Issue 37, 5 February 2020

Head of College Update

Dear Colleagues,  

Welcome to the first edition of Heads Up for 2020. It has been a very positive start to the school year despite the unusual external challenges that have impacted on all schools. The Term now unfolds with information sessions and swimming carnivals dotting the calendar in the first weeks. Thank you for your work and willingness to be engaged with parents and guardians – this is a critical partnership that enhances the learning environment across the School.

I would encourage staff members to contribute to this publication: tell a story, write about your own professional development experiences, perhaps a recipe or good idea …. your input will add to the interest level and ‘readability’. Thanks again to Mel Foreman for producing this valuable publication, and any contributions should be directed to Mel.

Professional development opportunities

PD is one cornerstone to improved performance - either in the classroom or within the role that you undertake at Concordia. I would encourage staff members to watch for relevant opportunities as they become available; and at Concordia, the best avenues to source information is through Heads Up or by speaking to your Head of Department or your Manager to make your PD needs known.

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) always provides quality learning opportunities, and these can be sourced and tracked through their Connect and Learn portal. Currently ISQ, in collaboration with ACER, is offering the ACER Masterclasses in General Capabilities to be held in Brisbane on Tuesday 10 March. This is a project to develop learning progressions and online formative assessment for the skills of:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking and
  • Collaboration.

ACER learning progressions in each of these three skills are now available in a more ‘finalised’ state, and the focus of the project in 2020 is for teachers to learn how to apply the progressions and formative assessment to their own units of work.

Please log in to Connect and Learn and go to Masterclass in General Capabilities to discover more information.

Every blessing and kind regards,

Adrian

Need to know!

Evacuation and lockdown drills will be occurring over the coming weeks. Please read and refresh your role and responsibility by reading the procedure relevant to your work area/s.

Boarding

Hume Street Campus

Stephen Street Campus

Warwick Street Campus

The lockdown music is a classical piece by Mozart. 

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Most staff should now have completed their annual ISQ Child Protection Training. Face to face sessions for Maintenance, Cleaning and Catering staff will occur over the coming weeks.

To complement the College's Child Protection Policy, the Queensland Department of Child Safety has an online tool to support staff in their decision making if you have concerns about a child.  This tool utilises the legislated decision trees and mandatory reporting requirements. If you are ever in doubt about child protection matters, please contact Adrian Wiles, Head of College. 

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To improve communication and support for our students, SSC student assessments are now being posted on the College calendar in Teacher Kiosk. There are many benefits to this new approach, including more effective planning around non-curricular activities. Go to Teacher Kiosk > Calendar > School Calendar for a week or month view. 

Staff Updates

This year we welcome several new colleagues, including:

  • Gabe Robbie, HOD, HASS
  • Darren Pope, Learning Enrichment Coordinator
  • Tosca Grainger-Dee, Girls Boarding Houseparent
  • Elisabeth Smit, Science and Psychology Teacher
  • Georgina Meecham, Strings Conductor and Tutor in the JC
  • Terri Sheedy and Rosie Roberts in the Catering Team
  • Tina Vernon, Residential Tutor
  • Pat Rudd, who in addition to Residential Tutor and Sports Coach, is now also supporting the College in the role of Learning Assistant in the Learning Enrichment Team

The staffing plans for the SSC Library after school are currently being finalised, as is boarding staffing as Maureen Taurima, Housemother will be on four weeks leave. Please note that Sonia Siebenhausen, Student Counsellor, is also on a period of leave so please contact your Directors of Campus with any identified student support needs. 

Important Dates

Date Event / Activity Attendance
As soon as possible Please place orders for staff winter informal uniform items (vests, jackets, pants) by emailing clcshop so they can be available by Winter
Friday, 7 February Inter-House Swimming Carnival
Friday, 14 February SSC Library Lovers Day Various events to become involved in
Wednesday, 26 February Ash Wednesday Chapel Services
Thursday, 19 March Student Learning Showcase - all campuses From 5.00pm
Saturday, 21 March College Open Day All staff

Escape for a moment...

It was a summer full of news, but sadly, very traumatic events. Please enjoy this positive take on the news cycle...

Committee Updates

Several staff and committee posters and listings are available from Teacher Kiosk > Links > Staff & Student Contacts. This includes the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee. Any staff member can self-nominate to join this team and their next meeting is Thursday, 27 February. If you are interested, please email Gavin. 

Technology

A reminder for all casual and part-time staff that timesheets are only available through Teacher Kiosk > Links > Online Support and on the Staff Portal of the College website. If you require support please call or email payroll@concordia.qld.edu.au 

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Have you seen what a student can see in Student Cafe? If not, please 'ghost' as a student from the Hamburger menu on the Student Profile screen


Employee Benefits 

The College, through an independent external provider, provides all staff with the opportunity to access 3 free, confidential face to face or phone counselling sessions each year.

EAP sessions may be used for developing strategies for handling life’s inevitable curveballs, goal setting, or planning for major life events or changes. 

To book an EAP appointment, you simply need to call this provider on 1800 818 728 and the AccessEAP team will arrange a meeting at a time convenient to you to speak with a professional. Please note that AccessEAP is bound by confidentiality agreements and does not report the names of staff who access this service back to the College. 

Development Opportunities

Podcasts are now so accessible through multiple channels and provide a unique learning tool where you can get small snippets of research and practical takeaways (or special interest areas and hobbies). Here are just a few of the millions available through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or your favourite podcast app.

Pioneers of Positive Education with Dr Suzy Green

Teacher Magazine

QUT Podclass hosted by Madonna King

All in the Mind, ABC

Science Friction, ABC

Conversations with Richard Fidler, ABC

The Party Room with Kelly and Karvelas, ABC

The School Bell, Independent Schools Queensland 


Events

ISQ is providing a wide range of professional development events in the areas of NCCD, student and staff wellbeing and working with students with disability. Many of these opportunities are available in regional areas. For further information, the ISQ 2020 Professional Development Prospectus provides details about the workshops and their locations.

This term Understanding and Managing Student Anxiety in the Classroom workshops will be offered in Toowoomba, at Toowoomba Christian College on 27 March

The Department of Education’s Reading Centre at Woolloongabba provides a range of reasonably priced workshops about literacy acquisition for school students. For further information click here for details of the Semester One program.

Your views matter!

As communicated both last year and by Adrian in the Staff Professional Development week, the College is working with an external provider TES to implement Staff Pulse which will complement existing structures and systems already in place to provide and receive feedback. 

If you haven't already registered, please follow the instructions in the email from TES. If you haven't received this email, please contact Mel.  

The first staff pulse will be emailed next week and will have a maximum of 10 short questions. 

Who am I? 

Lived…Ballina, Augathella, Cunnamulla, Dulacca, Roma, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Brisbane, Isis River, Hervey Bay

Travelled to…Thailand, England, France, United States, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Germany, Italy, Vienna

Most favourite TV show as a child…Rainbow Brite

Have met…Prince William, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, Peter Beattie, Anna Bligh

Memorised…A Bush Christening by AB Banjo Paterson

My favourite joke…What do you call a donkey with three legs? A wonkey!

Concordia in the News

In the Name of Education, Style Magazine 

Education in the News

High expectations can put students six months ahead of their peers, Sydney Morning Herald

Robots, AI and drones: when did toys turn into rocket science?, USQ

Team Updates

To ensure the College maintains a consistent brand, staff are asked to familiarise themselves with the College Style Guide. This applies to all flyers, posters, presentations and other materials that are distributed to parents and the College community. You can find the PowerPoint presentation on Teacher Kiosk. If in doubt, please contact Christine Loan or me. We are happy to help.

Bianca Coleborn, Director of Marketing & Enrolments  

Staff Polo Shirt

Thank you to the staff who completed the short survey to provide feedback on a new polo. The new design is:


The shirt will be available in both a ‘fitted’ and ‘relaxed’ fit and has a breathable mesh back. Remaining stock of the previous polo shirt are available for sale at the discounted price of $20 each. As soon as the new polos are unpacked and processed, they will be available for purchase from the Uniform shop. 

Health and Wellness - 3 powerful questions to start the school term

In amongst the thoughts about the term and year ahead, the tight timelines, the competing demands on your time and the workload, try and take a moment to think about the key successes you had last year, as well as your greatest learnings. Think about your proudest moments and the times you were stretched to capacity.

3 key questions:

  1. If you had to describe 2019 in a few words, what would they be? Why?
  2. If you had to describe your intentions for 2020 in a few words, what would they be?
  3. WHO do you have to be or HOW do you have to be, to live this intention in 2020?

Adapted from an resources by Daniela Falecki and AccessEAP


In the Community

As per Adrian’s welcome in the Chapel, we are looking for staff members who may be interested in representing the College at country shows this year. Please let me know if you would be interested in assisting with any of the following dates:

Pittsworth Show: Friday 6 March, Saturday 7 March

Moree Show: Friday 24 April, Saturday 25 April

Toowoomba Show: Thursday 26 March (Show Holiday), Friday 27 March, Saturday 28 March

Goondiwindi Show: Friday 1 May, Saturday 2 May

Kingaroy Show: Saturday 2 May, Sunday 3 May

St George Show: Sunday 3 May

For the Moree, Goondiwindi, Kingaroy and St George shows, accommodation and transportation will be provided.

If you would like to discuss this further, please let me know.

Bianca Coleborn, Director of Marketing & Enrolments

‘Whatever’ Days

Today is World Nutella Day and if you are led to believe what the makers of Nutella advertise, you can’t be happy without a jar of this in your life!

World Nutella Day was first celebrated in 2007. The idea for the day came an American blogger living in Italy at the time. She loved the product so much she took her joy of the product to social media around the world, and then the actual makers of Nutella, Ferrero, took on the celebration of the day in 2015, which now includes a Facebook page, entire website, hashtag, twitter handle, videos and a chance to become the Chief Nutella Ambassador!

Here is a cringe-worthy ad, definitely worth discussion on The Gruen Transfer.

The Bunya Pine

Recommendations:

Your Invitation to Adventure: Rangeville Scout Group (girls and boys)



Welcome to a new school year. All staff are encouraged to contribute to Heads Up as this is the foremost tool for communicating to the entire staff group. Please email newsletter@concordia.qld.edu.au