The Week Ahead - Term 3, Week 3
Monday 25 July to Friday 29 July 2022
From the Head of College
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Over the past fortnight, I have spent a large amount of my time visiting learning spaces from Prep to Year 12, having conversations with the students and sharing the MMG Student Survey results with the Middle College [Years 7-9] and Senior College [Years 10-12] respectively – and I’ll be meeting with the Years 5-6 students next week too. What has stood out for me is the confidence, willingness and respectful manner of our students to stop, have an informal chat and/or share their learning journey with me. All credit needs to go to you as the primary carers of your children for the foundations, expectations and role modelling which you have instilled and continue to build on in your family network. Someone once said to me, “The stronger the foundation, the higher the pyramid!”
The Concordia staff also need to be acknowledged for the quality of the respectful relationships which they bring to their daily interaction and engagement with our students. Engaging with and encouraging student voice, in our day-to-day busyness, is a philosophy and culture which is being strongly encouraged, promoted and nurtured at Concordia. The students need to be commended on how well they have settled back into the new term which is a great benchmark and indicator of the foundations laid in Semester 1. Parent voice and advocacy are also essential ingredients in our partnership and working relationship with every family.
From the College Pastor
Walking on Water
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
Over this year we have been unpacking the story of Jesus walking on Lake Galilee and Peter’s reaction under the theme “Imagine the possibilities”. We explored the subthemes of Stepping out of the boat, Keeping your eyes on Jesus and for this term our subtheme is Walking on water.
2023 Term Dates
Strategic Plan Review Day
The Concordia Lutheran College community is warmly invited to attend a special workshop to review the current Strategic Plan and discuss the redevelopment of the plan towards 2026.
The workshop will take place in the Concordia Function Centre at Stephen Street Campus from 8.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 20 August 2022. Morning tea will be provided to all participants.
We encourage all members of our community who are interested in developing the strategic intent of the College to attend this workshop and participate in the discussions around our vision, direction and objectives. The current strategic plan is available by clicking here.
Members of the College Leadership team will be on hand to lead sessions and participate in discussions.
If you would like to be a part of this important day, please click here to register your attendance.
LYQ Summer Holiday Camps
This cold snap is making everyone wish for warm sand and sunshine, and we have some great camps and events coming up these Summer Holidays that we’d love you to promote!
Summer Holiday Camps (Years 3 to 11 in 2022)
11–16 December, 2022 | Blast Summer Camps:
Junior (Years 3-6 in 2022) and Senior (Years 7-11 in 2022) Blast camps provide campers with the ultimate 6-day adventure! High adventure activities, outings, electives and games get kids out of their comfort zone, trying new things, and spending time in the great outdoors. As an evangelism camp, we explore the Christian faith through connect time and guest speakers.
9–13 January, 2023 | Summer Kids Camp & (NEW) Summer Christian Life Week (CLW)
Kids Camps (Years 3-6 in 2022) and Christian Life Week (Years 7-11 in 2022) Camps are discipleship camps with a strong focus on worship, small group time and growing in faith. The five-day camp has a culture of friendship, connection, engaging conversations, and plenty of beach and adventure activities and games to put a smile on camper’s faces and get their hearts pumping.
Project Based Learning at Concordia
From the Assisting JC Director of Campuses
As we come to the end of Week 2, the students are well and truly into their learning for the term across all areas of sport, music and academics. This term we have many camps and excursions occurring, so please continue to read all correspondence so that you are up to date with all upcoming school events.
JC Year 3 Koojarewon Youth Camp - Open Afternoon - 25 July 2022
We are very conscious that our Year 3 students have another ‘first’ in Term 3… it is their first school overnight camping experience.
While this is a little stressful for some students, it is majorly stressful for many parents. To assist both students and parents in this ‘first’, Koojarewon offer an opportunity for an optional pre-visit. This is a great opportunity for you to come out to the camp grounds and check out all of the facilities including the dorms, kitchen and dining hall and the overall camp environment. Camp staff will be there to field any questions from students and parents. The Year 3 teachers will also be there.
If you are feeling a little unsettled about the upcoming camp, or would just like to come and check it out, feel free to come along on Monday 25 July between 3.30pm to 5pm.
Address for Google Maps: Koojarewon Youth Camp, 26 Borghardt Road Highfields.
Jump Rope For Heart
Jump Rope for Heart
Jump Rope for Heart is a fantastic physical activity and fundraising program that has been run by the Heart Foundation for over 36 years. It’s a great way for your child to keep fit and learn new skills, but it also helps raise funds for vital heart research and education programs.
Since Jump Rope for Heart started in 1983, schools like ours have raised more than $104 million for the Heart Foundation’s lifesaving work. It’s important you register your child online, so they can receive the full benefits of the program and participate in online fundraising, simply follow the link below to get started. www.jumprope.org.au/parents
Our year 3 and 4 students will be skipping, throughout the term in PE lessons/during lunch break, during this time you can share their online fundraising page with family and friends to help raise money for this great cause. For students who are unable to skip due to medical reasons, an alternative exercise has been organised for them.
We will hold our school Jump Off Day in Week 9, this will mark the end of the program and is a chance for everyone to come together to skip and show off their newly learned skills.
Thank you for supporting the Jump Rope for Heart program!
JC Year 6 Cairns Trip - New Venue for 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.
Please note the venue for this meeting has now changed to the Lecture Theatre at Stephen Street Campus.
Please click here to register your attendance.
CLC Central Zone 9-12yrs Track & Field Carnival
The Central Zone 9-12yrs Track & Field Carnival is on Wednesday 10 August 2022 at the O'Quinn Street Oval, Harristown.
Permissions Required by Tuesday 26 July 2022.
Please return completed forms to Mr Darryl Fry or your Campus Reception.
- Parents are requested to go to Parent Lounge to submit your permission via the [[tour_desc]] Event.
- Complete and return the Darling Downs Region School Sport Zone and Regional Trial Permission Student Health Information Form
- Complete and return the Queensland School Sport - Representative School Sport Consent Form For students competing in the Discus event please complete and return the Queensland School Sport Track & Field - Activity Consent/Medical Declaration Form
Please check your emails for more information regarding the Carnival.
JC Year 1 Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Excursion - 12 August
On Friday 12 August, the JC Year 1 students will be attending an excursion to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (LPKS).
Please note the travel details as outlined in the attached Parent Information Letter.
- Students are required to be dropped at the Hume Street Campus by 7.15am for a 7.30am departure.
- Students will return to their campus for a normal school pick up.
Parents are requested to go to Parent Lounge to submit your permission by Friday 5 August.
* Login to Parent Lounge >
* Click on Events and Payments >
* Click on - JC 2022 Year 1 Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Excursion >
* Accept >
Important Note: Please check and ensure your child's medical and emergency contact details are up to date. If you have any questions regarding this excursion, please contact your child's teacher.
Outside School Hours Care
Hume Street Campus
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.
Auskick Program at HSC
Warwick Street Campus
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.
Auskick Program at WSC
Stephen Street Campus
From the Director of Campus
It certainly hasn’t taken long for this term to pick up speed as we launch into another busy calendar of College life. Term 3 is full of both curricular and extra-curricular activities, offering students a fantastic array of opportunities to grow in learning and wellbeing.
YOU CHOOSE Road Safety
This week our Years 10-12 students participated in the YOU CHOOSE Road Safety workshop, facilitated by Mrs Melissa McGuinness. Melissa was 2020 Gold Coast Woman of the Year - People’s Choice and, most recently, runner up for the 2021 and 2022 Queensland Australian of the Year. Melissa’s passion for road safety campaigns comes from her own personal tragedy; the loss of her eldest son Jordan to a traffic accident that he caused in 2012, in which he also killed four innocent young people. Students were engaged by powerfully relatable, lived-experience concepts of choice and consequence which are placed in context with their own lives and their own loved ones.
They did it! Congratulations to our Kokoda Challenge team for completing the gruelling 96km course in 34 hours and 56 minutes. We are so proud of you all!
The Kokoda Challenge is all about mateship, endurance and courage - we saw plenty of that from our amazing team.
Many thanks to all the supporters who were there for the team over the weekend and over the previous months of preparation. Great team effort.
2022 Futures Expo
The annual Futures Expo is on Thursday 28 July in the Function Centre SSC. This is a great opportunity for students and parents to talk with representatives from a variety of providers about career pathways and ask any questions you have. This year we have over 20 confirmed exhibitors including:
- Defence Force Recruiting
- UniSQ (USQ)
- TAFE Queensland South West
- QFEC (Fire)
- Police Recruiting
- Golden West Apprenticeships
- Busy at Work
- Sarina Russo
- UQ Skills
- Griffith University (virtually)
- Aurora Training Institute
- Southern Cross University
- Durack College
- Kehoe Myers
- McConachie Stedman
Mrs Leah Bowes and Mrs Jo Tessmer from Concordia Careers are also attending, so drop by and say hello! We look forward to seeing you all there.
Youth Entrepreneurs Summit (YES)
The Youth Entrepreneur Summit (YES) attended by the Accounting, Business, and Design students, was a great way of introducing the entrepreneurial world to us through the eyes of experts. Our day consisted of many interesting lectures from hosts, with the addition of many special guests including Duku Fore, Ian Parke, Felicity Furey, Taj Pabari and Rachel Cooney who are all successful entrepreneurs and business owners. The host was highly energetic and upbeat, and ensured that all of us matched her energy. This was a brilliant way of making sure the audience was engaged, while also teaching us about many important topics on how to run a business.
Year 8 into Year 9 2023 Information Evening
The Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) is on a mission to systematically unearth and develop Queensland’s most talented athletes and prepare them for success in 2032. Cue Australia’s largest talent identification program – Youfor2032! Youfor2032 stretches right across Queensland, to find athletes with extraordinary elite potential who could achieve medal success in 2032.
QAS talent coaches and advisors will be at The Glennie School on Friday 29 July where they will facilitate physical athletic testing (e.g. agility, sprinting, endurance) as well as nonphysical components. All that is left to do is register!
Youfor2032 seeds the dreams of young aspiring athletes. If you are aged between 13-23 (Olympic Sports) or 13-30 (Paralympic Sports) you are eligible. The quest for the best starts now!
Curious to hear more? You can register and learn more about Youfor2032 via the website: https://youfor2032.initiatives.qld.gov.au/apply/
Hello to our families
To all those who have COVID or are not feeling well, please know that you are all in our prayers for a fast recovery.
With the cold/wet weather settling in for the next few days, we are continually reminding all our boarders about the importance to always keep warm. I know they sometimes feel like we just harp on, however, as I explain if they get sick, it impacts on all of us so the sensible thing to do is to dress accordingly for the weather.
With COVID and influenza rearing its head again with a vengeance, we are encouraging all students to wear a mask if they develop any symptoms and check in with Nurse Libby.