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From the Reconciliation Action Plan Coordinator

National Reconciliation Week

Wells NancySt John’s Campus students and staff have celebrated National Reconciliation Week with a range of learning activities in ELC to Year 6. We acknowledge the need for all Australians, particularly non-Indigenous Australians, to take action towards reconciliation; to commit to learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions; and listen to their stories, so that through deeper understanding we continue to develop respect and relationship that enables healing amongst our First Nations Peoples.

'Teach About Reconciliation' and 'Celebrate National Reconciliation Week' are two of the actions Concordia College has committed to in our Reconciliation Action Plan. The 2021/2022 version of this document was recently approved for publication by Reconciliation Australia.

Our Reception children and their teachers led Assembly on Monday morning. They shared their drawings inspired by the picture book 'Sorry, Sorry' by Anne Kerr. It clearly demonstrated how even the very young can begin to understand some of the hurt and injustice experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples since the arrival of European settlers.

A collaborative artwork, called Stepping Out – Taking Action, was created by all students and staff and displayed in the Junior Primary Courtyard during the week. This activity encouraged us to reflect upon our personal commitment to take action towards reconciliation. Written or illustrated on paper cut-out feet, these footsteps symbolise our commitment to work together and support each other on the journey of reconciliation.

We have also shared a focus on reconciliation within our staff and class devotions, being reminded of God’s love for all his people and creation. Let us be moved to action by the example of Jesus. Let us be directed by the love and compassion he brought to the world; by the desire to develop relationships that enable understanding to grow; and by hearts convinced that we have a role to play in bringing justice to the First Nations Peoples of this land.

Nancy Wells
St John's Campus Reconciliation Action Plan Coordinator
Visual Arts and Drama Teacher

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Urrbrae Visit

Year 1 ‘want-to-be farmers’

Students from the Urrbrae Agricultural High School proudly showed the eager Year 1 St John’s Campus ‘want-to-be farmers’ around their agricultural campus as part of our Year 1 'How the World Works' inquiry. The students have been exploring how our world is made up of many different materials and looking at how they are used for a variety of purposes. In particular, we loved to see the sheep and alpacas and learn about the many ways wool is used in our lives. The Year 1s are also having fun using wool to create some amazing woollen creations.

Year 1 Team

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Reconciliation Week in the ELC

Reconciliation Week teaches children about the importance of playing our part in building relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Respectful practices are embedded in the ELC program. We always start our day with an ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ and greetings in the Kaurna language. 

This week the children have listened to stories, sung songs and used a variety of art experiences to inquire and expand their knowledge about Aboriginal people, cultures and histories. One of our educators, Ms Thiel, shared her own family’s history and friendship with Aboriginal people growing up in Alice Springs.

We have embraced the theme of Reconciliation Week and believe that Reconciliation is more than a word, Reconciliation is taking action.

The ELC Team

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Year 3s visit The Suaviter and the Heritage Centre

Last Thursday, our Year 3s visited The Suaviter and the Heritage Centre to learn about the history of their College - from humble beginnings in rural Victoria to a thriving school community of around 1300 students in Adelaide. They especially had fun viewing old photos, asking about memorabilia items and looking at uniforms from earlier eras!

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Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

What an overwhelming response to our Biggest Morning Tea!

Over 640 cupcakes were baked by the Year 4 cohort!!!

We raised over $730 for cancer research. The children did an amazing job baking, counting money and delivering cupcakes on the day.

Here’s a message from Mrs. Reu who was able to join us for the morning…

'I had the great pleasure of being invited to the Year 4s’ Biggest Morning Tea last Friday in support of the Cancer Council. I enjoyed such a wonderful time meeting the Year 4s, and reconnecting with the lovely Year 5s and 6s and staff. When Mrs Read told me the Year 4s had been working to make and provide cupcakes for all St John’s [staff and students], I couldn’t believe it! That’s a lot of cupcakes! They clearly enjoyed their learning experience and were so generous, hardworking and skilled in using their amazing numeracy, literacy, cooperation and communication skills as they achieved their goal. Thank you so much to Mrs Read, Mrs Ruggiero, the Year 4s, their parents and all the students and school community for generously working and donating to make this such a heart-warming success…'

Once again, a big thank you for your donations of time, money and yummy cupcakes too!

The Year 4 Team

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