Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

17 November 2017
Issue Eighteen
Principal Message Rod Whelan
A prayer for the stranger 
Curriculum Matters
Interested in the ​Defence Forces?
Australian Catholic Youth Festival Planning Day
Race Challenge
All Souls Kildare Catholic College Mass
Kildare Catholic College Book Club
Congratulations to the Winning Golf Team​
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Principal Message
Rod Whelan

Hello everyone,


Here is some recent, current and upcoming news and events.


Year 12 Graduation

Thanks to all who contributed to the night. We work hard to make the Graduation student and parent-focused with an emphasis on providing and supporting a memorable evening. Narelle Potts is the main driver on-site. Thanks as well to Lugton-Potts Catering & Events, Nick, Mark, Shaun and Riley from The Mighty Yak, Wayne Sims for light and sound, Pat McRedmond from the Union Hotel and Grant from Cut Above Productions for photography. Each of these people (and many others) combined their significant skills to ensure our students had a farewell they will remember for a very long time.  

Our graduating Year 12 class leave with our thanks, gratitude and best wishes. They contributed significantly to the welcoming, calm tone of the College and have been great supporters of efforts to improve learning, wellbeing and community.


Much Ado About Nothing

The Kildare production of Much Ado About Nothing is brilliant and you should make every effort to see it. There are six more performances from tonight until next Saturday night with 7.30pm evening performances 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and 25th November and a 2pm matinee next Saturday 25th November. The team who put this on have a great time and so will you.


Presentation Sisters’ Pilgrimage

On Tuesday next week the Presentation Sisters are conducting are pilgrimage to sisters’ gravesites across Wagga Wagga. They will come to the Convent Cemetery at Kildare for a Liturgy before continuing to the Monumental and Lawn Cemeteries. Above is a Celtic Cross Kildare has had made to celebrate the occasion (CNC plasma cut from 8mm steel for those interested). The day also features the launch of Sr Noela Fox’s latest book ‘You Walk In My Footsteps’.




A prayer for the stranger 


Lord, no one is a stranger to you

and no one is ever far from your loving care.

In your kindness watch over those separated from their loved ones,

Bring them safely to the place where they long to be,

and help us always to show your kindness to those in need.

Lord God, enable us to show reverence for each person,

to reach out to anyone in need,

to value and appreciate those who may differ from us,

to share the resources of our nation,

And to receive gratefully the gifts offered to us

by people from other cultures. Amen


“For the Lord your God...loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing.  You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

Deuteronomy 10:18-19



John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


Curriculum Matters


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 foundations skills in reading, comprehension and writing 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.


Throughout this year we have had literacy staff working with students and staff to improve their literacy skills. 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.


Peter Hunt | Leader of Curriculum

Interested in the
Defence Forces?

On Friday, 1st December (lunch) the Defence Force will be here at Kildare Catholic College to talk to any interested students about the many opportunities in the Defence Force.

Numbers are limited, so you MUST click on this link to register your interest.

First in first served, so don’t miss out.

Karen Murray | Careers Advisor

02 6925 3388

0428 861732

To book an appointment, click here

Australian Catholic Youth Festival Planning Day

On Tuesday this week, Kildare and Mater Dei students joined together to participate in a Pre-Formation Day in preparation for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney in December. This day was an opportunity for students to learn more about the Youth Festival, the largest gathering of Catholic youth in Australia, and its connections to World Youth Day. The day began with activities run by Fr Reece Beltrame from the Cathedral and Christopher Gilroy, the Wagga Wagga Diocese Youth Minister. Students spent time exploring the key themes of this year’s festival, Love, Joy & Faith, and learnt about the work of Pope Francis. Other sessions on the day included linking pop songs to key beliefs of Christianity, reading and extracting common themes from previous World Youth Days and getting organised for our trip to Sydney on the 6th December.


The Youth Festival in Sydney is an experiential opportunity for young people to encounter Jesus in the context of the Catholic Church and we are looking forward to our time in Sydney in early December.


We thank Fr Reece, Christopher and Charlene Robson from the CSO for coming to Kildare and spending the day with us.

Caitlin Fahey & Natalie Adams | Accompanying Teachers

Race Challenge

Year 9 History students completed an Amazing Race challenge on the top oval where they worked in teams to answer questions about WWI. At each station, students wrote answers on their ticket and had  their correct answer stamped before moving on to the next station. The challenge required brains and brawn and the accolades go to Aidan Scoble,  Zac Scoble and Adrian Gray.  A great way of revising content from the previous five weeks. Well done to all.

Marelle Gooden | Teacher

All Souls
Kildare Catholic College Mass

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

A reading from the Gospel according Matthew

The Gentle Mastery of Christ

Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Last Wednesday, Father Paddy and Father Anto celebrated a College Mass for all souls - a special focus of the Church in the month of November. Students had prepared by writing their special intentions in Homegroups on All Souls Day and these were displayed in the Hall (now in the Resource Centre). We thank the readers and musicians, the students who served and the girls who gave the Acknowledgement of Country. At a time of significant loss in our community and around our nation, we were very appreciative of the opportunity to give thanks for the lives of loved ones who have died and to pray for the souls in purgatory.

“Come, you who are blessed by my Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

John Nielsen | Leader of Mission

Kildare Catholic College

Kildare's first book club launched last Wednesday where 26 students from all years and five staff enjoyed quiet reading amongst the beautiful grounds at the old Mt Erin Entrance. Several reading groups were formed by students. Lord of the Flies and Goodnight Mr Tom were the novel selections for this month. 


Students are given the opportunity to engage in quiet reading or writing and will improve their critical literacy and communication skills by discussing their selected books. Book club also offers opportunities to meet new people and make friends across year groups. 

It's never too late to join! Book club runs every Wednesday at recess and lunch for quiet reading with discussions about chosen texts taking place every four weeks. 

Register HERE or email Mrs Needham at [email protected].


Kathleen Needham | Teacher


Congratulations to the Winning Golf Team​

Congratulations to the College Golf Team for their win in the Steve Elkington Golf Tournament. The tournament is a team event played between all Wagga Wagga High Schools and this is the third consecutive win by the College. 

Kildare finished with a combined score of 244, 9 strokes clear of their nearest rival Mater Dei. In terms of individual achievements, special mention should be made of Bart Carroll, who shot the lowest score of 71.

Score sheet

Click on below to view larger.

Congratulations to Bart Carroll, Harry Macskill, Ryan Allen, Riley Watson and Will Burkinshaw.


Kel Woodhouse | Coach

Resource Centre NEWS

The collection of new magazines in the Resource Centre is continuing to grow and has now found a new home in a purpose designed magazine shelf. At present the collection comprises Australian Motorcyclist, Australasian Dirt Bike, Australasian Science, Bicycling Australia, Cosmos, Dancetrain, Golf Australia, Indigenous Law Bulletin, Inside Sport, KRASH, MAD,  Mania, Modern Fishing, Mountain Biking Australia, OUTBACK, Runner’s World, Stage Whispers, Techlife, Wacky but True and Wheels. Current Issues of these magazines are available to read in the Resource Centre while all other issues are available for borrowing.

Some more wonderful new books have also arrived this week; these will soon be on display for borrowing. As the school term progresses, I would urge students to return any library or textbooks that are overdue or no longer required. This would assist the Resource Centre staff greatly in assessing for repairs and the need for the replacement of items for the New Year.


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] 


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