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McAuliffe FionaNational Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated annually between 27 May and 3 June, two dates which commemorate significant events in Australia's history. The 1967 Referendum, held on 27 May, gave the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to recognise them in the national census. The Mabo Decision on 3 June 1992 legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land. This paved the way for Native Title and overturned ‘Terra Nullius’ (nobody’s land), declared by Captain James Cook in 1770.

This year's theme is Let's Walk the Talk! It focuses on completing the Constitution and recognising the First Australians.

There are a number of events scheduled for Reconciliation Week, which will touch the Concordia community. Many of us will watch the AFL‘s Sir Doug Nicholls Round (previously the Indigenous Round) which starts in Alice Springs when the Melbourne Demons host the Adelaide Crows on Sunday 27 May. This match will mark the start of a week-long celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and their contributions to Australian Football.

Old collegian Tammy Coleman-Zweck will join a group of students at the Reconciliation Breakfast held on Monday 28 May at the Convention Centre. The breakfast program will include presentations from the 2017 Kokoda Track Reconciliation Trekkers, who will reflect on their experiences following the stories of our Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Veterans.

On Wednesday 30 May, two Year 10 boys from Crossways Lutheran School (R – 10) in Ceduna will arrive in Adelaide to spend two days at Concordia exploring what it might be like to study in an Adelaide School for Years 11 and 12. The Concordia community supported, with great enthusiasm and generosity, the first visit from Crossways students last year.

There are a few ways the Concordia community will be Walking the Talk during Reconciliation Week. But what can we do for the rest of the year?

Reconciliation is defined as the restoration of friendly relations. At Concordia, restorative practices are the underpinning principles of all relationships. It is a part of who we are. When we make an effort to understand and get to know each other, we can better reconcile misconceptions and misunderstandings. We can do this in our College, in our Community and in our world any week in the year!

LOVE COMES TO LIFE when we are reconciled to God and with each other, for the sake of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:16–21)

Fiona McAuliffe
Head of Senior School

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Growth Mindset Parent Workshop

Parents of students at both Concordia College campuses are invited to a Growth Mindset Parent Workshop on Thursday, 14 June in the St John's Campus Hall. Drinks and nibbles will be served from 6.30pm, with the workshop beginning at 7pm.

Hear from Clinical Psychologists Kerry Burke and Rochelle Hay (Psychology SA) about the differences between growth and fixed mindsets, and the benefits of a growth mindset in young people, as well as five ways parents can instill a growth mindset in their child/ren. For more information, download a flyer.

This event is free, however we ask that you book your place by Friday, 8 June.

This event is proudly supported the St John's Campus Parents & Friends.

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Themis Dinner

The Concordia College Law and Justice Society's annual Themis Dinner is to be held on Thursday, 7 June in The Suaviter. The purpose of the evening is to provide a networking opportunity for old collegians studying or practicing law, current students studying Legal Studies in Year 11 or 12, students interested in studying law at university and guests from the law fraternity associated with the College. As well as networking, guests will share a meal and gain some valuable insights from our guest speaker.

This year Tania Leiman LLB, GDLP, GCE(HE), Associate Professor and Dean of Law, and a Director of Flinders Blockchain Alliance within the College of Business, Government & Law, will be our keynote speaker.

We are looking forward to a wonderful night.

Rick Sommariva
Legal Studies Teacher

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Knowing about Matter and What Matters

The 2018 SA Big Ideas for Bright Minds Conference

On Thursday 10 May, Concordia College was delighted to host the South Australian Big Ideas for Bright Minds Gifted and Talented Conference for the sixth consecutive year. Renowned Oxford University Fellow, Julie Arliss; CERN Scientist and heavy metal guitarist, Dr Mark Lewney; and Australian Olympic performance consultant, Jeffrey Hodges, presented a mind-stretching day of interrelated ‘Big Ideas’ to 368 students and 28 teachers from 13 schools. Concordia was represented by 51 students from Years 10 to 12.

The nature of truth was the theme of the day, closely investigated in the first session where students were invited to question the concepts of ‘post-truth’ and ‘alternative facts’ in our post-modern context.

Dr Mark Lewney’s presentation about the Large Hadron Collider and the Big Bang featured his electric guitar and some slinkies to demonstrate the mysteries of string theory, and explore the possibilities and limitations of what we can know about matter.

Students reflected:

"It gave me the opportunity to engage with deep issues in a university-style environment. I loved Julie Arliss’ balanced presentation on the life-after-death debate. … As always, the Big Debate at the end of the conference was the highlight of the day and allowed us to share, and learn from, each other’s perspectives. I recommend this to any student who wants to be extended beyond their specific subjects." 

"I enjoyed the Big Ideas conference because it assessed varied areas of our knowledge and outlined different subtopics of Logic, Debating, Religion and Science."

Many thanks to the students, parents and staff who supported this event. A similar Middle Years Conference will be held in August.

Louise Thomas

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Mother's Day Breakfast

On Friday 11 May, The Suaviter was a hive of activity from 6am with a team of volunteers providing a delicious breakfast for over 100 mums, grandmothers and their children.

As well as breakfast and a performance from the String Quartet, guests enjoyed a thoughtful presentation and song from School Pastor, Dale Gosden, who reflected on the integral role that mothers play within the family unit. School leader Cate also gave a lovely speech about the importance of mothers.

A huge thank you to the P&F members and other volunteers who made this event a wonderful success. 

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COCA 70+ Celebration

Around 40 old collegians who commenced at the College 70+ years ago enjoyed catching up over afternoon tea following the Harmony in the Chapel lunchtime concert on Monday, 14 May.  It was wonderful to see this group of old collegians reconnecting and reminiscing about their days at Concordia.

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Year 9 Parents Greek-Themed Dinner

Year 9 parents are warmly invited to the annual Year 9 Greek Dinner in The Suaviter on Friday, 22 June 2018 from 7-11pm. Cost is $40 per person, including a complimentary drink on arrival and a catered dinner.

Book onto your child’s class table or to create your own table of 10 contact Angela Warrick.

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2018 Annual Appeal

Thanks to past donations to the Annual Appeal from parents and generous Concordia Community members, Concordia has been able to provide new and upgraded buildings and equipment, as well as scholarships and awards for our students.

Concordia families will soon receive the 2018 Annual Appeal, which will result in the completion of more outstanding projects for both campuses. We are also excited to announce the Concordia Foundation Indigenous Scholarship Fund, established to provide more opportunities for Indigenous students to come to Concordia. 

A special project for support at the Concordia Campus is to provide shade for the Nautilus Centre Deck. Students and teachers have started to utilise the fantastic rooftop deck, but to ensure the space can be used safely in all types of weather, it is essential that we finance a permanent shade structure.

At the St John’s Campus funding is needed for the Resource Centre upgrade to provide versatile learning spaces and an interactive environment, allowing for greater collaboration between students, teachers, and the community.

Please take a moment to read the 2018 Annual Appeal when you receive it. Alternatively, you can support the Appeal online.

Sue Spry
Donor Relations Manager

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Student Achievements

Congratulations to Caitlin 11SBU who represented Concordia in the SSSSA Golf State Championships on May 14 and won the championship, shooting 73 and 76 in the two rounds. A fantastic achievement!

Caitlin also played in the SA Womens side the previous week, winning one of her two matches and gaining great experience playing with the best amateur golfers in the country.


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From the Archives: Dress Code

This week in 'From the Archives' we step back in time to the 1950s and take a look at some of the very specific requirements of the student dress code at the time.


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