Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

20 October 2017
Issue Sixteen
Principal Message Rod Whelan
Prayer of a Student
Curriculum Matters
Inquisitive Minds Workshop
Year 10 BATYR Mental Health  ​Presentation
Downie Shield Cricket
Berg Shield Cricket
All Schools Touch BBQ
Fundraiser BBQ
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Principal Message
Rod Whelan

Hello everyone,


The HSC is on and initial feedback on exams from our students is very positive. Please keep them in your prayers as exams continue.


On Presentation Day, November 21, the Presentation Sisters are holding a pilgrimage to the Sisters’ graves at our College, the Wagga Wagga Monumental Cemetery and the Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery. The Sisters buried in the convent cemetery on our site will be the focus of a Pilgrimage Liturgy at 10am on November 21. Organisers are interested in finding Kildare community members who have a connection to the Sisters in the cemetery, to read a prayer and tribute. Can you check the family tree and see if you have a connection to any of the Australian-born and Irish-born Sisters?


Australian-born Sisters are:

  • Sr Magdalen (Maria Theresa) Crowe born in 1861 in the Wagga Wagga area.

  • Sr Camillus (Mollie) Ley born in 1876 in Kew, Melbourne.

  • Sr Monica (Annie) Hartnett born in 1875 at Tarcutta.

  • Mother Michael Gleeson born in 1858 at Colac, Victoria.

  • Sr Catherine Legge born in 1855 in Coburg, Melbourne.


Irish-born Sisters are:

  • Mother Xavier (Frances) Byrne born in Dublin in 1821.

  • Sr Stanislaus Dunne born in 1853 in Kildare.

  • Mother Evangelist Kelly born in 1850 in Kildare.

  • Sr Paul (Mary) Ryan born in 1857 in Cappamore, Limerick.


Please contact me if you can identify any relational or other connection with any of these Sisters. We would love to have individuals with a connection reading a prayer and tribute.


Thanks for the great start to Term 4. It used to be a’ wind-down’ term in less-informed days: now it is a time of focus to ensure a year’s worth of learning is achieved this year, and a time for completing the foundation for next year’s study. All the best as we work for these worthy goals.






Prayer of a Student

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


Dear Lord, I thank you that my value is not based on my performance in assessment tasks, but on your great love for me.

Come into my heart so that we can walk through this time together.

Help me, not only with the tasks at hand, but the many tests of life that are sure to come my way.


Help me to remain focused and calm, confident in my ability and firm in the knowledge that no matter what happens today you are there with me.  Amen


John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


Curriculum Matters

On Monday 16th October the Higher School Certificate written examinations commenced. This year, more than 70,000 students are on track to achieve their HSC. Kildare has 120 students completing exams.

118 written exams will be conducted over the next three weeks until exams finish on Wednesday, 7th November with Design and Technology and Drama.


We wish the class of 2017 all the best as they undertake their exams. Additionally, we wish Year 11 well as they start their HSC courses.


Year 11 Reports and  Parent/ Teacher/ Student Interviews

The Year 11 Reports will be emailed to all families on Monday, 23rd October. Parent/ Teacher/ Student interviews are scheduled to be held in the College Hall on Wednesday, 25th October from 4-7pm. We are using the booking system that we have used in the past. This requires you to make bookings according to your child's teacher's name. Interviews are for 5 minutes. Once bookings are made, you are able to print your schedule, as well as send a confirming email to yourself. Bookings can also be amended at a later date.

Bookings will be able to be made online and will close at 3.00pm on Tuesday, 24th October. No bookings can be made after this date.


Making Subject Changes

In terms of HSC pattern of study, students have been advised to consider their assessment results and feedback before making any change to subjects they are studying. They have been encouraged to engage in discussions with their teachers and parents. Students have been told that they are not compelled to drop a course at this time unless it has been a Yr 11 only course. This can occur at a later date if

it is deemed necessary.


If a student does elect to cease a course, they must complete a Change of Subject Form which requires parent/ teacher/ student signatures. Unless this is completed, they will be still enrolled in that subject.


Should you wish to discuss any questions about pattern of study, please contact me.


Peter Hunt | Leader of Curriculum


At this time of the year I am contacted by employers who are looking for employees. If you are looking for either full time or part time employment, you need to do two things.


Firstly join the Kildare Catholic College Positions Vacant page. I post all jobs that I am made aware of here.

Secondly if you are looking for full time employment eg Apprenticeship, complete this form

Interesting information about Government Jobs

For information  click HERE.

Jobs in Government

A job in Government is not top of mind for most students but it should not be overlooked or ignored.

The Australian Public Service offers a huge range of careers. As one of the biggest employers in Australia it offers careers to suit just about anyone.

Over 1.9 million Australians are employed in the Australian Public Service with 1.4 million employed by State Governments.

Where you go in the Australian Public Service is up to you. Their aim is to provide the support and assistance for every employee to meet their potential. Once you join there are many opportunities to keep developing your skills through training, experience and further study.

The diversity of the people in the Australian Public Service is one of its greatest strengths. They have an environment that values and utilises the contributions made by people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.


My Career - My APS

This site has been developed to assist you to identify and follow a career path in the Australian Public Service. It can help you if you want to start a career, or build on your existing career. Click to visit website.

Career Selector

Understanding what you need to achieve job satisfaction can be helpful to making the right career choices. There is a range of factors that can contribute or detract from your job satisfaction.

This Career Selector Tool will help you to identify what factors will make a specific job satisfying for you. Click to view.

The Australian Public Service Careers List

To get started on identifying possible careers in the Australian Public Service you can browse through a range of common jobs on the Australian Public Service careers list. Click to view.


Karen Murray | Careers Advisor

02 6925 3388

0428 861732

To book an appointment, click here

Inquisitive Minds Workshop

On Thursday 12 October, 16 of our keen Year 8 Maths students travelled to Mater Dei Catholic College to participate in the Inquisitive Minds Workshop.

The day involved students from Mater Dei, Kildare, TRAC and Narrandera High schools to compete in pairs (firstly within their own school and later in the day with someone from a different school) to answer mathematical problems.

The program comprised of 2 sessions, with winners at the end of each, and were interspersed with mini ‘lessons’ on how to solve particular problems.

One of the most memorable puzzles was when each pair were linked together with ropes and they had to ‘unlink’ each other without taking the ropes off their wrists. Only 1 pair (Sarah Vickers and her partner from another school) were able to think ‘outside the box’ enough to untangle themselves!

A great day was had by all, competing against other pairs, challenging themselves and meeting students from other schools. Kildare had 3 first places, (Mason Crain, Jackson Nejman and Jacinta Byrne) and 3 third places (Sam Emery, Ned Mazzocchi and Lauren McAlister). This was out of 64 students.


Well done Kildare!

Jennifer Gray &  Therese Young | Teachers

Year 10 BATYR Mental Health 

Presenters from BATYR visited the College on Wednesday to speak with Year 10 students on mental health issues. Students were delivered clear messages by people who have endured mental health issues and recognised the need to speak with others when problems arise and to seek professional assistance rather than simply soldiering on alone. Each of the speakers had a poignant and relevant story to tell and each was able to identify the value of having sought the help of mental health professionals in dealing with their illnesses.


For more information regarding the work that BATYR is involved in, please go to

Simon Huntly | Assistant Principal

Downie Shield Cricket

Round 1 of the Downie Shield Opens Cricket Competition saw us come up against Mater Dei at Geoff Lawson Oval. Kildare batted first and scored a respectable 172 from our 45 overs. Brad McMillan (57) and Jackson Weidemann (49) played superbly and gave our bowlers something to work with.

As the day went on, the pitch seemed to become easier to bat on, and as a result our bowlers were struggling for wickets. There was some good consistent bowling from Josh Conlan (1-14, 5 overs) and Sam Smith (1-38, 9 overs) but unfortunately Mater Dei got on top and chased down our total with 5 overs to spare.


Well done to all our players and thank you to Mrs Kendall for being our scorer for the day.


Ryan Price | Cricket Coach

Berg Shield Cricket

As with the Downie Shield, Kildare faced Mater Dei in the first round of the Berg Shield cricket competition. Kildare won the toss and chose to bat first with Harry Britton (22) and Alex Carroll (20) providing some resistance. Unfortunately, we were bowled out for 73 which was well below a par score for a 30 over game.

Some tight bowling and good fielding from Kildare wasn’t enough to hold Mater Dei off. Mater Dei won by 8 wickets.

Well done on your efforts boys, better luck next year. Thanks to Mr McNamara for your assistance throughout the day.

Ryan Price | Cricket Coach

All Schools Touch BBQ

Ella McFarlane and Madeline Morton have been selected in the NSW Allschools under 15 touch football team. They will compete at Adelaide in the Pacific School Games in December 1-10 this year. Thanks to the Kildare community for their support last friday at the BBQ to raise money to help the two girls. Special thanks to Asha Murphy, Lucy Anderson, Liam Moon, Harry MacAskil, and Kane Flack who helped cook the BBQ, serve and clean up.


Andrew Morton | Coach

Fundraiser BBQ

A fundraising BBQ was held on Thursday Lunchtime to support Marty and Janine O'Callaghan who will be riding around Tasmania later this month as part of a group of more than 300 people from around NSW and the ACT in their efforts to raise important funds for support of the Black Dog Ride. Many thanks to Marty and Janine for bringing in their bikes as a means of promoting their charity, and also to Tanika O'Callaghan in Year 11 who initiated the fundraising activity, and for those fellow Year 10 and 11 students who assisted with the preparation and sale of sausages and drinks. Thanks to all staff and students who supported the BBQ, which raised over $400 towards the charity, which this year has a focus on supporting members of the Defence Forces and Emergency Services. We wish Marty and Janine all the best for the ride, which will be held between October 30 and November 6.

If you would like to support the ride, or find out more about it, please visit: 


Simon Huntly | Assistant Principal

Resource Centre NEWS

We start Term 4 with a great range of new books on display for borrowing by the students. New magazines have arrived with current issues available for reading and other issues ready for borrowing. Additional indigenous literacy resources have been added to the collection as well as a range of classical fiction and sport fiction. LEGO is also available for students to build model cars and other interesting projects.


Drop by the Resource Centre to borrow a great book or magazine to enjoy reading or have a game of chess, build with Lego, solve word puzzles or work on a jigsaw puzzle with friends. We look forward to seeing you!

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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