The Week Ahead - Term 3, Week 8
Monday 29 August to Friday 2 September 2022
From the Head of College
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Wow, winter has definitely provided us with a reminder this week that it still has a few days to run! I hope that you have been able to keep warm during the week. Last week on Thursday and Friday, I attended a Lutheran Principals’ Queensland spiritual retreat up on the Sunshine Coast. This gathering afforded me the opportunity to connect with my principal colleagues and debrief on all matters relating to our respective jobs and schools as well as slowing down and focusing on our spiritual and wellness journeys. What stood out for me about Concordia during my informal discussions, was the quality of the relationships which are in place where every student is deeply known and deeply loved. I have returned to Concordia feeling affirmed, very proud and graciously confident that we are a blessed community on a very strong and upward trajectory. Pastor Thomas was the retreat pastor and I thank him for the care which he brought to this gathering for all who attended.
From the College Pastor
Last week saw a flurry of activities that reflect our Concordia community. On Saturday morning our Head of College together with other members of the Leadership Team, facilitated a strategic planning session to hear the voice of our community for the future direction of our College. Saturday night saw the first Boarder Disco in a long time, to which day students were also invited. On Sunday was the opportunity for families to mix and enjoy an afternoon at bowling, thanks to Parent Connect. There was great participation at the recent track and field championships and other sports competitions. This week is Book Week, which includes a number of events and activities that allow our community to gather and mix – and, of course, there was the recent wonderful Arts in Focus Day. In other words, there are lots of things happening and lots of opportunities for people in our community to gather, to support and encourage one another and to celebrate our community.
Walk My Way
At Concordia Lutheran College, we are aware of the many blessings that God has provided us with and the responsibilities that come with being so blessed! We are encouraged to share our gifts with others, so that all may experience God’s infinite love and care.
Walk My Way is part of The Grace Project, which since 2019, has helped more than 62,500 refugee children to go to school!
This year again we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives and future of refugee children.
$26 will allow one child to attend school for one year, including learning materials! It is facilitated by Australian Lutheran World Service, a government approved aid organisation, with a great track record for helping those most in need.
Could the Concordia community send 100 children to school next year? Come and join the Concordia Community for the Walk My Way events this year!
Sport Survey Results
Many thanks to everyone who completed the recent Sports Survey. We received 186 submissions to the survey. Please click the button below to view a summary of the results.
Audition Day is fast approaching and we are so excited to see how many students come forward to audition for leads, chorus and dance.
There are still Audition Packs available outside M Block Staffroom, or your Junior College Campus Reception for Years 5 and 6 students, and we encourage everyone who is thinking about auditioning to give it a go!
Our audition process is very friendly and welcoming, and everyone is very supportive. The Arts Captains will even come into the audition with you if you need it!
When: Friday 2 September
Times: Leads 8.30am–12pm
View the Audition Day Schedule and Information letter for details on how the day will run.
We are looking forward to bringing We Will Rock You to life on the Main Stage of the Empire Theatre in 2023!
Social Golf for Father's Day
Project Based Learning at Concordia
From the Junior College Directors
This week Concordia celebrated Book Week, with the theme for 2022 being ‘Dreaming with Eyes Open’. This theme explored how books can take children on a journey into other people’s lives, into other perspectives and new topics, while also teaching and entertaining readers. Reading books assists our children to not only develop their brains but also to spark their creativity and imagination.
To celebrate Book Week, our Junior College students and staff, donned their best outfits for our annual dress up day and parades, and our youngest students celebrated with a special Pyjama Storytime on each campus. Thank you to all who assisted with our Book Week events and to Mrs Karen Maben, our Junior College Library Assistant, for teaching our students that “Reading is an adventure that never ends”.
JC Library News
I would like to extend a huge thank you to all our students and their families for their enthusiasm towards all of our Book Week activities. The Book Week parades were filled with such great characters from a huge range of books both in our libraries and from student’s own collections. I understand that it is a daunting task sometimes to help your children coordinate the outfit for the day and I truly appreciate your efforts. The students really enjoyed parading their costumes and sharing stories with their buddies.
The Pyjama Storytimes were also a big success with many very excited students attending dressed in their best warm pyjamas with their teddies/special cuddly toys and torches and bringing their families along to enjoy the stories and help them with making their own personal Australian animal themed book marks.
With the end of term approaching fast, I would like to ask for your help with ensuring your children are returning all overdue library books and home readers. The students will be encouraged to borrow books for over this school holidays, but I would love their loans to be up to date prior to this time. If you have any concerns about books that may be overdue, please email me at Karen.Maben@concordia.qld.edu.au
Mrs Karen Maben
Junior College Library Coordinator
Free Dress Day to support Loanialu Health Clinic - 29 August
Loanialu Health Clinic
The students in Years 4 and 5 have been studying Acts of Service. Mrs Monika Bennett came and spoke to them during Term 2. They were so captured by the stories that she told, that they decided they wanted to do something to assist. As a result, we are learning a little more about Loanialu and gathering Head Lice products to send to Vanuatu. The following is a script that Rylee and Seth will present to the students during Assembly.
We thank everyone for their support of The Loanialu Health clinic. We are supporting this special community by donating headlice treatment, hats and/or beanies. Mary’s Pharmacy is helping our cause by selling discounted headlice treatment. Families can purchase the treatment at Mary’s Pharmacy. They will collate the numbers and order in bulk. These donations will then be passed on to Concordia. We are also holding a free dress day on Monday with gold coin donations also going towards this special cause.
JC Student Art Work
Reminder: Please make sure you collect your child/ren framed art work from your respective Campus by next Friday.
Outside School Hours Care
Hume Street Campus
HSC Tuckshop - 1 September Cancelled
Please note that due to scheduled events at SSC, there will be no tuckshop on Thursday 1 September. Tuckshop will be back on the following week.
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 Breakfast and Kite Making Activities
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.
The following video explains the benefits of having your Prep child’s vision screened- “What is Prep Vision Screening?”
HSC Grandparents' Day - 16 September
We would love to invite our special Grandparents to come and spend the morning with our students on Friday 16 September. The morning will follow:
8.40am Classroom visits
9.50am Special Chapel Service
10.30am Shared morning tea in the Junior Playground.
Please use the link below to register your attendance by Friday 9 September.
We look forward to welcoming as many Grandparents as can join us this year.
Parent Help for Grandparents' Day - 16 September
We would love your help on Grandparents' Day in providing a plate of food for morning tea. Each year level is being asked to bring a certain type of food to share.
- Prep – Fruit Platter
- Year 1 – Hot Food (mini pies, quiches, sausage rolls etc)
- Year 2 – Biscuits
- Year 3 – Cakes/Cupcakes, Muffins
- Year 4/5 – Slices
- Year 5/6 – Sandwiches
To avoid huge wastage and in consideration of our earth’s sustainability, we are happy to wash up dishes to return to you, however, please ensure that your name in on them.
HSC Parent Connect
On Thursday 1 September we will be holding a Parent Connect Meeting at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Below is a link to the HSC Parent Connect Facebook page. Keep a watch on this page for upcoming events or important information.
Warwick Street Campus
WSC Father's Day Sausage Sizzle - Thursday 1 September
WSC Father’s Day Stall
The Parent Connect will be running our annual Father’s Day Stall on Thursday 1 September. This year there will be both $5.00 and $10.00 gifts available to purchase.
Gifts - Your child/ren may like to purchase a present for Dads, Grandads or any other special fatherly role models. Money will need to be brought to school on Thursday 1 September. If you would like your child to purchase more than one gift (maybe for Grandad?), there may be an opportunity for them to do so.
Please place the money in an envelope marked with:
- Child’s name
- Amount in envelope
- Number of gifts to be purchased
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.
Stephen Street Campus
Happy Book Week!
Despite the freezing cold Wednesday, it was great to see staff and students get involved in Book Week celebrations. Thank you to Mrs Heidi Edwards for bringing Book Week to life through library displays and activities. There is no doubt that levels of students reading for pleasure has declined internationally over the past ten years with smartphones now occupying a lot of leisure time for young people. Sadly, curling up on the lounge or bed is not considered to be as virtuous as it once was. However, we encourage all of our students to fall in love with this habit again, as it has so many lifelong benefits, including general wellness as well as inspiring further learning and connection.
Year 8 HaSS
HaSS students in a kitchen? You could be mistaken for thinking 8B were cooking up some culinary delights when recently creating 3D models for their Geography ‘Design an Island’ class project. As a part of their ‘Landscapes and Landforms’ unit, students were required to create a topographical map and an island with various elements to demonstrate their knowledge of geographical features.
Students engaged in hands on activities using the Augmented Reality Sandbox to create contour maps of their initial ideas before modelling them in the kitchen. Their islands were shared in the form of a presentation to their classmates. The islands included creative combinations of mountains and valleys, plains and plateaus, volcanoes, cliffs, waterfalls, and a variety of habitats and other features. The presentations were informative and entertaining. Well done, 8B! Check out the gallery of photos below.
Ms Leah Parker
SSC Grandparents' Day
Darling Downs Track & Field
- Zoe Pietsch: 800m 2nd; 1500m 3rd; 400m Final 4th
- Charlie Pietsch: 800m 2nd; 1500m 3rd
- Chloe Denning: 800m 1st, 1500m 1st, 3000m 2nd
- Alex Roberts: 100m Final 2nd; 1st 14 boys triple jump 10.78m (DD Qualified)
- Caitlin Wiggins: 400m final 5th, unplaced 14 girls Javelin and Discus
- Ethan Gorham: 100m heat 6th, unplaced 13 boys Triple Jump
- Jorja Hollonds: 3rd 14 girls long 4.61m
- Selina Richards: unplaced 14 girls Javelin and Discus
- Ben Warrener: unplaced 14 boys High Jump
Hello to you all!
This week has finished on an electrifying note with the fantastic Disco that was held in the College gym. Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this event. Special thanks to the super talented disco king, Ross. You deliver every time Ross, the students loved your music selections with the numerous lights and fog effects. Thank you to our fabulous school staff who came along to support us - Pastor Thomas was seen doing a little boogie and Mrs Eagleson the limbo, Ms Marangelli sporting her fluro gear and Ms Donaldson who, along with our Boarding staff, kept everyone safe. Overall, the behaviour of the students was great. Thank you to Chrissy Watson who headed up the Disco committee for student input. Finally, to those who volunteered to assist with the clean up the next morning - Bella, Bryce, Matt, and Liam.
We had a fantastic response from our day students with many expressing that they would like this to be a regular event during the summer month.