Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

19 May 2017
Issue Seven
Assistant Principal Message  Simon Huntly
A Centacare Prayer of Mission​
Curriculum Matters
Romero Race Day
Burrabinya Program
Artist in Residence
Tracey Gunson Grand Final
BISSA Cross Country
Students in Sports
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6925 3388
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Assistant Principal Message 
Simon Huntly


Hello Everyone,


As we reach the midway point of another productive term of learning, we have had confirmation that Rod has arrived safely in North America for his study tour and has passed on some interesting feedback about some similarities and differences that exist between Kildare and schools that he has visited in New York. We continue to wish him well during his absence and look forward to his return at the end of the term.

Yesterday and last night saw the first performances of All Shook Up, our musical for 2017. Both shows were well attended, particularly the Primary Schools Matinee, which had its own unique vibe, and the performances of all involved would suggest that their talent and hard work in preparation have paid off, even in the early phase of the two week program. I would like to remind those members of our community who intend to see the show that tickets are available from the Civic Theatre for the remaining shows tonight, tomorrow night and next week. Congratulations to all cast and crew for an outstanding opening day and night.


NAPLAN testing ran smoothly in Week Three and we thank Years Seven and Nine for their cooperation and effort in ensuring that they made the process so worthwhile. Thanks also to Mr Hunt and Ms Sutton for coordinating and to the staff who assisted students over the three days. When these results are released later in the year they will provide important information, as with OARS testing, classroom work and Semester Reports for staff and families to assist with supporting the learning needs of all students.


The coming weeks will see semi-finals and finals of the Currie Cup, Carroll Cup and Girls AFL competitions, as well as the Year Nine and Ten Boys and Girls State Touch Championships. We wish all team members and coaches the best for their respective competitions.


Finally, a reminder to all parents and guardians to please update medical details, emergency plans and contact details that may have changed recently. It is important for the College to have up to date and accurate information in the event of emergency. These updates can be done by contacting the Front Office or through the Kildare Skoolbag App.


Thank you for your ongoing support and all the best for the coming weeks.



A Centacare Prayer of Mission​

God of care and community,

Bless us in our journey through life and lead us into a deeper relationship with you.

Empower us to be compassionate followers of Jesus, committed to empowering others.

Inspire us to live, share and proclaim Gospel values and be a voice of love in our world today.

Help us to be an active part of communities that are caring and respectful, inclusive and welcoming, joyful and generous.

Encourage us to be a voice of hope for the hopeless and downtrodden.

Help us to hold this vision in our hearts.



John Nielsen | Leader of Mission

Curriculum Matters

PISA Field Trials

Kildare Catholic College will be participating in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Field Trial, which is taking place in Australia between 23rd May and 2nd June 2017.


A random sample of students aged around 15-years-old will be selected to represent Australia, to help understand what our students know and what can they do?


PISA is one of the assessments that forms part of the National Assessment Program in Australia, which is the measure through which governments, education authorities and schools can determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes. All Australian Education Ministers have agreed to Australian schools’ participation in PISA, which is reflected in the Australian Education Act 2013.


International assessments provide a wide range of valuable information for education policy and review in Australia and overseas and also enable Australia to consider the performance of our education system compared with others.


PISA 2018 is the seventh PISA assessment that has been conducted since 2000 and involves more than 80 participating countries.  The Field Trial for PISA 2018 will be conducted in 2017 and the Main Survey will be conducted in 2018.


What will PISA mean for our school?

Up to 79  students  have been randomly selected from our school to participate in PISA.  They will complete a two-hour computer-based assessment consisting of reading, mathematics, science and financial literacy questions.  These students will also complete a questionnaire that includes questions about their home background and attitudes to learning. Every participating school and student has an important role in showing the rest of the world what Australia can do.

Peter Hunt | Leader of Curriculum 


On Monday morning, we were visited by medical students from Notre Dame University who spoke to us about applying for and studying health related courses after high school.

We listened to their personal stories and took our own turns using medical equipment, making arm casts and practising first aid scenarios, giving us a great chance to get an idea about the range of opportunities provided by potential health careers.

We all enjoyed learning about the variety of options open to us after high school and gained valuable insight into the endless possibilities offered by universities and careers in the health industry.

Year 12 Student | Elise Drum

Romero Race Day

After a very wet year in 2016, which saw the Romero Races abandoned due to the sodden track, it was both a relief and a delight to conduct Romero Race Day last Friday on a firm track.

The usual cake stall and construction of House Horses in the stables at recess was lots of fun. The highlight of recess though was the sheering of one Logan Skeers. He selflessly donated both his hair and his good looks to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Matthew Knagge was kind enough to put his sheering skills to work and managed to remove Skeersie's locks for this worthwhile cause.

Lunch time saw the BIG BBQ satisfying hungry appetites and the Fashions on the Field, conducted in the hall, were also popular with both the well attired and spectators. Thanks to Liz Woods and Matt Ward for their inspiring commentary and to Kerrie Green, Steph Garrod and Angie Cooper for their dedication to judging such a large field of participants.

Following the ‘Fashions’, we all moved up to the College Green where the four race card was run over a well constructed course. As usual, the Petts Plate and Savill Stakes were hotly contested events and the Romero Cup culminated the Races with Benedicta eventually winning although protests were accepted by the stewards but were hard to validate.

A massive thank you to all staff and students who contributed to such a successful and fun day. A great time was had by all and much needed money was raised for charity.

Thank you.

Peter Gaffney | Romero House Coordinator.

Burrabinya Program

Burrabinya - Wiradjuri word meaning "Leap to your future" has started for 2017. Burrabinya is a program that is aimed at building the capacity of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, 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 will benefit from exploring various education and employment pathways by participation in employ-ability skill workshops and a variety of industry and education site visits.


Bettrina Stewart | Aboriginal Education Worker

Artist in Residence

I have been having a lot of fun at Kildare Catholic College as their first Artist in Residence!!! It has been a great experience to return to the school that I graduated from in 2005 to foster and encourage experimentation and new art making techniques with current students and staff. I look forward to sharing the students results over the term! Thank you to all the staff at Kildare, particularly Mrs Tara McCarthy and Ms Alison Sutton for accommodating my specific requests (like new printmaking inks) and for trusting me in everything I do!


Local artist Elaine Camlin has teamed up with our Year 9 Art class as an Artist in Residence.


Elaine has a background in Print Media and is working with students to develop skills across different forms of printmaking. She will be in each Wednesday for the remainder of the term.


Elaine Camlin | Print Media Artist


Tracey Gunson Grand Final

The junior netball team fought hard in each game and demonstrated high level of skills and determination in the round games where they went down to MDCC by 1 point in round 1, lost to TRAC by 2 points in round 2. Unfortunately they missed out on a spot in the grand final after going down to TRAC by one point in the semi final. The girls finished third in the junior competition after defeating Kooringal High School in the play offs.

Our senior netball team played skillful and competitive netball throughout the round games of the Tracey Gunson Shield. We went down by 5 goals to Mater Dei in round one and won our second round game against Wagga High by 14 goals. Finishing second in Pool A, we went on to play the top of Pool B, TRAC. The girls played a solid game in the semi final against TRAC with our new combinations, timing in attack and defensive pressure all starting to come together. We won the match 39 to 26 giving us a spot into the grand final against Mater Dei. The grand final was truly a phenomenal game which went into double extra time. With the scores level after four quarters, we went on to play two five minute halves which still could not determine a winner therefore the game continued until one team was up by two goals. Unfortunately Mater Dei was the first to get the two goal lead resulting in them winning the game.


Congratulations to all the girls involved, you should be very proud of your efforts! A special mention to our Year 12 students who played their final game for the College. They are extremely talented netballers and have been wonderful role models for our younger players.


Thank you to everyone who came down to support the girls throughout the competition.
Monique Jones and Jackie Byrne | Coaches


BISSA Cross Country

On Monday 8th May, 23 of our elite runners travelled to Narrandera for the BISSA cross country. The sandy course around parts of the racetrack proved to be very challenging, however all our runners completed the course and are congratulated on their efforts. Our 12s and 13s boys and girls ran a 3 km course while the 14s and 15s boys and 14 - 17 year girls covered a 4km distance. The 16-18 Year boys covered a tougher 6 km track and had to run sections of the course twice. Kildare students competed against 11 other regional Catholic and Independent schools.


Molly Carter in Year 9 won the 15 Year girls championship event with a time of  16 minutes 51 seconds for the 4 km. She was followed by Asha Murphy in 4th place. Other notable results included Cameron Walsh 5th in the 12 Year boys, Eloise Murphy 9th in 13 Year girls, Oliver Hazel-Plum 9th in the 15 Year boys and Zoe Leary 10th in the 14 Year girls.


The Wagga Wagga Diocesan Cross Country team to compete at the CCC at Eastern Creek in Sydney on the 16th June consists of KCC students: Alicia O’Donoghue (12G), Eloise Murphy (13G), Zoe Leary (14G), Molly Carter and Asha Murphy (15G) Lachlan Webber and Chantz Carey (16B) with Irish Freemantle (14B) and Oliver Hazel-Plum (15B) reserves for their age groups.


KCC wishes all athletes good fortune for the CCC Cross Country carnival in June.


Jacinta Murphy | Teacher

Students in Sports

Josh Cochrane

A bright future in basketball lies ahead for Year 7 Kildare student, Josh Cochrane. Josh earned selection in the Australian Country Junior Cup team after a week long competition in Albury, the final team being chosen from a pool of 70 talented basketballers. This national team competed in the Mel Young Easter basketball classic in New Zealand over 14th - 17th April. Despite the fact the younger team was in an under 15s grade, they remained undefeated in the tournament and brought home the gold medal. Josh is now working towards his next goal of future NSW team selection.


Gracie Goodyer

Kildare Catholic College Year 7 student, Gracie Goodyer competed with distinction at the Grand National Horse And Rider Championships in Sydney on Thursday 6th April. Gracie is an accomplished show rider, a highly-specialised event judged on the rider’s skill in operating the horse and presentation of both the horse and rider. In a promising lead-up to the national competition, Gracie was thrilled to be declared Supreme Champion Rider Under 18 at the Canberra Royal Show. Gracie had previously won the title of Grand National Champion Rider in the 9 and under 12 division in Sydney in 2016. On a relatively inexperienced horse, Gracie excelled in achieving third place as a young competitor in the 12 - 15 division. Gracie is now focused on educating a new pony for competition as she prepares for more major shows in Canberra and Sydney.


Stephanie Garrod | Teacher

Resource Centre NEWS

Escape to Everywhere is the theme for Book Week 2017 which will be celebrated 19th-25th August. We have well and truly started on this journey with a wide range of new books coming to our Resource Centre shelves each week this year. We have yet more titles that have just gone on display for students to borrow including the series: The Dark Hunters, I Survived, Alfred Kropp, Star Wars and Tim Cahill’s Tiny Timmy as well as well as a fresh collection of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. There are also the biographies and autobiographies of Steve Jobs and Michelle Payne, Usain Bolt, Laura Dekker and Gabrielle Douglas. Gary Paulsen’s Dog Song, Frances Hardinge’s Twilight Robbery and classics of Robinson Crusoe, Sherlock Holmes and Mark Twain favourites also feature in the display.

The Resource Centre now has the benefit of an Epson Wireless Interactive Projector which has been installed and set up by Mr Graeme Collins. This projector will make it possible for small and large groups of students and staff to interactively engage in the teaching and learning process in the open space of the Resource Centre. Mr Collins is in the process of organising assistance with Staff familiarity with this new technology.

Dr Cox-Townend | Teacher Librarian


Year 9 Mirror Frame

Focus Area General Wood: Core Module 1

Rationale/Unit Summary

Students  developed  an understanding and experience of timber to better understand and apply:

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

Students are to make a picture frame using tools, materials and techniques demonstrated. This unit will introduce students to the safe operating procedures required when working in the workshop. They will develop key competencies of:

  • Measuring and marking out
  • Cutting a mitre join
  • Rebate
  • Time management
  • Documenting processes using a portfolio

Statement of Intent

  • Construct a timber picture frame using mitre joins.

This introductory unit is designed to establish safe operating procedures and good work habits:

Year 9 Industrial Tech Wood Unit 1 Mirror Frame 2017.

Desk Organiser

This unit provides students with the experience to learn the design process and develop their designing skills. From generation of ideas and the use of mind maps to sketching of initial ideas and scaled drawings. Students are also presented with the opportunity of working in the workshop and learning the necessary skills and techniques to construct their chosen design. Students are presented with an organizer theme which is appropriate for the workshop which has been allocated to the group.

Students are to research existing organizer's that are on the market using a variety of technologies. They are to identify their own needs and requirements for their organizer and develop their designs through concept sketching. From this they are able to explore different materials (Wood, Perspex and/or metal) and see their design through to completion of constructing the final product.

Ian Hegvold | Teacher

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] 


Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

Information for parents and carers​




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