Term 1 Week 6 - 2023

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Term 1, Week 6


Developing Skills for Life

As we pass the halfway point of Term 1, we are entering a very busy and exciting part of the School Year!

Both the High School and Primary School are currently involved in their respective Sports Days, and our Year 5s, 7s, 8s and 9s will each take part in various camps over the next 4-5 weeks. Add to that our sports carnivals, Learning Conversations, and Twilight Tours, and the rest of the term is certain to fly by!

While academic subjects provide a foundation of knowledge, co-curricular activities enable students to develop and refine skills beyond the classroom. That’s why, at Cedar, our camps and excursions are included in the school fees – because we believe that co-curricular activities are an essential component of a student’s development.

Activities such as camps, sporting carnivals, and excursions help students develop social skills, build self-esteem, and foster a sense of belonging. They also provide an avenue for students to explore their interests, develop important life skills, and create lasting memories.

Around the Campus

In this issue of CedarNews, we look at some key points from Brad Huddleston’s Living and Learning in the Digital Age sessions, get the latest Sports Updates, plus check in on a range of Primary School learning opportunities and Middle School initiatives.


Mr Peter Thomson, Principal

December 2023

Sunday December 3

Week 8 >>

Monday December 4Tuesday December 5

Year 10 Exams

Tuesday December 5Wednesday December 6

Year 9 Exams

Tuesday December 5

6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Junior Primary Celebration Evening

Wednesday December 6

Year 7 & 8 Awards Assembly
Year 7 & 8 Service Day

Thursday December 7

Last Day of High School

High School students finish at 3:20pm

Year 7 Excursion
Year 8 Cedar X
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Year 9 Graduation

Friday December 8


Sunday December 10

Week 9 >>

Monday December 11

Primary School Fun Day R-6
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Year 6 Graduation

Tuesday December 12

Last day of Primary School
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Yr 6 Excursion
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Upper Primary Celebration Evening

Wednesday December 13


Thursday December 14


Friday December 15

Brad Huddleston

Digital Dilemma

International speaker, Brad Huddleston, gives helpful advice on living and learning in the digital age.

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Monarch Butterfly

Around the Primary School

From local learning to the history of toys, the Primary School has had lots to discover so far this term.

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Middle School time management

Preparing to Thrive

Putting initiatives in place to help the transition to Middle School, and beyond.

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SACSA Swim Team

Let the Games Begin

Sports Day and Swimming Carnivals see sporting success and provide opportunities to shine.

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The Front Page

Living and Learning in the Digital Age

At Cedar we want to promote technology use for effective research, and communicating learning in powerful and efficient ways.

Week 6 News and Notices

Public Holidays – Term 1

Monday March 13
Adelaide Cup Public Holiday.

Friday April 7
Good Friday Public Holiday.

Monday April 10
Easter Monday Public Holiday.

Year 6 Twilight Tours

Our Year 6 Twilight Tours and Information Evening, for all current Year 6 students and their parents/caregivers will be held next week on Wednesday March 15, 2023.

This evening, held in Term 1 before Daylight Savings ends, is designed specifically for our current Year 6 students and their parents/caregivers. On the night, Year 6 families will meet some of our High School Leadership and have the opportunity to visit some of the High School facilities, which you may not have seen as a Primary School family.

The evening will begin with a Sausage Sizzle at 5:30pm on the Gazebo Lawns. Tours of the High School facilities will leave at 5:50pm, with an Information Session from 7pm – 7:45pm. Year 6 students are required to wear their summer uniform on the night.

If you haven’t already done so, Year 6 families are asked to RSVP online by Friday March 10.

Upper Primary Sports Day

The Upper Primary Sports Day will be held on Friday March 17. All students in Year 3-6 will be involved on the day, and parents and friends are welcome to attend the day and support their teams!

Students are required to wear their coloured House t-shirt and Cedar shorts on Sports Day. Team colours can be displayed in mascots, streamers, zinc cream and hair ribbons, but no dyed hair or face paint.


Student orders for the Sausage Sizzle must be pre-paid through Qkr! by Friday March 10, and visitors may purchase them for $2 on the day.

House Team badges must also be pre-ordered by Friday March 10, for $1 each.

Coffee and Hot Chocolate will be available to purchase from the Coffee Pod in the morning, for a cost of $3 each.

Upper Primary PE Uniform Week 7

Due to the pre Sports Day events being held during Week 7, students in Upper Primary should wear their PE uniform to school every day next week.

Primary School Learning Conversations

Our Primary School Learning Conversations are scheduled for Week 9 of this term.

The Learning Conversations will take place on campus, in your child’s classroom, on Tuesday March 28, and Monday April 3. Parents and caregivers will be able to book a time online, and further information will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Alumni Committee

In 2023, we are shaping a new Alumni Committee named COSA (Cedar Old Scholars Association) who will be involved in organising select projects and events. The committee will include Old Scholars, Staff, Students and Community members.

COSAIf you are interested in being a part of the committee, we would love to hear from you and what you could bring to the role representing the parent community. Our Community relations officer, Mr Josh Fernihough, would love to discuss the opportunity further and provide further information regarding the role of the committee. The final 2023 committee will be selected in consultation with the College Leadership.

Confident Parenting

Wednesday 31 May 7pm-9pm.

Because children and teenagers don’t come with a manual, Cedar College is pleased to be hosting Dr. Jenny Brown as she explains how you can build yourself into a confident parent. Jenny, along with a local panel, will answer your questions from their collective wisdom, drawn from Christian principles, experience and professional knowledge. Cost: $10 per adult or $15 for two. Register online by Wednesday 24 May.


Easter Services

You are warmly invited to attend the Cityreach Good Friday and Easter Sunday events, Jesus Changed My Life at CityReach!

Please arrive at 9:45am for a 10am Service start. There will be songs, testimonies great coffee & hot cross buns.

Invite your family and friends, and we hope to see you there!

Calendar Information


Term 1, 2023 – Tues 31 Jan – Fri 14 April

Term 2, 2023 – Tue 2 May – Fri 30 June

Three week break between Terms 2 and 3

Term 3, 2023 – Tue 25 July – Fri 29 Sept

Term 4, 2023 – Tue 17 Oct – Wed 13 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 Primary School Chapels and Assemblies are held on Fridays at 8:50am. 

Chapels and Assemblies can be attended by invitation from the involved classes.

Parents/caregivers are able to sit in the allocated chairs at the back of the Auditorium.

Primary School News

Local Learning

This term, the Year 3s have been learning about our local community.

The students have been exploring how the community we live in has changed over time. To help understand this, we went on a walking excursion around Northgate to see where different things are located within the community, in our local area. We have also learnt about the many different aspects that make up our local community, including our emergency services.

Emergency Learning!

Recently, the students have enjoyed a visit from an ambulance officer (and ambulance) as well as an excursion to the Oakden Fire Station. We are looking forward to meeting a Police Officer in the coming weeks, as well as a visit from a representative from urban developers, Villawood. This will help us understand a bit more about how our community will be changing in the very near future.

As we learn more about the diverse characteristics, similarities, and differences in our community, we can also appreciate more the connections between people and their community. This helps us to understand why people participate in and contribute to their communities, and consider how we can contribute to the community in positives ways ourselves.


Mr Phil Klassen, Year 3 Teacher

Around the Primary School

Students in Year 2 have been excited to learn about Minibeasts, and the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly.

They have watched the caterpillars enjoy eating the leafy food, living in their special enclosure in the Year 2 Classrooms. The children eagerly observed all the changes that the caterpillars went through and cheered excitedly when the butterflies were released for their first flight!

The Year 2s also enjoyed looking back in time to discover how toys and household technologies have changed and improved. The students were particularly excited to explore Miss Dix’s range of Mr Potato Head toys, observing the changes in materials and manufacturing that has taken place over 70 years.

Primary School Chapel

The Primary School also had the opportunity to hear from Compassion Australia at a recent Chapel. Students had the opportunity to ask questions of a former Compassion sponsor child, who is now an adult, to find out how sponsorship impacted and changed her life.

Chapel times have also allowed students to learn more about the life of Jesus and his mission. Chapel favourites, Little PK, Little TW, along with Pastor Jeremy, reminded the Primary School that Jesus came to rescue those who were trapped – The poor, the blind, the captives, the oppressed. Jesus came to set us free, to rescue us, and he calls us to join him in his rescue mission to the world.


High School News

Preparing to Thrive

A time management workshop was recently held for our Year 7s to help them understand how they utilise their time and recognise areas where they can make improvements.

The Year 9 Health and Wellbeing students also take part in this process as peer coaches. Strategies for managing time, specifically tools to manage learning, rest (including sleep), hobbies, and family time, are shared between students. We then partner with Year 7 families to help their children develop the ability to manage their time and balance their lives, knowing that these abilities require hard work and frequent adjustment in order to flourish.

Preparing Year 6s for Middle School

Next week, we will hold our Twilight Tours for our Year 6 families. This initiative is a practical opportunity for our families in Upper Primary to begin the process of transition into Middle School. Although it’s still a while away, it’s good to remember that it takes time and effort to get used to a new environment, and giving our Year 6s a taste of what’s ahead helps to make the transition smoother, and gives them space to ask questions and voice any concerns they might have.

These initiatives provide our students with resources to handle the changes ahead, to help them enjoy and thrive in their new learning environment.

Sports News

Sports News

Sports Days and Interschool Carnivals are beginning to heat up, with both taking place earlier this week.

Bradman Breaks the Drought

After many years without a win, Bradman House has celebrated a long-awaited High School Sports Day victory!

Near-perfect conditions meant that expectations were running high, as the teams assembled on the Vickers Vimy Oval. A full schedule of events, plus extra points awarded for the pre-events, volunteering numbers, and badge sales, all contribute to the team totals, but each team needed to perform well in order to build on their initial standings.

Competition proved fierce but friendly throughout the day, and a strong finish in the relay saw Bradman take the crown for 2023.

Well done Bradman – a full report and photos will be available in our next newsletter!

SACSA Swimming Champions

Cedar College sent a squad of around 30 students to compete in the annual SACSA Swimming Carnival, held at the North Adelaide Aquatic Centre.

Competing against 17 other SACSA member schools from around South Australia, our team performed consistently well throughout the day. After strong finishes in the final events, Cedar’s Swim Team was announced as the victors, winning by over 100 points, which was an incredible achievement.

Special thanks goes to all of the students who gave their all, as well as coaches Miss Kerry Spriggs and Mrs Emma Shaw, who looked after the team on the day. Congratulations goes to Harry Marshall, who was MVP with a clean sweep of first places in his individual events including 100m freestyle, a SACSA record for U12s, and he also swam in the U14 relay to help them take out first – a fantastic effort!

We look forward to seeing the team compete again in the upcoming SAPSASA Swimming Carnival, held in Week 9.

Contact Cedar College

School Office: 08 8261 3377

School Address: 215-233 Fosters Rd Northgate, South Australia 5085.


If you'd like further details about enrolling your child at Cedar College please contact the Enrolment Office via our Enrolment page.

About Cedar College

Cedar College is a Reception to Year 12 co-educational independent Christian School, in the growing suburb of Northgate, South Australia.