Cedar College is an R-12 co-educational Christian school situated in the suburb of Northgate, South Australia, 8 km north-east of the Adelaide CBD. Encompassing both Primary School and High School, Cedar College caters for students from Reception (Foundation) through to Year 12.
A distinctly Christian school, the Cedar College Crest features the words "Growing in Wisdom" which reflects the desire of the school to encourage student to not only grow in academic knowledge, but also to develop the wisdom to use this knowledge in effective and God-honouring ways. It is derived from Psalm 92v12, which describes the growth of a cedar tree, becoming strong, vital and fruit-bearing. In the same way, the name 'Cedar College' was chosen to reflect the purpose of the school.
In 2014, Cedar College launched its new purpose statement: "Preparing students for real life", which reflects the desire of the school to equip each student for their life ahead, by helping them to Discover Jesus, Display Love and Develop Self.
Cedar College is an inter-denominational Christian school and a ministry of CityReach Baptist Church (previously Oakden Baptist Church).
Discussions regarding the establishment of a Christian school in the inner north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide first took place in May 1993. After three years of planning and preparation, Cedar College was officially opened on a newly acquired ten acre property in Northgate in 1997. Established initially as a primary school with just 34 students, Cedar College grew rapidly and soon opened the Middle School and Senior School campuses in the years that followed.
Cedar College opened a two-court sports stadium named the "Cedar College Sports Centre" in 2011. The Centre was officially opened by the Hon. Kate Ellis MP, and has quickly become an important landmark and community facility in Northgate.
In 2013, the 2-storey Cedar College Resource Centre and Administration building was officially opened by the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education. The Resource Centre features a distinctive triple-winged roof line, inspired by the historic Vickers Vimy aircraft flown by Sir Keith and Ross Smith from England to Australia in 1919, landing in the nearby Vickers Vimy Reserve. The Resource Centre is the new technology hub of the school, and adjoins the new Science wing, which was opened in 2014.
In 2016, during the school's 20th Anniversary year, Cedar College completed a new 2-storey Creative Arts Centre. The facility was officially opened by Senator the Hon. David Fawcett MP on behalf of Education Minister Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham MP. The Creative Arts Centre features three classrooms and seven instrumental practice rooms on the Ground Floor with a Music performance space, recording studios, Drama performance space and theory classroom on the First Floor.
Today, Cedar College is divided into three departments – Primary School (R-6), Middle School (7–9) and Senior School (10–12). The three separate departments enable the school to ensure that students develop academically and socially at an appropriate level, and provides families with a complete educational institution from Reception through to Year 12.
With now around 800 students, Cedar College is continuing to expand its facilities and curriculum, within a strong community environment.
In 2012, Cedar College launched its official Alumni and Old Scholars Association "Branching Out", to celebrate 5 years of graduates from the school. Graduates and previous scholars of Cedar College may submit their current contact details and download the Alumni Newsletter via the school Website.
Situated 8 kilometres from the Adelaide CBD, amongst the growing suburbs of Lightsview and Northgate, Cedar College is in a suitable location for students in the North-Eastern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia.