Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

21 October 2016
Issue Nine
Message from Mr Whelan
A Prayer for Catholic Mission Month​
Sydney Symphony Playerlink Music Camp
Flower Festival.
Creative Arts Success
Indigenous Program
Business Studies Simulation Game
Year 10 IST Light Show
Architectural design works
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Message from Mr Whelan

Hello everyone,


Thank you to Simon and the leadership team for working even harder than usual over the last 4 school weeks and holiday time. I am back on deck and looking forward to a productive and enjoyable Term 4.


HSC Exams are off to a great start and we wish all Year 12 students and their families the best as they negotiate the challenges of their particular exam schedules. Feedback has been positive so far. Before each exam reveals itself we give a little hope that the specific exam committee responsible has produced a paper designed to determine what students know, rather than what they don’t know. So far so good, and to be fair to BOSTES, NSW HSC exams are characterised by a consistent rigour and high quality. Please give a thought and prayer to our students as they finish this final part of their school education.


Parents: did you attend a school where Term 4 had a gentle wind-down to the holidays? In the School certificate days this was particularly noticeable for Year 10 in some schools. Happy to say those times have gone and Term 4 is seen as a critical preparation time for the learning that is to come in the future. Our tendency to compartmentalise learning into ‘years’ and separate those years with one of the longest school holidays in the education world, leads to a disjointed education for some.


In Term 4, expect teachers to provide meaningful work until the end of the Term and to prepare students for the challenges of the learning to come. Expect students to maintain high standards and contribute their best to each class. Contact me if you believe either of these are not happening. Support a continued connection to learning over the Term and holidays by encouraging reading: a growing vocabulary and growing reading skills maximise academic progress.

All the best for the remainder of the Term!


A Prayer for
Catholic Mission Month​

Lord of the harvest, send people to do your work joyfully, whether they be sowing the seed, reaping the crop, preparing the ground or ploughing the field. Help this church, Lord, to find our place and our task among your workers.

Bless those who have gone out to preach, to teach and to heal. Raise up more people in your worldwide church to pray and to work, to care and to understand, to give to you and to go for you, that your church may grow, your will be done, your kingdom come, and your glory be revealed: through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.


KCC Prayer Web page HERE

John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


High School Certificate (HSC)

On Thursday 13th October the Higher School Certificate written examinations commenced. This year, 69,350 students, the highest number on record, are on track to achieve the HSC credential. NSW has a long-term trend of increasing numbers of students completing Year 12. In 2016 nearly 5,000 more students will sit HSC exams compared to five years ago. Kildare has 104 students completing exams.


118 written exams will be conducted over the next three weeks until exams finish on Friday 4 November with Design and Technology.


We wish the class of 2016 all the best as they undertake their exams. Additionally, we wish Year 11 well as they start their HSC courses.


Year 11 Parent/ Teacher/ Student Interviews

The Year 11 Parent/ Teacher/ Student interviews are scheduled to be held in the College Hall on Wednesday, 26th October from 4-7pm. We will be 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 e-mail to yourself. Bookings can also be amended at a later date.


Bookings will be able to be made online and will close at 3.00 pm on Tuesday, 25th October. No bookings can be made after this time.


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.


Jennifer Holt | Acting Leader of Curriculum


Visit interactive web page HERE

Sydney Symphony Playerlink Music Camp

Over the weekend of October 15 and 16, Kildare Catholic College hosted the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Playerlink Music Camp. Select members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra provided mentoring to up to 60 secondary school aged youth in the techniques of orchestra playing. The weekend consisted of sectional and and whole orchestra rehearsals in which the players, from all over New South Wales, prepared major orchestral works including “Nimrod” from Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations”, “Hungarian Dance No. 5” by Johannes Brahms and “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius. The weekend of intense rehearsal was concluded with a free public concert attended by over 200 people including teachers, parents and students from Kildare College and the wider community. Congratulations to Chu Han Yang in Year 12 who successfully auditioned to participate in the camp.

David Chaston | Creative  & Performing Arts

Flower Festival.

The Wind Ensemble and Chamber Ensemble performed to the St John’s Anglican Church Flower Festival on Saturday 15th of October. Money raised by the festival will go to the new Palliative Care Unit at Forest Centre. It is always very enriching to take these opportunities to perform live in front of a public audience. The students produced a very confident and polished sound and should be commended for their contribution to a worthy cause.


David Chaston | Creative  & Performing Arts

Creative Arts Success

HSC Music Success

Each year, approximatley twenty HSC music students in NSW who achieved outstanding results are selected to perform at the Sydney Opera House to over 1000 NSW students in a concert called “Encore”. This year Kildare is proud to have two students, Chu Han Yang and Alex James, nominated by the HSC markers to audition for “Encore” which takes place in March 2017. Whatever the outcome these nominations highlight the outstanding talent that Chu Han and Alex have cultivated over the course of their schooling. 

Congratulations also to the Year 12 Music students and teachers, in particular Mrs Melanie Cotterill for her role in mentoring and creating opportunities for the students to bring out their best performances for the HSC Practical Exam.


HSC Dance Success

Congratulations to the impressive work of the Year 12 Dance students who completed their Dance Practical examinations last term on the 18th of August. Their preparation under Mrs Megan Hardy was of the highest standard.

Particular mention goes to Laura Whiter whose Core Composition piece was nominated for “Call Back”, a showcase of the best dance talent in NSW by the 2016 HSC Dance cohort. Whatever the outcome, this nomination reflects Laura’s hard work, talent and dedication. We wish her all the best.


David Chaston | Creative  & Performing Arts

Indigenous Program

Compact have a program aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students called Burrabinya which means "Leap into your future" its all about connection with cultural heritage and community to develop the confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding required to reach their full potential in Employment, Training and Education.

View more from COMPACT web site HERE

Bettrina Rooke | Aboriginal Education Worker

Business Studies
Simulation Game

During Terms Two and Three Mr Woodhouse's and Mrs Halloway's Year 11 Business Studies classes competed in a statewide business simulation game called "Go Venture". The game was created and run by Charles Sturt University. The aim of the game was to teach students about the management skills involved in running a real life business. The scenario was to manage a smartphone manufacturing company. The game consisted of eight rounds with decisions due fortnightly. Some of the the decisions involved choosing the appropriate prices to sell a phone for, deciding on the amount of staff needed to produce the phones and whether or not to export into overseas markets. Nine teams from Kildare competed against  630 students from 30 schools across the states. One team “Starphones” did extremely well  McKenna Flood, Julia Hay, Georgia Klemke and Zoe McFarlane  took on management roles within the business including Operations, Marketing, Finance and Human Resources. The team managed to work their way up to first place in their pool and remained there for several rounds, winning their pool at the end, just missing out on first place overall. As a result of their successful business management skills, the girls have won $1000 for the school and they are the first Kildare team to achieve success in the competition.

Well done girls we are proud of you.


Kim Halloway | Business Studies teacher.

Year 10 IST Light Show

The Year 10 Information and Software Technology class has just completed a Programming Unit of work and have successfully submitted the Light Show Project. Using the Ardunio programmable board, some electronics, the C++ based Ardunio programming language and some imagination the students have created a light sequence. This task demonstrated use of functions, variables and loops as a part of an introduction to being able to program simple processes or more complex systems.

Garry Steman | Information Technology Teacher

Architectural design works

Technology Mandatory (TMA) Year 7 students proudly present Architectural design works that have been the culmination of some 13 weeks of earnest endeavour.

The design brief was enthusiastically received and students began the task of planning and designing a Café environment on an existing site – Hospitality courtyard.

Floor planner software allowed students to indulge and explore all creative possibilities culminating in 2D and multiple 3D views on a 360 degree axis.

Our classes thoroughly enjoyed this Unit of work and greatly extended their learning throughout the Term. A library display of many designs will supplement our newsletter article during Week 2 Term 4.

We warmly invite all parents to gaze upon these works in wonder!

Ian Hegvold | 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 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.


6th October 2016 

Apex Mini Biathlon, 8 Week Series, 13th October to 1st December 2016 


The South Wagga Apex Club has the pleasure to advise you of the upcoming Apex Mini Biathlon Series.


This year we are focused on the young people in our community with all student entry fees being distributed back to applicable school P&C committees of which the student attends. 

To view full brochure HERE


Year 12 2017 Kildare Jackets

  • Order forms are due to Mrs Potts by end of Week 2 Term 4 to allow for a three month turnaround (Note: factory closes over Christmas holidays)
  • Sample sizes and order forms are available - see Mrs Banks or Mrs Potts
  • Payment of approximately $80.00 is due on pick up
  • Flexible payment options are available- please contact Mrs Potts to arrange details.


To view interactive PDF HERE

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