The Week Ahead - Term 1, Week 9

Monday 22 March to Friday 26 March 2021

From the Head of College

From the Head of College

As Open Day approaches, please keep this most important day in the front of your mind – it is coming up very quickly (Saturday 27 March). We have learned a great deal from running the event virtually last year, and the 2021 Open Day will take those positive aspects from last year and mix them with the activities that we know worked on site in 2019.

How can you support your school? Encourage friends or colleagues with school aged children to pay us a visit, and to register an interest in the College through the Concordia website. All three campuses will be full of activity on Open Day, and your ‘word of mouth’ support is always greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to our Year 12 students from 2020 who have now moved on with their career or to further study. On Monday evening I am looking forward to attending the Scholarship Recognition Evening to be held at the University of Southern Queensland. On this occasion, Grace Trenaman and Emma Larsen from the Class of 2020 will be introduced as 2021 USQ Scholarship winners. Congratulations to these past scholars and their families.

Congratulations to our musicians who performed at ‘Jazz Under the Stars’ last Saturday evening. All reports were that our students were outstanding on what was a relaxing night of entertainment. Thank you to Mr Paul Edwards for his organisation of our involvement in this event.

Concordia again shone out as we hosted the QCIS Swimming Carnival - as a last-minute request. The inclement weather of last week meant that this important carnival between local Independent coeducational schools was about to be cancelled because of the outside venue. Congratulations to Mrs Jana Anderson, Mr Troy Chandler and College staff for bringing together a superb event on the day. Well done also to our swimmers who placed second overall as a team.

Kind regards

Mr Adrian Wiles
Head of College

From the College Pastor

Community News

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - book now!

Full of celebration, visual splendour and joyous laughter, this always popular show with audiences features an amazing student cast and contemporary songs that will captivate the whole family. Performances will be on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 April at 7pm. Buy your tickets now!

Concordia Plays ‘Jazz Under the Stars’ youth music festival

On Saturday 13 March our Concordia Lutheran College Big Band performed for the inaugural ‘Jazz Under the Stars’ youth music festival. The festival is a Toowoomba Band Directors Guild initiative, created to give young jazz musicians in the region an authentic music festival performance experience. Eight schools from Toowoomba participated in the festival with ten school bands and a special guest performance from the Cool Nights Big Band. 

Swimming News

Congratulations to all our Junior College swimmers in their efforts in the pool at the Darling Downs trials at Gatton representing Central Zone. It was great to see our swimmers give their best in all events and representing their school proudly, also thank you to our parents support on this day. It was great seeing parents back at our sporting events. 

Students who attended were Sofie Osborne, Emily Holding, Emma Walkington, Connor Gadsby, Arabella Knopke, James Rice, Ollie Dunlop, Ava Hopper and Freddy De Toit. Special mention and congratulations also to Emma Walkington on gaining Darling Downs selection to compete at the state titles next week in Brisbane, while several students can count themselves unlucky by missing out by the narrowest of margins in qualifying. We wish Emma all the best at this next level.  

Earlier this week, Concordia participated in the annual Queensland Combined Independent Schools (QCIS) swimming carnival at the Concordia Aquatic Centre, which Concordia hosted. This was a fantastic day of competition from all students involved, with the Concordia Swimming team winning several age divisions overall, and coming second in both the Aggregate and Percentage Trophies. Special mention to all the people that made this carnival a success, with many late changes including venue, with the weather on the day being less than favourable. Well done! In the gallery below, you will find photos from the QCIS Carnival.

Mr Darryl Fry
JC Sports Coordinator

Junior College

CLC OSHC

Tired of the juggle with the morning rush for school?  Are you finding it hard to get the children organised, dropped off to school and then find you are still running late for work?  Consider Before School Care as an option.  

With Before School Care, we drop your children off. We are open from 6.30am each school day morning with a courtesy bus running WSC children to school. Children are welcome to bring along breakfast to enjoy at their own pace before heading to school.  

Before School Care costs only $18 per session and is even cheaper with CCS applied. Let us take the hassle out of your mornings!

Contact us today at oshc@concordia.qld.edu.au to find more information or to make a booking.

Outside School Hours Care

Hume Street Campus

From the Director

The Word is … Phonics are in
The Courier Mail had a very interesting article in their paper Friday 12 March where they discussed the importance of phonics in the skill of spelling.

The Word is .. Phonics are in - Article

It does refer to ‘teaching philosophies falling in and out of favour’, however at Concordia, we have aligned ourselves with phonic based programs for the past 12 years. 95% of our teachers are either WRAP (Writing, Reading and Phonics) or InitiaLit trained and have implemented a phonics rich environment for all of your children’s years of learning with us.

HSC Campus Photos – Monday 22 March

HSC Campus Photos – Monday 22 March
Our Campus Photos are scheduled for Monday 22 March. Could you please ensure your child/ren are in the correct uniform. Students in Prep and Year 1 will wear their sports uniform.  All students from Years 2 to 6 are required to wear their Formal Uniform.

Please send the photo envelopes with the students on the day.

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 Hume Street Campus Hall between 8am and 8.15am on photo day. 

It will be the parents’ responsibility to get their SSC children to HSC 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 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.

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.

HSC P&F Committee Mother's Day Stall - 5 and 6 May 2021

This year, the HSC P&F Committee will be having a Mother's Day Stall on Wednesday 5 May and Thursday 6 May. The gifts will be $5.00 each and can be for Mums, Nannies/Grandmas or other special motherly role models in your family.

For ordering purposes, please indicate if you are wanting to purchase a gift and how many you would like via the form below.

HSC Mother's Day Stall 2021 Gifts and Volunteering Information

Year 4 Gateway House Care Packages

After discussions during Christian Studies and the unit focus being on ‘Love thy neighbour as yourself’ (Matthew 22:39), Year 4 have chosen to support the Gateway House project as their 2021 Service Project and culmination to the current Christian Studies unit. 

Warwick Street Campus

From the Director

During a week that has been so rainy and dreary, it was fitting to use the quote “Be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud” at Assembly this week. It is always so encouraging to hear the thoughts and analogies of the students each week when I share a new quote.

Word on the Street

Can you guess how many Easter Eggs are in the jar? All you need is a gold coin for a guess. The jar of eggs will be in Reception if you would like to try your luck! This will be drawn the last day of Term 1, Wednesday 31 March and the winner will be announced at our final Chapel Service.

Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 Swimming Lessons

Please note: NO Parents can attend swimming lessons due to Covid-19 restrictions.

On Monday 22 March, Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 will commence their swimming lessons at the Concordia Aquatic Centre. Each of these classes will participate in five lessons over the last two weeks of Term 1. 

Please ensure that students have the following items:

  • Swimming togs
  • Goggles
  • House swimming cap
  • Towel
  • Jumper for cold weather

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. This will be the last Tuckshop for this term.

Stephen Street Campus

Lost Property

SSC P&F News

Thank you to everyone who braved the wet weather on Monday night and came along to our meeting. It was great seeing you all there and as always it was great to connect with everyone. There were some fabulous ideas for future events too, so please keep watching this space to see what is coming up.

Next weekend, Saturday 27 March is Concordia’s Open Day and we will be hosting the Sausage Sizzle BBQ in the Quad at Stephen Street Campus. If there are any parents/guardians who are able to assist for an hour here or there between 8.45am and 1.30pm on the day. Please click the following link to select a time slot that will work for you:  Parent Volunteers Open Day SSC

Sport News

Volleyball has returned after no games in 2020. If you wish to play, training is Monday 5.30pm to 7.30pm in the Gym.

Boarding

Boarding News

As one door closes another one opens. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new tutor, Miss Alexis Le Garde. Alexis is currently studying Visual Arts at USQ.

Last week, Carolyn Marschall (Boarder Captain) and Kaitlyn Zelinski (Vice Boarder Captain) attended the International Women’s Day breakfast with Mrs Natalie Houston, Year Level and Pastoral Coordinator.

Saturday evening dinner was Dominos Pizza which was enjoyed by all.

The Sunday BBQ was cooked by Bradley and Kerri Stiller assisted by Bella Clark and Mr Ross. The food was cooked to perfection! Many came back for seconds.

Welcome from the Leadership Team