From the Principal
The summer break from the routine of school allows for a range of experiences in the family setting. It is my hope that our school families were able to enjoy some valuable time together during the break and that the first two weeks of school have allowed for routine to establish itself again. For some families, with Prep their first experience of school, it has been most exciting to start and to embark on one of the biggest chapters of life. The energy that our littlest students have brought to our learning community has been palpable and appreciated.
The summer break for students was not a break for the school, of course. We were able to achieve a great deal in the time between formal classes, inducting nineteen new staff, finishing off the Sports Centre, making unbelievable progress with the new Senior School buildings (three quarters of which are now in operation), completing a full refurbishment of Junior School C Block, and many and varied minor works as well. We have not finished improving the site, of course, and over the year there will be many new additions for us to enjoy (and navigate). Imminently, for instance, visitors will notice that the Prep to Year Two playground will undergo significant change with the addition of another major suite of play equipment. The actual form of the equipment is intended to be a surprise, but there are strong rumours that we may be looking at a new generation of “Captain Jack Sparrows” very soon…
Whenever there are changes we rely on the patience and goodwill of all involved. The operation of a car park suddenly taking 30% more traffic of course requires understanding, and the bus system, largely coordinated centrally in Wangaratta, also has a teething period at the start of each year. We have worked very hard to ensure that the matters in our control are under control and we are grateful for parental and student support. To improve (and complicate!) matters further, we will be undertaking significant car parking extension and upgrading over the course of the year, though we will contain the works to the breaks in the school year as much as possible.
We have already achieved a lot and the full busy nature of school is underway. We have had a wonderful “Welcome to Country” ceremony with Aunty Betty in attendance, Chapel services in our Sports Centre and there is a host of specialist programs, such as swimming and instrumental music, in progress. In the background, The School Council has also been working on our next Masterplan document and much has been achieved through these collaborative meetings.
We have been very pleased to welcome so many parents and friends to the school already this year. A particular highlight was the “Parent Welcome Evening” that served the dual purpose of providing some information as well as an opportunity for our parent and staff bodies to interact early in the year. Many thanks go to those who were able to make it to the night. Please note that senior staff will be attending “Coffee and Conversation” mornings in a number of regional town centres over the coming months and it is hoped that local residents will join us on those occasions.
It is important that all aspects of our school community – students, staff, parents and friends – have the opportunity to engage with us at school and beyond. As the Cathedral College Wangaratta learning community, we all have a role to play in supporting the young people in our care. While it is the students and staff who ‘have’ to be here each day, the broader contribution of others, and the “going beyond” that is expected by all, that defines the strength of the organisation.
As Principal, I am very privileged to have a role to play in ensuring the opportunity for all to belong in our community, and I am delighted that the year’s start has been overwhelmingly positive on that front. This has been characterised by students, new and ‘old’, and staff, both ‘existing’ and here for the first time this year, demonstrating a keen sense of purpose as they go about their work, and identifying proudly as ‘Cathedral’ in the way they are approaching their schooling.
I do not underestimate the effort that so many go to in order to get to us each day, whether the commitment is financial, travelling long distances or moving children between schools in order to find the best fit.
Each day this year so far I have been able to greet the early bus arrivals in the bus area of the car park. The travellers, as young as Year One, travel from as far away as Archeton (near Mansfield), and continue to amaze with their zest for school despite the long travel. We do not take that level of commitment for granted and it is a strong indicator of the value that our school families place on education.
As we look forward to a year of opportunities and challenges for our students, it is good to reflect on the benefit for all of a concerted, combined effort to foster a sense of belonging in the school community, for students, staff, parents and friends.
From the Senior School
At the conclusion of a very busy first fortnight of school, it seems timely to draw a deep breath and reflect upon these past weeks. As is in keeping with the daily ‘business’ of being Cathedral College Wangaratta, there have been many and varied events taking place.
The “Welcome to Country” Ceremony last week was tremendous. Our guests of honour, Aunty Betty and Shawn Andrews, held our school community enthralled with their presentations and the response of our students was magnificent as they listened quietly and respectfully to our visitors.
In a similar manner, the first Chapel Services conducted in the Sports Centre were a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of Lent and to contemplate the traditional messages of Lent.
A further element of the first two weeks of 2016 of which I make mention, is related to the various number of co-curricular activities that have already taken place or will do so very shortly. As I write this article, our Year Eleven students are participating in the PARTY Safe seminar in Melbourne. This seminar and workshop is a very important and valuable part of our Year Eleven Wellbeing program.
Coming up next week we have the annual Swimming Carnivals in both the Junior and Senior Schools. Week Four will see the Year Seven students on camp at Howman’s Gap Alpine Camp and in March, the Year Nine students travel to Mount Buffalo for their Adventure Camp. There are many things happening…
In this, the first Senior School Newsletter for 2016, I encourage all Cathedral College Wangaratta students to think about their year ahead and to ensure that they take full advantage of all the different activities, events and experiences to ensure that 2016 is as full and as rewarding as possible.
Head of Senior School
It is not often that Cathedral College Wangaratta will pass on an opportunity to benefit our students both academically and socially, and this week the Year Eleven students were offered the opportunity to attend a program at The Alfred Hospital. This program is aptly named the P.A.R.T.Y Program, to Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth.
Many of our students in Year Eleven were keen to participate in the program and the support of their families for this was fantastic. Students travelled to Melbourne on Wednesday arriving at the Alfred Hospital the following day, fresh and ready to absorb the message that was presented by the many facilitating healthcare professionals. Students rotated through sessions and visited the ICU, burns unit, the heli-pad, prosthesis and orthotics and rehabilitation wards.
The students heard recounts from trauma nurses, ambulance and paramedic officers who shared their experiences of attending traumatic events at which youth had been involved. What students came to realise about these incidences that other youth had been involved in, was that they were all preventable. Each traumatic experience they were presented with throughout the day, could have been prevented with better decision making and by being supported by their peers. Another message that many students were confronted by, was that it is often the family and the friends of the trauma victims who experience the ongoing distress, just as much as the patients.
I have no doubt that this program was well worth the effort to attend; our students were receptive to the message and grateful for the opportunity. It is my hope that our students will continue to make safe choices and help support their peers to make safer choices, preventing any of the pain and trauma they were alerted to throughout the program.
Year Twelve Retreat
Year Twelve students are off to Melbourne from March 9 to 11 for our annual Retreat. Students will need to complete a permission form as well as a V/Line ID card application form. These forms have been distributed, but if any student has missed out, they need to see Mr Dunbar.
From the Junior School
A Thriving Community
The common thread that is most evident after my first two weeks ‘on the job’ is the strong sense of community and belonging that is prevalent. An atmosphere such as this, is of critical importance in creating a harmonious and cohesive environment that supports each child in providing their best effort and striving to become a better person. House activities, Assemblies, Chapel services, musical experiences and sports carnivals all contribute in a meaningful way to this feeling.
But of most importance, the culture of learning is very evident in the classrooms. A classroom is a place for learning and each day, week, month, term and year are steps along the educational journey. I have mentioned to each class the importance of team, both in and out of the classroom. The acronym, Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) underpins the learning culture and collaborative framework that we strive to nurture and cherish.
The brilliant “Welcome to Country” ceremony, our “Parent Welcome Evening” and next week’s Junior School Swimming carnival are striking examples of events that bring our community together.
For future reference, please note the Junior School will be conducting a fortnightly assembly in Week Two on Wednesday at 9.10am. Parents and friends are most welcome to attend this community event and enjoy how our students are flourishing.
Head of Junior School
From the Director of Studies
A number of initiatives have been introduced to the Cathedral College Wangaratta Curriculum this year. The rationale behind the introduction of new programs is based upon the idea that we need to continually review and evaluate our curriculum offerings, enrich their delivery and ensure that they align with the values of the school.
In the Junior School
Each term two Year levels will have the opportunity to work in the Food Technology room with their classroom teacher and Mrs Anne Stevenson. Anne is the Health and Food Technology teacher and works with the classroom teacher to help students try healthy food options and acquire some handy skills for working in the kitchen.
Year Ten – Social Enterprise
In Work Education and Geography, students will explore the concept of Global Wellbeing and combine their understanding with the development of small enterprises. Research shows that in today’s world it is enterprise which helps the economy of a country to thrive. Young people also have great ideas for new ventures and by being given permission to try and develop these ideas, students often become highly motivated and more confident.
During the course of this program students will explore different causes and issues affecting people around the world, develop ideas of how these causes may be supported and invent ways to contribute to the cause which are not fundraising. They will learn about the processes involved in setting up a business and present their ideas to a panel. In Semester Two, it is hoped that you will hear of the successes of some of these businesses.
Director of Studies
From the Chaplain
Beyond the Cross – Kind Words
Have you ever said something in fun that has upset and hurt someone’s feelings? We might be just joking or fooling around and the joke goes a little too far. Then we suddenly realize that what we thought was funny has turned out to be something destructive. The Bible says our tongue is like deadly poison, “No one can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” James 3:8.. That means it has the power to cause great damage. We need to realize that we have a big responsibility to choose our words carefully. Our friends and family need to be protected from the power of our words. Make it your prayer this Lent that God will give you the strength to say the right things in a kind and loving way, to build up and not to harm.
Reverend David Jones
Music is Magic
Welcome to 2016 and welcome to a massive year in The Performing Arts.
We have a comprehensive offering at The College this year. The details and dates are all available for you to peruse on The College Website under ‘Curriculum’ and then ‘Performing Arts’ by clicking on this link. This site also includes details of the various performing ensembles and opportunities for your child to enjoy during their Cathedral College Wangaratta day.
Some highlights include:
- The Liturgies
- The Stage Band
- Music Count Us In
- Kool Skools
- Wangaratta Jazz Festival
- ASC Concert in Perth
- Bishop’s Winter Appeal
- Eucharist Services
- Mothers Day Afternoon Jazz
- House Music Competition
- ‘Cats’ the Senior School Production
- Dance Club
- ASC Piano Competition
- Jam Breaks
And the list goes on!
We are very proud of the one hundred and four students that have undertaken music lessons so far and it is not too late to enrol, so please contact me for details if your child would like to experience the thrill of learning an instrument. May I remind parents that The College has a trombone, trumpet and flute that need homes! If your child is interested in any of these instruments, please contact me.
This year the music faculty welcomes three new casual music tutors: Mr Patrick Russell (guitar, bass guitar and ukulele), Mr Hugh Fullarton (piano and voice) and Ms Julia Arnold (piano and cello). All three are fantastic additions to our program and great musicians; our community is very lucky to have them on board and we wish them all the very best for a great year.
Tickets are now on sale for our Senior School Production of Cats. Please contact the WPAC (Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre) either online here or through their box office for tickets. The shows are on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March starting at 7.00pm in the WPAC. See you there!
We cannot wait to entertain you this year and we look forward to seeing you all at one of the many performances, concerts or celebrations that will be a part of the performing arts in 2016.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information.
Yours in music,
Bush Tucker Garden Totem Poles
On Friday February 5, our Year Twelve, Year Six and Prep students gathered in The Science Garden to continue the work of Robert ‘Wally’ Cooper in the Bush Tucker Garden. A Yorta Yorta and Bangerang Elder, Uncle Wally played a formative part in the creation of the Bush Tucker Garden and his warmth and positive influence will be remembered with the placing of a plaque later this month.
The Managing Director of Indigicate, Shawn Andrews, who has been working with our Junior School students in a variety of projects over the last eighteen months, assisted students in creating handprinted Totem Poles at the entrance to the Bush Tucker Garden.
Also of significance was the very obvious link that exists between our Year Twelves, many of whom are Buddies to our Year Six students in 2010, and our Year Six students many of whom are current Buddies to our new Prep students. This was reflected in the unique placing of coloured handprints on top of each other.
Shawn Andrews is an experienced provider of cultural awareness training, a specialist Indigenous outdoor educator and amongst other things is a director of the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. In 2016, the Junior, Middle and Senior School students will continue to have the opportunity to be involved in sequential learning programs taught by Indigenous Australians to ensure a deeper understanding of Indigenous Culture and Australian History.
Last weekend Jack Boulton competed in the ACT Track and Field Championships. Jack participated in the 100m, 200m and the long jump winning them all! What makes this even more of an achievement is the fact that Jack was participating in the U/14’s at age 11! What a great effort. Some of our Junior School students were fortunate enough to participate in Hockey Victoria Clinics this week as part of the ‘Hook in2 Hockey’ launch. Those interested in joining the Wangaratta Hockey Season please click here. The new stadium has also been busy, keeping our Physical Education classes running in the heat.
We look forward to the Junior School Swimming Carnival on Wednesday February 17 at the Olympic Pool.
Junior School Sports Coordinator
Wir sind zurück aus Deutschland – We are back from Germany!
Year Ten Cathedral College Wangaratta students who left for Germany last year returned safely to the country, having spent the last three months immersed in studying and learning the language and culture of this European country. On Sunday we landed back in Melbourne having amassed a larger vocabulary and many wonderful experiences.
Germany differs from Australia in many aspects. One of the things we noticed about the food is that they eat a lot of cold meats and unsalted butter. Due to the two million strong migrant Turkish population, kebabs are the most popular takeaway food.
Germany is known for excelling in its car engineering and a highlight was witnessing them prove this on the Autobahns, where speed limits are a ‘foreign’ concept. This, in addition to the efficient bus system, allows travellers and residents alike to fully experience the wonderful historic buildings, villages, castles and mountainous areas that Germany is known for. In one day alone, we managed to drive through three countries and I was fortunate enough to end this trip with amazing skiing in the Italian Alps.
German host families and the Max-Plank Gymnasium (our German Exchange School) were very helpful and supportive. This exchange is an amazing opportunity not only for the improvement of German language skills but also as an introduction to the amazing cultural experiences on offer.
Parents and Friends
The Parents and Friends Association held their first meeting for the year on Monday February 8. There are several events organised by the P&F this year, with the ‘Parent Cocktail Party’ occurring on Friday April 15 at 7.00pm in The Science Garden and the CCW ‘Open Garden Morning’ on Saturday November 5. Further details of these events will be published as the time draws nearer.
The P&F are also looking for volunteers to help with the car parking at the V8 Supercars Championship Winton Raceway’s V8 Supercars Championships on May 15-17, for which you will receive a complimentary pass. Mr Macolm Bradbury, Vice President of the P&F, organises the volunteers and can be contacted through the school should you wish to help.
P&F meet the first Monday of the month in the Staff Room, with the next meeting scheduled for Monday March 7 at 7.00pm; all are welcome to attend. If you are unable to join in these meetings but would like to assist at P&F events, please contact the President Mrs Carolyn Sammon through the school on (03) 5722 2144.
Updating Family Details
It would be appreciated if families could please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org with any change of address, email address, medical, occupation or any other relevant information.
A reminder to parents that all buses are for school purposes only, with many of them at capacity. They are not to be used for students going to after school social activities ie; sport. If you would like your child to catch one of the buses, then you must apply in writing stating your reasons at least two days prior, and address it to Fran Hoyle at the school.
Senior School Immunisations
Senior School students will be having their Immunisations next Wednesday February 17. For general information on immunisations please click here.
If you are turning 13, 14 or 15 years of age this year and would like to be part of Australia’s leading youth development organisation, then come along and find out about the Army Cadets.
When: 7.00pm, Thursday February 25
Where: Army Barracks, Sisely Avenue, Wangaratta
Or phone Liz Rouse on 0438 573 357
Wangaratta Netball Association (WNA)
If you are interested in joining the Wangaratta Netball Association (WNA) either as an individual or a team, please click here to be taken to the WNA website. To register, please click here and you will be directed to the ANZ NetSetGo website.
Tier 1 NETSetGO! (5 – 7 years) WNA Friday 4.30-5.30pm.
Tier 2 NetSETGO! (8 – 10 years) WNA Saturday 11.15am-12.15pm.
Junior Netball Competition (10-17 years): WNA Saturday 8.30am – 11.15am.