Term 2 Week 4 - 2021


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Term 2, Week 4



25 Years Ago

Sometimes it feels as though time moves too fast! We begin a new school year, and before we know it, it’s almost halfway through. A student starts in Reception, and in what feels like the blink of an eye, they are graduating from Year 12.

It’s certainly hard to believe that in 2021, we are celebrating Cedar’s 25th year. On the other hand, the paddock-surrounded land that we began a school on, back in 1997, sometimes seems like a lifetime ago! We could never have imagined what would take place over those 25 years, and we are looking forward to marking the occasion in a number of special ways, over the coming months.

In the meantime, you can explore some of Cedar’s history via our new History Timeline website which features photos and information from each of our 25 years.

Around the Campus

This fortnight our Director of Curriculum looks at the topic of 21st Century Learning, we check in on the recent Year 6 and Year 11 camps, and enjoy a journey around Australia with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra!

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal


Yr 10s (PLP) - Career Expo
Details: Wednesday, May 25 From: 1:55 pm - 3:20 pm
Fusion Event - Year 11&12 Hospitality Students
Details: Friday, May 27 (all day)
Year 10 HPE Boot Camp
Details: Friday, May 27 From: 8:50 am - 10:50 am
Yr 2 Excursion
Details: Friday, May 27 From: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Veta Morphus Retreat 2
Details: Friday, May 27 to Saturday, May 28 Starts: 6:45 pm
Week 5 >>
SAPSASA Cross-Country Carnival Year 3-6
Details: Monday, May 30 (all day)
SACSA Cross-Country Carnival Year 3-12
Details: Tuesday, May 31 (all day)
Girls Year 7/8 & 9/10 Vista Netball Carnival
Details: Wednesday, Jun 1 (all day)
Energy Sources Guest Speaker
Details: Friday, Jun 3 From: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Week 6 >>
High School Tours
Details: Tuesday, Jun 7 From: 9:15 am - 11:15 am
Year 11 & 12 Music Excursion
Details: Wednesday, Jun 8 (all day)
Year 10 Boys & Girls HPV Immunisations
Details: Wednesday, Jun 8 (all day)
Year 5/6 Soccer Carnival
Details: Wednesday, Jun 8 (all day)

21st Century Learning

21st Century Learning

Navigating life in an increasingly complex world

Get Away to Wirraway

Get Away to Wirraway

Back to the glorious country life for Year 6s

Students in Symphony

Students in Symphony

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s musical journey

Aiming High

Aiming for Success

Year 11s build skills for the final stretch

The Front Page

21st Century Learning

There has been a lot of discussion recently around 21st Century Learning and what that means for schools.

Director of Curriculum

The growing consensus is that a range of attributes and expertise are necessary to successfully navigate life in an increasingly complex world. The attributes or competencies that are developed alongside content knowledge and skills are called ‘capabilities’. In Australia, we tend to call them capabilities, but they are also referred to as 21st century skills.

Not all sources agree on the Capabilities that students will ideally be develop, Australian educators tend to include: literacy and numeracy, digital technologies, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication, conscientiousness, grit and determination, character, citizenship, ethical behaviour and intercultural understanding. The recent Strategic Plan released by the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) suggests that school leavers will soon be leaving not just with their SACE Certificate (and in many cases an ATAR), but also a Learner Profile that provides evidence of their knowledge, skills, capabilities and other attributes that will connect them to industry sectors and other pathways. Indeed, the notion of students leaving school with more than a report or transcript that provides grades and scores is starting to gain momentum, and this is something that many schools are considering.

Developing Capabilities

The development of specific capabilities has always been a focus within the Australian Curriculum, however, this focus is likely to sharpen in the near future. Many would be aware that draft changes to the Australian Curriculum have now been released, and that the Australian Curriculum Review Consultation window was recently opened. Parents and caregivers who want to develop a better understanding of how the Australian Curriculum is organised are encouraged to visit the following website:https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/parent-information/

We look forward to continuing to work with all of our families, as we seek to meet the needs of our students into the future, and successfully equip them for 21st Century living.

Mr Tim Maddern, Director of Curriculum

Week 4 News and Notices

Public Holidays, Term 2

Friday June 11 – Student Free Day
Monday June 14 – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Term 3 Advance Notice: Due to staff attending the CSA State Conference, students will return to school for Term 3 on Wednesday July 21.

Primary School Assemblies

We have assessed our current COVID-19 restrictions and what that means for parents attending assemblies. Unfortunately, under the the current guidelines, we don’t have sufficient space to accomodate parents in the auditorium yet. We will continue to monitor the guidelines and as soon as we are able, we will invite you back to join us.

Mr Nigel Austin, Head of Primary School

School Tours – Week 5

Please be aware that School Tours will be held in Week 5 for prospective parents, which will impact morning drop-off and parking on Tuesday May 25 and Wednesday May 26. Parking restrictions will apply in the Sports Centre car park, to provide spaces for visiting families.

Uniform Shop Renovation Closure

Please be aware that, due to renovations, the Uniform Shop will be closed for the final week of Term 2, and also on the Student Free Monday of Term 3. The planned re-opening is Tuesday July 20 (also a Student Free Day).

Career Pathways

Please note the following information regarding Medicine and Health university entry. Parents/caregivers are able to contact the Careers Office by phoning the High School Office on 7221 3605, and students can visit Mrs Burleigh, upstairs in the Resource Centre, to find out further information.

UCAT – MedEntry

Students interested in pursuing medicine need to sit the UCAT in July–August 2021. MedEntry is a government-accredited Registered Training Organisation specialising in UCAT preparation. For more information, please visit www.MedEntry.edu.au.

Careers in Health

Any students interested in a career in Health, please visit Adelaide Uni’s website – www.health.adelaide.edu.au/health

Mrs Bronwen Burleigh, Pathways Co-ordinator

School Photos – Term 3

Please note that our school photos will be taken in Week 2 of Term 3. Further information will be sent home later this term.

CityReach Open House

We would love to invite our Cedar students and families to an Open House service on Sunday 30th May at 9am or 11am.


This service is especially designed for people who may not normally attend church. Come early for a coffee. We would love to see you there!

Parking is available on the property on Sundays, with church services held in the Main Auditorium.

Dates this Term


Term 2, 2021 – Tue 27 April – Fri 25 June

We will continue to have a three week break between Terms 2 and 3

Term 3, 2021 – Wed 21 July – Fri 24 Sept

Term 4, 2021 – Tue 12 Oct – Wed 8 Dec

Term 1, 2022 – Tues 1 Feb – Thu 14 April


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
(closed during Week 9)

TERM 4 – Weeks 1 – 3, 3pm – 5.30pm


Our Assemblies and Chapels are held on Fridays at 8:50am. 

Chapels and Assemblies in 2021 are not able to be attended by parents currently, due to restrictions.

Should guidelines for large gatherings change, parents/caregivers will be informed.

Primary School News

Get Away to Wirraway

The sun was shining brightly on Wednesday morning as the very excited Year 6s, and their teachers, boarded the bus for camp.

After our recess stop at Strathalbyn, we arrived at the campsite ready to explore the expansive surroundings and discover all the wonders it had to offer. The horse riding and horse-care activities remained a crowd favourite again this year, and the students also enthusiastically participated in the wide range of other activities, over the three-day camp.

Activities Galore

A number of students were able to secure a “wormy” in archery and many had their stamina tested on the bushwalk. A good number of shelters were constructed and none were more needed than those on Thursday morning when the drizzly rain set in, with most of them remaining standing. The sheep herding activity was as amusing as ever for the supervising staff, while testing the students’ teamwork skills.

The popular free-time activities this year included volleyball, trampolining, carpet bowls and table tennis, except if you were Mr Austin and lost to Eric! Of course, when the snack bar was open, it did a roaring trade!

The evening activities were enjoyed by all, especially the girls, with their tug-of-war victory over the boys. Pastor Jeremy and Chaplain Josh led the students in some campfire and night-hike singing, which was also a lot of fun. We had the privilege of celebrating Josh’s birthday on the Wednesday night with some LEGO head designing, cake, and off-key singing.

The Wirraway staff were wonderful throughout the camp and we were very grateful to them as we wearily boarded the bus to head home on Friday afternoon. The return trip was certainly more sedate than the one up to camp, where many special memories were made.

Miss Susan Dix, Year 6 Teacher

Curriculum News

Students in Symphony

When the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra comes to school, you can be sure that there will be a lot of learning, a lot of music, and a lot of fun!

Students in Years 1–4 enjoyed a musical storytelling concert as the orchestra performed to the much loved children’s book Are We There Yet?, by author Alison Lester. The book tells the story of Grace and her family on their adventure around Australia.

Part of the Performing Arts curriculum at Cedar is experiencing and appreciating music performance, and the Primary School students were certainly inspired by the skills of the orchestra members.

Music Comes to Life

The book came to life at the special performance, through music by Adelaide composer David John Lang, with students enthralled with the range of brass, wind, string and percussion instruments. The students had already spent time learning some of the songs during their Music classes, with favourites being the whale lullaby, dancing on a “surf board” and just being part of the story with fun songs and dance moves.

Thank you to Mrs Webster for organising the special orchestral experience, and we look forward to seeing many of our students continue to develop a love of music at Cedar College.

Interschool Sport

Cedar High School students have competed at Interschool netball, badminton, soccer and volleyball, during the last two weeks

Congratulations to both our Open Boys and Girls Volleyball teams, who competed in the Open North Eastern Vista Zone Carnival on Wednesday.

All competitors played well and both teams placed in the top three, with the boys’ team finishing in 3rd place and the girls’ team achieving a hard-fought 2nd. Well done to all of our players.

Mr Jon Dabrow, High School PE Teacher


Senior School News

Aiming for Success

In Week 2, the Year 11s attended a three-day retreat at Nunyara Conference Centre in Belair.

Designed to assist in building the skills needed to conquer their final stretch of school and to succeed in the years ahead, the retreat focused on developing teamwork, study skills, resilience, goal-setting capabilities, and physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

The students participated in various sessions, including an Elevate Study Skills seminar and a goal-setting workshop, and heard from different speakers about how to build character and how to face the challenges of life with God’s help.

Pushing the Limits

A real highlight of the week was the cycle of activities run by Beyond Limits, where students worked together to conquer their fears and develop their relationships as they climbed trees, learned bush survival skills, and engaged in (foam tipped) archery battles. It’s not often a student gets the chance to fire arrows at their teachers, but a great time was had by all, and the camp’s most important lesson was well and truly learned: teachers are crafty and have better aim!

Mr Jordan Rose, Year 11 Co-ordinator