Mr Nick Jones
As we have been ‘together at home’, many of us have had the opportunity to explore creative and nourishing pursuits, including cooking and baking. It has been an opportunity to create new recipes or revisit old and be together as a family to enjoy cooking and eating at home.
We would like to create a ‘keepsake’ of this time and aim to publish a collection of recipes that we have cooked and baked in our homes. Thank you to Clare Chapman who contacted me with this wonderful idea.
Cathedral College families, staff and students are invited to share recipes. It may be something that you have created or a treasured family recipe that you revisited. We will endeavour to have the collection published and available to purchase by the end of Term Three or early Term Four (a wonderful Christmas gift perhaps?) and this will be a fundraiser for our College Parents and Friends Association. We would like to have a balance of healthy, nutritious recipes and those recipes that are for special occasions or, ‘sometimes’ food.
Please email your recipe and include the following details under these headings.
*Please note that these must be original recipes. They cannot be from sites like Taste.com. You can amend recipes to make them your own by adding, omitting or changing ingredients.
* You can share more than one recipe
*If we receive multiple recipes for the one dish, they may not all be included.
All recipes must be received by July 31, 2020. Please email recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School
After five weeks of remote learning, we must reflect on what we have learned about teaching and learning during this time. Some staff and students have thrived because they naturally enjoy using technology and are self-motivated. Many people have learned that after five weeks of isolation they need social contact to feel connected and read social cues.
As teachers we have been on a steep learning curve to deliver lessons that explore content, are meaningful activities, and allow us to still keep track of how students are learning.
The use of Teams is being used more and more to keep contact with students and helping students feel connected to the school and engaged in their learning is just as important as tracking how they are progressing. Whether delivering content in a google classroom, video, interactive video or, a flipped classroom has exposed staff and students to a wider range of learning tools. Learning how to open, save, and submit word seem basic activities but will become increasingly valuable as we use more and more technology in the workplace.
Should all of this stop when we come back to school? Many staff and students have reflected on how it is important to retain the use of these tools to build and extend how we teach and learn in the classroom. The blend of social interaction and teacher support with ICT tools when appropriate could develop into even more valuable learning experiences.
Director of Studies
Check out the House Competition details for information on the three House Competitions that are running this Term.
Theme – Lines
Open to all year levels.
Theme – Doubles
500-800 words, open to Middle and Senior school students
Theme – Time Lapse
Open to Middle and Senior school students
Deadlines for all are June 19, 2020
This time of remote learning has led to the introduction of various family members, including those of the furry kind. Here are some photos of students and teachers learning with their pet or special teddy.
Learning at school with the remote learning program
Midway through the term, having completed five weeks of remote learning and with a return to school insight, maintaining focus is paramount. Below is a list of 6 ways to help your child stay focused.
The longer you put off starting a task, the harder it can be to focus on it. To make it easier to get started, try breaking tasks into chunks. The important thing is to not delay getting started.
For younger children, it can be hard to listen, remember, and follow through on directions. So, try not to overload your child with too many directions at once. You might tell your child to check the assignment, get out the right materials, and start working.
Knowing there’s a limit to how long they have to stay focused can make it easier for children to hang in there. Breaktimes could include snacks, exercise or movement activity. For older children, this could also be a time to check in with peers at a time previously agreed.
Mindfulness exercises are all about paying attention and focusing. Studies have shown that mindfulness can help children improve their behaviour and their ability to focus on lessons and schoolwork. Try an activity from the Smiling Mind app.
Some people need total quiet to focus. Others do better with noise. That’s why it’s important to ask children what works best for them. Maybe your child wants to listen to music while doing homework. Give it a try and see how it goes.
Encourage children to look for their solutions before offering assistance.
Try investigative the Habitbull App – www.habitbull.com
One of the hardest things to do when preparing for exams is getting into a good study routine. But before you know it, you’re cramming the night before a test rather than preparing for it weeks in advance.
To enable parents to purchase winter uniform items, the Uniform Shop will be open additional days for the next four weeks.
The new opening times are Wednesday 13th May until Friday 12th June, Monday to Friday, 8.30 am – 4.00 pm.
Due to the high demand for uniform fittings, parents are asked to schedule an appointment. This can be done via this link.
Please do not make appointments if you or your child are unwell. Strict social distancing must be also be observed and the number of people in the shop is limited.
A current price list of uniform items and our uniform policy is accessible on our website.
Thank you to everyone who has submitted their parent interviews after listening to “I want to be a rock star”. They are just fabulous. Please keep sending them in and I will announce the winner/s next Friday.
Some of our kids have been engaged in The Impatient Caterpillar drawing challenge. Amazing illustrations from the little ones. The older year levels have been set a monster drawing challenge so don’t forget to send those in either. There are some talented students at Cathedral College.
Ms Suzie Quartermain
Are you looking for books to read? Great news! You can now borrow books from the CCW Library.
While we are in remote learning, we are making Library books available for ALL students (Prep to Year Twelve) to borrow.
Unfortunately, students are not able to come into the Library to browse but are able to search for books using the online catalogue which is available through the Student portal (detailed instructions here), or available under the College Life tab on the Cathedral College Wangaratta website at www.cathedralcollege.vic.edu.au (see instructions here).
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Mrs Bernadette Quinn
In our role as Chaplains, often our inspiration comes through the students and staff that we work with on a daily basis. Sometimes we refer to these events as ‘God-moments’. I had such a moment last weekend when I watched the Middle School recording in last Friday’s Weekly Wrap. The students were sending messages to their mums for Mother’s Day, and they were all beautiful. But I was particularly inspired by one of our Year 7 students – Finn Hoystead, who thanked his mum for ‘shaping me into the fine man I am today’. I loved his use of the word ‘shaping’, and I reflected that in many ways that is what we are trying to do as parents and as teachers. When we are ‘teaching’, whether it is at home or at school, we are trying to model and shape the young people that we live with and work with to be successful citizens in their futures. Another perspective that I also thought of is that God also shapes us to be the people that He wants us to be. So I offer this prayer for us this week:
Enable us to teach with WISDOM,
For we help to shape the mind.
Equip us to teach with TRUTH,
For we help to shape the conscience.
Encourage us to teach with VISION,
For we help to shape the future
Empower us to teach with LOVE,
For we help to shape the world
In Jesus’ Name we pray
Learning takes place when our children are calm and able to focus and engage in the task.
As you know, we all experience a range of emotions every day and our levels of engagement in tasks also vary during the day. This is very normal. It happens during regular school days and undoubtedly will be happening during remote learning too.
When our emotions are heightened, it is difficult to learn. When we are not engaged in a task, it as also difficult to learn.
An important inclusion in the remote learning day is mindfulness. Offering your child, the opportunity to be quiet, still, calm and to relax is so beneficial. Not only does it help to regulate emotions, but it enhances focus, concentration and revitalises energy levels.
There is no right or wrong amount of time to participate in Mindfulness. Just 5 minutes of Mindfulness can calm and revitalise us for hours.
Mindfulness activities are perfect as lesson breakers, brain breaks, as an activity to start the school day or alternatively, a great way to end the day.
Smiling Minds is a FREE Mindfulness APP and provides a variety of mindfulness activities. Activities range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes in duration. You can follow a mindfulness program or stick to one activity that you like. I recommend the 5-minute body scan activity. I love it!
Have a look at Smiling Minds and try and include some mindfulness in your day. Ask your child what they like to do as a brain break or a lesson break? Ask them what activities help them to be calm?
And, guess what? Mindfulness is awesome for all ages! I recommend you all do some mindfulness every day!
Mrs Lou Campbell
Junior Learning Enhancement
Year Ten work experience had been scheduled for the last week of Term Two (22-26 June.) This has been cancelled. However, we are hoping to participate in a Virtual Work Experience, in collaboration with CSU. This is scheduled for 22 & 23 of June. More details to follow.
Year Ten students also have the opportunity to sign up for a virtual Mock Interview, again with the support of CSU. They have been briefed and the information they need for this is in their Google Classroom.
Several universities and other post-secondary institutions have been running a range of virtual events. Senior students have been getting notifications of these events as they cross my desk.
Year Twelve students concerned about applying for university enrolments for next year should understand that this process does not kick in until Term Three. I will guide and support them as required in this process. However, some universities also offer early/direct applications and students should be aware of these.
Please remember that our school careers website https://www.cathedralcollegecareers.com.au/ is a treasure trove of information and feel free to contact me with specific (or generic!) questions.
Mr Rod Dunbar
My name is Mary Laughton and I have been here since the start of 2016, my role at CCW is as a Learning Enhancement teacher for Years Six to Eight, Head of Warby House. I also teach PE and Health at Year Ten and Geography at Year Seven. My favourite place on campus is a tricky question, I really like the middle school as I spend a lot of time there and I love a quick game of down ball, I also really like the library. It has got such a great vibe and the librarians are always great at recommending a good book to read. My favourite pastime would be anything outdoors, I love getting out on my mountain bike, camping with my family, getting out for a run.