Welcome back to Term Four, our full and final term for 2017. This week has already seen our Camps’ program in full swing with our Year Six cohort enjoying all that the Nation’s Capital has to offer. They were fortunate to have the added opportunity to reconnect with Senator Jane Hume who visited the College in June for the Science Centre opening. Our Year Twos will be looking forward to their overnight camp in Harrietville next week, our Year Eights travel to Torquay in a fortnight, and next month both our Preps and Year Ones will experience a Pizza evening at the School where they get to ‘own the College’ for the night. The 2017 Outdoor Education program allows students to demonstrate strength, courage, empathy, resilience and leadership; it is hoped these character traits become a point of reference for student reflection on their return to school.
The Year Eleven and Year Twelve curriculum and pastoral initiatives in 2017 have been designed to motivate and support our students, help them focus on their studies, promote wellbeing, and ultimately celebrate their final years of schooling at Cathedral College Wangaratta. Thank you to the staff, students and parents for making themselves available over the holidays as they embarked on a revision and study program – we are indeed a collaborative learning community. Our Year Twelves complete their final day of school on Wednesday October 25, and this will be an opportunity for the whole school to gather together in our traditional farewell Assembly.
The latest edition of SchoolTV is a timely one with its focus on exams – this is our online wellbeing platform which hosts a broad range of articles, strategies, fact sheets and more that may help young people and their parents manage exam stress and anxiety. http://cathedralcollege.vic.schooltv.me/newsletter/exam-jitters
Hopefully this resource can offer some guidance and advice on how to best prepare for the upcoming examinations. If you have any concerns about your child during this time, please do not hesitate to contact the school. We are keen to be of assistance to both students and families to ensure an efficient and balanced approach to study, and we will continue to provide our VCE students with the care, support and encouragement they will need over the next six weeks.
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.
Junior School Information Session
Junior School Information Sessions will be held on Tuesday 17 October at 9.00am and 7.00pm in the Multipurpose Room. If you are planning to attend please RSVP to Sharon Nolan via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Year Six to Year Eleven Parent Teacher Interviews
Year Six to Year Eleven Parent Teacher interviews will take place on October 18 and 19 in the Middle School Rooms from 3.45pm to 7.15pm.
Prep – Year Two School Production 2018: ‘A New Hope’
Prep, Year One and Year Two students will be performing ‘A New Hope’ at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre on Friday October 27 from 6.00pm. Tickets are $10.00 at the WPAC. For more information please click the following link.
Year Twelve Celebration Day
The final day for our Year Twelve students is Wednesday October 25. Activities will be run during Assembly before a morning tea in The Science Garden with the Year Twelve parents.
Start of Year Twelve Exams
Year Twelve Exams will commence on Wednesday November 1.
Year Twelve Graduation Dinner
The Year Twelve Graduation Dinner will be held on Thursday November 23 at the Gateway. Invitations will be sent out to Year Twelve families during the first week of Term Four.
Around the School
Over the next few weeks, our Senior School will embark on the process of electing Senior School students to leadership positions for 2018. The roles of House Captain and School Captain require students to represent both their House and the wider school in a manner that typifies the leadership qualities of organisation, presentation, cooperation and positive citizenship.
The successful applicants will represent and work with their House and College in the many sporting and cultural House events held throughout the year such as House Music, House Athletics, College Assemblies and Whole School events and fundraisers. We look forward to hearing from the nominated Year Eleven students next week as they present their vision for the role and an understanding of what it means to be a leader; it is moments such as these that we can be proud of our vibrant, supportive school culture.
The last fortnight of schooling and the commencement of final exams for our Year Twelves will no doubt present some challenges; these do not have to be shouldered alone. Our Year Twelve students have grown into fine young people and have reached this stage through self-discipline, dedication and with the support of their families and teachers. We are privileged to have such a strong partnership supporting education at this school and hope that at this significant time the College can continue to provide a supportive, safe and compassionate environment for both students and parents alike. Please contact me should you have any questions or concerns.
Mr Keith Willett
Head of Senior School
Spring is a time for growth and action! The grass is lush, the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing and the weather is warming. What a perfect environment for children to thrive, and throughout the final weeks of the year our students will have every opportunity to make the most of their learning and build momentum into next year.
There is much activity surrounding our Infant classes that will see emerging talents develop. The Prep – Year Two production of A New Hope will showcase an exciting start to the term, developing in our students a growth in confidence, theatre skills and cooperation. Year Two embark on their most important overnight outdoor adventure camp to Harrietville, which will be followed later in the term by the Year One overnight stay, combined with the Prep Pizza night. These events are integral to our holistic approach to teaching and learning, and will form the basis of many academic activities.
Transition Day, Carol Service, Assemblies and ultimately the Junior School Presentation Day ceremony are all formal events that require additional maturity and respect to be shown. These revered occasions strengthen our sense of community and oneness, and embolden us to think, not only of one, but also of others.
A sense of togetherness was symbolised beautifully on the first day of term, when groups of students across different year levels played Giant Jenga – a game of skill, luck, patience, suspense and dexterity as players take turns to remove blocks from the tower without it crashing to the ground. Later in the week, another group of students took advantage of playing giant chess.
A game of strategy, deep thinking and skill, students from all ages enjoyed pitting themselves against others. A large group of onlookers watched intently, before their turn to play. Activities, such as playing in the sandpit build social cohesion and the skills of compromise, decision-making and problem solving. Giant games, such as Jenga and Chess, provide increased diversity of choice in the playground for students to mingle, share, communicate and contribute.
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
Changeover to Summer Uniform
Summer Uniform is to be worn in Term Four. There is a two week transition period this Term when either full Winter or full Summer uniform may be worn. Full Summer Uniform is compulsory from the start of Week Three.
Hats are compulsory for all students in Terms One and Four. Middle and Senior School students may choose the broad rimmed or bucket style hat, and the cap is available for Senior School students.
Year Nine Social Enterprise
Throughout this semester, Year Nine students have been developing social enterprises. A Social Enterprise is a not for profit business that donates at least 51% of their earnings to a charity and puts the rest back into their business. Year Nine students have divided themselves into small groups and have been given the support to develop their ideas and hopefully put them into action. From Week Two to Week Five this term there will be a trial period where the Year Nines will run their business. This is an opportunity to show strong organisational skills and take responsibility for any failures and successes, which will hold them in good stead for the future. We would love for you to support our Year Nines at this time. Please see the attached letter as well as information on a pre-order link below.
Carrot Cupcakes will be held on Friday the 20th of October. Please pre-order the cupcakes at the link below as numbers will be strictly limited on the day. We will be donating 100% of our profits to the Cancer Council’s Relay For Life. Link: https://darcysullivan.wixsite.com/cupcakelords
Darcy Sullivan, Keeley Marshall and Billie Davern
Relay for Life
At the end of Term Three the Cobbler House Fundraiser had the Whole School walking laps of the Collage oval to raise money for Wangaratta’s Relay For Life which will be held later this month. With some running, some dancing and some students being carried, the effort was extraordinary from all. Thank you to the students and staff and in particular the Cobbler House Captains for their energy and enthusiasm. Particular thanks to Mrs Fran Hoyle and Dr Phil Bohun for the significant organisation of this event – a wonderful way to end the term.
Wangaratta Relay For Life will be held the weekend of October 21 and 22 from 3.00pm to 3.00pm. For further information on the event and to register please follow this link
Senior School Visual Communication Design
In 2017, we were fortunate to visit different Art Galleries and exhibitions, with students learning from artists across the State of Victoria. Last term our Year Tens worked specifically with Rhonda Diffey, the project Manager of Showcase Wangaratta’s “Vacation: Travels here, there and everywhere.” Students designed a Wangaratta Tourism poster to promote the Wangaratta environment and activities for visitors to this region; the project was to promote our diverse activities and natural environmental attractions and the posters were then part of a public exhibition which was officially opened by Mayor Ken Clarke.
Our students’ print and digital work will be on display for the whole of this month at the Wangaratta Tourist Information Centre. Particular thank you to Rhonda Diffey and Kim Westcott for helping our students produce some amazing art works.
On Thursday October 12, 24 students from Cathedral College Wangaratta travelled to the Albury Athletics track to compete in the Hume Region Athletics. It was a cool but sunny day, perfect for each student to get the best from themselves. There were many great individual performances that will be shared in the next newsletter once the results are published on the School Sports Victoria website. Many of these students earned qualification to the Victorian State finals in two weeks.
There were 3 students whose performances earned them special recognition as Hume Region Age Champions. At the end of event, these students were awarded medallions for dominating their age groups:
Ashley Farmer 13yo girls champion
Jack Boulton 13yo boys champion
Gabby Boulton 16yo girls champion
Jack achieved 5 records on the day in 100. 200, 400, long and triple jump and Ashley broke the 80m hurdles record.
Well done to all that participated! Our Junior and Middle School students competed in Zone today and results will be published next newsletter – from all accounts it has been a terrific day for the students. Well done to all.
Mr Nathan Manning
Zoltan Jobbagy – International Sport Karate Association – Victorian Diamond State Championship
On Sunday 17th September, Zoli was in Melbourne for the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) Victorian State Championships. Although injured with tendonitis in the knee, he competed (there was no stopping him!!) and took out First Place in Xtreme Martial Arts Weapons (bo staff) and Second Place in Xtreme Martial Arts Forms.
XMA is a style of martial arts that combines karate style moves with acrobatics/gymnastics choreographed with music. Zoli will be competing in the World Cup over the weekend of October 20-22nd and the Australian Titles in November.
Rutherglen Football Club Under 14s Coach’s Award
At the end of last Term, Isaac Williams from Year Eight was awarded the Under 14s Coach’s Award at the Rutherglen Football Club. Isaac was awarded this for how he upheld the role as one of the Captains of the Club.
Issac was also invited along to the Senior Presentation night at the Club. Well done Isaac, a wonderful achievement!
Student Absence and Illness
A reminder that if a child is absent from school, we request that parents/guardians inform the College prior to the commencement of the day. This can be done by either calling the school or emailing email@example.com. Please include the student’s full name, Year Level, parent/guardian name, reason for their absence and when they will be returning to school.
The College needs to be informed well in advance of any planned absences in the effort to organise schoolwork the student will miss. If a student is absent from school for prolonged periods because of illness or other special circumstances, we ask that you provide a Doctor’s Certificate or any other relevant documentation supporting the student’s absence.
If a student is predicted to be absent from school for a substantially long time, parents are required to send a formal written request to the Principal in order to take students out of the school program during term time. This can be in the form of a letter that can be posted to the school or handed in by person, or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn to Play Aussie T-Ball
The Wangaratta Rangers will be running a 10 week program on Wednesday evenings from 11th October – 13th December. For more information please read the attached flyer T-Ball _ Softball.
Uniform Shop Opening Times for Term Four
Mondays 8.30am – 1.45pm