This week’s Sports Centre and Senior School Official Openings, and Blessing and Dedication, was a great success. We were privileged to have so many special guests join us for the event, including a good number of our Western Australian Principal and School Chair colleagues who have been travelling around our three diocesan schools this week. The Sports Centre looked resplendent, decked out with over 800 chairs and our staging, and the acoustics for our various music groups was very pleasing too! Congratulations to all those who performed on this very special occasion. Congratulations also to our students, whose behaviour and interaction was most appropriate.
The school would particularly like to thank all those who have supported these building projects from the initial plan to the final build. The Sports Centre has been in use since the start of 2016, with a Welcome to Country Ceremony, formal School Assemblies, Physical Education classes and a multitude of opportunities for students from Prep to Year Twelve to work and play together. Obviously, we continue to develop these sites and our work to enhance our learning spaces goes on.
The Senior School Precinct has become a space in which our Senior students belong. For the first time in the College history at Murdoch Road, we have been able to provide a dedicated, custom built cluster of classrooms that cater for both our students and our Senior staff. Attention is paid to engaging students in their learning, whether through interest or challenge, and it is particularly enjoyable to witness our students achieve in a wide variety of areas. Indeed for some, it is in areas new to them where they have been able to explore and excel. This may be due to our school’s culture which maintains that options beyond the classroom are integral to learning and therefore participation is expected of all students.
The defining characteristic of Cathedral is the willingness of our students to learn and our students benefit from the great work of the adults around them who have cultivated this environment. We want all our students to leave Cathedral College Wangaratta challenged, to have fostered a will to learn and to have had a well-rounded and informed exposure to knowledge and skills.
Congratulations must go to Reverend Peter Laurence OAM, CEO of the Anglican Schools Commission, recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this week. This award recognises his service to education and professional organisations. Peter has given decades of service to teaching, supporting, and promoting the teaching, holding the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Anglican Schools Commission in Western Australia (ASC) for the past twelve years. Prior to that, Peter served as Principal of two large independent schools (in Queensland and Western Australia). We were fortunate to have Peter join us this week for the Official Opening and the students joined in congratulating him during the service.
As always, I look forward to the many opportunities, challenges and experiences that the next term will offer our students, but in the meantime I hope you all have a very restful three week holiday.
Having the Conversation
Earlier this week in a Year Ten RAVE class there was a discussion related to the tragic events that unfolded last weekend in Orlando, Florida, United States of America. All of the students were horrified and shocked by what had transpired in the nightclub; why and how does such an event take place? Obviously it is almost impossible to explain such an event in a rational manner to young enquiring minds; however, our discussion was certainly powerful and left us with much to ponder.
With another group later in the week I was fortunate to engage in discussion about the upcoming Federal elections to be held on July 2. Whilst the students in this group are still three or four years from voting, their thirst for information about topics such as ‘pre-voting’, ‘hung parliament’ and ‘compulsory voting’ reinforced for me that our young people, once in their mid to late teenage years constantly need to be invited to contemplate adult concepts. As a teacher and as a parent, these two recent experiences reminded me of how important it is to think past electronic and social media and engage in ‘the conversation’. It is very rewarding!
Next week is Week Eleven and the final week of Term Two. There is still much happening in the Senior School. Year Seven Outdoor Education students finish the term with their Overnight Camp to the Warby Ranges followed by a day of rock climbing on Thursday. We have Year Seven 2017 Discovery Day on Tuesday with our Year Six students joined by other Year Six students from local Primary Schools in a day of CCW Discovery. The Year Ten students have Work Experience for the week and the Year Twelves will be attending the TIS (Tertiary Instruction Seminar) at Wangaratta High School on Wednesday. There is also a group of Year Nine students engaging in a Science Excursion on Wednesday.
All of these events and opportunities will bring to a close a very busy and rewarding Semester One. Best wishes for a restful and re-energising semester break.
Head of Senior School
The Junior School has had a very busy and productive Term Two. Sporting, musical, House and artistic activities have all enhanced our academic program and there has been much learning in the classroom, in the playground and on excursions. Visits to the Zoo, to the Wangaratta Heritage Museum, School Camps in Melbourne, Alexandra and other areas across Victoria have proved wonderful environments to ask questions, stay curious and build knowledge.
The Junior School students have proved to be exceptional listeners in Assemblies, Chapel and whole school events and this is evidence of their practise and commitment to ‘Organised Mind, Organised Body’. They should be very proud of the way they conducted themselves during the Official Opening of the Sports Centre. They sat still, showed respect, listened well and sang beautifully throughout the event and I thank them for their patience.
Our House Captains performed their official duties, and they must be commended on the leadership they have shown this year thus far. With House Music and House Athletics occurring next Semester, there will be more opportunities to lead our younger students and for all in our Junior School to participate and immerse themselves in our extra-curricular events.
As we move into this three week break, I encourage all our students and families to rest and enjoy time together. Reports will be posted home in the first week of the holidays and it is hoped that the comprehensive feedback you receive will highlight the strengths of your child, and potentially areas in which improvements can be made. I look forward to seeing you refreshed and ready for Term Three on Monday July 18.
Head of Junior School
Every school works towards improvement as the cohort of students progress through the school and influences from society changes their lives. The rapid changes in technology are one such example of a need to change, as we respond to students becoming more global and e-literate. Cathedral College Wangaratta, like all other schools in the country plan their focus areas for development for the future. This is especially important because of the rapid growth of the school, but also if we wish to improve and to learn.
Our School Improvement Plan will operate in conjunction with the Strategic Plan and will focus upon providing staff with the opportunity to share and improve practice, work with the community and assess and deliver an appropriate curriculum for our students.
At this stage, the Teaching and Learning Leaders along with staff have been discussing and reviewing our current programs and curriculum. This has been a useful exercise due to the influx of so many new staff and students. With establishment of our core practices, we have moved into developing key aims for the next three to five years. In Term Three we wish to involve students and parents in establishing our strengths and key areas for development for the future.
In the past, parents input has been gathered through the use the LEAD survey system. L – Lead, E – Evaluate, A- Act and D- Deliver surveys were last conducted by the school community in 2012 and these responses will act as a benchmark in order to monitor our improvement in areas targeted. After the school holidays you will receive an email requesting your involvement in this survey. The School Council, students and staff will also be asked to participate. I hope you will take this opportunity to be involved in shaping our areas of focus in the future. Details of the final School Improvement Plan will be shared with the school community in Term Four.
Director of Studies
“Be brave and strong! Don’t be afraid… The Lord your God will always be at your side, and will never abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
You’re faced with a tough decision. This isn’t like the time you bought a new car or applied for that new job; that was easy by comparison. This is a decision of life. It has real ramifications for your future and you’re fearful, but you don’t want to admit it. If you make the wrong decision your whole life could head in a different direction. Seeking advice from family and friends might help but ultimately it’s your decision and yours alone. We are told in the Old Testament book of Psalms: “Our help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth”. (Psalm 124:8) We need to be brave and strong and commit our decisions in prayer to God and trust in his faithfulness, that He will always be with us.
Year Seven Positive Influences
In class over this term for Positive Influences (Positive Education) we have been looking at the strength of Gratitude and how we recognise and give thanks for even the smallest things. Many of the Year Seven students have written a Gratitude Letter to their parents and these letters will be included with the Term Two reports to be posted home shortly. Please enjoy these letters of thanks from your son or daughter.
We were fortunate to have Mr Max Chapman from Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) talk with our students in the Family Eucharist Service this week. MAF is a global movement with around 140 aircraft serving in over 25 countries worldwide. Tens of thousands of remote communities now have access to healthcare, education, community development and disaster relief. Mr Chapman spoke about MAF’s work in Arnhem Land, specifically, and linked this in with Ms Bonacci’s upcoming drive to Arnhem Land these holidays. No doubt, there are some aspiring pilots amongst the Junior School following this talk.
Reverend David Jones
Term Two was a fantastic term with so many amazing opportunities and successes.
Steinway On The Stage
Our students learnt the joys of what it is to play the piano on Tuesday evening at the WPAC as they participated in the first ever CCW ‘Steinway On The Stage’ concert. This was a chance for them to show the audience their hard work over the semester and perform their favourite piece. The students were great and the musical choices were brilliant. We were wowed by our youngest Year One students playing in their first concert, right up to our Year Twelve students playing Beethoven and improvising blues. Thank you to all of the students who played for us, to Michael Groves as MC and to all the parents, families, friends and staff who supported the evening. The first of many I would suggest!
Thursday evening witnessed the College’s foray into the dramatic world of one of the greatest plays ever written. Our goal is for students at the College to realise the best plays in the world on our MPF stage and we started with Michael Frayn’s farce – one of the very best ever written. The play was physically and emotionally demanding, and the cast were up to the challenge. The night was so funny and entertaining for all present. A big thank you to our cast:
Houston Bodenhamer, Bianca D’Andrea, Gabby Hunter, Ethan Richardson, Dylan Dinsdale, Meaghan Kearney, Dom Lafferty and Hugh Paynter.
A big thank you to the audience for supporting this work; we hope your tummy’s aren’t too sore from laughing! Thank you also to Kingsley for attending to our set. We are so proud of these students and the dramatic journey they have undertaken and we look forward to the next Senior School Drama Play.
As I write this, The Liturgies are in the final stages of preparation for their recording session at Studio 52 in Melbourne. The students leave Monday morning and spend two days recording their cover songs and original compositions. We wish them the very best and we cannot wait for the finished CD to hit the shelves! All the best to:
Lachie Jarvie, Ethan and Noah Richardson, Maddy Dalby, Zoe Goodger, Houston Bodenhamer, Max Talyor, Jack Nolan and Rob Jones.
A big thank you to Mr Woods and Mrs Carden for chaperoning these students.
Opening of the Sports Centre
On Thursday our musicians performed at the Opening of the Sports Centre. They provided the processional, recessional and led the way in the National Anthem. It is such an honour to see our students up in front of the College community, singing and playing with such pride and energy.; they are setting a great example for us all. A big thank you and congratulations to The Liturgies, The Unholy Trinities and The Cantabile.
Learning An Instrument
Mid-year is a great time to consider learning an instrument. Please take this opportunity to discuss what instrument your child would like to learn. The chance to study music on a one-to-one basis has considerable advantages across your child’s social, academic and emotional abilities. Should you require my assistance or guidance, I am just an email away. We began 2015 with 32 students learning an instrument and currently, as we are about to launch into Term Three 2016, the numbers are 125. A great effort and we look forward to continuing enrolments till we reach our goal of more than half the College student body learning an instrument.
Street Theatre was the buzz of the week in the Junior School Assembly as the Year Seven Drama class performed a ‘Kidnapping’ of an unsuspecting staff member. The Year Seven students studied Street Theatre for the entire term and devised and rehearsed this scene. We imagined they were in Covent Garden, or Burke Street and thought what act would impress an audience of strangers.
The resulting scene was performed in masks to hide the performers’ identities and the Junior School students loved watching Mrs Thwaites be rolled away in a wheelchair by Pharaohs, cats, sheep and a goat!
Musically, Year Two sang ‘Frere Jacques’ in three different languages. The students worked hard to learn the French, Japanese and English versions and the resulting performance was confident and strong. Great work, Year Two singers!
Year Three Docker also performed their class work for Mrs Silva and Mr Weir’s Year Five class. The class learnt the classic song ‘Rock Around The Clock’ as part of our study of popular music. Not only did the students sing, but also learnt the tricky chord progression on the ukulele and we were accompanied by the drums. The performance had Mrs Silva rocking and was a delight to hear.
May I thank all students for their contribution to the Performing Arts during Semester One 2016. I wish you a wonderful mid-year break and we cannot wait for Term Three and the following highlights:
Another sporting event and more great performances by our students at the Hume Region Cross Country in Broadford this week. Our students have acquitted themselves exceptionally well at the Zone Cross Country events recently. As a result, eighteen Cathedral College Wangaratta students participated against the best runners in the Hume region. The Broadford course is always challenging. There are steep climbs and confronting descents. The students performed remarkably well and handled the conditions with aplomb. Highlights of the day included:
Lia Ladbrook 1st in the 12 year old girls
Alex Race-Stelling 1st in the 16 year old boys
Tess Pabuliski 2nd in the 13 year old girls
Max Hemphill 2nd in the 14 year old boys
Jack Boulton 3rd in the 12 year old boys
Rhys Winiata 3rd in the 16 year old girls
Cassidy Mailer 6th in the 13 year old girls
Campbell Frazer 6th in the 14 year old boys
Jess Calvert 9th in the 12 year old girls
The 13 year old girls also won the team event. In addition to Tess and Cassidy, Callista Race-Stelling and Maddy Mailer made up the team. As a result, all of the above students will represent Cathedral College Wangaratta at the State Cross Country Finals in Melbourne on July 14.
Term Three Junior Sport
Term Three provides many more opportunities for our Junior students to participate in sport:
July 22 is the district Winter Sports Day. This is day event in which students participate in a range of sports – football, netball, soccer and t-ball – against other schools in the area.
August 12 is the Regional Hockey Sevens Tournament in Shepparton. Last year was the first time we have taken students to this event and our Year Four boys came second in their group.
August 19 is the Victorian Schools Netball Championship in Wangaratta. This year we have entered three teams – Year Six, Year Seven & Eight, and Year Nine & Ten.
On August 25 the Junior House Athletics Carnival will be held at the Appin Street athletics field with Hotham keen to defend their title from last year.
Year One – Five will complete the second phase of the swimming program in August and September. Prep and Year Six will complete theirs in Term Four.
On September 9 the school will give the opportunity for students in participate in the McDonalds Hoop Time basketball tournament in Wangaratta.
More information regarding these events will be forthcoming closer to the dates.
Mr Nathan Manning and Mr Matt Lane
Senior and Junior School Sports Coordinator
The Open Garden Day will be held on Saturday November 5. With over seven 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 August 1 in the Staff Room and all are welcome to attend.
Term Three Dates
Term Three starts back on Monday July 18 and continues through until Friday September 16. Please be aware of the three week holiday this year.
Reminder – Year Eight to Eleven Art Competition closes next Friday!
• Closing date for entries is Friday 24th June
• Entries are to be handed into Student Services with your entry form.
• Entry forms can be picked up at the IT Student Services desk.
• Digital entries can be emailed to email@example.com as a JPEG file. File size needs to be 5MB or under.
Winter School Holiday Program
The Sporting Kids’ Winter School Holiday program is a great way for children from Year Three and up to get out and get active these school holidays. With a range of sports on offer you can sample as many or as few sessions as you like adn it is absolutely free.
Sessions run from 10.00am until 12.0opm in various sports facilities in Wangaratta from Monday July 4 to Friday July 8.
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