Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

01 December 2017
Issue Nineteen
Principal Message Rod Whelan
An Advent Prayer​
Curriculum Matters
Year 8's Got Talent
Presentation Sisters Pilgrimage to Grave-sites
Teresa Day 2017
Year 10 Social Night 2017
Year 9 Pass Class Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Year 9 Peer SUPPORT
Year 7-8 Girls Touch Football 
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Principal Message
Rod Whelan

Hello everyone,


Here is the latest news as we approach the end of a productive year.


College Council

Catherine Chalker has resigned as Chair of the College Council, 4 years after the graduation of Kate, the youngest in the Chalker family. Catherine’s commitment to Kildare and to education in general has been persistent and generous. She has led an equally generous team of parents which has been instrumental in supporting, promoting and completing improvement plans for the College.


Ursula Harbison is resigning as Chloe finishes Year 12 and Jo Eady is resigning 12 months after Lauren finished Year 12. Ursula and Jo have an optimistic, informed view of education and have been excellent advocates for the College.  Ursula’s commitment as a Boarding parent has also involved significant travel and late nights after our monthly meetings.


Amanda Howard, Maria Vecchio, Ken Grimson, Joe McGirr, Cath Munn, Katrina Cooper and David Collie make up the remainder of the Council. I thank each of them for their energy, expertise and generosity. Council meetings are positive, supportive affairs which focus first on improving opportunity, learning and wellbeing for our students. We will look at Council numbers early next year and invite nominations for new members if required.




Here is a summary of staffing changes. We expect to have 920 students next year and this increase in numbers allows us to employ several new teachers.

  • Colin Parker has resigned after a combined 39 years of service as a Science teacher at Mt Erin High School and Kildare.

  • Catherine Banks leaves us to take on a leadership position at Mater Dei Catholic College.

  • Peter Hunt has accepted a 12 month secondment to work at the Catholic Schools Office, supporting the 5 Diocesan secondary schools as a School Support Officer: Curriculum and Pedagogy.

  • Brendan Ashby has resigned as Leader of Boarding after 6 years of service to boarders and their families.

  • Jenny Stephens joined us recently as a Science teacher.

  • Dannyelle Gater joins us next year as a Science and Maths teacher.

  • Tess Lyons joins us next year as a Maths teacher.

  • Caitlin Fahey will be Leader of Academic Care and Wellbeing for 2018.

  • Angie Cooper is the new Gandhi House Academic Care Coordinator.

  • John Nielsen is Teresa House Academic Care Coordinator for 2018.

  • Christine Savage is Leader of Mission for 2018.


Fulltime On-site Psychologist from 2018

From 2018 we will employ a full-time psychologist. This will allow high level specialist support for individuals, families and groups. Psychological assessment, counselling, intervention planning and other services will be available on-site and integrated into various teams that work to improve learning and wellbeing for individuals and groups. This appointment will be made and announced before the end of the 2017 school year.


The CSO contract with Centacare for provision of counselling services continues, with a focus on Primary schools. Our current counsellor Emily Dowling will continue her work in Diocesan Primary schools.



Sport in 2018

From 2018, Sport will be integrated into the PDHPE curriculum. The combined hours will be exactly the same. The key advantage is that expert teachers are allocated to take all PDHPE and sport hours, rather than teachers who are below load on a timetable and ‘topped up’ with Sport. Integrated sport has been the recommended pathway for quite a few years from those concerned with getting young people more active more often and with ensuring best teacher fit. For this to happen we have to increase the size of the PDHPE Department. Several teachers who teach in PDHPE and other subject areas have had their PDHPE loads increased and we have employed new staff in the Science (2) and Mathematics KLAs.


In 2017:      4 x 1 hour lessons + 2 hours sport each fortnight =      120 hours/year

In 2018:      6 x 1 hour lessons =      120 hours/year


In 2018 the extra 2 lessons from Sport will always be sport and activity. The 4 lessons from PDHPE will remain a mix of theory and practical, following the 7-10 PDHPE Syllabus.



2017 Trial of a daytime 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. The Awards Assembly will be at 12.30pm on Tuesday December 12. All are welcome. Parents of students who are receiving awards will be informed before the assembly. You will be sent a link before the assembly giving access to a live stream. Holding the assembly at lunchtime and streaming it will hopefully allow those unable to attend an opportunity to watch the event.



191 Year 6 students to begin Year 7 in 2018

Our Year 7 students for 2018 enjoyed an energetic and friendly ‘0h’ Day, today. Alison Sutton and Maxine Mowett, with helpers, made sure that every student had a fun and reassuring day with plenty of activity and the meeting of new friends. We are all looking forward to welcoming them again next year, when Year 6 from 18 different primary schools become Kildare’s 2018 Year 7.



An Advent Prayer​

Rejoice in the Lord always

Shout out his name

For God is with us

Our God is with us

The God of our salvation 

In whom alone we trust.

Rejoice in the Lord always

Shout out his name

For God is our Father

He draws us home

By streams of living water

Where we shall thirst no more.

Rejoice in the Lord always

Shout out his name

He knows our thoughts

Understands our hearts

And enables us to become

The people we were meant to be.




John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


Curriculum Matters

Awards afternoon on Tuesday 12th December at 12:30pm the 2017 Awards presentations, will be held in the Kildare Catholic College Hall. This is an opportunity for the school community to gather together to acknowledge a year’s worth of learning.  Orientation Day today, 1st December, we were joined by the new cohort of Year 7 2018. Students have experienced a day at Kildare, moving to multiple lessons throughout the day to simulate the pattern of study in high school. Students took part in PE, TAS, HSIE, Science, iSTEM and Music lessons. Students also completed a writing activity by responding to the question “Explain why you are looking forward to coming to Kildare in 2018”. The purpose of this is to assist teachers to plan for students in their classes next year. Mr Whelan identified four key points to students about their learning at Kildare.

  • Your ability is not fixed

  • Expect a year’s worth of learning

  • Work to maximise learning and wellbeing

  • Smile, have a go and know we are excited to have you join our Kildare school community.

Peter Hunt | Leader of Curriculum


Year 8's Got Talent

As part of the Year 8 Music focus on 'Popular Music' this term, students in the three Year 8 classes of Semester 2 formed bands and selected their own repertoire, which they performed for each other in St Eugenes in Week 7. This task allows for students to work in learning teams to build skills on an instrument of their own choosing. Students have been working on the task for 6 weeks, and were given both peer and teacher feedback before delivering a finished product to their peers and Music teachers. The repertoire chosen was varied, including 'Riptide', 'Pumped Up Kicks', 'Sunshine of my love' and 'Skinny Love' and instrumentation included drums, guitar, bass, vocals, piano, ukulele and cello. 

Stage 5 Music Night

The evening of the 14th November saw our Years 9 and 10 elective music classes present a twilight concert showcasing their efforts during the term. Students from our Year 9 class opened the concert with wonderful renditions of songs such as Here Comes the Sun, Iron Man and Green Onions. Year 10 then took to the stage to present work from their unit on film music. Year 10 performed songs including Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Pirates of the Caribbean and I Heard it through the Grapevine, before closing the concert with Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall. Well done to all of the students involved and thank you to the large audience that came along to support our musicians.

Caloola Centre Performance

On Wednesday afternoon our Chamber Ensemble and Wind Ensemble travelled to BaptistCare’s Caloola Aged Care Centre to perform for residents. Students performed for approximately 30 minutes for a good sized audience of high care residents. The Wind Ensemble performed songs from their repertoire of funky tunes including Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely and Metallica’s Enter Sandman. The two ensembles combined for a performance of September by Earth, Wind and Fire before the Chamber Ensemble pleased the audience with some Christmas Songs. Thanks to our musicians who are all very busy at this time of the year and the Caloola Centre for inviting us to come and play.


Melanie Cotterill, Robert Thompson and Felicity Davis | Music Department

Presentation Sisters Pilgrimage to Grave-sites

Kildare community joined with the Presentation Sisters during their Pilgrimage Retrail on Presentation Day, 21st November 2017 to remember the Sisters buried in the College grounds:

We remember and give thanks to the Sisters buried here


Remembering Sisters buried here

  • Sr Catherine Legge Mary was born in Coburg, Melbourne. She entered Mount Erin as a lay Sister, that is, she was engaged in home duties.  At this time for those living in the area conditions were harsh, drought prevailed and the Sisters were no exception to the suffering. She was received as a novice in 1879, given the name Catherine and most likely professed on her death bed, aged 24, in 1883.
  • Sr Gertrude Fogarty was born in Raheen, County Offaly, Ireland. Margaret together with her sister  entered Mount Erin in 1884.  She was given the name Gertrude.  She taught in the Wagga Wagga Schools.  Her death came at the early age of 26.  She was noted for the love of her students and her gentle nature.
  • Mother Evangelist Kelly. Julia was born in Mountrouth, County Kildare. When her parents died she entered the Presentation Sisters at Portlouise.  She was moved to Kildare when she was professed in 1872 and became known as Sister Evangelist.  She volunteered for the Wagga mission and was one of the pioneering Sisters. Sister Evangelist established the music and drama tradition at Mount Erin. She died of tuberculosis, aged 42, at Mount Erin in 1892. 
  • Sr de Sales Walsh. Bridie was born in Knockawell, County Tipperary, Ireland about 1866. At the age of 19 Bridie came to Australia to enter Mount Erin in 1882 and was given the name De Sales.  The local paper describes her as “young, gifted, accomplished, amiable, zealous and self -sacrificing and loved by her students”. She died, aged 26, from tuberculosis in 1892.
  • Sr Magdalen Crowe. Maria Theresa Crowe was born in Wagga, one of eight children. Together with her parents and seven siblings they lived at Pullitop station. Maria entered Mount Erin in 1884 and given the name Magdalen. The day after her profession Sister Magdalen travelled with four other sisters to make the Young Foundation in 1886.

    After brief times of teaching at Young and Hay, Magdalen returned to Wagga Wagga.  She suffered patiently for many years with tuberculosis.  Her care for students, her self-sacrifice and dedication were demonstrated through her many acts of thoughtfulness even visiting the classrooms in the week before her death.  Aged 33 she died in 1894.
  • Mother Xavier Byrne Born in Swords, Dublin, Ireland.  Anna Maria entered the Presentation Convent Carlow, where she was professed and given the name Sister Xavier in 1844.  In 1856 she was sent to Mountmellick where the people were destitute because of famine and disease.  Sister was gifted with  financial ability and given the difficult task to make sure there were sufficient finances for the Sisters and the impoverished people.  She used her gifts to teach the children lace work which was highly valued by wealthy people. This enabled her students to obtain employment.

    Together with her Sister, Mother John, Mother Xavier, volunteered for the Wagga Wagga mission arriving in Wagga on 29 May 1974.  She was known for her gentle and loving nature.  To her is attributed the plan for Mount Erin Convent and further developments of the Boarding School. Mother died suddenly of a heart attack in the presence of the community at Mount Erin, in 1906, aged 85.
  • Sr Monica Hartnett Annie was born about 1875. She lived with her parents at Umbango, Tarcutta. They were generous supporters of the Sisters at Mount Erin.   In 1904 Annie entered Mount Erin and with the name of Sister Monica. She was sent with a pioneer group of Sisters to found the school and convent at Ganmain in 1906. In 1907 she developed pleurisy and died at Mount Erin, aged 34, in 1909. She was professed on her deathbed.
  • Mother Michael Gleeson  Julia was born at Woodlawn, near Coolac, in Victoria.  Together with her Sisters she attended the Presentation Boarding School at Elsternwick, Victoria. She entered Mount Erin in 1882 with her sister Ellen. They were sent, while novices ,in the pioneer group to Hay.

    In Hay she was appointed Superior five times and known as Mother Michael.  A great business woman, she was able to free the Sisters of debt even in times of severe drought. Funds were raised through bazaars, music lessons and other events providing necessities for the Sisters and the school. She was a gifted musician. Her compassion extended beyond the convent and school walls.  She was known as ”a friend of all in need”.

    After 30 years in Hay and with her health failing, she returned to Mount Erin. She died in March 1913, aged 55 years.
  • Sr Camillus Ley   Mary, called Mollie by her family was born in 1876 in Kew, Melbourne the youngest of nine children. Together with her parents and siblings they lived on the farm in Tallangatta, Victoria. At the age of 31 she entered the novitiate at Mount Erin in 1907 and was professed as Camillus.

    She taught in the schools around Wagga. She was gentle, kind, had an unselfish disposition, and was a gifted teacher. She died during the influenza epidemic in 1919 aged 43.
  • Mother Augustine Mulhall. Was named Frances when she was born in Ballenakill, County Kildare, Ireland. She came from Ireland to enter Mount Erin and was professed as Sister Augustine in 1883. She taught in schools and was superior at Young, Berrigan, Ganmain and Hay.

    She was remembered by residents of the towns where she taught as having a bright and genial disposition and an unfailing interest in her pupils. After 9 months of illness she died in 1923 aged 69 years.
  • Mother Stanislaus Dunne was born in the small village of Rathangan in County Kildare the eldest of five children and called Mary Kate. She entered the Kildare Convent, Ireland.  She was professed in 1874 a month before the Sisters sailed for the Australian colony. 

    Mother Stanislaus was superior for many years and together with Mother Xavier Byrne travelled through the Riverina and to Sydney to make foundations of new convents and Schools. Under her leadership in 1900, the year of Australian Federation, foundations were made in Longreach, Queensland and Southern Cross in the goldfields Western Australia.

    Mother Stanislaus was a noted educationalist with a deep love of learning and people.  She was a powerful influence in the schools and people in general. Mother Stanislaus was the last person buried in this cemetery.


You Raise Me Up
When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
When troubles come, and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be
You raise me up to more than I can be



Pilgrimage Committee

Teresa Day 2017

Teresa House hosted their annual Charity Day on Friday the 24th November. Once again, this Community Day supported our local St. Vincent de Paul charity. Each year Homegroups are asked to donate items to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal by bringing in non-perishable Christmas food items and presents for those less fortunate in our community.


This year students also contributed to the Appeal by making Christmas Cards for residents of Micah House in Wagga and donating Back to School items for Operation Backpack.


These items will be used by Vinnies to create hampers to go out to local families helping them celebrate the festive season and prepare their sons and daughters for the new school year next year.


The day concluded with a House Basketball Competition.


Thank you to all those who supported the day.


Caitlin Fahey | Academic Care & Wellbeing Coordinator


Year 10 Social Night 2017


Year 10 gathered on the evening of Wednesday 22nd November to enjoy a hugely successful evening of great food and even greater dance moves for the annual social. The opportunity for Year 10 to share one another’s company as they contemplate their pending years as College seniors or life beyond KCC in training or employment has become a highlight for all. A dedicated committee of volunteers decorated the College Hall in the theme of  black, white and silver. ‘Mobile DJ’, Carey and Kath Needham, generously provided music and amazing laser lighting for the evening. The seriously popular Year 10 band ‘Heatstroke’ also entertained an appreciative crowd. A special thank you to Dave Lugton, Ms Sutton, Mr Mack, Mr Thompson, Mrs Potts and the many KCC teachers who came along to help make the evening such a great success.


Stephanie Garrod | Year 10 Coordinator


Year 9 Pass Class
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Year 9 Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) students have been participating in an introduction to Scuba Diving program held at the Oasis during the week. This forms part of their Aquatic unit as they begin to learn some of the basic scuba skills that we will explore in more detail during next year's Surf Trip. Thanks to Scott Bland for his expertise and the enjoyment he created throughout the day.

Ryan Price | Year 9 PASS Teacher


Year 9 Peer SUPPORT

Last Friday, Year 9 attended a Peer Support training day in preparation for Year 10. The day revolved around Leadership and the different aspects that go into it. We were separated into groups and discussed a range of things, from different types of leaders to solving difficult situations. As a group we were able to learn how important being a peer support leader is and the impact we can have on the new kids that come to Kildare. Overall, the day was a success and we all look forward to welcoming the Year 7’s of 2018.


Daniel Robinson | Physics Teacher



Year 7-8 Girls Touch Football 

On Friday 17th November, the KCC Year 7/8 Touch Football team competed in the All Schools competition. Having won the Riverina zone a few months ago, the KCC team were up against the best 18 school teams in NSW. The schools were divided into four pools, with KCC in a strong pool of five teams. KCC defeated Model Farms High School (from the Baulkum Hills district of Sydney) easily, 7 – 0. The team then defeated Ulladulla High School , 5-1. In game three we were surprised by a strong St Joseph’s Catholic College (Gosford) outfit that got the jump on us with three quick tries. After a strong fightback we lost that game 4-2. We needed to win the last pool game to be the top of the pool but drew with Tweed River High School,  2-2. These results meant that we came second in our pool and placed us in the quarter finals against a strong Callaghan College (Wallsend, Newcastle). The quarter final game was very evenly matched, however, the Callaghan side came away with the win, 3-1.


All girls played well and the team was lead strongly by our Captain, Maddie Browning and Vice-Captain, Grace Kelly.


Congratulations to all the players, and a special thanks to Mr Ward (our bus driver), Mr Mack (who gave great assistance during training) and to the parents who assisted on the day.


Jacinta Murphy | Coach

Resource Centre NEWS

New books have arrived and are currently on display in the Resource Centre in time for students to borrow over the holiday break. The number of books and magazines that students are able to borrow over the holidays is not limited. We encourage all students to drop by the Resource Centre to choose from a great selection to keep up their reading and boost their literacy skills.


We also welcome Year 7 2018 during their Oh Day at Kildare College and look forward to seeing them again  at the Resource Centre in the new Term to borrow books, play chess, build Lego, put together jigsaw puzzles and test themselves with word puzzles.


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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