The Week Ahead - Term 3, Week 9
Monday 5 September to Friday 9 September 2022
From the Head of College
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome to Spring and hopefully the start of warmer weather. I hope that today’s Student Free Day has provided you with a slower morning and day as well as a great segway into your Father’s Day weekend. Thank you to those families who yesterday celebrated Father’s Day with us at the Junior College campuses and Grandparents’ Day at the Senior College. I keep hearing the reference to how well we do “community” at Concordia and these events reinforce this reference repeatedly.
Congratulations to our Senior College choirs on their attendance at the Paul Morton Choral Concert earlier in the week. What a proud moment to be in the audience and hear Concordia being welcomed back into the event. Thank you to Mr Neil Roche-Kelly for his work and dedication to the growth of our choral program at Concordia.
From the College Pastor
Walk my Way 2022
First of all, Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers out there – and may our Lord bless and guide you in the special and sometimes challenging privilege of being a dad!
Blessings also to our newly announced student captains at SSC for 2023, who will take up their roles from Term 4. It’s an exciting time of the year at the moment!
And now to the topic referenced in the heading for today’s reflection.
Walk my Way is an initiative of ALWS (Australian Lutheran World Service), who work closely with Lutheran World Service in supporting those most in need around the globe. ALWS was born out of the refugee crisis following WWII, when lots of people from Germany, former German lands that had been occupied by the Russians and other Europeans affected by the devastation of the war sought refuge in the West, many coming to Australia with almost nothing and ending up at various camps, like Tatura in Victoria. The local churches sought to assist these refugees and help them find their feet in their new country. ALWS was born out of these efforts – you can find out more at Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) - an agency of the Lutheran Church of Australia. It has since evolved to assist people struck by disasters or struggling with poverty around the world.
Rugby League Holiday Clinic
NRL Darling Downs is hosting a huge League Stars Holiday Clinic these September holidays on Wednesday 28 September at Clive Berghofer Stadium. League Stars is an awesome Rugby League skills program for kids aged 5-12 where they learn the skills of Rugby League with their mates. It is a non-contact program that focuses on working in a team, making new friends and developing your abilities, for kids who have never played before up to club players.
This Holiday Clinic is a three-hour program that begins with the basics and finishes with really fun games. Cost is $49 cost which includes a League Stars pack with a bag, footy and a bluetooth speaker. There will also be some great giveaways!
If you're interested in attending, please click here to register (insert the Toowoomba postcode 4350 and the registration page will pop up).
If you have any questions, please contact Mal Sweeney: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0459 871 585
National Tree Day - 3 September 2022
SWQ Futsal Competition Term 4
Project Based Learning at Concordia
From the Junior College Directors
Traditionally, Term 3 is one of our busiest terms of the year and this year has been no different. Visiting classrooms and seeing the learning that is occurring is a highlight for us each week. WSC’s Morning Pop Up Learning Sessions and HSC’s Open Afternoon in Week 10 will showcase some of the exciting learning that our students have been fully engaged in.
Our Year 6 classes have been busy finalising their term’s learning so they can jet off to Cairns next week. Each year before our Year 6 students leave for their big trip, they receive their camp shirts and caps. There is a big ‘Reveal’ at Chapel/Assembly and then on certain days, they can begin wearing their shirts. They were very excited to have time together this week, sharing in the final preparations for the trip. We wish Mr Baker, Ms Maddock and our Year 6 classes all the best as they embark on their trip to Cairns. We look forward to hearing the stories of camp when they return.
JC Year 6 Cairns Trip - Great Barrier Reef Education Experience Program
Our JC Year 6 class will depart and head to Cairns next week.
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.
Outside School Hours Care
Hume Street Campus
HSC Open Afternoon - 15 September 3.30pm-4.30pm
We are excited to invite you to come and experience Term 3 learning at HSC. Our students will have their learning ready to share with grandparents on Friday 16 September and we would love for you to have a sneak peak as well the afternoon before.
It will be a drop in and stay for as long or as short as you like. You are welcome to visit multiple or all classrooms.
We will operate Pick Up as normal for all students. Please collect your child from Pick Up to visit the classrooms or to go home.
Family friends and relatives are welcome as well.
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.
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 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.
HSC Prep to Year 6 Swimming Lessons
On Friday 7 October, students from Prep to Year 6 will commence their swimming lessons at the Concordia Aquatic Centre. Each of these classes will participate in eight lessons over Term 4.
Please ensure that students have the following:
- Dressing gown - this is great for the students to wear to and from the pool as we don't know what the weather is going to be like;
- Swimming togs - it would be great for Years 5 & 6 to wear their togs to school as they will be leaving straight after assembly on Fridays
- House swimming cap
To avoid any lost items, please clearly label all of your child's items including their shoes, underwear and uniform.
Warwick Street Campus
WSC Pop Up Learning
WSC Prep to Year 2 Swimming Lessons
On Thursday 8 September, Prep to Year 2 students will commence their swimming lessons at the Concordia Aquatic Centre. Each of these classes will participate in five lessons over the last two weeks of Term 3.
WSC Prep Darling Downs Zoo Excursion
On Wednesday 7 September, the Prep students will be going to the Darling Downs Zoo for an excursion. This excursion will enhance the students’ knowledge and understanding of our studies and research of the needs of living things as set out in the Australian Curriculum for Prep students.
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
From the Director of Campus
Well, it happened again…. Once again this week I have had to pinch myself at the amazing talent – both current and emerging that exists at Concordia. When I reflect on my own schooling, I can’t help wonder what might have been if I had the opportunities that exist for our students. On top of this, the leadership skills within our student body is something to behold, and has been celebrated this week.
Year 12 2023 Leaders
I wish to recognise the Year 11 students who took the courage of nominating for 2023 Senior leadership positions. I know Thursday was a day of mixed emotions – on one hand, elation for those who were successful in their endeavour, while at the same time, disappointment, for those students who were unsuccessful. Coping with disappointment is a hard but ever ever real lifelong challenge, especially when you are surrounded by a group of others who also have great qualities and potential. We must also not forget our current Year 12 leaders, who while counting down the days they have remaining, are at the same time realising that they will miss this tight knit community. Their leadership this year has set a very high bar for our incoming leaders. Congratulations and all the best to our 2023 Senior leadership team.
Elevate - Free Parent Webinar
Elevate will be having another webinar next week which will be focusing exclusively on Exam Room Skills and how parents can help their children ready themselves for the exam room.
Wednesday 7 September @ 6.30pm (AEST)
How to Help Your Child Get Ready for the Exam Room
Here's what Elevate will be covering:
✅ What your child should be doing in the final week before any test or assessment
✅ How to establish a good routine for the night before
✅ How to optimise exam-room performance
Team Sports results
Congratulations to the combined TAS/Concordia U13s team (Leroy Malone) who won their grand final this week 28-0 against St Mary's College. Well done, Leroy!
• This week, the girls' team played against Centenary Heights State High School and won 3 sets to 0, the final score 75-51.
• The mixed team played against Hitlist (Wilsonton SHS) and won 110-96.
The girls' team currently sits 2nd on the ladder with 5 wins and a loss.
The U15 boys lost to Centenary Heights. Congratulations to the team for putting in a great effort throughout the competition. A lot of talent that we look forward to developing in the coming years
Hello to all our families and friends. This week I would like to recap on upcoming events that will be happening in Boarding over the next couple of weeks.
Year 10 exams start on Monday for two weeks; Year 12 will have their long-awaited Recognition Dinner and Valedictory Dinner. The hype is building in dorm and while we have only Bradley and Chrissy in Year 12, we feel very excited and sad all in one emotion. Happy for them as they embark on a new journey and sad because they will both be missed.
Chrissy Watson has been in boarding since she was in Year 7 and is the last of the students from Paech House to have moved into Giabal House on the main Campus. Bradley Stiller, while only being here for three years, has a strong family history with Concordia with well over 30 years of Boarding. Both achieved Boarder Captaincy for 2022. Both students have been outstanding in their chosen sports, Chrissy AFL, and Bradley Rugby Union. We wish them both all the best for their up coming exams in Term 4.