Term 1, Week 8
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
School Update - COVID-19
Dear Parents and Caregivers, please carefully read through the information below, relating to the latest COVID-19 directives.
Our Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday morning that there is now a ban on indoor meetings of more than 100 people and outdoor gatherings of more than 500.
Arrangements that reflect this directive were already in place at Cedar from the beginning of the week, so there is no further change required at this stage.
Blanket “do not travel” advice for all Australians has been announced, and all people entering the country are required to isolate for 14 days. It is particularly important that any child who has been in contact with individuals returning from overseas, or is feeling unwell in any way, not to return to school. Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said on Wednesday, “Don’t leave it to the teacher to work that out when they arrive, or the school administrator or whoever is on drop-off, make sure, if your child is unwell, that you are taking action to keep your child out of school”.
As you know, camps and excursions this term have been cancelled, which, of course, has resulted in great disappointment to our students. We will endeavour to arrange alternative activities, where appropriate, for students to enjoy later in the year. Our focus is on the best way forward, with your child’s health and education being our priority.
The recommendations by the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organisation are the basis for the decisions we make. These recommendations are changing daily. Further updates can be accessed here: or or
Students viewing the news each day, and hearing parents talking about COVID-19 can, of course, cause a high level of anxiety. Children of all ages need to know they are safe. Try to keep life and routines as normal as possible. Think about doing some fun things as a family, such as a games night. Keeping children occupied can help take their minds off the news. Reassure them that they are safe in your home and give them time to ask questions.
At present, Cedar College will continue to remain open unless the Government directs us otherwise. We believe that Cedar is a safe place with a supportive, kind and loving staff. Our staff includes everyone, from admin, groundskeepers, nurses and SSOs, through to teachers. We all have a role to play.
For many students, Cedar is their second home, and we love that.
Mr Peter Thomson, Principal
FROM THE CEDAR COLLEGE PASTOR
When Life Flips
With so much changing around us, our Cedar College Pastor takes a look at some practical advice for families, and reminds us where our hope and trust should be.
I predict that board games and card games may become a significant part of family life in the weeks ahead.
My kids and I discovered Uno Flip a while back. Like normal Uno, you’re trying to get rid of your cards. Someone plays a flip card and everyone must flip their hands to play with what’s on the back of the cards. The rules change. Your cards change value. You lose your winning position (or vice versa). Whenever it happens we laugh and embrace the new situation. It’s fun.
The rules are changing
But real life Uno Flip isn’t so fun. Right now the rules are changing every day, our situations are changing, and we’re scrambling to know what to do to get by (let alone “win”). How can we care for our families when the rules keep changing?
Jesus talked about the ‘right now’ when he said: “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:34. Simply put, we can’t accurately worry about tomorrow until it comes. Today is all we have to deal with right now. And Jesus promises to help us through it. He’s not saying we don’t need to plan and act thoughtfully in the moment. He’s saying we don’t need to worry if we’re trusting him.
He’s got tomorrow in hand. If we trust him, he’s got us in hand right now.
So how does that shape today?
Think about where your worries are aimed. Are you worried you won’t have what you need for the next month? That’s bringing tomorrow’s worries into today. God has placed you in a country of abundant supply and in a school community willing to help out where we can. Ask us how we might help you today.
Think about the conversations the adults in your household are having. These conversations might be helping you process everything. But how are they impacting the children listening in? Are they causing your children to worry more about the unknown nature of tomorrow? Flip the conversation around them, so that you are focusing on the good moments of today.
Think about what you are reaching for first thing each day. Are you eating up the news cycle before breakfast, before saying good morning to your family, before thanking God for the new day? Jesus is giving us a gentle nudge here: seek his kingdom first.
Right before he said those words above, Jesus says to look at the birds and the flowers. Notice how God takes care of them and makes them beautiful. He’s got them. He’s got us. He’s inviting us on a walk outside to get some perspective. Take that walk. Take your children with you. See the beauty in the moment. Listen to how the birds sing on despite whatever the newsfeed is saying.
Pastor Jeremy Wright, Cedar College Pastor
Week 8 News and Notices
Public Holidays – Term 1
Friday April 10 – Good Friday Public Holiday
Change to Primary School Parent-Teacher Interviews
Please note the following important changes to Parent Teacher interviews: Due to the current climate, we have decided not to hold our face-to-face Parent-Teacher Interviews that were scheduled for March 23 and 24. Instead, teachers will be providing optional phone interviews instead, as required. If you feel that this phone interview is not essential, please login to the PTI Portal with your username and password, and cancel your appointment time. You may also phone the Primary School Office directly on 8261 3377 to cancel your appointment.
If you still require a phone interview, please leave your booking in place. Interview phone calls will be limited to 10 minutes, beginning at the time you have booked. A letter will be emailed on Friday with further details.
School Banking Suspended
Notice from CommBank School Banking: The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school after this week and we will notify you when banking will recommence.
Reduced Canteen Menu [UPDATED March 20]
The Canteen will continue to operate a reduced Menu during Week 9 due to health and safety directives surrounding the preparation of fresh foods. The Qkr! menu has been modified to reflect these changes.
Cleaning Electronic Devices
Ensuring that student devices are cleaned regularly is an important health practice. To do this, firstly unplug and turn off the device, then spray a small amount of screen cleaner onto a clean cloth (never spray a device directly) and carefully wipe the screen and keyboard. Use a separate dry cloth to wipe over the screen and keyboard, removing any residue.
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.
NAPLAN [UPDATED March 20]
NAPLAN testing was scheduled for Week 3 and 4 of Term 2, however as of Friday March 20, the Education Ministers have decided to cancel all NAPLAN testing for 2020.
Testing of the online platform was to take place next week, however the cancellation means that this is no longer required.
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 or Oral Health at the University of Adelaide. If you are choosing to study at another university, click here for alternative universities and their corresponding courses.
Golden Day for Laver
The Cedar College Upper Primary had a fun and competitive Sports Day last Friday. It was great to see so much support from parents and caregivers on the Primary School Oval.
Each House began the day with points earned from the 200m, 400m, and 800m races that the top eight boys and girls of each year level competed in earlier in the week. The beginning point tally also took into account the recent PE cross country run. The leading House at the beginning of Sports Day was Laver, followed by Gould, Bradman and Jackson respectively.
An Exciting Start
The morning began with the Year 3-6 relay races. Each race was fun and competitive. It was a great way to start the Sports Day and the races got everyone, spectators and participants alike, excited for the rest of the day’s events. Throughout the morning, each year level participated in 100m races, the gauntlet, aqua hurdles, high jump, long jump, egg & spoon races, and sack races for House points. Each year level did a wonderful job working together displaying positive attitudes while trying their best in each event.
After the lunch break, students participated in House tug-of-war competitions. It was great to see all the teamwork and support shown by each House. The final event of the day were the rip-roaring 100m finals! There were a few photo finishes and each race was recorded, to aid with awarding the top four winners of each 100m Finals races. The last event of the day was the fun parents vs. staff vs. students relay race, with the student teams enjoying their win! It was a great way to end the day. Once all of the points were tallied up, Mr Thomson announced that Laver were this year’s winners, breaking Gould’s two year winning streak, followed closely by Bradman, Gould and Jackson.
We have a great community at Cedar College and it was encouraging to see students cheer for students from every team, displaying love for one another and providing a memorable day for students, staff, and parents/caregivers alike.
The Upper Primary Sports Day was also able to raise $183 for Compassion, through the sale of badges, and $504.75 for ongoing playground upgrades, thanks to the many generous families who supported the Bake Stall.
Mr Andrew Bloomfield, Primary School PE Teacher
Gould Goes Back-to-Back
We were blessed with a beautiful British summer’s morning, as the High School community gathered together on the Vickers Vimy Oval to kick off our annual Sports Day!
This year we had a modified program of events, which meant long jump, triple jump and the 1500m race were held the Wednesday before. This allowed those students and staff who are usually based on the Primary School Oval to join the events on the Vickers Vimy Oval.
Another new addition to the day occurred behind the scenes, with a new sports application gathering data and providing results in real time. We are excited to announce that this will be available for families to log into and follow in real time next year, similar to our interschool athletics championships. Also helping to reshape the day were the CityReach sausage sizzle, the Thailand Team refreshments station, coloured House tents, and a new novelty event was developed.
In the High School, there are different components that contribute towards the final results, which include; 800m walk, sports quiz, volunteers and attendance. This allows us to give an insight into how well the houses are doing, before being combined with the event results.
We also recognise our age group winners throughout the competition awarding them with individual medals and 21 records broken.
U13 Girls: Lily S (42), U13 Boys: Daniel L (39), U14 Girls: Caitlin W (38), U14 Boys: Jonathan A (50), U15 Girls: Sienna W (40), U15 Boys: Angus T (48) and Seb H (48), U16 Girls: Manuela W (36.5), U16 Boys: Nathaniel VU (48), Open Girls: Isabel S (42.5), Open Boys: Antonio T (34.33)
After making a special appearance in a photo finish staff vs student relay, Head of High School Andrew lock, along with our Sports Captains, helped close off the day before final placings were announced. I am extremely proud of everyone who played their part, another great year with many memories made along the way.
Final placings: Gould 1424, Laver 1313, Jackson 1181, Bradman 1168
Mr Josh Fernihough, High School Sports Co-ordinator
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