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From the ELC Director

Wood KateStudent-led Conference

The student-led conference is an important tool for communication and reporting in the IB Primary Years Programme. It gives children the opportunity to share many aspects of their learning in an authentic way that is individualised and interactive. The student-led conference engages parents in the learning as they talk with their child about the process behind the work displayed.

The ELC children were able to share their learning with their families last week at our child-led conference based on the previous term’s inquiry of 'The Process of Investigation Leads to New Discoveries'. A digital presentation showcased the children’s individual inquiries. Documentation in the hall and in the ELC provided examples of the children’s engagement with a range of materials and concepts.

Parents said they enjoyed the opportunity to see what their children have been learning, interact alongside their child and watch their child engage with their peers.

When children were asked to reflect on the experience, they said they loved having their parents and grandparents at the ELC. They felt excited, nervous and happy.  

The student-led conference moves children to the centre of the reporting process instead of being passive bystanders. It helps children build confidence and take responsibility for reporting on the process and progress of their own learning.

Kate Wood
ELC Director

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Year 2s ‘Up the Creek’

On Thursday, 31 October the Year 2 students enjoyed a puppet show by Sue Harris Puppets. The performance, titled “Up the Creek”, connected to their Sharing the Planet unit with the central idea; 'People can make choices to support the sustainability of the earth's resources'.  

Students enjoyed the performance and learnt about the importance of keeping our waterways clean.  

“I learnt that we should look after our water and we shouldn’t leave the tap on when we’re not using it, especially if you have rainwater.” Cora 

“Don’t throw all your rubbish around the place because it might end up in the water.” Gabe  

“I thought it was good to tell everyone that you shouldn’t drink from a bottle that you don’t know what is in it.” Mimi 

“The puppet show about leaving the tap on showed all the things we use water for but also how important it is to not waste water because there is a limit to it.” Thomas   

Emily O’Callaghan
Year 2 Teacher

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Christmas Hamper Appeal for Lutheran Community Care

To help families on low incomes celebrate Christmas, each year Lutheran Community Care gifts over 1000 Christmas Hampers in Adelaide, the Barossa Valley and Alice Springs.

Christmas Hampers are only made possible through the generosity of many supporters: congregations, businesses, schools, community groups and local people.

This year we again ask for your generosity in supporting our campus hamper appeal for Lutheran Community Care. If you would like to brighten up someone's Christmas this year, you can donate non-perishable food items to be made into a hamper. Please see the wish list below for requested items.

Hamper items can be brought into student classrooms any time from now until the final collection day on Tuesday, 3 December (Week 8).

We will be also holding a Christmas Dress-Up/Casual Day on Tuesday 3 December and in lieu of a gold coin donation, are asking students to bring in a hamper item. See the list below for ideas.

  • Biscuits – sweet/savoury
  • Cereal
  • Cake
  • Christmas pudding
  • Gifts – Newborn – 13 years (books, puzzles, games, sporting goods, craft)
  • Tinned Ham/Turkey
  • Tinned Tuna
  • Canned Vegetables/Fruit
  • Chips and Lollies
  • Long Life Custard/Fruit Juice/Milk
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Pasta sauce
  • Spreads/jam
  • Vegemite
  • Sugar
  • Tea/Coffee/Milo
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Year 4s visit the Art Gallery

On Monday, 21 October the Year 4 classes took a trip to the South Australian Art Gallery to be immersed in all things artistic as part of our ‘How we express ourselves’ unit. The students spent some time in both of the main galleries as well as looking at the current ‘Tarnanthi’ contemporary Aboriginal art exhibition. We were impressed with the students' questions and observations as they moved around the exhibitions, and how they showed their developing appreciation for varying types of art.  We focused on how artists can express so much through imagery. Another great day of learning.

Anita Ruggiero
Year 4 Teacher

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Staff Updates

Please note for your information the following updates to our staffing for 2020.

Mrs Eddie Forest will be on Maternity Leave during 2020. We wish Eddie and George God’s blessings as they prepare for the arrival of their second child early next year.

Mrs Emily Doherty will also be taking Maternity Leave during 2020. We also wish Emily and Kevin God’s blessings as they too prepare for the arrival of their second child early next year.

I also need to announce that Mrs Alicia Puiatti has recently been appointed to a new position as the PYP Coordinator at Encounter Lutheran College in Victor Harbor. Alicia has been teaching at our St John’s Campus for 13 years, starting here as a graduate teacher. While we are sorry to see Alicia leave our community we wish her God's blessings as she takes on this exciting new position next year.

With these absences for next year we have made several new classroom teaching appointments for 2020.

These include:

Mr Graham Buxton – as a classroom teacher. Graham has a wide range of experience both as a teacher and also in leadership. He is currently serving at Redeemer Lutheran School in Nuriootpa, as the Director of Teaching and Learning.

Mr Matt Bell -  as a classroom teacher. Matt also comes with a range of teaching experience both in Australia and overseas. He is currently teaching at Unity College, Murray Bridge in an upper primary class, with additional leadership responsibility.

Miss Maddy Russell – as a classroom teacher. Maddy has been with us for a few years teaching in Year 1 and will return on contract for next year.

We welcome these teachers to our team for next year.

At this stage, Mr Steve Hahesy (6SH), Mrs Celina Read (1CR) and Miss Jessie Thiele (5DK) will not be with us next year.

We will obviously thank and farewell all of these staff members at our end of year service.

At this stage we plan to inform parents in Week 6 about the year levels that teachers will be teaching in 2020.

We are also pleased to announce that in 2020 Mrs Tamara Martin (Community Carer/Counsellor) will be increasing her time to four days per week (currently three days per week). 

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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St John’s Campus Christmas Dress-Up / Casual Day

St John's Campus students are invited to wear casual clothes on Tuesday, 3 December.

In lieu of a gold coin donation… please bring in a non-perishable food item to support our Christmas hamper appeal for Lutheran Community Care.

Thank you!

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Siassi Partnership Update

Please click here to read an update about the Siassi partnership.

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