The Week Ahead - Term 2, Week 7

Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June 2022

From the Head of College

From the Head of College

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The settled weather [finally!] has allowed the Junior College to enjoy a wonderful day of athletics today. Well done to all the students on their participation, encouragement of one another, determination and embracing the opportunities made available to them. 

Thank you to the many parents, family members and other supporters who were part of making the day such an enjoyable experience. Thanks to the staff for their wonderful support and guidance of the students today. Thank you to our Junior College Sports Coordinator, Mr Darryl Fry, for all the work done behind the scenes in preparing the students for and hosting an excellent Track and Field Carnival.

Thank you for the positive feedback which I have received about the information being shared in The Week Ahead around pastoral care and parenting tips. This week I would like to continue with the theme of media with a focus on multitasking while learning. 

Do your children multitask while doing homework, assignments or preparing for exams? Research tells us that students are on task only about 65% of the time when they have access to technology. Many of them cannot last even a few minutes without engaging their devices.

From the College Pastor

Ascension Day

This Thursday was Ascension Day – I nearly missed it, as it was also Sorry Day and a lot of other things are currently going on during this busy part of the term.

The Ascension of Jesus, 40 days after Easter, is one of those mysterious events that escapes full explanation. I remember Harry Wendt, Lutheran pastor and author of the Crossways bible study materials (Crossways International – Crossways Bible Studies), describing the ascension as Jesus transforming his presence from a human limited one to a divine unlimited one. I like that image, as only the divine Christ is able to be with me and everyone else as he promised at the end of his time with his disciples (Matt 28:20).

He also promised not to leave his followers without guidance, pledging to send the Holy Spirit as counsellor, comforter and guide. On Pentecost (10 days later) that promise was fulfilled. But until then his followers were instructed to wait.

Community News

Concordia Lutheran College Future Foundation

With the end of the 2021/22 financial year almost upon us, it is timely to share the various tax deductible options for families who wish to support the Concordia Lutheran College Future Foundation.

The Future Foundation was established to support the education of young people through the provision scholarships and also maintaining and improving its facilities through the Building Fund to create a dynamic and engaging environment for our students.

All donations to the Future Foundation are tax-deductible. The following opportunities exist to donate:

NAIDOC and Sports Shirts

We are very excited to be launching a very special NAIDOC shirt for Concordia that features an indigenous artwork design created by our Year 12 Boarding Captain Chrissy Watson. Students, parents, caregivers and staff are welcome to purchase one.

Concordia now also has some sport training apparel for students, staff and parents to order. These items include a Concordia Sport hoodie, training shirt and backpack. These three items can be bought as a set or individually. They are to be used for students at training and to wear to competitions. They do not form part of the normal sports uniform. 

All items are to be pre-ordered and then will be delivered to the College at the beginning of next term. The online store will close on Friday 3 June.

Here is the link to order:

Concordia Lutheran College Product - Tribal Sport

If you have any questions, please contact our Sports Coordinator Mr Darryl Allen at darry.allen@concordia.qld.edu.au.

2022 Kokoda Challenge

Concordia has been participating in the Kokoda Challenge since 2010. This year we have two teams participating in which have already started training.

The Kokoda Challenge is an endurance race which aims to develop the Kokoda virtues in its participants, qualities of mateship, endurance, courage and sacrifice, while also raising money to help Australian teens reach their potential. Participants trek a 96km or 48km course nonstop that leads along fire trails, cross 12 creeks and summits 5,000m of vertical elevation in teams of four students and one adult leader. Thank you to our Group Leaders for 2022, Mr Brett Richards and Mrs Lexi Morton.

HSC Parent Connect Homestyle Bake Fundraiser

The HSC Parent Connect are running a Homestyle Bake Fundraiser. For more information please click here.


Project Based Learning at Concordia

Junior College

From the Director of Campuses

After much anticipation and waiting for the weather to be kind to us, our Years 3 to 6 students from the Junior College were able to participate in the Track and Field Carnival today – and what a beautiful sunny day it was. 

The students showed great competitiveness and sportsmanship as they competed in all events. A huge thank you goes to Mr Darryl Fry, our Junior College Sports Coordinator, who put in hours of time to organise this event. Thank you also to the staff and parent helpers who ensured the day ran smoothly. 

JC Parent/Teacher Interviews - Open Monday 30 May

Parent/Teacher Interviews will be open for bookings on Monday 30 May at 8am and close on Friday 10 June at 3pm!

We will be holding our Parent/Teacher Interviews during Week 9. There will be interviews conducted before and after school from Monday 13 June until Friday 17 June. All bookings will be made through Parent Lounge.

If you are unsure as to how to book your Parent/Teacher Interview, please click here to view the video tutorial.

Click here for instructions on how to access your Parent Lounge account.

JC Library News

Wow, I have been absolutely overwhelmed with the support that the 2022 Scholastic Book Fair has received. I have loved how eager the students have been to purchase new books to read and thrilled that families have been so generous in their shopping at the Book Fairs. 

Many students were very excited to be lucky enough to receive either a choice from the lucky dip or a $10 voucher to put towards their shopping. All students making a purchase received a new bookmark. 

There has been over $7,000 in sales across the Junior College this week, which is incredible! This means I am able to purchase many new resources for both of our Junior College libraries from the commission these sales have generated. Thank you so much for your support of our extremely successful 2022 Scholastic Book Fair.  

JC Year 2 Local History Tours

On Friday 3 June, our JC Year 2 students will be going on their Local History Tours to the Royal Bulls Head Inn and Cobb + Co Museum. This excursion will help to develop their awareness of local history and community heritage. An email has been sent with more information regarding this tour.

Parents are required to go into Parent Lounge to acknowledge your consent by Wednesday 1 June 2022:

  • Login to Parent Lounge >
  • click on Tours & Excursions >
  • click on JC Year 2 Local History Tours >
  • Accept
  • Save

If you have any further inquiries, please contact your child's teacher.

QCIS Cross Carnival - Wednesday 1 June

On Wednesday 1 June, students will attend the QCIS Cross Country at Downlands College. Parents are asked to drop their runner at SSC by 8.15am for an 8.30am departure. The bus will depart Downlands College at 2pm after the presentation. There will be a drop off to each campus for a normal school pickup. 

Parents are welcome to take their child from Downlands but please see a Concordia staff member before leaving.

Click here for an event time line. Please note these times are approximate.

Outside School Hours Care

Hume Street Campus

HSC Disco - 10 June

HSC Wine and Cheese Night - 10 June

HSC Wine & Cheese Night

HSC 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

WSC Year 4 Cycle Safety

Each year, the Year 4 students attend a Cycle Safety Program with the PCYC at Groom Park. Please find below the details of the program.

Time and Dates:
Tuesday 31 May and Tuesday 7 June - 9am to 1.30pm

Students are required to:
• wear their sports uniform and College hat;
• bring a packed lunch, water bottle and sunscreen;
• if you have a bike helmet you are welcome to bring it along. Bikes will be provided by PCYC.

If you haven't already done so, please log in to Parent Lounge to submit your permission for your child to attend.

WSC 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.

WSC Parent Connect Wine & Cheese Evening - Friday 3 June

Wine & Cheese Evening

WSC Disco - Black & White Theme - Friday 3 June

Stephen Street Campus

From the Director of Campus

As I write this, the music is pumping on the oval for the Junior College Track and Field Carnival. They have certainly struck it lucky with a gem of a day. We have a number of Senior College students assisting with the running of events. 

I love the atmosphere of Concordia carnivals – they are truly a celebration of the great relationships between our students, staff and parents. We look forward to shortly announcing the winning House and age champions for our Track and Field Carnivals - stay tuned and fingers crossed for an Altus win! (Editor's note: No way! Go Stedman!)

Year 10 Subject Selection Information Evening

Elevate Parent Webinar

Queensland Conservatorium State Honours Ensemble Program

Concordia had six students represent the College in the Queensland Conservatorium State Honours Ensemble Program, Darling Downs over the weekend 21 and 22 May. This program is an educational program for music students that helps extend and encourage their pursuit of musical excellence. Students need to be nominated from their school to apply before they are then selected from a list of criteria.

Congratulations to the following students:

Band: Zoe Pietsh, Lily Pietsch and Samuel Lawrence

Strings: Chloe Wilson and Yuan Cabahug

Choir: Jemma Welsh

If you are interested in learning instrumental music and being part of these programs in the future, please complete the Instrumental Music Form or email the Coordinator of Music Performance, christina.marangelli@concordia.qld.edu.au.

Ms Christina Marangelli
Coordinator of Music Performance

Boarding

Boarding News

We are on the home stretch and our students are looking forward to the upcoming break. The weather has been very cool, and our students have felt the cold snap. 

On return in Term 3, could you all please ensure that your child has suitable, warm clothing. The winter months are particularly cold and with influenza and COVID around, we don't want these illnesses to spread. Keeping warm and practicing high standards of hygiene will assist in keeping both at bay. Please remind your child to report to staff if they are feeling unwell or symptomatic and to present at the Health Centre during school time to see Miss Libby.

This weekend is Boarder Experience Weekend. We look forward to sharing our weekend with new and potential boarding students for 2023.

Welcome from the Leadership Team