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From the Spiritual Life Team Chairperson

ALWS Celebration and Kakuma Day

Graham Jane2On Friday, 10 May, St John’s Campus held a Celebratory Day for the entire campus community to reflect on the huge success of the Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) Walk My Way event held during the April holidays and the wonderful support given by our school community to this event, and indeed to the ALWS as a whole. This day also highlighted my upcoming trip travelling to Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, in the upcoming July holidays. I will be representing both campuses of Concordia College as well as St John’s Lutheran Church, Unley, where I am a member, on the Pilgrimage to Kakuma Refugee Camp. 

Seven other Australians will also be part of this trip. I will be spending time with refugees living and working in the camp in the most basic of conditions for ten days with a particular focus on working in the schools in the camp. The camp itself houses over 180,000 refugees from several African countries.

Over 35 staff members and students from the College walked the 26km from Hahndorf to Beaumont House in beautiful autumnal weather on Saturday, 12 April to raise funds for ALWS and the wonderful work they do across the world, in particular in Kakuma where I will be going.

In the end a total of $154,369 was raised through the event with 5936+ refugee children now being able to attend school in both Kakuma and Djibouti Refugee Camps. Our school itself raised over $4286 which was a wonderful achievement.

Our 2019 Celebratory Day included a special Chapel service for St John’s Campus, with members of the walking team from both St John’s Campus and Concordia Campus acknowledged by the community as part of the service. We were also blessed to be able to use a special song at the service by Robin Mann (Lutheran songwriter) that he especially wrote for the “Walk My Way” event, aptly titled “Walk My Way”. We also shared Robin’s story of the 26km walk as an MS sufferer, and his story was both moving and inspirational.

Lunchtime was a hive of activity in the Hall with students from all year levels having the opportunity to participate in a coin line activity, where we raised over $686 to help raise funds for students in the Kakuma Refugee Camp to attend school.

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

What a great celebration for the entire St John’s Campus, and I look forward to sharing so much about my upcoming trip both in the weeks to come and after my return from Kakuma next term. This trip I truly believe will be a life changing and rich learning experience for both myself and our whole school community.

Jane Graham
Spiritual Life Team Chairperson, ALWS Concordia College Walk My Way Organiser and 2019 ALWS Kakuma Pilgrimage Tour Participant

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Year 6 Art Installation

The Year 6 students recently created an art installation on the school oval as a culmination of their Street Art unit in Visual Arts. The students collaborated to develop two designs, expressive of our school community: a white cross connecting the Australian and Aboriginal flags; and a bold “6” representing themselves as a year level. It was great to have students engaged in such a practical, outdoor art activity.

Nancy Wells
Visual Arts Teacher

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Year 6 Excursion to the Old Adelaide Gaol and Parliament House

On Friday, 10 May, the Year 6 classes visited the Old Adelaide Gaol and Parliament House as part of their 'How We Organise Ourselves' unit on Government and Justice Systems. As part of this unit students in the Year 6 class are learning about Federation, different government systems, and the justice systems which operate in Australia.

Students started the day on a tour of the Gaol, learning about the history of the Gaol and why it was only built five years after the settlement of South Australia.

They also learned of:

  • The conditions prisoners were subject to
  • The food they ate
  • The Recreational pursuits of prisoners
  • The kitchen where the food was prepared
  • The differences in the way people were found guilty
  • Corporal Punishment and when it ended in the Adelaide Gaol

After some lunch in Elder Park the groups were met at Parliament House by David Pisoni, the Member for Unley. He guided the students through the House of Assembly Chamber (the Green room) and the Legislative Council Chamber (the Red room). Students were able to learn about:

  • The Speaker
  • The Members of Parliament
  • How Government is formed
  • How Bills are made
  • The Role of the Legislative Council
  • The Mace and the Black Rod in the respective rooms and their original use
  • The different architecture within the Chambers of Parliament House and why this is the case
  • The Hansard transcripts and how they originated.

All students were able to see where the laws of the state are debated and made (Parliament House) as well as seeing what happens to people who break one of these laws and are found guilty after passing through our judicial system in South Australia.

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Gala Ball tickets on sale now!

We are really looking forward to the Concordia Gala Ball 'The Greatest Show’, a black tie evening of fine dining and entertainment on Saturday, 2 November at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This is our first whole school Gala Ball and it promises to be our ‘greatest show’ yet!

Early bird tickets are available at the discounted price of $160 until Friday 30 June; $175 from 1 July onwards. Click the link below to either book onto your nominated table, or join one of our shared community tables.

Click to book your tickets online:

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Resilient Kids Conference - Saturday 1 June 2019

Six of Australia's top experts on issues affecting children and teens will present a one-day 'Resilient Kids Conference' at Clovercrest Baptist Church on Saturday, 1 June from 9am to 4pm.

Click here to book your tickets.

Tamara Martin
St John's Campus Community Carer

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Student Achievement

20190521 151618Congratulations to Asha 6EH who represented Adelaide South East District at State Day and made it to the finals for the 100m sprint and the relay. Asha brought home a silver medal after a photo finish in the relay race. Well done! 

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