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From the Director of Digital Resources

Shillitoe Tony

In 1998, I attended a conference where we discussed the whole future of learning within a 21st century environment. The internet was relatively new, student access to devices was in computer labs, many homes did not have web access or a computer, mobile phones were big clumsy devices with annoying descending ringtones, but we talked about the nature of 21st century learning, the need for students to develop far more than the simple 3Rs, and become creative, critical thinkers, collaborative, agile, communicators and literate in media, information/data and technologies.

Now in 2021, two decades into the 21st century, while the 3Rs (and all they imply) continue to be an essential part of every student’s learning experience, our young people are also learning how to be safe and responsible online, how to search and curate, adapt and recreate online information, how to communicate and express their understanding and ideas through multi-media and multi-modal forms, how to collaborate and share, and how to be adept and agile, resilient and respectful in digital environments.

Digital learning takes an amazing array of shapes and forms, from simplistic creation of Word documents and Excel spreadsheets to complex multi-media video and online web productions based on complex algorithms and databases. The potential for creativity by our students on their College devices is exciting as is the potential for learning with a range of other digital resources.

The Resource Centre and Library teams in the College are exploring ways to provide our students with opportunities to engage with emerging and contemporary digital technologies. We are setting up MakerSpaces where students can use 3D printing and a range of digital tools to learn and create during breaks and in the curriculum as teachers define activities. We are exploring how we can effectively set up learning sessions with virtual reality (VR) kits, an initiative especially valuable in a world where travel is restricted. We are also about to reach out to local community groups who offer digital learning in schools.

These are exciting times in the area of Digital Resources, and we look forward to the results of these explorations coming to life!

Tony Shillitoe
Director of Digital Resources

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Concordia Campus Sports Day

With fantastic weather and an amazing atmosphere thanks to the enthusiasm and participation of staff and students, the Concordia Campus Sports Day for 2021 was a highly successful day of athletic competition.

Congratulations to all of the student athletes in each of our four Houses for representing their time with pride and good sportsmanship.

At the end of the day's proceedings, Winchester emerged as victors, with Malvern, Highgate and Cheltenham finishing in second, third and fourth respectively.

Thanks to all staff, students and support personnel who contributed to another wonderful Sports Day.

Final Results

Winchester: 2637
Malvern: 2510
Highgate: 2385
Cheltenham: 1982

Age Level Champions
U13 Girls Jessica 8KSPA (W) April 7LBRO (H)
U13 Boys Nick 8DLAN (H) Josh 8SCOO (C)
U14 Girls Sophie 8DLAN (W) Sari 8NMCG (C)
U14 Boys Ronan 8KSPA (C) Elijah 9SWHI (M)
U15 Girls Asha 9TPRE (H) Ava 10VNAR (M)
U15 Boys Sean 9SWHI (M) Kurtis 9PSIM (W)
U16 Girls Marielle 10TMOR (H) Alicia 10ELCU (M)
U16 Boys Andrew 11JLEY (M) Joseph 10NFLE (C)
Open Girls Lauren 11GGRA (M) Alana 12CFIN (M)
Open Boys Charles 12TMCC (W) Reggie 12CFIN (M)
Records Broken
Event Student New Record Old Record
U14G 400m Div 1 Sari 8NMCG 01:04.8 01:07.0
U14B 100m Div 1 Ronan 8KSPA 00:12.0 0:12.13
U14G 400m Div 1 Sophie 8DLAN 01:03.2 1:07.00
U13G 1500m Jessica 8KSPA 05:58.9 05:59.30
U13G 800m Jessica 8KSPA 02:47.3 02:48.6
U13G 800m Eve 7LTHO 02:43.1 02:48.6
U15G Javelin Amalia 9ZTID 30.67 30.42m
U14B Discus Ronan 8KSPA 34.43 30.27m
U14G Triple Jump Sophie 8DLAN 10.62 9.05m
U13G Discus Lola 7SPAC 19.62 18.10m

Inter-school Athletics Squad

Our annual Sports Day provides us with most of the information necessary for selection of both Boys' and Girls' “Interschool Athletics” teams. Generally, students placing first or second in Division 1 events will be part of the team that competes at the end of Term 1 and again at the end of Term 3. Extenuating circumstances do come into play though. Occasionally a Division 2 performance will be superior to a Division 1. We often have a few students competing in representative events which conflict with Sports Day and there may be other students who are unwell or injured whose prior performances have been superior to those achieved on Sports Day.

Unlike the Term 3 Interschool Athletics, the Term 1 competition only provides for one competitor per event per age group and has no U13 division, but reserves for each event will be named, generally based on performance. The involvement of those reserves at the Term 1 Interschool event is invaluable both as an experience for them and in terms of providing assistance such as officiating and filling events that injured/ill competitors cannot complete.

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School Immunisation Program - Years 8 and 10 (reminder)

Immunisation Information for Parents of Year 8 and 10 Students 

The 2021 SA School Immunisation Program will be offered at the College by Pop Up Medics.

All Year 8 Students will be offered: 

  • 2 doses of Human Papillomavirus vaccine, Gardasil®9 at 2 separate visits.
  • 1 dose of the Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough vaccine, Boostrix®

 All Year 10 students will be offered:

  • 2 doses of Meningococcal B Vaccine, Bexsero® at 2 separate visits
  • 1 dose of the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine, Nimenrix®

The dates for the immunisations are: Monday 29 March and Thursday 11 November 2021

Immunisation consent packs have been sent home with all Year 8 and Year 10 students. It is important that you read the information contained in the packs before you give consent for your child to be vaccinated at school.

All parents/legal guardians are required to complete, sign and return the Consent Cards, even if you do not consent for the student to be vaccinated at school.

If you did not receive an Immunisation Consent pack from your child, please ask at the SSO. 

If you do not want your child to be vaccinated at school, please arrange for your child to receive the vaccines free at your local council. If you go to your local doctor for the vaccination, they will need to order the vaccine and may charge a consultation fee.

Remember to keep your child’s School Immunisation Program records in a safe place as they may be required for future employment or travel.

If you require any further information, please contact our College Medical Support Officer, Sue Bates, on 8272 0444.

Sue Bates
Medical Support Officer

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Year 12 Formal

The Year 12s celebrated their Formal in fine fashion on Friday, 5 March. After extensive planning, and an afternoon of meticulous preparation, our seniors converged on the InterContinental for the evening. Great food, wonderful company and a packed dance floor led to an event that played an integral part in the development of this 2021 team.

Adrian Bright
Assistant Head of Senior School

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Year 11 Geography Excursion

The Year 11 Geography class took their first field trip of 2021 to understand the prevention, management and impacts of natural hazards. Students headed up to Belair National Park on Wednesday, 3 March to make some assessments of preparedness of local homes for a bushfire and to compile data on prescribed burn sites and a past bushfire location. This will allow them to assess the overall risk potential for Belair National Park and analyse whether prescribed burns are an effective management tool. Field trips are an integral part of Geography and continue to provide students with an engaging tool to build on their understanding.

Emily Johnson
Geography Teacher

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Harmony Week

Harmony Week is an annual event in Australia that celebrates cultural and social diversity and promotes reconciliation. Under this year’s theme of Everyone Belongs, Forum Representatives from Years 7 to 11 were invited to attend a whole-day workshop with four other schools from the Unley area. Students engaged in a variety of discussion and theatre-based activities and were given the opportunity to commence drafting an Action Plan to implement at school. The day served as an important and timely reminder that we must all walk the journey of reconciliation together.

Vanessa Narino-Terry
English, Humanities and Pastoral Care Teacher

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COVID-19 Safety Reminder

We are thankful that we are in quite a strong position in South Australia in relation to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but we also know we cannot be complacent as the safety of our community remains our highest priority. 

A reminder that students with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should not attend school, and when students are unwell families should follow the protocols below:

  • Anyone with symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell) should get tested for COVID-19, even if symptoms are mild.  
  • Testing locations are available online  
  • Return to school as soon as you get the all clear from your test and are no longer experiencing symptoms.
  • If you or your child(ren) test positive, notify the College immediately
  • SA Health have a contact tracing reference list. Follow the link here

Concordia College will continue to maintain practices that support the health and safety of the entire College community. Thank you for your continued support.

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Music Notes

AHOMINGS Meeting Report

The Association of Heads of Music in Non-Government Schools is an important group which meets each term to discuss matters relating to Music Education in South Australia and beyond. Each year, our Term 1 meeting not only involves Heads of Music, but also Student Leaders who are invited to attend a workshop relating to their role as a peer leader in the school Music context.

Alex (Year 12, Concert Band Leader) and Thalia (Year 10, Wind Ensemble Leader) were chosen to represent Concordia’s Ensemble Leaders this year. They were led in discussion about their roles by world-renowned musician Kym Perling. Their workshop ended in a spectacular jam session with students from across Adelaide composing and performing a piece which they named “Everything Is Cancelled”, in honour of 2020.

Manus Noble Visit

Last week, some Year 7 Music classes were fortunate to have been visited by one of the world’s finest classical guitar players, Manus Noble. Manus is originally from the UK and has moved to Adelaide with his wife (Old Concordian Jehanne Bastoni, 2007). In the sessions, Manus performed a number of exquisite pieces for the students, as well as explained various techniques and performance strategies. It was an outstanding opportunity for our students to witness a world-class performer within the confines of their classroom.

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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Year 9 Concordia - The Rite Journey Calling Ceremony

Recently, the Year 9 students had a very early start, arriving at school at 4.50am on Friday, 5 March to journey to the Bluff at Victor Harbor for the Calling Ceremony, which is part of the Concordia - The Rite Journey pastoral care program. 

Doing out-of-the-ordinary things can be challenging, but they can also memorable and worthwhile. 

I hope all of our Year 9s will remember, as I will, the following aspects of the day:

  • the quietness of sitting with your classmates and teachers on the Bluff in the half dark overlooking Victor Harbor
  • listening to the string quartet playing Amazing Grace (which gave me goose bumps)
  • watching foamy waves crash against the rocks of nearby Wright Island
  • hearing the friendly morning warble of the family of magpies
  • feeling the gentle mist on your face as the clouds threatened something wetter, and
  • the salty seaside smells that somehow relax the mind. 

What a luxury, then, to be strolling down a beach on a Friday morning when we’d be normally just be waking up or getting ourselves ready for school. What a privilege it was to sit around our beach ‘fire pit’ listening to heart-felt reflections and honest commitments about stepping up as young adults, or joining in the sticks game and learning some truths about playing our role to help the whole group achieve.

All of these and more made the way-too-early wake up worth every moment.

Thanks Mr Simmons for coordinating this special event, to the friendly students who came and chatted, to the bus drivers (often over-looked), and to the teaching staff who planned and made this such a special day for the students.

May Concordia - The Rite Journey have many more memorable and worthwhile moments...

Mark Rathjen
Assistant Head of Middle School

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Year 9 Warrawong Field Study

Are conservation parks effective in preserving native ecosystems? This was the Inquiry question Year 9 Geography students were tasked to answer in their recent Field Study to Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary in the Adelaide Hills. Our park-rangers-in-training engaged in a variety of scientific and geographical activities, including quadrat mapping and flora and fauna species identification. A highlight of this study is always the native animal show, where a few lucky students were given the opportunity to ‘cuddle’ some friendly fauna! A wonderful day that enabled them to apply their classroom knowledge to a real-world context.

Vanessa Narino-Terry
English and Humanities Teacher

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National Ride2School Day

Did you know that Friday, 19 March is National Ride2School Day? Students are encouraged to take part by riding to school on the day.

Parents, student drivers, staff and members of the community driving in the vicinity of the College on Friday are asked to please be extra mindful of the presence of bikes on the road and be vigilant when driving and pulling out of car parks.

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Student Achievement

Year 12 Drama student Eve 12RSOM has been cast in the role of Louise in State Opera’s upcoming production of Carousel. The sold out production will be staged at Festival Theatre on 26-27 March. Chookas, Eve!

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