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From the Head of Middle School

Carman BrionyI came across an interview with Simon Sinek recently about the ‘Millennial’ generation, and how they bring particular points of view that sometimes produce challenges. Of course, stereotyping a generation is not always applicable or helpful, but in his responses I found some useful information and affirmation for what we value at Concordia - and maybe some good advice for us as parents and families.

He talks about the use of technology in general, and social media in particular, and the effect of their use - that of the release of dopamine in the brain. This dopamine effect is the same as that produced by gambling and drinking alcohol. In his opinion, ‘unfettered’ access to devices at a young age prevents children from learning to develop deep, meaningful relationships because they don’t practise or develop the necessary skills. They turn to social media instead of friends and family because it gives them an instant (albeit temporary) solution, and it is well documented that people who spend a lot of time on Facebook are more likely to suffer from depression.

There is nothing wrong with cell phones or social media per se, this is just about balance. At Concordia we have strengthened our policy in relation to the use of technology at break times, encouraging our students to interact socially and get some physical exercise instead.

Just as we don’t allow our young people unrestricted access to the liquor cupboard, neither should we allow them unrestricted access to social media. At school we often need to deal with the fallout of relationship breakdowns between students due to the after-hours use of social media.

As parents, we could all consider restricting our children’s access to social media and think about our practices at home with phones - I know this interview made me think of phones at the dinner table and at meetings.

If you’re interested in hearing the entire interview, it is on YouTube - ‘The Millennial Question’ with Simon Sinek. Hopefully you will find it as interesting as I did.

Briony Carman
Head of Middle School

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Year 7 Canberra Trips

Having Australia’s most politically powerful person, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, take time out of an official function – hosting a morning tea for 100 Legacy widows – to talk to our Year 7s about the essential aspects of his job was definitely a highlight of last week’s Canberra Trip for 7KWA and 7SSPA.

Under the shade of a huge tree amongst the spectacular gardens of Government House, His Excellency, Sir Cosgrove, charmed students with his accommodating surprise appearance. He then further delighted them, and their accompanying teachers, when he presented Student Forum Representatives Jake 7KWA and Rachel 7SSPA with a special Governor-General’s medallion – the first to be given to Concordia College. The Student Forum Representatives will present this to Principal Paul Weinert at a date yet to be decided.

Each year, Concordia College Year 7 students travel to Canberra to build upon their knowledge of Civics and Citizenship (taught through their Humanities course) via participating in a variety of educational programs focusing on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of this Civics and Citizenship education, and to assist in meeting the cost, contributes $60 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate. This is paid directly to schools on the completion of these excursions.

Trip 2 saw 75 students from 7MGA, 7RHO and LTHO visit Canberra this week, and, like Trip 1, the students enjoyed visiting various venues such as the Australian War Memorial, Old Parliament House, and the National Film and Sound Archives, Australian Institute of Sport, the National Art Gallery and Questacon. The students, as well as Home Class teachers, are especially grateful to the College staff whose assistance made both trips possible.     

Ms Wanless
7KWA Home Class Teacher

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Save the Date - Concordia Gala Ball 2019

Please save the date for the Concordia College Gala Ball 2019:

Saturday 2 November 2019, 7pm
Panorama Ballroom, Adelaide Convention Centre

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Year 12 Exam Timetables

Please find below this year's Year 12 examination timetables. We wish our Year 12 students all the best for their exams.

IB Diploma Programme 
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University of Adelaide Ingenuity Expo

On Tuesday, 23 October, eight students attended Ingenuity, the Adelaide University’s showcase of the research projects from its final year students in the various STEM related degrees (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The showcase allowed us to learn more about the various STEM related fields and courses, and engage in conversation learning new ways in which science can be applied to various applications to benefit society. Some interesting projects were on Vehicle Hacking, Flying Taxis and Creating petroleum from soybeans. A huge thank you to Mrs Ashley who organised Concordia’s involvement, and to Mr Carpenter and Mr Rowe for the Maccas run on the return journey.

Ian 11KBEN and Rowan 11MBR 

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Business Breakfast

This morning we were excited to welcome the Hon. John Olsen AO, former Premier of SA and current Concordia grandparent, as the special guest speaker at the eighth Concordia Business Networking Breakfast.

Over 60 guests, including parents from both St John's Campus and Concordia Campus, enjoyed the presentation and the chance to connect with other Concordia families and community members over breakfast.

Our Business Breakfasts are held in Term 1 and Term 4 each year. Look out for upcoming 2019 dates, we would love to see you there!

Sue Spry
Concordia Foundation Executive Officer

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Year 8 Dad Joke Competition

During Week 4, the final of the second annual ‘ Year 8 Dad Joke Competition' was held in Murtoa. After a knockout punny blow in the first student round, Nikolas (8JCA) was victorious, taking home the ‘Cheesy Corn Award’ and bragging rights for his Home Class. He then battled it out with Head of Middle School, Mrs Carman, in an eye-rolling, ten-minute cringe-fest. After heading to a sudden-death round, Nikolas again reigned victorious, taking the trophy to its permanent home, M82.

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COCA 50 Year Reunion
We think a 50 Year Reunion is worth celebrating! 

Members of the Class of 1968 celebrated their 50 year reunion in The Suaviter last Friday evening. The group enjoyed a delicious Indian banquet whilst sharing some entertaining stories and memories. It was wonderful to see friendships and connections rekindled after so many years. Thanks to those who attended and we look forward to staying in touch.

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Student Achievements

Congratulations to Sirak 9MGI who has been selected for the SA U/15 Regional Soccer Team to play in an international tournament in Fiji. We wish him all the best as he prepares for the upcoming tournament.

Congratulations to the following students who recently sat AMEB exams. Well done on your fantastic results:

  • Chris 8RCR, A+, Grade 2 Saxophone
  • Thomas 10SKL, B+, Grade 3 Saxophone
  • Asmitha 7RHO, A, Grade 1 Piano
  • Timothy 8VNT, A, Grade 1 Piano
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From the Archives: Brown and Blue - Changes to the College Uniform

This week we look back at some of the changes to the College uniform over the years and how we arrived at the colour scheme used today.


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