A few weeks ago, a letter signed by the Heads of 34 Sydney Anglican diocese schools was sent to all MPs – including the Prime Minister and Bill Shorten — to argue for the protection of religious freedoms. It seems that the schools were concerned any proposed overhaul of anti-discrimination laws would also have profound unintended consequences and undermine the ability of children to receive a religious education.
The letter sparked a good deal of controversy and may have given some people the impression that the Anglican communion felt the way that the Principals’ letter read. That is not the case. In our view, religious exemptions that permit discrimination have no place in our school, or any other. Discrimination in any form is unacceptable.
Both Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy and Bishop John Parkes have written open letters on behalf of their ASC schools to clarify our position, and I seek to do so here, too.
We are an open, inclusive community that acknowledges people for who they are.
Bishop John wrote, “The Anglican schools in Wangaratta are committed to facilitating an environment within which, in the words of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2017, I can say ‘There are no problems here. There are only people. People are made in the image of God. All of us, without exception, are loved and called in Christ. The way forward needs to be about love, joy and celebration of our humanity, of our creation in the image of God, of our belonging to Christ – all of us, without exception, without exclusion’.”
We believe the Anglican schools in the Wangaratta Diocese have a responsibility to engender the ethics of care, compassion and respect for others. ASC schools are inclusive communities, and sexual orientation is neither a consideration in the employment of teachers and staff in schools in this diocese, nor in the enrolment of students.
Within a school community there will be a diversity of opinion, a broad spectrum of understanding about human sexuality and gender. Differences of outlook do not preclude the necessity for school environments to enable all people to feel safe, to be included and to flourish.
I endorse the Archbishop’s and the Bishop’s sentiments entirely.
Cathedral is a great school, and a great school for everyone.
Mr Adrian Farrer
Important Dates and Information
Important dates and events can be found on the School Calendar here.
Monday November 19: Year Ten and Eleven Examinations
The examination period for Year Ten and Eleven students will commence on Monday next week, and run through to Wednesday. On Thursday, the Year Ten students will have a day of Feedback from their examinations followed by our Head Start program, which will commence on Friday. Our Year Eleven students will commence their Head Start program on Thursday. The timetable for our examination period is below. Our Head Start program is designed for our VCE students to revise this year’s work and we look forward to hitting the ground running in 2019.
Students will work within their 2019 classes with their teachers. Our Year Twelve students will also complete their Retreat during this time period. Students are asked to be prepared for their new classes with stationery items. Text books will not be necessary during this time. Subject changes will need to be finalised as soon as possible to maximise the Head Start time with your class. Head Start will finish on Monday December 10.
Friday November 30: Prep to Year Two Production
Join us in the Stadium for the Prep to Year Two Production at 7.00pm
Friday November 30 – December 4: Year Seven to Year Nine Exams
Please find the Timetable for the Year Seven to Year Nine Exams: PDF:Exam Timetable 2018
If, as parents, you are looking for more information on how to help students cope with any anxiety over exams, please visit the SchoolTV special edition on Exam Stress – there is a wealth of information available for students and families to access: School TV Exam Jitters
Tuesday December 4: Year Five Graduation 6.00pm
Wednesday December 5: Professional Development Day
Students will not be required to attend school on Wednesday December 5
Friday December 7: Parents and Friends Junior School Disco
The Parents and Friends are organising a Disco for students from Prep to Year Five after school on Friday December 7. This will be supervised by the Parents and Friends and will run from 3.30pm – 5.00pm. Parents are welcome to stay and catch up for afternoon tea in the Science Quad. A sausage and icy pole will be available for the students. If you would like to volunteer some time to help with this, please email the Parents and Friends on email@example.com
Monday December 10: Carol Service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral
Middle and Senior School: 11.30am – 1.00pm
Junior School: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Tuesday December 11: District Transition Day – Prep to Year Ten 2019
Thursday December 13: Final Day of School and Presentation Assembly
Further details about the Presentation Assemblies will be sent home closer to the date.
Remembrance Day 2018
On Friday, Cathedral students held a simple Remembrance Day Service underneath the Flagpoles in memory of those who have served and fallen in conflicts over the last 100 years. On Sunday, staff and students gathered across the North East to commemorate 100 years since the signing of the Armistice of Compiegne. After several months of hard fighting on the Western Front, the Allies finally broke through the Hindenburg Line on 29 September 1918 and within weeks the Armistice between the Allies and Germany came into effect at 11.00am on 11 November 1918. The Armistice paved the way for the signing of a formal peace treaty, the Treaty of Versailles, and the end of the war six months later.
This year, along with Cathedral students from Junior, Middle and Senior Schools, our 2019 School Captains Tom Newton and Anna Findlay attended the Remembrance Day Service held at the Wangaratta Cenotaph. Joined by Prep student Spencer Jackson, Tom and Anna laid the wreath and Bianca D’Andrea read “In Flanders Fields.” In what is full circle, Anna was one of the Prep students charged with laying the wreath in the 2007 service.
The evening before, Year Eleven William Cheshire was recognised for service to the community and his exceptional citizenship at the annual 2nd/24th Battalion dinner. This award is given to those students who are consistently doing good in the world and William should be commended for his efforts. In attendance, were Deputy Principal, Mr Keith Willett and William’s family. William’s contributions to the local CFA community and his fine presence around the college certainly make him a worthy recipient.
HEART in the Junior School
The acronym HEART is derived from Health Education and Reading Together and is one of the numerous components that make up Pastoral care in the Junior School. Pastoral care is multi-faceted with the Head of House, Homeroom teachers, Year Level and Teaching & Learning Coordinators and the many other staff who interact with our students, all combining to form a comprehensive, compassionate and caring wellbeing program in the school. A lot of significant adults know your child!
One of my greatest levellers or ‘sanity’ releases, is when I teach in classrooms rather than administrate from an office. I am privileged to have the opportunity to teach every one of the 300+ Junior School students once per fortnight in HEART, as we explore a myriad of different topics. Relationships, Personal Characteristics, Hygiene, Teamwork, Resilience, Grit and Growth are some of the units we explore. Understanding and developing relationships seems to be integral to most areas that we investigate; simply, life is about relationships. Learning to respect, respond to, read and accept the various personalities and character traits that people have, and understand how they shape and mould a community is essential to whether a community thrives or withers.
A HEART class often involves the reading of a serial novel or a picture story book to illustrate a theme such as Changing Friendships, Bullying, ‘Bouncebackability’ or Honesty for example. Students will often have questions posed that require them to turn and talk to a classmate to discuss their answer to the question. Being a good and gracious listener is a vital element of being a good friend and developing a respectful rapport with another. Accepting that others will have different opinions is reasonable; however, justifying that opinion needs to be addressed or accepted in a polite, considerate manner. Each HEART lesson builds upon the previous one (I hope), and little by little helps to make each student a little bit better than they were the day before. Life is a marathon, so patience, grit, going with the flow and overcoming adversity are necessary to complete the race to the best of one’s ability.
Mr Greg Newbold
The Fred Hollows Humanity Award
This week Year Six students Jack Weir, Harvey Correll and Will Erickson’s fundraising efforts were officially recognised by the Fred Hollows Foundation. On Monday, the trio were awarded the Fred Hollows Humanity Award in Melbourne by Mr John Brumby. This award highlights inspirational students making a positive difference in their communities; a well-deserved recognition for their significant contribution. To hear the interview on ABC with Year level Coordinator Ms Kerrylee Bonacci please click here:
On November 14, Cathedral sent four female students and one teacher to Melbourne, to participate in the “Girls in Science Forum” run by L’Oréal-UNESCO and The University of Melbourne. The event had around 400 girls from Year Nine to Eleven attend. Students started off their morning listening to presentations from five females who had been awarded fellowships and whose careers in science ranged from work within a current Mars project to understanding influenza susceptibilities. After presentations, students were given the opportunity to ask questions of these remarkable women, learning about how they not only achieved their careers but giving advice on how one could go about creating their own.
Presentations and questions were followed by lunch and interactive activities. Our students participated in a Robotics lab and Interactive tour and explored the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. The robotics lab tour allowed the girls to experience augmented reality. The students wore headsets providing them with instructions on how to construct shaped towers with blocks and also helped to show students Future AR application in areas such as construction. The students also had a chance to look at robots which were used in tasks such as 3D printing, particularly into one students project in which they explored viable building materials with the assistance of these robots. The Anatomy and Pathology museum consisted of a talk about the change in medical practice at The University of Melbourne since the 1800s and allowed students to look at Medical specimens, some over 100 years old. The day was enjoyable for all and would be highly recommend to any students in the future. A special thank you to Mrs Sue Synnot, the teacher who accompanied the students on the day.
Our Junior and Middle School students also experienced Science through the touring Questacon Circus which visited last week as part of Staff Professional Development; lots of great explosions and fun was had!
It has been a full and busy time for our Performing Arts staff and students with a Junior School Production, Drama Elective performances, Music concerts, musicians taking to the stage at the Jazz Festival and more. Our Junior School have spent much of this term and last eagerly rehearsing for Disney’s Aladdin production which was performed to a full house at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre. With Year Fives taking the leading roles, our Year Three and Year Four students ably supported our actors with excellent singing and precision choreography. The intention is to provide our students with a real experience of being in ‘the theatre’, which is then built upon as they move through the school. Many thanks to Ms Claudia Groom, for her Directorial debut, Mrs Tali Silva for her choreography, Mr Sam Woods, Ms Andrea Thwaites, Mr Paul Weir, Ms Nell Parkes, Mr Tom Aggett and Mrs Sharon Nolan for all their assistance.
Instrumental Music students have also had the chance to perform to friends and families over three evenings and it has been a great opportunity to share music with each other and see the progression and learning that has occurred in 2018. Particular thanks to all our wonderful Instrumental Staff for being such an integral part of our young people’s education. Some of our Middle and Senior School students were fortunate to combine with other ASC schools to play in the ASC Combined Band on stage and in the Jazz Mass at the Holy Trinity Cathedral as part of the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. This is the third year we have hosted ASC schools from the West and we look forward to continuing this tradition in 2019.
Our Performing Arts and Drama students have held performances over the last few weeks to Junior audiences. A variety of plays were chosen, and students were in charge of the directing, set, lighting and costume design as well as acting and learning their lines. Junior students experienced life of animals from The Jungle Book, school teachers from Matilda, and Shrek to name a few. Last Friday, the Year Nine Drama class travelled to the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre for what was the culmination of a semester’s work; the class performance of ‘Atomic’ a play by Australian playwright Amelia Chandon-Evans. The event is part of the ‘Suitcase Series’, organised by the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne as a means for drama students to access theatre professionals and to play an active role in the theatrical process. The Year Nine Drama students of Cathedral performed admirably with a range of dance, mime and comedy. The professional actors in the audience paid tribute to the groups willingness to support one another through the use of prompts and suggestion. This year’s play is based on issues surrounding climate change and students were able to discuss their thoughts on this with other schools and through dramatic means. We keenly look forward to the Prep – Year Two Production at the end of the year!
Outdoor Education students have had a busy Term Four with students hiking up Mt Feathertop, spending time learning bush and camping skills on campus, trips to Torquay and Canberra and the Prep Pizza Night and Year One Sleepover.
On Year Eight camp, I enjoyed the fact that I was constantly with my friends and was very social with people that I may not have spoken to much in the past. I enjoyed how during the day we would be in a group, but later in the final hours of the day we would go into different groups for other activities. The activities during the day were a whole heap of fun; from mountain biking to surfing, all were very enjoyable. On the whole, going down south to admire the ocean was unbelievably enjoyable. Damien Thorpe
There’s a first time for everything. Surfing and Sea Kayaking were new activities that I enjoyed, and I would do again in a heartbeat as they were both amazing ways to experience the ocean. The most dreaded activity turned out to be the highlight of the camp: riding down the Great Ocean Road was both challenging and exhilarating. We stayed in amazing facilities and the camp was thoroughly enjoyable. Kelly Hirschmann
As part of the Year Six curriculum for 2018, an education camp was organised in Canberra. The camp encompassed many of the History and Civics and Citizenship components of our curriculum and students were kept busy visiting many of the major venues and attractions of our Capital City, amongst them the Australian Parliament, The Australian War Memorial and the Australian Institute of Sport. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributed funding of $20 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate was paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.
Year Nine Social Enterprise
This week, our Year Nine students participated in the Cathedral College Wangaratta Shark Tank. Each Social Enterprise group had to present their business ideas to a panel, consisting of Mr Farrer, Mrs Findlay and Mr Clark, proffering their ideas and justifying their decisions. Next Wednesday and Thursday, November 21 and 22, these students will be running their own pop-up market for Social Enterprise (a business where a majority of profits go towards a social cause). Most of the stalls this year are selling food priced between $2 and $5 at lunchtime only. All food will be nut-free and each stall will display a list of ingredients at point of sale. Prices are in the $2-$5 range and we welcome your support of our socially-minded, budding business people.
Mr Matt Henderson
Wonderful news from Junior Art
Every year we enjoy the Jazz Festival and eagerly await an opportunity for our students to participate in a creative way by producing Jazz and Blues flavoured art work. David Godkin, an art teacher for many years always comes up with exciting and dynamic lesson plan for schools to use as a level playing field. This allows students from all around Wangaratta to join in the same lesson. This year was no exception. The exception on this occasion is that Year Four Ovens won an award to the tune of $100.00. Congratulations one and all. I am absolutely over the moon about this success. The truth is that all students from our school did a brilliant job of creating exciting imagery. The real achievement is the pleasure of making and drawing.
Ms Valerie Crosse
European Exchange Students
Every single day I am falling in love with the beautiful place called Europe. Austria is so different compared with Australia and has its own quirky characteristics. It is quite different driving on the right side of the road with a left-hand drive car where as we are the opposite back home. The people here always greet you whether they know you or not and the food is exceptional with its own unique flavour. I know one thing that I instantly fell in love with were the mountains; they are picturesque and, in my opinion, don’t even look real. I have already hiked up to an old ruined castle and the view from the top of the hill was well worth the walk. School is very different, starting at 7:55am and the finishing time depends on the number of hours you have for that day. The school is just one massive building with many stairs and the students and teachers are all very welcoming. For anyone who gets the chance I would recommend coming to visit Austria – it will definitely be a memorable journey. Sian Buckley
On the 2nd of November both the Austrian and German exchange groups flew out from Tullamarine to head to Germany but first we had to stop and have a quick two hour layover at Doha, Qatar. The first part of the flight was a long and uncomfortable 15 hours filled with the attempt to sleep, despite being nervous. And yet, the second half was filled with laughs, movies and games, then came the time to land. We all were accepted into our families with open arms and began our journey to our new homes in either Heidenheim or Gerstetten, parting our ways with the Austrians. School on Monday was very long with some starting at 7:40am and finishing at 5:00pm. The school is very different to Australia, with chalkboards instead of whiteboards, and recess and lunch is spent in the halls of the school. We are all enjoying our time so far and we are looking forward to the weeks to come. Phoebe Grimwade and Imogen Taylor
On Thursday November 1 2018, William Mace, Ed Dowsley, Liam Curtis, Max Pfahlert and Mr Gareth Lloyd attended the Regional Year Seven boys Table-tennis competition. The lads fought bravely and fiercely in a combination of singles and doubles matches against some very talented opposition teams, who travelled far further than we did. Mr Lloyd’s table tennis skills were not called upon or required. The boys however, worked together liked a well-oiled machine. They played like titans and behaved like gentlemen. The College was well represented by these fine young men. We returned home with a Runner’s Up flag and some choice memories. A fabulous day was had by all.
Mr Gareth Lloyd
Congratulations to our Year Seven Volleyball Team who have comfortably won the Hume Region Championships in Wodonga, and will now be heading to represent the College at the State Championships in Melbourne next month.
Victorian All Schools Track and Field Championships
Over the Long Weekend in November, five Cathedral students travelled to Melbourne to compete at the All Schools Track and Field Championships. The All Schools includes all private and public secondary students in Victoria and this year a visiting Malaysian Sports Academy had several competitors meaning competition was at its best with students competing for a chance to make the Victorian All Schools team. Incredibly all five of our Cathedral students had podium finishes with the following results:
Callista Race Stirling Silver medal in the U15 Steeple Chase and 9th in the 3000 meter.
Joshua Tweedale Silver in the U15 high jump.
Ashley Farmer Gold in the 200m Hurdles , Silver in the 90m Hurdles and 7th in the final of the 100m.
Gabby Boulton Bronze in the 200m sprint and 7th in the final of the 100m.
Jack Boulton Gold in the 100m sprint , Gold in the 200m sprint and a Silver in the Long Jump.
A special congratulations to Ashley Farmer, Josh Tweedale, Jack Boulton and Callista Race-Stelling who have all made the Victorian team and will compete in Cairns at the All Schools National Championships from the 7th December and travel together as part of team Victoria.
Our Junior School State Athletes had a wonderful day in Melbourne, some representing the school for the first time at State level. Congratulations on their fantastic results:
Boniah Johns – 11th Girls 11 years 100m
Kyle Pearce – 12th Boys 11 years 1500m
Mac Sinclair – 12th Boys 10 years hurdles
Mitchell Sinclair – 8th Boys 11 years hurdles, 9th 11 Boys triple jump
Boys 10 years 4 x 100m relay– 9th
Boys 11 years 4 x 100m relay– 13th
Hagen Hopp – 12th 11 Boys long jump
Service Learning Opportunities 2019
Next year there are two opportunities to participate in Service Learning trips overseas. Year Nine and Year Ten students are invited to consider being part of the first ASC trip to Samoa, where they will work with students and the community of All Saints Anglican in July 2019. Following this, students from Year Eight to Year Eleven have the chance to travel to Nepal, our second trip, which will run over New Years. For further information please see Reverend David Jones or click on the information letters below:
SchoolTV: Drug and Alcohol Use
There is no single age group of people more affected by alcohol and drugs than our young people. For some, a one time or infrequent use of alcohol or drugs can result in tragedy: alcohol poisoning, an accident or fall when under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or an arrest associated with alcohol or drugs. Young people who use alcohol and drugs before their brain has fully developed, are at increased risk for future addiction. Those who start drinking alcohol before the age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence than those who first use alcohol at age 18 or older.
Alcohol affects a young brain more than a fully developed adult brain. It’s not until around the age of 26 that the brain is fully formed. Drinking alcohol can cause irreversible changes to the developing brain, particularly to the area of the brain that is responsible for rational thinking. Damage to this part of the brain during its development can lead to learning difficulties, memory problems, and impaired problem solving. Therefore, the longer your teenager delays using alcohol, and the less they drink, the better their brain functioning will be now and in later life.
Please visit the SchoolTV edition here for the most current information form leading health experts in Australia. There are some wonderful Fact Sheets that can be accessed.
Again this year for Buffalo’s fundraiser we are supporting the Bishop of Wangaratta’s Christmas Appeal in partnership with Anglicare. The Diocese of Wangaratta works closely with Anglicare to provide a wide range of services for those in need in Wangaratta. As a school, we are proud to support Anglicare’s initiatives. This year we are asking for donations of non-perishable food items to support Anglicare’s ‘Loaves and Fishes’ program. Items could include:
• Canned vegetables • Canned fruit • Jellies • Jams • Coffee and tea • Rice • Pasta • Biscuits • Ring pull canned food • Instant meals
Please bring your items to Reception by December 7. We will then place them all under the Christmas Tree for our Carols Service where they will be blessed before being distributed to Anglicare. Thank you in advance for your support.
Feathertop House are looking for jars again please to turn into candles for our House Christmas Fundraiser. Please bring any washed, medium sized 250-400ml jars you can spare to the collection box in Sharon’s Office. Price will be $5 for a small candle to $8 for a medium/large and are made from high quality soy wax, wicks and delicious ‘Christmas Pudding’ scent. All profits will be given to Light for Riley – a charitable foundation for preventable diseases.
Piano Concerts: Saturday November 17 and Sunday November 18
This weekend there is a wonderful opportunity to hear pianist Hugh Fullarton (Director of Music at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Director of Cantabile Choir, and singing teacher at Cathedral College Wangaratta) joining forces with outstanding Melbourne-based soprano, Alexandra Mathew to present ‘Lullaby’, a descent into the enchanting world of sleep and dreaming. From Brahms’s celebrated Lullaby, through Britten’s beguiling A Charm of Lullabies, Chopin’s evergreen piano Nocturnes, and selections from Manuel De Falla’s exotic Seven Spanish Folksongs, this is a not-to-be-missed event.
Saturday November 17: 2.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Yackandandah
Sunday November 18: 12.30pm at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta,
Tickets $10 at the door (Children free).