Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

30 June 2017
Issue Ten
Principal Message  Rod Whelan
A Prayer for God's Gifts
Curriculum Matters
Bundanon Year 11 ​Visual Arts Excursion
Flowerdale Biology Excursion
eClassroom Workshop
ANU School of Music Visit
  RSL Rural Commemorative Youth Choir
Riverina Youth Mental Health Forum
Egg Drop Science Experiment
CCC Cross Country
 Pierre de Coubertin Award
U15 Years Country Cup Rugby League
Diocsan Netball Day 5 x Teams
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6925 3388
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Principal Message 
Rod Whelan


Hello everyone,


Thank you for your Semester 1 contribution to the work of the Kildare community. I hope Semester Reports provided a clear direction on where to next for student learning. Coaching time has been a great success this Semester and I congratulate all students and staff for their efforts in this area.


Today we prayed for Justin Webb, father of Joel in Year 7. Justin’s funeral is today in Junee. Please remember Justin, Hope and Joel in your prayers.


Eternal rest, grant unto him, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May the souls of the faithful departed

through the mercy of God rest in peace.



Today we gathered all students to tell them that a mainstay and foundation of Kildare Catholic College, Assistant Principal Simon Huntly, has resigned and will leave at the end of the school year after 14 years service. Simon has been a House Coordinator, KLA Coordinator and, for the last 10 years, Assistant Principal. Simon, Liz and family are relocating to the Camden area where Simon will continue his work in Catholic education. Despite reassurance that he did not need to formalise this until much later in the year, Simon does not like keeping a secret and has let us and the CSO know his intentions early.


Later in the year we will have opportunity to thank Simon and wish him well more formally. I am one of many who owe him a personal and professional debt for expertise, support and friendship freely and persistently offered. Please make sure you see Simon some time during Semester 2 to add your thanks for his foundational work in and for the College.


Thanks to everyone who supported Simon and the leadership team during my absence on study leave and LSL. The work in New York and Toronto was productive, and affirming for our work at Kildare. A highlight was time spent with Ken Leithwood from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education who is a world-leader in the study of strong education systems, and whose extensive 15 year involvement in Ontario’s education system has made it one of the most admired and effective in the world. Many of Ken’s findings and ideas are implemented directly at Kildare and hearing them first-hand made them clearer still for me. The 3 weeks holiday in New York was pretty amazing as well. Thanks again.



A Prayer for God's Gifts

Give to my eyes, Lord

light to see those in need.

Give to my heart

compassion and understanding.

Give to my mind

knowledge and wisdom.

Give to my hands

skill and tenderness.

Give to my ears

the ability to listen.

Give to my lips

words of comfort.

Give to my spirit

the desire to share.

Give to me, Lord,

strength for selfless service

and enable me to bring joy to

the lives of those I serve. Amen


John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


Vinnies Winter Appeal, Letter of Thanks

Hats, Gloves and Scarves for Refugee families


Last week your amazing students donated much needed hats, gloves and scarves for our refugee families arriving into the very cold winter of Wagga.


Most of our arrivals have come from a warm climate so it is quite a shock when families arrive into Wagga and realise just how cold it is.


They have expressed much gratitude for these 'must haves' in the winter.


Could you please thank the students and their parents for their generosity. This has been very much appreciated.


Yours sincerely

Deirdre Moulden








Humanitarian Settlement Services



Curriculum Matters

All students and families have now received their Semester 1 reports indicating their level of application and learning achievements throughout the first two terms of the year.  We ask all students to build on results from Semester 1 so that Semester 2 is an improvement. Take time to reflect on progress and ask self-regulating questions (Where am I going? Where am I now and How do I move my learning forward?). It is important that all students engage in conversations about their learning with parents and teachers to assist in planning for improvement. Aim high and plan to succeed. Well done to  all those students who have moved their learning forward since their Interim Reports.


As I have previously indicated, the transition to Year 11 is one that requires a solid foundation of information so that wise choices can be made. Year 10 students have now been shared into the 2018 Year 11 Curriculum Handbook. This provides students with the relevant subject information, HSC Eligibility Advice, Seminar schedules, Parent Information evening and student interview dates. I look forward to continuing to work with you to ensure that well informed decisions are made for 2018.


I thank you in advance for your attendance at the Information Evening and interview time next term.

Peter Hunt | Leader of Curriculum 


UNSW Women In Engineering Camp

15 to 19 January 2018

Apply by 17 September

Are you a young woman currently in Year 10 or 11 and want a career where you can be at the forefront of positive change for society? Do you enjoy using lateral thinking, creativity and design? Or do you love problem solving, working in teams or have an aptitude for maths and science? Find out about exciting careers opportunities.


Macquarie University Gifted and Talented Entry Program

For Year 10 students, thinking ahead to Year 11 and 12.

As a Gifted and Talented Program student you'll tackle Macquarie's first year Critical Thinking unit in Year 11. You'll gain analytical and reasoning skills that will benefit you in your HSC study. Then pursue your passion with another Macquarie first year study unit to undertake in Year 11 or Year 12. If you successfully complete your units with the necessary GPA, we'll open the door to an early offer for a Macquarie University degree.

Career in maths and physics

Read this story of a UTAS student who is embarking on a career in maths and physics.


Becoming a psychologist

Visit the Psychology Board of Australia site to find out about the different pathways to becoming a registered psychologist.

Year 12 HSC Study Guide

The HSC 2017 Study Guide is produced by The Sydney Morning Herald and NESA.

It is full of practical information and advice for HSC students from NESA curriculum inspectors, experienced teachers and high achieving students. The digital edition contains lots of extra material and will remain available until after written exams.

A practical guide to university preferences

Taking a GAP Year??


Karen Murray | Careers Advisor

02 6925 3388

0428 861732

To book an appointment, click here

Bundanon Year 11 ​Visual Arts

This term Year 11 Visual Art students attended a series of artmaking workshops at Bundanon Trust, the home of artist Arthur Boyd. They learnt about his work and legacy, and creating a series of artworks at his Riversdale property. Both staff and students had an amazing time learning new techniques and being inspired by the beauty of the landscape.

Tara McCarth | Art Teacher

Flowerdale Biology Excursion

Year 11 Senior Science students investigated the Flowerdale Lagoon. Scientific measurements of water quality revealed the lagoon to have a healthy environment for the animals and plants that inhabit there. White and grey cranes, sulphur crested cockatoos, ducks and eastern swamp hens were enjoying the environs along with some native fish. The ways that humans had impacted on the area was studied. 

Paul Kenny | Science Teacher

eClassroom Workshop

Year 12 Community and Family Studies (CAFS) students are currently exploring specific groups within the community including homeless people. They are examining the nature of the group, their specific needs and level of access to services. On Wednesday our Year 12 CAFS students were very fortunate to participate in The Big Issue's eClassroom workshop on homelessness. The hour long workshop was delivered from The Big Issue's headquarters in Sydney via an online program directly to our classroom. The presentation included a guest speaker who has experienced homelessness for many years. Students were able to interact with the presenter and guest speaker asking questions to increase their knowledge and understanding of homelessness in Australia.


Jacqueline Byrne | PDHPE Teacher

ANU School of Music Visit

On Monday June 19, five teachers from the ANU School of Music including John Mackey (Saxophone), Mark Sutton (Drums), James Luke (Bass), Greg Stott (Guitar) and Damien Slingsly (Keyboard and Vocals) visited Kildare for a day full of intense work-shopping and performing with our Year 9, 10 and 11 Music classes. The day began with Year 10 work-shopping their pieces for small ensemble with individual teachers from the ANU. The teachers joined in and involved themselves in the rehearsal offering their expertise. For Year 11, the students were introduced to some simple principles of improvisation. Each student had the opportunity to offer a short burst of melody to a continuous groove. This led to some experimentation with mimicry and development of other player’s ideas. Year 9 and the ANU teachers worked as a whole class band on three pop songs in preparation for the evening concert. The evening concert featured Year 9, Year 10, Tom Brereton and Lillee Poulet-Stevens from Year 11 and the ANU teachers who finished the concert with two songs. It was an incredible opportunity and privilege for the students to rehearse and perform with musicians of a very high calibre. We look forward to more opportunities to make music with them in the future.


David Chaston |  Creative & Performing Arts


RSL Rural Commemorative Youth Choir

Year 7 student, Zoe Crawford, has been a member of the RSL Rural Commemorative Youth Choir since 2013. This choir works to bring history and music together to inspire and develop young leaders, encouraging them to learn from the past, live in the present and look to the future. As part of this group, Zoe has been an ambassador for the choir and invited to represent them at important functions such as at Government House and St. Andrews Cathedral. This membership has also provided Zoe with the opportunity to be part of the 21st Century Leadership Academy which supports students in developing their leadership skills and understanding of Australia’s military history.


More recently, this choir has been invited to perform with the 2013 winner of “The Voice”, Harrison Craig, as part of his regional tour. They will perform on stage, singing Harrison’s original song ‘More Than a Dream’  at the Civic Theatre.


We congratulate Zoe on her selection in this choir and wish her all the best tonight.

Caitlin Fahey | Teresa House / Academic Care & Wellbeing Coordinator

Riverina Youth Mental Health Forum

On Tuesday 6th of June 13 KCC Year 10 & 11 students went to the Mental Health Youth Forum held at Mater Dei. We were encouraged to talk to people from other schools about our views on what mental health is and how we want to change the negative stigma surrounding it. There were many opportunities to ask questions about any issues surrounding mental health and we learned about the many places to go to if we needed to talk. Some of these places include Headspace, Beyondblue and Reach Out. Burn Bright, the facilitators of the day, were very welcoming and supportive of students from all over coming to learn about mental health and what we can do to help our school communities, friends and family members.  


It was great to hear no matter how you are feeling you always have somewhere to turn and that it is ok to not be ok sometimes.

We are aiming to participate in ‘R U OK Day’ this year in term 3 at KCC.


Erin Hartshorn, Jacqueline Timms, Chloe Ridley, Olivia Irvine


Stephanie Garrod | Teacher

Egg Drop Science Experiment


On Monday 19 of June students in Year 7 explored how forces effect eggs by designing and creating egg carriages. These carriages were designed to protect their eggs from cracking due to external forces. The eggs were then dropped three stories to test how effective they were. Students had a ball and found some pretty convincing results.

Daniel Robinson | Physics teacher

CCC Cross Country

On Friday, 16th June, six of our elite runners travelled to Eastern Creek in Sydney as part of the Wagga Wagga Diocese team competing at the Combined Catholic Colleges' (CCC) Cross Country. The challenging course saw our competitors achieve positive results, with many of the Kildare runners competing at their first CCC Cross Country.


Molly Carter in the 15 Years girls ran 4km in 16:25 minutes and came 8th out of 61 runners. This great result sees Molly join the CCC team at the All Schools Carnival in July and we wish her all the best for that carnival. Asha Murphy also ran in the same race and gained a commendable rank of 33 / 61 with a time of 18:58 minutes.  Alicia Donohue ran in the 12 Years girls, a distance of 3km  in a time of 19:19 minutes and gained a rank of 53/61. Zoe Leary competed in the 14 Years girls with a time of 20:32 minutes for the 4 km distance and a rank of 55/60. Running together over a distance of 6km in the 16 years boys, Lachlan Webber (26:31 minutes) and Chantz Carey (27:10 minutes) gained positions of 47 and 54 out of 60 respectively Congratulations to all runners for their efforts and we look forward to hearing how Molly fares at the All Schools carnival.


Jacinta Murphy | Teacher

 Pierre de Coubertin Award

Congratulations to Sophie Quirk who recently received a Pierre de Coubertin Award.

Excerpt from the presentation - The award is an initiative of the Australian Olympic Committee. The award recognises your sporting achievements and the demonstration of those endeavours consistent with the aims of the Olympic movement. Through your participation in a range of sporting activities, you have made an exemplary effort to achieve your personal best and displayed qualities of fair play which have inspired the involvement of others.


Sophie has been a member of an Australian Under 18's Squad (Rugby 7's), a State Representative in 3 sports (Rugby 7's, Touch and AFL) and has been selected in 3 All School Teams and 8 CCC Teams since being at Kildare Catholic College. She has also been involved coaching and umpiring junior sport in the hope of encouraging others and giving back to the sporting community.

Ryan Price | Sports Coordinator 

U15 Years Country Cup Rugby League

Kildare recently attended the Riverina Finals of the under 15 Country Cup Rugby League. The team performed well defeating Tumut High 14 to 6 and then going on to defeat Wade High School from Griffith very convincingly 64 to 6 with a great team performance which showed the boys the benefit of playing the way we train and sticking to a game plan. All boys performed well and we look forward to the Southern NSW Finals in Cootamundra on Thursday 27th July. Thanks to all the parents who continue to show great support for this team and to Mr McNamara for filling the water bottles. You did a good job.


Matthew Con | Coach

Diocsan Netball Day
5 x Teams

On Thursday 22nd June, Kildare took five netball teams to the Diocesan Netball Carnival at the Equex Center in Wagga. Teams competed against Mater Dei Catholic College from Wagga, Xavier High School from Albury and St Francis College from Leeton. 


All Kildare teams are to be commended on their performances, attitude and sportsmanship displayed on the day. Our Year 7/8 Navy team and Year 9/10 Navy team went through the competition undefeated. Both teams won their grand finals against Xavier High School in tight matches. They now progress on to the NSWCCC Championships in August. We wish them all the best. 

A special thanks to Ellie Crozier, Alice Toohey and Josie Drum who did an awesome job umpiring on the day. 

Jacqueline Byrne | Netball Coordinator

Resource Centre NEWS

As Term II comes to an end I would like to thank the many students who have made a positive contribution to the Resource Centre by making suggestions for additional content to our fiction and non-fiction collections. We look forward to our students taking the opportunity to be even more involved in the Resource Centre as the year progresses.

Also, a  reminder that creative pursuits are available for students to do either individually or in groups at recess and lunch including card making, jigsaw puzzles, Lego, chess, colouring pages and paper crafts. I encourage our students to make suggestions as to what more we can add to our creative space for them to enjoy.

All students are advised that they have now received their notices for overdue library and textbooks. If these items are not returned by the end of this term, an invoice for the cost of all items will be processed for sending week 1 Term 3.


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] 


Bryony Pedersen and Emily James have been accepted into the HSC Intensive Program at National Art School in Sydney. We wish them well for the coming workshops and look forward to seeing the work they produce.


Tara McCarthy | Art Teacher




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Week 1, Term 3, Friday 21st July

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★ Cake Stall

★ Sausage Sizzle

★ Big Blue Brain Bender (Team Quiz)

★ Bubble Soccer Tournament

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1st / 2nd or 3rd Year Apprentice Brick Layer

This Brick Laying Apprenticeship is suited to a motivated applicant who is not afraid of hard work!

As an Apprentice Brick Layer you'll carry out brickwork repairs and installations, brick cleaning, repairs to cracking in brickwork, renovations and extensions and more. Apply today!

1st  Year Apprentice Electrician


We’re looking for someone who is mechanically & technically inclined for an Electrical Apprentice. In this role, you’ll diagnose and solve electrical problems, perform routine repairs and more. This role would be ideally suited to someone who likes to get a bit dirty, using their hands and likes solving problems.

1st Year Apprentice Light Vehicle Mechanic


Are you mechanically inclined & looking for a full-time mechanics position? We have 1st Year Light Vehicle Mechanic Apprentice position available & we want you to apply! Learn how to fit and operate special test equipment, inspect vehicles and issue road-worthiness certificates plus lots more!

1st Year Apprentice Heavy Vehicle Mechanic

Does inspecting vehicles and issuing road-worthiness certificates sound impressive? Why stop there? How about detecting mechanical and electrical faults and carrying out minor body and trim repairs? If this sounds like the job for you and you’re a fast-learner who’s looking to complete a full apprenticeship then apply today!

1st Year Apprentice Telecommunications Technician

You’ll learn how to locate and identify cable system faults, install telecommunications network equipment, follow work health and safety and environmental policy and procedures plus lots more!


1st Year Welder

As a 1st Year Welder you'll cut, press and drill sheet metal, apply welding techniques such as MIG welding, fit and weld metal components for pipelines, boilers, tanks and structural steel, weld structural steel in all positions and angles plus lots more. Apply today!