Term 3 Week 10 - 2022

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Term 3, Week 10


Marking a Milestone

Last week marked an important milestone for Cedar College, as we held our 25th Anniversary Alumni Reunion!

The ongoing complications of organising events during COVID restrictions, as well as a last-minute date change due to the National day of Mourning, did little to dampen the enthusiasm for the event! A mix of students from each decade attended the evening, with many astonished at the changes that have taken place since the early days of Cedar College.

The returning students enjoyed a tour of some of our new facilities, live music, a finger food buffet, and the opportunity to reconnect with old classmates and teachers. As a memento of the evening, each student also received a commemorative sterling sliver coin.

COSA – Launching a New Chapter

The official launch of the Cedar College Old Scholars Association, COSA, was a highlight of the evening. The Association welcomes all Cedar College graduates, known as Alumni, and Old Scholars, to be a part of our growing community. We’re certainly excited about the opportunities ahead as we recognise the valuable contributions that our old scholars are able to make to the life of the College.

Around the Campus

In this issue of CedarNews we look at Navigating NAPLAN, highlights from the Year 6 camp, the Year 11 Health and Wellbeing students’ Risk and Trauma Prevention session, the Year 7 Zoo visit to learn about endangered animals, and a Netball Carnival round-up from Week 8!


Mr Peter Thomson, Principal

25th Anniversary COSA launch


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Navigating NAPLAN

Parents of students in Year 3,5,7 and 9 will receive NAPLAN Reports this week.

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Year 6 Camp

Away at Wirraway

Year 6s leave the city for an expansive 180 acre property, rolling hills, and lush countryside.

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Year 7 Zoo excursion

Endangered Investigations

For a clearer understanding of endangered animals, the Year 7s headed to the Zoo.

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Year 11 Health

Intensive Learning

Year 11s experience an Intensive Care Unit, for Prevention Against Risk related Trauma in Youth.

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Navigating NAPLAN

Many will recall NAPLAN assessments being completed during Term 2, with academic researchers wondering how the pandemic, flu and floods would impact on performance across Australia.

Week 10 News and Notices

Last day of Term 3

Friday September 30

This Friday, September 30, is the final day of Term 3. Students finish at the normal time of 3:15pm (Primary School) and 3:20pm (High School).

Student Free Days – Term 4

Monday October 17 – Student Free Day R-12
Friday December 9 – Student Free Day R-12

Student return for Term 4

Tuesday October 18

Students return for the new Term on Tuesday October 18. High School begins at 8:40am, Primary School begins 8:30am.

PE/Sports Uniform Update

A letter was emailed to parents and caregivers regarding some uniform updates taking place from Term 4.


Recent constraints with suppliers and fabrics, as well as changing styles, have prompted an update to our PE uniform in both Primary School and High School. The new uniform items will be available via Qkr! and the Uniform Shop in time for our official Summer uniform changeover this year – Week 3 of Term 4.

PE/Sports Shorts

Our all-new PE/Sports Shorts have an athletic fit in a 4-way-stretch microfibre water-repellent fabric, mesh inner, red accent with yellow piping, zip pocket, micro-mesh back panel, drawstring, and the Cedar College crest on the left side.

PE/Sports Track Pants

Track Pants

The updated Senior Track Pants have a modern fit in a 4-way-stretch microfibre water-repellent fabric, cotton lining, micro-mesh back panel, zip pocket, ankle zippers with yellow piping, and the Cedar College crest on the left side.

The Junior Track Pants have been updated to match, including ankle zippers with yellow piping, and the Cedar College crest on the left side.

Students are able to continue to wear the previous style PE/Sports Shorts and Track Pants for the next 2 years, in order to maximise use, until the end of 2024.

The Uniform Shop will continue to sell a limited supply of the previous style PE/Sports Shorts and Track Pants at a discounted price, until current stock runs out. These prices will be displayed on Qkr! and in the Uniform Shop.

Junior Primary Sports Day

Junior Primary Sports day, for all students in R-2, will held be on Friday 28 October, Term 4 Week 2. Further information will be sent home in the coming days.

No Swimming Week for Term 4

Unfortunately, the Primary School will not be able to have their Swimming Week this year due to issues with sourcing an adequate facility. We anticipate that our swimming program will resume again next year in Term 4,  at the upgraded Payneham facility.

Operation Christmas Child

Cedar College is once again supporting the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child mission. This is an opportunity to send a shoebox full of gifts to children in developing countries.

Boxes are available from the Primary School Front Office for 50c, and filling these can be a great activity for families to take part in during the school holidays. Please make sure you follow the gift ideas outlined in the attached brochure and, if not donating online, please include the $10 required for the shipping of the box.

Filled shoeboxes must be returned to the Primary School Office no later than Friday 21st October – Term 4, Week 1.

ACER Generation Survey for Year 10 PLP students

Our Year 10 students have been invited to participate in the first year of a new longitudinal study of young people in Australia. In 2022, the GENERATION study will focus on the activities and aspirations of Year 10 students – what they are doing now and what they think they would like to do in the future with study, training and employment.

Each student who completes the survey will receive an individual summary of their careers’ interests, while the school will receive a summary report of the plans of Year 10 students as a group. No individual student will be identified in the school report.

There are plans for another 10 years of surveys in this longitudinal study. Students will be asked if they are interested in participating in later years of the study. If students agree to participate in later years, they will be asked to provide their contact details. Please note that it is not a requirement for students to participate in later years, and all questions in the survey are voluntary.

Further information about the study will be provided to all Year 10 families along with a consent form. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Miss Kate Adamson (PLP Key Teacher).

All data will be kept strictly confidential and no individual student or school will be identified in published data or reports.

Enrolment Update

We appreciate and value each family at Cedar College, but also understand that situations can change for various reasons. If you are relocating, and your child will not be attending Cedar College next year, we ask that you please let the Enrolment Office know by the end of Term 3 – thank you.

Calendar Information


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

Term 2, 2023 – Tue 2 May – Fri 30 June

Three week break between Terms 2 and 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 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

We're Away at Wirraway

Camp is always one of the highlights of Year 6 and this year we had to wait a little longer than usual, as our camp was delayed by four months due to the COVID restrictions that were in place.

At last, on September 19th, we were able to make our way to Wirraway Homestead at Strathalbyn. We were thankful to have Mr Josh Taylor and Miss Emily Little join us on the Camp.

It is always refreshing to head out of the city and enjoy the expansive 180 acre property that the campsite sits on. The rolling hills, lush countryside, and ample activities always make for a great time.

Outdoor Adventures

On arrival, we were greeted by the friendly faces of the Wirraway staff. After some time to settle into our dorms, we were introduced to the camp and, importantly, the horses. After a few more instructions, we were soon split into groups and headed off to begin our activities. Throughout the camp, students participated in Horse-riding, archery, shelter building, bushwalking, low ropes obstacle course, the Amazing Race, and sheep herding. All of these activities provided the opportunity to have fun, but also challenged the students.

On occasions, the students were given free time, which provided them the opportunity to play table tennis, billiards, and carpet bowls, as well as jump on the in-ground trampolines. Some students chose to relax to save their energy for the next activity! AND once a day the snack bar opened, which saw long lines form quickly in order to get a tasty snack.

Time to Grow

Throughout the camp, we heard a few staff share personal stories with the students to encourage them to think about how they live, how they act, and how to grow their faith. These talks were often accompanied by games and challenges, including the famous horseshoe puzzle.

After all the excitement and two nights of reduced sleep, it was time for us to pack up and head back to Adelaide. There were many weary but happy travellers on the bus coming home and some didn’t take too much time to start catching up on missed sleep! Good times, good people, and good memories are a good way to sum it all up.


Mr Nathan Carson, Miss Susan Dix & Mr Lochie Jackman, Year 6 Teachers


Middle School News

Endangered Investigations

The Year 7 Science classes are investigating endangered animals with the goal of presenting an assignment to their class outlining solutions for helping these animals.

In order to have a clearer understanding of their respective animals, the Year 7 students embarked on an excursion to the Adelaide Zoo. Each student was given a booklet to fill in, to record observations and information about their animal’s enclosure, movements, and diet. They will use this information to help create their presentation.

Independent Exploration

Working in groups, they had a fantastic time at the zoo, analysing endangered animals whilst being given the freedom to explore the area without having to be constantly supervised. This allowed the students to engage in independent learning with plenty of time for self-reflection on how they can help improve the lives of the animals.

Student Highlights

Below are some of the exciting insights the students have to share: 

The Adelaide Zoo excursion was a refreshing experience. I really enjoyed walking around with my group, taking photos of the animals and learning new things about them. I also enjoyed the freedom we had to walk around and explore. Overall, it was a great event, and I would definitely do it again. – Qianen O 

The Zoo excursion was an exciting trip, especially with the amount of new animals our group had discovered there. It was a fun experience being able to walk around the zoo with freedom. The knowledge we obtained from our time at the zoo will also help us with our assignments. – Hazel K

Miss Kerry Spriggs, Year 7 Co-ordinator

Senior School News

Preventing Risk-Related Trauma

Cedar’s Year 11 Health and Wellbeing students participated in the P.A.R.T.Y. program (Prevention Against Risk related Trauma in Youth) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, during Week 6.

The students were involved in a whole day of presentations and activities. The day started with information from an Intensive Care Unit nurse and a paramedic. Students role-played a real-life scenario of a 19-year-old male car crash victim. A few students had the opportunity to try to resuscitate ‘Rob’ in a simulation room with specialised equipment. Unfortunately, ‘Rob’ didn’t make it, which allowed the hospital’s organ donor department to share their important presentation. In the event that ‘Rob’ was able to be resuscitated, students could participate in a few rehabilitation activities lead by four physiotherapists.

Lasting Impact 

The day concluded with a trauma survivor sharing about his injuries and his loss. It was an impactful excursion, and our students were respectful and engaged. Each student also received a gift bag from AAMI containing their very own First Aid Kit.

Feedback from some of our students, to the question “What do you consider the most important thing you learnt today?” was as follows:

“I learnt that you can choose your risk but not your consequence.”

“Hearing consequences of risky activities from the trauma survivor presentation.”

“To stop peers from being in bad situations.”

“Don’t be afraid to speak up!”


Mrs Melissa Rogers, Year 11 Health and Wellbeing Teacher

Event News

Sports - Netball Carnivals

During Week 5, students from Years 3-10 headed out for the annual SACSA Netball carnival and it was one incredible week of netball!

The Year 3/4 and 5/6 Gold teams started off the week with an incredible result of three Grand Final wins and one runner-up. Both Year 5/6 teams won their Grand Final by one point, with an amazing show of determination under pressure. The developing Silver sides also played extremely well and learnt some valuable skills for the following year!

The Year 7/8 Netball carnival followed soon after and was another excellent display by the Cedar Gold girls’ team. They breezed through to the Grand Final with strong wins, but were unable to get the last win over the line against Emmaus. For a predominantly Year 7 girls’ team, this was a significant accomplishment and I know they will come back stronger and more determined than ever.

The Year 9/10 Netball carnival included the largest group of students we have ever had in this age group, which was very encouraging to see. Thank you to the Year 10 & 11 students who assisted with scoring throughout the week.

A huge thank you to all of our parent and student coaches for your dedication to the training and development of our students. We appreciate you giving up your time to work with our netball teams!


5/6 Cedar Gold: Girls – Chloe G / Boys – Liam G

7/8 Cedar Gold: Girls – Sophie D & Grace S / Boys – Tau M

7/8 Cedar Silver: Girls – Kelsey J / Boys – Heinrich U

9/10 Cedar Gold: Girls – Endene J / Boys – Eric W

9/10 Cedar Silver: Girls – Zaneta G / Boys – Lukas S


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