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.
For most schools, Year 6 will become the final year of primary schooling. Year 7 will become the first year of secondary schooling.
The education and wellbeing of the students is our focus, and relies on a seamless transition from Primary school.
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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.
We are very excited and ready, to welcome the Year 7 students into the Kildare community.
Kildare’s strong connections with primary schools, experienced Middle Years teachers and an ongoing commitment to professional learning will provide a structured and nurturing transition to secondary school.
The building of our new multi-purpose centre, and refurbishing of a number of learning spaces is on track to ensure they are fit for purposeful and engaging learning.
Beginning Year 7 at Kildare College will advantage your daughter in a number of ways. She will undertake subjects with specialist teachers who have expertise in their field of study. This will allow your daughter to engage in curriculum at a deeper level with teachers who are experts in their field, thus providing a thorough and rich learning experience for her.
Learning in the Middle Years at Kildare College is inquiry driven. This means that your daughter is able to take ownership of her learning, by going beyond memorising facts and content toward meaningful research. She will be explicitly taught the skills of observation, analysis, collaboration and problem solving across different learning areas and to make connections between her world and what she is learning at school.
The General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum are embedded in all learning at Kildare. In the Australian Curriculum, capability encompasses knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions. Students develop capability when they apply knowledge and skills confidently, effectively and appropriately in complex and changing circumstances, in their learning at school and in their lives outside school. The General Capabilities include: Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding and Intercultural Understanding.
All Year 7 students will be inducted at the opening College Mass, at the beginning of the year, symbolising the start of their secondary school journey. Each Year 7 student will be presented with a Kildare College hair ribbon to signify their special place in the Kildare College community.
At Kildare, we recognise that each student learns in their own way and at their own pace. Our smaller class sizes ensure that your daughter gets the attention that she requires, whether is through our inclusive education program that provides additional support, or through our enrichment program, which extends students in areas where their aptitude allows.
Student agency is a key aspect of life at Kildare College. There are many leadership opportunities for students. Each House has the below leadership positions (see attachment).
Opportunities also exist for students to assist the leaders organise and plan events and activities throughout the year, as well as in the classroom and in their pastoral care setting.captains matrix.PNG
There are many activities your daughter can participate in through recess and lunch times.
Sporting activities are facilitated by our Sports Development Officer in our indoor and outdoor spaces.
The Resource centre has an extensive program of themed activities students can participate it.
Students can gather and converse in many of the outdoor grassed or seated areas around the College if they choose, including the plaza area of the new multi-purpose building when completed.
Learning support is also available throughout these times as required.