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An Exciting Announcement for OSHC

I am delighted to announce that our Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) service has become the first South Australian service of its kind to receive a rating of Excellent, the highest rating achievable under the National Quality Framework, from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Our OSHC, located at St John’s Campus and directed by Mr Adam Moller, provides a fantastic service which is crucial in helping many members of our community manage before and after school times of the day. Concordia College’s OSHC is now one of just four out of school hours care services in Australia to hold an Excellent rating, and this is certainly something of which we can be proud.

I acknowledge and congratulate our amazing OSHC team who have worked tirelessly to create an important service which parents trust and students love. Our desire to put the needs of students and families first by creating a safe, welcoming environment and an engaging educational program is central to the way our OSHC operates. The accolade is a wonderful achievement and yet the prospect of receiving recognition like this is certainly not our primary motivation, rather it is a reminder of the outstanding work the OSHC team has done for many years to create a service that embodies the strong values and positive culture of our school community.

As there are only a small number of services nationwide that hold this rating there has been some media interest in this story, and we were privileged to host the Education Minister at St John’s Campus today.

If you see any of the OSHC team members around the campus in the coming weeks, please join me in congratulating them on this exciting news.

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OSHC students with special guests L-R: Gabrielle Sinclair (ACECQA CEO), Michael Paech, Hon. John Gardner MP (SA Minister for Education), Paul Weinert and Adam Moller

Paula Meyer

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new staff role here at the St John’s Campus of Concordia College. This role will be known as the Spiritual Life Coordinator and is a shared role between our campus and the St John’s Lutheran Church.

The Spiritual Life Coordinator will be responsible for strengthening our partnership with the congregation while also providing support to our worship program and other aspects relating to the spiritual life of our community.

I am also very pleased to announce that we have recently appointed Mrs Paula Meyer to this new position. Paula is married to Eric and has two children Sienna (RM) and Dominic (1R).

We are excited about this new role and look forward to Paula joining our team and contributing to the life of our community.

Writer in Residence

Some time ago the Primary English Teaching Association of Australia (PETAA) provided the opportunity for schools to apply for a ‘Writing the Future’ grant. This grant enabled the successful schools to have a 3-day residency with a published author. We were one of four schools nationally who were successful with their application. 

Earlier this term, we were blessed to have author Louise Park spend three days working with our staff and students. Louise contributed to the ongoing work we have been doing in language by leading our staff and students through the writing process. Louise taught students how to develop interesting characters, build tension and to read like writers. Through sharing her craft, students could see first-hand how they could apply these new strategies to their own writing. Louise also led the staff through a process of considering their own writing life and the implications this has for classroom practice. This was a rare opportunity for staff and students to learn from an expert writer. The 3-day experience will be featured at a national showcase in Canberra, where both Louise and Tracey Grice (our Literacy Coach) will share the learning and impact this opportunity provided. Thank you to Tracey for being the initiator behind this wonderful experience for our community.

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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Receptions in Action

As part of their inquiry into how living things need certain conditions to survive, Receptions enjoyed a morning at the Fullarton Community gardens. Students enjoyed taking photos of how plants and trees have changed during winter season. Students also had fun taking out many weeds that were taking over the garden. 

The Receptions also enjoyed a day at Woorabinda Nature Reserve in Stirling, exploring in this quiet oasis where the noise of birds and frogs overpowered the surrounding traffic sounds. Students spent time discovering the trails around the lake, through the tall stringybark forests, open woodland and reed beds. Many discoveries were made about how to classify things as either living or non-living. We even had a koala come and visit us.

Nicolette McClure and Sharon Cosh
Reception Teachers

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Refresh Christian Group Cross-Campus Initiative

On Monday, 13 August, student members of the Refresh Christian Group from our Concordia Campus spent lunchtime with a volunteer group of Year 5 students from St John’s Campus. Lunchtime was spent interacting through a wide range of fun and challenging games, a Christian Bible message, and many fun and interactive activities which involved team work and lots of laughs.

It was a joy to see students from both campuses interacting in such a meaningful way in order to share their love of Jesus through lots of fun together. 

We are aiming to continue this exciting arm of ministry once a term and provide the opportunity for our Year 5 students to interact with our senior students in a fun and informal setting.

Jane Graham
St John’s Campus Spiritual Life Team Leader

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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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Parent Evening with Paul Dillon

Concordia College is hosting Paul Dillon, a nationally recognised expert who will present a seminar for parents on the topic of ‘Teens, parties and alcohol: a practical guide to keeping them safe’. The seminar will be held on Monday, 20 August in the Chapel at Concordia Campus and St John’s Campus parents are also warmly invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided by the Concordia Campus P&F from 7pm with the seminar beginning at 7.30pm. Entry is free. Read more about the seminar in the Concordia Campus section of this week’s newsletter.

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Chris Jaensch Visit

On Friday, 4 August, we were blessed at St John’s Campus to have Chris Jaensch (Christian children’s songwriter) lead our Friday morning Chapel service. Having Chris come and lead Chapel is always a highlight on our school calendar. Chris engaged our entire school community with many of his famous songs including “Thumbs Up”, plus a few new ones as well. He also shared a powerful message with us about Jonah and the whale.

The energy and passion Chris always has is very infectious and thoroughly enjoyed by all year levels. What a great and energetic worshiping start to our Friday morning!

Jane Graham on behalf of the St John’s Campus Spiritual Life Team

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Student Led Conferences

Student Led Conferences for Reception to Year 5 students will be held in Weeks 9 and 10 of Term 3. These conferences not only give students the opportunity to share their learning, they also assist in developing and increasing the students’ self-confidence and ability to be reflective learners.

Essential skills that are also developed through the planning and running of the SLC:

  • Organisation skills
  • Communication skills
  • Management of time and resources
  • Social skills

It is a chance for students to become the teachers as they revel in the captive audience of you – their parents. You will be involved in various activities that will showcase to you the different learning opportunities your child has, seeing your child active in their learning environment.

They may talk about a piece of work and explain the process involved, teach you a concept through playing a game or task, or share their growth in a particular area or a goal that they are working towards achieving. Please be aware that this is an opportunity for you to spend time with your child celebrating their learning in a one-on-one situation and we ask that siblings not attend for this reason. Some guiding questions will be sent home prior to allow you the chance to familiarise yourself with the areas of learning that will be shared.

Student Led Conferences will be held on the following dates:

  • R-2: Week 9 - Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 September
  • Years 3-5: Week 10 - Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 September

These hour long sessions will commence at 3.30pm and conclude at 6.30pm.

Time will be spent both in the classroom and with single subject teachers.

You and your child will be asked to take part in the specialist areas at a specific time to avoid congestion of learning areas.

To make a booking for your Student Led Conference, visit and enter the event code: 6ae4r

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Student Achievements

AFlemingPhoto2Congratulations to Annabelle 5S who was recently awarded Grand Champion in the Solo Vocal Division at her first eisteddfod in Balaklava. Annabelle's winning song was 'Hero' by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff, with her rendition scoring an impressive 98/100. The adjudicator provided the following comments, 'An impressive performance ... you have strong energy and presence on stage. Very expressive!' The title of Grand Champion is awarded to one first place entrant across the entire Solo Vocal Division which included 10 categories with 35 competitors from eight years of age up to adults. A fantastic effort and an incredible achievement! (Photo courtesy of Ethan Allen, Plains Producer, Balaklava, 2018).


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Congratulations to William 3K who has landed his first professional stage role as Benji in the Adelaide season of the award-winning musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert which opens at the Festival Theatre this week and is showing until Saturday, 15 September. His first musical role was earlier this year in the Pelican Productions Spotlight show where he played “Charlie” in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory set. To subsequently be selected from a large pool of young actors and singers to play a part in a professional production on this scale at such a young age is indeed a very impressive achievement. Well done!

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