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Term 1, Week 7 | 2024

Student leadership, student agency and student voice is vital to the Kildare College Community. This term the Student Leadership representatives of Kildare have been very busy trying to encourage inclusion and hope within our wider community. Student leaders have attended and actively participated in multiple leadership conferences across Adelaide. Our Year 12 Prefects, Year 12 Captains and Year 11 Captains attended the GRIP Leadership Conference and our Year 8, Year 9 and selected Year 10 Captains attended the National Young Leaders Day.  

The overall highlight for many of our student leaders this term was meeting and listening to the Honourable Premier of South Australia Peter Malinauskas, who spoke about the importance of leading with your vales and considering others when making decisions. Overall, both conferences left many ideas and strategies that our Student Leadership Representatives team want to embrace here at Kildare. Well done to our Year 10 student leaders, Mia and Hridini who showed great leadership when they thanked the Priemer in front of 400 students from across Adelaide. 

The Student Leaders ran many events this International Woman’s Day (8 March 2024), including wearing purple ribbons, the positive affirmations whiteboard to encourage inclusion and movie screening of Little Women, to raise money for Catherine House. Our Year 12 Student Leaders attended the International Women’s Day Morning Tea at the Tea Tree Gully Council.  Listening to many empowering females talk about International Women’s Day was inspiring and allowed us to connect with community. 

Please watch this space for many events coming up around the community and please reach out if you want to get involved with any student lead initiatives at the College. 

The Year 7 students embarked on an unforgettable adventure at Adare Campsite in Victor Harbor, where the theme “Cultivating Connections” set the tone for an enriching experience.

The campsite provided the perfect scenic backdrop for fostering friendships and throughout the camp, the students delved into a range of teamwork activities which encouraged positive interaction and communication. From challenging outdoor pursuits to problem-solving tasks, each activity aimed to build connections. The highlight of the camp was certainly the lively Quiz Night, where the girls showcased their knowledge and teamwork skills which created an atmosphere of spirited competition, laughter, and fun.

Also promoting student connections were the Year 11 Peer Support Leaders, who served as “big sisters” to our Year 7 students. Their presence brought an invaluable sense of mentorship, which fostered a positive and inclusive environment.  Their disco which included classics such as ‘YMCA’ and ‘Nutbush City Limits’ as well as favourites including, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and ‘Shake it Off’, provided the perfect platform for students to celebrate their newfound friendships and dance the night away!

It was also lovely to hear the chatter and laughter of students during the bus ride home. Their vibrant energy created an atmosphere that transformed an ordinary commute into a fun journey.

The students have not only forged some wonderful memories but have also cultivated new friendships that will endure throughout their entire schooling journey at Kildare.

A huge thank you to our wonderful staff who attended the camp. They worked tirelessly alongside our Year 11 students to help cultivate precious connections.

The Year 8 cohort had the opportunity to step back in time and celebrate life in the Medieval era.

Dressing in Medieval outfits and engaging in a range of activities including Calligraphy, Traditional Dancing, Jester skills and displays of Medieval Armour and Weapons, students embraced the day. They also had the opportunity to play games that were from Medieval times.

Thank you to all staff and presenters who assisted on the day, and most importantly, the students for their enthusiastic participation.