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From the St John's Campus Principal

Paech MichaelWelcome back to the beginning of Term 2. I trust that you enjoyed the holiday break and the opportunity for a change from the regular routines of school life.

It was wonderful to have students return to school last week after the break. Their enthusiasm and excitement as they catch up with friends and staff after a holiday break is always a joy to experience.

This combined with our glorious autumn weather has certainly helped ensure a positive start to our new term.

Pastor Andrew led our opening Chapel service for the term last week, which is always a wonderful way to commence our first week back at school. In his message he reminded us of the reassuring truth that Jesus loves us and that he will be with us during the term ahead. Pastor Andrew also spoke about Jesus as the ‘Good Shepherd’, who knows each of us by name, and who has a deep, enduring interest in growing closer to us on our journey through life.

We thank Pastor Andrew for helping us step into the new term with such a positive message of hope. 

At the beginning of last week staff were involved in two days of professional learning and preparation for the term ahead. These days are always helpful as we ensure that we are clearly focussed on what is required in the term.

Last week you would have received a copy of our Concordia Community magazine highlighting what has been happening here at Concordia along with some information about what is planned in the months ahead. One important project that will have a significant and positive impact on our St John’s Campus is the upcoming building redevelopment that will prepare us for our move to triple streaming commencing in 2023. More information about this exciting project will be sent to you in the coming days.

As a community we are looking forward to the term ahead and I look forward to catching up with you soon. 

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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Student Culture Leader Update

Members of our Student Representative Council (SRC) for Semester 1 have had a productive start in their roles. During Term 1, SRC meetings were focussed around:

  • Getting to know each other
  • What is SRC?
  • Leadership attributes and skills
  • Creating a Vision Board
  • Exploring the UN Global Goals at a local level
  • Forming Action Groups to inquire into issues around our campus

This term, students are continuing their inquiries in their action groups by tuning in, finding out, making connections and taking action. Some of the key areas of focus are: Responsible use of bathrooms, serving others, nature play spaces and energy use. 

We are launching a new initiative this term at St John’s Campus, ‘Lunch Clubs’. Lunch Clubs provide a wider choice of activities during playtimes and help students interact with their peers in traditionally unstructured times of the school day. They have been shown to have a number of benefits for participants including:

  • Improving students’ social skills
  • Broadening friendships in and across year levels
  • Engaging students in cooperation and collaboration
  • Providing opportunities to further interests, knowledge and skills.

The clubs on offer this term are Stop-Motion Videos, Chess, Craft, Lego and Knitting. Clubs will be run at lunch times, facilitated by a St John’s Campus teacher, and participation is optional and flexible.

Ellen Hoopmann
Student Culture Leader - St John’s Campus

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ALWS Walk My Way 2021

On Saturday 1 May, Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) held their biannual “Walk My Way” event. St John’s Campus again gave wonderful support to this event and indeed to ALWS as a whole over the course of last term through our Chapel offerings. It was also a great cross-campus event with support from such a large number of people in our entire school community – staff, students and parents.

The purpose of the walk was to raise money to support refugee children by giving them the opportunity to attend school in refugee camps in East Africa and in particular in the Kakuma Refugee camp in Kenya where I was blessed to travel to in 2019. Every $26 raised enables one child to attend school in the refugee camp.

Over 10 staff members, including our Principal Michael Paech and two students from our campus, walked the 26km walk from Nuriootpa to Lyndoch in the beautiful Barossa Valley.

As an entire College to date we have raised over $18,600 which is such a wonderful effort and enables 715 students to go to school and gives them the gift of an education.

St John’s Campus will celebrate this event this Friday in the form of a Chapel service when ALWS representative Celia Fielke will lead Chapel for us and share the wonderful work that we have done as a community in making a positive difference to the lives of children living in the refugee camps and in particular in Kakuma Refugee Camp.

Special thanks to everyone in our community for their generosity towards ALWS last term through our Chapel offerings and sponsorship of our walkers.

What a great celebration for the entire St John’s Campus and indeed for our college as a whole!

Asante sana! 

Jane Graham
ALWS Walk My Way Organiser

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ELC Bush Day

Bush Days in the ELC are always a highlight of our calendar. Children show enjoyment and engagement in the natural world around them and learn in ways that only nature can inspire. One of the many areas that we focus on whilst out in the bush is teaching the children how to be present and mindful in everything they do. This encourages not only self-regulation but an enhanced appreciation and gratitude of the world around them. What a wonderful lifelong skill!

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Mother's Day Breakfast

This morning, many mothers, grandmothers and their children from across the College enjoyed a beautiful Mother's Day Breakfast. 

Read the full article here...

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Parenting Workshops presented by Fullarton Park Community Centre

Fullarton Park Community Centre is presenting two parenting sessions in May, which may be of interest. Please find a brief overview below and visit the 'Parenting Resources' page within the parent portal for more details.

Mark Le Messurier's Parent Discussion Group

10am to 12pm on Wednesday 19 May, 2021

Well-known teacher, counsellor, author and speaker Mark Le Messurier will be running a parent discussion group at Fullarton Park Community Centre on the topic of: Let's get personal and place Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) into a healthy and real perspective.

Please note: Bookings are essential and places are limited due to COVID-19. To register, email Pam Dale at the City of Unley. 

Managing Your Stress as a Parent

7pm to 8.30pm on Monday 24 May, 2021

A free parent education session, funded by the Department of Human Services, will be held on Monday 24 May featuring Madhavi Nawana Parker. This session will teach practical tools to get on top of the challenges so you can truly love and get the most out of parenting, in an environment of connection and joy.

Please note: Bookings are essential and places are limited due to COVID-19. To register, email Pam Dale at the City of Unley. Please advise Pam if you are unable to attend as there may be a wait list. QR codes apply.

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Winter Uniform Reminder

A reminder that the uniform transition period is closing on Friday, 7 May. Please note that from Monday 10 May, all students are required to wear winter uniform. To familiarise yourself with winter uniform requirements, please refer to the St John's Campus Uniform Information.

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