Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

03 November 2017
Issue Seventeen
Principal Message Rod Whelan
A Prayer for Catholic Mission Month
Curriculum Matters
Kildare Talented Musicians workshop with Craig Calhoun
Rohan Sutherland, Dan Osgood and Tom O'Brien 
ASELL Science ​Workshops
Year 9 Art Excursion to TAFE & Art Evening Exhibition
Regional Worldskills Competition
World Skills ​Construction Competition
Steve Elkington Cup Kildare VS CWWHSSA
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Principal Message
Rod Whelan

Hello everyone,


We pray for Craig Smith and his family, joining the many who did so at his funeral at Mater Dei Primary School yesterday. Please keep the Smith family and other individuals and organisations impacted by this tragic loss in your personal prayers.


Term 4 is in full swing and I remind everyone that every day of the Term is a day of opportunity and promise. We work to the end to get the learning we deserve this year, and to place ourselves in the best position for the learning and opportunities of next year.


Parents may be interested in some data collected to support work I did for a recent QELI Principal and System Leader course. The basic position was that a persistent focus on improving teacher and student classroom practice and on building the capabilities of teacher and student teams is the key to school improvement. A second foundation was that this only works with a coherent leadership across the many teams in the school, committed to working together to focus on a few most important things.


The school has had many classroom observers including system colleagues, attendees at on-site learning and visitors from other organisations. Their anecdotal feedback was added to on-site observations and used as the basis for a teacher and classroom support staff survey. 50+ staff were asked the extent to which they agreed with a series of observations, using a five-point scale. The table below lists the % of classroom staff agreeing or strongly agreeing that the outcome is present and attributable to our improvement work.



We never use any adjective other than ‘improving’ to describe the College and I am confident that it’s an appropriate word. A key goal is to increase the number of students who are academically engaged or stretched, which means to be working at the optimum level (challenging, achievable learning with the accompanying satisfaction of reaching a desired and worked-for learning target). This academic engagement is hard to measure and you can see that our teachers are confident that it is growing, but less confident than they are with other more easily observed outcomes. This is an area we will look at more closely over the coming months and year.


2017 Trial of a daytime Liturgy and Awards Assembly   


Three of the five secondary schools in the Diocese have a daytime Awards Assembly, while Mater Dei and Kildare have traditionally had evening events. This year we are trialling a daytime ceremony and early next year we will collect feedback to see which format best suits our community and our purposes in holding the event. We will hold the assembly around lunch time and live stream it to maximise attendance and access. More details will follow soon.



A Prayer for
Catholic Mission Month

All Saints Day Prayer

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, today we rejoice in the holy men and women of every time and place. May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love.


We pray:

Mary, the Blessed Virgin             R. Pray for us

St Joseph                                         R. Pray for us

St Brigid                                          R. Pray for us

Saints Peter and Paul                   R. Pray for us

Saint Mary MacKillop                  R. Pray for us

Saint Mother Teresa                     R. Pray for us


All Souls Day prayer

We remember loved ones who are no longer with us - family and friends whose life on earth is ended. Though not official saints, they have a very special place in our lives and in God’s plan too.

For all those who have died, grant them eternal rest O Lord, and let the light of your love and peace shine upon them now and forever.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen



The Kildare Catholic College community will celebrate an All Souls Day Mass on Wednesday November 8 in the College Hall at 10.30am.


John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


Curriculum Matters

HSC Completed

Congratulations to all Year 12 students who will have completed their HSC exams by the end of Tuesday next week. This marks a significant milestone in their education.

We wish all students the very best in the next step of their lives and we look forward to hearing of their adventures.

HSC: All My Own Work

NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) requires all students to complete the HSC: All My Own Work program. This program has been designed to assist students to complete assessment tasks honestly and with confidence.  As part of their commitment to Stage 6, NESA requires students to complete the five modules before they can be enrolled into Stage 6 ( Year 11 HSC Preliminary ). Year 10 students will be provided class time on Thursday 30th November (Week 8) to complete HSC: All My Own Work.


Peter Hunt | Leader of Curriculum

Kildare Talented Musicians workshop with Craig Calhoun

Monday 23rd October saw some of our talented musicians workshop with the acclaimed Sydney musician Craig Calhoun and his band. Craig Calhoun’s band features some of the finest musicians in Australia, with members regularly playing with high level artists such as John Farnham, Marcia Hines, Jimmy Barnes and Delta Goodrum.


Students were treated to a performance by the band prior to a Q and A session about the music industry, performance and the how to set up equipment to achieve the best sound. Members of our college ensembles then broke out their own instruments to perform and workshop their own songs with Craig’s band, rehearsing until well after school.


Robert Thompson | Music Teacher

Wagga Beach

On Tuesday 24th October, Groove and Scratch backed up after their workshop with Craig Calhoun to accompany over 1200 students from around the Wagga Diocese at the inaugural Music: Count Us In Festival.

Music: Count Us In is an initiative of Music Australia and since its inception in 2008 has become the largest music program in Australia. The primary focus of Music: Count Us In is the simultaneous performance of a song specially composed each year, however it also encapsulates many other musical activities.

The Music: Count Us In Festival was organised as part of the Catholic Schools Office Music Initiative and involved the gathering of children from 13 schools around the Diocese. Groove and Scratch combined to provide the accompaniment for the performance of this year’s song “Shine Together” which was recorded and featured in Music Count Us In’s Celebration Day festivities, which were streamed into schools nationwide on Thursday 2nd November.


Stay tuned to the College social media pages in coming days to view the segment that was featured in the Music: Count Us In Celebration Day activities.

(Vimeo Password: wagga)

Robert Thompson | Music Teacher

Rohan Sutherland, Dan Osgood and Tom O'Brien 

Late last term, the three of us, Dan Osgood and Rohan Sutherland and myself, Tom O'Brien, traveled to Canberra to participate in the Conocophillips Science Experience at the ANU. Over the course of three days we participated in many amazing things, from tours, demonstrations, experiments and other various activities relating across all branches of science.

The Experience itself: we have little to say other than it was very enjoyable and we would all do it again. If we were not already inclined to devote our lives to scientific research, we almost surely are now.


As a whole the experience was very enjoyable and we would 100% recommend others participating.


Year 10 Student | Tom O'Brien

ASELL Science

On Friday 27th Oct we were lucky enough to host a science workshop run by ASELL (Advancing Science & Engineering through Laboratory Learning). This as a group of scientists from a variety of scientific fields who develop relevant and engaging workshops and experiments with the goal to inspire students and teachers through inquiry based learning. This workshop enabled teachers to network with other teachers from the area and be involved with professional learning that will better prepare us all for the implementation of the new Science syllabuses in 2018.


I would like to thank Professor Manjula Sharma, from the University of Sydney, and her team for sharing their expertise and insights.


Karen Smith​ | Science teacher 

Year 9 Art Excursion to TAFE
& Art Evening Exhibition

In collaboration with local artist, Elaine Camlin, Year 9 Visual Art students exhibited their printmaking works at Gallery 43. The exhibition ‘Impressions of Place’ explored the meaning of place in their lives. Each student used printmaking techniques to personally respond to our region, focusing not only on the physical environment, but also exploring a sense of belonging and identity and reflecting on how our activities can shape or change our perceptions of the places we live. A big thank you to all of the families, friends and teachers who celebrated with them. The show will be open to the public until Monday 6th November. 


Tara McCarthy | Art Teacher

Regional Worldskills

On Tuesday 24 October, Kildare Catholic College hosted the Worldskills Australia 2017 Regional Competition in VETiS Food and Beverage. Hospitality students from around the region were invited to take part, showcasing their diverse skills in customer service, mis en place, table setting, order taking, food and beverage service along with preparation of coffee.


Three students from Kildare took part in the competition Stacy McDonnell, Georgie McKelvie and Abbey Lyon. These students did exceptionally well on the day, challenging themselves in a range of areas. The day comprised of performance and judging of 8 tasks covering skills consistent with the service associated with a 3 course meal, plus provision of non-alcoholic beverages and coffee. The competition was a great opportunity for all students involved and gave competitors a chance to network, showcasing the skills they are learning in Hospitality. 

Congratulations to Abbey Lyon (Kildare) who was awarded first place in the competition, Georgie McKelvie (Kildare) placing second and Aduny Takele (Griffith High) placing third.

Thank you to the Kildare community for their support in running the competition and to all those who took part in the day.


Penny Mackay |  HospitalityTeacher

World Skills Construction

Last Thursday, 26th October, Riley Corbett from Year 11 VET Construction competed in the World Skills Regional competition for Carpentry. The event was held at Wagga High School, in their Trade Training Centre.


The competitors were challenged to construct a Saw Horse project, made with mostly hand tools. The project required the display of numerous carpentry skills that we learn about during VET Construction, including Cross Halving Joints, Mortise and Tenon Joints.


Riley excelled in all aspects of the competition, and was one of three to fully complete the project before the end of the day. He should soon find out if he was ranked in the top three. Well done Riley!

Top competitors will move onto the State and National competitions.


If you want to find out more about the competition hit up the world skills website  HERE.


Kildare Catholic College offers a wide range of Vocational Education options to Stage 6 students. If you are looking for a trade career, or simply want to build your skills in any particular area, a VET course might well be for you! See Mr Wendt if you’re looking for more information about VET at KCC.


Tom Pulver | Leader of Learning: Tech & Innovation

Steve Elkington Cup

On Tuesday afternoon the Kildare Golf Team competed in the  first round of the Steve Elkington Cup at the Wagga Wagga Country Club. After the first nine, Kildare and Mater Dei are tied on 127, while the other teams are WWHS 154, TRAC 155 and KHS 179. 


The individual standings are also very close with Bart Carroll currently leading by 1 stroke on 38 and Harry MacAskill sitting in third place on 24. 


All the best to the team in two weeks when they play the back 9.


Kel Woodhouse | Teacher

Resource Centre NEWS

Year 12 students currently sitting for their HSC have been taking the opportunity to access the Resource Centre for individual and group study, one to one mentoring and group tutorials for the wide range of their HSC subjects. Year 11 students have been transitioning into Year 12 and settling into their study sessions taking the opportunity to access resources, assistance and guidance with their chosen subjects.

Students have also been enjoying the many new fiction and non-fiction books recently purchased by the Resource Centre with most of the books borrowed, read and recommended to other students. More books are on order so look out for new displays, which will be organised once the books have arrived and are ready to borrow.

The Resource Centre is also currently hosting a display of beautifully crafted coffee tables very kindly supplied by Mr Hegvold’s Year 10 Timber-Cabinet Work group. These coffee tables show excellence in both design and finish and we thank these Year 10 students for sharing their major project with the College community. Drop by and be a part of all the great activity happening in the Resource Centre.

Overdue library & text books notices were sent to students last week and they will be reissued again this week. Any items not returned by 8th November will be invoiced.


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] 





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