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From the Spiritual Life Team Chairperson

Asante sana Kakuma!

As many of you know I spent nine days during the last holidays on an ALWS Pilgrimage to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. This was a trip that had never been done before. I had the privilege of meeting and connecting with so many beautiful people through visiting schools, youth centres and people’s “homes”. These stories have truly touched, humbled and impacted me greatly. 

Whilst in Kakuma I had the privilege of viewing a live rerun of the final for the five young winning performances of the recent “Kakuma’s Got Talent”. The talent show is run exactly as it is here in Australia with the exception, of course, that all of the contestants are refugees living in Kakuma.

With a camp population of over 181,000 people and over 60 percent being under the age of 18, Kakuma is well known as the children’s camp. Often a lot of these children have arrived at the camp without any adult relatives! These young people are proud, capable and strong. To me their smiles, their words and their conviction are symbolic of strong, tenacious young people with huge hope for their futures. These young people do not want pity, rather they simply want an opportunity. They do not feel sorry for themselves – they simply want a future. 

So many of the young people we met at the camp had a unique capacity to articulate the challenges they all faced (in particular the young women we met). Activities such as “Kakuma’s Got Talent” provide a wonderful opportunity for positive relationships, a healthy lifestyle, access to education, positive peer relationships and many other positive possibilities.

My hope and prayer, not just for the many children in the camp but for our children here at Concordia too, is to look beyond adversity and grasp positive opportunities with both hands. We can learn so much from the children and young people in Kakuma.

“We love because he first loved us”. 1 John 4:19

Jane Graham
St John's Campus Spiritual Life Team Chairperson

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St John's Campus 'Fiesta' Parent Event

We are delighted to have sold over 100 tickets to this year's St John's Campus parent event, but there is still time to book, so come along and enjoy a Spanish Fiesta themed night of fun, delicious food, dancing and great company!

Saturday 24 August at 7pm in the Hall

Tickets are $40 per person, which includes:

  • Delicious Paella
  • Hot churros
  • Drinks including Sangria and Tomich Wines can be purchased from the bar (no BYO) 
  • Live music
  • Latin Dance Floor Show

Dress up is optional, so don the sombrero, or not, but either way we'd love to see you there!

Book online today!

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Year 6 - 2040 – Join the Regeneration

During Week 2, the Year 6 classes ventured to Trak CineCentre to view the documentary film, 2040. The documentary ‘explores what the future could look like by the end of 2040 if we simply embrace the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shift them rapidly into the mainstream’. The experience provoked, challenged and inspired student thinking as they commence their PYP Exhibition journey. We can’t wait to see what solutions our Year 6 students discover and envision to regenerate the world, through their individual/collaborative inquiries.

Ellen Hoopmann
Year 6 Teacher

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