Term 2 Week 4 - 2019


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Term 2, Week 4



Many opportunities to Learn

Our televisions, mailboxes, email, social media and stobie poles have been inundated with messages about the Federal Election, but this process is also a valuable learning opportunity.

Learning for real life

As our Board Chair, Mr Lou George, mentioned in our last newsletter, it is a privilege to live in a country that enjoys the freedom of voting in a democratic election. This democratic process forms part of the Australian Curriculum, and the Year 6s have used the opportunity to study this process, and hold their own election – read all the details here.

Tips for parents 

Parenting today seems tougher than ever, and we all need help from time to time. In this issue, Nurse Tegan (one of our school nurses and parent to five children) shares some practical tips for parenting to help build character and resilience in children, and prepare them for real life.

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal


Year 10 Drama Excursion
TODAY - Wednesday, Nov 13 (all day)
Year 4/5 Boys Basketball Carnival
TODAY - Wednesday, Nov 13 (all day)
Year 6/7 Girls Basketball
Details: Thursday, Nov 14 (all day)
Year 4/5 Girls Basketball Carnival
Details: Thursday, Nov 14 (all day)
NEVZ Badminton Carnival
Details: Thursday, Nov 14 (all day)
Year 1 & 2 Incursion
Details: Friday, Nov 15 (all day)
Year 6/7 Boys Basketball
Details: Friday, Nov 15 (all day)
NEVZ Badminton Carnival
Details: Friday, Nov 15 (all day)
Primary School Chapel
Details: Friday, Nov 15 From: 8:50 am - 9:25 am
Week 6 >>
Year 8 Immunisations
Details: Monday, Nov 18 (all day)
Reception Transition Visit 3
Details: Wednesday, Nov 20 From: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Year 12 Formal
Details: Wednesday, Nov 20 From: 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
HS Sports BBQ
Details: Thursday, Nov 21 From: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Year 12 Graduation
Details: Thursday, Nov 21 From: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A fun learning time at Primary School Chapel

The Road Ahead

Our Cedar Nurse looks at how to build character and resilience

Election provides curriculum learning opportunities

Year 6s Head to Polls

Students in Year 6 examine the democratic process

Primary School Athletes compete to retain SAPSASA crown

Interschool Athletics

Year 3-7 athletes compete in Interschool competitions

Christian schools join together for the Gospel

Not Ashamed

Students from Christian Schools unite to be equipped

The Front Page

Cedar Health Centre


Preparing For The Road Ahead

“Prepare your children for the road ahead. Don’t prepare the road.” – For some reason, even after many years, these words have remained burned into my brain.

An older mentor of mine told me these words almost 15 years ago, and, as a young mother at the time, I was seeking all the help and insight I could get for raising my children.

What she said that morning has stayed with me, and I believe it is more relevant now than ever before. You see, in my role as a school nurse I have the privilege of caring for the families and children within the Cedar community, which often means dealing with sickness and pain. Because we love our children and desire what’s good for them, we, as parents, often adopt a purely “protection mentality”. We want to change their environment to make everything “safe” for our children.

We all want to protect

Now as I said, this desire to protect our children comes from what I believe is a good place, and our children do need us to protect them. This is especially important in a world where they can be exposed to things, often through technology, that can have a devastating impact on their lives. However, the problem with a protection mentality” is the reality that we are never going to be able to protect our children from all of the suffering and difficulties that they will experience in life. We can, and should, strive to provide a safe and healthy environment for them in our homes, and in our school, but we simply can’t control all of the circumstances and people that they are going to encounter. For example, at some stage in our children’s lives, people will be unkind to them, and there will be times when they feel left out and alone. Everyone at some point has had this experience. But the question at that moment is, will they have the emotional resilience to pick themselves up and keep going?

How can we prepare?

Because of this, I believe that a better approach for us to take is a preparation mentality”. We need to see that our role as parents is not to shield our children from everything negative that they are going to experience in life. Instead, we can see ourselves as mentors who help our children interpret the difficulties they encounter, in order to help them develop the resilience to keep on going.

The road ahead

Our children will eventually become adults and will face various hardships in life; from broken relationships to sickness and suffering. They will experience all of these things and more at some point, no matter how hard we try to protect them. As parents we need to continually ask ourselves, what is my parenting goal – a protection mentality, or a preparation mentality? The reality is, we will not always be able to prepare the road for them, but we can prepare them for the road.

Nurse Tegan Bengtson, Cedar College Health Centre

Coming Events

The Importance of Being Earnest

Cedar College presents a Senior School production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”.


Tickets are now available for the Senior School performance of “The Importance of Being Earnest”, held in the Creative Arts Centre.


May 29, 30 & 31

Performance begins at 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

Tickets $10 Adults,  $6 Students

Book online using the button below, or through the High School Office.


Week 4 News and Notices

Term 2 Student Free Days / Public Holidays

Please note the following Student Free Days and Public Holidays in Term 2.

  • Monday June 10 – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
  • Friday June 14 – Student Free Day

School Tours Parking Week 5

Please be aware that School Tours will be held in Week 5, for prospective parents. This will impact the morning drop-off/parking on Tuesday May 28 and Wednesday May 29.

The Sports Centre carpark will be available for drop-off until 8:45am, but will then be closed off and used for School Tour parking. Parking for afternoon pick-up will not be affected.

School Photos, 2019

School Photo Day, this year, will be in Term 3, Week 2. High School student photos will take place on Wednesday July 31, and Primary School photos on Friday August 2. Family photos will take place on either the Wednesday or Friday, depending on year levels, and Sport Team photos will be taken on the Wednesday (Primary School Sports Teams) and Friday (High School Sports Teams). Order forms for school photos will be sent home later this term, outlining the range of packs and options available.

Entertainment Books

The 2019/20 Entertainment books are available to purchase online and via the Front Office.

Entertainment BooksEntertainment books were sent home to families in the Primary School in Week 2. If you do not wish to purchase a book, simply return it to school. Should you decide to purchase the book, this can be done through the Qkr! App.

Alternatively, digital Entertainment Books can be purchased via the direct link at: www.entbook.com.au/160006f  (an online fee of .88c per book applies). There are thousands of offers including 2-for-1 deals, special rates and up to 50% off on dining, shopping, travel and leisure activities.

Entertainment Books cost $70, with $14 from each sale going toward Cedar’s fundraising projects.

Primary School Run4Fun

The Primary School will be holding their annual Run4Fun fundraiser on the final day of Term 2. More information will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Grasshopper Soccer

It’s not too late to join Grasshopper Soccer, a fun-filled, non-competitive and child focused soccer group, at Cedar College! 

soccerOur sessions are held on the school oval on Wednesdays, after school.

Grasshopper Soccer is Australia’s #1 non-competitive soccer program for school aged children to learn new and improve existing skills. This is a great starting point for your child to follow any soccer path they choose. Enrol online here: https://grasshoppersoccer.com.au/Cedar

Details:  Cedar College, front oval, Wednesdays from 3:30pm – 4:30pm.

For students in Rec to Year 2. Cost is $85 (7 week program).

Family Fair

The CityReach Kids Ministry is holding a Family Fair on Friday May 31, from 4pm-6pm in the Cedar College Sports Centre.

This will be a great opportunity to spend quality time with your family and connect with others!

Activities include a jumping castle, sumo suits, gladiator battle, BBQ, coffee, soft drinks, and more!

All families are welcome to join in, and your gold coin donation will help raise money to support the CityReach Kids Ministry.

Dates this Term


Term 2 – Tue 30 April – Fri 28 June

We will continue to have a three week break between terms 2 & 3

Term 3 – Wed 24 July – Fri 27 Sept

Term 4 – Tue 15 Oct – Wed 11 Dec

Term 1, 2020 – Tue 28 Jan – Thu 9 April


Regular opening hours during Term: 

Monday 8:30am – 4:30pm 

Wednesday 3pm – 5:30pm

Thursday Extended Opening Hours:

TERM 1 – Weeks 1-6, 3pm – 5.30pm

TERM 2 – Weeks 1-3, 3pm – 5.30pm

TERM 4 – Weeks 1-3, 3pm – 5.30pm


The Primary School Assemblies and Chapels are held on Fridays at 8:55am. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend, and tea & coffee is available beforehand in The Terrace. Odd weeks are Chapel.

Week 4 – Year 5

Week 6 – Reception

Week 7 – Student Free Day

Week 8 – Year 1

Primary School News

Year 6s Head to the Polls

Each year the Year 6 students learn about Australia’s democratic process by participating in a mock election. With the curriculum coinciding with this year’s Federal Election, student interest peaked during the many learning opportunities.

The campaign begins 

The process begins when students are randomly allocated to 4 major parties, with 4 students then being pulled out to become Independents. Each then decide their three main policies to form their platform, which is delivered at the Press Conference. The order of the candidates on the ballot paper is also decided with a double random draw.  That marks the start of a week of campaigning for votes.

Real life experience 

The mock election is designed to closely align with a real life experience, with students getting their name crossed off the electoral roll, before completing their ballot paper for the House of Representatives according to preferences. The distribution of votes according to their preferences is always a highlight as the seats of Bradman, Jackson, Laver and Gould are decided. This year we ended up with a majority Liberal government with only the seat of Laver going to The Greens.

This year we made the deliberate choice to align our election with the Federal Election, to make the experience relevant and have more of an impact. It was encouraging to hear about the discussions that this learning experience initiated between the students and their family members.

Miss Susan Dix, Year 6 Teacher

Sports News

Interschool Athletics

Early in Term 2, a group of students from Year 3-7 participated in both the SACSA and SAPSASA Athletics Carnivals.

In the weeks leading up to the carnivals, the students spent many mornings training for their events, with very enthusiastic attitudes and teachable hearts. 

While our SACSA Division 1 team encountered tough competition during the day, the students all pitched in to cover any events left open due to injury or sickness. Overall Cedar College came 5th in Division 1.

SAPSASA Champions

SAPSASA Athletics, held a week later, was also a time of great competition. I was so impressed with the efforts of the students, as they covered events, encouraged other students, and did their best in their own events. After a delayed result, we found that we had placed first, and are the District Champions once again! We also had 9 of our athletes qualify for the State SAPSASA team, which was a great outcome.

Thank you to all the teachers who came to run events and supervise, and to Mr Phil Klassen, who assisted with training. A big thank you also goes to the many parents who brought their students to training and helped support the team on the day!

Mrs Bek Robinson, Upper Primary PE & Interschool Sport Coordinator

Senior School News

Not Ashamed of the Gospel

For the fourth year running, 200 students from eight schools across the city and State, gathered at Cedar College for the “Not Ashamed of the Gospel” Workshop.

The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ died for our offences and rose again to bring us to God. This truth transforms everyone who takes hold of it, shaping us for good.

Equipped to make a difference

Spearheaded by Cedar students, and with help from students at Temple Paralowie and Kings Baptist, this workshop equipped young people from across the eight attending colleges to be a blessing in their schools.

They learned how to be better friends, to care for others, to sensitively articulate what they believe, to respond to people’s questions with grace, and even how to use gaming time to build people up.

Prepared to make an impact

Following the combined sessions, the workshops then continued back at each school. Students were encouraged to keep their group together to brainstorm, plan and pray about how they planned to act on what they had learned, seen and heard during the day.

It was an honour to see teenagers unite together, pray for each other, and focus on bringing the love of God to the people around them.

Pastor Jeremy Wright, Cedar College Pastor