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From the Director of Student Learning

Bannister PaulBooker T. Washington, an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States, who was also the dominant leader of the African American community between 1890 – 1915, was once quoted as saying “You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.”

Now if you take the fundamental concept highlighted in this quote and apply it to the learning and ‘accomplishments’ of the students currently in our College, I’m sure Booker T. Washington would be saying to our students… ‘don’t base your level of success on a grade or score but instead measure your success by what you have learnt from the obstacles and challenges you had to overcome during the learning process’.

As adults and parents, we know that the skills that enable people to be persistent, to problem solve and to overcome challenges are arguably some of the most important life skills. However, in the current structure of our education system, the importance and development of these skills, along with other skills that assist students to ‘learn how to learn’, are often ‘lost’ or ‘downplayed’ by our students where they perceive the grade or score they achieve on a task, or for a subject, as being the ultimate indicator of their capabilities and self-worth as a learner. Our College believes that the progress of our students in their learning is significantly enhanced when they are encouraged to focus and reflect on the ‘journey’ of their learning, rather than just being fixated on the grade they achieve at the end.       

As part of the College’s School Improvement Plan, in 2018 continuous reporting was implemented at the Concordia Campus. Continuous reporting is the process whereby subject teachers regularly provide feedback to students regarding their learning progress and achievements in summative tasks.

Essentially the purpose of continuous reporting is to shift the focus of feedback provided by teachers from a traditionally ‘reactive’ format, to one which is more ‘proactive’ through having a greater emphasis on the growth and progress of each student, where feedback identifies areas of strength and opportunities for growth for all students in each of their subject areas. The aim is to support students to more effectively track, reflect on and improve their learning, assisting them to develop their ability to become independent learners, a concept which I am sure Booker T. Washington would have approved of!

At the Concordia Campus, this type of feedback is provided to students via ManageBac, which enables both students and parents/caregivers to view the feedback provided in a timely and consistent manner. When a subject teacher has finalised the feedback and grades for a summative task, parents/caregivers will receive an email notification from ManageBac with these details. 

Paul Bannister
Director of Student Learning

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Concordia Campus Sports Day 2019

It’s fair to say there were many of us who were pleased to have a glorious 27° day for the annual Sports Day after the extreme heat of just two weeks ago that saw us cancel trainings and sports matches. The day ran like clockwork – a testament to the work of Concordia’s staff in their various roles and the efficiency of students getting to their events on time.

The German exchange students were back and competed strongly as a team in the U16 age level competition, despite having only five girls and eight boys in total.

Winchester won the day convincingly to continue their recent dynasty and, ominously, dominated most age groups. Meanwhile, all competitors competed valiantly in the effort to push their respective House’s claim to the crown.

Two individual records were set on the day, adding to one set in the 3000m “Pre-Sports Day” event. The team novelty events, tug-of-war and the extra Division 2 Open field events provided a wonderful avenue for participation irrespective of sporting prowess, and the students involved competed with great spirit.

The Interschool Athletics Squads will soon be identified. The squad will generate the teams to compete at the end of this term (School Sport SA Graded competition – age levels U14-Open; limit of four events per competitor; one competitor and one reserve per event) and the Term 3 interschool competitions (IGSSA and Achilles Cup – age levels U13-Open; no limit on individual involvement but also two competitors per event - except in the U13 Boys).

Inter-school team lists will be posted on noticeboards, with an after-school training program commencing in Week 8. Consent notifications will be sent soon, via email, to all listed team members. While the trainings are aimed at the team, we would urge anyone who was top three in any Division 1 event to get along to the appropriate training sessions.

Final Results

  • 1st - Winchester (2723)
  • 2nd - Malvern (2291)
  • 3rd - Highgate (2065)
  • 4th - Cheltenham (1736)

Under 16 Scores (with German Exchange team)

  • 1st - Winchester (502)
  • 2nd - Cheltenham (397)
  • 3rd - Malvern (373)
  • 4th - German Exchange (258)
  • 5th - Highgate (232)

Age Level Champions 2019

    Runner-Up Winner
U13 Girls Ava 7SSPA (M) Ava 8LBRO (M)
U13 Boys Jonah 8DLAN (W) Alexander 7KWAN (C)
U14 Girls Lyora 9EJOH (C) Marielle 8VNAR (H)
U14 Boys Joe 8DLAN (C) Oscar 9PSIM (W)
U15 Girls Joanna 9ELCU (C) Lauren 9ELCU (M)
U15 Boys Dane 9CWAT (W) Kern 10NCMG (W)
U16 Girls Gabriella 11NFLE (H) Alana 10JLEY (M)
U16 Boys Jet 11BTOO (C) Tait 10PLOR (W)
OPEN Girls Annie 12HROS (H) Tara 12CFIN (M)
OPEN Boys Eli 11JGER (M) Dante 12SBUD (H)

New Records in 2019

Age Group Event New Record Holder New Record Old Record Year Set
Open Boys 3000m Dante 12SBUD 9 min 28.72s 9 min 39.6s 2011
Open Girls Javelin Hannah 11NFLE 30.78m 30.52m 2009
U16 Girls 400m Gabriella 11NFLE 1 min 02.06s 1 min 04.79s 2002

David Serotzki
Sports Day Coordinator

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Twilight Tea

Friends, family, food, festivities and all the fun of the fair - wow, what a night! Thank you to our community who came together to enjoy and showcase an array of food, fun and entertainment in the Quad last Friday. Twilight Tea was supported by over 150 parent volunteers as well as students, staff, and interest and service groups from across the College. It was wonderful to see so many families from both campuses supporting this whole-school event and we thank all who joined us for helping to make it a wonderful celebration of community.

Angela Warrick
Community Engagement & Events Officer

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Year 9 Ambassadors Harmony Day Excursion

On Wednesday, 20 March, 15 Year 9 ambassadors attended the Harmony Day event at Unley Town Hall, gathering with like-minded students from other schools to discuss cultural acceptance and inclusivity in modern societies. The focus was to broaden our understanding, and to help us identify and develop solutions to prevent and raise awareness about racism in schools in its various forms.

The day began with the traditional Aboriginal welcome, performed by Uncle Micky, which invited us onto the land of the Indigenous people and encouraged us to care for and respect the land. He explained the cultural significance of the Acknowledgement of Country and the significance of Indigenous history leading to reconciliation now and in the future.

Shona Reid, Executive Director of Reconciliation South Australia, spoke about the strong impact racism has on the mental and physical state of Indigenous Australians, which was particularly moving. This was followed by a performance by Nathan May, an Indigenous singer-songwriter. He brought to light the strong racism he experienced when moving from Darwin, which has strong multiculturalism, to Adelaide, where he felt constantly excluded.

We engaged in an interactive play focusing on the theme of recognising racism. Together we discussed and acted out how we could stop these situations.

In our Concordia group, we identified elements of cultural significance at our school in which we as Year 9 Ambassadors could take action. We then began brainstorming initiatives to achieve our goals. This excursion was informative, fun and will allow us to move forward with our ideas.

Mia, 9ELCU
On behalf of the Year 9 Ambassadors

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Parent Engagement Evening

Places are filling fast for our Parent Engage Evening next Wednesday, 27 March. We are offering an opportunity for parents who may be interested in coming along to nominate to attend up to four informative sessions on the night. If you would like to attend, please click the link below and we will endeavour to meet your interest on the night.

When making your booking, please note that we ask each parent who will be attending on the night to submit a separate workshop registration form via the button below, even if attending with their partner. This will provide us with final numbers for each workshop and will also enable parents from the same family to attend different sessions at the same time if they so desire. 

Workshop Sign-up Form

Tony Shillitoe
Director of Digital Resources ELC to Year 12

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From the Archives: Manners Make the Man

This week we look at an 'unusual and unprecedented' step taken by Concordia’s headmaster for the benefit of a group of senior boys in 1967.


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