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From the Personal Development Learning Leader

Profile photo of Nathan ShrowderWe may not necessarily realise it, but we are all constantly receiving feedback from different sources around us. Perhaps we receive parenting advice from our best friend on how to deal with a specific situation, or your children may thank you for sitting down and helping them with their homework. It could also be the beeping of the car horn from the person you accidentally cut off as you changed lanes, and the scowling look they give you as you sheepishly look in your mirrors. Feedback can come in many shapes and forms and can impact us all differently.

In a school setting, research tells us that providing effective feedback can be one of the most important elements of our teaching and learning and is known to help improve a students’ learning by up to eight months (AITSL). Here at Concordia College, we recognise this importance and have focused throughout Term 3 on discussing and experimenting with different forms of feedback in our classrooms. It was a privilege as a Learning Leader to be able to support the staff through this process.

There are several elements within the classroom setting that can impact the effectiveness of feedback; however, parents can also play an important role in supporting this process at home. How a student receives feedback and what they do with this feedback is crucial in ultimately determining how much it will help move the student’s learning forward. Here at school, we will continue to educate the students on how they can best utilise this feedback; however, it would be great if similar conversations can be happening in the home. When a student receives their assessment task, too often they will look at the grade and not actually acknowledge or read the feedback provided. What we would love to see happening in the home is that you and your child openly reflect on this feedback and discuss the improvements that could be made moving forward. This ‘feedback loop’ cannot be closed until the student has acknowledged the feedback and put some strategies in place for future learning.

We will continue to develop and refine our feedback in the classroom, but by working together with parents, we can all support the growth and development of our students.

Nathan Shrowder
Personal Development Learning Leader

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MYP Personal Project Exhibition

This year's MYP Personal Project Exhibition was held in Yangadlitya to allow students continued access, across an entire school week, to the amazing products that our Year 10s have produced this year. Every year it is said, but it is true, that we are absolutely blown away by the creativity, commitment and exceptional work that our students put into their products. From a ukulele to works of arts, cake making to soap making, tables and computers... the personal nature of each student's work is at the forefront. I commend all our students for their wonderful work and it was great to be able to welcome back parents and guardians to see this exhibition.

Emily Johnson
Middle Years Learning Leader / MYP Coordinator

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Concordia in Concert

Having not been able to perform to an audience for over 18 months, this year, for the first time, Concordia’s major Music showcase took place at the Hopgood Theatre and was an afternoon show starting at 2pm.

Performing to a restricted audience of 75% capacity, we “took the show on the road” and the outcomes were spectacular. The concert showcased the talents of over 180 students performing in 28 featured ensembles.

Not only were audience members treated to the results of the students' and ensemble directors' hard work, they experienced an accompanying light show to match thanks to Ethan Hurn (Class of 2020).

My sincere thanks to the Music staff (what a team!), Simon Kuchel (sound and videographer), all staff and parent volunteers, Undecided Pear (video company) and to all who were involved in any way. This was a concert to remember!

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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Forensic Biology workshop at Flinders University

All three Year 11 Biology classes had the opportunity to visit the Flinders University Science laboratories in Week 9 to participate in a Forensic Biology workshop. The Year 11 Biology students engaged in practical applications of the Biotechnology topic they are studying this term. In the University laboratories, the students used micropipettes to load samples into agarose gels and then ran the gels to separate samples to determine the origin of unknown samples. DNA profiling techniques were used to analyse crime scene evidence to determine relationships between trace DNA at a crime scene and potential suspects.

Jennie Finch and Tara Palm
Year 11 Biology teachers

Student feedback:

“The Experience to the Flinders University Biology Campus was highly enjoyable and informative. We were able to partake in various activities such as Electrophoresis, learning how to separate DNA. Additionally, we were able to learn how to determine whose DNA is who, using criminal scenarios to show real life application.” - Sterling and Nik

“It was very interesting to see how the science of DNA can be applied to real-life contexts through biotechnology and forensic science. The practical aspect gave us further insight into the type of activities and content within Science degrees at Flinders University. It was fun to participate and apply the concepts we have been learning in class.” - Emily and Eloise 

“It was a really good opportunity be inside a working lab at Flinders University and use the professional equipment for an experiment we wouldn’t be able to do at school. It gave us further insight into the topic of biotechnology that we are currently undertaking and what pathways it could lead us to in the future.” - Zoe and Annabel

“Today we went to Flinders University and explored the realm of Biotechnology. We highly enjoyed learning more about forensic science and DNA. Being able to go a university lab was an amazing experience and we had a great time!” - Breanna and Ruby

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Come and Try Sailing

Sailing season is starting again in Term 4!

Trainings are on Tuesdays after school with a bus taking the team from school to Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club – parents to collect from the club at around 6pm.

If you are interested in sailing, we are offering:

  • Two free Come & Try Sessions | Tuesday 12 October and Tuesday 18 October

Limited spaces are available. To reserve your spot or for more information, email sailing@concordia.sa.edu.au.

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Planning a move? Please let us know!

Considering a move to another school is a significant decision. We value your family being part of our community. As a College, we will always seek to work with you for positive connection. If you are uncertain about continuing at Concordia next year, in the first instance, we invite you to reach out and arrange a time to discuss your situation with either of our Principals – Michael Paech (Primary Campus) and Paul Weinert (Middle/Senior Campus) - or our Director of Community Relations, Jodie Escott. We hope that through this conversation, we gain a clearer appreciation of your family’s specific needs and considerations.

If you do make a decision to leave Concordia, please be aware that in line with the Enrolment Policy – if your child is leaving the College at the end of 2021, we require one full term’s notice to avoid penalties. We understand that this may not always be possible, but sincerely appreciate your assistance with future planning. Withdrawal notification for 2021 should be received no later than close of business Friday 24 September 2021 and should be sent to the Principal of the relevant campus:

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Chemical Titration Competition – National Finals

With the cancellation of the State Finals of the Chemical Titration Competition, the two teams, each containing three Year 12 Chemistry students, from Concordia College qualified for the National Finals. They were amongst the twenty teams from all over the State which would compete in this challenge. The Final was held in the University of South Australia Chemistry Laboratories at the City campus on Frome Road. Unfortunately, one team was unable to participate due to prior commitments.

The team of Tom, Kern and Tait arrived at the university at 8.20am to compete in the demanding challenge. It was a great experience to prepare and set up in a university laboratory along with about 18 other teams. The aim of the competition was to find the unknown mass of a compound in a vial to the closest milligram by the experimental process of chemical titration. The task was further complicated with an added impurity to the final sample. Standard solutions were prepared, and 3 hours of experimental work followed. With calculations to be done, students were awarded a gold or silver pin depending on their individual accuracy.

Although, not amongst the top teams, the Concordia team performed very well with Tom being awarded a gold pin for an overall error of only 0.16%. Kern and Tait gained silver awards. Congratulations to the team for their enthusiasm, positive efforts and improved chemical skills.

James Gerhardy
Chemistry Teacher

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Year 8 Challenge Day

On Wednesday 22 September, the Year 8s competed in their Challenge Day for the ‘Year 8 Home Class Challenge’ shield.

The day started with each Home Class sharing their class chant and parading their costumes of their chosen theme. Themes included Thomas the Tank Engine (8NMCG), Bunnings (8RHOG), FBI (8SCOO), Tradies (8KSPA), Sports (8DLAN) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (8MNAG).

The year level then walked to Waite Oval, where they competed in a fun run through the arboretum and around the rugby oval. A special mention to Lucas (8DLAN) who came first in the fun run with an impressive 7m 37s time.

The overall winner of the Year 8 Home Class Challenge shield was 8MNAG with their engaging chant, which mentioned all of the students in their class, and the theme of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

All students demonstrated fantastic teamwork throughout the day. Well done to all involved!

Rachel Hogan
Year 8 Pastoral Leader

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ABODA Festival

During Weeks 7 and 8 of this term, ten of our ensembles performed for live recordings which were entered into this year’s Australian Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (ABODA) competition.

It was an enormous undertaking and the results have just been announced, as seen below:

  • St John’s Concert Band – Overall Winner
  • String Ensemble – Overall Winner
  • Orchestra – Overall Winner
  • Percussion Ensemble – Overall Winner
  • Wind Ensemble – Silver
  • Big Band 3 – Silver
  • Big Band 2 – Silver
  • Big Band 1 – Silver
  • Chamber Strings – Silver
  • Concert Band – Bronze

These results are fantastic and to have four section winners is remarkable. We commend all students involved for their efforts in this year's ABODA Festival. Well done!

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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Year 8 Science Demonstrations

The Year 8 students enjoyed a Science show performed by the Year 8 Science teachers on the ‘Particle Theory of Matter’ which students have learned about this term.

They watched demonstrations with dry ice (solid carbon dioxide), including ‘Dry Ice Geysers’, ‘Self inflating balloons’, ‘Pop rockets’ and ‘Dry Ice Canons’ which demonstrated the sublimation of dry ice from solid to gas. They also watched the reaction of dry ice with water which resulted in a multi-colour change of universal indicator.

Liquid nitrogen experiments involved the shrinking and resurrection of a balloon dog, smashed cricket balls and a hammer made using a banana which demonstrated the very cold temperature of liquid Nitrogen (-196oC).

The final demonstration was a fog machine made from liquid nitrogen and water.

Students will continue their studies in Chemistry next term looking more closely at chemical changes in matter.

David Lane, Mukesh Nagpal and Nicolle McGroarty
Year 8 Science Teachers

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Year 11 Reflections Day

On Wednesday 15 September, the Year 11 cohort enjoyed a day in the outdoors, hiking the Heysen Trail – Mount Lofty Circuit. The weather was glorious and the scenery was spectacular.

Divided into eight groups, the students completed the 7.5km hike and undertook a range of reflection activities and fun team challenges along the way. The day was an opportunity for the Student Leader nominees to lead their peers, as well as providing all students with the chance to reflect on their upcoming Year 12 journey. Just like Year 12, the hike had challenges, but also many highlights. The students and staff worked together to support each other, there was the opportunity to affirm each student’s contribution to the group, and at the end of the day everyone felt a great sense of achievement. Isaiah (11BTOO) summed up the feelings of many students, stating: "Reflections Day at Mount Lofty was a challenging experience, albeit a rewarding one."

Many students commented on how the day outdoors, away from devices and the classroom environment, had provided them with the opportunity to recharge and reconnect. They were able to return to their studies refreshed and with a new perspective. The day also provided opportunities to strengthen friendships and form new connections within the cohort.

Staff were impressed by the positive and resilient attitude displayed by the students, and we look forward to seeing them apply this to their Year 12 experiences next year.

Judy Harris
Year 11 Pastoral Leader

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POEM FOREST Nature Writing Prize

POEM FOREST is a nature writing prize for R-12 students, that literally breathes life back into the natural world that sustains us. In partnership with The Australian Botanic Garden and created by Red Room Poetry, POEM FOREST deepens our connection with nature by inviting students and communities to use their words to make positive climate action. For every nature poem received, a tree is planted to help heal habitats and create a POEM FOREST for future generations. Poems can be no more than twenty lines in length.

Four Concordia College students submitted an entry in this competition. Their inspiring poems have been published on the Red Room Poetry website.

This competition runs each year. We would encourage students from all year levels to consider submitting an entry in 2022. Please chat with Mrs Rieger if you would like to know more.

Emma Rieger
Enrichment and Extended Learning

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State Quarter-finals in Debating

After a successful season throughout Terms 2 and 3, the Intermediate A Debating squad of Tahlia 10VNAR, Alicia 10ELCU, Lily 9CRID, Ella 9CRID, Marcus 10TMOR and Juliana 10ELCU made it through to the state quarter-finals, where they faced a strong team from Wilderness. The topic of the debate was ‘that we have failed the rights of native title holders’, so the team had to go off and get their heads around topics such as Mabo, the Native Title Act and the policy of extinguishment. We perhaps had the tougher side of the debate to argue, but the speakers on the night – Tahlia, Alicia and Lily – put together a strong case and at least convinced one of the three adjudicators that they had won the argument! Unfortunately, the other two members on the panel disagreed, so the debate went to Wilderness, 2-1. Congratulations to the team for a successful year.

Chris Finch
Head of English and Debating Coordinator

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