From the Principal
Wednesday’s leadership assembly was our first fully formal occasion as a school (minus our camping Year Sevens) for the year and it was a delight to see the Cathedral full of our community members. Under the coolish spray of the water fans, Year One to Year Twelve were involved in the Commissioning of our most recently appointed House Captains (including our Senior School replacements for our School Captains who moved to higher office).
Taking on the position as an “office bearer” such as House Captain is, of course, different from positioning as a leader. There is an expectation that office bearers will be leaders, both from the school’s leadership and the school community, but there is also an expectation that all students will display leadership in their daily lives. There is no need for a badge to demonstrate leadership; indeed, there is a need for all of us to do so.
Leadership can be in the tiny daily acts of courage or moving into the uncomfortable. It can be in standing up to someone when something is simply not right, or standing up tall when the urge is to shrink away. Usually, these acts happen without great fanfare and for many students I am sure their moments of leadership will go unacknowledged. Except, I hope, by them. Recognising discomfort and conquering the challenge of that discomfort is certainly leadership in action, and it was therefore most enjoyable to see our Year Sevens in action on their camp this week.
Those of us lucky enough to experience school camps in our youth will remember a mix of enjoyment and challenge, with the keener moments of each being the most memorable, I suspect. For the Year Sevens, being dragged up to the impressive height of the giant swing and releasing themselves into a frightening fall took that act of courage. (I can confirm the need for courage as I was coerced into doing it too!) as did the high ropes course, the various activities or even just being away from home.
On camp, at school, at home or in the community, the tiny acts of leadership that each of our students complete combine to be an impressive collection of leadership. Whether or not they were inducted this week into official office bearing roles, or perhaps if they tackled one of the very many challenges of daily school at Cathedral, our students have undoubtedly displayed aspects of leadership. We look forward to continuing to develop that important trait over the year to come.
From the Senior School
Wednesday February 24, was a very busy day for our school. The Chapel Service held in the Cathedral at which our 2016 House Captains were inducted was a wonderful celebration of the importance of these positions and the esteem in which a House Captain role is held. It was great to watch our school community carefully listen to the service and also the different speakers who touched upon not only the theme of leadership, but also the theme of service and how relevant these themes are to our growing College community.
Later in the day I was able to visit the Year Seven Camp currently underway at Howman’s Gap. As I wandered around and visited the different groups it was obvious how important leadership and teamwork was in contributing to the activities being successful. One of the activities was The Flying Fox giant swing. This activity required a team of students to tow a rope via a series of pulleys, hoisting one student into the air and then upon release allowing that student to swing through an exciting arc of about 20 to 25 metres. Needless to say, this activity was very popular. It was exhilarating and I imagine tested the resilience of some of the participants. What was vividly apparent was the leadership and teamwork demonstrated by all students as they assisted each other to make the activity such a success.
In two weeks the Year Nine students and the Year Twelve students will participate in their respective camp and retreat. And, just like the Year Seven Camp, both of these experiences will also offer the opportunity for students to demonstrate leadership and teamwork to make these excursions successful.
Homework and Study
Now that our academic year is well and truly underway, it is very important that all students are being encouraged to develop a schedule of regular homework and study. Setting up a homework timetable is a useful idea and just as important is the need for students to have a quiet area to study. In the next newsletter, I will provide in greater detail some guidelines and strategies related to assisting students to complete effective and productive study at home.
Head of Senior School
VCE Geography visited Winton Wetlands on a recent field trip as part of Unit 3 – Changing the Land. Students spent the first few hours being toured around by Julia Flack, the Site Development Manager, visiting several swamps, the dam wall, historical European settlement sites and areas of focused revegetation. They then travelled with three representatives from Parks Victoria’s Indigenous Education program who spoke to the students about the Indigenous heritage of the site and the challenges of promoting reconciliation in the future. The students asked insightful questions about the impact of tourism and the future potential of the area for building strong links with local communities. They will now prepare a 2,000 word report looking at the management strategies of the Wetlands Renewal Project and assessing whether these strategies will be sufficient to mitigate the negative impacts of tourism on the ecological and cultural sustainability of the wetlands.
From the Junior School
We value Values!
Each Wednesday at 9.10am in Week 2, the Junior School hold an assembly under the shade sails. It is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to celebrate, share and enjoy the achievements of our school friends.
This year we have introduced a set of student awards that reflect not only our school values, but also some additional ones that we feel are integral to a prosperous and harmonious community. Incorporating our school values, we will be presenting Core Values awards each fortnight for demonstrations of faith, excellence, integrity, honesty, respect, justice, inclusivity, perseverance and resilience by our students. Parents are most welcome to attend Assembly and share in our celebrations.
Leadership was to the fore with the House Captains Induction Chapel Service held on Wednesday. The House system plays a significantly important role as part of our school culture, supporting the values that I referred to above. The students selected as House Captains should feel honoured and privileged to hold these positions of office. However, leadership is about actions: positive, selfless, encouraging, responsible and helpful actions. All of us are capable of demonstrating these skills and traits in all circumstances. Playing a game of handball, working with a younger buddy, supporting a schoolmate who has fallen over, holding a door open to allow an adult to walk through first, offering a greeting to another person, or just working quietly in class are different but equally valuable examples of leadership
One of my favourite values is perseverance, and it permeated our assembly awards with great regularity this week. As well, it was noticeable with the Year Two ‘Me Museum” displays I was invited to attend this week. The effort applied by each student was evident in the pride they held for their work, the enthusiasm they showed when sharing it, and the care they had taken to ensure it was of a good quality for public display.
I encourage our parent body to speak with their children about perseverance, for it is a trait that will stand every child in good stead for the future. Whether learning to read, spell, remember Times Tables or whatever academic challenge a student may face, if they understand the importance of consistent and sustained effort then progress and achievement will be made.
Head of Junior School
From the Director of Studies
Much research and evaluation has taken place about the most effective elements of teaching and learning. One key element is the feedback to parents and students about what they have learnt and the next strategies needed in order to develop their skills and knowledge further. This is not how the student performs against their peers, but what they know or can do and what they need to do next.
There are many advocates for this approach in working with parents and students. Dylan William is one such educator who we have used in our teaching and learning professional learning programs over the years. This approach to student improvement has also proven to be very effective, as students and parents feel a better connection with the school and teachers.
Cathedral College Wangaratta provides a number of opportunities for both students and parents to access this feedback. In class, and after the submission of work, students are provided with feedback on what to do next in order to improve their learning. Senior students receive a Progress Report at the end of Terms One and Three, which gives an initial indication of their progress. Parents and students then have the opportunity to discuss this progress and the next stage for developing their skills and knowledge. Junior School students will have the same opportunity to meet teachers at the end of Terms One and Three. A snapshot written report of progress is then sent home to all parents at the end of Terms Two and Four.
An opportunity to attend these interviews will be sent home in the coming weeks. Please make the most of this opportunity to meet with staff and discuss how they can be better involved in your child’s learning.
Director of Studies
From the Chaplain
Beyond the Cross – Rock climbing
“Remember how your words have guided and encouraged many in need” Job 4:4
Rock climbing. What a rush! You are totally focused. It’s just you and the cliff. As you manoeuvre your way up the rock face, you clip the rope that is tied to you into the protection on the rock and if you fall, this thin but strong rope will protect you from falling too far. It’s your lifeline and protection.
God’s word is also our lifeline and protection in our everyday life; it is what we should clip into every day. If we fall, the word of God will keep us from total failure for He gives us the guidance and security we need. His words will even give us the confidence we need to get over life’s difficulties. Read and get into the word of God – it will save you from slipping and falling.
Reverend David Jones
Music is Magic
Cats Selling Fast
The Senior School production of ‘Cats’ is approaching fast and we are busy preparing to entertain you with energetic dancing and singing as we bring our AFL cats to life. Students continue to rehearse every lunch time and every Wednesday after school to hone their skills. May I request you get in early and purchase your tickets; as I write this article, nearly 33% of the tickets are already sold and we do not want you to miss out. Please phone the WPAC Box Office or click here to complete your purchase.
The backstage crew have been selected and I congratulate the following students:
Costumes and make-up
These students will work hard from March 15 -18 to prepare for the Technical and Dress rehearsals, and ultimately our performances on Friday and Saturday evening.
Our Instrumental Music lessons have begun and the sounds of singing, drums, guitars, saxophones, pianos, trumpets and violins now fill the music rooms. I thank our students for the great enthusiasm they have shown in the first three weeks and we are very fortunate to have an amazing staff to inspire and encourage them.
Lessons are displayed first thing Monday morning for the week ahead. All Junior School teachers receive these times and students may check at any time. Senior School students are requested to check the notice boards and ensure they write their time down in their diary.
This year I have introduced an auditioned choir to The College. The Cantabile Choir is for students from Year Five to Year Eight. The students rehearse every Tuesday with myself and Mr Hugh Fullarton (Director of Music at the Holy Trinity Cathedral). Our goal is to prepare for the ASC Concert in Perth in September this year and many of the group will be flying to Western Australia for this amazing opportunity. More information will be posted in the coming weeks.
The students sang on Tuesday for the Probus Club members when they toured our campus and received a rousing ovation…. after only three rehearsals! The sound these students are producing is beautiful. Congratulations to all students involved and work hard over the next two terms.
Mrs Silva has been inundated with Dancers and what an amazing experience it is to look through the windows of the MPF at lunchtime. The dancing is energetic and students are full of enthusiasm as they begin to develop their routines. Great work, Dancers!
The College’s premier Jazz Band is full swing into rehearsals preparing for an amazing year. The 2016 line-up is:
Saxophone Lachie Jarvie
Guitar Noah Richardson
Drums Ethan Richardson
Keyboards Houston Bodenhamer
Vocals Zoe Goodger, Maddy Dalby, Max Tayloy
Bass Guitar Robert Jones
Congratulations to these students and we look forward to adding more members as the year progresses. We wish Mr Woods and his musicians all the best as they prepare for the Mothers Day Jazz Afternoon and Kool Skools in May this year.
Yours in music,
On Thursday February 18, Cathedral College Wangaratta held its annual Senior House Swimming Carnival at the Wangaratta Outdoor Olympic Pool. This year, we wore our coloured House shirts for the first time and the six colours looked fantastic amongst our fellow House comrades. The Year Twelves cooked delicious sausages and provided refreshments, and the weather was hot and sunny. It was great to see students socialising with staff and the many parents and families that attended.
Every year, the House that participates the most usually takes the honours and this year was no exception. Congratulations to Hotham House on a well-deserved win. Hotham students worked very hard to support their team by participating in as many events as possible.
|House Swimming Age Champions 2016|
Senior School Sports Coordinator
This 2016 Junior Swimming Carnival saw some of the closest racing the college has seen in its history. There was some outstanding swimming in all groups and it was terrific to see some new faces finish first. This year, butterfly was an optional stroke for all students but many took up the challenge and surprised themselves with their performances. At the end of competition, Feathertop and Hotham were joint winners, a first for Cathedral. Age champions on the day were:
7 Year old girls – Alice Colson (Hotham)
7 year old boys – Harry Allen (Warby)
8 year old girls – Jemima Pizzini (Feathertop)
8 Year old boys – Nicholas Kjar (Hotham)
9 Year old girls – Jasmin Thwaites (Cobbler)
9 year old boys –Mitchell Sinclair (Buffalo)
10 year old girls – Eva Allen (Warby)
10 year old boys – Max Sammon (Cobbler)
11 year old girls – Lily Martin (Cobbler) & Giann Sebire (Feathertop)
11 year old boys – Jobe Paramansche (Hotham)
12 year old girls – Harriet Hurst (Hotham)
12 year old boys – Tom Sparks (Feathertop)
Next Tuesday, 32 of our best swimmers from the 10, 11 and 12 year old age groups will represent Cathedral College Wangaratta at the Ovens & Mitta Divisional Swimming Championships in Wangaratta. Those that perform well, will move on to compete in Shepparton the following week. Thank you to all staff, parents and students that made the day such a success.
Junior School Sports Coordinator
Cathedral College Wangaratta Saturday Morning Netball
Cathedral College Wangaratta has a history of entering teams in the local Wangaratta Netball Association Saturday morning competition and registration dates are soon approaching. Representing our school in this netball competition has developed a great source of pride and identity for our players, and the College community has enjoyed reading of the students’ results. An information letter was emailed home last week requesting any students interested in playing, and anyone interested in coaching, to respond. Please return the form or email Mrs Shara Knobel on email@example.com if interested.
Parents and Friends
Thank you to all who attended our first P&F meeting of the year; it was wonderful to see so much enthusiasm, and great to welcome so many new faces to our school community.
We have some exciting new plans for the year! Please save the dates:
Cocktail Party April 15
Winton V8 Car Parking Fundraiser May 20 – 22. We are looking for volunteers for this event
Michael Carr-Gregg Speaking Date to be announced.
Open Garden Festival November 5
If you have skills such as baking, jam making, gardening, floristry, sewing or you can make a great coffee and you would like to contribute sometime during the year, please let Sharon know in the office, or email Caz Sammon firstname.lastname@example.org with your details. We are also seeking gardens of a very high standard to host during our garden festival.
Next meeting will be Monday March 7, in the Staff Room. All are welcome.
President of the Parents and Friends’ Association
Due to a change in buses, any student who is currently on the Bungeet Shuttle Bus as of Monday will need to get on the Eldorado Shuttle Bus to the High School. Any student continuing on to Bungeet needs to get off at the High School and get onto the Bungeet Bus. If there are any issues, please contact Mrs Fran Hoyle on (03) 5722 2144.
Open Day Thursday March 3
Next Thursday, the school will be touring prospective families both in the morning and in the evening. This is a chance for our school leaders to guide those interested in enrolling at the College around our campus and find out more about Cathedral College Wangaratta. Registration for the tours is now open here.
If you are interested in learning to be an AFL field, boundary or goal umpire, there will be an information session in Wangaratta on Tuesday March 1 at the Wangaratta Showgrounds starting at 6pm.
For more information, please call Mark Bywater on 0416 468 132 for further information or click here to be taken to the official website.
Saturday Soccer – Mini Roos Registration
The Wangaratta Mini Roos Registration is now open and there is a Muster Day this Saturday February 27 from 9am –11am at the South Wangaratta Reserve. To register online please click here or email email@example.com for further information.
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.
Spaces in certain Year Levels are nearing capacity and to ensure a place is available, please let the school know if you have any siblings that wish to attend Cathedral.