Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

11 August 2017
Issue Twelve
Principal Message  Rod Whelan
Fortnightly Prayer
Curriculum Matters
Year 9 PASS Excursion to ​Mt Selwyn
Year 11 & 12, Sport, Lifestyle and Rec. Studies Snow Trip​@Falls Creek
Beneath Southern Seas With Presenter George Evatt
Adamriginal Guest aboriginal Performer
Leeton Vocal Eisteddfod
KCC Dance Troupes Performance
All Schools Netball ​Regional Final
Country Cup Rugby League
NSWCCC Touch Footy
KCC Hockey
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Principal Message 
Rod Whelan

Hello everyone,

Over the past few years (if you have been here that long) you have hopefully noticed efforts to increase coherence and effectiveness of teaching through a focus on elements of a productive lesson and on whole-school approaches to teaching aspects of literacy. Teachers continued their literacy learning with sessions this week  on assisting students to write complex sentences in the subject areas.  New staff also had an update on teaching vocabulary. Here is a reprint of why we focus on vocabulary and reading and the best way to teach vocabulary.

We are expanding reading material in the Resource Centre again, with a focus on magazines and periodicals. Plenty of exciting and interesting titles are on the way with sports, hobbies and creative arts featuring heavily. Parents and carers please continue to encourage reading at home. Remember that Year 7 and 8 students have a deal where they read and do some maths (often HOTMaths) each night and are not given other homework. They do need to keep the deal!



Fortnightly Prayer

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Mary of the Cross (MacKillop).

O God, source of all goodness, who have shown us in Saint Mary a woman of faith living by the power of the Cross, teach us, we pray, by her example to live the gospel in changing times and to respect and defend the human dignity of all in our land.

Through Christ our Lord.



John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


Curriculum Matters


A reminder that the 2018 Year 9 Electives subjects information handbook and google selection form will be shared with all of the Year 8 students via email next week. Subject information seminars will also be held at the beginning of Week 6 to assist students develop their understanding of each of the electives offered. Please take time to read the Subject Handbook and engage in the seminars, ensuring you pick the subject that you will enjoy. The google selection form will be due for submission by Friday, 25th August (Week 6).

Year 11 have Yearly Exams approaching (Monday 4th September - Monday 18th September). They have been advised to do the necessary preparation so that they succeed. Utilise coaching each morning and the support of your teachers to assist with your preparation.

Lastly, just a reminder that Year’s 7-10 Parent, Teacher and Student Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 5th September (Week 8). Take this opportunity to engage in conversations with your child’s teachers, assisting in their planning for continued learning improvement for the duration of this semester. Bookings can be made online via SOBS (School Online Booking System) from Monday 14th August (Week 5).

Peter Hunt | Leader of Curriculum

Year 9 PASS Excursion to
​Mt Selwyn

Our three Year 9 PASS classes recently took the opportunity to travel to Mt Selwyn in the Snowy Mountains. The weather was perfect. Clear, sunny skies, a windless dawn and snow jets pumping welcomed our students from their ‘slumber’ as they arrived at Mt Selwyn at 7.30am following a 4.30am start.

In and out of ski hire, 54 students went straight into skiing or snowboarding lessons at 8.30am. For many, this was their first foray into this quite strange and challenging environment. For the few who had been before they were challenged with more demanding lessons. All students were taken out of their comfort zones and were faced with challenges to be overcome. A strange, white, icy, slippery environment challenges even the most gifted athlete, and funnily enough, it is often the most gifted athlete who struggles the most.

It was terrific to watch all of our students learning the basics, applying their newfound skills and successfully negotiating the more demanding runs by the end of the day. For those students who overcame their initial fears and those who persevered and gained improvement throughout the day. Much has been learnt about themselves, human nature, and their ability to gain rewards through persistent endeavour. Oh, and they also learnt to ski/snowboard which are skills that will last a lifetime.

I would like to thank all students for their excellent behaviour and ability to work in groups to achieve success for all concerned. To Mr McNamara, Mr Price, Mrs Cooper and Mrs Jones who gladly gave up an early morning and late return to spend the day, as I did, watching our Year 9’s being successful, and more importantly, enjoying themselves (away from a screen!!). Also, thanks to Ben, our driver, and Allen’s Coaches who are always so helpful.


Peter Gaffney | Academic Care & Wellbeing Coordinator.

Year 11 & 12, Sport, Lifestyle and Rec. Studies Snow Trip@Falls Creek

After four days of wild blizzard conditions Falls Creek Alpine Resort awoke yesterday to what has been described as “The Day of the Decade”, as far as skiing and boarding is concerned. Tuesday, August 8th, will stay long in the minds of our senior SLR students and staff who attended yesterdays’ excursion.

With over a metre of fresh snow, a beautiful sunny and still day, the conditions were superb. Such ideal conditions ensured that everyone had the best opportunity to develop and improve their skiing or snowboarding skills. Everyone had a fantastic day and the snowball fight at the end of the day taught us two things. Riley Corbett can throw straighter than he can kick and Mr McNamara is a bigger kid than the kids!!

The silence on the bus as we descended the mountain at the end of the day was a good indicator of the effort that was put in on the slopes throughout the day. A big thankyou to Mrs Jones, Mr Conn and Mr McNamara for their early start/late finish and to all the students for their fantastic approach to the day. Ben, our driver from Allen’s, was as professional as ever and moved us safely on and off the mountain.

Thanks to all concerned. It was certainly “The Day of the Decade”.

Peter Gaffney | Academic Care & Wellbeing Coordinator.

Beneath Southern Seas
With Presenter 
George Evatt

All Year 7 students were involved in an award winning video presentation that focused on the diversity and classification of Australian marine life. George Evatt, the creator and presenter, is an underwater cinematographer and marine life specialist. So, his knowledge and personal experiences with strange creatures from the ocean made for an entertaining learning experience. The presentation fitted perfectly with our current topic which is about living things and their classification.


Karen Smith | Science Coordinator

Adamriginal Guest aboriginal Performer


On Wednesday 9th of August, Year 7 were treated to a performance by Adam Hill who is a multi-talented Dhungatti (Kempsey area of N.S.W.) Aboriginal artist and musician who works as a professional exhibiting

painter, graphic artist, cartoonist and illustrator. He is also a respected Yidaki (Digeridoo) player, having studied formally with traditional Yolngu teachers from North East Arnhem land.


Adam’s performance is part of the Year 7 World Music program, providing the students with an appreciation of the central place of music in Australian Indigenous culture. He presented a programme of song, puppetry, language, personal stories and Yidaki (didgeridoo). Using a map of Indigenous Australia, Adam introduced our students to the various Indigenous regions, their Instruments and their songs. He also demonstrated the complex ‘Tongue Talk’ techniques and various playing styles of the Yidaki, as well as a history of its origins.

David Chaston | Creative & Performing Arts

Leeton Vocal Eisteddfod

On Tuesday 8th August the Senior Choir travelled to Leeton to compete in the Vocal Eisteddfod. They competed in 6 sections across a variety of styles and placed first in 5 of those sections. The adjudicator commented on their impressive and complex harmony work and their beautiful vocal tone. They were an excellent representation of the College.


Melanie Cotterill | Creative & Performing Arts

KCC Dance Troupes Performance

The KCC Dance Troupe performed on Friday 28th July at the RAAF International Night held at the Commercial Club. 18 students worked tirelessly during lunchtimes to learn and polish two items - an upbeat and high energy Bollywood piece and a fun hula. The students performed with energy, passion and enthusiasm which the members of the RAAF community were raving about for the rest of the night. Congratulations to the students on representing the Dance Department with so much professionalism. 

Megan Hardy | Dance Teacher

All Schools Netball
Regional Final


On Thursday 3rd August, our Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 netball teams competed at the NSW All Schools Netball Regional Final. Both teams went through the rounds undefeated playing teams from all around the Riverina including Griffith, Albury, Tumut, Gundagai, Cootamundra and Temora. Both teams advanced through to the grand final after convincing semi final wins.


Our Year 9/10 team played Wade High School from Griffith in the grand final. Wade High were too good on the day beating us by four goals in very wet conditions. In the Year 7/8 grand final, Kildare played McAuley Central School from Tumut. The girls played an exceptional game of netball in very wet conditions, beating McAuley by two goals in a very tight contest.


Congratulations to our Year 7/8 team who now progress through to the State Cup Final which will be held at the Netball NSW Headquarters in Olympic Park in September.  We wish them the best of luck.


A big thank you to Alice Toohey (Year 9) and Ellie Crozier (Year 9) who did an awesome job umpiring for us.


Jackie Byrne and Monique Jones | Coaches

Country Cup Rugby League

The Kildare 15 Years Rugby league team recently travelled to Cootamundra to take part in the Country Cup Southern NSW final. In our first game we played Red Bend from Forbes and after a slow start we were down 12 to 0. A much better effort in the second half saw us win 14 to 12. In our second game we played Warilla High School from the South Coast region and the boys had plenty to play for with a spot in the State Final up for grabs for the winner. We began well and lead 4 to 0. Slowly the Warilla team began to get on top and they started to dominate play with their game-play and greater enthusiasm. In the end the Kildare boys never stopped trying but on the day they were beaten by a better team 18 to 4. A big thank you to all the boys for their efforts over the last couple of months and to the parents who travelled to support this team. Also thank you to Mr McNamara for his assistance along the way.


Matthew Conn | Coach

NSWCCC Touch Footy

Harry Luff, Bella McDermott, Ella McFarlane and Maddie Morton represented NSWCCC last weekend in under 15 Boys and Girls Touch against NSWCHS and NSWCIS. Maddie and Ella where joint Captains of the girls team. The girls team lost to NSWCHS in the Final but the Boys team beat NSWCHS in the final.

Ella and Maddie were then selected in the NSW Allschools team to play in the Pacific Schools games at Adelaide in December.  

A great effort by all students



Andrew Morton | PDHPE

KCC Hockey

Congratulations to all the boys who played for Kildare in the CWWHS Boys Hockey competition. The first game was against KHS and due to work placement, we were missing a number of our players. The boys fought hard but went down 3 - 0. Some excellent keeping by Jack Laurent and defence by Connor Gaffney. The second game was against TRAC. Once again the boys were a little short but managed to score the first goal. They eventually went down 3 - 1 after some great defence by Tim Banks, Will Donoghue and forward play by Blake Robertson and Rheece Jamieson. The third game was against the eventual winners Wagga High. With a few of the boys back from work placement the boys fought hard but lost 5 - 1. A great game by Jack Mason and Josh Cochrane. The final game was against MDCC. With Logan Wilford and Mitch Kinder playing we nearly had a full team. The boys all played very well and managed to come away with a 1-0 win. A huge effort by all the boys who turned up every game and showed exceptional sportsmanship. Thank you to all the boys from other schools who offered to play for our team when we were short, to the parents and big sisters for their support and to Ashleigh Jamieson for umpiring.


Cherrie Kendall​ | Sport Coordinator

Resource Centre NEWS

This week Kildare Staff has been bringing in their favourite book as part of our ‘match the book with the teacher’ competition we are running as part of Book Week next week 19th-26th August. Entry Forms will be available at the Resource Centre front desk for students and staff to collect and complete before placing them in the entry collection box which is also located on the front desk.

 There are Book Vouchers for the winner in each year level and for a staff winner so get involved while also checking out the display of many new books for you to borrow and enjoy. There is also a great Book Week Challenge which is being participated in by Home Groups with prizes for individuals, Home Groups and Houses.


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] 


Starr’s Planetarium has the most advanced 3D immersive projection system travelling to venues today. Their mobile planetarium has been inspiring and entertaining audiences for twelve years.

The dome provides a theatre setting for 360° 3D digital images with surround sound that is totally interactive.

Combining animation with real time imagery, this display allows audiences to experience the night sky on a massive scale.

The planetarium will be in Wagga Wagga for only two days, so don’t miss your chance to travel to the farthest regions of the universe and ignite your students’ passion for astronomy. Sessions run for approximately 50 minutes.


Where:         Wagga Wagga Civic Arcade

Cost:              Free.

Dates:            Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August

Times:           10am, 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm

Please note the planetarium can accommodate up to 35 Primary students, or 25 Secondary students per session.


To add to your excursion experience, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is also offering the opportunity for students to participate in Fishing Under the Moon, a community engagement project woven around Indigenous hunter-gatherer practices that utilized astronomical indicators such as fish feeding around the moon cycles.

Come along to this interactive exhibition and celebrate the ancient Indigenous technology of weaving. You'll learn to weave fish using natural grasses such as Lomandra Longifolia.

Take your creations home or add them to our installation celebrating First Nations know-how and knowledge.

Call 02 6926 9700 or email [email protected] to book your session!

This inspiring Australia Initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week

Both exhibits are also open to the general public from 5.30pm Thursday 17th August. More information can be found at

We look forward to seeing you at the library!


Wendy Harper
Program Officer - Programs & Promotions
1300 292 442
d 02 6926 9770 | e [email protected]
Wagga Wagga City Library · 243 Baylis Street (PO Box 20) · Wagga Wagga NSW 2650





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