At Kildare, there are so many activities, clubs, committees and opportunities for students to be involved in. We encourage all students to get involved and we offer the support and encouragement they need to explore their potential and achieve outstanding results.
We offer a range of sporting, performing arts, social justice and environmental groups so that there is something for everyone.
The Kildare College Orchid Club work with the Adelaide Botanical Gardens and the Orchid Club of South Australia Inc. to save local threatened orchids from extinction. 50% of native orchids in South Australia are endangered and the students meet every week to propagate new plants that can eventually be replanted in the wild. Kildare is one of few schools to have our own Laminar Flow Cabinet, essential for successful plant propagation. The Orchid Club has won prizes at the Royal Adelaide Show with students presenting their work on the Royal Adelaide Show stage. Students have also appeared on radio discussing their work. The Orchid Enrichment Program is part of Enlight with selected students working with scientists in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens laboratories to further develop their skills.
Debating enriches and empowers students through language, rhetoric and competition. It helps students to develop important skills in thinking, research, communication, and sportsmanship. Debating fosters self-esteem and self-confidence in students and nurtures the development of coherent and confident expression of ideas.
The Kildare Robotics club provides students with an opportunity to practice imaginative thinking, coding skills and teamwork. Guided by senior student mentors and staff the girls apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus imagination, to solve problems. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with creativity.
Students are also placed into teams in Semester 2 to compete in a robotics competition. Teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy just to name a few, and are challenged to develop a solution.
Students must also design, build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.
It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn contemporary skills in technology, maths, engineering and science.
With a strong focus on Performing Arts, students at Kildare have many opportunities to be involved in productions both at school and in the broader community. These include the Kildare Arts Showcase, Adelaide Fringe productions and opening parade, the Catholic Schools Music Festival, the St Paul's College musical and the Norwood Christmas pageant and performances to local primary schools.