The prestigious Australian Education Awards 2023 have recognised the Tullow Centre at Kildare College as a finalist for the Excellence Award in the category of Innovation in Learning Environment Design.
We are immensely proud, that among the eight contenders, Kildare College is the only South Australian school on the shortlist.
The Tullow Centre, a remarkable $6.4 million flagship project, sets a new standard for all-girls’ education.
Through collaboration with leading architects and builders who shared the vision, the Tullow Centre was born – an innovation hub designed to equip students with the skills necessary for the challenges of tomorrow’s workplace. The building stands as a testament to innovation, creativity, and construction, with a particular focus on fostering collaboration, communication, and problem-solving abilities among students.
Despite the global pandemic, the Tullow Centre was completed on time and within budget, providing students with a modern facility primed for success. Its progressive programs, state-of-the-art amenities, contemporary design, and commitment to sustainability make it an invaluable asset to the College community.
The evaluation process for this category involved considerations such as consultation and engagement to identify the need for innovation, stakeholder involvement and community consultation in the design process, alignment of the learning environment with pedagogy, change management and implementation strategies during the transition, assessment of the learning environment’s effectiveness, and the inclusion of a number of non-traditional subjects.
The Tullow Centre includes the following:
- Construction area used for metal/wood/plastics/cement/resin and acrylics such as jewellery and woodwork
- Digital Technology room
- STEM room with options for 3D printing, laser cutting and soldering
- Science Laboratory
- A media suite with a green screen and soundproofing ideal for podcasting and film editing
- An auditorium arena
- Three general learning areas that can be utilised together or separately and open onto an expansive terrace area
- Break out spaces and flexible learning areas for students, administration areas for staff and amenities
- The build itself encapsulates innovation. The facade features a canopy constructed of glass solar panels linked to a digital readout screen within the foyer.
- State-of-the-art technology in the classrooms
- Lift, with a large glass panel that allows our students to see the mechanisms of a working lift
The winners of the Excellence Award will be announced at a prestigious Gala Dinner event in Sydney, scheduled for August.
During Term 2 Week 6, Kildare College celebrated Italian Week for the 2nd consecutive year. Students were inspired by different lunch time activities that celebrated Italian culture and the subject.
On Monday, students used mosaic tiles to design iconic Italian places such as the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as Pizza and the Italian Flag. Students indulged on some traditional Italian treats on Tuesday which included Cannoli and Zeppoli. On Wednesday, students created their own Carnevale masks from the Venetian, Neapolitan and Sicilian Renaissance era using feathers, sequence, and glitter.
Finally, as there was a student free day on Friday, Italian week concluded on Thursday by making Chocolate Salami. This was a no bake recipe and included: chocolate, sugar, cocoa, butter and biscuits. It was another successful Italian Week and we look forward to the occasion in 2024!
As part of Italian Week celebrations, the P and F Committee, combined with the generosity of Avanti Pasticceria, organised cannoli and zeppole for students to enjoy.
The zeppole which are fluffy, golden fried lemon and orange flavoured Italian egg pastry, coated in cinnamon sugar were a huge favourite. The cannoli were filled with house coloured custard and drizzled with house coloured chocolate, Both treats were enjoyed by over 400 students.
In addition to the sweet treats, five students were randomly selected to receive a mug with the quote, “I cannoli be happy when it’s Avanti”.
The P and F Committee’s purpose is about community building with some fundraising, to assist with purchases and programs that benefit our students. Thank you once again for your support of this initiative.
The next major community building event is the P&F Quiz Night.
Below is some information to Save the Date! An email will be sent to families soon to RSVP.
- 6.30pm for 7.00pm start Saturday 12 August
- Alta Villa Club – 281 The Parade, Beulah Park
- Pizza and drinks available to purchase on the night
- BYO Nibbles
- Great prizes to be won
We look forward to seeing you there for a night of fun and friendly rivalry.