The Week Ahead - Term 3, Week 6

Monday 15 August to Friday 19 August 2022

From the Head of College

From the Head of College

Dear Parents and Caregivers

On the weekend [Saturday from 12pm onwards] we will be celebrating The Arts at Concordia by hosting our first Arts in Focus event at the Empire Theatre complex. 

The Art Exhibition, which will contain artworks from the Junior, Middle and Senior College in the Church Theatre, will begin proceedings at 12pm and will run to 6pm. 

From 2.30pm to 5pm the Junior College will be hosting performances, with the SSC Bands and Choirs also performing in the Armitage Centre. From 6pm to 8pm the Senior College will be hosting curriculum performances and Dance Teams in the Armitage Centre. 

Food, coffee and drinks will also be available for purchase outside next to the Church Theatre and Armitage Centre Bar between 4.30pm to 6pm. Parents and caregivers can collect their child's artwork at 6pm. Please drop in for a visit, browse or stay to be entertained as we celebrate the incredible talents of our students. I look forward to seeing you there.

From the College Pastor

A busy time…

Term 3 is certainly getting busy! Last week I had the privilege to attend (and co-lead) a LEQ ministry personnel day in Brisbane, that helped us to further unpack and reflect on the input received at the ACLE conference. One of the College ministry teams shared their framework for ministry which enabled the rest of the group to reflect on our individual approaches. It’s always wonderful to gather with colleagues to share and to learn from one another. Our life-long learning mantra does not just apply to students but to all of us here at Concordia.

Community News

Tennis Courts Available for Use

The two tennis courts and adjacent toilet facilities in South Street (near old girls’ boarding) are available to the parent community for use during the school day, Monday to Friday. A key to access the tennis courts can be collected from Stephen Street Campus Reception. So, bring your deck chairs, some morning tea or lunch and enjoy a game of tennis!

Soloist Concert

Parent Connect - Concordia Family Event

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.

Drama Eisteddfod

Congratulations to our many drama students from across the College who performed in the Drama Eisteddfod. It’s wonderful to witness your courage as you performed on the stage at the Empire Theatre, some for the very first time. To those who received places, Bravo!  

Students can enrol in speech and drama tuition at Concordia with Miss Andreas Elms and be part of these exciting opportunities. 

Mrs Jess Merretz
Drama Teacher

Concordia Sports Survey

At Concordia, we are committed to enhancing our sports offering to our students. It was clear from the recent MMG survey that was completed by our parents, students and staff that this is an area that our community is passionate about too.

In order to develop a sound strategy to develop sport at Concordia, we recognise that before we can determine how best to serve our community through sport, we must first gather information about what sports our students are currently participating in and have a desire to participate in.
We ask all families to complete the following survey for children who are students at Concordia. Many thanks to everyone who has already completed the survey.
If your family has a child starting with Concordia in 2023, please feel welcome to complete the survey for them too, using the year level they will be in next year.
The survey has been deliberately formulated to be quick and easy to complete. We estimate it should take you a maximum of 1-2 minutes.
Here is the link to the survey:

Concordia Sport Apparel & Indigenous Polo - Shop Reopened!

It's been great to see how much our community loves the new Concordia Sport apparel and Indigenous polo shirts. 

 Due to popular demand, we have reopened the online shop to order these items for a limited time. 

Click here to order your items by Friday 19 August:

Project Based Learning at Concordia

Junior College

From the Junior College Directors

Stepping outside the classroom and getting on a bus to go to school camp can often come with mixed emotions. As we farewelled our Year 5 students this week to head off to a brand new camp site for us, many different emotions were evident. Some were a little anxious, others were bursting with excitement and some just weren’t too sure how to feel! 

School camps are an important part of the curriculum and give students opportunities to learn new skills, develop independence and expand their friendships. Students and teachers seeing each other in a different environment enables them to further build on their relationships which in turn enhances student learning. As the bus pulls into HSC this afternoon I’m sure there will be some tired faces but also many stories to tell – from both students and teachers!

JC Year 6 Cairns Trip - Great Barrier Reef Education Experience Program

Our JC Year 6 class will depart and head to Cairns for Week 9 of this term.

To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Queensland Government, through the Great Barrier Reef Education Experience Program, provided a subsidy to the school of $150.00 per student who will be attending the excursion.

We wish all of our Year 6 students, their teachers and our parent helpers, a safe trip. We look forward to following them each day through their Seesaw blogs. 

JC Library News

As we are getting closer to our 2022 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week celebrations, it is timely to remind you of the activities planned for that week. Wednesday 24 August is when we host our annual book parade. Students and staff all come to school dressed as a character from a book on this day and we gather together to parade our fabulous costumes and then share a story with our buddies. If students have a copy of the book they have modelled their costume on, we encourage them to bring it to share the story with their buddy. 

Our Pyjama Storytime for Kindy, Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students will be held on Tuesday 23 August at Warwick Street Campus and Thursday 25 August at the Hume Street Campus. 

The students are all getting very excited and really looking forward to these wonderful events that we have to celebrate the amazing Australian authors, illustrators and publishers. We are fortunate to have many of the books that have been nominated as CBCA Notables and Shortlisted books in the various categories and look forward to the Winner and Honour books being announced on Friday 19 August. 

Mrs Karen Maben
Junior College Library Coordinator

JC Sports News & Update

QCIS Track and Field
Our Junior College students have been very busy representing Concordia over the past few weeks in many Track and Field carnivals. Our comprehensive Track and Field programs began mid Term 1 and the QCIS Track and Field Carnival was the culminating event for this season’s program. Monday 1 August, over 20 of our Junior College athletes competed at the annual QCIS carnival at Downlands College in less than favourable conditions.

Throughout the day they competed in 100m, 200m, 800m, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, Discus and relays. Our students proudly represented our College and must be commended for some outstanding efforts in a variety of events, with numerous athletes placing in the top three throughout this competition. While our focus was on doing our very best, the experience of the day competing and having fun was paramount and it was great to see so many students enjoying each other’s company, while making new acquaintances along the way through some healthy competition from other schools at this event.

JC Year 3 Koojarewon Camp

On Thursday 18 August, our JC Year 3 students will be attending their first camp at the Koojarewon Youth Camp. Please find attached a Parent Information letter including the program and packing list

  • All students are to be dropped at Hume Street Campus by 8.30am. Children will be supervised by a teacher from 8am.
  • Students will depart Koojarewon Youth Camp at 1.30pm and returning to Hume Street Campus for pick up by parents from approx. 2.15pm.
  • Parking for both drop off and pick up is on the sports oval. 

Camp Medication
If your child requires medication on the camp, please supply this medication with your child’s name and the Doctor/Pharmacist’s Instructions on the label and the attached Medication Administration Consent Form. This medication and completed form is to be given to your Campus Reception by Tuesday 16 August.

Medication Administration Consent Form

Should you any further queries regarding this camp, please contact your child’s teacher.

JC Year 6 Cairns Trip

On Monday 5 September to Friday 9 September our JC Year 6 students will be attending the exciting Cairns Trip. Please find attached Parent Information letter including the Itinerary and packing list

All students are to be dropped at Hume Street Campus by 6am for a 6.45am departure.


  • Parents are requested to go to Parent Lounge to submit your permission by Wednesday 17 August 2022:
  • Login to Parent Lounge >
  • click on Events & Payments >
  • click on JC 2022 Year 6 Cairns Trip >
  • Accept >
  • Save

*Please click on the Jotform link below to fill in that you give permission for staff to administer Panadol to your child if needed.*

Link: Year 6 Cairns Trip Permission to Administer Panadol

After submitting your permission, please check and ensure your Parent Lounge portal is up-to-date regarding your child’s Emergency Contact Info, Medical Conditions and Food Allergies/Dietary Requirements.

Should you any further queries regarding the Cairns Trip, please contact your child’s teacher

Outside School Hours Care

Hume Street Campus

HSC Parent Connect Father's Day Stall - Wednesday 31 August

The HSC Parent Connect will be running our annual Father’s Day Stall on Wednesday 31 August. There will be $5.00 gifts available to purchase.

Gifts - Your child/ren may like to purchase a present for Dads, Grandads or any other special Fatherly role models. All orders and money are due by Friday 26 August. 

Please place the money in an envelope marked with:  

  • Child’s name
  • Amount in envelope
  • Number of gifts to be purchased

HSC Father's Day Stall Gifts and Volunteering Information

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.

HSC Prep Vision Screening

The Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program will be screening our Prep class on Monday 29 August. This program is a Queensland Government service that offers Free Vision Screening to all children enrolled in Prep. If your child is in Prep and you would like their vision screened, please complete the consent form which is attached below. Consent forms are due by Sunday 28 August 2022.

Online Consent Form and Parent Information Letter

The following video explains the benefits of having your Prep child’s vision screened- “What is Prep Vision Screening?”

Online Consent Form FAQs

HSC Kindy to Year 2 PJ Storytime

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.

WSC Kindy to Year 2 PJ Storytime

Stephen Street Campus

From the Director of Campus

It was a great start to this week with our Year 6 students from Warwick Street and Hume Street Campuses joining us for the day at Stephen Street Campus. This was an opportunity for the Year 6 students to see what a day in high school looks like, and added to this, they had the ability to join our assembly and become a part of the celebratory culture that we are so proud of. We welcome the Year 6 students back on Monday for a second experience day, where they will have a science lesson in CSI, and take on the Year 7 students in a friendly (but also fierce) game of soccer.

Elevate Parent Handbook

The topics of children’s motivation, how to manage and deal with stress and how to assist you child in preparing and performing in exams was delivered at the recently held Elevate Parent Information Evening. Elevate have also provided a parent handbook to enable parents to help with the topics covered in that session. I would encourage you to share and use this information with your children to assist them with these important aspects of learning. There are some great ideas included in this handbook. 

Concordia works in partnership with Elevate to provide strategies, skills and to provide current information for our students on how to effectively study, retain information and manage exams. I would strongly encourage you to join the free sessions which Elevate offers to parents throughout the year and are delivered online. They provide valuable and relevant information to assist your children. 

Click here to view the Elevate Parent Handbook.

Years 7 to 12 Disco

Please note, students are to register if attending the disco. 

Year 8 Camp Reflections

Camp was a great experience. We did a lot of good activities including mountain biking, archery, canoeing, catapulting and crate stacking. But by far, my favourite activity was orienteering because although we got lost, we had an amazing time. One of the more challenging activities was abseiling as I was a bit scared at first but eventually it was easy. The instructors were super nice to us which made the time we spent at Camp Laurence even better. Sofia Balderson  

Free Elevate Parent Webinar - Note Taking

The Elevate Term 3 Webinar series is focusing exclusively on Essay Writing, and how parents can help their children become better essay writers at home.  

The next webinar will be focusing exclusively on Note Taking - I’ve included all the details you’ll need below to promote this webinar to your parents, but please let me know if there's anything else I can provide - we'd love to see your parents come along to the event:   

Wednesday 24 August, 6.30pm
How to Help Your Child Write Better Notes   

Here's what Elevate will be covering: 

✅ The most effective way to structure notes

✅ The three levels of acquiring knowledge and how to implement this with your child at home

✅ The power of deliberate practice and the fastest way for your child to improve their marks.

Click here to register for this free webinar.

SSC Grandparents' Day

Sports Update

SSC Track & Field Carnival Final Result and Age Champions

Winning House
1st: Altus 739 points
2nd: Kessler 630 points
3rd: Stedman 626 points

Girls Age Champions


Boarding News

Hello there to all our families. The weeks are flying by, and we are at the end of Week 5 - halfway!

Unfortunately plans for the boys' camping trip have had to be put on hold due to the bad weather threat. Our girls' trip to Brisbane has also been put on hold as well due to school and sporting commitments this weekend.

The Year 11 Camp will go ahead on Monday and these students are looking forward to getting out of the dorms.

Last Sunday we had a Mocktail Night and the students created a wonderful fun atmosphere with a Hawaiian theme which many participated in. A great time was had by all.

Hope you all enjoy the pics.

Mrs Maureen Taurima
Girls' Houseparent

Welcome from the Leadership Team