Term 2 Week 6 - 2019


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Term 2, Week 6



Treasure Your Time

As we head into a long-weekend, there’s often the temptation to while away the extra time in front of the TV, or swiping through social media for the latest updates on other people’s lives.

Technology – An Honest Look

Cedar staff and Middle School students were recently reminded that living in the technology age requires us to be equipped to cope with the good, the bad and sometimes even the ugly that our technology brings. Brad Huddleston, who has a background in Computer Science and is an internationally respected speaker and author, spoke powerfully on this topic earlier this week. I encourage you to read the front page article for more information on this growing problem.

Learning Without Screens 

It is encouraging to know that so much learning can, and does, happen without screens. Our interschool athletics teams have achieved some excellent results lately, while our Middle Schoolers have created some amazing cell models and also enjoyed their “Clay Date”, along with parents and caregivers. In the Primary School, the Year 3s enjoyed getting their hands a little dirty, while creating mini indigenous dwellings.

Enjoy the long-weekend, and why not purposely plan some non-screen time activities with your family – it may surprise you just how much fun it can be!

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal


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Screen Overload

Our Middle School Co-ordinator explores technology over-use

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Learn from the Land

Year 3s investigate Indigenous dwellings and dot Art

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Science & Art

Year 8s take a closer look at Cells, and Year 7s creative Clay Date

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Earnest & Brilliant

Audiences thoroughly enjoyed “The Importance of Being Earnest”

The Front Page

Middle School Co-ordinator


The Science of Screen Overload

Technology allures us with its bright lights, personal feedback, and ever-developing appeal to our senses.

The reality is that our constant interaction with technology through screens and highly immersive online games and applications is coming at a great cost.

Mr Brad Huddleston, internationally respected speaker and author, addressed the Middle School Students and College Staff this week, and spoke powerfully about the impact that over-stimulation from technology has on our brains.

Scanning the Brain 

The strength of the brain stimulation from phones, tablets and gaming applications can be shown, through Neurological (CT) Scanning, to be equivalent to the stimulation that cocaine delivers to the brain. This highly concerning reality means that, over time, students (and also adults, although their brains become more resilient with age) become resistant to the stimulation, prompting the individual to consume more, for the same feeling.

The symptoms of students whose brains are affected by over-stimulation from screens are manifested firstly by intense and irrational anger and tantrums, particularly when screen time finishes. This is followed by depression and anxiety, where there is no other discernable underlying trauma or cause, and thirdly by a sense of emotional numbness and the loss of interest in normal activities.

Digital Detox 

Brad explained eloquently, that just as recovering alcoholics avoid pubs, and addicts are not given a line or two on the weekend for good behaviour, we need to support students who have over-stimulation issues, not by limiting their use, but by removing it. Students who go “cold turkey” with their technology for 6 weeks will experience a repair to the parts of their brain that have been over-stimulated, which is evidenced through Neurological Scanning. This is a very challenging and complex issue that Brad speaks into.

As parents and educators, we have been reminded of the need to be aware of these issues, and to think very carefully about the boundaries we provide for the young people in our care.

Further information about Brad can be accessed at https://bradhuddleston.com and https://www.facebook.com/BradHuddlestonMinistries/

Mr David Webb, Middle School Co-ordinator

Week 6 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 Photos, 2019

Changes have been made to School Photos, this year, with High School and Primary School photos occurring on separate days.

All photos will be taken in Term 3, Week 2, however 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 Primary School sports team photos will be taken on the Wednesday, with High School Sports Teams being photographed on the Friday. Order forms and full information for school photos will be sent home soon, outlining the range of packs and options available.

Primary School Run4Fun

The Primary School will be holding their annual Run4Fun fundraiser on the final day of Term 2, Friday June 28.

All Primary School students should wear their sports shorts, coloured team T-shirt and appropriate running shoes on this day. Sponsorship is available through the forms sent home, or via the special menu in the Qkr! App, with all students raising $10 or more eligible for a prize. Funds raised will contribute toward our current and future Primary School playground areas.

Reduced Canteen Menu – Weeks 8 & 9

Please note that, due to staffing, the Canteen will operate on a reduced lunch menu for the last two weeks of Term 2.

Lunch orders will still be available through Qkr! however a number of items will not be available in the Week 8 and 9 menu.

POSHC July Holiday Program

The POSHC July Holiday program, which runs from Monday July 1 – Tuesday July 23, is now available for download from our website on the School Life – Family Information page in the documents for download section

Bookings are essential and need to be made by Friday June 14. Please fill out the booking sheet and return to POSHC staff directly, or via email.

A Career Opportunity

From 2022, workforce demand in South Australia will increase rapidly to meet the start of the future frigate and submarine projects. The naval shipbuilding workforce consists of five categories: general management; technical (eg design, drafting, estimating); structure (eg steelworker, structure welder); outfitting (eg electrician, joiner, pipe welder); and direct support (eg crane operator, stores, quality assurance). Demand for workers will reach a peak in 2026, so there is an exciting career pathway for any interested students.

Please contact Mrs Bronwen Burleigh (Pathways Coordinator) at Cedar College for more information.

SACE Electronic Trial Exams

SACEThe SACE has expanded its use of electronic exams to three subjects this year, and we are encouraging wider understanding and awareness about the system.

All SACE students, parents and teachers are invited to try the electronic examination system, using a general familiarisation activity on the SACE website.

Try cutting, pasting, editing, annotating text and using spellchecker, just as students will do in this year’s exams for Modern History, Psychology and English Literary Studies. No specific subject knowledge is required to undertake this activity.

Safety Before and After School

SAPOL has recently issued a reminder to all schools of the need to take care when travelling to and from school:

Students and families are reminded to be wary of approaches from strangers, especially when they are unaccompanied or travelling to and from school. If they are approached, students should not respond and should not accept offers of rides or gifts.

Students should seek the assistance of other nearby adults if they feel unsafe and should report the event to a trusted adult (parent or school staff member) as soon as possible.

SAPOL advises that taking out a mobile phone and calling police can deter the offender, and they recommend the student making a formal report to their closest police station.

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 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 6 – Reception

Week 7 – Student Free Day

Week 8 – Year 1

Primary School News

Learning From the Land

This term in History, the Year 3s have been studying Aboriginal life and culture, as part of the Australian Curriculum.

Both Year 3 classes investigated traditional Aboriginal shelters and then made some scaled down versions of these shelters.

Durable Dwellings 

The shelters had to fit a Lego Minifigure inside, as well as be weatherproof. The materials chosen for construction had to be an appropriate size for a Lego Mini figure to “lift”. The students showed great creativity in the different styles, with the recent weather conditions helping to test their durability. The shelters are still on display in between the Upper Primary classrooms, if you would like to view them.

Intricate Artworks 

As we continued our study of indigenous culture, we looked at some famous Aboriginal artists and have sought to use their style to inform our own drawing and paintings. We learnt about the symbols used in Aboriginal dot painting, and this week tried to create our own dot painting on boomerangs and pieces of bark. To create the artworks, the students could only use sticks to paint with, which proved trickier than first imagined, but provided some very creative results.

Mr Phil Klassen, Year 3 Teacher

Sports News

Interschool Athletics

This term has seen a large number of interschool sporting competitions, with Cedar College students competing at both National and State athletics carnivals.

National Christian School Games

Starting in September last year, eight teams have been training to compete in the biennial National Christian School Games, held in Queensland during Week 4 of Term 2. Eleven students and two staff members were selected from Cedar College to travel to the Gold Coast and represent South Australia. Witnessing the character growth and skill development throughout the tournament among the students was a major highlight, an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Mr Josh Fernihough, Sports Administrator


Team Placings

  • Netball: SA Team A – Gold,  SA Team B – Bronze
  • Basketball: SA Girls Team – Gold,  SA Boys Team – 4th
  • Soccer: SA Girls Team – Silver,  SA Boys Team – Bronze
  • Tennis: SA Girls Team – Gold,  SA Boys Team – Silver

SACSA Cross Country

Over 700 athletes, from South Australian schools, competed in this year’s SACSA Cross Country. Braving the wintery conditions, Cedar students were able to navigate through the crowd of competitors to achieve great success.

A team of seven High School students and 39 Primary students represented Cedar this year. The course at Carisbrooke Reserve varied in distance between age groups from 1.5km to 3km. Congratulations to all those students who participated, and a special thanks to the staff and parents who volunteered their time to help.


Individual Awards

Open Boys: 2nd – Marcus W. Open Girls: 1st – Isabel S. Boys 15 Yrs: 2nd – Mitchell B. Boys 11 Yrs: 3rd – Joel A. Boys 11 Yrs: 4th – Ben S. Girls 11 Yrs: 4th – Maya S. Girls 10 Yrs: 4th – Aizure C. Boys 9 Yrs: 2nd – Tyler A. Girls 9 Yrs: 3rd – Sophie D.

Team Awards

Open Boys: 2nd – Marcus W, Lachlan F, Luke R. U11 Boys: 2nd – Joel A, Ben S & Jake S. U10 Girls:  2nd – Aizure C, Erin M and Layla J. U9 Girls: 1st – Ania S, Sophie D and Yar D.

Mrs Bek Robinson, Upper Primary PE & Interschool Sport Co-ordinator

Middle School News

From Microscopic to Measureless

Nucleus, nucleolus, cytoplasm, mitochondria … those words are a mouthful, and explaining their individual functions is one of the great challenges of teaching Biology. Luckily, the Year 8 Science teachers had their students to lend a hand.

Cells – A Closer Look

Students helped by building a model of either a plant or animal cell out of the material of their choice. Each cell model had to split in half to reveal the key organelles of an animal or plant cell. The vacuole, cell membrane and Golgi body were all there, and assisted visual learners in remembering and understanding the different parts of a cell and their functions.

Students also used light microscopes, onion and rhubarb slices, pond water samples and animal tissues to view some microorganisms. They were asked to draw the cells that they saw. This enhanced their knowledge about the microscopic world of cells even more. The cell rap song about organelles was played so many times in class that each learner spontaneously started to sing along when the song played, knowing the words (and organelles) off by heart.

Space – The Final Frontier

These are the voyages of the Year 10 Science class and its continuing mission to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new challenges and learn all about astronomy and cosmology. And this is exactly what happened with our visit to the UniSA Planetarium at Mawson lakes.

Students learned about the night sky by taking an imaginary journey into outer space with a highly qualified guide. They found out more about the solar system, the origins of stars and constellation names, and indigenous and traditional star lore and mythology.

The movie “The Wildest Weather in the Solar System” took students on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust storm that could engulf entire planets. We flew through the thick atmosphere of Venus, encountered magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and anticyclones whirling at hundreds of kilometres per hour on Jupiter.

After this whirlwind adventure, we went for a campus tour where pupils went to the School of Engineering to explore careers in mechanical, mechatronic, civil and electrical engineering.  Their experience-based learning programs have produced the Guinness World Records longest bike, an electrical car called Trev that cost only $400 to drive around the world, and their unbreakable glass mirror project, which is nothing to frown upon (although we managed to break one mirror).

Mr Herman du Preez, High School Science Teacher

Year 7 Clay Date

The after-school “Clay Date” elective provided the opportunity for parents and caregivers to come back to school for a fun,  collaborative and creative Art lesson.

The Year 7 Visual Art Students recently had fun learning about the process of using clay to make their own clay plate. Additionally, they had an opportunity to share their newfound knowledge with a parent or caregiver, during a Clay Date.

Learning Together

The Clay Date took place on a Friday evening, where parents/grandparents had lots of fun learning a new skill taught to them by their child or grandchild. 34 students and caregivers attended the evening, which was run by their Art teacher Mrs Judith Carletti and assisted by Creative Arts Co-ordinator Mrs Katie Harten. After the plates were dry, they were glazed and fired, creating a lovely memento of the time spent together.

Mrs Judith Carletti, High School Art Teacher

Senior School News

Being Earnest, Becoming Brilliant

This year’s Senior School production “The Importance of Being Earnest” received rave reviews from audiences following its three performances last week.

Guest review by Mr Daniel Thorpe, High School Teacher

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is an absolute classic of English theatre. It has been performed countless times over the past century, both on stage and in film, to the enjoyment of audiences everywhere.

The Cedar College interpretation of this iconic play deserves to be recognised among the best offerings made in recent time. Directed by Senior Drama teacher Mr Jordan Rose, and performed by an impressive cast of Senior Drama students, the 2019 Senior Drama Production delighted audiences across three memorable evenings.

Ridiculous, Yet Relatable

In contrast to the cold and wintery conditions outside, there was a warmth inside the Cedar College Performing Arts Centre as the audience was captivated by the, at times, ridiculous, yet always charming characters – as relatable today as they were in Wilde’s day. This is credit to the superb acting of the performers, who brought their multi-faceted characters to life in a way that was truly remarkable. The link between the virtual lives of the 1890s high society and our current-day highly curated social media profiles, was a thought-provoking highlight of the production.

Absurd, Yet Endearing

From the absurd, yet somewhat ingenious scheming of John Worthing, J.P. (McKenna P) and Algernon Moncrieff (Ishan R), to the vain, yet endearing self-appreciation of the Honourable Gwendolen Fairfax (Anna H) and Cecily Cardew (Hannah L), the audience was left with no choice but to simultaneously laugh at, and pity, their hapless attempts to find love. And who could forget the irrepressible Lady Bracknell (Campbell P), whose family resemblance to her long-lost nephew John Worthing was nothing short of casting genius. The performance was supported brilliantly by a high-quality list of other heart-warming characters, Rev. Canon Chasuble (Mitchell C) Miss Prism (Ava B) and Butlers Merriman/Lane (Daniel H), not to mention a well-resourced and motivated production crew.

The 2019 Cedar College Senior Drama Production of The Importance of Being Earnest was nothing short of a theatrical tour de force, a triumph of the very highest order for all the students and staff involved.