Term 2 Week 8 - 2020


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Term 2, Week 8



Moving Forward

As we head toward the final week of Term 2, the current hope is that Term 3 will look much more normal than the previous terms.

Currently a number of COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, and we will continue to look to the Government and SA Health guidelines as we plan for Term 3.

A Few Reminders 

Until the end of Term 2, classrooms will continue to remain available for students and Cedar staff only and the playground will continue to be closed at the beginning and end of the day, to minimise congregating.

As always, 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.

Semester 1 Reports 

All families have been sent an email outlining a few changes made to Semester 1 Reports, due to the COVID-19 disruption.

These reports will be distributed to students on the last day of Term 2, Friday 26th June.  Any Semester 1 Report that isn’t distributed on this day will be available at the start of Term 3, or alternatively may be collected through the College Office on the last two days of the school holidays, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th July, between 8:30am – 4pm.

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 >>

Showing Compassion

Displaying Love

Fundraising helps support others around the world

Working Together

Building a Team

Primary students team up to solve problems

Sustainable Future

Sustainable Waste

Students turn over a new leaf on waste

Enjoyable Learning

Around the Campus

Students work together, play together

The Front Page

Displaying Love during COVID-19

As hard as COVID-19 has been on us in Australia, it has been devastating for so many people living in poverty.

Displaying Love is one of Cedar’s three key values, and part of seeing this in action is our ongoing sponsorship of children through Compassion Australia. 

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on people living in poverty. Cedar College has continued to support our Compassion sponsor children in Thailand and Tanzania during this time. However, Compassion needs further support to enable them to effectively help those in need.

People who struggled for survival on a day-to-day basis before COVID-19, are facing increased challenges and pressures. Those who were reliant on a tourist buying a meal from their stall no longer have any income, they don’t even have support from their government.

Incredible Support

Cedar College has held a range of different fundraisers earlier this year, including the sale of House team badges, Sports Day sausage sizzles and coffee stalls. With the help of these fundraisers and support from our school community, We are pleased to announce that Cedar was able to raise and donate $2000 to Compassion, to support even more families and communities during this time. This money will help families with basic food supplies, access to medical support and hygiene products to help protect them during this time.

We are thankful that we have been able to continue to partner with Compassion at this time, as they continue to support those in need.

Thank you so much to all of our Cedar families who have helped to provide this support.

Miss Kerry Spriggs, Year 7 & Thailand Service Trip Co-ordinator

Week 8 News and Notices

photo books

2020 School Photos – Update

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

There have been some recent changes to restrictions relating to school photography, and we are currently working with our photographers to clarify what this will mean for our group photos. Due to these potential changes, we have delayed sending out the ordering envelopes until early Week 9.

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 always, 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.

Grashopper soccer

Grasshopper Soccer

As restrictions are lifting we are now opening up enrollments for our R-3 Grasshopper Soccer program. We are thrilled to announce the return of this program, which introduces the basics of soccer in a fun, social and non-competitive environment. This will be an 8-week program starting from Week 2 located on the Primary School Oval.

Register for Grasshopper Soccer today   

For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with [email protected]

*More information regarding additional after school sporting opportunities will be announced in coming days*

Last day of Term 2

Friday June 26 is the last day of Term 2 for all students at Cedar College. All students will finish at the usual time, Primary School at 3:15pm, and High School at 3:20pm, on this day.

POSHC Holiday Program

POSHC are running their Vacation Care program during the three-week term break. The program details are available to download here. Bookings are essential and further details are available by contacting POSHC on 8336 0068 or 0433 013 304. Please note that this program takes place at their facility in Paradise, not on the Cedar property.

Term 3 Information

Please note that Monday July 20 is a Student Free Day for all students.

Students return for Term 3 on Tuesday July 21. High School begins at 8:30am, Primary School begins at 8:40am.

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 can be given 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.

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!

A 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. To purchase and download your Entertainment Membership visit: https://www.entbook.com.au/160006f

no parking

Student Safety

Please be aware that the side gate entrance to Navigator Drive (adjacent to the CityReach Church/Auditorium) is made accessible in the mornings and afternoons for foot traffic only.

For the safety of pedestrians, the driveway and footpath in front of the gate is not available for use as a drop-off or parking area.

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

Stepping up to the Challenge

Due to the restrictions currently in place, the Year 6 classes were unable to attend their usual Term 2 camp at Strathalbyn this year.

One of the activities planned in lieu of the camp was the Year 6s on-campus fun day, held on Friday 5th June. The Year 6 students were divided into teams and were given a series of physical and academic challenges to complete. Some of the team activities included transporting a tennis ball using a series of PVC pipes, a team frisbee challenge, a paper plane flying contest, team jigsaw puzzles, and a Nerf target range.

The students attempted each challenge enthusiastically earning points along the way. The scores for the day were very close, ending in a tie breaker to decide second place.

Developing Teamwork

The activities that the students took part in enabled them to develop their teamwork skills, as well as giving them opportunities to build further friendships across the two classes. The Fun Day was an opportunity to do something special as a Year 6 cohort, and it was an enjoyable time for all involved.

A special thank you goes to Mr Austin, Josh Taylor (Primary School Chaplain), Pastor Jeremy, and everyone who helped out on the day.

Mr Nathan Carson, Year 6 Teacher

Middle School News

Waste Creates Sustainability

This semester in Geography, as part of a focus on sustainability, the 9L Humanities class has participated in a special composting initiative.

After learning the basic principles involved in the composting process, the students were divided into four teams, with each team responsible for collecting food scraps and wastepaper from around school or home. They then had to use their skills and knowledge to turn the waste into nutrient-rich compost to be used to improve soil quality, appropriate for gardening.

A Positive Contribution

To add some friendly competition, each team has been weighing all the waste that goes into their compost pile, with the team who composts the most to win a pizza lunch next term. Pizza is also on offer for the best quality compost – to be judged by the Cedar groundskeepers.

To date, the four teams combined have composted over 300kg of waste which would have otherwise been destined for landfill! It has been a fun and practical way to learn about a simple, yet highly effective way in which we can all make a positive contribution towards taking care of the environment.

Below are comments from some of our students, about what they learnt during the process:

Throughout the semester we have collected food waste and used papers from the provided bins. Our aim was to recycle them into nutrient-rich soil (compost). The task was an enjoyable experience for everyone, and throughout the task, we achieved a better understanding of recycling food waste. Personally, I enjoyed the team effort in making compost. I believe the task will encourage students to adopt composting at home. – Tushar

Composting has been a great experience. We have been able to learn and understand how composting works and we feel extremely lucky that our class specifically has been given the opportunity to do so. My composting group enjoys seeing the result of food scraps and waste paper being transformed into rich, dark soil. – Amber & Sukhmani

Mr Daniel Thorpe, Year 9 Humanities Teacher

Around the Campus

Great Gatsby

With many school activities resuming in Term 2, we have been able to enjoy a range of events taking place around the college campus.

The Year 11 Drama students have worked diligently throughout this semester, perfecting their character portrayals for their performance of The Great Gatsby.

Under the direction of Campbell Paull, the talented home-grown Theatre Company Lost in the Forest delivered a compelling interpretation of this classic American novel.

As well as on-stage roles, the students were also involved in the many aspects of Drama that take place behind the scenes, developing their skills in lighting, costume, sound, and set and prop design.

Well done to the cast and crew!

Mrs Anna Briggs, High School Drama Teacher

Handball Competition

The High School hosted its first official Handball Competition during Week 7, which provided a great opportunity for students to enjoy some outdoor activities at lunch time, as well as exciting viewing for spectators!

The handball competition was open to anyone who was keen for some friendly fire on the Four-Square courts!

With over 40 students signed up to compete over the three days, players were slowly eliminated in the round-robin competition. The heats culminated in the Grand Final Day, where only the best of the best made it through.

The Grand Final match was fierce, with the four final competitors hungry for victory. The crowd gathered to support their respective year levels, and watched as their favourite players ‘swept’ the other plays off the court. A big congratulations to Connor in Year 9 who won the Golden Sweeper Trophy, along with some chocolates. – Shanon, Year 8