From the Principal
It has been an interesting couple of days in the media for our school. We have announced our most exciting building project yet amidst some errant reporting around overfunding.
Avid followers will be aware that we were named in Federal Parliament as a school that received money in excess of our entitlement in 2015 – to the tune of $4 million! Various media outlets took up the story and we made headlines in most of the significant national papers. Unfortunately for all involved, and particularly the Government Department responsible, the suggestion is untrue and we did not receive the extra money suggested. In essence, an error by the Department of Education and Training led to an overpayment to the Anglican Schools Commission which owns and operates the College. This error was immediately identified and reported.
Cathedral College Wangaratta received the correct amount of Commonwealth recurrent funding in 2015, as in every other year. The correct financial records are published on the My School website. Whereas the wrong information was published, I am not entirely confident that as visible an article will be issued to retract the misleading information.
Many school families would have read with interest the great news that we are building our biggest ever building, a Resource Centre and VCE Centre, next year. Going to tender in January, the large, two story building will serve a number of purposes. The Chronicle’s front page story reported on the flexibility of the facility and the fact that it lands at a time when we will need the extra space. This simply reflects our change of shape as our four streams from Year Seven move up through the school year by year. It means that we will be “at capacity” in 2021, so the 2019 landing of an eight classroom, state of the art VCE centre will be timely. The classrooms will be complemented by an indoor meeting area the size of six classrooms and various technological aspects that will thoroughly support our oldest students.
Upstairs, and overlooking the oval, will be the fully appointed Resource Centre that will house traditional resources such as books and references, as well as comprehensive technology to ensure connectivity and broad relevance across our age groups. We are grateful to the Anglican Schools Commission for the approval and funding of this major project, and to the Federal Government as a significant component of the overall cost will come through a grant. This is a wonderful prospect for our school and school community, and the promise of significantly enhanced resource provision will be welcomed by all.
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 in the last week.
Carol Service: Monday December 11
Middle and Senior School Carol Service
Carol Service for the Middle and Senior School will be held at Holy Trinity Cathedral next Monday December 11 from 11.40am until 12.45pm. All family and friends are welcome to attend.
Junior School Carol Service
Carol Service for the Junior School will be held at Holy Trinity Cathedral next Monday December 11 from 1.40pm until 2.40pm. All family and friends are welcome to attend.
District Transition Day, Tuesday December 12: Prep to Year Ten 2018
All Prep to Year Ten students will attend the District Transition Day on Tuesday December 12; this will be a chance for all our students, both current and those joining us in 2018, to have a day in their 2018 Year Level.
The day will run from 9.00am until 3.15pm, apart from the 2018 Preps who will finish at 2.30pm. Students will meet the Homeroom teachers, their Year Level cohort and participate in a full day of timetabled lessons. Children are asked to wear comfortable casual clothing and shoes and they will need to bring:
- recess and lunch
- hat and water bottle
- paper and pen (Year Seven and up)
Last Day for Term Four: Thursday December 14
Junior School Presentation: 9.30am – 11.00am in the Sports Stadium. All family and friends welcome.
Middle and Senior School Presentation: 1.15pm – 2.45pm in the Sports Stadium. All family and friends welcome.
Term Four will conclude at 3.15pm
College Canteen Closed
Please note that the School Canteen will be closed from next Monday December 11 for the Summer holidays. They will reopen on Monday February 5.
2017 Aspire School Magazine
The 2017 Aspire School Magazines will be distributed to all homerooms next Monday afternoon. Each family will receive one copy of the magazine. If your children are not at school next week, please come past the office to collect your copy.
Term One 2018
School will commence for Year One to Year Twelve students on Wednesday January 31 and a Parent Welcome Evening will be held for all parents on Wednesday February 7 on campus.
Prep students will commence on Thursday February 1, with every Wednesday off until after the Labour Day Weekend.
Director of Studies
The Year Eleven and Twelve students of 2018 have been participating in the Head Start program in preparation for VCE in 2018. Students have found benefit in meeting their specific subject teacher and gaining an understanding of what the course covers, even recapping on some skills they have been taught in 2017.
Next week, Year Ten 2018 students will hear from Kacey Mumberson at La Trobe University about different ways of preparing for the future in order to help them orientate for Year Ten.
Year Eleven 2018 and Year Twelve 2018 have been given details of an online educational support program which is available for some subjects, called Edrolo.
What is Edrolo?
Edrolo is a comprehensive, premium, interactive online video and exam simulation resource for the VCE, providing our students with the best opportunity to perform to their potential throughout the year. We have extensively assessed the resource and are confident it is an extremely valuable investment for our teaching and learning culture. You can see Edrolo in action by visiting this link: edrolo.com.au/parents/
How do students use Edrolo?
Edrolo is currently used by over 500 schools and 60,000 students. Crafted by outstanding VCE teachers (including exam assessors and textbook authors) and built in accordance with VCAA Study Designs, its curriculum-specific and engaging content will provide our students with a differentiated and targeted level of support as they prepare for their most important examinations.
How will our students and teachers use Edrolo?
We will use Edrolo as a tool to further enhance what our teachers are doing day-to-day.
Our teachers are provided with training on how to best utilise the resource, and you should expect them to guide students to make full use of Edrolo in a range of ways across the year, including:
- holiday homework;
- pre-class work;
- post-class consolidation;
- assessment preparation; and
- exam revision.
We are actively communicating with students regarding how to access Edrolo.
At the end of next week School Reports will be posted home. I hope you and your child will take the opportunity to read the reports and consider what their strengths have been in 2017 and what they would like to work on in 2018. It is this constant will to learn and improve which is valuable and exciting in a student’s learning journey.
Director of Studies
Year Five Graduation
Our Year Five 2017 students enjoyed their formal Graduation last night on campus. A beautifully prepared meal, served by our Senior School House and School Captains, followed by formal speeches and presentations with family and friends, this was the first official Graduation of a Year Five cohort at Cathedral. We wish them well in their final week as Junior School students before transitioning into our Middle School in 2018. Our Year Six Graduation will be held this evening at the Gateway; this will be the last Graduation to held at this Year Level and we hope it proves to be a special occasion for our students and their families.
Year Four Police Visit
Year Four was visited by the Police this week with activities and discussions about fingerprint analysis, a technique that has been used to identify suspects and solve crimes for more than 100 years. It remains an extremely valuable tool for law enforcement and students enjoyed creating their own fingerprints and analysing them with a variety of materials. Particular thanks to Senior Constable Mick Arnott and Leading Senior Constable Travis Park for their time and their enthusiasm answering the many questions our students had.
Year Twelve (2018) Retreat
Last week our budding Year Twelve students travelled to Melbourne as part of their Head Start program. The goals of the retreat were familiarisation with the CBD (particularly the public transport system), building relationships within the group, and looking forward to Year Twelve and beyond, in the fiery heat of Melbourne.
Our students heard from three Old Collegians – Gabriel de Carheil, Natasha Kalcic and Georgia Steven, about their experience of VCE and their journey since then. We dined on Lygon St and enjoyed all that the Carlton streetscape has to offer. Students competed in teams on a Race around Melbourne; the winning team comprised Kasey Hanna, Kiera Murphy, Luke Smith and Joshua Thompson. Students then embarked on a tour of either The University of Melbourne or RMIT, before we spent the evening at the Comic’s Lounge. Friday morning had some brief reflection and goal-setting activities before we caught the train home through the driving rain.
Mr Rod Dunbar
Germany Exchange Updates
We’re almost a month into our exchange to Germany and what a crazy few weeks it has been. I think I can speak for us all when I say this really is an experience of a lifetime; it’s not too often that you get the opportunity to be entirely submerged into a completely new culture. The first few weeks were a little frightening as everything was so new and navigating our way around the school seemed like a never-ending maze. However, we’ve all slowly settled into life over here, we’re not lost as often when getting from class to class and miraculously we have become used to Germany’s early mornings as school starts at 7:30am.
Despite some school days feeling quite long, the more time we spend in classes the more our language skills seem to improve. It’s not always easy to follow along but we do our best to understand as much as possible. Most weekends are spent exploring Germany, visiting churches and castles, some of which are older than Australia! It’s astonishing how old and beautiful this Germany is and we’ve all grown to love it so much. Not only have we been visiting beautiful places but most have also experienced the German tradition of a Christmas market, we’ve all unanimously agreed that we want Australia to adopt this tradition, the markets are stunning and filled with German cuisine and beverages. As well as enjoying German traditions, culture and sites one of the most exciting things so far has to be the snow – whilst I’m sure you’re all soaking up the heat and playing in the pool we’re having snowball fights and building snowmen. This might cause a loss of feeling in our fingers but the fun we had playing in the snow makes it all worth it!
Since November 5, James McConnell, Ashley Friend, Suzannah Thomson, Tom Newton, Angus Robson and Fionualla Johnson have been in Austria as part of the School Exchange Program. Each of us are living either in, or around, a country town called Lienz, roughly the same size as Wangaratta. We have started our fifth week here and we have already done so much. We all took the train to Italy on December 2 and ate some proper Italian Pizza, and we have all had our fill of traditional Austrian foods such as Schlipfkrapfen and Wiener Schnitzel. We also plan to do much more over the coming weeks, including a weekend trip to Vienna, the capital city of Austria.
While the first few weeks were tough due to the 7:55 am school day starts and the confusion that comes with not understanding very much, we think it is safe to say that our use of the German language has improved out of sight and that we have done our best to represent our school and country well. We hope that the next six weeks will bring as much fun and excitement as the last four!
CCW Kool School CD – ‘Gensis II’
The CCW Kool Skool CD, ‘Gensis II’, is now available from the reception for only $5.00. A perfect Christmas present for family and a wonderful stocking filler!
Please support the College’s music program and bands by purchasing a CD of great tunes.
Feathertop House Christmas Candles
Thank you to everyone who donated clean glass jars for Feathertop House’s Christmas Candle fundraiser. With over 160 jars donated, we have entered production phase and candles can be bought from Reception for a variety of prices.
All candles feature recycled glass jar, soy wax, high quality ‘Christmas Pudding’ scent with hints of vanilla, malt and cinnamon and a ribbon-tied gift card. All profits will be donated to the ‘Light for Riley Foundation’. We will continue to sell these over the next week.
There are various items of lost uniform, lunch boxes and more in the Student Services building. If you are missing anything please check if it is sitting in lost property before you finish up for the year.
A Message from Wangaratta Police
Wangaratta Police are asking all schools in the area to place the message below in their newsletter regarding the use of Snapchat and inappropriate photos being sent through this App. Should you have any concerns about social media use, please do not hesitate to contact the College.
Police are asking that parents assist in reminding their children of the risks below:
- As the sender you have no control of what the recipient may do with the photo.
- As the sender of an inappropriate photo that the receiver has not consented to being sent, you are committing a criminal offence
- As the receiver of an inappropriate photo on Snapchat, if you screen shot that photo and save it on your phone, you are committing a criminal offence
- If the receiver then forwards that saved photo onto others without consent of the sender, you are committing a serious criminal offence. Behaviour of this kind can lead to your child being arrested, interviewed, charged and criminally prosecuted.
WWMC Park the Kids Holiday Fun