Late last term, Year 7 and 8 Forum representatives were invited to attend the Generations of Change student workshop facilitated by Reconciliation Australia. The aim of the conference was to encourage students to be the agents of change in their home and school communities, to begin to address the problem of racism and discrimination in Australia. Yesterday, our project leaders ran an abridged version of the activities, including a role-play and reflection. The session was warmly embraced by the Year 8 cohort and challenged them in their responses to intervening when they see discrimination occurring. As teachers, we were exceptionally proud of the maturity and energy the working-group committed to the project.
Middle School Teacher
On Tuesday 26 September, Year 8 Indonesian students travelled to the Central Market to enhance our unit about Indonesian food. We sampled some Asian delicacies, and explored Indonesian foods and fruit available in the market. We all had a great time, and learnt a lot about different ingredients and flavours of many types of food.
Terima kasih Bu Ruiz and Pazk Budi!
Emma 8VNT and Tom 8JCA
In Week 7 of Term 4, Year 8 students will engage in the Connected Unley service activity. This will involve all students contributing to their local community within the framework of Concordia College’s mission statement; Engage. Achieve. Serve. To prepare for this unit, students will receive a focus journal. Last year, we commenced a competition to design the front cover, with Emma (now in 9SBR) being announced as the winner for 2016 (see image below). This year, Ryan 8JFI was chosen as the lucky recipient of the award and prize. We indeed have some exceptionally talented artists within our cohort!
Middle School Teacher
On Wednesday 25 October we had volunteer presenters Emily and Isabelle from the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) come and speak to students in Years 8 and 9 about cervical cancer – what it is and how it is contracted. The presenters educated the students about cervical cancer and Human Papillion Virus (HPV) and shared how it can be prevented – through the vaccine, regular screening and practicing safe sexual behaviours. The students were surprised to learn that the HPV effects males and females equally and that 254 women die from cervical cancer each year in Australia despite cervical cancer being a preventable disease. The presenters also shared the work that the ACCF do in developing countries like PNG, Vanuatu, Vietnam and how, through their education programs, they are seeing a reduction in the number of cases that are being diagnosed. Let’s hope that the ACCF realises their mission – to see cervical cancer eradicated!
Middle School Counsellor