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From the St John's Campus Principal

Michael Paech SJC Principal

Catherine Critchley 12.5.1961 - 5.12.2017

In loving memory of a respected educator and friend

"For God so loved the world that he has His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3.16

A lovely floral ball garden sculpture has been commissioned and installed in our campus entry garden in memory of Catherine. This sculpture complements the natural elements of our newly renovated garden and we hope that our College community can enjoy its beauty and remember our treasured friend.

At this week’s assembly we have explained to our students about the significance of this sculpture. Our campus staff will also gather in the coming week to dedicate this sculpture in Catherine’s memory as part of a morning staff devotion. We have invited Catherine's husband Michael and two sons to visit us and view this piece next week.

Staff Updates

Mrs Andrea Gladigau (School Office) will be on Long Service Leave until Week 3 next term. We have managed to fill her role with internal temporary appointments during this time. We wish Andrea a restful and refreshing break from school.

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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Board Update and Future Learning
Concordia College Board Meeting

At the May meeting of our College Board, agenda items included:

  1. Presentations by School Leaders from both College campuses. In these presentations the leaders shared their reflections on school life within our respective campuses.
  2. Appointment of Mr Bruno Bellon as a new member to the College Foundation Board.
  3. Approval of a new Student Health, Safety and Welfare Drug Management Policy.
  4. Acceptance of the audited financial accounts for 2017.
  5. An update and discussion relating to the Concordia College Old Collegians (COCA) Strategic Planning processes.
Future Learning at Concordia Workshop

On Saturday 26 May, the Education Committee of the College Board and the joint Leadership/Executives from both campuses participated in a workshop to begin considering the next version of our School Improvement Plan (2019 – 2021). As we plan for future educational directions at Concordia we are committed to ensuring that we listen to the feedback and data that we have collected, consider the current research and forecasts about the future workplace that our students will be employed in, and build on the strong culture of care and support that we provide for our students.

The process that we have commenced will continue into next year and involve a wider range of stakeholders as we shape a clear direction for our learning and teaching program.

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

Paul Weinert
Principal - Concordia Campus

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Year 1 Walking Excursion

The Year 1s recently ventured out to the local streets to focus on what it means to be a pedestrian. Along the way we observed the traffic, collected data and looked out for the many and various signs that help keep us all safe when using transport systems. This helped us further our thinking and inquire into how ‘transport systems are developed to meet the needs of a community.’ On our return we applied this information to construct models of a town that includes safe and effective transport systems. Some advice from the Year 1s: when using any transport system… stop, look, listen and think!

Celina Read, Rachel Harrip and Maddy Russell
Year 1 Teachers

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Year 2 Wingfield Waste and Recycling Plant Excursion

On Tuesday 29 May the Year 2s visited the Wingfield Waste and Recycling Plant. Student were engaged in a range of activities which allowed them to learn about the importance of taking care of the Earth's Natural Resources and how they can reduce their green footprint.

Jasmin Dinno and Jenny Kowald
Year 2 Teachers


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Year 5 Migration Museum and Botanic Gardens Excursion

The Year 5s recently visited the Migration Museum and the Botanic Gardens. At the Migration Museum the students were privileged to witness a presentation by local Indigenous artist, Kunyi June Anne McInerney, called My Paintings Speak For Me, depicting her years as part of the Stolen Generation.

At the Botanic Gardens, local Indigenous educator Trent Hill took the students on a tour of the gardens, explaining how the Kaurna people traditionally used various trees and plants. This excursion certainly gave the students a greater insight into aspects of Australia’s Indigenous history.

Daniel Keylock and Janine Sarson-Parker
Year 5 teachers

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Growth Mindset Parent Workshop

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

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

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Save the Date

Year 4-6 Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Morning

Friday 17 August 2018, 9.30am – 12pm

Grandparents and special friends will be invited to a special morning at Concordia College, St John’s Campus on Friday 17 August. Guests will enjoy a Chapel service, classroom visits, a short walking trail around the campus and musical items.

Morning tea will also be provided.

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

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

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Sheltered Walkway Project Update

In late 2017, Concordia received funding for a sheltered walkway between both campuses (adjacent to the oval and tennis courts) through the SA Government's Fund My Neighbourhood program. We are excited to announce that designs for the shelter have now been accepted.

Read an update on the project here.

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2018 Annual Appeal

Thanks to past donations to the Annual Appeal from parents and generous Concordia community members, St John’s Campus has been able to upgrade buildings and provide new equipment for the benefit of our students.

Donations to this year's appeal at the St John's Campus will support upgrades to the Resource Centre, providing versatile learning spaces and an interactive environment to allow more collaboration between students, teachers, and the community.

To read more about this year's appeal, click here.

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