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Term 4, Week 6 | 2023

Upstairs in the Tullow Centre was abuzz with excitement on Tuesday afternoon as many months of hard work and artistic exploration was on display for The Visual Arts and Design & Technology End-of-Year Exhibition.

This annual showcase is a testament to the talent, dedication, and creativity of the students’ artist and design talents across Years 7-12 in a range of subjects including Visual Art, Design, Material Solutions – Timber, Metal and Textiles, Photography, Information Technology, Information Processing and Publishing, Media Studies and Child Studies. The exhibition provided a platform for students to express themselves through a myriad of mediums, from traditional paintings and sculptures to cutting-edge technological creations such as chess pieces cut by a Computerised Numerical Control (CNC) machine.

Walking through the exhibition space, visitors were struck by the diversity of artistic and innovative voices on display. Each piece told a unique story, in particular the final Year 12 pieces from Visual Arts and Design students reflecting personal experiences, Media Studies students’ documentaries portraying societal and personal stories, as well as Material Solutions’ students’ outcomes showing off extraordinary skills. Students’ pieces ranging from functional Child Studies Learning Aids to Scale Models of ranging architecture eras showed the diversity of the Learning Area. The integration of technology with design principles is evident, pushing the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship in many subjects.  

What made this exhibition truly special is the opportunity for students engage with the community and for visitors to gain insight into the inspiration and efforts behind each piece. The atmosphere was one of celebration with the Year 9 Food and Hospitality classes and Year 10 Café Culture class providing a range of very enjoyable canapés.  

The exhibition fostered a sense of pride in students’ achievements and encourages them to pursue their creative passions beyond the classroom. Not only did the event showcase the incredible talents of the students but also highlighted the importance of fostering creativity, diversity and innovation in education. It was a celebration of imagination, skill, and the limitless possibilities that arise when art, design and technology converge.

The 2023 Kildare College Graduation Dinner at the Adelaide Oval was a truly unforgettable evening, marked by a splendid blend of elegance and celebration. The iconic Oval, with its panoramic views of the city, provided a breathtaking backdrop for the festivities. 

The Class of 2023 dressed for the special occasion, adorned in gowns and House sashes, exuded a sense of accomplishment and excitement as they mingled with friends and family. Tamsyn, 2023 Prefect presented the Acknowledgement of Country, with Jessica and Zahra, 2023 College Captains followed with a Prayer and a Reflection of the year. Students were presented in House groups as attendees enjoyed the fine dining three course meal.

We were delighted to see so many people in our community join us for this special dinner; students, family, friends, extended family, Old Scholars and staff. We wish the Class of 2023 the best of luck for their adventures beyond Kildare.