Celebrating 25 Years

HISTORY TIMELINE - THE SECOND DECADE

25 years
Graduation
Admin Building
20th Anniversary
2007-2016

When the first bell rang back in February 1997, those first 34 students and three teachers could never have imagined the journey that had begun.

Cedar’s second decade saw tremendous growth in facilities and student numbers. The first Year 12s graduated in 2008, and large-scale building projects, including the Sports Centre, Resource Centre and Administration building, were all opened during this decade.

The first Thailand Service Trip took place in 2007, led by Mr Allan Fjording. New Primary and High School classrooms were added during this time, as student numbers allowed for two classes in each year level, up to Year 10.

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THE SECOND DECADE

2007-2008

Campus Changes

Cedar grew rapidly, and the year saw several new buildings completed, as the campus started to develop.

New High School facilities included a Tech Studies and Home Economics building and a new four-classroom block.

Tech Bulding

Renovations were made to the High School Resource Centre and Computer Room and the Primary School also gained another four-classroom block.

The first separate Primary School and High School Sports Days were both won by Bradman, while Laver won the inaugural Swimming Carnival. 

Pastor Paul Hoogenraad took over as Board Chairman from Mr Les Crawford, who ably led the Board through the first 10 years of the school.

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2007-2008

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The graduating class of 15 Year 12s planted six Manchurian Pear trees and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Planting Trees

The High School performed its first Drama production, The Glass Menagerie, and also sent three students on the inaugural Thailand Service Trip, to serve in orphanages and schools.

2008 also marked the first Year 12 Formal and Year 12 Fun Day. The Fun Day began with a special breakfast, followed by a day of paintball – setting a tradition for the years to follow.

First Graduates

A tremendous goal was achieved in 2008, with Cedar College finally becoming a Reception to Year 12 school.

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2009-2010

Work began on the state-of-the-art Sports Centre and in the meantime, three brand new asphalt courts were laid and the Cedar Oval received an upgrade, along with new cricket nets.

Sports Centre Building

A new Reception classroom block was completed, along with a purpose-built Primary School Music Room. Budding High School writers had success in the Spring Poetry Anthology, and Cedar became one of the most awarded schools over the years that followed.

The second Thailand Service Trip took place with six
Year 11 and 12 students and excellent Year 12 SACE results were achieved by Cedar’s second Year 12 class.

A Big Dream

A sports stadium was just a dream, until Cedar received a substantial Federal Government Grant.

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2009-2010

Double Classes

The Primary School now had two classes in every year level.

At Interschool level, the Primary School won the SACSA Interschool Sports Day, and High School won its third straight SACSA Athletics Day.

Fusion Dinner

The Primary School Cedar Learning Improvement Centre (CLIC), under Mrs Marshall, continued to play an important part in helping students develop a variety of literacy, maths and research skills.

Food and Hospitality maintained its high standard at the annual [email protected] dinner and, while the Sports Centre was under construction, a new High School Art Room was also built, ready for 2011.

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2011-2012

Construction began on another four-classroom High School block, with extensive IT access. The High School now had two classes from Years 7 to 10, with single classes in Years 11 and 12.

Sports Centre

The Primary School’s annual events, such as Grandparents Day, Book Week and the Year 6 Art Show, continued to be key events for the school community.

Cedar College began offering the VetaMorphus Christian leadership program for Year 11 students and sent a team of students on the third Cedar College Service Trip to Thailand.

Sports Centre Opens

The Cedar College Sports Centre, Food and Hospitality and High School Art buildings were officially opened by the Hon Kate Ellis MP.

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2011-2012

Building Continues

Construction began on the two-storey Resource and Administration Centre, and the C-Block classrooms were opened.

The High School now had three Year 8 classes, and also saw the introduction of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Senior School.

Admin Building

Primary School students enjoyed the integration of iPads into their lessons and German was introduced to the Primary School.

The Year 12 Drama production was the absurdist comedy, The Bald Prima Donna and the Senior School Food and Hospitality students held the 10th [email protected] event in an outdoor marquee. 

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2013-2014

Both High School and Primary School libraries were relocated into the new facility, which included dedicated classrooms, theatre room, computer rooms and balcony.

Resource Centre Opening

Stage II of the Cedar Sports Centre construction commenced and German was offered as a subject in Middle School. 

The Creative Arts continued to flourish, with the High School production of The Cagebirds, impressive Senior School Visual Arts results and students recognised in the “Young Writer’s Awards” and the “Spring Poetry Anthology”.

Cedar sent 11 students on the fourth Thailand Service Trip and, for the first time, Cedar College graduated two Year 12 classes.

Big Changes

The Cedar College Resource and Administration Centre was officially opened by the Hon Christopher Pyne MP.

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2013-2014

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The relocated and remodelled Design and Technology Centre was re-opened and students continued to produce high class items in metalwork and woodwork. 3D design and printing were also added to the curriculum.

3D Printing

Four new Science Laboratories were completed and Maths and Science subjects attracted more students than ever before. 

The Gazebo Lawns were upgraded with new paving and garden areas and work commenced on the two-storey Creative Arts Centre.

The Primary School delighted families with their production of Prickly Hay, and also formed the first Primary School Brass and Woodwind Band.

A Clear Purpose

Cedar College adopted the new purpose statement: “Discover Jesus, Display Love, and Develop Self”.

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2015-2016

Getting Creative

Work continued throughout the year on the new Creative Arts building.

Cedar’s Gifted and Talented program students achieved outstanding results in Young Writers, Maths and Poetry competitions.

Wonderland

The Primary School also excelled in athletics, winning the SAPSASA Interschool District competition.

The High School music students presented the first Winter Soulstice music concert, while the Drama students presented “Wonderland”.

Cedar’s fifth Service Trip sent eleven students and three Cedar teachers, to continue the work amongst orphanages and street kids in Thailand.

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2015-2016

Celebrating 20 Years

During 2016, Cedar College celebrated its 20th Anniversary.

Events included a 20th Anniversary Time Capsule, History Pavers, a History Exhibition, Old Scholars Reunion, and the composing and recording of a new school song “One Voice”.

20th Anniversary

The Creative Arts Centre was officially opened by Senator David Fawcett and a new pedestrian crossing on Fosters Road was opened by Dana Wortley MP.

The Junior Primary opened its Nature Play space, enabling students to engage in imagination and learning as they play.

The High School Drama students presented The Social Commentary and Cedar’s Creative Arts staff recorded Cedar’s 20th Anniversary song.

Celebrating 25 Years

HISTORY TIMELINE - THE SECOND DECADE

The First Decade
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