Term 1, Week 8
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Connecting with Parents & Caregivers
This week it’s the Upper Primary’s turn to enjoy the fun and colour of Sports Day. The day provides so many wonderful memories, and the opportunity for parents, caregivers, friends and relatives to connect with and encourage students as they develop themselves through team events and individual achievement.
Next week we are holding our Primary School Parent-Teacher Interviews. This is another opportunity to connect with your child’s teacher, as well as to find out more about the things your child is currently undertaking at school. Use these times as an opportunity to learn about, encourage and show interest in your child’s activities. As teachers, we value the opportunity we have to work with parents and caregivers, to help bring out the best in each child.
Mr Peter Thomson, Principal
Thriving Through Transitions
During the recent Year 6 Twilight Tours, key staff from the Middle School delighted in introducing the Year 6 students and their families from our current College community, to the life and facilities of the Middle School.
There are many specialist classrooms and teachers to become familiar with. We work very hard in the Middle School to support students in connecting meaningfully with staff, form healthy and varied relationships with peers, and smooth out some of the extreme ups and downs of adolescence.
The new Vertical Communities, that all High School students participate in each day, have already supported the Year 7s as they settle in and develop their new routines. Kate, in Year 9, shared the helpful insights and encouragement she has received from her Community Group. She related how important it has been for her to develop her organisational skills to meet the demands of Middle School, and the systems of revision and learning that help her manage her learning and schedule of tasks.
2015 graduate, and College Dux, Aly Montgomery (nee Early), shared about her relentless determination for academic and sporting excellence during her Middle School Years. Aly, who admitted that “anything less than an A+ felt like a fail”, talked about learning to rebalance her drive for achievement. Through a couple difficult years, it was the support of Aly’s parents, and the generous and flexible support of her teachers, that made the difference throughout her years at Cedar College.
The Middle Years
Parenting during the Middle Years can feel like a flash back to parenting your child as a toddler. In fact some of the biological changes and emotional vulnerabilities of puberty mirror those experienced during this earlier stage of life. This perspective can be helpful when your teenager literally “doesn’t know what they were thinking” or is overwhelmed by change or is completely exhausted.
Don’t be surprised if your teen needs help to remember to eat appropriately or keep themselves organised one week, while the next week they have everything sorted and have unending advice about how you can sort your life out! Much like the preschool years, your teenager will probably continue to need your boundaries to get the sleep and rest they need.
An Unexpected Journey
Adolescents experience considerable internal and external changes during Middle School. Some are eagerly anticipated, like becoming taller and stronger, while others seem to sneak up on us all and get in the way! Through all the planned and unexpected twists and turns of adolescence, we look forward to walking alongside our Middle School students and working with their parents each step of the journey.
Mr David Webb, Middle School Co-ordinator
The JAB Community Group spent their Community Time on Friday of Week 7, sharing an Asian-Fusion feast! The student coordinators, Kavya and Angelo, did a fantastic job of organising this event and facilitated the smooth running of set up, prep and pack down.
The parents of Angelo, Jim and Laura, kindly cooked for the students in the Café and we are very grateful for their time and culinary giftings!
Extreme Farming Fun!
Narnu Farm was a fantastic experience for the Year 5s. It was a mix of extreme fun, exciting challenges, and learning about animals.
The Narnu Farm camp, on Hindmarsh Island, provides a unique opportunity for children to enjoy some good old fashioned fun in a rural setting, without the need for modern technology. Children get outside in the fresh air interacting with animals, building and playing in cubby houses, engaging their imaginations and connecting to the natural world.
Fun + Learning Together
Throughout the camp, many friendships were made and strengthened. Some of the activities included horse riding (a favourite!), Nerf wars, tower building, farm history trail, butter making, animal holding and feeding. We had a great quiz night, and a movie night. We also had meaningful and fun devotion times each evening, which were very special. We asked some of the Year 5 students what they enjoyed most about camp:
What We Enjoyed
“It was really fun to ride the horses, I had a horse called Philly who was the most reliable.” – Jaden
“The best thing was learning about life on a farm (although I still don’t get why we had to get up so early).” – Chris
“Playing basketball in free-time with the teacher was fun!” – Adan
“My favourite activity was the horse riding. I was so excited because I got a white horse!” – Joash
“My favourite part was the horse riding. My horse’s name was Connor. I also really liked the plough-horse named Sally.” – Maya
“The best thing about camp was horse riding. We learnt everything about how to ride a horse and my horse’s name was Philly! Camp was the best!” – Yaana
True Blue Sports Day
On Friday March 8 2019, Cedar College held their Secondary School Sports Day, in magnificent weather conditions.
The day got underway with the 800m and the Tug of War running concurrently. House support was at an all time high with both events being supported loudly. Jackson took an early lead on the scoreboard, but unfortunately that was the last moment they would enjoy at the top of the table for the rest of the day.
The day ran very smoothly, with participation levels in each event being very high. Due to the optimum weather conditions, and the high calibre of athletes competing, Cedar College saw numerous event records set on the day. There were 12 new records set by the boys, and 8 new records set by the girls, which is an amazing achievement.
The Thailand team and student volunteers, led by Pastor Jeremy Wright, cooked up a storm on the barbecue, and sold numerous cans of refreshing soft drinks and Zooper Doopers, which helped raise valuable funds for the Thailand Service Trip – over $1000!
The day concluded with the running of the age group House relays, followed by the highly competitive Staff vs. Students vs Old Scholar’s relay. The staff looked to have the goods early in the race, but the students caught them at the 250m mark. The student relay team then powered to victory on the back of Jayden’s final 100m sprint.
Overall the day was a wonderful representation of sportsmanship, competition and community spirit. This was epitomised in the Boys 800m race when three of the House representatives crossed the finish line joined together! It was also in this race that Lachlan Falco set a new College record in the under 16’s age group, whilst holding the hands of the other runners!
The Gould House were the ultimate winners of the day, followed closely behind by Bradman House. A big thank you needs to be extended to Mr Josh Fernihough and all the staff and students who helped to make the day such a success and one to remember.
Mr Matthew Howarth
High School PE Co-ordinator
GOULD 1st – 1365, BRADMAN 2nd – 1278, LAVER 3rd – 1256, JACKSON 4th – 1004
Age Group Winners
U13 Girls – Molly S (36), U13 Boys – Eric W (42), U14 Girls – Tani C (37), U14 Boys – Sebastian H (40), U15 Girls – Madison S (40), U15 Boys – Nathaniel VU (41), U16 Girls – Nichole S (28), U16 Boys – Armaan B (39), Open Girls (joint winners) Isabel S, Taylor H, Jemima A (30), Open Boys – Jayden C (48)
Bullying. No Way! Day
On Friday, 5,726 Schools across Australia, with over 2.4 million students, participated in the ninth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
On the 15th of March, we held our annual Bullying. No Way! day. This day provides an opportunity to affirm that bullying is never ok, and focuses on the changes we can all make to help create safer communities for everyone. Student Leaders invited students to come along to hang out on the High School lawns and listen to music, performed by some of the Year 12 music students, and to take part in various activities
A Hand in Preventing Bullying
Activities included links of hope, where students wrote their name on an orange strip of paper, which was then linked with other strips into a chain, in order to show unity together in standing up against bullying. They were also invited to put their hand print on a piece of paper to symbolise their stand against bullying, by presenting the universal sign of “stop”. Students also had the opportunity to write a note on a lollipop and give it to their friends, as a kind, thoughtful way of letting them know what they appreciate about them.
United in Orange
Overall, the day was a success, as many students got involved with the activities and wore a pop of orange to show their support, all of which displayed our unity, as a school, to stand against bullying.
Kiara and Estee, Cultural Arts Captains