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From the St John's Campus Principal

So good to be home!

Welcome back to school and the beginning of Term 3. I hope that you managed to find some time for rest and refreshment during the three-week school break.

It certainly has been a strange start to our term, and it is good to now be back ‘on-site’ at school. Your support and encouragement during these past days has been greatly appreciated. I want to also acknowledge and thank all of our staff for their amazing efforts in implementing our move into “Connected Learning’ last week. If you have any constructive feedback relating to Connected Learning please email this to rmuldoon@concordia.sa.edu.au

Late last week my wife, Jacquie, and I returned from a few weeks of Long Service Leave holidaying in the Northern Territory and visiting family. It was wonderful to be able to catch up with loved ones, including a new 7-week-old grandson! Face-to-face time with family, particularly when they live in another state, is always very special and we certainly appreciated the opportunity to reconnect.

Another benefit of being in the Territory was the lovely warm weather that we enjoyed, with most of our days spent in shorts and a tee shirt. This was highlighted when we checked in on the SA BOM site a few times and noted the bitterly cold temperatures Adelaide was experiencing.

All of this being said, we were both very pleased to return to SA last week, even knowing that our state would be in lockdown.

Being away from home during these unsettling COVID-19 times was challenging and we both experienced a great sense of relief as we finally stepped into our house after arriving back in Adelaide. The security and comfort afforded by being in your own home is hard to explain, but it certainly was something very real for both of us.

This recent experience got me thinking about the concept of security and the importance that it holds in my life. During challenging and unsettling times, I often find myself seeking for something to ‘hold onto’, something that will provide me with a sense of security. The world that we live in sometimes suggests possible sources for this security … ‘winning the lotto’ (financial wealth), status and fame, a flash new car, success in business or in other pursuits, popularity… and the list can go on. While all of these things, in and of themselves, are not bad things, my experience is that they have not been able to provide me with that real foundation of security and peace that I often long for.

As a Christian I am often reminded of the deep sense of security and peace that is available to me through Jesus and through all he has done for me. His love for me, his acceptance of me (despite my many flaws), his forgiveness of me and his promise to always be with me all combine to provide a strong foundation and real security for living in a turbulent and sometimes harsh world.

As we step into a new term, one that that will undoubtedly present its share of challenges, my prayer for our community is that Jesus will continue to walk with us. I pray that his grace, comfort, protection, forgiveness, strength and security would be with us all.

I wish you and your family blessings for the term ahead and look forward to catching up with you soon.

I love you, Lord God, and you make me strong.
You are my mighty rock, my fortress, my protector,
the rock where I am safe, my shield, my powerful weapon, 
and my place of shelter. - Psalm 18:1-2

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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Luminary Lunch

On Wednesday 23 June, a group of 20 Year 5 students attended a Luminary Lunch at St Peter’s College. This was an inaugural event where students sat with local authors and illustrators over lunch. Jack Heath, an author from Sydney, was the keynote speaker.

On arrival the tables were decorated, the students and authors walked the pink carpet, and they had a group photo taken with the author that they were sitting with.

A hot delicious lunch was enjoyed by all.

Students chatted with the author, asked questions and had an opportunity to get books signed as well.

Students also received a goody bag to take home.

A wonderful excursion!

Nolene Gehling
Resource Manager for Learning and Teaching

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OSHC July Vacation Care

Vacation Care this July was an exciting, adventurous and fun-filled three weeks!

We were fortunate to be able to head out as normal and visit some of our favourite places such as Latitude, AFL Max, Mitcham Cinemas, Monarto Zoo, Thebarton Ice Skating and more!

We did all sorts of activities back at OSHC such as candle making, tie dye t-shirts, building race car tracks, cooking, arts and craft, and we even celebrated ‘Christmas in July’. We were lucky to get some days outside in the sunshine and spent some of our rainy days in the Senior School Gym doing gymnastics, cricket, basketball, dodgeball and more!

This school holidays, we also hired some VR headsets, Rev it Up Racing, Daytona Cars, Pinball and a Jukebox Karaoke machine which all proved to be a lot of fun and entertainment for all!

It was so nice to see our OHSC community grow and welcome new friends to join in on the School Holiday fun as well as welcoming back our friends from other schools. 

We can’t wait to see what October Vacation Care will bring!

The OSHC Team

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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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Student Achievement

IMG 1077Congratulations to Emily (Year 6) whose SA Refugee Week poster was selected to be included in this year’s exhibition out of a large number of students across SA. The poster will be on display at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, University of South Australia. Well done, Emily!

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