This newsletter edition has unintentional, but clear, themes of adventure and engagement. So broad and varied have been the activities of the last couple of weeks, that the newsletter demands your full attention! I hope that you will enjoy the accounts of camps, music, excursions, Book Week, Discovery Day, sport, Fathers Day, the Deb Ball and alike.
It was fun spying on our Outdoor Education students from Year Eight who camped at Bluff Hut in the snow this week. The web cam offered those of us warm and dry in Wangaratta the chance to witness the conditions our campers endured. Whereas it looked confronting, the students were elated on their return at the intensity of their trip and the accomplishments they had made.
Through the Sacred Guitars Concert on Tuesday evening and the ASC Piano Competition today, a significant number of our students had opportunities that challenged them and entertained the audiences. The inclusive nature of these events – all standards and levels accepted – is a hallmark of our approach and helps ensure that as many students as possible exhibit the courage needed to perform.
Many thanks to all those who were able to join us for the Fathers Day Breakfast this morning. Our remarkable kitchen team, and staff and student helpers, did a wonderful job of feeding so many of us as we enjoyed the beautiful Spring sunshine. It is always a joy to welcome parents, grandparents and friends into the school, and I know that our students enjoy showing off the continuously developing grounds of our school to their families.
An imminent opportunity for parent engagement is the next in our series of Football Training and Yoga sessions. At 4.00pm on Sunday September 10 (provided the weather is not foul), we will be hoping to see parents come to football training on our magnificent oval. Under expert coaching (in our humble opinion!) these sessions have been a good deal of fun for those that have been able to make it. Likewise, yoga will be offered at the same time, indoors, and both groups will be able to meet at the end for a debrief and some light refreshments. Please save the date.
Many parents have also become aware of the “soft launch” of our school Facebook site this fortnight. It is our hope that those interested will enjoy this vehicle to allow parents and friends to engage with some of the daily activities of the school. I recommend it to you.
Mr Adrian Farrer
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 Music – Wednesday September 6, 11.50am
Rehearsals have started in earnest for the House Music competition which will be held on Wednesday September 6 in the Stadium from 11.50am. Parents and family are more than welcome to attend and support your child’s House in this fiercely fought competition. From 11.20am until 11.45am, parents are invited by the P&F to come for a quick coffee in The Science Quad.
Junior School Athletics – Friday September 8
Students from Prep to Year Five will be competing in their Houses at the Junior School Athletics, held on the College Oval. Parents and family are invited to support their child as they run, jump, hop and throw for a full day of sport. Students are asked to wear their House tops.
Eucharist – Wednesday September 13
Parents and families are invited to join the College at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Wednesday September 13 for Eucharist. Middle and Senior School will be at 11.45am and the Junior School will be from 1.55pm.
It has been a busy fortnight for the Junior School, with Book Week, Swimming lessons, Year Five Sports Day, Year Three and Year Four House Sports, Book Week and a visit from an educational theatre company, Brainstorm Production, and their play “The Magic Words”. Linking in with our well-being programmes, this company supports and helps foster respect, dignity, self-efficacy and positive behaviours in and out of the school environment.
The Year Fives were joined by fellow Year Fives from ASC school, Cobram Anglican Grammar, for a day of Football, Netball, Soccer and STEM activities. Mini matches and Maker Space work stations offered students the opportunity to work with different groups and get to know the staff and students from CAGS a little better. The same week saw our Year Three and Four students playing Football and Netball, guided by our Junior House Captains.
Harry Potter costumes were very popular at this year’s Book Week Parade, with both staff and students taking on the gowns of Hermione, the scars of Harry Potter and the distinctly recognisable Witches Hat of Professor McGonagall. Amongst our student wizards were Billy B Browns, Specky Magees, Narnia Characters and others. It was wonderful to see the diversity and breadth of reading in the Junior School. The students (and parents!) created marvellous costumes and their pride in being about to ‘be’ someone they have connected with in literature was delightful to see.
Fathers Day Breakfast
Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles and family friends joined our students for a special Fathers day breakfast this morning. Staff were on campus at 7.00am to ensure that the coffee was hot and the barbecue ready for over 500 sausages. Football rivalry was most evident, no-more so than between staff as the Finals approach. Students participated in activities in the stadium, with AFL Victoria representatives joining us for a fun filled day. Gold coin donations raised a significant amount of money for the Fight Cancer Foundation and I thank all those who attended for their support of this morning.
Year Eleven Debutante Ball
Last Friday evening fourteen glamorous Year Eleven students and partners were introduced to family, staff and friends at the annual Cathedral College Wangaratta Debutante Ball, held at The Gateway Hotel. Leading up to the night, the Debutantes were taught various ballroom dances by Intencity Dance studio. Students commented that it was an’ amazing night’, ‘a lifetime experience’ and ‘a memorable evening’. I would particularly like to thank Ms Vicki Roberts and Mr Rod Dunbar for all the hard work that went into the night.
Cobbler House Fundraiser – Friday September 22
Cobbler House will be supporting Relay for Life as their Fundraiser, walking laps around the Oval from 1.00pm to raise money for the Relay for Life Tenth Anniversary. Students across the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools are invited to take part by joining in and wearing their House tops.
It was wonderful to have Alumni Nathan Bullen (2017) and Lucy Mitchell-Long (2017) return to College and talk to our current Year Twelves about the many benefits to taking a Gap Year before commencing Tertiary Education at Monash University. Nathan has spent this year as a Gap Assistant at Timbertop, Geelong Grammar School’s Year Nine Campus near Mansfield. Hiking, running, camping, chopping wood and helping students meet the many challenges they face at Timbertop are just some of the activities that have kept Nathan busy. Lucy has enjoyed her year assisting in classrooms across the Junior, Middle and Senior School here at College as one of our Gappies; Lucy Conn (2017) has also spent the year with us as our Sports Gappie before she heads to University.
Mr Keith Willett
Head of Senior School
Outdoor Education – Year Eight Mt Stirling Snow Camp and Year Nine Mt Buffalo Snow Trip
Our ever burgeoning Outdoor Education program at Cathedral College Wangaratta continues to challenge, inspire and enable students to experience our magnificent, local surroundings. Plentiful snow and sunshine ensured optimum conditions for thirty-seven Year Eight students, accompanied by five staff, to conquer the difficult terrain with their equipment, food and supplies on their backs over the course of three days.
Effectively prepared with boots, snow shoes and poles at Telephone Box Junction, this determined and supportive group of students made their way along the Bluff Spur Trail and set up camp for the first night at Bluff Spur Hut.
After featuring on the Webcam Wednesday morning, the weather hindered the opportunity to walk up to the Summit however the students were able to navigate their way along the Stirling Trail to King Saddle Shelter and along the Hut Loop to Razorback Hut where we stayed for the second night.
Students noted the weather conditions to be much calmer further down in the valley, however the temperature reached minus five degrees. The very recent investment in durable tents and backpacks to keep students warm and comfortable amidst the harsh elements was invaluable. Resilient in nature, students overcame the cold and icy conditions amongst which they cooked, navigated and learnt to survive without creature comforts.
Traversing down Alby’s Loop concluded an impressive eighteen kilometres of circumnavigation on snow groomed tracks. Upon reflection, students were surprised on how well they coped with the harsh conditions. An amazing effort by an intrepid group, we turn our attention to a bike ride to Beechworth, certain to be another memorable experience. Some reflections from the students are below:
“Positivity is the only basic need to survive the wilderness.”
“Throughout the journey travelled, all eyes captured the wilderness that stretched as far as the eye could see.”
“B: Beautiful. Body Clock. Basic. Baggage. Balance. Below Zero. Blizzard. Blinding. Blisters.”
“O: Original. Outstanding. One of a Kind.”
“W: Wonderful. Wilderness. Waterways. Windy.”
Year Nine Outdoor Education students also took to the slopes, spending Thursday skiing at Mt Buffalo. The near perfect weather conditions and bright blue skies made for a great day out for all.
Year Ten Mittagundi Camp
On Sunday the 13th of August, 20 brave Year Ten students boarded the bus to adventure to Mittagundi. After 5 hours of singing and talking we arrived at the farm and were greeted by our lovely leaders Zach, Theresa, Felix, Ruby and “Definitely Andrew”. The first task at Mittagundi was probably the hardest for most: handing in our food, watches, books and phones.
After we received our sleeping bags, thermals, very stylish woollen jumpers, ski boots and skis, we packed our hiking bags and headed down to Ian’s Hut. This was where we discovered the first of Mittagundi’s many traditions: “Thank-yous”. Every night before dinner, we gathered around the table and said thank you to everyone who helped us out throughout the day. On the first night, the room was filled with an awkward silence but over the course of the week everyone developed more and more confidence and the Thank-yous increased, until it took almost 20 minutes to get through them all.
On Monday morning all 20 of us squished, like sardines into the two troopies. We had a short drive ahead of us to get to the snow where we met up with our ski instructor Liz, who took care of us for the next couple of days. First she gave us a quick lesson on how to cross-country ski. It didn’t take us long to become quite skilled. We were ready to conquer the days ahead. The hike up to MacNamara’s Hut was difficult, but the weather was good and everyone was enthused.
Over the next two days there was a lot of rain, wind and snow, but we all found ways to stay warm and make the most of the experience. Mrs Van Wyk taught us her amazing foot dance which never failed to bring feeling back into our toes, and Zach showed us a ridiculous penguin warm up which really got the blood pumping. We had been skiing for almost two days when we found a huge snowfield. It was the perfect spot for a snowball fight, which is exactly what happened, as we were all already saturated from the rain. We used our skis to carve massive bricks of snow and built snow forts before a boys versus girls battle broke out.
After a fun day of skiing and snowball fights, we retreated back to our tents to try and get dry. This was quite difficult as everything was dripping with water. We all squeezed into the hut and had some curry to warm our insides. The hut wasn’t the most luxurious place in the world, but it was warm and dry which was all that mattered. We were asked to go around the circle and say something we would like to achieve for the rest of the camp. We used this time to reflect on the experiences that we had had; so far it had been very tough but we felt we had all made the most of our time in the snow.
The next morning we were up early and had sloppy porridge once again for breakfast. Everyone had learned to love sloppy porridge, as everything tastes so much better when it’s so cold that you can’t feel your toes. We hiked back to where the troopies had dropped us off two days earlier. Hiking to MacNamara’s hut had seemed to take at least four hours but the hike home was so quick that we made it back just after lunch.
Getting back to camp was definitely a highlight for most because we were able to have a hot shower and put on dry clothes. The next day involved farm work and lots of lovely food. Some of the farm jobs included cooking, working in the blacksmith’s and the joinery and helping clean up the water rafting shed. It was our last day at Mittagundi and we all agreed that we could have easily spent another day working on the farm but it was also good to be heading home. Mittagundi was an awesome camp and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for a truly memorable experience.
Amelia Lee and Tom Newton
This week saw the second CCW Discovery Day take place for our current Year Six students, as well as our new student additions that will join them to make up the Year Seven 2018 cohort. The day was filled with a range of activities which allowed each student to start building connections within their new cohort as well as with some specialist Middle School teachers. It was wonderful to witness new friendships being formed, as well as students who appeared quite nervous at the start of the day leaving the school with a smile on their face and a little bit more confidence and understanding about their new school.
Throughout the day students were separated into different groups so they could learn some new names and get to know some new faces. They had time to listen to some key staff who play important roles in the Middle School such as Rev Jones, Dr Bohun, Mrs Laughton and our Heads of House team. Some time was spent in both English and Mathematics classrooms and the afternoon was finished off with the group learning their new House groups for next year and spending some time understanding the purpose of our House system. From all accounts, it was a highly successful day and the Year Seven class of 2018 will rejoin as a group again at the District Transition Day which is to be held in December.
With the CCW Netball program going from strength to strength, we were able to enter three strong teams into the recent Netball Victoria School Championships which was held at the Barr Reserve on Friday August 25. The Championships are one of the largest netball tournaments conducted in Australia and attracts Government, Catholic and Independent school teams from around the state. After an initial trial period, CCW was able to enter a Year Six team, a combined Year Seven and Eight team and a combined Year Nine and Ten team. We were fortunate enough to experience a spring-like, sunny day which tested the fitness of many students who played back to back matches throughout the day. All teams experienced some success and benefitted from playing a range of different teams and hard fought matches. Thank you to Ms Alyse Owen and Ms Lauren Lee who assisted with organising and coaching on the day. All of our netballers had a wonderful time!
Congratulations to the College Flames and College Sapphires who made it through to the Grand Final in the Saturday Competition. Some fierce and fast play on the courts saw victory for the Sapphires and a narrow loss for the Flames. Many thanks to all the parents and coaches for their support of the students. We look forward to another successful season in 2018.
SEPEP Table Tennis – Year Eight Physical Education
Throughout this term in Year Eight Physical Education our students are involved in participating in a SEPEP Table Tennis Unit, which is a completely student-run competition. In the initial weeks, students decide on varying roles such as President, Rules Committee and Team Selectors. The overall purpose of the unit is to teach the students about the time and effort that goes into many community sporting groups and events. Once the administration side of things has been organised, each class coordinates a number of different matches each week before preparing for the finals. Each team is required to organise their own uniform, team name and coach. It has been wonderful to see students negotiate different rules and expectations throughout their own tournament and take ownership over the organising of the ladder, the draw and the equipment. Communication skills and team work have been vital for a successful tournament to run.
More success for Callista!
Year Eight student, Callista Race-Stelling, had another strong run at last weekend’s Athletics Australia National Cross Country Championships at Wollongong. Callista placed 28th in the Women’s U14 3km event. Callista was very happy with her performance and her running is benefitting from the experience national level racing can offer. Well done Callista!
Mrs Brigid Perkins
Head of Middle School
Victorian Short Course Swimming Championships
The Victorian Short Course Swimming Championships were held over the weekend of August 19 and 20 at WISAC. A number of students competed and Zoe Goodger sang the National Anthem beautifully during the Opening Ceremony on the Saturday. A full list of results can be found below:
Cassidy Mailer Year Eight – Competed in 5 events, 5 PBs
Maddison Mailer Year Eight – Competed in 6 events and achieved 6 PBs
Hugh Mullins Year Seven – Competed in 5 events, 5 PBs
Lara McDonald Year Eight – Competed in 5 events
Chloe Hart Year Eight – Competed in 1 event
Brooke Thwaites Year Nine – competed in 8 events, 8 PBs
Aidan Thomson Year Nine – competed in 7 events, 7 PBs
Well done to all participants, a wonderful result!
Winter 2017 Ski Trips
This year’s school ski trips saw a number of students, parents and staff make their way up to Falls Creek for three very memorable days on the slopes; conditions varied greatly from one trip to the next. We encountered a particularly challenging day with low visibility, high wind and falling snow whilst at the other end of the spectrum, we had one of the most spectacular days imaginable with clear blue skies and perfect powder.
There were many highlights, but seeing the students of all different ages and abilities engaging with not only each other, but also the staff and the parental helpers was wonderful; new friendships were forged, new skills developed.
Long days with early starts, plenty of exercise, and the odd ‘Snownut’ here and there, the Ski programme offers new and exciting challenges each year. We are fortunate to be able to take full advantage of our close proximity to the ski fields and the College is grateful to the many parents who attended and supported our students on the mountains.
Interschools Ski Championships
From August 21- 27, Cathedral College Wangaratta participated in the 60th year of the Victorian Snowsports Interschool competition held at Mt Buller, a competition open to all ages of school children.
We started off the week with our youngest competitor, Llewela Browne (Year Two) competing in her very first event of downhill skiing. Llewela was up against 100 students from other schools in our state. She skied well and should be very proud of her efforts and we hope that she will be back again next year to compete again.
In our top age groups of Division 2 and 3 we had both James McConnell (Year Ten) and George McConnell (Year Seven) compete for the school and came home with some outstanding results. James won both Division 2 Alpine (GS) and Skiercross and placed 8th in Slopestyle. He was up against 168 other skiers in GS, 32 other competitors in his Skiercross event and 21 in Slopestyle. James has now won the Skiercross for Division 2 for the past 2 years. His brother George came 14th in Skiercross, racing against 206 other competitors. Both boys have qualified for the Nationals that will be held in the next coming week at Mt Buller and we both congratulate them and wish them the best of luck.
Professional photos taken by Photoshop Mt Buller.
Yarrawonga Chess Tournament
Last Tuesday the Cathedral College Wangaratta Chess Club made their debut at a regional chess tournament. We had students from Years Three to Eleven with varying degrees of ability. Students played 7 games of speed chess for the day, and all competitors showed brilliant sportsmanship and intense concentration. Daniel Herrod from Year Seven finished in the top five percent of students in the region, winning an impressive 6 out of 7 games. Students who wish to join the College Chess Club need to listen out for notices in the daily bulletin for lunchtime sessions and upcoming events. The next chess tournament is Monday October 16th in Corowa, and the following tournament is November 1st in Thurgoona. Attendance at these events will depend on interest level among the students. Thank you to Ms Noble and Lucy for their support on the day. Congratulations to all who competed on the day.
Ms Candace Potter
Staff and parents were treated to a ‘Sacred Guitars’ concert, held in the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Tuesday night. Students across the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools played solos on ukeleles, bass, electric and acoustic guitars, accompanied by Guitar teacher Mr Patrick Russell. Many thanks to Mr Russell and Dr Bohun for providing an opportunity for students to perform.
ASC Piano Competition
Students from the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools of Cathedral College Wangaratta and Trinity Anglican Grammar gathered together to compete in the ASC Piano Competition held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral today. Categories were named after ASC Core Values with AMEB equivalent Grades as a guide:
Congratulations to all the beautiful pianists – the audience was very impressed with the musical talents of all the players. Particular congratulations to the award winners and to Thomas Summerfield from Trinity Anglican Grammar for winning the Grand Prize of a return trip to Perth to play at the ASC Conference to be held in 2018. Many thanks to our Judges and parents for their support and encouragement of the students in this inaugural competition.
Parents of Prep, Year One and Year Two Students
In Term Four of this year, your child will be participating in the first ever Prep to Year Two Theatre Production at the WPAC. We require helpers to assist with creating costumes for each student. May I ask any interested parents or relations in being a part in this exciting creative process to meet after the House Music Competition in the Year Two classrooms?
Costume Working Bee Meeting
WHEN – Wednesday September 6, 2017 @ 1.00pm
WHERE – Year Two classrooms
Many thanks in anticipation
Dr Phil Bohun
UNSW and Australian Maths Trust Challenges
Once again this year students throughout the College have participated in various educational challenges conducted by the Australian Maths Trust and the University of NSW. Congratulations to all students who challenged themselves against so many others throughout Australia with many achieving Distinctions, Credits and Merits. Certificates will be distributed to students through Homeroom. Please find those students who received a High Distinction or Distinction below.
Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
High Distinction Award: Cassidy Mailer, Alice Kjar
Distinction Awards: Felicity Camplin, Nicholas Kjar, Catherine Martin, Caleb Sinclair, James Wilkinson, Anastasia Pakusch, Jasmin Thwaites, Khai Bonnaci, Madeleine Cherry, Indya Rossato, Mackenzie Guy
UNSW ICAS – Science Challenge: Distinction Award – Alice Kjar
UNSW ICAS – Spelling Challenge: Distinction Award – Ava Harrison-Raknes
UNSW ICAS – Writing Challenge: High Distinction Award – Jasmin Thwaites, Cassidy Mailer, Maddison Mailer
Parents and Friends Meeting Tuesday September 5, 7.00pm
The Parents and Friends hold regular meetings on the first Tuesday of every month in the Staff Room at 7.00pm. All are welcome to attend the next scheduled meeting on Tuesday September 5.
The traditional Father’s Day Stall was held on Monday August 29 in the Junior School Library. The Junior School students loved selecting a small gift to give to their dads on Father’s Day. Thank you Kirsty Taylor and helpers for coordinating the event and assisting on the day.
The Science Department: request for recyclable goods.
The Science Labs are requesting the following items which will be used to help prepare experiments. If you have any of the below, please drop these off at Reception.
Cathedral College library bags are now available for parents and students to purchase from Sharon’s office. Each bag costs $15.00 which is payable to Sharon.
City Colts Cricket Club
City Colts Cricket Club would like to invite any interested junior players to join our club for the 2017/2018 Season. We have a team or program to suit any age from 5 years to U/16. For those pre-junior underage competition (normally ages 5 – 9) we have either Milo In 2 Cricket or T20 Blast; our junior club philosophy is everyone gets a go and we have accredited Level 1 coaches to aid in player development. Anyone interested in any of the programs can register via Playcricket.com.au, enter Wangaratta postcode 3677 and select City Colts as the centre or contact Ross Moore 0409 186 640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries re Milo In 2 Cricket or T20 Blast or Andrew Lovett for junior underage enquiries 0458 175 951 or email Lovett.email@example.com.
We are also holding a muster day where you can sign up or seek further information: Thursday September 14, 5.00pm – 6.00pm at the Bill O’Callaghan Oval (Barr Reserve)
2017 River of Stories
Do you enjoy writing? Are you in Years Seven to Ten? If so, you are invited to take part in the annual River of Stories writing competition. The winner of each section will receive $200 plus $500 towards their school library. The winning entry from each school will receive a Dymocks book voucher valued at $50. For more information and details on how to enter please refer to the attached flyer here 2017 River of Stories Competition.
Uniform Shop Winter Trading Hours
Winter trading hours continues throughout Term Three and are detailed below:
Wednesdays 8.30am – 4.00pm
Fridays 8.30am – 1.45pm
For new students enrolling at Cathedral College Wangaratta, the Uniform Shop allocates a two week period towards the end of Term Four for uniform fittings. Parents/ guardians of new students will be contacted to make a fitting time that best suits them within this period. Alternatively, families new to the school can call or email to make an appointment for a full fit-out on (03) 5722 2144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.