Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

18 November 2016
Issue Eleven
Message from Mr Huntly
A Prayer for Peace​
Fr George Visit
@ KCC & Victory Memorial
Mayoral Breakfast  & local high school captains
SKYPE with Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki
Year 9 Peer Support
Science Project
Year 9 Geography Field Trip
Borrow & Returns
CWWHSSA Steve Elkington Cup
Yr 7/8 KCC Wins State Final
Bus Pass Notice
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Message from Mr Huntly


Hello everyone,


This Sunday, November 20, sees the end of the Pope’s Jubilee Year of Mercy. As part of our closing prayer at our College Assembly earlier today, we were asked to reflect on 3 simple questions:


How have I been challenged in this year of Mercy?

Where can I show mercy in the years to come?

How would a merciful world be different?


There are obviously a multitude of answers that could be extracted from an audience in excess of 700, and there is no pass or fail associated with any response to the questions. The past year has certainly raised an awareness within our own faith community of the need to stop and reflect on the role that our interpretation of Mercy plays in our daily lives. If nothing else, as we enter the Christmas season, it hopefully provides us with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to those in our families and communities who find this time of the year challenging and to look deeper into the manner in which we relate to those closest to us.


Other parts of our Assembly today saw us recognise some outstanding group, team and individual achievements. These included:

  • the Steve Elkington Cup winning golf team, who have won back to back Combined Wagga Wagga High School Championships
  • donations to Kurrajong-Waratah and Intereach from Benedicta Day fundraising late last term
  • victorious Year 7 & 8 Boys and Girls Touch teams who both won NSW All-Schools titles (the first time in the event’s history that this has been achieved by a non-selective sports high school)
  • Wagga Wagga Conservatorium of Music Scholarships being awarded to Harry Mangelsdorf, Sam McCrae and Caitlyn Davis for 2017, and
  • Amelia Preuss being selected as 1 of only 100 national representatives for the National Constitutional Convention in March next year.


These particular presentations are symptomatic of much of what occurs on a daily basis, both within and beyond the classroom. Again, congratulations to all those who received recognition today, and many thanks to their peers, families and teachers who have supported each of them in their endeavours.


As we commence the last 4 or so weeks of the year, it is certainly not a time of wind-down. Reports and grades are being written and finalised as we print. Key Learning Areas, Houses and individual staff members have completed plans for 2017, all with a focus on improving student learning outcomes. We will be finishing the last week of our most recent 4 week Coaching Trial in Homegroup, which from anecdotal evidence has been very successful. Staff and students will be surveyed at the completion of this second trial to help implement a permanent Coaching strategy for 2017. Year 12 2017 will be undertaking their first round of HSC assessment tasks and participating in their annual Retreat at Warrambui. Significant Capital Works will be occurring over the break to improve staffrooms, classrooms and areas within the Boarding School.


As a culmination to the year, our final Mass will be held on December 13 at 12.30pm, with our Awards evening commencing later that evening. The last day of school for all students this year is Tuesday December 13. Thanks to all members of our community for what has been a successful term to date and in anticipation for a positive end to another successful term.


A Prayer for Peace​

For all who have served the cause of peace in our armed forces, we pray…

For all who have lost loved ones due to war, we pray…

For all who continue to suffer due to war, we pray…

For all who long for Your peace, we pray…

For all who dedicate their lives to Your peace, we pray…

For all who bring Your comfort to veterans and their families, we pray…

For all of us – called to be messengers of Your peace, we pray…




KCC Prayer Web page HERE

John Nielsen |  Leader of Mission

Fr George Visit

On November 17, Fr George Sigamony and Lulu Mitshabu visited the College to give their thanks for our support of Caritas, especially for our contributions to Project Compassion.


Fr George  and Lulu spoke to some Year 9 students about the work of Caritas in Sri Lanka and The Democratic Republic of Congo.


9.3 RE enjoyed the visit and had some fun with our guests. They were challenged to think about how they can make a difference in our Kildare community and in the world.

Fr George and Lulu enjoyed a pleasant morning tea with staff and have let me know they very much enjoyed their visit to Kildare and look forward to meeting us again soon.

John Nielsen |  Leader of Mission

@ KCC & Victory Memorial

Remembrance Day November 11, 2016

On November 11, Maddie Dean and Sam Heffernan represented the College at the official Remembrance Day ceremony at Victory Memorial Gardens, organised by the Wagga sub-branch of the RSL. On behalf of Kildare Catholic College, they joined with many other organisations in laying a wreath in honour of Australia’s fallen, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in war.


The RSL Commemorative Youth Choir, including Jasmine Brambley, a Year 8 Kildare student, led the National Anthem and performed an original song, Lest We Forget.

Our representatives each wore a red poppy and after the Ode of Remembrance, observed a minute silence - the traditional mark of respect.

Lest we forget.

Below Remembrance Day
KCC College Hall

John Nielsen |  Leader of Mission



Literacy skills are important to enable students to engage in learning and demonstrate their understanding across the curriculum.


However, many students have difficulty acquiring the necessary reading, comprehension and writing skills to access curriculum content, as well as to successfully demonstrate what they have learnt.


A challenge for teachers is to provide opportunities for individual students to develop their skills in reading and writing while, at the same time, teaching the knowledge, understanding and skills of their subject.


Literacy is a key focus area on the Kildare annual improvement agenda. Over the last  2 years the school has been using a common paragraph structure known to the students as PEEL.


Throughout this year we have had a highly proficient literacy coach, Marilyn Phelan, working with students and staff to improve their literacy. Staff are continually looking to improve their teaching practice so they can better inform students on ways to improve their writing. Literacy sessions are available to all students and can be individual, small groups or whole classes.



All year groups are currently completing final tasks for the year. It is a timely reminder that the high standards of students are expected until the very last day of term. All teaching programs are written until week 10, therefore students will be completing meaningful work that will challenge students to continue to move their learning forward.


Jennifer Holt | Acting Leader of Curriculum


Top reasons to study STEM

STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) is everywhere. It’s in your home, your classroom, the businesses you visit and the roads you drive on. Products and services you use every day are shaped by science and technological innovations, from your smartphone to your fridge, ATMs and medicines. If you’re considering studying in these fields, there’s good news ahead: it’s been predicted that 75 per cent of all jobs will require STEM skills over the next decade.


Keen to get started? If you study STEM, you will:

…find a course to suit all interests

Think STEM is just for aspiring scientists, engineers and mathematicians? There are actually hundreds of specialisations, suiting any student who likes asking questions or being challenged. Expect institutions to offer everything from agriculture, astrophysics and ecology to game development, pharmacology and veterinary studies. You’ll find a great range of options within each field too. Considering engineering? Know that aerospace, audio, chemical, civil, electrical, marine, mining and product design are just a selection of the specialisations available.

If you’re not sure what you’d like to study or want more time to see where STEM can take you, a generalist course such as certificate, diploma or degree in science or engineering is a good option. For example, in a Bachelor of Science you can start by exploring the basics before selecting a major in your second or third year. Double degrees are also worth considering — why not combine science or mathematics with teaching or journalism to boost your career prospects?


…be immersed in the latest technological innovations

Studying and working in STEM means learning about the world around you, finding innovative solutions to real-world challenges, and playing a role in some of the country’s major discoveries and developments. Want to work with robots, refine driverless car technology or cure disease? You’ll have these opportunities and more in STEM. And don’t forget — you’ll be taught by professionals who are passionate about their field. They may be researchers, seasoned industry experts or currently making their mark in the workforce.

… learn transferable skills

You’ll learn a range of transferable skills that can be used in just about any occupation or industry, meaning you’ll emerge from your studies as an all-rounder with an impressive résumé. If you’re good with numbers and data, or have strong technical skills, you’ll be suitable for a range of roles. You’ll also boast high-level communication, interpersonal, critical thinking, problem-solving and adaptability skills — attributes that are increasingly important to employers in today’s competitive job market. These are known as ‘soft skills’ or ‘employability skills’.

Although the overall graduate employment rate has slipped in recent years, the transferable skills gained in a STEM course mean that you’ll enjoy strong job prospects into the future. Also keep in mind that some of the strongest employment rates and salaries come from STEM disciplines. The $52,840 average graduate salary — for undergraduates aged under 25 in their first full-time job — compares to $62,102 in engineering and technology, $58,520 in mathematics, and $54,382 in computing and information technology. When it comes to securing full-time employment, the fields with the best prospects tend to be those requiring STEM skills.


… have access to a range of professional development and mentoring opportunities

The federal and state governments are working hard to increase the STEM workforce, which means that students and graduates are supported by a great range of mentoring, professional development and assistance schemes. Many programs target women entering STEM, with men outnumbering women in most professions (check out Engineers Australia’s Women in Engineering division), as well as the more general Industry Mentoring Network in STEM program for PhD students, CSIRO’s Student Science Bootcamp for secondary students. Do some research or chat to your career adviser for more information.


In addition, there are various scholarships targeting students entering these fields. They may be awarded for academic merit or equity, or for particular student groups (women entering non-traditional fields or those who have experienced educational disadvantage, for example). There are also specialised degrees that combine study with paid work placements, such as Swinburne University’s Bachelor of Information Technology —which sees students benefit from a $40,000 industry-funded, tax-free scholarship and two 20-week work placements with industry partners.


Karen Murray | Careers Adviser


Join our quest to save 180 lives in a 2 week blitz!!!!

Click here to put your name down to donate blood

Click here to find out more about donating blood.



One in three of all the people you know – family, friends and workmates – will need a blood donation. Yours could be the one that saves their life.

Why not start today? The sooner you start, the more people you’ll help!


Being scared of needles, or a bit grossed out by blood, doesn’t need to stop you from donating.

The Red Cross staff members are there the whole way to help you feel relaxed and comfortable.


Feeling nervous????

Lots of donors were scared or nervous the first time they donated blood. You can try:

  • Going with a friend.
  • Not looking. Our donor centres have TVs to watch and friendly people to chat with instead.
  • Sharing on social media that you’re donating. All of our donor centres have free Wi-Fi to make it even easier to post and browse. See how many likes you can get!
  • Rewarding yourself after you donate. Whether it’s a guilt-free muffin or a special treat you’ve been looking forward to, it helps to concentrate on the reward.
  • Remembering that people who receive blood have needles too. Many of them are scared as well. Your donation could help them get through a tough time – or even save their lives.
  • The rewards are worth it. Your courage could change someone’s life!


Every day more than 5,000 Australians give blood at an Australian Red Cross Blood Service donor centre. It's your chance to relax, be pampered, enjoy a free snack – and feel great knowing that you're saving lives.


Before you donate

  • It's important that you look after your health on the day of your donation. In particular, make sure you drink lots of water and get plenty to eat.
  • If you're going to donate soon, read about what to do before and after you donate.


  • Arrive at the donor centre to a friendly welcome from our reception staff member. They'll greet you and quickly check your valid ID.
  • Fill out the health questionnaire they give you. It's completely confidential and there to protect you and the person who receives your blood.


  • A trained staff member will go over your questionnaire answers with you and ask some questions to check that you're fine to donate.
  • They'll give you a 'finger prick' test to check your level of haemoglobin (a protein which contains iron) and test your blood pressure.


  • Sit back and relax on a comfy couch while you donate. You can read, chat with our team members or just enjoy some uninterrupted TV time.
  • We'll keep a close eye on you while you're donating to make sure you're OK. Talk to a staff member if you feel uncomfortable or worried. How we protect your health when you donate.
  • To help you stay well and make your donation go quicker, try these exercises.

Relax and refresh

  • After your donation's finished, rest on the couch for at least 5-10 minutes.
  • When you're done with the couch, head to the refreshments area and relax for at least another 15 minutes with a complimentary cool drink and savoury snack. This is the best part!
  • Have a drink on us – grab a free water or sports drink to take with you. Drink it over the next hour to stay hydrated.

How long does donating blood take?

  • Whole blood donations take 5-15 minutes, and the whole appointment one hour.
  • Plasma or platelets donations take 45 minutes, and the whole appointment takes one and a half hours.

After you donate

  • Most people feel absolutely fine after donating blood. In fact, you're likely to feel pretty good about yourself.

Even if you feel great, it's important that you look after yourself for the next 12 hours by following the steps for after you donate.

Mayoral Breakfast 
& local high school captains

Wagga Mayor Councillor Greg Conkey held a special breakfast on Thursday 17th November to talk with local high school captains about youth issues. Each set of captains had a few minutes to talk about their school and what activities are undertaken to engage youth at their school during school hours or in after-school activities. We then engaged in group discussions on what the captains think Wagga is doing to engage youth. And finally, we were invited to share our thoughts on what we could do better as a Council. We were joined by Councillor Greg Conkey OAM (Mayor), Councillor Yvonne Braid, Councillor Dan Hayes, Councillor Rod Kendall and Councillor Tim Koschel.


Councillor Dan Hayes was particularly interested in how accessible young people felt the council are. We are encouraged to contact all Councillors on specific matters; you can go to the council website and make contact by either phone or email. Another way you can contact the council is by using the council's Mobile applications (iCouncil and Snap Send Solve). These apps are free of charge and are created to report any problems or concerns we have in and around Wagga. They are very easy to use and are a great way to inform council of broken benches or unclean and damaged facilities.


A follow up meeting with councillors and high school captains will occur early next year.

Year 11 Students | Sam Heffernan, Chelsea Tout and Mrs Catherine Banks

SKYPE with
Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki

On Wednesday, Students from all years along with Science staff participated in a skype question and answer session with renowned scientist Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki. Dr. Karl was posed intriguing questions such as “What do blind people see in their dreams?” and gave in depth answers,  explaining complex concepts in a friendly, informative manner. Dr.Karl also kindly donated 9 of his books to the school library that will greatly benefit students. This discussion was a great success and was beneficial to all involved.


Year 11 Student | Coen Brand 


Year 9 Peer Support

Click above for larger photo


Recently, a group of Year 9 students participated in the Peer Support training day program at St Luke's Anglican Church. The aim of the day was to develop the leadership skills of the participating students to allow them to be confident in their ability to welcome and lead the incoming 2017 Year 7 students.


The day was made up of theoretical and practical based activities that made the students reflect on what makes an effective leader, as well as what qualities they already posses that they can develop. 


Fun and team building were core purposes of the day and by all accounts the students really enjoyed the challenges and look forward to beginning their leadership journey in 2017. 


Thank you to all the teachers who participated in the day and made it a valuable experience. 


The Peer Support Team 

Kurt McPherson | Organiser



Science Project

Year 7 students have been looking at how they might be able to "Save the Earth with Science". Given that water is a precious resource that we tend to take for granted, four Gandhi students decided to investigate a novel way of recovering water from seemingly quite dry soil. Antonia Ahumada, Jenjarla Hookey, Lizzy Haines and Lauren McAlister developed a 'solar still', using nothing more than some clear plastic wrap, a disposable plastic container, a hole in the ground and the sun's solar energy. Water vapour trapped in the soil was 'coaxed' out of its hiding places. It condensed on the underside of the plastic wrap, which then formed water dropplets that then ran into their container. The result - 290 mL in two days. Not bad!

Dave Paton | Science teacher.

Year 9 Geography Field Trip

Bolton Park - Field Trip

Today our Year 9 Geography students took a trip to the Bolton Park complex as part of our unit of work on Changing Australian Communities. The activities were designed to focus on Wagga Wagga as "A City of Good Sports".  Students worked in small groups to explore the range of sporting facilities on offer at the Bolton Park complex. They completed various activities including sketch maps of the area, collecting data to create a land use map of Bolton Park, and photographing a range of facilities in the precinct. The final task required students to come up with a proposal for a community facility to go on the old South Wagga Bowling club site. The students worked well in their teams and came up with interesting ideas for the site. It was a great learning experience and we thank the students for their participation.

Natalie Jackson & Kim Halloway | Geography Teachers

Borrow & Returns

Return of Textbooks

Years 7 to 10 students are reminded that all of their textbooks must be returned to Mr Ward in the Textbook area of the Resource Centre before they leave the College for end of year holidays.


Year 11 students are to see Mr Ward in the Textbook area to have textbooks they will need for Year 12 in 2017 renewed.


Library Books

All students are reminded to renew any books they wish to read over the holidays and are encouraged to borrow books from the Resource Centre to continue their reading and build their literacy capacity.


There are many new books on display and available to borrow for the holidays. Some wonderful new series reads are Caesar the War Dog, Stardust Stables, Keeper of the Crystals, Katy’s Pony, Anh Do Weirdo, Hey Jack and the Geronimo Stilton Collection. These series include conventional and graphic novel presentation.


Book Week Competition Winners

Book Week was such a wonderful success that we extended it to three weeks because  so many students wished to view the display and participate in the Match the Book with the Staff Member’  Competition. Last week Mr Whelan announced the winners at the College Assembly and we wish to congratulate: Eleanor Mason, Sophie Woods, Claire Quigley, Gabrielle King, Sara Makeham, Mr Siegwalt and Ms Vidler who each received a Book Voucher to purchase further reading material.


Dr Sandra Cox-Townend | Teacher Librarian


Steve Elkington Cup

The Kildare Golf Team recently competed in the CWWHSSA Steve Elkington Cup. The team of Bart Carroll, Tom Morriss, Will Macaskill, Harry Macaskill, Will Burkinshaw and Jake Leary performed very well to retain the cup. 


Bart Carroll had the best score for 18 holes with 77, with Tom Morriss finishing equal 2nd with 86.


Kildare had a combined score of 252, 23 shots clear Mater Dei in second place.

Kel Woodhouse | Sport Coordinator







Yr 7/8 KCC Wins State Final

The Years 7 & 8 All Schools State Final saw the winners from each of the 17 regional qualifiers held around NSW in both male and female divisions descend on Parramatta’s Doyle Ground. To make it to the State Final is a difficult journey for schools who battle their local rivals to earn their spot on November 10 and chase the elusive title of best school in NSW.


The competition is played in a round robin format and after 4 round games the top 8 teams in each division advanced on to the quarter finals. In all 4 semi-finals the result went down to the wire with the winners victorious by no more than 2 touchdowns in every game. In the girls division, Kildare Catholic College went back to back defeating Tomaree High School in the final 2-0. In the boys division, Kildare Catholic College took out the double defeating last year’s winners Hunter Sports High 8-1 in a dominant performance.















Quarter Final - defeated Tweed River High School 9-1

Semi Final - defeated Taree High School 3-0

Final - defeated Tomaree High School 3-0








Congratulations Maddie Morton on being awarded player of the Final and a huge thankyou to Helen Cooper for coaching the girls on the day. Congratulations, also to coach Andrew Morton who led the girls to victory in the regional component of the competition.


Wins over Peel High School, Reddam House HS and Hunter Sports High.

Quarter Final - Defeated Orange HS 4-2

Semi Final - A very tight game in which the boys played extremely well to hold out a fast finishing Blaxland HS 5-4

Final - Dominant win over Hunter Sports High 8-1


Well done to our player of the final Sam Macklan.

Special  thank you to all staff

Peter Hunt, Monique Jones, Andrew Moton, Jacinta Murphy & Ryan Price | KCC Staff/Coaches

Bus Pass Notice

If students have already been approved for school travel and their address, school or name changes, their details must be updated by the Parent/Guardian online at the Transport NSW website. Also, ALL students entering Kindergarten, Year 3 or Year 7 in 2017 MUST have their details updated at the Transport NSW website.


The website address for this is: HERE


Once parents have completed the online application form, they are to print it out, sign and date the form, then return it to front office for endorsement.


We thank you for your co-operation in this matter.


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 return 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.


Download Part 1 HERE & Part 2 HERE.




Pool and Spa Maintenance Trainee

Our client  is part of Australasia’s largest pool and spa maintenance network. Complete this traineeship where you will handle, transport and store swimming pool and spa chemicals, monitor and maintain pool water quality and lots more! More here



Apprentice Chefs Wanted

We’re looking for enthusiastic applicants who can demonstrate a keen interest for the hospitality industry with exceptional customer service and communication skills. But most importantly we’re looking for candidates who have a passion for completing a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery Apprenticeship. More here


School Based Heavy Vehicle Mechanic Apprenticeship

Are you currently in Year 10  and aspire to be a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic?

Our client operates out of Tumbarumba and is seeking a School-Based Apprentice to assist with the servicing of heavy vehicle machinery and mobile tow truck repairs. They service Tumbarumba and surrounding areas so travel and overnight stays will be required on an occasional basis. Apply today! More here


Spare Parts Traineeship

A well known Truck Repair company requires an enthusiastic individual to join their team as a Spare Parts Trainee. Organise stock in the warehouse, routinely clean all warehouse areas, complete office administration duties and more! If this sounds like the right fit for you, click here to apply now. More here


Work Experience

ATEL have a number of clients keen to take on school students for work experience!

Areas of particular interest are:

Light & Heavy Vehicle Mechanics  | Warehousing  | Outdoor Power Equipment | Pool & Spa Maintenance  |  Spare Parts Interpreter  |  Shopfitting
If you have any students interested in undertaking work experience please do not hesitate to contact the ATEL office on 02 6933 9888 to discuss further.


Register here




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