The Week Ahead - Term 2, Week 9

Monday 13 June to Friday 17 June 2022

From the Head of College

From the Head of College

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Thank you for your support in keeping your student at home while a wave of influenza seems to be making its way through the College and other schools in town. Hopefully, the upcoming term break will serve as a circuit breaker for this current wave of winter lurgies being spread around. Given this theme of keeping warm and staying well, I’d like to, this week, take a look at the cognitive or other barriers that might be preventing our children from seeing the good sense of you, their parents.

Take your jacket or jumper! It’s a battle in many households – parents wanting their children to wrap up warmly against the cold weather and children not wanting to. What is the psychology behind these daily battles? Tina Grotzer, a cognitive scientist and a teacher with a background in developmental psychology, developed a series of lessons exploring the purpose of insulation and the concepts of heat and temperature. 

Could our battles be solved with a lesson in thermodynamics? There is some value in helping children understand how jackets and jumpers work. “Put your jacket on, it will keep you warm,” will be more powerful if we say, “the coat will keep your warmth inside.” The jacket or jumper is actually holding something that is yours – your heat energy. But an appeal to our children’s budding science identity won’t solve these daily battles because various social-emotional issues around agency, autonomy and executive function come into play as well.

From the College Pastor


This coming weekend the Queensland District of the Lutheran Church of Australia meets for its annual synod.

Synod means coming together – and so this year delegates from each congregation and various agencies of the church, including schools, meet at Highfields to receive reports from the District Church Board and various agencies, elect members for the DCB and other governing bodies and set the direction for the future.

This year some important decisions about the future governance structure of our District and its agencies are being made as the church responds to the changing world around it. These decisions are made in order to continue to facilitate the preaching and living of Gospel among the citizens of our district and country.

Youth Alpha

A group of 12 mostly Middle College students has started to gather over lunch on Mondays to travel through the video based Youth Alpha course, exploring the Christian faith together. This is led by Pastor Thomas and supported by our Faith Captains.

Community News

HSC Parent Connect Homestyle Bake Fundraiser - Delivery

All orders from the Homestyle Bake Fundraiser will be available for collection from Hume Street Campus at 11.30am Wednesday 15 June.

Project Based Learning at Concordia

Junior College

From the Assisting JC Director of Campuses

Part 2: A Day in the Life of Assisting Director of Campus

11.30am: It's time for the first of the Prep Enrolment Interviews for 2023. This is an excellent opportunity to meet our newest members of our College community. Mum and Dad come along and it is wonderful to see their excitement as this is the beginning of their schooling journey for their child/ren. The student completes activities to show how well they can count and write their name and then Mrs Michelle Price, our Registrar, takes them off for a tour through Prep. Our new Preppie-to-be skips off with a smile and a container of playdough, courtesy of the Director of Campus.

JC Year 5 Camp Parent Information and Permission

On Wednesday 10 August, Year 5 students will attend the Emu Gully Adventure Park. For information on the camp and the packing list please see below.

Parents are also requested to go to Parent Lounge to submit your permission for your child/ren to attend by Wednesday 13 July.

  • Login to Parent Lounge >
  • click on Events & Payments >
  • click on JC Year 5 Camp 2022 >
  • Accept >
  • Save.

Important Note: Please check and ensure your Parent Lounge portal is up to date regarding your child's Emergency Contact Information, Medical Conditions and Food Allergies/Dietary Requirements.

Parent Information Letter

Year 5 Camp Packing List

Medication Administration Consent Form

JC Library News

As we are very near the end of another term, I would like to ask if you could kindly please assist your children in making sure they return all overdue library books and home readers. Students will be encouraged to borrow books to take home and read over the holidays. The cold winter holidays is a perfect opportunity to rug up and relax with a great book either shared for the younger students or alone for the independent readers. 

JC Sports News

Congratulations to our Junior College Track and Field Age Champions.

JC Year 6 Cairns Trip - Parent Information Session

The Junior College Year 6 teachers will be holding an information session to answer any questions you may have about the Year 6 Cairns Trip. All parents and Year 6 students are most welcome and are encouraged to attend.

This Parent Information session will be held Tuesday 2 August (Week 4, Term 3) at 5.30pm-6.30pm in the Year 6 classroom, Warwick Street Campus. 

Please click here to register your attendance.

Outside School Hours Care

Hume Street Campus

HSC Student Council - $1 Hot Chocolates

HSC Student Inter-House Soccer Competition

Calling all parents available on Tuesday 14 June at 10.45am to participate in the Students versus Staff/Parents soccer game. If you are able to play please contact Carolyn Lynch via email or phone 07 4688 2700 (opt 2) to put your name down. 

The student team will be from the winning House.

HSC Tennis Coaching - Term 3

Tennis coaching will be held during Term 3. Click the relevant link below for further information:

HSC Tuckshop Orders

Please note: There is no tuckshop this week and also in Week 1 of Term 3. Tuckshop will start in Week 2.

Warwick Street Campus

WSC Tuckshop Orders

Please note: There is no tuckshop this week and also in Week 1 of Term 3. Tuckshop will start in Week 2.

WSC Tennis Coaching - Term 3

Tennis coaching will be held during Term 3. Click the relevant link below for further information:

Stephen Street Campus

From the Director of Campus

Well, winter has arrived well and truly this week! Despite the shivering, there is something magical about the sunshine glistening over the frosted grass first thing in the morning. As warned by the health authorities, both COVID and flu are presenting across the community, so we please take care during this time and stay in touch with the College if illness strikes your family and you need assistance.

Reconciliation Ceremony
On Monday, during Assembly, we started proceedings with a special ceremony in recognition of National Reconciliation Week. This was a very special occasion as our Indigenous Support Coordinator, Mr Wally McIntosh, shared his own personal story and thoughts on what truly makes for reconciliation. 

You could have heard a pin drop as Wally gave us insight into his own experiences and the hope he has found in working with young Indigenous people. Wally acknowledged that it has taken him many years to build the courage to speak publicly about his own life, but in the spirit of the theme for this year – Be Brave, Make Change, he thought it was time to lead by example. 

It is also a great testament to our students that they posses the maturity and respect to hear and reflect on this message. Thank you Wally for trusting our community and continuing to spread the message of unity within our College.

Free Elevate Parent Webinar

Media Club Story: Concordia welcomes Ms Christina Marangelli

Concordia has welcomed Ms Christina Marangelli as our new Coordinator of Music Performance. Welcome Ms Marangelli!

Our Media Club has created this news story about Ms Marangelli's arrival. Together they workshopped story ideas, developed a script, interviewed Ms Marangelli, gathered footage, recorded the voice over and edited the story.

Tennis Coaching - Term 3


Boarding News

Hello once again to all our families.

There were many very excited students in the house on Wednesday night as the 80 minutes of Rugby League drew to an end. (I did find myself hoping silently to have the Blues put it over the line in the final seconds). What a fantastic game of football! Great entertainment. Great talent. A picture speaks a thousand words.

Check out our gallery this week. The boys dominated the seats in front of the TV and our three girls to the side. Thank you to Chrissy Watson for the great shots. Great win to all the Queenslander supporters. 

Mr Andrew and Mr Wally, along with Miss Alexis, will be travelling to Brisbane on Saturday evening to watch the Bronco’s game. Our students are super excited.

Welcome from the Leadership Team