Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

28 August 2017
Issue Thirteen
Principal Message  Rod Whelan
Mount Erin Boarding House Graduation Reflection 2017
One stop shop for all things Careers related
Year 12 Boarders Graduation Mass 2017
Albury & Leeton Eisteddfods ​Instrumental Sections
Hip Hop Workshop With ​Jarryd Byrne
Science Week Activities
Year 9 Playgroup
Year 10 Child Studies
NSWCCC Netball Championships
State AFL Representatives  ​THE NATIONAL TITLES
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Principal Message 
Rod Whelan


Hello everyone,


Congratulations and best wishes to our Year 12 students as they negotiate the important time between Trial and HSC exams. It is a stressful time for many and sometimes the College draws flack for features of the NSW HSC that are beyond its control. It is a rigorous and exacting accreditation, recognised as the most challenging in the country.


Our role is to accept the inherent features of the HSC, and provide students with a setting that maximises their chances of achieving what they want to achieve. The two foundational elements of this approach are a continual improvement of classroom practice, and a spirit of collaboration rather than competition. Every HSC cohort demonstrates that effective team-focused use of this time between exams produces big learning gain. Thanks to HSC parents for their ongoing support. Students and parents: please ask for the support you need for students to finish on an upward trajectory.


Thanks for support for the many events and activities of recent times. These include Book Week, Year 12 Boarding Graduation, Year 12 Drama Nights and more. Coming up are Kildare Day, Year 12 Mass and Awards, and Year 12 HSC Practical and Major Work marking.



Mount Erin Boarding House Graduation Reflection 2017

Courage is admitting that you're afraid and facing that fear directly. It's being strong enough to ask for help and humble enough to accept it.

Courage is standing up for what you believe in without worrying about the opinions of others. It's following your own heart, living your own life, and settling for nothing less than the best for yourself.

Courage is daring to take a first step, a big leap, or a different path. It's attempting to do something that no one has done before and that others might think impossible.

Courage is keeping heart in the face of disappointment and looking at defeat not as an end but as a new beginning. It's believing that things will ultimately get better even if they seem to be getting worse.

Courage is being responsible for your own actions and admitting your own mistakes without placing blame on others. It's trusting in God and the gifts He has given you.

Courage is refusing to quit even when you're intimidated by the challenge. It's choosing a goal, sticking with it, and finding solutions to the problems.

Courage is thinking big, aiming high, and shooting far. It's daring to dream and following through, taking a risk, and stopping at nothing to it make it a reality.

May each one of the Mt Erin Boarding House graduating class of 2017 be blessed with this kind of courage, strong in the knowledge that we believe in you and that wherever life’s journey takes you, you are never truly alone.


John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


One stop shop for all things Careers related

Live version HERE


Kildare Careers now has a one stop shop for all things Careers related. From this page you have links to:

  • book appointments
  • upcoming events
  • Year Group specific Facebook Groups
  • all things employment related
  • all things Work Experience related
  • senior Live Careers Newsletter
  • senior Careers Google Drive


Karen Murray | Careers Adviser

Year 12 Boarders
Graduation Mass 2017

On the evening of Wednesday 23rd August, Mt Erin Boarding House celebrated the initial stage of graduation for the 2017 Year 12 boarders. The evening commenced with Mass in the Chapel, attended by all boarders, the parents of Year 12 and a number of teaching staff.  We were led in our celebration by Fr Paddy Sykes. Mr Whelan (KCC) and Mrs Thomas (MDCC) presented a candle to each graduand, thanking them for their contributions to our community and wishing them every success in the future.  There was also an opportunity to thank and wish Mr Simon Huntly well. He has been a great support for the boarding house and will be sorely missed.
The evening concluded with a dinner at the Riverina Hotel, attended by Year 12, parents and carers and a number of teaching and boarding staff. The evening was an opportunity to reminisce and share our hopes for them in the future. We would like to thank Fr Paddy, Mr John Nielsen for organising the Mass, Ms Mel Cotterill and the KCC musicians and singers for sharing their talents.

Brendan Ashby | Boarding House Coordinator


Albury & Leeton Eisteddfods
Instrumental Sections


Our instrumental ensembles have been busy in the past couple of weeks performing at the region’s eisteddfods. On Wednesday 9th August, members of Groove, Scratch, Chamber Ensemble and Wind Ensemble travelled to the Albury Entertainment Centre to participate in the Albury Wodonga Eisteddfod. On this occasion, Groove and Scratch placed first in their sections, Wind Ensemble 3rd and Chamber Ensemble highly commended.


The following Sunday the ensembles backed up with performances at Leeton Eisteddfod. They were joined at this event by the Year 9 music class, who were victorious in their section, as were the Wind Ensemble. All of the other groups were highly commended for their high standard of performance.


All students are to be congratulated on their exemplary conduct during these excursions and for the outstanding level of performance they demonstrated. The KCC instrumental music ensembles will be back in action at the Wagga Eisteddfod which is scheduled for the 7th September, and will also perform at Benedicta Day and the Kildare Day Mass in coming weeks.


Robert Thompson | Creative & Performing Arts

Hip Hop Workshop With
Jarryd Byrne

The Year 10 and Year 11 Dance classes along with dancers from Mater Dei and keen Kildare dancers learnt an awesome hip hop routine from Dancing with the Star's Jarryd Byrne. The routine was fast, energetic and everyone had a lot of fun.

Thanks so much for coming back to KCC, Jarryd! We look forward to your return later in the year. We love Dance!

Megan Hardy | Teacher


Burrabinya was held at Kildare Catholic College week 5 and we were lucky enough to have Rhyley Hunter from Wagga Wagga Recruitment and Sarah Grove from Headspace come along for the morning and talk to Kildare and Mater Dei students.


Bettrina Rook | Aboriginal Education Worker

Science Week Activities

This week has been science week and in celebration of this students have been participating in activities around the school. Students were building and firing bottle rockets on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students also took part in a Drone race in the hall on Wednesday. Thursday gave students the opportunity to race a sphero against each other using the newly developed sphero maze. On Friday students participated in a 'Masterchef' style cooking class aimed at tempering chocolate.


Daniel Robinson | Science Teacher


Year 9 Playgroup

During Term 3, Year 9 Child Studies have been studying a unit called Playtime. In this unit, students have investigated how play based learning environments can encourage children to explore, improvise, imagine, solve problems and be challenged physically. Students were given the challenge of planning and organising two playgroup sessions for children under the age of 5. Our students created a variety of fun activities for the children including art, craft, play dough, kinetic sand, puzzles, blocks and physical activity. Attendance continued to grow this year, with over 90 children participating in the two playgroup sessions. We would like to thank all the parents, carers and children who attended.

Jacqueline Byrne | PDHPE Teacher

Year 10 Child Studies

Year 10 Child Studies have been studying Careers in Early Child Care. They have recently completed Christmas in July Portfolios which could be used as a teaching resource in a Child Care Center. As part of their portfolio they had to create Christmas themed biscuits that children could decorate. They created some fantastic biscuits! 


Monique Jones  | PDHPE, HSIE and RE Teacher 

NSWCCC Netball Championships

On Tuesday 15th August, the Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 netball teams competed at the NSWCCC Netball Championships in Penrith. Both teams played in major divisions against the best Catholic schools in NSW.


Our Year 7/8 team started the championships with a two goal win against home town rivals Mater Dei Catholic College. Kildare went on to play the top two teams in their pool, Caroline Chisholm College from Glenmore Park and St Patrick’s College from Campbelltown, losing both games by just one goal. They then went on to beat Loreto Kirribilli 13-5 and Marist Sisters' College from Woolwich 26-11 but lost their final match to Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta 20 to 13. The Year 7/8 team finished the day in fourth position.


Our Year 9/10 team also started the championships strong with a convincing win over Caroline Chisholm College from Glenmore Park, 26 to 14. Kildare then played a tough match against St Patrick’s College from Campbelltown going down 21 to 11. They then went on to beat St Joseph’s Catholic College from Gosford, 21 to 15 and Bede Polding College from South Windsor 19 to 16. Kildare lost the next two games against St Mary Star of the Sea Wollongong and Loreto Kirribilli but finished the day with a big win beating Marist Sisters' College from Woolwich 24 to 14. The Year 9/10 team placed third.


A big thank you to the parents who came along to support our girls, as well as our umpires Ellie Crozier (Year 9) and Alice Toohey (Year 9) who did an awesome job.


Jacqueline Byrne | PDHPE Teacher

State AFL Representatives 

Two of our Year 9 students, Lucy Anderson and Sam Macklan, represented NSW in the recent under 15s AFL National Titles in Perth, Western Australia. Congratulations to both players on their selection in their respective teams and also on the opportunity to play at an elite level in AFL. They have written the article below detailing their trip and results from the National Titles.  

On the 21st of July 2017, we travelled over to Perth to compete in the All Australian U15s AFL carnival, with the NSW Bluedogs and Bluebirds. We all participated together in the opening ceremony at Fremantle Oval,  then went on to a week of footy playing against different states.

After the opening ceremony the boys played their first game against ACT and after a slow start won convincingly, the girls also won their first game against the tough opposition QLD. Making it a great start for the NSW team.


On the second day the boys played WA winning by 30 points, while the girls played NT taking out the win by 42-8 . We then celebrated with both teams and their families getting together for a team dinner.


Day 3 was the excursion day where all teams at the carnival took a tour of the Fremantle Jail and had a talk by the AFL about talent pathways.


The fourth day was the last day of pool games before finals and both NSW teams played Victoria. The girls game was played in very wet conditions and was extremely close at halftime with NSW up 2-0, the girls unfortunately couldn’t hold their lead losing by 2 goals in the end. The boys also had a very tough game and came out second best losing to VIC.


The fifth day was finals day where both teams played off to make grand final. The boys played SA and unfortunately went down in the end leaving them to play off for 3rd and 4th. On the other hand the girls played an exceptional game against home team WA winning and securing them a place in the grand final.

This was the first time ever that the NSW girls team have made the grand final, and everyone was extremely excited.

Day 6 was a rest day.


The seventh day came and the NSW boys played QLD in the playoff for 3rd and 4th, the boys won that game by 3 goals, coming away with the bronze medal.


The girls played VIC in the grand final and they were determined not to let us get as close as we got in the pool game.  We played as hard as we could but unfortunately couldn’t beat them, going down by 44 points. NSW came away with a silver medal, the best ever result for the NSW girls.


NSW then finished the carnival with team presentations.  Sam received the Blue Dog award for his determination throughout the carnival for the NSW boys. Lucy was awarded Best on ground for her performance in the Grand-final.

The whole week was a great experience, something we will never forget. Not only did we get to play a very high level of AFL, but came away with some great new friends and loads of memories that will last a lifetime.

We would like to thank everyone that bought chocolates, sausages etc that supported us in getting to Perth.


Year 9 Students | Lucy Anderson and
Sam Macklan

Resource Centre NEWS

Book Week 2017 has been a wonderful success with many students participating in the ‘Match the Book with the Staff Member Competition’ as well as the Instagram competition of recommended great books to read. Many new books were also displayed as part of our Book Week celebrations and students snapped them up very quickly.

Thank you to both students and staff for making the Book Week celebrations so enjoyable and successful. The winners of the ‘Match the Book with the Staff Member Competition’ will be announced by Mr Whelan and will appear in the next issue of the Newsletter.

More great books have been added to the display tables for borrowing so drop by the Resource Centre and have a browse of the wonderful variety of new fiction and non-fiction.  There are books on sharks, dirt bikes, motorbikes, cycling, trucks, supercars, Lego, bushcraft as well as books of facts, biographies and autobiographies. There is also a new full collection of the Goosebumps series, the Stacy Gregg Pony Club series, new Choose Your Own Adventure and Minecraft Zombie series, Ella Diaries, Famous Five  and Heroes of Olympus series. We look forward to seeing you in the Resource Centre.


Dr Cox-Townend | Teacher Librarian



Book Week 2018 Escape To Everywhere

Instagram Challenge

KCC celebrated Book Week in a number of ways this year.  Along with our usual ‘match the teacher with the clue’ book activity, students were also encouraged to ‘post’ an Instagram recommendation of their favourite book using an editable Instagram template, and with relevant #hashtags. Once ‘posted’, House submissions were collated and displayed in the library and on screens around the school. During Week 5 and 6, students were invited to the Resource Centre to vote for their favourite student  ‘post’ using Instagram 'likes/hearts'.


Of the 179 Instagram Book Week recommendations, here’s a snapshot of what KCC readers recommend:

  • Sporting biographies and autobiographies, school textbooks, magazines, comics and graphic novels

  • Series such as Specky McGee, Harry Potter,  Ruby Redfort, Cherub, The Hunger Games, The Heroes of Olympus, Our Australian Girl and Diary of A Wimpy Kid

  • Australian writers such as John Marsden, Libby Gleeson, Andy Griffiths, Ahn Do, Jackie French, Tim Winton and Craig Silvey

  • Literary classics from Mark Twain, Sylvia Plath, and JRR Tolkien.


Along with book voucher prizes for individual winners,  House prizes are also up for grabs this year:

  • Gandhi House (76 posts)  = House Shield points

  • Benedicta 3 (20 posts) =  pizza lunch.

Individual prize winners will be announced at our next Monday whole-school briefing.


Thank you to everyone who contributed to Book Week 2017.

Happy reading!


Catherine Banks | (Acting) Leader of Academic Care


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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Meg Emery and Tom O'Brien receiving certificates for Build a Bridge ... & get over it! Presentation

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