As we begin Term 2, we are reminded of our infinite potential and the amazing things we can achieve when we have the Courage to pursue our dreams. View our Courage video here.
As the Student Leadership Team, we are so excited to have the opportunity to make meaningful change and cultivate a strong sense of integrity within our community.
Throughout the year so far, we have been involved in many initiatives and events, but if you haven’t seen already, our newest and current initiative ‘Walk the Walk’ is underway!
Our fundraising initiative supports the Childhood Cancer Association, a not-for-profit organisation who help children and their families across Australia cope with the heart-breaking news of a cancer diagnosis. They offer families and children practical and hands-on help, achieved with only the support and donations of the community. We would love our College community to get continue to get on board and support this important cause!
On Friday 12 May each member of the Student Leadership Team will walk 23 kilometres around the College oval. 23 kilometres has been chosen as we are the graduating class of 2023. By partaking in this fundraiser, we endeavour to embody the essence of Courage – our Core Value for 2023. By walking in solidarity for those who are the most courageous, we hope to support families with their ongoing battle.
So, how can you help? We shared our donation page with the community, and we were absolutely delighted that the donations surpassed our target goal of $1500 in less than 5 days. We would like to sincerely thank our community for their generosity and donations for such a deserving cause and are overwhelmed by the support.
It’s not too late to donate! We encourage you to keep supporting this important cause. Though our goal has been reached, we would love to see even more support to give as much to the Childhood Cancer Association as possible:
Kildare College Student Leadership Team in Childhood Cancer Association Heroes (grassrootz.com)
We thank everyone for their support of our initiative, Childhood Cancer Association and look forward to the 12 May!
Over the term holidays, our students were lucky enough to travel to the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary for a 4-day camp. Arkaroola is a unique destination for students studying physics in SACE Stage 1 and 2 as it offers an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to reality.
While at Arkaroola, the students engaged in many exciting activities including the Ridgetop Tour which is a four and a half hour, 4-wheel drive trek through some of the most spectacular rugged country on Earth. Here we could see the amazing radioactive geology of the mountains, the pristine native vegetation, and the spectacular and humbling vistas. On reaching the end of the trail, we completed an experiment to investigate the intensity drop of sound the further away you are. The only way we could do this was by screaming as loudly as we could, which would certainly have surprised some of the Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies!
We also used the Ningana Imaging Observatory and the Dodwell Observatory. The former was used for a real-time digital Astro experience, where we were led around the cosmos by the resident Astro-Roboticist. We were also lucky enough, once the general group left, to use this telescope to obtain spectroscopic absorption data of some galaxies and nebulae so that we could make some accurate conclusions about what they are made of. The following day we had access to the Dodwell Observatory to view the surface of the sun. While we did have to battle the clouds one of our students, now our resident solar telescope expert, was able to capture a giant solar flare.
Breaking up the Science, the students also engaged in camp activities and hikes, where we were able to get up close to some of the amazing wildlife of sanctuary.
Our final night was a BBQ under the stars, which then turned to star gazing with some high powered binoculars around a fire.It was an amazing experience for all involved and it even managed to make the 10 hour (each way) bus trip worth it. With the kindness and openness of the staff at Arkaroola and the wonderful group that went up, the trip was unforgettable.