From the Principal
Wow – what a fantastic week we have enjoyed at Cathedral College Wangaratta. The school has been abuzz with energy and excitement as students return to the campus to reunite with friends and teachers alike. New students in Prep, Year Seven and other year groups have been welcomed with open arms and I thank all members of the school community for making the transition to Cathedral so seamless for all our new students and staff. The hot and windy conditions we have experienced during the first days of the school year have not been enough to lessen the enthusiasm for quality teaching and learning.
During my first address to the whole school assembly last week, I used the analogy of a new bike to describe how the start of a new school year may feel. I asked our students to remember a time that they received a shiny new bike, maybe as a Christmas gift or a birthday present. When we first received that new bike, we did our very best to look after the bike and to keep it looking like new. Maybe we kept it in our room overnight, maybe we only rode it on the footpath and avoided the muddy puddles, maybe we wiped it down with a towel after every ride. We wanted the bike to look its very best for as long as possible. My challenge to all our students is to maintain that ‘new bike’ feeling at school for as long as we can. It is at this time of year when our motivation and energy levels are high. We should be very clear on our learning goals for the school year ahead and set a road map for achieving these goals.
I also outlined to the students and staff my vision for Cathedral College Wangaratta. This vision is best summarised in two sentences.
Cathedral College Wangaratta is a school that inspires a passion for learning and a commitment to excellence.
Cathedral College Wangaratta is a safe and nurturing school where every individual is valued for their god given talents. Students are inspired to be resilient, compassionate and proactive people who go on to contribute to a just, fair and loving world.
I am committed to working closely with students, staff and the whole school community to ensure that these principles continue to guide all that we do at our College. Cathedral is a young, dynamic and innovative school which is well-placed to build on the growth and successes that we have enjoyed over the past 18 years.
Our students look magnificent in the Cathedral school uniform. The striking uniform gives students a sense of pride, identity and unity. It is important that all students wear their uniform well. This means that students commit to ensuring that they adhere to all aspects of our uniform policy. I would like to remind parents and students of a few important aspects of our uniform policy:
Plain, black leather classic Derby or Oxford style lace up school shoes are to be worn by all students. Girls have the option of wearing plain, black T-Bars, Students in Prep – Two may prefer the option of Velcro fasteners. Older boys (years 11 and 12) may wear a dress shoe – again in the Derby or Oxford style. The maximum heel height is 30mm, and shoes should be clean, polished and in good repair.
Jewellery & Decoration
Generally, jewellery worn to school can be a hazard to the wearer and others, and valuable jewellery in particular is a responsibility students should not have to deal with while at school. The school cannot be responsible for any jewellery that is lost or damaged at school. · Earrings – up to two small, plain studs or sleepers may be worn in each earlobe.
- No other visible body piercing is allowed
- A watch may also be worn.
- Rings, bracelets bangles neck chains and necklaces are not to be worn
- Nails should be clean short and natural.
- Make up is not to be worn.
The rules regarding hair apply to both female and male students. Well-groomed hair is essential in our overall presentation. Neat, short hair, or long hair tied back, is also best for hygiene and safety reasons. Students’ hair must be worn in a neat and conventional style, should be a natural colour. Hair which falls below the bottom of the collar at the back of the neck must be tied back, keeping it off the face and neck. Hair accessories (ties, scrunchies, headbands, ribbons or clips) should be dark navy or white.
Over the coming days and weeks, students will be reminded of these important aspects of our uniform policy. While the majority of our students are meeting our uniform requirements, there are some students who need to make improvements in this area. I do request that parents and guardians support us in ensuring this occurs.
I am thoroughly enjoying meeting many different members of our school community. If possible, I encourage you to attend one of the upcoming Coffee and Catchup dates in Wangaratta and surrounding towns or please come and say hello when you see me around the school grounds.
All the best
Mr Nick Jones