Over the past few days, School Council Chair, Mike Noble, and I have been visiting the Anglican Schools Commission (ASC) in Perth. Each term, all of the Principals and Chairs from our fourteen schools gather for a day of meetings pertinent to the system; whilst it is a long way to travel for meetings, we are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to discussions. This visit, as part of an ASC focus on Indigenous Australia, we have been accompanied by Indigicate’s CEO, Shawn Andrews, who works with students and staff at CCW to ensure our students are better informed about Indigenous culture and our place within it. Shawn presented to all ASC Principals the incredibly valuable work being done by Cathedral students as they seek to learn and understand Indigenous Australia.
The past few weeks have seen our students meet challenges in the classroom, achieve success in the sporting arena, and experience great adventures in the outdoors. Our Year Nines have greatly enjoyed their time at Lake Catani the past few days and at the same time our Year Twelves have reflected on life after school with an Urban retreat in Melbourne. In Cricket and Swimming, students have performed their very best and hopefully enjoyed themselves in the process.
In the next two weeks we look forward to two important events on the School Calendar. The Country Fair will be held next Friday March 17 and in preparation for this, Wednesday saw the Food Technology room transformed into a hive of industry with traditional jams and relishes being made by our very dedicated Parents and Friends. We look forward to welcoming students, families and friends to this community evening and thank the Parents and Friends for their energy and commitment to its organisation.
“Beauty and the Beast” will be held the following week, on Friday and Saturday March 24 and 25. Having witnessed several rehearsals held after school, I can assure you that this production will be a visual and musical spectacular. Mr Phil Bohun, his cast and crew, have worked tirelessly to present a show that will appeal to all our families and I encourage you to book tickets sooner rather than later, going on last year’s sell out performances of “Cats.”
I hope you are all able to rest over the long weekend and I look forward to seeing many of you next Friday evening.
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 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
Thank you to the wonderful group who cooked up a storm of jam and sauce on Wednesday in the Food Technology room. A range of delicious products will be available for sale at the Produce Stall. We have had a fantastic response to the request for assistance at the Fair, but have a few spots left to fill, especially at the end of the evening. If you are able to help, please email email@example.com
A reminder to please drop your Mystery Jar full of goodies to the Front Office by Thursday, March 16.
From the President Mrs Carolyn Sammon
School Production “Beauty and the Beast” Friday March 24 and Saturday March 25 at 7.00pm
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.
The College was fortunate to have Shawn Andrews, CEO of Indigicate, join us for several days last week helping our Year Threes prepare for Camp Jungai, working with our Year Six and Year Twelve students in the Year Six Garden, as well as talking with classes across the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. The Welcome to Country Assembly was a formal occasion for the College to acknowledge previous owners of the land and hear a little more of Shawn’s story.
“Breaking the Silence” School Program: White Ribbon Foundation
Becoming a White Ribbon School is an overt symbol of the College’s ongoing commitment to building safer, more respectful and productive schools and communities. It was wonderful to have Reverend David Jones and Mrs Cathy Carden recognised for their participation in the “Breaking the Silence” School Program last week in the Welcome to Country Ceremony and we look forward to a continued partnership with the White Ribbon Foundation.
Congratulations to Buffalo House for wining the overall House Swimming event held earlier this term. Announced in Assembly, Ms Parkes, Head of House, Max Taylor and Seth Hescock, Buffalo House Captains, thanked all members of Buffalo for their participation and contribution. Age Champions were awarded their medals in front of the whole school the day before competing at Zone, the results of which are below.
The Secondary Swimming held in Wodonga, revealed some fantastic results, with every student who swam qualifying through to the next round at Wodonga on March 21. In addition, all ten relays qualified through to the next round including five new records. I’d like to highlight the commitment to swimming demonstrated by Tom Newton and Amelia Lee who have attended this level of competition every year of their schooling at Cathedral College Wangaratta. This is Tom’s 7th Interschool swimming carnival. At an age where participation tends to drop off in swimming, Tom and Amelia had a fantastic meet, placing in many events. Brooke Thwaites and Campbell Fraser won Aged Champions which is a pretty mighty achievement considering it is against all students across the North East of Victoria. Congratulations to:
13yo: Millicent Allen, Eliza Campbell, Ethan Guy, Cassidy Mailer, Maddison Mailer, Hugh Mullins, Alexander Pitt, Tom Sparks
14yo: Charlotte Hopp, Dominique Lee, Lara McDonald, Eadie Pfahlert, Liam Stephens, Henry Stephens, Bode Stevens, Archie Thomson
15yo: Connor Bowers, Campbell Frazer, Oskar Major, Lily Mullins, Emily Nicholson, Aidan Thomson, Brooke Thwaites, Emma Voogt
16yo: Julia Benning, Kian Bester, Sophal Hopp, Amelia Lee, Tom Newton
Mr Nathan Manning
Head of Senior Sport
Primary Swimming Zone
Junior and Middle School students represented the College at the Zone Swimming in Wangaratta, exceeding expectations and producing some outstanding results. The following students advanced to the Regional Swimming in Shepparton held on Wednesday.
Zara Boynton 1st in the 12yo Breaststroke
Lily Martin 1st in 12yo Butterfly
Mitchell Sinclair 1st in the 10yo Backstroke
Luke Nicholson 1st in the 10yo Butterfly
Jasmin Thwaites 1st in the 10yo Backstroke
Boys 10yo 1st in the Freestyle relay
Girls 10yo 1st in the Freestyle relay
Girls 11yo 1st in the Freestyle relay
Girls 12yo 1st in the Freestyle relay
Girls 12yo 1st in the Medley relay
Giann Sebire 2nd in the 12yo Freestyle
Charlotte Forbes 2nd in the 12yo Breaststroke
Jasmin Thwaites 2nd in the 10yo Freestyle
Catherine Martin 2nd in the 10yo Breaststroke
Boys 11yo 2nd in the Freestyle relay
Riley Meyland 3rd in the 12yo Backstroke
Lily Martin 3rd in the 12yo Freestyle
Mitchell Sinclair 3rd in the 10yo Freestyle
Jasper Bladon 3rd in the 10yo Breaststroke
Eva Allen 3rd in the 11yo Breaststroke
Alex Murphy 3rd in the 11yo Butterfly
Grace McKinnon 4th in the 11yo Butterfly
Giann Sebire 4th in the 12yo Butterfly
Eva Allen 4th in the 11yo Butterfly
Jock Correll 4th in the 10yo Backstroke
Swimming Regional Competition Wednesday March 8
Congratulations to the following students who competed on Wednesday in the Regionals held in Shepparton:
Gold – 12yo Girls Medley: Giaan Sebire, Charlotte Forbes, Lily Martin, Riley Meyland
– now for the State carnival
Silver – 12yo Girls Freestyle Relay: Giaan, Lily, Riley, Grace McKinnon
– 11yo Girls Freestyle Relay: Eva Allen, Maisy Atkinson, Chelsea Menhenett, Indya Rossato
Bronze – Eva Allen 11yo Girls Breaststroke; Lily Martin 12yo Girls Butterfly
Finalists – Mitchell Sinclair 10yo Boys Freestyle; Giaan Sebire 12yo Girls Freestyle; Jasmin Thwaites 10yo Girls Backstroke; Jock Correll 10yo Boys Backstroke; Riley Meyland 12yo Girls Backstroke; Catherine Martin 10yo Girls Breaststroke; Eva Allen 11yo Girls Butterfly; Luke Nicholson 10yo Boys Butterfly and Alex Murphy 11yo Boys Butterfly
Freestyle Relays: 10yo Boys 5th; 10yo Girls 4th; 11yo Boys 5th
Our Year Seven and Eight boys and girls played cricket against the best of Wangaratta and Wodonga at the Barr in Wangaratta this week and every team enjoyed at least one win, with competition fierce amongst all schools. The Year Seven boys deserve a special mention, winning their three group games against Wodonga Middle School, Wangaratta High School, and Galen Team B, eventually progressing through to the final against the top of Pool A, Galen. Particular thanks must go to Reuben James, Emily Nicholson, Mikaylea Frecklington and Tom McLean, students who assisted in both coaching and scoring the matches. Congratulations also to our Junior and Middle School students who participated in Cricket Clinics run by Cricket Victoria last week on the Oval.
The 2017 season is fast approaching and again we have many Cathedral girls who are interested in representing the school in the Saturday morning competition at the Barr Reserve. Teams have been collated and information has been sent home with your child. All registrations are completed online at wangarattanetball.com.au. All the information you need is located here.
The Junior Competition begins on Saturday April 22, 2017. Individual registrations are to be completed online and Team Registrations will take place on March 16 or 23 at the Barr Reserve. The Team Manager or Coach will register the whole team on either of those dates. School netball dresses are to be worn and should have been ordered by now through the Uniform Shop.
Net Set Go which is a modified version of netball for those beginners commences May 6, 2017. Playing t-shirts are provided. Please look for this when registering. The College is very excited and proud to be entering 9 teams at this stage. We look forward to seeing flashes of red, blue and white on a Saturday morning. Thank you to those parents who have nominated themselves for either coaching or being a Team Manager; your support is very much appreciated by all those involved, particularly the students! If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Ms Knobel on firstname.lastname@example.org
Year Eight Science
Year Eight Science students enjoyed a creative morning tea as a part of their Biology Unit with Mrs Jade Howell. Each student brought in their very own Incredible Edible Cells in the forms of brightly coloured and labelled cakes, giant cookies and jelly, representing cytoplasm, cell nucleus, mitochondria and golgi apparatus amongst other cell components. Needless to say, recess was slightly more interesting for the Year Eights on Monday!
Scholastic Book Fair
The Junior and Middle Schools have been visited by the Scholastic Book Fair Bear this week with the Library packed full of books and avid readers. With the look and feel of a bustling bookstore, the Library has been filled with mobile cases full of books based on characters and subjects children love and want to read about.
From newly released books and best sellers to award-winning titles and perennial favorites, every book is hand-selected by Scholastic experts and chosen from dozens of other publishers. This will continue to run next week in case students wish to purchase a favourite book. Many thanks to Ms Nell Parkes for organising this extremely popular event (and maybe, just maybe being the Bear!).
German Exchange Students
We, Tobi and Jakob, have now been in Australia for more than a month. In the last 30 days we have experienced a new country, with new people and new nature, and we can say, that it’s very good. All the people are nice and friendly, so we made new friends after the first school day. The weather is very different compared to Germany, in Germany it was too cold (-10°C) and now in Australia it’s perfect, sometimes a bit too hot. There’s another thing which is very different, the school. It’s much more relaxed and not so strict, so we can nearly enjoy school! Now I’m looking forward to go on the Mt. Buffalo Camp with Year Nine and to see more of that beautiful country. Jakob and Tobi
We are the Germans, Lukas and Moritz. We are here on an exchange for three months to experience the Australian way of living and learning. Our hobbies are Handball and playing computer games (Moritz). Also my hobbies (Lukas) are swimming, mountain bike riding, playing cello and piano. We love it in Australia because everybody is so friendly, the school is different and we like it a lot more here. The weather is good even though it is very hot and when we left Germany it was -20 degrees. We have been to Bright and Beechworth, it was very fascinating but not old compared to our buildings but still they were beautiful. We love our exchange families and we are very delighted to be here. Lukas and Moritz
Year Elevens Out and About
A handful of our Year Eleven students have been privileged to participate in the Zonta Breakfast and the Outreach P.A.R.T.Y program run by The Alfred Hospital. Both events gave students the opportunity to learn from State and local professionals. A range of inspiring mentors and guest speakers with different career backgrounds gathered at the Wangaratta Gateway Hotel for the annual Zonta Club of Wangaratta Young Women’s Career Breakfast. This fantastic event encourages, supports and allows young female students the opportunity to hear local women discuss their chosen career pathways, and facilitates access to mentors in their preferred career area.
Aligned with The Alfred Hospital, the P.A.R.T.Y program gave students access to Health Professionals from across the State with workshops and seminars run by Ambulance Officers, Emergency Room Doctors, Trauma Surgeons as well as talks from trauma survivors. The program, which is run globally, is designed to educate and create awareness among youth as to the consequences and outcomes related to risk-taking behaviour among youth. Students experiences throughout the day were hands on – from wearing different braces on their body and then trying to undertake everyday tasks, to wrapping gauzes, and even cutting clothing off an accident victim whilst wearing the heavy lead vests which protect the trauma nurses from radiation during X-rays; this is a very real, confronting and valuable experience for each of our students in attendance.
Parents and Friends: Jam Making
Thank you very much to our parents and friends for the tremendous effort on Wednesday afternoon making jams, relishes and sauces for the upcoming Country Fair. It is very much appreciated by the College, especially considering that parents already have very full and busy lives. Our Year Eleven students were keen to practise using the Coffee Machine in preparation for the Fair, making lattes and cappuccinos for parents to help them through the afternoon. Particular thanks must go to Kylie Ritchens for coordinating the event, organising the berries and ingredients, and guiding us all through the jam making process. It was also lovely to see Old Collegian (2014), James Ritchens help out straight after work as an apprentice chef at Sam Miranda’s Winery.
Old Collegian News
Past student William Mason (2011), recently graduated with First Class Honours in a double degree – Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Selected from over 600 applicants across the globe to be the only graduate chemical engineer at the Grain Corporation Australia, William is currently based in Melbourne. We look forward to inviting William back to talk to our students when he next returns to the North East.
Library Bag Orders
If you would like your child to have a personalised Calico Library Bag, orders can be emailed through to Suzie Quartermain at email@example.com with:
Your name and contact number
What you would like included on your bag and number of bags
Choice 1: Plain calico library bag $10 each
Choice 2: Calico Library Bag with Name OR Picture only $15 each
Choice 3: Calico Library Bag with Name AND Picture $20 each
Alternatively, Suzie will be at the Country Fair selling a variety of textiles and orders can be placed on the day.
Ski Show Nationals
The Show Ski National Titles will be held on Friday and Saturday March 24 and 25 at the Max Kirwan Water Ski Park in Mulwala NSW. We have several students participating in this competition and they would love your support. Good luck to the Peebles’ family in particular as they train for this event.
Jubilee Golf Club
Jubilee Golf Club is currently running junior golf clinics on Friday afternoons from 5.00pm until about 7.00pm during daylight saving and school terms. Parents don’t need to pay for golfing equipment as Jubilee will supply junior sized clubs for 5 to 16 year old boys or girls, left or right handers, plus other equipment. For $5.00 a session, your child will receive free tuition, the use of golfing equipment, tees and balls and time out on the course playing golf.
We have parents and grandparents who come out for a pleasant late afternoon walk around part of the course to watch their children or grandchildren play a few holes and it is a great bonding experience for all involved. We can train up to 30 children in all aspects of golf and the first night will be free. Please call Ashley Neave, PGA Professional on 5725 3258 for further enquiries about the junior golf program.
Anglicare’s Altitude Shift May 28 and 29
Altitude Shift is back in 2017 and we are looking for 200 people to TEST THEIR NERVE and get out of their comfort zone by abseiling down Melbourne’s St James building at 535 Bourke Street on Friday 28 or Saturday 29 May. Participants may sign up as an individual or as a team to join us for this exciting, one of a kind experience. It is a great motivational and fundraising exercise and all for a fantastic cause of which you are already familiar. More information about the event can be found via www.altitudeshift.org.au or on their Facebook site here
Participants must be aged 16+, to register and commit to achieving a minimum fundraising target for Altitude Shift.