Term 4 Week 7 - 2021


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Term 4, Week 7



Celebrating Together

Beginning with last week’s Year 12 Formal and Graduation, we have entered a very busy final few weeks of term!

Certainly, things will only get busier, with a calendar full of school events in Weeks 8 and 9.

While events are still not quite back to normal, we are appreciative of being able to hold them in a limited form this year. We are also able to livestream a number of events this year, which is has enabled a wider audience of family and friends to be a part of these special times.

Our students in Primary School are certainly excited about the upcoming musical and end-of-year performances. They have been working hard during their Performing Arts classes, and we are all looking forward to the seeing the final results!

Around the Campus

In this fortnight’s issue of CedarNews we re-cap the Year 12 events, drop in on the Year 6 election, and our Upper Primary Co-ordinator, Mrs Melody Birch, takes a look at the story behind the Upper Primary playground project, on this issue’s Front Page.

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal


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Space to Play

Year 8s see exciting playground ideas come to fruition

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The Votes Are In

Year 6 students put the democratic process into action

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VET Success

Apprenticeships for Vocational Education and Training students

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Class of 2021

Year 12 Formal and Graduation photos and award winners

The Front Page

Space to Play

This term we had the pleasure of officially opening the Upper Primary playground, which has provided an exciting new play space for our students in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

This project began when several students expressed their desire for more opportunities for play spaces at recess and lunchtimes. They came up with the idea of a challenging playground, more suitable for their age group.

From this initial idea, students were invited to enter a competition, allowing them to research and design their ideal Upper Primary playground. The students came up with many fantastic, creative and fun ideas. Some students even created a 3D model for the competition! The entries were very impressive, and it was difficult to choose a winning team.

From Idea to Reality

The competition winners were Saisushanth Sreeram, Wade Hum, Joshua Barnett, Jethro Fantasia and Samuel Fry, and we would like to acknowledge their ideas, and the creativity they put into their design. We enlisted the help of a team of people to plan, design and develop the project, and then the maintenance team got the project off the ground by landscaping the space, and building and installing the various equipment. Our students are now enjoying our new nest swing, a higher flying fox, monkey bars, fort, slippery dip and a fireman’s pole.

I had the pleasure of showing our competition winners the new space and presenting them with a plaque that we will display. Thank you to all of the students who submitted a design for this competition. We appreciated your ideas and input.

Mrs Melody Birch, Upper Primary Co-ordinator

Week 7 News and Notices

Student Free Days

Please note that Friday December 3 is a student Free Day for all students.

Thursday December 9 and Friday December 10 are Student Free Days for Primary School (Primary School concludes on Wednesday December 8).

Finalising 2021 School Fees

Thank you to all of our families who have finalised their 2021 School Fees. Continued enrolment is dependent on your school fees being paid in a timely manner. The Business Manager will be available from December 6 to discuss fee payment arrangements, should they not be finalised by this date.

Final School Days for Students

Senior School

  • Students in Year 11 finish school on Friday November 26 at 3:20pm.
  • Students in Year 10 finish school on Wednesday November 30 at 3:20pm.

Middle School

  • For students in Year 7–9, school concludes on Thursday December 2. Students will finish the school day at 3:20pm, with students in Year 9 returning that evening for the Year 9 Graduation.

Primary School

  • Student in Primary School (R–6) finish school on Wednesday December 8 at 3:15pm.

UCAT Strategy Weekend – January 21–23

Fraser’s UCAT is an organisation that focuses on helping students prepare for entry into Medicine and Dentistry. For interested students at Cedar College, it is FREE.

Sign up using the following linkUCAT Strategy Weekend

And use the custom Code: Cedar_SW100%

Please make sure to register for the event if you are coming.

Final Canteen Lunch Orders

The final day for canteen lunch orders is Wednesday December 1. The Canteen will be open for recess only on Monday December 6 and Wednesday December 8.

Primary School Celebration Events

Information has been sent home regarding the Junior and Upper Primary Celebration Evenings and Matinée performances. Thank you to all of our parents and caregivers for your understanding regarding the limited number of tickets available for each of these events. We have had to make changes to comply with COVID restrictions, which has also included separating the Year 6 Graduation to a separate event, and we appreciate your flexibility regarding these changes.

Middle School Graduation

The Year 9 Graduation will take place on Thursday December 2, and parents/caregivers of Year 9 families have been notified of RSVP and check-in requirements for this event.

2021 Yearbook

One copy of the 2021 Cedar College Yearbook will be available for each family (usually given to the youngest child) on the final day of Term 4, Wednesday December 8. High School students may come in on this day to collect their book, otherwise they will receive it on Get Ready Day.

Additional copies may be ordered from the Primary School Office, at a cost of $15 each, or through the Qkr! Office payment option (enter amount $15 with a note to indicated payment is for a Yearbook) Year 12 students will each receive their own copy.

25th Anniversary Souvenirs

Limited edition anniversary drinkware!

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we have released a strictly limited quantity of souvenir items. If you’d like to own a little bit of Cedar history, you can order and pay through the Qkr! app.

The Tritan (BPA-free) 650ml water bottle is just $9, and is available in four colours and features a carry handle and wide opening.

The double-wall bamboo 350ml travel cup features a stainless steel inner and secure screw-on lid, and is available for $16.

Dates this Term


Term 4, 2021 – Tue 12 Oct – Wed 8 Dec

Term 1, 2022 – Tues 1 Feb – Thu 14 April

Term 2, 2022 – Tue 3 May – Fri 1 July

We will continue to have a three week break between Terms 2 and 3

Term 3, 2022 – Tue 16 July – Fri 30 Sept


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 Assemblies and Chapels are held on Fridays at 8:50am. 

Chapels and Assemblies are currently not able to be attended by parents, due to restrictions.

Should guidelines for large gatherings change, parents/caregivers will be informed.

Primary School News

The Votes Are In

On the 9th of November, the Year 6 students participated in a mock election to determine which representatives would win the seats of Bradman, Jackson, Laver and Gould, and therefore determine an overall government.

Prior to this, the students had endeavoured to convince voters by developing their policy platform, which was then presented at a press conference. Persuasive campaign posters were created to capture voters’ attention.  

On election day, voters filed through the polling booths and cast their votes using the preferential voting system. The subsequent distribution of votes, saw the seats of Laver and Jackson go to the Liberal Party, while the seat of Gould was won by the Greens. The final seat of Bradman was hotly contested and undecided on the day. After waiting for the final absentee votes to come in, it still came down to a countback on preferences, with it finally going to the Australian Conservatives.

Learning for Life

It was great to see the enthusiasm and involvement of all of the students, as they explored the democratic process during their Civics and Citizenship module this term. This hands-on experience in learning how government representatives become elected will continue to benefit the students in the years to come.

Miss Susan Dix, Year 6 Teacher

Sports News

Netball Super-Stars

Late last month, over 60 students from Year 3–6 participated in the SACSA Netball Carnival.

We have been very blessed this year with parent coaches who  helped coach training sessions in the lead up to, and on the competition.

Thank you to Natalee Swansson, Tania Morris, Sonia Clarke, Melissa Grantham, Suzanne Fischer, Samantha Campbell and Rebecca Wisbey for such an incredible job preparing and coaching the teams.

Year 6 Champions

Congratulations to the Year 6 girls, coached and trained by Sonia Clarke, defending their title from 2020 with dominance. Crowned champions once again I am very excited to see where these netball superstars go!

  • Year 5/6 Cedar Gold Boys – 3rd
  • Year 5/6 Cedar Silver Boys – 4th
  • Year 5/6 Cedar Silver Girls – 4th

The Year 3/4 competition does not have final results, however, all teams did an exceptional job and received participation certificates for their efforts. Well done to 3/4 Cedar Gold, coached by Natalee Swansson, winning all their games but one. I look forward to seeing the Year 4 students move up into the 5/6 competition, as there was some outstanding netball being played!

It was an excellent day and I am proud to say all students I interacted with had excellent attitudes to the wins and losses.

Mrs Bek Robinson, Upper Primary Interschool Sports Co-ordinator

Event News

A Night to Remember

The Year 12 night-of-nights was held at Glen Ewin Estate on Tuesday November 16, following the completion of Year 12 exams.

Themed ‘A New Leaf’, the Formal marked the end of 13 years of studies for students, with 15 of the Year 12s having completed all of their schooling at Cedar College.

The elegant affair featured drinks and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a 3-course meal, with students seated in groups alongside their teachers.

The students were dressed spectacularly for the evening, enjoying the opportunity to let their hair down, quite literally, as a fitting end to their school life. After group photos, selfies, and photo booth snaps, the students hit the dance floor to finish off the night.

Thanks goes to the Formal Committee, with Mrs Jettner and Mrs Tiller once again heading up the planning to create a very special night.


The Year 12 Graduation was held at Cedar College, two days after the Formal.

Graduation marks the completion of school for each of our 61 Year 12 students, and is an opportunity to celebrate their achievements, look back at their journey, and present them with their Principal’s Gold Medallion. For students who have been at Cedar College since Primary School, this medallion completes their collection of Bronze (Year 6) Silver (Year 9) and Gold (Year 12).

The evening began with a stirring rendition of Advance Australia Fair, by Year 12 student, Charlotte Crawford. This was followed by the announcement of Subject Dux, Character, and a range of Distinctive Achievement Awards.

We would like to congratulate the following Year 12s on some very special achievements:

  • Ampol Best All Rounder Award – Armaan Bhattacharjee
  • Year 12 Tabor Adelaide Award – Eloise Van Uitert
  • ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork – Armaan Bhattacharjee
  • ADF Future Innovators Award – Caitlin Huynh
  • Senior School Sportsperson of the Year – Female – Shae Blackwood

The Graduation also included some storytelling animations by two of the Year 12 Design students, A look back at the last 13 years at Cedar, encouragement from Mrs Hopps (Year 12 Co-ordinator), and a reminder from Cedar College Pastor, Jeremy Wright, to continue to look to the Creator God for help during their next chapter of their lives.

We wish all of our Year 12s well as they finish their journey at Cedar, and we look forward to hearing about more of their success later this year, and in the years to come.

Vocational Education and Training

The Cedar College Vocational Education and Training (VET) program improves students’ employment or apprenticeship opportunities by providing them with skills and training, and assists with further study.

Students can access numerous off-site courses, as well as the on-campus Veta Morphus, a national Christian leadership program for senior secondary students.

Congratulations to these Year 11s and 12s upon gaining employment for 2022 –

  • Wilz Battams-Clifford – Civil Construction Pre-apprenticeship with Civil Train
  • Chelsea Black – Electrical Apprenticeship with STAR
  • Jade Caruana – Business Traineeship with Auctus Training and Education
  • Jaxon Clare – Glass and Glazing Apprenticeship with M.C Glass and Glazing
  • Eryna Guthrie – Hairdressing Apprenticeship with Clip Joint
  • Ghanashyam Ghimire – Tiling Apprenticeship with Tectonic Tiling
  • Brad Hughes – Team Member at PETStock
  • Lachlan McLean – Volunteer Retail Assistant at the Salvos Op Shop

Mrs Bronwen Burleigh, Pathways Co-ordinator