Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

07 April 2017
Issue Five
Easter Prayer
Curriculum Matters
2017 Athletics Carnival
Stage 5 Year 9 and 10 Elective Music Night Performances Presentation
Music Excursion to Canberra
Kildare Ensembles @ Coolamon Youth Festival
Music Sydney Excursion
'No Holds Bard' Drama Performance
Year 7 Science Terrarium​
Kildare Students @ NSW State Waterski Titles
Hardy Shield Grand Final
Kildare Wins the CWWHS Girls Open Touch Final
Year 9-10 All Schools Touch
Dio Soccer Competition
Turner Cup Soccer
CCC Championships
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6925 3388
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650


Hello everyone,


Thank you for the great start to 2017. Year 7 have settled in particularly well. I spoke to them this morning to congratulate them on their positive and energetic completion of this first Term of secondary education. Thank you to our new parents as well who have been enthusiastic in their support of the College and its work.


I have some significant staffing news for news for you:

  • Kurt McPherson has accepted a teaching position at Mater Dei Catholic College and leaves us early next term.

  • Shane Fuller has been seconded by the Catholic Schools Office and will work .7 for them and .3 for Kildare for the remainder of the year.

  • Peter Hunt will fill Shane’s Leader of Curriculum position.

  • Catherine Banks will fill Peter’s Leader of Academic Care & Wellbeing position.

  • Angie Cooper will fill Catherine’s Academic Care & Wellbeing Coordinator (Gandhi) position.

  • Sharon Forwood is stepping down as HSIE Coordinator for Term 2 for a well-deserved break. Kell Woodhouse is replacing Sharon for this time.


Thank you to these and all of our staff. I am deeply appreciative of their commitment to improvement and their commitment to our students. All the best for a holy and safe Easter season and holiday.



Easter Prayer

Loving God,

I am just beginning to realize how much you love me.

Your son, Jesus was humble and obedient.

He fulfilled your will by becoming human and suffering with us.

I ask you for the desire to become more humble

so that my own life might also bear witness to you.

I want to use the small sufferings I have in this world

to give you glory.

Please, Lord, guide my mind with your truth.

Strengthen my life by the example of Jesus.

Help me to be with Jesus

as he demonstrates again his total love for me.

He died so that I would no longer

be separated from you.

Help me to feel how close you are

and to live in union with you. Amen


John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


Community Service News

Student 2 Student Program

The Smith Family program of student readers will go ahead next term. There will be a training session in May. Thank you to our volunteers. I am confident this will be a very rewarding opportunity. If any other students would like to join in this community service, you would be very welcome.


Share the Dignity Campaign

A donation box for items is available at the College Office next term in support of local women who find themselves homeless and in need. Please view the link for further information. Share the Dignity


Project Compassion

Thank you for the generous support given by our students to this important Caritas mission. We will finalise our Project Compassion donations in the first week of next term.


Iona Passion Play

At the time of writing, we have several students who have volunteered to help with minor roles in the Iona play performed at the College Hall of Saturday April 8 and Sunday April 9.

I trust this will be a memorable experience for us all.

Wishing you a joyful, holy Easter | Mr John Nielsen

Curriculum Matters

Year 9  Students

From 2020 students in NSW must reach the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to be eligible for the HSC.


There will be multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate the standard between Year 9 and when they complete their HSC.


The link from NESA contains answers to FAQ: Link


Year 11/12 Students

On the 2nd May from 4.00-7:00 pm we are holding Parent/ Student/ Teacher Interviews for Year 11/12. Bookings are via sobs. We urge parents and students to book so they can engage in meaningful conversations about where learning is now and how to move it forward. It is requested that parents and students attend.


 The following information is a timeline of NAPLAN Testing that will occur early next term for Year 7 and 9 students:
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NAPLAN is not a test that children can prepare for in the same way they might prepare for an end of term test. NAPLAN tests skills that develop and improve over time. These are skills that should be continuously developed throughout the year and not just in the lead-up to NAPLAN.


The best way to get your child ready for NAPLAN is to continue to develop literacy and numeracy skills. Below are links to Australian education resources that are tailored specifically to parents looking for information and support on literacy and numeracy development in children.

Commonwealth Constitutional Convention

From  Wednesday, 15th of March to the Friday, the 17th March, I represented NSW at the National Schools Constitution Convention in Canberra. There were over 100 students there from every state and territory in Australia. On the three days we were treated to visiting the National Film and Sound Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, Old Parliament House, Government House, the National Archives of Australia and the Museum of Democracy at Old Parliament House. Additionally, we had dinner at the High Court of Australia, dining with prominent members from the political scene and Arthur Alla, NSW finalist Young Australian of the Year 2017. Throughout the three days the main topic debated in our mock parliament was around the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian Constitution. Currently, there is no recognition of the traditional owners of Australia. Recommendations and options have been proposed on how to include them into the Constitution which would require a referendum. We debated about which options would be most beneficial, most symbolic and most likely to succeed. The results from this convention, and the debates and thoughts evoked during the three days, were recorded and are going to delivered to parliament for consideration.


It was a great experience and I was glad to represent NSW.

Amelia Preuss- Yr 12 Legal Studies student.


Shane Fuller | Leader of Curriculum


There are some important changes for 2018 admissions through UAC:


The number of course preferences is being reduced from 9 to 5 Offers were rarely made to preferences 6 to 9 in the old system and applicants can change their preferences as many times as they wish, so it’s up to 5 preferences per offer round.


There will be an offer round after ATAR release and before Christmas This is so that ATAR-based offers can be made to Year 12 students earlier than January.

The early January round and the mid-January round will be combined into one round in the second week of January This is so that more offers can be made earlier in January.


There will be no “Main Round” as more offers will now be made in December, there will no longer be the concept of a January Main Round. We expect most offers will be made in December and January. All offer rounds will be named using the convention of month and sequence (eg December Round 2, January Round 1 etc.).


There will be no restrictions on making offers in the early offer rounds All offer rounds will be treated equally. Offers can be made to the highest eligible preference to any applicant in any round. In addition, there are more offer rounds across the cycle.


The SRS offer round will be in November. Offers to Year 12 students based on Schools Recommendation Schemes applications will be earlier than December. (The November SRS Round is still to be confirmed).


2017 Athletics Carnival

What fantastic weather for an autumn day as the clouds dissipated to provide a day of sunshine, which seemed to lift the mood and excitement of the day. The day was characterised by a group of students who willingly and wholeheartedly participated in a range of field and track events and actively supported fellow students in their endeavors.

This year we saw participation rates as good as we have ever seen, with some close competition between competitors within certain age groups. At the conclusion of the day the House points were as follows:



Well done to all the students on the day and a big thank you to all of the staff for their efforts.

Kurt McPherson | Athletics Organiser

Stage 5 Year 9 and 10 Elective Music Night
Performances Presentation

On Wednesday, 29th March our Year 9 and 10 elective music students presented their performances for assessment at the Stage 5 Music night. This term, both classes have been studying Australian Rock Music. Year 9 played two songs as a whole class - Cold Chisel’s Khe Sahn and Better Be Home Soon by Crowded House. Year 10 students were required to prepare their own unique arrangement of an Australian Rock song. Songs that students performed included In the Moment (DMA’s), By My Side (INXS), Long Way to the Top (AC/DC) and Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Tame Impala). Thanks to all of the parents, students and teachers who came along to support these students.


Robert Thompson | Music Teacher

Music Excursion to Canberra

On Tuesday March 28, 43 Kildare Music students headed off to Canberra to attend a performance of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, participate in a Jazz workshop and inspect the Music Technology facilities at the ANU School of Music.

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra, headed by conductor Jessica Cottis, performed segments of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony to a packed Llewellyn Hall in their “Meet the Music” program. Jessica Cottis explained the context of the music to the students and then gave a number of them an opportunity to conduct the orchestra.


Kildare students were given a private tutorial on how to practice by John Mackey a lecturer at the Jazz school, followed by an opportunity to participate in a rehearsal with 1st year Jazz students. This gave our students a taste of the level of skill required at university level, but more importantly, a chance to explore the world of improvisation in a Jazz idiom.


During the afternoon the Head of the School of Music, Professor Kenneth Lampl, gave our students a tour of the new Music Technology facility. Professor Lampl was a student of the Juilliard School of Music and studied composition and conducting with John Williams. It was a privilege for our students to be given their first lesson on Logic Pro by someone who uses this powerful tool everyday to produce music for the international stage.

David Chaston | Creative & Performing Arts Coordinator

Kildare Ensembles @ Coolamon Youth Festival

The past week has been massive for the Instrumental Program at Kildare Catholic College. Playing at the Coolamon Youth Festival was a highlight. Groove our Year 9 rock band and Scratch our Year 10 rock band drove out to Coolamon last Friday evening to be part of the festival event that ran from 6pm to 9pm. Along with Groove and Scratch, Israel Shepherd who graduated from Kildare last year and Charles Patterson who is in Year 12 treated the crowds at the Coolamon Up to Date Store Precinct Car Park. Congratulations to the musicians who conducted themselves professionally and contributed to a really entertaining and positive atmosphere on the night. Special thanks to the Coolamon Shire Council for giving us this awesome opportunity.

David Chaston | Creative & Performing Arts

Music Sydney Excursion

On March 19th and 20th our 23 Stage 6 Music students ventured to Sydney to watch Aladdin and Encore. One of the electives that can be chosen for study throughout Year 11 and 12 is Musical Theatre, and the benefits of seeing a professional production of this scale are enormous. Students also ventured to the Sydney Opera House to see ‘Encore’. ‘Encore’ showcases the top 20 students across NSW. The program includes a mix of students who elect to study both performance and composition across the Music 1, Music 2 and Music Extension courses. In 2016 Kildare was lucky enough to have 2 students nominated for this performance, Chu Han Yang and Alex James, and it is a fantastic opportunity for our current Stage 6 students to see the exceptional musicality and performance ability of the most highly proficient students in the state. I would like to commend the students on their behaviour and thanks to our bus driver Matt Ward and Robert Thompson for their support during the trip.

Melanie Cotterill | Creative & Performing Arts Teacher

'No Holds Bard'
Drama Performance

On Friday 24 March our Year 10, 11 and some Year 12 Drama students attended an original performance called No Holds Bard in the Kildare Drama RoomThe play was composed by Peter Cox using parts of all Shakespeare's plays and putting them into a 35 minute mash-up of clever lines and scenes. The three actors (Stephen Holt, Adam Drummond and Jo Darby) worked beautifully together as an ensemble to entertain the students.


Michael Mack | Drama Teacher 

Year 7 Science Terrarium​

Year 7 Science classes have been creating terrariums to represent a model of the water cycle. We used a program called Workspaces. It was very enjoyable and creative. The way we created the terrarium was really quite simple. First we had to collect a container with a lid, so the water wouldn't escape from evaporation. Then sand was placed at the bottom of the jar but some people placed pebbles at the bottom before that. Above that layer we placed soil for the plants to grow. Now the plants had to go in the jar. First we had to make a deep enough hole for the roots, then after that we needed to spray water on the soil and the plants. Then finally to decorate, I placed some stones on the soil to make it a little bit brighter.


To see the workspaces site that we used for this assignment click here


Year 7 Student | Sarah Bowering

Kildare Students @
NSW State Waterski Titles

Three Kildare students: Ada Richards, Wilbur Maloney, Iggy Lyons competed in the NSW State Waterski titles at Port Macquarie. 

Wilbur 4th and Iggy 5th in under 14 slalom division.

The NSW state Waterskiing tournament was held at Port Macquarie on April 1-2nd. There were over 50 skiers from through out NSW competing. Ada gained 1st place in Slalom and 5th place for Trick in under 14 girls. With an overall 1st placing in the Malibu series for trick and 2nd in Slalom for her division.


Andrew Moton | PDHPE

Hardy Shield Grand Final

Goal Hits the Post!!

After a try on fulltime by Austin Hay, and with regular kicker Matt Knagge watching from the sidelines with a broken arm, Jake Mascini took the sideline conversion in an attempt to send the Grand Final into extra time. The extreme high pressure kick looked in all the way but dipped at the last second and hit the upright and the rest is history.

After a great game of schoolboy football the Hardy Shield team lost 16-14 to Wagga High. It was a credit to our team how they represented the College throughout the campaign. Having lost 17 players from last years winning squad the side was a very new and young team. They defeated wagga High and MDCC in the round games and again MDCC in the semi final. Congratulations to the players and thanks for the awesome support from all the students, parents and staff who supported the team. The atmosphere created by the supporters on Grand Final night was amazing. Congratulations to all players and especially the Year 12 boys who have played their last game. Thanks to Mr McNamara, Mr Conn, Mr Ward and Mr Siegwalt for their help throughout the campaign.

We will do it again next year.



WAGGA HIGH SCHOOL 16 (Lewis Reid, Lachlan Jolliffe, Ben Weedon tries; Jack Flood 2 goals) d KILDARE CATHOLIC COLLEGE 14 (Ned Sainsbury, Jack Schubert, Austin Hay tries; Ned Sainsbury goal)


Andrew Morton | Coach

Kildare Wins the CWWHS Girls Open Touch Final

Our Open Girls touch team were victorious this week in the CWWHS girls touch competition. The final was played on Tuesday night as a precursor to the Hardy Shield. Our girls beat Mater Dei CC 5-1 in the final but the score did not reflect the closeness and competitive nature of the game. Well done to our girls!

Michael Mack | Teacher

Year 9-10 All Schools Touch

On Wednesday 29th March, the KCC Year 9/10 Girls Touch team played in the Riverina 9/10 All Schools competition at Jubilee Oval. They remained undefeated for the day over 5 rounds. They played TRAC 2 in the semi-final, winning 9-0 and were victorious in the grand final over TRAC 1, scoring 3 tries to 1. The girls, who have been NSW State Champions for the past two years, will now progress to the Harvey Norman School Series Girls State Final in Sydney in May.

Congratulations girls, and good luck!


Girls State Finalists 2017:

Lucy Anderson, Maddie Haggar, Bella McDermott, Gaby Clarke, Caitlin Kelly, Molly Antone, Ella McFarlane, Bree Frazier, Gipsy Foster, Asha Murphy, Flynn Hogg, Molly Carter, Abby Lowe, (Injured - Maddie Morton).


Angie Cooper | Teacher

Boys won all 6 x games and progress through to state titles.


  • V's Temora HS    W 6-1
  • V's TRAC 1             W 4-0
  • V's Junee HS        W 9-1
  • V's WWCC               W 9-0
  • V's TRAC 2              W 6-2
  • V's Wagga High    W 7-3

Great team effort with everyone contributing to a successful campaign.

player of the day Kane Flack


Matthew Ward | Coach

Dio Soccer Competition

Last Thursday, 23rd of March, the Kildare boys and girls teams competed in the Diocesan Soccer Carnival in Griffith. The teams we played against were Mater Dei, Saint Francis, Marion High and Xavier High School. The boys team played a terrific game and had a 1-0 win over Saint Francis. Unfortunately, the two teams were not able to come away with any other wins however the effort and the way they played was beyond amazing. Both teams should be congratulated on the sportsmanship and encouragement shown towards the game, the amazing team work and the way they represented Kildare. Thank you to Mr Avo and Mr Robinson for organising this event and making it a fun and enjoyable day.


Year 9 Students | Jess and Jacinta


Turner Cup Soccer

On Monday, 3rd of April, a number of girls from KCC, ranging from Years 7-9, travelled to Henwood park in Kooringal to take part in the Bill Turner Cup. Everyone arrived pumped and excited for the day that awaited them. The girls took on Mater Dei’s Under 15’s girls team in a fun and exciting game. Unfortunately they did not come away with a win, settling with a score of 3-1 to Mater Dei. As they lost the match it meant that they wouldn’t be playing anymore games in the comp, but that didn’t do anything to dampen the girls spirits as they cheered from the sidelines throughout the day for the boy’s team. The day was a great chance to watch some great games of soccer and have fun.

Year 9 Student | Gabby King

CCC Championships

Swimming Championships At Homebush Aquatic Centre

On Friday 31st March, six of our elite swimmers competed in the CCC (Combined Catholic Colleges) Swimming championships at Homebush Aquatic Centre. Swimming in a range of events, all students swam against the top 18 - 20 students in the Catholic schools across the state, and each one aquitted themselves well.


Mackenzie Dodwell competed in the 15yr Free relay, 50m Fly and Back as well as the 100m Back and  200m and 400m Freestyle.


Sally Foster swam in the 15yr Free relay, 14 years 50m Free and Fly.


Jessica Knox swam in the 15yr Free relay and 50m Freestyle.


Asha Murphy competed in the 15yr Free relay, 50m Breaststroke, 50m and 100m Free.


Georgie Stephens 14yr 50m Fly, Breast, Back and the 100m Back.


Luke Parmeneter (15yr) had a very heavy program swimming in the 50m Free, Fly and Breaststroke, the 100m Fly and Breast, and the 200 Individual medley. Luke also achieved an unofficial third in the 200 IM (unofficial in that he swam with 16yr olds as well as 15 yr olds and when times are split into the two age groups, he gained a third place - a great result). 

Congratulations to all the swimmers

CCC Diving Championships

Siobhan Golden represented both KCC and the Wagga Diocese when she competed in the CCC Diving championships in Homebush on Friday 31st March. Siobhan competed in the 15yr 1m Springboard class where she gained a Bronze medal. Siobhan now competes at the NSW State All Schools championships in May and we wish her well in her preparation and participation in that competition.


Jacinta Murphy | Teacher

Resource Centre NEWS

Another shipment of wonderful fiction and non-fiction books has just arrived at the Resource Centre which will be available next term for students to borrow and enjoy reading. These titles include the Pokemon Adventure Collection, Manga, Sword Art Online, Girl Online and Spirit Animals series as well as sport fiction and non-fiction. These book titles have been recommended by some of our students as books that other students may also like reading. This input is greatly appreciated and we look forward to more of your suggestions again next term.

Dr Cox-Townend | Teacher Librarian

Hard Boiled Humanities
In The Resource Centre

Students have been creative and decorated hard boiled eggs as historical figures in the lead up to Easter. Two movie tickets were on offer for the best dressed eggs and all entries were eggcellent. Dressed eggs included the likes of Elvis Presley, Abraham Lincoln and Leonardo da Vinci. As Michael Crichton said: "If you don't know history then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree." Well done to all participants.

Marelle Gooden | Teacher

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] 





Who wants to represent Kildare at the Harden Trinity Catholic School Interschools Equestrian Event

Any Kildare kids that are interested in riding and representing the school at the Harden Trinity Catholic School Interschools Equestrian Event. The event is being held on 20 and 21 May at the Harden Show grounds. You can attend one day or both. 


Please contact Robyn Bennett on 0407 229 051 to register your interest by 28 April.