Last night we held one of the peak events of the year, the Year Twelve Graduation Dinner. It was a festive event, and a great way for students, staff and parents to interact to celebrate the achievements of our senior students. The achievements have been many and varied. Finishing has been a wonderful achievement in itself, of course, and they will be looking forward to their ATARs being announced in the weeks to come. There has been a raft of achievements over many years across academia, sport, music, and countless other pursuits, so last night’s time of celebration was both enjoyable and reflective. Our speech makers and presenters, Ella, Jess and Olivia, captured an authentic modern voice and paid tribute to the parents and teachers who have guided them all over the past thirteen years of schooling. I add my gratitude to all of those who have fostered the educational adventures of our leaving Year Twelves, and as indicated when I spoke, we look forward to hearing of their undoubted successes in years to come.
Those who are able to visit the school or drive past will have noticed that we are close to the end of our renovation of The House at the front of our school. It is almost ready to resume its duties as our Reception, my office, home to accounts and The Uniform Shop. Whereas it is starting to look ready, we are going to stay in our current positions until the end of the school term, to avoid confusion, and will manage the move over the summer break. We will also be moving the current Student Services and Uniform Shop facility away from the centre of the school out onto the current road on the southern side of the school. IT will be renewed and repurposed, meaning that we will have a dedicated Outside School Hours Care facility and two more Performing Arts spaces in operation from the start of next year. We are also close to an announcement of next year’s major works, which will be the biggest undertaking in the school’s history.
These weeks are dominated in the Senior School and Middle School by examinations. The culmination of a semester of work, they present a chance for our students to show their progress and demonstrate the extent of their learning. I wish them well.
Talking of high performance (though this time less genuinely!), congratulations to the “Cathedral Kings” who after a month long season in the AFL 9’s competition run by the AFLNE, played off in the Grand Final against recent Ovens and Murray Premiers, The Wangaratta Magpies. Our dedicated, though motley crew of staff and parents were very competitive and went down in a fighting effort, losing by nine points. It was an enjoyable season and a wonderful example of collaboration between staff and parents, and the warm spirit of the school community.
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.
Year Eleven and Twelve Head Start
Monday 27th November – Monday 11th November
With the Year Ten and Eleven examinations completed on Friday, the Head Start program will commence next week. Our Year Ten 2017 students will receive Examination feedback on Monday with Head Start classes beginning on Tuesday. Other areas that will be investigated during the next two weeks include an Introduction to VCE and a ‘Keys Please’ presentation. Our Year Eleven 2017 students will have two days of Headstart classes before heading off on their three day Retreat. Classes will then recommence the following week. Year Nine students will be continuing their revision program before commencing their Examination period next Thursday.
Professional Development Day – No Students Wednesday December 6
District Transition Day Tuesday December 12
New students from across the Region will be joining us for District Transition Day on Tuesday December 12. Existing students will meet their teacher for next year and spend time with their new class mates. Year Ten and Year Eleven 2017 students will not be required to attend on this day.
Since the start of Term Four, I have enjoyed interviewing all of the new 2018 Prep students. Each meeting lasts for around 45 minutes and provides a baseline developmental profile of each boy and girl, knowing that there is still significant progress to be made between now and the start of their formal schooling next year.
The most noticeable aspect (and may I say enjoyable) is the individuality and uniqueness that is on display around my office table. Physically, some students are taller, some smaller, cognitively some can recognise letters, and even say words, whilst some identify the letters in their name. Others are fully aware of the date of their birthday, some know the month and date, whilst others might respond with ‘next year’. Asking the children if they know their address offers up some gems; answers cover such a wide range and some bring a smile to my face. There are those who accurately recite the complete package of house number, street and city/town, to some who just name Oxley or Moyhu, and finally to one this year who confidently answered Australia. All answers reflect the various developmental and maturational stages of childhood development. And none should ever be considered as wrong.
Parents will often ask for advice in regard to preparing their child for school over the next couple of months. I generally respond with read, talk and play! Reading together provides an invaluable opportunity to develop an interest in and understanding of print; reading words, recognising letters, re-telling a story, guessing what might happen next, drawing comparisons with life experiences are all magical ways to develop cognitive skills.
But just as important is sitting down at the dining room table and sharing a meal as a family. Turning off all electronic gadgets from the television to the mobile phone, and just enabling the family to have time together: chatting, laughing, reminiscing and discussing lots of different topics. These moments are ‘gold’! It is where vocabulary is grown and enriched. It is where personalities are nurtured, manners taught and values practised.
In busy lives, of which every generation speaks, the development and fostering of conversational skills around a dinner table is one of the most brilliantly simple way of developing a skill that will last for eternity.
So, electronic gadgets off, set aside a time for the family and enjoy the humour and dialogue that are unique to the family circle.
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
Biology excursion to GTAC
Last week current and future Year Eleven Biology students from Years Nine, Ten and Eleven travelled to the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) at University High School in Parkville, Melbourne. Students were taken through a Forensic Science investigation into the murder of the fictitious Archie Whorling using DNA profiling. Under the direction of a number of research Scientists, students carried out blood typing experiments, DNA analysis using electrophoresis and then were able to discover the identity of the prime suspect, Polly Merase. Students thoroughly enjoyed being a real scientist for the day and the staff of GTAC were very impressed with the enthusiasm and perceptive questions our students asked.
Mrs Sue Synnot
Year Eleven Chemistry
Last week students in Year Seven were using their skills to investigate which pen was used to leave a note at a crime scene. Year Eleven Chemistry students had covered the concept of chromatography previously in the term so took the opportunity to act as leaders and worked with the Year Seven students to explain what they were seeing and how to identify which pen had been used to write the note. It was excellent to listen to the Chemistry students explaining the key terms and processes occurring throughout the practical activity. The Year Seven students enjoyed working with the senior students and were excited to know that what they were learning was also important for their later studies in Science. Thanks to Mr Schonafinger for allowing us to assist in your class and to the Year Eleven students for being great leaders.
Miss Lauren Lee
Girls State Hockey Finals
A team of eleven Year Seven, and one Year Six, girls got up very early on Monday morning this week to catch the bus down to Footscray Hockey Centre for the State Hockey Finals. The bus left at 6.00 am and the first match was scheduled for 9.30 am. Traffic meant that the team arrived at 9.30 am and ran off the bus, dressed in shin pads, mouthguards and school sports uniform onto the pitch for the first game. Sarah Farley did take a little longer to get ‘padded up’ as the team goalie, but we were ready to start the game as the whistle blew.
Cathedral College Wangaratta had three scheduled matches to play, each against a regional winning team from different parts of the State. The winner from Pool A would play Pool B in the Grand Final. The first game was against Kurnai, the Gippsland and East Melbourne winners. Despite jumping straight off the bus the team – Grace Goodley, Tilly Mellor, Alex White, Ellie Campbell, Gabby Sinclair, Olivia Voogt, Mckenzie Jacka, Eloise Macdonald, Lia Ladbrook, Isabella Bridgeman, Shelby Richardson and Sarah Farley played as a well organised team, winning the first game 2 – 0.
Footscray Hockey Centre has no shade and by 11.30 am, the time of the second game it was very warm. The second game was played against Frankston and Tas Kearney, the coach, prepared the students well for a fast game against a number of very experienced players; Cathedral once again played excellent hockey and worked as a team to secure a 3 – 0 victory.
The final game was against Balwyn High School, a Melbourne school in the heart of hockey country. The coach had some very professional strategies which slowed down the girls, but the determination of the Cathedral College Wangaratta team was too strong; the girls won 1 – 0. The girls had won a place in the Grand Final against Melbourne Girls College. Unfortunately, Cathedral College Wangaratta did not win the last game. They fought hard but the early start and heat led to a victory for Melbourne. The sportsmanship and sheer willingness of the students to have a go means that they are genuine champions, and can proudly sit themselves in the top two Hockey teams in the State of Victoria; no mean feat!
Director of Studies
Congratulations Gabby Boulton, Jack Boulton, Josh Tweedale, Ashley Farmer, Tess Palubiski, Callista Race-Stelling and Alex Race-Stelling for competing in the recent All Schools Victoria State Athletics. They came home with a swag of medals, top five placings and were proud representatives of their families and the College community. Further, Ashley Farmer and Tess Palubiski ran in the Victorian State Relay Championshiops in the Under 18s 4 x 400 m team winning a Silver Medal – an outstanding achievement for Year Eights!!
Kool Skool Awards
On Saturday evening the annual Kool Skool Awards were held at Yarra Valley Grammar and ‘The Liturgies’ were there. We had an amazing night for only our second year in the competition. The highlights were:
• Maddi Dalby performing live – one of only 12 live acts – absolutely smashed it!
• Maddi being awarded ‘Best Indie track featuring female vocal’ for her song ‘Anchor’; her second award in two years.
Nominations for ‘Best’ categories:
o Best Duet – Max Taylor and Maddi for ‘Lay In The Window Blues’
o Best Stage Band – The Liturgies for ‘Mack The Knife’
o Best Pop Track – Zoe Goodger for ‘Still Here’
This was our most successful night so far. Overall, there were more than 300 songs recorded by more than 30 schools and the students did an amazing job. A big thank you to Mr Sam Woods and Mr Pat Russell, and to Ms Leanne Batten for travelling down on Saturday in the bus. The CD will be for sale this week for just $5 – a great way to fill the stocking and enjoy some great tunes!
Dr Phil Bohun
Year Seven State Volleyball
Our Year Seven boys Volleyball team competed at the State finals last Friday November 17 in Dandenong. It was an early start for the boys as they needed to ensure they would arrive before their first match at 10.00am. Our first game was against Keysborough College and the boys went into it full of excitement. In some regards it was a mixed blessing we drew such a strong team first. We played some of our best Vollleyball in the first set and gave Keysborough a huge scare when they looked at the scoreboard and saw it was 17 – 16.
Keysborough finished off the set and won the next to take the match 2 – 0 but our boys could see they could match it with the top teams if they played well. Next, they took on Monbulk SC and unfortunately Monbulk SC beat Cathedral 2 – 0. Our final match against Mafra SC was a bit of a consolation knowing we couldn’t make the finals, and this appeared to release the shackles. Our boys served very strongly and totally dominated the first set. The second was a closer affair that Mafra won. In the third and final set, Cathedral was just too strong and came away with the win 2 – 1. I would like to commend the boys involved in the team on the way they played and the spirit that was shown. I would also like to thank them for all of the training that led to our success. We didn’t win the State Finals, but 6th in the state is an incredible achievement.
Independent Schools Victoria – Art Exhibition
The Arts Centre has been transformed with an exhibition of students’ work from across the Middle and Senior School electives and subjects. Our VCE Folios from Visual Communication Design and Studio Arts are on display, with some artwork recently selected for the Independent Schools Victoria Exhibition in Melbourne as part of the Annual Art Exhibition program and the 2018 Design Create and Technology Exhibition.
Year Four Ovens Food Adventure
Year Four Docker embarked on a Food Adventure today, a culmination of planning and creating menus and food lists for a day of cooking. Students travelled to Woolworths supermarket, shopped to a list, paid for the items and then travelled back to school where they prepared food for their classmates. The process was started last term when students wrote a very persuasive letter to Mr. Greg Newbold seeking permission for this expedition. Students worked exceptionally well together, putting into practice a number of mathematical concepts learned this year. All recipes were made from scratch and shared as a group for lunch in The Science Garden. Next week, it will be Four Docker’s turn.
White Ribbon Foundation: Breaking the Silence
As part of the National White Ribbon Day to be held this Saturday November 25, we have continued to raise awareness of the Australia’s campaign to prevent men’s violence against women. Working with The Zonta Club of Wangaratta, our Year Seven Positive Influences class, along with Reverend David Jones showed support by providing a display which is currently at the Wangaratta Post Office.
Breaking the Silence is an award-winning professional learning initiative that provides foundational knowledge, tools and strategies to implement respectful relationships and domestic violence education programs in schools. The Program supports schools to bring about a commitment to stop violence against women and builds on existing initiatives to strengthen a culture of respect and equality at all levels of the school community. To find out more about White Ribbon please visit the link here.
Year Fives and Year Ones
Our Year Fives are nearing the end of their time in the Junior School, and this week as a great opportunity to work with our Year Ones in Sport. Our Year Ones were lucky to have the chance to kick the footy, dribble the soccerball, hit the tennis ball, add up runs on the cricket pitch, shoot a basketball and challenge their catching skills as they were coached by the Year Fives.
Year Twelve Graduation
Last night, our Year Twelve 2017 cohort gathered with family member, friends and staff for a formal dinner at the Gateway to celebrate the completion of their VCE. As is tradition, a Year Twelve ‘tree of leaves’ was created with each Year Twelve signing and placing their thumbprint on a beautifully hand drawn tree. We wish them all well as they embark on their many post schooling adventures and look forward to hearing from them at Alumni events in the future.
German Exchange Students – Darcie, Charlotte, Ben
After two extremely long and tiring flights, that totalled 22 hours, finally we were able to fully experience Germany. The initial reunion with our exchange partners was clouded with overwhelming tiredness and the instinct to sleep. Some of us engaged in welcoming and friendly conversations with the families on the trip home, whilst others took the opportunity to catch up on sleep.
The first two weeks in school were spent either blindly following the rest of our classmates through the confusing labyrinth like school, or getting lost. On the first Tuesday, Kim Farmer, during a mad dash down a long and steep hill, suffered from her bag breaking open and spilling its entire contents all over the footpath, less than 20 metres in front of where the bus was parked. Fortunately we didn’t miss it.
We’ve all made adjustments to our lifestyle. Homesickness has come and gone in waves but the freedom to walk into the city during lunchtimes has never failed to excite us. Another extremely exciting factor of school is the varying times that school finishes, with two days a week finishing at 12.40pm. We’ve also had to alter how much we eat at each meal, changing from dinner being our main meal to having a larger lunch and a smaller, more simple dinner. Some people also notice a drastic difference in the water, however it’s not a unanimous opinion. Not only have we had to adjust to the change in culture, but also to the new and exciting environment surrounding us. The cold temperatures have affected us all differently, with the first snow fall on Sunday giving us all reason to layer on jackets and embrace the beauty of the cold climate so different from our Australian home.
The best thing about making the decision to follow through learning German and taking the amazing opportunity of exchange would have to be becoming part of a family and being submerged into the culture of such a historical and beautiful country.
Ellex Best Australian Production Car Champion 2017
Ellexandra Best, Lauren Gray and Motorsport team owner and co driver, Michael Gray were presented with the 2017 Australian Production Car Class D Cup and Series Championship trophies for 2017. The last round of the Australian Production Car Series was held at Wakefield Raceway, Goulburn. Unfortunately the LGM Toyota Corolla rebuild after the last round at Phillip Island was not completed in time, as it was waiting for parts to arrive. The team was fortunate to already have secured the championship win. “I have not driven at Wakefield before and was looking forward to the opportunity, but unfortunately it didn’t work out that way”
Ellexandra attended the race meeting and assisted Class E competitors Paul Currie and Jason Walsh as their refueller, who were later crowned the champions for Class E for the second year in a row. “The team needed an extra crew member and I was available, I was only too happy to help”
Last year Ellexandra narrowly missed out on winning the Class E championship by 1 point. This year, Ellex stepped up to Class D and teamed up with LGM again. “We’ve had our ups and downs throughout the season, the team was determined to win this year, given it escaped us last year. The LGM crew, Lauren, Will, Craig, Maddie, Daniel, and Pete worked hard all year and I can’t thank them enough for their support and help. I have had fantastic support from Best Leisure Industries, Benalla Sports Person Trust, Beaurepaires Benalla, Revolution Racegear, Daisy’s Garden Maintenance, Burke Signs Benalla and my family. This has helped me to have a successful year and achieve the championship win, which I am forever grateful.” Ellexandra and Michael will join forces for the 2018 Bathurst 6 hour event at Easter and attempt to conquer the mountain.
Feathertop House Fundraiser
Thank you all for contributing your jars for Feathertop’s Christmas Candle making effort. The response so far has been amazing. We still welcome any small to medium clean glass jars and will announce prices and order details next week in the Newsletter and through Homerooms. These should make great Christmas presents and stocking fillers. All profits will be directed to Light for Riley, a foundation for vaccine-preventable diseases.
It has been wonderful to have several Old Collegians on campus this past fortnight. Old Collegians Alex Smith (2010) and Gracie-Lee Davon (2016) are completing teaching placements in the Junior and Senior Schools; reassuringly there are still many familiar faces on staff for Alex and whilst the campus has not changed significantly for Gracie-Lee, there are certainly structural differences from Alex’s time as a Cathedral student.
It was also lovely to be visited by Steven Burton (2012) who was on his way from Townsville to Adelaide to take up a posting with the Australian Army. He briefly met with his old Maths teacher, Mr Rod Dunbar, and heard about several other 2012 staff and their movements. We are always pleased to see Old Collegians on campus and hear their memories of their time at school.