Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

28 July 2017
Issue Eleven
Principal Message  Rod Whelan
Curriculum Matters
KING Community Day
GANDHI Community Day
ISRA Presentation
Drug & Alcohol Awareness Presentation
    Australian Rules: State Champions
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6925 3388
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Principal Message 
Rod Whelan


Hello everyone,

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have looked at their Semester Report in a whole Year meeting and in their coaching sessions. Year 10 students will do the same next week. They spent time planning for improved learning, particularly by focusing on work habits and skills common to several subjects. Students who are able to easily interpret their Report in terms of what is going well and what needs more work are at an advantage when it comes to improving learning in a particular Semester. Each student has a Google Doc that looks like this:

It will be a worthwhile exercise at home to have a talk about this planning process and document, and about what needs to happen in Semester 2. Please remember the specialist literacy and numeracy support available for students who request it. Coaching time provides the perfect opportunity for students to discuss with their coaching teacher what support they would like. Please contact the appropriate Academic Care Coordinator if you believe a student needs more assistance in this area.




We Believe

We Believe in God and We Believe in us

As the image of God.

We Believe in Australians

In their Black Aboriginal beauty

In their migrant struggles

In their search for identity.


We believe in the Australian place

With its Asian context and

Its northern cultures

With all its nearness and all its distance

With its possibilities for growth

In dreamtime, southern time, our time.


We believe in our responsibility for creation

The trust of every mountain range

of every forest

of every harbour

of every city

of every plan to  build a future.

We believe in our hopes for a great human

Family as Christ wishes it.

We Believe in ourselves.

In the nobility that God has bestowed on us

To experience the beauty of our vast land.


And we believe in building God’s Kingdom

Of peace, Justice and mercy

Among all people of this nation.




John Nielsen | Leader of Mission



Kildare Catholic College celebrated  NAIDOC with an Assembly followed by lunch, games and activities. This year's theme was; "Our Languages Matter". It aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History, Spirituality and Rites through story and song.


Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.


I would like to thank our special guests; Aunty Gail Clarke, Aunty Gail Manderson, Latoya Terry, Dalbinya Dance Group, Kildare Staff and Students and all our other special guests who helped Kildare celebrate NAIDOC 2017.

Bettrina Stewart | Aboriginal Education Worker

Kildare Catholic College



Madang guwu, yamadhu gadaang yiradhu

(Thank you, have a nice day - Wiradjuri)


Curriculum Matters

Welcome back to Term 3. We wish all students in Year 12 well as they begin their Trial HSC Exams (2017 Trial HSC Exam Timetable). Year 10 students are involved in Year 11 Subject Selections.


A reminder to all of our Year 10 Students and families that the 2018 Year 11 Subject interviews will be held next Friday, 4th August. Please book via SOBS (Schools Online Booking System) by Wednesday 2nd August. Refer to the 2018 Year 11 subject selections timeline below. If you have any further inquiries,  please contact the College office and we will always endeavour to assist.

Kildare Catholic College
Subject Selection for Year 11 2018

Timeline of activities



Peter Hunt | Leader of Curriculum 

KING Community Day

King Red Faces -


The focus of King Red Faces Community Day on the final day of term 2 was supporting the St Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal. The ‘TV Shows’ theme saw stars like Marge Simpson, Kath & Kim, Peter Fitzsimmons and Postman Pat attend KCC for a memorable last day of term. Led by the enthusiastic staff and students of King House, activities included a monster cake stall and coin toss. An impressive gourmet BBQ was hosted at lunch by Sam Avo and his Year 10 Food Tech class offering an exotic menu of meat dishes from around the world. Finally, the King Red Faces talent extravaganza did not disappoint, with two musical duos, Sam Heffernan & Bridget Robertson of Year 12 and Lillee Poulet-Stevens & Tom Brereton of Year 11 sharing first place. Second place was awarded to Sam Campbell-McCrae, Peter Froon, Noyal Tharayil and Dan Osgood’s band from an impressive line-up of talented musicians, dancers and singers. A big thanks to our generous sponsors for the day: Domino’s Pizza in Baylis St, Guzman Y Gomez, Forum 6 Cinemas and Muffin Break in the Sturt Mall.

Year 12 Students | Madeline Dean & 

Samantha Winslett

Stephanie Garrod | King Red Faces Organiser

GANDHI Community Day

Gandhi House hosted their Big Blue Bash Community Day on Friday, 21st July. With approximately $1000 raised for our charities Beyondblue and Catholic Mission, our school community and Gandhi House are to be congratulated on their generosity and enthusiastic participation.


Our thanks to all Gandhi students and staff who contributed their services and skills to the organisation, promotion and running of this event, especially:

  • Gandhi House Leaders - Jocelyn McMullen & Travis Heylin

  • G1 & G2 Miss McDermott & Mr Mack - Cake Stall

  • G3 Miss Posselt & Mr Quinn - Event promotion and music

  • G4 Mrs Shaw & Mr Turton - BBQ

  • G5 Mrs Woods & Mr Kennedy - Raffle sales

  • G6 Mr Lough & Mr Robinson - Big Blue Brainbender Quiz

  • Mrs Banks, Academic Care & Wellbeing Coordinators, Mrs Potts and the Front Office/Maintenance teams, John Gowland - Event organisation and support.

  • Mr Chaston and the rock band musicians - lunch entertainment.

  • Myers Wagga for donating our wonderful raffle prize (a beautiful cosmetics hamper) which will be drawn at our student briefing on Monday morning.

A sincere thank you also to the many across all Houses who baked and readily gave of their time in preparation for the day.


The afternoon activity was a bubble soccer tournament, and Andrew McCabe from Jumping Beans Wagga Wagga did a wonderful job umpiring the Year Group games and ensuring a safe, fun-filled afternoon was had by all involved.

Angie Cooper | Gandhi House / Acting Academic Care & Wellbeing Coordinator

ISRA Presentation

On Wednesday 19th July our Year 11 and 12 Studies of Religion classes had the opportunity to learn about Islam in a series of workshops presented by  ISRA Australia (Islamic Sciences & Research Academy of Australia) from Sydney.

The team consisting of Sourosh Cina,Kamil Aydinlioglu, Aydin Abdioglu,Taha Ahmed provided students with information and workshops on  the Year 12  Studies of Religion syllabus topic areas of Aisha- a significant person in Islam, the Hajj- a significant practice and our ethical topic of the environment. While the  Year 11 heard from the team what it’s like being a Muslim in Australia today and given an insight into the Beliefs and Pillars of Islam plus an opportunity to ask questions about Islam

All speakers were excellent and it enabled  the students to learn in depth about Islam from adherents of the tradition.


We thank ISRA for providing our students with this experience. The team are  volunteers of ISRA coming from diverse ethnic backgrounds and are mainly second generation Muslims. While ISRA has a strong educational and research emphasis, it also focuses on community building and cooperation in religious, social, environmental and other major areas for Australia and the global society.


Terry Kennedy | Religious Education Coordinator

Drug & Alcohol Awareness Presentation

Years 10, 11 and 12 were fortunate to hear a presentation on Drugs, Alcohol and Licencing last Thursday, courtesy of Constable Troy Fisher  - Schools Liaison from Wagga Wagga Local Area Command and Mr Sean O'Hara, President of the Wagga Wagga Liquor Accord and licensee of the Kooringal Hotel. Troy and Sean provided some interesting and sometime confronting information and experiences relating to the use and misuse of alcohol and drugs, the implications of underage drinking for individuals and licensed establishments, as well as advice on how to minimise the risk of exposing yourself or your friends to dangerous or illegal situations. Troy and Sean's words of wisdom were greatly appreciated and are seen as a valuable part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the wellbeing of Kildare students.

Simon Huntly | Assistant Principal



Australian Rules:
State Champions

It is with great pride that we are able to celebrate our Senior Australian Rules Team as the winner of the ‘Giants Cup’ last Wednesday. Having won the State Champions title in 2007, 2009 and 2010 it is certainly fitting that this years’ squad, who played outstanding football to win the Carroll Cup, were able to back up their impressive form to win the Giants Cup.

The State Carnival was played in Wagga last Wednesday with teams from country NSW, ACT and Sydney competing. The carnival was played in two pools. Kildare played three dogged matches in the wet, muddy conditions at McPherson Oval. St Francis College, Leeton were always a danger game first up. We defeated them in a tight match by 4 points. The following game was against Erindale College, Canberra, a much bigger side, but our skill level and teamwork saw us win convincingly 29 - 0. We then needed to defeat Finley High School to make the final and ran out winners by 15 points. We had survived the mud and now moved onto the dry track at Robertson Oval for the final.

Xavier High School, Albury, had won both of their pool games convincingly at Robbo and were reasonably fresh when we took them on in the final. The Kildare boys, once again led by Angus Cumming and Tom Anderson, skipped out to an early lead only to have Xavier peg us back to be level at half time, 20 - 20. Riley Corbett set the Kildare team alight in the second half and we moved to a  39 - 20 lead before Xavier kicked two late goals. The final score Kildare College 6-4-40 defeated Xavier High School 5-2-32.


Congratulations to all of the boys who participated in both the Carroll Cup and Giants Cup competitions. Thanks to Mr Price and Mr McNamara for their invaluable assistance.


Job done boys. Well done.


Pete Gaffney | Coach

Resource Centre NEWS

The creative activities of Lego, jigsaw puzzles, and word search offered in the Resource Centre at recess and lunch breaks have been actively engaged in by Kildare students and is reflected in some wonderful projects being undertaken and completed. Students are also participating in and enjoying card making, chess and colouring projects.

Book Week this year 19th - 26th August will extend to two weeks at Kildare Resource Centre to give students and staff the opportunity to view the displays which will reflect the Book Week theme ‘Escape to Everywhere’. There will also be a wide range of new books to look through and borrow including new sets of R.L Stine, Enid Blyton Famous Five, Choose Your Own Adventure, Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus, DC Comics The Flash and books on cars, supercars, bikes, monster trucks, sharks and books of facts.

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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