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From the Concordia Campus School Pastor

The spiritual theme for the Concordia Campus this term has been Light In The Darkness. This has given us the opportunity to reflect on the unique hope we have in this life to face all sorts of difficult situations together as a community.

Our hope is inspired by the incredible acts of God throughout time, who regularly defied the odds to bring life, goodness, blessing and reconciliation out of situations that looked bleak. The most important and defining of these events was Christ’s resurrection, which began a new dawn and a new era in our world, where the human longing for death to be overcome became a reality.

It was, therefore, a touching moment when we celebrated All Saints’ Day a few weeks ago at Concordia Campus, and took the time to thank God for the people who had been such a blessing to our lives but who had sadly passed away in the past twelve months. These people – and even pets – have greatly enriched our lives and been a source of joy for our families. The relationships we had with them were acknowledged as gifts from God, for they contributed significantly to us having a sense of connection, purpose and identity that are essential to our lives as human beings.

As the names of these people were read out, we lit a candle to remember them and to signify the light of hope we have in facing death. We also recalled the words from Scripture that point to a new heaven and a new earth where the pain, suffering and darkness of this life will be left behind. In this passage, our Lord promises to “…wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4) This promise of the future gives us hope in the present.

We will soon celebrate God’s light coming into the world at Christmas, which is another event in which God pulled off the miraculous in circumstances that seemed unlikely, and even impossible. That we celebrate this festival with lights that shine in the darkness is truly appropriate. May we, as a community, be people who reflect this light in the way we live our lives with hope, no matter what the circumstances of our times may be. We may never have another year like 2020 (let’s hope not!) but there will certainly be events in the future that make the darkness more apparent. We pray that Christ’s light, in good times and in bad, will continue to shine in our lives.

Dale Gosden
School Pastor

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Microsoft Surface Lighthouse School 2021

Several years ago Concordia College made the decision to incorporate Microsoft Surface devices across our campus, to help teachers deliver better learning in the classroom, provide a wider range of learning environments, and to ensure our students have the digital literacy and technological skills they need to thrive in the future workforce. Our approach has been so successful that Concordia has recently been recognised as a top tier Microsoft Surface Lighthouse School. This is the highest level of recognition possible from Microsoft for Australian schools, and means we are now part of an exclusive cohort of schools delivering outstanding learning using Surface devices. We have been leading the way in digital learning for some time now and are thrilled to be listed as a Surface Lighthouse School. This recognition also comes with new levels of collaboration, support and resources from Microsoft, which will be of great benefit to our students, staff and the wider school community. You can read more about the Surface Lighthouse School program and what it means for Concordia here.

Adrian Wuttke
ICT Manager

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Annual Arts Show 2020

On Friday, 13 November, the creativity of our Concordia Campus students was well and truly on display at our annual Arts Show. The Pavilion in the Quad housed the amazing products crafted by our Year 12 Design, Technology and Engineering students, while in the Nautilus Centre and Art Centre foyer a wide variety of work by Visual Arts, Design, Media and Photography students was on display for guests to enjoy.

Jimmy Dodd, our Artist-in-Residence who worked with students to create some amazing kinetic art for several weeks in Term 1, opened the show, and it was wonderful to have him join us for the evening. 

Congratulations to the following students who received awards on the night.

Arts Awards

Excellence and Year 12 Subject Awards

  • SACE Stage 2 Visual Art - Art: Alicia 12HROS
  • SACE Stage 2 Visual Art - Design: Annie 12CFIN
  • SACE Stage 2 Visual Art - Design: Kate 12LNEL
  • SACE Stage 2 Creative Art: Lara 12LNEL

Encouragement Awards

  • Eden 12KBEN
  • Alec 12KBEN

Concordia Art Acquisition Award

  • Olivia 12TMCC for her piece called “Fantocci
Design, Technology and Engineering Awards
  • Year 12 Subject Award: Kane 12HROS
  • Most Outstanding Product Award: Ben 12RSOM
  • Peer Assessed Best Product Award: Josh 12RSOM
  • Resilience Award: Oliver 12CFIN
Media Awards
  • Subject Award: Luke 12KBEN
  • Excellence Award: Heidi 12KBEN
  • Encouragement Award: Alec 12KBEN and Harrison 12KBEN
Photography Awards
  • Subject and Excellence Awards: Josh 12CFIN
  • Encouragement Awards: Josh 12KBEN and Ryan 12RSOM

Thanks to the following sponsors for supporting this year's Concordia Arts Show.

Art Awards:

  • Eckersley's Art & Craft

Photography Awards:

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Media Awards:

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Design, Technology & Engineering Awards:

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2021 Instrumental Music Lessons & Hire

2021 Instrumental Music Lessons

The families of students who wish to begin or continue with instrumental and vocal music lessons in 2021 should complete the online form here

All details regarding fees, as well as the instrumental agreement, are contained within the link. All continuing students need to reapply. New students to the school in 2021 are currently submitting applications, and responses will assist with planning to accommodate these new students. We ask that applications are submitted by Friday, 27 November, 2020.

2021 Instrumental Music Hire

Families who currently hire an instrument do not need to resubmit a hire form. If your child wishes to start instrumental lessons through the College and needs to hire that instrument, please complete the online application form here. All details regarding fees and the hire agreement are contained within the link. Hire is restricted to the instruments listed within the form.

Return of Hire Instruments

If students are not continuing to hire an instrument in 2021, it will need to be returned to the Music Office no later than Friday, 27 November.

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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Year 9 German Students Visit Hahndorf

During Term 4, the Year 9 German students are learning about early German settlement in South Australia. They will shortly be undertaking a task in which they take on the persona of one of the children who travelled from Germany to Australia on board the Zebra in 1838, writing a diary entry about the experiences of their chosen child migrant. The Zebra was captained by Captain Dirk Meinertz Hahn, and the passengers on his ship, who ultimately settled Hahndorf, named their new village in his honour.

To prepare for this task, the Year 9 German students took part in a full-day excursion to Hahndorf during Week 4. Fortified by a morning tea of German cakes, the students explored the Institute museum, Rodert’s Farm, the Pioneer Memorial Gardens and the main street, as well as visiting St Paul’s and St Michael’s Lutheran churches. These activities provided the students with valuable insight into the experiences of the early German settlers, as well as the opportunity to view original buildings, machinery and artefacts first-hand. The lunch break also gave students the opportunity to sample the local German cuisine.

It was a very enjoyable and informative day that will enable the students to write about the experiences of the early settlers with greater insight.

The German Faculty

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Lutheran Community Care – Christmas Hamper Appeal

As you may be aware, Lutheran Community Care (LCC) is our focus service project this term. Already over the past weeks we have been collecting general pantry items to assist Lutheran Community Care’s work with needy families. Thank you everyone for the donations your families have made already.

We are making a slight change to this for the next few weeks. Lutheran Community Care have asked if we can help to create ‘Christmas Hampers’. Christmas is a difficult time for many families in SA who may be doing it tough for many reasons. Lutheran Community Care collects these Christmassy items which they put together to bless families in need. See below for lists of items that LCC include in the Christmas hampers. We would especially ask that you consider donating some gifts for children (under 12 years of age). For example: books, puzzles, toys, sporting goods and craft items. We would also appreciate donations of Christmas wrapping paper so that the hamper boxes can be wrapped as gifts!

Please bring items to either Home Class or place into the containers marked ‘LCC’ outside the SSO. This will be open until Friday, 4 December, to allow hampers to be completed and then delivered to families in the days leading up to Christmas.

At Concordia, we would love to help make Christmas a happier time for many families who otherwise may miss out. Let's be generous givers and make a difference together. Thank you everyone for your support of Lutheran Community Care and the important work they do.

Here are some items for our 2020 Christmas Hamper wish list:

  • Canned ham or turkey
  • Tinned beans
  • Biscuits - sweet or savoury
  • Continental pasta pack
  • Sugar
  • Coffee/milo
  • Tea bags
  • Instant mash
  • Chips or popcorn
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned tuna
  • Long life milk
  • Long life juice
  • Long life custard
  • Pasta or rice
  • Cereal
  • Tinned veggies
  • Tinned fruit
  • Christmas wrapping paper
  • Children's gifts - newborn to 12 years old - (books, puzzles, toys, sporting goods, craft items, etc)

Mark Rathjen
Christian Studies Teacher and Spiritual Development Facilitator

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Stage 2 Design, Technology & Engineering 2020

The Year 12 Design, Technology & Engineering class of 2020 were a highly motivated group of resilient students who let nothing get in their way of success. Through pure hard work and determination, the products that were manufactured were arguably the most diverse and best overall quality ever produced. The sense of pride and satisfaction on the students’ faces as the final photographs were taken is what makes this subject so special. Congratulations to every student on their exceptional effort throughout the year.

Shane Beitz
Head of Design, Technology and Engineering

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Year 9-11 Geography Field Trips

Term 4 has provided the Geography students with an opportunity to explore the outdoors as part of their curriculum focus. Field trips are a fantastic way to learn outside of the classroom and to develop the skills required to further their geographical knowledge and study of the world around them.

  • Year 9 students headed to Warrawong Sanctuary to combine their Science knowledge of Ecosystems and Geography knowledge of Biomes, and to look at how they are connected to help manage the land for increased biodiversity.
  • Year 10 students had the perfect day to spend at Port Noarlunga South, Southport Dunes and Port Noarlunga Jetty. They collated information about coastal processes, land use and management practices, developing their field work techniques along the way.
  • Year 11 students headed to three suburbs in Adelaide to look at the changing land uses and sustainability practices to ensure that Adelaide remains one of the most liveable cities in the world! They were able to speak with the Lead Project Manager of Renewal SA, Andrew Bishop, and explore some of the urban renewal processes evident.

We look forward to building on these field work skills in Geography and giving our students a chance to learn beyond the classroom walls.

Emily Johnson
MYP Coordinator

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Music Notes

2020 Mike Stewart Memorial Award

Mike Stewart joined the Concordia Music team in 2007 as a saxophone tutor and Big Band Director. He quickly established himself as a hugely talented and inspiring mentor to students and staff alike. His vast knowledge of Jazz, and his ability to play it with flair, motivated all who were blessed to have known him. 

With the passing of Mike in May of 2014, the music community suffered a great loss, but his legacy is one of passion, imagination, vitality and encouragement, and it is these qualities that we will continue to celebrate. The Mike Stewart Memorial Award is our way of doing this.

This award has been set up as a result of generous donations from the community, and is awarded to a Concordia College Big Band 1 member, who displays the qualities outlined above, over an extended period – that of passion for music, imagination, vitality and encouragement of others. 

We congratulate Ethan (12RSOM) who was presented with this important award during our Week 4 Assembly. He will receive $500 to assist with furthering his musical endeavours, and his name is engraved on the memorial panel located next to the Music display cabinet in the Murtoa hallway.

AHOMINGS Significant Contribution to Music Education Award – Congratulations Martin Cheney

A highly literate and capable musician, Martin Cheney has for many years demonstrated outstanding musical skill and leadership in music education, particularly through performance, arranging and composition. He has provided Concordia students with a superlative example of musical outcomes, thereby inherently enriching their Music education experience regardless of their year level or artistic ability. Whether in the classroom or as director of an ensemble, his expert delivery of material, as well as his production of outstanding resources, will remain an example for others to follow for years to come.

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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Middle School students meet Bruce Djite

In Week 4, during our Middle School Assembly, students had the privilege to hear from and meet former Adelaide United soccer player, and now Director of Football, Bruce Djite. Bruce, who is a highly regarded soccer player, shared his experiences of racism and prejudice as both a child and as an elite athlete. Bruce had a very simple message to share – treat each person with dignity and respect, and remember to look at everything from different perspectives.

As a community we value diversity and warmly welcome people of all different backgrounds. Bruce’s parting message particularly struck a chord – the character of a person is the most important thing; it doesn’t matter how good someone might be at something (eg. Football), if they are not a kind or caring person, then the rest doesn’t matter.

Bruce’s mission is to erase racism – we were very fortunate to hear his message, and to be challenged to make a difference and take a stand.

Joanne Wegener
Assistant Head of Middle School

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26 Book Challenge

On Friday, 13 November, we celebrated the completion of our 2020 26 Book Challenge. Students who accepted the mission were challenged to read 26 books across a range of diverse categories. A sample of the categories:

  • A book written by an author with your same initials.
  • A book set somewhere you have always wanted to visit.
  • A book published the year you were born.
  • A book that has won the Pulitzer Prize.
  • A book written by someone under the age of 25.

All students were presented with their certificates, and three students who completed the challenge were drawn at random to receive a book voucher. At our celebration we talked about the new authors and books we discovered as a result of the specific challenge categories. It was fabulous to see over 30 students from Years 7-11 take part this year. A total of 20 students achieved the impressive milestone of 26 books.

We also announced the members of our Book Council for 2021. Eight students from Years 7–11 will be involved in creating the categories for next year’s Challenge, as well as promoting literacy initiatives across the Concordia College campus.

Congratulations to:

Aryan, (7MRID) Matilda (7 MRID), Ciara (7RHOG), Victoria (8SCOO), Lily (8GGRA), Alicia (9ELCU), Tahlia (9ELCU) and Jack (11SBUD).

We look forward to seeing your positive contributions to Book Council in 2021. 

Emma Rieger
Gifted Education

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Year 7 and 8 Transition

Over the last three weeks, the Middle School has been hosting “welcome” visits for the new Year 7 and 8 students joining our community in 2021.

These visits play a very important part in helping students to adjust to their new school environment. Students joining Year 7 and 8 in 2021 had the opportunity to meet other new people and begin forging friendships. The Year 7 students also had the opportunity to have a “try” of some of the subjects they will undertake next year – Science, Digital Technologies and PE all provided opportunities for some new experiences.

Our Year 9 Ambassadors did an amazing job hosting these visits and helping the students get to know Concordia and each other. The Ambassadors led the students on tours of the school and engaged in a variety of activities to help “break the ice” and form new friendships.

We look forward to getting to know these students even more when they join the College community in 2021.

Joanne Wegener
Assistant Head of Middle School

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Australian Geography Competition

Back in Term 1, before the world changed, Concordia College Geography students entered the Australian Geography Competition to test their geographical skills and knowledge against students from around Australia.

Across all six year levels, 300 students completed the competition, with 20% of participants achieving a credit or higher. Ten students achieved High Distinctions, and one of our students achieved the highest score for their year level in the state. Finally, Concordia College achieved its own personal best, being the highest scoring school in the whole of South Australia – well done to our geographers!

Congratulations to these students for their outstanding achievements.

Year 7
  • Oscar 7MRID – Highest score for Year 7 in South Australia
  • James 7MRID – High Distinction
Year 8
  • Charlie 8NMCG – High Distinction
  • Isobel 8NMCG – High Distinction
  • Victoria 8SCOO – High Distinction
  • Olivia 8NMCG – High Distinction
  • Amalia 8LTHO – High Distinction
  • Rohan 8GGRA – High Distinction
  • Nima 8LTHO – High Distinction
Year 10
  • Lyora 10JHEA – High Distinction
Year 12
  • Jack 12HROS – High Distinction

In a year like no other, we have been reminded of just how significant geography is to our understanding of the world and its interconnections. So, it is very pleasing to see such success in our students and potential future geographers.

Joanne Wegener
AGC Coordinator / Geography Teacher

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STEM Hydro Rockets

During Semester 2, our Year 10 STEM classes undertook a unit on Hydro Rockets. Students were challenged to investigate relevant scientific principles and concepts, which informed design, prototyping and construction of a rocket propelled by water and pressurised air. The most impressive feat of engineering is the design of the release mechanism, in which a parachute is to be activated at the peak of flight, enabling a safe return to earth. Final construction of rockets incorporates precision manufacturing processes such as CAD, 3D printing and laser cutting technologies. Final launch day is favoured as new heights and records are strived for, with very successful outcomes.

Congratulations to the following students who achieved the best flight times in their class:

  • Harvey 10NFLE - 18.56 seconds with a successful deployment of both parachute and astronaut
  • Oscar 10BZAN - 19.7 seconds with a successful deployment of both parachute and astronaut

Rhys Dezsery
Design, Technology & Engineering and STEM

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