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Much for which to be Thankful

In the recent holidays I went on an outback camping and 4WD trip with my two brothers and our sons. Our trip began early in the holidays with my son flying down from Darwin, followed the next day by my older brother and his son arriving from Melbourne.

In the weeks leading up to our departure, my younger brother and I had been busy preparing for the trip: servicing vehicles; making last minute vehicle modifications; visiting different 4WD and camping shops to purchase the latest gadgets; stocking up with food and refreshments, and, of course, dusting off the swags.

Our vehicles were packed and ready to go when our interstate travellers arrived, and we all departed Adelaide early the next morning. Our destination for the first day was Ceduna, located on the Eyre Peninsula, a full day’s drive away. From there we drove north into sand dune and desert country. Our expedition took us along a 4WD route known as Googs Track (including 350 sand dunes), where we spent several days exploring the region.

Being in such a remote area and away from the busyness of the city was wonderful. Having time and space to truly slow down and simply enjoy each other’s company was lovely.

Evenings were a particular highlight as we enjoyed the warmth and comfort of campfires, marvelled at the spectacular night skies, and enjoyed the delicious camp cooking free from the incessant interruptions of technology and mobile phones.

All in all, a great time away from work spending time with family. On our way home, we all agreed that it was a real blessing to have this special time away together, something for which we were extremely thankful.

So, what are you thankful for in your life? In our busyness it is easy to miss out on slowing down to ‘smell the roses’ and consider all that is ‘good’ in our lives.

I hope that you enjoyed the recent break from school routines and that you found time to rest and be refreshed, and perhaps to spend some quality time with your ‘loved ones’.

As we step into this next term I hope and pray that you find time, along the way, to pause and consider the many blessings that we enjoy and to express your thanks for these.

Always give thanks to God for everything… Ephesians 5:20

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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Year 4s Out and About

Recently the Year 4 classes ventured out into the winter chill to explore a variety of city buildings. We were fortunate enough to have a tour of Government House and step back into history. We then investigated a variety of War Memorials before making our way to look at the State Library, both old and new. The students had a taste of walking in a historic setting as they discovered the Mortlock Wing of the library, with many saying it was like being in ‘Hogwarts’.

Finally, we went and saw the innovative Adelaide Convention Centre and the way that this building caters for the diverse needs of its clientele, including whole rooms that can rotate in thirty seconds and halls big enough to fit in several tanks. The students enjoyed a day of learning outside of the classroom as part of their ‘How the World Works’ Unit of Inquiry.

Where We Are in Place and Time

With the help of our intrepid Year 4 students, we set off to explore our local park. This was part of an introduction towards our new Unit of Inquiry about “Where We Are in Place and Time”.

Within this unit we are looking at the exploration of Australia and how exploration leads to discoveries, opportunities and new understandings. We are looking forward to our adventurers creating new maps of the park to share with us.

Anita Ruggiero
Year 4 Teacher

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Year 1 to 3 Grandparent and Special Friends' Morning

On Friday, 16 August 2019, Concordia College will hold a morning for Grandparents and Special Friends of Year 1 to Year 3 students. Children in these year levels are encouraged to invite their grandparents or a significant person in their lives to attend this event.

The morning will commence at 9.30am in the St John's Campus Hall and guests will have the opportunity to attend Chapel, hear a variety of musical items, visit classrooms and enjoy morning tea.

An invitation and a copy of the program has been distributed to parents via email. Please encourage guests to book online using the link provided in the email by Monday 12 August.

We would love to hear from any parent volunteers who might be able to assist on the morning between 9.30am and 11.30am. If you are able to help, please email Angela Warrick.

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St John's Campus Fiesta Parent Event

Preparations are well underway and we are really excited about what is sure to be a fantastic Fiesta on Saturday 24 August, including pre-dinner platters, a Paella Bar, delicious hot churroslive entertainment by dance band Silverhair, and a Latin dance floor show. Meet other parents from your child’s year level at the year level stations.

Drinks including Sangria and Tomich Wines can be purchased at the bar (no BYO).

The event will be held in the School Hall and tickets are $40 per person (dinner and entertainment included).

The annual parent event is always a highlight of the St John's Campus community calendar, so please click to purchase your ticket today!

If you're keen to get into the spirit of the occasion, feel free to dress up in your finest fiesta fashions!

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