Term 1 Week 4 - 2021


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Term 1, Week 4



Important Conversations

In a time when Zoom, text and email is all too common, we can take for granted the privilege and value of meeting for face-to-face conversations.

As students and families settle in to their new year levels and classes, the Primary School took the opportunity to hold their Learning Conversations with parents and caregivers this week.

Changing from our previous Week 9 sessions to an earlier Week 4 time slot has allowed teachers to introduce themselves to their students’ parents and caregivers, and talk about school life. We hope that this initiative was beneficial for families, and has helped open important lines of communication for the year ahead.

Around the Campus

In this edition of CedarNews, we take look at the amazing Vickers Vimy LEGO build which took place in the Resource Centre, the Year 12s share their thoughts on their recent camp at West Beach, we find out what our Prefects and Captains experienced at their recent Student Leadership Vision Day, and Middle School Co-ordinator, Mr David Webb, looks at our Health and Wellbeing program for our Year 7 students.

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal


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A Healthy Start

Supporting students through Middle School

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LEGO Masters Live

The LEGO Masters reinvent historic Vickers Vimy

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Leadership Vision

Student Leaders prepare for roles ahead

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Challenges Ahead

Year 12s map out their course for 2021

The Front Page

Middle School - A Healthy Start

Life in the middle years is exciting, transforming and sometimes overwhelming.

Middle School Co-ordinatorYoung adolescents develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially and ethically. At Cedar we seek to be dedicated, empathetic, passionate, knowledgeable and relational, as we work with our Middle School students.

We are so grateful for the opportunity of working with your young person during this exceptional period of their life. The 2021 school year is off to a flying start, as students have returned to school, strengthened relationships, and developed new learning and study routines for the year ahead.

Support for Year 7s

Australian adolescents typically list issues such as coping with stress, school or study problems, and mental health struggles, as their top three concerns. To support our Year 7s in these areas, they undertook a time management workshop at the end of Week 3. Students from the Year 9 Health and Wellbeing elective met with the Year 7s over three lessons, where relationships were strengthened, and students mapped out their out-of-school activities. Students evaluated how to best balance sleep, recreation, relationships, responsibilities and homework.

The Year 7s are not given homework until Week 4, in recognition of the demands of adjusting to school life, including processing their new peers, teachers and physical locations in Middle School. The students have settled in really well and are now ready to take on homework. We look forward to our Year 7s continuing to thrive at Cedar and we are very grateful for the generosity of the Year 9 students who take an active interest in supporting them. If families with students in other year levels would like to use these planning resources, please feel free to contact myself or Miss Steel in the High School Office. Further resources to support families in managing adolescent life can be accessed at our Helping Teens page on the College website.

Working Together

I encourage parents and caregivers to share with their young people about how they balance their at-home responsibilities, relationships, recreation and sleep. These conversations, and our modelling, have a big impact on the way our young people cope with stress, work through school or study problems, and manage their mental health.

May we all thrive in and through the demands and opportunities of the year to come.

Mr David Webb, Middle School Co-ordinator

Week 4 News and Notices

From the Business Manager

Business Manager

A reminder that Term 1 tuition fees were due by Friday of Week 2 of this term, or an approved payment plan put in place.

If you have not yet paid your fees or discussed arrangements for this term, please contact the Finance Office as a matter of urgency on 8261 3377, to organise your payment. This includes families that had a direct debit in 2020 who have not updated their details and amounts.  

If you make a payment directly to the school’s bank account, please include your debtor reference number (shown on your Fee Invoice, which was emailed to you), to ensure the payment is allocated correctly.

The school bank details for payments are: 
BSB: 065141   Account Number: 10059036   Account Name: Cedar College

Mr Jeff Thorpe, Business Manager

Public Holidays, Term 1

Monday March 8 – Adelaide Cup Public Holiday
Friday April 2 – Good Friday Public Holiday
Monday April 5 – Easter Monday Public Holiday

House Team Shirts

If your student is new to Cedar or has outgrown their current House team coloured shirt you will need to order a new shirt through the QKR! app in time for the upcoming High School and Upper Primary Sports Days.

High School students require a coloured polo shirt and Upper Primary students wear a coloured T-shirt. The last day orders can be placed is Friday 19th February, in order to arrive in time.

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will be open on Thursdays until Week 6, from 3pm – 5.30pm, in addition to the normal Monday & Wednesday trading hours.

Please ensure that all uniform items are clearly named, this provides the best chance for any lost property to be returned.

Road and Car Park Safety

The recent tragedy at Balaklava has been a vital reminder for students and families to discuss the importance of safety when travelling to and from school. 

Adhering to the 10km/h limit on the school property and exercising caution at all times, especially in the Kiss & Drop Zone, is of utmost importance.

On Fosters Road, the flashing 25km lights operate between 8am – 8:50am and 3:10pm – 3:45pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these times, pedestrians do not have priority and should only cross if it is safe to do so.

At all times, pedestrians should only cross when it is safe to do so, and NEVER ASSUME that a driver has seen them or will stop for them. 

School Tours – Week 7

Please be aware that School Tours will be held in Week 7 for prospective parents, which will impact morning drop-off and parking on Tuesday March 16 and Wednesday March 17. Parking restrictions will apply in the Sports Centre car park, to provide spaces for visiting families.

This Sunday at CityReach Church

We would love to invite our Cedar families to church at CityReach! We meet each Sunday @ 9 and 11am at the CityReach Worship Centre and in the CityReach Café. High School students are very welcome to attend our Youth Service in the Café at 5pm!

Children Welcome!

Children are welcome to join CityReach Kidz @ 9am and 11am, where the team will run some fun activities and continue their Genesis series with Noah’s Ark, this Sunday!

In the services this week, we will have a special segment on Cedar’s brand new building, which houses the new Canopy facility.

If you have any questions about our services, feel free to ring the CityReach Church Office on 8369 1000. There’s always music, great coffee and conversation… so many reasons to come along! Hope to see you there!

Dates this Term


Term 1, 2021 – Wed 27 Jan – Fri 9 April

Term 2, 2021 – Tue 27 April – Fri 25 June

We will continue to have a three week break between Term 2 & 3

Term 3, 2021 – Wed 21 July – Fri 24 Sept

Term 4, 2021 – Tue 12 Oct – Wed 8 Dec


Regular opening hours during term:

Monday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Wednesday 3pm – 5:30pm

Thursday Extended Opening Hours:

TERM 2 – Weeks 1-4, 3pm – 5.30pm

TERM 4 – Weeks 1-3, 3pm – 5.30pm


Our School Assemblies and Chapels are held on Fridays at 8:50am. 

Chapels and Assemblies in 2021 are currently not able to be attended by parents due to space restrictions.

Should guidelines for large gatherings change, parents/caregivers will be informed.

Primary School News

LEGO Masters Live

The only thing better than watching LEGO Masters on TV, is watching LEGO Masters live at school!

Everything was awesome in the Primary School, as the dynamic LEGO duo of Trent and Josh began their live build of a 1:20 scale Vickers Vimy replica. The famous aircraft is well-known within Cedar College, due to the nearby historical landing site, just over 100 years ago.

Six Months in the Planning

Before the build began, Trent and Josh spent many hours working on their LEGO design, which began in mid-2020. The LEGOMasters were invited for a personal tour of the full size Vickers Vimy on display at Adelaide Airport, where they took detailed photos in order to begin the search for the required LEGO parts to build the model aircraft with.

The next step was to digitally design the build with 3D LEGO software, that enabled them to virtually fit each individual piece together, and develop a list of the required parts. Ordered from around the world, the required parts came in 40 separate packages, arriving over a number of months.

Time to Build

The actual construction took place in the Cedar College Resource Centre  allowing classes to watch the process and ask questions of the TV stars. Following an epic 12 hour build, the final model, including one of Trent and Josh’s signature oversized characters, is now on display in the Cedar College Resource Centre, where it will reside as a special part of Cedar’s history.

Watch a short time-lapse video of the build, and the final reveal, by clicking the video.

High School News

A Vision for Leadership

Last Friday, the High School Prefects and House Captains were fortunate enough to be provided the opportunity to participate in a ‘Student Leadership Vision Day’.

Throughout the course of the day we, as a team of student leaders, had the chance to grow stronger relationships with each other and gain some real vision into how we can further develop our leadership skills, so that we can finish this year having left a legacy.

Building Trust

In our first session, we were privileged to have a guest speaker, Matt, come in to share with us his professional insight into the inner workings of a ‘high-performing team’ as well as some of the finer points on leadership. We learnt how leadership can be defined as the ‘ability to influence others to behave in a desired manner, by their own choice’ and how to foster an environment that encourages team vulnerability so trust can be established between members, allowing them to ‘use their strengths to make each other’s weaknesses less relevant’.

A Responsibility

In our second session we welcomed Pastor Timon, from CityReach Oakden. He shared with us how we can be leaders, with Christ as our active example, and how to see leadership as a responsibility rather than a right. Pastor Timon taught us how a leader is not a leader if they have no followers. He helped us to understand some of the more important leadership roles, such as caring for a core group of followers, and discipling them, teaching them enough of what you know to continue your work, and to leave a legacy for others.

To finish off the day, we split up with our leadership role partners, to discuss what we had learnt, and how we could apply it moving forward. Overall, I think this day was beneficial to us all in developing both our leadership skills and synergy between members of the team. 

Armaan Bhattacharjee, Year 12 Head Prefect

High School News

Student Achievement

We’d like to congratulate the following students on their recent achievements.

Spring Poetry Awards

2020 was a year of great success for Cedar College in the annual state-wide Spring Poetry Festival!

Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, judging of the competition was delayed and the usual celebration event cancelled; however, we can now congratulate the following 10 students whose poetry has been selected for inclusion in the annual Spring Poetry Festival Anthology: Phoenix Pichler, Arantza Garcia, Kate Carino, Katelynn Wilding, Mathias Webber, Endene Johnstone, David Burgess, Georgia Sinclair, Paris Spillane, Rajvir Jandu

Mrs Sally-Anne Jones, English Co-ordinator

Lightning Final

Our after-school basketball teams have been a great way for students to develop skills, and friendships, over the years. Year 7 Cedar Lightning Basketball team, has been one such team that has played together since Year 2. The Lightning played in the Grand Final at the end of 2020, winning their final game together against an opposition that had been previous undefeated all season, with a final score of Cedar Lightning 33 v Brickcity 31.

The Lightning has had various players join the team over the years, but special congratulations go to the Grand Final winning team of James, Cody, Dennis, Tyler, Joshua, Owen, Emily, and Oliver.

Senior School News

Navigating the Challenges Ahead

To set the course for a challenging year, our Year 12 students attended a three day retreat. We asked some of the students to share about their experience.

Gaining Perspective

“In Week 2 of Term 1, the Year 12s attended their retreat at West Beach. This camp was luxurious, compared to any other! We stayed in villas, equipped with private utilities and comfortable beds and couches. We enjoyed breakfast with friends in our private houses and let loose in the pool and communal spaces in the evenings. This year we were privileged to enjoy ice-skating, high rope activities and fantastic Greek food.” – Camille

“We took part in numerous activities and workshops, which helped develop our understanding on this year’s theme, ‘Perspective’. We began the retreat at the Ice Arena then headed down to the nearby park for cricket and races against Mr Rose on the flying fox. We then arrived at our villas for free time on the jumping cushion and the swimming pool. We finished the night off at the beach with frisbee, cricket and more.” – Samuel

Building Relationships

Physical and mental challenges were faced as we learnt how to view different situations from positive perspectives and transition from the mindset of Year 11 into Year 12. This camp offered an opportunity to build closer relationships throughout the cohort, sometimes through matching bruises, and allowed us have some fun while we can.” – Catherine

“Throughout the entire time, we learnt more about each other as a cohort, seeing sides of ourselves and others, previously unseen, and building lasting relationships on great foundations. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed our time at camp, confident that I can go into Year 12 with a positive perspective, and a group of fellow students I can count on for almost anything.” – Armaan