You may be aware that in 2015 the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools endorsed a move towards shifting Year 7 from primary to secondary settings.
Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) is now implementing that decision and most Catholic schools in South Australia will make this change in 2019.
What does this mean?
For most schools, Year 6 will become the final year of primary schooling. Year 7 will become the first year of secondary schooling.
Why move Year 7 to Secondary?
It’s primarily about meeting the learning, social and emotional needs of young people across all Catholic Schools.
It is also about strengthening pathways from primary to secondary schools across Catholic Education.
Offering a consistent entry into secondary school at Year 7 makes it easier for students to explore and access all options. We believe these changes will significantly enhance educational outcomes.
Benefits for the students;
The education and wellbeing of the students is our focus, and relies on a seamless transition from Primary school.
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How do I enrol my child at Kildare College?
Enrolling your daughter at Kildare is simple:
Please contact the College Registrar via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8369 9999 with any enrolment enquiries.
How much will the Fees be?
At Kildare, we believe strongly that every girl deserves a quality education that is tailored to her individual needs. We are committed to offering all of our students an outstanding, affordable education.
In 2019, Tuition and Resource fee for Year 7 students will be $3,000. This is comparable to the tuition fees of local Catholic Primary Schools.
The fee covers:
For further information about the fees, discounts available or payment arrangements, please contact our Business Manager – email@example.com.
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Are there any Scholarship opportunities?
We inspire and encourage our students through a range of Scholarships offered to students entering the College in Year 7 & 8;
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Is there a College Uniform?
Students are required to wear the Kildare College uniform at all times. The contemporary uniform which includes Summer, Winter and Sports Uniforms, reflects the College’s Brigidine Heritage.
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Is there a transition program?
Kildare College offer an extensive transition program to help students feel comfortable in their new school surroundings, making this an exciting and memorable time.
A peer support program is also in place where new students meet regularly with the Year 11 Peer Support leaders who support them collaboratively through expectations and procedures of the College, and help them feel welcome as they transition into their secondary schooling at the College.
Read more about our extensive transition program.
Will there be any changes to the Masterplan?
We are about to commence an exciting period of development and change at Kildare College. We are welcoming Year 7’s from 2019, and in order to prepare and accommodate for this growth, we’re developing and expanding our current facilities.
In 2017 we will commence building our Multipurpose Centre on the College Grounds. This new facility, due for completion in 2018, will sit proudly next to the existing College buildings, and will house our sports, music and drama departments. We will be able to congregate as a school in this space for College masses and assemblies, as well as host whole-school functions and events as required. A refurbishment of some of our existing teaching spaces will also occur to repurpose for other curriculum uses.
Our Year 7’s will be welcomed into the College community, with their classrooms interspersed around the school based on the location of the subjects that they’re studying. They will not be located in a space separate to the rest of the school. They will have access to all the College facilities.
Read more about the Multipurpose Centre.
All about the Curriculum
The Year 7 Students will follow a core curriculum, maintaining balance across a wide range of subjects. They will complete a semester of elective subjects, to build on their emergent interests and strengths.
Students are also able to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities including sporting, music and enrichment programs.
The Learning Centre at Kildare College offers students extra support, either in small groups or an individual basis, as required by either Learning Centre staff or professionals from allied agencies such as Cora Barclay, Autism SA, and more.
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Pastoral Care and Well Being
Our existing vertical pastoral care structure will be extended to incorporate the introduction of Year 7 to the College. Students are organised by House Group, and then placed in smaller groups with other students from year 7-12 to form their Pastoral Care group. Students meet in these groups each morning and afternoon, and remain within the same group for their entire schooling.
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How are Parents involved in the community?
The College regularly communicates with Parents and Caregivers via email and text message. A College newsletter is prepared and distributed fortnightly, with moments of the College life also updated on Facebook. Communication between the College teaching staff and Parents and Caregivers may also occur as required.
An open invitation is extended to Parents and Caregivers to all of our College events; Assemblies, College Masses, Sports Day, Swimming Carnival and the like. A number of after-hours events also occur throughout the School Year which your Daughter may be involved with, such as music and drama performances, hospitality evenings, and more.
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Is there an Outside School Hours Care Program?
Kildare College does not offer an Outside School Hours Care program.
Students are welcome to study (supervised) in the Senior Centre before and after school.
Read more about Beyond the Classroom.
How do Students get to and from Kildare College?
Kildare College, in partnership with St Paul’s College, has five dedicated bus routes that service the Eastern, North Eastern and Northern suburbs.
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