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Extraordinary Times…

Matthew 25:35-40 (NIV) - 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

I have heard the expression that these are extraordinary times, and I certainly agree that the last few days during this COVID-19 pandemic have been anything but ordinary. I have been very fortunate during this time to witness living examples of how our College community has responded to this extraordinary time in our history.

It was so lovely to see the calm and deeply pastoral manner in which the staff and students came together in Home Classes before the final bell to touch base, gather belongings and say farewells as we all prepared for the lockdown. For me this spoke of the strength of the relationships which are at the core of our community. College staff have also done extraordinary work as they planned for and led online learning while also caring for students via video conferencing, phone calls and email messages.

The passage above from Matthew’s Gospel is a favourite of mine, as it talks specifically about living our faith. It talks about our actions speaking louder than our words. The way that our College staff have responded to this pandemic is such a great example of how we live out our faith. In fact, it demonstrates so well the Lutheran Church of Australia’s mission statement: “Where Love Comes to Life”. I am so thankful for the amazing work that our College staff have done and continue to do to be ‘extraordinary’ as they support and care for our students.

Paul Weinert
Principal - Concordia Campus

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University of Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge Day

On the Friday of Week 7 in Term 2, 18 students from the Year 10 STEM class participated in a day of science and engineering challenges, competing against seven other Adelaide schools. Students were challenged to think critically, problem solve and create innovative solutions to real-world problems. These tasks ranged from cost-effective energy production and supply, logistical pathway design, applying basic robotic principles to maneuver objects, designing and creating a hovercraft to be controlled over an obstacle course and designing a high-performance hydrogen generator turbine, amongst others.

All of our students were extremely engaged in the challenges, applying themselves to each task and developing outstanding solutions. So great were their achievements that collectively, their results placed them second overall for the day, only missing out on first place by half a point!

I was very proud of the way that the STEM students conducted themselves, displaying good sportsmanship while competing and representing the College at a high level.

Rhys Dezsery
Design, Technology & Engineering and STEM Teacher

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Year 7/8 and Year 9 Choir Performances

After singing beautifully as part of the St John’s Lutheran Church service on Sunday, 20 June, the Year 7/8 Choir combined with the Year 9 Choir to further serve our community by presenting a delightful program at the Metropolitan Women’s Fellowship Day held in the St John’s Lutheran Church on Wednesday 23 June. Led by the highly talented Lee Pfitzner as their conductor, both choirs performed wonderful programs and are to be congratulated for their professionalism at both events.

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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Year 11s Learning Skills to Save Lives

Following their mid-year exams, a record 72 Year 11 students took part in a full-day St John Ambulance first aid course. The students enjoyed the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning and gain valuable life skills. The Year 11s focused on workplace safety during Pastoral Care in Semester 1, and the first aid course provided a timely extension of this knowledge in preparation for their work experience in Week 9.

Judy Harris
Year 11 Pastoral Leader

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Australian National Titration Competition

In the last week of Term 2, two teams of three Year 12 Chemistry students took part in the Australian National Titration Competition. They spent about 2 ½ hours after school individually carrying out experimental procedures but working in a team setting. The challenge for these six students was to find the mass of samples of crystalline oxalic acid to 1000th of a gram. This task was done using the technique of chemical titration, a procedure frequently used in Chemical laboratories to find the concentration of a various solutions. To progress to the state finals, each team of three students had to achieve less than a 2% combined team error. Both teams were successful in this endeavor and will move to the next round. The star performer was Jasmine (12LMAC) who achieved an unbelievable accuracy with a 0.01% error.

The State Final will be held on Saturday morning 7 August at the laboratories of the University of South Australia at the city campus, given that COVID-19 restrictions do not prevent this. The two teams will compete against around 20 other teams from South Australia carrying out similar chemical procedures with additional complications. We wish them all the best.  

James Gerhardy
Chemistry Teacher

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Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra Visit

In Week 9 of Term 2, the outstanding ensemble Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra (ECWO) visited Concordia to perform to our Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and selected classes.

The excellent standard of this university ensemble provided inspiration to our own young musicians who were clearly engaged in the brilliant music being played for them.

After the performance, ECWO’s sensational conductor (Luke Dolman) was kind enough to lead a combined Concert Band and Wind Ensemble rehearsal. This was a privilege for our students to be part of as Luke is one of Australia’s leading directors.

Our gratitude is extended to Luke and ECWO for both entertaining us as well as providing a wonderful educational opportunity.

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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Year 11 Design, Technology and Engineering

During Semester 1, our Year 11 Design, Technology and Engineering students were given the challenge to design and manufacture a piece of ‘framed furniture’. They quickly engaged with the task and learnt the necessary skills to make this possible. A standout feature of this year’s projects was the diversity of designs and the finished products were arguably the some of the most challenging and highest quality ever produced. All students can be extremely pleased of their outstanding achievements and will be able to proudly admire their work for many years to come. 

Shane Beitz and Rhys Dezsery
Design, Technology and Engineering Teachers

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Fullarton Park Community Centre Parenting Sessions

Fullarton Park Community Centre is presenting two parenting sessions with well-known teacher, counsellor and author Mark Le Messurier in August. Both will be free of charge. Session titles and topics are listed below, along with dates and times of each event.

  • Parent discussion group session on 'Brilliant little ideas to grow perseverance in kids' - Wednesday 25 August, 10am-12pm | Download a flyer
  • Seminar on 'Nurturing emotional intelligence and resilience' - Monday 30 August, 7-8.30pm |  Download a flyer

Please note bookings are essential due to COVID-19 restrictions. Numbers will be limited. Please advise if you are unable to attend as there may be a waitlist. QR codes apply. To book, phone 8372 5180 or email pdale@unley.sa.gov.au

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Parent ManageBac Update

ManageBac screenshot showing Dashboard linkFirstly, thank you to everyone for supporting students and teachers during the lockdown. Parent support has been invaluable. 

Parent and student access to online tasks is through the College ManageBac portal. Late last week, Faria ManageBac updated the ManageBac parent view. The change is that what had been the Academics tab for viewing student progress and due tasks has been merged into a Dashboard tab. So, when you log in as a parent, to see what work is due for your child please use the Dashboard view.

Tony Shillitoe
Director of Digital Resources

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Inclusive Learning Update

Cheryl Jercic, the Inclusive Learning Coordinator, is on Long Service leave for Semester 2, 2021. We wish Cheryl God’s blessings and a restful break while on a well-deserved leave.

While Cheryl is on leave, current Inclusive Learning staff continue to be available to respond to your enquiries. If you have a concern or would like to contact someone in the Department, please contact Stacey Grieve who will ensure your communication is followed up by the relevant person. Stacey, like the rest of the team, is often in classes supporting students, so she may not be able to immediately respond or forward your enquiry to the relevant person.

Stacey’s contact address is: sgrieve@concordia.sa.edu.au

Vera White
Director of Staff

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Rostrum Voice of Youth State Final

Voice of Youth Lily2Lily (Year 9) competed in the SA / NT Rostrum Voice of Youth Zone Final in the House of Assembly, Parliament House on Saturday 26 June. She competed against a collection of magnificent Junior speakers from Saint Ignatius College, Pultney Grammar School and Wilderness School. Lily delivered a prepared speech on the topic ‘The Human Spirit’ as well as a short notice speech. We congratulate Lily on being awarded first place in the state. Rachel Sanderson, Member for Adelaide, presented Lily with a trophy. In light of recent restrictions, the National Final which was due to be held in July will take a different form. Recordings of Lily’s speeches, along with the other students who reached the National Final, will be reviewed by a selection of adjudicators from a range of states. The outcome of this process will be communicated at the end of this month. We thank the wonderful members of the Rostrum for this amazing and truly memorable learning opportunity. Lily, we are proud of your hard work.

Emma Rieger
Enrichment and Extended Learning

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Instrumental Tuition via Teams

We again thank all those involved in continuing to provide more than 250 Concordia Campus students with quality online instrumental lessons during lockdown. Whilst we understand that learning an instrument via Teams comes with challenges, we are also very much aware of the benefits that extend from continuity of lessons. Naturally, we hope to have our instrumental tutors back on campus ASAP, but in the meantime I want to acknowledge their efforts during this time, as well as the engagement displayed by our students as they embrace this mode of lesson delivery.

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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Student Achievements

Congratulations to Raghav (Year 9) who was awarded an A+ for his Grade 3 AMEB Trumpet exam, and to Ethan (Year 7) who was awarded an A+ for his Grade 4 AMEB Trumpet exam. 

Congratulations to Fletcher (7LTHO) who recently took part in the Surf Life Saving Pool Rescue State Championships and won six medals - an amazing effort!

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