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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

Muldoon RachelAs we near the end of a very unusual school semester, we are thankful to the school community for the support and encouragement shown to the staff as they have professionally and diligently navigated the challenges that COVID-19 has presented to us.

Learning continuity during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic meant Concordia College implemented adaptive and innovative ways to deliver learning in two very different environments: school and home. In Semester 1, as students have transitioned across diverse learning environments, evidence of learning has been collected to show achievement in the focal learning areas taught.

Concordia’s ‘Connected Learning Plan’ outlined that reproducing the face-to-face mode of teaching was not able to occur and as a result the breadth and depth of the curriculum covered throughout Semester 1 needed to be reduced.

While we are collecting evidence to report against the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards, there have been inconsistencies in the completion of learning units and/or assessments and ongoing evidence completed.

To allow for teaching staff to gather appropriate levels of evidence against the Achievement Standards, the timeline for Semester 1’s student reports has been altered.

Parents will be able to access their child’s report through ManageBac on Friday, 31 July (Week 2 of Term 3).

Comparative statements will also be made available for parents of students in Years 1-6 on request to their child’s teacher. This request needs to be emailed to the class teacher by Friday, 26 June (Week 9 of this term).

We believe that continuing to provide regular information on student achievement via the ePortfolio, in conjunction with a summary of each student's learning through the Semester report, will provide students and parents with valuable and ongoing information about each child’s learning journey.

Rachel Muldoon
PYP Coordinator/Director of Teaching and Learning

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Learning in Year 1

In our current unit inquiring into How We Express Ourselves, the Year 1 students have been learning about storytelling and the different ways stories can be told. As part of this, students have also been learning about different stories within the Bible. Students were asked to pick a story from the Bible to retell, making their own puppets and settings to help tell the story. This was then put together using the ’Stop Motion’ app on their iPads. We have had lots of fun using puppets and technology to tell a story! 

Year 1 Teachers

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Learning in Year 4

The buildings might be closed but the learning continues for the Year 4 classes. Recently we spent time investigating forces as we started our new Unit of Inquiry looking into structures. We were challenged to create the tallest, strongest and most creative structures using available materials. We looked at what the opposing forces are that have to be considered when constructing.

In Christian Studies we continue to look at ways that Christians express their spirituality and so trooped down to the beautiful Concordia Chapel to see what evidence we could find of these expressions. Pastor Andrew helped us by demonstrating some of the symbols of the church that we see often.

Soon things will be back to normal, but our learning will continue.

Year 4 Teachers

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  • Year4 Investigation of the Chapel
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Staff News

We wish Mr Mike Kriewaldt an enjoyable Long Service Leave in Term 3. Mike will be enjoying a well earnt break away from the routines of school and will return at the commencement of Term 4. During his absence, we welcome Mrs Tami Chessell to the Concordia community. Blessing to both Mike and Tami for a successful and enjoyable Term 3.

Sue Drogemuller
Deputy Principal - St John's Campus

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Stamps for Missions

The Lutheran Church collects and sells used stamps – this program, Stamps for Missions, raises money for a variety of purposes in the Asia Pacific region. To find out how you can support this initiative, click to read more.

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