Term 2 Week 9 - 2022

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Term 2, Week 9



A Team Effort

It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the year already, as we head into the mid-year break.

You may remember that the 2022 school year began with a mix of students learning at home and at school. Australia was coming to terms with RAT tests and the continuing pandemic restrictions. It was certainly a difficult time for all schools and families, as we negotiated yet another hurdle.

We have greatly appreciated the ongoing support of the Cedar community this year, and it was wonderful to see so many parents join us for the Run4Fun on the final day of Term. It is through joining together as teachers, parents, and students that we can achieve the best possible outcomes for each student at Cedar College.

Holiday Office Hours

As we head into the three-week break, a reminder that the School Office will be closed until Thursday July 21. There are also some substantial roadwork repairs scheduled to take place on the property during the holiday break.

Around the Campus

In this issue we look at a recent student leadership initiative in the High School, some exciting events in the Primary School, High School students investigate the German heritage of South Australia, we round-up Sports results from the last few weeks, and there’s some important notices regarding the start of Term 3.


Mr Peter Thomson, Principal


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Student Leaders

Leadership Wellbeing

Student Leadership plays an important part in the life of Cedar College, as students develop through new opportunities.

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Stunning Symphony

Students from Years 2-5 had the opportunity to see the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in concert, and it was certainly a magical treat!

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Interschool Sports

Interschool sport has enjoyed a big comeback this term, with students taking part in a range of different carnivals over recent weeks.

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German Excursion

Language & Culture

Students had the unique opportunity of combining the two learning areas of Language and Culture during their recent excursion.

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The Front Page

Student Leadership Wellbeing

Student Leadership plays an important part in the life of Cedar College, as students develop and stretch themselves through new opportunities and circumstances.

Our Student leaders are continually encouraged to grow and develop in their leadership capability and competence, in order to perform in their roles to the best of their ability. Throughout Semester 1, they have undertaken a series of 21st Century skill building workshops built around communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking.

On June 23, the students were invited to attend the Future Well (Youth Wellbeing Festival) at The Lights Recreation Centre. Thoughout the day, students had the opportunity to network with over 500 like-minded student leaders from 27 South Australian private and public schools.

A Focus on Wellbeing

This event challenged the students to better consider their individual and collective wellbeing ‘template’. Students had the privilege of listening to internationally acclaimed and award-winning educational futurist, Louka Parry, who talked about ways school communities can better flourish in the wellness space. Matt Purcell, from “Social Kung Fu”, a verbal defence and confidence movement, was also a crowd favourite on the day. Mr Purcell equipped the students with the tools to defend themselves when they’re under pressure, and how to respond appropriately to gossip and slander.

With the embedded wellbeing expo challenges, live music, food, and dance, the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all! The key message was establishing a firm foundation for student wellbeing as a prerequisite for successful leadership, and students gained plenty of practical help and food for thought around the theme of wellbeing.


Mr Andrew Mooney, Year 8 and Student Leadership Co-ordinator

Week 9 News and Notices

Term Break

Our usual three week break between Terms 2 and 3 means that the school office will be closed from Monday July 4 until until Thursday July 21.

Student Free Days – Term 3

Monday July 25 – CSA State Conference

Friday September 9 – Staff in-service day

Uniform Shop Hours

The Uniform Shop will be open on the following two Mondays during the school holidays:  Monday July 18, from 9:30am to4:30pm, and Monday July 25, 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.

School Photo Day – Term 3

School photos are scheduled for Week 2 of Term 3, on Friday August 4. All students are required to wear full winter uniform on this day, including school jumpers and ties. There will also be the opportunity for students who are absent on this day to have their individual photo taken the following week, on Wednesday August 10. Sports team and extra curricular group photos will also be taken on Wednesday August 10.

Our Uniform Policy outlines the winter uniform which is worn for school photos. Including the following:

Girls hair must be neat and tidy and brushed or tied back off the face. If longer than shoulder length, hair must be tied back completely, ie. in a ponytail or plait. The fringe must not fall below the eyebrows, must not be of unnatural hair colour, or be extreme in hair fashion. 

Boys hair must be no longer than collar length and no shorter than a number 2 blade. Hair must be neat and tidy and brushed back off the face. The fringe must not fall below the eyebrows, must not be of unnatural hair colour, or be extreme in hair fashion. Boys must not wear their hair in ponytails, “man buns” or similar. All boys must be clean-shaven, facial hair is not acceptable. 

Primary School Book Week

We’re excited to be able to hold our Book Week parade this year on Wednesday, August 24. This year’s Book Week theme is Dreaming with eyes open… The theme encourages students to read, imagine, explore, and engage with books.

Students have the option of dressing up in two different ways: A character that dreams their story or follows their dreams, or a costume that simply celebrates a character from 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 of the students dressed up in their amazing creations on the day!

South Australian Tertiary Open Days

A number of Tertiary institutions in Adelaide are holding Open Days in the coming weeks. Please visit the individual websites for registration details.

Flinders University Open Days – Flinders University
August 12 (Fri) & 13 (Sat) 9:30am – 3:30pm

Adelaide University Open Day | University of Adelaide
On-campus – August 14 (Sun) 9am – 4pm | Online – August 19 (Fri) 2pm – 8pm

University of South Australia – City West & East Open Days – University of South Australia (unisa.edu.au)
On-campus – August 14 (Sun) 10am – 3pm | Online – August 9 (Tues) 4pm – 8pm ACST

University of South Australia – Magill
August 24 (Wed) 4pm – 7:30pm

University of South Australia – Mawson Lakes
August 21 (Sun) 11am – 3pm

Tabor  Open Day – Tabor
August 13 (Sat) 10am – 3pm

Torrens University Australia Open Day | Torrens University
Online – August 16 (Tues) 4pm – 6pm AEST

CQ University Interactive Virtual Open Day – CQUniversity
Online – August 27 (Sat) 9am – 1pm AEST

Calendar Information


Term 2, 2022 – Tue 3 May – Fri 1 July

Three week break between Terms 2 and 3

Term 3, 2022 – Tue 26 July – Fri 30 Sept

Term 4, 2022 – Tue 18 Oct – Wed 14 Dec

Term 1, 2023 – Tues 31 Jan – Fri 14 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. 

Please note that currently our Chapels and Assemblies are not able to be attended by parents, due to restrictions.

Should guidelines for large gatherings change, parents/caregivers will be informed. Thank you for your understanding.

Primary School News

Simply Stunning Symphony

Students from Years 2-5 had the opportunity during Week 6 to see the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra live in concert, for the first time in two years, and it was certainly a magical treat!

Upon entry, the students marvelled at the Adelaide Town Hall’s grand staircase, ornate ceiling and the majestic pipe organ, which was the perfect setting for the beautiful pieces of orchestral music. Talented composer Paul Rissmann was on hand to take the Junior Primary through the musical tale of “Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space”, while the Upper Primary enjoyed “The Lost Thing”.

Inspiring Instruments

The students had fun singing along and watching the talented musicians play their Violins, Cellos, French horns and many other kinds of orchestral instruments! They were also introduced to some all-time favourites, such as “The Hall of the Mountain King”.

We had a wonderful time as a school, and also found out that the ASO perform a range of different concerts especially for families – check out their website for details!


Mrs Amy Webster, Primary School Performing Arts Teacher


Our final day of Term 2 concluded with the excitement of the Primary School Run4Fun.

There was plenty of running, and a lot of fun, as students in the Primary School enjoyed the friendly day of competition.

As well as the running circuit, there was a range of fun activities for student to take part in, to earn further points for their team. Students enjoyed spending some time kicking goals, shooting hoops, colouring a banner, and even building a giant Jenga tower between laps!

It was especially exciting to have parents and friends join us for the morning, with some running some laps and joining in the fun!

A Close Finish

The final results were carefully calculated based on the number of students, with the winner being Laver, by the smallest of margins!

First: Laver – 18.538 average laps per person, Second: Bradman – 18.239, Third: Gould – 17.849, Fourth: Jackson – 16.483


Mrs Bek Robinson, Sports Co-ordinator Year 3-12

After-School Sports News

After-School Sports

We’ve had an exciting and busy term in After-School Sports!

zetta-ballFor the first time at Cedar, we have formed an age 7 and under netta-ball team, called the Cedar Sparks. These Reception and Year 1 students have enjoyed learning the game and have joined our other two netball teams who play weekly at the Golden Grove Recreation Center. We are proud of all their hard work!

We’ve also had three new Cedar basketball teams start this winter season, meaning we now have nine Cedar basketball teams competing each weekend. It’s encouraging to see so many students excited to play sport and represent Cedar on the weekends.

PlayStart Soccer

Each Thursday afternoon during Term 2, we have had PlayStart Sport come and run soccer training sessions with over 20 of our Reception to Year 3 students. It’s been a great way for students to be introduced to soccer, and to continue to build on skills they have already learned. It’s been so popular that PlayStart will be returning in Term 3 to offer the program to our students again. More information will be sent out via Canvas regarding registration and costs involved.

If you, or your student, are interested in joining an after-school sport team, please contact me at michelleg@cedarcollege.sa.edu.au.


Mrs Michelle Green, After-School Sports Co-ordinator

Sports News

Interschool Sports

Interschool sport has enjoyed a big comeback this term, with students taking part in a range of different carnivals over the last few weeks of term.

Soccer Carnivals

In Week 6, the annual SACSA Soccer Carnival was held at West Beach for students in Year 5/6, 7/8 and 9/10.

The Year 5/6 Students were first up on the Wednesday and had two very fit and athletic teams ready to take on the challenge. The boys had a tough pool and narrowly missed out on a spot in the Grand Final, but played incredibly well. Undefeated all day, the Year 5/6 girls were a surprise package, finding themselves heading into a grand final. After a courageous battle, they narrowly lost to Sunrise by 2 goals.

The Year 7/8 Girls played some solid soccer the following day, even though they were missing some players due to injury. Thank you to Miss Sampson for coaching them for the day. Unfortunately, due a clash with State Cross Country and Year 7/8 Soccer, there wasn’t the numbers to take a boys’ team.

After an excellent run throughout the whole Carnival, the Year 9/10 girls entered the Grand Final full of determination, teamwork and a display of skill that resulted in a fantastic win. Given the training and effort the girls put in, the big win was fully deserved. The Year 9/10 boys fought hard in their competition, but fell agonisingly short of the Grand Final after conceding a late goal. The team has been a regular fixture over the years, and it was great to be back with the boys in familiar territory.

Final Results

5/6 Boys 4th – MVP Anthony – Coach Mr Jackman
5/6 Girls 2nd – MVP Bec & Izzy – Coach Mrs Robinson
7/8 Girls 5th – MVP Maya – Coach Miss Sampson
9/10 Boys 3rd – MVP Ethan – Coach Mr Fernihough
9/10 Girls 1st – MVP Elain – Coach Mr Jackman

Thank you to all the parents and friends who came to support the students.

Netball Carnivals

On the 16th of June, students from Years 7-12 competed in the Boys Netball Vista Day Carnival. There were over 50 Cedar students participating from across five teams.

After winning the Netball at the Rijken Cup, the Year 11/12s were looking to add another trophy to the cabinet. They certainly delivered, entering the finals undefeated and winning by a large margin over Modbury 1.

The Year 9/10 boys narrowly lost their game against Modbury 1 in the minor round. With a few adjustments to the team, they met them again in the final and were victorious, displaying some incredibly patient and clever game play.

Congratulations to all the teams for playing at a high level despite the rain and minimal break time between games. Thank you also to Mrs Ziebarth for scoring and Mr du Preez for assisting with team selection.

Final Results

Year 11/12 Cedar 1, 1st, MVP Aaron – Student Coach Amali
Year 9/10 Cedar 1, 1st,  MVP Luca – Coach Mrs Robinson
Year 9/10 Cedar 2, 7th, MVP Lukas – Coach Mrs Shaw
Year 7/8 Cedar 1, 3rd, MVP Jack – Coach Miss Spriggs
Year 7/8 Cedar 2, 4th MVP Jadon – Student Coaches Tylah, Tamia and Elissa

District and State Cross Country

After an initial delay to the competition, and SACSA Cross Country being cancelled, students were finally able to attend the North-Eastern District Cross Country to qualify for the State Cross Country held at Oakbank.

Our students from Year 4-6 ran exceptionally well, with the Cedar team winning the title of North Eastern Cross Country Champions for another year.

Congratulations to all the following students for qualifying for the State competition

Boys U12 – Tyler 1st, Cobie 3rd
Girls U12 – Ania 3rd, Ariana qual, Yar qual
Boys U11 – Oliver 3rd, Liam 4th
Girls U11 – Emma 1st, Zoe qual
Boys U10 – Isaac 1st, Justin 3rd
Girls U10 – Ella 1st, Eve 2nd, Alicia qual


The State Cross Country competition was held on the 9th of June, and Cedar took a team of 21 students from Year 4-9.

This was the largest team of Cedar students who have attended State Cross Country competition. The nature of this event is incredibly tiring, with students running in races of up to 200 students from all over the State.

Congratulations to Max and Tyler for finishing in the top 20 and being asked back to for the second trial for the State team. A special mention also goes to Max, Ben and Joel for finishing in the top 10 for the team event, representing Cedar, and also to Tyler and Cobie for being a part of the North Eastern team that finished 9th overall.

Thank you to Mr Klassen and Mr Wilson, who ran the training in the lead up to the event and helped produce these incredible results – we are hoping to attend the SACSA event next year.


Mrs Bek Robinson, Sports Co-ordinator Year 3–12

High School News

Exploring Language and Culture

German, as a subject, sounds as though it should be language learning, and this is correct. Language, however, is always connected to the Culture it represents.

We had the unique opportunity of combining the two learning areas in our excursion to the early German settlement of Hahndorf. Religiously persecuted Lutherans from Prussia arrived in 1838 at Holdfast Bay. Their journey on foot to Hahndorf demonstrated the German spirit of determination and willingness to work very hard. There were only 52 original families that settled there.

Early Settlers

The Year 9 German class was given a guided tour of the original Academy school, and the only remaining original German farm. They learned how the early settlers lived, tried some of their utensils, and walked through the single room house, where their heads touched the “wattle and daub” ceiling. The living quarters were so small and the sleeping area was above the cows, which caught us all by surprise.

We met one descendant of the original settlers, Anni Luur Fox, who was an enthusiastic storyteller. She gave the school a copy of her booklet entitled “Early Hahndorf and the Pioneer Women’s Trail”. We all tried the yolk that the young girls used to carry their produce to the market, after walking all the way to Adelaide and back!

Student Learning Responses

The students had a wonderful experience and we asked them what they learned and enjoyed.

“At Hahndorf we met Anni Luur Fox and Lyndell Davidge who told us the history of Hahndorf in an interesting way. We got to ‘travel back in time’ and see how the early settlers in Hahndorf lived.” – Angel

“In Hahndorf, much was learnt about how people came from Germany re-settled there after coming over by the ship, Zebra, in 1839. We visited an original old farm and saw where people slept, ate, and enjoyed life. The early settlers’ lives differed greatly from ours, and it was amazing to realise how fortunate we are today.” – Georgia

“The excursion to Hahndorf was very interesting because we were able to get a glimpse into the typical lifestyle of the early German settlers. We all got to taste a traditional German Brezel/pretzel.” – Charlotte

“Hahndorf had beautiful architecture, and I found the original farm/barn and house interesting. I was intrigued by the old way of life at the school/hospital, and I really enjoyed exploring with my friends.” – Charlotte

“The Hahndorf excursion had taught me a lot, especially about how the first German settlers learnt at school. I really enjoyed trying to write in the script that the German settlers used to write in!” – Danielle

“Hahndorf was the perfect trip to get a taste of the German culture, including learning more about the lifestyle and being able to experience what life was like for the early German settlers in 1839.” – Donabette


Frau Field, High School Languages Teacher