Term 4 Week 7 - 2023

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Term 4, Week 7


Changes, Challenges and Celebrations

As we enter the final few weeks of the school year, I would encourage you read through some important changes that are ahead for the High School and Primary School, in 2024.

While many of these staffing changes have been in the planning stages for some time, I would also ask you to read about, and be in prayer for, a number of our staff who are going through some challenging health issues at this time. As a school community, we value your understanding and support, and have therefore shared this information with you, our Cedar family.

We are now in a very busy time at the College, having last week held our Year 12 Formal and Graduation, while this week has included our Primary School Transition Day, drama performances, and Summer Soustice. And, of course, over the next two weeks we will hold our Junior Primary Celebration, Year 9 Graduation, Year 6 Graduation, Upper Primary Celebration, and many more College events and celebrations.

Around the Campus

In this issue of CedarNews, we revisit the Year 12 celebrations, outline the important changes in Primary School and High School, consider the value of Transition Days, and find out what the Year 4s have been cooking up.

Mr Peter Thomson, Principal

Coming Events

February 2024

Monday February 26Wednesday February 28

Year 7 Camp

Wednesday February 28

(No Reception students today)

Thursday February 29

9:15 am – 11:00 am
High School Tours

March 2024

Friday March 1Sunday March 3

Veta Morphus Retreat #1

Friday March 1

6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Yr 12 English Excursion

Sunday March 3

Week 6 >>

Monday March 4

SACSA Swimming Carnival Year 3-12

Tuesday March 5

4:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Yr 10-12 Mock Trial, Round 1

Wednesday March 6

PS District Swimming (Individual)
6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Year 6 Twilight Tours

Sunday March 10

Week 7 >>

Monday March 11

Adelaide Cup Public Holiday
Welcome Day

Smooth Transitions

From Primary School to High School – making a gradual shift.

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Solar Energy

Energy Egg-speriments

Year 4 students explore ways to cook an egg, using only the sun’s energy.

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High School News

Important 2024 staffing updates from the Head of High School.

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Class of 2023

Year 12 Formal and Graduation celebrations for the Class or 2023.

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The Front Page

Smooth Transitions

We’ve held a number of Transition and Welcome Days recently, and while most students find these days to be very exciting, some can be a little nervous.

Week 7 News and Notices

Student Free Days, Term 4

  • Please note that Friday, December 8, is a Student Free Day for all students.

  • During the final week of Primary School, December 13,14, & 15 are all Student Free Days.

Final Day of Term 4

  • High School students finish on Thursday, December 7, 3:20pm.
  • Primary School students finish on Tuesday, December 12, at 3:15pm.
  • Primary School will hold their 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 of the year.


Graduation dates, for students in Year 9 and 6, are as follows:

Year 9 Graduation – Thursday December 7, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

Year 6 Graduation – Monday December 11, from 6:00pm – 7:45pm

(Tickets are not required for these Graduation)

Celebration Evenings

Information and tickets have been sent home regarding our Primary School Celebration Evenings. If you require extra tickets please contact the Primary School Office.

Junior Primary (R-2) Celebration Evening – Tuesday December 5, from 6:00pm – 7:45pm.

Upper Primary (3-5) Celebration Evening – Tuesday December 12, from 6:00pm – 7:45pm.

(Matineé performances will also be held at 2:30pm on each of the above days, especially for grandparents and friends – tickets not required)

If you would like extra tickets for either of these evenings, please contact the Primary School Office on 8261 3377, as there are tickets still available.

Year 12 SATAC Reminder

A reminder for Year 12s to have their SATAC course preferences finalised by December 1.

December 1, 2023 – Equal consideration deadline for 2024 Semester 1 courses. Applications must be submitted and paid for by this date to be guaranteed equal consideration for selection. For further details, please contact our Pathways Coordinator, Mrs Bronwen Burleigh.

2023 Yearbook

One copy of the 2023 Cedar College Yearbook will be available for each family at the end of the year (usually given to the youngest child). High School students may come to the Front Office to collect theirs from December 13, otherwise they will receive it on Get Ready Day! Additional copies of the Yearbook may be ordered from the Primary School Office, at a cost of $16 each (Year 12 students will each receive their own copy).

Commonwealth Teaching Scholarships

School leavers and career changers who enrol in initial teacher education (ITE) programs commencing from 2024 may be eligible for up to $40,000 from the Australian Government to support them in their studies. If you are about to enrol or have just enrolled in a full-time accredited ITE program (either undergraduate or postgraduate) commencing in 2024, you may be eligible to apply for the Scholarships program. 

More information will be made available on the Scholarships website at www.education.gov.au/teaching-scholarships once applications open. 

Saviour of Heaven

Sunday, December 17, from 4pm

CityReach Oakden is excited to present SAVIOUR OF HEAVEN, a special Christmas production coming up on 17th Dec at 6pm! There will be beautiful music, a Nativity, a message from Pastor Carl Robinson, a photo booth, coffee, treats and more!

There will also be lots of fun, exciting, FREE activities for families from 4pm including soft serves, jumping castle, petting zoo and more!

Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 24, 2023, 10am

CityReach Baptist Church invites you to a special family Christmas Eve Service, here on the Cedar College Campus (Main Auditorium).

We would love to invite you to our Christmas Eve service at 10AM, which will feature a range of Christmas Carols, a fun Children’s Story and a special Christmas message from Pastor Lyndon Beasy.

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

Energy Eggs-periments

Students in Year 4 have been researching Energy, and in particular, the use of solar power as a sustainable energy source.

Solar energy systems generate electricity with minimal environmental impact, providing a cleaner alternative that contributes to a healthier planet. The Year 4s put this energy knowledge to use last week, with the challenge of cooking an egg, using only the energy from the sun.

A Learning Egg-sperience!

Students designed devices that would harness the sun’s energy to create impressive solar-powered ovens. They set their ‘ovens’ up on the Oval on a comfortable 24-degree day, and experimented with baking eggs. After working hard on their designs, it was up to the sun to do the rest, over the course of several hours.

At the end of the experiment, students experienced results that ranged from sizzling success to valuable learning experiences. Now, their job is to eggs-amine what worked and what didn’t, in order to refine their designs for another attempt next week!

Mrs Janine Homer, Year 4 Teacher


Primary School Staffing News

Throughout the year, Cedar celebrated the arrival of some new staff in the Primary School, which was exciting, but we will also farewell some much-loved staff.

Change can be challenging at times, and we will miss them all, but we are excited for the growth, as they embark on their new journeys.

A few changes are taking place in 2024, and it is exciting to see what the Lord will do here at Cedar.

Staff Movement for 2024

In Reception, Mrs Tamara Watson will be finishing up this year, with Mrs Verona McDonald joining the Reception team for 2024. Verona comes with previous teaching experience, and has worked at Cedar in earlier years as an SSO and Library Assistant.

In Year 2, Mrs Yllana Simunsen was able to work along with Mrs Kerry Schlotfeldt this semester, while Mrs Van Uitert was unable to come in, due to her health. We are so thankful for all the work that both of them have accomplished in Year 2. Mrs Charlotte Van Uitert is planning to come back for 2 days a week in Year 2 next year, and she will be joined by Miss Tarni Heath, who is new to Cedar.

In Year 3, with Mr Klassen finishing, Mrs Leonie Ziebarth and Mr Lochie Jackman will team up and move to Year 3 for 2024. Mr Jackman will also continue to teach PE for R-6 students.

In Year 4, Mr David Gardner will be joining the team. He will work in the classroom next to Mrs Janine Homer and Mrs Elaine Priest.

In Year 6, Mrs Melody Birch, will be working with Miss Susan Dix, as well as continuing her role as Director of Upper Primary, and she will also be teaching Health for Year 3 and 4.

In the CLIC department, Mrs Sharon March, who is new to Cedar, will lead the CLIC team from 2024. She will be working with a great group of people, including Mrs Ainslie Fehlberg, who has tirelessly led the team this year following the retirement of Mrs Jenny Marshall last year.

With Mrs Tanya Ju leaving us last term, Mrs Laura Carson has joined us as our Student Needs ESO. She began in Week 6 this term, getting to know students ahead of 2024. She has connected well with each year level, beginning to learn how to best support them.

Mr Bruce Marshall, who has worked tirelessly and meticulously at Cedar for a over a decade, will be retiring at the end of this year, and will certainly be missed. He has had an amazing impact on the College, using his incredible skill-set to lead the maintenance team. We wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.

Mr Nigel Austin, Head of Primary School

High School News

High School Staffing News

In the life of the College, it is not unusual to have teachers move on to new adventures or career opportunities and although it is sad to say goodbye, we wish them all the very best in their new endeavours.

We are grateful to each of the below staff members for their contribution to the education of the students they have taught.

Those we are saying goodbye to, in 2023

Mrs Mel Rogers
(Humanities and previously Pastoral Care Department 2014 – Aug. 2023). Mrs Rogers has decided to go back to her counselling roots and has taken a position at Emmaus Christian College as a school Counsellor.

Mr Daniel Lee (Physics, Mathematics and Senior Digital Technologies 2019 – Sept. 2023). Mr Lee has taken up an opportunity to use his skills in the growing defence industry here in SA. Mr Andrew Kennedy has temporarily covered some of Mr Lee’s classes for the latter part of this year and we are grateful that he has assisted the College and our students in this way.

Mrs Kerri-Ann Sweet (our former Science Coordinator 2010 – 2023). Mrs Sweet who has been a core part of our Science and Mathematics faculties, has taken leave this year and has now settled in Canberra, teaching at Brindabella Christian College. Mrs Tracey Hopps has been the Science Coordinator for this year and will continue in that role in 2024.

Mrs Vivien Brook came on board in Semester 2 this year to cover Mrs Laura Hill’s classes, as Mrs Hill is on Maternity Leave. Mrs Brook will be finishing her contract at the end of this term, and we are grateful for her stepping into this role.

Those we are welcoming to Cedar in 2024

I am pleased to announce our new teachers starting their journey with us in January:

Mr Glen Surtees (our new Digital Technologies Coordinator and English Teacher). Mr Surtees will be teaching Digital Technologies to most year levels, and we anticipate and look forward to the growth of this subject over the coming years. He comes to us from Durban High School in South Africa.

Mr Richard Debrah (Physics and Mathematics). Mr Debrah comes to us with a high level of proficiency and experience from Trinity Lutheran College in Victoria.

Mrs Jocelyn David (Middle School Mathematics and Canopy). Mrs David also comes with much experience and knowledge in these areas. Many of our students will already know Mrs David as she has been a regular relief teacher for a few years.

Mr Rodney Hrvatin (Humanities and English). Mr Hrvatin comes to us from Harvest Christian College and has a solid background in these subjects and will be a great addition to these faculties.

Mr Jake Battersby (Health and Physical Education). Mr Battersby has taught previously at Emmaus Christian College and many of our students will know him from his attendance at SACSA carnivals this year.

Year Level and Faculty Coordinators

Our Year Level Coordinators and Faculty Coordinators will mainly remain the same in 2024, with a few exceptions.

Mr Andrew Mooney will be stepping away from the Year 8 Coordinator role. We are thankful for his contribution to this role over several years now, especially for his excellent rapport with the Year 8 students. Mrs Ysobel Coleman will be undertaking this role for the next two years, and she is very excited to build upon Mr Mooney’s legacy.

I’d also like to thank Mrs Caitlin Lorenz for undertaking the Health and Physical Education Coordinator role for the past two years. As she focuses more on her Food and Hospitality and Child Studies specialist areas, Mr Tom Giles will now be enthusiastically undertaking this role in his fourth year at the College.

We are also pleased to announce that Mrs Rachael Montgomery will be managing our High School SPARK program (Gifted and Talented), in lieu of Mrs Danielle Cioffi (Director of High School Curriculum) who will be taking on some additional responsibilities as part of her Leadership role. I’d like to thank Mrs Cioffi for her management of this program since its inception. Mrs Cioffi will work alongside Mrs Montgomery in the transition and will still have general oversight of this program under her broader Leadership responsibilities.

Cedar Community News

Whilst we are very grateful to share the good news of the new teaching staff who will become part of our College, our High School staff have been recently processing the difficult news that a member of our Leadership Team, Mrs Nichole Tiller (Director of Senior School Student Development) and also our German teacher, Mrs Andrea Field, have recently been diagnosed with cancer. The resulting treatment has been, and will be, challenging in nature as they journey through the coming months. In addition, some will already know that one of Mr Nowak’s children has been undergoing treatment for cancer for much of this year.

In addition to this news being for your general awareness, it is also to let you know that because of their treatment, Mrs Tiller and Mrs Field have been absent from school for extended periods of time and this may continue well into next year. Mr Nowak has also needed time to support his family and will continue to need this into next year. If you have the need to contact Mrs Tiller, Mrs Field or Mr Nowak for issues related to their areas of responsibility and they are unavailable, the High School Office will be able to direct you to the next most appropriate person. We have very capable teachers covering their classes as needed this term, and will continue this arrangement into 2024 as required.

Out of consideration for them, I ask that you respect their privacy at this time. The most valuable thing you can do is to please pray for them that the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, and for their successful treatment and recovery.

Whilst there are changes of personnel from time to time, our vision and our mission remain the same. Thank you for your ongoing support of the College – our Leadership and staff are committed to your child’s learning and their schooling experience.

Mr Andrew Lock, Head of High School

Senior School News

Class of 2023 Celebrates

The Class of 2023 celebrated their Formal and Graduation in Week 6, completing their schooling at Cedar College.

Night of Nights

Year 12 students arrived in style for their Formal, and, for the first time, were accompanied by parents for pre-dinner drinks and canapes.

The inclusion of family members provided a special time for the wider Cedar community to reminisce about the years spent together, many for their entire schooling.

After farewelling their parents, the Year 12s enjoyed a fun evening together, hosted by the dynamic duo of Mr Mooney and Mr Nowak.

As the night unfolded, the Year 12 band set the stage ablaze with renditions of student favourites, turning the dance floor into a lively spectacle. The celebrations marked a perfect conclusion to a truly memorable year for the graduating class of 2023.

Graduation Evening

The evening celebrated the accomplishments of the Year 12 cohort, highlighting achievements through awards for Grade Point Average, Subject Dux, and exemplary character. 

Awards were also presented in recognition of exceptional contributions in character, service, leadership, teamwork, innovation, and sportsmanship. Congratulatuions to the folowing students:

  • Ampol Best All Rounder Award Sukhmani Kaur
  • Year 12 Tabor Adelaide Award Lydia Thewodros & Nathan Priest
  • ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Tushar Pillai
  • ADF Future Innovators Award Nathan Priest
  • Year 11 & 12 Sportsperson of the Year Angus Tully & Sienna Walsh

The evening also featured an entertaining performance by the Year 12 band, a multimedia reflection, and inspiring speeches delivered by Mrs Tracey Hopps and Pastor Jeremy Wright. Graduating Year 12s were presented with their Principal’s Gold Medallion, marking the end of their time at Cedar College. We wish the Class of 2023 the very best, as they begin new journeys into further studies and future career pathways.

Student Achievement

We would like to congratulate the following Cedar College students on their recent awards and achievements.

Lachlan Hennessy – Congratulations to Lachlan (Year 12) who was recently awarded his Gold Award for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award at a ceremony held at the Adelaide Town Hall on 8 November 2023. The award was presented by Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia.

Lachlan completed his award whist serving with the Australian Air Force Cadets Squadron 604 at the Hampstead Barracks. Activities included participating in the ANZAC Day march and Drill party for various War memorial services. Completing the bronze, silver and gold award levels contributed 40 points towards his SACE score.

Clarissa Falco – Clarissa (Year 11) has recently been recognised for her volunteering achievements on the 107.9 Life website. Clarissa has been volunteering as a Production volunteer as well as undertaking external studies at the Adelaide Audio Institute for Audio Engineering and Music Production.

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.