Three great days of swimming sports have capped off a most industrious and productive start to 2018 at Cathedral. There is much to digest already for our young people, as they and their families get used to a new rhythm in their lives, so it has been a pleasure to witness a start characterised by a strong sense of purpose and belonging across the school.
There is much to digest in this edition of our newsletter, too, so rather than taking up space with my ruminations, I would like simply to thank all school families for a positive beginning to the year, to commend the Parents and Friends and the school’s staff for hosting a number of start of the year welcoming events already, and to point out the value of attending approaching major events such as A Chorus Line and the School Fair.
The school’s best ambassadors are its students, of course, and I encourage you to read their contributions to this beefy newsletter. Daniel Ladbrook, Moller Brunner and Paige Blaine can be congratulated on their contributions and insight.
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 in the last week.
Class and Individual School Photos: Monday February 19 to Wednesday February 21
Students across the Junior, Middle and Senior School will be having their Individual and Class photos taken next week over three days. For the photos to be taken, we must have the student’s envelope returned to log the code against each individual. Late returns, will delay the processing and returns. All students will be required to wear full Summer Uniform and Blazer on this day. Please see below the class schedule.
Monday February 19
Prep to Year Six, Seven Close and Docker
Tuesday February 20
Year Seven Murdoch and Ovens, Year Eight to Ten
Sibling Photos involving Prep to Year Seven students
Wednesday February 21
Year Eleven and Twelve
Remainder of Siblings
Catch up for any missed photos.
Country Fair: Friday March 2, 5.00pm until 8.00pm
Please join us for The Country Fair to be held on Friday March 2 from 5.00pm. The Parents and Friends organise this event and this year with a committed focus on enjoying an evening together as a school community with food, drinks, games and some fun for the students.
In order for this evening to be a success we are looking for parent helpers and support which is outlined below. We are mindful that all our lives are busy and have tried to keep parent contribution to a minimum:
The Mystery Jars are always a huge success and we would love any donations of Jam Jars filled with items such as, but not restricted to: wrapped lollies (lollipops, Easter eggs, freddo frogs), craft items (beads, buttons, loom bands), stationery items (pen, pencils, erasers, highlighters, notepads), and novelty prizes (Pokemon cards, footy cards, hair accessories, bouncy balls, balloons).
Please be mindful that we have children with anaphylaxis to nuts and a variety of foods. In addition, for health and safety reasons we are only able to accept new items. If you struggle to find time, we would still love any empty jam jars or donated items to fill the jars with, and we will create the mystery jars here on campus. We are accepting any donations at the Front Office up until Thursday, March 1.
In the past we have had parents who wish to run their own stalls at the market, selling or promoting their products with no associated cost from the school. If you would like to have a stall at the market, please contact Lucy Bett at the school on 5722 2144.
The Fair runs from 5.00pm until 8.00pm and we are looking for any parents who are able to volunteer some time to help with the set-up, the pack-up, face-painting and the running of some of our stalls. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to give a little of your time.
We look forward to another successful year of P and F events and hope that you are able to come and enjoy the Fair for the evening.
Choral Scholarship 2018
As our name suggests, Cathedral College Wangaratta and Holy Trinity Cathedral have been closely intertwined since the inception of the school. Even though we moved away from The Close a few years ago, the attachment is still very strong and we continue to have the Cathedral as our spiritual home.
In 2018 we have the opportunity to offer choral scholarships for Cathedral school students who join the Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir. After an audition process towards the end of this term, successful candidates will join the Cathedral Choir on an ongoing basis, having the opportunity to contribute to the weekly life of The Cathedral as well as other performance opportunities. Students would be required to attend weekly rehearsals and Sunday services as required. The scholarship is in the form of fee remission at the school.
The choir is under the direction of Mr Hugh Fullarton, who is also a teacher at the school. Please visit the website for more information http://wangarattacathedral.org.au/weekly-worship/cathedral-choir/ and initial expressions of interest can be sent to Mr Farrer at email@example.com
Parents and Friends Extra Meeting: Monday February 20, 7.00pm
In preparation for the upcoming Fair, the Parents and Friends will be holding an extra meeting this Monday February 20 at 7.00pm. All are welcome.
School Production “A Chorus Line”: Friday 23 and Saturday 24 March at 7.00pm
Cathedral College Wangaratta is proud to present the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, ‘A Chorus Line’ at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre. This production is a stunning musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include “What I Did for Love, “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.”
A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, this show is instantly recognized as a Broadway classic. A Chorus Line High School Edition has been adapted with age-appropriate dialogue and content to suit family audiences.
Tickets are on sale now through the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre online here.
Adult $15, Child $10, Student $10, Conc $12
Wangaratta Marathon and Fun Run: Sunday February 25
Cathedral College Wangaratta Community team will again be challenging themselves at the Wangaratta Marathon and Fun Run on Sunday February 25. This is a wonderful community event and we look forward to seeing College students and families running in the 2km, 5km, 10km or for the brave, the Half and Full Marathon. To register, please click on the link here: www.wangarattamarathon.com.au/
From the Junior School: Congratulations all! A content and happy start!
Starting a school year is one of those ‘traditions’ that is particularly significant in a child’s life. Much has occurred since the end of the previous school year (or Kindergarten for a starting Prep). Over six weeks have come and gone, places have been visited and a range of new experiences lived. Physiologically, the brain and the body have continued to develop and mature. Therefore, children starting the new school year are a different version from seven weeks previous, heralding a new stage in their life.
Feelings of anxiety, excitement, nervousness, exhilaration, apprehension and joy are emotions that can swirl interminably around a young person’s mind in preparation for the first day. And they are perfectly natural human emotions! The provision of a transparent, welcoming and effective transition program from one year to the next enables a child (and family) to feel confident that they can cope with and thrive as a result of these feelings.
The 2018 school year in the Cathedral Junior School commenced exceptionally smoothly (touch wood action required). As I wandered the classrooms, observed the playground, met with teachers and chatted with students, overwhelming feelings of contentment and engagement have been noticeable.
This does not mean that there have not been any hiccups or obstacles during the first fortnight and a bit, but the capacity of our students to handle any such situations in a positive and reassuring way is most impressive. They have striven in the classroom to provide strong effort, sharpen concentration, demonstrate respect and handle adversity with resilience and grit.
The result is obvious – a settled, happy and content educational environment that provides a solid learning foundation from which to build through the course of the year.
Year One 2018 Keyboard Program
Cathedral College Wangaratta recognises the benefits of Music Education. Learning an instrument helps children generate academic growth, self-confidence, belonging and creativity, whilst providing students with engagement in a learning process that best enhances their individual learning.
In 2018, the Music Department will be introducing a Year One Keyboard Program. It will work in harmony with classroom Music lessons on the academic timetable. The program is derived from the latest research in education that promotes group-learning activities, allowing children to share in the process of gathering new skills and developing patterning and neural pathways. Mrs Terri Dillow, an experienced and talented piano teacher, will oversee the program, alongside Mr Geoff Haymes, the Year One classroom Music teacher.
Each term, a group of students from each class will receive a series of group keyboard lessons from Mrs Dillow to extend their musical learning. This lesson will be held in the room next to the Music classroom for ease of movement and in conjunction with classroom Music. Once the series of lessons have concluded, a new group will commence. All other students will continue to enjoy learning music in the classroom setting with Mr Haymes. At the conclusion of each series of group lessons, a ‘concert’ for families and friends will be held to showcase the music skills learned.
This is a very exciting innovation for the Year One cohort. These students will be given the opportunity to play a keyboard and extend their skills on an instrument that may present for them a life-long experience.
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
First Few Days of School Photo Gallery
Junior, Middle and Senior House Swimming this week gave our students the chance to swim in their age groups and earn points for their House. House Spirit was in full show each day with coloured tops, new House Caps, zinc, banners and some very enthusiastic Heads of House; full results will be announced in Assembly next week. Well done to all the students for their exceptional swimming!
Please find below a report from Year Nine student Daniel Ladbrook:
Fourteenth of February: Valentine’s Day! But more importantly, this was the day Cathedral College Wangaratta had its annual Senior House Swimming Carnival. The Swimming Carnival was kick-started by the Under 15’s Male Freestyle, won by Cobbler’s Henry Stephens who finished with an unbeatable time of 30 seconds!
A progression of races started from there: the rest of the Under 15’s Male freestyles were followed by the Under 15’s female freestyle, won by Lara McDonald. The Under 16 races were most exciting, with avid House supporters jumping in, swimming in their costumes, racing in sunglasses, colourful shirts and, in one case, a ‘go-faster’ red fireman’s helmet.
The wind rose and ominous dark clouds threatened in the distance after the Under 16 races had finished. A consistent winner, Henry Stephens did not let his House down and won the Under 15’s 50 metre Freestyle final for the third year in a row. Lara McDonald replayed her great effort and won the female Under 15’s Freestyle final. There were many more races throughout the day, and everyone had a good time whether it was cheering on the swimmers, sitting under a tree and chatting, or competing in the carnival itself.
After the Under 15, 16, 17 and 18 Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly races, the Houses competed in a Relay event with Hotham claiming victory, narrowly followed by Feathertop. Altogether, the swimming carnivals were a lot of fun for everyone and on behalf of all the students, I would like to thank all the teachers and everyone who make the Swimming Carnivals possible.
Year Nine and Year Ten Focus
The students in Year Nine and Year Ten have made a positive start to the academic year. Students were welcomed back by their Homeroom teachers last week and have since settled in well, getting to know their teachers, new rooms and subject information. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new students and their families to the College. We are always available and can be contacted through the school on 5722 2144 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
There are some exciting opportunities for Year Nine and Year Ten students to be involved in this year. These include the Social Enterprise and Community Service programs respectively. As part of these programs, students will be given more autonomy, as they explore and learn about the value of belonging to a group or cause greater than themselves. Some students have already taken the opportunity to sign up to volunteer in the areas such as the Junior School Swimming Carnival, Library, as well as be part of an emerging Publications Team. Below are two articles from our cohort.
Mr Adam Graham and Mr Tim Gerrish
Year Nine and Year Ten Coordinators
Welcome to Year Nine
Welcome back to a new year at Cathedral College Wangaratta. It’s been such a productive and successful week. Year Nines at Cathedral College have just taken their first step as new member of the Senior School. Year Nines this year will have so many different opportunities and new adventures that they can be involved within the school and wider community. We look forward to having more responsibilities and creating new memories with friends and classmates. The Year Nines will learn and participate in new subjects such as Community Service and Social Enterprise, where we will learn the value of being an active member of the community and explore a range of volunteering opportunities.
We will also get to enjoy different electives, psychology, physiology and anatomy, IT, literature, music, and languages to name just a few. In two weeks, we will be setting off to our Year Nine Camp where Mt. Buffalo will no doubt be challenging and rewarding. Some of the activities that we will participate in range from hiking, night walks, abseiling, rock climbing, caving and canoeing. There will be numerous opportunities for students to get to know one another away from the classroom and to work together to support one another. I wish all the Year Nines, and others, the best of luck this year as you are moving to the next stage of your life and without doubt we all will have success.
The Butterfly Effect
‘It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped’ -Tony Robbins
According to “The Butterfly Effect” everything you do, no matter how big or small, will affect what happens in the future. What you eat for breakfast, what you decide to wear, even what TV show you end up watching on Netflix. Everything you have ever done has led you to read exactly what I have written. Imagine if you changed one little thing, or one big thing. Would you still be reading this? Who knows?
If I hadn’t made the decision I made late last year, I probably wouldn’t be writing this right now. This decision was to move schools, to uplift my roots and try something new. Before visiting the school I was petrified. What if I didn’t like it? What would I do then?
I had a tour around the school and just from those few minutes, I knew that I had to move here. After that it all happened in a blur; next thing I knew I was sitting in a classroom, talking to people I had never met, learning new things and being in a new and completely different environment. I have no clue what this change has done for my future, but I know that it will be good.
So remember, everything you do, everything you say, will have an affect on the way you will live your life in the future. Be brave, be patient and most importantly, be happy.
Teaching our children problem solving skills
Problem-solving is an important life skills parents can teach their children. Children face a variety of problems every day. Problems ranging from academic difficulties, peer issues, problems on the sports fields, difficulty completing tasks, social media and many more.
Why is it important to teach our children problem solving skills?
How to teach children to evaluate problems.
For further reading on this topic – eaicy.eu/post/how-teach-kids-problem-solving-skills/
Opening up communication by this empowering method will encourage further communication from your child, and foster their ability to look at other perspective and the impacts on others.
Remember sometimes just listening to your child with your full undivided attention and acknowledging their feelings can alleviate their worries. Knowing you understand them builds their self-esteem and is powerful to your relationship with your child.
The Art of Studying in the Middle and Senior School
The start of a new school year provides many opportunities for our young people. One opportunity that is often overlooked is the ability to establish strong study routines at home. Utilising a study routine allows our young people to complete their homework, assignments and exam study with reduced stress for both themselves and those they live with.
In Year Seven we ask for approximately an hour of homework/study a night. In Year Twelve, the expectations increase to three hours per night. If your young person is spending a lot more time than this on their study, please discuss this with your child’s homeroom teacher or subject teacher.
There may be nights when students have no homework and this provides them with an opportunity to read over their notes and make short summaries that can assist them in their exams.
The following are some hints and tips for helping engage young people with their study:
If you are worried about your child’s study or homework, please don’t hesitate to talk with their homeroom teacher.
Learning Enhancement Teacher, Year Seven to Twelve
German Exchange Students
We are Lena, Nike and Melina and we are from your partner school in Germany. The last three weeks here have been completely different from our lives in Germany and we are excited to find out what will happen in the next two and a half months. Once we arrived after a 24 hour flight we were hit by a week of intense heat averaging 38°, a 35° difference to our home.
It was very nice to finally meet our exchange partners, since we had been waiting for that moment for a long time and, until then only knew each other from text messages. Although the weather here is challenging at times we find it quite enjoyable, especially the sunny days. The school is very different because we are not used to having to wear a uniform, so that is a quite new experience to us, and the subjects are mostly different too. Our favorite subject is Food Technology as we do not cook in our school back in Germany. We are excited to go to one of the school camps in the future and to keep spending time with our families.
Uniform Policy Review
Every one of our students is an ambassador for Cathedral College Wangaratta in the broader community. A clear and consistent Uniform Policy helps the College set and maintain high standards and aims to create a sense of belonging and unity within the school community. This year, our Uniform Policy is scheduled for its general review to ensure we continue to provide a uniform that is attractive, functional and meets the needs of stakeholders. If you have any suggestions or recommendations for the Uniform Policy attached here please email Louise Trenkner by Wednesday February 21 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) Financial Assistance for Concession Card Holders
If you are an eligible concession card holder and have not submitted a CSEFclaim this year, applications need to be completed and returned to Leanne Batten to receive the funding for 2018.
To be eligible for the fund, a parent or legal guardian of a student attending a registered Government or non-government Victorian primary or secondary school must:
The allowance is paid directly to the school to be used towards camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of the student. Of course, the money paid through this system is allocated to the account of the student in question.
Applications together with a copy of the relevant Concession Card need to be submitted to the school as soon as possible. Application forms will also be available from reception.
Fred Hollows Foundation Fundraiser: Team Unicycle 4 Sight
Three of our Middle School students, Harvey Correll, Jack Weir and William Erickson are riding their unicycles from Myrtleford to Bright (34kms) on Saturday 24th of March, 2018 to help raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation.
To support our students and donate money for this worthy cause, please visit the link: https://www.mycause.com.au/page/170078/unicycle-4-sight
Children’s Online Safety Information Night: Tuesday March 6
A free information evening with Greg Gebhart from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner will be held on Tuesday March 6 at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre. The Zonta Club of Wangaratta, with the sponsorship of the Rural City of Wangaratta has organised this presentation to provide an overview of how young people use technology, the risks they may be exposed to with advice and information about dealing with cyberbullying, sexting, online pornography, inappropriate content and grooming. For further information contact Alison or Jen at email@example.com
Donations for the Science Department
The Science Department are looking for donations of the following items:
– Lego and Duplo blocks
– Herb jars (small glass jars i.e Masterfoods Jars)
– Ice Cream Containers – Large 4 litre and 2 litre square containers
If you have any sitting at home could you please bring into the Science Department. Thank you!
Noone Uniform Shop & CCW Shop
Changeover to Winter Uniform – Anzac Day (April 25) – Mothers’ Day (May 13)
All students in winter uniform by Monday May 14. Blazers are compulsory from the start of Term Two (Tuesday April 17)
Additional Opening Times
Thursday April 12 9.00am-1.00pm
Saturday April 14 9.00am-1.00pm
Monday April 16 9.00am – 1.00pm
The Shop will also open from 3.00pm – 6.00pm for Junior & Senior School Parent / Teacher Interview Sessions on the following dates:
Monday March 5 (Prep – Year 5)
Tuesday March 6 (Prep – Year 5)
Monday April 23 (Years 6 -12)
Thursday April 26 (Years 6 -12)
The 2017/18 Price List Order Form is available from the Offices, the Shop & the Website. Order Forms may be left at the Office or emailed.to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can place your order securely online at noone.com.au.
Hockey: Wangaratta Dragons and Hook into Hockey
If you or your child are interested in joining a family orientated club and are looking to either learn a new skill or build on old ones, the Wangaratta Dragons Hockey team starts training Thursday February 22 down at the club house at the Appin Street Athletics track, Wangaratta. We will field an U12, U14, Men’s and Women’s team. All welcome.
For those in Primary school the Hook in 2 Hockey program is on again. Running from March 1 to March 29, children learn basic hockey skills, receive their own packs with hockey stick and play a modified version of the game. For more information regarding either Hook in 2 Hockey or club registration contact Zac Gregory on 0491 029 002, wanghockey@gmail, or check out our Facebook page.
Glenrowan Football and Netball Clubs
The Glenrowan Football and Netball Clubs are looking for enthusiastic and positive Netball players to join their A Grade, B Grade, Reserves and U17s and U15s. Held at the Wangaratta HP Barr Reserve Hardcourts on Mondays at 6.30pm and Thursdays 6.00pm (U17 and under) and 6,30pm (18 and over). For further details, please contact Andrew Snowdon, Netball Coordinator on 0417 334 970.
Altitude Shift 2018 – Super Schools Saturday
Anglicare Victoria is welcoming Altitude Shift back for its fifth year. Participants will “Face their Fears” through this exhilarating fundraising challenge, abseiling from the 27th floor of the St James building in support of our foster care program. For more information please click the link: Face Your Fears
Australian Army Cadets
If you want to experience things you don’t do in everyday life whilst making lifelong friends then Australian Army Cadets is for you. Anyone 13-17 years of age from Year Eight and up can join, with minimal fitness. If you are interested or have any inquiries, come along to 33 Army Cadet Unit’s Recruiting Information Evening at 7:00 pm on the 22nd of February at Beersheba Army Barracks 83-85 Sisely Avenue, Wangaratta. If you are interested but unable to attend, contact Captain Elizabeth Rouse (OC) at 0438 573 357 or Elizabeth.Rouse@cadetnet.gov.au.