At Kildare we offer a contemporary, engaging and diverse curriculum, that allows students to develop their own unique gifts, talents and capabilities. We work in partnership with families to establish a future-ready learning environment that maximises opportunities, so students can reach their full potential. SACE credits can also be gained through a wide range of extra-curricular and community programs.
Our core subject offerings provide a strong foundation from which students can expand their individual interests through elective choices. We provide opportunities for growing independence while providing ongoing support to ensure every student's educational needs are met.
Our traditional and contemporary subject choices are supported by quality facilities, including our state of the art:
Kildare offers a wide range of subjects and works in partnership with students and families to help students reach their potential and achieve the best possible results.
Learning in the Senior Years equips students with the confidence, skills and knowledge to respond to the challenges and experiences they will encounter as they navigate their way into adulthood as young women.
The Creative and Performing Arts are a vibrant part of the educational experience at Kildare College and includes:
Students develop skills and knowledge that enables them to appreciate the beauty of The Arts, and also be part of creating and contributing to it.
Music students at Kildare perform in numerous ensembles and participate in regular Kildare events such as
Recording facilities, versatile performance spaces and a wide selection of instruments enable our students to pursue, and further develop their love of music.
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 incorporating:
Our students are also extended through various performance opportunities to build their confidence in the public arena, ranging from College productions to larger scale community events, including guest artist collaborations with industry professionals.
Drama students encounter a wide range of acting techniques and learn skills in:
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 – Art and Design covers a range of media and techniques including:
Students learn to think critically and develop technical skills to realise their artistic vision. Original works are displayed at the College, in Kildare Art shows and at a range of public events.
In the Middle Years, students explore Business through Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM) and Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS). Students are empowered to shape their social and economic futures and to contribute to the development of prosperous, sustainable and equitable Australian and global economies.
Through studying Business, students learn to make informed decisions and to appreciate the interdependence of decisions made within economic systems, including the effects of these decisions on consumers, businesses, governments and other economies, and on environmental and social systems.
When students reach the Senior Years, they can refine their skills and focus on Business Innovation, Legal Studies or Workplace Practices.
In Design and Technologies students investigate and select materials, systems components, tools and equipment to design and produce sustainable products. Students use creativity, innovation and enterprise skills to increase independence and collaboration as they explore Design and Technology through Child Studies, Food and Hospitality, and Fashion and Textiles.
Our College is passionate about providing curriculum opportunities for our students that celebrate the technology of the future.
In the Middle Years, students study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Once students are in the Senior Years, they can venture into specialised areas of Design, Technology and Engineering.
The Tullow Centre, our Innovation Hub has been designed with state of the art equipment and tools allowing our students to pursue these curriculum options and prepare themselves for the technology of the future.
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 and creatively. After exploring a range of different texts and perspectives, students express their creativity through the construction of their own texts. In English, students participate in a range of activities throughout the year to enrich their learning including:
Physical Education at Kildare offers students the opportunity to develop their fitness in activities including:
The varied PE curriculum exposes students to a range of sports and games. Kildare’s annual Sports Day also encourages the whole College to get involved in either competitive or novelty physical activities.
Our 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. In a supportive environment, they learn the benefits of both teamwork and personal motivation.
HASS offers students the opportunity to learn about history, society and culture, and to explore the world.
Students fully engage with their community and culture through projects in:
These projects often take place in community settings where students can learn from the locations and key participants of significant local or historical events.
Kildare students have consistently been recognised for their talent and hard work receiving State and National awards for the development of documentary films and the writing of books about war time experiences. Students develop skills in critical thinking and analytical writing, whilst critically analysing sources for bias, and making connections between communities across time and distance.
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 Years 7-12.
All year levels participate in Italian activities such as
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 as well as completing text analysis and research tasks.
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 practical activities to develop key concepts and understandings.
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 can develop their understanding of the mathematics needed for everyday and work life.
Students considering a university pathway can develop their understanding of the mathematics necessary for careers in engineering, business, science, IT, teaching and more.
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.
The RISE program in Year 9 aims to develop students to be future-ready by learning through the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities and Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) Key Capabilities. The four units that are studied throughout the year are sequenced to allow students to explore our dynamic world and consider how they might contribute to positive change in their community, now and in the future.
Project Based Learning underpins the RISE Program which supports students to engage in authentic, real-world problems and develop a personal commitment to the six Core Values of the College, Courage, Wonder, Justice, Compassion, Hope, and Hospitality. Furthermore, the Kildare Ministries Living Justice, Living Peace Charter is utilised to support and inform student learning throughout the RISE Program.
The four units that form the RISE curriculum are:
Lifting Our Voices
The Science curriculum at Kildare aims to instill a sense of intrigue and curiosity, enabling students to develop understanding and form questions based both on the knowledge they already have and the insight they wish to gain in the future.
During the Middle Years, students are introduced to different strands of Science including
While our students explore the world around them, they continue to develop skills in research, scientific investigation, and analysis. During the Senior Years students are able to continue their path into a Science strand that will enrich and extend them towards their future aspirations.
Kildare students enjoy the best resources for scientific study including access to a modern Science Centre with 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.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is education and training that provides students with skills and knowledge for work. VET operates through a national training system, and is delivered, assessed and certified by Registered Training Organisations either within the College or at an external training facility.
The recognition arrangements for VET in the SACE enables students to include more vocational education and training in their SACE studies. These recognition arrangements help students to build coherent pathways in the SACE through VET, and encourage students to complete, or make significant progress towards completing, VET qualifications while completing the SACE.
There are a wide range of VET options available: