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From the St John's Campus Student Wellbeing Coordinator


“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

– Robert Swan, Author

“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.”

– Annie Leonard, Proponent of Sustainability

This year the St John’s Campus has embarked on a journey reviewing our role and responsibility in becoming a more environmentally friendly school. Through the support of Amy Blaylock from KESAB, we have formed a committee with the key tasks of reviewing our current practices and planning for future change that will impact the way we approach sustainability as a school community.

Year 6 students, Lucy, Lucas and James, who have been instrumental in the reviewing and planning that has taken place, continually challenge the group to maintain this crucial focus within the school community.

The five Rs of waste management are Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. Our current focus is how to recycle the waste we are producing, however we are working towards the ultimate goal to ‘refuse' as much waste as possible. As part of this focus on recycling, our OSHC and Year 6 classes have been trialling a new bin structure to help us sort and dispose our waste, which in turn will reduce the amount of landfill that we are producing each week. Thus far, we have had plenty of positive feedback from these trials, with some students at OSHC even going as far as creating books to educate others about waste management, or making their own bins to use at home for sorting waste.  

These new bins have provided a great opportunity to educate students, staff and the wider community about the importance of waste management and the role each person can play in looking after our environment.  Our plans are for the school community to access and use more of these bins across the school in the near future.

This exciting initiate is one of many steps the St John’s Campus is taking towards sustainable education and practices enabling us to look after God’s marvellous creation.

Daniel Keylock
St John's Campus Student Wellbeing Coordinator

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St John's Campus Music Showcase

On Thursday, 5 September, the St John’s Campus held its annual Music Showcase in the Chapel. Over 100 students shared their talents.

Performers included the...

  • Recorder Ensemble
  • Junior String Ensemble
  • Sizzle Strings
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • 3/4 and 5/6 Choirs
  • Concert Band

St John’s Campus is blessed to have such talented instructors and volunteers, who give their time to develop the students’ talents, committed and hard-working students, and parents who encourage their children in their practice and lessons.

The night was enjoyed by all with such a wide range of interesting and entertaining items and concluded with a massed choir rendition of 'A Million Dreams' which featured an arrangement especially written for the night by Year 6 student Jude. Thank you to everyone involved - students, teachers, parents and audience members.

Julie Lugg
Music Teacher

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Business Breakfast

Members of the Concordia College community are warmly invited to our next Business Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, 22 October at 7.30am in The Suaviter, Concordia Campus.

Our guest speaker is Michael Hewitson AM, Mayor of the City of Unley, and Member of the Australian Board of Education, overseeing the Australian School Curriculum and NAPLAN. Michael and his wife Rosslyn have lived in Unley for the last 17 years, and two of their grandchildren currently attend Concordia. Michael began his career as a microbiologist before branching into education. In 1984, Michael established Trinity College in Gawler where he was Headmaster for 17 years, growing it to the largest school in the Southern Hemisphere. Michael is passionate about education, building inclusive culture and valuing people and we look forward to hearing him share some fascinating insights with us.

Please book online or contact Sue Spry, Donor Relations and Alumni Manager, for more details on 8291 9339.

We hope to see you there!

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Operation Christmas Child

This term our campus is supporting Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse. We are encouraging families to pack a shoebox for a boy or girl that will be sent to an underprivileged child from another country. Shoeboxes can be purchased from the School Office for 50 cents, alternatively you can use your own shoe box from home. Boxes can be returned to your child’s classroom when complete. All boxes are due by the morning of Friday, 27 September. The Samaritan's Purse website shows what can and cannot be placed inside the boxes. Thank you for considering supporting this cause.

Daniel Keylock
Student Wellbeing Coordinator

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Year 1s take a trip back in time...

The Year 1s recently took a trip back in time to the 1800s and explored life in the Unley area. 

The Unley Museum was once the local fire station. The firefighters would keep watch in the tower and were even able to keep an eye on the football at the Unley Oval. The children learnt about the many changes to the area, including the first resident, the Kaurna people and the early settlers. The children walked the around the block viewing the old houses and also the churches and Town Hall. From here the children reflected on their newfound knowledge and determined new questions and wonderings.

Maddy Russell
Year 1 Teacher

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Acting Kindly

Many research studies have found that children who frequently act kindly towards other people are more likely than others to do well in many life areas. Kirrilie Smout, from Developing Minds Psychology, offers 4 ways to increase kindness in our children. Read on!

Tamara Martin
Community Carer

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ELC Bush Day - Spring 2019

Wet weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of the ELC students at our second Bush Day for the year. The children showed great resilience and explored all the elements of nature at Belair National Park. We climbed hills, balanced on logs, jumped in muddy puddles, looked for koalas, built shelters, and much more. The children were interested to compare the environment in spring compared to our last visit in autumn, particularly in the creek area.

We are grateful for the commitment shown by families to join us in the park for the day.

Kate Wood
Early Learning Centre Director

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St John's Lutheran Church Young Adults Bake Sale
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Student Achievements

Year 6 student Jude recently competed in the Adelaide Eisteddfod which was held in Norwood in July/August 2019. He won Gold in the 12 years and under violin solo. He played Introduction and Tarantella by Sarasate. He won an Honourable Mention in 16 years and under Junior String Concerto Solo in which he played Concerto in E Minor, 2nd and 3rd movements by Mendelssohn. Well done on these fantastic achievements, Jude!

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