Recently our Year 7 and 8 Forum representatives attended a Generations of Change event on the topic of racism in which they worked with students from other schools to discuss appropriate responses to the issue and things they can do as students to cultivate a culture of acceptance and respect. Here are some of their reflections:
On Friday 22 September, the Year 7 and 8 Forum representatives were fortunate enough to attend a Generations in Change event about responding appropriately to racism. Held at Ascot Park Bowling Club, the day was divided into three sessions about identifying racism in our everyday lives, responding to it and making plans for action within our own schools. Highlights of the day included getting the chance to meet students from other schools to hear about their experiences and an interactive drama performance which allowed us to 'jump in' and participate through creating alternative endings. Overall, the day was not only highly enjoyable, but also gave us a new insight about racism in our world today. A quote that stuck with me from the day was, 'Do you want to be part of the problem, or [do you] wish to be apart of the solution?'
... The session about responding appropriately to racism had us trying to combat the cause of the racism while supporting those affected, through a drama game. We were not only challenged to stop the racism in the situation, but to change the 'bully character' for the better and help the bully understand that the way he/she talks to others is wrong. ... The performance component really drove home the message that we're all the same and yet so unique in our own ways, and that this uniqueness should be celebrated not squandered. In the end, we left with not only a new drive to help and support those affected by racism, but to really think about how it has affected us.
On Wednesday 20 September, the Year 8 students from Home Classes 8VNT and 8RCR worked together to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Salvation Army Unley. It was a warm day enjoyed by all that included activities such as a colour run, human battleships and the opportunity to throw a water balloon at a teacher. There were also food and drink stalls that provided a great atmosphere for the event. The water balloon game was a big hit, with many students lining up to have a shot. A massive thank you goes out to the teachers who participated in the water balloon challenge; Mr Spargo, Mr Nicola, Mr Carpenter and Mr Lord and to Mr McCusker for helping out on the day. Overall the day was a great success.
On Wednesday 27 September, Thomas 8MRI and Lachlan 8VNT presented Tamara Aitchison from the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation with a cheque for $350 which was raised by the Year 8s as part of their ‘Service as Action’ combined activities fundraiser.
Year 8 Teacher
Following the success of last year's inaugural Music Theatre Intensive, the Music Department is offering an opportunity for Concordia students currently in Years 7 to 10 to participate in a course to develop their music theatre abilities.
The Music Theatre Intensive will be held on Tuesday evenings for 8 sessions, beginning in Week 1 of Term 4 (Tuesday 17 October).
Spaces are strictly limited and applications close on Thursday 5 October. Auditions/interviews for applicants will be held on Wednesday 11 October.