Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

05 May 2017
Issue Six
Principal Message  Rod Whelan
Aboriginal Our Father Prayer​
Page 5
Performance Presentations ​​Dusted Off​/Fightin’ the Kaiser
Buddong Falls
Billy Cart Racing
Kildare Catholic College Euro Trip
Tracey Gunson Netball
Rugby Union Football
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6925 3388
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Principal Message 
Rod Whelan

Hello everyone,


Thanks for your work in contributing to a fine start to Term 2. Here are some upcoming events, focuses and processes to support and keep in mind.


  1. NAPLAN testing is on next week for Year 7 and Year 9 students. I have asked students to try their hardest so that they, their parents and their teachers can collect another measure of how learning is going and how learning can be better supported. Some students have anxiety about NAPLAN and we work hard to reassure them that it is just another source of information, like our own OARS testing, that helps identify strengths, and areas for more attention. Year 9 students have an opportunity to prequalify for the 2020 HSC by achieving benchmark literacy and numeracy standards in this year’s NAPLAN tests. Students and parents have been informed of this. Here is a link to the HSC Minimum Standards Document. Again, this is an opportunity, and a reason to give your best. while remembering that multiple opportunities will be given to reach the standards prior to 2020.
  2. “All Shook Up’ commences at the Civic Theatre on May 18, with a matinee performance for primary schools and the first 7:30pm evening performance. Please get in early to purchase tickets and support the production. The whole process from audition to public performance of a Kildare Musical remains one of the most efficient and inspiring team efforts I have encountered: attendance will be well-rewarded.
  3. Recent staff professional learning has continued to focus on effective lessons. We are now working specifically on improving feedback, probably the most significant variable determining the effectiveness of a lesson or teaching cycle. Marking, grading, ranking and similar processes are the least effective forms of feedback and I am continuing to ask teachers to do less of this type of work. Here is what we will focus on to make classroom more feedback-friendly.
  4. Our Coaching sessions get better and better as the weeks progress. A walk around the College reveals students making excellent use of both time and support. Self-regulated students are straight into the most important work while other students are being supported to develop these skills or being assisted with subject or process-related skills. We are now taking teams of teachers for walks around the College to see the great work that is happening.  
  5. Thanks in anticipation of on-going support for the various sporting events of the season. Currie Cup, Carroll Cup and Tracey Gunsen Shield are big items now: all the best to teams and coaches.


Welcome to Callum Potts and Sally Jamieson who have joined us for the remainder of the year. Callum replaces Lindsay Loke for her maternity leave and Sally replaces Shane Fuller while he is on secondment.


I am away for five weeks from the end of next week. Two weeks is a study tour of Australian Catholic school system leaders and principals to USA and Canada and three weeks is Long Service Leave. Thanks to Simon and the leadership team for the extra work during this time.


All the best for this time. Please remember to give positive messages about students working to improve their learning and working to have that improvement reflected in the 2017 Semester 1 Report.




Aboriginal Our Father Prayer​

Our Father you are in Heaven

May we talk about your name in a good way.

May you be boss in our lives.

May we follow your feeling here

As they do above.

Give us bread today.

We have hurt your feelings, feel sorry for us.

Others have hurt your feelings

We feel sorry for them.

Stop us from doing wrong

Save us all from the evil one.



Aboriginal Hail Mary Prayer


Hello Mary,

you are truly good in your heart

you are with the Lord.

Of all women you are truly good

Good is your Son, Jesus.

Good Mary, Mother of God

Pray for us when we have done wrong

Right now and when we fall down



John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


Important information about Work Experience for Year 10

  • Work Experience is organised on an individual basis at a time that suits both the employer and student.
  • Karen Murray is available to discuss Work Experience every Monday during lunchtime in the Nagle Rice room. The process is explained to the student at this time.
  • There is paperwork to be filled out and Work Experience is not approved until this has be completed. All paperwork must be completed at least 10 working days before the placement. If parents ring the school to say that a student is on Work Experience, and it has not been arranged through Karen Murray, they will be noted as absent, not Work Experience. There is no insurance cover for Work Experience that has not been approved by Karen Murray.
  • Please click here to view the Work Experience overview, which has links to all appropriate documentation.

The following appeared in an email sent to all of Year 12 this week.


Careers Related Events

A very disappointing turnout for the CSU Lunchtimes session last week. Only 16 (I kept a list) Year 12’s were there. Considering every year 40+ students from our school apply for Early Entry at CSU, I was shocked to say the least. As a reminder about Early Entry please refer to SRS (Early Entry) Intro to which was shared with you earlier this year. On the second page there is a section

What will Kildare Catholic College be taking into consideration when completing the recommendation?

Below is just one of the dot points that is listed

  • Genuine interest in course listed. This can be demonstrated by
  • Making sure Ms Murray knows early on that you are interested
  • Attending any relevant Careers Related Activities organised by Ms Murray

Just so we are clear on this, it is expected that you attend any relevant activities that I organise.

To access any of the following click on the title

Karen Murray | Careers Adviser

ANZAC 2017

ANZAC Commemoration
for more than 60,000 Australians who had died during the war.


This years ANZAC Day commemoration saw a number of our senior students play significant roles. College Captains Sam Heffernan and Chelsea Tout had the honour this year of delivering the address at the Memorial War Cemetery service. Sam and Chelsea spoke about the legacy of ANZAC and its contribution to our national identity, as well as recognition of the centenary of the last charge of The Australian Light Horse Brigade at the Battle of Beersheba. They then laid a wreath on behalf of the College Community at the main ceremony. Sam and Chelsea were supported by fellow Year Twelve students who carried a banner during the march for the Ex-service Womens Association. 


Upon our return to school on April 26, an assembly was held to allow our community to reflect on the significance of ANZAC Day and its contribution to our history and culture. Many thanks to all staff and students who were involved in the planning and presentation of these events.

Above Banner

Fig. 1 - Year 12 students assisting with banner bearing for the annual ANZAC Day March.


Fig. 2 - Banner bearers from Left to Rght - Isabella Brown, Harry Toole, Emma Moss, Amelia Preuss, Jocelyn McMullen and Andre Vecchio

Fig 3 - College Captains Sam Heffernan and Chelsea Tout delivered a memorial address at the War Cemetery and laid a wreath at the March on behalf of the Kildare community.


Simon Huntly | Assistant Principal

Performance Presentations
​Dusted Off​/Fightin’ the Kaiser

Years 9 and 10 students were fortunate to attend shows presented by accomplished actor and guitarist, Brett Hunt.  Year 9 viewed Fightin’ the Kaiser while Year 10 were informed and entertained by the one act play, Dusted Off which was featured at the National Library of Australia in 2016.   

Dusted Off is centred on the experience of Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War.  It is based on Brett’s own story as the son of a Vietnam veteran and his knowledge of the camaraderie and tribulations experienced by this group of Australians.   The show combines humour, pathos and the music of the time period including Redgum’s ‘I Was Only 19’ which immortalised Hunt’s father “Frankie”.  Dusted Off is particularly useful to Year 10 study of Vietnam Campaign as part of the Cold War.  


Year 9 students attended a performance of  Fightin’ the Kaiser which focuses on the realities of World War I.  Described as a one man vaudeville the story of the ANZACs is revealed through songs, poems, letters and anecdotes.  This presentation also combines humour and music with the poignancy of the Gallipoli and the Western Front.  Hunt’s performance directly supports Year 9’s study of the topic Australians at War.

Jo-anne O'Brien | Organiser

Buddong Falls

Sunny days and cool nights greeted our intrepid Year 8 campers over the course of the past three days. As has been the case for the past decade or so, the camps were split over two venues, Thomas Boyd Trackhead for those who appreciate some of the modern conveniences of camping such as flush toilets, hot running water or electric cooking facilities, or the more "rustic" appeal of fresh air and nature, with little else. All students were responsible for their own sleeping and cooking arrangements, and were challenged with a variety of personal and group activities that were designed to build relationships, resilience, team work and trust.

Again, the outstanding success of the camps is a result of the enthusiasm of students and the hard work and dedication of a truly talented team of staff who supported each of the groups. Thanks go out to Mrs Needham and Mrs Jones who supported Mr Gaffney at Buddong Falls, and to Mr Lough, Mrs Young, Mr Conn, Mr Paton and Mr Paton who assisted Ms Fahey with the group at Thomas Boyd and to Bill Steinmetz, Narelle Potts, Kathy Robertson and the staff in the Front Office for assisting with work behind the scenes. To each of the Year 8 students who attended, your preparation, co-operation and support of one another during our time away is greatly appreciated. Thank you all for an enjoyable experience.

Simon Huntly | Assistant Principal

Billy Cart Racing

Today was race day for Year 10 Design and Technology students who have spent term 1 designing and making billy carts. All year 10 students took part in some aspect of the STEM unit, working collaboratively within their Design and Technology, Mathematics and Science classes to explore a range of different focus areas. For example Newton’s Laws in Science and measurement and finance in Mathematics. The aim of the project was to apply skills in different contexts and to promote cross-curricular interaction between KLA areas.


The billy cart chassis design was inspired by the idea of the skateboard chassis concept, students made the same chassis and in groups they worked together to develop their car bodies. Students enjoyed the unit, learnt many new skills and processes when constructing their billy carts.

Jennifer Holt | TAS Co-ordinator

Kildare Catholic College
Euro Trip

Click photo's to view larger.

Dates: 9-21 April 2017

Who: 30 students from Year 10-12, 3 teachers, 10 parents.


Where: London,- British Museum,  Churchill's War Rooms, Buckingham Palace, West End, Tower of London, The Shard, London Dungeons, Stone Henge, Bath (UK), Amsterdam- Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank's House (The Netherlands)

Berlin- Parliament, Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Dachau- Concentration Camp, Nurnberg- Rally Grounds, Court Rooms, Munich- BMW World, Neuschwanstein- Castles (Germany).


How: Planes, trains, bikes, tubes and buses.

Weather: Sunny, cloudy, raining, snowing.

KCC Staff | Mr Fuller, Miss Fahey and Mrs Hardy

Tracey Gunson Netball

On Thursday Kildare played in Round One of the Tracey Gunson Netball Competition. Both teams played Mater Dei, demonstrating great sportsmanship and skill. Our 7/8 team played in a close match with the lead changing multiple times throughout the game. Mater Dei came away with a one goal victory, 22 to 21. Our Senior team also played a great game. The girls adapted well to the multiple positional changes made throughout the game and some strong combinations were formed. Mater Dei won the game by five goals, 37 to 32.


Both teams have a bye this week and will play the final round of the competition on Monday 8th May. The senior team will play Wagga High and the 7/8 team will play TRAC. Finals commence on Tuesday 9th May and the Grand Final will be played on Thursday 11th May. Games are played at Wagga Equex at 4:15pm. Please come down to support our girls. We wish both our teams all the very best.

Monique Jones and Jackie Byrne​ | Coaches

Rugby Union Football

Last Wednesday the Kildare Rugby Union team went to Connolly park for a round robin tournament to compete for the Henderson shield. For the first game we came up against Kooringal High. In the first half, Rhyce waters scored the opening try before Kooringal hit back with a try before half time. In the second half the game was very tight and Kildare was disallowed two tries whilst Kooringal crossed for the decider. Immediately following the Kooringal game, Kildare came up against Mater Dei. Despite a valiant effort, Kildare went down to the vastly more experienced side. Some standout players on the day were Austin Mcdougall, Rhyce waters and Clayton Shaw. Despite the results Kildare played well against two far more experienced teams and ultimately showed great determination and spirit.

Year 12 Student | Coen Brand

Resource Centre NEWS

Another collection of new books has hit the Resource Centre shelves as we start another school term. Come in to browse and borrow Minecraft Adventures series, Superman and Batman Comic Chapter books, Maximum Ride Manga series, RFDS Adventures, Hunger Games, Lionheart (the Jesse Martin story), Stolen into Slavery (the true story of Solomon Northup), Sword Art Online series and Pokémon Adventures. These are a wonderful range of books to enjoy!! More books are on the way so drop by the Resource Centre to check out the book displays.

I would also remind all students to return any overdue library and textbooks from Term 1 or visit the Resource Centre Staff to renew any items for which you would like to have extended time. We look forward to seeing you.


Dr Cox-Townend | Teacher Librarian


For the last twelve weeks, over 130 students and staff have been busy in rehearsal preparing for our upcoming Kildare musical All Shook Up. The musical is inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It's 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that'll have you jumpin' out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Don't Be Cruel."


We have been hard at work for the past term rehearsing to bring this fun-filled show to life. It all adds up to a great fun night out for the whole family. The show opens on Thursday 18 May at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre and runs for seven shows for the following week with closing night on Saturday 27 May.


Come and join in the fun. Tickets can be purchased at the Civic Theatre Booking Office (02 69269688.) Adult tickets are $20 each and concession (or under 18s) tickets are $16 each.

All Shook Up – A light-hearted romance in the heart of America!

Set in a tired little mid-western town in America in the 1950s, All Shook Up tells the love story of Chad and Natalie. Chad is a wandering roustabout who comes to the town to find everyone weighed down by the overbearing rules and regulations of a self-important, judgmental mayor. He meets Natalie, a local mechanic who longs to experience the world beyond the town boundaries and who is instantly attracted to Chad. A whole array of townsfolk get involved in the story of an outsider who turns a quiet little town upside-down. 


Featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, this show has it all. Great characters, hilarious situations, the music of the King of Rock and Roll, a huge cast, a hot band, great singing and some big-stage choreography. You will hear classic songs like Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, Teddy Bear, Love Me Tender, Blue Suede Shoes, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Burning Love and of course All Shook Up.


Kildare Catholic College is very proud to bring this uplifting musical to the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre stage. There are over 130 students involved in the show either on stage singing, acting or dancing or in the band or backstage. Come along and join in the fun!

Thursday 18 May      7.30 pm

Friday 19 May            7.30 pm

Saturday 20 May      7.30 pm

Thursday 25 May      7.30 pm

Friday 26 May            7.30 pm

Saturday 27 May       2.00 pm

Saturday 27 May       7.30 pm


Tickets available at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre Booking Office: 6926 9688

All Shook Up


A cast, crew and band of 130 Kildare Catholic College students from Years 7-12.


All Shook Up – a musical set in 1950s outback America featuring the immortal songs of Mr Elvis Presley.



Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre (Tickets available at the Civic Theatre Booking Office)


  1. Thursday 18 May                7.30 p.m.
  2. Friday 19 May                      7.30 p.m.
  3. Saturday 20 May                7.30 p.m.
  4. Thursday 25 May               7.30 p.m.
  5. Friday 26 May                      7.30 p.m.
  6. Saturday 27 May                2.00 p.m (Matinee.)
  7. Saturday 27 May               7.30 p.m.

N.B. The show runs for two hours
(including a 20 minute interval.)


All Shook Up


NATALIE HALLER (Early 20's): a mechanic:
Caitlin Hood (Year 10 Student)


CHAD A great-looking, motorcycling, guitar-playing, roustabout:
 Sam Heffernan (Year 12 Student)


JIM HALLER (mid 40's-50's): Natalie's widowed father:
Harry Mangelsdorf (Year 11 Student)


SYLVIA (mid 40's) the no-nonsense owner of Sylvia’s Honky-Tonk:
Caitlyn Davis (Year 12 Student)


LORRAINE Sylvia's 16 year-old daughter:
Lillee Poulet-Stevens (Year 11 Student)


DENNIS a young, awkward, aspiring dentist:
Sam Butt (Year 10 Student)


MISS SANDRA the beautiful, intellectual caretaker of the town's museum:
Amy Li (Year 11 Student)


MAYOR MATILDA HYDE (mid 40's-50's): the town's conservative mayor:
Bridget Robertson (Year 12 Student)


DEAN HYDE Matilda's 16 year-old son:
Charles Patterson (Year 12 Student)


SHERIFF EARL (mid 40's-50's) the law in town. A man of not many words:
Joseph Wallace (Year 12 Student)

Creative and Production Team

Musical Director:                     Robert Thompson

Head Vocal Director:             Melanie Cotterill

Lighting Design:                      Evie Lord

Sound Design:                         Cheyne Halloran

Set Design:                                Alison Sutton

Costume Design:  Alison Sutton, Narelle Potts

Head Choreographer:           Megan Hardy

Asst Choreographers:  Kira Lough, Breisha Conlan, Laura Whiter

Stage Manager:                        Barbara Landrigan

Production Manager:             Michael Mack

Director:                                       Michael Mack

If you are interested in doing a story on our show, you are welcome to visit one of our rehearsals at the Civic Theatre before we open or to contact me for more information. We have rehearsals on the following days:

Monday 15 May                  4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 16 May                 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday 17 May           4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 28 May                9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

I can be contacted at Kildare on 6925 3388 or on my home number of 6925 3551. My e-mail address is [email protected] . Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Best wishes

Michael Mack | (Director)

Details About the Show


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] 



Pop/Rock/Jazz Piano Tuition

James Baker currently has limited lesson slots available on Wednesdays during school hours. James Baker is a jazz pianist, gigging musician, and a Green Room Award-winning musical director. With a passion for teaching students how to play, feel, and connect pop, rock and jazz music, James encourages his students to use their creative mind when approaching music, focusing on chord theory, improvisation, aural skills and composition.

1/2 hr lessons: $30 - Term fees billed in advance

m0408 318 653

e[email protected]




Assistant in Nursing

We have a fantastic opportunity for you to work part-time as an Assistant in Nursing in the Riverina area. You’ll be required to care for your client under the supervision and responsibility of a registered nurse, provide your client with personal and nursing care along with basic meal preparation. If you hold a Certificate III in Aged Care or a qualification within the health sector, ATEL welcomes your application.


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