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Curriculum

At Kildare we offer a wide and contemporary curriculum that engages each student, allowing them to develop their own unique talents. SACE credits can also be gained through a wide range of extracurricular and community programs that our students are involved in.


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The Arts

The Creative and Performing Arts are a vibrant part of the educational experience at Kildare College. Our focus on Music, Dance, Drama and the Visual Arts, supports the diverse creative strengths of our students. The Creative and Performing Arts encourage students to become skilled, creative learners. As experts in girls education, we recognise the advantages of an artistic education program for girls and know that it will enrich all areas of their learning as they prepare for a range of career pathways.


Music

Music students at Kildare have the opportunity to perform in numerous ensembles and to participate in regular Kildare events such as the Arts Showcase, Catholic Schools Music Festival, Brigidine Choral Festival, music tours, masses and primary school visits. Recording facilities, versatile performance spaces and a wide selection of instruments enable our girls to make the most of their creative potential.


Dance

Dance combines individuality with discipline and encourages physical fitness in a joyful and supportive environment. Students undertake study in the three main course components of Performance, Composition and Appreciation. A range of dance genres are taught at the college incorporating Jazz Dance, Contemporary, Lyrical, Classical Ballet, Hip Hop and Cultural styles. Our students are also extended various performance opportunities to build their confidence in the public arena, ranging from school productions to larger scale community events such as the Adelaide Fringe Festival.


Drama

Drama students encounter a wide range of acting techniques and learn skills in stage craft, script analysis and character development. Opportunities to perform in theatre productions of major shows from around the world provide valuable industry experience while strengthening historical and cultural awareness and building confidence and teamwork skills.


Visual Arts

The Visual Arts covers a range of media and techniques from drawing, painting, 3D construction and digital arts to art history, composition and design. Students learn to think critically about their ideas and develop the technical skills to realise their artistic visions. original works are often displayed around the school, in Kildare art shows and at a range of public events.

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Business, Enterprise and Technology

In the middle years, students are given the skills and knowledge to confidently use Information Computer Technology (ICT) across the curriculum. this allows them to present information in a variety of multimedia formats. Most of the learning is project based and involves investigating, designing, making and critiquing. The projects are engaging and devised to make learning enjoyable. In year 10, students are offered courses where they further develop their skills as well as the TAFE Certificate 1 in Information Digital Media & Technology. In the senior years, students can choose to study a range of ICT and Information Processing and Publishing subjects.

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English

English is a dynamic subject at Kildare College. Students explore a range of texts, text types and most importantly, they develop skills and strategies that enable them to think critically, which is an essential life skill. Students also explore their creativity through creating their own texts after exploring a range of texts.

Students participate in a range of activities throughout the year to enrich their learning including:

  • Live performances from theatre company, Poetry in Action who visit Kildare annually.
  • Visits to performances by the State Theatre Company of South Australia and other performing arts groups to allow students to strongly connect with timely and sometimes challenging issues and therefore excel when creating work or analysing the performances.
  • Meet the Writers Festival, an annual celebration of reading and writing attended by our middle school students providing an opportunity to meet and talk with published writers.
  • Culinary excursions where students experience food from different cultures and write creative review pieces.
  • Participation in a range of competitions including the South Australian English Teachers’ Association Spring Poetry Festival; The Advertiser Young Writers Award; and the Australian Catholics Young Journalist Award.
  • Student engagement in writing and creative workshops led by published authors.
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Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

HASS students at Kildare fully engage with their community and culture through projects in History, Geography, Politics, Environmental and Social Studies. These projects often take place in community settings where students are able to learn from the locations and key participants of significant local or historical events. Kildare HASS students have consistently been recognised for their talent and hard work with state and national awards for the development of documentary films and the writing of books about war time experiences.

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Health and Physical Education

Physical Education at Kildare offers students the chance to develop their fitness in activities ranging from organised team sports and carnivals, to individual events and personalised training. Student may take advantage of the onsite EFM Gym, providing the latest exercise equipment allowing for effective cardio, aerobic and resistance training.

The varied PE curriculum exposes students to a range of sports and games. Kildare’s annual Athletics Carnival also encourages the whole school to get involved in either competitive or novelty physical activities.

During Year 10 there is a focus on sport education which allows students to explore the theory of physical fitness and wellbeing, diet and physiology and management of sporting teams.

Our emerging Outdoor Education program allows students to develop their self-reliance and independence through challenging activities selected by the class. These activities include bushwalking, mountain biking, rock climbing or kayaking.

PE students at Kildare are encouraged to build on their individual strengths to reach their goals and, in a supportive environment, they learn the benefits of both teamwork and personal motivation.

 

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Hospitality and Design

Through Hospitality and Design our students explore creative thinking across subject areas such as Food Technology, Fabrics Technology, Textiles and Fashion, Child Studies and Food and Hospitality. Hospitality and Design supports the diverse creative strengths of our students by offering a comprehensive curriculum that aims to nurture confident and self-motivated students while striving for academic excellence. The curriculum encourages students to become skilled creative learners - where they can develop team work, motivation and co-operation. Our state of the art Hospitality and Design Centre provides multiple spaces for students to develop and challenge practical learning skills.

Food and Hospitality

Food Technology students at Kildare develop skills in cookery, time management, food safety and hygiene. Students move from basic to advanced skills while focusing on industry trends and healthy eating practices. Students also have the opportunity to cater for many events that attract the College and wider community. 

Child Studies

Child Studies at Kildare provides a unique learning opportunity for students to explore topics such as the health and wellbeing of children, children's dietary requirements and childhood development. Students are encouraged to use creative thinking to design a range of resources to foster child development. The RealCare Baby simulation program provides students with a diverse learning experience. Child Studies provides our students with the opportunity to explore future pathways into Early Childhood Education.

Fashion and Textiles

Fabric Technology in year 8 and 9 allows students to develop basic subject specific knowledge and skills. Fashion and Textiles students are provided with the opportunity to complete a range of tasks that allow them to explore creative design techniques in topics such as sustainability and industry trends.

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Languages

Learning a language provides a window into a new culture, embracing communication, cultural values, cuisine and a different way of life. Kildare College offers Italian as a language from year 8-12. All year levels participate in Italian activities such as cooking, dancing, music, film studies and history. Italian Language days and Italian camps provide further immersion into the Italian culture. Students acquire transferable cognitive, social and learning skills as they develop their ability to communicate orally and in writing plus completing text analysis and research tasks.

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Mathematics

Mathematics at Kildare provides students with opportunities to develop a deep understanding of a wide range of mathematical concepts. In the middle years students engage in a range of theoretical and hands on practical activities to develop key concepts and understandings. In year 8 students have the opportunity to explore mathematics further in an integrated STEM core subject, using robotics and computer programming. In year 9 students engage in enrichment activities that help them make vital connections between different mathematics concepts.
 
Kildare provides students with an excellent foundation in mathematics so that in the senior years, students can choose a mathematics program that suits their interest and career pathway. Students considering a vocational pathway have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the mathematics needed for everyday and work life. Students considering undertaking a University pathway have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the mathematics necessary for careers in engineering, business, science, IT, teaching and more.

 

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Religious Education

Religious Education at Kildare offers students the opportunity to explore their beliefs and make sense of the world in which they live. The programs seek to foster and maintain the Catholic tradition and ethos of the College while celebrating the many faiths and cultures of those in our College community. Students are invited to build upon their faith through daily prayer, Eucharistic and liturgical celebrations, retreats and reflection days.

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Sciences

The Science curriculum at Kildare opens the door to discovery. Through Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Nutrition and Psychology our students explore the world around them while developing skills in research, investigation and analysis. Kildare students enjoy the best resources for scientific study including access to a modern Science Centre with three discipline-specific laboratories for practical lessons. The hands-on class experience and solid theoretical grounding at Kildare has seen many students successfully follow diverse career pathways in medicine and the sciences.