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From the St John's Campus Principal

Michael Paech SJC PrincipalThank You…

To Mrs Drogemuller who led our campus during my recent absence while on Long Service Leave. My wife and I enjoyed our break and the refreshment and renewal that it provided us. It is good to be back at school now and I am looking forward to the remainder of this term.

Staff Update

We wish Mrs Cailtlin Wilk all the best and God’s blessing as she heads off on Maternity Leave at the end of this week. We pray for her continued health and look forward to receiving news of the birth of her new baby later this term. We also welcome Miss Jessie Thiele into our staff team. Jessie will be teaching the Year 4 class until the end of this year.


Last week students across the College participated in the annual NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) tests. These tests happen in all schools across Australia at Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

Here at the St John’s Campus we were pleased with the way that our Year 3 and 5 students managed the testing process without too much anxiety or undue stress. We thank our teachers for their administration of the testing process and also for their support of students throughout the testing week.

The results from NAPLAN, which we will receive later in the year, do provide us with some useful information about student knowledge and skills within specific aspects of literacy and numeracy. This information is helpful but it is important to understand that it only provides one portion of information that helps us form the overall picture of each student's learning and development progress.

Our P.A.T. testing at the beginning of the year, our Early Entry Assessments in Reception, the regular reflection and feedback processes that happen between teachers and students during units of learning, and most importantly the ongoing formative and summative assessments that occur throughout the year, all help to provide us with a clear sense of how each student is progressing and what support they may need.

We hope that our new online reporting platforms (Showbie and ManageBac) are also helpful in providing you as parents with ongoing and timely information about your child’s progress and development. 

Before and After School Supervision

We would like to remind parents about the St John’s Campus duty of care for students before and after school. Teachers do not begin their duty in the morning until 8.25am. This means that for our duty of care, students should not be on the grounds without an adult supervising them before this time. Each morning staff come together for Devotion and a short staff meeting. Once this has concluded, staff then commence their duty. Students that are here before 8.25am will be sent to OSHC. At the end of the day, students should not be on the playgrounds unless an adult is supervising them. Once again this is a duty of care matter for the school as there are no staff monitoring these areas. At 3.30pm any students that have not been collected will be sent to the School Office in the first instance and then taken to After School Care if required.

For some families, this may cause a degree of reorganising the timing in the morning, for which we apologise. However, the care and safety of the students is our primary concern and these procedures are in place to support that.

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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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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Year 3s visit the Maritime Museum

As part of our 'Where we are in place and time' unit, the Year 3 students went exploring at the Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide. They discovered the three main explorers of Australia and learnt the real meaning to the name behind one of our favourite beaches, Encounter Bay. Whilst the weather was a little blustery, it did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the students, who learnt through play. A fun and educational day. 

Anita Ruggiero and Mike Kriewaldt
Year 3 Teachers

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German Update

Please note: There is a new German Update on the parent portal. The article can be viewed here.

Jane Graham
German Teacher

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St John's Campus Parents & Friends Quiz Night & Disco

The annual St John's Campus P&F Quiz Night & Disco, to be held on Saturday 25 August from 7pm in the Concordia Campus gym. Come dressed in your favourite decade. Book online here.

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Life Education Van

The Reception students met Harold the giraffe when the Life Education caravan visited the St John’s Campus last week. Harold had lots of great friends and safety tips, and the students enjoyed meeting the wonderful puppets and characters who live inside the van.

Sharon Cosh and Nicolette McClure
Reception Teachers

The Year 4 classes enjoyed two workshops each with the Life Education Van and their experts who taught us their bCybersafe and Mind Your Medicine programs as part of our 'How the World Works' and 'Who We Are' inquiry units. Here are some reflections from the Year 4s:

“The Brain games were really interesting and fun. We learned something new.”

“Life Ed van was really cool because you had to think about all the questions and it wasn’t always easy.”

“The van was really fun because we got to play lots of quizzes and we got ‘brains’ for answering questions correctly, and at the end of the day if you had the most brains for your team, you won!”

“We were split into two groups and completed different challenges. One of them was a puzzle making competition.”

Elizabeth Reu
Year 4 Teacher

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ELC Outdoor Classroom Day at Belair National Park

“Best day EVER!”

The ELC children enthusiastically participated in our Bush Day at Belair last week. We were blessed with fine weather and the children loved being outside in an unstructured natural setting for a long period of time. Highlights were seeing emus, koalas and kangaroos, finding animal bones, making cubbies, climbing trees, building teepees and moving logs. The children talked, laughed, showed others the interesting things they found, drew pictures, observed nature, enjoyed a BBQ lunch and went home tired and happy.

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Year 5 History Lessons

The Year 5 students have been busy building bonds between the St John’s and Concordia campuses. As part of our ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’ unit, the students have had the privilege of learning about colonisation around the world from two very learned history teachers, Mr Neil Fletcher, current Head of Humanities at Concordia Campus, and Mr Noel Schoff, former Head of Humanities. Both gentlemen were able to expand the students’ understanding of colonisation around the world and look at ways in which Indigenous peoples have been impacted.

In the same week students had the wonderful opportunity to visit with a Year 10 Geography class and learn about current global issues.

Daniel Keylock and Janine Sarson-Parker
Year 5 Teachers

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Receptions Visit Fern Avenue Community Garden

Recently, the Receptions visited the Fern Avenue Community Garden to explore the Autumn harvests. The visit was part of our learning about 'How the World Works', inquiring into: "Natural cycles influence the activity of living things." We saw how the garden had changed since summer. We are wondering what the garden will look like in winter and how it will have changed?

Further visits to the Garden are planned in Winter, Spring and Summer where we will compare and explore the differences between the seasons.

Nicolette McClure and Sharon Cosh
Reception Teachers

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Mother's Day Market Stall

The Mother’s Day stall at St John’s campus was a flurry of activity, with students able to buy an afternoon snack and a beautiful present for their Mum.

Some of the treats on offer included sausage rolls and popcorn. Presents for Mum were lovingly prepared by many of the parents and grandparents. Glass terrariums with succulents and miniature figurines were exquisite, gift wrapped candles and body scrubs, handmade bookmarks and gingerbread hearts all made for special gifts that students hand picked for their mums.

Rachelle Fairlie
Community Carer - St John's Campus

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LLL School Banking - Interest Time

On 31 May interest will again be added to all deposit accounts. We therefore ask that you please send any LLL passbooks, with/without money, to the School Office before this date so that passbooks can be sent off to the LLL for interest and their annual audit.

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School Photos - Reminder

Class, individual and family photos for all students in ELC to Year 6 will be taken next Wednesday, 30 May. Order envelopes were sent home with students two weeks ago. All students will be photographed as a class group and must return their envelope - even if they are not purchasing photos. This allows photographers to easily identify each child. Completed order envelopes are to be returned on or before Photo Day by placing the form in your child’s classroom communication box or returning it directly to the School Office before the day. Students are to wear their full winter uniform on this day - no sports uniforms.

Family photo forms are available from the School Office and these photos will be scheduled for the end of the day.

Please note: For families with students attending both campuses, an opportunity for family photos will occur when Concordia Campus have their photo day on Thursday 9 August.

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Reminder: Charity Cup Donations

This term at school there will be a Charity Cup held in the House teams. We are asking that students donate five cent coins to the container found in each class. These will be collected across the term and the House that raises the most money will be the winner of the Charity Cup. The donations will go to the Australian Lutheran World Service's Papua New Guinea Earthquake Appeal. There will only be five cent coins allowed. You are welcome to donate any other money as usual to the offering containers in your child’s class. The Charity Cup will be held during this term only. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause and please bring in those five cent coins. 

Mr Daniel Keylock
Student Wellbeing Coordinator

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Growing Grace Kids Club

This is a new, exciting and innovative ministry for children in Kindy/ELC through to Year 2. All children and parents welcome!

We are commencing with our launch this Friday 25 May from 3.30pm - 5.00pm in the St John’s Lutheran Church Hall, 15 Marlborough Street, Malvern.

Growing Grace Kids Club aims to provide children with an afternoon of fun craft activities, games, bible stories, a shared afternoon tea and a fun time to spend in fellowship together, both for parents and their children. The Kids Club will meet approximately three times each school term.

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Growing Grace Kids Team Leaders 

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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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