Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

16 June 2017
Issue Nine
Assistant Principal Message  Simon Huntly
Year 10 Student Prayers
Kildare Staff Spirituality Day
Kildare College Catholic Life Term Two
Curriculum Matters
Rosie Batty & ​Womens Health Centre
Year 10 Child Studies  Virtual Reality Experience
Technobully Production Presentation
Erin Earth Experience
HSC Biology Study Day @ Charles Sturt University
AG Science @ CSU
Hip Hop Workshop with Jarryd Byrne
Sydney Dance Company Workshop
NSWCCC U14 Cochrane Cup Rugby League
NSWCCC Teams Tennis
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
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Assistant Principal Message 
Simon Huntly


Hello Everyone,


As we enter the last two weeks of what has been a very productive term, it is at this time of the year that we take the opportunity to reflect. As a staff, we spent last Friday at our annual Spirituality Day revisiting the fantastic contribution that has been made to Catholic Education in Wagga Wagga by the Presentation Sisters. We were honored to hear from Sisters Barbara, Carmel, Margaret, Noela, Colleen and Sr Alexis about their history at Mt Erin and other areas of education that they have been involved in. We also thank Father Paddy, Luke Tobin and John Goonan for their contribution in making our day one that was both affirming and energising.


Another important aspect of reflection that occurs at this stage of the year is the writing of Semester Reports for Years Seven to Eleven. Year Eleven will receive their digital reports this afternoon, and Years 7 to 10 will be sent out over the coming fortnight. I encourage students and families to use these documents as a means of feedback on the past two terms work and to investigate ways that various aspects of learning and performance can be improved over the latter part of the year. Thanks to staff who have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks and months to gather information that reflects clearly each student’s progress across their various learning domains. Time will be spent during Coaching for students and their coaches to have conversations about how they might best consolidate their work over the remainder of the year.


Thanks again for your support over the recent weeks. We welcome Rod back on Monday after his well-earned study and leave break.



Year 10 Student Prayers

Year Ten Student Prayers from our current Religious Education topic: The Sanctity of Life


Dear God,

We pray for those who have life, had life and gave life.

We pray for those who have saved someone’s life.  

We thank You for giving us the journey of life.

Please let us always respect the earth and everything that lives within it.

We thank You for the gift of life and everything that comes along with it.

We pray You are with us every step of the way.

Thank You Lord, for all human life, born and unborn. Please be my guide in all I do and bless all those who pray to You. Help us to value each of your creations, created by Your love.

Thank You for the great gift of life that You have given me.

Thank You for all the people that love me.

Thank You for the ability to feel for others.

Thank You for being here for me.



John Nielsen | Leader of Mission

Kildare Staff Spirituality Day


Our Staff Spirituality Day on Friday June 9 began in the Mount Erin chapel. Fr Paddy Sykes lead our liturgy with all the Kildare Catholic College staff in attendance. In the College Hall, Mr Luke Tobin from Catholic Mission, Sydney, introduced the day’s theme of Missionary Discipleship, highlighting the importance of our personal and shared stories. Mr John Goonan gave a short presentation on the work of Catholic Mission in Cambodia whilst Fr Paddy and Brendan Ashby shared some of their pilgrimage experiences in the Holy Land.

Marelle Gooden and Natalie Adams shared a moving reflection from the 2017 Presentation Conference, which led into an overview of Nano Nagle’s story and the work of the Presentation Sisters on our site, given by Sisters Noela Fox and Alexis Horsely PBVM.

Our conversations with the Sisters continued in small groups at significant sites around the College. Sr Barbara Webber, Sr Carmel Wallis, Sr Margaret Walsh and Sr Colleen Maloney joined Sr Noela and Sr Alexis in sharing some of the significant stories of the Presentation Sisters and Nano’s charism. We also thank Sr Kaye Bryan, Sr Rosemary Terry and Sr Audrey Pigram for their contributions to our staff spirituality day. It was a full and rewarding day that helped staff place their own story and our College story in the Universal Story of Jesus and His call to each of us.


John Nielsen | Leader of  Mission

Kildare College Catholic Life Term Two

In support of the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal, Kildare Catholic College Homegroups are donating beanies, gloves and scarves.

Thank you for your practical help for those families in our community who lack winter clothes. Students have donated some very colourful and trendy items, that are sure to warm hands, heads and hearts.


Student 2 Student Volunteers

Twenty of our students have volunteered to support the Smith Family reading program. Twice a week, students will listen to a young boy or girl read over the phone, encouraging them and sharing the joy of reading. Our students will soon be matched with a young reader and the S2S program will run through Terms Three and Four. Kildare readers will meet from time to time to support each other in this important ministry. I am the College contact person for the program and any concerns can be initially directed to me.


Catholic Youth Festival 2017

We currently have sixteen students who have completed their application to represent Kildare Catholic College at the Catholic Youth Festival to be held in Sydney, December 7 - 9 2017. Nominations close at the end of Week 8. This will be a very rewarding opportunity where young people from around the nation gather for a faith-filled experience which will launch the 2018 “Year of Youth.”

In addition to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in December this year, we will be having our own Wagga Wagga Diocesan Festival in May, 2018. More details will be shared as plans are finalised. Further information about the Sydney Catholic Youth Festival can be found at


John Nielsen | Leader of Mission

Curriculum Matters

Subject Selection for
Year 11 at Kildare Catholic College 2018

The following timeline is for Year 10 students and parents. It outlines the vast range of activities that will support students and parents in the transition from Year 10 to Year 11. The transition to Year 11 is one that requires a solid foundation of information so that wise choices can be made. Next week, students will be shared into a document which will contain the following:

The Senior Curriculum Handbook, UAC Guide, HSC Eligibility Advice, KCC Timeline, Academic Ability and Advice Booklet and a Coaching Scaffold. Additionally, students have had the opportunity to visit current Year 11 classes in operation.

I look forward to continuing to work with you to ensure that well informed decisions are made for 2018. I thank you in advance for your attendance at the Information Evening and interview times next term.


Timeline of activities

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Further enquiries:

Please contact the enrolment team on 6925 3388 if you have any further questions or concerns.

Mr Rod Whelan:      Principal                      

Mr Peter Hunt:         Leader of Curriculum

Ms Alison Sutton:   Leader of Learning and Teaching

Ms Karen Murray:   Careers Advisor


Peter Hunt | Leader of Curriculum 


There is a lot happening on the Careers front at the moment.


Year 12 receive a weekly update and if parents would like to be included in this please email [email protected] with Careers News 2017 in the subject line and I will ensure that you are included on the distribution list.


Year 10 have recently participated in Mock Interviews. The feedback from the external interviewers was extremely positive.

Year 10 & Year 12 students attended the 2017 Careers Expo on Thursday 15 June, below are some photo's from the event.

We have many outside organisations visiting the school to do sessions at lunchtime with students during Term 2.

Bookings HERE

To access any of the following click on the title

Rosie Batty &
​Womens Health Centre

Year 11 Society and Culture, Legal Studies and CAFS students attended a youth forum and presentation hosted by Rosie Batty at the Wagga Civic Theatre on the 11th of May. Rosie is a highly respected Australian domestic violence campaigner and the 2015 Australian of the Year. She encouraged a captive audience to “be determined to be the change”.


Students from Year 11 Society and Culture:

Rosie Batty was compelling and interesting, giving voice to a topic that is not often spoken about. Through her personal experience, she gave us a valuable insight into the agents of socialisation, and how they act to form behaviours, attitudes and norms within society. She gave us pause, making us think about our own interactions and the role that we can all play in challenging issues surrounding power and control that lead to Domestic Violence.

Olivia Collins on behalf of Year 11 Legal Studies:

Rosie Batty gave a powerful and very emotional talk on domestic violence, the loss of her son and how it affected her. Everyone who attended was touched. Rosie's talk was very raw and emotional. The talk focused on the topic of domestic violence and how it can affect anyone. Domestic violence comes in many shapes and forms and affects the lives of many Australians.


What can we do now? (and extra information)

Talk to teachers, arrange to have more speakers on this topic at school - contact Wagga Wagga Women’s Health Centre.


Never Alone - Luke Batty foundation

OUR watch (additional resources)

ABC article 24/2/2016

The Border Mail article - Ray Martin’s documentary.


Many thanks to Mr Woodhouse, Mrs Forwood, Mrs Samuelson and Mrs Hope for their support of this excursion and with supervision.


Mrs Catherine Banks | AC & WC

Year 10 Child Studies 
Virtual Reality Experience

On Thursday 9th June our Year 10 Child Studies class went on an excursion to Wagga Bowling and Entertainment Centre to participate in a new 9D experience the 9DVR Eggrides. These are rides whereby the students would wear a virtual reality headset, and be transported into a 180 degree plane of movement, with 9D sensory experiences such as sight, sound and touch. This excursion coincides with our unit of work on media and technology and has allowed the students to predict how technology might evolve in the future and how it might affect the lifestyles and learning of children. I'm sure all will agree that the future has a lot to hold!

Grace Howard | Teacher

Technobully Production Presentation

Last Tuesday, students from Years 7, 8 and 9 were witness to a play called "Technobully". The performance is one of a number of acts that Starrs Productions have available, with a particular focus on issues surrounding Cyberbullying and Harassment. This particular show highlighted the simple yet complex world of using technology as a means of threatening, bullying and harassing people, and clearly identified the implications of such behaviours, for victims and perpetrators alike. Technobully was purposeful in increasing our student’s awareness and understanding of Bullying and Harassment. We hope that through opportunities such as these, our community is able to make positive steps towards the identification, reporting and minimising of these harmful behaviours.

Peter Hunt | Organiser

Erin Earth Experience

On Wednesday, Year 7 Teresa students were invited to tour the grounds of Erin Earth. As part of this tour, students learnt about the sustainability practices used, the types of plants in the garden and were able to use each of their senses during the experience. The tour formed part of the filming of Erin Earth that is being undertaken this month. This film is being produced for the community and will outline the history of the site, which lies on Wiradjuri land, and the work the Presentation Sisters and volunteers do to maintain critical ecosystems and support the natural environment.

A copy of this film will be available later this year.


Caitlin Fahey | Teresa Academic Care & Wellbeing Coordinator

HSC Biology Study Day @ Charles Sturt University

The CSU HSC Biology Study day was conducted on Tuesday 6th June in the National Life Sciences Hub of Charles Sturt University. This not only was a great opportunity to address crucial dot points of the Biology course but also gave the students the chance to experience the equipment available in a university science laboratory.

Under the guidance of tertiary teachers, the students had the experience of using equipment that they may not have the opportunity to use in class while covering important topics including:

  • Effect of Environment on Enzyme Activity

  • Using a Microscope to Measure the Size of Blood Cells

  • Plant Transport Vessels and Diseases that Affect Plants

  • Exploring the Pentadactyl Limbs and Comparative Anatomy

  • Careers in Biology

Both students and teachers enjoyed the day and obtained much useful and informative advice that was dedicated to the Biology HSC course.


Audrey Taylor | Science Teacher

AG Science @ CSU

On Friday 2nd June a number of students from Kildare Catholic College attended a Science and Agricultural Enrichment Day held at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. There were four 45 minute sessions throughout the day that provided hands on experiences and insight into agriculture, primary industries and science. These sessions consisted of a:

  • live animal assessment, 
  • rice grain quality and its benefits, 
  • pasture species identification and assessment of coverage.

Students were able to participate in the fat and muscle scoring of beef cattle, taste and examine grains of rice and discuss the characteristics of particular grains, calculate the effect of pasture on the production level of livestock. We were able to participate in a workshop in the analytical labs where a PhD student discussed her research into the chemicals in rice that could potentially be used as cancer treatments and weight management.

The day was a great opportunity to observe and take part in work carried out by professional agricultural and animal scientists. Overall, it was an informative day for students looking to gain experience in agricultural science and learn more about possible career paths in the industry.

Year 11​ Science Student | Ella McGuirk

Hip Hop Workshop with Jarryd Byrne


The KCC Dance Department has been very busy these last couple of months. We were an integral part of the College musical "All Shook Up" with a total of 19 dance routines all together in the show! The Year 10 Elective Dance class were assessed on their performance on a number of dances in the show - Jailhouse Rock, Teddy Bear/Hound Dog and It's Now or Never.  They performed with energy, enthusiasm and passion which was very entertaining for the audience - congratulations girls!


We have also had some fabulous professional workshop opportunities this month. On Mon 5th June, we welcomed Jarryd Byrne back for another awesome Hip Hop Workshop. Year 10 Dance and Year 11 Dance students (with the Mater Dei students) along with interested Year 7, 8 and 9 students learnt a fast and intricate hip hop routine and Jarryd gave the students some great tips about enjoying yourself and taking risks when performing. We can't wait to welcome Jarryd back on Monday 14th August for another great experience. If you missed out on the first one, be sure to email Mrs Hardy to let her know you want to be involved - no dance experience required! 

Megan Hardy | Dance Teacher

Sydney Dance Company Workshop

On Wednesday 14 June we had the pleasure of having members of Sydney Dance Company run two specialised workshops with our Dance classes. Year 10 Elective Dance had a 1 hour workshop, taught by Joel and Geraldine, where students learnt repertoire from the currently touring show Frame of Mind, which we are going to see in July. The students really enjoyed the unique sequence and worked really well as a group to perform it in unison. The Year 11 Dance class was treated to a 2 hour workshop that focused on developing contemporary dance technique, learning repertoire from Frame of Mind, playing around with composition strategies to manipulate the repertoire and then the chance to seek feedback about their upcoming assessment task. Joel and Geraldine were a great source of advice and inspiration about the professional dance industry and their advice about choreography was invaluable for our students. We can't wait to see Frame of Mind at the Civic Theatre in July as we now know some of the moves! 

We are now looking towards Dance Night next term...keep your eyes peeled for information! It will be a great showcase of the awesome talent we have here at KCC and a chance to farewell our lovely Year 12 dancers. 


Megan Hardy | Dance Teacher 

NSWCCC U14 Cochrane Cup Rugby League

The KCC under 14's Rugby League side participated in the Wagga Diocese CCC Cochrane Cup competition at Equex. The team had a convincing victory over close rivals Mater Dei 14-0 to make the Grand final. Despite a determined effort by all players in the Grand Final, some lapses in defence  and untimely errors resulted in St Francis posting an unassailable lead and deserved 28-16 winners. St Francis was a big, physical team and our players should be commended upon their commitment and resilience against a very good side. All team members played well as a unit with special efforts from Jake May, Jack Flanagan and barnstorming U13's recuit Bodean Tereva. Many thanks to Mr Conn for water techician duties and expert comment as assistant coach.

Geoffrey McNamara | Coach

NSWCCC Teams Tennis

NSWCCC Teams Tennis 2017 had plenty of life this year with the largest amount of teams entered across the Boys and Girls divisions (22 in total). Following their successful selection in March, the Kildare Boys Tennis Team represented the Wagga Diocese in Bathurst on Monday 4th June. The weather proved to be exceptionally cold with the day starting at minus 2 and rising to a chilly 8 degrees which didn’t hinder the calibre of tennis played throughout the tournament.

The teams event is a knockout with each match consisting of singles, doubles and, if required, reverse doubles with the successful team moving to the next round.

This year our team included Trey Murphy, Charlie Prest, Tom Gardiner and Max Prest.  As second seeds, we had a bye in the first round and moved straight to round two. The boys began strongly winning 6 sets to 0 against Marian College, Parramatta.  The second match against Holy Spirit Bellambi, Wollongong resulted in the Kildare team taking 5 sets to 1.  Kildare progressed to the final against the top seeded St Mary’s, Gunnedah. Both teams displayed skill and aggressive tennis with St Mary’s winning 5 sets to 3.

The Kildare team are to be congratulated for their on court behaviour and their skilled and aggressive tennis.


Elizabeth Woods  | Tennis Coordinator

Resource Centre NEWS

We have even more reading material for you all to borrow for the holidays, so drop by the Resource Centre and stock up with great fiction and non-fiction. Check out the great sport biographies and autobiographies, Spirit Animal series, the Zion Covenant series, new Pokemon Adventures and Zom-b series books.

All students are advised that they have now received their notices for overdue library and textbooks. If these items are not returned by the end of this term, an invoice for the cost of all items will be processed for sending week 1 Term 3.


Dr Sandra Cox-Townend | Teacher Librarian


Resource Centre Display
Year 8 Lamp Diffusers

Lighting shape and design has been a fundamental element of furnishing since Thomas Edison developed the light globe in 1879. The first diffusers or shades were made from leaded glass. Developments in technology, mass production and the invention of plastics has continued to inspire designers to create an array of vastly different lamp shade design solutions that manipulate our emotions. 


Year 8 TMA students have completed a design unit where they have used computer software and the College's laser cutter to create lamp designs with an emphasis on Minimalism. 


Minimalism is a design philosophy that prompts people to think beyond the object itself or as Miles Van Der Rohe put it;  “Less is more”. 


Minimalist designs are mostly concerned with geometry, space, subtlety and simplicity.

Stasiu Dorczak | Learning Technology Coordinator

Resource Centre Display
Best Book Choices

This semester, Year 7 have been introduced to the Accelerated Reader program. As part of this program, students have spent time selecting and reading books from a variety of genres and authors. Students in Teresa House have been enjoying reading lots of books and are keen to share their best reads. In the Resource Centre you can find a poster containing lots of our favourite novels. If you are looking for your next book to read, Teresa House have suggested a few for you.


Caitlin Fahey | Year 7 English Teacher

Whats Happening

Important Message

Any student leaving Kildare Catholic College during the year to attend another school, TAFE or commence full time employment needs to collect a “Leavers Form” from the front office and have it signed by the Resource Centre, Canteen, House Coordinator, and the Principal. The student must then have this form signed by their parent/guardian and returned to the front office.

Application for Leave

If students need to be absent from school for five or more days they now need to obtain approval from the Principal and complete an Application For Leave Form. This has been put in place by the government and we need to commit to this procedure. Forms are available at the front office or downloaded below. If approval is not given or sought from the Principal, students will be marked as an unexplained absence.

Please download leave applications: HERE


Medical Plans

NSW Department of Education advises that:

"When students need help with health issues at school, parents may need to consult with their medical practitioner about the implications of the child's health condition for their schooling and any actions that need to occur during the school day. Parents need to convey relevant information from the medical practitioner to the principal in writing."


If your child has a medical plan please insure that the college has a copy. If you need more information please contact Natalie O'Reilly on (02) 6925 3388 or [email protected] 





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