You will read about it elsewhere in this newsletter, but I want to record my delight at the success of Cats last weekend. What a production! All of the cast and crew can be commended on the commitment to the project that culminated in a magnificent show over two nights (and a very well attended Dress Rehearsal). To sell out the WPAC is uncommon indeed, so to do so was a great credit to the students and staff involved, and most particularly for the tireless director, Mr Bohun. I know that he was proud of the work that his team was able to produce and for me, it was a shining example of the type of achievable goal made possible only by hard work, inspiration and talent.
Our cast and crew dedicated many hours of work after school and on weekends, and it was amazing to see students from Bright, Benalla, Yarrawonga, Wangaratta, Rutherglen and many other places besides collaborate to put on the show. We had nearly half of our Year Twelves involved. Nearly half of the cast and crew were boys. All of these elements ensured that we had a genuinely committed and disparate group who were able to deliver a wonderful result.
I made the point to the Senior School this week that not all of the people involved would consider themselves the greatest singers and dancers in the world (though they were very good!) and that it was their commitment – and overwhelmingly their preparedness to have a go – that was to be admired. Their singing was in fact fantastic, their dancing was impressive and they can be proud of what they achieved. All can learn from such an example.
I also spoke with both schools about Easter at the end of their Easter services. While they had the privilege to hear from our Chaplain and our Bishop already, I did ask them to keep in mind the reason for Easter and the symbolism that sits behind the concept of “new life”. At this most important time in the church’s calendar, to have two such excellent services was very pleasing indeed.
As we move into Easter, it is hard to reconcile the fact that this has been a short term! We have had so much happening across the school that the start of the school year already feels like a long time ago. All our “new” students, staff and families are well and truly “veterans” now, having been involved in a host of activities so far. It is testament to the school community that the larger school has operated so well amidst the completion of buildings and the flurry of a new school year.
I wish all school families well as they anticipate spending some time together over the break. Rest well, drive safely if you are travelling and I look forward to seeing all of our students return ready for the start of another very busy term soon.
In recent times there has been considerable discussion related to the setting of a fixed date for Easter Sunday. I first heard this reported on the ABC Radio in January following an article published in the Sydney newspaper ‘The Telegraph’. Apparently there is a school of thought which suggests that by setting an annual date for Easter Sunday there would be much less disruption for schools and other organisations. Obviously any discussion related to whether there needs to be a fixed date for Easter Sunday will be vigorous and passionate.
For the past 2000 years the Easter date has been set using a very complex set of calculations that have included elements of mathematics, astronomy and theology.
At present, Easter each year falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox (equal hours of day and night) around March 21. This means that Easter can fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Easter Sunday in 2016 is on March 27. Incidentally, this past week leading up to this Easter full moon has seen some magnificent examples of a waxing gibbous moon.
Such talk about the Easter date has been a real catalyst for my own thoughts about what Easter really means to me.
As a young person I grew up in the district of Boomahnoomoonah. Boomahnoomoonah is a farming district located approximately 40 kilometres North West of Wangaratta and is about 15 kilometres from Yarrawonga. Amongst my many and various memories of growing up in this district are the recollections of very long and hot summers and interestingly enough the Sunday Church Services held at St. Oswald’s Anglican Church, Boomahnoomoonah. This church was consecrated in 1890 and sadly, due to the dilapidated state of the building was de-consecrated in 2012. Memories of Easter Services at ‘Booma’ are particularly vivid. Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday always saw a full and committed congregation.
As well as the religious element of these services there was always a tremendously strong sense of community and family. In fact, in 2012 when the building was de-consecrated and then pulled down, one of the local parishioners, Mr. Don Hargreaves retained a number of the Murray Pine lining boards from which he fashioned dozens of small prayer crosses. Don then went to extreme lengths to make contact with past and present parishioners so that he could send them one of the crosses.
The church gone, the Sunday Services no longer and yet, Don Hargreaves, with his wonderful, thoughtful gesture made sure that the sense of the Boomahnoomoonah parish community was, and still is, maintained.
As we come to the conclusion of what has been a very busy Term One I extend my best wishes and thoughts to all at Cathedral College Wangaratta and trust that Easter, whether it be a religious celebration or a time for family and community, provides us all with what we most desire.
By the way…about the Easter date…I prefer the 2000 year old model…
Head of Senior School
On Wednesday March 9, the Year Twelves were relieved to set aside their mounting pile of homework and head off on a three-day retreat to Melbourne.
Upon our arrival at the hotel, we were greeted by the familiar faces of previous Year Twelve students. They shared their memories and wisdom about their last year of school and then we discussed with them our hopes for the future.
One of our more immediate hopes was to taste some of the delicious food in Melbourne. After spirited games of laser tag and bowling, we ate Italian food in Lygon Street, followed by free time to explore. Our best discovery was by far the gelato shops. The following evening, we went to Chinatown to eat another delicious dinner and argue about who ordered which dumplings.
The main event of our trip was the treacherous, high-stakes race around the city. Split into teams, we earned points for deciphering clues about famous locations and getting a photo with them. Armed only with our myki cards and selfie-taking prowess, we ran through the streets and leapt on and off trams in order to win the challenge. The illustrious winners of our amazing race were Gabby, Tom, Dylan and Brooke. Congratulations! We all ended up at a tour of International House, a Melbourne University college, though some took a short detour towards Bundoora and others towards the shops at Melbourne Central.
We were also fortunate to receive some study tips in a VCE success workshop. Our enthusiasm for the year grew as we were told that frequent breaks and skim reading were actually part of effective study…there might have been something about intensive reading too, but that was the general idea.
This retreat gave all of us new experiences in the city, great memories and some more information about completing the VCE, making the word ‘future’ sound a little less scary.
German Exchange Students
We arrived on the 26th January in Melbourne. We had a 22 hour flight with a stop in Singapore. After the last week of the holidays, the school started. Cathedral College Wangaratta is a bit different to our school in Germany. The school uniform was new for us and also that the school starts at 9 am and everybody finishes at 3.15 pm. Normally we do not have as long bus drives as we have here. Also the temperature was new because usually our summer doesn’t get this hot. We went three days on camp to Mt Buffalo with the Year Nines, which was really good. We did rock climbing, abseiling and caving. We went also to the swimming carnival, which was really good and funny. On the weekends, every host family does lots of things, for example going to Melbourne, Sydney or the Gold Coast, camping and hiking (Mt Kosciosko), playing cricket, going to fun parks or watching a football game. All of us are enjoying the exchange very much and we don’t want to go back to Germany already in one month.
Ellen, Timea, Ferdinand and Sarah
As I reflect upon my first term at Cathedral College Wangaratta, there are many aspects of which I am proud and thankful.
In so many genuine ways, we are a true Prep-12 school on one campus. I offer two examples to demonstrate the significant whole school approach we deliver. The vertical House system is a successful example of this through its fortnightly whole school assemblies and House activities, and several Junior School based staff hold Heads of House positions. The brilliant production of ‘Cats’ being showcased to large and appreciative audiences comprising families and friends from all year levels highlighted the importance of Performing Arts in developing an authentic sense of belonging in our community; it also gave a number of Junior School staff members the opportunity to play integral roles behind the scenes that contributed to the students’ experience and the success of the show.
However, as a Junior School, we must endeavour to meet the developmental needs of children during these important formative years. The role of a Junior School Assembly and an Easter family Service are inherent in creating a sense of belonging and community for all Prep-6 students. Parent Teacher interviews have been well attended in the last fortnight providing insight and knowledge for both parents and teachers to ensure positive learning outcomes for the children.
Professional learning opportunities for our staff, specific to primary education enables our staff to grow and develop their teaching and learning skills. Our Prep and Year One homeroom teachers, in conjunction with our Teacher Assistants, this week commenced a Literacy program that will support our focus on ‘Learning to Read, Reading to Learn’. Presented by Michelle Hutchison through Independent Schools Victoria (ISV), this outstanding evidence-based program covers four full day modules in the next 18 months. The time in between modules provides teachers with the opportunity to implement and evaluate the skills to which they have been introduced. We look forward to sharing some of this information with our parents next term.
Finally, I wish to thank our school community for the generous welcome they have extended to our new staff and students. Whilst the term has moved quickly, there have been many occasions that we have all enjoyed and celebrated together. I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Easter with family and friends and I look forward to welcoming you all back for Term Two.
Head of Junior School
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2016 for Years Three, Five, Seven and Nine students will be held on Tuesday May 10, Wednesday May 11 and Thursday May 12, 2016. NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in Writing, Reading, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals which can be used to improve student achievement.
All students are expected to participate in the NAPLAN tests. During test week, catch-up tests will be available for individual students who are absent on test days. These students may undertake catch-up tests on the days in the test week after the scheduled test, up to and including Friday May 13, 2016.
In some cases, children with a disability are eligible for support or to be exempt from sitting some or all of the tests. If you would like to discuss this option please discuss this with Learning Enhancement, the Head of School or me. Parental consent is required before any support due to disability or exemption is granted.
Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or guardian. This is a matter for consideration by parents and guardians in consultation with the relevant Head of School. If, after consultation, you decide to withdraw your child, you must sign a Student Withdrawal form. These forms are available at the school.
Later in the year parents will receive their child’s personal NAPLAN report. The report will describe the child’s particular skills in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. The report will also show how your child performed in relation to national minimum standards. These describe the minimum acceptable standards for students across Australia.
While NAPLAN tests are merely a “snapshot” of a student’s efforts, the information you receive as a result of a child’s participation in the NAPLAN tests will be valuable, in conjunction with ongoing assessment and discussion with the classroom teacher, in gaining a sense of your child’s progress in literacy and numeracy.
Director of Studies
“A little boy and his father were driving down a country road on a beautiful spring afternoon. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a bee flew in through the car window. Since the little boy was allergic to bee stings, he became petrified but the father quickly reached out, grabbed the bee, squeezed it in his hand, and then released it. Yet, as soon as he let it go the young son became frantic once again as it buzzed by the little boy. His father saw his panic-stricken face. Once again the father reached out his hand, but this time he pointed to his hand. There, still stuck in his skin, was the stinger of the bee. ‘Do you see this?’ he said. ‘You don’t need to be afraid anymore. I’ve taken the sting for you.’” (Illustrations Unlimited by James Hewett)
This is also the message of Easter. We do not need to be afraid of death anymore. Christ faced death for us. And by His victory, we are saved from sin; Christ has taken the sting. “Where, oh death is your sting?” Christ has taken the sting for us. He has risen! Fear is gone! New life is ours!
Reverend David Jones
The performances of Cats were a smash hit and we are so thankful to the community for selling out Saturday night’s performance at the WPAC. So much hard work goes into these productions and to be rewarded with a full house and a standing ovation from parts of that audience was a memory the cast will cherish. A big thank you to all staff, students, parents and friends for their encouragement since Term Four last year; the students rely so much on this support and our community is a great role model. I look forward to auditions in Term Three for the 2017 Senior School musical, which is… you’ll just have to wait and see!!
Cathedral College Players
The Senior School are in the middle of auditions for the über-farce “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn. This production will be performed in the Multi-Purpose Facility at CCW on Thursday 16 June, 2016 at 7pm. This play has a cast of only nine actors and with the amount of talent available at our school, we are in for a side-splitting evening of comedy. Add this date to your diary, it is not to be missed!
Unfortunately, the National Theatre workshop will not take place in the Easter Holidays. Thank you for the many responses. I am in negotiations to re-schedule this opportunity to the July holiday period.
CCW Drama Workshops
Any student from Year Three to Year Six interested in developing their confidence, expressing themselves and learning the art of theatre may be interested in the new Friday night drama workshops that start in Term Two. For just $10 a week, students will immerse themselves in drama activities and games, and prepare scenes and scripts in front of their peers. The workshops will be held at Trinity House, (behind the Holy Trinity Cathedral in The Close) and will be at the following times:
Year Three and Four: 4 till 5pm
Year Five and Six: 5 till 6pm
Please email Mr Bohun with your expression of interest.
The Cantabile Choir
The Choir had its first performance of the year yesterday at the Junior School Assembly and then again at the closure of the Easter Chapel Service. The two performances were polished and showcased the beautiful voices of our young singers. The Choir performed “This Old Man” in unison, two-parts, and four-parts, and displayed great control and focus. Congratulations to all students and especially to Mr Hugh Fullarton, the Director, for his guidance. The Choir now beings to prepare for their concert in Perth at the end of Term Three.
The instrumental music program has enjoyed a great first term. Thank you to all students and families for supporting this musical opportunity for their child.
May I remind the community that the school has a flute and a clarinet that are awaiting homes and young people’s enthusiasm. Should you wish to learn either of these instruments, please email Mr Bohun with your expression of interest.
Music lessons will commence the first day back of Term Two, Tuesday 12 April 2016.
Finally, thank you to our community for an action-packed first term that included so many highlights for the performing arts. We look forward with excitement to Term Two and the Senior School Players production of “Noises Off”; the Dance Club competing at the Wangaratta Eisteddfod; The Liturgies performing at the Mothers Day Jazz Afternoon and at Kool Skools; the Senior Girls Vocal Ensemble performing at Generations In Jazz; the Cantabile Choir performing at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Fete and the Bishop’s Winter Appeal and much more. What a Term Two to look forward to!
On Tuesday March 22, Cathedral College Wangaratta held its annual House Athletics carnival at Appin Reserve in glorious sunshine. The standard of competition was extremely high this year with many long standing records broken and some remarkable individual efforts. Sarah Stone jumped 3.93m in the Long Jump, bettering the previous record by 10cm which has been held by K Gannon since 2007! Laura McKinnon in Year Eight broke both the Long and Triple Jump records and Gabby Boulton continued to set new records in the 100m, Triple Jump, High Jump and 400m. Josh Paul started at Cathedral this year in Year Seven and broke the 100m, 200m, Long Jump and Triple Jump records, one of which was held by fellow multiple record holder Max Taylor in Year Eleven.
Congratulations are also in order for all our age group champions. All students who won events qualified for the Upper Hume Athletics which will compete in Albury on the Thursday April 28. Of the six Houses, the finishing order of the top three were:
1st place Stirling
2nd place Buffalo
3rd place Feathertop
Congratulations Stirling on a well-deserved victory. Stirling have done quite well in the previous Cross Country events but this is the first time they have ever won a Senior Athletics title. I would like to thank all the staff that facilitated the events and supervised students, the parents for attending and cheering, and the students for performing so wonderfully.
Senior School Sports Coordinator
Junior School Sports Report
In Term One, we have witnessed some outstanding performances in sport from students in the Junior School. Over the last two weeks we have had students participating in swimming, cricket, tennis and athletics. As a result of our outstanding performance at the Regional Swimming Championships, three of our relay teams will be competing at the State Swimming Championships at MSAC next term.
Last week, two of our students, Angus Webb and Tom Sparks, participated in Division trials for the Victorian Primary Schools Team. They both performed exceptionally well with Angus progressing to the regional trials on Wednesday of this week. Ethan Guy, Kate Edmondson and Todd Bullen also represented The College in the Ovens and Mitta Divisional Tennis Championships. After some stiff competition, Ethan and Kate have progressed through to the Regional Championship.
It’s been a particularly busy season for our athletes as well over the past few months. On the weekend, some of our students participated in the Little Athletics State Track and Field Championships in Melbourne. Mia Johnston, Demi Johns and Jack Boulton represented Wangaratta. All produced terrific results with Jack winning a Silver medal in the 70 m and a Bronze in the 200m. The Junior School looks forward to similarly impressive performances next term, particularly in the House Cross Country which takes place on May 3.
Junior School Sports Coordinator
The Year Nine Mt Buffalo Camp was awesome to say the least. The activities were great fun and a good challenge for some, myself included. The food was the best school camp food I have ever had! The big walk was very exhausting but afterwards it felt like a great achievement. The alpine environment was beautiful, peaceful and breathtaking all in one. I quite enjoyed the camp and would love to do it again with the same people.
The camp was awesome. I liked the gorge at the Chalet and my favourite activity was abseiling. The instructors were very friendly and informative. Abseiling was challenging because I am terrified of heights. Emma and I did it eventually!!! The food was the best. Parma, pavlova, roast and jam donuts. I couldn’t ask for much more. Best camping experience ever.
Camp was great fun but a little bit cold and wet sometimes. The three activities were caving, rock climbing and abseiling. The abseiling was my favourite. I did every abseil we were allowed to do and I really wanted to do the 300m one. I was really nervous of caving because of the tight spaces, but once I was in there it was awesome!! The camp would be even better if we could walk back down the mountain.
The Year Nine Buffalo camp was great. We started the two night camp with a long 13.6km walk and once at the campsite we went for a refreshing paddle in Lake Catani. On the two night walks, one group went for 4km walk to the Chalwell Galleries, while the other group learnt about Aboriginal history. Geoff showed us the emu spirit in the stars and got everyone with his jokes. The next two days consisted of abseiling, rock-climbing and underground caving. Some people were more challenged than others with these activities but everyone had a go and we all learnt valuable leadership values.
The activities on camp were very challenging but once you got into them it was really fun and enjoyable. The staff and instructors were really nice and great to be around, especially Geoff when he got us with the “Nothing” joke.
It was a fun camp and I really pushed myself to complete all the activities. Everyone was nice and there was really nice scenery.
The Cocktail Party Friday April 15
The Cocktail Party is fast approaching and tickets are selling fast from the Front Office. Please call (03) 5722 2144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your tickets.
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. We look forward to many parents and friends attending our first event for the year.
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.
The first day back of Term Two will be Tuesday April 12 for all students.
Winter Uniform Transition
Monday May 2 – Start of transition. Students can wear either Summer or Winter Uniform.
Monday May 16 – All students in Winter Uniform.
Blazers are compulsory from the start of Term Two. Additional Opening Times over the holidays will be:
Friday April 8 9.00am – 11.30am
Saturday April 9.00am – 11.30am
Monday April 11 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
Students from College will be attending an education workshop on Tuesday May 3 run by The Butterfly Foundation. As a follow up, Gateway Health will be running an interactive presentation for parents and families, focused on how to better support children and/or teen’s body confidence covering topics on body image and importance of prevention and role modelling positive body image and healthy behaviours. This will be held on Wednesday May 4 at St. Patrick’s Primary School Hall. This is a free presentation but bookings are required.
Saturday Auskick begins on Saturday April 16 and will run each week from 8.30am – 10am. Both boys and girls from Prep to Year Six are invited to attend at the Greta Recreation Reserve, 448 Reserve Road, Greta. Register on line www.aflauskick.com.au or contact the Co-ordinator Andrew Wheelens on 0417 303623 or Wangaratta contact, David Lloyd on 0429 382623