Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

14 December 2017
Issue Twenty
Principal Message Rod Whelan
Social Media as a Career tool
Year 10 Child Studies
Year 9 History Class ​Outdoor Drawing Activities
Coaching Kindness
Kildare Donating to Charities
NSW Allschools Under 15 Touch
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 to all involved in the the work of Kildare Catholic College in 2017.


Students, congratulations on the year of learning and growing. Remember our hope for you is that you do as well, or close to as well, as you possibly can and I particularly congratulate those who can reflect on the year and say ‘I gave it a great shot’.


Parents, thank you for your ongoing support and staff thank you for your outstanding work. Next year we start again and I wish you all the best in the interim, for a safe, holy and enjoyable Christmas.


Thank you to Paul Kenny, Sally Jamieson, Pip De Mattia, Bridget McMeekin and Tony Hanson for their excellent work over 2017 replacing staff on leave. All the best to Simon Huntly, Col Parker, Catherine Banks, Brendan Ashby and Vicky Langley who leave us after many individual and collective years of fine service to the Kildare community.


Below are some details from the 2017 HSC results. Well done - best results ever!


All the best



Kildare Catholic College 2017 HSC Results

Kildare Catholic College Year 12 students achieved the best results in the 14 year history of the HSC in the 2017 HSC. Kildare ranked 138 on the NSW Top 150 Schools.


41% of all results were Band 6 or 5 with 65 Band 6 results and 157 Band 5 results.


77% of all results were Band 6, 5 or 4.


Alison Dean and Georgia O’Connell made the State All-Rounder list for achieving all Band 6 results.


32 students shared the 65 Band 6 results. 16 students received more than 1 Band 6.


Subject Band 6 results were  SOR 1 (10), PDHPE (9), Music 1 (7), Advanced English (5), Standard English (5) Modern History (5), Mathematics (4), SOR II (4), Legal Studies (3),  Biology (3)  Senior Science (2), Society and Culture (2), History Extension (2), General Maths (2), Economics (1) and CAFS (1)


“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.



John Nielsen | Leader of Mission


Social Media
as a Career tool

As the year comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to remind students and parents in particular how to keep updated with all things Careers.


Please feel free to like, follow, join or subscribe to any of the following.


In the past I have created private groups for each Year Group. This will continue for Year Group specific information. However, I have created a new Facebook Page which may be of interest to all students and parents.


Kildare Careers


The following Year Groups still have their own groups

Kildare Catholic College HSC 2018

Kildare Catholic College HSC 2019


Early in the new year a new group will be created for Year 10.


Kildare Careers Twitter account is a great way to keep up to date with all things Careers. It will be of particular interest to Senior students and their parents.


Follow @KildareCareers



I make short videos which I upload to our YouTube channel. These video are particularly useful for Senior students.


Youtube - Subscribe to


Karen Murray | Careers Advisor

02 6925 3388

0428 861732

To book an appointment, click here

Year 10 Child Studies

Year 10 Child Studies have completed a topic on practical play activities for children. Throughout the unit the girls have been required to plan and implement engaging activities that could be used when educating and caring for young children.


Check out the videos to see their 3D pop up books, hand sewn finger puppets and finger knitted snakes.


Monique Jones | PDHPE, HSIE and RE Teacher 

Year 9 History Class
Outdoor Drawing Activities

Year 9 History classes have been learning about Australians at War. This unit has particular resonance with people in our community who have had family serve in the Australian armed forces.

In order to diversify teaching methods and keep students engaged, individuals and teams of students have engaged in an outdoor drawing activity. This activity is designed to promote engagement, creativity and concept development. Varying the learning environments during class time encourages energy and creativity. 

Students have chosen a particular war theatre that has influenced Australians and created a map that helps to illustrate an aspect of the war. After a period of time, students give feedback to their peers on the creations.

This activity develops teamwork, creativity, strengthens concepts around the topic, builds resilience and communication skills.


Congratulations to those students with work exemplified in the newsletter


Ben Holt | Human Society and its Environments Faculty


On 12th December, our Quicksmart Numeracy students for 2017 received their certificates and folders displaying the culmination of their work on numeracy this year. Students worked intensively with their instructors to improve their skill level  and increase the speed and fluency of their mental arithmetic. Congratulations to all our students and thank you to our instructors, Mrs Hope, Mrs Langley, Mrs Vidler, Mr Siegwalt and Mrs Shaw. A special thank you and farewell to Mrs Langley who leaves KCC to live in Queensland.

A founding member of the Quicksmart Numeracy team, Mrs Langley has been a devoted and passionate instructor in the numeracy program in the nine years that the program has been running and has always been very professional and calm with her support of her students. We wish her and her family well on their sea change and thank her for her twenty one years of dedication to student learning and well-being across the Wagga Wagga Diocese.


Jacinta Murphy | Numeracy Coordinator

Coaching Kindness

Students and teachers finished the 2017 school year by celebrating kindness, hopefulness, the goodness of human beings, the strength of people’s hearts, and the power of people’s wills. A number of activities were available during coaching time, encouraging everyone to show someone how much you care before the end of the school year and beyond.

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The  Resource Centre bulletin board became a hub for positive shout outs and notes to those who have inspired and encouraged us to #Choose Kind in 2017:


  • Who encourages you to choose kind?

  • Who lifts you up?

  • What does kindness and inclusion mean to you?

  • Thank someone who has shown you kindness this year!


Best wishes to all for a safe and happy holiday.


Remember in 2018 - kindness is contagious, and so is a smile. When someone makes the decision to #Choose Kind, they inspire others to do the same :)


Catherine Banks | Leader of Academic Care and Wellbeing

Kildare Donating to Charities

Recent donations were given to local charities from the money made from Benedicta Community Day. On hand to collect cheques were representatives Belinda McMahon from Sisters Housing, Cindy James from St Vincent De Paul and Natalie Prentice from Edel Quinn Shelter.


  • St Vincent De Paul Wagga (The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia has more than 40,000 members and volunteers, who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia).
  • Edel Quinn Shelter (Edel Quinn provides crisis accommodation and case management services primarily for men who are experiencing homelessness in the Wagga Wagga region).

  • Sisters Housing Enterprises Inc. provides a case management service to women and women with children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We provide crisis and transitional accommodation to women for a period of up to three months in crisis accommodation and up to twelve months in the transitional properties.

Women may have a range of issues which lead to being at risk of homelessness or in being homeless, these include escaping domestic violence, drug & alcohol dependency, mental health issues, rental issues and financial stress.


Matthew Conn | Academic Care & Well Being

Co-Ordinator, Benedicta House

NSW Allschools
Under 15 Touch

Madeline Morton and Ella McFarlane represented the NSW Allschools under 15 girls touch team at the Pacific Schools Games in Adelaide from December 1-10. There were over 3,500 students representing their state or country in over 11 different sports across all age groups. 

In the round games NSW team defeated Northern Territory 19-0, Victoria 18-2, ACT 12-0, South Australia 11-0, Western Australia 9-1. They lost to Queensland 3-0.

In the final series they defeated Northern Territory 22-1 in the 2 v 7 playoff. In the semi final (2 v 3) they defeated Western Australia 9-1. They played Queensland in the grand final, but unfortunately lost 4-2.

The girls had a great time and represented NSW outstandingly. 


Congratulations on a wonderful achievement


Andrew Morton | PDHPE

Resource Centre NEWS

As Term 4 of the school year reaches its conclusion, I encourage all students to build on their literacy skills through the holiday break by continuing to read. Reading extends our vocabulary, develops our understanding of concepts and ideas, builds on our knowledge and provides an avenue for relaxation with the written word and wonderful writers.

I would like to thank all students who have suggested for purchase a wonderful and wide range of reading material this year and encourage you to continue to work with the Kildare Resource Centre staff to add to the growing collection of fiction and non-fiction items.

The Resource Centre was enriched this year with a large range of titles for both fiction and non-fiction; beanbags have added to the comfort of the space and a wide range of magazines has been added for the College Community to read and enjoy. To enhance the Resource Centre learning space an interactive display was installed, capable of touch recognition and laptops have replaced the desktop computers for use by students and staff.

The IT support department that operates out of the Resource Centre has also been very busy this year deploying 420 new portable devices and adding technology throughout the College.

We look forward to further changes in 2018 to enhance the learning experience for the College community and build on literacy and numeracy skills.

Dr Cox-Townend | Teacher Librarian

Whats Happening

Classes Resume in 2018

  • Years 7 and 12 resume Tuesday 30th January 2018
  • Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 resume Wednesday 31th January 2018


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


Oodgeroo Wins House Shield 

Oodgeroo House members are honoured to achieve the House Shield for the second consecutive year.  We first won it in 2005.

The Shield is awarded on points for participation in cultural activities, sport, carnival success and community service. Points are accrued on computer with the winner unknown until the announcement, hence the big surprise each year!

Kerrie Green | Academic Care and Wellbeing Co-ordinator

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] 



Wagga Swans President: Brendan Tucker

0409 443 495


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