From the Principal
Michael Carr-Gregg’s visit to Wangaratta, a shared initiative of our Parents and Friends and The Rotary Club of Milawa Oxley, was very well received in the community. Envisaged as a service to our parents and those beyond who were inclined to attend, we were delighted to welcome over 260 people to hear the talk. Michael’s messages were multi-layered and seemed to strike a chord with the audience. He offered recommendations and suggestions across a broad range of areas and he touched on some important concepts such as the need for young people to ‘belong’. That message is one that we endorse wholeheartedly, so providing scope for belonging is a significant driver in our programming. You will have noticed (many times I suspect!) that it adorns our school literature and is at the heart of our reasoning behind our House system and our strong emphasis on so many ‘team’ aspects of schooling. Michael said that, “Kids I never see clinically, are those that have a sense of belonging.” He also commented on a sense of ‘spiritual anorexia’ in our community these days. We cannot be accused of that at Cathedral, of course, and it was interesting to hear him lament the lack of spirituality as moral guidance in the modern world.
Michael’s assertion was an interesting one, coming as it did a couple of days after the school’s Executive Staff attended the ASC (Eastern States) retreat on the weekend. Senior staff from Cathedral, Trinity and Cobram Anglican Grammar met with ASC senior staff and Bishop John Parkes for a weekend of reflection and collaboration. There was much of interest in the thought-provoking addresses given by The Bishop and it was very useful for us to spend the time considering the key concepts under question. The purpose of our schools in the Diocese and as schools of the ASC is unambiguous, and it is hoped that as Anglican schools we can assist in arresting any slip towards spiritual anorexia that may be occurring in the broader community.
As anticipated, the enthusiasm for learning amongst parents was palpable at Michael Carr-Gregg’s presentation. There will be further opportunities for parents and their friends to attend talks and workshops this year and next year. We will keep you informed about the next in our series soon.
James Merlino, Acting Premier and Minister of Education, was the guest speaker at the Independent Schools of Victoria Annual General Meeting on Tuesday in Melbourne. Our Chair of School Council, Mike Noble, and I attended the meeting as representatives of the school. Mr Merlino spoke broadly of the government’s intended actions and was quizzed by various people about policy decisions pertaining to areas of interest. Among many things, he underpinned the value of Independent Schools providing choice for parents and a stated commitment of the government that the sector is not to lose out despite a recent review offering a number of recommendations. This meeting was valuable for its information, but also for the opportunity it provided us to mix with others in similar situations to ours. We continue to create links through our ASC system and the broader Independent Schools networks that are of benefit to our students and teachers.
From the Senior School
Courage to Care
“You can choose to look the other way but you can never again say you did not know” William Wilberforce
Last Tuesday May 31 all of the Year Nine students and the Year Eleven English class were able to access the Courage to Care Exhibition conducted at Wangaratta High School. The Courage to Care exhibition is a positive and inspiring experience. The exhibition addresses contemporary issues of discrimination, prejudice and bullying by demonstrating the power of the individual to make a difference if he or she is willing to stand up and take action to help someone in need. The effects of even the smallest caring action can be extraordinary in its results.
Using World War II and the Holocaust as an example, the exhibition demonstrates the impact of discrimination through personal stories, encouraging understanding and empathy for minority groups and for people experiencing disadvantage. By highlighting and honouring the courage of ordinary men and women who even in the face of great personal risk took action to help others in the past, the exhibition challenged our students to critically reflect on their personal values today. Through its positive message, it inspires and empowers them to not be bystanders, but to take positive action when they witness injustice in their everyday lives. The Courage to Care exhibition is presented through the four themes of Discrimination, Intimidation, Defiance and Empowerment. The Cathedral College Wangaratta students who were fortunate enough to attend this exhibition were exposed to some powerful, and at times, confronting opportunities for reflection and introspection.
Please read some of the reactions of our students:
The Courage to Care Exhibition was an experience like no other. We learned about prejudice and discrimination against people regarding their religious and other characteristics. We heard a Holocaust Survivor named Peter who shared his story with us. Being able to hear first- hand from a survivor was very powerful.
When I went to Courage to Care I was really struck by how powerful the story told by the Holocaust survivor was. It really opened my eyes to how awful it must have been. It was also amazing to hear how many people were willing to help out others in need. It really reinforced the point that we must be upstanders and not bystanders.
When I went to Courage to Care I really enjoyed listening to the real life stories and thoughts that were shared. It amazes me that there is still so much violence despite the horrific events that had taken place. We all need to learn from our mistakes and to do something to change injustice and persecution. We need to be upstanders not bystanders.
My experience of Courage to Care was inspiring to the minds of all the young people who attended. The presentation by the Holocaust survivor Peter was touching and inspiring.
I went to Courage to Care. I thought all about the inspiring stories that were told to us. How people stayed strong and tough through WW2. The interactive art exhibition was fantastic.
Courage to Care was a life changing experience. To be told the Holocaust story by a survivor was remarkable. The stories told, show how lucky we are today. Peter’s story was like no other I have heard before.
Head of Senior School
From the Junior School
Congratulations to all performers at our latest Assembly! The nerves are always jangling whether you are singing, speaking, dancing or acting in front of an audience, especially one made up predominantly of your peers. Yet, on Wednesday a host of young, eager performers demonstrated their skills.
A variety of entertaining acts including a Year Seven Jazz group, Year Two singers, a dance performance including a presentation of Eisteddfod Dance certificates and the song-bombing of Mrs Gerrish by the Preps brought a smile to everyone’s face. It is truly amazing to see the confidence rise in our young folk as a result of these opportunities. Many thanks must go to our dedicated teachers, who provide the inspiration and support of our students on their Performing Arts journey.
The Warby Super Hero day rounded out the week and enabled the young (and older) of our community the opportunity to don the cape, fit the lycra, give rise to new super heroes, and generally enjoy a cracking day of fun and frivolity amongst Maths and English. How cool is school!
As we head towards the end of term, teaching staff are busily completing assessments and writing student reports. Reports play an important role in informing parents and students of academic, social and cultural progress. The Semester One report is a summative document of the learning and progress each child has made in the first half of the school year and those areas of learning noted for extra focus.
Later in Term Three, the Parent–Teacher interview will be an opportunity to evaluate the progress each child has made since the writing of the report. Learning and assessing is an ongoing task, as we consider from a learning perspective, where a child is currently at, where we would like them to get to and how we will support them in achieving that goal. This can change rapidly and hence goal-setting is always fluid.
Since the single most important ingredient in learning is effort, I encourage our families to focus upon the effort component when they read the mid year report, communicate with teachers and speak with their child. To learn the importance of effort is to provide a child with a lifelong tool for success.
Head of Junior School
Year Three Fossil Experiment
When we did the fossils, you got to choose a shell, bone, dinosaur foot or a lizard. We put the sand into our plates, and I squished the bone into the sand to make my fossil. I then put the powder in the cup and mixed it with water. I then put it in the plate, on top of my sand. We got the plate and gave to Mrs Findlay so it could dry. The next day we checked the fossils and they were all dry. We picked the fossil out and shook all the sand off, so you could see the fossil. We could actually see the shape of the bone. Fossils are really rare, and some can be made by the ocean. It was fun and a good experiment and I’d like to make another fossil!
From the Director of Studies
Next week Senior School students, in Year Seven to Eleven, will sit internal examinations. These vary in length for Year Seven to Eleven students and allow students to learn the skills required to revise and complete questions in timed conditions. Whilst this can cause some anxiety for students in the first year of starting at Cathedral, students soon realise it is a learning activity to help better prepare for their final exams.
Proving students with a set time when they can revise.
Revise in short bursts of 30 to 45 mins and then walk around or have a quick break.
Plan what subjects you will do each night.
Know how you learn best – do I learn when I re-read, rewrite or do an activity?
Make sure you have your notes up to date.
Work through the revision guide teachers have prepared for each class. These are all available on the student portal.
Ask for help if you are unsure.
Prepare at home not just at school.
Get a good night’s sleep.
In the examination.
Be prepared with pens, pencils, ruler, eraser, pencil sharpener, highlighter and calculator.
Read the question carefully.
Highlight key words.
Look at how many marks each question is worth. 5 marks means five fully explained facts.
Re-read your answers if you get spare time.
Watch the time.
If you are unsure, move on to the next question and come back to it at the end.
See if other questions can help you work out the answers.
Never give up.
Each year the examination period will seem less daunting and each year a new skill will be acquired. This is a great opportunity for students to develop their independent learning and organisational skills ready for Year Twelve, when it really counts.
Director of Studies
From the Chaplain
“On God’s Team”
“Be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses ” Joshua 23:6
A team without a coach or a game plan doesn’t have much of a chance when on the field. Have you ever felt that your life has no coach? Perhaps your life has no game plan or direction? And yet, we have all been given both a master coach and a superb game plan. In fact, this coach will show up to every practice, every training and every game. He’s on your side, shouting out encouragements and advice about the play. He promises you a big win, if you just call him coach. Are you tired of being without a coach or making up your own game plans? Tired of being defeated? Then sign up on God’s team, and let Him call the game plays in your life.
Give Us A Sign
Peace! An Ecumenical Project in support of Peace in the month of May
You may have noticed several different Peace posters around the school this month. This year Cathedral College Wangaratta was involved in the ‘Give Us A Sign’ project to speak with one voice with other Church organisations on the important social justice issue of Peace. This was as simple having different peace messages around the school across the month of May. Thanks to the Year Seven helpers for putting these posters up and supporting the project.
Reverend David Jones
Music is Magic
Congratulations to the dancers that have worked so hard each lunchtime. I was fortunate enough to watch their performances on Sunday May 22 and they were so focussed and energetic. Each individual dancer gave their absolute best and the teamwork was outstanding. The direction given by Mrs Tali Silva was second to none. Our students are so fortunate that a gifted dance teacher is at our College and able to inspire them to achieve such wonderful outcomes. May I also thank all the parents who assisted and attended the concert.
“On Sunday May 22, some girls and boys did the Wanagaratta Eisteddfod. It was good fun. We all had a good time. The 5/6 girls danced to Footloose and the 3/4 girls danced to Black Magic. the 4/5 boys danced to ‘Que Sera’ and the 1/2 girls danced to ‘Easy Love’/ The 5/6 girls came first and the 3/4 girls came second. The 4/5 boys came third. After we had all danced, three people went to go and get the trophy. We would like to thank Mrs Silva for all the dancing she has taught us.”
Boniah Johns, Tarni Johns and Cate Martin
The Senior School drama production is on Thursday June 16 at 7.00pm in the Multi Purpose Facility at the College. The play is one of the greatest farces ever written and presents the story of a play company staging a play; so, a play within a play. The scenes are hilarious and the actors are working hard to master the technique of comedy, whilst acting two or more characters!
The tickets are available from myself or Student Services and are $5. A limited number of only 84 will be on sale so please be prompt. A reminder that this production contains occasional course language and adult themes and is not suitable for Junior School students.
The Unholy Trinities
Auditions have been held for the four new faces of the 2016-17 Senior School’s female vocal ensemble, ‘The Unholy Trinities’. The girls will represent us at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival this year and at Generations In Jazz next year, as well as many other performances. The students chosen are:
Congratulations to these four girls and a big thank you to all the girls who auditioned.
On June 14 the College will premiere our pianists on the WPAC stage playing the Steinway! Please contact me should you wish to have your child considered as a performer. The evening starts at 5.00pm and will go for one hour. This is a great chance to perform what your child has been working on for this semester and also a great chance to play one of the best instruments in Australia.
Art Competition for the Kool Skools Recording Project
As part of the Kool Skools Recording Project, students in Year Eight, 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”.
The prize is a 12 month Subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud courtesy of Adobe.One Simple membership gives you access to the very latest versions of all the Adobe professional creative desktop applications like Photoshop, Illustrator and more.
The design is to be square with a minimum size of 13cm up to 21cm (width of A4) in size.
The design must include the band name The Liturgies.
It can be created in any media or material, needs to be able to be photographed or scanned.
The winning design will also be entered into the KoolSkools Recording Project.
Multiple entries are allowed.
Closing date for entries is Friday June 24
Entry forms can be picked up at the IT Student Services desk. Entries are to be handed into Student Services with your entry form or digital entries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as a JPEG file. File size needs to be 5MB or under. Kim Westcott, John Humphreys, Phil Bohun will judge the competition and the winning entry will be announced at the first whole school assembly in Term Three.
May every day be musical!
Upper Hume Netball
A group of Senior School students came together to play at the 2016 Upper Hume Netball Championships on May 19 here in Wangaratta. The school entered four teams comprising of students from Year Seven to Year Twelve.
We had a large group of girls try out, particularly the Year Seven group with the huge influx of numbers. The teams were selected and we had some time to train before the event. We are lucky enough to have some talented young female athletes at the school. This was evident with the Year Seven and Eight teams making the finals. Awesome effort girls!
We were very proud of the the positive attitudes and sportsmanship displayed on the day. Well done to you all. Thank you to Jess Rice and Brooke Thwaites for umpiring on the day; they did a superb job and we are thankful for their enthusiasm. A huge thank you to Alyse Owen and Karen Kaine for assisting in the selection process, training, coaching and umpiring on the day. Super effort ladies!
Junior Divisional Cross Country
Those staff and parents that travelled to the Barr Reserve on Thursday for the Ovens & Mitta Divisional Cross Country Championships were treated to some outstanding performances by our students. A team of twenty four have been training twice a week at school in preparation for the event. The hard work that they have put in certainly paid dividends on the day. Seven students have qualified to represent The College in Broadford at the Regional Championships on June 15. Those students are:
Chelsea Menhennet 8th in the 10 girls
Greg Moneymoon 13th in the 10 boys
Alannah Harrap 7th in the 11 girls
Lia Ladbrook 3rd in the 12 girls
Jess Calvert 5th in the 12 girls
Ashley Farmer 8th in the 12 girls
Jack Boulton 1st in the 12 boys
Our Junior Interschool Sport teams have continued to have success on the football field and netball court. Three weeks ago we had our toughest game yet against St Bernard’s but after an even first half, our football team pulled away and won comfortably. Our netball teams also had convincing wins and their communication and teamwork is improving with every game.
Last week we came up against Wangaratta Primary School. In past years, they have had the wood on us and we’ve always found them a difficult opponent. But this time we got some sweet revenge, holding them scoreless and kicking 12 goals of our own. The netball teams had their closest games of the term but eventually prevailed in what was, at times, a bruising encounter.
This week we play against Wangaratta West and in our last game we battle St Patrick’s at Tarrawingee. We welcome the support of any parents that would like to come down and cheer our teams on. A big thank you to our Year Nine students who have been coaching our teams all term.
Equestrian Challenge: The Scot’s School Albury
On Saturday May 21, Ashley Farmer and Ellie Campbell represented Cathedral College at The Scot’s School Albury’s Interschool Equestrian Challenge. The Equestrian Challenge is a team event and involves riders completing a series of challenges: dressage, show jumping, novelties, handy mount and best rider and mount.
The small team achieved outstanding results for their sections. Ashely rode consistently across all events to place 2nd in one of her Show Jumping events, 3rd in Dressage and 3rd in Novelties. Ellie won both Show Jumping sections, placed 1st in Novelties and 3rd in Dressage. It was an exciting end to the day with Ellie being awarded overall Primary Champion and the small team of two accumulating enough points to place Cathedral College Wangaratta 5th overall out of about 18 schools.
Class E winner, 13th outright – Ellexandra Best – #15 Lauren Gray Motorsport Echo
Congratulations must go to Ellexandra Best who, with her fifteen year old team mate, represented Lauren Gray Motorsport in the Australian Production Car Series at Phillip Island across May 27-29. Ellexandra goes into the record books for being the Youngest aggregate entry ever to team up in the Australian Production Car Series, but also the youngest team to ever win with a combined driver age of just 31. While a number of 16 year olds have competed in the series, they have been paired with older co-drivers.
“It was a great race, I feel like I made a comeback in the wet considering yesterday. I was out there in a couple of laps in the dry and then it just poured and had mixed conditions and then finally had some dry laps and I was able to improve my times a lot. It was awesome.”
Congratulations also to James Turner, who was presented with the Australian Scout Medallion at the Victorian Presentation on Saturday May 7. This is the highest award earned by Scouts, and as a member of the Benalla Scout Group, James has achieved this significant award through his leadership, organisation, drive, determination, resilience and high-level practical Scouting knowledge.
“On Thursday June 2, Year Five Ovens played Wheelchair Basketball. A man called Dennis Ramsay travelled down from Wodonga and brought with him 16 wheelchairs. He explained what he’d been through throughout his life. He spoke about how he was in the Army for 25 years and how he was diagnosed with an illness that resulted in the loss of his lower legs. We started the activities with learning how to control the ball in the wheelchair. We attempted to bounce the ball while controlling the wheelchair – it didn’t end very well. Then we learned how to pick up the ball using the wheelchair. You had to roll the ball and then chase it until you are close enough to roll it up against the wheel. We then split into two teams of eight. One side was the layup side and the other was the rebound side. We all had at least two turns on each side. There were three people that scored a goal – Chloe Bouchier, Janelle Lilley and Hollie Bohun. The last activity that we did was a Wheelchair Basketball game. One side was wearing pink sashes. The whole group only scored one goal by Chloe who was on the pink team. Thanks to Access All Abilities and Basketball Victoria; we all had a great time.”
Stevie Cooke & Grace McKinnon
Winter is Coming…
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…more information will follow shortly!
• Day Trip 1 – Friday July 29
• Overnight Trip 2 – Wednesday July 27 – Friday July 29
• 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
Thank you for the people who have expressed interest in their child being part of the Seasons for Growth program. Seasons for Growth is a program that supports students through change in their life related to separation through death or family breakdown. At this stage we are planning to have 3 groups at different grade levels: Year One to Year Three; Year Four to Year Six; Year Six to Year Eight. Some groups will have a greater focus on family breakdown and separation, or grief and loss depending on the needs of the students in the group.
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 email@example.com or your child’s homeroom teacher.
Cathy Carden and Mary Laughton
Our school Speech Pathologist, Brooke Carson will be placing ‘family friendly’ activities in the newsletter targeting oral language skills. Practising the suggested skills has been shown to improve students’ learning outcomes.
Try some of these quick and cost-free activities with your children at home, travelling in the car, watching TV together or waiting in the doctor/dentist’s surgery. The language games will offer challenges and fun for parents and children alike. They will enhance children’s interest in sounds and letters, build their knowledge of words and give them opportunities to develop key learning skills. You may need to adjust the activity to suit the age of your child.
1. When asking questions, try using ‘complex’ questions, rather than ‘simple’ ones. For example;
Simple question: What’s that a picture of? (only requires a one word answer)
Complex question: Tell me how you made/drew that? What do you think that character might be saying in the picture?
2. Play a familiar game (eg. snakes and ladders) and ask them to give you step by step instructions on how to play the game. Pretend you’ve never played before and follow their instructions literally! For example, If your child says “Throw the dice” – You then throw the dice across the room.. Hopefully your child says “No! Roll the dice along the table!” The same activity can be done with assembling a jigsaw puzzle together – take turns to tell each other where to place the pieces.
Year Four Camp Melbourne
On the last day of camp, in the morning we walked to the Polly Woodside which is a big ship in Melbourne. While we were there we got split into groups and my group was the first to go on the ship. First we looked at the steering and some of us got to steer. Next we scrubbed the deck and got wet! After the Polly Woodside we went to ‘Matilda’, which was the best show ever!
I liked the camp. We had great food. We did lots of fun activities. My favourite was Matilda the musical and the Polly Woodside. My favourite character in Matilda was Miss Trunchbull. She was a man!
On the last day of camp we went to see the musical ‘Matilda.’ The stage looked amazing! The uniform the characters were wearing looked a bit like ours! My favourite part of it was when Matilda made the chalk actually move! Guess what? Miss Trunchbull was a man! Thanks for reading.
My favourite thing about camp just had to be ‘Matilda!’ It was a very amazing stage show. My second favourite thing about camp was when we went to the Polly Woodside and we learnt all about the First Fleet.
Camp was the best, especially Polly Woodside and ‘Matilda’ the stage show. Matilda was really good. My favourite part was when Mr Wormwood’s hair turned green. My favourite part of Polly Woodside was when we got to scrub the decks. Everyone enjoyed camp. It was the best!!
My favourite part of camp was the Polly Woodside. At the Polly Woodside we got to scrub the deck. While we scrubbed the deck out tour guide threw water from a bucket onto the ground and some of us got wet.
Year Five Camp Valley Homestead
On Wednesday May 18, all of the Year Fives went to Valley Homestead for our camp. When we arrived at the camp, we went into the dining room and went over the rules with the owner, Rhonda. Rhonda said our rooms weren’t ready so we had to go to our first activity. Our first activity was the Vertical Challenge, which is where you have to climb up high obstacles, with our trusty belayers keeping the climber safe. It was so much fun! There were four different challenges, a few of the obstacles were: tyres, wooden ladders and logs, rock climbing wall, Zig Zag pole, wobbly net, and pyramid ladder. Everybody had a great time at Vertical Challenge and an awesome time at camp!
Alannah & Chloe
The free-fall was our other activity on the first morning. The slide is about 6 meters high. To get up you have to climb some very steep stairs. We had to wear some funky looking outfits to enable us to slide. When you get to the top you line up until it’s your turn to sit on the edge, then you hold onto the bar, and tuck your head in and let go!
In the afternoon of the first day we had abseiling and rock climbing. While we were abseiling there were people belaying and climbing. Charlotte was the first of us to do the overhang – she completed it and then she went down the other side abseiling. Scarlett made it a bit over half-way but there was nothing else for Scarlett to grab on to, so she went back down the rock climbing wall, then climbed up the stairs and abseiled three times with Hollie. Everyone got at least one or two turns. There were four rock climbing walls, with six different names. Before we finished, Mr Newbold abseiled down the wall – we were all cheering him on. The bad thing was that Mr Weir did not do it. He bailed.
Scarlett & Hollie
Later in the afternoon we went into the spas and they were super hot. We talked a lot and it was fun. You could turn on and off the bubbles. It was awesome.
Josh & Alex W
The cabins at Valley Homestead were great because there was a sink and mirror in every room, and there was a double bed at the bottom of one of the bunks. Some of the cabins were double cabins so Adam, Tyrone, Ed and Luke played hide and seek between the two rooms. The showers were small and didn’t have much temperature control. At the end of camp we had to fold our bed sheets up and put them at the end of the bed. Then we put all the other sheets in a blue bag.
Adam & Alex E
Before every meal a cabin or two got picked to be duty group. Duty group is a group of students who helps by getting empty plates from our friends, wiping down tables, setting the tables and drying dishes. But when you went to go in the kitchen you had to go in the right door and go out the other, or the cooks got a bit angry.
Elise & Janelle
At the end of the day we had a campfire on Heartbreak Hill. We played a game where three volunteers went for a walk while we pretended we made up a story. They got to ask 20 questions each and if their question ended in a vowel the question was answered ‘yes’. If it ended with a consonant it was answered ‘no’. If it ended y, it was a ‘maybe’. Jolie, Harrison and Tahlia were the volunteers. At the end we got marshmallows, milo and biscuits and that was our camp campfire!!!!!
Elle & Jolie
On the second day of camp we walked up a hill to a hut where we were split into groups of nine and sent into the bush; in our group was Ed, Hollie, Scarlett, Tyrone, Adam, Alex and Jesse. In the bush we had to survive on sausages, eggs, potatoes, a French bread stick, apples, carrot, jam sponge cake and orange Cordial for two hours.We had to cook the sausages and potatoes and boil the eggs. We had matches, billy and a firelighter, cups to drink the cordial with and oven mittens to pull the billy off the fire. We had to create a stretcher bed out of string, wood and bark. Our group was lucky because we found extra bits of string left around on the ground. We had to race the stretcher after we had finished lunch. The Scorching Flames won the race. We also had to create a chant to sing around the campfire. Our group was the Wallabies and the other team names were Weina Waffle Sausages, Scorching Flames, Laughing Llamas and Awesomous Maximous. We sat around the fire in our teams and sung our chants. The Weina Waffle Sausages won the chant.
Cristina and Demi
On our Valley Homestead camp we watched the movie ‘Paper Planes’ on at our movie night on Thursday night. ‘Paper Planes’ is a movie about a boy called Dylan. He learns how to make and fly paper planes. He qualified for the junior division championships in Sydney. He makes it through to a competition in Tokyo, Japan. On Dylan’s paper plane journey he met a Japanese girl who held the world record before him. She believed that paper planes should not be about how far it goes, but it should be about how good it looks and the beauty of it.
Gabby & Grace
Friday was the last day of camp. Our first task of the day was the Duel Flying Fox. We wore a full body harness and a helmet and had a safety talk about the DFF. We then had a short walk to the DFF. After we got hooked on two cables, we had to walk down the ramp then the DFF would take up the slack and away you go!! You gain speed, and when the finish is about 20m away you start running to try and stay upright and then hit the ground and you slow down nearly to a stop then you get unhooked from the cables.
Luke and Michael
On Friday we also did an activity called the Power Pole. The Power Pole was when you had to climb a really tall pole using huge staples in the pole. You were in groups of seven, one climbing and six belaying. There was a small 7m pole and a big 10m pole. It was really fun and when you got to the top of the pole you had to jump and grab onto a T-bar or a red hoop and we loved it.
Josiah & Tyrone
At the end of the last day we did the Ariel Obstacle Course. There would be a helper that stayed on the ground. The helper helped their partner throughout the course. It was shaped in a triangle. Each part was named. There were three flying foxes, the postman walk, dragons back, wobbly tyres, bunson’s chairs, kitten crawl, fidget ladder, trapeze swings, wobbly bridge and tarzan tyres.
Sarah & Stevie
Parents and Friends
Parent Seminar Series: Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
The Parents and Friends, along with the Rotary Club of Milawa Oxley, held a very successful Parent Seminar Series on Monday evening. Their generosity in supporting initiatives such as these has far reaching benefits in not just our school community but in the broader community of Wangaratta. Particular thanks must go to the President of The Rotary Club of Milawa Oxley, Melissa Hebbard, the Director of New Generations, Sophie Mirabella and our President of the Parents and Friends, Carolyn Sammon along with the team of Parent representatives. The College and the city of Wangaratta are fortunate indeed to have so many supportive community groups foster and encourage evenings such as these.
Michael spoke about the challenges facing youth today and gave his top ten tips to help our children build resilience. Based very much upon the Positive Psychology principles that focus on finding meaning and purpose, being altruistic, mindful and reframing the way we look at our daily lives, they are:
If you want to feel good, do good
If you can’t change it, then change the way you think about it
See life as it is, but focus on the good bits – What want well and why
Be active, rest, relax, repeat daily
When we’re together everything is better – connection
There’s more to life when you stop and pause
Find time to lose yourself in what you love
The meaning of life is a life with meaning
It helps to know what you are looking forward to
Don’t compare your insides with other people’s outsides.
The Open Garden Day 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.
Scholastic Book Fair June 1 – June 14
The Junior School is currently holding a Scholastic Book Fair which will run over the next two weeks. There is 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. Book Fair dates have changed due to a change in delivery schedule – it will now close at lunchtime on Tuesday June 14. Next Thursday June 9 is the final after hours day for shopping.
Arnhem Land Footy Boot Drive
Have you got football boots building up in your cupboards? Unsure what to do with boots your child has out grown but are too good to throw away? Don’t know what to do with last year’s boots? Donate them to our ‘Footy Boot Drive!’
Cathedral College Wangaratta will be collecting donations of new and used football boots that will be personally distributed to children in the Arnhem Land communities of Yirrkala and Nhulunbuy. Both of these communities are a twelve-hour drive to Katherine or a fifteen-hour drive to Darwin, making the drive to town for football boots rather onerous.
The idea behind the drive is to collect football boots (Soccer, Australian Rules Football, Rugby Union and Rugby League) that are no longer required and donate them on behalf of the Cathedral College Wangaratta families to the children living in these remote communities.
The Football Boots Drive is part of a larger initiative, whereby Mrs. Kerrylee Bonacci and her family will be traveling to Arnhem Land and working amongst the community, supporting the Missions Aviation Fellowship and the local Indigenous families. Having a member from Cathedral College attending as a part of the work party means that we can make direct connections with the communities in Arnhem Land with the possibility of extending our community based volunteer programs.
If you do have old boots (still in reasonable condition) we would appreciate if you could have your child bring them to school and drop them off in the labelled tub outside of the Students Services block (Sharon’s Office). If you were able to clean them before dropping them in the box it would be greatly appreciated. Any further information can be provided, by contacting Mrs. Kerrylee Bonacci at firstname.lastname@example.org
Relay for Life Launch Night
Students can register on the evening of the launch. Entry cost is $20 on-line. The College has entered a team and if you are interested in joining, please contact Mr Rod Dunbar on 5722 2144.
For more information please visit https://www.relayforlife.org.au/
Basketball School Holiday Camp July 5 -6 Yarrawonga
As part of the Hoop Smart program, there is a Basketball School Holiday Camp running at Yarrawonga College, ECA Centre with Damien Ryan former Australian Boomer,European Pro Basketball and NBL player.
Suitable for all levels, registrations close June 29. Please click here to register.
Enrolment Process 2017 and 2018
The College is experiencing considerable interest in enrolments for Year Seven 2018, 2019 and by association the years below. 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.