We are thrilled to announce that Kildare College has been honoured with a prestigious award through Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) in the category of Innovative Program for our exceptional Graduate Teacher Program.
This recognition is a testament to our desire to develop Early Career Teachers (ECTs) by providing them with opportunities for professional growth and development, ensuring they can thrive and make meaningful contributions to the College community.
The CESA award serves as validation of Kildare’s dedicated approach in attracting and retaining exceptional educators. It is a moment of immense pride and gratitude as we celebrate this significant achievement, one that reinforces Kildare’s reputation as a trailblazer in innovation.
Over the past two years, the College has successfully recruited and integrated over 15 Early Career Teachers (ECTs). Due to the number of early graduates coming to Kildare we established the Kildare Graduate Teacher Program in 2022. Through the Graduate Teacher Program, the ECTs have been provided with many opportunities for professional growth and development, ensuring they can thrive and make meaningful contributions to the College community.
Kildare’s Graduate Teacher Program is a research-based, innovative, high-impact approach that supports the Early Career Teachers’ transition to competent, capable, and dynamic professionals. Initiated by the Leadership Team and developed by the Future Innovation Coaches, the program’s foundation is built upon the College’s Core Values and extensive research. It is aligned with the AITSL framework, enabling graduates to develop their pedagogical knowledge and skills consistently and sequentially and build towards moving from provisional to full registration as a qualified teacher.
The program’s effectiveness is further evidenced by its ability to make a significant contribution to Catholic Education, supporting teachers to build strong relationships, manage their classrooms effectively, and continuously improve their teaching practice. Through support and resources, ECTs become competent, capable, and dynamic professionals who have an immediate impact on student learning and meaningfully contribute to all aspects of College life.
This week we gathered in each House for an assembly to acknowledge our Student Leaders who play an important role in shaping the culture and direction of our College.
It was wonderful to see our leaders accept their badges and pledge to serve our community in their roles. House Leaders spoke about the history of their House and the key people who bravely challenged the norms of their time to become great leaders.
Student voice plays an important role at the College and our year level captains represent the voices of their peers. We believe that every young person has the potential to display leadership qualities even if they are not in a formal leadership role. This can be in their sports team, at the Kildare clubs, the classroom or in breaks. All students can be responsible for leading a culture of respect, harmony, and the pursuit of excellence at Kildare.