Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

15 June 2016
Issue Two
Message from Mr Whelan
 Staff Spirituality Day
Curriculum Matters
Cyber Bullying
Cooking  Workshops​
Where are they now Booklet
Bundanon Art Excursion
Cabaret Rehearsals
Musica Viva
Year 9 Pass Gym
Cochrane Cup​ Footy
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6925 3388
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Message from Mr Whelan

Hello everyone,

This week we heard the sad news that Illaria Donebus, a Year 7 student at Mater Dei Catholic College, passed away on Saturday June 11. Please pray for Illaria, her parents Manuel and Karen, siblings Emilio and Sabrina, family, friends and the Mater Dei Primary and Secondary communities.

At the Staff Spirituality Day last Friday we looked at how Pope Francis’ messages of mercy and missionary discipleship impact on the work and daily life of the College. Staff had an opportunity for close reading of Misericordiae Vultus - The Face of Mercy, the Papal announcement of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, as well as supporting documents from Cardinal Walter Kasper and Sr Joan Chittister. The purpose was to ensure a shared understanding of the Pope’s message of mercy and the broader theology of mercy, the unique position of Pope Francis as a South American and Jesuit (and how these factors influence his thinking and Papacy), together with discussion of how a better understanding of mercy as a central biblical, Church and community theme can help us do a better job of making Christ present at Kildare Catholic College. This will be ongoing, including the first staff meeting of Term 2 where we will work on staff professional culture and how as a staff team we can be the best possible support for the students and families of the College.


     The time has come for the Church to take up the joyful call to mercy once more. It is      time to return to the basics and to bear the weaknesses and struggles of our                    brothers and sisters. Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instils in          us the courage to look to the future with hope.

Pope Francis: Misericordiae Vultus - The Face of Mercy





Creator, open our hearts

to peace and healing between all people.

Creator, open our hearts

to provide and protect for all children of the earth.

Creator, open our hearts

to respect the earth, and all the gifts of the earth.

Creator, open our hearts

to end exclusion, violence, and fear among all.

Thank-you for the gifts of this day and every day. Amen

KCC Prayer Web page HERE

John Nielsen​ |  Leader of Mission​

 Staff Spirituality Day

Last Friday, June 10, the College staff gathered for the Kildare Catholic College Staff Spirituality Day. We gathered in prayer to reflect on the Year of Mercy and later in the day, our chaplain Father Paddy Sykes celebrated the Eucharist with us. Father Anto from the Syro-Malabar community, Our Lady of Fatima parish, was also our guest.

A main focus for the day was to deepen our understanding of the Pope's call to missionary discipleship. We were challenged to see how Pope Francis' recent proclamations might inform our practice at Kildare. Principal, Mr Rod Whelan, provided a valuable opportunity for staff to further familiarise themselves with the Pope's encyclicals and with the work of Walter Kasper and Sr Joan Chittister, theologians who offer important insights into the "surprise of Pope Francis" and the significance of mercy respectively.

Staff also focused on the wellbeing of the College community and considered both a deficit and a positive psychology model. We identified the many areas where Kildare shows itself to be a caring and supportive community whilst also considering how we can respond more authentically to the challenge of enabling each person to become more fully human.

John Nielsen​ |  Leader of Mission

Curriculum Matters

As we approach the end of Term 2 it is worth noting that early next Term, Year 12 students will sit Trial HSC Examinations (draft timetable attached). These are significant as they form a large part of school based assessment. It is important for students to allocate sufficient time in preparation so that success follows. More effective study now should also assist in the lead up to the HSC.

To complement this, BOSTES and the Sydney Morning Herald produce an online guide on June 20th. It contains study advice, oral/ written/ performance exam advice, tips for finalising submitted works and videos. Contributors include BOSTES Inspectors, HSC ​Markers and past HSC students.

As we speak Year 11 reports are being finalised. They will be emailed to parents and students this week.  Reports for Years 7-10 will be emailed home by the end of term. Please engage in discussion about the Semester's learning in prepration for a successful start to Term 3. 

Shane Fuller | Leader of Curriculum

Cyber Bullying

Years 7 to 10 were witness to a play called "Cyber Bullying". The performance is one of a number of acts by 'Starr Productions' with a particular focus on issues surrounding Bullying and Harassment. This particular show highlighted the simple yet complex world of using technology as a means of threatening, bullying and harassing people, and clearly





showed the implications of such behaviours, for victims and perpetrators alike.  We hope that through opportunities such as this, our community is able to make positive steps towards the identification, reporting and minimising such behaviours.


Simon Huntly | Assistant Principal



Cooking  Workshops​

With Chris Wendt





Year 11 Hospitality students have been working rigorously across Term 2 to ensure they had all the necessary skills and knowledge to complete their practical assessment. Students constructed four rustic tarts and accompanying salads and then presented their creation in accordance with the brief. All the students performed to a high standard and met all requirements for the practical assessment.  A job well done by a creative and enthusiastic Hospitality team.


Christopher Wendt | Hospitality Trainer/Vet Coordinator

Where are they now Booklet

We are so happy to be able to finally publish ‘Where are they now?


I can’t thank my ex-students enough for sharing their stories. The response has been overwhelming.


My current students will get so much out of reading this.

If any of my ex students read this and would like to contribute, please feel free to contact me. Would love some more stories from people who did not undertake tertiary study.

Karen Murray | Careers Advisor







 'Where are they now' digital book click HERE

Bundanon Art Excursion

The Year 11 Art class travelled last Wednesday to Australian artist Arthur Boyd's estate, Bundanon. Boyd donated this estate

after his death, to create a new community



 of Australian artists.

Arthur and Yvonne Boyd's gift of Bundanon has given Australia a unique cultural and environmental asset. It was born out of Boyd's often stated belief that 'you can't own a landscape' and the wish that others might also draw inspiration from this remarkable place.

Over the course of the three days, we participated in various workshops run by local artists and educators. The class experimented with acrylic, watercolour, charcoal and gouache mediums to create an

impressive range of works. The three day trip


was enjoyed by all and many new skills and techniques were learned, as well as great memories. Thank you to everyone who supported us in our fundraising efforts in the lead up to the trip and to Kildare for allowing us to attend.


Our work is on display in the resource center until the end of term.


Alison Sutton | Leader of Learning & Teaching


Cabaret Rehearsals

Cabaret is Approaching!

Cabaret rehearsals are in full swing! Our singers, dancers, performers and musicians have been rehearsing tirelessly in preparation for our upcoming cabaret show.

Your attendance will make an enchanting addition to the night’s already incredible program! Tickets can be bought at the doors which open half an hour before showtime.







Venue: Kildare Hall

Cost: $10 for adults – $5 for under 18 and concession – $24 for Families of four

Show Times

Thur 16 June 7:00 p.m.

Fri 17 June 7:00 p.m.

Sat 18 June 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Wed 22 June 6:00 p.m.
(State of Origin pre-game entertainment!)

Thur 23 June 7:00 p.m.

Fri 24 June 7:00 p.m.

Musica Viva

It was an incredible privilege to be exposed to some of Australia's finest Jazz talent last Thursday when musicians, James Greening (Trumpet/Trombone), Steve Elphick (Double Bass), Matt Keegan (Saxophone) and Toby Hall (Drums/percussion) visited Kildare Catholic College and ran workshops for students from Year 7 - 12.

The first workshop for a small group of our highly proficient musicians introduced some fundamental aspects of  improvisation and



challenged the students to take risks and be confident in their own creative ideas. The second workshop was presented before an audience of some 200 students who are studying Music in Year 7 - 12. James Greening and his band demonstrated how to combine the different layers of melody, rhythm and harmony which create the rich tapestry of sounds we hear when listening to an ensemble. Students were also given the opportunity make music and groove along with the band.

Left to right. Musical Viva Jazz Band and

Kildare students workshopping the fundamentals of improvisation.
Matt Keegan, James Greening, Abel Anwar, Tom O'Brien, Meg Emery, Caitlyn Davis, Will Buchanan, Hayden Buchanan, Steve Elphick, Israel Shephard. 

David Chaston | Music Teacher/ KLA Coordinator

Year 9 Pass Gym





Year 9 PASS students are currently studying a Physical Fitness Unit. Through this unit we have been looking at the factors that limit and enhance the capacity to move and perform. Students have been designing their own fitness tests and demonstrating these to their classes. Year 9 PASS are further developing their knowledge through a variety of fitness classes, such as RPM and Bootcamp, down at Xcelerate Fitness.

Ryan Price

Geoffrey McNamara

 Kurt McPherson | PDHPE Teachers



AFL Boys Under 15

AFL boys Under 15 NSWCCC team: Adam Whyte, Cooper McKelvie, Ryan Allen, Absent: Kane Flack




AFL Girls Under 15 

AFL girls Under 15 NSWCCC team: Caitlin Kelly, Lucy Anderson








Opens Under 15

Touch Football NSWCCC Opens and Under 15 team : Sophie Quirk, Madeline Morton ( under 15 ), Chelsea Tout, Abbey Corbett

Congratulations to the following students

Caitlin Kelly​ & Ryan Allen - who performed particularly well in the NSWCCC, gaining selection in the NSW All Schools Teams.

Cochrane Cup​ Footy

Our 14 Years Rugby League team recently contested the Riverina leg of the Cochrane Cup which is made up of the best Catholic and Independant School teams across the region.

We had an early start of 9.30am  against Mater Dei Catholic College but the boys prepared really well and we beat them convincingly 54 to 6. We then had a big break until the final at 1.00 pm against the very strong St Francis de Sales College from Leeton which proved to be a tough game where the lead changed 4 times until our pressure resulted in late points and we ran out winners 22 to 14.  Full credit must go to the boys who played to our game plan and structures all day. Players player points on the day were shared amongst quite a few players but in the end our best three were Liam Fitszimmons, Riley Browning and Sam Macklan. Many thanks go to the parents who continue to support this group of boys and to Mr McNamara for his help in preparing the team. We look forward to our next opponents in this state wide competition.


Matthew Conn | Coach

Whats Happening

Cabaret @ KILDARE


Trial Exam Timetable (2).pdf
Trial Exam Timetable (3).pdf