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From the Primary School Counsellor

Tamara MartinHarmony Week is a time for the students and staff at the St John’s Campus to come together and celebrate the rich diversity of cultures in our community and share the values of unity, inclusion and belonging.

Harmony Week (15- 21 March) is an Australian Government program that centres on the message that ‘Everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians. Harmony Day began in 1999, coinciding with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

This Year, St John’s Campus staff and students are marking Harmony Day on Friday, 19 March in a host of new, fun and exciting ways!

Wearing the colour orange or traditional/cultural clothes brightened up the campus, playing cultural games in House teams was lots of fun and having a whole school picnic helped everyone feel that they belong.

Throughout Harmony Week, students participated in various class-based activities that celebrate our cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Each class approached the themes of Harmony Week in their own special ways. Some studied Australia’s immigration history, whereas others explored values such as kindness, acceptance and our common humanity and produced wonderful pieces of art. Across the Campus, we have displayed our students' themed artwork, read stories and learnt more about our own cultural heritage.

The theme of Harmony Week fits in well with our Christian values of love and compassion for all people. We believe that everyone is made uniquely and loved by God. These themes have been integrated into devotions for classes and staff, Christian studies as well as Art and Music. 

Harmony Week has helped us to understand and appreciate each other and build community, both within our classrooms and as a whole school. We have also connected to our own and other cultures and to other countries. It has been an opportunity to celebrate and understand our identity and history, to have fun together and send a message that everyone belongs at Concordia.

Harmony Week also creates opportunities for all of us to think, talk about and recognise how our differences make Australia a great place to live.

Did you know?

  • Over the last 70 years more than seven and a half million migrants have made Australia their home.
  • Nearly half of Australians were born overseas or have a parent who was.
  • People from over 200 countries make up our Australian community and over 300 languages are spoken in our homes.
  • Apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi.

Tamara Martin
Counsellor - St John’s Campus

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St John's Campus Sports Day

On Friday 5 March, St John’s Campus held its annual Sports Day in ideal conditions. Our students looked brilliant in their House-coloured clothes with many adding coloured hair, socks and other accessories to show their allegiances.

House pride could be heard around the streets of Highgate as the senior students led their House raps in a bid to gain valuable points awarded by the Principal, Mr Paech. It was Winchester and Cheltenham who won the rap battle, being awarded six points each to gain a narrow one-point lead over Highgate and Malvern.

All year levels then participated in the sprints, displaying their speed to the large crowd of parents and friends. Tabloid events were next with Junior Primary students competing in novelty relays while the Middle and Upper Primary students demonstrated their skills in a range of field events, including high jump, shot put, long jump and long throw.

The final events included the long run and the baton relay which had the fastest two boys and girls from Year 1 to Year 6 in each House sprinting it out for the final few points of the day.

Once all the events had been run and won, an entertaining novelty relay involving parents, teachers and House Captains gave the scoring tent enough time to finalise scores.

A pin drop could be heard as Mr Phillips announced the winners and once again it came down to Winchester and Highgate as the last two teams remaining. This year it was Highgate who regained the Sports Day Shield, taking a narrow eight-point victory.

Congratulations to all students who participated and displayed their skills. A huge thanks goes to the staff members and parents who helped and supported the day.

Mick Phillips
Sports Day Coordinator - St John's Campus

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School Service

All families are invited to be a part of the School Service in the Chapel at 10am on Sunday, 21 March.

This will be the first School Service for 12 months and we are pleased that we can come together as a Concordia College and St John’s Church community to worship. The Year 1 and Year 6 students will be leading the Service with Pastor Andrew’s support.

During this service, we will also be acknowledging the years of service in the Lutheran education system of some of the St John’s Campus staff. Mr John Proeve, Executive Director of Lutheran Education South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia, will be presenting service awards to the following staff:

  • 40 years: Michael Paech
  • 30 years: Janette Haynes, Nolene Gehling and Andrea Gladigau  
  • 20 years: Sally Staggs, Leanne Jaensch, Rachel Muldoon and Tim Williams. 

Congratulations and thank you to the staff for their dedicated service and we hope that many families will be able to come and celebrate their achievements. We also look forward to having the students lead our worship time.

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Year 4 Camp

The Year 4 classes headed up to Woodhouse Scout Camp last week to engage and achieve in an Active Education camp all about building resilience. Many fears and challenges were overcome and the students and staff were blessed with great weather whilst away. All of them made terrific advancements in their abilities to manage new situations and grow personally. As staff, we were very proud of how they managed themselves and interacted with each other. A great success!

Anita Ruggiero and Celina Read
Year 4 Teachers

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Year 5 Camp

Last week, 55 excited Year 5 students plus five teachers set out for a two-night camp at Ankara, Walker Flat. 

The camp included fun activities, great food, superb weather and some wonderful moments that all participants will never forget.

An early activity involved a lot of teamwork and good communication skills to be able to complete the tasks successfully. Later, groups ventured all around Walker Flat as they worked together to complete an orienteering task. 

The following day, students tested water from around the campsite, using a variety of tools. It was amazing how different the pH levels and the cloudiness of water from different sources could be. One great part of this task was using a microscope to examine all the macro organisms that live in the river water. 

Another awesome activity was raft building. Student teams were given pieces of rope, five plastic cartons and some long pieces of wood to make a raft that could carry them on the river. Some rafts were quite well made while other rafts were a little dubious, but all students tried hard and had a great attitude.

Another favourite activity was kayaking. Students travelled up stream to get used to how to manoeuvre the kayak. Once they had travelled some distance from camp they learned, using some of their team building skills, how to build a raft with the kayaks by placing them all next to each other. The aim of this task was to stand up in the kayaks without falling out.

The camp will provide many lasting memories!

Mike Kriewaldt and Janine Sarson-Parker
Year 5 Teachers

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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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Year 1 Railway and Maritime Museums Excursion

Learning about Systems

The Year 1 students had a wonderful day exploring some of the transport systems of the past and thinking about how these systems have helped our community to grow. We visited the Railway and Maritime Museums in Port Adelaide as part of our How We Organise Ourselves Unit of Inquiry. 

We learned about the importance of the shipping and rail systems in creating our community as we know it now through transporting goods and passengers. The children worked in small collaborative groups and had fun completing some challenging and engaging scavenger hunts to find relevant information.

Sharon Cosh, Rachel Harrip and Jasmin Bartlett
Year 1 Teachers

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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

Leena swimming medalCongratulations to Leena (6H) who won a bronze medal at the Onkaparinga Swimming Carnival in the 50m Freestyle on 28 February. She managed an excellent PB to achieve this wonderful result!





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