Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

24 February 2017
Issue Two
Effective Lessons
Fortnightly Prayer
Commencement Mass
Curriculum Matters
Careers Related Events
CSU Chemistry Day
Peer Support
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Effective Lessons

Hello everyone,


Thanks for the continued contribution to a great start to 2017. Here are two guides and reminders.

Here are the typical parts of an effective lesson.

Teachers and students who focus on collaborating for a great lesson, are doing our most important work. We keep it up for 2017 so that everyone gets a year’s worth of learning.


Fortnightly Prayer

Ash Wednesday prayer from the Caritas Liturgy

Lord, we are marked with the sign of your cross, a symbol of love and total giving of self. As we begin our Lenten journey, we join together in prayer, asking your blessing for the world and all people.


God of Mercy, tenderness and love,

We know that we are called to live in communion with each other

and to bring healing and love to a fractured world.

Open our hearts to hear your Word, stir our hearts to sing your praise

and give us the strength to step out always ready to pray, to fast and to give alms.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


John Nielsen | Leader of Mission

Commencement Mass

Kildare Catholic College Commencement Mass 2017

On Friday Februaury 17, the Kildare community gathered for our Commencement Mass, celebrated by Fr Paddy Sykes, Fr Anto Francis and Monsignor Doug George. We were pleased to  share our liturgy with families, friends and special guests representing the Presentation Sisters and the Catholic Schools Office.

Our students participated with reverence and enthusiasm. Musicians, singers, dancers, readers, helpers and all our students and staff  were vital signs of our living Catholic faith. 

We pray for another blessed year at the College and we especially asked God to help us see past our differences to appreciate deeply that we are all children of God and must strive to always meet each other conscious of the dignity of each person.


I take this opportunity to join Mr Whelan in wishing you well as a valued member of our College community.


John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


Curriculum Matters

Thanks to all parents, students and staff who attended the Year 7 and New Students BBQ and Welcome. It was great that you were able meet with staff, hear from Mr Whelan about College priorities/ thinking and have direct input into how we best support student learning.


Year 7-12 students have been shared into their respective Year Level Assessment Handbook and Assessment Calendar. These can be also found on the College website. SEE THIS LINK Please take the time to read over both documents. They note the timing of assessment work, the type of task being undertaken, the topics they relate to and  weightings of tasks for Year 10-12. The work of the classroom and assessment work are one in the same and there is a direct correlation between the two. 


Subject changes for Electives are now complete and patterns of study are set. I thank the students for the positive start they have made in their Electives.


Year 12 are currently preparing for their Mid Course Exams starting in Week 7 and concluding Week 8. We wish them all the best with these. Year 12 students are expected to be at the scheduled exams. This ensures that no unfair advantage is given. I thank you for your support with this.


Should you have queries or concerns about anything curriculum related, please contact me.


Below PDF

Year 12 Mid-Course Exam Timetable
Weeks 7/8 Term 1, 2017

Shane Fuller | Leader of Curriculum

Careers Related Events

The following Careers Related Events have been in the Daily Notices. Many of these things are first in first served so it is essential that you follow the instructions ASAP.


White Card (officially known as Work Safely in the Construction Industry)

  • If you are considering a construction or building job, you must complete  the OH&S White Card course. It is worth doing the course even if you are unsure if you will definitely do Work Experience in the Construction Industry.
  • I have been able to source a provider who can offer this course at a discounted rate for our students. The fee will be approximately $105.
  • This is the only time for this year that the course will be offered. If you miss this opportunity you will need to find somewhere else to do it and it will be more expensive.
  • If you want to do the course, pay $105 to the Front Office ASAP. Numbers are limited. I will then email those who have paid closer to the date of the course which will be in Week 9.

Defence Forces? Are you interested in the Defence Forces?

  • On Friday 10th March (Lesson 5) Defence Force Recruiting will be here to talk to any interested students about the many opportunities in the Defence Force.
  • Numbers are limited, so you MUST put your name in the table HERE. First in first served, so don’t miss out.

Interested in University? Do you want to get a real taste of uni life and see if CSU is the right fit for you?

  • CSU's MyDay program gives you the opportunity to spend a day on campus participating in a range of activities specifically focused on the course area you’re interested in.
  • You can also check out the facilities, and meet current staff and students
  • This year they are combining many of these and there will now only be 9 events  (4 of which are in Wagga).
  • If  you are interested in any of these, please complete the form HERE ASAP.
  • Places will  be limited so it will be a matter of first in first served. More information will be emailed to you when it is available.

Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy Work Experience Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital This is the ONLY opportunity to participate in this program

  • Download and print the APPLICATION PACK
  • Complete the
    • Registration Form
    • Application Questionnaire
  • Place both in a plastic slip and return to Ms Murray by 7th March 2017 (at the very latest)

Karen Murray | Careers Adviser

CSU Chemistry Day

On Monday the 13th February the HSC Chemistry class went to the new Life Sciences Labs at CSU to attend the CSU HSC Chemistry Day. On the day the students conducted experiments on pH and acid/base reactions. They also observed and assisted with the traffic light experiment and the elephant's toothpaste experiment. A fun day was had by all, full of practical activities from the syllabus.


Ron Sharrock | Science Teacher.


Year 7 Community Day at Borambola Sport and Recreation Centre

Over 150 Year 7 students excitedly boarded three buses to Borambola for their first Community Day at KCC. Eleven staff shared their day as students focused on teamwork and activities to enhance their role as a member of our community.


Borambola staff led the action in pool and kayaking activities, as well as ones requiring initiative and problem-solving. Strategy and team building using a ball game scenario was led by Jodi Siegwalt, while Kerrie Green focused on values and teamwork in a Catholic secondary school setting. Ideas on values agreed by each House will be shared with the cohort later in the term.


Students rose to each of the day’s challenges, offering ideas and working as individuals, pairs and then in small and larger groups. They enjoyed the food and surrounds of Borambola, interacting beyond their immediate friendship group. We are optimistic that the impact of the Community Day will resonate through the year and beyond.


Kerrie Green | Academic Care and Wellbeing Co-ordinator



Peer Support

As part of their introduction to high school, Year 7 students take part in a Peer Support program. This is run by Year 10 students. On the 23rd of February Year 7 and 10 students took part in their weekly peer support session. Students took part in activities based around team building and time management. Students also engaged in team building and get to know you games. The Year 10 students have been doing an excellent job in preparing and delivering these sessions in a fun and engaging way.


Daniel Robinson | Physics teacher


Resource Centre NEWS

This week and next week in the Resource Centre we are displaying resources with a sporting theme. Both fiction and non-fiction items comprising: novels, graphic novels, chapter comics and sport biographies can be found on display tables at the front of the Resource Centre and are waiting to be borrowed. Take the opportunity to drop by and take a look at the display and choose one of these wonderful books.  Learn about the journeys of some of our sporting greats, enjoy cricket with Bob Cattell, skateboarding with Tony Hawk, soccer, swimming and basketball with Michael Panckridge, running with Jane Flemming and rugby and AFL with some of our greatest players.

Overdue Textbooks from 2016

There a quite a few textbooks that students have forgotten to return from last year. Could I ask all students to check their desks and cupboards at home to make sure that they have returned all items? This would be a great help to us in having the correct number of textbooks to allocate to classes this year. We look forward to an avalanche of returned 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



An information and register of interest evening will be held on Tuesday 7th March 2017 and Tuesday 21st March 2017 at Sacred Heart Parish Centre, Lake Albert Road, Kooringal commencing at 7:30pm. For more information please contact Nicole Verus on 0427 603 933 or [email protected]


 St Michael's Coolamon Debutante Ball – Friday 19th may 2017

Anyone interested in making their Deb, please attend a meeting at the

Coolamon Hotel Bistro on Sunday 26th February at 5pm

For further enquiries contact:

Denise Pleming 0429 123 354

Michelle Doyle   0428 272 392


Come join the Family Friendly Club

All ages 5 – 15yrs and skill levels welcome


Fri 10 Mar 5pm The Rock FREE SAUSAGE SIZZLE

Thurs 16h Mar 5pm The Rock Footy Ground


Auskick Players $75

NetSetGo Players $75

All Ages 10 and up $95

Secondary Rego $50

4th Child Registered = FREE


T: 0427 107 927

E: [email protected]

FB: therock&districjuniorfootball&netballclub





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Yr 12 Mid Course Exams Timetable 2017 WS.pdf
Yr 12 Mid Course Exams Timetable 2017 WS.pdf