We have a wonderful school. The collection of students, staff and families is the school – not the very many impressive buildings that we continue to manage to create – and it is important to remember that. In 2018 we are celebrating our fifteenth year at Cathedral. Whereas we have taken a low key approach to the milestone, we have marked the occasion in various ways and will continue to do so over the rest of the year. After fifteen years we can boast a few statistics that might be interesting:
28.6% of our original staff members are still at the school (that’s two – Mrs Julie Findlay and Mrs Michelle Lloyd are still here!)
Our student body is 2517% bigger than in 2003.
We have 1428% more staff than in 2003.
Our Reception is 3.9kms away from our original Reception, at The Close.
Our physical footprint is approximately 70 times larger than when we started.
Whilst those numbers are significant, what is most significant is the change in, and growth of, our College community. Over the fifteen years, our Parents and Friends have been considerable contributors to the spirit of the school, their work tireless and their efforts greatly appreciated. From the first days of the school this group has evolved from one that necessarily had to raise money to help the school buy essential resources, to one that has as its focus creating links that ensure belonging and a shared purpose. This week, our Parents and Friends held their AGM and we farewelled long serving parents and welcomed newly elected members to continue building upon the strong foundation of our exceptional community.
Thank you to all those who have been involved in welcoming new families, supporting projects and being driving forces in a variety of initiatives and events over the years. And thank you to all our parents and families for supporting the College in our endeavour to provide successful wellbeing and educative outcomes for our young people. I am grateful.
Mr Adrian Farrer
Important Dates and Information
Important dates and events can be found on the School Calendar here..
Parent Teacher Interviews: October 15 and 16
Year Six to Year Ten Parent Teacher interviews will take place on October 15 and 16 in the Stadium from 3.45pm to 6.45pm.
VCE Arts and Technology Exhibition: October 15 and 16
Our Year Eleven and Twelve students will be displaying their Folios and Art works in the Arts Centre on Monday October 15 and Tuesday October 16 in conjunction with the Parent Teacher Interviews.
Please feel welcome to come and view the work of the students from Product Design, Studio Art and Visual Communication Design.
Year Twelve Graduation Day and Presentation Assembly: Wednesday October 24
Our Year Twelves will be hosting the College Assembly on Wednesday October 24 as a farewell before joining their families at a formal Morning Tea.
Junior School Production: Disney’s Aladdin: Friday October 26 7.00pm
Our Junior School has been busy rehearsing for their annual Musical Production: Disney’s Aladdin. Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin KIDS is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin KIDS, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love. Specific to Disney’s Aladdin KIDS are the Djinn, a group of unique stage magicians who execute the magical moments of the show.
ALL TICKETS $10 (Tickets are for immediate family only) DURATION 50 mins (no interval) To purchase tickets please visit this link: BUY TICKETS
Step Into Prep: Tuesday October 30 The first Step Into Prep day will be held on Tuesday 30 October from 9.00am – 10.30am for all Prep 2019 students.
VCE Examinations: Wednesday October 31
Melbourne Cup Long Weekend
Due to the Melbourne Cup public holiday, students are not required at school on Monday, November 6 and Tuesday, November 7.
Remembrance Day 2018 (100th Anniversary): Sunday November 11 Cenotaph
Citizens and visitors of the Rural City of Wangaratta are invited to attend the Remembrance Day Service to be conducted at the Cenotaph, Memorial Park Wangaratta at 10:40am on Sunday 11 November 2018. Remembrance Day has a special significance in 2018. Sunday, 11 November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). This historic ceremony will be conducted at the Cenotaph irrespective of weather conditions. Families and students are encouraged to attend this historic service in Wangaratta or in the Regional centres of the North East.
One hundred years ago, on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War. From the summer of 1918, the five divisions of the Australian Corps had been at the forefront of the allied advance to victory. Beginning with their stunning success at the battle of Hamel in July, they helped to turn the tide of the war at Amiens in August, followed by the capture of Mont St Quentin and Pèronne, and the breaching of German defences at the Hindenburg Line in September. By early October the exhausted Australians were withdrawn from battle. They had achieved a fighting reputation out of proportion to their numbers, but victory had come at a heavy cost. They suffered almost 48,000 casualties during 1918, including more than 12,000 dead. Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
Lights! Camera! Action!
Term Four in the Junior School could quite comfortably be renamed the Performing Arts Term. This is the time of the year where many musical, dance and theatrical events are placed firmly in the spotlight. The Years Three – Five classes have rehearsed with real intent throughout the previous term in readiness for their interpretation of Aladdin. Judging on some of the dance sequences, it will be an event for the ages where the audience will see the likes of Jafar, Princess Jasmine, Genie and of course Aladdin be brought to life by our talented young students.
Years Prep, One and Two have commenced rehearsals for their version of the Christmas Nativity play. Friday November 30 in the stadium will be the World Premiere of this significant play. Mary, Joseph, a band of Angels, Innkeepers, Three Wise Kings, some not-so-clever servants and Roman soldiers, a couple of officious Roman Captains, sheep, shepherds and various animals will surely entertain a large, appreciative audience.
With a successful Instrumental evening being held yesterday afternoon and our dance troupes gearing up for their annual performances at the Junior School Presentation Ceremony on Thursday December 13 to conclude our school year, life in the Junior School, besides being exciting and invigorating, proves the old adage: ‘Life is a stage!’
Oh, and don’t forget, our school is proudly (and energetically) pounding the playground pathways on a daily basis as we participate in ‘Walk to School’ month. Feel free if you are dropping off your child at school to allow them to disembark somewhere along Murdoch Road to walk the rest of the way along the pathway to school. We hope to see many of of our families at the events held throughout this term.
Mr Greg Newbold Head of Junior School
Bell Shakespeare Company
At the end of last term, Cathedral invited the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company to perform its hour long production of ‘Macbeth – The Rehearsal’ at the school. The three person cast assumed roles of actors preparing for the play, as well as performing several key scenes, and allowed the audience to not only follow the story but to learn how actors practice their stagecraft. Following the performance, the cast held a question and answer session and explained how they approached the characters and what they particularly enjoyed about ‘Macbeth’.
For the Year Ten students who were in the audience, being able to see elements of the play performed live was an invaluable addition to their study of it, while the Year Twelve Theatre Studies students were able to learn from the ways the actors assumed different roles within the play. In addition, the Year Seven students were given an entertaining and accessible introduction to the world of Shakespeare. The response from students and the accompanying staff was overwhelmingly positive for the professional, informative and entertaining manner in which the play was performed and we hope to be able to expose more students to this type of drama next year.
Mr Brant Whitsed
Cobbler House Fundraiser: Relay for Life
On Friday September 21, Cobbler House coordinated a mini walkathon at lunchtime as its fundraising and awareness raising effort for 2018. It was wonderful to see so many students and staff from across the College join in walking around the oval to raise awareness of survivors and those affected by cancer under the banner of Relay for Life, and in addition a considerable amount of money for the “Wang Gang” Relay for Life Team led by Year Ten student Keeley Marshall.
Middle School MasterChef
The Food Technology room was full of activity this week with the Middle School students cooking as part of the House MasterChef competition. Beef Wellingtons, hasselback potatoes, wilted spinach and creatively designed fruit salads were all presented to the judges within 90 minutes. Well done to all who participated – the winning House will be announced in Assembly next week.
Thursday evening was dedicated to the Performing Arts, with over 40 Instrumental students singing or playing a selection of pieces on the guitar, piano, violin and drums. Thank you to the Instrumental teachers and the parents for their encouragement and support of the students through our Instrumental program. It was wonderful for those students just starting on their musical pathway as Instrumentalists to hear and learn from some of our more experienced musicians. There will be two more concerts in the coming weeks to ensure all our musicians have a chance to experience performing in front of an audience.
Following the Instrumental Concert our VCE Theatre Studies students performed their monologues. Having previously performed snippets of their monologue in front of the whole school, these talented actors have been busy preparing, rehearsing and studying their characters this semester and enjoying the creative process under the excellent guidance of Mrs Marg Hickey. There were some intense and emotional moments during each performance and we wish them well as they prepare for their final examinations and assessment at the end of this month.
Stigma Week: October 16 – 19
On behalf of the Year Nine Murdoch class, we are raising awareness of Mental Health issues in our community. To do this we have organised a “Stigma Week” that will be running – next week – from the 16th to the 19th of October. Stigma is a person’s disapproval or negative beliefs towards those who suffer from a particular mental health. Our aim for the week is to not only make students aware of its impact in the community, but to raise some money that will be donated to the Black Dog Institute. The week will have a number of events:
Tuesday – a walk around the oval during the school’s lunchtime. This is where students are able to come during their own time and walk laps around the oval to show support to the cause.
Wednesday and Friday – we will be holding a student versus teachers game of Netball in the sports stadium at lunchtime. Wednesday will be the Middle School students vs teachers and Friday is the Senior School Students vs Teachers Netball game. During the lunchtime, we will also be having students from Year Nine selling smoothies. If you agree to your child pre-ordering a delicious smoothie, please fill out the pre-ordering sheet on the Forms and Notices Page. These should be returned to their Homeroom teacher on Monday. The smoothies will be sold at the Old Canteen which is next to the Food Tech room. The smoothies and juice available are the following below
Banana – Mango Smoothie (Gluten-Free) (Banana, Mango, Ice and Yoghurt)
Berry Blitz Smoothie (Gluten Free / Lactose-Free) (Mixed berries, Apple juice, Ice)
Thursday – a bake sale. This involves the Year Nine Murdoch class baking their own delicious treats such as muffins, slices and cookies. The costs will range from $0.50 to $5. Another walk will be held on this day during the lunchtime.
Friday – a barbecue sizzle. We will be selling sausages in wholemeal bread, which will cost $2 each. They will also be available to pre-order, with the pre-order sheets being handed out to all classes in the Junior School. We will ask you to return these sheets by Wednesday October 17.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact our teacher Ms Owen at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The students of Year Nine Murdoch
Congratulations to all students who represented Cathedral over the past two days at the Hume Regional and Zone Athletics. On Thursday , 27 students competed exceptionally well at the Hume Athletics in Albury, with the following individual and team results:
Ashley Farmer: Age Champion, 1st 90m Hurdles (new record), 1st 100m, 2nd Javelin, 3rd Triple Jump
Emily Mitchell: 2nd 80m Hurdles, 4th Shot put
Callista Race-Stelling: 1st 3000m (new PB): 1st 1500m
Alexis Race-Stelling: 1st 3000m (new PB), 2nd 1500m
Alex Pitt: 1st Shot put, 1st Javelin
Lachlan Wood: 4th Javelin
Jack Boulton: Age Champion, 1st 100m (new record), 1st 200m (new record), 1st Long Jump (new record), 1st 400m (new record)
Gabby Boulton: Age Champion, 1st 100m, 1st Triple Jump, 1st 200m, 2nd High Jump, 2nd 400m
Naomi Luhan: 2nd 100m, 1st Javelin, 2nd 200m, 2nd Shot put
Alannah Harrap: 2nd 800m, 1st 1500m
Jess Calvert: 1st 800m, 1st 200m, 1st 400m
Sam Henderson: 1st Triple Jump (new PB), 1st High Jump, 1st Long Jump
Josh Tweedale: 1st High Jump (new record) Tess Palubiski: 1st 800m, 1st Long Jump, 1st 400m
Rebecca Livingstone: 4th 200m Cassidy Mailer: 2nd 1500m
Will Johnson: 2nd 1500m
Felicity Lincoln: 4th Triple Jump Matt Box: 4th Discus
Mia Amos: 4th Javelin
13yr old girls- 3rd (Felicity Lincoln, Scarlett Simpson, Emily Mitchell and Alannah Harrap).
14yr old girls- 1st (Ashley Farmer, Jess Calvert, Cassidy Mailer and Maddi Mailer)
14yr old boys- 4th (Hugh Mullins, Alex Pitt, George McConnell and Will Johnson)
17yr old girls- 2nd (Gabby Boulton, Opal Thomas, Amelia Lee and Caitlin Muscat)
Our Primary aged students had some excellent results today at Zone Athletics, held in Wangaratta; final results will be published in the next newsletter.
Ms Alyse Owen
Congratulations to Lee Hughes (Seven Close) and George Hamilton (Nine Murdoch) for their success in Soccer this season. Lee was selected by Football Federation Victoria, for a position on the State side which competed in the National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour during the first week of the school holidays. George received the U15s Murray United (NPL Soccer Team) Coaches Award and Players’ Player Award. Well done to both boys for a great season.
German Exchange: Aidan Thomson
Germany is a wonderful, if not quite different country. It is quite unique in its own way. The people are nice and their food is wonderful too. The streets take some time getting used to as on the road, the German people drive on the right side of the road unlike us where we drive on the left side. The landmarks are quite wonderful. The other day I went up the Ulm Minster or in German words, Ulmer Münster. The landmark was a wonderful point of interest as we could see all of Ulm and it was an amazing site. The school is also wonderful and different from our school. It is one big building and is a really interesting place. The students and teachers are also very friendly people. Germany is a wonderful place and I would recommend people to visit it if you ever get the chance.
Wangaratta Library Reading Initiative: Term Four.
Reading Matters. Book a flight. Any interested Middle or Senior School student is encouraged to join the Library Bus which will take students from Cathedral to Wangaratta’s downtown municipal library and will then bring them back again for their afternoon classes. This free shuttle bus is designed to engage students with reading through professional librarian-assisted guidance. Please see your English teacher to register your interest.
Parents and Friends AGM and General Meeting
The Parents and Friends held their AGM on Tuesday and we would like to congratulate the newly elected members:
Vice President: Jaquie Jose
Secretary: Sian Browne
General Committee: Sandra Duffy, Emma Bouchier Morrison, Jacqui Way and Kerryn Lee
Carolyn Sammon and Kylie Samson will continue their terms as President and Treasurer respectively. Thank you to the departing committee members Jackie Serong and Kim Shirley and to Kirsty Taylor for her many, many years organising the Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day stalls. Your contributions are very much appreciated. All are welcome at the next meeting which will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday 27th November in the Staff Room.
At 4.00pm on Sunday October 14 (this Sunday), any parents interested in meeting on our magnificent oval for some football training are most welcome. Ability is not important, and after some gentle warm up exercises, we will move into a gentle “touch football” style game and reflect afterwards over a gentle refreshment. Last year we had a number of these sessions that joined some staff members with some parents to enjoy each other’s company and pretend that they were impressive footballers once…or perhaps intend to be in the future! Adrian Farrer and Greg Newbold will be present, but there will be some good footballers there too we suspect.