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From the Concordia Campus Principal

The Year That Was

Weinert PaulWelcome to the final edition of Concordia Connect for 2019. My hope and prayer is that during this hectic end-of-year busyness you may be encouraged by the joy the Advent season brings as we prepare to celebrate the coming of our Lord. As another year draws to a close, I am thankful for and celebrate all that God has done within our College.

Some highlights from this year include:

  • The continued strong reputation of our College within the community and the high demand for enrolment
  • The warm and trusting relationships between the campuses, which continue to bring us closer as an aligned and unified ELC - Year 12 College, the embodiment of which we can see in our new whole of College Parents and Friends Association
  • The wonderful manner in which the Year 12 class finished the year with respectfulness, inclusivity and joyful celebration
  • Our continued focus on celebrating inclusion and diversity, inspired by a Gospel heart
  • The optimistic future of our College captured in our new Towards 2025 Strategic Vision
  • The wonderful opportunities our new Unlocking Futures learning framework will bring to our students
  • The diverse extra-curricular offerings the College continues to provide for our students through the creativity and commitment of staff
  • Our renewed focus on a whole of College Wellbeing Model and Strategy driven through research by Dr Catherine Johnson and the staff wellbeing teams
  • The wise guidance of our College Board as they govern the College and oversee new strategic directions for the future
  • Our amazing students who have a genuine love of learning. 

As this will be the last issue of Concordia Connect for the year, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all staff for their continued loving service to the students in their care. As I witness the various interactions between staff and students, I am continually affirmed in the knowledge that the caring Christ is present in our College through the selfless dedication of our teachers and support staff. Thanks also go to the many parent volunteers, particularly members of committees, who give their precious time in service to our communities.

Wishing you a Christmas filled with the wonder of the birth of Christ, the warmth of the holiday spirit, and the love of family and friends. I look forward to working closely with you in 2020.

Paul Weinert
Principal - Concordia Campus

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Year 12 Valedictory Dinner and Parent Reception

It was wonderful to welcome the Class of 2019 and their parents to the College for their final Year 12 function - the Valedictory Dinner and Parent Reception on Thursday, 21 November.

Students and parents gathered in the Quad for some refreshments as the sun started to set, with many of the students dressing up for this special occasion. Students then headed upstairs for a farewell dinner with their teachers while parents continued to mingle, catch up and reminisce about their child's time at the College.

We wish the Year 12s every blessing for the future and hope that they stay in touch as Old Concordians!

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Year 8 Connected Unley

Each year our Year 8s undertake a three-day community and service program called Connected Unley.

The program began with introductions about the Unley area from Major Reno Elms of The Salvation Army Unley, Mayor Michael Hewitson from the City of Unley, and Miss Caitlin Hadrill from the Community Development Department at the City of Unley. The second group of students were fortunate to hear from Deputy Mayor Peter Hughes. 

On the second day of the program students served at various venues throughout the Unley/Highgate area. This year’s program included serving at the following venues:

  • Fullarton Lutheran Homes
  • Fern Avenue Community Garden
  • St Chad’s Anglican Church
  • The Salvation Army at Unley
  • St John’s Lutheran Church
  • Rosefield Uniting Church’s music playgroup 

Congratulations to the winners of the Connected Unley ‘Amazing Race.’ 

Group 1:

Ethan, Tom, Alex and Fletcher (8AMAR)

Group 2:

Liam, Ben and Will (8LBRO)

Here are some reflections from our Year 8 students:

'The Connected Unley program was a whole new experience, an experience that the rest of the Year 8s and I truly enjoyed. What I enjoyed the most about the Connected Unley program was learning outdoors with ‘hands on’ activities and knowing that the Year 8s made a difference in the Unley Community.'Lian, 8AMAR 

'The most important thing I learnt in Connected Unley was that it is important to make records and keep the past alive. When recording the elderly at the church it made me reflect on how their opinions and ways of life might help us in the future.'  Oscar, 8RCRO 

'The most important thing I learnt during Connected Unley was that I could give back to the community that I am a part of. I learnt that people can make a difference in their community no matter how old they are. You can change people's lives or just make their day!' Ohmeah, 8AMAR 

“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NRSV)

Amy Martin
Year 8 Pastoral Leader

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Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Awards

Each year, the AMEB awards a prize to one student for each grade level. The chosen students not only receive a prize, they also have the honour of performing at the AMEB Showcase this coming Sunday at the prestigious Elder Hall.

This is truly an outstanding year for some of Concordia’s instrumentalists, as the following four students have been recognised as the most outstanding in their grade level.

Concordia recipients for AMEB prizes this year are:

  • Liam 12SBUD, AMEB Grade 7 Award (Trumpet)
  • Caleb 9SWHI, AMEB Grade 8 Award (Cello)
  • Luke 11BTOO, AMEB Grade 8 Award (Rockschool - Drums)
  • Lewis 11MHAR, AMEB Associate Diploma of Music Award*   
    *There is only one prize awarded for all instruments at this level, so this is extraordinary.

These students are to be congratulated for their exceptional efforts in achieving these accolades. 

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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STEM Hydro Rockets

During Semester 2, our Year 10 STEM classes undertook a new unit on Hydro Rockets. Students were challenged to design and construct a water-powered rocket that, once propelled into the air, would release a parachute to enable a safe return to ground. After much prototyping and testing, final rockets were manufactured. The construction of the rockets incorporated 3D printing and laser cutting processes. Much fun was had during final testing with many rockets achieving very successful outcomes.

Shane Beitz
Head of Design & Technology

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Carol Singing at Living Choice

On Friday evening, Living Choice residents welcomed Concordia Music students for their annual “lighting of the Christmas tree and community carols”. This was a lovely time for students from the Flute and Guitar ensembles, a Cello duo, String Quartet 2 and a team of singers who performed a selection of Christmas music. Students, families and residents joined together for community carol singing and the event was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. We look forward to sharing in this Christmas celebration in the future.

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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Stage 2 Design and Technology

Our Year 12 Design & Technology students commenced the year with the challenge to design and manufacture a high-quality piece of furniture. They quickly engaged with the task at hand and spent much time learning and refining the necessary skills to make this possible. A feature of this year’s projects was the diversity of designs as well as the range of timbers and finishes used. At the conclusion of the course, completed projects were displayed at the annual Art Show, an Art and Design exhibition which demonstrated the exceptional talent of our students.

Shane Beitz
Head of Design & Technology

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Year 7 and 8 Murtoa Showcase

Year 7 Ancient Civilisations Showcase

The Year 7 cohort presented their Ancient Civilisations projects at the Murtoa Showcase on Thursday, 5 December with great success. Each student explored two Ancient Civilisations as part of their Humanities unit. They were then tasked to find a similar problem in each civilisation and outline a scientific and innovative solution to this problem. The students worked hard throughout their Science and Humanities lessons, preparing an engaging and invigorating speech to sell their solution to visitors to their fair. Each student produced a creative sales pitch and created some interesting replicas of their solution!

Rachel Hogan
Year 7 Home Class Teacher

Year 8 Science Fair

The annual Year 8 Science Fair, as part of the Murtoa Showcase, included a wide variety of scientific inquiry ideas. Guests were intrigued by students’ scientific experiments which ranged from looking at insects under an electron microscope to making electricity. One of the most impressive experiments this year was an investigation into molecular spaghetti. This year’s winners were presented with a special scientific prize - freeze-dried ice cream or buzzing magnets! 

Thank you to the amazing Science team for facilitating this fantastic inquiry Unit - Mrs Crossing, Mrs Brown, Mr Spargo and Mr Lane. Thank you to Mrs Hoffmann and Mrs Taylor for preparing the laboratory equipment and organising the voting process. 

Winners for the Year 8 Science Fair 2019 are as follows: 

Best Data Presentation

Oli, Hannah, Jack - 8DLAN
Investigation into yeast and bread making.

Most Innovative Presentation

Mia, Megan - 8RCRO
Investigation into molecular spaghetti.

Best Presentation

Tahlia, Alicia - 8MRID
Investigation into salted candles.

Overall Winner Science Fair 2019

Mia, Megan - 8RCRO
Investigation into molecular spaghetti.

Amy Martin
Year 8 Pastoral Leader (on behalf of the Science Faculty team)

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Middle School Vocal Concert

On Thursday, 28 October, students undertaking vocal lessons at the College were given the opportunity to perform for friends and family at the Middle School Vocal Concert. A total of 19 students took on the challenge, bravely singing one of the pieces they had been working on in lessons. Well done to all involved!

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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