The end of a term is always a time of mixed emotions. While satisfied at a ‘job well done’, it is also generally laced with aspects of change, such as teachers going on parental leave or students coming and leaving. At the start of next term, we will welcome a couple of new staff members and around 15 new students across the school. While we look forward to that, we will say goodbye to Mrs Kalish as well as a few students who are relocating to another state. Since occasions such as this are always a challenge for us, as we spend a lot of time getting to know the students in our care, interrupted relationships precipitated by moves such as these, are sad. In attending a farewell party for a student moving interstate today, I experienced first-hand the sadness of the student and her friends at her departure. We wish them well for the future, of course, and look forward to hearing of their future successes.
I like to remind the students that it is the people – students, staff and parents – that are the school, not the buildings. ‘We are Cathedral’ means that the school is defined by what we do and the manner in which we do it. None of us are perfect, of course, but we are charged with the responsibility of being our best, and by association our fine school is lifted to greater heights. Reflecting on the heights of this term, there are countless examples of courage and capacity on the sporting field, on the stage and in the classroom that come quickly to mind; however, this term will linger for me as a time when true courage was shown by a number of our school members who experienced real tragedy in their lives. Alongside that courage came a tangible sense of our school community in the form of unquestioned support.
Our school community is big and broad. On a day to day basis we ask a lot of our students, teachers and parents, both in terms of the standards we set and the sheer busyness of each day. We do not apologise for the expectations, the interruptions or the values we espouse; but we are grateful for everyone’s efforts to meet them. These factors are designed to work our students now in a way that will benefit them later. We want our students to have futures marked by aspiration, excellence and doing good in the world.
These are reminders that the people we spend a lot of time with each day matter, that the setting we create for ourselves matters, and the vision we have of ourselves for the future is fundamentally constructed by what we do now.
I wish all school families a pleasant and restful break from routine, and I look forward to seeing all of our students in three weeks’ time ready to embark on the undoubtedly engaging adventures of Semester Two.
Mr Adrian Farrer
Important Dates and Information
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.
Term Three Commencement Monday July 24
Term Three will commence on Monday July 24. Please note the three week break.
Year Nine to Twelve 2018 VCE & Careers Information Night
Thursday July 27 in the College Sports Stadium
Opening of the New Science Centre
The Science Centre was officially opened by Bishop John Parkes AM yesterday, with Jane Hume, Senator for Victoria and special guests attending a service in The Science Quad. The Cantabile choir sang the National Anthem beautifully and the School Captains capably led the procession and service. Science experiments were conducted in the new laboratories with many of our Junior School students being able to learn from our Year Six, Year Eight and Year Eleven students as they explored energy efficiency, water purification systems and hands on practical experiments. The facility is available to all students of the College and is mainly used by Year Five through to Year Twelve. Thank you to all those who contributed to the construction of the Science and Food Technology Centre.
The Jungle Book
Under the direction of Mr Sam Woods, 160 student performers from Year Three, Year Four and Year Five, dazzled family and friends with a spectacular, sell-out performance of The Jungle Book last Thursday. The singing and dancing had the audience bopping in their seats and everyone left at the end of the night humming and singing the ‘The Bare Necessities’.
The Performing Arts Centre was a hive of activity in the hours leading up to the performance. All hands were on deck as last minute touches to the stage, backdrop, costumes and make up were completed. A big thank you to all the staff and parents that helped out in so many ways; the students seemed to love being a part of a live theatre performance.
Head of Junior School
Well, the final breath has been drawn on first semester, and what a busy one it has been. I would like to congratulate all of our students for their efforts, care and commitment to learning, and being responsible, respectful members of our community. Twenty school weeks have ensured we are all ready for a well earned and refreshing break. I sincerely thank everyone for their ongoing support and keen interest. Special thanks to Julia Kalish, who will return briefly in Term Three, before commencing family leave, and a warm welcome to Jennifer Waugh, who is replacing Julia, and enjoyed a successful transition day in Year Three on Thursday.
The Semester Two Junior School House Captains, selected from Year Five were announced at our final assembly for the term. The Year Six Captains will support the Year Five students as mentors during Term Three, especially with House Music. The Semester Two House Captains will play an important role at our House Athletics Carnival, the ASC Year Five Schools Day and at other important events throughout the second half of the year.
Nearly 40 students applied for the House positions, which is indicative of the strong interest and respect they hold for their House and this leadership role. For 2018, the Junior School House Captains will revert to a yearly position, to be selected late in Term Four from the current Year Four group. I wish to congratulate the following Year Five students on their selection:
House Captains Semester Two 2017
BUFFALO Rubina Allen, Harvey Correll
COBBLER Mia Johnson, Ethan Donald
FEATHERTOP Charlotte Bett, Elijah Royal
HOTHAM Maisy Atkinson, Mia Johnston
STIRLING Harley Livingstone, Khai Bonnaci
WARBY Madeleine Cherry, Zac Bladon
House Captains Semester One 2017
BUFFALO Charlotte Forbes, Gabrielle Sinclair
COBBLER Hollie Bohun, Lily Martin
FEATHERTOP Luke Cheshire, Scarlett Simpson
HOTHAM Demi Johns, Elise Martin
STIRLING Eden Yelland, Jetson Walton
WARBY Kate Rial, Grace McKinnon
May you all have a safe, happy and restful holiday.
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
Farewell to Mrs Kalish
The Year Threes enjoyed a Cultural Celebration morning tea to farewell Mrs Kalish this week. With Mexicans, Hawaiins, Aussies and other cultures represented from around the world. There was a diverse and imaginative array of food which was shared amongst the staff and students, ranging from scones with jam and cream, to nachos and coconuts! It is not quite farewell as Mrs Kalish will be here in the first week of Term Three but we hope she manages to find some time these holidays to rest before she welcomes a new addition to her family.
Sacred Keys Piano Concert
The Cathedral provided impressive acoustics for the Sacred Keys Piano Concert held last week. Over 40 students from Prep through to Year Ten performed pieces they had practised over the semester, some accompanied by Mrs Julia Arnold. The College is very fortunate to have the encouragement and dedication of its Instrumental teachers and the numbers of students taking up an instrument has grown considerably. Well done to all those students who sang and played; we look forward to next semester’s concert.
House Music – 2017
It’s nearly that time of year again and we cannot wait to see each House perform! Held in the Sports Stadium on Wednesday September 6, parents and guests will be invited to attend on the day. Mr Phil Bohun enjoyed announcing the theme of Belonging and the songs and order for the day were randomly chosen at House Assembly, amidst much excitement. Taylor Swift and Moana certainly seemed to be the strong favourites with students starting to rehearse next term in their House groups.
Please see below songs and order for the day:
1 Warby : ‘You Belong With Me’ – Taylor Swift
2 Cobbler: ‘We Are The World’ – USA for Africa by Michael Jackson
3 Buffalo: ‘We Go Together’ – Grease
4 Stirling: ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ – Peter Allen
5 Hotham: ‘How Far I’ll Go’ – Moana
6 Feathertop: ‘We Belong Together’ – Toy Story by Randy Newman
Winter is Coming!
Cathedral College Wangaratta Ski Club is open to students of all abilities and ages, from experienced ‘snow bunnies’ to first timers. All students are required to learn new techniques in formal lessons held by experienced instructors and continually push their boundaries in group skiing.
On the day trips, students board a bus at Murdoch Road very early in the morning. In Falls Creek, we collect hire gear, have a lesson with a trained ski/snowboard instructor, and have some free skiing time to hone our skills. We usually return to Wangaratta at about 7:00pm. A range of hire gear is available, including snowboards, skis, jacksets, pants and boots.
The Overnight Trip…
The overnight trip is the most intensive and therefore best way to make vast improvements in skiing. This is only open to students in Years Seven to Twelve, is more expensive, but also represents great value. It includes everything in the day trip (for three days) plus all meals and accommodation in Falls Creek Village. Also, there is the opportunity to ski Wombat’s Ramble on the night of arrival!
The registration window for ski trips closes today!
Day Trip 1 – Friday July 28 Prep to Year Twelve
Overnight Trip – Wednesday August 2 – Friday August 4
Day Trip 2 – Friday August 4 Prep to Year Twelve
Day Trip 3 – Friday August 25 Prep to Year Twelve
General information and the registration process was emailed home to families last week and Monday. Please check your emails for complete info.
When – X-C Skiing August 6 and Ski and Snowboard August 21 – 27
Where – Mt Buller Ski Resort
For more information please contact Mrs Howman via email: email@example.com
Sport Dates for Term Three
Please jot these dates down in your diaries or check the school calendar here for updates on events.
Thursday July 29 – State Cross Country Year Four to Twelve
Friday August 11 – Netball Year Seven/Eight Boys and Year Nine/Ten Boys
Thursday August 17 – Region Soccer Year Eight Girls
Tuesday August 22 – Region Badminton Year Seven/Eight
Friday August 25 – Netball School Championships Year Seven/Eight – Year Nine/Ten
Monday August 28 – Basketball and Table Tennis
Tuesday September 5 – Basketball Year Eight
Wednesday September 13 – Basketball Year Nine/Ten
Mr Nathan Manning
Junior School Winter Sports Day
Annually, Wangaratta hosts the Ovens and Mitta Divisional Winter Sports Day. This year, 85 Year Five and Six Cathedral College students participated in football, netball, soccer and T-ball. Football proved to be exceptionally popular this year, particularly with the girls, with over 28 students rotating through five games. Although they would have liked more wins, they improved considerably throughout the day under the coaching of Greg Newbold.
The College has developed quite a netball culture of recent years. This year we had three teams participate in the Winter Sports Day. Some of our students were experienced netballers and some had never played before and there was notable improvement as the day progressed. Our main side progressed to the Grand Final, where they lost to Yarrawonga College by two goals; a great performance considering 32 teams took part.
Our soccer team had been training hard prior to the day under the coaching of Kristy Mellor; however, they came up against some stiff opposition from schools who regularly play together. Although wins were scarce, the students’ teamwork and sportsmanship were notable highlights of the day. Paul Weir took charge of our t-ball team and had quite a successful day. Although many of our students had limited experience, they displayed enthusiasm and a willingness to improve; a 4th placed finish was a great achievement. Thank you to all the students and parents who were involved in the coaching and support of the day.
Mr Matt Lane
Junior School Sport
Our AFL team enjoyed a successful day of football last Tuesday. After succumbing to Appin Park and Benalla in the first two matches, we steeled ourselves and produced a hard fought victory over Wangaratta West. Formidable challenges awaited against Yarrawonga who we pressed for the entire match but were still outscored, and then in our final match against an amalgamation of small local schools. In this final match, we produced our best performance and but for the siren going a few seconds prior to us having a shot on goal, we may have caused an upset victory. Highlights were: Mietta Boyd becoming the first female goalscorer in a mixed football match, Aubyn and Cooper Newton combining for 5 brotherly goals in one game, and Zara Boynton attacking the ball whenever the opportunity arose. It was a great day and the 28 boys and girls from Years Five and Six did themselves and our school proud.
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
Hume Cross Country
The Hume Region Cross Country Championships was held on Wednesday June 21 at the Winton Raceway. Cathedral had over 30 students participating, all of whom are to be commended for their cooperation and efforts; it was also wonderful for so many parents to come and support their children. We had nearly half of all competitors qualify for the Victorian State Championships, including three first places which was a terrific achievement and a great reward for their hard work in building their running fitness. The State Championships will be held at Bundoora on Thursday July 20. Further information will be communicated to the following students who qualified.
10 Boys – Chad Donald (11th place)
12 Girls – Allanah Harrap (2nd place)
13 Boys – First placed team, who all qualify, including Alex Pitt (5th), Braedon Marjanovic (6th), Will Johnson (15th), Josh Tweedale (43rd)
13 Girls – First placed team, in a fantastic effort, Callista Race-Stelling (1st), Lia Ladbrook (2nd), Cassidy Mailer (3rd), Jessica Calvert (4th), Maddison Mailer (12th)
14 Boys – Henry Stephens (6th)
14 Girls – Tess Palubiski (2nd)
15 Boys – Max Hemphill (1st)
17-20 Boys – Alex Race-Stelling (1st)
Congratulations and good luck for the State Championships
A big congratulations to Callista from Year Eight Close who has recently been selected in the Victorian U14 Women’s team for the School Sport Australia’s X-C Championship to be held in Hobart from the 11-14 August and the Australian All Schools X-C Championship to be held in Wollongong on August 26. We wish you well and look forward to hearing of your achievements at these events.
Mrs Brigid Perkins, Mr Matt Lane and Mr Brant Whitsed
John Wood Masterclass
As a key part of VCE Theatre Studies, our Year Eleven cohort were visited by John Wood, the Gold Logie winning Australian actor, who performed in the play, ‘Bakersfield Mist’ at the WPAC last week. Students were able to learn more of John’s experiences in both film and theatre and ask questions about their upcoming studies in Unit Two. With direction on how to choose monologues for one of their assessments, students also acted and received feedback from John who was very generous with his time.
Naomi Luhan – Eric van Leeuwin Secondary School Scholarship
Naomi is a dedicated and hard-working student who always aims high and puts enormous effort into her work. She is very ambitious in terms of her plans for the future, which was recognised when she became one of our Kwong Lee Dow scholars at the end of Year Ten. Naomi gives her time freely to school events and to her fellow students. She is also a very thoughtful and caring individual who is always there when others are in need.
Joshua Thompson – Rotary Student Leadership Award
Around school, Joshua is renowned for being a voice of reason with a mature style of leadership. He is always first to put up his hand when help is needed. Outside of school, Joshua is heavily involved in a range of organisations where he frequently shows his leadership skills. This includes the Bright Scouts group, where he is a helper. Joshua also assists with the running of the Cubs group and with the organisation of camps. Joshua is completing his Queen’s Scout award, which involves a range of experiences. Josh assists with the local Rotary group in a range of activities, as well as the CSIR ski club with lodge maintenance and working parties.
Mr Rod Dunbar
Year One Science Presentation
Our Year One students presented their Science Investigation in front of Prep and Mr Farrer. Children have been researching and collecting facts about Australian Animals which then needed to be organised, sequenced and presented logically. Mr Farrer learnt about Kangaroos, Sharks, Sugar Gliders, Eagles and more. The skills acquired throughout this project are then taken in to Year Two where students create slide shows and visual presentations on their chosen topic.
Year Seven Camp
Year Seven Outdoor Education students braved the chilly conditions and spent the last three days of term camped in the Warby Range National Park. Students enjoyed a whole series of Outdoor Education activities, with rock climbing, survival skills, hiking and shelter building out of natural resources to name a few.
Despite the frosty nights, staff and students had a terrific time with campfires and cooked camp food to keep them warm. Many thanks to Mr Wyatt, Mr Henderson, Ms Kearley, Mr Gerrish, Reverend Jones, Ms Harris and Mr Willett for ensuring the camp was a success.
NAIDOC Week (First Sunday in July until the following Sunday)
NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Mrs Parkes and the Year Four students baked some delicious lemon myrtle biscuits to commemorate the upcoming NAIDOC week.
For more information on NAIDOC week please click here.
Junior School Skipping Fun!
The Junior School challenged Mr Newbold, Head of the Junior School to a ‘skip-off’ last week. Undoubtedly, Mr Newbold did not want to be outdone by our little ones and joined in, much to the enjoyment of the Junior School students.
VTAC Information Evenings
VTAC will be running information evenings at the beginning of August in Wangaratta and Benalla. Find out from VTAC representatives on how to apply for tertiary courses, scholarships and special consideration. There will also be information about the ATAR, scaling and offers. This presentation will be most useful for Year Twelve students and their parents; Year Nine to Year Eleven students and their parents are also welcome. For more details on the Benalla session please click here and for Wangaratta please click here.
Career Pathways Forum
Parents and Students of Year Nine to Twelve are invited to a Careers Information Night. Representatives from a wide range of professions and tertiary places will answer questions and share stories of their fields of work.
When: Thursday July 27 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Where: Cathedral College Sports Stadium
Seasons for Growth’ Program Term Three: Learning to live with change and loss
Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Cathedral College Wangaratta we recognise that when change occurs in families through death, separation, divorce or related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. We are therefore offering a very successful education program called Seasons for Growth which will commence in Term Three. This program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research which highlights the importance of social support and the need to practice new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks.
Further information will made available about the Seasons for Growth Program shortly. At this stage, we are considering two different age groups: Prep-Year Three; Years Four to Seven; and possibly some 2-week sessions for students in Years Eight to Twelve if required. If you are interested in the program, or think your son or daughter would benefit from participating in the program, please contact Learning Enhancement Teacher, Cathy Carden at firstname.lastname@example.org or your child’s homeroom teacher.
Yarrawonga Motorcycle Recreational Park – Come and Try Day
Free fun event on Saturday July 8 for new riders to come along and try out the Yarrawonga Motorcycle Recreational Park. More details can be found via the link here.
Would $500 Assist you with Educational Costs….?
Berry Street delivers Saver Plus locally and is looking for more participants. Those that are eligible may receive up to $500 to assist with school uniforms, text books, music tuition and more. For more information on the program and to determine if you are eligible please take a look at the link here.
Parents and Friends
The next P and F meeting will be held in August on Tuesday August 1, at 7.00pm in the Library. All are welcome.