Congratulations to our Year Seven to Twelve students who today completed their exams. A new experience for many and nearing the final lot for others, the school took on a fairly eerie quiet this week as core subjects were tested formally. The compilation of “summative” assessment occurs now and formal written reports will be sent to families in the coming weeks. As ever, it is important for students to recognise that examination and reporting results are designed to describe progress and room for improvement – they do not denote a student’s worth or prospects. At all Year Levels the process of transforming gifts into talents is always ongoing, and predicated on relevant identification of needs and potential, so this semester’s results should be considered in the broader context of what has been learned and what will happen next.
I am writing this in Perth where for ASC schools the culmination of weeks of discussion around the application of “Gonski 2.0” is occurring. The reality is that our system, and our school, is going to be better off as a result of the (likely) changes to school funding the government is introducing. As a low fee independent school, Federal Government funding makes up roughly 80% of our total government funding and takes into account various factors such as our Socio Economic Status, regionality and students with specific learning needs. We are, from 2018, being treated as the Catholic schools’ systems are, meaning the system itself decides on the distribution of money across its schools. As you can imagine, the suggestion of a change to the funding model has met with some definite views. With our particular setting and the clear confidence that our community and the ASC has in us, we look forward to continuing to live out our ideals and maintaining accessibility as a key part of who we are. The discussions continue in earnest this week and, successful legislation pending, we can look forward to funding surety for many years to come.
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.
Staff Professional Day Friday June 16
There will be no school this Friday June 16 for Prep to Year Twelve students due to a staff Professional Development Day; academic staff will be at school.
Year Seven Discovery Day Tuesday June 20
All current Year Six 2017 students will be joined by our Year Seven 2018 students for a full day on Tuesday June 20. This will be a chance to learn a little more about life as a Year Seven student at Cathedral.
‘Sacred Keys’ Piano Concert Tuesday June 20
Cathedral College Music Department invites you to ‘Sacred Keys’, a concert featuring Cathedral College Wangaratta Piano Students on Tuesday June 20, 5.30pm at the Cathedral. We look forward to seeing as many parents and friends there to support our students.
Junior School Production: “The Jungle Book Kids” Thursday June 22 at 7.00pm
Cathedral College Wangaratta Years Three, Four and Five students are proud to present the stage adaptation from Disney’s beloved animated film and the works of Rudyard Kipling, Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book Kids.’ The show brings to life the Indian jungle with a jumping, jazzy beat, and features a host of colourful characters as they sing all your favourite songs from the movie. Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, the story follows a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, as our heroes rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.
Rehearsals have been in earnest over the last term, with students singing, dancing and getting into their jungle characters. The performance will be held at the WPAC on Thursday June 22 at 7.00pm, this will continue the tradition of the Performing Arts at Cathedral and we hope that our students and families enjoy the theatre experience.
Formal Eucharist Wednesday June 28
All family members are welcome to come along and join in the Eucharist services held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Wednesday June 28. Middle and Senior Schools will be at 11.50pm with our Junior School Family Service starting at 1.50pm.
Final Day of School Friday June 30
Friday June 30 will be the final day of Term Two with school finishing at 2.15pm. Please note we have a three week holiday.
Term Three Commencement Monday July 24
Term Three will commence on Monday July 24.
Uniform Shop Opening Hours Term Three
Winter trading hours will commence Wednesday June 21 and continue through Term Three
Wednesdays 8.30am – 4.00pm
Fridays 8.30am – 1.45pm
The shop will close for the term break on Wednesday June 28 and will re-open on Wednesday July 26.
For new students enrolling at Cathedral College Wangaratta, the Uniform Shop allocates a two week period towards the end of Term Four for uniform fittings. Parents/ guardians of new students will be contacted to make a fitting time that best suits them within this period. Alternatively, families new to the school can call or email to make an appointment for a full fit-out on (03) 5722 2144 or email@example.com. Appointments go for 20 minutes and uniform is usually paid and purchased at this time. Other arrangements can be made if needed and can be organised on the day.
In May, the Year Eleven and the fast tracking Year Ten Biology classes attended an excursion at Werribee Zoo in Melbourne. At the start of the excursion, we were allowed to wander around the Zoo and collect any information on animals we needed for our upcoming outcome on the topic. After our wander around the various exhibits, we all met at one spot and began to listen to an informative talk about the Madagascan Boa Constrictor. Almost everyone held the snake (its name was “Gasca”) and some people who were terrified of it even touched it a little bit.
The talk about the snake was informative and interesting; as well as this we also had a look at various types of different animal droppings. Some of the droppings belonged to a hippopotamus and a type of deer. The main reason for the private viewing of droppings was to inform us that by looking at an animal’s waste, you can identify what type of digestive system the animal has.
After this, we were given skulls of different animals and were asked to identify what type they were based on the different features, which can also tell us about what type of digestive system animals have. We went on a safari tour after the educational talks and saw different types of animals. Some of the animals included giraffes, hippos, zebras (including zebra foals) and various other animals. At the end of the tour, and just before we left to get back to Wangaratta, the staff at Werribee Zoo invited us to test out something new that they wanted to add to the Zoo experience. This trial involved a large Maremma dog that they were planning to train to defend bandicoots, and they allowed us to pat it. Overall, the Biology excursion was a lot of fun and was really informative and the teachers who came made sure that the trip was enjoyable for everyone.
Year Eleven Theatre Studies
As a key part of VCE Theatre Studies, our Year Eleven cohort makes connections with professional actors and theatre administrators. This strengthens their understanding of acting and the processes that create theatre – key elements of their VCE assessment in 2018, and for future careers.
Last week, the Year Eleven class travelled to Hothouse Theatre in Wodonga to watch the powerful one-man play ‘Hart’, which is a very personal and moving examination of the contemporary effects of Australia’s forcible separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. A young up and coming Australian playwright, Ian Michael, who also portrays the main character, wrote the play. What a thrill for our students to meet Ian, then spend time with him in a Q&A. He offered to bring the play to Wangaratta in 2018 and to visit us for some workshops.
Once the play was completed, we travelled to the Fruit Fly Circus training facility for a tour of their up-coming Sydney Opera House performance of ‘Junk’. We watched a rehearsal and were fortunate to speak with Richard Hull the Executive Director/Producer and were blown away by Jodie Farrugia, the Artistic Director, as she explained how she turns words in movements.
Finally, good things come in threes, and the Year Eleven actors have a weekend masterclass and workshop with John Wood, the Gold Logie winning Australian actor who is visiting Wangaratta to perform in the play, ‘Bakersfield Mist’ on Saturday June 17, 2017. This a great opportunity for our students and tops off an amazing fortnight of preparing for VCE Theatre Studies in 2018.
Head of Performing Arts
Our VCE Theatre Studies class have been looking at various styles of theatre as part of their Pre-Modern Theatre unit. Students were able to choose a play from a particular style and decided to perform “The Madness of Lovers” in the style of Commedia dell’Arte (which translates as “theatre of the professional”). The style of Commedia began in Italy in the early 16th Century and quickly spread throughout Europe, creating a lasting influence on Shakespeare, Molière, opera, vaudeville, contemporary musical theatre, sit-coms, and improv comedy. It is characterized by its use of masks, improvisation, physical comedy, and recognizable character types. The performance took place this week, amidst a busy fortnight for Performing Arts in the school.
Safety Education – Junior School
Leading Senior Constable Helen Parfett spoke with our Prep to Year Five students this week about the role of Victoria Police in keeping our community safe and how students can look after themselves, their friends and their families. With many important messages, students were able to ask questions about what to do in situations they might find themselves in and how to help each other.
For more information and access to activities that could build on this initial session, please visit the link here. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Police across all Year Levels of the school and hope students see the value in connecting with our local Police.
Food Technology – Year One
Year Ones enjoyed a delicious morning tea of freshly baked scones and cream with home made jam. Students learnt about the ingredients needed to make the scones rise and the importance of cooking at the correct temperatures. Unfortunately, these scones did not make it past the doors of the Food Technology Centre so we had to take it from the words of the Year Ones that they were ‘scrumptious’!
Interschool Sport is a major highlight of the calendar during Term Two. Every Friday, our Netball and Football teams compete against other schools in the Wangaratta area and we have witnessed some terrific performances on the court and on the oval. Similarly, we have recently seen some excellent cross country running, with students who are progressing to the Regional Cross Country Championships held in the next few weeks. The dedication to using their lunchtimes to run round the oval has proved worthwhile and they should be congratulated on their achievement. The students work hard at their skills during training sessions; thank you to all who participate in sporting events for the school and for wearing the Cathedral colours so proudly.
Albury Wodonga Football Association
Year Seven student Alex Pitt, represented AWFA (Albury Wodonga Football Association) U/13 boys over the long weekend in the Victorian Country Championships in Traralgon. What is even more impressive is that they were the undefeated champions! Alex played as a key defender in every game over the three days of the tournament. Through Alex’s involvement with AWFA, he has been selected for the Riverina U/13 Boys team, to play in the NSW State Championships in three weeks time.
What’s more, they are also triple championship holders – the first time in AWFA’s history as they were part of the winning undefeated teams at the Bathurst Proctor Cup (March 2017), the Riverina Championships (May 2017) and Victorian Country Championships (June 2017). What a wonderful achievement for these students and the College congratulates them on their success.
Daniel Herrod – Table Tennis Country Championships
Daniel Herrod from Year Seven was chosen to represent Yarrawonga in the Table Tennis Country Championships held in Bendigo over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. There were hundreds of players and the town of Bendigo was packed. Throughout the tournament Daniel dropped only two games. His team needed him to win the last game of the tournament to get a place in the top three. A big crowd gathered to watch Daniel win the last match of the day and the final result was Daniel’s team coming runners up on count back. Well done Daniel.
Sayembara Lisan Indonesian Oral Competition 2017
Eliana Teh from Year Nine Close and Anika Vilayphone from Year Seven Murdoch travelled to Melbourne at the start of the month to participate in the Sayembara Lisan Indonesian Oral Competition Finals. Eliana achieved 3rd place in her category and Anika was highly commended in hers. Eliana and Anika have been invited to attend an Awards Presentation Night at The University of Melbourne next month. Congratulations on this fantastic achievement Eliana and Anika.
The Probus Club of Wangaratta enjoyed a tour of the College this week, visiting our Junior School students and seeing classes in action. Many have heard about the school through nieces, nephews and grandchildren so they were keen to see the growth of the school and how each day operates within the sub school structures. They were able to chat with our Year Ones during their Literacy rotations, hear our Year Fives singing ‘The Bare Necessities’ in preparation for The Jungle Book, and watch our Year Threes run their daily circuit. The tour ended over a cup of tea in the staff room which gave them an opportunity to ask questions about the curriculum and the many differences in schooling today from the past. Some of our Year Ones wished their Grandparents had come along as well; hopefully we will be able to host our guests again one day soon.
‘Seasons for Growth’ Program Term Three: Learning to live with change and loss
Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Cathedral College Wangaratta we recognise that when change occurs in families through death, separation, divorce or related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. We are therefore offering a very successful education program called Seasons for Growth which will commence in Term Three. This program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research which highlights the importance of social support and the need to practice new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks.
Further information will made available about the Seasons for Growth Program shortly. At this stage, we are considering two different age groups: Prep-Year Three; Years Four to Seven; and possibly some 2-week sessions for students in Years Eight to Twelve if required. If you are interested in the program, or think your son or daughter would benefit from participating in the program, please contact Learning Enhancement Teacher, Cathy Carden at firstname.lastname@example.org or your child’s homeroom teacher.
Working with Children Check
The Working with Children Check helps protect children from physical and sexual harm. It does this by screening people’s criminal records and professional conduct, and by preventing those who pose an unjustifiable risk to children from working with or caring for them.
All adults engaged in child-related work at Cathedral College Wangaratta including contractors and volunteers, are required to hold a Working with Children Check and to provide evidence of this Check to the College. The College will maintain a Working with Children Register; please nominate Cathedral College Wangaratta as an organisation that you volunteer with. To find out whether you need to apply for this Check please follow this link to the Working with Children Check website.
Balmoral Holiday Dance Program – School Holiday Program
Where: Ryan Avenue Guide Hall Wangaratta When: July 4-6 from 9.00am-12.00pm
Cost: $30 for the 3 day program. The program involves three, 3 hour sessions introducing the students to Scottish and Irish dance practices. Based on fun and fitness, students will perform what they learn on completion of the program. Children and adults all welcome.
Parents and Friends
The Parents and Friends held their monthly meeting last week and are looking forward to launching a few initiatives over the coming semester which will hopefully continue to provided opportunities for our parent community to gather. The next P and F meeting will be held in August on Tuesday August 1, at 7.00pm in the Library. All are welcome.