March 2012 • Volume 18 No. 1
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What’s new at CLC
2012 Campus Captains
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WITH ONE HEART
WE FORGE OUR FUTURES
On Wednesday 25 January, parents, staff and The second part of our
students from Prep to Year 12, came together theme, ‘We forge our
as one College to share in worship and to Futures’, encourages us,
celebrate the joy of learning during our annual as one extended family
Opening Service. I now also extend a special with one heart, to build our futures by following
welcome to you, our past student fraternity, as our dreams, setting and pursuing goals.
significant members of our wider community. Of course we quickly realize, that every
In recent years we have introduced a new individual has his or her own dreams, and so,
College Crest and Motto, and last year a new if we only relied upon ourselves to create our
College Song, Houses and Mascots, and so own futures, we would most likely struggle.
much more. In 2012 we introduce a theme However, if we work together as a community
with one heart, we would benefit from working
for our College - With One Heart… We Forge
as a team with one purpose.
Our Futures. This Theme will assist all of us to
focus on the shared purpose and direction in Knowing that we are part of a community in
all that we do. a loving relationship with each other and God
enables all members of the College to share in
‘With One Heart’ suggests that we are on a the task of nurturing our students and jointly
journey with each other, being of one mind, building their futures.
purpose or direction. By having one heart we
place ourselves in a caring relationship with I look forward to an exciting and productive
year working in partnership with members of
each other, which in a Christian community
our Past Students’ Association as we together
such as ours, also means that we are secure in
seek to provide opportunities for all of our
the knowledge that God is at the centre. Don’t
students to forge their futures.
fret or worry … God, who makes everything
work together, will work you into his most Michael Kaiser
excellent harmonies (Philippians 4). Head of College
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Capital Works Program
This year will see some excitement in a So how can you be part of
new Science block being built on Redlands this excitement? – simply,
Campus. we rely on the generosity
Under the Commonwealth Building the of our past students and
Education Revolution some two to three current families to donate
years ago, we were unsuccessful in attracting to the Foundation’s
any Grant funds when the frenzy to build Building Fund. Your tax
libraries and Science blocks was happening. deductible donation will go a long way to keep
However, the College was resolute in Concordia on the move to meet the building
continuing its thrust to have new laboratories needs for our students. The College sets its
built at Concordia. tuition and boarding fees annually at a level
to meet the educational need but the building
Stage 1 of our program involved our Head
program really needs your help.
of College, Michael Kaiser, working with
our engineers and architects to revisit the So if you can assist by way of a donation to
proposal with tenders being called over the the Building Fund, our Head of College or
next few months for the construction of four I as the Business Manager/Director of the
new laboratories overlooking the upper oval Foundation would be pleased to discuss ways
on the Stephen Street entrance. These will to have your financial support acknowledged
replace those labs that were constructed in appropriately.
the 1960s which many of our past students Robert Craig
would fondly remember. Business Manager
The College will be looking favourably to
our College Foundation (that manages our
Building Fund) to provide the initial outlay
to enable the building to commence and the
balance will be by bank borrowing.
The old Science block will be refurbished and
used by other subject classes.
Stage 2 of our program involves our architects (nee Neubecker)
being commissioned to provide conceptual Attended CLC:
drawings for a major refurbishment of our 1981-1982
Boarding Houses for which we will seek Year Levels: 11-12
government financial support. Initially this will Memories of my time at Concordia:
be for Girls’ Boarding with a flow on to Boys’ Cold; being young; happy; long way from home;
Boarding thereafter. In the wider scheme, this lots of friends; sport; musicals; lumpy porridge;
is some two to three years away as the College boiled chicken; not so much study at study
will need to embark on a “gifting” program to time; waiting for mail; town Fridays; fainting
bring these projects to fruition. in quadrangle on first day; brown tunics with
yellow blouses; white dress to church.
At that time also, the College will be seeking to What I’m doing now:
provide additional classrooms on Concordia 1. Teacher at Avoca State School
Primary Campus to cater for the increased 2. Married to Michael Kiss
enrolment trend over the last few years. 3. Mother of Mitchell (14) & Jessica (11)
March 2012 3
Executive: Erin Schneider, Melissa Zenke, Andrew Kucks, Julie Gould and Renata Garrett
(Absent: Ian Kammholz).
Past Students’ Association
Hello and welcome to our first edition of more past students at our regular meetings
Concordia Connections for 2012. especially in the lead up to the Heritage
I have wonderful news of the re-formation of Weekend.
the Past Students’ Association late in 2011. The committee is hopeful that in the near
We are blessed to have such an enthusiastic future it will be in a position to open a
team giving new life to the PSA. Past Students’ archives room at Redlands
Campus. This will be an excellent place to
This year we will assist with the running of
hold our meetings, and a place to store our
the Heritage Weekend on 2 and 3 June and
memorabilia and records. We are certainly
are especially looking for all students who
on the lookout for more pieces of Concordia
attended Concordia during the 1950s. There
history, so don’t throw out anything in the next
will be a special roll call and lunch function for
few months! Give us a call and tell us what you
our 1950s guests.
have to share.
One of the biggest challenges facing every
Pencil in your diaries the Heritage Weekend
past student group is keeping in touch with
on 2 and 3 June. There will be plenty of talk
members. We really rely on you to keep your
about it in the rest of this publication, and get
contact details up to date. To connect with
back to Concordia in June!
your past students team, apart from this
publication, I encourage anyone online to We look forward to seeing you there.
catch us via the CLC website, and also on Andrew Kucks
Facebook. Of course we would love to see President
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Attention Retirement – Ken
All Past Students! Warne (1980-2011)
We are very excited that the Heritage Celebration Kenneth James
Weekend (2 and 3 June 2012) will once again Warne first arrived at
feature a special luncheon and dinner for past Concordia Memorial
students, friends and families of Concordia. College as a Manual
In 2011 we had a wonderful response to the Arts and Science
luncheon and the dinner. Both were very Teacher in 1980.
entertaining and a great time for everyone to Ken has been one of
catch up and reminisce as well as make some the longest serving
lovely new memories! members of staff
since the College
Last year we focused on the ‘Roaring 40s’ and was founded
invited all the past students from the 1940s in 1946. Ken could share decades of
to a special luncheon in Redlands Campus interesting stories especially when you
Gymnasium, which was a wonderful time for consider that he has been at Concordia
all. The luncheon was attended by some 45 for 32 years, almost half of the time the
past students and their families! The majority of College has been in existence. During
‘roaring 40s’ then returned that evening for the his time, Ken has worked under four
dinner in the College dining room, which was Principals as a member of the Technical
attended by over 120 guests. Studies Department. From 1995 to 2000,
Well look out past student of the 1950s’ - or Ken served as Head of Department before
better still ‘the fabulous 50s’ - this year it’s your taking on his new and current role, of
turn! Careers and VET Coordinator.
I have put on my detective hat and am busily Ken has been a valued member of the
finding out as much information as I can teaching staff providing a consistent and
about the whereabouts of those past students, reliable service to students. His willingness
and have come up with many names and to support the College’s Christian values in
addresses. However, I would dearly love to his work and relationships will be specially
hear from anyone from that era, who has remembered by those who have had
some information about themselves and their the privilege of working with him. This
fellow classmates. I would love you to email community has been blessed by Ken’s
me with news, contact addresses, and names contribution over so many years and we
so that we can gather as many people as thank him most sincerely for everything
possible for this very special occasion. Please he has done and achieved in a lifetime of
send through anything you can (even if you service to our young people and the future
of the nation.
think we may already have the information) to
I am really looking forward to meeting you all
and catching up in 2012!
old school fRIends...
Use the Past Student Search at
PSA Secretary www.concordia.qld.edu.au
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Concordia celebrates its heritage in style
Perfect winter skies were the ideal backdrop Dr Kirsten Hunter. Though separated by
for Concordia Lutheran College’s Heritage generations, guests felt a common bond
Weekend celebrations which were held last through Dr Hunter’s entertaining address
year. “Teens through the Decades”. A touch of
Sideshow alley, market and food stalls, class was provided during the meal by a string
international, boarding, archival and quartet while pre and post dinner music was
curriculum displays were popular with people provided by Greg Kowald and Andrew Kucks.
of all ages. Junior College bands and choirs, A special Sunday Service brought the
solo instrumentalists, Ethelred and Bart weekend to a close with 1952 Head Prefect
Thrupp entertained the crowds and added Rev. Cec Logan delivering the sermon. Rev.
to the festival atmosphere under the trees. Chris Janetzki a Concordia 2001 graduate and
Concordia’s German heritage was evident in liturgist for the service flew from New Zealand
German bells, the maypole, bratwurst and the to attend his ten year college reunion. Symbolic
German beer tent. commemorative candles were presented to
Head of Senior College and Concordia past past scholars from the 1940s. The theme
student Mr Michael Paech said, “Concordia’s “God is Faithful - The Same Yesterday, Today
inaugural Heritage Weekend is a celebration and Forever” was perfect for a weekend of
not only for past students who forged our heritage celebrations past and present.
traditions but for current students, staff and
families as well. This year we are focusing on
students from our earliest years 1946, 1947,
1948 and 1949. Today at our Roaring Forties
lunch we will unveil a portrait of Concordia’s
first enrolled student, Albert Binggeli.”
Celebrations continued into Saturday
evening with a ritzy dinner for 120 guests
who reminisced over old times or talked
of current happenings. ‘Spot interviews’
conducted by Master of Ceremonies Mr Lee
Faulkner highlighted Concordia’s rich 65 year
history. Guest speaker was child psychologist
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During April 2011, 34 music students also won the coveted Spirit Trophy. • Book
attended the Hong Kong International Youth Week was celebrated across our junior
Music Festival, also performing at Disney campuses in August. With the theme ‘One
World! • Students dressed up as superheroes World, Many Stories’, students dressed up
in May as part of Autism Awareness Day. as international characters. • September’s
The theme was ‘Autism is my superpower, ‘Twilight Tours’ is becoming an annual event
what’s yours?’ • After months of hard work at Martin Luther Primary Campus, combining
and rehearsal, Concordia’s musical ‘Annie’ with the fantastic Electives Expo. • The Middle
finally took to the stage on 20 and 21 May, College Success Expo was held in September.
and was a huge success. • The CLC Open This event showcases students’ achievements
Girls’ Volleyball Team finished as runners- to friends, family and the public. • The
up in the 2011 Darling Downs Schools’ Cup CLC team which competed at the Science
Volleyball. • Ballon Outdoor Education Centre and Engineering Challenge State Finals in
celebrated its 20th birthday in June. • Food Hervey Bay was victorious, qualifying for the
and fun were high on the agenda during the National Challenge in Victoria during October
Year 11 and 12 boarding boys’ camping trip. (where the team came 5th!) • The Channel 7
• The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award made a big helicopter visited Concordia Primary Campus
comeback at CLC in 2011, with a growing in September, greeted by students gathered
number of students participating. • Under on the oval in the shape of the CLC heart
8s’ Week activities were held in June with logo. John Schluter spoke to students about
our two primary campuses joining together the weather and toured the campus. • During
to celebrate. • The Redlands Bulls Rugby the last week of Term 3, Year 6 students
League team competed at the Confraternity undertook an educational tour of Canberra
Carnival in Yeppoon during the June/July and also visited Sydney and the snow! • Girls’
holidays, finishing 8th out of 24 teams. • Boarding spent a September weekend at the
In August, CLC music students competed Gold Coast, enjoying swimming and shopping!
in the Toowoomba Instrumental Eisteddfod • Hospitality students excelled themselves
with a number winning major awards. • by providing another excellent Bunya’s
German students joined in the fun at the Restaurant for dozens of satisfied patrons
Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival in October. • The Coffee House was the
during August, performing the bells, German wonderful venue for the 2011 Art Exhibition
Hat Dance and Maypole Dancing. • The in October which was opened by Mayor Peter
new CLC Prospectus was recognised with a Taylor. • Competition at the CLC Battle of the
Silver Award at August’s Centre for Marketing Bands was fierce, with ‘Ethelred’ the winner.
Schools Conference in Melbourne. Check • F1 in Schools team ‘Excelleration’ picked up
it out on the College website! • Year 11 and the award for Best Marketing and Best Folio
12 Drama students visited Sydney in August, at the November State Finals. • Cybersmart
enjoying many world-class theatre productions presentations were held across all campuses
including Mary Poppins. • Girls’ Boarding for students, staff and parents during
enjoyed a trip to Brisbane’s Southbank visiting November, providing valuable information
the Science Centre, museum and markets. • about the risks confronting children online
The new CLC sport houses and mascots were with tools and tips to help make their internet
launched at the annual Redlands Campus experiences safe and positive. • Russell
Inter-House Athletics Carnival in August. Baldock was announced as the new Head of
Winner on the day was Kessler House, who Senior College in November.
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2011 Award Recipients
Concordia John Stedman Quota Sergeant Tim Zell Itiovie Jegede
Medallist Dux Memorial Award Service Award Award Award - Drama
Roderick Gavey Angus Croft Rosalie Venz Daniel Prosser Lachlan McLennan
Owen J Janetzki Bill Abernethy Bill Abernethy Helen Abernethy Helen Abernethy
Award - Vocal Commitment Award Commitment Award Award for Music Award for Music
Caitlin Nass Emmarine Pattel Samuel Davis Lucy Smith Roderick Gavey
Awards of Honour Sandy Cox Trophy for Netball - Special Awards
Year 7 - Isobel MacFarlane Breanna Smith VET Award - Andrew Slatter
Year 8 - Samantha Andersen Staib Family Award for
USQ Commerce Award - Top
Year 9 - Matthew Noll Sportsperson of the Year -
Business Student Year 10 -
Year 10 - Lauren Whittle Hannah Pattel
Year 11 - Martin Venz Half Blues - Sam Davis,
USQ Accounting Award - Top
Cameron Major, Sian Denton,
Accounting Student Year 12 -
The Arts Rafael Vainikka, Jesse Hennessy,
Gold Award for Music - Luke Timothy Ley, Dan Clark, Nicole
Schwenke, Jordan Smith, Ryley USQ Mathematics Award - Top
Lanham, Yori Dade
Bishop, Locksley Bishop, Chris Mathematics Student Year 12 -
Silver Award for Music - Alexis Helios Wong
Boonpen, Kelly Davidson, Kate
McTaggart, Rosie Hill
Jones, Imogen Wathen, Mikayla USQ Science Award - Top
Sport Hiscock, Renee Bahnisch. Science Student Year 12 -
Jennifer Screen Award for Full Blues - Christian Roberts, Roderick Gavey
Basketball - Denis Wagner and Jarred Janetzki, Tori Donovan,
Taylor Folker Isabella Mayne, Patrick Gibson, Congratulations
Mitch Wormald Award for
Excellence in Volleyball - Allyson
Emerson Dahl, Taylor Folker,
Gedi Dau, Jessica Clarke,
Wiggins Danielle Bahnisch, Allyson five OP 1
Redlands Bulls Best and Fairest Wiggins. students!
- Kelly Davidson
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CLC College Council
Back L-R: Michael Janetzki, David Janetzki, Michael Kaiser, Syd Owen, Pastor Brenton Fiedler, Jeff Ballon.
Front L-R: Jenny Noble, Boyd Busiko, Shona Promnitz, Gavin Lindenmayer, Justine Bruggemann.
Well.... the time has come. Time to say their talents brought to life, their confidence
goodbye to a community that has been such enhanced, their learned knowledge taking
a large part of my life for the past 12 years. them to the next step in their lives.
Our College has known many changes. Each I know that God will always watch over
change over the years has brought us to this Concordia Lutheran College. His guiding
moment in time – resulting in a College that hand and loving arms will always be there to
is unique in the world of education, one that protect and nurture.
has held to its inner core and strength, the Thank you Concordia.
good news of Jesus’ love and forgiveness, to
provide the best education for its students. Shona L Promnitz
I am most humble and grateful to have been
one of the many people who has experienced
the privilege of being a part of this community
and to have, in some way, contributed to the Farewell Ross!
Ross Eising hung up
I commend Mr Michael Kaiser as Head
his work boots after 23
of College and all members of the College
years of faithful service
community who have been instrumental
to Concordia Lutheran
in the teaching and welfare of Concordia’s
College in May 2011.
students. The commitment and dedication of
each person, in whatever capacity, is revealed All the best for the future
by the students at the end of each year with Ross!
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Kokoda Challenge 2011
What an exciting and challenging
time it has been for technology at our
In 2011 Redlands Campus had three teams Electronic roll marking of students is
enter the Kokoda Challenge competition, with two done wirelessly on teacher laptops.
completing the Stan Bisset Cup (96km) and one Every classroom has projectors
team completing the Jim Stillman Cup (48km). and speakers installed which are
The 96km Gold Coast course starts in connected to the network. We have
Mudgeeraba, and follows selected fire trails and reached a computer student ratio
paths over steep ascents and descents to reach of 1:1 and all classrooms have five
the finish line in the Nerang Velodrome. The computers permanently networked.
96km track is the actual distance of the Kokoda These computers will allow students
Track in Papua New Guinea and the 39 hour to connect to the network at any given
time limit is in honour of the 39th Militia, the first time and will be complemented with
Australian troops to set foot on the Kokoda Track. laptops.
Students put their bodies and minds to the test as Ten interactive whiteboards have been
they hiked the 96km or 48km course nonstop in installed across the campus to enhance
wet and muddy conditions. Over the course they teaching and learning. A flexible
climbed and descended over 5km of exhausting learning space has been created to
elevation around the Hinze Dam. All through the facilitate the delivery of curriculum
night they followed the small light from their head with laptops, desktops, interactive
lamps through the bush and across seven creek whiteboard and flexible furniture. This
crossings. Climbing relentless slopes to finish the area provides the opportunity to create
event, despite wet, blistered feet and aching legs, and facilitate a greater range of learning
our students pushed themselves to the limit and modalities. This separate learning area
personified the values of the Kokoda Challenge: allows a range of activities to occur
courage, mateship, sacrifice and endurance. simultaneously through the use of
This event gave the walkers a small insight into flexible furniture and allows for areas
what our Australian soldiers experienced in within the classroom to be continually
Papua New Guinea during World War Two. Lest reconfigured.
we forget. Rajen Chetty
Chris Bartlett Director of Information Communication
Chaplain and Technology
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Toni Jordan (Knapman, 2006) has been busy mother of three healthy boys. They live at Uki
since graduating from CLC. She completed a in Northern NSW.
Bachelor of Contemporary Music, majoring Back in Australia after playing five seasons
in Vocal Studies in 2009, then a Graduate in Italy, basketballer Jenni Screen (1998)
Diploma of Learning and Teaching (Primary) has signed on to help the Toowoomba
in 2010. Toni’s husband, Peter Jordan (2006) Mountaineers re-build their women’s program
attained a Bachelor of Learning Management into a premiership force.
(Primary Teaching) in 2010 and both are now Shaun Dodds (2000) volunteers at Highfields
working as teachers in Bundaberg. Pioneer Park and is currently working on
Jessica Hjertum (2007) made the big move two projects - restoring an old Webb Bros.
to Canada in June 2011 to be with her long- windmill and building an Irish bag lifter.
term boyfriend, Will Shaw. Brad Sperling (1999) is now the manager of
Roderick Schneider (1998) participated in a Grill’d, a new burger bar chain in Toowoomba.
reality documentary on SBS during 2011. ‘Go Andrew Sutton (2002) featured in the
Back to Where you Came From’ highlighted Toowoomba Choral Society’s production
the plight of asylum seekers. of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour
Alana Wilkie (2006) currently lives in Dreamcoat.
Melbourne, studying for a Bachelor of Fine Toowoomba music lovers enjoyed the
Arts at RMIT. Alana has had solo exhibitions wonderful soprano Melinda van der Meulen
at the Crows Nest Art Gallery in 2010 and (1995) as part of the Empire Theatre’s
Downlands College Art Exhibition in 2011. Mothers’ Day live classical music concert.
Alana has also received a painting scholarship Caiti Munroe (2006) has founded a Facebook
to Rome for six weeks at the Pantheon page for lost pets in the Toowoomba region.
Institute. Caiti’s page has reunited more than 100
people with their lost pets.
Toowoomba Smallbore Rifle Club member
Clinton Sondergeld (2005) competed at the
world championships in South Carolina in
July as part of the Australian benchrest rifle
Rick Osborne (2002) is moving ahead in
leaps and bounds, now owning The Angel
Cafe in addition to Kingfishers Cafe and
Aleacia Olm (2003) now an engineer, was
the recipient of a Go WEST award in 2011
(Women in Engineering, Science and
Michelle McGahan (1996) received an award Technology).
at the 2011 Stefan’s Hairdressing Awards Pilot Officer Luke O’Rourke (2006) received
night, jetting off to Hong Kong in August for his pilot wings in September at RAAF Base
a week’s holiday! Pearce, Perth. Luke has been posted to 33
Squadron to fly the KC-30 Aircraft at RAAF
Matthew Manz (1994) is a Solicitor at Robina
and Genevieve (Searle, 1994) is a devoted
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During 2011, Grant Uebergang (1972)
released his book about the history of the rain A journey into the past
line from Pittsworth to Millmerran titled From
Beauaraba to Back Creek. They say home is where the heart is and in
Talented musician Bart Thrupp (2009) was my case, this rings true. Since graduating
one of 10 finalists in the recent Telstra Road from Redlands Campus in 2002 I found
to Discovery talent development program. myself returning year after year to coach
Bart performed in the final on 24 January at multiple Wednesday afternoon sporting
the Tamworth Country Music Festival. teams, and have been privileged enough
Andrew Dodt (2003) teed off at the PGA to don the colours and represent the staff
Championship in November at the Hyatt at various Lutheran carnivals. When the
Regency Coolum. Andrew has also played opportunity was presented to choose a
in the Australian Masters, as well as tours in school to complete my teaching internship,
Hong Kong and Europe during 2011. for me it was an obvious choice. This was
the moment that I came to realise that I had
If you would like to contribute to this section never really left.
of Connections, email Christine Loan: Although it may have been the lure of ‘home’
email@example.com leading me down the teaching path I must
reveal the real influence. The Redlands
Down memory lane Campus teachers from my time, namely
Mrs Carlie Staib and Mr Andrew Doecke,
It was with great were my inspiration to begin a teaching
excitement that degree. They showed real compassion for
we welcomed their students and a love of the job that I
back to Concordia had not witnessed in any of my other roles.
Early Childhood At the beginning of my degree a lecturer
Centre our very
said to us that, “we don’t always remember
first Director and
the lessons they taught but we remember
Assistant of our
the teacher that taught them well”. This was
the catalyst in my career change.
then as Nalkari.
I would like to express my utmost
Jan Luff and Val Kessler were overjoyed to step
appreciation to Mrs Julie Gould for giving me
back in time for a short while and remember
the moments when they were in the Kindy in the opportunity to complete my internship
the 1970s. on my ‘home turf’ and for Mr Paul Baker
for allowing me to hijack his class for four
After leaving Nalkari, Jan travelled the world
weeks. I would like to say a big thank you to
and worked as a nanny in France for some
all the staff for the support they all have given
time. She is now living in Brisbane and is a
me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience
Director of a Montessouri Kindy.
of both working with students and teachers
Val Kessler is living in Toowoomba with her within the classroom and I look forward to
husband John. They still have family members moving into a teaching future with my past
attending Concordia Lutheran College and safely guarded at ‘home’.
follow its growth and changes with interest.
Past Student 2002, Student Teacher 2011
Director of Campus, CPC
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Engagements Matthew Turner (2005) and Kirsten Helisma
(2002) celebrated their marriage on 29
Michelle McGahan (1996) to Justin Van Den October 2011 at St Stephen’s Uniting Church,
Boog. Toowoomba. (The Chronicle, 29 October 2011)
Heidi Weppner (2006) married Dallan
Jess Machin (2007) to Lachie Shaddock
Lieschke on 6 August 2011. (The Chronicle, 6
(The Chronicle, 20 August 2011).
Scott Maroske (1996) wed Angela Scott on 8
Weddings October 2011. (The Chronicle, 8 October 2011)
Jodie Koehler (2001) married Sean Chapman Tamara Bridges (2005) and Geoffrey Miller
in the CLC Chapel on 9 April 2011. (2005) wed on 10 December 2011. (The
Paul Humberdross (2005) and Melissa Chronicle, 10 December 2011)
Szepanowski (2005) were married on 14 May Ben Turner (1999) and Kerrie Murree were
2011 in the CLC Chapel. married on 6 August 2011 at Nazareth
Morgan Morice (2003) wed Catherine Smith Lutheran Church, Woolloongabba.
on 16 July 2011. Adam Peacey and Susan Hannemann (2001)
Joshua Phelps (2004) married Denae celebrated their marriage at St Paul’s Lutheran
Manthey on 3 September 2011. Church, Toowoomba on 26 March 2011.
Tarryn Goos (2004) wed John D’Arcy in the Jess Peters (2001) married Alex Hughes in
CLC Chapel on 22 October 2011. the CLC Chapel on 21 January 2012. (The
Chronicle, 14 January 2012)
Gillian Smith at St Deaths
Luke’s Anglican Lorraine Shroder (Kleidon, 1957) passed
Church, Toowoomba away on 25 August 2011.
on 22 October 2011
(pictured, right). Births
Joshua Klein (2001) Peter and Toni Jordan (Knapman, both 2006)
and Louise Zirbel (2000) were married on 31 welcomed their beautiful baby girl Kimberley
October 2011 in the CLC Chapel. Louise Jordan, 7lb 14oz at 9.14am on 7 July
Matthew Ruthof (2000) married Kate Sydes 2011, which also happens to be Toni’s 21st
on 19 March 2011. Past students Kevin birthday!
Boddington (2000) and Peter Darby (2000) Carolyn Campling (Miller, 2002) and her
were bestman and groomsman. The couple husband Nathan Campling welcomed the
were married on a very wet day in the 125 arrival of a little girl, Lucy Sarah Campling on
year old Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Saturday 26 February 2011.
Glencoe, followed by a reception at Encore’s
Restaurant, Toowoomba. Joshua Daniel Warne was born to Daniel
Warne (1999) and Katie on 30 March in
Daniel Halter (1999) married Kate Langdon Rockhampton weighing in at 9lb 10oz. A
(2003) on 9 April 2011 at Maison la Plage in new brother for Lucy and William and the 7th
Noosa. (The Chronicle, 8 June 2011) grandchild (6th boy) for Ken and Jan.
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Lucas Von Hoff
Lucas was a boarder at
Concordia from 1993
– 1997. He was a fine
scholar, avid tennis and
and excellent musician
whose talents lay in
Chris and Gretchen Mitchell (Burger, 1995) organ, piano, choirs and
welcomed Oliver Gabriel to their family on ensembles. As Music
23 September 2011, weighing 9lb 11oz. Captain he was at the
Pictured above is Oliver with his big sisters heart of the College music program. He is
Kaiya and Tamasyn. fondly remembered as the long-legged, lanky
Jediah Malcolm Bruce, the fourth child born policeman in the Pirates of Penzance.
to Steven (1992) and Sharlene Von Hoff Lucas pursued a teaching career in
(Teakle, 1994) on 25 November 2011. Mathematics and Chemistry which began at
Trinity Lutheran College, Ashmore. Overseas
Brock McClune (2000) and wife Michelle
beckoned in 2004. He taught in Edinburgh,
welcomed Roman Geoffrey on 13 July 2011.
was an International Touch Football referee
and netball referee in the London Superleague
Jamie Hilt (1998) and wife Kylie announced until his sudden death in London on 11 June
the arrival of their daughter Marlie Paige on 2011.
21 September 2011. In his 30 years Lucas touched and uplifted
Ben and Kylie Kirby (Ritter, 1998) welcomed many lives.
Caire Hannah on 22 October 2011.
(The Chronicle, 29 October 2011)
Ruben Uebergang (1921-2011)
Ruben followed in the footsteps of his
philanthropic parents Meta and Ernst who
gave so much in so many ways to Concordia,
not only during its establishment but also to
its continued success over many decades.
Ruben volunteered hundreds of hours at
Would you like to many working bees, including significant
earthworks and was always generous in his
feature in the next support of fundraising campaigns. Ruben
and Joy also increased Concordia’s student
edition of Connections? numbers by seven with the enrolments of
children Wayne (1968), Jan (1970), Peter
Email for a Past Student Profile form:
(1972), Wendy (1973), Susan (1976), David
firstname.lastname@example.org (1979) and Mandy (1984).
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10 Year Reunion
Upcoming Class of 2
table at th
1992 Booking fo .
20 Year Reunion page 24.
Please contact Jon Jan
or visit the Facebook pag
30 Year Reunion
Please contact Joy Jen
0409 617 303 or email:
or Sue Simpson:
0438 059 081 or email:
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Update from Peter Eckermann
During a visit to Concordia last year I
was asked to pen a line or two about
my life since my departure in 1991.
On leaving Concordia I became
Headmaster of Trinity Lutheran College
on the Gold Coast until 2002. My time
at Trinity Lutheran College had been a Career change
most rewarding one and this seemed to be a good time for a
change and perhaps retirement. It is with a heavy heart
However in early 2003 a new challenge presented itself in that we announced the
Alice Springs. I was asked to become a House Father for the resignation of Michael
senior Aboriginal boys at Yirara Lutheran College. At this time, Paech (1985) from his
my then wife Margo also accepted a new challenge as Head of position as Head of Senior
Boarding at a private girls’ school in Sydney. My stint at Yirara College, effective as of the
was certainly different. At the end of 2004 I left the Alice for a end of 2011. Michael has
year as Acting Principal of Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary been given an opportunity
School in Darwin. to pursue a life-long passion
Retirement finds me in Renmark, South Australia, my for weather forecasting with
childhood home town. In 2008 I remarried. My wife Sande the Bureau of Meteorology.
is an old class mate. We both attended Concordia College in During his ten years at
Adelaide during the mid-1950s and were reacquainted at a
Concordia, Michael has
class reunion in 2007 (there is something in that story for some
been an inspirational role
of you, maybe). If any of you would like to visit the beautiful
Riverland of South Australia we would be happy to play host. model to students and
You can find us in the Renmark phone book. a leader with heart and
compassion. His dedication
Peter Eckermann to quality Lutheran
education became evident
50th Wedding Anniversary as he directed the move of
our Year 7 students from
The family of Les and
our primary campuses
Violet Stiller converged
to Redlands Campus in
on Chinchilla on Saturday
30 April to celebrate 2008. This was visionary
their 50th Wedding thinking and leadership,
Anniversary, travelling which enabled Year 7
from Caminya, Ipswich, students to access a broad
Millmerran, Cecil Plains, range of subjects, specialist
Yeppoon, Downfall Creek, teachers, workshops and
Dulacca, Chinchilla and Miles. equipment.
Back L-R: Steven Stiller (1988), Jennifer Beecham (1990), Rhonda We wish Michael, Belinda,
Bruggemann (1982), Douglas Stiller (1985). Centre L-R: Neville Stiller Sam and Isabella God’s
(1986), Carolyn Ehrlich (1978), Beverley Brown (1994), Helen Ryan richest blessings for the
(1979) and Ronald Stiller (2000). Front: Violet and Les Stiller. Unable
to attend the celebrations was Victor Stiller (1981).
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History is made as new
Houses are launched!
Friday 12 August will go down as an historic day the marquee, our guests were able to watch
at Concordia Lutheran College as this marks the track and field events and cheer on these
the official launch of three new Houses from fledgling houses.
P – 12. Students from all three Toowoomba
Concordia spectators, supporters and
campuses participated in the march-past
competitors enjoyed this historic day of athletic
at Redlands Campus oval and were suitably
festooned in their new house colours of yellow, achievement, ably catered for by the Redlands
white and red. Parents, visitors and many staff Campus P&F gourmet canteen.
also joined in the celebrations. And now to finish with some gems from 1946.
Head of College, Michael Kaiser acknowledged ‘September 9th: Teams for the two houses
the presence of members of three notable Brown and Gold chosen. Enthusiasm apparent
Concordia families after whom the houses immediately. September 11th: Preparation of
were named. He said, “It is their brothers, tracks and pit. September 15th: Brown ribbons
husbands, fathers and grandfathers whose flashing everywhere - no Gold obtainable.’
achievements we recognise today in the House
names Altus, Kessler and Stedman.” It was a Chaseley Lamerton
special thrill to have these family members Director of Marketing and Enrolments
share this occasion with us. Mr Kaiser drew
attention to the 1946 sports’ results which
included Girls’ Skipping and the fact that one
of our guests actually competed in that 1946
event! Cricket ball throwing and the standing
broad jump also belong to this by-gone yet
nonetheless nostalgic era.
Captains from each House then presented
a short history of the contributions of each
founder. Bouquets in suitable house colours
were given to family representatives under the
watchful eyes of the very popular new House Family representatives:
Lynette Stedman, Herb Kessler and Janelle Patch
mascots, the Altus Kangaroo, Kessler Croc and
Stedman Eagle. Mrs Shona Promnitz, College
Council Chair then opened the 65th Redlands
Campus Athletics Carnival. The new College
song With One Heart was sung, balloons were
released and prayers were said. Head of Senior
College Mr Michael Paech then orchestrated
an all-college activity, the formation of giant
letters, A, K and S on the oval.
Invited guests were treated to a morning tea
which was served by the Redlands Campus
College Captains. From their vantage point of
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Redlands tour delights Toowoomba Historical
Redlands Campus was very pleased
to host November’s meeting of the
Toowoomba Historical Society and our
grand centrepiece, the Redlands building
was the focus of attention for the afternoon.
About thirty eager members committed to
preserving and celebrating Toowoomba’s
history enjoyed having Michael Kaiser as
Pressed metal ceilings, ceiling roses,
original 1890s’ corrugated iron, cedar
cedar everywhere and the stunning
original marble fireplaces and delicate
decorative tiles gave rise to many Michael Kaiser, Head of College, admires original
appreciative comments. glass negatives with Roland Lavers, grandson of
Redlands was built by Mr Edmund Wilcox
in 1889 and it was a delight to welcome
back Mr Roland Lavers, grandson of
Mr Wilcox who told the group that his
mother’s wedding reception was held in
the front room of the home.
Of particular interest were the glass
photographic negatives c1900 that
Roland shared with the group. Their
clarity is amazing!
These early photographs show family
groups on the lawn, an adolescent pine-
lined driveway, intricate hedges in The
Pear Shape and an imposing fountain
amidst undeveloped surroundings.
The Redlands Campus catering team Redlands building c1900.
provided a delicious high tea which
“It is moststaff member observe the pride shownI
somehow seemed very appropriate for
these special guests. impressive to
by every in this great school.
One can imagine that this grand old am sure it is a pride shared by the people of
lady of a building with her lace petticoat Toowoomba. The Wilcox descendants are
verandahs and glittering stained-glass
grateful that the old house is so well-maintained
jewellery was very pleased with her
and for such purpose. ”
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2012 Campus Captains
Back L-R: Emily Elkington-Dent and Martin Venz (Redlands Campus).
Front L-R: Beau Andrews and Taylor Byrne (Martin Luther Primary Campus),
Abbey Minnikin and Zak Hudson (Concordia Primary Campus).
2012 Boarding Captains
Back L-R: Martin Venz, Harrison Smith, Donovan McGrath, Mitchell Gall, Hanna Schmidt.
Front L-R: Lachlan Markham, Lynette Vicary, Hayley Parker, Morgan Allen.
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A major project completed in
2011 with the support of the
Interact club was the ‘Outdoor
This has been constructed
in the rainforest area on
Campus and could not have
been completed without the
incredible efforts of the Year 12
boarders, staff, in particular Mr
Geoff Becker, and Mr Anthony
Apelt. We designed this area as a place for reflection, Christian meditation, Christian Studies
classes, group counselling sessions, and any other projects that future students may introduce.
This is our gift to the younger students and we wish only that they find it a welcoming environment
and that they make the most of what we worked so hard to put in place.
Angelica Apelt and Daniel Prosser (Captains 2011)
Samuel Ford and Sasha Rhodes (Vice Captains 2011)
Attention All Past Students!
The Past Students’ Association would be delighted if you could help us update our records and
complete the form below. You could post it to us at 154 Stephen Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350;
email email@example.com or fax 07 4688 2799
First Name ______________________________________________________________________
Surname (current) ________________________________________________________________
Surname (when at Concordia) ______________________________________________________
Year level and year started (eg Year 8 – 1979) _________________________________________
Year level and year finished (eg Year 12 – 1983) _______________________________________
Current Address __________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________ Postcode _____________
Siblings’ names and details who also attended Concordia
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Our own Olympic Silver Medalist returns
It has been 13 years since Jenni
Screen last addressed the Concordia
student body as Sports Captain 1998.
In October 2011 she returned to us as
an Olympic Silver medallist and member
of the World Champion Australian Opals
Basketball team to give an inspirational
speech about her journey.
Jenni started her basketball career as a
13yr old at Concordia Lutheran College
and trained hard to work her way into
Darling Downs and Queensland teams Jamie Staib (HOD Acting - HPE),
before receiving a scholarship to the Angus Croft (2011 Sports Captain) and Jenni Screen.
AIS and a position with the Adelaide
Lightning in the WNBL. Jenni left such as the opportunity to learn, develop a
Australia in 2005 to gain more experience good work ethic, be dedicated and strive for
by playing in the Italian A1 competition and what she wanted to achieve. She stressed
it was from here that she was first selected in the importance of good time management,
the Australian Opals squad. balancing studies and sport and setting
achievable goals to work towards.
Jenni spoke to the students about Concordia
giving her the basic foundations to pursue her “I sat where you are now. Don’t wish away
dream of becoming an elite athlete, attributes your school years. Make the most of them as
the friendships and memories made here are
so valuable later in life.”
Jenni kindly donated a trophy for the most
consistent basketball player which was
presented at the awards ceremony in
November. It was a pleasure to welcome
her back to share her experiences with our
current student body.
In the Media
Sonya Monaghan (HOD Technology) and www.concordia.qld.edu.au
Steve Holden married on Saturday 9 April.
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Celebration under the trees
Saturday 11.00am – 3.00pm
Enjoy sideshow alley, market, craft and food
stalls. Visit curriculum, cocurricular, boarding,
international and archival displays. Be part of
Martin Luther Primary Campus’ 35th birthday
party! Organise your own past student reunion!
1950s’ scholars be our guests at your special
lunch. Relax with lunch and entertainment
under the trees.
Celebration Dinner –
Saturday 6.30pm for 7.00pm
Redlands Campus Dining Room
Enjoy a 3-course dinner with
complimentary drink for $45.00.
Past and Present
Kick up your heels with current and past
students, staff and families. Bar available.
Guest speaker, live music and lots more. Book a
table! Payment at Campus Receptions or phone
Saturday 2 June – 07 4688 2700. RSVP Monday 28 May.
Booking form on Page 24.
Sunday 3 June
Celebration Service – Sunday 9.00am
Redlands Campus, South Street, Toowoomba Concordia Lutheran College Chapel
With One Heart We Forge Our Futures
WITH ONE HEART Worship with the Emmanuel Lutheran
Fellowship and Concordia communities.
WE FORGE OUR Scholars of the 1950s will be acknowledged
FUTURES and our musicians will lift our spirits. Morning
tea will be provided.
Celebrate Concordia’s For further information phone
rich 66 year heritage
07 4688 2700 (8.00am - 4.00pm) or email
Redlands Campus | Concordia Primary Campus | Martin Luther Primary Campus
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Concordia Events Calendar
• 21 March CLC Inter-House Cross Country
• 26 March Open Day - all campuses 9.00am - 12.00pm
• 29-31 March Toowoomba Show - find us in the pavilion
• 7-11 May Visit us at Beef Australia, Rockhampton
• 2 & 3 June Heritage Weekend
• 7 & 8 June MLPC Inter-House Athletics Carnival
• 18 & 19 June CPC Inter-House Athletics Carnival
Celebration Dinner RSVP
Saturday 2 June 6.30pm for 7.00pm
Redlands Campus Dining Room
Please complete your preferred payment details below and post to:
Heritage Weekend Dinner
Concordia Lutheran College
154 Stephen Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350
No. of guests (if Past Student, please indicate graduating year below): .......................................................
Names of guests: ................................................................ ..............................................................
(for place cards)
Special dietary requirements (please tick):
Vegetarian Gluten Free Other .................................................................................
Total cost @ $45.00 each: .......................................................... (includes complimentary drink on arrival)
Cheque Please make payable to ‘Concordia College Foundation Ltd’
Credit Card (please circle) Visa Mastercard
Name on card:...................................................................................................................................
Card number: ....................................................................................................................................
Expiry date: ................. / .................
or phone Reception on 07 4688 2700 with your Credit Card details