You will read about the many and varied activities of our school in this edition. Amidst the guest musicians visiting, an alumni reunion, the installation of our enormous and very welcome fans in the Sports Stadium, the welcoming of our new preps for next year and a fairly big horse race, our Year Twelves have been completing their final school examinations. In the next week or so, all will be finished and after Graduation and Presentation Assembly, they will be sharpening focus for life beyond school. It is a remarkable week each year, saying welcome and farewell at the same time, witnessing those embarking on their first tentative steps into schooling, and seeing mature and world ready young men and women stepping into the next stage of their lives.
Transitions approach for all, of course, and the end of this year sees a raft of programming designed to prepare students for their challenges and opportunities for 2018. Each year level will be formally “inducted” into the year above – for most on December 12 – and some year levels have a “Head Start” program which gives a thorough orientation of the expectations for next year. Details will be issued closer to the commencement of the various arrangements.
As well as the addition of our cooling for the Stadium, we have also been doing some drainage upgrade for the oval. On completion of that next week, we will then build a new road which will take traffic away from the back of the school and send it to the border of our land, 55 metres to the south, enabling safer and less dusty vehicle movements to the rear of the school each day. The current road will be diverted to the new one in the coming weeks, so access to the oval, OSHC pick up, parking for assemblies and deliveries will all take the new route. Please note the signage which will attend the new works for directions. The old road will be given over to some new purposes over summer as we slowly expand into our further acreage.
All of our advancements physically were remarked upon by our alumni who attended a reunion on Saturday. We were delighted to welcome back a number of ex-students, including three of our original students who were able to reminisce and fill me in on some of the stories and lore of times past at Cathedral. The humility of our beginning and the swift assumption of our current state were both celebrated in equal parts. It was a good reminder of the role that positive schooling plays in the lives of people well after they stop coming each day to class.
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 second Step Into Prep day will be held on Tuesday November 14 from 12.00pm-2.00pm. Our 2018 Prep students will participate in classroom activities with our Prep teachers and enjoy a tour of the school. Please pack a lunch for your child.
The third Step Into Prep day will be held on Thursday November 23 from 9.00am-10.30am. Parents are encouraged to meet for a coffee and chat at the local cafe, The Murdoch Road Store.
Prep Parent Information Session: Tuesday November 14
Parents are invited to join our Principal, Head of Junior School and Prep teaches for an Information Session on Tuesday November 14 from 7.00pm-8.00pm held in the Multipurpose Room.
Parents and Friends Meeting: Tuesday November 14
The next Parents and Friends meeting will be held on Tuesday November 14 in the Staff Room
Year Twelve Graduation
Thursday November 23 at The Gateway Hotel, Wangaratta
Senior School Examinations
With Year Twelve Examinations in full swing, the rest of the Senior School is looking towards their examination period. As an integral part of the Cathedral College Wangaratta curriculum, students are encouraged to work towards producing a positive outcome in these tasks. Please find a copy of the timetables for Year Seven to Year Eleven Examinations below:
Around the School
Since the last newsletter, the Junior School were treated to a theatrical treat: the Prep to Year Two Musical, A New Hope. This wonderful production was the first ever for this age cohort of students and provided them with an invaluable opportunity to learn stagecraft, work as a team and develop self-confidence to perform in front of an audience.
Brilliantly directed and choreographed by Dr Phil Bohun and Mrs Tali Silva respectively, the students brought the Year Seven Drama class adaptation of Star Wars to life. Bedecked in outstanding costumes, all the widely acclaimed Star Wars characters came to life amongst a sea of song and dance.
One of the aims of a Performing Arts opportunity such as this is to gradually increase the sense of responsibility and skill required for each year level. This was never more evident than with dialogue, where some students in Year One had a line to say increasing to all of Year Two developing theatrical skills in preparation for delivering their all-important line, or lines, in the play.
Furthermore, learning how to ‘play’ your character and remain in that character for the duration of a play is a difficult thing to learn, and all of the students should be commended for their efforts in this regard. No doubt the outstanding costumes went a long way to ensuring the students ‘lived’ their character. We are most grateful to Wiggy Brennan and Stephanie Goodger for their creativity and organisational skills in this important element of a stage show.
This event, like the Years Three to Five production, is a truly collaborative effort, encompassing contributions from all elements of the school community. We are indebted to our students, staff and parents for the time, energy and enthusiasm expended to create such a totally amazing event.
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
Wangaratta Festival of Jazz
The Cathedral College Wangaratta band “The Liturgies” has been heavily involved at both local and National events over the last four years, with performances at the Kool Skools Award Ceremonies in Melbourne, Generations in Jazz in Mt Gambier, Melbourne’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, and as part of the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues. 2017 was the second year of collaboration at the Festival of Jazz, with bands from other ASC schools joining us in Wangaratta for four days of music, workshops, improvisation and public performances. This year, we welcomed students from Trinity Anglican College, St George’s Anglican Grammar School, Swan Valley Anglican Community School and St Mark’s Anglican Community School for a full itinerary of performing as well as listening, watching and learning from musicians such as James Morrison, Paul Grabowsky, Katie Noonan, Jon Cleary to name a few.
We are so fortunate to have the opportunity for our young students to perform at such a prestigious, international event and to share this with other ASC staff and students. The highlight of the trip, was being able to lead the Jazz Mass at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, with CEO of the ASC, Reverend Peter Laurence, OAM, preaching, and then sharing the stage with internationally recognised singers and musicians such as Bridie King, Kerri Simpson, Pat Powell, The Boogie Kings and the Harmony Queens to sing “Oh When The Saints Go Marching In”; an unforgettable experience for all involved. We look forward to the ASC bands being able to work together again in 2018.
Each year our Year Nine Community Service students are involved in a range of projects as part of their commitment to work for local and national charities and organisations. Last week, we were privilged to work with Zonta, and under the guidance of Jane Derrick and the Zonta group, Year Nine students helped to create sterile birthing kits as part of their Community Service program. These birthing kits are shipped worldwide to communities in need and help women give birth in a clean environment. Zonta estimates that these packs have reduced the infant mortality rate by 40% in some communities and our students were pleased to have been involved in something that helps those who need it most.
Year Nine Social Enterprise
Thank you to all of the students and teachers that supported the Year Nine Social Enterprise Project this term. The students experienced a range of challenges over the last month and were able to learn from these by following the Action Learning Cycle – Act, Observe, Reflect, Analyse, Apply. I would like to thank Mrs Kearley and Mrs Stevenson for their extra time, support and guidance they have afforded our students. I would also like to acknowledge Peter Sacco from ACRE for giving up his time and coming to share in this experience and inspire our students.
Mr Adam Graham
Year Level Coordinator
A Remembrance Day Service was held this morning for our Senior School students, joined by retired veteran Alistair Cox from the Wangaratta Sub Branch of the Returned and Services League (RSL). At the conclusion of the service our Year Nines heard from Alistair Cox about the meaning of November 11 and the significance of this day in Australia’s history. Many thanks to Alistair for being so willing to spend time with our students. Tomorrow morning, Principal Adrian Farrer, Heads of School and our School Captains will be attending the official Remembrance Day Service at the Wangaratta Cenotaph.
Share The Dignity
The Year Eight Mpower girls are supporting the organisation Share the Dignity, a charity run by women to support women. “It’s in the bag” is the fundraiser that donates second-hand bags full of everyday items that homeless women or women suffering domestic violence are unable to afford in their everyday life. The principle upon which this fundraiser is based, states that access to sanitary and other items related to health and hygiene should be a basic right for all women. Share the Dignity is the driving force behind a number of community campaigns to donate and help give support to women in need; more information can be found at their website here.
Over the coming weeks a small, dedicated group of Year Eight girls will be publicising and promoting this worthy cause and will be looking for the support of students across the Middle and Senior Schools.
Hume Region Hockey Champions
On October 19, Eleven Year Seven Girls traveled to Albury Hockey Centre to compete in the Hume Regional Hockey Finals. With two new recruits, Shelby Richardson and Grace Goodley the girls played their first game against the Year Eight Girls from Wodonga Catholic College. This was a very tight game and played under difficult conditions as it rained for the sixty minutes.
Then came the final. Cathedral College Wangaratta began the game very strong. Lia Ladbrook and Gabby Sinclair making a number of attempts on goal. After fifteen minutes of intense play Mansfield Secondary College got a lucky run at the goal and scored. A little disheartened Bella Bridgeman, Eloise Mcdonald, Alex White and Mckenzie Jacka used this time as an opportunity to solidify passing and work as a team. By the end of the first half Mansfield were still in the lead by one goal.
At half time, Tas Kearney encouraged the girls to come out strong and finish off a goal early in the second half. They did just that, with Elle Campbell scoring in the first ten minutes. Ten minutes later the girls scored again. CCW were in the lead. Mansfield fought back and Sarah Farley made many magnificent saves as goalie. Tilly Mellor and Grace Goodley had plenty of shots to defend until eventually Mansfield equalised with five minutes to go. The game then went into extra time. Five minutes each way. Torrential rain and both sides playing excellent hockey. With ninety seconds to go Lia Labrook got a great shot at goal and smacked the ball in. They are off to the State Finals in November.
Mrs Julie Findlay
Year Seven Inter-school Tennis
On Friday October 27, 16 Year Seven students represented Cathedral College in the Upper Hume region Year Seven and Eight tennis competition at the grasscourts in Wodonga.
With our Year Eight students away on camp, four boys and four girls from Year Seven competed in the Year Eight competition. Participating in this level was tough but the players Eliza Campbell, Alice Kjar, Jess Menhenett, Elena Stone, Max Buckley, Lachlan Hanna, Daniel Herrod and Aidan Parmesan gave their best efforts and were able to win several sets.
In the Year Seven competition, the boys team of Nick McAsey, Skip Pieper, Tom Sparks and Angus Webb finished third out of five teams, having good wins against Marion College and Galen but finding Victory College too strong. The girls were second in their competition, defeating Marion, Galen and Victory but lost to Catholic College, who won the last set in a tie breaker to progress to the next level. Millie Allen, Bella Bridgeman, Lia Ladbrook and Ashley Rosewall were unlucky, but played very well and should look forward to next year.
Thanks to Lucy Conn for accompanying us, and to Mr. Manning for his organisation.
Mr Brant Whitsed
Year Seven Boys – Regional Volleyball
Last week, I had the pleasure of coaching the Year Seven boys Volleyball team in the Hume Region finals Wodonga Stadium. Alex Pitt, Will Johnson, Sam Hemphill, Jack Tout, Zac Fraser, Hugh Mullins, Jack Allen and Tom Sparks played extraordinarily well against schools from all over the North East of Victoria including Shepparton, Bright and Seymour.
They began strongly against Wanganui Park winning 2 sets to 0. Next they played Bright Secondary finding a way to win against a tough opponent 2 sets to 0. Finally they shaped up against Seymour Secondary who looked very strong throughout the tournament. Cathedral won the first set 20 – 17 with strong serving from Jack Allen, Hugh Mullins and some desperate saves from Zac Fraser. In the second set, some excellent defence from Sam Hemphill couldn’t prevent Seymour taking it 20 – 15. In the final set (played to 15 points) Cathedral got out of the blocks slow and played most of the set behind by 2 or 3 points, but the boys rallied and finished strong. It was fitting that Alex Pitt slammed home the winner with a vicious spike resulting in Cathedral toppling Seymour 17 – 15.
Next Friday, our boys travel to Dandenong to play the best of Victoria at the State finals. We hope that luck is on their side, they play strong, and have a great tournament.
Mr Nathan Manning
Warriors U12 Division 2 – Jamie Stone
Jamie Stone from Four Docker and the Warriors were undefeated going into their Grand Final match last Sunday at the Swanhill Junior Basketball tournament.
With great teamwork and fantastic spirit they were just defeated by two points to Bendigo. Well done Jamie!
Flip Your Lids For Feathertop
Feathertop House will be making candles for Christmas to raise money for the Light of Riley Foundation. This foundation endeavours to raise awareness about protecting babies from vaccine-preventable diseases and more details can be found here.
We are asking families to donate any clean jars (lids off, washed, no peanuts butter) to the Staff Room so we can start preparing these for sale. Many thanks for your assistance and support.
Head of Feathertop
It was wonderful to welcome back some of our Alumni last weekend for a tour of the school. This was the first time on the Murdoch Road Campus for some – quite a few only have fond memories of their education at the Cathedral Close.
Three of our Old Collegians were Foundation students from 2003 and it was wonderful to see the exchange of stories between the different Alumni Year Levels. Even our recently departed could see the significant changes in the school grounds. Our Alumni have branched out and studied Animal and Veterinary Biosciences, Psychology, Education, Science, Environmental and Geospatial Science, Accountancy, Agriculture, Land Management and Water Management to name a few. We look forward to the next Alumni reunion in 2018.
Canberra Camp: Thank you
As part of the Year Six curriculum for 2017, an education camp was organised in Canberra. The camp encompassed many of the History and Civics and Citizenship components of our curriculum and students were kept busy visiting many of the major venues and attractions of our Capital City, amongst them the Australian Parliament, The Australian War Memorial and the Australian Institute of Sports.
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributed funding of $20 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate was paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.
Dried Herb Jars
The Science Lab is on the hunt for any empty dried herb jars. If you have any at home that you are no longer using, we would love to be able to utilise them here. Many thanks, Therese Graham.
Whorouly Football Alpine Lions Youth Girls’ Football Team U16s & U19s (ages 12-19)
Come join the LIONS in Season 2018 and be a part of our Team. On Sunday November 26 at 11.00am, Whorouly FNC are having a Meet & Greet, Come & Try Day at the Whorouly Rec Reserve with lunch to follow. There are opportunities to join the team, assist the coach, be a trainer, runner, volunteer, supporter or sponsor. Meet New Coaches Craig Dent (Level 2, NSW Female Academy, NEB Bushrangers) Ash Campbell (Level 2, President North East Coaches Association) and Phil Hill (Whorouly Player and Coach).
2017 Student Exchange to Germany and Austria
We look forward to hearing all their stories when they return to Cathedral next year.
Uniform Shop News
Today we farewelled Toni from the Uniform Shop. We wish her all the best for the future and thank her for all her help and hard work over the last 20 months. Good luck Toni!
Uniform Shop Opening Times for Term Four
Please note the uniform shop will not be open on Monday 13th November.
Mondays 8.30am – 1.45pm