On Sunday, our Year 3 and 4 students led the church service in the Concordia Chapel for the St John’s congregation. We thank our students and their teachers for their contribution with this service that serves to enhance our partnership with the St John’s Lutheran Church congregation.
As a College, we are committed to fostering a positive and healthy partnership between the College and home. At the St John’s Campus, one of the ways that we do this is through our Parent/Teacher Interviews and also through the Student Led Conferences that we facilitate each year. This week, Parent/Teacher Interviews were held in the ELC, with Student Led Conferences being held for our Reception Students and their parents. It was wonderful to see our Reception students sharing their learning journey with their parents earlier this week and we thank our teachers for facilitating this. Thank you also to the ELC team for coordinating their Parent/Teacher Interviews this week.
Class Allocations for 2018
Teachers will begin the process of developing class lists for 2018 early next term. An outline of how this process occurs is attached to this week’s newsletter. Please read this so that you clearly understand the process.
As explained in the outline, we are pleased to receive relevant educational/social information that will help teachers in their allocation process. Please also note that we do not invite or consider requests from parents regarding specific teachers.
We are sad to announce that at the end of this year Mr Densley, our PE Teacher/Coordinator, will be leaving us. Arthur’s personal plans have changed which has meant that he is unfortunately not able to continue in his current role.
We are also sad to announce that Mr Bradtke, our PYP Coordinator, will be departing at the end of 2017. Andrew has been offered a position in the Lutheran Schools Association office as an Educational Leader. We congratulate Andrew on this significant appointment that will see him acting in a consultant role with Lutheran schools across our region.
We will obviously miss both Arthur and Andrew next year, but feel confident that God will continue to direct them as they move away from Concordia and into new chapters of their lives. We will obviously officially farewell both Arthur and Andrew at the end of the year.
Please note that both of these positions will be advertised on the College website and also on www.teachers.on.net later this week. Please feel free to refer any one that you think may be interested in teaching at Concordia College – St John’s Campus to these websites.
And finally, please note that Mrs Cosh (Reception C) will be on leave until the end of this term. During her absence Mrs Caroline Prenzler will be teaching in this class.
Principal - St John's Campus
On Friday 8 September, the St John’s Campus was blessed to have Chris Jaensch (Christian children’s songwriter) lead our morning Chapel service. Having Chris come and lead Chapel is always a highlight on our school calendar. Chris engaged staff and students from Reception to Year 6 with many of his songs including his famous “Thumbs Up” song. He also shared a powerful message with us about the feeding of the five thousand.
The energy and passion Chris always brings is very infectious and thoroughly enjoyed by all year levels.
What a great and energetic worshiping start to our Friday morning!
On behalf of the St John’s Campus Spiritual Life Team
The Year 3 students recently had the opportunity to talk with a young man who set an excellent example of how a student can receive information from a teacher then take action based on what they've learnt. Ryan Hrejlec was only six years old when he learnt that many children around the world do not have clean drinking water. He decided he wanted to help.
His initial goal was to raise seventy dollars for a water pump, but then he was told that it would actually cost close to two thousand. This inspiring young man was not deterred and went about raising the funds needed.
Since then, Ryan has gone onto provide wells for over one million people in Uganda.
The Year 3 classes had the opportunity to speak face-to-face with him via Skype from his home in Canada. They were very engaged and in awe of what he had been able to do with just determination and a willingness to serve others.
Anita Ruggiero and Mike Kriewaldt
Year 3 Teachers
On the last day of Term 3, Michael Paech, Nancy Wells, Mary Marker, Nicolette McClure and Jane Graham will travel to Lae in Papua New Guinea to meet with school and church representatives from the Siassi Islands with whom we have shared a partnership since 2011.
As a team, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to ensure that our approach to these meetings is open, equitable and culturally appropriate. Our challenge is to create a collaborative space in which all voices are heard, dreams are shared, and clarity about the scope and future direction of the partnership is established. We have devoted much time, thought and prayer to the preparations for this visit and are excited about how God will work amongst us as we gather together.
During our week in Lae, much of our time will be devoted to developing relationships and worshiping with representatives from our partner schools. It is often in the incidental conversations that the greatest change and understanding occurs. So, for all our planning and preparation, we are also conscious of allowing space to simply be present with our partners and allow God to guide us. Please pray for us as we dare to slow down and listen.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
Year 2 has been a busy place of late, with many wonderful learning experiences taking place. One way that we know students are engaged is when we see them taking action as a result of their learning. The process of reflecting on learning, choosing to do something and acting on it is an essential part of the Primary Years Programme. It has been wonderful to see students writing psalms at home, to praise God for His creation, and bringing them to school to share as part of our devotions.
The responsibility Christians have to care for creation has been a focus of our Christian Studies unit. Students have also created posters and movies in their own time to share what happens when our rubbish goes to landfill and why it is important to put resources in the correct bin. One student found information at their hairdresser about how they are trying to be more sustainable, which made them very excited! Students have made connections with their parents' occupations and asked them to come in as guest speakers to share why we need to conserve natural resources. Finally, some students also developed a movie to encourage everyone at the St John’s Campus to donate items they no longer want to Vinnies. This has been such important action from our Sharing the Planet unit about Natural Resources and the importance of using them responsibly. Such busy times!
We look forward to many more exciting learning opportunities this year and cannot wait to see where the students take their learning.
Alicia Puiatti, Jasmin Dinno and Bethanie Waldhuter
Year 2 Teachers
The Links Committee would like to thank the Concordia community for helping us to raise funds to enhance the outdoor spaces for our children at the St John's Campus. Generous support of the recent Quiz Night and other Links initiatives has enabled the purchase of a fan (pictured below) for the Courtyard area, along with other items which are still to come.
Next Friday 22 September there will be a Casual Day for students at the St John’s Campus. Students who choose to wear casual clothes on this day are asked to make a gold coin donation to their class' offering box. Proceeds this term are going towards supporting our Siassi partnership.
This year we are again celebrating our children’s artwork with the annual Cards and Calendars fundraiser.
If the artwork has been sent home, we ask that you please send it back to the school so that it can be collated. Early in Term 4 the artwork will come home again with instructions on how to place your order.
Sally Carr and Tanya Harris
A reminder that Term 3 concludes on Friday 29 September. St John's Campus students will finish at 3.15pm, however students who catch buses home from school will be dismissed in time for bus departure at 1.10pm on that day.
This is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy some great wines… while helping to fund the enhancement of your child’s outdoor spaces at school.
- White wine six pack $100.00 (RRP $128.00)
- 2017 El Desperado Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc x 2
- 2017 Vickery Watervale Riesling x 2
- 2016 Serafino Bellissimo Pinot Grigio x 2
- Red wine six pack $120.00 (RRP $152.00)
- 2014 Serafino GSM x 2
- 2016 St Johns Road Blood and Courage Barossa Valley Shiraz x 2
- 2015 Hesketh Regional Selection Coonawarra Cabernet x 2
Save money, enjoy a glass of wine, and enhance our children’s outdoor spaces at the St John’s Campus!
The St John's Campus Wine Club is a Links Committee initiative.
Save the Date: School Disco - Friday 20 October.
More details to follow in the next newsletter.