It is fairly well understood that many famous quotes are attributed to Albert Einstein, even if he did not write or utter the words. I am confident that he did write the following: “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
Schoolwork is like most other forms of work – it is often challenging, sometimes exciting, occasionally tedious and it is compulsory. Whether it is being done at school or at home, the ability to persist with work and find a way through the challenges is a wonderful skill for life. Having said that, sometimes the work can seem too hard and insurmountable, and it requires the ability to know when to stop and ask for assistance. For many students, whether in Junior School or starting with us throughout the school, homework can be confronting as it is something new for many, or something heightened in our setting. Homework is not meant to confront too much; it is designed to support the work that we are doing in the classroom. As such, those struggling with the habit of homework, or simply finding it too hard (as opposed to too hard to fit in around other activities!), communication with teachers can help alleviate any stress involved. We prize effort over sparkling results every time, so reasonable effort should always be invested, even if shiny grades are not always able to be achieved.
Einstein also said, “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.” We believe that Cathedral’s role includes providing myriad experiences for our students across many fields of endeavour. The last couple of weeks have been bristling with activity for our students with a number of Outdoor Education camps, representative swimming and wonderful results in the Wangaratta Fun Run. We have even had our first ever Surf Life Savers representing the school, with Millie Allen and Elena Stone donning specially made Cathedral SLS caps in Torquay at a carnival at which they performed very well. As we look forward to tonight’s Country Fair, for which the Parents and Friends have done much great work, and the various events of the coming weeks, please note the approach of ‘A Chorus Line’, the all singing, all dancing show that will be sure to delight. I have been a privileged witness to rehearsals this year and can attest to the fun and spectacular nature of the show. You can find booking details in this newsletter.
I am sure that a good school is one that has students, staff and parents notable for the effort they invest and the experiences to which they are exposed. Whereas he did not say it or write it, I suspect that Einstein would agree!
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.
A reminder about tonight’s Country Fair – please come along and support the College at this fun event. All family and friends are more than welcome to attend. The Fair starts at 5.00pm and runs until 8.00pm.
Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews: Monday 5 and Tuesday March 6 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Parent Teacher Interviews for all parents and guardians will be held on Monday March 5 and Tuesday March 6 and are a valuable time for parents and teachers to exchange information. Each interview will allow for a discussion of your child’s progress and strategies appropriate for future success. If during this interview an issue arises that requires an extended discussion, your child’s teacher will make another appointment with you that will allow for such discussion to occur. If you wish for your child to attend the interview, it would be greatly appreciated if you could check with the classroom teacher. Please visit www.schoolinterviews.com.au to make a booking. The school event code is r8f9b
All students will be dismissed from school at the normal time of 3.15 pm. All classroom teachers will be available from 3.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., with the exception of Mr. Paul Weir (Year Five Ovens), as he will be away on school business. However, Mr. Weir will be available Tuesday March 13 – Friday March 16 from 3.15 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Please use the same process/booking code to make a time with Mr. Weir.
If you require an appointment with a Specialist teacher, or are unable to attend please contact your child’s teacher to make an alternative arrangement. The Uniform Shop will be open from 3.00pm until 6.00pm on both the Monday and Tuesday with winter stock.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Junior School is a hive of activity on a daily basis. Every moment is an opportunity for learning and our students appear keen to attempt as many as they can. Some of these are non-negotiable academic subjects, or House activities that require a sense of team and belonging. Some optional activities like Junior School Band or Cantabile add to the diversity of life at school.
Last year, we introduced some giant games to the playground and it is great to see many of our students exploring cross-age experiences with Connect 4 and Jenga, where the skills of logic and strategy are developed equally with those critical social skills of turn-taking, compromise and fairness.
A new activity we have just introduced has a more digital beat. A group of students are collaboratively investigating the challenges of a robotic mouse. They have been required to read instructions, allocate jobs, construct equipment and share ideas with the single, united purpose of devising code to enable a robotic mouse to navigate its way through a challenging maze. All intriguing, creative, curious and, at times, frustrating fun!
Please find below more images from the Junior School Swimming which were too late for inclusion in the previous newsletter.
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
Middle School House Captains’ Report
It has been a busy two weeks in the Middle School with camps and sporting events in and out of school. We would like to congratulate everyone who participated in the Middle School Swimming Sports and those who faced their fears on the Year Seven camp. This week we are going to focus on some achievements that you might not have heard about
On Friday the 23rd of February, Elena Stone and Millie Allen competed in a lifesaving competition in Torquay. In their first event called Board Rescue, Millie swam out 400 metres to a buoy and Elena swam out to rescue her. They ended up coming seventh. Another event that they competed in was called the Cameron Relay, in which a team of people make their way through a course on both land and water in a relay
Daniel Herrod Queens Baton Relay
On the 15th of February, Daniel Herrod ran in the Queen’s Baton Relay in Yarrawonga. He travelled 300 metres and passed the baton to James Willett, an olympic shooter. Daniel was nominated last year and was selected for his community involvement and sporting achievements. We congratulate Daniel on this achievement.
Charlie Sammon, Alice Kjar, Sarah Farley
Year Seven Camp
Year Seven Camp was held in the beautiful setting of Falls Creek and each day students were challenged through a variety of activities: archery, paddling, rock climbing, mountain biking, High Ropes, Giant Swing and orienteering all provided opportunities for students to test themselves and work together in a team. Held early in the academic year to help cement friendships and create strong bonds in the Year Seven cohort, this year’s camp was a wonderful success.
Hume Region Year Twelve Leadership Gathering
Last Tuesday, February 20, the Cathedral College Wangaratta Year Twelve leaders gathered to attend a Leadership dinner at Hume Anglican Grammar. Accompanied by Mr Willet, Reverend Jones and Mrs Carden, we travelled two and a half hours by bus to Craigieburn for the occasion.
The intent of the gathering was to be involved in meeting other Year Twelve leaders from different Anglican Schools across the north-east region of Victoria, as well as enhancing our leadership skills. In addition to Cathedral, the evening consisted of leaders and teachers from five other Anglican schools. The gathering began with introductions and a quick game of bingo, closely followed by a formal chapel service and a guest speaker, Sam Power.
Sam, a List Manager for the Western Bulldogs, spoke about his journey in the AFL and through university. He pointed out that his own experience as a school leader allowed him to develop invaluable leadership qualities, very applicable to aspects of later life. Sam offered his advice to us for our last year of schooling, highlighting the importance of making the most of our opportunities.
Following Sam’s presentation, we all sat down to a hearty two-course meal, enjoying conversations with students and teachers from the various schools. Overall it was a fantastic experience, one in which we were able to receive valuable guidance regarding our leadership roles within Cathedral College Wangaratta.
Year Twelve School Captain
Cathedral experienced great success on Wednesday and Thursday this week as students represented the school in the Zone Division swimming meets held in Wodonga and Wangaratta respectively. On Wednesday, 43 students from Year Seven to Year Twelve travelled to Wodonga Waves to compete in the Upper Hume Swimming Championships. With Cathedral represented in 96 out of 98 events, we were all hopeful for a strong day of competition in the very warm conditions against seven other schools from the Upper Hume Division. As the day progressed, many students achieved first or second place to progress to the Hume Region Championships on March 20th.
Final statistics were:
Congratulations to all the students who represented the school: Aidan Thomson, Alex Byrne, Alexander Pitt, Amelia Lee, Archie Thomson, Brooke Thwaites, Campbell Frazer, Cassidy Mailer, Charlotte Hopp, Chloe Hart, Connor Bowers, Cooper Irwin, Dominique Lee, Eadie Pfahlert, Eliza Campbell, Emily Nicholson, Georgiana White, Giann Sebire, Henry Stephens, Hugh Mullins, Isabella Bridgeman, James McConnell, Kian Bester, Kiera Murphy, Lachlan Suffern, Lara McDonald, Lily Martin, Maddison Mailer, Max Pfahlert, Millicent Allen, Ned Mullins, Oliver Neil, Opal Thomas, Oscar Major, Rhys Goodley, Riley Meyland, Samuel Henderson, Skip Pieper, Sophal Hopp, Thomas Briggs, Thomas Maclean, Tom Newton, William Mace.
Most exciting of all was that Cathedral College Wangaratta was awarded Overall First place with a total of 837 points, 269 points ahead of second place. Thank you to staff and students for their efforts; they should be very proud.
Mrs Sue Synnot
On Thursday 30 students took part in the O & M Divisional Swimming and of the students that participated, 26 have progressed through to the Regional Championships in Shepparton next week. Those students are:
Flynn Noble 1st in 12 Breaststroke
Hagen Hopp 1st in 11 Freestyle 1st in 11 Breaststroke
Mitchell Sinclair 1st in 11 Backstroke
Jasmin Thwaites 1st in 11 Backstroke 2nd in 11 Freestyle
Nick Kjar 1st in 10 Breaststroke
Jemima Pizzini 1st in 10 Breaststroke 3rd in 10 Backstroke
Addison Bowers 1st 10 Butterfly
Eva Allen 2nd in 12 Freestyle 2nd in 12 Breaststroke
Jess Scott 2nd in 11 Backstroke
Jasper Bladon 2nd in 11 Breaststroke
Cate Martin 2nd in 11 Breaststroke
Mac Sinclair 2nd in 10 Butterfly
Max Sammon 3rd in 12 Butterfly
Hannah Cherry 3rd in 10 Freestyle 3rd in 10 Breaststroke
Cooper Ramsay 3rd in 10 Butterfly
Mia Johnston 3rd in 11 Backstroke
Zac Bladon 4th in 12 Backstroke
Maddy Cherry 4th in 12 Breaststroke
Alex Murphy 4th in 12 Butterfly
Luke Nicholson 4th in 11 Freestyle
Maggie Waker 4th in 10 Freestyle
Nathan Costa 4th in 10 Backstroke
10 girls Freestyle relay 1st
11 boys Freestyle relay 1st
12 boys Medley relay 1st
10 boys Freestyle relay 2nd
11 girls Freestyle relay 2nd
12 girls Medley relay 2nd
Congratulations to all who competed over the two days and for the wonderful way you supported each other in the individual and team events. We look forward to the Regionals in the coming weeks.
Mr Matt Lane
Water Polo: Tri State Champions
Recently a number of Cathedral students took a drive down the Princes Highway and ended up at Kardinia Aquatic Centre behind the ‘Cattery’ in Geelong. Our students participated in the 2018 Tri State Water Polo Championships which was held in glorious sunny weather with the water crystal clear and very smooth.
Decked out in Warby orange Tigers’ apparel, the students represented their Club, Albury Tigers proudly. Most teams played seven or more games including finals which were competitive and intense. Hagen Hopp and Max Pfahlert played in the Under 14 boys team as bottom agers and finished a competitive 5th. Sophal Hopp played in the highly competitive 16 & Under side and, in a hotly contested final against Essendon, took 3rd place.
The huge highlight of the day for the Club was the Under 14 girls squad who played cooperatively, enthusiastically and with spirit all day. Mia Amos, Charlotte Hopp and Eadie Pfahlert played in the team put together just for the Championship. With only one loss for the day, they made the finals convincingly and ended up in the Grand Final funnily enough, playing against the team they had lost to, Richmond Tigers. The girls came out aggressively and it was apparent early that they were the dominant team of the game and the Championship. They ended up winning the game 10- 3 which crowned them 2018 Tri State Water Polo Champions (Under 14 Girls).
Congratulations to those students who participated and particularly to the girls who won the Championship.
Ms Shara Knobel
German Exchange students
My name is Bastian Braum and I am 15 years old. I live in Anhausen, a small village next to Heidenheim. Since I arrived in Melbourne my life has changed a bit. Australia is really nice, friendly and very hot. I have already seen kangaroos and emus and I am looking forward to catching a koala during his sleep in a tree. Last weekend my host family and I went to Melbourne and visited the city. What I really like about Australia is the Australian lifestyle, which is actually in many ways different to the German one. I am just missing the white, smooth snow but I am enjoying Australia and my next two months here.
Hello, my name is Nikolas Braun and I am the German exchange student of Aidan Thomson. Like the others, I go to the Max-Planck- Gymnasium and am in the 10th class. My hobbies are playing the French horn, drone racing and swimming. Because Aidan takes part in lots of swimming competitions, I haven’t visited that much of Australia yet but last weekend we visited FunFields, which is in Whittlesea, and in the school holidays we are going to visit Eden, which is at the beach, and Canberra.
Bastian Braum and Nikolas Braun
Frequently when we open a newspaper or a magazine, or watch a health/food related show on TV we are greeted with, and sometimes confused by, a new revelation in our understanding of food and its impact on health. Nutrition is a developing science. There are countless research projects going on around the world based on food and our health. How do we make sense of it all?
In Australia, we are fortunate to have the Australian Dietary Guidelines. These simple guidelines (there used to be a huge number of them before someone in their wisdom decided it is much easier to follow guidelines if there are fewer of them) were developed based on a large volume of research, by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), a federal government agency.
The major aim of the guidelines is to promote health and wellbeing through healthy food choices taking a preventative approach and Cathedral focuses on the main guidelines below:
1. To achieve and maintain health, be physically active and choose amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs.
2. Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups every day
3. Limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars and alcohol
4. Care for your food: prepare and store it safely
How do these relate to lunch boxes?
A recent food blog said that parents are worrying about how to present food in their child’s lunch box to emulate the pictures in magazines and images on the Internet. The main focus is to provide food that adheres to the dietary guidelines and that your child will eat.
How can we do this?
Let’s address the storing food safely guideline first. According to the New South Wales Food Authority approximately 94% of households with children pack school lunches, but a quarter of those do not include an ice brick or frozen water bottle.
The NSWFA recommends the following steps to keep school lunches cooler and minimise bacteria growth:
Guidelines 1, 2 and 3 of the Australian Dietary Guidelines can be served together in a lunch box:
There are a huge number of websites out there focussing on food. Whilst some lunches cannot be put together in the morning, many can be made ahead of time and frozen making them an ideal lunch and “ice block” in one. Encourage your family to help in the making of their lunches. A great website for easily accessible ideas is the Healthy, Deadly lunchboxes resource, lots of simple ideas using lots of familiar foods.
Lunch box ideas: Zucchini slice, rice paper rolls, rice noodle salads, savoury muffins, felafels and black rice tabouli.
Good ideas can be found at:
Interschool Equestrian Competition
If anyone is considering representing Cathedral College at the upcoming Interschool Equestrian competition could you please contact Michelle Lilley (0428 224 945 or email@example.com)
What is Respectful Relationships?
Respectful Relationships is about tackling family violence through education. Rosie Batty, CEO of the Luke Batty Foundation believes “the school community is an essential part of social reform by modelling a culture of respect through the whole school, not just by teaching respect in the classroom”.
Just like other major social and health issues such as smoking and road toll, evidence shows that family violence can be prevented by working across the whole population to address the attitudes, beliefs and knowledge that support violence. Victorian schools will be supported with government funding to review their practices and policies, and model respectful relationships and gender equality across the whole school community.
A good education is about more than simply getting good marks. It is about becoming a member of society and succeeding in life – knowing how to build respectful relationships is key to achieving this. When young people build positive relationships with their teachers and peers they feel safer and happier at school, are more resilient and have positive social attitudes. Positive relationships increase a young person’s sense of social connectedness and belonging to school and family, and result in better health and academic outcomes.
Evidence-based materials enable teachers to develop students’ social and emotional capabilities, build positive, healthy and respectful relationships, make responsible decisions and create positive gender relations. The initiative will also provide resources to best support young people who are affected by family violence. Further information about Respectful Relationships is available on the Department of Education and Training website: www.education.vic.gov.au/respectfulrelationships
For more information please contact Reverend David Jones, Senior Chaplain firstname.lastname@example.org
The Army Logistic Training Centre (ALTC) Careers Day
The ALTC are gauging interest from schools to see if they are interested in attending their ‘Career Day’ on Friday 23 March 2018.
Displays for the Careers Day will consist of the technical and other trades offered by the Training Establishment within ALTC – including all trades displayed from Army School Of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Army School of Health, Army School of Ordinance, Defence Field Cooking School, Army of Transport, Prince Of Wales Light Horseman (Reserve Unit), Team ARMY, Weapons Display and Personal Training activity, Defence Force Recruiting Stall, and Weapon Simulation Activity.
If you are in Year Nine, Year Ten, Year Eleven or Year Twelve and are interested in attending this event please contact Mr Rod Dunbar via email – email@example.com
Wangaratta Scouts Group Open Day
The Wangaratta Scouts have positions vacant for Scouts (Ages 11-14) and Cubs (Ages 8-10). The Scouts Open Night will be held on Wednesday March 14th 2018 between 6:30 and 8:30pm. For further information please call Philip Bright 0405 983 818 or click on this link here: Wangaratta Scout Open Night
Children’s Online Safety Information Night
The Zonta Club of Wangaratta, with the sponsorship of the Rural City of Wangaratta has organised an information evening with Greg Gebhart from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. This free presentation will be held on Tuesday March 6 at The Wangaratta Peforming Arts Centre from 7.00pm and will provide an overview of how young people use technology, the risks they may be exposed to and offer advice and information about dealing with cyberbullying, sexting, online pornography, inappropriate content and grooming.
Rutherglen Triathlon Sunday March 11
Long Event: Run 1.5Km, Bike 22Km, Pool swim 200m, Run 3.5Km
Short & Back of the Pack Event : Bike 10Km, Pool swim 200m, Run 3.5Km
Juniors, Mini Juniors and Back of the Pack (Short Event) – 7:45am Briefing, 8:00am Start
Open Categories (Long Event)- 8:45am Briefing, 9:00am Start
Presentations – Short Event – 10:00am, Long Event – 10:30am
Applcations can be submitted online at www.rutherglenrotary.org . Applications will be accepted on the day. Please contact Steve McIntosh on 0434 185177 or firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/rutherglenrotary/ for further information.
Wangaratta Play Festival
Netball Victoria is hosting a FREE netball event at the Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Center on Sunday 18 March. Please see attached flyer for more information: Wangaratta Play Festival