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From the Concordia Campus Business Manager

Mick Hoopmann

The second phase of the current College master plan lists a new whole of College Gymnasium as the next building project.

The College has been working closely with its Architects, Brown Falconer, and other stakeholders over the past year to locate and design the new gymnasium.

After a comprehensive review, it was approved by the College Board that the new gymnasium will be located on the Highgate Lodge site.

The current one-court gym was built in the late 1990s to cater for 500 students and is now insufficient for the current needs of an amalgamated College.

The new gym will provide two full-sized courts and associated changerooms, three learning areas, a weights room, movement room and café.

David Serotzki, the Concordia Campus Head of PE and Boys' Sport Coordinator, said,

"We are very proud of our PE and Sport programs that have grown significantly in the past 20 years, but both have relied on a single-court gymnasium, as its alternative to outdoor activity, at a campus which has grown from 600 to 900 students in the same time. The new facility will increase flexibility of options in PE because it will reduce the compromise that is currently unavoidable with up to five PE classes operating in any given lesson across the week. Additionally, our burgeoning sport program - which includes (across girls' and boys' sport) 17 netball teams, 16 basketball teams and 23 volleyball teams - will benefit greatly with the option of multiple indoor court spaces. There will be new opportunities for more indoor matches and multiple, simultaneous combinations of sports. We look forward eagerly to the expanded opportunities Concordia can offer its students in learning, personal development, wellbeing and elite sporting pathways, so we can build further on the hard work and conscientious application of the PE Faculty and Sport Department that has brought the College so far already."

Both the new Gymnasium and the St John's Campus redevelopment will be constructed at the same time so as to provide economies of scale. The College is currently going through the tender process to obtain a builder to manage both projects.

This exciting new project will not only service the College, it will also continue to service the needs of the local community after hours.

The plans have recently been lodged with the City of Unley for approval. Upon approval, the College hopes to commence construction early in 2022 with a completion date of January 2023.  

A fly through of the concept drawing will be shared with the College Community soon.

Mick Hoopmann
Business Manager - Concordia Campus

  • New Gymnasium concept drawing 1
  • New Gymnasium concept drawing 2
  • New Gymnasium concept drawing 3
  • New Gymnasium concept drawing 4
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“Strike a Chord” National Chamber Music Competition Results

Concordia’s String Quartet 1 - the Piruli Quartet - has had a very busy couple of weeks. Having won their section in the Adelaide Eisteddfod last week (an outstanding achievement in itself), they then participated in the National Chamber Music competition finals on Sunday as one of just twelve ensembles chosen from across Australia.

Originally, the quartet was to travel to Melbourne to compete; however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, and as the only finalist from SA, their performance was live-streamed from Grainger Studios – home of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

The quality of all performances was outstanding and whilst narrowly missing out on a place, they did win the prestigious Flinders Quartet Mentorship Prize. This is a 12-month mentorship with the Flinders Quartet, awarded to a string quartet that shows commitment and potential to take their ensemble to the next level. The prize includes 10 mentorship sessions with Flinders Quartet members; two sessions on group development, career planning and concert presentation; performance in a Flinders Quartet subscription concert, including travel to and accommodation in Melbourne if required; and the opportunity to observe the Flinders Quartet in rehearsal throughout the year. Mentoring/rehearsal sessions will take place remotely via an online platform where necessary. In addition, they received $500 for making it into the finals.

Concordia can be immensely proud of this achievement.

The students involved are: 

  • Jasmine (12LMAC)
  • Haneulle (12KBEN)
  • Sterling (11SBUD)
  • Caleb (11JLEY)

Mat Noble
Director of Music

  • Strike a Chord Piruli Quartet
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Middle School Community Service at The Magdalene Centre

On Saturday 14 August a group of Middle School students and parents prepared and served dinner to the patrons at The Magdalene Centre in the city. We all enjoyed the experience and are grateful for the opportunity to help in the community.

A massive thank you to the whole school community for your generous donations of food, money and clothing, with special thanks to the Markou family for the donation of chicken for the main meal. The support from the school community ensures the night is successful.

Lastly, thank you to the parents (Wendy McLeod & Liann Tape) for organising the event and to Nicolette McClure for assisting on the night.

Chelsea, Miriam and Olivia

  • Middle School Represenatives serving at The Magdalene Centre
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Brett Hunt Theatre-in-Education Performance

2021 has seen the Arts industry almost decimated due to restrictions and cancellations. So, when we were given a small window of opportunity, we were delighted to welcome an annual guest to our community, Brett Hunt. A singer-songwriter and theatre-in-education performer, Brett weaves historical narrative through song and guitar, captivating his audience. This performance focused on the Vietnam War, inspired by his father Frankie who featured in Red Gum’s iconic I Was Only Nineteen. The performance left Senior History students with a new perspective and understanding of their forthcoming curriculum studies.

Vanessa Narino-Terry
Acting Head of Humanities

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  • Brett Hunt Vietnam War dramatised presentation
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String Quartet and Two Vocalists perform in Chapel

On Tuesday 24 August, our Concordia Campus staff and students enjoyed an item in Chapel by our String Quartet 2, together with two vocalists. It was an incredibly moving piece, played and sung beautifully by all involved. We hope you enjoy the video below.

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Indigenous Food Tastings

This year’s Science Week theme was: Food By Design. To investigate this topic further, a number of classes participated in food tasting sessions in the Yangadlitya Resource Centre where they tried a range of foods indigenous to Australia. Students from ELC to Year 11 became “risk takers” (which is one of the IB Learner Profile attributes) and tried: lemon myrtle, karkalla, quandongs, wattleseeds, native currants, wild rosella, green ant marmalade, samphire, sea blight and finger lime.

Hajnalka Molloy
Learning Resources Manager

  • Year 10 and ELC students enjoy a Science Week Indigenous Food Tasting
  • Our Learning Resources Manager teaching students at a Science Week Indigenous Food Tasting
  • ELC and Year 10 students enjoy a Science Week Indigenous Food Tasting
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Adelaide Hills Careers Expo - Rescheduled

Please note the Adelaide Hills Careers Expo has been rescheduled and will be held on Thursday 2 September from 6-8pm. Guests can attend for a 30-minute session. Bookings are essential. Click here for more information or click here to book online.

Adelaide Hills Careers Expo - 2 September 2021

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Student Achievements

Congratulations to Marco (7JHEA) on his recent successes in the field of music. During Week 4 of this term, Marco performed at the Adelaide Eisteddfod and received 1st place in both the Under 14 brass solo section and the Under 17 brass solo section. Marco’s dedication to practice has also been rewarded as he received an A+ for his recent AMEB Grade 6 Trumpet exam. Well done, Marco!

Congratulations to the following students who recently received excellent results for their AMEB Piano exams:

  • Lachlan (8RHOG) received a B+ for Grade 2, and
  • Eva (8SCOO) received an A for grade 3.

Well done to you both!

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