Term 2 Week 5 - 2023

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Term 2, Week 5


Changing Landscapes

The landscape of schools is constantly changing, perpetually evolving with changes in curriculum, structures, and technologies.

These ongoing transformations often influence and reshape school buildings and facilities. This year, in particular, we have witnessed the impact of these changes!

Perhaps the most notable changes at present are the renovations currently taking place in the Administration building. Due to finish by Term 3, these renovations will allow us to restructure a number of staff offices, as well as making our Student Services and IT Department more accessible to students.

As this building work draws to completion in the coming weeks, further work has begun on new Upper Primary Outdoor Learning Spaces, outlined in further detail by Upper Primary Co-ordinator, Mrs Melody Birch. As well as this, a third major project will begin in the High School later this year, with two new classrooms being added to the Creative Arts block, which is the final stage planned for the Creative Arts building.

All of these changes will bring positive learning outcomes and contribute to the ongoing needs and growth of the College. And there will no doubt continue to be further changes in the years ahead!


Around the Campus

In this issue of CedarNews, we find out more about the Upper Primary Outdoor Learning Spaces, congratulate our Rijken Cup team on their outstanding success, find out why the Primary School students came to school in their pyjamas, and hear about our recent events “Not Ashamed of the Gospel” and the “Industry Expo”.


Mr Peter Thomson, Principal

Coming Events

June 2024

Sunday June 2

Week 6 >>

Tuesday June 4

9:15 am – 11:00 am
High School Tours

Wednesday June 5

Year 5/6 Boys SW Netball
9:15 am – 11:00 am
Primary School Tours

Thursday June 6

State Cross Country

Friday June 7

10:30 am – 12:45 pm
Yr 11 & 12 Legal Studies Excursion

Sunday June 9

Week 7 >>

Monday June 10

King's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday June 11

Year 3/4 SACSA Soccer

Wednesday June 12

Year 5/6 SACSA Soccer

Thursday June 13

Reception Excursion
Year 7/8 SACSA Soccer
Outdoor Learning Space

Learning Spaces

A closer look at what’s taking place around the Upper Primary.

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Pyjamas for a Cause

Sometimes, coming to school in your pyjamas isn’t a bad dream!

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Not Ashamed of the Gospel

Discovering Jesus

Students in Adelaide gather for the Not Ashamed of the Gospel workshop.

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Rijken Cup

Rijken Cup

Cedar’s Rijken Cup squad celebrates another successful inter-school campaign.

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The Front Page

Making Space for Learning

I recently shared some wonderful news with our Upper Primary families regarding an exciting development at Cedar College.

Week 5 News and Notices

Public Holidays – Term 2

Monday June 12
King’s Birthday Public Holiday.

Student Free Day – Term 2

Friday June 16
Please note that Friday, June 16, is a Student Free Day for all students in R-12.

School Tours, Week 6

Our School Tours, for prospective families, will be held during Week 6, on the mornings of June 6 & 7. Please note that this will have an impact on morning parking on these days, as the Sports Centre and Kiss&Drop carparks are utilised for visiting families

Winter Uniform

Full winter uniform, including ties, is now required for all students. It is also important to ensure that all uniform items are clearly marked, as this provides the best chance for any lost items to be returned. Most uniform items, including winter uniform, are available to purchase via the Qkr! app. To ensure the correct placement of your order, please begin by selecting a delivery method. You will receive a notification once your order has been fulfilled.

SA Dental Health

Your child’s dental health is important to their overall health and wellbeing.
All children from 0-18 years are welcome to attend SA Dental. There are no out-of-pocket costs for most families. Book an appointment today!

To find your closest SA Dental clinic, visit www.dental.sa.gov.au/find-a-clinic
To request an appointment, visit www.dental.sa.gov.au/kids/request-an-appointment

Occupational Therapist Available at Cedar

Cedar has been offered the services of an experienced Occupational Therapist (OT) through Liberty Speech.

Occupational therapy helps children, teenagers and adults to be able to participate in activities that are meaningful to them. This includes activities of daily living, self-care and hygiene, school participation, hobbies, working and social activities. Occupational Therapists also assess abilities, difficulties and limitations to explore where help, support and advice are needed. They provide therapy services to assist with helping children, teens and adults to develop the skills they need. OT’s can also assist with equipment that can help improve their ability to participate in activities.

Engaging the services of an OT will be a private financial arrangement between the family and Liberty Speech, and your child’s NDIS funding may cover it, if they have that. Please contact Mrs Sandie Gardner, High School Adaptive Education Coordinator (Canopy), via [email protected] or visit www.libertyspeech.com.au/otwaitlist if you would like further information regarding OT support for your child.

Primary School Run4Fun

The Primary School Run4Fun will be held on the final day of Term 2, Friday June 30. The Run4Fun is a fun, healthy way to finish off the term, and encourages team spirit as well as the opportunity to raise funds for the Primary School play areas. Sponsorship can be made through the Qkr! app, or a cash envelope, and all students raising $10 or more will qualify for a prize. All Primary School students will take part in the run, and other fun activities on the day, and parents/caregivers are invited come and cheer on the students, or even run a few laps! Students need to wear their PE uniform, with their coloured House T-shirt.

School Photos – Term 3

Please note that our school photos are scheduled for Week 3 of Term 3, Friday August 11. Further information regarding ordering your school photos will be sent home and emailed to parents in the coming weeks. Sports and team photos, for those involved, will be taken a few days earlier in Week 3, on Tuesday August 8.

Primary School Final Day of 2023

The final day for Primary School will be Tuesday, December 12. We will hold our end-of-year Fun Day on Monday December 11, with the Year 6 Graduation in the evening. The Upper Primary Celebration Evening will be on Tuesday, December 12, which will now be the last school day for the year.

Winter Soulstice

Wednesday June 14, 6:30 – 8:30pm.

Parents/caregivers and friends of the school community are invited to join us for the Annual High School Winter Soulstice, on Wednesday June 14, in the CityReach Auditorium.

Pre-event refreshments are available from 6:30pm, doors open at 7pm.

Admission is free – join us for an evening of music to warm the soul!

Calendar Information


Term 2, 2023 – Tue 2 May – Fri 30 June

Three week break between Terms 2 and 3

Term 3, 2023 – Tue 25 July – Fri 29 Sept

Term 4, 2023 – Tue 17 Oct – Tue 12 Dec

Term 1, 2024 – Tue 30 January – Fri 12 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

TERM 4 – Weeks 1 – 3, 3pm – 5.30pm


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

Assemblies can be attended by invitation from the involved classes, and parents/caregivers are welcome to attend our fortnightly Chapels.

Parents/caregivers are able to sit in the allocated chairs at the back of the Auditorium.

Primary School News

Pyjamas for a Cause

Have you ever had that dream where you come to school in your pyjamas?

It certainly was a case of dreams coming true for the Primary School this week! The yard and classrooms were filled with children in colourful, comfortable pyjamas and onesies, just right for the start of winter at school!

Accompanying many children to school was a soft, cuddly friend, in the form of a teddy bear or toy, helping to make the pyjama theme even more enjoyable.

Fun Day Displaying Love

The unusual school attire was not just for fun, however, as there was a very serious reason for the special event, planned by the Year 6 Prefects, and Mr Carson. Their goal was to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation, an important part of our local community. Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood and immune system, with over 135,000 people in Australia living with the devastating impact of blood cancer – one of the biggest causes of cancer death.

The Year 6 Prefects spent a fun time during the morning collecting donations and awarding prizes for the best pyjamas and the best teddy bear in each class. Thank you to all of our Cedar families who donated to this important cause – you have helped deliver valuable services and support that help people with blood cancer survive and live a better quality of life.


Sports News

Rijken Cup 2023

The 2023 Rijken Cup was one to remember! It was a tremendous privilege to coordinate and, like 2022, one of the best weeks of my teaching career.

Our Rijken captains have shared their experience below:

In Term 4 of 2022, the Rijken Cup Leadership team, along with Mrs Robinson and our coaches, selected a squad that we believed could win the 2023 Rijken Cup. By the start of Term 1, the team came together to take part in early morning speed and fitness training, which quickly helped to set a friendly and supportive culture. After ten weeks of training, the team headed into the all-important competition week. Throughout the week, the squad had many memorable and exciting stories to take away. A huge highlight was the Mixed Touch Football and Boys Basketball Grand Final. Having the entire squad cheering the team on in those Grand Finals really lifted the playing group.

With Cedar’s specialised chants roaring throughout, the Rijken team rallied their players to play at a high level. This created such a great culture, bringing so much energy and passion throughout the entire team. This passion was especially evident following the boys win in the Basketball Grand Final, with the whole squad storming the court to celebrate the victory.

The way everyone came together was brilliant, and showed pride not just for each other but also for the Cedar uniform, and has paved the way for the future Year 12s and Rijken Cup squads. Although Cedar finished a very close second, we could not be prouder of the group’s efforts, and we want to commend every single player within the group for the hard work on and off the field. Special thanks to our Sports Co-ordinator, Mrs Robinson, for working so hard and allowing us to partake in such an awesome event. It was definitely one to remember and will be one to look forward to in the years to come.

2023 Captains, Angus Tully and Sienna Walsh

Final Results

Cedar Results – Overall 2nd (Boys Overall – 1st, Girls Overall – 3rd)


Netball – Girls 6th & Boys 2nd – (Coaches Mrs Emma Shaw and Mr Herman du Preez)

Touch Football – 1st – (Coaches Mr Mitch Clisby and Torran Clarke)

Soccer – Girls 2nd & Boys 2nd – (Coaches Mrs Bek Robinson and Mr Lochie Jackman)

Basketball – Girls 3rd & Boys 1st – (Coaches Mrs Bek Robinson and Mr Tom Giles)

Volleyball – Girls 3rd  and Boys 5th – (Coaches Mrs Bek Robinson and Mr Jon Dabrow)

Table Tennis – Girls 5th and Boys 5th

These were outstanding results, and I would like to thank all the coaches for their dedication in training their teams. A huge thank you to all the parents for their support in the lead up to the events and during the Rijken Cup week, and the Cedar media team for capturing some epic moments.

Mrs Bek Robinson, Sports Coordinator, Year 3-12

High School News

Not Ashamed of the Gospel

Last Wednesday, 150 students from schools across Adelaide met together at Cedar for the eighth annual Not Ashamed of the Gospel workshop

After running the program online for the last three years, it was great to be back in person again! Not Ashamed was an excellent opportunity for Christian students to gather with like-minded Christians, learn how to share thoughtfully what we believe with our friends, and worship God together.

We heard the inspiring story from our Primary School chaplain, Emily, of how her school friends had cared for her and shared Jesus with her during a difficult season. We then had the choice to learn from one of four different guest speakers, each presenting a unique aspect about effectively sharing who Jesus is. One of the best parts of the day, for me, was being able to forge new relationships with students from other schools and worship God together.

Once the visiting students left after lunch, we spent the last few hours of the day brainstorming and discussing various ideas that could be implemented in our school to better share the gospel. We came up with many great, and sometimes wacky, ideas but eventually narrowed them down into three key concepts which included students writing daily devotions for the school, becoming more engaged in Chapels, and having Monday worship sessions during lunch.

Nathan Priest, Year 12

Event News

Industry Expo

On Monday night of Week 2, Cedar College hosted its second Industry Expo, in conjunction with the Years 7-12 Learning Conversations.

In attendance were 20 exhibitors, which included: Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), University of Adelaide, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Bible College of SA, Civil Apprenticeships and Careers Ltd, Clip Joint, Defence Force Recruiting, Flinders University, International College of Hotel Management (ICHM), Master Landscapers of SA, Master Plumbers of SA, MAXIMA, Motor Trades Association (MTA), PEER, Rising Sun Pictures, SA Metropolitan Fire Service (SAMFS), South Australia Police (SAPOL), STATUS, Tabor & University of South Australia.

Both students and parents/caregivers found the evening beneficial and eye-opening, and we received positive feedback from those that attended. 

A comment from a group of Middle School students, “We found it really good and helpful. The Industries were good at telling us what they were about, and it helped us to know more about a lot of career opportunities.” A parent reflected, “It was really good, with a lot of variety. We got some great ideas.”

Senior School students appreciated the opportunity to ask specific questions about the courses they would like to do at University and received the answers they needed from the knowledgeable presenters. After visiting some of the University tables, a parent shared, “It was good to be able to see what ATAR my child will need to achieve, to get into the courses that they would like to do.”

Another parent shared, “It really opened my eyes to the vast array of career opportunities that are out there for school-leavers. There seemed to be something for everyone. I really appreciate Cedar organising the Expo and providing the opportunity to learn more about different industries.”

Despite the inclement weather, our Industry Expo was informative for all who visited, and we look forward to being able to provide this opportunity for our Cedar families in the coming years.

Mrs Bronwen Burleigh, Pathways Co-ordinator

Contact Cedar College

School Office: 08 8261 3377

School Address: 215-233 Fosters Rd Northgate, South Australia 5085.


If you'd like further details about enrolling your child at Cedar College please contact the Enrolment Office via our Enrolment page.

About Cedar College

Cedar College is a Reception to Year 12 co-educational independent Christian School, in the growing suburb of Northgate, South Australia.