From Prep to Year Five, the Junior School at Cathedral College Wangaratta offers a broad, balanced curriculum with a strong emphasis on developing and supporting each child to maximise their abilities. The teaching staff is enthusiastic, caring and focused on the development of the whole child, encouraging students to grow into confident and happy individuals who become responsible members of the school community and beyond. Strategies to promote independence, collaboration, adaptability, resilience, creativity, optimism and responsibility are embedded in the curriculum. In essence, the well-being of every child is important to all members of staff.
Underpinning this inclusive environment is the strong sense of belonging and cooperation that exists both in the classroom and in the playground. From their very first day, Cathedral College Wangaratta students belong to a thriving community that supports each child in providing their best effort and striving to become a better person. House activities, Assemblies, Chapel services, musical experiences and sports carnivals all contribute in a meaningful way to this feeling. An atmosphere such as this, is of critical importance in creating a harmonious and cohesive environment which translates to a culture of learning that is critical in the classroom.
Homeroom teachers are responsible for English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, History, Geography and Health. The curriculum is designed to ensure significant focus is applied to the learning of basic literacy and numeracy skills for all students. To deepen understanding, higher order thinking skills and concepts are integrated through the comprehensive, student-based approach to teaching and learning. This focus is geared to stimulate and encourage inquiring minds, nurture natural curiosity, and develop critical thinking skills. Wellbeing is an integral part of a child’s education and I am fortunate to be able to deliver a Wellbeing program to each and every class from Prep to Year Five.
Students participate in a focused Art, Music and Library program to further develop their artistic and creative talents. German and Indonesian are the LOTE (Languages other Than English) offerings, with an emphasis on enjoyment, participation and the acquisition of basic vocabulary and skills. An appreciation of both cultures is fostered with learning in both subjects occurring until Year Six, when students elect to focus upon only one LOTE subject. Outdoor Education and Physical Education are also important programs in developing resilience, self efficacy and an enjoyment of movement in the child’s environment.
The Junior School engenders an atmosphere of care and support from Senior School students and a close and consistent connection with all staff from both the Middle and Senior Schools. The Cathedral College Wangaratta creates a collaborative framework that we strive to nurture and cherish.
I extend an invitation to all families to attend the many events and activities that run throughout the school calendar year. The Junior School Assembly runs fortnightly on a Friday at 9.00am and is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our students – parents and friends are always welcome to attend.
I look forward to working with each and every student and their families, as we continue to support our children in their steps along the educational journey.
Mr Greg Newbold
Head of Junior School