Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

02 December 2016
Issue Twelve
Year 7 OH DAY!
An Advent Prayer​
Curriculum Matters
Former Aerospace Engineer Jordan Shapiro
Teresa House
Yr10 Performance @ Joseph’s Primary School
Year 10 Social
Year 9 Pass Water Safety Program
Hip Hop Dance with  Jarryd Byrne
Year 9 Cabinetwork Display
Important Notice
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Year 7 OH DAY!

Welcome 2017 Year 7 students, here are some photo's taken throughout the day.


An Advent Prayer​

Rejoice in the Lord always

Shout out his name

For God is with us

Our God is with us

The God of our salvation 

In whom alone we trust.

Rejoice in the Lord always

Shout out his name

For God is our Father

He draws us home

By streams of living water

Where we shall thirst no more.

Rejoice in the Lord always

Shout out his name

He knows our thoughts

Understands our hearts

And enables us to become

The people we were meant to be.



KCC Prayer Web page HERE

John Nielsen |  Leader of Mission

Curriculum Matters

Awards Evening

On Tuesday 13th December at 6pm the 2016 Awards evening will be held in the Kildare Hall. This is an opportunity for the school community to gather together to acknowledge a year’s worth of learning. On this evening, reports will be available for collection.

Orientation Day

Today, 2nd December, we were joined by the new cohort of Year 7 2017. Students have experienced a day at Kildare, moving to multiple lessons throughout the day to simulate the pattern of study in high school. Students took part in PE, TAS, HSIE, Science and Music lessons. Students also completed a writing activity by responding to the question “Explain why you are looking forward to coming to Kildare in 2017”. The purpose of this is to assist teachers to plan for students in their classes next year. Mr Whelan identified 3 key points to students about their learning at Kildare.

  • Your ability is not fixed
  • Expect a year’s worth of learning
  • Work to maximise learning and wellbeing

A video has been created of Oh Day and can be viewed on the college website HERE.


As we come towards the end of another year, and some students are looking at 'what next'  I would like to publicly acknowledge a group of students.


Throughout the course of the year many students tell me they will be leaving school to gain full time employment.


The great news is that this has happened for several of our students who have been able to gain apprenticeships. The not so great news, are there are still many students who have not been able to secure apprenticeships.


So why have some been successful and others not? Bottom line is they did not wait for a job to fall in their lap.


In general terms, those who were able to secure apprenticeships have several things in common.



  • Were proactive 
  1. They made sure I knew what they were looking for. Employers contact me all of the time looking for apprentices. Those that were proactive were the ones that I spoke to first.
  2. They made sure everyone they knew was aware of what they were looking for. Up to 80% of all jobs are not advertised, so this greatly increases their chances of getting a job
  3. They registered with Employment Agencies
  • Did Work Experience in their area of interest
  1. While at Work Experience, they tried their hardest, so that the employer saw what sort of worker they would potentially be
  2. They received excellent Work Experience Reports
  • They followed up
  1. They came and saw me when I put things in the Daily Notices
  2. They followed up with Work Experience employers, to see if there were any apprenticeships available in the future. Several of our students secured apprenticeships this way. Sometimes it was not with the employer they did Work Experience with, but the employer recommended them to other employers who were looking for apprentices
  3. They followed up with Employment Agencies
  • They kept trying and were rewarded

Although we are sad to see these students leave Kildare, we are so happy that they were able to achieve their goals of gaining an apprenticeship.


We also had another group of students this year, who took up the opportunity to enroll in a TAFE Construction Essential course at the end of Year 10. The skills that these students will learn will make them very attractive to potential employers. Again these students were proactive in recognising the skills that they will learn at TAFE and how this will help them try and secure an apprenticeship. We wish them all the best in the quest to find apprenticeships. 

Karen Murray | Careers Adviser

Former Aerospace Engineer
Jordan Shapiro


Year 11 Physics had the pleasure of having a Google Hangout with Jordan Shapiro. Jordan is a former aerospace engineer for MDA Systems who worked on NASA projects during the building of the space station and the space shuttle missions. He spoke of his experience with NASA and his career journey. Jordan is now a VP at the main telecommunications company Rogers in Canada.


He says that doing maths and science at school and later Engineering at University helped him to develop his problem solving skills that have allowed him to have the career that he has and to move away from engineering into a business career. Jordan has a degree in aerospace engineering from Toronto University and a Degree in Business from the London Business School.


Amanda Brown |  Science Teacher


Teresa House

Teresa House hosted their annual Charity Day on Friday the 25th November. Once again, this Community Day supported our local St. Vincent de Paul charity. Each year Homegroups are asked to donate items to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal by bringing in non-perishable Christmas food items and presents for those less fortunate in our community.

This year students also contributed to the Appeal by making Christmas Cards for residents of Micah House in Wagga and donating Back to School items for Operation Backpack.


These items will be used by Vinnies to create hampers to go out to local families helping them celebrate the festive season and prepare their sons and daughters for the new school year next year.

The day concluded with a House Water Polo and Basketball Competition. Congratulations to Teresa House who narrowly took out the senior Basketball competition beating Benedicta House.


Thank you to all those who supported the day.

Caitlin Fahey | Academic Care & Wellbeing Coordinator.


17 "Staff celebrities" paired with student singers

St Eugenes and the KCC Hall have been alive with activity this term as singers, dancers and an awesome band put the finishing touches on this years production of Kildare Takes 2.

This event aims to raise money to purchase a new PA System which will benefit both Classroom and Instrumental Music.

Our 17 ‘celebrity’ staff members are busy calming their nerves as they get ready to take the stage in what will be a debut performance for many of them.

2 shows only! You do not want to miss this fantastic community event.

Friday 9th December, $5.00 entry at the College Hall. All ages welcome. 7:00pm start. The winner is determined through your vote!

Saturday 10th December is an OVER 18 ONLY SHOW. Doors open at 7:00pm, Show starts at 8pm. BYO alcohol and nibbles. Tickets are $30.00 each and can be purchased through Narelle Potts at the College Office: 6925 3388 or [email protected]. Again, the winner is determined by the amount of money they raise on the night, which is up to you!

We look forward to seeing you there for what promises to be a unforgettable night of entertainment!

Link to poster HERE

Melanie Cotterill | Music Teacher

Yr10 Performance @
Joseph’s Primary School

On Friday November 18, Year 10 Music went across town to give a performance at St Joseph’s Primary School. The program included a combination of solo performances as well as two interactive performances where the primary school students were invited to join in with a variety of percussion instruments. The Year 10 students led groups of their younger peers to create a rhythm section with cajons, xylophones, maracas and tambourines. This was a very positive collaborative experience with students and teachers working together to make music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. 

David Chaston | Creative & Performing Arts

Year 10 Social

Wednesday evening of last week, the Year 10 class of 2016 gathered in the College Hall. The social evening was blessed with fine weather, great food, good friends and fun times.

Finger food and fine cordial preceded a delicious sit down meal. Dave Lugton’s catering was outstanding, as usual, with all tastes catered for and no one went hungry. The tables were beautifully set and it was wonderful to see our soon to be seniors sitting, eating and even communicating as young adults.

Following dinner, the photo booth fired up with Mrs Needham in her element as a paparazzi. Many ‘stunning’ photo’s were taken and the students enjoyed the variety of ‘dress up’ accessories provided. Poppy Warden provided the playlist of music for dinner and following dinner, the hall lights went down, disco lights went up and most, if not all, students hit the dance floor, to bust some moves, at some time.

Mr Lugton’s delightful dessert bar cleared the dance floor for a while but everyone continued to enjoy themselves immensely until the evening finished at around 10pm.

I would like to thank all of the Year 10 students for their attendance and the beautiful manner with which they conducted themselves. They dressed appropriately and seemed to make the most of the time together. To the group of students who attended meetings to help organise the evening, clean and set up the hall, I thank you. To Mrs Potts, who did so much of the behind the scenes preparation, also a huge thanks. Thank you as well to all of the wonderful staff who gave up all or part of their evening, particularly Mrs Savage and Mrs Needham. Not only did Mrs Needham excel photographically, she provided the disco lighting and helped set up and clean up following the social.

Finally, a massive thank you to Mr Whelan, Mr Huntly and the College for putting on this terrific occasion for Year 10. I feel that this delightful group of young adults are ready to tackle the senior education as a friendly, supportive cohort. Well done to you all.

Peter Gaffney | Romero and Year 10 Coordinator

Year 9 Pass Water Safety Program

Year 9 Pass took part in an Introduction to Scuba Diving course last week as apart of their aquatics unit of study. This course was all about learning the basics of scuba diving as well as how to handle yourself if things go wrong in the water. The course focused on breathing techniques, team work and the correct assembling of equipment to enable the students to understand the benefits of all the Scuba equipment.



Thanks to Scott Bland for a fantastic day. 

Ryan Price, Geoff McNamara & Kurt McPherson | PDHPE Instructors

Hip Hop Dance
with  Jarryd Byrne

On Monday, 21st November, we welcomed back Fit2Move's Jarryd  Byrne for another awesome hip hop workshop. 26 students from Year 7 -10, as well as the Year 9 and 10 Elective Dance students, engaged in a one hour hip hop class that was fast, fun and fantastic! This is the third time Jarryd has been back to work with Kildare dancers this year and his choreography is always fresh and innovative. The students had a great time learning some new moves and Jarryd shared some personal insights about the professional dance performance industry. 


We look forward to welcoming Jarryd back in 2017 - at least once a term!

Megan Hardy |  Organiser

Year 9 Cabinetwork Display

Students of Year 9 Cabinetwork class wish to present their final Deck Chair works for 2016.

As always so much effort and time has resulted in "fine" chairs for beach and picnics!

The chairs feature cabinetwork skills learnt over 15 weeks and finished with two coates of Mirotone Wax, followed by extensive polishing.

Ordered canvas completes the picture to last many years and seasons ahead.


Well done boys - congratulations!

Ian Hegvold | Carpentry Teacher

Important Notice

2017 Secondary Students Living Away From Home Allowance

2017 Information and Application Form HERE

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 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.


Download Part 1 HERE & Part 2 HERE.



A number of students training at the Wagga Wagga Fencing Club from many of the local High Schools in increasing. In an attempt to increase awareness of the sport and to allow these students a chance to copete in a local arena for their school, the club will be hosting an interschool competition.

The event is only open to those students registered with the Wagga Wagga Fencing Club for reasons of insurance etc. And we invite members of the staff and (Maybe) students to come and support your school's representatives.


The Competition will be held at TRAC gym on Friday 25 November, with an entry fee of $10.00 cover cost of medals and equipment. We don't have access until 12.00 noon so the first bouts will start at 12:15pm. This is an individuals competition. As this event gains momentum we will look at teams events as well.


If you would like further information about this competition or fencing in general, please contact me on 0409 227 955 or email: [email protected]


Wagga Wagga Fencing Club

Julian Smith | Head Coach & President




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