Newsletter No.1 (09 January 2018)

Hello everyone,Newsletter 02-09-18

Welcome to the 2018 school year. 925 students and 122 staff are on site, with an even greater number of parents, carers and well-wishers completing the Kildare community.


I particularly welcome new students and staff including 198 Year 7 students, 30 students across the other Year groups and 15 new staff. We took a large number of Year 7 students this year and increased by two classes, but this is a one-off and we will have to limit Year 7 to 150 students for 2019. Here are the student numbers in Year Groups:

High Achiever Assembly

At an assembly on Friday we recognised our High Achievers from 2016. This group included students who received Band 6 results which placed them on the Distinguished Achiever List, those who received an ATAR greater than 90 and our Dux, the individual with the highest academic performance in the HSC as measured by ATAR calculation.

School performance is measured in Band 6 s per 100 students, so the measure is independent of school size. We haven’t advertised these school rankings beyond the College but you should hear them as a member of the school community. Last year’s 65 Band 6 results placed Kildare 138 out of 600 schools in the State, 38th of the 130 Catholic Schools and 3rd in The Country Dioceses. Newcastle and Wollongong aren’t classified as Country Dioceses but we placed higher than all their schools as well. It is the best College and Wagga Diocese performance in the current-format HSC, in terms of total Band 6 results and Band 6 results per 100 students, going back to 2001.

10 students achieved an ATAR above 90:

10 students, Alison Dean, Elise Drum, Abbey O’Connell, Olivia Madden, Georgia O’Connell, Amelia Preuss, Emma Moss, Patrick Heffernan, Patrick Davies and Kelsey Hogan achieved an ATAR over 90.

Alison Dean was awarded Dux with an ATAR of: 97.65

Alison Dean and Georgia O’Connell reached the All Rounder List which recognises students who achieve Band 6 results in all subjects.

See details of award recipients HERE.

All students were reminded:

  • Your ability is not fixed. Acknowledge that learning is sequential and developmental and expect to get better at it!
  • Get aboard the push to improve writing, reading, vocabulary and numeracy. We have indisputable evidence that our intensive focus on improving teacher capability to assist each student in these areas and on initiating specialist intervention for those seeking extra support is working. Don’t miss out!
  • Never interrupt the learning of others or the work of a teacher, and join and contribute to the team that is each of your classes.
  • You will be given every opportunity and all the support needed to go as far as you possibly can with your learning in 2018 and beyond. The best way to respond to this offer is to say ‘Yes’.

Welcome to new staff:

  • Christie Scoble is Assistant Principal for 2018. She was AP at Marian Catholic College for 3 and a half years before returning to work at the Catholic Schools Office in the second part of 2017. Christie is a learning and teaching specialist with a particular interest in literacy, which will immediately be put to good use supporting literacy learning in the College.
  • Clementine Patterson joins the English KLA. She is an ex-student of Kildare who has moved back to the College from Albury High School.
  • Dannyelle Gaiter did some casual and block work for Kildare and Mater Dei last year after moving to Wagga Wagga from Queensland. She is teaching Maths and Science, including Stage 6 Chemistry.
  • Tess Lyons is a St Francis College Leeton ex-student who has recently been working in Canberra. Tess is teaching Maths.
  • Felicity Davis, also an ex-student of Kildare, is employed as a Music and RE teacher on a 12 month contract. Felicity works part of her time in the Learning Support team.
  • Daniel Honeysett joins the Learning Support Team for 12 months. Daniel worked on a casual basis for us last year.
  • Ben Holt replaces Natalie Adams in the HSIE team, who is on maternity leave from Week 3.
  • Penny Mackay joins us as a VET Hospitality teacher, with a Year 11 and a Year 12 class. Penny has previously completed university practicum here and has worked blocks and casually.
  • Kira Lough has been employed fulltime as a middle-school specialist, teaching across several KLAs.
  • Alex Holbrook completed his university practicum at Kildare last year and rejoins us on a 12 month contract covering Peter Hunt’s secondment to CSO. Alex is teaching PDHPE and RE.
  • Kris Wheeler joins us as Leader of Boarding. Please see Kris’ ‘Boarders’ Buzz’ article in today’s newsletter.
  • Harry Toole completed Year 12 at Kildare last year and starts a 12 month Sport and Recreation Traineeship with a focus on assisting Creative Arts and PDHPE KLAs and on supporting excursions and sporting events.
  • Nathan Leese completed Year 12 at Kooringal High School last and starts a 2 year Information Technology Traineeship, supporting technology devices and infrastructure in the College.
  • Kylie Campbell is our new School Psychologist. Please see the article introducing Kylie in this newsletter.

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All The Best
Rod Whelan