Term 3, Week 2
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome to Term 3
While we are now headlong into a busy Term 3, we do still need to be mindful of the current health directives that apply.
You would have no doubt noticed the bright social distancing signs around the property, and I have included some important COVID-19 information in this week’s Front Page article.
Being part of a community means that we share the responsibility of the wellbeing of that community. As we continue to navigate through difficult times, I would encourage you to look out for one another, monitor the health and wellbeing of your own family closely, and continue to pray for our leaders, our nation and our world during this time.
Around the Campus
In this week’s newsletter we look back at the exciting Primary School Run4Fun, which took place at the end of last term, plus we take a look at some creative Middle School artwork, and a reminder about Subject Selection counselling for Senior School students.
Mr Peter Thomson, Principal
Ahead for Term 3
As we begin this new term, there is the realisation that the reality of COVID-19 will remain a constant factor, and will continue to play a part in how the rest of the school year unfolds. The news isn’t all bad, for South Australia at least.
With the escalation of infections interstate, we will continue to monitor directives given by the State Government and HealthSA. Changes may be frequent, but I would like to remind you of the guidelines that are currently in place.
Schools are able to resume the following activities, provided that government health advice and physical distancing requirements are followed: school assemblies; class photos; intrastate camps and excursions, school sport competitions and carnivals, including inter-school competitions; school choirs, bands and other performing art activities; school formals; and parents, volunteers and other service providers may again enter school and preschool grounds, while all external service providers and volunteers must complete a visitor declaration form on entry.
Changes to School Tours
Recommencement of school activities are, of course, subject to the approval of school principals. An event which we have decided to modify are our School Tours. Our tours for this term will now be held after school hours, rather than during the day as was indicated on the Term Planner. This will ensure that tour groups do not come into contact with students and allows us to clean any areas visited before students return the following day. Should further restrictions come into place, these will revert to being held as virtual tours.
Staying Safe at School
We have engaged additional cleaning throughout the school and continue to ask parents and caregivers to maintain physical distancing from other parents, teachers and other students, when attending school, including when dropping off and picking up children. Classrooms continue to remain for students and Cedar staff only until advised otherwise.
Most importantly, if your child is unwell, do not send them to school. Hygiene, including regular hand washing for 20 seconds, continues to be of utmost importance. If parents, or anyone else, have been in close contact with their children and require testing for COVID-19, their children must away from school and inform us so that we are aware.
We will continue to notify our school community should any changes to restrictions occur, and ask all parents and caregivers to continue to abide by the restrictions and practices that have been put in place, to help provide a safe environment for all of our school community.
Mr Peter Thomson, Principal
Week 2 News and Notices
School Photo Day
This Friday, July 31, is photo day for all students in Primary and High School. Please remember that if your child is unwell on this day, do not send them to school.
All students must wear full Winter Uniform on Friday, this includes jumpers and ties, and for students in Senior School, blazers. Our normal policy for hair (tied back if longer than shoulder length) applies.
If you have ordered a family photo, (siblings at Cedar) please note that these will be taken on Friday from 8:00am until 8:45am. Siblings should go together to the Sports Centre, as soon as they are dropped off at school. Please drop students off in time, and remind them to move straight to their family photo session in the Sports Centre. Please follow the entrance/exit signs and directions given by MSP Photography, and observe physical distancing rules for adults.
Primary School Parent Teacher Interviews
As we were unable to hold our Primary School Parent-Teacher Interviews in Term 1, we are now offering interviews in Week 4 on Monday August 10 and Tuesday August 11. If you would like to book an interview, please do so by Thursday August 6.
Please be aware that physical distancing requirements apply to adults (1.5 metre).
Year 8 Extended Learning Conversations
Parents and caregivers of Year 8 students are invited to book their learning conversation time, which will take place on Wednesday August 12, from 4pm – 6pm.
During this time, your young person’s Community teacher will meet with you as your child shares about the Learning Portfolio they have compiled in preparation for this discussion.
All parents / caregivers have been sent an email outlining the booking process for these interviews. We look forward to meeting with you as your young person shares about their Year 8 Learning Portfolio.
Canteen Term 3
Our Canteen lunch menu now includes Fresh Sushi Friday, which offers a variety of freshly made sushi options for Friday lunches. Sushi orders must be placed via the Qkr! app before 9am on Thursday, in order to be fulfilled the next day. Sushi choices include a gluten free and vegetarian option.
Due to COVID-19, one of our Compassion Sponsor children, Poom and his family, have had to move out of their current home which has left them without a place to live. We are eager to support Compassion in their endeavour to build a basic house for the family, by aiming to raise half of this cost of $1,500 AUD.
To help with this, we are holding two whole school fundraisers on Thursday August 6.
Casual Clothes Day
A casual clothes day will be held for all students on Thursday August 6, for a gold coin donation collected on the day. Students may wear modest, casual, school appropriate clothes in Thailand flag colours (Blue, Red & White).
A lunch time Sausage Sizzle will be held on this day also. Students may order a sausage with bread and sauce via the Qkr! app, or by returning their form with $2 to the Front Office (Primary School) or via their Community Group (High School). All orders must be placed by 3pm Tuesday 4 August.
Dogs on School Grounds
Please note that, for the safety of all students, we cannot allow dogs onto the school grounds, apart from special-needs assistance dogs.
Dates this Term
TERM DATES 2020
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
UNIFORM SHOP 2020
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
PRIMARY SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
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.
At this stage, adults are unable to attend Chapels. Parents/caregivers will be informed, should this change.
The Cedar College Primary School had beautiful weather for an exciting Run4Fun event at the end of Term 2.
It was thrilling to see the entire Primary School dressed in their House colours and ready to enjoy the end of an unusual school term with some fun physical activities.
Before the Run4Fun began, the students performed their House cheers and the entire Primary School participated in a Health Hustle to warm up and get pumped up for the day ahead. The students also witnessed a special and creative presentation from the staff House Runners, when each runner showed off their best Health Hustle moves, with Mr Rowe winning some extra popsticks for Gould house with his moves.
The Run Begins
Once the Run4Fun began, students enjoyed running and walking at their own pace and worked well as a team. It was a joy to hear the encouraging cheers from each House as students encouraged each other throughout the day. Students also enjoyed taking a break from the running and walking by trying to win different challenges for their year levels. The Upper Primary were able to attempt a half court shot and the Junior Primary students tried making a 3-point shot to earn a Puzzle Piece for their House. The Junior Primary School students were also able to participate in the caterpillar race on the Cedar Oval and the Upper Primary could choose to participate in the rock-paper-scissors challenge with Mr Austin.
A Green Victory
Throughout the Run4Fun, each House earned hundreds of popsticks and it was a close race to the finish. Once the popsticks were tallied and totalled, Bradman came away victorious. The Bradman House captains, Ava and Riley, gave a heartfelt victory speech and all of the Primary School students ran (or walked) into the school holidays with their heads held high.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions this year, parents and caregivers were unable to attend the Run4Fun but hopefully they can return next year to encourage and cheer their students on.
Mr Andrew Bloomfield, Primary School PE Teacher
A Creative Message
At the end of Semester 1, the Year 9 Art students designed and produced silkscreen posters and bags.
The students began the process by brainstorming a range of social justice themes that were important to them.
Working collaboratively, the students narrowed down an idea that represented their thoughts and concerns, and then drew their designs using text and simple stylised shapes.
A Colourful Result
The next step was to transfer their stencilled design onto the silkscreen mesh, which required a separate hand-cut stencil for each colour. The required coloured ink was then pushed through the screen to create an imprint of the design on the surface beneath, which in this case was a poster and a calico bag. After the first colour had dried, a new stencil was used to apply the second colour either alongside or on top of the first.
The students enjoyed the opportunity to not only create their artwork, but to give purpose to it by expressing something that they are passionate about.
It has been thought provoking to see the range of subject matter chosen by the students. The finished bags are now on display in the Library receiving a lot of interest and attention from students and staff.
Mrs Judith Carletti, High School Art Teacher
Preparing for Senior Years
There are a number of events in Week 4 for students who will be in Senior School in 2021 (currently in Year 9-11).
Our Senior School Information and Subject Selection Evening for 2020 has been changed to an online event, and parents, caregivers and students are currently able to access the SACE overview and subject information videos via our website.
The SACE overview video outlines the key features of the South Australian Certificate of Education, as well as the Cedar College subject selection process, which I would encourage you to view, if you haven’t already done so.
Subject Selection Counselling
As part of the subject selection process, Students in Year 10 and 11 will be involved in a Subject Counselling session on Wednesday August 12, in the CityReach Café, next to the Gazebo Lawns. Students will have lessons as normal throughout the day, but will be removed from class for counselling as necessary. Parents and caregivers can be present, but this is not compulsory.
If parents / caregivers are unable to attend, students must still be present, so that they can receive appropriate counselling. Counselling times can be made using the Cedar online booking system. Instructions for making session times have been emailed to all parents/caregivers of Year 10 and 11 students, and these sessions must be booked by 4pm on Friday, 7th August.
Should you have any questions in relation to this process, please feel free to contact me through the High School Office on 7221 3605.
Mr Tim Maddern, Director of Curriculum
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