From the Principal
Today’s edition of the newsletter chronicles a significant array of activity. Sporting conquests have been grand, House events have been “run (sung) and won” and we have enjoyed a number of services at The Cathedral.
In the last few days, Deputy Chair of School Council, Matt Sammon, and I have been in Perth attending a Principals and Chairs meeting and visiting a number of our sister schools. We make up a genuinely disparate collection of schools, but we have genuinely strong bonds that exist across the system. Each of our schools has its own character, but they share the core values that we have, and operate with the support of the system itself.
Holidays approach! As indicated to our Year Twelves and the Year Elevens doing Unit 4, these holidays are poorly named. Instead, the two weeks represent “a break from normal classes” and a chance to set themselves for the final run at the examinations. It is important to have a break, but it is as important to invest the time needed to resolve any problems, organise notes and use the resources available to advantage.
A couple of weeks ago we took our Senior School photo. Students from Years Nine to Twelve, and staff members, met to record “who we are” in 2017. This was the first such photo in our history and acknowledges the prominent role of our three sub schools as well as our larger overall size.
Photos take place on Wednesday for Middle School and Junior School in the same manner. Students require their blazers for the important event that will record this landmark year.
Mr Adrian Farrer
Important Dates and Information
Important dates and events can be found on the School Calendar here. Please find below the major events that are occurring in the school over the next fortnight.
Whole Junior School and Whole Middle School Photo: Wednesday September 20
Full Winter Uniform is required for students in the Junior and the Middle School on Wednesday September 20 as formal photos will be taken in the Stadium.
End of Term Three: Friday September 22
Term Three concludes next Friday 22nd September at 2.15pm.
Cobbler House Fundraiser Friday September 22
On Friday September 22, Cobbler House will be conducting a mini walkathon at lunchtime as its fundraising and awareness raising effort for 2017. We invite as many students as possible from across the College to join us walking around the oval to raise awareness of survivors and those affected by cancer under the banner of Relay for Life. For every person who walks, we show support for a person who needs to know they are not alone. Students are invited to buy a healthy fruit salad as part of the fundraising effort or alternatively make a gold coin donation at Homeroom on the morning of Friday September 22. Thank you for your support.
Year Nine Camp Melbourne
We wish all our Year Nines well next week as they attend camp in Melbourne for their urban experience, learning from several Social Enterprise initiatives such as ‘The Big Issue’.
Term Four Commencement Monday October 9
Term Four commences on Monday October 9
Year Ten Formal
The Year Ten Formal will be held on Friday October 13 from 7.00pm to 10.00pm at Paulie’s Corner. The cost per student is $35.00. Tickets can be purchased from reception. For more information please contact Mr Graham or Mr Willett.
Around the School
The annual House Music Competition is a highlight in the College calendar and one of the most fiercely fought House events each year. After weeks of rehearsals, students from the Junior, Middle and Senior School took to the stage in front of family, friends and staff to perform songs that came under the theme ‘Belonging’. Warby was first up singing Taylor Swift’s hit song ‘You Belong With Me’, followed closely by the reigning champions, Cobbler performing ‘We Are The World’ – USA for Africa by Michael Jackson. Buffalo hit the stage with an old classic, ‘We Go Together’ from Grease and Stirling followed with an Australian classic, ‘ I Still Call Australia Home’ by Peter Allen. Hotham House performed the ever popular ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from Moana and Feathertop sang ‘We Belong Together’ from Toy Story (by Randy Newton).
While waiting for the Judges’ decision, the staff surprised the audience with a dazzling performance of Pat Benatar’s song ‘We Belong’. Students were thrilled to watch their teachers perform on stage and danced away in their seats to the performance, which even featured an oustanding trumpet solo from Mr Dunbar. We were also lucky to be treated to wonderful solo performances from Hollie Bohun, Shanaya Warrener and Max Taylor. Congratulations to Hotham House who were the proud winners of this year’s competition.
Junior School News
On a cool September day over 300 enthusiastic and excited Junior School students ran, jumped and threw with great energy at our annual House Athletics carnival. Held for the inaugural time on the hallowed turf of the Cathedral College oval, this event proved to be one of the highlights of the school year.
A bevy of proud parents and friends proceeded to follow their children from event to event providing inspiration for the young athletes. We were most grateful to those spectators who managed to brave the chilly weather to cheer, encourage and cajole. The first event set the scene as a huge field of 10+ years old boys and girls set off on nearly 4 laps of the athletics track in the 1500m. For our oldest students to participate in such large numbers for an optional event was affirming of their desire to earn at least one point for their House. What a fine example for their younger counterparts.
Bookending the events program were the relays, and as they neared the adrenaline levels in the runners (and their housemates) grew. Plenty of unabashed cheering echoed across the MCG of the bush, evoking memories no doubt of the 1956 Olympics. There were a couple of tumbles in eagerness to get the baton into the next hand, but turbo charged effort was evident in each young athlete as arms and legs flailed desperately as they tried to find that one extra percentage point of speed that might mean a win or a higher finishing place. For more images from the day please visit the gallery on the website here.
The results from the athletics will be announced at next Wednesday’s assembly, so parents and friends are invited to attend to discover the House placings and the Age Champions. Finally, special congratulations to Mr Matt Lane and his team of teachers, students and support staff for organising, planning, inspiring and producing such a wonderful community event.
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
Dirrawarra Proud and Deadly Awards
Cathedral College Wangaratta was proud to participate for the first time at the Dirrawarra Proud and Deadly Awards Ceremony at Wangaratta High School. The Dirrawarra awards acknowledge the significant achievements of indigenous students in our region across a variety of mediums, including Academic, Music, Sport and Community. We are proud to congratulate the following students on their awards:
Murrumbogie/Sport Award: Greg Moneymoon, Year Five, Alexander Pitt, Year Seven
Nora Bora/Mentor Award: Giverny O’Bryan, Year Ten
Corragar/Strength Award: Dominic Buckley, Year Nine
Corroboree/Creative Arts Award: Arillian Fletcher-Blake, Year Nine
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
International Day of Peace: A Day Devoted to Strengthening the Ideals of Peace
Students from Prep to Year Twelve observed International Day of Peace on Wednesday as part of the Formal Eucharists held at the Cathedral. The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” The theme of this year’s commemoration was Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All which aimed to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace and students were asked to stand with the millions of people across the world who are suffering the devastating impact of violence and conflict. For further information on the UN International Day of Peace, you can visit the website here.
Congratulations to those students who were confirmed on Sunday as part of their wish to affirm for themselves the faith into which they have baptized and an intention to live a life of committed discipleship. The Cantabile Choir joined the Cathedral Choir in singing and it was a special service for the families and congregation of the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Particular thanks to Bishop John Parkes, Reverend Ken Goodger and Reverend David Jones for supporting our young people.
Ashley Farmer wins Alpine Shire Award
Congratulations to Year Seven student, Ashley Farmer, who was awarded the ‘Sport & Recreation Award’ at the recent Alpine Shire Youth Awards ceremony. The Youth Awards recognise outstanding young people, aged 12-21 years who live, work or study in the Alpine Shire. Ashley’s sporting endeavours inside and outside school hours were recognised, specifically her success in the National Modern Pentathlon earlier in the year, as well as her ongoing dedication and involvement in athletics, netball and horse riding. Ashley received this award at a ceremony held at the EMPAC in Myrtleford. When receiving her award, Ashely represented Cathedral College Wangaratta with pride, speaking beautifully in her acceptance speech and clearly was a humble and worthy recipient.
Middle School Progress Reports (Year Six – Year Eight)
To further align with Middle School Teaching and Learning practices, Year Six students will now receive a Progress Report which will be based on their academic development in Term Three, 2017. This will allow all Middle School year levels (Year Six through to Year Eight) to share the same reporting and assessment dates for each semester, which includes a Progress Report as well as a Semester Report. All Middle School Year Levels will also share the same Parent Teacher Interview dates. Progress Reports are an indication of the progress a student is making with their academic work in each subject to date in Term Three. It is an opportunity for parents to have the opportunity to receive feedback from staff before the Parent Teacher Interviews which are scheduled for the start of Term Four. Parents and students will also receive feedback on a student’s behaviour, organisation and effort in all subjects. As this is the first time Year Six students will receive a Progress Report, a letter explaining the purpose of Progress Reports will also accompany each Year Six report when they are sent out at the end of this term.
Ms Brigid Perkins
Head of Middle School
Prep – Year Two School Production 2018: ‘A New Hope’
Prep, Year One and Year Two students will be performing ‘A New Hope’ at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre on Friday October 27 from 6.00pm. Tickets will be available for $10.00 at the WPAC from September 20. Rehearsals are due to start next Term.
Senior School Production 2018: ‘A Chorus Line’
The 2018 Senior School Production is a full-length version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, adapted for performance by high school students with family audiences. Every aspect of the show has been developed specifically for Senior School performers: dialogue and content are age-appropriate and dance sequences are of a length befitting high school dancers. The materials have been prepared – with the authors’ approval – to help the College mount the best possible production and to give our students an exciting and rewarding experience.
‘A Chorus Line’ is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include “What I Did for Love, “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.” A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, the show was instantly recognized as a classic. Auditions are every lunchtime in the Music Room till Thursday September 21. Students should see Dr Bohun if you would like any further information.
Dr Phil Bohun
Year Six Hoop Time Basketball Carnival
Our Year Six students had the opportunity to be involved in the recent Hoop Time Basketball Carnival held at The Barr Reserve on Friday September 8. Both teams had limited experienced players going into the carnival but used their natural athletic ability and competitive instincts to reach the grand finals in their respective sections. Each team improved their basketball knowledge and team work skills as the day progressed and fought hard to make it to the main final where they were met by the very experienced Sacred Heart Yarrawonga. CCW successfully received the Runner Up placing in both divisions.
The Year Six Boys team consisted of: Hunter Graham, Jet Walton, Aubyn Newton, Jobe Parmansche, Alex Waring, Josiah Klein, Kyan Ambrosio, JL Otto.
The Year Six Girls team consisted of: Brodie Chapman, Charlotte Forbes, Alannah Harrap, Tess Goodman, Georgia Thomas and Gabby Sinclair.
Thank you to Year Nine students Max Hemphill and Abby Chapman who took time out of their busy schedule to coach our teams on the day. Both coaches used their experience to guide and motivate our younger students throughout the day. Our Year Six students very much appreciated their coach’s efforts on the day, as well as the training sessions that they coordinated in the lead up to the competition.
Mrs Brigid Perkins
This year Cathedral College Wangaratta has continued to see a growth in the number of students participating in Hockey. Training on many days in the week, come rain or shine, Year Four to Year Seven students have developed their stick and ball skills in order to enter the School Sport Victoria competitions. In August, a team of Year Four students, Year Five students, and Year Six students competed in a Round Robin competition in Shepparton against other schools in the area. All students gained match experience during the course of the day and Year Six students ended up as runners up, followed by Year Four then Year Five.
At the Secondary School level, two teams of Year Seven students competed at Wodonga this week in the Year Seven competition. The boys, captained by Skip Pieper played a sensational game against a very strong Wondonga Middle Years Team. Zac Frazer was a valiant goalie in his first hockey game and Angus Webb was superhuman in the way he was always there to block the ball when Wodonga tried to get in the defensive half. Further Sam Hempill, Tom Sparks, Will Davis, Lachie Hanna and Nicholas McAsey added excellent support skills. The Year Seven girls team attacked early and scored. Emma Voogt hardly ever let the Wodonga team have a chance at goal, but if they slipped through Sarah Farley, as goalie, blocked their shots. Lia Ladbrook was everywhere on the pitch and set up great shots for Mackenzie Jacka and Eloise Macdonald. Tilly Mellor, Alex White and Ellie Campbell blocked every ball Wodonga tried to pass into the defending half and as a result the girls won 3 – 0; the girls now head to Albury for the Regional Finals. Particular thanks to Tas Kearney who proved to be an excellent coach, providing knowledge and encouragement in every stage of the game.
Mrs Julie Findlay
Wangaratta City FC Semi Finals
A number of Cathedral College Wangaratta students played for the Wangaratta City Football Club in the semi finals last weekend. Sophie Bowler, Ruby Chennell-Jarvis and Mia Johnston (U11G) played an outstanding match and defeated their opponents 3-0 and are off to the Grand Final next week. Lily Chennell-Jarvis (U13G), Elijah Royal (U11B) and Adam Greaves (U12B) also played brilliantly to see their teams through to the Grand Final.
Congratulations to Alex Pitt, Oscar Timms and Tom Bowler who played an outstanding match against St Patrick’s. Sadly, they were defeated by one heartbreaking goal. Well done to all that participated and good luck to all in this weekend’s Grand Final matches!
Victorian Age Short Course Swimming Championships
At the start of September five Cathedral College Wangaratta students competed at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Albert Park at the Victorian Age Short Course Swimming Championships. All students swam very well against the best age group swimmers from around the state, achieving a number of personal best times. All are continuing their training to prepare for the summer long course season and the many competition opportunities that exist. Results:
Aidan Thomson (Year Nine) 4 swims
Brooke Thwaites (Year Nine) 6 swims
Maddison Mailer (Year Eight) 6 swims
Cassidy Mailer (Year Eight) 2 swims
Campbell Fraser (Year Nine) 1 swim
Australian Interschool Snowsports Competition
James McConnell (Year Ten) and George McConnell (Year Seven) competed for Cathedral College at National Interschools last week, which was held at Mt Buller. George competed in Division Three boys skier cross and placed 17th in a field of 50 competitors. James placed 2nd in his Division Two boys skier cross, in a field of 53 competitors. After his first run he was in first place so qualified first for the finals (the fastest 32 competitors go to the finals) and almost falling in a rut on the second last corner of the final still managed to come in 2nd place overall. James also placed 12th in the Alpine Giant Slalom, in a field of 58 competitors and placed placed 7th in Slopestyle of 16 competitors. A huge congratulations goes to both boys on their terrific efforts and results.
Upper Hume Year Nine/Ten Boys Basketball
Wednesday this week presented our Senior School boys with the opportunity to compete in a basketball tournament in Wodonga, having trained hard all year for this occasion. Our first game was a must win, as it was against traditional powerhouse, Catholic College Wodonga. The boys excelled in the first half, playing hard, disciplined basketball and were only one point down at the break. The next three games included a sizeable win against Wangaratta High School and two challenging matches against Wodonga Senior Secondary College and Wodonga Middle Years College. The boys certainly impressed on the day with their efforts against Catholic College and were the eventual runners-up in the final. We look forward to greater success in 2018. A big thank you to Mr Graham and the boys for their efforts.
Dr Phil Bohun
State Badminton Championships
This morning Rachel Gibbs, Charlotte Hopp, Eadie Pfahlert, Alex Salmon and Mia Amos travelled to Melbourne to compete in the State Badminton Championships. The day started well with the team winning their first match 5-1 over Taralgon. More results will be published in the next newsletter.
Australian Defence Forces Presentation
Last Thursday, Senior School students were invited to a career presentation by the Australian Defence Forces. Students heard from Australian Defence Force representatives Tyrone, who represents the Navy, and Peter from the Army, both currently posted at Defence Bases in Albury. They discussed with students the many career paths available through the Defence Forces and the support available to graduate students.
It appears that in spite of the Finals Football, or because of it, the last of the “older people training sessions” was held over the weekend on the College Oval. Certainly, it has been a long campaign – three sessions in total with long forgotten injuries surfacing in between! We look forward to some pre-season training for 2018 before too long. Thank you to the parents and friends who joined in; surely the CCW Oldies are becoming a force to be reckoned with on the field!
Student Absence and Illness
A reminder that if a child is absent from school, we request that parents/guardians inform the College prior to the commencement of the day. This can be done by either calling the school or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the student’s full name, Year Level, parent/guardian name, reason for their absence and when they will be returning to school.
The College needs to be informed well in advance of any planned absences in the effort to organise schoolwork the student will miss. If a student is absent from school for prolonged periods because of illness or other special circumstances, we ask that you provide a Doctor’s Certificate or any other relevant documentation supporting the student’s absence.
If a student is predicted to be absent from school for a substantially long time, parents are required to send a formal written request to the Principal in order to take students out of the school program during term time. This can be in the form of a letter that can be posted to the school or handed in by person, or an email to email@example.com
Parents and Friends AGM and General Meeting Tuesday October 10, 6.30pm
Please join us at our upcoming AGM to celebrate our strong community at Cathedral College Wangaratta. Held on Tuesday October 10 at 6.30pm, the AGM will be followed by a regular Parents and Friends meeting at 7.00pm.
This year there are seven positions to be elected:
• 4 Ordinary Committee Members
The executive positions are alternating two year terms, which means Vice President will stay on for a second year. Nomination forms for the above positions are available on the website here and need to be submitted to the Principal by Monday October 9. New members are always welcome and you are invited to bring a plate of food to share. Should you have any questions about the positions, or you wish to register your interest, please do not hesitate to contact the College.
Milo Cricket and T20 Blast is on again!
City Colts Cricket Club will once again be running a Milo In 2 Cricket and T20 Blast program for season 2017/18. Milo In 2 Cricket is for those junior cricketers who are either just starting out or have done only a season or two. As a guide Milo is suited to Preps – Grade 2. It is a fun session where everyone learns the skills of cricket and plays plenty of games. T20 Blast is more game based and is for children who have played cricket for a couple of seasons but are not quite ready for underage junior competition.
Both sessions are run on a Friday night from 5.30pm. First session will be on Friday 20th October.
See attached flyers for more information:
MILO T20 Blast
Register via Playcricket.com.au, enter Wangaratta as location and select City Colts as the centre, or for more information please contact: Ross Moore 0409 186 640 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Woolworths Earn and Learn
Stickers and any incomplete sheets can be sent into the College over the next few days as the Earn and Learn program ends this Tuesday 19 September. Many thanks to all the parents and friends who have helped support this program.