Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

29 July 2016
Issue Four
Message from Mr Huntly
Religious Education
Year 11  Legal Studies
King Community Day
Year 10 Cabinetwork
SOR ISLAM Workshops
MyScience Project
HSC Dance Showcase
Under 14 Cochrane Cup
CWWHS Hockey Comp
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Message from Mr Huntly

Hello everyone,


After a well earned break, Term 3 has commenced with a very busy schedule of activities. Already over the past 10 days we have had students involved the Albury Eisteddfod, BISSA Athletics, Cochrane Cup 14 Years Rugby League, Year 12 Tertiary Information Evening, Year 11 2017 Careers presentations and Subject Information Evening, 13 Years Country Cup semi-finals, HSC Dance practical Trial exams, and a variety of excursions and guest speakers for Year 9 French, Exploring Early Childhood, Year 11 & 12 Studies of Religion. This is not to mention White Card Training, Combined Wagga High School Touch and Hockey. Wednesday saw Years 7,8,9 & 10 attend presentations by Constable Tim Burke from Wagga Local Area Command on the issues associated with the inappropriate use of Social Media. Our community also celebrated NAIDOC at an assembly on wednesday and Year 7 students engaged in Indigenous games and stories. At the time of publication, the College is hosting a Google Digitech conference for schools around our area.  It’s a good thing that everyone was able to catch their breath for a couple of weeks since the end of Term 2. Speaking of catching breath, I wish Rod all the best for his justified extended leave. We look forward to his return in Week 4.


It is important to remember that the opportunities that are provided to our students complement the everyday work of the classroom, and that the organisation and supervision of many of these activities require significant commitment by a number of teaching and support staff. For the work that has already occurred over the past two weeks, and for that which will happen for the coming term, I thank all staff, students and parents for their support in enabling the productive work in and out of the classroom to happen.


The break also provided the Maintenance and Technology teams to oversee some significant improvements around the College to help support Teaching and Learning, as well as the general upkeep of our extensive site. To the members of those teams, who worked tirelessly throughout everyone else’s break, your efforts are greatly appreciated.


The coming 3 weeks are important academically for our Year 10 and 12 students. Year 12 will be sitting their HSC Trial exams, the final piece of their HSC Assessment over the past 12 months. We wish all of our Year 12 students every success over the coming weeks. Year 10 students have commenced the process of selecting subjects for the Preliminary and HSC courses for 2017 & 2018. Over 250 people attended the Subject Information evening on Tuesday night, which along with careers and subject specific presentations over the past and next couple of weeks, will provide students and families with the information and resources necessary to make informed selections for Stage 6 learning. Thanks to Shane Fuller, Alison Sutton and Karen Murray, along with current Year 11 students and KLA Coordinators for their contribution to what was a highly successful evening.


Please keep Mrs Jo-Anne O’Brien, her husband Anthony, and children Elizabeth, Tom and Catherine in our prayers. Jo-Anne’s father, Mr Ray Vallett, passed away earlier this week at the age of 74. Our thoughts and wishes are extended to the O’Brien family at this sad time. We also extend our prayers to the family of Mr Steven Waters, father of Rhyce in Year 11,  who passed away on Wednesday morning. Please keep in our hearts and minds Rhyce, his mother Yvette, brother Campbell and extended family and friends, as they mourn the loss of a treasured husband, father and friend.


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.




Caritas Prayer for

God Creator spirit, walk with us and give us the strength to stand for life, in the face of destruction and greed of the Earth.

Teach us to be respectful and gracious for all that our land and waters provide.

Instil in us the spirit of unity with our Indigenous sisters and brothers from around the world. Lord, with your grace, help us to endure the challenges placed before us and our Earth. Let us take time to reflect on the spiritual connection to our lands and the fragility and beauty of mother Earth.

With your love and spirit, let us walk together in unity, peace and harmony on these great lands. God, strengthen our love and respect for each other and our connections to country and all creation.

We pray as one global family for a safe and just world for our children and our children’s children. Let us bring your love to all people. Amen


KCC Prayer Web page HERE

John Nielsen |  Leader of Mission

Religious Education

On June 30, Year 9 participated in a Medieval Banquet that was held in the Mount Erin Hall. The Medieval Banquet was a very unique and interesting experience. The year group participated in a variety of fun activities including prayers, costumes, jokes, a skit, dancing, a feast and medieval games.

Over the course of the banquet we learnt about the different aspects of a banquet in the medieval times. Each class was assigned a different topic to research so they could inform the rest of the year. Selected students commenced the banquet with a prayer service. This was followed by a jester entertaining the crowd with some Medieval themed jokes. Afterwards another group of students presented a humorous skit that encouraged the audience to join in. This skit was shortly followed by a dance carefully choreographed by another Year 9 class, before lunch was served. Medieval food was substituted for delicious pizza that everyone could enjoy together.

To conclude the feast the group learnt about some of the games played in the medieval times such as, tug of war, ring a ring o’roses and skittles. In conclusion this was a very successful event, that gave us an insight into life in the medieval period, that was enjoyed by everyone involved.


Year 9 Students | Gabrielle Hewson and Isabella Munro  


Below is the press release from the Minister:

Modernised HSC sets students up for success

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today announced wide-reaching reforms to the HSC to improve the learning experience for students and boost the standard of NSW school graduates.

From 2020, students will need to demonstrate they have met a minimum standard in both literacy and numeracy to receive the HSC.

Next year, Year 9 students will have their first opportunity to meet this new standard by achieving minimum band 8 results when they sit NAPLAN.

“Evidence shows us that students perform better when schools focus on improving essential literacy and numeracy skills for all students,” Mr Piccoli said.

Other HSC reforms, which will come into effect for Year 12 students in 2019, will:

  • Introduce better, fairer assessments to reduce excessive student stress
  • Introduce a Science Extension course, and encourage more students to study Maths at the highest possible level
  • Update the syllabuses in English, Maths, Science and History
  • Update exam questions to encourage deeper analysis.

Introduce better, fairer assessments to reduce excessive student stress

Introduce a Science Extension course, and encourage more students to study Maths at the highest possible level

Update the syllabuses in English, Maths, Science and History

Update exam questions to encourage deeper analysis.

We will keep you updated.

Key Dates

1 August to 16 August, Year 12 Trial HSC Exams.


5 August Year 11 2017 interviews in the Resource Centre.


12 August Year 11 Subject Choices due.


16 August Year 9 2017 Information Evening.


6 September Year 7 -10 Parent /Student/Teacher Interviews 4:00 to 7:00pm in College Hall (Booking by SOBS from 4 August) 


Shane Fuller | Leader of Curriculum

Year 11  Legal Studies

Year 11 Legal Studies Sydney Trip


Departing KCC:

Year 11 Legal Studies classes from our school and Mater Dei Catholic College took part in the 2016 excursion to Sydney. On Tuesday afternoon we all met at Coleman Street before going on our journey to Mater Dei and then straight to Sydney. We had a pit stop on the way at Goulburn where we all had dinner and a break from the long bus trip with our great driver Dave, from Allens Coaches. Soon enough, we continued on and arrived in Sydney at 10 pm to our Youth Hostel where we got familiar with our surroundings and even met some backpackers from Hawaii. It was a late arrival but we were all so excited for our adventures the next day that we went straight to bed.

Visit to Downing Centre/ John Maddison Centre/ Central Local Court:

On Wednesday morning we walked up to the Sydney District and Local Courts. We encountered some difficulty in getting into the courts because there was a gang related terrorist case being heard. We were given the opportunity to speak to the magistrate presiding over the Local Court. She talked to

us about her role as a Judge, the difficulties she faces, the purpose of punishment as the funniest cases she has heard.

Judge Hoy:

Mid morning both KCC and MDCC visited Judge Hoy in the John Maddison Tower for a Q and A Session about his role as a judge. Judge Hoy gave the students the opportunity to ask questions relating to his job and position which allowed the students to gain a greater understanding of Judge Hoy’s job. He spent 40 minutes with us and stopped his trial to do this. In addition to our discussion with Hoy, the students were able to speak and ask questions to a court officer first hand. The court officer was then able to explain to the students his role and importance in the court system.

Robert Xie Case:

After meeting with Judge Hoy, we left for the Supreme Court to witness the fourth retrial of the Lin family murder case. Robert Xie has been charged with allegedly murdering 5 members of his wife's family due to personal intentions for his 15 year old niece as well as access to the family’s trust funds. We witnessed the crown's opening address to the jury, in which they introduced the evidence that they would be showing the court. Present in the court was the judge, the court officer, the crown, Xie’s defence lawyer, an interpreter, Robert Xie and fifteen people on the Jury. Before the crown began, the defence attempted to throw out the jury, at which point the judge denied the request

Police and Justice Museum:

On Thursday morning, we took a tour around the NSW Police and Justice Museum. We were toured around the original magistrates court, police charge room and remand cells, which were all styled to replicate the 19th century. We viewed a gallery of mugshots of Sydney’s early criminals and a variety of authentic weapons used during those early years and also a variety of objects gathered from a variety of legendary bushrangers. The tour guide (Natalie) explained some of the earliest notorious crimes in Australia including the Pyjama Girl Case and the Graeme Thorne Kidnapping.  After our extensive tour,  students were able to participate in a mock trial relating to drug offences. This gave us the opportunity to understand the court process in more clarity and appreciate the amount of time and work that goes into such a small proceeding.

The Trip Home:

From here we had lunch in the sunshine overlooking Circular Quay and then we boarded the coach to return to Wagga.


Shane Fuller | Leader of Curriculum


A reminder if anyone would like to make an appointment with me in relation to Subject Selection, click HERE to choose a time.

Defence Force Work Experience

The Defence Work Experience Program provides young Australians interested in Defence as a future career, the opportunity to sample life in Defence and learn more about the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Australian Public Service (APS).

Defence Work Experience Program HERE

Open Day Reminders

University of Sydney - 27 th August 2016, 9am to 4pm

UNSW - 3 rd September 2016

Macquarie University - 20 th August 2016, 10am to 3pm

Western Sydney University - 28 th August 2016, 10am to 2pm, Parramatta South Campus

University of Newcastle- 20 th August 2016, 10am to 4pm

University of Wollongong - 13 th August 2016

UTS - 27 th August 2016, 9am to 4pm

ANU - 27 th August 2016, 9am to 4pm

University of Canberra - 27 th August 2016

Charles Sturt University: 2016 Parent Information Evenings

Wagga Wagga – 23 August

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will be providing a unique opportunity for parents and students to gather first-hand information from CSU staff about courses, accommodation, scholarships, costs, applications and early entry programs.

Future Students HERE - evenings.


Karen Murray | Careers Adviser

King Community Day

The focus of King Red Faces Community Day on the final day of Term 2 was raising much-needed funds for Wagga St Vincent De Paul. From pyjamas to wedding parties to historical figures, students and teachers embraced the ‘I Shouldn’t Be Here’ theme and finished Term 2 in style! Led by the enthusiastic staff and students of King House, activities included a monster cake stall, coin toss, and a BBQ and nachos for lunch. Finally, the King Red Faces talent extravaganza did not disappoint, with Balin Willis of Year 7 taking out first place with his highly entertaining comedy routine from an impressive line-up of talented musicians, rollerskaters, rappers, dancers and singers.


A big thanks to our generous sponsors for the day: Gelatissimo, Domino’s Pizza, Guzman Y Gomez, Flip Out, Forum 6 Cinema, Baylis Grind, Rebel Sport and Wagga Tenpin Bowl. Together, King House and the Kildare Community raised $1700 to assist the needy in our community.


Stephanie Garrod, Charlee Blencowe & Luke Boxall
















Year 10 Cabinetwork

Laser Engraved Trinket Box


It is with pleasure that we display our Year 10 Cabinetwork "Laser Engraved" Trinket Boxes. Throughout Terms 1 & 2 earnest attention to design detail by our students have culminated in these works.

It is their first and highly successful experience in "engraving" with timber, detailing various images on their lids.

Presentation finish of "MIROTONE" wax completes their project for Semester 1.

I am personally very proud of the student’s demonstrated efforts, skills and knowledge presented and their projects will no doubt


be a "lifetime" reminder of their experience in this subject.


Congratulations Year 10 Cabinetwork students. Well Done.


Ian Hegvold | Woodwork teacher

SOR ISLAM Workshops

On Monday 25 July our Year 11 and 12 Studies of Religion classes had the opportunity to learn about Islam in a series of workshops presented by  ISRA Australia (Islamic Sciences & Research Academy of Australia) from Sydney.

The team consisting of Heather Fagan, Elif Tor and Deepa Alam provided students with information and workshops on  the Year 12  Studies of Religion syllabus topic areas of Aisha- a significant person in Islam, the Hajj- a significant practice and our ethical topic of the environment.While the  Year 11 engaged in a question and  answer style presentation.

All speakers were excellent and it enabled  the students to learn in depth about Islam from adherents of the tradition.

We thank ISRA for providing our students with this experience. The team are  volunteers of ISRA coming from diverse ethnic backgrounds and are mainly second generation Muslims. While ISRA has a strong educational and research emphasis, it also focuses on community building and cooperation in religious, social, environmental and other major areas for Australia and the global society.


Terence Kennedy | RE Teacher

MyScience Project

Earlier this year Kildare science students were involved in the MyScience Research Project. The purpose of this research study was to explore the possibility of creating collaborative partnerships between a primary and secondary school, which would focus on authentic science learning. Our partner school was Henschke Primary. Kildare students acted as science mentors who guided the primary students through the development of a testable idea by performing a first-hand investigation. The topic for the investigation was plant adaptations. The team of mentors went on weekly visits and worked with small groups of students. I would like to thank these students who were exemplary role models and a delight to work with.

Jack McPherson, William Froon, Madeline Dean, Isabella Brown,  Nikita McIntyre,  Stephy Martin, Whitney Driscoll, Jordan McDonald, Jiya Joykutty, Laini Brand, Milli Gentle, Emily James , Olivia Tuckwell, Olivia Croker  and Eliza Anwar 


Karen Smith | Science Teacher


This year we offered the Big Science Competition instead of the ICAS Science test. Students were able to complete the test online. The questions tested critical thinking and problem solving skills, not just factual recall. Questions are set in real-life, contemporary contexts, making them relatable and interesting for the students.

I would like to congratulate the following students on their outstanding results.


Olivia Croker was awarded a Credit

Jordan McDonald was awarded a Credit

Thomas O'Brien was awarded a Distinction


Caitlin Whiter was awarded a Credit.


To achieve a credit the student is in the top 20 % and achieve a distinction the student is in the top 10% of the candidature.

 I am hoping that we will be able to build on this success next year with more participants.


Karen Smith | Science Teacher

HSC Dance Showcase

On Thursday 21 July the HSC Dance students presented a showcase of their practical works for an audience of family and friends. The girls have been working diligently in order to prepare for their HSC Dance practical examinations happening in August. Students performed their Core Performance piece, choreographed by Megan Hardy, that exhibitied their skills in technique and performance quality.  Those students majoring in Performance performed another piece, choreographed by Megan Hardy, exploring the plight of Syrian refugee children. Students also introduced their Core Composition pieces, dances they were required to create themselves and teach to another student. Holly Tinsley majored in Composition and presented her work about depression admirably. All in all, a very successful evening of Dance.


Megan Hardy | Dance Instructor


On Friday 22 July, Year 8 Gandhi student, Molly Carter competed in the NSW All Schools Cross Country at Eastern Creek in Sydney. On a wet and muddy 4km track, Molly finished the race in 25th position out of 99 runners in the 14 years Girls race, a very commendable result. Congratulations, Molly for representing yourself and KCC with great effort and competitive spirit.

Jacinta Murphy | Teacher

Under 14 Cochrane Cup

On Thursday 21 July Kildare's 14 years rugby league team travelled to Forbes to play James Sheahan Catholic College from Orange in the state round of 16. In a scrappy match Kildare led 8 to 0 at halftime. James Sheahan started very well in the second half and were soon in front 10 to 8 before Kildare settled and played mistake free footy for the last 15 minutes to end up winning 20 to 10.

Players player points went to Liam Fitzsimmons, Riley Browning and Harry Luff. Well done to all the boys and we look forward to playing the winner of the Western Sydney and Wollongong zones in the state quarter final. Thanks to Mr Naseby for driving the bus.


Matthew Conn | Coach

CWWHS Hockey Comp

This week the boys hockey team have been participating in the CWWHS Hockey competition. The team has participated with enthusiasm and are well led by Jackson White, Tim Banks and Logan Wilford. The boys had a loss to KHS on Monday 3-1 and a 3-3 draw with TRAC on Wednesday. Good luck to the boys in their next 2 games


Cherrie Kendall | Coach

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 Applcation 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.


Resource Centre News

Thank you to all students for their very positive response to the reminders sent regarding overdue library books and textbooks. There are still a number of both library books and textbooks outstanding from 2015 and we would appreciate it if these could be returned as soon as possible to avoid having to pay replacement costs.


Dr Cox-Townend | Teacher Librarian

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