Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

24 September 2016
Issue Eight
Message from Mr Huntly
Noela Fox Book Launch
Year 10 Child Studies
Year 12 HSC Design & Technology
Physics Mentors Program
Cochrane Cup WINNERS
KCC Fencing Team WON
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Message from Mr Huntly

Hello everyone,


As we celebrate the end of another term, and congratulate our HSC Class of 2016 for finishing their commitment to classes for the year, I would like to thank the entire College community for their support over the past 10 weeks. This support extends to keeping our Principal, Rod Whelan in our prayers as he continues recuperating from an illness that has kept him at home for the past few weeks. Rod is recovering well and we look forward to his return early next term. Please also keep in our prayers those families who are being affected by floods.


The past 24 hours has seen a number of ceremonies to congratulate and say farewell to our graduating class of 2016. Thursday night was an opportunity for us to celebrate Mass with Bishop Hanna and to recognise the academic, cultural, sporting and achievements of the past 12 months at our annual Awards evening. Today, a series of farewells at Homegroup, House and College settings, allowed us to say goodbye to Year 12 and wish them all the best for the upcoming exams and post school life. Thank you to all involved in these various activities. A special thanks to those families who are finishing their formal association with Kildare after many years of secondary education.

Apart from Year 12, we also say farewell to Ms Mairead Ross, who has accepted a position at Loreto College, Kirribilli. This allows Mairead to move closer to her family who are located in Newcastle and parts of Sydney. We thank Mairead for her contribution to the TAS and Creative Arts departments over the past two years and one term. Her enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to engaging in contemporary education is greatly appreciated, as is the respect and care that she has for all students. We wish Mairead all the best for her future career path. Mrs Sally Wishart will be taking leave during Term Four. We wish Sally all the best for her well-earned break. We welcome Mr Matt Ward onto our staff as Sally’s replacement.


As well as farewells, the end of Term Four is also a time for the changeover of our student leadership team for 2017. We congratulate all those who were successful in being elected as College, House and Boarding House leaders for next year. We thank greatly those students who took part in the interview and speech process, for their willingness to be part of our student leadership team, knowing full well that only a limited number of official positions were available. We will look at providing opportunities for all students who participated in the election process to play a role in leadership in some way, shape or form over the coming 12 months.

2017 Student Leaders

College Captains        

Chelsea Tout and Sam Heffernan


Oodgeroo House Captains

                                    Emma Moss and Andre Vecchio


Benedicta House Captains

                                    Harry Toole and Bridget Robertson


Teresa House Captains

                                     Coen Brand and Amelia Preuss


King House Captains

                                     Madeline Dean and Samantha Winslett


Gandhi House Captains

                                    Travis Heylin and Jocelyn McMullen

Romero House  

                             Harrison Logan and Chloe McKelvie


Boarding House Captains

Angus Cumming (KCC) and Grace Harpley (MDCC)


Again, thanks for your support during the term. Have a great break everyone.



Lord God,

We pray for all who are suffering the effects of the floods: for farmers whose stock and property have been affected, for those whose homes are threatened and for those afraid in uncertain times. Be with them, we pray, that they would know the calm of your presence, through him who stilled the raging of the storm,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord God,

We ask you to bless our Year Twelves on their Graduation Mass and Awards Night. Bless their lives from this day on with goodness and love.

Help them to stay true to their dreams, to use their gifts wisely, and to walk into the future with faith, hope, and great love.


KCC Prayer Web page HERE

John Nielsen |  Leader of Mission


Thanks to students for their work this term. I also encourage them to build upon this for Term 4.

Wednesday 26th Oct, Year 11 Parent/ Student/ Teacher Interviews will be held in the College Hall from 4-7 pm. Bookings are via Term 4 marks the start of the HSC  for our current Year 11 group. They have been urged to carefully consider their pattern of study before electing to drop units. They must ensure  they meet BOSTES requirements and  complete all necessary paperwork before this occurs. Additionally, there is no compulsion to drop subjects at the start of next term. A sound decision is what is required.

I am on Long Service Leave in Term 4 and Jenny Holt (TAS Coordinator) will be capably fulfilling this role on my behalf. Please contact her if you have  any curriculum related inquiries.

Lastly, I would like to wish Year 12 students all the best for their upcoming HSC exams. The final push with their schooling is in sight and it is important that they leave no stone unturned in their preparation.


Year 11 Parent Teacher Interviews

Bookings can be made on from Wed 5th October 2016 and close on Tuesday 25th October at 3:00pm. No bookings can be made after this time.

Best Wishes

Shane Fuller | Leader of Curriculum

ATTENTION: Year 11 Accelerated 1U SoR Students and Parents

Term 4 - Classes as normal for Weeks 1 & 2

Tuesday 25th October - LINE DAY 


All Year 11 Accelerated 1U SoR students involved in revision and exam preparation sessions at school.


Wednesday 26th October - "At Home Study Day"

The Resource Centre will be open and Ms Savage will be available.

Thursday 27th October - 9:25am - HSC SoR Exam

All Year 11 Accelerated 1U SoR students sit their HSC examination in the College Hall.


Please feel free to direct any questions to Ms Savage.


Christine Savage  I  Leader of Teacher Learning (RE)


Some upcoming
that may be of interest to you

These courses would be great to help you get a part time or full time job.


All of these courses are for school leavers so in particular

Year 12 or students in Year 11 who not intend to commence Year 12.

Course: Cookery Essentials

Info: 6 units of competency including essential cookery skills: Hygiene, prepare salads and appetisers, sandwiches and simple dishes using varying cooking methods. RS is also included to enhance employability.

Start & End Date: Nov 16 - Dec 2

5 weeks x 3 days per week (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday).


Course: Café Skills

Info: 3 x units of competency focusing on front of house service skills. The units included are RSA, Hygiene, espresso coffee

Start & End Date: Oct 10 - Oct 13 OR Nov 07 - Nov 10

1 week x 4 days per week (Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday).


Course: Salon Essentials

Info:   4 x units of competency on communication, applying hair colour, Shampooing and drying hair.  A great introduction for those wishing to pursue a career in Hair, or leading into a pathway of salon assistant.

Start & End Date: Oct 10 - Nov 24

9 weeks- 2 days per week Wednesday 9.00am-4.00pm Thursdays 9.00am-12.00pm.


Course: Braid Hair and Design and Apply Make-Up

Info: Skills in hair and beauty for the enthusiastic school leaver wanting to enter either industry. These skills will also apply to general job seekers enhancing personal presentation skills.

Start & End Date: Nov 21 - Dec 22

Block delivery Mon Friday 9-4 for two weeks.


Course: Essential Trades Skills - Metals

Info: This skills set will prepare you for an apprenticeship in the Metals trades - particularly metal fabrication, welding or fitting and machining. In just three weeks, students will learn essential workshop skills and undertake work experience in the work place to assist you to determine which of the metals trades areas you would like to pursue as a career.

Start & End Date: Nov 07 - Nov 24

Week 1 x 5 days, Week 2 x 5 days, Week 3 x 4 days.


If interested in any of these contact Leanne Wilson on [email protected] to find out what the process is to enrol.


Karen Murray | Careers Adviser

Noela Fox Book Launch

The novel tells the story of one of Kildare's founders Nano Nagle. It is selling rapidly in Ireland, Pakistan and North America.

Sister Noela has just recently returned from her  travels to Ireland to continue working on her two other novels she will be looking to publish in the near future.
Sister Noela has always been a supporter of our College community and we are proud of her achievements.

Peter Hunt | Leader of Academic Care

Year 10 Child Studies

Year 10 Child Studies have been studying the unique needs of individuals this term. As part of the course they have explored enrichment activities that aim to improve growth and development in children. They participated in an enrichment activity and created their own decorated biscuits. 

Monique Cowled | PDHPE Teacher 

Year 12 HSC
Design & Technology

In October 2015 students embarked on designing their projects for the HSC Major Design Project. Their hard work finally came to an end when they presented their projects to the Board of Studies for marking last week. Throughout the year students problem solved, researched and experimented with different design solutions, materials, tools and techniques to create their final design. Students were required to document their processes in a design portfolio. This element of the course contributes to 60% of their final HSC mark. Students are congratulated on their hard work and are encouraged to continue with their study for the upcoming exam in November.

Jennifer Holt | TAS Co-ordinator

Physics Mentors Program

Throughout this year, 5 Year 12 students, Luke Backhaus, Ben van der Rijt, Alex James, Matt Tozer and Isaac Pasakarnis have worked to establish the physics mentor program. This program allows for HSC students to engage in the physics fundamentals and explain and demonstrate these concepts. This assists in their HSC study by causing a deeper engagement of the core concepts and a revisit of the underlying skills needed for scienctific communication. I would like to congratulate and thank Luke Bakhaus for heading up this program and all students for their efforts and enthusiasm in this program.

Daniel Robinson | Physics teacher


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

Cochrane Cup WINNERS

Kildare reign supreme in the 14 years Cochrane Cup rugby league. 

The hard work started back in May with trials and training and the team has built upon its runner up result in the Country Cup last year to go one better and be crowned state champions.

It has been a long road with victories over Mater Dei 54 to 6, St Francis of Leeton 22 to 14, James Sheahan of Orange 20 to 10, Forfeit by John Therry of Rosemeadow, Aquinas Catholic College 16 to 10 and finally St Edwards of Gosford in the final 26 to 22.

The final was a terrific spectacle of schoolboy rugby league with Bob Cochrane on his 81st birthday saying that it was the best Cochrane Cup game that he had seen since its inception in 1993. He also talked about the proud record of St Michaels in the early years of the competition and how great it was to see Kildare back winning the competition.

Kildare had to work hard against a much bigger opposition and found itself down 12 to nil after a couple of early errors. Kildare got back 12 to 6 after an excellent try to Liam Moon but after a couple of penalties the pressure of St Edwards told and we went into the break down 16 to 6 with a big job ahead. 

A halftime rev up from Coach Conn worked and the boys played their best football of the whole tournament in the second half to pull closer at 16-12 with a great solo try to Jake Hay. Our only mistake of the second half resulted in a try and we went behind 22 to 12 with 14 minutes to play. 

From here the team played with excellent structure and shape to grind our bigger opposition into the ground with tries to Billy Sainsbury from a scrum move and Harry Luff after good lead up work by Seth Passlow to level up at 22 all with 8 minutes to play. 

With our heads high and playing with great confidence we scored the try of the game after working downfield and the ball passing through most of the time from the right edge to the left and back again Charlie Brettschneider scored and with 2 to play we led for the first time in the game 26 to 22.

We completed our last set and defended strongly to force the ball into touch and it was time for the boys to appreciate their outstanding effort.

Seth Passlow capped a terrific game by being named Best on Ground.

A huge thank you to all the parents that continue to get behind this wonderful team, Mr Mcnamara for helping coach and driving the bus.

Lastly to my team who always believed from the start that we could become state champions and for never giving up. You have done yourselves and your school very proud.

Well Done and thank you.

Matthew Conn | Coach

KCC Fencing Team WON

Riverina Fencing Championship
Schools Team Challenge

Mitchell Marinac and sisters Laney and Piper Hardwick competed and won the Schools Team Challenge last weekend at TRAC. They competed against other schools including Brisbane and Melbourne. Mitchell has been fencing for five years and the girls only started this year. This is the first time Kildare has competed in a fencing competition. The students will now go on to compete for the Country Cup at the Southern Highlands Fencing Competition on the long weekend.


Simon Huntly | Assistant Principal

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 Applcation 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.


Important Dates:

1st October- Progress Payment # 4 $1,000.00 per paying passenger. All Passports must be received by this date.

1st February 2017- Final Payment- Balance due date.

As you know, I am on Long Service Leave Term 4.


Please direct all correspondence to Maxine Mowett in the Office [email protected]


I will forward a list of suggested items to take. This may be helpful for Christmas presents or Boxing Day sales.


Shane Fuller | Trip Organiser


Basketball Wagga Wagga


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