A lot has happened in the last two weeks; indeed, the last time I wrote my newsletter we had a different Prime Minister!
There seems to be one constant in our world at the moment and it is a lack of certainty about anything…except change. I know that our young people are challenged by what they see from their leaders on the television and on social media, and perhaps with good reason. There is an erosion of patience with politicians that has permeated Australian society.
It is good, therefore, that we have had less cynical and more joyful things to celebrate here at Cathedral. This newsletter is brimming with many examples of student effort, achievement and progress. It speaks to a rich environment of “having a go” and being prepared to step towards new and challenging things, rather than stepping back and resisting. I think that is a fine quality our school and its people display, and I hope you enjoy this account of two weeks of substantial activity.
Mr Adrian Farrer
Important Dates and Information
Important dates and events can be found on the School Calendar here..
Year Level Information and Curriculum Sessions
Thursday September 6: Year Six 2019 Information Session 7.00pm – 8.00pm in SS7 and SS8
Year Seven 2019 Discovery Day: Tuesday September 11
All current Year Six students will be joined by future Year Seven 2019 students for the second Discovery Day this year. Students are asked to wear casual, comfortable clothes and bring their hat, recess and water bottle.
Family Eucharist: Wednesday September 12 in the Stadium
Families are welcome to join us for the Term Three Eucharist in the Stadium on Wednesday September 12: Middle and Senior School at 11.30am and Junior School at 1.45pm
Junior School House Athletics: Friday September 14
Join us to encourage and support our Junior School students on the Oval for the annual House Athletics on Friday September 14. Students are asked to wear their House Sports top and bring water, recess and lunch.
End of Term Three: Friday September 21 at 2.15pm
We have had several busy weeks with traffic and we are asking parents and guardians to take extra care when driving and parking in the car parks. Whilst we have staff who help control traffic and man the pedestrian crossings, it can at times become difficult when cars are driving too fast or not looking carefully around at where our young people are in this area. Thank you for your cooperation.
The Junior School celebrated the National Book Week’s “Find Your Treasure” theme with a week full of treasure hunts, pirates, story telling, library activities and a fabulous Book Parade. It was wonderful to see pirates, Harry Potters, and favourite book characters from treasured books make their way through the school. Thank you to the parents for supporting this event and to Ms Suzie Quartermain for the host of activities held in the library throughout the week.
Celebration of Learning
Our Prep to Year Three students have enjoyed presenting to the parents on a key subject, topic or assignment that they have studied. Each student was able to speak to the parent audience about their time at Cathedral and in Year Three and answer any questions that were asked of them. They should be commended for their thorough preparation, the rehearsals and the bravery and confidence they displayed.
Write A Book In A Day
This Monday, Year Four and Five students arrived at school early in readiness for our Write A Book In A Day experience. As students settled in, Mr Newbold talked to us about what our theme was and the associated rules. Year Four and Five Ovens had to include the characters of a dentist, yoga instructor, and a Koala and one of the settings was a stable. Year Four and Five Docker had to have a gypsy, a librarian, a goat and one of the settings was a chemistry lab. The main setting was Australia for both Year Levels. The Year Fives also had to try and meet the 2,000 word count to enter the competition.
The day started off with everyone getting into their groups and brain storming what their book would be about. We discussed our ideas and tried to iron out our differences and then commenced writing, illustrating, proof reading and editing! As soon as everyone started to get nearer the 2000 word count, we knew we were nearing the end, or at least some of us. When it got closer to dinner time we all started to feel a little grumpy and tired. It was at around 5:00pm when we started to complete our editing and putting our books together. By 6:15pm, everyone had completed their stories and the finishing touches were being put on their books. Our parents arrived shortly after and we were able to share our efforts. We all enjoyed the day; even though we all struggled at times we all succeeded in the end. We hope all the parents enjoyed our presentations.
Takara Bongiorno and Taya McPhan
100 days of Prep
Congratulations to our Preps who celebrated 100 days at school last week. It was wonderful to see so many ‘young’ people dressed as ‘old’ people for the day – the magnificent shawls, caps, glasses, hairstyles and an inordinate number of canes definitely added authenticity. Taking photos proved tricky as some were very slow to shuffle over for an image!
Father’s Day Breakfast
The school recognised Father’s Day in The Science Quad with an early morning breakfast in support of Footy Colours Day, a national fundraising campaign held during the month of September to support children living with cancer. Students, staff and parents wore their favourite footy team colours and Junior students participated in games organised by AFL North East. We hope all our fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles and significant males in our students’ lives have a wonderful Father’s Day on Sunday.
The annual House Music Competition is a highlight in the College calendar and one of the most fiercely fought House events each year. After weeks of rehearsals, students from the Junior, Middle and Senior School took to the stage in front of family, friends and staff to perform songs that came under the theme of ‘Singing Through the Decades’ with each House singing a compilation of songs representative of their selected decade:
Stirling House – 1980s: ‘Jump’ – Van Halen, ‘Girls just Wanna Have Fun’ – Cyndi Lauper, ‘Africa’ – Toto
Buffalo House – 1970s: ‘Blame it on the Boogie’ – Jackson 5, ‘Stayin’ Alive’ – BeeGees, ‘YMCA’ – Village People
Cobbler House – 1960s: ‘All You Need is Love’ – The Beatles, ‘Sugar Sugar’ – The Archies, ‘Satisfaction’ – The Rolling Stones
Feathertop House – 1990s: ‘Backstreet’s Back’ – Backstreet Boys, ‘All the Small Things’ – Blink 182, ‘All Star’ – Smash Mouth
Warby House – 2000s: ‘Fireflies’ – Owl City, ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl?’ – JET, ‘I Got a Feeling’ – The Black-Eyed Peas
Hotham House – 1950s: ‘Rock Around The Clock’ – Bill Haley and his Comets, ‘Tutti Frutti’ – Lil Richard, ‘Hound Dog’ – Elvis Presley
An added bonus was watching the College staff in the first Carpool Karoake which can be found here:
While waiting for the Judges’ decision, Amanuael Visser performed ‘Proud Mary’ which he will be singing with the ASC band in Perth next week. Thank you to our Judges Mrs Barbara Thomas, Mr Patrick Russell and Mr Hugh Fullarton for their thoughtful adjudication and congratulations to Buffalo House who were the proud winners of this year’s competition.
This has been a busy term in Food Technology, as it has been in all areas of the College. Students in Years Seven to Nine were busy preparing food for the Father’s Day breakfast which we hope many of you enjoyed this morning.
– Year Seven were involved in making sausage rolls and pizza pinwheels
– Year Eight made Banana and Oat Muffins and Quesadillas
– Year Nine were responsible for the Mixed Berry Muffins as well as serving 300 sausages for the Write a Book In A Day Junior School learning experience.
A huge thank you to all the students who assisted in the food preparation. The breakfast would not be possible without your assistance.
Great Ocean Road Dairy Competition
The Year Nine elective “Make A Meal” have entered a competition based on creating an imaginative recipe based on Great Ocean Road cheese or milk products. The students had to develop a recipe, make the product, photograph it and submit it as a calendar page. Twelve entrants from across the State will be selected for inclusion in the 2019 Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Calendar.
Middle School MasterChef competition
It’s on again. Entries are being sought from teams of four to represent their House in the annual MasterChef competition. Last semester saw Feathertop take out first spot for the Senior School. Stirling took out top spot for Middle School in 2017 – can they make it two in a row? Entries close on Monday September 4 with the competition taking place on Wednesday October 10. This will mean lots of time for each team to practise over the school holidays.
Year Five and Six Football
The girls of Cathedral College Wangaratta have certainly caught the ‘footy bug’. 2017 was the first year that our Primary students competed in a game of girls’ football and they were thrilled to once again represent the College in 2018 against Wangaratta West Primary School last Friday.
Wangaratta West dominated the early proceedings in a very congested game. Training under the guidance of Paul ‘The Difference’ Weir, our girls managed to gain ground after quarter time But after quarter time we took over and began to make a better use of the big ground. Eva Allen set up many scoring opportunities in the ruck, Rubi Allen dominated in the midfield and Mietta Boyd was constantly in and under winning the hard ball. The final score read Cathedral 4-3-27 to Wangaratta West 0-5-5. A big thank you to Paul Weir for coaching the side. He now has a 100% record after one game in charge! The girls are already looking forward to the next game. Bring on 2019!
Last week, many of our best badminton players competed at the Regional Badminton Championships in Wangaratta. Our three teams, Year Seven girls (Zara Boynton, Olivia Browning, Rhiannon James and Charlotte Forbes), Year Seven Boys (Max Pfahlert, Liam Curtis, Ed Dowsley and William Mace) and Year Eight girls (Bella Bridgeman, Milli Allen, Chloe Way, Kelly Hirschman and Ashley Rosewell) all qualified as a result of winning at zone level. All teams performed exceptionally well. The Year Seven teams were undefeated going into the last round, but both went down to stronger opposition. Our Year Eight girls also only lost one match during the day which meant that all our teams were runners-up; a terrific performance from all our students.
Mr Matt Lane
Junior Sports Coordinator
On Monday August 27, four Year Eight students, Daniel Herrod, Zac Frazer, Angus Webb and David Carmichael went to the Table Tennis Center in Wangaratta to compete in the Upper Hume Table Tennis. Their first match was with Wangaratta High School B team with a clean winning sweep of 6-0. The next match was against Galen and much like the first, the boys were on fire and won all of their singles and both doubles winning 6-0. The third match was against Grace Christian College and like the first two they were playing amazing and won 6-0 . The final match was against the undefeated Wangaratta High School A team who proved challenging opponents; all of the six matches were close with most sets going to 10 all but the boys stood tough and got the win 5-1 moving them on the next level.
Cathedral also had three other teams competing on the day with Year Seven boys, Year Nine and Ten boys, Year Seven girls and Year Eight girls. The Year Seven boys also made it to the next level, but it was so close they had to wait to find out the results and they ended up winning by one set!
Interschool Football: Trinity Anglican College
Despite the heavy rain today, students from Year Seven to Year Ten played football matches against Trinity Anglican, both on our home ground and in Albury. These friendly competitions occur each year and it is a wonderful relationship to have with our sister school. There was plenty of support and encouragement of the players from the sidelines and some strong kicking and contesting of the ball; the wet certainly added its challenges! Well done to both schools and we look forward to meeting on the pitch again in the near future.
During the past month, Cathedral College Wangaratta has sent three groups of students to the ski fields and enjoyed some wonderful times. There have been over two hundred skiing lessons, forty exhausted staff and parent helpers and over one hundred cinnamon doughnuts consumed. Our final trip is Friday September 7 and we are looking forward to some great weather for this, our final day on the slopes. Thank you to the staff for their support of the snow program, the parents for driving students into school particularly early in the morning and the students for making the most of their opportunities. It has been thoroughly enjoyable accompanying our students on these trips and I look forward to next year.
Congratulations to the McConnell brothers
The Cathedral College Wangaratta community would like to congratulate brothers James and George McConnell on their recent skiing achievements at the Victorian State Interschool championships, held at Mount Buller last week. They were so successful in their individual events that they have both qualified for the Australian National Championships. James qualified for Nationals in every event he participated in and won the blue ribbon event for Alpine (commonly known as Giant Slalom). In Ski-Cross he came 4th in a very tight race, only 0.28 secs behind the winner.
James: 1st Alpine; 4th Ski Cross; 11th Slopestyle; 11th Moguls
George qualified for Nationals in Ski Cross, placing 4th. Nationals qualifications are for top 15 in Victoria. George competed in a huge field of students with 187 people finishing Alpine, and 223 finishing Ski-Cross.
George:4th Ski Cross; 17th Slopestyle; 22nd Alpine (GS ski racing);26th Moguls
Mr Nathan Manning
Last week a group of Year Tens made their way to Sydney for their annual camp. After a long day of planning our trip, we caught the night train, spending nine long hours couped up together, before arriving at Central Station at 7.00am. We then made our way to our accommodation at the Sydney Central YHA, before proceeding with the activities we had planned the day before. Many of us made our way to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, eager to see the sights of Sydney, whilst others wandered around the city participating in bonding activities with their groups.
That night we all caught a ferry to Manly for dinner by the beach and the next day we prepared meals for those living rough around Sydney at the Cook4Good kitchen in Bondi. Afterwards we made our way around the homeless areas of Sydney, guided by people who were once living rough and seeing how our hard work from the morning had paid off at the Rough Edges Café. The Taste Tour on our last day was a perfect way to finish our wonderful trip to the city. Being able to see the different cultures present in Sydney was a privilege. The Sydney camp was a great way to expose ourselves to the feel of the city and the different cultures here in Australia. We are all very thankful for the teachers that organised the camp and accompanied us during the week.
Debutante Balls 2018
Congratulations to our Year Eleven Debutantes and their partners for a wonderful two evenings at the Gateway. Particular thanks to Mrs Vicki Roberts and Mr Rod Dunbar for the considerable amount of organisation that went in to these events. Thank you also to The Occasion Studios for the official school images.
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 and the Agenda for next week have been posted in the Forms and Notices section of the website for the broader school community to access.
SchoolTV – Sleep
Students today have extremely busy schedules, with ever increasing responsibilities at school and at home. Many kids, especially adolescents, are going to bed later and later and are at risk of sleep deprivation. This affects three areas of a child’s development: psychological, physiological and psychosocial. All three are essential to a child’s growth, learning ability and overall wellbeing. Sleep is vital to a child’s overall health and is as important as diet and exercise.
Sleep also strengthens a child’s immune system and supports their ability to function properly on a daily basis. Children who do not get enough sleep show increased levels of aggressive behaviour, are less attentive and are much less active. Trying to catch up on sleep on weekends is not the answer and can still lead to severe sleep deprivation.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn about the importance of sleep and how sleep deprivation can have adverse effects on a child’s health and wellbeing. 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/sleep
Write4Fun 2018 Schools Writing Competition
Entry is now open in the 2018 Schools Writing Competition! Students all over Australia are invited to enter their poems or short stories, and battle it out for the great cash prizes on offer. There is no theme!! Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on any topic and in any style. Students from all Year Levels are welcome to enter – Prep to Year Twelve. Entry is FREE and all entries must be in by the extended closing date of Sunday 9th September 2018. Please find out more information and how to enter here: https://www.write4fun.net/competitions/62
Poems and short stories entered into the competition will be considered for inclusion into our 2018 Write4fun anthology! Those selected will have the opportunity to purchase the edition at a discounted rate. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizewinners will receive a complimentary copy of the book.