I am fortunate to have students approach me frequently with requests for one thing or another. I enjoy the conversations that I have each day as our young people practise their negotiating skills and take the opportunity to hear the reasoning behind the decisions that are made on their behalf by the adults around them. Additionally, I am used to receiving written requests for amenities, resources or favours that our students deem important. As an example, in the last little while I have had impassioned pleas for a swimming pool, cricket nets, variance to the uniform, the construction of a skate park and, delightfully, strawberry doughnuts at the canteen because they are “awesome and yummy”. In a sense, it is my job to disappoint people and dull their expectations around what we can provide!
School community members will agree that we are working as fast as we can to provide the appropriate physical resources that we can to look after the interests of our young people. In the coming weeks we will take possession of our two new science labs as the project finishes, and we will start work on the next of our ‘major minor’ builds, the extension to the Student Services building, which will provide purpose built offices, a more realistically sized staffroom and a brand new, bigger canteen. This project will understandably create disruption around the school, particularly as it is situated right in the middle. We are getting a start during the holidays to absorb some inconvenience, but the reality is that we will have another worksite to negotiate before we get into the renovation of The House at the front of the school and a new art room.
We will also use this summer to create various improvements to the site, including access and mobility revisions, and (to the great relief of our current Year Six boys) some cricket nets! Some people get what they ask for!
So, while we can look forward to some great new cricket nets in the months to come, alas, there will be no strawberry doughnuts added to the menu at the magnificent new canteen.
Tomorrow is a Student Free Day for all Prep to Year Twelve students. School will resume on Monday December 5.
End of Year Organisation
The final two weeks or so has a raft of activities taking place across the Senior School. I have included with this newsletter a calendar that includes each day for the Year Seven to Eleven students. Despite the fact that exams are completed and reports well under way, there is still time for constructive teaching and learning. When you read the calendar for the next eight school days please take note of days where there are special activities taking place in each Year Level and where there will be normal timetabled classes.
Transition Day Tuesday December 6
The Statewide Transition Day will take place on Tuesday December 6. On this day we welcome all new students attending Cathedral College Wangaratta in 2017. The day will consist of a ‘step up’ program where students will rotate through a timetable which will allow them to make contact with new students and their new teachers for 2017. This timetable will be distributed to students on Monday December 5. Students are permitted to wear casual clothes on Transition Day but their clothing must be suitable and safe for a typical day at school. Thongs, singlets and inappropriate dress will not be permitted.
Second Hand Books for sale on District Transition Day
On District Transition Day, Second Hand German, Indonesian, Geography and History books for Year Seven to Year Ten will be on sale for cash only, from 8.00am – 8.45am and 3.30pm -4.00pm in MS3. If students wish to sell their books, they need to drop the books off with Frau Seeger beforehand with names and a contact email.
Significant Dates for end of Term Four
Significant dates for the last few weeks of Term Four are listed below. It is important that any relevant permission slips must be returned if your child wishes to participate in these activities.
1. Year Seven Celebration Day on Dec 12. Students should have received information and a permission letter for this day.
2. Year Eight excursion to IMAX and The Museum on December 13. Students have received information and a permission letter for this day.
3. Year Nine Social Enterprise Immersion Experiences/Seminars on December 12 and 13. For more information on Social Enterprise in Year Nine and Ten please refer to Mrs Julie Findlay’s article in this newsletter. There are also the Year Nine Outdoor Education students attending their excursion to Torquay on Monday December 12 and Tuesday December 13.
4. Year Ten students are not required at school on Tuesday December 6 as their Year Eleven Head Start program does not commence until Thursday December 8. The Year Tens also have a Celebration Day at Yarrawonga Foreshore on Tuesday December 13 and have received information about this activity.
5. Year Eleven students continue with their Year Twelve Head Start program until December 14. They have then effectively completed their school year but are required to attend school on December 14 in full school uniform for a final opportunity to make contact with teachers for next year and to attend the Senior School Awards Ceremony in the afternoon.
Senior School Awards Ceremony
Senior School Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday December 14 commencing at 1.15pm and concluding at 3.00pm. This ceremony which has traditionally been conducted at WPAC each year, will take place in our own stadium this year. Academic and other awards will be presented at this ceremony and all parents are welcome to attend.
Final Day Dismissal
Dismissal time for Wednesday December 14 will be at 3.05pm in time for normal bus travel.
Mr Keith Willett
Head of Senior School
End of Year events in the Junior School
The final fortnight of the school year promises to be a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate a successful year of learning. These events all have an important and diverse role to play in bringing the year to an end and preparing students for the new school year.
The Year Six Graduation, conducted this Friday December 2, is a significant rite of passage for our eldest Junior School students. It marks the end of an era and signifies the gateway to secondary education. Moments such as these need to be commemorated and this dinner is the perfect vehicle to do so.
Transition Day occurs on Tuesday December 6, and we will be welcoming many of our new students entering our school next year. This day will support their inclusion, allow new relationships to be forged and anxieties to be calmed. All students, new and current, are required to wear comfortable casual clothes, bring a water bottle, lunch, recess and wear a hat. When the students arrive at school, they will move to their year level area where the homeroom teachers will inform them of their respective class for 2017, either Docker or Ovens.
On the very next day, Wednesday December 7, Cathedral College Junior School will welcome the Christmas season with our Carol Service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. The students will arrive around 1.45pm with this memorable community event to commence shortly afterwards. Families are warmly invited to attend and join in enthusiastically as we sing a range of timeless carols. Students may depart with their parents after the ceremony, as long as they inform their classroom teacher.
Our excursion on Friday December 9 to the Cinema Centre to view ‘Trolls’ promises to be an exciting activity for our Prep to Year Six classes. These events are a special treat for our students, who have worked with diligence and ‘busyness’ throughout the year.
As part of a fundraising initiative, a group of resourceful Year Three girls have created Pyjama Day on Monday December 12. Students are invited to wear, change into or bring pyjamas, dressing gowns, slippers or a soft toy to school. A gold coin donation is all that is required. The Alannah and Madeleine Foundation and the Pyjama Foundation both support children from disadvantaged homes or those who have been subject to domestic violence. These Foundations have been selected by our young students to benefit from the funds we raise. As a treat, Zooper Doopers will be available at 20c during recess and lunch.
The final major showcase event of our school year is the Junior School Presentation Ceremony on Wednesday December 14 from 9.30am in the Sports Centre. This event commemorates our school year with a series of musical items representative of all year levels in the Junior School. A suite of academic and extra-curricular awards is presented to Year Six students to conclude the ceremony. Parents and friends are warmly invited to attend this special occasion. Please note, students return to class after the ceremony with this, the last day of the school year, concluding at 3.05pm.
Head of Junior School
Year Four Projects
For homework during Term Four students in year four were tasked with completing an independent project. They chose their topic in the first week and then began work. Each week they would confer with their teacher to discuss their progress and what they were planning on doing next. The project culminated in an ‘open classroom’ where students were able to show their projects to other classes and teachers, including Mr. Farrer, Mr. Newbold and Mrs. Findlay. Students gave a short presentation about what they had learnt to their classmates.
It is an exciting project as the ideas and creativity of the students come to the fore, and we end up with a wide variety of tasks being completed- from cooking to building, from sewing to designing, this year saw many fantastic projects. Well done to all the students for working so hard over the course of this term.
Ms Nell Parkes and Mrs Shara Knobel
Social Enterprise Review
At the beginning of the year, I explained the introduction of a pilot program running in our Social Enterprise Program in Year Ten. Groups of students, based on interest not friendships, developed a business idea which supported a social cause. Students gained an understanding of social causes through the study of Global Wellbeing in the Geography course and developed a business plan and then ideas in Work Education.
The reason for adopting a program is based upon two current needs in education:
• to foster independent learners who can communicate, problem solve, show resilience and negotiate.
• to foster new ideas and entrepreneurial skills for life after school.
In reviewing the program using outside evaluators, it was found that students enjoyed the opportunity to develop these skills and try their hand at being an entrepreneur. They had some great ideas but sometimes the hard work required to get the business up and running was more than the students anticipated. Students really responded and thrived on the opportunity to be involved in something they were interested in and knew about.
Shark Tank great ideas included:
• Directional cones: placing arrow heads on top of cones, so that people know which way to go next. Useful for sports drills, distance running, car parks. Simple but not marketed yet and very useful.
• Pet-sitting: students come to your house while you are away and feed/water/walk/play with your pets.
• Handy boys: students come to your house to mow your lawn, tidy your yard, do odd jobs etc.
As a school, we feel this is a valuable program to continue. We hope to launch the program with our Year Nine students ready for the start of Year Ten at the end of this year.
Director of Studies
“Your Father in Heaven feels the same way. He doesn’t want to lose even one…” Matthew 18:14
If you were on a boat and someone fell overboard, would you reach for a life preserver to throw to them, or would you go on reading your book? Silly question! Well, what if someone you know is drowning with the problems of life – they are depressed, they don’t fit in, or they are overwhelmed. Do you throw them a life preserver, care and pray for them, or do you just keep on reading your book? Every day we have a choice: we can reach out and offer prayers of protection, peace, love and hope for others, or we can choose to turn away; what will you do?
White Ribbon Day
This year Cathedral College Wangaratta was involved in two White Ribbon Events on Friday 25th November. Year Seven students participated in the Wangaratta “Walk on the Wall” display in the arcade next to the Post Office, by providing many of the ‘feet’ on display with words of encouragement and of course lots of colour. The students from Year Seven Close visited the display last Friday to represent the school.
Mrs Cathy Carden and Reverend David Jones attended the Victorian Governor’s White Ribbon Breakfast at Government House in Melbourne. The Governor of Victoria hosted this event, Her Excellency The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, where about 300 people from the Government, Victorian Police, the Australian Defence Force, Schools and major corporations were in attendance. The keynote speaker at this event was the Co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, Dr Michael Kaufman, who is visiting Australia from Canada. White Ribbon Australia is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are considered to contribute to violence against women.
Reverend David Jones
Performing Arts 2017
The new year brings with it new opportunities for our College students to perform on the stage. We are excited to announce that all students from Prep to Year Twelve will be able to ‘tread the boards’ and shine in a theatrical production. The following productions will be staged in 2017:
• Prep, Year One and Year Two Musical in Term Four
• Year Three, Four and Five Musical in Term Two
• Year Six, Seven and Eight Production in Term Three
• Year Nine, Ten, Eleven and Twelve Musical in Term One
This is combined with Drama productions in Term Two and Three for Middle and Senior School students, with the opportunity for Junior School students to participate in Drama workshops.
The new year also welcomes the College’s first ever VCE Theatre Studies class, providing a focal point for our actors as they move through their educational journey. The first production of our VCE cohort will be in Term Two and will not be one to miss!
Beauty and the Beast
Next week hails the final rehearsal of 2016 for the Senior School production. The cast has worked brilliantly to bring together the majority of the show. Already we have wonderful moments between Bell and Beast, Gaston and the Silly Girls, Lumiere and Cogsworth and that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of talent. We will run the show on Wednesday December 7 and then have a break before returning in 2017 to finish off the final choreography and blocking. From there, we will start rehearsing the entire show with scenery, costumes and props.
I am proposing a rehearsal the day before school starts and shall send out more information about this at the final rehearsal next week.
A Perfect Christmas Present
The Liturgies CD, “Genesis One” has been receiving rave reviews from the College community. The CD is only $5 at reception or from Mr Bohun and is an ideal Christmas present for the extended family and friends. You never know, one day your child may be inspired to compose and perform their own songs as a result and then be on a CD in the future. Let’s hope so!
Steinway On The Stage
This evening the Junior School pianists grace the WPAC stage in a festive Christmas concert. The students once again have the thrill of playing the Steinway at the WPAC and we are in for a delightful evening of musical highlights. The concert commences at 5pm and all tickets are $5 from the WPAC office. A big thank you to our school captain, Ella O’Meara for acting as Master of Ceremonies.
Next week, December 5-9, is the final week of music lessons at the College. We have had a massive year and quadrupled our enrolments over the course of 2016, when compared to the end of 2014, which is an amazing effort. I thank all the students and families for supporting music at Cathedral College Wangaratta. I also take this opportunity to thank our wonderful staff for their inspiration, guidance and support of our students. The music that emanates from the music rooms each day is joyous. A big thanks to:
Mrs Julia Arnold
Mr Doug McGregor
Mrs Suzette Lawson
Mr Ken Flanagan
Mr Patrick Russell
Mrs Judith Marriott
Mrs Eve Spencer
Mr Hugh Fullarton
May I remind parents of three important points:
1. I will be collecting the CCW instruments next week for maintenance. Students will receive these at the beginning of Term One 2017. To facilitate this maintenance a small fee will be added to music lessons in 2017 when using a College instrument. I will clarify this in January.
2. Enrolments for 2017 are carried over from 2016. Parents only need to contact me should they wish to change the arrangements for music lessons in 2017.
3. Students wishing to commence music lessons in 2017 are encouraged to complete the ‘Instrumental Lessons Application Form 2017’, which can be found on the College Website under ‘Performing Arts’ and return this to me as soon as possible.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further clarification or information regarding Performing Arts.
Yours in Music,
It’s been another incredible year for The College on the sporting field. There have been many outstanding performances in 2016 and probably the highlight occurred on the weekend in Sydney. Through magnificent performances at Zone, Regional and State level, Jack Boulton represented Victoria at the National Track and Field Championships. This is the second year running that Jack has qualified for this event which brings together the best primary athletes from Australia.
Jack participated in four events – the 100m and 200m, 4 x 100m relay and long jump. This in itself is a major achievement. On Saturday, Jack won a silver medal in the 200m in a time of 24.41 seconds. Jack went on to win a second silver in the 4 x 100m relay, beaten by just 0.16 seconds by New South Wales. He also came 5th in the 100m and 14th in the long jump. Jack works exceptionally hard on his athletics, training multiple times a week and it is wonderful to see his dedication and commitment bearing fruit. Congratulations Jack!
Under 14s North East Knights Girls’ Cricket
Abbey Melnyk from Year Five has been chosen as a member of the Under 14s North East Knights Girls’ Cricket, an amazing achievement considering she is only eleven. Here is Abbey’s recount of the last few weeks:
“I play for Wangaratta Rovers Under 12s. When I was filling in for the Under 14s one day the coach of the team suggested that I try out for the team. I was surprised when he suggested that but went along to see how I would go. There was a try out in Albury a couple of weeks ago, and the first trial game was on last Sunday. It was a trial game to see if you could make it into the Melbourne squad. It was a hard game on Sunday. Each team had to bowl 42 overs and bat 42 overs. When my side was fielding, I got two wickets in two overs (one was bowled on leg side and the other was caught and bowled) and was happy. When we batted I only got two runs, so I wasn’t sure after that how I would go, but thought that being a wicket keeper as well might help my chances. I found out on Tuesday that I was one of the lucky ones who made it into the squad. On January 27 we will all get onto a bus and go to Melbourne to play other regions and stay together at Melbourne University. We play four games and if we are lucky we get into the grand final.”
Congratulations Abbey – we wish you all the best at this tournament and beginning the first step of realising your dream of playing for the Australian Women’s Cricket Team.
Parents and Friends Association Final meeting.
The final meeting for the Parents and Friends’ Association will be on Monday December 5 from 7.00pm in the Staff Room. We look forward to welcoming anyone who would like to attend.
Hello! Kasey, Tom and I have been in Germany for almost 3 weeks now and in that time we have experienced lots of different things! In Germany we have explored many different cities all over the country and Europe. Some include Paris, Ulm, Stuttgart and our host city, Heidenheim. In these cities we have experienced different cultures and traditions.
There are many traditions in Germany leading up to Christmas; baking Christmas cookies and treats is one of these. Another is having an Advent Wreath, which you light candles each Sunday in the lead up to Christmas.
Outside of school, we can participate in many sports and activities with our host families such as badminton and swimming. We have also tried lots of different German food like Leberkäse, Sauerkraut, Spätzle and Maultaschen. We are having an amazing time here and we can’t wait for what’s to come over the next few weeks!
Year Twelve Graduation
Our Year Twelves attended their last formal school gathering on Friday November 18. With their VCE examinations completed, students and their friends and families celebrated along with staff at the Wangaratta Gateway. We wish them all the very best for their future and remind them that they will always be welcome at Cathedral College Wangaratta.
Important Bus Information: School Bus Program
Please be advised that the Student Transport Unit (DET) and Public Transport Victoria are currently undertaking a network compliance review of the Wangaratta School Bus Network. These are government funded schools bus services, not private charter or public transport (town bus) services. Whilst parent/guardians have primary responsibility for transporting their children to and from school, the School Bus Program (SBP) assists families in rural and regional Victoria by transporting children to school.
To be eligible for the School Bus Program, students must attend their nearest appropriate school (assessed by year level or denomination) and reside 4.8km or more from the school attending. Students who do not meet the eligibility criteria and/or do not qualify for a fare exemption (as determined by the School Bus Program Policy and Procedures) may access a School Bus Program service where capacity allows and upon payment of a fare. The 2016 flat rate fare for each student is $120 per term/$480 per year. Whilst the review is in operation, all travelers are permitted to travel on School Bus Program services under their current arrangements (regarding eligibility assessments). All families are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the School Bus Program Policy and Procedures, January 2016 and additional resources located on the Student Transport Unit (DET) website. Please contact Ms Janine Andrea, Bus Coordinator at the Wangaratta High School on 5723 0519 should you have any enquiries.
Year Seven and Prep Enrolment 2018 and 2019
Our Year Seven Enrolments have closed for 2018 and 2019 and Prep Enrolments are closed for 2018. If you have siblings wishing to enter Year Seven in either of these years or Prep in 2018, please contact the Registrar, Lucy Bett, on email@example.com or 5722 2144 as soon as possible. The College does require an individual application form to be submitted for each child to ensure we have them on our system.
As an open entry, non-selective school, students are placed on our applicant list according to the date Cathedral College Wangaratta receives the Enrolment Application. Siblings are given priority over non-siblings, but as a College we need to be aware of the intention to send other siblings along with a completed application.