From the Principal
Visitors to the school at the start of this term will recognise that we have again not let the holiday break go to waste! In fact, there was a good deal of intensity on two of our three work sites, as much of admin moved out of ‘The House’ and into our temporary home, the newly finished Student Services building, for the rest of the year. The House is undergoing a significant renovation in order to update facilities and accommodate our administration needs. There will also be a purpose built uniform shop incorporated into the renovation. While this project is underway, there is a different Reception area, and visitors are encouraged to read the signage at the front of the school if there is any confusion.
A strategic planning day took place on Saturday during which the School Council considered the school’s progress against our current Strategic Plan. The Executive staff of the school presented to the Council in order to ensure a strong understanding of our daily practices that are designed to live out the broader plan. The School Council is a volunteer group that governs the school under the auspices of the ASC Board, and their continued work and support of the school is both effective and appreciated.
Mike Noble, Chair of School Council, and I went to Melbourne this week to take part in the Australian Heads of Independent Schools Chairs, Boards and Heads Forum. We heard from experienced school and corporate professionals about good governance and the various relationships that exist in the running of a school. It was an affirming day for us, indicating that we are engaging in good practice in terms of the way that School Council’s oversight is managed.
While in Melbourne, I was delighted to represent the school at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday, along with a number of Senior School students and staff. The Anglican Schools Australia Biennial Service, presided over by Archbishop Phillip Freier, provides an opportunity for students from all Anglican schools across the state to gather and be part of something ‘bigger than themselves’. We were further represented by our own band, “The Liturgies”, who played a hymn in a very full (and very large!) cathedral. House Captains, School Captains, Rev Jones, music staff and our Head of Senior School were also in attendance on the day. Congratulations to all involved.
We were pleased to welcome Ms June Stamp to the school as our School Counsellor at the start of this term. Experienced with youth and in various roles supporting people in need, she adds to our pastoral care team and allows for a further level of care of our student body. June’s personal introduction appears later in this newsletter.
We said farewell, but not goodbye, to Mrs Julia Kalish last week as she prepares for the arrival of a baby very soon. We wish her well and look forward to hearing her news soon. Taking over from Mrs Kalish, Mrs Jennifer Waugh also joined us at the start of Term Three. Jennifer is an experienced teacher who will add to the Year Three to Year Five team appreciably.
Wellbeing and SchoolTV
Society tells us it has never been more challenging for parents to raise happy, healthy and resilient children. As parents, we need to be informed with clear, fact-based information on the many challenges faced by today’s youth such as youth anxiety, depression, self-harm, drug and alcohol use, cyberbullying and many others.
SchoolTV is a new ongoing resource that is now available to our parents. Each edition will address a major topic with expert interviews, fact sheets, parent quiz, recommended apps, books and much more. SchoolTV aggregates information from many great resources such as BeyondBlue and ReachOut, amongst others. With a single stream of independent factual information, we hope that parents can access valuable resources on one site. You can access the SchoolTV through our website here. Many thanks to the Parents and Friends for their encouragement and financial support of this initiative.
Wellbeing is a priority at Cathedral College Wangaratta and every adult shares responsibility for the welfare of our students. At the day to day level, we have a dedicated team of Homeroom Teachers and Year Level Coordinators who are always the first point of contact for our students and their parents. Together they work closely with the Heads of School to support students’ academic and personal wellbeing needs. In addition, we also have a highly qualified team of health professionals, counsellors, educational specialists and support staff who provide a range of wellbeing and pastoral care services to our students and their families. If you have any concerns about your child please contact our Welfare Team on 5722 2144 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Adrian Farrer
Counsellor June Stamp
I would like to introduce myself as the School Counsellor. I feel very privileged to be part of the Cathedral College Wangaratta team and to be able to provide support to the students, staff and parents of the College. I am available Monday to Thursday for the students to visit with me on either a formal or drop-in basis (recess, lunch or after school drop in times). The formal process is either through the Year Level Coordinator or Homeroom Teacher. Parents can also request support for their children through the same process or by calling the school directly.
Through my previous work with children and families, and as a mother of three children (all now have left home and living in Melbourne), I understand the complexities of raising children and in particular the difficult teenage years. I believe at times children need a support team around them to help them through difficult times which could include parents, teachers, counsellors and other support services. This team approach also provides support for parents in sharing information and help in navigating service systems. Not all worries for students or parents require this approach and often just the chance to share worries and possibly formulate a way forward or a plan can elevate concerns and ultimately allow them to return to learning to their full potential.
I would love to meet the school community in person, if you have the time please drop by my office which is located in the Junior School in front of Greg Newbold’s office.
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.
Upcoming Information Nights and Subject Selection Interviews
Year Ten Into Eleven (2018) Subject Selection Interviews – August 7 and August 10 from 2.30pm – 7.00pm in SS5-SS8
Year Nine 2018 Information Night – August 8 from 7.00pm in the Sports Stadium
Year Eight 2018 Information Night – August 15 from 7.00pm in the Sports Stadium
Year Seven 2018 Information Night – August 22 from 7.00pm in the Sports Stadium
Year Six 2018 Information Night – August 29 from 7.00pm in SS7 and SS8
Around the School
Rev’d Peter Laurence, AM, CEO of ASC Visits Cathedral College Wangaratta
Last week our Year Seven Materials and Technology students were visited by the CEO of the ASC, Reverend Peter Laurence as part of his time in the North East of Victoria. Students discussed the project they will be working on this semester as part of the Elective programme and Peter shared his memories of making a wooden pencil case when he was in Year Five.
Peter spent time looking at the new Reception and building works before heading on to visit our sister schools, Trinity Anglican and Cobram Anglican.
Careers Pathway Planning
In recent years there have been many reports focusing on the changing employment opportunities for young people. The latest report by the Foundation for Young Australians, ‘The New Works Smart Report’ considers the ‘soft skills’ or skills of critical thinking, creativity and collaboration which are essential for any young person entering the work force.
Recent government research reports that one in five people run their own business, that there are more part-time workers than ever before and most people will have fifteen different changes over the course of their career. Quite simply, we have to start preparing young people for a very changeable world. It is important students think about the specific subjects they study in order to enter University or further education, but they must also consider the skills they take with them in order to transfer between professions.
In Term Three, Senior School students have begun to explore these ideas in various ways. Last Wednesday July 26, Year Nine students in small group, question and answer sessions met with eight different guests from various professions in the local community. These professions were:
Science and Engineering: North East Water.
Medicine: Diane McIntosh from North East Health.
Construction industry: Lachie Gales
Visual Arts: Kim Westcott
Music industry: Patrick Russell
Architecture and Business: Janelle Boynton
Sport and Health: Zac Hedin
At the same time Year Ten students were exposed to an address from Charles Sturt University titled ‘Following your Passion’. Year Eleven and Twelve students continued their information sessions with Homeroom Teachers and Mr Dunbar, to ensure that their subject choices and preparation for a successful completion and conclusion to VCE is maintained.
These sessions were followed by a Careers Pathway Forum conducted on the Thursday evening. At the Forum, parents and students were provided with the opportunity to discover from twenty members of the local ‘working community’ about how to enter their profession and what their work involved. This was an invaluable experience as many students learnt firsthand about the value of English and Mathematics and always doing the best that they can. The aforementioned ‘soft skills’ of critical thinking, creativity and collaboration were frequently referred to by many of the career presenters and they reinforced that hard work, reliability and persistence are qualities which employers believe are essential.
Thank you to all of our guest speakers who gave so willingly and freely of their time; the students are very fortunate to have exposure to such a diverse group of people.
Director of Studies
Head of Senior School
Semester Two has already given our Senior School students many opportunities to engage in discussions about their future pathways with teachers and adults from the broader community. Very few young people can be certain of how their career journey will evolve and as a College we hope to provide a platform for students to think critically about their strengths, both social and academic, and what work domains they may wish to pursue after completion of the VCE. Helping to properly and thoroughly inform our students can only assist them to make the best decisions at this point in their lives. We look forward to continued discussions and pathway interviews with our students in the coming months.
This Semester has also seen the College and school families host our Year Ten Exchange students from Austria and Germany. They have settled into the daily routine of school and life in Australia and it is hoped they continue to gain much from their time here. Next term, some of our own Year Tens will be heading off to Europe on exchange and no doubt, they will return with a raft of stories and experiences. For our VCE students, the next term and a half will consist of serious revision and work as they complete Unit 4 of their chosen subjects, and I encourage them to continue to persist with their study timetable and ensure they are consistently seeking help should there be an area of work of which they are unsure.
Year Ten Work Experience
The Year Ten students participated in Work Experience towards the end of last Semester as part of their Work Education. A few workplaces that students were placed at included The University of Melbourne (Engineering and Earth Science), The Wangaratta Chronicle, Northeast Health Wangaratta, Swan Hill Fire Brigade, Slater and Gordon, Warby Street Vet Clinic, Northern Rivers – Academy of Music, Ovens Valley Equine and Murray Bushrangers Football.
Work Experience provides an opportunity for students to develop employability skills, explore possible career options, understand employer expectations and to increase independence and self confidence. The students enjoyed interacting with clients and working in a new environment and with new people. The experience was well received by students. Some feedback and comments from students: “Work experience has helped me to decide my VCE subjects and to plan my future career”; “Work experience has helped my CV and could lead to future employment”; “Definitely a future pathway for me”.
Mr Keith Willett
Head of Senior School
Head of Middle School
Welcome back! At the start of each semester it is lovely to see our student cohort refreshed and genuinely excited to be back at CCW and ready to start their Semester Two. Following on from a very busy Term Two, which saw our Middle School community busy right to the very end, as well as receiving their Semester One reports during the holidays, a new semester can allow a fresh start, new electives and a chance to improve on their performances and refine further skill development.
We had the chance to come together with the Junior School for our first assembly of the term last week. Led by our Middle School captains, this was an opportunity to reflect on the outstanding achievements from the State Cross Country which was held in Melbourne over the break. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate the ongoing success of many of our Middle School students. We also heard from Oscar Lilley, Patrick Timmers and Chloe Way who reflected on the Year Seven Outdoor Education camp which took place in the last week of Term Two and sounded like a challenging yet rewarding experience for all involved. Additionally, Harrison Kilmister, Eden Yelland and Josiah Klein from Year Six took up the opportunity to discuss the large participation in the Year Six Winter Sports Day.
This week, Middle School students have been encouraged to reflect on their Semester One academic reports and with the assistance of their homeroom teacher, spend time creating new academic and personal goals for Semester Two. It is vital that students understand where there is area for improvement and how to actually improve their skills and knowledge in a subject area.
Looking ahead, we have a number of important events that involve our Middle School community as we start planning to transition into a new academic year. There will be an Information Evening for each year level where key staff will discuss the pastoral and academic focuses in that year level, as well as discuss the many subject selection options. We also have our next Discovery Day for our Year Seven 2018 cohort on August 29, as well as various ski trips and sporting carnivals. It is important that our students use their diaries and proactively communicate with their teachers to assist their organisation and take up the various extra-curricular opportunities that are on offer in Term Three. I look forward to another successful semester for our students.
Mrs Brigid Perkins
Head of Middle School
Head of Junior School
As the first fortnight of Term Three concludes, it is worthwhile to reflect upon its start. The students have commenced the term in the most productive way and re-settled exceptionally well. On a timeline, they are now past the halfway mark of the school year, and closer to being a 2018 student than a new 2017 one. This means that, as learners, our students are expected to do two things:
- Consolidate the skills they have already learned.
- Develop the new skills necessary for the year level they will be part of in 2018.
To do this, there are some simple learning behaviours that will help every child to become an even more effective and successful learner:
- Listen and concentrate.
- Ask questions when unsure.
- Provide their very best effort.
- Persevere when work is challenging or difficult.
- Accept they won’t know or be able to do everything, but be prepared to persist.
- Focus on becoming better, not being the best.
- Look for signs of personal progress and achievement.
- Success is an individual thing; even in a team, bringing their best individual effort is a most important value.
There are a number of events this term, where both parents and students will be able to witness and discuss these important learning behaviours:
Parent Teacher Interviews Monday August 7 and Tuesday August 8, 3.30pm – 6.30pm
The Term Three Parent Teacher Interviews form part of the ‘Reporting to Parents’ process as this year they are connected with the Semester One student report. Work samples, fruitful dialogue and goal setting will be shared between parents and teachers for each student as they embark on the second phase of the school year. Please ensure you have made a booking on one of the nights, or if unavailable for these, at another time.
Celebration of Learning evenings
Monday August 14, 6.00pm Prep – Year Two
Tuesday August 15, 6.00pm Years Three – Five
The Celebration of Learning evenings, incorporate Prep – Year Three class oral presentations to an adult audience, showcasing their work completed and skills developed over the year. The Creative Writing Adventure Day for Years Four and Five, where they spend a longer day at school collaborating in groups to create, plan, write, illustrate and publish a book-in-a-day, will then be shared with parents in the evening.
House Music Wednesday September 6, 11.50am
House Music is a community-within-a-community event, where each House performs a song related to the concept Belonging. With each House comprising of students from Prep to Year Twelve, this event brings our entire school community together in a fun, competitive and enjoyable way, using the platform of song to demonstrate inclusivity, creativity, diversity and effort.
There are many more events throughout the term that support our students in developing those rich skills related to being a respectful citizen, a diligent and determined learner, and a happy and responsible student. I very much look forward to being part of the growth our young people.
Brick Club: Lego Donations
Cathedral College Wangaratta is hoping to start its own Brick Club this semester! Held at lunchtimes and in conjunction with Community Service projects at St. John’s Retirement Village, Brick Club will provide our young people with an opportunity to connect with other Lego builders, enhance their social and building skills, expand their creative experience, and build imagination and self-confidence.
At the lunchtime club, we hope to coach members in how to build and expand their creativity through the clever use of parts and building techniques. Each week members will be introduced to creative concepts like, use of shape, colour, scale, perspective, essence and theme. Students will also have the opportunity to spend time with residents at St. John’s Retirement Village, collaborating on lego construction; a chance to connect and strengthen relationships with our broader community.
Donations: As a school, we are looking for any donations of Lego that may well be unused in your household. In particular, we would welcome any Lego green baseplates for students to start building from the ‘ground up’. Our Lego Drive will be run over the next fortnight and the College will collect donations in time to launch our lunchtime club during Book Week. Any donations would be most appreciated.
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
State Cross Country
On Thursday July 20, Mr Lane and Mr Willett braved the arctic conditions at the State Cross Country Championships. They witnessed some outstanding performances by students, including our first ever podium finish, a silver medal to the 13 year old girls team: Callista Race-Stelling (5th), Cassidy Mailer (21st), Lia Ladbrook (33rd), Jess Calvert (62nd) and Maddy Mailer (73rd). The girls were narrowly beaten by Maribyrnong College with a 2 second difference. Callista Race-Stelling has been selected in the Team Vic team and will now run at Nationals later this month; we wish her well for the upcoming competition and no doubt, she will be training hard.
Other results from the day included:
Tess Palubiski – 9th in the 14 girls
Alex Race-Stelling – 15th in the 17 boys
Alannah Harrap – 36th in the 12 girls
Max Hemphill – 42nd in the 15 boys
Braeden Marjanovic – 35th in the 13 boys
Will Johnson – 50th in the 13 boys
Alex Pitt – 56th in the 13 boys
Well done to all those that participated – an outstanding effort by all!
Victorian Interschool Snowsports Championships
Ski and Snowboard Championships will be held from August 21 until August 27 at Mt Buller Ski Resort. If you are interested in participating in the Cathedral College team, all entries are to be handed into Mrs Howman no later than Monday August 5.
For more information please email Mrs Howman: email@example.com
For the first time in Cathedral College Wangaratta’s history, we have fielded a Year Five and Year Six all female AFL team and they had their first match today on the Oval. Playing against Wangaratta West, this was the first Interschool Football match for girls in Wangaratta; an historic event, indeed! Well done to all the students who turned up for training and for their evident passion and enthusiasm for the game on the pitch this afternoon.
“Stitching a Story” Textile Tree
Cathedral College Wangaratta students in Year Four Art have helped create a Textiles Tree as part of the “Stitching a Story” theme for the Wangaratta Stitched-Up Textiles festival. The tree featured in a school display in Wangaratta’s Co-Store over the school holidays and received many favourable comments.
Students in Mrs Rose’s art classes made textiles samplers, woolly bugs and hairy caterpillars for the display, hanging their own creations on the many branches. If you missed viewing this wonderful creation it has now moved to the foyer of the Wangaratta Government Centre and will be on show for a few weeks. Thank you to all those students who produced the vibrant and ‘organic’ tree.
In the early days of the Christian Church when infant baptism became widespread, it became necessary to have a later service, which would ‘confirm’ the promises made at Baptism; this became known as Confirmation with the idea that the person being confirmed was old enough to understand the promises they are making.
Cathedral College Wangaratta traditionally offers Confirmation to students in Year Six, but this year we are encouraging any students in Year Seven who would like to be confirmed this year to join us in Confirmation. If you would like your son or daughter to be confirmed, or you require further information regarding any aspect of the confirmation process, please contact me on 03 5722 2144, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Confirmation service is to be held on Sunday September 10, at Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral, Wangaratta.
Rev’d David Jones
Chess Club Tournament Entry
If you are a Chess enthusiast and would like to be part of Cathedral College Wangaratta’s debut at our very first Chess Tournament on August 29 in Yarrawonga, please let Candace Potter know by Monday August 14. There are 3 divisions a student can enter.
Primary Division: Years Prep to Six
Middle Years Division: Years Five to Nine
Open Division: Years Seven to Twelve.
Cost is $22 per student which can be paid at Reception and depending on numbers, there will be an additional fee for the bus, which will be leaving at 8:30am to arrive at the venue in time. We will be back in time for the usual afternoon buses. Please contact Candace Potter at email@example.com if you would like your child registered as a participant on the day.
Katie Gaston – Indigo Shire Battle of the Bands
Katie Gaston from Year Ten Docker competed in Indigo Shire’s Battle of the Bands last weekend, an event she helped organise in her role on the Council Youth Event Crew. Katie was awarded runner up in the competition. Well done Katie on your contribution to the broader community.
Jungle Book DVDs
Junior School Parents – The Jungle Book DVD is now available to purchase for $5.00. Please contact Mr Sam Woods via the following email link if you would like to purchase one.
If you missed out on attending The Resilience Project last Semester, there is the opportunity to attend an evening at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre on Monday September 4 brought to you by NERPSA. Please follow this link if you would like to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/nerpsa-10028539796
Earn and Learn 2017
Woolworths Earn & Learn program is back for 2017 and Cathedral College Wangaratta has registered to participate. If you do shop at Woolworths, any Earn and Learn sticker sheets and stickers can be dropped into the College box at the Wangaratta Safeway or they can be brought into school. Thank you for your support of this initiative.
Parents and Friends
The Parents and Friends hold regular meetings on the first Tuesday of every month in the Staff Room at 7.00pm. All are welcome to attend the next scheduled meeting on Tuesday September 5. We will be running the traditional Fathers Day Stall on Monday August 29 for all Junior School students to purchase a small gift.
Uniform Shop Winter Trading Hours
Winter trading hours continues throughout Term Three and are detailed below:
Wednesdays 8.30am – 4.00pm
Fridays 8.30am – 1.45pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.