Tears, Cheers, Prayers and Care Packages

As Term 4 begins I look forward with excitement to what lies ahead for our students. Restrictions easing in NSW means that we can now participate in inter school sport and some other activities like Year 7 Orientation Day can now go ahead. Although I am looking forward to this term and to a wonderful ‘Celebration’ (with a difference) at the end of the year, I wanted to say a few words about how Term 3 ended.

It was an incredibly special day, the final day of Term 3.

In a year where Year 12 students, in particular, felt the impact of the pandemic, we wanted to let them know how much we love, value and are extremely proud of them as a school community.

The day was a celebration of our Year 12’s schooling journey at Cedars. Although it wasn’t their Graduation or their Formal (they will come after their HSC examinations), it was their final day of school.

It all began with a beautiful breakfast for the Class of 2020 with teachers and staff who had taught them and encouraged them until the very end. The day finished with a walkthrough of the entire school as each student and staff member celebrated our graduates as they passed by.

We thought it would be special for them to put on their caps and gowns in Prep where many of them began their schooling journey at Cedars. The class of 2020 led by our College Captains then began their walk through a massive archway of balloons into Junior School, Middle School and then ending at Senior College.

Every class had prepared a special Covid safe way of celebrating each graduating student from waving pom poms to party hats and streamers to holding signs of individual students.

There was hardly a dry eye in the entire school as our graduates walked past the students who have prayed for them, some even their own brothers or sisters, and many teachers who have taught them along their journey.

The walkthrough ended in the Cedars Leadership Centre where we were able to formally thank, encourage, and pray for them one more time.

The students then danced to the song Glorious – and glorious it was!

The day ended as each graduate was presented with a beautifully packed gift bag which each class had lovingly prepared – there were prayers and bible verses plus many many treats and gifts for each.

Yes the tears flowed once again.

This day was about celebrating our Year 12 students but on reflection I can see it was actually about all of our students.

Imagine a school where you can attend from Prep to Year 12. A school where the staff care so much for you that they take time to pray for you. A school where students are encouraged to not only know each other by name, but go to the lengths of making posters for you, applauding you as you pass by, making care packages to see you through the HSC and committing to praying for you right up until you have finished your final exam.

Well, you don’t have to imagine it.  Just look through some of the images here and you can see it for yourselves.

I am proud of our Year 12’s and they certainly deserve to be celebrated, but I am also so grateful and proud to be part of a school that cares for, supports, encourages and celebrates each other.  It’s the Cedars way.  Our school is made up of wonderful people, inspired by an awesome God.

I am sure our Year 12’s felt that as they finished their schooling journey.