Term 3 Week 10 - 2020

Term 3, Week 10



Finishing Well

As we finish off Term 3 and prepare for the busyness which Term 4 will undoubtedly bring, our prayers are with our Year 12 students as they prepare for exams and complete tasks, in what has been an extraordinary year.

While COVID-19 has dominated the news this year, we have still managed many highlights during 2020, and we are hopeful that we will continue to create many positive memories during the final term of the year.

Around the Campus

In this week’s newsletter, we look at some of the exciting activities of Primary School Book Week, revisit some 80’s music with the Middle School Jams, catch up on the latest Sports News, hear from the Year 10 Bushwalking Camp, and learn about a special Parenting Course being held during Term 4.


Student Achievement

It’s always exciting to hear about the many ways Cedar College students are achieving, both in and out of school.

We’d especially like to congratulate one of our Year 8 students, Elaine on an outstanding performance in the Under 18 AFLW competition. Elaine, who is only 14, was voted Best Player in the Under 18 competition, while playing for Broadview Football Club. Voted by the umpires as the clear winner, Elaine is hoping to be selected in the Womens’ North Adelaide Football Club team. Well done Elaine, on an incredible effort.

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal


Students return for Term 3
TODAY - Wednesday, Jul 28 (all day)
Week 3 >>
AMC - Maths Competition
Details: Wednesday, Aug 4 to Friday, Aug 6 (all day)
Year 10 & 11 Subject Counselling Interviews
Details: Thursday, Aug 5 (all day)
Week 4 >>
ICAS - Digital Technologies & Writing Competitions
Details: Monday, Aug 9 to Friday, Aug 13 (all day)
Year 3&4 SACSA Basketball Carnival
Details: Wednesday, Aug 11 (all day)
Year 10 Bushwalking Camp
Details: Wednesday, Aug 11 to Friday, Aug 13 (all day)
Year 5&6 Girls SACSA Basketball Carnival
Details: Thursday, Aug 12 (all day)
Year 5&6 Boys SACSA Basketball Carnival
Details: Friday, Aug 13 (all day)
Week 5 >>
Primary School Book Week
Details: Monday, Aug 16 to Friday, Aug 20 (all day)
SACSA Year 7/8 Basketball
Details: Monday, Aug 16 (all day)
ICAS - English Competition
Details: Monday, Aug 16 to Friday, Aug 20 (all day)
SACSA Year 11/12 Basketball
Details: Tuesday, Aug 17 (all day)

Primary School Book Week

Book Week events

From wild hats to lost sheep – an exciting Book Week

Sports News

Sports News

Fierce competitions at Interschool Soccer Carnivals

Middle School Music

Rocking the '80s

Year 9 musical journey goes back to the ’80s

Year 10 Bushwalking

New Horizons

Year 10s head to Flinders for a remarkable journey

The Front Page

Parenting Course Opportunity

Head of Upper Primary


As parents, we often make the joke that children don’t come with a manual, but wouldn’t it be great if they did!

Why this course?

The opportunity to offer a parenting course to our school community is something that has been on my heart for a long time. As a father of four children, my wife and I have attended a number of parenting courses over the years. During these courses we have picked up some key information that has helped us parent our children as they grow and change. I have discovered that even as my children get older and become adults, parenting never stops.

When does it start?

In partnership with Pastor Graham from CityReach and myself, we will be offering the Alpha Parenting Children Course to families. I realise that time pressures are upon all of us, so our plan is to hold Thursday morning sessions over five weeks, starting on October 22. If this timing doesn’t work for you, please let us know and we may look at running the next one in a different time slot.

About the Course

The course includes video and interactive, discussion-based sessions covering topics such as: Building Strong Foundations; Meeting Our Children’s Needs; Setting Boundaries; Teaching Healthy Relationships; and Establishing Long Term Aims. The goal of the course is to assist parents in bringing up responsible, resilient, caring, grateful, loving children. To register, please use the link below, or if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or Pastor Graham, via the Front Office.

Mr Nigel Austin, Upper Primary Co-ordinator


Alpha Parenting Course

For parents/caregivers of Primary School aged children.

Beginning Thursday October 22, from 9am-10:30am for 5 weeks.

The course will be held in the CityReach Café (here on the Cedar campus) which will be open from 8:45am, following morning drop-off.

Cost is $10 per person/couple, to cover the cost of the course booklet. Registrations close on October 15, in order to finalise numbers and volunteers needed.

Week 10 News and Notices

From the Business Manager

Please keep an eye out for your Term 3 statement of fees that will be emailed in the second week of the holidays.

Business ManagerIt is important that you check it for accuracy and if you believe that your fees won’t be paid in full by the end of this year, please contact me in the first week of Term 4 to discuss your family situation.

As we have already begun planning for Term 1, 2021, It is also very important (per your enrolment contract which states that families are required to give one term’s notice of withdrawal of students) that you advise the school by October 16 if your student is NOT continuing at Cedar College in 2021.

Last Day of Term 3

Friday September 25 is the last day of Term 3. Primary School students finish at 3:15pm, High School students finish at 3:20am.

No lunch orders this Friday 

Please note that lunch orders (including sushi) will NOT be available this Friday. The Canteen will be open at recess and lunch for snacks only, with the Term 4 menu available from Week 1.

Summer Uniform Reminder

Now is the time to check your child’s summer uniform for correct sizing, to ensure they are ready for Term 4. This includes hats, which are compulsory during Term 4, and the correct hair accessories for summer (which are different to winter uniform), both of which can be ordered via the Qkr! app. For further information regarding the summer uniform, please see our Uniform Policy.

First Day of Term 4

Students return for Term 4 on Tuesday October 13, with High School starting at 8:30am, and Primary School at 8:40am (Monday October 12 is a Student Free Day). Please note that Friday December 4 (Week 8) is a Student Free Day for all students.

Junior Primary Sports Day

Junior Primary Sports Day will be held, Week 2, Friday October 23, starting at 8:30am. Students need to wear their Cedar sports shorts and colour House Team T-shirt. If you require a new coloured team T-shirt, please order through the Qkr! app by Friday October 9. Team colours can be displayed with hair ribbons, mascots, zinc cream and streamers. No dyed hair or face paint.

As this is an outdoor event, parents/caregivers are welcome to attend the day and fly their team colours! Please note that physical distancing requirements are to be adhered to at all times during this event.

Note that this year there will NOT be a sausage sizzle or bake sale, however, the Canteen will be open for students at recess and for pre-ordered student lunches on the day. A Café Station, under the verandah near the oval, will have coffee & hot chocolate available for $2, from 9:00am until 10:30am.

PLEASE NOTE: The day will end at approximately 1pm, when Junior Primary students will be dismissed from their classrooms.

Operation Christmas Child

It’s that time of year again where we have the opportunity to participate in Operation Christmas Child and bring Good News and Great Joy to children in developing countries. Some classes are putting together collective boxes, and families are also encouraged to put together a Christmas Shoebox for a child in need. Boxes are available from the Primary School Front Office for 50c, and this could be a great activity to do as a family during the coming school holidays. Please make sure you follow the gift ideas outlined in the shoebox brochures, and, if not donating online, please ensure you include the $10 required to the ship the box.

Completed boxes must be returned to the Primary School office no later than Friday October 23 – Term 4, Week 2.

Grasshopper Soccer

Grasshopper Soccer will also continue the after-school (Thursday) Soccer program at Cedar College in Term 4. For more information email: [email protected]

Dates this Term


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

Term 2, 2021 – Tue 27 April – Fri 25 June

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


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 School Assemblies and Chapels are held on Fridays at 8:50am. 

Please note that Chapels and Assemblies will be attended by students only during Term 3.

Should guidelines for large gatherings change, parents/caregivers will be informed.

Primary School News

Book Week

Book Week 2020 may have held been later in the year than usual, but students still celebrated the magic of books through the adventures of Lost Sheep, and a sea of wild and crazy head wear.

Author Visit

An ice skating camel, a horse in a unicorn onesie, the most absurd combinations imaginable are the secret sauce of Andrew McDonough’s best selling stories

“What doesn’t go together?” is the question he asks himself as he authors and illustrates the much-loved Lost Sheep series. Andrew gave us a behind the scenes glimpse of the publishing lifecycle, from a sketch on maths book graph paper to store ready, glossy picture books. We also got some helpful tips as he stepped us through a drawing lesson to create characters in his signature cartoon style.

Andrew’s visit was part of our Book Week celebrations which hopefully inspired the students to create some of their own Curious Creatures with their Wild Minds in keeping with this year’s theme.

Wild Hat Day

The term finished with Book Week on top, as Primary School classes celebrated the theme Curious Creatures, Wild Minds with a Wild Hat Parade.

The auditorium was brimming with long whiskers and sharp teeth, unicorn horns and furry ears as strange and wonderful creatures from Thelma the Unicorn to Toothless the Dragon, and from the Gruffalo to Fantastic Mr Fox took centre stage. Those who chose to wear a whacky hat like a favourite character were just as impressive, with Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka and The Saucepan Man adding to the fun.

Thanks to our Library staff for their efforts transforming our Resource Centre into a jungle this term, and thanks also to parents for helping to create such wonderful headwear for your children to wear.

Mrs Emma Barnard & Mrs Clare Wright, Primary School Library Teachers

Interschool Sports

Sports News

The last two weeks saw Cedar’s soccer teams step up and compete at a number of interschool carnivals for both Primary and High School.

The Upper Primary soccer teams gave it their all at the SACSA Soccer Carnivals during Week 9.

Primary School SACSA Soccer

The Year 3/4 boys’ soccer team enjoyed playing in their first carnival and gave it their best effort. The Year 5/6 girls’ soccer team were blessed with sunny weather, while playing their carnival at West Beach and had several close results.

All of the games were action packed. Our teams scored some ripper goals, played some great defence and shared the ball with their teammates all over the soccer pitch. Both teams displayed great effort, teamwork and sportsmanship throughout the soccer carnivals. Go Cedar!

Mr Andrew Bloomfield, Primary School PE Teacher

High School SACSA Soccer

The soccer carnivals are one of the favourites in our sporting calendar, and this year was always going to produce some hotly contested matches.

After four weeks of training all teams embarked on the journey down to Barratt Reserve in Week 9. Each year we see the Cedar students rise to the occasion. Both Year 7/8 boys and girls teams made it through to the Grand Final once again. Unfortunately, both teams just missed out on gold, finishing as runners-up, with the boys struggling to digest a loss after the game finished in a penalty shootout, after time was added.

The Year 9/10 boys and girls teams both endured tougher playing conditions but just didn’t quite finish their chances when the opportunities presented. The girls carrying the longest undefeated streak of the competition, and the boys with one of the highest winning margins, just wasn’t quite enough to make the final rounds.

I’m extremely proud of the players who committed their mornings and lunchtimes to training. The team spirit is looking a lot stronger each year and we can appreciate the value that comes from competing within the SACSA Interschool Championships. As interest grows and their abilities develop further, we are looking to establish more opportunities for students interested in soccer for 2021.

Mr Josh Fernihough, High School Sports Co-ordinator

Staff v Student Volleyball

Staff were keen to return serve this year after losing the Staff v Student title in 2019, to a tough opposition of determined Year 12 touch footy players.

Volleyball was the main event this year, bringing together staff from all four corners of the College to compete against our current Year 12s. It was clear from the first whistle that the staff team looked more comfortable, gliding like gazelles through the air, in a statement of intent. The student team, lead by Sports Captains Tahlia and Siobhan, rallied the team together quickly to stop points being leaked, but it was all too late for the students. After 30 minutes the siren rang out for the staff to take back the title.

The competition is a great school community event, and next year we will introduce the championship in both Semester 1 and 2. Nominations will be held in Term 4 to decide which sports staff and student will be competing in.

Mr Josh Fernihough, High School Sports Co-ordinator

Middle School News

Jamming to the '80s

Over the course of 2020, our Year 9 Music students have been able to take a deep look into the sounds of the 1980s.

The Year 9s have explored prominent artists of that period such as Michael Jackson and Madonna, along with the rise of MTV and the rapidly changing music scene at the time.

Classic ’80s Pop

Our 1980’s journey began in Term 1, as our students covered classics such as Sweet Dreams, Every Breath You Take, and Africa. This term, students have been able to dive straight back into the ’80s sound and recreate Sweet Child of Mine and Land Down Under. Last week’s Year 9 Music Jam, held in the Foundry space, was an incredible opportunity for our Year 9s to showcase their talents. The space was open to the High School, and we received an incredible turn out, and even had special Year 10 guests, Jamie and Zayd perform their cover of Master of Puppets. 

The performers for Land Down Under included Joshua keeping a steady beat on the drums, Eryn on keys and delighting our ears with killer harmonies on the back-up vocals, Alyssa bangin’ it on the bass, Tani stealing the show with her lead riffs on the flute, and Aaliyah singing with perfect pitch on lead vocals!

Our musos playing Sweet Child of Mine, involved Jonathan nailing every hit on the drums, Lydia and Michelle keeping each chord-change polished on the keys, Emily driving the anticipated beats on bass, Jared grooving on electric guitar, Farhaan absolutely acing each solo on lead guitar, and Eden giving us a performance to remember on lead vocals.

As their Music teacher, I could not be more proud of each of these students and how much they have achieved so far. This performance was the icing on the cake for this term. Keep an eye on the music department, because we will have even more in store for the end of the year!

Miss Ysobel Mason, High School Music Teacher

Senior School News

Year 10s in the Flinders

During Week 8, the Year 10 students spent three incredible days at Mambray Creek, hiking through the Flinders Ranges.

We began our camp by hiking for five hours to our campsite, constantly cracking jokes and talking about what we believed this camp had in store for us. We set up our tents, settled down for the night and discussed what we were going to do the next morning and our hopes for the camp, as we all wanted to accomplish something to be proud of. As we were about to sleep, we spent some time relaxing and listening to a devotion from Pastor Jeremy.

New Day, New Horizon 

The next morning, we got up and started to prepare for the day ahead, we sat down and listened to our Wilderness Explorer leader talk us through where we would be walking that day. We set off, with a much lighter rucksack and enjoyed our time, casually walking through the beautiful Hidden Gorge. We made it to the top of The Battery and spent our lunchtime, gazing out to the horizon.

We returned to camp and enjoyed our dinner, whilst reflecting about our favourite times on camp, what we struggled with and who we would like to give recognition to. By the end of the night, we had finished playing our games so we all spent a few minutes gazing at the stars before heading to bed.

As we woke up the next morning, it was clear that I was not going to be the only one who would be sad to leave. We left our campsite and walked back to the Visitor Centre, glad for the time we spent at camp, and the experience we had together.

Amber, Year 10 student