From the Principal
This week we enjoyed a number of big events across the school. The balance of ‘work and play’ was threatened a little with events such as the Cross Country, Mothers Day Concert, the Mt Gambier Music Trip, Coffee and Conversation mornings, and various sporting and camping excursions.
The Cross Country, culminating in the “Prep Epic” race, was a great event with student effort pleasing. It was also great to have so many staff members running too, role-modelling healthy behaviours. After our Whole School Chapel on Wednesday, we were able to announce Hotham as the very deserving winners.
The concern from some younger students that they didn’t get a medal or a ribbon was understandable in society’s current ‘everyone gets a prize’ mentality; though of course, the learning in events such as these is very beneficial and complements what we do in the classroom. These little disappointments serve to build resilience and, undoubtedly, there is opportunity and drive for students to strive to be the best that they can be in everything they do.
Our young students were not just runners this week, but also hosts and audience members at the Mothers Day Concert. The event was a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon – listening to Jazz, bands and our choir – and it was wonderful to welcome so many of our mothers and female friends to the school.
Further parent interaction with the school occurred in Benalla and Yarrawonga at the first of our ‘Coffee and Conversation’ mornings for the year this week. These mornings are always a great way for me and some key staff to meet up with parents to discuss matters of interest. This year the major focus is on our Master Plan and we are grateful for parent voice in our deliberations about what we will look like in the future. At Bright and Rutherglen next week, we will continue to consult about the physical direction of our school. For Wangaratta families, we plan to publish the draft in hard copy at the school for comment in the coming weeks. Our School Council is making excellent progress towards a settled plan over the next couple of months.
We wish our students competing at Mt Gambier this weekend in the “Generations in Jazz” event all the best. They sounded wonderful on Wednesday at the Mothers Day Concert and they are well set to represent us proudly.
From the Senior School
Thank you to all the students who participated in Anzac Day marches across the North East Region. As a school, we are fortunate to have had strong representation of Cathedral College Wangaratta students and families in Benalla, Myrtleford, Yarrawonga, Beechworth, Wangaratta and other regional towns.
June Exam Period
By the time the next newsletter goes to publication, information in respect to the June Exam Period for the Senior School will have been published. I know that I have written articles in the past about study tips and exam preparation, however, each year brings new requests for such advice. Consequently, I offer the following ideas for students and families as they gather and prepare themselves for the next few weeks of study, revision and preparation leading up to the exam period.
Follow a Study Plan
• The best trait of effective students is that they schedule their studies and stick to them.
• They manage their time properly and set studying time for each day.
• They keep the same study time. This results in the study time being a regular activity for them.
• The students who don’t have a specific time for studying are unable to concentrate as much as the students with a proper schedule.
• Setting goals keeps one motivated and interested in the task at hand.
• Goal setting defines a proper direction for students to follow and accomplish their tasks.
Move from Difficult Subject or Task to Easy
• The highly successful students make sure that the most difficult task is handled first.
• The subject or assignment which will take more time and effort will need most of your attention.
• Once you accomplish that difficult task, you won’t have any problem handling the other tasks.
• When you accomplish the difficult task first, you will feel more motivated and accomplished.
Review your work and notes
• This is one of the most significant traits of highly successful students.
• Review what you have studied to make sure that everything stays fresh in your mind. This can be as simple as finding a few minutes each day going over what has been covered in class that day.
Successful students keep a healthy diet and get plenty of rest and sleep (Try for a minimum of 8 to 9 hours per night.
Just as for any other career or aspect of life successful students also demonstrate the following qualities.
• They enjoy challenges and then work hard to ensure success.
• When they make a mistake they acknowledge that mistake and work hard to improve upon or eradicate that mistake.
• Successful students listen and learn from others. They seek assistance.
• Successful students feel responsible for their own performance.
• Successful students work through problems.
Any student or parent who would like advice or assistance in relation to setting up a study schedule are welcome to contact Homeroom Teachers, Year Level Coordinators or myself. Remember that success can be measured in a variety of ways. Good results in exams and for classwork are always welcome and satisfying but the most important measure of success is ‘being the best you can be’.
Head of Senior School
From the Junior School
Flowers and chocolates I imagine are the most common gifts on Mothers Day, yet at Cathedral we do things differently. Our gift wasn’t wrapped, it wasn’t found in a stall and it wasn’t hidden away in secret for a week. This year, we provided a gift of music – a concert encompassing a variety of music and dance ensembles. ‘The Liturgies’ set the pace with a brilliant rendition of “Hit the Road Jack” amongst many great pieces. The Cantabile Choir were a sensation, producing a beautiful harmonic sound that enraptured the appreciative audience and ‘The Unholy Trinities’ female vocal group set a high standard through a variety of songs culminating in a rendition of Macavity from Cats, the school production
To the untrained eye, it seemed like just on a hundred mothers and significant female friends were present enjoying the delightfully entertaining sounds of Junior and Senior School students. At the same time, all Prep to Year Six children watched on in amazement and appreciation at the quality of the music on offer. No doubt, this will prove to be an inspiration for them in the future.
Special congratulations to Charlie Sammon and Lily Chennell-Jarvis who hosted the afternoon, commencing with Charlie’s rendition of the poem “My mother is a garden” and Lily reading the beautiful picture storybook, “My Mum’ to conclude the event.
Our gratitude is extended to all performers plus Mr Phil Bohun and Mr Sam Woods for preparing, participating in, and organising such a memorable concert.
Happy Mothers Day to all!
Head of Junior School
From the Director of Studies
Please find an abridged conversation with Shawn Andrews CEO of Indigicate which is an Indigenous education business that has partnered with Cathedral College Wangaratta to help design and deliver Indigenous Curriculum.
“Since 2010 all schools across Australia have been required to teach Indigenous Australian Curriculum as a cross-curriculum priority. As with most schools we faced the challenge of how to implement Indigenous Australian Curriculum in an authentic manner that helped the students understand why there is a growing gap of Indigenous disadvantage within Australia. In 2015, Cathedral College Wangaratta met Shawn Andrews through the Year Three camp at Camp Jungai where his business Indigicate was contracted to teach Indigenous culture and history. Indigicate’s vision of creating unity between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians through education appealed to the teachers and subsequently a partnership between Indigicate and Cathedral College was formed. Since the initial conversations, Indigicate has become an integral part of Cathedral’s Indigenous curriculum.
“2016 is a busy year of working with Year Three, Year Seven and Year Nine to deliver curriculum based lessons on Indigenous culture. Our focus has been encouraging open, safe, blame free conversations about Australian history. So far the conversations around some of Australia’s darker history has been thought provoking and has produced some positive results. We also spend time on camp with the students. My staff at Indigicate and I recently facilitated Cathedral College Wangaratta’s Year Eleven leadership camp at Cathedral Ranges. The camp was set up to teach the students about privilege, service leadership and our impact on the environment. The camp was taught using the same teaching methods that Indigenous elders use when teaching and was set up to help the students understand the concept of whole body listening and how listening in this way can help them.
“There are several more camps to attend in 2016 and many more conversations to be had. Because of the way we teach inclusive, truthful, blame free history we are starting to find that more students are wanting to engage in conversations outside of the classroom and I often find myself having deep conversations with students at lunchtime. It is a privilege to be able to have these conversations and it fills me with happiness to know that the students understand.”
For further information on Shawn’s work with our students, please do not hesitate to contact me. We look forward to continuing to develop and strengthen our relationship with Indigicate this year and into the future.
Director of Studies
From the Chaplain
“Out of our Comfort Zone.”
“Paul said; the things that have happened to me have really helped the progress of the gospel.” Philippians 1:12
A mother eagle has an interesting way of getting her young to leave the nest. When the time is right, the mother will begin to place thorns in the nest. She does this to make the nest uncomfortable so the young eaglets will leave, otherwise they may be tempted to stay in the comfort and shelter of the nest forever. God will sometimes do the same thing by allowing us to experience difficulties. These situations might hurt, but they help us grow and leave our comfort zones. Just as the eaglet has to leave the nest and soar, we have to leave our places of comfort to be the witness God wants us to be. If you are going through a difficult time at the moment, look at how God may be using this to help you grow and help others.
Reverend David Jones
Music is Magic
Mothers Day Jazz Concert
The weather fairies shined upon us on Wednesday as the College embarked on the first ever Mothers Day Jazz Concert. The concert was the gift from the College and students to our mums and important ladies in our lives. I was so thrilled that the Junior School Sails area was packed and our guests enjoyed a wonderful variety of musical acts. The afternoon was very well led by Charlie and Lilli our Cobbler House Junior School House Captains as they introduced each of the performers. My heartiest congratulations go to: The Liturgies, the Junior School Vocal Ensemble, The Cantabile Choir and The Unholy Trinities for their hard work in preparing and realising this concert. I hope that we are able to continue this tradition in the future and encourage more groups to perform on this special day of celebration.
Our dance students continue to work very hard in the lead up to the Wangaratta Eisteddfod. They are polishing moves and adding final touches to choreography with such positive attitudes. May I remind those parents who have received the ‘Permission Note’ from Mrs Silva to return these back to the College as soon as possible to enable final planning of numbers and entries. Best of luck dancers!
The Senior School drama production is in its fourth week of rehearsal and is an absolute hoot! We have such funny rehearsals as the cast comes to terms with acting actors who are acting actors in this brilliantly written farce. When one considers that the cast is combining sardines, an axe, six doors, a Shiekh, a burglar, bouquets of flowers and a tax audit in the one play, the final outcome is going to be one entertaining night of theatre. More details about tickets will be included in the next newsletter.
Generations In Jazz
As I write this article, history is in the making in that the very first Cathedral College Wangaratta entry into the Generations In Jazz Festival will be travelling to Mount Gambier. The trip to compete against 260 other ensembles is the trip of a lifetime for the five members of The Unholy Trinities. They have worked very hard to polish their songs and we were thrilled with the success of their performances at the Mothers Day Concert. We compete at 1450hrs on Saturday and we cannot wait! The girls will also witness what other schools are performing as well as jazz workshops and not one, but two concerts from James Morrison, Australia’s greatest ever jazz trumpeter. We arrive back Sunday evening and hope to bring back with us memories of amazing jazz music and stories of our strong performance in this first foray into competition singing.
Congratulations to the Cathedral College Wangaratta students who have gained a role in the Wangaratta Player’s Production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to be staged later in the year. What a great effort and we look forward to seeing you on the WPAC stage very soon.
Finally, Term Two is progressing with such amazing opportunities in the performing arts. Still to come are concerts for our instrumental music students, concerts from our classroom programme, concerts to raise funds for community programmes, recording a CD of music for the Kool Skools competition, performing a Senior School Production and many more performances in Chapels and Assemblies from students ranging from our youngest Prep musicians to our most experienced Year Twelves. Wow, what a Term!
The reign of Stirling finally ended in the House Cross Country held on Tuesday. Winners of the previous four carnivals, they were no match for Hotham House this year. With the growth of the school continuing, the competition was particularly fierce. The Senior School students began the day at The Barr Reserve under sunny skies and the Prep – Year Threes completed their Cross Country on the baseball field adjacent to the school. It was great to see some of our established athletes challenged by some new Cathedral students. This made from some close finishes. Those Year Four – Year Twelve students that finished in the Top 4 in their age group will represent the school at the Divisional Cross Country in the coming weeks.
Congratulations to the following female and male Age Champions:
6 Emily Liddell and Asher Royal
7 Amy Johnston and Koby Fitzgibbon
8 Edwina Everard and Macauley Sinclair
9 Mia Johnston and Mitchell Sinclair
10 Chelsea Menhennet and Greg Moneymoon
11 Alannah Harrap and Ethan Donald
12 Jess Calvert and Jack Boulton
13 Tess Palubiski and Bode Stevens
14 Abbey Chapman and Josh Tanzen
15 Opal Thomas and Adam Hurst
16 Rhys Winiata and Alex Race-Stelling
17-20 Sarah Stone and David Ham
Interschool Netball and Football
Interschool Sport is a major highlight of the calendar during Term Two. Every Friday, our Junior School netball and football teams compete against other schools in the Wangaratta area. In the first two games we have witnessed some terrific performances. Our football team easily accounted for Our Lady’s during the first game and although we had a much tougher game against St Bernard’s last week, we eventually prevailed in wet conditions. Two netball teams represent the school each Friday and at this stage they both remain undefeated. The students work hard at their skills during training sessions and are enthusiastically coached by some of our Year Nine students; thank you to all students who participate in these afternoons and for wearing the Cathedral colours so proudly.
A bright and clear day greeted the Cathedral College Wangaratta Year Nine and Ten Boys’ Football team at the Barr Reserve in Wangaratta. After having the first game off to support the Year Seven to Nine Girls’ team and to assess the opposition, the ball was bounced.
Wangaratta High School was our first opponent. Kicking into a slight wind, Cathedral bottled the ball up with tight play from Hayden Cartwright, Alex Byrne, James Boal and Sebastian Hargreaves. The main break had The College trailing 3-5-23 to 0-0-0. The second half saw an early injury to James Pursell and enterprising play from Max Plattfuss, Will Cheshire, Ben Ferraro and Patrick Henderson. Ned Mullins’ attack on the ball followed up by some skilful finishing by Rhys Goodley, made an impact on the scoreboard.
After a quick break, our next opponent, Wodonga Senior Secondary College, was ready for battle. Five goals in six minutes by a well drilled team put Cathedral College Wangaratta on the back foot early. Terrific team play from Dughal McDonald, Blake Adkins, Kieran Cave, Jayden Holmes and Tom McLean stemmed some of the scoring. After the break WSSC kicked four goals in quick succession. This seemed to trigger something in The College’s play. Led by Captain James Jordan and ably supported by Will Ellis and Jayden Holmes, Cathedral fought back. Lachlan Wood kicked two goals in a minute finishing off the work of the midfielders.
Thank you to all of the students who put their best foot forward on the day.
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 and Mr Matt Lane
Senior and Junior School Sports Coordinator
“Seasons for Growth” Program Term Three
Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Cathedral College Wangaratta we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce or related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. We are therefore offering a very successful education program called ‘Seasons for Growth’ which will commence in Term Three.
This program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research which highlights the importance of social support and the need to practise new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks.
Further information will made available about the ‘Seasons for Growth’ Program shortly. At this stage, we are considering three different age groups: Prep-Year Three; Year Four – Year Six; Year Seven – Year Twelve.
If you are interested in the program, or think your son or daughter would benefit from participating in the program, please contact Learning Enhancement Teacher, Cathy Carden on firstname.lastname@example.org or your child’s homeroom teacher.
Digital Version of Textbooks
Nearly all text books in the Middle and Senior Schools have a digital version that can be accessed from home. Utilising this allows students to complete homework and revision even when they leave their text book at school. The digital version also contains interactive activities and short video clips that support student learning.
To access the digital version students will need the access code that is provided in the front or back of their text book. Once they have logged in, they create an account which allows them to access the text book(s) anytime without needing their access code again.
Cathy Carden and Mary Laughton
Year Three Camp
On Wednesday last week we went to Camp Jungai. When we got there we got all our bags out of the bus and went up to our cabins. We then went to our first activity. My favourite activity was the Possum Pull. It was fun because people had to pull me up 12 metres high! We had to put a helmet and a harness on and then we got pulled up. I had butterflies in my tummy but after I felt better. I threw a bunny down. I missed. I was spinning around and I felt like I was going to vomit but I didn’t. Then all the others had a go. In my group were Jock, Daniel, Mitchell, Darcy, Aiden, Takara, Tarni, Jamie, Henry, Jess and Jasper.
By Chad Donald
On Wednesday the 20th April the Year Threes went on camp. My favourite activity was canoeing. The first thing we did was put a life jacket on then we put on a helmet. Takara and I were in a canoe together. So we went on the water and played some games like when we had to get the chicken and the balls. The chicken was worth ten points and the balls were worth five points. After a while Takara’s thumb was hurting so she had to go in Julia’s canoe. Takara swapped with Jess so Jess was in my canoe. We played the chicken and ball game again. Then it was time to go so we put the canoes back where they belonged at the edge of the water. We took our life jackets and helmets off and then we left.
By Tarni Johns
On school camp, Year Three Ovens went to Camp Jungai and it was really fun. We had lots of different activities, my favourite was the Talent Show. First we were given five minutes to make up the biggest and best performance we could. My favourite group was Takara, Taya and Ali who did some really cool tricks like astounding ariels and back hand springs like crazy! At the end of all the performances the placing came – my group came second and Taya’s group came first. I am not sure who came third. It was a really fun night and it ended out amazing. I was really impressed with what I did and I wasn’t expecting to come second. My group did a jazzy, contemporary act. In my group was Tarni, Cate and Felicity. We did lots of cool things like chin rolls, walk over and lots more!
By Ainslea Esplana
On camp we did a lot of activities. One of my favourite activities was Boomerang painting. It was so much fun because I got to choose a picture from Aboriginal time. After painting, we then got to learn about how to throw them. Some people were really good. I was not very good at it but I tried. Our teacher was Aunty Auror. I took lots of photos because everyone was doing great. Some people threw it and it almost made it back which I thought was cool!
By Madeline Brendel
Old Collegian Anthea Kemp
Reaching for the stars can be a scary business. It was my great privilege to see one of our former students of Cathedral College Wangaratta chasing that star and following it home this Saturday April 30. Anthea Kemp is part of a show at Benalla Art Gallery with a group of other contemporary artists in ‘VISTA: Artists from the North East.’
Anthea Kemp attended Cathedral College Wangaratta from 2006-2008. She continued her creative studies at Brighton Bay Art and Design with a one year foundation program furthered with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at R.M.I.T. Anthea quickly found success by staging a solo show at the prestigious Lindberg Galleries, Collingwood. Her work is created with broad brushstrokes of monochromatic tones representing a cool wintry landscape that is reminiscent of the local area. She uses thinly painted oils on canvas creating textures and a strong sense of three dimensional space. Her career continues with a show in Sydney in June based on her beloved ‘Pony Portraits’.
It is an enormous privilege to see one of our students be so successful in such a competitive field. It is a timely reminder to the current Year Twelves to ‘Follow your Bliss’ and the rest will take care of itself. Anthea will be offering workshops on the theme of ‘Pony Portraits’ to students in June at the Benalla Art Gallery for 5-12 year olds and also workshops for Senior students. I highly recommend students book in for this at the Benalla Art Gallery.
Ms Valerie Crosse
Parents and Friends
Thank you in particular to Kirsty Taylor for running a very successful Mothers Day Stall for the Junior School. The anticipation for the students was palpable as they waited for their turn to purchase a gift for someone special on Sunday. This is an enormous task for Kirsty – one that takes a year of ‘gathering’ – and I know that the staff, students and the lucky people receiving the gifts are extremely grateful.
The Parents and Friends met on Monday to start planning for the Open Garden Day which will be held on Saturday November 5. With over nine gardens participating in Wangaratta, Beechworth and Tarrawingee, this will be a wonderful opportunity to visit some beautiful gardens and enjoy entertainment and refreshments along the way. Exact locations will be announced shortly. If you would like to volunteer your help on this day, please contact the President Mrs Carolyn Sammon through the school on (03) 5722 2144.
Our next meeting will be held at 7.00pm on Monday June 6 in the Staff Room and all are welcome to attend.
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.
Enrolment Process 2017 and 2018
The College is currently full at Year Five, Year Six and Year Seven for 2017 with waiting lists in operation, as well as near capacity for Year Seven 2018. 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.
Scholastic Book Fair June 1
The Junior School will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair from June 1 which will run over two weeks. There will be a wide range of titles for every level and interest with favourite series and authors that will get kids excited about reading. Held in the Junior School library, all students will have an opportunity to view books during library (or other) classes. Additionally, the library will be open before and after school as well as at lunchtimes for purchase. Payment can be made by cash, eftpos or cheque. More details and information will be sent out in the coming weeks.
As part of the Kool Skools Recording Project, students in Year Nine, Ten and Eleven will be invited to participate in an upcoming Art competition to create a CD cover for Cathedral College Wangaratta Jazz Band “The Liturgies”.
- Prize is a 12 month Subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud courtesy of Adobe.
- The winning design will be used as the cover for the CD that the Jazz Band will record.
- It will also be entered into the KoolSkools Recording Project.
More information on this exciting opportunity will follow shortly, but students are asked to start thinking creatively about how they might design an outstanding cover for the first formal recordings of a CCW Band!
Acre Film Screening: “Most Likely to Succeed”
Cathedral College Wangaratta is part of the Social Enterprise pilot program that is running across selected schools in North East Victoria through the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepeneurship (ACRE).
Parents of children participating in the pilot might be interested in seeing the film “Most Likely to Succeed” which is showing across the region and in Wangaratta at the WPAC on May 17 at 6.oopm. Please click here to view the trailer.
For more information, please contact ACRE on 03 5728 2916 or by email email@example.com
Are you 13, 14 or 15 this year? Want to learn something different? Be part of Australia’s Leading Youth Development Organisation? Then come along and find out about the Army Cadets.
When: 7.00pm Thursday May 5 2016.
Where: Army Barracks, Sisely Avenue, Wangaratta.
For further information please call Liz Rouse on 0438 573 357.