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Enrichment

Botanical Gardens Orchid Enrichment Program

Kildare College staff and selected students are working in collaboration with the Botanic Gardens to save the endangered, white Beauty Spider Orchid which is amongst our most threatened orchid. The enrichment program involves visits to the Botanic Gardens three times a term, and in-between these visits, further enrichment learning that involves enhancing the skills and techniques for the next site visit. Later this year students will visit the Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park to determine an appropriate site for the future Orchid Relocation.

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Enlight

At Kildare, our Enlight Programs provide a platform for our students to be extended and enriched. Our range of enrichment activities cross all curriculum areas and support students to explore their talents and achieve their full potential. Enlight encompasses all of our enrichment programs, reflecting the illuminating power that education brings to the hearts and minds of our students.

Each year, the enrichment opportunities are offered to girls at Kildare College based on the results of the ACER Progressive Achievement Tests, NAPLAN, the students' skill levels and interests in consultation with parents/carers and teaching staff.

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STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

A lego robotics inquiry unit is taught in year 8 collaboratively between the Kildare Maths and Science departments. Students build Lego robots to test questions such as 'Does the shade of red influence how fast the robot stops?' and 'How quickly can a robot respond to sound?'

In 2017, STEM is offered as a core year 8 full year subject. Our students use an inquiry based approach to solve Engineering problems whilst learning computer coding and enhancing their mathematics skills.

Students from years 8-10 participate in a variety of Science and Mathematics opportunities including the Flinders University Science and Engineering Challenge in which Kildare College received first place on their day of competition.

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Dance

Dance allows students to express their uniqueness through movement, explore emerging talents and build self-esteem. Our enrichment program gives students the opportunity to work in a more creative way, accelerating their training (where desired, in consultation with staff and parents/care-givers) to a higher, more challenging level. the exploration of Dance as an inclusive subject; rich in practical and theoretical work involves many facets. Students backgrounds in dance, years of training prior to secondary school and skills in mastering movement are both nurtured and developed, to help students create a learning environment that enhances creativity, inquiry, analysis and interaction.

Our multidimensional program involves:

  • work with dance professionals and industry artists (Artists in Residency)
  • Intensive training in a range of dance styles and techniques
  • Performance opportunities
  • A variety of artistic, cultural and educational projects which expand upon the traditional Dance curriculum.

Run by Dance Course Coordinator Sue Nairn, a professional dance educator with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and leader in dance education. Sue works extensively in both the private sector, operating her own dance studio, as well as specialising in dance for secondary students. She brings to the program her teaching experience of over 20 years and a background in the fitness industry specialising in Yoga, Group Fitness and Personal Training.

'We are thrilled to constantly strive for new educational experiences that enrich the lives of our students. The possibilities are endless'

If you love to dance and are passionate about pursuing a future in the Performing Arts Industry, register your interest via the contact us page.

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Creative Arts

The Creative Arts encompasses Music, Art and Drama and we are proud at Kildare College to offer the following enrichment programs in this area:

Year 8 String Program

All year 8 students are provided with the opportunity to undertake music lessons in either violin or cello free of charge for the first year of their schooling at Kildare. Musical instruments are also provided free of charge, providing an opportunity for students to learn to play and to be a part of the Kildare College String Ensemble.

Arts Showcase Ensembles

Talented music and drama students are invited to participate in the Kildare Arts Showcase, held in September of each year. This is a wonderful performance opportunity and helps to further develop their skills.

Catholic Schools Music Festival Ensembles

Kildare College has a strong tradition of successfully auditioning for and performing in the Catholic Schools Music Festival. Selected students are given the opportunity to audition for this major event held each year at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.

Performing Arts Community Ensembles

Students who study the Performing Arts at Kildare have the opportunity of performing in a range of community settings, including primary schools, liturgical celebrations, community events and nursing homes.

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Physical Education

Students participate in a range of physical activities, including field and court invasion and court divided games. They develop sport-specific skills and an understanding of game-play and tactics. A recent addition to the Physical Education and Sport program is the Kildare College Running Club. Students will be able to train and develop programs that will benefit their lifestyle. One of the major goals of this club will be to participate in the City to Bay event held each year. Our introduction of Outdoor Education at year 8 level in 2017 further extends the Physical Education opportunities offered to Kildare students.

Specialist Netball is offered as a Stage One subject. Specialist netball aims to develop more advanced skills and strategies, improve game sense and further develop understanding of netball specific fitness. Student knowledge and understanding of coaching and umpiring will also be developed as well as injury prevention and management.