Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

09 September 2016
Issue Seven
Message from Mr Huntly
Bishop's Farewell Mass
Kildare Day Mass
Benedicta community Day
Choicez Media Presentation
ANZAC writing competition
English Line Day with Barbara Stanners
Dance @ KCC
HSC Drama Performance Exam
Challenge for Change Competition
Final Session
DIO Basketball
2016 Creed Cup
 Year 7 Sport @ PCYC
NSW All Schools Tennis
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Message from Mr Huntly

Hello everyone,

As we enter the end of another busy term, this time of the year is of particular significance as Year 12 commence their final fortnight of HSC classes in preparation for their exams in early Term Four. An important part of this preparation, as has been the case for the past three years, are the Line Study days that commence next Wednesday, 14 September. These days have proven to be of great benefit as they allow students and staff to work collaboratively for an entire day to refine skills and knowledge that will best suit individual student needs leading into the exams. All Year 12 students are expected to be in attendance on their designated days of study. Students are not required to attend days where they have a scheduled study lesson on that line. Line days will be running until Thursday 22 September. That night, we will be celebrating the end of formal classes with the annual Graduation Mass and Awards Ceremony. This will commence at 6.30pm in the College Hall and is one of many highlights for our graduating class. The following morning will see farewells from Homegroups, Houses and the entire College Community. Families and carers are welcome to attend the College Farewell which will commence at 11:45am. We wish Year 12 all the best for the coming weeks.

As we farewell our Year 12’s, this time also sees the transition of student leadership roles to our current Year 11’s. Last Wednesday 9 students presented speeches to the entire staff and student body as the final part of a series of application, interviews, speeches and voting. I would like to congratulate each of the candidates, Will Buchanan, Madeline Dean, Kelsey Hogan, Sam Heffernan, Emma Moss, Amelia Preuss, Bridget Robertson, Harry Toole and Chelsea Tout for their preparation and commitment to the leadership process and for the outstanding quality of their presentations to our community. Congratulations to our captains elect for 2017, Chelsea Tout and Sam Heffernan. Over the coming weeks, interviews and elections will also be held for House and Boarding House Leaders for 2017. Once again, good luck and thank you to all those who have nominated for leadership positions.

Finally, congratulations to our 14 Years Rugby League team who yesterday were crowned Cochrane Cup Champions for 2016. This competition is a state-wide one for Catholic Schools, and is the first time that Kildare has achieved such an outstanding result. Many thanks to Mr Conn and Mr McNamara who coached and mentored the team, and to each of the boys who participated.






Lord Jesus, merciful face of the Father, you came to give us the Good News of the Father’s mercy and tenderness.

We thank you for the gift of our Saint Teresa of Calcutta, who has been canonized in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. You chose her to be your presence, your love and compassion to the brokenhearted, the unwanted, the abandoned and the dying.

We pray, through her intercession, for the grace to experience your merciful love and share it in our own families, communities and with all our suffering brothers and sisters. Help us to give our “hearts to love and hands to serve,” after the example of Mother Teresa. Lord Jesus, bless every member of our family, our parish, our diocese, our country, especially those most in need, that we all may be transformed by your merciful love.



Canonisation of Mother Teresa

Sunday 4th September, 2016​


Last Sunday the Catholic Church celebrated the canonisation of Mother Teresa in St. Peter’s Square.

On Friday Kildare teachers and students celebrated this historic occasion when the Church announced Her newest saint, Teresa of Calcutta. In House teams students reflected in prayer on the holy life of Mother Teresa who gives a powerful witness to the call we share to follow Jesus; especially in His love and compassion for the poor.


“What you are doing,

I cannot do.

What I am doing,

you cannot do.

But together we can

do extraordinary things”


KCC Prayer Web page HERE

John Nielsen |  Leader of Mission

Bishop's Farewell Mass

On Monday 5 September ten Year 7 students represented Kildare at the Bishop’s Farewell Mass. There were many other schools from the Wagga Diocese that attended the mass as well. The Mass was a farewell for the Bishop to celebrate his fourteen years as the Bishop of Wagga Wagga.

Year 7 Oodgeroo students | Sophie Hallam, Lucy Hanlon and Stephanie Doyle

Kildare Day Mass

On Wednesday 31 August, the Kildare Catholic College community gathered to acknowledge and give thanks for the founders of Catholic education who inspire our school. The lives and legacy of Nano Nagle (Presentation Sisters), Edmund Rice (Christian Brothers) and Mary MacKillop (Patron of the Wagga Wagga Diocese) were celebrated. Kildare Day is held at the start of spring, in alignment with the Feast of St Brigid of Kildare.

We thank Father Reece Beltrame who celebrated Mass with us. His homily on the story of the Prodigal Son reminded us that God is always calling us to Him - reaching out with a loving embrace to sinners who seek His mercy.

The beautiful spring weather was ideal for the BBQ lunch we shared after Mass.

John Nielsen |  Leader of Mission


Year 9 and 11 lines for next year are finalised and we are currently working through the allocations. Most students in Year 9 will receive 2 of 3 choices. Once allocated, they will be able to speak to me if there is any issue. Please note lines may restrict choices, plus class sizes.


Thanks to parents, students and teachers who engaged in learning conversations on Tuesday afternoon. It is important to use this dialogue to plan for success during this semester.


2016 HSC results will be sent to students via email and text message from 6.00am on Thursday 15 December. Students will also be able to access their results at the same time via Students Online HERE.


It is important BOSTES has accurate student contact details. Students should log into Students Online and check that their email addresses and mobile phone numbers are correct. If a school email address is recorded, they should consider changing it to a personal one, as students will have left school when results are released.


Students who do not wish to receive their results by email or SMS can opt out before 5pm on Wednesday 14 December via Students Online > My Details. Information on online security can be found at


Students will be able to download all their BOSTES credentials as a PDF from Students Online on Wednesday 21 December. Eligible students will receive their HSC testamur in the post between 18 – 20 January 2017. Students will be able to order another copy of their testamur or a printed Record of Achievement and course reports at a cost of $17.00. Alternatively, they can print all of the documents themselves from Students Online.


Click on table below to enlarge

2016 HSC Timetable HERE



Shane Fuller | Leader of Curriculum


There is a huge variety of exciting career paths open to people with STEM based skills. Young people with STEM qualifications are in demand in the job market and have good long term career prospects. People with STEM skills can make a big contribution to many of the challenges facing society today. 75% of fastest growing jobs in Australia require people with STEM qualifications. Australia has identified a shortage of people with STEM skills, so the opportunity for you is exciting. If you ask yourself “what problem would I like to solve” rather than “what do I want to be”, you’ll discover that science, technology, engineering or mathematics is likely to be required. It is often a surprise to people just how many different careers are based on STEM skills. There are jobs to suit all personalities and all skill levels. Here are just a few examples:

Karen Murray | Careers Adviser

Benedicta community Day

Benedicta House held its community day on Friday 2 September. The fundraising activities included a gold coin donation for mufti day as well as a cake stall at recess and sausage sizzle and soft drink sales at lunchtime. A raffle was also run with 1st prize going to Jaide Coatsworth. A huge thank you to Myer for the donations. Money raised will go towards local non for profit organisations Kurrajong Waratah and Interreach which help people with a disabilty gain access to things like their own accomodation, entry into the workplace and social activities to name a few. We will also support Catholic Missions organisation Caritas which assists third world countries gaining access to the things in life that in Australia some may take for granted like water, food and shelter. The afternoon activities comprised of homeroom trivia with plenty of involvement across the whole college community. Congratulations to King 1 who look forward to the prize of a pizza lunch soon for winning. Thank you to all of those involved in the set up of the day and to all students for making the day a huge success.

Matthew Conn | Academic Care Coordinator Bendicta House


On the evening of Wednesday  24 August, Mt Erin Boarding House celebrated the initial stage of graduation for the 2016 Year 12 boarders. The evening commenced with Mass in the Chapel, attended by all boarders, the parents of the Year 12 and a number of teaching staff.  We were led in our celebration by Bishop Hanna with Fr Paddy assisting. Mr Whelan (KCC), Mrs Thomas (MDCC) and Bishop Hanna presented a candle to each graduand, thanking them for their contributions to our community and wishing them every success in the future.

The evening concluded with a dinner at the Riverina Hotel, attended by Yr12, parents and carers and a number of teaching and boarding staff. The evening was an opportunity to reminisce and share our hopes for them in the future. We would like to thank Bishop Hanna and Fr Paddy for joining us, Mr John Neilsen for organising the Mass, Mr David Chaston and the KCC musicians and singers for sharing their talents and Mr John Gowland for preparing the booklet and photography.


Brendan Ashby | Boarding School Manager


On Monday 29 August, Year 12 students from  Kildare and Mater Dei came together for our annual CSO organised study day. Students met at Kildare and were involved in a number of workshops designed to enhance and improve their understanding of the course content and how to answer exam responses. The workshops were conducted by experienced markers and  teachers of Studies of Religion from Sydney and Newcastle including - Petah Foran from St.Patrick’s College, Campbelltown, Sandy Hollis, Director of Education , Emanuel Synagogue, Woollahra, Jon Noble - St.Francis Xavier College, Newcastle. Plus, Sourush Cina and Ahmet Ozturk from ISRA, Sydney. Students gained many  valuable tips and ideas about how to organise study notes and answers HSC questions which hopefully will assist them in their final preparation for the HSC. After school, Studies of Religion Teachers from Kildare and Mater Dei met with Sandy and Jon for some professional development on HSC marking and how to push students to the next band in the HSC. Our Catholic Studies students were also involved in a series of workshops around personal growth conducted by the staff of several diocesan high schools. We thank all who assisted in staging the day but especially Jane Plum from CSO who coordinated the day for us.

Terrence Kennedy | REC

Choicez Media Presentation

On Monday, August 22, Mr David Kobler presented an informative and engaging talk to Kildare College Year Nine and Ten groups on issues around social media, body image, sexuality and right relationships. David spoke separately to girls and boys. He also addressed a group of interested adults at Kildare on Monday evening.

Complementing the Your Choicez presentations, College staff ran workshops with Kildare boys and girls. Year Nine boys reflected on how a real man behaves. We engaged in activities that emphasised respect, co-operation and discernment when choosing role models.

On behalf of the students and staff at Kildare, I thank David for his relevant and insightful presentations.


John Nielsen | Leader of Mission

Year 9 girls enjoyed two lessons exploring gender and identity. After considering some of the aspects of femaleness which they liked and those which challenged, small groups created a wall hanging capturing their hopes.

Karrie Green | Academic Care and Wellbeing Coordinator


ANZAC writing competition

ANZAC Day writing competition organised by Federal Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack.

The best entries chosen received a commemorative ANZAC-related book, presented by Mr McCormack.

Best high school students recieved a magnificent hard-cover book "World War One: A History in 100 Stories", By Laura James, Bruce Scates and Rebecca Wheatley.

KCC student Elise Drum was awarded the World War One, A History in 100 Stories book and a certificate.

Eight winners will have their award-winning work and photo appear in my commemorative ANZAC Day glossy booklets which will again be distributed across the region in the lead-up to ANZAC Day this April.

All entries received a special signed Parliamentary certificate as a keepsake.


Referenced from: Michael Mccormack web site.


English Line Day with Barbara Stanners


On Wednesday Barbara Stanners, an experienced English teacher, HSC marker and published author of numerous English HSC study guides, facilitated our English Study Day. Students engaged in valuable activities designed to develop critical skills and enhance a deeper conceptual understanding of the Area of Study: Discovery. The day was of immeasurable value to our students and their successful response to the English Paper One, their first HSC examination.

Damian Quinn | KLA Coordinator

Dance @ KCC

Dance at KCC has been very busy this term! We started with our HSC Dance students performing all their practical assessments for external HSC markers on Thursday 18th August. They were required to perform their Core Performance piece - a 4 minute dance choreographed by Mrs Hardy - as a solo followed by an interview. Then they presented their Core Composition pieces - a 3-5minute piece exploring a central concept that they choreographed themselves and taught to another dancer. Finally, they presented their Major Study - either Performance or Composition. It was a long and physically exhausting day but all students were extremely happy with their performances and that of their dancers. They are now finished 80% of their HSC Dance studies. All students are to be commended on their diligence, hard work and passion for Dance.


On Wednesday 24th August the Year 9 and 10 Dance classes as well as Year 10's who have selected Dance in Stage 6, travelled to Griffith Regional Theatre to see Sydney Dance Company's performance of CounterMove.


(Check out a taster HERE)

 It was an exhilarating double bill that intrigued, moved and entertained them. Rafael Bonachela’s world premiere, Lux Tenebris explored light and darkness with fiercely physical movement and deep, electronic beats by composer Nick Wales (long-term collaborator of Sarah Blasko). While Alexander Ekman’s Cacti was a brilliantly conceived, laugh-out-loud funny piece that dared to poke fun at contemporary dance. Featuring a string quartet live on stage, Ekman’s witty and energetic choreography has received a global trail of rapturous reviews.


Dance Night is happening this term - Wednesday 21st September! Put this date in your diary and be sure to come to the KCC Hall to see our talented performers on stage. The Year 9 and 10 Dance classes will be presenting a variety of performance and composition tasks done in class. The HSC Dance class will have one final hurrah as a class and our Red and Blue Choruses are keen to show off their abilities. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your dance loving acquaintances for an evening of great family entertainment. 



Megan Hardy | Dance Teacher

HSC Drama Performance Exam

Last Friday 2 September our Year 12 Drama class had their HSC Drama practical examination in the Drama Room. The students successfully performed their Group Performances and then seven of them delivered separate monologue performances. Earlier in the week, other practical projects (three video dramas, one lighting design and one promotion and program) were sent off to Sydney for marking. 


Students did a great job supporting each other on the day and had a successful delivery of their performances for the markers. Thanks to Ms Cotterill and Ms Sutton for their help on the day and to Meredith Ashby who capably managed the lights for the performers. 


Well done also to our Year 11 Drama class who had their Drama night last Wednesday night. They had a good practice run for will happen for them in the HSC course.

Michael Mack | Drama teacher

Challenge for Change

Over the last two weeks, Year 7 RE classes have been working on a project in conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul. Highlighting the work that Vinnies does with migrants and refugees within our community, students were asked to raise awareness of the challenges our newest residents face when settling into the community.


The work of students varied, with some outlining the cultural barriers and language differences faced while others focused on the inherent need for a sense of belonging. Students did this in the form of posters, films, storybooks and artwork. Their works also referred to the wonderful support offered by Vinnies and how their work underpins Catholic teachings and the universal nature of human rights.


Below are some examples of the works completed by students:


Caitlin Fahey | Year 7 RE Teacher

Final Session

Year 9 Child Studies conducted their final playgroup session last week. It was a huge success with a record number of children attending (58 in total). The girls organised a range of fun activities including dancing, balloon volleyball, decorating masks, making fish out of paper plates, painting rainbows, face painting, playdough, puzzles and a shaving cream and paint sensory activity. We would like to thank all the parents and carers who attended and look forward to hosting more playgroup sessions next year .




Jacqueline Byrne | PDHPE Teacher

DIO Basketball

On Tuesday 30th September, 15 Kildare students from Years 7-10 competed in the Intermediate division of the Wagga Diocesan Basketball Carnival at Albury's Lauren Jackson Stadium

Girls Year 9-10

A young girls team, consisting of Brianna O'Connell (Yr 7) , Ella McFarlane (Yr 8), Erin Rossiter and Sarah Lynch (Yr 9), Gabby Tschirn, Tennielle Cochrane and Milli Gentle (Yr 10) competed against strong opposition from Mater Dei Catholic College, Xavier High School, St Francis and Marian College. The team, coached by Yr 11 student, Zoe McFarlane fought hard against quality opposition but had slow starts to all of their games. The team had a narrow loss to St Francis after giving away a 10 point start, eventually going down by 3 points. An easy victory followed against Marian followed by a hard, tough game against Mater Dei, again a slow start impacted on the final result - a win to MDCC. Our final game against Xavier was another physical contest with the KCC team standing up to a taller, larger side. Congratulations to all players and a special commendation to the leading point scorer for the day, Ella McFarlane. Thank you to coach Zoe McFarlane, whose knowledge of the game contributed to a positive performance from the team.  Thanks also to Juanita Bailey who covered the bench duties for all our games. 



KCC 32 defeated by St Francis 35

KCC 82 defeated Marian 13

KCC 23 defeated by MDCC 34

KCC 33 defeated by Xavier 54 

Boys Year 9-10

The boys basketball team worked hard the entire day, and won half of their 4 games. Victories involved thrashing MDCC by 22 points and then defeating Marian in a nail-biter that went down to the buzzer winning in the end by 3 points. Unfortunately KCC lost against Xavier and St Francis. All the students that played worked cohesively as a team and were all happy with their performances. A special thanks to Jody Siegwalt for coaching the students on the day. 



KCC 31 defeated by Xavier 54

KCC 40 defeated MDCC 18

KCC 15 defeated by St Francis 58

KCC 41 defeated Marian 38 


 Jacinta Murphy and Daniel Robinson | Coaches

2016 Creed Cup

Kildare Catholic College recently competed in Pool B of the 2016 Wagga Combined Schools Open Boys Football Creed Cup competition.
Kildare Catholic College played Kooringal High School in game one. Goals to Charles Prest and Logan Flanagan resulted in Kildare overcoming a 0-1 deficit to win this game 2-1.
Game two witnessed Kildare play Mount Austin High School. This resulted in a 0-0 draw.
The most exciting, nerve racking and a must win game for Kildare was against Wagga Wagga Christian College (WWCC).  A tightly contested first half produced many half chances that resulted in the half time score remaining 0-0. Sam Jones opened the scoring from the penalty spot for Kildare to lead 1-0. WWCC responded to level the score 1-1. Ethan Schiller restored Kildare’s lead, 2-1.   WWCC responded again to level the score, 2-2. WWCC then took the lead 2-3. Sam Jones responded quickly with a fine individual goal to equalise for Kildare 3-3. Kildare pressurised the WWCC defence in the last 15 minutes but could not add to the score.
Over the course of the three games, Tim Banks in goals made many outstanding saves.  Will Bassett, Jacob Butt, Mackenzie Harmer, Isaac Schiller and Andre Vecchio were resolute in defence. Harrison Toole, Logan Flanagan, Xavier Lyons and  Ethan Schiller  controlled the midfield and inspired many attacking movements. Matthew Grimson , Sam Jones, Camryn McCrory, Charles Patterson, Charles Prest tormented the defences of the 3 schools. Keenan Flood, Blake Jones and Justin Wall were ever dependant substitutes.
The manner in which the 3 games have been played, the football played and the spirit shown by all of the players was outstanding.
The winner of Pool B progressed onto the semi-finals of the Creed Cup competition. Although undefeated, Kildare with 5 points missed out to Kooringal High School who had 6 points from two wins.


Stasiu Dorczak | Coach

 Year 7 Sport @ PCYC

A group of Year 7 students have been attending the PCYC for sport. They have participated in a range of activities including archery, basketball, gymnastics, boxing and soccer.

Monique Cowled | Sport Teacher

NSW All Schools Tennis

The Kildare Boys’ Tennis Team recently competed in the NSW All Schools Tennis Teams Competition at Sydney Olympic Park.

Earlier in the year, our team consisting of Trey Murphy, Charles Prest, Thomas Gardiner, Edward O’Connell and James Forwood beat other Catholic teams around the region to represent the Wagga Diocese at the NSW Catholic Tennis Teams event.  

The restructured team of Trey, Charles, Thomas and James then travelled to Bathurst where the boys were successful in being nominated as the top boys tennis team in the NSW Catholic system, which is a marvellous achievement.

The final stage of the All Schools competition comprised matches between the top teams from the Catholic, Independent and State systems.

We were invited by the Independent representatives, The McDonald College in Strathfield, to play at their courts at Sydney Olympic Park.

Fortunately, the wild and wet conditions in Sydney cleared up enough for the match to be played which consisted of singles, doubles and reverse doubles sets.

Although we lost it was fabulous opportunity to play at a premier Australian venue and meet other students passionate about tennis.

Congratulations to the boys for taking Kildare to this level.


We’d also like to thank to Kel Woodhouse for his fantastic organisational skills.


Elizabeth Woods | Tennis Team Co-ordinator

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.



Lake Albert Public School P & C Fundraiser


Gather your friends, family and neighbours and join us for a fun-filled morning, walking or running around Lake Albert. We will have numerous colour stations along the way to 'brighten' your day!

There will be a BBQ and refreshments available for purchase at the end of the course.

Your ticket price includes the colour filled morning, a memento silicone wristband and stacks of fun!

We encourage you to wear white clothing to get the most out of the colour explosions. Sunglasses are a good option to ensure colour does not enter eyes. However, as it is non-toxic, a simple rinse with water will rectify.


This is an ALL age event. Children 4 years and under will be free.
Please note: this is NOT a drop off event for children. If you would not normally let your child walk around the Lake without adult supervision, then they must be supervised by a paying adult on the day.

For the safety of all participants no bikes, scooters, skates or skateboards of any kind. Prams and strollers are permitted. No pets allowed.

The colours are non-toxic. They are made from food grade corn starch and the dyes are approved by the Food Industry. 

This event is a not-for-profit event and ALL proceeds go directly back into resources for the children of Lake Albert Public School.

Please remember to SLIP, SLOP & SLAP!

Wristbands will be available for collection closer to the event. We will keep you advised of location and times for pick-up. Please remember that the wristbands are your entry to the event on the day. We will not be able to reissue them.


Click to register HERE


Mountain Biking Training Days

Start to become one with your bike - learn the basics of setting out for a single track ride, balance, cornering, taking the right line and attacking. These clinics, coached by MTBA accredited coaches, will help you to build confidence riding in rough terrain.

Beginner FREE Training Days, view full brochure HERE.



Wodonga based former World Cup Downhiller, Julia ’Indi’ Boer, from The Fastline Bikademy, will be hosting workshops for riders of all abilities from beginners to experienced.

School Aged training days, view full brochure HERE.

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