Term 1 Week 6 - 2021


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Term 1, Week 6



Building Team Spirit

The smell of freshly cut grass is in the air, as students in both the High School and Upper Primary get ready to take to the track for this year’s Sports Days.

With school sports back on the agenda for 2021, these days provide an important opportunity for students to learn, develop, and showcase their abilities outside of the classroom.

While Sports Days offer healthy competition, and also contribute to the selection process for inter-school events, the community aspect of the day is perhaps the highlight. Building team spirit and involving the wider school community in these exciting events is certainly a blessing, especially during current times.

Around the Campus

The exciting news this week has been the fantastic win by our swim team in the SACSA Swimming Championships; you can read about the event here. We also take a look at the changes taking place in our new Innovation Hub, see what the Middle School has been cooking up, check in on the Upper Primary Sports Day preparations, and Junior Primary Co-ordinator, Mrs Sharlene Tirimacco, looks at Continuing the Conversations that began in Week 4.

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal


Week 2 >>
Year 9 Excursion
Details: Monday, Oct 18 (all day)
PS Dan Warlow Concert
Details: Monday, Oct 18 From: 9:30 am - 12:05 pm
Year 8L English Excursion
Details: Tuesday, Oct 19 (all day)
SACSA Year 7-10 Netball
Details: Wednesday, Oct 20 (all day)
Year 12 Farewell Chapel
Details: Thursday, Oct 21 From: 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Junior Primary Sports Day
Details: Friday, Oct 22 (all day)
Year 12 Breakfast & Fun Day
Details: Friday, Oct 22 (all day)
Week 3 >>
JP Swimming Week
Details: Monday, Oct 25 to Friday, Oct 29 (all day)
Year 12 SWOT Vac
Details: Monday, Oct 25 to Friday, Oct 29 (all day)
High School Welcome Day
Details: Tuesday, Oct 26 (all day)
Year 4 Camp
Details: Wednesday, Oct 27 to Friday, Oct 29 (all day)
Week 4 >>
Year 12 Exams
Details: Monday, Nov 1 to Friday, Nov 5 (all day)

Continuing Conversations

Building Connections

Strong connections lead to healthy relationships

Sporty Week Coming

Sporty Week Coming

The Upper Primary gears up for an exciting week of sports

Innovation Ahead

Innovation Ahead

New hub for innovation creates opportunities for girls

Kitchen Heats Up

Kitchen Heats Up

Year 8 2-course meal back on the menu

The Front Page

Building Connections

Reflecting on how our new year has begun, I have valued the opportunity to continue to make connections and build community here at Cedar College.

JP Co-ordinatorA strong community provides a place of belonging for our students, a place where they feel known, understood, and valued. Relationships are crucial to experiencing this sense of belonging, as they help to shape who children are, and who they can become.

During Term 1 our aim is to help students to build strong relationships with each other, as well as building strong student-teacher relationships, and relationships between teachers and parents. Teachers look for ways to provide opportunities early on that allow students to interact and connect with each other, as well as with the teachers themselves.

Through these opportunities, teachers are then able to come alongside students and get to know them in an environment where they are feeling comfortable and relaxed and can be themselves. Developing these strong classroom relationships early on, provides a valuable foundation for future learning and growth throughout the remainder of the year.

Continuing the Conversation

One of the ways that has helped build stronger relationships between teachers and parents, was through our Learning Conversations that were held in Week 4. It was wonderful to see many of you face-to-face in the classroom and to start conversations about your children and their learning. You, as parents and caregivers, know your children best. Building these connections so close to the start of the term has helped the teachers to learn more about each child and to begin to understand them better. We hope that you found the conversations valuable as well, and we look forward to continued conversations with you throughout the year.

Thank you for partnering with us, as we work to support your children.

Mrs Sharlene Tirimacco, Junior Primary Co-ordinator

Week 6 News and Notices

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

Uniform Shop

Now is the time to ensure that students have their winter uniform requirements organised to avoid the end of term rush. The Uniform Shop is open on Mondays (8:30am – 4:30pm) and Wednesdays (3pm – 5:30pm) during Term.

Please note that the Uniform shop will be closed on the ANZAC Day public holiday, Monday April 26, but will be open from 9-4pm on Monday April 19 and Wednesday April 21, during the school holidays.

The Uniform Shop price list has recently been updated, with some minor changes to prices. Most uniform items, including winter uniform, are now available via the Qkr! app. Please ensure that you first select a delivery method to ensure that your order is placed correctly, and you will be notified when the order has been fulfilled.


Road and Car Park Safety Reminder

For the safety of everyone, the speed in our carpark is 10km/h. This speed limit applies when entering and exiting, as well as in the Sports Centre and Kiss & Drop car parks. Please abide by these limits at all times to keep our campus safe.

Kiss & Drop

Please be aware that the visitor car park near the Fosters Road entrance, adjacent to the Admin building, must NOT be used as a Kiss & Drop area.

This area does not have teachers on duty, and for the safety of all students this car park is not available as a drop-off/pick-up area at the beginning or end of the school day. These limited parks are in place for the many visitors who arrive throughout the school day.

Year 6 Twilight Tours – Week 6

Wednesday March 10 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, some of 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.

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

POSHC Vacation Program

The POSHC April 2021 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.

Sundays at CityReach Church

Our weekly Sunday services are held at 9am, 11am and 5pm, and you are very welcome to join us.

Special Event – Sunday 21st March – Dan Warlow             

Cedar families are warmly invited to come and hear kids’ entertainer, Dan Warlow at CityReach 9am and 11am services!

Dan will be presenting in the services, then heading to our CityReach Kids’ Program at 9:30am and 11:30am. For more information, please contact the CityReach office on 8369 1000.

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

Sporty Week Coming

Students in the Upper Primary have been busy preparing for their upcoming Sports Day, which will be held on Friday March 12.

During the week prior, students took part in Mrs Robinson’s cross-country event, around the school campus, and have been preparing for various Sports Day events.

The Upper Primary Students will take part in the long distance events each morning next week, in the lead up to the big day, ensuring that they maintain their energy levels for the main event on Friday.

Sausages, badges available to order

Students are able to order this year’s souvenir team badges from the Front Office, and a fundraising sausage sizzle will be available. Orders for sausages must be placed via the Qkr! app, using the Upper Primary Sports Day Sausage Sizzle menu by Friday March 5. Coffee and tea will also be available for purchase.

Parents and friends are welcome to attend to support their team, with war-cries starting at 8:45am. Please note that there is no cake stall this year, and students will finish at the usual time of 3:15pm.

Sports News

Swimming Champions

On March 2, students from Upper Primary and High School combined forces to take out the Division 1 SACSA Swimming Championships 2021!

The Championships, held at Adelaide Aquatic Centre, brought together students from 16 Christian schools around South Australia, who competed throughout the day in individual and team competitions.

The Cedar College swim team produced an amazing effort in the pool, and the students showed great enthusiasm and willingness to participate in as many events as possible. This enabled Cedar to win not just the Championship, but by obtaining a significant lead in the overall point tally meant that Cedar also took home the Challenge Shield.

Highlights and Results

We are incredibly proud of all the students who participated, it was a massive team effort! Some highlights from the day were:

Piper in the U12 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke and butterfly, Shannon in the U14 100m freestyle,  50m freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, Lachlan in the U15 50m backstroke and freestyle, and Amber in the Open 50m breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle.

Team highlights included the Cedar U12 girls freestyle relay and medley relay, the open girls freestyle and medley relay, and the open boys medley relay

The top three schools where: Cedar College (414 points), Kings Baptist (271 points), Emmaus (243 points).

Thank you to the Cedar PE staff, Mr Josh Fernihough, Miss Kerry Spriggs, Mr Tom Giles and Miss Johannah Petrie, whose efforts in selecting the team and assisting on the day contributed to the day’s success. Finally, thank you to all of our wonderful parents, who came to support the students, and who have invested so much time into their children’s swimming development.

Mrs Bek Robinson, Primary Interschool Sports Co-ordinator

High School News

Innovation Ahead

The High School Digital Technologies department is undergoing a range of changes this year in an effort to engage more girls, along with boys, in the ever-changing field of Technology.

Changes to the Australian Curriculum have meant that the course previously known as Information Publishing and Processing (IPP) has been replaced with the new Film and Media curriculum, while Information Technology has become Digital Technologies, both offering exciting new challenges and opportunities.

Innovation Hub

The two classrooms that were known as Information Technology and IPP classrooms have been renamed as the Innovation Hub, for 2021. But more than just a name change, the Hub has also seen changes to the classroom layout and facilities. These modifications have been made in order to offer a more engaging and accessible experience, particularly for girls who may have previously been unsure about following a Technology pathway through High School.

High School Teacher, Mrs Trudi-Ann Wynn, has been instrumental in researching and establishing the Innovation Hub:

“The major grant we applied for was $40,000 of the Digital Literacy School Grants to set up an Innovation Hub using furniture and equipment that was mobile and encouraged continuity and participation with the new Digital Technology focus in the Australian curriculum. We researched techniques to enhance participation of girls in particular. What is important for all students, not just girls, is to know that the use of technology is in every field and there is an extreme demand for skilled IT workers. Our next steps are to assess the uptake of our new Film and Media courses in Year 10, and the Unity 3D environment at the senior level. We are now trialling a number of programs at Year 7, 8 and 9 levels, including Javascript, A-Frame HTML, HTML and CSS website design, and Unity 3D.

Creative Technologies

The revamped classrooms now feature colourful and flexible seating areas, with a focus on collaboration and innovation. Wireless technology means teachers are no longer behind the desk, but can move around the classroom while projecting, with the help of a portable podium. Some other changes taking place include removing the interior window frosting in order to open up the classrooms, allowing more High School students to see some of the exciting things that take place within the Digital Technologies curriculum.

To further showcase student work, a new screen has been installed outside the Hub, giving students a visual outlet for their creativity. The screen is already displaying a number of short films, created by students studying the new Film and Media course, with the goal to continue to attract more girls and boys to a consider the wide range of career options in the Technology sector.

We look forward to hearing more about how our students create and innovate throughout 2021!

Middle School News

Kitchen Heats Up

It has been exciting to see the Food and Hospitality kitchen and dining room buzzing once again, after last year’s restrictions meant some of the special events could not take place.

Year 8 students put their knowledge of safe food preparation and handling practices to work recently, as they prepared a meal for an invited family member. Preparing a simple and nutritious meal was a focus of the class, with the three Year 8 Food and Hospitality classes hosting and cooking a 2-course lunch this week.

The meal began with a tasty Thai green chicken curry, and concluded with chocolate self-saucing pudding. The students worked in two teams, preparing the two courses, serving the guests, and clearing and cleaning up upon completion.

A Handy Takeaway

For those family members who were not able to enjoy the meal, the students have access to the various recipes they learn in class, giving them the opportunity to apply what they have learned at home. So whether it’s preparing a healthy meal, or washing up, students can put their newly acquired skills into practice!