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Father's Day Breakfast

Happy Father's Day to all the dads in our community! It was wonderful to have over 120 guests at our annual Father's Day Breakfast this morning and we thank all who attended for helping to make it such a lovely occasion.

Thanks also to our guest speaker Mick Sanders, Founder and Managing Director of Moo Premium Foods, to our student musicians for providing some some wonderful background music, and to our team of parent volunteers who worked behind the scenes to ensure everything ran smoothly.

We hope you enjoy some of the photos from the morning and we also hope that all of the dads have a great day on Sunday!

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From the Head of Senior School

The Strength of a Supportive Community

Concordia College has a reputation for being a caring and supportive community. We believe that caring for our students includes helping to keep them safe and ensuring that they’re given the best chance of developing. Teachers at Concordia do very well at balancing care with guidance.

At this time of year, our Year 12 students are starting to think about what next year may bring and there are many different paths they can choose from. If we promote self-confidence and independence in students, we will allow them to focus on realising their potential.

Student wellbeing is a focus for the College and our teachers are always looking for ways to improve the situation for students in challenging times. If you are concerned about issues involving your child, encourage him or her to speak to someone straight away. Addressing problems promptly is the most effective way of resolving issues and supporting psychological health and wellbeing. Part of our care and guidance includes the clear setting of boundaries. Students are aware of the expectations of the College and we appreciate the ongoing support of parents and caregivers in maintaining these expectations. Please ask if you need clarity around any guidelines as your support goes a long way to how successful we are in this area.

The guidance and support Concordia provides students in all aspects of school life complements the love and care parents provide their children at home. Together, the strength of our partnership provides our children with the best possible start to adulthood.

Fiona McAuliffe
Head of Senior School

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Middle School Community Service at the Magdalene Centre

Concordia College students have been helping those less fortunate than us at the Magdalene Centre for 20 years. On Saturday, 17 August, representatives from the Middle School had the opportunity to prepare and serve dinner to approximately 80 homeless people of Adelaide.

A team of five students and six parents volunteered to represent Concordia on the night. We arrived at 4.30pm with donations of food, clothing and blankets to be distributed to the patrons. Staff at the Centre introduced us to Garfield who donates his time each Saturday night to guide and advise the volunteers in the kitchen. Garfield is a wonderful character! You may have seen him before as he spends every day on the streets of Norwood.

Soon we had the stove lit, heating the soups and curry in large pots, and the rice cookers in action. Next the ovens were on and the dessert was heated through. 

Menu

Entrée (provided by the Year 7 families)
Potato and leek soup or pumpkin soup served with buttered bread rolls

Main Course (provided by the Year 8 & 9 families)
Curried chicken served over steamed rice

Dessert (provided by Food Technology classes)
Apple, peach and walnut crumble served with custard and ice-cream

At 6pm “the hatch” opened and the students served dinner to the patrons in the dining room as they filed past the window, and the adults were responsible for the patrons who chose to eat outside. It was frantic! After each course, we put the leftovers into takeaway packs which were to be distributed at the end of the night. Then, it was time for the dishes! By 8pm our work was done. 11 of us were exhausted but there were 80 people who enjoyed a delicious, home-cooked, three-course meal.

Serving at the Magdalene Centre was an amazing experience on a number of levels: 

  • It was very rewarding to experience the gift of giving and see how an entire community can come together to make a big difference to the lives of people less fortunate.
  • Having the opportunity to engage with the homeless people reminded us that we are all God’s children, no matter what our circumstances are and we all deserve understanding and kindness.
  • A group of students and parents who didn’t know each other formed a strong bond and sense of achievement by the end of the night.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and made the evening such a success.

By Alice 7RHOG and Natarsha Gray

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ABODA Music Festival

Nine Concordia music ensembles participated in the three-day ABODA (Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association) Festival at Westminster School between 13 and 15 August. The students performed very well and achieved outstanding results.

Senior ensembles: 

  • String Ensemble - Gold and overall section winner for the 3rd consecutive year.
  • Big Band 1 - Gold
  • Big Band 2 - Gold
  • Orchestra - Gold
  • Percussion Ensemble - Gold
  • Concert Band - Gold

Intermediate ensembles:

  • Big Band 3 - Silver
  • Chamber Strings - Silver
  • Wind ensemble - Silver

As always, our students presented themselves in an exemplary manner throughout the festival and played to the best of their ability. Congratulations to all of the students who participated and their directors.

Bron Elsegood
Acting Director of Music

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Meningococcal ACWY vaccination catch-up program

The School Immunisation Program for 2019 includes Meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix) for all Year 10 students only. Until 31 December this year, young people aged 15 to under 20 years of age are eligible for a government-funded Meningococcal ACWY catch-up program.

As your school’s immunisation provider, Eastern Health Authority are able to offer this vaccination service to students in other year levels (within the relevant age bracket) for free.

Meningococcal is a rare, but very serious, often life-threatening disease with adolescents aged between 15 and 20 years at increased risk. Available vaccination for Meningococcal includes protection from B strain (Bexsero – provided at Year 10 and Year 11 at school) and A, C, W & Y strains (Nimenrix). W & Y strains are becoming more prevalent in Australia, with Meningococcal W having a higher fatality rate than other types of Meningococcal disease.

We strongly encourage those eligible for this vaccination to visit one of our clinics in order to protect themselves from this disease.

Book now online or phone 8132 3600 for further information.

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Student Achievement

Congratulations to Emma 11JGER who was recently announced as a finalist in the youth category for the prestigious Lester Prize in portraiture, based at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Emma is the only finalist from South Australia. A fantastic achievement!

Congratulations to Marielle 8VNAR who has been selected by Lacrosse SA to represent the state as a member of the Comets, playing in the National U15 Boys and Girls Lacrosse Tournament. 20 teams from Australia and New Zealand are involved in the tournament, which is held this year in Adelaide from 29 September to 5 October. Go Comets!

Congratulations to Breanna 9LSIM who recently received third place in the Year 9-10 prose category at the recent award ceremony for the 2019 Young Writers' Award. Breanna and was the only Year 9 to be presented with an award. Well done!

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From the Archives: First Orientation Day

For many years, Concordia has welcomed new students entering the Middle School by helping them feel at ease and informed about school life before they begin their studies at the College. This week we look back on the first Orientation Day for Year 8 students, which was held in 1975.

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