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From the St John's Campus Principal

Michael Paech SJC PrincipalWelcome back to the beginning of Term 3. I trust that you and your family enjoyed the three week holiday break and that you are now looking forward to an exciting and engaging term ahead. 

Exciting Nature Play Project

Over the coming months, work will commence on an exciting new project to redevelop the section of ‘unused’ land along the front of the school (behind the Highgate Street boundary fence). This project has been funded by a generous donation from the St John’s Campus P&F and will provide a new nature play area for our students to enjoy. View the plans for the new area.

This project follows on from the redevelopment of our ELC garden area and begins the process of developing a number of other areas across our St John’s Campus site.

A team of teachers have been busy planning for these future developments and a summary of our journey is provided below.

"We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way." - John Holt

Research suggests that there are many benefits from outdoor play:

  1. Natural outdoor learning environments enable children of all abilities to interact and learn during class time and during play breaks. 
  2. Schools currently need to respond to the growing national emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and outdoor learning is a positive way for students to learn about STEM in authentic engaging ways. 
  3. All children benefit from an outdoor environment that provides opportunities for collaborative play and exploration, withdrawal spaces and resources for developing skills.
  4. Nature is ever-changing and provides limitless opportunities for interaction and learning. 
  5. Natural play contributes to the overall physical, cognitive, and emotional development of children.

With these key points in mind, we engaged a company called “climbing trees” owned by Simon Hutchinson.

Simon works closely with Nature Play SA and recently designed and built the Mukanthi nature play space at Morialta. Last week, this play space was awarded one of the South Australian landscape awards for 2018. 

Simon was previously a teacher and left teaching to help schools bring back this lost element of nature play into their school environments. His company is committed to sustainability, creativity and most importantly to fostering growth and education.

A Special Welcome...

Rachel Muldoon 0017 v2Welcome to our new Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordinator Ms Rachel Muldoon who joins our staff team this term. Rachel’s role centres around the leadership of our Teaching and Learning Program here at the St John’s Campus. In this important role Rachel will devote significant time to supporting teaching and learning programs both in classrooms and across the campus. She will also be involved at a wider College level in cross-campus initiatives and in ensuring the delivery of our College Vision for Learning into the future.

Rachel comes to us from Hong Kong where she worked over the past few years in two International IB World Schools. Prior to this she served in a number of Lutheran schools in Australia. Rachel is originally from Adelaide and is pleased to be home.

We warmly welcome Rachel into our community and we look forward to getting to know her over the coming months and serving alongside her.

This term we also welcome three teachers back from Long Service Leave (LSL): Mrs Wells (Art), Mrs Briggs (Learning Support) and Mrs Haynes (Learning Support). 

We also welcome two other teachers who will be working on contracts with our students this term:

  • Ms Lucy Burfield teaching in ELC this term while Mrs Marker is on LSL
  • Mrs Julie Kumerrow teaching in Year 2R until Week 7 this term while Mrs Ruggiero is on leave.

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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Author Visit

In the last week of Term 2 we had Tristan Bancks visit our school for a morning. Tristan has written many books including the popular Tom Weekly series.

He spent time telling the students about his life, how he became an author, where he gets his ideas for stories and how he goes about the writing process. All students were very engaged throughout the presentation.

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Service Learning in the ELC

There has been an emphasis on learning about service to others in the ELC. We read Bible stories about how Jesus helped others and used the children’s ideas about how we can be helpers.

We visited the residents of Highgate Park (Disability SA) and took them some produce from our ELC vegetable garden. We also gave them a gift of a book of our paintings and drawings and our smiles! Our visit was much appreciated.

Kate Wood
ELC Director   

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Grandparents and Special Friends

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.

Volunteer Request

We would love to hear from any Year 4 to 6 parents who would be available between 9am and 12pm, to assist with morning tea. If you are able to help, please email Angela Warrick to register your availability.

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Receptions visit Concordia Campus

The Reception classes had fun visiting the Concordia Campus this week. The Year 9s read picture books to the Receptions and then they enjoyed playing a word game together.

Nicolette McClure and Sharon Cosh
Reception Teachers

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St John's Campus P&F Quiz Night & Disco

We are really looking forward to a fantastic night at the St John's Campus P&F Quiz Night & Disco, to be held on Saturday 25 August from 7pm in the Concordia Campus gym. If you haven't yet purchased your tickets, please book online.

Proceeds from the quiz night will be used to support and encourage enriched outdoor experiences at St John’s Campus. If you are interested in donating goods/services for the silent auction, please register your donation via the online form.

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Receptions Rock Phonics!

At the end of last term, the Receptions celebrated learning the 42 most common sounds in the English language by dressing up as their favourite phonic character. From P for Power Ranger and R for Rainbow to S for Spiderweb we had a wonderful day of phonics fun.

Nicolette McClure and Sharon Cosh
Reception Teachers

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Book Week 2018

The theme for Book Week this year is ‘Find your treasure’. Book Week will be celebrated in Week 5.

At the St John’s Campus we have two authors visiting – Marianne Musgrove on Monday, 20 and Tuesday, 21 August (for Years 3 – 6) and Katrina Germein on Friday, 24 August (for ELC – Year 2).

A Book Fair will be held in the Resource Centre on Wednesday, 22 August, straight after school and on Thursday, 23 August, before and after school.

Throughout the week Buddy classes will participate in a book treasure hunt around the school and in the Resource Centre.

On Friday, 24 August, students are invited to come dressed as a book character (it may even be a character from a book that they treasure).

The Book Week competition this year is to create and decorate a treasure box (no bigger than a shoe box size). Entries are due by Friday, 17 August (the end of Week 4). There will be two prizes awarded for Junior Primary and two for Upper Primary students in the form of a $15 voucher to spend at the Book Fair.

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Entertainment Book

The St John’s Campus P&F are raising funds and you can help! For only $70 pick up a NEW 2018/2019 Entertainment Book from the School Office or order the Entertainment Digital Membership and you will receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and you will also be supporting our fundraising.

To purchase your membership, complete an online order.

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Uniform Reminders

Staff have been speaking with their classes about why we wear a school uniform and the importance of wearing it correctly. A system has been implemented that means families will receive an email if their child is not in the correct uniform. We do ask that parents ensure that if for some reason your child is not able to be in the correct uniform, that you inform the class teacher either by email or a note in the student’s diary. Having students wear the correct uniform can be a challenge but by working in partnership, families and school support each other. We thank you for your assistance with this.

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