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Term 1, Week 8

Design and Technology Week

This week at Kildare we celebrated all that is great within the Learning Area of Design and Technology. This ever changing, product creating area helps students to develop their critical thinking, while allowing collaboration and communication skills to thrive. Lunchtimes were buzzing with students having opportunities to explore the new Metal and Woodwork construction areas in the Tullow Centre as well as getting involved in activities in the Food and Hospitality area.

Activities such as making wooden trinket boxes, designing and creating resin keyrings and shaping their own muffin recipes encouraged creativity with a building and making theme throughout. Providing practical experience can open up ideas and interest for students in a range of areas, and there were many Middle Years students getting involved and getting a taste of elective subjects they have to look forward to.

The use of tools, equipment and technology to create products and solutions is something students embrace when completing design tasks. It is known that Design and Technology subjects in secondary school allow learning and knowledge development that can be applied to real-world settings ensuring this area is contemporary and relevant.

Kara Steward
Art, Design and Technology Curriculum Coordinator

On Tuesday 21 February 2023, the Year 11 and 12 Art, Design and Creative Arts students visited the SACE Art Show and the Andy Warhol exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Students had the opportunity to view the folios and final artworks of 2022 Year 12 Art and Design students work and be inspired by the various styles and projects on display. Students then walked through the city, taking in Adelaide’s architectural design highlights and viewing graphic design examples throughout the city on their way to the Art Gallery. Students were able to view a variety of permanent exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia and were then able to view the extensive range of candid and quirky photographs of Andy Warhol.

Amy Fairweather
Art Teacher

Peer Support at Kildare College

Transitioning into high school is rife with challenges, emotions, and adjusting to new faces, spaces, and places. Luckily, for our new Year 7 students, the Peer Support program has been specifically designed to support their entry to secondary school. Under the guidance of our fabulous Year 11 Peer Support Leaders, the newest members of our Kildare College community have been welcomed with open hearts, engaging activities that challenge them, and, at times, a sweet treat!

Our Year 11 Peer Support Leaders undertake the subject of Youth Ministry as part of Spiritualities, Religion and Meaning in Stage 1. The program is a peer-led experiential learning opportunity that empowers 26 Senior Years students to build their leadership skills, support Year 7 students and contribute positively to the Kildare community. Planning and running the sessions builds personal growth and development as the students can reflect on their own school experiences, but also on the example of Jesus who welcomed and gave a voice to all. The program offers the Year 11 students agency in the activities they develop for sessions and develops the skills necessary for them to become successful leaders both in and beyond school.

Peer Support sessions provide Year 7 students with a valuable source of guidance and support from older peers who have walked in their shoes and remember their own experiences of entering high school. These sessions provide a fun, supportive learning environment outside of the classroom to develop key skills in resilience, communication, decision-making, and problem-solving. The sessions also help build a sense of belonging and create a space for younger students to develop important social and emotional skills; an important tool for creating a supportive and inclusive College community.

During Term 1, the Peer Support sessions focussed on “Rethinking Challenges,” with a particular emphasis on the transition into secondary schooling and building connections. Peer Support will continue in Term 2 and venture into the next phase of the program with a focus on developing growth mindsets and personal strategies to support wellbeing, all while celebrating the strengths and uniqueness of each student.

Danielle Phillips
Peer Support / Retreats Coordinator

Women in Sport Brunch

On the 17 of March two Year 12 students and two staff members attended a Women in Sport brunch at the National Wine Centre. The event was organised by Adelaide University Sport and hosted by radio presenter Ali Clarke.

The panel consisted of the following four members Noelle Smit, CEO and founder of Teamgage helping teams improve the way they work together as well as a Board Director for Netball South Australia / Adelaide Thunderbirds and UoA alumni.Commonwealth Games athlete and 2022 South Australian Young Professional Engineer of the Year, and UoA alumni Margaret Gayen. Socceroo, Football Analyst on Network 10 and Ambassador for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Bruce Djite and UoA alumni and former Australian Hockey representative and 2022 Australian Female Space Leader of the Year, Sarah Cannard.

The panel raised some great points around Women in Sport highlighting the differences with men, the struggles women face and balancing work and sport. The students were able to connect with organisations from Adelaide University and meet some inspiring people in the world of Sport.  

Alicia Whitton
Physical / Outdoor Education Curriculum Coordinator