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Year 6 Exhibition

Muldoon RachelIn the coming weeks, the Year 6 students will complete the culminating unit of inquiry for their time as PYP students at Concordia College, St John’s Campus. This collaborative unit signifies the end of their PYP learning journey before they move on to Middle School.

The Exhibition is an authentic process for students to explore, document and share their understanding of an issue or opportunity of personal significance. Throughout the term students have been involved in an engaging and significant unit of inquiry that has focused on exploring the United Nations Global Goals. These goals have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change. Students identified areas of personal passion and pitched their ideas to teachers to provide reasons for why they should focus on their area of passion.

Students undertake their investigation both individually and with their peers, together with the guidance of a mentor. Through the exhibition, students demonstrate their ability to take responsibility for their learning—and their capacity to take action—as they are actively engaged in planning, presenting and assessing learning.

While restrictions have meant that the customary presentation to parents will not be able to go ahead, students will be able to present their knowledge and the development of skills and attributes to staff and students during Week 10. Their exhibits will showcase their learning through the subject focuses of Language, Maths, Humanities, Design and Digital Technologies, Music, Physical Education, Visual Arts and German.

Rachel Muldoon
PYP Coordinator/Director of Teaching and Learning - St John's Campus

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ELC Bush Day

The sun shone on a wonderful day for the ELC children learning in Belair National Park. We began the day by saying an Acknowledgement to Country in the Kaurna language and throughout the day added to a display of items from nature that showed respect for Kaurna People and their land. Bush Day is so successful for learning as it provides open-ended opportunities for children to develop and practise skills in a unique and challenging environment. The educators and parents in attendance were blessed to see the children’s enthusiasm and risk-taking in action. Children expressed their delight and one of the children exclaimed, “This is the best day EVER!”

Kate Wood
ELC Director

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Year 4s visit Monarto Zoo

As the culmination of our Sharing the Planet unit, the students were very excited to be able to go on an excursion after months of being unable to do so. Monarto Zoo was a wonderful experience for all to get up close and personal to many of the animals we would normally only hear about. The students got to experience the perils that rangers face when trying to stop poachers. We even got to see the new baby Rhino.

Anita Ruggiero and Libby Reu
Year 4 Teachers

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Receptions visit Fern Avenue Community Garden

The Receptions were very excited to spend the morning as plant scientists in the Fern Avenue Community Garden on Wednesday, 9 September.

We used all the skills we have learnt as scientists to look closely at the many different types of plants and the parts of plants.

We got an opportunity to attach scientific magnifying cameras to our iPads to view the plants super closely.

We were super amazed at what God has created!

Nicolette McClure and Sharon Cosh
Reception Teachers

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Staff Farewells/Updates

At the end of 2020 we will farewell two of our teaching staff here at the St John’s Campus:

  • Mrs Jenny Kowald has announced her intention to retire after many years of service to Lutheran Schools. We wish Jenny God’s blessings as she prepares for this next chapter in her life.
  • Miss Nicole Fielke will be getting married in 2021 and moving to country SA to live with her husband Dylan. As such, Nicole has tendered her resignation from the end of the school year. We wish Nicole and Dylan God’s blessings as they prepare for their upcoming wedding in the new year.

We will formally acknowledge and thank both Jenny and Nicole for their service to our community at the end of the school year.

Please note that we will be advertising these teaching positions for 2021 on our College website, on www.teachers.on.net and in The Advertiser later this week.

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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Parenting Information Workshop with Mark Le Messurier

The City of Unley is running an online parenting information workshop with guest speaker Mark Le Messurier on Monday, 21 September.

Click for more information, including details of how to register for this online event.

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