Term 1, Week 10
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Busyness Before the Break
It’s been another busy term! Our final two weeks of Term 1 continue to be filled with activities such as camps and Interschool Athletics. But then comes the Easter break.
Most of us get to enjoy at least a four day break over Easter. It’s a great time to spend with family, perhaps get away, and hopefully stop and rest for a short while. What’s really amazing is that Easter celebrates something that happened over 2,000 years ago, that changed everything.
Pastor Jeremy’s article this week reminds us of what this four-day break is really all about. Our Primary School students, as well as some of the High School students, have been reflecting on the question “Jesus is…” and are creating some special artwork, which will be displayed in the Cafeteria on Good Friday. Read all the details here.
Mr Peter Thomson, Principal
Easter: The Ultimate Happy-Ever-After
Everyone loves a story with a happy-ever-after. It’s what we’re all trying to make for ourselves, but sometimes the story takes an unexpected turn.
An open, vacant tomb in a graveyard, and three women running away in terror. That’s the last scene in Mark’s account of the life of Jesus. It’s more like a horror movie than a happy-ever-after. It’s unexpected and unsettling. But then as you track back through the pages you realise that this is exactly what Jesus had predicted. And that it’s just what we need.
Jesus said that it’s impossible for a person to save themselves. It’s impossible to make our own happy-ever-after. “With people it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God,” (Mark 10:27).
Here’s how: Jesus said he would be killed and after three days, rise again (Mark 10:34).
He said that he came to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).
And so we find ourselves back at the tomb he said would be empty. It’s here that we finally see that God’s idea of a happy-ever-after is so much better (and lengthier) than ours.
An Unshakeable Hope
We put everything into building a happy-ever-after out of the few short years we have to live. So when the unexpected happens – tragedy, failure, injustice – our hopes of a happy-ever-after are shaken. And that shaky hope quickly turns into anxiety. Or sadness. Or anger. Because our years are not getting happier, they’re getting harder.
But Jesus’ empty tomb is a window into a new and lasting hope beyond death. It’s an unshakeable hope in a happy-ever-after that won’t end. It’s a hope that outlasts the unexpected setbacks of life because it goes beyond life. It’s a hope that only comes from putting everything into hoping in Jesus Christ.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” 1 Peter 1:3.
Pastor Jeremy Wright, Cedar College Pastor
Gould Takes Two
The Primary School oval was filled with excitement, energy and colour when the Upper Primary Sports Day finally arrived, on Friday March 22. While it was a warm day in the sun, the students still ran, jumped, threw and got very wet; the latter generally being a highlight!
With the distance races occurring earlier in the week, classes focussed on the range of team and individual events during the morning. After the lunch break, all eyes were on the tug-of-war and relays, which would ultimately decide the winning team.
The surprise performance of the day belonged to the parents’ relay team, who finished first, with the closest finish on record between Mr Klassen (teachers’ team) and Mr Birch (parents’ team). Overall it was a great day and really encouraging to see so many students cheering on other competitors, waiting patiently for their turn during events, and also displaying great attitudes regardless the outcome of the event. Well done to all of the athletes, particularly those who went home with a well-deserved ribbon.
Thank you to all the parents, friends and family members who came to cheer on your students. Our Bake Stall raised the most funds ever, $332.40, which will be added to the playground upgrade funds. It was also fantastic to have Pastor Jeremy and his team selling coffee and sausages, raising money for our Thailand service projects.
After a day of excellent competition, it was a tight finish, but Gould came in 1st with 1196 points, Bradman 2nd with 1160 points, Jackson 3rd with 1058 and Laver 4th with 1000 points. Well done Gould on taking home the shield two years in a row! Click the video to relive the excitement, in under 60 seconds!
As always, we couldn’t have the day without the huge effort from our maintenance team, Mr Marshall, Mr Garfoot, Mr Gardner and Mr Smith – thank you for all your hard work!
Mrs Bek Robinson, Upper Primary PE & Interschool Sports Coordinator
Footsteps in the Right Direction!
Our Upper Primary students have just completed a six week course run by professional dance company Footsteps as a part of their Performing Arts curriculum this term.
Each week was a different style including Reggae, Hip Hop, Commercial, Funk, Dancehall, Progressive Partner and Bollywood. They also covered essential dance elements and techniques, and had a lot of fun doing it! It was great to see their confidence grow each week too. Here is a reflection from one of our Yr 6 students;
Keep on Moving
“In Term 1, the Upper Primary students have been doing Footsteps in music, to keep us moving! It has been really fun to do, and is something that we can keep doing in the future. We’ve been learning a few different types of dance and looking at dance elements like space, dynamics, our relationships with others, and how we use our body in dance. We have had a lot of fun and we were happy when we got to choose our own partners for the partner dance! It was a little tricky but we managed to do all the dance steps in the end. We are looking forward to doing it again later on. We loved having Footsteps this year! Thank you Mrs Webster!” – Madelyn, Year 6.
– Keep dancing!
Mrs Amy Webster, Performing Arts teacher.
Year 7s up to the Challenge
In Week 9 the Year 7 students went on camp to Victor Harbor, staying at the Adare Caravan Park. We did lots of activities and challenges in the three days we were there.
The three Year 7 classes were split into six tribes and were competing for a prize. Everyone needed to work together to get points for their team. There were three main things that enabled you to win points for your tribe: communication, including how well we communicated together as a team; participation, including how many activities our tribe did; and encouragement, such as finding ways to build up your tribe members. Every activity had points you could earn through those things. Other activities, such as quizzes, how well you listened and how well you did what the instructor wanted, also enabled you to win points.
Look, Up in the Sky…
One of the main highlights of the camp was the activity called the Flying Kiwi. The Flying Kiwi is basically a giant swing. Someone is harnessed to a rope while the rest of your tribe holds another long rope. When they run in the opposite direction to you, you get lifted up into the air. It was awesome!
Something else that was also good about camp was meeting new people. Outside the house where we stayed there were carpet ball tables and it was just really fun playing with other girls. Being new to Cedar College, I didn’t know all of the other girls, but we had lots of fun together. Camp was a great environment because we were in tribes with people we didn’t know, but we got to know them over the three days. Overall it was a great experience and a lot of fun!
– by Zaneta, Year 7
The SACSA Athletics carnival was held at Santos Stadium on Tuesday April 2, in near perfect weather conditions.
Cedar College sent a team of 65 students, who we all eager and ready to compete. The Cedar team were a few athletes short of a full squad, due to some pre-carnival injuries, but this did not seem to deter the enthusiasm of the team.
Into the Top Division
Last year Cedar College competed in Division 2, but moved up to Division 1 this year due to our 2018 win. Our aim for the day was to consolidate our position in Division 1, and that is exactly what we did. Despite extremely tough competition from King’s Baptist Grammar and Tyndale, who are the biggest schools in the competition, Cedar held their own and achieved some outstanding results across the day.
Cedar College students set five new SACSA Athletics records on the day, which was an outstanding achievement. Jayden Chambers set 2 new SACSA records, in the Open Boys 100m and 200m, while Sienna Walsh set a new SACSA record in the under 14 Girls 200m, Maya Matiscak set a SACSA record in the Open Girls Shot Put and Isabel Schultz set a SACSA record in the Open Girls 800m.
Overall, Cedar College students put in an amazing effort, and represented their school with grace and humility. Cedar College finished 5th out of all the Division 1 schools, which was an amazing achievement, and ensures that we stay in Division 1 for the 2020 SACSA Athletics carnival.
Mr Matthew Howarth, High School Sports Co-ordinator