Term 3 Week 8 - 2020


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Term 3, Week 8



Unlimited Potential

Over the last two weeks we have been meeting with our new Reception families for both 2021 and 2022, as we help prepare them for their school years ahead.

We often talk about the potential of each Reception student, but we often can’t begin to imagine what they might achieve as young adults. A recent example is Cahli Blakers, who began Reception at Cedar College back in 2006.

Cahli Blakers

Top Music Accolade for Cedar Graduate

Yesterday, we heard the exciting news that Cahli, who graduated from Cedar in 2018, and is now one half of the musical duo “Teenage Joans”, won Triple J’s Unearthed High competition. The nationwide competition attracted over 1700 entrants, and recognises the top new music talent in the country.

Cahli was a favourite performer at our Soulstice music events, and it has been wonderful to see her continue to excel in her passion for writing and performing music.

Around the Campus

In this week’s newsletter, we look at the ongoing Senior School journey, catch up with news from the Year 6 Camp and Primary School sports carnivals, and see what the Senior School Food and Hospitality students have been cooking up.

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)

Senior School Journey

Senior School Journey

Preparing students in Senior School for the years ahead

Year 6 Adventures

Year 6 Adventures

Student in Year 6 able to enjoy an adventurous camp

Sports News

Interschool Sport

Primary School football teams hit the mark

Fusion Morning Tea

Sweet Spread

Senior School Food and Hospitality Fusion Morning Tea

The Front Page

Senior School Journey

Senior School Coordinator


It is hard to believe that we are heading into the last few weeks of Term 3 already, and things are ramping up as we start to prepare for 2021, while working to finishing this term and year well. 

Year 12s are currently working hard to finish off assessment tasks, and revision is well underway for their upcoming exams, which will take place early next term. Holiday study workshops are being organised and many Year 12s are in the process of completing their applications for tertiary study next year. With invitations to Formal being sent out, the excitement and anticipation of finishing Year 12 is in the air, with the end goal now in sight.

The Road Ahead

Our Year 10s and 11s have completed their subject selection process and are working hard at their studies in order to set themselves up well for next year and their pathway beyond. They have also been considering opportunities for student leadership in 2021, with applications for Year 12 Prefects, Community Leaders and House Captains opening last week. Earlier this week we also farewelled our intrepid Year 10 Bushwalkers, as they set off for their 3-day adventure which has become a “rite of passage” for our Senior School students. This journey through the Flinders Ranges is often a time when our Year 10s come together as a group, and begin to prepare physically and mentally for the coming ups and downs of Senior School that undoubtably lie before them.

Gearing up for a Big Day

Preparations for the Big Day In have begun, with all High School students completing a survey indicating which battles they would like to be involved in on the day. As the countdown to the Big Day In begins and the excitement builds, we look forward to another fantastic day of fun, team building, skill development and healthy house competition. What a wonderful way to finish another busy but rewarding term.

Mrs Nichole Tiller, Senior School Co-ordinator

Week 8 News and Notices

Primary School Wild Hat Day

To help celebrate Book Week, the Primary School will be holding a Wild Hat Day, on Wednesday 23 September (Week 10), which will replace the usual parade.

Students are invited to celebrate their favourite book by wearing a hat, horns, ears or antennas on their head, to fit in with the Book Week theme of Curious Creatures, Wild Minds or simply wear a whacky hat like a book character they love!

Along with their wild head gear, students need to wear their Cedar College sports uniform. Please note that there will NOT be a parade for visitors during Book Week this year.

Uniform Weather Policy

Please note our uniform policy regarding hot/cold weather. During Term 2 and 3, should the forecast given on the evening’s news (this is the official weather forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology) be 23°C or over, summer uniform may be worn.

School Photos

School Photos were sent home with students this week, for those who ordered them. If you believe you ordered photos but have not yet received them, please contact the Front Office as soon as possible. Group photos were also taken of Student Leaders, Prefects, and Sports Captains, and these are also available for order via the Front Office.

House Team Shirts

Coloured House team shirts are available for order for both High School students (coloured polo shirt) and Primary School students (coloured T-shirt) via the Qkr! app, for those students who need them. High School students are required to wear their polo shirts for the upcoming Big Day In, on the last day of term. Junior Primary students are required to wear their T-shirt for the Junior Primary Sports Day, scheduled for Week 2 of Term 4.

Thailand Trip 2021

We regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 Thailand Trip until 2022, due to the current Australian Government COVID-19 travel warnings and restrictions, and the uncertainty of the worldwide travel situation. If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to contact Miss Kerry Spriggs through the High School Office.

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.

POSHC Holiday Program

Details of the September-October POSHC holiday program are now available via the Documents for Download page on our website. Bookings are essential, and further details, including costs, are outlined on the consent form, or from POSHC.

Grasshopper Soccer

For students interested in the weekend Grasshopper Soccer in Term 4, further details are available in the Term 4 brochure. Please note that these weekends sessions are not held at Cedar College. 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

Year 6 Adventure Camp

It seemed that the Year 6 camp would not be able to go ahead this year, which would have been a huge disappointment for the students.

After initially being cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Year 6 teachers were excited to be able to tell their students that we had re-scheduled camp for August 26 – 28. There was a lot of excitement in the classroom as the students celebrated!

We were blessed to have beautiful sunny weather for the entire camp. Our trip up the South Eastern Freeway to Strathalbyn was quick and before we knew it we were moving in to our dorms, preparing for three days of adventures and challenging activities.

Activities Galore!

We were able to participate in horse riding, archery, rock climbing, sheep herding, bushwalking, obstacle courses and an Amazing Race challenge, and then there was the snack bar! After dinner the activities continued. We enjoyed night hike, a bonfire, and played outdoor games in the dark, with the tug of war being a particular highlight.

We are thankful to Wirraway and their staff for the great times that were enjoyed and the wonderful memories that were made. We greatly appreciated the assistance from Mrs Green, Pastor Jeremy, Josh and Miss Kaak (pre-service teacher) throughout the camp.

After all the fun and excitement, the return trip was strangely quiet, except for some snoring from a few of the people on the bus – which was not always the students!

Mr Nathan Carson, Year 6 Teacher

Interschool Sports

Sports News

Interschool Sport has ramped back up in Term 3 at Cedar College in both the Primary and High School, with some great results by some of our teams.

Our Interschool sports teams spend many early mornings before school training at Vickers Vimy, and the hard work has certainly paid off!

Primary School AFL and Soccer

The Upper Primary competed in the SACSA AFL carnivals during Week 5 and achieved amazing results. The Year 3/4 girls placed first in the brand new Year 3/4 AFL Carnival and the boys tied for first place. The Year 5/6 girls placed second overall in their AFL carnival and the boys placed third. All of the Upper Primary footy teams displayed great effort, teamwork and good sportsmanship throughout the carnivals and the proof was in their incredible results. Both Year 3/4 teams were presented with certificates during the Primary School Chapel.

The Upper Primary soccer teams will play in the SACSA Soccer Carnivals during Week 9 of this term. All of the soccer teams are training hard, working together and getting their fitness levels up during the next few weeks in preparation. Netball tryouts and training have also begun, and I look forward to seeing how our teams go at the SACSA Netball carnival during Week 1 of Term 4. Go Cedar!

Mr Andrew Bloomfield, Primary School PE Teacher

Volleyball Tournament

Week 7 saw Cedar College host a special interschool volleyball tournament in the Sports Centre.

As part of the new Year 12 (Stage 2) Physical Education course, students now complete a Group Dynamics task. This task requires students to work towards a sporting competition, and to adopt different coaching and playing roles, in order to support others in their team to become better players, and participate more effectively. Our class decided to organise a Volleyball Tournament against Endeavour College as the finale for our Group Dynamics task.

On Monday 31st August, our two teams You’ve Been Served and Curly Volleyball Club, played four teams from the Physical Education classes at Endeavour, and acquitted themselves well, both finishing with 2 wins and 3 losses. While we didn’t get to take the trophy home this time, 2021 might just be our year!

Mr Tim Maddern, Director of Curriculum

Senior School News

Fusion Morning Tea

An annual tradition, and part of the Food and Hospitality curriculum at Cedar College, has been the Fusion Dinner – a pop-up restaurant run by the Senior Food and Hospitality students.

This year, not only has the broader Hospitality community been impacted by COVID-19, but our own students have had to adapt and overcome many challenges, to ensure they were meeting the current guidelines around food service. In order to accomodate these guidelines, and also meet the curriculum requirements, the Year 11 and 12 Hospitality students chose to bless our hard working admin staff with a morning tea, in lieu of the usual evening dinner.

A Sweet (and Savoury) Spread 

Lead by our capable Year 11 and 12s, Mia, Eleanor, Jade, Jasmine, Sophie and Charlotte, and under the supervision of Mrs Laura Stanley, the Food and Hospitality students were able to create a mix of sweet and savoury options for our admin staff to enjoy. The individually prepared morning tea trays included a scone, mini quiche, caramel slice, butterfly cake, truffles and zucchini slice. This was all served by our Year 10 Hospitality students who are studying Food Service.

The Food and Hospitality students believed that our admin staff were worthy candidates for this special morning tea, after all the extra work and effort they put into ensuring Cedar College runs so smoothly, all with a smile on their faces.

Mrs Laura Stanley, Senior School Hospitality Teacher