Mr Nick Jones
We have now completed our first full week of remote learning. Thank you for your cooperation and help in supporting students to settle into our routine. Teachers are also on a huge learning curve and have reflected on the activities set. There are common strategies which can help students learning at home.
Reading the instructions carefully, then taking the time to think about what the instructions mean is vital. Many of the activities have audio, or students can use Snap and Read to assist them. If still unsure, you can email your teacher.
Teachers and students are missing face to face contact and instruction. Many teachers will use Teams from this week to contact students. This contact will be pre-arranged in an email and is with a group of students. One-on-one online communication between a teacher and an individual student is not allowed and is in breach of Victorian Child Safe Guidelines which applies to all schools. Teams is a valuable tool to support teaching and learning and we hope students will use this wisely to engage with staff and not as a chat facility.
Finally, Year Six to Nine students will continue on their modified program and Year Ten students will not be set homework. It is hoped that students will use the breaks and times after online lessons to do something fun, creative and outside to break up the time on a screen.
Mrs Julie Findlay
Director of studies
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
It is hard to believe that we are only just completing our eighth day of remote learning. It has been quite a challenging time for many but it is excellent to see so many students and families embracing the changes and doing their very best to engage in each lesson.
This week many staff have been communicating with students and parents to try to gauge how they have transitioned to remote learning. We are all adjusting to our new teaching and learning conditions and it is important that we take care of each other during this time. Some of the conversations that I have had with parents have been regarding children feeling worried that they are not able to manage every single task that is provided each day. Others are looking for more of a challenge as they are getting through content quickly and loving the ability to work at their own pace with few distractions. It is important that parents and guardians continue to encourage children to communicate with their teachers. If your child has an issue or a concern get them to solve it by contacting their teacher who will then be able to work through the issue with them. This is valuable learning and enables them to develop problem solving skills that will serve them well into the future.
It has also been pleasing to hear the stories of students who are just trying their best. We know that for some children this style of learning will really suit them and they will be loving the freedom to gather and present information in different ways. They may also really enjoy the self-directed nature of the day. For others, it is not so easy and they are having to work hard to adapt to a new way of learning. Whatever your experience, each day will bring something new and by attempting even part of a task your children are showing that they are resilient and determined young people.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the staff at the College. While some staff are working hard from home, our team at school are working just as hard in anticipation of the time when students are allowed to return to campus. Whilst it has been a challenging time for our whole community, I thank all our staff for their professionalism and their desire to provide all students with the best possible opportunities to learn.
Ms Lauren Lee
Acting Head of Middle School
ANZAC Day Challenge
Well done to all students who rose to the ANZAC Challenge. There have been some amazing and creative ways to honour our past and present soldiers.
CCW – Learning@home captured
ANZAC Day 2020
ANZACS (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) is the name given to the soldiers from Australia and New Zealand who landed at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.
Gallipoli is remembered as a long and fierce campaign, fought during World War 1, in which many men died. Today on ANZAC day we remember all men and women who have gone to war for our country, Australia. Such as the first and second world wars, the Korean war and the Vietnam war. ANZAC day is also a time to remember those men and women who are serving today in conflict zones in our world, served as peacekeepers.
There is a fantastic story of Christmas in the trenches during the first world war somewhere in Europe. There had been heavy fighting, with rifle fire and artillery fire. It was very frightening. It was wet and cold. The trenches were full of mud. Many men had died. But as night fell on Christmas Eve, things started to quieten down. Then in the distance was the singing of Christmas carols. Then men in the trenches joined in, and soon the men from both sides were out on the battlefield singing carols together that Christmas eve.
Often in life there are times when we too are afraid and frightened and there is one very familiar Bible passage that comes to mind, that is Psalm 23
The Lord is my Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd: therefore, can I lack nothing.
He will make me lie down in green pastures: and lead me beside still waters.
He will refresh my soul: and guide me in right pathways for his name’s sake.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for you are with me, your rod and your staff comfort me.
You spread a table before me in the face of those who trouble me:
you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.
Surely your goodness and loving-kindness will follow me all the days of my life:
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
ANZAC Day Prayer
Let us pray
Jesus said: “The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them.”
Loving God, we give you thanks for the opportunity to reflect upon the meaning and significance of Anzac Day.
We give thanks for the peace and security that we enjoy in this nation which was won for us through the courage and devotion of those who gave their lives in time of war. In our nation of prosperity and freedom let us never forget the cost of these privileges that we enjoy today.
We remember all those who went off to war and those who laid down their lives to defend our country. And we especially think today of those who went from our school. We pray that the labour and sacrifice of those who served in times of war may not be forgotten but that their spirit may live on in us and in the generations to come.
We ask that the peace and justice which they sought to preserve may be seen and known in each one of our lives, in our school community, and in our country.
These prayers we offer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Rev. David Jones
In our second week of Remote Learning from home, you may have become more aware of your preferred learning style. Some people are really enjoying and thriving on being able to work independently, having a written schedule to follow, and can self-pace really well. Others prefer to work collaboratively, or are more visual learners, and are finding it difficult to have to learn so much by reading and following instructions. It is important to acknowledge this, and then seek to find ways to do what you need to do to understand and be able to do your best work. It is also important that those students who finish work early, think about how they can extend their own learning – thinking what extra activity or other research they can do to broaden and extend their knowledge. In the end, we are all responsible for our own learning, even at school!
Below are several websites that facilitate different skills, and provide access to range of resources and activities to continue the learning in a fun way:
Mrs Cathy Carden
Word picture about Skellig:
I crept into the forbidden garage. Spiders scurried and cobwebs hung from the ceiling swaying ever so slightly in the still air, while a whirlpool of dust surrounded me. Then I heard it. A worn out, cracked, squeaky voice, calling the words “What do you want?”.
Like a tsunami, fear rushes over me and an icy sensation runs down my spine. The darkness consumes me, but a figure looms ahead of me hiding from all of the world’s existence. He sits with his legs extended out and his head resting against the wall. I feel death surrounding him until his eyes slowly open. His thin and pale face stands out like a fish out of water against the frightening shadows of the neglected garage. Dead bluebottles rest amongst his scruffy hair and lay on his boney shoulders. A moth-eaten, black suit hangs off his fragile body like an Autumn leaf hanging onto its branch. I edge closer, making the gap between us to become smaller and smaller. A quiet groan escapes from his mouth. He sounds like he is sick to death of the world, like he is sick to death of being in constant pain, like he is sick to death of everything.
The voice of my father calling my name fills the dead air “Michael, Michael”. Terror overcomes me as I race to the exit. Passing all the dead bluebottles, hungry spiders and the dust filled cupboards. I glance over my shoulder to see a mix of pale skin, an oversized suit and a near lifeless body. He knows I’ll be back soon. Then I step back into reality.
The Writing Competition
Students and teachers are invited to write and submit a short story inspired by the theme Stories for Strange Times. There are three categories available in the competition:
Years 7-8 students | Years 9-10 students | Teachers
Entries of no more than 1000 words are due Monday June 1 2020 and should be emailed to email@example.com
An application form to accompany each short story entry is available here.
Thanks to our friends at The Little Bookroom/Neighbourhood Books each winner will receive a $150 book voucher.
Shortlisted submissions will receive a book from out supporters at The Little Bookroon/Neighbourhood Books and Hachette Australia.
Find out more here.
Mrs Karen Kaine
Miss Shaylee Boruch is busy in Art 6 preparing finger knitting materials for Grade Two’s next art assignment!
Students are encouraged to take up this magnificent hobby at home even if they are not in Grade Two and create a marvelous artwork using their finger knitting samples.
A spinning top prize will be sent to the best example. Please send your finger knitting artwork to Ms Crosse at firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of April.
Find some great tips to stay active from the Health and PE team.
Health and PE Years Six to Twelve
Workout of the Week
We are lucky to have a fitness guru on our PE team at CCW. Please see Ms Murray’s work out of the week. Good luck to any students who can perform this work out.
Ms Murray’s Work Out Challenge
Please note: We would love to see what our students are doing for exercise at home. If you have a workout you would like to share, please email your PE teacher with a video / photo and we can include this in the weekly newsletter.
Please support these CCW family owned or operated businesses. If you would like to advertise how you are doing business different or that you are indeed open for business please email email@example.com
RACV Wangaratta is locally owned and operated.
We are here for all your Home and Motor Insurance as well as Emergency roadside care and Emergency Home assist.
RACV Wangaratta is still open and we are operating in a safe and socially responsible way to protect our customers and staff as well as the community.
You can contact us by phone (03) 57221292 or via our Facebook page @racvwangaratta. You can also come and visit the store at 8 Templeton street, Wangaratta.
Stay safe, Stay kind, We’re all in this together.
Design By Jones
Wade and Candice Jones of Design by Jones are a husband and wife team specialising in Interior and Building Design. If you are planning on building or renovating your home, we can help you throughout your entire build journey.
We also offer E-Design, an online interior design service. Receive custom mood boards with furniture and soft furnishing suggestions to achieve your desired look. This comes with an interactive shopping list to shop your items from the comfort of your home.
To find out more visit www.designbyjones.com.au Instagram and Facebook @design.by.jones
Rustik – Benalla
We are trading Seven days a week and also offering free delivery anywhere in Benalla! Located at 28 Bridge Street, Benalla, Victoria, 3672. Call: (03) 5762 4686
Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday – 7am-8pm
Kitchen operating 8.30am-8.00pm
Saturday 8.30am – 8.00pm
Our store stocks produce and grocery items including Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan, Paleo, Keot and Fodmap.
http://www.rustik.net.au/ Facebook: Rustik café and Foodstore
The Foot Centre
Wangaratta, Benalla & Myrtleford
We’re open and here to help with all your foot and lower leg pain concerns.
Available in Wangaratta, Benalla and Myrtleford. $20 off all treatments for students at CCW.
Call 5721 5100 or book online at www.thefootcentre.com.au
King Valley Popcorn
My business is open from 9am-2pm each school day for popcorn and coffee!
If anyone wants to order, there will be free delivery to Wangaratta or collection from either Wangaratta or Glenrowan if anyone needs a salted caramel popcorn fix or try our GF cake mixes.
Our website is www.kingvalleypopcorn.com.au or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Need some inspiration for some weekend baking? Check out this weeks recipe of Sweet Weet-Bix slice.
There is also an opportunity to join the Anzac Biscuit Bake Off.
Mrs Anne Stevenson
I would like to send out a heart-felt thank you to the Year Eight Drama class.
I uploaded their movie to the wrong platform. They all got on-board and gave me positive feedback and help to find the solution to the problem. Our wonderful Mrs Quinn, in the Library then uploaded the movies for all drama classes to the Library site. Problem solved. It is definitely true that we teachers learn at least as much from our wonderful students as they learn from us. What a privilege it is to teach them.
Thank you again for such a caring and helpful attitude everyone.
Ms Maggie Edmond
Staff Spotlight Profile – Mrs Marcelle Gerrish
My name is Marcelle Gerrish and I am a Prep teacher, the Prep-Year Two Coordinator and the Head of Hotham house. I have been at CCW for 9 years! If you were to look for me on campus you will often find me in my Prep classroom which is my favourite place. When I’m not at school I love going to Point Lonsdale with my family and spending time with them.
The Fast Ten: