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Welcome to 2022

18.01.22

Dear Kildare Families

Welcome to 2022 and to the Year of Compassion.

Every year we focus on one of our six core values. The core value for 2022 is Compassion – Walking with and having empathy for all. This is a fitting core value to focus on as we navigate the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic together.

Despite the current restrictions and it is not the way we thought we would be starting our new College year, we are still super excited for 2022. Since learning about the State Government’s announcement, we have been busy behind the scenes preparing and redeveloping innovative experiences for our College community.

We have many incredible projects planned this year, including the opening of the Tullow Centre in Semester 2 but in the interim for the start of the year, please take note of the following:

 

New Staff Members to Kildare College

We welcome 678 students across all year levels and 17 new staff members to our College community this year.

We are delighted to welcome the following new positions and staff members:

Angelica Paussa

Middle Years Coordinator

Gabrielle Reyes

Nagle House Leader

Jacynta Anderson

Maths, Science, STEM

Morgan Bramble

Music, Drama, RE

Tricia Briggs

English, HASS

Theresa Chav

Maths, Science, STEM

Chi Doan

Maths

Catherine Galligani

Drama, English

Jayrod Hill

PE, STEM

Alisha Ibrahim

HASS, History, Psychology, RE

Catherine James

Business, HASS, Legal Studies, Workplace Practices

Sophie Mullen

English, Learning Enrichment Key Teacher

Danielle Phillips

English

Ellise Rigoni

Italian

Chloe Stichel

Home Ec, Maths

Sophie Tsoulos

HASS, English, PLP

Rebekah Wilkinson

HASS, PE, PLP, RE

Rebecca Mason

Music Support Officer

 

Start of the Year Arrangements

Monday 31 January and Tuesday 1 February 2022

Monday 31 January and Tuesday 1 February 2022 are student free days, providing time for staff to prepare for Term 1 teaching and learning.

For these dates, we ask that families make arrangements for the care of your daughter/s as you would for any other student free days.

For families who are unable to make alternative arrangements, your daughter/s may attend school for supervision on these dates. Please note that the College bus will not operate on these days.

If your daughter needs to attend Kildare on these days please click here and complete the form by Friday 21 January.

 

Wednesday 2 February 2022

In keeping with our culture of welcoming new students to the College and building connections with each other, NEW students only will participate in their Orientation Day. We will be in contact closer to the date regarding drop-off protocols to minimise the amount of families on site. The bus service will be available for the morning pick up, however families will need to make arrangements for afternoon pick up.

Date

Year Level

Time

Uniform

Wednesday

2 February

Year 7

8.30am – 1.00pm

Summer uniform

NEW Year 8 students

8.30am – 1.00pm

Summer uniform

Year 12 students

9.00am – 12.00pm

Summer uniform

NEW Year 9 and 10 students

These students are invited to attend a session to ensure they are connected to the system and have resources they require to set them up for success with their learning at Kildare.

2.00pm – 3.20pm

Summer uniform

 

Thursday 3 February to Friday 11 February 2022

Face to face learning

  • Year 7, 8, and Year 12 students will be expected to attend school for face-to-face learning from Thursday 3 February.
  • Where a student who is required to attend for face-to-face learning is absent for any days in Week 1 or 2 the school will, as is usual, make best endeavours to support student learning continuity. However, as teachers will be engaged in face to face teaching of their classes, they will not be readily available to support students who are absent from school.

Online Learning

  • Our Year 9-11 students will be undertaking online learning from Thursday 3 February to Friday, 11 February inclusive. We have excellent processes in place to support our students learning online. More information will be provided later.
  • Vulnerable students and students whose families are unable to resolve appropriate supervision arrangements for online learning at home during this period, should attend school and supervision for online learning will be made available.

Please let us know by clicking here and completing the form by Friday 21 January.

College Activities

Our College and all Catholic Education SA schools are following the advice of SA Health in order to minimise the potential for entry of COVID-19 into our school environment.

Weeks 1-4

  • College Sports (other than Physical Education classes) and other extra-curricular activities (eg instrumental tuition, ensembles) will be put on hold
  • Assemblies, masses and other gatherings will be postponed
  • Entry to our school site will be confined to essential visitors only (who will be required to wear a mask and check in using our COVID Safe QR code.

We will continue to provide you with information and support as we all adjust to the approach that has been adopted by our State.

Should you have any queries in relation to this correspondence families are encouraged to contact the College.

We are very much looking forward to sharing our Year of Compassion with you. A year where compassion, kindness, empathy and community are at the centre of all that we do.

We thank you again for choosing Kildare. It is an absolute privilege working in partnership with you and your daughter so that together we can continue to provide an exceptional education for your daughter.

Enjoy the remaining weeks of the school holidays.

Thank you so much for your support.

Tina Neate
Principal

Strength and Gentleness