Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

25 May 2016
Issue One
Message from Mr Whelan
Curriculum Matters
Mock Trial Round 3
Information Day
Cabaret Rehearsals
Stem Presentation in Sydney
Touch Footy
Carroll Cup Girls AFL
Carroll Cup Boys AFL
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
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Message from Mr Whelan

Hello everyone

Our newsletter editor John Gowland is an expert user of InDesign and puts big hours in to produce an excellent product. He is now trialling iNewsletter, with the aim of reducing the time taken to produce the newsletter and increasing the hours he can give in support of learning and teaching in the College. Any feedback on this format will be appreciated: [email protected]  

It does not lend itself to hardcopy printing like inDesign and we will look at what is best to do for those who still appreciate the hardcopy. Thanks to John for his continued work in this area.


Our prayers and support are with Sue, Emily, Jack, Max and Molly McCaig following the loss of Peter last week. Many staff and students joined the huge and moving funeral ceremony at the Ganmain Sportsground on Wednesday. Max and Molly are students at Kildare while Jack and Emily are recent graduates.


     Eternal rest grant to him O Lord

     And let perpetual light shine upon him.



We have been working hard this year on professional learning for teachers in the area of effective classroom practice. Teachers attend a coaching session, go on learning walks to observe other classes and focus on improving elements of their own practice in the classes they teach. Many teachers request a classroom learning survey to obtain feedback from students about how elements of the class are going. Many of you have seen the survey before. Here it is for those who have not: classroom survey.


We are receiving clear and consistent messages from these surveys from students across the College. These include:

  • They understand and recognise elements of effective lessons.
  • They appreciate the consistency of language and practice used by teachers.
  • They want other students to try their hardest for the benefit of the class team.
  • They resent the actions of students who disrupt learning or diminish the work of colleagues or teacher.

This work is helping students develop a language for talking about their learning and for talking about teaching. It is helping them express dissatisfaction with those who interrupt or inhibit learning. It is providing further justification for teachers to continue to work on improving classroom practice and to ask some students to do more. Thank you to all involved in this productive work. It is bringing improved learning to individuals and classes.


All the best



Reconciliation Prayer

Lord God, bring us together as one,
reconciled with you and reconciled with each other.
You made us in your likeness,
you gave us your Son, Jesus Christ.
He has given us forgiveness from sin.
Lord God, bring us together as one,
different in culture,
but given new life in Jesus Christ,
together as your body, your Church, your people.
Lord God, bring us together as one,
reconciled, healed, forgiven,
sharing you with others as you have called us to do.
In Jesus Christ, let us be together as one.

KCC Prayer Web page HERE

John Nielsen​ |  Leader of Mission​

RE Images of Jesus

Over the last seven weeks Year 9 students have been exploring the unit Images of Jesus in Religious Education. The unit culminated in students creating contemporary artwork that represented ways in which Jesus is seen today in society.

Below are some artworks from students:

Frances Heffernan took the photo below. It shows Kildare students and teachers symbolising the virtues held by Kildare.

Lucy Ferguson created this artwork of Jesus as a SES officer and St Vincent de Paul representative.

Libby Skeers highlighted the importance of respect, compassion, care and equality today through this creation.

Caitlin Fahey | Year 9 RE Teacher

Curriculum Matters

Audit in Key Learning Areas

Each year two of our Key Learning Areas undergo a review process. The purpose of this is to ensure that quality learning and teaching is occuring as well as BOSTES/ Catholic Schools Office compliance. The audit process is conducted by a representative from CSO as well as curriculum leaders from various schools throughout the diocese. Kildare's Religious Education KLA has been affirmed in their work gaining a very favorable review. The panel examined student work samples, assessment tasks, teaching programs and other documentation.  It was noted that our students are immersed in rich learning environments with dedicated staff. Well done to our RE Team!


For students in Year 10 we are embarking on the exciting times of looking at options for 2017.  For many of our students this will mean continuing their education at Kildare, whilst others will seek employment, apprenticeships or TAFE options. This timeline above outlines what we have planned over the next term and a half. Regardless of the option taken, students will be offered support and guidance so that they are well informed. I look forward to parents, students and teachers alike, being actively engaged and having great conversations about the possibilities that lie ahead.

Shane Fuller | Leader of Curriculum

Mock Trial Round 3

Mock Trial KCC v's KHS

On Thursday May 26, the Mock Trial team took on Kooringal High for the third round of the 2016 Mock Trial Competition. Emma Moss, Amelia Pruess (Barristers), Niamh Dwyer (Solicitor), Madeline Dean, Anna McGirr (Witnesses), and Rebekah Curry (Magistrate's Associate) were all vitally important for our 96 point win against Kooringal High School. We had quite a difficult case about a breach of contract that related to a car sale. We spent many lunchtimes working on our arguments and trying to predict what the defence would say. Anna McGirr made her debut as a witness and got full marks with an awesome achievement of 30/30! The team is very keen for what's to come in the next trial.

Year 12 Student | Madeline Dean

Shane Fuller | Leader of Curriculum

Information Day

University of Melbourne ​

Interstate Student and Family Information Day - July 11 (during school holidays)


The University of Melbourne would like to invite you to attend our Information Day for interstate students and their families at our Parkville Campus on Monday July 11, 9am – 4.30pm.


The day will focus on aspects of the university that are of greater concern to interstate students such as the application process, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. Participants will have an opportunity to ask current University of Melbourne students who have come from interstate about their experience and how they managed the transition. The program will also include a campus tour and residential college tour. Lunch will be provided on the day.


We also highly recommend that you make it a long weekend and participate in another event we are running on the preceding Friday July 8  ‘A Day at Melbourne’ where you will find out about our undergraduate courses structure, majors, graduate pathways, enhancement programs and activities available through each faculty. The presentations will be delivered by a key academic with support from a current student. To register for ‘A Day at Melbourne’ go to


The two days are a perfect fit for finding out everything you need to know about Melbourne and you will get to visit some colleges at both events. However, if your aim is to visit as many colleges as you can, then the Open Day on Sunday  August 21 is a good day for college viewing as they are all open from 9:00am-5:00pm. 


If you do decide to register we’ll send you a list of suggestions for a range of activities that you could do over the weekend including sporting, cultural events and dining options. 


We encourage you to register as soon as possible as places are limited in this very popular program and registration will be closed as soon as we have reached capacity.


We hope you can join us for the Interstate Information Day.



Date: Monday July 11 2016

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Location: University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010


Please note: The Interstate Student Information Day is not an Open Day, but a structured program designed for Year 11 and 12 domestic interstate prospective students and their families. Places are limited and registration is required. Due to limited places, only one additional guest will be allowed with each prospective student's registration.


To avoid disappointment, please do not book flights or accommodation until you have registered and been advised via a separate email that you have been allocated a place in the program.

Click here to register


University of Canberra

Film Production Mentorship Program

Calling all budding film enthusiasts!

The University of Canberra has just launched a new program through the Faculty of Arts & Design to provide Year 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to showcase a piece of their creative work. Our Film Production Mentorship Program is a fantastic opportunity to receive some beneficial, industry feedback on a creative film project. Show us your best how-to-videos, music clips, photograph series, parodies and storyboards - get creative!

If you are a film enthusiast, register for our Film Production Mentorship Program and our top UC film professionals will send you some personalised and highly beneficial feedback towards your project.

Karen Murray | Careers Advsier



VET Business Services Work Placement​

Week 3 the VET Business Services HSC class went out on work placement. Unlike work experience, when students are on work placement they are expected to act like and perform tasks that entry level office employees would undertake. These tasks range from customer service tasks like answering phones and dealing with customers face-to-face to filing, spreadsheeting and updating databases. On this placement our students went to the following work places:

  • Fitzpatrick Real Estate
  • John Mooney Real Estate
  • Kurrajong Waratah Industries
  • Country Rugby League
  • AFL Riverina
  • St Micheal's Primary School, Coolamon
  • Wade High School, Griffith



We thank these employers for their time and their patience with helping these students with their work placement.

Congratulations to Will Campbell who was offered a part time position with Country Rugby League and will commence this at the completion of his HSC year and to Caitlin Laurent who was offered a casual position at Kurrajong Waratah at the completion of Year 12.

Amanda Brown | Teacher





Year 7 Science are working on the topic of Forces. Students have been given the task of designing a fair test so that different methods making an egg survive a fall can be examined.​

Ronald Sharrock | Science Teacher


Cabaret Rehearsals

Upcoming cabaret show in Kildare Hall

Our singers, dancers, performers and musicians have been rehearsing solidly in preparation for our upcoming cabaret show in the Kildare Hall. The shows will be in Weeks 8-9 on the following dates:





  • Thur 16 June 7:00 p.m
  • Fri 17 June 7:00 p.m
  • Sat 18 June 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m
  • Wed 22 June 6:00 p.m (State of Origin pre-game entertainment!)
  • Thur 23 June 7:00 p.m
  • Fri 24 June 7:00 p.m

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for under 18's and concession. Families of four - $24

Michael Mack | Performance Teacher


Stem Presentation in Sydney

Last week, a team of teachers, KLA Coordinators and the Assistant Principal went to Sydney to present to a cohort of Sydney schools and the Univeristy of Sydney about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education at Kildare. This year, all of Year 10 have been involved in a STEM project which involved the design and development of billy carts using skills and knowledge from across KLA's. The project was conducted on a massive scale, involving all Year 10 students, teachers and support staff from TAS, Maths and Science.




Our presentation in Sydney was extremely well received with a number of schools and university academics giving commendations and even stealing resources! We are excited to continue expanding our STEM program at Kildare with further integration and creative projects across all year levels.

Click HERE to view booklet


Clinton Lough | Technology Assistant

Touch Footy

Year 9-10 Girls Touch ​

Our Year 9-10 girls touch team travelled to Sydney last Thursday May 26 to take part in the state finals of the All Schools touch competition.  We won three of our four pool games and progressed to the quarter-finals where we were beaten by Benowa State High School who went on to become the eventual winners.

The girls' behaviour on the trip was outstanding and their effort and skill on the playing field was excellent in every way. Making the top eight in the state was a commendable achievement as well. Thanks to Mr Woodhouse and Mr Huntly for their administrative help, to our bus driver Kevin Ward and a huge thank you to Cath Edwards who was our superb team manager. 

Michael Mack | Coach


Carroll Cup Girls AFL

Year 15 Girls AFL WIN

As you saw yesterday the under 15 girls were victorious over TRAC in a very close game 15-3. The girls scored 2 goals, one to Erin Rossiter and one to Lucy Anderson in the first quarter. Both teams were scoreless in the second half.  They now earn the right to play at the next level in Bankstown on  August 10 against the best from around our state.  Fantastic  effort girls!

Cherrie Kendall | Coach

Carroll Cup Boys AFL

Senior Boys AFL

Monday night saw Kildare play MDCC in the Carroll Cup final. Although the result did not go our way in another very tight final, it was not for the want of effort. I am very proud of the efforts of all 26 Kildare boys who contributed so positively throughout this years’ competition.  Hold your heads up boys.

Thank you to all the students, staff and family members who supported the boys so well throughout this season. To Mr Price, Mr McNamara, Mr Conn,  Mr Huntly and Dan Richards –thank you for your help and support. To the Year 12 boys who finish up now, thank you for your dedication and wonderful efforts to Aussie Rules football at Kildare over the past six years.  I wish you well with your football as you move into senior club footy.

Peter Gaffney | Coach

Whats Happening

Kildare Catholic College Staff Spirituality Day

On Friday June 10 the Kildare staff will be participating in a Spirituality Day, held in the College Hall. Students will not be required on this day.

Father Paddy Sykes will be celebrating the Eucharist with us.


Staff will be working on the development of our Vision and Mission plan, informed by recent publications by Pope Francis and the Australian Bishop's Conference. The wellbeing of staff and students at the College will be another important focus for the day.

John Nielsen Leader of Mission



Saturday, 4 June - 11.00 am - 12.30 pm
Are we being misled:  who owns our water?
Saturday, 18 June - 9.30 am - 2.00 pm 
Open Garden with talks and activities

Are we being misled: who owns our water?

Saturday, June 4 at 11.00 am in the Nagle Room. Gold coin donation - morning tea will be served.

Water is being recognised as the new liquid gold.  With larger populations and a warming climate, water will need to be more carefully used and distributed.  What is the Australian situation?

What does the Murray Darling Basin plan mean and how will it affect people in the Riverina?  How did we get where we are now? What might the future of water be in Australia and in the world? Who does own or control our water?


Open Garden - Saturday, 18 June 9.30 am - 2.00 pm

A welcoming information session at the beginning of Refugee Week for all our new arrivals that will demonstrate our unique environment, climate, flora and flora. Through a panel of local experts, capably assisted by translators, this enjoyable day will introduce them to our environment.

9.30 am  -  Join a garden tour or make an early start at the cafe!
10.00 am  -  Welcome to Country and introduction to ErinEarth
10.15 am  -  Dr Andrew Wallace will describe Wagga's climate and weather
10.45 am  -  Break - time for the cafe or just a walk around the garden
11.10 am  -  Jim Rees will enthuse all with how to grow vegetables at home
10.40 am  -  Some "hands-on" in the vege garden with compost, garden preparation and growing vegies from seed and seedlings.
Noon  -  the ever popular sausage sizzle. Enjoy chatting to new people over lunch.

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Timeline for Year 11 2017 Subject Selections.pdf
Timeline for Year 11 2017 Subject Selections.pdf