As is tradition, the first weeks of the school year bring the hot weather! Despite some stifling days, it has been a very smooth start to the year and I am grateful to students, staff and parents for the way in which all have quickly moved into the rhythm of the year.
As is also tradition it seems, we have been very busy. So far we have had the launch of our new sub school structure (Junior, Middle and Senior), the development of a fresh website, a cricket victory for our senior boys, various assemblies and Chapel services, swimming programs for our younger students, a Parents and Friends meeting, and a most enjoyable Welcome Back Evening. Continuing in earnest have been students rehearsing for Beauty and the Beast, the Senior School Production, and having been a witness to their rehearsals this week, I can boast that we have another magnificent production imminent. Make sure you get a ticket!
I am excited to announce the launch of our new website. It carries a new look and improved functionality, and a virtual tour by drone which can be found here. Mobile optimised (friendly), the website allows for easy reading via smartphones and comes with an app that allows for the same functioning as the one that we used to have. iPhone owners may need to be patient for a few days as Apple approves our app somewhere in Silicone Valley! I am grateful to Lucy Bett for her work in creating the website along with former student Ryan Walpole. Thank you also to the parents who were part of the consulting group that helped decide what information is considered valuable to our community. Thanks also to Lucy for her work in creating the 2016 Aspire magazine that all 2016 families should have received. It is an impressive account of the year.
From Monday, we welcome the Murray Bushrangers Football Club to Cathedral as they continue their pre-season training as Under 16, Under 18 and Girls squads. We are pleased to be able to promote youth sport in the region by providing our wonderful new oval for this purpose and we look forward to a strong relationship with them into the future.
Monday will see another development. A lot of work has gone into making the bus system work well for our students. As we do not get all the information that we need until school starts, we generally tweak the operation early in the year to best suit everyone. This year, we have made a significant change to our “town bus” arrangements and as of Monday we are adding another bus to the run, enabling timely departure and more relevant stops for our students. Please see further information on our website here with Town Bus times or contact Fran, whose work to ensure all students are accounted for is most appreciated.
Of course there may be teething issues and further enquiries initially, but I am sure that our students will benefit from these enhanced arrangements.
You are welcome to contact us at any time, of course. Please use your Parent Handbook to guide you to the most appropriate person to assist you with your enquiry.
Important dates and events can be found on the School Calendar here. Please find below the major events that are occurring in the school over the next fortnight.
House Swimming Olympic Pool
Senior School House Swimming Wednesday February 15
Middle School House Swimming Thursday February 16
Junior School House Swimming Friday February 17
These three events will be all held at the Wangaratta Outdoor Olympic Pool. Students should support their House by wearing their coloured House Polo Shirts with any other House themed clothing and accessories. They should also bring a towel, plastic bag (for wet clothes), lots of refreshments (i.e. drink bottles), Sun smart items such as a school hat, sunscreen, rashie, food for recess and lunch. Please ensure that all personal items brought on the day are clearly labelled.
There will be a Barbecue available at both the Senior and Middle School days and sausages can be pre ordered with the form emailed home to families this week. Students will be transported to the Wangaratta Olympic Pool by bus once they arrive at school in the morning. This means students should travel to school in the usual fashion. Additionally, buses will return students to school at the conclusion of the event and they will catch their usual buses home.
School Photographs – Blazer required
Junior School Monday February 20 – Prep to Year Five
Middle School Tuesday February 21- Year Six to Year Eight
Senior School Thursday February 23 – Year Nine to Year Twelve
Siblings and catch-up Tuesday February 28
Parent Teacher Interviews Prep to Year Five
Monday March 6 and Tuesday March 7: 3.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. (10 minutes duration)
Interviews provide a forum to share information upon how your child has settled into class, routines, socialisation, welfare, homework and academic progress. Bookings will be available online the fortnight prior.
Parents and Friends’ Events Term One and Term Two
In 2017 there are several P and F events on the calendar and we would love to see you at some, or all of them. More details on these events will be in the newsletter, closer to the dates. If you would like to participate in helping with the upcoming Country Fair, please contact email@example.com. We are also looking for any College families who may wish to have a stall at the fair.
Tuesday March 7 7.00pm Parents and Friends’ Meeting – Staff Room
Wednesday March 8 1.30pm – 5.00pm Jam making day in the Food Technology Room for the Country Fair
Tuesday March 14 7.00pm Parent Seminar: Authors Davina Bell and Jane Godwin
Friday March 17 4.00pm – 8.00pm Country Fair – Oval
Tuesday May 2 7.00pm Parents and Friends’ Meeting – Staff Room
Friday May 5 7.30pm Cocktail Party – The Science Garden
Tuesday May 16 7.00pm Parent Seminar: Janet Etty-Leal, Mindfulness Educator
Wangaratta Marathon and Fun Run
Cathedral College Wangaratta Community team will again be challenging themselves at the Wangaratta Marathon and Fun Run this year on Sunday February 26. This is a wonderful community event and we would love as many students and families to enter as a team member online here.
Junior School Jottings
Imagine the morning: crystal clear air, not a breath of wind, a yawning sun just poking above the mountains and the smooth, glass like surface of the lake supporting some small craft gently bobbing upon the water.
In searching for a metaphor to describe the start of the 2017 school year in the Junior School, this one came to mind. Our students, those returning and those commencing for the first time, have rolled into school with energy, courtesy, respect and enthusiasm for what lies ahead. It may be difficult for those not entrenched in the daily workings of our school to fully appreciate the complexities that students and staff encounter when starting a new year. To see the first fortnight travel by with cohesion and engagement is truly rewarding for all and an affirming reflection on the positive and inclusive culture Cathedral College Wangaratta provides.
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
Last week, the School and House Captains were presented with their badges in Assembly. A formal House Captain Induction Eucharist service will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Wednesday March 22 and all friends and families are welcome to attend this special occasion.
The Sports Facilities and the Oval
Our Junior School students participated in Hockey Clinics this week under the guidance of Hockey Victoria, learning new skills and some of the basic rules of the game. On the Oval, all sorts of team sports have happened with some of our Junior classes joining in with the Senior School, giving both age groups a chance to learn from each other. All this, and the obligatory hill rolling which seems to be happening most days!
Senior Boys’ Cricket
Marian College won the toss and elected to bowl. Sending in our opening Batsmen Rhys Goodley and Seth Hescock, Seth was quickly dismissed with Jack Connor next to take to the pitch. He and Rhys had an excellent 62 run partnership, before being caught behind with a total of 33. As the Overs continued, the wickets kept falling and Rhys continued to roll over the score board. When Tom Maclean was sent in to bat, Cathedral were 5/103. The two were eager to increase Cathedral’s total score. John Lee, in his debut game of cricket, was sent in to bat after the fall of Tom on 13, scoring 4 not out; he ably assisted Rhys in scoring the super total of 69 not out leaving Cathedral College Wangaratta with a score of 7/165.
After lunch it was Cathedral’s turn to take the field. Opening bowlers Tom Maclean and Ned Mullins held down the fort, keeping Marian College to only 11 runs off the first 4 Overs with Ned taking 4 key wickets. At the change of the bowlers, Cathedral was looking just as strong with Josh Thompson and Will Maclean keeping the runs to a minimum. As the Marian College batsmen started to settle their runs started to flow, climbing to 64 runs off 10 Overs. As the ball continued to be hit all over the ground, Jack Connor was returned from keeping and put on to bowl, bowling one Over for 14 and getting a key wicket. However, this didn’t stop Marian College from continuing to score more and more runs. In the final three Overs, Cathedral and Marian College students begun to get nervous, constantly wanting score updates to see how close Marian College were to Cathedral’s score. At the end of the 17th Over, Marian College had 118 runs, needing 48 runs to win. Bowlers Josh and Will were brought back on to finish the game, giving Cathedral the win by 13 runs.
In two weeks, these Cathedral boys will be off to play their next match against Catholic College at Wareena Park in Wangaratta; wish them luck and let’s all hope that we can come away with another win!