Kildare Catholic College Newsletter

09 March 2018
Issue Three
Principal Message Rod Whelan
Prayer & Mission
Curriculum Matters
Careers University Life
Oodgeroo Community Day
2018 Twilight Swimming Carnival
Year 9 & 10 Police Talk
Rotary Peace Day Celebrations
Page 10
Rain Forrest Canyon Excursion
Resource Centre NEWS
Whats Happening
Kildare Catholic College
(02) 6932 6100
Coleman Street
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Principal Message
Rod Whelan

Hello everyone,


Today saw the opening of the Mt Erin Heritage Centre, which documents and celebrates the story of the Presentation Sisters in Wagga Wagga.

More than 1000 of us learn and work on this site because of the Presentation Sisters. I don’t know if anyone has calculated the number of students educated here since the first Sisters arrived in 1878 but I do know the number is large and increasing at an increasing rate.



The centre will be visited by many for historical, nostalgic, family and reunion purposes and it will serve these functions well. It will also be visited by each current Kildare student and all incoming students to make visible the legacy of care and education founded here and to connect us to a past that is much more similar to the present that we may at first realise. The key message for me from this Heritage Centre is that while the artefacts change and evolve over time, the work of education and care remain timeless. The Presentation Sisters have always been ahead of their time and the work today still revolves around a genuine concern for learning, wellbeing, improving life opportunities and assisting all to become more fully human in a specifically and proudly Catholic culture and setting.


AT Kildare we are very happy to be involved in a co-governance of this Centre and look forward to supporting and growing all functions of this Centre. Well done to all and may the visitors be many.




Prayer & Mission



Loving God,

during the Year of Youth,

may we work together with other young people in our school

and the Church to ‘Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy’.

Help us to be grateful for the gift of Catholic Education

and encourage us to support others to get a year’s worth of learning.

For this we pray in Jesus’ name.



Project Compassion Week 3 - Bayan from Jordan


Bayan is a 12-year-old Syrian girl, living with her family in Jordan, a keen student, who has her sights set on a career as an ophthalmologist. She struggled to overcome the trauma of growing up in a conflict zone, facing the prospect of missing out on schooling. Now, Bayan is an academic high-achiever, flourishing in a stable school environment.

Bayan grew up in Syria’s capital, Damascus. The Syrian conflict turned their lives upside down and they were forced to flee. As their time in Jordan extended, Caritas Australia and our partners, Caritas Jordan and Catholic Relief Services stepped in to provide vital academic and psychosocial support. Bayan started attending one of Jordan’s Caritas Schools which operates on Saturdays, providing tuition to disadvantaged students.

“The school brings them back to a normal life, as they start to dream again,” says Abeer, Caritas Education and Protection Co-ordinator.

Caritas provides a broad range of other education services, including preparing pre-school children for school, supporting students who have missed out on schooling to return to the education system, as well as counselling and nutritious meals and snacks at school.

“I would not be able to read and write. I would feel lost, as if I knew nothing about the world. School has the power to lift us up, so we can reach our goals and learn quickly." - Bayan


Something to do: Continue your generous support of Project Compassion throughout Lent

Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 8.00 am Mass in T7 - going well and growing:  All welcome!

Tuesday 13 March

  • Year 7 are presented with their Gideon Bibles
  • Year 10 Community Day with Project Hatch - ‘Influential Leadership’

Friday 23 March  

Year 10 Real Talk Presentation


Christine Savage | Leader of Mission


Curriculum Matters

Year 12 Half Yearly Examinations

Year 12 students have been issued with a finalised exam timetable. We wish them well in their preparation as they undertake these assessments. Year 12 students are expected to be at the scheduled exams. This ensures that no unfair advantage is given. I thank you for your support with this. Should there be any exam related issues, parents and students are urged to contact me at the time.



Year 7-11 2018 Learning Handbooks

Year 7-12 students have been shared into their respective Year Level Learning Handbooks.These can be also found on the College website. They note the timing of assessment work, the type of task being undertaken, the topics they relate to and  weightings of tasks for Year 10-12. The work of the classroom and assessment work are one in the same and there is a direct correlation between the two. 

Please click on below links.


Subject changes for Electives are now complete and patterns of study are set. I thank the students for the positive start they have made in their Electives.

Year 7-10 Parent/ Student/ Teacher Interviews- 5th and 10th April

Year 7-10 Parent/ Student/ Teacher Interviews are scheduled for 5th April and 10th April 4- 7 pm in the College Hall. This is a terrific opportunity to gather to talk about student learning  and how best to move it forward. Students and parents are urged to attend. Bookings are open now.

SOBS  Kildare direct link  HERE


Shane Fuller | Leader of Curriculum


Attention Year 11 & 12 Students

Do you require exam provisions for the HSC?


NESA have a process that must be followed. Applications close Friday 13 April.  

If you require exam provisions or you are not sure and need advice, you must see Mrs Shaw during Coaching in the Learning Hub.


For more information about disability provisions go to the NESA website Applying for provisions . Remember that the term 'disability' is very broad and the purpose of provisions is to allow you to make a fair attempt. 


Here is an extract from NESA:

Students may need provisions for:

  • a permanent condition, such as diabetes or reading difficulty
  • a temporary condition, such as a broken arm, or
  • an intermittent condition, such as back pain when sitting for long periods.

It is not embarrassing to apply for or use provisions. More than 7000 HSC students apply for provisions each year. Provisions help students to show the markers what they know and can do.


All the best for your exams in Week 8!


Michelle Shaw | Inclusive Education

Careers University Life

We talked to current students who were at different points in their degrees and were able to offer different perspectives of uni life. We were given information on options for leisure activities, support and guidance systems, living/accommodation costs, degrees, location of campuses and the ability to change your degree or campus to suit your personal preferences. We had the opportunity to ask specific questions and gain a deeper insight into what life is like at uni including how classes and tutorials work, meeting new people and the responsibility we have to regulate our attendance to lectures etc. Overall, it was a helpful guide to better understand what uni is like and how to get into your course.


Emma Hart | CSU Presenter




Job prospects in health careers are set to grow faster than any other industry, with the promise of rewarding salaries and job security to sweeten the deal. The cherry on top? There are boundless areas to choose from, across jobs such as social work or surgery.

Australia’s ageing population and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) means the creation and sustainment of health careers across the board. The NDIS alone is promising to provide 460,000 Australians with disability support over the lifetime of the patient.


20-30% of health job vacancies listed on remain unfilled after 30 days

It’s a long-term demand for skilled healthcare workers that ensures job security over the course of your career.

Even general practitioners are hard to come by with 35.74% of job listings still vacant after a month, despite a lucrative average salary of $126,000.


Healthcare and social assistance jobs are expected to grow 16.1% to 2022

More jobs means more career growth prospects, too. Taking up a managerial position can see you jump from being a Registered Nurse to a Registered Nurse Manager with an average salary increase of $9,000 for your efforts.

Jobs in health are also super rewarding. According to a recent global study, employee job satisfaction relies on job stability, a good salary and above all, feeling appreciated for your work.

In health, feeling appreciated comes from working directly with patients and seeing the progress you make through smiles on faces. It’s a rare change from graphs and charts that track achievement in most jobs.


Healthcare is the #1 sector for new jobs and has been since the 1990s

Health careers aren’t limited to hospitals, either. Analyse the mind as a mental health professional or try your hand at exercise therapy; work with others as a disability carer or with technology as a sonographer; find your niche in research, teaching or advocacy – your options are endless!

Eliza Brockwell | Publications

Karen Murray | Careers Advisor

02 6925 3388

0428 861732

To book an appointment, click here

Oodgeroo Community Day

The sound of music was heard across the College as students danced  to the music from DJ Garry Steman at the Oodgeroo Dance Party held after lunch on 2nd March. A variety of music styles engaged students who entered the Hall with a gold coin donation, while others played handball in the Central Courtyard, tuned into the sounds.


The beach theme for the day inspired not only Hawaiian shirts (of which there were many), but also some original and extraordinary costumes. Small prizes for best junior/senior female and male and group costume were awarded to: Rhyley Jones and Molly Huskisson/Georgia Quinn and friend; Jakob Brown/Tom Gardiner. Group prize awarded to Rosie Currie and two friends.


The cake stall, drinks stand and barbeque were very successful and combined with mufti money, resulted in over $1500 profit being raised for charity. These charities are Plan Australia, ErinEarth and Catholic Missions.

Thank you to all who contributed to the day. It is energising to observe students in a different context blossom in their activity, whether that is baking, selling goods, cooking, collecting money, dancing or just relaxing. We appreciate your engagement.

Kerrie Green | Academic Care & Wellbeing Coordinator

2018 Twilight
Swimming Carnival

Benedicta - Swimming House Champions

Thursday’s twilight swimming carnival was a huge success with strong participation from all houses and students. The afternoon started with lots of energy as our traditional ‘fashions on the field’ parade began. This vocal beginning flowed right through to the last two events of the Carnival, which ultimately, decided the overall house Champion. The senior boys and girls relays were a tight tussle which resulted in Benedicta claiming enough points to secure the House Champion over Oodgeroo by only 7 points.

Thanks to Wagga Wagga Swim Club for their assistance on the night and to all the staff and students for their work in ensuring a smooth running carnival.

Record Breakers

13 Years

Boy: Isaac Mooney - 200IM 3.09.54

Girl: Bridget Stephens - 50m Freestyle 31.27 & 200M freestyle 2.43.36


15 Years

Girl: Georgie Stephens 200IM 2.50.92

Girl: Sally Foster - 50m Freestyle 30.14


16 Years

Girl: Mackenzie Dodwell 50m Backstroke 38.53


Senior Boy: Riley Corbett - 50 Backstroke 35.58



13 Years

Boys Relay: King 2.37.82


14 Years

Girls Relay: King 2.35.55


Age Champions

12 Years

Boy - Cooper Manson    24 Points

Girl - Baylee Wright    18 Points


13 Years

Boy: Isaac Mooney 66 Points

Girl: Bridget Stephens 66 Points


14 Years

Boy: Reece Jamieson   28 Points

Girl: Victoria Rockliff    54 Points


15 Years

Boy: Jack Flanagan    28 Points

Girl: Sally Foster     54 Points


16 Years

Boy: William Doyle    40 Points

Girl: Asha Murphy      52 Points



Boy: Riley Corbett    44 Points

Girl: Milli Gentle    52 Points

To view all 2018 swimming carnival photos: HERE


Ryan Price | PDHPE Teacher

Year 9 & 10 Police Talk

On Tuesday, Year 9 and 10 students attended a presentation on cyber safety, cyber bullying, sexting and harassment.  Students were informed of their legal rights and responsibilities in relation to these matters. Some key messages include:


  • Stay safe online: Don't add strangers as friends on your social media accounts. Be mindful that people are not always who they say they are.
  • Sexting: Sending or possessing nude images is a criminal offence. Students who send or forward on these types of images can be found guilty of child pornography criminal charges and may end up on the Sex Offenders List.
  • Cyber bullying: Students involved in bullying online can be charged with criminal offences. Consequences of cyber bullying can be serious, such as suicide. Police will get involved.

Over the past few weeks there have been a few incidents of inappropriate online communication among our own community. This is a problem facing many teens. Students have been reminded to think carefully before they act. 


Parents, please speak to your children about this. It is a serious issue and can have emotional, psychological and legal implications for those involved.


Christie Scoble | Assistant Principal

Rotary Peace Day Celebrations

On Friday 23rd February, Rotary groups of Wagga celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Wagga being named the first Peace City in the world. As part of these celebrations, students from the Representative Council marched from the Civic Centre in Wagga to the Peace monument on Ivan Jack Drive and participated in the Ceremony of Reaffirmation. Here students listened to guest speakers from Rotary and Mayor Greg Conkey.


Following the peace march, Year 12 students Angus King, Amy Li and Molly Garry spoke at the Rotary Annual Peace Day Ceremony on Saturday 24th February. Their speech showcased the work currently being done at Kildare, as a peace school, and how it aligns with the work of Rotary’s and its programs.

We thank Year 12 students Angus King, Michell Ivey, Josephine Doyle, Amy Li and Molly Garry as well as Liberty Skeers (Year 11) for representing the College over these two days.


Caitlin Fahey | Leader of Academic Care & Wellbeing

Cooking in Maths!

Year 9 5.1 Maths, have been investigating the mathematics involved in cooking. Students came up with a list of ways in which maths is used when cooking and were surprised to find that the list was quite large. Some of these included increasing recipes, converting ingredients from cups to grams, investigating best buys and which supermarket had the cheapest ingredients. The culmination of all this maths was the making of the cookies where the students had to measure ingredients, split the mixture evenly so they all had the same number of cookies and discuss whether the size of the cookies made a difference to the length of time they took to cook and of course eating the cookies. This is part of a larger theme called Tools of the Trade which is part of NESA's STEM Pathway for Mathematics and has led to some different ideas about where maths is used day to day. Our next project is designing and planning an overseas holiday, students are already looking at the finance involved, watch this space. A big thank you to Matt Ward, Jen Gray and Wendy Brown for their assistance with the cooking.


Amanda Brown | Maths Teacher

Rain Forrest Canyon Excursion

On the 28th February- 2nd March Year 12 2 unit SLR students went on an excursion to Katoomba, The Blue Mountains and Manly to participate in a number of outdoor experiences. Students used their skills over these three days to navigate a number activities including abseiling, rock climbing, canyoning, scuba diving, rock hopping, and bush-walking. The first day saw students experience Boar's Head multipitch abseil in the late afternoon. This day was followed by an 8 hour experience in Butterbox Canyon. 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. The third day saw the students enjoying themselves in the water by scuba diving at Oyster Bay and following this up with a surf lesson at the picturesque Manly beach.

What a fabulous trip!

Grace Howard | Teacher/Trip Organiser

Resource Centre NEWS

Students from all year levels have taken the opportunity to spend time in the Resource Centre getting together to play chess, create with Lego, participate in tutorials as well as read and spend time enjoying the space. The large range of magazines are being borrowed and well-read while new books across all genres are being snapped up as they are being put on display.

 It is wonderful that students are also taking the opportunity to make recommendations for book purchases and sharing books with their friends and other students that they have enjoyed reading. In future weeks we will have a promotion of the Classics to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the publishing of ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ written by May Gibbs.

Books are a uniquely portable magic’ Stephen King

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] 



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