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A message from the ELC Director

Early Education and Care

Wood KateParents and families are acknowledged as children’s first and most important educators, but another factor which has a significant ongoing influence on children’s development is access to a quality early childhood education service. 

Early childhood educators, researchers and economists have long advocated the importance of early childhood education. Neuroscience has shown the early years, particularly birth to eight years, are critical for optimal learning and development.

Early learning programs promote children’s academic and social development through a balance of intentional teaching and freely chosen play activities. Young children have a natural sense of joy and wonder which is nurtured through play. High quality early learning environments allow children time, space and resources to play and build upon their individual strengths and emerging interests.

As part of the Primary School redevelopment, we are excited to be planning an extraordinary Early Learning Centre (ELC) environment designed for children aged three and four years old. The facility will be situated on the lower level of the current St John’s Campus Hall and will feature three large learning areas connected to outdoor gardens and play spaces. A central foyer/reception area, kitchen and sensory room will provide space and resources to meet the needs of active and curious young learners.

Educating and caring for three-year-olds will be a new addition to Concordia College from 2023 and we have been thrilled with the response to the announcement. Interest and enrolments in our expanded ELC have exceeded our expectations.

The educators in the ELC feel blessed to have the opportunity to offer a nurturing and inclusive Christian education to young children and are looking forward to extending this care to children from three years of age in a fabulous new learning environment.

Proverbs 22:6 

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. 

Kate Wood
Director - Early Learning Centre

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Year 5 Grandparents' and Special Friends' Morning

Last Friday the Year 5 students excitedly welcomed their Grandparents and Special Friends to enjoy a morning of worship, musical items and shared activities. 

It was a wonderful opportunity to spend time together again, now that we are able to welcome visitors back to our school. Grandparents and special family friends play a significant role in our students’ lives through providing support, nurture and care. The morning was an opportunity to spend quality time together and acknowledge this invaluable contribution. 

Our special visitors enjoyed hearing about the students’ learning, played board games in the Resource Centre and tried their hand at creating self-portraits together. 

Guests were entertained by the musical talents of our Year 5/6 choir and vocal ensemble led by the talented Mrs Lugg, as well as the Concert band, conducted by the amazing Mr Noble. 

We look forward to our next Grandparents' and Special Friends' Morning in Term 3 for Year 4 and 6. Information about these dates will be shared in the coming days.

Rachel Muldoon
Acting Deputy Principal/St John's Campus Director of Teaching and Learning/PYP Coordinator

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World Oceans Day

To celebrate World Oceans Day on Tuesday 8 June, students from both the primary and secondary school engaged in a variety of activities in both libraries. 

Carl and Jess from Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries came with Virtual Reality headsets and some students were able to do a virtual dive, looking at South Australian marine environments. Sea creatures like cuttlefish, Port Jackson sharks, squid, sea lions, and leafy sea dragons were viewed, in their natural habitat. It was wonderful seeing and hearing the students squeal with delight as different creatures came into view.

Students also had an opportunity to look at and handle a variety of marine artefacts that were borrowed from the Nature Education Centre. Some of these artefacts included a whale vertebrae, Port Jackson shark, coral, a shark jaw, shells, whale baleen and a dolphin skeleton.

New non-fiction ocean books were browsed and ocean video clips were also watched, as part of the rotations.

Students certainly learned more about this interesting habitat and the importance of conserving it. 

Nolene Gehling
Resource Manager for Teaching and Learning - St John's Campus

Hajnalka Molloy
Learning Resources Manager

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Year 5 Visiting Speakers

Impromptu visit from Uncle Tamaru and his bearded dragon Ferris

Recently in the middle of a school day full of lessons, the Year 5s were lucky to have Uncle Tamaru and his pet bearded dragon, Ferris, call in to say hello and talk to the students. The students were more than happy to stop work and have a chat to Uncle Tamaru and his friend. This was a great way to meet Uncle Tamaru before the excursion led by him.

Visit from Bishop Chris

The Year 5s were recently privileged to be visited by ‘Bishop Chris’, an assistant Bishop and National Aboriginal Bishop from the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide. ‘Bishop Chris’ visits Year 5 every year to share his personal stories about the Stolen Generations. He is a passionate advocate for reconciliation and always provides thought-provoking issues for the students to reflect upon. We are most fortunate that he makes the time to speak with us.

Janine Sarson-Parker and Mike Kriewaldt
Year 5 Teachers

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Gala Ball - early bird ticket prices end on 30 June

Our Concordia 'extraordinary' Gala Ball on Saturday 6 November is sure to be an amazing night. If you are interested in registering as a Table Captain, contact Angela Warrick. Tickets to this event, to be held in the William Magarey Room at Adelaide Oval, are currently on sale at early bird prices ($185 each). If you would like to attend and are yet to secure your seats, please book online today! Tickets will be $200 from 1 July onwards.

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Year 5 Excursion to the Migration Museum, River Torrens Precinct and Piltawodli

Visiting and learning about the first two Aboriginal schools in South Australia, experiencing the taste and medicinal benefits of the Casuarina or She-oak tree, practising Kaurna language as recorded by the German missionaries Shurmann and Teichelmann, learning how to locate Koalas by looking at the base of trees and visiting the Aboriginal War Memorial plaques were only some of the wonderful experiences that our Year 5s recently enjoyed on their visit to The Migration Museum, the River Torrens and Piltawodli - Possum House. We were most fortunate to have an expert guide in Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Tamaru, who shared numerous anecdotes and interesting information. These experiences gave the students much to reflect upon back at school.

Janine Sarson-Parker and Mike Kriewaldt
Year 5 Teachers

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