The Week Ahead - Term 1, Week 5

Monday 22 February to Friday 26 February 2021

From the Head of College

The Value of Leadership

Leadership is a quality that we value and promote to every student at Concordia. In the past week, I have been privileged to witness young people stepping up in a way that epitomises what we value in this attribute at the College. Congratulations to our College Captains and Campus Captains in the Junior College for their role in launching the 75th Anniversary celebrations. The cutting of the cake proved to be a highlight, and the presence of our College Captains, Isabel Barton and Thomas Head, was received well by students and staff alike. The lesson for us is to ensure that these senior leaders are more visible in the Junior College setting. Congratulations to all Captains at each of the campuses.

I also had the privilege of speaking to our Year 6 students as they started 2021 with their ‘Leadership Day’. It is important that we educate our students in every aspect of leadership – our world needs well versed and values-driven leaders! This cohort learned about leadership, but more importantly, they started to understand, through observation, how it is that leadership should be a role that everyone can aspire to. Leading for the purpose of serving others is one of the highest priorities in any curriculum – well done, Year 6!

One of my favourite events on the College calendar is ‘The Calling’ as the lead into the start of our programmed ‘Rite Journey’ for all students in Year 9. On Friday 26 February at 4.45am, all Year 9 students and their parents will gather at Picnic Point to be introduced to elements of the Rite Journey, watch the sunrise, and enjoy a cooked breakfast together. It is a moving event and I look forward to greeting many members of our community on this special occasion.

Kind regards

Mr Adrian Wiles
Head of College

From the College Pastor

Community News

2022 Specialist Scholarships now open

Specialist Scholarships for students entering Years 7 to 12 in 2022 are now open. To access the information about scholarships, criteria, expectations of scholarship holders and application forms, please click here.

Happy 75th Birthday, Concordia!

Concordia turned 75 on Saturday 13 February and we celebrated with lots and lots of cake. It was wonderful to have the College Captains visit the Junior College campuses with Mr Wiles to celebrate this milestone.

Watch this space as we continue to celebrate with our major event being scheduled for Saturday 4 September.

Junior College

Junior College Inter-House Swimming Carnival

Recently, Concordia hosted its annual Junior College Inter-House Swimming Carnival. This was the first major Inter-House sporting event for 2021. With a different format being trialed this year and factoring in COVID-19 restrictions which, unfortunately, saw a parent/spectator free event. It was still a fantastic day for all concerned. From the first House War Cries at 8.30am, the students never stopped, from their individual races, through to the House Spirit encouraging each other, enjoying Mr Baker's music with commentary and interacting with the House Mascots. It was evident the students were having fun and enjoying the mateship that comes with the sporting endeavours at these carnivals.

Concordia Equestrian Team Meeting

The Concordia Equestrian Team is an extra-curricular activity for students who have their own horse and already ride in (or are training to ride in) competitions such as Pony Club gymkhanas, showjumping, dressage, combined training, eventing and hacking.

The Equestrian Team will be meeting on Monday 1 March at 3.30pm at Stephen Street Campus to discuss a variety of matters including upcoming competitions, potential training days and uniforms.

If your child is a competitive horse rider and interested to learn more about joining the Concordia Lutheran College Equestrian Team, please contact Bianca Coleborn to advise if you can attend the meeting.

Outside School Hours Care

Hume Street Campus

From the Director

Staffing 
We would like to thank Mrs Christa Connelly for being a part of our Year 1 class and the HSC Team for the past four weeks. It has been delightful to have her working with us and the students. We will continue to see Christa as she is Number 1 on our supply teachers list. Many thanks, Christa. 

We look forward to welcoming Mrs Angela Norley (Grammy) back from four weeks of Long Service Leave. From the photos that we have seen, she has loved having this opportunity to soak up the joys of becoming a grandmother. 

Colour Explosion Fun Run

Thank you so much for continuously supporting our school, especially through fundraising. This term, we are hosting a Colour Explosion School Fun Run.

Start fundraising today.
Did you know? Students raise 3x times more when they fundraise online! Visit myprofilepage.com.au to create your child’s cybersafe fundraising profile. Instructions are in your child’s sponsorship booklet. You have until Friday 23 April to fundraise, so make sure you get cracking!

The big day is coming!
We are so excited to host our Colour Explosion School Fun Run on Tuesday 30 March. On the day, make sure your child brings a white shirt and old shorts for the Fun Run and waterslide! They will be covered in non-toxic, high quality colour powder from head to toe! They will also need a water bottle and their hat. Sunscreen will be provided in the classrooms prior to the event.

Tuckshop Orders

At HSC, tuckshop is held on a Thursday. All orders are to be completed online at My Student Account by 3pm each Wednesday. Please notify Reception by 9am on Thursday if your child is absent and we will cancel their order. Tuckshop will finish in Week 9.

Warwick Street Campus

From the Director

In what seems like the blink of an eye, we have reached the end of Week 4. Already we’ve had our Junior College Inter-House Swimming Carnival, visits from Life Ed and Camp Quality, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Founders Day celebrations and the list goes on. 

With many events still to come, I encourage you to monitor your College calendar closely, to ensure important dates and events aren’t missed. Please note the week numbers are incorrect for February on the printed calendar - the week commencing Monday 22 March is Week 5.

Word on the Street

We are seeking your assistance with selling boxes of chocolates to help the Warwick Street Campus P&F raise funds for our campus.

In order to estimate how many chocolates we need to order, could you please complete and submit the fillable form below by Thursday 25 February, indicating the number of boxes you would be able to sell on our behalf.

More details on the fillable form.

WSC P&F Chocolate Fundraiser 2021

Lots of Socks – World Down Syndrome Day – 19 March

On Friday 19 March we are asking students to wear their craziest socks to school and bring along a gold coin donation to help support World Down Syndrome Day. 


WSC Campus Photos – Wednesday 17 March

WSC Campus Photos – Wednesday 17 March
Our Campus Photos are scheduled for Wednesday 17 March. Could you please ensure your child/ren are in the correct uniform. Students in Prep will wear their sports uniform.  All students from Years 1 to 6 are required to wear their Formal Uniform.

Family Photos
To enable parents to purchase a Family Photo of all or some of their children who attend Concordia Lutheran College, photos of siblings will be taken in the Warwick Street Campus Shed between 8.00am and 8.15am on photo day. 

It will be the parents’ responsibility to get their SSC children to WSC for the family photo and then take them to SSC ready for school before 8.30am. If you would like family photos done could you please collect a family photo envelope from Reception prior to Photo day. 

Tuckshop Orders

At WSC, Tuckshop is held on a Wednesday. All orders are to be completed online at My Student Account by 3pm each Tuesday. Please notify Reception by 9am on Wednesday if your child is absent and we will cancel their order. Tuckshop will finish in Week 9.

Stephen Street Campus

Year 7 Fun Day

Last Friday, 59 excited Year 7 students were engaged in a modified timetable involving a variety of activities. The activities included a waterslide, giant inflatable soccer dartboard, jumping castle, volleyball and a scavenger hunt. Throughout the day the students had several opportunities to socialise and communicate with other students within their cohort.

Refreshing ice blocks were consumed at lunchtime and lollipop prizes were handed out at the completion of the scavenger hunt.

When asked for feedback about the day, the students were thankful for the opportunity to relax, have some fun and enjoy meeting new students within the cohort.

Mrs Roslyn Cook
Year Level and Pastoral Care Coordinator (Years 6 to 8)

News from Visual Art

The Independent Education Union Queensland and Northern Territory branch is hosting the annual awards for Excellence in Art and Design Competition for 2021. 

This year's theme is "Our World" with entry categories from Prep through to Year 12, staff and First Nations Art from Years 5 to 12. All Concordia Lutheran College students are encouraged to get creative and submit an entry. Entries close July 23, 2021. There will be reminders throughout Term 1 and Term 2. Click here for for more information

Old Car Bonnet Needed!

The Arts Department is searching for an old car bonnet for a student’s Art project. Preferably something that might be old, beaten up or lying in a paddock, or rusty would be fantastic. If you have one to spare in the shed or on the farm, in the paddock and would like to donate we would be very appreciative. Please email: holly.kiehne@concordia.qld.edu.au.

BYOD Information

As you are all aware, Concordia Lutheran College has a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program for students in Years 7 to 12.

Under the BYOD program, all students are required to bring their own device for use in all classes. The BYOD Handbook has been created to explain how the program operates, set out expectations of parents and students and provide information about device minimum specifications. This handbook is available in Parent Lounge (School Links > Stephen Street Campus) and on the College's website.

From the Careers Department

2021 has seen our Senior students demonstrate a keen interest in preparing for their future pathways. We continue to have students enrolling in TAFE, Headstart and Certificate qualifications. In addition, several students are commencing or continuing with school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. It has also been pleasing to see many Year 12 students making appointments with us to begin discussions around their pathway to university. 

The Year 10 students have commenced their Short Course in Career Education, that will gain them one QCE point if they achieve a C result or higher upon completion. This course focuses on SET Planning, Work Experience and Senior subject selection. 

If you would like advice on your child’s career pathway, please feel free to contact Mrs Jo-Ann Tessmer or myself (Mrs Leah Bowes) at Stephen Street Campus. 

SSC P&F News

From the Stephen Street Campus (SSC) P&F, a very Happy Birthday Concordia! 75 wonderful years and thank you for the cake… from what I have heard, it was a wonderful hit with everyone. We are very excited about the coming year and the celebrations in September.

Thank you to everyone who came along on Monday night to our AGM and first P&F meeting for the year. I am privileged and honoured to be welcomed back as Chair this year (which will be my last as my daughter completes Year 12) and to welcome back as my right hand - Mrs Lisa Lambert as our Secretary and to Mr Jason Smith for taking on the role as Treasurer. A great little team!

It was a great meeting and we came up with a few ideas for events later in the year. One item that came to light however, was how do we increase the ways to connect more with our parents and community throughout the year(s)?

Free Elevate Webinars

We’re excited to announce that parents of Concordia Lutheran College have exclusive access to Elevate Education’s Parent Webinar Series for Term 1, 2021. Elevate works with our students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series you will learn how to better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school. 

Registration is essential and is free for parents of Concordia Lutheran College.

You can register by clicking here.

The webinar is run live online from 6pm to 7pm where the presenter will share Elevate’s key research and skills, and will conduct a live Q&A so you can ask them questions directly.

Remaining webinars in this series will focus on the following:

  • 24 February - Time management techniques to align the family expectations on homework and school-life balance.
  • 10 March - Technology devices and self-regulation strategies.
  • 24 March - Note taking skills to help your child deepen their revision.

Concordia Equestrian Team Meeting

The Concordia Equestrian Team is an extra-curricular activity for students who have their own horse and already ride in (or are training to ride in) competitions such as Pony Club gymkhanas, showjumping, dressage, combined training, eventing and hacking.

The Equestrian Team will be meeting on Monday 1 March at 3.30pm at Stephen Street Campus to discuss a variety of matters including upcoming competitions, potential training days and uniforms.

Students who are competitive horse riders and their parents who are interested to learn more about joining the Concordia Lutheran College Equestrian Team are encouraged to contact Bianca Coleborn to advise attendance at the meeting.

Boarding

Boarding News

This week has been a fantastic in Giabal Girls Boarding. We have started the sports season off with some great wins and students all looking sharp in their new uniforms.

  • Basketball - Years 7/9 saw a win 28-16 at Wilsonton State High School. The Senior Girls won 57-4.
  • Futsal - a win 11-1 at Glennie.
  • AFL- Senior Girls with a win of 64-6 at Highfields.

Congratulations to Selina Richards for achieving a PB of 46kgs in weightlifting.

Temme Boys have done well with Futsal and Basketball this week. Damon Zelinski has excelled with his target shooting and Keenan Burns trialled for the Darling Downs Volleyball representative team. Well done!

We have a wonderfully talented group of students who love the outdoors.

The Year 12 students received their Senior jerseys last Friday - check out the photo gallery to see what a stylish bunch they are!

Mrs Maureen Taurima and Mr Ross McKeown
Houseparents 

Welcome from the Leadership Team