Recently we celebrated the success of our students and their efforts throughout Semester 1 of 2022 at our Academic Assembly. Traditionally held as a whole College community event, we reformatted the event to be held in a more intimate House setting with a pre-recorded presentation with award winners presented their certificates in front of their peers. Certificates were awarded for:
- Maths Pathway
- Peer Support
Our Academic Awards are presented to students who achieve excellent results across most of their subjects whilst the Principal Endeavour Awards acknowledge students who have been recognised for their consistent effort and positive attitude towards learning. The Maths Pathway Awards recognise Growth, Effort or 100% accuracy whilst the Peer Support Awards thank our students who have welcomed our new students into the community through their engagement with them in activities throughout Semester 1.
Celebrating our Research Project Results
We would also like to recognise the Year 12 students who recently received their Research Project results after completing the subject at the end of 2021. As a compulsory Stage 2 subject in the SACE, which can contribute to their ATAR, the Research Project allows for individual research on a topic of their choice which builds on analysis and evaluation skills.
The hard work and dedication from the students has paid off with a 100% success rate and 90% of the results placed in the A and B grade bands. These results are incredible for our students and are reward for the effort they put into researching and communicating their findings over a diverse range of very interesting topics and questions.
Well done to all the students and thank you to the community for their support.
Direct of Teaching and Learning
Glass: more than meets the eye
This week across Australia, schools have been celebrating the 26th National Science Week. At Kildare, students have been involved in many different science-related activities, centred around this year’s theme: Glass. A group of Years 7-12 students had the opportunity to explore the Jam Factory in the city and see the artists working their magic. Students witnessed and learnt about different glass-inspired techniques such as glass blowing, ceramics and jewellery. Even art requires some level of science.
Students also participated in various activities such as making their own Kaleidoscopes, stained glass window installations, edible glass and the mystical storm glass. A storm glass is an instrument invented around the 1860s, that predicts the weather. Although the science behind the invention is not fully understood, the solution inside the bottle crystallises depending on the temperature and pressure of the surrounding environment.
National Science Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world and also aims to encourage an interest in science among our upcoming generations.
Science / STEM Curriculum Coordinator
Cultural Awareness Day
On Monday, the College community came together to celebrate a Cultural Awareness Day. This day was a celebration of the diversity in our school and also raised awareness for refugees in Australia. There was a range of activities and food on offer for students to enjoy. Students and staff sampled bush tucker ice cream, damper, chai tea, green tea, rosewater, bubble tea and baklava – all made by our wonderful Nunga Group and Chai and Chat. Activities included henna, jewellery making with quandong seeds, traditional dancing, hair braiding and a hijab tutorial. Artefacts from different cultures were on display, as well as a recipe book created by Kildare students, staff and families.
Students were invited to wear their traditional outfits, and many stunned in bright colours, patterns and jewellery.
Staff created lessons connected with the themes of the day and students across the College participated in a Kahoot in the morning. Students visited the stalls during lesson time and at lunch the day finished off with a cultural parade. Traditional music from many cultures was enjoyed throughout the day.
All money raised will go to the Australian Refugee Association where it will help individuals and families who are new arrivals to Australia. We are excited to create a new tradition for Kildare College and celebrate again next year!
Linda Dolling, Emma Lewis and Gabbi Rigney
Living Justice | Living Peace Coordinator, Chaplain and Indigenous Support Officer