From the Principal
Congratulations to the leavers of 2019. They can be proud of their results, included in this newsletter. Congratulations to all of our prize winners at our ceremonies today. The year finished with a fitting tribute to all of our students and staff who make this such a great place.
Schools are places of learning. It is my conviction that some of the most vivid learning in my life has been at the hands of the young people that I have been working with. In a word where we seem desperate to thrust “grit”, “resilience” and “mindfulness” on our young charges, I am very often reminded that it is more likely that we can reveal these elements in them, rather than bestow them.
The young people I have had the privilege of working with at Cathedral have glowed with values and character traits that I could only wish to possess. The best examples of resilience in the face of deep person loss have been that of our students. Visible grit when faced with seemingly overwhelming challenge has been best exemplified by some of our students. The mindfulness to respect others when respecting them might be harder than usual, is something I have witnessed by the younger members of our school community again and again.
Everyone has a complicated life. The ability to rise in the face of those challenges, to aspire to personal greatness and to contribute to the world around them has been my dominant experience of Cathedral College Wangaratta community members. Time and again the core, good character of our community has been revealed when pressure has been at its highest.
I am grateful that I continue to be taught, by our young, that we stand alongside parents, the broader community and most importantly the child, in enhancing their experiences and outcomes.
This week has been confronting at a personal level, as leaving is hard. People have been so generous to me and my family about our time in the community and we are most grateful for the support. We leave reluctantly, but we move forward to the next chapter of our lives forever enhanced by the experience of this great school and people.
Thank you, Cathedral.
Mr Adrian Farrer
VCE Results 2019
We are delighted to congratulate all our 2019 Year Twelves for the incredible depth and breadth of achievement they have achieved. It has been a privilege to work with such a dedicated Year Twelve in 2019, our largest VCE cohort in the school’s short history. With over 40 VCE Subject offerings this year, our students have broadened and developed their knowledge and skill set, as well as actively and positively participated in our Prep to Year Twelve learning culture.
Adam Hurst earned an ATAR of 99.1, an incredible testament to the diligence and industry required at VCE. Due to travels in Europe, we have not had the chance to celebrate with him just yet!
Tom Newton also excelled, with an ATAR of 97.55, to be the Proxime Accessit for 2019.
To have just on a quarter of our cohort rank in the top 20% of the State is a wonderful achievement for our students who travel each day, some more than an hour, to study and learn with us here at Cathedral.
Our emphasis at Cathedral is always on providing a well-rounded education and our Year Twelves have been involved in many extra-curricular activities that complement the academic rigour of the VCE. Leaders of our school, we expect our Year Twelve students to be involved in all aspects of life at school.
Congratulations also to our dedicated and committed staff, those who teach the VCE, but also those who have supported, encouraged and inspired our young people throughout their schooling.
Whilst our 2019 VCE success can be measured in the number of our students who will receive a place in the Tertiary Institutions of their choice, an ATAR result does not define an individual and there will be varied reactions to the results. Our students know that there is equal and immeasurable success in being a valued contributor to society, and we are certain that all our students are equipped with the self-efficacy, the curiosity, and the personal capacity to succeed in the world beyond Cathedral College Wangaratta.