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Celebrating with our Year 12s at the annual Valedictory Service

Students make a difference through Football Outreach Vanuatu

Year 2 students explore 'How the World Works' through a visit from SciWorld

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What Constitutes 'Excellence' in Education?

The Australian Government has commissioned a high-level group, led by David Gonski AC, to investigate this question in pursuit of the goal to improve the overall standard of education in Australia.

Some of the questions which are being addressed by this group include:

  • What capabilities, skills and knowledge should students learn at school to prepare them for the future?
  • What can we do to improve and how can we support ongoing improvement over time?
  • Are there any new or emerging areas for action which could lead to large gains in student improvement that need further development or testing?
  • How do we define and measure success?

We ask these questions too, as leaders of the College, and we have a number of current Concordia projects that are providing valuable information including a learning support review, literacy and numeracy improvement reviews and an investigation into how we can better use available data to improve our teaching processes.

At a fundamental level, we could argue that optimal student learning will occur when:

  1. Teachers are highly informed about the curriculum content of the courses as well as the craft of teaching. This includes knowing how to motivate students through providing challenging and engaging learning experiences.
  2. Each child is challenged to perform to the best of their ability. This involves teachers knowing the strengths and limitations of learners hence the emphasis on data collection and analysis.
  3. There is a strong collegial partnership between home and school in relation to the learning of students.

It is important then for us to reflect on and review our practice so that our teaching and learning approach serves our students well and supports our vision to Engage. Achieve. Serve. Your support in endeavouring to realise this central vision is greatly appreciated. 

Reformation Celebrations

On 31 October, we will join with thousands of people around the world in acknowledging the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation (and the Lutheran Church). On that day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theological disputes to the door of the church in Wittenberg in an attempt to change the practices of the church. It is particularly significant that some of the celebrations in Adelaide are shared between the Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church.

For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift. - Ephesians 2:8

Lester Saegenschnitter
Principal - Concordia Campus

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

October Board Meeting

The first part of the Concordia Board meeting on Wednesday 18 October involved a tour of the Nautilus Centre where Board members could view the wonderful learning facilities that have been provided to the Concordia Campus. The project was completed on time and effectively on-budget.

Additionally, at the meeting:

  • An investment strategy for the Concordia Foundation was approved.
  • A revised Volunteers policy was endorsed.
  • A replacement on the Board for Mr Tim Geue was discussed. Tim has been on the Board since 2010 and will retire at the end of 2017. He has been particularly instrumental, at a Board level, in driving the Physical Master Plan of the College and supporting the current building plans of both campuses.
  • The Board Chair, Sylvia Andersons, was nominated to present the views of Concordia College at a working party that is reviewing the Governance structures for Lutheran schools in Australia.
  • The 2018 Budget for the combined College was approved.

The opening of the Nautilus Centre on 30 October was discussed.

Lester Saegenschnitter
Principal - Concordia Campus

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

Bushfire Emergency Procedures

In the event of a bush fire emergency or alert that impacts students travelling to/from school or school activities, the following procedures apply:

  • Excursions to a region which is susceptible to bushfires where the official bushfire rating is listed as ‘Extreme’ or ‘Catastrophic’ will automatically be cancelled. If listed as ‘Severe’ a decision will be made regarding travel to the area.
  • In the event of a bushfire emergency, no student is permitted to leave the College before normal dismissal unless a parent or guardian gives authority to the College for this to occur.
  • No College buses will be allowed to travel into an area where a bushfire is burning.
  • In the event of a College bus or other transport not being able to travel to an area where students live, students from that area will be supervised at the College until collected by a parent/guardian or nominated representative. Families are asked to consider where their son/daughter could be accommodated in the event that overnight accommodation is required.
  • Where possible, the College will send an SMS to those families impacted by the bushfire emergency. 

Please ensure that the College has current emergency contact details for your family at all times.

Mick Hoopmann
Business Manager - Concordia Campus