We had a nice day of farewells for our current Year Twelves, who celebrated with us in style on Wednesday at school in the morning prior to having a day of activities together in Albury. The traditional Year Twelve Assembly was a lot of fun, and included a poignant moment during which students from Year Twelve and Prep, who have come to know each other, exchange cards of advice and best wishes. Also a tradition, it seems, a couple of the balloons presented to the Preps escaped and floated to the Sports Stadium ceiling. Our students were a credit to themselves in their positive finish to formal classes and are now engaged with some study time in the lead up to their examinations.
In preparation for the departure of our Year Twelves, the school’s Executive, with input from a range of sources, interviewed a number of candidates for the positions of School Captains for 2018. A strong field assembled and we had many enjoyable conversations marked by impressive thinking and responding from our Year Eleven interviewees. I am delighted to announce to our broader school community that Keira Murphy and Alex Race-Stelling were chosen as our 2018 captains. We congratulate them and look forward to working with them in their roles, which will be conferred formally at our Presentation Afternoon in December.
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.
Step Into Prep
The first Step Into Prep day will be held on Tuesday 31 October from 9.00am – 10.30am. The Parents and Friends Committee will be holding a morning tea for new parents in The Science Garden whilst the new Preps spend time with Mrs Gerrish and Miss McKerrow.
Unit Three and Four Exams
The first exam (English) will be held on Monday November 1, from 9.00am-12.30pm.
Around the School
Year Twelve Celebration Day
Wednesday saw the final day for our Year Twelves before they commence a week of study. The first formal VCE examination will be held next Wednesday November 1 in the Senior School classrooms and will continue for several weeks. During this time, it is expected that our students are respectfully quiet if they find themselves in the Senior School precinct, to ensure the best possible examination conditions for our VCE students. I wish them well and encourage them to maintain a balanced approach to their studies, their work and their family commitments. Our Year Seven to Eleven Examination timetables will be released shortly and will be published in the next newsletter.
Head Start Program December: VCE 2018
As a part of Cathedral College Wangaratta’s commitment to equipping students with the skills to achieve their full potential, all Year Eleven and Year Twelve 2018 students attend the Head Start programme. Head Start provides valuable orientation to help students refine their subject choices and gain a sense of the level of work that will be required as VCE students. All Year Eleven 2018 and Year Twelve 2018 students are invited to participate in our Head Start program on the below dates. Further detail will be sent out by the Director of Studies in November.
Year Twelve 2018 Head Start: Tuesday November 28 – Monday December 11
Year Twelve 2018 Urban Retreat Wednesday November 29 – Friday December 1
Year Eleven 2018 Head Start and Year Ten 2018 students Fast Tracking a VCE subject: Tuesday November 28 until Monday December 11
School concludes for our Year Ten 2017 and Year Eleven 2017 students after the Carol Service on Monday December 11. Students are welcome to attend the Senior School Presentation on Thursday December 14. District Transition day will be held on Tuesday December 12, followed by Activities day on Wednesday December 13 for our Prep to Year Nine students.
Remembrance Day Poppies are being sold through the School Office on behalf of the Wangaratta Sub Branch of the Returned and Services League (RSL). All the money raised from the sale of the poppies goes directly to helping needy veterans, war widows and their children in Victoria who have welfare issues that are worthy of our support. The RSL are keen for students to wear the poppies with pride in remembrance of those soldiers and families affected by war and student poppies can be purchased for $1 and wristbands for $3.
Mr Keith Willett
Head of Senior School
Middle School News
The Middle School has been a hive of activity in the first few weeks of Term Four with a number of camps, excursions, sporting activities and extra-curricular events on offer for our students to become involved in. As the weather warms up it has been wonderful to see our students so active in the school grounds and it is now important that we remember to wear our school hats during these break times and when enjoying the outdoors.
Late last term we saw the first House Problem Solving Competition take place which involved a Middle School team from each House, led and coordinated by our Middle School House Captains. Each team was set a mathematical problem to solve and Cobbler House were the eventual winners. The Cobbler team, led by House Captain Henry Stephens, included Ethan Guy, Alex Pitt, Charlie Sammon and Tara Gough. The team was presented an inaugural plaque at a recent Middle School assembly and congratulated for their impressive effort.
Additionally, our Middle School sporting teams have been quite competitive and successful at the recent regional competitions. Due to a large interest, CCW was able to enter four teams at the Zone Volleyball carnival (Year Seven Girls, Year Seven Boys, Year Eight Girls and Year Eight Boys). With many of our students having little experience in volleyball, it was wonderful to see the enthusiasm and continual improvement throughout our training sessions and on the day of the competition. Our Year Seven Boys team consisting of Alex Pitt, Will Johnson, Sam Hemphill, Jack Tout, Zac Fraser, Hugh Mullins, Jack Allen and Tom Sparks, were eventual winners on the day and will now progress through to the regional stage; an exciting achievement! Congratulations also goes to our Year Seven Girls’ Hockey team who have made it through to the State level after winning by one goal in overtime – a dedicated team who are very deserving of this achievement.
Our Year Six cohort have returned from their camp held in Canberra where they experienced a very busy and rewarding itinerary. There are some reflections from our current Year Six students later in the newsletter but please find a few here:
‘Canberra was a fantastic experience seeing old/new Parliament House, but my favourite part was the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport). The War Memorial was good to see as well, even just seeing how many people served and died in the war for us.’ – Gabby Sinclair
‘Canberra was exciting, educational and engaging!’ – Jet Walton
‘On school camp we went to Old Parliament House and we got to go into the House of Representatives and sit on the chairs and be speakers.’ – Janelle Lilley
It is now our Year Eight students’ turn to head out on their adventure camp to Torquay. They have been involved in a lot of beachside activities throughout this week including surfing and kayaking and we are looking forward to hearing all of their stories when they return to school next week.
As this is my last week before I start my Family Leave, I would like to thank the CCW community, and in particular the Middle School community, who have been so welcoming and supportive throughout the year. I hope all of our students and their families have a rewarding end to their year. With the examination period and end of year transition programs approaching for our Middle School students I encourage everyone to finish off their year strongly and get involved in all of the opportunities our school has to offer.
Mrs Brigid Perkins
Head of Middle School
State Athletics – Cathedral Placed Fourth in the State
On Monday, thirteen students traveled to Melbourne to compete in the State Athletics held at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park. Everyone performed brilliantly on the day with Cathedral College Wangaratta placing fourth in the school rankings. A detailed list of results can be found below. Congratulations to everyone that participated!
Jack Boulton – Gold medals in Triple Jump, Long Jump, 100m, 200m & 400m
Tess Palubiski – Gold medal 400m, Bronze medal in 800m
Ashley Farmer – Silver medals in 400m & hurdles
Jess Calvert – Bronze medal in 800m
Sam Henderson – Silver medal in high jump, Bronze medal in triple jump
Gabby Boulton – Silver medal 100m, Gold medal 200m
Year Seven and Year Eight Volleyball
CCW entered four teams in the volleyball tournament at the Barr Reserve. From the start of the day we all knew it was going to be a good day! The Year Eight boys came second in their division winning three out of their four games. The Year Eight girls won 1 out of 4 games.
The Year Seven boys won all their games and are going to the next stage. The Year Seven girls won three out of their four games coming a close second. Thank you to Ms Nolan, Mrs Perkins, Mr Manning and Lucy Conn.
Alexander Dowsley and Oliver Struve
Year Seven Girls Hockey
Congratulations to our Year Seven Girls Hockey team (and one Year Six student – Gabby Sinclair) and their super coaches Julie Findlay and Lucy Mitchell – Long for making it through to State after winning their match last Thursday by one goal during overtime! A wonderful achievement!
Primary Regional Athletics
Over the previous weeks many of our Year Four, Five and Six students have represented the school in Zone and Regional Athletics Championships. The achievements of our students have certainly exceeded the schools and their own expectations.
Of the 41 students that participated at the Zone level on October 13, 17 qualified for Regional level in Albury last Friday. Of those students the following claimed medals and some head to Melbourne next Monday to represent the school at the State Championships:
Demi Johns – 1st in the 12 yo girls 200m & 3rd in the 100m
Mitchell Sinclair – 1st in the 10 boys triple jump & 1st in the 100m
Taya McPhan – 3rd in the 100m
Alannah Harrap – 2nd in the 12 girls 800m & 3rd in the 1500m
Eva Allen – 3rd in the 11 girls shotput
Boniah Johns – 2nd in the 10 girls 200m
10 girls – 1st in the 4 x 100m relay
10 boys – 2nd in the 4 x100m relay
12 girls – 1st in the 4 x 100m relay
Our relay teams have been practising regularly at lunch times and their work ethic and desire to improve is a credit to them. Good luck to everyone involved next Monday in Melbourne.
Mr Matt Lane
Music Count Us In
On Thursday November 2 at 12:30 pm, the whole Junior School will be combining in the stadium to perform the song Shine Together as part of the nationwide ‘Music Count Us In’ program. The program is designed to promote the importance of Music in schools and is a celebration of collaboration. The classes have all been working hard to learn the song and are ready to perform. There will also be a group of students from Year Five who will be travelling down to the Riverside Precinct to combine with a number of Wangaratta primary schools and perform the same song. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend either of the performances to help support the hard work of the Junior School students. We look forward to seeing you there!
Mr Sam Woods
At the weekend the following students participated in the Barrowthon which is where teams pushed a wheelbarrow to the top of Mount Buffalo from Beechworth (approx. 88 km). All joined the Barrowboys team with their fathers. This team raised $7000 for the Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare, a great effort when the foodshare turns every $1 of real money into approximately $39 of food.
Henry and Erin Stephens
Daniel and Lia Ladbrook
Hannah and Madeline Cherry
Skip Pieper was also part of the weekend representing Beechworth Primary.
The Barrowboys have given their plaque to our school in recognition of the efforts of our students. At one stage the team members had to ask the students (or the ”young ones” as they were called over the weekend), to slow down as they couldn’t keep up with them. As a result of our students pushing them along, the Barrowboys were the third team up the mountain – it’s not technically a race, but secretly it is!
Mrs Mary Laughton
Relay for Life
Last weekend’s Wangaratta Relay for Life raised an outstanding $76,000 towards Cancer research. Over 400 participants participated in the walk. Well done to all that participated and to Mrs Fran Hoyle for her huge help in organising the event. Thank you also to The Liturgies for their performance at the event.
Public School Calendar
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11 & Under and 13 & Under
Thursday November 9th / Tuesday November 14th / Thursday November 16th from 5.00pm – 6.00pm
17 & Under and 15 and Under
Wednesday November 15th /Wednesday November 22nd / Wednesday November 29th from 5.00pm – 6.00pm
We look forward to seeing you there, and ask that, if possible, you arrive 15 minutes prior to the first session as there is a form to fill out. For further details please contact Warwick Hutchinson (Wangaratta Netball Association) on 0408 547 008
Free Young Driver Education Course
Are you a new or inexperienced driver wanting to take part in a practical, fun and informative safe driving program? Ford Australia’s Driving Skills for Life program is taking place right here at Wodonga TAFE in just a few weeks! The program is FREE of charge and provides invaluable insights on road safety for you and those around you. Follow this link for more information or to register, get in quick before places fill up! – https://www.forddsfl.com.au/
When – Saturday 11 November
Where – Wodonga Tafe Barnawartha
To sign up, please refer to the links below:
Morning session: https://www.forddsfl.com.au/component/calendar/?view=calendar&id=74
Afternoon session: https://www.forddsfl.com.au/component/calendar/?view=calendar&id=75
Uniform Shop Opening Times for Term Four
Mondays 8.30am – 1.45pm
Year Six Canberra Camp
At the CSIRO, or Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation, we learnt how they created wifi and plastic banknotes. After that we were split into groups and given an iPad and a barcode. We scanned the barcode and got given a question to solve. We had to go around the exhibits looking for something that would give us the answer. If we thought we found the answer we would go and tell one of the guides, and if we got it correct we were awarded points. If we got it wrong, we had to go back and try to find the answer again. Once we got the answer right we were given another barcode with a new question. At the end the team that earned the most points was given a prize. For another half an hour or so, we had time to browse the gift shop and the exhibits. By Jesse Baker
On the last day of camp, we used the energy we had left to go to Questacon. We spent two and a half hours there. First we went to the gift shop and we bought many things. After that we went to the first room where the six metre, vertical drop slide was and many other cool activities like the glow room where only fluorescent colours light up. There were different levels in the building with galleries that contained different activities such as the earthquake lab, playing air hockey against a robot, experiments with colour and motors. After the first room, we were allowed to go to any room we wanted until it was time to leave. All of the year six students had a fantastic time at the Canberra camp.By Alannah Harrap
The first day we arrived in Canberra we went to Parliament House. At the start, we met Senator Jane Hume. Then we went on a tour around Parliament House and learnt some interesting facts about Parliament House. Did you know there are more than 2700 clocks in Parliament House, and a water fountain that gives privacy to conversations in the halls? Parliament House also has its own Post Office, gym, pool and hairdressers! The classes split up for our tour and we went into the House of Representatives and the Senate and learnt about their differences in operation and colour. Then we went to the hall where there are portraits of all of the past Prime Ministers. We got to see the moving eyes on some of them. Once we had seen everything, we got to role play in the House of Representatives. We had to debate a bill about whether or not farmland should be taken from farmers and given to endangered animals. By Kate Rial
The Reconciliation Walk was cool. There was a big sculpture at the start that had metal reeds and a potato kind of model that represented a Bogong moth. When we walked through the metal reeds, the air flowing between them made the sound of the Bogong Moth. The Indigenous people used to meet in Canberra when the Bogong Moths were in season. There were heaps of other sculptures, some about the Stolen Generation, others celebrating Indigenous people who have made a difference in their communities and Australia. There is a lot of meaning behind where the plants, rocks, structures and sculptures were placed and our guide was very knowledgeable. By Cody Silva
We went to the War Memorial on the third day of the Canberra camp. We got to see replicas of guns and uniforms, but what I liked is when we got to see real memorabilia from World War I and World War II. One I specifically remember was the equipment and uniform from an Australian ANZAC soldier. We also saw one of the small boats from Gallipoli that had heaps of bullet holes in it. We got to watch a short war plane film that really showed us the vastness of the war and had a short ceremony at the grave of the Unknown Soldier. Overall it was an interesting but sad time. Charlie Grimwade found his great, great, uncle and put a poppy next to him and Kate Rial found a portrait of her great, great grandfather. By Ted Platfuss
The national museum was awesome, there were many amazing things to see and do. Our favourite part was when we got to build our own individual robots, play games with our robot and work as a team to be either the legs head or arms of a robot. The national museum was really cool and everyone enjoyed our time there. By Tahlia
The national Capital Exhibition tells a story of Australia’s capital city. The Year Six students were able to learn about the things in Canberra from a small replica of Canberra. They also got to learn about the things Canberra needed to become the Capital city. By Charlotte
On the Thursday night of camp the Year Sis students visited the Sports and Aquatic Centre in Canberra. Our guide told us the rules and then we were off. The first thing I visited was sit on the epic water slide, wait for the green light then go!! Also at the venue was a whirlpool that when all the people hopped in it and went around in circles it would make a current that you could not swim through. By Harrison
On the Canberra camp on the last night we travelled on the buses to have some fun at the Aquatic Centre – it was huge and even featured a water slide (which was awesome). Before we jumped in the water the guide at the aquatic centre gave us a rundown of the rules and places we can swim. After that talk we all got changed and jumped in. I think at least everyone had a go on the water slide which was the best water slide I’ve ever been on. We packed up after about an hour and went back to the cabins. By Tekka-Lee
The National Electoral Education Centre was an amazing place where we got to learn how Australian people vote and the process of counting every vote. Our tour guide took us into a room where we watched a very educational video of Canberra and the history of the voting system. Our tour guide gave us a ballot paper and it had four candidates: apple, orange, pear and peach. Everyone in our class got to vote and in the end apple won. It was very educational. By Abbey & Giann
Year Six Ovens and Docker just recently went on camp to Canberra and we went on the ANZAC Parade Walk. We learned about a whole lot of different wars that the Australian Army have been apart, of such as, World War One and Two, the Vietnam war and there were many more as well. By Eden
On our camp in Canberra we went to the A.I.S. As soon as we went in two athletes came and took a class each. Our class had a girl named Bec and she showed us around the A.I.S and we saw some athletes training. Afterwards, both groups met up and went into Sportex which was a room with all sorts of sport games for us to play. By Riley and Scarlet