It has been great to have students back in the Middle School over the last couple of weeks. I have spent some time talking to the children this week about what they have enjoyed most about being back at school. Each time I got two very similar answers. The first was “seeing my friends and being able to spend recess and lunchtime catching up”. The second was “interacting with my teachers and getting the help I need straight away”. During the first week back each of our homerooms spent time with their teachers discussing what they had learned from their remote learning experience with a focus on the positive aspects of the time at home. Our next challenge is to think about what we have achieved and to try to determine how we can use some of the positives gained in this time to further support the great work that already happens in our classrooms. With the final two weeks of the semester upon us. I hope that we can all finish the term well and I look forward to catching up with more of the students to hear how their return to school has been.
Ms Lauren Le
Acting Head of Middle School
In the last two weeks, it has been wonderful to have staff and students back at school. Whilst remote learning gave many students the opportunity to navigate how they could become more independent as a learner, it also highlighted how we thrive on face to face and social interaction. Teachers were also on a steep learning curve, embracing new forms of technology and reviewing how they asked questions or what was the essential learning material. Once again, the lack of opportunity to keep asking questions or use personal interaction made teaching less meaningful. There are many educational institutions, including CCW, reviewing and evaluating what we can learn from this time of remote learning to improve education for the future. More information on this review will be shared in the coming weeks.
As we draw to the end of Semester 1, teachers are busily writing and finalising reports. These will be emailed home during the holidays. This will be in year level batches and so not all reports will arrive on the same day. If you still wish to receive your report in hard copy, please contact the office. The government has revised the written reporting expectations for this semester and so you will receive a modified version of our full written report. You will have an opportunity to discuss the reports are parent-teacher interview nights, which will be held online or in person early in Term 3. Details of how to book interviews will be emailed with the reports.
Term Three is traditionally the time when we invite students and parents to information nights and share subject and year level specific information for the year ahead. We will still hold these information sessions, but all information will be available in webinars. Links to these sessions will be emailed home at the end of this term.
Dates of Information Sessions are as follows:
|Thursday, July 23, 7.00 pm||Year 10, 11 and 12, 2020 Information session – pathways and life after school|
|Monday and Wednesday, August 10 and 12 – 2.00 pm – 7.00 pm||Year 11, 2021 subject selection interviews|
|Thursday, August 13, 7.00 pm||Year 10 2021 Information session|
|Thursday, August 20, 7.00 pm||Year 9 2021 Information session|
|Thursday, August 27, 7.00 pm||Year 8 2021 Information session|
|Thursday, September 3, 7.00 pm||Year 7 2021 Information session|
Mrs Julie Findlay
Director of Studies
As part of their studies in Geography, Year Six have been designing town maps.
The maps are designed and initially drawn in a bird’s eye view and then built in 3D. This is Rupert Clark’s maps that were completed at home.
Congratulations on wonderful work Rupert.
Miss Q, 6 Geography.
Congratulations to Indiah Fletcher Jackson on her entry into this year’s St Kilda Film festival.
The brief was that you had to live in Regional Victoria, and tell a story about ‘Your Place’.
Over the coming weeks, Year Twelve homegroups will attend a lunch hosted by the College’s Executive team. This week, Year Twelve Ovens were treated to a light lunch, in the sunshine and a ‘pep talk’ from Principal Nick Jones. Mr Jones explained how impressed he was with the resilience they demonstrated during remote learning and also the mature and positive manner in which they had resumed learning at school.
Year Three solar system exploration
Year Nine Social Enterprise pitches
We are currently experiencing some congestion in the rear car park next to the Stadium. There are plans to do some line marking in the near future. We have asked Year 12 students who are driving to use the front gravel car park. If you are using the rear car park to drop off your children we would ask that you please use the approved drop off point at the front of the school.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Mr Ian Collins
Cathedral College has a tradition going back to its early years of facilitating snow trips for students to participate in. I am proud of the many students, families and teachers whose first exposure to snow sports was through these trips and many went on to become excellent skiers and snowboarders. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has stopped many extracurricular school programs and threatened the official snow season entirely. We welcomed the announcement from Premier Daniel Andrews that the ski season will have a delayed start, on the 22 June 2020.
What does this mean for our annual snow trips?
Well, all Victorian and ASC schools currently have a ban on extracurricular excursions in place in response to the pandemic. Additionally, the process of organising paperwork and arranging payment occurs at the beginning of Term Two and our community was dealing with more important issues.
At this point in time, all ski trips are cancelled in 2020. We remain open-minded to the possibility of a day trip this year, although restrictions would need to ease, requirements imposed would need not be too restrictive and time would be needed to organise.
Please contact me at email@example.com if you have any further questions about snow at Cathedral in 2020.
On Thursday, June 18 the Year Ten’s are having the Meningococcal Immunisation.
There are a few students who have not returned their forms. If you want your child to have this immunisation, please ask your child to pick up a form from Mrs Fran Hoyle at the front office. Students are also reminded to ensure they eat breakfast, which helps with any side effects when having immunisations.
Term Two – Week Ten and Eleven Calendar
Please note that as of Term Three, Week One and Two will be named Week A and B.
|Week/ date beginning||Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday|
|10/B June 15||World Refugee Week||Year Ten immunisations||House Competition Deadline|
|11/A June 22||Final day of Term Two – 2.15pm dismissal
Please click here to view a larger copy of 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 all year levels.
Deadlines for all competitions: June 19, 2020
As we have heard; COVID 19 has changed the world and never have we known the media and leaders to be globally united by talking about the same thing. In years to come, we will study this point in history about what we are living through. Our grandchildren will ask what it was like. To capture your family’s reflections, and their ideas for posterity, please see the attached activity to record, or to promote discussion of this momentous time. This is a great activity to celebrate the whole family’s work through the remote learning period.
Ms June Stamp
Seasons for Growth Program Term Three – Learning to live with change and loss
Change and loss affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Cathedral College Wangaratta we recognise that when change occurs in families through death, separation, divorce or related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. We are therefore once again offering an education program called Seasons for Growth which will commence in Term Three. This program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research which highlights the importance of social support and the need to practise new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks. There are eight 45 minute sessions that will be held weekly.
The program is most suitable for children from 6-12 years old. If you think your son or daughter would benefit from participating in the program, or you would like to find out more, please contact our school counsellor, June Stamp (firstname.lastname@example.org); Junior School Chaplain, Cathy Carden (email@example.com) or your child’s homeroom teacher. June is also available to support students in our Middle and Senior School, who may be dealing with grief and loss due to family breakdown or death of a family member, so please contact her if you have any questions or concerns in this regard. The Seasons for Growth Program will be implemented for one period a week during Term Three by the trained facilitators Cathy Carden, June Stamp and Louise Campbell.
Thank you to those families who have made appointments and adhered to the changes we have had to implement. Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic and in line with school and government guidelines, we have made the following changes to the Uniform Shop trading hours and procedures.
Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to being back to normal and seeing you all back in the store!
Mrs Stephanie Goodger
Uniform Shop Manager
Borrowing books from our Library.
We’re enjoying having students back at school, and once again able to use the Library, although in a modified way.
We have had to adjust our practice for now. In the Junior school, Library classes have resumed, with Miss Q offering a mobile Library, bringing a selection of books to the classroom for her Library lessons.
Students using the Senior Library will have noticed a difference, with books currently not available for general browsing. As always, Library staff are on hand to help students select a book they would like to read, it just looks a little different at the moment. Students also have the option of choosing a book to read from the “lucky dip”. This is proving to be a popular option for some of our students.
We are hoping these changes are for the short-term and students will be able to resume browsing and using the Library in a more familiar way before too long.
In the meantime, ALL students, are able to continue to browse the Library collection, whether they are at the school or not. Simply use the Library link on the school website, or through the student portal, to access to the Library catalogue. Once you have chosen your book, email the Library (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your choices. Don’t forget to include your name and class details in the email.
Your books will be available for collection from your Library the next day.
Mrs Bernadette Quinn
Learning Enhancement staff across our school are currently collating data for the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD).
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the NCCD. The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability/learning disorders. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).
Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:
This information assists schools to:
The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability/learning disorder.
Mrs Mary Laughton
Take A Step on World Refugee Day
In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees.
Families that have been forced to flee make extraordinary efforts to survive. From South Sudan to Uganda, Myanmar to Bangladesh, Syria to Jordan; they have endured long, dangerous and difficult journeys. At a time when there are more and more global crises forcing people from their homes, we are coming together to show our solidarity and to honor their resilience and determination to keep their families safe.
Loving God we pray for refugees and displaced people throughout the world.
We pray for those who have fled their homes as a result of war, famine or injustice.
Watch over the children who are soldiers, orphans, refugees, and those who are sold into prostitution or forced labour.
We pray for families who have been separated, that they will be reunited with their loved ones. And for those refugees who desire to return to their own country, but are unable.
We pray that peace and stability in our world and that the dignity of human life will be respected and valued. Amen.
Rev. David Jones
A reminder that Year Ten Work Experience which had been scheduled for the last week of Term Two (22-26 June) has been cancelled. However, students are able to participate in a Virtual Work Experience, in collaboration with CSU. This is scheduled for 22 & 23 of June. Letters have been sent home outlining the details, but please contact me if you have any questions. Year Ten’s will also participate in career-focused activities later that week.
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.
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.
Save the date
Senior School Pathways Information Evening – Thursday, July 23, 2020 – 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm in the VCE Centre. Details to follow.
Mr Rod Dunbar
We value our entire College community and we know there are members of our wider community who go above and beyond. We would like to acknowledge ‘Bus Driver Kevin’ who is on the Carboor run. It is often the ‘incidental chats’ that reveal these instances. Last week whilst on homeline duty Year Six teacher Paul Weir had one of those chats with parent Will Read who spoke to him about how ‘Bus Driver Kevin’ was an integral part of our school community. His anecdote went like this:
It was last year that we began trying to convince Pheeb to give the bus a go for the first time. To get her used to the idea she and Naomi would go out in front of the house and watch the bus go past every now and then. On one occasion Phoebe waved at the bus. That night ‘Bus Driver Kevin’ called our house asking if they both wanted to go for a ride on his bus. The next day he picked them up during his school run and took them to Carboor, dropping them back at home on his way back through. The next week Phoebe went to school on the bus for the first time. Bus Driver Kevin called again that night to make sure Phoebe was okay and that she was ready to ride to school on the bus again the next day.
The bus system is extremely important to our school. The people who drive the buses are equally as important.
Thank you to Kevin and all the wonderful bus drivers who transport our children safely to and from school.
My name is Tali Silva and I currently teach Prep and I also teach Dance Club at lunchtimes. I first started at CCW as a relief teacher mid-2008, at the beginning of 2009 I began fulltime teaching in Years Five/Six. My favourite place on campus is the Multi-Purpose room because that is where I teach Dance and I have so much fun with the students. When I’m not at school I like to read, spend time with my family and ride my horse, Oreo.
The Fast Ten: