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Term 2 Week 10

Susan McLean visits Kildare College!

Within the Middle Years at Kildare College, one of our key priorities in promoting our students’ wellbeing for learning, centres around giving them diverse opportunities to learn life lessons outside of the conventional classroom. One key lever among many that we use at Kildare College to educate our young people, is via the wisdom and wealth of experience held by key experts within our wider community. 

Recently, we were thrilled to welcome Susan McLean to Kildare College. Susan is Australia’s leading expert in the areas of cybersafety and young people and was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years. With the explosion of cyber technology and cyberbullying emerging as a prominent issue confronting the safety and wellbeing of young people within our wider community in recent years, we thought it would be a valuable opportunity for our Middle Years students to have Susan address them about the importance of safe online practices and the serious implications of the contrary. 

As always, Susan did not fail to deliver! With an eclectic mix of her dry humour, forthright facts, and resolute realism, Susan captivated our College community, clearly conveying many pertinent messages around the importance of staying cyber safe and maintaining a good digital reputation. We are so grateful to have had Susan join us at Kildare College and are hopeful that her crucial messages around being cybersafe will continue to resonate with your daughters for the years to come. 

Angelica Paussa
Middle Years Coordinator 

Love. Always. Forever. 

Three powerful words that summed up our Bohemian Dreams experience and the 2022 Dance Production running at the Scott Theatre on Wednesday, 6 July and Thursday, 7 July 2022. Viewed by students from eight local primary schools and an audience of family and friends, our dance students across Years 7 to 12, with actors from our drama department entertained and dazzled us for two full days of performances.

With colour, passion, and a tapestry of dance styles, ‘Bohemian Dreams’ was a kaleidoscope of utopian philosophies and idealistic social values.  In a show about love, compassion, and a reinterpretation of the world through a lens of vibrancy, the work endeavoured to set students free; challenging them, and the audience, to view the world as a reflection of our freedom and choice, of our togetherness and connectedness, of our shared experience, our love and humanity.  

The entire cast is to be commended for the commitment and the effort they brought to each performance. Their energy and enthusiasm was infectious as the audience greeted each routine with excited applause.  The feedback from primary school visitors was they they were blown away with the performers’ expression, passion, colourful costumes, and inspiration to pursue their own Performing Arts journey. To know that we have inspired others, makes us truly proud of our Kildare students – a wonderful achievement in challenging circumstances.  

Thank you to everyone involved in this year’s production. We hope you enjoyed the show!

Sue Nairn and Julia Horne
Kildare College Dance Teachers

Sue Nairn and Julia Horne
Dance Teachers

Helping Animals not be so Anonymous!

Did you know that Saltwater Crocodiles have the ability to stay under water for up to 6 hours? Well our Year 7 students had the opportunity to not only learn this, but meet this scaly beast up close and in person. The students had an exciting visit from Animals Anonymous, where they had a hands-on experience with native Australian animals of all shapes, sizes, scales, fur and feathers! Students were able to see and interact with some of Australia’s most endangered species, and learn about animal adaptations that help them survive in their wild environment, life cycles of the animals, ecology, conservation and how important it is that we play our part to protect it.

During the presentations students got to meet a bettong, a squirrel glider, a pygmy python, a knob tailed gecko, a Murray darling python and a tawny frog mouth. 

We thank Animals Anonymous for their amazing work and hope to use the information for helping to care for our Australian natives in the future. 

Nicole Martin
Science / STEM Curriculum Coordinator