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From the St John's Campus Principal and the Business Manager

An Exciting and Significant Project!

St John’s Campus Development

Michael PaechSally Staggs

During 2019 Concordia College engaged in a comprehensive Master Planning process with the intention of creating a plan that will guide the future development of facilities across our College. We are thankful to the staff, students and parents who provided valuable information that helped us complete this important process.

As previously announced, the two major projects that have been prioritised in our Master Plan include the redevelopment of the St John’s Campus followed by the construction of a new Concordia College Gymnasium.

The redevelopment of our St John’s Campus will involve the renewal of our aging facilities while also ensuring that our learning environment supports the delivery of an engaging, relevant and challenging curriculum that equips students with the skills, competencies and attributes they require to confidently engage in a rapidly changing world. The St John’s Campus redevelopment will also allow for an increase in ELC enrolments, including the addition of a program for three-year-olds. Similarly, the redevelopment will see enrolments in the Upper Primary years expanded with additional classes at Years 4, 5 and 6.

The decision to plan for this enrolment growth was driven by a desire to:     

  • Secure enrolments for the future by responding to demand for earlier entry to ELC and entry into the Upper Primary years
  • Provide increased financial security for our College

This new development is also supported by a feasibility study, which was completed in 2019 and confirmed the viability of our plans.

With these decisions now confirmed we have been busy preparing for a planned commencement of building next year, with the intention of our new facilities being ready for 2023. During these initial phases of preparation and development of our conceptual vision we have engaged the services of Proprius Advisory, Property Consultants. More recently we have also engaged Brown Falconer as architects for our project. We are pleased to have an innovative and strong team of consultants working for us to help realise our vision for this exciting and significant project that will serve the needs of our students here at the St John’s Campus well into the future.

We are looking forward to continuing the refinement of our plans over the coming months. During this important process there will be opportunity provided for input by staff, students and parents.

Please watch for further updates and information as we continue to progress this project.

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

Sally Staggs
Business Manager - St John's Campus

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Year 1s Celebrate 100 Days of School

The Year 1 classes have been counting down the days at school since the beginning of Term 1. We reached our 100th day in Year 1 on Monday 2 August. To celebrate this, students completed a writing task where they were asked to think about what life would be like when they are 100 years old. We then made our own self-portraits using craft supplies and took a photo using the ‘Aging Booth’ app to make us look old. During fitness time, we were involved in a group rotation where we did different exercises – 100 times!  

Miss Russell, Mrs Harrip and Ms Barlett
Year 1 Classroom Teachers

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Siassi Partnership Update

Since 2011, Concordia College St John’s Campus has shared a partnership with the schools of the Siassi Islands in Papua New Guinea. During this time, we have built relationships with the people of Siassi and The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea based in Lae. The partnership has been very fruitful in sharing Jesus’ love and supporting education on Siassi. Concordia College staff visits to the Siassi Islands and reciprocal visits by Siassi teachers to our school have provided rich and meaningful connections between both communities. We have equipped teachers with professional development in workshops tailored to their specific needs, including teaching English as an additional language. The key focus of the partnership has always been based upon building Christian relationship with the people of Siassi.

Unfortunately, one of the global impacts of COVID-19 is the restriction on international travel. Over the past few years, in our partnership with the schools of Siassi, we have faced repeated obstacles when trying to travel to the islands. It now seems that we will not be able to travel to PNG for a long time, possibly a number of years. 

In light of this, and after much prayerful consideration, we feel it is necessary to pause our partnership with the schools of Siassi for a period of time. This allows us all to reflect and acknowledge that, despite our best efforts and strong desire, our partnership has struggled to remain connected and fruitful in recent years. At Concordia College, we remain committed to praying for the people of Siassi and will reassess at the end of 2021 to decide whether our partnership can continue into the future.  

We recognise that some of our school families have been very connected with this partnership over a number of years and we thank you for your contribution.

Nancy Wells
Siassi Partnership Team Leader

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SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Be Well Plan

Dear St John's Campus families

As we continue to negotiate the challenges of 2020, we have become aware of the following resource that may be helpful to those in our community.

SAHMRI’s Wellbeing and Resilience centre is currently offering FREE access to their online Be Well Plan.

This interactive program starts with an online survey, and helps you create your own personalised wellbeing guide. This is full of activities to improve and maintain your mental health and wellbeing – tailored to your specific needs and interests.

The following link gives more information about the program and how to register for those who are interested.

https://www.bewellplan.com/

Dr Catherine Johnson
Researcher-in-Residence

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Student Free Day - Friday 4 September

Please note that Friday, 4 September will be a student free day as staff will be engaged in professional development.

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