The ELC celebrated International Classroom Day by spending the day at Belair National Park. It was a wonderful opportunity to investigate and make discoveries in nature and use their imaginations. It was a great success with many families joining us to build relationships and work in partnership with children and educators. The shared BBQ lunch was an additional highlight. We look forward to returning to the same location in September to observe the seasonal changes in the environment.
Early Learning Centre Director
- From the St John's Campus Director of Teaching and Learning
- ELC Bush Day
- National Reconciliation Week
- Flourish Women’s Small Groups
- Reception Communities
- St John's Campus 'Fiesta' Parent Event
- ELC and Reception Grandparents and Special Friends’ Morning
Year 6 Student-Led Conferences
Student-led conferences offer authentic opportunities for students to share their learning with their parents, engaging and motivating both students and parents to participate enthusiastically in the teaching and learning process. Student-led conferences strengthen the relationship between home and school and are an ideal way for parents to see their children through a new lens – in action in their classroom environment – and gain insight into their thinking and behaviour.
On Tuesday morning, the Year 6 students and parents came together to take part in one of the reporting opportunities at St John’s Campus, the Student-Led Conference. The atmosphere amongst the parents and students was one of excitement, encouragement and appreciation as students took the ‘front seat’ and led their parents in various learning engagements. These conferences allowed parents to experience part of the student’s school day, all the while hearing from their children about their areas of strength and areas for growth. Feedback from students was that they felt extremely proud to be able to share their learning and were thankful to be able to share all learning areas.
The changes to the conference time and structure have been implemented to:
- Allow for greater student voice and choice in what they share – including subjects taught by single subject teachers, such as PE, Music and Art. This also allows for an increase in the information reported.
- Ensure conferences are held at the optimal time of the day for sharing of learning – this is the time when students are most engaged in their learning and allows for the inclusion of the single subject teachers.
- Increase levels of independence and skill development – including more subject areas and increasing the time to share will allow the students to clearly demonstrate their learning with parents and take greater ownership in managing their time and resources.
Director of Teaching and Learning/PYP Coordinator
We were very privileged recently to have Scott Darlow join us. Scott is an Indigenous singer and songwriter who came all the way from Melbourne to join us for worship. He was here to speak with the Year 3s, 4s, 5s and 6s about Australia’s history and how we can be a part of Reconciliation.
In the ELC we have focused on National Reconciliation Week with learning experiences that promote understanding of the history, culture and language of Australia’s First Peoples. We also have many practices embedded in our daily routines and program. In the Kaurna language we say an Acknowledgement to Country, greetings, songs and games. We are grateful to one of our ELC families for donating an Indigenous Crows guernsey. This has been a wonderful avenue for exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
Early Learning Centre Director
Reconciliation Week Service
On Wednesday, 29 May, a group of 12 students from St John's Campus and Concordia Campus went to Unley Town Hall to a Reconciliation Week Service. The day was about reconciliation between European people and the native Indigenous people, the Kaurna people. We had a prominent Kaurna elder named Katrina lead us in a Welcome to Country and a presentation about how reconciliation impacts on the Indigenous community.
It was a great morning filled with wonderful performances and lots of learning. Thank you to everyone who made the day possible.
Year 3 Teacher
St John’s Lutheran Church would like to invite any Concordia College St John’s Campus mums to join our Flourish Women’s Small Groups.
These groups are made up of women across all ages and stages, meeting together in small groups of 4-8 on either a monthly or fortnightly basis to grow in faith and friendship together; providing and receiving encouragement, support and love.
We would love to have you join us to be blessed, and to be a blessing through this special women’s ministry.
If you would like any more information, or if you would like to join a Flourish group, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Spiritual Life Coordinator
As part of our How the World Works unit, the Receptions have been looking at Communities. We have explored the school community and our local community. We have been reading about other communities around the world and on Tuesday, 21 May we had fun creating our own community.
We are really looking forward to this year's Fiesta-themed St John's Campus parent event on Saturday 24 August from 7-10pm in the Hall.
These are always standout events on the St John's Campus community calendar and it is sure to be a great night of fun, food and entertainment. Enjoy pre-dinner platters, a Paella Bar cooked on site, delicious hot churros, live entertainment by dance band Silverhair, and a Latin dance floor show. Bar facilities available (no BYO).
Tickets are $40 each and bookings can be made online.
If you're keen to get into the spirit of the occasion, feel free to dress up in your finest fiesta fashions!
Come and join the fun, we hope you see you there!Back to top
A reminder that tomorrow morning, Friday 7 June, is Grandparents and Special Friends’ Morning for our ELC and Reception students. We look forward to welcoming guests to the St John’s Campus at 9.30am and we are sure it will be a wonderful and memorable time for all involved.Back to top