From the Principal
The Foundation for Young Australians https://www.fya.org.au/ is a preeminent research body that is doing some important work in looking at a “futures workforce” based on the disruption that automation, amongst other factors, is causing the world of work. The school’s leadership team has devoted a lot of time to considering the potential and risks of the changing face of work in Australia, and we have actively incorporated a number of opportunities for practising “futures” skills into the daily life of our school. In the past couple of weeks across a raft of activities there has been a number of examples of the need to use collaboration, communication and teamwork. In this newsletter, you will read of our students’ active engagement with these life skills across a wide range of pursuits.
The Write a Book in a Day event in Years Four and Five was a perfect example of the need for students to work together in an intense setting to create a worthy product. Predicated on teamwork, the books written demonstrated a high level of collaboration, of sharing of ideas, of problem solving and of pride in a finished product. The negotiations between group members that I witnessed as I visited the rooms were very constructive. Our students had to work with the other personalities in their group in order to maximise the quality of their work and they were successful as a result.
There was similar teamwork on show in the inaugural MasterChef competition held today. Each House was represented by a Middle School team that cooked for House glory! As one of the lucky people asked to judge the event, I can attest to the extraordinary quality of the food and the wonderful presentation. After an entrée of steamed wontons, we had kangaroo fillets, rice and snow peas for the main course. The Lemon Myrtle meringues were amazing. The boys and girls who created the masterpieces were visibly exhausted and exhilarated by the competition, and while I know which team I think did the best, I will wait and look forward to the official announcement at assembly on Wednesday.
The assembly will undoubtedly report on more examples of recent collaboration, such as the “Spaghetti Machine” competition held at The University of Melbourne that some of our Year Tens attended, the very successful Year Ten camps in the snow at Mittagundi and in the sun of Sydney, the highly successful girls soccer, boys netball and hockey, and the cake baking exploits of the Year Elevens, amongst other things.
We do like to focus on what is happening now, of course, but creating a now that supports the skills needed in the future is a strong emphasis, and is clear to see in the day to day activities of our fine school.
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.
2018 Curriculum Information Evenings: Stadium
Please join us for Curriculum Information evenings for Year Seven 2018 and Year Six 2018 parents. These evenings help explain the well-being, pastoral care and subject offerings for these Year Levels and are a chance to meet with the Year Level Coordinator, Ms Kerrylee Bonacci.
Year Seven 2018: Tuesday August 22 at 7.00pm
Year Six 2018: Tuesday August 29 at 7.00pm
Book Week Parade and Morning Tea Monday August 21
Each year, Cathedral College Wangaratta embraces Book Week, celebrating Australian Children’s Literature. A variety of book related activities will occur throughout the school week in the form of book readings, games, and quizzes.
Parade details: The main event is our Book Week Parade held on Monday, August 21 at 9.10 a.m. in the Junior School. Students are invited to dress-up as their favourite book character (not television or movie), and bring a copy of the book from where their character originates. This year’s theme is ‘Escape to Everywhere’. We request a gold coin donation which will directed to The Kids’ Cancer Project as part of our Celebration of Learning.
Morning Tea: The Parents and Friends will be holding a morning tea directly after the Parade, so please join us for tea and coffee in The Science Garden. We hope to see you at what is certain to be a spectacular Book Parade.
Many thanks to the wonderful donations of Lego – we are keen to ‘build up’ our Lego collection and any donations of Lego next week would be much appreciated in anticipation of our Brick Club launch during Lunchtimes.
Fathers Day Breakfast Friday September 1, 8.00am
All fathers, grandfathers, uncles and significant males are invited to join us for a Fathers Day Breakfast at school from 8.00am until 9.00am as part of our Footy Colours Day fundraiser. Please wear your favourite footy colours, whether they be AFL, Rugby League or Soccer. More details will follow.
House Music Wednesday September 6, 11.50am
Rehearsals have started in earnest for the House Music competition which will be held on Wednesday September 6 in the Stadium from 11.50am. Parents and family are more than welcome to attend and support your child’s House in this fiercely fought competition.
Please note that the Parent Football gathering scheduled for this Sunday on the Oval has been postponed until further notice due to the ‘fairweather’ nature of the group. We will find a time in the not too distant future for a kick.
Around the School
Year Ten Camp
Our Year Tens enjoyed a week away from College with students having the choice of spending time at Mittagundi in the High Country, or orientating their way around Sydney. Mittagundi is a unique opportunity for young people to live without screens, computer or electricity, and the week saw students ski touring on cross country skis, snow camping, cooking and eating in pioneer huts, and contributing to farm life on Mittagundi’s 400 acre property.
At the same time, Sydney hosted those Year Ten students who had elected to travel to the ‘big smoke’. Students worked with the registered charity ‘Our Big Kitchen’ a community run, non-denominational, industrial kitchen where meals are prepared for distribution to needy people across Sydney. A Taste Tour the following day gave students the opportunity to sample delicious and mouth-watering treats and on the final day students participated in a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ where checkpoints needed to be visited around the City and as far away as the Blue Mountains. It is hoped that both Mittagundi and Sydney, whilst very different in the experiences offered, gave students invaluable lessons and the chance to learn how to work together as a cohort. Particular thank you to the Senior School staff for the energy and enthusiasm at both.
Dr Philip Bohun
Undertaking research in music education with Central Queensland University in Sydney, Dr Bohun has managed to complete his Doctorate whilst working full time at Timbertop and at Cathedral College Wangaratta. Congratulations to Dr Bohun and to his family for the commitment and undoubted sacrifices made over the last five years.
Mr Keith Willett
Head of Senior School
Cyber Safety in the Middle School
This week saw some of our Middle School classes in Year Six and Year Seven receive up-to-date information on cyber safety issues from Mr Surrey Hunter, a member of the Victorian Police Force. Within our society we have seen a rising rate of students with a mobile phone, laptop and/or iPad who are choosing to interact on social media sites to communicate with their friends. There were many important messages that were delivered and discussed in these sessions that were relevant to our Middle School community. The importance of being safe and responsible digital citizens was reinforced in these discussions, as well as the importance of knowing who you are talking to online, understanding your own security settings and thinking about the images that students may choose to post on these sites.
Here are some of the most important messages that were covered in these sessions:
Internet Safety Tips for Middle School students and parents:
- Laptops and mobile phones should be in a common area of the house and not in the bedroom.
- Help your parents to learn about the internet – share your knowledge of the internet with your parents in a fun environment. If they have some knowledge they will be less likely to be suspicious about ‘socialising online’.
- Let your parents know where you go online, just as you would in real life.
- Ask your parents to spend time online with you – learn and explore together.
- Make sure your computer has a good filter and other monitoring/blocking software to minimise dangers.
- Make sure you are on safe and suitable sites. Filters cam sometimes fail to protect.
- There should be house rules about what information you can put onto websites or share with others.
- Remember that the internet is permanent….be mindful of what you post and how you portray yourself. Pictures etc can remain forever
- Once photos are sent, there is no way to get them back, and once in cyberspace, they become a permanent part of a person’s digital footprint. This means that they can forever be linked to that person and without doubt will resurface when least expected such as a job interview.
- Never allow explicit photos of yourself to be taken in any circumstance
- Teach your parents the language of the cyberspace.
- There should be absolutely no exchange of personal information
- Social Networking profiles such as Facebook should be set to private.
- MSN contacts and social networking site friends should be people that you know in real life. This is one way to reduce possible risks.
- An ‘online friend’ that you don’t know in real life is a stranger.
- It is a criminal offence to take, possess or transmit (share via technology) a naked image of a young person. It doesn’t matter how you came to possess the image, or if you willingly took the photo yourself and sent it on.
- Passwords must not be shared. Choose passwords that others can’t guess…..not your favourite food or pet’s name. They should be a mix of caps/letters/numbers/symbols and changed 4 times per year (last day of every term)
- Be aware that information on the internet is not always reliable.
- Very close supervision for young children is recommended. There should be a limit to the email correspondence/msn list to be a list of friends and family that has been approved.
- Misuse of the internet and associated technology (bullying/harassing someone) is a crime.…don’t break the law and risk getting a criminal record.
- The internet and the various applications are a lot of fun and a wonderful tool……maximize the benefits and surf safely together.
Beneficially, more discussions have stemmed from these sessions which has reinforced that our students are thinking about their own behaviour online. Additional cyber safety talks will take place on Friday August 25.
Callista represents CCW at the National Cross Country Championships!
On Friday August 11, Callista Race-Stelling, Year Eight, travelled to Hobart as part of her selection in the SSV State Cross Country team participating in the SSA National Cross Country Championships (11-14 August).
Callista thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to represent her school at a national level. Additionally, she was able to make new friends with the other girls in the 13-yrs Victorian team. Callista reflected that it was a well organised event and the staff (teachers) managing the very large SSV team did an excellent job – with the running events and the additional educational and team-building activities (e.g. visiting Port Arthur, sea cruise).
In her event, Callista came 27th in the Girls’ 13-yrs 3 km, with the Victorian team coming 3rd in the Teams category. Callista said she was very pleased to receive a bronze medal for her performance.
Mrs Brigid Perkins
Head of Middle School
Head of Junior School
100 Days of Prep
Congratulations to our Preps who celebrated 100 days at school last week. It was wonderful to see so many ‘young’ people dressed as ‘old’ people for the day – the magnificent vintage shawls, caps and dresses along with glasses, hair in buns and ‘wrinkled’ faces definitely added to their special day. Students managed to stay in character during a slow, frail and cane assisted walk around the school and even in the playground, monkey bar action did not seem to be as prolific for the aging population.
Junior School House Captain Induction
Leadership is a valuable ingredient in making a community cooperative, happy and successful. This year, our Year Six House Captains admirably led their Houses in the first Semester and have now made way for Year Five House Captains to lead in Semester Two. It is hoped that the Semester Two Junior School House Captains will be involved in developing and running activities that will benefit Junior School students as well as assist in building a cohesive and inclusive environment. In School Assembly, our outgoing House Captains welcomed the incoming Year Five House Captains in a formal induction service. We thank all the Junior School Captains for their contribution thus far.
Celebration of Learning and Write a Book in a Day
A typical celebration of learning would usually revolve around a display of student work that is of the highest possible standard, polished within an ‘inch of it’s life’ or a class party to commemorate the end of the school year. We believe our two evenings are powerful opportunities for students to make their learning public, to demonstrate their developmental educational journey and to highlight the critical skills they are acquiring that will help equip them to become independent, collaborative and creative learners.
Both evenings, Prep – Year Two and Year Three – Year Five, depicted the various stages of maturity and development applicable to the respective year levels. Each student in Prep – Two spoke in public about a key subject, topic or assignment that they have studied. To stand in front of a sea of eager and excited adult faces, and read and speak to them requires healthy doses of bravery and confidence. Their teachers and peers support students in producing and rehearsing their scripts, but the rehearsal stage, although a sound preparation, does not fully replicate the main event. Hence, remaining calm and collected, and presenting in a strong, clear voice requires a combined skillset that is of lifelong benefit.
Year Three with their ‘subject stall’, added a different dimension to the Celebration of Learning event. A larger measure of collaborative and creative learning is required from the students. Guests wander the open classrooms, asking questions and listening to the various young stallholders regale them with exciting morsels of their Year Three subject and co-curricular offerings. This concept provides a new take on public speaking, as the speakers are required to deliver their information and respond to questions multiple times to small audiences. Speaking in such an intimate face-to-face setting, can conjure up feelings of anxiety and nervousness for each boy and girl. Preparation is ‘king’! The researching, practising, editing and practising (again) phase becomes even more important. Then under a little bit of natural human pressure, to remember the facts as practised also becomes challenging. The fact that they did an amazingly good job, is testament to their own investment in the event and personal pride in their performance.
An extended challenge requiring collaboration, analysis, review, evaluation and the transference of skills from surface level to deep was evident in the Creative Writing Adventure Day, where Year Four and Five were required, in small groups, to write a book in a single day – from the genesis of an idea to the publication of a story. The finale for them was to exhibit their work including sketches, story drafts, planning sheets and the finished product.
The purpose of a day such as this, is not to showcase absolute excellence in the sense of work being ‘at the very highest level’, but more about the learning expedition the students are on and the broad range of practical, social, intellectual and inquiry skills that they are developing. Children need challenge and rigour as it enhances their learning and hones their skills at a much deeper and more authentic level. This day provides that.
Pleasingly, these were key elements identified by the students themselves, and articulated by parents and teachers when they drew comparisons from one year to the next and noticed the major steps that have been taken by the students. We are very appreciative of, and thankful for, the interest level of our parents as exemplified by the significant crowds who attended each classroom. This interest provides a real impetus for the children and enhances the value for them that is placed upon a good, high quality education.
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
This week saw the College’s first ever House MasterChef competition, the initial idea originating from Year Eleven student Joshua Thompson. Middle School students from each House collaborated in teams of four to produce a three course meal with only the food available on the day and a strict time limit of two hours. Recipes showcased indigenous ingredients and the judges were presented with Steamed Wontons, with dipping sauce, Asian-style Kangaroo fillets, and deconstructed Lemon myrtle Meringue Pie. Congratulations to the students for their enthusiasm and for creating such marvellous dishes in a time pressured environment.
Many thanks to Anne Stevenson and Sandra Cheshire for their organisation of the event, and to our Judges, Mr Adrian Farrer, Mrs Brigid Perkins and Joshua Thompson.
Science Week Spaghetti Machine Competition
Robert Jones, Meagan Kearney and Vincent Zhou were a part of Cathedral College Wangaratta’s first Spaghetti Machine team amongst 22 other schools in The University of Melbourne’s Science Week competitions. Students were asked to build a complex machine that would complete a simple task: crush a can and put it in the bin. We had two attempts at success and in our first run we experienced technical difficulty channeling wireless electricity (our power point was unplugged) but our other stages worked with minimal intervention.
In our second attempt, we successfully combined water and electricity, hammers and nails, balloons, dominoes and a slinky to deliver five freshly crushed cans to the bin. The reward and sense of achievement was evident with one student asking if he can do it again next year in VCE! Thank you to so many staff and parents for your support in making this happen!
Mr Matt Henderson
Year Nine and Ten Boys Netball
On Friday August 11, eleven Cathedral College Wangaratta boys represented the school in the Hume Region Intermediate Boys Netball competition. Their commitment had been demonstrated through attending lunchtime practices over several weeks and being coached by the dedicated Ms. Owens. At the carnival there were 10 schools competing, divided into two pools of five and playing four matches of 12 minute halves. Cathedral had comfortable wins against Yarrawonga (21-14), Yea (20 -4) and Myrtleford (28-4) but were challenged by St. Mary’s Seymour who came back strongly in the second half. Our early lead enabled us to hold on and win 19-15. Finishing first in our pool was a fine effort and the subsequent semi-final was against Corryong. This was a close match between two evenly matched teams. Some missed shots and interceptions in the second half threatened to be costly but the team kept working hard and managed a 16-15 win.
The Grand Final was against Galen College, who were a noticeably bigger team. In the first half Cathedral defended well and made the most of the offensive opportunities to be equal at half time. Unfortunately, Galen’s size and skill became dominant in the second half as we tired and made some passing errors and they ended up deserved winners 21-14. Despite the disappointing end, it was a most impressive achievement by the team of Alex Byrne, Hayden Cartwright, Oscar Day, Seb Hargreaves, Kyran Hagens, Max Hemphill, Tas Kearney, Marcus Quinn, Noah Trimble, Lachie Wood and Bailey Yelland. All of the team played hard, but fairly, and were patient and cooperative in rotating on and off court. The teamwork and support they demonstrated was outstanding and all students were excellent representatives of the school. Thank you to Ms. Owens and Mr. Manning for their coaching and organisation.
Mr Brant Whitsed
Congratulations to Coach Mrs Sonja Seeger and the Year Eight girls soccer team who yesterday won the Hume Region Soccer Tournament and have qualified for the State Finals. A momentous day for the girls and a fantastic achievement for sport at Cathedral College Wangaratta
VLine Cup AFL Team
Congratulations to Emily Nicholson in Year Nine and Maddy Mailer in Year Eight for being selected in the under 16 VLine Cup AFL Team.
This is a representative team from North East Victoria that plays off against other districts during the first week of the holidays. Good luck girls, we hope you play well.
Daniel Herrod – Open Country Table Tennis Championships
At the start of August, Daniel Herrod from Year Seven Close participated in the open country Table Tennis Championships. He competed in the Senior and Junior singles and the Junior doubles events.
During the final days of the competition, Daniel won his division singles, came runner up in division doubles and came runner up in his division singles. Congratulations, Daniel.
ASC Eastern Schools Piano Competition Friday 1 September 2017
From 1230hrs are the heats – all students
From 1900hrs are the finals – those identified and invited from the heats process
Any student that plays the piano is eligible to compete, but they must be a student of an ASC School. The prize is a return flight to Perth to compete at the ASC Competition in 2018, giving students the chance to then perform a the ASC Biennial Concert In September 2018 at the Perth Concert Hall.
For further information please email Dr Phil Bohun at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
The Confirmation service is to be held on Sunday September 10, at Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral, Wangaratta.
Rev’d David Jones
Cathedral College App
A friendly reminder to all parents that we have moved away from the Skoolbag App. The College App for mobile devices is available for download. For information on how to uninstall Skoolbag and install the app please follow the following link.
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.
Charles Sturt University – Parent Information Evening in Wangaratta
Charles Sturt University will be giving parents the opportunity to find out more about how your child can access University, getting help with costs, and all the benefits that come from study and life at CSU. The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will be presenting and explaining things such as the ATAR and how it is calculated, as well as the university preference system.
When: Tuesday September 12 at 5.30pm
Where: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, 218 Tone Road, Wangaratta
For more information and to register for any CSU events please click here.
Trades Day Wangaratta
When: Thursday 24 August 2017 – 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Where: GOTAFE Campus, Cusack Street, Wangaratta
For more information and to register please click the following link
Human Rights Photo Competition
The Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2017 Human Rights Photo Competition is now open should students wish to participate. The theme is ‘Home’ – inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote: “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home….”Prizes for main winners are an Olympus OM-D Mark II Camera Kit, valued to over $800. To enter, please click on the link https://photocompetition.humanrights.gov.au/
The King Valley Fun Run Walk will be held on Saturday October 7 with options of a 6km or 3km course set in beautiful bush-land around Lake William Hovel. Families, children and community members are encouraged to join in.
Early bird online entries $20 www.kingvalleychallenge.com. On the day: $25 cash only. U15 gold coin donation.
Registrations for Wangaratta Little Athletics are being taken from next Monday, with our season commencing on Friday October 13th. All registrations must be completed online at www.lavic.com.au before attending a registration day on:
Saturday October 7, 10.00am – 2.00pm or Monday October 9, 4.00pm – 5:30pm at Appin Street Sports Complex
NESAY’s #YouthForIndi Project
NESAY have developed the #YouthForIndi project in response to the Federal Inquiry into Regional Development. #YouthForIndi is a project which aims to increase growth and success in the area by allowing young people to creatively express their opinions & submit their ideas to ensure they can actively participate towards the regional development in the electorate of Indi. The link is now open for submissions for NESAY’s #YouthForIndi Project. This is a great opportunity for young people to contribute towards the development of our community. For more information, head over to the NESAY website www.nesay.com.au or phone (03) 5720 2201.