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From the Principals

Dear Parents/Caregivers 

We trust that you are all well. It has certainly been lovely to welcome the warmer Spring weather over these past few days. 

First and foremost, thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to our College community. Together, we are conscious of the many pressures and challenges that families face in their own lives navigating forward in the current context of life, the uncertainty and how challenging this pandemic environment can sometimes be. 

  • We thank you for the way that you continue to support the guidelines that we are sending out regarding COVID-19.  
  • We appreciate your flexibility when activities and events sometimes shift with short notice. Please know that your patience and understanding are not taken for granted. Our staff also experience frustration and disappointment as we are often required to make very quick decisions regarding the responsible and safe operation of the College.  
  • Thank you for your efforts at helping us maintain a sense of calm and security for our students. This is underpinned with a focus on maintaining our normal routines here at school as much as is possible. We know that these joint efforts help our students’ wellbeing.  
  • We also appreciate the constructive feedback that you provide us with as we seek to reflect on, refine and improve our practices and processes. This was most recently evident with the feedback received regarding our ‘Connected Learning’ program during the beginning of term lockdown.  

Leading the Concordia community is something that we personally value highly. Knowing that we have a clear sense of who we are, why we are here and where we are headed as a College provides a real sense of hope and optimism.  

Wishing you God’s rich blessing as we continue to move towards the end of term three, and then towards the end of our school year together with encouragement. 


Michael Paech
Principal - Concordia College ELC to Year 6

Paul Weinert 
Principal - Concordia College Year 7 to Year 12

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From the Resource Manager and Language Learning Leader

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“Read it again!” 

“You’d love this book, Max.” 

“Maybe I will try that in my writing.” 

“That reminds me of the character in my last book.” 

“This is a new series I am trying out.” 

“I like this book because...”  

These are some of the many things we want to hear our readers saying. Our first and most important role as teachers of reading is to instil a love of reading into our students. We want them to love reading and we want them to choose to read. 

There are many strategies and processes we incorporate into our reading programme to help instill this love of reading. 

  • Time – To be a better runner you must run, to be a better reader you must read, and this is why readers spend so much time during our Reader’s Workshop independently reading. They are invited to try out the strategy taught in the mini lesson and are then given time to share at the end of the workshop.
  • Choice – Readers not only have access to the school Resource Centre to borrow books, but they also have access to class libraries where they can choose books that they are interested in.
  • Community – There are many ways we endeavor to develop reading communities in our classrooms including book talks, reading partners and book clubs. Book Week, in Term 3, is a wonderful way to build our community of readers at Concordia. It is an extra special week where all things books and reading are celebrated.  

Reading is thinking and our role as teachers of readers is to create an environment where this thinking can flourish. 

Nolene Gehling
Resource Manager for Teaching and Learning

Emily O'Callaghan
Language Learning Leader

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Book Week in the Primary School

The theme this year was ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’.

Celebrations began a few weeks prior to Book Week with local authors Phil Cummings and Adam Cece visiting our school to share with students their journey to becoming an author, the books that they have written and what inspires them to write such amazing stories. All students were highly engaged.

Some students participated in the Book Week Competition where they were asked to create a world that they would like to read in. Creative entries included drawings, paintings, models and dioramas. 

During Book Week, students enjoyed completing a book quiz, deciphering book titles from emojis. Buddy classes also combined to ‘Race around the Worlds’, going into the three main buildings on a scavenger hunt for book covers.

During lunch playtimes in the Resource Centre students played some ‘old world’ games, with giant chess sets and bibs for human Tic Tac Toe.

The Scholastic Book Fair was another roaring success as over $5000 worth of books was sold in a few days. The school receives 25% in commission for these sales.

On the last day of Book Week, students and staff came to school dressed as a fictional book character. There was a wide variety of characters, including Alice in Wonderland, Fox from Fantastic Mr Fox, Tintin, Minecraft, Tin Man, Grug and Winnie the Pooh.

40 staff members had fun dressing as Cat in the Hat.

A busy but fun week had by all.

Nolene Gehling
Resource Manager for Teaching and Learning

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Father's Day Breakfast

Our Father's Day Breakfast at Damien on Fisher on Thursday 2 September was once again a hugely popular event as we celebrated the many amazing fathers, grandfathers and special friends in our community. Read more...

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Olympic Bronze Medallist Alex Porter Visits St John's Campus

It was great to hear about many recent sporting achievements at our Primary School Sports Assembly on Monday this week. We were also privileged to welcome St John's Campus old scholar and professional cyclist Alex Porter. Alex is a three-time world champion, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and Tokyo Olympic Bronze Medallist. It was extraordinary to hear how he has taken risks, persevered and shown resilience over many years to get where he is today. Thank you, Alex, for inspiring staff and students alike.

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Reception Excursion to the Urrbrae Wetlands

The Receptions enjoyed a wonderful day inquiring as scientists at the Urrbrae wetlands.

As part of our inquiry unit on living things, they investigated the many living and non-living things that make up a wetland ecosystem.

Students enjoyed fishing for macro-invertebrates, looking at their findings under microscopes and learning about the wetland catchment.

What a  wonderful opportunity to learn outdoors in nature!

Nicolette McClure and Sarah Davis
Reception Teachers

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St John's Campus Disco

On the evening of Friday 3 September, our annual St John’s Campus Disco was held. Students from Reception to Year 6 enjoyed busting some moves on the dance floor and could be heard singing at the top of their lungs, ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen and ‘YMCA’. Old favourites, ‘The Macarena’ and ‘The Chicken Dance’, also got the students on their feet. The theme for the Junior Primary Disco was ‘fluro/glow in the dark’, whilst the Primary Disco participants came dressed in ‘famous faces’ costumes. Even Phoebe from Friends, ACDC, Einstein, Donald Trump and The Spice Girls made an appearance!

Ellen Hoopmann
Year 6 Teacher and Student Culture Leader

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Uniform for Weeks 9 and 10 of Term 3

With warmer weather and Spring in the air, all students are permitted to wear either their Winter or Summer Uniform for the last two weeks of Term 3. Please note: students involved in Primary School Music/Sport/SRC photos on Tuesday 14 September will wear their formal winter uniform. Commencing Term 4, students wear their Summer uniform.

In addition:

  • Sport Uniform requirements for the Primary School remain unchanged
  • Sport Uniform may be worn by Middle and Senior students on days that they have PE with the current COVID-19 guidelines.

Any questions, please contact Jodie Escott 08 8291 9363.

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Student Achievement

Millicent SSSA SoccerCongratulations to Millicent (Year 6B) who was selected to play in the Adelaide South East district soccer team. Well done!








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Vale Tim Williams

Tim Williams

The passing of Tim Williams has had a profound effect on many in our Concordia Community. Tim was a much-loved groundsman of the College since 2003. His funeral was held in St John’s Church on Tuesday 7 September.

With COVID-19 limitations in the church, we livestreamed the Service in the Concordia College Chapel for friends, family and staff to attend.

The love shared by family and friends of Tim during the Memorial Services held at the Primary and Middle/Senior Campuses last week and at his funeral was in abundance.

Some of the memories shared:

“Tim’s smile meant that you walked away with a smile yourself”

“Tim’s pure and child-like faith was an inspiration to us and a great witness. His gentle presence around the school will be missed”

“Tim’s reliability, his infectious laugh, his enduring faith, his love of chatting about the weather, his fantastic softball skills, his gentle manner and the dignity he displayed in his work and in the way he treated others”

Following the funeral, bagpipes played as guests from the livestream in our Chapel formed a Guard of Honour to pay final respects to Tim as the hearse travelled along Cheltenham Street prior to moving to Centennial Park.
Our hearts and thoughts continue to support the Williams family at this sad time.

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Planning a move? Please let us know!

Considering a move to another school is a significant decision. We value your family being part of our community. As a College, we will always seek to work with you for positive connection. If you are uncertain about continuing at Concordia next year, in the first instance, we invite you to reach out and arrange a time to discuss your situation with either of our Principals – Michael Paech (Primary Campus) and Paul Weinert (Middle/Senior Campus) - or our Director of Community Relations, Jodie Escott. We hope that through this conversation, we gain a clearer appreciation of your family’s specific needs and considerations.

If you do make a decision to leave Concordia, please be aware that in line with the Enrolment Policy – if your child is leaving the College at the end of 2021, we require one full term’s notice to avoid penalties. We understand that this may not always be possible, but sincerely appreciate your assistance with future planning. Withdrawal notification for 2021 should be received no later than close of business Friday 24 September 2021 and should be sent to the Principal of the relevant campus:

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