Welcome to Term Three
Welcome to Term Three
It has been fantastic to have our staff and students back on campus for the start of Term Three. While things remain different for us at school with all our co-curricular activities remaining on hold, we are grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn and work together. Our thoughts do go out to staff and students of schools in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire who have had to return to remote learning, and we pray that they remain safe and well.
2020 has required us to rethink many of the things we have traditionally done in schools. In the past we may have taken for granted the opportunity to gather together for school assemblies, Chapel Services, musicals, sporting events, camps and all the other events and activities which bond us together as a school community. The last two weeks has seen us present important information to students and parents in a very different format. The Senior School Pathway Information evening was delivered via a set of staff videos with accompanying links to a variety of information. Over the coming weeks, our Parent Teacher Interviews are being held by video conferencing. While these formats are certainly not our preferred method of communication, it does allow us to continue to share important information and maintain the home and school partnership during these difficult times. Please continue to engage with the College via our digital mediums.
Thank you to all parents and guardians for continuing to follow the evolving procedures we have in place to protect the health and well-being of our whole school community. These include:
Cathedral College is committed to supporting the continued enrolment of all our students during this difficult time. If your family is experiencing financial hardship due to the ongoing pandemic and you are unable to meet any costs associated with the College, please contact Ian Collins or Leanne Batten to confidentially discuss the support we can provide. The majority of this year’s school camps have been postponed and we do hope to reschedule or arrange an alternate program later in the year. We will credit school accounts at the end of the year if these activities are unable to proceed in 2020.
Thank you to all parents and guardians for your support with ensuring that our students present to school each day adhering to the uniform and presentation guidelines. The majority of our students have returned to school this term looking fantastic in their winter uniform and I thank them for their cooperation in this space. Staff have been requested to contact home if students are required to make improvements to their presentation.
Kindness and Respect
As we watch the COVID–19 second wave unfold in Greater Melbourne, we are very conscious of the rising levels of anxiety and concerns amongst our students, staff and parent community. At these times it is crucial that we continue to remain kind, supportive and respectful to each other. These are extraordinary times we find ourselves in and it is more important than ever to demonstrate the values that bind us together as a strong community.
Please see the latest correspondence regarding the wearing of face masks in a separate email.
Please continue to contact us directly at school if you have any concerns or issues you wish to discuss.
Mr Nick Jones
I am very proud of how the Middle School community has taken on the start of Term Three following a very disrupted Term Two. I am very excited to be back in my role as Head of Middle School, after twelve months of parental leave. Since being back I have definitely been keen to make contact with each homeroom group, as well as individuals within our community. It has been wonderful to have so many smiling faces re-emerge in our schoolyard. It is clear that so many of our students are happy to be back, reconnecting with their friends and teachers, and excited to get into the classroom and start learning again. Although we are re-setting our expectations and re-establishing good routine and work habits, we are starting to concentrate on our Middle School Focus Areas for Semester Two. In our designated homeroom sessions, we are turning our attention to how we can implement these areas into our day to day interactions within our Middle School community.
This semester we are concentrating on the following focus areas and making sure each individual is aiming to make a positive impact in our community:
Additionally, each homeroom group is spending time creating a goal for the semester. The aim is for each homeroom group to consider what they want to achieve as a group in order to improve the cohesiveness of our community.
In Year Six we have started to have talk about the transition into Year Seven and the potential Discovery Days that may take place in the future. It was obvious that the cohort is extremely excited for next year and the arrival of new peers in their growing cohort. They have had a lot of questions about what this transition involves including potential elective choices and what happens on Year Seven Camp.
Students in Year Seven and Eight have started their new elective options for Semester Two and it has been wonderful to hear what they have been getting up to in their learning areas.
In Year Seven and Eight Agriculture and Horticulture they have started the term with a very enthusiastic bunch of students and are looking forward to a great semester. The Year Seven class is starting a seed bank and looking at collecting seeds and planting them to have a sustainable garden into the future. Our Year Eight Agriculture students are going to incubate and hatch some chickens (hopefully) and look at how chicks grow and develop. It was wonderful to see the current Year Seven Outdoor Education class enjoying the sunshine this week, and competitively working in small groups to show their knowledge of how to set up and pack down a Trangia. The class was very animated and engaged during this activity. In Year Eight Geography, students have commenced their study into landscapes and landforms. Taking advantage of the beautiful weather, Year Eight Murdoch undertook some fieldwork which involved sketching the landscape from the mound of the school oval. Students were able to sketch the Warby Ranges, the trees and various other natural features as well as human features such as goal posts, power lines and houses before labelling these inclusions. There were some fantastic sketches completed and students developed a greater understanding of their surrounding landscape.
With our online Parent/Teacher interviews taking place next week, it will be a good opportunity for staff and parents to reflect on what our students have achieved so far this year and what they can do to develop and learn throughout this second semester.
Mrs Brigid Perkins
Head of Middle School
Focus on Year Six
Mr Paul Weir
Year Six Coodinator
As Term Three commences we have started to focus on plans for the future in the Senior School. This began with the Senior School Information evening which, as with some many other things this year, was significantly different from how it was initially planned. If you have not already had a chance to sit with your child and have a look at the information presented on the website please do so. The information is cut into different topics so that you can pick which you would like to watch and when. We hope that this information gives you a good starting point in assisting your child to navigate the beginning of their transition into VCE or their next step after completing their schooling. For those of you with children currently in Year Ten, please also make a booking for a Subject Selection Interview on Monday August 10 or Wednesday August 12. This interview will take place at the College in the VCE Building. Teams will be spread out throughout the building so that these interviews can be conducted with students and parents. We believe these interviews are an important part of setting the students up for success as they explore the many options available to them for the future.
Our Year Twelve students have commenced their last full term of formal schooling here at the College. There has been lots of discussion in classes and homerooms about how to tackle this busy term and ensure that they are ready to do their very best in their final examinations. We will continue to communicate important information about dates, times and locations of examinations to students as we formalise these arrangements. I encourage all of our Year Twelve students to touch base with their teachers, check in with Rod Dunbar if they need any help with pathways planning and to communicate with their key support people as they make their way towards the end of the year. This year has thrown many new challenges into the mix for these young people, but they have handled it incredibly well and have demonstrated a level of resilience well beyond their years.
Year Twelve Parents and Students – Graduation 2020
We have emailed a survey to parents and students regarding options for celebrating the conclusion of Year Twelve. Please check your emails.
Webinar with Andrew Fuller – Monday, August 10 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
Leading clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller will offer tips and ideas to help navigate this very different Year Twelve, in a free webinar presented by The Parents Website.
Topics covered will include:
Ms Lauren Lee
Acting Head of Senior School
Traditionally Term Three is a busy term for sharing information with students and parents about school programs in the following year. In the past, Cathedral College has been really fortunate to have a large number of families attend these face-to-face information nights and therefore engage in understanding how the programs are offered and how students can make the best of opportunities provided. In order to still share this information with students and parents, a series of pre-recorded videos are made available to parents on the day of the scheduled information night. The same information is shared with students in Homeroom during the week so that families can discuss any changes or selections at home. I hope you will take the opportunity to visit the school website and watch the short videos available.
Once again, these interviews will be held online. Please use the codes you have been sent via the online booking system to connect with teachers at the appropriate time. Please check that your audio is working prior to making the connection.
Mrs Julie Findlay
Director of Studies
This term the College will begin recruiting for the Cathedral College Wangaratta Sports Academy which will be launched in 2021.
The academy aims to assist talented student-athletes to achieve at the highest levels of performance and to help them with their personal education and vocational development through providing an elite environment and learning opportunities. Initially, the academy is partnering with the Murray Bushrangers in order to cater for AFL athletes. In the future, the program intends to broaden to include other sporting pursuits.
The Sports Academy is aimed at developing young footballers in our region in partnership with the Murray Bushrangers. The College already has strong ties with the Bushrangers, and together are looking at developing a ‘culture of excellence’. The focus will be on the whole person, and concentrate on academic, personal and sporting development and performance through individualised programs. Students within the College can apply for the program as well as interested students in the wider region. Students must be currently in the Murray Bushrangers program and/or are expected to be in 2021 squads. Students will be commencing Year Eleven in 2021 and the program is available to male and female students.
Students will complete a normal VCE sequence over Year Eleven and Twelve, but will have a specialised timetable that includes conditioning training, skill development, nutritional studies and wellbeing. Students in the program will have extra time dedicated to the Sports Academy Program in their weekly timetable. It is a wonderful opportunity to develop young people in the region with the very best support and coaching available.
The College is excited to be able to offer such a wonderful opportunity to regional students. These academies are often only available to students in cities or larger regional towns.
For further information or to receive a Sports Academy Prospectus, please contact Mr Dale Carmody at the College on 5722 2144.
Mr Dale Carmody
FINAL CALL FOR RECIPES!
Thank you to the families who have contributed to the CCW Recipe Book. At this stage we don’t have enough recipes to proceed with creating and publishing a cookbook. The deadline has been extended to Friday August 14.
Moroccan Potato Soup – Nicholas Brain
Serves 4 / Prep time 20 minutes
1 kg sweet potato, peeled and chopped
2 white potatoes
2 teaspoons oil
2 tablespoons shredded ginger
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons thyme
2 red chillies, chopped
2 stalks of lemongrass, finely chopped
2 cups vegetable stock
2 cups coconut milk
1 tablespoons brown sugar
½ cup coriander leaves
Peel and cook potatoes in boiling water until tender.
Drain and reserve liquid.
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add ginger, cumin, thyme chillies and lemongrass and cook for 3 minutes.
Place potato and spice mixture in a food processor or blender and process with some stock until smooth.
Place in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add remaining stock, coconut milk and sugar and stir until soup is simmering and hot.
Stir through coriander and serve.
500 grams of sausage mince
1 teaspoon of garlic
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce
Salt and pepper to season
8 sheets of ready-made frozen puff pastry
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Place the mince meat and sausage mince in a large bowl.
Cut the onion finely and place in the bowl.
Grate the carrot and zucchini and put in the bowl.
Place the garlic, tomato paste, BBQ sauce and an egg in the bowl.
Mix all the ingredients together until combined.
Season with salt and pepper.
Split the mixture into eight balls
Layout a sheet of puff pastry. At one end of the puff pastry spread the mixture along the side leaving a 1cm gap at the end.
Starting at the mixture end, roll the puff pastry up to enclose the filling, finishing seam side down.
Cut into 6 short pieces. Place pieces seam side down on a greased tray, 2cm apart. Whisk the second egg in a bowl and brush the top of the puff pastry with the egg mixture.
Repeat with remaining mince mixture, pastry, and egg mixture.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
Serves 5 / Prep 20min / Cook 45min
750gms Chicken thighs, cut thighs in half (or drumsticks)
1 teaspoon salt flakes
2 teaspoons garlic salt
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
2 teaspoons roast chicken seasoning
2 teaspoons smoke paprika
4 tablespoons olive oil
* Adjust to your taste, add new ones if you like.
1 cup SR flour
1 cup cornflakes (can also use breadcrumbs)
(you may require more)
Preheat the oven to 180c.
Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
Combine all the spices in a large dish.
Add oil and mix well.
Add the chicken and rub the mixture into the meat (handy hint – use disposal rubber gloves doing this step).
Place the flour and crumbs into another dish and dip the chicken pieces in the dry mixture, pressing gently to coat all the meat.
Arrange pieces on the baking tray. You do not need to add more oil to the chicken. Bake in a moderate oven for about 20 minutes, turn pieces over and continue baking for a further 25 minutes.
Serve with veggies, salad or homemade chips. The chicken is great cold the next day too.
CCW Running Club
Are you looking for something different to do at lunchtime? Would you like to challenge yourself, meet students from other year levels and have fun at the same time? Then running club is for you!
At Running Club, you will participate in a group run or walk accompanied by your teachers. It will be an inclusive, friendly and encouraging environment and all Year Five-Twelve’s are encouraged to attend.
When: Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes at 1:10pm
Where: Meet at the stadium in your PE uniform
Who: Anyone in Year Five-Twelve
Any questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As our Social Enterprise project, we are making face masks. We need materials such as colourful and simple designs on fabric and old material shopping bags. We also have contacted student services and asked to put a box there for donations. Your help would be would be greatly appreciated.
Sophie Morton, Tahlia Thomson, Kate Rial, Felicity Lincoln – Year Nine
As mentioned at the end of last term, the ASC Piano competition is running remotely this year. Video entries need to be submitted to Mr Hedderman by Thursday August 20. For students who would like to play the Colleges baby grand piano for their entry, I will be arranging filming opportunities on Wednesday August 5 and Thursday August 13. Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the competition further please contact me via email (email@example.com), phone or in person.
Welcome to Term Three in the Library. We have started the term in the same way as we finished it last term, and are happy with the number of students making the most of the opportunities to use these resources.
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 are able to select their reading materials during these lessons.
Students using the Senior Library have a number of options in selecting books to read or borrow. 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.
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.
Book Week 2020
The Children’s Book Council of Australia have postponed Book Week this year. Instead of holding it in August, as we usually do, it has been postponed until October.
CSU Parent Information Sessions
Next Tuesday August 4 from 6.30pm–8.00pm Charles Sturt will be hosting its second Online Parent Information Session. CSU will step parents through the application process and early offer programs. They will talk about our paths into University, student services, accommodation options and scholarships. Plus, our experts will be available to answer any specific course questions.
Most of our Year Twelve students are getting ready to complete their VTAC application, where they apply for University and/or TAFE enrolments for 2021. Students had a briefing session on Wednesday, going over the in’s and out’s of this process. Applications open on August 3 and close on September 30. (Late applications are possible, for a fee.)
There is a vast range of information regarding University (virtual) Open Days on our careers website.
Cathedral College is offering two Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses in 2021. These are in Sports and Recreation as well as Information, Digital Media and Technology. GOTAFE and other providers also offer a range of VET programs. These may be done in Year Ten and/or VCE. School-based Apprenticeships/Traineeships may also be a viable vocational option for students aged at least 15 years. For more information on either of these, please contact Mr. Dunbar.
Our annual Careers Information Evening was held online last week. If you missed the event, or want to catch up with any of the content, you can do so via https://cathedralcollege.vic.edu.au/information-nights/senior-school/
Mr Rodney Dunbar
As the complex COVID-19 environment continues, many of our young people are experiencing a range of cumulative emotions, including uncertainty, stress, overwhelm, fear, anger, frustration and anxiety. It can be helpful to check-in with children and young people to open conversations about how they are managing and feeling. Given the noted increase in anxiety, below is an informative article detailing the symptoms, types and management of anxiety. Our wellbeing team is here to provide supportive if you have any concerns for your child.
Ms June Stamp
Wednesday 8.30am – 4.00pm
Friday 8.30am – 1.45pm
Students will need to book an appointment if they need to try on any garment. The link is:
If they do not need to try anything on e.g. a tie, socks etc or if they know their size, parents can ring and place an order over the phone or they can order online (see link below). No appointment is needed for them to pick up the order from the shop.
Students and parents are still able to come to the shop to buy things but will need to wait outside until we are free, but only if they are not trying anything on and preference will be given to those who have an appointment.
Mrs Stephanie Goodger
Uniform Shop Manager
Rev. David Jones