Kildare College used their new Middle Years Philosophy as the theme for Catholic Education Week celebrations this week. Based on the concepts of Challenge, Inspire, Act the staff and students gathered as a community and participated in several activities:
To acknowledge and pay respect to all Indigenous Australians during Reconciliation Week, staff and students of Kildare College participated in various activities – inside and outside the College community. During the week students and staff offered reflective daily prayers seeking forgiveness and praying for wisdom, for our political leaders past and present; so that they may never repeat the injustices of our history.
Have you ever wondered how people become homeless? Where would you sleep on a cold, rainy, windy night? What would you eat and where would you get the money to survive? Even though we can only imagine what this is like, there are approximately 8,000 South Australians who experience homelessness everyday (Homelessness Australia, 2018).
Last week priests of Adelaide and Bishops of Australia gathered for a funeral mass celebrating the life of Archbishop Leonard Faulkner, Emeritus Archbishop of Adelaide. He served as Adelaide’s seventh Catholic Archbishop for 16 years from June 1985 to 2001.
He was remembered for being a man of the people. He was very much pastorally minded and during his time ensured that all people were given a voice and an opportunity. He was the first Bishop in Australia to give lay women a governing role in the church, and established a Diocesan AIDS Council. He was passionately involved in supporting migrants and refugees, as well as Aboriginal communities within the Catholic Church and beyond. Geraldine Hawkes, SA Council of Churches ecumenical facilitator, remembers him as someone who “felt the grief of any who were marginalised.”
His presence in the Archdiocese will be missed, but we continue to give thanks for his life and the example he set to live faithfully to the message of the Gospel.
Congratulations to the Year 9 Kildare debating team for an impressive performance at Tuesday’s debate in their first round against Endeavour College and Blackwood High School. The students busied themselves formulating a response to the statement “Hogwarts is an ideal school”.
On Friday 4 May, Kildare College held their annual Swimming Carnival at the Adelaide Aquatics Centre. The day consisted of championship swimming events, novelty games and some free time to spend with friends.
Kildare K’s in 2018
Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. It is an extraordinary, ongoing demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of the Catholic congregation and caring supporters throughout Australia to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
As part of the Year 11 Religion class, we have been focussing on various topics that have an impact on society. One topic of particular concern is the abuse of women and children in Australia. Violence against women is a serious problem with enormous individual and community impacts including social costs.
Students at Kildare College were given the opportunity to participate in the School’s Congress Workshop provided by Reconciliation SA. The purpose of the workshop was to learn about racism- not only racism in schools but also society in general.
Kildare College Student Leaders had the opportunity to attend the International Women’s Day Breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre.