Our Year 7 students recently undertook an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $60.00 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.
Recently the Year 7s left on a four-day trip to explore our nation’s capital, Canberra. The five Home Classes divided into two separate groups, travelling a week apart. Our teachers planned an amazing and action-packed itinerary. We were absolutely exhausted by the end of the trip, possibly also due to our 5:00am airport start!
We were all impressed by our luxury coaches throughout the week. We spent some time in Parliament House, which is one of the largest buildings in the Southern Hemisphere. It contains 4,500 rooms, and 2,700 clocks. The clocks are fitted with two flashing lights (red for the Senate, green for the House of Representatives) to alert parliamentarians when they are required in the chambers.
The Royal Australian Mint, which can produce up to 2 million coins each day, was rather fascinating to visit. Everyone liked watching Titan (a crowd favourite) and Robbie, the robots. Titan is 3 metres tall and weighs 4.6 tonnes. He can lift up to 1000kg. When he is not lifting heavy barrels, he enjoys dancing and showing off to the crowd, flaunting his flexibility!
Other highlights included – evenings at the Australian Institute of Sport and Questacon, along with visits to Old Parliament House, the Deep Space Centre, the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery of Australia.
Thank you to the teachers for months of planning, and for being there, supporting us all. This has been an experience that none of us will ever forget!
Concordia was represented at the Remembrance Day ceremony in the Unley Memorial Gardens on Saturday, 11 November by Alex 9TPR and Lewis 9MGI who took part in the ceremony by placing rosemary adjacent to our Concordia plaque. The schools in the Unley area have named plaques in the garden as a constant reminder particularly of the soldiers from this area who fought in the war and attended those schools.
Also in the ceremony was Ian 10SKL, participating as a cadet.
On Friday morning, 10 November, a Remembrance Ceremony was held for all Concordia Campus students in the College Chapel.
These occasions are poignant reminders for us that many men and women sacrificed their lives for our freedom and it is fitting that we both remember, and show our gratitude, for their sacrifice.
Head of Middle School
Late last term, Concordia College was fortunate to receive a generous grant from the Lutheran Laypersons League, to undertake a project that celebrates and brings attention to the Lutheran Schools Earth Care Charter. With this grant, the school purchased three Veggie Truggs to create the ‘Tri Trug Project'. The project encourages thankfulness for the bounty of earth, care for the environment and gratefulness to God. The Trugs will shortly be painted by Year 6-9 students and filled with food, succulent and bush plants, relating to the Source, Service and Spirit functions of the environment.
On Tuesday 7 November, a second meeting was held for the Concordia College cross-campus Reconciliation Action Plan student working group. The group was established earlier in 2017, to provide an opportunity for students across the St John's and Concordia campuses to meet and implement the objectives of the school’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Agenda items included students reporting back on a Reconciliation Australia Initiative, Generations of Change, which aims to educate school-aged students on discrimination and racism, as well as the establishment of a cross-campus art group. The respective groups will be performing a drama on the topic to Year 5 students and creating designs that will feature on the ‘Tri Trug’ Earthcare project, made possible by a generous grant from the LLL. As evident, it was an incredibly productive and successful morning and the group looks forward to sharing their outcomes with the entire college.
Middle School Teacher
Members of Frau Held's Year 7 German class have been taking turns bringing in some delicious German food for their classmates to taste throughout the semester.