Term 3 Week 9 - 2023

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Term 3, Week 9


An Incredible Journey Begins

As we approach the end Term 3, it is a time of both excitement and reflection. All too soon we will be saying farewell to our Year 12 students, while at the same time, we are welcoming new students and families into the Cedar community.

This week has seen a steady flow of 4-year-olds and their families, as they take the first step in preparing for Reception 2024. They enjoy the opportunity to meet the Reception teachers and get a glimpse of the school that will be their second home for the next 13 years. These are the times when we reflect on the enormous privilege that we share with you, our parents and caregivers, and we remain committed to providing each student with a nurturing environment in which they can thrive.

As we embrace both change and continuity in our school community, it’s inspiring to think that 13 years from now, those bright 4-year-olds will be stepping into the world beyond school. While we acknowledge that the path ahead may have its challenges, it’s truly an honour and privilege to be a part of their incredible journey.

Around the Campus

In this issue of CedarNews, our Head of Teaching, Learning and Innovation explains some of the recent changes to NAPLAN, we check in on the Year 12 Food & Hospitality events, find out what the Year 2s enjoyed at their Big Night In, and catch up on all the latest sports news!

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

Navigating NAPLAN

A brief overview of some of the changes to NAPLAN reporting.

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Big Night IN

A Big, Big, Night In

An exciting Year 2 evening of Dinner, Dodgeball and Dance Parties!

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Kitchen Heats Up

Year 12 Food & Hospitality serves up a taste of Australiana.

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Latest Sports News

Latest Interschool results from Football, Netball and more!

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The Front Page

Navigating NAPLAN

Many parents and caregivers, especially those with children in 2023 NAPLAN testing year levels, will be aware that the reporting of NAPLAN achievement changed this year.

Week 9 News and Notices

Final Day of Term 3

  • Friday September 29

The last day of Term 3 is Friday September 29. Primary School finishes at 3:15pm. High School students will take part in their Big Day In, and wear their House polo shirts. High School finishes at 3:20pm.

Parking signs

New Street Parking Restrictions

Parking restriction signage has recently been installed on streets around Vickers Vimy Oval and along several side streets, including Navigator Drive, The Promenade, Ashbrook Drive, Meadowbank Drive, and Ballandeau Ave.

The Port Adelaide Enfield Council is actively monitoring these new restrictions and will be issuing fines for infractions.

If you utilise street parking around the school, please check the signage and adhere to the new restrictions to avoid the possibility of a fine.

Grandparents Day

Our Grandparents Day event will be held on the morning of Wednesday September 27. Please note that on this morning the Asphalt Courts will be opened up for Grandparent parking only. Parking attendants will be directing traffic, and a 10kph speed limit applies at all times. Grandparents will begin their day on the Gazebo Lawns, weather permitting, so please bear in mind that these areas will be extra busy next Wednesday.

School Photos and Sports Photos

School Photos, for those who ordered, will be sent home with students early next week. Unless otherwise specified, Family photos will also be sent home with the oldest child. This means that some children will receive multiple envelopes. Along with your photos, you may also receive a letter with instructions on ordering Sports and Group photos, if your child was photographed. These orders can be made online.

We realise that with the large volume of orders, mistakes with orders can sometime happen. If this is the case we encourage you to contact MSP directly (their details will be enclosed in the envelope) as they have all order details. If you have specifically requested collection from the Front Office, please collect your order from the relevant school office as soon as possible.

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].

Sport Holiday Programs

The College has been contacted by several companies offering Sports holiday programs, and details have been provided below for your interest. Please note that Cedar College is in no way affiliated with the below businesses.

Surf Life Saving – Come and try

Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club runs a Junior Surf Life Saving program from October to March every year, for the first three months we have a Come and Try Program so that children can try Surf Life Saving as a sport to help them to decide if they would like to continue and join as members.  We have a great program for Nippers from 5 years old to 12 Years old and are always looking for more families to join. Find out more here.

AusBike – 1st Gear

A new national program, designed by Australia’s peak cycling body, AusCycling, is running at Central District Cycling Club. AusBike gives kids the essential skills to experience the freedom, fun and adventure of life on a bike. Find our more here.


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.

Playstart Soccer

Term 4, After School

PlayStart Soccer classes, for children in R-3, are all about FUN! Our after-school sessions will be held on the Primary School Oval on Thursdays starting in Week 1, Thursday October 19. Whether your child is looking to get a start in soccer or just stay active for 50 mins after school, this is a great way to tick those boxes!

The 8-week program can be booked online by visiting the link and selecting Cedar Collge. For further information, please call Andrew on 0401 410 465 or email [email protected]

Kids Discovery Club

October 5, 2023, from 8:30am – 4:30pm

CityReach Kids are excited to announce that Kids Discovery Club is back this year with all the fun jam-packed into one big day.

Throughout the day there will be tinkering with Gadgets & Gizmos as we explore one of God’s most marvellous creations, you!

There will also be activities, games and a delicious lunch will be provided. This is an event for children in Reception – Year 5. Don’t miss out – register online here.

CityReach Youth

Friday September 22, 7pm – 9:15pm

At CityReach Youth, young people can enjoy action packed activities and delicious food in a safe and welcoming environment. The ultimate goal is to help them meet Jesus and build meaningful relationships with others.

This Friday Night, the CityReach Youth are enjoying a special evening of music and worship, held in the Main Auditorium. Our youth leaders are well trained, enthusiastic, and love to help our youth learn about Jesus. All Youth are welcome!

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

Biggest Night for Year 2s!

One of the highlights of the year for every Year 2 student is the Big Night In – a special evening of fun, food and games, just for the Year 2s!

This year, there was plenty of excitement as the students arrived for this new experience. We asked two of our Year 2 students, Isabella and Logan, to tell us all about the night!

On Thursday night, we had the Big Night In with both Year 2 classes. When we arrived at school, we were given a coloured stamp on our hands, so we knew which group we were in for the activities. I was in the green group. Before the activities, we went to the Café and had dinner. We had a sausage in bread and some fruit. It was so good. Then it was time for the games. There was a Lego Challenge, Bouncy Castle, Minute to Win It Challenge, Dodgeball, and we also decorated party bags. After that, we had a dance party. We even turned off the lights so that we could see our glow sticks. Then we watched a movie called “Over the Hedge”. After that, we played some more games before it was time to go home. I had lots of fun. – Isabella

Dinner, Dodgeball, Dance Party!

The first thing we did in the Big Night In was sign in! Once we were signed in, we went to the playground while we waited for everyone to arrive. Then we went to the Café for dinner. We had a sausage sizzle and fruit. We even got seconds for dinner! After that we did six activities. They were Minute to Win It, Bouncy Castle, Connect Four, Lego Towers, and Dodgeball. We also had a Dance Party with some glow sticks. Then we needed to have a little rest, so we watched a movie. During the movie we got to have some yummy snacks, and we snuggled with our teddy bears. Then it was time to go home. – Logan


Mrs Sue Rosmini, Year 2 Teacher


Event News

Student Achievement

We would like to congratulate Cedar College Year 12 student, Angus Tully, who was recently awarded the 2023 McCallum Tomkins Medal, as the SANFL U18’s Best and Fairest.

This is a tremendous honour and well deserved after such an outstanding season.

In March 2023, Angus was named the co-captain of North Adelaide Football club U18’s side after his consistent excellence in the 2022 season. With 365 disposals, he also had the highest average disposals for the league.

Angus has also put his football prowess to use at Cedar in recent weeks, coaching the Year 9/10 Cedar Boys to a third place finish and the Year 7/8 Boys to runners-up in their Grand Final. Angus also took the time to select and train both sides in the lead up to match day, and on the carnival days took aside players to encourage them and give pointers to improve.

All of this comes while serving as Sports Prefect, captaining the Rijken Cup team and winning the Rijken Cup MVP Medallion.

Congratulations Angus on such a huge year and thank you for all the effort you have put into taking the Cedar sporting excellence and culture to the next level. We look forward to hearing what the future brings!

You can read more about Angus’ medal win here.

Mrs Bek Robinson, Sports Coordinator Year 3-12

Interschool Netball

In Week 5, students from Year 3-10 participated in the SACSA Netball Carnival at Golden Grove.

We had some outstanding results, and it was a fantastic week seeing many students shine on and off the court with excellent skills and behaviour. A big thank you goes to Amelie Tully for training and coaching the 5/6 silver team.

Here are the results from the competition rounds:

  • Year 5/6 Boys: Gold – 2nd, MVP – Anthony F. Silver – 5th MVP Isaac M.
  • Year 5/6 Girls: Gold – 3rd MVP Eve W. Silver – 6th MVP Heidi S. Girls Bronze – 7th MVP Skyla P.
  • Year 7/8 Girls: Gold – 1st MVP Sophie D & Grace W. Silver – 1st MVP Mya W & Izzy W
  • Year 7/8 Boys: Gold – 6th MVP Kade C
  • Year 9/10 Girls: Gold – 4th MVP Kelsey J. Silver – 11th MVP Tenille G.
  • Year 9/10 Boys: Gold – 5th MVP Alex J & Kam B. Silver – 4th MVP Max K

Interschool Football

During Week 8, as the weather warmed up, so did the skills on the footy field!

Our football teams demonstrated some awesome teamwork and determination to finish with our best results across the board for many years. A huge thank you to Angus Tully for training and coaching the Year 7/8 & 9/10 Boys to finals finishes.

Here are all the results from the competition rounds.

  • Year 5/6: Boys  – 2nd, MVP Anthony F. Girls – 2nd, MVP Sophie F.
  • Year 7/8: Boys – 2nd, MVP Kade C. Girls – 8th, MVP Chloe G.
  • Year 9/10: Boys – 3rd, MVP Alex J. Girls – 6th, MVP Erin M.

Thank you to all the staff that coached and trained the students in netball and football, and thank you to all the parents who came to support the teams! What an outstanding way to finish our Term 3 Interschool Sports.

Mrs Bek Robinson, Sports Coordinator Year 3-12

Primary School Soccer

Cedar College welcomed its first After-School soccer team this winter, the Cedar 7s.

The team had a very successful season competing in the Eastern Zone competition held at East Marden Primary School. Many skills were developed by the boys, including: learning to work as a team, valuing others, coping with losing and winning, ball handling and general soccer skills, growing in courage as they tried something new.

The team is looking forward to playing again next year and will continue to grow in their skills in the meantime! Thank you to coach, Steve Buck, for his work with the team this year.


Mrs Michelle Green, After-School Sports Coordinator

Senior School News

A Taste of Australiana

The kitchen heated up during Week 8, with the Year 12 Food & Hospitality students catering for two events as part of their curriculum requirements.

To prepare for the event, the Food & Hospitality students in Year 12 examined contemporary food trends and drew inspiration from our native Australian ingredients. Students combined Indigenous ingredients and Aussie favourites to create a mix of food flavours and recipes.

Students brainstormed ways they could show their appreciation to the Cedar College staff for all their support over their time in school. They settled on a staff morning tea with hints of Australiana flavours, showcasing some of the wonderful Australian produce we are fortunate to be able to enjoy. Staff were offered a selection of scones, lamingtons, accompanied by a selection of jams and curds, wattle seed biscuits and mini meat pies, as well as range of cheese and dips.

Legendary Lunch

The Year 12 students also wanted to find a way to say thank you to our school “Legends” who volunteer their time every week and make many things happen behind the scenes. The group of volunteers were treated to a multi-course lunch following the same Australiana theme, consisting of some reimagined favourites. A delicious menu was served, which included Karkalla, bush tomato and Davidson plum.

Mrs Laura Stanley, Year 12 Food & Hospitality Teacher

Contact Cedar College

School Office: 08 8261 3377

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


If you'd like further details about enrolling your child at Cedar College please contact the Enrolment Office via our Enrolment page.

About Cedar College

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