Term 4 has started well and we are looking forward to a productive and enjoyable conclusion to the 2017 school year.
This will be our Year 6's final term here at our St John’s Campus and we pray that they enjoy a positive and memorable conclusion to their time with us. We also look forward to acknowledging their formal graduation from our campus at our Closing Service on 13 December.
This term we welcome Mrs Kowald and Mrs Cosh back from Long Service Leave. We also welcome Mrs Drogemuller back from a study tour that she participated in over the holidays.
Over the past few weeks we have been working on staffing arrangements for 2018. This has involved considering applications and conducting associated interviews. We hope to be able to make a number of announcements about new staff joining us next year in the next edition of Concordia CONNECT.
Principal - St John's Campus
During the October school holidays, a team of five St John’s Campus staff travelled to mainland Papua New Guinea to meet with twelve teachers representing schools from across the islands. Over the course of a week we shared daily devotional worship, shared many conversations over meals and developed relationships that enabled us to grow in our understanding and respect of each other and our different cultural ways.
Our programme included three days of meetings to discuss future directions of the partnership and the logistics of ongoing visits between our school and the Siassi Islands.
Key outcomes from these meetings were:
- Rewriting the partnership vision statement to ensure that it is relevant and reflects our shared understanding and hope for the future.
- Gaining greater insight into the current educational needs of Siassi schools and effective ways for our staff to support their teachers who have such a strong desire to improve the standard of education offered to their students.
- Siassi representatives committed to forming a Partnership Committee on the Siassi Islands, which will be responsible for the selection of teachers to visit Concordia College, preparations for future visits to the islands by Concordia staff, and communication about the partnership to all teachers in the 55 schools with whom we partner. This is a significant step forward in regard to active involvement by Siassi teachers and schools in supporting and promoting the partnership.
- Greater understanding and passionate support from leaders in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG. They are keen to observe the continued development of our “cluster” model whereby we partner with a group of schools, so that this model may also be promoted in other Church partnerships, including schools and health.
- Plans are underway for a group of six Siassi teachers to visit Concordia College in April 2018.
- Explored possibilities for new accommodation, catering and support arrangements for Concordia staff travelling to Siassi in the future. It is hoped that requirements will be sufficiently met to enable a team to visit in April 2019.
God is truly at the heart of this partnership. Our practical focus is to support Siassi teachers to improve the standard of education for their students. First and foremost, we are called as a school community to be in relationship with the people of Siassi, to share love and support, and celebrate our Christian faith which unites us.
Siassi Partnership Team
There has been great excitement in and around the ELC as we watch the transformation of our ELC garden. We have been amazed at the progress that has already been made in demolishing the old, and are looking forward to a more natural and engaging play space. In the new garden the children will have the opportunity to grow vegetables, play in sand and mud, learn about sustainable practices and challenge their physical skills. A new canopy and verandah will provide more light to inside and all-weather shelter for outdoor play. The children have loved watching the action through the windows and documenting their observations.
The Year 2s were lucky enough to hear a guest speaker from SciWorld last week. They explored forces and the six simple machines, which was a great provocation for the beginning of our ‘How the World Works' unit. The students are excited about exploring this unit further and having opportunities to be creative by inventing new things.
Year 2 Teacher
On the last day of Term 3, the Year 6s had an engaging chemistry session led by SciWorld. This session was a part of their 'How the World Works' unit exploring the central idea: "Materials can be manipulated to suit a purpose and can undergo changes". The students observed many exciting experiments showing different chemical and physical reactions.
Emily O’Callaghan and Eddie Forrest
Year 6 teachers
The Year 3 students have certainly been busy over the last few weeks. Prior to the school holidays they were looking at the natural environment and how we ‘Share the Planet’ by exploring Thorndon Park in the north east of Adelaide. This was followed by a visit to nearby Ridge Park on 19 October to see how the run-off from the Adelaide Hills is dealt with before it reaches the sea. Then we will be looking at how the Urrbrae Wetlands is part of this management system.
Into all of these great learning experiences we added a little fun by planning a big bike ride to see where all these waterways connect and end up. This week the Year 3 classes embarked on a ride from the city to Henley Beach. In preparation for this big event, we had a practise day on Tuesday 17 October to hone our skills and get our bikes ready. Look out for some expert bike riders soon!
Anita Ruggiero and Mike Kriewaldt
Year 3 Teachers
The Receptions have been inquiring into the many ways people interact with animals. As part of our inquiry, we visited Urrbrae Farm and spent the afternoon with students from Urrbrae High School. The Urrbrae students showed the variety of animals they keep at the high school and the Receptions were able to look at, touch, feed and pat lots of them. We also had an opportunity to talk about the ways these animals make our lives easier or better. A wonderful time was had by all.
Nicolette McClure and Sharon Cosh
On Tuesday 31 October, it will be 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, questioning the corrupt practices of the day and thereby kick starting the Reformation! The legacy of this worldwide movement can still be felt today and had a profound effect not only on theology and the church, but also on culture, language, education, science, business and politics. We will be celebrating this momentous event here at St John’s in Week 3 with the following activities:
Reformation Dress Up Day and Chapel
Tuesday, 31 October
- Dress up as a person from medieval times
- Special Chapel service at 11.30am
As always, we would love to have parent and friends worshipping with us, especially on this special day!
Reformation Fairground in the Hall
Tuesday 1 November to Thursday 2 November
- Coins in the Coffer
- Nailed It!
- Run for Your Life Relay
- The Printing Press
- Kegeln (Skittles!)
- Pin the Cross on the Luther Rose
Spiritual Life Team
It’s that time of year again when students who learn an instrument through the St John’s Campus have the opportunity to share their musical skills. Instrumental concerts this year will be held on Monday 13 November (Week 5) and Tuesday 21 November (Week 6).
Families are able to book into a concert which best suits them. Please note this is a first in, first choice event and if the places for your preferred night are filled, you will be required to attend the alternate concert. To book in to a concert please go to: www.concordia.sa.edu.au and click on the green “School Interviews” icon at the bottom of the page. The code for this event is 494md. The cut-off date to RSVP for these events is Friday 3 November. Instrumental teachers have an information sheet with more details that they will be handing out to students this week. For further information, please speak to your child’s instrumental teacher or to Jasmin Dinno.
We look forward to seeing you there!
R-2 Music and Year 2 Teacher
In Term 4, OSHC is running a Construction Club open to students in Years 3 to 6. The four-week program in woodwork begins in Week 4 and will be supervised by OSHC staff on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5pm. The group will work in the new construction area near the Design and Technology Centre at the Concordia Campus. If your child would like to attend Construction Club, please contact OSHC for more information and to register. Registrations close on Friday 3 November.
This term our Chapel offerings will be going to support the work of Lutheran Community Care. We will still be raising money as per usual, but you are also invited to donate goods to be put together in Christmas hampers and given to needy families. Please see below to for details about what is accepted in the Christmas hampers:
- Biscuits - sweet and savoury
- Christmas Pudding/Cake
- Chips and lollies
- Milo - 100g only
- Pasta - 500g Spaghetti
- Pasta Sauce
- Long life custard
- Long life milk
- Long life fruit juice
- New toys and books for children under 12 (male and female)
Any goods brought in can be placed in the box supplied in your child’s classroom. Thank you for your ongoing support of this worthy cause.
Year 5 Teacher
Ice Block Wednesdays are back for Term 4!
Every Wednesday at recess in Terms 1 and 4, ice blocks are sold for $1.00 in the School Hall.
Ice blocks are supplied by Home Ice-cream and are Rite Bite approved. Please note only 1 ice block per child.
Sally Carr and Tanya Harris