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From the Learning Leader - STEM

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2021 has seen the introduction of Learning Leader roles. The main focus of these roles is to work with teachers on professional development and assist with the implementation of Unlocking Futures. Highlights of the year have included the privilege of working with individual teachers where they have shared their practices and passion for working with students, and running whole staff professional development including workshops on SEQTA and feedback practices. Teachers trialled and shared experiences of using different strategies for developing students’ skills for giving, receiving and using feedback to inform their learning. In the background our team has also established a website for teacher professional development to provide resources for strategies to help with implementing Unlocking Futures into our teaching practices. Looking forward we will continue to strengthen our mentoring role, continue to embed Unlocking Futures, and provide more opportunities for students to explore Unlocking Futures in the home environment. In 2022 we will welcome Colleen Porch to our team and farewell Daniel Wood. On behalf of our team I thank Daniel Wood for his warmth, enthusiasm and the ideas he has shared over this past year and wish him well in his new role as Senior School Leader. 

STEM, viewed by many as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is more than the individual subjects. For me, STEM means using the connections and interactions between these disciplines to solve challenging problems and learn at a deeper level. Students working on real-life or make-believe problems are integrating skills and knowledge across different disciplines. This year students have had the opportunity to be involved in the BEBRAS competition which involves computational thinking and mathematical reasoning and Year 10 students entered the STEM challenge. In Semester 2, teachers from Design, Technology and Engineering and Digital Technologies, with the support of the Mathematics Faculty, introduced the “Drone Challenge”. For this extracurricular activity, students meet one or twice a week to use their programming, spatial reasoning and creative skills to solve individual or group challenges in an engaging environment. This has been an enjoyable activity that will continue to be developed in 2022. Making connections with other learning communities is an important part of developing STEM opportunities. Dialogue has started with Zhong Zheng Senior High School (ZZSHS) in Taipei. Recently, their senior students shared the launch of AI (artificial intelligence) projects. Some of our Year 9 Science students will also have an opportunity to collaborate with students from ZZSHS for an eye dissection practical.

2022 will be a year of building STEM connections within our school. We will continue to look for interdisciplinary competitions which complement the curriculum, grow the “Drone Challenge” and establish a maker space and STEM challenge in the Yangadlitya Centre - a space for the school community to come together to explore challenges. In the meantime, interested students might like to try the Wizard Challenge - click to view the riddle and have a go!

Roz Crossing
Learning Leader - STEM

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College Mandatory Vaccination Statement

As you are aware, the Commissioner of Police, acting in his role as the State Coordinator responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, has announced the Emergency Management (Education and Early Childhood Settings Vaccination) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.  

The Direction applies to all employees, OSHC providers, volunteers, parent helpers, contractors and service providers either engaged by the school or contracted to provide services to the school. 

This Direction requires all individuals to receive at least 1 dose of a Therapeutic Goods Association approved COVID-19 vaccination and a booking to receive a second dose by 10 December 2021, except those who have a medical exemption endorsed by the Chief Public Health Officer.  

A copy of the Direction can be found here.

We appreciate that this will be difficult news for some. However, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Lutheran schools have always sought to follow the recommendations of the Government’s health officials. Lutheran schools also respect the Government’s rights to set requirements on people who interact with vulnerable members of the community. 

We would like our staff, students and community to rest assured that we have implemented measures to ensure compliance with the Direction by 10 December 2021. 

We trust that we can all work together respectfully to ensure the safety of our school community.

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Year 10 Camp

Week 4 of Term 4 was an exciting week for our Year 10s. It was camp week! It was the first year that Year 10s were introduced to an outdoor experience camp run by Wilderness Escape Outdoor Adventures in the Riverland. Students were split into groups and travelled by bus to their location at either Roonka Scout Activity Centre or Ankara Youth Camp.

Students participated in a range of activities that included an overnight kayaking expedition, raft making, problem-solving games, a tour of Ngaut Ngnat Aboriginal Site at Nildottie and exploring Punyelroo Cave near Swan Reach.

The weather was perfect, students were enthusiastic and staff enjoyed time away in a more casual setting. Swimming in the river was a highlight for all and having the time to get to know peers was incredibly valuable.

Evenings were spent eating great food and engaging in night activities such as evening walks, mini Olympics and group cricket. With challenging activities, learning new things and having the time to socialise with friends, the Year 10 camp was highly successful. 

“I really enjoyed the camp, we made a lot of life long memories.” - Heidi 10RPAT

“A great opportunity to try new things, like intense caving.” - Noah 10VNAR

“Best school camp I’ve been on. The water activities were awesome.” - Oliver 10ARUD 

Rachel Paterson
Year 10 Pastoral Leader

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Year 9 German Hahndorf Excursion

This term, the Year 9 German classes are studying early German migration to South Australia. As part of this unit of work, each class spent a day in Hahndorf in Week 4, immersing themselves in the local history. After a morning tea of traditional German cakes at Otto’s Bakery, the students worked in groups to find out more about the first German settlers who founded Hahndorf, with checkpoints including the Pioneer Memorial Gardens, the Academy museum and gallery, historical buildings along the main street, and the Heritage Walk next to Rodert’s Farm. Rodert’s Farm was the first farm established in the area, and several groups of students were invited to explore the remains of the original farm buildings, which include a red gum slab hut (which housed the cows as well as the family), a baking oven shelter and a stone cottage. Exploring these historic buildings helped the students to understand the challenges faced by the early settlers. The day also included visits to St Paul’s Church and St Michael’s Church (including the original cemetery, which features headstones engraved in German). There the students learnt more about the history of the local area and the development of the church communities. The excursions were an enjoyable way of bringing history to life.

Judy Harris
German Teacher

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Book Council 2021 and the 26 Book Challenge

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

We congratulate all those students from Years 7–12 who participated in the Concordia 26 Book Challenges this year. We held a special celebration to thank the members of the 2021 Book Council for their work in creating and promoting the challenges - Aryan, Matilda, Victoria, Lily, Tahlia, Alicia and Jack. We thank our wonderful library staff for their constant support of our readers, their beautiful 26 Book Challenge displays and their fabulous book recommendations for cryptic categories.

Participating students had to read a diverse range of books across the year. Some examples:

  • a book with someone’s name in the title
  • a book published before 1950
  • a book about someone who changed the world
  • a book with a cover that is primarily a primary colour
  • a book in which a South Australian location appears, or a book written by a South Australian author.

Students reported that some of the most challenging categories were:

  • a book with a family member term in the title
  • a book that was turned into a musical
  • a book that has been mentioned in another book

Our celebration involved a lolly buffet, our own tribute to Mrs Pratchett’s sweet shop from Roald Dahl’s “Boy” and three lucky students, chosen randomly, won book vouchers for completing the 26 Book Challenge. We had over twenty dedicated readers complete the mission – a mammoth effort!

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.” – Kathleen Norris

Emma Rieger
Enrichment and Extended Learning

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Year 10 Drama Productions

During Week 6, the Year 10 Drama students have taken to the stage to perform their class productions. Students have been involved in a Theatre in Education unit and have been responsible for all aspects of the performance, from choosing a script with an important message, through to deciding on their target audience, lighting, sound and costume design. This year we staged two plays, 'Box' by Lindsay Price, and 'Fidget' by Bradley Hayward, and performed for audiences of students from Years 6 to 9. Both plays explored important issues around identity, friendships and surviving Middle School. The vignette style required students to take on multiple roles and needed a great deal of energy to bring the fast-paced movements and exaggerated characters to life. It has been a joy-filled experience for performers and audiences alike. Congratulations Year 10s – you should be so proud of your achievements!

Emma Williams
Drama Teacher and Learning Leader - The Arts

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Year 7s Meet Georgi from The Mustard Seed Family Project – Paid 4 U Café

Recently, the Year 7s had to choose an activity or cause that they could get involved in for their ‘Act of Service’ this term. 20 students in Year 7 chose to collect bottles and cans for the above-mentioned organisation.

Three years ago, Georgi was in Hindley Street in the city and saw a homeless man eating the scraps of a KFC box from a bin. After spending time with this man, Georgi realised that there was a real need to feed the poor and homeless. He began The Mustard Seed Family Organisation and three years on they are still working to help the less fortunate in our community. The 20 Year 7s who chose this cause as their act of service collected many, many bottles and cans, leaving them feeling quietly chuffed for the amazing cause that they were supporting. Every meal bought at the café provides a free meal to someone who does not have any money nor can afford a proper meal. Georgi is also working on two vans travelling around the CBD, one as a food van and the other as a shower van, again for the homeless.

I am so very proud of the 7s and this amazing act of service. We are also looking into how Concordia recycles and if indeed we could be a sponsor for this amazing and worthy cause in 2022 and beyond!

Suzanne Martin
Year 7 Home Class Teacher

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Remembrance Day

Middle and Senior School staff and students observed Remembrance Day on Thursday 11 November with a special Chapel service. It was wonderful to have Old Concordian and Vietnam Veteran Richard Eckermann (1961) participate in the service which also featured the College brass ensemble, vocalists and Year 9 student Marco who performed The Last Post perfectly.

We also remember the 134 Old Concordians who served their country in the Second World War and the Vietnam War. Their names are on the Honour Board we have recently erected in The Suaviter.

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Old Concordians' Update

Term 4 is busy with Old Concordian reunions!

In the last few weeks both the Class of 1996 and the Class of 1991 met to celebrate their 25 Year and 30 Year Reunions. Both groups began with a tour of the College (with families and partners joining in), before moving to The Edinburgh Hotel for an evening of food, drink and lots of chatter.

We look forward to hosting the Class of 2001 at the College on Friday 19 November for dinner in the Art Courtyard and a tour of the College to celebrate their 20 Year Reunion.

Sue Spry
Alumni Manager

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A Night at the Opera – “The Barber of Seville”

Last Tuesday evening, 26 of Concordia’s singing students attended Her Majesty’s Theatre to enjoy the State Opera’s dress rehearsal of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”. In addition to the outstanding production, there was particular excitement amongst our group that two of Concordia’s singing teachers, Teresa LaRocca and Andy Turner (pictured with the students during intermission) played significant roles in the show.

As always, our students were beautifully behaved and showed great respect for a genre that they may not have had much exposure to.

My thanks to Miss Pfitzner and Dr Smith for accompanying the students to the theatre, and thanks also to the State Opera for allowing us to watch their final rehearsal.

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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Children’s Crossing – Winchester Street

The safety of our community is paramount. The Children’s Crossing at 24 Winchester Street is to be used by all of our community to access the College. When this crossing was installed by Unley Council, several of the parking areas on Winchester Street also changed to ensure minimal congestion. Please be aware of these, particularly at drop off and pick up. Let’s do this together and keep Winchester Street safe for all.

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International Day of Tolerance

Each year since 1995 on 16 November we have globally celebrated the International Day for Tolerance.

This is a day where we should reflect on the last time, we:

  • had a different perspective to others, including friends
  • learned something about someone else’s culture

It was started by the UN General Assembly with a goal to have educational institutions and the general public see tolerance as a staple of society. It is a day that helps spread the importance of being tolerant towards others and raise awareness of any intolerance in the world today.

Tolerance recognises the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse, but it is only tolerance that can ensure the survival of diverse communities throughout the world.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) created an award titled the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. Manjeet was born in Lahore (Pakistan) 1924 and recognised for his lifelong devotion to the cause of communal harmony and peace. This award is presented every two years that recognises great achievements in promoting the spirit of tolerance and non-violence in the fields of science, culture, communication, and the arts.

Steve Eden
Head of International Student Programs

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Legal Studies

The Senior Legal Studies course at Concordia College has always strived to ensure students are presented with the opportunity to apply their classroom theory to real-world contexts. For the past fifteen years, students have biannually visited the Magistrate, District and Supreme Courts to hear real cases and hear from some of South Australia’s most prestigious and experienced legal counsel. Through this, students develop a working understanding of the legal system and judicial process and the complexities of presenting evidence to trial. On this occasion, the class were fortunate enough to commence their day with Supreme Court Justice Ann Bampton, supported by Associate Sarah Schonfeldt. Justice Bampton’s perspectives of how the law interacts with society and what measures are required to keep our society safe were sobering and interesting insights for our students.

Rick holding a gold medallionFor this authentic experience to occur, Rick Sommariva must be commended on his dedication to the Legal Studies program at Concordia, as his connections have allowed students to experience insights that may not be available to other educational contexts. In addition, we congratulate Rick on receiving a gold medallion acknowledging his service to the Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools Reference Group.

Vanessa Narino-Terry
Acting Head of Humanities

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Learning online with Zhong Zheng Senior High School in Taipei

In early 2021, Zhong Zheng Senior High School (ZZSHS) in Taipei reached out to Concordia College to enquire about establishing an online learning environment where students from both schools could collaboratively learn and share a global and cultural perspective on selected subject content. Equally, for the students in Taipei it would also strengthen their grasp of the English language.

Both Brendan Toohey and Hajnalka Malloy immediately became interested and commenced liaising with the ZZSHS Principal and their learning team to consider content.

The Principal of ZZSHS advised that they have made an application to become an IB school and following an introduction from Concordia they have also connected with the SACE Board and sought approval to offer the SACE in 2022.

To date, Brendan has led several online learning sessions including marine issues and the environmental impacts placed on our oceans and waterways. This term, Roz Crossing is preparing to trial a Year 9 physics topic – light. Involving Paul Bannister and Will Mead, the students will participate in a practical demonstration on eye dissection. In 2022, Chrissie File is hopeful for the opportunity to explore media as a shared subject.

The learning is not exclusive to the students as ZZSHS is keen to share and participate in joint Professional Development with Concordia teaching staff. Once overseas travel is considered safe again this relationship with ZZSHS will hopefully see an exchange program allowing students from both schools to visit each other and embrace an appreciation of our cultures.

Steve Eden
Head of International Student Programs

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2022 Instrumental Music Lessons

The families of students who wish to begin or continue with instrumental and vocal music lessons in 2022 should complete the online form.

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 2022 are currently submitting applications, and responses will assist with planning to accommodate these new students. We ask that applications are submitted by Friday 26 November 2021.

2022 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 for instrumental hire. 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 2022, the instrument will need to be returned to the Music Office no later than Friday 26 November.

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Student Achievement

Christopher with Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, SA GovernorConcordia congratulates Christopher (11GGRA) who was recently presented with the St John Ambulance SA Youth Member of the Year for 2021 award at Government House. He was nominated by the superintendent of his Youth Division (Mitcham/Colonel Light Gardens) and then went through a selection process, involving an interview and skills assessment. The award was presented by Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, the new Governor of South Australia.




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