Term 2 Week 6 - 2020


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Term 2, Week 6



In This Together

It’s certainly hard to believe that we are past the halfway mark of Term 2, and while the school calendar looks considerably different to usual, we are starting to see promising glimpses of what lies ahead.

For children, being at school is much more than education or learning, it also provides social and developmental opportunities along with a sense of normality and community. With the rapid and ongoing changes in our world at the moment, the familiarity and stability that school offers becomes even more important.

A Remarkable Volunteer 

We would like to take the opportunity to thank and farewell a very special Cedar College volunteer, Mrs Carolyn Forrest.

Carolyn is a grandmother of two current Cedar students, and began volunteering at the school not long after it first began. She has volunteered in many capacities, including managing the Canteen in the early years, before finding her niche volunteering in the Library. For close to 20 years, Carolyn has tirelessly covered thousands of books, coming in each week, even in school holidays, to roll out the contact in order to keep library and textbooks in tip-top condition. She also helped at each annual Book Week Fair and proofread many school year books, and will no doubt continue to stay up to date with what’s happening at Cedar during her retirement.

Our appreciation runs deep for Carolyn’s tireless work behind the scenes, and she is a true example of a servant-hearted volunteer.

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal


Week 2 >>
Year 7 Info Evening
Details: Monday, Feb 1 From: 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm At: Gazebo Lawns/Auditorium
Year 12 Info Evening
Details: Monday, Feb 1 From: 7:00 pm - 7:40 pm At: Resource Centre
Year 12 Retreat
Details: Wednesday, Feb 3 to Friday, Feb 5 (all day)
Interschool SACSA Swimming Info Session (parents)
Details: Friday, Feb 5 From: 8:10 am - 8:30 am
Week 3 >>
Week 4 >>
PS Learning Conversations
Details: Monday, Feb 15 From: 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
SACSA Swimming Training Session
Details: Tuesday, Feb 16 From: 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
PS Learning Conversations
Details: Tuesday, Feb 16 From: 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Week 5 >>
Year 8 Immunisations
Details: Wednesday, Feb 24 (all day)
Year 12 Learning Conversations
Details: Wednesday, Feb 24 From: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm At: Resource Centre
Year 9-12 Drama Excursion
Details: Friday, Feb 26 From: 6:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Week 6 >>

Adapting to Leadership

Student Leadership

Our Student Leaders grow through an unusual time

Creative Builders

Lego comes to life

Primary students enjoy getting creative with models

Miniature World

Taking a closer look

Middle School students investigate the world of Cells

Pushing the Limits

The Pushup Challenge

Students take on push-up challenge for a cause

The Front Page

Student Leaders Grow, Adapt

The past few months have brought with them many challenges in how we live, relate to one another, work, educate, worship, and generally go about our lives.

So many things we previously took for granted are now missed and longed for, and so many aspects of our lives have had to be reshaped, revamped or restructured. These are challenges our student leaders have had to face this year.

At the start of the year, our newly elected student leaders were fresh faced and full of anticipation and excitement for what the year had in store for them. Wonderful opportunities to run and lead Chapels, Not Ashamed and Winter Soulstice, or to be involved in meetings and gatherings with other student leaders to further develop leadership skills and passions, all gone with the onset of COVID-19.

Adapting to Change

So how can student leaders lead and perform their roles within these restrictions? Our response has been to encourage our student leaders to invest their leadership time and energy into caring for and mentoring other students, and they have risen to the challenge. This has included: one-on-one catch ups with peers and younger students; making themselves available at lunchtimes for students to come and chat; and hosting small discussion groups to hear student concerns and provide feedback to College leadership. The most important of these being the one-on-one mentoring, as it has provided a wonderful opportunity to support, encourage and care for those students who have struggled with the challenges and changes COVID-19 has produced.

I’m proud of our student leaders and how they have risen to the challenge. What a wonderful witness and encouragement they have been and continue to be, to our students here at Cedar.

Mrs Nichole Tiller, Senior School Co-ordinator

Week 6 News and Notices


COVID-19 Restrictions

Please remember that COVID-19 restrictions relating to adults on the school property are still in place.

We are continuing to keep the numbers of adults on our property to a minimum, as well as maintaining the physical distancing rules in place where possible, if you need to come onto the property.

All classrooms will continue to remain available for students and Cedar staff only. Please continue to contact your class teacher via Canvas with any concerns or queries, or if you need to make an appointment to see them. This can also be done by phoning the Front Office.

The playground will continue to be closed at the beginning and end of the day throughout Term 2, to minimise congregating. You will notice some students on the playground after school, but these are students attending POSHC, and they are there under supervision.

Is your child unwell?
Please remember not to send your child to school if they are sick. If your child becomes unwell while at school, you will be contacted by the School Nurse and be asked to come and collect them.

car park

Kiss & Drop Zone

Picking children up at the end of the day is once again getting very busy.

To make the Kiss & Drop Zone work as best we can, we would like to encourage you to exit the roundabout, by turning left only, on to Navigator drive. This will assist during the time when there are cars trying to enter school.

When parents are able to do this, the Kiss & Drop Zone flows much better, and parents are able to enter and exit more efficiently.

entertainment membership

Entertainment Memberships

The 2020-21 Entertainment Memberships are available for purchase, now exclusively as a digital phone app. This means that you are able to access offers anywhere and anytime, giving you more convenience and value than ever before!

Your new digital membership is only $69.99 and starts at any time, ensuring that you’ll always get a full 12 months of savings, no matter when you purchase.

There are thousands of offers that can be searched for right from your phone, and new deals are frequently added automatically. Of course, when you purchase an Entertainment Membership you also support Cedar College, with 20% of each membership going toward our fundraising. To purchase and download your Entertainment Membership visit: https://www.entbook.com.au/160006f

photo books

2020 School Photos

Our School Photo Day is scheduled for Friday July 31 (Term 3, Week 2)

School Photo ordering envelopes will soon be sent home with students. Due to current restrictions, our school photography company is required to initiate a new process when taking school photos this year. This process has been designed in accordance with the most recent guidelines issued by SA Health and are being monitored daily.

The booklet format for school photos will change to a composite style for 2020. This means that each student will only be photographed individually, and no group photo will be taken. This will eliminate the need for students to be bunched together and will limit contact with photography staff.

Family Photos

Family photos (for siblings living in the same home) will still be possible, but other group photos, such as sports and co-curricular, will not be taken at this stage.

As per all recommendations, if your child is unwell please do not send them to school on Photo Day. MSP Photography will provide a catch up session the following week for students who may be absent on Photo Day.

Public Holiday – Term 2

Monday June 8 – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Student Free Day – Term 2

Friday June 12 – Student free / Staff-in-service day

POSHC will be available on campus for the June 12 Student Free Day. Bookings are essential and further details are available by contacting POSHC on 8336 0068 or 0433 013 304.

Year 10 – Work Experience Placements 

Due to current restrictions within South Australia, the decision has been made to cancel Year 10 PLP Work Experience placements for 2020. Placement providers have been advised.

Canteen Changes

After trialing recess orders on Qkr! for the Canteen, it has been decided to revert back to lunch orders only. Recess snacks will still be available to purchase over the counter every day, with lunch orders remaining available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Primary School Run4Fun

The Primary School will be holding our annual School Run4Fun fundraising event on the last day of term, Friday 26 June, within the school grounds.

All Primary School students should wear their sports shorts, coloured team t-shirt and appropriate running shoes on the 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. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, parents will not be able to attend the event this year. Coloured team t-shirts, for those who require a new one, are available to order through the Qkr! app.

Dates this Term


Term 2, 2020 – Mon 27 April – Fri 26 June

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

Term 3, 2020 – Tue 21 July – Fri 25 Sept

Term 4, 2020 – Tue 13 Oct – Wed 9 Dec

Term 1, 2021 – Wed 27 Jan – Fri 9 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


Please note that our School Assemblies and Chapels, usually held on Fridays at 8:50am, have currently been suspended for this term.

Chapels will be held for students via video during Term 2.

Students will spend Assembly time in their normal class groups.

Primary School News

LEGO Gets Students Creative

It has been fun to watch many students in the Primary School become so enthusiastic about LEGO in the wake of the excitement brought on by LEGOMasters.

With students swapping their screen time for the creative pursuit of brick building, they have become engaged in problem-solving, design, creativity and lots of fun.

Design Competition

To further encourage these skills, the Primary School ran a competition to design a miniature Film Set, with the winning models earning the right to be featured in the Chapel Online video. With entries flooding in, the walls of the Primary School foyer were soon covered in photos of the entries, creating an exciting place for students to explore, and be inspired by the wide range of designs.

The winning entries were judged by our very own LEGOMaster, Josh Taylor, with some amazing set designs by Fourie, Lucas and Orlando, being selected for the background sets in the Chapel video, with a special appearance of Iylah and Samuel’s rocket.

Practical Learning 

In the Chapel videos, students have enjoyed learning about serving others, not grumbling, and carrying each other’s burdens, through the LEGO adventures of Little PK, along with Josh Taylor and Pastor Jeremy. We are looking forward to the possibility of resuming normal Chapel times when we are able, but until then the LEGO adventures are a highlight for students on Friday mornings.

Mr Nigel Austin, Upper Primary Co-ordinator

Sports News

Pushing the Limits

For 21 days, starting on May 11, students and staff participated in The Push-Up Challenge, which is an initiative designed to get fit and have fun, while focusing awareness towards our physical and mental wellbeing.

This is the first year that we have introduced the challenge to the wider Cedar College community, with the target set at achieving a combined total of 3,046 push-ups. The challenge has helped foster a positive and encouraging school culture, starting with the little wins.

Our High School sports captains really stepped up to the task, achieving a combined total of 2,820 push-ups over the course of the challenge, while in the Primary School Mr Bloomfield lead the Upper Primary towards a total of 2,553.

Target Smashed

It has been encouraging to witness the many students and staff who enthusiastically embraced the concept and took the opportunity to unpack the ways that they are coping during this unusual season. A core group of students and staff added to the tally daily, and were helped along by others who joined in when they could. Through these efforts, we managed to far surpass our initial goal, reaching a combined total of 10,632 push-ups within the 21 days.

It will be great to see how the concept develops in the future. For more information on the challenge, and to get involved with your own family in future events, visit www.thepushupchallenge.com.au

Mr Josh Fernihough, High School Sports Co-ordinator

Middle School News

Year 8 Science

The tiny world of cells became big and colourful as students investigated the amazing details and functions of these basic building blocks of all living things. And it turns out that these building blocks are not so basic after all.

The Year 8s have been learning about the intricacies of God’s design of living things, during Term 2. They have been studying plant and animal cells and learning all about the organelles, which are the tiny cellular structures that perform specific functions to make the cells work. They enjoyed exploring cells under a microscope and learning more about how amazing our bodies are.

A Big Little World

As their final task, the students created large-scale models of plant or animal cells. The resourceful Year 8s came up with a range of different colourful models, dioramas, posters, and even decorated cakes, to illustrate the various parts that make up the cell. Other students expressed their creativity by using their writing skills, with stories that included a tour into the inner workings of a cell. The students had a great time and it was fantastic to see their creativity shine.

Miss Kerry Spriggs, Year 8 Science Teacher