Term 1 Week 6 - 2020


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Term 1, Week 6



Excitement in the Air

There’s an air of excitement and lot of extra colour on display around the campus at the moment!

High School Sports Day

The High School are busily preparing for their annual Sports Day. Family and friends are welcome to attend, and support their team. Our Middle School Co-ordinator has some advice for Thriving @ Cedar, on this week’s front page.

Garden for the Senses

In Primary School, we are continuing to develop some of the sensory gardens around the new CLIC and Science facility, and we’ve had a helping hand from our friends at Bunnings.

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal


Week 4 >>
Primary School Parent-Teacher Interviews
Details: Monday, Aug 10 From: 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Primary School Parent-Teacher Interviews
Details: Tuesday, Aug 11 From: 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Year 10 & 11 Subject Counselling
Details: Wednesday, Aug 12 (all day)
Year 8 Learning Conversations
Details: Wednesday, Aug 12 From: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Year 10 & 12 Careers Expo
Details: Thursday, Aug 13 From: 11:45 am - 2:15 pm
Week 5 >>
Dentist Van
Details: Monday, Aug 17 (all day)
Year 5/6 SACSA Football Carnival
Details: Monday, Aug 17 (all day)
ICAS Science Competition
Details: Monday, Aug 17 (all day)
NEVZ Year 9/10 Basketball
Details: Monday, Aug 17 (all day)
Year 10 Bushwalk Day
Details: Tuesday, Aug 18 (all day)
Year 3/4 SACSA Football Carnival
Details: Tuesday, Aug 18 (all day)
Dentist Van
Details: Tuesday, Aug 18 (all day)
Year 7/8 SACSA AFL
Details: Wednesday, Aug 19 (all day)

Thriving at Cedar

Tips for Middle Schoolers

Planning ahead provides every opportunity to thrive

Learning Inside Out

More space for learning

Learning in Junior Primary continues on the outside

Show your colours

Sports Day fever

Students gear up for High School Sports Day

Help for the Homeless

Learning in action

Year 11s lend a helping hand to homeless

The Front Page

Middle School Co-ordinator


Thriving @ Cedar

The beginning of the school year is an exciting and complex transition. We are already halfway through the term and Cedar staff have been eagerly investing themselves in their students’ learning and relationships

There was a real buzz as new students were welcomed into the High School on the first day of school. Since then, the connections between students have strengthened, in both their classes and their communities. We have been encouraged by multiple stories of older students actively mentoring and supporting the younger students in their community.

Supporting Students

In the Mission Australia Youth Survey, the top three concerns for young people for the past two years were coping with stress, school or study problems and mental health. Given the prevalence of these challenges we believe it is vital to support students in these areas.

Surviving vs. Thriving

At the High School Information Night, students and their families were invited to discuss a handout titled Thriving at Cedar. It has been encouraging to hear students discuss the ideas and strategies that they have applied from this resource. Now is an ideal time to have a follow up discussion with your young person to find out how they have gone, and what their next steps could be. Developing ourselves is a core theme of our College vision. The routines we create and strategies we apply, greatly impact our rate of development. If you missed out on a copy, please visit the Helping Teens page on the College website.

As an extension to the Thriving at Cedar discussion, the Year 9 Health and Wellbeing class, along with Mr Webb and Miss Spriggs, held a time management workshop with the Year 7s last week. The Year 9s rose to the opportunity to support the Year 7s in recording the activities that take place in their week and evaluating what they do with their time. From there they formed a schedule to help balance study with down-time that recharges, and activities that strengthen their relationships.

I encourage each of us to consider the balance we have in our lives regarding our study, recharging, and relationships. Students benefit from listening to adults sharing about what they do, as well as talking through how they balance those three areas themselves.

Mr David Webb, Middle School Co-ordinator

Week 8 News and Notices

Public Holidays – Term 1

Monday March 9 – Adelaide Cup Public Holiday

Friday April 10 – Good Friday Public Holiday

Primary School House T-shirts

If your Upper Primary student is new to the school or has outgrown their current House team coloured t-shirt, you will need to order a new shirt through the Qkr! App in time for the upcoming Upper Primary Sports Day. Orders should be placed by Friday March 6, to ensure they are received in time.

Upper Primary Sports Day

The Upper Primary Sports Day will be held next week on Friday March 13. Students are able to order team badges from their classroom teacher, and a fundraising cake stall, sausage sizzle, and coffee cart will be available on the day. Parents and friends are welcome to attend to support their team, with the march starting at 8:30am.

Canteen Menu Changes

The Canteen regularly receives twice as many lunch orders on Fridays than other days. In order to cope with this volume, it has been necessary to make some items unavailable on Fridays, that are particularly time consuming for our Canteen staff to prepare. These Items: focaccias, rolls and salad boxes, will still be available for students to order on Mondays and Wednesdays, but will not appear on the menu on Fridays.

Reduced Menu March 13, 16, 18 & 20

The Canteen will also operate a reduced Menu on March 13 (Friday Week 7) and March 16, 18 & 20 (Week 8) due to reduced staff on these days. The Qkr! menu will be modified for these days to reflect the changes.

Winter Uniform

Now is the time to ensure that students have their winter uniform requirements organised. There is no need for a booking, just come in to the Uniform Shop on Monday (8:30am – 4:30pm) or Wednesday (3pm – 5:30pm). Uniform items can also be ordered and put on hold if you are unable to pay now.

High School Cedar Rain Jacket

Please note the following clarification of expectations regarding the green rain jacket. The green Cedar College rain jacket may be worn with the sports uniform. When wearing the normal Middle School uniform, the rain jacket may only be worn over the red school jumper, i.e. the jumper must be worn first.

Senior School students must wear their blazers when in full uniform, not their rain jacket. The only time Senior students can wear the rain jacket is when wearing PE uniform.

Year 6 Twilight Tours

Wednesday March 11 is a special evening for our students in Year 6 and their parents and caregivers. Before the end of daylight savings, our Year 6 families are invited to a sausage sizzle and tour of the High School facilities, which they may not have seen yet as a Primary School parent. Please see the letter and email sent home for further details and RSVP requirements.

If you currently have students in Year 3-5 and would like to know more about the High School, please email Lara Webb [email protected], so that we can extend an invitation to you for next week’s tours. All Cedar families will be invited to this event when they have students in Year 6.

Primary School Parent Teacher Interviews

Details regarding the Primary School Parent-Teacher Interviews (March 23 & 24) will be sent home shortly. These interviews are compulsory for all parents/caregivers to attend, in order for you to connect with your class teacher and receive a brief update of your student’s progress.

Lights, Camel, Action!

Detail regarding purchasing the Lights, Camel, Action! video (performed at the end of 2019) have been emailed to those who expressed interest. The video, in either a HD digital download or DVD, is available to purchase for $5 via the Qkr! App, under the School Payments menu.

POSHC Vacation Care

The POSHC April 2020 Vacation Care program and booking sheet is now available for download from our website. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Please see the form for further details.

University Clinical Aptitude Test

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), is now open for Registrations and Bookings until  May 11, 2020. Visit www.ucat.edu.au to register or for more information.

It is important to note, you will need to register if you are interested in studying Medicine, Dentistry, Oral Health at the University of Adelaide. Otherwise, if you are choosing to study at other universities, click here for those universities and their corresponding courses.

Dates this Term


Term 1, 2020 – Tue 28 Jan – Thu 9 April

Term 2, 2020 – Tue 28 April – Fri 26 June

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

Term 3, 2020 – Tue 21 July – Fri 25 Sept

Term 4, 2020 – Tue 13 Oct – Wed 9 Dec


Regular opening hours during Term:

Monday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Wednesday 3pm – 5:30pm

Thursday Extended Opening Hours:

TERM 2 – Weeks 1-3, 3pm – 5.30pm

TERM 4 – Weeks 1-3, 3pm – 5.30pm


Primary School Assemblies and Chapels are held on Fridays at 8:50am. Parents and friends are welcome – come early for tea & coffee! Odd weeks are Chapel.

Week 6 – Year 4

Week 8 – Year 1

Week 10 – Year 6

Primary School News

Learning Inside Out

Students and staff have been very excited this year to use our new Cedar Learning Improvement (CLIC) facilities.

We have enjoyed settling in to our wonderful teaching space, small group rooms and “aquarium” room. But the learning doesn’t stop in the classrooms!

Discovery Gardens

Alongside the CLIC facility, we are in the process of establishing a sensory garden. We were very grateful to Bunnings Windsor Gardens, who have donated plants and other items for this project. Bunnings Activities Organiser, Eleni, spent last Thursday putting together our fairy garden and dinosaur garden. The garden will continue to be developed, and we are so thankful for the help and support of Bunnings in providing further supplies we can use to finish our sensory path and screening.

We are looking forward to being able to expand our learning and support areas outside in the near future. Stay tuned for a further update from our Junior Primary Co-ordinator, Sharlene Tirimacco, in the next newsletter.

Mrs Jenny Marshall, Primary School CLIC

Middle School News

Show Your Colours

The anticipation for Friday’s High School Sports Day is reaching fever pitch, with team spirit at an all-time high and several events already completed in a precursor to the big day.

Adding to the excitement has been the sale of the 2020 Sports Day badges, with students eagerly snapping up the annual collectables to wear in the lead up to Friday.

Sports Day is a compulsory day for students in Year 7 – 12, with students participating for House points as they compete in their age category. The results of Sports Day will be used to select our teams for the SACSA and SSSSA Inter-school Athletics Carnivals later this term. Parents and Caregivers are able to attend the day, and are required to sign in upon arrival.

What to Wear

Students must wear their House coloured polo top with their PE shorts and hat, and may wear ribbons and zinc cream to identify their House colour, but must not colour their hair or large sections of their body or face. Students need to bring a drink bottle and come with sunscreen already applied (further sunscreen will be available during the day).

The day will conclude with the Awards Ceremony on the reserve at 3:10pm. After a clean-up of the reserve, students will be dismissed from there by their Community teacher at 3:20pm. The winning team also has the “bragging rights” of being able to wear their badges for the week following Sports Day. We look forward to seeing which team will take home the win!

Senior School News

Learning in Action

A statistic not often mentioned is that 116,000 Australians are homeless on any given night.

The Year 11 Health class went on an excursion to Baptist Care SA (West) on Wednesday last week. As part of the Year 11 Health curriculum, the students have been studying a unit on Homelessness. They were introduced to people who have experienced homelessness firsthand and learnt about the reasons homelessness occurs.

We were each able to donate two bags of goods to the centre. These donations included toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorants), canned foods (with ring pulls), noodles, spaghetti, boxes of cereal and packets of biscuits.

Rubber Meets the Road

Our time at Baptist Care included participating in a quiz, listening to Stu’s story about his life being homeless and learning more about the Centre. We were also able to watch a documentary, serve lunch to people and experience an “Urban Walk” where we were able to visit places where homeless people might sleep. It was an informative excursion with all students fully engaged. A comment from one student was: “The excursion enabled us to put what we had been learning in the classroom, into a real-life experience.”

Mrs Melissa Rogers, Year 11 Health Teacher