Issue 41, 1 April 2020

Head of College Update

Dear Colleagues,  

As we head towards the holidays – thank you! It seems that the last Term has been a blur with drought, fire and Coronavirus all dominant features. Our community can only strengthen through these challenges, but there are times when we are seemingly being bounced off the proverbial wall. We know that God has a plan for us all and I am sure that it will become clear in the weeks and months ahead. Through faith alone!

Thanks to Geoff Becker for passing on the following Martin Luther writings relating to the ‘Black Plague’ – how does this resonate when considering those working in the health industries; or dare I say, all staff working in schools?

‘I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.
If my neighbour needs me however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.’
(selection from Luther’s Works Vol 43, p.142)

A little ‘grim’ but worth a chuckle. It says much about your dedication and service under difficult conditions. God bless and go into the holidays knowing that you must take time to rest before we start again in the new Term.

Additional leave arrangements

Colleagues, please read the updated Q&A for staff, which includes, through LEQ, an additional leave provision in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We have approved an additional 20 days of ‘COVID-19 Personal/Carers Leave’; however, please note the conditions attached to this leave. 

Pastoral support

Our pastoral care team will be sharing helpful tips and resources with you over the coming weeks to support you and your family during the COVID-19 epidemic. It is particularly important to be aware of the mental health and wellbeing of our young people – and our own wellbeing. Thank you, Sonia Siebenhausen, for excellent support and work in this critical area.

Resources for parents

Bianca and a team of staff members are building a resource platform for parents. This is based on the old ‘My CLC’ platform which was rolled into the Concordia Parent Portal some time ago. The platform will be a growing source of general information for parents and guardians, and it will include activities for children, study guides and tips for older students, introduction to broader resources such as the Khan Academy, and wellbeing and pastoral ideas that will help parents and guardians through this time of isolation. We will be encouraging parents to share their ideas and we are looking to set up a ‘parent2parent’ network to support parents throughout the weeks and months ahead.

A plea: If you have resources that you feel could be useful, then please pass them onto Bianca in the first instance. We will sort out a more seamless way to do this in the future, but for the time being, please go directly to Bianca.

Staffing

At the end of this week, we will say farewell to Bec Crichton (SSC) and Guy McLatchey (Food Services). Bec has accepted a role with Education Queensland after some fifteen years of service to Concordia (and she is also a past student). Guy has been covering Beth’s leave while she has been on maternity leave. Melissa Reimann (HSC) will also commence a period of maternity leave from Friday - all the very best Mel to you and your growing family. 

It seems weird to say goodbye remotely – although I was able to catch up with Bec yesterday in a socially distant setting. On your behalf, I would like to thank both Bec and Guy for their wonderful service to Concordia and we will try to organise a ‘proper’ farewell once this current situation is over. As an aside, I have also been in contact with Gavin Lindenmayer and suggested that the farewell that was tentatively planned for this week will be held at a time to be arranged in the future.

God’s blessing to you all. May you and your family stay safe in the week’s ahead, and I have no doubt that I will be back in contact with you as soon as we become aware of government decisions relating to Term 2/2020.

In His Name

Adrian

Need to know!

Support staff received the following message from Adrian on Monday. If you are a support staff member and haven't yet viewed this, please do click on the link below. 

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Please read this updated Q&A for staff on the College's response to Coronavirus. As Adrian announced, there is a new and additional leave provision for staff specific to absences related to Covid-19. If you have any questions after reading this, please contact Mel in HR. 

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Working from home

Several colleagues have commenced working from home arrangements this week. Whether or not you have previously worked from home, working from home during a pandemic is likely to be a significant change. For teachers who have only ever taught students in a physical classroom, for non-teaching staff who have only ever worked in a school or office environment, even those who have worked from home for limited periods of time, this situation may be confronting and will require considerable adjustment.

For those of us who are also juggling new or modified care arrangements for children, or accommodating other household members who may, or may not, also be working from home, adjusting to this new work environment will create additional challenges (arghhh!).

The College's expectation for staff undertaking home based work is that they continue to meet their contractual obligations in accordance with the College’s Home Based Work agreement. These expectations also extend to maintaining confidentiality and privacy, child safety and child protection, social media and others. 

The direction of the relevant experts and authorities and the individual circumstances of employees will determine if home based work will continue. Please contact Mel in HR if you have any questions about such arrangements. 

Staff Updates

Term 2 will see the return of some familiar faces. Emma Stewart (JC Teacher) will be returning from maternity leave to Hume Street Campus; as will Beth Ammenhauser (Chef) to the catering services team. Stephen Street Campus will also welcome back Marg Battle, who will be teaching in the English Department.

Important Dates

Date Event / Activity Attendance
Monday, 20 April Pupil Free Day (all campuses)
Tuesday, 21 April Term 2 starts

Resources & support for online learning

An extraordinary amount of resources are flooding inboxes and websites to support teachers with online learning. Here are some additional ones that you may not have seen as yet:

This will be streamed at 9.00am for the eastern states of Australia and is free. Register here

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Corwin: Resources for teaching online

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Great for adults and children given the requirement to stay home:

Virtual tours of world zoos

Virtual tours of famous landmarks & places

Virtual tours of natural wonders

Virtual tours of world museums

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The Federal Government has a free online COVID-19 infection control training course

Escape for a moment...


Technology

Furthermore to all the online information that has been sent out already, we are pleased to let you all know that we have launched our CLC I.T. Helpdesk Team to all staff and students. You all should have received an email saying you are now part of the Team. This Team can be found on your Teams page via office.com like any other Team you are part off.

This platform will be used for assisting students with any I.T. issues that they may have while at home. We have added all our Teams help guides that we have already created that will help students and staff using Teams and its many features. We have also added programs and info/help guides on how to screen record and webcam record at a basic, intermediate and advanced level depending on your I.T. skills/knowledge. Screenshot is below on how to access these files. 


This Team will grow with more information overtime time making it a one stop location for all info/help for Teams at CLC. We are asking that only students post their I.T. support requests via the feed and not staff, unless you believe the request will benefits all to see. We are asking staff to still log their I.T. Requests via SysAid, which works wherever you have internet (Visit: http://requests.concordia.qld.edu.au). I have attached the instructions on how to login/use SysAid. For any I.T. requests for when you cannot access any CLC systems remotely, feel free to contact us via helpdesk@concordia.qld.edu.au from your personal email or call the main CLC reception number (07 4688 2700) as they can forward your call onto our mobiles.

Next week is the perfect time to look over, test and use all the Teams features that you have access to. We will be around all next week to help assist anyone with any Teams requests and are making it our top priority to get you all familiar with Teams should we move fully online if schools don’t re-open next term. Even if schools do re-open next term we are still promoting the use of Teams in the classroom as this platform will become a one stop location for all Office 365 products that we use at CLC and it will only get bigger and better over time as this is now Microsoft’s number one product that they are investing huge amount of money, time and resources into.

Take care and we hope you all have a great last week of term.

Daniel & Mitch, IT

TASS Updates

A reminder that over the holiday break, TASS is releasing Version 52 and it brings some exciting new features and functionality of which you can see an overview below. 


Development Opportunities

In our quest to learn more about Office 365, many additional features have been found, including the program 'Presenter Coach'. This can assist staff and students to build confidence and improve presentation skills. Here is a quick introductory video.


Who was I?

Which colleague amongst us was born in Cairns; watched Hogan's Heroes as a child (possibly also as an adult!); has memorised the Auslan alphabet; really enjoyed meeting the Bondi Lifeguards; most favourite book is "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtenay; and is currently reading 'Rebel Minds' by Susan Rosenthal?

Jana Anderson, Sports Coordinator and Student Services Officer

Easter Prayer

Friends,

It is usual at this time that we would all gather together in worship for the end of Term 1 and as an opportunity to celebrate Easter together. Since we don’t this opportunity this year, I invite you to share in this devotion wherever you are.

Pastor Chris

 

In God’s name; The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Peace be with you at this time.

Isaiah 53:5-6 (NIV)
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
 Luke 24:1-3 (NIV)
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

Let’s Pray

God of peace, at this time of upheaval, of unknown, of distress, give us peace. Be with all staff at Concordia Lutheran College and they time they have away from our workplace, no matter how long or short it is. In this time, help us to rest, help us to connect with family, help us be ready for whatever might come in this world. Bless our students and their families with your presence so that they may continue to learn and grow.

Be with those who are suffering at this time; those with sickness, those who are abused or neglected, those who are unemployed or underemployed. Send your Holy Spirit into their lives to direct them in the way of your Son; the way of peace. Help them to seek out the help and support that they need.

Be with all people in decision making positions. With Scott Morrison, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and all elected officials. With Adrian Wiles, Jason Smith, Juanetta Priest, Jackie Minnikin and all our College Leadership. With Bishop John, Bishop Paul and all within the LCA leadership. With business owners and those who have to make hard decisions about peoples employment.

Help us to walk through this world as we journey towards our heavenly home with you.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.
Amen.

 

Blessing

The blessing of Almighty God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with you know and always.

Amen.