A Good Start!
Term 2 has started on a very positive note with students and staff settling back into the routines of school quickly. We are looking forward to a productive and enjoyable term ahead.
Our term began last Wednesday morning at opening Chapel with Pastor Andrew reminding us of the wonderful Easter message that many of us celebrated during the holiday break.
Staff Professional Learning Days
Last week our teachers were engaged in a two-day International Baccalaureate workshop exploring the area of ‘Action’ as part of the inquiry cycle that our curriculum is built on. As an IB World School we are fortunate to have access to high quality professional development that is delivered by IB Educators. The Action Workshop was well received by our teachers, providing both affirmation of many current practices while also challenging our thinking about how we plan for authentic action within our Units of Inquiry. We thank Ms Rachel Muldoon, our Director of Teaching and Learning, for organising the workshop for us.
This term Mr Franz, our IT Support Person, will be taking Long Service Leave. We welcome Mr Jonothan Roesler, an Old Concordian, who will be taking up this role for the whole term. We look forward to working with Jono and hope that he settles into our community quickly.
Principal - St John's Campus
- From the Inclusive Learning Coordinator
- Principal's Update
- ALWS Walk My Way Celebration Day and Kakuma Day
- Special Chapel Service
- Siassi Walkathon 2019
- Chapel Offerings - Term 2, 2019
- German Exchange Students' Visits
The National Assessment Program will be taking place next week and assessing students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in literacy and numeracy. The assessments provide a snapshot of how students are progressing individually and against national standards. The content of the tests are aligned to the Australian Curriculum: English and Maths, and help educators to identify our areas of strength and areas to be prioritised for further development. Teachers engage in a range of assessment practices to monitor students’ progress throughout the year and NAPLAN tests are just one of many forms in which students participate.
NAPLAN is moving to an online mode of testing over a three year period and we anticipate students will be participating online from 2020.
Making a Difference
Over the past few years, staff have been implementing more inclusive practices to enhance the education of our students with disabilities, learning difficulties and giftedness. Concordia College has adopted a Response to Intervention model that focuses on quality, differentiated teaching, class-based support strategies and research-based early intervention programs. Inclusive Support Teachers meet with class teachers during planning meetings to focus on differentiating the curriculum and developing accommodations to meet the needs of students. While early intervention programs are critical in developing basic skills, as students progress through the school it is important to develop their independence and consider learner agency, so support is more likely to be delivered through mainstream classes. Inclusive Learning Teachers and Lutheran School Officers are spending more time working with students in their classes and enabling more students to achieve success with their learning.
St John’s Campus Inclusive Learning Coordinator
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Friday 10 May is ALWS Walk My Way Celebration Day and Kakuma Day at St John’s Campus. In the upcoming July holidays Frau Graham will be travelling to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, spending time in the camp representing both our school and St John’s Lutheran Church, Unley. Next Friday is a day to celebrate the recent 26km ALWS Walk My Way event which raised funds for students in Kakuma to go to school and for all the work done in Kakuma Refugee camp that houses some 160,000 people, including the provision of food and water. Concordia had 40 participants across both campuses participate in the Walk My Way event.
Friday 10 May will be a Casual Day for all ELC to Year 6 students. Students wearing casual clothes are asked to bring a gold coin donation towards the work of ALWS. This will be in addition to a special Celebration Chapel Service commencing at 8.55am in the Hall (all welcome to attend) and a coin line lunchtime activity out on the basketball court (please save as many of your gold and silver coins as you can to see if as a campus we can make it the whole way around the basketball court with all of the coins brought on the day. All students (Rec-Year 6) are welcome to participate in this special and fun lunchtime activity. All funds raised on the day will go directly to ALWS and the wonderful work they do.
We are excited to invite our Concordia community to an eventful Chapel service that is happening on Friday morning, 17 May 2019. Chapel will be led by our Year 6s on the theme of being honest to God and facing up to our fears with His strength, told through the Bible story of ‘Jonah and the Whale’.
During this Chapel we will also welcome a very special guest by the name of Scott Darlow, an Indigenous, Christian man and former high school teacher coming from Victoria to speak to the Years 3 – 6 students about what Reconciliation is and its importance based on the history of Australia. Scott has volunteered to play a role in our Chapel Service, where he will play some songs for the students.
After this action-packed Chapel Service we have invited a coffee van to come spoil our school community with some great coffee, so please come and join us for this and enjoy a coffee on us in the courtyard!
Please make a note of this special morning in your diaries, we would love to see you there!
Spiritual Life Coordinator
A very big thank you to everyone for such a great day on Friday, 29 March for our annual Siassi Walkathon. It was so great to see parents and other family/friends also attend to support our students with this very special event. The sea of students wearing the colours of the PNG flag and walking with so much passion and pride was spectacular to witness.
The money raised through our Walkathon will support the St John’s Campus partnership with the schools on Siassi Island in Papua New Guinea.
This year in October it is expected that our staff representative team will be travelling to Siassi, Papua New Guinea and further strengthening our ties with these communities as well as facilitating numerous professional development sessions with Siassi teachers over the course of their time there.
We have been tallying the money raised over the past few weeks and we raised a total of $2955 with both the Walkathon and our weekly Chapel offerings in Term 1.
Heartfelt thanks to all families for your continued support of this exciting and enriching event, and indeed of our Siassi Partnership as a whole.
2019 Walkathon Organiser
This term our St John’s Campus Chapel offerings will be going to the work of Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS). ALWS is an overseas aid and resettlement agency of the Lutheran Church of Australia and works in many different countries, particularly in Africa and Asia. Over the course of this term students will learn a lot more about the work of ALWS and the programs our offerings will help support. Students from across the campus will also be engaged in an ALWS Awareness Day later this term.
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Students have access to a wide variety of authentic learning experiences within German lessons. A recent highlight was a classroom visit to each class (ELC to Year 6) by the German Exchange students from a variety of schools in Bavaria in Week 10 and Week 11 last term. The German students studied at Concordia Campus for the majority of Term 1. This rich learning experience provided our students with the excellent opportunity to build on their spoken German skills as well as being exposed to cultural activities that the Exchange students presented in each class. St John’s Campus students also had the opportunity to learn about the state of Bavaria and indeed Germany as a whole. They were also able to make connections between life in Germany and their lives in Australia. Students thoroughly enjoyed this learning initiative which is an annual event in Term 1 each year.