Celebrating Fifteen Years
In 2018 our school community is celebrating our fifteenth year of success and growth in a variety of ways. Most recently, our School Captains, Kiera Murphy and Alex Race-Stelling were joined by Chair of School Council, Mike Noble, Principal Adrian Farrer, Prep students Harvey Muraca and Scarlett Watson, along with the Prep cohort to mark the occasion with the cutting and eating of a delicious cake.
This year we are not just looking back and reflecting on our story so far. We are launching our college into the next fifteen years and beyond as a learning community for families aspirational for bright futures. We believe in continually improving the opportunities available to students from Prep through to Year Twelve and are proud of the quality of education we deliver.
Cathedral College Wangaratta is grateful to be a part of our local communities across the North East of Victoria. Thank you to all of our partners across the region who have helped us during the first very memorable fifteen years of our journey.
From the Principal
It is okay to make mistakes.
At the start of this year, during the first assembly, I showed the school my favourite pencil. It was a battered, chipped and short yellow pencil that had lived a long time in my company. It had served me well, yet we had also collaborated in making plenty of errors along the way, as the rubbed down pink eraser at the other end from the tip demonstrated.
That faithful tool, which incidentally I lost that day after years of having it, was an indication that taking risks are okay for our youngest (and perhaps our oldest) students as they embarked on the 2018 school year. I had hoped to engender some sense of considered risk taking that would allow for deeper learning and the opportunity to identify, perhaps, new passions along the way.
Imagine, therefore, my surprise and delight when our wonderful Year Twelves presented our Preps with pencils and notes of wisdom and encouragement at their final assembly on Wednesday. That the Year Twelves picked up on the concept was great, but it was more the genuine way in which they gave their buddies their presents and in that moment passed on a most resonant message that no Principal in full sermonising flight could hope to match. It is okay to make mistakes. It helps in the learning process. We need to take calculated risks.
I can’t remember all of the beneficial risks that I have taken in my life, nor would I choose to count the ones that failed, but to our young people who embark on their final VCE exams over the coming couple of weeks I applaud them for the inestimable contribution that they have made to the life of our school during their time with us and commend to them the courage of their convictions as they tackle their personal challenges.
They know, it seems, that it is okay to make mistakes, and through that they will assuredly make great progress too. We wish them well.
Mr Adrian Farrer
Year Twelve Graduation
Our Year Twelves have officially been farewelled by the school community in a Whole School Assembly, followed by a Morning Tea with their friends and family. We were also privileged to have a smoking ceremony and blessing led by Aunty Betty and the Bishop who continue to be strong supporters of our school. We wish the Year Twelves well for their final Examination period which starts next Wednesday October 31; their invaluable contribution to College life will be greatly missed.
Important Dates and Information
Important dates and events can be found on the School Calendar here.
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. Parents are invited to join us for a coffee and morning tea in The Science Garden to meet some of our Parents and Friends.
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.
Questacon Science Circus: Thursday November 8
The Questacon Science Circus will be spending the day with students from Year Three to Year Eight on Thursday November 8. There will also be a chance for the community to gather at the Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre on Thursday afternoon from 4.00pm until 7.00pm to discover and explore science through hands-on exhibits. For more information please visit the link here: www.questacon.edu.au/
A school chugs along on a daily basis, living and breathing in the moment. Students enjoy and rely upon routines, consistency and stability which school provides in spades. And yet, at the same time, as part of the developmental process, children need to experience change, disruption and disappointment. These are natural parts of the human journey. For a primary aged child, these are experienced in many ways and each individual may respond in his or her own particular manner. Different teachers mean different personalities, new topics may mean a short dent in one’s confidence, alterations to friendship groups can impact on emotions, timetable changes can disrupt familiar routines, new students entering or others departing can affect feelings of security, tests can conjure up extremes of emotions, and changes of transport to and from school are likely to take some adjustment.
I am currently completing Prep Developmental interviews for our new 2019 intake. As part of their transition-to-school program they are visited by Mrs Gerrish and Mrs Dielman in their Kindergarten environment and then enjoy a meeting with me, here on campus, where they play, draw, build and answer questions to help us form a developmental profile. This ensures we plan for and meet their needs upon entry to school.
A series of four visits to school as part of Step into Prep Series provides the children and families with an understanding of how school operates, become familiar with their teachers and supports children (and parents) in being able to say goodbye as they navigate a new situation with the security of knowing they will be safe and content.
Preparing children for this critical phase of life starts well before school age. Being babysat by a familiar friend, staying overnight with grandparents or good friends, having friends for a sleepover, spending a camping weekend where children stay in a separate tent to the adults are all authentic opportunities that provide them with new routines and a disruption to normal life. In this way, significant transitions that will always occur in life’s journey are well planned and prepared and deliver the children (and parents) the tools to manage any stress and anxiety that may be felt at these key milestone moments.
The Year Two camp last week threw up challenges in many ways, just as the week-long Year Six camp to Canberra this week. Living without peers with their own unique needs and idiosyncrasies is both exciting and annoying. Not saying good night or good morning to parents is different and encountering a highly structured and tiring program of activities brings out a range of emotions. For a child entering a Year Two or even Year Six camp without previous experiences to prepare them for such challenges, makes the encounter quite confronting. My fun experience on Year Two camp indicated our students had been well prepared, which enabled them to maximise the learning opportunities that were available.
Mr Greg Newbold
Senior School Production 2019
I was delighted to announce this week that the Senior School Production for 2019 is going to be none other than the spooky and kooky, ‘Addam’s Family the Musical’. The audition process is due to begin soon with the cast being announced on Wednesday November 7. The performance dates are August 2 and 3 2019. If your child requires another form or just missed out last week, please click here on the following link and you will be directed to the audition pack that was circulated to students. It promises to be an exciting and fun filled show. If you require any more information or have any concerns or queries, please feel free to email me at: email@example.com
Mr Sam Woods
House Photography Competition
Congratulations to all the students from across the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools for their wonderful entries into the House Photography Competition. It was extremely difficult to judge the winners from each category. Thank you to Kathryn Box for her initiative and organisation of this House competition which will become an annual event.
First Prize: Beatrix Clarke (Springtime Fairy Wren)
Honourable Mentions: Ashley Friend (Cathedral Ranges) and Zoe Davis (Sunlight on Daisies)
First Prize: Ava Loughnan (Sunrise on Lake Mulwala)
Honourable Mentions: Eliza Frazer (Explosion of Colour) and Tom Wilkinson (Wisteria)
First Prize: Jemima Pizzini (Blossom Bee)
Honourable Mentions: Alex Campbell (Lamb crossing) and Bonnie Murphy (Hard work)
Last week, Daniel Ladbrooke and Charlotte Hopp (Year Nine) wrapped up their involvement in a Social Enterprise Co-Design Workshop at the Old Beechworth Gaol. The event was hosted by ACRE (Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship) and was headlined by guest speaker Professor Bill Lucas from the Centre for Real World Learning in England. Daniel and Charlotte contributed alongside teachers and primary students to the development of teaching resources for future social enterprise projects. Charlotte was an articulate panelist who reflected on her learning and involvement with the program and both were invited to MC a regional showcase at the end of the year.
Mr Matt Henderson
Students celebrate dairy creations
After a fun and flavoursome three months, 1009 students from 50 different schools have been busy whipping up a storm in the kitchen, thanks to Great Ocean Road – Careers made here – Cheese Your Own Creation program. The program was offered as a curricular activity within the school’s Year Nine Make A Meal Food Technology class. We were provided with supporting resources and curriculum for the duration of the program and received a $100 Coles gift voucher to purchase Great Ocean Road products. A copy of the 2018 Warrnambool Cheese & Butter calendar helped us gain some creative inspiration.
In teams of two, students designed their own unique dairy creation. Recipes were developed and submitted, along with a photograph of their creation to be judged. Twelve student dairy creations have been chosen to create a 2019 calendar to showcase the achievements of the program in Australian schools. The winners came from Tasmania, Queensland, NSW, South Australia and Cathedral College Wangaratta.
I would like to congratulate all the students in Year Nine Make A Meal food unit and in particular the two students who will feature in the 2019 calendar as the August feature: Callista Race-Sterling and Charlotte Hopp.
Ms Anne Stevenson
We were fortunate to submit a number of entries in the 2018 Wangaratta Show. The Show is a good vehicle for our students to show their support for the local community. Congratulations to the following students:
Anzac Biscuits – Year Seven
Isabell Best – First Prize
Emily Mitchell – Highly Commended
Grace McKinnon – Highly Commended
YoYo Biscuits – Year Eight
Eliza Frazer – First Prize
Chloe Dacre – Highly Commended
Abbey Collins – Highly Commended
Ms Anne Stevenson
Middle and Senior State Athletics: Ranked 5th in the State of Victoria
Congratulations to all those who participated in the State Athletics held in October. Cathedral College Wangaratta, as a school, placed 5th in the rankings out of 242 schools from across the State – a wonderful testament to our athletes:
Ashley Farmer: 3rd 100m, 2nd 90m Hurdles
Gabby Boulton: 1st 200m, 4th 100m
Jess Calvert: 2nd 200m, 3rd 400m, 6th 800m
Tess Palubiski: 2nd 400m, 2nd 800m, 6th Long Jump
Alannah Harrap: 12th 1500m
Callista Race-Stelling: 5th 1500m, 3rd 2000m Steeplechase
Jack Boulton: 1st 100m record, 1st 200m Record, 1st 400m Record, 1st Long Jump Record
Will Johnson: 12th 1500m
Josh Tweedale: 2nd High Jump
Sam Henderson: 4th High Jump, 6th Long Jump, 4th Triple Jump
Alex Pitt: 5th Shot put, 1st Javelin
Cassidy Mailer: 7th in 1500m
14yrs girls Relay: 4th, Chloe Royal, Cassidy Mailer, Ashley Farmer and Jess Calvert
Last week, 23 Cathedral students participated in the Hume Region Athletics Primary Aged Championships in Albury. The students exceeded their own expectations with ten qualifying for the State Championships on October 29. They were:
Mitchell Sinclair – 1st in 11 Years Triple Jump and Hurdles
Hagen Hopp – 1st in 11 Years Long Jump
Boniah Johns – 1st in 11 Years 100m and broke the record
Boys 10 years 4 x 100 Relay – 1st and broke the record (Harvey Jacka, Nick Kjar, Blake Newton & Mac Sinclair)
Boys 11 years 4 x 100 Relay – 1st and broke the record (Mitchell Sinclair, Hagen Hopp, Tom Thwaites & Chad Donald)
Kyle Pearce – 2nd in 11 Years 1500m
Mac Sinclair – 2nd in 10 Years Hurdles
Year Seven and Eight Tennis
On Wednesday October 24, the Year Seven and Eight girls and boys tennis players journeyed to the Wodonga Tennis Centre to compete in the Upper Hume Tennis Tournament. It was a wonderful day for the sport, with the grass-courts in terrific condition; there were certainly some tired bodies at the end after four hours of largely non-stop hitting. All of the teams won at least one match, which was a pleasing result, and our students were excellent in the way they demonstrated the effort, cooperation and behaviour that was expected of them.
The highlight was the Year Seven girls team of Olivia Corso, Georgie Hemphill, Lyndsey Hill and Ava Loughnan who won their competition comfortably and will now progress to the Hume Region finals. This will be held at the Wangaratta Lawn Courts on Thursday 8 November and we wish them all the best. The Year Eight boys also performed very well, with the effort of defeating Galen Catholic College by one game being their best achievement of the day. Unfortunately, their only loss was to the eventual winners of Victory Lutheran College in the last match of the day and they were certainly very competitive in those sets. As well as the Year Seven girls the other students who participated were: Chase Dahl, Charlie Grimwade, Adam Greaves, Jake Skahill of Year Seven and the following Year Eight students: Millie Allen, Isabella Bridgeman, Zac Fraser, Daniel Herrod, Lia Ladbrook, Nick Asey, Skip Pieper, Ashley Rosewall and Tom Sparks. Thank you to Mrs. Hickey for helping to run the day and Ms. Owen for her organisation.
Mr Brant Whitsed
The Year Seven girls recently participated in the Hume Volleyball, a game that involved strategy and many jarring fingers! They experienced great success on the day, winning all of their games and making it through to the next level. There were some brilliant serves, blocks and volleys and it was wonderful to see the teamwork and constant communication involved on the court. Thank you to Ms Owen, Mrs Knobel, Mr Manning and Mr Schonafinger for helping during tryouts and on the day.
Year Ten Social
Last Friday, Year Tens had their Formal at the Wangaratta Rovers’ Clubrooms. The theme of the night was the “Oscars”, presented with a red carpet and tassels as we walked into the venue. Fairy lights and good tunes filled the room, along with finger food and drinks. Everyone was complimenting each other on their efforts in their formal attire, as we all looked amazing! Ballot boxes were provided to vote on a variety of awards, as Oscar Day hosted the night. We thank everyone for coming and making it a great night!
Zoe Davis, Aspen Thomas & Destiny McPhail
Health and Wellbeing
The Middle and Senior School staff and students played friendly (almost fierce) games of Netball last week as part of Stigma Awareness Week. Year Nines worked hard to make students aware of the stigma behind Mental Health and its impact in the community, as well as raised a considerable amount of money for the Black Dog Institute through bake sales, barbecues, smoothies and a variety of inclusive events and activities.
This was followed up with guest speaker, Nathan Hulls, an engaging and inspiring Youth Resilience Speaker. Students listened and participated in workshops aimed to impart the understanding that our destiny is not determined by the ‘stuff’ that happens to us, the ‘stuff’ which is out of our control. Rather, Nathan encouraged our students to believe that our destiny is determined by the decisions we make in response to those things. To learn more about Nathan, please visit his story here: http://www.nathanhulls.com/
Please find below the link to the latest SchoolTV newsletter which offers strategies, advice and guidance for parents to help support their children through the upcoming Year Twelve Exam period.
Exam Stress – Special Report
Students in their final year of school are considered a high-risk group for depression and anxiety. Sleep deprivation, diet and social media are some of the biggest issues faced by this group of teens. Therefore it is vitally important that a student’s mental health is looked after as well as their physical health. Keeping things in perspective for students and parents alike, can help prevent everyone getting overwhelmed. Although this final year is important, it is not necessarily the most important year of your child’s life.
There are many strategies that students can implement to help themselves. Parents can provide support, not only emotionally, but also practically by keeping their child well-nourished and encouraging physical activity. In this special report, parents will find useful tips to support their child during this often stressful time. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered here and we always welcome your feedback. If you do have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information. Here is the link to the special report http://cathedralcollege.vic.schooltv.me/wellbeing_
On Sunday, staff and student gathered at the Holy Trinity Cathedral to support College Chaplains, Reverend David Jones and Mrs Cathy Carden, as they were officially recognised as a “Canon”. Both David and Cathy are an integral part of the Health and Wellbeing team at Cathedral and this additional title means they join a group of other select clergy and lay people in the diocese that advises The Bishop on certain matters.
Tom Newton performs at “Up Next”: Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Year Eleven student, Tom Newton will be performing at The Arts Centre in Melbourne on Saturday November 10 from 6.00pm as part of a stand-up comedy night presenting Australia’s funniest young comedians. This builds upon Tom’s success earlier this year at Class Clowns and we wish him well. For more information please visit here: https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/en/whats-on/2018/the-channel/up-next
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled jars yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of the second drawer.
Send these, the lidless, dishwasher-tossed to me,
I’ll lift their purpose from waste to candles once more!”
Yes! We are looking for jam jars again please to turn into candles for our Feathertop House Christmas Fundraiser. Please bring any washed, medium sized 250-400ml jars you can spare to the collection box in Sharon’s Office. More information will be available in next newsletter. All profits will be given to Light for Riley – a charitable foundation for preventable diseases. Many thanks.
Mr Matt Henderson and Feathertop House
Wangaratta Community Nature Day: Saturday November 10
Families are invited to attend the Wangaratta Community Nature Day at Apex Park on Saturday November 10 from 10.30am – 2.00pm. With a range of nature activities, barbecue lunch and Bpangerang spritual storytelling from Uncle Freddie, this is a free event. For further information please click here: Nature Day 2018
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.
Oxley Bush Market
The 39th Annual Oxley Bush Market will be held this year on Saturday November 3. Staged at the historic Oxley Shire Hall (1875), the market is timed to coincide with the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues. The Oxley market is valued for the contribution it makes to many local fundraising groups, including schools, kindergartens, service clubs, fire brigades, the Cancer Council and the Royal Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and we welcome everyone for what will be a wonderful day.