Today in The Chronicle, and tomorrow in The Age and The Border Mail, adverts for new 2019 teaching staff will be very visible in our distinctive colours. While it feels like there is plenty of this year to go, and there is, we are thoroughly into our planning for 2019 and the changes that next year will bring.
The school will grow again next year and we will have over 950 students from Prep to Year Twelve. This is in accordance with our strategic and master plans that have us as a two stream (class) school to Year Six and a four stream school to Year Twelve. We are ‘growing into ourselves’ and will have four streams at Year Ten for the first time next year.
Our building continues and next year we will move into our new VCE Centre and Resource Centre, ideally in January. This ensures we will have the capacity and state of the art facilities to see our planning come to fruition. It has been wonderful to watch the new building rising out of the ground in recent months and it is starting to take its shape.
Among the staff we are seeking are a Head of Music, another music teacher and a Head Librarian. These positions are all added to our current staffing and indicate the emphasis that we have on these areas going forward and the commitment to the best provision that we can muster. We will transform part of our permanent infrastructure to better accommodate our music classes and provide a ‘home’ for music, and we will also take possession of what we intend to be the most outstanding library facility in the region.
We expect our music tradition at the school be further strengthened in 2019, but in the meantime we eagerly anticipate the House Music on August 29. I hope that you might be able to join us for a battle of the decade.
From time to time we ask our parent body to complete surveys to help us ensure we are headed in the right direction. This is not one of those surveys! As a staff, and with input from some of our students, we have been choosing some quotes that we will be printing onto our classroom walls. The quotes are designed to inspire, challenge and educate our young people and create talking points in our general classrooms. We would be grateful if you took the time to fill out this short survey: Parent Survey. It should take you around a minute only. Thank you.
Mr Adrian Farrer
Important Dates and Information
Important dates and events can be found on the School Calendar here.
Friday August 17: Debutante Ball
Our Senior School students will be gathering at the Wangaratta Gateway for the second Debutante Ball this evening. There will be a chance for people to see the students should they wish to attend the viewing at 6.00pm. Photos of both Debutante Balls will be published in the next newsletter.
Book Week August 20 – 24: Find Your Treasure
Each year across Australia, the CBCA brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. 2018 will be one filled with treasure with the theme “Find Your Treasure”. Our Book Week Parade will be held on Thursday August 23 in the morning.
Students can choose to dress as their favourite book character from one of their ‘treasured’ books or authors; alternatively they can choose to dress as a Pirate which may help them uncover ‘treasure’ in the land of books. Costumes do not need to be expensive or time consuming; certainly, Opportunity Shops, friends and family closets and places like Spotlight may assist in putting a creative costume together. We will further explore the “Find Your Treasure” theme throughout Book Week with a host of activities in the library.
Wednesday August 29: Whole School Photo
The Whole School Photo will be taken in sub-schools on Wednesday August 29 from 9.00am. Students will be required to wear full school Winter Uniform and Blazers will be required for the photo.
Wednesday August 29: House Music 11.45am in the Stadium
This year House Music will be held on Wednesday August 29, with the themes of music from each decade. This is a Whole School event and parents and guardians are welcome to attend and support the students.
Friday August 31: Father’s Day Breakfast 8.00am in The Science Quad
Each year, we celebrate Father’s Day with an early morning breakfast and a chance to support Footy Colours Day, a national fundraising campaign held during the month of September to support children living with cancer. Students are encouraged to wear their favourite footy team’s colours with every dollar raised given to support the Fight Cancer Foundation. We look forward to welcoming our fathers, grandfathers, uncles and significant others at this breakfast in The Science Quad.
Year Level Information and Curriculum Sessions
Monday August 20: Prep to Year Two Celebration of Learning 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Thursday August 23: Year Eight 2019 Information Session 7.00pm – 8.00pm in The Stadium
Monday August 27: Year Three to Year Five Celebration of Learning 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Thursday August 30: Year Seven 2019 Information Session 7.00pm – 8.00pm in The Stadium
Thursday September 6:Year Six 2019 Information Session 7.00pm – 8.00pm in SS7 and SS8
Celebration of Learning
The next two Monday evenings promise to be highlights of the school year as our students gear up for our annual Celebration of Learning. This year it will comprise of consecutive weeks with the Prep to Two event on Monday August 20 followed by the Years Three – Five on Monday August 27. These two evenings offer our students the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills, describe the many subjects and learning activities in which they participate, and showcase some of their work and skills. In the case of Years Four and Five, their evening will be the culmination of a full day (8.00am start) of group work, resulting in the publication of a book. The responsibilities required to be an author, illustrator, editor, publisher, researcher will have been undertaken collaboratively as part of the process.
As they say in the classics, ‘there is a heap going on’ in the Junior School:
‘Fortnite’ and screen time
It is opportune that the Brainstorm productions of ‘The Protector’, a cyber safety show, is touring our Junior School next Thursday. A number of students in the Junior School are actually playing the online game of ‘Fortnite’ on a regular basis which does raise some concern, considering it is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. For many young people, the addictive nature of this game is having adverse effects on children’s behaviour and affecting their mental health. With over 125 million registered players worldwide, this game encourages players to battle each other to death using a variety of weaponry. Unfortunately, it allows unmoderated chat between players, leaving children exposed to be contactable by ‘randomers’ online. This function alone makes it unsuitable for primary aged children. Access and availability to all things electronic, provides immense challenge for adults charged with the responsibility of raising and nurturing young people. May I recommend parents and guardians to visit the two links below for further information about ‘Fortnite.’
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
Most children, by the time they reach primary school have been exposed, through first being read to, and then by reading on their own, to hundreds of stories, and they may at this point have an intuitive feel for what “seems like a story” and what doesn’t. Our Preps have been working on their creative writing and their “story sense” and have created an imaginative story on Frogs which was presented to the class. In this video you will be able to see our students proudly sharing their creative writing; we hope you enjoy it!
Year Four Art
Our Year Four students have been busy building their very own boats in preparation for a larger Noah’s Ark. Special visitor, Rob Hoysted, Grandfather to Finn, spent some time today with our students looking at how they might construct a safe and watertight boat that would survive a potential flood!
What Fifteen Minutes in the Junior School playgrounds looks like:
With the sun shining, our Junior School students spent their lunchtime, dancing, building, playing, laughing, experimenting and being ‘busy’. These photos were all taken within a fifteen minute time-frame.
A classroom that’s alive with debate is one of the most enjoyable places to learn. It’s also the perfect environment for promoting students’ understanding: children are much better equipped to write their ideas down once they have discussed them. Talking helps students to gather their thoughts, process information and remember it.
A schoolyard that’s alive with conversations is also one of the most enjoyable places to learn. It’s also the perfect environment for promoting teachers’ understanding of their own students. Teachers are much better equipped to know and understand their students if they have spent time speaking to them one-on-one in the yard about what they are learning about in the classroom and what engages them.
We are at that time of the year where we start to look ahead to transitioning into a new academic year. Students and parents spend time at our school’s Information Evenings, as well as reading through subject information booklets. It is a time where, as a Middle School cohort, we have grown into a community; where students and teachers can greet each other by name and the activities in the playground are vibrant and creative. This is because our cohort has had the time to build real relationships where one can expose true personalities. It is also a time where, as teachers, it is vital that we continue to have conversations with our students. Conversations that we consider courageous conversations and learning conversations. Listening is also an integral part of our courageous and learning conversations for both students and teachers.
Throughout this term I have learnt a lot through both the formal and informal conversations I have had with students, parents and teachers in our Cathedral community. This week I learnt that Year Seven student Georgie Hemphill enjoyed representing CCW in the local netball carnival because “everyone participated and tried their hardest.” Georgie also positively reflected about her time in Geography: “we are learning about the water systems and how the government controls the water. I find it interesting because it helps me understand the cost and value of water.” When talking to Cody Ward in Year Six he confidently reinforced that he was most engaged in Mathematics and explained that, “In Maths we are learning about longitude and latitude and I like it because we have multiple areas to learn about.”
Being part of a learning community means contributing to the learning and knowledge base of the school and the school community. It is not simply about the pursuit of individual learning goals, but sharing knowledge for the benefit of the community and the achievement of its goals and vision. A learning community values diversity and maintains a focus on the continuous enhancement of teaching for all members of the community. Consequently, learning communities allow debate among members. Traditions and common attitudes are challenged and discussed, leading to new understandings, insights and practices. Our Middle School, as a learning community, aims to recognise that all members have individual needs, different motivations for learning, and prior knowledge and experience that will impact on the type of learning they choose to engage in.
It is in both our classrooms and the schoolyard where learning is occurring for both staff and students through courageous and learning conversations. I encourage all of our community to continue to see the value in talking.
Mrs Brigid Perkins
Head of Middle School
Year Seven English
Year Seven English students have been polishing their debating skills in English by taking part in formal debates this semester. Debates are a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their speaking skills, express themselves verbally in front of a group, as well as build their critical listening skills and ability to respond to what other people are saying. Using persuasive and emotive language, our Year Sevens have enjoyed the challenge and the competition of ‘winning’ the argument.
Year Nine students would like to thank parents and students who generously made purchases at the Year Nine Social Enterprise Pop Up markets. There were fifteen stalls overall selling candles, soaps, healthy treats, lip balms, banana bread, bath bombs, pendants and origami raising nearly $1000 in profit for various social causes. The main beneficiary was Dolly’s Dream with a focus on suicide awareness and prevention. We look forward to stalls popping up again in Term Four!
Amazing Spaghetti Machine Competition
Our Year Ten Applied Science class completed their Spaghetti / Rube Goldberg machine (a complex chain reaction machine to do a simple task) just in time for the competition held in National Science Week at the University of Melbourne. Oscar Day and Dominic Buckley represented the College superbly, with exemplary commitment, patience and perseverance. The machine ran in both rounds with minimal intervention and had strong green credentials from use of recycled materials. We also displayed the machine with a larger team at the STEM Expo at Galen Catholic College on Wednesday. Thank you to Mr Henderson for his work and encouragement!
Maths Challenge for Young Australians
The Maths Challenge for Young Australians is run by the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee and is a series of Problem Solving Challenges run over a number of weeks in May and June. The following students completed between four and six problems, whilst juggling exams and other school work. We congratulate them on their successes.
Middle and Senior School
Alice Kjar Year Eight, Indya Rossato Year Six, Beatrix Clarke Year Nine, George McConnell Year Eight, Kyran Hagens Year Ten, Eliana Teh Year Ten, Aspen Thomas Year Ten, Sophie Morton Year Seven
Year Three and Four: Madeline Camplin, Beth Meisinger, Rani Meisigner, Pippa Bett, Caleb Sinclair, James Wilkinson, Liam Sinclair, Mathilde Cattier, Will Graham, Ryan Parsons, Ethan Rhodes, Jake Lane, Mac Correll, Max Biglin Year Five: Sophie Bussell, Felicity Camplin, Ronan Chad, Cate Martin, Jasmin Thwaites, Anastasia Pakusch, Taya McPhan
National Youth Science Forum: Anna Findlay and Ashley Friend
Congratulations to Year Eleven students Anna Findlay and Ashley Friend for being selected for the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), a 12 day residential program in January designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields. Two of only 600 students across Australia, Anna will be based at the University of Queensland and Ashley will be at Australian National University in Canberra, participating in science and entrepreneurial based sessions. They will be working with Australia’s leading scientists and participants take part in sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking, how to work together effectively, and more. The focus is not solely on academic achievements, but on developing well-rounded individuals who have the skills and confidence to determine their futures.
Austrian Exchange Students
Hello, our names are Sophie Mangeng and Elias Zwischenberger. We are Austrian Exchange students, who are staying with Billie Davern and Timothy Twitchett for ten weeks, of which six are already over. In Austria we attend the Maximillian Gymnasium in Lienz, which is a small town in southern Austria. We really enjoy being in Australia, even though we have to admit that talking English all the time is quite difficult. Both of us love to play the piano and ski a lot. Volleyball and tennis are two more of my hobbies (Sophie). At the weekend we have been in Melbourne and did an escape room and visited Lunar Park. I (Elias) have been to Uluru in the holidays, which was a lot of driving, but definitely worth it. Especially the sunset was beautiful. And I (Sophie) have been to the Gold Coast in a beautiful hotel right next to the ocean. Billie and I visited Movie World and Sea World. We would both love to stay longer than the ten weeks but unfortunately we have to fly home in four weeks; we absolutely plan to come here again!
With some suggesting that this winter has seen the best snowfalls for twenty years, Cathedral students have been fortunate enough to have some picture perfect weather for our Ski days and our overnight ski camps. Please find below a brief clip of some of the action from Falls Creek. Particular thanks to Mr Nathan Manning for the considerable amount of work that goes into organising these trips; we hope everyone had a wonderful day today up on the mountain.
Year Seven Netball
Our Year Seven Girls Netball team achieved second overall this week at the Regional Championships. Although it was disappointing to miss out on a position at State, the girls all played exceptionally well and represented our college as solid contenders who fought in the true spirit of the game. Thank you to the parents who have supported and encouraged the team. Thank you also to the girls for their dedication and commitment; I am proud of each and every one!
Ms Karen Kaine
On Sunday August 12, I travelled to Shepparton Sports Stadium to begin a Badminton coaching clinic, led by top Badminton Victoria coaches and players from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. It was a great day with friendly competition. I played against several girls in the Under 16 singles and was undefeated and went on to win the Grand Final. It was a great day to catch up with past friends from our sister school Cobram Anglican Grammar, whom I have met through various Interschool Badminton competitions. I would like to thank the organisers that put their time and effort into the day.
Rachel Gibbs, Year Nine Docker
On Wednesday August 15, the Year Nine and Ten Girls’ Badminton team made the journey to Melbourne to play at the State Badminton competition for our 3rd year in a row. There were eight different teams that were split in half, making two different sections to ensure we all had time to play. We started the day off strongly, scoring our first win over another school. Unfortunately, the next two games didn’t go the same way and we were defeated. Although we were unable to make the finals, we all played really well and enjoyed the competition. I would like to thank the organisers of the event and Ms Owen and Mr Romey for taking us to Melbourne. It was a great day out and we hope to make it to State next year.
Rachel Gibbs, Year Nine Docker
Cathedral College Wangaratta: Chess Club
Junior, Middle and Senior students are invited to compete in the upcoming Chess Tournament to be held at Sacred Heart, Yarrawonga on Tuesday September 4. The bus will depart Cathedral at 8:30am to arrive at the venue in time for registrations and return by 3.00pm. If you would like your child to enter the tournament, please collect a form from Student Services or alternatively download one here, sign and return: Chess Permission Form The cost of $30 includes tournament entry and bus travel. If your child does not require transport to and from the venue, please make a note on the return slip. The entrant fee per competitor excluding transport is $23. Please wear full school winter uniform, and bring lunch, water bottle and any snacks. All entrants must be registered by August 30. For further information please email Ms Candace Potter at firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to another successful day of playing Chess.
Ms Candace Potter
Host Families Needed for 2019
The German department is looking for two families willing to host female students from our sister schools in Austria and Germany. The students will be 16 years of age and will be in Year Ten or Eleven at our school. These exchanges will occur during Term One or Three and will be between ten and twelve weeks. Ideally, we would like families that have Senior School students. However, we have placed students with families in the past who have had younger children and that has worked very well. For more information please contact Sonja Seeger (German Teacher) email@example.com
While you are waiting at the Wangaratta High School Bus Interchange can you please go directly to your delegated waiting area. We would like to remind you that students are not to wander away and go into the Wangaratta High School. There are areas that are unsafe for a number of reasons. These areas include the creek area, toilet area, behind and around buildings and in areas that are fenced and are out of bounds to all students.
This is a timely reminder to all bus travelling families that parents/guardians are responsible for their children whilst waiting at their designated bus stops.
Parents and Friends
Our next Parents and Friends meeting will be held on Tuesday September 4 at 7.00pm in the Staff Room. All are welcome to attend. The Minutes from July’s meeting have been posted in the Forms and Notices section of the website for the broader school community to access. Please find below the latest edition of the SchoolTV, which is generously supported by the Parents and Friends.
SchoolTV – Body Image
Kids today are more obsessed with their body image than those in past generations. This is partially influenced by the media and their social connectivity. Encouraging children to have a healthy body image in childhood, can lay the foundations for good physical and mental health later in life.
A recent study highlighted that body image is one of the top three concerns for Australian youth. Over half of girls in high schools have tried to lose weight. One-third of teenage boys wanted to be thinner and another third wanted to be larger. Children need to understand that their body shape and size is not a reflection of their health or success. Parents and schools need to work together to help kids understand that everyone is born with their own ‘body-suit’.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to encourage their child to have a positive body image and why it is so important to their mental health. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school for further information. Here is the link to this month’s edition http://cathedralcollege.vic.schooltv.me/newsletter/body-image
Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University (CSU) is wanting students to get started. Start moving towards their ideal job; start living their best life.
That’s why CSU is offering students this unique opportunity to win a $4000 Career Starter Pack consisting of:
To enter please visit the link here.
Career opportunities at North East Health Wangaratta.
There are a range of School-Based Apprenticeships on offer at North East Health next year. These would be most suitable for students currently in Year Nine or Ten. Please contact Mr. Dunbar for more information or go to the ATEL website.
• Supply & Logistics x1
• Information Technology x1
• Personal Services Assistant (ward cleaning/food services) x 1
• Biomedical Engineering x 1 * Would suit VCE/STEM student
• Business Administration x2 (Education unit, Community nursing)
• Engineering—Trades /electrical x1
• Illoura Diversional therapy focused x1
• Based at Illoura
Country to Canberra’s 2018 Leadership Competition: Entry closes September 1
Young, rural and driven? Country to Canberra’s 2018 Leadership Competition is open, and it’s bigger than ever before! At least 15 young women will win a once-in-a-lifetime all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ prize to Canberra to meet inspiring politicians and CEOs, attend exclusive events, tour Parliament, receive leadership and public speaking training & so much more. Winners also score six mentorship sessions and access to our alumni network, and the Top 40 will be published to showcase their talents on a national scale. Learn more about the prize here.
Digital Engineering opportunity for Year Ten students.
The Wangaratta Innovation Hub is offering an exciting course in Digital Engineering, using its state of the art equipment, for two Year Ten students from each school in the area. The course would run over four weeks, after school on Wednesday afternoons/evenings. Interested students are encouraged to see Mr. Dunbar; please click on the link below for further details: 2018 GOTAFE_Innovation Hub_
Victoria Police Work Experience 2019
The Victoria Police Work Experience Program provides a fantastic opportunity for secondary school students considering a career within Victoria Police. Students are placed at police stations and department units where they will have the opportunity to observe and learn from our Police Officers, Protective Services Officers, Protective Custody Officers and VPS personnel. Interested (current) Year Nine students should see Mr. Dunbar for more information.