Like all Victorian schools, in recent weeks we have been completing the Child Safe standards compliance self-assessment and declaration process. Schools need to comply with the child safe standards as specified in Ministerial Order No. 870, effective from August 1 this year. Obviously, we are committed to having a child safe environment without government compulsion, though the compliance process, while laborious, has been useful. We have created a “Child Safe Policy” (the elements of which were attended to in other policies) and sharpened our Code of Conduct for adults working in the school. Our employment practices are, clearly, informed by these standards and we are also engaging with education programming across all year levels to ensure students know what to do in the case of concern. Parents are, of course, encouraged to contact the school whenever needed regarding these or any other matters.
Surveys and Strategic Planning
Whereas we are midway through the current version of our Strategic Plan, the commitment to ensure we are ‘on-track’ means that School Council is meeting tomorrow to review our plan and assess our progress. An important part of the planning process is the ‘community voice’ obtained through our LEAD surveys. Having completed a suite of surveys in 2013 (for students, staff, School Council and parents) we got our first comprehensive picture of the school’s performance. We now ask parents to complete the 2016 LEAD surveys to give us a sense of our performance. The more parents that take the time to complete the survey, the more accurate picture we will achieve. If you have not received your email link, please contact Mrs Julie Findlay firstname.lastname@example.org
While the football oval’s maturity has been stymied by the wet weather, progress across the school goes on regardless. This week many have enjoyed witnessing the big cranes fly in the major steelwork of the two new science labs. The shape of the building is clear and the wonderful symmetry with the rest of the complex is suddenly very clear.
The weather also means that our next three projects – the extension of the House at the front of the school, the extension of the Student Services area and another art room – have not yet started. These are scheduled to take place during the last months of the year. Each project helps with our capacity to look after all of our community members.
Last week there was the first meeting of the planning committee for our proposed VCE and Resource (Library) Centre, the key structure in the next few years of our physical development. We consider this our next major build and a significant part of our future identity and growth. We anticipate that the very major project would start towards the end of next year.
At the beginning of each semester students at Cathedral College Wangaratta have a wonderful opportunity to plan and set goals for any number of outcomes that they may wish to achieve over the upcoming months.
Semester Two 2016 offers a raft of exciting opportunities for our students. Sport days, House Music, Camps and the consolidation of academic progress are but a small sample of the array of activities and challenges that students can access and embrace. Now is an opportune time for such goal setting. We are fresh to a new semester and we have the benefit of the Semester One reports on which to reflect as we reset for the remainder of the year. With these comments in mind there are several examples of CCW students who in recent times have really stepped up to challenge themselves in activities that are closely linked to their school experience:
On July 14, ten CCW students travelled to Bundoora to represent our school in the Victorian School Sport Cross Country Championships. These students performed to a very high level and conducted themselves with aplomb.
Anna Findlay of Year Nine travelled to Melbourne and was part of the exciting STEMM program held at The University of Melbourne. To be accepted into this program was a mighty achievement by Anna.
Following a rigorous selection process Lily Day was recently appointed to the Wangaratta City Rural Youth Council. Lily will represent the youth of the Rural City of Wangaratta with commitment and determination and as a school we wish Lily every success in this role.
The students and their achievements mentioned in this column and elsewhere in this newsletter are inspirational examples of what can be achieved when people set goals and then work hard to achieve those goals.
Semester Two 2016 – Make the most of every opportunity!
Girl Power In STEMM (Anna Findlay Year Nine)
The girl power in STEMM camp was held from 3rd of July until the 6th by Shainie Holt and a group of volunteers from Melbourne University. Thirty girls from across Victoria, including myself, were all accepted to attend the camp to learn more about science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine and to promote female participation in these areas. The camp consisted of a series of workshops and talks held at The University of Melbourne with social events and accommodation provided at Ormond College.
We participated in a talk on engineering, a workshop called ‘The Ethics of Autonomy’, a ‘Make the Robots Dance’ workshop, a civil/mechanical engineering workshop, a Lego NXT robots workshop, tissue biomechanics and wind power workshops, a chemical engineering workshop, as well as a 3D printing workshop involving virtual reality and a humanitarian engineering workshop. This was concluded by a wrap up talk.
The first activity after arriving at Melbourne University was a talk on engineering, which was held by a Professor called Andrew who talked to us about what engineering is, the different types of engineering (civil, mechanical, chemical, biomedical, electronic, environmental, spatial, software, biochemical etc.) and what sorts of things engineers can do.
In ‘The Ethics of Autonomy’, by Dr Tim Miller, we discussed the ethics of artificial intelligence, in particular self-driving cars, and the way that such creations should make a choice and which options they should take. To do this we also did a few surveys to understand what types of choices a self-driving car would have to make and how the answers for this can differ depending on even the slightest variation.
In the session ‘Make the Robots Dance’, we learnt to control robots and programmed them to do different things as well as talking about how robots could be used in the medical and manufacturing fields. The civil/ mechanical engineering workshop included a competition to engineer a car and bridge designed to solve a specific problem using limited resources.
The Lego NXT robots workshop was by a group called ROBOGALS and during the workshop we programmed robots to move in different ways and to react to different things (these were different robots than the previous workshop). The tissue biomechanics was in a proper lab and we worked with cartilage and learnt about what tissue biomechanics involves and how it can be used. We also gained some understanding of how cartilage works and the need to find a way to replace damaged cartilage. The wind power workshop involved completing a series of activities and figuring out the most efficient way to produce power using small solar panels and wind turbines.
The chemical engineering workshop helped us to gain an understanding of what chemical engineering is and how this can be used in the world as well as learning about osmosis by completing a few activities relevant to the topic. The 3D printing workshop involved learning about how 3D printing can be used to help with body processes and the production of artificial body parts. We were also able to see the production of metal and complex 3D works being made, for example a hip and spine.
The panel discussion was perhaps the most exciting part of the whole experience as we got to speak to leading female professors and students at the University, as well as engineers working in different environments, such as Google and Rio Tinto. They gave us tips and ideas about how we can work towards our futures and shared some of their own experiences. The water filtration session was conducted by ‘Engineers Without Borders’ and we learnt about environmental engineering and worked on how to effectively filtrate water. This was also a competition, as we had to crack a code to construct our systems.
The wrap up was mostly an “in a nutshell” kind of thing and we learnt about the kind of things we need to achieve to reach certain degrees at The University of Melbourne.
This program has opened my eyes to many new and different aspects of science that I did not know of or think about previously, and I am looking forward to the years to come and the work experience and mentorship that will be provided. On this camp I also made many new friends from across the State.
Thank you to all our students for supporting the VCE fundraiser held at recess on Friday last week. The pouring rain did not deter people from enjoying home-baked cookies, cakes and slices as part of the Cancer Council’s ‘Biggest Morning tea’. A special thank you to the many caterers, volunteers and customers – together we raised over $450.
Head of Senior School
A funny thing happened on the way to…………
For my generation, schools were often the bastions of serious, contemplative and authoritative learning. Many of my earliest memories are of sitting in deathly quiet classrooms, working earnestly and not finding too much to laugh about at school, other than in the playground. In fact, it would not surprise me if together my Prep and Year One teachers coined the phrase ‘so quiet you could hear a pin drop’, as that was how the 5 and 6 year olds of my class had to sit and work on a daily basis.
But in my post-tertiary life, each day I look for and find humour, happiness and good cheer in the simplest of things. Being able to laugh at one self is a rewarding trait that I believe will hold one in good stead when dealing with the more challenging events that life will serve up. These difficult emotions provide a reference point to the positive emotions and make you cherish the good things even more.
I thought I would take this opportunity to share two magical funny moments that have occurred since school resumed this term.
At a recent assembly a young boy was the recipient of the Inclusivity award, from both his Homeroom teacher and myself. To have his name read out by the Head of Junior School was good in itself, but to then have it called out again by his Homeroom teacher was nearly too much excitement for him to contain. The look of astonishment each time, the jiggling legs prancing in anticipation of actually having the certificates in his ‘hot little hand’ were absolutely priceless. Then, when he didn’t think it could get any better, his older sister was called to receive an award as well. This resulted in our little fella instantaneously standing straight up with an even bigger and rounder open mouth spreading all across his face. How could life get any better than this?
………but for me it can!
Mother Nature has certainly released the water from autumn that she was storing and our grounds have quickly become waterlogged. Although frustrating for the students to have the amount of available play space reduced, it was a source of amusement (for me and some of the onlookers) watching a student retrieve a ball from the soccer goal area at the front of the school. It was a little like watching a would-be swimmer dip their toe into the cold sea water, quickly glancing back to the safety of the concrete path then dashing back from the crashing waves as they summoned the courage to plunge into the chilly water. In this case, the first steps to ‘save’ the sinking ball were sure and confident; however, the softness of the surface quickly raised the trepidation level, not to mention the body now being supported by the toes rather than the feet. Remember, walking on tiptoes is somewhat lighter than walking on flat feet. You could nearly see his mind working overtime as he glanced, first at the slowly disappearing ball, second at the squelching ground and thirdly back at the firm safety of the concrete path.
Two more steps saw the shoes sink a little, the mud ooze up, until the child quickly realised that if he didn’t make a quick dash, but remained still, he might disappear into the quagmire for good. Hence, a quick burst, a hand grab at the ball, the resultant fumble, a sinking glug, a re-grab of the ball (much tighter this time) and a muddy heavy-legged sprint for safety provided me with great mirth (and the ball from a certain unglorified death).
What are the morals of these stories?
The assembly demonstrates pure, innocent joy for self and others. I will call that self-respect and respect.
The Cathedral quicksand simply demonstrates that we are educating our students to become contemplative, reflective and decisive risk-takers.
That you can experience a humour which lightens your heart and makes everyone feel so much better.
And finally as that well known Chinese philosopher once said: “He who is prepared to consistently walk the muddied pathways of life, must himself seek to find cleanliness in a tin of shoe polish more regularly than before.”
Head of Junior School
This week all parents should have received an email from the College providing details of a LEAD survey to be conducted by the Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) over the next four weeks. We encourage all parents to participate in this survey to ensure that your experiences of school life from a parent perspective is used to inform and direct future school priorities and development. The data collected form the LEAD survey is confidential and anonymous and acts as a benchmark to compare the school over five year periods. Once we have received the results collated by ISV, we will be able to share the school’s growth and any relevant information with the broader school community. Should you have any questions regarding the LEAD survey, please contact the school. I thank you for your participation in this.
Director of Studies
Paul tells us; “Be careful how you live. Don’t live like ignorant people, but like wise people.”Ephesians 5:15
Little children are very honest; they speak and act from the heart, without fear of their words or their actions. When was the last time you heard a child say or do something that is beautiful and true, that only a child could say? The older we get and the more we learn, the more responsibility we have and the less we speak from the heart. We also have more freedom, but with that freedom comes more responsibility. Unlike a child we are responsible for our actions and our words. Take care and be careful what you do and say. There is always someone watching and listening. As Paul said; “Be careful how you live.”
In the early days of the Christian Church, when infant baptism became widespread, it became necessary to have a later service, which would ‘confirm’ the promises made at Baptism; this became known as Confirmation. The person being confirmed is old enough to understand the promises they are making.
The tradition of Cathedral College Wangaratta is to offer Confirmation to students in Year Six. As well as this, Confirmation is being offered to students in Year Seven who have not been, and would like to be, confirmed this year.
If you would like your son or daughter to be confirmed this year, or you require further information regarding any aspect of the confirmation, please contact me on (03) 5722 2144, or via email at email@example.com
The Confirmation service is to be held on Sunday September 11, at Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral, Wangaratta.
Reverend David Jones
What a great, chilly start to Semester Two and what a red-hot start to the Performing Arts programme. There is no better way to keep warm in the winter months than with music to warm your heart!
I just wanted to give a shout out to our many talented students who competed in the dance competition at Bright on the weekend. Many got first place in their sections and all danced beautifully.
Emily Liddell, Layla Graham, Taya McPhan, Takara Bongiorno, Indya Rossato, Chloe Farrer
Eden Yelland, Jessie O’Shannessy, Ava Quartermain, Destiny McPhail, Anna Findlay
My apologies if I have missed anyone from this list. Great work girls and we look forward to seeing you on the stage again in the future.
After a ground breaking two days recording in a studio in Melbourne, we now await the arrival of the College’s very first Kool Skools CD. The album is aptly titled “Genesis” and just like the good book, this is also our first chapter!
We will announce a launch date as soon we have a confirmed delivery from the Kool Skools organisers. This is a night that you do not want to miss.
Last week at assembly we heard the opening moments of the five original songs from our new CD. I congratulate the five students who composed their songs:
I also invited the students of our College to begin working on an original song for inclusion on the 2017 CD. Students have until May 2017 to submit their songs via email to me – simply record it onto a smart phone and send. The themes are the words on the College paths. Choose one and incorporate it into a song of any genre or style. Good luck!
Middle School Play
Last week rehearsals began for “Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations” by Alan Ayckbourn. The story details the life a young man who dreams of amazing moments of action and chaos for his family, only to see these dreams become real. The play will be performed in the Multi Purpose Room in September and I will keep you updated when tickets go on sale.
Congratulations to the following students:
Noah Tanzen, Emily Quirk, Kyrna Hagens, Tiffani Bohun, Oscar Day, Sam Henderson
Sarah Wilson, Aidan Thompson, Jarrod Ritchens-Hall, Darcy Sullivan, Damon Kaine
Learning An Instrument
Term Three and we have passed the mark of 130 students learning instruments. We now have such a wide and varied offering with our young musicians learning: voice, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, ukulele, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet and trombone. We encourage our young people to perform at every possible occasion and especially for your parents on a daily basis to allow them to hear your progress.
At this halfway point of the year, our wonderful group of tutors also deserve big congratulations for their never-ending support, inspiration and guidance. They are all professionals that have given their days to teach our students to become the best musicians they can be and for this we are truly blessed.
Please consider your child for this programme as the benefits are enormous.
Finally, I thank the parents who have allowed their child or children to immerse themselves in learning music at our College. Thank you.
I look forward to seeing you at the College, at a concert, or at a performance over the final semester of 2016.
Due to the ongoing wet weather conditions, the Interschool Winter Sports Day has been cancelled for this year. The unpredictable weather and the need to preserve the sodden playing fields has meant that it will not go ahead, but we look forward to playing next Winter!
Junior House Athletics
Junior House Athletics will be held on Thursday August 25 and we welcome all families to come and cheer on our students from Prep to Year Six on that day at the Bill Eaton Athletics Reserve on Appin Street in Wangaratta.
Hockey training has started in earnest during lunchtimes in preparation for the Regional Hockey Tournament held in Shepparton on Friday August 12. After the success of our teams last year, we have had over 55 children interested in attending!
The Ski trips have been very successful this week, with plenty of snow and time for our staff, students and parents to enjoy the perfect conditions. With over 100 participating in the day ski trip, and over 45 students taking the opportunity to spend the night up at Falls Creek as part of the Ski Camp, Cathedral College Wangaratta was well represented on the slopes this week. We look forward to the next Ski days held on:
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
Year Seven Outdoor Education
The Year Seven Outdoor Education Elective finished off Semester One with a three day adventure. Students packed their tents and headed for an overnight camp in the Warby Ranges and, despite the rain, they had a wonderful time with a barbecue for tea and varied success at making chocolate self-saucing puddings made in the trangia stoves.
They then visited the Rock climbing centre in Albury for a day of challenges before heading back to warm beds and a final day at school.
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.
A huge thank you to all the volunteer parents who gave up their Thursday afternoon and braved the cold, to help prune, weed, mulch and tidy The Science Garden as part of a Winter Working Bee. It is always much appreciated and I know that our students who spend their recesses and lunchtimes in the garden notice the changes and the care that is taken to provide them a beautiful space in which to play. Parents arrived with tools and trailer loads of dirt and mulch – their efforts in one afternoon were outstanding. Thank you.
Throughout Term Three, Year Level specific camps and elective subject offerings will be explained and their positioning in the scope and sequence of a child’s learning described. Parents and students are welcome to attend, as there will also be the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. After the evening, students will be asked to submit subject selection forms for Year Seven to Ten subjects. Year Eleven students will arrange a careers and subject selection interview to discuss more individual pathways.
It is hoped that many parents will attend and learn more about the rationale behind our curriculum offerings and how complementary subjects within our elective and wellbeing programs, such as Positive Influences, Rock and Water, Community Service, Social Enterprise and Work Education, we believe, help to challenge and support students in their emotional and social development. Please find the dates of these evenings below:
Thursday August 11 Year Ten 2017 Information Evening 7.00pm Senior School Rooms 7 & 8
VCE (2017) Information Evening 7.45pm Senior School Rooms 7 & 8
Monday August 15 Prep to Year Two Celebration of Learning 6.00pm – 8.00pm Junior School Classrooms
Tuesday August 16 Year Three to Year Six Celebration of Learning 6.00pm – 8.00pm Junior School Classrooms
Thursday August 18 Year Nine (2017) Information Evening 7.00pm Senior School Rooms 7 & 8
Thursday August 25 Year Eight (2017) Information Evening 7.00pm Senior School Rooms 7 & 8
Thursday September 1 Year Seven (2017) Information Evening 7.00pm Stadium
Friday September 2 Father’s Day Breakfast 8.00am – 9.00am
Tuesday September 6 Whole School Photograph – Full Winter Uniform and Blazers required.
Wednesday September 7 House Music 11.30am – 1.00pm Stadium
Thursday September 8 Year Six (2017) Information Evening 7.00pm Senior School Rooms 7 & 8
As part of their commitment to support school communities in being safe, smart and responsible online, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation will be facilitating a parent seminar at Cathedral College Wangaratta on Thursday October 13 at 7.00pm. Facilitated by the experts in their eSmart Schools team, parents will be presented with all the latest trends and research about cybersafety and online behaviours. Strategies and guidelines will be discussed that relate to safe, smart and responsible uses of technology in the home.
The eSmart Schools program is a cultural change initiative developed by the Foundation in consultation with academic and industry experts. eSmart aims to create positive, respectful and inclusive cultures that reduce bullying, cyber bullying and increase cybersafety.
Pokemon Go is the latest craze in online gaming and is played in real life locations. At College, we do not allow mobiles to be used and to ensure we do not have unexpected visitors on campus, we have requested a stop on any pokemons being ‘located’ in the playgrounds. If you require further information on this, or any other esafety issue, please visit https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent
Winner of Year Eight to Eleven Art Competition.
At last week’s whole school assembly, Year Nine Students Lauren Murphy and Brianna Zambellakis were presented with an Art Award for their creative design of a CD front cover for the Cathedral College Wangaratta Jazz Band “The Liturgies.”
This competition was launched earlier in the year and with assistance and advice from Mrs Rose and Ms Westcott, the girls were able to produce a CD cover of great creativity with deep artistic resonance.
For their work and skill, Brianna and Lauren were the recipients of a shared 12 month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud and a One by Wacom Tablet. The Adobe Creative Cloud subscription was kindly donated by John Humphreys the Technology Manager which he had won whilst attending a TeachTechPlay Conference earlier in the year at Ivanhoe Grammar. The poster cover will now be entered in the Statewide Kool School’s recording project and we wish Lauren and Brianna every success.
Relay For Life
Cathedral College Wangaratta has again entered a team for the 2016 Wangaratta Relay For Life. College community members are invited to join our team. The Relay runs on Saturday and Sunday October 15 and 16. Our team is very important in 2016, since we will be cooking sausages for all of the hungry Relay participants this year. You can register online https://www.relayforlife.org.au/ Please see Mr Dunbar or our team captain, Lily Day (Year Eleven) if you would like more information.
The Bonacci family returned safely from their trip to the Northern Territory and the many donations of football boots and runners were much appreciated by those in the Arnhem Land communities of Yirrkala and Nhulunbuy. Please find accounts from Khai, Tiah and Seth below.
“When we were in Yirrkala we helped the MAF. MAF stands for Mission Aviation Fellowship. We met a family called the Veales who became close friends with us. We helped the community by running kids’ programmes, concreting paths and car ports, building new fences, giving swimming lessons, baking emergency food for the MAF freezer, sewing curtains, babysitting and painting the exterior of a house. I helped with the kids’ programme and the concreting.
We gave the footy boots the families at Cathedral College had donated to the community at Wallaby Beach. They were very grateful because unlike some of the other communities in Arnhem Land their team is not sponsored so they play football in bare feet against other teams, like Yirrkala that have football boots. They loved their boots so much they wouldn’t take them off and wore them to the NAIDOC celebration concert in Yirrkala, like they were runners. We also gave some to two other communities because they didn’t have any boots either.
We loved the weather there. It was from 29-33 degrees everyday. Even though they had beautiful beaches there we could not swim because of crocodiles. The dirt there was very red. There was only one shop there to buy food but it was very expensive. A loaf of bread cost $6 and it was frozen!
We met a lot of nice people there and the community was really friendly. I even had one boy called Joseph who called me his brother. Although it was a REALLY long drive, I would love to go to back to Yirrkala again.”
“The trip that my family and I took to Arnhem Land was an amazing experience and I would go back any day.
We learnt a lot of things, such as a different way of living, culture and language and yet we were still in Australia! While we were in Yirrkala we heard ceremonial singing and clapping sticks every night for the first week. The Yolgnu people have a 2-3 week ceremony to celebrate someone’s death. It was hard to work out exactly who had died though because part of their culture is that they cannot say the name of the person that has died for a certain amount of years or their spirit will not pass into the afterlife.
We all made different friends while we were in Yirrkala, some from the Yolgnu community and some in the MAF team. We spent a lot of time with Yapa Eunice who loved to tell stories of her childhood and the positive way the Missionaries had influenced her life.
As well as meeting the Yolgnu people, we were there to help the community. I helped run a holiday program for the community children at Yirrkala and Wallaby Beach. We ran the program twice a day and it was a great experience. During the program we told stories, taught them songs, ran Bluearth games, had craft activities and provided morning and afternoon tea. Even though we couldn’t speak Yolnu Mgatha and many of the children couldn’t speak English, we could still understand each other by using actions. We didn’t need the same language.
I really enjoyed my time in Yirrkala and I hope to go again next time to see those people that we had met and to meet more, but mainly to help out again.”
Arnhem Land was a very good experience; it really opened my eyes to how remote it really is. The drive on the Central Arnhem Road was an experience in itself. We drove 660km without stopping and had to contend with red dust, road trains, water buffalo, donkeys, ruts, dips, river crossings, road works, flood ways, rocks and sand. It was definitely 4wd only. There was nowhere to pull off the road to let others past so we had to just keep driving.
While we were in Yirrkala we assisted the MAF to carry out some work in the Yolgnu community. I assisted the men in our group each day. The jobs I did while I was there were concreting two carports, removal of an old fence and putting in a new fence behind six houses. We also put in two new gates for the Yolgnu people whose homes backed onto the fence, so they didn’t have to jump over or go around the fences anymore, but could easily have access by using the gates. Some of the Yolgnu children were that happy with the gate they kept trying it out and going through it before the concrete for the posts had set.
While we built the fence, we were under attack by green ants that had made their nests in the trees on the fence line. I got my revenge on them though – by ripping their abdomen off they could be eaten and tasted like lemon.
I loved that the community of Yirrkala was really close, everyone knows everyone. The Yolgnu and MAF people were really friendly. The MAF pilots were so appreciative of the work we did in the community that they took us for a flight over Nhulunbuy, Wallaby Beach and Yirrkala. It really was a beautiful place.
RSPCA Wangaratta Volunteers needed
If anyone is interested in volunteering for the local RSPCA in Wangaratta, there will be an information session on Thursday August 11 from 5.00pm – 6.00pm. Always in need of volunteers, the RSPCA are hoping to have people they can call on at busy times of the year. Bookings can be made through Niamh at firstname.lastname@example.org
September School Holidays: Murray Bushrangers’ Junior Talent Camps