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Term 4 Week 5

Transition Days – Their Journey Begins

Lava Lamps – Rosy Rings – Dynamic Drama and lots of fun!

Over the course of two weeks, Kildare College has welcomed our wonderful Year 7 2023 students for another day of reconnecting, making new friends, getting to know staff and students, and of course, preparing for high school life.

With lots of activities, laughter, music, opportunities to create memories, meet their Peer Support Leaders and learn about what next year holds for them, our new students did indeed embrace the day! 

Students explored areas of STEM, Science, Drama and PE and watched our talented students perform. They participated in activities across the day including creating metal rings and lava lamps to take home!

Our families also had the opportunity to meet with staff at Cafe Va Bene for a coffee and a chat.

We have so enjoyed welcoming our students and their families to Kildare College and are excited to see them all in the new year!

Kathy Hennig
Transition Coordinator

Kildare Exhibitions

Visual Arts, Design and Material Solutions

On Wednesday 9 November, the Tullow Centre was a hub of excitement where we hosted our Visual Art, Design and Material Solutions Exhibition. It was a great opportunity to celebrate the Year 12 students’ learning outcomes, as well as have their families join them to share their achievements.  

Visual Art included remarkable displays of painting on canvas and wood, as well as fine sculpting work reflecting contemporary issues such as coral bleaching. Design students featured textile items including gowns and other creative fashion looks. Material Solutions’ students produced outstanding products; there was a range of beautiful bowls and plates as well as a BBQ Trolley, Bedside Table and a Fender Electric Guitar. Middle Years’ Visual Art works, such as Year 8 Australian Landscape Paintings, Year 9 Design Scale Models and Year 10 Cubist Inspired Pots were also on display.  

The event was catered by the Year 11 Numeracy in Food class, who produced a range of delightful finger food for guests to enjoy, which created lovely ambiance for the community to view and reflect on the innovative work produced by the skilled students in these practical Learning Areas. 

Kara Steward 
Art, Design and Technology Curriculum Coordinator

PBL Exhibition

The Middle Years Project Based Learning (PBL) Exhibition is held towards the end of each year to showcase the learning students engage with throughout their PBL units in Years 7, 8, and 9. The Exhibition allows students to make their products public, which is an essential step in the PBL cycle. This allows student work to become discussible; other students, teachers, and the wider community are involved, transforming the students’ work into food for thought. 

Students in Year 7 explore Ancient Worlds, Fairytales, Myths, and Legends to create a transformative text in English. This is then used as inspiration for their design in STEM to make a contemporary piece of jewellery after learning various skills. 

Students in Year 8 consider the aspects of energy transfer, liveability and sustainability to design a sustainable suburb for the future in STEM. English and HASS delve into the politics and issues within a community. Students formed their own political party, with an agenda of issues that are important to them. They focussed on a particular issue to create a video that advocated for change.

Students in Year 9 collaborate with a local kinetic artist, Jimmy Dodd to be able to demonstrate how motion can be utilised in an artistic way to create a sustainable, unique, and aesthetically pleasing piece of kinetic art that incorporates the theme of sustainability and fast fashion.

Julia Taylor
Future Innovation Coach

We Will Remember Them – Remembrance Day

On Friday 11 November the College community gathered for Remembrance Day. During PC, students learnt about historic conflicts and the significance of the poppy, which everyone wore close to their heart during the day. In a whole College service, led by students, our community paused, in silent reflection at 11.00am to recognise and honour the sacrifice made by those who lost their lives in all conflicts. 

Lest we forget.

Shaun Castles
Drama Curriculum Key Teacher

In Year 9 HASS we have been learning about World War 1. 

Our students investigated the causes of the war, living conditions, use of propaganda and much more. They dove into history when they were able to observe real life artifacts that were sent from a local museum, including maps, soldiers’ hats, medallions, artillery casings, drink bottles and the soldiers’ jackets. These artifacts developed students’ ability to grasp the brutality of war and the significance of the role of our past and present soldiers. We look forward to deepening students’ understanding of World War 1 in the coming weeks!

Rebekah Wilkinson
HASS Teacher