Cathedral College Wangaratta – a learning community
Cathedral has been all over the district in the last two weeks, engaging in a wide variety of activities. House swimming, glorious cricket victories and the Year Seven Camp have been examples of events that our students have enjoyed with their peers and their teachers. The House Swimming was keenly contested across three successful days of competition and participation. Run in our sub-schools, each day had its own distinct flavour, though senior students had a presence across the week, flexing our Prep to Twelve structure, engendering House spirit and providing mentoring across the years. We eagerly anticipate the ‘overall’ result, which will be announced on Wednesday in assembly.
The Year Seven Camp was held in the beautiful setting of Falls Creek. With stunning weather throughout, students were guided through a host of activities by their Homeroom teachers and staff from Howman’s Gap YMCA. It was a pleasure to visit today, and as the photos suggest, I was witness to acts of enjoyment, kindness and courage.
On leaving the camp I rushed down the hill to try and meet the “Tour de Cure” team as they moved through Myrtleford. The team of ninety riders is on its way around the north east of Victoria in a very challenging ride that sees them climb Mt Hotham and Falls Creek in an attempt to “put the brakes on cancer”. The team boasts a Cathedral element, with Chair of School Council Mike Noble and Glenn Bouchier strong contributors to the cause. The group has already raised over $65,000 https://www.tourdecure.com.au/pages/tours/2017-high-country-tour
Another impressive effort to tackle cancer this week was ‘our own’ Amber Kiker who shaved her head and personally raised nearly $7000 https://supportingpetermac.everydayhero.com/au/amber-1 Amber’s motivation was largley due to the very sad passing last year of school parent Angie Siperki. Congratulations to Amber for her courage and the good humour she displayed.
We have been pleased to welcome The Murray Bushrangers for their pre-season training in recent weeks. They have been very willing and grateful users of our oval and Stadium complex, and it has been a pleasure for us to create further community links in this way. We have also enjoyed hearing wonderful feedback from them about the condition of our oval!
In further athletic pursuit, this Sunday sees a Cathedral College Wangaratta Community Team entered in the Wangaratta Fun Run. Most participants will be obvious as we have been distributing our various sporting garments to students and their parents for use on the day. I look forward to seeing many Cathedral people there on Sunday, even if I might be a little out of breath at the end of the ten kilometre event!
Year Seven Camp
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.
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)
Please visit www.schoolinterviews.com.au to make a booking. The school event code is 49z2r All students will be dismissed from school at the normal time of 3.15 pm and classroom teachers will be available from 3.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. If you require an appointment with a Specialist teacher, or are unable to attend please contact your child’s teacher to make an alternative arrangement.
Parent Seminar Tuesday March 14 7.00pm: Authors Davina Bell and Jane Godwin
You are warmly invited to attend an informative and entertaining evening with highly acclaimed authors Davina Bell and Jane Godwin on Tuesday March 14 at 7.00pm.
The College is very fortunate to have Davina Bell and Jane Godwin spend the day working with our Junior School Students on Tuesday March 14. In the evening, parents and friends are warmly invited to come and learn more as Jane and Davina will share their experiences of the creative journey with a behind-the-scenes look at their life and work as authors and publishing professionals.
Having explored the world of writing and creativity with students for many years, they will offer their insights into the value of books and reading in a child’s life. Signed books will be available and more information about Jane and Davina can be accessed at www.janegodwin.com.au and www.davinabell.com
To RSVP for this event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Country Fair Friday March 17
Please join us for The Country Fair to be held on Friday March 17 from 4.00pm. More information on this event will be sent home in the coming weeks. The Parents and Friends organise this event and this year we have tried to minimise the work involved from a parent perspective with a committed focus on enjoying an evening together with food, drinks, games and some fun for the students.
Cathedral College Wangaratta invites you to “Be Our Guest!” The hit 1994 Broadway musical is a spectacle for the entire family to enjoy, and sing along to the wonderful songs, ‘Be Our Guest’, ‘Gaston’, and the timeless ‘Beauty and the Beast’ presented live on the Wangaratta Performing Arts stage. This family classic tells the story of Belle, an adventurous young girl, and the Beast, her hideous captor who is actually a prince trapped under a spell. Presented by the Senior School students, watch the fun and laughter as the cast of characters attempt to break the spell and become human again.
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
Wangaratta Marathon and Fun Run
Cathedral College Wangaratta Community team will again be challenging themselves at the Wangaratta Marathon and Fun Run this Sunday February 26. This is a wonderful community event and we look forward to seeing College students and families running on Sunday.
Year Eight Morning Tea
This week saw our Year Eight Murdoch Homeroom proactively taking on the initiative of coordinating the first Year Eight Morning Tea. Led by Zara Crynes, Lily-May Harding, Imogen Marjanovic, Zoe McLaurin and Ms Anne Stevenson, the group wanted to organise an event to allow the Year Eight community to come together in a casual and friendly atmosphere. The morning tea was a huge success, as a large number of the Year Eight cohort flocked to our Science Garden and spent their recess time trying different homemade treats that were made by members of Eight Murdoch and speaking with different members of their year level. It is hoped that this event becomes a regular feature in our growing Middle School as it was a perfect way to strengthen our connections inside our community.
Junior, Middle and Senior House Swimming last week gave our students the chance to swim in their age groups and earn points for their House. House Spirit was in full show each day with coloured tops, zinc, banners and some very enthusiastic Heads of House; full results will be announced in Assembly next week. Well done to all the students for their exceptional swimming!
Yorta Yorta Scott Darlow visits the College
Scott Darlow visited Cathedral this week and gave a captivating performance in Chapel. An Aboriginal educator, Scott’s work covers reconciliation and cultural topics by using music, humour and expert storytelling.
A Yorta Yorta man, and World Vision ambassador, Scott was able to speak from experience about some of the challenges faced by Kooris, including racism, shame and prejudice. Scott believes we can overcome these challenges by “teaching kids that they are worth something – that they count.”
Year Three Ovens new additions
Year Three Ovens are happy to announce they have two new additions to the classroom, their names are Snipper and Snapper (Snip and Snap for short)! Snipper and Snapper are two Yabbies from a local dam. Snipper and Snapper have a nice big tank to themselves, and their diet is simple consisting of carrots, peas, potato peel and most varieties of fruit. Snipper and Snapper have already enjoyed munching on some pieces of carrot! In Science the Year Threes have been learning about living and non–living things in our world. They have posed several inquiry questions into what defines something that is living; in particular, investigating how an animal is able to live in and out of water which has been an interesting discussion for students! Did you know that yabbies have the ability to regenerate lost limbs, a handy trick considering limbs and claws are often lost during fights with other yabbies!!
Dream Seeds Workshops for Year Six
A fun, interactive workshop, designed and presented by the McPherson Smith Rural Foundation (MSRF) alumni, was run in Year Six classes as part of the Health and Wellbeing Curriculum. The workshop aimed to show young people that they have the capacity to be the leaders of their own lives, whatever their background. Original activities and games helped to build the knowledge and skills that our young students need to create a vision and practical pathways to positive futures and students enjoyed spending the afternoon both inside and outside the classrooms.
Ashley Farmer wins National Gold
Last weekend Year Seven student Ashley Farmer competed at the 2017 Modern Pentathlon Australian Championships which was held at various locations around Melbourne. Showjumping, swimming, fencing, running and shooting, Ashley came home with her first National gold medal, presented by both Kitty Chiller Chef de Mission (2016 Australian Rio team) and Kate Thompson, International judge for Modern Pentathlon Australia.
German Exchange Students
After a long time in a plane, we, Mareike Janzer and Julia Benning, met our host families, family Hopp and Farmer, for the first time. The families made us feel welcome from the very first moment. A few days later we had already met a couple of people and we realised Australian people are really nice and Australia is the best place to go. The country is really different compared to Germany. There is a great difference in the school system. Our school is not open (under the sky) – in Germany there are two big buildings with many rooms. In Germany you don’t have to wear school uniforms; we can wear whatever we want. There are many differences in Germany, but we really enjoy our time here and we love Australia.
Year Twelves were visited this week by Gabriel de Carheil (2011) who has just returned from a European exchange in Germany. In his final year of a double degree in Bio-Medicine and Law at Monash University, Gabriel was able to talk to our final year students about University and life post schooling. We look forward to seeing Gabriel in Melbourne as part of the Year Twelve Retreat in March.
Congratulations to Eve Malsem (2011) who recently graduated with a Medical degree from Monash University; she will be based in Bendigo for her first year as a Doctor and will be visiting the VCE students to talk about her experiences in the medical field. AS a College, we are fortunate to have our Old Collegians keen to keep in touch and help mentor our Year Twelves as they prepare for the next step in their learning.
Safety Issues at Wangaratta High School Interchange
There have been a few instances where students have been playing with balls/footballs whilst waiting at the Interchange resulting in confiscation. Students are asked to keep all footballs and down balls in their bags. Failure to do so may result in a warning from the Bus Coordinator and continuing to disobey this ruling will result in further consequences. There have also been some instances where students are rushing to get on buses and walking beside the buses within the yellow line close to the gutter. For their own safety, we are asking students to walk behind the fence once they get off the bus and walk up to their designated waiting area. When getting onto your assigned bus please wait until the bus has stopped and the door is open. Leave the designated area using the gate closest to the bus door and do not rush out and walk alongside a moving bus. Students are also asked to stay on the fence side of the yellow line which is there to protect students from moving buses and any potential accidents.
Car Parking in Bus Area
The Baseball Car Park is for staff use only and we ask parents and guardians to keep this area clear in the afternoon as we have thirteen buses picking the students up.
Utilising the Buses for Social Activities
Parents are reminded that students are not to use the bus system for social activities. Only students who travel on the Government buses are permitted on that system and even then those buses are usually fairly full and students need permission from the Regional Bus Coordinator. Students wishing to travel into town for Football/Netball training can pay $1.20 and either use:
Town Bus 1 and stop at Galen or Town Bus 2 and stop opposite Rovers Football Ground.
The Bright and Benalla Buses
These buses are close to capacity and sometimes approval to travel cannot be granted. Students need to bring a letter from home and come to the Front Office by the end of lunch time to get a temporary pass.
Noone Uniform Shop & CCW Shop
Changeover to Winter Uniform: Anzac Day (April 25) – Mothers Day (May 14). All students are to be in winter uniform by Monday May 8. Blazers are compulsory from the start of Term Two.
Additional Opening Times:
Monday April 10 9.00am – 1.00pm
Tuesday April 18 9.00am – 1.45pm
Saturday April 22 9.00am – 1.00pm
Also opening 3.00pm – 6.00pm for Junior & Senior School Parent / Teacher Interview Sessions
Monday March 6 (Prep – Year 5)
Wednesday April 26 (Years 6 -12)
Thursday April 27 (Years 6 -12)
The 2016/17 Price List Order Form is available from the Office, the Shop and the Website. Order Forms can be left at the Office or emailed to email@example.com or order online at noone.com.au
Future Leaders Writing Prize: Year Eleven and Year Twelve
The Future Leaders Writing Prize is designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. It aims to encourage expressive and creative writing. Year Eleven and Year Twelve students in Australian secondary schools are invited to submit a piece of writing (800 to 1,000 words).The writing can be fiction or non-fiction and on any topic. In 2017, the award winner will receive $1,000. Where there is more than one winner the prize money will be shared. The winners of the Future Leaders Writing Prize will have their work published. Please send all submissions electronically in a word document by May 31 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are now taking names for ICAS Testing 2017 in areas of Science, Writing, Spelling, English and Mathematics. Testing will occur on specific days between May 23 and August 15. There is an associated cost of approximately $10 per test- students may elect to enter one, or all areas. For more information, please contact Mrs Andrea Thwaites or Mrs Karen Kaine.
Players Wanted for Wangaratta City Football Club
Wangaratta City Football Club is looking for Under 16 Female Soccer players (Under 16 on Jan 1, 2017) to compliment their squad. Great fun, new friends, and an awesome sport!! Games are played during the season on Sunday at 3:30pm with training on a Tuesday and Thursday from 5.00pm to 6.00pm. For further details please contact Lucy Mitchell-Long on LMitchell-Long@cathedralcollege.vic.edu.au