Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

15 December 2016
Issue Thirteen
End of Year
Yrs 7-11 2016 Awards Evening
Song & Dance Extravaganza
Shakespeare Twelfth Night Production
Year 12 Retreat
Archibald 2016 Exhibition
St Vincent de Paul Excursion
VR 3D Experience @ KCC
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

End of Year

Hello everyone,

Congratulations to our Year 12 HSC students! Everyone is always interested in the Band 6 results and high ATARS but please remember first all students who worked to their full ability and supported their student colleagues and teachers to also do their best. At the same time we recognise the high achievers and those who appeared on various official lists due to their performances. Due to acceleration opportunities, Year 11 students also completed HSC courses this year, to great effect.   


Students received 34 Band 6 results across a range of subjects with particularly high representations in Music (5) and Studies of Religion I (7). Other Band 6 results were in Business Studies, Design and Technology, Drama, English Standard, English Advanced, Geography, Mathematics General, Mathematics, Physics, Studies of Religion II, Visual Arts and IDT. E4 results were achieved in English Extension 1 (1) and Mathematics Extension 1 (3).


27% of all results were Band 5 or 6.

Congratulations to Coen Brand who came first in the State in Information & Digital Technology. Coen achieved this as a Year 11 student and completes the rest of his HSC in 2017. Here is Coen mentioned in a media release from Catholic Education Commission NSW:

  • HSC Merit lists released by the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) show students across the full range of NSW Catholic schools – urban and regional, systemic and congregational – ranked highly in a wide variety of subjects this year. “It’s pleasing to see the diversity of Catholic school students represented in such strong results,” Catholic Education Commission NSW (CECNSW) Acting Executive Director, Ian Baker, said today. “The first list released shows Catholic school students came first in 23 HSC subjects in 2016, with schools in Murwillumbah, Wagga Wagga, Tuggerah, Maitland, Stanhope Gardens and Merrylands all represented. “I want to pay special tribute to Coen Brand of Kildare Catholic College in Wagga Wagga, who topped the state in Information & Digital Technology Examination – while still in Year 11 – and also Katie Jones from Mt St Patrick College in Murwillumbah who came first in English Extension 1,” Mr Baker said.

Congratulations to Breisha Conlan and Alex James for making the 2016 All Rounders List. Breisha achieved Band 6 results in Drama, English (Advanced), Geography, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 and Studies of Religion 1. Alex James achieved Band 6 results in Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Music 1, Physics, Studies of Religion 1 and Information and Digital Technology.


Thank you everyone for your support of Kildare Catholic College and the wider team of Wagga Wagga Diocesan schools in 2016. We return in 2017 ready to go again, with a focus on continuing to work to improve student learning and well-being. We will have an increased focus on better building individual learning pathways for students. We have employed a full-time literacy specialist to assist students with their writing and teachers with their teaching of literacy. We have employed 3 specialist teachers with the necessary time to support middle-schooling, coaching and use of data to find out and track where students are with their learning.  A team consisting of three maths teachers and a skilled numeracy Learning Support Assistant will develop numeracy plans for students, and groups of students. All students will have 3 coaching sessions a week and the necessary support to construct and maintain a personal learning plan. Please support this work at home by talking about how things are going and encouraging students to make the most of all opportunities.


Several students leave us for employment, city boarding and other moves and I wish them well. Sue Todd is retiring after 30 years service to the Diocese of Wagga Wagga. James Vickers, Bridget McMeekan, Paul Kenny, Sally Jamieson, and Kira Lough finish their excellent work in limited-term contracts and Sarah Kenny and Libby O’Brien complete their outstanding work as Gap-year trainees. Thanks to each of these fine people for their service to our community.

On behalf of all of us at Kildare I wish you a safe and joyous Christmas period. We’ll see you in 2017,


“Strengthen the hands that are feeble,

make firm the knees that are weak,

Say to those whose hearts are frightened:

Be strong, fear not!

Here is your God.”               Isaiah 35



Loving and powerful God,

You never tire of supporting me.

I constantly ask for help

knowing you will always be there.

From some place deep in my soul,

I hear you calling me by name

and I prepare with a joyful heart for your coming.

May the Lord bless us

and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.




Years 7-11 2016 Awards Evening

Tuesday evening saw 2016 finish with our annual Awards evening. Students in Years 7 to 11 were recognised for their Academic, Cultural, Community Service and Sporting achievements and contributions throughout the year. The Awards evening culminated with farewells in Houses and the distribution of Semester Two reports. Congratulations to all students who were recognised on the night, and thank you to those who contributed to the entertainment provided for the evening. Many thanks to those students and families who attended the night and filled the Hall to capacity.


Years 7 - 8  Award Winners

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Years 9 - 11  Award Winners

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Other  Award Winners

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Simon Huntly | Assistant Principal

Song & Dance

On Friday 9th December and Saturday 10th of December the College Hall was filled with the sound of thunderous applause for the students and staff of Kildare Takes 2. The crowd were treated to 12 outstanding performances that spanned music across a variety of styles. This song and dance extravaganza was the culmination of several months work for all involved and the massive crowds were thoroughly entertained on both nights.

The Friday Night show was a family friendly event, with the winner determined through popular vote by the crowd. In second place was the Jackson 5: Mr Chaston, Mr Thompson, Sam Butt, Charles Patterson and Joe Wallace. The overall winner with a landslide victory was Morto’s Mash up: Mr Morton, Mr Price, Mr Gaffney, Mr Wendt, Tom Anderson and Sam Heffernan.

The over 18’s show winner on Saturday night was again determined by popular vote, with the crowd donating money to the act they liked the most. In second place with their beautiful rendition of My Immortal was Ms Jackson and Ruby Gooden. The crowd couldn’t go past Fergalicious as the winner, with Ms McDermott and Bridget Robertson taking home the main prize.

The significant profits raised from the show will be used to purchase new equipment for the Music and Instrumental department, including a set of PA and foldback speakers.

Congratulations to all the staff and students involved in the performance, and special thanks to Mr Mack, Mrs Lough, Ms Sutton, Mrs Potts and Mrs Hardy for all their work behind the scenes.

Melanie Cotterill | Kildare Takes 2 - Musical Director

Twelfth Night Production

We had 17 students perform seven successful performances of 'Twelfth Night' in Weeks 7-8 in the Kildare Drama Room. The students worked beautifully together and enjoyed the challenge of bringing Shakespeare's lines to life. 

Michael Mack | Drama Teacher

Year 12 Retreat

On the 20th of November Year 12 travelled to the Warrambui Conference Centre for their three day senior Warrambui Experience. The focus of this year’s Warrambui experience, as led by the ‘Burn Bright’ team, was to challenge our school leaders to:

  • Understand their influence and impact of their leadership on their peers and the school.
  • Appreciate the importance and strength of community and working in a team.
  • Understand servant leadership and the ability they have to transform lives through serving others.
  • Explore how to establish and maintain healthy and positive relationships.
  • Understand their personal values and how these underpin their lives.
  • Shape healthy habits for dealing with expectations and pressure in senior school years.
  • Consider how they are currently leading and be encouraged to grow their leadership capacity.

The Burn Bright program complements much of the work already in place here at Kildare, and reinforced to our students the attributes and qualities required for leadership. Staff present were impressed by the way students embraced the challenges put to them, and their reflections and participation revealed an extraordinary energy, depth of understanding and commitment to each other and to the College.

Other traditional Warrambui activities included spirituality through relationships with Tribal hakka and physical challenges, and the ‘Childhood Memories’ dance was a tremendous success.

Many thanks to Mr Nielson for his organisation of the retreat, along with special mention and thanks to Mrs Halloway, Ms McDermott, Mrs Needham, Mrs Jones, Mr Huntly, Mr Ward and Mr Gaffney for giving so much of themselves and helping to make this experience so valuable for all.


Catherine Banks | ACWB Coordinator

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Archibald 2016 Exhibition

Above are Archibald Winners of 2016

Above are Archibald Finalists




During our last week of school our Elective Art students in Year Nine and Ten visited the Wagga Art Gallery to view the Archibald Prize.

The students were instructed by a guide and completed the work set for them. The Digital Media students in Year Nine and Ten attended with us and viewed the Third Year CSU Photography exhibition.

It was a valuable learning experience for our students.


Susan Todd | Art Teacher

St Vincent de Paul Excursion

Each year Kildare students support the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal by donating non-perishable foods and Christmas toys to those less fortunate in our community.

Extending our support this year, seventeen students from Years 8-10 donated their time to assist with the packing of hampers. At the Vinnies Care & Support office, students made up food hampers to be distributed through the Wagga Wagga community in time for Christmas.


Thank you to these students who volunteered their time and to Mrs Needham and Ms Sutton who came with us.

Caitlin Fahey | Academic Care & Wellbeing Coordinator.

VR 3D Experience @ KCC

During Week 9 Kildare students and staff had the opportunity to immerse themselves in Virtual Reality. Supported by the Year 10 IST class and Tom Campbell, students tested their skills at archery in a VR world experiencing the future of interacting with computer technology. We also investigated the human body from in the inside, seeing what is in our blood and how cells work with 'The Body VR' and got to punch out a few tunes in 'Audioshield'. All enjoyed the chance to test out what could be a part of the future of education.


Garry Steman | VET Information Technology Trainer, TAS 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 return 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.

Download Part 1 HERE & Part 2 HERE.


27th September - 8th October, 2017

Proposed itinerary includes:

  • Sydney – Los Angeles – *Denver – Huntsville – *Denver – Los Angeles – Sydney • Getty Museum
  • Californian Science Centre
  • Universal Studios
  • US Space and Rocket Centre
  • Disneyland

*depends on airline

Space Camp program is in levels according to approximate age groups.

Space Camp: 10 to 12 Years old (Years 5 and 6)

Space Academy: 12 to 15 Years old (Years 7 and 8)

Advanced Space Academy: 15 Years and older (Years 9 to 12)

Adult Space Camp: for big kids

Limited places for Australian students.

Limited places for Australian students.

  • The program will be available to participants who will be 10 years old and older at 1st October, 2016.
  • They must be an Australian citizen.
  • Due to the nature of the tour, attendees must not have major health problems.
  • Space Camp attendees and chaperones must also be prepared to sign a release
  • form for images, video and work copyright.
  • Adults attending the program must have a current Working with Children check.


  • Itinerary and prices are subject to third party changes at any time and will be notified to passengers with deposited bookings.
  • Tour will not operate if minimum numbers are not met.
  • Airfares subject to availability

EOIs close midnight 18th February, 2017


Request a booking form from

[email protected]


Call 042 326 509

for more information. Go to web site HERE


Baseball is returning to Wagga Wagga!

2017 Minor League
Ages 13 – 15
2017 Senior League
Ages 16+
No experience required
Competitions commence 26 February through to Mid June 2017.


Come and Try Day

Sunday 5th of February 2017
9:30 – 11:30 Ages 13 – 15
3:30 – 5:30 Ages 16+

Jubilee Park, Cnr of RedHill Road and Bourkelands Drive, Bourkelands

For information please contact: [email protected]


"You express the truth of your character with the choice of your actions"


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