Term 3 Week 9 - 2019


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Term 3, Week 9



Learning Beyond the Classroom

Term 3 will soon draw to a close and another busy Term 4 will begin. So much has happened this term including the Year 10 Bushwalk, some fantastic sporting results, and we have begun building a new Upper Primary play area.

Learning and Playing

Work is now underway on the new Upper Primary play area, following last year’s student design competition, and ongoing consultation with our Upper Primary students.  – read what will be taking place here.

Remarkable Experience

Our Year 10 students and teachers recently returned from a three day bushwalk in the Flinders Ranges. This experience is a highlight of the High School calendar – See some of the photos, and read more here.

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal


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Learning and Playing

Creating a new outdoor play area for Upper Primary

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A Healthy Community

Year 3 and 4 students learn the healthy way

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Real Life Maths

Year 7s enjoy learning maths in the middle

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Remarkable Challenge

Year 10s return from a time of challenge and growth

The Front Page



Making Time to Learn and Play

Our campus has been a flurry of activity this term, with steady progress being made on the new Primary School Science, Art and CLIC building, as well as the installation of our new solar panel array. As well as this, you may have noticed some building activity on the Primary School oval.

Over the last three years, the Junior Primary has enjoyed having some new Nature Play areas and playground equipment installed. There will be more Junior Primary areas to come, following the completion of the new building, but we are also now focusing on the Upper Primary playground areas.

A Green Space 

We have planted 14 adult-size trees along the back of the Primary School oval, behind the mound. These 12 evergreen and 2 deciduous trees will help to provide shade for the playground, as well as screening for our neighbours, with more trees to be added when the playground is completed.

The establishment of an Upper Primary playground began last year, with a student competition to decide what kind of playground students would enjoy. Some of the equipment from the winning student designs we be included in the new playground area.

The three cubby-houses that have been built on the mound are central to the play area. The backs of the cubbies have been closed in to give privacy from our neighbours, while the other three sides remain open, for the children’s safety.

More to Come 

All of this is just a beginning, as we start to develop the area where the old transportable currently sits, using monster tree logs, monkey bars, slippery dip and other equipment.


Mr Peter Thomson, Principal

Week 9 News and Notices

Last day of Term 3

Please note that Friday September 27 is the final day of Term 3 for all students. Primary School finishes at 3:15pm, High School finishes at 3:20pm.

Student Free Days, Term 4

Monday October 14 is a Student Free Day, with students returning to school for Term 4 on Tuesday October 15. Friday December 6 is a Student Free Day in Term 4.

Enrolment Reminder

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.

School Photos

School photos will be sent home next week, for those families who purchased them. Please check your order upon receiving it. Should there be any problems with your order, please contact the school or MSP Photographers directly, as soon as possible.

Order forms were sent home earlier this week for those students who were also photographed in sports teams or other groups. These can be purchased online using the instructions on the sheet provided.

Year 12 SATAC Information

Year 12s – Don’t forget – Fee Payment for SATAC Applications close on September 30, 2019. Please see Mr Maddern or Mrs Burleigh for further information.

If you have any questions regarding VET and Careers, please contact our Pathways Coordinator, Mrs Bronwen Burleigh, at Cedar College, on 7221 3605.

Operation Christmas Child

Information was sent home regarding the Operation Christmas Child Christmas Shoebox collection, and boxes are available from the Primary School Front Office for 50c. Please follow the gift ideas outlined in the brochure and if not donating online, please make sure you include the $10 required to ship the box. Boxes need to be returned by Friday 25th October – Term 4, Week 2. Thank you for sharing the Christmas message with children around the world.

City-to-Bay Fun Run

Around 20 Cedar staff and students took part in last weekend’s Fun Run, raising money for Compassion Australia to support children in Thailand. We raised almost $350 thanks to donations from the Cedar community. Thank you for your generosity, it means a lot!

Term 3 POSHC Holiday Program

The October POSHC Holiday Program and booking form is now available from our website. Click the link to download, or find it under Family Information > Documents for download.

Holiday Sports Clinics

The school has received information regarding a range of sport clinics held by various community groups during the school holidays. Please note that these clinics are not associated with Cedar College.


Valley View Tennis Club Junior Tennis Coaching Clinic.

Tuesday and Wednesday – 1st & 2nd October, 9 – 10:15am or 10:15am – 11:30am. Elizabeth Crescent, Valley View, $25 for 2 days; $15 for 1 day. Register by Tuesday 24 September – 2019 to Matt Ford, VVTC Club Coach: [email protected] or Ph: 0412 855 073.


Ingle Farm Squash – School Holiday Clinics

October 1 & 3, from 3pm – 4:30pm and October 9 & 11, from 11am – 12:30pm. $7.50 per session, 56 Beovich Rd, Ingle Farm. All equipment is provided. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Grant on 0419 844 238 or [email protected]


The Little Athletics SA “DARE TO DREAM ATHLETICS HOLIDAY CLINIC” will be held at the SA Athletics Stadium on October 2 & 9. The clinic provides a great opportunity for students to learn, have fun, and improve their athletic skills with experienced coaches! Visit https://salaa.org.au/dare-to-dream-athletics-holiday-clinic-october/ for more information.

The Port Adelaide Athletics Club encourages current or potential athletes to join them on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for training in a variety of athletic disciplines, ranging from sprints, jumps, middle distance and throwing sports such as javelin. Visit www.paac.net.au for more information, or contact Kathy on 0400 653 777.

Surf Life-Saving

Both the Semaphore Surf Life-Saving club and the North Haven Surf Life Saving Club hold “Come and Try” sessions on Saturdays in October and November.

For details visit:  http://www.northhavenslsc.com.au  or  http://www.semaphoreslsc.com.au/2019-20-nippers-program

Special Events


Free Outdoor Cinema – Sept. 28

CityReach Oakden and the Port Adelaide Enfield Council welcome you and your family to join us for a FREE Outdoor Cinema for our International Neighbours on Saturday, 28 September from 5:30pm – 8pm on the Cedar College Oval!

Fun pre-show activities will begin from 5:30, and the movie Paper Planes will be shown on the big screen from 6:30-8pm. Come get to know your community!

Free parking will be available on the Cedar College Asphalt courts – enter via Fosters Road.

Activities on the night include face painting and jumping castle, plus coffee, soft drinks, popcorn and donuts available.


CYC KIDS CAMP – The Great Escape!

The CYC Kids Camp is a four day camp for kids aged 9-12 from October 1-4.

There will be team challenges, archery, rock climbing, night games and more! All in an effort to escape to freedom!  Plus we ask the questions: Where are you? How did you get here? And who is Mr Petty Snubanns!?

Registrations close soon, so visit: https://cycsa.org.au/camp/kids-camp to sign up. Cost is $190, which includes the four day camp with food, accommodation, activities and transport to and from Adelaide. Cedar’s Pastor Graham is presenting devotions and Primary School Chaplain, Josh Taylor is running the program.

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 9 – Chapel

Week 10 – Year 3

Primary School News

A Healthy Community

Throughout Term 3, students in Years 3 and 4 have been participating in a MasterChef Challenge as part of their Health curriculum.

The Healthy Community Unit, has seen the students look at the health impacts of a range of different foods, as well as some life skills such as safe cooking techniques, hygiene, setting the table, and cleaning up after themselves.

Applying the Theory 

After learning the theory, students had the opportunity to apply what they knew in a practical way. The MasterChef competition helped to inspire students to get more enthusiastic about healthy cooking and helping out in the kitchen.

Each week, students competed in challenges and participated in masterclasses to earn points to secure a place in the Grand Final.

A Tasty, Toastie Challenge 

The final cooking challenge was held on Wednesday, with a Toastie-Toastie challenge. Congratulations to our winners, as well as the judges, who enjoyed a feast of savoury and dessert toasties! It was great to hear that many students tried the recipes at home and continued to be inspired to get into the kitchen and help out!

Mrs Bek Robinson,  Primary School Health & PE Teacher


Middle School News

Real Life Maths

In a Maths unit on Ratio this term, the Year 7 students were challenged to make a gingerbread person that followed the exact ratios of a real person.

One class helped a “MasterChef” contestant to get the exact position of the belt, compared to an average Year 7 student.

Analysing the Data

Using Government data of real Year 7 students across Australia, the students gathered the data into an Excel spreadsheet, and produced a graph showing the ratio of Height to Bellybutton Height from the ground. They found that the average ratio of the data was very close to the “golden ratio”, a ratio of design that is found throughout nature, sometimes known as the “God number”. This ratio is found in many things in nature such as the spirals in plants and shells.

Resulting Ratios

The students then compared themselves to this ratio and most found that their measurements were also close to this special ratio. The unit culminated in very enthusiastic decorating of the gingerbread people, using the ratio and calculations made in previous weeks to accurately determine the belt, and bellybutton position. And, of course, the number of gingerbreads eaten was directly proportional to the number of students!


Mrs Trudi Wynn, High School Digital Technologies and Maths Teacher


Sports News

Soccer Carnivals

Cedar’s Interschool soccer teams have enjoyed a great week of competition during the recent SACSA soccer carnivals.

Year 6/7 Soccer

The boys and girls Year 6/7 Soccer teams both took to the field on Tuesday, for the annual SACSA Interschool competition.

After a day of competition, both teams entered their respective Grand Finals, the boys team had remained undefeated during the day. An evenly matched struggle ensued during both games, with the result needing to be decided by penalty shootouts for both matches. An excellent finish to the day saw both our girls and boys teams crowned Division 1 Champions for 2019, the boys team continuing their success from 2018.

Year 8/9 Soccer

On Wednesday, the Year 8/9 teams joined the carnival, ready to show their skills.

After another day of excellent competition, the boys team took home the Champions trophy for 2019, which the girls team played consistently well all day, finishing runners up in their Grand Final. Well done to both teams!


Senior School News

Remarkable Time Growing Together

The perfect weather conditions of Week 8 ensured that the Year 10 Bushwalking Camp would once again be a highlight of the Year 10 school year.

Often regarded as one of the most memorable experiences of High School, the expedition takes place in Mount Remarkable National Park, 238 kilometres north of Adelaide.

Best known for its rugged mountain ranges, dramatic gorges, steep vegetated valleys and exposed red quartzite cliffs, the National Park gives students the opportunity to live outside their usual comfort zone for three days, experiencing personal growth, challenges and community building opportunities.

A Positive Experience

The five separate hiking groups each covered between 30-40km during their various treks, accompanied by Cedar staff members. Each group took a different course within the expansive undulating ranges, and the comments from each group highlighted the positive experience that the camp provided.

“I will probably never forget my Year 10 Bushwalking experience. From the badly cooked pasta, the steep hills (which seemed to go up far more than down) and the friendly banter and encouragement from my group. The nights were alive with the sounds of nature, the wind, and the rustle of the leaves. I will never forget this experience!”  – Gracie, Year 10