From the Principal
It is hard to believe that there are only two more weeks of school left this year. Before students reach the milestone of the completion of the year, there is a number of events that the school is preparing for and looking eagerly towards. Tonight’s Prep-Two Production will be great fun and will deliver our own view of the Christmas story. Next week exams will continue, there will be a Professional Development Day for staff and Year Five will have their official graduation. In the last week of school we will have some of the most important occasions of our year – the Carol Services and the Presentation Events. We look forward to celebrating the efforts of our students throughout this densely packed year of activity.
It is a time of celebration, yet one laced with real sadness due to tragedy. The reach of the Kilmister tragedy is broad indeed. We have been inundated with good will, good work and good wishes over the past four weeks, and we are grateful for that. As I have indicated before, there is a long road ahead for all close to the family and there will be opportunity for further assistance to be rendered. In terms of care for others, we are conscious that there are many affected (regardless of the closeness of relationships with the Kilmister family) and there may be need for the provision of assistance to them. As such, on Wednesday December 5, from 2.30pm, we will have the school’s pastoral care staff in attendance in the Multi-Purpose Room and Science Garden areas for any school students, parents or families that would like to access some support. All are welcome.
Further, I commend to you the comments below from Caz Sammon of our P and F, and the suggested ways in which people can help. I record my thanks for the work of the P and F as we respond as a community to the distress of one of our families.
Mr Adrian Farrer
Thank you to the many parents and friends who have been so keen to help and support the Kilmister family through this difficult time. We have been overwhelmed with people reaching out and offering assistance and I know that it has been greatly appreciated by the Kilmisters. On December 15, there will be a significant Fundraiser held at the Bundalong Tavern from 12.00pm to 9.00pm. There is the opportunity for parents to contribute baked goods for the afternoon tea should this be something they feel comfortable with. Any baked items can be dropped off at the Front Office on Friday December 14 and we will coordinate taking it up to Bundalong for the following day.
Further, in conversation with Christine Kilmister, a Trust Fund has been set up in the names of Felix, Morgan and Austin and people are welcome to donate funds rather than donating to the GoFundMe page. The Bank Details for this are:
BSB: 013 945 Acc# 4178 072 72 Name: Austin Morgan Felix
There is absolutely no obligation or expectation to do either of these things.
I would like to sincerely thank the Parents and Friends Committee for their generosity, their efforts and their valuable contributions to the school in 2018. It has been a year which has relied heavily at times on supporting each other, and I am grateful to the wonderful parent community we have.
I look forward to meeting our new families as they come on board in 2019.
Ms Caz Sammon
President Parents and Friends
Important Dates and Information
Important dates and events can be found on the School Calendar here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday December 10: Carol Service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral
Middle and Senior School: 11.30am – 12..30pm
Junior School: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Tuesday December 11: District Transition Day – Prep to Year Ten 2019
Thursday December 13: Final Day of School and Presentation Assembly
Junior School: 9.30am in the Stadium
Senior School: 1.30pm at the Stadium
“She (Mary) gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7
The story goes of a christening that was to be held many years ago by a very wealthy European family. Many guests were invited to the home for the occasion and it became a very fashionable and social occasion. Their coats and stoles were carried to a bedroom and laid upon the bed when they arrived. After the usual lot of conversation and commotion, they were ready for the christening ceremony and someone asked, “Where is the baby?” The nurse was sent upstairs to collect the baby but returned in a very distressed state. The baby was nowhere to be found! After a short search, someone remembered that that child had last been seen lying on one of the beds, and after a frantic search the little child was found under the coats and stoles of the guests. The chief reason why they had come had been forgotten, neglected and nearly destroyed! This Christmas many will forget, neglect and even destroy the Christ child! He is lost under the tinsel, wrapping paper, ribbon, gifts and parties. Let us all remember not to crowd Christ out this Christmas this year, as he is the reason for the season.
Rev’d David Jones
Head of Junior School
As we move into the final fortnight of the school year, a moment for reflection is worthwhile. Schools seem to play a more important role in society than previously, as they often provide a most authentic form of community. Community is now defined as ‘the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common’, but traditionally it used to refer mainly to a group of people living in the same place. Whichever definition we wish to place more credence, the premise is largely the same.
I have referred to this semester, maybe even term, as the Performing Arts one, because there are numerous singing, dancing and theatrical opportunities for all of our students. Aladdin and A Cathedral Christmas were the vehicles that put every student onto the stage. The upcoming Junior School Presentation Ceremony on our final morning will showcase the dance skills of many of our students. A series of Instrumental Evening concerts allowed numerous students the chance to demonstrate their musical journey to an appreciative audience. These events do not just occur by chance but are planned and integrated into our daily life to widen our students’ experiences and support them in feeling that they are a valued and appreciated contributor to life at Cathedral.
Instead of me waxing lyrical to explain the sense of community and belonging that permeates our school, I offer the letter composed by Tayla Wilson, One Docker, who only arrived at our school this term.
Dear One Docker,
I love Cathedral College. It is amazing! I have never been to a more awesome school. I have made some new friends. I have been learning heaps and heaps, and I never want to leave. I was nervous when I started because I thought that people might make fun of me but hey, they didn’t, and everyone is really nice. I was put in my friends’ class and I love this class. My learning has been great at home and at school and I definitely love writing and reading. I really enjoy Mrs. Raymond and all you guys and girls.
As this is our final newsletter, may I take the opportunity to sincerely thank the teachers, staff members, families and friends for the support offered throughout the year. I would also like to thank our wonderful girls and boys who bring zest, respect, energy and a desire to learn and improve to everyday of the school year. There have been many trials and tribulations throughout the year, but there are times communities just need to hang tough, bind together and carry on. That is life! Without the hard, challenging times, the good times won’t ever seem so good or rewarding! Congratulations in particular to our Prep cohort for completing their first full year as school students – a wonderful achievement for both students and parents.
I wish everyone a holy and safe Christmas and restful holiday!
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
Year Four Projects
Year Fours focused their attention on inquiry based learning in Term Four, with each student investigating an open question, topic, or area of interest and then presenting their final project to staff, parents and their peers. While teachers helped guide the inquiry to various degrees, this project enabled students to move beyond general curiosity into the realms of critical thinking and understanding. With an emphasis on process, communication, reflecting, analysing and questioning, students were supported and encouraged to find something that truly engaged them. Last week, they proudly set up their projects, answered questions about what they had discovered over the term, and celebrated the successes of their classmates.
Year Five Teamwork Challenge
The Year Fives were recently challenged to build a pyramid made from 10 plastic cups without touching the cups. With 10 cups, 1 rubber band with 4 pieces of string attached, students had to manipulate the string and rubber band to pick up one cup at a time to build a pyramid. This was a challenge activity that promoted teamwork, positive communication, critical thinking, negotiation skills and an incredible amount of patience.
All of these skills are transferable skills that are required throughout a student’s Prep to Year Twelve education and they are particularly pertinent to the workplace. The Year Five students worked together superbly. Every group completed the challenge in a well-organised, well-communicated and thoughtful way. Each team worked well together and communicated in a positive fashion. They negotiated, discussed, participated, problem-solved and used their critical thinking and creativity to complete the activity; it was a joy to watch.
Ms Lou Campbell and Mrs Cathy Carden
Kool Skools 2018 Award
Our Music students have again participated in the Kool Skools Program, collaborating on song writing and then recording a CD in Melbourne. In its 22nd year, Kool Skools caters for all kinds of contemporary music expression and this year we had several students who were nominated for the Awards Night.
Maddi Dalby performed her song “Regret” on the evening and won the award for Best Indy Rock Track. To listen to the Kool Skools 2018 album with Maddi’s song, please follow the link here . Congratulations to the nominees: Best Indy Pop Track: Maddi Dalby; Best Acoustic Track featuring a female voice: Darcie Holmes; Best Country Track: Kate Gaston; Best Indy Rock Track: Maddi Dalby
Term Four Library
‘When I got my library card, that’s when my life began.’ – Rita Mae Brown
The inscription above the door of one of the first libraries in Thebes, states: ‘Libraries: the medicine chest of the soul.’ As the ancient Egyptians clearly realised, libraries are not just about reading books to acquire knowledge. It is well known that they support children, teenagers; all people, really, to engage with a diverse range of reading material and resources that enable the extension of the imagination, the creation of new ideas; the opportunity to connect with others who share a love reading and of course, to feed the soul.
We have been thrilled with the number of students who embraced the opportunity to visit the High Country Library here in Wangaratta every Friday lunchtime during Term Four. Almost ninety students from our school, some of whom had never been to a public library, signed up to this new initiative and some of these bookworms attended every single Friday! Year Ten student, Eliana Teh (pictured), relished the chance to borrow new novels and comics, stating that the weekly visits enabled her to “reach out for new and exciting books and materials.” She claimed that it was a “great opportunity for meeting other students” from across our college community
We would like to thank all students who attended the library throughout the term, all Cathedral staff who accompanied us to the library, and the enthusiastic library staff at the Wangaratta High Country Library for the warm welcoming and assistance they provided to our students.
“I think the town library bus is great! I live out of town so I’ve never gone to Wang’s library before until the program. Gosh, do I wish I had though, as the library has such a large range of books that I wouldn’t have been able to find at any book section in a store. Since going to the library I’ve read up on mythology, and got cool drawing tips and discovered an illustrated story by Neil Gaiman that I had never heard from before yet it’s amazing. Kayleigh Jordan
Meika Staley and Gareth Lloyd
English teachers and enthusiastic booklovers.
Strike for Climate Change
Throughout the month of November students all over the world have been “striking school” to make a stand for climate action. A small group of Year Eleven students chose to join this movement by striking for thirty minutes of their period three class on Tuesday morning. These students left either Physics, Legal Studies or Maths after 15 minutes of class, in act of defiance against the lack of action being taken by the global leaders around the world. By prioritising the strike over our education this group of students showed their willingness to make changes within their lives that will be able to help the longevity of the world that we will inherit in the future. During the strike the students devised plans of actions and small tactics that can be used both at school and in the community to help make the world a little bit greener. Later that same day, in period four classes, two students, Pearl and Charlotte, held talks in the Middle School. This engagement between the younger students allowed for conversations to be sparked. These children interacted really well with the older students, showing their interests and willingness to make changes in their lives.
You can’t have emotion, without motion.
Throughout Semester Two, many of the Year Eleven girls have taken part in a weekly lunchtime walking group. As much as this appears to be targeting their physical health, there is so much more to a casual walk than cardio. During these lunchtimes, the girls have been able to socialise with others who they normally wouldn’t cross paths with, they have been able to causally discuss pathways, subject selections and life in general with the helpful and supportive staff that have joined the group and upon returning to campus after our walk, have embraced the improved sense of wellbeing purely because they have moved their bodies. Some days we chose to deviate from the walk and did a stretching session to loosen their muscles after being sedentary during their revision and exam periods, and on another occasion did mindful meditation with sultanas – yes, it was as weird as it sounds. By having the weekly walk available, the girls could view the session as an opportunity rather than an inconvenience for exercise and socialising and would always feel happier upon returning than before we set off. Thank you to the staff and students who came once, twice or consistently throughout the semester – you know who you are!
Ms Candace Potter
Our first three weeks in Austria have been exciting, interesting and have gone by so quickly. We have managed to navigate the halls of the school and adjust to the amount of stairs that we need to climb up and down every day. Starting school early in the morning and finishing most days before lunch has been new and refreshing. It has given us time to meet up with other exchange students, have afternoon naps and get to know our host families better. We have settled in with our families and we are making lots of new friends, although the language barrier has been a struggle as dialect makes communication more difficult.
The change in climate was quite a shock as we left the 30°C heat and arrived to zero degree days. It has snowed twice since we have been here and it makes the Austrian landscape even more breathtakingly beautiful. Our time in Austria has been truly amazing so far and we are sure that it will only get better from here! Mackenzie Guy and Rachel Gibbs
After spending almost four weeks in Germany, I have learnt a lot about the amazing culture that Heidenheim has to offer. Heidenheim is a small town in southern Germany with a population of around 50,000. The bakeries in Germany are spectacular, offering an array of delicious breads and pretzels. The people in Heidenheim are very friendly to all the exchange students and are always willing to help us out if we have any issues. I couldn’t be more pleased with my host family, who are constantly taking me to visit parts of Heidenheim and its surroundings. I was fortunate enough to visit a ‘Weihnachtsmarkt’ (Christmas Market) and try some famous and popular German Christmas food. I have tried traditional German food such as spetzler and raclette. I also visited Stuttgart, which is a short drive from Heidenheim, where Mercedes Benz and Porsche were established. So far my stay in Germany has been incredible and I can’t wait to see and experience more of it! Campbell Frazer
SchoolTV – Mindfulness
Over the last decade, mindfulness has been slowly rising in popularity with many individuals practising it on a regular basis. Evidence based research has found that there are many benefits to mindfulness which has prompted schools across the nation to implement this practice into their daily routines.
Mindfulness can be described as attention training for your brain, enabling you to focus on something without judgement and to stimulate curiosity. Mindfulness can be practised in a number of ways and is something that can be done by everyone – no matter what your age! It has been practised by many cultures around the world, but it is not exclusively affiliated to any particular philosophy or religion.
Mindfulness helps improve memory, engagement and performance. Its positive effect on the brain can improve immunity, mental wellbeing, learning ability, emotional health and even, time management. It is especially important in this era of information overload as our attention is constantly being pulled in many directions making us more distracted.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents can learn the best way to introduce mindfulness to their children, implementing it into their daily lives to have an overall positive impact on family relationships. 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 counsellor for further information. Here is the link to this month’s edition http://cathedralcollege.vic.schooltv.me/newsletter/mindfulness
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. 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’s Christmas Candles are now available for purchase from Student Services Office (Sharon’s).
Candles are $8, made from quality soy way, wicks and delicious Christmas Pudding scent and 100% of profits will be donated to Light for Riley, a charitable foundation for curing preventable diseases. Purchases can be made with cash, credit or EFT and will make a wonderful gift or Kris Kringle for less than $10. Thank you for your support.
As 2019 looms, I am anticipating students in the art area from Cathedral College Wangaratta to be participants in the fantastic ‘Stitched up Festival’. I am therefore sourcing any bits and bobs such as balls of wool, crochet hooks, looms, embroidery silk and hoops as well as offcuts of beautiful oddments of fabric you may have at home that you no longer need, or indeed get around to using. Any donations are welcome and can be dropped off at reception.
Ms Valerie Crosse
Bus allocations 2019
We hope all students can please keep their bus fobs in a safe place for the start of 2019. There could be some minor alterations to the bus allocations and if so, you will receive a letter from Mrs Fran Hoyle letting you know times and bus stops.
Instrumental Music Lessons
There are currently over 150 students enrolled in our Instrumental programme and we encourage and support our students to participate in the many extra-curricular offerings in the Performing Arts. Our Instrumental Lessons are offered during the school day by specialist Instrumentalist teachers. If you are interested in enrolling your child in Instrumental Lessons for next year, please download an application form here, or email to Leanne Batten, or contact the College for more information. Applications must be submitted to the school by the end of the school year. If your child currently participates in our instrumental lesson program, it is assumed they are continuing next year, unless we are notified in writing. Please email email@example.com to advise of any changes.
Holy Trinity Cathedral: Sunday December 2, 5.00pm
This Sunday at Holy Trinity Cathedral Wangaratta, seven of our current students from Prep to Year Twelve with the addition of 2016 School Captain, Michael Groves will sing with the 16-voice Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir in our major service of the year, The Advent Carol Service.
This is an especially beautiful and contemplative service centered around a range of exquisite music throughout the centuries (some of it over 1000 years old). All Cathedral College Wangaratta students, families and friends are warmly invited.
Mr Hugh Fullarton
Year Nine Poetry
As part of the Year Nine study of ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’, students were asked to write a poem in the style of Woodson, employing some of her common poetic devices about the day they were born. Please find below a couple of the excellent poems that have been submitted.
April 4, 2003
I am Born on a Friday at Melbourne Hospital
All is peaceful here
while a world away the East explodes,
local Newspapers Depict Attack Helicopters flying over desert sands
hunting their Iraqi prey.
Born mere days after a country is sent into “Shock and Awe”
and 5 days before a tyrants grip is lost,
a people can be freed,
a democracy established.
German on one side, Aussie the other,
My heritage rich with history the moment I enter this world
From the family I have never met, to the family I will always be with
Stories of Belongings, adventures and Wartime run through my ears from to my head as I slowly but surely learn the deep veins of my family’s own unchangeable history.
I am born in the city of Melbourne
But my home will soon be elsewhere
In the country in where my family started,
and in the country is where I shall begin.
September 3rd, 2003
I was born on a Wednesday at Saint John of God hospital,
There was not one
Of us born that day but two
I am born far,
Far, from the place where my orphaned grandfather joined the navy,
And consequently WW2
But not too far from the time when my Grandmother,
ambitious and brave
Joined by three of her eight siblings
Came to Australia
Leaving the family farm in Ireland
I am born white,
pink, really as Steven Biko would say
Free and fortunate
As I arrive the leader of the free world was not Washington, Lincoln or Kennedy, but
George. W. Bush, who, as the Twin towers crumbled continued to read ‘My Pet Goat’ to a kindergarten class
And is famous for his quote
“Fool me once, shame on you, fool me; you can’t get fooled again”
I am born as the middle east erupts into war
and would continue to be that way for most of my life
Its legacy, inspiring Isis
Who is ever present, being as close to home as Bourke street.
I am born as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dawson’s Creek die with Johnny Cash and Katherine Hepburn,
An abomination, my Father says
Limiting and ultimately stunting my education
I was born in Geelong
But like my forebears, my life could be anywhere
Full of possibilities.