Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

08 September 2017
Issue Fourteen
Assistant Principal Message  Simon Huntly
The Pope speaks to young people for World Youth Day 2019
Kildare Catholic College DAY MASS
Curriculum Matters
One stop shop for all things Careers related
Benedicta Community ​Day 2017
Seniors Games Night 2017
Industrial Technology Metal 2017
A Music Performance at Henschke Primary School
Barbara Stanners ​Year 12 English
The National Youth Science Forum
Regional Touch Football Carnival 2017
(GIRLS) Shipard Shield
(BOYS) Creed Cup
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6925 3388
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Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Assistant Principal Message 
Simon Huntly

Hello everyone,


The end of Term Three is once again nearly upon us and it is at this time each year that our HSC Class readies themselves for their final few weeks of formal education and the upcoming exams in Term Four. An important part of this preparation, as has been the case for the past four years, are the Line Study days that commence next Wednesday, 13 September. These days have proven to be of great benefit as they allow students and staff to work collaboratively for an entire day to refine skills and knowledge that will best suit individual student needs leading into the exams. All Year 12 students are expected to be in attendance on their designated days of study. Line days will be running until Thursday 21 September. That night, we will be celebrating the end of formal classes with the annual Graduation Mass and Awards Ceremony. This will commence at 6.30pm in the College Hall and is a highlight for our graduating class. The following morning will see farewells from Homegroups, Houses and the entire College Community. Families and carers are welcome to attend the College Farewell which will commence at 11.45am. We wish Year 12 all the best for the coming weeks.


As we farewell our Year 12’s, this time also sees the transition of student leadership roles to our current Year 11’s. Last Wednesday seven students presented speeches to the entire staff and student body as the final part of a series of application, interviews, speeches and voting. I would like to sincerely thank each of the candidates: Eliza Anwar, Clare Gaynor, Mitchell Ivey, Jiya Joykutty, Amy Li, Honor Powell and Jackson Weidemann for their preparation and commitment to the leadership process and for the outstanding quality of their presentations to our community. Congratulations to our captains elect for 2018, Amy Li and Jackson Weidemann. Over the coming weeks, interviews and elections will also be held for House and Boarding House Leaders for 2018. Once again, good luck and thank you to all those who have nominated for leadership positions.

Year 11 students have also commenced their final exams for the Preliminary Course this week. These exams will continue until the end of Week Nine. we wish all of our Year 11 students every success for these final exams as they prepare to commence their HSC course in Week One of next term. Thank you to all students, staff, families and carers for your support throughout what has again been a very productive fortnight.  



The Pope speaks to young people for
World Youth Day 2019

“Our Mother, the Virgin Mary, encourages us with her faith, the same faith that she expressed in her song of praise. Mary said, “The Mighty One has done great things for me” (Lk 1:49). She knew how to give thanks to God who looked upon her littleness, and she recognised the great things that God was accomplishing in her life…


Dear young people, God is also watching over you and calling you, and when God does so, he is looking at all the love you are able to offer. Like the young woman of Nazareth, you can improve the world and leave an imprint that makes a mark on history ‒ your history and that of many others. The Church and society need you. With your plans and with your courage, with your dreams and ideals, walls of stagnation fall and roads open up that lead us to a better, fairer, less cruel and more humane world.


As you follow this path, I encourage you to cultivate a relationship of familiarity and friendship with Our Lady. She is our Mother. Speak to her as you would to a Mother. Together with her, give thanks for the precious gift of faith that you have received from your elders, and entrust your whole life to her. She is a good Mother who listens to you and embraces you, who loves you and walks together with you. I assure you that if you do that, you will not regret it.” Francis


Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.

Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen


Pope Francis World Youth Day 2017 Video Message for Panama

John Nielsen | Leader of Mission

Kildare Catholic College


On Wednesday last week the Kildare community gathered to celebrate Mass in recognition of our Catholic educational founders. These inspirational people were faithful disciples of Jesus who responded to the needs of their times, providing schooling for the poor and disadvantaged. Their legacy to Catholic schooling continues to this day.

Our Eucharist was beautifully led by Monsignor Doug George, Parish Priest at Coolamon. His homily focused first on four people; Jesus Christ, St Paul, Nano Nagle and Edmund Rice. Lastly we were challenged to think about our own call to contribute as missionary disciples in our College and the world today. Year Nine students, who were writing a homily as an assessment task in RE, would have especially benefited from Fr Doug’s insights!

We thank guests Aunty Mary Atkinson and Rosemary Clark from Catholic Schools Office for their support and Fr Anto Francis who helped with Mass preparations. Some of Kildare’s Aboriginal students gave the Acknowledgement of Country and small but talented group of musicians led our singing under the direction of Mel Cotterill. The SRC representatives and other Kildare students fulfilled their liturgical roles admirably. At lunch the College community enjoyed a shared barbeque provided by our dedicated staff.


Day MASS BBQ & Drinks

John Nielsen | Leader of Mission

Curriculum Matters

Year 9 and 11 subject lines for next year are nearly finalised and we are currently working through the allocations. Once students have been allocated subjects, they will then be able to speak to me if any issues arise. Please note lines and class sizes may restrict choices.

Thanks to parents, students and teachers who have engaged in learning conversations supporting students throughout this process. It is important to use this dialogue to plan for future student engagement and success.


The 2017 Year 12 HSC final Mass and Awards evening will be held on Thursday 21st September. During Week’s 9 and 10, all Year 12 students and staff will be engaged in their subject line days. This is an opportunity for students to maximise their preparation for their HSC Exams beginning on Monday 6th October 2017 (2017 HSC Exams Timetable).


2017 HSC results will be sent to students via email  on Wednesday 14th December. Please read the following NESA letter to HSC students for up to date information and timelines. Students will also be able to access their results at the same time via Students Online HERE.

It is important NESA has accurate student contact details. Students should log into Students Online and check that their email addresses and mobile phone numbers are correct. If a school email address is recorded, they should change it to a personal email address, as students will have left Kildare at the time their HSC results are released.

Eligible students will receive their HSC testamur in the post between 17 – 20 January 2018.


Peter Hunt | Leader of Curriculum

One stop shop for all things Careers related


Live version HERE

Some interesting reading. Although some of these articles are US based, they raise interesting points.


Future skills: Report reveals tools school kids will need to thrive in jobs market of 2030.  The skills required by workers in the future will be very different to those of today, a report has predicted, as well as warning education systems need to change to prepare schoolchildren for their future. Click to read.



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Karen Murray | Careers Adviser

Day 2017

The first day of Spring greeted us with blue skies and sunshine. The perfect day to hold Kildare and Benedicta House first ever Colour Run. The top oval was awash with coloured powder and students and staff running about excitedly splashing each other with coloured powder. The afternoon on the top oval was a success, with good student numbers involved and from all early reports, a great time was had by all involved.

Earlier in the day, money was raised from the wearing of mufti clothes, a recess cake stall and the selling of sausages and cans of drink at lunchtime. We also raised money from the raffle of a woman's beauty pack which was kindly donated by MYER of Wagga Wagga.


The money raised will go to local organisations:

  • St Vincent De Paul Wagga (The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia has more than 40,000 members and volunteers, who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia).
  • Edel Quinn Shelter (Edel Quinn provides crisis accommodation and case management services primarily for men who are experiencing homelessness in the Wagga Wagga region).

  • Sisters Housing Enterprise Inc. (Sisters Housing Enterprises Inc is a community based not for profit organisation providing medium term supported accommodation for single women and women with children).

A personal thank you from me to all the parents, students and staff who supported the day.

Matthew Conn | Academic and Care Coordinator 

 Benedicta House

Seniors Games Night 2017

On Kildare Day evening, Year Eleven and Twelve students enjoyed a senior games night in the College Hall. The SRC did a great job organising activities that brought the two year groups together. Groups dressed up according to their chosen themes and competed in events which emphasised fun and teamwork. Special thanks to the staff who generously gave their time to support this night.

John Nielsen | Leader of Mission

Industrial Technology Metal 2017

Thursday 31 August the students from Year 12 Industrial Technology Class presented their Major Design projects for HSC assessment and then in the evening the works were showcased for parents, staff and students.


Work on the projects started during Term 4, 2016 and after many hours of designing and constructing (including weekends and after school) the work was finally finished. Projects included Harry Logan's Room Divider that transformed into a bar with a lift of the top on custom hinges. Stuart Vanderland created a stunning steel bed featuring hand bent flat steel. Will Buchanan produced an electric steel guitar that, when played, produces a rich sound across the scale. A floor lamp, from Jaydan Edwards, uses over 100 aluminium scales and a lining of gold leaf to soften the light. Fireside comfort and an escape from the wind were provided by Liam Neilson’s fire pit and wind break. He used a rusting effect to highlight his plasma cut drawing of the Australian landscape. A crashed plane in the jungle provided the inspiration for a desk made by Tristan Oakman. Looking past the aluminium, the frame of the ‘wing’ is visible.  Plate Maille is an ancient craft and was chosen by Casey Heffernan to exhibit his skills with metal on a smaller scale. Each plate in the Gauntlet is riveted to the next for articulation. The industrial look of Ryan Nicolle’s scissor lift will blend perfectly into his workshop, allowing him to work on his bike at a comfortable height.

Overall the boys are to be congratulated on their hard work and dedication over the last year.

Maris Herr | Teacher/Organiser

A Music Performance at Henschke Primary School

Last Wednesday, the 30th August our Year 10 class travelled to Henschke Primary School to perform a concert for the students, teachers and parents. The audience was treated to a fabulous performance from Heatstroke, fresh from their big gig at Uberfest in Sydney. This was followed by Peter Froon singing “Behind Blue Eyes” and an ensemble of Elizabeth Evans, Caitlin Hood and Sam Butt who performed “Be OK”. The Henschke Primary School Band then showed off what they have been learning this term, including the world premiere of Sam Butt’s “Abel’s Morning Stroll” -  a piece that Sam composed especially for the Henschke Primary Band. The concert concluded with performances from the entire Year 10 class, including a combined performance of “A Little Less Conversation” with the primary school kids.


Thanks to Michael Jones and his team of teachers at Henschke for allowing us to perform for the school.

Robert Thompson | Music Teacher

Barbara Stanners
Year 12 English

The Year 12 English Advanced and Standard students, along with our colleagues from Mater Dei Catholic College, were fortunate enough to attend a Study Day on Wednesday 6th September run by Barbara Stanners. Mrs Stanners has written numerous text books and study guides about both the HSC Advanced and Standard courses and she has come back to KCC for the third time. Mrs Stanners offered invaluable advice to our students about how to achieve success the Area of Study: Discovery Paper 1. Students viewed and deconstructed a variety of text types, learnt more about the power of flash fiction and then spent time considering important aspects of their prescribed text. They also had the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the day.


Thanks to all who assisted in the organisation, set up and running of the day. 


 Damian Quinn | English KLA Coordinator

The National Youth
Science Forum

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a competitive summer program for Year 12 students who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The NYSF provides insight into further studies and careers in STEM, while developing communication and interpersonal skills.

The NYSF began in 1984 and runs in partnership with the Australian government, major industry, national research institutes and universities. Rotary is the Founding Partner of the NYSF and the 21 local Rotary districts across Australia support the NYSF through managing the applications and selections on their behalf, contributing to funding or fundraising, volunteering at the January programs and promotion in their local communities.



My Experience

I recently attended the district interviews in Grenfell, after seeking the endorsement of the Wollundry Rotary Club and submitting an application. An email later that day informed me that I was successful, and that I would be attending session A next January at the Australian National University in Canberra.

There will be two sessions held in Canberra at the ANU, and one session held in Brisbane at the UQ in 2018. Each session is then divided into study areas, including health and medical, food, environmental, chemistry, engineering, physics, and computing. I have requested to be a part of the health and medical science group.

For the two weeks in January, I will be living on campus as a university student, along with 200 other students from across Australia. Over this time, I will be involved in workshops, group problem solving activities, meeting with scientists and researchers, going on site/laboratory visits, attending presentations, university seminars and social events.

After the January forum, I will have further opportunities as part of the NYSF Alumni network to return to future January programs as a member of the student staff or go to international science forums.

I am hoping to gain a better understanding of what would be involved in a career in STEM over the course of this experience. I will also get to meet students from across Australia and members of the science community, to form a long term network of people.


Year 11 Student | Lucy Bannister


On Tuesday 29th August, three basketball teams travelled to the Lauren Jackson Stadium in Albury to compete in the Diocesan Basketball Carnival.


Junior Girls

The Year 7 and 8 girls team started as a group of ten. The team comprised of mainly netball players with only one basketballer in the group. The girls trained with eagerness and determination and felt they had developed an understanding of the game. Illness hit the group and on the morning of the carnival only 8 players stepped onto the bus to make the journey to Albury. The first game was against the old foe Mater Dei Catholic College and although the girls contested well, the basketball players on the opposition proved to be the difference and the KCC team lost  28 to 13. Another of the team succumbed to illness leaving only 7 players to complete the carnival. Lou Madden also injured her right hand but admirably played on, finding that basketball is a bit tough when you try and play with only one hand. Our second game was against Xavier, a basketball powerhouse and they displayed their strength defeating KCC  57 to 14. In the final game, our girls started to tire and the St Francis team dominated the scoreboard with a strong win 63-11.


Well done to all the girls, particularly Madeleine Commins who led the team and scored most of our points. A big thank you to Mr Siegwalt, who not only drove the bus but also managed the bench and provided invaluable coaching tips. 


Jacinta Murphy | Teacher/Coach

Regional Touch Football Carnival 2017

On Friday 25th August, two Kildare teams competed in the Year 7 and 8 South West Region Touch Football Carnival at Jubilee Park. A mild day provided the perfect weather for the carnival and both teams played very well, featuring in the finals action. Games were of 20 minutes in duration and followed a touch-down, turn around format.

Year 7 and 8 Girls

The fourteen girl squad trained well leading into the carnival and were anticipating a successful day. Our first game against Murrumburrah High displayed the strength and depth of the KCC team and we finished with a 7-0 victory. Wade High School from Griffith proved to be a more formidable opponent. However, KCC prevailed, winning 3-1. Our third game was another tough one, with a strong Wagga High School outfit pushing us all the way to a 2-0 victory. Two easier games followed against Tumbarumba High (11-0) and Mt Austin High (8-0). Winning our pool, we ended up in the finals playing the second ranked team in pool B, Kooringal High. This proved to be a tough game but the KCC girls came out eventual winners, 3-1. In the final, we played Wagga High School again. This time it was a much tougher game with the KCC team winning 2-1.

As winners of the South-West region, the girls now head to Sydney in November to play in the All Schools Carnival. Congratulations to all players and a big thank you to Mrs Cooper who managed the team.


Year 7 and 8 Boys

A sprained ankle and the flu left the boys with 11 players to start the day however they performed admirably. Our first game was against Kooringal High who had a few handy players to watch out for. The boys defended well coming away with a 4-0 win. Second game was Tumbarumba High playing in their first regional tournament who had a go but were outclassed by Kildare with a 7 - 0 win to our boys. Third game was always going to be the hard one against a strong TRAC team however our defence came to the fore again with a 1-0 win. The last pool game for Kildare came against Wade High School and with the boys needing lunch and a rest the effort was down a bit and it showed with a 3 all draw. Still, with 3 wins and a draw from the pool games the boys finished top of their pool.

The Semi was Kildare V’s Wagga High and although there was confidence in the camp the boys didn’t play as well as expected and scraped through with a 3-2 win. Onto the final which saw our boys have a second game against TRAC. Both teams played with great structure and effort and at the end of regular time the scores were locked at 2 all. A drop off ensued with 5 a side , then 4 and then 3 until the deadlock was broken by the TRAC team with the Kildare boys going down in the most heartbreaking way. All in all it was a great day for all involved with the boys just missing out on a deserved place at the next level. There were good efforts from all players with some standouts including Sase with 6 x tries for the day and great performances from “Sweaty” Emery and “Harley Davidson” Voss. Big thanks to Riley and Hagred who were clearly the two best refs of the day.


A big thank you also to Riley Browning and Harry Luff who were our referees on the day.                                                             


                        Jacinta Murphy | Teacher

(GIRLS) Shipard Shield

Kildare participated in the recent Combined Wagga School’s Shipard Shield Football competition.

Due to match cancellations as a result of inclement weather, Kildare played their three games on the one night.  The last game of the night, in freezing conditions, was the most entertaining of all of the games played. The game was played in a competitive and good natured spirit by both teams flowing from goal to goal. Kildare opened the scoring with a goal from Millie Gentle.  Mt Austin High equalised and then took the lead 2-1. Jacinta Cooper equalised for Kildare before again Mt Austin High taking the lead 3-2. This continued with Kildare equalising and Mt Austin taking the lead until the final whistle and Kildare and Mt Austin High had drawn 5 all. Millie Gentle scored  Kildare’s last 3 goals.


Congratulations to all of the Kildare players; Millie Gentle, Chloe Piltz, Hayden Haines, Gabby King, Jenjarra Hookey, Jacinta Cooper, Lauren Carroll, Charlotte McIntyre, Jess Barclay, Isabelle Toohey, Kitaya Clarke, Sarah Vickers and Meg Emery.


Results for the other two games : 

Kildare 0 / TRAC 1,

Kildare 0 / Wagga Christian College 1


Stasiu Dorczak | Teacher/Coach

(BOYS) Creed Cup

Kildare’s Creed Cup team finished 3rd in the Combined Wagga Schools Football competition after a 2-1 win against TRAC.  Kildare dominated TRAC from the outset. TRAC’s defence found it difficult to control Kildare’s forwards, Jamieson Honda, Irish Freemantle, Alliance Irishura, William McMahon, and  Abbas Ali. It was no surprise when Jamieson Honda opened the scoring with a fine finish after being setup by an incisive pass from Xavier Lyon. Xavier, Anotidaishe Matowe, and Camryn McCrory  dominated the midfield giving TRAC little chance to pressure the Kildare defence. On those occasions when the TRAC attack did threaten, Andre Vecchio, Sam Jones, Jacob Butt, and Isaac Schiller easily dealt with the threat. Mitchyl McCrory in goals was largely a bystander in the first half. Half time score was 1-0. Camryn McCrory extended Kildare’s lead early in the second half. A period of dominance by TRAC mid-way through the second half allowed TRAC to make  the score 2-1. This dominance was short lived as Kildare regained control of the match and finished worthy winners.


Congratulations to the players; Andre Vecchio, Jacob Butt, Sam Jones, Alliance Irishura, Anotidaishe Matowe, Xavier Lyons, Abbas Ali, Irish Freemantle, Isaac Schiller, Jamieson Honda, William McMahon, Mitchyl McCrory, Camryn McCrory, Harrison Toole, Charlie Prest, James Goode and Mr Avo for the best result Kildare has achieved since the inception of this competition.

In reaching the 3rd / 4th playoff, Kildare defeated Kooringal High School 1-0, Mt Austin High 3-0 and Wagga Christian College 2-1 and were defeated in the semi-final by Wagga Wagga High 1-0.


Stasiu Dorczak  | Teacher / Coach

Resource Centre NEWS

Another 100 new fiction and non-fiction books have arrived at the Resource Centre this week. These comprise the Izzy Folau series of Rugby stories, the David Walliams collection including Demon Dentist, Ratburger and Billionaire Boy, Footy Kids AFL series covering all the AFL Clubs, Our Australian Girl series, You Choose Flip Me series and the Murderous Maths series which includes Savage Shapes, Awesome Arithmetricks, Desperate Measures, Evil Questions/Easy Answers, and the Phantom X.


Some non-fiction titles include the Benjamin Franklin Reader, Movie Making Book, 100 Facts series, Awesome Knowledge, Facts to Blow Your Socks Off and Facts to Knock You Sideways. There are also many awesome new books that have been put on display this week for you to borrow. Drop by the Resource Centre to Escape to Everywhere.

Reminder to Return Overdue Items

All students are asked to return all textbooks and library books that are overdue. If you wish to renew your library books, drop by the Resource Centre and this will be done for you or return both overdue textbooks and library books at the front counter or return box in the Resource Centre. We look forward to your assistance in this process.


Dr Cox-Townend | Teacher Librarian

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] 



Wollundry Rotary Scholarship, Wagga Wagga

Students commencing a science course at CSU, in 2018 are invited to apply for a $7,500.00 scholarship. This amount will be payable over three years. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving Year 12 student who is attending a Wagga or district school.


If you would like contact details please email [email protected].





Administrative Headquarters

91 Hammond Avenue


 Applications Close –  4 pm, Friday18 September 2017​

Full details attached below


Apprentice Electrician 2017 Info Package RWCC.pdf