Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

10 March 2017
Issue Three
Letter from Archbishop Christopher Prowse & Principal's Message  
Fortnightly Prayer
Curriculum Matters
Careers in HealthCare
   @ OASIS
Oodgeroo Community Day 2017
Sally Dominguez Design Thinking Workshop
Science & Engineering Day
T20 Girls Cricket
Canyoning Excursion
Year 11 Biology field trip to Flowerdale Lagoon
OARS Testing
Concreting a Footpath
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6925 3388
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650
AU

Letter from Archbishop
Christopher Prowse & Principal's Message  

Hello everyone,

This week I am in Brisbane working with principal and Diocesan leaders from around Australia.  The focus is on better school and system leadership to improve our schools. In May this group travels to New York and Ontario to work with school and system leaders. At Kildare, we pay a lot of attention to what is happening in Ontario and much of our professional reading and direction comes from a few Ontario-based experts and researchers. The CSO is supporting this trip and my work is to make this opportunity translate into further improvement for the College.

 

Next Monday we begin the Year 7 enrolment process for 2018. We have an Open Night with a BBQ, tours and presentation. Please encourage anyone you know who is in Year 6, or who has a son or daughter in Year 6, to come along to our Open Night.

 

Attached is a letter and Lenten message from Archbishop Prowse, Bishop of Canberra Goulburn Diocese and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Wagga Wagga. The letter follows on from Archbishop's appearance at the Royal Commission and includes his personal response and hopes for the future. Please take the time to read Archbishop Prowse’s letter to us.

 

All the best

 

To view original PDF: HERE

Fortnightly Prayer

Lenten Prayers by Year Eight

Dear God,

During this season of Lent,

Give us the strength to be aware of others who need our help,

To keep our Lenten promises and

Remind me to pray to you more.

Elly

 

Dear God,

We thank you for this world that you gave us and how fortunate we are to sleep under a roof and eat and drink every day.

May today be filled with love and happiness in this world we live in.

Nicholas

 

Dear God,

Please help all people to be kind this Lent.

Give all people the courage to forgive others.

Let everyone be giving and generous this Easter. Amen

Abbey

Curriculum Matters

Parent/ Student/ Teacher interviews Year 7-10

Parent/ Student/ Teacher Interviews will be on the 30th March and 4th April from 4-7pm in the College Hall. They are an opportunity for you to meet and get to know your child's teacher and  to share information about your son/ daughter's progress thus far. Each slot will be 5 minutes. Booking is via sobs.com.au.

Interviews provide valuable opportunities for parents/ guardians to be more involved in your son/ daughter's learning so that you can give support where it is needed.

In order to build strong relationships between home and school, we request that your son/ daughter attend the interview with you. We look forward to engaging in meaningful conversations around learning with a focus on where learning is now and how to move learning forward.

 

Shane Fuller | Leader of Curriculum

View PDF's below:

 

Careers in HealthCare

Healthcare and social assistance – which includes doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists, childcare workers and aged care providers – has made the largest contribution to the nation's jobs growth over the past 15 years.

It now employs more than 1.5 million people, or one in every eight Australian workers, accounting for 13% of Australia’s workforce. It's also a well-educated sector – about three-quarters of its workers hold a post-school qualification, which is well above the national average.

Over the five years to November 2015, employment grew by 20.3% (or 256,600). New jobs were created in all subsectors, but most were in Medical and Other Health Care Services (up by 142,100), with Social Assistance Services also adding a significant number (75,800). Around 250,200 more jobs are expected over the five years to November 2020 (up by 16.4%).

Nearly four in five workers in Health Care and Social Assistance have completed post-school study. While a large proportion hold a bachelor degree or higher qualification (44%), vocational education and training (VET) qualifications are also a significant pathway to employment.

 

Online Resource Links

Karen Murray | Careers Adviser

 
 @ OASIS

To view full gallery HERE

Oodgeroo Community Day 2017

A riot of colour, including green, captured the Pop Culture theme at the Oodgeroo Community Day on 3rd March. Diverse costumes and group outfits provided a talking point for students. Costume winners were:

Juniors - Chase Gladman and Xya-Lilly McLauchlan

Seniors - Nick Anderson/Wal Majok and Brianna Withers

Group Outfit - Rubik Cubes (10 senior students!)

 

Students supported the day with purchases of donated cakes/slices, drinks and a barbeque lunch, wearing mufti for a gold coin donation and through entry to the Dance Party. The Dance Party was the most successful one yet in the hall, with the images of the dance floor participants displayed on the big screen.


Special thanks to students and staff who contributed to the day’s success. Over $1,500 profit will be distributed to support PLAN Australia with a teenage boy’s family in Bolivia, ErinEarth and Catholic Missions.

 

Kerrie Green | Academic Care and Wellbeing Coordinator

Sally Dominguez Design Thinking Workshop

Last week Kildare was lucky enough to host International designer Sally Dominguez,  a multi-award-winning Inventor, Adventurer, Journalist and Educator. Sally has unique experience practising, observing, teaching and advocating for innovation. She is currently also working with NASA's Ames Innovation Lab, CISCO and Mattel. She is also teaching Innovation at Stanford University.

 

Year 11 Design and Technology and Visual Arts students took part in Sally’s Design Thinking workshop, learning her Adventurous Thinking methodology. Sally has taught Adventurous Thinking as a means to integrate innovation into the Australian school curriculum. More of Sally’s work can be seen found here:

http://www.sallydominguez.com/

 

Creative Arts and Technology and Applied Studies teachers also had the opportunity to work with Sally for a day. Teachers learnt new approaches to think creatively and gained tools to use in their classroom to encourage students to push the boundaries by thinking creatively.

 

Jennifer Holt | Technology & Applied Studies

Science & Engineering Day

On Thursday 2 March a group of Year 9 and 10 Kildare students participated in the Science and Engineering Challenge at Mater Dei with 7 other schools from the Riverina.  Teams worked together to complete challenges incorporating many skills. In one of the challenges, we received straws, string, tape, wooden sticks and plasticine to create a functional moving hand. This hand was later tested for its capability to perform manual tasks such as lifting objects.

At the end of the day the one to watch was the bridge building. Some teams spent all day designing and constructing a bridge from paddle pop sticks. The strength and structure of the bridges were tested with a weight bearing cart crossing over. 250 students had a great opportunity to enjoy a practical taste of science and engineering skills.

Molly Carter | Year 9 Student

T20 Girls Cricket

The girls had an excellent day at the T20 Round Robin at Bolton Park on the 2nd March. The Year 7/8 team saw success against one of The Riverina Anglican College teams and Gundagai High School, showing off some impressive batting and bowling skills. The girls ended up 6th place out of 12 teams, an admirable result for some first time players!

Well done to all. 

Grace Howard | Teacher

Canyoning Excursion

On the 22nd February all Year 11 & 12 2 Unit SLR students went on an excursion to the Macquarie Pass (near Wollongong) to undertake some Canyoning. As the photos illustrate, canyoning is an outdoor adventure sport that involves navigating your way down a creek or river that has a number of natural obstacles including waterfalls, deep pools and boulders. Students navigate their way using a variety of skills to overcome the various challenges including abseiling, jumping, swimming, rock hopping and bush-walking....whilst having plenty of fun in the process!!!

It was one very long day but plenty of fun and success was enjoyed by all

Geoffrey McNamara | Teacher

Year 11 Biology field trip to Flowerdale Lagoon

On Thursday 23 February Year 11 Biology undertook a field trip to Flowerdale Lagoon. During the two lessons we were at Flowerdale the students performed quadrat and transect analysis of the area and collected the data from soil and water tests. This was an important field trip which allowed the students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the biotic and abiotic factors in a local ecosystem, and to understand first hand, the interrelationships within that lagoon ecosystem.The students were a credit to themselves as they undertook this task with focus and consideration and awareness of the environment.

Audrey Taylor | Science Teacher

 

OARS Testing

All students in Years 7-10 have now completed OARS online testing. Testing occurs in
Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Maths, and General Ability. Teachers are using this data to plan for improved learning and to better cater for individual learning needs:
The ACER Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) are an Australian series of tests designed to provide objective information to teachers about their students’ skills and understandings in a range of key areas. At the centre of each PAT test is a described proficiency scale, providing both quantitative and qualitative data on student performance, making the PAT tests ideal for understanding students’ current strengths and weaknesses, informing teaching and learning, and monitoring progress over time.
Visit the OARS web site for more information: HERE


Michelle Shaw | Inclusive Education Coordinator

Concreting a Footpath

Friday last week saw Year 12 construction students make an early start to the day for a concrete pour. Students had been given the task of undertaking a pathway rectification, and the week prior had removed the existing concrete with wheel barrows and a jack hammer. All students preformed to a high standard and learnt valuable skills and knowledge throughout the task.
 

A job well done team.

 

Christopher Wendy | VET Construction Trainer

Resource Centre NEWS

This week and next week in the Resource Centre we are highlighting indigenous literature and have a range of fiction and non-fiction material on display in addition to a display of indigenous artifacts. Take the opportunity to drop by and take a look at the display and choose one of the wonderful books by the authors: Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy, June Walkutjukurr Richards, Percy Trezise, Gayle Kennedy and Ross Carnsew, Sally Morgan, Minoota Pootchemunka, Mary Walberg and Alice Kowearpta, Glenda Andrew  and Magdalene Williams to name a few. Learn about their journeys, culture and dreaming and hopes for the future.

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”  - Frederick Douglass.

Chess

Some lively games of chess are being played in the Resource Centre across all year levels at recess and lunch breaks. These games are attracting chess enthusiasts as well as those who enjoy being spectators to this wonderful engagement of the minds. There have been some lengthy tussles and ingenious strategies employed in the process. Chess items are kept at the front desk for those students interested in engaging with others in a game.

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

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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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Uranquinty Netball Club sign ups this Saturday at The Rules Club 12 Midday until 4:00pm. Including uniform sizing and orders. Or alternatively follow the links:

Uranquinty Netball Club Web site sign up HERE

Any questions just contact Lorraine on 6926 1416.

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The Southern Sports Academy  is promoting of a School Holiday Netball Camp to be held at the Equex Centre, Wagga Wagga on the 18th- 21st April 2017.

           

The camps are a valuable opportunity for children of all skill levels to receive top quality coaching. We are excited to announce that former NSW Swifts player, Jackie Murphy, will again host our Junior Netball Camp this year and will be joined by a panel of experienced coaches including Southern Sports Academy Coaching staff, special guest coaches and Southern Sports Academy athletes.

 

This year players between the ages of 7 and 10 will be attending on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th April, while the players aged between 11 and 14 will attend on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st. 

 

As you may be aware, the age group for the Southern Sports Academy Netball Squad has been lowered to 14-16 years. This has required the Academy coaching staff to commence the talent identification process earlier than we have previously.  As a consequence, the annual Junior Netball Camp has become a crucial event for the identification of the best young talent in the Southern part of the state.

 

Thank you for your assistance in promoting this camp within your school community.  Please find attached an application form for you to distribute.  The form will also be available on the Academy’s website (www.ssa-nsw.org.au).

Download application form below:

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Letter to Parents Year 7-10 Semester 1 2017.pdf
How to Book Interviews Using sobs.pdf
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Letter to Parents Year 7-10 Semester 1 2017.pdf
How to Book Interviews Using sobs.pdf
Netball Camp Form.pdf
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