Congratulations to all – students, staff and parents; we have all just completed our first week of CCW Working@home.
While there have been some small glitches over the first few days, I am very proud of the way we have all adapted to these very unusual circumstances. The flexibility, patience and consideration we have all shown each other has been truly inspiring.
To all the parents and caregivers – a huge thank you for your part in supporting your children with their remote learning. I certainly appreciate the effort it requires to supervise and support your children while many of you are also working from home.
To our CCW staff – well done to you all! You have displayed empathy and professionalism in your commitment to ensure the continuation of our teaching and learning program for our students. While it is certainly not the same as having our students with us in the classroom – you have continued to do everything possible to deliver high quality teaching.
To our students – a massive shout out to you for remaining upbeat and positive during this time. You are all amazing and remarkable young people. Your resilience and adaptability is a credit to you all. Our school is not the same without you and we are counting down the days until we can all be together again.
In staffing news, we welcome, or welcome back to the College the following staff members;
-Daniel Hogarth has been appointed to the Senior English teacher position.
-Tina Howman returns from family leave.
-Jacob Schonafinger replaces Nell Parkes in Year Four Docker.
-Candace Potter returns to teach Year Eleven Psychology.
Keep smiling, stay safe and look out for each other.
Mr Nick Jones
This has been an unusual start to the term for us all. In this first week back at school the timetable provided to students was aimed at establishing a routine for learning remotely. Both staff and students are on a huge learning curve, both in delivering the curriculum and finding the best ways to manage our workload and wellbeing.
The modified curriculum offers students the opportunity to participate in all subjects, with a mix of core, practical and physical subjects across the week. Less classes are offered than in a normal day to reduce the amount of time on a screen. Of course, our best laid plans do not always work and so patience and co-operation are required while we review and improve our learning experiences.
As we settle into our routines, this is an opportunity to develop independent learning skills. More details of how to foster these skills will be provided in later newsletters. When a teacher sets work, the teacher is providing tasks which the teacher believes the student can complete and will provide support for students in many ways. After we have settled into a routine, more and more staff will use Teams to communicate in live chat with students to add face to face contact with their students. This is an aspect of learning that we are all beginning to appreciate in these unprecedented times.
Normally in Term Two, Week Two we would hold parent-teacher interviews to discuss student progress in each subject. We are currently working through what form these feedback sessions will take and will share this information with you in due course.
Mrs Julie Findlay
Director of Studies
Our move to Remote Learning in the Home Classroom has been smooth, with a few hiccups, but the feedback from the vast majority of families has been most reassuring. In the Home Learning environment at school, we have averaged around 16 in the Junior School. The Supervisors have been impressed with the way children have worked, but noticed they need plenty of breaks throughout the ‘long’ day, in and out of the classroom. We are running two learning areas for Years Prep to Three and Years Four & Five.
Here are a few snippets from families following our first couple of days: (names removed)
At school, we have adjusted the way we teach and work, and students have adapted the way they learn. No doubt those adults working from home are having to do the same. At times, adults will feel frustrated about this new concept and no doubt children will feel the same.
May I suggest, a few ‘nuggets’ to support the Home Learning environment:
Humans are social animals, so we all look forward to life resuming and social distancing being a thing of the past. Until then, please send some photos of your children at work at home, so we can all feel connected and stay involved.
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
My message to all of you this week is simply well done! Well done on jumping in and trying your best to undertake the first week of remote learning. I think most of you would agree that we would all much prefer to be back at school. Having been on campus this week I have missed the buzz that comes with students returning at the beginning of a new school term. I know that staff are missing being able to see you all but are doing their very best to improve their technology skills and offer you the best possible learning experience under these new conditions.
I hope that you have not experienced too many bumps in the road and that you are enjoying being able to engage with your teachers and classmates. Let’s continue to work together and support one another.
I really am looking forward to school returning to normal when possible but until then take care of yourself, be kind to your family and do the best that you can.
Ms Lauren Lee
Acting Head of Middle School
I trust this report finds all members of the Senior School Community in good spirits and good health.
At the conclusion of our first week of remote Teaching and Learning I only have expressions of appreciation, admiration and respect for the manner in which students, teachers and families have embraced the reality of this very different form of education
I understand that there have been a few glitches with technology and communication but overwhelmingly the feedback I have received has been very positive.
Yesterday I attended a Zoom meeting of the Wangaratta Youth Providers Network of Wangaratta. This group meets regularly and we discuss different programs and projects related to local young people. Yesterday Bree Cross from the Wangaratta/Albury/Wodonga Headspace Network informed the group of some wonderful initiatives being put in place for young people to access remotely. These activities include a ‘Bake Off’, a movie club and a book club.
You can find details of how to access these programs and activities in the information I have included in the attached article from Bree.
To all across the Senior School I say congratulations on a wonderful effort this first week and remember to stay safe and healthy.
The new digital social programs developed by Headspace are intended to help young people connect and provide them with a purpose to engage with their own self-care strategies during the current restrictions in relation to COVID-19.
Information about current and coming soon programs as well as youth friendly advice and information can be found on our Facebook page and website
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I will send out more information about the movie and book clubs as it becomes available.
Bake Off – HAPPENING NOW!!
Sweet or Savoury : Beginner or Expert
Warm up the oven, gather your goods, get BAKING and share your delights… good bad or ugly!
This is for people aged 12-25 who LOVE baking or just want to give it a go! Make your favourite dish or try something new, it’s up to you!
This is how it works….
First, take three photos of your bake 1. ingredients and equipment, 2. a stage of the making bit, 3. your finished bake
Then, share your photos and tell us what you made on the event page is the discussion section OR send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them along with your first name and age (please include what you made, your name and age).
LINK TO FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE https://www.facebook.com/events/3122880201097283/
IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM VCAA ON YEAR TWELVE STUDIES
Mr Keith Willett
Head of Senior School
YEAR EIGHT OVENS – HOLIDAY REFLECTIONS
HOLIDAYS – Thomas Chambeyron
The Term One holidays were definitely different; board games, movies and books became a main source of fun and entertainment. Throughout the break I finished a book called ‘The Bone Garden’, it was excellent, it was very much like an old Grimms story. I have now started a new book called ‘Suspicious Minds’.
I also rode my bike a lot, around the street, sometimes my Dad and I would go together on rides out to Oxley and back. I drew loads more new pictures in my sketchbook/folder, I successfully learned a new way to draw hands, they look way better now. I have also been writing a story of my own called ‘A Blackbird’s Knowledge’, so far, I have written about five chapters, it is lots of fun.
Easter was very different this year, instead of having the family over we all had a group FaceTime, it was very exciting, sadly it did not match the feeling of my family being here in person, but that’s just how it has to be.
Therefore, holidays were very home-bound, but still somewhat enjoyable. Even though the outside world was mostly off-limits including friends and family, my parents and I still found ways to make the holidays as fun as they could be.
HOLIDAYS – by Ruby Hanlon
This holiday we had to stay at home due to COVID-19. During the isolation, I did all the things I never really had time to do. Such as painting, knitting, cooking new foods and writing down recipes. To not succumb to boredom, I started writing a novel. It’s called “The Four Queens.” I’d rather be busy than bored, so that definitely kept me occupied. We also bought two new chickens, very, very crazy chickens. One managed to fly/climb into a tree and sit on the neighbours’ fence. Our neighbours have 7 cats.
Not to fear, we did manage to rescue our hen off the fence.
Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. The few days once a year, when a sometimes treat is an all-day delight. Easter!
It was fantastic, this year I got to make the traditional desserts. Marshmallow Easter Bunnies, Hot Cross Buns and Vacherin.
It was harder than expected, but definitely worth it. We also FaceTimed both sides of our colossal family. Everyone talked on top of each other, hectic, but a comforting normalcy, amid this isolation.
CCW – Learning@home captured
Hi everyone, what changes we are all experiencing. Whilst it’s wonderful spending time with family, being at home so much can be a challenge. During this time, we will all have days when we are feeling up and down due the changes we are experiencing. At times when you are feeling down, or even as a regular part of your day, try doing some rhythmic activities to change your mood. Any activity that simulates the heartbeat is calming, this could include, dancing, skipping, trampoline, or playing music. Other rhythmic activities such as physical affection like rocking and patting ─ soothes the parts of the brain that generate feelings of fear, stress, anxiety and aggression. Physically strenuous activities also change the mood through the release of endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body ie: bike riding, running etc. Take time through your study sessions to Include some ‘brain breaks’ every 30 minutes i.e.
This term has created challenges for us all, but your school is here to support you. This also including myself. I am available at school, by email or phone. If you would like some support, please email me on, email@example.com or ph 0475 790 691 or call the school.
When we slow down,
we are more aware of our surroundings and notice the small joys.
When we slow down,
it will be easier to keep our safe distance from others and see the vast spaces available to us.
When we slow down,
we will be helping our central nervous system and in turn improve our bodies’ capacity to cope.
When we slow down,
we will be better support to those who need us.
– Leonie Abbott, Assistant Director Education at Berry Street
Weekly Prayer from the Chaplain team
PRAYER – a daily part of life at Cathedral College
When the students are at school, each day begins with the reading out of the Daily Bulletin, that includes a Weekly Prayer. This week the prayer that has been in the Daily Bulletin is our Cathedral College prayer. The students are familiar with this prayer as it is said at every Assembly and Chapel service, and is taught to the students when they begin school in Prep. Our school prayer was created and has been part of the school since it began. On Tuesday, as a staff we reflected how important things like a ‘School Prayer’ can be to connect us, at a time when we are not able to physically be together. I reflected that the ‘school’ is very much like the ‘church’, where the buildings are only a small part of ‘school’. We are the school. Our families are the school. Our community and culture is the school. The words of our school prayer apply as equally to remote learning as they’ve always done. During these times where it is so important to remain connected, let us join together in regularly saying our school prayer:
God our Father,
You are the source of all wisdom and truth.
We ask your blessing on all who teach and all who learn at Cathedral College.
Enlighten us with your truth,
Grant us wisdom in our lives,
And enable us to serve one another,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
Mrs Cathy Carden
Question: My child is a struggling reader and missing key information when they look at classroom, what can we do about this?
For students in Years Five and above who find reading a struggle, we provide access to Snap and Read Universal. This program will read aloud documents that are accessed online using the chrome browser. This includes webpages, digital textbooks, Office 365, etc. It will also read most PDF documents. Because it reads webpages, it will also read the Google Classroom instructions and can be used for proof reading Google Docs. Instructions for installing and using Snap and Read can be found?????
Question: What about documents or books that aren’t web based?
Microsoft Office Lens is a great program that allows phones or iPads to turn into digital scanners. If student’s login with their school email address and password, they can then save their images to their school OneDrive making them easy to share with teachers. This is also a great app for taking photos of work (worksheets, drawings etc) that teachers want to see. This app also has an accessibility mode, meaning that pages of text scanned with it can be read by Snap and Read.
Instructions for this app can be found at the following websites:
Question: Can I access a copy of the English text as an audiobook?
A lot of our English novels are available to listen to via the ClickView App which is found on the student portal. Students need to login to the portal and select ClickView. They then select Libraries, English, Audiobooks and they will find the books in there.
Question: My child is really struggling to write; they can tell me what they want to say but getting it down on paper is another story. What can we do?
For students who struggle with writing, now is a great time to experiment with speech to text technology. A headset with a microphone is helpful to assist with accuracy. There are many different apps that can provide this service. Apple computers have inbuilt software (instructions can easily be found by doing a google search), voice typing can be found in Google Docs under tools – voice typing, and Office 365 (the online version of word) has a dictate button on the home toolbar. Dictation can be downloaded to the desktop version of Word and other Microsoft programs by searching for ‘dictation Microsoft Garage’.
As with all thing’s technology, it may take time for students to feel comfortable using these programs and they won’t suit everyone. Taking the time to have a play and ask questions is important, and Learning Enhancement staff across our schools are very happy to help.
Question: Do you have any simple games we can play to boost math knowledge?
First to 50 is my personal favourite at the moment.
Each player needs two dice, a piece of paper and a pen. Everyone starts together, with each player rolling their dice and adding up their two numbers. They record this on their piece of paper. They then roll again (they don’t need to wait for the other players) and add the total of their roll to the number on the sheet. Play continues until someone reaches 50. The abilities of the players can be evened out by having different totals that you are aiming for. For example an adult might need to get to 100, a student in Year Three might be aiming for 50, whilst a student in Year Six could aim for 80.
Mrs Mary Laughton
Staff Spotlight Profile – Mr Dale Carmody
My name is Dale Carmody and my role at CCW is Year Five classroom teacher. I’ve been at Cathedral College for 113 days and my favourite place on campus is my classroom, closely followed by Coffee Club. When I’m not challenging my class or making them laugh, I enjoy any kind of sporting activity whether playing or spectating.
The Fast Ten: