Term 3 Week 6 - 2023

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Term 3, Week 6


Intersecting Generations

There has certainly been a buzz around the campus this week! Wednesday’s Book Week Parade was once again a highlight for the Primary School, and even some students in High School joined in the fun!

Our campus turned into a realm of imagination as colourful characters leapt from pages to reality. The joy on our students’ faces and the creativity displayed in their costumes reminded us of the exciting world that books offer. Well done to all of our Cedar families for making this week feel truly magical!

At Cedar College, we believe in the significance of fostering connections across different generations. We welcomed many parents and friends to our Book Week parade, and we are now excited to welcome another generation to our Primary School Grandparents and Special Friends Day. This event not only celebrates the love and wisdom that grandparents bring but also reinforces the strong bonds that make our school community so exceptional. We’re certainly looking forward to hosting this event later this term, after a three-year COVID hiatus.

Around the Campus

In this issue of CedarNews, we find out how the Year 6 Food Drive ‘took off’, cover all the colour and excitement of Book Week, learn about the growth that took place on the Year 10 Bushwalking Camp, and congratulate our Rijken Cup MVPs.

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal

Coming Events

May 2024

Friday May 31

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Year 10-12 PPEP

June 2024

Sunday June 2

Week 6 >>

Tuesday June 4

9:15 am – 11:00 am
High School Tours

Wednesday June 5

Year 5/6 Boys SW Netball
9:15 am – 11:00 am
Primary School Tours

Thursday June 6

State Cross Country

Friday June 7

10:30 am – 12:45 pm
Yr 11 & 12 Legal Studies Excursion

Sunday June 9

Week 7 >>

Monday June 10

King's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday June 11

Year 3/4 SACSA Soccer

Wednesday June 12

Year 5/6 SACSA Soccer

Thursday June 13

Reception Excursion
food drive

Food Drive Takes Off!

Year 6 Prefects inspire us to display love to our community in practical ways.

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Celebrating Book Week

Book Week sees the auditorium buzzing with colour, excitement… and books!

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Deep Creek, High Goals

Year 10s come together to battle the elements and achieve their goals.

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Bible Society

Bible Masterclass

Students discover how the Bible can help us grapple with contemporary issues.

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The Front Page

Food Drive Takes Off!

Primary School Prefects have many responsibilities throughout their Year 6 journey. One is to organise a fundraiser of their choice.

Week 6 News and Notices

Student Free Day – Term 3

  • Friday September 8

Friday September 8 (Week 7) is a Student Free Day for all students. Staff will be attending Professional Development sessions on this day.

School Tours – Next Week

Please note that our Term 3 School Tours, for prospective families, are taking place on Tuesday September 5 and Wednesday September 6, next week. This may impact the morning drop-off and parking from 8:45am. Please be careful and considerate of these extra visitors – thank you.

Run4Fun Fundraiser

Thank you to all of our Primary School student and families who took part in our Run4Fun fundraiser at the end of Term 2. We are excited to announce that we have raised $3,255.08 toward our Primary School play spaces. Prizes for students are expected to arrive by the end of Term 3.

Grandparents Day

We are excited to be able to hold our Primary School Grandparents and Special Friends Day event this year.

The event will be held on the morning of Wednesday September 27, and information was sent home with student this week. The letter included invitations for your child’s Grandfriends, as well as details for the online RSVP form. Parents/Caregivers are asked to send the RSVP by Monday September 18, to assist with catering and classroom arrangements.

School Photos and Sports Photos

School Photos were taken at the end of Week 3 of this term, and we anticipate that these will be available before the end of this term. Sports Team/Group photos will be available for purchase through our school photographers later this term, and information will be sent to parents of students involved. 

After-School Sport

Cedar’s after-school sports program currently includes basketball and netball across a range of year levels, as well as a junior soccer team.

If you’re interested in more information about after-school sport, please contact our after-school sports Coordinator, Mrs Michelle Green, via email: [email protected].

Uniform Shop – Secondhand

Our Uniform Shop sells a number of secondhand uniform items on behalf of families. If you are considering bringing in old uniform items for sale, please note that all items must be in good condition, laundered with no obvious staining like texta or paint, and with no holes or tears or worn material.

Items that do not meet these standards are not saleable, and we ask that you check through all items before bringing them in.

Primary School Final Day of 2023

The final day for Primary School will be Tuesday, December 12. We will hold our end-of-year Fun Day on Monday December 11, with the Year 6 Graduation in the evening. The Upper Primary Celebration Evening will be on Tuesday, December 12, which will now be the last school day for the year.

Marriage & Money

Friday September 15, 7:30 – 9:00pm.

CityReach Baptist Church Oakden, in partnership with Focus on the Family, invites you to an evening seminar “Marriage & Money”.

Marriage & Money is a series of seminars and conferences being run across Australia in September 2023. In this 1.5 hour power-packed seminar you will hear what God’s word has to say about Marriage & Money. You will learn key skills & tools that will strengthen your marriage and your family finances.

To find out more, and register, visit: www.marriageandmoney.com.au 

Calendar Information


Term 3, 2023 – Tue 25 July – Fri 29 Sept

Term 4, 2023 – Tue 17 Oct – Tue 12 Dec

Term 1, 2024 – Tue 30 January – Fri 12 April

Term 2, 2024 – Tue 30 April – Fri 28 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. 

Assemblies can be attended by invitation from the involved classes, and parents/caregivers are welcome to attend our fortnightly Chapels.

Parents/caregivers are able to sit in the allocated chairs at the back of the Auditorium.

Primary School News

An Inspirational Book Week Parade!

This year’s theme, Read, Grow, Inspire, celebrated all that is special about books and reading.

Wednesday’s Book Week Parade saw the auditorium buzzing with a colourful showcase of the characters and stories we have loved and been inspired by.

Reception staff set a joyful tone as various sheep from the Mem Fox classic, Where is the Green Sheep?, with Mr Austin adding a fun component as the elusive Green Sheep who popped up around the auditorium. Among the other staff, classics from Dr Seuss, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar rubbed shoulders with more contemporary fiction stories, such as Gangsta Granny, Hip Hop Barn, Snap and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

Creativity, Glitter and Glue, Shines Through!

Student costumes also displayed tremendous creativity. There were plenty of shimmering princesses and mermaids in the mix, as well as a smattering of Marios, Minions and Minecraft. Sports stars proudly showed off team guernseys, while Dragon Girls flapped vibrant wings and Barbie struck a stylish pose.

A huge thank you to staff and families for wholeheartedly embracing our Book Week Parade and helping to foster a love of books in our school.


Mrs Clare Wright, Junior Primary Library Teacher


Event News

Rijken Cup MVP Awards Night

On August the 11th, just over 80 of the Rijken Team, friends, and family, gathered to celebrate the Rijken Cup week at the Lights Function Room.

The evening was a fantastic occasion dedicated to honoring the entire team for their outstanding efforts in representing Cedar at the Rijken Cup.

It was a privilege to host the night along with Mr Tom Giles, who ensured that there was an abundance of laughter from the crowd. The event included the screening of short clips depicting the preparation and events of each day during Rijken Cup week. Following the clips of each event, the coaches’ votes for each sport were presented in a Brownlow-style manner.

We thank Mr Lochie Jackman, Mr Herman du Preez, and Mrs Emma Shaw for helping us present the MVP trophies to the deserving winners.

This year’s Rijken Cup MVPs were:

  • Netball – Maddison Duns and Angus Tully
  • Touch Football – Caitlin Wilson and Angus Tully, and Torran Clarke Most Valuable Coach
  • Soccer – Elaine Grigg and Joshua Procopio
  • Basketball – Tani Cook and Connor Gray & Caleb Navarro
  • Table Tennis – Robyn Naudé and Laurence Perrotta
  • Volleyball – Robyn Naudé and Angus Tully
  • Most Dedicated Player – Ben Speirs
  • Rookie of the Year Award – Caitlin Wilson and Eric Webb
  • Most Valuable Supporter – Sienna Walsh
  • Over all MVPs for the Rijken Cup 2023 – Angus Tully and Tani Cook

As the night concluded, our Rijken Cup captains, Sienna and Angus, gave a beautiful speech summarising their experience of being captains. Following their speech, they officially handed over their captaincy to Eric Webb and Caitlin Wilson, for the 2024 Rijken Cup.

Thank you to all who came and celebrated a very special week of interschool sport, one we will never forget!  

Mrs Bek Robinson, Sports Coordinator Year 3-12

Senior School News

Deep Creek, High Goals

During Week 4 of this Term, the Year 10 cohort travelled to Deep Creek to take part in their 2023 Bushwalking Camp.

This was the first year that Cedar had visited Deep Creek and the rumours of beautiful scenery and wildlife were true! On arrival, we were greeted by kangaroos, birds, and the feeling of seclusion, all framed by the beautiful Southern Ocean. The air seemed a little cleaner and the green valleys were rejuvenating. Spirits were high and students were looking forward to being able to utilise the skills learned in class. This included putting into practice their newly acquired independence, cooking skills and camp craft.

Each student had to carry all of their belongings and camp equipment in their own rucksack. On arrival, the students and their partners had to set up tents, cook their own food, organise their group and lead their group on bushwalking activities. These activities provided the students with an opportunity to grow and develop their skills, to build character and to take reasonable risks and challenges. All of these activities gave them with a sense of self-satisfaction in what they had achieved.

Working Together

The camp required students to work collaboratively and to rely on their partner and group to ensure that they could achieve the set tasks. The teachers’ observations of the students were that they worked well together, and that they were able to strengthen relationships with peers and teachers.

Students could bushwalk to various beautiful sights, including beaches, a waterfall, lookouts, all amongst the native plants and wildlife. Deep Creek is a a fascinating destination, and we were all impressed with its natural beauty.

Challenges Ahead!

The Camp was challenging, but the hardest challenge by far was the weather on the Thursday night. The rain came down, the temperature dropped, and students needed to cook their food under a temporary shelter. It was by no means easy, and cold hands make cooking difficult, but the students’ sense of teamwork and comaraderie was highlighted by the way they worked and the food they were able to produce.

Overall, this was a successful camp. Students had a great time and were challenged to develop themselves, strengthen relationships and support their group; whilst completing various tasks within the beautiful setting that is Deep Creek.

Mr Jon Dabrow, Year 10 Coordinator

High School News

Bible Society Masterclass

Recently, Cedar played host to students from schools across Adelaide, and a team of speakers from the Bible Society and the Centre for Public Christianity (CPX).

The Cedar students were joined by students from the other Adelaide schools for a morning of worship songs and special guest speakers from The Centre for Public Christianity.

The event was the Bible Society Masterclass, a day designed to explore how the Bible can help us grapple with contemporary issues. The Centre for Public Christianity (CPX) is a not-for-profit media company that offers a Christian perspective on contemporary life. Their goal is to help all people understand the Christian faith through high quality and well-researched print, video, and audio material about the relevance of Christianity in the 21st century.

As well as learning from the guest speakers, the Cedar students were involved behind the scenes to help run the morning, with a masterclass in displaying love by serving others!

Pastor Jeremy Wright, Cedar College Pastor

Contact Cedar College

School Office: 08 8261 3377

School Address: 215-233 Fosters Rd Northgate, South Australia 5085.


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About Cedar College

Cedar College is a Reception to Year 12 co-educational independent Christian School, in the growing suburb of Northgate, South Australia.