Term 2 Week 8 - 2023

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Term 2, Week 8


Lifelong Connections

The first half of the school year is rapidly drawing to a close, with our senior students undergoing exams, work experience, and also a few fun activities to finish the Semester.

Our current Year 12 students have just over 12 weeks of school remaining before their final assessments take place and they begin to think about life after school. As these students step into the world beyond their familiar environment, they enter a new phase of life filled with opportunities, challenges, and personal growth.

It has been exciting, therefore, to see the recent launch of our official Alumni committee, who will oversee the Cedar Old Scholars Association ( COSA). The committee includes graduates from a number of Year 12 cohorts, including one from our very first Year 12 class, graduating in 2008. These Alumni were joined by current and past staff members to begin shaping the committee. While the committee is currently in its infancy, we look forward to the collaborative opportunities and lifelong connections that a vibrant Alumni association brings.


Around the Campus

In this issue of CedarNews, our Head of Primary School reminds us of the opportunities we have to display love to our Compassion sponsor children in Thailand, we look at the recent High School Winter Soulstice, the Year 6 Camp and Election, and take a quick trip to Hahndorf with our Year 9 German students.


Mr Peter Thomson, Principal

Coming Events

April 2024

Saturday April 13Sunday April 28


Thursday April 25

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Sunday April 28

WEEK 1 >>

Monday April 29


Tuesday April 30

Students Return for Term 2

May 2024

Thursday May 2

HS SACSA Athletics Carnival

Friday May 3

PS SACSA Athletics Carnival

Sunday May 5

Week 2 >>

Monday May 6

3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
HS Learning Conversations

Tuesday May 7

Reception to Year 6 I Wonder Event
11:35 am – 12:35 pm
Yr 7E Excursion

Wednesday May 8Friday May 10

Year 11 Camp

Displaying Love

Cedar students, staff and families, making an impact in the lives of children in Thailand.

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Year 6 Camp

From Pioneers to Politics

Year 6s jump into the fun of country life, and cast their election votes!

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Winter Soulstice

Families bask in the warmth of live music as High School students perform the classics.

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German Excursion

German Experience

Year 9s enjoy exploring and researching South Australia’s rich German heritage.

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The Front Page

Displaying Love Around the World

Child sponsorship through Compassion Australia is something that Cedar has been a part of for many years, and hearing the stories from the children we’ve partnered with, and the impact that this has had, has been truly inspiring.

Week 8 News and Notices

Student Free Days – Term 3

  • Monday July 24

Please note that Monday July 24, is a Student Free Day for all students in R-12 as staff will be attending the CSA State Conference.

Students return for Term 3 on Tuesday July 25.

  • Friday September 8

Friday September 8 is our Student Free Show Day for all students. Staff will be attending Professional Development sessions on this day.

Uniform Shop Hours

The Uniform Shop will be open on the following two Mondays during the school holidays:  Monday July 17,  from 9:30am to 4:30pm, and Monday July 24, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Most uniform items, including winter uniform, are now available via the Qkr! app. Please first select a delivery method to ensure that your order is placed correctly, and you will be notified when the order has been fulfilled.

Primary School Run4Fun

The Primary School Run4Fun will take place 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! Students need to wear their PE uniform, with their coloured House T-shirt.

Due to weather, the Run4Fun will now be held in the Sports Centre. Further details have been posted on Canvas.

School Photos – Term 3

School photos are scheduled for Week 3 of Term 3, Friday August 11.

School photo ordering has changed for 2023. Our school photographers, MSP, have introduced a paperless ordering system this year, with orders and payment submitted online. Students will no longer require an ordering envelope.

Photo Day information, ordering and payment instructions will be emailed directly from our photographers, MSP. Please note that MSP will use your email address ONLY for the sole purpose of communicating the ordering of school photos, replacing the printed envelope that would normally be provided.

These emails will be sent to parents/caregivers early next week (Week 9), so please keep an eye out for this! 

All student contacts (generally Contact 1 and 2) will receive an email directly from MSP Photography, via the email address you have supplied to Cedar College. This email will contain all of the details, links and shoot keys that you will require to place your order. Family Photos can also be ordered and paid for online, and these will take place between 8am and 8:40am on Photo Day.

We will also continue to provide an envelope option (obtainable from the Front Office) for families who wish to make payments in cash, rather than online.

Sports Team and Co-Curricular Photos

Photographs will be taken of our 2023 sports teams, plus a number of co-curricular groups, on Tuesday August 8. Student involved in these photos will be notified individually.

Primary School Book Week

We’re excited to hold our Book Week parade this year on Wednesday, August 23. This year’s Book Week theme is “Read, Grow, Inspire”. The theme celebrates the learning, growth and inspiration that comes as children engage with books.

Students have the option of dressing up as a character from a book that has inspired them, or a costume that simply celebrates their favourite book. Students are encouraged to design and create costumes that are fun, enthusiastic, clever and colourful, in collaboration with their parents, and if possible, bring the book or a picture from the book with them on the day. This can be a fun holiday activity for students to undertake, when there’s plenty of time for creativity!

We look forward to seeing all the students dressed up in their amazing creations on the day!

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.

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

Year 6s Head to the Polls

As part of their Civics and Citizenship unit , the Year 6 students headed to the polling booths for the annual Year 6 election.

The press conferences were followed by some intense questioning of the policies presented, as each party endeavoured to highlight potential issues in order to sway the votes their way. There was some strong campaigning in the form of political posters from the Australian Conservatives, Greens, and a number of the independent candidates.

On election day, each student voted within their electorate after getting their name crossed off the certified list.

Too Close to Call

Once voting was completed, votes were counted and distributed according to the preferences. After finalising postal and absentee voting, the seat of Bradman was taken out by the Greens and the seat of Gould was won by Labor. The seat of Laver went to the Liberal party and, while the seat of Jackson is still awaiting a final vote to determine the outright winner, it is strongly leaning towards becoming a Liberal seat.

We have currently been left with a hung parliament with no major party declared to be the outright winner. The best we can hope for is that they will form a minority government once the final vote comes in.

Miss Susan Dix, Year 6 Teacher


Primary School News

Campers Experience Country Life

May 17th was a day that started with a lot of excitement as the Year 6 students arrived at school ready to depart for our camp at Wirraway Homestead, Strathalbyn.

We headed off, and the bus was filled with excited chatter. After a trip up the freeway, we arrived at Strathalbyn for a quick recess break before finishing the journey to the campsite.

Friendly staff and picturesque scenery greeted us, with rolling green hills and crisp country air. We found our way to our dorms and set up before we had lunch and got straight into activities.

Horse-riding proved to be as popular as always, but students also enjoyed herding sheep, completing obstacle courses and testing their accuracy at the archery range.

Afternoon breaks gave students the chance to explore a variety of activities on offer as well as visit the much-loved snack bar. The line was long, but students loved being able to buy a tasty snack.

It was also a fun challenge to build a shelter and then to see if it was waterproof. There were squeals and laughter as some groups realised their shelters weren’t as waterproof as they hoped.

Night sessions were fun and consisted of the horseshoe challenge as well as other fun games. It was also interesting to hear different staff share stories about their life and talk about their faith journeys. The night session was also memorable for the girls who managed to beat the boys 3-0 in a tug-o-war challenge. It amazed me how loud the celebrations were!

New Experiences and Challenges

It was a fun experience to walk out in the darkness one night with the staff and listen to the night sounds of frogs and birds and to look up and see the bright abundance of stars. Doing this away from the city lights really is a sight to behold.

This year we were also able to try whip cracking and lasso challenges. Everyone felt confident they were movie stars from the old Wild West movies, but it turned out to be a bit trickier than it looks. However, with some determination and practice, the cracking noises started to come, and the students got great satisfaction when they succeeded.

Camp always goes so quickly. Many great experiences were had and memories made. In no time at all, we were packing up and boarding the bus to come home. Wirraway had yet again provided a fun and unique experience that will be remembered for many years to come. The bus trip home was quieter than the one going up as students realised that the long days and reduced sleep had indeed caught up with them.

Thanks to Miss Dix, Emily, Josh, and Nurse Lorelei for coming on camp and making it a great experience, and to Mr Austin and Pastor Jeremy for coming up for a day visit.

Mr Nathan Carson, Year 6 Teacher


Event News

Winter Soulstice

After treble hiatus, the Winter Soulstice Music Performance evening swung back into action last Wednesday evening.

Music students from Years 9 – 12 and families joined together in the CityReach Auditorium, basking in the warmth of live music. Lara Tuzewski and Lydia Thewodros, our Creative Arts Prefects, MC’d the night with class and precision.

The Year 9s kicked off the night with 80s classics Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics), Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears) and U2’s dive into Pop Gospel, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – a strong opening set.

Year 10 groups showed their skill variety and taste, covering Disney Tunes Love is an Open Door (Frozen) in the Bossa Nova style, and Just Can’t Wait to be King (The Lion King) in a Rock style. Then they smashed some Earth Wind and Fire – September, and Let’s Groove, just for good measure.

“Brandon’s Mohawk”, a.k.a. the Year 11s, performed iconic latter-20th-century pieces I Wish (Stevie Wonder), Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves), Love Me Do (Beatles), finally finishing with arguably the epitome of 80s Pop Ballad Sax – Careless Whisper (George Michael) – there was harmonica too!

Lastly, the Year 12s. Upon hearing Motown tunes Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder), with ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’ panache, and My Girl (The Temptations) elegance, we knew something epic was building. In a fitting tribute to Tina Turner, Proud Mary closed the night with fanatical energy.

Congratulations to all students involved; the hard work has paid off! Thank you to parents and staff behind the scenes for supporting the night. Your hard work also paid off!

Mr Matthew Downton, High School Music Teacher

Middle School News

Year 9 Hahndorf Experience

The Year 9 German class recently went to Hahndorf for a full day experience of the Heritage listed German Early Settlers Village.

It was a busy day, punctuated by warm, good food and plenty to see, including an original Sir Hans Heysen painting, the only original Rodert’s farm still standing, and the oldest still functioning Lutheran Church in the whole of Australia.

The Academy, which was the original school, founded by Boehm, was the favourite site. There were many items of interest and lots of historical artifacts from 1836. We tried writing using the old-style script, and saw an old map of how the original town was divided, as all German villages were built with the river towards the back fence. The main road still has many original buildings, with many repurposed as shops.

Each Year 9 had a particular family to trace, and the stories about the “How”, “Why”, and “How long it took”, all became real. It took the early settlers four months of travel by ship, and three weeks to walk to Hahndorf. Sadly, many died on the voyage out to Australia from what was then Prussia.

“Das Haus restaurant welcomed us all with hot Brezeln (pretzels) for morning tea on our way to the farm, and then afterward for a scrumptious lunch.”

“Today, Hahndorf is mostly for tourists, but it is important to preserve this unique part of South Australian heritage. We were thankful to have experienced it while we still have the opportunity.”


Mrs Andrea Field, High School German Teacher

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School Office: 08 8261 3377

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


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About Cedar College

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