Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

22 September 2017
Issue Fifteen
Principal Message Rod Whelan
Prayer for the end of term
Curriculum Matters
  Wagga Wagga Eisteddfod
Storage Rack Display
Launching Water Rockets
Burrabinya Presentation
Combined Wagga Wagga High Schools Hockey
NSW All Schools Netball State Cup
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Principal Message
Rod Whelan

Hello everyone,


Congratulations to our Year 12 students on completion of their last formal day of secondary school. Our Mass and Awards Evening last night and Farewell Assembly today allowed full tribute to be paid to this outstanding group of young men and women. I am particularly appreciative of their care for junior school students, their building of high-functioning learning teams and their general modelling of how to be authentic and principled individuals to other members of the school community. We wish them well for the HSC exams!


Thank you to all for your contribution to a successful Term 3. Stay safe and have a great break. Below are images from today, including a wonderful Year 12 panoramic.





Prayer for the end of term

We thank you Lord, for this term.  For the challenges, the successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt. Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends. Give us strength and courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith.

Keep us safe in our activities; give us good rest and good fun.

Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term. Amen


May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields 

and until we meet again, 

may God hold you in the palm of His hand. 



John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


Curriculum Matters

Thank you to all of the students who have maximised their learning this term. I also encourage you to continue to build upon this next term.

Year 11 Parent/ Student/ Teacher Interviews will be held in the College Hall from 4-7pm on Wednesday 25th October. Bookings can be made on from Tuesday 10th October from 9:00am.

 Term 4 marks the start of the HSC  for our current Year 11 group. They have been urged to carefully consider their pattern of study before electing to drop units. They must ensure  they meet NESA requirements and  complete all necessary paperwork before this occurs. Additionally, there is no compulsion to drop subjects at the start of next term. Meetings will be arranged in the first two weeks of Term 4 to ensure informed decisions are made.

Lastly, I would like to wish Year 12 students all the best for their upcoming HSC exams beginning on 16th of October.


 Best Wishes

Peter Hunt | Leader of Curriculum

Wagga Wagga Eisteddfod

On Thursday September 7th our Kildare Ensembles performed at the Wagga Eisteddfod at Joyes Hall CSU. It was a great experience to attend the performances of so many school ensembles including from The Riverina Anglican College, Wagga Christian College, Mater Dei, the Lutheran School, Junee High and Daramalan College from Canberra. The styles of music and ensembles varied greatly and gave us lots of ideas about how we can improve our performances.

Congratulations to Scratch for winning first place in the Jazz Group section. They were up against Daramalan’s and Mater Dei’s large swing bands but Scratch’s ensemble awareness, creative improvisations and upbeat feel made their performances of “A Little Less Conversation” and “Chameleon” the favourite on the day. Commendations also to the Wind Ensemble who received a Highly Commended for their performance of “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder. Chamber Ensemble performed Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” which is technically demanding and should be proud of their polished performance. The Year 9 Music class combined with Groove to perform the Chilli Peppers song “Dark Necessities” which features a funky bass groove and rhythmical rap style vocals. Well done everyone.

David Chaston | Creative  & Performing Arts

Storage Rack Display

Rationale/Unit Summary​

Students were to develop an understanding and experience of timber-work to better understand and apply:

  • Knowledge of timber species and classifications (hard and soft wood)
  • Basic wood working tools
  • Techniques used when working with timber
  • Timber products

Additionally students were to make a Storage Rack using tools, materials and techniques demonstrated. This unit has reinforced previous learning of safe operating procedures required when working in the workshop. They have developed key competencies of:

  • Measuring and marking out
  • Butt and mitre joints
  • Biscuit jointer
  • Time management
  • Documenting processes using a portfolio
  • Fastening and presentation techniques

The storage rack unit has been a most successful project with many students extending their own personal skills and knowledge beyond expectation.


Ian Hegvold | Woodwork Teacher

Launching Water Rockets

This term Year 9 iSTEM have been investigating aerodynamics, the maths behind flight and the design of rockets. The iSTEM class designed, built and tested bottle rockets to demonstrate their understanding of aerodynamics. During this process they used their understanding of mathematics such as trigonometry to determine the maximum height of their rocket flight. Last week the students tested their prototypes of their bottle rockets and then refined their designs. Using trigonometry they were able to calculate the maximum height of their rockets and successfully reached heights of approximately 18 metres.

Amanda Brown | Teacher

Burrabinya Presentation

Burrabinya - Wiradjuri word meaning "Leap to your future" has finished for 2017. 


Burrabinya is a program that is aimed at building the capacity of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student, through connection with their cultural heritage and community to develop the confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding required to reach their full potential in employment, training and education. 


They investigate career choices and improving their work readiness through self - investigation and practical work related activities. Students have benefited from exploring various education and employment pathways by participation in employability skill workshops and a variety of industry and education site visits.


Burrabinya students received their Certificate for completing the program that went over Terms 2 and 3. We would like to thank everyone who helped these students complete this program and a special thank you to Aunt Kath Withers, Aunt Gail Clarke, Uncle James Ingrham, teachers and Principals from both Mater Dei and Kildare Catholic College and to our wider Community members.


Bettrina Rooke | Aboriginal Education Worker

Combined Wagga Wagga
High Schools Hockey

A big effort by the girl's hockey team over the past two weeks. In the first game, we played Christian College and the game was very even. Chloe Keeley saved numerous shots at goal and other players to play well were Emma Moss, Allison Dean, Erin Rossiter, Emily and Gretchen. Unfortunately, due to exams and illness, we only had eight players and the opposition scored a late goal.

In the second game, we played TRAC who would end up being grand finalists and unfortunately lost that game as well. The girls (Emily Nightingale, Sarah Vickers, Georgie Stevens, Maggie Lawrence, Jemma Knowles, Gretchen Ashby, Sally Foster and Chloe Keeley) all played well, never giving up, but again were down on numbers. A big thank you to Sarah and Sally for having a go at goalkeeper. Also, thank you to the parents who came to support.


Cherrie Kendal | Hockey Coach

NSW All Schools Netball State Cup

Kildare Catholic College lost the 3rd/4th play off by one goal to Mackillop Wyong 15-16. Girls finished 4th in the State. Well done to Mrs Jones and the girls!


Jacqueline Byrne | Coach

Resource Centre NEWS

Book Week 2017 Escape to Everywhere was a wonderful success with a huge number of students participating in all aspects of this event. The ‘Match the Book with the Staff Member’ competition attracted a substantial number of entries and the following students are to be congratulated for their winning entries:

  • Year 7 Sarah Bowering and Zoe Crawford
  • Year 8 Mason Crain and Matthew Hewson
  • Year 9 Claire Quigley
  • Year 10 Bella White
  • Year 11 Eliza Anwar
  • Year 12 did not participate as they were immersed in their HSC Trial Exams.

The winners will receive Book Vouchers from Mr Whelan in recognition of their achievement. Thank you to all students who participated and to Kildare staff who provided books for the competition.

More new books are arriving at the Kildare Resource Centre and will be available for borrowing early next term. Magazines are arriving and will also be available and include Bicycling Australia, Krash, Modern Fishing, Australasian Dirt Bike, Mania, Mad, Whacky But True, Dancetrain, Wheels and Outback. Don’t forget to drop by the Resource Centre to borrow a great book or read a magazine.

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] 


"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from."

Our client is a large respected company located in Wagga Wagga and are looking for a 1st Year Apprentice Chef to work within their modern, busy catering and function centre. This is a friendly team environment where you will have the opportunity to gain new skills and complete a nationally recognised qualification.  You will receive excellent training, support and ongoing career opportunities in this exciting industry. 

You will be working Full-Time (38+ hours per week) and may be required to do split shifts, morning shifts and afternoon shifts.

As an Apprentice Chef you will be required to:


Prepare, cook and serve food for food service
Prepare hot and cold take away foods
Ensure cleanliness and hygiene of the food preparation areas
Be aware of hazards, and assess and control safety risks
Have exceptional customer service and communication skills
Prepare and serve hot drinks such as coffee 

The person we're looking for is enthusiastic, demonstrates initiative, works well under pressure, has excellent customer service skills and a high level or personal presentation and hygiene.  A current driver’s licence is preferred for this position. But most of all we are looking for candidates that have a passion for completing a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery Apprenticeship

This position is to commence in September / October 2017
Send your resume, an a letter of introduction, and at least three referees' contact details to [email protected] today!



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