Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

24 March 2017
Issue Four
Fortnightly Prayer
Curriculum Matters
Careers Defence Force
Year 10 PASS Excursion
Scott Darlow Presentation
KCC Chamber Ensemble
Year 11 RYDA Day
Project Hatch comes to KCC
All Schools Netball
DIO Hockey Trials
DIO Tennis Trials
DIO Touch Trials
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650


Hello everyone,

Year 7 2018 enrolment interviews were held this week. We have only a few spots left and they will go soon. If you have a child in Year 6 you must contact us now if you hope to enrol at Kildare for next year. Current parents sometimes assume we keep spare places so they can enrol later in 2017. We can’t do this because we need to make offers soon for new families and when Year 7 is full, enrolments have to close.

Here is an overview of the work we do at Kildare. It is given to those considering enrolment to help them answer the question: why would I enrol at Kildare? Please take the time to have a look at it to remind yourself of what we are working together to achieve. It is another way of making our improvement goals for 2017 clear and public. Thanks in anticipation.


Please click on brochure to read all four pages at your own pace.


Fortnightly Prayer

Our Harmony Day Prayer

O God

You create all people in your image.

We thank you for the astonishing variety

of races and cultures in this world.

Enrich our lives by ever widening circles of friendship

and show us your presence

in those who differ most from us,

until our knowledge of your love is made perfect

in our love for all your children;

Through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord.



John Nielsen | Leader of Mission

Curriculum Matters

Year 12 Mid Course Exams concluded at the end of  last week. This exam period provides students with good preparation in the lead up to Trial Exams in Term 2 and for the HSC in October. Students have been able to work on their writing skills, exam technique, application of their knowledge and time management skills. These are all key to success in the HSC. Following they will work with their teachers around feedback they receive which they can then embed.  I thank students for the way they conducted themselves over the last two weeks. 


Parent/ Student/ Teacher interviews Year 7-10

Parent/ Student/ Teacher Interviews will be on the 30th March and 4th April from 4:00-7:00pm in the College Hall. They are an opportunity for you to meet and get to know your child's teacher and to share information about your son/daughter's progress thus far. Each slot will be 5 minutes. Booking is via

Interviews provide valuable opportunities for parents/guardians to be more involved in your son/daughter's learning so that you can give support where it is needed.

In order to build strong relationships between home and school, we request that your son/daughter attend the interview with you. We look forward to engaging in meaningful conversations around learning, with a focus on where learning is now and how to move learning forward.


Shane Fuller | Leader of Curriculum



Careers Defence Force

Last week we had the Defence Forces come and speak to interested students.


It was a very informative session.


Topics covered included:

  • General Entry
  • Officer Entry
  • GAP Year program
  • Benefits of a career in the Defence Forces
  • A typical day
  • Question time

All of our students were engaged in the presentation and asked some very interesting and informed questions.


Both presenters commented on how interested and informed our students were and that it had been a pleasure to speak to the group.


I am hoping that we will have a follow up session a little later in the year for those that missed out.


As a reminder, applications for the Defence Force GAP Year program close soon, so make sure you go to ASAP and start your application.

Karen Murray | Careers Adviser

Year 10 PASS Excursion

After five and a half hours we arrived at the Broulee caravan park at around 3:30pm, A big thanks to Brett Allen for getting us there safely. It was a two night stay with a couple of early starts. 

The first thing we did was, setup our tents then proceeded to have a quick dip in the surf at North Broulee beach.

The Year 10 PASS classes engaged learning skills about water safety practices. Everyone enjoyed themselves, the last of the sunny weather.

Over the following days we woke up to gushes of cold wind and rain yet this didn't deter the keen country kids from having a go in the surf. First lesson was to stand up and paddle on surfboards. Thanks to the experience of Tim and his team from Surf the Bay for guiding us in achieving our goals of getting up on our surfboards in a proficient manner. The Surf the Bay staff also introduced us to the stingrays and other natural wildlife on the south coast.

Overall this experience on the south coast at Broulee reinforced our learning of the key elements studied throughout our Bronze Medallion unit throughout this term.



Year 10 Students | Caitlin Kelly and Millie Flynn

Scott Darlow Presentation

Year 9 were fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to the words, stories and music of Scott Darlow on Wednesday 15 March. Scott is an acclaimed Indigenous musician and qualified Primary School teacher who travels Australia and the world to share his music and life experience. Apart from his outstanding ability as a musician, Scott is also an ambassador for World Vision, where he is promoting and supporting the Young Mob program, which works with Aboriginal youth to connect them with culture as well as develop

educational, life and leadership skills. We appreciate Scott for sharing his stories with members of our community.


Simon Huntly | Assistant Principal


KCC Chamber Ensemble

The KCC Chamber Ensemble, including Anabelle Banks on clarinet, Will Bowering on violin, Stephanie Chan and Emily Nightingale on keyboard and myself on cello, performed to guests attending a wedding reception at “Food I Am” last Saturday 11th of March. The venue is located on the top of a hill and offers unobstructed views to the North and West. Against this backdrop, we entertained guests while they feasted on an incredible array of creatively crafted canapes made by local chef and regular relief teacher at KCC James Vickers.

The aim of this experience was to introduce the students to a world of opportunities open to talented musicians who work hard and develop a high level of skill playing solo and in ensembles. An ability to perform in a range of styles is highly valued when appealing to the varying tastes of audiences. Chamber ensembles are often sought after to play at weddings, charity events and functions. These opportunities are very rewarding and give aspiring musicians invaluable performance experience.

From the father of the bride; “thanks SO much for being part of a brilliant day and making it so perfect for us”. Congratulations and job well done!


David Chaston | Creative Arts Coordinator

Year 11 RYDA Day

Year 11 RYDA (a youth driver awareness programme presented through Rotary)

Last Wednesday our Year 11 students, many of whom are on the L’s or P’s, attended the Wagga Show Grounds to participate in the ‘RYDA day’.


At RYDA, students attend six interactive sessions. In small peer groups, they were challenged to change the way they think about road safety; participating in a stopping distance demonstration, devising personalised strategies, gaining an understanding of their individual risk profile and getting tips from road safety experts on how to protect themselves, their friends and family.

The greatest impact at RYDA often comes from the personal stories of loss and survival where students come to realise how one poor choice can change a life forever.

Our students gained knowledge, improved strategies, wisdom (hopefully) and a greater appreciation for their responsibilities as both drivers and passengers.


I would like to thank all of our students for their conduct and participation as well Mrs Cosier, Mrs Vidler and Mr Sharrock for giving up their valuable time to assist with our experience.

Peter Gaffney | Year 11 Adviser


Project Hatch comes to KCC

The retreat team, Project Hatch, recently visited the College to work with our Year Sevens on being my best self and making good choices. The next day they ran a leadership day with Year Ten students, recognising that all Year Ten students can choose to be leaders amongst their peers. The days were a mix of fun activities, teamwork and reflection. Students addressed issues that can enhance our learning and strengthen our community at Kildare Catholic College.


John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


A group of talented swimmers recently attended the BISSA swimming meet at the Oasis. It was a challenging day due to the high standard of swimming from other schools, however those who attended certainly should be proud of their efforts.

Georgie Stephens was also a swimmer who performed strongly across numerous races consistently placing in the top three.


Congratulations should also go to the Year 10 PASS classes who worked hard throughout the day in timing the individual events and were commended on their efforts by the organisers.

Kurt McPherson | KCC Swimming Carnival Coordinator

All Schools Netball

On the 10th of March the Years 7-8 and 9-10 netball teams competed in the first phase of the  NSW Netball Schools Cup in Wagga Wagga. Both teams remained undefeated at the end of the the day and have progressed through to the second phase of the competition which will be held in August.

Well done to both teams who demonstrated a high level of skill and sportsmanship.

Monique Jones and Jackie Byrne | Netball Coaches

DIO Hockey Trials

On Thursday the 16th of March, the boys and girls hockey teams played in the Diocesan Hockey Carnival. The teams we played against were Mater Dei and Xavier High School. The boys started off with a win over Mater Dei but went down to Xavier. The girls played after lunch but unfortunately did not win either game. Both teams should be congratulated on their sportsmanship and team work. For teams largely made up of beginners it was an excellent effort. A big thank you to our leaders in the boys Tim Banks, Blake Robertson and Logan Wilford and Jemma Knowles, Emily Nightingale, Maggie Lawrence and Georgie Stephens in the girls. Also thank you to Logan Wilford and Connor Higgins for umpiring for most of the day.


Cherrie Kendall | Coach

DIO Tennis Trials

Last Thursday, the Diocesan Tennis Teams Event was held at Bolton Park. Wagga teams Kildare and Mater Dei, Albury’s Xavier, Leeton’s St Francis and Griffith’s Marian College competed for the title of Diocesan Team Champions.  

Each team played singles and doubles matches with the team with the most points at the end of the day going through to the next round. Doubles games were the best of eight while the singles were the best of six with short deuces being played due to the hot weather.

Our girl’s team of Liv Jones, Tayla Lees, Bessie Lawrence and Ada Richards played well and demonstrated excellent behaviour both on and off the court.  They won their matches against Marian and St Francis and came fourth overall. Special mention must be given to Liv Jones, who continued to play despite an uncomfortable injury.

The boys, Trey Murphy, Tom Gardiner, Charlie and Max Prest were the standout team among the boys' competition winning 138 games out of 160. They will now continue with the competition to defend their title as the NSW CCC team champions at Bathurst in June.

Elizabeth Woods | Tennis Coordinator

DIO Touch Trials

Our respective touch teams went through the Diocesan tournament undefeated. Playing with great energy and skill, the more experienced players were very well supported by the ones with limited touch experience. The players below are selected for the Wagga Wagga Diocesan Touch Teams.


15s Boys Team

Riley Browning

Ned Cooper

Sam Emery

Harry Luff

Sam Macklan



Will McDermott

Billy Sainsbury


15s Girls Team

Lucy Anderson

Gaby Clarke

Bree Frazier

Georgia Hallam

Bella McDermott

Ella McFarlane

Madeline Morton


Opens Boys Team

Brad Ashcroft

Mitchell Bloomfield

Josh Buchanan

Ned Sainsbury

Kieren Stevens


Opens Girls Squad

Abbey Corbett

Olivia Frazier

Madison Haggar

Caitlin Kelly

Sophie Quirk

Hayley Wade


Well done to all involved.

Michael Mack | Coach

Resource Centre NEWS

This week the Resource Centre is featuring a range of non-fiction (factual) books that are part of the Accelerated Reader Program. There are a range of subjects including animals, sports, biographies, health and the environment.  We also now have a dedicated sport genre stand where both fiction and non-fiction sports books have been arranged for easy access.

Drop by the Resource Centre to check out these new displays as well as a new manga series of books, creating with code, recreational and agricultural drones and a range of survival books.


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] 


Congratulations to Anotidaishe Matowe on being selected to represent NSW/ACT at the National Diversity Championships in the All Nations Team in early April.





School Crossing Supervisor – Wagga Wagga Local Government Area

2x Casual positions - Work within your community 

The Role

An important person in a child’s school life is the School Crossing Supervisor, who ensures they cross the road safely.  The role requires minimal hours out of your day and gives something worthwhile back to the community. The hours are usually 8:00am to 9:30am and/or 2:30 to 4:00pm Monday to Friday during school terms.  You may be required to work morning, afternoon, both shifts and no shifts.  As a casual you will be filling in for existing part-time staff as required. The base rate is $21.91 - $26.29 per hour.


All the qualifications you need are community spirit, good communication skills, an alert and professional attitude to work and a reliable personality. The casual hours and school holidays would suit a parent or grandparent, a retiree or anyone wanting meaningful work — but not full-time.


Training for your key responsibilities of directing traffic to stop at the designated crossing and giving clear instructions to infants and primary school students to cross the road safely, will be provided.


For further information regarding this position, please contact HR Advisory on 1300 305 855 and quote 000055SI or visit to apply

Applications closing date: 11:59pm Sunday 2 April 2017


Dear parents and students please be vigilant around your school during pickup and drop-off times, mornings and afternoons, it would be appreciated.

Drivers have been observed to park within the mandatory 10 metres No Stopping zones at adjacent intersections waiting for children while other drivers are now using the Coleman Street Bus Zone, prior to the Traffic Light intersection of Edmondson Ave, as a turning lane, prohibiting the school buses from picking up children. Understandably not all offending vehicles may not be associated with the school, however, any assistance from the school in highlighting such matters of concern would be appreciated.

Mr Cahill | Traffic Officer


St Joseph’s Primary School, Leeton

St Joseph’s Primary School Leeton will celebrate it’s school centenary on the weekend of October 21 and 22, 2017.


Enquiries to 6953 3248 or [email protected]





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