Term 1 Week 8 - 2021


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Term 1, Week 8



Learning through Community

So much of school life takes place outside of the traditional classroom. This doesn’t mean that learning isn’t happening at those times, in fact it can mean that students are increasing engagement, and learning even more.

The last two weeks have seen plenty of activity with sports days, interschool competitions, and school tours all taking place. Head of Primary School, Mr Nigel Austin, looks at an amazing array of recent events, on this fortnight’s front page.

Schools are communities, and are also part of larger communities, which is something that we embrace at Cedar. We love having our school families attend events and build connections, we love welcoming new families, and we also are grateful that we can be involved in the wider community through sports, excursions and service opportunities.

Around the Campus

This issue of CedarNews features news and photos from both the High School Sports Day and the Upper Primary Sports Day which saw Laver finish top in both events! We also take a look at some recent Sports News, as well as an interesting Senior School excursion, and some fun learning in the Junior Primary.

Following on from our previous issue of CedarNews, Cedar’s STEM courses, along with our High School Digital Technologies teacher, Mrs Trudi-Wyn, were recently featured in Teacher Magazine – you can read the article here.

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)

Primary School

Jam-Packed Learning

Primary School students abuzz with activities

Laver takes the double

Laver takes the double

It was gloriously yellow at Upper Primary Sports Day

Laver's Day

Laver's Day

Laver runs away with High School Sports Day

Displaying Love

Displaying Love

Year 11s take an Urban Walk with a difference

The Front Page

Jam-Packed Learning Experiences

What a fantastic couple of weeks we have just had, with so many opportunities to grow and learn.

Head of Upper Primary

Week 5 saw the Year 3s head off for a tour of the Adelaide Oval, followed by a Popeye boat ride on the Torrens, which gave the students time to observe some of the changes around Adelaide, and what has stayed the same.

The following week, the Receptions went for a walk around the Northgate Reserve as they focused on “noticing”. This activity linked to their Maths curriculum and also enabled them to respond to the book they had been reading in class.

In Week 6, we had the SACSA Swimming Championships, followed by the Year 5s heading off to Narnu Farm on Hindmarsh Island for their camp. I popped into camp on the Thursday, and it was a lot of fun. There was horse riding for all the students to experience, as well as a horse drawn plough, making butter (and using it for muffins), watching and learning about a blacksmith’s work, plus some board game sessions, a reptile visit, and seeing some cuddly guinea pigs, and not so cuddly emus! A big game of Ten Square was a feature during free time and although Mr Wilson, Mr White and I had previous experience, the Year 5s made sure that we didn’t stay in the game for too long.

Music, Swimming and Athletics

During Week 7, the Upper Primary students were able to participate in a music workshop called Junk Percussion, where the students are able to play some unique musical instruments. That week also featured the North Eastern District Swimming Carnival, which saw a huge win for our Cedar team, followed by the Upper Primary Sports Day, which was a great day, as always. Being stationed at the high jump, I was able to observe so many students jump successfully and literally raise the bar! It was a delight to watch.

The Primary School Prefects, along with Mrs Birch, attended the GRIP Leadership conference last week. This was a great day with several speakers keeping the students entertained and engaged, and our Prefects have all come back to Cedar with lots of new ideas.

Tours Return

Also last week, many of the Year 6 students and their parents were able to attend our Twilight Tours. After a sausage sizzle, families toured the High School, getting a glimpse of all that it has to offer in the years ahead. Many parents and students were excited to visit some of the High School facilities which they had not previously seen, including the brand new Canopy and classroom areas.

We were also able to hold High School and Primary School tours for prospective families this week, something which we haven’t been able to do for some time, due to COVID-19. We had to arrange things a bit differently, but the visiting parents thoroughly enjoyed the facilities and community that we enjoy here at Cedar.

It has been such a blessing, and a lot of fun, to be a part of some of the extra curricular events of the last few weeks.

Mr Nigel Austin, Head of Primary School

Week 8 News and Notices

Public Holidays, Term 1

Friday April 2 – Good Friday Public Holiday
Monday April 5 – Easter Monday Public Holiday

Uniform Shop

Volunteers wanted

The Uniform Shop is looking for volunteers who may be able to help at various times. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Front Office. All volunteers are required to have suitable checks and approvals in order to volunteer at a school.

Winter Uniform Reminder

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 first select a delivery method to ensure that your order is placed correctly, and you will be notified when the order has been fulfilled.

Fosters Road Parking

Bicycle LaneThe unfortunate issuing of expensive parking fines by the Council during last week’s Upper Primary Sports Day, has highlighted the parking restrictions that are present along Fosters Road. 

The school side of Fosters Road has a designated bicycle lane at all times, meaning that vehicles are unable to park on that side of Fosters Road at any time. The SA Government’s Driving and Transport webpage has further information regarding bicycle lanes and vehicles.

Please also be aware that the driveways of local residents have been used for dropping off students and this has caused some concern for residents, whose driveways have been obstructed.

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 our many visitors who arrive during the school day.

POSHC Vacation Program

The POSHC April 2021 Vacation Care program and booking sheet are now available for download from our website. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Please see the form for further details.

Sundays at CityReach

Special Event this Sunday March 21 – Dan Warlow             

Cedar families are warmly invited to come and hear kids’ entertainer, Dan Warlow at CityReach 9am and 11am services, as well as the CityReach Kids’ Program at 9:30am and 11:30am.

For more information, please contact the CityReach office on 8369 1000.

Easter Services

Good Friday (April 2) and Resurrection Sunday (April 5)

Cedar families and friends are warmly invited to join us on Good Friday, with three service times – 8:30am, 10:00am and 11:30am. Coffee and hot cross buns will be served between the services in the Terrace. Resurrection Sunday services will be held at both 9am and 11am in the Main Auditorium. We would love 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

Double Win for Laver

The Cedar College Upper Primary Sports Day was held on March 12, 2021. The Lord provided a beautiful sunny day, and the students were excited for the competition to begin!

The morning started with the war cries and student relays, setting an electrifying atmosphere that continued throughout the day. The traditional events of high jump, long jump and sprints were popular places for spectators to gather, as the student cheered one another on. This year we introduced the “photo finish” to the sprints, and the age group 100m finals at the end of the day, which were a big success and well received.

Events for Everyone

The novelty events were as popular as ever, with the new slam dunk mat near the high jump giving students the opportunity to bounce to new heights! The sack race, egg and spoon, and water relays were also a fun way to compete and cool down, as the day went by.

Laver takes the Lead

Laver went in with a commanding lead after pre-event results and they stayed on top all day to finish in first place. The final results were:

Laver 1st with 624 points, Bradman 2nd with 560, Jackson 3rd with 528, and Gould 4th with 500

Well done to all the students who participated. Thank you for doing your best, supporting one another and showing resilience when the end result was not as you hoped.

A huge thanks goes to all of the staff that played their part to ensure the day ran smoothly, and to our maintenance team, who line-marked, set up, and packed up at the end of the day. It was wonderful to have so many parents and friends attend, showing their colours and cheering for the students. We look forward to another fantastic Sports Day in 2022!

Mrs Bek Robinson, Primary School PE and Interschool Sports Co-ordinator

Junior Primary News

Mesmerising Metamorphosis

The Year 2 students have been observing some Monarch caterpillars, as part of their “Minibeast” Literacy theme.

Known for their distinctive orange-brown wings with black veins and a black and white spotted band along the edges, the Monarch butterfly begins life as a black, white and yellow striped caterpillar. The students have enjoyed observing the caterpillars crawling around their home amongst their exclusive food source – milkweed. The caterpillars enjoyed eating their favourite leaves, and then, after several weeks, became chrysalises.

Emerging Excitement

It was with much excitement this week, that the students realised that the chrysalises were gone and some beautiful butterflies had emerged. The children have been very impressed with the changes they observed, and described the process in their own words:

Two weeks ago we had caterpillars. One day the Monarch caterpillars stopped eating and that was unusual because they were always eating. Then they hung upside down like a ‘J’ and formed a chrysalis. – Sarah

We were so surprised! Then, fourteen days later… we had two butterflies! We hope that the third butterfly emerges from its chrysalis soon. The butterflies stayed on top of the container until their wings dried and then they could fly. – Harry

The next day we let the butterflies go to fly away. We had photos with the two butterflies. Then we all went on a bench and we were spotting them on a big tree. It was so much fun! – Chloe

Mrs Kerry Schlotfeldt, Year 2 Teacher

Sports News

Sports Reports

Cedar students have competed well in swimming, volleyball and indoor cricket interschool events, over the last two weeks.

Swimming Carnival

On the 9th of March, students from Years 4—7 competed in the North Eastern District Swimming Carnival. Coming off a big win at the SACSA Championships, enthusiasm was high and the students gave an epic swimming performance, taking the title of Adelaide North East Champion School!

Cedar College finished first with 95 points, St. Martin’s came 2nd with 37 points, St. Pius was 3rd with 34 points, and Endeavour College 4th on 33 points.

Thank you to all the parents who came to support and assist with race timing for the day. Well done students, on excellent swimming and attitudes. We hope to continue our success next year!

Mrs Bek Robinson, Primary Interschool Sports Co-ordinator


This year, SACSA Sports introduced Volleyball to the Term 1 calendar.

Cedar College entered two teams into each age group category, which included students from Years 7 to 12.  We were thankful to Mr Dabrow, Mr Giles and Mr Maddern, who were able to assist coaching the many teams. Overall, we were thrilled with the teams’ performances, as they demonstrated resilience, determination and did extremely well at representing Cedar College while competing against 16 other teams.

We aim to ensure that our students learn from, and make the most of, these Carnivals and the opportunities they have when selected, and it was particularly exciting to see our Year 9/10 boys’ team win their division. It has been a busy term for sports so far with two interschool athletics championships still to come in Weeks 9 and 11.

Our results and most valuable players were:

Year 7/8 girls (8th) – Alexia L; Year 7/8 boys (13th) – Cortez L; Year 9/10 boys (1st) – Angus T; Year 9/10 girls (3rd) – Robyn N; Year 11/12 boys (5th) – Aaron S; Year 11/12 girls (5th) – Shae B

Mr Josh Fernihough, High School Interschool Sports Co-ordinator

Indoor Cricket

Our senior indoor cricket team competed in the North-East Vista Zone Indoor Cricket Carnival this week, finishing with a respectable third place.

Cedar student, Dhrumil, was the highest run scorer from all teams on the day, putting on an excellent display with the bat.

High School News

Laver's Day

Sports Day is one of the most anticipated events in the High School, and the 2021 event was as popular as ever.

Sports Day is a huge all-day event that depends on the support of many in our school community, to ensure a great day of events and friendly competition. This year was no exception, with special thanks to our Cedar maintenance team who diligently set the scene for the 2021 champions campaign.

With the High School pre-events commencing on Wednesday of Week 6, the House teams started to amass points but scores remained fairly even before the big day. This year, we would like to make special mention of Mrs Wynn, who helped roll out the ReadyGo Sports Day Manager app, enabling live data recording and score updates via smart devices.

Special Guests

It’s important that we stay focused on the purpose of Sports Day, which is to promote sport, develop athletic ability, and create a variety of other opportunities in serving, relationships, and volunteering, while creating lasting memories among our community. A special guest appearance from mulit-awarding winning fitness sensation Kwame Duah, as well as Cedar alumni sprint champion, Jayden Chambers, helped to drive spirits and encourage House teams in their final events.

Exciting Finish

As always, the relays were the highlight of the day, full of slick baton changes, on-field tension, and nail-biting finishes. I would like to thank all staff for their ongoing commitment to Sports Day, who, alongside our fantastic leadership team, really get behind every event we host.

Congratulations to our age group winners:

U13 boys – Max K, U13 girls – Maya S, U14 boys – Daniel L, U14 girls – Lily S, U15 boys – Jonathan A, U15 girls – Caitlin W, U16 boys – Angus T, U16 girls – Elaine G, Open boys – Nathaniel V, Open girls – Shae B

The final results of the day were: 

1st Laver on 1380 points, 2nd Gould on 1360 points, 3rd Bradman on 1178 points, 4th Jackson on 1142 points

Mr Josh Fernihough, High School Interschool Sports Co-ordinator

Senior School News

Street-Level Learning

On Friday of Week 7, the Year 11 Health class, along with Miss Adamson, had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Urban Walk schools program run by Baptist Care SA.

As part of this program, our students were able to be involved in serving lunch to people who are currently experiencing homelessness. Year 11 students were also educated about homelessness through quizzes, personal stories, video clips, and an Urban Walk through the West Terrace parklands. During this time, they learnt more information about people experiencing homelessness today, and the issues that they face.

Displaying Love

The Health class also had the opportunity to donate a range of goods to the centre, including toiletries, canned foods (with ring pulls), noodles, spaghetti, boxes of cereal and packets of biscuits. It was an informative excursion, with all students fully engaged.

We were reminded of Jesus’ words regarding the importance of helping and blessing others through our service and giving: “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” – Matthew 25:40

Mrs Melissa Rogers, Year 11 Health Teacher