From the Principal
Over the past few days School Council Chair, Mike Noble, and I have been visiting “Head Office” in Perth, The Anglican Schools Commission (ASC). Four times a year, all of the Principals and Chairs from our fourteen schools meet for a day of discussions regarding matters pertinent to the system and the schools in it. While it is a long way to travel for meetings, we invariably gain much from the information, discussion, input and collaboration. This week has been no exception. Among the key matters under discussion has been the Strategic Plan for the ASC, to which we had our opportunity to make our contributions. We were grateful to be able to do so, and our focus, among other things, was to ensure that the system continues to develop its nationwide focus as it continues to evolve away from its Perth centric beginnings. It will be our pleasure to welcome the Principals and Chairs of all of our schools to Wangaratta in June this year as we spend a morning hosting our colleagues.
The three Wangaratta diocesan schools are valued members of this national body, something which was further evidenced this morning when we were formally welcomed into WAASA (Western Australian Anglican Schools Association) as Affiliate Members. The AGM of WAASA took place at the magnificent home of Archbishop Roger Herft and Mrs Cheryl Herft. We met for Eucharist and had breakfast with the broader group of Western Australian Anglican Principals and Chairs, which was another valuable opportunity for us to develop strong relationships.
The downside of these visits to Perth, of course, is time away from our school. In the two and a half school days that I missed, there were wonderful sporting achievements in Shepparton by our swimmers, great adventures in the High Country for our Year Nines and useful reflective time for Year Twelves on their Melbourne retreat. There was also a good deal of work in our classrooms!
Another feature of the last couple of weeks was Open Day. We were delighted to welcome many visitors to our school and there is very strong, continued interest in our school amongst prospective families. As we are currently working through our enrolment procedures for 2017, I remind all school families to ensure that their intentions regarding sibling entry to the school are well communicated. We sometimes have families very disappointed as they have assumed that we have known their intent regarding younger siblings. We can only rely on the formal enrolment process, so please let us know soon your plans (for next year and beyond) as places are in high demand.
From the Senior School
This past fortnight continued to present some wonderful opportunities for the students across the Senior School. On Wednesday I was fortunate to visit the Year Nine students on their Outdoor Education, ‘Adventure Camp’ at Lake Catani on Mount Buffalo. This is a wonderful part of the world and it was great to see out Year Nines engaged and excited about the different activities on offer. Did you know that Lake Catani is sometimes described as a ‘tarn’ which is a Northern English term for a mountain lake or pond? If you have not been to this beautiful mountain setting and you are looking for a weekend drive, I suggest you make Lake Catani an option; you will not be disappointed. Also on Wednesday, our Year Twelve students commenced their annual retreat to Melbourne. It is with much anticipation that we wait to hear of the student responses to the variety of activities in which they will have participated.
Over the next fortnight, teachers will be completing progress reports for students as part of The College’s assessment and reporting processes. In a sense, these progress reports are a valuable initiator of discussion between parents and teachers at the Senior School Parent/Teacher interviews held in early Term Two. One of the questions that teachers are often asked is related to homework and study. How much? How often? How do we as parents assist our children to develop sound and productive study habits?
I offer the following thoughts about study and homework which are by no means prescriptive, but do give some guidance.
– Create a study/homework plan that incorporates structured tasks and goals to achieve in each study session.
– Develop a clear plan of what students want to cover in each study/homework session.
– Provide a clear, uncluttered desk where the student can sit and study at home – somewhere likely to be undisturbed.
– Avoid distractions of using social media – make time for those things during breaks.
– Encourage students to ask questions if they don’t understand or are unsure.
– Encourage students to stick to a routine of going to bed at a reasonable time, eating regularly and making time to exercise.
Students should be encouraged in Years Seven to Ten to complete some study every night Monday through to Friday. 60 to 90 minutes a night across these evenings. In Years Eleven and Twelve there is an expectation that commitment to study increases significantly. For example, in Year Twelve this year we are encouraging students to find a minimum of 15 hours a week to study, revise and consolidate their daily classroom learning. Study and homework are one of the fundamentals in academic success, however we also need to be mindful of a balanced and sensible lifestyle that provides opportunity for family time, part time work, exercise, sport and recreation. It’s all about balance.
Head of Senior School
VCE Psychology and VCE Physical Education
Years Eleven and Twelve Psychology students have been learning about the human brain, including its many structures and functions. The enthusiastic students participated in a brain dissection, which included labelling and slicing the brain to find the important structures. Anatomy precedes physiology and students examined the structure of a sheep’s brain and then looked at the similarities and the differences that exist between the sheep brain and the human brain.
Year Eleven Physical Education students also participated in a dissection, working with hearts to enhance their overall understanding of the cardiovascular system and its role in our physical health and well-being. These practical, hands-on activities are examples of how Cathedral College Wangaratta provides a differentiated curriculum and caters for different learning styles. It was a great opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and show their understanding of the course content at the start of what is already a busy year.
Miss Caitlin Nolan
Year Ten students are working on symbolic imagery and themes of identity and personal strengths in their Studio Arts’ Elective. Learning the technique and skills required to produce a unique print, students have been introduced to Drypoint and how this can best be manipulated to create a powerful image. Drypoint requires the artist to use a hard-pointed ‘needle’ of sharp metal to incise an image into a plate or matrix. After the image is finished, or at least ready to proof, the artist applies ink to the plate with a dauber, being sure not too much pressure is applied. Once the plate is completely covered with a thin layer, a cloth is used to wipe away excess ink, and paper may be used for a final wipe of the lightest areas of the image. Some printmakers will use their bare hands instead to wipe these areas. Once the desired amount of ink is removed, the plate is run through the printing press along with a piece of dampened paper to produce a print. Kim Westcott has been sharing her knowledge of Print Making, gained over the last three decades, and students have become comfortable with the printing press, producing some wonderful pieces of work.
From the Junior School
Organised Mind, Organised Body!
The title of my article is a saying I use regularly with our students. In fact, as a parent I found it particularly useful on many occasions, especially at the dinner table when as a family we would sit down to eat, chat and share time together. Incidentally, I encourage all families to make a family dinner part of the daily routine, as it is a truly memorable occasion for all. But I digress!
In reference to ‘Organised Mind, Organised Body’, we are referring to a student taking and enacting personal responsibility for his or her learning.
Students ready for listening and learning do the following things:
– Create their own personal space in which to sit or stand
– Stay within their own personal space and do not interfere, touch or invade someone else’s space
– Focus their mind on the teacher or person who is about to speak or the task they are about to start
– Ignore distractions happening nearby – they may notice them, but consciously decide not to concentrate on them. Distractions will actually disappear!
– Sit still and listen
– Make eye contact with the speaker
– Work quietly at their table
– Ask questions of a teacher or student if they’re unsure or don’t understand something
– Listen respectfully to others when in a discussion and do not interrupt
– Choose respectful actions for certain situations. For example, playing an outside game requires different behaviours to attending an assembly or sitting at the dinner table
Learning is a lifelong journey. The lifelong skills that support ‘Organised Mind, Organised Body’ are skills that have stood the test of time. It takes practise, commitment and patience for them to become second nature. As they become a part of everyday life and automatic, learning potential is unlocked and children can achieve things they never thought possible.
I have witnessed evidence in our school of students displaying ‘Organised Mind, Organised Body’ on many occasions. Recently, the wonderful Camp Quality Puppet Show, which explained cancer to our young group, saw our students engage with respect, interest and care; some wonderfully empathetic and inquiring questions were asked.
At our fortnightly assemblies, our students are becoming increasingly more attentive, respectful and understanding of the formality of this outside event. Further, the Year Two students fully immersing themselves in the Olden Days theme, is evidence of their engagement and respect for learning.
Our partnerships with many local and educational groups enable us to up-skill our teachers and parents with best practice techniques and strategies that equip our children with the necessary skills for self-directed learning, discipline and management.
As I hope our school community can understand and support, we will continue to set high, yet attainable, standards and expectations for our students in all areas.
Simply put: when the bar is reached, we will raise it a little more.
Head of Junior School
Regent Honeyeater Project
On Tuesday March 4, groups of Year Four, Five, Six and Eight students were involved in the propagation of seedlings run by the Regent Honeyeater Group. Members from this group came to the school to give students the opportunity to become involved in a local environmental issue. The project focuses on restoring habitat for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater bird which has declined in population over recent decades with only between 500 – 1000 individuals left in the wild.
The Lurg area near Benalla is significant for these birds, because the Mugga Ironbark trees provide nectar during early winter when there is nothing else in flower.
Students were shown how to propagate seedlings correctly from a various number of species and then participated in the planting. The students loved the hands on aspect and were appreciative of the experience. The next step will be to plant the seedlings in a local area after they have grown for a few months in a protected environment. We look forward to being involved in this mid-year.
Mrs Shara Knobel
Year Two History
The Year Two Students went back in time this week to the ‘Olden Days’ as part of the History Curriculum. Students came dressed up in traditional clothing from the 1900s and participated in lessons harking back to the days of slate and chalk. Mrs Murdoch and Miss Hall introduced the students to some of the games played at school and a morning tea of scones, shortbread, jam tartlets and home-made damper kept the hunger away at recess. An old bell was rung to signify the end of lessons and whilst the cane was not actually used, it most certainly was whispered about after sightings of Miss Hall carrying it around the yard.
Our Prep students enjoyed spending time with their Year Six Buddies as part of the Buddy Program which runs in the Junior School. On their first Wednesday at school, the Preps were helped to create a booklet, with some of our Year Six students enjoying the colouring-in as much as our youngest students. Now that the Preps attend school every day of the week, this will become a regular part of their timetable providing regular opportunities for our students to build relationships both in and out of the classroom.
From the Director of Studies
“Learning habits have strong effects on educational attainment…and have a bigger impact on later life.” James Heckman
Professor Guy Claxton, Cognitive Psychologist stresses that schools build attitudes to learning and knowing. This is not just about ‘knowing’ the content but it is also about fostering a will to learn and how to learn in unfamiliar settings. Increasing the skills of coping, thinking critically, experimenting, curiosity and assessing credulity are valued tools which universities and employers value. As a school, this means we need to develop solid work habits and thinking habits, just as much as we need to share knowledge. This is an approach which can fostered at home and school:
– Ask questions instead of giving the answer.
– Get the student to check what they were told.
– Don’t accept “I don’t know.” Prompt.
– Offer a different perspective.
– Help students to use their imagination.
– Encourage students to try new things.
– Prompt students to think of what they can do when they say they are ‘stuck’.
– Encourage students to see and value feedback.
School is not just about the learning; rather it is about fostering the love of learning and the willingness to be challenged. All these approaches are increasingly being noted in research on how children learn, how children succeed and how to help develop the whole child.
Director of Studies
On Thursday, Year Eleven girls attend the Zonta Women’s Pathways Breakfast with over ninety female students from across the North East of Victoria. Speakers talked about the many different career options and contacts which may be useful for the future. Elise Wenden, who works with Cathy McGowan, spoke about being an advisor to politicians on policies for farmers and the many rural challenges they face. Leanne Honeybun spoke of her experiences at university and her subsequent career as a teacher. She also gave insights into University Pathways and the possibilities of divergent career options. Each speaker spoke about the importance of having goals and being aspirational, no matter how these goals are reached. After living and working beyond Wangaratta, each of the speakers have returned and become successful women in their own right.
Lily Day and Jamie Linke
Male Pathways Breakfast
Year Eleven boys recently attended the inaugural Male Pathways Breakfast, sponsored by the Lions Club, held at the Australian Textiles training centre in Wangaratta. Students heard from Joe McKenzie and a variety of speakers before breaking into smaller groups. This was an opportunity for our students to have access to a broad range of mentors who helped guide questions and discussions about the future prospects of our young men in Australia and the many diverse and interesting career pathways they have to choose from.
From the Chaplain
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” James 4:10
Picture this: you have just won an award for being the most humble person in the world. The only problem is that when they heard that you had prepared an acceptance speech, they took it away from you because they thought it might make you too proud. What in the world is the point of being humble? The best think about humility is that it doesn’t ask for rewards for doing good things. “No rewards!” I hear you say? That’s right. Nothing.
When we have the opportunity to serve, we need to do it without expecting to be noticed or even thanked, and certainly not expecting any reward. God will give us the reward we deserve in His time. For now, be rewarded by the fact that we’re totally blessed for no reason at all. Greatness is in serving.
Reverend David Jones
Music is Magic
This is the final report regarding the production and I am thrilled to compose these words a week before Opening Night. The students have worked so hard to bring this historic show together. Every recess, lunch and after school they have rehearsed songs, movements, dances routines, and bows to entertain and delight you as an audience. I know that they can not wait till next week and the chance to show a live audience the considerable talent in this show.
An update on tickets is very exciting for our cast as we have now sold over 60% of the tickets for both nights. This is wonderful and I thank the entire College community for their support. If you have not purchased your tickets please do so here and help us achieve the first ‘Sold Out’ production in The College’s history.
For parents of the cast, I shall be emailing the timings and schedule to you for next week; please check your emails and contact me if this has not arrived this week.
The students continue to display amazing choreography and energy at lunchtime every day of our week in the Multi-Purpose Room. Mrs Silva has students from the Junior School dancing up a storm and we look forward to watching these routines at the Wangaratta Eisteddfod next term. Well done to all students involved.
I shall be confirming an Easter Holidays Drama Workshop run by the National Theatre over the next week. This will be available for all College students and I shall hand out enrolment forms next week to students who are interested.
Term Two will also see the introduction of Drama Workshops for Junior School students at Cathedral College Wangaratta. The workshops will be held at Trinity House on Fridays after school. From 4-5pm will be Year Three and Year Four students, and from 5-6pm will be Year Five and Year Six students. The workshops will be $10 per week for eight weeks, payable at the start of the workshops.
Please send me an email to express interest in this opportunity. I look forward to creating the next Oscar winner!
Over the past weeks we have had many students achieve wonderful results in the Performing Arts. I am compiling the details for a future publication, so please, email me through your child’s successes so we can celebrate the many wonderful performers in our community.
Students have received their permission slips for the ASC Concert in Perth in September and the singers are abuzz with excitement. All is booked and prepared, and we now look forward to commencing work on the songs we will be performing in Perth. For this reason, we are holding a concert in the last week of Term One to celebrate the 58 students that auditioned for this Choir.
The Choir has been rehearsing every week in preparation for its inaugural concert on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 at the Junior School Assembly. I invite parents to attend this performance and reassure you that the performance will be recorded if you are not able to make it to The College from 9.10am to 9.30am. Once this performance is completed, the students who are travelling to Perth shall form the Cantabile Choir and will begin rehearsals in Term Two and Term Three for their exciting trip. Students who are not able to travel with the Cantabile Choir in Term Three will be able to join us again in Term Four for Christmas celebrations. Should you require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Cathedral College Wangaratta’s Swimming Team performed brilliantly at the Upper Hume Division Interschool Swimming Carnival held at Wodonga Waves on Wednesday February 2. Two of our students were named Age Champions and our relay teams “scooped the pool” winning most of their events and setting new records in the process.
Congratulations Campbell Fraser and Brooke Thwaites, the fourteen year old Male and Female Age Champions.Well done to these relay teams who won their event and set new records:
13 Year Old Girls 4x50m Freestyle: Dom Lee, Charlotte Hopp, Maddi Mailer, Lara McDonald
15 Year Old Boys 4x50m Freestyle: Alex Byrn, Ben Ferraro, Adam Hurst, James McConnell
14 Year Old Girls 4x50m Medley: Emily Kay, Lily Mullins, Brooke Thwaites, Emma Voogt
14 Year Old Girls 4x50m Freestyle: Lily Mullins, Emily Nicholson, Brooke Thwaites, Emma Voogt
Cathedral College Wangaratta’s Super 8s Cricket teams competed at Upper Hume District Inter School Carnival on Tuesday, March 8 in searing hot conditions. All students represented our school very well, with the Year Seven boys team being the most successful, defeating both Wodonga Middle Years and Galen B, and only narrowly missing out on finals by losing to Wangaratta High School. Thank you to Mr Bassett, Ms Owen, Mr Wyatt and Ms Nolan who coached the teams.
An account of the day by Bode Stevens…
The Year Seven boys lost our first game to Wangaratta High but recovered to beat Galen and Huon (campus of Wodonga Middle Years). My favourite moment was catching sixes in the crowd while we waited for our bat.
By an anonymous Year Eight student…
In round one we played Galen and only lost by 33 runs which was a pretty good effort. In the next game we played Wodonga and lost by 38 but didn’t play our best – we could have won had we played better. Finally in the last game we needed a 12 off the last ball by hitting a double zone 6. We only hit a regular 6 and lost the match. Even though we didn’t win a match it was a great day out and thanks to Mr Wyatt who coached us.
Senior School Sport Coordinator
This Wednesday, 16 of our students competed in the Hume Regional Swimming Champs in Shepparton. We had high hopes and we weren’t disappointed. Our Relay teams placed in their events and there were numerous outstanding performances individually, with many students placing 2nd and 3rd. The school will be well represented in Melbourne at the State Swimming Championships at MSAC, held on April 19. We congratulate all our swimmers for giving their best on the day and celebrate your individual and collective achievements. Thank you for representing the College so admirably both in the pool and as the cheering supporters, poolside.
10 Year Old Girls Free Relay 1st – Maisy Atkinson, Eva Allen, Chelsea Menhenett, Indya Rossato
11 Year Old Girls Free Relay 2nd – Giann Sebire, Lily Martin, Chloe Farrer, Grace McKinnon
12 Year Old Girls Free Relay 3rd – Hettie Hurst, Eliza Campbell, Ellie Frazer, Ashley Farmer
12 Year Old Girls Medley Relay 1st – Hettie Hurst, Eliza Campbell, Ellie Frazer, Ashley Farmer
Junior School Sports Coordinator
Wangaratta Fun Run
Congratulations to the many students and families that participated in the Wangaratta Fun Run this year. We had students running in each of the events, with many Junior School students running in the 2km and 5km runs, while the 10km, 21km and full marathon had Cathedral College Wangaratta students, staff and parents taking part. It was wonderful to see so many wear the school colours with pride and congregate together post-run for some refreshing watermelon and a debrief about ‘all things running’. We look forward to continuing our support of this event as a community again next year.
Year Seven Camp Reflections
At the end of February, the Year Seven students went on camp to Howman’s Gap. On camp we did a number of various activities including the giant swing and challenge trails which were my favourite activities on camp. It was great fun and I really enjoyed it. I am thankful that I went on this camp as we did fun activities and met new people and made more friends. The food was really good and the YMCA looked after us fantastically.
On Wednesday the 24th of February all the Year Sevens went on camp. We did lots of activities that we had fun with. They included the giant swing, rock climbing, challenge trail, high ropes, canoeing and lots of other fun things. Some of the activities were very high, like the giant swing and the high ropes. The food at camp was nice. The first night we had sausage casserole with rice. On the second night we had chicken and veggies. The dessert was delicious as well. All the Year Sevens had fun at camp with all the great activities.
At camp we participated in many different activities. My favourite was the giant swing. We were pulled up really high by our teammates and then we released a rope and we swung through the air. It was sooo scary, but everyone in my group had a go. Another really fun activity was canoeing. We all got in groups of two or three and got in for a paddle to the opposite side of the lake. The water was really clear and some of us tasted it (it was really nice and refreshing).
The food was really good. For dinner we had a sausage curry with rice, bread and salad and for dessert we had a rhubarb and apple crumble with custard. On the second day we had eggs, toast, baked beans and cereal for breakfast. For lunch we had pasta and salad (my favourite). For afternoon tea we had choc-chip cookies, which were so delicious. That night we had roast chicken with baked potatoes and salad. For dessert we had ice cream and topping.
After dinner on the first night we had a trivia quiz where each teacher asked us five questions, which we had to answer. No one knew who won but it was still fun.
Parents and Friends’ Association
It was lovely to see so many at the Parents and Friends’ meeting held in the staff room on Monday, March 7. The next scheduled meeting will be Monday April 11 at 7.00pm.
The Cocktail Party Friday April 15
The Cocktail Party is fast approaching and tickets go on sale Tuesday March 15 from the Front Office.
Where: The Science Garden and Multi Purpose Room
Tickets: $50 This includes live music, all drinks and canapes catered by Snow Road Produce.
Time: 7.00pm until late
We will be limited with numbers in this space, so please book your tickets early so as not to miss out on the chance of this social occasion.
Please save the dates:
Winton V8 Car Parking Fundraiser May 20 – 22.
We are still looking for volunteers for this event, with free tickets available for those who are able to donate some time over the weekend to help with the Car Parking.
Michael Carr-Gregg Speaking Date Monday May 30, 7.00pm.
In conjunction with the Milawa Rotary Club, Michael Carr-Greg will be talking with parents at Cathedral College Wangaratta on Monday May 30 at 7.00 pm. There will be more information on this event closer to the date.
Open Garden Festival November 5
We are seeking gardens of a high standard to host visitors for our Garden Festival to be held on Saturday November 5. Please contact the school or President Caz Sammon if you wish to be involved in this event.
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 email@example.com with your details.
Changeover to Winter Uniform
Monday May 2 – Start of transition
Monday May 16 – All students in Winter Uniform.
Blazers are compulsory from the start of Term Two.
Noone Uniform Shop and P&F Swap Shop: Additional Opening Times
Friday April 8 9.00am – 11.30am
Monday April 11 9.00am – 11.30am
Saturday April 9.00am – 11.30am
The 2015/16 Price List Order Form is available from the Offices, the Shop and the Website. Order Forms can be left at the Office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Uniform Shop is open in Term on:
Mondays – 8.30am – 1.45pm
Wednesdays – 8.30am-4.00pm
Fridays – 8.30am -1.45pm
Also during Junior and Senior School Parent / Teacher Interview times
Saturday Netball Uniform Orders
If you are playing in the Saturday Netball Competition, please come to the Uniform Shop as soon as possible to be fitted for your dress. Dresses will be ordered for you and they will take 4 to 6 weeks. We are sending an order next week so don’t miss out. Dresses are $58.50.