Concordia College (South Australia)

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Concordia College
Concordia College, Adelaide Logo.svg
Firm in Principle, Gentle in Manner[1]
Highgate, SA, Australia
Coordinates 34°57′35″S 138°37′3″E / 34.95972°S 138.61750°E / -34.95972; 138.61750Coordinates: 34°57′35″S 138°37′3″E / 34.95972°S 138.61750°E / -34.95972; 138.61750
Type Independent,
Day school
Denomination Lutheran[2]
Established 1890[2]
Principal Lester Saegenschnitter
Key people Mrs. Briony Carman
(Head Of Middle School)

Mrs. Mavis Herbert
(Head Of Senior School)

Enrolment ~790 (2009[3])
International students 19[3]
Colour(s) Blue and Gold
Slogan "In touch with the past - forming the future"
Concordia College at Murtoa, c.1890s
The College at Highgate on opening day, 1905
Gymnasium team in front of the main building, c.1921

Concordia College is an independent, co-educational, Lutheran, secondary, day school, located in Highgate, an inner southern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia.

Established as a boys' school, teachers college and seminary in Murtoa, Victoria in 1890,[4] Concordia moved to its current site in South Australia in 1905, and caters for about 800 students from Years 7[5] to 12, including about 20 international students.[3] The College operates under the auspices of the South Australian District Synod of the Lutheran Church of Australia, and enrolment priority is given to families who are members of the Church, however students come from a variety of religious backgrounds, Christian denominations, and economic and social circumstances.[6]

The school has been an IB World School since January 2001, and is authorised to offer the IB Middle Years Programme.[7] Concordia is affiliated with the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA),[2] the Independent Schools Sport Association (ISSA),[8] the Independent Girls' Schools Sports Association (IGSSA), and the South Australian Secondary Schools Sports Association (SASSSA).[9]


Concordia is located on a single campus in suburban Highgate, five kilometres south of the Adelaide city centre.[10] The College grounds feature a combination of historic and modern architecture, surrounding a central grassed quadrangle.

The campus includes:

  • The Chapel: The most notable of the buildings is the Chapel, which has been the recipient of numerous awards.[citation needed] The Chapel features a waterfall and fountain visible through a glass wall behind the altar, and a cross with a crown of thorns. The facility doubles as an assembly hall and a performance venue. It is also used for weddings and is made available for performances by local schools which do not have their own performance venue.
  • The Suaviter: Named from the school motto, the Suaviter is one of the original school buildings, and was formerly the Chapel. Retaining its stained glass windows, it has been converted into a conference and exhibition/display centre with catering facilities, where students participating in the hospitality curriculum receive training.[11]
  • The Yangadlitya Resource Centre was opened on 29 May 2006 by Mrs Ningali Cullen, possibly the first female indigenous Concordia College student (class of 1954). The College was given permission to use the name "Yangadlitya" (meaning "for the future") by the elders of the Kaurna people, who are the traditional owners of the land on which Concordia stands. The building is of a strikingly modern design using bold colours, with facades both to the quadrangle and Winchester street.
  • Murtoa: A new addition to the school in 2010, this multipurpose building houses a brand new state-of-the-art television studio and media-editing suite as well as several multipurpose classrooms. The music centre has also been expanded into the building featuring new practice room space and a large acoustic rehearsal room. Built by Sarah Constructions, it features a modern design similar to the Yangadlitya building, including a skybridge connecting the two buildings. It was named after the town, Murtoa, Victoria, the original location of the school.
  • The Hamman Wing:
    • Upstairs: Year 7 and 8 class rooms, the LOTE (Languages other the English) rooms, three computer rooms.
    • Downstairs: Offices and services.
  • The Tech Centre: Facilities for woodworking, metalworking, plastics and electronics. (Also has one classroom and computer rooms.)
  • The Gymnasium: One big gym room (used for basketball, netball, volleyball,etc.) which can be split into two, plus a weights room, a classroom, changing rooms, administrative facilities, and a large foyer (with mirrors, which is also used for dance and other activities).
  • The Maths Centre: Six classrooms, a computer room and a storage room.
  • The Science Building: Six laboratories and associated offices.
  • The Music Centre: Practice rooms, a classroom and an ensemble room.
  • The Drama Centre: A configurable performance area with lights, sound and video facilities. The main performance space features a movable seating system enabling it to be used for a wide variety of corporate, drama and musical performances.
  • The Canteen.
  • Various outdoor sporting facilities: tennis courts, netball courts, ovals, etc.


Middle School[edit]

The Middle School caters for students in Years 7 to 9. Concordia offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP).[7] Nine Areas of Learning are combined with five Areas of Interaction to provide breadth and depth in the Middle School curriculum. The College provides additional support for students with learning difficulties, as well as extension activities for gifted students.[12]

Year 7 students students are required to study Art, German, Physical Education, Christian Studies, Health, Science, Drama, Indonesian, Society and Environment, English, Mathematics, Technical Studies, Food Technology, and Music.[13] In Year 8, students study similar subjects, with the addition of Geography, Design and Technology Studies, and History.[14] Art, Drama and Music students in Year 7 and Year 8 produce a musical in Term 4.[13]

In Year 9, students are provided with some choice over their studies, selecting at least one semester of study from each of the Learning Areas of Arts, Humanities, Language and Technology. Studies in English, Mathematics, Physical Education, and Science remain mandatory.[15]

Senior school[edit]

The Senior school, catering for students from Years 10 to 12, follows the curriculum mandated by the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, and students are prepared for the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). The College also offers the option of Vocational Education Training (VET) and TRAC links for those not wishing to pursue university study. As with the middle school, Concordia provides a network for students requiring learning support, as well as extension activities for students identified as gifted.[16]

In Year 10, students are required to study each of the four core subjects for two semesters: English, Mathematics, Science and Christian Knowledge. Students then choose one Elective subject from each line: Art or Indonesian, Drama or Media Studies, Geography or Music, German or Physical Education, History or Design and Technology Education, and Food Technology. Those undertaking the Certificate Pathway for the IBMYP must select one subject from each of the major Areas of Learning which are Arts, English, Health, Languages, Mathematics, Science, Studies in Society and Environment and Technology.[17]

Students in Stage one (Year 11) are provided with more choice, with only Australian Studies, Mathematics, and English or English Second Language (ESL) mandatory. Three semester units are then required from Group one subjects, covering the Arts, Humanities, Social and Cultural Studies, and an additional three from Group two subjects, covering Maths, Science, and Technology. VET subjects, Multi-media studies, and work related studies are also optional.[18] The Stage two (Year 12) program follows a similar format, although with more subject choice.[19]



Concordia students may participate in the annual musical. The musicals were performed at the Scott Theatre[20] until 2009, then moved to the Hopgood Theatre[21] for the musical Grease. The Sound of Music will be the first Concordia College musical to be held in their own chapel. The performances are generally held in March or April. A long established tradition, these musicals are a showcase of the music and drama departments. Musicals presented have included:

Year Musical
2014 The Sound of Music (all four shows sold out)[citation needed]
2013 Guys and Dolls
2012 Aladdin
2011 The Wizard of Oz
2010 Grease (all four shows sold out)[citation needed]
2009 Children of Eden (South Australian Premiere)[citation needed]
2008 Oklahoma!
2007 Beauty and the Beast
2006 Cabaret
2005 Les Misérables
2004 West Side Story
2003 Little Shop of Horrors
2002 The Mikado
2001 Godspell
2000 42nd Street
1999 The Wizard of Oz
1998 Guys and Dolls
1997 Me and My Girl

Others in previous years have included: L'il Abner, Carousel, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, The Boy Friend, Fiddler on the Roof, The Pirates of Penzance, Calamity Jane, Viva Mexico, Ruddigore, HMS Pinafore, Can You Imagine, Free As Air, A Penny For a Song, God So Loved, Where Is God, Anything Goes, Tom Sawyer, Salad Days, and Trial By Jury.


Concordia College cricket team, 1940s

Sports available to students include: Aerobics (girls'), Athletics (boys' and girls'), Australian Rules Football (boys' and girls'), Basketball (boys' and girls'), Cricket (boys'), Cross country (boys' and girls'), Hockey (girls'), Netball (girls'), Soccer (boys' and girls'), Softball (girls'), Swimming (boys' and girls'), and Tennis (boys' and girls'), Volleyball (boys' and girls').[9]

House system[edit]

As with most Australian schools, Concordia College utilises a house system. There are currently four houses, three named after three of the streets surrounding the College and the fourth, Malvern after the neighbouring suburb.

House Colour Moniker
Cheltenham (Green) The Green Army
Highgate (Blue) The Highgate Heroes
Malvern (Yellow) The Malvern Spartans
Winchester (Red) The Winchester Warriors

Students represent their house in a number of activities, including a Sports day held at Santos Stadium, a Swimming carnival held at Unley Memorial Swimming Pool, and lunchtime house sports. Students earn points for their house through participation in these activities, and the house with the most points at the conclusion of the school year is awarded the House Shield.


Alumni of Concordia College are known as Old Collegians or Old Scholars, and may elect to join the schools alumni association, the Concordia Old Collegians' Association (COCA). "COCA exists to encourage past students and teachers to retain their active interest in the Concordia community, through sports teams, social events, fundraising activities, and regular reunions."[22] Some notable Concordia Old Collegians include:

Alumnus Born Died At Concordia Notability
Moll, Ernest GeorgeErnest George Moll 1900 1997 Australian Poet[23][24]
Nagorcka, RonRon Nagorcka 1948 1961–1964 Contemporary composer, didjeridu and keyboard player[25]
Noack, Errol WayneErrol Wayne Noack 1945 1966 First Australian National Service conscript to be killed in the Vietnam War[26]
Schulz, JayJay Schulz 1985 2000–2002 Full Forward for Port Adelaide Football Club and previously Richmond Football Club[citation needed]
Aish, JamesJames Aish 1995 2009–2013 Midfielder for Brisbane Lions[citation needed]
Nitschke, PhilipPhilip Nitschke 1947 Founder and director of pro-euthanasia group Exit International.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome". About Us. Concordia College. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b c "Concordia College". About Our Schools. Association of Independent Schools of South Australia. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-25. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c School Performance Information 2009, Concordia College
  4. ^ "History". About Us. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  5. ^ Note that Year 7 is a relatively recent addition to Concordia, the first Year 7 class being in (2003?).
  6. ^ "A Welcoming Environment". Enrolments. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  7. ^ a b "Concordia College". IB World Schools. International Baccalaureate. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  8. ^ "Member Schools". Constitution. Independent Schools Sport Association. 2007-05-06. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  9. ^ a b "Co-Curricular Sports Program". Beyond the Classroom. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  10. ^ "Why Concordia". International Students. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  11. ^ "The Suaviter – the 'gentle' meeting place". Facilities. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  12. ^ "International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program". Middle School. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  13. ^ a b "The Year 7 Program". Middle School. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  14. ^ "The Year 8 Program". Middle School. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  15. ^ "The Year 9 Program". Middle School. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  16. ^ "Curriculum Outline". Senior School. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  17. ^ "Year 10". Senior School. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  18. ^ "STAGE 1 – Year 11". Senior School. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  19. ^ "STAGE 2 – YEAR 12". Senior School. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  20. ^ Scott Theatre: [1], [2], [3]
  21. ^ Hopgood Theatre, Ramsay Place, Noarlunga Centre
  22. ^ "COCA (Alumni)". Community. Concordia College. 2008. Archived from the original on 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  23. ^ Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2000). "Ernest George Moll (1900 - 1997): a biographical sketch". Literature. Marshalls Digital Micronesia. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  24. ^ Ernest G Moll,
  25. ^ Jenkins, John (1988). "Ron Nagorcka". 22 Contemporary Australian Composers. NMA Publications. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  26. ^ Knott, John (2000). "Noack, Errol Wayne (1945 - 1966)". Australian Dictionary of Biography 15 (Online ed.). Melbourne, Vic.: Melbourne University press. p. 486. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Leske, E. 1990. Concordia 100 years, Murtoa-Adelaide: a history of Concordia College, Adelaide. Concordia College, Highgate, South Australia. ISBN 0-646-00401-8.

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