

9.30am Holy Communion service at the Concordia Chapel.

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