Term 3 Week 5 - 2019


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Term 3, Week 5



Books, Science & Grandparents

School life this term, has been filled with special activities for Book Week, Science Week, Grandparents Day and The Great Air Race centenary.

Many Superheroes

Our Book Week parade saw an abundance of superheroes, and we celebrated the adventures and power that reading brings – see the details and photos from the day, here. This year’s Grandparents Day is particularly special for one grandparent in particular – read more here.

The Final Frontier 

Science has been in focus in the High School recently, as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. At Cedar, we are continuing to invest in Science facilities in both the Primary and High School, and look forward to the completion of the new Primary School facility in 2020.

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal


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Grand News

A grand entrance – The uniqueness of Grandparents

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Amazing Book Week

All the fun, colour and excitement of a super Book Week!

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Leadership Matters

Middle and Senior School leaders join together

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Science on a Mission

Science Week gets students aiming for the stars

The Front Page



Grandparents - Simply Unique

As we look forward to our Grandparents Day event this week, I would like to share some recent news – I am officially a grandparent!

I have joined the very special and highly sought after club known as the “Grandparents Club”. Of course, grandfriends are also included in this club.

Highly Valued 

This club is a highly valued club. Since becoming a member, I have had numerous congratulatory hugs, handshakes and encouraging words. I am made to feel very special and included.

maxSo, what is so special about this club? Well, I really didn’t know until little Max Christopher Thomson came along. To see one of your own children start their family is exciting, and to look into the eyes of your grandchild is something very different and unique. It is, of course, the grandchild that makes this club so special, and until you have one, I just can’t describe to you how wonderful it is. If you are not a grandparent yet, you will have to wait and see for yourself. To be honest, grandparents are just like parents, except grander! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Celebrating Grandparents 

This week over 370 grandparents and grandfriends will fill the school grounds with love and affection. The fact so many are attending Grandparents Day and taking such an interest in the education of their grandchildren, is a testament to how important the grandparent-grandchild relationship truly is.

I would like to thank all our grandparents, carers and volunteers for all they do in the lives of our students throughout the year. We look forward to their visit this week, and each year, as we celebrate and honour them.

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal, and Proud Grandparent

Week 5 News and Notices

Student Free Days – Term 3

Please note that Friday September 6 is our Student Free Show Day for all students.

School Tours Parking, August 27 & 28

Please be aware that School Tours will be held in Week 5, for prospective parents. This will impact the morning drop-off/parking on Tuesday August 27 and Wednesday August 28.

The Sports Centre carpark will be available for drop-off until 8:45am, but will then be closed off and used for School Tour parking. Parking for afternoon pick-up will not be affected.

Enrolment Reminder

If you are relocating, and your child will not be attending Cedar College next year, please let the Enrolment Office know by the end of Term 3.

Uniform Shop on Qkr!

We’ve made a number of smaller uniform items available to purchase on the Qkr! App. The Uniform Shop now has its own menu on the Qkr! app (just below the Canteen menu) where you can order and pay for a range of items such as hats, socks, tights and hair accessories.
When you order, you will first need to select a delivery and notification method. Once your order is ready, the Uniform Shop will send a text message or email to let you know it’s ready to be picked up.

Run4Fun Fundraiser

Thank you to all of our parents and friends who supported their students in the Primary School Run4FunOur students were able to raise $3,257.95 to go towards the new Primary School playground area.

Year 12 Information

University (Undergraduate) dates

August 5, 2019 – applications open for courses starting in 2020. September 30, 2019 – due date for fee payment $45 ($185 after this date). December 18, 2019 – change of preference for main offer round in January. December 21, 2019 – all offer round.

TAFESA dates

August 5, 2019 – applications open for courses starting in Semester 1 2020. November 19, 2019 – complete course admission requirements for 29 November 2019 offer. November 27, 2019 – change of preference deadline for 29 November offer. November 29, 2019 – first round offer. January 8, 2020 – second round offer.


BEDROCK is an exciting outreach and gospel focused lunch time activity program run by Mr Joshua Taylor (Primary School Chaplain) and Pastor Graham Smith (CityReach Families and Children’s Pastor) for the Primary School.

The program is designed to encourage Primary School students to learn and grow, while having fun. This term we will be inviting each year level along separately on a Friday at lunchtime:

Week 5 – Games for All Primary School
Week 6 – Year 1s
Week 7 – Student Free Day
Week 8 – Year 2s
Week 9 – Year 3s
Week 10 – Games for All Primary School

More information will come to each class to let them know where to meet and what to look forward to but if you have any questions or would love to know more, please contact our Primary School Chaplain at [email protected]

Dates this Term


Term 3 – Wed 24 July – Fri 27 Sept

Term 4 – Tue 15 Oct – Wed 11 Dec

Term 1, 2020 – Tue 28 Jan – Thu 9 April

Term 2, 2020 – Tue 28 April – Fri 26 June

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


Regular opening hours during Term: 

Monday 8:30am – 4:30pm 

Wednesday 3pm – 5:30pm

Thursday Extended Opening Hours:

TERM 2 – Weeks 1-3, 3pm – 5.30pm

TERM 4 – Weeks 1-3, 3pm – 5.30pm


The Primary School Assemblies and Chapels are held on Fridays at 8:55am. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend, and tea & coffee is available beforehand in The Terrace. Odd weeks are Chapel.

Week 5 – Grandparents Day

Week 7 – Student Free Day

Week 8 – Reception

Week 10 – Year 3

Primary School News

Simply Super Book Week

The 2019 Book Week celebrated all things SUPER about books, in an exciting, colourful reminder of the power of reading.

The auditorium was a showcase of flexing muscles, flowing locks and flying capes as Primary School classes celebrated the theme Reading is my Super Power, at Wednesday’s highly anticipated Book Week Parade.

Cedar College was in safe hands as superheroes such as Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Avengers characters and even “Vowel Bat” kept the villains at bay. Students who chose to dress as a favourite book character were just as impressive – with magic unicorns, mad hatters, scruffy dogs, mermaids and monsters in nappies adding to the fun!

Books, art and more! 

New books to enjoy were purchased at the highly successful Scholastic Book Fair, while an Upper Primary art exhibition inspired by this year’s shortlisted books also attracted plenty of visitors. Many thanks to the Library staff and volunteers for their hard work hosting the Book Fair and creating exciting displays for the Resource Centre.

Mrs Clare Wright, Junior Primary Teacher Librarian

Middle School News

SMART Goals for Student Leaders

Cedar College student leaders attended the ACTS Leadership conference earlier this term, alongside 20 other Christian schools from across the state.

As well as the keynote messages, there were group planning sessions, good food, the opportunity to meet other student leaders, and the chance to win some prizes and leadership experiences. The conference also had a special focus on how we should apply the SMART goals to help plan and make informed choices, and measure the success of programs in our schools.

Students Supporting Students

“At the conference we learnt that the acronym SMART was very useful to set goals for yourself. This acronym helps you to plan what your goal will look like (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound). At the debrief, a week later, we looked at how we could apply the SMART acronym to our school. One idea was to survey students to find out any issues that their year level was facing.

As a leadership group, we discussed and came up with some issues as a starting point. One issue we suggested we could focus on was supporting good mental health. We also discussed the issue of body image. Am I muscly enough? Am I too wide/skinny? These are some of the questions that students are asking themselves when they look in the mirror. We hope to work together as Student Leaders to look further at some of these issues that students may face.” – Kaitlyn, Year 7

Mr Andrew Mooney, Student Leader Co-ordinator

Sports News

Basketballers in the Zone

On Friday 16th August 2019, the Cedar College Senior Boys Basketball team competed in the SSSA Knockout Basketball finals held at Wayville Basketball Stadium.

In their first game, Cedar played Kapunda High School. In a hard fought game, Cedar College triumphed by 4 points. Next opponents, Murray Bridge High, had an Australian National under 16 player as well as some other very handy District basketball players. Marcus did an awesome shut down role on the U16 player, restricting his scoring output, as well as scoring 20 plus points himself.

On the Offence

In the last of the minor round games, Cedar played Torrens Valley Christian School. From the outset, the game was closely fought, with only a few points separating the two teams. In the end, Cedar won the game by 5 points which meant they finished on top at the end of the minor round.

A second game against Torrens Valley, for a place in the final, saw Cedar blow Torrens Valley out of the water with an 11 – 0 start, through sheer defensive pressure and wonderful defence to offence transition. Torrens Valley never recovered, and subsequently Cedar won the game by 20 plus points.

Grand Final

In the Grand Final, Cedar met Kapunda again. From the start, Cedar came out strong, enforcing tough defensive pressure, and then quick outlet transition basketball. Kapunda had no answers for the Cedar College juggernaut. In the end, Cedar College came out victors 79 to 41, in what ended up being a one-sided final. This meant that Cedar College successfully defended their 2018 Pool C Knockout Championship Title, winning the SSSA Knockout Championship for the second year in a row.

Mr Matthew Howarth, High School Sports Co-ordinator

Senior School News

Destination: Science Week

The theme for National Science Week this year was “Destination Moon: More Missions, More Science”.

“The heavens declare the glory of God”, we read in the Bible, and as we consider and study the expanse and wonder of the universe, this verse is certainly true.

Since the beginning, humans have had a fascination with the moon, stars and outer space. Many Christians, for example Johannes Kepler, have contributed to the learning that has taken place as they explored the universe and made discoveries about what God has created and the laws that govern it.

From First Flight to Moon Landing

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission where humans first walked on the Moon. This remarkable achievement required the work of many scientists, to make the mission a success. scienceOnly 50 years earlier, the Smith brothers made the first flight from England to Australia in their Vickers Vimy aircraft. From the first flights to moon landings, a greater understanding of science has changed the way in which we live today. We celebrate this, and look to the future where more missions into space will take place. There are plans to include destinations other than the moon.

Prize Winners

Students had the opportunity to answer questions about space, the Apollo missions and future space travel. Congratulations to three students Corey, Jazmyne  and Phoebe, who answered a question correctly to win a prize.

Mrs Tracey Hopps, High School Science Co-ordinator