This week, we were very pleased to appoint local company, Farley and White, as builders for our new Science Centre development. A $1.2 million addition to the current set up, the new development will involve the construction of two new labs – a Physics lab and a “general” lab – and will also include new staff and preparation areas as well as an atrium. This, alongside a new art room, the extension of The House and a doubling of our Student Services area will ensure that we will be busy for the rest of the year. After the completion of our new car park, squeezed into the recent break, we are ready to take on these new projects while ensuring the disruption to our students and staff is minimal.
I hope all school families managed to enjoy the Easter break and found some time to spend together as a family. Term One’s calendar was a full and busy one and our students grasped every opportunity to be involved in school activities, whether they were of an academic, sporting, musical, dramatic or artistic nature; Term Two is gearing up to be as eventful. Our new staff and students have settled into the daily routine of life at Cathedral College Wangaratta and we look forward to gathering as a community at several events over the course of this term.
It is worth noting several significant occasions to join together as a whole school in the coming weeks.
On ANZAC Day, April 25, we have students participating in services in Wangaratta, Benalla, Yarrawonga, Myrtleford and Bright (that we know of so far!) and I encourage any student who wishes to participate, to wear their uniform with pride as they march to commemorate 101 years since the landings at Gallipoli.
We will be running our Coffee and Conversation mornings across the North East region and I always enjoy the chance to meet parents of CCW, new and ‘old’ at these events. I will be joined by our Head of Junior School, Mr Greg Newbold, and we will talk about the next Master Plan amongst other things.
Our Parents and Friends’ Association has held another wonderful event, with our Cocktail Party being an excellent occasion for staff and parents to get together socially and have a good time. Many thanks go to those who worked so well to have the setting looking so good. For the next event, in conjunction with The Rotary Club of Milawa Oxley, the Parents and Friends are hosting prominent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and we welcome all parents to attend this free event at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre. Please see below for more information on how to reserve a seat.
Nearing the end of Term Two, the grass will have well and truly established itself on our new Oval in time for the official opening of The Stadium, The Senior School and the Oval, and we will welcome Principals and Council members from across the fourteen Anglican Schools Commission schools to this event.
I look forward to marching in Wangaratta this Monday April 25 and know that all our students across the North East will treat this day with the dignity and respect it deserves.
James William Cooper Morris was born in 1916 in Coburg, Victoria, Australia. As a young person with two brothers, ‘Bill’ led a very normal life for those times; his father Harry, was a school Head Teacher in the suburb of Windsor and his mother Laura was a loving wife and mother, always ready to provide the care and support for her family whenever it was needed.
Bill and his brothers, Harry and Geoff, spent many of their school holidays with relatives in the North East near Wangaratta. These holidays were wonderful times for Bill, fishing, camping and being with his family in the local countryside.
When he left school, Bill joined the bank where he was employed as a bank clerk and in 1939, Bill left the bank and joined the RAAF. It was the beginning of World War Two and Bill saw that it was his duty to serve his country as well as an opportunity for a great adventure. Initially, Bill wanted to be a pilot but his piloting skills were such that he turned to navigation and soon developed a reputation for painstaking accuracy with his navigational work.
In time Bill was, as were other RAAF servicemen and servicewomen, seconded to the RAF in Britain where he flew and navigated his bomber and crew in over 25 missions into NAZI occupied Europe. In short, it was Bill’s task to get his plane to the designated target and then get his crew home. These raids were terrifying, violent and in many cases deadly, but men like Bill and his crewmates knew their duty.
Unfortunately, one night in November 1941, Bill and his crew did not return from their mission. Their plane was shot down with no survivors over the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The British authorities posted Bill’s fate as ‘Officially presumed dead’ on November 8 1941.
Bill’s parents were devastated. Harry and Laura stoically carried the grief of losing a son but it was a loss that they endured for the rest of their lives. Bill’s brothers, who returned from World War Two were typically taciturn about their own experiences and very quiet and withdrawn if ever asked about their brother.
It is now known that James William Cooper Morris is buried in the Municipal Cemetery, Crosswijk, Rotterdam. His own sacrifice and that also of his crew, was respectfully honoured by the German authorities who were responsible for dealing not only with the deaths of their own country’s men and women, but also the very people against whom they were fighting.
Bill’s story is just one of many and undoubtedly, there will be similar stories being shared across the North East as we commemorate Anzac Day this Monday April 25. Cathedral College Wangaratta students and staff will be marching and participating in different towns across our region and I look forward to marching with students in Wangaratta. This is a very significant opportunity to both represent the school and reflect upon the selfless and courageous acts of all those Australian men and women who have served our nation.
James William Cooper Morris. Lest We Forget.
Head of Senior School
It has been an energised start to second term with our students engaging quickly with classroom learning and also participating (or looking forward to participating) in a series of activities that enhance the Cathedral experience.
The autumn leaves are beginning to change, and although a decent drop of rain would help, the crisp mornings and the warm days are quite invigorating. It is a delight we live in a part of the world that experiences all four seasons and the accompanying changes that occur.
Change is one of those concepts that constantly confronts our lives; we all live with the fact that change is occurring all the time. In my role as Head of Junior School, I see it on a daily basis as our young students develop more mature behaviour and skills.
We, as educators, change. We learn to present children with new programs and learning opportunities that require them to think critically, develop new problem solving strategies and look at learning through various lenses.
Examples of such change are firstly in the Prep and Year One areas where the students (and parents) have noticed that the take-home reader program has undergone some change. This has emanated from the first of a series of four professional development sessions our teachers attended that highlighted the importance of re-reading. Students now change their readers twice per week and take home three books at a time. These books are encouraged to be read and re-read to increase word knowledge and fluency, build ‘sight word’ vocabularies, develop automatic recall of words and decoding strategies, and provide students with success and confidence.
Another example of change has been with the increasingly respectful and focussed manner students are demonstrating at our fortnightly assemblies. As audience members they understand and practise the behaviours necessary to be an effective, engaged listener. From the singing of the National Anthem to following the final instruction, our children know the expectation to maintain concentration and listen with intent at important formal occasions such as this.
In spending nearly a full day with Year Three at Camp Jungai this week, I had the pleasure of witnessing the immense growth in maturity the children have made since school began this year. The activities in which I participated with the students – ponding, nature trail walks, indigenous boomerang painting and initiative games – gave me great insight into the positive changes they have made collectively and individually. Their interest and engagement with each activity was enormous. I couldn’t help but be immensely proud of them as they represented our school in such an affirmative way.
I also offer congratulations to our brilliant and brave young swimmers who dared to swim better than they had ever done before against stronger and more elite competition at the recent State Swimming Carnival. This experience will have changed them in such a rewarding way.
And finally, I look forward to the Cathedral College Wangaratta community commemorating Anzac Day at various sites around the region. This truly memorable and significant national event continues to change our lives and reinforces the importance of selflessness and the quest for peace in what can be a turbulent world. Personally, I will be representing our school in Myrtleford, and I look forward to sharing this moment with other members of our school.
Head of Junior School
Prep students welcomed a lovely lamb to class last Friday afternoon thanks to Clodagh Way (Prep Ovens) and her mum, Lou Way. The kids had lots of fun learning facts about lambs as it connects with our Science unit about information reports! This gorgeous lamb was only six days old and endeared itself to the very exuberant and loving Preps -suggestions have already been made for the lamb to join class every day.
Year Seven 2017 Upcoming Events
Current Year Six students and those students joining Cathedral College Wangaratta in Year Seven next year will have the opportunity to participate in a series of events in 2016 to help familiarise themselves with the College environment. A personal invitation will be posted out to all enrolled Year Seven students for 2017 in the coming weeks with the key dates and events listed below.
A Parent Information Night will be held near the end of Term Three to help assist in elective choices as well as meet our Year Seven Year Level Co-ordinator, Home Room teachers and key members of our Wellbeing Team. This is also an opportunity to find out more about a day in the life of a Year Seven student and ask any questions that you may have.
For all enrolled Year Seven students, there will be three Discovery Days this year, each a full day at College. These days are a chance to discover our students, teachers, facilities and mix of specialist subjects available and be fully immersed into life at the College.
We look forward to welcoming all enrolled Year Seven students for 2017 this term on Tuesday June 21 for the first of our Discovery Days. On this day, all our Year Six students will join with the enrolled students for 2017 for a full day of activities with lunch provided and students are asked to wear comfortable casual clothes and shoes.
Year Seven 2017 Upcoming Events:
Tuesday June 21 Discovery Day
Tuesday August 30 Discovery Day
Thursday September 1 Parent Information Night
Tuesday December 6 Discovery Day
Director of Studies
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.” 1 John 1:9
Repeat these words: “If it is forgiven, it is forgotten.” There are no “sin scales” in heaven that measure how bad you’ve been nor are you put beyond the reach of God’s love. He wants you always to be close to him. Since He has already given His life for you, forgiveness is no further away than a prayer.
All the shame and guilt that goes along with sin cannot compare to the totally awesome, ‘outta-this-world’ feeling of being forgiven and God says, “All you have to do is ask.” No one wants to live with a load of sin on their back. Let God take it and throw it away, never to be seen or remembered again…ever. God will not remind you of the things you’ve done – they are truly forgiven and forgotten.
Reverend David Jones
Term Two is a ground-breaking term for the Performing Arts this year. We have created many new opportunities for our students, simply because they have asked for them and we are so proud of them for this.
The Cantabile Choir performed at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Fair last weekend. The students rehearsed in the Cathedral’s Choir Room and presented two beautiful hymns, ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ and ‘Amazing Grace’. The second hymn was particularly poignant and haunting. The Choir enjoyed the chance to sing once again in the Cathedral, as the acoustics are so suited for their young voices. A big thank you to Andrew Cole, the Fete organiser, and Stephanie Goodger for inviting us to this celebration, and to Hugh Fullarton for his direction and amazing performance on the Grand Organ. The Choir will now prepare for the Mothers Day Jazz Afternoon in May and continues to prepare for our exciting trip to Perth.
The Liturgies also performed at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Fete. A great set of three songs was presented and the students continue to work well together to ‘tighten’ their overall sound. Thank you to Zoe Goodger, Ethan Richardson, Noah Richardson and Houston Bodenhamer for their commitment and fine musicianship. We received two future bookings from this performance.
The Lituriges are also busily preparing for the very first Cathedral College Wangaratta entrance in the ‘Kool Skools’ competition. The students will record ten songs in Melbourne at Studio 52 and then be judged by an expert panel. The great news for us is that the recordings will result in a CD of their music and we will be able to sample their fine work.
Generations In Jazz
Another inaugural event for the College is the ‘Generations In Jazz’, Australia’s pre-eminent schools’ jazz competition. Over 260 stage bands and vocal ensembles have entered and we are so proud to be one of them. The first ever female jazz vocal ensemble ‘The Unholy Trinities’ will represent our College at the event. They will compete, participate in workshops and watch two concerts by Australia’s greatest jazz trumpeter, James Morrison and return with, I am sure, many photos, stories and memories for life.
The very first Senior School Drama Play is being produced this term. ‘Noises Off’ is one of the greatest farces ever written. Michael Frayn, a British playwright, penned the play and it is in the style of ‘Mr Bean’ and ‘Fawlty Towers’ with chaos reigning in ever scene. The play will be performed on Wednesday June 15, 2016 in the Multi-Purpose Room starting at 7.00pm. The tickets are very limited and are $5 for all ages. The play is suitable for a more mature audience and does contain very occasional coarse language and adult themes.
Congratulations to the cast:
Dotty/Mrs Clacket…….Bianca D’Andrea
Mrs Silva and her dance students are dancing up a storm each lunch time as they prepare for the Wangaratta Dance Eisteddfod. The moves are amazing, the music inspiring and so many little faces are alight with joy. We wish them all the very best for their rehearsals.
ASC Piano Competition
I have announced to the College the ASC Piano competition in Perth this term. Students who play the piano and are enrolled at the College are eligible to enter. I would ask that you express interest to me before planning to enter.
Registration will involve taking a trip to Perth to play live in front of a very supportive audience at Peter Moyes Anglican Community College. Judges then award prizes up to $300 for all categories, Beginners to Advanced. Registration forms are available from me and the date is Wednesday June 22 2016.
Wow! What a term.
Yours in music,
Victorian State Swimming Championships
A bus load of Cathedral College Wangaratta students travelled down to MSAC on Tuesday April 19 to participate in the Victorian State Swimming Championships. Charlotte Hopp was the first student to compete and swam very well in the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 40.49 to finish 6th. Campbell Fraser then contested the 14yo 100m Freestyle (despite being 13yo) and swam an excellent time of 1:03.22 placing 7th. Finally Alex Byrne equalled his PB to swim 50m Backstroke in 33.85 seconds. Our school is very proud of the achievements of these swimmers in their individual disciplines.
After lunch the relay teams raced. Brooke Thwaites, Lily Mullins, Emily Kay and Emma Voogt finished 5th in the 14yo Medley relay. This was the first time we have made it to State in a Medley and 5th is a very encouraging result. Next the 13yo girls Lara McDonald, Charlotte Hopp, Maddison Mailer and Dominique Lee swam the 4 x 50m Freestyle. They qualified 4th fastest so we were hoping for a strong finish and the girls didn’t disappoint! Charlotte swam the first leg and got the team off to an excellent start going to the turn in a contested second place. Maddison swam a brilliant second leg, pulling away from the other contenders lifting the team to clear second. Dominique maintained our lead over the following pack of swimmers and Lara sped home in a brilliant swim making up lots of ground to the leading team finishing strong in second place, earning Silver medals.
Finally, Lily Mullins, Emily Nicholson, Brooke Thwaites and Emma Voogt swam very strongly to finish 5th in the 14yo 4 x 50m Freestyle. 125 schools contended the State Swimming finals and Cathedral finished 35th overall. Our Junior Swimming team also had some personal victories and for many, this was their first time participating in a State event. Congratulations to all the individual results and to our strong relay teams with our 10 yo girls’ Freestyle relay placing 7th, our 12 yo girls’ Medley placing 8th, and our 12 yo girls’ Freestyle relay placing 7th. Undoubtedly, Cathedral College Wangaratta is creating a strong swimming legacy with many outstanding performances.
The Scots School Albury are holding their annual Equestrian Interschool Challenge on Saturday May 21. Traditionally Cathedral College Wangaratta has put a team together every year and it would be fantastic to enter again. We need a number of enthusiastic riders and a parent or someone suitable to manage the team at the event. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
District Athletics Thursday April 28
Next week on Thursday April 28, the Upper Hume Athletics will be held in Albury. Any Senior School student who won at our House Athletics back in March qualifies for this event. Please let me know if your child cannot attend this day as their position can be offered to other students.
What do you get when you cross a horse with a canoe?… Canoe Polo!
James McConnell recently competed in the Victorian State Junior Canoe Polo team at the National championships held on the Gold Coast during the school holidays. The team came away from the competition with a Bronze which was a fantastic result.
Winter is Coming…
As we wait for the first cold snap of Autumn, it’s time to start thinking about snow trips. Cathedral provides lots of opportunities for students to learn to ski and improve their skills in the snow. Snow Club is open to students of all abilities and ages, from experienced “snow bunnies” to first timers. All students are required to learn new techniques in formal lessons held by experienced instructors and will have the opportunity to continually push their boundaries in group skiing.
Pencil these dates in your diary…
• Day Trip 1 – Friday July 29
• Overnight Trip 2 – Wed August 3, 4 and 5
• Day Trip 3 – Friday August 5
• Day Trip 4 – Friday August 26
Mr Nathan Manning
Senior School Sports Coordinator
Saturday morning netball commenced on April 16 with a record eight Cathedral College Wangaratta teams participating. It was a beautiful sunny morning which was a pleasant way to start the season. We had a number of teams win the opening round which is a great boost of confidence. Some girls are returning to the sport whilst others are new to the game and have lots to learn. Thank you to the parents who have taken on a Coaching or Team Manager role. This support helps immensely. Good luck to all teams in the coming weeks. Our younger girls will start Net Set Go on April 30 and we wish them the best of luck. Updates will continue throughout the season.
Last Saturday kicked off the first game of the Netball Season for 2016, played at the Barr Reserve Wangaratta. Even though our Year Nine ‘CC Strikers’ didn’t win on the day, success is not just limited to the score sheet. Success can be defined by many things such as good sportsmanship, team unity, enjoyment, personal growth learning a new skill or improving on existing skills, taking advantage of opportunity and much, much more! We are fortunate this year to have teams representing our wonderful school which instil these qualities in CCW students. If you are interested in playing in a fun, friendly and dynamic Year Nine Netball Team please contact either Kim on 0413217266 or Rosetta on 0418969762.
This term sees Year One and Year Four students make, and enjoy, a variety of delicious foods based around the theme of healthy lunches, healthy snacks. As with all practical activities undertaken in the Food and Technology kitchen, the focus is on healthy food choices with emphasis placed on eating a variety of vegetables, fruits and cereals.
Students made sushi sandwiches using hummus, beetroot dip, avocado or cream cheese as a spread and a choice of fillings, one of which had to be a vegetable. A combination of cream cheese, sultanas and grated carrot were a popular choice for a filling.
Other Food and Technology classes have been experimenting and creating delicious dishes in the kitchen:
• Year Seven students have commenced a vegetable research task and next week will make a lemon and herb chicken schnitzel with coleslaw.
• Year Eight ‘Fast Foods’ made pizza with the aim of testing a variety of pizza bases including a cauliflower base, scone mix base, yeast dough base to English muffins to decide which one could be made in the shortest time possible and which was the most enjoyable to eat. Last week we tested a range of commercial pre-prepared butter chicken sauces to judge which one had the most appealing sensory properties.
• Year Nine ‘Global Goodies’: We have had a look at a couple of very traditional Italian dishes. Last week, we made a Jamie Oliver zucchini carbonara, a delicious twist to the very rich traditional dish. This week, we made lasagna with green salad and garlic bread with very little leftovers for the chooks from this dish.
• Year Ten ‘Back to Basics’: at the end of last term the class were asked to design their own savoury or sweet bread pull-apart and last week saw students make their own creation. The skill involved in making pasta dough was tested this week and students worked in groups of four to make their own fettucine with a matriciana sauce.
The enjoyment students have in preparing, creating and finally sharing their dishes is wonderful and I thank them for always bringing their enthusiasm and energy to each class.
On April 13, Year Eleven students left to go to Cathedral State Park for a Leadership camp that would take place over three days. This camp looked at equipping us with the skills needed to become better leaders and give us a wider view of the world through a range of group activities. Straight away we had to go through all of our gear and pick what was necessary and the rest had to be left behind in a trailer – we then had to survive by competing against the other groups for better food and equipment.
Throughout the camp we worked on our leadership skills and organisation with people we wouldn’t usually spend that much time with which was great. It was a really fun camp and we learnt many new things and made new friends by working with each other.
The purpose of this camp was to teach the Year Eleven students leadership skills. Once we arrived at the Cathedral Ranges our year level was split into three groups and our first task was to trade camping supplies we had in excess, with other groups for things we needed. Whatever we didn’t acquire, we had to ‘buy’ with our group points that we could gain by picking up rubbish. At first many of us thought this was an interesting and effective concept to work around, however we did not realise that it would be continuing throughout the camp! This made it much less enjoyable because a large amount of time was spent picking up rubbish.
We had a full day of activities that were fun and allowed us to work as teams. We also had a great discussion with Sean about what it is to be a leader. At the end of our days we had to bid for our meals and this meant that the lowest bid got the least fulfilling meal – many of us were relatively hungry! In all, it was a great camp and we were tested in ways we had not though possible.
Year Ten Outdoor Education
Year Ten Outdoor Education students enjoyed walking in the High Country last week in preparation for their overnight hike across the Razorback to Mt Feathertop. With perfect weather, students completed several day walks visiting Wallace Hut, Cope Hut amongst others, and as an added luxury, dinner was prepared by Mr Wyatt. Students will now spend the next few weeks studying maps, planning their menus and deciding what kit to pack before heading up Mount Hotham in May.
The Parents and Friends enjoyed a very pleasant evening in The Science Garden last Friday at the Cocktail Party. Particular thanks to the team of decorators, who managed to turn the Multi Purpose Room and Science Garden into a very sophisticated setting for the evening. We look forward to our next event, the Parent Seminar on May 30, at which we will be welcoming Dr Michael Carr-Gregg; please see details below for more information on this free event.
Winton V8 Carparking
Winton Raceway will be conducting their own car parking arrangements this year, which means there will be no need for Cathedral College Wangaratta involvement. Many thanks to Vice President Malcolm Bradbury and his steady team of volunteers for all the hard work that has been put in with the organisation of this event on behalf of the P and F; we hope that maybe this year you will be able to relax and enjoy the weekend without worrying about the car parking!
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg May 30
Cathedral College Wangaratta along with The Rotary Club of Milawa Oxley invite parents, friends and members of the community to attend an evening with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
“The Ten Most Important Things you Should Tell your Children to Build Resilience and Happiness”
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists. He is currently the Managing Director of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, which is committed to exploring and understanding the role of new and emerging technologies in the lives of young people. He wrote his PhD at the University of NSW on Adolescents with Cancer and named and founded CanTeen over 30 years ago with a group of young cancer patients. He sits on the Board of Smiling Mind, as well as being a Community Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Playgroup Victoria. He has been the Treasurer of the Australian Psychological Society Committee (Melbourne Branch) for the past five years and a member of the ePsychology special interest group for the APS. He is a columnist for a number of publications including Girlfriend Magazine and the Australian Boarding Schools Association publication LightsOut.
Where: Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre Memorial Hall
When: Monday May 30 at 7.00pm
Cost: This is a free event
Bookings need to be made through the Cathedral College Wangaratta website to secure a place. Please go to the link www.cathedralcollege.vic.edu.au/community.
Please find arrangements for the school’s “formal” marching groups for this year:
Wangaratta: Meet in Reid St (near the RSL) at 10.20am
Service concludes around 11.45am
Contact staff: Mr Keith Willett and Mr Adrian Farrer
Benalla: Meet on Bridge Street (near Georgina’s) at 10.20am
Service concludes around 11.45am
Contact Staff: Mrs Julie Findlay or Keira Murphy
Yarrawonga: Meet outside Yarrawonga College P-4 Campus (Red School) at 10.45am
Service concludes around 12.15am
Contact Staff: Mr Greg Mullins and Ms Karen Kaine
Myrtleford Meet at 10.45am at the RSL Hall, 34 Smith Street Myrtleford
Contact Staff: Mr Greg Newbold
We know that many school families will be in attendance at these Marches and that many students will be keen to join with Senior Staff marching on the day. Students will need to be in school summer uniform, but with blazers also.
The College is currently full at Year Five, Year Six and Year Seven for 2017, with waiting lists in operation. Places are offered in order of application. Current parents are reminded to inform the school of their intention regarding the enrolments of siblings to ensure they have a place at the school.
All students travelling on a Shuttle Bus from Cathedral College Wangaratta to the High School in the afternoon must present their Bus Pass to the driver before being allowed on the bus. It is an expectation that all students carry their Bus Pass with them and if they do not have it on the day they travel, please report to the Front Office for a new pass.
Any students wishing to use the bus network for sporting or social events will unfortunately be unable to use the Government Bus system.
At the High School Interchange, students are asked to wait at their assigned waiting area for their next bus to ensure they get on the bus safely home.